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VOL. 38 | NO. 44 | Friday, October 31, 2014

Why are Tennesseans so afraid of a state income tax?

The odds of an income tax becoming a reality in Tennessee – one of the nation’s lowest-taxed states – are slim to none.

Changing state constitution no easy task

Amending Tennessee’s Constitution isn’t as rare as it was in the state’s first 200 years, and yet it remains a tough, drawn-out task, even if the most popular process, the legislative method, is used.

Constitutional amendments on Nov. 4 ballot

There are four amendments to the Tennessee Constitution on the Nov. ballot. Here is the language of each amendment and what a "yes" or "no" answer would signify:

IN THE WEEDS

Nashville serves lesson in equality via meat-and-three steam table

Attending the Southern Foodways Alliance symposium meant homework before class. Leading up to the meeting, we received a list of about 14 articles, 26 books, two thesis papers, five oral histories and nine films to help put the talks and meals we would have into context.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 86%

EVENTS

4th Annual Sumner County Artists & Artisans Studio Tour. Join art lovers of all ages in a self-guided tour of 12 Sumner County artist’s studios. Thirty plus artists and artisans will display and sell their art at this event. Free. Information: www.sumnercountystudiotour.com

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REALTY CHECK

Not closing on time? Little issues can lead to big snags

Here is a scary Halloween tale: Many real estate transactions do not close on the actual date specified by the legally binding contract.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for September 2014

Top September 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Mettenberger watch about all that’s left for 2014

If the Tennessee Titans were looking for something to divert their attention from bad football, they may have found it – thanks in part to J.J. Watt.

UT SPORTS

Dobbs makes strong case for starting Tennessee QB job

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones faces a big question this week about his starting quarterback for Saturday night’s game at South Carolina.

NEWSMAKERS

Attorney General Slatery names solicitor general

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery has announced that Andrée Sophia Blumstein will join the office as solicitor general. Blumstein will oversee appellate litigation in state and federal courts, review written opinions, and advise the attorney general.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Miata: Best-selling two-seater ever still delivers

Driving the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster is like letting go.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

No more ‘Hope and prayer’ marketing

The average company spends 3 to 5 percent of revenue on marketing, which is certainly not a trivial expense. Why, then, do so many companies invest so little time in the construction of the marketing plan that ensures that investment is well spent?

THE WORLDLY INVESTOR

China’s growth expectations met

The global economy is a symphony of regional and local economies interconnected by trade, interest rates and currency movements. We can generalize the influence of our leading instrumentalists in the following ways:

I SWEAR

Still spooked by an offense from Halloween past

‘Twas many and many a year ago when I acquired a genuine witch’s hat. That Halloween I covered my face with clown-white and donned an old choir robe. I was trying to be the funniest witch imaginable.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Turn your pumpkin into a seasonal treat

This past weekend, on a sunny Saturday morning, hubby and one of my sons went with me to a pumpkin patch. I wanted to get a few pumpkins to bake with, so I dragged them along.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Rivals gear up for next round of Tennessee whiskey war

  6:58am

NASHVILLE (AP) — The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee, South Carolina lead gasoline-price slide

  7:05am

NEW YORK (AP) — The average price of gasoline in the U.S. hit $3 a gallon Friday, and should soon drop below the benchmark for the first time since December 2010.

COURTS

Brentwood man charged with bankruptcy fraud

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee man has been indicted on a three counts of bankruptcy fraud after prosecutors say he gave false testimony to a U.S. trustee.

HEALTH CARE

Medicare bought meds for dead people

  7:03am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US consumer sentiment index reaches 7-year high

  10:10am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers expect better economic growth and rising incomes in the coming months, pushing a measure of confidence to a seven-year high in October.

US consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September

  9:57am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer cut spending in September for the first time in eight months, as incomes grew at the slowest pace this year. The figures underscore nagging economic soft spots that are expected to ease in the coming months.

US, global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan

  9:56am

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. and across the globe rose sharply Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced a new stimulus package to boost the country's struggling economy. Japan's stock market jumped 4.8 percent to reach its highest level since 2007.

Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping

  9:57am

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

Study: Mislabeled shrimp at restaurants, grocers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ever thought that big, pink Gulf coast shrimp you ordered at the restaurant or bought from the store didn't taste juicy or salty enough?

Not so sweet: Chocolate prices are set to rise

NEW YORK (AP) — That bowl of chocolates for ninjas and ghosts won't cost you more this Halloween. Picking the perfect sweet for your Valentine could.

Wal-Mart tests matching prices with online rivals

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season.

For-profit programs face 'gainful employment' rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — For-profit colleges with graduates unable to pay back their student loans could soon face scrutiny by the federal government.

Average US 30-year loan rate up to 3.98 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates arrested their five-week decline this week but the benchmark 30-year loan remained below 4 percent.

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