WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending posted a modest increase for a second straight month in October, while personal income rebounded after a sluggish September.
Spending edged up 0.1 percent after a similar tiny gain in September, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.
14. TDOT halts lane closures during Thanksgiving holiday - Friday, November 20, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Transportation Department will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways during the Thanksgiving holiday.
TDOT Commissioner John Schroer says doing so should help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday.15. List of large chain stores open on Thanksgiving or Black Friday - Friday, November 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — After the turkey and stuffing comes the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. And even though most retailers are offering the same deals online, many still plan to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day or in the early morning hours of Black Friday. So if you prefer to pick up those discounted TVs, toys and other goods in person, here's a list of what time stores are open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday:16. Nashville property values increasing at 'historic' clip - Friday, November 20, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - A Davidson County property assessor says he's expecting to see a "historic" rise in property values during Metro Nashville's next reappraisal.
According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/21cmxJA), George Rooker Jr. told a newly created Metro Council Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee last week that he's estimating an average increase in residential property values of between 33 and 37 percent during the upcoming 2017 reappraisal.17. How to fly free forever: Put $170 million on your AmEx - Friday, November 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn't exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life.18. Junior Achievement marks participation of 100,000th student - Friday, November 20, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee will welcome the 100,000th student to participate in JA BizTown on Friday in Nashville.
JA BizTown is a daylong program for elementary students that combines in-class learning with hands-on education.19. Corporate America's problem: Falling profit, revenue - Friday, November 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate America has a profit problem. U.S company earnings are falling for the first time since 2009, when the economy was still reeling from the Great Recession.
The main culprit is the plunging price of oil, which has decimated earnings at big energy companies like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. Mining companies have also taken a beating because of tumbling prices for gold, silver and copper.20. Getting ahead this holiday season - Friday, November 20, 2015
One of the biggest misconceptions about the holidays is that your career can take a back seat until January.
Don’t get me wrong. Family festivities and reconnecting with close friends is important. But putting your career on the back burner for two months is a big mistake.21. Dangerous time to play emotionally charged Tigers - Friday, November 20, 2015
Tennessee’s football team may be headed into a perfect storm Saturday night at Missouri.
It’s been an emotional whirlwind the last two weeks for the Tigers (5-5, 1-5 SEC), and they will have plenty of motivation against the Vols (6-4, 3-3).22. Minutes of meeting show Fed pondering December rate hike - Friday, November 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials believed last month that the economic conditions needed to trigger the first interest rate hike in nearly a decade could "well be met" by their next meeting in December.23. Tennessee GOP leader wants Guard to round up Syrian refugees - Friday, November 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - With several GOP governors calling to stop Syrian refugees from entering their states in the wake of the Paris attacks, one Republican leader in Tennessee wants to take that matter further: He says the National Guard should round up the refugees and return them to federal immigration centers.24. Germany's largest trade union opening US office with UAW - Friday, November 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Germany's largest trade union is opening a joint office with the United Auto Workers in Tennessee to promote labor issues at German automakers and suppliers in the southern United States.25. Soup: From afterthought to main course - Friday, November 20, 2015
Last week, hubby and I were in Cleveland taking care of some business. We got a hotel close enough to be able to walk to our destination, and pretty much stayed put for the whole week. Most of the downtown area of Cleveland, where we were staying, was under major construction, so venturing out to explore like we usually do wasn’t much of an option.26. The curious case of the American poet, traitor - Friday, November 20, 2015
The year is 1945. An American soldier on the outskirts of Rapallo, Italy, is approached by a gray-bearded gentleman.
He asks the soldier to take him to the authorities.
Someone recognizes this fellow as the one about whom Washington has been sending cables.27. Top trends to watch while getting ready for 2016 - Friday, November 20, 2015
As the new year draws closer, it’s an ideal time to reflect on this past year’s marketing strategies, those that hit it out of the park, as well as those that might have struck out.
This honest self-reflection on historical performance is the key to continuous improvement and the development of a solid 2016 strategic marketing plan. Equally important is the ability to look ahead to marketing trends on the horizon that will or already are impacting your company’s growth.28. Patterson Law welcomes attorney, engineer Sekyi - Friday, November 20, 2015
Registered patent attorney William Sekyi has joined Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C., as Of Counsel. Sekyi has 14 years of experience in intellectual property law and 16 years of experience as an engineer.29. Events - Friday, November 20, 2015
Battle of Franklin Trust Adds Additional Walking Tours. The Battle of Franklin Trust will offer additional walking tours to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, which was fought on November 30, 1864. Eric A. Jacobson, CEO of The Battle of Franklin Trust, will lead two morning battlefield tours, one on Nov. 27 and one on Nov. 30. Each tour will begin at 8 a.m. at The Carter House, the site of the Federal headquarters during the battle, and last until 9:30 a.m. Guests will visit crucial spots on the battlefield and learn about pivotal moments that occurred before, during and after the battle. Tickets are $25. In addition, a special tour of the Spring Hill battlefield will be offered on Nov. 29, 3-4:30 p.m., on the anniversary of the battle there. Attendees will hear about the sharp fighting there as well as the Confederate confusion which led to the Federal army’s escape and ultimately the Battle of Franklin. Attendees will also receive one free house tour admission to either The Carter House or Carnton Plantation. Tickets are $25. Due to limited space, reservations are required for both tours. To make a reservation and payment, contact Megan Wuest at 615-794-0903.30. Painful thought: Will the Titans ever be good again? - Friday, November 20, 2015
As the Tennessee Titans head down the backstretch of another unproductive season, it might be time to ponder a scary question: Will the Titans ever be good again?
How much longer will they be an NFL’s bottom feeder, swimming the same muddy waters as the Raiders, Browns, Lions and Jaguars?31. Emerald ash borer devastates Tennessee forests - Friday, November 20, 2015
The emerald ash borer is an unassuming little bug, an almost-pretty insect that could fit on the head of a penny with three or four of its brothers.
But these little green pests are weaving a wormy path of destruction through Tennessee’s lumber industry to the tune of $11 billion. That’s a lot of pennies, and a lot of emerald ash borers.32. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for October 2015 - Friday, November 20, 2015
Top residential real estate sales, September 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.33. Why sell when you can rent it for $11K/month? - Friday, November 20, 2015
Scott Abernathy of Reliant Realty in Murfreesboro held some 60 Realtors spellbound last week at a property management course offered by the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, sharing knowledge and experience gleaned from his management of properties through the years, including 450 current properties.34. Honda has the most high risk models in Takata air bag recall - Friday, November 13, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Cars and trucks from the 2008 model year or older that were originally sold or registered in high humidity areas along the U.S. Gulf Coast are getting top priority for repairs as the government commences the massive Takata air bag inflator recall.35. As US prepares to hike rates, Europe could reap benefits - Friday, November 13, 2015
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — In a high-stakes juncture for the global economy, the central banks of Europe and the United States are set to take opposing actions in December: the European Central Bank to cut rates, the Federal Reserve to raise them.36. Deal news and bank gains send stock market solidly higher - Friday, November 13, 2015
U.S. stocks notched their best day in nearly four weeks on Wednesday as investors welcomed new hints pointing to a Federal Reserve interest rate hike in coming weeks. Traders were also encouraged by more corporate deal news.37. Hillary Clinton to make first campaign stop in Tennessee - Friday, November 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is making her first Tennessee campaign stops in Memphis and Nashville this week.
Clinton is scheduled to make her visit on Friday at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis before traveling to Fisk University.38. State Library and Archive holding genealogy workshop - Friday, November 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee State Library and Archives is inviting families gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday to come learn more about their past.
In honor of Family History Day, the Library and Archives will open the Saturday after Thanksgiving for the fifth consecutive year.39. More Thanksgiving travelers; don't get stuck at the airport - Friday, November 13, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A stronger economy and lower gas prices mean Thanksgiving travelers can expect more congested highways this year.
During the long holiday weekend, 46.9 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. That would be a 0.6 percent increase over last year and the seventh straight year of growth.40. Angie's List board rejects $512 million takeover from IAC - Friday, November 13, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Angie's List says that its board has rejected a $512 million takeover deal from Internet company IAC/InterActiveCorp.41. US producer prices drop in latest sign of tame inflation - Friday, November 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The prices charged by farmers, manufacturers and other producers fell in October for the second straight month, fresh evidence that there is little sign of inflation in the U.S. economy.42. Old bag: Age-related invective or sexist slander? - Friday, November 13, 2015
This just in from crossword land: I’ve deleted OLD BAG from my word list. Along with COOT, CODGER, and GEEZER. Still thinking about CURMUDGEON.
Confused? Okay, here’s the story.
In a recent crossword, the phrase OLD BAG appeared in the fill. Based largely on the “Seinfeld” episode in which Jerry stole a loaf of marble rye bread from a woman (my most recent point of reference), I neither batted an eye nor thought twice about the term.43. Lower fuel prices spark Holiday travel jump - Friday, November 13, 2015
Americans might have more reasons to travel this holiday season as airfare trends continue to work in favor of the consumer.
Jet fuel prices have declined nearly 35 percent this year, and airfares this summer saw the biggest fare decline in 20 years, leading to projections that the end of the year would continue to see those falling prices.44. Is anybody there? Too many choices for connectivity - Friday, November 13, 2015
In today’s modern world of communication, it should be easier than ever to get in touch with colleagues.
We have so many options, including the old-fashioned telephone, the cell phone, email, text messages and even social media.45. Delivering value to buyers who’ve done homework - Friday, November 13, 2015
These days, most buyers engage in significant online research before they ever consider speaking with sales professionals.
Today’s buyers are further along in the sales process, with a much clearer understanding of what they need, before your sales team says a word.46. Whisenhunt’s failed tenure now easier to understand - Friday, November 13, 2015
It was only one game, one win, but it was clear in the aftermath Sunday just how much the Tennessee Titans needed the victory they got in overtime against the New Orleans Saints.
After an emotional week highlighted by the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, interim coach Mike Mularkey and the remainder of Whisenhunt’s staff was able to rally the team and find a way to end a six-game losing streak that derailed the 2015 season almost from the start.47. Events - Friday, November 13, 2015
Williamson Chamber Annual Celebration. See a different side of the Williamson Chamber at this after-hours event that combines business with pleasure. The Annual Celebration is a time to recognize the Williamson County business community. During the State of the Chamber dinner, President and CEO Matt Largen will sum up the year’s accomplishments and preview what’s to come in 2016, followed by a keynote address by Randy Boyd, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Today, 5-8 p.m., The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Information and registration: http://members.williamsonchamber.com/events/details/2015-annual-celebration-35329448. High-tech means higher sales for many small retailers - Friday, November 06, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — An independent retailer may not look like the cutting edge of technology, but these small businesses increasingly turn to apps and sophisticated software to connect with customers.
Small retailers use high-tech innovations to build relationships with customers; they often can't compete with big chains on prices, so they aim at better, individualized service. Some of the technology is designed for smaller companies, while some retailers find ways to turn a widely-used computer program or app to their advantage. They're also able to implement technology faster than many giant retailers because they're not operating hundreds or thousands of stores.49. Murfreesboro Aviation recognized for training excellence - Friday, November 06, 2015
MURFREESBORO (AP) — Murfreesboro Aviation is being recognized for flight training excellence by the world's largest aviation association.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has placed the flight school on the Flight Training Excellence Awards Honor Roll, a title given to high scoring flight schools from AOPA's annual flight training poll.50. Middle Tennessee real estate trends for October 2015 - Friday, November 13, 2015
October 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.51. Give it up! You’re not giving your house away - Friday, November 13, 2015
Last week we had some fun recounting “Stuff that Realtors say,” and the real estate brokerage community enjoyed laughing at itself but has demanded equal time. So we move on to “Stuff that buyers say” and “Stuff that sellers say.”52. State’s landlords find hidden costs of privatization - Friday, November 13, 2015
Murfreesboro businessman Tom Hyde felt the sting of Tennessee’s privatization practices two years ago when a representative of Jones Lang Lasalle notified him he would have to pay the company a commission as part of his next lease agreement.53. AP FACT CHECK: GOP candidates flub some figures in debate - Friday, November 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson botched the economic effect of minimum wage increases. Jeb Bush again pitched a dubious target for economic growth. Marco Rubio, in a tale about plumbers and philosophers, undersold the value of a college education.54. Analysis: No breakouts in GOP debate; muddled status quo - Friday, November 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marco Rubio emerged unscathed. Ben Carson defended his integrity. Donald Trump flashed his dominant personality. And Jeb Bush avoided disaster.55. Beer merger will not bring Budweiser, Miller under same roof - Friday, November 06, 2015
LONDON (AP) — The world's two biggest beer makers will join forces to create a company that produces almost a third of the world's beer. But in the U.S., the deal will not bring arch rivals Budweiser and Miller under the same roof.56. Tennessee returned $40 million in unclaimed property - Friday, November 06, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Treasury Department says it returned $40 million of unclaimed property to its rightful owners this past fiscal year.
Unclaimed property in this case does not refer to physical items but to money that has been turned over to the state by businesses and organizations that cannot locate the rightful owners. It includes stocks, bonds, gift certificates, checks, unclaimed wages, refunds and life insurance annuities.57. Oil prices forecast to stay low until 2020 - Friday, November 06, 2015
PARIS (AP) — Oil prices are likely to remain low over the next five years because of plentiful supply and falling demand in developed countries, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday in its annual forecast.58. US hiring surge raises likelihood of Fed rate hike - Friday, November 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring swelled in October by the largest amount all year, and unemployment dropped another notch to 5 percent, increasing the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month for the first time in a decade.59. While markets tumbled in the summer, many savers held tight - Friday, November 06, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — When fear was pumping through the stock market this summer, most retirement savers kept their cool.
So say figures from Fidelity, which could see how individual investors in general behaved by looking at its 13.5 million 401(k) and 6 million IRA accounts as stocks tumbled in New York, Shanghai and places in between during the turbulent third quarter. The Standard & Poor's 500 index sank more than 10 percent within a week during August, driving the index to its worst quarter in four years.60. Consumers asked to be wary of ticket fraud - Friday, November 06, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - State officials are asking consumers to be wary of fraudulent ticket purchasing during the upcoming holiday season.
With numerous big games, concerts and other events coming up, they say consumers will be looking for discount tickets, and many will turn to ticket brokers and the ticket resale market.61. Even thriving businesses aren’t immune to layoffs - Friday, November 06, 2015
With the NBA basketball season just starting up, ESPN has made an announcement that may seem quite shocking. They are planning to lay off 300 employees, or 4 percent of their 8,000-person workforce. Given that ESPN is a worldwide authority in sports, this news seems a bit jarring at first.62. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage jumps to 3.87 percent - Friday, October 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose sharply this week amid growing expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term interest rate.
Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped to 3.87 percent from 3.76 percent a week earlier. It was the largest weekly increase in the 30-year rate since June. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages advanced to 3.09 percent from 2.98 percent.
63. Crow takes songwriter showcase to Arkansas - Friday, November 06, 2015
For a couple more months, the I Swear Crossword and this column will have something in common. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, the connection between the two will be lost.
The good news is that both will still be around, thanks to the dozens, maybe one dozen, of you who expressed your sentiments on that topic. I’m much appreciative for the votes of confidence.64. Get real results from LinkedIn - Friday, November 06, 2015
One out of every three professionals on the planet is on LinkedIn.
That’s why, if you sell to other businesses or B2B, LinkedIn has the power to transform your company.
Despite the critical mass using this social networking platform, most users report not fully leveraging the tool, with many professionals simply maintaining a profile and accepting inbound connections. Make 2016 the year you fully leverage LinkedIn as part of your company’s growth strategy.65. Others might join Whisenhunt before it’s over - Friday, November 06, 2015
The clock is ticking for Mike Mularkey, just as it is for most of the organization’s management team.
As the Tennessee Titans new interim coach, Mularkey has nine games now to prove himself worthy of being the team’s head coach beyond just the remainder of the team’s wrecked 2015 season.66. Events - Friday, November 06, 2015
Chamber Midtown Quarterly Meeting. Chamber Midtown is the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s newest area advisory council, formed to champion business prosperity in one of Nashville’s most thriving business districts. Area advisory councils serve the unique business needs of our members and provide opportunities for getting involved in solving problems, discussing issues and implementing special projects. 7:30-9 p.m., Midtown Hills Police Precinct, 1443 12th Avenue South, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 615-743-306367. Yellen: No decision yet on December interest rate hike - Friday, October 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the Fed has not made a decision yet on whether to raise a key interest rate in December.
It will depend on how the U.S. economy does between now and the Dec. 15-16 meeting, she told lawmakers during an appearance before the House Financial Services Committee.68. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for September 2015 - Friday, November 06, 2015
Top residential real estate sales, September 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.69. That house? Not interested – unless someone else wants it - Friday, November 06, 2015
Justin Halpern was a comedian who moved home to live with this father and began to chronicle interesting, comical quotations from his father in a Twitter feed called – since this is a family column I shall refer to it as – “‘Stuff’ my Dad Says.”70. Consolidation of state’s newspapers bad for taxpayers - Friday, November 06, 2015
The federal government isn’t likely to descend on Tennessee with trust-busting vengeance once three of the state’s four largest newspapers are owned by the same company.
Newspapers are too far down a virtual slippery slope of monopolism to retrieve from the hands of Gannett, which recently announced it plans to pay $280 million for Journal Media Group, the owner of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and Knoxville News Sentinel.71. Hendersonville designer Josh Johnson strikes gold with L.A. interiors - Friday, November 06, 2015
Hendersonville is a long way from Hollywood, but designer Josh Johnson is gladly making the commute.
The Sumner County native first gained attention of the rich and glamorous when he was featured in the HGTV series Design Star in 2007. Johnson was voted fan favorite and earned the nickname “Sparkle Josh.” He was also featured on Design Star All Stars in 2012.72. A sampling of small stores across Midstate - Friday, November 06, 2015
Where to find specialty and locally owned stops in Nashville and Franklin for the holiday season.
draperjames.com73. US stocks slip, led by weakness in the energy sector - Friday, October 30, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks retreated modestly Wednesday after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen implied that Fed policymakers are still considering raising interest rates in December.74. Tesla's 3Q loss widens, but shares rise on production - Friday, October 30, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors' net loss more than tripled in the third quarter as expenses and research costs rose, but investors cheered news that the company expects to meet or exceed its production targets this year.75. Nearly 60K seniors apply for free-tuition program - Friday, October 30, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — For the second straight year, nearly 60,000 high school seniors have applied for Gov. Bill Haslam's program that offers eligible seniors free tuition to a two-year community or technical college.76. Amazon opens its first bookstore as extension of website - Friday, October 30, 2015
SEATTLE (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore on Tuesday, two decades after it began selling books over the Internet and helped drive a number of shops out of business.77. Merkel: We must hit climate target to avoid refugee waves - Friday, October 30, 2015
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the world must do everything it can to meet an international goal to fight global warming, arguing that failing to do so could set off large new waves of refugees.78. Get Started: Hopes rising for Ex-Im Bank loan revival - Friday, October 30, 2015
The House last week approved a bill reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank's charter, which expired June 30. The agency has been unable to make or guarantee new loans to exporters since then.
The bank has been in limbo because members of Congress have been unable to agree about whether the bank is needed. Conservative lawmakers and groups say most exports are made without government help and that large Fortune 500 companies are the primary beneficiaries of the bank. But supporters, which include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers, say many small businesses get help in exporting through the bank.79. Dispute over Internet data collection splits high court - Friday, October 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems divided over whether Internet search sites can be sued for publishing false information about people if the errors don't cause any real harm.
The justices appeared to split along ideological lines Monday during arguments in a case that pits business groups concerned about exposure to costly litigation against consumer protection advocates who want companies held accountable for mistakes.80. High court won't hear appeal over use of Bob Marley's image - Friday, October 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from clothing companies that claim they have legal rights to sell shirts with the image of reggae icon Bob Marley.
The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the merchandisers had used his likeness to sell clothing at Walmart, Target and other stores without permission from Marley's children.81. High school seniors face deadline for free tuition program - Friday, October 30, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - There's less than a day left for high school seniors to apply for Tennessee promise, the governor's free tuition program.
The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/20m3Hiw) reports workers at the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation will be available to help students with the application process on Monday until midnight.82. Health law's 3rd sign-up season faces challenges from prices - Friday, October 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's insurance website is faster and easier to use, but as a third sign-up season gets underway, President Barack Obama's health care law is approaching limits.
Enrollment on the federal and state exchanges began Sunday. While the law's expanded coverage has reduced the uninsured rate to a historic low of about 9 percent, the gains will be harder in 2016.83. Study shows Goodwill's impact on Middle Tennessee economy - Friday, October 30, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — A new study says Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee could help generate 21,000 jobs in the region over the next decade.
The study was released recently by the Business and Economic Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University.84. Feds: Switch plans, save on health insurance - Friday, October 30, 2015
CHICAGO (AP) — "It pays to shop" is the message from the government, two days before the start of the third sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
The Department of Health and Human Services released data Friday on next year's prices in the insurance markets established by the law. It said returning customers to HealthCare.gov can save, on average, $51 a month if they switch to the lowest-cost plan within their coverage level. Most can find a plan for $100 a month or less, after financial help from a tax credit.85. US consumer spending records weakest gain in 8 months - Friday, October 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending in September posted the smallest gain in eight months, a sign that shoppers grew cautious at the end of the third quarter.
Americans increased their spending just 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said Friday, the weakest showing since they cut spending in January. Income growth inched up 0.1 percent, which was the smallest amount in four months. Wages and salaries were flat following two months of big gains.
86. ‘Feeling no pain’ is great but what’s the origin? - Friday, October 30, 2015
“Boy that feels good!” I exclaimed this morning.
I was reaching into the fridge – as I do every morning – to pull out the bottle of milk on the top shelf. The bottle which, about one seventh of the time, is full, an entire gallon’s worth.87. Build your credibility by being on time - Friday, October 30, 2015
The importance of being on time is often underestimated in business. It is one of the easiest ways to build credibility and conversely, one of the fastest ways to lose it.
Whether you are just starting your career or are a seasoned professional, this is an important point for everyone.88. Well-intentioned training can sabotage a sales team - Friday, October 30, 2015
Institute training. This is No. 6 of 14 key points W. Edwards Demings offers managers to improve effectiveness in an organization.
Demings is the father of the modern quality movement and is best known for helping Japan rise out of the ashes of WWII to become a major industrial power and for his belief that 94 percent of workplace problems are caused by management.89. Events - Friday, October 30, 2015
Moving Forward Speaker Series: Getting Transportation Right - People and Communities Matter. Featured speaker is Beverly Scott, CEO, Beverly Scott Associates, LLC. Scott, a Fisk alumna, whose career in the public transportation industry spans more than three decades and includes four appointments as general manager/CEO of the transportation agencies in Massachusetts, Atlanta, Sacramento and Rhode Island, will highlight the role of transportation in achieving local and regional goals and share her insight on what it takes to gain and sustain public support for increased investment in transportation. Thursday, 4:30-5 p.m. registration and networking, 5-6 p.m. program. Fisk University, Jubilee Hall, Appleton Room, 1000 17th Avenue, North, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 615-743-311090. New math: Whisenhunt explains run-pass ratio - Friday, October 30, 2015
When a team loses five games in a row, everything is magnified.
And for the Tennessee Titans, that magnification is looking more like the large-print Bible my grandmother had as her eyesight failed in old age.91. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions for September 2015 - Friday, October 30, 2015
Top commercial real estate transactions, September 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.92. Mac Wiseman: Last of the original CMA board - Friday, October 30, 2015
“Charley Pride was sitting right there in that same chair as you. We sang ‘Footprints in the Snow,’’’ says Mac Wiseman, the last surviving member of the original CMA board of directors, nodding to where I sit.93. ‘They’ll never sell’ condos have done pretty well - Friday, October 30, 2015
Buying or searching for condos in Nashville can be daunting, especially for those who are fixated on price per square foot. Perhaps a history lesson would be helpful.
In late 2003, when Tony Giarratana announced plans to build the Viridian, it raised the eyebrows, along with the doubts, of the real estate community since there had been no new residential high-rise constructed in downtown Nashville since a moratorium on such development had been issued in the 1960s.94. Fed keeps rate at record low but will consider December hike - Friday, October 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping its key short-term interest rate at a record low in the face of a weak global economy, slower U.S. hiring and subpar inflation. But it signaled the possibility of a rate hike in December.95. GOP-led Congress moves to block Obama's Clean Power Plan - Friday, October 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are moving to block President Barack Obama's plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rep. Ed Whitfield say they will file resolutions early this week opposing Obama's plan to impose new regulations on new and existing coal-fired plants.96. No Fed rate hike likely yet as it monitors global pressures - Friday, October 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Not long ago, it seemed a sure bet: The Federal Reserve would raise interest rates by year's end. Fed Chair Janet Yellen herself said she expected it.
Now, doubts are rising that the Fed will start raising rates before next year from the record lows where they've stood since 2008. When its policymakers meet this week, the likelihood of a rate hike is widely seen as close to zero.97. Tech companies face rocky road on the way to making cars - Friday, October 23, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Silicon Valley may think it can build a better car. But should it?
As tech giants like Google and Apple look to automobiles as the next frontier for innovation, they face a looming reality: Cars are a lot harder to manufacture and sell than smartphones.98. Amazon center in Lebanon hiring more than 2,000 for holidays - Friday, October 16, 2015
LEBANON (AP) — Amazon's fulfillment center in Lebanon is hiring more than 2,000 seasonal workers.
The Tennessean in Nashville (http://tnne.ws/1W2ZImh) says the Lebanon mayor's office announced the openings, which pay up to $14.50 per hour with a $250 sign-on bonus.99. Revival afoot for judicial accountability ratings - Friday, October 23, 2015
So, I was in Northwest Arkansas a couple weeks ago for a golf tournament. On Friday night I swung by Penguin Ed’s, bought a mess of barbecue, and took it to the home of Sam and Pat Perroni, long-time friends who used to live in Little Rock. They have a beautiful spread a few miles outside Fayetteville, a picture-perfect spot for grandparenting.100. Identifying the potential leaders on your team - Friday, October 23, 2015
Have you empowered your sales and marketing pros to lead?
Leadership isn’t a title or a salary range. And I bet every one of your employees is capable of leading.
The trick is to allow their different leadership tendencies to benefit your business.