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VOL. 39 | NO. 6 | Friday, February 6, 2015

Can old favorites survive Nashville's ‘foodie’ revolution?

Owners, regulars explain how restaurants sustain decades of popularity

A few years ago, Tandy Wilson, chef and owner of City House, offered this tip about earning his respect as a diner: Don’t tell me you’re a foodie, he said, tell me you’re a “regular.”

Great dishes from Nashville’s landmark restaurants

When a restaurant’s been around for a decade or eight, that’s usually a pretty good indication that the food is palatable. We’ve rounded up some of the best dishes to try at Nashville’s longest standing dining establishments, and, of course, it’s impossible to pick just one thing. Feel free to recommend your own favorites in the on-line comments.

Nashville’s most romantic restaurants

Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.


Growth is great, but where will workers live?

For the past two years, developers, property owners and Realtors alike have been treated to what some call the best real estate market in the country. Sellers are realizing astronomical returns on their investments as they shed properties that they have been strapped with for years.

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African-American History and Culture Conference. The 34th annual Nashville Conference of African-American History and Culture will take place Friday at the Tennessee State University Avon Williams campus. Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, and the Metropolitan Historical Commission, the conference will focus on the educational and musical legacies of Nashville’s African-American community. For more than 30 years, the conference has brought together historians, students, educators, community leaders and those interested in African-American history and culture. Registration is $20, which includes admission to all speakers and performances, additions to the Profiles of African-Americans in Tennessee series, and other publications. Lunch and parking are also included. Information and registration: www.nashville.gov/mhc, 862-7970.

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Jones continues to impress with recruiting skills

KNOXVILLE – National signing day is in the books, and Tennessee football coach Butch Jones and his staff can relax and savor another top-tier recruiting class.


Coach says Vandy class saw "good, bad, ugly" of 1st season

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said relationships helped keep together his first full signing class with players who saw all the growing pains the Commodores went through during his first season.


AT&T names Turner regional vice president, GM

AT&T has selected industry veteran Kristi Turner to oversee operations in Tennessee, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Turner will guide sales and operations for more than 1,400 employees, 71 AT&T-owned retail locations, 415 national retail partners and 131 authorized retailers across both states.


Volvo’s S60 gets more power, retains high mpg

With new, more powerful turbo engines, the 2015.5 Volvo S60 is a distinctive, European premium sedan that’s nimble, quick and has a surprisingly comfortable driver seat for 6-footers.


Super Bowl ad winners and losers

Think there was only one big game on Super Bowl Sunday? A typical NFL game has only 11 minutes of actual “game action” compared to 63 minutes of commercials, according to The Wall Street Journal. With 30 seconds of commercial airtime going for $4.5 million this year, it is clear that Super Bowl advertising is serious business, making for an equally interesting off-the-field game unfolding when the clock stops.


Tough choice: Being right or being employed?

Have you ever experienced a problem at your job where you were truly in the right? A co-worker or boss did something to you that was either against the law or just ethically wrong. Maybe your boss has a temper, or perhaps you’re being discriminated against in some way.


Fan makes edgy offer, gets autographed jersey

“[If] you’re not living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much room.” This lyric, from a 1998 folk song bearing David Roth’s byline, appears earlier in H. Jackson Brown, Jr.’s 1993 book, “Live and Learn and Pass It On.”


Modern microwave does more than warm coffee

We’re finally in our new home, and we hope this is the last move we’ll ever have to make.


Grand Ole Opry to kick off Tuesday Night Opry performances

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Grand Ole Opry will kick off its Tuesday night Opry performances on Feb. 17.


House majority leader believes Tennessee voucher plan has a shot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick says he believes a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee may pass this legislative session.


Judge allows some claims to proceed against Pilot Flying J

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge ruled Wednesday that several trucking companies can proceed with claims they were cheated by a truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.


Booming SUV market gets new entries

DETROIT (AP) — Sport utility vehicles are unstoppable — and automakers hope to cash in on the boom with some updated models coming to this year's Chicago Auto Show.

Tesla's 4Q profit falls on strong dollar, delayed shipments

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors ended 2014 on a sour note, with production hiccups and a bungled launch in China, but the electric car maker is confident it can significantly grow sales this year as it launches a new SUV.


Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to know

NEW YORK (AP) — The next phishing email you get could be from your boss.

Now someone can manage your Facebook account after you die

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is giving more options to decide what happens to users' accounts after they die.

Expedia buying Orbitz for about $1.33 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Expedia is buying rival online travel site Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, adding to the stable of brands it has snapped up recently in order to extend its reach and keep pace in the fiercely competitive travel-booking industry.


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.69 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week yet remained near historically low levels.


Applications for US jobless aid rose to 304,000 last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped last week, though it is still at relatively low levels pointing to healthy hiring.

Cheaper gas lowers US retail sales; spending up elsewhere

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit.

US stocks rise as technology, energy sectors gain

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Thursday as technology and energy stocks notched gains.

Court sentences Korean Air nut rage exec to 1 year in prison

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The inflight tantrum dubbed "nut rage" culminated Thursday in a one year prison sentence for Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah, a humiliating rebuke that only partially quelled public outrage at the excesses of South Korea's business elite.

Authorities crack down on cardboard theft in California

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators wearing bulletproof vests sit in unmarked cars outside a Southern California recycling center, swapping license plate details over two-way radio before dawn.


NAFTA shadows Obama's efforts to seek clout for trade deals

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 21-year-old ghost haunts President Barack Obama and his allies as he presses Congress for enhanced powers to make trade deals with Japan and other nations.

Congress clears Keystone XL pipeline bill, setting up veto

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure.


2-year college presidents back Tennessee academic standards

NASHVILLE (AP) - The presidents of Tennessee's 13 community colleges are showing their support for the state's academic standards.

GOP lawmaker wants to make Bible official book of Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A freshman Tennessee lawmaker wants to make the Bible the "official state book."


State employees get information about buyout program

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Human Resources has sent an email to all state employees about a voluntary buyout program.

State library makes journal on desegregation available

NASHVILLE (AP) - For Black History Month, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is making available online a new collection that traces the history of school desegregation.


Fires, deaths continue after Jeep fuel tank recall

DETROIT (AP) — As Kayla White slowed her SUV behind two other cars to exit a suburban Detroit freeway on Veterans Day, it was rammed from behind by a Cadillac STS. Her red 2003 Jeep Liberty bounced off a Nissan in front of it, rolled onto its side and exploded in flames.

Britain starts public trial of driverless cars

LONDON (AP) — Britain has begun testing driverless cars in four cities, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology.


Sunday deadline driving health law sign-ups for 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of a Sunday deadline, consumers are stepping up to enroll for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, administration officials said Wednesday.

GAO: Veterans' health care costs a 'high risk' for taxpayers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators have designated veterans' health care as a "high risk" budget issue that threatens big costs to taxpayers unless longstanding problems are addressed.


US stocks end little changed as Greek debt meeting begins

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks closed effectively flat in quiet trading Wednesday as investors waited to see what the outcome would be of an emergency meeting between Greece and the rest of the eurozone to discuss the country's finances.

IRS apologizes for seizing bank accounts of small businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressured by Congress, the IRS said Wednesday it is changing its policies and apologizing for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because they structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

Greece heads for clash with creditors at emergency meeting

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece's new government is confronting its eurozone creditors head on at an emergency meeting Wednesday, where Athens will seek to ease its bailout conditions in the face of strong resistance from its partners.

Target agrees to pay $3.9 million in false-advertising suit

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Target has agreed to pay nearly $4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Northern California prosecutors that alleged the retailer charged higher prices than advertised, prosecutors said Tuesday.


Tennessee superintendents seek to keep Common Core standards intact

NASHVILLE (AP) - A majority of Tennessee's school superintendents want to see a review process of the state's Common Core academic standards fully unfold before lawmakers try to change the standards.

US Sen. Bob Corker decides against 2016 presidential bid

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says he has no plans to run for president.

Haslam budget seeks to improve teacher salaries

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he's committed to making Tennessee the fastest-improving state in the nation in terms of teacher pay and that his budget will reflect that commitment.

5 things to know about Gov. Haslam's $33.3B budget proposal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Five things to know about Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's $33.3 billion budget proposal:


MTSU panel to discuss reporting on Ferguson shooting case

MURFREESBORO (AP) — The challenges of reporting on the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting death case and the sometimes-violent protests in its aftermath will be the topic of a panel discussion at Middle Tennessee State University on Tuesday.


Let hackers in: Experts say traps might be better than walls

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say cybersecurity is beyond due an overhaul.

Robots replacing human factory workers at faster pace

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report Tuesday said.


Investor seeks $8B GM stock buyback, seat on board

DETROIT (AP) — A General Motors stockholder representing four investment funds has told the company he'll seek a seat on its board at the annual meeting this summer and will push for an $8 billion stock buyback to take place next year.


Oil on wild ride; How will it end?

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil is on a wild ride, and there is little agreement on where it's headed.

US stocks advance on earnings, possible Greece deal

NEW YORK (AP) — A mix of positive earnings and corporate news boosted stocks on Tuesday. Signs that Greece might be willing to broker a deal with its creditors also gave the market a lift.

US farmers expected to see 32 percent drop in income in 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Net income for U.S. farmers is expected to fall by nearly 32 percent this year because of low crop prices and increasing expenses, placing many farmers in an unprofitable situation.

US job openings rise to 14-year high; job quits, hiring up

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue.

US wholesale stockpiles record smallest gain in 17 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles in December at the slowest pace in 17 months, and sales were weak for a fifth month.


Haslam budget seeks to improve teacher salaries

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says the budget he will present during his State of the State address seeks to improve salaries for Tennessee's teachers.

Haslam to give State of the State address tonight

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam will deliver his annual State of the State address to the Tennessee Legislature on Monday evening.

Tennessee Republican Party leaders reject closed primaries

NASHVILLE (AP) — The executive committee of the state Republican Party has turned back an effort to hold closed primaries in Tennessee.


Nashville law firm Butler Snow adds 13 attorneys

NASHVILLE (AP) — Butler Snow is continuing to expand its Nashville office with the addition of 13 attorneys to its commercial litigation practice.

The Hermitage offering programs for Black History Month

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Hermitage is offering special free programs each Saturday in February in honor of Black History Month.


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe B. Mauldin dead at 74

NASHVILLE (AP) — Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe B. Mauldin, a bass player for Buddy Holly and The Crickets, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 74.


Nissan raises profit forecast after sales grow in US, Europe

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan raised its earnings forecast for the fiscal year after reporting a nearly 21 percent jump in quarterly profit as a cheap yen amplified strong overseas sales.

Report: Automakers fail to fully protect against hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting.


Health care records make fertile field for cyber crime

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands.


US stocks falter on weak China data, Greece worries

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing lower on weak Chinese trade data and more worries about Greece's finances.

Netflix brings its streaming video service to Cuba

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix began selling its Internet video service in Cuba Monday in what appears to be a largely symbolic move driven by the recent loosening of U.S. restrictions on doing business with the communist-run island.

US gas prices jump 13 cents a gallon; could go higher

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a regular gallon of gas jumped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.20, ending a sustained drop.

Bernie Madoff trustee returns $355 million more to investors

NEW YORK (AP) — About $355 million distributed last week to investors cheated in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme means over half of allowable claims have been paid in full, the trustee recovering money for investors announced Monday.

Even as US job market picks up, unemployed face frustration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market remains a frustrating place for America's 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings.

Majority backs Obama's efforts on unemployment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' views of President Barack Obama have improved slightly in the past two months, and opinions are more positive about the direction of the country and the health of the economy, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds.


Haslam: Gas tax proposal won't be ready until next year

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee needs to "do something" about its tax on gasoline, but that he won't be in a position to make a proposal until next year.

Senate clerk uses taxpayer money to travel to conferences

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Chief Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey has spent about $9,000 in taxpayer money to travel to conferences in other states over the last seven months.

6 of 7 who killed Insure Tennessee are on state health plan

NASHVILLE (AP) — Six of the seven Republican senators who voted to kill Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are enrolled in the state government health plan.


Comedy festival returning to Nashville in April

NASHVILLE (AP) — Actor Vince Vaughn's comedy festival that debuted in Nashville is returning for a second year in April.


Nashville's Crenshaw nominated for federal judgeship

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville attorney has been nominated for a federal judgeship in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.


Open records advocate: Citizens have tougher time than media

NASHVILLE (AP) - Denial of public records, excessive fees to find out what the government is doing, violations of open meetings law and long delays in getting information are some of the problems open records advocates find in Tennessee.

Poll: 79 percent approve of Tennessee's free tuition plan

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new poll by Middle Tennessee State University shows overwhelming support for Gov. Bill Haslam's program to make community college and technical schools free for upcoming graduates.

Lawsuit challenges Tennessee use of standardized test scores

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state's largest teachers union has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's use of standardized test scores to evaluate teachers.


Senators call for investigation into Verizon 'supercookies'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country's biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers.


Outgoing FDA chief saw changes to food safety, tobacco rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — From food safety to tobacco regulation and politically charged drug approvals, Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled Food and Drug Administration.

Facebook, LinkedIn join to help women in tech

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook and LinkedIn want to boost dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science with a collaborative initiative announced Friday that they hope will eventually fill thousands of lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long dominated by men.


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.59 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, resuming their downward trend of this year after rising slightly last week. Rates are near historically low levels.


A more robust US job market adds 257K positions as pay jumps

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years — evidence that the job market is accelerating closer to full health.

Utilities stocks, bonds slump after US reports hiring surge

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending slightly lower but they're still closing out a strong week.

New law to require workaholic Japanese to take days off

TOKYO (AP) — College-educated and gainfully employed 36-year-old Eriko Sekiguchi should be a sought-after friend or date, planning nights on the town and faraway resort vacations. But she works in Japan, a nation where workaholic habits die hard.

Sprint to set up shop as RadioShack files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint's latest plan for luring new subscribers is to occupy the remains of RadioShack.


Congress stuck on Homeland Security funding, immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional stalemate over funding for the Homeland Security Department deepened Thursday as Senate Democrats blocked action on the bill for a third straight day to protest Republican language on immigration.

Obama condemns those who seek to 'hijack religion'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world. "No god condones terror," he said.

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