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The Unlucky Lotto

Are you bummed that you didn’t win the $640 million Mega Millions jackpot? Don’t be—it turns out winning the lottery can often be a terrible curse. From Jack Whittaker, who says he wishes ‘we had torn the ticket up,’ to Evelyn Adams, who won twice and gambled it all away, here are a few of the UNLUCKY Lotto winners.


Denise Rossi, $1.3 million

Lottery Tips

Whether you bought your own Mega Millions ticket or joined the office pool there still some things you need to know in the event you win.

The jackpot is a half-billion dollars.

What to do after you hit the Mega Millions jackpot?

How do you — protect your riches, your identity and your sanity — takes some thought and planning.

#1 on the list, make sure you don't blow the nation's largest-ever lottery jackpot within a few years!


Q: What do I do with the ticket?

Knoxville Cash Mob Part 2!!

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett announced two businesses for the second cash mob: The Disc Exchange and Wee Care Shoppe on Chapman Highway.

Disc Exchange carries new and used CDs, vinyl records, and DVDs. Wee Care Shoppe is a children's consignment store offing clothes and toys.

"We're in it together, we want all to survive, we all want to prosper and do well," said Bevis. "We've brought in a lot of stuff just for this weekend and we've marked down a few other things to 5 or $10 for this weekend.

International Women's Day

Today is Thursday, March 8th and we women have a right to rejoice and celebrate.  It is the 101 st International Women's Day.

So, how well do we have or do we NOT have it in the United States. Let's take a look!


Risky Places to use Your Debit Card


If you are like us and rarely have cash and use your ATM then you need to be aware of the 4 riskiest places to use your ATM card.

First, here’s something you should know. Debit cards may look identical to credit cards, but there's one key difference. With credit cards, users who spot fraudulent charges on their bill can simply decline the charges and not pay the bill. On the other hand, debit cards draw money directly from your checking account, rather than from an intermediary such as a credit card company.


You know...I am an adoptive mom.  I have a soon to be 8 year old son, Garrett.  I love him.  I wanted a child.  I waited a long time to have this particular little boy come to me...I feel by the Grace of God I was given Garrett in my life....and what I saw yesterday just makes my blood boil.  In Wisconsin, Senate Bill 507, introduced by Republican Senator Glenn Grothman, moves to amend existing state law by "requiring the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital paren

Tips to Save on Gas

Not sure what you paid at the pump over the weekend, but it looks like gas prices are on average of $3.55 a gallon. By the way, that’s a bargain compared to what Nascar pays. They pay $8.26 a gallon!

But we have some gas saving tips to help you out.

Gas prices have already cracked $4 in a trio of states, and some experts are predicting they could skyrocket to $6 by the spring.

Short of buying a bicycle and pedaling to work every morning, what can you do to keep high gas prices from eating a hole in your budget?

Knoxville Restaurant Week!

This is the week...the week to EAT so that others can also eat. It's Knoxville Restaurant Week!  All to benefit  Second Harvest Food Bank.

From February 26-March 2, more than 30 restaurants are pitching it to offer three-course dinners at special prices. 

Diners can choose from $25 meal options and $35 meals. Beverages, taxes and gratuities are not included in the prices.

Five dollars from each meal goes to Second Harvest to help the hungry in East Tennessee.

The Purple Heart

Debbie, a friend of mine shared this story with me yesterday and I just loved it and wanted to pass it along to you. 

Her friend, Beth is married to Eddy, who is a decorated soldier in the Army.  Beth was looking for a bargain on a Facebook Yard sale...and she got more than she bargained for.  She wanted to buy a set of bowls from a buyer who had posted a picture of the bowls.  They worked out the details and  had picked out a place to meet and exchange the money and the bowls.

Let me read Beth's Facebook post AFTER she got the bowls.

Strange Calls


I’m not sure why this is increasing lately on my cell phone, but I am getting calls from a company called “card holder services”.

The automated voice says “Hello. This is Rachel from cardholder services. There are no problems currently with your credit card account but it’s important that you act fast in order to reduce your interest rates.”

And then she goes on to say, “Please consider this your final notice. Press 1 to talk to a representative about lowering your interest rates or press 2 to receive no further calls.”

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