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VOL. 41 | NO. 9 | Friday, March 03, 2017

The many costs of divorce

When Courtenay Rogers finalized her divorce in 2011, it was after three long years of working with mediators and attorneys.

Think long term when divorcing in 20s, 30

Millennials are waiting longer to get married, and by the time they do, they are established in their careers, traveled and already even bought a house – together or separately.

Social media quick to expose your cheating heart

For many couples, it is the ultimate deal breaker.

Top-notch attorney offers 'Divorce 101'

Jan Walden is a Nashville-based attorney with a specialty in handling uncontested divorce and family and divorce mediation.

Palermo praises evolution of divorce mediation

Rose Palermo is one of Nashville’s most respected practitioners of family law. Palermo, arguably a local legend, is known as a tenacious, effective fighter for her clients. She’s loved and held in highest esteem by many, but she’s also feared for her skills.

Local Weather

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EVENTS

LGBT + College Conference Pre-Event, Cocktails and Conversation. Noted panelists share open dialogue on the capacity of our community to successfully navigate the intersection of diversity with education, commerce, community, government and each other. Thursday, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, 511 Union Street, 275h floor, Nashville. Cocktails & Networking: 6 p.m., Program: 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Space is limited. Information: ron.snitker@wallerlaw.com

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Fast action on Lovell still riles Rep. Mitchell

In a case of déjà vu all over again, Democratic state Rep. Bo Mitchell isn’t willing to give Republican House leaders a break on their handling of former Rep. Mark Lovell’s resignation for alleged sexual misconduct.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Five simple rules to guide your real estate adventure

With an increase in mortgage interest rates in place and more on the horizon, residential real estate is La La Land no more. Some of the younger buyers are so distraught over missing the rates in the three percent range that they are outraged.

NEWSMAKERS

Pedigo to moderate INPUT conference

Will Pedigo, Nashville Public Television producer, has been selected as a 2017 moderator for INPUT, an international public media conference that presents films and television programs.

NASHVILLE AREA

Drive-in project is 'bet the farm endeavor'

Since announcing plans in early February for an indoor, ideal drive-in experience called August Moon, the great imaginer behind it has enjoyed a deluge of media coverage and supportive emails and messages from potential customers and interested investors.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Put blame on Webster for lousy Titan draft picks

When wide receiver Kendall Wright was a healthy scratch for the Titans’ final game of the season, it further underscored why this franchise is still struggling to gain altitude in the NFL.

FAMILY TRAVEL

Enjoy Tuscaloosa no matter who you cheer for

When I hear Tuscaloosa, it’s almost always in the classic voice of former college football announcer Keith Jackson as he welcomes TV viewers to the campus of the University of Alabama.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

GMC cuts size, cost of Acadia mid-size SUV for 2017

GMC has given the Acadia the biggest makeover in its 10-year history, shrinking the size and the price of its best-selling SUV while making it more fuel efficient and giving it new technology.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

E-commerce sites depend on photographs

The secret to inspiring visitors to purchase from your e-commerce platform is equal parts art and science.

NASHVILLE AREA

Former driver's license examiner admits taking bribes

NASHVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a former Tennessee driver's license examiner has been convicted of taking bribes to give unqualified people a driver's license.

Students urge Vanderbilt against private prison investment

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt University's student government is urging the school to set guidelines against any investment in private prisons, though the school says it currently has no such investments.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Audit: Ex-lawmaker Durham failed to report $36K in contributions

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Registry of Campaign Finance has informed expelled state Rep. Jeremy Durham that he faces potential fines for failing to report more than $36,000 in contributions and more than $51,000 in expenditures.

Senate Education Committee delays votes on voucher bills

NASHVILLE (AP) — A legislative committee has delayed votes on voucher bills following questions about what assessment tests the students would take if the proposals were to pass into law.

'Fetal heartbeat' abortion ban bill fails in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill seeking to ban abortion in Tennessee at the first detected fetal heartbeat, as early as six weeks, has failed for the year.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate rises to year-high 4.21 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, marking new highs for the year. An increase in a key interest rate is expected by the Federal Reserve next week, propelled by signs of strength in the economy.

HEALTH CARE

Marathon debate as GOP pushes ahead on health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined House Republicans pushed ahead Thursday with divisive legislation to undo former President Barack Obama's health care law, holding marathon all-night voting sessions in key committees despite Democratic protest and intense opposition from doctors and consumer groups.

AP Spin Meter: GOP health care offers access, not insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forget about insurance coverage. The new Republican buzzwords in Washington are health care access.

House panel OKs health bill, industry groups say 'no'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans scored a pre-dawn triumph Thursday in their effort to scuttle former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, but it masked deeper problems as hospitals, doctors and consumer groups mounted intensifying opposition to the GOP health care drive.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks hold steady as oil prices slide further; banks rise

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are slightly higher Thursday morning as interest rates continue to move higher and banks climb with them. Energy companies continue to fall with the price of oil. Retailers Tailored Brands and Staples are falling after weak quarterly reports, but Sears is climbing as investors are pleased it cut its losses. Stocks have fallen for the last three days.

Man picked to fix AIG will step down after massive loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Three weeks after AIG reported a titanic loss, the person chosen to turn things around at one of the world's largest insurance companies is stepping down.

US claims for unemployment aid rise by 20,000 to 243,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but claims remained low enough to suggest that most workers enjoy job security.

RadioShack files for bankruptcy for second time in 2 years

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in just over two years, putting the future of the nearly 100-year-old electronics retailer in doubt.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8
NASHVILLE AREA

Historic site of Nashville sit-ins to be restored as eatery

NASHVILLE (AP) — The site of civil rights sit-ins in 1960, the Woolworth building in downtown Nashville, will reclaim its historic look as it becomes a soul food restaurant with live music.

Metro Council seeks purchase of officer body cams after shooting

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's Metro Council is calling for the "immediate purchase" of police body cameras after the fatal shooting of an armed black man by a white officer last month.

Nashville JCC to hold security forum after threats

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's Gordon Jewish Community Center is holding a security forum in the wake of a number of bomb threats it has received since January. Federal officials have been investigating more than 120 threats against Jewish organizations in three dozen states since Jan. 9 and a rash of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Senate Education Committee to vote on voucher bills

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are slated to vote on several school-choice proposals, including vouchers bills moving through the legislature.

STATEWIDE

Democrat Andy Berke wins second term as Chattanooga mayor

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrat Andy Berke was overwhelmingly elected to a second term as Chattanooga mayor on Tuesday.

HEALTH CARE

Ryan defends GOP health care bill in face of opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan staunchly defended the House Republican health care plan Wednesday as the only alternative to the current Obama-era law, as he confronted forceful opposition from conservatives, medical professionals and others.

Republican governors complain about GOP health care plan

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican governors complain that a GOP proposal to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law would force millions of lower-income earners off insurance rolls or stick states with the cost of keeping them covered.

AMA won't back GOP's health overhaul as drafted

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Medical Association says it won't support the proposed health care plan as drafted by congressional Republicans.

GOP push on health plan; conservatives, Democrats oppose it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of key conservatives and Democrats, House Republican leaders are forging ahead with a health care plan that scraps major parts of the Obama-era overhaul.

COURTS

Man convicted of not filing taxes over 'mark of the beast'

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of failing to file his income tax returns for 21 years because he considered using a Social Security number akin to using the "mark of the beast" spelled out in the Bible.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stock indexes end mostly lower as the price of oil plunges

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell for the third day in a row as energy companies tumbled along with the price of crude oil. Investors also sold high-dividend stocks as bond yields rose, giving investors other alternatives for seeking income.

Big thaw? Looks like small businesses ending hiring freeze

NEW YORK (AP) — The hiring freeze at small businesses looks like it's finally thawing.

Survey: Private employers added robust 298K jobs last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added the most jobs in three years last month, a private survey found, a sign that hiring has accelerated sharply from last year's modest levels.

US productivity records smallest annual gain since 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The productivity of American workers grew at a slower pace in fourth quarter and last year recorded the smallest annual gain in five years.


TUESDAY, MARCH 7
STATE LEGISLATURE

Haslam's fuel tax delayed in committee

A split House Transportation Committee slammed the brakes Tuesday on Gov. Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, even though it contains a measure to use the sales tax for transportation funding instead of raising fuel taxes.

Transgender bathroom bill postponed

Legislation requiring public school students to use restrooms based on their sex at birth is on hold.

Legislature considers expanding voucher-like program

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are considering a sweeping expansion of a voucher-like program that is estimated to cost $71 million.

Task force now sought to study kindergarten suspensions

State Rep. Raumesh Akbari is altering her strategy on legislation to reduce suspension of kindergartners, seeking a task force study on the matter rather than an immediate and outright ban.

STATEWIDE

Greeneville banker gets 3-year sentence in $1M embezzlement

GREENEVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee bank manager was sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling about $1 million and using it to gamble online and pay personal debts.

REGION

Co-founder of Georgia-based Waffle House chain dies at 97

ATLANTA (AP) — Waffle House co-founder Joseph Wilson Rogers Sr., who went from short-order cook to co-founder of one of the nation's largest restaurant chains, has died. He was 97.

Brown-Forman posts 3Q profit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Brown-Forman Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $182 million.

HEALTH CARE

House GOP health bill adds up to big tax cut for the rich

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republicans' health care bill adds up to big tax cuts for the rich.

Trump praises new health care bill as GOP tries to sell it

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his administration's top health official praised the new House Republican health care legislation Tuesday as the GOP embarked on a drive to sell the proposal to rank-and-file lawmakers and the public.

GOP health care bill compared with Obama-era law

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first glance, the new health care bill from House Republicans appears to have similarities to the Obama-era law, like tax credits, protections for people with health problems, and the ability of parents to keep young adults on their insurance.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Losses for drugmakers, hospitals pull stocks lower

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks declined for the third time in four days on Tuesday as health care companies took center stage.

Disconnect between stock market and economy, OECD warns

PARIS (AP) — There appears to be a disconnect between the recent surge in stock markets and the global economy's underlying strength, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned Tuesday.

US trade deficit jumps to 5-year high of $48.5 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit jumped in January to the highest level in nearly five years as a flood of mobile phones and other consumer products widened America's trade gap with China. The result underscores the challenges facing President Donald Trump in fulfilling a campaign pledge to reduce America's trade deficits.

EU court strikes down 2013 decision to block UPS-TNT deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union court on Tuesday struck down a 2013 decision by EU regulators to block a planned takeover of Dutch-based package delivery company TNT Express by United Parcel Services Inc.

Global economic growth seen picking up but risks loom

PARIS (AP) — The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is predicting that global economic growth this year will be 3.3 percent and rise to around 3.6 percent in 2018.

NATIONAL POLITICS

AP FACT CHECK: How Trump's Keystone XL story fell apart

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a nice story while it lasted.

WikiLeaks publishes trove purportedly taken from CIA

PARIS (AP) — WikiLeaks on Tuesday published thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central Intelligence Agency's Center for Cyber Intelligence, a dramatic release that appears to provide an eye-opening look at the intimate details of America's cyberespionage toolkit.

Trump's tweets confound French finance minister

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's use of Twitter to convey his thoughts on policy is perplexing France's finance minister.

American Indians to protest Trump, pipeline in Washington

American Indians from across the country are bringing their frustrations with the Trump administration and its approval of the Dakota Access oil pipeline to the nation's capital Tuesday, kicking off four days of activities that will culminate in a march on the White House.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump praises Exxon and himself for 2013 plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is again citing corporate investments planned before he took office as evidence that his policies are growing jobs and business.


MONDAY, MARCH 6
STATE LEGISLATURE

Pody moving forward with transgender bathroom bill

Despite a reversal of federal guidelines for public school restroom use, state Rep. Mark Pody is prepared to present legislation Tuesday restricting bathroom use to a students’ sex at birth.

Fitzhugh questions plans to sell downtown Nashville buildings

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh is questioning a long-term real estate strategy to would consolidate state properties and sell Davidson County land and buildings in the downtown Capitol hub, including the multi-story Citizens Plaza.

Legislature to honor fallen TBI agent

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent De’Greaun ReShun Frazier was only 35 when he was shot and killed in Jackson while working an undercover drug operation.

Former Sen. Douglas Henry, longest-serving lawmaker, dies

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Sen. Douglas Henry, a larger-than-life former state lawmaker with the longest tenure in the history of the Tennessee General Assembly, has died. He was 90.

Tennessee leaders weigh in on death of longtime lawmaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Sen. Douglas Henry, a lawmaker with the longest tenure in the history of the Tennessee General Assembly, died at 90 years old on Sunday.

STATEWIDE

Republican Boyd joins Tennessee governor's race

NASHVILLE (AP) — Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd is joining the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam next year.

Tennessee hiring wildfire victims with $5.8m federal grant

GATLINBURG (AP) — Tennessee officials are using a federal grant to provide cleanup work to people who lost their jobs after deadly wildfires.

HEALTH CARE

What if there's no affordable insurance to buy?

Leslie Kurtz needed three plates, eight screws and a big assist from her insurer after breaking every bone in her ankle while white water rafting.

COURTS

Supreme Court won't say if trans teen can pick bathroom

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving the issue of transgender rights in schools to lower courts for now after backing out of a high-profile case Monday of a Virginia high school student who sued to be able to use the boys' bathroom.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM eliminating shift at Michigan plant; 1,100 jobs affected

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is laying off 1,100 workers at an assembly plant in Michigan.

GM sells European brands to France's Peugeot

PARIS (AP) — General Motors is selling its unprofitable European car business to the French maker of Peugeot, marking the American company's retreat from a major market and raising concerns of job cuts in the region.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Losses for banks pull US stocks further from record highs

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished lower Monday for the second time in the last three trading days. Banks gave back some of their recent gains after a jump in interest rates last week sent them sharply higher.

Business economists disagree with Trump on trade, budget

NEW YORK (AP) — A majority of business economists disagree with the Trump administration on several key issues, notably immigration, trade and the budget, according to a survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

International group says oil supply will slowly tighten

HOUSTON (AP) — An international group representing oil-importing countries warns that the global supply of oil could fall short of demand after 2020 and push prices higher.

US factory orders up 1.2 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses increased their orders in January, although a key component that tracks business investment spending fell for the first time in four months.

New Exxon chief enters the market, cautiously

HOUSTON (AP) — Darren Woods, the new CEO of Exxon Mobil, is a veteran of the more cautious refining side of the oil business who is likely to focus relentlessly on controlling costs.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump signs new travel ban aimed at withstanding challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday signed a reworked version of his controversial travel ban Monday, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and temporarily shutting down America's refugee program.

White House trade adviser: Deficit undermines US security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reducing America's huge trade deficits would deliver stronger economic growth and improve national security, the White House trade adviser said, in a speech that underscored the Trump administration's harsh view of recent U.S. trade policies.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit where it's not deserved

WASHINGTON (AP) — The start of a new administration is never a clean slate, even when parties flip. Day One is just another day for military operations, a budget that is still in place from the old crowd and a vast array of economic, social and law enforcement initiatives left over from the last president.


FRIDAY, MARCH 3
STATE LEGISLATURE

Haslam: Return gas tax element to transportation proposal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is lauding lawmakers for advancing his plan to begin tackling Tennessee's more than $10 billion backlog in road and bridge projects, but the Republican wants to see his bill returned to its original form that includes boosting funding through fuel tax increases.

Heartbeat bill hits hurdle

NASHVILLE – State Rep. Micah Van Huss’ “heartbeat bill” ran into an unlikely opponent this week: Tennessee Right to Life.

Haslam orders election to replace lawmaker who resigned

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has issued a writ of election to replace former Republican state Rep. Mark Lovell, who resigned amid a sexual harassment investigation.

Fall Creek Falls Park contract postponed

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Haslam administration has postponed the deadline for private companies interested in running Fall Creek Falls State Park to submit proposals.

Constitutional amendment to say liberty come from God fails

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to amend the state constitution to say that God is the source of Tennesseans' liberties has failed in the House.

STATEWIDE

Elvis Presley's Graceland opens new entertainment complex

MEMPHIS (AP) — Nearly four decades after Elvis sang his last tune, his legacy got a $45 million boost with the Thursday opening of a major new attraction at his Graceland estate -- an entertainment complex that Priscilla Presley says gives "the full gamut" of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

New Tennessee athletic director Currie gets five-year deal

KNOXVILLE (AP) — New Tennessee athletic director John Currie has a five-year contract worth at least $900,000 annually with opportunities for raises and additional bonuses.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans agree to extension with backup QB Matt Cassel

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a contract extension with quarterback Matt Cassel a week before he was set to hit free agency.

AUTO INDUSTRY

AP Sources: PSA expected to announce Opel purchase on Monday

DETROIT (AP) — French carmaker PSA Group is expected to announce Monday that it has purchased General Motors' money-losing European car business, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Mercedes recalls 1M vehicles worldwide due to fire risk

DETROIT (AP) — Mercedes is recalling about 1 million cars and SUVs worldwide because a starter part can overheat and cause fires.

Ford recalling nearly 32,000 vehicles for air bag defect

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co is recalling 31,867 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because their driver's side air bags may not inflate properly.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US services firms expand at fastest pace since October 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies expanded in February at the fastest pace since October 2015.

Eurozone growth running at fastest rate since 2011

LONDON (AP) — The 19-country eurozone economy is growing at its fastest rate since 2011, according to a survey released Friday, but few economists expect the European Central Bank to ease up on its stimulus efforts anytime soon given political uncertainties that could derail the recovery.

Banks, health care companies lead stocks slightly higher

A late wave of buying helped nudge U.S. stock indexes slightly higher Friday after a day of mostly listless trading.

EU, US to recognize each other's medical site inspections

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and the United States have agreed to recognize each other's inspections of facilities where medicines are made.

HEALTH CARE

Ryan to GOP: Health bill to be drafted by weekend

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan told Republican lawmakers Thursday that leaders plan to draft legislation this weekend revamping the nation's health care system, the latest indication that party leaders are trying to surge ahead despite persistent disputes over what the measure should look like.

TECHNOLOGY

Fat finger: Typo caused Amazon's big cloud-computing outage

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon says an incorrectly typed command during a routine debugging of its billing system caused the five-hour outage of some Amazon Web Services servers on Tuesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Yellen signals the Fed will likely raise rates this month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target.

US stock indexes pull back from record highs; Oil falls

Banks and other financial companies led a slide in U.S. stocks Thursday, erasing some of the gains from a day earlier, when indexes soared to their latest record highs.

US average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.10 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, breaking a holding pattern that prevailed for more than a month.

US jobless claims drop to lowest level since 1973

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 223,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, fewest in nearly 44 years.

Snapchat parent rockets higher in Wall Street debut

NEW YORK (AP) — The company behind Snapchat is trading sharply higher in its Wall Street debut.

The bump isn't just Trump: What's driving the stock rally

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is hitting new heights, and yes, excitement about President Trump's policies is part of the reason for it. But it's not the only one, analysts say.

Fed board member Powell says March rate hike possible

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve board member on Thursday added his voice to a growing group of Fed officials who are indicating that they may raise rates in March.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senator asks Treasury to examine Trump foreign associates

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Senate Democrat is asking the Treasury Department to evaluate whether President Donald Trump and his family's business associates and possible investors from Russia and other countries have violated U.S. laws against financing terrorism, money laundering and other illicit activities.