» Subscribe Today!
The Power of Information
The Ledger - EST. 1978 - Nashville Edition
Skip Navigation LinksHome
VOL. 36 | NO. 40 | Friday, October 5, 2012

Where are you now?

From one-hit wonder to Music Row executive, Harnen learned empathy for artists the hard way

After scoring a degree in biology in the mid ‘80s, Jimmy Harnen, to the delight of his parents, was heading to dental or medical school.

DJ goes from playing to promoting

It’s rare for major label recording artists to switch over and start working for the record labels. That’s what Republic Nashville chief Jimmy Harnen did some 15 years after having a top-five pop hit with Where Are You Now.

Midstate sees medical building boom

The phones started to ring soon after Solomon Builders announced plans in June for the second phase of Hendersonville’s New Island Centre medical and retail office building.

Chambers of commerce push goals of diverse communities

From large-scale operations that cover the entire country to bare-bones outfits in smaller communities, chambers of commerce are a longstanding and familiar part of the American business landscape.

Affordable training for lifesaving K9 companions

Parents of diabetic children face a daily fear many never have to worry about – whether their child will wake up safely each morning.

Local Weather
Nashville, TN
Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 89%


Live on the Green. Free concert series held in Public Square Park in front of the Metro Courthouse concludes with The Delta Saints, Yacht Rock Revue and Here Come the Mummies at 5 p.m. The six-week concert series was produced by Tuned In Broadcasting, Inc. in partnership with the Nashville Mayor’s Office. Information: liveonthegreen.net.

more events »


Economy improving despite all its problems

The Council of Multiple Listing Services met in Boston last week, and one of the speakers was Elliot Eisenberg, PhD., a highly regarded economist who made several observations on the status of the economy, as well as several predictions on where the US is heading.


MTSU football: A big price to pay for biting the hand

Payout games. Guarantee games.


Haven Behavioral names new executive VP, COO

Nashville’s Haven Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., a provider of behavioral health care for adults, senior citizens and active-duty military personnel, has hired Scott W. Kardenetz as executive vice president and chief operations officer.


How to adapt to today’s visual culture

Great advertising engages our senses. While we may not be able to touch or taste a product through an ad, with the right visual, we get a sense for what it’s like through another’s eyes.


Self reform can’t come soon enough

We Have Seen the Face of Reform: In 2008, a prolonged lack of credit scrutiny led to a financial crisis. While the clean-up of the financial system continues, the bulk of the rationalization happened very quickly. Massive institutions failed, while remainder institutions began internal austerity programs to reconstruct rotten balance sheets.


Better to fix it or leave it alone?

Last Sunday morning while channel surfing through the cacophony of talking head shows, I ran across a very interesting discussion about foreign affairs.


Readers get a kick out of courtroom anecdotes

Regarding the column in which I quoted lawyers’ courtroom and deposition questions and statements, Ron Curlin of Memphis writes:


Yes, Mama, this chocolate pie is that good

Hubby and I have been visiting the Windy City of Chicago for the last few days, and it was true to its nickname. It was been windy and just a bit on the cool side, but the sun was out the entire time so it was nice. The coolness gave me an excuse to go to Macy’s and get a new jacket.


GOP standing by Rep. Scott DesJarlais

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Republican Party appears to be standing by a freshman congressman seeking re-election despite the revelations of a recorded conversation in which he urged his mistress to get an abortion.


Plans canceled for Nashville medical trade center

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Texas-based development company has canceled plans to convert the existing Nashville Convention Center into a new medical trade center.

49 cases of fungal meningitis found in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee health officials reported that the number of cases of rare fungal meningitis has increased by five to 49 cases.


US jobless claims fall to 339K, fewest in 4½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week to seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years. The sharp drop, if sustained, could signal a stronger job market.

NYT shares hit new 52-week high on upgrade

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times Co.'s stock rose on Thursday after an analyst raised his rating and price target on the shares.

US foreclosure filings hit 5-year low in September

U.S. foreclosure filings dropped to a five-year low in September as fewer homes were on track to be seized by lenders.

Stocks head higher, despite Europe worries

NEW YORK (AP) — One piece of good news on jobs was enough Thursday on Wall Street.

Oil prices up as Turkey-Syria tension rises

Oil prices rose Thursday as tension between Turkey and Syria raised concerns that crude oil supplies from the Middle East could be disrupted.

US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.39 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages tick up from record lows last week. Cheaper mortgages are fueling a modest housing recovery that could help the broader economy.

US trade deficit rose to $44.2 billion in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened in August as exports fell to the lowest level in six months, a worrisome sign that a slowing global economy is cutting into demand for U.S. goods.


Transcript: Rep. DesJarlais urged abortion

NASHVILLE (AP) - A freshman congressman running for re-election on a pro-life platform urged his pregnant mistress to get an abortion a decade ago, according to a transcript of the recorded conversation.


Luke Bryan leads American Country Awards nominees

NASHVILLE (AP) — Luke Bryan just keeps getting hotter.


Meningitis cases in Tennessee increase to 44

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control reported Wednesday that the number of rare fungal meningitis cases in Tennessee has increased by five more cases to 44, but the number of deaths in the state remains at six.

Lawsuit filed against hormone replacement company

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Nashville court has issued a temporary restraining order against a Franklin-based hormone replacement therapy company after the state attorney general filed a lawsuit for making unsubstantiated health claims and failing to advise patients of potential side effects.

Shaun White's Nashville vandalism case delayed

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Nashville judge has delayed a public intoxication and vandalism case against two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White.

Belmont sponsors program to benefit entrepreneurs

NASHVILLE (AP) — Anyone interested in entrepreneurship may want to visit Belmont University's campus on Wednesday.


Boat builder closing last Knoxville plant

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Recreation equipment maker Brunswick Corp. is closing its last Sea Ray Boats plant in a Knoxville industrial park, ending 225 jobs by the end of the year.

Tennessee regulator calls fracking opposition 'stupid'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Handwritten notes from the state worker who supervises Tennessee's regulation of oil and gas production derided opponents of the hydraulic fracturing method of gas drilling as "stupid."


Toyota recalls 7.43 million vehicles globally

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 7.43 million vehicles in the U.S., Japan, Europe and elsewhere around the world for a faulty power-window switch — the latest, massive quality woes for Japan's top automaker.

Gov't warns motorists about counterfeit air bags

WASHINGTON (AP) — Car owners whose air bags have been replaced in the past three years may have had dangerous counterfeit bags installed, the Obama administration warned Wednesday.


Fed: Housing lifts growth in most US regions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stronger housing markets helped boost economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday.

US job openings dipped in August from July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs in August than July, while they filled the most positions in three months, offering a mixed signal for the job market.

US wholesale stockpiles grew 0.5 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles in August and their sales rose for the first time in four months. The gains could provide a boost to the still-weak economy.

Dow falls 128, with Chevron and Alcoa leading way

NEW YORK (AP) — Downbeat reports from Alcoa and Chevron at the start of corporate earnings season pulled stock indexes lower for a third straight day Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 128 points, its steepest loss since late June.

Oil prices fall on mixed signals for economy

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil finished lower Wednesday after some mixed economic signals.

Report sees jobs, revenues in offshore winds

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The large-scale development of wind power off the Mid-Atlantic coast would create more than 70,000 jobs from New York to Virginia, an industry-sponsored study concludes.


West Nile virus death reported in Davidson County

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee health officials say the state has recorded its first West Nile Virus death this year.

Meningitis outbreak deaths rise to 6 in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state's death toll from an outbreak of rare fungal meningitis has risen to six, Tennessee Department of Health officials said Tuesday.

13,000 got suspect steroid shots; risk uncertain

NEW YORK (AP) — As many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in a national meningitis outbreak, health officials said Monday. But it's not clear how many are in danger.

3-day event to benefit homeless veterans

NASHVILLE (AP) — A three-day event to benefit Middle Tennessee's homeless veterans will be held Friday and over the weekend.


September tax collections show marginal growth

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's tax collections have shown marginal growth in the second month of the budget year.

Democratic lawmaker defends DCS commissioner

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker who played a role in the formation of the embattled Tennessee Department of Children's Services says the agency's commissioner shouldn't be blamed for deeply rooted problems that she inherited.

Tennessee among top states for digital technology

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has been recognized as one of the top states in the nation for its efficient use of digital technology.


Toyota, Honda sales plunge in China on islands row

TOKYO (AP) — Sales of Toyota and Honda vehicles nosedived in China during September as anti-Japanese sentiment flared over a territorial dispute that threatens to hobble what was a booming business relationship between Japan and its biggest export market.

GM considers expanding Pontiac powertrain HQ

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — General Motors Co. is considering expanding its global powertrain engineering headquarters in Pontiac.


IMF offers bleak assessment of stalled recovery

TOKYO (AP) — Plagued by uncertainty and fresh setbacks, the world economy has weakened further and will grow more slowly over the next year, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest forecast.

Survey: Small biz owners growing more pessimistic

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners are growing more pessimistic.

Stocks indexes slide following gloomy IMF forecast

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks slumped Tuesday on Wall Street after the International Monetary Fund predicted weaker world economic growth and as investors waited for what they expected to be lower corporate earnings.

Oil price soars on supply jitters

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil rose more than 3 percent Tuesday on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea.

US charges 73,000 desperate homeowners were conned

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have charged 530 people for allegedly defrauding more than 73,000 desperate homeowners around the country who fell behind on mortgage payments, leaving them vulnerable to con artists offering to help them avoid foreclosure.

Rule subjects 100 more US banks to stress tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 100 medium-sized U.S. banks will have to show how prepared they are to withstand a financial crisis next year, under a rule adopted Tuesday.

Wal-Mart tests same-day delivery for holidays

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is testing a same-day delivery service in select markets for customers who buy popular items online during the holiday shopping season.

Stanley Black & Decker selling unit for $1.4B

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Tool maker Stanley Black & Decker Inc. is selling its hardware and home improvement business to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash.


New jobless benefits on declining scale

NASHVILLE (AP) - State labor officials have begun enforcing new unemployment requirements passed by the Legislature.

Today is last day to register to vote in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Monday is the last day to register to vote in Tennessee.

Foreclosure help notices being mailed in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Notices are going out in the mail to an estimated 37,000 Tennessee borrowers who may be eligible for payment under a $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement.


Brooks, Yearwood hail Songwriters Hall inductees

NASHVILLE (AP) — Kim Williams hesitated only slightly when asked who he thinks has been the best interpreter of his songs before the start of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.


Stocks lower on weak outlook for 3Q, Asian economy

Investors looked warily at forecasts for poor U.S. corporate earnings and weaker growth in Asia and decided there wasn't much reason to buy stocks.

Oil prices fall after warning from World Bank

NEW YORK (AP) — A strong warning from the World Bank that growth in Asia may slow further dragged the price of oil Monday to its lowest close in two months.

Soda industry: Vending machines will show calories

NEW YORK (AP) — As criticism over sugary sodas intensifies, Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper are rolling out new vending machines that display just how many calories are in their drinks.

UnitedHealth plans intl growth with $4.9B deal

UnitedHealth Group will spend about $4.9 billion to buy a Brazilian health benefits and hospital services provider, as the largest U.S. health insurer takes a big leap toward international growth.

YouTube takes original programming venture abroad

LONDON (AP) — YouTube is taking its original programming venture to Europe, announcing a slew of new partnerships aimed at internationalizing its array of tailor-made videos with content from Britain's BBC, London-based FreemantleMedia, Netherland's Endemol, and dozens of others.


Convention center home to songwriters hall

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has a permanent home at the city's new convention center.


Tenn. cases in meningitis outbreak grows to 29

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee health officials report four more people have been sickened by an outbreak of fungal meningitis.

Outbreak spotlights risks from custom-mixed drugs

Two people blinded in Washington, D.C., in 2005. Three dead in Virginia in 2006 and three more in Oregon the following year. Twenty-one dead polo horses in Florida in 2009. Earlier this year, 33 people in seven states with fungal eye infections.

First lady to celebrate road safety mascot

NASHVILLE (AP) — First Lady Crissy Haslam is preparing to celebrate the children's awareness campaign of Governor's Highway Safety Office.


Today is final day to register to vote by mail

NASHVILLE (AP) — Friday is the last day for Tennesseans to register to vote by mail.

Enrollment falls at TBR colleges

MURFREESBORO (AP) - Enrollment at Tennessee Board of Regents colleges has dropped an average of 4.4 percent this fall.


Feds charge 91 people in $429M Medicare fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal strike force has charged 91 people, including a hospital president, doctors and nurses, with Medicare fraud schemes in seven cities involving $429 million in false billings.


Refiled malpractice lawsuits must follow new laws

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Supreme Court has ruled that refiled medical malpractice lawsuits must follow new state laws.


Romney's Medicare plan raises cost questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's Medicare plan won't try to control costs by limiting the payments that future retirees would use to buy private health insurance, aides say, adding detail to a proposal from the GOP presidential nominee that has both intrigued and confused many Americans.

Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concludes. The findings were eagerly anticipated and come as a bitterly contested Obama administration policy is poised to offer similar coverage.


US jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct., 44-month low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away.

Stocks mixed after US unemployment rate drops

A big drop in the unemployment rate wasn't enough for investors Friday. Stocks posted gains early in the day but faded to a mixed close.

Oil falls as US job growth fails to impress

Oil fell more than 2 percent Friday as traders fret that jobs aren't growing fast enough in the U.S. to significantly boost demand for fuel.

Fed open to linking rate hike to economic gauge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve wants to find a clearer way to signal to the public when it might start raising interest rates.

Google, publishers shelve book-scanning suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google and major book publishers have settled a lengthy legal battle over digital copyrights, but a bigger dispute still looms with thousands of authors who allege that Google is illegally profiting from their works.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & RSS:
Sign-Up For Our FREE email edition
Get the news first with our free weekly email
TNLedger.com Knoxville Editon