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VOL. 40 | NO. 43 | Friday, October 21, 2016

The Farm’s vision still lives after 45 years

From hippie commune to smaller, thriving collective community

THE FARM – Marijuana smoking used to be considered a sacrament for the original 320 hippie refugees whose gypsy caravan of white school buses pulled onto this Lewis County acreage 45 years ago, giving birth to a commune that continues to go by the simple name “The Farm.”

Farm outreach, from midwifery to foreign aid

THE FARM – The free and freeing (and sometimes free-wheeling) nature of life on The Farm is perhaps one reason the clumps of flowers have not been removed to make space in Douglas Stevenson’s 50-by-100-foot veggie garden.

Back to the Farm: Former residents go home

THE FARM – James and Judith Dodge were a part of the original caravan of settlers to arrive here in 1971. He’s 69, she’s 70. “I’ll be 70 soon enough,’’ he adds, diplomatically as the two settle in at their dining room table in a home made entirely of materials picked up in yard sales and on Craigslist.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

BlueCross BlueShield bombshell leaves insurance seekers in bind

Nashville resident Jennifer Murray is caught in the snare of uncertainty looming over Tennessee health insurance coverage. Self-employed as a health care consultant, the single 48-year-old bought individual coverage through BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee’s marketplace plans each year since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. The company offered the widest range of physicians, and its insurance was accepted in most places.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Business Studio Workshop: Labor and Employment Law for Small Business. Learn how to ensure your company’s compliance with employment law rules and regulations with Anne Martin from Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC. Refinery Nashville at Houston Station, 438 Houston Street, Suite 263. Thursday, 3-3:30 p.m. registration, 3:30-5 p.m. workshop. Fee: Complimentary for Chamber members. Information: www.nashvillechamber.com

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Are first-time buyers ready to enter market?

Jonathan Smoke, an economist with Realtor.com, spoke to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors at the group’s annual convention last week and showered the membership with graphs, numbers, statistics and other information about the national market, all the while citing Nashville’s numbers as much better than those of other markets.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Kiffin’s coaching rehab drives Vols fans to drink

Based on the events last weekend at Neyland Stadium, I think it’s safe to say the rehabilitation process is almost complete for Lane Kiffin.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Grading the Vols

Tennessee’s football team is spending this week’s open date trying to get healthy after a rugged four-game stretch of SEC football in which they defeated Florida and Georgia and lost to Texas A&M and Alabama.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans turnaround? Only if they can beat the Colts

A single two-point victory at home over the worst team the NFL has to offer this season might not sound like much of an accomplishment.

Colts at Titans: What to watch

Don't let their Luck run out. The Titans pass rush, led by Brian Orakpo (seven sacks) has been tenacious with 12 sacks in the past two games. The Colts have had issues protecting Andrew Luck this season.

NEWSMAKERS

Chas. Hawkins Co., Inc. appoints new president

Chas. Hawkins Co., Inc. has named Lewis Agnew as president of the independent commercial real estate company. Bill Hawkins, who has been president since 2004, will be moving into the role of chairman of the company.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

New luxury brand, Genesis G90, doesn’t disappoint

The refined 2017 Genesis G90 luxury sedan is Hyundai’s foray into the luxury brand market and the first new entry in the U.S. since Tesla in 2004.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Your sales team must practice the plays you draw

Imagine you’re a football player and your coach shows you a new play by drawing it out on the white board. He asks you to execute the play in the next game without ever practicing it.

I SWEAR

Throwing mercy on court, if not its defendants

One of my I Swear Crossword test-solvers – a male musician from San Francisco by way of New York City – wrote, with regard to the current puzzle, “I don’t think I understand the quip.”

CAREER CORNER

Don’t be afraid to bend rules when looking for a job

Whenever I meet a job seeker, I inevitably ask a question that makes them pretty uncomfortable.

STATEWIDE

Haslam in Germany next week on trade trip

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is heading to Germany next week on a trade trip.

Arby's to sell venison sandwiches in Tennessee

ATLANTA (AP) — Deer hunting season is on the way, but fans of venison might not have to trek out into the woods this year to get their fix.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate eases to 3.47 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, moving closer to historically low levels.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen raises earnings outlook as it returns to profit

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen raised its earnings outlook Thursday after bouncing back to a profit of 2.34 billion euros ($2.55 billion) in the third quarter from a large loss a year earlier, when it took a big charge from its car emissions scandal.

TECHNOLOGY

Twitter slashes staff with revenue under pressure

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter, seemingly unable to find a buyer and losing money, is cutting about 9 percent of its employees worldwide.

Sale or no sale, changes could come to Twitter users

NEW YORK (AP) — Sale or no sale, Twitter users are bound to see changes as the beleaguered communications service tries to broaden its appeal to more people and advertisers.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 258,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, a sign that businesses are holding onto their workers and hiring is likely solid.

US goods orders dip in September with investment down

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods dipped slightly in September as a key category that tracks business investment fell by the largest amount in seven months.

US stocks tick lower as industrial companies skid

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging lower Thursday morning as industrial companies like defense contractor Raytheon fall. Bond yields are jumping and investors are selling utility and real estate companies. Chipmaker Qualcomm said it will buy competitor NXP Semiconductors for $38 billion.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26
NASHVILLE AREA

Comcast sues Nashville over utility pole ordinance

NASHVILLE (AP) - Comcast is suing Nashville over an ordinance that changed the area's policy regarding utility poles.

REAL ESTATE

Sales of new homes rose 3.1 percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans bought new homes in September, a sign that demand remains strong despite a shortage of properties on the market.

STATEWIDE

Haslam campaigns for GOP members in Tennessee House, Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is hitting the campaign trail on behalf of fellow Republicans in closely divided districts.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Kenny Chesney to receive Pinnacle Award at 50th CMA Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Kenny Chesney will receive the Pinnacle Award during the 50th annual Country Music Association Awards, joining Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift as the only recipients.

TECHNOLOGY

Windows 10 to bring 3-D to two-dimensional experiences

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft plans to bring three-dimensional tools to computing experiences long done in two dimensions as it eyes the needs of the next generation of users.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Toyota adds 5.8M vehicles to global Takata recall total

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling about 5.8 million vehicles in Japan, Europe, China and other countries to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.

Ford recalls nearly 412K SUVs to fix fuel leaks

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling nearly 412,000 older SUVs worldwide to fix fuel leaks that could cause fires.

Subaru recalls 4 models; turbo air pump can catch fire

DETROIT (AP) — Subaru is recalling more than 100,000 of its top-selling models in the U.S. because a turbocharger air pump can run continuously, overheat and could cause fires.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks slip; real estate falls and banks climb

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks dodged bigger losses and finished barely lower on Wednesday. Health care companies fell and Apple pulled technology companies down, but banks rose.

Report: Women won't earn as much as men for 170 years

GENEVA (AP) — The global gap in earnings between men and women will not be closed for another 170 years if current trends continue, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum.

Apple's quarterly sales fall, but forecast calls for gains

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After stumbling in 2016, Apple is betting on a better year ahead.

Coke profit falls 28 percent, but beats expectations

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola's profit fell 28 percent in the third quarter, but its results still beat Wall Street expectations.

Report: Gunmen still control metals mined for modern gadgets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Violent gunmen still menace pick-and-shovel miners in eastern Congo, a new report finds, despite years of efforts to loosen their grip by local reformers, Western activists and companies like Apple and Intel that use minerals from the African region in their products.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25
NASHVILLE AREA

Google launches home delivery service in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Google has launched its home delivery service across Tennessee.

Nashville chosen for Bloomberg self-driving car initiative

NASHVILLE (AP) - Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute are leading a year-long effort with Nashville and nine other cities around the world to accelerate their efforts to prepare for the arrival of self-driving cars.

STATEWIDE

Nearly 480K ballots cast through first 4 days early voting

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nearly 480,000 Tennesseans have cast ballots through the first four days of early voting, up from the 388,000 who had gone to the polls through the same period four years ago.

MIDSTATE

Armada Nutrition expanding in Spring Hill, adding 310 jobs

NASHVILLE (AP) — Armada Nutrition has announced it is expanding its Spring Hill operations, investing $2.1 million and creating 310 new jobs over the next five years.

HEALTH CARE

Q&A: New sign-up season; new woes for Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is leaving the White House in a few months, but the troubles of his namesake health care law continue to make headlines. With premiums rising by double digits and many consumers scrambling to replace coverage because their insurer bailed out, the 2017 sign-up season that starts Nov. 1 looks challenging.

REAL ESTATE

US home prices rose in August, lifted by dwindling supply

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices climbed at a solid pace in August as more home buyers competed for fewer available properties.

TECHNOLOGY

US official: Non-state actor likely to blame for cyberattack

WASHINGTON (AP) — National Intelligence Director James Clapper says it appears that a "non-state actor" was behind a massive cyberattack last week that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Judge approves $15 billion Volkswagen emissions settlement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a nearly $15 billion court settlement of most claims against Volkswagen for its emissions-cheating scandal.

What Volkswagen owners can expect from the diesel settlement

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement between Volkswagen AG and about 475,000 owners of diesel cars that don't meet U.S. emissions standards.

Nissan hiring 300 to develop common connected car technology

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The top executive overseeing connected vehicles at Nissan and Renault believes the benefits of developing a common technology for connectivity within the Japanese and French auto partnership outweigh the risks of sustaining huge damage from a possible defect or cyberattack.

GM reports record 3Q earnings despite slowing US sales

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors reported a record third-quarter profit that doubled results in the same period a year ago, despite falling sales and market share in the U.S.

Beer run! Self-driving truck goes 120-plus miles on delivery

DENVER (AP) — Anheuser-Busch says it has completed the world's first commercial shipment by self-driving truck, sending a beer-filled tractor-trailer on a journey of more than 120 miles through Colorado.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Consumer stocks fall as Whirlpool, GM and others skid

NEW YORK (AP) — Shaky results from consumer companies dragged the U.S. stock market lower on Tuesday as well-known names like appliance maker Whirlpool and athletic apparel maker Under Armour suffered their worst losses in years.

Trump brand loses luster with affluent

NEW YORK (AP) — Event planner Beth Bernstein decided she had had enough with Donald Trump after his 2005 hot-mic boasts about groping women came to light earlier this month. She removed photos of weddings she had thrown at a Trump hotel in Chicago from her website, wrote to hotel staff to remove her from the list of "preferred vendors" and posted a sort of call to arms on her blog.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senate Democrats aim to block LGBT measure from defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are intent on keeping out a provision from the annual defense policy bill that they say would undercut protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual or gender orientation.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 24
STATEWIDE

Senator rethinking investment with GOP donor in fraud case

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Sen. Mark Green, one of the leading contenders for Tennessee governor in 2018, says he is re-thinking financial ties to a company run by a prominent GOP donor who settled a federal fraud case involving the military health care program.

NASHVILLE AREA

Tennessee State, Google partner to prepare tech students

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University has received designation as a Google School through a partnership with the tech company.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Lexus, Toyota and Buick top new auto reliability survey

DETROIT (AP) — Lexus, Toyota and Buick are the most reliable brands in Consumer Reports' latest survey, a reward for their conservative approach to new technology.

Gov't: Cybersecurity should be part of auto design process

DETROIT (AP) — The government's highway safety agency says automakers should make cybersecurity part of their product development process by assessing risks and designing in protections.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks fall as earnings hit consumer names like Whirlpool

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slipping Tuesday as corporate earnings dominate the news and consumer companies like athletic apparel maker Under Armour and appliance maker Whirlpool absorb their largest losses in years. However strong results for household goods maker Procter & Gamble are sending its stock higher.

For some low-income workers, retirement is only a dream

CHICAGO (AP) — It was a striking image. A photo of an 89-year-old man hunched over, struggling to push his cart with frozen treats. Fidencio Sanchez works long hours every day selling the treats because he couldn't afford to retire. The photo and his story went viral and thousands of people donated more than $384,000 for his retirement.

A merged AT&T-Time Warner may not do consumers much good

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T and Time Warner are playing up how their $85.4 billion merger will lead to innovative new experiences for customers. But analysts, public-interest groups and some politicians are far from convinced.

TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade in $4B cash-and-stock deal

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Online brokerage TD Ameritrade is buying Scottrade in a $4 billion cash-and-stock deal that would significantly expand its branch network at a time when many financial firms are expanding automated adviser programs.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21
STATEWIDE

Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate up in September

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's preliminary unemployment rate for September has risen in the state's latest reports.

New Tennessee reactor becomes nation's first of 21st century

SPRING CITY (AP) — A Tennessee reactor is now complete, making it the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rises to 3.52 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for a second straight week, reaching their highest levels since June.

US home sales rebounded in September despite tight supply

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans bought homes in September, many for the first time, despite a persistent shortage of properties for sale.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Missouri gets $8.7M from Volkswagen after emissions scandal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has received $8.7 million from Volkswagen as part of a multibillion-dollar national settlement over the automaker's emissions cheating scandal.

Tesla may enter ride ride-hailing business next year

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors has plans to get into the ride-hailing and sharing businesses.

HEALTH CARE

Obama: Health care law worked, but improvements needed

MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his namesake health care program, long a target of Republicans and recently criticized by some Democrats, saying millions of Americans "now know the financial security of health insurance" because of the Affordable Care Act.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple: Many 'genuine' Apple products on Amazon are fake

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple says it has been buying Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on Amazon.com and has found nearly 90 percent of them to be counterfeit.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks close mostly lower; eke out gain for the week

The major U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Friday, capping a day spent wavering between small gains and losses.

US internet repeatedly disrupted by cyberattacks on key firm

LONDON (AP) — Cyberattacks on a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted the availability of popular websites across the United States Friday, according to analysts and company officials. The White House described the disruption as malicious.

Let's toast: Striking Jim Beam workers accept new contract

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Striking Jim Beam workers at two Kentucky distilleries have accepted a contract offer, ending a walkout that lasted nearly a week.

British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds in $47B deal

LONDON (AP) — British American Tobacco is offering to take over Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and try to make up for a decline in smoking in the U.S. and Europe.

Survey: More Americans now have access to bank accounts

NEW YORK (AP) — More Americans have access to a checking or savings account, according to a survey released Thursday by federal regulators, a sign that the improving economy is helping lift the nation's poorest households.

Snoopy, Peanuts gang, cut loose by MetLife as it retools biz

Snoopy has been handed the pink slip. After 31 years (almost 170 dog years) as the face of insurance giant MetLife Inc., the company said Thursday that it is launching a new global branding effort, marking the end of a long relationship with Charlie Brown's beagle and the Peanuts crew.

Union asks court to reverse Wal-Mart trespassing order

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A labor union that has demonstrated against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. asked the Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday to reverse a judge's decision barring it from entering the retail giant's property for anything other than shopping.

Luxury goods market hampered by terror threats, US election

MILAN (AP) — The terror threat in Europe, a strong dollar and uncertainty over the U.S. presidential elections have eroded the confidence of the globe's big-spenders, holding luxury purchases flat in 2016, according to a study released Thursday.