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VOL. 43 | NO. 21 | Friday, May 24, 2019

Against all odds

Tennessee goes all-in for legal, online sports betting. Here’s how it will work

Against all odds, legal online sports betting will soon be available in Tennessee, possibly in time for the SEC Championship football game, the college football national championship game, the Super Bowl and most of the Predators’ and college basketball seasons.

Gambling addiction a worry as state gets into game

A little bet on a game? What’s the harm? For most people, the worst that will happen is losing a few bucks. For others, the little bet starts them down a slippery slope to problem gambling.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Flowery terms for death just won’t ‘leave this world’

People don’t seem to die very often in the South. I don’t mean that Southerners live forever, though some sweaty July and August days can seem to last an eternity. They’re just less likely to be described as having died.

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EVENTS

Musicians Corner. This annual free concert series takes place every weekend in May and June at Centennial Park and features live music, food vendors, local artisans, a children’s area and the Musician Corner Pub. Friday is acoustic night featuring Avi Jacob, Karina Daza, Emily Earle, Shelly Colvin and Will Hoge. 5-9 p.m. Saturday main stage, noon-6 p.m.: Aaron Lee Tasjan, Erin Rae, AJ & The Jiggawatts, Sontalk and EG Vines. On the Lightning 100 acoustic stage, noon-6 p.m.: Larysa Jaye, Bre Kennedy, Alicia Michilli and Mary Moore. Free. Information

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JIM MYERS: CULINARITY

Long-running block party honors the generosity, music of a Mississippi legend

Eighteen years ago, I found myself standing in the rain in a mud-soaked yard in Gravel Springs, Mississippi, a hare’s breath of a community between the larger Senatobia to the west and the hardly looming Looxahoma to the east.

STATEWIDE

Spilling the secrets behind Oak Ridge, the ‘Secret City’ built to build 'the bomb'

Who knew the beginning of the Atomic Age was so funny? Sort of like the Humor in Uniform section of “Reader’s Digest,” Oak Ridge historian Ray Smith uses homespun humor to tell a condensed version of the key role his city played in the development of the atomic bombs that ended World War II.

Engineer, 96, recalls in early Oak Ridge, ‘beautiful women’

Some “Secret City” memories stand out more than others for Monroe Malow. The 96-year-old retired chemical engineer, who now resides in a senior assisted-living home just outside of Nashville, was brought to Oak Ridge from New York in the early 1940s to work on the top-secret Manhattan Project.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

More to Belle Meade sales than premium commissions

After completing their real estate courses, passing the state real estate examinations and receiving their real estate licenses, many agents set their sights on Belle Meade.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for April 2019

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

US long-term mortgage rates slip; 30-year average at 4.06%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell slightly this week, marking a fourth straight week of declines to lure prospective purchasers in the spring homebuying season.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

10-0 Fellows looks ready to join Vanderbilt’s MLB pipeline

Drake Fellows has put himself in select company. The junior right-hander has become the first Friday night starter to finish the regular season undefeated for Vanderbilt since David Price in 2007.

NEWSMAKERS

FirstBank's Ayers receives 2019 Horatio Alger Award

FirstBank Executive Chairman of the Board Jim Ayers was formally inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans during recent ceremonies honoring the achievements of 13 prominent Americans.

BRIEFS

MedEquities Trust bought by Omega

Nashville-based MedEquities Realty Trust, Inc. has been acquired by Omega Healthcare Investors.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Can you own an electric car without a home charger?

A popular selling point for electric vehicles is the notion that you never have to stop for gas. Your “gas station” is in your garage – simply plug in your vehicle to charge it overnight.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Let’s get real about cost of health care in retirement

You won’t pay for health care in retirement with one lump sum. That’s the way these expenses are often presented, though, and the amounts are terrifying.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

If the word ‘budget’ bums you out, use another word

Webster’s New World dictionary defines budget as: “a plan or schedule adjusting expenses during a certain period to the estimated or fixed income for that period.”

CAREER CORNER

Below-average recruiters seek above-average talent

Hiring managers, there is someone on your recruiting team who isn’t doing their job properly, and you probably don’t even know it.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee governor signs school voucher bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed a bill diverting tax dollars to private education.

Lee: Lawmaker Byrd should address allegations

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's governor said Thursday that it's "past time" for a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct to address the allegations publicly.

NASHVILLE AREA

Briley threatens electric scooter ban after user's death

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's mayor is threatening to ban electric scooters unless the companies that own them immediately address problems.

Southern Baptists see 12th year of declining membership

NASHVILLE (AP) — The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lawmakers line up to replace Casada

NASHVILLE (AP) — A handful of lawmakers are throwing their name into the race to be Tennessee's next House speaker.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt shuts out Mississippi St 1-0 at SEC Tournament

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Drake Fellows pitched six scoreless innings for his 11th win of the season and top-seeded Vanderbilt beat No. 4 seed Mississippi State 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday night.

Former Colorado coach Patton joins Vandy's staff

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Colorado and Northern Illinois coach Ricardo Patton has joined Vanderbilt's staff as a senior adviser to new coach Jerry Stackhouse.

Bleday has 5 hits, Vanderbilt rolls to 11-1 win over Auburn

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — JJ Bleday had five hits, Mason Hickman threw six stellar innings and top-seeded Vanderbilt cruised to an 11-1 win over No. 8 seed Auburn on Wednesday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

REAL ESTATE

Number of US homes on the market rose in 1Q as sales slowed

Homebuyers in Salt Lake City, Atlanta and other big U.S. metropolitan areas are seeing a pickup in the number of homes for sale, especially in the most affordable segment of the market.

US new-home sales fell 6.9% in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes sank 6.9% in April, driven by a decline in the sale of homes worth less than $300,000 that are generally bought by middle class and first-time buyers.

TECHNOLOGY

SpaceX launches 60 little satellites, 1st of thousands

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has launched 60 little satellites, the first of thousands that founder Elon Musk plans to put in orbit for global internet coverage.

NASA's first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities

RENO, Nev. (AP) — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings.

Facebook: Fake account removal doubles in 6 months to 3B

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday.

Senate passes bill meant to combat robocalls

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that aims to combat the illegal robocalls torturing Americans .

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW names new chief executive at Chattanooga plant

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — German auto maker Volkswagen has named a new chief executive at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a company spokeswoman said Friday.

Tesla's bad news accelerates as Wall Street loses faith

Late last year, Tesla Inc. was fully charged and cruising down the highway on Autopilot.

Tesla shares bounce on leaked memo about rising sales

Shares of Tesla, suffering one of the worst stretches in company history, rebounded Thursday after CEO Elon Musk told employees that orders are up.

Former Nissan chairman Ghosn appears in Tokyo court

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, appeared in a Japanese courtroom Thursday for a hearing ahead of his trial on accusations of financial misconduct.

COURTS

High court halts electoral map redrawing in Michigan, Ohio

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday put on hold court orders in Michigan and Ohio to redraw electoral maps that federal judges found were too partisan.

US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with receiving and publishing classified information.

Bank CEO pleads not guilty in bid to get Trump post

NEW YORK (AP) — A banker who prosecutors say tried to buy himself a senior post in President Donald Trump's administration by making risky loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty Thursday to a financial institution bribery charge.

Older Americans more likely to cite workplace discrimination

CHICAGO (AP) — Are older workers being discriminated against on the job? The answer appears to depend on the age of the person asked.

HEALTH CARE

FDA OKs $2M medicine, most expensive ever

U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, a therapy meant to cure a disorder that rapidly destroys a baby's muscle control and kills most within a couple years.

Federal govt aims to roll back transgender health protection

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration proposed Friday to roll back Obama-era discrimination protections for transgender people in health care, a move LGBT groups warn will unleash a wave of discrimination.

Democrats unveil plan for a public health insurance option

A coalition of Connecticut Democrats, including Gov. Ned Lamont and top legislative leaders, announced Thursday they have reached consensus on legislation that could lead to a public health insurance option for people and small businesses by 2022.

GOP, Dems team to address 'surprise medical bills'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Republican and Democratic senators are proposing legislation to address the problem of surprise medical bills. Those are the shockingly high charges insured patients can get hit with when a hospital or doctor is not in their insurers' network.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

CEOs get $800,000 pay raise, leaving workers further behind

NEW YORK (AP) — Did you get a 7% raise last year? Congratulations, yours was in line with what CEOs at the biggest companies got. But for chief executives, that 7% was roughly $800,000.

HCA's Johnson the highest-paid CEOs in Tennessee

Here are the top paid CEOs by state for 2018, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.

CEO Pay: When investors say "nay" on spiraling packages

NEW YORK (AP) — Shareholders are still voting overwhelmingly in favor of big pay packages for CEOs, but there are more pockets of resistance eight years after "Say on Pay" became a mandatory exercise at annual meetings.

GM's Barra, Lockheed's Hewson among highest paid female CEOs

Here are the 10 highest-paid female CEOs for 2018, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.

US stocks rebound, but S&P 500 ends with 3rd weekly loss

Stocks on Wall Street notched modest gains Friday, erasing some of the market's steep losses from a day earlier.

US orders for long-lasting goods fall 2.1% in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for large manufactured goods fell sharply last month, pulled down by lower demand for commercial aircraft and cars, while businesses also pulled back on investment spending.

May to quit as party leader June 7, opening race for new PM

LONDON (AP) — Theresa May ended her failed three-year quest to lead Britain out of the European Union on Friday, announcing that she will step down as Conservative Party leader June 7 and triggering a contest to choose a new prime minister who will try to complete Brexit.

China ramps up war of rhetoric in trade standoff with US

BEIJING (AP) — Stepping up Beijing's propaganda offensive in the tariffs standoff with Washington, Chinese state media on Friday accused the U.S. of seeking to "colonize global business" with moves against Huawei and other Chinese technology companies.

US stocks skid on worries of prolonged trade standoff

Heightened worries that the U.S. and China are headed for a long standoff in their costly trade dispute put investors in a selling mood Thursday.

Trade impasse: Trump pledges $16B to farmers; markets buckle

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump rolled out another $16 billion in aid for farmers hurt by his trade policies, and financial markets shook Thursday on the growing realization that the U.S. and China are far from settling a bitter, year-long trade dispute.

China says door open to trade talks, but slams tech controls

BEIJING (AP) — China held the door open to resuming talks in the tariff war with Washington on Thursday, but lashed out at limits on access to key technologies that it said might hurt global supply chains.

Deutsche Bank ready for 'tough cuts' as share price sags

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The CEO of Deutsche Bank says he is ready to make "tough cuts" to improve the struggling bank's profitability and raise a "disappointing" share price as negative headlines continue to plague Germany's biggest bank.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senators: Trump to invoke emergency to sell arms to Saudis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration notified Congress on Friday that it is invoking a rarely used provision in federal law to bypass congressional review of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, two Democratic senators said.

GOP conservative temporarily blocks $19B disaster bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House GOP conservative complaining a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill leaves out money needed to address the migrant crisis at the border blocked the bill Friday, extending a tempest over hurricane and flood relief that has left the measure meandering for months.

Officials: US to send 1,500 more troops to Middle East

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration notified Congress on Friday that it plans to send about 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East amid heightened tensions with Iran, officials said.

Japan PM mulls Iran visit to mediate crisis

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Japanese media say Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Iran next month amid rising tension between Tehran and Washington, and will consult with President Donald Trump about it when he arrives in Tokyo this weekend.

Trump moves to escalate the investigation of intel agencies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. intelligence community to "quickly and fully cooperate" with Attorney General William Barr's investigation of the origins of the multiyear probe of whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia.

Congress on cusp of delivering long-overdue disaster aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is rushing to wrap up a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid package, but only after Democrats insisted on jettisoning President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request to handle an unprecedented influx of migrants at the southern border.

Pelosi questions Trump's fitness; time for 'intervention'?

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi openly questioned President Donald Trump's fitness for office Thursday, suggesting a family or staff "intervention" after a dramatic blow-up at a White House meeting the previous day.

House passes bill to help workers with retirement savings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday to promote retirement security by making it easier for small businesses and other companies to offer retirement plans.

AP Explains: How retirement legislation impacts you

Americans generally do not have enough saved for retirement and Congress is considering a number of measures to address that.

Yes or No: Who's in charge? Power struggles roil Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen times, Rep. Ayanna Pressley asked the witness for a yes or no answer on housing policy.

Britain's May hunkers down as premiership enters final stage

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was hunkered down with close allies Thursday as she considered whether to give in to relentless pressure to resign, or fight on to save her Brexit plan and her premiership.

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