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VOL. 39 | NO. 30 | Friday, July 24, 2015

As new residents push into Nashville, neighborhoods push back

Not in my increasingly crowded backyard

It’s no secret that Nashville’s a city on the rise, and a close look at numbers suggests the rapid population growth is not just strong, it’s stratospheric. Undoubtedly, the city’s current boomtown status puts Nashville in the international spotlight and brings jobs and prosperity to more residents.

Whites Creek history dates to late 1700s

Whites Creek, an unincorporated community of about 3,500 located in the northern part of Davidson County, has roots that date to the Revolutionary War era.

Rural-friendly businesses in Whites Creek

Neighborhood activists in Whites Creek are aggressively seeking businesses that blend into the rural character of the historical area. They want more working farms, stores that feature arts and crafts and local wares, restaurants, entertainment venues and entrepreneurial ventures that honor agriculture, history and culture, and arts and crafts.


With no real rival, state Republicans attack their own

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

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Ninth annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville present the ninth annual NELAs, which recognize young professionals in 15 industry classifications who are excelling in their careers and making a difference in the Nashville community. Today, 5-10 p.m., Lipscomb University’s Collins Alumni Auditorium. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 615 743-3063.

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'The book' on Francis Guess, humanitarian award winner

Here is our 2013 interview with Francis S. Guess, who died Thursday.


Rekindling the flame that was Jefferson Street

Lorenzo Washington pushes “pause” on his conversation so he doesn’t have to compete with the scream of a fire engine as it roars past his Jefferson Street recording empire and into the barbecue-flavored haze of this steamy, storm-threatened mid-summer’s day.


Texas can keep its PAC money, misleading ads

If being the “It City” means that a super PAC from Texas elects the city’s mayor, I vote we relinquish the crown.


Top residential real estate transactions for June 2015

Top residential real estate transactions, June 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 4.04 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, retreating from highs for the year and amplifying the incentive for prospective home buyers.


Vanderbilt Hospital CEO named to new position

David Posch, CEO of Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Clinics and executive director for the Vanderbilt Medical Group, has been named to the newly created position of associate vice chancellor for Population Health.


Ford F-150 is newly refined, best on gas and hauling

America’s favorite truck, the Ford F-Series, was revamped from top to bottom for 2015, and the handsomely styled result shows how far pickups have come from their rough-riding and utilitarian past.


Questions hold the answers to closing deals

Curiosity might have killed the cat, but it can almost always keep you from killing a deal.


Job interruption? Some disruption is what you need

Being out of work in today’s economy can be daunting. Even as things continue to improve, finding a job can be tough.


No rest in exploring the family side of St. Louis

Waking on Sunday morning in the HoteLumiere in Downtown St. Louis, I was physically beat from a scorching hot Cardinals game the night before.


Franklin’s Almanac was best-seller of its day

Two weeks ago we left the 17-year-old Ben Franklin in the process of fleeing Boston. That was where he and his employer/brother, James, had literally come to blows.


Need a healthy snack? Go for the cherries

One of the most beautiful signs of spring is a pink-flowering cherry tree promising succulent fruit in about two months. The only thing better is being able to enjoy the succulent fruit a few months later.


TSU to host Tennessee Small Farms Expo today

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than 400 agricultural experts and farmers are expected at Tennessee State University in Nashville on Thursday for the Tennessee Small Farms Expo.


Quarantine for ash tree pest expanded to 5 Tennessee counties

NASHVILLE (AP) — A quarantine for an insect that destroys ash trees has been expanded to five more Tennessee counties.


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.98 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a second straight week, with the key 30-year rate slipping below 4 percent.

US home rental prices climb again in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home rental prices climbed much faster than incomes in June. But there are signs of slowing momentum around New York, Los Angeles and Washington.


US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year.

Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 267,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the increase was from a very low level and the figures still point to a healthy job market.

US cuts estimates for economic growth over past 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew more slowly over the past three years than the government had previously estimated, held back by more frugal consumers and steeper spending cuts by state and local governments.

Stocks mostly lower in US after some weaker company results

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were slightly lower Thursday, following disappointing results from several big companies including Procter & Gamble, Whole Foods and Facebook. A positive report on U.S. economic growth did little to help the market.

Takeaway from Fed meeting: Expect a rate increase this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expectations have grown that sometime this year, the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from record lows. The only question seems to be when.

Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil

LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.


Sculpture to celebrate Tennessee women's role in 19th Amendment

NASHVILLE (AP) - A new sculpture planned for the state Capitol complex will celebrate Tennessee women's role in passing the 19th Amendment.

Tennessee Democratic Party head wants review of Jackson role

NASHVILLE (AP) - The chairwoman of the Tennessee Democratic Party wants to begin a discussion about whether to keep naming an annual fundraiser after President Andrew Jackson.


Applications being taken for judicial vacancy

NASHVILLE (AP) — Applications are being accepted for a judicial vacancy in Tennessee's 9th Judicial District.


Judge throws out drunken driving charge against Rep. Beck

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge on Tuesday threw out a drunken driving case against freshman state Rep. Bill Beck on the basis that the police officer did not have reasonable suspicion to pull him over.


US pending home sales slip in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of signed contracts to buy homes fell in June, as limited supplies of homes on the market are holding back possible sales growth.


Health care spending to accelerate, US report says

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's lasted six years. But now welcome relief from rising U.S. health care costs seems to be winding down.

Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, Americans 65 and older were the age group least likely to have health insurance.


Nissan's quarterly profit up on cheap yen, US sales growth

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's April-June profit jumped 36 percent as the Japanese automaker benefited from a cheap yen and better sales in the U.S. and Europe.

Volkswagen Q2 earns slip on restructuring, troubled markets

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen saw profits slip in the second quarter despite taking the global lead in sales over Toyota and GM.

Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

DETROIT (AP) — In the age of Apple's CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks.


Facebook stock slides even as 2Q results soar

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook surpassed expectations on all fronts in the second quarter, growing not just profit and revenue but its already-massive user base, mobile advertising and usage of its "family" of non-Facebook apps like Instagram and WhatsApp.

Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm.


Stocks end higher after Fed keeps interest rates unchanged

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after Federal Reserve policymakers voted to keep interest rates unchanged and gave no indication that a rate rise was imminent. A modest rebound in Chinese stocks also helped push the market higher.

IMF's Lagarde: World economy fragile, faces downside risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says the world economy is recovering but fragile and "faces some downside risks."

Fed is likely to delay 1st rate hike in 9 years a bit longer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is moving toward raising interest rates from record lows — just not likely yet.


House votes to provide money for highways, transit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.

Boehner backs push to export US crude oil

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports.

Lawmakers poised to leave town with lots of work left undone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is on track to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town this week for its August recess, leaving an array of sticky issues unresolved that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.

What's in the 6-year Senate transportation bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall.

GOP leaders plan Senate vote on Planned Parenthood aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote before its August recess on a Republican effort to bar federal aid to Planned Parenthood, GOP leaders said Tuesday, as anti-abortion groups clamored for action by lawmakers. Democrats said they will strongly oppose what they called the latest Republican effort to weaken women's health care programs, but stopped short of flatly predicting its defeat.


Miranda Lambert scholarship to help female musicians

NASHVILLE (AP) - Miranda Lambert wants more women to have the kind of success she's had, so she founded a new scholarship at Belmont University.


Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.

Officials: Timing of vote on Supreme Court justice unclear

NASHVILLE (AP) - A new judicial amendment to the state constitution has left an open question about when voters will get a chance to decide on a new Supreme Court justice.


Haslam launching 15-stop tour of Tennessee on road funding needs

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday that he will kick off a 15-stop tour of Tennessee to highlight the state's transportation funding challenges as he considers a proposal to increase the gas tax for the first time in 25 years.

Health Department issues advisory about Hepatitis C increase

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health wants residents to become more aware of Hepatitis C, saying the rate of acute cases in the state has more than tripled in the last seven years.


Strong home sales, limited supply lift US home prices in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year.


Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.


Volkswagen sold more vehicles than Toyota in first half

TOKYO (AP) — Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies.

Ford surprises in 2Q with record North American profit

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s net income jumped 44 percent to $1.9 billion in the second quarter as global sales rose and the company was able to charge more for new trucks and SUVs with premium features.


US indexes advance on strong earnings; China stabilizes

NEW YORK (AP) — Global stocks steadied and U.S. markets advanced Tuesday, as investors were encouraged by strong results from UPS, Ford and other big companies.

US consumer confidence falls to lowest level since September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China.

Q&A: What stock market tumble means for China, rest of world

BEIJING (AP) — China's stock market tumbled this week despite a massive government intervention aimed at halting a slide in prices that began last month. At its peak in early June, the Shanghai Composite Index had risen about 150 percent from late 2014. After dropping 30 percent over several weeks, government support measures calmed the market. But on Monday the sell-off resumed, with the Shanghai index suffering a drop of 8.5 percent, its biggest daily fall since February 2007. Here's what the sell-off means for China's economy and other countries.


SBA loan approvals resume after Congress lifts lending limit

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses are again able to get loans backed by the federal government.


Nashville, feds settle immigration suit for $310K

NASHVILLE (AP) - Five years after immigration agents and local police raided a south Nashville apartment complex, the federal and Nashville governments have agreed to pay $310,000 to 14 people who sued over constitutional violations.


9 to be inducted into Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame

MURFREESBORO (AP) - Former Associated Press executive Kent Flanagan is among nine people being inducted posthumously into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame Aug. 11 in Murfreesboro.


Fiat Chrysler settlement with gov't could prove costly

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler could be required to lay out hundreds of millions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls.


Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life.


Orders for US durable goods jump 3.4 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a sizable gain in June, reflecting a surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Meanwhile, a key category that reflects business investment rebounded after two months of declines.

US stocks continue to slump; Chinese shares plunge

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing lower following a steep sell-off in China and losses in other global markets.

Greece readies for bailout talks as Plan B details revealed

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government was poised Monday for the imminent start of intricate bailout discussion but faced rebuke following revelations that former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, formed a secret committee to plan for the possible conversion of euros into drachmas "at a drop of a hat."


House leader rules out Senate version of highway bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is ruling out House action on a long-term, must-pass highway bill the Senate is considering.

Senior Republicans rebuke Cruz over his attacks on McConnell

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor.


Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade announces retirement

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade, a target of a failed ouster campaign led by Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey last year, says he plans to retire in September.


TSU graduate recognized for climate change awareness

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee State University graduate and civil rights advocate is among a dozen people being recognized by the White House for their efforts in protecting the environment and communities from the effects of climate change.


Tennessee among 7 states getting extended NCLB waiver

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee is among seven states that have received extended No Child Left Behind waivers.


Can US housing industry's comeback endure? The outlook dims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. housing market has sizzled this summer, lifting expectations that home sales will finally help drive an economic expansion now in its seventh year.

US new-home sales hit June slump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans bought new homes in June, a possible sign that the real estate market might not be as hot as it appeared at the start of summer.


Mega-health deals bloom in July, Anthem bids $48B for Cigna

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S patients.


Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles to prevent hacking

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers detailed how they were able to take control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet.

Report: Mitsubishi Motors to end US production

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese media reported Friday that automaker Mitsubishi Motors has decided to end production in the U.S. to focus on Asian markets.

Feds probe GM-certified used cars that may have open recalls

DETROIT (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is investigating General Motors because of dealers who advertised certified used cars for sale even though they still needed repairs under existing recalls.

Recall lawsuits, costs, probes still haunt General Motors

General Motors Co. is looking past last year's safety recalls of 36 million vehicles worldwide as recall costs continue to shrink. Here is a by-the-numbers look at the recall issues, including new information filed Thursday in GM's second-quarter earnings release and its report to securities regulators:


US stocks sink; S&P 500 index notches another losing week

The U.S. stock market capped a four-day losing streak with its biggest drop of the week.

AT&T-DirecTV deal set to close after approval from FCC

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV is set to close after winning approval Friday from the Federal Communications Commission.

Transportation Chief: 4 Airlines probed for price-gouging

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving five airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service.

China manufacturing slumps to 15-month low

HONG KONG (AP) — China's manufacturing slumped to a 15-month low in July in a fresh sign of deterioration in the world's second biggest economy, a survey showed Friday.

Greece invites IMF to join bailout talks, should begin Monday

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is formally inviting the International Monetary Fund to join its negotiations with European creditors over a vital third bailout — talks that were delayed Friday by logistics but are expected to conclude before Greece faces another big repayment Aug. 20, Greek officials said.

Greek store closures spike as recession, austerity return

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Giorgos Prasinoudis ran his motocycle repair shop in Athens for three decades, through good times and bad. Now a "For Sale" sign hangs outside the window.

Pew: Chinese stay optimistic in an otherwise gloomy world

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe someone should tell the Chinese their economy is slowing. They don't seem to buy it.


GOP-controlled Senate panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled Senate panel has voted to lift a decades-long ban on travel to Cuba, giving a boost to President Barack Obama's moves to ease travel restrictions and open up relations with the Castro-governed nation.

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