Dollar General is going hostile with its $9.1 billion bid for Family Dollar after its rival repeatedly rejected previous offers.
The discount chain has commenced an open offering to investors of Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $80 per share in cash. That offer was rejected last week by the company's board, which has already accepted a deal with another discounter, Dollar Tree.
27. US recovery drives the dollar sharply higher - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — In the world of currencies, the dollar is starting to look like a safe home in a tough neighborhood.
A strengthening U.S. economy, combined with a gloomy outlook for growth elsewhere in the world, is pushing the U.S. currency sharply higher.28. College savings on the rise as plans average $20K - Friday, September 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount wouldn't come close to getting a person a degree.
In a report released Tuesday, the College Savings Plans Network found that the average college savings or prepaid tuition account known as a "529" plan is now worth about $20,671 — almost double what these accounts were worth during the dog-days of the recession.29. Home Depot confirms breach in US, Canada stores - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot confirmed on Monday that its payment systems have been hacked in a data breach that could affect millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian stores.30. Stocks fall for second day; Apple slips - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell for a second straight day Tuesday as investors were left unimpressed by Apple's latest batch of product announcements.
Negative news out of Home Depot and McDonald's also weighed on the market.
31. Appeals court reinstates Campfield defamation suit - Friday, September 05, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Court of Appeals on Monday reinstated a defamation lawsuit against Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield for publishing false information on his blog about a Democratic candidate for the state House in 2008.32. Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy has died - Friday, September 05, 2014
ATLANTA (AP) — Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy died early Monday at 93. The billionaire rose from poverty by building a privately held restaurant chain that famously closes every Sunday but drew unwanted attention for the Cathy family's opposition to gay marriage.33. Titans' Whisenhunt praises team after opening win - Friday, September 05, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — As the final seconds ticked away on the big scoreboards at Arrowhead Stadium, and only a few hundred fans were left in the seats, Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt allowed himself to smile.34. Microsoft revamps MSN to flow across devices - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is giving its MSN news service a crisper look, new lifestyle tools and seamless syncing across devices.
The company says the revamped site fits in with Microsoft's overall strategy of making mobile phones and Internet-based services priorities as its traditional businesses — Windows and Office software installed on desktops — slow down or decline. The changes also come as people increasingly read news on smartphones and tablets rather than desktop computers.35. DOE to investigate possible security breach - Friday, September 05, 2014
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — The Department of Energy says it plans a probe into a possible security breach at the Y-12 nuclear plant in Oak Ridge.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1pwCPGo), a Sept. 3 letter from the DOE says the incident was discovered in June and concerns "the potential mishandling and unauthorized access to classified information."36. Solid economic data lift hopes for Aug. job report - Friday, September 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week of mostly positive economic news, analysts have forecast that the August jobs report being released Friday will show a seventh straight month of solid gains.
Economists predict that the government's report will show that employers added 220,000 jobs in August, according to a survey by FactSet. The unemployment rate is expected to fall to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent in July.37. S&P 500 hits record on dividend stocks, Ukraine - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A surge in dividend-rich utility stocks helped push the Standard & Poor's 500 index close to a record Friday.
Investors bought up the stocks after the government reported that U.S. employers added fewer jobs than forecast for August. That boosted demand for bonds and pushed down their yields. In turn, stocks with big dividends became more attractive to investors seeking income-paying securities.38. Stocks flat as oil drop offsets ECB stimulus - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A slump in oil prices weighed on the stock market Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its third straight loss.
Stocks had started the day higher after the European Central Bank surprised investors by announcing that it had cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low and planned to purchase asset-backed securities in an effort to stimulate the region's ailing economy. Investors were also cheered by some encouraging reports on the U.S. economy.39. Judge: BP's reckless conduct caused Gulf oil spill - Friday, August 29, 2014
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP bears the majority of responsibility among the companies involved in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge ruled Thursday, citing the energy giant's reckless conduct in a ruling that exposes the company to billions of dollars in penalties.40. US stocks rise on European Central Bank stimulus - Friday, August 29, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Thursday after the European Central Bank surprised traders by trimming its main interest rate to a record low, and announcing that it would purchase asset-backed securities in an effort to stimulate the region's ailing economy.41. Dollar stronger as Yen, Euro struggle - Friday, September 05, 2014
Movements between the dollar, euro, and yen profoundly impact global flows of goods and capital. Given recent language and policy shifts from the US Federal Reserve (FED), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of Japan (BOJ), let’s re-examine global currency trends.42. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions July 2014 - Friday, September 05, 2014
Top July 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.43. Miranda Lambert earns record-tying 9 CMA noms - Friday, August 29, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Miranda Lambert released the most ambitious album of her career earlier this year and Country Music Association voters responded by giving her a record-tying load of nominations.
Lambert has nine nominations for the 48th annual CMA Awards, tying her own mark for the most nods to a female nominee, and nearly doubling her nearest competitor when the list was announced Wednesday in New York. Dierks Bentley is next with five nominations and Eric Church and Keith Urban have four apiece.44. Tech stocks drag Wall Street lower - Friday, August 29, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The relief that greeted reports of a possible cease fire in Ukraine faded on Wall Street, as a slide in Apple and other technology stocks tugged the U.S. stock market to a small loss Wednesday.45. Politico founder to be Washington Post publisher - Friday, August 29, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Katharine Weymouth is stepping down as publisher of The Washington Post and will be replaced by Frederick Ryan, who previously led Politico.46. Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations - Friday, August 29, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is giving its Internet video subscribers a more discreet way to recommend movies and TV shows to their Facebook friends after realizing most people don't want to share their viewing habits with large audiences.47. US stock market ends slightly lower - Friday, August 29, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns over weaker global growth appeared to overshadow strong reports about the U.S. economy Tuesday, nudging the stock market to a tiny loss.
Crude prices sank 3 percent, pulling down stocks of oil producers. Small-companies, which have fewer ties to the world economy, made gains. Meanwhile, the dollar reached a one-year high against the euro.
48. Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages - Friday, August 29, 2014
MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.49. As stocks rise, so does anxiety: Time to get out? - Friday, August 29, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Is it time to cash out of stocks? The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and with each record close, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee. If only you had done that in the crashes that began in 2000 and 2008, you might be a lot richer.50. Stocks end higher following strong run in August - Friday, August 29, 2014
The Standard & Poor's 500 index delivered its fourth record high in five days Friday, ending with the biggest monthly gain since February.
The milestone-crushing run capped a week when the S&P eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for the first time. And the index ended August with a gain of 3.8 percent.
51. Not too late to make Labor Day/late summer getaway - Friday, August 29, 2014
Labor Day, the traditional end to summer. Public swimming pools are closing and college football is underway.
It’s also time for one last getaway before fall settles in, especially if you have school-age children.52. Welcome to rapidly changing Hong Kong - Friday, August 29, 2014
I have now lived in Hong Kong for nearly a month and just realized that I have failed to properly introduce you. Allow me to give you the tour.
Between 1842 and 1997, the British controlled the 425-square-mile territory of Hong Kong, which includes Kowloon, the New Territories and over 200 smaller islands.53. Deliveries roll following deal in supermarket feud - Friday, August 22, 2014
TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — A six-week standoff between thousands of employees of a New England supermarket chain and management has ended with the news that the beloved former CEO is back in control after buying the entire company.54. Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall - Friday, August 22, 2014
The escalating conflict in Ukraine combined with disappointing earnings and profit outlooks from several retailers dragged stocks lower Thursday afternoon, eclipsing some good news on the U.S. economy. Trading was light ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend.55. Veteran Titan gives human face to ALS awareness - Friday, August 29, 2014
A year ago, Tim Shaw was trying to hang on to his roster spot with the Tennessee Titans.
Now, at age 30, Shaw revealed last week that he is suffering from ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.56. Top Davidson County lenders for July 2014 - Friday, August 29, 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.57. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions July 2014 - Friday, August 29, 2014
Top July 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.58. Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds on to 2,000 - Friday, August 22, 2014
Even in a daylong sideways drift, the Standard & Poor's 500 index managed to eke out its third record close in three days.
U.S. stocks ended essentially flat on Wednesday after spending much of the day wavering between tiny gains and losses.
59. GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Spring Hill - Friday, August 22, 2014
SPRING HILL (AP) - General Motors is moving production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to a factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
The company also announced Wednesday that it will add production of some small gasoline engines to the Spring Hill complex.60. Another milestone: S&P 500 closes above 2,000 - Friday, August 22, 2014
It was a big round-number day for the stock market.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it closed above 1,000 points for the first time.
61. Tracy concedes to US Rep. DesJarlais - Friday, August 22, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Republican state senator who challenged scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais conceded his 38-vote primary loss to the incumbent on Monday, saying he decided not to challenge the results.62. S&P 500 touches 2,000 points as deals continue - Friday, August 22, 2014
Summer doldrums? Not on Wall Street. The stock market notched another first on Monday as the Standard & Poor's 500 index nudged briefly past the 2,000-point mark and closed with its second record high in a week.63. Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few - Friday, August 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds — $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief — offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners.64. Social media pushes back at militant propaganda - Friday, August 15, 2014
BEIRUT (AP) — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.65. Justice Dept. announces $17B settlement with BofA - Friday, August 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.66. Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades - Friday, August 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the U.S. economy through a grave crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his approach with barely a hiccup.67. Interviewing for a new job? Better keep it to yourself - Friday, August 22, 2014
Can you keep a secret? Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Keeping private information private, especially about your job search, can be a tall order.68. Twitter tries to block images of Foley killing - Friday, August 15, 2014
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Twitter and some other social media outlets are trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers publicity is also gaining momentum.69. Looks like 6-6 season, return to bowl game for Vols - Friday, August 22, 2014
KNOXVILLE – Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.
Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.
So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.70. Tennessee's universities battle to attract top talent - Friday, August 22, 2014
As the Class of 2018 begins to poke around the Vanderbilt University campus, the newest Commodores will be met with the highest of expectations.
“This class is projected to have the highest academic quality in our history as measured by high school class rank and SAT scores,’’ says Doug Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions.71. US stocks gain; Dollar General jumps after bid - Friday, August 15, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding contest erupted for a discount retailer. Stocks also climbed amid reports of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the conflict in Ukraine.72. Why global turmoil hasn't sunk US markets. Yet. - Friday, August 15, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Europe appears on the brink of another recession. Islamic militants have seized Iraqi territory. Russian troops have massed on the Ukraine border, and the resulting sanctions are disrupting trade. An Ebola outbreak in Africa and Israel's war in Gaza are contributing to the gloom.73. Tennessee July revenue collections see some growth - Friday, August 15, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections recorded some growth in July even though they fell short of projections.74. Taylor Swift to perform on MTV Video Music Awards - Friday, August 15, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tune-in alert: Taylor Swift is performing at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Swift made the announcement Wednesday night on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon." It will be the pop star's fourth time performing on the show.75. Even in bull market, time is right for defense - Friday, August 15, 2014
Downturns, while painful, can be very useful for the information they provide.
The S&P 500, representative of U.S. large cap stocks, declined 4 percent between July 24 and Aug. 7, and limiting our data set to this time period produces a couple of interesting observations.76. US stocks creep higher following earnings news - Friday, August 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market crept higher Thursday following a mixed batch of corporate news. In Europe, investors brushed aside more worrying news on the economy and nudged markets up.77. CCA pays $260K in overtime lawsuit settlement - Friday, August 08, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The largest private prison company in America paid $260,000 to a group of shift supervisors in Kentucky to settle claims that they were denied overtime, according to an agreement unsealed Wednesday.78. Vols resurrect fond memories of ‘Wide Receiver U’ - Friday, August 15, 2014
KNOXVILLE – None of the receivers on the University of Tennessee football team were born when the program was dubbed “Wide Receiver U” in the 1980s.
Guys like Tim McGee, Anthony Miller, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens paved the way for UT to become the premier destination for wide receivers seeking stardom into the 1990s.79. Season-ending shoulder injury could end McCarthy’s Titans career - Friday, August 15, 2014
The star-crossed career of Tennessee Titans linebacker Colin McCarthy took another wicked turn with the news that he could miss the entire season with a shoulder injury.
McCarthy suffered the injury in Saturday night’s preseason opener, playing in the third quarter with the Titans third-team defense, hoping to show the new coaching regime that he is still a worthwhile entity, either as an inside linebacker or on special teams.80. Middle Tennessee Real Estate trends for July 2014 - Friday, August 15, 2014
July 2014 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.
Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.81. 'Infill King’ John Brittle has a plan to curb urban sprawl. You might not like it - Friday, August 15, 2014
John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.82. US stocks close higher; Amazon gains, Macy's drops - Friday, August 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology and health care companies are helping U.S. stocks close higher, despite a mixed batch of economic news and a pullback in Japan's economy.
Amazon rose 2.2 percent Wednesday after the online retailing giant introduced a credit-card processing device designed to help small businesses.
83. 6 named to Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame - Friday, August 08, 2014
MURFREESBORO (AP) - Six journalists have been named to the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame at Middle Tennessee State University.
Joe Birch, veteran anchor with WMC in Memphis; Bob Johnson, retired news anchor of WTVC in Chattanooga; Alex Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, National Public Radio host and lecturer; Luther Masingill, veteran broadcaster at WDEF radio and television in Chattanooga; Otis Sanford, veteran editor with The Commercial Appeal in Memphis; and Sam Venable, columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel.84. US stocks fall as geopolitical risks remain - Friday, August 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market pulled back slightly Tuesday, following two days of gains, as investors focused on the damage that ongoing geopolitical tensions were causing the global economy.85. NY store to pay $525K in shopper-profiling probe - Friday, August 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Barneys has agreed to pay $525,000 to resolve allegations that minorities were singled out as suspected shoplifters at its flagship store, part of a spate of racial profiling complaints against major retailers last year.86. US stocks edge higher on corporate news, earnings - Friday, August 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing slightly higher as investors turn their focus to corporate news and as tensions ease in Ukraine.
Priceline rose 2 percent after the online discounter reported better earnings than analysts were expecting. Chiquita Brands soared 30 percent on a buyout offer.
87. Alexander, Supreme Court justices prevail in Tenn. - Friday, August 08, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Lamar Alexander became the latest U.S. senator to fend off a tea party challenge in a primary race Thursday, defeating a state lawmaker who had used a familiar tactic in trying to cast him as an out of touch insider.88. Rep. DesJarlais holds on in Tenn. despite scandals - Friday, August 08, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Scandal-plagued Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais and challenger Jim Tracy's race was still too close to call Friday as election officials in Tennessee's largely rural 4th Congressional District tallied outstanding votes.89. State Sen. Stacey Campfield loses seat in primary - Friday, August 08, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — After losing his seat in Thursday's election primary, Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield posted a blog that simply said "that was fun" and featured a YouTube video of Frank Sinatra singing "My Way."90. US stocks gain on signs of easing Ukraine tension - Friday, August 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing higher as investors were relieved by reports of easing tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
News reports said Russia had ended military exercises near Ukraine.
91. Russia retaliates on West's sanctions over Ukraine - Friday, August 08, 2014
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia retaliated Thursday for sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine by banning most food imports from the West, dealing a blow to Europe that also takes aim at hurting the U.S., Canada and Australia.92. Congressional races top Tennessee primary election - Friday, August 01, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican voters will decide Thursday whether to re-nominate Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, to a third term in the U.S. Senate.
They will also decide if they want to stick with embattled Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais despite a series of personal scandals that have dogged him since he was first elected in 2010, and whether to retain or replace any of three Democratic state Supreme Court justices up for another eight-year term.
93. Alexander faces tea party-styled challengers - Friday, August 01, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, is facing a challenge Thursday from two tea party-styled candidates who have tried to cast him as out of touch with the state's increasingly conservative electorate.94. GOP lawmakers in tight Tennessee primary races - Friday, August 01, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - More than two dozen incumbent Republican and Democratic state lawmakers face challengers in Thursday's primary elections, and several could swing on narrow margins.
Of the 25 incumbents, probably the most contentious races involve Republicans, who control the Tennessee General Assembly.95. Rascal Flatts cancels 3 shows due to illness - Friday, August 01, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Singer Gary LeVox has lost his voice, forcing Rascal Flatts to cancel three shows in the Pacific Northwest this week.
The country band issued a news release Wednesday announcing dates had been canceled in Nampa, Idaho; Airway Heights, Washington; and Mission, British Columbia, Canada, where they were set to appear at the Rockin' River Music Festival.96. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions first half 2014 - Friday, August 08, 2014
Top first half 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.97. 21st Century Fox abandons pursuit of Time Warner - Friday, August 01, 2014
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is abandoning its attempt to take over Time Warner in a proposed deal that would have combined two of the world's biggest media companies.
The about-face announced Tuesday comes three weeks after Time Warner Inc. revealed that it had rejected 21st Century Fox's unsolicited $76 billion buyout offer.98. Judge OKs settlement with Tennessee coal ash victims - Friday, August 01, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A federal judge has approved an agreement by the nation's largest public utility to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge, 2008 spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge.99. US stocks sink on renewed Russia-Ukraine tensions - Friday, August 01, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Renewed concerns that tensions could flare up between Russian and Ukraine pushed U.S. stocks sharply lower Tuesday.
The market had been moderately lower all day, weighed down by a disappointing earnings forecast from retail giant Target and a report on China that showed the world's second-largest economy was slowing down.
100. Gannett splits publishing, broadcasting in two - Friday, August 01, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The game of survival is on for newspapers, as USA Today owner Gannett on Tuesday became the most recent major media entity to say it will divide its print and broadcast divisions into separate companies.