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VOL. 42 | NO. 13 | Friday, March 30, 2018

'He got in there and got pictures that no one else could have gotten'

Photojournalist John Partipilo on his career, new book, ‘Cuba: My World Ends Here’

Not everyone wants to be photographed. The homeless, gang members, certain religious groups, the disenfranchised, victims of crime and natural disaster, even the most private individuals among us.


Davy Crockett’s fine, but let’s not get carried away

The Tennessee General Assembly is making some monumental decisions these days – literally. Not only is the Legislature prepared to put a statue of Tennessee folk hero Davy Crockett in front of the State Capitol, replacing obscure Nashville politician Edward Carmack, it’s also likely to erect a monument, or memorial, to unborn children in the ongoing battle against abortion.

Don't like medical marijuana bill? Just wait for next version

Legislation decriminalizing medical marijuana in Tennessee could return to its original form, setting up a state commission to oversee use of the drug to treat debilitating illnesses. Any such move also could bring lobbyists back into the fold after they dropped support of the bill when its sponsor, Rep. Jeremy Faison, abruptly changed the bill and left onlookers flabbergasted.

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Deford Bailey’s legacy shines on in grandson

Using the shoe polish-stained, time-worn shine box his grandfather made in 1914, the Music City Shoe Shine Man works a sheen from the “Pink Elephant” auto lot exec’s shoes.


Spring break’s end means more houses on the market

Spring break presents problems for real estate on several levels. Many parents pack the children and leave town, while others must deal with children who are no longer in school and running about the house.


Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for February 2018

Top residential real estate sales,February 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Long-term US mortgage rates move little; 30-year at 4.44 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates moved little this week after a months-long stretch of increases.


Year of milestones continues for Predators

A rare recent losing streak may have slowed the Predators’ momentum, but it hasn’t overshadowed what has been the franchise’s best regular season to date. Through most of this milestone-filled season, the Preds have rattled off one accomplishment after another, seemingly writing a new piece of franchise history every few games.

Preds beat Sharks 5-3, set franchise record for most points

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators are having their best season yet — and are nowhere near satisfied.

Tolvanen watch ends with Predators signing 18-year-old Finn

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Eeli Tolvanen of Finland, the 30th pick overall last year, to an entry-level contract, adding the talented 18-year-old to a roster already sitting atop the NHL.


Dodson Parker names Yarbro managing partner

The law firm of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC, has selected Tyler Chance Yarbro as managing partner of the firm.


Dorman to expand in Portland, add 215 jobs

Dorman Products, an automotive parts manufacturer, will invest more than $55 million to expand operations in Robertson County.


Edmunds compares 5 best midsize pickup trucks

Full-size trucks such as the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 are hugely popular. But not everyone needs that much capability from a new pickup.


Your email marketing campaign is only as good as your list

One of the most cost-effective strategies for driving web traffic and generating online leads is email marketing. Unfortunately, most small and mid-sized companies have an email database filled mostly of current clients, business partners and other friends of the firm.


When, how should you ask your boss for more money?

Who wouldn’t like to make more money? If you’ve read my column before, you probably know that I’m an advocate of changing companies every three to five years for many industries. On top of gaining extra experience, switching has the potential to bump up your pay considerably.


Move to declare that God is the source of liberty advances

NASHVILLE (AP) — A resolution that would change the Tennessee Constitution to say that God is the source of liberty for the state's citizens is gaining momentum.


Out with old: new look unveiled for 20th season as Titans

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are heading into their 20th season with that nickname sporting a new look that wound up more of an update featuring some subtle changes.


Long-term US mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.40 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, benefiting potential homebuyers with the spring buying season underway.


Opioid addiction costs employers $2.6B a year for care

A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees' children.


Fiat Chrysler to spin off components business

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced it will spin off the Magneti Marelli components business as part of its five-year plan to be announced in June.


US stocks keep climbing as trade war fears recede

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. are rising Thursday morning and major indexes in Europe are jumping as global markets continue a rally that began late the previous day. Wall Street is getting more optimistic that a trade dispute between the U.S. and China, the two largest economies in the world, will be resolved without too much pain. Some of the biggest gains are going to technology companies, retailers and banks.

China leads global solar energy investment as US, Europe lag

BERLIN (AP) — A U.N.-backed report shows more money was invested in solar energy last year than in any other power source, with China responsible for much of the boom.

US trade gap rises 6th straight month to 9½-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose for the sixth straight month in February, reaching the highest level since October 2008 and defying President Donald Trump's efforts to rebalance America's lopsided trade with the rest of the world.

Analysis: Wall Street's patience with Trump has its limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than a year, Wall Street has largely ignored the unpredictability and chaos that has plagued Donald Trump's administration, confident that the businessman-turned-president's policies would juice the economy and that a team of mainstream advisers would keep more controversial proposals at bay.

From hour to hour, stock market swings have been dizzying

NEW YORK (AP) — Like a good thriller, you can't be sure where the stock market is headed these days until the very end.


White House refuses to defend EPA chief's conduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a marked change in tone, the White House says President Donald Trump is not OK with recent revelations involving the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump is $163B off on trade gap with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is off, way off, on the U.S. trade deficit with China.

'A point of crisis': Trump directs troops deployed to border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Asserting the situation had reached "a point of crisis," President Donald Trump signed a proclamation directing the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration and drug smuggling.


Harper leaving Senate after nearly 40 years of public service

After nearly 40 years of public service, state Sen. Thelma Harper has announced she would is not seeking re-election to the 19th Senatorial District.

Bill to reshape UT board of trustees goes to governor

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill backed by Gov. Bill Haslam that would reshape the University of Tennessee's board of trustees has passed.

Bump stock ban proposal fails in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — An effort by Democratic lawmakers to ban bump stocks in Tennessee has failed.


Ethics office: Congressman may have misused campaign funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman from Tennessee may have improperly converted more than $100,000 from his campaign committee and leadership political action committee into personal use over the past decade, according to an independent ethics office that asked the House Ethics Committee to review the matter.


Forsberg's goal with 0.6 left disallowed, Panthers top Preds

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Panthers coach Bob Boughner went from hopeful to desolate to elated in a matter of seconds.


Overtime pay rising as Nashville police work event security

NASHVILLE (AP) — Overtime pay for police in Tennessee's capital city has risen roughly $3 million in recent years and nearly all of the increase can be attributed to on-duty officers working security at special events often run by private organizers, including games of the NFL's Tennessee Titans and minor league baseball's Nashville Sounds.


CVS Health eyes kidney patients for next expansion into care

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — CVS Health is now planning to treat kidney failure patients, as the national drugstore chain continues to branch deeper into monitoring and providing care.


Facebook scandal affected more users than thought: up to 87M

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook revealed Wednesday that tens of millions more people might have been exposed in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal than previously thought and said it will restrict the user data that outsiders can access.

Facebook revamps privacy policy in heels of scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's new privacy policy aims to explain the data it gathers on users more clearly — but doesn't actually change what it collects and shares.

House panel says Facebook's Zuckerberg to testify April 11

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a House oversight panel on April 11 amid a privacy scandal that has roiled the social media giant, the panel announced Wednesday.


Stocks surge as market escapes early plunge on trade fears

NEW YORK (AP) — After an early jolt, stocks rallied and finished higher Wednesday as investors bet that back-and-forth tariff threats between the U.S. and China won't blossom into a bigger dispute that damages global commerce.

On the brink: US and China threaten tariffs as fears rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's two biggest economies stand at the edge of the most perilous trade conflict since World War II. Yet there's still time to pull back from the brink.

Kudlow suggests tariffs may not take effect

WASHINGTON (AP) — National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow is suggesting that proposed tariffs on Chinese imports may not ultimately go into effect.

US services firms grew at a slower pace in March

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. services firms expanded at a slower clip in March compared to the prior month, but growth levels still appear to be solid.

China triggers WTO dispute mechanism

WASHINGTON (AP) — China says it has made a "request for consultations" at the World Trade Organization in response to U.S. tariffs against Chinese products.

China lists $50B of US goods it might hit with 25% tariff

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday issued a $50 billion list of U.S. goods including soybeans and small aircraft for possible tariff hikes in an escalating and potentially damaging technology dispute with Washington.

Survey: US businesses add a healthy 241,000 jobs in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies hired 241,000 new workers in March, a solid total that suggests the already-low unemployment rate may be headed lower in the coming months.

Bahrain's largest oil find estimated at 80 billion barrels

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The small island-nation of Bahrain says its largest ever discovery of oil amounts to an estimated 80 billion barrels.

Europe's jobless rate lowest since 2008 amid recovery

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's economic recovery is rolling ahead, driving down unemployment to the lowest in nearly a decade. But lagging inflation means the European Central Bank will be in no hurry to end its stimulus efforts.


Trump wants US military to secure border until wall is built

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, annoyed by the lack of progress on fulfilling the signature promise of his campaign, said he wants to use the military to secure the U.S.-Mexico border until his "big, beautiful wall" is erected.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump cites questionable job approval rating

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pointing to a 50 percent job approval rating that may not fully comport with reality.


Tennessee medical marijuana bill dead for the year

NASHVILLE (AP) — One of the lead sponsors of a medical marijuana bill in Tennessee has withdrawn the measure after telling lawmakers that the legislation has been so watered down that passing it would actually be more harmful, especially to patients.

Legislature passes plan to help domestic violence victims

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Legislature has passed a bill that would make it easier for domestic violence victims to get off the cellphone plans of their abusers and have rights transferred to themselves.


Panel discussion on sex trafficking set for MTSU

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University will host a panel discussion on sex trafficking this week.


Predators sign Westerholm to 3-year, entry-level deal

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Niclas Westerholm to a three-year, entry-level contract that begins in 2018.

OL Quinton Spain signs tender to remain with Titans

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Quinton Spain has signed his restricted free-agent tender, a move that enables the Titans to keep their starting left guard from last season.

Titans agree to terms with former Redskins LB Will Compton

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with linebacker Will Compton, who spent the last five seasons with the Washington Redskins.


States, cities sue US government over census question

NEW YORK (AP) — Seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities sued the U.S. government Tuesday, saying the addition of a citizenship demand to the census questionnaire is unconstitutional.


Auto sales increase in March; Nissan down, GM up 15.7%

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales grew 6.3 percent in March on rising sales of SUVs and pickup trucks.

Tesla raises production but falls short of Model 3 goals

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Inc. increased production of its Model 3 mass-market car in the first quarter but still fell far short of the numbers it promised last summer.

GM to halt monthly sales reports and switch to quarters

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will stop reporting its sales figures every month and instead will post the numbers each quarter.


Facebook asks users if they think it's 'good for the world'

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is asking users whether they think it's "good for the world" in a poll sent to an unspecified number of people.

Gay dating app Grindr shared HIV status with other companies

NEW YORK (AP) — The gay dating app Grindr has acknowledged sharing its users' HIV status with two companies.


Stocks jump late, clawing back ground lost on trade fears

NEW YORK (AP) — Banks, retailers, health care and energy companies climbed Tuesday as U.S. stocks regained much of what they lost in a steep drop a day earlier. Several big technology companies including Apple also recovered.

Agents arrest designer of Kansas water slide that killed boy

DALLAS (AP) — One of the designers of a massive Kansas water park slide that decapitated a 10-year-old boy has been arrested in Texas, federal authorities said Tuesday.

Sky News could be sold to Disney under new plan

LONDON (AP) — Sky News could be sold to Walt Disney or completely ring-fenced in concessions put forward Tuesday by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox as it seeks to bolster its chances of taking full control of the U.K. satellite broadcaster Sky.

Spotify wins more fans in stock market debut as shares surge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Spotify picked up more fans on Wall Street on Tuesday as investors gave the unprofitable company a warm welcome in its stock market debut.


Facing heat at home, GOP leaders may rescind some spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Republicans run into a buzz saw of conservative criticism over a deficit-expanding new budget, GOP leaders and the White House are looking for ways to undo the damage by allowing President Donald Trump to rescind some of the spending he signed into law just 10 days ago.

Trump administration seeks to close immigration 'loopholes'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials said they're crafting a new legislative package aimed at closing immigration "loopholes" after the president called on Republican lawmakers to immediately pass a border bill using the "Nuclear Option if necessary" to muscle it through.

Trump blasts news media as 'fakers', defends Sinclair

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is starting the day with tweets criticizing broadcast news media as "fakers."


Predators sign forward Tanner Jeannot to entry-level deal

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Tanner Jeannot to a three-year, entry-level contract that begins in the 2018-19 season.

Forsberg has 2 goals, assist as Predators beat Lightning 4-1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Filip Forsbeg came up big for the Nashville Predators in his return after sitting out a game.


US construction spending grew just 0.1 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects ticked up a mere 0.1 percent in February from the prior month, a sign that a growing economy is doing little to spur a more rapid pace for building homes, hospitals and highways.


Supreme Court rules for car dealerships in overtime case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that car dealerships' service advisers, like car salesmen and mechanics, are exempt under federal law from overtime pay requirements.


EPA to ease back emissions standards

Environmental regulators announced on Monday they will ease emissions standards for cars and trucks, saying that a timeline put in place by President Obama was not appropriate and set standards "too high."

NTSB "unhappy" over Tesla crash statement

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is "unhappy" about Tesla's decision to release information in a fatal crash investigation involving its Autopilot system.


Tech woes, worsening tensions with China sink US stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled Monday after China raised import duties on a number of U.S. exports, bringing the two economic giants closer to a full-on trade conflict. Big technology companies, long investor favorites, suffered heavy losses.

US vs. China: a 'slap-fight,' not a trade war. So far

WASHINGTON (AP) — First, the United States imposed a tax on Chinese steel and aluminum. Then, China counterpunched Monday with tariffs on a host of U.S. products, including apples, pork and ginseng.

Pace of US factory growth slipped in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers say they expanded at a slower pace in March, with many factories saying they're having a tough time getting supplies in order to meet demand from customers.

China raises tariffs on US pork, fruit in trade dispute

BEIJING (AP) — China raised import duties on a $3 billion list of U.S. pork, apples and other products Monday in an escalating dispute with Washington over trade and industrial policy.

AP analysis: Blacks largely left out among high-paying jobs

BOSTON (AP) — Jonathan Garland's fascination with architecture started early: He spent much of his childhood designing Lego houses and gazing at Boston buildings on rides with his father away from their largely minority neighborhood.


Trump calls for border legislation using 'nuclear option'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump continued to rage over immigration Monday, calling on Congress to pass border legislation using the "Nuclear Option if necessary."

White House goes on attack over Shulkin's claim he was fired

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is hitting back at former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin for claiming that he was fired from his job and that he was only informed about it shortly before President Donald Trump tweeted about his replacement.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump extols work on wall that isn't underway

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trumpeting the start of his U.S.-Mexico border wall, but no new work on it is underway. Photos he sent with his tweet last week showed the continuation of an old project to replace 2 miles of existing barrier.


Tennessee Library for the Blind gets new name

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has a new name.


Audit: Tennessee Valley Authority's $17M planes unjustified

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The $17.7 million the Tennessee Valley Authority spent on two corporate planes was not justified, an internal audit said.


Vols' Schofield enters name in draft, doesn't hire agent

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield has decided to enter his name into the NBA draft without hiring an agent, which gives him the option to return for his senior season.


Grammy-winning country songwriter Kenny O'Dell dies at 73

NASHVILLE (AP) — Grammy Award-winning songwriter Kenny O'Dell has died. O'Dell was 73.


House narrowly OKs University of Tennessee board overhaul

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican-led state House has narrowly approved a bill that would reshape the University of Tennessee's board of trustees.

Medicaid chief: Work requirements assessed 'case by case'

NASHVILLE (AP) — The federal Medicaid leader has declined to say whether imposing work requirements on certain beneficiaries is better suited for states that expanded Medicaid than those that didn't, saying her agency is assessing state proposals case-by-case.


Walmart reportedly eyes deal with insurer Humana

Walmart may be looking to dive deeper into the rapidly evolving health care market by acquiring the insurer Humana, according to The Wall Street Journal.


California judge rules that coffee requires cancer warning

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coffee sellers in California should have to post warnings because the brew may contain an ingredient that's been linked to cancer, a judge has ruled.

Judge dismisses Exxon lawsuit against climate change probe

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by Exxon Mobil aimed at stopping an investigation by New York and Massachusetts officials into whether the oil giant misled investors and the public about its knowledge of climate change and how the issue could affect its business.


Trump EPA expected to roll back auto gas mileage standards

DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration is expected to announce soon that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards that were a pillar in the Obama administration's plans to combat climate change.


Facebook says it's making progress in election preparedness

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it is making progress weeding out fake accounts and fake news on its service. The moves are aimed at preventing election interference ahead of the U.S. midterms.

Facebook's limits on using data brokers won't stop tracking

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's decision to stop working with third-party data collectors might earn it public-relations points, but it does little to protect your privacy.


Asian shares track tech, consumer stocks' rally on Wall St

Shares rose in Asia on Friday after technology and consumer-focused stocks led an overnight rally on Wall Street, marking a dramatic end to the market's most volatile quarter in more than two years. Most world markets were closed for Good Friday.

Soybean acres to exceed corn for the first time in 35 years

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Corn has been dethroned as the king of crops as farmers reported Thursday they intend to plant more soybeans than corn for the first time in 35 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its annual prospective planting report.

Consumer spending up in Feb; jobless claims at 45-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending just 0.2 percent in February, while their incomes were boosted by increased wages and business owners' income.

Barclays to pay $2 billion to US to settle mortgage suit

NEW YORK (AP) — British bank Barclays became the latest big bank to reach a multi-billion dollar settlement with U.S. authorities over its role in the subprime mortgage bubble and subsequent financial crisis. But in a rare and notable move, U.S. authorities went further to fine two individual bankers as part of their alleged role in the subprime mortgage crisis.

President Trump goes after a favorite target, Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump took another shot at Amazon.com Thursday, tweeting that the online retailer pays "little or no taxes" and that it uses the U.S. Postal Service as "their Delivery Boy."

The next Kirkland? Online retailers create their own brands

NEW YORK (AP) — In Andrea Bright's home, Kleenex tissues, Charmin toilet paper and Glad trash bags have all been replaced by one brand: Prince & Spring.


AP FACT CHECK: Science contradicts EPA warming memo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate scientists say an internal U.S. Environmental Protection Agency memo on how officials should talk to the public about global warming doesn't reflect reality.

Fired VA secretary says privatization advocates doomed him

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is blaming his sudden ouster from the Trump administration on "political forces" that he says are bent on privatizing the agency and putting "companies with profits" over the care of veterans.

Trump emerging from seclusion to promote infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attempting a policy reset, President Donald Trump will push for upgrades to the nation's aging roads and bridges Thursday in his first public appearance since an adult-film actress claimed on national TV that they had sex months after his wife gave birth to his fifth child.

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