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VOL. 37 | NO. 12 | Friday, March 22, 2013

Desperately seeking techies

Middle Tennessee’s growing reputation for innovation is hindered by shortage of tech talent

Nashville has struggled for years to recruit and retain technology talent, partly because Tennessee doesn’t grow much of its own.

City’s history moving from Green Hills

The bits and bobs of Nashville’s history are unique, colorful and, until now, have been warehoused in a few different places, making accessibility for the public, historians and archivists a challenge.

Nashville artist’s true calling ‘Not forgotten’

Anne Blair Brown’s artistic talents came along at a young age, as did the gifts of gab, song, humor and wit. Eventually, it was painting that emerged as the front-runner from her talent pool.

Website matches volunteers, those in need

Megan McInnis launched her local nonprofit, Doing Good, in April 2011, and it quickly gained national attention.

Local Weather
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Williamson County Board of Zoning Appeals. Meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the main auditorium of the Williamson County Administrative Complex. 1320 W. Main St. 615-790-5466

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Competition trumps ‘comps’ in hot market

In the not-so-distant past, a buyer found a house she liked and let her desires be known to her Realtor. That Realtor would then, in most cases, research comps for her client in order to determine what the property should command.


Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for February 2013

Top February 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.


Ask Alice? Dream job turned upside down for Dem leader

State Rep. Mike Turner (D-Nashville) has a political lineage of which he is proud.


CCA names White VP of Correctional Programs

Corrections Corporation of America has promoted Kim White to vice president of the Correctional Programs Division. She formerly served as managing director of inmate programs.


A method to the madness of marketing

Your office is like a Petri dish.


It takes sales skills to be a good PR practitioner

If your company’s contributions are more newsworthy than the media coverage generated, you could have a sales problem.


Look at the facts, ignore the rhetoric

In human psychology, fear seems more legitimate than hope. Claims of “impending doom,” and “bursting bubbles” elicit fast emotional responses that seem impervious to critique. So many programs, speeches and advertisements prey on this phenomenon today.


The problem with problem solving

Years ago I stumbled across an interesting book titled “The Logic of Failure” by Dietrich Dörner. The main premise of the book is that if you are not careful, the side effects of some solutions will make things worse.


Nine letters, hyphenated: ‘3 consecutive titles’

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is like an annual meeting for the cruciverbalism industry. At the 36th installment of this event, the three-peat crown wearer, Dan Feyer, a pianist from Manhattan, pretty much went wire to wire.


Eat your way to better memory

I have two great and very easy recipes to share with you this week, a main dish, one-pot entrée and a dessert.


Senate passes bill to cut lawmaker allowances

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate has passed a bill to eliminate hotel allowances for lawmakers who live within 50 miles of the state Capitol.

House OKs bill to require proof of immunization

NASHVILLE (AP) - The mother of a Middle Tennessee State University freshman who died after contracting meningitis says she hopes legislation headed to the governor will prevent the deaths of other college students.

Senate to hear bill to cut lawmaker allowances

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation to eliminate hotel allowances for some Tennessee lawmakers is scheduled to be heard by the Senate on Thursday.


Actress Ashley Judd won't run for US Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Actress Ashley Judd announced Wednesday she won't run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky against Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, saying she had given serious thought to a campaign but decided her responsibilities and energy need to be focused on her family.


Tennessee has $170K available to help organic farmers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has $170,000 available for certified organic farmers and those transitioning to organic agriculture.


Court: School nurse exam maybe not illegal search

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a Nashville school nurse who was sued after she visually examined a 6-year-old student who complained of genital discomfort.


US economy expands at 0.4 percent rate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster but still anemic rate at the end of last year. However, there is hope that growth accelerated in early 2013 despite higher taxes and cuts in government spending.

US jobless claims jump 16,000 to 357,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped by 16,000 last week, the second straight weekly increase. But the longer-term trend in layoffs remained consistent with an improved job market.

S&P 500 moves above its record high, keeps going

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures rose slightly on the last trading day of the quarter as Cyprus' banks reopened for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Oil little changed, natural gas steady above $4

BANGKOK (AP) — Oil prices fell slightly Thursday after climbing more than $4 in less than a week ahead of the reopening of banks in financially troubled Cyprus.

US rate on 30-year mortgage ticks up to 3.57 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages edged up this week but remained near historic lows. Low rates have helped drive the housing market's steady recovery.

BlackBerry success in 4Q, but too early to declare win

TORONTO (AP) — Research In Motion Ltd. said Thursday that it sold about 1 million of its critically important new BlackBerry 10 devices and surprised Wall Street by returning to profitability in the most recent quarter.

Panasonic stays in TV business, chairman resigning

TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic's president said Thursday the company will persist with trying to fix its money-losing TV business, characterizing an exit from the fiercely competitive industry as a "final resort."


Obama: Immigration bill could pass by summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed for swift action on a sweeping immigration bill Wednesday, saying last-minute obstacles are "resolvable" and predicting Congress could pass historic legislation by the end of the summer.


Gordon Stoker, member of Jordanaires, dies at 88

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gordon Stoker, a member of The Jordanaires vocal group that backed up Elvis Presley, has died. He was 88.


Haslam begs off Medicaid expansion millions

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday that a breakdown in negotiations with the federal government means that he won't expand the state's Medicaid program, a decision that will cost Tennessee billions of dollars in federal money and keep 140,000 uninsured Tennesseans from obtaining free coverage.

Easter travelers won't face road work

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee transportation officials are shutting down highway construction for the Easter weekend.


College nondiscrimination ban headed to governor

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to bar public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups is headed to the governor for his consideration.

War hero's school still set to lose state funds

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Alvin C. York Institute is still scheduled to lose direct state funding in the summer of 2014.

Bill to prohibit discussion of gay issues dies

NASHVILLE (AP) — A measure that would have forced schools to tell parents if their children have talked to a teacher or counselor about being gay has failed this session.


No Easter egg roll at executive residence

NASHVILLE (AP) - Winter's grip is beginning to slip, but not in time to save the annual Easter egg roll at the governor's residence.

Dollar General shareholders to offer 30M shares

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General Corp. said Wednesday that some of its existing shareholders plan to sell 30 million shares in an underwritten secondary public offering.

Belmont University rolls out full ride for 25 students

NASHVILLE (AP) — Belmont University is providing 25 full scholarships to students graduating from Metro Nashville high schools.


Lawmakers mull $100 million in bonds for Nissan

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are considering giving a development agency the capacity to use $100 million in bonds toward the construction of buildings for suppliers of Nissan Motor Co.'s Canton plant.


Study: Health law to raise claims cost 32 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.


Signed contracts to buy US homes dips slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell only slightly in February to the second-highest level in nearly three years. The report suggests sales of previously occupied homes will keep rising in the coming months.

Stock market recovers most of an early loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Worries about Europe pushed the stock market lower Wednesday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest gain in three weeks.

Oil pulls back from 5-week high; pump price drops

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil eased back Wednesday after a strong day of gains propelled by U.S. economic data suggesting a sustained recovery in the world's largest economy.

Judge approves American-US Airways merger

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge signaled his support for the $11 billion merger of American Airlines and US Airways.

Lululemon: Downward dog not required for returns

NEW YORK (AP) — No "downward-facing dog" is required.

Panera trying new pay-what-you-want experiment

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Order a bowl of turkey chili at a St. Louis-area Panera Bread cafe and it'll cost you a penny. Or $5. Or $100. In other words, whatever you decide.


AP Source: Haslam to announce Medicaid decision

NASHVILLE (AP) - A person familiar with the plans says Republican Gov. Bill Haslam will address a joint session of the Tennessee General Assembly on Wednesday about his decision on whether to expand Medicaid to cover more uninsured people under the federal health care overhaul.

Tennessee lawmakers want to decide US Senate nominees

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Republican and Democratic caucuses of the General Assembly would decide Tennessee's nominees to the U.S. Senate under a bill headed for a vote in the state Senate.

Bill to give lawmakers security clearance fails

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to give security clearance to certain lawmakers is dead this session.

Senate adds Sunday sales to supermarket wine bill

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee liquor stores would be allowed to be open for business on Sundays under changes to a supermarket wine bill adopted by the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday.

Bill to change open meetings law withdrawn

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Republican lawmaker who last year backed off a bill that would have allowed local officials to hold more closed-door meetings has withdrawn a similar measure this session.

Senators press to allow student IDs for voting

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate sponsor of a bill to allow people to display student IDs to vote said Monday he plans to press ahead with the matter even through the version approved by the House would not allow the practice.

Bill would increase fine for not wearing seat belt

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would increase the fine for not wearing a seat belt is scheduled to be heard by lawmakers next week.

House sends public notices bill to governor's desk

NASHVILLE (AP) — The House has given final approval to a bill requiring public notices to be published on newspaper websites, sending the measure for the governor's signature.

Sponsor drops bill to eliminate Vanderbilt police

NASHVILLE (AP) — State Rep. Mark Pody has dropped his bill seeking to strip Vanderbilt University of its police powers because of the school's nondiscrimination policy for student groups.


Russell Moore elected to top Southern Baptist role

NASHVILLE (AP) - Russell D. Moore, a theology professor from Biloxi, Miss., has been elected as the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.


Net regulation changes aimed at Asian carp

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a change that could help fishermen catch more invasive Asian carp.

Tennessee Electronic Library offers GED preparation

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Electronic Library has resources for people trying to earn a GED diploma before requirements change next year.


S&P nears record as home price surge lifts stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed within a short reach of its all-time high on Tuesday. Rising home prices and orders for manufactured goods drove stocks up from the opening bell.

Oil rises on auspicious US economic data

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil climbed above $96 a barrel Tuesday after fresh U.S. economic data suggested the world's largest economy keeps recovering.

Housing, manufacturing give US economy lift

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gains in housing and manufacturing propelled the U.S. economy over the winter, according to reports released Tuesday, and analysts say they point to the resilience of consumers and businesses as government spending cuts kick in.

Nike's Tiger Woods ad draws critics

NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe winning doesn't take care of everything.

Consumer confidence falls in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are less confident in the economy than they were last month as massive government spending cuts have stoked economic uncertainty.

Sales of new US homes slip 4.6 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes fell in February after climbing to the highest level in more than four years in January.

US durable goods orders rise on aircraft demand

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge in commercial aircraft demand pushed orders for U.S. long-lasting manufactured goods up sharply in February. The gain offset a steep drop in orders that signal company investment plans, although economists viewed the decline as a temporary setback.

US business investment orders drop in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. orders for long-lasting goods that signal business investment plans fell in February by the largest amount in seven months, although the decline followed a strong month in January and may prove to be a temporary setback.

US home prices rise 8.1 pct., most since mid-2006

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in January at the fastest pace since the summer of 2006, just before the housing bubble burst. The gain shows the housing recovery is strengthening ahead of the spring buying season.

British teenage whiz strikes deal with Yahoo

LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's youngest Internet entrepreneurs has hit the jackpot after selling his top-selling mobile application Summly to search giant Yahoo.


Dollar General 4Q profit rises, traffic improves

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Dollar General's fiscal fourth-quarter net income climbed 9 percent as more customers came in to its stores and shoppers spent more per transaction.

Haslam to pay tribute to Vietnam Veterans

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday will pay tribute to Vietnam Veterans leading into the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of troops.


Senate to press for allowing student IDs to vote

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate sponsor of a bill to allow student IDs to vote says he plans to press ahead with the matter even through the House version would not allow the practice.

Q: Is that Capitol sink for Muslims? A: No, mops

NASHVILLE (AP) - Sometimes a mop sink is just a mop sink.

House to hear new version of voter ID bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Student identification cards issued by public universities could not be used to vote under legislation scheduled to be heard on the House floor Monday evening.

Echoes of TennCare feed state Medicaid misgivings

NASHVILLE (AP) — Proponents of expanding Medicaid in Tennessee say the financial support from Washington is a deal too good to pass up — federal funding for 100 percent of the expansion costs for three years and at least a 90 percent match after that.


Administration again advances Brown for TVA board

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Obama administration has angered Tennessee's U.S. senators by again nominating energy-efficiency expert Marilyn Brown for a full term on the TVA board.


High court weighs drug companies' generics policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are pressing the Supreme Court to stop big pharmaceutical corporations from paying generic drug competitors to delay releasing their cheaper versions of brand-name drugs. They argue these deals deny American consumers, usually for years, steep price declines that can top 90 percent.


Bernanke: Low interest-rate-policies benefit trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Ben Bernanke says the Federal Reserve's low-interest-rate policies are helping to boost growth around the world and have created markets for products made in developing nations.

SEC approves Nasdaq's Facebook IPO payment plan

NEW YORK (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that it has approved a plan by the Nasdaq stock exchange to pay $62 million in reimbursements to investment firms that lost money because of technical problems during Facebook's initial public offering last year.

US stocks fall on broad concern about Europe

Stocks reversed an early rise on Wall Street Monday as traders returned to worrying about the European economy.

Oil hits 5-week high on Cyprus financial bailout

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil rose to a five-week high after Europe patched up the latest problem in its yearslong financial crisis.

Dell drama takes new twist with 2 new buyout bids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The two new suitors pursuing Dell have a message for Wall Street: Don't allow Michael Dell to hoard potential gains from the PC maker's expansion into more profitable technology products and services.

Japan, EU agree to start free-trade negotiations

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and the European Union agreed Monday to start negotiations for a free-trade pact encompassing nations that account for nearly a third of the world economy.


Scant progress on jobs for disabled Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it means opening school track meets to deaf children or developing a new lunch menu with safe alternatives for students with food allergies, recent Obama administration decisions could significantly affect Americans with disabilities. But there's been little progress in one of the most stubborn challenges: employing the disabled.

Analysis: Budget balance in eye of the beholder

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to budgets, balance is in the eye of the congressional beholder.



Tennessee Supreme Court agrees to hear DUI test case

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has agreed to take a case that could determine whether police can arrest people suspected of driving drunk after they pass field sobriety tests.

Tennessee AG to defend tort law in meningitis lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Attorney General is defending a state law that caps damages in civil cases in a lawsuit filed by the husband of a Brentwood woman who died after getting fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections.


Ex-Titans cheerleader arrested for soliciting boy

NASHVILLE (AP) - A former Tennessee Titans cheerleader was charged with aggravated sexual battery and soliciting a minor for inappropriately grabbing a 12-year-old boy and making sexual advances toward him at his home in Murfreesboro.


Tennessee February unemployment increases slightly

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's unemployment rate for February was 7.8 percent, a slight increase from the previous month.


Panel could see bill to change open meetings law

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Republican lawmaker who last year backed off a bill that would have allowed local officials to hold more closed-door meetings has renewed the effort, saying he's asked county commissioners to bring him a proposal that has a chance of passing a key subcommittee.

Ramsey named to executive committee of RLGA

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is joining the executive committee of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association.

Youth concussion policy bill headed to governor

NASHVILLE (AP) — Coaches and school athletic directors would be required to complete a concussion safety education course under legislation that's headed to the governor for his consideration.


Alcorn State receives robots from Nissan

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The Advanced Technologies program at Alcorn State University has been presented with a pair of high-tech robots from Nissan.


US stock markets rise, bolstered by earnings

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock markets are closing higher on Wall Street, bolstered by strong earnings from companies like Nike.

Oil rises late, finishes week with small gain

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil finished the week with a gain as traders took their cue from rising stock markets while watching developments in the financial crisis in Cyprus.

FCC Chairman Genachowski to step down

NEW YORK (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, is set to announce his resignation.

The cash register rings its last sale

NEW YORK (AP) — Ka-ching! The cash register may be on its final sale.

BlackBerry CEO says iPhone is outdated

TORONTO (AP) — Apple's iPhone is outdated, according to the chief executive of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd.

Deal to sell Dell may be about to face competition

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Is Michael Dell's attempt to gain more control over his company about to turn into a financial tug-of-war?

US homes sales highest in more than 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in February to their fastest pace in more than three years, and more people put their homes on the market. The increases suggest a growing number of Americans believe the housing recovery will strengthen.

Average for US jobless claims at fresh 5-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely changed last week, while the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low. The decline in layoffs is helping strengthen the job market.


Defense Department says it will delay furloughs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it will delay furlough notices for its civilian employees for about two weeks while officials analyze how Congressional funding changes will affect the cuts.

Obama health law anniversary finds two Americas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years, two elections, and one Supreme Court decision after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, its promise of health care for the uninsured may be delayed or undercut in much of the country because of entrenched opposition from many Republican state leaders.

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