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VOL. 39 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 09, 2015

Redshirting: Waiting an extra year to start kindergarten has its risks

Mary-Michael and Joe Horowitz know their son Armour, 5, can handle the academics of kindergarten. But instead of pushing him through to meet state age cutoff standards, they decided to delay his start until next year when he is older and emotionally ready.

Opportunities abound for student with perfect ACT score

Preston Abraham had always imagined he would go to Vanderbilt University after graduating from Goodpasture Christian School in the spring, but it’s not the only dream school in the running anymore.

Akiva looks to broaden geographic reach

At Nashville’s Akiva School, each graduating class creates a gift for the school and future students: framed artwork, a mosaic, a treehouse or a garden.

Middle Tennessee's private school tuition guide

All tuition prices are for the 2015-2016 academic school year unless otherwise noted. Some tuition prices are subject to change. Some schools have additional fees, payment plans and other programs such as need-based financial aid, tuition breaks for siblings or for religion, or other types of aid. Please contact the individual schools for more information. Compiled by Hollie Deese.

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Southern Festival of Books. Now in its 27th year, the Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day celebration of the written word that provides book-loving guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite authors. This year’s roster includes renowned authors Rick Bragg, Geraldine Brooks, Pat Conroy, David Maraniss, Paul Theroux, Rebecca Wells, Scott Westerfeld and first-time author David Gregory, former NBC news reporter and “Meet the Press” host. War Memorial Plaza. Friday, Noon-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-5 p.m. Free. Information: www.humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books-celebration-written-word

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Metro’s local-hire rule gets battered on many fronts

The ink wasn’t dry on standards for Metro Nashville’s local-hire charter amendment when new Mayor Megan Barry put the measure on hold – despite sizable support in the August election.


Tripped by TRID: New rules, big changes in closing home sales

TRID is upon us. Long live TRID. With the time and money that the industry has invested in crowning this monarch now ruling the real estate closing, the hope is that she will hang around for a while.


Weaker-than-usual AFC South is there for the taking

Some team has to win the AFC South. League rules require it, even if no team truly deserves to go to the playoffs.


Vols coach struggling on and off the field

Please, coach. Just say the right thing. Please. Tennessee football coach Butch Jones lost another press conference Monday, two days after his team blew a 14-0 lead and lost to Arkansas 24-20 at Neyland Stadium.


Dean, Henry, Hide named to YWCA board

The YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee has elected three new members for the 2015-2016 board term, including former Mayor Karl Dean.


Kia Sorento becomes more refined, even luxurious

Buyers typically don’t associate Kia with luxury, but its 2016 top-level Sorento SX-Luxury model is so robust in its looks, pleasing in its ride and stocked with features that it feels like a luxury SUV.


How to avoid destroying trust in the workplace

Company culture can make or break a sales team.


Should credit scores really be used to screen new employees?

The last time you applied for a job, you probably assumed your application and resume were the only things your future employer used to make a decision about whether or not to hire you.


Yogi’s feats greater than any quotations

For the guy who said “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” it’s over. Yogi Berra – catcher, coach, manager and quip-coining character extraordinaire – died Sept. 22 of natural causes. He was 90 years old.


Rutherford County chief officer suspended amid ethics probe

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Rutherford County Chief Administrative Officer Joe Russell has been suspended for 10 days without pay after records showed he used his work email to conduct business unrelated to his job.


VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault

WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars.


Global worries kept Fed from hiking rates in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were almost ready to raise interest rates in September but held off because of China's economic slowdown and its potential to derail U.S. growth and inflation.

Stocks gain as signs point to Fed keeping interest rates low

NEW YORK (AP) — Signs that the Federal Reserve would keep interest rates low for several more months pushed stocks broadly higher on Thursday, adding to what has been a near eight-day rally. Energy stocks advanced with the price of oil.

Airlines post better on-time rate but get more complaints

WASHINGTON (AP) — More flights are arriving on time but consumer complaints about the airlines have risen sharply.


McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for House speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — With no warning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew Thursday from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress into chaos.