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VOL. 40 | NO. 46 | Friday, November 11, 2016

Changing lives through shopping

FashionABLE allows marginalized women a way out of poverty

When shopping this holiday season, it is possible to do good, too, even if there is no time to volunteer.

Volunteering: The perfect holiday gift to the community

Looking to do good this holiday season, maybe downplay the materialism of it all?

Nashville nonprofits that could use a hand

There are hundreds of nonprofits in the Nashville area in need of donations, volunteers or connections with agencies to provide year-round assistance. Here’s a list of nonprofit agencies that help others.

A special gift for everyone on your list

2016 has been a wild ride of a year. And, just as you’re taking a deep breath, it’s time for the happy, yet never hassle-free holidays.

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2016 Next Awards. The Next Awards recognize the entrepreneurs whose creativity and risk-taking attitude are making a significant impact on our local economy, as well as the entrepreneurial-minded companies that are driving Middle Tennessee’s success. These people and organizations are making Nashville one of the best cities in the U.S. to start a business. Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Avenue South. Thursday, 5-9:30 p.m. Information: nashvillechamber.com Register

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Why is it so hard for our state to oust indicted politicians?

Tennessee is lagging much of the nation when it comes to the ability to remove scoundrels from public office.


Elections, home buying bring out our ugliness

Many observers to this year’s election process have noted that the respective, not to be confused with respectable, campaigns have “brought out the worst in everyone.”


Middle Tennessee real estate trends for October 2016

October 2016 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.57 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for a second straight week.


Six-point plan to help Jones stick around longer

On that day in December 2012 when Butch Jones was introduced as Tennessee’s head football coach, he told Vol Nation that he had a template for fixing everything. He said: “The plan is infallible if the players buy in.” No, it’s not.


Mariota, MVP candidate Carr on parallel paths

So exactly what do the Tennessee Titans have in Marcus Mariota? Mariota’s performance in Sunday’s 43-35 loss to the San Diego Chargers was in some ways a microcosm of his efforts to date with the Titans.

Packers at Titans: What to watch

Mr. Rodgers neighborhood? Aaron Rodgers has called out his teammates for their play. You can bet they will want to take out their frustrations on the Titans, who were torched in San Diego in the air and on the ground. It will take a much better effort than that to corral the Packers offense.


Vols hit home stretch with chance for East title

Be happy, Tennessee football fans. November is here, and the Vols (6-3, 2-3 SEC) still have a chance to win the East Division.


MTSU’s Jones College honors 5 business leaders

MTSU’s Jennings A. Jones College of Business has again honored a group of business people with awards in recognition of their contribution to business and industry.


Volvo replaces stodgy S80 with sleek S90 luxury sedan

Volvo has replaced its stodgy S80 sedan with the sleek, elegant and quiet S90, which has industry-first safety features designed to reduce or mitigate collisions with deer and other large animals.


Ten offline marketing strategies that work

We’re so knee deep in the digital age that the phrase “digital marketing” is now synonymous with “marketing.”


Transitioning from military to civilian workforce

There are few groups I have more respect for than our U.S. Military. These honorable men and women are on the front lines of our country each day. And they spend many of their most employable years in service.


Snakes? Evil? All they really need is good PR

“Snakes, since the beginning of time, have accumulated a bad public image.” Thus begins Pete Ivey’s column, “Around the Old Well,” written in June 1975 for North Carolina newspapers. The title and subtitle go straight to the meat of the matter: “A Snake’s Not Evil – Snakes Need P/R Campaign to Improve Image.”


House Speaker Beth Harwell faces challenge for new term

NASHVILLE (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell is facing a challenge from fellow Republican Rep. Jimmy Matlock as she seeks another term in charge of the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly.


Warner Music set for up to $2m break for Nashville expansion

NASHVILLE (AP) — Warner Music Group could receive between $1 million and $2 million in incentives for its Nashville expansion, based on job creation.


As America shifts to SUVS, so does the L.A. Auto Show

America's shift from cars to SUVs is starting to look permanent, and automakers are scrambling to meet the demand.


US stocks make small gains as banks trade higher

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S.stocks are mostly higher Thursday morning as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen emphasizes that the Fed plans to raise interest rates, which is sending bond yields higher and giving banks a boost. Companies that make and sell food and household goods are lagging the market after Wal-Mart and Smucker announced disappointing sales.

Higher gas prices push US consumer inflation up 0.4 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising energy costs pushed consumer prices higher in October, but overall inflation remains tame.

US home construction jumps by largest amount in 34 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Builders broke ground on the most new homes in nine years last month, a response to strong demand that should lift the economy.

Trump's future role looms over Asia-Pacific summit in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Donald Trump will be on the minds of world leaders as they gather for an Asia-Pacific trade summit.

Yellen: The 'case for an increase' in rates has strengthened

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sketched a picture Thursday of an improving U.S. economy and said "the case for an increase" in interest rates has strengthened. The Fed is widely expected to raise rates when it meets in mid-December.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate jumps to 3.94 percent

Average US 30-year mortgage rate jumps to 3.94 percent

Wells Fargo sees significant slowdown in account openings

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo says customers are significantly pulling back from doing business with the bank, a reverberation of the sales practices scandal that drew a huge fine in September.


Longtime ethics champion McNally poised to become speaker

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican state Sen. Randy McNally, a long time champion of ethics and transparency, is poised to become the next speaker of the Tennessee Senate.


Tennessee posts $184M surplus in 1st quarter tax collections

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tax collections for Tennessee's general fund have beaten expectations by $184 million through the first quarter of the budget year.


Many outdoor activities banned as fires burn across South

NASHVILLE (AP) — Starting campfires, lighting fireworks and smoking cigarettes are among the outdoor activities being banned across the South as fires burn in forests stressed by drought.


US homebuilder confidence holds steady in November

U.S. homebuilders' confidence held steady this month, though their expectations for sales into next year dimmed slightly.


Work stops at electric-car factory site outside Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Work has been suspended at a site outside Las Vegas where Nevada has pledged up to $335 million worth of incentives to an upstart electric car company that promises to have a vehicle still on the drawing board rolling off a new $1 billion assembly line in 2018.


DIY breast reconstruction: Device lets women do part at home

This might be the ultimate do-it-yourself project: Doctors are testing a device that would let women do part of their own breast reconstruction at home.


Twitter suspends several alt-right accounts

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has suspended the accounts of several prominent members of the so-called "alt-right" in an apparent crack down on accounts tied to hate speech or threats of violence.

Facebook's fake news problem: What's its responsibility?

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is under fire for failing to rein in fake and biased news stories that some believe may have swayed the presidential election. Its predicament stems from this basic conundrum: It exercises great control over the news its users see, but it declines to assume the editorial responsibility that traditional publishers do.


Banks lead stocks lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank stocks are pulling market indexes mostly lower on Wall Street as a weeklong surge in the financial sector peters out.

Vast shale oil field in Texas could yield 20 billion barrels

DALLAS (AP) — A vast field of shale rock in West Texas could yield 20 billion barrels of oil, making it the largest source of shale oil the U.S. Geological Survey has ever assessed, agency officials said.

US producer inflation was flat October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices were unchanged in October as the price of services fell, another sign that U.S. inflation remains modest.

Target, after solid 3Q, gets cheery about the holidays

Target breezed past Wall Street expectations for the third quarter and with the crucial holiday season fast approaching, it upped its key sales outlook for the critical period as well.

After complaints, Trump-branded buildings being renamed

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's name is being stripped off three luxury apartment buildings after hundreds of tenants signed a petition saying they were embarrassed to live in a place associated with the Republican president-elect.


Kerry: 'Overwhelming majority' in US back Paris climate deal

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says an "overwhelming majority" of Americans know that climate change is happening and want the U.S. to honor its commitments under the Paris climate agreement.


As fires torch South, burn bans enacted, arson investigated

NASHVILLE (AP) - As drought-stressed forests burn across much of the South - including a blaze scorching a Manhattan-sized area of north Georgia - some traditional outdoor activities are now banned.


Tennessee sets new record in drug overdose deaths in 2015

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee health officials say the state hit a record in drug overdose deaths in 2015.


Tennessee firearms group calls Harwell 'pink elephant'

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Firearms Association on Tuesday denounced Tennessee's first female House speaker as the "pink elephant in the room," saying Republican Beth Harwell is not aggressive enough on gun rights and should be replaced as the chamber's leader.

Gas pump disputes leads Tennessee lawmaker to call police

NASHVILLE (AP) — A dispute about gas prices led a Tennessee lawmaker to call the police.


Tennessee sheriff suspended without pay amid e-cig charges

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A jailed Tennessee sheriff faces suspension without pay while he awaits word whether he'll lose his job amid allegations he profited from the sale of electronic cigarettes to inmates.


Twitter adds new options to curb abuse, harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter, long criticized as a hotbed for online harassment, is expanding ways to curb the amount of abuse users see and making it easier to report such conduct.


Ford CEO says production plans on track despite election

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields says the presidential election won't change the company's plans to move small car production to Mexico.

Lyft lifts off with new look, light-up beacons

NEW YORK (AP) — Ride-hailing service Lyft, the underdog rival to Uber, is getting rid of its iconic pink moustache logo and replacing it with something more useful — beacons.

South Korea to test self-driving car in real traffic

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Self-driving cars soon will hit the road in South Korea as the country seeks to overtake other nations that have sped ahead with automated driving technology.


'Daddy's Hands' singer Holly Dunn dead at 59

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country singer Holly Dunn, a San Antonio native who had a hit in 1986 with "Daddy's Hands," about her minister father, has died. She was 59.


Energy companies lead indexes higher as oil price soars

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Tuesday as the price of oil made its biggest jump in seven months and energy companies rose with it. Technology stocks like Microsoft and Google's parent Alphabet traded higher and bond yields slipped, a break with the pattern since last week's election.

US retail sales jump 0.8 pct. in sign of consumer health

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers ramped up their spending last month in a sign of robust health heading into the crucial holiday shopping season.

Home Depot crushes it again; ups outlook for the year

ATLANTA (AP) — Home Depot, with unemployment falling, mortgage rates near historic lows and wages and home prices rising, upped its outlook for the year as sales surged in the third quarter and customers spent more with each visit.

Germany at heart of more modest growth in the eurozone

LONDON (AP) — Solid growth in countries at the heart of Europe's debt crisis over the past few years, such as Greece and Spain, wasn't enough to make up for a slowdown in Germany in the third quarter as the 19-country eurozone stumbled to another period of muted growth.

AAA predicting biggest Thanksgiving travel rush in 9 years

DALLAS (AP) — The slowly improving economy could boost travel over the Thanksgiving holiday to levels not seen in nine years.


New FEMA maps could mean thousands need flood insurance

NASHVILLE (AP) - Thousands of property owners may have to purchase flood insurance for the first time as new flood maps go into effect next year in Davidson County.

Power restored to Tennessee's largest state office building

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's largest state office building will reopen Tuesday after being closed because of a power outage.


Democratic donor Freeman wants new state party leader

NASHVILLE (AP) - Democrat Bill Freeman, who came in third in Nashville's mayor's race despite spending $3.5 million of his own money, says the state party should replace Chair Mary Mancini following last week's election results.

Tennessee senator launches tour as he mulls statewide bid

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Sen. Mark Green is launching a 60-day tour as the Clarksville Republican considers a bid for statewide office in Tennessee.


Tennessee Supreme Court OKs new divorce forms

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has adopted plain-language forms and instructions that couples with children can use for uncontested divorces.


Rocker Leon Russell dies in Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) — Leon Russell, who performed, sang and produced some of rock 'n' roll's top records, has died. He was 74.


Vroom: Gov't to require hybrid, electric cars to make noise

WASHINGTON (AP) — New hybrid and electric cars are required to make noise when traveling at low speeds so that pedestrians, especially those who are blind or have poor eyesight, will hear them coming, under a new rule released Monday by the Obama administration.

Toyota to pay up to $3.4 billion to settle US truck lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota will pay up to $3.4 billion to settle a class action lawsuit brought by U.S. pickup truck and SUV owners whose vehicles lacked adequate rust protection.


US stocks finish level as tech losses cancel out bank gains

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks came back from an early loss and finished almost unchanged Monday. Technology companies like Apple and Microsoft took big losses on fears about their overseas revenue, but bank stocks continued to surge along with bond yields.

2016 set to break heat record despite slowdown in emissions

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Global temperatures are soaring toward a record high this year, the U.N. weather agency said Monday, while another report showed emissions of a key global warming gas have flattened out in the past three years.

Samsung Electronics buys auto-systems maker Harman for $8B

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said Monday it has agreed to acquire auto-systems maker Harman for $8 billion as the South Korean giant eyes the growing market for connected cars.


Audit: Tennessee venture capital program recovers little

NASHVILLE (AP) - An audit of a state venture capital program called TNInvestco has found that Tennessee has recovered only $5 million of its $200 million investment.


GM may find jobs for laid-off workers in Spring Hill, other factories

DETROIT (AP) — The head of the United Auto Workers union says about 2,000 General Motors factory workers who face layoff in January could be placed at other company factories.


President-elect Trump means angst for 'Obamacare' consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's election ushers in a time of high anxiety for people with health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, which expanded coverage to millions but has struggled to find widespread public acceptance.


Nintendo ending Japan sales of Wii U, shifting to Switch

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo Co. is ending sales in Japan of its Wii U home console "soon," although it's not saying exactly when, and similar announcements are expected in other regions.

Russia to block LinkedIn after court ruling on user data

MOSCOW (AP) — Business-focused social network LinkedIn faces being blocked in Russia after a court ruled it broke a law on data storage.


Stocks close mostly higher on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing mostly higher on Wall Street as a post-election rally loses steam.

The economy that Trump inherits: Durable but sluggish

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump inherits a much sturdier economy than the one Barack Obama carried into his second term four years ago. Back then, the scars of the Great Recession were still fresh. Joblessness was near 8 percent. Pay was flat. Europe faced a grave debt crisis that threatened to spread across the Atlantic.

Rule would boost solar and wind energy development

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is boosting the development of solar and wind energy on public lands.

Applications for US unemployment aid fall from 3-month high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, the latest sign that companies are holding onto their workers.

Trump is a mixed blessing for Chinese leaders

BEIJING (AP) — Donald Trump is a mixed blessing for Chinese leaders.

Macy's sees happy holidays and shares boom

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's is raising its sales outlook for the year after it saw an improvement in its business in the third quarter, a trend that it expects to continue.


Trump's path to boosting infrastructure is full of potholes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has vowed to rebuild the nation's roads, bridges, airports and railways, but the path to delivering on that promise is full of potholes. When President Barack Obama tried to do it, a Republican Congress fought him at almost every turn, and Trump would have to contend with his party's deep-seated dislike for government spending and higher taxes to meet the $1 trillion tab for his proposals.

Top diplomat: Russians were in contact with Trump team during election

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat and Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Thursday that Russian experts were in contact with some members of President-elect Donald Trump's staff during the presidential campaign, a period in which the United States accused Russia of hacking into Democratic Party emails systems.

Senate GOP leader says he asked Trump to back Keystone

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Senate's top Republican said Friday he asked President-elect Donald Trump to move swiftly in approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has drawn strong opposition from environmentalists.

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 43-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level since 1973 last week, evidence that businesses are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their workers.

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