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VOL. 40 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 4, 2016

What’s in the cards for Tennessee?

How Clinton, Trump presidencies might affect our state

Donald Trump is going to win easily in Tennessee. Almost everyone, most of all the campaigns for both Trump and Hillary Clinton, accepts this fact, as evidenced by the lack of campaign time spent in the state – and most of the South, for that matter – during this contentious campaign cycle.

How a Clinton win might affect Tennessee

A Hillary Clinton presidency is likely to maintain many of the key policies of President Barack Obama, continuing the clear split between Republicans and Democrats over policies nationally and in Tennessee.

How a Trump win might affect Tennessee

Radical change may be the cry of Donald Trump supporters, but questions loom large over a potential presidency for the Republican nominee.

Tennesseans who might be Washington-bound

MTSU political science professor Kent Syler foresees several opportunities for Tennesseans to find a place in the administrations of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, depending on who wins the Nov. 8 election.

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EVENTS

Battle of Franklin – Little Known Facts. Lunch and Learn at Tennessee State Museum, 505 Deaderick Street. Thursday, 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. Museum Curator Richard White presents “Five Things You Probably Don’t Know about the Battles of Franklin, But Should.” Bring your lunch to the museum and enjoy an interesting talk while you eat.

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Rigged election? Not in Davidson County

My long-ago English professor and her electoral advice floods the front (or is that the back?) of my brain during every election cycle, even in one as bitter and nauseating as this year’s.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

No matter who wins, rates will rise, sales will slow

Next week there will be an election, and that is all I shall say about that. Maybe a little more. If Hillary Clinton wins, interest rates will rise and real estate will slow slightly. Should Donald Trump win, look for real estate to slow somewhat and rates to increase.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Titans? Win the AFC South? Sure, it’s possible

In a remarkable change of course over recent seasons, the Tennessee Titans entered the month of November still relevant in the AFC South race.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Johnson’s impact on locker room will outlive tenure

Outside of his game-winning touchdown catch that capped a comeback in Detroit, Andre Johnson didn’t do much on the stat sheet for the Tennessee Titans.

Titans at Chargers: What to watch

Beat the Whiz: Ken Whisenhunt, who was terrible in his one and a-half years as Titans head coach, has returned to the Chargers as offensive coordinator, and probably would like nothing better than to stick it to the organization that fired him (albeit with a nice parting gift of the balance of his $20 million salary).

SPORTS

Nashville goalkeeper launches pro career close to home

Nashville native Dylan Wells traveled long and far during his days as a youth hockey and college goaltender.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Bad week for Jones means losing on, off the field

If Tennessee football coach Butch Jones thought last Saturday night was bad in Columbia, South Carolina, he had no idea what was waiting when he got back to Knoxville.

Son of ex-Riverdale coach seeks ‘way to win’ vs. Vols

J.T. Rankin knows only one way to approach a football game: Like he’s going to win it.

NEWSMAKERS

Long-time Franklin CFO, assistant administrator retires

Russ Truell, Franklin’s assistant city administrator and chief financial officer, has announced his retirement effective December 15.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

2017 Acura MDX scales up in looks, safety features

Acura’s most popular vehicle, the MDX luxury sport utility, has a more upscale look and more standard safety features for 2017.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

How better planning wins the war on mediocrity

It’s a scenario many sales leaders know too well: You hire talented people with stellar track records and are left bewildered when they struggle to make their numbers week after week.

CAREER CORNER

Now they don’t see it: Application misconception

In the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” Kevin Costner’s character builds a baseball field after hearing a voice say, “If you build it, he will come.”

I SWEAR

Everything can be explained except cable service

Things I already knew, but have recently reconfirmed:

STATEWIDE

Haslam announces departure of Revenue Commissioner Roberts

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts is leaving Gov. Bill Haslam's Cabinet.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.57 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for a second straight week.

HEALTH CARE

Pharmacy owner gets probation, fine for financial crimes

BOSTON (AP) — The majority owner of a Massachusetts pharmacy blamed for a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak has been sentenced to a year of probation and fined $4,500 for financial crimes.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volvo recalls 74,000 US vehicles to fix seat belt problem

DETROIT (AP) — Volvo is recalling about 74,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because the front passenger seat belt may not hold people in a crash.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes mostly lower in morning trading; oil slumps

The major U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower in morning trading Thursday as an early surge faded. Utilities, technology and consumer-focused stocks were among the biggest decliners. Banks and other financial companies were up the most. The market was coming off a big rally following the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president.

Applications for US unemployment aid fall from 3-month high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, the latest sign that companies are holding onto their workers.

Macy's sees happy holidays and shares boom

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's is raising its sales outlook for the year after it saw an improvement in its business in the third quarter, a trend that it expects to continue.

Global oil output hit new record pending promised OPEC cuts

PARIS (AP) — The International Energy Agency says global oil production climbed higher in October — even after OPEC pledged to curb output in hopes of driving up prices.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9
STATEWIDE

Haslam hopes for strong relations with Trump administration

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he hopes to have a strong relationship with Donald Trump's administration despite publicly announcing before the election that he wouldn't vote for the GOP nominee for president.

Trump wins Tennessee by 26 points; carries 91 of 95 counties

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Donald Trump has won Tennessee's presidential election by 26 percentage points, carrying all but four of the state's 95 counties.

Trump wins Tennessee's 11 electoral votes

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Donald Trump cruised to an overwhelming win in Tennessee on Tuesday, grabbing the state's 11 electoral votes Tuesday after a presidential election campaign that wreaked havoc among Republicans in the state.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Republican Steve McManus of Memphis loses Statehouse seat

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican state Rep. Steve McManus of Memphis has lost his seat to Dwayne Thompson, a rare Democratic victory in an election that keeps the GOP firmly in charge of Tennessee's legislature, with a 74-25 advantage in the House.

GOP wins 2 Dem seats in Tennessee House, keeps Durham seat

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republicans on Tuesday won two seats previously held by Democrats in the Tennessee House and held on to another formerly held by expelled lawmaker Jeremy Durham.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM laying off over 2,000 at 2 car plants as sales slow

DETROIT (AP) — Shifting demand from cars to trucks and SUVS is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks surge following Trump victory; bond prices tumble

It turns out that President Donald Trump may not be bad for the stock market after all.

With Trump in the White House, what do I do with my 401(k)?

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters chose to shake up Washington and bring big change to the White House. Resist doing the same with your 401(k), analysts and fund managers say.

For global economy, Trump victory intensifies uncertainties

Donald Trump's promise to put America first helped propel him to the U.S. presidency. But he also unleashed uncertainty on the global economy by skewering trading partners and offering few specifics that might calm allies or businesses.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump win raises question about UN climate deal

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The election of a U.S. president who has called global warming a "hoax" raised questions Wednesday about America's involvement in the Paris Agreement on climate change — and the future of the deal itself.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
STATEWIDE

Tennesseans go to the polls to decide between Trump, Clinton

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Donald Trump comes into Election Day in Tennessee with strong support across the state, though supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton have been encouraged by heavy turnout in early voting in urban areas.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee Dems hope to chip away at vast GOP majorities

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrats are hoping to chip away at vast Republican majorities in the state Legislature by focusing on urban areas, while the GOP is seeking to stamp out the last vestiges of Democratic support in rural parts of Tennessee.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Strong yen sends Toyota's quarterly profit sinking 36 pct

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. reported Tuesday that its July-September profit sank 36 percent as a stronger yen eroded its overseas earnings.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks close broadly higher as investors eye election

Investors remained in a buying mood on Election Day, sending U.S. stocks broadly higher and building on big gains from a day earlier.

Energy Department grows less bearish about US oil production

DALLAS (AP) — The decline in U.S. oil production may not be as severe as expected just a month ago.

US job openings increase slightly in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted slightly more job openings in September, a likely sign that the steady job gains of recent months could continue.

Thanksgiving Day shopping is here to stay — with some tweaks

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving Day shopping — a delight to some, an anathema to others — isn't going away, but some stores are rethinking their strategies on whether it makes sense to be open on the holiday itself.

China's October exports fall in new sign of global weakness

BEIJING (AP) — China's exports fell again in October in a fresh sign that weak global demand is complicating efforts by Beijing leaders to shore up economic growth and reduce reliance on trade and investment.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7
STATEWIDE

Tennessee hunters urged to use caution with dry conditions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are urging caution with dry conditions that can lead to fires as muzzle-loading season opens statewide.

COURTS

High court raises doubts about temporary presidential picks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday raised doubts about the temporary appointment of a former labor official in a case that could limit the president's power to fill top government posts.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Tesla to end free use of supercharging stations

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it will end free use of its worldwide charging station network.

Nissan's quarterly profit falls on weak Japan sales, yen

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. reported Monday that its profit fell 15 percent in the July-September quarter. Strong sales in North America and China failed to make up for sluggish demand in Japan and a stronger yen.

REGION

Company: Blast-damaged gasoline line back in service

HELENA, Ala. (AP) — A gas pipeline that exploded in Alabama last week is back in service, the pipeline company said Sunday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock market notches biggest gain in 8 months; oil rises

The U.S. stock market rebounded from a nine-day losing streak Monday, posting its biggest gain in eight months and driving the Dow Jones industrial average up more than 370 points.

IMF chief: Equal pay for men and women boosts growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of the International Monetary Fund on Monday called on governments and businesses to do more to promote the same economic opportunities for men and women and to fight discrimination that interferes with those goals.

UN climate chief: No doubt world will shift to low emissions

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Climate negotiators started work Monday on implementing the Paris Agreement on global warming amid uncertainty over how the U.S. election will impact the landmark deal as temperatures and greenhouse gases soar to new heights.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Forget the TV: How to follow Election Day online

NEW YORK (AP) — TVs are so last century. News outlets are using Facebook Live, Snapchat, YouTube and other tools to offer live coverage of Election Day in ways not possible four years ago.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
STATEWIDE

Tennessee sets early and absentee voting record

NASHVILLE (AP) - Election officials say Tennessee has set a record for early and absentee voting.

COURTS

Ex-Vanderbilt player sentenced to 17 years

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a former Vanderbilt football player in the rape of an unconscious student (all times local):

Tennessee Supreme Court OKs warrantless blood draw in wreck

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a blood sample obtained from a driver in a fatal wreck can be included as evidence even though police did not have a warrant.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen: Car owners signing up in droves for $15B deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An attorney for Volkswagen says car owners eligible for a buyback or fix under a $15 billion settlement deal over the company's emissions cheating scandal are signing up and submitting claims at a high rate.

Automated cars could threaten jobs of professional drivers

Ronald De Feo has watched robots take factory jobs for years. Now he sees them threatening a new class of worker: People who drive for a living.

US designates 25,000 miles of electric car-friendly highways

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is designating roughly 25,000 miles of U.S. highways as "electric vehicle charging corridors" where drivers will never be more than 50 miles from the closest charging station.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.54 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped this week, reaching their highest levels since late June amid indications of strength in the economy.

HEALTH CARE

Why health care eats more of your paycheck every year

Millions of Americans are finding out this month that the price of their health insurance is going up next year — as it did this year, last year, and most of the years before that.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 in longest loss streak since 1980

NEW YORK (AP) — The slow, steady retreat of the stock market ahead of the 2016 election continued Friday, with the market falling for a ninth straight day. Wall Street is now in its longest period of decline in more than three decades.

US workers gain jobs and raises in final pre-election report

WASHINGTON (AP) — Workers enjoyed their best pay raises in seven years last month as employers added 161,000 jobs, the government said in the last major snapshot of a slow but durable economy before Americans choose a new president next week.

US trade deficit in September at lowest level in 19 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in September to the lowest level in 19 months as demand for U.S.-made airplanes and other exports increased while imports slipped. The politically sensitive deficit with China declined.

Samsung, after phone recall, recalls 3M washing machines

Nearly 3 million Samsung washing machines are being recalled in the U.S. following multiple injuries, including a broken jaw, due to "excessive vibration."

Fund managers: No, the election won't wreck your 401(k)

NEW YORK (AP) — Worried that the election will ruin your 401(k)? Don't be, fund managers say, no matter who wins the White House.

UK's Johnson: Court ruling won't interfere with Brexit plans

BERLIN (AP) — A court ruling requiring a greater say for lawmakers in Britain's exit from the European Union shouldn't derail the government's timetable, the British foreign secretary said Friday. His German counterpart called for negotiations to start "as soon as possible."

Study: Obama tax hikes on rich didn't hurt economy, or rich

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's 2013 tax increases for wealthy Americans neither slowed their income growth nor hurt the economy, according to a study that taps into a key debate in the current presidential race.

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