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VOL. 42 | NO. 52 | Friday, December 28, 2018

Still going strong as those who idolize him fade

Eddy at 80 recalls career, famous friendships (Beatles, Dylan)

The gentle music giant, once a prospective Traveling Wilbury and a guy whose twangy guitar pulsates the heart of rock ’n’ roll, sits in his Franklin home and talks about – among other things – The Beatles’ so-called “White Album” that he got right from the source when it was released a half-century ago.


Lamar says he’ll miss his friends from both sides of aisle

It’s not normally big news when a 78-year-old man decides to retire – at age 80.


Great rental for half the going rate? It’s likely a scam

With the single-family home rental market tightening even more, scoundrels have once again invaded internet rental marketing venues, “renting” houses they don’t own to unsuspecting – sometimes desperate – victims.

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First Saturday Art Crawl. Art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings, presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork. The galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring every genre of art. Admission: Free. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Information

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US long-term mortgage rates dropped to 4.55 pct. average

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, offering a slight degree of relief to would-be homebuyers after the stock market has tumbled.


Unlikely heroes propel Titans’ December win streak

The Tennessee Titans are alive in the NFL playoff chase – they’re in with a win against the Colts on Sunday – thanks to some unlikely sources.

Colts at Titans: What to watch

1. Lots of Luck. Andrew Luck has owned the Titans, something that is well documented in these parts. Luck is 10-0 all-time against Tennessee and has been even more dominant against the Titans than his predecessor, Peyton Manning. The Titans defense didn’t touch Luck in the first meeting in Indianapolis in November, but they must find some way to get pressure on him, a job made much harder by the likelihood that Jurrell Casey could miss the game with a knee injury.


Vols’ Pruitt looks for leaders in recruiting class

Jeremy Pruitt recruited with a purpose this year, selecting players with more knowledge of the environment and certainty of what Tennessee’s football program truly needed.


Centerstone’s Stoll wins community service award

Becky Stoll, vice president for crisis and disaster management at Centerstone, has won the 2018 Dorothea Dix Community Service Award presented by the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations.


Auto parts firm picks Antioch for HQ

LKQ Corporation has opened its North American headquarters in Antioch.


Edmunds: Why pickups are becoming the new family car

What’s America’s favorite family vehicle? The SUV? The minivan? These days, it could very well be the pickup truck.


It’s time for Congress to fix Social Security’s tax burden

People on Social Security need a tax break. The rest of us need to make sure they get it – for everyone’s sake.


Negotiating with yourself can expose weak adversary

Point taken. When you were a baby, that’s all you had to do to get what you wanted. Point at food, you ate. Point at your bottle, you drank. Oh, if only it was that easy to reach your goals, huh? Nope, not a chance, which is why you need “Everything Is Negotiable” by Meg Myers Morgan, PhD.


Do your homework before accepting work-at-home job

Finding a work-from-home or remote job can seem to be an impossible proposition. It’s like finding a unicorn. You’ve heard they exist, but you’ve never actually seen one.


TVA: 2018 was wettest year for Tennessee Valley

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal utility that serves parts of seven southeastern states says 2018 was the wettest year on record in the Tennessee Valley.


US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.51 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, starting the year with an inducement to prospective homebuyers.


General Motors' product development chief named president

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has promoted product development chief Mark Reuss (Royce) to company president.


Apple warning of weak sales in China sends US stocks sinking

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks went into a steep slide Thursday morning after Apple reported a slowdown in iPhone sales over the holidays in China, a hugely important market for the company.

US factories expanded at slowest pace in more than 2 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — American factories grew last month at the slowest pace in more than two years.

Survey: US firms added a strong 271,000 jobs in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added a robust 271,000 jobs in December. Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that last month's job gains marked a sharp upturn from November's gain of 157,000. The gains, if backed up by government numbers due Friday, could be strong enough to reduce the unemployment rate.

Waning iPhone demand highlights Chinese consumer anxiety

BEIJING (AP) — Apple Inc.'s $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to consumers in China unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S.

Department store executive Blake Nordstrom dies at 58

NEW YORK (AP) — Blake Nordstrom, who led the upscale department store chain Nordstrom as co-president with his brothers Erik and Peter, has died. He was 58.


Talks go nowhere as partial gov't shutdown enters 13th day

WASHINGTON (AP) — No one budged at President Donald Trump's closed-door meeting with congressional leaders, so the partial government shutdown persisted over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They'll all try again Friday.

Pelosi says Trump can't persuade her on wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH'-see) says "there's no amount of persuasion" President Donald Trump can use to get her to fund his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Pelosi poised to become House speaker, making history

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi knew this moment would come, even if others had their doubts — or worked to stop her.


Arvidsson, Saros lead Predators past slumping Flyers 4-0

NASHVILLE (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson's thumb and Juuse Saros' goalkeeping appear to be just fine for the Nashville Predators.


Tesla cuts prices as 4Q deliveries miss analysts' estimates

DETROIT (AP) — Shares of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. tumbled Wednesday morning after the company cut vehicle prices by $2,000 and announced fourth-quarter sales figures that fell short of Wall Street estimates.


The stock market starts off 2019 with more turbulence

NEW YORK (AP) — The roller-coaster ride on Wall Street resumed on Wednesday, the first trading day of the new year, as stocks plunged early on, then slowly recovered and finished with a slight gain.

Why slowing economies could prod US and China to reach deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and China are facing growing pressure to blink in their six-month stare-down over trade because of jittery markets and portents of economic weakness.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump's skewed theory of paying for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is, at once, demanding billions of dollars from the U.S. treasury for a border wall and insisting the wall won't really cost America anything.

Trump says he's ready to meet again with North Korean leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's ready to meet again with Kim Jong Un to discuss North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Hill leaders to attend White House briefing on border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican congressional leaders are expected to attend a briefing on border security at the White House as the government remains partially shut down and President Donald Trump asks in a tweet, "Let's make a deal?"

Tops on House Democrats' to-do list: Try to end shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are sweeping into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they'll have to get government reopened from the partial shutdown.

New GOP rivalry? Romney barrels into DC blistering Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and incoming Utah senator, has quickly set himself apart from other Republicans in the new Congress with a blistering attack on President Donald Trump's leadership and character, triggering what could become a new rivalry in the GOP ranks.

Romney criticizes Trump's 'character' in scathing op-ed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days away from joining the Senate's Republican majority, Sen.-elect Mitt Romney broadly criticized President Donald Trump's policies and character and argued that the president "has not risen to the mantle of the office."

Departure of Trump's GOP critics in Senate leaves a void

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's most prominent GOP critics on Capitol Hill are close to completing their Senate careers, raising the question of who — if anyone — will take their place as willing to publicly criticize a president who remains popular with nearly 9 in 10 Republican voters.


Johansen, Arvidsson help Predators break 6-game losing skid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nashville Predators entered the final game of 2018 with their longest losing streak in more than five years.


Titans QB Mariota needs rest, not surgery for latest injury

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans' quest for a second straight postseason ended with injured quarterback Marcus Mariota watching from the sideline .

Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo retiring after 10 NFL seasons

NASHVILLE (AP) — Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo says he's retiring after 10 NFL seasons, wanting to walk away from football on his own terms.

Titans' season ends shy of postseason with Mariota sidelined

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans had everything they needed to cap coach Mike Vrabel's debut season with a second straight playoff berth.


Agriculture Department cautions farmers on herbicide rules

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Agriculture Department is advising soybean and cotton farmers to follow new federal guidelines when applying a weed killer blamed for drifting and damaging crops in neighboring fields.


Judge clears the way for appeal of ruling against health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas who recently declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional has stayed his ruling to allow for appeals.


Court extends detention for Nissan ex-chair Ghosn by 10 days

TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn will be detained at least through Jan. 11, the Tokyo District Court said Monday, as the once revered auto industry figure faces allegations that have marked a stunning downfall.


US stocks end dismal, volatile year on a bright note

Wall Street closed out a dismal, turbulent year for stocks on a bright note Monday, but still finished 2018 with the worst showing in a decade.

US Ambassador: Major trade deal with UK may not be possible

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Britain has cast doubts on whether a major bilateral trade deal can be reached if Parliament approves the Brexit proposal from Prime Minister Theresa May.


House Democrats unveil measure to re-open government

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a package of bills Monday that would re-open the federal government without approving funding for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, establishing an early confrontation that will test the new power dynamic in Washington.

Trump's pick for AG once called border wall 'overkill'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, once questioned the value of a wall along the Mexican border similar to the one the president has advocated, describing the idea as "overkill."

Elizabeth Warren takes big move toward 2020 presidential run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday took the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the presidency, hoping her reputation as a populist fighter can help her navigate a Democratic field that could include nearly two dozen candidates.

Trump-Pelosi showdown over shutdown first battle of new era

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi often quotes Abraham Lincoln saying public sentiment is everything. It's a theory that will be put to the test when the new House Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end the government shutdown without money for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico.

Trump insists an 'all concrete Wall' was never abandoned

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite public equivocations by three confidants, President Donald Trump is insisting he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false claims on migrant child deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump twisted circumstances behind the deaths of two migrant Guatemalan children to insulate his administration from any blame, contending without justification that they were in dire health before they reached the border.

AP Poll: Veterans' support for Trump strong

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 in 10 military veterans voted for Republican candidates in the November midterm elections, and a similar majority had positive views of President Donald Trump's leadership. But women, the fastest growing demographic group in the military, are defying that vote trend.


More than 30 new laws go into effect Jan. 1

NASHVILLE (AP) — There's something to "cheers" about in the latest round of new Tennessee laws going into effect at the beginning of the new year.

Tennessee November unemployment rate down in all 95 counties

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 3.7 percent to 3.6 percent in November.


Khudobin makes 49 saves as Stars beat Predators 2-0

NASHVILLE (AP) — After a turbulent trip to Nashville, the Dallas Stars were settled down by their goaltender once they got on the ice.


Governor-elect Bill Lee announces cabinet appointments

NASHVILLE (AP) — Governor-elect Bill Lee announced two cabinet appointments Thursday.


AP-NORC Poll: Most support gene editing to protect babies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans say it would be OK to use gene-editing technology to create babies protected against a variety of diseases — but a new poll shows they'd draw the line at changing DNA so children are born smarter, faster or taller.

Tennessee health clinics struggle amid frozen state funds

NASHVILLE (AP) — A revamp of billing rules for Tennessee's TennCare program has left some rural health care clinics struggling to stay open.

TennCare officials urged to end payment moratorium

NASHVILLE (AP) — National and state health care organizations are calling on TennCare officials to immediately end a moratorium on special payments to rural clinics that is putting some in imminent danger of closing,


Lawsuit: 'Candy Crush' sting targeted owners for ethnicity

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A lawsuit says authorities targeted Tennessee stores with owners of Egyptian heritage in the "Operation Candy Crush" sting focusing on candy and other products containing cannabidiol.


US pending home sales slip 0.7 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in November as higher mortgage rates and prices continued to squeeze would-be buyers out of the market.


Tesla names Oracle's Ellison to board in SEC settlement

NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla is naming Oracle's Larry Ellison and an executive from Walgreens to its board as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk.


Sears, facing liquidation, says it will close 80 more stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears is closing 80 more stores as it teeters on the brink of liquidation.

Shutdown could block federal aid to farmers hit by trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America's farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the USDA last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers hardest hit by President Donald Trump's trade war with China.

Wall Street faces annual losses despite solid gains for week

Wall Street capped a week of volatile trading Friday with an uneven finish and the market's first weekly gain since November.

Quiz: Test your knowledge of this year's business news

2018 was a big year in business news. A trade war heated up between the U.S. and China, Facebook's stock took a face-plant, and two big tech companies reached $1 trillion in value, although that was before this fall's stock market rout. Test your knowledge of this year's notable events in business news with this end-of-year quiz.

US consumer confidence tumbles in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence tumbled this month as Americans began to worry that economic growth will moderate next year. But consumer spirits are still high by historic standards.

Investment fraud case in US expands to 4 women from Israel

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — They followed a call script for reassuring investors: A broker boasted of winning up to 95 percent of his trades. Sales representatives promised a client she would be a millionaire within a year if she didn't withdraw her five-figure investment.

Legal marijuana industry toasts year of global gains

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream.

China says plans made for US trade talks in January

BEIJING (AP) — China's government said Thursday it has made plans with Washington for talks in January aimed at ending a tariff battle that threatens to depress global trade.


GOP and Democrats trade blame for shutdown, no deal in sight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes Friday and both parties traded blame in the weeklong impasse.

Trump threatens to shut border if no wall money

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to close the U.S. border with Mexico if Democrats in Congress don't agree to fund the construction of a border wall.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump makes false claim to troops about pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first visit to U.S. troops in a conflict zone, President Donald Trump drew cheers when he told troops he won them their first raise in 10 years and suggested it was a whopping one. Neither is true.

California moves up primary, wants bigger impact 2020 vote

Go west, 2020 presidential candidates? Early voting in California's primary will overlap with the traditional early nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

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