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VOL. 41 | NO. 38 | Friday, September 22, 2017

Metro cops grapple with growth

Strategies evolve to meet a changing demographic

In Nashville, easily one of the fastest-growing and most-talked-about cities in the country, how do we know if our police officers are getting the job done in our neighborhoods and on our increasingly congested streets and highways? Are they keeping up with the growth?

Gangs, opioids: How to tackle two deadly scourges

That petty theft of a lawnmower across the street might very well have been done by a teen flirting with gang membership.


Federal lawsuit filed challenging driver’s license suspensions

A group of civil rights advocates has filed a federal class-action lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s suspension of more than 250,000 driver’s licenses affecting people too poor to pay traffic tickets.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN


Gallatin Chamber Networking Power Lunch. Lunch and casual networking each Tuesday at various restaurants in the area. All attendees are responsible for the cost of their own meal. Starr Ranch, 203 North Water Avenue. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 452-4000

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Are Achievement Schools a problem or the solution?

Forgiveness or farewell: What should be the fate of the Achievement School District? Among Memphis legislators, it just depends.


Midstate real estate market cooling? The truth is out there

In three weeks, the Greater Nashville Realtors will release the September sales numbers showing record sales for the month. These sales figures will show more sales this month than there were a year ago and in all the years prior to that.


Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for August 2017

Top residential real estate sales, August 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Thirty-year fixed mortgage rate rises to 3.83 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term mortgage rates rose this week, lifting the 30-year fixed mortgage from the lowest levels of 2017.


Vandy-Bama finds relevance under Mason

Who would’ve thought the center of the Southeastern Conference football universe would be Nashville in late September?


Henry better than Murray ... for the moment

Some Titans fans have been eager for a running back controversy ever since the Tennessee Titans drafted Derrick Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Seahawks at Titans: What to watch

Russell Wilson vs. Brian Orakpo. Orakpo dominated against the Jaguars on Sunday, including a strip sack of Blake Bortles that Erik Walden recovered. The Seahawks offensive line has struggled this season, but Wilson is an elusive target with an ability to escape matched by few quarterbacks in the NFL. Might the Titans put a spy on the Seahawks signal-caller to limit his scrambling?


Win vs. Georgia now needed to save Vols' season

It’s been a long week for Tennessee football. UT’s Sept. 30 game against Georgia at Neyland Stadium can’t get here soon enough. Not after the Vols’ 26-20 loss to Florida last Saturday in Gainesville.


THDA names statewide Best Award finalists

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency has released its list of nominees for the 2017 Tennessee’s Best Awards.


Marchetti to serve as president of NFJE

L. Gino Marchetti, Jr., managing partner at Taylor, Pigue, Marchetti and Blair, PLLC, has been elected to serve as the 2018-2019 president of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence.


Your million-dollar idea is no good without the right pitch

Throw it out. That’s what always seems to happen to your best ideas, your finest interviews, the proud moments that fall flat as pavement. Ugh.


Corporate disaster aid: How and when to employ

Disasters are chaotic and complex. Just a few minutes of howling wind or shaking earth can leave years of cleaning up, rebuilding and coping with a new reality.


Should your resume include a photo? Not really

Recently, I began receiving a question I haven’t heard much before: “Should I put my photo on my resume?”


Probation-for-profit company to pay $14 million settlement

A probation-for-profit company that heaped fees on central Tennesseans convicted of minor offenses, even though many were too poor to pay, has agreed to a $14.3 million settlement to reimburse those charges.


Titans showing signs of growing up with best start since '13

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker smothered the ball on the onside kick attempt inside the final two minutes.


As senators defect, GOP concedes health bill's fate bleak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins' decision to oppose the GOP push to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul leaves the effort all but dead, with even party leaders conceding that their prospects are dismal.


Twitter explains why Trump NKorea tweet wasn't removed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter is citing "newsworthiness" and the public interest as reasons why it didn't remove President Donald Trump's declaration in a tweet that North Korean leaders may not "be around much longer."

Russia threatens to block Facebook next year

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's communications watchdog has threatened to block the access to Facebook next year if the company does not store its data locally.


Global stocks lower as investors watch US-N. Korea tensions

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks declined Tuesday as investors watched U.S.-North Korean tensions and looked ahead to a speech by the American central bank chief.


GOP, White House prepare to roll out tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the levy for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump ready to roll out the policy proposal at midweek.

SEC chairman faces questions from Congress after data breach

NEW YORK (AP) — The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission is likely to face an especially tough hearing in front of Congress on Tuesday, after the agency acknowledged that it also was a victim to a hack.


Tennessee church shooting suspect charged with murder

NASHVILLE (AP) — The pastor shouted "Run, run, gunshots!" and congregants hid under pews or in bathrooms as a masked man armed with two guns opened fire at a Tennessee church, killing one person and wounding six before being subdued.


Public invited to vote on Main Street preservation projects

A preservation group is inviting the public to vote on projects to improve Main Streets around the U.S.


Titans see 33-27 win over Seahawks as proof they can compete

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans believe they can play with the NFL's best this season, and a big win over the Seattle Seahawks is just the latest proof to back them up.


What the latest health overhaul push would mean for consumers

Only one thing is certain for insurance shoppers if the latest attempt to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law succeeds: Uncertainty.

New blow to GOP health bill: Paul opposes revised measure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Sen. Rand Paul remained opposed Monday to the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law despite fresh revisions, darkening White House and GOP leaders' hopes of staving off defeat in a Senate showdown this week.

Republican states also among losers in health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Memo to Republican senators: Many of the states President Donald Trump won last year would lose significant federal financing under the last-ditch Republican health care bill headed for a possible showdown in the Senate this week.

Studying 1 million people to end cookie-cutter health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact.


In Mexico, $2 per hour workers make $40,000 SUVs

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Auto worker Ivan Flores spends his days transporting parts for U.S.-bound Audi SUVs at a plant in central Mexico, but he laughs when asked if he could ever buy one of the $40,000 Q5 SUVs the plant produces on his $2.25 per hour salary.

Vovlo invests $520M to build 2nd vehicle in South Carolina

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Even before the first vehicle rolls off the line at Volvo Cars' new factory in South Carolina, the Swedish automaker has nearly doubled its investment to $1 billion and promised to build a second vehicle at the site.

Semi-autonomous Cadillacs en route to dealerships

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' Cadillac luxury brand is embarking on a cross-country drive to show off its version of a car that almost drives itself on the freeway.


A rare tumble for tech stocks pulls US indexes lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology stocks slammed into reverse on Monday, and the losses overshadowed gains in other areas of the market to send broad U.S. indexes lower.

Target to up hourly base pay to $15 by end of 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage for its workers to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020 in a move it says will help it better recruit and retain top-quality staff and provide a better shopping experience for its customers.

Survey: Economists see no gain from NAFTA renegotiation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most business economists expect the Trump administration's efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement will make no difference to the U.S. economy or cause harm.


GOP, White House eye deep cuts to corporate tax rate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the penalty for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump ready to roll out the policy proposal at midweek.

Trump relishes feud with the NFL, reviving issue with tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is indulging in his favorite kind of drama — personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making.

Trump plans to expand travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The three major long-haul airlines of the Gulf say they are aware of the new travel restrictions implemented by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration.

Anthony Weiner must report to prison by Nov. 6

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Weiner must report to prison by Nov. 6 to begin serving his 21-month sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl.


Never say never: Shania Twain finds new voice after illness

NEW YORK (AP) — After becoming a global icon and one of the world's best-selling singers of all-time, Shania Twain had to utter the scariest five words a vocalist would ever hear: "I may never sing again."


Tennessee lawmakers want agencies to allow photos of records

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are asking three state agencies to ensure that their policies allow residents to take cell phone photos of public records.


Trump nominates 4 for TVA board

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump will nominate people from four states to serve on the nine-member board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the White House said Thursday.


SEC under fire for being hacked despite warnings on security

The federal agency responsible for ensuring that markets function properly and for protecting investors is under fire after disclosing its computer system was hacked despite repeated warnings about deficiencies in its cybersecurity measures.

The ATM at 50: How it's changed consumer behavior

NEW YORK (AP) — An automated teller machine. The cash machine. In Britain, a cashpoint. ATMs, known for spitting out $20 bills (and imposing fees if you pick the wrong one), turn 50 years old this year. They're ubiquitous — and possibly still a necessity, despite the big changes in how people pay for things.


GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program.

Trump hits GOP foes of health bill, Sen. Paul calls it fake

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used Twitter Friday to slam Sen. Rand Paul and other Republicans who might oppose the GOP's last-gasp effort to topple the Obama health care law. Paul fired back, calling the Senate bill "fake repeal" and saying the White House just wants a victory without caring about the legislation's details.

AP FACT CHECK: Kimmel's take on health care harder to refute

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who's right — President Donald Trump and Sen. Bill Cassidy, or late-night host Jimmy Kimmel?

Republicans see political necessity in health care effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's divisive and difficult, but the Republican drive to erase the Obama health care overhaul has gotten a huge boost from one of Washington's perennial incentives: Political necessity.

Jimmy Kimmel ramps up battle against GOP health care bill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel used his late-night platform to continue his assault on the GOP health care bill, firing back at critics including U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade.

Trump: GOP health bill short of votes before deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the Republicans' last-resort "Obamacare" repeal effort remains two or three votes short, forecasting days of furious lobbying ahead with a crucial deadline looming next week.


GM to furlough 3rd shift at Spring Hill as demand slows

SPRING HILL (AP) — General Motors is laying off the third shift at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, SUV factory as it deals with a slowing U.S. auto market.

Mercedes to invest $1B in Alabama for electric SUVs

DETROIT (AP) — Mercedes-Benz says it will spend $1 billion to expand its Alabama facilities and start production of a new line of fully electric SUVs.

Tesla denies claims it tried to block unionizing effort

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Inc. is denying claims that it threatened to fire pro-union workers at its Fremont, California, factory and tried to prevent them from passing out union literature.


Energy leads US stocks indexes to a mostly higher finish

A listless day on Wall Street finished with U.S. stocks eking out small gains Friday, as strength in energy, phone and industrial companies offset losses elsewhere.

Trade panel: Cheap imports hurt US solar industry

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. trade panel has ruled that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from aboard.

Not home? Walmart wants to walk in and stock your fridge

NEW YORK (AP) — Would you be OK with letting a stranger into your house for the sake of convenience?

Uber to lose its license to operate in London

LONDON (AP) — London's transport authority said Friday it won't renew Uber's license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security.

After Equifax, public shaming but GOP wary of new rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it's unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans.

An accounting for meteorological violence among insurers

NEW YORK (AP) — Allstate expects insurance losses of about $593 million in August after Hurricane Harvey left a path of destruction along the Gulf Coast.

Surging stock market powers US wealth to $96.2 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A healthy gain in the stock market and steadily increasing home prices boosted Americans' household wealth this spring, a trend that likely adds to the nation's inequality.

When nearly everything's a winner, gold investors get antsy

NEW YORK (AP) — In a world where nearly every investment is rising, so is gold. But a big part of why many investors are buying gold is that they're worried those other investments, such as stocks and bonds, are due for a drop.

Toys R Us revs up for holiday hiring

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us may have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, but the toy chain is revving up its holiday hiring.


Trump: Russia probe a 'hoax,' media was 'greatest influence'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday called allegations of Russian election meddling a "hoax," and insisted the media was the "greatest influence" on the 2016 campaign.

Mueller investigators seek documents from the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators is seeking information from the White House related to Michael Flynn's stint as national security adviser and about the response to a meeting with a Russian lawyer that was attended by President Donald Trump's oldest son, The Associated Press has learned.

House Republicans plan retreat next week to discuss tax plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans plan a retreat away from the Capitol next week to discuss a tax overhaul that congressional leaders have been working on for month.

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