WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market is proving sturdier than many had thought.
Solid job growth in November cut the U.S. unemployment rate to 7 percent, a five-year low. The surprisingly robust gain suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate. As more employers step up hiring, more people have money to spend to drive the economy.
3. Obama's fixer-upper website races to catch up - Friday, December 06, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — It looks like President Barack Obama's fickle health insurance website is finally starting to put up some respectable sign-up numbers, but its job only seems to have gotten harder.4. Nashville Salvation Army needs Angel Tree help - Friday, December 06, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Nashville area Salvation Army needs help providing Christmas gifts through its Angel Tree program.
The agency says there were close to 3,000 angels still waiting to be adopted on Thursday.5. Nissan looks to no-frills China brand for revival - Friday, November 29, 2013
HUADU, China (AP) — His Chinese sedan was a disappointment. So when truck driver Xie Yanzhen needed to replace it, he turned to Venucia, a 2-year-old no-frills brand launched by Nissan and a Chinese partner.6. Former, current Titans to serve pizza for charity at MAFIAoZA'S - Friday, November 29, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Titans safety Chris Hope and some other current and former Titans will be serving pizzas for charity next week.7. An answer to unwanted calls: Just ignore them - Friday, December 06, 2013
A few weeks ago, I began a column with “Harassing phone calls. What other term would fit?” And ended said column with a plea for help. Reader mail came pouring in.
Victoria’s glad to know she’s “not alone with these calls. I got them at all times of the day and night! It made me furious! I am on the Do Not Call Registry, but I had bazillions of them show up on my landline … [A]fter the 1st round of these calls I started documenting and keeping track of every one of them ….8. Walking the path to success means hitting every step - Friday, December 06, 2013
Tired of chasing your proverbial tail in the quest for a sales and marketing plan that actually delivers? First acknowledge that a silver bullet rarely exists.
The solution, while not particularly sexy, can and will deliver provided you trust the process and avoid the temptation to skip steps along the way.9. TSU president joins Pinnacle Financial board - Friday, December 06, 2013
Pinnacle Financial Partners has added Tennessee State University President Glenda Baskin Glover, Ph.D., JD, CPA, to its board.
She joins 12 other business and community leaders who serve as Pinnacle directors.10. Events - Friday, December 06, 2013
Nashville Christmas Parade CANCELLED. The 61st annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade has been cancelled due to weather. “Nashville” actor Eric Close was to have served as grand marshal. The Mayor's annual tree lighting ceremony also has been cancelled. The lights will be turned on at 4:30 today, but there will be no ceremony.11. Are Titans, new ownership committed to winning? - Friday, December 06, 2013
“It is what it is.” That well-worn catch phrase describes the Tennessee Titans perfectly. They are the very definition of mediocrity.
Try as they may to escape that, there is no denying the long-term “averageness” of this franchise.12. A cure for what ails 1111 Petri Dish Lane - Friday, December 06, 2013
It’s not unusual to walk into a house that’s listed and on the market and be floored by the stench. Many times this is the result of neglect and filth that allows organisms to flourish in the environs created by sloppy pet owners or leaking pipes.13. Treat guests to great hotels, bars - Friday, December 06, 2013
If you’re lucky, family and friends will be staying in one of the city’s impressive hotels instead of sleeping on your couch.
No matter the sleeping arrangements, take advantage of their visit and check out some of the best places to enjoy Nashville during the holidays – in one of its happening hotel bars.14. Insiders share must-see Midstate locales - Friday, December 06, 2013
Some of Nashville’s most entertaining residents let us in on the spots in town that land on their must-visit list whenever family and friends come to stay.
Heather Byrd, cast member of A&E’s Crazy Hearts Nashville:
One of Nashville’s busiest insiders and media correspondents is about to show the world just how hectic her life can get when A&E’s new reality series Crazy Hearts: Nashville premieres January 2014.15. Don’t forget old favorites when dining with guests - Friday, December 06, 2013
Whether your out-of-town family begs to go to an old favorite each time they come to Nashville or are mad you’ve never taken them to a storied place, these five spots make the holidays special for natives, newcomers and anyone returning home for a winter visit.16. Let area’s best chefs create holiday memories - Friday, December 06, 2013
If you expect a flock of foodies among your visitors this holiday season, don’t waste too much money buying them gifts – simply take them to eat at one (or more) of these 10 signature Nashville restaurants.17. Franklin serves up Dickens of a Christmas - Friday, December 06, 2013
FRANKLIN – If the holiday spirits this year are anything like the ghosts of Christmases past, visitors might want to add a day onto their visit to Nashville and take the 20-mile drive down to Franklin. Once you get off the interstate, don’t be fooled by the strip malls and such, just keep traveling west until Highway 96 leads you into the beautiful, historic downtown.18. In Japan, General Motors has high hopes, low sales - Friday, November 29, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — General Motors says it's in Japan for the long haul despite sales of Cadillac and Chevrolet models barely surpassing 1,000 vehicles a year.
There has never been much appetite in Japan for left-hand drive gas guzzling U.S. autos, and there are many informal barriers to foreign automakers making it here.19. Oil above $97 a barrel as US supplies decline - Friday, November 29, 2013
The price of oil rose for a fourth straight day as the government reported the first drop in crude oil supplies in 11 weeks.
Benchmark crude oil for January delivery rose $1.16 to $97.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil has gained $4.90 a barrel, or 5.3 percent, over the past four trading sessions.20. The Hermitage open for evening holiday tours - Friday, November 29, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Hermitage is offering evening tours for the holidays. President Andrew Jackson's home will be decorated for a Jacksonian Christmas as historical interpreters guide guests through the mansion.21. Updated healthcare.gov gets mixed reviews - Friday, November 29, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Counselors helping people use the federal government's online health exchange are giving mixed reviews to the updated site, with some zipping through the application process while others are facing the same old sputters and even crashes.22. Oil jumps on news of pipeline opening - Friday, November 29, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil jumped more than 2 percent Tuesday on the prospect of more oil flowing out of a key storage hub in the middle of the country.
TransCanada said the southern leg of its Keystone XL pipeline should be operational early next month. The pipeline would move oil out of Cushing, Okla., the physical delivery point for futures on U.S. benchmark oil, to Port Arthur, Texas. That should lead to greater demand for the oil, which is priced lower than the crudes imported into the Gulf region.23. Justices won't hear appeal of NY Internet taxation - Friday, November 29, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider throwing out New York state's taxes on Internet purchases on websites like Amazon.com, a move that could change the way Internet commerce works.24. Stocks slip after disappointing Thanksgiving sales - Friday, November 29, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is closing lower after the holiday shopping season got off to a disappointing start.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 77 points, or 0.5 percent, to close at 16,008.77 Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell four points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,800.90. The Nasdaq composite fell 13 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,045.26.
25. Government diagnosis: HealthCare.gov on the mend - Friday, November 29, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage — if the government's diagnosis of its health care website is correct.
The Health and Human Services Department released a progress report Sunday on its effort get the troubled HealthCare.gov website on the mend. Administration officials said the worst of the online glitches, bugs and delays may be over.26. Record crowds over weekend, but spending declined - Friday, November 29, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers got Americans into stores during the start to the holiday shopping season. Now, they'll need to figure out how to get them to actually shop.
Target, Macy's and other retailers offered holiday discounts in early November and opened stores on Thanksgiving Day. It was an effort to attract shoppers before Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season.27. Tennessee wildlife agency has new mobile app - Friday, November 29, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has a new mobile app that allows users to take along the latest agency info whenever they go.
The new app includes access to all hunting, trapping, fishing and boating guidelines.28. Brick-and-mortar stores and Amazon go head-to-head - Friday, November 29, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, it's Amazon vs. everyone else. The online giant has attracted customers from the likes of Wal-Mart and Best Buy with low prices and convenient shipping. Now, stores are fighting back and going head-to-head with Amazon as the contest for customers heats up during the busiest shopping period of the year.29. Health law business insurance site delayed 1 year - Friday, November 29, 2013
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama's administration has announced yet another delay in the rollout of the health care law. An online health insurance marketplace for small businesses is being put off until November 2014 to make sure the HealthCare.gov website gets fixed first.30. Why holiday sales could ride on lower gas prices - Friday, November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — No one begs Santa Claus for cheaper gasoline. Yet falling gas prices are shaping up as an unexpected gift for drivers — and for people on their holiday shopping lists.
The average price of gasoline has tumbled 49 cents from its peak this year to $3.29 a gallon, putting it on track for the lowest average since 2010, according to AAA. Because many Americans have had no pay raises, whatever money they're saving on gas has freed up a bit more for other purchases.31. Oh Beebe! This stone cutter needs spell-check - Friday, November 29, 2013
“Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.” Francis Bacon wrote that.
And then there’s “I wept not, so to stone within I grew.” From Dante Alighieri.
Perhaps the most memorable quote on point is Euripides’s “Leave no stone unturned.”32. Entrepreneurs are not always leaders – or vice versa - Friday, November 29, 2013
Seventy percent of startup businesses fail within the first 10 years, according to a 2013 study conducted by Bradley University and the University of Tennessee.
It’s a devastating reality given that the lion’s share of those are small businesses, from which more than half of domestic sales are generated.33. TEA names new executive director - Friday, November 29, 2013
The Tennessee Education Association has named Carolyn Crowder as its new executive director.
Crowder comes to Tennessee from Denver, where she served for the past four years as executive director of the combined Denver Classroom Teachers Association, Denver Association of Education Office Professionals and DCTA-Retired.
34. Events - Friday, November 29, 2013
Nashville Chamber Fall Leadership Breakfast. Featured speaker is Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University. Ariely also is a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty. Thursday, 6:30-10:20 a.m., Belmont University, Curb Event Center, 1900 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 460-5554.35. Freaky Saturday: Vols, Commodores have swapped identities - Friday, November 29, 2013
In watching Saturday night’s epic struggle (emphasis on “struggle”) between Tennessee and Vanderbilt, one thought came to mind regarding these two football programs.
As Vanderbilt finished beating Tennessee for its first two-game winning streak in the series since 1925-26 – think Calvin Coolidge as president and Babe Ruth still a year away from his 60 home run season – it occurred to me that the programs have essentially swapped roles.36. Timing is everything in war, comedy, real estate - Friday, November 29, 2013
“Remember the Alamo!” was one of the most widely used slogans, catchphrases, rallying cries or cheers in the 1800s, and was perhaps coined by Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto, which most feel was the decisive battle in the War for Texas Independence.37. Other places to find items from Porter Flea vendors - Friday, November 29, 2013
Porter Flea co-founder Jessica Maloan recently open a brick and mortar shop, PULP Nashville, at 729 Porter Rd.
Information, facebook.com/pulpnashville. She also sells her handmade wares at www.etsy.com/shop/pinestreetmakery.38. Variety the key to Porter Flea success - Friday, November 29, 2013
Meagan Hall, 31, grew up in Rockvale and Murfreesboro before heading to the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville for a degree in textiles and fiber design.
She then moved out to the Pacific Northwest to live for about seven years and returned to Tennessee about a year and half ago.39. Men's Wearhouse makes $1.54B bid for Jos. A. Bank - Friday, November 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Never say never. Just when it looked like a potential combination of Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank was dead in the water, the script has been flipped.
Now it's Men's Wearhouse that is offering approximately $1.54 billion for its rival. Less than two weeks ago, Jos. A. Bank dropped a $2.3 billion bid for its competitor. A combination could create a menswear powerhouse of more than 1,700 outlets.
40. Tennesseans can now access driving records online - Friday, November 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials are giving Tennessee residents an online option to access driving records.
The Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced this week that it has launched an online service that allows people to download or print copies of their official driving records by going to http://www.tn.gov/safety.41. Americans not willing to spend without deals - Friday, November 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, Americans may not spend their green unless they see more red.
Despite signs that the economy is improving, big store chains like Wal-Mart and Kohl's don't expect Americans to have much holiday shopping cheer unless they see bold, red signs that offer huge discounts. As a result, shoppers are seeing big sales events earlier and more often than in previous holiday seasons.42. Stocks end mixed on quiet day; energy stocks fall - Friday, November 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market paused Monday, ending on a mixed note, after a string of records in recent weeks.
Investors had little company-specific news to digest and trading was light ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday later this week. Still, the market was hit with broader geopolitical news. The U.S. and other world powers reached a deal Sunday to limit Iran's nuclear program, an event that dragged down oil prices and energy stocks.
43. Experts: HealthCare.gov fix needs more time, money - Friday, November 15, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology experts say healing what ails the Healthcare.gov website will be a tougher task than the Obama administration acknowledges.44. Better job market news sends US stocks higher - Friday, November 15, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose on Wall Street Thursday after the number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest since September.
First-time applications for benefits dropped by 21,000 last week, the Labor Department reported, the latest sign that the U.S. job market is recovering. The number of applications, which is a proxy for how many workers are being laid off, is now near where it was before the Great Recession.
45. Online marketing ideas to enhance holiday sales - Friday, November 22, 2013
December is crunch time for retailers and B2B companies reliant on crucial holiday sales to hit annual sales targets. In fact, Google reports that 70 percent of consumers wait to make holiday purchases until after Thanksgiving, with the majority conducting at least some of that shopping online.46. Diet buster: Fried mac and cheese balls - Friday, November 22, 2013
Last week, Don and I attended an American Court and Commercial Newspaper Conference (ACCN) in Baltimore. We stayed downtown, across the street from the Chesapeake Bay, and had a beautiful view from our room of the USS Constellation, which is now a permanently docked museum.47. Who wants to ‘kill all the lawyers?’ Not Henry VI - Friday, November 22, 2013
One of my favorite quotes is from a Shakespearean play: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” It gets me hot and bothered when people abuse and/or misuse this nugget of literature.48. Woodmont Investment hires vice president - Friday, November 22, 2013
Woodmont Investment Counsel, LLC has hired Robert Perry as vice president.
Perry is a Nashville native who earned a bachelor’s degree at Columbia University and worked on Wall Street before returning to Nashville to earn an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management and a law degree from the Vanderbilt University Law School.49. Playoffs!? Even the Titans can dream - Friday, November 22, 2013
Somewhere Pete Rozelle is smiling, knowing his vision for the NFL is being realized.
No matter how ugly that might look right now.
Rozelle’s dream for the NFL was parity, an idea that on any given Sunday, in any given season, any team could win and any team could make the playoffs.50. Events - Friday, November 22, 2013
Battle of Franklin Anniversary. The annual Battle of Franklin Illumination Ceremony, this year marking the 149th anniversary, will take place Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Carnton Plantation. The ceremony is open and free to the public. Some 10,000 luminaries will be on display to commemorate the approximately 10,000 casualties inflicted during the battle. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 794-0903,51. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for Oct. 2013 - Friday, November 22, 2013
Top October 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.52. That’s a lawn, not a grassy knoll: Conspiracy theories of real estate confronted - Friday, November 22, 2013
CNN is running a documentary this week titled the “The Assassination of President Kennedy.” Having been a conspiracy buff since reading Mark Lane’s Rush to Judgment in 1979, I have watched the show twice and finally, after 34 years, have concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin. The chase was fun.53. US consumer prices drop 0.1 pct. on cheaper gas - Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheaper gasoline lowered overall U.S. consumer prices slightly in October. But outside the steep drop at the pump, inflation stayed mild.
The consumer price index fell 0.1 percent last month, down from a 0.2 percent increase in September, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The October decline was due mainly to a 2.9 percent drop in gasoline costs, the largest since April. Over the past 12 months, overall prices have risen 1 percent, well below the Federal Reserve's inflation target of 2 percent.
54. Obama: Must help people enroll by mail, in person - Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama urged his supporters Monday to help Americans enroll for health insurance by mail, in person and over the phone, seeking to tamp down expectations that the error-riddled HealthCare.gov website will ever be a panacea for the uninsured — even once it's fixed.55. Best Buy posts 3Q profit, sales flat - Friday, November 15, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy says it Is committed to "winning" the holiday season with price matching, doorbusters and deals as well as its earliest ever opening hours on Thanksgiving — even if that means profit pressure for the electronics retailer in the fourth quarter.56. Nashville area public transit free on Black Friday - Friday, November 15, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville-area public transit will be free on Black Friday.
The free rides go on all day on the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee buses and the Music City Star regional train.57. Obama health care woes become credibility fight - Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Throughout President Barack Obama's first four years in office, he prided himself on his ability to bounce back when much of Washington thought his presidency was in peril.
But the political challenge posed by Obama's disastrous health care rollout is far greater than those he overcame during the nasty debt ceiling fight with Republicans, his stumbling campaign debate in 2012 or even the painful recession.58. Forbes Media puts itself up for sale - Friday, November 15, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The president and CEO of Forbes Media says the family owned magazine publisher has put itself up for sale.
In a Friday letter to employees, Mike Perlis said that Forbes Media has received "more than a few" indications of interest from potential buyers.59. House OKs coverage plans short of Obamacare rules - Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brushing aside a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted Friday to let insurance companies sell individual health coverage to all comers, even if it falls short of the required standards in "Obamacare."60. Questions and answers on changing health care law - Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when you thought you had the president's health care law figured out, it's changing.
Some questions and answers about what's afoot and who's affected:
Q: What's the nub of the change, and why is President Barack Obama changing course at this late date?61. Retailers take on Silicon Valley - Friday, November 15, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all.62. Yellen stands by Fed's low interest rate policies - Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen said Thursday that the U.S. economy has regained ground lost to Great Recession but still needs the Federal Reserve's support because unemployment remains too high at 7.3 percent.63. Chill in the air means its time for chili - Friday, November 15, 2013
It’s chili time! I know chili can be eaten year-round and not just in the fall. But when there is a chill in the air, there’s something about a good bowl of hearty chili to banish the chill.64. Worlds collide: Combining haiku, crossword - Friday, November 15, 2013
HOT SPRINGS, ARK. – “Old Pond” cartoonist big hit at haiku Hot Springs: Jessica Tremblay.
November rolls in with hints of summer and winter. Autumn’s colors dot the hillsides surrounding historic Bathhouse Row. Amid falling leaves a dozen and a half haiku versifiers, from Boston to Memphis to Plano to Vancouver, descend upon the Arlington Hotel.65. Trying to trick Google can kill your Web traffic - Friday, November 15, 2013
Google holds the title of world’s most powerful search engine with comScore reporting an estimated 13 billion searches in July of this year, compared to 3.5 million for its the next largest competitor, Bing.66. Yellen stands by Fed's low interest rate policies - Friday, November 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen said Thursday that the U.S. economy has regained ground lost to Great Recession but still needs the Federal Reserve's support because unemployment remains too high at 7.3 percent.67. Saint Thomas names Elliott to leadership post - Friday, November 15, 2013
Saint Thomas Health has named Jennifer Elliott, RN, vice president of Clinical Operations and chief nursing officer for Saint Thomas West Hospital and Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital.68. Events - Friday, November 15, 2013
Chamber West Monthly Networking Coffee. An opportunity to learn more about Chamber West’s initiatives and find out how you can get involved in the continued success of this area. Today, 8-9:15 a.m., Hampton Inn & Suites-Green Hills, 2324 Crestmoor Rd., Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com/calendar.69. Tennessee Titans: A franchise defined by coming up short - Friday, November 15, 2013
Rock bottom. For a team that has had plenty of lows over the past several seasons, the Titans probably bottomed out with Sunday’s home loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars.
Many were startled to see the Titans lay such an egg with so much to play for. After all, a victory, combined with the Rams’ surprising upset of the Indianapolis Colts, should have had the Titans playing those same Colts for a share of the AFC South lead this week.70. It was a good run, but the real estate sales boom is over - Friday, November 15, 2013
The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors’ sale figures for October show there were 2,469 closings for the month, up 6.79 percent from the same period last year. It was noted in this column last month that pending sales for September were up only 8.7 percent, signaling the end of double-digit increases.71. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Oct. 2013 - Friday, November 15, 2013
Top October 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.72. Driving a dream, if only for a day: Exotic car rental coming to Nashville - Friday, November 15, 2013
For those who find renting a Camry or a Caravan entirely too pedestrian, help is on the way.
For a one-day rental rate of $300 to $1,000, one can go for a drive in the country or make an unforgettable entrance at a high school reunion in a Ferrari, Lamborghini or other high-end sports car, thanks to Music City Dream Cars, a new venture for a December opening in the Gulch.73. David Taylor: Catering to Nashville’s GLBT community with restaurant, clubs patrons ‘wouldn’t mind bringing their mother to’ - Friday, November 15, 2013
Visitors to Tribe, Play Dance Bar or Suzy Wong’s House of Yum, a triad of GLBT-owned and operated venues in the 1500 block of Church Street in the shadow of Downtown Nashville, see well-run, crowded operations that patrons “wouldn’t mind bringing their mother to,” co-owner David Taylor says.74. Report: Refugees a net positive for Tennessee - Friday, November 08, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - A report by the state's Fiscal Review Committee has found that refugees bring in more money to Tennessee than they cost the state in entitlements. But that's not the message some of the lawmakers who asked for the report want to hear.75. Motorola unveils budget smartphone, aimed at world - Friday, November 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola says it wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology, at less than a third the price.
The new Moto G phone starts at $179 in the U.S. without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must pay for phones without traditional two-year service agreements.
76. Indexes climb back to records after retail boost - Friday, November 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's gave the stock market some early holiday cheer.
Stock indexes climbed back into record territory Wednesday after the department store chain gave an optimistic forecast for holiday sales. Macy's surged 9 percent, leading strong gains among retailers including J.C. Penney, Nordstrom and Target.
77. All day shopping frenzy on Thanksgiving? - Friday, November 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Last Thanksgiving Day, Kimberly Mudge Via's mother, sister and nieces left in the middle of their meals to head for the mall.
Now, Via says she'll never host Thanksgiving dinner for her relatives again.
78. Blue Cross Blue Shield notifying clients of mandated changes - Friday, November 08, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - About 66,000 people who get individual health plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee are being notified that they must pick a new plan due to new federal regulations.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, which is the largest underwriter of individual health plans in the state, and other insurance companies have begun sending out the letters to inform clients who have policies that don't meet new federal regulations.79. Target to open earlier on Thanksgiving - Friday, November 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. is becoming the latest retailer to open earlier on Thanksgiving this year.
The Minneapolis-based discounter said it will open at 8 p.m. on the holiday, which falls on Nov. 28. That's an hour earlier than last year. Target stores will remain open throughout the night and close at 11 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29.80. Dow Jones average reaches another record high - Friday, November 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average rose to another all-time high on Wall Street Monday.
The market edged higher from Friday, when it got a lift from an unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs report for October. The surge in hiring made investors more optimistic that the U.S. economy is getting stronger.
81. US consumer spending slows to 0.2 percent gain - Friday, November 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers slowed their spending in September, even as overall income grew at solid pace for the second straight month.
Consumer spending rose 0.2 percent in September, after at 0.3 percent gain the previous month, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Americans cut spending on long-lasting manufactured goods 1.3 percent. That partly reflected a drop in auto sales. Labor Day weekend auto sales were counted in August.82. Obama apologizes to people losing health coverage - Friday, November 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to intense criticism, President Barack Obama apologized to Americans who are losing health insurance plans he repeatedly said they could keep and pledged to find fixes that might allow people to keep their coverage.83. State GOP and former top aide settle lawsuit - Friday, November 08, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Republican Party and former chief of staff Mark Winslow have settled a lawsuit over the public disclosure of his severance pay after he left the state GOP.
Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga and political operative Chip Saltsman remain defendants in the case headed for trial on Feb. 24.84. Obama meets with Senate Dems on health care - Friday, November 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama met Wednesday with Senate Democrats facing re-election next year to discuss the problem-plagued health care rollout that could affect their races.
The White House confirmed Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with 16 senators to describe fixes that are being made to the website for Americans to sign up for insurance under his signature health care law.85. Vanderbilt chimes in on ‘me and him’ controversy - Friday, November 08, 2013
The Pronoun Showdown continues. I started it some weeks back, asking which of two football coaches was correct, the one who said “between me and him” or the one who said: “between he and I?”86. Best of the rest in social media and how to use them - Friday, November 08, 2013
With more than 200 major, active social media networks cited by Wikipedia, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the choices available.
Given the considerable amount of time that businesses are investing in social media marketing, it’s vital to focus those efforts on the right networks versus every network.87. Bone McAllester adds labor, employment attorney - Friday, November 08, 2013
The law firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has hired Vanderbilt alumnus Bryan Pieper as the firm’s newest attorney in labor and employment law and commercial litigation.88. A sign of maturity from often-criticized Chris Johnson - Friday, November 08, 2013
Shortly after the Tennessee Titans won the Jeff Fisher Bowl, thanks in large part to a resurgent running game, Chris Johnson revealed that the Titans did something they hadn’t done since the end of the Fisher Era in preparation.89. Midstate sees surge in $1 million-plus home sales - Friday, November 08, 2013
Last week was a monumental week in Middle Tennessee residential real estate as seven single-family homes and one condo closed for more than $1 million each. Williamson County boasted three $1 million-plus sales for the week and 16 for the month, while Davidson County held a slight edge with 18 closed sales in October.90. Events - Friday, November 08, 2013
People’s Law School. Conclusion of the free program that provides an overview of legal issues that a typical person might face. Taught by Legal Aid Society attorneys and volunteer attorneys, the final session tonight at Cohn Learning Center is "Worried You Might Lose Your Home to Foreclosure?" 6-7 p.m., 4805 Park Avenue. Registration, Information: 298-8050.91. Better to ship or receive gifts of liquor? Both options a hassle in Tennessee - Friday, November 08, 2013
With all of the attention Nashville has been getting lately, it’s likely that an out-of-state uncle would love to open a Tennessee-themed holiday package this season, stocked with some of the area’s sweetest liquors.92. Great food-related gifts made in Middle Tennessee and where to get them - Friday, November 08, 2013
Send your out-of-towner family, friends and clients the delicious taste of Middle Tennessee by ordering local products online and shipping them anywhere nationwide.
Bang Candy Company
1300 Clinton St. 953-106593. Batch Nashville sends Midstate’s best to the world - Friday, November 08, 2013
Yes, it’s better to give than receive. But here’s an idea that allows for both.
By signing up for Batch Nashville, you’ll receive a package of locally-made products with a theme such as “Rise & Shine,’’ or “After Dinner.’’94. Why some experts think Twitter stock is a bargain - Friday, November 01, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Critics dismiss it as a fad. It's tiny next to some rivals. And it loses money.
Yet for all its faults, Twitter has plenty of fans on Wall Street. They say investors should seize the initial public offering this week and grab an early stake in a company that is revolutionizing the way people share experiences and opinions. It's bound to make big money someday.95. Twitter is powerful, but where are the profits? - Friday, November 01, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — It can help overthrow dictators. But can it make money?
Protesters famously used Twitter to organize during the Arab Spring three years ago. President Barack Obama announced his 2012 re-election victory using the short messaging service. Lady Gaga tweets. So does the pope.96. Tavenner says website improved and improving - Friday, November 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior government official declined to say Tuesday if the administration will support legislation to fulfill President Barack Obama's oft-stated promise that anyone who likes their health care plan will be able to keep it under the nation's new law.97. Challenges abound for Twitter heading into IPO - Friday, November 01, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter has built a digital town square that's teeming with activity but riddled with financial potholes. Seven years after co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet through the online messaging service, more than 500 million posts are shared each day by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Justin Bieber.98. Obama's health law finally gets real for America - Friday, November 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Now is when Americans start figuring out that President Barack Obama's health care law goes beyond political talk, and really does affect them and people they know.
With a cranky federal website complicating access to new coverage and some consumers being notified their existing plans are going away, the potential for winners and losers is creating anxiety and confusion.99. GOP's Sen. Ayotte wants health care 'time out' - Friday, November 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A moderate Republican senator is calling for a "time out" in the implementation of President Barack Obama's new health care program.
New Hampshire's Sen. Kelly Ayotte tells "CBS This Morning" that with the problems in the plan's roll-out, it's necessary to regroup.100. UT Knoxville application deadline extended - Friday, November 01, 2013
KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has extended its application deadlines for the fall 2014 semester.
The new regular deadline is Dec. 15, but those students who want to be considered for competitive scholarships and the Chancellor's Honors Program must apply by Nov. 15.