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VOL. 43 | NO. 42 | Friday, October 18, 2019

Need a holiday job? You’ve picked the right time & place

Midstate employers slug it out for seasonal workers, offering perks, permanent gigs

For those who had their pick of seasonal jobs during the 2018 holiday season, it’s a time of glad tidings: This year the pickings are just as plentiful.

Traditional versus gig: What’s the better deal for seasonal workers?

Want to work a second job or grab a temporary gig from mid-November through early January?

Holding employees tough with Amazon looming

Amazon created much excitement when it announced its plan to sink $250 million into Nashville with a new operations site in the Nashville Yards downtown.

Got good employees? Here’s how to keep them

Losing an employee, or a group of employees, hurts a business. The cost of onboarding is an obvious factor, but there’s also the institutional knowledge and customer relations the individual takes when he or she departs.

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Nashville International Auto Show. Hundreds of new vehicles, flashy exotics and the opportunity to get behind the wheel of more than 20 state-of-the-art autos for a test drive. More than 30 brands represented. Test drives are included with the price of admission. Drivers must be 18 or older, show a valid driver’s license and pass a Breathalyzer test. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Avenue S. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 adults, $5 seniors (62 and older) and military with any DOD ID. 12 and younger free. Advance tickets

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Nashville’s Kurds feel betrayed by ‘very good’ America

Cevahir Mustafa and her friend, Jameela Khoshaba, welcome the guy with long, white hair who walks up to the driver’s side of their black SUV after they leave Mazi International Market in downtown Little Kurdistan.


You should run away to avoid Politicon circus

The temptation is to say a circus is coming to town, but this involves a less appealing bunch of clowns: Politicon arrives next weekend.


Midstate market continues to defy rational expectations

“Third Quarter 2019 Home Sales Showed Unprecedented Growth,” reads the Greater Nashville Realtors’ news release announcing third quarter sales numbers. It might sound hyperbolic, but it’s really not overstating the situation.


Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for September 2019

Top residential real estate sales, September 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US mortgage rates rise this week but remain low

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week after signs of a trade truce between the U.S. and China last week pushed up the interest rate on 10-year Treasurys.


Looks like Aloha for Mariota

Demise exposes organizational flaw

With 10 games left in his season of reckoning, Marcus Mariota’s fate with the Tennessee Titans appears to be sealed.

Titans must get a lead, let defense continue strong play against Chargers

The Titans are reeling from a terrible offense that is wasting solid defensive efforts week after week. Now they add in the possibility of a quarterback change after benching Marcus Mariota.

Week 7 predictions

Chargers 17, Titans 3: The Chargers haven’t exactly set the league afire of late, but they’re in great shape compared to the disaster the Titans have become on offense.


Byrd gets his moment after sticking with Vols

Tyler Byrd could have easily transferred and sought more playing time elsewhere.


McLeod joins Butler Snow’s Nashville office

Robert R. McLeod has joined Butler Snow’s Nashville office and will practice with the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation group.


Survey: Nashville hotels most expensive in U.S.

A new survey by lists Nashville as the most expensive city in the U.S. for hotel rates.


New mid-engine Corvette one of many innovative models for 2020

The automotive landscape evolves every year, with various brands and models pushing the envelope in new directions. We’re rounding up the most significant vehicles for 2020, presented in alphabetical order. These are cars, trucks and SUVs that reveal major trends and shifts in the industry.


Criminals really have your number with ‘SIM swap’ scheme

If you’re not familiar with SIM swap fraud, prepare to be terrified.


Being the best-dressed is about more than looking successful

Your clothes are all laid out for tomorrow. You’ll get up in the morning, jump out of the shower, into your outfit, and out the door because it’s a big day. You’ll look sharp, competent and responsible, and you’ll feel that way, too.


You’re hired! Oh wait, there isn’t really an opening

Hiring managers know finding the right candidate takes time. There are often multiple phone screens, multiple video interviews and in-person panel interviews.


FedEx files $212M building permit for world hub in Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx officials confirm the company has filed a building permit for its new package sorting facility and world hub in Tennessee.

Congress may award Tennessee extra $14M to fight Asian carp

JACKSON (AP) — Congress may award an extra $14 million to help fight Asian carp in Tennessee.


Tennessee State AD Teresa Phillips to retire in June 2020

NASHVILLE (AP) — Teresa Phillips is retiring as Tennessee State's athletic director, a job she's held since April 2002.

Nashville: Emergency shelters won't open this winter

NASHVILLE (AP) — The city of Nashville says emergency shelters for the homeless during the winter won't open this year because of a lack of funding and resources.


Tennessee reports its 1st death from vaping-related illness

NASHVILLE (AP) — Health officials have reported Tennessee's first death from a vaping-related respiratory illness.


Lee taps 38 to serve on census panel

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has appointed 38 people to a panel that will work with the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census.


Country artists bring tears, prayers to CMT awards show

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music artists cried together and prayed together at an emotional CMT Artists of the Year awards show that reflected the tight-knit community of artists who supported each other through success and loss.


GM contract: Worker pay hikes, factory closings move forward

DETROIT (AP) — A tentative four-year contract with striking General Motors gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus.

Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry

DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter.


US single family-home construction ticks up, apartments fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home building fell last month after reaching a 12-year high in August, driven by a sharp decline in the construction of new apartments. Yet single-family home construction ticked higher for a fourth month.


Pelosi moves on drug prices despite falling-out with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is plowing ahead with her bill allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices despite a breakdown in relations with her chief bargaining partner on the issue — President Donald Trump.


Earnings, Britain-Europe deal lift stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing broadly higher on Wall Street as some solid corporate earnings and a breakthrough in negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union put investors in a buying mood.

IMF head says more needed to boost growth than US-China deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund's new leader said Thursday that a trade truce between the United States and China could trim expected losses to the world economy but won't be enough to produce strong global growth.

Slowing economy, trade wars, drag on US rail companies

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The slowing economy and ongoing trade disputes are dragging railroad profits down in the second half of the year.

Saturday drama: Brexit battle to be decided in UK Parliament

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has lost every important vote in Parliament since taking office, faces a titanic struggle Saturday when he puts his Brexit deal with the European Union before suspicious legislators.

Europe's specialty food makers brace for US tariffs

MILAN (AP) — European producers of premium specialty agricultural products like French wine, Italian Parmesan and Spanish olives are facing a U.S. tariff hike due Friday with a mix of trepidation and indignation at being dragged into a trade war they feel they have little to do with.

GM strike pushed US factory output down 0.5% in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory output slumped 0.5% in September, as a strike at General Motors caused a steep decline in auto production amid broader struggles for manufacturers.

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's career of disdain for the European Union was a thing of the past on Thursday as he and the bloc's leaders celebrated their long-sought Brexit deal. He now faces an opponent closer to home: his own Parliament.

Dubai bets billions that Expo 2020 won't be a desert mirage

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It rises out of what were once rolling sand dunes stretching toward the horizon, a feverish construction site by tempo and temperature that has tens of thousands of workers building what looks like a new city in the desert of Dubai.

China appeals to Washington for quick end to trade war

BEIJING (AP) — China appealed to Washington for a quick end to their trade war but gave no indication Thursday what additional steps Beijing might want before carrying out what President Donald Trump says is a promise to buy up to $50 billion of American farm goods.


US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union said Thursday that President Donald Trump directed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he disagreed with the directive.

US, Turkey agree on Turkish cease-fire with Syrian Kurds

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions.

White House admits Ukraine aid held up in part over election probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

Trump's use of military money for wall survives Senate test

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Thursday to sustain President Donald Trump's veto of Democratic-sponsored legislation reversing his raid of military base project money to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

White House says next G-7 to be held at a Trump golf resort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Thursday it has chosen President Donald Trump's golf resort in Miami as the site for next year's Group of Seven summit.

Trump portrays Mideast as a bloody sandbox, maligns Kurds

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is surfacing cultural stereotypes as he depicts the Middle East as a blood-soaked sandbox where people "play" violently because that's "what they do" in that part of the world.

Veteran Democrat Maloney to take over Cummings panel for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — A veteran House Democrat from New York City will for now take over the House committee that the late Rep. Elijah Cummings chaired.

Schiff says he'll release interview transcripts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lead House impeachment investigator says he will release transcripts of the closed-door interviews lawmakers have conducted with current and former administration officials.

'See you at the polls': Trump and Pelosi have it out

WASHINGTON (AP) — He said she's a "third-grade" politician. She said he's having a meltdown.

Diplomat says politicization of foreign policy disturbed him

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top State Department aide testified in the impeachment inquiry that the Trump administration's politicization of foreign policy contributed to his resignation, while the Senate GOP leader briefed colleagues on a possible Christmas impeachment trial.

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