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VOL. 38 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 10, 2014

Harpeth Hall: ‘Tenacious’ curriculum, dedication to tradition

Harpeth Hall’s new head of school is a fierce proponent of single-sex education who says that an all-girls school can nurture a female mind, especially one interested in going into a STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math.

Goodpasture celebrates 50th anniversary

Aijalon Carter, 15, still remembers her first day as a timid 3-year-old at Goodpasture Christian School. Crying and scared, she was greeted by Miss Jill, her new preschool teacher and immediately felt better.

University School of Nashville kicks off its centennial commemoration

It was the summer of 1915, and a young Nashville educator had the audacity to suggest that a basement schoolroom on the grounds of the George Peabody College for Teachers might serve as a model for preparatory schools.

Nashville, Middle Tennessee private school tuition costs, information

Information, including tuition, student-teacher ratio, enrollment numbers and more, on Nashville and Middle Tennessee private schools for grades pre-kindergarten through high school.

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YP Nashville Connect. Young professionals attending can find out how they can get connected and involved in the Nashville area. Display booths will be staffed by members of more than 25 young professional organizations that are a part of YP Nashville so you can learn about the benefits and offerings of their organization. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Rocketown, 601 Fourth Ave South, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

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MBA student, faculty films air

Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.


Is showing a house to a stranger really worth the risk?

The real estate community was saddened last week to learn of the murder of one of its own when the body of Little Rock real estate broker Beverly Carter was discovered in a shallow grave days after she had been reported missing.


It’s bad now, but the future looks worse for the aging Titans

If the Tennessee Titans want to find a blueprint for fixing the mess this franchise has become, perhaps they should study the team that’s coming to LP Field this Sunday.


After Florida, how do fans, players get excited about UTC?

Look around the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium about mid-afternoon Saturday.


Lifepoint appoints gov’t relations director

LifePoint Hospitals has named J.L. Osei Mevs to director of government relations.


Five reasons to go north to Traverse City's beaches, food & wine scene

Here are a few rules: American beach vacations must take place in Florida, wine getaways in Napa, snow adventures in Colorado and leaf-viewing excursions in New England.


Redesign spurs 77% sales bump for Lexus IS 250

A showy exterior, V-6 power, nimble handling and the lowest starting price of any Lexus sedan are proving to be a winning formula for the Lexus IS compact sedan.


Top Advertising Week trends

Advertising geeks from across the nation unite annually at “Advertising Week” to hear industry experts share opinions on the current state of advertising and predictions for the future.


Focus on your strengths

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of sitting on a career panel about making the right career moves. In a packed room, we covered everything from preparing for a job interview to how office politics can influence promotions at work.


Try to work ‘hobbledehoy’ into your daily conversation

Regarding the recent Faulkner column, Tracy writes that she got “a solid feel for the place and the time of year. Thank you for not honoring your subject by writing paragraph-long sentences with intricate layers of subordination.”


A new twist on turnip greens – soup

The ladies in my neighborhood had a luncheon social this past week, and we figured there was no better way to welcome autumn than with soup. So that was the theme of our gathering.


Governor's free tuition plan in need of mentors

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's free tuition program is in need of mentors.


Nashville business joining others that help women

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville nonprofit that helps former sex workers learn job skills has launched a venture with likeminded businesses on five continents.


Chrysler recalling nearly 907,000 cars, SUVs

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs and cars for failing alternators and heated power mirrors that can cause minor fires.

VW edges GM to hold 2nd place in global sales race

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen barely edged out General Motors for second place in the global auto sales race during the first three quarters of the year, but Toyota was expected to keep its lead to stay in first place.


New iPads, Mac system expected at Apple event

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. is expected to unveil new iPads at an event Thursday, as the company tries to drive excitement amid slowing demand for tablet computers. Apple may also announce a new Mac operating system and possibly new Mac computers. Watchers also await a possible launch date for Apple Pay, the company's new system for using iPhones to make credit and debit card payments at retail stores.


Confidence among US homebuilders slips in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders' confidence fell in October after four months of gains which had pushed the indicator to the highest point in nine years.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 3.97 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates tumbled this week. The 30-year loan hit its lowest level since June 2013 as Treasury bond yields marked new lows amid concern over global economic weakness.


US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest sign of a strengthening labor market that could help blunt worries about the impact of weak global growth.

US stocks retrace most of an early loss

U.S. stock indexes mostly recovered from a steep decline and were modestly lower in midday trading Thursday, following a wild ride the day before.

US factory output rises 0.5 percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing output rose in September, led by gains for aerospace products, furniture, clothing and plastics.

CBS debuts stand-alone streaming service

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is jumping on the cord-cutting bandwagon, launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows.

Amazon hires 80K seasonal holiday workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hiring 80,000 seasonal workers for its distribution centers as it looks to improve its shipping efficiency during the crucial holiday season.

Barbie's star fades, dragging on Mattel in 3Q

NEW YORK (AP) — Mattel's got girl problems and her name is Barbie. Sales of the iconic doll continue to slide and a surprising drop in sales of its American Girl toys could become another headache for the toy company as it heads into the crucial holiday season.


Tennesseans urged to fight 'voter suppression'

NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper on Wednesday urged Tennesseans to vote this election cycle following a recent report that shows states that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not.

Libertarian candidate will appear as independent

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Libertarian Party of Tennessee's candidate for governor has lost a bid to have his party affiliation appear next to his name on the ballot, according to court records. Instead, those wishing to vote for Daniel Lewis will see him listed as an independent.

Early voting underway in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee voters can get a head start on casting their ballots for next month's general election starting on Wednesday and running through Oct. 30.


Haslam to attend MTSU science building opening

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to attend a ceremony to open the new $147 million science building at Middle Tennessee State University.


Stock swoon brings S&P 500 closer to 'correction'

The downturn in the U.S. stock market has brought it closer to what professional investors refer to as a "correction." That happens when a benchmark index like the Standard & Poor's 500 closes 10 percent or more below a recent peak.

For varying groups, market frenzy may help or hurt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The turbulence that's roiling financial markets is punishing stock investors, raising worries for major U.S. companies and will likely produce even punier returns for savers.

Bond prices surge the most since financial crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors flooded into the U.S. Treasury market in a way not seen since the depths of the financial crisis, causing the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note to fall below 2 percent for the first time in more than a year.

Fed survey finds moderate growth nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy was strengthening in most regions of the country in September to early October, helped by gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and commercial construction, according to the Federal Reserve's latest survey of business conditions.

HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts

NEW YORK (AP) — No cable? No problem. Viewers longing to watch "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts.

Budget deficit drops to $483B, lowest since 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit for the just completed 2014 budget year was $483 billion, the lowest of President Barack Obama's six years in office, the government reported Wednesday.

US producer prices fell 0.1 percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation was limited last month because of falling gasoline and food costs that have lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services.

US retail sales fell in September on autos and gas

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales retreated in September as purchases of autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing slowed, a sign that recent job gains have yet to significantly boost consumer spending.

Bank of America earnings slump on legal settlement

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America, the second-largest U.S. bank by assets, said Wednesday that its earnings slumped in the third quarter after it agreed to a settlement with the government over its sale of mortgage-backed securities.

Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors

NEW YORK (AP) — Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages — frozen eggs?


Secretary of state defends name on voting stickers

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says "I Voted" stickers featuring his name is a matter of accountability and not intended to be political.

Tennessee voters to decide on veterans gaming measure

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to allow charitable gaming fundraisers for veterans groups may not carry the same excitement as other Tennessee ballot measures on abortion, judges and income taxes, but supporters say it would correct an omission dating to the approval of the state lottery in 2002.


Zuckerberg, wife donate $25M to CDC for Ebola

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help address the Ebola epidemic.

Twitter to be used for payments in France

PARIS (AP) — Did someone spot you money for lunch two weeks ago? In France, Twitter users can now publicly repay debts, donate to charity or chip in for a gift with a new payment service backed by the country's second-largest banking service.

Can it be real? Augmented reality melds work, play

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Skwarek is surrounded by infiltrating militants in New York's Central Park. He shoots one, then hearing a noise from behind, spins to take down another. All of a sudden, everything flashes red. He realizes he's been hit. The words "Game Over" appear before his eyes.


Can dentists bar competition over teeth-whitening?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Teeth-bleaching isn't brain surgery, although the Supreme Court seemed to find a link between the two in an antitrust case argued Tuesday.

How the new HealthCare.gov stacks up with the old

WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov, the website for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, has been revamped as its second enrollment season approaches. But things are still complicated, since other major provisions of the Affordable Care Act are taking effect for the first time. A look at website and program changes just ahead:


Chrysler recalls 184,215 SUVs for air bag defect

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners.


Ailing global economy could lead Fed to delay hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that's spooked investors across the world.

US stocks stabilize after a three-day sell-off

A slump in energy stocks stymied a rebound in U.S. indexes Tuesday as the price of oil plunged the most in two years.

Citigroup to exit 11 markets in restructuring

NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup said Tuesday that it will bow out of the retail banking business in 11 markets as part of its ongoing effort to restructure and slim down since the financial crisis.

JP Morgan returns to profit in third quarter

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. banks by assets, on Tuesday reported a third-quarter profit after booking a loss in the same period a year ago.


Abortion rights proponents give big to campaign

NASHVILLE (AP) - Abortion rights supporters contributed big sums last quarter to a campaign to defeat Amendment 1, which would give lawmakers more power to regulate abortions in Tennessee.

Tennessee constitutional officers get own spokespeople

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer are abandoning an effort to use one communications officer to speak on all three constitutional officers' behalf.


US high court: Who best judges fair competition?

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a North Carolina case over whether U.S. states can delegate the regulation of professions such as dentistry, plumbing, cosmetology and more to boards of practitioners drawn from those occupations.


GM ignition switch deaths rise to 27

DETROIT (AP) — At least 27 people have died and 25 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.

Fiat Chrysler shares close down in 1st day on NYSE

DETROIT (AP) — Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bounced between negative and positive Monday after making their debut on the New York Stock Exchange.


US indexes slide; Airlines, energy stocks drop

The stock market couldn't shake off a case of the jitters from last week and closed sharply lower again on Monday.

Why drop in oil prices could squeeze US economy

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.

How Frenchman's Nobel research could aid consumers

U.S. consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and Internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition.

Frenchman Tirole wins Nobel economics prize

STOCKHOLM (AP) — French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market regulation that has helped policymakers understand how to deal with industries dominated by a few companies.

Review site Yelp battles against extortion claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — First the chefs of a small Italian restaurant got mad at online review site Yelp. Instead of trying to get better reviews, they decided to take a different approach: get terrible ones.


'I Voted' stickers feature GOP name in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) - No matter how Tennessee voters cast their ballots, they'll be offered "I Voted" stickers featuring the name of a key Republican who's not running for office - yet.


Hankook breaks ground on new plant

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — Hankook Tire has broken ground on an $800 million plant in Clarksville that is expected to create 1,800 jobs.


Tennessee Titans holding coat drive Sunday

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are holding a coat drive before Sunday's game with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Customers can buy homeless newspaper with phones

NASHVILLE (AP) — Patrons of the Nashville homeless-issues newspaper The Contributor will now be able to buy it with their smartphones.


Ex-Vandy player's lawyer raises allegations

NASHVILLE (AP) — An attorney for a former Vanderbilt University football player charged with raping a fellow student suggested in court that two other former players committed similar acts but are not being prosecuted.


Tesla's 'D' adds all-wheel drive, safety features

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a new version of the luxury electric car maker's Model S sedan that includes all-wheel drive and self-driving "auto pilot" features.

Nissan recalls 2013 Altimas for hood latch problem

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 Altima midsize cars in the U.S. because a secondary latch can fail and allow the hoods to fly open while the cars are in motion.

Toledo nervously awaiting fate of beloved Jeep

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The thought of losing the Jeep Wrangler — a direct descendant of the original olive-drab vehicle that rolled off the assembly line in Toledo on its way to the battlefields of World War II — feels a little bit like losing a family member to those who have spent generations on the factory floor.


Obama: 'Unequivocally committed' to net neutrality

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he is "unequivocally committed" to keeping the Internet free and open, a concept known as "net neutrality."

Japan court orders Google to remove search results

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese judge has ordered Google to remove search results of a man's unflattering past in an order the plaintiff's lawyer compared to Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling.

The new family portrait? 3D-printed statue selfies

NEW YORK (AP) — Walk into Eddie DaRoza's office and you'll find two of him there: the actual 32-year-old video producer, and a 5-inch statuette of him.


US stocks close out worst week since May 2012

Investors avoided another roller coaster day on Wall Street Friday.

Nielsen admits to errors in TV measurement

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company on Friday admitted to errors dating back to March in its measurement of television viewing, statistics that serve as the foundation for billions of dollars in advertising spending for the entire broadcast industry.

Top finance officials hope to boost growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance officials from the world's largest economies are being urged to prevent the global economy from falling into a "new mediocre" in which growth remains stuck at subpar levels for years to come, trapping millions of people on unemployment rolls.

Bernanke says he was reluctant on AIG bailout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke etched a portrait Friday of his initial reluctance to have the central bank rescue American International Group Inc. in 2008. But he ultimately came to believe the bailout loan to the company was needed to avert a shock to the financial system.

Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery

NEW YORK (AP) — They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.

US mortgage rates down for third straight week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, making it more affordable to borrow to buy a home.

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