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VOL. 39 | NO. 31 | Friday, July 31, 2015

Pedal-powered vehicles, electric carts find open lane in downtown Nashville congestion

Moving slowly, growing quickly

Time was, crossing Lower Broadway safely only meant dodging woozy country music fans, speeding cabs and the occasional errant tour bus.

Cars2Go to offer car-share service in Nashville

The Austin-based car-sharing company Car2Go plans to drive into the Nashville market next year, offering residents in the downtown core yet another way of getting around.

Five questions for Nashville's mayoral candidates

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.

REALTY CHECK

New closing regulations create title company anxiety

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.

Local Weather
Today
Nashville, TN
88°F
Fair
Wind: 15 mph
Humidity: 42%

EVENTS

Ascend Amphitheater Community Open House. Celebrate the grand opening of Ascend Amphitheater at this free Community Open House, 1-5 p.m. Saturday. The event will include live local music and DJs on the amphitheater stage 2-5 p.m. and limited backstage access. Concession stands will be open to purchase food and drinks. Plus, family-friendly activities at Riverfront Park, including fitness demonstrations, docent-guided tours, container garden demonstrations, educational booths and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring school supplies to donate to LP Pencil Box. Free parking provided at Nissan Stadium.

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TENNESSEE TITANS

Mariota brings a little hope to Titans training camp

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.

UT SPORTS

Vols open fall camp with great expectations

It’s hard to miss the buzz of excitement as Tennessee’s football team starts preseason practices for the 2015 season in Butch Jones’ third year as head coach.

BEYOND BELIEF

Examining our expectations after shootings

I’d like to say my very first emotion after the July 16 Chattanooga mass murder was either horror or sadness, but that would be a lie. Americans saw 204 multiple-victim shootings in the first 204 days of 2015. By the time these words appear in print, I’ve no doubt the count will be higher.

NEWSMAKERS

Hagerty joins Pinnacle board

Bill Hagerty, co-founder and managing director of private equity investment firm Hagerty Peterson & Company, has been elected to the Pinnacle Financial Partners’ 14-member board of directors.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Consultative sales: Understanding customer needs

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.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Jaguar brings sexy back with its 2016 F-Type

Jaguar has made its sexy F-Type even sportier and more seductive for 2016, with a manual transmission, surprisingly precise electric steering and new standard equipment including a 770-watt sound system from British high-performance audio maker Meridian.

THE WORLDLY INVESTOR

Parting thoughts before leaving Asia

This entry will be my last submission penned while living in Asia, so rather than discuss the market’s recent wiggles, I thought I would share some top of mind takeaways as I prepare to depart Hong Kong.

I SWEAR

Who could reject scholarly history of dirty words?

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.

COURTS

Criminal defense lawyers critical of sentencing task force

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers says a task force that will recommend sentencing changes has not reached out to them for input.

HEALTH CARE

Health law's nonprofit insurance co-ops awash in red ink

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fed up with the insurance industry, Democrats used the health care overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete with the corporations. Now a government audit finds co-ops are awash in red ink.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks eke out tiny gains after erasing an early loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing with tiny gains after clawing back ground they lost earlier.

Prosecutors ask justices to review insider trading case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Thursday to reinstate securities fraud convictions against two hedge fund portfolio managers, saying a federal appeals court ruling in the financiers' favor makes it harder to prosecute insider trading.

US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2

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.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senate passes 6-year highway bill, short-term patch needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a long-term transportation bill, but with House lawmakers already dispersed for their August recess, the bill will become just one more sticky issue on a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall.

Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has approved energy legislation that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open some areas of the Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas exploration.