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1. Pumpkin season brings back memories of family -

Stop and think about October for a few moments, closing your eyes while doing so. Don’t be long because I want you to read the rest of my story.

Beautiful yellow, red, orange and gold trees, fall squashes, pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables, cooler and windier days, the smell of smoke from farmers burning their fields, leaves covering the ground and crunching beneath your feet, ghosts, goblins and trick-or-treating – There’s a lot to think about in one little month, and plenty to enjoy in 31 short days.

2. Avoid these perils of unintentional salespeople -

If you are an owner or manager, odds are you are in sales to some degree – whether intentionally or not.

Unintentional salespeople may not think of their primary role as selling, but find they spend much of their day doing just that – from selling their expertise to ideas to products. Think about the entrepreneur who is selling his ideas to financial backers. Consider the business owner or manager who sells his services in virtually every personal and professional conversation, simply due to his belief in what he offers. Or how about those in professional service roles, like attorneys and doctors, who desire to grow their practices but prefer not to entrust others to market on their behalf?

3. Winter lull for housing? Market could stay hot -

With Halloween on the horizon the fall housing market should be grinding to a halt although this year’s sales have defied all logic and historical data.

The passing of All Hallows Eve usually smothers the inventory like a mummy, only to be freed in the spring when the butterflies emerge from their cocoons.

4. Events -

FRIDAY, OCT. 24

Ghost & Lantern Tour

Presented by City of Goodlettsville Parks at Mansker’s Fort & the Bowen Plantation House. Weave through the grounds of the Bowen House by lantern and take pleasure in an evening of tales spun about what may have happened on the grounds of Mansker’s Station. Start at the Visitor’s Center where you can enjoy music and refreshments. Guests may park in the parking lot of the Visitor’s Center or in Moss-Wright Park near the Bowen House, but all tours start at the Visitor’s Center. 705 Caldwell Lane. $5/person; 10 and younger free. Information: www.cityofgoodlettsville.org/485/Special-Events-Programs.

5. US consumer prices rose 0.1 percent in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices edged up slightly in September, with the overall increase held back by a third straight monthly decline in gasoline prices. The tiny gain was the latest evidence that inflation remains benign.

6. Slide in energy sector drags US stock market lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell broadly on Wednesday, snapping a four-day winning streak for the Standard & Poor's 500 index, as investors shaken by recent swings in the market sold some of their holdings.

7. Coke profit, revenue fall on flat soda market -

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola reported a lower profit and revenue in the third quarter as global soda volume remained flat.

The world's biggest beverage maker announced a new plan that it said will reduce costs by $3 billion a year by 2019. For this year, the company said it expects earnings per share to miss its long-term target of high-single-digit growth.

8. Staples investigating possible data breach -

NEW YORK (AP) — Staples says that it is looking into a potential credit card data breach and that it has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue.

The office supplier retailer said that if it turns up any data discrepancies during its investigation, customers won't be responsible for fraudulent activity on their credit cards as long as it is reported in a timely manner.

9. Stocks rise, helped by Chinese data, Apple results -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes rose Tuesday, putting the market on track for a fourth gain in a row, following an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly results from Apple and other big companies. Stocks continued to recover from last week's plunge.

10. GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away -

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. They just don't see the law going away, even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections.

11. Obama announcing plan to tighten debit card security -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is announcing a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.

Cards issued by the federal government will now have an internal chip replacing magnetic strips to reduce the potential for fraud, under the program being unveiled Friday. Concern is growing over the security of Americans' financial data, with an estimated 100 million people having been affected by breaches in the past year, including at big retailers like Target and Home Depot.

12. Initiative to promote Tennessee teen driver safety -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Governor's Highway Safety Office is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to spread awareness about teen driver safety.

GHSO and partners across the state are sponsoring educational events at high schools from Oct. 19 to 25.

13. ‘Less heat, more light’ a simple, elegant phrase -

In a 1912 poem, Ezra Pound wrote, “Winter is icumen in.” Pound’s “Ancient Music” parodies a 13th century Anglo-Saxon poem that begins “Sumer is icumen in” (sic). Hardly a novel idea: “Here comes winter.” Happens every year, no? We want to prepare.

14. A career in pro sports not all fun and games -

With football season underway and basketball season beginning, questions have started to arise about working in professional sports. Let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t want to get up and go to work for their favorite sports franchise? Every day would be fun and exciting – and we might even meet a few of the players!

15. The psychology behind persuasive headlines -

If you’re writing lackluster headlines, you are wasting your time developing marketing content that will never be read.

Too often, the headline is a mere afterthought, which is a colossal misstep.

16. Behm is campaign chair for Legal Aid Society -

Margaret Behm, principal at Dodson, Parker, Behm and Capparella, P.C., will serve as the 2015 campaign chair of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands’ Campaign for Equal Justice.

17. Amazon hires 80K seasonal holiday workers -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hiring 80,000 seasonal workers for its distribution centers as it looks to improve its shipping efficiency during the crucial holiday season.

The figure is a 14 percent increase over last year's hiring of 70,000 workers, as Amazon has been opening more distribution centers.

18. Barbie's star fades, dragging on Mattel in 3Q -

NEW YORK (AP) — Mattel's got girl problems and her name is Barbie. Sales of the iconic doll continue to slide and a surprising drop in sales of its American Girl toys could become another headache for the toy company as it heads into the crucial holiday season.

19. Nashville business joining others that help women -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville nonprofit that helps former sex workers learn job skills has launched a venture with likeminded businesses on five continents.

WPLN-FM (http://bit.ly/1saGsGR) reports the Shared Trade online marketplace helps women escape poverty by giving them a larger portion of the profits from the products they produce than a typical retailer would.

20. Governor's free tuition plan in need of mentors -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's free tuition program is in need of mentors.

They are a key part of the so-called Tennessee Promise initiative to cover full tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate.

21. Events -

Nashville Farmers' Market Farmhand Dinner: Thursday, Oct. 23. Join Nashville Farmers’ Market and 11 of Nashville’s top chefs for this interpretation of a traditional dinner that would be served to farm workers. Inspired by fifth-generation NFM farmer, Troy Smiley of Smiley’s Farm, and featuring a locally-sourced menu and the culinary talents of:

22. Locker’s opportunities to succeed slipping away -

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says Jake Locker is still his starting quarterback.

That, of course, is predicated on when Locker will be able to recover from his bruised right thumb and is well enough to grip and throw a football.

23. Middle Tennessee Real Estate trends for September, third qtr. 2014 -

September and third quarter 2014 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

24. For varying groups, market frenzy may help or hurt -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The turbulence that's roiling financial markets is punishing stock investors, raising worries for major U.S. companies and will likely produce even punier returns for savers.

Yet some Americans actually stand to benefit from the forces that are driving the frenzied trading. Lower oil prices and sinking interest rates are lowering gas prices, keeping inflation low and cutting mortgage rates to levels that, for some, will scream refinance.

25. Surging sales, prices reset reality for buyers -

Last week The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) released the sales information for the area for September, and the numbers were staggering, with sales up 19 percent.

That’s staggering in the sense that this is the third consecutive year of similar growth, and the inventory when all of this began was at 19,622. Now there are only 15,182 properties available.

26. US producer prices fell 0.1 percent in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation was limited last month because of falling gasoline and food costs that have lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the producer price index fell 0.1 percent in September from the previous month. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer.

27. Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors -

NEW YORK (AP) — Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages — frozen eggs?

Silicon Valley's biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and Apple will now give up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs. The move comes amid stiff competition for skilled engineers, and as many of the biggest firms try to diversify their male-dominated ranks to include and appeal to more women.

28. Ailing global economy could lead Fed to delay hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that's spooked investors across the world.

The economic slump could spill into the United States, potentially weakening job growth and keeping inflation well below the Fed's target rate. Such fear has led some analysts to suggest that the Fed might wait until deep into next year to start raising interest rates — and then raise them more gradually than expected.

29. How the new HealthCare.gov stacks up with the old -

WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov, the website for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, has been revamped as its second enrollment season approaches. But things are still complicated, since other major provisions of the Affordable Care Act are taking effect for the first time. A look at website and program changes just ahead:

30. Can it be real? Augmented reality melds work, play -

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Skwarek is surrounded by infiltrating militants in New York's Central Park. He shoots one, then hearing a noise from behind, spins to take down another. All of a sudden, everything flashes red. He realizes he's been hit. The words "Game Over" appear before his eyes.

31. How Frenchman's Nobel research could aid consumers -

U.S. consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and Internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition.

So say experts in assessing the work of Tirole, a 61-year-old Frenchmen who won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for showing how to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies.

32. Top finance officials hope to boost growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance officials from the world's largest economies are being urged to prevent the global economy from falling into a "new mediocre" in which growth remains stuck at subpar levels for years to come, trapping millions of people on unemployment rolls.

33. Nissan recalls 2013 Altimas for hood latch problem -

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 Altima midsize cars in the U.S. because a secondary latch can fail and allow the hoods to fly open while the cars are in motion.

Only Altimas from the 2013 model year are covered by the recall so far, but Nissan is investigating whether other models could be involved, according to documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators.

34. Finance officials face global economy under threat -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Though braced by a resurgent United States, the global economy is under threat from other regions — from Europe and Latin America to China and Japan — where growth is stalling and prospects remain dim.

35. Try to work ‘hobbledehoy’ into your daily conversation -

Regarding the recent Faulkner column, Tracy writes that she got “a solid feel for the place and the time of year. Thank you for not honoring your subject by writing paragraph-long sentences with intricate layers of subordination.”

36. Focus on your strengths -

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of sitting on a career panel about making the right career moves. In a packed room, we covered everything from preparing for a job interview to how office politics can influence promotions at work.

37. Top Advertising Week trends -

Advertising geeks from across the nation unite annually at “Advertising Week” to hear industry experts share opinions on the current state of advertising and predictions for the future.

38. Five reasons to go north to Traverse City's beaches, food & wine scene -

Here are a few rules: American beach vacations must take place in Florida, wine getaways in Napa, snow adventures in Colorado and leaf-viewing excursions in New England.

If that’s what you think, think again.

39. It’s bad now, but the future looks worse for the aging Titans -

If the Tennessee Titans want to find a blueprint for fixing the mess this franchise has become, perhaps they should study the team that’s coming to LP Field this Sunday.

What, you say?

40. Events -

YP Nashville Connect. Young professionals attending can find out how they can get connected and involved in the Nashville area. Display booths will be staffed by members of more than 25 young professional organizations that are a part of YP Nashville so you can learn about the benefits and offerings of their organization. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Rocketown, 601 Fourth Ave South, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

41. Is showing a house to a stranger really worth the risk? -

The real estate community was saddened last week to learn of the murder of one of its own when the body of Little Rock real estate broker Beverly Carter was discovered in a shallow grave days after she had been reported missing.

42. Next edition of HealthCare.gov is unveiled -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has unveiled an updated version of HealthCare.gov. It's got some improvements and some challenges. There's also at least one early mistake.

43. MBA student, faculty films air -

Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.

A short film by student Jacob Lothers was created as an entry in the Full Moon Film Festival for high school students, with the longer cut of his film airing this month. Lothers is part of Red Tower Productions, the school’s film and video club.

44. Company wins new contracts despite federal probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has awarded $80 million in helicopter contracts to Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton even as the Justice Department is investigating whether she played by the rules to win earlier military work.

45. Initiative lets students access ancestral records -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Library and Archives is launching a new partnership with the popular genealogy site Ancestry.com.

The two have collaborated for several years, digitizing many of Tennessee's historical records.

46. Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for some part-timers -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

47. Health law waivers: Too complicated to claim? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

Community groups are concerned about a convoluted process for applying for waivers from the law's tax penalty on people who remain uninsured. Not everyone is complaining, however: Tax preparation companies are flagging it as a business opportunity.

48. US stocks slide on global growth concerns -

NEW YORK (AP) — Worries about weakening global growth drove the stock market lower Tuesday.

The U.S. economy may be strengthening, but the outlook elsewhere is far less encouraging. On Tuesday the International Monetary Fund trimmed its forecast for global growth. A surprisingly weak report on industrial production in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, added to the concerns.

49. Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing."

50. Wal-Mart plans 1-stop health coverage shopping -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.

The world's largest retailer plans to work with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the Affordable Care Act.

51. Corporate deals set to return to pre-crisis levels -

LONDON (AP) — In a year that's been awash with multi-billion dollar corporate deals, the number and value of mergers and acquisitions is set to grow further, reaching pre-crisis levels over the coming 12 months, consulting firm EY said Monday.

52. Haslam proclaims Oct. 12-18 Earth Science Week -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 12-18 Earth Science Week in Tennessee.

The week will be used to promote the role that geology and other earth sciences play in the state's safety, health, welfare and economy.

53. JPMorgan breach heightens data security doubts -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New details on a cyberattack against JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s computer servers this summer add to increasing doubts over the security of consumer data kept by lenders, retailers and others.

54. College savings program helps low-income families -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Treasury Department is announcing a program to help low-income families build college savings.

Under Tennessee Investments Preparing Scholars, the state will provide enhanced matches for money invested by families that have accounts in the Treasury Department's TNStars college savings program and meet the income requirements.

55. Gregory steps down as chairman of Williamson school board -

FRANKLIN (AP) — A Middle Tennessee school board chairman has decided to step down from his leadership role over a controversy due to his involvement in a business that created a novelty bottle opener shaped like a woman's behind.

56. Interested? Saturday's Yoga Festival might be good place to start -

The Yoga Festival celebrates the Nashville yoga community while supporting two non-profit organizations using yoga to make an impact both locally and globally. All proceeds go Small World Yoga and Africa Yoga Project. Information: musiccityyogafestival.com.

57. Brown down but Davidson group ready to step in -

DAVIDSON, N.C. – A few years ago, Brown University had the largest puzzle-related student activities organization in the country. Its Puzzling Association, with more than 30 members, met weekly to solve, discuss and construct.

58. Free tools available to help with your job search -

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Steinerd from Indeed.com. Indeed is the No. 1 job site worldwide with over 140 million visitors per month. We talked about everything from how fast you should apply for a job to companies you should consider if you’re looking for work-life balance.

59. Social media’s impact on buying decisions -

Research giant Gallup released its State of the American Consumer Report in June with the overarching finding that few brands are winning the battle for consumer engagement.

Those that are steal share and pull away from the pack.

60. Events -

Bella Rustica. AGAPE Nashville will host Bella Rustica – A Spectacle of American Vintage, its annual vintage market, Friday and Saturday, at historic Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. Proceeds will help the agency continue its work with foster children across Middle Tennessee. This year’s family and pet-friendly event will feature more than 40 artists and antique dealers from across the Southeast and Midwest. Live music, a variety of food and special attractions for children will also be a highlight. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Parking is free. Information: 620-3493, llindley@agapenashville.org.

61. Is this finally the year the Vols stomp the chomp? -

KNOXVILLE – Much has happened since Tennessee placekicker James Wilhoit booted a 50-yarder with seven seconds remaining and the No. 13-ranked Vols beat No. 11 Florida 30-28 at Neyland Stadium.

62. How much longer till Titans fans simply stay home? -

Just for a moment, I’m going to let you in on something that not a lot of people know about.

I’m actually a Titans season ticketholder.

Of course, I don’t get to use the seats myself, since I’m working in the pressbox, but my wife and son like to go to the games on occasion to root for the home team and enjoy some football.

63. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions August 2014 -

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

64. A simple fix could save your home and family -

Following the grueling negotiations between buyers and sellers over issues such as price, possession and the list of appliances that remain with the houses, the inspection ensues.

Following the inspection, many sellers feel as if they have been punched in the stomach and that the inspector was overzealous and the buyers’ demands are extravagant.

65. Music City Lofts offer competition for upscale hotels -

Somewhere between short-term rentals and traditional hotels, you can find a new breed of visitor lodging in Nashville.

These privately-owned condos with sophisticated urban décor and unique spaces for every guest are a dream come true for any traveler who wants to experience a city on a more intimate level.

66. Could a merger follow the PayPal-eBay split? -

NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long.

Icahn, who months ago called on eBay to spin off the lucrative online and mobile payment service, continues to believe that the payments field must be consolidated, either by PayPal buying up smaller rivals or by merging with another major player.

67. News Corp. to buy Move Inc. for about $950 million -

NEW YORK (AP) — News Corp. is spending about $950 million to buy the online real estate business Move Inc. in a deal that aims to speed up the media company's digital expansion.

68. EBay to split off lucrative PayPal business -

NEW YORK (AP) — EBay is splitting off its fastest growing segment, payment service PayPal, the e-commerce company said Tuesday.

Investors applauded the news, sending eBay's shares up nearly 7 percent in morning trading.

69. Gov. Haslam tells Tennessee agencies to plan for cuts -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is calling on all state agencies to plan for up to 7 percent spending cuts in the upcoming budget year.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/1qP4Zxh) the move comes following a spending year in which revenues fell more than $300 million short of projections, leading the governor to cancel planned raises for state workers and teachers.

70. US consumer spending up 0.5 percent in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.

Consumer spending in August rose 0.5 percent from the previous month after showing no gain in July, the Commerce Department reported Monday. It was the best result since spending also expanded 0.5 percent in June.

71. Criminal charges recommended for Ramsey, Harwell -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A grand jury in Nashville on Friday recommended criminal charges be filed against the Republican speakers of the Tennessee House and Senate for failing to appoint an adequate number of women and minorities to a commission that decides whether Tennessee's appeals judges keep their jobs.

72. Nashville Predators hosting blood drive Saturday -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.

The blood drive is running from noon to 8 p.m. CDT. The Predators are playing a special exhibition doubleheader against the Florida Panthers that day with games at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Donors who register to give blood during Saturday's drive will receive a Nashville Predators/American Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last plus a ticket to both games of the doubleheader.

73. Faulkner’s inspiration no match for iPhone glitch -

OXFORD, Miss. – We are at Rowan Oak, Susan and I – 719 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, Miss., USA.

Once the home of William Faulkner, the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author, and his family for over 40 years.

74. Tone down distractions while seeking new job -

When it comes to job seeking, sometimes less is more. Everything we do – from the clothes we wear to our resumes to our social media accounts – says something about us. These things are pieces of our personal brands.

75. Steer clear of these five excuses for sales fails -

Sales greats have the ability to adapt based on their audience, embrace rejection as an express pass to their next “yes,” and generally have a high degree of emotional intelligence.

But even veteran sales pros can fall into the trappings of excuse making as a way to cope with sales hurdles.

76. Finding inspiration at dawn in Albuquerque -

There aren’t many things in life that will get me out of bed two hours before sunrise.

But on a chilly, predawn October morning in Albuquerque, N.M., there I was, purposely waking up a 6-year-old child at 5 a.m. to stand in the brisk morning air and watch the sun rise over Sandia Peak.

77. Events -

LinkedIn Live. The Nashville Technology Council and LinkedIn present LinkedIn Live. Learn how to use the social media platform to effectively brand yourself and your business from LinkedIn representatives and social media experts from the local community. In these fast-paced, 15-minute presentations, local LinkedIn experts provide real-life examples of their personal success using LinkedIn to help drive their small business forward. Expect stories packed with proven tactics, and opportunities to dig into the details with follow-up Q&A. The Frist Center for the Arts, 1-5 p.m. Information: www.technologycouncil.com.sitemason.com/linkedin_live.

78. Wal-Mart's mobile checking account nixes fees -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is the latest company to get rid of fees that traditional banks charge customers who don't have enough money in their accounts to cover purchases.

The world's largest retailer said Wednesday that it teamed up with Green Dot Corp., a company known for its reloadable prepaid cards, to bring mobile checking accounts to its shoppers. The accounts won't charge overdraft and bounced-check fees.

79. Everyone wants Locker to succeed, but can he? -

Perhaps the best thing that Jake Locker has going for him right now is Coach Ken Whisenhunt’s profession of faith.

There is no question that virtually everyone at St. Thomas Sports Park is pulling for Locker to make good in his final chance to be the Titans long-term answer at quarterback.

80. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions August 2014 -

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

81. Take a right at Candyland, cruise down memory lane -

Bill Decker has confessed to committing an “old Nashville” act. The founder of Decker Wealth Management admits he recently gave a friend directions to a certain destination that included a turn at a now-demolished Nashville landmark.

82. Transportation grants to help local communities -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation is providing grants to help local communities with transportation projects and planning.

This is the second grant cycle for the Multimodal Access Grants and the first year for the Community Transportation Planning Grants.

83. Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut -

NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed more than 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited potential for growth and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.

84. Brighter economy driving up holiday hiring plans -

NEW YORK (AP) — UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

One after the other, a flurry of major U.S. retail and transportation companies announced sharp increases this week in the number of temporary workers they plan to hire for the holiday season. Collectively, such hiring could reach its highest point this year for stores since 1999, when the economy was roaring and the Great Recession was still eight years away.

85. Health law enrollment now 7.3M -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says 7.3 million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance under the health care law — down from 8 million reported earlier this year.

86. Health law enrollment now 7.3M -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says 7.3 million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance under the health care law — down from 8 million reported earlier this year.

87. Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday.

Enjoy the easy money while it lasts.

By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of keeping short-term rates at record lows. Those rates have helped support the economy, cheered the stock market and shrunk mortgage rates. A Fed rate increase could potentially reverse those trends.

88. MTSU retooling financial aid to boost graduation -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University is changing its financial aid package to encourage students to graduate in four years.

The university announced on Wednesday that it will supplement the Hope Lottery Scholarships of incoming students who stay on track to graduate. The school will pay $500 to Hope scholarship students after each of their first two years.

89. Try twice-baked potato salad at your next tailgate -

Not long ago, we were eating dinner with our daughter Betsy and her family. Betsy, who’s a super cook, had made twice-baked potato salad, and it was so delicious.

I thought I would share that recipe with you this week. If you’ve never tried this, I say do it soon. You’ll fall in love with this recipe and end up carrying it to every cookout.

90. Child’s legacy lives on with $2M in scholarships -

THEA crops up in crosswords occasionally. In an easy puzzle, it’ll be clued as “Ellington’s ‘Take ___ Train’.” Or “Mr. T’s ‘___ Team’.”

91. Top Davidson County lenders for August 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.

92. Middle Tennessee Real Estate trends for August 2014 -

August 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.

93. Right fit more important than accepting first offer -

The title of my column today may sound a bit confusing. It comes from one of my own mentors. Years ago, when I was finishing graduate school, I spent a significant amount of time searching for the right job.

94. Five negotiation mistakes you’ll want to avoid -

More than 75 percent of the sales reps I’ve coached through the years cite price as their No. 1 objection. Given the state of our economy for the last several years, it’s no wonder.

And even as the economy is beginning to rebound, the side effect of a recession is the bargainer’s mindset it creates in the market.

95. Events -

Heritage Days at Sam Davis Home. Hands-on activities today and Friday will demonstrate what life was like for Civil War soldiers, how quilts provided warmth during cold months and how to separate cream from milk to churn into butter. The lower floor of the historic house will be open for touring, and demonstrators will show their crafts across the property. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission: $5 per person. Information: 459-2341, www.samdavishome.org.

96. Prep coaches, players sold on Jones the recruiter -

Nothing surprises Murfreesboro Blackman High School football coach Philip Shadowens when it comes to college recruiting.

Shadowens has seen it all – including the flurry of activity created by Blackman senior quarterback and safety Jauan Jennings, rated the No. 18 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com.

97. So which Titans team will show up at Cincinnati? -

You only get one chance to make a first impression, as the old saying goes.

Such was the case Sunday at LP Field when the home fans got their first real look at Ken Whisenhunt’s first edition of the Tennessee Titans.

98. Offer too much that dream house? Let the inspector bail you out -

While real estate rambles along on its record-setting pace, there are bumps all over the road leading to culmination of the transactions.

Many of these are to be expected, and many are results of too much television or Edgar Allen Poe, as the minds of buyers and sellers alike often sink into psychological darkness.

99. The road to better mass transit: New MTA CEO says Amp will be success only if part of larger system -

Picking a new transit chief is critical for a city in transition.

Next year, Nashville residents will elect a new mayor and turn over its large Metro Council.

Davidson County also expects some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years, and much of the success of future development will depend on the ease of navigating around Nashville – already the nation’s second-worst area for sprawl, according to Smart Growth America.

100. UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers -

ATLANTA (AP) — UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during the busy holiday season.

The Atlanta company said Tuesday that the positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers.