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VOL. 41 | NO. 38 | Friday, September 22, 2017

Metro cops grapple with growth

Strategies evolve to meet a changing demographic

In Nashville, easily one of the fastest-growing and most-talked-about cities in the country, how do we know if our police officers are getting the job done in our neighborhoods and on our increasingly congested streets and highways? Are they keeping up with the growth?

Gangs, opioids: How to tackle two deadly scourges

That petty theft of a lawnmower across the street might very well have been done by a teen flirting with gang membership.

COURTS

Federal lawsuit filed challenging driver’s license suspensions

A group of civil rights advocates has filed a federal class-action lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s suspension of more than 250,000 driver’s licenses affecting people too poor to pay traffic tickets.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Tennessee Craft Fair. A Nashville tradition with more than 200 award-winning artists showcasing their work. Arts, crafts, food and fun for entire family. Hands-on kids tent activities, live demonstrations. Fee: free. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave. Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Are Achievement Schools a problem or the solution?

Forgiveness or farewell: What should be the fate of the Achievement School District? Among Memphis legislators, it just depends.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Midstate real estate market cooling? The truth is out there

In three weeks, the Greater Nashville Realtors will release the September sales numbers showing record sales for the month. These sales figures will show more sales this month than there were a year ago and in all the years prior to that.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for August 2017

Top residential real estate sales, August 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Thirty-year fixed mortgage rate rises to 3.83 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term mortgage rates rose this week, lifting the 30-year fixed mortgage from the lowest levels of 2017.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Vandy-Bama finds relevance under Mason

Who would’ve thought the center of the Southeastern Conference football universe would be Nashville in late September?

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Henry better than Murray ... for the moment

Some Titans fans have been eager for a running back controversy ever since the Tennessee Titans drafted Derrick Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Seahawks at Titans: What to watch

Russell Wilson vs. Brian Orakpo. Orakpo dominated against the Jaguars on Sunday, including a strip sack of Blake Bortles that Erik Walden recovered. The Seahawks offensive line has struggled this season, but Wilson is an elusive target with an ability to escape matched by few quarterbacks in the NFL. Might the Titans put a spy on the Seahawks signal-caller to limit his scrambling?

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Win vs. Georgia now needed to save Vols' season

It’s been a long week for Tennessee football. UT’s Sept. 30 game against Georgia at Neyland Stadium can’t get here soon enough. Not after the Vols’ 26-20 loss to Florida last Saturday in Gainesville.

BRIEFS

THDA names statewide Best Award finalists

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency has released its list of nominees for the 2017 Tennessee’s Best Awards.

NEWSMAKERS

Marchetti to serve as president of NFJE

L. Gino Marchetti, Jr., managing partner at Taylor, Pigue, Marchetti and Blair, PLLC, has been elected to serve as the 2018-2019 president of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Your million-dollar idea is no good without the right pitch

Throw it out. That’s what always seems to happen to your best ideas, your finest interviews, the proud moments that fall flat as pavement. Ugh.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Corporate disaster aid: How and when to employ

Disasters are chaotic and complex. Just a few minutes of howling wind or shaking earth can leave years of cleaning up, rebuilding and coping with a new reality.

CAREER CORNER

Should your resume include a photo? Not really

Recently, I began receiving a question I haven’t heard much before: “Should I put my photo on my resume?”

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Never say never: Shania Twain finds new voice after illness

NEW YORK (AP) — After becoming a global icon and one of the world's best-selling singers of all-time, Shania Twain had to utter the scariest five words a vocalist would ever hear: "I may never sing again."

STATE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee lawmakers want agencies to allow photos of records

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are asking three state agencies to ensure that their policies allow residents to take cell phone photos of public records.

REGION

Trump nominates 4 for TVA board

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump will nominate people from four states to serve on the nine-member board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the White House said Thursday.

TECHNOLOGY

SEC under fire for being hacked despite warnings on security

The federal agency responsible for ensuring that markets function properly and for protecting investors is under fire after disclosing its computer system was hacked despite repeated warnings about deficiencies in its cybersecurity measures.

The ATM at 50: How it's changed consumer behavior

NEW YORK (AP) — An automated teller machine. The cash machine. In Britain, a cashpoint. ATMs, known for spitting out $20 bills (and imposing fees if you pick the wrong one), turn 50 years old this year. They're ubiquitous — and possibly still a necessity, despite the big changes in how people pay for things.

HEALTH CARE

GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow

  2:28pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program.

Trump hits GOP foes of health bill, Sen. Paul calls it fake

  12:11pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used Twitter Friday to slam Sen. Rand Paul and other Republicans who might oppose the GOP's last-gasp effort to topple the Obama health care law. Paul fired back, calling the Senate bill "fake repeal" and saying the White House just wants a victory without caring about the legislation's details.

AP FACT CHECK: Kimmel's take on health care harder to refute

  7:16am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who's right — President Donald Trump and Sen. Bill Cassidy, or late-night host Jimmy Kimmel?

Republicans see political necessity in health care effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's divisive and difficult, but the Republican drive to erase the Obama health care overhaul has gotten a huge boost from one of Washington's perennial incentives: Political necessity.

Jimmy Kimmel ramps up battle against GOP health care bill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel used his late-night platform to continue his assault on the GOP health care bill, firing back at critics including U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade.

Trump: GOP health bill short of votes before deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the Republicans' last-resort "Obamacare" repeal effort remains two or three votes short, forecasting days of furious lobbying ahead with a crucial deadline looming next week.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM to furlough 3rd shift at Spring Hill as demand slows

  2:35pm

SPRING HILL (AP) — General Motors is laying off the third shift at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, SUV factory as it deals with a slowing U.S. auto market.

Mercedes to invest $1B in Alabama for electric SUVs

DETROIT (AP) — Mercedes-Benz says it will spend $1 billion to expand its Alabama facilities and start production of a new line of fully electric SUVs.

Tesla denies claims it tried to block unionizing effort

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Inc. is denying claims that it threatened to fire pro-union workers at its Fremont, California, factory and tried to prevent them from passing out union literature.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech companies lead US stocks lower in afternoon trade

  2:29pm

The major U.S. stock indexes veered slightly lower in afternoon trading Friday, adding to the market's modest losses from a day earlier. Technology companies led the slide. Phone companies and airlines were among the biggest gainers. A new round of tensions between the U.S. and North Korea helped send bond yields lower, which weighed on bank shares.

Trade panel: Cheap imports hurt US solar industry

  12:08pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. trade panel has ruled that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from aboard.

Not home? Walmart wants to walk in and stock your fridge

  2:30pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Would you be OK with letting a stranger into your house for the sake of convenience?

Uber to lose its license to operate in London

  7:20am

LONDON (AP) — London's transport authority said Friday it won't renew Uber's license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security.

After Equifax, public shaming but GOP wary of new rules

  7:20am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it's unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans.

An accounting for meteorological violence among insurers

NEW YORK (AP) — Allstate expects insurance losses of about $593 million in August after Hurricane Harvey left a path of destruction along the Gulf Coast.

Surging stock market powers US wealth to $96.2 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A healthy gain in the stock market and steadily increasing home prices boosted Americans' household wealth this spring, a trend that likely adds to the nation's inequality.

When nearly everything's a winner, gold investors get antsy

NEW YORK (AP) — In a world where nearly every investment is rising, so is gold. But a big part of why many investors are buying gold is that they're worried those other investments, such as stocks and bonds, are due for a drop.

Toys R Us revs up for holiday hiring

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us may have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, but the toy chain is revving up its holiday hiring.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump: Russia probe a 'hoax,' media was 'greatest influence'

  9:56am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday called allegations of Russian election meddling a "hoax," and insisted the media was the "greatest influence" on the 2016 campaign.

Mueller investigators seek documents from the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators is seeking information from the White House related to Michael Flynn's stint as national security adviser and about the response to a meeting with a Russian lawyer that was attended by President Donald Trump's oldest son, The Associated Press has learned.

House Republicans plan retreat next week to discuss tax plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans plan a retreat away from the Capitol next week to discuss a tax overhaul that congressional leaders have been working on for month.

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