VOL. 42 | NO. 3 | Friday, January 19, 2018
VUMC’s Newhouse: ‘We are poised to make some very big steps’
Few diseases are feared more than Alzheimer’s, a progressive brain disorder that steals memories, leaves no survivors and has no cure or real treatment.
To Allen Curtis, the signs of dementia in his father were subtle … until the day they weren’t.
Alzheimer’s disease currently affects at least 5.2 million Americans, including about 110,000 Tennesseans. That number is expected to reach 14-16 million people by 2050 as more member of the baby boom generation reach 65, the age at which risk of developing Alzheimer’s begins to increase.
Get informed: The Alzheimer’s Association is the primary organization offering education, support and referrals to Alzheimer’s sufferers and their caregivers. You can learn more about the illness and get help at www.alz.org/altn or its 24-hour helpline at 1-800-272-3900. The National Institute on Aging is an excellent resource to learn about the disease and keep up with the latest scientific developments. Its website is www.nia.nih.gov
SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL
Springfield resident Felicity Palma struggled mightily when she moved to Tennessee from Florida two years ago after suffering health problems and losing her job.
An East Tennessee lawmaker is trying breathe life into his “heartbeat bill” this session of the General Assembly despite an odd mix of opposition from pro-life forces and Democrats.
With a grade-changing scandal at Trezevant High rocking Shelby County Schools, Rep. Antonio Parkinson is pushing legislation designed to put a harsh “deterrent” on illicit transcript changes: criminal prosecution.
TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL
The lanky, country bassist knows cowboy boots demonstrate both the soles and the soul of his craft, so he’s not going to entrust them to just any old shoe repairman.
RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK
The Nashville area set a new record for home sales in 2017 with 40,482, Greater Nashville Realtors statistics show, a number so strong it might have evoked a “Whoa Nelly!” from revered and now-departed sportscaster Keith Jackson.
There were 735 homes selling for $1 million or more in Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Sumner and Wilson counties in 2017, according to Chandler Reports.
Top residential real estate sales, December 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.
2017 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson and Rutherford counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.
December 2017 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson and Rutherford counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates on long-term home loans rose this week to the highest level in months.
TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS
Mike Mularkey is loyal to his coaches and his coaching philosophies, though probably to a fault, as it appears that was a huge part of why he was fired as the Tennessee Titans head coach on Monday morning.
The past has been good to Vanderbilt’s men’s basketball team. The future looks outstanding. It’s the present, however, that’s not so pretty, which is the challenge facing Commodores seniors Matthew Fisher-Davis, Riley LaChance and Jeff Roberson.
Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has named Rachel Ross Rosenblatt a shareholder in its Nashville office. Rosenblatt is one of 28 attorneys elected to shareholder status across Littler’s U.S. offices, effective January 1, 2018.
The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin area is the eighth-best-performing city in the U.S., according to the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities 2017 Index.
BEHIND THE WHEEL
Artificial intelligence that controls your infotainment screen. A vehicle that can read your brain. Cars that can see around blind corners. These are some of the automotive tech highlights of Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon narrowed its search for a second headquarters city Thursday to 20 locations – including Nashville – concentrated mostly in the East and the Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, as the company kept its international options open.
NASHVILLE (AP) — State Sen. Ferrell Haile will take over duties as Tennessee Senate speaker pro tempore.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to make medical marijuana legal in Tennessee, but only in oil-based products.
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A former sales executive for the truck stop chain Pilot Flying J has testified that he told the company's former president colleagues had cheated a trucking company.
NASHVILLE (AP) — A health care forum showed a partisan split in the governor's race over Medicaid expansion, with Democrats ranking it their top priority and Republicans opposing it or espousing other priorities.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Airbnb will now be able to collect and pay sales tax on behalf of its renters in Tennessee.
NASHVILLE (AP) — The state of Tennessee has announced dozens of grants to improve computer and online skills and access to broadband services at libraries.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Despite missing the first three months of the season, Ryan Ellis looks to be in top form already for the Predators.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Southerners awaited a big thaw that would end days of icy roads, broken pipes, snow and numbing cold after a fierce winter storm blasted their normally mild region.
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have released models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high medicine prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to solidify its standing with social conservatives, the Trump administration is creating an office to protect the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion.
Retailers and consumer goods companies led U.S. stock indexes higher in late-afternoon trading Friday, on track to end the week with a gain. Energy companies were the biggest laggard as the price of crude oil declined. Utilities also fell as bond yields rose to their highest level in more than three years. Investors were monitoring developments in Washington ahead of a possible federal government shutdown this weekend.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve's top official on financial regulation is putting forward a wide-ranging agenda for improving the way the nation's banks are regulated, saying he wants to focus on "efficiency, transparency and simplicity."
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is boosting the price of its monthly Prime membership fees for new and existing members by nearly 20 percent.
PARIS (AP) — U.S. oil production is booming and is forecast to top that of heavyweight Saudi Arabia and rival Russia this year, a global energy agency said Friday.
ATLANTA (AP) — Recognizing a global waste problem, Coca-Cola will attempt to collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one that it sells within 12 years.
DALLAS (AP) — Delta Air Lines says for safety reasons it will require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it's trained to behave itself.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting.
NEW YORK (AP) — Higher bond yields are finally here, and investors have to consider what, if any, changes to make to their portfolios.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline announced Thursday that it will proceed with its plans to build the pipeline according to an alternative route approved by Nebraska authorities and that it hopes to begin construction next year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Groundbreakings on new homes fell 8.2 percent in December, with builders ending 2017 by slowing down their construction of single-family houses.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Friday afternoon in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a government shutdown, with a bitterly divided Washington locked in stare-down over federal spending and legislation to protect some 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Injecting confusion into already perilous shutdown negotiations, President Donald Trump undercut his own administration's stance by tweeting Thursday that a children's health insurance program should not be part of a short-term budget agreement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's new policy allowing state work requirements for Medicaid recipients is legally questionable, more than two dozen Democratic senators said Thursday, framing an argument likely to be aired in court.
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all his errant swings at the facts, President Donald Trump sometimes gets it just right.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives rather than regular companies.