WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit.
Retail sales dropped 0.8 percent in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday, following a 0.9 percent decline in December. The dollar value of gas station sales plunged 9.3 percent, the largest drop in six years. Auto dealer sales also fell for the second straight month.
6. US stocks advance on earnings, possible Greece deal - Friday, February 06, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A mix of positive earnings and corporate news boosted stocks on Tuesday. Signs that Greece might be willing to broker a deal with its creditors also gave the market a lift.
Coca-Cola rose after the company reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit. General Motors gained after an activist investor said he would seek a seat on the company's board and push for a stock buyback.
7. Nissan raises profit forecast after sales grow in US, Europe - Friday, February 06, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan raised its earnings forecast for the fiscal year after reporting a nearly 21 percent jump in quarterly profit as a cheap yen amplified strong overseas sales.
The Japanese automaker said Monday that sales were strong in the U.S. and Europe and the cheap yen boosted overseas revenue, offsetting a decline in its home market.8. Toyota raises forecast after quarterly profit up on weak yen - Friday, January 30, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., the world's No. 1 automaker, raised its earnings forecast Wednesday after third quarter profit jumped 14 percent, boosted by a weak yen.9. Is S&P's $1.38B deal enough to keep credit raters in check? - Friday, January 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than six years after the financial crisis struck, credit rating giant Standard & Poor's will be paying a hefty $1.38 billion penalty for its role in fueling the subprime mortgage meltdown. But that doesn't mean it can't happen again.10. Hopes for an end to oil price rout sends stocks higher - Friday, January 30, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A jump in oil prices helped push U.S. stocks indexes sharply higher for a second day on Tuesday, erasing much of their losses from the start of the year.
U.S. benchmark oil surged 7 percent on hopes that a seven-month collapse in prices that had rattled financial markets was ending. All 10 industry sectors of the Standard and Poor's 500 index rose, led a 2.8 percent gain in energy shares.
11. Smith tapped to lead Stites & Harbison - Friday, January 30, 2015
Stites & Harbison, PLLC veteran attorney Gregory D. Smith has been named office executive member for the firm’s Nashville office.12. Dollar General loses bid for Dollar Tree - Friday, January 23, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The battle over dollar stores is nearly over. Family Dollar shareholders voted on Thursday to approve a takeover bid by rival Dollar Tree, despite higher competing offers from Goodlettsville-based Dollar General.13. Family Dollar shareholders approve Dollar Tree takeover - Friday, January 16, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Family Dollar shareholders have voted to approve a takeover bid from rival Dollar Tree.
The deal still needs to be approved by the Federal Trade Commission, but Family Dollar expects it to close by March.14. Dollar General stands firm on store divestiture figure - Friday, January 09, 2015
GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General said Thursday that it still believes it should not have to divest more than 1,500 stores to complete a deal with Family Dollar.
On Monday Family Dollar Stores Inc. CEO Howard Levine said in a letter to investors that the Federal Trade Commission has indicated that there may need to be 3,500 to 4,000 store divestures for a deal with Dollar General Corp. to go through, though that is not a final figure.15. ISS encourages Family Dollar and Dollar Tree deal - Friday, January 09, 2015
MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar Stores Inc. said Wednesday that a proxy advisory firm recommends shareholders vote for a buyout offer from Dollar Tree Inc.16. Holiday shopping hiccup: US retail sales fell in December - Friday, January 09, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the job market on a roll and gas prices falling, consumers are spending away, right?
Not quite. Americans actually cut back last month after ramping up spending in November, perplexing analysts who had expected strong retail sales in December in light of rising job growth and sinking gas prices.
17. Why US inflation stays ultra-low while job growth is surging - Friday, January 09, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — This isn't explained in Econ 101. Month after month, U.S. hiring keeps rising, and unemployment keeps falling. Eventually, pay and inflation are supposed to start surging in response.18. Top November 2014 commercial real estate transactions - Friday, January 02, 2015
Top November 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.19. Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes - Friday, December 26, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government's most contentious programs.
Development is booming in tiny Hugoton, a town of roughly 3,900 people. The town is the site of a new cellulosic ethanol refinery that was funded in part by a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. The same program funded high-profile flops like Solyndra, the California-based solar company that filed for bankruptcy and led to hearings over the Barack Obama administration's backing of unproven green-energy projects.
20. Family Dollar delays vote on Dollar Tree deal - Friday, December 19, 2014
MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar says it has delayed a shareholder vote on its proposed acquisition by Dollar Tree until Jan. 22.
The Matthews, North Carolina-based discount retailer held a special meeting Tuesday for shareholders to vote on the deal. But the company says there were insufficient votes and the decision was delayed.21. More veterans calling Middle Tennessee home - Friday, December 19, 2014
When Scott Ledermann, a military health care recruiter in Nashville, retired from the Army in October, it didn’t take him long to land a job with a local company.
Nashville-based HCA Healthcare, a company that has made hiring veterans a priority, scooped him up in no time. Now, he’s working in human relations at the company’s operations center in Donelson.22. US stocks are mostly spared from a global sell-off - Friday, December 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. stock market ended slightly lower Tuesday, avoiding the sharp declines in Europe and Asia thanks to a rally in beaten-down energy companies.
After an early sell-off, the Dow Jones industrial average steadied and ended with a moderate loss of 0.3 percent. That followed a sharp drop in European indexes, most notably in Greece, where the stock market suffered its biggest one-day loss since 1987. Greek officials called an early presidential vote, and investors feared the outcome could jeopardize the country's bailout program.23. Dollar General misses Street 3Q forecasts - Friday, November 28, 2014
GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General Corp. reported third-quarter results Thursday that missed Wall Street expectations, and said it is still committed to buying rival discount retailer Family Dollar, which has already agreed to be bought by Dollar Tree. Dollar General said it plans to give an update on its Family Dollar bid this month.24. Energy companies lead an advance in US stocks - Friday, November 28, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Energy and health-care companies led major stock indexes higher on Tuesday, even as crude oil resumed its slide. General Motors rose after reporting stronger sales, and Biogen, a biotech company, soared following news that its drug for Alzheimer's disease showed promise.25. Family Dollar delays special shareholders meeting - Friday, November 14, 2014
MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar is delaying a special meeting at which shareholders were to vote on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree as regulators determine how many stores might need to be divested for antitrust reasons.26. Toyota raises forecast on profit jump, weak yen - Friday, October 31, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota raised its annual earnings forecast after posting a 23 percent jump in quarterly profit Wednesday as a favorable exchange rate added to the momentum of the Japanese automaker's sales growth.27. US stocks gain as the price of crude oil rebounds - Friday, October 31, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks returned to record levels on Wednesday as a rebound in oil prices boosted energy stocks. The stock market also gained after the completion of midterm elections that saw Republicans take control of the Senate.28. Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping - Friday, October 31, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.
For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney's hit film "Frozen" items, starting Saturday. The move comes as rival Target Corp. began offering free shipping on all items, a program that started late October and will last through Dec. 20.29. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for September 2014 - Friday, October 31, 2014
Top September 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.30. US stocks jump following strong corporate earnings - Friday, October 17, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply in early trading Thursday, driven by encouraging earnings from companies including Caterpillar, 3M and General Motors. Investors were also encouraged by some positive manufacturing news out of Europe.31. Hedge fund seeks board seats at Family Dollar - Friday, October 17, 2014
The Associated Press: Hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. said Friday it is seeking seats on Family Dollar's board in an effort to get the retailer to reconsider a rebuffed buyout bid.
Family Dollar Stores Inc. accepted an $8.5 billion cash and stock buyout offer from fellow discounter Dollar Tree in July. It is also trying to fend off buyout efforts by another rival, Dollar General, which has decided to take its $9.1 billion cash bid directly to shareholders.32. Why drop in oil prices could squeeze US economy - Friday, October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — If you're a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.33. GM: Parts are ready to fix recalled small cars - Friday, September 26, 2014
MILFORD, Mich. (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the company has enough parts available to fix all the faulty ignition switches that are blamed for at least 23 deaths nationwide.
Barra told reporters at an investor conference Wednesday that GM's parts supplier finished making the parts a few days before a goal of early October. GM recalled 2.6 million cars in February and says it has repaired about 1.1 million. That's just under half the vehicles when scrapped cars are excluded.
34. Family Dollar tells investors to reject takeover - Friday, September 12, 2014
MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar has told shareholders to reject an unsolicited, $9.1 billion takeover bid from its rival, Dollar General.
Family Dollar is currently trying to arrange a sale to another bargain chain, Dollar Tree Inc.
35. Capella Healthcare hires 2 to leadership posts - Friday, September 12, 2014
Capella Healthcare has announced the appointment of Troy E. Sybert, MD, MPH, as executive vice president and chief medical officer.
In addition, Richard W. Brasher, CPCU, ARM, has been named vice president of risk management.36. Coverage gap leaves Tennessee hospitals on life support - Friday, September 12, 2014
Four rural hospitals have closed and dozens are at risk of shuttering: That’s the fallout, some say, from Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision not to join the Affordable Care Act in 2013 and tap into millions in promised federal funds for Tennessee’s financially-strapped health care institutions.37. Dollar General goes hostile in bid for rival - Friday, September 05, 2014
Dollar General is going hostile with its $9.1 billion bid for Family Dollar after its rival repeatedly rejected previous offers.
The discount chain has commenced an open offering to investors of Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $80 per share in cash. That offer was rejected last week by the company's board, which has already accepted a deal with another discounter, Dollar Tree.
38. Family Dollar bucks Dollar General bid again - Friday, September 05, 2014
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Family Dollar is rejecting Dollar General's latest acquisition offer, and Dollar Tree says it will now divest as many stores as needed to get antitrust clearance for its deal to buy Family Dollar.39. Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1B - Friday, August 29, 2014
Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying that it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to ease the antitrust concerns of its takeover target.40. Dollar General still wants to buy Family Dollar - Friday, August 29, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General Corp. said it still wants to buy rival Family Dollar, even though its nearly $9 billion offer was rejected by the discount retailer last week.
"We remain firmly committed to the acquisition," Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling said in a statement on Thursday.
41. Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall - Friday, August 22, 2014
The escalating conflict in Ukraine combined with disappointing earnings and profit outlooks from several retailers dragged stocks lower Thursday afternoon, eclipsing some good news on the U.S. economy. Trading was light ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend.42. Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer - Friday, August 22, 2014
Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family Dollar's board said it supports its existing deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree.43. Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer - Friday, August 15, 2014
MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General's takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter's board supports its existing merger with Dollar Tree.
Family Dollar Stores Inc. Chairman and CEO Howard Levine said in a statement Thursday that its board and advisers reviewed Dollar General Corp.'s offer and determined it wasn't reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.
44. US stocks gain; Dollar General jumps after bid - Friday, August 15, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding contest erupted for a discount retailer. Stocks also climbed amid reports of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the conflict in Ukraine.45. Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar - Friday, August 15, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's top dollar store chains are betting big that their once-thriving business will make a comeback if they band together.
Dollar General, the nation's largest dollar-store chain, started a bidding war on Monday when it offered approximately $8.95 billion for rival Family Dollar. It was an attempt to trump Dollar Tree, which agreed to acquire Family Dollar for $8.5 billion last month.
46. NY Fed: US auto loans soar to highest in 8 years - Friday, August 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. auto loans jumped to the highest level in eight years this spring, fueled by a big increase in lending to risky borrowers, according to a report Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.47. NY Fed: US auto loans soar to highest in 8 years - Friday, August 08, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. auto loans jumped to the highest level in eight years this spring, fueled by a big increase in lending to risky borrowers, according to a report Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.48. AP source: Bank of America nears $16-$17B settlement with US - Friday, August 01, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America is nearing a $16 billion to $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, a person directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.49. Diversified Trust expands Nashville leadership team - Friday, August 08, 2014
Diversified Trust, an employee-owned, southeast-based comprehensive wealth management firm that manages more than $5 billion in client assets, has announced the hiring of three senior professionals in its Nashville office: Adam Dretler, senior vice president, Lamar Stanley, vice president, Katie Williams, vice president50. Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion - Friday, July 25, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar Tree is buying rival discounter Family Dollar, giving it a wider reach in the intensifying fight for deal-seeking customers.
The $8.5 billion deal will give Dollar Tree more than 13,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada. The current leading discounter, Dollar General Corp., has more than 11,300 stores in the U.S.51. Dean, Cooper to raise funds for Georgia's Nunn - Friday, July 11, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Two of Nashville's top Democrats are planning a fundraiser for Michelle Nunn's U.S. Senate bid in Georgia.
Mayor Karl Dean and his wife, Anne Davis, have scheduled a fundraiser at their Green Hills home on Monday. The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/1qzwDQH) that U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tennessee, will be an honorary host.52. Dollar General CEO Dreiling to retire next year - Friday, June 27, 2014
GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling plans to retire from that post next year.
The company's shares fell more than 4 percent in morning trading after the announcement on Friday.53. Ni hao, y'all: US hinterlands woo Chinese firms - Friday, June 20, 2014
PINE HILL, Ala. (AP) — Burdened with Alabama's highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs.
They're coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away.54. TVA’s evolving rules bring turmoil to solar industry - Friday, June 20, 2014
Gary Wolf is chasing the sun from Tennessee to Belize. The owner of SunDog Solar Energy installation company in Nashville says the changes Tennessee Valley Authority made to their Generation Partners renewable energy program means a small rooftop solar company like his can’t survive in Tennessee.55. Wal-Mart faces big hurdles as revenues slide - Friday, May 30, 2014
The world's largest retailer faces new challenges at a time when low prices and one-stop shopping can be a few clicks away on a tablet computer or mobile phone.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. built its reputation on everyday low prices and convenient supercenters that allow customers to do all their shopping in one place.56. Haslam plan targets plan prescription drug abuse - Friday, May 30, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Douglas Varney on Tuesday unveiled a multi-year plan to fight prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.
The state estimates that in the past year, nearly 221,000 Tennesseans have used prescription pain relievers for non-medical purposes, and that 69,000 of them are addicted to the drugs.57. Dollar General 1Q profit up as sales improve - Friday, May 30, 2014
GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General's fiscal first-quarter net income edged up 1 percent, with sales climbing and some expenses dropping.
Sales were strong in categories such as tobacco products, perishables and candy and snacks.58. Big changes for CMA Fest, city since Fan Fair days - Friday, May 30, 2014
Media representing “big cities” have made much, uh, hay, about Nashville no longer being a rube-topolis, where hicks made what hardly would qualify as “music.”
“Nashville’s no longer just a town of hay bales and cornfields,” or words to that effect, have sprung from the laptops of the Fourth Estate from Gotham and elsewhere in “civilization” who have visited and found out “Hee Haw” – while beloved – really wasn’t an accurate reflection of Music City.59. Stocks slip, pulling S&P 500 below record high - Friday, May 23, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing mostly lower after setting a record high the day before.
Traders continued to put money into the bond market, pushing the yield on the 10-year Treasury note down to its lowest level in 11 months.
60. Toyota chalks up record profit, vehicle sales - Friday, May 02, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota chalked up a record annual profit and sales above 10 million vehicles for the first time, but forecast Thursday a slower year ahead as the momentum from a weak yen fades.
Expenses such as the $1.2 billion penalty it paid in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department earlier this year for hiding information about defects in its cars dented its profit for January-March quarter, according to Toyota.61. Anheuser-Busch trial highlights gender bias in pay - Friday, May 02, 2014
ST. LOUIS (AP) — From male-only corporate jets to guys' golf outings and hunting trips, Francine Katz says her time in the Anheuser-Busch executive suite was rife with exclusion, intentional slights and outright discrimination. But it wasn't until the King of Beers' 2008 sale to Belgian brewer InBev in a hostile takeover that she says she realized the boy's club atmosphere was costing her millions in salary and bonuses.62. Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading - Friday, April 18, 2014
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance.
Markets in Europe, the U.S. and many countries in Asia were closed for the holiday. Oil trading also was suspended.
63. Medicare database reveals top-paid doctors - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million.
Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on health care financing.
64. Facebook buying virtual-reality company for $2B - Friday, March 21, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained.
"This is a long-term bet on the future of computing," said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday on a call with analysts. "I believe Oculus can be one of the platforms of the future."65. Wal-Mart's new tool gives competitors prices - Friday, March 21, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The "Every Day Low Price" king is trying to shake up the world of pricing once again.
Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it has rolled out an online tool that allows shoppers to compare its prices on 80,000 food and household products to those of its competitors. The world's largest retailer began offering the feature that's called "Savings Catcher" on its website late last month in seven big markets that include Dallas, San Diego and Atlanta.66. Vanderbilt Hospital names Parmley its chief of staff - Friday, March 21, 2014
C. Lee Parmley, M.D., J.D., professor of Anesthesiology and chief of the Critical Care Division of the Department of Anesthesiology, has been named chief of staff of Vanderbilt University Hospital.67. Lady Vols, Nashville share Final Four dream - Friday, March 21, 2014
Isabelle Harrison hopes The Road to Nashville – site of next month’s NCAA Women’s Final Four – is paved with gold for her and her University of Tennessee basketball team.
For Harrison, a Hillsboro High graduate, Nashville native and UT junior, it would be a sweet homecoming.68. US stocks give up an early gain and turn lower - Friday, March 07, 2014
The Dow Jones industrial average was headed for its fourth loss in a row Thursday afternoon. Stocks had opened higher on better news about retail sales and the U.S. job market, then turned lower in late morning trading.69. Obama wants more fuel-efficient trucks on US roads - Friday, February 14, 2014
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.70. Renovated Renaissance faces new challenges - Friday, February 07, 2014
For decades, the Renaissance Nashville Hotel has been largely known as the one attached to the convention center.
That has changed with the construction of the new Omni Hotel and the Music City Center with its 353,143 square feet of exhibition space.71. Millions for makeovers: Even newer downtown hotels are spending big to compete for Music City Center guests - Friday, February 07, 2014
The Hilton Nashville Downtown is wrapping up the first phase of its multi-million dollar renovation, with all 330 suites taken back to the walls and outfitted with all new upgrades.
On Feb. 1, the new upscale Hilton Honors Lounge opens downstairs at the hotel. Phase 2 begins next month with an overhaul of the lobby, and in April, a new restaurant concept will be added to the list.72. CVS Caremark plans to stop tobacco products sales - Friday, January 31, 2014
CVS, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products as it continues to shift its focus toward being more of a health care provider.
The company said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1 in its 7,600 stores nationwide, in a move that it says will help it grow its business that works with doctors, hospitals and others to improve customers' health.
73. Grocery wine bill negotiations near breakthrough - Friday, January 17, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - After years of bitter legislative fights over efforts to allow Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are nearing an agreement that would give the measure its best ever chances of becoming law.74. Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress - Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.75. GM to stop making cars in Australia by 2017 - Friday, December 06, 2013
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.76. Rising riches: 1 in 5 in US reaches affluence during lifetime - Friday, December 06, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just the wealthiest 1 percent.
Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding outsize influence on America's economy and politics. This little-known group may pose the biggest barrier to reducing the nation's income inequality.77. Gay partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 firms - Friday, December 06, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.78. Stocks edge lower on Wall Street; Retailers slump - Friday, November 29, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged lower in early trading Thursday as more positive news on the economy led investors to anticipate that the Federal Reserve is getting closer to reducing its economic stimulus program.79. Better job market news sends US stocks higher - Friday, November 15, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose on Wall Street Thursday after the number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest since September.
First-time applications for benefits dropped by 21,000 last week, the Labor Department reported, the latest sign that the U.S. job market is recovering. The number of applications, which is a proxy for how many workers are being laid off, is now near where it was before the Great Recession.
80. Govt in agreement to allow American merger - Friday, November 08, 2013
DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and US Airways reached a deal with the government that lets the two form the world's biggest airline and opens up more room at key U.S. airports for low-cost carriers.81. Strong dollar drives oil down to near $94 a barrel - Friday, November 01, 2013
The price of oil fell to near $94 a barrel Thursday, as an unexpected rate cut by the European Central Bank strengthened the dollar and an OPEC report depicted abundant global supplies.
By mid-afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for December delivery was down 57 cents to $94.23 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, it added $1.43 to close at $94.80 a barrel. That was still about 9 percent below its Oct. 2 close of $104.10.82. Toyota profit jumps 70 percent despite sales slip - Friday, November 01, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit soared 70 percent, and the world's top-selling automaker raised its earnings forecast, as cost cuts and the weaker Japanese yen compensated for slightly weaker vehicle sales.83. Midstate businesses find trained staff at Goodwill Industries - Friday, November 01, 2013
“Give it to Goodwill” has been an effective ad campaign for years in Middle Tennessee, ensuring that the charity’s clothing racks and store shelves stay full of merchandise.
What’s less known is that funds raised in Goodwill stores are playing a part in the regional employment-training landscape thanks to a growing chain of Goodwill Career Solutions outlets, where counselors are working with Goodwill clients to find regular, reliable employment.84. Titans owner K.S. 'Bud' Adams dies at age 90 - Friday, October 18, 2013
The only era the Tennessee Titans franchise has ever known came to an end this morning when franchise owner K.S. "Bud" Adams died at his Houston home. He was 90.
Adams founded the team as the Houston Oilers in 1959 as part of the American Football League, which began play in 1960 with eight teams and owners who became known as "The Foolish Club" for attempting to take on the established National Football League.85. Families hoarding cash 5 years after crisis - Friday, October 04, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — They speak different languages, live in countries rich and poor, face horrible job markets and healthy ones. When it comes to money, though, they act as one: They're holding tight to their cash, driven more by a fear of losing what they have than a desire to add to it.86. J. Alexander’s promotes Hagler to AVP, controller - Friday, October 04, 2013
J. Alexander’s LLC, operator of J. Alexander’s restaurants and Stoney River Legendary Steak restaurants, has promoted Jessica Hagler to assistant vice president and controller.87. Can Spring Hill be the next CoolSprings? - Friday, September 27, 2013
When General Motors announced it would create up to 1,800 new jobs in Spring Hill, the automaker had to share the spotlight with another announcement – Carmike Cinemas is opening the city’s first movie theater.88. Moody's restores GM debt to investment grade - Friday, September 20, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — A key ratings agency has restored General Motors' debt to investment grade status, eight years after the company lost the rating as it spiraled toward bankruptcy protection.
The upgrade came on Monday morning, shortly after GM announced plans to buy back high-interest preferred stock from a union retiree health care trust fund for $3.2 billion.
89. Postmaster says USPS may need emergency rate hike - Friday, September 20, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday his agency is in "the midst of a financial disaster" and may need an emergency increase in postage rates to keep operating.
"The Postal Service as it exists today is financially unsustainable," he told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. It's a message that the postmaster general has been delivering to Congress with regularity over the past several months.90. AG: Tennessee charter school law constitutional - Friday, September 06, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper has rendered a legal opinion that the state's charter school funding law is constitutional.
The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1fVi17Q) reports Cooper issued an opinion Monday that defends the 2002 law that determines how charter schools are funded.91. Economists keep rosy view for 3 pct growth in 2014 - Friday, September 06, 2013
Business forecasters maintained their rosy view of the U.S. economy in 2014, predicting 3 percent growth by the second quarter of next year, low inflation and improving employment.
The top economists surveyed by the National Association of Business Economics between Aug. 8 and Aug. 20 also said there's an 80 percent likelihood that the pickup in growth will prompt the Federal Reserve to trim its monthly $85 billion purchases of mortgage bonds and Treasury bills next year.92. Dollar General 2Q results top Street, traffic up - Friday, August 30, 2013
GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General's second-quarter net income rose 15 percent, driven by increased customer traffic as shoppers hunted for bargains.
The discounter earned $245.5 million, or 75 cents per share, for the period ended Aug. 2. That's up from $214.1 million, or 64 cents per share, a year earlier.93. Nasdaq trading halts; stocks up on positive data - Friday, August 23, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market rose Thursday but it was a glitch on the Nasdaq exchange that became the day's big talking point.
Trading on the Nasdaq was interrupted just after midday because of problems with a quote dissemination system. That halted activity on the Nasdaq until shortly before the close of the market. When trading resumed, shares in Nasdaq OMX, which owns and operates the exchange, slumped.94. Stocks drop for fourth day in a row - Friday, August 16, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks dropped for a fourth day in a row Monday as investors continued to express worry about the recent rise in bond yields. Banking stocks also dragged down the broader market.95. Nashville Emerging Leader Awards winners announced - Friday, August 09, 2013
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville have announced the 2013 winners of the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs).96. Restaurants help drive East Nashville resurgence - Friday, August 09, 2013
“People pass each other smiling,” says East Nashville resident Jason Facio while riding his bike through the neighborhood.
“I moved here in 2001, and can’t imagine being anywhere else, especially when you’re talking about eating out.97. Toyota profit up on cheap yen, forecasts raised - Friday, August 02, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said its profit for the first quarter of the fiscal year nearly doubled from a year ago, and set an ambitious, worldwide production goal that would break industry records if reached.98. Kiwanis names Buchanan Nashvillian of the Year - Friday, July 26, 2013
Kiwanis Club of Nashville has honored Steve Buchanan as its 2012 Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year for his community contributions. Buchanan is president of the Opry Entertainment Group, a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and executive producer for “Nashville.”99. Long-suffering Detroit finally turns to bankruptcy - Friday, July 19, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — At the height of its industrial power, Detroit was an irrepressible engine of the American economy, offering well-paying jobs, a gateway to the middle class for generations of autoworkers and affordable vehicles that put the world on wheels.100. The case of the shrinking law schools - Friday, July 19, 2013
With lawyer jokes, the punch line is often a variation on: “There’s too many.” But if current trends continue, one day there may be too few.
For the third consecutive year, the entering class of “1Ls” – first year students – at law schools around the country this fall will be smaller than the previous year.