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VOL. 41 | NO. 16 | Friday, April 21, 2017

One of the top young coaches in the game ...

... is a Nashvillian who never even played high school basketball

He never played basketball while attending Nashville’s Franklin Road Academy. But those close to Will Wade insist he was giving subtle indications – even back then – that he was future head-coaching material.

FRA student managers find different routes to sports success

It was nearly two decades ago that a couple of high school pals first chose to become student sports managers at Nashville’s Franklin Road Academy.

Court reporter shortage means high demand, good pay

Imagine a courtroom scene and several images might come to mind – a robed judge, a row of pensive jurors, a zealous prosecutor or passionate defense attorney.

Closed captioning increases need for skilled transcribers

Linda Hershey uses her court reporting skills to work from home as a captioner.

Court reporting: How it works

Stenographic court reporters have been the silent witnesses responsible for creating an official record of the most important trials and moments of history.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Earth Day Festival. Celebrate with live music, beer garden, Reuse Village, hundreds of exhibitors and more. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Centennial Park. Information: http://www.nashvilleearthday.org/

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Unfinished business fuels Boyd’s bid

By any measuring stick, Randy Boyd is a renaissance man. The founder of Radio Systems Corp. served as commissioner of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for two years before he stepped down earlier this year.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Tearful end for non-citizen tuition relief bill

State Rep. Raumesh Akbari grew so emotional she couldn’t speak. On the verge of tears, the Memphis Democrat started to talk about a high school from her Shelby County district with a large number of undocumented immigrant students.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Old houses can’t compete with modern conveniences

As the housing market flourishes in the Greater Nashville area, new construction is leading the way. And the success new construction is enjoying is the result of builders adapting to the demands of the market.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Titan players sold on Robinson-Mularkey plan

In Jon Robinson and Mike Mularkey the Tennessee Titans trust – completely. They’ve earned that respect with moves made in free agency and the draft, as well as the culture shift they’ve helped instill in the locker room.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

‘Good locker room’ doesn’t happen by accident

The first time I heard the term “good locker room” in relation to an NFL team, I figured it had something to do with TVs, air conditioning and nearby shower accommodations.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

6-6 Vol freshman has a message for classmates: ‘I will not eat you’

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones knew he got a special player when he signed five-star offensive lineman Trey Smith of University School of Jackson.

NEWSMAKERS

Crider named chair of Baker Donelson group

The law firm of Baker Donelson has named Christy Tosh Crider chair of its Health Care Litigation Group.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Ford gives popular Escape new touches, features for ’17

Ford has raised the price of its affordable Escape for 2017, but it has given its lowest-priced SUV new styling touches, safety features and engine options that should keep it popular with consumers.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Savvy marketers know how to manipulate fan loyalty

Collect them all. Those three words put a smile on every marketer’s face and fear in every parent’s heart. “Collect them all,” as you may remember, was kid-code for “bug your parents until they buy stuff,” making you the envy of everyone in third grade.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Hitting the ceiling a natural bump in the road

Nearly every growing company faces a phenomenon – at multiple points in its growth trajectory – at which the leadership team feels stuck, growth stalls or halts, and everything starts to feel complex.

CAREER CORNER

There are limits to workplace loyalty

Loyalty is an important quality. It’s what helps bind friendships and loved ones. It’s what holds teams together. But – dare I say it – there are limits to loyalty.

PREDATORS

Next step for Predators: Getting beyond second round

NASHVILLE (AP) — Now that they've swept the Western Conference's top seed out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Nashville Predators want to continue making history by finally advancing beyond the second round.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Veteran tax break last step to wrap Tennessee roads bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee legislative leaders appear to agree on a bigger property tax break for disabled veterans, which should put the finishing touch on months of work on Gov. Bill Haslam's bill that increases the gas tax to fund roadwork and cuts other taxes.

Letter urges more legislative oversight of outsourcing

Forty-one state lawmakers signed a letter requesting the state put a hold on its outsourcing plans until the General Assembly can scrutinize its effect on state workers and services.

AG: Bill could conflict with gay marriage ruling, state law

NASHVILLE (AP) — A state attorney general opinion says legislation requiring use of the "natural and ordinary meaning" of undefined words in Tennessee code could, in some cases, conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling and state law about interpreting gender-specific words as inclusive.

House delays vote on 23-hour alcohol at 2 Nashville bars

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House has put off a vote on a bill that would allow two Nashville bars to serve alcohol for 23 hours a day.

MIDSTATE

Missing Tennessee student found with teacher in California

COLUMBIA (AP) — After being missing for more than a month, a 15-year-old Tennessee girl was found near a cabin in a remote part of northern California and the 50-year-old teacher accused of kidnapping her was arrested, authorities said.

COURTS

Commission will meet to interview 6 applicants for judge

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will meet on May 1 to consider six applicants to fill the seat of retiring Sullivan County Circuit Court Judge R. Jerry Beck.

HEALTH CARE

White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager for a victory, the White House expressed confidence Thursday that a breakthrough on the mired Republican health care bill could emerge in the House next week. The chamber's GOP leaders, burned by a March debacle on the measure, were dubious and signs were scant that an emerging plan was gaining enough votes to succeed.

REAL ESTATE

US home sales rise shoot up to 10-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans purchased homes in March at the fastest pace in over a decade, a strong start to the traditional spring buying season.

Average mortgage rate drops to 5-month low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average U.S. mortgage rate fell below a key threshold of 4 percent this week, its lowest level in five months.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM plans to launch 10 electric cars in China by 2020

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020, an executive said Friday, as automakers speed up the rollout of alternative vehicles under pressure from Beijing to promote the industry.

Judge orders Volkswagen to pay $2.8B in emission scandal

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a "massive fraud" orchestrated by the German automaker.

GM faces hard road getting compensated for Venezuela seizure

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors became the latest corporation to have a factory or other asset seized by the government of Venezuela, and the Detroit automaker faces an uphill battle to recover any damages.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Flying car to go on sale

MONACO (AP) — It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for a few hundred thousand dollars you too can soon fly around in a car.

Charge me up: Rural electric drivers face 'range anxiety'

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Sunita Halasz has tips for "driving electric" along lonely roads in New York's Adirondack Mountains: know the locations of charging stations, bring activities for the kids during three-hour recharges, turn on the energy-hogging window defroster in just 10-second bursts.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Losses for finance, health care companies send stocks lower

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped Friday as financial and health care companies moved lower. Industrial companies rose as stocks continued the up-and-down pattern they've been stuck in for the last month.

Wells Fargo ups sales practices settlement to $142 million

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo agreed Friday to expand a recently settled class-action lawsuit by an additional $32 million as well as extend claims for fraudulent accounts that may have been opened going back to 2002.

Leaders of IMF and World Bank defend globalization

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance leaders are defending globalization against an assault from President Donald Trump and European populists. They argue that blocking free trade would hobble economic growth instead of saving jobs from foreign competition.

Fox stock gains ground following O'Reilly firing

Shares of Fox News' parent company, 21st Century Fox, are gaining ground following the firing of longtime and top-rated segment host Bill O'Reilly.

Where is pot legal? A look at shifting US marijuana policy

Whether it was fear, racism or economic concerns that led the U.S. in the 1930s to ban growing or even possessing marijuana, the nation's wall against pot lasted a generation. Now, it's showing signs of wear.

Applications for US jobless aid rise but remain at low level

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, yet total applications remained at a historically low level that suggests workers are enjoying solid job security.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump eyes changes to Obama's tax and Wall Street rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoping to improve economic growth, the Trump administration embarked Friday on new efforts to study and possibly dismantle some of the tax and financial regulations established by former President Barack Obama.

OMB preps for shutdown, WH says it's unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Office of Management and Budget has begun taking routine steps in preparation for a potential government shutdown that the White House is hoping to avoid.

Lawmakers seek details from Trump Organization on foreign payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of a House investigations panel are asking the Trump Organization for specifics on how it will donate its profits from foreign government payments to the U.S. Treasury.

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