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VOL. 40 | NO. 29 | Friday, July 15, 2016

How safe is our food?

State, local inspectors struggle to implement new standards

It’s not easy being a food inspector in Tennessee, dealing with an updated statewide food code to protect the public from foodborne illnesses and educating restaurateurs, many with their own ideas about their cuisine, on following the rules.

Tennessee’s key food code changes

In 2013, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the Tennessee Retail Food Safety Act, the first significant change in how the state regulates and inspects retail food establishments including grocery stores and restaurants in nearly 30 years. Food operators were given two years to implement the code.

Nashville food truck safety regulations serve as model for Knoxville

Nashville has created a workable, legal and safe system for food trucks, so successful, in fact, that Knoxville has followed the Music City model.

Got a food crisis? Blue Bell shows how to regain public trust

If food recalls seem to have you cross-checking your pantry or freezer more often, it’s likely you are.

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EVENTS

Real Estate Investors Network. Williamson County Lunch Meeting. Rehabbers, New Construction Builders, Commercial, Mini-storage, Wholesalers, Private Lenders, Transaction Funders, Hard-Money Lenders, Bankers, Title Attorneys, Realtors, and Vendors discuss deals, the state of the market, and how they can help each other prosper. 11:15 a.m. First Watch, 1000 Meridian Blvd., Franklin. Information: www.reintn.org. Some additional July opportunities:

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Mt. Juliet orchard owners giving up their slice of Eden

Breedens have harvested many happy memories

MT. JULIET – Bouncing the decade-old John Deere Gator through the golden-delicious orchard – the pastoral locale for so many autumn memories with my kids (when they were kids) – driver and orchard-master Tommy Breeden jostles us around trees, over uneven ground and beneath low-hanging fruit.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

UT a champ at paying to make problems go away

After the disastrous 2012 football season, the University of Tennessee set aside $7.97 million for severance payments to Vols coach Derek Dooley and his staff.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Right vs. far right: State Republicans itching for a fight

A rift within the Tennessee Republican party, whether a tempest in a teapot or the early signs of implosion, isn’t likely to hit the big tent party hard at the polls this fall.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

June prices climb while sales volume stagnates

June home sales increased by 1.7 percent, according to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

REAL ESTATE

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for June 2016

June 2016 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for second quarter 2016

Second quarter 2016 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average US mortgage rates move little; near historic lows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates moved little this week, remaining near historically low levels in the wake of financial disarray in Europe.

NEWSMAKERS

Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 2 new attorneys

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has hired two attorneys for its Nashville office.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Escalade gets an upgrade in technology for 2016

Cadillac has added new communications and safety equipment to the outsized Escalade for 2016, making it the first version to integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing drivers easy access to their cellphone contacts, music and apps.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Famous Nathan’s biography cuts the mustard

Mom always loved you best. I can beat you at that. You got more than me, more from Santa and a bigger birthday cake.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Use technology to effectively engage your employees

If you thought we had turned a corner from the days of “Take This Job and Shove It,” think again.

CAREER CORNER

Quitting your current job won’t help search for new one

We’ve all been there. Your boss doesn’t appreciate you. Your coworkers are rude. You’re underpaid and getting no respect.

I SWEAR

The joy of reading a favorite book again and again

On a Saturday in February, 1962, Owen gets ticked when he sees that Gravesend Academy school psychiatrist, Dr. Dolder, has again left his VW Beetle in the circular driveway by the Main Academy Building.

STATEWIDE

29 communities get grants for tourism development in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say 29 cities and counties will receive more than $999,000 in grants to help communities improve their tourism infrastructure.

HEALTH CARE

Feds sue stop health insurer combos, see threat to consumer

Federal regulators are suing to stop two major health insurance mergers because they say the deals will increase health care costs for Americans and lower the quality of care they get.

REAL ESTATE

US homes sales improved in June, best pace since early 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought more homes in June, the fourth straight monthly gain as the sales rate reached its highest level in more than nine years.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.45 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged higher this week, remaining near historically low levels as a continued enticement to prospective homebuyers.

AUTO INDUSTRY

General Motors 2Q profit more than doubles on US earnings

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' second-quarter profit more than doubled to a record $2.87 billion, even as the company cut sales to rental car companies and saw its sales fall in the U.S., its most lucrative market.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US unemployment applications dip to 253,000 last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, falling to the lowest point in 13 weeks.

Southwest says technology outage fixed but more flights cut

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest says it has fixed computer problems that caused hundreds of flights to be canceled, but it is telling passengers to get to the airport early because there could be long lines.

Stock indexes listless, remain close to record levels

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes were listless in midday trading Thursday after the European Central Bank held interest rates at record lows and a series of U.S. companies reported mixed earnings.

European Central Bank keeps interest rates at record low

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged at record lows on Thursday as it assesses the impact on the economy of Britain's vote to leave the European Union.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
STATE LEGISLATURE

Democrats called for expulsion of Durham to halt pension

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Democrats are calling for a special session to expel a Republican lawmaker accused of sexually harassing at least 22 women before he can qualify for a lifetime pension.

MIDSTATE

Destructive beetle found in White County; quarantine issued

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say White County has been added to the list of counties under quarantine for the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest targeting ash trees.

STATEWIDE

Survey: 13 percent of Tennesseans without broadband access

NASHVILLE (AP) - A survey of Tennessee residents and businesses has found that about 13 percent do not have access to broadband internet service.

COURTS

US court reverses record forfeiture order over Iran assets

NEW YORK (AP) — A record terrorism-related forfeiture order benefiting families of some Sept. 11 victims and others has been reversed on appeal.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen shares soar after buoyant earnings update

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen shares soared Wednesday after the German car giant revealed that its first-half earnings before charges related to its diesel-emissions scandal were "significantly higher" than market forecasts.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

A technology surge tips stock indexes to new highs

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks took another modest step further into record territory Wednesday after several companies reported profits that were stronger than expected, if not strong. Technology stocks led the way following an encouraging report from Microsoft.

Unilever to buy men's grooming business Dollar Shave Club

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Consumer products giant Unilever says it has agreed to buy the fast-growing California-based men's grooming business Dollar Shave Club for an undisclosed sum.

Macy's tests artificial intelligence tool to improve service

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's is testing a mobile tool using artificial intelligence that lets shoppers get answers customized to the store they're in — like where a particular brand is located or what's in stock — that they would normally ask a sales associate face-to-face.

Kids leaving home doesn't always lead to parents saving more

CHICAGO (AP) — Raising kids costs a lot of money, so when they finally strike out on their own it stands to reason that parents would have more money to spend, save or invest. How they spend that money can have large consequences for their retirement security.

NATIONAL POLITICS

In surprise, GOP looks to revive Depression-era banking law

NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican Party has taken a page straight out of the campaign books of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.


TUESDAY, JULY 19
STATEWIDE

Tennessee lottery's record sales mean $394M for education

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Education Lottery contributed $394 million to education programs for the fiscal year ending June 30, a record high contribution that is $46 million more than last year's record.

Tennessee economic development chief going to Japan

NASHVILLE (AP) - Officials say Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd will lead the state's delegation at an economic development meeting in Japan.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Ketron invites Geert Wilders to RNC

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee state Sen. Bill Ketron has invited controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders to the Republican National Convention.

REAL ESTATE

US home construction posted solid gain in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes posted a solid increase in June, led by a surge of building in the Northeast and the West.

AUTO INDUSTRY

NY, Massachusetts, Maryland sue VW over emissions cheating

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers and violated state environmental laws by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing.

Plans for self-driving cars have pitfall: the human brain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts say the development of self-driving cars over the coming decade depends on an unreliable assumption by many automakers: that the humans in them will be ready to step in and take control if the car's systems fail.

HEALTH CARE

UnitedHealth's profit surges, yet Affordable Care Act drags

UnitedHealth's second-quarter earnings jumped 11 percent to trump expectations even though the nation's largest health insurer took a bigger hit than expected from coverage linked to the Affordable Care Act.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stock indexes close mostly lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending mostly lower on Wall Street as a three-week rally loses momentum.

'Pokemon Go' more than doubles Nintendo's stock price

TOKYO (AP) — For Nintendo, "Pokemon Go" just keeps on giving. Shares in the Japanese game maker closed up 14 percent at 31,700 yen ($300) on the Tokyo Stock exchange Tuesday and have more than doubled in value since the wildly popular augmented-reality game was launched on July 6.

Netflix facing tougher times as US subscriber growth slows

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After years of spectacular success, Netflix is starting to hit some potholes. The high-flying internet video service added only 160,000 U.S. subscribers from April through June, its lowest gain in the period since splitting up its video-streaming and DVD-by-mail services five years ago.


MONDAY, JULY 18
AUTO INDUSTRY

US says fuel economy likely won't meet 2025 targets

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government says the nation's cars and trucks are well on their way to meeting fuel economy and emissions standards set for 2025, but cheaper gas prices could ultimately lower those targets by encouraging consumers to buy less-efficient vehicles.

Tesla's Musk says software changes could improve Autopilot

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says he's optimistic that a software update can improve the semi-autonomous Autopilot system in the company's cars.

REAL ESTATE

Washington state invalidates common mortgage provision

SEATTLE (AP) — Laura Jordan came home from work one day to find herself locked out. She had missed two mortgage payments, and the company servicing her loan had changed the locks without warning.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks inch higher, send S&P 500 to another record

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ticked higher Monday as investors looked past this weekend's failed coup attempt in Turkey and nudged the Standard & Poor's 500 index to another record.

Bank of America profits fall 20 percent, hurt by low rates

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America's earnings fell 20 percent in the second quarter as historically low interest rates make it less profitable to make loans.

NATIONAL POLITICS

With millions covered, 'repeal and replace' gets riskier

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Republicans gather to anoint their presidential ticket in Cleveland, uncompromising opposition to "Obamacare" is getting politically riskier.


FRIDAY, JULY 15
STATE LEGISLATURE

Durham says reports false, he will suspend campaign

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Republican lawmaker Jeremy Durham, accused of sexually harassing at least 22 women, says nearly all of the allegations in an attorney general's office report are either false or taken out of context.

Tenn. Senate speaker on Durham: 'I'd like to smack him in the mouth'

NASHVILLE (AP) - A state representative accused of sexually harassing at least 22 female interns, lobbyists, staff members and political workers does not represent the current culture of the Legislature, Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey declared on Thursday.

Democratic women demand Durham ouster

NASHVILLE (AP) - A group of Democratic women is calling on Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell to oust Republican state Rep. Jeremy Durham after an investigation found he used his position to sexually harass at least 22 female interns, lobbyists, staff and political workers.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee cutting testing time for students

NASHVILLE (AP) — Education officials say changes in standardized testing in Tennessee are expected to reduce testing time for students and teachers by about 30 percent.

Gap Inc. adding 100 jobs in Sumner County

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say clothing retailer Gap Inc. plans to add 100 jobs at its Sumner County distribution center as part of a $3.1 million investment into the facility over the next five years.

Tennessee police look to keep recent protests peaceful

NASHVILLE (AP) - As Black Lives Matter protests pop up in major Tennessee cities, police say they've made concerted efforts to avoid arrests and maintain peace.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Consumer Reports says Tesla should drop Autopilot name

DETROIT (AP) — Consumer Reports said Thursday that Tesla Motors is misleading car owners by calling its semi-autonomous driving system "Autopilot," potentially giving them too much trust in their car's ability to drive itself.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US economy looks resilient as retailers, industry surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spent more money at retailers and factories revved up production in June, offering encouraging signs of the U.S. economy's resilience in the face of global headwinds.

Stocks end little changed after mixed day

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended more or less where they started on Friday as a five-day rally ran out of steam.

Herbalife dodges most serious charges from US

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators closed an investigation of the multinational, nutritional supplements company Herbalife, which has for years been dogged by accusations that it was run as an elaborate pyramid scheme.

US retail sales post solid rise in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales posted a healthy increase in June, another sign that consumer spending picked up in the spring.

US consumer prices rose modestly in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose modestly in June as the costs of gasoline and rent kept climbing, while sales at American retailers registered a healthy gain.

Buffett delivers annual gifts worth $2.86B to 5 charities

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett has delivered his annual donation of Berkshire Hathaway stock to five charities as part of his plan to gradually give away his fortune.

US weekly claims for jobless benefits hold steady

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, remaining at the lowest point since mid-April.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump, Pence don't agree on key social, economic policies

DENVER (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has picked his running mate — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. A former congressman, Pence is in many ways what Trump is not: a strong social conservative with deep ties to the party's establishment. As such, there is a record of deep disagreements between the two names on the top of the GOP ticket this year.

Hunting voters (to register) in "Pokemon Go"

NEW YORK (AP) — A political group in swing-state Ohio is using the game "Pokemon Go" for a purpose beyond catching cute Pikachu: registering voters.

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