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VOL. 40 | NO. 6 | Friday, February 5, 2016

Nashville's most romantic restaurants for 2016

Can’t-miss favorites for Valentine’s Day

Romance can be found all around, in quiet, 50-seat rooms and bustling of-the-moment hot spots. It’s all about the food, the ambiance, the service and, most importantly, your companion for the evening.

Romantic retreats tailor ambiance to diners

With Valentine’s Day on a Sunday this year, romance will enjoy a three-day weekend celebration of love, shared experience and excellent food.

Music City has chocolate to soothe any sweet tooth

If you’ve ever seen someone at a local meat and three restaurant order sweet tea and still add sugar, then Nashville’s sweet tooth is no surprise.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Only so much Durham could blame on media

It’s little wonder state Rep. Jeremy Durham had to take a two-week break from the General Assembly. He was probably feeling faint from the evolution of his own devolution as a leader in the House Republican Caucus.

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EVENTS

All Veterans Career Fair. More than 400 veterans are expected to attend and network with veteran-friendly employers. There will be national, regional and local job opportunities, as well as entrepreneurial and educational offerings. This event is being produced by RecruitMilitary in partnership with Disabled American Veterans. Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Nissan Stadium. Information: https://events.recruitmilitary.com.

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LEGISLATIVE PROFILE

Minority leader Harris confident even on wrong side of supermajority

Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

This Flipper more like Jaws waiting to strike

Each year those in leadership roles of the various Realtor associations are required to take a class on the Realtor Code of Ethics. By taking this class, the association is protected somehow should the leader ever do anything inappropriate.

REAL ESTATE

Average long-term US mortgage rate falls fifth straight week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for the fifth straight week amid volatility in world financial markets.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Equality of partners a problem for Titan owners

It’s the question that won’t go away – will the Tennessee Titans be sold. On the day the Titans formally introduced Jon Robinson as general manager and Mike Mularkey as head coach, team president Steve Underwood admitted that the NFL is not happy with the team’s ownership structure, which is split evenly among Bud Adams’ heirs.

NEWSMAKERS

LocalShares expands with new leadership, divisions

LocalShares Inc., a community-focused investment firm, has attracted veteran leadership to head new divisions of the company.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Lexus IS gets its first turbocharged engine for 2016

The Lexus IS got its first turbocharged engine in 2016, making the luxury brand’s smallest and least expensive sedan more powerful and fuel efficient.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Big risk, uncertain rewards in Super Bowl ads

History has already been made at this year’s Super Bowl of advertising, thanks to a record price tag of $5 million for a 30-second spot.

CAREER CORNER

Annual review is a chance to impress so be prepared

Reviews have become a standard way to communicate our satisfaction or displeasure with one another.

I SWEAR

Judge not remotely interested in $10M payout

Nine or 10 years ago, in a court I know well, something along the following lines was said between a judge and a somewhat aggrieved defendant in traffic court:

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

A Bronco dish for your Super Bowl Party

February is a month of fun. Other than being the “sweetest” month of the year, Super Bowl month, and sporting the famed groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, February holds many other surprises.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Change would allow handguns at Tennessee legislative complex

NASHVILLE (AP) - The leaders of the state House and Senate are moving to end a total gun ban at the legislative office complex.

School voucher bill stalls in House amid flagging support

NASHVILLE (AP) - The House sponsor of a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee says he doesn't have the votes to pass the measure aimed at covering private school tuition for children attending some the state's worst public schools.

REAL ESTATE

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.65 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the sixth straight week as markets around the globe continued the whipsaw trading that has marked this year so far.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US markets dive amid global selloff

Major U.S. stock indexes veered sharply lower in morning trading Thursday as concerns about global economic weakness intensified. The latest slide followed steep market declines all around the world. Financial stocks were among the biggest decliners as investors worried that interest rates in the U.S. and elsewhere would remain low.

Applications for US jobless aid fell sharply last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week in a sign of a stable job market despite the slowing global economy hitting stocks and commodities.

Morgan Stanley to pay $3.2B over contributors to '08 crisis

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Morgan Stanley will pay $3.2 billion in a settlement over bank practices that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, including misrepresentations about the value of mortgage-backed securities, authorities announced Thursday.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10
STATE LEGISLATURE

Tuition freeze for public colleges advances in Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bid to freeze tuition at public colleges and universities and colleges in Tennessee is advancing in the state Senate.

MIDSTATE

Jack Daniel's Distillery announces $140 million expansion

NASHVILLE (AP) - The historic Jack Daniel's Distillery is planning a $140 million expansion project to help meet global demand for prized Tennessee Whiskey.

STATEWIDE

Student-testing firm defends itself after computer glitches

NASHVILLE (AP) — A student-testing company's president defended his firm Tuesday after Tennessee's education commissioner said she no longer had confidence in its ability to administer a new academic assessment test online.

Early voting kicks off for Tennessee presidential primary

NASHVILLE (AP) - Voters are going to the polls Wednesday in the first day of early voting to make their choices in Tennessee's March 1 presidential primary.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Government will consider Google computer to be car's driver

DETROIT (AP) — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government's highway safety agency has found.

VW, Audi recall 850,000 vehicles to fix air bag inflators

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen and Audi say they are recalling 850,000 vehicles with suspect air bag inflators in the United States.

Nissan quarterly profit up on healthy sales; keeps forecasts

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan reported Wednesday a 25 percent increase in fiscal third-quarter profit to 127.2 billion yen ($1.1 billion) on strong sales.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

An early rally in stocks is mostly gone by the closing bell

The Federal Reserve's latest signals on interest rates gave U.S. stocks a lift for much of Wednesday, but the rally didn't last.

Yellen: Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy's growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes.

Staples gets EU approval for acquisition of Office Depot

NEW YORK (AP) — Staples has received European approval for its buyout of Office Depot and in exchange, it said Wednesday that it would split off some operations in Europe to allay monopoly fears.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback

WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9
STATEWIDE

Health officials confirm first Zika virus case in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Health Department officials say they have a confirmed case of the Zika virus in Tennessee, the first recorded case in the state.

State takes responsibility, then blames test failures on vendor

NASHVILLE (AP) - State education officials say they take responsibility for a series of computer glitches caused by a vendor that forced students to stop using a new online assessment test known as TNReady.

Ex-exec of Haslam-owned truck stop chain pleads not guilty to fraud

NASHVILLE (AP) - The former president of the truck stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to participating in a conspiracy to defraud customers.

Radnor Lake named Tennessee's top state park

NASHVILLE (AP) - Radnor Lake State Park in Nashville has been named Tennessee's top state park.

HEALTH CARE

Gov't report: 8 states had significant drop in uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks end a bumpy day slightly lower

U.S. stocks extended their three-day losing streak Tuesday, closing slightly lower after spending most of the day wavering between gains and losses.

Energy agency says gasoline will average under $2 in 2016

For the first time since 2004, U.S. drivers are expected to pay an average of less than $2 a gallon for gasoline, the government said Tuesday.

US businesses post more open jobs; quits rise to 9-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies advertised more available jobs in December and more Americans quit, trends that could lift wages in the coming months.

Oil supply seen outpacing demand, capping price

PARIS (AP) — The International Energy Agency says oil supply is set to outpace demand this year, keeping a lid on any expected price increases.

After challenging holiday, Sears to speed up store closings

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Following a "challenging" holiday season, Sears will accelerate the closure of some of its stores.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Obama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is unveiling his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that's freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his presidency.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8
STATEWIDE

Department of Education scraps online test after crashes

NASHVILLE  (AP) — Tennessee education officials say they no longer have faith that a brand new education assessment test known as TNReady can be administered online after a series of computer glitches, including one Monday that forced school officials across the state to halt testing on the first day of its rollout.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee AG appointed to investigate Durham allegations

NASHVILLE (AP) - A special House committee has voted to designate Tennessee's attorney general to investigate sexual harassment allegations against Republican state Rep. Jeremy Durham.

House sponsor delays voucher vote amid flurry of amendments

NASHVILLE (AP) — Proponents of a creating a limited school voucher program in Tennessee first feared that snow flurries would keep enough supporters from arriving for a House floor vote Monday.

Data: 65 positives in drug testing for benefits in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee law requiring drug screening and testing of people applying for a cash assistance program has yielded few positives for illicit drugs.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Quality control chief leaves scandal-hit Volkswagen

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says its quality control chief is leaving the company.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Slide in energy companies moves US stocks modestly lower

Major U.S. stock indexes moved lower in afternoon trading Tuesday, on course for their third drop in a row. Energy stocks led the decline as a slide in oil prices accelerated. Investors were weighing the latest batch of company earnings news and looking ahead to the beginning on Wednesday of two days of testimony before Congress by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. European markets fell following steep losses in Japan.

Super Bowl 50 advertising winners and losers

NEW YORK (AP) — The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 — and there were clear winners and losers off the field, too.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Gov't creates new student aid enforcement office

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is taking new steps to protect students amid increased scrutiny of for-profits colleges and other schools.

Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5
NASHVILLE AREA

Early voting for presidential primary starts Wednesday

Presidential preference and county primary early voting for Davidson County starts Wednesday and continues through Feb. 23. Election Day is March 1.

TSU wins award for international education

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University is one of five schools nationwide to win the Andrew Heiskell Award for innovation in international education.

The buzz is gone: Nashville convention center roof bees dead

NASHVILLE (AP) — A colony of bees on the roof of Nashville's new convention center didn't survive the winter.

COURTS

Supreme Court says lawyer deserves more punishment

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court says a lawyer who was embroiled in a sex-scandal with a drug-addicted client deserves more punishment than a board's recommended 30-day suspension of his law license. The state's highest court on Thursday said Knoxville attorney Robert Vogel should have his law license suspended for a year.

STATEWIDE

Nonprofit: Water quality enforcement orders down 93 percent

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Clean Water Network found the state issued 93 percent fewer enforcement orders against water polluters in 2015 than it did in 2007, the first year the nonprofit began tracking those orders.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee lawmakers approve 'atomic bomb of politics'

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers on Thursday joined four other states in calling for a national convention on amending the U.S. Constitution to bring about limits to federal power - what one supporter touted as the "atomic bomb of politics."

TECHNOLOGY

Apple now accepting your banged-up iPhone

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from those wanting to upgrade.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Bridgestone-Firestone recalls more than 36,000 truck tires

DETROIT (AP) — Bridgestone-Firestone North America is recalling more than 36,000 heavy truck tires in the U.S. and Canada because the tread can separate from the body and cause the tires to fail.

Scandal-hit VW postpones earnings release, annual meeting

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says it is postponing release of its full-year earnings as well as its annual shareholder meeting due to open questions about its diesel emissions scandal.

Toyota posts $5.4 billion quarterly profit, raises forecast

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit rose nearly 5 percent as the weaker yen and cost reductions offset declining sales in some markets. The automaker raised its full-year earnings forecast.

Automakers to recall 5M vehicles for another air bag problem

DETROIT (AP) — Another problem has developed with automotive air bags, and this one will bring recalls of up to 5 million vehicles worldwide.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks lose more ground as jobs report disappoints

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks closed sharply lower after a weak jobs report cast doubt on the strength of the U.S. economy.

US added just 151K jobs in Jan.; unemployment at 4.9 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in January, a slowdown from recent months but still a sign of a solid job market. Employers raised pay, more people felt confident enough to look for work and the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent, its lowest level since 2008.

US exports fell in 2015 for first time since recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose in December as American exports fell for a third straight month, reflecting the pressures of a stronger dollar and spreading global weakness. Those factors contributed to the first annual drop in U.S. export sales since the Great Recession shrank global trade six years ago.

Tribune Publishing gets $44.4M from Chicago investor

CHICAGO (AP) — Tribune Publishing is getting a $44.4 million cash boost from an investor in Chicago who will become the nonexecutive chairman of the company that owns the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

Drug exec takes the Fifth on Capitol Hill, angers lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Infuriating members of Congress, a smirking Martin Shkreli took the Fifth at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday when asked about his jacking up of drug prices, then promptly went on Twitter and insulted his questioners as "imbeciles."

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