231,440 Tennesseans enroll in health coverage through health insurance marketplace

According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 231,440 Tennesseans enrolled in or renewed coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace as of February 22.

The agency also says that even though open enrollment has ended, there’s a new time-limited special enrollment period for this year’s tax-filing season.

Between March 15 and April 30, uninsured Tennesseans who are subject to the fine for not having health coverage because they didn’t understand how it would affect them have another chance to enroll in a plan for 2015. Families or individuals who meet certain income requirements or other circumstances may also qualify for low cost coverage through Tennessee’s TennCare program, which has year-round enrollment.

For question about health coverage or to schedule a free appointment with an enrollment assister, visit www.getcoveredtenn.org or call the hotline at (844) 644-5443.

Leonard Nimoy wrote a $10,000 check for St. Jude a month before he died

A month before he died last week at age 83, Leonard Nimoy – the actor famous for his role as Spock on “Star Trek” – sent a $10,000 check to St. Jude.

That’s according to Marlo Thomas, who serves as St. Jude’s national outreach director. She acknowledged the donation on her Facebook page.

“We got to know him a little bit through our friends, the Pogrebins,” Thomas wrote. “Always warm and gentle, good company. Just a month ago he sent me $10,000 for the kids of St. Jude. Even in his very hard, last days he was thinking of how to help others.”

Monogram Foods chooses next IMPACT10 winner – Ave Maria Home

Monogram Foods has announced that Ave Maria Home – which provides long-term, residential care to seniors who need assisted living, nursing home and Alzheimer’s care – is the second charitable organization that will receive $1,500 a year for the next 10 years from Monogram Foods’ IMPACT10 philanthropic campaign.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Monogram Foods created IMPACT10 to give away $150,000 to 10 charities over 10 years. Recipients are chosen at random.

Nominations can be submitted through the IMPACT10 website, www.impact10.com. The third winning charity will be chosen by a random drawing on March 4.

 

Pancake-focused restaurant STAKS coming to East Memphis

In the mood for pancakes?

A new restaurant opening in East Memphis around early May called STAKS, next door to Chili’s in Laurelwood, will be right up your alley. It’s the product of four partners – the husband and wife couples of Bill and Tressa Ogles, and Brice and Stephanie Bailey – and the plan right now is to serve breakfast and lunch.

The idea is to center around community tables and griddles inside, and customers will order their batter and make their own pancakes, topped however they like. (There will also be regular tables for people who want to order already-made pancakes).

The plans already drawn up also include walk-up/to-go ordering capability. In addition to pancakes, STAKS will serve espresso, and while the finishing touches are still being added to the menu, there will be a grilled cheese-focused lunch menu, as well as a limited bar.

Tressa Ogles said they might add dinner at some point in the future.

“We’re very excited about offering a breakfast and lunch offering in the East Memphis area, working with local vendors, local farmers,” she says. “For us, building this out has been a lot of fun so far. We’re creating something where we’d want to go ourselves.”

BankTennessee expanding with new branch in Munford

BankTennessee is opening a new branch in Munford next week.

The new location, opening on the corner of Highway 51 March 2, is staffed with bankers from the area and sits on a 1.12-acre site at 26 Munford Ave.

The branch is 3,267 square feet with an expandable second floor and mirrors the design of the BankTennessee branch in Ripley.

Dansette

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