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VOL. 44 | NO. 9 | Friday, February 28, 2020

Pickin' chicken

As fast-food chains fight for a leg up, just 2 sandwiches are worth crossing the road

The Chicken War of 2019, which began when Popeye’s scored a direct hit at Chick-fil-A by introducing what arguably could be called the ultimate “pullet surprise,” show no signs of slowing down in 2020.

Try as they might, competitors aren’t there yet

Here’s the meat of the matter, as it were. We tested six chicken sandwiches. Well, hang on. “We” is me.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Delay of game: Still no rules for online sports betting

What were the odds it would take more than a year to implement online betting in Tennessee?

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EVENTS

About Williamson, Inc. Policy Talks. Williamson, Inc. Policy Talks is a monthly community forum featuring elected officials focusing on the issues being discussed in the Tennessee Legislature and in Williamson County. Representatives are given a platform to discuss the issues in greater depth with their constituents. Columbia State Community College, Community Room-Building A, 1228 Liberty Pike. Friday, 7:15-8:30 a.m. Information

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JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Not just any ole Joe can ascend to presidency

This isn’t an endorsement, necessarily, but have you ever noticed we’ve never had a president named Joe?

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Harnessing the alphabet to negotiate a better deal

While the house located at 4016 Westlawn Avenue in the Sylvan Park area is loaded with the amenities, those amenities pale in comparison to the certifications and designations of the Realtor who listed it.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for January 2020

Top commercial real estate sales, January 2020, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US mortgage rates decline; 30-year loan at 3.45%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates declined this week as growing concern over the economic impact of China's viral outbreak spurred a steep downturn in global stock markets.

PREDATORS

Ellis, teammates glad he’s back on the ice

Ryan Ellis is back in the lineup as the Predators make a late-season push for the playoffs.

UT SPORTS

From Small beginnings: UT wins first swim title

Meghan Small was the first piece of the championship puzzle to fall into place. Once Matt Kredich got Small on board, the University of Tennessee director of swimming and diving knew big things could happen for the program.

NEWSMAKERS

Farmer joins Bone McAllester Norton

Jonathan Farmer, former founding member of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, has joined Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, bringing 20 years of experience in federal and state criminal litigation and investigations, and commercial and tort litigation.

BRIEFS

HealthTrust extends partnership with CHC

Nashville-based HealthTrust, a performance improvement company for health care, and Community Hospital Corporation have completed a long-term partnership agreement.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

What size truck is the best fit for your lifestyle?

People use their trucks for everything from taking the children to school to hauling concrete.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Should you shift to a cash management account?

High-yield cash management accounts are popping up at brokerages nationwide, promising customers much better returns and higher insurance limits than they can get from traditional banks.

CAREER CORNER

You shouldn’t be intimidated by panel interview

Have you ever had a panel interview? It’s one of those job interviews in which you show up expecting a one-on-one and find yourself playing one-on-three.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Millennials are defying stereotypes with finances

Read almost any article about millennials and you’ll come away with the distinct impression that this generation is royally screwing up.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee governor backs permitless carry legislation

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday came out in full support of allowing most people in the state to carry a firearm in public without a background check or training.

REAL ESTATE

US pending home sales climbed 5.2% in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — There was a 5.2% jump in Americans signing contracts to buy homes in January from the previous month as lower mortgage rates and a solid economy are pushing up demand for housing.

ENVIRONMENT

Dutch consortium unveils ambitious 'green' hydrogen plan

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch consortium announced an ambitious plan Thursday to create "green" hydrogen using power from a huge offshore wind farm that has yet to be built.

HEALTH CARE

Congress eyes billions in funding to fight coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Hill negotiations on emergency spending to combat the coronavirus outbreak are likely to produce a bill that's double or even triple the $2.5 billion plan requested by President Donald Trump just days ago.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's misplaced statistics on virus risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is painting a misleading portrait of the risks of the coronavirus, citing statistics to suggest it is far less dangerous than the flu when in fact, it's not yet clear just how dangerous the new virus is.

Pence tries to project calm as virus response coordinator

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence moved Thursday to project calm in the role of chief coordinator of the government's response to the new coronovirus, as the Trump administration rushed to contain mounting public concerns and steep stock market declines.

Trump urges calm even as US reports worrisome new virus case

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared that a widespread U.S. outbreak of the new respiratory virus sweeping the globe isn't inevitable even as top health authorities at his side warned Americans that more infections are coming.

Facebook bans ads with false claims about new virus

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook said Wednesday that it is banning ads that make false claims about products tied to the new coronavirus.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Weeklong stock market rout deepens as virus worries spread

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank nearly 1,200 points Thursday, deepening a weeklong global market rout caused by worries that the coronavirus outbreak will wreak havoc on the global economy.

Markets down, Facebook cancels show: Virus hits businesses

The spread of the new coronavirus around the world is hitting companies hard as they suspend production, meetings, events and business travel. Here's a look at the latest developments:

Investors shy away from risk as coronavirus rattles markets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — This week's big sell-off on Wall Street suggests stocks have finally caught up to the bond market, where fear of an economic slowdown has been evident for months.

Britain opens EU trade talks with a threat to walk away

LONDON (AP) — Britain laid out its opening demands for upcomingtrade talks with the European Union on Thursday,including a blunt threat to walk away from the negotiating table if there is no progress within four months.

US economy grew at 2.1% rate in Q4 but virus threat looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.1% in the final quarter of last year, but damage from the spreading coronavirus is likely depressing growth in the current quarter and for the rest of the year.

US orders for durable goods slip 0.2% in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods dipped in January, pulled down by decreased demand for cars, auto parts and military aircraft.

Officials: Chinese industry recovering, more aid coming

BEIJING (AP) — Small, mostly private companies that are the engine of China's economy are back to operating at one-third of normal levels after anti-virus controls shut factories, shops and restaurants, regulators said Thursday, and they promised more low-cost loans and other aid.

ELECTION 2020

AP-NORC poll: How Americans describe 2020 Democrats, Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Competent, a fighter, good. Old, out of touch, disingenuous. And, of course: who's that?

AP-NORC poll: Election security, integrity worry Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans have widespread concerns about the security and integrity of elections, with few saying they have high confidence that votes in the 2020 presidential election will be counted accurately.

Labor union unveils $150M campaign to help defeat Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation's largest labor unions is unveiling plans to invest $150 million in a nationwide campaign to help defeat President Donald Trump, a sweeping effort focused on eight battleground states and voters of color who typically don't vote.

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