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VOL. 40 | NO. 50 | Friday, December 09, 2016
SPECIAL EMPHASIS: WEDDINGS

Over-the-top wedding? Why not?

Don’t be average ($32K) when you can have it all for $100K-plus

When Donte Noble, 30, and Elliott Holt, 38, get married December 17 at the Bridge Building in downtown Nashville, it will be the wedding of their dreams.

Brides say ‘yes’ to Hendrix’s dresses

For brides looking to create a totally customized wedding, the dream usually starts and ends with the dress.

Fire is the latest challenge for Gatlinburg weddings

The image went viral, one of the first signs to hit the internet alerting the world Gatlinburg was on fire. Cupid’s Chapel of Love, one of the area’s most iconic little white wedding chapels, was up in flames.

Mountain memories safe despite devastating fires

I fell in love with the Great Smoky Mountains in 2003. Taken by the overwhelming natural beauty, the history of the people, the heart of the community, I also fell in love with the person who took me there.

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EVENTS

Dickens of a Christmas. A re-creation of the Charles Dickens era using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop. Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories. Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Information: http://historicfranklin.com/events/event/dickens-of-a-christmas/

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Outsourcing mystery: Millions in projected savings, no specifics

The Haslam Administration is forging ahead with plans to nab a statewide facilities services contractor after an outside analysis backed up a study showing estimated cost savings of more than $35 million a year at Tennessee universities.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

From estate sale to unpacking: Taking the pain out of moving

Moving can be an emotional, tortuous, brutal experience. But those relocating need not undertake the task alone. There are companies, equipped with living, breathing human beings, that can take the stress from the process.

REAL ESTATE

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for November 2016

November 2016 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

I was wrong. Mularkey's the right coach for Titans

In light of the Tennessee Titans’ 6-6 record and continuing relevance in the NFL playoff picture, I offer those three little words that are so hard to say:

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Homegrown Titan players find first taste of success

Those looking at the Tennessee Titans’ season thus far as half-empty see a 6-6 team with enough flaws to offset many of the positive steps that have been taken this year.

Broncos at Titans: What to watch

First down: Stop Von Miller. If you watched the Super Bowl last year, you know what a one-man wrecking crew Miller is. Wherever he lines up across the line from the Titans, they will have to account for him and simply cannot let him harass Marcus Mariota and the offense.

NEWSMAKERS

Realtors group announces 2017 officers, directors

Scott Troxel of Keller Williams has been elected as the 2017 president of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors. His one-year term of service will begin Jan. 1.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Armada SUV returns with upgraded engine, look

Nissan took a model year off from its largest SUV, the Armada, but it’s back for 2017 restyled and re-engineered with a plush ride, a well-equipped interior and more horsepower than ever.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Five fresh ways to add value for your customers

Any salesperson who’s been in the game for more than a day knows that products and services aren’t sold based on price. Top sales pros first focus on the value of what they’re selling and how it can best meet the customer’s needs.

I SWEAR

Fast-paced banter, pop allusions lift Gilmore Girls

“Gilmore Girls,” a show that ran on the WB, and the CW, from 2000-2007, has been streaming on Netflix since July of this year. I like it. I like the fast-paced dialogue, the pop culture references and the younger, thinner, less-burdened Lauren Graham.

CAREER CORNER

Making the most of your annual performance review

Do you wish you were making more money?

STATEWIDE

Poll: Tennessee optimism grows for future of state, country

NASHVILLE (AP) — In a state that heavily favored President-elect Donald Trump, a Vanderbilt University poll says optimism in Tennessee has grown about the future of the state and country since the spring.

REAL ESTATE

US home price gains lift household wealth to $90.2 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A healthy increase in home values and higher stock prices drove up U.S. household wealth in the July-September quarter, though the gains are largely concentrated among wealthier Americans.

US 30-year average mortgage rate rises to 4.13 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed for the sixth straight week in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election win, marking new highs for the year.

TECHNOLOGY

Gov't proposal envisions phone calls on airline flights

  7:18am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Health stocks rebound as US indexes keep setting records

  9:31am

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher Friday morning as major indexes continue to set records. Technology companies are rising on company earnings. Health care and household goods companies also trading higher after lagging the market over the last few weeks.

Americans' odds of earning more than parents have plunged

  7:19am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The likelihood that young adults will earn more than their parents has plummeted in recent decades, a study has found, fueling concerns that the American dream of steady upward mobility is foundering amid a widening wealth gap.

German central bank ups growth forecast for 2016, 2017

  7:19am

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's central bank has increased its growth forecast this year and next for the country's economy, Europe's biggest.

Rollback of truck safety rules may be just the beginning

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The trucking industry scored a victory this week when Republican lawmakers effectively blocked Obama administration safety rules aimed at keeping tired truckers off the highway. But there's more coming down the road.

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