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VOL. 39 | NO. 21 | Friday, May 22, 2015

What’s next? Has college really prepared its graduates for jobs

When Steven Baldwin started his freshman year at Austin Peay State University in 2012, he had a smart, carefully considered plan for his future.

What grads must do to secure employment

Career counselors at many Tennessee colleges and universities say interest from corporate recruiters is higher than they’ve seen it in years.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Will $400K, more review improve on Common Core

Is it Kabuki theatre or a transformative process? That question comes to mind in the aftermath of the legislative session as the General Assembly passed a bill “repealing and replacing” Common Core, a set of K-12 education standards, by adding another layer of review and pushing the governor’s process for completion to 2017, along with adding a $400,000 expense.

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EVENTS

Moonlighters Band at Amqui Station. An evening of Big Band favorites when the Moonlighters, 20-piece big band, plays a free concert at the historic Amqui Station and Visitor’s Center. The concert and dance will be held Saturday, 6-9 p.m., at the historic Station in Madison.

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IN THE WEEDS

Daisy King still serving tearoom favorites

Like a proper Southern hostess, Daisy King of Miss Daisy’s Tearoom had trouble turning on the “closed” sign. If guests wanted to snag a table after hours, she couldn’t help but oblige.

REALTY CHECK

Don’t let foundation issues scare you away

The act of getting a home under contract in our current residential real estate market environment is considered by most buyers as a significant achievement.

REAL ESTATE

Top commercial real estate transactions for April 2015

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

US home sales slide in April amid listing shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in April due mainly to relatively few listings and rising prices, providing evidence of the housing sector's uneven recovery.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.84 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week after rising for three straight weeks.

NEWSMAKERS

Baker Storey McDonald adds industry veteran

Commercial real estate veteran Tom Frye, who spent the last 14 years as managing director of CBRE before retiring last year, has joined Baker Storey McDonald Properties, Inc.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Acura MDX surpassing German SUVs in US sales

More Americans are choosing Acura’s MDX mid-size, luxury sport utility vehicle this year than the competing crossover SUVs from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

A biz-altering essential: Repeatable sales process

The old adage, “nothing happens until a sale is made” couldn’t be truer.

THE WORLDLY INVESTOR

Sell in May and Go Away? History supports strategy

Prior to the summer of 2011, if you were a follower of the Memphis Grizzlies, you could forget about the team by the end of April.

I SWEAR

Verdict is in: ‘12 Angry Men’ parody a classic

A recent episode of “Inside Amy Schumer” parodies the 1957 Sidney Lumet movie “12 Angry Men,” with a “jury” of dudes deliberate whether Schumer is “hot enough” to be on TV.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

No need to buy cookbook for one-pot dinners

Have you been lucky enough to see the “As Seen on TV” infomercials of the lady with her “dump cakes?”

STATEWIDE

Tennessee not far from 90 percent high school graduation goal

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee is coming close to reaching the national goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020.

Tennessee unemployment drops to lowest rate in 7 years

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's unemployment rate has dropped to 6 percent, down from 6.3 percent in March and the lowest rate in seven years.

Democrats seek return to relevance in Tennessee politics

NASHVILLE (AP) - For a party once accustomed to dominating state politics, the outlook for Tennessee Democrats is bleak.

Tennessee rolling out new logo for all state agencies

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee is rolling out a new logo that will take the place of dozens of symbols used by state agencies.

NASHVILLE AREA

Funeral service Saturday for TSU professor and state poet

NASHVILLE (AP) - A funeral service will be held Saturday for Dr. Harriette Bias-Insignares, the first African-American poet laureate/ambassador of letters for the state of Tennessee.

MIDSTATE

Warrants executed on Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Office, home

MURFREESBORO (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and FBI executed search warrants at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and the sheriff's home on Thursday amid a public corruption probe.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Tennessee restarting rebates for electric vehicles

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is restarting a rebate program for electric car buyers.

Automotive supplier investing $13M to build Pulaski plant

NASHVILLE (AP) - An automotive supplier is investing more than $13 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Giles County that is expected to create 147 jobs.

General Motors spending $439M for upgrades to Corvette plant

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — General Motors announced Thursday it will spend $439 million to upgrade the Kentucky plant that makes the Chevrolet Corvette sports car.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Yellen: 1st rate hike likely by year end if economy improves

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year — if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate.

US stocks dip in quiet trading ahead of Memorial Day weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing moderately lower in a relatively quiet day ahead of a holiday weekend.

US consumer prices up a slight 0.1 percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices were up slightly in April, but overall gains were held back by another decline in energy costs that offset the biggest one-month jump in medical care in eight years.

IRS refunds $10M to tax preparers who paid to take test

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS is refunding a total of $10 million to thousands of tax preparers who paid to take a competency test, the agency announced Thursday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Clinton: GOP threatening small-business jobs

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Republicans in Congress and GOP presidential hopefuls are threatening tens of thousands of small business jobs by seeking to cut a little-known government agency that guarantees loans to help U.S. exporters, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday.

Obama's Senate allies hope to endorse his trade bill today

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits.

Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances in Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats.

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