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VOL. 38 | NO. 34 | Friday, August 22, 2014

Tennessee's universities battle to attract top talent

Vanderbilt students find happiness in Music City

As the Class of 2018 begins to poke around the Vanderbilt University campus, the newest Commodores will be met with the highest of expectations.

UT students return to transforming campus

Colleges and universities, no matter how venerable and historic, were designed to move forward, to be progressive.

MTSU’s goal: Students graduating on time

Tennessee’s higher education funding formula is based largely on retaining students, and Middle Tennessee State University plans to stay focused on student support in 2014.

E-books cut costs for TSU students

Tennessee State University students face higher costs, tacked on by state government, but that downer could be offset by “e-books” that can save students $735 each semester.

Lipscomb expands offerings to fill workplace needs

Lipscomb University is gearing toward the future this fall with three new programs designed to give students an advantage in a rapidly changing job market.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

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:

more events »

Belmont welcomes largest-ever freshman class

If you graduated from Belmont 20 years ago, you might not recognize the campus today.

SPORTS

Mason: VU success more than defeating UT

Coach Derek Mason is determined to put his own mark of toughness on the Vanderbilt University football program as it continues its climb into the ranks of conference heavyweights.

Looks like 6-6 season, return to bowl game for Vols

KNOXVILLE – Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

Titans offense finally looking like an NFL product

Exciting. Now, there’s a word that hasn’t been associated much with the Tennessee Titans in recent years.

REALTY CHECK

That Realtor key box might welcome unwanted visitors

This one may get me in trouble with some of my peers, but it is important, so here goes.

NEWSMAKERS

Steaban, Edgeworth take on new roles at VUMC

Robin Steaban, MSN, R.N., VUMC associate chief nursing officer and chief administrative officer at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, has been promoted to the newly created position of chief nursing officer for Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Interviewing sales staff? Ask these 6 questions

The new-hire failure rate is astonishing and expensive, and even worse for sales candidates, who can be among the toughest to properly vet.

CAREER CORNER

Interviewing for a new job? Better keep it to yourself

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.

I SWEAR

Finally on right track with origin of rail house

Structures, both residential and commercial – especially restaurants and bars – near train tracks are often dubbed rail houses by artists, architects, developers, entrepreneurs and owners.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Banoffee Pie is a cool, creamy summer dessert

This past Sunday evening, our church had a special choir program and dinner. This is always an enjoyable time because we get to sit back and listen to the beautiful music the choir has performed during the past year, then eat a wonderful meal afterward.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers call for hearing on new history course

NASHVILLE (AP) - The heads of two state legislative committees have asked the State Board of Education to hold a hearing to address alleged concerns about a new advanced placement U.S. history course.

Gilmore elected to 2 national leadership posts

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Rep. Brenda Gilmore has been elected to two national leadership positions.

STATEWIDE

Web-based seminars to focus on saving for college

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Treasury Department is planning a series of web-based seminars on saving for college.

MIDSTATE

Groundbreaking today for Beretta's Gallatin plant

GALLATIN (AP) — Company and state officials are celebrating the groundbreaking at Italian gun-maker Beretta USA's new plant in Tennessee on Thursday.

REAL ESTATE

Contracts to buy US homes rise in hopeful sign

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, a sign that buying has improved as mortgage rates have slipped, the number of listings has risen and the rate of price increases has slowed.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple will show off its newest products Sept. 9. The iPhone and iPad maker set the date in invitations mailed Thursday to reporters and others who typically come to see the unveiling of Apple's latest twists on technology.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Applications for US unemployment aid slip to 298K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong.

US economy grew at brisk 4.2 pct. rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated.

Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall

The escalating conflict in Ukraine combined with disappointing earnings and profit outlooks from several retailers dragged stocks lower Thursday afternoon, eclipsing some good news on the U.S. economy. Trading was light ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

US bank earnings up 5.2 pct in 2Q

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks' earnings rose 5.2 percent in the April-June quarter from a year earlier, as banks reduced their expenses and lending marked its fastest pace since 2007.

Revised estimate of Q2 growth likely to stay solid

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a grim start to the year, the economy roared back to life in the spring, supporting expectations that the second half of 2014 will turn out far better than the first half.

Deliveries roll following deal in supermarket feud

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — A six-week standoff between thousands of employees of a New England supermarket chain and management has ended with the news that the beloved former CEO is back in control after buying the entire company.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27
NASHVILLE AREA

Longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer Barrett dies at 86

NASHVILLE (AP) - George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.

MIDSTATE

Federal lawsuit filed over Harpeth River

FRANKLIN (AP) - The Harpeth River Watershed Association has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Franklin over its wastewater treatment plant.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Spring Hill

SPRING HILL (AP) - General Motors is moving production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to a factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Anti-UAW workers to form own union at VW plant

NASHVILLE (AP) — Volkswagen workers who oppose the United Auto Workers at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga are looking to form their own union.

STATEWIDE

5 things to know in Tennessee's Nov. 4 general election

NASHVILLE (AP) - Five things to know about the Nov. 4 general election and other ballot issues in Tennessee:

Tennessee tea party supporters take heart from vote

NASHVILLE (AP) - For U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the elder statesman of Tennessee politics, a primary challenge by a little-known tea party opponent was supposed to be little more than a glorified victory lap around the state.

Memphis brings Tennessee supermarket wine votes to 75

NASHVILLE (AP) — Election officials have certified that Memphis voters have submitted enough signatures for a November referendum on supermarket wine sales, bringing the total number of communities holding a vote on the issue to 75.

COURTS

Applications being taken for judicial vacancy

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.

HEALTH CARE

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds on to 2,000

Even in a daylong sideways drift, the Standard & Poor's 500 index managed to eke out its third record close in three days.

SEC adopts rules on loan-backed securities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, will have to give investors details on borrowers' credit record and income under action taken Wednesday by federal regulators.

US economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.

10 things to know about corporate inversions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Burger King is drawing a lot of flak over plans to shift its legal address to a foreign country by merging with Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain.

Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner Cable said Wednesday service was largely restored after a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 26
STATE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee lawmaker calls Haslam 'traitor' to GOP

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker is calling Gov. Bill Haslam a "traitor to the party" over efforts by a political action committee run by supporters to defeat lawmakers who opposed the administration on Common Core education standards.

MIDSTATE

2 ex-Hanover employees sentenced in Ponzi scheme

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two former Hanover Corp. employees have been sentenced in connection with an $18 million Ponzi scheme.

Vacuum maker TTI announces Tennessee expansion

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — TTI Floor Care North America, the maker of Hoover, Dirt Devil and Oreck vacuum cleaners, is expanding its Tennessee plant and plans to double its work force at the facility over the next five years.

TECHNOLOGY

Amazon could be ESPN of video games in Twitch deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.

REAL ESTATE

US home price gains slow in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased at a slower pace in June — a cooldown that could continue for several more months.

COURTS

Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash

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.

HEALTH CARE

Report: No proof veterans died because of delays

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Another milestone: S&P 500 closes above 2,000

It was a big round-number day for the stock market.

AP survey: Fed's outlook correct but not solution

WASHINGTON (AP) — Economists appear to be of two minds about the Federal Reserve.

Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

US durable goods orders surge record 22.6 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July. But most of the strength came from demand for commercial aircraft, which tends to fluctuate sharply from month to month. Outside of transportation, orders dipped.

Turner Broadcasting offering buyouts

NEW YORK (AP) — The corporate parent of CNN, TNT and TBS on Tuesday offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner.

UN health agency: E-cigarettes must be regulated

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. health agency recommended Tuesday that nations regulate electronic cigarettes and ban them from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders.


MONDAY, AUGUST 25
STATEWIDE

Tracy concedes to US Rep. DesJarlais

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Republican state senator who challenged scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais conceded his 38-vote primary loss to the incumbent on Monday, saying he decided not to challenge the results.

TECHNOLOGY

TiVo to make version for those without cable

NEW YORK (AP) — Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.

HEALTH CARE

Study: House calls for frail elders bring savings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten or 12 times a year, Beatrice Adams' daughter would race her frail mother to the emergency room for high blood pressure or pain from a list of chronic illnesses.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 touches 2,000 points as deals continue

Summer doldrums? Not on Wall Street. The stock market notched another first on Monday as the Standard & Poor's 500 index nudged briefly past the 2,000-point mark and closed with its second record high in a week.

Is it fantasy football or online gambling?

Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games.

Sales of US new homes fall in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans bought new homes in July, evidence that the housing sector is struggling to gain traction more than five years into the economic recovery.

Survey: Economists say Fed is on 'the right track'

NEW YORK (AP) — A majority of economists believe the Federal Reserve is doing the right things to help repair the U.S. economy, according to a survey released Monday by the National Association of Business Economists.

Tax refunds may get hit due to health law credits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxes? Who wants to think about taxes around Labor Day?

Survey: US gas prices down 4 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of gasoline has dipped 4 cents per gallon in the past two weeks, and prices in California have fallen 5 cents in the same time period.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 22
NASHVILLE AREA

Tennessee now seeks to renovate Cordell Hull building

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is backing off earlier plans to demolish the 60-year-old Cordell Hull office building located next to the state Capitol in Nashville and instead hopes to renovate it.

STATEWIDE

Democrat Ball names Senate campaign leadership

NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Gordon Ball has named the leadership of his campaign team for his challenge to Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander.

Tennessee schools lauded for achievement, growth

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam is recognizing 168 Tennessee schools for their achievement and growth.

Supermarket wine petitions at 60 near deadline

NASHVILLE (AP) - More than 60 communities have collected enough signatures to place a referendum for supermarket wine sales on the November ballot, according to a coalition that's tracking the petitions.

Former Tennessee finance chief Emkes joins CCA board

NASHVILLE (AP) - Private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America has named former Tennessee finance chief Mark Emkes to its board of directors.

Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

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.

COURTS

Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights.

AUTO INDUSTRY

UAW says Volkswagen signups in Tennessee hit 670

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A United Auto Workers leader says a new local in Chattanooga has signed up the equivalent of what would have been a winning margin for the union vote at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee.

HEALTH CARE

Oregon sues Oracle over failed health care website

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle Corp. and several of its executives over the technology company's role in creating the troubled website for the state's online health insurance exchange.

New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

Democrats reframe debate on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama's health care law, a fresh sign that the unpopular mandate may be losing some of its political punch.

REAL ESTATE

US housing recovery appears to be back on track

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks close mostly lower as Ukraine tensions flare

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market paused Friday, following four days of gains, after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure about how the nation's most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in the coming months.

Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike

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:

At Jackson Hole, central bankers eye varying goals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The central bankers meeting this week at their annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, aren't exactly in sync. Many are taking steps that clash with the policies of others.

Study: Wealth gap widened in the last decade

NEW YORK (AP) — A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.

Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds — $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief — offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.10 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, with the 30-year loan rate hitting its 52-week low.

Yellen speech awaited for any hint on rate timing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days after the Federal Reserve revealed an intensifying internal debate over interest rates, Chair Janet Yellen will address the annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with investors seeking any clear hints of when it will start raising rates.

NATIONAL POLITICS

US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.

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