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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.

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Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Music City Walk of Fame on Nashville’s Music Mile is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration and made a significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City. Grammy-winning artist Amy Grant and renowned Nashville philanthropist Martha Ingram will receive stars on the Music City Walk of Fame during an induction ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday at Walk of Fame Park. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Legislature passes law to ensure charter school quality

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that revamps state charter school law by requiring the publicly funded but privately run schools to be evaluated based on their performance.

Senate to vote on criminal records bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate could be voting on a bill on Thursday that would make it easier for people with low-level criminal convictions to get their records wiped clean.


Boyd raises $1.25M in donations for Tennessee gov's race

NASHVILLE (AP) — Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd's campaign says it has raised $1.25 million for the Republican's gubernatorial bid.


Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.03 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark 30-year rate pushed back above the key threshold of 4 percent.


Sirius XM profit rises 20 percent as subscriber numbers grow

NEW YORK (AP) — Internet radio broadcaster Sirius XM said Thursday its profit rose 20 percent in the first three months of the year as it added more subscribers.


US stock indexes tick higher in a mixed day for markets

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes ticked higher on Thursday, part of a mixed day for markets around the world.

US unemployment claims tick up but remain at low level

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remained at a low level that suggests most workers enjoy job security.


Why Trump tax cut may not deliver the boost White House says

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's team boasted Wednesday that its tax-cut plan would lighten Americans' financial burdens, ignite economic growth and vastly simplify tax filing.

Trump tax plan leaves Congress, Ryan with heavy lift

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress, while ignoring years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul Ryan.

White House: Trump will not immediately bolt NAFTA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not immediately pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.

FCC chief lays out attack on 'net neutrality' rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality.

Door seems closed completely to Trump tax returns release

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, says Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters.


Fitzhugh's $250M education fund faces long odds

Legislation by House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh seeking to create a $250 million education fund may have to fit through the eye of a needle to get into the governor’s $37 billion budget plan.

Tennessee school bus seat belt bill placed in budget limbo

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee bill to require seat belts in new school buses bought after July 2019 is in budget limbo while lawmakers examine the cost and whether the state will cover it.

Pilot voucher program for Shelby postponed in House until next year

Questions about student testing within a proposed pilot voucher bill affecting Shelby County Schools forced the bill’s sponsor to postpone it until next year.

Lawyers: Proposed rule could block public from court records

NASHVILLE (AP) — Lawyers for several media organizations are raising concerns that that a proposed new court rule could bar both citizens and the press from getting court records.

Tennessee passes sign language bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Legislature has passed a measure that allows students to take American Sign Language and get credit for their foreign language requirements.


State to auction off 2 acres of properties near Capitol

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than two acres of state-owned properties in downtown Nashville are being auctioned off in June.

Nashville considers cheaper downtown parking for musicians

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville music executive and metro councilman is proposing cheaper parking rates for musicians who play their music in Lower Broadway honky-tonk bars and elsewhere downtown.


TVA to eliminate handguns from nuclear power plant security

SPRING CITY (AP) — Tennessee Valley Authority security officers at nuclear power plants will soon be prohibited from carrying handguns.


VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector.

Insurer Anthem hands feds deadline on crucial ACA subsidies

Health insurers are pressing President Donald Trump and Congress to guarantee a crucial customer subsidy for the Affordable Care Act's shaky insurance exchanges, and one of the biggest carriers has thrown in its participation as bargaining chip.


Stock indexes wobble as White House unveils tax plan

LONDON (AP) — Global stocks were subdued Thursday as investors assessed the scant details of President Donald Trump's U.S. tax overhaul. The Bank of Japan and European Central Bank kept their policies on hold as expected, though the euro took a modest hit when ECB President Mario Draghi said he wasn't confident that inflation across the 19-country eurozone was heading toward target.

Trump tweets don't help: 1st Twitter revenue drop since IPO

NEW YORK (AP) — You'd think Twitter would be able to milk its status as President Donald Trump's megaphone. But the company still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit and even reported a quarterly revenue decline Wednesday, a first since going public.


Trump proposes dramatic tax cuts for companies big and small

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in the taxes paid by corporations big and small Wednesday in an overhaul his administration says will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America's middle class. But his ambitious plan alarmed lawmakers who worry about ballooning federal deficits.

Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters.

Trump proposing 'biggest tax cut' in US history

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing "the biggest tax cut" ever, even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfill his promises to stimulate job creation and middle class prosperity.

Massive Trump tax cuts face big hurdles as debt mounts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing tax cuts for individuals and businesses even as Washington struggles with mounting debt and the populist president tries to make good on promises to bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class.

All in the Family: Trump mixes family, governing, business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not since John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby to be attorney general and his brother-in-law as director of the Peace Corps has a president leaned so heavily on his family. Even Donald Trump's 5-year-old granddaughter Arabella has pitched in.


Governor’s supplemental budget a ‘jumpstart’ for road projects

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris calls the governor’s $125 million supplemental budget a “strong foundation” for completing work on the IMPROVE Act.

Haslam budget update includes $50M for new state library

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed budget amendment includes $50 million for a new Tennessee State Library and Archives building.

Tennessee lawmakers give final approval to Haslam's roads bill

Wrapping up wide-ranging legislation that dominated the opening year of the 110th General Assembly, the House concurred Monday with the Senate’s IMPROVE Act, inserting a $7 million measure to increase property tax breaks for veterans.

Tennessee AG to defend abortion bill if it becomes law

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee attorney general's office says it would defend an amended abortion bill in court if it becomes law, despite previously calling the legislation's key restrictions "constitutionally suspect."

House OKs 23 hours of alcohol sales at 2 Nashville bars

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

Tennessee House OKs bill opening officer shooting records

The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday requiring records about officer-involved shooting deaths be open to the public.


Virtual reality, apps add interactivity to music videos

NASHVILLE (AP) — More musicians are using new technology, including 360-degree cameras, virtual reality musical experiences and vertical videos, to reach the smartphone generation of music fans who are discovering new music on their phones and tablets.


Authorities: Former Franklin banker Cox pleads guilty in deception

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former executive of a now-defunct Franklin-based bank has pleaded guilty to lying to federal regulators.

Former Boy Scout leader pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

NASHVILLE (AP) — A former Boy Scout leader in Nashville has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing several boys.


US new-home sales climb to 8-month high in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes shot up in March to the fastest pace in 8 months, as more Americans are upgrading their houses in a positive sign for the broader economy.

US home prices rise at the fastest pace in nearly 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose steadily upward in February as more homebuyers chased fewer available properties, a trend that many analysts say may not be sustainable.


Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results.


Fiat-Chrysler, Google begin offering rides in self-driving cars

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership.


Hardball health care option may cost Trump and taxpayers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Counting down to a budget deadline, the White House has toyed with a hardball health care tactic to force Democrats to yield on President Donald Trump's priorities.


Healthy profits push stocks higher yet; Nasdaq crosses 6,000

NEW YORK (AP) — Profits are climbing for companies, and so are their stock prices. More big businesses joined the earnings parade Tuesday, saying their profits were even larger in the first three months of the year than analysts were expecting, including Caterpillar and McDonald's.

US consumer confidence dips in April but remains strong

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence slipped in April but remains at high levels.

Gannett posts first-quarter loss of $2.1 million

NEW YORK (AP) — Gannett Co. posted a first-quarter loss as its costs rose, but it still beat Wall Street expectations as acquisitions drove revenue higher.


GOP budget hawks open to Trump tax plan despite deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans who slammed the growing national debt under Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday they are open to President Donald Trump's tax plan, even though it could add trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.

Official estimate could upend Trump tax plan before release

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new congressional estimate could upend President Donald Trump's tax plan even before he releases it.

Voices from around the world consider Trump's first 100 days

It was the most stunning political victory of the 21st century, one that brought shocked concern in many parts of the world and cheers in others. One uncontroversial certainty was that it would cause reverberations around the globe.

Trump's 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow.

Trump's Mar-a-Lago loses State Department promotion posting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has removed its promotional posting about President Donald Trump's Florida resort, after a storm of ethics criticism.


State Rep. rips Achievement School District for hiring felon

State Rep. Antonio Parkinson is renewing his call for an end to the Achievement School District amid revelations a charter school operator hired a convicted felon to run Lester Prep in Memphis.

Tennessee lawmakers expected to give final OK to roads bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House is poised to 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.


Republican Bill Lee joining Tennessee governor's race

NASHVILLE (AP) — Franklin businessman Bill Lee says he's jumping into the Tennessee governor's race.


Chobani yogurt company sues right-wing radio host Alex Jones

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Greek yogurt giant Chobani is suing right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company.

Group sues to challenge Nashville affordable housing policy

NASHVILLE (AP) — A free-market think tank is suing Nashville's government over a new policy to expand affordable housing.

FBI-investigated Nashville judge to receive $4,500 pension

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville judge Casey Moreland will receive more than $4,500 monthly through a pension. He resigned in March after being charged in an ongoing FBI investigation.


Justices turn away GM appeal over ignition switches

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs' attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims.


Magnifique: Investors applaud French vote with stock rally

NEW YORK (AP) — Vive le rally. U.S. stocks joined a worldwide surge higher Monday after the first round of France's presidential election raised expectations that the European Union will hold together. A candidate seen as pro-business won the most votes Sunday, and many investors expect him to win a runoff against the remaining anti-EU candidate, which is set for May 7.

Farmers fear deportation of workers could hurt livelihood

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.


Border wall, health care jeopardize bill days from shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Partisan disputes over health care and President Donald Trump's border wall threw must-pass spending legislation into jeopardy Monday days ahead of a government shutdown deadline.

US Treasury secretary: Tax cuts won't raise budget deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the administration's tax reform will generate so much economic growth that the budget deficit will be held in check.

Senate set to confirm Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary with bipartisan support.

Trump at 100 days: 'It's a different kind of presidency'

WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions.

Transcript of AP interview with Trump

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording was unintelligible are used.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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