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VOL. 41 | NO. 49 | Friday, December 08, 2017
SPECIAL EMPHASIS: TRAVEL

Hit the road for the holidays

4 surprising getaways, all reachable on one tank of gas

Would you rather be home for the holidays or gone? If you chose the latter, you’re not alone. Call it the new holiday and winter tradition. Fueled by demographics, the sharing of photos on social media and shifting consumer trends, more Americans are choosing to take a trip instead of gathering at home.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

‘Don’t make her Cry’: Regina McCrary’s life on the road with Dylan

Regina McCrary swears it was God’s plan when Fairfield Four gospel star the Rev. Sam McCrary first held tightly the skinny, Jewish rock star.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Comcast Military Employment Fair. Comcast is hosting a virtual employment fair today aimed at reaching the company’s national goal of hiring 10,000 military members and their spouses by the end of 2017. Nearly 100 retail sales consultant and call center sales representative positions are available across Tennessee.  The online event will take place 5-7 p.m. and is open to the military community nationwide.  Applicants are required to RSVP by registering at https://lnkd.in/eYC-6fP or by texting #ComcastTN with their name, e-mail & phone number to 561-402-2294. Interested candidates can also visit Comcast’s employment website at http://careers.comcast.com to review the job description of the available positions. Additiuonal information: www.comcastcareers.com/military

more events »

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Tax plan could really hurt Nashville real estate market

“Realtors: Senate-passed Tax Legislation Bad News for Homeowners,” reads a recent headline from the National Association of Realtors. Lest this spawn a political debate, it should be noted that NAR’s membership is 1.3 million strong and that its PAC raises and disburses millions and million of dollars each year, and that those dollars are usually almost evenly split between the two major parties.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee hires Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt as coach

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt's mission is to get the Volunteers back to the status they enjoyed when his new boss was roaming the sidelines.

Pay for no play: UT paying millions to former coaches

Tennessee’s bungled search for a football coach will come at a cost for the university. A big cost.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Game of thrones? UT’s cast not that smart

Incompetence is king of this Hill

When he was president of the University of Tennessee in 1959-70, Andy Holt often referred to the Vols athletics program, and particularly its football program, as “the front porch of the university.”

Grading 50 years of UT athletic directors

Ultimately, Phillip Fulmer’s success or failure as Tennessee’s athletics director will be tied to his very first hire. If his pick wins enough football games, Fulmer has done his job.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans set 2nd 'training camp' next week in Arizona

Road trip! The Tennessee Titans are trying something a little different for a two-game swing out West beginning with this Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Titans at Cardinals: What to watch

1. Get after Gabbert. The Cardinals are starting Blaine Gabbert at quarterback on Sunday, and Titans coach Mike Mularkey knows him well. Gabbert was his starting QB for 10 games in Mularkey’s lone year as the Jaguars head coach in 2012. Things didn’t go well for Mularkey, Gabbert or the Jaguars that year. Gabbert has hung around the league since then and made some modest improvements, but he still is prone to mistakes, as he had two interceptions and a lost fumble Sunday against the Rams.

NEWSMAKERS

Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 13 associates

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has added 13 new associates in Nashville, as well as two in Washington, D.C., and one in Memphis. Nashville additions and practice areas:

BRIEFS

Barge, Waggoner rebrands, moves offices to SoBro

After 62 years in the heart of downtown Nashville, Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., has relocated to 615 3rd Avenue South in the SoBro area.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Buying a used car from ‘some guy?’ Here’s how

Buying a used car from a private-party owner is a good way to stretch your car-buying dollar, but it’s not without risk. Although there are state and federal laws that protect used-car buyers, most apply to purchases made at dealerships, not private-party sales.

CAREER CORNER

Make the most of holiday parties

We’ve all been there. There’s a company holiday party you’d rather not attend – or maybe your next-door neighbors are throwing an event that you just can’t avoid. Whatever the occasion, these parties can be draining during the holidays.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Stretching your holiday cheer with year-round engagement

We often give a little more back to our communities during the holiday season by supporting toy drives, food banks or even devoting a day to volunteering with our co-workers.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Rep. Black describes enduring sexual misconduct as lawmaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — Rep. Diane Black says she knows from personal experience, having endured sexual misconduct as a state lawmaker, why Congress needs to expose federal lawmakers who settled cases, force them to repay any tax dollars involved and ban such taxpayer-funded settlements going forward.

STATEWIDE

Nashville, 3 other Tennessee cities have top 25 job growth

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A new study says four Tennessee metro areas are among the top 10 metro areas for job growth in the southeast so far this year.

TECHNOLOGY

Cellphone company T-Mobile to launch TV service next year

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is launching a TV service next year, becoming the latest company to marry wireless and video.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Mississippi Toyota plant makes millionth Corolla sedan

BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. says its Mississippi plant has assembled its millionth Corolla sedan.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US indexes close mostly higher

Stocks are closing mostly higher on Wall Street, but a pullback in bank stocks left the Standard & Poor's 500 index slightly lower.

Fed rate increase is 3rd this year; foresees 3 more in 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession.

Fed sees 'modest lift' to growth from tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says that she and her colleagues expect a "modest lift" to economic growth from the tax cuts being proposed by President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers.

5 things small business owners should know about tax bills

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners are awaiting details of a reported Republican deal in principle on a tax overhaul, the details of which could come soon.

3 things to watch for from the Federal Reserve today

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the day when Janet Yellen will hold her final news conference as Federal Reserve chair, the Fed has left little doubt what it plans to do Wednesday: Raise its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year.

Target aims to boost same-day delivery by acquiring Shipt

NEW YORK (AP) — Target plans to boost its same-day delivery capability by paying $550 million for Shipt, its latest move to try to catch up with Amazon.

Apple plows $390M into Finisar facial recognition, 500+ jobs

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — Apple has made its second notable investment this week, the latest into the facial recognition technology company, Finisar.

Gasoline prices lift US consumer inflation 0.4 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surging gasoline prices pulled U.S. consumer inflation up 0.4 percent in November.

Greek court backs extraditing Russian bitcoin suspect to US

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Supreme Court has ruled in favor extraditing a Russian cybercrime suspect to the United States to stand trial for allegedly laundering billions of dollars using the virtual currency bitcoin.

NATIONAL POLITICS

AP sources: House, Senate leaders reach deal on tax package

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses, give many Americans modest cuts and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to President Donald Trump.

Gillibrand got a fight she wants after Trump's fiery tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them.

Analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabama's Roy Moore. And rarely has that bet failed so spectacularly.

GOP tax plan trims top rate for wealthy, cuts corporate rate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive Republican tax package swiftly taking shape would pull down the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the tax rate for corporations to a level slightly above what businesses and conservatives wanted.


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
STATEWIDE

Vice President Pence gives $4K to Black's gubernatorial bid

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black can count Vice President Mike Pence among her supporters.

Fall Creek Falls State Park inn closing in April for rebuild

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials say they'll close Fall Creek Falls State Park's inn, restaurant and conference center in April for a $25 million rebuilding.

Cooper, Dickerson join to boost Tennessee voter registration

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper and Tennessee state Sen. Steve Dickerson are hoping to raise voter registration rates with a new project involving businesses and other organizations.

SPORTS

Ex-Vols AD Currie, Schiano had agreed on $27 million deal

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee athletic director John Currie and Greg Schiano signed a memorandum of understanding to make the Ohio State defensive coordinator the new Volunteers football coach before the deal fell apart amid a public backlash.

Coach: Injuries to Titans QB Mariota, LT Lewan not serious

Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey says he doesn't think quarterback Marcus Mariota's sprained left knee or left tackle Taylor Lewan's sore back should keep either out of the Titans' game with San Francisco on Sunday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes close mostly up; New highs for S&P 500, Dow

Big-name companies notched gains on Wall Street Tuesday, delivering more records for two of the major stock indexes.

US wholesale prices up 0.4 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices at the wholesale level rose 0.4 percent in November and 3.1 percent over the past year. It was the biggest annual jump in nearly six years and reflected a big spike in the price of gasoline and other energy products.

Follow the money: investors lead charge on climate change

BERLIN (AP) — An international summit Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the Paris climate agreement has drawn world leaders, celebrities, companies and environmental groups to the French capital, all aiming to keep up momentum on efforts to curb global warming.

Amid Amazon competition, Westfield malls sold for $15.7B

PARIS (AP) — The owner of Westfield shopping centers is being bought by French property investor Unibail-Rodamco for $15.7 billion as shop retailers struggle to keep up with the move to online sites like Amazon.

Kentucky craft brewers reusing bourbon barrels

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A charred oak barrel can only be used once to create bourbon whiskey. But some of Kentucky's craft brewers are proving that used barrels can be put to good use.

Ex-CFO of 'Soup Nazi' inspired company admits to tax evasion

NEW YORK (AP) — The former chief financial officer for a company licensing recipes from the real-life chef who inspired the "Soup Nazi" character on "Seinfeld" has admitted to tax evasion.

Comcast reportedly no longer in deal talks with Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — Citing a Comcast statement, the Wall Street Journal reported that the cable company is no longer in discussions to buy pieces of 21st Century Fox . That could open the door to a Disney bid.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Republicans agree on 21 percent corporate tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional aides say Republican negotiators have agreed to set the corporate income tax rate at 21 percent as part of last-minute negotiations on a sweeping tax package.

US budget deficit totals $138.5 billion in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government collected a record amount of tax income for the month of November and also had a record level of spending for the month, producing a budget deficit of $138.5 billion, up slightly from a year ago.

Tax package would ease hit to residents of high-tax states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday were speeding toward an agreement on a massive tax package that would ease the hit on Americans living in high-tax states and appease corporations that could have lost precious tax breaks.

Admin says big revenue from GOP tax plan; analysts less rosy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican tax plan will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers, the Trump administration asserts in a new analysis. But nonpartisan analysts make a less rosy projection of new revenue from the tax legislation now before Congress.

Trump says accusations of sexual misconduct 'fabricated'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, pushing back against women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisted Tuesday he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met."


MONDAY, DECEMBER 11
NASHVILLE AREA

Officials to break ground on new Tennessee State Museum

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials are planning a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Tennessee State Museum.

Historical marker honors Tennessee LGBT activist

NASHVILLE (AP) — A historical marker has been unveiled honoring a pioneering activist for gay and lesbian rights in Tennessee.

STATEWIDE

Researcher asking Tennessee park visitors to contribute data

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — A Tennessee researcher is hoping visitors to a park will help her gather data for what she calls a "citizen science project."

SPORTS

Cardinals' defense shuts down Titans in 12-7 victory

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals didn't get much offense against Tennessee. Their defense, though, was just fine.

HEALTH CARE

Some glitches seen in deadline week for 'Obamacare' sign-ups

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for "Obamacare" sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

More records for S&P 500, Dow industrials

Stocks ended modestly higher on Wall Street, enough to mark more record highs for two major indexes.

Fed set to raise rates as Yellen gives final news conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investors seem certain about this: The Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates this week for the third time this year.

US job openings slip in October, but hiring increased

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted slightly fewer job openings in October than the previous month, but the number of people being hired improved.

Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over virtual currency

CHICAGO (AP) — Bitcoin's debut on a major U.S. exchange is a hit so far, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the virtual currency rising 16 percent.

'Shape of Water,' 'Big Little Lies' lead Golden Globes

NEW YORK (AP) — Guillermo del Toro's Cold War-era fairytale "The Shape of Water" swam away with a leading seven nominations from the Golden Globes, while the HBO drama "Big Little Lies" led television nominees with six nods.

List of nominees for 75th Golden Globe Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Nominees for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Monday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

Will misconduct scandals make men wary of women at work?

NEW YORK (AP) — Some women, and men, worry the same climate that's emboldening women to speak up about sexual misconduct could backfire by making some men wary of female colleagues.

Baby milk maker orders global recall over salmonella fears

PARIS (AP) — Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump to pitch tax plan; Treasury offers rosy estimate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday will try to sell the American people on an unpopular Republican tax overhaul that his administration claims will generate a large part of $1.8 trillion in new revenue — a figure that a top Democratic lawmaker dismissed as "fake math."

Start the clock for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Start the countdown clock on a momentous two weeks for President Donald Trump and the GOP-run Congress.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Moore and their odd orbit of claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The orbit of odd political claims stretched from Utah canyons to the looming Alabama Senate race to crazy-as-usual Washington in recent days.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
NASHVILLE AREA

Dollar General tops Street 3Q forecasts

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — After a slow start to the year, Dollar General bounced back in the third quarter thanks to stronger sales that pushed revenue and earnings ahead of projections.

STATEWIDE

Haslam addresses group that opposed Medicaid expansion push

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he agrees with most views espoused by a conservative group that had him speak at its convention, despite the organization's opposition to his past Medicaid expansion attempts.

Bredesen joins race to succeed Sen. Corker in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide election in Tennessee, touted his problem-fixing credentials on Thursday in announcing his bid to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

Ford won't contribute to MSNBC until resolving allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. will not be a contributor on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program until allegations of misconduct against him are resolved.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee state Rep. Sheila Butt to retire from state House

NASHVILLE (AP) — State Rep. Sheila Butt, who has drawn national attention for her statements about race and climate change, has announced she won't seek a fifth term in the Tennessee House next year.

COURTS

Judge: Former Pilot Flying J exec used racial epithets in recording

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A federal judge says the former president of the truck stop chain Pilot Flying J disparaged black people, women and the city of Cleveland in secret recordings that have been kept under seal in his fraud trial.

REAL ESTATE

US mortgage rates rise, though remain historically low

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. mortgage rates rose this week as the economy showed signs of strength, which makes it more likely that the Federal Reserve will raise its short-term rate next week.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Subaru, Hyundai top insurance industry's safety awards

DETROIT (AP) — Subaru and Hyundai have the most vehicles named top safety picks by the insurance industry.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 returns to record following strong US jobs report

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Friday following a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report, and the strong finish pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its third straight weekly gain despite some weakness earlier in the week.

US employers add 228K jobs; unemployment rate stays 4.1 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 228,000 jobs in November, a sign of the job market's enduring strength in its ninth year of economic recovery.

Where Americans found jobs: Manufacturing and health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers in business services, health care and manufacturing were in a hiring mood in November.

Trump says fines for Wells Fargo will not be dropped

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump weighed in on an investigation into scandal-plagued Wells Fargo, tweeting Friday that fines and penalties against the bank would not be dropped, and may actually be "substantially increased."

Surging stocks lift US wealth, yet most still trail '07 peak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surging stock prices and steady increases in home values powered American household wealth to $96.9 trillion this fall, though the gains aren't widely shared.

Brexit deal a much-needed win for UK's embattled Theresa May

LONDON (AP) — Few people will be more relieved at Friday's long-sought U.K.-EU deal on Brexit than British Prime Minister Theresa May.

A look at the key points in the Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — From the Irish border to the divorce bill, the deal struck Friday between Britain and the European Union covers the main terms of divorce. It also paves the way for the two sides to start negotiating on the key points of their future relationship, such as trade.

Bitcoin soars then falls back; banks raise risk concerns

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of bitcoin swung wildly Thursday, rising to more than $19,000 only to fall sharply within minutes, as both the euphoria and anxiety surrounding the virtual currency escalated just days before it starts trading on a major U.S. exchange.

Q&A: How is a bitcoin mined? A look at the virtual currency

LONDON (AP) — A company in Slovenia that mines bitcoin says it has been hacked, for a potential loss of tens of millions of dollars.

Years after Lehman: Final rules set on strengthening banks

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A global forum of banking regulators has finished its yearslong work on rules that aim to keep weak banks from needing taxpayer bailouts and setting off financial crises like the one that led to the Great Recession.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Ex-aide: Franks offered $5m to carry his child

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother.

Net neutrality fans speak up as FCC set to strike down rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue that has been argued over for years in tech and telecom circles. Now everyday folks are talking about it.

House passes stopgap spending bill to avert weekend shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill.

Key Republicans oppose effort to reduce corporate tax cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key Republican lawmakers oppose efforts to scale back a proposed cut in the corporate income tax rate to pay for other tax breaks, complicating efforts to appease Republicans from high-tax states.

Franken announces resignation from Senate amid allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said Thursday he will resign from Congress in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.

FBI director counters Trump's attacks on his agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday countered strident attacks on his agency by President Donald Trump, saying, "There is no finer institution than the FBI."

EPA chief denies sidelining science pros to appease industry

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt says his proposed regulatory rollbacks and other policies are grounded in science. He dismisses criticisms that he is ignoring experts in a push to appease favored industries.

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