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VOL. 44 | NO. 49 | Friday, December 4, 2020

Santa’s got a brand new bag

Holiday shopping transforms for unique 2020

David Levy’s family’s clothing business goes back generations, so he has plenty of history from which to draw and family experience to guide him.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

A one-house illustration of Nashville’s real estate boom

There is no end in sight for the Nashville residential real estate boom. The soothsayers and prognosticators all predict more feast than famine. “Everything will remain the same for at least two years” is the bold forecast from most.

REAL ESTATE

Davidson County real estate trends for November 2020

November 2020 real estate trends for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

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EVENTS

YP Nashville: Cocktails and Politics. Virtually join YP Nashville for Drinks and Dialogue, Cocktails and Politics. Lou Na at Grand Hyatt Nashville will lead a cocktail class for “The Homestead” to include a brief history of George Dickle. Jennifer Carlat, chief policy officer, at the Nashville Chamber will discuss policy. Your ticket includes admission and appetizer at the Grand Hyatt for a future visit. Register to attend this webinar. Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Login information will be sent day before event. Information

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US long-term mortgage rates edge lower; 30-year at 2.71%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates edged lower this week, reaching record lows for the 14th time this year against the backdrop of the pandemic-ravaged economy.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Vrabel goes to whip for stretch run

Analogy has Titans champing at the bit

Two weeks ago, a day or so after the Tennessee Titans had lost for the third time in four games, they watched film.

Run-game fans will love matchup with Browns

There was a time when a Titans-Browns matchup would have been a battle of NFL dregs. But times have changed, and now both are solidly in contention for playoffs berths.

NEWSMAKERS

‘Golden Goose’ Award goes to VUMC’s Crowe

James E. Crowe Jr., M.D., a physician-scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who has pioneered development of human monoclonal antibodies as potential treatments for viral diseases, has won a 2020 “Golden Goose” Award.

Sandfort is Lipscomb CEO-in-residence

Lipscomb University’s College of Business has named longtime Tractor Supply Company executive Greg Sandfort a CEO-in-residence beginning in January.

BRIEFS

TN picked for vaccine delivery pilot program

Tennessee is one of four states selected to participate in a pilot program for delivery of the Pfizer Inc. COVID-19 vaccine now under development.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Early winter car deals might not be as bountiful

Once a novel concept in dealership marketing, Black Friday car deals have become as common as the TV deals at your local big-box store. While the savings on new cars aren’t that dramatic – no 70% off fire sales here – they do generally make mid to late November a good time to buy a car.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Putting financial survivor’s guilt to good use

Financial therapist Lindsay Bryan-Podvin of Ann Arbor, Michigan, specializes in helping people deal with their anxieties about money. But since the pandemic started, Bryan-Podvin has been hearing more about guilt than fear.

CAREER CORNER

There is no right time to shift your career to neutral

A reader recently asked at what point in a career should one have reached ideal potential. In other words, when should one stop moving up and seeking more money and a better title?

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Be effective with your generosity

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to donate money this year, plenty of causes need your attention.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans receiver Adam Humphries clears concussion protocol

  3:29pm

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee wide receiver Adam Humphries has been cleared from concussion protocol after missing four games and should be available Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Runner-up: Chubb focused on Titans, not lost title to Henry

  3:30pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nick Chubb's runner-up finish to Tennessee's Derrick Henry for the NFL rushing title last season still irks the Browns.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

VU-Georgia reset for Dec. 19, Vandy-UT for Dec. 12

  4:05pm

The Southeastern Conference has announced a revamped schedule for Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, including Vanderbilt's game at No. 11 Georgia that could not be played as scheduled on Saturday because of coronavirus concerns.

MIDSTATE

Gutter guard company to add 85 jobs in La Vergne expansion

  7:22am

NASHVILLE (AP) — A California company that makes gutter guards plans to invest $5.4 million into a Tennessee expansion that is expected to create 85 new jobs.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lee says he will get virus vaccination when 'time is right'

  7:22am

MEMPHIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Lee said Thursday that he intends to get a coronavirus vaccination when "the time is right," expressing confidence in the vaccine's ability to safely combat the virus that has killed more than 4,700 Tennessee residents.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan pulls out of Trump emissions fight with California

  2:47pm

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan said Friday that it will no longer support the Trump administration in its legal fight to end California's ability to set its own auto-pollution and gas-mileage standards.

COURTS

Pardon probe centered on clemency effort for psychologist

  2:49pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A California psychologist convicted of tax evasion was at the center of a mysterious, recently disclosed Justice Department investigation into whether White House officials were illegally lobbied to obtain a presidential pardon.

High court will hear appeal over Medicaid work requirements

  2:47pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the midst of a pandemic, the Supreme Court said Friday it will take up the Trump administration's stalled plan to allow states to require low-income people to work to receive health care under Medicaid.

ENVIRONMENT

Japan PM pledges $19B to promote ecological businesses

  9:13am

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged a 2 trillion yen ($19 billion) fund on Friday to promote ecological businesses and innovation to achieve his goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom

  11:29am

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — By late morning on Oct. 28, staff at the University of Vermont Medical Center noticed the hospital's phone system wasn't working.

Fauci apologizes for suggesting UK rushed vaccine decision

  7:18am

LONDON (AP) — America's top infectious disease expert has apologized for suggesting U.K. authorities rushed their authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine, saying he has "great faith" in the country's regulators.

States plan for vaccines as daily US virus deaths top 3,100

  7:20am

States drafted plans Thursday for who will go to the front of the line when the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine become available later this month, as U.S. deaths from the outbreak eclipsed 3,100 in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring.

Data shows Americans couldn't resist Thanksgiving travel

  7:19am

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Americans couldn't resist the urge to gather for Thanksgiving, driving only slightly less than a year ago and largely ignoring the pleas of public health experts, who begged them to forgo holiday travel to help contain the coronavirus pandemic, data from roadways and airports shows.

Among first acts, Biden to call for 100 days of mask-wearing

  7:17am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden said Thursday that he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president, stopping just short of the nationwide mandate he's pushed before to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

More record highs for stocks as hopes grow for economic aid

  3:56pm

Wall Street closed out a solid week for stocks Friday with more record highs as traders took a discouraging jobs report as a sign that Congress will finally move to deliver more aid for the pandemic-stricken economy.

Biden predicts 'bleak future' if Congress doesn't act on aid

  3:26pm

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is predicting a "bleak future" if Congress doesn't take speedy action on a coronavirus aid bill, amid a nationwide spike in the virus that's hampering the nation's recovery.

COVID-19 relief: What's on the table as Congress seeks deal

  3:28pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — After numerous fits and starts and months of inaction, optimism is finally building in Washington for a COVID-19 aid bill that would offer relief for businesses, the unemployed, schools, and health care providers, among others struggling as caseloads are spiking.

5 key takeaways from the November jobs report

  2:48pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Evidence was abundant in the November jobs report that the U.S. economy's tentative recovery is sputtering as coronavirus cases accelerate and federal aid runs out.

Pelosi optimistic, says momentum growing for COVID-19 relief

  12:48pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave an optimistic assessment of the prospects for a mid-sized COVID-19 relief bill and a separate $1.4 trillion governmentwide spending bill on Friday, teeing up expectations for a successful burst of legislative action to reverse months of frustration on pandemic relief.

U.S. trade deficit rises 1.7% to $63.1 billion in October

  9:13am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened 1.7% in October to $63.1 billion. The politically sensitive gap in the trade of goods with China and Mexico grew.

Gripped by surging pandemic, US employers cut back on hiring

  12:47pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the viral pandemic accelerating across the country, America's employers sharply scaled back their hiring last month, adding 245,000 jobs, the fewest since April and the fifth straight monthly slowdown.

Southwest warns nearly 7,000 workers of possible furloughs

  7:24am

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines warned nearly 7,000 workers on Thursday that they could lose their jobs unless labor unions accept concessions to help the airline cope with a sharp drop in travel caused by the pandemic.

US adds Chinese chipmaker, oil giant to security blacklist

  7:23am

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. government has stepped up a feud with Beijing over security by adding China's biggest maker of processor chips and a state-owned oil giant to a blacklist that limits access to American technology and investment.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

  2:48pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, reversing what supporters call a failed policy of criminalizing pot use and taking steps to address racial disparities in enforcement of federal drug laws.

Biden adjusting agenda to reflect narrow divide in Congress

  7:17am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is adjusting the scope of his agenda to meet the challenges of governing with a narrowly divided Congress and the complications of legislating during a raging pandemic.

White House accuses Facebook of discriminating against US workers

  7:30am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is accusing Facebook in a lawsuit of discriminating against U.S. workers in favor of foreigners with special visas to fill more than 2,600 high-paying jobs.

ELECTION 2020

Ratcliffe: Foreign adversaries amplify vote fraud claims

  7:16am

WASHINGTON (AP) — National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe says foreign adversaries are using social media and other platforms to amplify allegations of voter fraud. But he won't say which countries are using the issue to try to undermine public confidence in the U.S. democratic process.

Trump loves to win but keeps losing election lawsuits

  7:36am

For a man obsessed with winning, President Donald Trump is losing a lot. He's managed to lose not just once to Democrat Joe Biden at the ballot box but over and over again in courts across the country in a futile attempt to stay in power. The Republican president and his allies continue to mount new cases, recycling the same baseless claims, even after Trump's own attorney general declared the Justice Department had uncovered no widespread fraud.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3
COURTS

Suit: Tennessee makes it too hard to restore voting rights

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's path for those convicted of a felony to restore their right to vote has not only silenced Black voters but also contains constitutional and federal law violations, a newly filed federal lawsuit alleges.

Tennessee inmate's execution put on hold due to COVID-19

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Thursday indefinitely postponed the execution of death row inmate Byron Black.

Justices order review of California virus rules for churches

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower federal court to reexamine California restrictions on indoor religious services in areas hard hit by the coronavirus in light of the justices' recent ruling in favor of churches and synagogues in New York.

ENVIRONMENT

US plans oil, gas lease sale in Alaska's Arctic refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to hold an oil and gas lease sale for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next month, weeks before President-elect Joe Biden, who has opposed drilling in the region, is set to take office.

Nestle to spend $3.6 billion on improving climate footprint

GENEVA (AP) — Nestle, the world's biggest food company, said Thursday that it will spend 3.2 billion Swiss francs ($3.6 billion) over five years to improve its climate footprint.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Automakers prep for stronger mileage standards under Biden

DETROIT (AP) — Now that it's clear Joe Biden soon will be president, the fight over automobile pollution and fuel efficiency standards is likely to peter out, and U.S. consumers should see a broader selection of electric and efficient vehicles.

MEDIA

Warner Bros. to release all 2021 films on HBO Max, theaters

NEW YORK (AP) — In the most seismic shift by a Hollywood studio yet during the pandemic, Warner Bros. Pictures on Thursday announced that all of its 2021 film slate — including a new "Matrix" movie, "Godzilla vs. Kong" and the Lin-Manuel Miranda adaptation "In the Heights" — will stream on HBO Max at the same time they play in theaters.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Ex-presidents would get vaccine publicly to boost confidence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three former presidents say they'd be willing to take a coronavirus vaccine publicly, once one becomes available, to encourage all Americans to get inoculated against a disease that has already killed more than 275,000 people nationwide.

Vaccine rollout barrels on with health disparity in backseat

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine to the right people could change the course of the pandemic in the United States. But who are the right people?

Facebook to remove COVID-19 vaccine-related misinformation

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it will start removing false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, in its latest move to counter a tide of coronavirus-related online misinformation.

US virus deaths top 3,100 in a single day for the first time

The U.S. recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring, while the number of Americans in the hospital with the virus has eclipsed 100,000 for the first time and new cases have begun topping 200,000 a day, according to figures released Thursday.

Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

BOSTON (AP) — IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort using targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information on the World Health Organization's initiative for distributing COVID-19 vaccine to developing countries.

China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

WUHAN, China (AP) — In the early days in Wuhan, the first city struck by the virus, getting a COVID test was so difficult that residents compared it to winning the lottery.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Late stumble leaves S&P 500 just short of a record high

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Thursday after a late stumble pulled the S&P 500 just short of its third straight all-time high.

Optimism growing for COVID relief bill as pressure builds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Optimism about delivering long-sought COVID-19 relief is building on Capitol Hill after additional rank-and-file lawmakers voiced support for a bipartisan, middle-of-the-road plan taking shape in the Senate and as top congressional leaders connected on the topic for the first time in months.

Senate confirms Christopher Waller to serve on Fed's board

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed the nomination of Christopher Waller for the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, placing another of President Donald Trump's picks on the Fed's influential board after a string of high-profile rejections.

As some pandemic aid ends, what's next for hurting Americans

Americans who struggled through 2020 could face more hardship in the year ahead as pandemic related payments and protections come to an end.

OPEC, Russia agree to nudge up oil production from Jan

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC and a group of allied countries including Russia agreed Thursday to increase oil production by 500,000 barrels per day from January and will meet monthly after that to decide whether to further adjust output.

Ryanair gives Boeing a boost by ordering 75 more Max jets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Irish budget airline Ryanair is ordering more Boeing 737 Max jets just weeks before the plane returns to flying after two crashes that killed 346 people.

US jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell as the nation celebrated Thanksgiving last week to a still-high 712,000, the latest sign that the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress from the intensified viral outbreak.

US service sector growth slows for 2nd consecutive month

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. services sector, where most Americans work, registered its sixth consecutive month of expansion in November.

US to block goods from Chinese company over rights abuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. said Wednesday it would block imports from a major Chinese producer of cotton goods because of its reliance on workers detained as part of a crackdown on ethnic minorities in China's northwest.

Brexit broken record: Trade deal close but big issues remain

LONDON (AP) — Much like a broken record, Brexit trade talks are rumored to be poised for success on the cusp of a deadline, only to face the same old fundamental differences on fishing rights, legal oversight and fair competition that have dogged the European Union and Britain for months.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden eyes defeated candidates for key administration roles

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In politics, there can sometimes be an upside to losing.

Biden is facing high hopes, tough choices on border wall

LOS EBANOS, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government has been trying to take Pamela Rivas' land for a border wall since before Joe Biden was vice president.

VP-elect Harris picks Tina Flournoy to be her chief of staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has named Tina Flournoy, a veteran Democratic strategist and aide to the Clintons, as her chief of staff, the transition team announced Thursday.

Next for Biden: Naming a health care team as pandemic rages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up soon for President-elect Joe Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages. It's hard to imagine more consequential picks.

Ex-coach Lou Holtz to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will award the nation's highest civilian honor on Thursday to former college football coach and political ally Lou Holtz.

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