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VOL. 35 | NO. 5 | Friday, February 4, 2011

Finding home, one paper at a time

Homeless, formerly homeless earn $1M in 2010 hawking The Contributor

Ted Creasy finds joy, pride and rent by peddling newspapers at roadside on a raw and rainy winter’s afterfnoon.

Vendors helping raise homelessness awareness

The Contributor draws nothing but praise from the Metropolitan Nashville Homelessness Commission and its 501c3 fund-raising arm, The Key Alliance.

No panhandling, asking for tips: Vendors must follow rules

Freddy Bunton, 56, a carpenter by trade, like 70 percent of The Contributor’s salesmen, is homeless.

Contributor fact sheet

The Contributor is a 501c3 non-profit. All revenues go toward operating costs, according to Tasha French, the paper’s executive director. There is a small “rainy day” fund, she adds.

Mother-daughter real estate team honored for helping Zimbabwe children

Pam Kidd and Keri Cannon make their living as successful affiliate brokers at Fridrich & Clark Realty. What they live for is feeding and caring for orphaned children and providing assistance to families in the impoverished South African country Zimbabwe.

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EVENTS

Authors Yvonne Eaves and Doug Eckert will sign copies of their pictorial history book, “Nashville’s Sylvan Park,” Tuesday, 5-7 p.m. at McCabe Pub, 4410 Murphy Road. Additional signing Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m., at the Cohn Alumni Center, 4800 Elkins Avenue. Information: arcadiapublishing.com.

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Apps, social media enhancing real estate business

From seasoned veterans to young agents, smart phone technology enables real estate professionals to work from virtually anywhere.

GREEN BUSINESS

Greening one neighborhood at a time

Nashville real estate fixture Mark Deutschmann was looking for ways to help the city become more energy efficient. And as the owner of Village Real Estate and the chair of sustainability for the local chapter of the Urban Land Institute, it was only natural for him to focus on homes.

GET A JOB!

Take a chance, send unsolicited resumes

One of the ways to pursue positions not advertised is through the use of an unsolicited resume with a well-crafted cover letter. The purpose is to introduce yourself and your credentials to an employer that just might be able to use your services.

NEWSMAKERS

Ronnie Steine named to League of Cities post

Councilman Ronnie Steine has been appointed Vice Chairman of the National League of Cities’ 2011 Council on Youth, Education and Families (YEF), announced NLC President James E. Mitchell and YEF Chairman Garrett Nancolas.

BOOK REVIEW

You can’t move on without ‘Endings’

In the last three years, you’ve lost plenty.

I SWEAR

Trying to get a handle on the 'law'

Did you ever stop to think about what a remarkably versatile concept “law” is?

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Judging a root by its cover is a mistake with celeriac

In our growing area, mid-winter is the time to put root vegetables to use. So I was browsing the vegetable aisle looking for ideas when I found the Ugly Duckling of winter vegetables!

STATEWIDE

Tenn. projects revenue growth, but cuts still loom

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's improving economy means the state will begin collecting more money, but official projections released Wednesday indicate it won't be enough to avoid deep spending cuts.

State has first pro bono emeritus attorney

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has approved a Chattanooga man as the first attorney for its new pro bono emeritus program.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Mortgage default notices slow sharply in January

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fewer U.S. homes entered the foreclosure process in January than in any month in more than three years, the latest sign lenders are taking longer to move against homeowners who have fallen behind on mortgage payments.

Fewest requests for unemployment aid since 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in nearly three years, continuing a downward trend that suggests hiring could pick up this year.

PepsiCo 4Q net income falls; cuts outlook

PURCHASE, New York (AP) — PepsiCo Inc.'s fourth-quarter net income fell 5 percent because of higher costs and cut its earnings forecast on a dim view of the economy.

Goodyear posts loss for quarter, to close plant

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s fourth-quarter sales jumped 14 percent for the fourth quarter, but the company lost $177 million as it disclosed plans to close a plant in Tennessee.

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