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VOL. 41 | NO. 47 | Friday, November 24, 2017

Haslam backs WGU despite critical audit

Feds: Online college lacks faculty, should repay $700M in financial aid funds

On any day, hundreds and possibly thousands of Tennessee students go to college online, whenever and however they want, courtesy of Western Governors University Tennessee.

WGU students say mentors are their key to success

Every morning, Western Governors University course mentor Linda Knieps checks her roster of students to learn what they’ve been accomplishing. One may have aced an exam; another, not so much.

WGU: How it works

WGU offers two six-month terms a year, and students can start their school year on the first day of any month. The next term starts on Dec. 1.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Wiping slate clean is now less about who can afford it

The scales of justice in Tennessee are slowly tipping back toward the poor – and not so poor – helping them regain traction lost to often-minor transgressions.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Small Makers Fair. Shopping, free mimosas, swag bags, raffles and more. Start at 100 Taylor Street, then shop the Germantown neighborhood. More than 25 local businesses participating. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Hill (College or City?) with a view: Yours for a mere $30 million

If you are a developer with $30 million to spare for 2.69 acres of prime real estate overlooking downtown Nashville, the Rev. George T. Brooks has a deal for you.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

The skinny on tall skinnies: What do you really own?

There is a Rusty Moore who is the principal broker at Parks in Green Hills, and we will deal with him another day.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for October 2017

Top residential real estate sales, September 2017, for Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports. Due to technical issues, Davidson County sales are unavailable for September.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for October 2017

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

Top Lenders for October 2017

A look at Davidson County’s top lenders based on total number of all loans, commercial and residential. Only loans that have the actual Lender name listed on the trust deed filing are included.

As interest rates rise, banks are paying more for deposits

NEW YORK (AP) — Slowly, but surely, being a saver is paying off again.

SPORTS

Smith eager to build Nashville Soccer Club

When the final whistle blew at last on that cold Toronto night in 2010, Gary Smith recalls the pure bedlam of the moment. He’d just guided underdog Colorado to a Major League Soccer championship, the seventh-seeded Rapids having stunned two higher seeds en route to claiming their first league title.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans willing to let Davis learn on the job

One of the most anticipated aspects of this Tennessee Titans season was how much of an impact rookie wide receiver Corey Davis could have in his first season.

Titans at Colts: What to watch

First down: Exorcise the demons. After their four-game winning streak came to a crashing halt, the Titans have to find a way to right themselves in a place that has always been a house of horrors – Lucas Oil Stadium.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Hillsboro’s Phillips playing for bragging rights

Tennessee’s football team and interim head coach Brady Hoke will try to avoid a historically bad season Saturday.

NEWSMAKERS

Bradley welcomes 11 new associates in Nashville

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has hired 11 attorneys for the firm’s Nashville office as associates, bringing the total number of Bradley attorneys in Nashville to 137.

BRIEFS

HealthTrustSM adds Prime Healthcare

Nashville-based HealthTrustSM, a health care performance improvement company, has signed an agreement with Prime Healthcare of Ontario, California.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

How to shop for car deals on Black Friday

Black Friday has become one of the single best days of the year to buy a car. Edmunds research shows 15 percent of total November car sales take place on Black Friday weekend.

CAREER CORNER

Your biggest weakness? Hope it’s not unpreparedness

“What is your biggest weakness?” continues to be one of the favorite interview questions of hiring managers. This is a tough question all the way around.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Three Cs of building a powerful office team

Many business owners and executives want to be surrounded by empowered and motivated employees who join them in seeking new heights for their companies. But are they creating the right environment for that world to exist inside their companies?

COURTS

Tennessee judge behind inmate sterilization program rebuked

SPARTA (AP) — A Tennessee judge who offered inmates less jail time if they voluntarily underwent birth control procedures has been publicly reprimanded by state judicial regulators.

Airline defendants to pay $95 million in 9/11 settlement

NEW YORK (AP) — Insurers for defendants including American Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks.

TECHNOLOGY

Did you 'like' Russian propaganda? Facebook will clue you in

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it will show users if they followed or 'liked' Russia propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks mostly slip away from their latest record highs

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks mostly slipped away from their latest record highs Wednesday as the two former halves of Hewlett-Packard both tumbled, while falling interest rates helped phone companies but hurt banks.

Fed minutes show general support for 3rd rate hike this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials generally believe that it'll soon be time for another increase in the Fed's key interest rate. However, a few felt any further rate hikes should be delayed until they see inflation moving higher, minutes of their last meeting revealed.

Small retailers aim for emotional ties big chains may lack

NEW YORK (AP) — Some smaller retailers will tug at shoppers' heartstrings during the holidays, trying to create an emotional experience or connection that a big national chain might not provide.

As interest rates rise, banks are paying more for deposits

NEW YORK (AP) — Slowly, but surely, being a saver is paying off again.

Uber reveals cover-up of hack affecting 57M riders, drivers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Poll: 1 in 3 Americans dreads political talk at Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bring on the turkey — but maybe hold the politics. Thanksgiving is Glenn Rogers' favorite holiday, when people gather around the table and talk about things to celebrate from the past year. But Donald Trump's presidency isn't something everyone in the Rogers family is toasting.