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VOL. 40 | NO. 32 | Friday, August 5, 2016

Bringing the mission back home

Volunteer farmers, formerly homeless help feed Midstate’s hungry

Crunching through an almost invisible gap in the fence and onto the rutted “road” of mostly loose gravel, I’m looking forward to meeting up with the produce and life nurturer I first met in a church parking lot on the other side of this very hill.

The Daily News acquires Chattanooga paper

The Daily News Publishing Co. announced it has acquired The Hamilton County Herald, a 100-year-old Chattanooga-based paper of record that adds another holding to the newspaper properties the Memphis-based company now owns across the largest markets in Tennessee.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Outnumbered Dems hope to ride anti-Trumpmentum

State Rep. Raumesh Akbari identified herself with the “Fighting 26,” also known as the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus, when she took the podium to support Hillary Clinton at Philadelphia’s Democratic National Convention.

Local Weather
Currently
Nashville, TN
72.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: from the Northwest at 10.4 gusting to 23.0 mph
Humidity: 25%

EVENTS

Live on the Green. A free outdoor music series held at Public Square Park in Nashville. The festival showcases the city’s emerging musical talent and highlights well-known national acts. Since its inception in 2009, more than 425,000 fans from 45 states and 13 countries have attended the event. Information: www.liveonthegreen.com. Schedule for August:

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Contracts are seemingly meant to be broken in this market

Offers for real estate should be delivered in containers marked “Fragile: Handle with Care.” Perhaps “Explosive” should be added to the warning.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Rookie receiver provides Sharpe focus on new GM’s strategy

Get a good look at Dorial Green-Beckham.

Who is Tajae Sharpe?

Who is Tajae Sharpe? The fifth-round pick from Massachusetts has seemingly come from nowhere to claim a starting role for the Tennessee Titans.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Do Titans finally have their offensive line?

New Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey’s stated desire to play “exotic smashmouth” football – especially on offense – requires a good offensive line.

NEWSMAKERS

Knapp succeeds Garfield as Bridgestone Americas president, CEO

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. has announced the retirement of its CEO, President and Executive Chairman Gary Garfield, effective Dec. 31, 2016. Gordon Knapp, the company’s chief operating officer, will become Bridgestone Americas’ president and CEO on Sept. 1, 2016, and William “Bill” Thompson, the company’s chief financial officer, will succeed Knapp as COO on that date.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Ford Edge lauded for reliability, powerful engines

For 2016, Ford stocks its Edge SUV with more technology, including an adaptive steering feature and park assist that can handle even perpendicular spaces.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Good workers don’t always make good managers

Executives often identify and promote top-shelf individual contributors to front-line managers. Six months into their new position, they are struggling. Team performance has decreased and turnover has increased.

CAREER CORNER

Unappreciated at work? Fix it or look elsewhere

A common issue faced by many employees is the feeling that they’re not appreciated.

I SWEAR

A pretty good summer at the movie theater

It’s been a summer of ingestion: Taking things in. Reading books. Watching movies.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Cornbread Salad for picnics and potlucks

This past month our church had two picnics, both of which were perfect. The weather was perfect, the food was perfect and the fellowship was perfect.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville law would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

NASHVILLE (AP) - An ordinance in Nashville seeks to reduce the penalty for people caught possessing or exchanging small amounts of marijuana.

STATEWIDE

Ride operator had other incident before Ferris wheel spill

NASHVILLE (AP) — The organizers of an East Tennessee fair where three girls fell from a Ferris wheel kept their ride operator despite an incident across the state line that injured five and caused the owners' son to be jailed.

New commander takes charge of Tennessee State Guard

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Guard has a new commander.

COURTS

Court overturns ruling allowing municipal broadband to grow

MEMPHIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday overturned a Federal Communications Commission ruling allowing city-owned broadband services to expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate ticks up to 3.45 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged higher this week, though rates remain at historically low levels.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Applications for US unemployment aid slip to a low 266,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs are low and employers are probably adding new jobs.

US stock indexes move higher in early trading; oil up

Energy companies and retailers led U.S. stocks broadly higher in morning trading Thursday, as the market rebounded from modest losses the day before. Investors welcomed the latest quarterly results from several big department store chains and other companies. Crude oil prices surged following a forecast that called for a decline in global oil demand in 2017 year, but also a more even balance between supply and demand this year.

Macy's plans to close 100 stores, boost online investment

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's said Thursday it plans to close about 100 stores next year and boost its online investments as the nation's largest department store chain tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market. The closures represent close to 14 percent of its stores under the Macy's brand.

Arianna Huffington is leaving The Huffington Post

NEW YORK (AP) — The Huffington Post is going to be without a Huffington.

Global oil demand to cool amid weaker economy, agency says

LONDON (AP) — The International Energy Agency expects global demand for oil to grow less than previously expected next year due to a weaker economy.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10
STATEWIDE

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent killed

JACKSON (AP) — A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent was shot to death Tuesday during an undercover drug investigation in West Tennessee, the agency said.

Private inspectors in charge of Tennessee fair ride safety

NASHVILLE (AP) - A private inspector and police are blaming "mechanical failure," but government investigators are still sorting out exactly how a Ferris wheel seat flipped over at a Tennessee county fair, sending three girls plummeting 30 to 45 feet to the ground.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Jason Ingram leads Dove Awards nominations

NASHVILLE (AP) - Christian songwriter Jason Ingram has seven nominations at this year's Dove Awards, including song of the year, while singer Lauren Daigle has six, including artist of the year.

Townes Van Zandt to join Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE (AP) — Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with songwriters Aaron Barker, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Bob Morrison.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook hates ad blockers so much it now blocks them

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is blocking ad blockers on the desktop version of its service, saying well-made, relevant ads can be "useful."

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks closing lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street Wednesday as energy companies fall with the price of oil and banks and health care stocks slide. Phone company stocks are also up.

US employers advertised more jobs and boosted hiring in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised more openings and hired more people in June, adding to evidence that the job market has rebounded from a brief soft patch in the spring.

Delta says 90 more flight cancellations; others predict more

LONDON (AP) — Delta Air Lines expects some 90 more flight cancellations globally before operations return to normal later in the day.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 9
STATE LEGISLATURE

Harwell draws challenge for speaker from fellow Republican

NASHVILLE (AP) - State House Speaker Beth Harwell has drawn a challenge for the chamber's top leadership post from fellow Republican Rep. Jimmy Matlock.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville joins cities seeking Major League Soccer team

NASHVILLE (AP) - Some Nashville investors and supporters are making a push for Music City to be among the communities awarded expansion franchises by Major League Soccer.

HEALTH CARE

Beyond 'Obamacare': State initiatives refocus health debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving beyond "Obamacare," political activists are looking to state ballot questions to refocus the nation's long-running debate over government's role in health care.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks eke out small gains; Nasdaq sets record close

U.S. stocks recovered from a late-afternoon slide to eke out small gains Tuesday, nudging the Nasdaq composite to its second record close in less than a week.

Survey: Americans remain gloomy about economy, Chinese sunny

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans, Japanese and many Europeans are glum about their national economies. By contrast, Chinese, Indians and Australians feel positive about theirs.

US worker productivity falls in Q2, causing annual decline

WASHINGTON (AP) — American workers' productivity slipped in the April-June quarter, feeding into a 12 month decline in how much people are producing for each hour worked.

Delta cancels more flights in wake of computer-system outage

DALLAS (AP) — Travelers on Delta Air Lines endured hundreds more canceled and delayed flights on Tuesday as the carrier slogged through day two of its recovery from a global computer outage.

Yale, MIT, NYU sued over employee retirement plans

NEW YORK (AP) — Employees of Yale, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University are suing the colleges over their handling of employee retirement plans.

'Tonight Show,' 'SNL' coming to Snapchat under deal with NBC

NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal has agreed to make customized episodes of "The Tonight Show," ''Saturday Night Live" and several other shows for Snapchat under a multiyear deal between the broadcast network and social media app.


MONDAY, AUGUST 8
COURTS

Adult sons sue over actor-politician Fred Thompson's estate

NASHVILLE (AP) - The widow of actor-politician Fred Thompson is denying any changes were made to his will that would affect his adult sons from a previous marriage.

Gov. Haslam names Young to Nashville chancery court

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named Bill Young to fill a vacancy on the chancery court bench in Nashville.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes close slightly lower; oil rises

A mostly listless day of trading left U.S. stock indexes little changed Monday, hovering just below the record highs they set late last week.

Hulu dropping free video as it prepares cable TV alternative

NEW YORK (AP) — Hulu is dropping the free TV episodes that it was initially known for as it works on an online television service to rival cable TV.

Wal-Mart buying online retailer newcomer Jet.com

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is buying fast-growing online retailer Jet.com for $3 billion in cash plus $300 million in stock, scooping up a newcomer that launched a year ago with the intention of challenging online leader Amazon.

Delta resumes some service after hours of global outage

LONDON (AP) — Twelve hours after a power outage knocked out its computer systems worldwide, Delta Air Lines was struggling Monday to resume normal operations and clear backlogs of passengers stranded by canceled flights.

Complexity makes airline computer systems vulnerable

DALLAS (AP) — Twice in less than a month, a major airline was paralyzed by a computer outage that prevented passengers from checking in and flights from taking off.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Revamping econ plan, Trump vows tax cuts to 'jumpstart' US

DETROIT (AP) — Trying to turn the page after a tumultuous campaign stretch, Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack Monday on Hillary Clinton's approach to the economy while promising he would provide deep tax cuts and jolt middle class workers back to prosperity.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on the economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his centerpiece speech on the economy, Donald Trump wrongly accused Hillary Clinton of proposing to increase middle-class taxes and blamed America's crumbling roads and bridges in part on the money spent on refugees, a minuscule expense in comparison with infrastructure.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
STATE LEGISLATURE

Durham loses GOP primary after sexual harassment allegations

NASHVILLE (AP) — The subject of a scathing attorney general's report on sexual harassment allegations lost his Republican primary for the Tennessee House on Thursday.

STATEWIDE

6 Tennessee primaries decided by fewer than 100 votes

NASHVILLE (AP) - Six Tennessee state House primaries were decided by fewer than 100 votes.

1st woman to win Tennessee statewide election dies at 83

NASHVILLE (AP) - Jane Eskind, the first woman to win a statewide election in Tennessee and a longtime Democratic Party activist, died Thursday. She was 83.

COURTS

Louisiana pols go to court blaming Big Oil for coastal ruin

ALLIANCE, La. (AP) — The oil industry has left a big footprint along the Gulf Coast, where a Delaware-sized stretch of Louisiana has disappeared.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate declines to 3.43 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week after rising for three straight weeks, continuing to lure prospective homebuyers.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford recalls 830K vehicles to fix faulty door latches

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling about 830,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Mexico because parts in the side door latches can break and the doors can open while the vehicles are moving.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Steady hiring is now benefiting a broader group of Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Years of steady job gains have finally begun to benefit a wider range of Americans, including those with less education and in lower-paying jobs.

Stocks closing higher on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks had their best day in almost a month Friday as major indexes closed at record highs after a strong jobs report boosted investors' confidence for continued economic growth.

US trade deficit hits $44.5 billion, biggest in 10 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit increased to the highest point in 10 months, driven up by a big rise in imports of oil and Chinese-made computers, cell phones and clothing.

Amazon unveils cargo plane as it expands delivery network

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle-based Amazon is unveiling its first branded cargo plane, one of 40 jetliners that will make up the e-commerce giant's own air transportation network as it takes more control of its delivery process.

US investment orders edge up 0.4 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key category of orders to U.S. businesses that tracks investment posted a small gain in June after two months of declines.

Fannie Mae posts $2.9B profit in 2Q; paying $2.9B dividend

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fannie Mae reported net income of $2.9 billion from April through June, down from a year earlier as low interest rates brought losses for the mortgage giant on its investments.

Breaking up the bundle? Dish relegates ESPN to an add-on

NEW YORK (AP) — Dish Network is offering a new "skinny" bundle of about 50 cable channels that doesn't include ESPN and some other sports channels, giving people who don't care about sports a way to save money on TV without joining the ranks of "cord cutters."

Southwest outage, cancelled flights cost an estimated $54M

DALLAS (AP) — The cancellation of more than 2,000 Southwest Airlines flights due to a computer outage last month will cost the carrier an estimated $54 million.

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