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.
3. Health law enrollment now 7.3M - Friday, September 19, 2014
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.4. Health law enrollment now 7.3M - Friday, September 12, 2014
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.5. Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable - Friday, September 12, 2014
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.6. MTSU retooling financial aid to boost graduation - Friday, September 12, 2014
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.7. Try twice-baked potato salad at your next tailgate - Friday, September 19, 2014
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.8. Child’s legacy lives on with $2M in scholarships - Friday, September 19, 2014
THEA crops up in crosswords occasionally. In an easy puzzle, it’ll be clued as “Ellington’s ‘Take ___ Train’.” Or “Mr. T’s ‘___ Team’.”9. Top Davidson County lenders for August 2014 - Friday, September 19, 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.10. Middle Tennessee Real Estate trends for August 2014 - Friday, September 19, 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.11. Right fit more important than accepting first offer - Friday, September 19, 2014
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.12. Five negotiation mistakes you’ll want to avoid - Friday, September 19, 2014
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.13. Events - Friday, September 19, 2014
Americana Music Festival. The 15th annual Americana Music Festival features four nights of approximately 175 live performances at venues throughout Nashville through Saturday. The festival concludes with an outdoor concert featuring The Avett Brothers at Riverfront Park on Saturday. Schedules and information: http://americanamusic.org.14. Prep coaches, players sold on Jones the recruiter - Friday, September 19, 2014
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.15. So which Titans team will show up at Cincinnati? - Friday, September 19, 2014
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.16. Offer too much that dream house? Let the inspector bail you out - Friday, September 19, 2014
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.17. The road to better mass transit: New MTA CEO says Amp will be success only if part of larger system - Friday, September 19, 2014
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.18. UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers - Friday, September 12, 2014
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.19. 'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach - Friday, September 12, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company.
But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud. The maker of the much obsessed-over "Candy Crush Saga," for example, rode the game's popularity to go public this year, only to see its stock falter.20. Alibaba investors beware: History not on your side - Friday, September 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is about to launch what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. Yet anyone who expects to get rich from buying into China's high-growth story will be betting against history.21. Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season - Friday, September 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away.
Don't expect a repeat of last year's website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system.22. State treasurer announces college saving incentive - Friday, September 12, 2014
SMYRNA (AP) - State Treasurer David Lillard Jr. is offering an incentive for families to start saving for college.
He visited Stewarts Creek Middle School in Smyrna on Friday and announced scholarships in the amount of $5,290 will be given to two families by the TNStars 529 College Savings Program.23. 4 Reasons shoppers will shrug off Home Depot hack - Friday, September 12, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.
The nation's largest home-improvement chain on Monday confirmed a theft that could have gone back as far as April and affected customers who used credit and debit cards at nearly 2,200 of its U.S. and Canadian stores. While the scope of the hack is not yet known, there's speculation that it could be the biggest yet.24. 4 Reasons shoppers will shrug off Home Depot hack - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.
The nation's largest home-improvement chain on Monday confirmed a theft that could have gone back as far as April and affected customers who used credit and debit cards at nearly 2,200 of its U.S. and Canadian stores. While the scope of the hack is not yet known, there's speculation that it could be the biggest yet.25. Grads shouldn’t settle for lower-level jobs - Friday, September 12, 2014
When I talk with millennials who have recently graduated from college, one thing is clear: They’re struggling to figure out what exactly to do next.
A common theme is they’re taking jobs that would normally be considered beneath their skill level.26. Go back and turn on those Friday Night Lights - Friday, September 12, 2014
A football spirals in slow motion across the Texas sky. The state championship hangs in the balance. Spoiler alert: If you’ve not watched “Friday Night Lights,” go watch it – all 76 episodes – and then return.27. Woeful period for US markets - Friday, September 12, 2014
September 8, 2014, S&P 2000 = 11 + 4 percent + 11 percent + 1.5 percent + 2.5 percent. The last five years have been consistently wonderful for the U.S. markets. Over the time period, the S&P 500 has advanced more than 17 percent annually. Only four bull markets (advances uninterrupted by a 20 percent decline) have lasted longer and returned more. What has this bull been eating?28. The best education comes from traveling - Friday, September 12, 2014
The following message might not be for proponents of formal classroom education.
The best education comes on the road, even if it means taking the kids out of school for a few days.
Yeah, I said it.29. Close the deal with successful follow-up meeting - Friday, September 12, 2014
Considering how hard salespeople have to work to land meetings with a prospective customers, it’s surprising how little effort is typically put into the follow-up with that prospect after the meeting.30. Events - Friday, September 12, 2014
People’s Law School. Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands is hosting a free program that provides an overview of common civil legal issues that a person might face. Taught by Legal Aid Society attorneys and volunteer attorneys. 6 to 7 p.m., Cohn Learning Center, 4805 Park Avenue. Registration: 298-8050, nashville.gov/ce. This session: The New Healthcare Law: Know the Latest Facts: What you need to know about the Affordable Care Act.31. Titans are buying what new coaching staff is selling - Friday, September 12, 2014
The Tennessee Titans did what few believed they could do when they went into Kansas City and dominated the Chiefs on Sunday.
And while one win is hardly enough for Titans fans to start making Super Bowl reservations, there is the sense that something is vastly different about this organization from the past few years.32. Asking for moon might leave you grounded - Friday, September 12, 2014
There were 3,226 closings in August, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors numbers show, up 4.6 percent from last August. It could have increased 24.6 percent if there were more listings.
“Inventory is continuing to decrease,” GNAR president Hagan Stone notes. “There is demand from buyers.”33. Apple pushes digital wallet with Apple Pay - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is betting that people want to pay with a tap of the phone rather than a swipe of the card.
The technology company on Tuesday introduced a new digital wallet service called Apple Pay that is integrated with its Passbook credential-storage app and its fingerprint ID security system.34. Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote? - Friday, September 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter.
Even a justice recently said she thinks so, too.
The emerging consensus makes it likely that the justices soon will agree to take up the question of whether the Constitution forbids states from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. A final ruling isn't likely before June 2015, but a decision to get involved could come as soon as the end of this month.35. 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.36. 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.
37. Democrats borrow a GOP idea on health care costs - Friday, September 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing a Republican idea, a group including former senior Obama and Clinton advisers is unveiling a novel proposal to let states take the lead in controlling health costs.38. Home Depot CEO: Probe of possible breach continues - Friday, August 29, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot's outgoing CEO Frank Blake told investors Thursday that the nation's largest home-improvement chain continues to investigate a potential breach at the company and reassured that customers will not be liable for any potential fraudulent charges.39. Outshining your boss is never a good idea - Friday, September 05, 2014
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel as part of the Memphis Urban League Young Professional’s 2014 Empowerment Conference. We spoke on the topic of “Stand Out in the Crowd.”40. Deceased witnesses breathe life into depositions - Friday, September 05, 2014
In the spring of 2002, I coded – for the first and, I hope, only time in my life. That’s my story and ... I was sticking to it, until I told it in the company of a med school cardiologist a few weeks afterward. He interrupted and said, “You died.”41. Brand voice: The ultimate competitive advantage - Friday, September 05, 2014
Your brand is more than your logo. In fact, customers view brands through three distinct lenses – verbal, visual and experiential.
Your logo and the broader look and feel of your brand identity certainly drive a customer’s visual interpretation of your brand.42. Events - Friday, September 05, 2014
Real Estate Investors Network. Wholesaling Subgroup. Network with wholesalers and buyers of single-family and multi-family real estate. Today, 6 p.m., REIN Center - 4525 Harding Rd., Suite 200, Nashville. Information: www.reintn.org. Upcoming events:43. Late cuts, pickups reveal Titans’ talent shortfall - Friday, September 05, 2014
What exactly does it say about the Tennessee Titans that, after they made their own cut to 53 players, they were still sifting through the scrap heap of other teams’ cuts and making five more moves?44. 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.45. Will more rentals slow rising home prices? - Friday, September 05, 2014
Hardly a day goes by that a residential real estate broker is not asked: “When will it end?”
Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., authors Elliot Eisenberg’s Brief Blog and sends it daily to subscribers. Here’s what he had to say on the subject in his August 25 edition:46. Big Love Bus a big hit with Titans, Vols fans - Friday, September 05, 2014
If you want the ride to a Titans or Tennessee Vols game to be as fun as the football game itself, the Big Love Bus could be your ticket – and a safe one at that.
Launched in May and July by Jessica Jackson and Renee Sprouse, the Big Love Bus incorporates psychedelic painting on the outside of three former school buses with renovated interiors designed to make a trip to any event an experience.47. 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.48. 1-800-FLOWERS buying Harry & David for $142.5M - Friday, August 29, 2014
CARLE PLACE, N.Y. (AP) — 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. is buying Harry & David for $142.5 million to help broaden the assortment of foods that its customers can choose as gifts.49. Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1B - Friday, August 29, 2014
Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying that it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to ease the antitrust concerns of its takeover target.50. 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.51. Getting to the bottom of comic strip’s mistake - Friday, August 29, 2014
In the statewide daily I read each morning, the Aug. 13, 2014 “Judge Parker” comic strip featured legal secretary Gloria saying to senior partner Sam, “Rocky Ledge is talking about having Steve come aboard as corporate council” (sic).52. Minimizing jargon might help you land that job - Friday, August 29, 2014
Recently, my doctor explained a topic so complicated that even my two advanced degrees weren’t helping to decipher what she was talking about.
“If we were talking about marketing, I’d completely understand,” I said. “But, unfortunately I don’t. Can you explain this to me again in a more simple way?” My doctor paused, laughed, and said, “You know, this is how I feel when my pest guy comes to tell me about my lawn. I have no idea what he’s talking about!”53. 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.54. Ice Bucket Challenge spotlights power of viral video - Friday, August 29, 2014
Perhaps one of the greatest viral phenomena – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – has dominated social media channels for the past month, raising an impressive $70 million to date, compared to $2.5 million typically raised by the nonprofit during the same time period.55. Web-based seminars to focus on saving for college - Friday, August 22, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Treasury Department is planning a series of web-based seminars on saving for college.
The seminars will start Sept. 10 and will include information about the state's program that allows people to save money for children's college expenses with tax advantages.56. Events - Friday, August 29, 2014
Live on the Green. This week: Johnnyswim, Delta Spirit, Cage the Elephant beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. Since its inception in 2009, more than 200,000 fans from 29 states and 10 countries have attended the free outdoor music festival. It also has hosted more than 70 artists, including Alabama Shakes, Local Natives, Band of Horses, Matt & Kim, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Matt Nathanson, The Wallflowers, Citizen Cope, Dr. John, The Wailers and more. Additional shows:57. 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.58. 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.59. 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.60. Is it really time to relax lending standards? - Friday, August 29, 2014
Just when you thought it was safe to believe in the wisdom of the system, they pull this.
Back in 2008, when the Great Recession made its way into Middle Tennessee and the area began to feel the pain that other regions had endured for several years, the financial world collapsed.61. Applications being taken for judicial vacancy - Friday, August 22, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — The appointment of Judge Timothy Easter to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has created a vacancy for a circuit court judge in Middle Tennessee.62. AP survey: Fed's outlook correct but not solution - Friday, August 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Economists appear to be of two minds about the Federal Reserve.
They agree with the Fed that the job market still isn't healthy. Yet the latest Associated Press survey of economists finds that most fear the Fed will wait too long to raise interest rates and thereby risk stoking inflation or creating asset bubbles.63. Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash - Friday, August 22, 2014
Families of passengers who were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine are starting to sort through the long process of gaining compensation for their loss.
Officials in the Netherlands, where the majority of Flight 17 victims lived, say that Malaysia Airlines has been making $50,000 payments to the families without admitting any wrongdoing in the crash.64. Tax refunds may get hit due to health law credits - Friday, August 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxes? Who wants to think about taxes around Labor Day?
But if you count on your tax refund and you're one of the millions getting tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama's law, it's not too early.65. Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike - Friday, August 22, 2014
JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) — If anyone thought Janet Yellen might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech here Friday, the Federal Reserve chair had a message:
The picture is still hazy.
66. Tennessee schools lauded for achievement, growth - Friday, August 22, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam is recognizing 168 Tennessee schools for their achievement and growth.
They were lauded this week by Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman as the 2013-2014 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth.67. Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer - Friday, August 22, 2014
Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family Dollar's board said it supports its existing deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree.68. Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer - Friday, August 15, 2014
MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General's takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter's board supports its existing merger with Dollar Tree.
Family Dollar Stores Inc. Chairman and CEO Howard Levine said in a statement Thursday that its board and advisers reviewed Dollar General Corp.'s offer and determined it wasn't reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.
69. Some Fed officials favor reduced help for economy - Friday, August 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Federal Reserve officials think the U.S. economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will need to act sooner than previously thought to slow the extraordinary support it's been providing through ultra-low interest rates.70. Finally on right track with origin of rail house - Friday, August 22, 2014
Structures, both residential and commercial – especially restaurants and bars – near train tracks are often dubbed rail houses by artists, architects, developers, entrepreneurs and owners.71. 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.72. Interviewing sales staff? Ask these 6 questions - Friday, August 22, 2014
The new-hire failure rate is astonishing and expensive, and even worse for sales candidates, who can be among the toughest to properly vet.
Leadership IQ tracked 20,000 new hires in a recent study, with 46 percent failing within 18 months.73. Events - Friday, August 22, 2014
Live on the Green. This week: All Them Witches, The Features, Capital Cities beginning at 6:15 p.m. today. Since its inception in 2009, more than 200,000 fans from 29 states and 10 countries have attended the free outdoor music festival. It also has hosted more than 70 artists, including Alabama Shakes, Local Natives, Band of Horses, Matt & Kim, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Matt Nathanson, The Wallflowers, Citizen Cope, Dr. John, The Wailers and more. Additional shows:74. That Realtor key box might welcome unwanted visitors - Friday, August 22, 2014
This one may get me in trouble with some of my peers, but it is important, so here goes.
First, some background.
In most cases, when a buyer’s agents schedule appointments for showings, they find the properties on MLS and print the listing sheets.75. Titans offense finally looking like an NFL product - Friday, August 22, 2014
Exciting. Now, there’s a word that hasn’t been associated much with the Tennessee Titans in recent years.
But based on the early preseason, Coach Ken Whisenhunt is fielding a Titans team that might actually be worth watching.76. 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.77. Gov. Haslam promotes free tuition plan - Friday, August 15, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam is urging students to take advantage of his free tuition plan.
The Republican governor has been visiting several schools throughout the state and wrapped up his trip on Wednesday at Antioch High School in southeastern Davidson County.78. Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July - Friday, August 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices.
Consumer prices edged up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent last month, after larger gains of 0.3 percent in June and 0.4 percent in May, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. It was the smallest increase since a similar 0.1 percent rise in February.79. US won't reveal records on health website security - Friday, August 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in.80. New Corvette feature keeps an eye on valets - Friday, August 15, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the Ferrari in the 1980s cult movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."81. Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets - Friday, August 15, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.
And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further.82. Community Health details attack on patient records - Friday, August 15, 2014
FRANKLIN (AP) - Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.
The Franklin-based company said Monday that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But Community said the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security numbers.83. Bourbon production reaches high point since '70s - Friday, August 15, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.
To put it in bartenders' lingo: Distillers are putting up the tab for millions of rounds of bourbon years before they are even ordered. The production poses an inherent risk, but hitting the moment right — a big supply meshing with big demand — could mean a serious payday for companies big and small.84. 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.85. US producer prices rise just 0.1 percent in July - Friday, August 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Falling gasoline costs lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services last month, keeping overall inflation in check.
The Labor Department says the producer price index rose 0.1 percent in July, following a 0.4 percent gain in June. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer.86. Stores have a solid start to back-to-school season - Friday, August 15, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales.
The National Retail Federation expects the average family with school-aged children to spend $669.28 for back to school items, up 5 percent from last year. That would be the second-highest amount since the industry trade group started tracking spending in 2004.87. 5 Tennessee sites added to national register - Friday, August 15, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Five Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The registry is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee.88. Wal-Mart cuts profit outlook - Friday, August 08, 2014
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday as the world's largest retailer faced another quarter of sluggish sales and traffic declines.89. Compound phrases like ‘rail house’ go undefined - Friday, August 15, 2014
The quest continues for a definition of rail house, a term found in business names across several countries.
Most Rail Houses are eateries or drinkeries, but there’s a rec center, an event venue, a B&B, a brewery or two, office buildings and more. A typical Rail House is near the tracks, has a train station motif, and may be located in a remodeled railway building.90. Lessons learned from millennials - Friday, August 15, 2014
Much of the research about employment suggests older workers are waiting longer to retire. This means many seasoned professionals are also still job searching. And, many of those are struggling to find their way.91. Could email make your cold calling easier? - Friday, August 15, 2014
Cold calling is a tough business, though a necessity for many companies.
The cost of sales is high, as is sales rep rejection and fatigue.
Imagine if email could significantly improve your engagement rate with otherwise cold prospects.92. Events - Friday, August 15, 2014
Making Smart Financial Decisions. Regions Bank is hosting Critical Conversations, a lunch series presented by the Council on Workforce Innovation. Regions experts will educate people about making smart financial decisions. Presentations will include an in-depth analysis of the methods, processes and decision-making skills needed to make intelligent financial choices and receive positive returns. Topics and presenters include:93. 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.94. 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.95. Less-frenzied house hunting in Williamson County - Friday, August 15, 2014
This past week, Realtor Stephanie Tipton Soper had two out-of-town families relocating to Nashville. Both were in search of homes in Williamson County.
Disclosure being the better part of valor, Stephanie is my real estate partner at Christianson, Patterson, Courtney and Associates. With my wife Beth and our twins vacationing in London, Stephanie was the only real estate agent from whom I can draw immediate, deadline-ready data and information, so here she is.96. '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.97. Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader - Friday, August 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.98. Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near - Friday, August 08, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law.
The Obama administration said Tuesday that letters are going out to about 310,000 people whose citizenship or immigration details don't match what the government has on file.99. Lady Antebellum to headline New Year's bash - Friday, August 08, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum will headline the sixth annual Jack Daniel's New Year's Eve Bash in Nashville.100. Court considers if executioners can be named - Friday, August 08, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A Tennessee appeals court is considering whether 10 death row inmates have the right to know about the drugs that will be used in their executions and whether their lawyers can get the names of the people who will kill them.