WASHINGTON (AP) — A plunge in gas prices last month lowered consumer prices by the most in six years. But excluding the volatile food and energy costs, prices rose.
The Labor Department said Thursday that the consumer price index fell 0.7 percent in January, the sharpest drop since December 2008. Tumbling prices at the pump drove nearly all of the decline.
3. What we heard, and didn't, from Yellen's remarks to Congress - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Over two days of testimony to Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was grilled on everything from the direction of interest rates to the health of the economy to "Audit the Fed" legislation supported by Republicans.4. Tennessee prosecutors group suspends longtime director - Friday, February 20, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee prosecutors have suspended their longtime executive director following allegations that he orchestrated a deal to help Nashville's district attorney boost his pension.
WTVF-TV (http://bit.ly/1LDT0hg) reports that the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference voted to suspend executive director Wally Kirby for one month without pay after a three-hour meeting. The District Attorneys General Conference gives advice to district attorneys around the state.5. GOP lawmakers accuse Yellen of playing politics - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen came under fire Wednesday from House Republicans, who challenged the central bank's lack of accountability during her second day of testimony to Congress.6. Fajita nachos a chance to sample tomatillos - Friday, February 27, 2015
Fajitas and nachos. These are two of my favorite Mexican dishes, so why not combine them?
The recipe below is great at doing just that, and it’s a wonderful dish I’m sure you’ll love. Not only that, it’s a great party dish. Set up a nacho bar, and let guests personalize their nachos. Have fun with this one!7. ‘Parenthood’ wraps up in unconventional style - Friday, February 27, 2015
If there’s one adjective that does not fit “Parenthood,” NBC’s six-season series that shuttered its doors in January, it’s symmetrical. Great show! I hate to see it go. But it was out of balance. Always. And delightfully so.8. Bass, Berry & Sims adds public finance attorney - Friday, February 27, 2015
Charles “Chuck” A. Grice has been hired to the Public Finance team of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.
Grice has more than 30 years of experience representing banks, underwriters and issuers in tax-exempt bond deals and transactions to finance capital projects for nonprofit organizations across the Southeast. Grice most recently was an attorney with Stites & Harbison PLLC in its Nashville office.9. Events - Friday, February 27, 2015
Scientia Soirée – Eve of Innovation. This benefit for Adventure Science Center will stray from the usual black-tie formalities and, instead, will feature high-tech wearable fashion, electronic musical instruments not yet available to the public and more. Highlights will include: Infused-food stations, molecular gastronomy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, gravity-defying aerialists and LED-clad dancers, wearable technology and fashion, an art-meets-technology immersive experience in the Sudekum Planetarium, dancing. Saturday, 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $150. Information: www.adventuresci.org/scientia, 401-5067.10. Looking for new job? Market yourself as a brand - Friday, February 27, 2015
When’s the last time you thought of yourself as a brand? If you were a car, would you be a Ford or a Mercedes? Would you be a SUV or a convertible?
When you’re job seeking, it’s strange to think of yourself as a brand or a product. It would make the most sense if all hiring decisions were based on your abilities and whether or not you could do the job.11. Competing for the attention of reporters, editors - Friday, February 27, 2015
The press release was written with no mistakes, explaining all the virtues of your company’s remarkable product. It was sent to all the newspapers and TV stations, and you even managed to send it to select radio stations and bloggers.12. Top January 2015 commercial real estate transactions - Friday, February 27, 2015
Top January 2015 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.13. Mayor’s race exposes unpleasant problems - Friday, February 27, 2015
In six weeks or so, the Greater Nashville area will learn what a snowmegeddon can do to area home sales.
With a quarter of the month frozen, it was hard for buyers to let it go and embark upon a house hunt. March closings, reflecting February sales, will be released in early April and might slow the freight train that the residential real estate has been riding for almost three years.14. Kelsey’s new voucher plan looks a lot like Haslam’s - Friday, February 27, 2015
Momentum is building this session for voucher legislation that would allow state dollars to follow students from struggling public schools to private and religious institutions.
But it is hardly etched in stone.15. UT, Vanderbilt scientists are taking the science fiction out of invisibility - Friday, February 27, 2015
Ferris Hall is an unassuming brick building on the edge of the University of Tennessee’s College of Engineering campus and home to the Department of Materials Science Engineering. There, Drs. Ramki Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher have opened the door to applying the magic of Hogwarts to military camouflage, cancer treatment or even Halloween costumes for a new generation.16. Yellen reiterates Fed's patience in raising rates - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but for now the Fed is sticking with patience in raising interest rates because the labor market is still healing and inflation is too low.17. In a bind, Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered on Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats.18. Meaning of 4 words at center of high court health law fight - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured. The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states.19. Higher rates coming? Yellen faces lawmakers at pivotal time - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of sounding reassuring notes about the need to keep interest rates at record lows, the Federal Reserve is finding the shift to an era of pending rate hikes a tricky and complicated one.20. SmartWay traffic app benefiting motorists - Friday, February 20, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — A new real-time road conditions map developed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation has come in handy this winter.
The department debuted the improved SmartWay traffic Web app in December. With the recent harsh winter weather, it has helped provide motorists with fast information about icy highways, crashes and even recent interstate closures.21. Social neighborhood a bit of a culture shock - Friday, February 20, 2015
With my mom living just a few houses down from me now, it’s easy (and fun) for us to share food. One day, she made banzazna nut bread and brought some down to hubby and me. It was gone PDQ.
Then I reciprocated by making some baked ziti to share with her for her dinner one evening.22. Brit Cumberbatch delivers world-class apology - Friday, February 20, 2015
“We use the term ‘people of color’ in America. Is that immensely different to what he said? I don’t think so ….” David Oyelowo, British actor currently playing Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in “Selma.”23. What will Fed do with latest data economic data? - Friday, February 20, 2015
The recent weeks have seen a flurry of economic data that shed light on the United States economy.
Here is a recap of two of those data points:
Gross Domestic Product. The first GDP release for fourth quarter 2014 (a data point that will be revised multiple times down the road) revealed an economy that grew by 2.6 percent in the quarter, down sharply from the 5 percent growth registered in the third quarter.24. Relocation compensation not what it used to be - Friday, February 20, 2015
Moving for a new career, or the potential of a new career, can be daunting.
You’ll have to sell your home. Your children will need new schools. Your belongings will have to be boxed, moved and unboxed. You’ll need to find new service providers, including doctors, hairstylists and child care.25. The sales relationship: Build trust, show knowledge - Friday, February 20, 2015
A key to sales success is identifying the prospect’s needs. But that knowledge doesn’t mean much if the potential relationship lacks a foundation of trust.
Smart buyers are generally willing to consider the guidance of salespeople provided trust has been established first. If a prospect trusts the seller, the first – and arguably hardest – step to success has been achieved. But how do you build trust with a prospect?26. Relevant again? 10 keys to success for UT baseball - Friday, February 20, 2015
KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.27. Events - Friday, February 20, 2015
Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams at Salon@615. A Nashville author and songwriter, Randall is best known for her novel, “The Wind Done Gone,” a reinterpretation of Gone With the Wind. Her daughter Caroline was recently named one of the ‘50 People Changing the South in 2015’ by Southern Living magazine. Saturday, 2 p.m. Salon@615 is a free, ticketed event, with advance tickets available online (www.salonat615.org) for a $2.50 service fee. A limited number of tickets will also be available each event day 30 minutes before show time. After each talk, authors will sign books. To participate in book signings, guests must purchase a copy of the writer’s latest work from Parnassus Books in Nashville in advance or at the event. Salon patrons receive a 10 percent discount. Additional opportunities:28. Middle Tennessee Real Estate trends for January 2015 - Friday, February 20, 2015
January 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.29. Taking stock: Realtors running out of inventory in some areas - Friday, February 20, 2015
Richard Exton, the dean of real estate appraisers, well at least a tenured gentleman, spoke to a group pf Realtors recently and provided the data reflecting the current state of the real estate market.30. Haslam wary of gas tax hike after ‘Insure’ loss - Friday, February 20, 2015
Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.
After floating the possibility of raising the tax in December, the Republican governor appears to be changing course, in part because of his loss in a Senate committee on Insure Tennessee, the Medicaid expansion alternative that failed to make debate in the full House or Senate.31. Fed officials in no hurry to raise rates - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials struggled last month to assess when economic data might prompt them to raise interest rates from record lows — and how best to convey their intentions to investors.32. Morning winter storm update from Mayor's Office - Friday, February 13, 2015
Mayor Karl Dean continued to urge residents and visitors to be cautious as they go about their business Wednesday morning and warned about expected record-low temperatures in the next few days.
“Please, use your discretion and be careful,” Mayor Dean said from the Emergency Operations Center. “With extreme cold temperatures heading our way, our attention will soon turn to keeping residents and visitors safe and doing our best to make sure our homeless have refuge.”33. US wholesale prices drop 0.8 percent in January - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices fell by a record amount in January, led by the biggest drop in gasoline prices in six years.
The Labor Department said Wednesday that its producer price index declined 0.8 percent last month, the biggest drop in a data series that goes back to November 2009 when the government changed the calculation methods for its wholesale price index.
34. White House: Health law sign-ups top 11M - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 11 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama's law this year, the White House announced Tuesday evening.
But that preliminary estimate — 11.4 million people — comes with a couple of asterisks:35. US stock market ends mostly lower - Friday, February 13, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market edged mostly lower on Wednesday, easing back from its latest all-time highs.
The markets barely budged following the midafternoon release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's January meeting. The transcript showed that policymakers were less likely to raise interest rates in June than investors previously thought.36. Gospel Music Association to hold honoring event on May 5 - Friday, February 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Gospel Music Association will hold its second annual hall of fame and honors ceremony on May 5 at Lipscomb University in Nashville.
The hall of fame inductees include BeBe and CeCe Winans, Mark Lowry, Roland Lundy and Twila Paris.37. Doctors' group to visit state Capitol on March 3 - Friday, February 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Doctors from across Tennessee will visit the state Capitol on March 3.
The Tennessee Medical Association is the state's largest professional group for physicians with more than 8,000 members statewide.38. Nashville mayor's initiative seeks to help students succeed - Friday, February 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says enrollment is now open for the 2015 Mayor's Summer Scholars Academy.
The academy is a free, four-week intensive program that seeks to help Metro school students be successful and achieve their college aspirations. Students currently in the seventh, eighth, ninth or 10th grades are encouraged to apply.39. Afternoon winter storm update from Mayor's Office - Friday, February 13, 2015
More snow and dangerously cold temperatures will threaten Nashville over the next few days, promising to continue to make commutes hazardous and posing serious dangers to anyone caught outside.
Nashville Fire Chief/Director of the Office of Emergency Management Ricky White said rapidly changing conditions are forcing emergency officials to adjust quickly, but that Metro remains ready for the weather to come.40. Hackers' $1 billion bank theft may still impact consumers - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The hacker gang that looted as much as $1 billion worldwide from banks was unusual: It stole directly from the banks, instead of ripping off their customers.
But this was hardly a bit of Robin Hood banditry that spared innocent account holders. Security experts say consumers still need to keep a close eye on their checking and savings, as epic computer breaches such as this theft — documented in a report issued Monday — are becoming all too common.41. Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline; web glitch fixed - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage.42. Nashville seeks moratorium on Music Row condo onslaught - Friday, February 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - The onslaught of high-end condo developments along Nashville's storied Music Row looks to be coming to an end - at least for now.
City planning officials are recommending a moratorium on new projects seeking to raze or significantly alter buildings that helped build up Nashville's reputation as the capital of country music.43. Obama asks help dealing with cybersecurity 'wild West' - Friday, February 13, 2015
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Cyberspace is the new "wild West," President Barack Obama said Friday, with everyone looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he said the private sector must do more to stop cyberattacks aimed at the U.S. every day.44. As sign-up deadline nears, a new risk for Obama health law - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people signing up for health insurance this weekend may not realize it, but their coverage under President Barack Obama's law could be short-lived.
The 2015 enrollment season, which ends Sunday, has avoided last year's website meltdown so far. But a Supreme Court case could result in millions of consumers losing financial assistance for their premiums later in the year.45. Tutti bread might sound frutti but it isn’t - Friday, February 13, 2015
There were several occasions in January when friends and church members took food to someone’s house, due either to illness or a death in the family.
With the moves my family experienced and the sadness our friends and family experienced, January 2015 was not an easy month, and I’m glad it’s over. I hope February will calm down for everyone involved.46. Where to draw the boundary for appropriateness? - Friday, February 13, 2015
Charlie Hebdo promotes itself as having a viewpoint that reflects “all components of left wing pluralism.” Its business is satire. It skewers Jews, Catholics, Protestants and Muslims. It has twice been attacked by terrorists. The attack in 2011 didn’t kill anyone.47. Being creative (bending rules) might get you the job - Friday, February 13, 2015
It should be no surprise that applying online can be a long, difficult process. You’re often left wondering if anyone has read your resume, or if they even know you exist at all.
Earlier this week, I read a story of a creative job seeker who found work passing out resumes in a train station. This inspirational tale reminded me of my own job search years ago.48. Taking charge of your business’ online reviews - Friday, February 13, 2015
In a perfect marketing world, consumers would trust what a company is selling, believing the maxim “You get what you pay for.”
But trusting a brand’s word is no longer the final say in consumer decisions. Consumers increasingly are turning to social media and user-generated review sites to make purchasing decisions.49. No surprises in top domestic destinations - Friday, February 13, 2015
Best Beaches, Best Luxury Hotels, Top 10 Islands to Visit, Top 10 Cities for Kids, Top Five Destinations for Seafood – travel lists can be so exhausting.
The latest to come my way is Hotels.com’s compilation of the most popular domestic destinations for Americans in 2014.50. Events - Friday, February 13, 2015
Music Tech & Futures Summit. The interactive conference, organized by Innovation Enterprise, will bring together pioneers within the music industry to discuss optimizing digital music and enhancing benefits within a high tech industry. The two-day conference will address topics such as the future of the record label, sharing music and its importance to the industry, data decisions through song placement and platforms vs. publishers. International Events Director at Innovation Enterprise Nathan Meyer said Nashville was the obvious choice to host the event. Speakers include executives from Kobalt Music, Deezer, Downtown Records, Viacom, ASCAP and iHeart Radio. Conference sessions will run Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with multiple face-to-face networking opportunities with industry leaders. Online videos of all sessions, with integrated slides and audio, will be made available to all attendees after the event. Information and registration: http://bit.ly/1tt7MmL.51. Top January 2015 residential real estate transactions - Friday, February 13, 2015
Top January 2015 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.52. Dr. Phil delivers hockey therapy to the masses - Friday, February 13, 2015
Dr. Phil toys with me as he allows me to work my center and left wing to get the puck tantalizingly close to his net.
Then that big smile erupts on the face of a man who hands out “Live With Happiness” dog-tags – like the one dangling beneath his Hawaiian shirt – as he passes through life. With a couple of cagey quick twists of his wrists, Dr. Phil clears his end of the rink and fires a slap shot past my befuddled defensemen and goalie.…53. 1212 makes statement with $44.45M in January sales - Friday, February 13, 2015
What a difference a boom makes. In 2008, when the Icon condos in the Gulch were beginning to close, the developer was under scrutiny. Some doubted the veracity of his reported sales figures.
One group even went as far as to photograph the tower under the cover of darkness in order to prove no one lived there. If the lights are out, they argued, units had not been sold.54. Insure Tennessee fails to win sound bite test - Friday, February 13, 2015
Fresh off a resounding November re-election victory, Gov. Bill Haslam ran smack dab into the reality of Tennessee politics: The Republican Party abhors anything connected to President Barack Obama.55. Common Core is working – so let's kill it - Friday, February 13, 2015
Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.56. Sunday deadline driving health law sign-ups for 2015 - Friday, February 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of a Sunday deadline, consumers are stepping up to enroll for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, administration officials said Wednesday.
The number of people signing up jumped last week in the 37 states served by the federal insurance marketplace, to nearly 276,000 compared with about 180,000 the previous week, according to the Health and Human Services department.57. Target agrees to pay $3.9 million in false-advertising suit - Friday, February 06, 2015
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Target has agreed to pay nearly $4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Northern California prosecutors that alleged the retailer charged higher prices than advertised, prosecutors said Tuesday.58. Let hackers in: Experts say traps might be better than walls - Friday, February 06, 2015
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say cybersecurity is beyond due an overhaul.59. Even as US job market picks up, unemployed face frustration - Friday, February 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market remains a frustrating place for America's 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings.
The pace of job growth over the past three months was the fastest in 17 years. The gains spanned nearly every industry, and some employers have finally had to dangle higher pay to attract or retain top talent.60. The Hermitage offering programs for Black History Month - Friday, February 06, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Hermitage is offering special free programs each Saturday in February in honor of Black History Month.
On Feb. 14, the historic home of President Andrew Jackson will present a panel discussion on African-American genealogy and free genealogy consultations.61. Facebook, LinkedIn join to help women in tech - Friday, February 06, 2015
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook and LinkedIn want to boost dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science with a collaborative initiative announced Friday that they hope will eventually fill thousands of lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long dominated by men.62. Comedy festival returning to Nashville in April - Friday, February 06, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Actor Vince Vaughn's comedy festival that debuted in Nashville is returning for a second year in April.
Promoters said Jeff Garlin of ABC's "The Goldbergs," Cristela Alonzo of ABC's "Cristela" and Rory Scovel of TBS' "Ground Floor" have joined the lineup for the Wild West Comedy Festival April 14 to 19.63. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.59 pct. - Friday, February 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, resuming their downward trend of this year after rising slightly last week. Rates are near historically low levels.
Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage declined to 3.59 percent from 3.66 percent last week. The average rate is at its lowest level since May 2013.64. US productivity falls at 1.8 percent rate in fourth quarter - Friday, January 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. worker productivity went into reverse in the final three months of the year, while labor costs increased.
Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, fell at 1.8 percent rate in the fourth quarter after rising at a 3.7 percent rate in the third quarter, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
65. Modern microwave does more than warm coffee - Friday, February 06, 2015
We’re finally in our new home, and we hope this is the last move we’ll ever have to make.
I have to say, this house fits us better than any other one we’ve owned, and there for a while, I’m sure the USPS had a hard time keeping our address changes straight. It seems that way, anyway.66. Fan makes edgy offer, gets autographed jersey - Friday, February 06, 2015
“[If] you’re not living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much room.” This lyric, from a 1998 folk song bearing David Roth’s byline, appears earlier in H. Jackson Brown, Jr.’s 1993 book, “Live and Learn and Pass It On.”67. Tough choice: Being right or being employed? - Friday, February 06, 2015
Have you ever experienced a problem at your job where you were truly in the right? A co-worker or boss did something to you that was either against the law or just ethically wrong. Maybe your boss has a temper, or perhaps you’re being discriminated against in some way.68. Super Bowl ad winners and losers - Friday, February 06, 2015
Think there was only one big game on Super Bowl Sunday? A typical NFL game has only 11 minutes of actual “game action” compared to 63 minutes of commercials, according to The Wall Street Journal. With 30 seconds of commercial airtime going for $4.5 million this year, it is clear that Super Bowl advertising is serious business, making for an equally interesting off-the-field game unfolding when the clock stops.69. Events - Friday, February 06, 2015
African-American History and Culture Conference. The 34th annual Nashville Conference of African-American History and Culture will take place Friday at the Tennessee State University Avon Williams campus. Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, and the Metropolitan Historical Commission, the conference will focus on the educational and musical legacies of Nashville’s African-American community. For more than 30 years, the conference has brought together historians, students, educators, community leaders and those interested in African-American history and culture. Registration is $20, which includes admission to all speakers and performances, additions to the Profiles of African-Americans in Tennessee series, and other publications. Lunch and parking are also included. Information and registration: www.nashville.gov/mhc, 862-7970.70. Growth is great, but where will workers live? - Friday, February 06, 2015
For the past two years, developers, property owners and Realtors alike have been treated to what some call the best real estate market in the country. Sellers are realizing astronomical returns on their investments as they shed properties that they have been strapped with for years.71. Nashville’s most romantic restaurants - Friday, February 06, 2015
Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.72. Great dishes from Nashville’s landmark restaurants - Friday, February 06, 2015
When a restaurant’s been around for a decade or eight, that’s usually a pretty good indication that the food is palatable. We’ve rounded up some of the best dishes to try at Nashville’s longest standing dining establishments, and, of course, it’s impossible to pick just one thing. Feel free to recommend your own favorites in the on-line comments.73. Coke bets on 'premium milk' to boost category - Friday, January 30, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it's betting people will pay twice as much for it.
The national rollout of Fairlife over the next several weeks is one way the world's biggest beverage maker is seeking to diversify its offerings as Americans continue turning away from soft drinks.74. Hey, (Not-As) Big Spender! Tech firms hint at more restraint - Friday, January 30, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Technology's big-spending trio of Google, Facebook, and Amazon.com appear to be tightening their belts — at least a notch — in a concession to cost-conscious investors and a strong dollar that's taking a big bite out of their revenue.75. Obama's budget targets high cost of cutting-edge drugs - Friday, January 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — With patients facing more exposure to the cost of revolutionary new medications, the budget President Barack Obama released Monday reopened a debate on whether government should use its buying power to squeeze the pharmaceutical industry for lower prices.76. US pay and benefits rose at slightly faster pace last year - Friday, January 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wages and benefits rose at slightly healthier rate last year, a sign strong job gains could be forcing companies to pay a bit more for workers.
The Labor Department said Friday that the employment cost index, which measures pay and benefits, rose 2.2 percent in 2014, up from 2 percent the previous year. It's also ahead of inflation, which rose 1.3 percent.
77. FTC settles case against 'revenge porn' site operator - Friday, January 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Colorado man accused of operating a "revenge porn" website has settled with federal regulators who said he broke the law by posting nude pictures of women without their consent or knowledge.78. Amazon shares spike as 4Q profit beats by a mile - Friday, January 30, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Amazon.com jumped over 8 percent in aftermarket trading after the e-commerce giant beat quarterly profit expectations by a mile.79. Different from or different than? A difference? - Friday, January 30, 2015
I’m fortunate to count Lee Martin, assistant director of Vanderbilt University’s English Language Center, as a weekly reader. Most recently, he writes about my having written, in a recent column, “No different than watching reruns on regular TV, right?”80. You have an interview! Now, what should you take with you? - Friday, January 30, 2015
Hiring season is on! Chances are good you’ve been sending out your resume online for every interesting job out there. Soon, you’ll find yourself invited for in-person interviews.
These interviews can be exciting and nerve-wracking. They determine whether or not you get hired. Surprisingly, the reason you do (or don’t) get hired may have little to do with your ability to do the job.81. What to watch for in this year’s Super Bowl ads - Friday, January 30, 2015
Regardless of what happens on the field, history will be made at this year’s Super Bowl of advertising – starting with a record price tag of roughly $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, a significant spike from the $4 million advertisers forked over last year.82. 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.83. Events - Friday, January 30, 2015
First Saturday Art Crawl. Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents paintings by juniors Marlos E’van and Aaron Harper at its downtown gallery WAG during the Feb. 6 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl. The monthly visual arts event is presented by 5th Avenue of the Arts and takes place in that historic entertainment district of downtown Nashville. On the first Saturday of every month, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., an alliance of art galleries and museums collectively invite the public to explore the vibrant Nashville downtown art scene. More than 20 art venues participate. Admission free. Information: www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.84. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.66 pct. - Friday, January 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week after four straight weeks of declines, while remaining near historically low levels.
Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage edged up to 3.66 percent from 3.63 percent last week. The new average rate is still at its lowest level since May 2013.
85. Facebook's status update: Profit, revenue beat expectations - Friday, January 23, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices.86. Top 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Middle Tennessee - Friday, January 30, 2015
Top 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.87. Pay down that debt by investing in real estate - Friday, January 30, 2015
My father was born (1928) and raised in Franklin, when it was a sleepy little standalone hamlet unrelated to Nashville. In the mid-90s, I met him for lunch at the Shoney’s near I-65 off of Highway 96.88. Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies - Friday, January 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6 in 10 Americans would want Congress to restore federal financial assistance for millions buying health care coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court invalidates some of those government subsidies, a poll said Wednesday.89. Fed stays 'patient' on rates while noting improving economy - Friday, January 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full health.
The Fed signaled in a statement after its latest policy meeting that no rate increase is imminent despite the economic gains. A key reason is that inflation remains well below the Fed's target rate.
90. THP accepting applications for Citizens' Trooper Academy - Friday, January 23, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol is accepting applications for the 2015 Citizens' Trooper Academy in March.
The academy consists of about 30 hours of training. It's designed to develop a better understanding of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, as well as its parent agency, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.91. Obama administration on track to surpass health care goal - Friday, January 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.92. Microsoft tanks 10 percent, hit by 4 downgrades on earnings - Friday, January 23, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft shares plunged 10 percent Tuesday after the software giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations but warned that a weak PC market and a strong dollar will curb growth this year. Many analysts slashed price targets on the stock and some cut their Buy ratings to Hold.93. Obama team asks Congress for enhanced trade-deal authority - Friday, January 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Democratic senator's complaints Tuesday, and noisy protesters, underscored the Obama administration's challenge in seeking congressional approval for enhanced powers to cut trade deals with Japan, Australia and many other countries.94. Low inflation likely to keep Fed 'patient' about a rate hike - Friday, January 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.
Though the U.S. economy has steadily improved, inflation has dipped further below the Fed's target rate. Chalk it up to plunging oil prices and a surging dollar, which makes foreign goods cheaper in the United States.95. Garden gnome fans fret: SkyMall files for bankruptcy - Friday, January 23, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Apparently, airline passengers aren't buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters. SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy.
The quirky in-flight shopping catalog has been a mainstay on airlines for more than three decades. Passengers with nowhere to go would pull it from the seatback and flip through the pages. While flying high over Iowa, they could dream about owning a $16,000 multisensory home sauna or maybe just a grill spatula with a built-in flashlight for $29.95.96. Anti-Medicaid expansion lawmaker criticizes radio ads - Friday, January 23, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - State House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, a staunch opponent of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, on Friday decried what he called "dishonest scare tactics" by a conservative group running radio ads targeting GOP lawmakers.97. Expedia buys booking site Travelocity for $280M in cash - Friday, January 23, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Expedia has acquired travel booking site Travelocity from the Sabre Corp. for $280 million in cash.
The deal adds to Expedia's growing portfolio of websites. The Bellevue, Washington-company already owns nearly a dozen travel sites including Hotels.com, Hotwire and Egencia, the world's fifth-largest corporate travel management company.98. George, other NFL players find second careers as entrepreneurs - Friday, January 23, 2015
As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.
“Something I’d worked on for most of my adult life was coming to an end, and it was really depressing, the unknown,” says George, a Heisman Trophy winner who played for the Oilers, Titans and Cowboys from 1996 to 2005.99. Sacrificing kitchen efficiency for economy - Friday, January 23, 2015
Well, the time has come – it’s moving week. By this time Saturday, we’ll be in our new home.
We had a difficult time finding the right-size home for our family, but I think we’ve landed on the right one. And although it’s taken time, and agony, we don’t consider it wasted, but a blessing.100. Low gas prices, incentives change math for electric cars - Friday, January 16, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Drivers trying to calculate whether it's practical to own an electric car are facing a new math.
U.S. gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon over the last 12 months, to a national average of $2.06, according to AAA. That makes electric cars — with their higher prices tags — a tougher sell.