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VOL. 40 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 12, 2016

Tennessee’s a hot job market (If you’re in the right field)

High demand in accounting, technology, financial services, health care

If you’re a Tennessean just starting to plan for a career – or considering a new career – you can take heart. Indicators that show Tennessee, as a whole, is emerging as a job-friendly place with stable, good paying jobs with good benefits available.

Degree not always needed for high-tech jobs

College degrees are more important than ever in helping job seekers land good jobs, but there are always some people who manage to forge unconventional career paths. They either don’t have a college degree or they have a degree that’s not in their career of choice.

Phillips: Midstate has added 5K construction jobs since 2010

If you’re a Tennessean looking for a great job with a future and find yourself compulsively checking online websites such as Career Builder, Monster.com or LinkedIn, you might want to add another tool – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development’s website at www.jobs4tn.gov.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

What would it take for Trump to lose Tennessee voters?

Murfreesboro Realtor Larry Sims almost closes his ears when Donald Trump speaks. “He gets out of bounds. Of course, the press, they love it because they get to exploit his sayings and doings,” says Sims, who traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, as a Trump delegate for the Republican National Convention.

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EVENTS

Communicate Effectively for Maxium Creative Success. Award-winning filmmaker, lyricist and psycholtherapist Linnda Durre will be the featured speaker at a special event to be held at the Nashville Film Institute, 191 Polk Avenue, Nashville. Thursday, 6-8 p.m. Durre’ is a licensed psychotherapist, business consultant, corporate trainer, sports performance coach, author of two books, international speaker, expert witness, columnist, media guest, TV and screenwriter, book and script editor and consultant, award winning filmmaker, director, producer, actor, acting coach, cartoonist, standup comedian, celebrity interviewer, TV and radio talk show host, lyricist and songwriter. Information: www.twifm.org

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Like an elusive chord, few Realtors ever nail it

The great songwriter Harlan Howard described a country song as “three chords and the truth.” Most of the songs written by Hank Williams, widely accepted as the best songwriter of all time, include only three chords, those being major chords C, D and G, with an occasional F thrown in.

REAL ESTATE

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for July 2016

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

Average US 30-year mortgage rate ticks up to 3.45 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged higher this week, though rates remain at historically low levels.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Safe to scorching: SEC football coaches feel the burn

There are two kinds of football coaches in the Southeastern Conference: those that have gotten fired and those that haven’t gotten fired – yet.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Whisenhunt might not recognize these Titans

Welcome back, Ken Whisenhunt. You’ve only been gone a few months, but you might not recognize many things about your old workplace when you arrive Saturday night.

Changes since Whisenhunt left

How much have things changed since Ken Whisenhunt was fired by Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk last November? There are 35 players with the Titans now who were not on the roster or in camp when Whisenhunt was head coach.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Clarksville's Reeves-Maybin confident in himself, Vol teammates

Clarksville’s Jalen Reeves-Maybin is in full football mode as he prepares for his senior season at Tennessee.

NEWSMAKERS

Lanquist named general counsel for Bar Association

Edward D. Lanquist, Jr., managing shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C., has been appointed general counsel of the Tennessee Bar Association.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

2016 Cruze fresh, smartphone-friendly and fast

The Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan is bigger yet lighter for 2016, with fresh styling, a new turbo-charged engine and more technology and safety features.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Quality trumps quantity in social media followers

How many times have you found yourself staring at your company’s social media page wondering why you are struggling to get your followers to engage?

CAREER CORNER

Want greater pay? Change jobs every couple of years

How often have you talked to a friend who hasn’t received a real raise in years and is feeling frustrated? Perhaps you are that person.

I SWEAR

Favorite reads: Orphan Train to Salander’s return

It’s been a summer of ingestion – not indigestion. I’ve read, I’ve watched. Last week I wrote about movies. This week the topic is books.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville marijuana decriminalization bill goes to committee

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Nashville has cleared its first hurdle in the Metro Council.

MIDSTATE

ACLU settles lawsuit over students' right to free speech

NASHVILLE (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has settled a lawsuit to protect students' right to free speech in Giles County schools.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Rep. Durham's trespassing charge against reporter dismissed

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge has dismissed a trespassing charge brought against a Nashville Scene reporter by Rep. Jeremy Durham.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Blake Shelton apologizes for tweets, denies being hateful

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country star Blake Shelton apologized on Twitter for offending people with his language, but denied being hateful after several old tweets referencing gays and non-English speakers surfaced online.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 3.43 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, remaining at historically low levels as a potential spur to home purchases.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Uber to use autonomous cars to haul people in next few weeks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber passengers in Pittsburgh will be able to summon rides in self-driving cars with the touch of a smartphone button in the next several weeks.

Volkswagen seat supplier announces expansion, 190 new jobs

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Chattanooga Seating Systems says an expansion at its facility Volkswagen's Tennessee plant will create 190 jobs.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 262,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that layoffs are scarce and employers are likely hiring at a solid clip.

US stocks wobble as energy companies rise, health care dips

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are little changed Thursday morning as the market remains in the doldrums. Energy companies are rising as the price of oil continues a recent recovery and phone companies and health care stocks are trading lower.

Wal-Mart raises annual profit; tops Street 2Q forecasts

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart raised its earnings outlook for the year and delivered strong profit and sales in the second quarter after the world's largest retailer revamped its stores and improved the shopping experience online, changes that appear to be winning over customers.

WHY IT MATTERS: Income inequality

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The rich keep getting richer while more Americans are getting left behind financially.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
STATEWIDE

Audit: Lax financial controls at Achievement School District

NASHVILLE (AP) — An audit has found lax internal financial controls at the Tennessee education district in charge of trying to turn around failing public schools.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Registry finds $190K discrepancy in Durham campaign finances

NASHVILLE (AP) - Campaign finance documents indicate a more than $190,000 discrepancy between state Rep. Jeremy Durham's bank records and his re-election account.

NASHVILLE AREA

17 EO Nashville companies make Inc. 500|5000 list

Seventeen members of the Nashville chapter of The Entrepreneurs’ Organization have been included in the 2016 Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Daughters of Confederacy: We had to accept Vanderbilt money

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy said Tuesday that it had no legal choice but to accept $1.2 million from Vanderbilt University in exchange for relinquishing the naming rights to the private school's Confederate Memorial Hall.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Fed minutes: Conditions could 'soon warrant' rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials believed last month that near-term risks to the U.S. economy had subsided and that an interest rate increase could soon be warranted. But they did not indicate when they would likely raise rates.

US stocks get modest lift from Federal Reserve comments

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks closed barely higher Wednesday as big gains for utilities balanced out losses for retailers like Lowe's, Target and Staples.

Target cuts outlook as it sees fewer customers in stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. cut its profit forecast and a key sales outlook Wednesday as it saw fewer customers in its stores and acknowledged it didn't push the second part of its "Expect More, Pay Less" slogan.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Manafort tied to undisclosed foreign lobbying

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party's efforts to influence U.S. policy.

Conventional tax proposals in an unconventional US campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — In this unconventional campaign season, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have produced two conventional tax plans that mostly track their parties' long-standing views.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 16
SPORTS

Titans trade wide receiver Green-Beckham to Eagles

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to trade wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to the Philadelphia Eagles for offensive lineman Dennis Kelly.

STATE LEGISLATURE

McCormick will seek another term as GOP leader, not speaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick says he will stand for another term in charge of the Republican supermajority in the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly.

NASHVILLE AREA

Google Fiber warns it could pull plug over Nashville impasse

NASHVILLE (AP) - Google is warning that an impasse over access to utility poles could lead the company to pull the plug on its plans to bring its fiber optic broadband service to Nashville.

Sheraton Music City among hotels that may have been hit by hackers

NEW YORK (AP) — An undisclosed number of people who used credit cards at 20 Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott, Westin and other hotels in 10 states and the District of Columbia – including the Sheraton Music City in Nashville between March 1 and June 8 – may have had their cards compromised as a result of hack of the hotels' payment system.

REAL ESTATE

US home construction climbed to a 6-month high in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apartment construction in the Northeast fueled a jump in home building in July as the pace of housing starts nationwide reached their strongest pace in six months.

HEALTH CARE

Insurer Aetna slashes ACA exchange participation to 4 states

Aetna has become the latest health insurer to retreat from the Affordable Care Act's public exchanges by announcing a pullback that will further deplete customer choices in many pockets of the country.

TECHNOLOGY

Google's Duo app joins crowded field of video calling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Knock, knock, Google's video chatting app has arrived.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks slip from records as investors sell safe picks

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slid Tuesday as investors continued to sell phone company and utility shares. Energy companies rose with the price of oil, but stocks have been locked in an up-and-down pattern for more than a week.

Hedge-fund manager Cohen settles with US commodities agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire hedge-fund manager Steven A. Cohen, who was earlier accused of failing to prevent insider trading at his firm, has agreed in a settlement with the government not to engage in any activities overseen by federal commodities regulators until at least Dec. 31, 2017.

US factory output jumps 0.5 percent for biggest gain in year

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories cranked out more autos, machinery and chemicals in July, lifting production by the most in a year.

US consumer prices unchanged in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in July as a big drop in gasoline and other energy prices kept inflation under control.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Google's search engine directs voters to the ballot box

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is pulling another lever on its influential search engine in an effort to boost voter turnout in November's U.S. presidential election.


MONDAY, AUGUST 15
NASHVILLE AREA

Vanderbilt pays $1.2M to remove 'Confederate' from dorm name

NASHVILLE (AP) - Vanderbilt University announced Monday that it will pay more than a million dollars to remove an inscription containing the word "Confederate" from one of its campus dorms.

Designer unveils 9/11 cleats for Titans' Avery Williamson

NASHVILLE (AP) - A custom footwear designer says he has given a pair of Nike cleats a patriotic look for Titans linebacker Avery Williamson to wear during Tennessee's opener on Sept. 11.

Rebuilding of Nashville jail to start after inmates moved

NASHVILLE (AP) - Inmates at a downtown Nashville jail have been transferred out in preparation for the jail's reconstruction.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Workers' Comp administrator chosen to head group

NASHVILLE (AP) — The administrator of Tennessee's Bureau of Workers' Compensation has been named president of the Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW: Fix gets OK for 460,000 more cars with cheating software

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says it's received approval from the country's motor vehicle authority for technical fixes for another 460,000 cars equipped with software to help them cheat emissions tests.

REAL ESTATE

US homebuilder sentiment rises in August as sales improve

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about the housing market this month, reflecting strong growth in new-home sales and prices.

Real estate company MAA to buy rival Post Properties

NEW YORK (AP) — Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. is buying rival real estate investment trust Post Properties in a deal worth about $3.9 billion.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks again rebound as miners and machinery makers rise

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks closed at a record high Monday behind gains for chemical and machinery companies. Energy companies rose as the price of oil continued its recent recovery.

Police trying to determine what caused JFK airport gun calls

NEW YORK (AP) — Police were investigating what caused people to report hearing gunshots at Kennedy Airport on Sunday night, triggering a series of evacuations and some panic among travelers spooked by the heavy police response.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 12
NASHVILLE AREA

Iconic Nashville studios to open their doors to tourists

NASHVILLE (AP) - Threatened by looming developers and a changing industry, some of Nashville's Music Row recording studios are preparing to formally open their doors to tour groups for the first time.

MIDSTATE

Tennessee state vet investigating equine disease outbreak

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state veterinarian's office is investigating an outbreak of a disease involving 17 horses in Middle Tennessee.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Security experts: Remotes are hackable on many vehicles

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A group of computer security experts say they figured out how to hack the keyless entry systems used on millions of cars, meaning that thieves could in theory break and steal items without leaving a broken window.

Volkswagen Academy graduates first engineering specialist

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — This year's graduates from the Volkswagen Academy at the German automaker's plant in Tennessee include the first person to complete its engineering specialist program for candidates with bachelor's degrees in engineering.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks closing lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing mostly lower on Wall Street Friday, weighed down by new data showing weaker-than-expected retail sales and a drop in producer prices in July.

Tepid retail sales lower expectations for US economic growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sluggish month of retail spending has tempered expectations for the U.S. economy's growth in the coming months.

US producer prices slid 0.4 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — US producer prices last month registered the biggest drop since September, pulled down by tumbling energy, clothing and food prices.

Macy's plans to close 100 stores, boost online investment

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's plans to close about 100 stores next year and boost its online investments, the nation's largest department store chain said Thursday, as it tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market. The closures represent close to 14 percent of its stores under the Macy's brand.

Arianna Huffington signs off at The Huffington Post

NEW YORK (AP) — The Huffington Post is going to be without a Huffington.

Applications for US unemployment aid slip to a low 266,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs are low and employers are probably adding new jobs.

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