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VOL. 37 | NO. 48 | Friday, November 29, 2013

Artists find 'magical' home at Porter Flea

Floating market, show strives to ‘get the best folks possible’

Jennifer Jeremias had given up on making jewelry. But it wasn’t for lack of talent or for trying.

Variety the key to Porter Flea success

Meagan Hall, 31, grew up in Rockvale and Murfreesboro before heading to the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville for a degree in textiles and fiber design.

Other places to find items from Porter Flea vendors

Porter Flea co-founder Jessica Maloan recently open a brick and mortar shop, PULP Nashville, at 729 Porter Rd.

Small Business Saturday unites indie retailers

Black Friday is now a weeklong sales event for most national retail chains, and Cyber Monday continues to gain steam for those who wish to do their holiday shopping online.

'The book' on Francis Guess, humanitarian award winner

When the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee named businessman Francis S. Guess its 2013 Kraft Humanitarian Award recipient, the only real surprise was that he hadn’t won it already.

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Nashville Chamber Fall Leadership Breakfast. Featured speaker is Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University. Ariely also is a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty. Thursday, 6:30-10:20 a.m., Belmont University, Curb Event Center, 1900 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 460-5554.

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Tech tools could transform health-care pricing

As retailers shift marketing budgets from paper to digital, more consumers are getting coupons and discounts on their computers and mobile devices.


Timing is everything in war, comedy, real estate

“Remember the Alamo!” was one of the most widely used slogans, catchphrases, rallying cries or cheers in the 1800s, and was perhaps coined by Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto, which most feel was the decisive battle in the War for Texas Independence.


Freaky Saturday: Vols, Commodores have swapped identities

In watching Saturday night’s epic struggle (emphasis on “struggle”) between Tennessee and Vanderbilt, one thought came to mind regarding these two football programs.


TEA names new executive director

Crowder comes to Tennessee from Denver, where she served for the past four years as executive director of the combined Denver Classroom Teachers Association, Denver Association of Education Office Professionals and DCTA-Retired.


‘Bargain Fever’ a good deal for buyers, sellers

You thought you’d never reach the door.


Entrepreneurs are not always leaders – or vice versa

Seventy percent of startup businesses fail within the first 10 years, according to a 2013 study conducted by Bradley University and the University of Tennessee.


Oh Beebe! This stone cutter needs spell-check

“Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.” Francis Bacon wrote that.


Perfect peanut brittle in any weather

I have already written an article on peanuts. As you might remember, it was all about how George Washington Carver discovered the many uses of peanuts – one of them being peanut butter – after the Civil War.


Former, current Titans to serve pizza for charity at MAFIAoZA'S

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Titans safety Chris Hope and some other current and former Titans will be serving pizzas for charity next week.


Nissan looks to no-frills China brand for revival

HUADU, China (AP) — His Chinese sedan was a disappointment. So when truck driver Xie Yanzhen needed to replace it, he turned to Venucia, a 2-year-old no-frills brand launched by Nissan and a Chinese partner.

At 50, new-look Mustang still has plenty of muscle

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — America's first pony car — the Ford Mustang — is celebrating its 50th birthday with a swoon-worthy new design and plans to go global.

GM to largely pull Chevrolet from Europe

BERLIN (AP) — General Motors Co. says it plans to largely withdraw its Chevrolet brand from Europe from the beginning of 2016, focusing more sharply on its main Opel and Vauxhall brands.


Twitter names Marjorie Scardino to all white, male board

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has named Marjorie Scardino as a director, adding a woman to the all-white male board for which it's been sharply criticized.

US economy grows at 3.6 percent rate in 3rd qtr.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a 3.6 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest since early 2012. But nearly half the growth came from a buildup in business stockpiles, a trend that could reverse in the current quarter and hold back growth.

US jobless claims plunge to 298k, as layoffs slow

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled 23,000 last week to 298,000, nearly a six-year low that shows companies are laying off fewer workers.

Stocks edge lower on Wall Street; Retailers slump

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged lower in early trading Thursday as more positive news on the economy led investors to anticipate that the Federal Reserve is getting closer to reducing its economic stimulus program.

Oil gains above $97 after US stockpiles drop

The price of oil edged higher above $97 a barrel Thursday as investors reacted to a drop in U.S. stockpiles, but concerns of oversupply in the Middle East capped gains.

Average US rate on 30-year loan rises to 4.46 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages rose sharply this week, making home-buying slightly less affordable.

Costco key November sales misses Wall Street's view

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Costco's sales at stores open at least a year rose 2 percent in November, missing Wall Street's expectations for a period that included the critical Black Friday holiday shopping weekend.

Fast-food strikes return amid push for wage hikes

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers and labor organizers are marching, waving signs and chanting in cities across the country Thursday amid a push for higher wages.

Report: Arts, culture add $500B to nation's GDP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services, the government said in its first official measure of how the arts and culture affect the economy.


Obama to feds: Boost renewable power 20 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.


The Hermitage open for evening holiday tours

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Hermitage is offering evening tours for the holidays. President Andrew Jackson's home will be decorated for a Jacksonian Christmas as historical interpreters guide guests through the mansion.


Jack Daniel's sales drive Brown-Forman earnings

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp. says its second-quarter net income rose 19 percent, fueled by strong demand for its flagship Jack Daniel's brand.


In Japan, General Motors has high hopes, low sales

TOKYO (AP) — General Motors says it's in Japan for the long haul despite sales of Cadillac and Chevrolet models barely surpassing 1,000 vehicles a year.


Stocks struggle as investors weigh economic news

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market continued its sluggish start to the month on Wednesday.

Oil above $97 a barrel as US supplies decline

The price of oil rose for a fourth straight day as the government reported the first drop in crude oil supplies in 11 weeks.

CEOs more optimistic about economy and hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey of chief executives at the largest U.S. companies shows a growing number are optimistic about the economy's prospects for the next six months and expect to boost hiring.

US new-home sales jump in Oct. after Sept. drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans ramped up purchases of new homes in October after three months of soft sales, evidence that the housing recovery is improving fitfully.

US service sector grows at slower pace last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service sector firms grew in November at the weakest pace since June, evidence that cautious spending by consumers and businesses may be slowing growth.

Survey: US companies add 215K jobs, most in year

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey shows U.S. businesses last month added the most jobs in a year, powered by big gains in manufacturing and construction.

US trade deficit drops to $40.6 billion in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in October, helped by America's energy boom that lifted exports to an all-time high.


GOP opposes Democratic drive to renew jobless aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House oppose a drive by Democrats to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for the long-term unemployed, a senior GOP lawmaker said Tuesday.


LifePoint's Michigan venture finalized

HANCOCK, Mich. (AP) — A joint venture between Brentwood-based LifePoint Hospitals Inc. and Portage Health is expected to bring $60 million in capital improvements to a health system serving Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Haslams host open house at governor's mansion

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, are hosting their third annual "Tennessee's Home for the Holidays" open house at the governor's mansion in Nashville.


Holiday weekend gives a boost to Nissan, other automakers

DETROIT (AP) — The holiday weekend was good to U.S. automakers, as sales reports indicate the auto industry is on track to beat strong numbers from a year ago.


Appeals court sides with employers on arbitration

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that employers can require their workers to sign arbitration agreements waiving all rights to class action lawsuits over workplace grievances.

Judge: Detroit can use bankruptcy to confront debt

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Detroit can use bankruptcy to cut employee pensions and relieve itself of other crushing debts, handing a defeat to the city's unions and retirees and shifting the case into a delicate new phase.


Obama declares health care law is working

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to regroup from his health care law's disastrous rollout, President Barack Obama on Tuesday insisted that the sweeping overhaul is working and warned Republican critics that he would fight any efforts to strip away its protections.

Updated healthcare.gov gets mixed reviews

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Counselors helping people use the federal government's online health exchange are giving mixed reviews to the updated site, with some zipping through the application process while others are facing the same old sputters and even crashes.


Stocks sink as US consumer spending worries deepen

NEW YORK (AP) — After eight weeks of gains, maybe the stock market pullback long anticipated by investors has arrived.

Oil jumps on news of pipeline opening

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil jumped more than 2 percent Tuesday on the prospect of more oil flowing out of a key storage hub in the middle of the country.

US home prices rise just 0.2 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of U.S. home prices rose only modestly in October, adding to signs that prices have stabilized after experiencing big gains earlier this year

Employers step in to prevent worker burnout

LONDON (AP) — Volkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours.

Nonbanks servicing student loans come under agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal consumer finance watchdog is expanding its oversight to Sallie Mae and other companies that collect student loan payments.


Shelton, Bryan returning as hosts of ACM Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) - Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan are returning as hosts of the next year's Academy of Country Music Awards.


Haslams to light Christmas tree at Tennessee Capitol

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, are hosting a Christmas tree lighting event at the state Capitol on Monday evening.


Tennessee wildlife agency has new mobile app

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has a new mobile app that allows users to take along the latest agency info whenever they go.


Mississippi officials looking at taxes on Nissan plant

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The president of the Madison County Board of Supervisors said officials will negotiate with Nissan over property taxes in early 2014.

Saab is back: First cars produced under new owners

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two and a half years after Saab shut down production due to financial trouble, the Swedish car rolled a new sedan off its assembly lines in Trollhattan, in south-west Sweden, on Monday.


Justices won't hear appeal of NY Internet taxation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider throwing out New York state's taxes on Internet purchases on websites like Amazon.com, a move that could change the way Internet commerce works.


Government diagnosis: HealthCare.gov on the mend

WASHINGTON (AP) — Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage — if the government's diagnosis of its health care website is correct.


Stocks slip after disappointing Thanksgiving sales

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is closing lower after the holiday shopping season got off to a disappointing start.

Oil rises on manufacturing numbers from US, China

The price of oil rose more than 1 percent on encouraging manufacturing data from the U.S. and China.

Americans click for deals on Cyber Monday

NEW YORK (AP) — Power up and shop. Millions of Americans took advantage of online deals ranging from free shipping to hundreds of dollars off electronics and half-price clothing Monday, which was expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year.

US manufacturing grows at fastest in 2½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing grew in November at the fastest pace in 2½ years as factories ramped up production, stepped up hiring and received orders at a healthy clip.

US construction spending up 0.8 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. developers boosted construction spending in October at the fastest pace in more than four years, propelled by a surge in government projects. But spending on home construction and commercial projects both fell.

Record crowds over weekend, but spending declined

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers got Americans into stores during the start to the holiday shopping season. Now, they'll need to figure out how to get them to actually shop.

Amazon.com sees delivery drones as future

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com is already cracking same-day delivery. Next up: getting your package delivered quicker than a pizza? The online retailer is working on a way to get customers their goods in 30 minutes or less — by drone.


Blue ribbon panels stumble on trimming red ink

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the end of World War II, more than a dozen high-profile bipartisan panels have been convened to tackle the nation's thorniest fiscal problems. Seldom have their recommendations spurred congressional action.


Feds decline waiver to keep CoverTN in place

NASHVILLE (AP) - The federal government has declined a request to extend a waiver to keep the state-subsidized CoverTN health coverage plan beyond the end of the year.

Health law business insurance site delayed 1 year

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama's administration has announced yet another delay in the rollout of the health care law. An online health insurance marketplace for small businesses is being put off until November 2014 to make sure the HealthCare.gov website gets fixed first.

Catholics in Nashville sue over health law

NASHVILLE (AP) — A lawsuit filed by the Catholic Diocese of Nashville says the new federal health care law requires it to violate its religious principals by offering contraceptive services to employees.


Brick-and-mortar stores and Amazon go head-to-head

NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, it's Amazon vs. everyone else. The online giant has attracted customers from the likes of Wal-Mart and Best Buy with low prices and convenient shipping. Now, stores are fighting back and going head-to-head with Amazon as the contest for customers heats up during the busiest shopping period of the year.

Technology stocks lead Wall Street higher

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is closing higher, with technology companies leading the way.

Oil ends below $93 first time since end of May

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil closed below $93 a barrel for the first time in nearly six months as the U.S. government reported the 10th straight weekly increase in crude oil supplies.

Judge moves airline merger step closer to takeoff

A federal bankruptcy judge has cleared the way for American Airlines and US Airways to complete their merger and create the world's largest airline.

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