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VOL. 38 | NO. 16 | Friday, April 18, 2014
EMPHASIS ISSUE: RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE

Little houses, big demand: New generation of homebuyer decides bigger isn’t better

With just half the floor space of a typical new house, Hana Crume’s East Nashville home is unusual. But it won’t be that way for long.

Homebuilding giants target Middle Tennessee

Miami, Charlotte and Fort Worth are a long way from Nashville, but for three of the nation’s largest homebuilding and development companies, the rewards are worth the journey.

Murfreesboro sees surge in upscale, multi-family housing

Cruise down Medical Center Parkway in the Gateway area of Murfreesboro, just east of I-24, and you’ll see a $60 million construction project dominating the horizon.

Midstate Real Estate trends for March 2014

March 2014 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Local Weather
Today
Nashville, TN
64°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 50%

EVENTS

Nashville’s Earth Day Festival. A free, family friendly event with live entertainment throughout the day, featuring exhibits and activities aimed at helping protect our environment. With nearly 100 family-friendly booths, hosted by community groups, environmental organizations and government agencies, will offer fun and hands-on activities for all ages. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Centennial Park.

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Davidson County's Top Lenders for March 2014

A look at Davidson County’s top lenders based on total number of all loans, commercial and residential. Only loans that have the actual lender name listed on the trust deed filing are included.

REALTY CHECK

Available residential inventory worse than we thought

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors’ March data show there were 2,530 closings in March 2014 compared to 2,562 for March 2013.

NEWSMAKERS

Baker Donelson elects new shareholders

Baker Donelson has elected 13 new shareholders across the firm, including two attorneys in its Nashville office, Joel R. Buckberg and Ashby Q. Burks.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Unique business cards a great marketing tool

For those in marketing, there is never, ever enough time in the day to get it all done.

THE WORLDLY INVESTOR

Fall in tech stocks a return to reality

Last week, we discussed that the wrestling match between stimulus and global debt deleveraging will continue to create anxiety and volatility for investors. Viewing the world through this prism helps to clarify seemingly baffling market movements.

I SWEAR

Adding April foolishness to otherwise-somber day

To file or not to file? For an extension, that is. Indeed, this is the question. For mid-April is upon us yet again.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Easy chicken salad a big potluck hit

This week’s cooking column is written by my daughter April Sherrill

STATEWIDE

Tennessee arts programs get nearly $1M in support

  7:28am

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee arts organizations are receiving more than $995,000 in the National Endowment for the Arts' latest round of giving.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Some fear bill will hurt babies born addicted

  4:35pm

NASHVILLE (AP) - Opponents of a Tennessee bill that would punish pregnant women who abuse narcotics say it will have the unintended consequence of hurting the very people it's supposed to protect: the babies.

Winners and losers in Tennessee legislative session

  7:28am

Here is a list of some of the winners and losers of the legislative session that concluded on Thursday.

108th General Assembly adjourns for the year

NASHVILLE (AP) - State lawmakers concluded a session Thursday in which they approved measures to allow folks to buy wine in grocery stores, fight methamphetamine production and give high school graduates free tuition at community colleges.

Senate backs off on meth bill, adopts weaker limit

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate has backed down in its standoff with the House over Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to limit the sale of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine.

Bill makes changes to State Textbook Commission

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that makes changes to the process for selecting books for public schools is headed to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

Lawmakers vote to delay Common Core testing

NASHVILLE (AP) — The testing component of Tennessee's Common Core education standards would be delayed a year under legislation headed to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

Haslam gets bill allow state to use electric chair

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee could electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs are unavailable under legislation that's headed for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

COURTS

Local judges won't hear mosque cemetery lawsuit

  12:05pm

MURFREESBORO (AP) - Court records show that circuit judges in Rutherford County have recused themselves from hearing a lawsuit over a mosque cemetery.

Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants

  12:03pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Lost radio program featuring Hank Williams found

NASHVILLE (AP) - Previously unreleased recordings of country music legend Hank Williams performing songs on a 1950 radio show will be released next month for download and on vinyl.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM 1Q global sales up 2 pct to 2.42M

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it sold 2.42 million cars and trucks in the first three months of the year, keeping it slightly ahead of Volkswagen in the global sales race.

Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked

DETROIT (AP) — A Texas federal judge has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of more than 2 million recalled cars to stop driving them until the ignition switches are replaced.

HEALTH CARE

Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

  7:32am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading

  7:31am

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance.

Venture investments highest since 2001

  7:33am

NEW YORK (AP) — Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.

Oil tops $104 on Ukraine fears

The price of oil rose past $104 per barrel Thursday on worries over the upheaval in Ukraine.

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rhetoric is heating up between Northwestern University and a group that's trying to unionize college athletes.

Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.

Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is offering another incentive to its customers to spend more time at its stores.

NATIONAL POLITICS

US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline

  1:55pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit.

CBO: Minimum wage boost would cost firms $15B

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a Senate Democratic proposal gradually boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.

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