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VOL. 40 | NO. 50 | Friday, December 9, 2016

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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Goodlettsville Chamber Luncheon. Monthly membership luncheon, begins with networking and spotlights on business. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. GoodNaz Church, 400 Loretta Drive, Goodlettsville. Fees: $15 for members and $17 for non-members. Information: www.goodlettsvillechamber.com

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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.


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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


Making the most of your annual performance review

Do you wish you were making more money?


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 less-burdened Lauren Graham.


Dolly Parton telethon raises $9M for wildfire victims

NASHVILLE (AP) — Dolly Parton says a star-studded telethon for those affected by recent wildfires in her native Tennessee has brought in about $9 million.

UT Board of Trustees to vote on new chancellor Davenport

NASHVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee's Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote Thursday on the appointment of Beverly Davenport as the first female chancellor of the public university system's flagship campus in Knoxville.

Titans launching series of youth football day camps

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are launching a series of youth football day camps that are set to take place next summer in various Tennessee locations.


Tennessee House GOP chairman defends secret meeting decision

NASHVILLE (AP) — The chairman of the state House Republican Caucus is defending a recent decision to hold a meeting behind closed doors.


US homebuilder confidence hits highest level since 2005

U.S. homebuilders' confidence soared this month to the highest level in 11 years, reflecting heightened expectations of better sales now and well into 2017.


California, Uber in legal showdown over self-driving cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber is riding its self-driving cars into a legal showdown with California regulators.


Yahoo's big breach helps usher in an age of hacker anxiety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo has become the worst-case example of an unnerving but increasingly common phenomenon — massive hacks that steal secrets and other potentially revealing information from our personal digital accounts, or from big organizations that hold sensitive data on our behalf.

Galileo, Europe's rival to GPS satnav system, starts service

BERLIN (AP) — Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system, designed to rival the U.S.-made GPS service, has begun formal operations.


Claims for unemployment benefits fall to 254,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed up for unemployment benefits last week, the second straight week that claims have declined.

Banks lead US stock indexes higher, and dollar jumps again

NEW YORK (AP) — US stock indexes rose Thursday morning, led by banks and other financial companies which stand to make bigger profits with expectations of higher interest rates on the way. The dollar continued to climb against other currencies after the Federal Reserve raised its forecast for interest-rate increases next year.


From Trump and his new team, mixed signals on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — He brushed off climate change as a Chinese hoax, then called it the real deal and finally declared that "nobody really knows." Donald Trump is sending mixed signals on whether or how he will try to slow Earth's warming temperatures and rising sea levels.


GOP lawmakers introduce bill seeking to legalize medical pot

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican lawmakers are introducing legislation that would allow the use of marijuana for a variety of medical conditions in Tennessee.

Democratic leadership remains unchanged in Tennessee Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) — The leadership positions among Democrats' small state Senate caucus will remain unchanged for the 110th Tennessee General Assembly.


Tennessee businesses align against possible anti-LGBT bills

NASHVILLE (AP) — Almost 200 Tennessee companies are aligning against proposals they fear would encourage discrimination.


Federal prosecutors accuse execs of fixing drug prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged two former pharmaceutical executives with fixing prices of generic drugs, part of an ongoing government investigation into anticompetitive tactics by companies that make lower-cost drugs intended to reduce medication costs.


Jimmy Haslam deposed in Pilot lawsuit

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was deposed Tuesday in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain, which is owned by his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, and other family members.


GM shares fall on reports of antitrust penalty in China

DETROIT (AP) — A Chinese state-run newspaper reported Wednesday that the government will penalize an unidentified U.S. automaker soon for alleged anti-competitive behavior. With signs pointing to General Motors, shares of the Detroit company fell 2 percent.

Volkswagen shakeup means more English, female managers

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says it's going to speak more English and help more women reach for top positions as it shakes up its corporate culture in the wake of a diesel emissions scandal.

Uber self-driving cars hit the streets of San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco — a move likely to excite the city's tech-savvy population and certain to antagonize California regulators.


Yahoo says hackers stole information from over 1B accounts

NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than one billion user accounts in August 2013, in what is thought to be the largest data breach at an email provider.

Trump tells anxious tech leaders: 'We're here to help'

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump, who faced fierce opposition from some Silicon Valley leaders during the election campaign, strove to assure the titans of tech on Wednesday that his administration is "here to help you folks do well."


Fed raises key interest rate and foresees 3 hikes in 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has raised a key interest rate in response to a strengthening U.S. economy and expectations of higher inflation, and it foresees three more rate hikes in 2017.

Stocks fall after Fed rate hike, dollar and bond yields jump

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks had their worst day in two months after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates Wednesday on the back of a strengthening job market and surprised investors by increasing its forecast for rate hikes next year. The dollar's value jumped against other currencies, and bond yields climbed to their highest levels in years.

US retail sales barely rise at start of holiday shopping

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their retail spending just slightly in November, a possible sign of lackluster holiday shopping.

US wholesale prices jump 0.4 percent, most in 5 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices rose at the fastest pace in five months in November, pushed higher by retailers' profit margins and more expensive food.


Metro officer expected to recover after being shot

NASHVILLE (AP) — A police officer in Tennessee is expected to make a full recovery after being shot and wounded Tuesday at a Nashville motel.


Workshops scheduled for people interested in farming

SPRING HILL (AP) — University of Tennessee Extension has scheduled a workshop for people who want to go into farming but don't know how to get started.


Singer Joe Ligon of gospel group Mighty Clouds of Joy dies

NASHVILLE (AP) — Singer Joe Ligon, the dynamic frontman of the Grammy-winning gospel group Mighty Clouds of Joy, has died. He was 80.


Google's self-driving car project gets a new name: Waymo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The self-driving car project that Google started seven years ago has grown into a company called Waymo, signaling its confidence that it will be able to bring robot-controlled vehicles to the masses within the next few years.

Tech leaders couldn't beat Trump; they'll meet him instead

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Technology leaders are about to come face-to-face with President-elect Donald Trump after fiercely opposing his candidacy, fearful that he would stifle innovation, curb the hiring of computer-savvy immigrants and infringe on consumers' digital privacy.


Obama set to sign bill boosting spending on cancer research

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will sign legislation on Tuesday that makes new investments in cancer research and battling drug abuse.


Gov't to require cars be able to talk to each other

WASHINGTON (AP) — All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a proposal released Tuesday by the Transportation Department. Officials say the technology holds the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths and transform driving.


Dow nears 20,000 as energy companies and tech stocks climb

NEW YORK (AP) — Major U.S. stock indexes set records again Tuesday as energy companies continued to climb following international deals that will cut oil production. Big-name technology companies like Apple and IBM also traded higher as the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 19,900 for the first time.

OPEC production jumped before global deal on cuts, IEA says

PARIS (AP) — The International Energy Agency says OPEC oil production climbed to a record high last month, in the days and weeks leading up to a major global deal to slash output.

1st SeaWorld park without orcas opening in Abu Dhabi in 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Months after SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment ended its orca-breeding program amid pressure from animal rights activists, company officials announced Tuesday that they will help develop in Abu Dhabi the first new SeaWorld park without orcas — and the first outside the United States.


From 'oops' to DOE chief; Rick Perry is pick for Energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — He ran for president twice, but Rick Perry may be best known for two made-for-TV moments: uttering "oops" when he forgot the Energy Department was one of the agencies he pledged to eliminate and being a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."

Republican looks to overhaul Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Republican lawmaker wants to overhaul Social Security, the decades-old program that provides benefits to some 60 million retirees and disabled, with a plan to gradually increase the retirement age and slow the growth of benefits for higher-income workers.


Immigrants, advocates convene ahead of Trump inauguration

NASHVILLE (AP) - Organizers of a national conference aimed at promoting the rights of immigrants to the United States had to make some dramatic adjustments to their agenda before the conference opened over the weekend in Nashville.


Lawsuit claims GOP donor Andy Miller hired political allies

NASHVILLE (AP) - A lawyer for a prominent Republican donor is disputing former executives' claims that client Andy Miller Jr. hired political allies, friends and family to work do-nothing jobs.


November revenues in Tennessee up slightly from prior year

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say the state's revenues for November were up slightly from the same month a year ago.

Governor seeks quick action on disaster request for Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's governor has sent a request to President Barack Obama to expedite a major disaster declaration for five of the state's counties to aid in recovery from wildfires and severe storms.


Titans of new industry spring $1 billion clean energy fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some big names with big money have jumped into the alternative energy race.

1st US offshore wind farm opens off Rhode Island's coast

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The nation's first offshore wind farm has opened off the coast of Rhode Island, ushering in a new era in the U.S. for the industry.

Google, Cuba sign allowing faster access to company's data

HAVANA (AP) — Google and the Cuban government signed a deal Monday allowing the internet giant to provide faster access to its data by installing servers on the island that will store much of the company's most popular content.


High court turns away appeal from former AIG executives

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from two former American International Group executives seeking to avoid civil fraud claims on charges they hid hundreds of millions of dollars in losses from investors.

Supreme Court upholds broad reach of bank fraud law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the broad reach of a federal law prohibiting bank fraud, a ruling that gives the government more leeway to prosecute financial crimes.

Justices will consider forfeiture dispute in drug case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether a Tennessee man convicted for his role selling iodine water purification filters to methamphetamine makers can be required to forfeit nearly $70,000 in profits.


After health-care repeal vote, some in GOP fear a cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are eagerly planning initial votes next month on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, a cherished GOP goal. But many worry that while Congress tries to replace it, the party will face ever-angrier voters, spooked health insurers and the possibility of tumbling off a political cliff.


Oil spurt drives Dow to record despite drop for most stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks mostly fell on Monday, but a spurt in oil prices helped push the energy sector higher and the Dow Jones industrial average to another record.

Redstone firm calls off CBS, Viacom merger proposal

ATLANTA (AP) — Media mogul Sumner Redstone's National Amusements is abandoning a proposal that CBS and Viacom reunite after a 10 year split.

Iran seals deal with Boeing to buy 80 planes worth $16.6B

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's flag carrier finalized a major deal with U.S. plane maker Boeing Co. to buy $16.6 billion worth of passenger planes Sunday in one of the most tangible benefits yet for the Islamic Republic from last year's landmark nuclear agreement.

EU, Cuba sign cooperation pact, vow Trump will not hurt ties

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Cuba signed a first-ever agreement on closer ties on Monday, and vowed that the arrival in office of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump would not impact on their future relations.


Top GOP leader: Senate to probe reports of Russia hacking

NEW YORK (AP) — The top Senate Republican said Monday that Congress will investigate a CIA assessment that Russia interfered in the November election on behalf of Donald Trump, an intelligence conclusion that the incoming commander in chief has called "ridiculous."

Trump targets F-35, but aircraft means jobs in 45 states

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is vowing to corral the "out of control" cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But congressional Republicans and Democrats, aware of the tens of thousands of jobs the aircraft generates in 45 states, will be wary of any plans by Trump to cut the program.

Trump invites trouble if he keeps businesses: ethics experts

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he will step away from managing his business empire while he's in office — but he's not going to sell it off. If he follows through, he will shatter a presidential precedent on conflicts, and ethics experts say he will open the door to investigations and lawsuits that could hobble his administration.


Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney donate to wildfire fund

NASHVILLE (AP) — Artists and organizations in Music City are stepping up to help their neighbors after devastating wildfires damaged about 2,500 buildings and caused 14 deaths in the Gatlinburg area.


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.


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.


Gov't proposal envisions phone calls on airline flights

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


Record-setting stock streak hits sixth day on broad gains

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose for the sixth day in a row Friday as major indexes continued to set records. The biggest gains went to companies that have been mostly left out of the post-election rally, including health care companies and makers of household goods.

Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.

Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact.

Murdoch's 21st Century Fox agrees to buy Europe's Sky

NEW YORK (AP) — Rupert Murdoch may get all of European broadcaster Sky after all after the U.K. phone-hacking scandal scotched a previous effort.

Americans' odds of earning more than parents have plunged

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

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.

US consumer prices up 0.2 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices rose in November by the smallest amount in three months as the climb in energy prices moderated a bit and food prices remained flat.

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