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VOL. 37 | NO. 7 | Friday, February 15, 2013

A Life Line for the NFL's most vulnerable

Ten National Football League players have taken their own lives in the past seven years. The league is now looking to Nashville’s Centerstone to help curb that crisis.

Ten active-roster or former NFL players have taken their lives in the past seven years, including Tennessee Titans wide receiver OJ Murdock, who committed suicide in July 2012 after being sidelined for the season because of injuries.

Will NFL players actually use Life Line?

The Nashville Ledger asked four nationally-recognized health care professionals to discuss mental and physical health issues in the National Football League.

Former Vol Ainge, others take struggles public

Although it’s not uncommon for NFL players to support efforts that raise awareness about mental health in general, going public about an individual’s struggle with mental illness is a rare occurrence in the league.

Online resource helps parents make football decisions

Vin Sehgal and Jeff Hemhauser started to notice over time that fewer children were trying out for their youth football league.

Great courses a short drive (3-iron?) away

So you really like to play golf, but – as much as you love ’em – you need a break from The Hermitage’s Presidential course and Gaylord Springs.

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Reduced Midstate role lessens impact of Dell move to buy back stock

It’s hard to say what impact the planned $24 billion leveraged buyout of Dell will have on the computer giant’s Middle Tennessee operations, a Morningstar analyst says.


Low rates help Midstate homebuyers move up

Middle Tennessee’s skyrocketing home sales – and prices that are also climbing, but at a slower pace – are no surprise to David Hughes, president of Citizens Homes, one of the area’s busiest home builders.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for January 2013

2012 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Top Davidson County lenders for January 2013

A look at Davidson County’s top lenders based on total number of all loans, commercial and residential, as compiled by Chandler Reports.


Enjoy current growth, prepare for leaner times

Many in the residential real estate field in Nashville felt that 2013 would be the crucible year for the market.


Time in D.C. helps shape Kelsey’s political philosophy

State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Memphis) came to politics young, specifically as a second-year law student.


Butler Snow names practice group leaders

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC attorneys Kara Shea and William “Bill” R. O’Bryan, Jr., have been named to leadership positions with the firm.


Feeling Grumpy? Time for change

Lately, you’ve noticed that everyone runs when you enter the building.


The do’s and don’ts of online PR

The digital age is a double-edged sword for those pitching content in hopes of landing the coveted story. On one hand, it’s never been easier to communicate with reporters, but on the other there’s so much clutter that breaking through all of the noise competing with your story has grown quite challenging.


Strong January portends good 2013 economy

As Goes January: Many market observers state that as goes January, so goes the rest of the year. Mathematically, one-twelfth of the year has now passed, and the S&P 500 has tacked on 5 percent.


Are you 100% sure of your beliefs?

Here’s a statement that is worth pondering: Among a group of people, the most successful person is usually the person whose beliefs correspond most closely with reality.


Solution to knee trouble comes from within

Few columns have drawn as much feedback as the one I wrote in May 2011 about the PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection I had in my left knee – the knee that was on the list for replacement.


Comforting food, comforting memories

our years ago today, I sat on the edge of my 105-year old grandmother’s bed, intently studying her face, which was timeworn and beleaguered with hard lines and deep wrinkles.


Senate approves judicial selection amendment

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to give lawmakers the power to refuse the governor's appointments to appeals courts in Tennessee.


Doctor: 5 clinic workers aboard plane that crashed

THOMSON, Ga. (AP) - Investigators combed Georgia woods Thursday for clues about what led a small jet to overshoot an airport runway and crash, killing five people on board and injuring two others.

Alexander to speak against Corps fishing limits

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is holding a press conference on Thursday to discuss concerns about an Army Corps of Engineers plan to limit fishing along the Cumberland River in Nashville.


Measure of future US growth up 0.2 pct in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of the U.S. economy's future direction edged up in January from December, suggesting slow growth will continue in the coming months.

5 big US banks have cut mortgage debt by $19B

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five of the biggest U.S. banks have cut struggling homeowners' mortgage balances by $19 billion, part of a total $45.8 billion in relief provided under a landmark settlement over foreclosure abuses.

US home sales rise to 2nd-highest pace in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in January to the second-highest level in three years, a sign that the housing market is sustaining its recovery and helping bolster the economy.

Claims for US jobless aid suggest modest hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped 20,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, though it remained at a level consistent with modest hiring.

US consumer prices flat in January for 2nd month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices were flat last month, the latest sign inflation is in check. That could give the Federal Reserve leeway to continue its efforts to stimulate growth.

Private US firms take major role vs. cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Kevin Mandia, a retired military cybercrime investigator, decided to expose China as a primary threat to U.S. computer networks, he didn't have to consult with American diplomats in Beijing or declassify tactics to safely reveal government secrets.

US stocks keep sliding on weak data, Fed qualms

U.S. stocks continued a two-day slide Thursday on weak economic data and concern about the Federal Reserve's resolve to keep juicing the market.

Oil prices down sharply for a 2nd day

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices plunged for a second day Thursday, raising hopes that a relentless rise in gasoline prices may slow or reverse at least temporarily.

Wal-Mart outlook wary even as profit rises

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. offered a weak business outlook Thursday as new economic challenges for its low-income shoppers start to take a toll.


Concussion policy bill to be heard in Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) - As the nation continues to debate increasing safety in contact sports, Tennessee lawmakers are looking at legislation that would require schools and other organizations conducting youth athletic programs to adopt concussion policies.

Parking lot guns bill charges toward House vote

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill to allow handgun carry permit holders to store loaded firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked has cleared its final legislative committee before a full House vote.

Debate continues on anti-affirmative action bill

NASHVILLE (AP) - State lawmakers are expected to continue discussion Wednesday on a proposal to eliminate affirmative action initiatives from higher education institutions in Tennessee.


Tennessee court refuses to hear appeal in McGraw case

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has put an end to Curb Records' fight to keep Tim McGraw off another label — two weeks after he released his new album with Big Machine Records.


NY Times to sell Boston Globe

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times Co. says it is selling The Boston Globe and its related assets, in order to focus on its namesake newspaper.

Fed minutes show concerns about bond purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several Federal Reserve policymakers were concerned last month about the risks of the Fed's efforts to boost the U.S. economy by keeping borrowing costs low for the foreseeable future.

Macy, Penney to spar in court over Martha Stewart

NEW YORK (AP) — Let the pots and pans fly.

US housing starts dip but remain at solid pace

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders began work at a slower pace in January than in December. But all of the drop occurred in the volatile area of apartment construction, which sank 24 percent. By contrast, the rate of single-family homebuilding rose 0.8 percent.

US wholesale inflation still mild despite increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices rose only slightly in January after three straight declines, the latest sign that inflation is posing no threat. It means the Federal Reserve has room to keep interest rates at record lows without worrying about igniting inflation.

Stocks drop following Federal Reserve minutes

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street following news that several top Federal Reserve officials are doubtful about continuing the central bank's economic stimulus.

Oil drops on commodities sell-off, stocks retreat

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil fell Wednesday, as a drop in metals commodities overflowed to crude markets and stocks retreated from five-year highs.

Yahoo redesign aims to make site more inviting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is renovating the main entry into its website in an effort to get people to visit more frequently and linger for longer periods of time.

Office Depot agrees to buy OfficeMax in stock deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Office Depot Inc. said Wednesday it will buy Office Depot in an all-stock deal that would transform office-supply retail sector.


Administration developing penalties for cybertheft

WASHINGTON (AP) — Evidence of an unrelenting campaign of cyberstealing linked to the Chinese government is prompting the Obama administration to develop more aggressive responses to the theft of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets.

Analysis: Choices loom for Obama on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is talking about climate change like it was 2009.


McCartney, Mumford top eclectic Bonnaroo lineup

NASHVILLE (AP) - There will be a British invasion of the main stage at Bonnaroo this year.


Bill to curb lawmaker allowances advances in House

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill seeking to halt hotel payments for Nashville-area lawmakers is advancing in the House despite one Democrat's concerns that it could be a first step toward dialing back allowances for members from other parts of the state.

Bill to tighten online school enrollment advances

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to tighten enrollment requirements at online-only schools passed a House committee on Tuesday after an amendment failed that would have allowed school districts to close failing schools.

Health care compact fails in House committee

NASHVILLE (AP) - A measure that would have allowed Tennessee to approach Congress about forming the state's own health care system has failed a second consecutive year after opponents said Tuesday it's unnecessary and could hurt the state's other health initiatives.


Dell earnings down 31 percent in 4Q

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Dell Inc. on Tuesday posted another quarter of declining sales and profits, the type of results that have disenchanted shareholders and prompted a buyout agreement.

James Lawson Papers to be housed at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE (AP) - Civil rights champion Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. has donated a significant portion of his papers to Vanderbilt University.


High court rules against Georgia hospital merger

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has dealt a setback to a deal between two private companies that left one as the owner of the only two hospitals in a southwestern Georgia city.


High court seems to favor Monsanto in patent case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to side with Monsanto Co. in its claim that an Indiana farmer violated the company's patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer.

US homebuilder confidence dips from a 6½ year high

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Confidence among U.S. homebuilders slipped this month from the 6½ year high it reached in January, with many builders reporting less traffic by prospective customers before the critical spring home-buying season.

Dow closes near all-time high

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk of more deal-making sent the stock market higher Tuesday, putting the Dow Jones industrial average within close reach of its all-time high.

Oil eases as US trading resumes

Oil prices eased on Tuesday as traders weighed their next move after several weeks of gains.

Renewed fervor for Google lifts stock above $800

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's stock price topped $800 for the first time Tuesday amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the growing mobile market.

Microsoft's Outlook takes aim at Google's Gmail

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least $30 million to send its message across the U.S.

Younger vets still struggle as jobs scene improves

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months after completing his five-plus years as an Army medic, Dan Huber is still looking for a job. And while he's had some promising interviews, he has no assurances the search will end soon.

BP ready for trial in Deepwater Horizon case

LONDON (AP) — BP acknowledged Tuesday it had failed to reach a settlement in advance of next week's civil trial on the Deepwater Horizon accident and is ready to defend itself vigorously against allegations of gross negligence in the U.S.'s biggest environmental disaster.

Burger King apologizes after Twitter hacking

Somebody hacked Burger King's Twitter account on Monday, posting obscene messages and changing its profile picture to a McDonald's logo.


Obama to press GOP on averting sequester

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing yet another fiscal deadline, President Barack Obama is urging congressional Republicans to accept more tax revenue in order to avert looming, across-the-board budget cuts due to take effect in less than two weeks.


Ramsey against NRA-backed sealing of carry permits

NASHVILLE (AP) — A National Rifle Association-backed effort to block public access to handgun carry permits goes too far for Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, one of the top gun rights advocates in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Voucher plan is gearing up in Tennessee Legislature

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tiffany Clay says she wants to give her sons the best education possible, and that's why the Memphis mother favors a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee.


Singer Mindy McCready dies in apparent suicide

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Perhaps there was one heartbreak too many for Mindy McCready.


Trane, union reach deal, new 4-year contract

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — A machinists union has reached an agreement on a new 4-year contract with Trane to avert a possible strike at Clarksville's largest private employer.


Reader's Digest parent seeks bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of Reader's Digest has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than four years, saying it needs to cut its debt so it can keep restructuring.

Europe stocks mixed, Japan's Nikkei rises on yen

PARIS (AP) — After starting the day in negative territory, Europe's main indexes were mixed around midday as investors cautiously contemplated a further fall in value for the Japanese yen — which sent the benchmark Nikkei index surging more than 2 percent.

Oil hovers beneath $96 on US, Europe growth fears

The price of oil hovered below $96 a barrel Monday, weighed by data released late last week which showed that U.S. industrial production weakened and Europe remained mired in recession.

Hong Kong Disney turns first profit since 2005 opening

HONG KONG (AP) — Disneyland in the southern Chinese city of Hong Kong has turned a profit for the first time since it opened in 2005, as new attractions helped push visitor numbers to a record, theme park officials said Monday.

Amazon fires German security firm amid probe

BERLIN (AP) — Online retailer Amazon reacted to mounting criticism Monday by firing a security company named in a German television documentary about alleged mistreatment of foreign temporary workers.


Obama offering immigration plan as backup

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is downplaying its draft immigration proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an overhaul of their own. It won't be necessary, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration.

Mortgage bill faces tough road in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Congress isn't likely to jump at President Barack Obama's challenge for quick passage of a mortgage refinancing bill that supporters say could help millions of homeowners save big each year and boost the economy.


Tennessee rejects exchange partnership

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee won't participate in a partnership with the federal government in establishing a health insurance exchange.

Tennessee part of $29M agreement with Toyota

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee has joined 29 other states in a $29 million agreement with Toyota Motor Corp. over allegations the company concealed safety issues related to unintended acceleration.


Senate votes to place income tax ban on ballot

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate voted Thursday to place proposed constitutional amendments to ban a state income tax before Tennessee voters.


LaPierre: NRA to 'stand and fight' Obama on guns

NASHVILLE (AP) — National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre renewed his call Thursday for armed guards in schools and urged gun owners to "stand and fight" for the Second Amendment.


BMW recalls more than 30,000 SUVs to fix brakes

DETROIT (AP) — BMW is recalling more than 30,000 SUVs to fix an oil leak that can knock out the power-assisted braking.

Toyota pays $29M to states to settle safety suit

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota said Thursday it will pay $29 million to 29 states and American Samoa as part of a settlement related to its safety recalls.


US factory output falls on weak auto production

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories slowed production in January after two solid months of cranking out goods. The weakness mainly reflected a big drop in output at auto factories that is likely temporary.

S&P 500 extends winning streak, but barely

NEW YORK (AP) — The S&P 500 kept its winning streak alive, just.

Oil under $96 a barrel on US industrial data

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices fell below $96 a barrel Friday after disappointing U.S. industrial production data fed concerns about the nation's economic recovery.

Herbalife stock surges after Icahn grabs stake

NEW YORK (AP) — A feud between Wall Street titans is flaring up again over Herbalife.

Sharp fall in US jobless claims boosts outlook

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for the U.S. job market is brightening after a government report showed a sharp drop in the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits.

American, US Airways announce $11 billion merger

DALLAS (AP) — US Airways CEO Doug Parker has landed the big merger he sought for years. Now the soon-to-be CEO of the new American Airlines has to make it work.

Merger activity stirs on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies are buying each other again.

Corona-Bud revise deal to appease regulators

NEW YORK (AP) — Anheuser-Busch InBev changed the terms of its proposed $20.1 billion acquisition of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo Thursday in an attempt to push through a deal that federal regulators say will kill competition.

IRS website overrun by refund-seeking taxpayers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has a message for taxpayers eager to learn the status of their tax refund: Please don't check the IRS website every five minutes — once a day is enough.


Senate, White House struggle over Hagel impasse

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and the White House struggled to break an impasse Thursday over Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense, with Republicans blocking speedy confirmation of their former colleague and Vietnam combat veteran.

Democrats to unveil bill to replace budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in the Senate are unveiling legislation Thursday to avoid a looming set of sharp, across-the-board spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic agencies in just two weeks.

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