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VOL. 40 | NO. 39 | Friday, September 23, 2016

Sliding into Nashville for the holidays

What was once a slow time in Music City is now a second tourist season

Nashville might not be the first city that comes to mind when it comes to celebrating Christmas, but it should be.

Nashville's ultimate holiday to-do list

Don’t let the fact Halloween is weeks away stop you from planning your Christmas season activities. From live shows to shopping, decide now what you and yours want to do later this winter.


Harold Bradley: Just telling it ‘like it was’

Harold Bradley’s blood pressure was up a bit on this late-summer morning, but he’s not too troubled by it as the day progresses. At least he’s got his dialysis done and a little guitar-picking fills his near horizon.

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Street Food Thursdays. A gathering of up to 20 local food trucks parked along Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North every Thursday through October. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Now we’ve got God to thank for Durham’s rise and fall?

State Rep. Kevin Brooks set the tone for Jeremy Durham’s ouster in prayer, of all places.


‘Inspection hell’ a heck of a way to kill a deal

If you want to spend some time with a few hundred Realtors, they are all gathering in the same place these days.


Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for August 2016

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


Nothing else counts for Jones if he can’t top Gators

Since his arrival at Tennessee in December 2012, Butch Jones often has spoken about the importance of getting the Vols back up and running in their biggest rivalry games.


What’s worse than dating a Gator? Another loss

If you’re a Tennessee fan hurting from the 11-game losing streak against Florida, put yourself in Corey Vereen’s shoes.


Will we one day look at Lions win as turning point?

Was Sunday’s stunning victory in Detroit the start of a turning point for the Tennessee Titans?

Raiders at Titans: What to watch

Score more points: OK, the Titans are 1-1, and may be somewhat encouraged by that. But they also have scored 16 points in both games. As exotic as the “smashmouth” might be, and as much bend-but-don’t break as the defense has put up, let’s be honest here, the Titans won’t be in the win column very often in today’s NFL scoring just 16 points every week. Somehow, some way, the offense has to find a way to score more often.


Baker Donelson security chair joins Nashville office

Alisa L. Chestler, the chair of Baker Donelson’s Privacy and Information Security Team, has joined Baker Donelson’s Nashville office. Chestler will continue to maintain a presence in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where she was previously based.


Dodge Durango gets new color options, Sport mode

The Dodge Durango has added sharp new color options, a Sport driving mode and connectivity upgrades for 2016.


How could your brand capitalize on live-streaming?

Since Facebook Live launched in April, live-streaming events have become very popular. Even though competitor Periscope has been around since early 2015, Facebook has integrated live-streaming directly into the timelines of 1.71 billion users, making these live videos more visible than ever.


Better duck as Schenk, Yip and Hack tee it up

I saw in the sports section of my local paper an item that said three golfers named Yip, Hack and Schenk were a threesome on the final day of some tournament.


Don’t be afraid to have an opinion when warranted

Very often in school, we’re taught to understand both sides of an issue. If you can argue for or against a point, you’re often more likely to truly understand all dimensions of the problem at hand.


Prominent voucher advocate takes Harwell, Dean on trip

NASHVILLE (AP) - A prominent school voucher advocate in Tennessee paid for a private plane to take public officials including potential Republican and Democratic candidates for governor to North Carolina on a private school tour.


US pending home sales slump in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, as a shortage of properties for sale is weighing on the market.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 3.42 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slipped this week to the lowest level since mid-July.


Renault-Nissan CEO at Paris auto show: Diesel isn't dead yet

PARIS (AP) — Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn isn't ready to give up on diesel — though he admits that tougher emissions rules emerging from the Volkswagen scandal are a boon to his company's bet on electric cars.


Stocks slip as drug companies fall; oil drillers climb

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are lower Thursday as EpiPen maker Mylan and other drug companies face scrutiny over increases in product prices. Oil prices are little changed after a big surge a day ago, but companies that drill for oil are climbing. A slide in high-dividend stocks like utilities and real estate companies is also pulling the market lower.

US economy grew at 1.4 percent rate in spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a slightly faster pace in the spring than previously reported, aided by new-found strength in business construction.

Applications for US unemployment aid tick higher to 254,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week but the number of applications remained low, the latest sign that layoffs are scarce.

OPEC deal shows cartel's resolve — and desperation

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — OPEC's unexpected agreement to trim production shows the cartel still has the resolve — and even desperation — to try to guide energy markets higher. But don't expect triple-digit oil prices anytime soon.

Wells Fargo CEO faces lawmakers, apologizes again

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf has told lawmakers the bank is expanding its review back to 2009 as it tries to stem a scandal over sales practices.

California suspends some Wells Fargo business amid scandal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's treasurer said Wednesday that he's suspending some of the state's most profitable lines of business with Wells Fargo amid allegations bank employees opened millions of accounts without customers' permission.


House speaker chides angry lawmaker for claim of bad conduct

NASHVILLE (AP) - A complaint filed against the House clerk is being brought by a lame-duck lawmaker who is angry about the chamber's expulsion of fellow Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham over a series of sexual harassment allegations, House Speaker Beth Harwell said Wednesday.


Rutherford sheriff taken into custody until JailCigs trial

MURFREESBORO (AP) - A federal magistrate judge has ordered Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold taken into custody until his February trial on allegations that he profited from the sale of electronic cigarettes to jail inmates.

Rape conviction overturned, but board says no to exoneration

NASHVILLE (AP) - DNA testing helped overturn a man's conviction for rape after he spent decades in prison, but a Tennessee parole board said that evidence isn't strong enough for the governor to formally exonerate him and make him eligible for state compensation.


VW chief: Working on settlement with US for emissions fraud

PARIS (AP) — Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the company is cooperating with U.S. authorities and hopes to reach a settlement on a fine with the Justice Department for equipping diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests.

Disabled man gets license, shows driverless tech's potential

DETROIT (AP) — Former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt has done a lot in the 16 years since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He runs a racing team and a foundation. He's raced a sailboat using his chin. But the man who raced in the Indianapolis 500 hasn't been able to drive around his neighborhood — until now.


BlackBerry, once a phone innovator, to stop making its own

TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry plans to stop making its signature smartphones internally, signaling a strategic shift for a company that built its reputation on innovative smartphone technology.

Europol: Ransomware now top cybercrime threat

PARIS (AP) — European police agency Europol says the threat from ransomware has now eclipsed other forms of online theft, a sign of how quickly the computer-scrambling software has found favor in the electronic underworld.


Stocks end higher, led by energy sector

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing solidly higher after energy companies soared along with the price of crude oil.

Yellen says rate hike likely appropriate this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the central bank has no "fixed timetable" for raising interest rates but she believes the economy is ready for a rate hike by the end of the year.

Apple partners with Deloitte in pitch to business

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is extending its push into selling business technology by forging a partnership with the Deloitte consulting firm to advise companies on using iPhones, iPads and Apple software in the workplace.

US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

Orders for US durable goods slipped slightly in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories saw slightly fewer orders for big-ticket manufactured goods in August, with a decline in aircraft orders accounting for the modest slip.

Wells Fargo claws back part of CEO, other executive's salary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wells Fargo says CEO John Stumpf and the executive who ran the bank's retail banking division will forfeit tens of millions of dollars in pay as the bank tries to stem a scandal over its sales practices.

Air rage incident reported by airlines on the rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Incidents of unruly passengers on planes are increasing, and more effective deterrents are needed to tackle the problem, a global airline trade group said Wednesday.


Senate passes stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill to keep the government running through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus.

Senators vote to override Obama's veto of Sept. 11 bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate acted decisively Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of Sept. 11 legislation, setting the stage for the contentious bill to become law despite flaws that Obama and top Pentagon officials warn could put U.S. troops and interests at risk.


Jason Aldean shuns streaming, tops the charts with new album

NASHVILLE (AP) - Country star Jason Aldean rarely has time to be a tourist when he's touring, but during a recent trip to New York, he and his wife, Brittany, found some downtime to walk around the city. The crowds afford the Georgia-born singer a little anonymity that he doesn't always get back home.


US home prices climbed again in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose again in July, pulled up by strong gains in Portland, Seattle and Denver.


BlueCross BlueShield changes to affect 100,000 Tennesseans

NASHVILLE (AP) — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act marketplace in the Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville regions. In a news release, the company says the change will affect an estimated 100,000 Tennesseans.


Tennessee approves $600K job training grant for VW supplier

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — State officials have approved a $600,000 job training grant for a Volkswagen supplier in Chattanooga.


Password breach could have ripple effects well beyond Yahoo

LONDON (AP) — As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web.


Tech and consumer companies lead US stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rebounded Tuesday and climbed after a survey showed consumer confidence is at a nine-year high, a sign Americans will keep spending in the months to come. Technology and consumer stocks made the largest gains.

US consumer confidence jumps in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence in September rose to the highest level in nine years, a hopeful sign that economic growth will accelerate in coming months.

'Dramatic slowing' seen in global trade, as rhetoric rises

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization dramatically slashed its forecast for trade growth this year by about a third to its lowest rate since 2009, when the global economy was mired in recession in the wake of the financial crisis.


WHY IT MATTERS: Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children rely on monthly Social Security benefits. That's nearly one in five Americans. The trustees who oversee Social Security say the program has enough money to pay full benefits until 2034. But at that point, Social Security will collect only enough taxes to pay 79 percent of benefits. Unless Congress acts, millions of people on fixed incomes would get an automatic 21 percent cut in benefits.

Clinton puts Trump on the defensive in combative debate

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Trump aggressively tried to pin the nation's economic and national security problems on Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate, belittling the former senator and secretary of state as a "typical politician" incapable of delivering the change many Americans crave.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton deny their own words in debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's habit of peddling hype and fabrication emerged unabated in the first presidential debate while Hillary Clinton played it cautiously in her statements, though not without error. They both denied making statements that they are on the record as saying.


Expelled state lawmaker escorted from UT football game

NASHVILLE (AP) - Former Republican state Rep. Jeremy Durham, who earlier this month became the first lawmaker expelled from the Tennessee General Assembly in 36 years, was escorted from a University of Tennessee football game on Saturday after getting into an altercation with a Florida fan.


Tennessee State University holds memorial for famed coach

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee State University is hosting a public memorial service for famed track and field coach Ed Temple, who led the school's Tigerbelles to 13 Olympic gold medals.

Construction beginning in Nashville on interpretive center

NASHVILLE (AP) — Construction is starting this week on the first blockhouse to be part of Nashville Metro Parks' new Fort Nashborough Interpretive Center.

California man shot, killed in downtown Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) — A California man has been shot and killed while running from an apparent robbery attempt in downtown Nashville.


BlueCross BlueShield changes to affect 100K Tennesseans

NASHVILLE (AP) - BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act marketplace in the Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville regions. In a news release, the company says the change will affect an estimated 100,000 Tennesseans.


Country singer Jean Shepard dies; was Grand Ole Opry staple

NASHVILLE (AP) — Jean Shepard, "the grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry" who had a long recording career as an influential female in country music, died Sunday, according to an Opry spokeswoman. Shepard was 82.


Sales of new homes tumbled 7.6 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes retreated in August, one month after surging to the highest level in nearly nine years. Activity fell in all regions of the country except the West.


US stocks slide as banks tumble on Deutsche Bank worries

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped Monday, and banks took the biggest losses. Deutsche Bank plunged as investors worried about the financial health of Germany's largest bank. Pfizer pulled drugmakers down after it announced it won't break up into two companies.

Will boom in loans at retailers, manufacturers turn to bust?

NEW YORK (AP) — They sell diamond rings in malls and used cars at dealerships, make wrench sets for mechanics and giant combines for farmers. Not one has "bank" in its name, but they are all big lenders, and getting bigger by the day.

German business confidence surges to highest since May 2014

BERLIN (AP) — A closely watched survey shows that business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has increased sharply to its highest reading since May 2014 amid signs that concerns related to Britain's vote to leave the European Union have dissipated.



WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Tepid income growth and shrinking opportunities for blue-collar workers have kept many Americans anxious about jobs and the economy, seven years after the Great Recession ended.


Ed Temple dies: Coached Wilma Rudolph to Olympic gold medals

NASHVILLE  (AP) — Ed Temple, the former Tennessee State track and field coach whose Tigerbelles won 13 Olympic gold medals and helped break down racial and gender barriers in the sport, died Thursday night. He was 89.

GOP candidate says automated program like racy Tweets

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Republican candidate for the state House says an automated program is to blame for his campaign Twitter account "liking" several explicit tweets.


'Tobacco Road' songwriter John D. Loudermilk dies

NASHVILLE (AP) — John D. Loudermilk, a singer and songwriter who wrote pop and country songs such as "Tobacco Road" and "Indian Reservation," has died. He was 82.

Jason Isbell extends legacy at Americana Honors and Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Singer songwriter Jason Isbell won album of the year and song of the year at the 2016 Americana Honors and Awards show, extending his legacy as the star of Americana music.


Feds confirm Tennessee in compliance with zero-tolerance

NASHVILLE (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Administration has confirmed that Tennessee is back in compliance with federal zero-tolerance standards for drunken drivers under the legal drinking age.

University of Tennessee investigating law professor's tweet

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee has launched an investigation into a law professor who in a Twitter post called on drivers to run over demonstrators blocking traffic in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Cooper: More input needed before naming court after Thompson

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ten of the 11 members of Tennessee's congressional delegation want the new federal courthouse in Nashville to be named after the late actor-politician Fred Thompson.

Lee Pope hired as new deputy open records counsel

NASHVILLE (AP) — Lee Pope, an attorney for the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board has been hired as the new deputy open records counsel in the state comptroller's office.

New Tennessee State Museum to open doors in fall of 2018

NASHVILLE (AP) — The new Tennessee State Museum is scheduled to open its doors to the public in the fall of 2018.

Regional Transit Authority approves nearly $6B transit plan

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Regional Transportation Authority is moving forward with plans to build a nearly $6 billion mass transit system aimed at improving traffic in Middle Tennessee.


Nashville mosque sues state over tax exemption denial

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Islamic Center of Nashville is suing the state in federal court after it says it was denied a tax exemption.


SpaceX: Accident points to breach in rocket's helium system

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX says a breach in its rocket's helium system may have caused the devastating explosion three weeks ago at Cape Canaveral.

LinkedIn adding new training features, news feeds and 'bots'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — LinkedIn wants to become more useful to workers by adding personalized news feeds, helpful messaging "bots" and recommendations for online training courses, as the professional networking service strives to be more than just a tool for job-hunting.

UPS testing drones for use in its package delivery system

ARBLEHEAD, Mass. (AP) — One of the world's largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system.


'Non-union union' at Volkswagen plant loses certification

NASHVILLE (AP) — A group billing itself as an alternative to the United Auto Workers union at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee has failed to meet minimum enrollment standards under the German automaker's internal labor policy.

Tesla update halts automatic steering if driver inattentive

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors says a software update to its Autopilot system will disable automatic steering if drivers don't keep their hands on the wheel.


Fed wants to put new limits on banks' commodities activities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve wants to put new limits on big banks' activities in physical commodities businesses, with an eye to reducing financial risks from volatile trading and transport of sensitive materials.

Twitter surges after report that it may be on the block

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter's stock is surging following a report that the social media company, forever struggling in Facebook's shadow, is close to a sale.

IMF paints dark outlook for Greek jobseekers

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is painting a bleak outlook for bailout-dependent Greece, where it expects unemployment to stay in the double digits for more than three decades.

Big email hack doesn't exactly send the message Yahoo needed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo has been struggling for years to keep people coming back to its digital services such as email. That challenge just got more daunting after hackers stole sensitive information from at least 500 million accounts.

Marriott buys Starwood, becoming world's largest hotel chain

NEW YORK (AP) — Several of the best-known names in travel are now united in one hotel company.

Stocks move lower as energy, technology stocks fall

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes closed moderately lower on Friday following three days of gains. Several technology stocks traded heavily, including Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook. Energy stocks fell along with a steep decline in the price of oil.

US claims for jobless aid slide to lowest level since July

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since July, more evidence that U.S. workers are enjoying job security.

Stocks gain moderately, led by high-dividend sectors

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted solid gains on Thursday as investors, comfortable that the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low, bought up stocks that pay big dividends.

US home sales fell in August as inventories plummet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans retreated from home-buying in August, as a worsening inventory shortage appears to be hurting sales and pushing prices higher.

US average 30-year mortgage rate declines to 3.48 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week.

Amid scrutiny, for-profit colleges see enrollment slide

Some of the nation's largest for-profit colleges are suffering steep declines in enrollment amid growing competition, new regulation and government pressure that led to the collapse this month of one of the industry's biggest players, ITT Technical Institute.

Yahoo hack steals personal info from at least 500M accounts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Computer hackers swiped personal information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in what is believed to be the biggest digital break-in at an email provider.

EU mulls change of tack on US trade pact

RUSSELS (AP) — European Union ministers expressed pessimism Friday that the bloc can conclude a massive trade pact with the U.S. anytime soon and debated whether to change tack on the talks.


Report: Trump proposals would add $5.3 trillion to debt

DENVER (AP) — A new analysis from a nonpartisan group finds that Donald Trump's latest tax proposals would increase the federal debt by $5.3 trillion over the next decade, compared with $200 billion if Hillary Clinton's ideas were enacted. The Trump campaign disputed the findings.

Study finds 20M would lose health coverage under Trump plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study that examines some major health care proposals from the presidential candidates finds that Donald Trump would cause about 20 million to lose coverage while Hillary Clinton would provide coverage for an additional 9 million people.

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