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VOL. 35 | NO. 16 | Friday, April 22, 2011

Blowing smoke

At an average of 4,000 fans per race, is Speedway a good deal for Metro taxpayers?

On any given Sunday, more than 68,000 NFL fans crowd into LP field to watch the Titans. On a typical Saturday night at Nashville’s historic Fairgrounds Speedway, 4,000 stock car racing fans are expected to occupy a grandstand designed to seat more than three times that number.

Sun’s shining on solar energy in Tennessee

When James Lasater was just 8 years old he was already helping his father install solar panels and geothermal units around his hometown of College Station, Texas, mainly for the professors of local Texas A&M University. Back then, they thought solar was the wave of the future and they were ahead of the curve. “Everyone thought we were crazy,” he says.

Bill would cut access to foreclosure notices

A bill making its way through the Tennessee Legislature would give homeowners less advance warning before their homes are sold at a foreclosure auction.

Protect, enhance brand by outsourcing social media

Feedback is not like it used to be, says Shauna Wright. There was a time when a bad experience with a company meant telling a neighbor or a few friends, but in today’s ever-shrinking world, those friends can be a thousand miles away and number in the hundreds.

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EVENTS

Music Business and the Rhythm of Change. The Nashville Business Breakfast is a quarterly networking event today featuring Steve Moore, CEO of the Country Music Association. 7-8:30 a.m., Allen Arena, Lipscomb University. Information: 966-6609.

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GET A JOB!

Finding mentor can help career

Getting promoted at any organization can be a challenging endeavor. Often it appears people who have continued to move up are receiving a helping hand. They often are – from a mentor.

NEWSMAKERS

Courtney joins Pilkerton Realtors

Veteran Realtor® Richard Courtney is joining Pilkerton Realtors, one of the oldest and largest independent real estate firms in Nashville, with offices in Green Hills and Brentwood.

I SWEAR

It’s a parapraxis, Dr. Fraud

He intended to say, “I’m so glad to see you!” It came out “I’m so sad to see you!”

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Good meal makes up for communal seating

Last week I was privileged enough to be invited to eat lunch with three of our very dedicated and distinguished Army National Guard service members. Yes, one of them did just happen to be our son, however, it was still a huge honor. The ones I dined with will all be deployed soon, so it was special in many ways.

STATE LEGISLATURE

School voucher bill likely dead this session

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to create a school voucher program for students in Tennessee's four largest counties to attend private or religious schools has likely failed this session after a House panel voted Wednesday to send it to a study committee for further review over the summer.

Parking lot guns bill withdrawn from House vote

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to give employers immunity from lawsuits if they allow workers to store guns in vehicles parked on company lots was withdrawn Wednesday before a full House vote could take place.

NASHVILLE AREA

'Shrek' and others to appear at Gaylord resorts

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gaylord Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation are teaming up to provide live appearances of movie characters at the Nashville company's four resorts.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Exxon earns nearly $11 billion in 1Q

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon says it earned nearly $11 billion in the first quarter, a performance that will likely land it in the center of the national debate over high gasoline prices.

Oil back below $113 after reaching 31-month high

Oil prices briefly hit a nearly three-year high but quickly fell back below $113 a barrel Thursday as a weakening U.S. dollar made commodities cheaper for investors holding other currencies. Expectations of slower U.S. economic growth in the first three months of the year also drove down prices.

Chrysler to repay bailout with bank loans, bonds

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler says it will take out bank loans and sell debt later this quarter to repay $6.6 billion in bailout loans from the U.S. and Canadian governments.

Viacom 2Q earnings jump 54 pct, revenue up 20 pct

NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom Inc., the owner of MTV and Paramount Pictures, reported on Thursday a sharp increase in its net income for the latest quarter, boosted by popular shows such as "Jersey Shore," its kids' network Nickelodeon and an improved advertising market.

Sprint adds 1.1M subscribers, narrows 1Q loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint Nextel Corp. on Thursday said it added more wireless subscribers in the first quarter than it has in five years, mainly on cheap service plans.

Disasters challenge plans to reinvent Japan Inc.

TOKYO (AP) — Before disaster struck, Japan's leaders were vowing to counter the prospect of long-term economic decline with a new spirit of engagement with the rest of the world.

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