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VOL. 35 | NO. 17 | Friday, April 29, 2011

Social media in the workplace

Information, image at risk without established policies

For every employee who’s using the office’s high-speed Internet connection to verify data and connect with customers, there’s another one posting outtakes from corporate memos to a joke website. Or worse.

Nashville residents find fulfillment as Abe Lincoln

Sour cordite clouds of spent black powder swirl around Dennis Boggs as he sets his black stovepipe hat on the camp table and steps into the crowd of saluting Union soldiers and 21st Century admirers.

Men with Hats explores subculture of Lincoln 'presenters'

Nashville’s Elvis Wilson – a veteran of the advertising business in Nashville – hopes Abe Lincoln propels him into the big-time.

GET A JOB!

Take advantage of outplacement services

In today’s uncertain work environment, the likelihood of employees having to lay off employees is common. Many employees being laid off often experience confusion, disorientation and anger. The question they most often ask themselves is, “What do I do now?” And the question that employers often ask themselves is, “What can I do to help the employee or employees I am letting go?”

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EVENTS

Six leading commercial real estate groups coming together for The Connection, which highlights the value of networking in the commercial real estate profession. 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday at The Sound Kitchen on Seaboard Lane in Franklin. Participating organizations include Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR), Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and Women in Commercial Real Estate (WCRE). Information: 373-9507.

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NEWSMAKERS

Baker Donelson adds new shareholders

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has elected 13 new shareholders across the firm, including two attorneys in its Nashville office: Courtney H. Gilmer and Samuel F. Miller.

BOOK REVIEW

Evolution in the office

Your assistant puts up with a lot.

I SWEAR

The pleasure of ‘having written’

Editor’s note: Judge Vic is on vacation this week. This column is from October 2009.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Co-workers get taste of experimental fare

This past week I served lunch at the office. Everyone loves this, but little do they know they are guinea pigs.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Senate requires insurance cover hearing aids

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would require Tennessee insurance companies to include hearing aids for individuals up to 18 years of age in their policies despite opponents who say the mandate could drive up health care costs.

Collective bargaining bill still alive in House

NASHVILLE (AP) — There may still be life in a proposal to repeal Tennessee teachers' collective bargaining rights after its sponsor said Wednesday that a committee will reconvene to hear the bill.

Immigration bills delayed in House panel

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two contentious immigration proposals have been delayed in the House Finance Subcommittee.

Proposal to reject Regents members withdrawn

NASHVILLE (AP) — The chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee has withdrawn legislation to reject the appointment of three members of the Tennessee Board of Regents after one of them resigned.

REGIONAL

MTSU gives older students scholarship money

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Officials at Middle Tennessee State University say the school is now the only four-year institution in the state that gives re-entry scholarships to older, non-traditional students who want to get a degree.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Oil plummets on more signs of weaker US demand

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil tumbled nearly 7 percent Thursday amid new signs that demand for fuel in the U.S. is weakening.

Wal-Mart remains atop Fortune 500 list

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. remains atop the Fortune 500 list even as it struggled to keep its U.S. customers coming in the door.

Rate on 30-year fixed mortgage falls to 4.71 pct.

NEW YORK (AP) — Fixed mortgage rates dipped to the lowest level of the year this week. The third straight weekly decline comes at the start of the peak buying season.

Strong April is retailers' Easter present

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers reported surging April sales that were helped by a late Easter, extending strong spending momentum since late last year.

Unemployment applications hit 8-month high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits surged last week to the highest level in eight months, a troubling sign a day ahead of the government's report on April employment.

GM earns $3.2 billion in 1Q on higher sales

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. reported its highest quarterly profit in more than a decade, helped by demand for fuel-efficient cars and a big gain from selling its stake in its former auto parts business.

CVS Caremark 1Q profit falls on margins, costs

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — CVS Caremark Corp. said Thursday that its first-quarter net income fell nearly 8 percent on lower margins and higher costs.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Biden, congressional group begin budget talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden and top lawmakers are beginning their quest to tame the spiraling U.S. debt with small steps aimed at finding what common ground might exist in vastly different approaches toward restructuring government spending.

LaHood outlines new bus safety measures

WASHINGTON (AP) — It would be harder for tour bus companies to win permission to operate and easier for the government to put rogue operators out of business under a series of bus safety steps announced Thursday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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