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Nursing in crisis
Medical facilities, schools join hands to curb early burnout, enrollment shortfalls

There aren’t enough nurses. Anywhere. It’s not a new problem and it’s one that received heightened scrutiny during and since the COVID pandemic.

There’s no quick fix because the problem is multifaceted beginning with the big experience gap between older, more-seasoned nurses retiring versus newly graduated nurses arriving to replace them.

Health care providers seek to expand ties with nursing educators

Hospitals and health systems are working just as hard to retain, train and keep top nursing talent. They say partnerships with colleges is one way they keep that pipeline open, as well as a focus on the ever-changing needs of the health care industry and the patients it serves. Here’s what that looks like for two Tennessee providers.

Tennessee schools addressing changing face of nursing

The storied image of the white-capped nurse caring for patients may be a long-gone remnant, but the reality of capable professionals performing 10 vital tasks at once is not.

Nurses still must juggle many tasks, but now they’re doing it in multiple settings as health care moves to community-based models where the hospital is one entry portal among many for patients.

Celebrating nation’s birthday, its founding principles

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

These lofty and inspiring words are from the Declaration of Independence. Adopted July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress, these words have served as a symbol of hope, aspiration, freedom and self-determination to peoples here in the United States and across the world. Although written for the then-inhabitants of Great Britian and its American colonies, these sentiments have resonated throughout the centuries since they were written.

Hood opens homes with open heart
Single mom works as Realtor, social worker while raising 5 children

Shayla Hood, a single mother with five children in tow, has returned to her roots in real estate.

“I was kind of born into real estate,” Hood says. “My grandfather and my parents did homebuilding, flipping houses, rentals, all that stuff, so before I could drive I’d be answering phones for the company business.”

Streeter moves from printing to GCR leadership

When I decided to showcase our board of directors, I discovered many of our leaders come from diverse backgrounds and careers. Our leadership team includes those with backgrounds in the NFL, electrical engineering, accounting, mechanical engineering, political campaign finance and medical insurance.

Financial Focus: Talk to your family about wealth transfer

Are you anticipating an inheritance someday? If so, you might want to discuss it with your parents or other family members who might be leaving you the assets because early, open communication will benefit everyone involved.

However, many people are reluctant to have these conversations. More than a third of Americans do not plan on discussing a transfer of wealth with their families, according to a recent study by Edward Jones in partnership with NEXT 360 Partners and Morning Consult. And the same study found that only about a quarter of Americans have actually discussed generational wealth transfer with their families.

Briefs: All Tennessee counties report sub-5% unemployment

Tennessee set a record low for statewide unemployment in May when its seasonally adjusted rate dropped to 3% for the first time. The latest county unemployment data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development showed continued low county unemployment across the state.

Behind the Wheel: Non-hybrid SUVs that will still save you money

Driving a new SUV and saving money at the pump is possible, and you don’t need to get a hybrid or electric vehicle. From small crossovers to large traditional SUVs, there are fuel-efficient models on sale now that don’t require paying a premium for electrification.

Book review: Know exactly what you want and how to get it

Absolutely not. And that’s the final answer. Nobody’s budging on it, nobody will hear any argument, it’s done, the answer is just plain “no.” Or is it – because isn’t there some wiggle room in nearly any controversy, a toenail’s worth of space to find a middle ground?

UT diamond stars, Weigel’s strike NIL gold with promotion

University of Tennessee infielder Christian Moore and Lady Vols pitcher Karlyn Pickens might be directly responsible for the consumption rate of Coke and Diet Coke spiking across East Tennessee this spring.

 The two All-Americans signed name, image and likeness deals with Weigel’s to promote the family owned and operated East Tennessee business. Whenever Moore hit a home run or Pickens notched six strikeouts in a game, anyone who visited a Weigel’s convenience store the following day could receive a free 24-ounce Coke or Diet Coke.

Parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue to buy Neiman Marcus for $2.65 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue has signed a deal to buy upscale rival Neiman Marcus Group, which owns Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores, for $2.65 billion, with online behemoth Amazon holding a minority stake.

Europe is slapping tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles — for now. Here's what to know

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Union is imposing sharply higher customs duties on electric vehicles imported from China. EVs are the latest flash point in a broader trade dispute over Chinese government subsidies and Beijing's burgeoning exports of green technology to the 27-nation bloc.

US employers added a solid 206,000 jobs in June in a sign of continued economic strength

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's employers delivered another healthy month of hiring in June, adding 206,000 jobs and once again displaying the U.S. economy's ability to withstand continually high interest rates.

Last month's job growth did mark a pullback from 218,000 in May. But it was still a strong gain, reflecting the resilience of America's consumer-driven economy, which is slowing but still growing steadily.

The US housing slump deepened this spring. Where does that leave home shoppers and sellers?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The housing market shows few signs of busting out of its three-year funk after a disappointing spring season and amid a gloomy outlook for the summer and fall.

Home shoppers came into 2024 with optimism that mortgage rates would ease further after a decline late last year. But those hopes faded as stronger-than-expected data on inflation and the economy clouded the timing of a possible rate cut by the Federal Reserve.

Support for legal abortion has risen since Supreme Court eliminated protections, AP-NORC poll finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — A solid majority of Americans oppose a federal abortion ban as a rising number support access to abortions for any reason, a new poll finds, highlighting a politically perilous situation for candidates who oppose abortion rights as the November election draws closer.

Rent inflation remains a pressure point for small businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Cost pressures continue to hurt small businesses. In particular, rent inflation is a pressure point for small businesses, according to new data from the Bank of America Institute. The average monthly share of rent in total payments through May is 9.1%, up significantly from the 2019 average of 5.9%.