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VOL. 38 | NO. 51 | Friday, December 19, 2014

More veterans calling Middle Tennessee home

Economy, jobs, access to Ft. Campbell place Nashville area in top 10

When Scott Ledermann, a military health care recruiter in Nashville, retired from the Army in October, it didn’t take him long to land a job with a local company.

Clarksville, Ft. Campbell still big draw for veterans

Clarksville has become one of the nation’s boom towns, thanks largely to retirees from military service.

IN THE WEEDS

Immigrants find room to grow in Nashville's public gardens

With the growing season wrapped up for winter and the temperature hovering at 45 degrees on a recent Sunday, the community garden off Wedgewood Avenue looked to be draped in a brown afghan with just a few patches of green peeking through.

Local Weather
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Nashville, TN
35°F
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Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 82%

EVENTS

Night Market December. Explore the market under night lights and explore the offerings of restaurants, farmers, artisans, crafters and horticulturists. Friday, 5 p.m., Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 8th Avenue North, Nashville. Information: nashvillefarmersmarket.org.

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REALTY CHECK

Appraisals, inspections getting more complex

As if things were not crazy enough in Nashville real estate – with inspectors now writing 50-page reports with scores of photographs, underwriters overwriting and overriding, new disclosures and disclaimers proliferating the transaction – appraisers are requiring more and more documentation.

REAL ESTATE

Top November 2014 residential real estate transactions

Top November 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.80 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year.

UT SPORTS

Freshman Barnett faces nation’s best in Iowa’s Scherff

KNOXVILLE – Derek Barnett is spending most of the Christmas holidays away from his Nashville home, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Jake Locker: Nice guy who deserved better

Jake Locker’s time with the Tennessee Titans has quietly come to an end. Sure, he’s officially a Titan until March, but Sunday’s shoulder injury vs. the Jets – and his upcoming surgery – ends a star-crossed four-year run.

NEWSMAKERS

INSBANK’s Gupton returns as senior VP, COO

Green Hills-based INSBANK has named Scott Gupton as its senior vice president and chief operating officer. Gupton, who has nearly two decades of banking experience, will oversee INSBANK’s operations, marketing, human resources, information technology and corporate and regulatory reporting.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

New Legacy retains low price, best fuel economy

Redesigned for 2015, the Subaru Legacy is a sensible and more refined family sedan that has the best fuel economy for the lowest starting retail price among America’s all-wheel drive sedans.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

31 viewpoints on how we spend our money

That thing in the store … it was perfect. It was just the right size and color, a good fit, a decent price.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Ad retargeting works, might spoil holiday surprise

When you shop Amazon for a product and then see that same product in a Facebook ad days later, it is certainly not a coincidence.

THE WORLDLY INVESTOR

Fear drives US stocks higher

In 2014, more than 600 hedge funds have disbanded. Even accounting for the carnage of 2009, this amounts to a record pace of “smart money” failures.

CAREER CORNER

Hit holiday parties for latest job opportunities

December is my favorite time of year for networking. Sounds a little crazy, right?

I SWEAR

Davidson alums flock to watch favorite star shine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Friday night after Thanksgiving. Stephen Curry’s at the charity stripe. Swish! Golden State 18, Charlotte 10.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Cooking with special-needs children requires planning

I received an email not long ago talking about teaching cooking skills to children with special needs. It was written by Beverly Palomba, a teacher for pre-K through high school for more than 20 years.

STATEWIDE

Haslam names Boyd to head economic development

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named former higher education adviser Randy Boyd to become his new commissioner of economic development.

COURTS

Supreme Court hears arguments in execution case

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court questioned why the attorneys for 10 death row inmates would need to know the names of the people who carry out Tennessee's executions.

TECHNOLOGY

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Dow soars 400 points, led by rally in tech sector

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended a rally into a second day.

Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

NATIONAL POLITICS

Jeb Bush to step down from Barclays

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking another step toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning his advisory role with British banking giant Barclays.

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