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VOL. 43 | NO. 24 | Friday, June 14, 2019

'I don't care if I never get back'

A day in the life of the Nashville Sounds, First Tennessee Park

Lightsabers glowed from the stands. One fan wore a Dark Side jersey. The Sounds came out in R2-D2 jerseys.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Before you make fun of Southerners' city pronunciations ...

So, is it pronounced Nash-ville, or Nash-vul? Should Maryville be referred to as Murvil, Marvull or Mehrvul?

STATE GOVERNMENT

Legislators want Casada gone, so why the wait?

Are we there yet? Not exactly, as the question relates to Williamson County Republican Rep. Glen Casada’s resignation as Tennessee House Speaker.

Local Weather
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Wind: Southwest at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 65%

EVENTS

Salon@615. Special Edition with Elizabeth Gilbert, who will discuss her new book, “City of Girls.” Monday, 6:15 p.m. Paschall Theater at Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Pike. Fee: $31.50-$37.50 includes a signed copy of the book. Information Additional Salon@615 events:

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

The legends who made 'endangered' Music Row are gone

More than a decade and a half ago I took a beloved poet, picker, prophet and pilgrim down to “Music City Row,” as he likes to refer to that stretch of Nashville. He hadn’t been there really for 30 years, and he lamented what he saw. Or didn’t see.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

2019 on pace for another record year in home sales

The bubble has not burst, but the city is set to explode. The Greater Nashville area is on its way to yet another record-breaking year with year-to-date sales totaling 15,698, compared with 15,606 sales through May 2017, the year the record was set.

REAL ESTATE

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for May 2019

Home sales in Nashville and Davidson County heated up in May with major increases across the board.

US long-term mortgage rates little changed; 30-year at 3.82%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were little changed this week, after six straight weeks of declines putting them at historically low levels.

NEWSMAKERS

Heinrichs named president at Tennessee Bank & Trust

Brian Heinrichs has been named president and chief banking officer of Tennessee Bank & Trust, effective July 1. Dan Andrews, Jr. will continue in his position as chairman and chief executive officer.

BRIEFS

Wilson County gets Rooms to Go facility

Rooms To Go will locate its new warehouse and retail outlet store in Wilson County, investing $69 million and creating 200 new jobs.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Discontinued car models offer value – with a price

Model year 2019 marks the end of the line for some notable Ford and General Motors sedans. As a result, dealers will be slashing prices to try to move these discontinued models out of their inventory.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

I spy someone who needs help with art of persuasion

You just had your trenchcoat to the cleaners. There are new batteries in your undercover wrist-camera, and your listening device seems to be working well. You’ve even found a perfect hidey-place to watch from the shadows.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Don’t believe these five myths about Social Security

Researchers tell us most people would be better off waiting to claim Social Security benefits. Yet most people file early.

CAREER CORNER

What getting a job and car insurance have in common

If you’ve ever switched jobs, you know it can be hard – really hard. I’m not talking about getting the same job at a new company. Switching from one type of job to another can feel impossible.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

What couples gain by merging finances

As a millennial couple, you and your partner might not be planning to blend finances even if you’ve been together for a while.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Martin hits 2 HRs, Vanderbilt defeats Louisville 3-1 in CWS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Austin Martin is best known as Vanderbilt's .400 hitter. He's starting to get a reputation for his power.

MIDSTATE

Man dies while attending Bonnaroo music festival

MANCHESTER (AP) — Bonnaroo officials say a 27-year-old man has died while attending the Tennessee music festival.

Judge blocks Ridgetop's decision to dissolve police department

RIDGETOP (AP) — A judge has blocked Ridgetop's decision to dissolve its police department amid budget constraints.

BANKING

First Tennessee and Capital banks to be First Horizon Bank

NASHVILLE (AP) — First Tennessee Bank is becoming First Horizon Bank. So is Capital Bank.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lee to call for special session to replace House speaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's governor says he will call for a special session to replace the state's House speaker, who plans to step down amid a scandal over explicit text messages.

COURTS

High court lets Virginia voting go ahead under redrawn map

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginians will elect members of the House of Delegates using a map seen as favorable to Democrats, according to ruling Monday by the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court upholds rule allowing state, federal charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is upholding a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime.

Supreme Court sides with Virginia in uranium mining ban case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with the state of Virginia in a case about the state's decades-old ban on mining radioactive uranium, and ruling that a lawsuit challenging the ban was properly dismissed.

High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is throwing out an Oregon court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

TRANSPORTATION

Boeing apologizes for Max crashes as Airbus rakes in sales

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Boeing executives apologized Monday to airlines and families of victims of 737 Max crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, as the U.S. plane maker struggles to regain the trust of regulators, pilots and the global traveling public.

ENVIRONMENT

Climate talks held as Arctic ice melts, concerns grow

BERLIN (AP) — Diplomats and climate experts gathered Monday in Germany for U.N.-hosted talks on climate change amid growing public pressure for governments to act faster against global warming.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, jeans queen, dies at 95

NEW YORK (AP) — Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the "poor little rich girl" of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and '80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died Monday at the age of 95.

Pfizer to buy Array BioPharma in deal worth $11.4 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Pfizer is buying the cancer treatment company Array BioPharma in a deal worth $11.4 billion.

Huawei says US sanctions will cost it billions in revenue

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Huawei's founder said Monday that the Chinese telecom giant's revenue will be $30 billion less than forecast over the next two years, as he compared the company to a "badly damaged plane" as a result of U.S. government actions against it.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

AP FACT CHECK: Trump fudges facts on economy, 2020 voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — An eye toward his 2020 campaign, President Donald Trump is turning to a familiar playbook of exaggerated boasts about economic performance and overdrawn complaints about a race tilted against him.


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MIDSTATE

Fort Campbell celebrates Army's 244th birthday

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Soldiers and others at Fort Campbell have marked the Army's 244th birthday with a celebration at the post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

REGION

Utility will remove coal ash from pits near Tennessee river

NASHVILLE (AP) — The nation's largest public utility has agreed to dig up and remove about 12 million cubic yards (9.2 million cubic meters) of coal ash from unlined pits at a Tennessee coal-burning power plant.

NASHVILLE AREA

Southern Baptist leader bemoans abuse crisis, vows action

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Sharing a stage with tearful survivors of sex abuse, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention apologized Wednesday for the abuse crisis besetting his denomination and outlined an array of steps to address it.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt, SMU to play 3-game series starting in 2024

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt and SMU have scheduled a three-game series that starts in 2024.

COURTS

AG: Drug reps ignored red flags at Tennessee pill mills

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A lawsuit by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery says Endo Pharmaceuticals sales representatives for years ignored warning signs of drug dealing at pill mills across the state.

Prosecutor responds to detective supporting LGBT executions

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee district attorney is reviewing all pending cases investigated by a detective who has said the government should execute gay people.

Metro arttorneys: Videos of unwanted sexual contact aren't harassment

NASHVILLE (AP) — Lawyers for Metro public schools say it's not sexual harassment when students share secretly recorded videos of unwanted sexual encounters and then bully the victims.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen plant to finish unionization vote

NASHVILLE (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are finishing a vote over whether to unionize.

Governor doesn't echo incentives warning in VW union vote

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is not echoing warnings by fellow Republican officials that if a union vote passes at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, future talks about state incentives could become more difficult.

TECHNOLOGY

'Deepfakes' called new election threat, with no easy fix

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Deepfake" videos pose a clear and growing threat to America's national security, lawmakers and experts say. The question is what to do about it, and that's not easily answered.

Lawmakers say doctored videos pose national security threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers and experts said Thursday that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election.

Twitter deletes accounts linked to foreign governments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter says it has deleted nearly 4,800 suspect accounts linked to Iran that the company says secretly pushed that government's agenda.

ENVIRONMENT

Major oil companies commit to carbon pricing at Vatican

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Some of the world's major oil producers pledged Friday to support "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid "perpetrating a brutal act of injustice" against the poor and future generations.

Trump official consulted global warming rejecters

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration national security official has sought help from advisers to a think tank that disavows climate change to challenge widely accepted scientific findings on global warming, according to his emails.

Bayer to invest $5.6 billion in new weed killing methods

BERLIN (AP) — German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer says it plans to invest some 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) over the next decade in developing "additional methods to combat weeds."

Cargill to spend $30M for ideas to end Brazil deforestation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cargill Inc. said Thursday the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant will spend $30 million to fund new ideas for ending deforestation in Brazil, and called on its peers, governments and organizations to work together to come up with real solutions.

Researchers: Bitcoin's carbon footprint equal to Las Vegas

BERLIN (AP) — The virtual currency bitcoin is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as a city like Las Vegas or Hamburg and efforts to reduce its climate footprint should be considered, researchers said Thursday.

HEALTH CARE

White House expands health accounts for small firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it will expand options for small companies to use special accounts to help workers buy their own health insurance or upgrade job-based coverage, officials said Thursday.

MEDIA

Bloomberg reporters face jail for reports on Turkish crisis

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S.-based Bloomberg news agency says Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to five-year jail terms for two of its Istanbul-based reporters over their report on last year's currency crisis.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks post small losses; investors look ahead to Fed

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended a choppy week of trading with modest losses Friday as investors look forward to getting more clues about the direction of interest rates.

Trump says he plans to keep criticizing Fed over rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has no intention of ending his public attacks on the Federal Reserve's interest rate policies even though he knows he has made Chairman Jerome Powell's job more difficult.

US industrial production rose in May, but factories struggle

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production improved in May, but manufacturers showed weakness despite eking out a slight gain.

US retail sales rose 0.5% in May, led by online shopping

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their retail spending last month, a sign that recent worries about cautious consumers dragging on growth may have been overdone.

Oil tanker attacks echo Persian Gulf's 1980s 'Tanker War'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mysterious attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz this week show how one of the world's crucial chokepoints for global energy supplies can be easily targeted, 30 years after the U.S. Navy and Iran were entangled in a similarly shadowy conflict called the "Tanker War."

Target ups the ante in online delivery wars

NEW YORK (AP) — How much would you be willing to pay to get those diapers within an hour or so?

Oil surges on Mideast tanker incident, stocks rise

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stocks mostly rose Thursday and energy prices surged after two oil tankers suffered a suspected attack in the Gulf of Oman, raising tensions over a key trade route for crude.

Not to be outdone, Tyson enters plant-based meat market

The fast-growing market for meat alternatives has a surprising new player: Tyson Foods.

US stocks notch gains, snap short losing streak

Gains in energy and internet companies helped drive stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday, snapping a two-day losing streak for the market in an otherwise choppy week of trading.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Ivanka Trump took in nearly $4M from DC hotel last year

NEW YORK (AP) — Ivanka Trump took in nearly $4 million in revenue last year from her stake in President Donald Trump's hotel down the street from the Oval Office, up slightly from a year earlier.

Trump says he'd 'of course' tell FBI if he gets foreign dirt

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that "of course" he would go to the FBI or the attorney general if a foreign power offered him dirt about an opponent. It was an apparent walkback from his earlier comments that he might not contact law enforcement in such a situation.

Trump says Sarah Sanders to leave White House at end of June

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration's credibility, as well as her own, will leave her post at the end of the month, President Donald Trump announced Thursday.

Dems assail Trump on being open to foreign election help

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's assertion that he would be open to accepting a foreign power's help in his 2020 campaign ricocheted through Washington on Thursday, with Democrats condemning it as a call for further election interference and Republicans struggling to defend his comments.

GOP House leaders avoid comment on Trump remark

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House's two top Republicans are avoiding directly addressing whether it was appropriate for President Donald Trump to say he'd listen to damaging information from a foreign entity about a political opponent.

Pelosi: No debt increase until spending limits are raised

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the Democratic-controlled House won't pass must-do legislation to increase the government's borrowing cap until the Trump administration agrees to boost spending limits on domestic programs.

Federal agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal watchdog agency on Thursday recommended that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway be fired for repeatedly violating a law that limits certain political activities of federal employees.

House committee subpoenas Flynn, Gates in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump says he'd 'want to hear' foreign dirt on his rivals

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 opponent he'd be open to accepting it and that he'd have no obligation to call in the FBI.

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