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VOL. 39 | NO. 26 | Friday, June 26, 2015

It’s gonna be a long, hot, delicious summer

New restaurants, pop-ups, special events you won’t want to miss

Summertime brings us wedges of juicy watermelon and drippy ice cream cones. It yields pies piled with blackberries and peaches so fresh they can fill a room with their aroma.

Martin, Wilson travel parallel paths to success

Pitmaster Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Chef Tandy Wilson of City House didn’t know one another in early 2007. Yet they’d soon have more than a few things in common.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Haslam needs to back up call for more local control

If Gov. Bill Haslam is trying to build political capital, he’s making the right move by trying to light a fire under local officials.

Capitol Commission to review which historical figures should be honored

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell are encouraging the Tennessee Capitol Commission to evaluate the characteristics of Tennesseans honored in the Capitol Complex.

Local Weather
Today
Nashville, TN
76°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 5 mph
Humidity: 82%

EVENTS

10,000 Scoop Challenge: Free Moose Tracks Ice Cream. Denali Flavors, developers of Moose Tracks flavor of ice cream, has partnered with Purity Dairy to host a free ice cream giveaway. Ten-thousand scoops of Moose Tracks will be given away. For each scoop eaten, Denali Flavors will donate $1 to Operation Finally Home in an effort to raise $10,000 to support its mission of providing custom-made, mortgage-free homes to local wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fallen. Tuesday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Walk of Fame Park.

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REALTY CHECK

Uncomfortable truths in black and white of contracts

Bill Decker of Decker Wealth Management was recently discussing a contract issue he had with one of his vendors, the issue being whether Decker should be allowed to purchase additional product at a certain price.

REAL ESTATE

Top commercial real estate transactions for May 2015

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

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage edges up to 4.02 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mixed this week, marking slight increases or declines but remaining close to high levels for the year.

BEYOND BELIEF

French: Right favors ‘buycotts’ over boycotts

The Rev. Franklin Graham is so not cool with gay couples who express their romantic feelings using more than a subtle nod from across the room.

NEWSMAKERS

Lidvall selected as president of O’Charley’s

American Blue Ribbon Holdings has announced the appointment of Ned R. Lidvall as president of O’Charley’s, the company’s largest brand.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Mini Hardtop adds 2 doors, keeps tight handling

The Mini Cooper Hardtop has oodles of personality, go-kart handling and now, of all things, four doors and a big, color-changing “mood ring” on the dashboard.

FAMILY TRAVEL

Naysayer finds happiness in the land of Mickey

I must’ve been out of my mind. How else to explain an anti-Disney person deciding to travel two time zones to visit Disneyland, just days after the official kickoff of the madness of the 60th anniversary celebration?

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Sales gauging techniques that move the needle

Unless you have more sales from ideal customers than you know what to do with, your organization can benefit from sales measurement strategies. They allow you to not only forecast future sales but also to dissect your team’s success through each step of the sales cycle in order to fine-tune your approach and improve results.

CAREER CORNER

Negotiate a less-painful exit before accepting job

Last week, the Internet was buzzing about the struggles of Gap and Lucky Magazine.

I SWEAR

It’s easy to botch Murphy’s Law origin story

Whatever can go wrong will go wrong. That’s a common wording for the epigram we call “Murphy’s Law.” Granted, others have said it somewhat differently.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Blackberries: Plump, juicy, delicious and available

At first, I didn’t know what to write about, and then I thought about the blackberries my mom is growing in her backyard. Since blackberries are ripening as I write, I decided to use them as my topic.

STATEWIDE

New laws include 48-hour waiting period for abortion

NASHVILLE (AP) - A mandate for a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion is one of many new Tennessee laws taking effect Wednesday.

88 of 95 Tennessee counties complying with same-sex ruling

NASHVILLE (AP) - Seven of Tennessee's 95 counties were not issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, but officials say technical hurdles, rather than political objections, were to blame for the majority of the delays.

THP stepping up safety patrol over July Fourth holiday

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is taking steps to try to make the Fourth of July holiday period as safe as possible.

Tennessee, Kentucky receiving grants for unemployment aid

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Tennessee and Kentucky are receiving assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor to help unemployed residents find work and determine eligibility.

REAL ESTATE

US home prices climbing steadily amid stronger demand

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit jumps in Denver and San Francisco.

COURTS

US court agrees Apple violated antitrust law in e-book entry

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple violated antitrust laws by colluding with publishers to raise electronic book prices when it entered a market in 2010 that had been dominated by Amazon.com, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Consumer confidence index climbs to 101.4 in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer confidence showed a solid gain in June following a modest increase in May, supporting the view that strong job gains are giving a boost to the overall economy.

US stocks notch gains as investors follow Greek debt talks

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing slightly higher as investors followed talks between Greece and its creditors.

Greece, creditors to discuss new plan as bailout to expire

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's European creditors were assessing a last-minute proposal Athens made for a new two-year rescue deal, submitted just hours before the country's international bailout program expires and it loses access to billions of euros in funds.

Willis Group joins with Towers Watson in $18B deal

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The insurer Willis Group Holdings PLC will tie up with Towers Watson in an all-stock deal valued at about $18 billion.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.

Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Groups trying to curb the partisan sculpting of House districts are hoping their Supreme Court victory will prompt more states to create independent commissions to redraw congressional lines.


MONDAY, JUNE 29
STATE LEGISLATURE

Supporters seek to revive Tennessee Medicaid expansion plan

NASHVILLE (AP) - Supporters of a failed plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee met Monday to renew an effort to try to pass it after a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold health insurance subsidies.

COURTS

Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against federal regulators' attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

Justices won't hear appeal from BP, Anadarko over Gulf spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear appeals from BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. over Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Justices won't hear Google appeal in dispute with Oracle

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is staying out of a long-running legal battle between technology giants Oracle and Google over copyright protection for a computer program that powers most of the world's smartphones and computer tablets.

Decisions in last 3 Supreme Court cases expected today

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is meeting for the final time until the fall to decide three remaining cases and add some new ones for the term that starts in October.

NASHVILLE AREA

President Barack Obama to visit Middle Tennessee Wednesday

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Middle Tennessee on Wednesday to discuss how the nation can continue to build on progress made under the Affordable Care Act, which has helped more than 16 million Americans gain health insurance, the White House says.

REAL ESTATE

US pending home sales climb to 9-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in May, as pending sales climbed to their highest level in more than nine years.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Incomes rise for bottom 99 pct.; US inequality still worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Solid job growth is finally boosting paychecks for the rest of us.

US stocks notch worst day of year as Greek crisis escalates

NEW YORK (AP) — Fears that Greece's troubles could spread through the global financial system shook markets on Monday, driving U.S. stocks to their worst day of the year.

Greeks hit by closed banks, warnings from eurozone

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a July 5 referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma.

Hundreds in London rally for unity with Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes as it closes its banks and limits money withdrawals (all times local):

International economists release critical Puerto Rico report

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — International economists released a critical report on Puerto Rico's economy Monday on the heels of the governor's warning that the island can't pay its $72 billion public debt.


FRIDAY, JUNE 26
STATEWIDE

Same-sex couple marries in Nashville after ban overturned

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nikki Vonhaejer and Lauren Mesnard became the first same-sex couple to marry in Nashville after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the state's gay marriage ban on Friday.

Tenn. reactions to the US Supreme Court's health care ruling

NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold health insurance subsidies in states that do not operate their own insurance exchanges means the more than 155,000 Tennesseans who use the subsidies will not lose their health insurance. Here's a look at who is getting subsidies in Tennessee and what Tennesseans are saying about the ruling:

Test score results show gains in all high school subjects

NASHVILLE (AP) - State education officials say they're taking steps to address reading test scores that have remained relatively flat in early grade levels over the past five years.

NASHVILLE AREA

Tennessee State professor honored for work in agronomy

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Tennessee State University professor is being honored for his contributions to the field of agronomy.

Tennessee Titans' home field to be renamed Nissan Stadium

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Titans' home field is changing its name from LP Field to Nissan Stadium.

COURTS

Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Federal lawsuit filed over new Tennessee abortion laws

NASHVILLE (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed in federal court over two abortion laws scheduled to take effect Wednesday.

Obama health care law survives second Supreme Court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans.

Reaction to the Supreme Court's health care decision

Reaction to the Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding tax subsidies in President Barack Obama's health care law:

HEALTH CARE

HCA, other hospital stocks leap after Supreme Court backs overhaul

Investors in hospital stocks rejoiced Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld a key portion of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and eliminated the prospect of a sudden influx of uninsured patients seeking care.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Economic officials say Tesla factory will open in a year

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada economic officials say work on a massive Tesla Motors battery factory east of Reno is going smoothly and it should be operational within a year.

Google's new self-driving cars cruising Silicon Valley roads

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters as an ambitious project to transform the way people get around shifts into its next phase.

TECHNOLOGY

To sway regulators, Charter pledges to play nice on Internet

NEW YORK (AP) — Charter is trying to convince the government that consumers will benefit if it is allowed to create a cable giant through its proposed $67.1 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Survey: Consumer sentiment up to highest level since January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer sentiment rose this month to the highest level since January, suggesting that spending will strengthen this year.

Stocks end mostly lower as Greece debt deadline approaches

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks had a mixed day Friday, as investors waited for negotiators to finish their work on a solution to Greece's debt problems. Chinese stocks plunged 7 percent as fears spread that a yearlong bull rally there has become overheated. China's benchmark index is still up more than double over the past year.

Agency posts thousands of complaints against banks, others

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released thousands of complaints Thursday from disgruntled customers of banks, credit card companies and other providers of financial services.

Greece, creditors edging closer to rescue deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece and its rescue creditors edged closer to a deal on loans needed to avoid a potentially disastrous bankruptcy, but angry objections in Athens to some demands kept the talks on edge ahead of a key meeting this weekend.

NATIONAL POLITICS

With court defeat, GOP health law effort now aimed at '16

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's resounding rejection of a conservative attempt to gut President Barack Obama's health care overhaul won't stop Republicans from attacking the law they detest. But now, their efforts will be chiefly about teeing up the issue for the 2016 presidential and congressional elections.

House completes Obama's trade items as Pacific pact looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Congress rounded out President Barack Obama's trade package Thursday, overwhelmingly passing a worker training program just weeks after it was stymied.

Conservatives to the rescue: Obama's health care, trade wins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cracking the often-lamented partisanship of Washington, a Republican-led Congress and a conservative Supreme Court chief justice delivered back-to-back victories for President Barack Obama's ambitious trade and health care initiatives.

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