Category: Public Interest

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.

Memphis International Airport Operations Return to Normal

Operations at Memphis International Airport have largely returned to normal, although crews will have some minor clean-up work today as the snow and ice that turned the Memphis area into a winter wonderland on Thursday continue to melt.

As of 9:30 this morning only six flights at Memphis International were cancelled and four flights were delayed, according to flight tracking firm FlightAware. FlightAware said airborne aircraft are experiencing average delays of 39 minutes at Memphis International.

Friday conditions at Memphis International were a vast improvement over Thursday, when 35 flights had been cancelled by midday.

Airport officials said flyers should check with their airlines for flight information.

 

 

Memphis Airport Dealing With Snow, Cancellations

Around 35 flights originating at Memphis International Airport have been cancelled, according to FlightAware, a company that tracks flight operations data.
By 11 a.m. flights to Chicago, Orlando, Houston, Charlotte and Denver had been cancelled. FlightAware was showing cancellations to Washington, D.C., Dallas/Fort worth, Houston, Newark and Charlotte after 11 a.m. Passengers should check with their respective airlines frequently today, as airlines will have the most updated scheduling information.
Just after 7 this morning, traffic at Memphis International was “limited” as airlines chose to wait the winter storm out or were unable to arrive from other cities with weather-related woes.
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority crews worked overnight to keep runways open but flights were still cancelled as of 7 a.m., when large swaths of the Memphis area were still receiving snow.
Many airlines did not send flights Wednesday night as the storm bore down on the area. Those flights would have been first to leave Memphis International this morning, but airlines did not want the planes to accumulate ice overnight because de-icing in these conditions can be difficult.

“While our job is to keep the runways clear, that’s only one piece of the puzzle,” said Airport Authority spokesman Glen Thomas. “You also have to take into consideration the conditions in the air and also the weather conditions in the other city. Our crews continue to work diligently to keep operations up and running.”

On Twitter, the airport posted a picture of a FedEx plane taking off in the snow with the hash tag “dedicated.”

Speaking of FedEx, I bet the FedEx Express Global Operations Control Center, or GOC as most employees refer to it, was buzzing with activity last night and today.

Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the GOC is the nerve center for FedEx Express’ global supply chain system, responsible for everything from monitoring weather conditions around the world to how much time pilots have spent in the air and what flight crews were served for lunch.

This place was fascinating. It has a massive video wall featuring 36 40-inch LED screens displaying real-time information on global weather patterns and the locations of hundreds of FedEx Express jets.

Check out this story I wrote on the GOC last year.

 

Wilson Air Expanding at Memphis International

Wilson Air Center is spreading its wings at Memphis International Airport.

Wilson Air, a Kemmons Wilson Company, has signed a 10-year lease for the former Pinnacle Airlines hangar at Memphis International, expanding its jet footprint by 30,500 square feet of prime hangar space.

The new lease will allow Wilson Air Center to expand its corporate aircraft storage capacity and sublease to others looking for additional space. The storage and office space could be attractive to a corporate flight department that may have multiple aircraft, maintenance crew and office support, said David J. Ivey, vice president of Wilson Air Center.

“During the last 12-18 months, we have seen a significant increase in companies in and around Memphis that own their own aircraft,” said Ivey in a statement.

The hangar is adjacent to Wilson Air’s main campus at Memphis International Airport and the expansion brings the company’s 25-acre campus to over 110,000 square feet of heated hangar and 50,000 square feet of shop and office support.

Van Horn leaves TV for Crye-Leike

Meteorologist Tim Van Horn has left WMC-TV Action News 5 and entered the world of real estate.

Van Horn has left the news desk behind and joined Crye-Leike Realtors on a full-time basis as an affiliate broker at the company’s Quail Hollow office.  Van Horn’s last day with WMC was on Sunday, Jan 11, and the veteran meteorologist began working with Crye-Leike on Monday, Jan.  12.

“It’s a combination of doing something that I’ve been wanting and preparing to do, a chance to help others, and see a lot more of my family,” Van Horn, who began working at the station in 1999, wrote on his blog. “I can’t lie. I am excited. I already like the new boss. It’s me.”

Van Horn will be assisting buyers and sellers in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton Counties. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Tennessee Association of Realtors and Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

Dansette

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