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VOL. 35 | NO. 42 | Friday, October 21, 2011

Still shakin'

Building brand, maintaining loyal following keys to success for Nashville's legendary show bands

A couple hours before embarking on a two-day journey to play a wedding in the Hamptons, a costumed superhero steps from a black E-450 Super Duty Ford bus while his band blankets a crowded corner of Centennial Park with brassy, thumping, Earth, Wind & Fire funk.

Curry: Show bands overlooked

“They don’t get the recognition they deserve,” says Nashville R&B/beach music legend Clifford Curry, when talking about the city’s show bands.

‘Night Train’ once ran through Jefferson Street

Frank Howard’s face was the logo of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Night Train to Nashville exhibit and Grammy-winning album compilation that focused on the city’s R&B heritage.

Wedding crusher: Top bands go for $5,000, $7,500 a show

It’s not difficult to find a show band in Nashville that suits the budget and the size of the celebration.

Pre-nup plea: ‘Super T’ must play reception

Stephen Emery, who is in the distressed real estate business in New York City, had one demand when he and fiancee Megan planned their Oct. 8 wedding in the Hamptons: The reception entertainment would be provided by Nashville’s Tyrone Smith Revue.

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19th annual “Haunted Trails of Horror” at the Franklin Recreation Complex. 6:30-9 p.m. today. This family event is not for the faint of heart, and parents should know their child’s spook factor before participating. Admission: $5 (cash only); free for children 3 and younger. Information: 790-5719, wcparksandrec.com.

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Urban Lab sets lofty community goals

When it opens in 2012, Urban Green Lab will offer something completely different in Nashville. A cross between a community center and an educational hub for eco-issues, the non-profit is the brainchild of president and co-founder Dan Heller, a native Nashvillian.


Good architect worth the cost

This week the National Songwriters Association International inducted five new members into its Hall of Fame – Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, John Bettis, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin. While Brooks and Jackson often record material they have written, many songwriters are not signed to major labels and have their songs recorded by various recording artists.


Can’t we all just get along? Maybe not

Football, by nature, is a macho game, from the players who play it, to the guys watching on their couches every weekend.


VUMC’s Stover receives Young Physician Award

Daniel Stover, M.D., chief resident on the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is the recipient of this year’s Holt Young Physician Leadership Award presented by the Southern Medical Association.


Learning how to pay attention to what counts

The phone rang. You were interrupted but you barely noticed.


Heavenly vacation includes Yellowstone’s ‘hell’

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. – This hamlet of 1,000 residents is said to have 4,000 motel rooms, but I don’t have time to count. There’s a park to be explored.


Haslam administration imposes curfew on Capitol

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is imposing a nighttime curfew on the Capitol complex in response to what it calls deteriorating safety conditions surrounding anti-Wall Street protests.

Protesters say they're prepared to be arrested

NASHVILLE (AP) - Occupy Nashville protesters said Thursday that they're prepared to be arrested and plan to go into custody peacefully if they are.


Some college students feel targeted by TN voter ID

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's new voter identification law allows most state and federally issued IDs to be used to vote, including work IDs issued to the faculty and staff of state-run colleges. But the student IDs issued at those same schools are specifically prohibited.


Stocks surge on European debt deal, GDP growth

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are soaring after European leaders agreed on a deal to slash Greece's debt load and prevent the debt crisis there from engulfing larger countries like Italy. Stronger U.S. economic growth and corporate earnings also drove markets higher.

Chrysler posts $212M 3Q profit

DETROIT (AP) — Rising sales and higher prices helped push Chrysler Group LLC back into the black in the latest quarter, another sign that the once-troubled company is turning around under its new Italian management.

Economy grew 2.5 pct. in Q3 as consumers rebound

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew modestly over the summer after nearly stalling in the first six months of the year, lifted by stronger consumer spending and greater business investment.

Contracts to buy homes fell 4.6 percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell for the third straight month in September after the spring-and-summer peak buying season failed to entice new buyers.

US economy likely grew a little faster over summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy likely grew at a faster pace over the summer after a sluggish first half of the year.

Europe crafts debt deal that pleases markets

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders clinched a deal Thursday they hope will mark a turning point in their two-year debt crisis, agreeing after a night of tense negotiations to have banks take bigger losses on Greece's debts and to boost the region's weapons against the market turmoil.

Procter & Gamble's net income falls 2 percent

CINCINNATI (AP) — Procter & Gamble Co.'s net income fell 2 percent in the fiscal first quarter, a sign that the consumer-goods giant is battling higher costs.

Colgate-Palmolive 3Q profit up on higher prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Colgate-Palmolive says its net income rose 4 percent in the third quarter thanks to higher prices, cost controls and strong sales in emerging markets.


Study questions outsourcing traffic camera systems

WASHINGTON (AP) — One out of every five Americans lives in a community that pays a for-profit company to install and operate cameras that record traffic violations. A pro-consumer group says that practice could end up putting profits ahead of safety and accuracy.


Lawmakers study options for lottery scholarships

NASHVILLE (AP) — State lawmakers are looking at more than a dozen possible scenarios for the future of lottery scholarships, most of which involve cutting the number of students eligible or how much money they get.


86-year-old had to pay for photo ID to vote

MURFREESBORO (AP) - A Murfreesboro man had to pay $8 to get a photo ID in order to be eligible to vote under a new state voting law. The law allows residents over 60 without a photo ID to get one for free.

Songwriters, music reps discuss property rights in Washington

NASHVILLE (AP) — Songwriters and music industry representatives are meeting in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn to discuss protection of intellectual property rights.


State library shares records with Ancestry.com

NASHVILLE (AP) — Millions of historical records from the State Library and Archives will be available for genealogy research online under a new agreement with Ancestry.com, an online family history resource.


Study: Rich get a lot richer, outpace middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) — The richest 1 percent of Americans have been getting far richer over the last three decades while the middle class and poor have seen their after-tax household income only crawl up in comparison, according to a government study.

Stocks push higher on Europe reports

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks pushed higher in afternoon trading Wednesday following reports that China will come to the aid of Europe by buying bonds.

New-home sales tick up as builders slash prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes rose in September after four straight monthly declines, largely because builders cut their prices in the face of depressed demand.

US companies ramp up spending, pump up hope

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies ordered more heavy machinery, computers and other long-lasting manufactured goods in September, a positive sign for the slumping economy.

US stock futures rise on stronger earnings

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures rose Wednesday after Boeing Co., Corning Inc. and other companies reported stronger earnings and ahead of a key meeting on Europe's debt crisis.

Ford 3Q profit falls 2 pct to $1.6 billion

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it earned $1.6 billion in the third quarter, down 2 percent from a year ago. The decline was partly due to a charge for hedging on commodities like copper whose prices fell during the quarter.

Ex-Goldman board member surrenders in trading case

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Goldman Sachs board member surrendered to federal authorities Wednesday to face criminal charges stemming from a massive hedge fund insider trading case.


Ring sentenced to 20 months in lobbying scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former lobbyist who was a rising star under Jack Abramoff's tutelage was sentenced Wednesday to nearly two years in prison for giving public officials meals and event tickets.

Obama college loan plan aims at an old voting bloc

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to shore up support among cash-strapped college graduates and students struggling with rising tuition costs, President Barack Obama is outlining a plan to allow millions of student loan recipients to lower their payments and consolidate their loans.

House to repeal law withholding contractors' taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Against a backdrop of thousands of government contractors underpaying their taxes by billions of dollars, Congress decided in 2006 to start withholding 3 percent of the contracted price until taxes owed are paid. It never happened.

Poll: Many boomers staying put amid bad economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — As baby boomers look ahead to retirement, they'd prefer a home that is affordable, accessible to medical care and close to family. But an Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll finds that amid a shaky economy, few think it's likely they'll move in retirement.


Megabus to add Atlanta hub to serve Nashville, 10 other cities

ATLANTA (AP) — Megabus, a bus service operating in the U.S. and Canada, has announced that it is adding an Atlanta hub and will run buses from there to 11 cities.

HealthStream 3Q profit more than doubles

NASHVILLE (AP) — HealthStream Inc., which provides Internet-based educational and training content for health care professionals, said Monday its third-quarter net income rose on greater revenue from both its learning and research businesses.

Hotel cancels contract for anti-Sharia conference

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville hotel has canceled a contract for an anti-Sharia conference, citing business concerns.


Tenn. Black Caucus raises redistricting concerns

NASHVILLE (AP) — Members of the Legislative Black Caucus on Tuesday raised concerns about what they called a lack of input in redistricting discussions in the Republican-controlled General Assembly and said they are preparing for legal action if that doesn't change.

Todd postpones fundraiser after DUI, gun arrest

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Rep. Curry Todd is postponing a fundraiser originally scheduled to take place one week after his first court appearance on drunken driving and gun charges.


Survey: Home prices up in half of major US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home prices rose in August in half of major cities measured by a private survey, a sign that prices are stabilizing in some hard-hit portions of the country.

Just in time for the holidays, a bad economic mood

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans say they feel worse about the economy than they have since the depths of the Great Recession. And it's a bad time for a bad mood because households are starting to make their holiday budgets.

Oil jumps to $94 ahead of Europe debt plan

Oil prices jumped to $94 a barrel Tuesday on tightening crude supplies and as investors seemed confident that a plan in Europe to contain the region's debt crisis would be revealed soon.

Stocks cautious ahead of Europe debt plan

PARIS (AP) — Stock markets fluctuated on Tuesday as investors cautiously waited for European leaders to unveil a plan to tackle the continent's debt crisis, while corporate earnings were mostly upbeat.

DuPont reports 23 pct increase in 3Q earnings

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Chemical maker DuPont says strong demand for its agricultural products helped boost third-quarter net income by 23 percent.

US Steel earns $22M profit on higher prices

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Steel says it earned a profit of $22 million in the third-quarter as most of its steel sold for higher prices. The company lost $51 million in the year-ago quarter.


Government job losses a growing drag on recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Republicans have long clamored for government downsizing. They're starting to get it — by default.


Cigna to buy HealthSpring for $3.8B

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Cigna Corp. will buy fellow health insurer HealthSpring Inc. in a $3.8 billion deal as it becomes the latest managed-care company to snap up a bigger share of the fast-growing Medicare Advantage market.

Baker Donelson merges with Texas law firm

Nashville-based law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC has merged with the Houston’s Spain Chambers, marking Baker Donelson's entry into Texas with a major step in the Firm's continuing strategic growth.

Accountants group meeting this week in Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) — The 104th annual meeting of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy begins Monday in Nashville.

Self-described Redneck Party set to protest speech

NASHVILLE (AP) — A group calling itself the Redneck Party is planning to protest a speech by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.


Governor wants pay analysis for state workers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam wants a study on state workers' salaries with the intent of keeping state salaries competitive with private industry.

Commission offers $5,000 fellowships to artists

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Arts Commission is recognizing the state's professional artists.


Netflix loses 800,000 US subscribers in tough 3Q

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's third-quarter earnings rose 65 percent even though the video subscription service suffered the biggest customer losses in its history.

Takeovers, anticipated European deal lift stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are closing at the highest point since the U.S. debt limit showdown in August. A round of corporate takeovers and reports that Europe's bailout fund will be larger than originally thought drove the market higher.

Nissan aims to be world No. 1 in green vehicles

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is aiming to be the world's No. 1 in green cars, targeting cumulative sales of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2017 with alliance partner Renault SA of France.

The IPO market, an engine of job growth, stalls

NEW YORK (AP) — Two companies with quirky names, Ubiquiti Networks and Zeltiq Aesthetics, made their public debuts earlier this month with listings on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Each company's stock went up modestly on the first day of trading.

World stocks up on hopes of debt crisis resolution

MILAN (AP) — World markets rose Monday as European leaders worked their way toward a long-awaited plan to fight the continent's 2-year-old debt crisis and China and Japan posted strong economic data.

Deeper flaws in euro will take years to fix

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Markets want European leaders to find a convincing way to ease the eurozone debt crisis by the middle of the week.

Oil price rises above $90 on signs of growth

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices on Monday climbed to the highest level in more than a month on signs of economic growth in the U.S. and Asia.

Wal-Mart ups the ante in holiday price matching

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, announced a new holiday price-matching strategy that aims to pull in procrastinators early by giving them a big incentive: a guarantee they'll get the lowest prices no matter when they buy during the season.


Obama to promote new steps to help housing woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to circumvent congressional opposition, President Barack Obama will promote a series of executive branch steps aimed at jumpstarting the economy this week, beginning with new rules to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages.

Feds close banks in Ga, Fla, Colo; 84 failures so far in 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators on Friday closed two banks in Georgia and one each in Florida and Colorado, raising to 84 the number of U.S. banks that have failed this year.

Demise of Obama long-term care plan leaves gap

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's decision to pull the plug on a financially flawed long-term care insurance plan is likely to worsen a dilemma most middle-class families are totally unprepared for.


TDOT hires environmental chief, changes logo

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Department of Transportation has hired a new chief environment and planning officer and replaced a green logo introduced by his Democratic predecessor.

Lawmakers try again for welfare drug testing

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are once again proposing legislation that would require drug testing for welfare recipients.

September Tennessee unemployment up 9.8 percent

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's September unemployment rate of 9.8 percent rose slightly from the previous month.

91-year-old can't get voter ID because of line

MURFREESBORO (AP) - Ninety-one-year-old Virginia Lasater says she was unable to obtain a voter ID on Wednesday because she was physically unable to stand in a long line at a driver testing center.

96-year-old Chattanooga woman obtains voter ID

NASHVILLE (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Safety says a 96-year-old Chattanooga woman who was denied a photo identification card has obtained one.

Jack Daniel's distillery targeted for more taxes

NASHVILLE (AP) — For decades, Jack Daniel's whiskey has celebrated its small Tennessee hometown of Lynchburg with folksy, black-and-white advertisements urging folks to slow down and have a sip.

State receives $16.2M in highway safety grants

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee is getting more than $16 million to support highway safety.


Nashville woman sentenced for embezzling retirement, medical benefits

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Tennessee woman has been sentenced in Baton Rouge to 37 months in federal prison after admitting she embezzled over $491,000 in retirement and medical benefits for laborers in Louisiana and four other states.

US reps seek new law after raids at Gibson guitars

NASHVILLE (AP) - Two members of Tennessee's congressional delegation on Thursday announced federal legislation aimed at quelling fears among owners of musical instruments and other products made from imported wood that they could face prosecution under a law that has led to raids on Gibson Guitar Corp.

City National's profit grows but misses estimates

LOS ANGELES (AP) — City National Corp. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income rose 20 percent as revenue increased and it set aside less money for loan losses.


Stocks rise sharply on solid corporate earnings

Stocks are rallying after McDonald's and other large corporations reported solid third-quarter earnings.

Wal-Mart cuts some health care coverage

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest private employer, is scaling back health care coverage for future part-time workers while raising premiums for many of its full-time workers, particularly tobacco users.

Unemployment rates fall in half of US states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in half of U.S. states last month, a sign that September's pickup in hiring was felt around the country.

US stock futures up after solid corporate earnings

U.S. stock index futures are rising after a round of solid corporate earnings reports.

McDonald's net income rises 9 percent

McDonald's net income rises 9 percent

Economy shows signs of health after summer slump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy appears slightly healthier than many had feared it was a few weeks ago, raising hopes that it can end the year on an upward slope.

Groupon's fall to earth swifter than its fast rise

NEW YORK (AP) — Only a few months ago, Groupon was the Internet's next great thing. Business media christened it the fastest growing company ever. Copycats proliferated. And investors salivated over the prospect of Groupon going public.

GE 3Q profit rises 18 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. said Friday that its third-quarter profit rose 18 percent as its lending business continues to rebound.

Incomes down for most but up for wealthiest

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is reporting that 50 percent of U.S. workers earned less than $26,364 last year, reflecting a growing income gap between the nation's rich and poor.

Gadhafi's death helps clear way for oil exports

NEW YORK (AP) — It will still be several months before Libya can export as much oil as it did before it descended into civil war earlier this year. But the killing of Moammar Gadhafi reduces the chance that violence will get in the way as Libya cranks up production again.

California adopts extensive 'cap-and-trade' plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California formally adopted America's most comprehensive so-called "cap-and-trade" system Thursday, an experiment by the world's eighth-largest economy that is designed to provide financial incentives for polluters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Rate on 30-year fixed mortgage falls to 4.11 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage was nearly unchanged this week after rising sharply last week.


Obama announces total Iraq troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all American troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.

AP sources: Bachmann staff in New Hampshire quits

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is losing her New Hampshire staff.

Gadhafi death another victory for Obama doctrine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi expands the growing string of security victories on President Barack Obama's watch and reinforces his own style of dealing with enemies without immersing the United States in war. Even skeptics offered congratulations.

Obama would veto GOP jobs bill over spending cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is promising to veto Republican-backed legislation that would prevent the government from withholding 3 percent of payments to government contractors.

Senate OKs Obama pick to head Commerce Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Thursday to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of former utility executive John Bryson to head the Commerce Department, easily overcoming conservatives' objections that his pro-environmental views made him unsuited for the job.

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