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VOL. 39 | NO. 22 | Friday, May 29, 2015

Tennessee’s most powerful politician

Ramsey uses ‘system’ to reshape state’s political landscape

Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey laughs at the notion he’s changed since being elected to the Legislature 23 years ago, that he’s lost touch with the common man or become “arrogant” as lieutenant governor of Tennessee.

Ramsey: No Medicaid expansion until 2017

The Tennessee legislative session ended in late April, giving itself a little more than two and a-half months to handle the state’s business. That’s plenty of time, according to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

BEYOND BELIEF

Swinging church? Courts to have last laugh

It’s official: No sex clubs are allowed outside of industrial areas or within 1,000 feet of a home, church or school in Metro Nashville.

Local Weather
Today
Nashville, TN
81°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 8 mph
Humidity: 58%

EVENTS

Tennessee Guitar Festival and International Competition. MTSU alumnus Matt Palmer, who debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2014 in that venue’s D’Addario Performance Series, will return to campus to headline the 2015 Tennessee Guitar Festival and present the Friday concert. Through Saturday, with each evening’s concert beginning at 8 p.m. in Hinton Hall inside the Wright Music Building. The guitar competition, which features a total $2,750 in prize money, regularly draws the world’s best young guitarists to compete for the $1,200 first prize. A special concert featuring the guitar competition finalists is set for 8 p.m. Saturday in Hinton Hall. Information: www.TennesseeGuitarFestival.com.

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REALTY CHECK

Finding dream house becomes a nightmare

As has been documented, there are more buyers than sellers these days, hence more demand than supply.

UT SPORTS

Clarksville star can’t wait to be part of Lady Vols

Haley Bearden will watch every pitch this weekend as the University of Tennessee softball team pursues its ultimate goal in the NCAA Women’s College World Series.

NEWSMAKERS

Latin American Chamber announces new board

The Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce has selected five new board members, as well as a new team of executive leadership, led by chairman of the board and TLACC President Marcela Gómez.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Chevy electric’s price Sparks a run on sales

It took a price cut to generate a run on Chevrolet’s 2015 Spark EV, with savvy car buyers realizing the lower price and federal electric vehicle tax credit can make for a super deal.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

A book with a view: Insider’s stories of hotels

Your reservations have been made. In today’s business environment, a work-trip is a treat and you’re determined to make the most of this one. Booking a nice hotel was the first step but, aside from amenities, did you ever consider the hotel itself? Or the industry as a whole? Read “Hotel Life” by Caroline Field Levander & Matthew Pratt Guterl, and you will…

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Dealing with millennials can take some finesse

Roughly 75 million strong, millennials are on a course to soon surpass their baby boomer parents as our nation’s largest living generation.

THE WORLDLY INVESTOR

Economic factors merit concern. But don’t worry

There are factors conspiring in the market’s industrial kitchen right now that might lead to a fit of indigestion for investors. This week, we will look at the three main ingredients and discuss how to medicate.

CAREER CORNER

Practice common-sense email etiquette

In the past two decades, the way we communicate has completely changed.

I SWEAR

Family name traced all the way back to 1800

My great-great-great-great grandfather Elijah Fleming had eight kids and no middle name.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Check the calorie, fat numbers on these dishes

I received a magazine offer from Nutrition Action. Being a food editor, I’m always receiving mail from various food magazines and emails about new restaurants, cookware, food, etc. They all ask me to write about their openings, their books and articles, or the chefs. I, however, want to retire. Wishful thinking, I’m afraid.

NASHVILLE AREA

Dollar General promotes Vasos as new chief executive officer

NASHVILLE (AP) — Discount retailer Dollar General has named a new chief executive officer.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Analyst: GM might need to consider merger or big partnership

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors may need to consider big strategic changes like a merger or partnership with a competitor, a Morgan Stanley analyst said Thursday.

REAL ESTATE

Pending US home sales jump to strongest level in 9 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.87 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week to their highest level so far this year as new data showed strength in the housing market.

TECHNOLOGY

Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is willing to store and organize all of the world's digital photos and videos for free.

Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants, and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple to make its technology indispensable.

FCC head seeks to narrow 'digital divide' with new proposal

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access.

COURTS

Administration asks judge to toss House health care suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration attorneys urged a federal judge Thursday to throw out a politically charged lawsuit by House Republicans over the president's health care law, but encountered plenty of skeptical questions.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Why a shrinking US economy last quarter isn't cause for fear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another first quarter of the year. Another reversal for the U.S. economy. Another expectation of a rebound to come.

US stocks end modestly lower

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are ending modestly lower following a sell-off in the Chinese market and concerns about an approaching deadline for Greece to make a debt payment.