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VOL. 39 | NO. 36 | Friday, September 04, 2015

Rocky Top in Nashville: Good for city, bad for Vols

10 reasons why this season opener should have been played at Neyland

I can’t help but get fired up for a college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in front of 150,000 people at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Big Nissan homecoming for Middle Tennessee Vols

Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett won’t be in a strange place Saturday when he walks into Nissan Stadium in Nashville for the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green.

Kind post-Katrina Web comments lure Grab the Gold to Middle Tennessee

It took 18 hours of driving to find a safe place to land after evacuating New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina bore down in August 2005.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Is state’s role to provide a service or turn a profit?

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won’t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers.

Local Weather
Today
Nashville, TN
93°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 5 mph
Humidity: 33%

EVENTS

Rewind BBQ Festival. Enjoy live performances by Midnight Star, Shirley Murdock, Sunshine Anderson, Juvenile, Da Brat and Chubb Rock on Saturday at Riverfront Park while tasting some of the South’s best barbecue. Information: http://rewindbbqfest.com

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BEYOND BELIEF

Breen remains defiant on gay marriage

Father Joseph Breen always makes an entrance, whether he wants to or not, a beloved Nashville figure who inevitably collects handshakes and hugs wherever he goes, unmistakable when he rolls up in his white Chrysler 300 and clerical collar.

REALTY CHECK

30-day closings going away with new rules

The new closing documents that the Feds threatened to impose and implement on August 1 will now come into fruition on October 3, after they missed their own deadline.

REAL ESTATE

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.89 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week after a sharp drop the previous week, as global markets continued to whipsaw amid economic disruption in China and uncertainty over Federal Reserve interest-rate policy.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Whisenhunt knows pain of turning in his playbook

“Coach wants see you – and bring your playbook.” Those eight words will shatter many an NFL dream over the next few days, not only with the Tennessee Titans but around the league as rosters are trimmed from 90 players to 75 and, finally, to 53.

NEWSMAKERS

Baker Donelson names new practice group leaders

Baker Donelson has named Nashville attorneys John H. Rowland and Courtney H. Gilmer as new practice group leaders within the firm’s Financial Services Department.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Audi A3 Cabrio gives drivers low-priced luxury

Those looking for a luxury-branded convertible with a low price tag should turn toward Audi’s A3 Cabriolet.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Some help with making a better first impression

How will you be seen? That’s a big concern for you on many days: will your mode of dress impress or are you feeling frumpy? Can a strong handshake overcome onions for lunch?

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Next generation of salespeople heading for extinction?

Former IBM president Thomas Watson was known for saying, “Nothing happens until a sale is made.” We saw that truth painfully realized during the 2007-09 recession. Approximately 1.6 million sales jobs were cut across multiple industries as demand plummeted, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

THE WORLDLY INVESTOR

Loss of confidence or loss of overconfidence?

As you already know, markets have gyrated wildly over the last two weeks. While suspicions of crisis have developed, the market has behaved as if crisis were already upon us.

I SWEAR

Cruciverbalist community loses a star in Reagle

Reflecting at the end of an era: Park City, Utah. January 20, 2006. Susan and I clamber onto the bus that stops at the edge of the snow-filled parking lot.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Quinoa – nothing to laugh at but the name

Hubby and I, along with two other couples, went to Jason’s Deli to eat lunch after church not long ago. Jason’s Deli is always good and always crowded, but the food helps us to completely forget the latter and just pile in with everyone else.

REGION

Part of Mississippi River closes; 2 boats collide, spill oil

COLUMBUS, Ky. (AP) — Part of the Mississippi River was closed as crews investigated and cleaned up an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

HEALTH CARE

Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system, carrying out anti-bias provisions in the president's health overhaul.

TECHNOLOGY

Berlin gadget show: Tiny PCs and high-end handsets

BERLIN (AP) — Gadget makers have been showcasing their latest gear at Europe's flagship technology show, the IFA in Berlin, this week.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Labor Day drivers to enjoy lowest gasoline prices since 2004

NEW YORK (AP) — It has been more than a decade since U.S. drivers paid so little to fuel up for that last road trip of summer.

Apple, Google bring smartphone functions to car dashboards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard.

COURTS

Judge approves $415M settlement in Apple, Google wage case

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple, Google, Intel and two other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks gain as European central bank says it's ready to act

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved slightly higher Thursday as markets calmed after a recent bout of turmoil. Investors were encouraged by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region's economy, if needed.

More than 23,000 Cannondale bicycles recalled for fall risk

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 23,000 Cannondale mountain bicycles are being recalled because a steering tube can fail which can cause riders to fall off.

Students ask Education Department to discharge college debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3,000 former Corinthian College students will have their college loans erased, the first wave of debt relief tied to the collapse of the for-profit higher education chain. The potential cost to taxpayers if all Corinthian students seek relief: $3.2 billion.