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VOL. 44 | NO. 39 | Friday, September 25, 2020

Why not Vandy in an upside-down year?

Well, there are plenty of reasons, but crazier things keep happening

In a year that has seen everybody’s world turned upside down, what other surprises does 2020 have in store? How about a Southeastern Conference football championship run for Vanderbilt?

UT SPORTS

UT players happy to kick off bare-bones season

Nobody knows how many games will actually be played. Nobody knows how many players will be available. Nobody knows how many spectators will be allowed to watch at any particular game.

Pruitt gets raise, extension from Tennessee after 2 seasons

KNOXVILLE (AP) — No. 16 Tennessee has given coach Jeremy Pruitt a raise and a contract extension through 2025 after two seasons on the job.

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EVENTS

Virtual Policy Talks. Williamson, Inc. Policy Talks is a monthly community forum featuring elected officials centered on the issues being discussed in the Tennessee Legislature and in Williamson County. Representatives are given a platform to discuss the issues in greater depth with their constituents. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Information

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TENNESSEE TITANS

Talented Tannehill lets Titans flip the script

There is no doubt that Derrick Henry commands the attention of opposing defenses. On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars were determined not to let Henry run roughshod over them the way he had so many times in the past, making them his personal highlight reel. Mission accomplished on that end for the Jacksonville defense that held the Titans star running back to 82 yards on 24 rushes.

Titans must worry about Cousins, their own issues

First down: Kirk Cousins. The Vikings are off to an uncharacteristic start at 0-2, and Cousins struggled Sunday against Indianapolis. The good version of Cousins is bound to surface sooner or later, and the Titans have to be wary of him and his talented receivers, especially with a secondary that suddenly looks banged up and could be exposed.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Is our problem the tax rate or undervaluing property?

Since taxes seem to be involved in most real estate conversations, let’s talk tax.

REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County commercial sales for August 2020

Top commercial real estate sales, August 2020, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Mortgage rates tick up to 2.9%, remain at historic lows

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. average rates on long-term mortgages rose slightly this week but remain at historically low levels.

Sales of new homes surge 4.8% in August

NEW YORK (AP) — The market for newly constructed homes in the U.S. continued its upward climb in August, despite the ongoing pandemic and lingering worries about the future of the U.S. economy.

NEWSMAKERS

Lipscomb selects vice provost for health affairs

Quincy Byrdsong, a veteran health care and higher education leader, has been appointed vice provost for health affairs at Lipscomb University.

BRIEFS

Entrepreneur Center, Mitsubishi partner

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. are partnering to create a first-of-its-kind Small Batch-Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

How the new Kia K5 stacks up against Honda Accord

The current generation Honda Accord has been a class leader since it was introduced in 2018. It has garnered an Edmunds Top Rated award for the last two years, meaning it outranked all other midsize sedans.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

RBG in her ‘Own Words’ and those of her associates

Please and Thank You. Those were The Magic Words you learned at your mother’s knee, the ones that opened doors and gained favors. That also was when you learned something important, as you’ll see in “My Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg (with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams): Letters, when properly collected, can move mountains.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Fear of bankruptcy can be worse than actually filing

The mystery isn’t why so many people file for bankruptcy each year. It’s why more people don’t.

CAREER CORNER

Feeling overwhelmed? Set small steps to bigger successes

We’ve all been there. The list of things you have to do or to manage suddenly grows. It can feel truly overwhelming. And, that’s because it is overwhelming.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

New-home costs don’t stop with down payment check

If you’re saving for your first home, there’s no shortage of advice out there – some of it questionable, even if you do have an avocado toast habit. Still, it’s true that your down payment may be the biggest check you ever write.

EDUCATION

US parents delaying preschool and kindergarten amid pandemic

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Claire Reagan was feeling overwhelmed as her oldest child's first day of kindergarten approached and with a baby on the way. The 5-year-old boy has autism, and she worried he would struggle with juggling in-person and virtual learning, and that she wouldn't have enough time to give him the help he needs.

COURTS

Trump-appointed judges under an election-year political lens

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson, a Trump administration appointee who bucked the president's conservative base by blocking a Tennessee law that restricts mail-in voting, had an announcement to make before wrapping up his decision: it had nothing to do with politics.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee unveils tool to track absentee ballots

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Secretary of State's office announced Wednesday that voters who request a mail-in absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 election will be able to track the status of their ballot.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple's smaller rivals unite to fight iPhone app store rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spotify and the makers of Fortnite and Tinder are taking on Apple and Google as part of a newly formed coalition calling for "fair treatment" in the way the tech giant runs its app store.

Facebook oversight board to start operating in October

LONDON (AP) — Facebook's long-awaited oversight board that will act as a referee on whether specific content is allowed on the tech giant's platforms is set to launch in October.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Former VW boss Winterkorn faces trial on 2nd set of charges

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges in the company's diesel emissions scandal, this time accused of market manipulation.

COURTS

Progressives pledge to keep pushing Biden to expand court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since Joe Biden ran away with the Democratic presidential nomination in March, leading progressives have accepted him — sometimes grudgingly — as their party's leader. But, in the final weeks of the campaign, the Supreme Court vacancy is threatening to inflame old divides.

Trump pays respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paid respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday morning, just two days before he announces his nominee to replace her on the high court.

AP Explains: What's next with the Supreme Court vacancy?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is putting the Senate in uncharted political terrain. There's no recent precedent for a confirmation vote so close to a presidential election.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

UK may take part in COVID-19 vaccine 'challenge studies'

UK may take part in COVID-19 vaccine 'challenge studies'

Lufthansa to try out pre-flight corona tests on routes to US

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German airline Lufthansa says it will test the practice of offering on-the-spot coronavirus tests before boarding intercontinental flights in an attempt to find a way to get long-haul passengers flying again.

Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese pharmaceutical company said Thursday the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the United States.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks end higher as market volatility continues

Stocks eked out modest gains Thursday even as volatility continued to be the dominant force in Wall Street's tumultuous September.

Mnuchin and Powell back jobless aid and small business loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the government's top priorities in any new economic relief package should be to provide affordable loans to small businesses and further support for millions of Americans still unemployed.

IPOs head for banner year on stock market's strength

Companies that cater to the "new normal" of working and shopping from home are rushing to go public.

Jobless claims at 870,000 as fraud and backlogs cloud data

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many American workers applying for unemployment benefits after being thrown out of a job by the coronavirus face a new complication: States' efforts to prevent fraud have delayed or disrupted their payments.

ELECTION 2020

Crowd jeers as Trump pays respects at court to Ginsburg

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was booed Thursday as he paid respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He plans to nominate a replacement this weekend for the liberal justice, best known for her advancement of women's rights.

McConnell, Pelosi dispute Trump, vow peaceful power transfer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders from both parties, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, swiftly pushed back Thursday after President Donald Trump declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Records: Mail delivery lags behind targets as election nears

The slice of Michigan that covers Detroit, its suburbs and towns dependent on the auto industry is coveted political terrain in one of this year's most important presidential swing states. It also has another distinction as home to one of the worst-performing U.S. Postal Service districts in the country.

Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's untruths on court pick, Biden's flubs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Senate allies are misrepresenting the facts about Supreme Court nominations as he prepares to push ahead with a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Bolton lawyers seek to question Trump officials over book

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for former national security adviser John Bolton told a judge Thursday they want to interview White House officials following new allegations that a pre-publication review of his tell-all book was politicized in an effort to block its release.

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