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  • 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.

  • 3 women workers claim Wal-Mart discrimination Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:08 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Three Tennessee employees have sued Wal-Mart claiming they lost pay and promotion opportunities because they are women. The Barrett Johnston law firm said the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Nashville, is the third of its kind against Wal-Mart since 2011..

  • September Auto Sales: Nissan Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    FRANKLIN, Tenn.-- Nissan North America Inc. said Tuesday that its September U.S. sales fell 1.1 percent on lower demand for its passenger cars. BY THE NUMBERS: The Japanese automaker sold 91,907 vehicles last month, down from 92,964 in the same month last year. TOP SELLER: Nissan sold 24,488 of its Altima sedan, down 0.4 percent from 24,356 in September 2011.

  • Rating Action On Oct. 2, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services lowered its corporate credit rating on Memphis- based American Residential Services LLC to' B-' from' B'. At the same time, we lowered our issue-level rating on the company's $165 million senior secured second-lien notes due 2015 to' B-' from' B'.

  • Home price changes in each state in August Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
  • Little Big Town's chart-topping moment in time Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:29 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Little Big Town is having a moment. Karen Fairchild, one of the two women in the group, likes to think that a particular handbag purchase pushed "Pontoon" over the top.

  • Oct 2- Penske Automotive Group Inc:. corp to operate car rental facilities in Memphis. *In connection with Hertz deal, co amended credit agreement for additional.

  • Security company fired after nuke plant break-in Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:47 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- The security contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee was fired Monday after authorities said three protesters cut through fences and vandalized a building in an unprecedented break-in.

  • Alabama Power among leaders in SE in wind power Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:18 PM ET

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Alabama Power's agreements to purchase wind-generated power put it among the leading investor-owned utilities in the Southeast to pursue the renewable source, a national organization said.

  • Officers elected to Southern newspapers board Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:35 AM ET

    Barrett, president and CEO of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., in Montgomery, Ala., was elected during the group's meeting in Naples on Monday. The new treasurer is Gregg K. Jones, president and CEO of Jones Media in Greeneville, Tenn. He's co-publisher of The Greenville Sun.

  • TVA upgrading Sequoyah nuclear plant sirens Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    TVA said contractors will begin work this week to replace 108 sirens and add four more in its nuclear plant emergency zone in Bradley and Hamilton counties. TVA has done similar siren work at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens, Ala., and plans an upgrade at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City. TVA says it's investing $7 million in the project.

  • Carmike Cinemas buys 16 theaters from Rave Reviews Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ga.-- Carmike Cinemas Inc. said Monday that it has bought 16 theaters for $19 million in cash, part of Carmike's push to expand through acquisitions. The theater chain bought the theaters, which have 251 screens, from Rave Reviews Cinemas LLC, which is owned by investment firm BV Investment Partners.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. PETER JANKOVSKIS, CO-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER AT OAKBROOK INVESTMENTS LLC IN LISLE, ILLINOIS. DAVID SLOAN, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. STORY: TABLE COMMENTS: DAVID SLOAN, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK. JOSEPH TREVISANI, CHIEF MARKET STRATEGIST, WORLDWIDE MARKETS, WOODCLIFF LAKE, NEW JERSEY.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. JOSEPH TREVISANI, CHIEF MARKET STRATEGIST, WORLDWIDE MARKETS, WOODCLIFF LAKE, NEW JERSEY. CRAIG DISMUKE, CHIEF ECONOMIC STRATEGIST, VINING SPARKS, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE.