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VOL. 39 | NO. 13 | Friday, March 27, 2015
EMPHASIS ISSUE: NONPROFITS

Entrepreneurial solutions help non-profits find success

A 'teach a man to fish kind of thing'

After getting his degree in social work, Don Leyrer, 62, spent the first half of his career in the field, including housing abused children, before moving on to law enforcement as a probation officer.

Eastman brings military experience to YWCA

Any nonprofit’s operations can benefit from some military precision, and that’s what the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee is hoping for with the hiring of Marjorie Eastman as its first president and chief operating officer.

Equality Project still tough sell in some areas

A decade into its existence, the Tennessee Equality Project is facing a year that will likely contain its biggest milestones.

Beat of Life uses music to help children in crisis

Jeni Dominelli knows what it feels like to be on the outside of society. After her father committed a high-profile white collar crime in San Diego in the 1980s, her childhood was at the same time shattered and thrown in the spotlight. Her family’s money was gone, the media had a field day and her father was sent to prison.

Local Weather
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Nashville, TN
35°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 9 mph
Humidity: 39%

EVENTS

Mardi Gras Y’all. Nashville’s Riverfront Park will be home to the second annual Mardi Gras Y’all, rescheduled from Feb. 28. The celebration includes live music on two stages all day along with local arts and crafts vendors, almost 15 food trucks, a craft beer garden, a karaoke stage and much more.

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VIEW FROM THE HILL

Is ‘getting rid of public schools’ Legislature’s goal?

Are Tennessee’s public schools headed for extinction? Not if it’s up to Memphis teachers.

Legislators find reasons to deny in-state tuition

La Vergne High School graduate Cesar Bautista, who has lived in Tennessee since he was 8 years old, is among a group of students who’ve been here most of their lives but are still forced to pay out-of-state college tuition because they don’t have legal status.

BEYOND FAITH

Moms Demand Action seeks common-sense gun restrictions

It’s another blood-pressure-raising Tennessee legislative session – at least for a politically active group of moms concerned about their children potentially being shot.

REALTY CHECK

That old fireplace? No, its strictly decorative

There is a new trend developing in the sale of homes in the area.

REAL ESTATE

Top February 2015 residential real estate transactions

Top February 2015 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

NEWSMAKERS

Kiwanis names Corbin Nashvillian of the Year

Tim Corbin, head coach of the Vanderbilt University’s NCAA national championship baseball team, has been named Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year by The Kiwanis Club of Nashville.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Stylish Murano sets itself apart from other small SUVs

Nissan’s stylish 2015 Murano mid-size, sport utility vehicle is getting lots of second and even third looks as consumers seek the next big thing in SUVs.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Snag business by monitoring tweets about competitors

This friend of mine – we’ll call him Luke – told an interesting story recently.

I SWEAR

An elaborate, complicated, catty practical joke

The Honorable George Rose Smith is depicted in a John Deering wall-mounted bronze relief at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main branch. He’s in his robe and seated in front of a giant crossword grid.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Warm lemon water a healthy way to start day

I recently received an email about the health benefits of lemons. It was interesting, so I thought I’d share it with you.

NASHVILLE AREA

Grammy museum is bringing gallery to Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Grammy Museum is opening up a gallery in Nashville this summer, promising to give visitors an immersive experience on the art and technology of making music.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Harwell to again co-chair national leadership initiative

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Speaker Beth Harwell will once again co-chair the Republican State Leadership Committee's Right Women, Right Now initiative.

Haslam to continue school funding discussion despite lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he's not going to let a lawsuit several East Tennessee school systems filed against the state over funding derail the administration's efforts to address grievances about the state's school funding formula.

Haslam undaunted by difficult prospects for Insure Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he is willing to risk a second defeat of his Insure Tennessee proposal to highlight the need for improving health standards in the state.

Tennessee school voucher bill scheduled for Senate vote

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would give parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school is scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor on Monday.

TECHNOLOGY

Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Energy Dept revives vehicle loan program after criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Energy is reviving a vehicle loan program it pledged to retool after criticism it funded flops and wasted taxpayer money.

Authorities go after crooked car deals in national crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday.

HEALTH CARE

House OKs bipartisan Medicare doc bill; fate up to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

COURTS

Jury decides Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that shined a light on gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Yellen: A rate increase may be warranted later this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed's key interest rate could come later this year.

Consumer sentiment slips in March on bad weather

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bad weather and rising gasoline prices pushed U.S. consumer sentiment a bit lower in March.

US economic growth may be mild, but it's also really durable

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy's tepid performance last quarter — a 2.2 percent annual growth rate — was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009. Yet the sluggish pace of the recovery has a silver lining: This growth spurt has proved to be one of the most durable since World War II.

Stocks close with slight gains, but still end the week lower

NEW YORK (AP) — A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday.

Oil prices jump almost 5 percent as tensions mount in Yemen

The price of oil rose sharply on Thursday as mounting tensions in Yemen got traders worried that the flow of crude from the Persian Gulf region could be disrupted.

Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spot

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.

Obama praises payday lender rules, vows veto of limitations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry.

Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

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