Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Stocks sink for a third day on worries over Europe

Consumer confidence in Nov. hits 5-month high

Take Part: Are you about to exhaust your unemployment benefits?

Tennessean TAKE PART Jobless benefits may end for more citizens Are you about to exhaust your unemployment benefits after 99 weeks? Contact Tennessean business reporter Naomi Snyder at 615-259-8284 or nsnyder@tennessean.com. Please leave your name and contact information for a news story about federal aid running out for more unemployed workers even after extensions that boosted some people's aid to nearly two years

FEMA approves Nashville flood buyouts for first group of homes

Many life insurance claims are denied

TennCare cited for work with long-term managed care

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NES to launch new outage map for customers

STAFF REPORTS • November 24, 2010 Nashville Electric Service will soon unveil a new and improved interactive tool using Google’s mapping technology to track power outages. The outage map will be available at http://nespower.com/OutageMap/default.aspx. The map offers a view of outages across the NES system, pop up boxes for additional details, and a drill down capability to identify streets without power. The map is updated every 15 minutes. The outage map uses color-coded icons to indicate the number and location of customers without power in the NES service area. Here is some advice to best use the tool: *Click on the icon for information about the outage. *The map view can be customized by selecting the Satellite, Hybrid or Terrain options. *Click “+” to zoom in, click “–” to zoom out. *Use the arrows (upper left of map) to navigate up, down, left, or right.

Tampa Drive apartment fire was arson, fire department says

STAFF REPORTS • November 24, 2010 A Nashville Fire Department investigators said Wednesday that an apartment fire at 270 Tampa Drive in Antioch was intentionally set. Firefighters responded to the fire around 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. The fire caused damage to 15 units. Three people were treated on the scene and two were transported by ambulance including one firefighter who was injured after a wall collapsed. The fire has been determined to be arson, according to Deputy Chief Kim Lawson's office. Anyone with information about this fire or other fires in this area is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-Crime or the Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.

15-year-old who battled drugs, alcohol now helps other teens find recovery

Nashville flood's lessons learned, Corps says

Nashville airport moving smoothly, no delays or long lines

Monday, November 22, 2010

Vince Young Expected Out Remainder Of Season

Channel 5 News Posted: Nov 22, 2010 4:27 PM CST NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said quarterback Vince Young will require season-ending surgery after injuring his thumb in a Sunday's 19-16 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. Young tore the flexor tendon in his right thumb - his throwing hand - late in the third quarter. Fisher said Young would be placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Fisher said the decision had nothing to do with Young's apparent tantrum after the game - and that he and Titans owner Bud Adams were on the same page. Rookie quarterback Rusty Smith has been named the starter until Kerry Collins returns from injury. Collins has been recovering from a calf injury he sustained during a 17-29 loss to Miami last week. Smith saw some action after Young was injured. He completed 3 for 9 passes for 62 yards with 1 interception in just over one quarter of play. Fisher said he was not concerned about turning the offense over to the rookie. "We've got a veteran group of guys in this offense that will rally around him," said Fisher. The Titans also planned to bring in former Titans Chris Simms as back-up quarterback. The 5-5 Titans take on the 4-6 Texans on Sunday in Houston at noon. The game can be watched on NewsChannel 5.

Gail Kerr: Relax, folks! Antioch is good place for Metro archives

Jeff Fisher seethes at latest Vince Young blowup as Titans lose

Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Stabbing At Bar

Channel 5 News NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One man was injured in an early morning stabbing Monday. The stabbing happened during a fight around 1:30 a.m. at the Bikini Beach Bar on Antioch Pike. A man was stabbed in the back and head. He was being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Police said 48-year-old David McCormick stabbed the man. He left the bar after the stabbing, but was arrested a short time later. McCormick is charged with attempted murder and DUI. Police are continuing to investing the incident. They are reviewing surveillance video from the bar for more information.

Margaritaville Restaurant To Open Monday Morning

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville celebrates its opening day Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by the serving of the first guest an hour later. Several local community leaders will be on hand for the event, including Mayor Karl Dean. The restaurant will be located on Broadway, right in the heart of downtown and in the same building where the old Planet Hollywood used to be. This is the 10th Margaritaville to be built in the United States.

High Profile Murder Conviction Questioned

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Kelley Cannon is serving a life sentence for the murder of her husband. NewsChannel 5 has learned a legal challenge is in the works strongly questioning her conviction. Most people will remember the high profile trial. A mother of three convicted of murdering her husband, prominent lawyer Jim Cannon, inside their Green Hills home. One of Cannon's attorney's makes some serious charges in a court filing - claiming the fix was in against his client from the very beginning. "Everything I've seen they considered her to be guilty from the start and every effort was to prove her guilt," said attorney Andy Cate. Cate said he filed a strongly-worded motion in Circuit Court alleging misconduct by police, prosecutors and Jim Cannon's family's attorney John Hollins, Jr. To quote from the document: "Mr. Hollins used the emotionally charged and highly publicized nature of the case and the public sentiment he rallied through the media to persuade police and prosecutors to pursue a number of criminal charges against Ms. Cannon. It's baffling how such blatant, repeated and even compounded constitutional and civil rights violations could occur and go unchecked in this day and time." "She was tried for five days before a criminal jury and they convicted her in less than an hour. To me, in my opinion, that means that they believed there was overwhelming evidence of her guilt and that's why she was convicted," said Hollins, Jr. Cate said he knows he could be putting his law license on the line by accusing others in the case of misconduct. He said he'll prove it as the legal case moves forward. Legal experts said he better be able to because he's making some strong accusations. To this point, there's been no evidence prosecutors, police or anyone else did anything wrong in connection with the Cannon case. For now Cate is handling the civil side of Cannon's wrongful death case. He believes someone else killed Jim Cannon and Cate said he'll prove it.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Travelers Beware: New airport security measures in effect

Travelers Beware: New airport security measures in effect

Prescription drugs snatched as woman leaves store

Shoppers study websites to find Black Friday deals

Shoppers study websites to find Black Friday deals

Volunteers needed Dec. 8 to get homeless off the street

Project Homeless Connect removes barriers to housing November 19, 2010 Volunteers are needed for Project Homeless Connect, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Avenue. The one-day, one-stop event can provide those who are without housing with some essentials needed to get a place to live. “If a person does not have a valid I.D. or is lacking a birth certificate, there is not chance for housing,” said Judith Tackett, communications coordinator for The Key Alliance. “At Project Homeless Connect, we get the process started to replace these essential documents. We also provide other services such as job information, housing assistance, medical check-ups, legal services, hair cuts, foot care, eye screening, and much more.” About 1,500 people and families were assisted with more than 9,500 services last year, she said. The Key Alliance partners with the Nashville Chamber Public Benefit Foundation and 70 service providers. Nashvillians and other can help by volunteering or donating. There’s more information at www.thekeyalliance.org/phc. -ANNE PAINE

Beth Harwell moves closer to being first woman to win TN House speaker job

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Alzheimer's reunites Nashville woman, father

By Bob Smietana • THE TENNESSEAN • November 18, 2010 Growing up, Kathryn Huddleston didn’t see her father much. He worked long hours for the Tennessee Valley Authority and was rarely around the house when she was a child. But when her dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the late 1990s, Huddleton didn’t want to miss out on her last chance to be with him. “I wanted him to have the best possible care,” Huddleston said. It was an experience that changed her life. Before caring for her father, she’d been mostly focused on her career. Now she finds that relationships matter more than material success. She also says the experience caused her faith to grow. The Vanderbilt graduate and retired consultant recounts the lessons she learned as a caregiver in a new, self-published book called There’s a Storm Coming. She’ll be sharing those lessons in a free forum at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Green Hills Senior Health Center, 2001 Woodmont Ave. The title comes from a comment her dad made in one of his lucid moments — referring to his illness and the havoc it caused in his life. Huddleston, who attends Covenant Presbyterian Church, doesn’t pretend that giving around-the-clock care for her father for more than a year was easy. She spent most nights on the couch outside his room, half asleep, so she could respond if he needed help. Along with Alzheimer’s, he had a heart problem that caused several late-night emergency room visits. At times she wondered if she was up to the task. “When you are tired, when you are hurting, when you feel like you’ve been unfairly treated, you do feel like you want to give up,” she said. “But a close walk with God will give you strength to endure.” In her book Huddleston offers practical tips for caregivers from her experience with her dad. For example, she and her dad went somewhere every day — to the mall or out to hear bluegrass music or to the zoo — so her dad wasn’t cut off from the rest of the world. Since he was a fan of religious music, they went to a lot of church services. Huddleston also tried to include her dad in every conversation she had, so he didn’t feel left out. “I didn’t want him to be invisible,” she said. After her father died in November 2002, Huddleston said that she fell into an emotional pit, not sure what to do with herself. Being a caregiver had become her identity. And so once her dad was gone, she had to figure out what do with the rest of her life. Huddleston, 64, says she’s grateful for the time she had with her father, despite his illness. She’d been estranged from her parents most of her adult life. “I had been deleted from the family album a long, long time ago,” she said. But in the time she cared for him, Huddleston and her dad were reconciled. “I know who you are,” she recalls him saying before he died. “You’re my baby girl.” “That’s the first time he ever said that,” Huddleston said. Contact Bob Smietana at 615-259-8228 or bsmietana@tennessean.com

Former state, Davidson County medical examiner will keep his medical license

State board ruled after arrest on marijuana charges By Brian Haas • The Tennessean • November 18, 2010 Former state and Davidson County Medical Examiner Bruce Levy will get to keep his medical license, a state board ruled Tuesday. Levy was arrested in March on a drug possession charge in Mississippi after authorities there said he accepted a shipment of marijuana at his hotel room. He pleaded guilty to the charge and went into a pretrial diversion program, which allowed him to avoid conviction. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners will allow Levy to keep his license, but he’ll be on probation for 5 years, must pay up to $3,000 in fines and investigative costs and must enter a program for doctors with drug addictions, according to their ruling. Levy’s contract with the state was terminated after his arrest and he was removed from his position at Forensic Medical as Davidson County’s chief medical examiner. Contact Brian Haas at 615-726-8968 or bhaas@tennessean.com.

Some generations grow weary of baby boomers

NRA convention coming to Nashville

By Anita Wadhwani • The Tennessean • November 18, 2010 The National Rifle Association is coming to Nashville in May 2015 in what is expected to be the largest single convention this city has ever hosted, Mayor Karl Dean announced today. “They will come in cars they will come in planes, but they will come,” Dean told a luncheon gathering of Nashville area hoteliers at the Marriot Nashville Hotel. “It will be the biggest convention this city has ever had.” The city beat out Philadelphia, Dallas, Kansas City and Louisville for the gathering, which is expected to draw more than 50,000 convention-goers and fill between 5,000 and 6,000 hotel rooms, according to Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. They will be meeting at the still-under-construction Music City Center, stay in the not-yet-built Omni Hotel as well as other local hotels. The city is currently negotiating with the NRA to be among a rotating handful of cities who host the group’s annual conventions, Dean said. The city continues on the task of “aggressively pursuing other conventions,” Dean said

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Metro police request help in locating bail jumper

63-year-old Bobby Stanley George
Posted: Nov 15, 2010 6:36 PM CST NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro police are asking for the public's assistance in locating bail jumper 63-year-old Bobby Stanley George who is under indictment on attempted kidnapping and fourth offense DUI charges. As a condition of his bond, George was required to wear an electronic monitoring device. Police told News 2 they have not been able to locate George since he removed the equipment last month and fled from his residence at the Intown Suites on Murfreesboro Pike. On March 31, 2009, George, while allegedly drunk, pulled into the parking lot of a Hermitage area restaurant and tried to entice two minor brothers, ages 8 and 17, to go with him, but they refused. Their parents and the restaurant's management notified police. George is five feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 195 pounds. He may be driving a dark gold Nissan Maxima. Anyone with information on George's whereabouts is urged to call Metro police at 615-862-8600.

Mayor pledges support to Electric Vehicle Movement

WKRN Channel2 Posted: Nov 15, 2010 9:00 PM CST

TN Attorney General says judge discipline can't include fines

TN senators back freeze on special spending

New prescription drug rule may cause pain

Monday, November 15, 2010

Extended jobless benefits will end soon unless Congress acts

Metro Council committee meetings scheduled for today

Staff reports • November 15, 2010 The following Metro Council committee meetings are scheduled today at the Metropolitan Courthouse at One Public Square. 4 p.m. — Council Budget & Finance Committee — Metro Council Chamber. 4:45 p.m. — Planning, Zoning & Historical Committee — Council Chamber. 5:15 p.m. — Public Safety-Beer & Regulated Beverages Committee — Committee Room 2. 5:45 p.m. — Parks, Library & Recreation Committee — Committee Room 3. 5:45 p.m. — Convention & Tourism Committee — Committee Room 1. Call 862-6780 for information. Thursday's Bikeway meeting postponed A meeting scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, on the Music City Bikeway at Hillwood High School has been postponed until after Thanksgiving

TN nears deadline for registering juvenile sex offenders

Gail Kerr: Davis-Kidd needs rescuer so book doesn't close on store

Metro Council to scrutinize Hickory Hollow mall leases in fairground relocation plan

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Opryland Hotel ready to reopen doors for business

WKRN Channel 2 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The six-and-a-half month wait for the reopening of Nashville's Opryland Hotel and Convention Center will come to an end on Monday when the hotel reopens its doors for business. Since the May flood, the Nashville hotel has been planning and counting down the days until it reopens. Monday marks the hotel's much anticipated grand reopening. "On May 3, with the amount of water here, it's really amazing that we could reopen the hotel this year," Pete Weien Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gaylord Opryland told News 2. The hotel spent more than $200 million on repairs and renovations to the hotel that attracts tourist from all across the country. News 2 will be broadcasting live from Opryland Hotel on November 15 to give viewers a look inside the newly renovated hotel.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Former school board members seek council seats

Nine months out, Metro Council races start coming to life

Children outnumber mentors in Y program

WANT TO BE A MENTOR? Call Building Futures Director Stephenie Smith at 615-259-9622, ext. 72312

Metro Nashville school calendar plans for snow days

Nissan recalls 600,000 vehicles

ASSOCIATED PRESS • November 12, 2010 DETROIT — Nissan Motor Co. is recalling more than 600,000 vehicles in North and South America and Africa because of steering or battery cable problems. Explore now... The Japanese automaker said Thursday that the steering recall affects 303,000 Frontier pickup trucks and 283,000 Xterra sport utility vehicles in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and other Latin American countries. Nissan said a corrosion problem with the lower steering column joint and shaft can limit steering movement, making the vehicles difficult to steer. In some cases the corrosion can cause the joint to crack. Nissan also is recalling 18,500 Sentra sedans because of a battery cable terminal connector problem that can make the cars difficult to start or stall at low speeds. The Frontiers covered by the recall are from the 2002 through 2004 model years and were made from July 9, 2001, to Oct. 20, 2004, in Smyrna for the North American market, Nissan said in a statement. Frontiers made from Nov. 30, 2001, to June 26, 2008, in Curitiba, Brazil, for South and Central American markets are in the recall. The 2002-2004 North American Xterras in the recall were made from July 9, 2001, to Jan. 6, 2005, also at the Smyrna plant. Xterras made from Feb. 17, 2003, to June 13, 2008, in Curitiba, Brazil, for South and Central American markets also are affected. Owners will be notified in early December when parts are available. Dealers will fix the problem at no cost to the owners.

Action Line: Neighbor asks why unkempt yards haven't been addressed

Bank of America takes aim at lawsuit complaining of 'robo-signers'

Free dresses in Brides Across America command attention for military weddings

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Antioch home heavily damaged in fire

STAFF REPORTS • November 8, 2010 A fire ripped through an Antioch home, located behind the Hickory Hollow Mall, on Monday night. Fire fighters put out the blaze at 4440 Winton Drive as the homeowner arrived at the scene, District Fire Chief Walter Demonbreun. There were no injuries and no one was inside the house in the fire that was called in shortly after 7 p.m. The home is heavily damaged, Demonbreun said. The fire threatened a nearby home, melting some of its siding. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Business Briefs: O'Charley's cuts jobs

By GETAHN WARD • The Tennessean • November 11, 2010 O'Charley's Inc. let go 11 employees this week as the restaurant operator pursues a turnaround under a new chief executive. The affected workers represent less than 1 percent of the Nashville-based company's Middle Tennessee work force, said David Head, who became O'Charley's CEO in September. O'Charley's employs nearly 1,500 people in Middle Tennessee, and it plans to hire more multi-unit managers, restaurant managers and restaurant team members, Head said. "We are consciously focusing our resources on improving the dining experiences of our guests," he said. Firm acquires stake in MedSolutions A Boston-based private equity firm has acquired a minority stake in MedSolutions, the Franklin-based radiation benefits manager. Additional terms of the minority investment by TA Associates weren't disclosed. Mark H. Carter, a TA principal, and David S. B. Lang, an adviser at the private equity firm, will join MedSolutions' board. Current MedSolutions investors MedCare and Ridgemont Equity Partners will each retain a portion of their stakes. MedSolutions employs more than 500 people, including at its headquarters and at call centers here and in Melbourne, Fla

Sara Lee's Nashville facilities don't expect layoffs after sale

Mexican company Grupo Bimbo buys bakery unit By G. Chambers Williams III • THE TENNESSEAN • November 11, 2010 All employees and operations of the Sara Lee Corp.'s bakery, sales depot and outlet store in Nashville will be transferred to a new owner when the sale of Sara Lee's North American Fresh Bakery unit to Mexico's Grupo Bimbo is completed next year. Sara Lee announced that it was selling the fresh bakery business to concentrate on its more-profitable products, which include frozen baked goods, deli meats and Senseo coffee. About 100 employees work at the Nashville Sara Lee bakery at 2407 Franklin Pike, which was transferred to Sara Lee in 2001 as part of the company's acquisition of Earthgrain Baking Co. Inc. The Nashville unit produces fresh loaf bread, hamburger buns, hot dog buns and other products. Brands include Rainbo and Sara Lee, as well as private-label products for retail grocers. With the acquisition, Grupo Bimbo will become the largest fresh baker in the United States. It said it plans to invest about $1 billion in the United States over the next five years to upgrade facilities and build new bakeries. All 41 of Sara Lee's fresh bakeries will be transferred to Grupo Bimbo, said Sara Lee spokesman Mike Cummins, and no layoffs are expected. The combined facilities have about 13,000 employees. Sara Lee will continue to produce its other bakery products, including frozen cheesecake, pound cake and pies, and it will keep its meat brands, Cummins said. Those include Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farms and Ball Park. Grupo Bimbo will pay $959 million for the Sara Lee fresh bakery unit and will license the use of the Sara Lee name from the Sara Lee Corp., Cummins said.

Graphic tobacco warnings proposed for cigarette packages

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Council members question fairgrounds deal process

The City Paper By Joey Garrison Metro Councilman Jamie Hollin tossed back a bag of popcorn Tuesday night expecting fireworks as the council held a special meeting to discuss the hotly contentious Metro-owned fairgrounds. Though the two-and-a-half-hour gathering lacked the punch some had anticipated, the meeting had its moments, with a handful of council skeptics decrying the origins of Mayor Karl Dean’s fairgrounds redevelopment plans and the process by which those plans have been carried out. As a backdrop to the meeting were two competing bills: One, introduced by Dean and his administration, outlines a set of leases that would enable flea market and other expo center events to relocate to Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch. The other, filed by Councilman Duane Dominy, seeks to preserve the Metro-owned fairgrounds until a new location for a state fair is landed. The council will consider both in the coming weeks. Councilwoman Emily Evans offered the most curious line of attack last night when she referenced Metro Finance Director Richard Riebeling’s former role as a commissioner on the fair board during portions of the Phil Bredesen and Bill Purcell administrations. Evans, who said she’s unsure how she’ll vote on the Hickory Hollow leases, pointed out that the fair board back then also bandied around the idea of redeveloping the fairgrounds. She asked Rebieling what happened to that proposal. “I believe that the administration at that time was not interested in pursing that,” Riebeling said. “So, you’ve been carrying the torch for a few years?” Evans shot back. “I don’t think that’s the case,” Riebeling said. “But your words, not mine. Sometimes we should just do the right thing.” Councilman Mike Jameson delivered another noteworthy moment when he seemingly alleged Metro Public Works Director Billy Lynch had been asked to contact council members and say continued services within their districts were dependent on their voting for the Hickory Hollow bill. Jameson said Lynch called him last week and asked for his stance on the fairgrounds issue. “You don’t need to go there,” Jameson said. “Had it just been me, I would have chalked it up as just idle conversation. But, in talking to some of my colleagues on the council floor –– none of whom I will name –– but all of whom said they got the call and started getting arms twisted and references to yellow trucks in their district. That doesn’t need to happen. “I know the public works director,” Jameson added. “He’s a phenomenal public servant. “I know he doesn’t do this out of his own volition. I know he follows orders.” Jameson requested Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite, who chairs the council’s Codes, Fair and Farmers Market Committee, ask Lynch for any vote tally list that he may have obtained. Contacted following the meeting by The City Paper, Lynch said he had called Jameson regarding another matter and asked him about his fairgrounds stance out of curiosity. “I’m a lifelong resident and taxpayer,” Lynch said. “I just think it’s a good deal, and I was asking out of curiosity where he stood.” The bulk of Tuesday night’s meeting saw fair and Metro officials again spell out the dire financial situation of the fairgrounds and explain the opportunities that could be had by moving certain events to Hickory Hollow, leaving the fairgrounds as property to be redeveloped. Fair board chair James Weaver said revenues at the fairgrounds, which operates as an enterprise fund, have been flat or slightly declining during the last 10 years. At the same time, he said expenditures have increased as a result of inflation. Weaver also alluded to Minnesota-based Markin Consulting’s 2007 report that said the 117-acre fairgrounds property isn’t optimal to hold a state fair. “We were faced with the situation where we didn’t believe it was fiscally responsible to continue to do what we were doing,” Weaver said. “We didn’t believe it was responsible for us to continue to operate the fairgrounds until our reserves were just complexly gone and then come in here in March of some year with our hat in our hand and ask this council to fund the fairgrounds. We just simply as a board were not willing to do that.” Buck Dozier, executive director of the Tennessee State Fair, said he anticipates the new expo center at Hickory Hollow Mall will generate $2.5 million in revenues by its third year of operations. Expenditures, he said, would be slightly below that figure. Dozier dismissed the notion that all expo center vendors are reluctant to make the move from Nolensville Pike to Antioch. “That just isn’t true,” Dozier said. Alexia Poe, the mayor’s office director of economic and community development, cited a recently drafted Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce report that claims retrofitting the fairgrounds property to suit 1 million square feet of Class A office space could generate 6,500 new jobs and $2.5 billion in economic activity. Poe said Davidson County currently has a scarcity of properties to compete with surrounding counties for corporate relocations. “Over the past 10 years, we’ve seen tremendous growth in Middle Tennessee, but most of our growth has been in contiguous counties,” Poe said. “We are lacking attractive sites for economic development projects.”

Artrageous goes for glam

Mt. View Elementary shows its Titans spirit

TN sales taxes grow by highest rate since 2007

By Erik Schelzig • ASSOCIATED PRESS • November 10, 2010 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's latest revenue figures released Wednesday show monthly sales tax collections grew at their highest rate since April 2007 and that the state's general fund exceeded projections by $46 million through the first quarter of the budget year. Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz, who is leaving the administration of term-limited Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen at the end of this week, said the improved economic performance could mean the cancellation of a call for agencies to cut spending by up to 3 percent. "That doesn't mean the new administration might not want to take some of those reductions and deal with that," Goetz said. "But the good news is that we might be able to leave them with the prospect of reasonable revenue growth." Republican Gov.-elect Bill Haslam takes office on Jan. 15. A spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the new administration's reaction to the quarterly revenue figures. Sales taxes, which account for two out of every three tax dollars collected in Tennessee, came in at $733 million in October, a 6.4 percent jump from the same month last year. The growth rate through the first three months of the budget year was 3.9 percent. October collections figures reflect economic activity in the previous month. General fund collections in the same quarter of last year were $88 million below expectations and they were $200 million short in the first quarter of 2008. But Goetz cautioned that it's unclear whether the performance so far this year can be sustained. "We don't know yet," he said. "Three months is three months." The State Funding Board in December set annual revenue estimates at the lowest end of forecasts presented to the panel by five economists. The board is made up of Goetz and the state's three Republican constitutional officers. Comptroller Justin Wilson said the panel "did the best we could with the information we had." Secretary of State Tre Hargett said the low-end estimates put the state in a better position for recovery. "I would certainly always err on the side of conservatism and making sure we don't spend money we don't have," he said. "It would be a much better problem to realize later on that we're doing better than we thought."

Downtown road closures for CMA Awards

Tennessean Additional road closures will be in effect at 3:30 p.m. today for the CMA Awards tonight at the Bridgestone Arena Demonbreun Street closings will expand to Seventh Avenue South, and Sixth Ave. S will be closed from Demonbreun to Broadway according to Metro Public Works. Also, on-street parking will not be allowed today on Broadway between 4th Ave and 8th Ave. Since Sunday, the following streets have been closed for event set-up: Demonbreun from Fourth Avenue South to Sixth Avenue South. Eastbound lane of Demonbreun from Sixth Avenue South to Seventh Avenue. Fifth Avenue South from Franklin Street to Broadway. Westbound lanes of Franklin Street between Fourth Avenue South and Fifth Avenue South. All roads are scheduled to reopen by 2 a.m. Thursday, except Demonbreun between Fourth Avenue South and Fifth Avenue South, which is scheduled to reopen by 5 p.m. Friday

Flea market would charge for admission at Hickory Hollow Mall

Some Davidson County judges don't properly file forms on substitutes

Criminals were working in Nashville schools

Tennessee tests more stringent teacher licensing standards

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mayor Believes Hickory Hollow Mall Plan Will Be Approved

Channel 5 Posted: Nov 05, 2010 9:37 PM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Metro council member used an obscure rule to delay plans to renovate the Hickory Hollow Mall, but Mayor Karl Dean said he is hardly discouraged by the move. The first reading of the proposal was deferred at Thursday's Metro Council meeting. Dean believes it's only a matter of time before an overhaul of the troubled mall is approved. The Mayor has been one of the biggest supporters of the plan from the very beginning. He said Metro Councilman Jim Gotto's decision to stall the proposal doesn't change a thing. "This is a technicality. People know this is a win-win for both communities and is good for the city of Nashville," said Mayor Dean. Gotto invoked "Rule 12" at Thursday's meeting, which said a bill cannot be introduced on nights when there is a public hearing. The Hickory Hollow proposal would move many of the services offered at the old fairgrounds to the struggling mall, in addition to adding a health clinic and a library. The relocation would help Dean push forward on his plans to renovate the old fairgrounds property. While some Antioch residents are opposed to the proposal, Dean insists the measure is roundly approved by the community. "The word I get from the Hickory Hollow folks and the chamber there is they are in favor of it. They want parks, a library, a health center. There's a vocal minority but most know that jobs and services are good," said Mayor Dean. Gotto said he delayed the vote in an effort to make sure the council can talk through all of the issues surrounding the bill. Meanwhile, fellow council member Duane Dominy has a proposal that would keep the fairgrounds open until a more definitive plan is in place for the property The Hickory Hollow Mall proposal could go before the council at their November 16 meeting.

Police Investigate Shooting In South Nashville Friday Night

Channel 5 News Posted: Nov 05, 2010 10:23 PM CDT Updated: Nov 05, 2010 10:52 PM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro police have been called out to investigate a shooting in South Nashville Friday night. It happened just before 10 p.m. at 184 Millwood Drive, just off Murfreesboro Pike. There has been no word on the condition of the shooting victim, or what led up the shooting.

Metro Archives' move to Antioch concerns history lovers

Metro won't have to pay bigger deposit for convention center land

Small businesses can't help jobless

Friday, November 5, 2010

Briefs: Davidson County schools

Police: Man released after robbing elderly woman, strikes again 12 hours later

By TAVIA D. GREEN • GANNETT TENNESSEE • November 5, 2010 A man released from jail on his own recognizance after robbing and injuring a 79-year-old woman, robbed and injured an 84-year-old woman just 12 hours after he was released from jail, police say. According to a news release from Officer Jim Knoll, at 6 p.m on Monday the 79-year-old woman pulled into her driveway at her Hillwood Drive home. When she opened her car door an unknown man, later identified as Frank Sumner, snatched her purse from her arms, knocked her to the ground and ran away. The 79-year-old woman was was taken to emergency room and treated for a laceration to the back of her head, a cut to one finger and a large bruise on her left forearm, the release said. Sumner was arrested on Wednesday at 1:53 a.m. and charged with the crime. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a $25,000 bond. Sumner had a history of over 50 arrests, several involving acts of violence, police say. On Thursday, at about 10 a.m., he was released on his own recognizance. At 9:10 p.m. Thursday, he allegedly committed the same crime on another woman. An 84-year-old woman was leaving work at a Madison Street business and approaching her car, when another vehicle pulled up. A man later identified as Sumner jumped out of the vehicle and pulled the 84-year-old woman’s purse from her shoulder, the release said. The purse snatching caused the woman to be knocked to the ground and she sustained a broken shoulder and laceration above her eye, the release said. Sumner’s vehicle was later found but, he was not inside, the release said. Sumner was located a short time later at 802 Central Avenue. The investigation revealed that Sumner had committed the robbery of the 84-year-old woman and the purse was recovered from a dumpster on Whitfield Court, the release said. Frank Huber Sumner, 37, was charged with aggravated robbery. His bond in the first case was set at $250,000. His total bond is $300,000.

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Extra snooze hour? Don't sleep on it, expert says

WKRN Posted: Nov 05, 2010 11:52 AM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Standard time arrives Sunday at 2 a.m. and that "extra hour" is an illusion for many of us. Dr. Beth Malow, the director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center in Nashville, says the clocks will change, but it will take more, well, time for most people's systems to adjust. She says some may feel the benefit of sleeping in for 60 more minutes on Sunday morning but many will not. Malow says some people's internal clocks are stronger than others. In Lexington, Ky., operations minister Nate Collier of Broadway Christian Church found the congregation was 26% larger on the first November Sunday of 2009 than it was the week earlier. In 2008, there was a 16% increase in attendance. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Holiday season brings increased needs for homeless pets

Holiday season brings increased needs for homeless pets

Thursday, November 4, 2010

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Ex-poll worker trainer chosen as Davidson elections chief

By G. Chambers Williams III • THE TENNESSEAN • November 4, 2010 Albert Tieche, a University of Tennessee consultant based in Nashville, will be offered the job of Davidson County elections administrator, the county Election Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday. He will replace retiring administrator Ray Barrett in the post, which is responsible for running Nashville's elections, managing a $3.5 million annual budget and supervising 21 full-time employees. Tieche, who trained the commission's poll workers under contract from 2003 to 2008, was one of seven applicants interviewed by the five commissioners — three Republicans and two Democrats — last week. At Wednesday afternoon's meeting, Republican Commissioner Steve Abernathy made the motion to hire Tieche, and it passed with little discussion. The commission also authorized its chairman, Republican Lynn Greer, to negotiate a starting annual salary from $82,500 to $85,000 a year with Tieche. After Tieche passes a state elections administrator's certification exam, his annual salary will rise to at least $96,000, the commissioners said. Barrett, who has held the job for the past six years, makes $103,000 a year. He will leave the office at the end of the year. Commissioners said they'd like to bring Tieche on board within the next two weeks so he can work through a transition period. His appointment is contingent on passing a comprehensive background check. That will include a detailed examination of Tieche's education and work record. Tieche is author of a training manual for poll workers that the election commission has used in the past, Greer said.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Column: Antioch woman finds creative life even with lupus

Juanita Cousins • THE TENNESSEAN • November 2, 2010 An Antioch woman with lupus is balancing her full-time employment with a home-based business, school and writing. Stephanie Ricks, who works in the Tennessee State University records office, tells that story of success in her book Finding Me Through Lupus. The self-published book details how Ricks has balanced her health issues with school, work and launching Variety House, an event and wedding consultation business she operates from her living room. “It all started when I was 5 years old and a flower girl in my aunt’s wedding,” said Ricks, 28. “I started to love everything about weddings, bridesmaid dresses, colors, flowers and all the detail that it takes to put a wedding together. Then I decided I might as well work in my passion.” Ricks is now working on her second graduate degree, an online master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Amridge University (based in Montgomery, Ala.) and a professional development program from the Association of Bridal Consultants. Her goal is also to be able to provide premarital counseling for couples as she plans their weddings. She offers packages, ranging from $700 to $1,500, depending on the help and planning necessary. “I make sure they stick within their budget and give them outlines on everything I will do,” she said. “Piecing together a wedding by yourself can be very hectic. What I try to do at Variety House is make everything smooth and calm.” Ricks also works as a local publicist for Nashville artists and authors and plans corporate picnics, holiday parties, reunions and birthday parties. Contact Juanita Cousins at 615-259-8287, jcousins@tennessean.com or Twitter.com/talljournalist.

Wednesday's crime report: Fatal shooting investigated in Nashville

Tennessean November 3, 2010 Hermitage Precinct detectives are investigating Tuesday afternoon's fatal shooting of Randy Claybrooks, 22, according to Metro Police. The incident happened in the 100 block of Lafayette Street in the J.C. Napier public housing development. Witnesses told police that Claybrooks was shot during an altercation with another man at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Crime Watch 2.0: Nashville neighborhoods try anti-crime signs

By Stephanie Toone • THE TENNESSEAN • November 1, 2010 Would-be criminals have a message waiting for them in the yards of 85 different homes in East Nashville, Antioch and Germantown. The two piercing eyes on black-and-white signs relay to criminals that burglaries will not be tolerated in those neighborhoods, said Manuel Delgado, Eastwood Neighbors Association member. “You’re being watched,” Delgado said. “We want to get that image burned in people’s minds. We hope those with the intent to break in will pause and move on.” Delgado and Gracie Vandiver, co-chairs of the association’s crime and safety committee, developed the sign idea this summer. By September, the association began selling the signs to residents throughout the area, Vandiver said. Nashville photographer and designer Alison Slamon designed the signs, and they sell for $10, which covers the cost of printing and contributes to the association’s crime prevention projects. The signs remind residents to call the Metro police department’s non-emergency number, 615-862-8600, if they see suspicious activity. “It’s Neighborhood Watch 2.0,” she said. “They’ve (criminals) seen the old signs so much they ignore it. Hopefully, the signs will serve as a reminder to residents to trust your gut if you see something suspicious.” Vandiver said she was motivated to raise awareness about crime when her East Nashville home was burglarized in May. She started talking to her neighbors after the break-in and realized the need for neighborhood crime prevention. “One of my neighbors said she saw someone looking in her neighbor’s window, but she didn’t call the police,” she said. “The police can’t be everywhere, but we have to inform them when we see something suspicious.” East Precinct Cmdr. Bob Nash said the effort could have an impact on crime in East Nashville and other neighborhoods. Residential burglaries in Nashville neighborhoods have increased over the last six months, he said. “This is one of the ways we can fight the burglary problem,” Nash said. “We have to use different strategies to combat it. Crooks will see that this neighborhood is engaged.” Wags and Whiskers, at 1008 Forrest Avenue, serves as the vendor for the crime watch signs. The Eastwood Neighbors Association will print 100 more signs this month, Vandiver said. Bob Acuff, who holds weekly meetings on crime in East Nashville, said he has purchased a sign for his Woodland Street home because he wants his neighbors to know he’s watching out for them. “Police officers can ride the neighborhood, but they don’t know the neighborhood better than the neighbors,” he said. “This gives our neighborhood a little energy. It’s a great idea.” Reach Stephanie Toone at 615 259-8079 or stoone@tennessean.com.

Bellevue, Antioch have highest Davidson turnout so far

Most complaints against TN judges lack merit, judiciary official says

Monday, November 1, 2010

Middle Tennessee police to get share of drug-bust cash

Middle Tennessee police to get share of drug-bust cash

Elderly woman dies in Antioch house fire

ASSOCIATED PRESS • November 1, 2010 NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An elderly Nashville woman has died in a fire at her home. WTVF-TV reports the blaze was discovered shortly before midnight Sunday by firefighters on the way back to their fire hall from another call. The body of the victim -- who was in her mid-80s -- was found in the family room. The station reported the woman's daughter escaped the burning home. The name of the victim wasn't immediately released.

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