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VOL. 41 | NO. 46 | Friday, November 17, 2017

Mason gets a pass while Jones gets sacked

Why Vanderbilt football can afford to be more patient than UT

When Vanderbilt visits Tennessee to close out the regular season later this month, the only incentive left for both teams may well be staying out of the SEC East’s basement.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Despite massive turnover, GOP owns legislature

2018 will be a year of change for the Tennessee General Assembly, and 2019 will bring even more, especially in leadership – much depending on the popularity of President Donald Trump.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Real ‘businessman’ lets his experience do the talking

For my money, Ray Stevens is the most talented man to set foot upon Nashville soil. He is a writer, arranger, producer and musician with an array of vocal talents that surpass anything the city has ever known.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Night Market. Enjoy seasonal cocktails, wine, craft beer, local artisan booths, plenty of dinner options from Market restaurants, activities for families, eclectic music and more. Each month highlights different special events and featured artisans. This month, the Batch holiday marketplace will feature products from local and regional artisans and offer new holiday products for gift-giving. Friday, 5-9 p.m. 900 Rosa Parks Blvd. Nashville. Free. Information: www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org

more events »

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for October 2017

Top residential real estate sales, October 2017, for Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports. Due to technical issues, Davidson County sales are unavailable for October.

Mortgages rates rise: 30-year hits 4-month high 3.95 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term mortgage rates rose this week to the highest level in months.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Lewan pines for his days as a desert dirt-biker

Motocross’ loss is apparently the NFL and the Tennessee Titans’ gain. As unlikely as it sounds, Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan’s football career almost didn’t take off, because of his love for another endeavor – dirt bike riding.

Most valuable Titans – so far

What players have had the biggest impact on the Titans 2017 turnaround? Here are the top five, in no particular order:

Sloppy Titans miss out on primetime chances against Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Tennessee Titans feel like they missed an opportunity.

Roethlisberger, Steelers make statement in rout of Titans

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The end is creeping up on Ben Roethlisberger. There have been times this season when the 35-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback looks every bit his age, and plays like it, too.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

History will be kind to the Butch Jones era

Fired coach helped rescue UT program that had hit bottom

After the fact, Butch Jones’ shortcomings are there for all to see. He could recruit talented players but he couldn’t develop them. His hiring of assistant coaches was haphazard. He choked in late-game situations. He blurted out half-baked comments at press conferences. His interpersonal relationships were strained. He talked tough but had a thin skin.

Interim success: Some temp coaches get results

As Tennessee’s interim head coach following the dismissal of Butch Jones, Brady Hoke is entrusted with the task of making the best of a bad situation.

UT’s next head coach: Some possibilities

John Currie is eight months into his job as Tennessee’s athletics director and already facing a coaching hire that could define his career.

Hoke has a chance to get Vols to bowl game

Brady Hoke makes his debut as Tennessee’s interim football coach Saturday at 7 p.m. EST (ESPN) against LSU in Neyland Stadium.

COURTS

Tennessee considers major change to bar exam

The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners has filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Tennessee to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination, which would be a major change in the portability of bar exam results for aspiring Tennessee attorneys.

NEWSMAKERS

Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin adds 2 attorneys

The law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC has hired Flynne Bailey and Hilary Dennen, both litigation attorneys.

BRIEFS

VUMC now operating clinics in Walgreens

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has begun operating and providing clinical services at 14 retail health clinics within Walgreens stores located across Middle Tennessee. The clinics build upon the continued relationship between Walgreens and Vanderbilt Health, which has included infusion services provided throughout the Middle Tennessee and Walgreens pharmacy participation in VUMC’s clinically-integrated network.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Comparing Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Pickups have been the best-selling vehicles in America for decade, and two of the most popular are the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. These trucks are modern, comfortable and capable, especially when it comes to towing and hauling.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Bratz brawl: A good tale of Mattel, intellectual property

What was your favorite toy when you were a child? You can probably remember it instantly: the thing you couldn’t bear to leave at home, the doll you spent hours with, the toy truck that road-tripped your imagination.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

White papers offer value, sales oppontunity

How much time do people spend with your marketing materials?

CAREER CORNER

Don’t overlook company reviews

Being happy at work is an essential part of career fulfillment. But sometimes, it seems we spend more time researching where to eat the best hamburger than where to work.

NASHVILLE AREA

TV's 'Nashville' to end its run after upcoming sixth season

NEW YORK (AP) — The country music series "Nashville" will return for its sixth and final season in January, ending a show that had to handle the jump to another network and the loss of a key star.

STATEWIDE

Jobless rate falls to record low in Tennessee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell to record lows in Tennessee and in September, and dropped in 9 other states.

PREDATORS

Minnesota gets 4 late goals, rallies past Nashville 6-4

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — For the better part of the past week, the third period has been Jason Zucker's time to shine.

MIDSTATE

TVA: $900M price tag to move Gallatin power plant ash to landfill

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal utility's top executive estimated Thursday that it would cost $900 million and take 24 years to comply with a court order to move coal ash from unlined and leaking pits and ponds to a lined landfill on the site of a Tennessee power plant.

HEALTH CARE

Drug firm founder pleads not guilty to opioid conspiracy

BOSTON (AP) — A pharmaceutical company founder accused of leading a nationwide conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid pain medication will fight the charges against him and believes he will be vindicated, his attorney said Thursday.

REAL ESTATE

US home construction reaches strongest pace in a year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes climbed 13.7 percent in October, the biggest jump in a year as builders broke ground on more apartments and single-family houses.

US homebuilder sentiment rises in November

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic this month, reflecting a recent rebound in sales of newly built homes.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW to spend $40B on electric cars, technology through 2022

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says it plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years on developing electric cars, autonomous driving and other new technologies.

US probes effectiveness of VW air bag wiring recall

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a Volkswagen recall may not fix a wiring problem that can stop the front driver's air bag from inflating in a crash.

German auto parts manufacturer to build new Huntsville plant

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A German auto parts manufacturer will build a new plant in Alabama and hire 300 workers to supply parts for regional automobile manufacturers.

Volkswagen woos suppliers owned by minorities and women

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Volkswagen is seeking more suppliers owned by minorities or women for its lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee.

Nissan execs taking pay cuts over bogus vehicle inspections

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa and other executives of the Japanese automaker are returning a part of their salaries to show remorse over illegal vehicle inspections at the automaker's plants in Japan.

Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

DETROIT (AP) — After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.

General Motors recalls trucks to fix potential fuel leaks

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling nearly 49,000 trucks worldwide to fix a fuel tank problem that increases the risk of a fire.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Retailers rise again, but tech leads other US stocks lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers and smaller U.S. companies jumped again Friday as they continued to report strong third-quarter results, but technology companies and other big U.S. corporations couldn't add to the previous day's gains.

Airlines bump fewer passengers off oversold flights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines are bumping fewer passengers off oversold planes after taking to heart the public anger over a man being violently dragged from his seat earlier this year.

FCC weakens limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators have weakened rules meant to support independent local media.

AAA expects 50 million Americans to travel over Thanksgiving

If you're traveling over Thanksgiving, you'll have even more company than last year.

Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls

NEW YORK (AP) — Phone companies will have greater authority to block questionable calls from reaching customers as regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known as robocalls.

Report: Time Inc. in merger talks with Meredith

NEW YORK (AP) — Time Inc. is considering a sale to fellow publisher Meredith Corp., according to media reports.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try

WASHINGTON (AP) — Does money roll downhill? In their drive to cut taxes, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are betting it does.

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though.

Highlights of House, Senate GOP bills to overhaul tax code

The House passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill that differs from legislation making its way through the Senate. A comparison of the Republican-written measures:

Defense bill authorizes billions more than Trump had sought

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military. That's far more than President Donald Trump requested and greatly exceeds mandatory spending caps.

Divorcees warily eye GOP plan to cut alimony tax deduction

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — For over a decade, Charles Crenshaw has been paying his ex-wife tens of thousands of dollars annually in alimony. The now-retired engineer is hoping to renegotiate the agreement for lower payments, but he's waiting first to see what comes of a tax reform proposal in Congress.

Trump reverses ban on importing elephants killed as trophies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is lifting a federal ban the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport.

GOP, Democratic senators back bill to bolster FBI gun checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators have joined forces on legislation to strengthen the FBI database of prohibited gun buyers after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church.

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