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VOL. 35 | NO. 11 | Friday, March 18, 2011

Best in the Business

Realtor of the Year Hagan Stone juggles clients, volunteering

Daily, Hagan Stone rushes from meeting to meeting, fields phone calls, managing to make time for church and family, and is, concurrently, one of the most successful realtors in Nashville.

February existing home sales up from 2010

Growing consumer confidence and an increasing willingness among banks to make mortgage loans to those with good credit are helping Middle Tennessee’s housing market regain its footing after slipping during the recession.

Metro pulls Bellevue mall tax deal, seeks new library site

Developers who want to transform Bellevue Center mall into an outdoor shopping center have missed another – and apparently final – deadline to qualify for $12 million in city tax breaks they would have received for providing space for a new public library.

Metro eyes Council redistricting; population shifts south

Davidson County’s continuing population shift might soon result in more and smaller Metro Council districts in the southern portions of the county.

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EVENTS

“Visions of the South” continues through April 16 at the Belcourt Theatre. The 22-film journey that captures through the camera’s lens the true essence of the Southern experience over time. Remaining films include: Tomorrow” (March 24),” “Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte” (March 25, 28),” The Intruder” (March 25, 29), “Wind Across the Everglades” (March 27, 30), “Deliverance’ (March 26, 28), “Reflections in a Golden Eye” (March 27, 31), “Book of Numbers” (April 1, 4), “Cockfighter” (April 2, 5), “George Washington” (April 2, 3), “Stay Hungry” (April 2, 5), “Nothing But A Man” (April 3, 5), “Body And Soul” (April 6). Information: belcourt.org, 383.9140.

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GREEN BUSINESS

Guidance for eco-friendly homeowners

When Tara Biller had her first baby in South Florida, she did like all the other moms she knew: Hired a professional baby-proofer to come through her home and develop a plan to keep her kids safe, and even did all the work for her.

GET A JOB!

Think carefully before signing

With the employment market becoming more complex, often requiring specialized job training, many employers are asking incoming employees to sign restrictive agreements or covenants as part of an employment contract.

NEWSMAKERS

Bolden joins Nashville Bank & Trust

Nashville Bank & Trust officials announced today that Allen Bolden has joined the company as accounting operations manager.

BOOK REVIEW

‘Einstein’ offers tips for building memory

“Moonwalking with Einstein”

I SWEAR

Dispute resolution options range from avoidance to the ‘extralegal’

In 1995, I read Christopher Moore’s book, “The Mediation Process – Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict.”

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

No matter the variety, bananas have appeal

Knock. Knock.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Bill seeks to limit monetary damages in lawsuits

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal by Gov. Bill Haslam to limit monetary damages from lawsuits in Tennessee is unnecessary and a jury should decide how much is awarded and not government, former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson told a House panel Wednesday.

Tea Party scolded for calling Haslam 'socialistic'

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Tea Party drew sharp rebukes from Republicans on Wednesday for claiming Gov. Bill Haslam showed "socialistic" tendencies in his previous role as mayor of Knoxville.

STATEWIDE

Cordell is new head of Consumer Affairs office

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gary Cordell, former finance director with the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee, has been appointed director of the Tennessee Consumer Affairs Division.

State gets $8.3 million to help laid-off workers

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say Tennessee has received a federal award of $8.3 million to assist General Motors workers affected by layoffs in the automotive industry.

REAL ESTATE

New home sales slowest in at least a half-century

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home construction in the United States is all but coming to a halt. -

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Oil rises above $106 amid Middle East conflict

SINGAPORE (AP) — Oil prices rose above $106 a barrel Thursday in Asia amid a wave of violent protests and uprisings in the oil-rich Arab world.

AP analysis: US economic stress dips in past year

Lower unemployment and bankruptcies helped reduce the nation's economic stress in January compared with a year earlier, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis. Still, the figures show the economy has yet to regain full health.

ConAgra Foods 3Q net income drops on rising costs

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc.'s fiscal third-quarter net income fell 6 percent as the maker of Healthy Choice and Chef Boyardee dealt with rising costs.

Prius factory to restart, Honda extends shutdown

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said it will soon resume production of the Prius and two other hybrid models while rival Honda Motor Co. has extended its Japan auto shutdown until early April in the aftermath of the massive quake and tsunami.

IMAX to open 75 more theaters in China

BEIJING (AP) — IMAX Corp. announced plans Thursday to open 75 more theaters in China within four years in partnership with Wanda Cinemas, the country's largest theater operator, underscoring the Chinese movie industry's rapid expansion.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Welcome back: Big political challenges greet Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Returning home to some messy politics, President Barack Obama must contend with a battery of challenges, from a spending standoff that threatens to shut down the government to congressional angst over the U.S.-led war against Libya. Foreign crises rage across Africa and the Middle East, and Americans still want a more quickly improving economy.

New census milestone: Hispanics to hit 50 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprising show of growth, Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade, exceeding estimates in most states. Pulled by migration to the Sun Belt, America's population center edged westward on a historic path to leave the Midwest.

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