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VOL. 37 | NO. 37 | Friday, September 13, 2013

Athlon goes deep

Nashville publisher targets new audiences with bold acquisitions

Sandwiched between the coupons, department-store flyers and comics, the little newsmagazine tucked into the Sunday paper has long been a staple of American households.

The remarkable Nashville multimillionaire behind Athlon

As Athlon Sports moves more extensively into magazine production, both in print and online, there’s at least one set of eyes that will likely be giving every issue’s cover art fairly close scrutiny.

Bicycle delivery helps magazine pedal greener path

Dave Thienel, 27, had only been operating Rush Bicycle Messengers for a few months when he inquired about advertising in the equally new Native magazine.

‘Music City Roots’ makes national TV debut this week

Music fans – or just the curious – will have the opportunity to see what the weekly tune-filled ruckus behind the Loveless Café is all about at 7 p.m. Friday on WNPT (Channel 8).

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Nashville Area Chamber and Partnership 2020 Annual Meeting. Richard Florida, professor, University of Toronto and senior editor of The Atlantic, will be the featured speaker on Friday. Florida is a nationally known author and speaker who developed the concept of the "creative class," a theory that high concentrations of musicians, artists and other creative occupations fuel greater economic growth in metropolitan regions. Florida’s keynote presentation will focus on Nashville's ability to capitalize on both cultural and regional assets for continued prosperity. 8:30-10:30 a.m., Music City Center - Davidson Ballroom, 201 5th Avenue South, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

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New boats, cars are good signs for Middle Tennessee Realtors

Home sales are soaring in the Nashville region, but that’s no surprise to Phillip Teal. He knows the housing market is hot when he sees a lot of new cars on the road.

Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for August 2013

Top August 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.


How do soaring sales result in lower prices?

With 3,084 closings in August, home sales increased 18.3 percent compared to August 2012, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors numbers show, and are up 22.8 percent year-to-date.


From ‘here we go again’ to a big win

The Tennessee Titans have made plenty of changes in the off-season on both sides of the football, and many were on display in Sunday’s season opener at Pittsburgh where the Titans stunned the favored Steelers 16-9.


Hunt to lead Nashville Public Education Foundation

The Nashville Public Education Foundation has announced Shannon Hunt as the group’s new president.


Six tips for shortening your sales cycle

A career in sales isn’t for the faint of heart.You must be thick-skinned in the face of adversity, have a dogged determination and be prepared for some long days in the pursuit of the almighty sale.


The Data Have Spoken

Each new month delivers a flurry of economic data. The current deluge will weigh heavily on the Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain or reduce quantitative easing. Let’s quickly review the recent releases and handicap the Fed’s taper temptation.


Need for constant love

Sometimes strange things, more accurately strange ideas and events, influence our behavior.


Is ‘hillbilly’ a derogatory term or badge of honor?

In a Huffington Post article with the dateline of Venice, Italy, actor Scott Haze says he spent three months living in the Tennessee mountains to prepare for a role in a film.


Take a crack at preparing king crab legs

“Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowin’”…


Music, gaming industries sounds alarm on piracy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The music and movie industries are sounding the alarm again on online piracy, saying illegal downloads are on the rise and search engines like Google aren't doing enough to stop them.

Harris, Crowell win 2 trophies at Americana Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — The power of two voices raised in harmony was on display Wednesday night at the Americana Music Honors & Awards as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and the husband-wife duo Shovels & Rope earned top honors.


Senate education panel holds hearings on common core

NASHVILLE (AP) - Supporters and critics of a new set of benchmarks for math and reading are getting their voices heard this week, as a state Senate panel holds hearings on the common core standards that have been adopted to some degree by 47 states and the District of Columbia.


Federal decision keeps Tennessee fish hatcheries open

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says a decision by the Department of the Interior means that Tennessee fish hatcheries will remain open.


Honda recalls Odyssey, Acura MDX for airbag defect

TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co. said Thursday it is recalling 318,000 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. and 63,400 Acura MDX sport-utility vehicles in several nations for an airbag defect.


US home sales reached 6½ year high in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose last month to the highest level since February 2007 as buyers rushed to close deals before mortgage rates increased further.

Measure of US economy's health up 0.7 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gauge of the U.S. economy's future health posted a solid gain in August, signaling stronger growth in coming months.

Stocks open higher after hitting all-time high

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were mostly lower Thursday, a day after hitting a record high because of a surprise move from the Federal Reserve to keep its economic stimulus in place.

JPMorgan pays $920M, admits fault in trading loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. will pay $920 million and has admitted that it failed to oversee trading that led to a $6 billion loss and renewed worries about serious risk-taking by major banks.

US unemployment benefit applications rise to 309K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 309,000. But the data was distorted for the second straight week by reporting delays.

US current account deficit drops to $98.9 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed in the April-June quarter to the lowest level in nearly three years.

Oil drops as Fed euphoria fades; gas below $3.50

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil fell 1 percent Thursday as excitement over the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to keep its monetary stimulus in place faded.

Census: No sign of economic rebound for many in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as the economy shows signs of improvement and poverty levels off, new U.S. census data suggests the gains are halting and uneven. Depending on education, race, income and even marriage, not all segments of the population are seeing an economic turnaround.


House to vote on stopgap funding bill, 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House promised a veto of a Republican effort to gut President Barack Obama's health care law that is part of a temporary funding bill in the House to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Obama convening export panel at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is convening his advisory council on international trade as the U.S. pursues an aggressive goal to double its exports.


Court: Clicking 'Like' on Facebook is free speech

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Clicking "Like" on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech and can be considered the 21st century-equivalent of a campaign yard sign, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Tennessee judge: Parents can name their baby 'Messiah'

NEWPORT (AP) — A Tennessee judge has ruled in favor of parents who want their 8-month-old baby to be named "Messiah."


Nashvillian to be honored as Champion of Change

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville resident Kasar Abdulla will be honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for her work helping immigrants integrate into the fabric of their neighborhoods.


Cracker Barrel 4Q profit slips, but tops view

LEBANON (AP) - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. said Wednesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income dipped 1 percent from results a year ago that were helped by an extra week. The restaurant operator's results still beat Wall Street's expectations.


FedEx says quarterly profit up 7 percent

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx says its quarterly profit rose 7 percent despite a dip in revenue in its FedEx Express unit, and it will raise prices in January.

Tennessee tourism leaders release strategic plan

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tourism leaders from around Tennessee are hoping a new strategic plan will attract more visitors to the state and turn it into one of the nation's top 10 travel destinations.

Guide to provide assistance to new investors

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Securities Division with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance is sharing a new resource for investors.

Former GOP chairwoman appointed to women's council

NASHVILLE (AP) - Former state Republican Party chairwoman Robin Smith has been appointed to the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.


Haslam: VW tax credits not contingent on no union

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee has not made economic incentives for Volkswagen contingent on the German automaker rejecting the United Auto Workers union at its Chattanooga assembly plant, Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday.

VW's Tennessee plant is front-runner for new SUV

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen AG says its factory in Tennessee is the front-runner to build a new SUV.


AP sources: A revised GOP attack on 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House GOP leaders Wednesday announced that they will move quickly to raise the government's borrowing cap by attaching a wish list of GOP priorities like blocking "Obamacare," forcing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and setting the stage for reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code.

House conservatives back 'Obamacare' alternative

WASHINGTON (AP) — A large group of House conservatives intends to unveil legislation providing an expanded tax break for consumers who purchase their own health coverage and increasing the government funding for high-risk pools, according to lawmakers who said the plan marked the Republicans' first comprehensive alternative to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

White House pushing health care security measures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration announced a high-level effort to reassure Americans about the privacy and security of the information submitted under the new health care law, hoping to blunt complaints from Republican opponents that enough isn't being done to protect consumer data.

Walgreen moves health coverage to private exchange

Walgreen Co. is joining a growing push from big businesses to shift more responsibility for finding insurance onto their employees as health care costs continue to climb.


Stock market sets record after Fed keeps stimulus

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market hit a record high Wednesday as investors cheered the Federal Reserve's surprise decision to keep its economic stimulus program in place, at least for now.

Surprise from Fed: No pullback in bond purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise, the Federal Reserve has decided against reducing its stimulus for the U.S. economy because its outlook for growth has dimmed in the past three months.

Oil rises on Fed policy decision, US supply report

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil spiked Wednesday as the Federal Reserve unexpectedly maintained its stimulus for the U.S. economy and the Energy Department reported a bigger than expected drop in supplies of crude oil and gasoline.

SEC moves toward mandate on CEO-worker pay gap

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public companies would have to show the difference in pay between their CEOs and ordinary employees under a proposal advanced by federal regulators.

CEOs less optimistic about the US economy

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. chief executives are less optimistic about the economy, according to a survey released Wednesday. The survey also indicates that disagreements over the 2014 budget and raising the debt ceiling in Washington are making them cautious about hiring.

US builders boost single-family home construction

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders started work in August on the most single-family homes in six months and requested permits to construct even more in future months. The figures suggest housing remains a driver of economic growth despite higher mortgage rates.

Beanie Babies creator charged with tax evasion

CHICAGO (AP) — The creator of Beanie Babies stuffed animals has been charged with federal tax evasion for allegedly failing to report income earned in a secret offshore account, and he's agreed to pay a more than $53 million penalty.

Starbucks says guns unwelcome, though not banned

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.

Facebook sorry for ad showing photo of dead girl

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Facebook has apologized after a dating ad featuring the photo of a Canada teen who died after months of bullying was posted on its site.


Obama asks CEOs to help ease budget fight with GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, facing a budget showdown with Congress, called on some of the nation's top corporate executives Wednesday to use their influence with Congress to avoid a potentially damaging confrontation over the nation's debt ceiling.

Obama officials: Rule won't kill coal-fired power

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's top energy and environmental officials said Wednesday there is a future for coal, despite a pending regulation aimed at limiting global warming pollution from new power plants that Republicans and the coal industry say will doom the fuel source.

Congress presses for details on Obama climate plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pressed the Obama administration Wednesday to fully disclose plans to tackle climate change, including cost, as environmental officials readied one of the most significant pieces in President Barack Obama's global warming strategy.


Vanderbilt Medical Center to make more job cuts

NASHVILLE (AP) - Vanderbilt University Medical Center was expected to cut several hundred more jobs this week as part of a plan to eliminate more than 1,000 positions by the end of the year.


Haslam disappointed in superintendents' petition

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he was disappointed to hear of a petition signed by nearly half of the states' school superintendents that raised serious concerns about Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

Governor's tourism conference starts today

FRANKLIN (AP) — The governor's conference on tourism kicks off on Tuesday in Franklin and runs through Thursday.


GM working on 200-mile electric car, exec says

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — As automakers race to make cheaper electric cars with greater battery range, General Motors is working on one that can go 200 miles per charge at a cost of about $30,000, a top company executive said.

European auto sales hit new low

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Car sales in Europe are still sagging despite the return of modest economic growth.


Stocks edge higher as Fed kicks off 2-day meeting

Stocks rose on Tuesday as investors shrugged off worries about what the Federal Reserve is up to.

Oil slips ahead of Fed policy decision

The price of oil slipped 1 percent Tuesday as investors prepared for an expected reduction in the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus.

Poverty stuck at 15 percent _ record 46.5 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's poverty rate remained stuck at 15 percent last year despite America's slowly reviving economy, a discouraging lack of improvement for the record 46.5 million poor and an unwelcome benchmark for President Barack Obama's recovery plans.

US builder confidence steady, rates a concern

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market held this month at its highest level in nearly eight years. But builders are starting to worry that sales may slow if mortgage rates continue to rise.

AP survey: Sluggish global economic recovery ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — A robust recovery for the global economy remains well out of reach.

US consumer prices rise just 0.1 pct. in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S consumer prices barely rose last month, the latest sign that slow economic growth is keeping inflation tame.

Firm expects slower holiday growth in 2013

Coming off of a weak back-to-school shopping period, a research firm expects holiday sales growth will be slower this year during the crucial holiday season. Shoppers are also expected to visit fewer stores as they research purchases online.

Microsoft board boosts dividend by 22 pct

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft said Tuesday that its board approved a 22 percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend to 28 cents along with a new $40 billion stock buyback program.


Republicans say energy nominee out of 'mainstream'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the Senate Energy Committee say they are concerned that President Barack Obama's nominee to be the nation's top energy regulator has views they consider to be outside the mainstream.

In budget faceoff, Obama warns of 'economic chaos'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A potential federal shutdown looming, President Barack Obama on Monday warned congressional Republicans they could trigger national "economic chaos" if they demand a delay of his health care law as the price for supporting continued spending for federal operations.


Judge: CCA in contempt for prison understaffing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge says private prison company Corrections Corporation of America is in contempt of court for persistently understaffing an Idaho prison in direct violation of a legal settlement.


Tennessee working to replace, repair worn-out bridges

NASHVILLE (AP) — Dozens of Tennessee bridges are among the thousands nationwide that have advanced deterioration or are at risk of collapsing, federal data show. That works out to a small percentage of the state's total number of bridges, but it could be enough to cause concern among drivers who travel them regularly.


It's a book, it's a manifesto: 'Why We Drive'

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul cartoonist and bicycling advocate Andy Singer takes a look at "Why We Drive" in his new coffee-table book romp through the history of a car-centric culture.


Fed faces many uncertainties as it meets this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is being engulfed by the one thing it tries to prevent: uncertainty.

Employment gap between rich, poor widest on record

WASHINGTON (AP) — The gap in employment rates between America's highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press.

Stocks rise after Summers exits Fed race

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are higher after former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers withdrew from the race to become head of the Federal Reserve.

Big-business leaders talk tax code at Montana summit

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said Monday that his bipartisan effort to reform the nation's tax code helped attract some of the business world's biggest names to Montana for a conference on creating jobs.

US factory output up 0.7 pct. led by strong autos

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories increased output in August by the most in eight months, helped by a robust month at auto plants. The gains are a hopeful sign that manufacturing could help boost economic growth in the second half of the year.

Combined net worth of America's richest rises

NEW YORK (AP) — Life is good for America's super wealthy.

Oil falls below $107 on US-Russia deal for Syria

The price of oil fell below $107 a barrel on Monday in reaction to the agreement reached between the U.S. and Russia on getting Syria to give up its chemical weapons.

Summers withdraws from consideration for Fed chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — For weeks, Lawrence Summers had been considered the leading candidate to succeed Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman.

Fed likely to slow bond buys despite tepid economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring is soft. Pay is barely up. Consumers are cautious. Economic growth has yet to pick up.


Obama warns GOP against creating 'economic chaos'

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blistering warning to congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama said Monday it would be the "height of irresponsibility" for lawmakers to cause a new economic crisis just five years after the near-collapse of the nation's financial system.

Wealthy business executives eye political races

CHICAGO (AP) — He has never been elected to anything, not even "student council in high school," as he boasts. He has little patience for schmoozing. In dealing with people, he admits to being "pretty blunt" - more suited to running a large private equity firm, which Bruce Rauner did successfully for 30 years, than seeking votes for governor, which he intends to do in Illinois next year.

Obama to tout economy while marking Lehman fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is seeking credit for an economic turnaround, using the fifth anniversary of the collapse of the Lehman Brothers investment bank to highlight signs of recovery and to warn against potentially market-rattling fights over the federal budget and the nation's debt ceiling.


Vandy WR pleads guilty to role in rape case

NASHVILLE (AP) - Suspended Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd entered a conditional guilty plea Friday to a role in attempting to cover up the rape of an unconscious student.

DA won't prosecute ex-Titan Bulluck on robbery

NASHVILLE (AP) - The district attorney's office is declining to prosecute former Tennessee linebacker Keith Bulluck on felony robbery charges.

Deane, Smith and Partners expands reach

Agencies in Nashville and Jackson, Miss., have sealed a partnership agreement designed to grow their business in public relations, marketing, advertising and branding.


Tennessee education commissioner responds to petition

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman didn't offer any apologies in his first comments about a petition signed by more than 60 school superintendents that is critical of his leadership at the department.

Tennessee offers veterans designated driver's license

NASHVILLE (AP) — Honorably discharged veterans may now obtain specially designated driver's licenses in Tennessee.


Turner asks for Haslam correspondence with VW

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A Democratic leader in the House says he has asked for correspondence between Gov. Bill Haslam and Volkswagen.


New Pandora CEO faces royalty fight with artists

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the biggest challenges facing Brian McAndrews, the new CEO of Pandora, will be renegotiating the royalty rates the Internet radio giant pays to the music industry.


Dow Jones average has its best week since January

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose broadly Friday, giving the Dow Jones industrial average its best week since January.

Oil slips as Syria talks continue; pump price down

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil fell Friday as the U.S. and Russia held discussions in Geneva aimed at getting Syria to give up its chemical weapons.

Some employers see perks of hiring older workers

Older people searching for jobs have long fought back stereotypes that they lack the speed, technology skills and dynamism of younger applicants. But as a wave of baby boomers seeks to stay on the job later in life, some employers are finding older workers are precisely what they need.

US retail sales rise 0.2 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans boosted their spending at retail businesses only modestly in August, indicating that economic growth remains sluggish. Consumers bought more cars, furniture and electronics last month but held back on most other purchases.

Energy costs push US wholesale prices up 0.3 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher energy costs pushed U.S. wholesale prices up 0.3 percent last month. Prices rose a modest 1.4 percent over the past year, the lowest one-year gain since April.

Twitter titillates users, investors with IPO tweet

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter, the short messaging service named after chirping birds, is finally ready to migrate to Wall Street.

US budget deficit shrinks 35 pct. through August

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government posted a narrower budget deficit in August compared with a year ago, keeping the annual gap on track to be the smallest in five years.

US women regain lost jobs; men still short 2.1M

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. women have recovered all the jobs they lost to the Great Recession. The same can't be said for men, who remain 2.1 million jobs short.

Dell shareholders approve $24.8B buyout

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Dell Inc. will end its quarter-century history as a publicly traded company and try to engineer a turnaround away from the prying eyes of Wall Street following shareholders' approval Thursday of a $24.8 billion buyout offer from the company's founder.

Obama economic adviser leaving, successor picked

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gene Sperling, President Barack Obama's top economic adviser, plans to leave in January and will be replaced by Jeffrey Zients, who has twice served as White House acting budget director, a White House official said Friday.

GOP leaders confounded on stopgap spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP leaders eager to avoid blame for a possible government shutdown next month appear confounded by conservatives' passion for using fast-approaching deadlines to derail the implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law.

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