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VOL. 43 | NO. 46 | Friday, November 15, 2019

3 new coaches, 3 unique storylines

Casey follows a legend at Belmont, Acuff follows Casey at Lipscomb, Stackhouse, VU try to rebuild

One played for a Dean, the other inherited the title of dean of Nashville’s college basketball coaches. And the third may not have that connection, but he does share the last name of the King of Country Music.

VU, Lipscomb, Belmont players have NBA aspirations

This time last year, Darius Garland, Dylan Windler and Garrison Mathews were all in Nashville starring for Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb, respectively.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

A better way of remembering the dearly departed

It’s a notion you hear from time to time: With all the attractions available in this country, why go anywhere else?

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EVENTS

Emilio Cabrero Discusses Socially Conscious Design. Nashville Civic Design Center will host award-winning architect, designer curator and creative consultant Emilio Cabrero for its annual luncheon. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The annual luncheon serves as NCDC’s major fundraising event and has raised more than $1.5 million in support of NCDC’s mission and programs. Fee: $125. Information

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

A familiar face in an ever-changing corner of the city

With the Lone Ranger hi-yo-ing Silver on the TV in the back room of the comfortable home on Caldwell Avenue, Alvin M. Fitzgerald Sr. beckons me past the porch pots filled with fresh, bright artificial flowers and into his home of 56 years.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

It’s another record sales year barring December collapse

Despite low inventory, the area reported a 16% increase in total transactions in October compared to October 2018, Greater Nashville Realtors sales data reveals. Unit sales hit 3,742 last month, an increase from 3,216 during the previous October.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for October 2019

Top residential real estate sales, October 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 3.75%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week amid optimism over prospects for the U.S. economy. Rates remain at historically low levels, however, as an incentive to prospective homebuyers.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans learn to live with home-field disadvantage

The “elephant” in Nissan Stadium was much more prevalent than usual during Sunday’s improbable win by the Titans over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kicking game, offensive line, health top list of bye week issues

Since the Titans are on their bye week, we will revamp the four downs feature to reflect four areas of analysis about the team, rather than finding specific things related to an opponent.

Week 11 predictions: Steelers’ demise are greatly exaggerated

The NFL goes on, even if the Titans are idle. This week’s schedule has some intriguing matchups worth watching and games that will affect the Titans’ position in the standings and rankings.

UT SPORTS

Neyland getting $180M in Phase 1 renovations

New entry plazas, restroom upgrades, donor lounge among improvements

The University of Tennessee has been given the green light to continue renovating Neyland Stadium.

NEWSMAKERS

Butler Snow hires 4 attorneys in Nashville

James H. Maners, Jianne D. McDonald, Wilson Roe Moore and Alexandra M. Ortiz have joined Butler Snow’s Nashville office. Maners and Ortiz will practice with the firm’s commercial litigation group, McDonald will practice with the firm’s health law group and Moore will practice with the firm’s business services group.

BRIEFS

Hastings named No. 3 architecture firm in US

ARCHITECT Magazine has ranked Nashville-based Hastings Architecture No. 3 overall in its 2019 Architect 50 ranking.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Can you put cellphone away for 1 day a week?

Between 2 inches and 3 feet. That’s the average distance between you and your cellphone when it’s not in your hand because you must have it close.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

All adaptive cruise systems are not created equal

Adaptive cruise control, once only seen on luxury vehicles, has now become increasingly available on entry-level models. For example, nearly every new Honda and Toyota vehicle comes with this feature as standard equipment.

PERSONAL FINANCE

What to do if/when your parents need financial help

Most parents in the U.S. provide some sort of financial support to their adult children, multiple surveys have found. But often, financial aid goes the other way.

CAREER CORNER

Some employers shy away from out-of-towners

I’ve never seen a time in which we were more divided as a nation. Oddly, the job search also has become divided.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Former BMW executive Duesmann named new CEO at rival Audi

  10:30am

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi says former BMW executive Markus Duesmann is to become its new chief executive.

Volkswagen donation to expand US forest by 1,500 acres

  7:14am

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Volkswagen plans to donate $1.25 million to help expand Cherokee National Forest near the company’s Chattanooga plant and offer community grants.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Swift questions AMAs performance over fight with music group

  10:29am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taylor Swift said Thursday that she may not perform at the American Music Awards and may have to put other projects including a forthcoming Netflix documentary on hold because the men who own her old recordings won’t allow her to play her songs.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt gets Neal back at QB, Kentucky looks to rebound

  10:29am

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is trying to get the Commodores to focus on the immediate task of playing Kentucky with three games left in a disappointing season.

Gustavson’s FT lifts Richmond past Vandy in OT, 93-92

  7:15am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jacob Gilyard already had six steals, but wasn’t about to take all the credit for the last, and biggest, one.

COURTS

Trump ally Stone guilty of witness tampering, lying to Congress

  10:57am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, has been found guilty at his trial in federal court in Washington.

TECHNOLOGY

Free broadband? UK Labour Party promises nationalization

  7:17am

LONDON (AP) — The British Labour Party's latest plan for public ownership of big industries sent shivers through the telecoms sector Friday with an electoral promise to nationalize part of the former phone monopoly BT to provide free fiber optic broadband.

Huawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after US ban

  7:22am

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is selling its first folding smartphone without Google apps or U.S.-made processor chips following sanctions imposed by Washington.

HEALTH CARE

White House seeks disclosure of actual health care prices

  10:30am

WASHINGTON (AP) — New rules from the Trump administration on Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US retail sales rose a modest 0.3% in October

  10:30am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their shopping last month, spending more online and buying more cars, evidence that consumers can still drive the economy’s growth.

GM strike pushes industrial production down 0.8% last month

  8:23am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strike at General Motors pushed U.S. manufacturing production lower in October, adding to the troubles confronting American industry.

China issues plan to promote high-tech manufacturing

  7:21am

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government has issued a plan to promote high-tech manufacturing after discarding a strategy that helped trigger a tariff war with Washington.

Amazon appeals $10B Pentagon contract won by Microsoft

  7:22am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon is protesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing “unmistakable bias” in the process.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Ousted ambassador felt ‘big threat;’ Trump assails her anew

  10:56am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch provided chilling detail in Trump impeachment hearings Friday of the “big threat” she felt upon suddenly being ousted from her post and learning President Donald Trump had denounced her in his July phone call with Ukraine’s president. In that call, Trump assailed her as “bad news” and said she was “going to go through some things.”

Congress to hear diplomat who overheard a key Trump call

  10:33am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department official who has drawn praise for speaking out in the past about problems in the Foreign Service is set to testify to House impeachment investigators about a conversation he overheard President Trump having about “investigations” in Ukraine.

Rough transcript of first Trump-Zelenskiy call released

  10:31am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday released the summary transcript of his April congratulatory call with Ukraine’s president-elect, the latest salvo in the White House effort to blunt Democratic allegations that Trump abused his power by pressuring a foreign leader to get involved in U.S. politics.

Bloomberg pouring $100M in anti-Trump ad campaign

  7:28am

NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is deciding whether to launch a Democratic presidential bid, is pouring $100 million into an online advertising campaign attacking President Donald Trump.

Diplomat built reputation as solid pro, but saw it sullied

  7:23am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine watched in disbelief as her reputation was publicly sullied in a slow-burning campaign to discredit her. She was unceremoniously ousted from her job even as her boss assured her she had done nothing wrong.

Justice department investigating Florida GOP congressman

  7:24am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Florida Rep. Ross Spano over accusations of campaign finance violations.


THURSDAY, NOV. 14
UT SPORTS

Tennessee men’s basketball signs 3 top-40 recruits

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has signed three top-40 prospects to produce a recruiting class ranked fourth nationally.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Despite female push, Garth Brooks bests Underwood at CMAs

The Country Music Association Awards almost fully honored and highlighted the women of country music — whose songs have been heavily dismissed on country radio over the years — until two words were uttered when they named its entertainer of the year: Garth Brooks.

List of winners at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Complete list of winners from the 2019 Country Music Association Awards, held Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Consumer Reports finds vehicle redesigns come with glitches

DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to buying a new car, the latest and greatest may not be the most dependable.

Automaker Daimler to save $1.54B by cutting manager posts

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Daimler says it plans to slash costs 1.4 billion euros ($1.54 billion) by cutting every tenth managerial position and other austerity measures.

Ferrari aims to entice new clients with Roma coupe

ROME (AP) — Ferrari has unveiled a new sports coupe aimed at enticing new buyers and competing with the Porsche 911, part of an overhaul of its model lineup by 2022.

HEALTH CARE

US experts back fish oil drug to prevent heart attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health advisers are recommending broader use of a prescription-strength fish oil drug to help prevent heart problems.

TECHNOLOGY

Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online.

HEALTH CARE
NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Pelosi says agreement on revamped NAFTA ‘imminent’

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wants to see Congress pass President Donald Trump’s revamped North American free trade deal this year.

S&P 500 ekes out record high after listless day of trading

A day of listless trading on Wall Street ended Thursday with another record high for the S&P 500.

Wall Street feuds with Warren, much to her apparent delight

NEW YORK (AP) — Senator Elizabeth Warren’s fight with Wall Street escalated when billionaire investor Leon Cooperman called the presidential candidate’s proposal to put a new tax on the nation’s wealthiest people a plan to “penalize success” and said her ideas “made no sense.”

US chickens headed to China after Beijing lifts 5-year ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — China is lifting a five-year ban on U.S. poultry, a goodwill gesture at a time when the world’s two biggest economies are trying to finalize a tentative trade deal.

Powell urges Congressional panel to tackle budget deficits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday urged Congress to tackle the growing budget deficit but also underscored the current health of the nation’s economy.

WeWork loses $1.25 billion in third quarter

NEW YORK (AP) — WeWork racked up $1.25 billion in losses in the third quarter as it geared up for, and ultimately scuttled, its debut as a public company.

US producer prices up 0.4% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices rose 0.4% in October, the biggest jump in six months, reflecting a surge in energy costs.

Walmart offers holiday cheer as traditional peers struggle

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is offering some holiday cheer heading into the crucial Christmas shopping season even as many of its traditional peers struggle.

COURTS

Trump wants Supreme Court to block subpoena for his taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to block a subpoena for his tax returns, in a test of the president’s ability to defy investigations.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Pelosi says Trump’s Ukraine actions amount to ‘bribery’

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are refining part of their impeachment case against the president to a simple allegation: Bribery.

Second US official heard Trump call with Sondland

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing a need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned.

Energy nominee distances himself from Ukraine investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deputy to outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers Thursday that he had no role in the Ukraine matters now at the heart of the House’s impeachment investigation as he tried to distance himself from the controversy with the Senate considering his Cabinet nomination.

Battle lines harden as Trump impeachment inquiry goes public

WASHINGTON (AP) — With historic impeachment hearings underway, Democrats and Republicans are hardening their arguments over the actions of President Donald Trump as they set out to win over a deeply polarized American public.

Next up in impeachment hearings: A parade of key witnesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several more witnesses scheduled to testify in the House impeachment hearings over the next week are expected to say they too worried about President Donald Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate Democrats as the U.S. withheld military aid from the country.

Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick announces Dem presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday he is running for president, making a late entry into the Democratic race less than three months before primary voting begins.

Poll: Americans struggle to recognize fact vs. fiction

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharply divided country, here's something many Americans agree on: It's hard to know what's a true and honest fact.

Brexit Party fails to clinch voting pact with Conservatives

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Brexit Party has failed to reach a tactical voting pact with the ruling Conservatives, saying Thursday that it will field 300 candidates in next month's election to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his promise of a clean break with the European Union.

New acting DHS head takes over; hard-liner named as deputy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest official to lead the Department of Homeland Security has been sworn in.

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