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VOL. 42 | NO. 29 | Friday, July 20, 2018

Face of the franchise

‘Fear the beard,’ love the goalie. SC fans find favorite in Pickens

Maybe it’s the beard. Maybe the longer it stays, the better he plays. Sure, the whole Samson-and-Delilah theory is an unlikely one when it comes to Nashville SC goalie Matt Pickens, but it’s at least one stab at explaining the continued success of the veteran keeper.

Vietnam Veterans Blvd., SR-109 get overdue help

When Davidson County voters said ‘no’ by a 2-1 margin to a $5.2 billion transit plan, they also put on pause the groundwork that could lead to traffic relief for the nearly 30,000 Sumner County residents, 22,000 Wilson County motorists and other regional workers who commute to Davidson County for work.

New life for I-840 north? Is it needed, wanted?

When Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black recently proposed completing the northern loop of Interstate 840 as part of her transit solution to ease traffic and congestion issues, she promised quick construction and no new taxes for the expansion that could help with traffic by sending trucks around Nashville instead of through it.

Ledger earns top honor from Tennessee Press Association

The Nashville Ledger won top honors for its division recently at the annual University of Tennessee/Tennessee Press Association awards in Franklin.

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EVENTS

Bootlegger’s Bash. The Battle of Franklin Trust will host its eighth annual Bootlegger’s Ball, 6:30 p.m. at Carnton. Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance. All proceeds are donated to the Battle of Franklin Trust and its efforts to preserve the springhouse at Carnton. Fees: Tasting Ticket, $35 per person. VIP tickets, $65 per person or $100 per couple and includes tasting, dinner and live entertainment. For ages 21 and older. Information

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Brown’s, blues color this performer’s Nashville story

The Olympics-dreaming Madison Square Garden figure skater whose voice highlighted legendary music halls throughout Manhattan is about half-way through her 11-5 shift as a waitress at Brown’s Diner. And she’s got the blues.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Just when state workers felt safe from outsourcing

Just when workers at the state’s college campuses thought it was safe to go back in the water, corporate sharks are once again circling.

UT SPORTS

Former Vol OL Munoz now protecting the game he loves

Working for Pro Football Hall of Fame to protect a sport ‘under attack’

Loving football just wasn’t enough. The game didn’t love Michael Munoz back at times. His credentials:

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

New construction builds rare Midstate buyers’ market

A Nashville real estate broker joined a relocating couple last week in their search for a home in the area. While they knew they needed to be close to their place of employment, there was no other criterion. They have no children, no pets and no preference as far as attached, unattached or yard size.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for June 2018

Top residential real estate sales, June 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for June 2018

June 2018 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for second quarter 2018

Second quarter 2018 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average US mortgage rates dip; 30-year at 4.52 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week.

ELECTION 2018

Education efforts lagging despite innovative approaches

“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival

What statewide candidates have to say about education

Gov. Haslam and the General Assembly have invested in education during the last eight years. Has that been a good investment and should it continue? What do the candidates propose for the next four to eight years?

BRIEFS

McGlinchey Stafford opens Nashville office

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC is expanding into Tennessee with a Nashville office.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3 comes down to features, options

The Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 are two of the most popular compact luxury SUVs out today. Shoppers are typically drawn to the Q5 and the X3 because of their appealing mix of refinement, utility, safety and performance.

CAREER CORNER

What got you here might not carry you any further

Do you ever feel like you’re struggling to take your career to the next level? If so, you’re not alone.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

3 ways to win at geofencing direct marketing

Mobile marketing tactics are do-or-die for companies that want to remain relevant.

REGION

Whiskey summit planned in hopes of defusing trade conflicts

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Concerned that global trade disputes could escalate — with Kentucky bourbon makers caught in the crosshairs — the industry has invited whiskey associations from across the world to discuss ways to defuse the conflicts.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Auto industry urges US to hit brakes on proposed car tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Automakers, dealers and suppliers are united in opposition to President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts.

EU preparing to hit back if US puts tariffs on car imports

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it is already preparing measures to retaliate against the United States if President Donald Trump puts tariffs on imported cars and auto parts.

TECHNOLOGY

Trump on EU's $5B fine against Google: 'I told you so!'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the European Union's record $5 billion fine against tech giant Google proves his point that the EU is taking advantage of the U.S.

Zuckerberg clarifies stance on policy for Holocaust deniers

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is clarifying his stance pertaining to Holocaust deniers after getting some blowback on social media.

HEALTH CARE

AP-NORC Poll: If DNA shows health risks, most want to know

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would you want to know if you harbor a gene linked to Alzheimer's or another incurable disease? A new poll finds most Americans would.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

World stocks mixed under pressure of more US tariffs

  5:20am

SINGAPORE (AP) — World markets were mixed Friday as deliberations over more U.S. tariffs on European countries and China weighed on sentiment.

Farmers fret and wait as US-China trade war escalates

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Many anxious American farmers are delaying purchases and investment while hoping for a truce in a U.S.-China trade war that has left their crops at a competitive disadvantage overseas.

Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve

  5:22am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve's independence, saying he was "not happy" with the Fed's recent interest rate increases.

Trump pushing job training as employers search for workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pressing U.S. companies and trade associations to bolster their job training opportunities as employers search for qualified skilled workers to fill vacancies.

Comcast drops Fox bid, paving way for sale to Disney

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox's entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind "The Simpsons" and X-Men.

EU is urging members to prepare for no-deal Brexit

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm is urging member states to prepare for all possible Brexit scenarios including one where Britain leaves the bloc in a disorderly fashion, and without a deal with Brussels outlining future relations or trade arrangements.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump's pick to run consumer watchdog faces skeptical Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump's nominee to take over the nation's consumer watchdog agency exasperated some Democrats with vague answers at a Senate hearing Thursday, but Kathy Kraninger appears to be on her way to getting confirmed later this year.

Republicans block subpoena for Helsinki summit translator

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have blocked a move to subpoena the American translator from the Helsinki summit to testify about the private talks between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

IRS nominee clears Senate panel despite Democrat opposition

  5:23am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee narrowly approved on a party-line vote President Donald Trump's choice to become the new head of the IRS, with the panel's Democrats protesting the nomination because of a new IRS policy allowing some groups to hide their donors' identities.

Facing critics over Putin summit, Trump wants to meet again

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he wants another meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin to start implementing ideas they discussed in Helsinki, casting the summit as a starting point for progress on a number of shared concerns.

Graham: Trump is 'misjudging' Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top GOP senator says President Donald Trump needs to understand that he's "misjudging" Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Republicans block bid to extend election security grants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House is moving forward with a spending bill that eliminates new funding for election security grants to states, amid protests by Democrats who say Republicans are not doing enough to prevent Russian meddling in U.S. elections.

Trump's says Biden is his 2020 'dream' Democratic opponent

WASHINGTON (AP) — So which Democrat would President Donald Trump most like to run against in 2020?

Trump 'disagrees' with Putin offer to interview Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump "disagrees" with Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow the U.S. to question 12 Russians accused of interfering in the 2016 election in exchange for permitting Russia to interview Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes, the White House said Thursday.

California lawmakers to revive Trump tax return bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two California Democrats said Thursday they'll bring back legislation that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns before they could appear on the ballot in the largest U.S. state.

Democrats wrestle with election-year message on health care

  5:18am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheered on by a handful of activists, liberal House Democrats announced outside the Capitol that they were forming a caucus to push for "Medicare for All" — shorthand for government-financed health care.

Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame inducts 7 new honorees

  5:19am

MURFREESBORO (AP) — The Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame has inducted seven new honorees.

More Confederate license plates than ever on Tennessee roads

  5:19am

NASHVILLE (AP) — The number of Tennesseans with Confederate battle flag license plates has reached its highest point in a decade.

China's yuan falls against dollar, helping exporters

  5:21am

BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank is allowing its tightly controlled currency to drift lower against the dollar, a move that could help Chinese exporters cope with U.S. tariff hikes but also might reignite an outflow of capital Beijing spent months trying to stanch.

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