VOL. 36 | NO. 44 | Friday, November 2, 2012
Suppose something in your house is broken, perhaps a commode, an HVAC (heating, ventilating, air conditioning, by the way), or maybe something electrical. So, you consult friends, Realtors and the Internet in order to remedy the situation.
To paraphrase Forrest Gump, the TSSAA playoffs are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.
Saint Thomas Health has announced that long-time health care executive Wes Littrell will retire at the end of the calendar year. Littrell is the chief strategy officer for Saint Thomas Health and chief executive officer of Saint Thomas Health Affiliates.
According to last week’s earnings report, Facebook is fueling growing ad revenue.
SMART STUFF 4 WORK
As it turns out, it appears that your brain does not know the difference in real or imagined events.
Fresh off writing about Boren’s When in Doubt, Mumble, I see Joe Queenan’s article, Office jargon - where meaning goes to die, in The Rotarian magazine.
KAY'S COOKING CORNER
This week, I have an article about useful kitchen tips that I hope will make your kitchen work and food preparation easier and faster.
NASHVILLE (AP) - The number of patients sickened in Tennessee by an outbreak of fungal meningitis has risen to 80, but the number of deaths in the state remained at 13.
NASHVILLE (AP) - The commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services is asking for more than $8 million to hire new staff and make other improvements to the agency that has been highly scrutinized over children's deaths.
LYNCHBURG (AP) — For a second holiday season, the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg is donating more than $100,000 to help troops and their families travel during the holiday season and is asking the public to help support this campaign.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Its place assured alongside Medicare and Medicaid, President Barack Obama's health care law is now in a sprint to the finish line, with just 11 months to go before millions of uninsured people can start signing up for coverage.
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com has added wine to the long list of products it sells through its online marketplace.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 355,000, a possible sign of a healing job market. But officials cautioned that the figures were distorted by Superstorm Sandy.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks slid on Wall Street Thursday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average logged its biggest one-day drop of the year, as investors fretted about the potential for gridlock in Washington.
The price of oil is above $85 per barrel, getting back a small part of the big losses from Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Damage in New York state from Superstorm Sandy could total $33 billion when all is said and done, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday as the state began cleaning up from a nor'easter that dumped snow, brought down power lines and left hundreds of thousands of new customers in darkness.
NEW YORK (AP) — Areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy are dealing with new outages after a nor'easter left a blanket of snow that snapped storm-weakened trees and downed power lines.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit declined to the lowest level in almost two years as exports rose to a record high, a gain that is not expected to last given the global economic slowdown.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage was little changed this week, staying slightly above its record low. Cheaper mortgages are helping drive a modest housing recovery.
BOSTON (AP) — Employee 401(k) accounts grew more than 4 percent in the third quarter as a rising stock market boosted investment returns, and contributions from workers and their employers increased.
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's Corp. is having trouble stomaching the competition.
NEW YORK (AP) — Attention frustrated Black Friday shoppers who can never grab that hot product: Wal-Mart is hoping to relieve some of that anxiety.
NEW YORK (AP) — Wendy's says its net loss widened in the third quarter as it paid off debt, but noted that a key sales figure rose.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking little time to celebrate, President Barack Obama is setting out to leverage his re-election into legislative success in an upcoming showdown with congressional Republicans over taxes, deficits and the impending "fiscal cliff." House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans are willing to consider some form of higher tax revenue as part of the solution — but only "under the right conditions."
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Democratic leaders said Wednesday that they plan to talk with Gov. Bill Haslam about expanding pre-kindergarten classes after the state's education commissioner said he doesn't plan to request funding for an expansion.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Republicans secured a supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature in Tuesday's election, the first time that has happened since Reconstruction.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Here's a list of vote margins in key legislative races in early returns in Tuesday's election in the Tennessee General Assembly.
MEMPHIS (AP) — Poll watchers in Memphis and Nashville reported many voting problems on Tuesday, but few had to do with Tennessee's new voter photo ID law.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's state budget hearings continue in Nashville with presentations by officials for transportation, children's services and other departments.
NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee Republican congressman won re-election on Tuesday overcoming revelations that he once had an affair with a patient and urged her to get an abortion.
NASHVILLE (AP) - Two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White has reached a deal to settle public intoxication and vandalism charges in Nashville.
NASHVILLE (AP) — The future will be the focus at a Vanderbilt University seminar.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Legendary guitars will be on display at the Tennessee State Museum.
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's stock is falling along with a sell-off in the broader market.
Wall Street greeted a second Obama term the way it greeted the first.
The price of oil tumbled nearly 5 percent Wednesday, its biggest decline of the year, as traders shifted their focus back to the struggles of the global economy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans took out more student and auto loans in September to boost consumer borrowing to a record level. But they cut back on credit card borrowing, a sign many remain cautious about taking on high-interest debt.
NEW YORK (AP) — A nor'easter blustered into New York and Jersey on Wednesday, threatening to swamp homes all over again, plunge neighborhoods back into darkness and inflict more misery on tens of thousands of people still reeling from Superstorm Sandy.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major airlines scrapped flights in and out of the New York area Wednesday as the region was socked with the second significant storm in little more than a week.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kraft Foods' net income rose 13 percent in the third quarter, the food maker said Wednesday, as new products and increased advertising helped it top Wall Street expectations.
NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's posted a 4.3 percent increase in third-quarter net income, helped by the department store owner's efforts to tailor merchandise to local markets and bring in trendy exclusive brands.
NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner said Wednesday that its third-quarter earnings grew 2 percent, as a strong performance in its cable television channels offset declines in the Warner Bros. movie business following the final Harry Potter movie last summer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat in Congress called Wednesday for a quick solution to Washington's "fiscal cliff" in an upcoming post-election session of Congress.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some reward.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election, coupled with Republicans' continued hold on the House, gives both parties a chance to rethink, and perhaps undo, the bitter partisanship that has gripped Washington for four years and frustrated Americans who see big problems going unsolved.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's quarterly profit rose nearly 8 percent, but the Japanese automaker lowered its full-year forecasts Tuesday because of a sales slump in China and weakness in Europe.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Strong sales of its luxury cars in China helped Germany's BMW AG overcome weak markets in crisis-ridden Europe.
NASHVILLE (AP) - The United Methodist Publishing House will move all retail sales to its online portal and call centers, closing its Cokesbury bookstores.
NASHVILLE (AP) - Metro Nashville Police are holding a Decatur, Ga., man in jail after arresting him with phony Tennessee Titans tickets and $100 bills that appear counterfeit.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Voters who cast ballots Tuesday or during Tennessee's 14-day early voting period talk about their selections and the general election.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Republicans are poised to get their first super majority - or more - in both chambers of the Legislature on Tuesday.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Two years after upsetting the incumbent Democrat, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is the only Tennessee member of Congress facing a serious challenge in Tuesday's general election.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Country singer Sammy Kershaw is thankful to be alive after his tour bus was struck by another vehicle.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing sharply higher on Wall Street as Americans head to the polls in a closely fought U.S. presidential election.
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil jumped the most in a month Tuesday as investors, along with voters across the country, awaited the results of the U.S. presidential election.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. The report suggests hiring will likely remain modest in the coming months.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 5 percent in September compared with a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase since July 2006. The gain reported by CoreLogic offered more evidence of a sustainable housing recovery.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posted net income of $2.9 billion for the July-September quarter, its second straight profitable quarter.
The U.S. stock market was closed on Election Day through the 1980 election. How it has performed on Election Day in the years since:
NEW YORK (AP) — From trying to figure out where people would live to how they would be able to vote and when all the lights will finally come on, government officials are still facing multiple fronts in the efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy. All that, and there's another storm coming.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5
NASHVILLE (AP) - A 13th person has died in Tennessee in the deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis that has sickened more than 400 people around the country.
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he doesn't have any specific reason for beginning state budget hearings on Election Day.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Buoyed by overflowing campaign accounts, redrawn legislative districts and an unpopular Democratic president at the top of the ticket, Tennessee Republicans are expecting to add to their already considerable advantage in the state House on Tuesday.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it has received $11 billion in credit lines from 35 financial institutions in 14 countries.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit tripled, driven by a recovery from natural disasters, and the company raised its full-year earnings forecast Monday despite a sales slump in China.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service companies grew at a slightly slower pace in October than September because of a decline in new orders. But a measure of employment rose, indicating services firms hired more.
NEW YORK (AP) — On the day before the U.S. presidential election, stock indexes managed slight gains in thin trading.
The price of oil is slightly higher as investors remain cautious ahead of the U.S. presidential election. They're also assessing how much demand for oil has dropped in the storm-stricken Northeast.
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says it sold 3 million iPads of all kinds in the first three days it sold the new Mini model.
NEW YORK (AP) — Less than a week after activist investor Carl Icahn announced a 10 percent stake in Netflix, the online video company is moving to protect itself against hostile takeovers.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Finance ministers and central bank governors from the world's leading economies met in Mexico on Sunday amid growing fears over the global impact of Europe's debt crisis and the stalemate over a fiscal plan in the United States.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Health insurer Humana Inc. said Monday that its third-quarter net income fell 4 percent as more premium dollars from its members went to pay for medical claims, offsetting continued growth in its lucrative Medicare Advantage business.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
FRANKLIN (AP) - State officials say a 78-mile stretch of highway that loops south of Nashville and has taken 26 years to finish will ease traffic congestion and be a boost for the economy.
MURFREESBORO (AP) - Next week's election can't come soon enough for Republican Scott DesJarlais, the freshman Republican congressman whose campaign has been rocked by revelations he dated patients and once urged one of them to seek an abortion.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's office has released a text message sent by U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais after details emerged about the congressman once urging a mistress to seek an abortion.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Winning the Country Music Association Awards' entertainer of the year is a top honor and always counted as a career high point. But for Blake Shelton it wasn't even the most memorable moment of an amazing Thursday night.
NASHVILLE (AP) - A man detained in a Nashville park with an AK-47-style pistol across his chest with a loaded 30-round clip is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Waterbury Hospital has found a new partner after failing in its year-long effort to form a joint venture with Saint Mary's Hospital and a Texas-based company.
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Legal Aid Society has launched a new initiative to help Tennessee homeowners dealing with foreclosure and mortgage rescue scams.
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the number of fungal meningitis cases in Tennessee has increased by one to 75, including 11 deaths.
DETROIT (AP) — Most major automakers reported sales increases in October despite losing at least three days of business to the punishing rain and wind from Superstorm Sandy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October, and hiring was stronger in August and September than first thought. The solid job growth showed that the economy is strengthening slowly but consistently.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies boosted their orders for manufactured goods by the largest amount in 18 months in September, but companies remained cautious in ordering goods that signal plans to expand and modernize.
Enthusiasm about a solid October jobs report quickly faded on Wall Street Friday. Stocks drifted lower as companies began to assess the potential costs of Superstorm Sandy.
NEW YORK (AP) — Oil fell Friday as two Northeast refineries remain shuttered. That inability to make diesel and gasoline, combined with lower demand in the storm-stricken region, has raised concerns that already ample supplies of oil will get bigger.
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Restoration Hardware are up 29 percent in its public debut on the New York Stock Exchange.
NEW YORK (AP) — Motorists fumed in long lines at gas stations around the metropolitan area and screamed at each other Friday morning as fuel shortages hindered the region's efforts to recover four days after Superstorm Sandy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of data issued Thursday sketched a brightening view of the U.S. economy in the final days before a presidential election that will pivot on the strength of the recovery.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' confidence in the economy surged last month to the highest level in nearly five years, as many were encouraged by an improving job market.
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans spent briskly in October before Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast on the tail-end of the month. But the question is whether they're still willing to buy an iPhone for Christmas if they plunked down hundreds on a generator for Sandy?
NEW YORK (AP) — Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. is downsizing its magazines and will cut publishing jobs as it increasingly focuses on online video and other digital content.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling on Friday called a lawsuit brought against him by Rhode Island economic development officials "political" and denied wrongdoing in connection with a $75 million state loan guarantee the state gave his failed video game company, 38 Studios.