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VOL. 44 | NO. 5 | Friday, January 31, 2020

Victims of our own success

Our meteoric tourism, population growth is the envy of other cities. Should it be?

It’s been nearly 20 years since the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. brought together more than 100 community leaders from many industries, including health care, arts and music, to decide the best way to market the city.

Landmarks like Elliston Place imperiled by growth

A pair of development plans were announced last week that will change the face of one of Nashville’s most storied streets, Elliston Place, known as the Rock Block, long home to the iconic Exit/In and small funky shops and restaurants.

Leadership flux hurts affordable housing efforts

Among Nashville’s many growing pains is stability at the top. There have been four mayors in four years, not exactly the most efficient way to do business or follow through on plans.


Could Nashville fit Amtrak’s new business model?

Amtrak is flirting with Tennessee, batting its eyes and signaling its desire for a deeper relationship. We should jump at the chance.

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Nashville, TN
Wind: Northeast at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 71%


Business Studio: Be the Hero – The Journey of Your Brand Story. Storytelling can be a way to help your customers connect to the human side of a brand. Benchmark examples of brands that have effectively shared their story will be examined by guest speaker Tim Earnhart, CEO of Seven Blue – A Stadiumred Company. United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, 250 Venture Circle. Thursday, 3:30-5 p.m. Fee: Free. Information

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Your home is a garden of bacteria; you’ll be fine

Two weeks ago, I mentioned that Bob Harwood, a homebuilder with some 600 homes under his toolbelt, had recommended that anyone working in the residential real estate world should read the book “Never Home Alone.” In spite of his vast knowledge of construction, Harwood possesses an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.


Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for December 2019

Top commercial real estate sales, December 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for 2019

Top commercial real estate sales, 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US mortgage rates continue to fall; 30-year loan at 3.51%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates continued to fall this week, breaching already historically low levels and offering an incentive to potential homebuyers.


Titans need to keep free agents Ryan, Conklin

As the Tennessee Titans enter the offseason, it would appear to be a given that they need to bring back both quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Derrick Henry.

Titans free agents: From ‘top priorities’ to ‘time to move on’

The Tennessee Titans have 18 unrestricted free agents and one restricted free agent in Tye Smith. All will be on the free agent market come March unless extensions are signed or the Titans use the franchise or transition tag on one or two of them.


Harmeyer’s quest: Each rebound ‘going to be mine’

Ellie Harmeyer might be the Ohio Valley Conference’s best player, but she’s much more interested in Belmont finishing as the league’s best team.


Dodson Parker adds Walker as associate

The Nashville law firm of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella PC has added James Walker to the firm as an associate.


Belmont to merge with Watkins College of Art

Belmont University and Watkins College of Art have announced their intent to merge, with Watkins College of Art beginning a transition to Belmont’s campus following the completion of this academic year.


Buying a high-demand car on an MSRP budget

Nearly every time a hotly anticipated new or redesigned vehicle first hits dealer lots, a number of enterprising dealerships will take the opportunity to make some additional profit. The good news for consumers is that there are ways around these markups.


Vandy snaps 26-game SEC skid by upsetting No. 18 LSU 99-90

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores surprised first-year coach Jerry Stackhouse at the locker room door, spraying him from water bottles along with dumping a bucket of Gatorade on him in celebration.

Interim AD focused only on Vandy coaches, players, staff

NASHVILLE (AP) — Candice Storey Lee won't talk about how long she might be in charge of Vanderbilt's athletic department, having already made history as the first black woman to hold that job in the Southeastern Conference.


SEC's recruiting dominance particularly apparent this year

The Southeastern Conference dominated the recruiting landscape even more than usual this year.


Virus impact: Airlines extend flights suspensions

BEIJING (AP) — Airlines are extending their suspension of flights to mainland China, while more retailers are putting an estimate on the economic damage they expect to incur from the virus outbreak in China.

Governors warn Trump rule could lead to big Medicaid cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Governors of both major political parties are warning that a little-noticed regulation proposed by President Donald Trump's administration could lead to big cuts in Medicaid, reducing access to health care for low-income Americans.


Twitter shares jump on rise in user numbers, revenue

Shares in Twitter jumped Thursday after the social media company said its revenue growth and user numbers exceeded forecasts in the latest quarter, though profit fell.

Huawei, guarding US business, says Verizon violated patents

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei accused U.S. phone carrier Verizon of violating its patents in a lawsuit filed Thursday, broadening efforts to defend company's business in the United States amid government sanctions.


US sales of Ram, Jeep boost Fiat Chrysler's earnings

MILAN (AP) — Record U.S. sales of Ram trucks and the launch of the new Jeep Gladiator helped fourth-quarter profits at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles grow by more than a third, the U.S.-Italian company reported Thursday.

Toyota raises annual forecast on cost cuts, healthy sales

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top automaker Toyota raised its annual forecast Thursday after cost cuts and healthy sales quadrupled quarterly profits from the previous year.


US productivity up 1.7% in 2019, best gain in 9 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity rebounded in the final three months of last year, helping to boost productivity growth for the year to the best showing in nearly a decade.

Lagarde: Central banks have less room to combat a downturn

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde has warned that the world's central banks have less room to stimulate the economy in case there's a recession.

China cuts tariffs on $75B of US imports in trade truce

BEIJING (AP) — China cut tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. imports including soybeans, pork and auto parts Thursday in a trade truce with Washington while Beijing struggles with a costly virus outbreak.


Trump unleashes fury at impeachment enemies at prayer event

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unleashed his fury against those who tried to remove him from office at a prayer breakfast Thursday, a day after his acquittal by the Senate in his impeachment trial.

Venezuela rounds up US oil executives as Guaidó visits DC

MIAMI (AP) — Six American oil executives under house arrest in Venezuela were rounded up by police hours after President Donald Trump met Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's chief opponent at the White House, according to family members of the men.

Impeachment loses its constitutional gravity in Trump case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Years from now, will you remember where you were and what you were doing when President Donald Trump was impeached? Have you forgotten already?

Impeachment takeaways: Trump's iron grip, McConnell delivers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate acquitted President Donald Trump on two impeachment charges Wednesday amid Republican complaints about what they called a rushed process and Democratic claims that Trump is a threat to democracy. The historic, three-week trial proceeded largely along partisan lines, with just one senator — Republican Mitt Romney of Utah — breaking with his party.

Not guilty: Senate acquits Trump of impeachment charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the tumultuous 2020 race for the White House.


Buttigieg, Sanders nearly tied as Iowa caucus results narrow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders are nearly tied in the Iowa Democratic caucuses, with nearly all results counted in a contest marred by technical issues and reporting delays.


ACLU, others in Tennessee challenge bail bond rule

NASHVILLE (AP) — Civil rights activists are challenging a Tennessee court rule that says people who have been jailed can't get their bail bond deposit back when their case is finished until court costs and other fees are removed first.


Companies offer rebuke of Tennessee's anti-LGBT adoption law

NASHVILLE (AP) — Almost three dozen big companies and more than 100 small businesses in Tennessee on Wednesday predicted economic backlash from a newly enacted state adoption law and other proposals that target LGBT people, with one company saying plans to add jobs in Nashville are "in doubt" over the legislation.

Teacher pay raise amount questioned after Lee announcement

NASHVILLE (AP) — A day after Gov. Bill Lee boasted he was proposing the largest investment in teacher pay in Tennessee history, top administration officials acknowledged the addition wouldn't necessarily result in big pay raises for the state's educators.

Disgraced former speaker Casada to run for reelection

NASHVILLE (AP) — Disgraced former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada confirmed Tuesday that he will run for reelection this year.


Granlund scores in overtime; Predators beat Jets 2-1

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored 1:11 into overtime, lifting the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.


GM churns out profit in 2019 despite strike, slumping sales

DETROIT (AP) — Despite a 40-day strike by factory workers and slumping sales in the U.S. and China, General Motors still made money last year.

Virus impact: Automakers look at restarting China operations

BEIJING (AP) — Automakers are considering whether to resume operations in China amid efforts to contain a virus outbreak while the impact on other companies spreads.

Ford full-year profit plunges on slower sales, pension costs

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s profit last year plunged by more than $3.6 billion, weighed down by slowing U.S. sales, the cost of a botched SUV launch and some big pension expenses.


UK government, at odds with media, set to review BBC funding

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government announced Wednesday that it is considering a change in the way the BBC is funded that would hit the coffers of the nation's public broadcaster.


American Airlines halts Hong Kong flights, United to follow

American Airlines said Tuesday it has suspended flights to Hong Kong through Feb. 20 due to weak demand , and United Airlines will do the same next weekend.


YouTube, Venmo: AI firm must stop scraping faces from sites

Payment service Venmo joined YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday in demanding that a facial recognition company stop harvesting user images to identify the people in them, which the startup does as part of its work with police.


US stocks extend rally; S&P 500, Nasdaq at all-time highs

Health care and financial stocks led another milestone-setting rally on Wall Street Wednesday, extending the market's gains for the week.

How's the economy? Fed increasingly turns to private data

WASHINGTON (AP) — About a year ago, Federal Reserve officials were nervous. Markets were cratering. Fear about a trade war was rising. The officials needed to know if the turmoil was chilling consumer spending. Problem was, a partial shutdown of the government had halted the release of most economic data.

US services companies grow at a slightly faster pace

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies grew at a slightly faster pace in January than the previous month, an indicator of continued steady expansion of the economy.

Survey: US companies added 291,000 jobs in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies added 291,000 jobs in January, a big increase from December, but much of that strength likely reflected unusually warm weather during the month.

US trade deficit drops 1.7% last year to $616.8 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell for the first time in six years in 2019 as President Donald Trump hammered China with import taxes.


Not Guilty: Split Senate acquits Trump of impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential  trial  in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the tumultuous 2020 race for the White House.

Trump acquittal on track, though Romney to vote to convict

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is on the verge of acquittal by the Senate, bringing an end to only the third presidential impeachment trial in American history in a vote at the start of the tumultuous campaign for the White House.

Trump aide ties Israeli settlements to rising anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser warned Palestinians on Wednesday that Israeli settlements will continue to expand because rising anti-Semitism around the world means more Jews will immigrate to Israel.

FBI chief: No one asked me to open probes on improper basis

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray avoided a direct answer Wednesday when asked if President Donald Trump had asked him for investigations into political opponents, saying only that no one had requested probes based on anything other than "the facts, the law and proper predication."

Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 138 people deported to El Salvador from the U.S. in recent years were subsequently killed, Human Rights Watch says in a new report that comes as the Trump administration makes it harder for Central Americans to seek refuge here.

Trump uses State of Union to campaign; Pelosi rips up speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Standing before a Congress and a nation sharply divided by impeachment, President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address to extol a "Great American Comeback" on his watch, just three years after he took office decrying a land of "American carnage" under his predecessor.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's exaggerated 'great American comeback'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "great American comeback" President Donald Trump claimed in his State of the Union speech drew on falsehoods about U.S. energy supremacy, health care and the economy as well as distortions about his predecessor's record.

Democrats' response to Trump turns to working-class worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used Democrats' response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to swivel from impeachment to working-class voters' worries, saying her party is focusing on easing health care costs and other pocket-book concerns.

Trump impeachment acquittal on track ahead of Senate vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is on the verge of acquittal by the Senate, an end to only the third presidential impeachment trial in American history but coming at the start of a tumultuous campaign for the White House.


Partial Iowa results give Buttigieg slight edge over Sanders

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg held a slight lead over Bernie Sanders in the opening contest of the Democratic race for the presidential nomination, according to partial results released by the Iowa Democratic Party.

Biden's poor showing in Iowa shakes establishment support

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden's third presidential bid enters a critical stretch after a disappointing finish in the Iowa caucuses sent the former vice president on to New Hampshire with a skittish donor base, low cash reserves and the looming threat of billionaire rival Michael Bloomberg and his unlimited personal wealth.

Analysis: Iowa Democrats drawn to two faces of change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa Democrats were drawn to two faces of change. After a daylong delay, partial results from the state's Democratic caucuses showed Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, with a narrow lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.


Company accuses Pilgrimage Festival of failing to pay bill

FRANKLIN (AP) — The organizers of an annual festival in Tennessee have been sued over allegations they didn't pay an audio-visual company that provided equipment for the event.


Turner out after 1 year, Lee in as interim Vanderbilt athletic director

NASHVILLE (AP) — Malcolm Turner has resigned as Vanderbilt athletic director after one year on the job, and Candice Storey Lee has been named interim athletic director effectively immediately.


Tennessee reps decide not to decide on Confederate statue

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Republican-led legislative panel has decided not to decide, for now, whether it thinks a bust of a former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader should be removed from the Tennessee Capitol.

Lee proposes $117M for teacher pay raises

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Lee declared Monday that his proposal to funnel an additional $117 million to K-12 teacher salaries would be the largest investment in teacher pay in Tennessee history.

A look at Tennessee Gov. Lee's 2nd budget proposal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Lee's top priorities in his latest spending plan would boost K-12 teach pay, extend postpartum health insurance for Tennessee's low-income women, encourage employers to hire more former inmates and more.

Full text of Gov. Bill Lee's State of the State address

NASHVILLE (AP) — Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Lee's second annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday:


US antitrust chief leaving Google probe because of lobbying

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department official leading the investigation of big tech companies' market dominance is stepping aside from the department's Google probe because of his previous lobbying work for Google as a private attorney.

FTC sues to block Harry's sale to Schick owner Edgewell

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal antitrust regulators say a proposed merger that would combine old-school shaving company Schick with upstart Harry's would end up costing consumers some skin.

Walgreens to pay $7.5M in settlement over phony pharmacist

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Walgreens will pay $7.5 million to settle with California authorities after an employee was criminally charged with impersonating a pharmacist and illegally filling more than 745,000 prescriptions in the San Francisco Bay Area.


TVA plant in Kentucky halts last coal-burning unit

DRAKESBORO, Ky. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has shut down its last coal-fired unit at a western Kentucky power plant.

UK boosts climate effort by banning new gas vehicles by 2035

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced Tuesday that it plans to ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars by 2035 — five years earlier than its previous target — in a bid to speed up efforts to tackle climate change.


Hyundai halts Korea output as China outbreak fallout spreads

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hyundai Motors is suspending production in South Korea, a sign that the economic fallout from China's viral outbreak is spreading.

Tesla stock is soaring. Madness or visionary investing?

DETROIT (AP) — Eight months after it seemed headed for the corporate junkyard, Tesla is now worth more than General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler combined, even though the Big Three together sell more cars and trucks in two weeks than Tesla does in a whole year.

Ferrari reports 11% profit drop last year but raises outlook

MILAN (AP) — Italian luxury sports car maker Ferrari on Tuesday reported that its profits last year sank 11% as it shifted its geographical footprint, but raised its forecasts for 2020.


Royal Caribbean takes steps to contend with virus outbreak

Royal Caribbean has canceled eight cruises out of China through early March and is taking more precautionary steps because of the virus outbreak that began in China.


Disney Plus streamer hits nearly 29M subscribers in 3 months

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney said its Disney Plus streaming service reached nearly 29 million paid subscribers in less than three months, an impressive start for what the company has positioned as its future as more people drop cable subscriptions.


Macy's to close 125 stores, shed 2,000 corporate jobs

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's said Tuesday it is closing 125 of its least productive stores and cutting 2,000 corporate jobs as the struggling department store tries to reinvent itself in the age of online shopping.

Tech stocks lead indexes broadly higher, Nasdaq sets record

Technology companies led a broad rally on Wall Street Tuesday that drove the Dow Jones Industrial Average more than 400 points higher and gave the S&P 500 its best day in more than five months.

China's virus outbreak weighs on global business

BEIJING (AP) — Global business is catching a chill from China's virus outbreak. Mink breeders in Denmark called off a fur auction because Chinese buyers can't attend due to travel curbs imposed to contain the disease.

Clock is ticking for companies that depend on China imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — For companies bracing for losses from China's viral outbreak, the damage has so far been delayed, thanks to a stroke of timing: The outbreak hit just when Chinese factories and many businesses were closed anyway to let workers travel home for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday .

Trump's economy: Solid and steady but vulnerable to threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — A portrait of a robust U.S. economy is sure to take center stage Tuesday night when President Donald Trump gives his third State of the Union address. It is an economy that has proved solid and durable, yet hasn't fulfilled many of Trump's promises.


McConnell blasts impeachment, will vote to acquit Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday slammed House Democrats' drive to impeach President Donald Trump as "the most rushed, least fair, and least thorough" in history and said he will vote to acquit Trump.

Trump faces accusers: What to watch during his big speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who's clapping now? On the brink of his Senate acquittal, President Donald Trump will be unleashing "relentless optimism" during his third State of the Union address, a speech designed to pivot from his impeachment to his drive for reelection. Trump is speaking from a position of strength, with nearly complete control of the Republican Party. The theme of his speech: "The Great American Comeback."


At least half Iowa results expected by day's end, Dems say

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Clouded by doubts on a chaotic day-after, Democratic Party officials planned to release a majority of Iowa's delayed presidential caucus results by late Tuesday, according to details shared with campaigns on a private conference call.

Tech problem with mobile app causes Iowa caucus chaos

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new mobile app was supposed to help Democratic officials quickly gather information from some 1,700 caucus sites throughout Iowa. Instead, a "coding issue" within the app is being blamed for delays that left the results unknown the morning after the first-in-the nation presidential nominating contest.

Caroline Kennedy backs Biden, calls him Democrats' best bet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, endorsed Joe Biden on Tuesday, calling the former vice president Democrats' "best bet to win the White House."


Lee to deliver second annual address before lawmakers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Monday will unveil his top priorities for the 2020 legislative session, as well announce as his spending proposal for the upcoming fiscal year during his second annual address in front of Tennessee's lawmakers.


Tennessee county destroys records sought by reporter

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials in a Tennessee county have destroyed public records that were being sought by a newspaper.


DHS: New screening to begin amid coronavirus concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. steps up its response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Department of Homeland Security is warning airline passengers that their flights may wind up rerouted if officials discover mid-flight that someone onboard has been in China in the last 14 days.

UN health agency tackles misinformation over virus outbreak

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization chief has traveled a dozen times to monitor the Ebola response in violence-marred eastern Congo. But when he planned to visit China's capital last week over a new viral outbreak emerging from central Hubei province, his daughter got worried.


US construction spending dips 0.2% in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects edged down a slight 0.2% in December, closing out a year when total construction registered its first annual decline in eight years.


Stocks rise on Wall Street, but virus worries remain

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose in much of the world Monday and recovered some of their losses from earlier weeks, but markets are still far from giving the all-clear on the virus that has spread to more than 20 countries and infected more than 17,000 people.

Survey: U.S. factories expand for first time since July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories expanded unexpectedly last month, snapping a five-month losing streak.

In fight to survive, US dairy farmers look for any tech edge

PICKETT, Wis. (AP) — At Rosendale Dairy, each of the 9,000 cows has a microchip implanted in an ear that workers can scan with smartphones for up-to-the-minute information on how the animal is doing — everything from their nutrition to their health history to their productivity. Feed is calibrated to deliver a precise diet and machines handle the milking. In the fields, drones gather data that helps bump up yields for the row crops grown to feed the animals.

Super Bowl ads dialed up fun as an antidote to politics

NEW YORK (AP) — In the real world, political primaries are looming, impeachment is ongoing and heavy news never seems to stop. But during commercial breaks in the Super Bowl, advertisers did their best to serve up an antidote heavily spiked with fun.

Mall owners among group bidding $81 million for Forever 21

A consortium of buyers, including mall owners Simon Property Group, Brookfield Property Partners, are bidding $81 million for Forever 21, the ubiquitous mall staple that filed for bankruptcy protection in September.


Trump trial closing arguments aim at voters, history

WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing arguments Monday in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial were directed  more toward history than to sway the outcome, one final chance to influence public opinion and set the record ahead of his expected acquittal in the Republican-led Senate.

Impeachment trial heads to historic end in frenetic week

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial heads toward a historic conclusion this week, with senators all-but-certain to acquit him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after narrowly rejecting Democratic demands to summon witnesses.

Court filing points to Trump emails on Ukraine decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says in a court filing that two dozen emails revealing details of President Donald Trump's decision-making regarding withholding military assistance to Ukraine, which goes to the heart of his impeachment, are protected from a lawsuit under "presidential privilege."

AP FACT CHECK: Distortions in Trump's case for acquittal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment defense appears to have cleared the bar as far as his fellow Republicans are concerned. But its adherence to the facts is another matter.


Registration ends Monday for Tennessee presidential primary

NASHVILLE (AP) — The deadline is Monday for voters to register in Tennessee to cast a ballot in the March presidential primary.

AP Explains: New rules could muddle results of Iowa caucuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iowa caucuses are never simple.

YouTube: No 'deepfakes' or 'birther' videos in 2020 election

YouTube is making clear there will be no "birtherism" on its platform during this year's U.S. presidential election — a belated response to a type of conspiracy theory more prevalent in the 2012 race.


Property where Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash once lived sold

HENDERSONVILLE (AP) — The lakefront property in Tennessee where Johnny and June Carter Cash lived for more than 30 years has been sold for $3.2 million.


Dunbar Cave State Park honored as top park in 2019

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state's Department of Environment and Conservation on Thursday announced that Dunbar Cave State Park has been selected as the 2019 Tennessee State Park of the Year.


Nashville Predators to help Tennessee State University

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University and the Nashville Predators announced on Thursday a partnership that will kick off with a "$1 Million in 1 Month" fundraising campaign for scholarships at the historically black university.


Hynes back in New Jersey, guides Preds to 6-5 shootout win

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New coach John Hynes got more than a measure of satisfaction against his former team Thursday when the Nashville Predators beat the New Jersey Devils in a wild game.


MLS, Nashville at odds with new mayor over stadium project

NASHVILLE (AP) — Major League Soccer and its new Nashville team say Mayor John Cooper refused Thursday to commit to moving ahead with a stadium plan approved under the previous mayor.


Tennessee sues to recoup $1.2M incentive after plant closed

NASHVILLE (AP) — State economic development officials have sued to reclaim more than $1.2 million in incentives awarded to a snack food company that committed to create 273 jobs in Tennessee, but shuttered the facility there after filing for bankruptcy and selling its assets to another company in 2017.

Lebanon judge says he's sorry for 'regular white man' comment

LEBANON (AP) — A white Tennessee judge has apologized after saying in open court that he was "going to work like a regular white man" and not "a slave."


US declares emergency, new entry restrictions due to virus

Washington (AP) — The United States on Friday declared a public health emergency because of a new virus that hit China and has spread to other nations.

US advises no travel to China, where virus deaths top 200

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. advised against all travel to China as the number of cases of a worrying new virus spiked more than tenfold in a week, including the highest death toll in a 24-hour period reported Friday.

Delta, American Airlines suspend flights between US, China

NEW YORK (AP) — Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are suspending all flights between the U.S. and China as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. American Airlines says it is suspending flights beginning Friday through March 27. Delta says its suspension will not take effect until Feb. 6 to ensure that customers looking to exit China can do so. Delta's suspension will last until April 30. Other U.S. carriers have curtailed service to China, while several European airlines have suspended it altogether.

Fever alarms, paranoia as masked passengers fly from China

NEW YORK (AP) — In Bangladesh's biggest airport, workers held up digital thermometers to passengers' heads. A beeping alarm sounded as a passenger walking through a thermal scanner registered a fever.


Anne Cox Chambers, wealthy newspaper heiress, dies at 100

ATLANTA (AP) — Anne Cox Chambers, a newspaper heiress, diplomat and philanthropist who was one of the country's richest women, died Friday at the age of 100.


Stocks sink on fears virus outbreak will dent the economy

The stock market got off to roaring start in January, until a virus outbreak that started in China wiped out its gains.

Amazon is big ... really, really big; workforce hits 500K

NEW YORK (AP) — Need more proof that Amazon is big? It came this week.

10 ads to watch for on Super Bowl Sunday

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's Super Bowl won't be a politics-free zone, as both President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will air campaign ads during the game.

US consumer spending slows to 0.3% gain in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending slowed in December as Americans spent more on prescription drugs and health care services but those gains did not offset a sharp slowdown in spending on new cars.

US workers' compensation growth slowed a bit in 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' pay and benefits rose at a solid pace last year, but at a slower rate than in 2018, the Labor Department said Friday.

Mario like Mickey? Nintendo banks on profits from characters

TOKYO (AP) — Will Mario follow in the steps of Mickey Mouse? Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. said Friday it is bullish about profiting from its characters by mirroring the historical appeal of the Disney franchise.

Eurozone economy records worst year since 2013

LONDON (AP) — The eurozone economy, which is made up of the 19 countries that use the euro currency, ended 2019 with a whimper and recorded its worst year of growth since it was mired in a debt crisis in 2013.

Fraud at Airbus: European courts weigh $4B plea deal

PARIS (AP) — Courts in Britain and France are considering Friday whether to accept a plea deal that could cost Airbus up to $4 billion and end years of corruption investigations.


Bolton: Trump asked me to ensure Zelenskiy, Giuliani met

WASHINGTON (AP) — In May 2019, President Donald Trump asked then-national security adviser John Bolton to help make sure Ukraine's newly elected leader met with Rudy Giuliani about investigations he sought into Democrats, according to an unpublished manuscript of Bolton's book.

Senate may push final Trump trial vote to next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is considering pushing off final acquittal in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial until next week under a proposal being negotiated Friday by party leaders.

Trump curbs immigration for 6 nations; not a full travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday that it was curbing legal immigration from six additional countries that officials said did not meet security standards, as part of an election-year push to further restrict immigration.

Charities steered $65M to Trump lawyer Sekulow, family

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald Trump's lead attorneys during the impeachment trial, is being paid for his legal work through a rented $80-a-month mailbox a block away from the White House.

Trump shifts to authorize wider US military use of landmines

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday canceled an Obama-era prohibition on the use of anti-personnel landmines outside of the Korean peninsula.

Online political ads: cheap, efficient and ripe for misuse

Older men in Arkansas might see a close-up photo of President Donald Trump pumping his fist in the air, along with a message asking them to donate $30 to his campaign for a Super Bowl commercial.

Trial highlights: Alexander decides, Dershowitz backtracks

WASHINGTON (AP) — An end to President Donald Trump's impeachment trial appears closer after one influential Republican senator said he would not support a call for more witness.


Tennessee reacts after reviewing new Medicaid offer

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's top officials remained encouraged Thursday after reviewing the Trump administration's plan to transform Medicaid funding into block grants, arguing that the state's related but separate proposal is on the right track for approval.

Tricky trade-offs for states in Trump's new Medicaid offer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Thursday offered states more control over Medicaid spending for some of their poorest residents, but first governors must accept a limit on how much the feds kick in.

Emails: Companies urged Lee to veto anti-LGBT adoption law

NASHVILLE (AP) — As Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's office sought to downplay potential consequences over an anti-LGBT adoption proposal, multiple big companies reached out to his administration warning the state's reputation would suffer if the Republican were to enact it.

Tennessee governor encourages participation in Census

MEMPHIS (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is encouraging all Tennessee residents to participate in the U.S. Census in a new public service announcement.


SEC announces average payout of $44.6M per school

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference schools each received more than $44.6 million in total revenue distributed by the league, a seven-figure increase from the previous fiscal year.


Hummer is making a comeback, but this time it's electric

DETROIT (AP) — The Hummer, once a gas-guzzling target for environmentalists, is making a comeback. But this time around it won't burn fuel or spew greenhouse gases.

Toyota's 2019 global vehicle sales trail Volkswagen's

TOKYO (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen has kept its lead as the world's largest automaker after Japanese rival Toyota announced it sold fewer vehicles last year.


American Airlines pilots sue to halt flights to China

DALLAS (AP) — The pilots' union at American Airlines sued to block the carrier from flying to China and told members not to operate flight there because of the spreading coronavirus outbreak.

Wary of irking China, Trump offers rosy take on virus threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump regaled a friendly New Jersey campaign crowd with his thoughts about with his thoughts about impeachment, the economy, the border wall, local politics and much more.

Europe evacuates citizens from China, Russia shuts border

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — European countries stepped up efforts Thursday to contain the virus sweeping through central China, sending a chartered airliner there to evacuate hundreds of European citizens, scrapping more commercial flights to Chinese destinations and keeping some 7,000 people on a cruise ship while one possibly infected passenger got tested.


Stocks post modest gains at end of a wobbly day of trading

Major U.S. stock indexes finished higher Thursday after a late burst of buying led by technology and financial companies reversed an early slide.

Amazon says it has more than 150 million Prime members

NEW YORK (AP) — It was another prime Christmas for Amazon.

Commerce secretary: China virus could bring jobs back to US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross suggested Thursday that the viral outbreak in China might offer an unexpected benefit for the U.S. economy: It could encourage American manufacturers in China to return to the United States.

Federal Reserve proposes loosening rules on bank investments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve approved a proposal Thursday to loosen a financial-crisis era rule that prevents banks from investing in venture capital funds.

Pompeo reassures Britain on US relations after Brexit

LONDON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the U.S. and Britain would retain and enhance their special relationship once the U.K. leaves the European Union this week. He also said that American unhappiness with the British decision to allow the Chinese tech company Huawei to play a role in the country's high-speed wireless network would not affect broader ties.

UK rates held as Brexit clarity shores up economic surveys

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England on Thursday opted against cutting interest rates amid signs of improvement in the British economy in the run-up to Britain's imminent departure from the European Union.

Pompeo in UK to talk Huawei, post-Brexit trade deal

LONDON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the U.S. and Britain would retain and enhance their special relationship once the U.K. leaves the European Union this week. He also said that American unhappiness with the British decision to allow the Chinese tech company Huawei to play a role in the country's high-speed wireless network would not affect broader ties.

US economy grew modestly last quarter against a hazy outlook

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a moderate 2.1% annual rate in the final three months of 2019, capping a year when a weak global landscape and a sharp pullback in business investment resulting from President Donald Trump's trade fights combined to slow growth.


Dershowitz says his Trump impeachment defense distorted

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz now says his headline-dominating argument against impeaching the president has been distorted.

Experts on Dershowitz's impeachment defense: Quid pro whoa

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alan Dershowitz delivered a stunning defense of President Donald Trump in the Senate that would essentially make it impossible to impeach a president for anything he might do to boost his reelection prospects. It was a contention quickly and forcefully denounced by a range of legal scholars and historians who said there were clear limits on presidential authority.

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