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VOL. 40 | NO. 26 | Friday, June 24, 2016

Let's put on a (big, original, really ambitious) show!

Rookie playwrights rally their adopted hometown

COOKEVILLE – “Hey kids! Let’s put on a show!” Well, the same sentiment – if not those specific words – that guided Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and the rest from gloom and into the world of entertainment is pretty similar to what’s going on in Cookeville these days.

Cookeville merchants ‘fearless’ in support of musical

COOKEVILLE – City Cultural Arts Superintendent Chad McDonald admits to never having seen such a fuss as that which surrounds “Fearless!” and its eight performances at the city performing arts center.

Alpiar’s rags-to-riches story also could be a play

COOKEVILLE – “Fearless!” is a musical dramedy about the stages of love over the generations, with most problems solved through humor.


Real estate community saddened by deaths in family

The Nashville-area real estate world is grieving, shocked by the tragic loss of the son of Jarron Springer, the CEO of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, and reeling from the death of Jimmy Pilkerton after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Open Meeting with State Rep. Mark Pody. State Representative Pody hosts an open meeting every first Friday of the month from 8-10 a.m. in the Chamber of Commerce office. The public is invited to come and meet Rep. Pody, discuss pertinent issues, and ask questions. No appointments are necessary. Information: 390-2444; Location: Chamber of Commerce, 149 Public Square

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Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for May 2016

Top residential real estate sales, May 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for May 2016

Top commercial real estate sales, May 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average US 30-year mortgage edges up to 3.56 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week but remain at levels low enough to boost home sales in the spring buying season.


Sharpe helps underperforming ends get the point

When the Titans broke the huddle for the first snap of the day during a recent mini-camp session, Tajae Sharpe lined up at wide receiver with the first-team offense.


Waller elects 3 to board, names practice leaders

James H. “Jay” Nixon III, W. Travis Parham and Amanda K. Jester have been elected to the board of directors of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, while Mark Peters (labor and employment) and David R. Clay and MaryEllen S. Pickrell (corporate) have been named practice leaders at the firm.


Lincoln adds power, luxury to midsize MKX SUV

Lincoln has rolled out a more luxurious and powerful MKX for 2016, giving the midsize SUV features such as massaging front seats that rival any luxury vehicle’s and an optional EcoBoost turbo V-6 engine that generates 335 horsepower.


Is there room for fairness at work?

One of the worst things that can happen to any employee is to find out they aren’t being treated the same as their co-workers.


There’s a science behind what content goes viral

The study of content popularity dates back to 350 B.C. and Aristotle, who was curious about what makes for a persuasive, memorable speech that would ensure his message was passed from person to person.


Good, bad advice on being happy in your workplace

You have a job. It’s fine. Really, it’s nothing earth-shattering. You show up, do the work, get paid, go home and do it again the next time.


Recovering patient’s prayer answered with laughs

… that cowboy by her side was only five foot three


From Starbucks barista to Le Cordon Bleu student

I visit Starbucks probably more than I should. However, I have loved coffee for as far back as I can remember.


TDOT to suspend road work during Fourth of July weekend

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Transportation Department is shutting down road construction projects for the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend.


Average US 30-year mortgage falls to 3.48 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slid to new lows for the year this week amid market upheaval stoked by Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Rates are at three-year lows at the height of the spring home buying season.


Claims for unemployment aid rise but remain at low level

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the level of jobless claims remains low enough to suggest that most workers enjoy job security.

US stock indexes drift higher in early trading

U.S. stock indexes drifted between small gains and losses in early trading Thursday as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings news. The market was coming off a two-day rally as investors' anxiety about Britain's vote last week to leave the European Union eased. Consumer and industrial companies were among the biggest risers.

UK stock index above pre-vote level: Crisis over? Not likely

LONDON (AP) — Britain's main stock market is back above where it was before the vote to leave the European Union plunged the country into turmoil. That doesn't mean all is back to normal for the economy, however.

Amazon 'Prime Day' sales gimmick is back this July

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is renewing its "Prime Day" July sales gimmick as Wal-Mart also tries to go after online shoppers.


Predators acquire P.K. Subban from Canadiens for Shea Weber

The Nashville Predators pulled off a blockbuster before the start of free agency Wednesday by acquiring P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Shea Weber, a swap of All-Star defensemen.


New Tennessee laws include wine in groceries, guns on campus

NASHVILLE (AP) - Wine will be available in Tennessee supermarkets, professors will be allowed to carry guns on public college campuses, and drivers will be subject to stricter penalties for texting on the road, under new laws taking effect Friday.


Additional cell phone waiting lot opens at Nashville airport

NASHVILLE (AP) - A new lot has been opened at Nashville International Airport for drivers who are waiting for travelers to arrive.


Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's first guitarist, dies at 84

NASHVILLE (AP) — Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84.


HMO, EPO, PPO, OMG! How to navigate insurance plans

Hunting for the right health insurance plan outside the workplace used to involve a much lower risk of losing hair — from tearing it out in frustration.


VW's main shareholder records loss over emissions scandal

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen's main shareholder, Porsche SE, says it made a loss after tax of 273 million euros ($302.3 million) last year due to the emissions cheating scandal affecting VW's diesel cars.


Facebook's latest news feed tweak: This time, it's personal

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has once again tweaked the formula it uses to decide what people will see in their news feed — and this time, it's personal.

After Fire flop, Amazon unveils phones with its apps, ads

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is back in the phone business — sort of. After its own Fire phone flopped, Amazon is selling special editions of other manufacturers' phones at a $50 discount.

Microsoft readies Windows 10 update, answers critics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft has a birthday present for Windows 10 users: more capabilities for its Cortana digital assistant and new ways to ditch passwords.


US consumer spending posts healthy gain in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans went shopping this spring, increasing their spending in May for the second straight month and delivering good news for economic growth.

US stocks claw back half of ground lost post-British vote

Banks and other financial companies led another broad surge in U.S. stocks Wednesday, turning the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index slightly positive for the year.

GE Capital wins approval to drop 'too big to fail' label

NEW YORK (AP) — GE Capital is no longer "too big to fail."

Ahead of Amazon Prime Day, Wal-Mart tries to move in

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is trying to get a jump on Amazon's second annual sales bonanza.

Kellogg opening cereal cafe in NYC amid soggy sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Kellogg is opening a cafe in New York as it pushes to reinvent cereal's soggy image.


Congress edges closer to passing Puerto Rico rescue package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress edged closer to delivering relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico as the Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for passage of a last-minute financial rescue package for the territory of 3.5 million Americans.


David Climer: Summitt's public battle, foundation will help find a cure

We know about all the national championships, all the victories and even the exceptional graduation rate.

Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, has died at 64

KNOXVILLE - Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women's game from obscurity to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning. She was 64.

Peyton Manning remembers his friend Pat Summitt

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Peyton Manning is remembering his friend Pat Summitt. He says she "was always very supportive of my career and I enjoyed seeing her back at a Tennessee football game or when she would come to Indianapolis to see Tamika Catchings play."

Reaching for Summitt way of life for former Tennessee coach

Needing yet another men's basketball coach, Tennessee officials turned to the one person they thought would be perfect to take over the Volunteers program.

Pat Summitt's legacy extends across pro, college ranks

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Pat Summitt's rich legacy in women's basketball can be seen on the sidelines and in front offices throughout the college and professional ranks. At the time Summitt ended her illustrious, 38-season coaching career at Tennessee in 2012, 78 people who were mentored by her were coaching basketball or working in administrative positions associated with the game. Four years later, Summitt's coaching tree remains fruitful.

Year-by-year record of former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt

The year-by-year record of former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt:


Education Secretary King to speak at Nashville charter conference today

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. is scheduled to speak at a conference of charter schools in Nashville.


Tennessee to receive $12.6M share of Volkswagen settlement

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee is in line to receive a $12.6 million share of Volkswagen's settlement with the states over deceptive trade practices in the sale of diesel vehicles designed to cheat emissions testing standards, the state attorney general's office announced Tuesday.

Volkswagen settles emissions-cheating cases for up to $15.3B

WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen will spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests in what lawyers are calling the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history.

What Volkswagen owners can expect from emissions settlement

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen owners can finally dump their cheatin' cars, if they want to.


Google offers new way for users to manage ads, personal data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is trying to make it easier for you to manage the vast pool of information that it collects about your online activities across phones, computers and other devices.


US economy grew at slightly faster 1.1 percent in Q1

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew slightly faster at the start of the year than previously estimated, even though consumer spending posted the smallest gain in two years.

US stocks rebound as anxiety over British vote eases

U.S. stock indexes mounted a broad comeback Tuesday as investors set aside their anxiety over Britain's vote to leave the European Union and snapped up shares following a two-day rout.

EU leaders plot a future without Britain, demand answers

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron fended off anger Tuesday from other European Union leaders at an unprecedented summit charged with uncertainty about the bloc's future without Britain. As leader after leader rejected Cameron's pleas for favorable conditions for Britain once it leaves, he frustrated them by refusing to initiate the divorce proceedings immediately.

4 scenarios eyed to keep Britain in the EU despite exit vote

LONDON (AP) — As continental powers pressure a nervous Britain to formally apply to exit the European Union, die-hard "remain" supporters are taking on the mission to put the brakes on the so-called Brexit.

US home prices climb in April; 7 cities set new records

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices scaled new heights in April, with seven cities — including Boston, Charlotte, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco and Seattle— setting record highs.

Ikea recalls 29 million dressers after 6 kids killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.


Board of Regents hires longtime Statehouse reporter Locker

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Board of Regents has hired longtime Statehouse reporter Richard Locker as the higher education system's spokesman.


Supreme Court Texas abortion ruling could affect Tennessee laws

NASHVILLE (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Texas abortion restrictions could affect the outcome of a federal court challenge to two Tennessee laws.

Court upholds reach of US gun ban for domestic violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the broad reach of a federal law that bars people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.

Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics Monday in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.

High court rejects appeal over wages for home care workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to Obama administration regulations that extend minimum wage and overtime pay rights to nearly 2 million home health care workers.

Justices reject appeal over medical marijuana in Montana

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal challenging a Montana law that limits medical marijuana providers to selling the drug to a maximum of three patients each.


US stocks rebound as anxiety over British vote eases

U.S. stock indexes were solidly higher in early trading Tuesday as investors welcomed encouraging data on the economy and housing. The rebound followed even bigger gains in Europe as global markets recovered from a two-day rout triggered by Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

US Treasury chief: 'No sense of a financial crisis developing' over Brexit

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says that the decision of British voters to leave the European Union is "an additional headwind" for the U.S. and global economies but "there is no sense of a financial crisis developing."

UK appeals for calm as markets drop, EU leaders huddle

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Monday that Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union won't send the economy into a tailspin, even as Standard & Poor's stripped the U.K. of its top credit rating.

Heading out of town: Independence Day travel to break record

NEW YORK (AP) — It's going to be a busy holiday weekend on the nation's highways.

Panama Canal opens $5B locks, bullish despite shipping woes

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Fireworks exploded as a huge container ship made the inaugural passage through the newly expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, formally launching the Central American nation's multibillion-dollar bet on a bright economic future despite tough times for global shipping.


Study: Trump budget, tax plans add at least $10T to debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Washington study says Donald Trump's tax and budget plans would make the national debt skyrocket by $10 trillion or more over the coming decade, mostly because of his ambitious and expensive tax cuts.


Bluegrass music patriarch Ralph Stanley dies at 89

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, has died. He was 89.

Jury finds Led Zeppelin did not steal riff for 'Stairway'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental tune to use for the introduction of its classic rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven," a federal court jury decided Thursday.


State: Tennessee unemployment rate lower than country

NASHVILLE (AP) — Labor statistics released by the state show that Davidson County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate of any major metropolitan area in Tennessee.


Obama immigration plan blocked by 4-4 tie at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

Texas affirmative action plan survives Supreme Court review

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major victory for affirmative action, a divided Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the University of Texas admissions program that takes account of race.

High court strikes limits drunk driving test laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday placed new limits on state laws that make it a crime for motorists suspected of drunken driving to refuse alcohol tests.


VW to pay about $10.2B to settle emissions claims

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to take a series of steps with a total cost of about $10.2 billion to settle claims from its unprecedented diesel emissions cheating scandal in the U.S., two people briefed on the matter said Thursday.


Dow, Nasdaq post biggest losses of year after Britain votes to leave the EU

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged in the U.S. and worldwide Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The result stunned investors, who reacted by rushing to the safety of gold and U.S. government bonds as they wondered what will come next for Britain, Europe and the global economy.

Obama says UK committed to 'orderly transition' out of EU

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tried to reassure Britons Friday that the special relationship between Washington and London would withstand an impending and likely messy divorce from Europe, as his administration scrambled to assess the fallout.

Britain votes to leave EU: Cameron to resign; markets rocked

LONDON (AP) — Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the prime minister Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.

Reactions to Britain's vote to leave the European Union

"Damn! A bad day for Europe." — Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's vice chancellor and economy minister, on Twitter.

Pound hits 31-year low as leave side takes lead in EU vote

HONG KONG (AP) — The pound slumped to its lowest in more than three decades on Friday as results on Britain's referendum on European Union membership showed that the "leave" side had won.

US durable goods orders slid 2.2 percent in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped in May, reversing two months of gains and delivering more bad news for American manufacturers.

Macy's Terry Lundgren to step down as CEO next year

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren, who spearheaded a landmark acquisition that created a powerhouse national department store chain, will step down early next year, the company announced Thursday as it struggles to reinvent itself amid online competition and changing consumer habits.

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