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VOL. 42 | NO. 3 | Friday, January 19, 2018

VU, UT researchers offer hope for Alzheimer’s grip

VUMC’s Newhouse: ‘We are poised to make some very big steps’

Few diseases are feared more than Alzheimer’s, a progressive brain disorder that steals memories, leaves no survivors and has no cure or real treatment.

Memory care facilities booming as dementia grips boomers

To Allen Curtis, the signs of dementia in his father were subtle … until the day they weren’t.

Alzheimer’s disease by the numbers

Alzheimer’s disease currently affects at least 5.2 million Americans, including about 110,000 Tennesseans. That number is expected to reach 14-16 million people by 2050 as more member of the baby boom generation reach 65, the age at which risk of developing Alzheimer’s begins to increase.

Take action against Alzheimer’s

Get informed: The Alzheimer’s Association is the primary organization offering education, support and referrals to Alzheimer’s sufferers and their caregivers. You can learn more about the illness and get help at www.alz.org/altn or its 24-hour helpline at 1-800-272-3900. The National Institute on Aging is an excellent resource to learn about the disease and keep up with the latest scientific developments. Its website is www.nia.nih.gov

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN


Nashville Boat Show. This year’s show has more than 180,000 square feet of boats and accessories along with educational opportunities and fun for all ages and experience levels. Music City Center, 201 5th Ave. S. Thursday, 2-9 p.m., Friday, noon-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee: $12; Free for children 12 and younger. Information: www.nashvilleboatshow.com/

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Despite need, expanding health care not in cards


Springfield resident Felicity Palma struggled mightily when she moved to Tennessee from Florida two years ago after suffering health problems and losing her job.

Anti-abortion 'heartbeat bill' revived despite like-minded opposition


An East Tennessee lawmaker is trying breathe life into his “heartbeat bill” this session of the General Assembly despite an odd mix of opposition from pro-life forces and Democrats.

Bill pushes prosecution for improper transcript changes


With a grade-changing scandal at Trezevant High rocking Shelby County Schools, Rep. Antonio Parkinson is pushing legislation designed to put a harsh “deterrent” on illicit transcript changes: criminal prosecution.


Cobbler’s life: Moving, adapting, passing it along

The lanky, country bassist knows cowboy boots demonstrate both the soles and the soul of his craft, so he’s not going to entrust them to just any old shoe repairman.


Making sense of Midstate’s record real estate numbers

The Nashville area set a new record for home sales in 2017 with 40,482, Greater Nashville Realtors statistics show, a number so strong it might have evoked a “Whoa Nelly!” from revered and now-departed sportscaster Keith Jackson.


Middle Tennessee's $1M-plus residential transactions for 2017


There were 735 homes selling for $1 million or more in Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Sumner and Wilson counties in 2017, according to Chandler Reports.

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for December 2017

Top residential real estate sales, December 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for 2017

2017 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson and Rutherford counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for December 2017

December 2017 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson and Rutherford counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Long-term mortgage rates rise: 30-year hits 4.04 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates on long-term home loans rose this week to the highest level in months.


Mularkey couldn’t see what most others could

Mike Mularkey is loyal to his coaches and his coaching philosophies, though probably to a fault, as it appears that was a huge part of why he was fired as the Tennessee Titans head coach on Monday morning.


Vanderbilt seniors taking one for program

The past has been good to Vanderbilt’s men’s basketball team. The future looks outstanding. It’s the present, however, that’s not so pretty, which is the challenge facing Commodores seniors Matthew Fisher-Davis, Riley LaChance and Jeff Roberson.


Littler elevates Rosenblatt to Nashville shareholder

Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has named Rachel Ross Rosenblatt a shareholder in its Nashville office. Rosenblatt is one of 28 attorneys elected to shareholder status across Littler’s U.S. offices, effective January 1, 2018.


Nashville region 8th on Milken Index

The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin area is the eighth-best-performing city in the U.S., according to the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities 2017 Index.


What’s next: Top car tech trends from CES 2018

Artificial intelligence that controls your infotainment screen. A vehicle that can read your brain. Cars that can see around blind corners. These are some of the automotive tech highlights of Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


Amazon narrows list to 20 for its second headquarters

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon narrowed its search for a second headquarters city Thursday to 20 locations – including Nashville – concentrated mostly in the East and the Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, as the company kept its international options open.


Haile named Tennessee Senate speaker pro tempore


NASHVILLE (AP) — State Sen. Ferrell Haile will take over duties as Tennessee Senate speaker pro tempore.

2 Tennessee Republicans introduce medical marijuana bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to make medical marijuana legal in Tennessee, but only in oil-based products.


Salesman says he told truck stop president about fraud


CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A former sales executive for the truck stop chain Pilot Flying J has testified that he told the company's former president colleagues had cheated a trucking company.


Tennessee agrees on sales tax for short-term rentals


NASHVILLE (AP) — Airbnb will now be able to collect and pay sales tax on behalf of its renters in Tennessee.

State gives grants for digital literacy, broadband adoption


NASHVILLE (AP) — The state of Tennessee has announced dozens of grants to improve computer and online skills and access to broadband services at libraries.


Smith's shootout goal leads Predators past Coyotes 3-2


NASHVILLE (AP) — Despite missing the first three months of the season, Ryan Ellis looks to be in top form already for the Predators.


South awaits thaw from snowstorm, icy roads and numbing cold


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Southerners awaited a big thaw that would end days of icy roads, broken pipes, snow and numbing cold after a fierce winter storm blasted their normally mild region.


14 automakers list more models in Takata recall

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have released models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.


Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high medicine prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs.

Trump protecting medical providers who oppose abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to solidify its standing with social conservatives, the Trump administration is creating an office to protect the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion.


US stock indexes veer mostly higher in afternoon trading


Retailers and consumer goods companies led U.S. stock indexes mostly higher in afternoon trading Friday as the market recouped some of its modest losses from a day earlier. Energy companies were the biggest laggard as the price of crude oil declined. Investors were monitoring developments in Washington ahead of a possible federal government shutdown this weekend.

Amazon boosts monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent


NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is boosting the price of its monthly Prime membership fees for new and existing members by nearly 20 percent.

US oil output is booming and seen outpacing Saudis, Russia


PARIS (AP) — U.S. oil production is booming and is forecast to top that of heavyweight Saudi Arabia and rival Russia this year, a global energy agency said Friday.

Seeing global "packaging problem" Coke vows to cut waste


ATLANTA (AP) — Recognizing a global waste problem, Coca-Cola will attempt to collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one that it sells within 12 years.

Good dog, bad dog ... Delta wants to know before you board


DALLAS (AP) — Delta Air Lines says for safety reasons it will require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it's trained to behave itself.

Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting.

Of Mutual Interest: Rising bond yields, growing questions

NEW YORK (AP) — Higher bond yields are finally here, and investors have to consider what, if any, changes to make to their portfolios.

Developer says it's moving forward with Keystone XL pipeline

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline announced Thursday that it will proceed with its plans to build the pipeline according to an alternative route approved by Nebraska authorities and that it hopes to begin construction next year.

US home construction tumbled 8.2 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Groundbreakings on new homes fell 8.2 percent in December, with builders ending 2017 by slowing down their construction of single-family houses.


Trump, Schumer to meet as Dems, GOP trade pre-shutdown blame


WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Washington hurtled toward a government shutdown Friday in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.

Trump adds confusion to government shutdown concern

WASHINGTON (AP) — Injecting confusion into already perilous shutdown negotiations, President Donald Trump undercut his own administration's stance by tweeting Thursday that a children's health insurance program should not be part of a short-term budget agreement.

Senate Dems question legality of Trump work requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's new policy allowing state work requirements for Medicaid recipients is legally questionable, more than two dozen Democratic senators said Thursday, framing an argument likely to be aired in court.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's torrent of warped truths

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all his errant swings at the facts, President Donald Trump sometimes gets it just right.

Tax law gives unexpected break to farmers who sell to co-ops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives rather than regular companies.

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