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VOL. 40 | NO. 34 | Friday, August 19, 2016

Marketing Mariota

Can Alan Zucker do for Titans QB what he’s done for Mannings, Taylor Swift & Danica Patrick?

As an NFL quarterback, Sunday is show time for Marcus Mariota. That’s when he suits up and does everything in his power to help the Tennessee Titans win football games.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Matlock the ‘truth,’ ‘justice’ candidate for House speaker

Republican state Rep. Jimmy Matlock insists his quest for the House Speaker’s post is not a challenge of Beth Harwell’s leadership.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Retirement means little in Trotter’s shop

A major shearing finished, neck hairs obliterated, retired barber Joe Trotter uses a cotton square to dab Cool Mint Antiseptic on the head of Sean Allen, who has dropped in at the retirement haven that is 1505 Jefferson Street.

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EVENTS

Nashville Originals’ Restaurant Week. A biannual event sponsored by Nashville Originals, Restaurant Week is a way to enjoy Nashville’s unique local dining establishments. Participating downtown restaurants include Capitol Grille, 55 South, Americano, blvd, Caffe Nonna, Cork & Cow, Elliston Place Soda Shop, Fleet Street Pub, Flyte, Germantown Café, Harvest at Homestead, Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse, Midtown Cafe, Midtown Cafe, Nonna’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar, Pineapple Room Restaurant at Cheekwood, Puckett’s Boat House, Puckett’s Franklin, Puckett’s 5th & Church, Red Pony, Rumours East, Scout’s Pub, Table 3, Tin Angel, Watermark, Wild Iris. Participating restaurants will feature special prices and menus throughout the week and across mealtimes. Complete list of participating restaurants at http://nashvilleoriginals.com

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Sales down, prices soar for both houses, condos

July sales are off 3.3 percent from 2015, sales figures from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors reveal, while inventory is down from 13,728 to 12,238, slightly more than 10 percent.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for July 2016

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

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 3.43 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, remaining at historically low levels as a potential spur to home purchases.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Credit Mariota’s maturity for Murray touchdown run

One of the most electrifying plays of the Tennessee Titans preseason opening win should make fans feeling much better about the team for the coming season.

Inauspicious Titans QB streak on the line

If Marcus Mariota avoids the injury bug and remains the Titans starting quarterback for the better part or all of 2016, he would end a most frustrating streak that has haunted the franchise for nearly a decade.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Hendersonville's Hurd eyes the record

Jalen Hurd knows right where he stands among Tennessee’s running backs of the past and wants to be No. 1 in career rushing yards at the end of the 2016 season.

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart to retire in June 2017

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart will retire next summer after a tumultuous tenure that included consolidation of the men's and women's athletic departments, improvements in fundraising and facilities and the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit.

NEWSMAKERS

Public schools Hall honorees announced

Renata Soto, co-founder and executive director of Conexión Américas, will receive the Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award at the Nashville Public Education Foundation’s 12th annual Public Schools Hall of Fame luncheon on Oct. 17.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

GMC Sierra pairs off-road attitude, elegant styling

The 2016 GMC Sierra full-size pickup truck combines an off-road attitude in its new All-Terrain X package and an elegant vibe with subtly freshened front and rear styling.

FAMILY TRAVEL

Miles of driving pay off with arrival in the Mile High City

Get out of Dodge. That was the only thing on my mind as we pulled out of downtown Dodge City, Kansas, and pointed the rental car north through the amber waves of grain that stretched for miles on both sides of the two-lane highway in rural Kansas.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Want positive referrals? 4 proven plays to get them

It’s not news that creating an active referral pipeline is a game-changer for B2B sales teams. A recent Nielsen consumer insights survey revealed that up to 92 percent of people trust word-of-mouth recommendations from friends more than any other form of advertising.

CAREER CORNER

When is late too late to change your career path?

Our age can be a big concern, especially if we’re looking for a job. Of the job seekers I speak to, approximately 25 percent of them have real concerns about their age.

I SWEAR

Artwork defacer was only following instructions

The bus arrived at Nuremberg’s Neues Museum. That would be in Germany. A group disembarked. Among them was a 91-year-old woman, whose name has not been released at this time. For purposes of this column, we shall call her Frau K.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Hot days, cool salads and cooler desserts

Are we hot enough yet? I am. The heat has been relentless; however, I have enjoyed the late-afternoon showers we have occasionally. I would like for those to keep on coming. So far, with the showers, they have kept the dog days of August from looking dogged-tired.

MIDSTATE

Justin Timberlake added as partner to Franklin's Pilgrimage Festival

NASHVILLE (AP) — Justin Timberlake is a new partner and producer of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in the same Tennessee community where he lives.

Haslam to tout Tennessee Promise program at Columbia State

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting Columbia State Community College on Tuesday to welcome back students participating in his Tennessee Promise program that offers free tuition at the state's two-year colleges.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville police officer decommissioned after DUI arrest

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials say a Metro Nashville police officer has been decommissioned following his DUI arrest.

The Tennessean to sell longtime Nashville offices

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessean is putting its longtime offices in downtown Nashville up for sale.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW says it's reached agreement to resolve supplier dispute

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says it has reached an agreement with two suppliers in a dispute that forced the company to suspend production of some models in Germany.

REAL ESTATE

US new-home sales climb to best level since late 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Modest but steady gains for US indexes; homebuilders soar

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted modest gains on Tuesday, bringing indexes nearly back to the record levels they reached last week. Homebuilders rose sharply following a big jump in sales of new homes last month, and Best Buy soared after the electronics retailer reported a surge in profit as online sales increased.


MONDAY, AUGUST 22
STATEWIDE

Tennessee board shifts gas station cleanup costs

NASHVILLE (AP) — Since Gov. Bill Haslam took office, a Tennessee board that enforces environmental rules has eased the burden of business owners to pay for cleaning up toxic spills at gas stations and truck stops.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW urged to solve supplier dispute as plants affected

BERLIN (AP) — A legal dispute between Volkswagen and two suppliers has forced the carmaker to suspend production of some models, affecting nearly 28,000 workers and drawing calls from the German government for a quick solution.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end mostly lower in quiet trade; oil prices decline

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed slightly lower in quiet trading Monday after drifting most of the day between gains and losses. Energy companies fell along with the price of oil while biotechnology and drug companies rose after Pfizer announced it was buying a cancer drug maker.

Speedo USA, 2 other sponsors drop Lochte after Rio incident

Ryan Lochte lost three major sponsors when swimsuit company Speedo USA, clothing giant Ralph Lauren and skin-care firm Syneron-Candela announced in quick succession Monday they were dumping the swimmer over a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics that he initially described as an armed robbery.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
COURTS

Bivins elected as new Tennessee Supreme Court chief justice

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Jeff Bivins will take over as chief justice next month.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Knox Democrats select replacement for convicted lawmaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — Knox County Democrats have chosen a nominee to replace longtime incumbent Rep. Joe Armstrong, who was convicted of filing a false tax return in a federal trial earlier this month.

STATEWIDE

Nashville-to-Memphis flights coming; first time since 2013

NASHVILLE (AP) - Travelers going between Nashville and Memphis will have the opportunity to fly commercial for the first time in three years beginning next month.

Tennessee scrambles to avoid losing $60M in road money

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee officials are scrambling to avoid losing $60 million in federal road funding because of a new state law that runs afoul of zero-tolerance standards for underage drivers who have been drinking.

Cooper: GOP's underage DUI law could endanger road funding

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper on Friday criticized Tennessee Republicans for changes to the state's underage drunken driving law that could lead to a loss of $60 million in federal highway funding.

Black bear population growing in Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says the population of black bears in middle Tennessee has been growing.

MIDSTATE

Tennessee revokes church status of ministry, issues $5K fine

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state of Tennessee has revoked the church status of a Williamson County ministry and fined it $5,000.

ACLU settles lawsuit over 'Some People Are Gay' T-shirt

NASHVILLE (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has settled a federal lawsuit sparked by a student's T-shirt in support of gay rights.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville marijuana decriminalization bill goes to committee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Nashville has cleared its first hurdle in the Metro Council.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Self-driving Uber cars to carry passenger soon in Pittsburgh

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a few weeks, Uber will start using self-driving cars to carry passengers in Pittsburgh, raising the stakes in an intensifying race to deploy autonomous vehicles.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks take small losses as energy companies slide

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks took small losses Friday to end a quiet week of trading. Energy companies fell as a rally in oil prices faded and investors continue to sell the safe assets they favored earlier this year. Technology and materials companies made small gains.

Obama administration to phase out some private prison use

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration announced Thursday it will phase out its use of some private prisons, affecting thousands of federal inmates and immediately sending shares of the two publicly traded prison operators plunging.

Harley-Davidson to pay $15 million over clean air violations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. agreed Thursday to pay $15 million to settle a U.S. government complaint over racing tuners that caused its motorcycles to emit higher-than-allowed levels of air pollution.

T-Mobile axes data limits, but low-data users might pay more

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is getting rid of data limits for new customers, while making unlimited data plans cheaper.

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