Gov. Bill Haslam hopes to give the hint to state lawmakers that they should reconsider revising the payment terms between those who own restaurants, bars and hotels and the wholesalers that sell them liquor.
Haslam told reporters after a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony Friday he would let HB2027/SB2415 into law without his signature, adding the matter didn't rise to the importance of a veto but he wanted to send a message.
“To me, that’s an issue between two different classes of business and I’m just not certain we need to be in the position of dictating what the terms should be between those businesses, so I would love for the legislature to reconsider that,” he said. “In my opinion, that’s better off to let those businesses decide.”
The Nashville Post reported Thursday the governor was on the receiving end of pressure from small business groups to veto the legislation, but that he would let the bill go into law without his endorsement.
Pie Five Pizza, a Texas-based chain in the middle of a national growth spurt, has named the spots for its first two Nashville-area restaurants. Dana Kopp Franklin reports that the company will this summer open the doors to eateries on Cool Springs Boulevard and Lebanon Pike. Pie Five is a division of publicly traded Pizza Inn Holdings, which is on pace to ring up more than $40 million in sales this fiscal year but is still looking to turn a profit.
A fast-growing public relations agency that specializes in the food, drink and travel sectors could open a Nashville office after it digests (sorry) its latest growth push into Dallas and Las Vegas. Bread & Butter Public Relations was launched in 2006 but now does business in five cities and would look at a Houston presence before it turns to Nashville, where it already works with TomKats.
Locally based Real Water said this week it has inked an agreement to put its bottles on the shelves of about 400 stores in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. The deal adds to the Eastern United States network of the alkaline Real Water, which already includes parts of the Whole Foods and HEB chains.
Dan Maddox, managing partner of Real Water's offices in the Eastern United States, stated, “We are very pleased to add Publix to our list of accounts. It's a high-profile operation with a fantastic reputation, and we're honored to be one of its selected vendors."
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The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that the use by the makers of MoonPies and RC Cola of a more than 30-year-old photograph did not violate the rights of the area resident depicted. Bradley Wells had sued CBI and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group two summers ago, claiming the companies had, among other things, violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and unjustly enriched themselves off his image. But the defendants won the day both in trial court and before the appeals judges by arguing that the case centered on federal copyright issues and this couldn't be heard in local courts.
Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek writes here about how he helped win the case.
This case highlights the intersection between the right of publicity and copyright, serving as a reminder that questions of preemption are always decided on a case by case basis. Not all photographs qualify for protection under either copyright law or the right of publicity; sometimes they invoke rights under one body of law, sometimes both and sometimes neither. The legal nuances surrounding copyright and the right of publicity are complicated, rapidly evolving and sometimes overlapping.
Mignon Francois is expanding her Cupcake Collection business to Donelson, where she plans to open a bakery and store later this spring in the space occupied until recently by Becker's Bakery. Dana Kopp Franklin has the details at Bites.
François says there won't be many changes at the original Germantown location at 1213 Sixth Ave. N.. It will continue to be a cupcake bakery and store. "We'll run two bakeries," she says.
The new location is double the size of the original and will allow The Cupcake Collection to expand into baking all kinds of cakes. In addition, the new place will be more of a cafe and hangout, with sandwiches and salads and free Wi-Fi.