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  • MEMPHIS, Oct 4- The U.S. central bank risks limiting its policy flexibility by explicitly tying its actions to a numerical unemployment target, a senior Federal Reserve official said on Thursday. "I think this threshold thing will put the committee in more of a box," said St.

  • Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Thursday the U.S. central bank risked undermining market confidence with its aggressive policy actions, which remain in "crisis" mode several years after the financial crisis had passed. "Markets are wondering what the heck is going to happen next.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- Colonial Pipeline, the nation's largest oil product pipeline, said on Thursday one of its stublines carrying gasoline from Atlanta to Nashville may have had a release of about 500 gallons, necessitating the shutdown of Line 19..

  • The outbreak was first reported in Tennessee, where three people have died and 25 of the cases have been reported. "We do know there were over 700 patients in Tennessee who were exposed," said Dr.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 4- A steroid medication linked to the death of at least five people from rare fungal meningitis may have been administered to patients in 23 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said on Thursday, raising fears the rare outbreak could spread.

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee

    The city of Chattanooga announced Geek Move, an incentive program that awards technology professionals $11,250 toward buying a home in the city.

  • Cracker Barrel furthers proxy fight Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:27 PM ET

    LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. on Thursday urged its shareholders to vote against the election of two activist shareholders to its board. His firm, Biglari Holdings Inc., owns the Steak `n Shake and Western Sizzlin restaurant chains.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 4- A steroid medication linked to the fungal meningitis deaths of at least five people may have been administered to patients in 23 states, the Centers for Disease Control said on Thursday. The outbreak first was reported in Tennessee, where two people died.

  • Krystal to relocate headquarters to Atlanta Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    ATLANTA-- Southern small burger chain Krystal will relocate its headquarters to Atlanta from Chattanooga, Tenn.. The majority of the employees have the option to apply for new positions in the Atlanta office. Atlanta- based Argonne owns a portfolio of restaurants.

  • Rare US meningitis outbreak grows; 4 dead, 22 sick Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    Eighteen of the cases are in Tennessee, where a Nashville clinic received the largest shipment of the steroid.. Three cases have been reported in Virginia, two in Maryland, two in Florida and one in North Carolina. Two of the deaths were in Tennessee, and Virginia and Maryland had one each, said officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Wal-Mart sued in Fla. by workers over gender bias Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:30 AM ET

    MIAMI-- Three female Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees have filed a lawsuit in South Florida claiming the retail giant discriminates against women in areas such as wages and promotion opportunities.

  • DIARY-U.S. Treasuries, Thursday, Oct. 4 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:05 PM ET

    Treasury Department announces sales of 3- and 6- month bills, 3- and 10- year notes, and 30- year bonds, 11 a.m.. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard speaks on "U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy "before the Economics Club of Memphis, in Memphis, Tennessee, 8:45 p.m..

  • Unemployment rates for Southern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- It's a sad, sticky and increasingly common situation: An elderly relative insists on managing his money, but you suspect he's losing his ability to handle that. Roughly 14 percent of people over 71 have some level of dementia, according to the National Institutes of Health.

  • Justice Department holds summit on investor fraud Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:03 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- The Department of Justice says the country's recession has resulted in an unprecedented rise in investment fraud schemes, and it is holding a regional summit in Nashville on the topic.

  • Tenn: Meningitis outbreak prompts investigation Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:18 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Tennessee and federal health experts are investigating an outbreak of meningitis that infected 14 people who received steroid injections, killing two of them, the state's chief medical officer said Tuesday. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, said the latest two cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours.

  • Online schools face backlash as states question results Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    In Maine, New Jersey and North Carolina, officials have refused to allow new cyber-schools to open this year, citing concerns about poor academic performance, high rates of student turnover and funding models that appear to put private-sector profits ahead of student achievement.

  • Tennessee metal coating plant adding 35 jobs Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:10 AM ET

    The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced Tennessee Galvanizing will put $2.3 million into building a new centrifuge process and adding warehouse space.

  • NEW YORK, October 02 Fitch Ratings affirms the following credit ratings of Highwoods Properties, Inc. and its operating partnership, Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership,: Highwoods Properties, Inc.-- Long-term IDR at' BBB-';-- Preferred stock at' BB'.

  • Hallmark Cards to close Topeka, Kan., plant Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 5:34 PM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.-- Hallmark Cards Inc. will close its Topeka manufacturing plant and shed about 300 jobs as it consolidates its Kansas operations at its remaining facilities in Lawrence and Leavenworth, the company announced Tuesday.