WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest drop in airline fares in nearly two decades slowed consumer inflation in July following two months of slightly faster gains.
The Labor Department said Wednesday that its consumer price index rose 0.1 percent in July following increases of 0.3 percent in June and 0.4 percent in May.
29. Executive director of Tennessee State Museum rejects ouster call - Friday, August 14, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - The longtime executive director of the Tennessee State Museum is rejecting calls for her to be replaced as the state plans for a new $160 million facility in Nashville.
Lois Riggins-Ezell in an interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1E33JUt) said she plans to remain "as long as I can," citing her role in growing the museum from six staffers working in a basement of the War Memorial Building in 1981 to its current 120,000-square foot facilities with 42 employees and an annual budget of $3.8 million, not counting private donations.30. Wal-Mart cuts annual profit outlook as costs rise - Friday, August 14, 2015
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual earnings outlook Tuesday because of currency fluctuations and higher wages and investments in overhauling its stores are squeezing its profits.31. In a slow-growth world, technology stocks are trending again - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology stocks are trending big-time as investors latch on to innovative companies racing ahead in a slow-growth world.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq is the best performing major U.S. stock index this year, gaining 6 percent as the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial averages have wavered between small gains and losses.32. US producer prices up just 0.2 percent in July - Friday, August 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by producers rose more slowly in July, reflecting declines in both food and energy.
The Labor Department said Friday its Producer Price Index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, increased 0.2 percent in July compared to June when prices had risen 0.4 percent.33. State office seeks input on charges for records inspection - Friday, August 14, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials are seeking input on whether government offices should be able to charge citizens to inspect public records.
Current state law allows charges for copying records, but inspection is generally free.34. Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines - Friday, August 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.35. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage edges up to 3.94 percent - Friday, August 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged up this week after three straight weeks of declines. The key 30-year loan rate remained under 4 percent.
Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.94 percent from 3.91 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.17 percent from 3.13 percent.36. Greek government defends bailout deal ahead of vote - Friday, August 07, 2015
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government defended its new bailout program Thursday as tough but essential to avoid the nation's financial collapse, as it faced a rebellion in the governing Syriza party ahead of a parliamentary vote on the deal.37. Podcasters find their perfect job - Friday, August 14, 2015
Last week, I had an experience that inspired me. I want to share it in hopes that it might inspire your day the way it has mine. I attended a conference in Fort Worth, Texas, called the Podcast Movement. I went with relatively low expectations – to meet a few people, and to learn something to help me with the career podcast I host.38. Millennials don’t fit your model? Better change it - Friday, August 14, 2015
While the youngest millennials may still be 18, many of them are in their late 20s or even mid 30s now.
Despite the fact that most of the “Generation Selfie” has fully entered adulthood, at least according to their birthdates, many millennials still haven’t reached the traditional milestones that were important for their parents.39. Pulitzer Prize goes to the dog in fictitious deadlock - Friday, August 14, 2015
The 2008 Arkansas Writers’ Conference featured a spontaneous writing contest. Yeah, I know, that was seven years ago, but I was thinking about it recently and, for some reason, thought you might get a chuckle out of what came of it.40. Events - Friday, August 14, 2015
Live On The Green. The free concert series at Public Square Park in downtown Nashville begins Thursday with Lord Huron, Shakey Graves and Elliot Root. The stage is set up on the steps of the Plaza and the crowd gathers in the grassy area of Public Square Park to watch performances from local, regional and national artists. Information: liveonthegreen.net. Schedule:41. Hall of Fame coach LeBeau ‘another genius in the room’ for Titans - Friday, August 14, 2015
If you want to know about the theory of relativity, who better to ask than Albert Einstein, if only he were still around.
If you want to talk light bulbs, access to Thomas Edison would have been great.42. Middle Tennessee real estate trends for July 2015 - Friday, August 14, 2015
July 2015 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.
Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.43. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for July 2015 - Friday, August 14, 2015
Top residential real estate transactions, July 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.44. High-end homes finding lower level of demand - Friday, August 14, 2015
Finally, some inventory. As the fall selling market approaches, there are more houses coming to market – and staying there – than in recent months.
Some houses are actually languishing on the market – for days.45. Raise gas tax or borrow? How to fund state's backlog of road projects - Friday, August 14, 2015
Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.46. Deciphering Google’s algorithms no easy task - Friday, August 14, 2015
Much can ride on a Google search. People use the search engine to find information on every aspect of their lives, from finding a plumber who works on Sunday to digging up information on a blind date.47. Restoring your online reputation is a task for experts. And it's expensive - Friday, August 14, 2015
As a property manager, Mark Hill is used to putting out fires. But when a disgruntled tenant took to the Internet to flame him and his business, Hill was the one calling for help.
“He was bound and determined to try to wreck us online,” Hill says of the angry tenant.48. China currency falls for 2nd day after surprise devaluation - Friday, August 07, 2015
BEIJING (AP) — China's yuan fell further Wednesday, fueling concern about a possible "currency war" if other governments fight back with their own devaluations to compete in export markets.
Shock waves from Tuesday's 1.9 percent devaluation against the U.S. dollar, which was the yuan's biggest change in a decade, spread through financial markets, causing stocks and Asian currencies to tumble.49. Steady US job gains likely foretell a new era: Higher rates - Friday, August 07, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new era of higher rates on home and car loans, steeper borrowing costs for businesses and the government — maybe even a bit more return for savers — is about to arrive.
That, at least, is the word from most economists. After another solid U.S. jobs report Friday, they say the Federal Reserve seems all but sure to raise its short-term interest rate next month after keeping it pinned near zero for nearly seven years.50. Pastor raises money to build tiny homes for homeless - Friday, August 07, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville pastor who was trying to raise $50,000 to build a community of tiny homes for the homeless has exceeded his goal.
Pastor Jeff Obafemi Carr of Infinity Fellowship Interfaith Gathering Church said Thursday that he's received over $51,000 in contributions. He started the effort on June 20.51. Hotel trade group blasts proposed sale of Orbitz to Expedia - Friday, August 07, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The hotel industry is objecting to the acquisition of Orbitz by one-time rival Expedia, saying that it would lead to higher prices for vacationers and larger fees for hotel owners.
"We believe this transaction and the resulting consolidation of the online travel marketplace will result in significant negative consequences, particularly for consumers, but also for the large number of our members who are small business owners and franchised properties," Katherine Lugar, CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, said in a printed statement.52. How Dave fared with 2014 predictions - Friday, August 07, 2015
Prior to the 2014 season, Ledger columnist Dave Link picked the Vols to win six regular season games with wins against Utah State, Arkansas State, UT Chattanooga, Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt.53. But Siriusly, it’s time to get out of the kitchen - Friday, August 07, 2015
It’s hot outside. And we have just moved into the dog days of summer, so more than likely it’s going to stay that way for a while.
Have you ever wondered where “dog days of summer” originated? I checked the Internet for an answer and, as usual, I found several. Here’s the one I liked the most:54. The tortoise and the hare of sales - Friday, August 07, 2015
The goal of business development is to create strategic business relationships, which drive revenue and help a company grow.
Even the most seasoned business development pros often confuse business development with sales. Our sights become so focused on closing a deal that we miss critical opportunities to gain the trust we need to win that new business. You can reach low-hanging fruit quickly and easily, but reaching prime coconuts requires more effort.55. Preseason analysis: Vols will defeat Oklahoma, finish 8-4 - Friday, August 07, 2015
Tennessee’s football team has something to prove as it concludes the first week of preseason practices and moves forward to the 2015 season.
The Vols must prove they belong in the national picture in Butch Jones’ third year as coach.56. Tesla's loss triples in 2Q as it lowers delivery forecast - Friday, July 31, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors' upcoming Model X SUV cast a long shadow over the company's second-quarter results.
Tesla's net loss nearly tripled to $184 million in the April-June period as it invested in tooling and factory capacity for the new SUV, which is scheduled to go on sale next month.57. Will your boss match Netflix's yearlong paid leave? - Friday, July 31, 2015
Netflix stirred envy in sleep-deprived parents nationwide by saying it will give its employees up to a year of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child. But outside of hypercompetitive Silicon Valley, don't hold your breath for your boss to match it.58. Franklin makes his fortune with pretend poverty - Friday, August 07, 2015
In the first Poor Richard’s Almanack (1733), addressed to “Courteous Reader,” Ben Franklin wrote,
I might … attempt to gain thy Favour, by declaring that I write Almanacks with no other View than that of the publick Good; but in this I should not be sincere…. The plain Truth of the Matter is, I am excessive poor, and my Wife, good Woman, is … excessive proud … and has threatened … to burn all my Books and Rattling-Traps … if I do not make some profitable Use of them…. The Printer has offer’d me [a] share of the Profits, and I have thus begun to comply with my Dame’s desire … /s/ Richard Saunders59. Yes, send 2 thank you notes following interviews - Friday, August 07, 2015
One important component to any job search is the art of saying thank you. It may seem cliché, but saying thanks never gets old.
Expressing thanks shows your appreciation for others and nurtures your connections for future interactions.60. Hanto named director of Vanderbilt Transplant Center - Friday, August 07, 2015
Douglas Hanto M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and associate director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, has been named the Center’s new director.
Hanto, an internationally recognized leader in organ transplantation, joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in 2014 as the center’s associate director and has since worked with the departments of Pediatrics and Surgery to establish a comprehensive pediatric liver center at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.61. Events - Friday, August 07, 2015
Free House-Flipping Workshop. The Flipping Network will present a free, two-hour workshop for investors and Realtors on how to get started finding, fixing and flipping houses. Featured speaker will be Lloyd Segal, author of “Flipping Houses.” Today, 6-8 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 1715 Broadway, Nashville. Reservations are required. Information: www.FlippingWorkshops.com.62. Green-Beckham finds shade in Mariota’s shadow - Friday, August 07, 2015
If not for the overwhelming presence of Marcus Mariota in the Tennessee Titans training camp, all eyes would likely be on another rookie trying to make his mark in the NFL.
Second-round pick Dorial Green-Beckham came to the Titans in May with plenty of talent and baggage that, in most years, would have made him the focus of this training camp.63. Outbid on your dream house? Just wait for deal to fall through - Friday, August 07, 2015
The real estate market remains frenzied with every passing week, with multiple-offer scenarios on numerous listings. As has been noted in this column, these spontaneous sales have often led to buyer’s remorse and, as a result, more terminated contracts than ever before.64. Ramsey clear in push to politicize Supreme Court - Friday, August 07, 2015
Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a penchant for igniting flames of partisanship, and the retirement of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade is no exception.
In this case, Ramsey elicited criticism for injecting politics where some believe political colors shouldn’t be unfurled.65. Greatest restaurants in Nashville? Too many choices - Friday, August 07, 2015
Country music isn’t the only big draw in Nashville these days. The city is at the top of its food game and has become a popular destination for food lovers across the country.
But where do you go when you want to experience the best of the best?66. Party in style at Schermerhorn, Hall of Fame, other top Nashville venues - Friday, August 07, 2015
When showing off Nashville to business associates, family and friends, doing so at a swanky location with some Music City cache is sure to hammer home exactly why everyone wants to be here right now.67. Best hotel rooms in Nashville – with or without helicopter - Friday, August 07, 2015
Tod Roadarmel, director of sales and marketing for the nearly 2-year-old Omni Hotel downtown, is awestruck by the vitality of Nashville’s hospitality industry. In town since 1988, he remembers when pre-Bridgestone Arena Broadway was not a place you’d want to be late at night.68. Tax filing problems could jeopardize health law aid for 1.8M - Friday, July 31, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 1.8 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law now have issues with their tax returns that could jeopardize their subsidies next year. Administration officials say those taxpayers will have to act quickly.69. Jail officers suing over pay, seek $7M from Nashville - Friday, July 31, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - A trial has begun over how Nashville's five jail facilities pay hundreds of correctional officers.
More than 850 current and past Davidson County Sheriff's Office corrections officers are suing Metro Nashville government over $7 million in back wages they say they are owed, dating back to 2006, The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1KPXWBw ) reported.70. CVS earnings rise despite no tobacco fix - Friday, July 31, 2015
Pricey specialty drugs helped CVS Health cope with tobacco withdrawal and top analyst expectations in the second quarter.
But the nation's second-largest drugstore chain also narrowed its full-year earnings outlook and issued a third-quarter forecast that fell short of Wall Street's expectations.
71. Total reboot: How to fix Greece's economy - Friday, July 31, 2015
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — After so much pain, Greece must now figure out how to get its economy back on its feet.
The scale of the country's financial problems is mind boggling — a full quarter of the economy evaporated in the past six years and business activity is now plummeting further. Government cuts needed to qualify for a new bailout will hurt incomes for years to come.
72. Murray resigns as editor of The Tennessean - Friday, July 31, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Stefanie Murray, the vice president and executive editor of The Tennessean, has resigned from the Nashville newspaper.
The Tennessean reported Monday (http://tnne.ws/1Dlt63Z) that Murray is leaving for personal reasons.73. US consumer spending edges up in June - Friday, July 31, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending in June rose by the smallest amount in four months as shoppers cut back on purchases of cars and other big-ticket items.
Consumer spending edged up 0.2 percent in June, the poorest showing since a similar increase in February, the Commerce Department reported Monday.74. Who wins and loses under Obama's stricter power plant limits - Friday, July 31, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply.75. US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2 - Friday, July 31, 2015
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.76. Takeaway from Fed meeting: Expect a rate increase this year - Friday, July 24, 2015
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.
A statement the Fed issued Wednesday after ending its latest policy meeting provided no timetable. The central bank signaled that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before raising rates.77. US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2 - Friday, July 24, 2015
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.78. Who could reject scholarly history of dirty words? - Friday, July 31, 2015
It’s been said that the Web is a Mecca for writers who are not good to start with and don’t know how to rewrite, revise and edit.
An apt quote on this concept may be found in the current I Swear Cross-plug – uh, Crossword.79. Will the Internet listen to your private conversations? - Friday, July 24, 2015
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.
But Aanya's care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago shortly after her mother bought Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score, the weather, or even a book to be read aloud.80. Consultative sales: Understanding customer needs - Friday, July 31, 2015
Consultative selling is a discovery-based approach that puts the sales professional in the enviable role of partner or adviser versus the stereotypical pushy rep looking to close a deal at any cost.81. Events - Friday, July 31, 2015
Real Estate Investors Network. Davidson County Lunch – Join active, experienced investors to discuss deals you’d like to sell or buy and receive feedback over lunch. Thursday, 11:15 a.m., Anatolia’s Restaurant, 48 White Bridge Rd, Nashville. Information: reintn.org/calendar. Additional opportunity:82. Mariota brings a little hope to Titans training camp - Friday, July 31, 2015
The Tennessee Titans are overdue to get one right. For the third time in nine years, the Titans have spent a first-round pick on a quarterback, this time taking 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota with the second overall pick last May.83. New closing regulations create title company anxiety - Friday, July 31, 2015
Real estate is still hot in the Nashville area, with July expected to be another record month. Even so, showings seem to be slowing, and listings mounting.
With a little luck, buyers may soon have options.84. Five questions for Nashville's mayoral candidates - Friday, July 31, 2015
In the more than 50 years under metro-politan government, Nashville has had only one one-term mayor. When the original limit was three terms, both Richard Fulton and Beverly Briley served 12 years. All the rest served two, four-year terms except Bill Boner, who did not seek re-election.85. GOP leaders plan Senate vote on Planned Parenthood aid - Friday, July 24, 2015
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.86. Fed is likely to delay 1st rate hike in 9 years a bit longer - Friday, July 24, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is moving toward raising interest rates from record lows — just not likely yet.
On Wednesday, when it ends its latest policy meeting, Fed officials will issue a statement that will be parsed for clues to just when the first rate increase since 2006 might occur. The meeting will end with a policy statement but no news conference by Chair Janet Yellen.87. Volkswagen Q2 earns slip on restructuring, troubled markets - Friday, July 24, 2015
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen saw profits slip in the second quarter despite taking the global lead in sales over Toyota and GM.
The company based in Wolfsburg, Germany, was hit by 180 million euros ($198 million) in restructuring costs at its MAN truck division. More broadly, it faces headwinds from troubled economies in China, Russia and Brazil.
88. Applications being taken for judicial vacancy - Friday, July 24, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Applications are being accepted for a judicial vacancy in Tennessee's 9th Judicial District.
The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen, effective Dec. 31.89. Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means - Friday, July 24, 2015
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.90. Nashville, feds settle immigration suit for $310K - Friday, July 24, 2015
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.91. Senior Republicans rebuke Cruz over his attacks on McConnell - Friday, July 24, 2015
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.92. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade announces retirement - Friday, July 24, 2015
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.93. Need a healthy snack? Go for the cherries - Friday, July 24, 2015
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.94. Franklin’s Almanac was best-seller of its day - Friday, July 24, 2015
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.
At issue were the stated and unstated job requirements of assistant publisher of the “New England Courant.”95. No rest in exploring the family side of St. Louis - Friday, July 24, 2015
Waking on Sunday morning in the HoteLumiere in Downtown St. Louis, I was physically beat from a scorching hot Cardinals game the night before.
But traveling with my 8-year-old son affords no rest for the weary. It was 8 a.m. and it seemed like we had just wrapped up our midnight room service dinner when suddenly the curtains that cover the massive window in our room that overlooks the Mississippi River six stories below were thrown open.96. Job interruption? Some disruption is what you need - Friday, July 24, 2015
Being out of work in today’s economy can be daunting. Even as things continue to improve, finding a job can be tough.
In addition to the small number of new positions created each day, the entire hiring process takes longer – despite when you find the perfect job.97. Questions hold the answers to closing deals - Friday, July 24, 2015
Curiosity might have killed the cat, but it can almost always keep you from killing a deal.
Questions are a powerful tool in the sales process, but if you’re only using questions to identify your prospect’s needs at the beginning of the sales process, you may be missing key opportunities.98. Events - Friday, July 24, 2015
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, 615 743-3063.99. Top residential real estate transactions for June 2015 - Friday, July 24, 2015
Top residential real estate transactions, June 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.100. Texas can keep its PAC money, misleading ads - Friday, July 24, 2015
If being the “It City” means that a super PAC from Texas elects the city’s mayor, I vote we relinquish the crown.
If the PAC insists in playing in our sandbox, it should learn more about Nashville government, in particular the mayor’s role.