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VOL. 37 | NO. 18 | Friday, May 3, 2013

A country legend and few loose screws

Opry star’s son, oddball entourage shoot for radio magic with hardware hoedown

FRANKLIN – “I’m an intellectual,” says legendary songwriter John D. Loudermilk, apologizing without reason for his classical guitar playing. “I changed my strings last night and trimmed my fingernails the night before.”

Show boosts business at Handy Hardware

FRANKLIN – Andy Willoughby, a former Williamson County EMT, stands by a counter display case filled with Viva! NashVegas paraphernalia, watching the radio show taking place at the back of his store while the cash register clerk rings up another sale of paint or ten-penny nails.

Wins, losses despite GOP supermajority

Smaller government and lower taxes were the watchwords of Republican leaders as they began this session of the state legislature in January.

Republicans push amendments to reshape constitution

The Tennessee Constitution is designed to be difficult to change.

Scattershot approach on guns gets some hits, mostly misses

“Be it resolved…that this body hereby expresses its firm intention and resolve to fully marshal the legal resources of the state of Tennessee to judicially challenge and overturn any effort by the federal government to restrict or abolish the right of the people to keep and bear firearms or ammunition.”

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TN Latin American Chamber of Commerce Member Luncheon. Esther Aguilera, president and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is today's guest speaker. In October 2012, she was recognized as one of the 50 most influential Latino leaders by HispanicBusiness.com. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Trevecca Nazarene University, Boone Business Bldg. Information: www.tlacc.org/

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Healthy bottom line for Vol State, students

Vol State’s Allied Health program is so popular with students that a new $10 million facility is being built to house five of its fields of study.


There’s a stranger in my newly purchased house

One of the terms of any real estate contract is the possession date. For years, it was customary for possession to be given on the DOD, or date of deed.


Hand On Nashville announces new board members, officers

Hands On Nashville’s board of directors has elected new officers to its executive committee and several new members to its board.


Read this book? Don’t be Goofy

Some of your clients have been acting goofy these days.


Time-managing secrets from top sales professionals

I’ve never met a sales person worth his weight who feels as though he has free time during the workday. Time is definitely a luxury for motivated sales professionals. After all, there are typically infinitely more prospects to call on than we have hours in the day. That’s why the most successful in sales are masters of their schedule, rather than slaves to it.


A quick, cheap fix for stress

If you read much about stress, you quickly find out that stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The human stress response, or fight-or-flight system, was designed by Mother Nature to be your friend and help you in times of potential trouble. However, if you read on you also learn that, to state it somewhat bluntly, stress can kill you. So there you go; from not being so bad to … it can kill you. That’s not very confusing is it?


Got a phone number mixup story? Tell Vic about it

In last week’s column, I told how a guy from another city and state who spends his winters in Belize wound up with a dead ringer for my phone number on a cell phone he bought in that country.


Rum cake, without going to the islands

The lyrics to the right are from the Cayman Island Anthem. My husband and I, along with some of his other family members, just returned from a trip in the Cayman Islands, where we attended his nephew’s “destination wedding.” What a great destination!


Country music on air in New York City after 17-year absence

NEW YORK (AP) - Even though a cowboy hat sighting on Fifth Avenue is still pretty rare, country music has made an important move into New York City.


MTSU to get Nobel Prize of alumnus James Buchanan

MURFREESBORO (AP) — The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences awarded to the late James M. Buchanan is coming to Middle Tennessee State University.


State offering teacher bonuses to recruit talent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Department of Education has rolled out a new package of incentives to help bring the best teachers to Tennessee's worst schools.


Haslam consultant Ingram faces lobbying questions

NASHVILLE (AP) - A top Republican political consultant and adviser to Pilot Flying J is facing possible civil penalties for failing to register as a lobbyist.

Nashville high school has its own record label

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville high school is starting its own music label.


Tesla Model S gets Consumer Reports' top score

DETROIT (AP) — The Tesla Motors Inc. Model S electric car has tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine's automotive testing.


US wholesale stockpiles up 0.4 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale businesses stepped up their restocking of supplies in March, but their sales fell sharply.

Retailers report modest gains for April

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans spent briskly during the early spring months in the latest sign that they're encouraged by the economic recovery.

US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits fell by 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, a five-year low. Layoffs have returned to pre-recession levels, a trend that could lead to more hiring.

RealtyTrac: US home repossessions fell in April

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fewer U.S. homes entered the foreclosure process or were repossessed by lenders last month, the latest indication that the nation's foreclosure woes are waning.

Stocks dip below record levels on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market pulled back early Thursday after surging to record levels during the past week as investors judged that recent gains already reflect much of the improvement in the economy.

Oil down near $96 per barrel after supplies uptick

The price of oil fell closer to $96 a barrel on Thursday after reports showed supplies of U.S. crude rose last week and inflation accelerated in China.

Record profit signals healthier Fannie Mae

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fannie Mae said something Thursday that would have been unthinkable a few years ago: It earned a record $58.7 billion profit in the January-March quarter.

IMS: US medicine spending shows rare dip in 2012

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Spending on prescription medicines in the U.S. fell for the first time in decades last year, slipping as cash-strapped consumers continued to cut back on use of health care services.


GOP boycotts health care advisory board

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate Republicans leaders have informed the White House that they will not submit names to serve on an advisory board that is to play a role in holding down Medicare costs under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Obama, in Texas, presses middle-class jobs agenda

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Offering a more upbeat view of the economy, President Barack Obama resurrected his jobs proposals Thursday, advancing modest initiatives as he pushed for action on more ambitious efforts that face resistance from congressional Republicans. "We're poised for progress," he declared.

House passes bill to prioritize US debt payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House voted Thursday to put U.S. bondholders and people on Social Security at the front of the line to be paid if the government hits its borrowing limit.


Henry won't seek re-election in 2014

NASHVILLE (AP) - Longtime senator Douglas Henry will not seek re-election in 2014.


SmartWay app sees more than 100K downloads

NASHVILLE (AP) - More than 100,000 users have downloaded the Tennessee Department of Transportation's SmartWay app since its launch in December. The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information for Tennessee drivers.


Subaru invests $400 million in Indiana plant

TOKYO (AP) — Subaru said Wednesday it is investing $400 million to expand its Indiana factory and will add 900 workers to build the Impreza small car there in 2016.

Toyota profit more than doubles on yen, cost cuts

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit more than doubled to 313.9 billion yen ($3.2 billion) as cost cuts and better sales worked with a weakening yen to add momentum to the automaker's comeback.


Deal would reduce sentence for Enron's Skilling

HOUSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors and attorneys for convicted ex-Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling say they have reached an agreement that will reduce the jailed executive's sentence for his role in the energy giant's collapse.

Late-payment rate on mortgages tumbled in 1Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A resurgent housing market, rising home values and steady job gains are helping more U.S. homeowners stay on top of their mortgage payments.

Dow average holds on to 15,000 with a small gain

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average held above 15,000 a day after it closed above the landmark level for the first time.

Oil rises above $96 on US supplies, weaker dollar

Oil climbed to its highest price in more than a month on Wednesday, after the government reported U.S. crude supplies increased less than analysts expected.

Freddie Mac posts $4.6B net income for Q1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage giant Freddie Mac earned $4.6 billion from January through March, helped by a stronger housing market.


House set to OK bill to change overtime pay law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House is poised to approve a bill that would give private sector workers the option of choosing paid time off instead of cash wages for working overtime.


Group files petition over Tennessee nuclear plant license

NASHVILLE (AP) - An environmental group has filed a petition to intervene in the Tennessee Valley Authority's request to renew the licenses for the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy.

DCS to appeal ruling on records, wants more money

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Department of Children's Services will appeal a Nashville judge's ruling ordering the agency to release records at 50 cents per page.

Arts Commission reinstates Arts Build Communities

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Arts Commission has reinstated its popular Arts Build Communities grant program.

Program aims to find jobs for National Guard members

NASHVILLE (AP) - A retired Tennessee National Guardsman has taken on a new role to help members of the Guard and their families find jobs and get career counseling.


Mapco: Customer credit card information might be at risk

NASHVILLE (AP) - If you shopped at a Mapco convenience store recently, your financial information may be at risk.


Middle Tennessee Scouts group backs current policy

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts says it is not supporting a proposal to partially lift the group's long-standing exclusion of gays.

Nashville-based Oreck files for bankruptcy

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville-based vacuum maker Oreck Corporation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.


New stock market milestone: Dow 15,000

NEW YORK (AP) — Just two months after recovering the last of its losses from the financial crisis, the Dow Jones industrial average charged higher Tuesday, closing above 15,000 for the first time.

Oil slips on expectation of bigger US supplies

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil fell Tuesday on expectations of another increase in U.S. oil supplies.

US consumers cut back on credit card use in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back on using their credit cards in March, suggesting many were reluctant to take on high-interest debt to make purchases.

US job postings fell in March; hiring slowed

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in March compared with February and slowed overall hiring, underscoring a weak month of job growth.

Survey: US home prices up 10.5 pct. in past year

WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey shows U.S. home prices rose 10.5 percent in March compared with a year ago, the biggest gain since March 2006.

Survey: Moms lead way in discussing family finance

BOSTON (AP) — Who's better at getting a family to talk about money matters, mom or dad? Taking sides probably won't make for a harmonious Mother's Day celebration on Sunday.

Microsoft touching up Windows 8 to address gripes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is retooling the latest version of its Windows operating system to address complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales.

Williams-Sonoma to pay $987,500 penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Housewares retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc. has agreed to pay a $987,500 civil penalty to settle charges that it failed to immediately report a defect in Pottery Barn wooden hammock stands.


Labor official blamed for Job Corps problems quits

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Labor Department official who took the blame for budgeting mistakes and cost overruns at the federal Job Corps program has resigned.

Internet sales tax bill faces tough sell in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet.


Church, Bryan, Lambert lead CMT Awards nominations

NASHVILLE (AP) - Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert are the lead nominees for this year's CMT Music Awards.


Vanderbilt offering free course for teachers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt University is offering K-12 teachers across the country a free professional development course through massive online open course provider Coursera.

Metro giving air conditioners to elderly, disabled

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Metropolitan Action Commission has begun providing free fans and air conditioners to needy seniors, the disabled and households with young children with a severe medical condition.

Auditions for Titans cheerleaders at Wild Horse

NASHVILLE (AP) — The public is invited to the Wild Horse Saloon Tuesday to see final auditions for the Tennessee Titans cheerleading squad. A panel of celebrity judges, including former Titans wide receiver Derrick Mason, Miss Tennessee USA Allison DeMarcus, Fox-17 Morning's Kelly Sutton and country music producer Michael Knox will determine who will be on the squad.


GM recalls 38,197 cars for battery control defect

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling 38,197 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans in the U.S. because a defective battery control module could stall the engine or cause a fire.


Stocks close little changed after record week

NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock market indexes are ending little changed on Wall Street following a record-breaking week.

Oil posts gain as market eyes Syria, Israel

The price of oil edged higher Monday as tension increased between Syria and Israel.

BMC Software agrees to be sold for $6.6 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — BMC Software Inc. has agreed to be sold to a private investor group for about $6.6 billion in cash.

Bashful? Buy the little blue pill online

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Men who are bashful about needing help in the bedroom no longer have to go to the drugstore to buy that little blue pill.

Buffett: bonds are terrible investments today

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says he doesn't like owning bonds right now, and he doesn't think average investors should either.

Buffett says Federal Reserve has boosted stocks

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett says the Federal Reserve's efforts to keep interest rates low have helped the stock market soar, but the improving economy also plays a role.


Senate bill to let states tax Internet purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is aiming to help traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments with a vote Monday that would widely subject online shopping — for years a largely tax-free frontier — to state sales taxes.

GOP seeks alternative to overtime pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — It seems like a simple proposition: give employees who work more than 40 hours a week the option of taking paid time off instead of overtime pay.


Faith group joins opposition to 'ag gag' bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Members of the faith community are expressing their opposition to a bill that would make it a crime to video record animal abuse if it isn't turned over to law enforcement authorities within 48 hours.


Music City mourns country legend George Jones

NASHVILLE (AP) — For a guy who sang so many sad songs, George Jones left behind a lot of laughs.


Carr joins bid to oust DesJarlais in GOP primary

MURFREESBORO (AP) — State Rep. Joe Carr on Thursday joined state Sen. Jim Tracy in the race to oust embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in next year's Republican primary.


Channel 5 acquisition helps Journal Comm. earnings

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Journal Communications Inc. says its earnings rose 30 percent in the most recent quarter, boosted in part by its acquisition of a Nashville television station WTVF.

Des Moines publisher takes over at The Tennessean

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessean has announced that Laura Hollingsworth has been named its new president and publisher.


VUMC, Mountain States forms alliance

NASHVILLE (AP) - Patients in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia are going to have access to more physicians with specialized training through an agreement announced Friday between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Mountain States Health Alliance.

Physical by smartphone becoming real possibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not a "Star Trek" tricorder, but by hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone you could almost get a complete physical — without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor's office.


Stocks surge to new highs after hiring climbs

NEW YORK (AP) — After weeks of conflicting signals about the strength of the economy, a big gain in the jobs market gave Wall Street reason to celebrate Friday.

Oil up again to near $95 ahead of US jobs data

The price of crude oil continued to rise Friday, a day after posting its biggest jump this year, as traders awaited the release of a closely watched U.S. employment report.

US employers add 165K jobs, rate falls to 7.5 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy showed last month why it remains the envy of industrialized nations: In the face of tax increases and federal spending cuts, employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April — and far more in February and March than anyone thought.

Survey: US service firms grew more slowly in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey of U.S. service firms says the sector expanded at a slower pace in April than March, as companies reported less business activity and couldn't raise their prices.

US factory orders down 4 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in March by the largest amount in seven months but a key category that signals business investment plans managed a small increase.

Barnes & Noble to add Google Play app store to its Nook HD

NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Google to vastly increase the number of apps available on its Nook HD tablets.

Fire shuts down Labor Deptartment building

WASHINGTON (AP) — An overnight fire at the Labor Department's headquarters has shut the building down for most employees.

US jobless claims fall to 5-year low of 324K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to seasonally adjusted 324,000, the lowest since January 2008. The drop points to fewer layoffs and possibly more hiring.

Buffett says women key to nation's prosperity

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett is optimistic about America's economic future because the nation has begun to unleash the potential of women.

US rate on 15-year mortgage at record 2.56%

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average U.S. rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage fell to a new record low last week, and the rate on the 30-year fixed loan declined. Cheaper mortgages have encouraged more home-buying and refinancing.

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