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VOL. 43 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 16, 2019

Franchising is the future

Start here, stay here

Ever eat at a Captain D’s or a Shoney’s restaurant? Grab a cupcake from Gigi’s or a latte at Just Love Coffee?

Benefits to franchising outweigh most pitfalls

The dream of owning a business is a common one.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Belle Meade residents mull conservation overlay

Several weeks ago, Lyle Patterson, director of building and zoning for the City of Belle Meade, mentioned there was going to be an historic announcement in the coming weeks that would have significant ramifications for the city.

US long-term mortgage rates stay near historic lows

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates remained near historically low levels this week against a backdrop of volatile financial markets around the globe.

Local Weather
Currently
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Partly Cloudy
Wind: Southeast at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 63%

EVENTS

FRIDAY, AUG. 16 Night Market Nashville Farmers’ Market hosts a night market the third Friday of every month. Rain or shine, 5-9 p.m. The restaurants and shops stay open late and there are artisans, farmers and live music. Free and family friendly. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa Parks Blvd. Information: www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org

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JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Tricked out license plates over the top

It may be the one thing Tennessee legislators enjoy more than designating official state dogs, rocks and such: authorizing new specialty license plates.

NEWSMAKERS

Benchmark taps Floyd for 40 & Under list

Benchmark Litigation has selected Lee Adair Floyd, an attorney at Butler Snow, for its 2019 40 & Under Hot List.

BRIEFS

XOi adds $11M in Series C financing

XOi Technologies, a Nashville-field service communication solutions company, has announced the completion of its Series C financing round.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Davis' mantra for new season: "I've got to get open''

The Tennessee Titans are banking that 2019 will be the year that Corey Davis becomes what is known in league circles as a “WR1.”

Titans' wide receiver keeps eye on film, ball

Davis said he spent a good portion of the offseason watching Atlanta’s Julio Jones, and then-Pittsburgh Steeler Antonio Brown (presumably only Brown’s on-field antics, and not the sideshow circus off the field).

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Ram 1500 moving in on popular Ford F-150 pickup

Ford’s F-Series has dominated the full-size pickup sales race for as long as anyone can remember. For much of that time, Ram trucks have languished in third place behind the Chevrolet Silverado. But Ram has been steadily winning converts over the past few years, and it just recently leapfrogged Chevy into the No. 2 sales position.

UT SPORTS

Healthy or career? Gilroy makes right choice

A sacrifice would have to be made no matter which option Erin Gilroy chose.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Be alert and don't be a scam artist's next target

Believing that fraud can’t happen to us — because we’re too smart, logical or informed — may make us more vulnerable. Successful scam artists skillfully overcome our defenses and get us into emotional states that override logical thinking, says Kathy Stokes, AARP’s director of fraud prevention programs.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Cope with 'idiots' in your workplace with author's color-coded program

Every day of the week, you want to pound your head against your desk.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville to pilot program to end youth homelessness

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee city of Nashville is piloting a first-in-the-nation program to address homelessness among teenagers and young adults.

COURTS

Court limits order that had stopped Trump asylum limits

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court's ruling Friday will allow the Trump administration to begin rejecting asylum at some parts of the U.S.-Mexico border for migrants who arrived after transiting through a third country.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee to sell alcoholic beverages at home football games

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is the latest Southeastern Conference school to sell alcoholic beverages at upcoming home football games.

TECHNOLOGY

Amazon: Facial recognition program for cops detects emotion

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has announced its facial recognition program used by one Washington state police agency can now detect emotion, generating concerns from privacy advocates.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Trump allies push back on proposed foreign aid cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of President Donald Trump's strongest allies in Congress pushed back Friday on his administration's plans to slash some $4 billion in foreign aid that lawmakers have already approved.

US stocks end turbulent week with broad gains

You're not the only one confused about where the economy is headed. Just look at the stock market, where perplexed investors have been sending stocks on a wild ride in August.

Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It's the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the tech giant's workforce.

US home building fell 4% in July, slowing housing market

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of U.S. home construction fell a sharp 4% in July despite strong demand from would-be buyers, held back by a shortage of skilled labor and affordable land.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Greenland to Trump: Thanks, but we're not for sale

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — Greenlanders are giving Donald Trump the cold shoulder.

Trump appoints student loan industry exec to watchdog job

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration is appointing a long-time student loan industry executive to be the government's top watchdog for the $1.5 trillion student loan market.

Democrats plan early return for work on gun legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will be returning early from their summer recess to consider gun-violence legislation in the wake of this month's mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

US tells Congress of plans to sell F-16 fighters to Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has informed Congress it plans to sell F-16 fighters worth $8 billion to Taiwan in a move that will inflame already high tensions with China.

AP sources: Trump has talked about buying Greenland for US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to put his mark on the world map, President Donald Trump has talked to aides and allies about buying Greenland for the U.S.

Tlaib declines to visit West Bank, citing Israeli conditions

JERUSALEM (AP) — Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Friday she would not visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank, despite being granted an Israeli permit on humanitarian grounds, saying Israel's "oppressive" conditions aimed to humiliate her.

AP Analysis: Trump uses Israel to fuel partisan fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's encouragement and support of Israel's decision to ban two Democratic lawmakers may play well to his political base, but it could endanger the foundations of the U.S.-Israel relationship in the longer term.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Israel bars entry to outspoken US congresswomen

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Thursday that it will bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country ahead of a planned visit over their support for a Palestinian-led boycott movement, a decision announced shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted that it would "show great weakness" to allow them in.

COURTS

Judges nix appeal saying migrant kids may not require soap

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A panel of judges on Thursday dismissed an appeal by the U.S. government that contended detained immigrant children might not require soap during shorter stints in custody under a longstanding settlement agreement.

Judge: Embattled Tennessee DA won't be disqualified

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge says a special prosecutor who's come under fire for making anti-gay and anti-Islam remarks will continue to handle a young black activist's court case.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks veer higher in latest bout of market volatility

Stocks around the world remained stuck in the spin cycle Thursday, as worries about a possible recession collided with hopes that the strongest part of the U.S. economy — shoppers spending at stores and online — can keep going.

Weak global growth likely to mean US slowdown, not recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — How fragile is the global economy? The U.S.-China trade war is weakening businesses in both countries, Germany's economy shrank in the second quarter, and Britain appears headed for a disruptive exit from the European Union this fall.

US productivity grew a healthy 2.3% rate in 2nd quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity increased at a decent pace in the second quarter, a trend that could lead to higher wages if it continues.

Walmart delivers big in 2Q

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart offered a dose of optimism amid growing concerns over weakening economic growth by raising its annual outlook after a strong second quarter.

US retail sales rise strongly in sign of consumer optimism

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spent more at retail stores and restaurants in July, a sign that concerns over weakening economic growth and a persistent trade war that have roiled financial markets have yet to dampen consumer confidence.

US industrial output fell 0.2% in July as factories struggle

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell 0.2% in July, as factory activity slumped in a worrisome sign for the economy.

HEALTH CARE

US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are making a new attempt at adding graphic images to cigarette packets to discourage and Americans from lighting up. If successful, it would be the first change to U.S. cigarette warnings in 35 years.

NASHVILLE AREA

Vanderbilt to begin alcohol sales at home football games

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt plans to conduct alcohol sales to the general public for home football games this season.

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