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VOL. 39 | NO. 35 | Friday, August 28, 2015

Fox: Dial back high-profile civic projects

David Fox isn’t flashy, supporters say, but Nashville doesn’t need flash. Instead, it needs someone with a steady temperament to be Nashville’s next mayor.

Barry: This is no time to ‘put the brakes on’ city’s economy

Local attorney Will Cheek III is backing Megan Barry in Nashville’s mayoral runoff because he’s impressed by how well she balances “socially progressive” convictions with support of business interests.

Barry Q&A: Time to address future transportation needs

Two-term at-large Metro Council member Megan Barry is facing former hedge fund advisor David Fox in the Sept. 10 runoff for Nashville’s mayoral seat. Early voting is underway and ends Sept. 5.

Fox Q&A: Infrastructure costs will be ‘central tension’

Former Metro School Board Chairman David Fox is calling for the city to take a nuts-and-bolts direction as he faces Metro Councilwoman Megan Barry in the runoff for the city’s mayoral job.

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Live On The Green. A free concert series at Public Square Park in downtown Nashville. 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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Zonn takes spotlight with new album

A violin prodigy at age 5 – “I’m still waiting to get better at it” – fiddler Andrea Zonn attacks life with an upbeat bow during a a slow build to what surely soon will qualify as “near-stardom.” At the very least.


Too many closers can keep this game going to extra innings

With baseball winding toward the playoffs, we honor Yogi Berra once again by using his immortal quote: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” He’d do OK in real estate, where it often ain’t over when it’s supposed to be.


Trade Mettenberger? No way. He’s too valuable

Not too long ago, the Tennessee Titans quarterback situation was viewed not only as unclear and unsettled but among the worst in the NFL.


Despite personnel losses, UT’s defense should be much-improved

John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.


MTSU inducts 4 into Insurance Hall of Fame

Four insurance industry veterans were honored this year, including one posthumously, with induction into the Robert E. Musto Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame at Middle Tennessee State University.


2015 Volkswagen Golf still nimble with more power, space

The fun, nimble Volkswagen Golf GTI, Germany’s original hot hatchback, has more power, new features, roomier seating and better fuel mileage for 2015. There’s also sharp-looking plaid upholstery that makes the compact car look as special on the interior as it is on the road.


Nation's first female 4-star general offers success tips

You’d like to think of your business as a well-oiled machine. Your team members march together to get their work done. They execute tasks efficiently and every product your clients get is made with military-like precision.


The new priorities of data-driven marketing plans

Today’s marketer is profoundly data-driven. In fact, there is so much potential data to monitor that the task can be arduous. These specific measurement priorities can help you avoid being overwhelmed.


Know when to cut your workplace losses, move on

Typically, we think of sunk cost in terms of investing or economics. It’s the concept that money or some other cost you have already lost can’t be recovered.


Time for reboot with a new semester looming

I don’t remember where I got the quip that is the theme for today’s I Swear Crossword. It’s hardly original.


Need advice on herbs? Here’s some sage wisdom

If you are just now learning to cook, knowing what herbs and spices go with what foods can be daunting.


Gov. Haslam meets with top leaders on Israel trade mission

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says conversations he's having with some of Israel's top leaders are helpful in understanding international economic development opportunities and challenges.

Education commissioner continues effort to connect with teachers

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is continuing an effort to connect with teachers across the state.


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.89 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week after a sharp drop the previous week, as global markets continued to whipsaw amid economic disruption in China and uncertainty over Federal Reserve interest-rate policy.


Volkswagen finance chief Poetsch set to become new chairman

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says its chief financial officer, Hans Dieter Poetsch, is set to become its new chairman — filling the position that longtime company patriarch Ferdinand Piech vacated in April.


Stocks gain; Europe's central bank ready to boost stimulus

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and global stocks were modestly higher Thursday, helped by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region's economy, if needed. A rebound in oil prices lifted energy stocks.

US services firms expand rapidly, lifted by strong sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies expanded at a healthy pace in August, lifted by robust consumer spending resulting from steady job gains.

Students ask Education Department to discharge college debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to government data released Thursday.

Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 282,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remain at historically near low levels in a positive sign for the U.S. economy amid a broader global slowdown.

US trade deficit drops to $41.9 billion in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to the lowest level in five months as exports posted a small gain while imports declined, reflecting a big drop in shipments of consumer goods such as cell phones.

As ECB holds rates, reports show euro economy holding up

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank kept its interest rates at record lows on Thursday, as expected, after reports showed the eurozone economy held up better than many had expected over the summer months.


Haslam administration touts 'low-cost labor' in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) - While Republican Gov. Bill Haslam often states his goal of bringing "high-quality jobs" to Tennessee, a document produced by his administration suggests he may be less interested in making them high-paying positions.


Loretta Lynn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church receive ACM Honors

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country star Luke Bryan may have one of the most popular albums in the country, but Loretta Lynn made his day when she gave him a kiss.


Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn to have contract extended to 2018

BERLIN (AP) — Top directors at German carmaker Volkswagen plan to give a two-year contract extension to CEO Martin Winterkorn, who emerged on top of a power struggle this year with company patriarch Ferdinand Piech.

Union: Fiat says Jeep Wrangler staying in Ohio, not Cherokee

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Fiat Chrysler assembly plant managers told workers Tuesday that Jeep Wrangler production will stay in the city where the vehicle's roots date to World War II, but they also delivered a surprising announcement that the Jeep Cherokee line would be sent out of state, union leaders said.


Fed report finds economy growing at moderate pace in summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve's latest look at business conditions nationwide finds that the economy kept expanding during the summer. Housing and auto sales were two bright spots.

US markets rebound a day after big plunge

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing broadly higher as the market bounces back from a plunge the day before.

US bank earnings up 7.3 percent in 1st Qtr

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks' earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis.

US factory orders edge up 0.4 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories posted a modest gain in July, helped by the biggest rise in motor vehicles orders in a year and a solid gain in a category that tracks business investment plans.

US productivity up 3.3 percent in spring, labor costs fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity in the spring rose at the fastest pace since late 2013, while labor costs declined.

Survey: US businesses hired at steady pace in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added jobs at a steady pace last month, with construction and manufacturing showing solid gains, a private survey found.

Q&A: What are the signs of a 'bear market' for stocks

The stock market's sharp downturn in recent weeks has pulled the three major U.S. stock indexes into what is known as a "correction." But when does a market correction effectively end a bull market and usher in a full-blown bear market?

You think the stock market is crazy? Look at oil prices.

NEW YORK (AP) — Commodity markets are renowned for their booms and busts but the last four days in the crude oil market have even experienced traders wide-eyed.

Shell president: 'Oil will be required for a long time'

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The president of Shell Oil Co. said exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.


Former TV judge Joe Brown released from jail

NASHVILLE (AP) - Former television judge Joe Brown has been released from jail after serving a five-day jail sentence for contempt of court.


More Tennessee lawmakers come out against gas tax hike in 2016

NASHVILLE (AP) — Add the chairman of the state Senate transportation committee to the list of opponents of raising Tennessee's gas tax in 2016.

Dems introduce bill to allow gun ban at sports, music venues

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two Democrats are introducing legislation to allow all firearms to be banned at major sports and music venues.


Routine audit of Tennessee prison system questioned

NASHVILLE (AP) — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart is dismissing an upcoming audit of Tennessee's prison system as "business as usual."


Comcast teeing up new services targeted at millennials

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast, which became a TV powerhouse by signing up Generation Xers, baby boomers and their parents, now is fighting for millennial eyeballs.


Nissan, GM flat in better-than-expected August auto sales

DETROIT (AP) — As China's auto market recoils, the U.S. remains a bright spot as it rolls on toward its best performance in more than a decade.


US construction spending reaches highest level in 7 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending in July climbed to its highest level in more than seven years, boosted by an increase in the building of houses, factories and power plants.


US stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world's second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated.

US factories grow in August at slowest pace since May 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey finds that growth in US manufacturing slowed last month to the lowest pace in more than two years.

Consumer panel: Airlines should disclose fees, seat size

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane's seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday.

China factory indexes ebb in new sign of economic weakness

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese manufacturing showed further signs of weakness in August, adding to evidence of an inexorable slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy despite recent government efforts to support growth.

Wobbly euro economy may get bigger push from central bank

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — When is a trillion euros not enough? Could be soon, in Europe's shaky economy.

Yahoo chief Mayer says she's pregnant with twins

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says she's pregnant with identical twins.


Timeline shows massive privatization on potential fast track

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says no decision has been made on whether to move forward with the outsourcing of a wide range of government facilities.


Google tries to woo iPhone owners with Android watch app

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is introducing an application that will connect Android smartwatches with Apple's iPhone, escalating the rivals' battle to strap their technology on people's wrists.


US stocks close out their worst month in 3 years

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is closing out its worst month in more than three years on a down note.

Investors are fleeing once-popular emerging markets

NEW YORK (AP) — If you think investors in U.S. stocks have had it rough, consider the hapless folks who followed Wall Street's advice to buy emerging-market stocks.

NLRB ruling can hurt small business, groups say

A National Labor Relations Board ruling that modified the definition of an employer could hurt small businesses including franchises and subcontractors, according to industry groups that advocate for those companies.

Eurozone inflation stable at low rate of 0.2 percent

BRUSSELS (AP) — Inflation in the 19-nation eurozone was stable in August at an annual rate of 0.2 percent, an official report shows — another weak figure that may help push the European Central Bank toward doing more economic stimulus.


Apple's music service losing key player as exec resigns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's online music subscription service is losing a key player as millions of listeners near the end of a free three-month trial period that has drawn mixed reviews.


Chair appointed to panel reviewing name of MTSU's Forrest Hall

MURFREESBORO (AP) - A professor at Middle Tennessee State University has been appointed to lead a panel that will review the name of a campus building honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.


Dem chairwoman calls on GOP lawmaker to resign over EPA fine

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini is calling on Republican state Rep. Andy Holt to resign over alleged environmental violations at his northwestern Tennessee hog farm.

EPA seeking up to $177K in fines against state Rep. Holt

NASHVILLE (AP) — A state lawmaker is facing up to $177,500 in fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for discharging waste from his northwestern Tennessee hog farm without a permit.


Haslam leading trade mission to Israel

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is headed on a trade mission to Israel on Saturday.

Independent audit will review staffing, violence at prisons

NASHVILLE (AP) - Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield says he has asked for an independent audit of Tennessee's prisons after complaints from current and former employees that violence is on the rise.


Legendary Olympic track coach honored with statue

NASHVILLE (AP) - A statue honoring legendary track coach Ed Temple was unveiled in downtown Nashville on Friday as he and some of the athletes he led to Olympic glory looked on.

6th president of TSU dead at the age of 76

NASHVILLE (AP) — James A. Hefner, the sixth president of Tennessee State University, has died at the age of 76 following a long illness.


Former TV judge Joe Brown turns self in for jail sentence

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former TV judge Joe Brown has surrendered to Tennessee deputies to begin serving a five-day jail term for contempt of court.


What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day

NEW YORK (AP) — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population.

Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of the company that runs adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members.

New estimate: Apple shipped 3.6 million watches last quarter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter — more than some analysts have estimated and enough to change the competitive landscape for fitness bands and other wearable gadgets.

Apple schedules new product event for Sept. 9

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets.


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage drops to 3.84 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.


US stocks close flat Friday after a volatile week

U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme.

US oil prices climb again after Thursday's big jump

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices surged again Friday, a day after recording their biggest gain in more than six years.

Fed vice chair indicates September rate hike still possible

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said Friday that incoming economic data and market developments will likely determine whether the Fed boosts interest rates in September.

Survey: Plunging stock prices hit US consumer sentiment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Plummeting stock prices have taken a toll on U.S. consumer confidence, though there are signs the setback may be temporary.

US consumer spending up moderate 0.3 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending moderately in July, as wages and salaries made their biggest jump in eight months.

Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new cigar-shaped craft

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring. But don't fret, blimp fans. That big, cigar-shaped thing you've seen floating over sports events all your life will still be there.

Oil jumps 10 percent for biggest one-day gain since 2009

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil soared more than 10 percent Thursday, its biggest one-day gain since March 2009, lifted by resurgent global stock markets and a report showing the U.S. economy grew faster than previously reported in the second quarter.

Ruling could undermine McDonald's stance on workers

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's long-held position that it isn't responsible for workers at its franchised restaurants was dealt a blow on Thursday.

The US economy's second quarter went from solid to stellar

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds.

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