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VOL. 38 | NO. 50 | Friday, December 12, 2014

Goat milk and smart marketing

Small-business contest winners cash in on #voteforgoats campaign

Maybe it was that last Facebook post that put them over the top. Or, maybe it was the #voteforgoats hashtag.

Beautiful day for neighborhood mapmakers

Like many other things on paper, maps have largely become extinct as interactive, digital versions have taken over.


Ernest Tubb Record Shop: Where the stars really shop on Lower Broadway

When Bob Dylan drops by, he generally goes right for “a handful” of Hank and Carter Family recordings, although on one Lower Broadway afternoon the old man from the North Country also is reported to have purchased a “Larry the Cable Guy” DVD.

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Night Market December. Explore the market under night lights and explore the offerings of restaurants, farmers, artisans, crafters and horticulturists. Friday, 5 p.m., Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 8th Avenue North, Nashville. Information: .

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Was lesson taught by the father or the son?

All industries are loaded with personalities and characters and residential real estate is no exception. One of the most exciting is a mortgage loan officer known as Marty Maitland who is a twenty-something year veteran of the lending industry and a Nashville native who is currently working with BancorpSouth in Brentwood.


Titans’ on-, off-field decisions defy imagination

When the Tennessee Titans hired Ken Whisenhunt in January, it brought a breath of fresh air to an organization that sorely needed a change.


Old friends conspire to get Tennessee a better bowl

KNOXVILLE – For all the tough times University of Tennessee football has endured in recent years, a turn for the better was bound to happen.


Hogan named YLC’s Leader of the Year

Dan Hogan, president and CEO of Medalogix, has been named the 2014 Young Leader of the Year by Young Leaders Council, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that has trained more than 2,000 men and women to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit agencies.


Rolling ‘hotspot’ not all the Verano has to offer

Buick’s smallest car, the Verano sedan, is a rich-looking, pleasant-riding and surprisingly quiet compact with upscale features.


8 social media missteps to avoid

Social media can be an effective marketing channel, and the cost to entry – the hard cost, that is – is relatively low.


US riding high compared to other economies

The Eurozone, Japan and select emerging markets all seem to be struggling economically with low inflation levels, poor policy responses and low demand.


Don’t stop your job search during the holidays

One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is to stop looking for work over the holidays. Once Thanksgiving rolls around, our priorities shift.


Debonair detective good role model for new year

My early New Year’s resolution is to be more like Christopher Foyle. Demeanor-wise and wisdom-wise. No, I won’t be wearing a vest.


‘Mr. Charlie’ makes welcome visit to Bonas

I’m hoping all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did. I’m always thankful that our families can still get together and visit for extended times. Work, school, and the stress of the day-to-day stuff goes away for a while, and we just enjoy each other. That’s something to be thankful for.


Haslam names Boyd to head economic development

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named former higher education adviser Randy Boyd to become his new commissioner of economic development.


Middle Tennessee mayors urge road funding fix

NASHVILLE (AP) — A group representing 40 mayors in Middle Tennessee is urging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers to find new sources of revenue to pay for transportation needs.

Hemlock permanently closing $1.2B plant in Tennessee

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — Hemlock Semiconductor Group is permanently closing its idled polysilicon plant in Clarksville, citing global trade disputes that have led to an oversupply of the compound used in solar energy panels.


Tennessee Supreme Court to hear arguments in execution case

NASHVILLE (AP) — Attorneys for the state will try to convince the Tennessee Supreme Court justices that they should not have to turn over the names of executioners to the attorneys for 11 death row inmates.


Average US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.80 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year.


N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.


Gauge of US economy rises 0.6 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the economy posted a third straight solid gain in November.

US jobless aid applications decline to 289,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.

Why the Fed thinks US economy still needs its help

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you didn't know about the lingering damage from the Great Recession, the U.S. economy would appear remarkably strong.

US stocks rise; Oracle leads technology stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply Thursday, led gains in by technology stocks after Oracle surged following a strong earnings report. Energy stocks lagged the market as the price of crude oil resumed its slide.

Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia's gas-dependent economy.


Tennessee high court to decide on secrecy of execution team

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in a legal challenge from death row inmates that has already postponed two scheduled executions.


Statewide coalition forms to support Medicaid plan

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than 80 business, health care and civic groups have formed the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee to support Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to offer health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.


Haslam names Lipscomb's McQueen new education commissioner

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday named a top education official at Lipscomb University to be the next Education Department commissioner.

FedEx misses Street 2Q forecasts, but profit jumps 23 pct

FedEx's second-quarter earnings soared 23 percent, but the package delivery company missed Wall Street forecasts due partially to a lower-than-expected benefit from falling fuel prices.


Senate approves new auto safety chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags.


Stocks gain most in more than a year on Fed, oil

NEW YORK (AP) — A pledge from the Federal Reserve to remain "patient" when deciding when to lift interest rates gave the stock market its biggest gain in more than a year.

Top theater chains cancel 'The Interview' showings

NEW YORK (AP) — The top theater chains in North America have dropped "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy, effectively squashing the Christmas Day release of the film.

US Fed slashes inflation forecast for 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has sharply cut its forecast for inflation next year, saying it will remain far below its 2 percent target through 2015.

Fed promises 'patient' approach to rate hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is signaling that it's edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows because of a strengthening U.S. economy and job market. But it is promising to be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.

US consumer prices fall in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Plunging gasoline costs pulled U.S. consumer prices lower in November, muting inflation across the entire economy.

Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.

NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

NEW YORK (AP) — Threats of violence against movie theaters. The New York premiere of "The Interview" canceled. Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages.


US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama abruptly announced the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.

Analysis: After 53 years, time is right for US and Cuba

MEXICO CITY (AP) — After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments.

Obama: time to boost travel, commerce with Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his changes to U.S. policy with Cuba will make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, and to use their credit and debit cards in the country.


Tennessee Funding Board projects lower growth in 2015

NASHVILLE (AP) - The State Funding Board projects that Tennessee revenue growth will slow down in the upcoming budget year.

New Tennessee AG opposes Supreme Court gay marriage hearing

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let a ruling stand that upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage.


Panel hears testimony on EPA regulations

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Tennessee Republican senator has joined lawmakers in other states who have filed legislation that seeks to curtail federal regulation.


Apple wins class-action iPod lawsuit

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California found in favor of Apple on Tuesday in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players.

Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.


Insurers ease 'Obamacare' deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's health care law, the insurance industry says it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January.


Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.


US home construction drops 1.6 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes.


An early rally fizzles, leaving US indexes lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Sudden twists in the price of oil and currency trading turned the stock market into a roller-coaster ride on Tuesday.


Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress.

Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general, despite opposition from Republicans and some Democrats over his support for gun control and past statements that gun violence is a public health issue.


Haslam reaches agreement to expand Medicaid in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that he has reached a deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee after more than a year of discussions with federal officials.

Response to Gov. Haslam's proposed Medicaid deal

NASHVILLE (AP) - Reaction to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee:


Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to 42

DETROIT (AP) — At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.

UAW head: Companies can raise pay, be competitive

DETROIT (AP) — United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers.

UAW rival eyes membership at VW plant

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A labor group seeking to rival the United Auto Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee says it won't submit its list of members to the management until next month.


US homebuilder sentiment slips in December

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects heading into next year, even as their overall sales outlook remains favorable.


Fed likely to note gains but signal no rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — A resurgent U.S. economy has emerged from a long struggle with high unemployment and weak growth. And the Federal Reserve seems poised to recognize the sustained improvement.

Why oil is down by half, what it means for you

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.

Factory output eclipses pre-recession high

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear.

US stocks slide, extending decline, as oil slumps

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing lower, extending losses from last week.

France to ban Uber's low-cost service in 2015

PARIS (AP) — Uber's low-cost ride ride-hailing service will be banned in France from the start of next year, the government said Monday as hundreds of taxi drivers blocked roads around Paris to protest what they claim are its unfair business practices.

Google researching use of color in business

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding.

Identity theft victims face months of hassle

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer's free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified if someone used his identity to commit fraud.


Ramsey: Medicaid expansion 'sellable' in Tennessee

NASHVILLE(AP) — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says that if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam succeeds in his negotiations with President Barack Obama's administration on a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion, the result could be "sellable" to skeptical state lawmakers.

Ramsey wants to limit new Tennessee abortion laws

NASHVILLE (AP) - The approval of a constitutional amendment to give the state Legislature more power to regulate abortions in Tennessee may have opened the floodgates to proposals from Republican lawmakers in the upcoming session, but Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he doesn't expect most of them to succeed.

Bill would require racial profiling ban in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — All of Tennessee's law enforcement agencies would have to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling, under legislation introduced in the General Assembly.


Tourism commissioner leaving Haslam administration

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says his tourism commissioner, Susan Whitaker, is leaving his administration after serving in that position for 12 years.


Repairs to detour Vandy fans at Memorial Gym

NASHVILLE (AP) - Fans heading to Memorial Gym will be facing some detours the next few weeks because of water pipe repairs underway near the team entrance.


'Driving while black' apps give tips for police stops

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A "Driving While Black" smartphone application is set for release this month, but its developers say motorists should be careful when they use it.


Average US 30-year loan rate rises to 3.93 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates edged higher this week after four weeks of declines, but they remained at historically low levels that could entice potential homebuyers.


Oil plunges again, reaches recession-level depths

NEW YORK (AP) — Another forecast of weak global demand, another nosedive for oil.

Dow drops more than 300 as oil continues to plunge

NEW YORK (AP) — What a difference a week makes. Seven days after closing at record levels on the back of a strong employment report, the stock market slumped to its worst weekly loss in two and a half years.

Wealth gap widens between whites and minorities

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The economic recovery has not been equal among the races, according to a Pew Research Center study released Friday.

Cheaper gas, food lower US producer prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation.

French court to rule on Uber ban in new challenge

PARIS (AP) — A French court is expected to decide Friday whether to ban the ride-hailing company Uber's service after a complaint from rival taxi and car services.

Labor board OKs personal use of company e-mail

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board says employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.


Poll: Half of Republicans back limits on carbon

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President Barack Obama's plans to limit heat-trapping carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep govt running

WASHINGTON (AP) — A battle between the Senate's old school veterans and new-breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and liberal Elizabeth Warren is taking shape Friday as leaders push for passage of a $1.1 trillion spending bill needed to keep the government running.

White House swings behind huge $1.1T spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders narrowly quelled a revolt among their conservatives Thursday, then worked to overcome Democratic opposition to legislation to provide $1.1 trillion in government spending and chart a new course for selected, highly shaky pension plans.

Why rift on derivatives is blocking US budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the heart of the impasse in Congress over a must-pass spending bill is a provision involving the sorts of high-risk investments that ignited the 2008 financial crisis.

Obama promotes trade, tax fix, innovation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday declared himself "much more optimistic" than he was last year about completing a major trade deal with Pacific Rim countries.

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