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VOL. 36 | NO. 48 | Friday, November 30, 2012


Wine from Amazon? Nope. Grocery stores? Not yet. State still has wine lovers over a barrel

E-commerce giant Amazon.com is adding wine sales to its ever-growing list of instantly available, at-your-doorstep goods – unless you live in Tennessee.

Prospects brighten for wine in Tennessee groceries

NASHVILLE (AP) — The top two Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly support allowing the sale of wine in supermarkets, and the influx of new GOP lawmakers is giving them the opportunity to reshape key committees where efforts to make that change have long been blocked by opponents.

Still fighting for wine in grocery stores

Proponents of selling wine in Tennessee grocery stores say it would mean savings and jobs for residents and revenue for the state.

Dealing with aftermath of 2012 drought

As a full-time farmer, Stephanie Allen knows all too well the effects a bad weather patch can have on her livelihood. But when she recently had to buy an organic onion at a grocery store to avoid unfreezing one of her own, she was more than shocked by the $3 price tag.

Dry, hot summer a mixed blessing for area’s wineries

Tennessee is known more for its whiskey than its wine. But for the 40 or so wineries located across the state, it’s all about the grape.

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Robertson County Comprehensive Growth and Development Plan Workshops. Residents are encouraged to attend Community Workshops to learn about the Comprehensive Growth and Development Plan for Robertson County and the cities of Adams, Coopertown and Cross Plains. The workshops, held through Wednesday, will be led by consultants with Littlejohn Engineering Associates, Inc. The Comprehensive Growth and Development Plan will give officials a roadmap to guide future growth and development, accommodate change, and maintain the unique character of Robertson County. Remaining sessions include:

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Corn maze farmers outsmart the drought

Anything other than a normal weather cycle can mean trouble for Amy and Jason Ladd, owners of Lucky Ladd Farms in Eagleville.

Nashville reflects Great Recession birth dip

The national birth rate apparently took a dip during the Great Recession, right alongside the nation’s financial stability.

Nashville investor helps light fire under candle business

Gretchen Hollingsworth says she never planned on selling her artisan candle business. Then she met Nashville investor Joe Moore.


Deed reveals racism’s not-so-distant legacy

The new movie Lincoln features a remarkable performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. The film was produced by Steven Spielberg and based on a book written by the highly regarded Doris Kearns Goodwin. Sally Field was spectacular in a supporting role as Mary Todd Lincoln, but Day-Lewis is Lincoln.


Top commercial real estate transactions for October 2012

October 2012 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.


Will offensive coordinator’s exit translate into wins?

The shortcomings of the Tennessee Titans offense weren’t all Chris Palmer’s fault.


Humanities TN names Henderson executive director

The board of directors of Humanities Tennessee has named Tim Henderson as executive director of the organization following outgoing president Robert Cheatham’s retirement at the end of the year.


Will stores dare to push Black Thursday earlier?

If some of the big retailers had it their way, Thanksgiving would evolve from a day of thanks with one’s family to a full-day shopping extravaganza. And based on consumer response this year and last, that’s just where we’re headed.


East vs. West: Firsthand look an eye opener

Yin and Yang Since Election Day, stock indices have fallen sharply, reflecting the Washington non-consensus. As we enter another legislative sausage session, investors can’t help but recall the 20 percent drawdown that marked the last high-stakes negotiation.


Things that matter

This morning I read that John Gagliardi, the somewhat maverick coach of the St. John’s “Johnnies” Division III football team, is retiring after 64 years of coaching.


What’s worse: Breach or response?

I’m a sucker for a tale about justice and ethics, even if it involves football.


Hummingbird cake an unexpected treat

The other day, as I was trying to find something interesting to write about, I came across hummingbird cake. Now you may have heard of this before, and maybe even had some, but for me – and in all of my culinary “time” – this was a new one.


Grammys spread the love with 6 top nominees

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music as six different artists tied for lead nominee - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and fun.

Nominees in top categories for the Grammy Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nominees announced Wednesday in top categories for the 55th annual Grammy Awards:


Online videos aim to help pro bono attorneys

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court has launched two new online videos designed to provide pro bono lawyers with the necessary skills to take on cases that may be outside of their day-to-day practice areas.


Haslam to focus on reducing domestic violence rate

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says that while the crime rate is showing an overall decline in Tennessee, instances of aggravated assault, prescription drug abuse and domestic violence remain a major concern for his administration.

Health warning on new round of fungal infections

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee health officials are once again alerting patients who received tainted steroid injections after finding that some have infections at the injection site that could lead to fungal meningitis.

Senator says Corps will conduct public meetings

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to public meetings to discuss new restrictions on fishing below Cumberland River dams.

TWRA announces winter trout stocking locations

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has begun releasing more than 90,000 rainbow trout in Middle and West Tennessee waterways.


To the moon? Firm hopes to sell $1.5 billion trips

WASHINGTON (AP) — A team of former NASA executives is launching a private venture to send people to the moon.

US unemployment aid applications drop to 370K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell sharply last week as a temporary spike caused by Superstorm Sandy has faded. Weekly applications have fallen back to a level consistent with modest hiring.

Rate on US 30-year mortgage ticks up to 3.34 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages ticked up this week just slightly above their record lows, keeping home-buying and refinancing attractive to consumers.

Stocks inch higher on Wall Street; Apple gains

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are inching higher in midday trading on Wall Street.

Oil drops on bleak outlook for Europe economy

The price of oil is dropping after the European Central Bank predicted a bleak year ahead for the region's economy but stopped short of offering new measures to boost growth

Apple to produce line of Macs in the US next year

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year.

Tech titans renew legal battle over smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The epic $1 billion patent fight between the world's top two smartphone makers resumes Thursday in a federal courtroom when Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Corp. again square off over rights to vital technology.

Illegal immigration drops after decade-long rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.


Poll shows support for raising taxes on the rich

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans prefer letting tax cuts expire for the country's top earners, as President Barack Obama insists, while support has declined for cutting government services to curb budget deficits, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Fewer than half the Republicans polled favor continuing the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.

Administration takes tough line with GOP on cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration is taking a tough line on the "fiscal cliff" at the same time President Barack Obama resumes contact with House Speaker John Boehner over ways to avert across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases at the turn of the year.

How far over the 'fiscal cliff' could they go?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The dealmakers who warn that a year-end plunge off the "fiscal cliff" would be disastrous don't seem to be rushing to stop it. Why aren't they panicking?


Let the debate end: Grammy noms anybody's guess

NASHVILLE (AP) - It's a brutal year to be in the Grammy nominations handicapping game.


Fisk selects next president

NASHVILLE (AP) - Michigan administrator H. James Williams was selected Wednesday to be the next president of Fisk University and said he's prepared to tackle the financial struggles of the historically black college.

Tea partiers oppose state-run health exchange

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tea party protesters gathered outside the state Capitol on Wednesday to call on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to reject the creation of a state-run health insurance exchange under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Dollar General names Cracker Barrel CEO to board

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General Corp. said Wednesday that it named Sandy Cochran, president and CEO of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., to its board.


Haslam: Excluding campuses key to gun law deal

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says the exclusion of college campuses is key to an agreement on a bill to allow employees to store their firearms in vehicles parked at work.

Corps considering boat restrictions near dams

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering restricting boating near its dams on the Cumberland River.

Flu vaccines available for uninsured children

NASHVILLE (AP) - Children covered by TennCare and children without insurance that covers the flu vaccine can get vaccinated at county health department clinics for only a small administrative fee.

Gov. Haslam rebukes critics of Muslim aide

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday issued his strongest defense yet of a Muslim aide who has been criticized for once working in the field of Shariah compliant finance.


Victim of road rage beating given $1 million

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A judge in Murfreesboro has awarded the victim of a road rage assault more than $1 million.


Brown-Forman reports 10 percent net income growth

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp. says its second-quarter net income rose 10 percent on continued robust sales for its flagship Jack Daniel's brands and other parts of its spirits lineup.


Stocks up on budget hopes; Apple holds down Nasdaq

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing mostly higher on Wall Street as traders became more hopeful that a budget deal will be reached in Washington.

US factory orders up 0.8 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose modestly in October, helped by a big gain in demand for equipment that reflects business investment plans.

Growth of US service firms accelerated last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service companies grew at a slightly faster pace in November because sales and new orders rose, a good sign for the economy.

US productivity revised up to 2.9 percent rate

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. workers were more productive this summer than initially thought, while costing their companies less.

Survey: Sandy slows hiring in November to 118K

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey shows that U.S. businesses added fewer workers in November, in part because Superstorm Sandy shut down factories, retail stores, and other companies.

Oil down with Cushing inventory nearly flat

Oil prices fell on Wednesday after the government reported that stocks of crude are still running much higher than usual for this time of year.

Citigroup to eliminate more than 11,000 jobs

NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup said Wednesday that it will cut 11,000 jobs, a bold early move by new CEO Michael Corbat. The cuts amount to about 4 percent of Citi's workforce of 262,000.

Starbucks to open another 1,500 cafes in the US

NEW YORK (AP) — Another Starbucks may soon pop up around the corner, with the world's biggest coffee company planning to add at least 1,500 cafes in the U.S. over the next five years.

Crippling strike at LA ports ends; deal reached

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clerical workers and longshoremen at the nation's largest port complex will return to work Wednesday, eight days after they walked out in a crippling strike that prevented shippers from delivering billions of dollars in cargo across the country.


Makings of a fiscal deal behind the hot rhetoric

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bluster and hot rhetoric aside, the White House and House Republicans have identified areas of significant overlap that could form the basis for a final agreement after "fiscal cliff" posturing gives way to hard bargaining.

Fiscal cliff offers hint at more defense cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year, and even the fiercest defense hawks acknowledge that the Pentagon faces another financial hit.


Report shows high unemployment among Tennessee youth

NASHVILLE (AP) - Preparing Tennessee's youth to be more competitive in a tough job market requires a collaborative effort from different groups, say state lawmakers in agreement with a recent report.

Haslam: TennCare experience guides exchange call

FRANKLIN (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee's long experience in running an expanded Medicaid program is the reason it's taking longer than most other states to decide how to comply with the new federal health care law requirements on insurance exchanges.


Former AG appointed to 4-year term as senior judge

NASHVILLE (AP) - Former state Attorney General Paul Summers has been appointed to a four-year term as a senior judge beginning on Jan. 1.

Chief TEA lobbyist leaving position this month

NASHVILLE (AP) - The chief lobbyist for the state's largest teachers union is leaving the position this month.

Acadia Healthcare announces 9.6M share offering

FRANKLIN (AP) - Acadia Healthcare Co. announced a proposed offering of approximately 9.6 million shares on Tuesday.

Handwritten state constitutions moved for display

NASHVILLE (AP) — Three versions of the original handwritten Tennessee Constitution are being carefully moved to the Tennessee Supreme Court building this week in preparation for their upcoming public display.


US home prices rise in October by most in 6 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of U.S. home prices rose 6.3 percent in October compared with a year ago, the largest yearly gain since July 2006. The jump adds to signs of a comeback in the once-battered housing market.

US bank earnings up 6.6 pct., most in 6 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks earned more from July through September than in any other quarter over the past six years. The increase is further evidence that the industry is strengthening four years after the 2008 financial crisis.

Stocks little changed as budget talks continue

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed little changed Tuesday on Wall Street as budget talks continued in Washington.

Oil closes lower as 'cliff' negotiations drag on

NEW YORK (AP) — Worries over the looming "fiscal cliff" and the health of the U.S. economy drove oil prices lower Tuesday.

FedEx to offer buyouts with up to 2 years pay

NEW YORK (AP) — FedEx said Tuesday that it will be offering some employees up to two years' pay to leave the company starting next year.


GOP leaders remove 4 from plum House committees

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner's decision to take plum committee assignments away from four conservative Republican lawmakers after they bucked party leaders on key votes isn't going over well with conservative advocacy groups that viewed them as role models.

GOP 'fiscal cliff' plan echoes failed budget talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are proposing a "fiscal cliff" plan that revives ideas from failed budget talks with President Barack Obama last year, calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits and bringing in $800 billion in higher tax revenue.

Highlights of White House, GOP budget plans

The Obama administration and House Republicans have unveiled their opening offers in talks to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Details are scant but the White House estimates its plan would carve $4.4 trillion from the deficit over the coming decade, including previously enacted cuts ($1 trillion) and savings from reduced costs for overseas military operations ($800 billion), as well as interest payments on the national debt ($600 billion).


Lawmakers' pay went up in automatic increase

NASHVILLE (AP) - An automatic increase is giving state legislators a pay boost.


Governor's mansion open for holiday tours

NASHVILLE (AP) - Governor Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam are inviting Tennesseans to tour the executive residence during the first two weeks of December.

Nominations open for Governor's Arts Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Arts Commission is seeking nominations for the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards.

Devaney elected Tenn. GOP chairman for 3rd time

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Republican Party's executive committee has elected Chris Devaney chairman for a third time.


Storm delays lift already strong US auto sales; Nisan climbs 13%

DETROIT (AP) — Superstorm Sandy gave an extra boost to already strong U.S. auto sales last month, although carmakers warned that uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff" could undo some of those gains.

Lincoln brand changes name as new MKZ goes on sale

DETROIT (AP) — After years of dismal sales, Ford's Lincoln luxury brand is reintroducing itself with a new name and a new midsize sedan.

General Motors hands over keys to Shreveport plant

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — General Motors LLC is officially gone from Shreveport.


US builders boost spending 1.4% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders increased their spending on construction projects in October by the largest amount in five months, led by a surge in housing.

US manufacturing shrinks in November to 3-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing shrank in November to its weakest level since July 2009, the first month after the Great Recession ended. Worries about automatic tax increases in the New Year cut demand for factory orders and manufacturing jobs.

Stocks edge higher as budget talks continue

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher on Wall Street in early trading Tuesday as budget talks continued in Washington.

Oil up as China manufacturing offsets weak US data

NEW YORK (AP) — An early spike in the price of oil was short-lived on Monday, as optimism about a strong manufacturing report from China gave way to worries here at home.

News Corp.'s new media co. to be named Fox Group

NEW YORK (AP) — News Corp. says that its new publishing company will keep the News Corp. name, while its separate media and entertainment company will be renamed Fox Group.

Clashes over Internet rules to mark Dubai meeting

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.N.'s top telecommunications overseer sought Monday to quell worries about greater Internet controls emerging from global talks in Dubai, but any attempts for major Web regulations will likely face stiff opposition from groups led by a high-powered U.S. delegation.


GOP issues new 'fiscal cliff' offer to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Monday proposed a new 10-year, $2.2 trillion blueprint to President Barack Obama that calls for raising the eligibility age for Medicare and lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits, a counteroffer to jump-start stalled talks with the "fiscal cliff" just weeks away.

Brinksmanship on Obama Medicaid expansion for poor

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's health care brinksmanship, with hundreds of billions of dollars and the well-being of millions of people at stake.

Obama pipeline decision may preview energy policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a decision President Barack Obama put off during the 2012 campaign, but now that he's won a second term, his next move on a proposed oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada may signal how he will deal with climate and energy issues in the four years ahead.


Court to reconsider Tennessee 3rd party ballot access

NASHVILLE (AP) - A lower court must reconsider whether Tennessee law makes it too difficult for third parties to get on the ballot, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Lawmaker seeks to curtail internal school issues

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker says an objective by Tennessee State University's new president to tackle internal issues at the historically black university may present an opportunity for legislation that could benefit other educational institutions.

Treasurer distributes Financial Football game

NASHVILLE (AP) — Middle and high schools across Tennessee are getting copies of a computer game designed as a fun way to improve financial literacy.

Task force submits school voucher recommendations

NASHVILLE (AP) - A task force appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to study how to start a school voucher program has submitted its recommendations to the governor.


Quorum, Mississippi hospital settle lawsuit

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Natchez Regional Medical Center has reached an out-of-court settlement in its $46 million lawsuit against the hospital's former management company.

2 Nashville-area Powerball tickets worth $1 million each

NASHVILLE (AP) - Some Tennessee players of the Powerball lottery won't come away empty-handed, including two who can claim prizes of $1 million apiece.


Couple convicted of stealing GM trade secrets

DETROIT (AP) — A former General Motors engineer and her husband have been convicted of stealing trade secrets about hybrid technology for possible use in China.

German auto supplier opening plant in Murray, Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The German automotive supplier iwis is planning to open a manufacturing plant in Murray, creating 75 jobs in the western Kentucky city.


Sandy holds back US consumer spending, pay in Oct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back on spending last month while their income remained flat. The weakness in part reflected disruptions from Superstorm Sandy that could slow economic growth for the rest of the year.

Dow gains 16 points for week as investors wait on budget

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended the week more or less where they started it. Investors were watching closely while lawmakers in Washington worked at thrashing out a budget agreement.

Oil up 1%; weather outlook sinks natural gas

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil rose 1 percent Friday as traders weighed a new debt deal in Europe and political bickering in the U.S. over looming tax increases and budget cuts.

Shoppers' habits not changed by garment plant fire

NEW YORK (AP) — Before purchasing a shirt, shoppers will run their hands over the fabric, look at the price tag and wonder how it will hold up in the washing machine. Some might even ask if it makes them look fat.

US pending home sales jump to nearly a 6-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — An index measuring the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes in October jumped to nearly its highest level in almost six years. Steady job gains and record-low mortgage rates have made home buying more attractive.

Twinkies maker Hostess has plenty of suitors

NEW YORK (AP) — The future of Twinkies is virtually assured.

Rate on US 30-year mortgage ticks up to 3.32%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages stayed close to record lows this week, a trend that has made home buying more affordable and helped the housing market recover.


Pressuring GOP, Obama takes his fiscal plan to Pa.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking his case for avoiding a potentially unsettling "fiscal cliff" to the Philadelphia suburbs, employing campaign-style tactics in hopes of mobilizing public support. The trip comes amid signs of impatience in the negotiations between Republican leaders and the White House.

Bickering trumps bargaining on looming 'cliff'

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time since the Nov. 6 election, partisan bickering trumped bargaining Thursday as Democrats and Republicans vied for the political high ground in talks to avoid year-end tax increases and spending cuts that threaten harm to millions of middle class pocketbooks.

Congress looks at doing away with the $1 bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers have shown about as much appetite for the $1 coin as kids do their spinach. They may not know what's best for them either. Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins could save taxpayers some $4.4 billion over the next 30 years.

Boehner joins filibuster fight against Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner joined fellow Republicans in the Senate on Thursday in their battle to stop Democrats controlling that chamber from curbing filibusters, threatening to ignore bills the Senate sends him if Democrats have abused GOP senators' rights to slow consideration of legislation.

House to vote on increasing advanced-degree visas

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House vote to offer permanent residency to foreign students graduating with advanced degrees in science and math from U.S. colleges and universities is setting the stage for a bigger battle next year on how to redesign the nation's flawed immigration system.

Senate backs quick withdrawal from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to accelerate the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

Republicans stepping in own way on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — After Mitt Romney's loss in the presidential election, Republicans quickly identified one of their mistakes as the party's dysfunctional relationship with Hispanic voters, who overwhelmingly voted for President Barack Obama. But the earliest efforts by GOP lawmakers to tackle immigration policy on Capitol Hill aren't likely to win them new support among Hispanics.

Email privacy legislation clears Senate committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over objections from law enforcement officials, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge before they can review a person's emails or other electronic communications.

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