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VOL. 37 | NO. 49 | Friday, December 6, 2013

48 hours in Nashville: Entertaining out-of-town guests over the holidays? Show them the “It City” like a pro!

“He Stopped Loving Her Today,” proclaims the throat-thickening No. 1 tourist destination for anyone either visiting Nashville or simply trying to show holiday guests around town.

Franklin serves up Dickens of a Christmas

FRANKLIN – If the holiday spirits this year are anything like the ghosts of Christmases past, visitors might want to add a day onto their visit to Nashville and take the 20-mile drive down to Franklin. Once you get off the interstate, don’t be fooled by the strip malls and such, just keep traveling west until Highway 96 leads you into the beautiful, historic downtown.

Let area’s best chefs create holiday memories

If you expect a flock of foodies among your visitors this holiday season, don’t waste too much money buying them gifts – simply take them to eat at one (or more) of these 10 signature Nashville restaurants.

Don’t forget old favorites when dining with guests

Whether your out-of-town family begs to go to an old favorite each time they come to Nashville or are mad you’ve never taken them to a storied place, these five spots make the holidays special for natives, newcomers and anyone returning home for a winter visit.

Insiders share must-see Midstate locales

Some of Nashville’s most entertaining residents let us in on the spots in town that land on their must-visit list whenever family and friends come to stay.

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Williamson County Young Professionals Holiday Party. Highlights will include a tacky sweater contest and networking. Stoveworks, The Factory, 230 Franklin Road. 5-8 p.m. RSVP: abby@williamsoncountychamber.org

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Treat guests to great hotels, bars

If you’re lucky, family and friends will be staying in one of the city’s impressive hotels instead of sleeping on your couch.


A cure for what ails 1111 Petri Dish Lane

It’s not unusual to walk into a house that’s listed and on the market and be floored by the stench. Many times this is the result of neglect and filth that allows organisms to flourish in the environs created by sloppy pet owners or leaking pipes.


Are Titans, new ownership committed to winning?

“It is what it is.” That well-worn catch phrase describes the Tennessee Titans perfectly. They are the very definition of mediocrity.


TSU president joins Pinnacle Financial board

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added Tennessee State University President Glenda Baskin Glover, Ph.D., JD, CPA, to its board.


Walking the path to success means hitting every step

Tired of chasing your proverbial tail in the quest for a sales and marketing plan that actually delivers? First acknowledge that a silver bullet rarely exists.


An answer to unwanted calls: Just ignore them

A few weeks ago, I began a column with “Harassing phone calls. What other term would fit?” And ended said column with a plea for help. Reader mail came pouring in.


Fired US Sen. Alexander staffer expected in court

NASHVILLE (AP) — The fired chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander was expected Thursday in federal court after the aide's arrest on probable cause for possession and distribution of child pornography, authorities said.

Bill introduced to include Tennessee battlefields in park system

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has introduced legislation to include four Tennessee Civil War battlefields in the national park system.


US cars and trucks hit record gas mileage in 2012

DETROIT (AP) — New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. last year got an average of 23.6 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, a record that came mainly through improvements to engines and transmissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

VW replaces head of struggling US division

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen said Thursday it's replacing the head of its U.S. division, which has struggled to reach sales goals.


Federal data show health disparities among states

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The slow rollout of a new federal health insurance marketplace may be deepening differences in health coverage among Americans, with residents in some states gaining insurance at a far greater rate than others.


US retail sales rise 0.7 pct., most in 5 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers ramped up spending in November on cars, appliances and furniture and made more purchases online, signaling growing confidence in the economy at the start of the holiday shopping season.

US unemployment aid applications surge to 368,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.

Fewer US homes entered foreclosure path in November

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While foreclosures remain a concern in select states, the number of U.S. homes entering the path to foreclosure or winding up repossessed by lenders has fallen to levels not seen in more than six years.

US stocks lower, setting up 3rd day of declines

Lower stock prices on Thursday set up investors for a third day in a row of declines.

Oil near $97 after rise in US gasoline supplies

Oil prices continued to drop Thursday after the U.S. government reported a large buildup in supplies of gasoline and diesel.

Average US rate on 30-year loan eases to 4.42 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historically low levels.

Airlines forecast profits to jump to record high

GENEVA (AP) — The global airline industry expects its profits to jump to a record high next year, helped by falling jet fuel prices, rising travel demand and cost-cutting.

Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.


House Republicans get behind budget agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner sharply criticized outside conservative groups opposed to year-end budget legislation on Thursday and said the measure "takes great steps in the right direction."


VU poll: Majority in Tennessee want Medicaid expansion

NASHVILLE (AP) - Three in five Tennesseans support expanding Medicaid, though nearly half also have a negative view of the federal health care law, according to a Vanderbilt University poll released Wednesday.

Sen. Alexander chief of staff's home searched in child porn investigation

NASHVILLE (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has replaced his chief of staff after learning the staffer's home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation.


AG: Local governments can't create anti-meth rules

NASHVILLE (AP) — State Attorney General Bob Cooper says in a legal opinion that Tennessee law prohibits cities and counties from enacting their own ordinances controlling the sale of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine.


Health care signups pick up pace in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing catch-up with a long way to go, President Barack Obama's new health insurance markets last month picked up the dismal pace of signups, the administration reported Wednesday.

Sebelius asks for investigation of flawed website

WASHINGTON (AP) — Recognizing that deeper problems may lurk behind the botched rollout of the health care website, President Barack Obama's top health official Wednesday called for an investigation into management and contracting decisions.


GM CEO known for approachability, effectiveness

DETROIT (AP) — Kettering University President Robert McMahan was traveling in China a few months ago when he bumped into one of the university's board members at an airport in Shanghai.

GM to stop making cars in Australia by 2017

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.


Stocks slump following disappointing earnings

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are falling on Wall Steet as traders react to disappointing earnings from U.S. companies.

Oil falls on huge buildup in gasoline supplies

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil fell 1 percent Wednesday after the government reported a large buildup in supplies of gasoline and distillate fuels such as diesel.

Poll: Strong opposition to in-flight cellphone calls

WASHINGTON (AP) — As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

US runs $135.2 billion budget deficit in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government ran a much smaller deficit through the first two months of the budget year than the same period last year, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances.

Pay gains for young women; inequality still seen

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

How Volcker Rule would limit banks' risky bets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rule that U.S. regulators approved Tuesday, after years of wrestling over its language, is designed to defuse the kind of risk-taking on Wall Street that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis.


New estimate says budget deal raises deficit $41B

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' budget office estimates that the just-announced budget deal would increase the deficit over the next two years by $41.4 billion.

House Republicans signal support for budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress' erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the partisan rancor that has damaged Americans' attitudes about their lawmakers.


New Johnny Cash album to be released in March

NASHVILLE (AP) - There's new never-before-heard music coming from Johnny Cash.


Tennessee's tax collections $22M short for November

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's general fund tax collections fell $22 million short of projections in November, the fourth month of the state's budget year, Finance Commissioner Larry Martin said Tuesday.


Bipartisan fix advances for Medicare doctors' pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's that time of year again: doctors caring for Medicare patients once more face a steep pay cut. But this time Congress is pursuing a permanent fix to the annual drama that has undermined the medical profession's confidence in the nation's premier health program.


GM names Mary Barra CEO, 1st woman to head car company

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors picked Mary Barra, its product development chief and a 33-year company veteran, as its next CEO. Barra will become the first female head of a major U.S. car company.

BMW on course for full-year sales record

BERLIN (AP) — Car maker BMW AG says its sales were up 2.7 percent in November compared with a year earlier, putting the company on course for a record year thanks to strong demand in China and the U.S.


Stocks slip a day after latest record for S&P 500

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock prices are lower on Wall Street as the market takes a pause after hitting its latest record high.

Oil rises above $98 on hopes for greater demand

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil jumped to the highest level in six weeks amid expectations that U.S. supplies fell for the second week in a row.

US job openings reach 5-year high, a hopeful sign

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in more than five years in October, and the number of people quitting also reached a five-year high.

US wholesale stockpiles grow 1.4 pct. in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale businesses boosted their stockpiles sharply in October as sales rose, encouraging signs for economic growth in the final three months of the year.

US ban on high-risk bank trades approved

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks will be barred in most cases from trading for their own profit under a federal rule approved Tuesday.

Tech firms vie to protect personal data, profits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.

Lululemon founder stepping down as chairman

NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of Lululemon is stepping down as chairman after raising ire with his comments about the body types of potential buyers of the retailer's yoga pants.


Reid says Senate will not extend farm law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will not extend current farm law if Congress can't agree on a new farm bill before adjourning next week.

Bipartisan negotiators try for modest budget pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lead Democratic negotiator says she is close to a deal with Republicans on a modest budget agreement that's expected to replace tens of billions of dollars in spending cuts this year and next with longer-term savings and revenue from increased fees.

IRS nominee on track for approval despite acrimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to head the Internal Revenue Service told senators Tuesday he will work to restore public trust in the agency in the wake of the tea party scandal even as the IRS takes on new responsibilities administering the president's health care law.

Congress renews undetectable gun ban just in time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' easy renewal of an expiring ban on undetectable plastic guns belies the larger reality that one year after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., major new firearms restrictions have little chance of enactment anytime soon.


Gov. Haslam lays out conditions for Medicaid deal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is putting his goals for a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion into writing.


Tennessee Judiciary Museum has new website, exhibits

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Judiciary Museum is kicking off its first anniversary celebration with a dedicated website and several new exhibits.


MTSU president honored in Beijing

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney McPhee was recently honored in Beijing.


Government sells remaining stake in GM

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on its bailout of General Motors, but still says the alternative would have been much worse.


S&P 500 index notches another record close

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market notched another record close Monday after a big acquisition in the food industry. Hope for a longer-term budget deal in Washington also helped.

Oil falls slightly; natural gas soars on weather

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil fell slightly Monday, the first decline in seven trading sessions.

US household wealth reaches high of $77 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surging stock market and a steady recovery in home prices drove Americans' wealth to a record last summer.

Rising riches: 1 in 5 in US reaches affluence during lifetime

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just the wealthiest 1 percent.

Gay partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.

Survey: Fed economic stimulus will end in 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The vast majority of business economists believe the Federal Reserve will begin to pull back on its massive economic stimulus program in the first three months of 2014, according to a November survey done by the National Association of Business Economists.

Tech giants call for controls on government snooping

LONDON (AP) — Major technology companies, stung by poor publicity for having helped the U.S. government access personal data, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance.

New American Airlines to emerge as deal closes

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines emerged from bankruptcy protection and US Airways culminated its long pursuit of a merger partner as the two completed their deal Monday to create the world's biggest airline.

5 trends beneath the surface in improved November jobs report

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. job market improves, it's also evolving, with winners and losers.


Congress ready to extend ban on plastic firearms

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines is shaping up as a bittersweet moment for gun control supporters, days before the anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.


Nashville Salvation Army needs Angel Tree help

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Nashville area Salvation Army needs help providing Christmas gifts through its Angel Tree program.

NPR's Michele Norris to speak at Nashville library

NASHVILLE (AP) - National Public Radio host and author Michele Norris will speak at the Nashville Public Library in downtown Nashville on Saturday.


Obama's fixer-upper website races to catch up

WASHINGTON (AP) — It looks like President Barack Obama's fickle health insurance website is finally starting to put up some respectable sign-up numbers, but its job only seems to have gotten harder.

23andMe genetic test to follow FDA order to halt test sales

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Genetic testing company 23andMe Inc. will comply with a Food and Drug Administration directive to stop selling health-related genetic tests during a regulatory review.


First Ford Mustang owner helps welcome new model

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Gail Wise didn't know she was getting anything special when she drove away from a Chicago Ford dealership in the spring of 1964 in the first Mustang ever sold.


Solid US job growth cuts unemployment to 7 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market is proving sturdier than many had thought.

US consumer spending up 0.3 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending in October even though their wages and salaries barely increased, raising questions about how strong the economy will grow at the end of the year.

Oil higher after stronger US economic jobs report

The price of oil moved higher above $97 a barrel Friday, buoyed by stronger economic growth and falling unemployment in the world's largest economy.

Sears to spin off Lands' End business

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that it will spin off its Lands' End clothing business as a separate company by distributing stock to the retailer's shareholders.

Fast-food protests return amid push for wage hikes

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for higher wages.

Twitter names first non-white, male board member

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has named Marjorie Scardino as a director, adding a woman to the all-white male board for which it's been sharply criticized.

FTC says flashlight app left consumers in the dark on tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of a popular Android mobile app that turns your phone into a flashlight has agreed to settle the Federal Trade Commission's charges that the software secretly supplied cellphone locations to marketers, even when consumers rejected its terms of service.

Groups sue feds over foreclosure-fighting tactic

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has sued a federal agency, asking it to disclose efforts to stop municipalities from using eminent domain to bail out underwater homeowners.

Monthly jobs report can cause big market moves

NEW YORK (AP) — The government's monthly survey of the U.S. job market is always important on Wall Street. It's even more important these days. Investors are trying to figure out when the Federal Reserve will decide that the economy is strong enough to thrive without its extraordinary stimulus measures.


Budget deal? Big obstacles, New Year's deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — With hopes of a "grand bargain" long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs. But the going is getting rougher.

Obama to feds: Boost renewable power 20 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.

Pelosi nixes budget deal without jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of House Democrats says her rank and file won't support any year-end budget deal unless it includes plans to extend expiring unemployment benefits for long-term victims of the recession.

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