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VOL. 41 | NO. 8 | Friday, February 24, 2017

Is law school worth it?

Tennessee universities make their case

Aspiring barristers have no shortage of options when it comes to Tennessee schools, colleges and universities offering Juris Doctor programs.

Nashville lures lawyers of all specialties

Henry VI, at least Shakespeare’s version of him, would be appalled. He suggested killing all the lawyers, but instead Nashville is snatching up as many as it can.

Firm provides lawyers on 'a la carte' basis

While local and state-based law schools have always fed the local market’s needs and will continue to do so, other entities are becoming increasingly visible players as Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s growth surges.

More bang for the buck at UT law school

Not every law student aspires to be a flamboyant court-room lawyer such as the late Joe Jamail, the notorious firebrand whose well-earned nickname was the “King of Torts.”

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Buy all the Books FEB. 24 – FEB. 25 Friends of Fairview Public Library semi-annual used book sale to benefit the library. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday and ends 2 p.m. Saturday. 2240 Fairview Blvd. Fairview. Information: 224-6087

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Buyers expect perfection, but fear disasters to come

I have never met a homeowner who believes they’re residing in a home that amounts to a powder keg with the fuse lit. It is difficult to convince buyers that is the case.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Lawmakers shrug off real voices

Johnny and Julie Erwin don’t look like typical protesters, but the senior couple joined the “moral Mondays” ruckus recently at the State Capitol, Johnny wearing his Air Force cap and Julie holding a list of social legislation they oppose.

NEWSMAKERS

Bicentennial Mall names new park manager

Wooten’s career in the outdoors began in Virginia in 1996 at Pamplin Historical Park. He went on to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Kentucky as well as working with two non-profit, private museums. In 2003, Wooten came home to Nashville to work for the state at the Tennessee Historical Commission.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Proud Polly's iconic station still up and running

When Kenny was a young boy, he sometimes would listen in while Johnny Cash and Jim Polly poured coffee to fuel the banter as they talked over world events.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Dobbs approaches NFL bid with serious intent

Josh Dobbs has spent the last four years preparing for a future in aerospace engineering.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

2017 Kia Niro is most affordable hybrid SUV

Kia’s newest vehicle, the 2017 Niro, is the lowest-priced, gasoline-electric hybrid SUV on the market and is rated as high as 50 miles per gallon in combined city/highway travel.

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for January 2017

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

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Too much clutter? Try a guilt-free approach

You know exactly where Monday’s report is.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Why saying 'no comment' hurts your company

How can two words speak volumes?

STATEWIDE

Probes raise questions about misuse of food program money

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two investigations released by the state comptroller's office Thursday are raising questions about what happened to hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money that was supposed to be used to feed poor children.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Little Big Town's momentum grows with Ryman residency

NASHVILLE (AP) — Please excuse singer Phillip Sweet if he gets a little emotional when Little Big Town performs Friday night during the first-ever residency in the 125-year history of the Ryman Auditorium, a venue that helped popularize country music.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW makes $5.4 billion profit in 2016, limits executive pay

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen bounced back into the black in 2016 after suffering a loss the previous year due to the diesel emissions scandal, according to figures released by the German automaker Friday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US new-home sales rise in sign of housing market health

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought more new homes in January after a steep fall-off the previous month, a sign the housing market is healthy despite higher mortgage rates.

US stocks eke out last-minute gain as utilities rise

NEW YORK (AP) — A late push helped U.S. stocks finish higher Friday after indexes spent most of the day lower. There was far more selling than buying on Wall Street overall, but the Dow Jones industrial average managed to extend its winning streak to an 11th day.

Doubts grow over stock market's Trump-inspired surge

NEW YORK (AP) — How much more can the "Trump Bump" lift the stock market?

J.C. Penney to close 13 to 14 percent of stores

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney said Friday that it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
STATE LEGISLATURE

Some in GOP chafe new building named after Cordell Hull

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are nearing a move into freshly overhauled offices at the state Capitol complex, but some Republicans are chafing at the building being named after Democrat Cordell Hull.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Gov. Haslam won't rule out US Senate run

Tennessee Gov. Haslam won't rule out US Senate run

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end mixed as investors seek safety; industrials slide

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks wobbled Thursday as investors changed course and tempered their expectations for faster economic growth. Industrial companies, which have surged over the last few months, finished lower as Wall Street focused on gold, bonds, and companies that pay big dividends.

Mnuchin says goal is to pass tax reform by August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted that President Donald Trump's economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percent.

HEALTH CARE

Former House speaker predicts 'Obamacare' won't be repealed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of "Obamacare" is "not going to happen."

NATIONAL POLITICS

Kelly: No use of US military to enforce immigration

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says there will be "no mass deportations" and "no use of military forces" in enforcing President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown.

Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect "a great wall" along the 2,000-mile border.

Growing push for more tax breaks in Haslam road funding plan

ALGOOD, Tenn. (AP) — As Republican Gov. Bill Haslam takes his proposal to boost transportation funding on the road, there is a growing call for his plan to include greater tax break for middle-class Tennessee drivers who pay more at the pump.

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