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VOL. 39 | NO. 15 | Friday, April 10, 2015

Vanderbilt's Tim Corbin: Developing champions ‘the right way’

For a baseball coach – one of the best in the business – Tim Corbin owes much of his career to influences from a different athletic endeavor.

Success no accident for Corbin: It’s all in the details

Talk to anyone for any period of time about Tim Corbin, and eventually his attention to detail becomes part of the conversation.

Program’s success makes Vanderbilt an easier sell

Tim Corbin has adjusted his recruiting philosophy – both the ‘who’ and the ‘how’ – over the course of his Vanderbilt tenure, and the success that the Commodores have enjoyed on his watch has allowed that to take place.


Legislators not moved by hymns, prayer or reason

The words of “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the Water” resonate through the halls as Insure Tennessee supporters descend on the Legislative Plaza for a key vote on the plan to provide coverage to 280,000 working Tennesseans.

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Clarksville-Nashville Regional Transit Open House. The Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) recently kicked off the Northwest Corridor Transit Study to evaluate transit options between Clarksville and Nashville. One of the key components of the project is input from those who live, work and travel along this corridor. A series of Open House style public meetings were scheduled, the last of which takes place today at the Cheatham County Courthouse, 100 Public Square, Ashland City, 5-7 p.m.

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Big leap from Hollywood hustle to Nolensville ‘Barn’

The step-grandmother of Clark Gable’s granddaughter leans back in her chair inside the Mennonite furniture store and holds up a foot.


Bypass the taxman via property exchange

Most of us are ankle, knee, elbow, perhaps even chin deep in the process of filing tax returns. A recent publication noted that even those due refunds wait until the last minute to submit their bills to Uncle Sam.


Middle Tennessee real estate trends for first quarter 2015

First quarter 2015 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for March 2015

March 2015 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.


Injuries slow development of Vol defensive players

Tennessee football fans might want to look past the defensive lineup for the Orange & White Spring Game. It will bear little resemblance to the unit that will start the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 5 at Nashville’s LP Field.


McWhorter is new president, CEO of NEC

Stuart McWhorter, chairman and co-founder of Clayton Associates, has been named president & CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.


GMC Canyon grows larger, adds improvements

The GMC Canyon pickup truck is sizable, powerful, capable and attractively styled for 2015, but it’s still smaller than a full-size, half-ton truck.


Baseball, great hiking add to Phoenix fun

Waking at 4 a.m. for an early morning flight to Phoenix isn’t how I’d typically want to start a day that sees me hiking a difficult trail up Camelback Mountain at lunchtime.


Google’s new rules might expedite your mobile plans

If your business is at all dependent upon Google search results for generating leads, then mark your calendars for April 21, 2015.


Age-old chicken question boils down to motive

“What kind of a thing is that to say about a chicken? Why would you challenge or impugn her motive? All she wants to do is cross the darn road.”


Trifle more tempting than ‘tipsy hedgehog’

A trifle bit of strawberries, whiskey and preachers...


TBI investigating Rutherford County Sheriff Arnold

MURFREESBORO (AP) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into connections between Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and his family members who own companies that sell electronic cigarettes and snacks to inmates at the county jail.


TSU professor gets $500K USDA grant

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee State University professor has a received a $500,000 USDA grant to research new ways of preventing foodborne illness.

Nashville company fined for misleading public about charity donations

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville company faces a $247,500 fine for misleading the public about donations to a local charity.


Judge won't order troubled virtual school to stay open

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge on Wednesday refused to issue a temporary injunction that would allow a troubled virtual school to remain open.


Government paying most doctors full Medicare fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill preventing deep cuts in doctors' Medicare reimbursements hasn't been signed into law. But the government is already paying most doctors their full fees anyway.


Reports: VW board meeting amid leadership spat

BERLIN (AP) — German media report that the supervisory board of Volkswagen is meeting Thursday following a public spat within the carmaker's top leadership.

Court rules GM shielded from death claims before bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars.


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage edges up to 3.67 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but remained close to historically low levels with the spring home-buying season underway.

US home construction off to weak March start

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders opened the spring buying season in March at a slower pace than last year, a warning that recent hiring gains have failed to translate into a stronger real estate market.


Government clarifies rules for wellness programs at work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators Thursday proposed limits on how employers use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs.

Unemployment rate for recent college grads rose in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014. But recruiting isn't as easy as it used to be.

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose for the second straight week yet remained at a low level that is consistent with more hiring.

Stocks slip as investors eye US earnings, Greek debt drama

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market drifted lower Thursday afternoon as investors sifted through the latest batch of corporate earnings reports. Major markets in Europe fell amid renewed concerns that Greece could default on its debts.

UnitedHealth hits all the notes, shares head for new heights

UnitedHealth hiked its 2015 forecast after soaring past Wall Street's first-quarter expectations with a performance fueled in part by growth outside health insurance.


Tennessee Senate passes 48-hour waiting-period abortion bill

NASHVILLE (AP) - Women would have to wait 48 hours before an abortion, under legislation approved by the Senate on Wednesday after lawmakers rejected an amendment to exempt cases of rape or incest.

Tennessee House votes to make Bible official state book

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee state House ignored serious constitutional concerns — and the wishes of Republican leaders in the Statehouse— in voting to make the holy Bible the official state book.

Tennessee lawmakers to restart debate on Bible as official book

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House members are preparing for another run today at making the Bible the official book of Tennessee.

Bill to do away with Tennessee helmet requirement shelved

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to do away with Tennessee's motorcycle helmet requirement has been shelved for the year.


Toyota building plants in Mexico, China; seeks growth again

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is building two new auto plants, one in Mexico and the other in China, ending a 3-year hiatus from such ambitions that the Japanese automaker voluntarily imposed on itself after massive recalls.

GM drops price of the electric Chevrolet Spark

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is the latest automaker to drop the price of an electric car in the face of slow sales.


EU raises stakes in Google battle with antitrust charges

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union charged Google on Wednesday with abusing its overwhelming dominance in Internet searches and opened a probe into its Android mobile system, massively raising the stakes in the five-year antitrust battle.


Finally, Congress OKs bill reshaping Medicare doctors' fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives hated that it's expected to swell federal deficits over the coming decade. Liberals complained that it shortchanged health programs for children and women.


US homebuilders' outlook for spring sales surges

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic that sales will perk up in coming months as the spring home-selling season unfolds.


Fed survey finds US economy growing at moderate pace

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace from mid-February through the end of March although the harsh winter, the rising value of the dollar and a big plunge in oil prices were having adverse effects on some industries.

US stocks rise as earnings roll in, oil prices climb

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising corporate profits and a jump in oil prices helped push the stock market to a modest gain on Wednesday. Delta and Intel led the way up after turning in results that beat Wall Street's forecasts. The price of oil soared to its highest price this year, driving up energy stocks.

Consumers buying more organic products, new data show

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer interest in the organic label continues to grow.

4 ways a surging dollar rattles world economies, markets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. dollar hasn't been on a roll like this since Ronald Reagan sat in the White House and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" ruled the box office.

Seattle CEO to cut his pay so every worker earns $70,000

SEATTLE (AP) — For some companies, Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law isn't doing enough to help workers.

Protests for $15-an-hour wages set to expand Wednesday

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers calling for $15 an hour are picking up some more allies Wednesday.

Factory output rises in March for first time since November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Output at U.S. factories rose last month for the first time since November, pushed up by increased auto production.

CSX cuts forecast for the year after slower-than-expected 1Q

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — CSX now says that the railroad won't deliver the double-digit profit growth it promised this year because coal demand remains weak.

European vacation as much as 25 percent cheaper due to euro

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Vacations in Europe have a new attraction: the euro's steep drop in value is making the continent much cheaper for tourists from across the world, especially the United States and China.

5 things to know about Tax Day: For most, it's not that bad

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wednesday is the deadline for filing income tax returns, a day long associated with the dread of rushing to fill out complicated forms and, perhaps, making a payment to Uncle Sam.


Industry: Digital music sales match physical for 1st time

LONDON (AP) — Revenue from digital music matched that from physical albums and discs for the first time in 2014, a global industry body said Tuesday.


Lawyers: AG opinion bars felons from having antique guns

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee attorney general apparently has walked back an opinion issued earlier indicating that felons and citizens convicted of domestic violence could legally possess antique guns.

State Agriculture Department gets 53 hemp applications

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's Department of Agriculture says it has received 53 applications seeking approval to grow industrial hemp.


Special committee strips Capitol complex from gun bill

NASHVILLE (AP) - A special legislative committee voted Tuesday not to allow Tennessee handgun-carry permit holders to be armed at the state Capitol complex.

Protesters call on House speaker to revive Insure Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) - Supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are calling on House Speaker Beth Harwell to bring the measure to a full vote on the House floor.

Effort to make the Bible Tennessee's official book bogs down

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal from a Republican lawmaker and former pastor to declare the Bible the official book of Tennessee is running into stiff opposition from top members of his own party, while the state attorney general is calling it unconstitutional.

Attorney general election proposal passes Tennessee Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of Tennessee's attorney general overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Tuesday despite arguments that the current system doesn't need to be changed.

Tennessee House OKs bill creating lifetime handgun carry permits

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House has voted to create a $500 lifetime handgun carry permit.

Parent trigger proposal fails this session

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal that would make it easier for parents to convert struggling public schools into charter schools has failed this session.

Rape kit legislation headed to governor

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that creates a protocol for the collection of sexual-assault evidence kits is headed to the governor for his consideration.

AG says Bible can't be official Tennessee book

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill seeking to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee would violate separation of church and state provisions in the federal and state constitutions, state Attorney General Herbert Slatery said in a legal opinion Monday.

House approves $450M hospital fee to draw down federal money

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state House has voted 90-2 to approve an annual $450 million assessment on Tennessee hospitals to draw down $826 million in federal money.

Bill allows use of certain amounts of cannabis oil

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would allow a person to possess cannabis oil under certain circumstances is headed to the governor for his consideration.


TBI looking into DA's enrollment in state pension plan

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk's enrollment in the state pension plan before taking office.


Environmental groups sue TVA over Gallatin plant pollution

NASHVILLE (AP) - Two environmental groups claim toxic pollution from a Gallatin power plant is seeping into the Cumberland River and state regulators are not doing enough to stop it.

Fundraiser illegally solicited for Tennessee law enforcement

NASHVILLE (AP) — An Arkansas man is facing $57,500 in penalties for illegal solicitation of contributions for Tennessee law enforcement groups.


BMW has best March sales ever

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker BMW says it had its best March sales ever.


Patients' medical records under threat from data breaches

CHICAGO (AP) — Your private medical information is under threat. That's according to a study that found almost 30 million health records nationwide were involved in criminal theft, malicious hacking or other data breaches over four years. The incidents seem to be increasing.

IMS: US prescription drug spending jumped 13 pct. in 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. spending on prescription drugs soared last year, driven up primarily by costly breakthrough medicines, manufacturer price hikes and a surge from millions of people newly insured due to the Affordable Care Act.

Investigator: VA whistleblower cases remain 'overwhelming'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of whistleblower cases reported at the Department of Veterans Affairs remains "overwhelming," a year after a scandal broke over chronic delays for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays, a top federal investigator said Monday.


This year's fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls

WASHINGTON (AP) — The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated its patented technology.


Government proposes rules for brokers on retirement accounts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is formally proposing restrictions on brokers who manage Americans' retirement accounts, calling for special contracts with customers that would commit brokers to put the investors' interests first.

US stocks mostly higher after rise in oil, mixed earnings

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising oil prices helped push the stock market mostly higher on Tuesday, but the gains were tiny as investors weighed mixed results from companies reporting earnings.

IMF cuts forecast for US economy, upgrades Europe and Japan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund, citing the consequences of a strong dollar, is downgrading its outlook for the U.S. economy but raising its forecast for Europe and Japan.

More expensive gas lifts wholesale prices in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher gas costs drove up wholesale prices last month, ending a string of four straight declines.

US retail sales heat up in March; has big thaw arrived?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending on autos, furniture, clothing and building materials in March, lifting retail sales for the first time in four months.

Why your rent will rise again this year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again.

JPMorgan 1Q profit rises 11 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. reported an 11 percent rise in first-quarter profit on Tuesday, helped by strong results in the bank's currency, commodities and fixed income business.


Senate committee to challenge Obama with vote on Iran bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a direct challenge to the White House, a Senate committee is to vote on a bill that would give Congress a chance to weigh in on any final nuclear agreement that can be reached with Iran.


Guns-in-parks bill likely headed to conference committee

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers anticipate that a special committee will be needed to work out differences in a proposal that would allow people with handgun-carry permits to be armed in all of the state's parks - including greenways, playgrounds and sports fields.


Survey: Nearly 9 in 10 US adults now have health insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Underlining a change across the nation, nearly 9 out of 10 adults now say they have health insurance, according to an extensive survey released Monday.


Tennessee high court postpones all scheduled execution dates

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court postponed execution dates for four inmates, effectively halting all executions while the courts decide whether current protocols for putting people to death are constitutional.

USTelecom files suit against government's new Internet rules

NEW YORK (AP) — A legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet traffic rules has begun.


Volatile start to year in markets could help bank profits

NEW YORK (AP) — Wild swings in the stock, bond and currency markets in the first three months of the year are likely to translate into bigger profits for big U.S. banks, analysts say.

US stock market slips in light trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors sent stocks slightly lower Monday ahead of a busy week for company earnings.

Corporate deals appetite hits 5-year high

LONDON (AP) — The current wave of corporate takeovers and mergers is set to grow, with the appetite for deals among executives hitting a five-year high thanks to a strong dollar and low oil prices, a global survey found Monday.

Airline passengers have more to complain about, report finds

DALLAS (AP) — Think flying is getting worse? A pair of university researchers who track the airline business say it's a fact.

Tax Day extra difficult for many same-sex married couples

WASHINGTON (AP) — A necessary burden for most Americans, Tax Day is an accounting nightmare for thousands of gay and lesbian couples as they wrestle with the uneven legal status of same-sex marriage in the United States.


Obama spending tax filing deadline week on the economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is spending this tax filing deadline week focusing on the economy.


Parade of likely GOP presidential candidates to speak to NRA

NASHVILLE (AP) - The parade of potential Republican presidential candidates speaking at the National Rifle Association's annual convention isn't one to make waves with the powerful gun-rights group. The contenders are sitting pretty in NRA ratings of their positions on gun issues, with scores ranging from A to A-minus.

TSA agent who recorded co-worker in bathroom to go to jail

NASHVILLE (AP) - A former Transportation Security Administration agent has been sentenced to serve six months in jail after secretly recording a co-worker inside a bathroom at the Nashville International Airport.


Fitzhugh honored by Tenn. Development District Association

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley has received the "Legislator of the Year" award from the Tennessee Development District Association.

Tennessee lawmakers can't agree on guns bill drafted as NRA gift

NASHVILLE (AP) — It was supposed to be a welcoming gift from Tennessee lawmakers to the National Rifle Association and the more than 70,000 gun enthusiasts expected to attend the group's annual convention in Nashville this weekend.

Bill that would make Bible official state book of Tennessee advances

NASHVILLE (AP) - Despite concerns that giving the holy Bible the same status as a salamander is a little tawdry and could be unconstitutional, Tennessee lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to make it the official state book - something at least two other states have failed to do.


Rutherford sheriff's family, deputy tied to jail vendors

MURFREESBORO (AP) - The Rutherford County sheriff's aunt, uncle and chief deputy own companies selling electronic cigarettes and snacks to inmates at the county jail, and his wife works part-time for one of the companies.


Reporters may need permission to use laptop, phone in Tennessee courts

NASHVILLE (AP) - Reporters may soon have to get permission from a judge any time they want to bring a cellphone, laptop or other digital device inside a courtroom.

Custody over abused Tennessee walking horses heats up with court decision

NASHVILLE (AP) - A legal battle over who gets custody of two abused Tennessee walking horses is heating up after a state appeals court said it's not willing to return the animals to their purported owners just yet.


Elder care costs keep climbing; nursing home bill now $91K

NEW YORK (AP) — The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday.


Nissan, BMW recall vehicles to fix problems with fuel pumps

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan and BMW are recalling more than 94,000 vehicles because the fuel pumps can fail and cause stalling.


US close higher for second week; GE soars on deal news

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks advanced Friday, capping off a second straight weekly advance for the market. Investors were encouraged by the latest corporate deal news, that General Electric would be selling its long-struggling lending business.

Group on mission to save lives with recycled hotel soap

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shawn Seipler is on a mission to save lives with soap.

GE pares off financial unit and returns to industrial roots

General Electric is leaving the lending business, a major source of both profit and risk, as it continues to whittle its focus down to an industrial core.

Utility won't appeal $1.6 billion penalty for deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest power utility says it won't appeal a record $1.6 billion penalty from the state for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb.

Walgreens aims to close about 200 US stores

Walgreens will shutter about 200 U.S. stores as part of an expanded cost reduction push, but the nation's largest drugstore chain has no plans to shrink in the wake of its combination with European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots.

Long tarmac delays at US airports spiked in February

There was a surge in long tarmac delays at the nation's airports in February, including several during a snow storm in Dallas.

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