Wednesday, October 16, 2013

DEBT LIMIT AND SHUTDOWN RESOLUTION SAID TO BE NEAR
The Senate's two top leaders are said to be very close to an agreement to raise the debt limit and end the government shutdown.  Aides say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could put the deal up for a vote today.

LOCAL: FEE APPROVED FOR DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE PURCHASES
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20131016/NEWS0202/310160152/Nashville-council-approves-fee-boost-Music-City-Center-recruitment
Prices are going up to shop downtown. Metro Council has approved a POINT 25% fee -- that's a penny added to every 4 dollar tab -- for all food, beer and goods, bought in downtown Nashville. The fee will go into effect in January, and the money it raises is supposed to be spent to attract new convention business to the Music City Center.

MORE THAN HALF OF U.S. FAST FOOD WORKERS ON PUBLIC AID
More than half of American fast food workers receive some type of public assistance.  Fast food workers earn on average 8.69 an hour, and they often work less than 40 hours a week.   That qualifies them for food stamps, Medicaid and tax credits.   A new report from economists says that public aid ends up costing taxpayers about seven-billion dollars a year. 

STATE'S LARGEST PET ADOPTION FAIR THIS WEEKEND
If you've been thinking of adopting an animal... you get the largest selection, all in one place... this weekened. The 5th Annual MARS Petcare Adoption Fair is Saturday, 10 to 3... in the parking lot of the Mars Petcare Headquarters ... on Cool Springs Blvd in Franklin.  Mix will be out there, and they'll have adoption ready dogs and cats from more than 30 shelters out there, ready for you to take home.

KATIE AND JAMIE
Katie Holmes is moving on after her breakup with Tom Cruise... She's reportedly dating actor/comedian Jamie Foxx.

WHAT'S THE HOT COSTUME THIS YEAR? SEE WHAT THE FOX SAY
The Halloween costume search is underway. What's one of the hottest this year? The fox, from the Ylvis video, 'What Does the Fox Say?"


COUPLES WHO ARE TRYING FOR A BABY NEED TO KNOW THIS:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2460072/Bacon-harm-mans-fertility.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
Uh-oh! This story is going to make some people really sad....  it's about why some people shouldn't eat bacon.  .... it hurts men's fertility. Even a HALF a serving of processed meat a day can make a difference in a couple being able to conceive or not. If that's not an issue.... you're free to have your breakfast now. (Researchers point out that it WAS a small study, so they're still looking into it.)

NEPTUNE VISIBLE WITH BINOCULARS THIS WEEK
www.space.com
If you have kids who are little skywatchers, you may want to get out there this week with them. Neptune is supposed to be visible this week just using binoculars. Space.com says you can see the blue planet right after sunset... among the stars of Aquarius. I can NOT tell you where that is... I'll have to google it, too.

STORES ARE ALREADY ANNOUNCING THANKSGIVING SCHEDULES
And stores are already starting to announce their Thanksgiving weekend hours, which are still getting earlier. Macy's says it'll open at 8, Thanksgiving night. 

FELONY COUNTS FOR 2 IN SUICIDE OF BULLIED GIRL
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/us/felony-charges-for-2-girls-in-suicide-of-bullied-12-year-old-rebecca-sedwick.html?_r=0
A 14 year old girl and a 12 year old girl have been arrested in Florida... and charged with FELONIES... after they repeatedly bullied a seventh grade girl, face-to-face and online and she finally jumped to her death. The sheriff of Polk County says it's an offensive situation that parents let get out of hand, until the girl just gave up... and it's not acceptable. This is one you might want to read with your kids and talk about.

FORMER VANDY PLAYERS IN COURT TODAY
The former Vanderbilt University football players accused of rape will be in court today. Brandon Vandenburg, Cory Batey, Brandon  Banks and Jaborian McKenzie have each pleaded not guilty and are free on bond. 

PEAK LEAF COLOR RIGHT NOW/ SMOKY MTN PARK REOPENS
http://www.wral.com/nc-tennessee-pay-to-open-smoky-mountains-park-during-shutdown/12999617
Look around you on your ride in. How do those leaves look? Well, in a week or two it'll be COMPLETELY different! Once we get overnight lows in the 30s and 40s that's what'll make those leaves suddenly change!
It's already peak color viewing time in the Smokys right now... and peak tourist time, which is why Governor Haslam was so anxious to get the National Park back open. 

If you want to see the best fall color right now... experts say you gotta get above 5,000 feet. Places like Roan Mountain here in Tennessee...Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia...  

COOL SPRINGS NOSHVILLE CLOSES
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20131014/WILLIAMSON10/310140079/Cool-Springs-Noshville-closes-its-doors
The Cool Springs Noshville has closed down. Cool Springs diners wouldn’t bite for a New York-style deli... so after After nearly six years, the Noshville deli in Cool Springs served its last bagels, lox and schmears of cream cheese on Sunday.
Despite early buzz when it opened in January 2008 and strong sales at the other Noshville locations, the Cool Springs eatery faced financial struggles that couldn’t be overcome, said Tom Loventhal, co-owner of the Cool Springs Noshville and the managing general partner of all the Noshville locations.

SALVATION ARMY STILL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH ANGEL TREE SIGNUP
The Salvation Army says it still needs come help getting people signed up for the Angel Tree program which helps families, kids and elderly people at Christmas. Volunteers signed up more than 200 applicants a day last year and this year is expected to be just as busy. If you can spare a few hours or a few days, please call the salvation army at 242-0411, or go to www.salarmy-nashville.com

 HOT FACEBOOK MOM REPLIES TO CRITICS
 A mother of three who posted a provocative photo of herself on Facebook is firing back at her critics.  Maria Kang uploaded a photo of herself in skimpy workout gear with her three young children, containing the caption:  "What's Your Excuse?"  The 32-year-old fitness enthusiast with washboard abs says she's not fat-shaming women, but challenging us to have a more positive attitude about obesity and health-related diseases.
 
KUTCHER HIGHEST PAID TV ACTOR
Forbes says Ashton Kutcher is the highest paid TV actor. The Two and a Half men star earned 24-million dollars last year. His "Two and a Half Men" co-star Jon Cryer is second on the list with estimated earnings of 21-million dollars a year. With residuals from "Everybody Loves Raymond" and his new role on "Parenthood," Ray Romano is third on the "Forbes" list with 16-million dollars a year.