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VOL. 42 | NO. 42 | Friday, October 19, 2018

Do real men really need soft, sweet-smelling beards?

Nashville entrepreneurs hope so, betting on men’s grooming products

The business of men’s grooming is on the rise in Nashville, growing not from the hair on top of the head, but from the hair in front of it.

Whiskey makes beards smell better; at least that’s the goal

A bad smell will kill a good look every time. That’s why Nashville men’s grooming businesses spend an inordinate amount of time, money and energy making sure their customers smell as good as they look.

High and low: Products you might need

Expectations for men’s grooming offerings might seem limited to haircuts, shaves and conditioning, but for a few Nashville companies specializing in products tailored to the male libido, some interesting options were uncovered.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Lee dislikes lottery, likes education plans they make possible

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee didn’t exactly shock anyone by saying he would fight legislative efforts to legalize sports gambling in Tennessee.

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EVENTS

Business Networking Breakfast. An event for Williamson Chamber members only. Newest members introduce themselves in front of a group and have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other Chamber members. Breakfast provided. Emblem, 427 Nichol Lane, Franklin. Friday, 7:30-9 a.m. Fee: free. Information

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Can Tennessee history spur neighborhood renaissance?

Leaving the new Tennessee State Museum in the rearview mirror for a few minutes, I decide to dodge off Jefferson Street and try to catch up with the pedestrian who I later discover is a retired chief petty officer. “We ran the Navy,” he tells me, proudly.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Numbers reveal clear fade of real estate feeding frenzy

Year-to-date home sales in the greater Nashville region decreased by a staggering 8 percent through the end of September, statistics compiled by the Greater Nashville Realtors reveal.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for September 2018

Top commercial real estate sales, September 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US mortgage rates fall slightly; 30-year at 4.85 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates dipped slightly this week, taking a pause after weeks of steady increases stoked by rising interest rates.

TENNESSEE TITANS

‘Exotic smashmouth’ looks pretty good in hindsight for Titans fans

Six games into the 2018 season, and one trip across the pond before the bye week, a major question comes to mind concerning the Tennessee Titans’ offense.

What to watch: Titans vs. Chargers at Wembley Stadium, London

1. Find the running game. The Titans’ offensive woes start with the line, which was embarrassed by Baltimore and has not been able to get the run game going all season. The Titans may have to go back to the basics and do something to re-establish the run.

UT SPORTS

Vols riding high (for a change) as Tide rolls in

Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt took a swig of water as he stood behind the podium, trying to choke back his emotions.

NEWSMAKERS

Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 3 attorneys

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has hired three attorneys for its Nashville office:

BRIEFS

Organizing committee named for 2019 NFL Draft

The local organizing committee for the 2019 NFL Draft includes 35 Nashville business and community leaders, including country artist Tim McGraw and Eddie George, formerly of the Tennessee Titans, and is led by honorary co-chairs Amy Adams Strunk, Tennessee Titans owner, and Mayor David Briley. Serving as co-chairs are Steve Underwood, CEO and president of the Tennessee Titans, and Dan Mohnke, senior vice president, sales & marketing and operations, Nissan North America.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

What’s new – and what’s missing – in your next new car

Automakers are continually making changes in vehicles. These can be technological breakthroughs, such as the automatic emergency braking systems that are increasingly becoming standard on new cars. Some are mandated changes, such as a federal requirement that all vehicles have backup cameras, which went into effect in May.

CAREER CORNER

Settling for less money to start? That’s a bad idea

Have you ever had someone tell you that it’s a good idea to get your foot in the door at a company? The theory is that if get your foot in the door and work your way up over time.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Google updates dictate you are what you ‘E-A-T’

Google’s latest two algorithm updates, Medic and Birthday, each had a significant impact on where affected websites found themselves ranking within the search engine results pages (SERPs).

US mortgage rates fall slightly; 30-year at 4.85 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates dipped slightly this week, taking a pause after weeks of steady increases stoked by rising interest rates.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Mega Millions jackpot hits $1B, thanks to worsening odds

  11:54am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger.

Tennessee revenues exceed forecasts once again

  5:49am

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say tax revenues for the second month of the state's fiscal year came in nearly 4 percent higher, or $53.3 million more than originally projected.

ELECTION 2018

Pilot gives $1M to McConnell-linked PAC aiding Blackburn

  5:48am

NASHVILLE (AP) — The gas station chain founded by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's family has donated $1 million to a political committee supporting Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid.

States and feds unite on election security after '16 clashes

  5:53am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before the 2016 election, federal officials started making mysterious calls to the head of elections in Inyo County, California. They asked her to contact them if she noticed anything unusual. But they wouldn't elaborate.

Tennessee women slow to back GOP's Blackburn in Senate race

NASHVILLE (AP) — If Republican Marsha Blackburn were to win in November, the congresswoman would become the first female U.S. senator in Tennessee history. And yet women have been slow to embrace her campaign.

Cooper: Taylor Swift endorsement 'least expected' life event

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper says receiving Taylor Swift's endorsement was like "manna from heaven," calling it "the least expected thing that's ever happened" to him and "one of the great honors" in his life.

EDUCATION

4 tax breaks for teachers

The flood of education-related tax advice that seems to crest during back-to-school season often centers on students or their parents. But teachers can score a few tax breaks, too — if they do their homework. Three tax pros share their own lesson plans for cutting teachers' tax bills.

COURTS

Haslam: Tennessee ready to use electric chair for execution

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the state is prepared to execute death row inmate Edmund Zagorski using the electric chair.

MoviePass operations under investigation by New York AG

NEW YORK (AP) — The company that runs the beleaguered MoviePass discount service for movie tickets is being investigated by the New York Attorney General on allegations that it misled investors.

REAL ESTATE

US home sales fell in September to slowest pace in 3 years

  1:16pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales fell for the sixth straight month in September, a sign that housing has increasingly become a weak spot for the economy.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes end a bumpy week mixed

  3:08pm

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks gave up an early rally and struggled to another mixed finish as investors continued sell former favorites like retailers.

Return to sender: Postal union warns of fallout if US leaves

  1:53pm

GENEVA (AP) — No international letters, no international packages: A top official with a 192-country postal union says that's what Americans can expect if the Trump administration goes through with plans to pull of an international postal treaty over concerns about China.

Govt proposes tax rules for investors in 'opportunity zones'

  1:15pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing rules for investors in a new program that it says could have a big impact on economically depressed areas around the country. About 8,700 so-called "opportunity zones" have been set up in all 50 states to lure investors and developers with tax breaks.

European, Asian leaders want free trade, push back at Trump

  1:33pm

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe and Asia presented a united front Friday in support of free trade based on international rules and cooperation, starkly underscoring their differences with U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policy.

Financial watchdog: Regulate cryptocurrencies now, or else

  9:45am

PARIS (AP) — A global financial body says governments worldwide must establish rules for virtual currencies like bitcoin to stop criminals from using them to launder money or finance terrorism.

China's growth slows as officials try to reassure investors

  11:16am

BEIJING (AP) — China reported economic growth sank to a post-global crisis low as finance officials launched a media blitz Friday to shore up confidence in its sagging stock market.

American Express profits jump 22 percent, beating forecasts

NEW YORK (AP) — American Express said its third quarter profits jumped by 22 percent from a year earlier, as the credit card giant benefited from a lower tax rate and increased spending on the company's credit cards.

StarKist admits fixing tuna prices, faces $100 million fine

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

EU chief plays down trans-Atlantic trade rift concerns

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is playing down trans-Atlantic trade tensions after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross accused the EU of dragging its feet in exploratory trade talks.

Report: European taxpayers bilked out of 55 billion euros

BERLIN (AP) — A group of media outlets led by Germany's non-profit Correctiv are reporting traders have manipulated transactions in multiple European countries over years, draining tax coffers of some 55.2 billion euros ($63.5 billion).

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump says without evidence that Dems are behind 'caravan'

  12:03pm

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Eager to bring immigration to the forefront as the midterm elections near, President Donald Trump suggested without evidence that Democrats or their allies are supporting a "caravan" of Central American migrants who are traveling north aiming to enter the United States.

AP-NORC Poll: Just 1 in 4 thinks Kavanaugh told entire truth

  9:47am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest when as a Supreme Court nominee he gave sworn testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, with Republicans and Democrats holding starkly distinct opinions of his credibility, according to a poll released Friday.

Global government body warns Iran on terrorism financing

  9:46am

PARIS (AP) — A global financial watchdog Force has given Iran until February to crack down on terrorism funding or risk deeper economic isolation.

Trump: 'Severe' consequences if Saudis murdered Khashoggi

  5:53am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has acknowledged it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its response to a disappearance that has sparked global outrage.

Mnuchin says he will not attend Saudi investment conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he will not attend an investment conference in Saudi Arabia.

Western government officials cancel trip to Saudi event

PARIS (AP) — Senior government officials from the United States, France, Britain and the Netherlands joined a growing list of people cancelling out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid questions over the kingdom's involvement in the disappearance of a dissident writer.

Poll finds Trump's pro-Israel stance does not sway US Jews

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump's pro-Israel positions have not garnered him support from American Jewish voters, according to a new survey.

Pompeo: US takes Khashoggi disappearance 'very seriously'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he told Saudi Arabia's rulers that the U.S. takes "very seriously" the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and will await the outcome of investigations by the kingdom and Turkey before deciding how the U.S. will respond.

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