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VOL. 43 | NO. 28 | Friday, July 12, 2019

Distillery takes its stand with Tennessee corn

Emerging brand aims to give state's farmers bigger shot at success

Jim Massey wants you to care about the corn in his whiskey. Wind him up, and he will wax poetic, and at great length, about the growing habits and yields of Tennessee Red Cob versus Hickory Cane.

Tennessee Whiskey, bourbon: What’s the difference?

Shades of degrees or splitting horses from donkeys? That’s how the debate over the difference between Tennessee whiskey and bourbon usually shakes out. Both share the same set of rules for production, except Tennessee whiskey requires one extra step.

Who were the Fugitives?

Jim Massey’s love of Southern literature and his deep family roots led him to choose the name Fugitives for his company.

Tennessee’s corn crop

Corn comes in at No. 3 in terms of acreage planted in the state of Tennessee, trailing hay and soybeans. The state’s corn production ranks 19th in the nation.

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Williamson, Inc. Young Professionals Luncheon. This event is tailored to individuals who are interested in furthering their leadership aspirations, cultivating relationships and growing professionally. Network and connect to learn from some of the most experienced business leaders in Williamson County. Williamson County Association of Realtors, 1646 Westgate Circle, Ste. #104. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Members $20, Non-members $30. Information

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Why would anyone pay taxes on sales of illegal goods?

Dig around in laws much and you turn up some doozies. For example, the book “Planet Cat” asserts that in Natchez, Mississippi, “cats may not drink beer.”


‘Roadhouse Rambler’ gets late start on country dream

No, Hank didn’t do it this way

The Roadhouse Rambler – a guitar leaning against the nearest wall – looks across the kitchen table in the tidy home his phone company career helped buy. His smiling eyes wander back to dusty Oklahoma.


Gerrymandering’s cure: Vote supporters out

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has said federal courts won’t rule on cases involving political gerrymandering, voters who don’t like the way their legislative districts are drawn will have to turn to state courts or to the gerrymandered legislatures themselves to change things.


You can ask, but you might not like the answers

As the years float by and trends come and go, the questions frequently asked by buyers and sellers of their agents remains fairly constant. In many cases, the answers are blowing in the wind, while in others, most Realtors agree on the responses.


Middle Tennessee real estate trends for June 2019

The number of residential units sold in Nashville and Davidson County dropped slightly as average prices soared.

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for June 2019

Top residential real estate sales, June 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for June 2019

Top commercial real estate sales, June 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US long-term mortgage rates little changed, 30-year at 3.75%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were mostly unchanged this week amid signals from the Federal Reserve that it is preparing to cut interest rates soon.


Vols finding recruiting success with local prospects

Most Maryville residents would have been happy for Tee Hodge no matter where he decided to play football in college.


VU’s Anderson moves to Bass, Berry & Sims

Bass, Berry & Sims has formed a higher-education practice group with the addition of former Vanderbilt University General Counsel Audrey Anderson.


Nashville companies partner on home health

Ascension Saint Thomas and Nashville-based Contessa are joining together to offer Home Recovery Care, an emerging health care option that brings inpatient care to patients’ homes.


Weighing pros, cons of in-car personal assistants

Get ready to do a lot more talking to your car. Smartphone personal assistants – Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant, for example – can be used for a variety of tasks.


Teach your teen about college costs – starting now

Many families struggle to pay college expenses for one or two children. Certified financial planner Sarah Carlson, mother of two sets of twins, will soon have all four of her children in college at the same time.


What does your brand say about you?

I was taught long ago the most-qualified and hardest-working candidate gets the job. Turns out that’s just not so at many companies.


Powerball ticket worth $198M sold in Hendersonville

HENDERSONVILLE (AP) — Officials say a winning Powerball ticket sold in Hendersonville is worth $198 million.


Linebacker Morgan retires after 9 NFL seasons with Titans

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee defensive lineman Derrick Morgan says he's retiring after playing nine NFL seasons for five head coaches.


Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model.


After years of plenty, auto workers want a bigger slice

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and Detroit's three automakers kicked off with the union president departing from the traditionally friendly tone by telling Ford executives that workers want a bigger share of the companies' record profits.


American Airlines extends Boeing plane flight cancellations

WASHINGTON (AP) — American Airlines said Sunday that it will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off its schedule until Nov. 3, which is two months longer than it had planned.


Treasury chief: Facebook currency plan ripe for illicit use

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the Trump administration has "very serious concerns" that the new digital currency planned by Facebook could be used for illicit activity such as money laundering, human trafficking and financing terrorism.


Stocks end a wobbly day slightly higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Major U.S. stock indexes ended a wobbly day with meager gains, enough to push them slightly further into record territory.

Trump signs order to make American-made goods more American

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is requiring products "Made in America" to be made using more American components if they are to be used by the government.

Trade wars cool market for small businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — The market for small businesses cooled for the third straight quarter during the spring as tariffs from the trade war with China made some sellers and buyers uneasy about making a deal.

China's economy growth cools further amid US tariff war

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington.

SKorea leader says Tokyo's trade curbs will hurt Japan more

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In his strongest comments yet on a growing trade dispute, South Korea's president urged Japan on Monday to lift recently tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which he said threaten to shatter the countries' economic cooperation and could damage Japan more than South Korea.


'Many people agree with me': Trump digs in on racist tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by searing criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday emphatically defended his tweet calling on four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their "broken and crime infested" countries. Condemnation of his comments "doesn't concern me because many people agree with me," he declared.

Some in GOP rebuke Trump, but party leaders still silent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans remained largely silent after President Donald Trump said over the weekend that four women of color in Congress should "go back" to the countries they came from. By Monday, some in the party were speaking up.

Canada, Britain condemn Trump tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two close U.S. allies are condemning President Donald Trump's incendiary weekend tweets about four Democratic congresswomen.

Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation last December opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon.

Trump moves to end asylum protections for Central Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday moved to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants in a major escalation of the president's battle to tamp down the number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong about Dems, census, citizenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading falsehoods on issues of race, immigration and American-ness, exhorting four non-white female lawmakers to "go back" to where they came from and crying foul over his failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.


Convention Center giving $6M to African American music museum

NASHVILLE (AP) — The National Museum of African American Music will receive $6 million from Nashville's Convention Center Authority.


Lee mum on details of conversation with accused lawmaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is remaining mum on details surrounding a recent conversation he had with a Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct.

Haslam won't run for US Senate seat

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam won't run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander, a move sure to draw new interest in the race from other would-be candidates.

US Rep. Mark Green won't pursue Senate seat

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's U.S. Rep. Mark Green is the latest Republican contender to say he won't run for the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2020.


Bleday reaches deals with Marlins ahead of deadline

MIAMI (AP) — Vanderbilt outfielder J.J. Bleday, the fourth overall pick in last month's amateur draft, agreed to a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins that includes a $6.67 million signing bonus.


Former Vol Haynesworth says he needs kidney transplant

Former Tennessee Titans All-Pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth says on social media that he needs a kidney transplant.


Powerful Koch network taking on school choice with new group

SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's powerful network that's known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues like school choice as the movement battles a new wave of hostility from Democrats who oppose charter schools and private school vouchers that use taxpayer money.

Teachers union sues DeVos over embattled loan relief program

One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department on Thursday over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems.


Setbacks for Trump's drive to lower prescription drug costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two setbacks this week, President Donald Trump is now focusing his drive to curb drug costs on congressional efforts aimed at helping people on Medicare and younger generations covered by workplace plans.


EPA reverses ban on pesticide seen as threat to bees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is allowing a once-prohibited farm pesticide back on the market over objections from beekeepers.

Economists urge Germany to price carbon, end subsidies

BERLIN (AP) — A panel of economists advising the German government is recommending that the country should put a price on carbon emissions if it wants to meet its targets for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.


VW, Ford broaden alliance to autonomous, electric vehicles

NEW YORK (AP) — Volkswagen will sink $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that's mostly owned by Ford as part of a broader partnership on electric and self-driving vehicles, the companies confirmed Friday.


Report: FTC approves roughly $5B fine for Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FTC has voted to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over privacy violations, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The report cited an unnamed person familiar with the matter.

Huawei calls on US to lift export restrictions

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The chairman of Huawei said Friday the Chinese tech giant has yet to see any benefit from President Donald Trump's promise to allow U.S. companies to sell some components to the company and called on Washington to remove it from a security blacklist.

Human workers can listen to Google Assistant recordings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google contractors regularly listen to and review some recordings of what people say to artificial-intelligence system Google Assistant, via their phone or through smart speakers such as the Google Home.

Amazon, seeking more skilled workers, will do the training

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon will provide technical training to about one-third of its U.S. workforce, both to address the need for more skilled workers and to better compete against rivals.


Harley-Davidson's electric Hog: 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds

Harley-Davidson is releasing details about the electric motorcycle it's rolling out this year that it hopes will capture the imagination of a new generation of riders and put a charge into its diminishing sales.


Washington AG opens inquiry into NRA's financial affairs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general for Washington D.C. has issued subpoenas to the National Rifle Association and its related charitable foundation as part of an investigation into allegations of financial misconduct inside the powerful gun lobbying organization.

Reckitt Benckiser pays $1.4 billion in opioid settlement

LONDON (AP) — Consumer products company Reckitt Benckiser says it will pay $1.4 billion to resolve U.S. investigations into the marketing of an anti-addiction drug by a subsidiary.


Stocks climb to records on hopes for lower interest rates

NEW YORK (AP) — The major U.S. stock indexes closed at record highs on Friday, with the S&P 500 ending above 3,000 for the first time. The market was driven higher by technology, consumer discretionary and industrial company stocks, which more than offset the drop in drugmakers.

US producer prices rise a modest 0.1% in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices rose modestly in June, another sign that inflationary pressures remain subdued.

China imports from US plunge 31% in June amid tariff war

BEIJING (AP) — China's trade with the United States plunged last month as a tariff war battered exporters on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

US budget deficit jumps 23% through June

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit increased by $140 billion during the first nine months of this budget year to $747.1 billion as government revenues and spending both hit records.

Dow Jones industrials cross 27,000 points for first time

A turbulent day on Wall Street ended in the record books Thursday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed above 27,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 index hit another all-time high.

Powell sends further signals of future rate cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, testifying for a second day before Congress, said Thursday that the economy is in a "very good place" despite headwinds and that the Fed is prepared to do what it can to "keep it there."

One reason for a Fed cut: Powell now fears too-low inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a shift from just a few months ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is worried that too-low inflation could persist for a while — and undercut the U.S. economy.

US consumer prices tick up just 0.1% as inflation stays tame

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose just 0.1% in June, as cheaper gas prices were offset by higher rents and auto costs.

France adopts pioneering tax on tech giants after US threat

PARIS (AP) — France on Thursday adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook despite U.S. threats of new tariffs on French imports if Paris went ahead with the plan.

South Korea seeks US help in bitter trade spat with Japan

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is seeking U.S. help in a bitter diplomatic row with fellow American ally Japan over its moves to tighten controls on high-tech exports.

Branson: Pound could be just a dollar in 'no-deal' Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has warned that the pound's value would fall to that of the dollar if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal — a stark prediction that will fuel worries about the economic pressures facing the country.


Analysis: Trump pattern is create a crisis, retreat, move on

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was defiant and declarative Friday, with all the hammer-on-anvil subtlety that has charted a now-familiar pattern of his presidency: create a crisis, retreat, declare victory, move on.

Trump citizenship plan will face logistical, legal hurdles

WASHINGTON (AP) — After failing to get his citizenship question on the census, President Donald Trump now says his fallback plan will provide an even more accurate count — determining the citizenship of 90 percent of the population "or more." But his plan will likely be limited by logistical hurdles and legal restrictions.

Trump says nationwide immigration raids set to begin Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says a nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting people who are in the United States illegally will begin Sunday.

Labor Secretary Acosta resigning amid Epstein deal scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he is resigning following renewed scrutiny of his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein , who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

Pelosi ready for deal on borrowing limit, spending levels

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she wants to complete a deal with President Donald Trump this month that would raise the government's borrowing limit and set spending levels for the coming budget year.

Pentagon in its longest-ever stretch of leadership limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) — When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. That seemed terribly long at the time.

Trump unloads on Ryan after 'American Carnage' excerpts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump criticized former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday, calling him a "baby" and a "terrible speaker," who didn't know what he was doing.

Trump applauds far-right social media provocateurs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views.

Despite US warnings, Russian S-400 systems land in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington.

Trump gives up on bid to have citizenship question on census

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a week after insisting that he was "absolutely moving forward," President Donald Trump abandoned his effort to insert a citizenship question into next year's census.

Treasury secretary: Congress may need quick debt limit deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress might need to extend the government's crucial ability to borrow money before leaving the Capitol for its August recess, Trump administration officials said Wednesday. The timetable would heap extraordinary pressure on lawmakers to cut a deal on a measure that usually requires lengthy and politically delicate negotiations.

Diplomats shaken by resignation of Britain's US ambassador

WASHINGTON (AP) — The abrupt resignation of Britain's ambassador to the United States over leaked cables critical of the Trump administration may have jolted official Washington, but it's unlikely to have a lasting impact on the U.S.-British relationship or diplomatic practice.

US poised to begin immigration enforcement operation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting people who are in the United States illegally is expected to begin this weekend after it was postponed last month by President Donald Trump.

Trump's July Fourth event drains DC security fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's July Fourth event has drained a special fund used to provide security and protect the nation's capital from terrorist threats.

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