But for a while it was kind of lacking in that area compared to some of the other cities on the same scale.” That’s changing. Fast. Last year alone nearly 75 new restaurants opened. Now Followill’s older brothers, Caleb and Nathan the foodies of the band are able to easily rattle off favorite Nashville eateries Husk, The Catbird Seat, Rolf & Daughters, City House and Bailey’s restaurant, Silly Goose, places that aren’t just great locally, but known nationally. And that has the players on the city’s music scene lending a hand to spread the word that good eats have arrived. Bands and artists like Kings of Leon, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and even Taylor Swift have been talking up the city’s fine restaurants and neighborhood favorites in national publications. And last month, the Followill brothers brought in top chefs from the Food Network, New York and Los Angeles to serve their creations alongside local restaurants and chefs at the band’s inaugural Music City Eats festival. In this Sept, 28, 2013 photo, people attend a Willie Nelson concert at the Southern Ground Music & F “So now the theme has changed, now it’s a celebration of Nashville,” Caleb Followill said of the festival. “Cause we have a lot of young, great chefs that are trying to do something special and I want Nashville to become one of the Southern food meccas that it has potential to be.” City House’s Tandy Wilson, a Tennessee native who creates delicious Italian pastas and pizzas with Southern ingredients, said having musicians as regular customers fits into his style of dining. “It’s kinda opened some doors to a little bit of friendship and you figure out that we’re not all that different,” Wilson said. “I find a lot of these guys we can have the same conversations. When they go to a different city, they go eat somewhere. They want to talk about that.
Musicians play up Nashville food scene
New yuan loans topped estimates today in central bank data while the broadest measure of credit fell from August, as authorities try to support expansion without boosting shadow finance. The trade and inflation reports add to Lis challenges in defending the governments 7.5 percent expansion goal for this year after he introduced steps including faster railway spending and tax cuts following a two-quarter slowdown. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth outlook last week as capital outflows further weaken emerging markets . A big risk for China now is that the government has to scale back its domestic pro-growth policies while external demand fails to grow to make up the gap, said Xu Gao, chief economist with Everbright Securities Co. in Beijing, who previously worked at the World Bank . If that happens, it will result in very weak growth starting next year. Yuan Gains The yuan strengthened 0.2 percent against the dollar after the central bank raised the currencys reference rate to a record, while Chinas benchmark money-market rate declined for a third day. The Shanghai Composite Index of stocks rose 0.4 percent. The increase in Chinas consumer-price index compares with the 2.8 percent median estimate of 44 economists in a Bloomberg survey , after a 2.6 percent gain in August. The decline in the producer-price index narrowed to 1.3 percent from 1.6 percent the previous month. The government is targeting 3.5 percent consumer inflation for the year. As the inflationary pressure has picked up, the central bank is unlikely to change the tightening bias in monetary policy for the rest of the year, Liu Li-Gang, chief Greater China economist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Hong Kong , said in a note today. New yuan loans in September were 787 billion yuan ($129 billion), the Peoples Bank of China said, compared with the 675 billion yuan median analyst estimate.
Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede, out-of-control Wal-Mart shoppers (Video)
The cause of the food stamp glitch was due to a power outage at Xerox, the company that handles the EBT cards. While the power outage caused other EBT users in 17 states not to be able to use their EBT cards at all, the Wal-Mart food stamp glitch on Saturday night allowed customers in some Wal-Mart stores in Louisiana to shop without spending limits. Due to the food stamp glitch, the Wal-Mart stores in Louisiana turned into a frenzy and chaos with customers clearing out all shelves, leaving nothing behind. According to a local KSLA report , the chaos that followed once customers discovered the food stamp glitch, and that they could use their EBT cards for unlimited purchases required intervention from local police. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd confirmed police officers were called in to help the employees at Walmart because there were so many people clearing off the shelves. He says Walmart was so packed, it was worse than any black Friday’ that he’s ever seen. According to Police Chief Will Lynd, when the EBT cards were not showing spending limits, Wal-Mart associates called corporate Wal-Mart, whose spokesman said to let the people use the cards anyway. The food stamp glitch and the resulting free for all Wal-Mart purchase frenzy lasted from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. By the time the food stamp glitch was fixed and the purchase frenzy ended, the Wal-Mart stores looked like a stampede of customers had run through the stores. “Just about everything is gone, I’ve never seen it in that condition,” said Mansfield Walmart customer Anthony Fuller. When Wal-Mart customers were informed over the loud speaker that the food stamp glitch had been fixed and that the unlimited spending spree was over, customers just left their overflowing shopping carts in the aisles and left. Following the food stamp glitch stampede on Saturday, Wal-Mart employees spend the next day trying to restore the Wal-Mart stores to a more civilized place. O.J.