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VOL. 39 | NO. 11 | Friday, March 13, 2015

Battle of the band(width): Fast, available Internet more important than state vs. FCC game in legislature

Joyce Coltrin’s business is wandering in Bradley County’s technological wilderness. And it’s likely to remain there – because of legal threats – until the General Assembly changes state law.

Hard to ‘mansplain’ workplace gender issues

“Jane felt like screaming at Dick after he manterrupted her in the staff meeting, bropropriated her idea and then spent the afternoon mansplaining it back to her.’’

UT psychology professor finds ‘value in having the language be incendiary’

While Tennessee women cite many reasons not to like gender-specific terms such as “manterrupting” and “bropropriating,” two men at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville are fans of them – but with some caveats.


No ‘no-go’ zones? No matter. Lynn, Ketron have plan

File this under ultra-preventative measures. State Rep. Susan Lynn and state Sen. Bill Ketron admit they’ve never seen a “no-go zone” in Tennessee. Yet they are sponsoring legislation enabling the state attorney general to investigate such areas where people and public workers are being systematically intimidated or excluded, report it to the Department of Justice and, ultimately, eliminate such zones to comply with state and federal law.

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Screening, Discussion of ‘American Denial’. The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC presents a special screening tonight in conjunction with Nashville Public Television’s Black History Month programming. “American Denial” is the story of researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal whose study, “An American Dilemma” (1944), provided an inquiry into how denial, cognitive dissonance, and unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life. Baker Donelson attorney Chervis Isom will also discuss his autobiography, “The Newspaper Boy,” a story of a white Southerner’s teenage journey to racial tolerance in ‘50’s and ‘60’s Birmingham, Alabama. 5 p.m., Registration and networking; 5:30 p.m., Screening of “American Denial;” 6:30 p.m., Discussion with Isom. Program and parking are free. RSVP: rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

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Leaving a life they love at Farmers’ Market

Charles Hardy needs help loading a huge piece of his life: a massive white refrigerator that was part of the Nashville Farmers’ Market home he’s leaving – likely for good – after almost a half-century.


Surprising February sales to continue through March

February sales are up again, this time by 12.6 percent compared to last year’s sales for the same month, according to Greater Nashville Association of Realtors sales figures.


Barron’s once again names Pagliara state’s top wealth advisor

Middle Tennessee-based wealth manager Tim Pagliara, chairman and CEO of CapWealth Advisors, has been named the top financial advisor in the state of Tennessee by Barron’s magazine for the fourth consecutive year. He and his firm also made the magazine’s list of Top 1,200 Advisors for the sixth time in seven years.


Cadillac enters compact sport coupe segment

Cadillac’s first compact two door, the 2015 ATS Coupe, is a stylish, rear- and all-wheel drive performer with nimble handling, standard rearview camera and a starting retail price that’s less than $39,000.


Author injects a little fun into entrepreneurship

Your father always told you to reach for the stars. Be the best you can be, he said. Never let obstacles get in your way. Strive for success and challenge yourself – all excellent advice, but how can you harness astronomical success in this, or any economy?


Which social media channels work best for you?

The recent news that Google is reorganizing Google Plus probably registered only with hardcore social media users and marketing professionals.


When in doubt, the best policy is honesty

I’ve recently been on the receiving end of dishonesty in a business setting.


Stealing second base beats cheating for trophy

On the golf course, a 20-foot putt rolls on a green, slows down, collides with the right half of the hole, spins 360 degrees along the rim and winds up hanging on the front edge of its destination. “Call nine-one-one!” a player says. “You were robbed!”


Irish cream cupcakes – just in time for St. Patrick's Day

All the rage these days, when it comes to sweets, is cupcake stores. They are popping up everywhere.


Tennessee attorney sues Haslam administration for records

NASHVILLE (AP) - A corporate tax attorney is suing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration for refusing to produce documents under the Tennessee Open Records Act.


Exemption in 'Tennessee Whiskey' law raises legal flags

NASHVILLE (AP) — An embattled state law establishing legal requirements to market spirits as "Tennessee Whiskey" could run afoul of both the U.S. and state constitutions for carving out a special exemption for a single distiller, according to a new legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

Col. Tommy H. Baker promoted to brigadier general in Guard

NASHVILLE (AP) — Col. Tommy H. Baker of Huntingdon has been promoted to brigadier general.


Compromise legislation keeps Tennessee academic standards

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says an agreement has been reached on legislation that would keep the state's current academic standards intact.

Haslam: Educators' involvement with standards a priority

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says the involvement of educators in the review and development of the state's academic standards remains a priority.

Sponsor withdraws bill to allow motorcycle lane splitting

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to allow Tennessee motorcyclists to ride between slow-moving cars has been withdrawn by the Senate sponsor.


Tesla updating Model S to ease range anxiety, improve safety

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge.

Honda adds 105,000 vehicles to driver's air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — Honda is adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its growing U.S. recall of driver's side air bag inflators that can explode with too much force.


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.78 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, remaining near historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season.


Gauge of US economy up modest 0.2 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the economy rose by a modest amount for a second straight month, indicating the economy's momentum may have slowed.

Applications for US jobless aid barely rose last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits basically held steady last week, as the job market continues to outpace broader economic growth.

US stocks drift down, giving back some gains

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market headed down in early Thursday trading, giving up some of its gains from the day before. Another plunge in oil prices yanked Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other energy companies down.

Fed redefines the unemployment range it considers acceptable

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve was in a tough spot: The February U.S. unemployment rate of 5.5 percent is right where the Fed had been saying inflation would likely start to accelerate. Yet inflation remains even lower than the Fed wants it to be.

Why Fed won't have a big impact on your loans anytime soon

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobody knows when exactly, but the day will eventually come when the Federal Reserve nudges its benchmark lending rate from next to zero to something slightly higher.

US current account trade deficit widens to $113.5 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit in the largest measure of U.S. trade widened in the October-December quarter to the largest imbalance in more than two years as exports of goods fell at a faster pace than imports.

Judge OKs $10 million settlement in Target data breach

NEW YORK (AP) — A Minnesota judge has approved a settlement in which Target Corp. will pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a massive data breach in 2013.


Obama orders 40 percent cut in government's greenhouse gases

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ordered the federal government on Thursday to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change.


Bill seeks to strengthen academic standards review process

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that seeks to strengthen the governor's review process of the state's academic standards is raising questions about whether an additional recommendation committee is necessary, and who will be on it.

Tennessee House speaker calls for 'pre-meeting' transparency

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Speaker Beth Harwell on Wednesday called for transparency in legislative "pre-meetings," a day after the state's four largest newspapers and The Associated Press reported about the growing trend of secret committee discussions about pending legislation.

Haslam won't weigh in on secret meetings in Tennessee House

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is refusing to weigh in on whether it's proper for state House committees in to hold secret "pre-meetings" to discuss pending legislation.


Nashville council members want DA investigated

NASHVILLE (AP) - Ten members of Nashville's Metro Council have sent a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam asking that a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate county District Attorney Glenn Funk.


Tennessee Supreme Court announces business court project

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court has announced the creation of a new business court pilot project that aims to make complex commercial litigation more efficient.


Haslam names Kevin Triplett new tourist commissioner

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named Kevin Triplett the new commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

FedEx 3Q profit jumps, but revenue, outlook disappoint

NEW YORK (AP) — FedEx Corp.'s third-quarter profit jumped more than 50 percent and beat Wall Street expectations on a mix of volume growth and lower fuel costs.


Google's moonshots, gender bias at South by Southwest

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Music flooded into the streets around Austin's convention center as South by Southwest's music festival kicked off and the interactive portion wrapped up. The head of Google's (X) division talked about testing driverless cars and delivery drones, gender bias in tech was a hot topic and event-goers checked out the latest products and companies on the trade show floor.


House leaders work on $213B plan on doc Medicare payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan House leaders are working on a $213 billion plan to permanently change how doctors are paid for treating Medicare patients, a costly problem that's vexed Congress for years, a document circulating among lawmakers showed Tuesday.

Senate, House GOP differ on savings approach to Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are matching President Barack Obama's proposals to cut Medicare by more than $400 billion over the coming decade, though they're not embracing his specific cuts to health care providers like hospitals and drug companies.


General Motors beats a retreat out of Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — General Motors will slash production in Russia and pull its mass-market Opel brand completely in the face of plummeting sales in the economically troubled country.


Stocks, bonds rally as Fed says it may move slowly on rates

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled that it may move slowly to raise interest rates.

Fed: No rate hike until job market improves, inflation rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it needs to see further improvement in the job market and higher inflation before it raises interest rates from record lows.

US Fed cuts forecast for unemployment rate over long run

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve forecasts that the U.S. unemployment rate can now fall further without spurring inflation, a sign that it may move slowly in raising interest rates.

Anticipation is high on whether Fed stays 'patient' on rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials are about to address a question investors have been mulling for weeks:

Starbucks delivery to start in Seattle, New York City

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks says it will start delivering to customers in select parts of Seattle and New York City later this year.

AmEx to debut multi-brand customer loyalty program in US

LOS ANGELES (AP) — American Express is preparing to launch a customer loyalty program in the U.S. that will enable shoppers at select retailers rack up points that they can use toward future purchases at Macy's, Exxon Mobil, AT&T and other participating companies.


Chemical regulation overhaul bill faces opposition in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years is drawing opposition from some Democrats and environmental groups, who charged on Wednesday that the measure is a step backward in protecting health and the environment.

Obama to draw contrasts with Republicans over spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is criticizing a $3.8 trillion budget plan put forward by House Republicans, saying it won't invest in "all the things that we need to grow."


Nissan to build $160M supplier park in Smyrna

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. announced plans Tuesday to build a new $160 million supplier park at its Tennessee assembly plant that the Japanese automaker projects to attract more than 1,000 jobs.


Secret 'pre-meetings' become commonplace in Tennessee House

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee House committees are increasingly gathering in cramped, tucked-away conference rooms in the legislative office complex to hold secret "pre-meetings" to discuss pending legislation. The public isn't informed or invited.

Tennessee school voucher bill headed for full Senate vote

NASHVILLE (AP) - The House sponsor of a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee says he's taking his time moving it through the legislative process after it failed in the last two legislative sessions.


Haslam to announce 'significant' economic development deal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to announce what is being dubbed as a "significant" economic development deal at the state Capitol on Tuesday afternoon.

Former Wilson Co. school bookkeeper indicted for theft

NASHVILLE (AP) — A former Wilson County Elementary School bookkeeper who admitted she made personal purchases using the school's Amazon.com account has been indicted for theft.


Troopers to be more visible during St. Patrick's Day holiday

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol is using a 48-hour traffic safety campaign to increase its visibility during the St. Patrick's Day holiday.


Facebook to let users send money to friends via Messenger

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to send their friends money using the social network's Messenger app.

GOP says Obama aides meddled in 'net neutrality'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused the Federal Communications Commission of bowing to White House pressure on its "net neutrality" decision, which has angered the nation's cable and wireless giants. They said the agency's inspector general has opened an investigation into whether the FCC had violated any rules.


US home construction plunges 17 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) – Construction of new homes plummeted in February, as fierce winter weather froze housing starts in the Northeast and Midwest.


US stocks mostly fall as Fed meets on interest rates

NEW YORK (AP) — The guessing game over higher interest rates is making for a jerky stock market.

As Fed weighs a rate hike, US economy is looking a bit paler

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the Federal Reserve seems to be inching toward an interest rate hike because of the strengthening U.S. job market, its task is getting more complicated:

Fed rate hike expectations shake up stocks, bonds and dollar

NEW YORK (AP) — Interest rates could soon rise in the U.S. for the first time in almost a decade, and that's shaking up financial markets.


GOP offers $3.8T budget that boosts defense, cuts elsewhere

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans launched a boldly conservative 10-year budget plan on Tuesday that would favor the Pentagon, partially privatize Medicare and rely on deep cuts in other social programs to help wipe out deficits at the end of a decade.

GOP plan to boost defense spending worries some in party

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans Tuesday will propose using tens of billions of dollars in additional war funding to get around tight budget limits on the Pentagon in their new budget plan. The move is designed to placate defense hawks, but is already making tough-on-spending elements in the party uneasy.

Budget fight: Obama claims the upper hand over Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, President Barack Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress, aiming to exploit recent Republican stumbles to give Democrats an advantage despite their status as a weakened minority. But while Obama retains full use of the bully pulpit, his leverage over matters of government spending may prove limited.


Tennessee education chief stresses teachers are 'valued'

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has a message for the state's teachers: You're valued.

Political action committees spend $10M on elections

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Registry of Election Finance reports show political action committees spent more than $10 million to influence elections of candidates for office last year.


Dickel master distiller leaving to head Popcorn Sutton

NASHVILLE (AP) - A central figure in the public dispute between Jack Daniel's and George Dickel distilleries over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey is leaving to head up a brand named after a legendary moonshiner.

Justice groups offer pro bono training at Lipscomb

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Access to Justice Commission and the Faith & Justice Alliance are hosting a training to help attorneys do pro bono work for low-income Tennesseans who need legal help. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Lipscomb University's Shamblin Theater in Nashville on April 27.

Rally held near state Capitol kicks off Sunshine Week

NASHVILLE (AP) — A rally was held across from the state Capitol in Nashville Sunday to kick off Sunshine Week.


US homebuilder sentiment slips in March

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects, even as their overall sales outlook remains favorable.


Facebook explains what posts are not allowed on its network

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is trying to clarify what posts, images and other content it allows on its site and why.


What it means if Fed no longer says it's 'patient' on rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the Federal Reserve, patience may no longer be a virtue.

Industrial output edged up in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production edged up in February, as a big surge by utilities due to a cold winter offset a third straight decline in factory output.

Stocks break a 3-week slump and end higher; oil price sinks

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing higher after three straight weeks of losses.

Coke a healthy snack? How company gets its message out

NEW YORK (AP) — If a column in honor of heart health suggests a can of Coke as a snack, you might want to read the fine print.

Young adults want news every day, survey shows

CHICAGO (AP) — Young adults have a reputation for being connected to one another and disconnected from the news. But a survey has found that mobile devices and social networking are keeping them more engaged with the broader world than previously thought.


5 things to know about Congress' budget debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' annual budget debate pits Republicans against Democrats as the newly empowered GOP in the House and Senate offer their alternatives to President Barack Obama's budget. A primer on the key terms and players helps navigate through the complex, arcane process:


Judge might have to give permission for reporters to record

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court is considering forcing the media to get permission from a judge before reporters can use a laptop, digital recorder or any other electronic device to cover a court proceeding.


Tennessee Republican legislators hit each other on 'social hour,' expenses

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick drew hoots and hollers of agreement from his colleagues when he suggested that members of the Senate had met during recent winter storms in the interest of padding their expense accounts.


Eric Martin Satz nominated to serve on TVA board

NASHVILLE (AP) — The White House has nominated venture capitalist Eric Martin Satz to serve on the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority.


Program supports statewide manufacturing innovation

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state of Tennessee and U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are partnering to promote statewide manufacturing innovation.

Parents, grandparents, sue Tennessee to keep virtual school open

NASHVILLE (AP) — A parent and grandparents of three children who go to an online school that has been ordered closed because of low academic performance are suing Tennessee's education commissioner to keep it open.

Haslam may meet with school directors next week

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will try to meet with the state's four largest school districts as early as next week to discuss education funding.


TiVo gets bankruptcy court approval to buy some Aereo assets

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — TiVo said Friday that it has received bankruptcy court approval to buy some assets of Aereo, an online startup that offered a cheaper alternative to cable TV.

US at odds with Google on computer search-warrant proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department proposal that could make locating and hacking into computers that are part of criminal investigations easier is raising constitutional concerns from privacy groups and Google, who fear the plan could have broad implications.


Lawsuit that showed GM hid ignition switch problem settled

DETROIT (AP) — A Georgia lawsuit that helped expose General Motors' failure to disclose a deadly defect in small-car ignition switches has been settled out of court for a second time.

Toyota signs on as global Olympic sponsor in long-term deal

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. signed on as a worldwide Olympic sponsor Friday in a long-term deal reportedly worth nearly $1 billion.

VW workers in Germany get $6,250 profit sharing checks

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen AG says its workers based in Germany are getting 5,900 euros ($6,250) each in profit-sharing bonuses that reflect the company's strong 2014.

Plan to allow driverless cars clears Idaho Senate by 1 vote

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Driverless cars are one step closer to joining Idaho citizens on the roads.


Stocks decline for third week; interest rate worries persist

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market was hit hard Friday, capping a third week of declines, as investors reacted to a steep drop in oil prices and a jump in the value of the dollar.

Oil is on its way down again; will gasoline prices follow?

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil is tumbling again, rattling an already-shaken oil industry and heralding lower prices for consumers.

Energy agency sees more oil declines, potential for conflict

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices have further to drop with few signs of slowing production in the U.S., according to a global energy agency.

US wholesale prices down for fourth straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices fell for a fourth straight month in February as a decline in food prices offset an increase in gasoline prices.

Facebook fraud suspect on the lam; family, dog also missing

NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of faking an ownership stake in Facebook to justify a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against its founder Mark Zuckerberg has vanished.

Déjà vu? Winter chills US economy, but slowdown should thaw

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a second year, harsh winter weather has kept Americans away from shopping centers, slowed home sales and weighed on U.S. economic growth.

US budget deficit totals $192.3 billion in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government ran a slightly smaller deficit in February than a year ago but the imbalance through the first five months of the budget year is still running ahead of last year.

Lumber Liquidators to pay for safety testing of flooring

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Retailer Lumber Liquidators said Thursday that it stands by its products and will pay for the safety testing of laminate floors for customers to help ease concerns.

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