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VOL. 38 | NO. 35 | Friday, August 29, 2014

Embracing cremation: High cost of funerals drives search for end-of-life alternatives

Tennessee, other Southern states slower to change

As business decisions go, this was a tricky one.

A more earth-friendly burial option now available

When Dara Ashworth’s father died this spring after battling metastatic melanoma, she and her two sisters struggled with the best way to honor his life, his memory and his body.

STREET LEVEL

Developers swing, miss in attempt to buy prime Germantown locale

The first time I stepped into this mustard-yellow building at 300 Jefferson Street to ask how it felt to have the Nashville Sounds moving in across the street, Wayne Woelk, 50, was having a heart attack.

Local Weather
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Partly Cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 93%

EVENTS

Gulch Beer Fest. Featuring 40 southern craft beer brewers and over 100 different types of beer. For the price of your ticket you can enjoy unlimited samples of beer, music, food trucks and local vendors. Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Tickets: $50-$100. Information: www.gulchbeerfest.com/

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REALTY CHECK

Is it really time to relax lending standards?

Just when you thought it was safe to believe in the wisdom of the system, they pull this.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions July 2014

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

Top Davidson County lenders for July 2014

A look at Davidson County’s top lenders based on total number of all loans, commercial and residential.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Veteran Titan gives human face to ALS awareness

A year ago, Tim Shaw was trying to hang on to his roster spot with the Tennessee Titans.

UT SPORTS

Freshman orientation: Vols among NCAA’s youngest headed into Sunday opener

KNOXVILLE – For better or worse, University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones won’t need to wait long to see the talent level of his highly touted freshman class.

NEWSMAKERS

Felker to chair Metro Board of Health

Samuel L. Felker of Baker Donelson has been elected chair of the Metropolitan Board of Health.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Author navigates his way out of Glass Closet

The view from your office is quite magnificent.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Ice Bucket Challenge spotlights power of viral video

Perhaps one of the greatest viral phenomena – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – has dominated social media channels for the past month, raising an impressive $70 million to date, compared to $2.5 million typically raised by the nonprofit during the same time period.

THE WORLDLY INVESTOR

Welcome to rapidly changing Hong Kong

I have now lived in Hong Kong for nearly a month and just realized that I have failed to properly introduce you. Allow me to give you the tour.

FAMILY TRAVEL

Not too late to make Labor Day/late summer getaway

Labor Day, the traditional end to summer. Public swimming pools are closing and college football is underway.

CAREER CORNER

Minimizing jargon might help you land that job

Recently, my doctor explained a topic so complicated that even my two advanced degrees weren’t helping to decipher what she was talking about.

I SWEAR

Getting to the bottom of comic strip’s mistake

In the statewide daily I read each morning, the Aug. 13, 2014 “Judge Parker” comic strip featured legal secretary Gloria saying to senior partner Sam, “Rocky Ledge is talking about having Steve come aboard as corporate council” (sic).

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

It’s the pits choosing between these olive varieties

My 2-year-old grandson, Landon, loves olives and pickles, which he calls “ahwives” and “bickles.”

SPORTS

Temple upsets mistake-prone Vanderbilt 37-7

NASHVILLE (AP) — Temple showed how much it's changed since last year. In the process, the Owls also exposed how different things are for Vanderbilt in the post-James Franklin era.

NASHVILLE AREA

Dollar General still wants to buy Family Dollar

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General Corp. said it still wants to buy rival Family Dollar, even though its nearly $9 billion offer was rejected by the discount retailer last week.

MIDSTATE

Automotive parts maker expanding Smyrna facility

SMYRNA (AP) — An automotive parts manufacturer is expanding its distribution facility in Smyrna and is expected to create more than 130 additional jobs in Rutherford County.

STATEWIDE

8 apply to become next Tennessee attorney general

NASHVILLE (AP) - Eight candidates submitted applications with the Tennessee Supreme Court by Friday's deadline to be considered for the next eight-year term as state attorney general.

HEALTH CARE

Gov. Haslam's Medicaid talk draws GOP criticism

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's suggestion this week that he may soon submit a proposal for Medicaid expansion in Tennessee received some blowback from a fellow Republican leader in the Legislature on Friday.

Judge to hear health advocacy groups' lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments in a lawsuit accusing the state of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law.

Advocates urge governor to expand Medicaid

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state chapter of the NAACP and other advocates for health care on Thursday urged Gov. Bill Haslam to expand Medicaid in Tennessee, and the Republican governor says he's considering a plan.

STATE LEGISLATURE

AG gives opinion for District 30 seat replacement

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's attorney general has released an opinion on the legal mechanism for filling the District 30 seat held by Democratic state Sen. Jim Kyle.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.1 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average 30-year U.S. mortgage rate remained at a 52-week low of 4.10 this week.

Contracts to buy US homes rise in hopeful sign

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, a sign that buying has improved as mortgage rates have slipped, the number of listings has risen and the rate of price increases has slowed.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end higher following strong run in August

The Standard & Poor's 500 index delivered its fourth record high in five days Friday, ending with the biggest monthly gain since February.

US consumer sentiment improves a bit in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. The increase largely occurred among higher-income groups.

As stocks rise, so does anxiety: Time to get out?

NEW YORK (AP) — Is it time to cash out of stocks? The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and with each record close, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee. If only you had done that in the crashes that began in 2000 and 2008, you might be a lot richer.

US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed in July.

Survey: Americans' pessimism on economy has grown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.

US economy grew at brisk 4.2 pct. rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated.

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