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VOL. 40 | NO. 18 | Friday, April 29, 2016

So you want to be a social media star

Some local sensations have figured it out. Here’s how

A little more than a year ago, Leslie Mosier uploaded a video to Facebook and Instagram of her 2-year-old dog, an extraordinarily mellow 20-pound pug named Doug, skittering around Dragon Park with a pug-shaped Mylar balloon tied to his torso.

Hail to the Kid President’s YouTube success

Robby Novak became a YouTube sensation three years ago when his video, “A Pep Talk from Kid President to You,” went viral.

Parikh’s niche: Helping you get organized

Mridu Parikh wouldn’t have a viable business without the educational videos she writes, produces and posts online on her YouTube and Roku TV channels or directly to her company website.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Did ‘people back home’ really sway no votes on Bible?

I thought about skipping church Sunday and playing golf. After listening to the House of Representatives’ debate on the Bible bill, I could probably skip church for a month and still be in good standing.

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EVENTS

53rd annual State of Metro Address. Mayor Megan Barry will give the State of Metro Address at Ascend Amphitheater beginning at 11:30 a.m. 310 1st Avenue South. Local food trucks available outside Ascend for those wishing to purchase lunch.

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LEGISLATIVE PROFILE

Outspoken McCormick one of the ‘stars’ of the Legislature

Rep. Gerald McCormick holds plenty of authority in the General Assembly as majority leader of the Republican Caucus, and he’s not afraid to show it.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Hurd looks to join list of greatest UT running backs

When Jalen Hurd committed to the University of Tennessee prior to his senior season at Beech High in Hendersonville, he had one goal:

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Vanderbilt gives Vols opening for late-season run

If the Tennessee baseball team makes a run in the SEC tournament May 24-29, it may look back to last weekend’s series against No. 4-ranked Vanderbilt as a turning point in the season.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

What you don’t know about mold can kill you

Houses are dangerous, but they are not death traps. Now if a house fell on a person, it might kill them. Just ask any witch you know.

NEWSMAKERS

Riggs Davie elects Price as member

Judith Price has been elected as a member of Riggs Davie PLC. Price is a corporate and health care attorney whose practice covers a wide variety of business matters, including entity formation, governance, employee matters, contracting, and transactions, particularly in the health care space.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Styling, tech, fuel economy highlight new Malibu

Chevrolet revamped the Malibu for 2016, making the family sedan look more modern and giving it more safety and technology features, including software that helps keep teen-agers safe and parents in the know.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Hit the workweek running with ‘Sprint’

All day long, ideas run through your head. Will this work? What if that process is tweaked? Can you make things more efficient, more cost-effective, speed them up, rev their engines?

GUERRILLA MARKETING

CEOs must help all employees support sales team

A “company-wide sales culture.” Every CEO and business owner dreams of it, but few realize it. It occurs when everyone in the organization plays some role in supporting sales and growth efforts, though roles will vary.

CAREER CORNER

Email forgiveness is a holiday to embrace

In today’s workplace, email is an inevitable fact of life. Gone are the days of predictable phone calls or regular in-person chats to check in.

I SWEAR

Finding Constitutional violations is as easy as pie

His name is Cameron Ward. He was born in Montreal in 1957, graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1979 and earned his law degree in 1983 from the University of Ottawa.

HEALTH CARE

Significant premium hikes expected under Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurers will seek significant premium hikes under President Barack Obama's health care law this summer - stiff medicine for consumers and voters ahead of the national political conventions.

REAL ESTATE

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.66 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, lifting from their 2016 lows but remaining historically low during the spring home-buying season.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen CEO says he apologized in person to Obama for scandal

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's CEO says he apologized in person to U.S. President Barack Obama for the carmaker's emissions scandal, in which it rigged its cars to cheat on diesel engine pollution tests.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks slide as economic growth disappoints, tech weakens

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slipping Thursday afternoon after the U.S. government said the economy didn't grow as much as expected in the first three months of this year. Apple is pulling technology companies lower, and consumer companies are also losing ground.

Comcast buying DreamWorks Animation for about $3.55B

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the "Shrek," ''Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion, strengthening its presence in the important and growing business of children's entertainment.

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