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VOL. 36 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 09, 2012
EMPHASIS ISSUE: ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

The next Gulch? Charlotte corridor, East Bank high on developers’ lists

Middle Tennessee’s top architecture and engineering firms have designed some of the area’s most iconic structures of the past decade, from Nissan’s corporate headquarters in Williamson County to the Public Square at the Metro Courthouse in downtown Nashville to the Music City Center, Nashville’s new supersized convention center in SoBro.

Experience, youth play complementary roles at design firms

Earl Swensson Associates Inc., one of Middle Tennessee’s largest architectural firms, employs a mix of generations, from young architects fresh out of school to senior owners in the process of planning their impending retirements.

The big four: Midstate’s most iconic recent projects

Many dozens of notable buildings and developments have been designed and erected in recent years in Middle Tennessee. Many are regarded as stand-outs, even classic, iconic architectural achievements.

After the flood, a return to river

Two and a-half years after flooding devastated the city, Nashville’s changing relationship with the Cumberland River is visible on the east bank, where children play in a park that, as recently as the 1980s, was an industrial site where barges were constructed and launched.

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EVENTS

Chamber West Monthly Networking Coffee. Learn more about the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s West initiatives Thursday, 8 a.m., at the Hampton Inn & Suites-Green Hills, 2324 Crestmoor Rd., Nashville. Information: Nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

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Awareness fuels demand for ‘green’ homes

Scott Wilson and Mark Fenelon were fighting the same battle in 2007 when they first met at an LEED certification conference.

Green awards given to best in sustainable building

As local architects, designers and builders increasingly move to sustainable building practices as a matter of standard, there continue to be leaders in standout energy-saving innovation.

REALTY CHECK

Condo market shifts fortunes back to east

So, the election happened. We now know the results, but Realtors and anyone looking for homes knew well in advance how various neighborhoods would vote. A tally of campaign signs can yield results with a smaller margin of error than any poll taken.

TERRY McCORMICK

Blame bad drafts for Titans’ ills

Everyone has an opinion as to why the Tennessee Titans have seemingly bottomed out midway through Mike Munchak’s second season as head coach.

NEWSMAKERS

VICC’s Wiesner to lead cancer program

Georgia Wiesner, M.D., M.S., has joined the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine, Division of Genetic Medicine and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as professor of Medicine and director of the newly created Clinical and Translational Hereditary Cancer Program.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Careful, clients can size you up in a Snap

You’d give your left leg for this account.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Sales tips from presidential campaigns

Despite your political affiliations or how your candidate fared in this year’s presidential election, it’s tough not to appreciate the full-court press the candidates give in selling and marketing their own personal brands. In fact, there are sales and marketing takeaways that we can glean from one of the most expensive elections (AKA “ad campaigns”) in our nation’s history – lessons we can leverage in promoting our own local brands.

SMART STUFF 4 WORK

Do you have the tools of persuasion?

Persuasion involves providing sound reasons for doing something and getting others to take action on your request. Sales professionals use persuasion to sell products, medical professionals use persuasion to sell healthy lifestyle choices, managers use persuasion to sell ideas, parents use persuasion (but often default to the old standard, “Because I said so!”) to get their children to do things. In other words, most of us frequently find ourselves in situations that call for us to persuade others of something.

I SWEAR

Tricks a treat for disappointed boy

Joel Brown, 9, a fourth-grader at Moody Elementary in White Hall, Ark., and his dad, Chris, a Jefferson County deputy clerk, arrived at Little Rock’s Sturgis Hall at 4:20 a.m. on a recent Friday. Busy with her nursing school studies, mom Stacy couldn’t come.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Apple turn over: It’s how you tell if its fresh

Last weekend, Don and I attended a church dinner party at the home of a friend, where I ate a piece of cake – actually, I ate three pieces of cake, but they were cut into small squares – that was so delicious. Had we stayed long enough, I would have probably finished it off.

NASHVILLE AREA

AmSurg Corp. announces pricing of $250M of 5.625% senior notes

NASHVILLE (BUSINESS WIRE) - AmSurg Corp. (Nasdaq: AMSG) today announced the pricing of $250 million in aggregate principal amount of its 5.625% senior notes due 2020 (the “Senior Notes”). The Senior Notes will be senior unsecured obligations of the Company and will be guaranteed by substantially all of the Company’s subsidiaries that guarantee its senior secured credit facility and senior secured notes due 2020.

R.A. Dickey, David Price win Cy Young awards

R.A. Dickey, David Price win Cy Young awards

Owensboro-to-Nashville interstate highway study released

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Kentucky's fourth-largest city, there's no instant access to an interstate seen as a magnet for job growth, but officials in Owensboro are riding hopes that a new study will put them on a path toward becoming aligned with a highway running from Tennessee to Michigan.

Nashville searching for perfect Christmas tree

NASHVILLE (AP) — Like Clark Griswold, the city of Nashville is on the hunt for that perfect Christmas tree.

Former Tennessee St. coach Gilliam dies at 89

NASHVILLE (AP) — Joe Gilliam Sr., who coached Tennessee State football as an assistant or head coach during four decades, has died. He was 89.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee education institutions get $780K energy grant

NASHVILLE (AP) - Four Tennessee educational institutions are being awarded a $780,000 grant to fund energy efficiency projects.

AUTO INDUSTRY

AP source: Chrysler to add jobs at Detroit plants

DETROIT (AP) — A person briefed on the matter says Chrysler plans to add 1,250 jobs at three Detroit-area factories in the near future.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

BP to pay US billions for Gulf spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history, totaling billions of dollars, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday.

Superstorm Sandy pushes US jobless claims to 439K

WASHINGTON (AP) — Superstorm Sandy drove the number of people seeking unemployment benefits up to a seasonally adjusted 439,000 last week, the highest level in 18 months.

Stocks fall after weak retail reports

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes fell Thursday, pushing the Dow to its lowest since July, after U.S. retailers turned in mixed earnings reports.

Eurozone back in recession in Q3

LONDON (AP) — The 17-country eurozone has bowed to the inevitable and fallen back into recession for the first time in three years as a sprawling debt crisis took its toll on the region's stronger economies.

Oil falls on economic worries

Oil prices are slightly lower Thursday as investors focus on global economic issues, including the so-called "fiscal cliff" in the U.S.

US consumer prices tick up as rental costs rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising food costs and higher rents offset a drop in gas prices last month, leaving consumer prices only slightly higher in October compared with the previous month.

Survey: New grads can expect modest rise in hiring

Modest good news for college students: An annual survey predicts employers will increase hiring of new 4-year college graduates about 5 percent in the coming year. Demand for graduates with associate's degrees is expected to increase more sharply — by about 30 percent compared to last year's survey— while MBA hiring appears headed for an unexpected decline.

Foreclosure starts down on annual basis in October

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. homes are entering the foreclosure process at a slower pace than a year ago, and fewer properties are being repossessed by lenders, new data show.

Target 3Q profit grows 15 pct, tops Wall Street

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target's third-quarter net income climbed 15 percent, helped by a gain related to the pending sale of its credit-card business.

Software founder McAfee denies killing neighbor

SAN PEDRO, Belize (AP) — Software company founder John McAfee said Wednesday he is in hiding, unarmed and accompanied only by a young woman, changing locations and telephones frequently to stay one step ahead of a Belize police unit he says wants to kill him.

Viacom 4Q earnings up 13 pct despite revenue drop

NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom Inc., owner of the Paramount movie studio and cable TV channels such as Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, said Thursday that its net income grew 13 percent in its fourth fiscal quarter even as revenue fell more than Wall Street expected with the lack of a strong theatrical release.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Analysis: Obama aims high but doesn't gloat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama walked a narrow path between ambition and realism, defiance and accommodation when he addressed reporters for the first time since winning a hard-fought election that gives him four more years to carve his place in history.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
NASHVILLE AREA

Homeless newspaper loses Brentwood lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Contributor, a newspaper written by and sold by homeless and formerly homeless, is celebrating its fifth anniversary, but one Nashville suburb has won a federal lawsuit that prevents their street vendors from selling to motorists.

Nashville homeless newspaper celebrates 5 years

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Contributor, a newspaper written by and sold by homeless and formerly homeless in Nashville, is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Nashville school board to shutter charter school

NASHVILLE (AP) - Metro Nashville school officials have ordered one charter school closed and learned another group turned down earlier will not reapply.

Summit aims to foster abundance through innovation

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Global South Summit is gathering in Nashville to discuss ways to use innovation to meet global demands for more food and health care.

Widow of judge who died after being given tainted shot will testify

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The widow of a longtime southern Kentucky judge who died after receiving tainted steroid injections this year is giving her story to Congress.

STATEWIDE

More than 5,000 consumers to get refunds

NASHVILLE (AP) - More than 5,000 consumers in and outside of Tennessee will be eligible for refunds following an agreement involving several East Tennessee telemarketing firms and their operators.

AUTO INDUSTRY

NTSB urges safety technologies be made standard

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government should require automakers to make the latest collision prevention technologies standard equipment on all new cars and trucks, a move that could reduce fatal highway accidents by more than half, federal accident investigators said Wednesday.

Toyota recalls vehicles for steering, pump defects

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 2.77 million vehicles around the world for a water pump problem and a steering shaft defect that may result in faulty steering — the latest in a spate of quality woes for Japan's top automaker.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks slide as impasse over budget deficit looms

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors drew little hope Wednesday for a quick compromise in U.S. budget talks after President Barack Obama insisted that higher taxes on wealthy Americans would have to be part of any deal.

US business stockpiles grow 0.7 pct. in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in September, further evidence that economic growth was stronger over the summer than first thought.

US wholesale prices fell 0.2 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices fell in October as a big drop in gasoline and other energy prices offset a rise in the cost of food.

US retail sales drop 0.3 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back on spending at retail businesses in October, an indication that some remain cautious about the economic outlook. Superstorm Sandy also depressed car sales and slowed business in the Northeast at the end of the month.

Oil rises as Israel launches airstrikes in Gaza

The price of oil rose Wednesday on new concerns about possible supply disruptions in the Middle East after Israel launched airstrikes in Gaza.

Wal-Mart launches food subscription service

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday will officially launch a mail subscription service, called Goodies, that lets shoppers discover new foods from the comfort of their homes.

Waffle House CEO: Sex charges false, 'blackmail'

ATLANTA (AP) — The CEO of Waffle House said Tuesday that a former employee who claims he tried to force her to have sex actually was a participant in consensual sex and has been trying to blackmail him.

Survey: Families at odds over financial planning

BOSTON (AP) — Thanksgiving could be an opportune time to talk turkey about family finances, rather than merely eat the bird and prepare for the next big holiday. A detailed discussion could prove to be worthwhile, given the strong likelihood that older parents and their adult children have conflicting expectations about issues such as elder care, retirement security and inheritance.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Obama wants 'conversation' on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he wants to begin a national "conversation" on climate change.

Obama pressing business and labor on fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is lobbying business and labor groups to support $1.6 trillion in new revenue to avoid an impending fiscal cliff, telling the two sides he remains committed to requiring the wealthy to pay more in taxes.

Liberal group outlines substantial Medicare cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to prevent a raid on health care programs in upcoming budget talks, a think tank close to the White House on Wednesday released a plan for significant savings, mostly from Medicare.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
STATEWIDE

Tennessee's October sales tax collections fall below estimates

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes says the state's sales tax collections for October fell below budgeted estimates.

Higher education officials propose tuition hike

NASHVILLE (AP) - Higher education officials are recommending tuition increases at Tennessee's community colleges and universities.

Haslam remains undecided on insurance exchange

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that part of the delay in deciding whether Tennessee will design its own health insurance exchange required under the new federal health care law is finding out how much flexibility the state would have.

School voucher recommendations don't include cost

NASHVILLE (AP) - A task force appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to study how to start a school voucher program has finalized its recommendations but couldn't reach consensus on many key aspects, such as the cost of each voucher or the scale of the program.

Tennessee offers free help for smokers with QuitLine

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee smokers participating in the Great American Smokeout on Thursday can get their plan to quit in place with free help from the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Sliding doors. Seats 7. Not a minivan, Ford says

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — It looks like a minivan. It has sliding doors like a minivan. So why isn't Ford calling its new seven-seater a minivan?

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Late-payment rate on mortgages declined in 3Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. homeowners are doing a better job of keeping up with their mortgage payments, aided by an improving housing market and low interest rates that are making it easier to refinance.

US stocks fall in uneven trading; Home Depot soars

U.S. stocks closed lower after uneven trading Tuesday as fears about the "fiscal cliff" and Greece tipped major indexes between gains and losses. A surge in Home Depot's stock prevented a steeper drop for the Dow Jones industrial average.

Oil little changed after erasing earlier decline

The price of oil is little changed after making up declines from earlier in the day.

Home Depot 3Q results edge up, beat Street's view

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot Inc.'s net income rose slightly in the third-quarter, as glimmers of a housing market recovery and storm-preparation added to sales and offset costs related to closing stores in China.

Best Buy CEO outlines turnaround plans

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy CEO says it's time to embrace "showrooming."

AAA: Thanksgiving travel should increase slightly

NEW YORK (AP) — Slightly more Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving, according to AAA. But they'll take shorter trips to save on gas and other costs as household budgets remain tight.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Labor heads say Obama backs them on 'fiscal cliff'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor leaders said Tuesday that President Barack Obama remains committed to preserving tax cuts for middle class families and ensuring the wealthy pay more in taxes, outlining plans for a public campaign to pressure Republican lawmakers.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12
NASHVILLE AREA

Widow sues National Geographic over Afghan doc

NASHVILLE (AP) - A widow of a U.S. Army soldier killed in a blast in Afghanistan has sued Fox Cable Networks and the National Geographic Society over a documentary that showed her husband and family.

STATEWIDE

Poll watching coalition wants audit of election

NASHVILLE (AP) - A coalition of Nashville poll watchers on Monday called for an audit of problems they documented with Election Day voting.

Poll shows Haslam enjoying bipartisan support

NASHVILLE (AP) - A recent poll shows Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has strong bipartisan support among Tennessee voters.

Governor wraps up budget hearings this week

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam will wrap up budget hearings this week.

HEALTH CARE

State-run health exchange faces GOP roadblock

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee could design its own health insurance exchange required under Democratic President Barack Obama's health care law, but resistance in the GOP-controlled General Assembly may cause the state to hand that power off to the federal government.

New partnership seeks to curb birth problems

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new partnership being launched in Tennessee is seeking to curb complications during birth.

Tennessee Pharmacy Board lenient on infractions

NASHVILLE (AP) - Members of Tennessee's Board of Pharmacy recently revoked the license of the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak, but a review by The Tennessean shows the board has been lenient on compounding pharmacies in this state accused of violations.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Toyota tests cars that communicate with each other

SUSONO, Japan (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is testing car safety systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roads they are on in a just completed facility in Japan the size of three baseball stadiums.

Fiat Industrial announces new management structure

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Industrial has announced a new management structure aimed at making it easier to merge with its U.S. subsidiary CNH Global N.V., the agriculture equipment maker.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks rise in uneven trading; Home Depot soars

U.S. stocks rose modestly in uneven trading Tuesday as fears about the "fiscal cliff" and Greece dragged major indexes between gains and losses. A surge in Home Depot's stock lifted the Dow Jones industrial average.

Oil down slightly on worry about US fiscal cliff

The price of oil is down slightly in Veterans Day trading as amid uncertainty over a looming package of tax hikes and spending cuts that could hurt U.S. economic growth.

US seen exceeding Saudi oil production by 2020

The United States will become the world's largest oil producer by around 2020, temporarily overtaking Saudi Arabia, as new exploration technologies help find more resources, the International Energy Agency forecast on Monday.

J.C. Penney is the day's biggest stock loser

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney Co. executives may be confident in the department-store chain's everyday low pricing strategy, but its investors are panicking.

Target has earlier start for holiday kickoff

NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. will open its doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, three hours earlier than a year ago, to kick off the holiday shopping season.

RIM to launch new BlackBerry software Jan. 30

TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion says it will hold a launch event for its much-delayed new BlackBerry 10 smartphones on Jan. 30.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
NASHVILLE AREA

Exhibit focuses on lives of 2 Tennessee veterans

NASHVILLE (AP) — Just in time for Veterans Day, the Tennessee State Library and Archives opens new exhibits telling the story of the Korean and Vietnam wars through the eyes of two Tennessee veterans.

Nashville car dealer charged with assault

BRENTWOOD (AP) — The owner of a Kia car dealership in Nashville has turned himself in to police on charges of assault and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Billboard honors Lady Antebellum for 1st tour

NASHVILLE (AP) — When they first hit the road as an opening act the members of Lady Antebellum rarely wasted their downtime, quizzing stars like Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban and their crews on the intricacies of a successful arena tour.

STATEWIDE

Meningitis cases increase to 81 in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) - The number of patients in Tennessee sickened by an outbreak of fungal meningitis continues to grow.

Haslam leaves records rules unchanged

NASHVILLE (AP) - An eight-month review of how the executive branch responds to requests for public records has resulted in Gov. Bill Haslam deciding not to make any major changes.

Tennessee fungal meningitis cases increase to 80

NASHVILLE (AP) — The number of patients sickened in Tennessee by an outbreak of fungal meningitis has risen to 80, but the number of deaths in the state remained at 13.

DCS commissioner seeking more than $8M from state

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Children's Services requested more than $8 million on Thursday to hire new staff and make other improvements to the agency that has been highly scrutinized over children's deaths.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Chrysler to recall 919,000 SUVs to fix air bags

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling more than 919,000 older-model Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs worldwide because the air bags can inflate while people are driving them.

China's auto sales rebound in October

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales rebounded in October but Japanese brands suffered a sharp downturn amid a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo, an industry group said Friday.

Mazda to produce Toyota-brand vehicles in Mexico

TOKYO (AP) — Mazda Motor Corp. will make Toyota-brand subcompacts at its new plant in Mexico, allowing Japan's top automaker to strengthen its North American model lineup.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US wholesale stockpiles grew 1.1 pct. in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles in September at the fastest pace in nine months and their sales jumped by the largest amount in 18 months. The increases suggest the U.S. economy grew faster over the summer than first estimated.

Fearing 'cliff,' investors finish brutal week

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is peering over the "fiscal cliff" and feeling vertigo.

After 3 bumpy years, Europe turns corner on crisis

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The worst of Europe's financial crisis appears to be over.

Oil rises as 'fiscal cliff' talks resume

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil rose Friday as legislators began postelection talks on how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, and a report showed Americans' view of the economy is improving.

Gas rationing begins in NY; power outages persist

NEW YORK (AP) — A gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect in New York on Friday morning, as utility crews made some progress erasing outages that put thousands of new homes and businesses in the dark in a region still reeling from Superstorm Sandy.

J.C. Penney reports hefty 3Q loss

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney Co. reported a bigger-than-expected loss in the third quarter on plummeting sales as customers continue to reject its move get rid of blockbuster sales in favor of everyday low pricing.

Priceline to acquire Kayak in $1.8 billion deal

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Priceline.com Inc. plans to buy online travel research company Kayak for cash and stock worth $1.8 billion or $40 per share.

Average US rate on 30-year loan rises to 3.40 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage was little changed this week, staying slightly above its record low. Cheaper mortgages are helping drive a modest housing recovery.

Got Sauvignon? Amazon.com starts selling wine

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com has added wine to the long list of products it sells through its online marketplace.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Obama approaches 'fiscal cliff' days after victory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly re-elected President Barack Obama will use a White House appearance to set the tone for upcoming talks with congressional Republicans on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff.

CBO: "Fiscal cliff" would spark recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — Austere "fiscal cliff" tax increases and federal spending cuts set for the end of the year would send the economy back into recession and cause a spike in the jobless rate to 9.1 percent by next fall, congressional budget analysts said Thursday.

Lawmakers target operations of data-mining firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of lawmakers say data-mining companies that collect and sell personal information about consumers should make their operations more transparent.

Wal-Mart's 3Q profit up 9 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 9 percent increase in third-quarter net income as the world's largest retailer continues to woo back shoppers by reemphasizing it has the lowest prices. But the company is seeing its momentum slow as it grapples with an uncertain global economy.

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