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VOL. 42 | NO. 50 | Friday, December 14, 2018

Most Valuable Mom

AL MVP Mookie Betts developed hand-eye coordination at local lanes – thanks to his mother

Diana Collins has a lot on the ball these days. The longtime Nashville resident is a regular league bowler at Donelson Plaza Strike & Spare and other lanes around Music City and serves as president of the Music City Senate of The National Bowling Association. Oh, and she’s the mother of baseball superstar Mookie Betts of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Game-changing Donelson Plaza gets a ‘bit of love,’ makeover

What’s old is soon to be new again. The year was 1958, and construction of Donelson Plaza was underway, a transformational project that would reshape a rural community less than 10 miles east of downtown Nashville.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Sure, you can shoot a bear but why would you?

When I recently came across news that Tennessee is on track for a record bear harvest this year, two questions sprang to mind:

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EVENTS

Music at The Frist: Larysa Jaye. Larysa Jaye, a Nashville-based acoustic soul artist who synthesizes a broad range of influences into her performances. Friday, 6 p.m. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway. Free. Information

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Brother Z has church service, Sunday lunch covered

Brother Z isn’t bothered that his homeless congregation members gather across Dickerson Pike, generally not even coming near the door into the carport-turned-church snuggled behind his takeout shack specializing in 15 spicy flavors of chicken wings.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Lackluster year? It might be another record-breaker

Nashville’s November real estate sales were 7 percent less than November 2017, the Greater Nashville Realtors reports using statistics provided by Realtracs.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for November 2018

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

US mortgage rates fall to 3-month low; 30-year at 4.63 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest level in three months, an inducement to prospective homebuyers in a haltingly recovering market.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Unpredictable? That means Titans fit in with rest of NFL

What have we learned about the Tennessee Titans as the 2018 regular season winds down to its final three games?

Titans at Giants: What to watch

See if the Giants want to play. The Titans overcame a slow start vs. the Jets and then gave the Jaguars a knockout blow early last week. The Giants have improved in recent weeks, and had they done so about two games earlier they would be in the thick of the NFC playoff chase, and maybe even in the NFC East race. As it is, they are teetering on the brink of elimination. If the Titans can start fast and get a quick lead, will the Giants have much interest in playing for four quarters?

Beckham to miss Titans game with quad injury

  1:13pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss his second straight game with a quad injury.

NEWSMAKERS

Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 13 attorneys

Bass, Berry & Sims has 13 new attorneys in Nashville. The following seven attorneys counsel clients on corporate and securities issues including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity financings, and securities regulations matters and filings:

BRIEFS

Electroplating maker expanding in Portland

Advanced Plating, Inc., an electroplating manufacturer, is locating its new facility in Portland, creating 200 jobs and investing approximately $4 million in Sumner County.

CAREER CORNER

Holiday parties are gold mine for job seekers

It’s party time! Chances are, you have a holiday party coming up for work or with friends that you just can’t avoid.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Four tech tasks to keep your parents safer online

All of us are vulnerable to fraud. But the ways some older people use technology can put them at higher risk.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

How to shop for a car when interest rates are high

If you’re new to car buying or it’s been a few years since your last purchase, get ready for a shock when it comes to financing. Interest rates on loans for new vehicles hit an average of 6.2 percent in October 2018, the highest since January 2009, Edmunds research shows.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

3 web metrics you can’t afford to ignore in 2019

If there’s one takeaway from 2018, it’s that the internet is changing. Search engines have more content than ever before to sort through, and they’re increasingly expected to provide the best results. Transparency has been taken to a new level as privacy protection laws and website accessibility lawsuits increase. A website’s online reputation is now factored into search rankings as Google continues to prioritize expertise and industry knowledge.

PREDATORS

Sissons scores OT winner as Predators beat Canucks 4-3

  7:12am

NASHVILLE (AP) — Leading by two late in the third period, the Nashville Predators nearly let this one get away.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lawmakers urge more scrutiny on public records exemptions

NASHVILLE (AP) — A small group of Tennessee lawmakers is recommending more scrutiny for all future public records exemptions.

Tennessee Democratic Party chairwoman draws challengers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Democratic Party chairwoman Mary Mancini is drawing challengers for her job.

MIDSTATE

Green sparks pushback after vaccine comment

  10:16am

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee physician recently elected to Congress received criticism Thursday from top state leaders for alleging without evidence that vaccines may cause autism.

EDUCATION

Obama-era rule leads to $150M in student loan forgiveness

  10:18am

The U.S. Education Department says it will start forgiving federal loans for 15,000 former students whose colleges closed before they could graduate.

HEALTH CARE

Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics at a House hearing Thursday on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government's ongoing support for such studies.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM says it has 2,700 jobs for workers, some in Spring Hill

  1:10pm

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' plans to lay off 14,000 salaried and blue-collar workers might not be as bad as originally projected.

Volkswagen on track to break last year's sales record

  7:14am

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen, which last year vied for the title of world's largest carmaker, says it is on track to beat that performance with a new annual sales record — despite trouble getting vehicles certified for new European emissions tests.

China suspends tariff hikes on $126B of US cars, auto parts

  7:14am

BEIJING (AP) — China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth.

Arrest of Nissan star Ghosn raises speculation over coup

TOKYO (AP) — The surprise arrest of Nissan's former chairman on charges of falsifying financial reports is providing a window into possible corporate intrigue at the Japanese automaker.

Renault: no wrongdoing by Ghosn in compensation

PARIS (AP) — Renault says an internal investigation has found no wrongdoing in the awarding of compensation to CEO Carlos Ghosn, who has been indicted in Japan on charges of falsifying financial reports.

ENVIRONMENT

Climate talks extended as island nations demand action

  3:42pm

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Weary officials from almost 200 countries faced another day of negotiations at the U.N. climate talks to bridge their last remaining differences as small island nations on Friday demanded an ambitious stance against global warming.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook: Bug might have exposed user photos to developers

  3:43pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly 7 million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on growth fears; J&J nosedives

  3:43pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks staggered to eight-month lows Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe set off more worries about the global economy. Mounting tensions in Europe over Britain's impeding departure from the European Union also darkened traders' moods.

Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations

  1:07pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly before making its big move.

Debt threat: Business debt, worries about it are up

  1:15pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Homeowners appear to have learned the lesson of the Great Recession about not taking on too much debt. There is some concern that Corporate America didn't get the message.

US industrial production climbed 0.6 percent in November

  10:19am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production climbed 0.6 percent on surging output at mines and utilities. But manufacturing production was flat.

US retail sales rose 0.2% in Nov., helped by holiday boost

  8:12am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November, as strong sales tied to holiday shopping were offset by lower gasoline prices.

EU leaders vow to press on with 'no-deal' Brexit plans

  7:16am

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders expressed deep doubts Friday that British Prime Minister Theresa May can live up to her side of their Brexit agreement and they vowed to step up preparations for a potentially-catastrophic "no-deal" scenario.

US budget deficit hits record $204.9 billion for November

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit surged to a record for the month of November of $204.9 billion, but a big part of the increase reflected a calendar quirk.

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp is about to get the nod from the federal government that marijuana, its cannabis plant cousin, craves.

Boy Scouts' money struggles: Is bankruptcy an option?

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America deflected questions about a report suggesting it is considering seeking bankruptcy protection, though the head of the organization said it is exploring "all options" as it tries to stay afloat while facing sexual abuse lawsuits and dwindling membership.

UK leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was seeking a Brexit lifeline from European Union leaders Thursday after winning a no-confidence vote among her own Conservative lawmakers at home — a victory won only after she put a time limit on her leadership.

Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row

BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Thursday that it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way dispute over a Chinese technology executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States.

Apple deepens Austin ties, expands operations east and west

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, and over the next three years expand in Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado, Boston, and Portland, Oregon.

Eurozone stimulus program to end as growth worries resurface

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is ending the massive stimulus program that helped nurse the eurozone economy back to health over the past four years — despite the emergence of new risks including a global trade war and Brexit.

NATIONAL POLITICS

US, Canada hold high-stakes talks amid turmoil with China

  11:31am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Canada began high-stakes talks on Friday amid an escalating dispute with China that threatens to further complicate ties between the North American neighbors.

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

  10:22am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shaken and facing a prison term, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer said Friday that Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned about how their stories of alleged affairs with him "would affect the election." He says Trump knew the payments were wrong.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn't lie to FBI

  7:18am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts when it comes to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea for lying in the Russia investigation.

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen

  1:57pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally.

Republican senator distances himself from Raytheon stock buy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee quickly unloaded newly acquired Raytheon stock following a report that the purchase was made after he urged President Donald Trump to boost defense spending by billions of dollars.

Pelosi says House Dems will start seeking Trump tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House next year will start trying to obtain President Donald Trump's income tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, the likely next speaker said Thursday.

As probe closes in, Trump distances himself from Cohen

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he did not violate campaign finance laws and that the liability for hush-money payments to two women alleging affairs with him rests with his former fixer, Michael Cohen.

Flake's Senate farewell speech cites threats to democracy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is warning in his farewell address that the "threats to our democracy from within and without are real."

Senate passes overhaul of sexual harassment claim process

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual assault and harassment claims in Congress.

Trump argues he 'never directed' longtime fixer to break law

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is contending he "never directed" longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law. Trump's tweet Thursday comes a day after Cohen was sentenced to prison for crimes including arranging hush money payments to conceal Trump's alleged affairs.

Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the "predatory" practices of China and Russia, which are "deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage."

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