VOL. 40 | NO. 43 | Friday, October 21, 2016
From hippie commune to smaller, thriving collective community
THE FARM – Marijuana smoking used to be considered a sacrament for the original 320 hippie refugees whose gypsy caravan of white school buses pulled onto this Lewis County acreage 45 years ago, giving birth to a commune that continues to go by the simple name “The Farm.”
THE FARM – The free and freeing (and sometimes free-wheeling) nature of life on The Farm is perhaps one reason the clumps of flowers have not been removed to make space in Douglas Stevenson’s 50-by-100-foot veggie garden.
THE FARM – James and Judith Dodge were a part of the original caravan of settlers to arrive here in 1971. He’s 69, she’s 70. “I’ll be 70 soon enough,’’ he adds, diplomatically as the two settle in at their dining room table in a home made entirely of materials picked up in yard sales and on Craigslist.
SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL
Nashville resident Jennifer Murray is caught in the snare of uncertainty looming over Tennessee health insurance coverage. Self-employed as a health care consultant, the single 48-year-old bought individual coverage through BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee’s marketplace plans each year since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. The company offered the widest range of physicians, and its insurance was accepted in most places.
RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK
Jonathan Smoke, an economist with Realtor.com, spoke to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors at the group’s annual convention last week and showered the membership with graphs, numbers, statistics and other information about the national market, all the while citing Nashville’s numbers as much better than those of other markets.
DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD
Based on the events last weekend at Neyland Stadium, I think it’s safe to say the rehabilitation process is almost complete for Lane Kiffin.
DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS
Tennessee’s football team is spending this week’s open date trying to get healthy after a rugged four-game stretch of SEC football in which they defeated Florida and Georgia and lost to Texas A&M and Alabama.
TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS
A single two-point victory at home over the worst team the NFL has to offer this season might not sound like much of an accomplishment.
Don't let their Luck run out. The Titans pass rush, led by Brian Orakpo (seven sacks) has been tenacious with 12 sacks in the past two games. The Colts have had issues protecting Andrew Luck this season.
Chas. Hawkins Co., Inc. has named Lewis Agnew as president of the independent commercial real estate company. Bill Hawkins, who has been president since 2004, will be moving into the role of chairman of the company.
BEHIND THE WHEEL
The refined 2017 Genesis G90 luxury sedan is Hyundai’s foray into the luxury brand market and the first new entry in the U.S. since Tesla in 2004.
Imagine you’re a football player and your coach shows you a new play by drawing it out on the white board. He asks you to execute the play in the next game without ever practicing it.
One of my I Swear Crossword test-solvers – a male musician from San Francisco by way of New York City – wrote, with regard to the current puzzle, “I don’t think I understand the quip.”
Whenever I meet a job seeker, I inevitably ask a question that makes them pretty uncomfortable.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Google has launched its home delivery service across Tennessee.
NASHVILLE (AP) - Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute are leading a year-long effort with Nashville and nine other cities around the world to accelerate their efforts to prepare for the arrival of self-driving cars.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Nearly 480,000 Tennesseans have cast ballots through the first four days of early voting, up from the 388,000 who had gone to the polls through the same period four years ago.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Armada Nutrition has announced it is expanding its Spring Hill operations, investing $2.1 million and creating 310 new jobs over the next five years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is leaving the White House in a few months, but the troubles of his namesake health care law continue to make headlines. With premiums rising by double digits and many consumers scrambling to replace coverage because their insurer bailed out, the 2017 sign-up season that starts Nov. 1 looks challenging.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices climbed at a solid pace in August as more home buyers competed for fewer available properties.
WASHINGTON (AP) — National Intelligence Director James Clapper says it appears that a "non-state actor" was behind a massive cyberattack last week that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a nearly $15 billion court settlement of most claims against Volkswagen for its emissions-cheating scandal.
DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement between Volkswagen AG and about 475,000 owners of diesel cars that don't meet U.S. emissions standards.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The top executive overseeing connected vehicles at Nissan and Renault believes the benefits of developing a common technology for connectivity within the Japanese and French auto partnership outweigh the risks of sustaining huge damage from a possible defect or cyberattack.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors reported a record third-quarter profit that doubled results in the same period a year ago, despite falling sales and market share in the U.S.
DENVER (AP) — Anheuser-Busch says it has completed the world's first commercial shipment by self-driving truck, sending a beer-filled tractor-trailer on a journey of more than 120 miles through Colorado.
NEW YORK (AP) — Shaky results from consumer companies dragged the U.S. stock market lower on Tuesday as well-known names like appliance maker Whirlpool and athletic apparel maker Under Armour suffered their worst losses in years.
NEW YORK (AP) — Event planner Beth Bernstein decided she had had enough with Donald Trump after his 2005 hot-mic boasts about groping women came to light earlier this month. She removed photos of weddings she had thrown at a Trump hotel in Chicago from her website, wrote to hotel staff to remove her from the list of "preferred vendors" and posted a sort of call to arms on her blog.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are intent on keeping out a provision from the annual defense policy bill that they say would undercut protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual or gender orientation.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24
NASHVILLE (AP) - State Sen. Mark Green, one of the leading contenders for Tennessee governor in 2018, says he is re-thinking financial ties to a company run by a prominent GOP donor who settled a federal fraud case involving the military health care program.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University has received designation as a Google School through a partnership with the tech company.
DETROIT (AP) — Lexus, Toyota and Buick are the most reliable brands in Consumer Reports' latest survey, a reward for their conservative approach to new technology.
DETROIT (AP) — The government's highway safety agency says automakers should make cybersecurity part of their product development process by assessing risks and designing in protections.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slipping Tuesday as corporate earnings dominate the news and consumer companies like athletic apparel maker Under Armour and appliance maker Whirlpool absorb their largest losses in years. However strong results for household goods maker Procter & Gamble are sending its stock higher.
CHICAGO (AP) — It was a striking image. A photo of an 89-year-old man hunched over, struggling to push his cart with frozen treats. Fidencio Sanchez works long hours every day selling the treats because he couldn't afford to retire. The photo and his story went viral and thousands of people donated more than $384,000 for his retirement.
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T and Time Warner are playing up how their $85.4 billion merger will lead to innovative new experiences for customers. But analysts, public-interest groups and some politicians are far from convinced.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Online brokerage TD Ameritrade is buying Scottrade in a $4 billion cash-and-stock deal that would significantly expand its branch network at a time when many financial firms are expanding automated adviser programs.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's preliminary unemployment rate for September has risen in the state's latest reports.
SPRING CITY (AP) — A Tennessee reactor is now complete, making it the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for a second straight week, reaching their highest levels since June.
WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans bought homes in September, many for the first time, despite a persistent shortage of properties for sale.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has received $8.7 million from Volkswagen as part of a multibillion-dollar national settlement over the automaker's emissions cheating scandal.
DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors has plans to get into the ride-hailing and sharing businesses.
MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his namesake health care program, long a target of Republicans and recently criticized by some Democrats, saying millions of Americans "now know the financial security of health insurance" because of the Affordable Care Act.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple says it has been buying Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on Amazon.com and has found nearly 90 percent of them to be counterfeit.
The major U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Friday, capping a day spent wavering between small gains and losses.
LONDON (AP) — Cyberattacks on a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted the availability of popular websites across the United States Friday, according to analysts and company officials. The White House described the disruption as malicious.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Striking Jim Beam workers at two Kentucky distilleries have accepted a contract offer, ending a walkout that lasted nearly a week.
LONDON (AP) — British American Tobacco is offering to take over Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and try to make up for a decline in smoking in the U.S. and Europe.
NEW YORK (AP) — More Americans have access to a checking or savings account, according to a survey released Thursday by federal regulators, a sign that the improving economy is helping lift the nation's poorest households.
Snoopy has been handed the pink slip. After 31 years (almost 170 dog years) as the face of insurance giant MetLife Inc., the company said Thursday that it is launching a new global branding effort, marking the end of a long relationship with Charlie Brown's beagle and the Peanuts crew.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A labor union that has demonstrated against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. asked the Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday to reverse a judge's decision barring it from entering the retail giant's property for anything other than shopping.
MILAN (AP) — The terror threat in Europe, a strong dollar and uncertainty over the U.S. presidential elections have eroded the confidence of the globe's big-spenders, holding luxury purchases flat in 2016, according to a study released Thursday.