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VOL. 35 | NO. 24 | Friday, June 17, 2011

Nashville Pickers

Brothers-in-law turn love of music, memorabilia into ultimate hangout, TV pilot

“Nashville Cats” and other fans of John Sebastian and the Lovin’ Spoonful know “there’s thirteen-hundred fifty-two guitar pickers in Nashville.” That number has grown, of course, in the 45 years since that song was a hit.

More ‘Pickers’ coming to TV?

The Nashville Pickers aren’t a spinoff of the successful History Channel show, “American Pickers.”

Publix curbs ‘extreme’ couponing practices

With the growing popularity of “couponing” websites and blogs that offer links, deals and advice on how get more bang for your buck, as well as TV shows such as Extreme Couponing, national grocery chains are firming up their polices they say to manage confusion but also likely to tamp down discounts.

GREEN BUSINESS

Friends collaborate with farm-to-table catering company

Erika Woodard acquired her fondness for food a little later in life. A self-professed picky eater, Woodard didn’t exactly have the sense of culinary adventure her parents hoped she would.

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EVENTS

Intellectual Property Seminar. The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC will present on Thursday the first in a series of seminars focused on the basics of intellectual property issues for advertising and marketing professionals. The first seminar will explore the basics of trademark law, including best practices for use of trademarks and how proper use can add value to a client’s intellectual property portfolio. Topics for future seminars in the series include:

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Barlow honored with Beard Invitation

Tayst owner and executive chef Jeremy Barlow will be the featured chef at the James Beard House in New York on Monday, Aug. 22.

REALTY CHECK

Road trips strike right chord for leadership

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, as I wrote last month, conducts leadership study missions in which various community leaders embark upon a pilgrimage to a different city in order to observe and understand defined practices and policies of these communities.

GET A JOB!

Organizations, clubs are great search resources

There are thousands of professional associations, clubs, societies and trade organizations that keep up with and communicate directly or indirectly employment information pertaining to their field or industry.

Taylor joins Bone McAllester Norton

Stephanie R. Taylor has joined the law firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC and will oversee the firm’s Entertainment Law group

I SWEAR

Knee joint’s connected to film festival

The column about my knee evoked a record amount of mail. Evidently, many folk have joint pain issues.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Friend lives on through gift of prized cutting board

I had a dear family friend, Dale Evans, pass away recently. Dale will be missed at every family function. This past week, however, I received an unexpected gift of something that belonged to him.

STATEWIDE

Haslam expects to approve higher ed tuition hikes

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam doesn't plan to stand in the way of proposed tuition hikes at Tennessee's two higher education systems.

FedEx 4Q net income rises 33 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — FedEx Corp. expects the global economy to hit a higher gear later this year as fuel prices retreat from three-year highs and the Japanese economy recovers. While much of the growth will be driven by China and other developing nations, FedEx said the U.S. economy will improve as well.

Morgan Keegan paying $200M to settle fraud charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investment firm Morgan Keegan & Co. is paying $200 million to settle civil fraud charges that it overstated the value of mortgage investments just as the housing market was collapsing in 2007 and lured buyers of its funds with false sales materials.

NASHVILLE AREA

US Army Corps of Engineers getting new commander

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gets a new commander Friday.

Plant where 4 died to resume production

GALLATIN (AP) — A Gallatin, Tenn., chemical plant where four workers have died in fires this year will resume partial production this week.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Unemployment applications jump by most in a month

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week rose by the most in a month, signaling growing weakness in the job market.

Oil falls below $93 on US economy pessimism

Oil prices tumbled to below $93 a barrel on Thursday due to concerns that U.S. economic growth and crude demand will weaken this year.

Global stocks hit by Fed's US economy warning

LONDON (AP) — A downbeat assessment of the U.S. economy from the Federal Reserve hit global stocks Thursday, while the euro faltered ahead of a meeting of EU leaders where Greece's debt troubles are likely to dominate talks.

Nissan expects 15 pct drop in profit for this year

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan is forecasting a 15.4 percent drop in profit for the fiscal year through March 2012 because of production disruptions from the March earthquake and an unfavorable exchange rate.

Rite Aid posts smaller-than-expected 1Q loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp. is reporting a smaller fiscal first-quarter loss as its sales held steady.

NATIONAL POLITICS

CBO: Debt crisis looms absent major policy changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rapidly growing national debt could soon spark a European-style crisis unless Congress moves forcefully, the Congressional Budget Office warned Wednesday in a study that underscored the stakes for Vice President Joe Biden and negotiators working on a sweeping plan to reduce red ink.

Obama's Afghanistan plan criticized by Dems, GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are leading the criticism of President Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan from Afghanistan, arguing that his timeline for bringing 33,000 U.S. troops home by next summer isn't fast enough.

Census shows whites lose US majority among babies

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, minorities make up a majority of babies in the U.S., part of a sweeping race change and a growing age divide between mostly white, older Americans and predominantly minority youths that could reshape government policies.

AP poll: Economic worries pose new snags for Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Increasingly troubled by the economy, more Americans are convinced the country is headed in the wrong direction and fewer approve of President Barack Obama's economic stewardship. The sentiments pose a new complication for the president's re-election hopes and create an obstacle to a recovery that relies in part on public perceptions.

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