Jeff Yanes of Kyle, TX was one-in-136 million when he was chosen as the winner of HGTV's Dream Home. The catch? The house is in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
Yanes won the fully-furnished home, a $250,000 cash prize and a 2021 motorhome from Camping World after entering in the sweepstakes multiple times over the course of five years. HGTV's ambush crew underwent a virtual interview with Jeff and his girlfriend, Jody, who thought they would be on a show about HGTV fans. The two were shocked to learn they had actually won.
"I didn't think it was true. I thought someone was messing with me," Yanes told HGTV.
Jeff Yanes and girlfriend Jody couldn't believe that they had won the HGTV Sweepstakes. (HGTV.com)
As it turns out, Yanes isn't ready to leave to leave the Hill Country behind. He instead decided to take the $750,000 cash prize given to winners who do not want possession of the winning home.
That leaves the Cape-Cod style home now on the market for a cool $2.39 million. The home's price includes all of its appliances, nautical decor and red-white-and-blue furnishings, pushing its value up to 2.8 million. The home's nautical design reflects its location on the bank of the Sakonnet River.
Yanes, an independent contractor who owns a bread delivery route to Austin-area grocery stores and restaurants, helped deliver food as an essential worker during the pandemic. He and Jody may not be packing their bags for the Northeast, but they do admire the nearly 3,500-square foot home, especially its rooftop deck.
"It's everything you could want in a house, (so) it's hard to pinpoint one room," Yanes said. " (But) the rooftop deck overlooking the river (is a great place to) have a cold beverage or cup of coffee."
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."
Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.
The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.
The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.
While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.
The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.
After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.
With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.
He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.
Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.
Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.
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