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VOL. 39 | NO. 13 | Friday, March 27, 2015

Entrepreneurial solutions help non-profits find success

A 'teach a man to fish kind of thing'

After getting his degree in social work, Don Leyrer, 62, spent the first half of his career in the field, including housing abused children, before moving on to law enforcement as a probation officer.

Eastman brings military experience to YWCA

Any nonprofit’s operations can benefit from some military precision, and that’s what the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee is hoping for with the hiring of Marjorie Eastman as its first president and chief operating officer.

Equality Project still tough sell in some areas

A decade into its existence, the Tennessee Equality Project is facing a year that will likely contain its biggest milestones.

Beat of Life uses music to help children in crisis

Jeni Dominelli knows what it feels like to be on the outside of society. After her father committed a high-profile white collar crime in San Diego in the 1980s, her childhood was at the same time shattered and thrown in the spotlight. Her family’s money was gone, the media had a field day and her father was sent to prison.

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Mardi Gras Y’all. Nashville’s Riverfront Park will be home to the second annual Mardi Gras Y’all, rescheduled from Feb. 28. The celebration includes live music on two stages all day along with local arts and crafts vendors, almost 15 food trucks, a craft beer garden, a karaoke stage and much more.

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Is ‘getting rid of public schools’ Legislature’s goal?

Are Tennessee’s public schools headed for extinction? Not if it’s up to Memphis teachers.

Legislators find reasons to deny in-state tuition

La Vergne High School graduate Cesar Bautista, who has lived in Tennessee since he was 8 years old, is among a group of students who’ve been here most of their lives but are still forced to pay out-of-state college tuition because they don’t have legal status.


Moms Demand Action seeks common-sense gun restrictions

It’s another blood-pressure-raising Tennessee legislative session – at least for a politically active group of moms concerned about their children potentially being shot.


That old fireplace? No, its strictly decorative

There is a new trend developing in the sale of homes in the area.


Top February 2015 residential real estate transactions

Top February 2015 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.


Kiwanis names Corbin Nashvillian of the Year

Tim Corbin, head coach of the Vanderbilt University’s NCAA national championship baseball team, has been named Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year by The Kiwanis Club of Nashville.


Stylish Murano sets itself apart from other small SUVs

Nissan’s stylish 2015 Murano mid-size, sport utility vehicle is getting lots of second and even third looks as consumers seek the next big thing in SUVs.


Snag business by monitoring tweets about competitors

This friend of mine – we’ll call him Luke – told an interesting story recently.


An elaborate, complicated, catty practical joke

The Honorable George Rose Smith is depicted in a John Deering wall-mounted bronze relief at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main branch. He’s in his robe and seated in front of a giant crossword grid.


Warm lemon water a healthy way to start day

I recently received an email about the health benefits of lemons. It was interesting, so I thought I’d share it with you.


Grammy museum is bringing gallery to Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Grammy Museum is opening up a gallery in Nashville this summer, promising to give visitors an immersive experience on the art and technology of making music.


Haslam to continue school funding discussion despite lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he's not going to let a lawsuit several East Tennessee school systems filed against the state over funding derail the administration's efforts to address grievances about the state's school funding formula.

Haslam undaunted by difficult prospects for Insure Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he is willing to risk a second defeat of his Insure Tennessee proposal to highlight the need for improving health standards in the state.

Tennessee school voucher bill scheduled for Senate vote

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would give parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school is scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor on Monday.


Authorities go after crooked car deals in national crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday.


House OKs bipartisan Medicare doc bill; fate up to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.


Oil prices jump almost 5 percent as tensions mount in Yemen

The price of oil rose sharply on Thursday as mounting tensions in Yemen got traders worried that the flow of crude from the Persian Gulf region could be disrupted.

US stocks fall for a 4th straight day; price of oil surges

NEW YORK (AP) â?? A see-saw day for U.S. stocks ended with slight losses on Thursday, giving the market its fourth drop in a row.

Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spot

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.


Senate up next after House passes bold conservative budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward Senate approval on Thursday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to erase deficits through trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the nation's health care law.

Obama praises payday lender rules, vows veto of limitations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry.

Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.