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VOL. 38 | NO. 21 | Friday, May 23, 2014

How Jack White changed Nashville’s music industry

Industry veterans explain rocker’s influence on country capital

The change in the Nashville music scene in the few scant years since Jack White and his Third Man team settled here is palpable.

Third Man Records' simple goal: ‘Just trying to do cool things’

The tall young man many have said has “changed Nashville” doesn’t have time for that kind of talk as he spends a gray Nashville afternoon in a glowing blue room tucked in back of his non-descript world headquarters facing Nashville’s “Skid Row.”

Murfreesboro auto dealers join migration to Gateway

Two of Murfreesboro’s biggest car dealerships are moving to the Gateway area, home of The Avenue shopping complex and Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, opting to take advantage of the city’s fastest-growing business hotspot.

New friends bond in 12South boutique

Walk into the 12South boutique Cadeau Nashville and you are immediately enveloped by a rustic, eclectic and cool style that speaks very much to the local aesthetic.

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Bellevue Clean Up Day. Shredding, large-item, electronics/computer and prescription drug drop-off, tag renewals, emissions testing and Goodwill collections. Not accepted: paint, fluorescents or other hazardous materials. Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, at Gower Elementary School.

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If it’s broken, fix it before being squeezed

There are a number of buyers of residential real estate who feel sellers should reconstruct the home following the inspections.


Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for April 2014

Top April 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.


Waller hires Ribeiro to lead health care department

Waller has named Morgan Ribeiro executive director of the firm’s health care department. In this newly-created position, Ribeiro will work directly with Waller’s Healthcare Steering Committee to lead in the development and implementation of the department’s strategy and client development activities.


Use skepticism for career success

A client told you something today, but you’re not sure if you should believe it.


Customer service, sales team seen as same by today’s buyers

The buying experience has been completely reinvented over the last decade, and companies slow to adapt are losing revenue and market share as a result.


Don’t waste that break on coffee. Network!

Workers change jobs more frequently now than ever before. Bureau of Labor Statistics, show employees stay with a job an average of four years


Sneaky snakes, drafty advice in Year of the Horse

“I will not be venomous!” This is what I imagined to be the mantra of the reptile written about in Frankie Frisco’s “Second thoughts” sports column in the May 10 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: “A Spurs official said the snake was determined to be non-poisonous ….”


Figs or dates? Both better than a Newton

Some of you probably only know figs as something gooey in the middle of a cookie. On the other hand, maybe you only know them by the famous little Christmas song: “Oh, bring me some figgy pudding / Oh, bring me some figgy pudding ...”


AmSurg to buy Sheridan Healthcare for about $2.35B

NASHVILLE (AP) — AmSurg says it will spend about $2.35 billion to buy Sheridan Healthcare in a cash and stock deal that adds physician outsourcing services to the ambulatory surgery center operator's portfolio.

Southern Baptist membership declines for 7th year

NASHVILLE (AP) — An annual report says the nation's largest Protestant denomination saw membership decline for the seventh straight year in 2013.


TSEA names Summers as new executive director

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Employees Association has named former Nashville Councilman John Summers as its new executive director.


First Tennessee Buys 13 Bank of America Branches

First Tennessee has reached an agreement to buy 13 branches and four remote ATMs from Bank of America.


Lawyers fight effort to oust justices

NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawyers are fighting back against an effort by conservatives to oust three sitting justices on the state's highest court.


Hiring to push Mississippi Nissan employment over 6,000

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.

8 vehicles earn top rating for collision warning

DETROIT (AP) — The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was the only non-luxury car to earn the highest safety rating in new tests of high-tech crash prevention systems.


Contracts to buy US homes rose slightly in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in April than the prior month. But the pace of buying is still weaker than last year, as higher prices and relatively tight supplies have limited sales.

Applications for US jobless aid near 7-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly the lowest level in seven years, a sign hiring may be picking up.

US economy shrank at 1 percent rate in Q1

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy was battered even more than first suspected by the harsh winter, actually shrinking from January through March. The result marked the first retreat in three years, but economists are confident the downturn was temporary.

US stocks edge up after jobless claims drop

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks moved slightly higher in morning trading Thursday after the government reported that the number of people applying for unemployment benefits sank last week, a sign that employers are laying off fewer people.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate down to 4.12 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for a fifth straight week. The spring home-buying season has started slowly, but it may be aided by the low rates.

Oil steady below $103 ahead of US supply report

The price of oil was little changed below $103 barrel Thursday as traders awaited confirmation of a large rise in U.S. crude stockpiles.

Tyson makes rival $6.2B bid for Hillshire Brands

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillshire Brands has another suitor.

Apple adds more swagger with $3B Beats acquisition

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is buying more flair, swagger and song-picking savvy with its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist founded by rapper Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, one of the first recording executives to roll with the hip-hop culture.


Bar association asking members to rate justices

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Bar Association is asking its members to rate three Supreme Court justices who are subject to a retention election this year.

Ads opposing Tennessee abortion amendment criticized

NASHVILLE (AP) — Newspaper ads opposing a proposed constitutional amendment to give state lawmakers more power over abortions in Tennessee is drawing criticism for its depiction of a man in a turban trampling on a woman.


Google: We're building car with no steering wheel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google will build a car without a steering wheel. It doesn't need one because it drives itself.


US business leaders assess Cuba business climate

HAVANA (AP) — The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce toured an auto repair cooperative and talked with newly minted private entrepreneurs Wednesday as part of the first American trade mission of its kind to Cuba in 15 years.

US bank earnings decline 7.7 percent in 1Q

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks' earnings declined 7.7 percent in the January-March quarter from a year earlier, as higher interest rates dampened demand for mortgage refinancing and reduced banks' revenue from the mortgage business.

5 reasons why media execs top CEO pay lists

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once again, media company CEOs are among the highest paid executives in the nation, occupying six of the top 10 earning spots according to an Associated Press/Equilar study.

Stocks slip, pulling S&P 500 below record high

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing mostly lower after setting a record high the day before.

Oil higher above $104 on crises in Ukraine, Libya

The price of oil inched higher above $104 a barrel Wednesday as the conflicts in Ukraine and Libya posed renewed risks to crude supplies.


Protesters oppose new Tenn. electric chair law

NASHVILLE (AP) - Protesters at the state Capitol voiced opposition Tuesday to a new law signed by Gov. Bill Haslam allowing the use of the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable to execute condemned prisoners.


Bell blasts board for dropping complaint

NASHVILLE (AP) - A powerful state senator has written a letter excoriating the board that disciplines judges for dismissing an ethics complaint against the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.


China to take 6 million older vehicles off roads

BEIJING (AP) — China's government plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.


States face new cost concerns with Medicaid surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — From California to Rhode Island, states are confronting new concerns that their Medicaid costs will rise as a result of the federal health care law.


Stocks climb; Fourth straight gain for S&P 500

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher, giving the Standard & Poor's 500 index its fourth gain in a row.

Oil stays above $104 on crises in Ukraine, Libya

The price of oil remained above $104 a barrel Tuesday as investors weighed how the conflicts in Ukraine and Libya were likely to affect crude supplies.

US consumer confidence moved up in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers were slightly more confident in the economy in May than in April, partly because of strengthening optimism about future hiring and income gains.

US home prices rise at slower rate in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in March, but the gains are decelerating as fewer Americans can afford to buy.

US durable goods orders up 0.8 percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods advanced for a third month in April, but much of the strength came from a big surge in demand for military aircraft. Orders in a category that signals business investment plans fell by the largest amount in three months.

The CEO got a huge raise. You didn't. Here's why.

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you randomly put 10,000 Americans in a room, only one would have earned the $10.46 million that a CEO at a typical large public company made last year.

Top 10 highest-paid CEOs

NEW YORK (AP) — Here are the 10 highest-paid CEOs of 2013, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay research firm:


Prosecutors: Hacker helped thwart 300 cyberattacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York say an admitted computer hacker helped the FBI thwart hundreds of cyberattacks on government and corporate computer systems.


Auto parts price-fixing probe rattles industry

WASHINGTON (AP) — An investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry has mushroomed into the Justice Department's largest criminal antitrust probe ever, and it's not over yet.


World stocks mostly higher on US optimism

HONG KONG (AP) — World stocks mostly rose Monday on optimism about the U.S. economy, hints from China about further stimulus and as investors in Europe looked past the big gains made by Euroskeptic parties in European elections.

Oil futures down to near $104 after Ukraine vote

The price of oil slipped to near $104 a barrel Monday after preliminary results showed a billionaire businessman winning a clear majority in Ukraine's presidential elections.


Tennessee 'ready' to use electric chair if need be

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee is "ready as needed" to use the electric chair if it can't get the drugs used for lethal injections, the state's top prisons official said Friday.

Haslam vetoes reduction of penalties for pollution

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed a bill over what he called an unintended consequence of reducing the criminal penalties for pollution in Tennessee.

More departures from Haslam-owned truck stop chain

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than a year after FBI agents raided the Tennessee headquarters of the huge truck-stop chain owned by the Cleveland Browns' owner and Tennessee's governor, Pilot Flying J is cleaning house.

Timeline of the Pilot Flying J investigation

A timeline of events in the federal investigation into rebate fraud at the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam:


Lawsuit alleges students raped boy at school

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Middle Tennessee mother has filed a federal lawsuit alleging her 5-year-old son was raped by older students in the bathroom of an elementary school.


US claims win in car trade dispute with China

GENEVA (AP) — The United States claimed victory in a trade dispute Friday after a key panel ruled that China's anti-dumping duties on imports of American-made cars and sport-utility vehicles violate international trade rules.

Suzuki recalls GM-made small cars for fire problem

DETROIT (AP) — Suzuki is recalling more than 184,000 small cars in the U.S. because the steering columns can catch fire.

GM tells Wall Street recalls may last into summer

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is telling Wall Street that a recent spate of recalls may last until mid-summer as the company continues to review unresolved safety issues.

GM CEO prepares for return to Capitol Hill

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra is preparing for a return trip to Capitol Hill as an internal investigation into the company's safety problems nears a close.


S&P 500 closes above 1,900 for first time

Call it the Great Slog. Stocks are bumbling along this year after a gangbuster 2013.

Oil above $104 ahead of US holiday, Ukraine vote

The price of oil rose above $104 a barrel Friday ahead of a holiday weekend in the U.S. and national elections in Ukraine on Sunday.

US new-home sales rose 6.4 percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of U.S. new homes recovered in April after slumping in the previous two months. But Americans are still buying new homes at a slower pace than they did a year ago.

What shopping will look like in the future

NEW YORK (AP) — One of America's favorite pastimes is changing rapidly.

Amazon escalates standoff with publisher Hachette

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're hoping to pre-order books by J.K. Rowling, Michael Connelly and other Hachette Book Group authors, you'll have to go somewhere besides Amazon.com.

HP to cut 11,000 to 16,000 more jobs

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Hewlett-Packard says it is cutting another 11,000 to 16,000 jobs, above a target of 34,000 the company outlined in a multi-year restructuring plan in May 2012 and offered an outlook that was below expectations. Shares fell.

Facebook expands privacy checkup tool

NEW YORK (AP) — More Facebook users can expect to see a blue cartoon dinosaur popping up in their feeds, reminding them to check their privacy settings.

Gasoline prices have familiar look as summer nears

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of gasoline looks familiar this Memorial Day. For the third year in a row, the national average will be within a penny or two of $3.64 per gallon.


House passes curbs on NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed legislation to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records, the first legislative response to the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

House passes plan for spending Pentagon doesn't want

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $601 billion defense authorization bill that spares planes, ships and military bases in an election-year nod to hometown interests.

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