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VOL. 39 | NO. 44 | Friday, October 30, 2015

How will neighborhoods fare under Barry?

New mayor seeks to balance historic growth, quality of life

Nashville’s mayors shape their reputations in very individual ways, and those legacies take shape over time.

Developers, residents work together for Green Hills

The Alliance for Green Hills is a new model for a neighborhood organization in Nashville.

Matthews’ goal: Be advocate for neighborhoods

Former Metro Councilman Lonnell Matthews, Jr. will begin his new job as the director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement on Nov. 12.


Bipartisan brakes for governor’s privatization push

Plans to put Tennessee’s real estate and government operations in the hands of private business are much further along than Gov. Bill Haslam would like people to think.

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Moving Forward Speaker Series: Getting Transportation Right - People and Communities Matter. Featured speaker is Beverly Scott, CEO, Beverly Scott Associates, LLC. Scott, a Fisk alumna, whose career in the public transportation industry spans more than three decades and includes four appointments as general manager/CEO of the transportation agencies in Massachusetts, Atlanta, Sacramento and Rhode Island, will highlight the role of transportation in achieving local and regional goals and share her insight on what it takes to gain and sustain public support for increased investment in transportation. Thursday, 4:30-5 p.m. registration and networking, 5-6 p.m. program. Fisk University, Jubilee Hall, Appleton Room, 1000 17th Avenue, North, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 615-743-3110

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Mac Wiseman: Last of the original CMA board

‘Spectacular’ vision for awards show lives on

“Charley Pride was sitting right there in that same chair as you. We sang ‘Footprints in the Snow,’’’ says Mac Wiseman, the last surviving member of the original CMA board of directors, nodding to where I sit.


‘They’ll never sell’ condos have done pretty well

Buying or searching for condos in Nashville can be daunting, especially for those who are fixated on price per square foot. Perhaps a history lesson would be helpful.


Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions for September 2015

Top commercial real estate transactions, September 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.76 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were slightly lower to unchanged this week amid expectations that the Federal Reserve isn't ready yet to raise its key short-term interest rate.


Titans fire Ken Whisenhunt, name Mike Mularkey interim coach

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk had been thinking of making a coaching change for weeks, and team President Steve Underwood said they caught Mike Mularkey a bit off-guard Tuesday morning asking him to take over as interim head coach.

New math: Whisenhunt explains run-pass ratio

When a team loses five games in a row, everything is magnified.


Success looks like five-game win streak for Vols

Leaves are changing colors, a chill is in the fall air and Tennessee’s football schedule is getting softer.


Nashville Public Library selects Meacham for honor

Acclaimed presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Nashvillian Jon Meacham will receive the 2015 Nashville Public Library Literary Award and will join Nashville’s own American history buff and country performer Tim McGraw for a free public lecture and conversation on Dec. 7.


Audi TT gets stylish upgrades, still draws crowd

The stylish Audi TT has been given some fashionable upgrades for 2016, with quilted-looking leather front sport seats and a new driver-centered video game-like virtual cockpit that replaces the typical car display screen in the middle of the dashboard.


Well-intentioned training can sabotage a sales team

Institute training. This is No. 6 of 14 key points W. Edwards Demings offers managers to improve effectiveness in an organization.


Build your credibility by being on time

The importance of being on time is often underestimated in business. It is one of the easiest ways to build credibility and conversely, one of the fastest ways to lose it.


‘Feeling no pain’ is great but what’s the origin?

“Boy that feels good!” I exclaimed this morning.


Jason Aldean's music back on Spotify a year after removal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music's top digital male artist Jason Aldean has returned to Spotify a year after pulling out of the streaming service over concerns about fair compensation.

Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton shine at CMA Awards

Though the room was full of A-listers like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, with their massive hit "Girl Crush," and Chris Stapleton, who has written songs for most of Nashville, owned the 2015 Country Music Association Awards.

Winners at the 49th annual CMA Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Winners of the 49th annual Country Music Association Awards presented Wednesday night in Nashville:


$144M winning Powerball ticket sold in Antioch

NASHVILLE (AP) - Officials say a winning Powerball ticket worth $144 million has been sold in Antioch.

Metro Council's Greene shot, hospitalized

NASHVILLE (AP) - Metro councilman Loniel Greene Jr. has been hospitalized after authorities say he was shot multiple times in the White Bridge Road area.

Mt. Zion Baptist pastor to preside over international faith group

NASHVILLE (AP) — The senior pastor of a Nashville megachurch will become only the second presiding bishop of Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship International.

Vice President Biden to speak to National League of Cities

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Nashville on Thursday to deliver a speech to the National League of Cities.


China-based tile company to build $150M Lebanon plant

LEBANON (AP) — A China-based ceramic tile company has selected Lebanon, Tennessee, to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility and create 220 new jobs in Wilson County.


Comcast expanding data caps to new markets

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is further expanding its Internet data caps to new markets in 5 Southern states.


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage jumps to 3.87 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose sharply this week amid growing expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term interest rate.


Fiat Chrysler US 3Q profit falls 89 percent on recall costs

DETROIT (AP) — Net income at Fiat Chrysler's U.S. operations fell 89 percent in the third quarter as the company set aside millions to pay for future safety recalls.

Volkswagen halting sales of 3.0-liter diesels in US, Canada

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is temporarily halting sales of more diesel vehicles in the U.S. and Canada after regulators said they cheated on emissions tests.

NLRB hearing on union at Chattanooga Volkswagen plant concludes

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A two-day National Labor Relations Board hearing on unionization efforts at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant has drawn to a close in Chattanooga.

Toyota quarterly profit rises to $5 billion on weak yen

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit rose 13.5 percent to 611.7 billion yen ($5.0 billion) and the automaker kept its annual earnings forecast unchanged despite trimming its expectations for vehicle sales.


Stocks edge lower for second day; Valeant falls sharply

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging slightly lower following mixed quarterly results from companies like Facebook and Whole Foods Market. Investors are also preparing for the release of the government's monthly jobs report Friday.

US jobless aid requests rise but still near historic lows

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but levels remain near historic lows as employers are hesitant to let go of workers.

US productivity slows in 3rd quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity slowed in the summer, while labor costs rebounded yet stayed at a level suggesting only modest inflation pressures.

Details of controversial Pacific trade deal are released

WASHINGTON (AP) — Details of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal released Thursday set the stage for a raucous debate in the U.S. Congress but also may provide reassurances to those who worried the agreement could gut protections for the environment, public health and labor.

Fannie Mae posts $2B in profit in 3Q; paying $2.2B dividend

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage giant Fannie Mae reported net income of $2 billion from July through September, down from $3.9 billion a year earlier.


Nearly 60K seniors apply for free-tuition program

NASHVILLE (AP) — For the second straight year, nearly 60,000 high school seniors have applied for Gov. Bill Haslam's program that offers eligible seniors free tuition to a two-year community or technical college.


Pressure grows on Volkswagen as bad news piles up

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The fallout from Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal intensified Wednesday, as investors dumped the company's stock and a credit ratings agency downgraded its debt. European regulators demanded VW speed up its investigation into the cheating, while the company halted sales of seven models in the U.S. that allegedly were part of the plot.

VW recalls 92,000 cars in US; power-assisted brakes can fail

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is recalling nearly 92,000 cars in the U.S. to fix mechanical problems that can knock out the power-assisted brakes.

Mercedes issues recall; air bags can inflate without crash

DETROIT (AP) — Mercedes is recalling more than 126,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. to fix a problem that can cause the air bags to inflate without a crash.

Tesla's 3Q loss widens, but shares rise on production

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors' net loss more than tripled in the third quarter as expenses and research costs rose, but investors cheered news that the company expects to meet or exceed its production targets this year.


Senate panel summons price-hiking CEO of Turing Pharma

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee launched an investigation Wednesday into exorbitant drug price hikes by Turing Pharmaceuticals and three other companies, responding to public anxiety over rising prices for critical medicines.

Virtual doctor visits offer convenience, lower costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — When you're coming down with a cold, there are a few items you typically reach for to start feeling better: cough drops, herbal tea, maybe an over-the-counter medication.


Q&A: How myRA, a new retirement account, works

NEW YORK (AP) — It's time to get saving. A government-backed individual retirement account announced nearly two years ago by President Barack Obama is now available across the country, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, and it removes several barriers that keep millions of people from saving for their retirement.

US stocks slip, led by weakness in the energy sector

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks retreated modestly Wednesday after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen implied that Fed policymakers are still considering raising interest rates in December.

Yellen: No decision yet on December interest rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the Fed has not made a decision yet on whether to raise a key interest rate in December.

Private survey: Growth of US services sector surged in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms grew at an accelerated pace in October as business activity, new orders and employment all strengthened, suggesting that the economy is building momentum from consumer demand in the final months of 2015.

Yellen: Big banks not managing risks enough

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the country's largest financial institutions are still falling short of managing the types of risks that led to the 2008 financial crisis.

Survey: US businesses added 182K jobs in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — American businesses added a solid but unspectacular 182,000 jobs in October, according to a private survey.

Moody's warns of impact from China slowdown and US rate hike

LONDON (AP) — Rating agency Moody's warned Wednesday that a slowdown in global growth linked to China and a rise in U.S. interest rates are two key reasons why it could lower its credit grades for countries next year.

Things to know about the investigation of E. coli outbreak

SEATTLE (AP) — Thirty-seven people in the Pacific Northwest have fallen ill with E. coli in an outbreak connected to Chipotle Mexican restaurants.


House rejects proposal to let heavier trucks on interstates

WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial proposal to allow heavier trucks on interstate highways in an effort to save shippers time and money was rejected by the House on Tuesday, one of dozens of amendments expected to be offered to a sweeping transportation bill this week.


Rutherford County liquor-by-the-drink petition approved

MURFREESBORO (AP) - Officials in Middle Tennessee have approved a petition that could lead to a vote allowing liquor by the drink in unincorporated parts of Rutherford County and Eagleville.


Haslam announces new head of Achievement School District

NASHVILLE (AP) - Malika Anderson will be the new superintendent of Tennessee's Achievement School District.

Tennessee lottery posts highest first-quarter sales returns

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has announced it posted its highest first-quarter sales returns in the organization's almost 12-year history.

Half-staff flags honor former US Sen. Fred Thompson

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has ordered flags over the state Capitol and all state office buildings be flown at half-staff in honor and memory of former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson.


Lawmakers to give school voucher bill another shot

NASHVILLE (AP) — The co-sponsor of a Senate proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee said Monday that lawmakers will try again to pass the measure in the next legislative session — despite failures in the last three.


Haslam to name Tennessee Supreme Court justice by end of year

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he plans to make his nomination to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court by the end of the year.


AP Source: Government to fine Takata $70M in air bag recall case

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators will fine Takata Corp. of Japan $70 million for lapses in the way it handled recalls of millions of air bag inflators that can explode with too much force, a person briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

Nissan, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford post big October sales gains; record year in sight

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is speeding toward what could be a record year for auto sales.

Nissan test car drives itself safely, recognizes pedestrians

TOKYO (AP) — Being a passenger in a self-driving car is similar to being driven around by a very cautious person, maybe your grandmother.

VW objects to UAW vote by 1 group of workers in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Volkswagen on Monday objected to a request from a small group of maintenance workers at its lone U.S. assembly plant to hold a vote on representation by the United Auto Workers union. The German automaker is instead calling for a full vote by all maintenance and production employees at the plant.

VW shares sag after new accusation of emissions cheating

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shares in automaker Volkswagen are sliding after U.S. environmental officials said the company equipped more models than previously thought with software that let the cars cheat on diesel emissions tests.


Microsoft gets stingy with free online storage

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is getting stingy with online storage. The company just cut the free space it offers through its OneDrive service by two-thirds, making it the second major company to retreat from a consumer cloud-storage boom that tempted users with price cuts and ever-larger free offers.

Google founder hopes Alphabet spells innovation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google founder Larry Page is hoping his newly created company called Alphabet becomes synonymous with innovation.


US stocks close higher, helped by energy, auto sales

NEW YORK (AP) — A rally in energy companies helped push the U.S. stock market higher for a second straight day on Tuesday. Investors also worked through corporate news and prepared for key U.S. economic data later this week.

Amazon opens its first bookstore as extension of website

SEATTLE (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore on Tuesday, two decades after it began selling books over the Internet and helped drive a number of shops out of business.

US factory orders fell again in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in September for a second straight month, with a key category that tracks business spending plans also losing ground.

US companies in Cuba for week-long celebration of commerce

HAVANA (AP) — A weeklong celebration of commerce is underway in one of the world's last communist countries, with hundreds of international corporations including some big U.S. firms flocking to Havana to try to do business with a government basking in expectations of growth set off by detente with Washington.


Merkel: We must hit climate target to avoid refugee waves

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the world must do everything it can to meet an international goal to fight global warming, arguing that failing to do so could set off large new waves of refugees.


HCA donating $1M for Tennessee State University scholarships

NASHVILLE (AP) — HCA is donating $1 million to Tennessee State University for scholarships.

The Tennessean names new executive editor

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessean has named a new vice president of news and executive editor.

Former Sen. Fred Thompson dies at 73

NASHVILLE (AP) — Bouncing from politics to the big screen and back, Fred Thompson played many roles well and those who knew him say the folksy former U.S. senator won't soon be forgotten for his impact on American life and the arts. He died Sunday at age 73.


Study shows Goodwill's impact on Middle Tennessee economy

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new study says Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee could help generate 21,000 jobs in the region over the next decade.


High school seniors face deadline for free tuition program

NASHVILLE (AP) - There's less than a day left for high school seniors to apply for Tennessee promise, the governor's free tuition program.


US construction spending rises 0.6 percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending rose 0.6 percent in September to the highest level since March 2008, pushed up by a surge in apartment building.


Dispute over Internet data collection splits high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems divided over whether Internet search sites can be sued for publishing false information about people if the errors don't cause any real harm.

High court won't hear appeal over use of Bob Marley's image

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from clothing companies that claim they have legal rights to sell shirts with the image of reggae icon Bob Marley.

High court won't hear appeal on mortgage ratings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from shareholders who claim the Standard & Poor's ratings firm made false statements about its ratings of risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the financial crisis.


EPA says Volkswagen cheated a 2nd time on pollution tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government says Volkswagen cheated a second time on emissions tests, programming about 10,000 cars with larger diesel engines to emit fewer pollutants during testing than in real-world driving.

Nissan reports 38 percent rise in profit, raises forecasts

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's profit for the July-September quarter zoomed 38 percent higher on healthy sales in China, the U.S. and Europe, prompting the automaker to raise its full-year projections.


Health law's 3rd sign-up season faces challenges from prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's insurance website is faster and easier to use, but as a third sign-up season gets underway, President Barack Obama's health care law is approaching limits.


US stocks climb, building on a big gain in October

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher, led by gains in the energy and health care sectors.

Get Started: Hopes rising for Ex-Im Bank loan revival

The House last week approved a bill reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank's charter, which expired June 30. The agency has been unable to make or guarantee new loans to exporters since then.

US factories grow at slowest pace in 2½ years; hiring falls

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity grew last month at its slowest pace since May 2013 as manufacturers pared their stockpiles and cut jobs.


Ryan: No comprehensive immigration overhaul with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday ruled out a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system while President Barack Obama is in office.


Lawsuit aim to halt merger of WSMV, WKRN parent companies

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal lawsuit says Des Moines-based Meredith Corp.'s executives and majority shareholders had conflicts of interest in negotiating a $2.4 billion sale to Virginia-based Media General and will unfairly benefit.


Residents reminded to change smoke alarm batteries

NASHVILLE (AP) - State officials are reminding Tennessee residents to change their smoke alarm batteries when they set their clocks back an hour this weekend.


Poll: Clerks must issue gay marriage licenses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Linda Massey opposes gay marriage. But she was incensed last summer to see that Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, was refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.


Feds: Switch plans, save on health insurance

CHICAGO (AP) — "It pays to shop" is the message from the government, two days before the start of the third sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

US reaches settlement with 457 hospitals over cardiac device

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has reached settlements totaling more than $250 million with hundreds of hospitals where doctors implanted cardiac devices in violation of Medicare coverage requirements.

Big insurers remain upbeat on fledgling ACA exchanges

Slipping enrollment and struggling competitors have done little to shake the faith that the nation's biggest health insurers have placed in the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges.


Fiat Chrysler recalls 894K SUVs for brake, air bag trouble

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling 894,000 Jeep, Dodge and Fiat SUVs worldwide to fix problems with anti-lock brakes and air bags.

VW affirms commitment to Chattanooga plant despite scandal

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is sticking with planned investments at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee — including production of a new SUV there next year — despite the uncertainty caused by its emissions scandal.


Time Warner Cable plans for TV on the Internet

NEW YORK (AP) — Hate your cable box? In a few weeks, Time Warner Cable is going to start testing in New York City a cable service that doesn't need one and is delivered over their customers' home Internet.


US stocks slip but finish month with biggest gain in 4 years

The stock market drifted lower Friday but finished October with its biggest monthly gain in four years.

Fed looks at way to shift big-bank losses to investors

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their latest bid to reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts, federal regulators are proposing that the eight biggest U.S. banks build new cushions against losses that would shift the burden to investors.

Fed official: Central bank has made no decision on rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — A voting member of the Federal Reserve is cautioning that the Fed has yet to decide when to raise interest rates even though it issued a statement this week that said a rate hike was possible in December.

SEC opens door to startup investing for all

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new form of crowdfunding is coming soon that will allow startups to raise money by selling stock to Main Street investors.

Crowdfunding investing: 5 things you need to know

NEW YORK (AP) — A new kind of crowdfunding will give the average American a chance to invest in small companies and startups. But before you think about jumping in, there are some important things to keep in mind.

Survey: US consumer sentiment improved in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are feeling more confident this month, a good sign for an economy driven by consumer spending, according to a University of Michigan survey.

US consumer spending records weakest gain in 8 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending in September posted the smallest gain in eight months, a sign that shoppers grew cautious at the end of the third quarter.

US paychecks rise at modest 0.6 percent pace in 3rd quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. workers' paychecks grew at a moderate rate over the summer, showing little sign of accelerating from the sluggish growth that has persisted since the recession ended.

Chevron cutting up to 7,000 jobs; profit falls to $2 billion

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Chevron Corp. is cutting up to 7,000 jobs, or 11 percent of its work force, as it deals with lower oil prices that are cutting deeply into profit.

Russell Simmons' RushCard creates fund to help customers

NEW YORK (AP) — RushCard, the pre-paid debit card backed by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, will create a "multi-million dollar" fund to help cover the costs that its customers suffered while the card was beset by technical problems earlier this month.


Congress sends budget and debt deal to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation sparing the country the specter of a catastrophic default and partial government shutdown is ready for President Barack Obama's signature after the Senate passed it by a comfortable margin.

Budget Deal winners: Obama, Pentagon while tea partyers lose

WASHINGTON (AP) — Count President Barack Obama, the Pentagon and new Speaker Paul Ryan as winners in the hard-fought budget deal between congressional leaders and the White House.

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