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VOL. 35 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 11, 2011

If you’ve got the money, honey ...

Banks wage ‘friendly’ war for Music Row’s fortunes

The Hollywood-based bank that gave Frank Sinatra the ransom money to get back his kidnapped son made a strong move into Nashville this summer.

Financial advisers: Think long-term, let money work

What happens minute-by-minute shouldn’t matter to someone with long-term goals. That’s what one investment company printed at the top of its November newsletter. And while it may be sage advice, finding potential clients that can think long-term is the real challenge facing Midstate financial advisers.

Tips for finding the right financial adviser

Here are some quick tips to consider when choosing a financial adviser:

Local Banks capitalize on consumer outrage

Bank of America and other large national banks recently dropped their plans to add a debit-card usage surcharge to most checking accounts.

Local Weather
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Fall Leadership Breakfast. Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist at Apple and author of 10 books, including Enchantment, Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way, will speak at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Leadership Breakfast on the “benefits of treating every company as a startup.” Belmont University’s Curb Event Center, 1900 Belmont Blvd. Information: nashvillechamber.org, 743-3115.

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Economy, regulations slow bank growth

No new state-chartered banks have started up in Tennessee since Nashville’s Capstar Bank opened in 2008, and it’s been about four years since the state’s Department of Financial Institutions received any applications from groups seeking to launch a bank.

MIBANCO finds niche serving Hispanic community

The growth at MIBANCO, a new bank in Nashville mainly serving the Hispanic population, has been in line with projections, its leadership says.


Spring Hill, downtown lead strong October sales

Home sales in the Nashville region showed strength in October, thanks to first-time and move-up buyers rushing to move into their new houses before the holidays and the onset of winter weather.


Looking for miracle in holiday home sales

With November in full swing, the number of new listings will begin to wane. Traditional wisdom has it that the shoppers abandon their search for homes on the market in favor of markets in the malls. Sellers may think ’tis not the season for listing houses until after the first of the year, or even the spring market.


Titans halfway home, looking for leaders

We’re halfway through coach Mike Munchak’s first season and still have no idea what to make of his Titans.


Epstein, Shockley are ‘Lawyers of the Year’

Jason I. Epstein and Gary C. Shockley, shareholders in the Nashville office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America 2012. Mr. Epstein was named Nashville’s “Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year,” and Mr. Shockley was named Nashville’s “Environmental Litigation Lawyer of the Year.”


Smokeless tobacco ban a good call

“Senators urge baseball players to chew on smokeless tobacco ban,” the headline read


Panel faults judge's membership in segregated Belle Meade Country Club

WASHINGTON (AP) - A panel of federal judges has found that a bankruptcy judge's membership in a Nashville, Tenn., country club that has no women or blacks as full-fledged members violates the judiciary's code of ethics.

Federal judge extends injunction on Occupy Nashville curfew policy

NASHVILLE (AP) - While Occupy Wall Street camps across the country are being evicted, Nashville protesters are staying put, at least for the time being.

Fires did not cause Gallatin company to act

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal investigation into flash fires that killed five people this year at a Gallatin metal powders plant found that multiple reports of earlier small flash fires at two plants did not spur the Hoeganaes Corp. to try to mitigate the hazard, according to a report released Wednesday.

CCA joins non-profit to help amputees

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America is collaborating with a local non-profit organization to help provide artificial limbs to amputees in the West African country of Ghana.


Democrat Eric Stewart announces bid for US House

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Sen. Eric Stewart says he will run to represent Tennessee's 4th Congressional District next year.

Chattanooga-built Passat named Motor Trend Car of Year

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Motor Trend magazine has named the Volkswagen Passat as 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

State aeronautics division has new director

NASHVILLE (AP) — The aeronautics division of the Tennessee Department of Transportation has a new director.


Unemployment aid applications drop to 7-month low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign that layoffs are easing and hiring may pick up.

Rate on 30-year mortgage ticks up to 4 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average rate on the 30-year mortgage stayed near 4 percent for the third straight week, just above the record low. But cheap mortgage rates have done little to boost home sales or refinancing.

US housing starts down slightly in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders started slightly fewer homes in October but submitted plans for a wave of apartments, a mixed sign for the struggling housing market.

Boeing gets biggest order ever from Lion Air

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing Co. has received its largest commercial airplane order ever, topping its own record set less than a week ago.

World stocks lower on European crisis fears

PARIS (AP) — World stocks continued to slide Thursday, as investors worried that Europe's debt crisis was intensifying and spreading to larger countries in the 17-nation euro union.

Report paints dire picture of Greek finances

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece is losing out on about euro60 billion ($81 billion) in uncollected taxes, with half of that caught up in lengthy legal disputes that prevent the debt-ridden country from getting its hands on desperately needed funding, a European Union task force said Thursday.

Sears 3Q loss widens on softness in Canada

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp.'s third-quarter loss widened, dragged down by weakness in Canada, declining consumer electronics sales and softer clothing sales at its Kmart stores.


Occupy protesters march nationwide; many arrested

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators took to the streets around the U.S. on Thursday to mark two months since the movement's birth and signal they aren't ready to quit, despite the breakup of many of their encampments by police.

Boehner: War drawdown savings can't go to jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — With a special deficit-reduction supercommittee floundering, the top Republican in Congress warned Thursday that he won't permit savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to pay for President Barack Obama's jobs spending agenda.

A GOP debt plan would hit some popular tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of taxpayers who take advantage of deductions for mortgage interest, charitable donations and state and local taxes would be targeted for potential tax hikes under a GOP plan to raise taxes by $290 billion over the next decade to help reduce the nation's deficit.

Chu takes responsibility for Solyndra loan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking responsibility for a debacle that has embarrassed the Obama administration, Energy Secretary Steven Chu says he made the final decisions on a half-billion-dollar loan to a California solar company that later went bankrupt.

Obama scolds tobacco firms for fighting new labels

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama — pronounced tobacco-free in his latest medical checkup — has tough words for cigarette makers.


Public records reveal protester support

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A flood of support for Wall Street protesters poured in after Gov. Bill Haslam imposed a curfew that led to the arrests of 55 people in Nashville, according to public records obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

MTSU team wins mock trial competition

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A team from Middle Tennessee State University has won the Mid-South Mock Trial Invitational Tournament at the school.


Stronger factories, lower prices lift economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing is recovering from a slump, and inflation may be peaking.

Citigroup may cut 3,000 or more jobs

NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup Inc. is considering plans to cut 3,000 or more workers as part of an ongoing effort to control expenses.

Consumer prices dip 0.1 pct., as gas prices drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer inflation may have peaked after surging in the spring.

Facebook warns of recent wave of spam

BERLIN (AP) — A recent wave of spam flooding Facebook users' pages with graphic pictures depicting sex and violence has mostly been stopped, but the social networking site said Wednesday that people need to remain vigilant to keep their accounts from being hijacked.

Stocks fall broadly as oil tops $100 a barrel

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell broadly in midday trading Wednesday as the price of oil topped $100 a barrel for the first time since July.

US stock futures edge lower ahead of economic data

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are edging lower ahead of a full day of economic reports.

Oil hits $100, first time since July

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices have hit $100 per barrel for the first time in nearly four months.


Supercommittee: Boehner calls tax plan fair offer

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner publicly blessed a Republican deficit-reduction plan Tuesday that would raise $300 billion in additional tax revenue while overhauling the IRS code, bucking opposition by some GOP presidential hopefuls and colleagues wary of violating a longstanding point of party orthodoxy.

Congress ready to pass bill for vets, contractors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is getting ready to send President Barack Obama a bill helping government contractors and unemployed veterans that contains the first shred of his jobs plan likely to reach his desk for his signature.

Pentagon spending cuts: Dangerous or just overdue?

WASHINGTON (AP) — What are taxpayers supposed to think? The Pentagon says threatened budget cuts will invite aggression, endanger national security and devastate its operations.

Most boomers don't have living wills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people don't want to think about death, much less plan for it — especially when they feel healthy and young in their middle-age years.


Pharmacist sentenced for cash hydrocodone business

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Nashville pharmacist has been sentenced for the unlawful distribution of the narcotic hydrocodone and filing false income tax returns.


Health Department prepared to make $40M in cuts

NASHVILLE (AP) - The fate of about $242 million in federal dollars that the state health department depends upon could be in jeopardy if a special deficit committee in Washington proposes drastic cuts, the agency's chief said Tuesday.

Emails show effort to avoid gay link in Tenn. bill

NASHVILLE (AP) - The main lobbyist for a state law that overruled local protections for gay and lesbian workers led an orchestrated effort to portray the bill as being about best business practices rather than opposition to homosexuality.

Fundraiser fined $720K for misleading donors

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee has fined a Florida-based fundraising company $720,000 for repeatedly failing to tell people that calls soliciting donations to the American Association of State Troopers were coming from a professional fundraiser.

State makes changes to education waiver

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Education is making some changes to a waiver that would allow the state to opt out of the No Child Left Behind law.


Consumers hit retail stores to give economy boost

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers are giving a modest lift to the economy. They spent more on autos, electronics and building supplies in October to boost retail sales for the fifth straight month.

Companies paid less in October for energy, autos

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies paid less in October for gas, new cars and other goods, driving down wholesale prices for the first time since June. The report indicates inflation pressures are easing as the cost of oil and other commodities has declined.

Wal-Mart's 3Q profits down 2.9 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is reporting that the third-quarter profits slipped 2.9 percent and offered a conservative fourth-quarter outlook. But the world's largest retailer announced its first quarterly gain in its U.S. namesake business, reversing a more than two year sales slump.

Staples 3Q profit rises, lowers 2011 outlook

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Staples Inc. said Tuesday that its profit climbed 13 percent in the third quarter, helped in part by improved sales of office and break room supplies to businesses as well as promotional products.

Stocks slump as Italy's key rate hits 7 percent

PARIS (AP) — Rising borrowing rates for many of the eurozone's more indebted countries sent investors scurrying out of stock markets Tuesday, on a day that Italy's premier-designate was looking to get the support of the country's political parties for a technocratic government.

Oil slips below $98 ahead of inventories data

Oil prices slipped below $98 a barrel Tuesday on worries about slowing economies in Europe, despite expectations that U.S. crude inventories are falling and demand could be increasing.


GOP hopefuls oppose potential deficit deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential hopefuls are assaulting a proposal by GOP lawmakers on a bipartisan deficit-reduction panel that calls for increased tax revenues even as the special supercommittee appears increasingly headed for deadlock.

Justices unlikely to have last word on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — The weight of a Supreme Court decision isn't likely to settle the contentious debate over health care in America, a nation disdainful of big government and historically unable to guarantee affordable basic coverage to all its citizens.

Key senator says another FAA shutdown possible

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration is possible because lawmakers haven't resolved a labor issue that's holding up passage of a long-term funding bill for the agency, a key senator said Monday.



Occupy charges ordered dismissed, records expunged

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Nashville judge on Monday dismissed trespassing and other citations against 55 Occupy Nashville protesters and ordered their records expunged.

Muslims upset over Womick's remarks

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Muslims are calling for action against a Tennessee state representative after he said Muslims shouldn't be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.


Todd replaced on committee by Ramsey

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Rep. Bob Ramsey has been named the new chairman of the House State and Local Government Committee.

Memphis, Jackson measures could spark state law

NASHVILLE (AP) - A new liquor store ordinance in Memphis and one in the works for Jackson could serve as a model for a state law.

Rules lag as factory dust explosions kill workers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Each year, people are killed and maimed by explosions of finely powdered wood, metal or chemicals at factories around the country. Safety experts have studied the threat posed by dust at industrial sites for nearly a decade, yet tighter regulations are still years away.


Stocks slip as Italian bond sale renews euro fears

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market fell Monday after a jump in Italy's borrowing costs reminded investors of how much work remains to be done to contain Europe's debt problems.

Bank of America expects $1.8B gain from stake in Chinese bank

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Bank of America will sell most of its remaining shares in China Construction Bank as it raises cash and shores up its capital base.

USDA: 'Locally grown' food a $4.8 billion business

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carolyn Anderson likes to chat up the growers at her local farmers market in Missouri, at times hanging out behind the beds of pickup trucks brimming with ears of corn.

Despite progress in Europe, markets still nervous

PARIS (AP) — European markets pulled back from early gains Monday as the initial relief over new governments in Greece and Italy gave way to the reality that those countries still face tremendous obstacles.

Lowe's 3Q profit sinks 44 percent on charges

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Lowe's Cos.' third-quarter net income sank 44 percent, weighed down by charges tied to store closings and discontinued projects.

Buffett hints about new US stock investments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett says his company bought $10.7 billion of IBM stock this year, about a 5.6 percent stake.

Oil slips below $98 amid Europe debt concerns

Oil prices slipped below $98 a barrel Monday as markets remained cautious about the ability of new leadership in Greece and Italy to manage the countries' financial crisis.


US Supreme Court: Pre-election health care showdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday promised an extraordinarily thorough springtime review of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul — more than five hours of argument, unprecedented in modern times — in time for a likely ruling affecting millions of Americans just before the presidential election in November.

House GOP leader says deficit deal likely

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 Republican in the House said Monday he's still confident that a bipartisan deficit "supercommittee" will be able to reach agreement even though there's little more than a week to go before its deadline.

Airline fined $900,000 for lengthy tarmac delays

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Transportation said Monday it has fined a regional affiliate of American Airlines $900,000 for keeping hundreds of passengers cooped up for hours on planes in Chicago earlier this year, a clear warning to airlines on the eve of the holiday travel season that similar incidents won't be tolerated.

FACT CHECK: Misfires on Iran, China in debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businessman Herman Cain contradicted himself on torture, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney offered a prescription for challenging China that didn't add up and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich seemed to forget about crucial help by Pakistani intelligence in running down terrorists.



State bars new admissions to rehab center in Burns

NASHVILLE (AP) - State mental health officials have suspended all new admissions to a drug addiction treatment center in Dickson County after an investigation raised questions about medical care there.

Governor seeks to drop Occupy Nashville charges

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will ask prosecutors to drop charges against dozens of Occupy Nashville protesters arrested last month for trespassing, his office said Thursday.

Nashville's Parthenon has new exhibition

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new exhibition is on display at Nashville's Parthenon, the world's only full-scale replica of the temple in Athens, Greece.


Goodyear plant in Union City bought

NASHVILLE (AP) - The former Goodyear tire plant in Union City has been sold to a maker of off-road equipment tires.


Latest 'Call of Duty' game breaks sales record

NEW YORK (AP) — By the third time around, it really shouldn't be a surprise. The latest "Call of Duty" video game set a first-day sales record this week, generating $400 million in sales in its first 24 hours in stores. That breaks the record its predecessor set this time last year.

Stocks surge as Italy, Greece allay debt fears

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks surged Friday, erasing their losses for the week, after Italy and Greece moved closer to forming new governments and getting their financial crises under control. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped back above 12,000.

Rate on 30-year mortgage below 4 pct. for 2nd time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell below 4 percent for just the second time in history.

Unemployment aid hits 7-month low, trade gap falls

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for American jobs and trade looked a little brighter Thursday, despite growing uncertainty overseas.

Oil price flirts with $100 per barrel

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil is closing in on $100 per barrel for the first time since summer.

Disney 4Q beats Street on pay TV growth

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's fourth-quarter net income rose 30 percent, thanks to higher spending by theme park visitors and growth at pay TV operations ESPN and Disney Channel.


Senate majority rejects GOP bid to block EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican bid to block new controls on power plant pollution that blows downwind into other states.

National Guard head pushes for Joint Chiefs spot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of the National Guard said Thursday he deserves full membership in the Joint Chiefs of Staff despite opposition from the current chairman and the service chiefs.

Obama delays oil pipeline, Neb. claims victory

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska rancher Bruce Boettcher was ecstatic when he learned the rumors swirling out of Washington were true: plans to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to Texas were on hold to study how environmentally sensitive areas in his state could be avoided.

Panel: Drilling impacts could be 'excessive'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal advisory panel is warning that "serious environmental consequences" could result from the gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing if steps aren't taken to reduce its impacts.

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