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VOL. 38 | NO. 31 | Friday, August 01, 2014

MCC faces its ‘Super Bowl’ moment: $500M in business on the line with August convention

In sales, it’s all about leads. And Nashville is about to get 2,500 of them in the highly-competitive field of hosting major conventions.

Convention business vital to downtown businesses

The Wildhorse Saloon rode onto Second Avenue in 1994 on a wave of Garth Brooks’ music and country line dancing, the start of a 20-year roller coaster ride for the gigantic downtown Nashville venue.

Hotels sprouting in Murfreesboro’s Gateway Center

Rutherford County and Murfreesboro are leading a hotel boom in the Greater Nashville region, driven by the area’s overall economic growth and demand by youth athletic tournament participants and parents.

IN THE WEEDS

Former Loveless chef Jesse Goldstein finds new recipe

As the food scene grows in Nashville, so do the businesses that support it. Jesse Goldstein, a chef and former brand manager at the iconic Loveless Cafe, started his own company, Food Sheriff Consumable Branding (food-sheriff.com), in January.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Interactive Media Meet-up. Like-minded Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce members meet to discuss trends, challenges, ideas and thoughts. These topic-driven meetings give members the opportunity to develop connections with colleagues while learning about trends and applications in web and mobile technology. Conversation Starter: Todd Bowman. Speaker: Jake Fagan, Caddis Interactive. Topic: The Dripping Faucet – The power of engaging and converting customers through consistent content delivery. Cost: Free to attend. No advance registration is required. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Goodwill Industries of Middle TN, Inc., 937 Herman Street, Lifsey Building, Room 120, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

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REALTY CHECK

2014 a big year so far for sales of $1M-plus home sales

Forbes magazine has included Nashville in yet another list of wonderfulness.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transaction for first half of 2014

January through June 2014 residential real estate transactions of $500,000 or more for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Fan favorite Mariana faces long odds in comeback

Ever since the seventh-round pick won the kick return job in 2010 and went on to play in the Pro Bowl that season, Marc Mariani has been a favorite of Titans’ fans.

UT SPORTS

‘Sudden change’ means little job security for veteran Vols

KNOXVILLE – Don’t look for University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones to play favorites when fall training camp begins Friday (Aug. 1).

NEWSMAKERS

Health Care Council announces new board

William F. Carpenter III, chairman and CEO, LifePoint Hospitals, will continue to serve as chairman of the Nashville Health Care Council board of directors for the second year.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Still not sold on Pinterest? It’s time to reconsider

There’s no denying virtual scrapbooking site Pinterest’s explosive growth, now boasting more than 40 million active users per month.

THE WORLDLY INVESTOR

Asia’s growth depends on US

Ni hao! I write to you this week from Hong Kong. For the next 12 months I will be working remotely from China in order to closely evaluate conditions within the Asian economies.

CAREER CORNER

Wrong degree doesn’t lock you into career

One of the chief complaints I hear from job seekers is that their lousy college education is to blame for their poor career success.

I SWEAR

‘Glamazon’ a good study in dictionary inclusion

I was checking something out online the other day when I came across the word glamazon.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Versatile cornbread: From salad to milk glass

Cornbread salad in summer is like chili in winter – a must-have. It’s like a cool garden salad with Southern charm. It’s also a potluck favorite.

STATEWIDE

3 Southeast flowers get federal protection

  6:56am

NASHVILLE (AP) - Three Southeast flowers are now protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have agreed to combine their broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Chrysler US sales climb 20 percent in July

  6:58am

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 20 percent in July from a year ago, its best performance for the month in nine years.

GM boosted June sales with discounts to dealers

  6:59am

As General Motors prepares to report monthly sales results on Friday, a look its numbers from June show just how intent the company is on keeping new-car sales on the rise during a record spate of safety recalls.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Solid US job gains expected for 6th straight month

  6:59am

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a host of reports this week pointing to a healthier U.S. economy, analysts expect Friday's monthly jobs report to send a similar message.

As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it

WASHINGTON (AP) — For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again.

World stocks extend slump on Wall Street sell-off

  7:00am

HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets sank on Friday, with European benchmarks opening sharply lower after Wall Street's sharp sell-off. Asian stock markets posted modest losses as strong reports on China's economy countered some of the pessimism.

Obama order presses contractors to obey labor laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers. In an election-year dare to Republicans, Obama said congressional obstinacy would only embolden him to take even more aggressive actions on his own.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Congress votes final passage on highway bill

  7:01am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $10.8 billion bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the summer construction season and the fall elections.

House GOP divisions on border bill delay getaway

  7:03am

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders struggled to round up votes from recalcitrant conservatives for a bill dealing with the immigrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border and head home for a five-week summer break boasting of acting to address the crisis.

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