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VOL. 39 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 14, 2015

Restoring your online reputation is a task for experts. And it's expensive

As a property manager, Mark Hill is used to putting out fires. But when a disgruntled tenant took to the Internet to flame him and his business, Hill was the one calling for help.

Deciphering Google’s algorithms no easy task

Much can ride on a Google search. People use the search engine to find information on every aspect of their lives, from finding a plumber who works on Sunday to digging up information on a blind date.


Raise gas tax or borrow? How to fund state's backlog of road projects

Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.

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Nashville, TN
Wind: Southeast at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 72%


Live On The Green. The free concert series at Public Square Park in downtown Nashville begins Thursday with Lord Huron, Shakey Graves and Elliot Root. The stage is set up on the steps of the Plaza and the crowd gathers in the grassy area of Public Square Park to watch performances from local, regional and national artists. Information: liveonthegreen.net. Schedule:

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Hooker fights for right to die on his terms

John Jay Hooker, a household name in Middle Tennessee if nowhere else, is suffering from stage 4 metastatic cancer with weeks, not months to live.


Shop owner finds right fit in Crieve Hall

“You can catch me here every day, but you gotta call during the right 12-hour shift,” says the mechanic with the gray goatee and mustache who fled 12th Avenue South – decades before corporate profiteers and the generally chichi overran that neighborhood – because of safety issues like gunfire and armed robbery.


Hall of Fame coach LeBeau ‘another genius in the room’ for Titans

If you want to know about the theory of relativity, who better to ask than Albert Einstein, if only he were still around.


Freshmen to again play key roles for Vols

Despite doing so in 2014, Tennessee football coach Butch Jones doesn’t want to make a habit of placing freshmen in prominent roles.


High-end homes finding lower level of demand

Finally, some inventory. As the fall selling market approaches, there are more houses coming to market – and staying there – than in recent months.


Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for July 2015

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

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for July 2015

July 2015 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Top Davidson County lenders for July 2015

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

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage edges up to 3.94 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged up this week after three straight weeks of declines. The key 30-year loan rate remained under 4 percent.


Construction attorneys move to Dickinson Wright

Nashville attorneys Rob Dodson and Slade Sevier have joined Dickinson Wright PLLC as members. Both were previously with Adams and Reese.


Lexus GS 350 is a practical, fun luxury sedan

Luxury car buyers who are driving enthusiasts with a practical streak should be sure to look at the 2015 Lexus GS.


Achieving destiny doesn’t mean living on autopilot

Around work, you’ve gotten a reputation as the go-to person for certain things. Everybody has a talent; yours happens to be on the job.


Millennials don’t fit your model? Better change it

While the youngest millennials may still be 18, many of them are in their late 20s or even mid 30s now.


Podcasters find their perfect job

Last week, I had an experience that inspired me. I want to share it in hopes that it might inspire your day the way it has mine. I attended a conference in Fort Worth, Texas, called the Podcast Movement. I went with relatively low expectations – to meet a few people, and to learn something to help me with the career podcast I host.


Pulitzer Prize goes to the dog in fictitious deadlock

The 2008 Arkansas Writers’ Conference featured a spontaneous writing contest. Yeah, I know, that was seven years ago, but I was thinking about it recently and, for some reason, thought you might get a chuckle out of what came of it.


Grants seek to protect Tennessee Civil War sites

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Historical Commission and Tennessee Wars Commission are accepting applications for projects to protect Civil War and Underground Railroad sites in Tennessee.


US home sales soar in July to fastest pace since early 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage eases to 3.93 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, with the key 30-year loan rate remaining under 4 percent.

Boomerang home buyers poised to return to market with a roar

TRINITY, Fla. (AP) — Tears still spring into Debbie Cooley-Guy's eyes when she thinks about her dream home, with its wide, sweeping porch. It overlooked a bayou filled with wading birds, a glittering blue pool and the space for not only a 12-foot Christmas tree, but a grand piano as well.


China worries weigh down US stocks in morning trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Another sell-off in the Chinese stock market spread across global markets on Thursday. The declines pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index into the red for 2015 in early-afternoon trading.

Applications for US jobless aid tick up to still-low 277K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose slightly last week, yet remained at a low level consistent with a solid job market.

Measure of US economy's future health slips in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy declined slightly in July yet still pointed to modest growth in the months ahead.

Greece election talk grows as government taps new bailout

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister is considering options, including early elections, to tackle a rebellion by hardliners within his party who are opposed to the terms of the country's new bailout.

5 factors that could forestall a Fed rate hike in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thanks to a strengthening U.S. economy, four weeks from now the Federal Reserve is widely expected to engineer its first interest rate hike in nearly a decade. Rates on loans throughout the economy could eventually rise as well.

Coke to disclose details on its health efforts

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola says it will start publishing information about its health and nutrition efforts after it was criticized for funding a group many felt touted the company's message.

Watchdog: Few states actively fighting corporate corruption

BERLIN (AP) — An anti-corruption watchdog says only four of 41 countries that signed an anti-bribery convention 16 years ago are actively investigating and prosecuting companies that bribe foreign officials to win contracts, or dodge taxes and local laws.


Tennessee legislators want more regulation of abortion clinics

NASHVILLE (AP) - State legislators said Wednesday they want to give the Health Department more authority to track how fetal tissue is disposed of after abortions.


Steven Tyler to headline Franklin music festival with country band

NASHVILLE (AP) - Aerosmith's Steven Tyler will be performing with country band Loving Mary next month at the inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin.


Audi to unveil rival to Tesla X at Frankfurt Auto Show

BERLIN (AP) — German carmaker Audi says it's planning to unveil an electric sport SUV concept with a range of over 310 miles (500 kilometers) — well beyond the range of rival carmaker Tesla's Model S and soon-to-launch Model X.

General Motors adds 181,000 cars to 2014 headlight recall

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is adding 181,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada to a 2014 recall for headlights that can stop working, and it will have to repair thousands more for a second time because the first fix could fail again.


Fed at July meeting appeared to be moving closer to hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials in their July discussions appeared to move closer to their first interest rate hike in nearly a decade but expressed wide-ranging concerns about wages, inflation and a significant slowdown in China.

US consumer inflation slowed in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest drop in airline fares in nearly two decades slowed consumer inflation in July following two months of slightly faster gains.

Stocks lower as Fed minutes keep rate increase in play

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted solid losses on Wednesday as investors got mixed signals from the Federal Reserve over the possibility of an interest rate hike in September. Energy stocks fell as the price of oil plummeted.

China's stock volatility rattles investors

BEIJING (AP) — China's volatile stock market is taking shareholders on a white-knuckle ride, threatening to drive out the small investors Beijing hopes will help pay for reforms of state industry.

German parliament overwhelmingly approves Greek bailout

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament overwhelmingly approved a third bailout for Greece on Wednesday, removing a key hurdle to providing new loans to the country and keeping it from defaulting on its debts in as little as 24 hours.

Hackers expose millions on cheating site; some in US govt

LONDON (AP) — Hackers say they have exposed unfaithful partners across the world, posting what they said were the personal details of millions of people registered with cheating website Ashley Madison.

FDA approves first pill aimed at boosting female libido

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men.


Nashville music producer Bob Johnston dead at age 83

NASHVILLE (AP) - Music producer Bob Johnston, who played a key role in landmark recordings like Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" and Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison," is being remembered as a maverick who helped bring folk rock to Nashville.


Executive director of Tennessee State Museum rejects ouster call

NASHVILLE (AP) - The longtime executive director of the Tennessee State Museum is rejecting calls for her to be replaced as the state plans for a new $160 million facility in Nashville.


Tennessee tourism spending reached record $17.7B in 2014

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tourism spending in Tennessee reached a record $17.7 billion in 2014 as more than 100 million people visited the state, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday.

Democrats criticize Haslam for exploring more outsourcing

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrats claimed on Tuesday that Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is displaying hostility toward state workers by looking to outsource the management of more government functions to the private sector, but Haslam dismissed the allegation as politics.

Private vendors tour Tennessee state parks amid outsourcing talk

NASHVILLE (AP) - Large private vendors from outside Tennessee are touring some of the state's most visited parks to gauge their operations and potential for profit as Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration explores outsourcing their management.

Tennessee Highway Patrol creates new protective services bureau

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol is creating a new protective services bureau responsible for the safety of citizens, elected officials, state workers and state buildings.

Tennessee creates new task force to promote rural development

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is creating a new task force to advance economic development in rural Tennessee.


High-tech cars bring Detroit, Silicon Valley face to face

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.


Single-family houses fuel gains in US homebuilding in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders started work on single-family houses last month at the fastest pace since the Great Recession began in late 2007.


NBCUniversal making $200 million investment in BuzzFeed

NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal will make a $200 million investment in media company BuzzFeed as part of a move to reach a wider audience of millennial and mobile video viewers.


US stocks fizzle as Wal-Mart falls and China slumps

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market shuffled to a slight loss in a lazy day of summer trading Tuesday.

Labor Secretary: Book open on unions at college campuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says the question of allowing college athletes to form unions "remains open" despite a federal ruling that this is impermissible.

Wal-Mart cuts annual profit outlook as costs rise

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual earnings outlook Tuesday because of currency fluctuations and higher wages and investments in overhauling its stores are squeezing its profits.

Amazon's data-driven approach becoming more common

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon isn't the only company that is using data on employees to improve productivity.


Haslam mulls outsourced buildings at Tennessee colleges, prisons

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two years ago, Gov. Bill Haslam's administration privatized the management of many state government buildings that didn't fall within the higher education and prison systems. Now the state is exploring turning those over to private management as well.

Haslam: Road funding needs widely accepted, but not gas tax

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he has seen wide agreement on a statewide tour about transportation that Tennessee needs more money for road and transit projects.


TSU appoints chief advancement officer

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University has appointed a new associate vice president for institutional advancement.


US homebuilder sentiment improves in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders grew slightly more optimistic about the housing market in August, putting their confidence at levels last seen a decade ago during the debt-fueled housing boom.

More millennials stuck renting for years before buying home

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home ownership, that celebrated hallmark of the American dream, is increasingly on hold for younger Americans.


Most ignition switch victims accepting GM offers

DETROIT (AP) — Most victims of General Motors' faulty ignition switches have accepted compensation offers from the company.


IRS says thieves stole tax info from additional 220,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — A computer breach at the IRS in which thieves stole tax information from thousands of taxpayers is much bigger than the agency originally disclosed.


Stocks end higher as investors weigh mixed news on economy

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing slightly higher as investors weigh mixed news on the U.S economy.

Greek government seen calling confidence vote

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek minister indicates it is highly likely Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will call for a vote of confidence in his government after a bailout deal with foreign creditors sparked a rebellion within his governing Syriza party.


Jury rules Metro government underpaid correction officers

NASHVILLE (AP) - A federal jury ruled in favor of hundreds of jail employees who say they've been underpaid by Metro Nashville government.


Officials: $450K+ spent on controversial anti-DUI campaign

NASHVILLE (AP) - Officials say more than $450,000 was spent on a controversial state anti-DUI campaign that many called sexist.

State office seeks input on charges for records inspection

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials are seeking input on whether government offices should be able to charge citizens to inspect public records.


Governor reassures Republicans fetal tissue sales illegal

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that questions from fellow Republicans prompted a letter assuring them that fetal tissue sales are illegal in Tennessee and explaining the state's dealings with Planned Parenthood.

Democrats push for reconsideration of guns in parks bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's new guns in parks law could make it more difficult — and dangerous — for officers to do their jobs, two law enforcement representatives said Thursday at an event to urge reconsideration of the bill.


Wilson County among areas awarded $12M-plus in water constructions loans

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say two Tennessee communities and three utility districts have been approved to receive more than $12 million in low-interest loans for water infrastructure improvements.


Judge issues injunction on enforcement of abortion law

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement of a new abortion law that could force two clinics to close.


Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.


2 jumbo phones from Samsung ahead of expected new iPhone

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung has unveiled two new Android smartphones with jumbo screens as it seeks to recapture some of the sales lost to Apple after larger iPhones came out last year.

Dell to sell Google Chromebook tailored for corporate users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's latest Chromebook laptop will be specially designed for corporate customers in an effort to get more workers off machines powered by Microsoft's dominant Windows software.


Tesla sets stock offering price at $242 per share

Tesla Motors is pricing an upcoming offering of its stock at $242 per share, or slightly below the most recent closing price for the electric car maker.


Yuan and oil stabilize, giving US stocks a lift

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing higher as China's currency stabilized and crude oil prices steadied.

In a slow-growth world, technology stocks are trending again

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology stocks are trending big-time as investors latch on to innovative companies racing ahead in a slow-growth world.

Oil price hits lowest level in 6½ years

LONDON (AP) — The price of crude oil hit its lowest level in 6½ years Friday amid concerns over a slowing economy in China, a huge energy consumer, and strong global production.

US factory output climbed in July, lifted by auto production

WASHINGTON (AP) — Auto plants, clothing makers and plastics factories drove a sharp rebound in U.S. manufacturing in July.

US producer prices up just 0.2 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by producers rose more slowly in July, reflecting declines in both food and energy.

Eurozone optimism after Greek lawmakers back bailout deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — Eurozone officials were optimistic of approving a draft bailout deal for Greece on Friday after the country's lawmakers cleared it in a vote that nevertheless saw the government suffer significant dissent.

From bananas to phones: How cheaper yuan could reverberate

HONG KONG (AP) — China's unexpected move this week to lower the value of its tightly-leashed currency, the yuan, sent shockwaves through global financial markets. The impact on consumers around the world and China's neighbors will take longer to play out but possible winners and losers are already emerging.


Things to know about Social Security at 80: Overhaul time?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security turns 80 on Friday, and the massive retirement and disability program is showing its age.

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