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VOL. 37 | NO. 11 | Friday, March 15, 2013

Floodwaters lift a new generation of nonprofits

Disaster of 2010 gave new & native Nashvillians a renewed drive to give back and the tools to reshape lives

In May 2010, Ryan Havice had graduated college and was living back home in San Francisco, bartending while deciding what was next.

Innovation, thrift drives nonprofit success

To survive the Great Recession and its aftermath, many nonprofit organizations in Middle Tennessee tightened their belts and searched for ways to meet increasing demands for services despite diminishing resources.

Charities compete for cancer dollars

Who knew that universally beloved Grand Ole Opry character Minnie Pearl – the joke crackin’ country gal with the price tag dangling from her hat – could ever be this controversial?

'Sheds on Charlotte' to be transformed

Holladay Properties and broker Ronnie Wenzler have announced plans to transform “The Sheds on Charlotte,” a 1940s-era row of corrugated metal sheds into a office/retail complex.

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Fort Campbell ACAP Job Fair. National and international employers will conduct interviews today, followed on Thursday by local and regional employers. Representatives from more than 120 companies are scheduled to attend. Job seekers are asked to dress professionally, bring a resume and be prepared to interview. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Cole Park Commons, 1610 101st Airborne Division Road, Ft. Campbell. Information: acap.army.mil, (270) 461-4775.

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Midstate rich with varied, innovative nonprofits

Middle Tennessee is home to scores of nonprofit agencies, with some organizations such as United Way offering a wide range of services, programs and aid, while others have a more narrow focus.


Brooks simply hopes to do the ‘conservative, right thing’

State Rep. Kevin Brooks, (R-Cleveland), sees a simple, biblical guidepost for the lopsided Republican majority in the state House.


Use your imagination to make it a perfect house

Sales numbers from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors’ show unit sales for the area up 18 percent compared to the same period last year, with year-to-date sales up 18.2 percent compared to 2012.


Middle Tennessee real estate trends for February 2013

February 2013 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Davidson County's top lenders for February 2013

A look at Davidson County’s top lenders based on total number of all loans, commercial and residential, as compiled by Chandler Reports.


Bass, Berry & Sims adds 4, promotes 1

Sarah B. Krause, Stephanie A. Roth, Brittain W. Sexton and Marcia N. Topiwala have joined the Nashville office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC as new associates, and Amanda Elliott Stanley has been promoted from associate to counsel.


Use Facebook effectively via data tracking

Many small businesses devote time and resources to social media presence. Utilizing social media platforms to connect with your market is no longer “savvy.” It’s expected by today’s consumer.


Toast, cats and motivation

Most people have no problem accepting that it’s possible to receive wireless signals with their computers. However, the fact that similar wireless-like communication occurs between human beings often seems mysterious to the same people. Interestingly, it is a proven fact that humans communicate with each other wirelessly all the time.


‘Viewer’ gets more than expected from critique

My wife and I enjoy your sense of humor,” the note began. “You write the funniest things!!”


Give this column a read before you split



Concussion policy bill headed to governor

NASHVILLE (AP) - Coaches and school athletic directors would be required to complete a concussion safety education course under legislation that's headed to the governor for his consideration

Competing voucher bill withdrawn

NASHVILLE (AP) — The sponsor of legislation that was competing with Gov. Bill Haslam's to create a school voucher program withdrew her bill on Wednesday after proponents of a broader program decided they want to focus on the governor's plan.

Senate panel OKs college nondiscrimination ban

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal that seeks to bar public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups is advancing in the Senate.


Attorneys general from South meet in Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) — State attorneys general from the South are meeting in Nashville this week to learn more about health care fraud and consumer issues affecting the military.


Measure of US economy's health rises in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of the U.S. economy's health over the next six months increased in February from January, a sign that growth could be improving.

US homes sales highest in more than 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in February to the highest level in more than three years, further evidence of a sustained housing recovery that is benefiting the broader economy.

US rate on 30-year mortgage declines to 3.54 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week and remained near historic lows, a trend that has supported a recovery in housing.

Average for US jobless claims at fresh 5-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely changed last week, while the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low. The decline in layoffs is helping strengthen the job market.

Survey: Low-wage workers missing out on training

WASHINGTON (AP) — As they struggle to get ahead, many low-wage workers are not taking advantage of job training or educational programs that could help them make the leap to better-paying jobs. They are often skeptical about whether such programs are even worth the trouble, a new survey shows.

Weak Oracle sales, Cyprus fears weigh on US shares

Stocks fell on Wall Street Thursday as Oracle's weak sales results weighed down big U.S. technology companies. Traders worried about Cyprus running out of time to avoid bankruptcy.

Oil prices slip as Cyprus uncertainty continues

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil fell below $92 a barrel Thursday, giving back gains from the day before.

Coca-Cola to cut 750 jobs in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola says it's cutting 750 jobs in the U.S. as it continues to streamline its business.

Judge rules for AP in copyright dispute

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge ruled for The Associated Press on Wednesday in its lawsuit challenging the use of story excerpts by Meltwater U.S. Holdings Inc. and its Meltwater News Service.

Fed says it will stick with aggressive stimulus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Wednesday stood by its efforts to keep borrowing costs at record lows, saying it isn't yet convinced that the U.S. economy's growth can accelerate without significant help from the central bank.


House passes GOP budget plan promising deep cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a tea party-flavored budget plan Thursday that promises sharp cuts in safety-net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies, in sharp contrast to less austere plans favored by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies.


Garth Brooks, George Strait to team up at ACMs

NASHVILLE (AP) - Garth Brooks and George Strait will perform together for the first time at next month's Academy of Country Music Awards to honor Dick Clark.


Mountaintop removal ban killed in Tennessee Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) - A measure to ban mountaintop removal coal mining in Tennessee is dead this session.

Veteran seeks to limit police drones in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are preparing to take up a measure that seeks to restrict police agencies in the state from using unmanned drones and the sponsor is someone with experience piloting the planes.

Haslam's school voucher bill up in Senate Ed

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.


Williamson healthiest Tennessee county, report states

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranks the relative health of people living in Tennessee's counties.


FedEx profit falls on weak airfreight business

DALLAS (AP) — FedEx said Wednesday that its third-quarter profit fell 31 percent as customers opted for less-expensive ground shipping, hurting the company's airfreight business.


GM recalls about 27K vehicles to fix transmissions

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling nearly 34,000 Buicks and Cadillacs in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere to fix a problem with the automatic transmissions.


Court cuts fees for lawyers for TennCare patients

NASHVILLE (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down a significant portion of the $2.57 million in legal fees awarded to attorneys who have represented TennCare patients in a years-long fight with the state of Tennessee.

Disabled teen wins high court case over settlement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has blocked North Carolina from trying to take more than $900,000 from a legal settlement won by the family of a 13-year-old girl who suffered devastating injuries during her birth.


Stocks close higher as Federal Reserve stands by stimulus

Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street after the Federal Reserve stood by its plan to continue with aggressive measures to boost the economy.

Oil prices up as Fed maintains policy

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil rose Wednesday as Federal Reserve officials signaled that they'll keep interest rates at historically low levels and maintain other measures meant to stimulate economic growth.

Fed stands by stimulus, sees stronger US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy has strengthened after pausing late last year but still needs the Fed's extraordinary support to help lower high unemployment.

Fed projects high US unemployment into 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve foresees unemployment remaining high into 2015, suggesting it will keep short-term interest rates near record lows at least until then.

Survey: Low-wage workers gloomy about future

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's lower-income workers have posted the biggest job gains since the deep 2007-09 recession — but few are bragging.

JPMorgan, MF Global trustee reach agreement

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase has agreed to a deal that will return $546 million to former customers of trading firm MF Global Holdings Ltd., which collapsed in 2011 with $1.6 billion missing from its accounts.


Senate set to approve huge 2013 spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate appears set to approve a huge, bipartisan spending bill to keep the government running through September and ruling out the chance of a government shutdown later this month.


AARP: $30 for every $1 spent on Medicaid expansion

NASHVILLE (AP) - A study commissioned by the AARP finds that Tennessee would reap nearly $30 for every dollar spent on expanding Medicaid.

Bill to require proof of immunization advancing

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would require incoming students at public higher education institutions to show proof of immunization against meningitis is advancing in the House.

Tennessee House strips student IDs from voting bill

NASHVILLE (AP) - Citing the importance of "making sure that the right people are voting," a House committee has stripped student identification cards issued by public universities from a bill about photo IDs that can be used to vote.

Haslam's school voucher bill advances in House

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee continued its progression in the House on Tuesday as the state's largest teachers' union mounted an ad campaign seeking to defeat the measure.

Wine bill delayed in Senate over cigarette sales

NASHVILLE (AP) - Sen. Bill Ketron has delayed a final committee vote on supermarket wine so he can rewrite the bill to keep cigarettes from being sold in liquor stores.

College nondiscrimination ban passed by House

NASHVILLE (AP) — The House has passed a bill to bar public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups.

Haslam opposes bills about Medicaid expansion

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has served written notice that it opposes a freshman Republican lawmaker's bill to block Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.


TDOT announces new office to work with cities

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer says his agency's new office is aimed at better coordinating transportation planning statewide.


High court rules for insurer in class-action suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected efforts by a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit to keep his claim in state court rather than more business-friendly federal court by limiting the amount of money sought to under $5 million.


Market rebounds, but retirement confidence doesn't

Workers appear to have little faith that the economic recovery and the stock market's climb have left them better-prepared for retirement.

Wall Street holds its own after Cyprus 'no' vote

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest twists in Europe's debt drama weighed down the stock market Tuesday, offsetting more good news on the U.S. housing market.

Oil near $92 as Cyprus rejects bailout measure

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil fell Tuesday as Cyprus lawmakers rejected a measure to tax bank accounts as part of a bailout plan for its shriveled economy and worries persisted about Europe's debt problems.

US housing starts rise, permits at 4½-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders started more houses and apartments in February and received building permits for future construction at the fastest pace in 4½ years. The increases point to a housing recovery that is gaining strength.

Fed likely to back low-rate policies despite gains

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is strengthening on the fuel of more job growth, rising home prices and solid retail sales. Just don't expect the Federal Reserve to let up in its drive to keep stimulating the economy with record-low interest rates.

Twinkies sale approved by judge

NEW YORK (AP) — A bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved the sale of Twinkies to a pair of investment firms, one of which has said it hopes to have the cakes back on shelves by summer.

Citigroup to pay $730 million to settle lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to pay $730 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed investors were misled by the bank's disclosures when they purchased its debt and preferred stock.

Ryanair gives Boeing a boost with big order

DUBLIN (AP) — Ryanair has made the biggest-ever order of Boeing planes by a European airline, announcing Tuesday it will buy 175 aircraft in a major boost for the U.S. aerospace giant.

Walgreen to acquire stake in AmerisourceBergen

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Walgreen is expanding its supply agreement with AmerisourceBergen through a 10-year deal that gives the nation's largest drugstore chain an ownership stake in the pharmaceutical wholesaler.


Senate panel advances White nomination to head SEC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has approved Mary Jo White's nomination to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission and sent it along for a final vote.

Congress works on budget for both 2013 and future

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is finally cleaning up its unfinished budget business for the 2013 budget year with a bipartisan government-wide funding bill. But even as that measure heads toward approval, the House and Senate are gearing up for divisive votes that will underscore sharp differences on a bigger problem: how to fix the nation's long-term deficit woes.


Harwell doesn't plan to press for new vote on wine

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Speaker Beth Harwell says she doesn't plan to press fellow Republican Rep. Matthew Hill to call for another vote on bill to hold local referendums on grocery store wine sales.


MTSU's cross-country car trip used only solar, hydrogen

MURFREESBORO (AP) - A Tennessee college professor is celebrating his coast-to-coast trip using no petroleum fuel.


Lankford won't challenge Alexander for Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) - A former congressional candidate from Franklin says he won't challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander next year.

Labor department commissioner, deputy resign

NASHVILLE (AP) - The commissioner and deputy commissioner of Tennessee's Department of Labor and Workforce Development have resigned.

Wildfire burns outside Great Smoky Mountains

PIGEON FORGE (AP) — A wildfire burning in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee has destroyed more than 30 large rental cabins.


Jobless rates rise in January in half of US states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates increased in half of U.S. states in January from December, as employers nationwide added the fewest jobs in seven months.

US builder confidence falls on weak supply, labor

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders fell this month because of concerns that increased demand for new homes is exceeding supplies of ready-to-build land, building materials and workers.

Stocks falter following Cyprus's bailout plan

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have closed lower on Wall Street as investors worried that a controversial proposal to seize money from depositors in Cyprus could set off another bout of anxiety over Europe's shared currency.

Oil rises as Cyprus worries ease

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil reversed sharp early losses and finished higher Monday as nervousness over a bailout plan in Cyprus abated.

Journalism study shows impact of cutbacks in news

NEW YORK (AP) — Years of newsroom cutbacks have had a demonstrable impact on the quality of digital, newspaper and television news and in how consumers view that work, a study released Monday found.


Obama nominates Justice official to top Labor slot

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama nominated Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez to be the next secretary of labor, choosing a Hispanic lawyer with experience in civil rights and workplace issues to his second-term Cabinet. Obama called Perez a consensus builder whose story "reminds us of this country's promise."


Country music's Jack Greene dies in Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) - Jack Greene, a longtime Grand Ole Opry star who earned fame with the hit "There Goes My Everything," has died in Nashville at 83.


Tennessee sending new drivers licenses to some

NASHVILLE (AP) - About 1,000 new teen drivers in Tennessee will be getting fresh drivers licenses after a printing error fouled up dates put on the cards.

Hostess picks McKee as buyer for Drake's cakes

NEW YORK (AP) — Hostess is moving forward with the sale of Devil Dogs, Yankee Doodles and Yodels to the maker of Little Debbie cakes.

UT proposes fracking on its own land

NASHVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee wants to allow hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas on a state-owned tract of rolling woodland, raising the hackles of environmentalists who question its stated goal of raising funds to research the environmental impact of such drilling.

Secretary of State warns of real estate scam

NASHVILLE (AP) — Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning home buyers and sellers about a scam involving real estate titles.

Appeals court dismisses TennCare lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out a 15-year-old legal agreement that mandated regular medical and dental care for the 750,000 children on TennCare, more than a third of all children in the state.

Woman charged with TennCare fraud

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee woman has been charged with defrauding TennCare and theft after officiasl say she received healthcare insurance benefits through the program despite being ineligible.


Federal judge bars state from barring Planned Parenthood

NASHVILLE (AP) - A federal judge in Nashville has blocked Republican leaders' efforts to keep Planned Parenthood of Tennessee from participating in venereal disease prevention programs. The efforts are federally funded, but administered by the state and are aimed at reducing the infection rate of HIV and syphilis.

Governor signs guns in parking lots bill

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that would allow people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked.

Bill to halt renaming of Confederate parks

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to bar local governments from renaming parks or monuments honoring Tennessee's military figures is headed to the governor for his consideration.

Senate OKs virtual school measure

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to tighten enrollment requirements at privately run online schools has passed the Senate.

Sponsors seek to clarify parking lot gun bill

NASHVILLE (AP) - The votes have been cast and the bill is awaiting Gov. Bill Haslam's signature, but sponsors are still trying to clarify whether a contentious gun bill affects employment law in Tennessee.

Ramsey wants committee to clear supermarket wine

NASHVILLE (AP) — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he wants a supermarket wine bill to clear his chamber's committees even though the companion bill has fallen short in a House panel.

Constitutional concerns raised over VU police bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state's attorney general has raised constitutional concerns over an effort to strip Vanderbilt University of its police force because of a nondiscrimination policy for student groups.

Bill pushed to protect college student counselors

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate has approved legislation that would protect student counselors at public higher education institutions who withhold their services because of religious beliefs.

Senate Oks bill allowing college IDs to vote

NASHVILLE (AP) — Student identification from Tennessee's higher education institutions could be used for voting, under a measure that was approved Thursday by the state Senate after an attempt to kill the proposal failed.


US stocks close lower, ending Dow's 10-day rally

U.S. stock markets fell Friday, ending the longest winning streak for the Dow Jones industrial average in nearly 17 years.

Oil and natural gas end the week higher

Natural gas and oil ended the week with solid gains, with one boosted by forecasts for colder temperatures and the other by signs that U.S. manufacturing is heating up.

Strong auto output boosts US factory production

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong increase in auto output boosted U.S. factory production last month, the latest sign that manufacturing is helping drive economic growth after lagging for much of 2012.

Gas spike drives US consumer prices up 0.7 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spike in gas prices drove a measure of U.S. consumer costs up in February by the most in more than three years. But outside the gain in fuel costs, inflation was mostly modest.

Ex-JPMorgan exec says Dimon withheld data from US

WASHINGTON (AP) — JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon held back showing federal regulators reports in May that revealed the bank had accumulated billions of dollars in trading losses, according to congressional testimony Friday from the firm's former chief financial officer.

Samsung refreshes iPhone-challenging Galaxy line

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung Electronics is ratcheting up its rivalry with Apple with its new Galaxy S 4 smartphone, which has a larger, sharper screen than its predecessor, the best-selling S III.

Gov't seeks closer oversight of student loan firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's consumer finance watchdog wants stricter oversight of companies that collect and log student loan payments.

Applications for US jobless aid reach 5-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, reducing the average number of weekly applications last month to a five-year low. The drop shows that fewer layoffs are strengthening the job market.

Geithner has book deal, release scheduled for 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has a book deal.


Obama wants research to wean vehicles off oil

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to authorize more federally funded research into clean energy technologies that can wean automobiles off oil.

Lawmakers want Obama to follow up outreach effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a recent gathering of House committee and subcommittee chairmen, Republican lawmakers were asked if they could name the legislative affairs staffer at the White House responsible for staying in contact with their panel.

Senate GOP tells Obama to tone down the attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Polite yet firm, Senate Republicans told President Barack Obama on Thursday to tone down his political attacks and prod Democratic allies to support controversial changes in Medicare if he wants a compromise reducing deficits and providing stability to federal benefit programs.

Obama, GOP in 'great conversation' on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said he had "a great conversation" with Senate Republicans on Thursday, the third stop in his ice-breaking tour of the Capitol this week on the budget and other topics.

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