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VOL. 43 | NO. 51 | Friday, December 20, 2019

The gift who keeps on giving

Injury can’t keep Huckeba, friends from supplying city’s homeless

The phone rings about 15 minutes after Stacie Huckeba lets me out the door of her East Nashville home, her eyes slightly moist from cursing the health woes forcing her to give up her annual Christmas Day treks into homeless encampments to deliver backpacks filled with good tidings of great joy and McDonald’s gift certificates, lip balm, socks and so much more.

Music community helps Huckeba pack in aid

John and Fiona Prine love Stacie Huckeba … especially her grassroots, basically unheralded and living-room-centered campaign to help the homeless make it through December. And the rest of the year, too.

Work with homeless inspires documentary

Stacie Huckeba is taking her plea for the recognition of the humanity of those who are homeless to the big screen.

Shop local: Give gifts that also help your neighbors

What to buy this holiday season for the person who has everything? How about food, the gift that never disappoints.

Farmers’ Market a great place to find local products

Selecting that perfect gift for a loved one or friend can take considerable thought and even more time to track down.

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EVENTS

Franktown Festival of Lights. Williamson County’s only drive-thru light spectacular. Visit Santa’s Village, petting zoo, camel rides and more. $25 per car. Discount for Veterans, Active Duty Military and First Responders. Williamson County Ag Center, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. Open nightly through Dec. 28, 6-10 p.m. Information

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JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Holiday warmth returns with rituals, ‘real’ tree

There was a time when Dec. 26 was my favorite day of the year for one simple reason: It’s as far as possible from another Christmas.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Sham house hunters ready to steal Christmas gifts

Porch pirates are sailing through the community, and package theft is at an all-time high.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for November 2019

Top commercial real estate sales, November 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US mortgage rates unchanged, 30-year home loan at 3.73%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were unchanged this week, staying near historically low levels.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Tannehill leans on faith, family in unstable NFL

Ryan Tannehill’s emergence as Tennessee’s starting quarterback sort of came out of left field from the Titans’ perspective.

Healthy Henry, kicking key for Saints-Titans

First Down: Get Derrick Henry healthy. Henry managed 86 yards on 21 carries against the Texans Sunday, despite not having practiced all week due to a hamstring injury. The Titans are in desperation mode now. If that means no practice for Henry to ensure his availability Sunday vs. the Saints, then so be it.

Facing Brees, Saints with season on line a tall order

The Tennessee Titans had their destiny within their grasp last week. All they needed to do was to find a way to beat the Houston Texans. But that didn’t happen, and now the Titans are back in familiar territory – hoping to win out and hoping even harder for help from the outside.

NEWSMAKERS

Bradley welcomes 5 new associates

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has added five associate attorneys in the firm’s Nashville office. They are:

BRIEFS

Tennessee Q3 exports fell $500M from year ago

Tennessee’s exports fell by more than $500 million for the third quarter compared to the same period last year, a 6.6% loss, the latest “Global Commerce” trade report from MTSU’s Business and Economic Research Center finds.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Ford Explorer vs. Hyundai Palisade: It comes down to price

The midsize three-row SUV marketplace is becoming increasingly crowded with worthwhile choices. A traditional mainstay of this class is the Ford Explorer, and it’s been fully redesigned for 2020. Also making headlines is the new 2020 Hyundai Palisade, which is Hyundai’s biggest and most luxurious SUV yet.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Recognize your money biases, make them work for you

The way our brains work can cost us a lot of money. But some of our mental quirks can be turned to our advantage.

CAREER CORNER

Techies demonstrate the importance of staying current

I received a text from a friend a few years ago stating: “I spent some time today figuring out a new video software.” And, it had a link to a fun, short video.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lee appoints Beavers to parole board

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has appointed former GOP state Sen. Mae Beavers to serve on the state Board of Parole.

ENVIRONMENT

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'

WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) — A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Rust Belt region banks on becoming hub for electric vehicles

The day Youngstown's steel mills began shutting down 40 years ago remains fresh in the minds of those who live in the blue-collar corner of Ohio. Community leaders don't want the recent closing of General Motors' massive assembly plant to leave that same lingering gloom.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait end dispute over shared oil fields

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have ended a nearly five-year-long dispute over shared oil fields and have agreed to resume oil production from the divided Neutral Zone, but stressed this would not change their OPEC commitments to crude oil production cuts.


TUESDAY, DEC. 24
STATEWIDE

Tennessee county clinics offering free flu vaccinations

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's county health department clinics are offering flu vaccines at no charge.

PREDATORS

Josi's goal, assist lead Predators over Coyotes 3-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — Roman Josi is on such a roll lately, even the shots he doesn't expect to go in do just that.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks nearly flat at early close for Christmas

Major US stock indexes are closing nearly flat in muted trading as the market closes early for the Christmas holiday.

China, Japan, South Korea meet on North Korea, free trade

CHENGDU, China (AP) — Leaders from China, Japan and South Korea reiterated their commitment to ending North Korea's nuclear and missile programs at a trilateral summit Tuesday that comes against the backdrop of increasing demands by Pyongyang for sanctions relief.

San Francisco cafes are banishing disposable coffee cups

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new cafe culture is brewing in the San Francisco area, where a growing number of coffee houses are banishing paper to-go cups and replacing them with everything from glass jars to rental mugs and BYO cup policies.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Democrats test whether voters will shrug off impeachment

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Cindy Axne happily talked about trade, health care and agriculture with about three dozen constituents who gathered in a farm bureau office the weekend before Christmas. Missing from the Iowa Democrat's talking points: her recent vote to impeach President Donald Trump.


MONDAY, DEC. 23
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans rest Henry in 38-28 loss to Saints, get playoff help

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans find themselves in the same situation as a year ago with a playoff berth on the line in their regular-season finale.

REAL ESTATE

Report: Tennessee home prices up last quarter year-over-year

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Home prices increased last quarter in Tennessee compared to the same period in 2018, but total home permits dropped, according to a housing report.

US home sales tumbled 1.7% in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home-buying slumped in November, with many Americans priced out of the market by rising prices and a shortage of sales listings.

US new-home sales rose 1.3% in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of newly built homes increased 1.3% in November from the prior month, a sign that low mortgage rates are pushing up purchases as well as prices.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks set more records after quiet pre-Christmas trading

Stocks closed modestly higher on Wall Street Monday, extending the major indexes' milestone-shattering run.

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods slide 2%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell by the largest amount in six months, led by a large decrease in orders for defense aircraft and parts. A closely watched category that tracks business investment ticked up 0.1%.

China announces tariff cuts, more competition in markets

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it will reduce tariffs Jan. 1 on more than 850 foreign products including frozen pork, asthma medications and some high-tech components to spur economic development.

Joseph Segel, QVC and Franklin Mint founder, dead at 88

Joseph Segel, a "quintessential entrepreneur" who founded the home-shopping network QVC, has died, the company that owns the channel announced. He was 88.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House committee raises prospect of more impeachment articles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee held open the possibility Monday of recommending additional articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as it pressed anew for the testimony of former White House counsel Don McGahn.

Giuliani pals leveraged GOP access to seek Ukraine gas deal

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a back corner of the swank H Bar in Houston, near a huge photo of Brigitte Bardot with a dangling cigarette and a deck of cards, two Russian-speaking men offered a Ukrainian gas executive what seemed like an outrageous business proposal.

Inside impeachment: How an 'urgent' tip became 'high crimes'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The night before the whistleblower complaint that launched President Donald Trump's impeachment was made public, Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee crammed into the same room to get a first look at the document.

White House predicts Pelosi will yield on impeachment delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is projecting confidence that it will prevail in a constitutional spat with Democrats over the nature of the Senate's impeachment trial, which threatens to deprive President Donald Trump of the swift acquittal he seeks.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's flawed impeachment letter to Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — The closing passage in President Donald Trump's impeachment-eve letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the ring of truth to it. He was writing his thoughts for history, he said. For 100 years from now, "when people look back at this affair."


FRIDAY, DEC. 20
COURTS

Tennessee court commission seeking applications for vacancy

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Trial Court Vacancy Commission is seeking applications for a circuit court vacancy in the 16th Judicial District in Rutherford and Cannon counties.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee lands $5.3M maternal opioid misuse federal grant

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has landed a $5.3 million federal grant that aims to address opioid misuse among expectant mothers and improve care for their affected children, the Division of TennCare announced Thursday.

STATEWIDE

Bloomberg campaigns through Memphis, Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) — Michael Bloomberg swung through Tennessee on Thursday, highlighting his newly released health care plan and celebrating the opening of the Democrat's state campaign headquarters.

PREDATORS

Duclair scores in OT, Senators get past Predators 5-4

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators made Marcus Hogberg's first NHL win one to remember.

ENVIRONMENT

Activists cheer victory in landmark Dutch climate case

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a ruling hailed as an "immense victory for climate justice," the Netherlands' top court ruled Friday in favor of activists who have for years been seeking legal orders to force the Dutch government into cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

HEALTH CARE

Obamacare sign-ups steady as debate persists over its future

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 8 million people have signed up for coverage next year under former President Barack Obama's health care law, the government said Friday, a sign of continued demand for the program amid persistent uncertainty over its future.

TECHNOLOGY

Researcher: Data on 267 million Facebook users exposed

A Ukrainian security researcher reported finding a database with the names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users — nearly all U.S.-based — on the open internet. That data was likely harvested by criminals, said researcher Bob Diachenko, an independent security consultant in Kyiv.

Twitter removes 5,929 Saudi accounts it deems state backed

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it has removed nearly 6,000 accounts it deemed tied to a state-backed information operation in Saudi Arabia.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 index closes out 10th winning week in the past 11

Wall Street capped a mostly quiet week of trading Friday with broad gains for stocks and more record highs for the major indexes.

US consumer spending up 0.4% in November, best since July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending in November at the fastest pace in four months, and income growth rebounded to its strongest gain since August.

US economy grew at moderate 2.1% rate in 3rd quarter

The U.S. economy, which only recently was flashing warning signs of a sharp slowdown, should finish the year in better shape, thanks to rate cuts from the Federal Reserve and a cease-fire in the U.S.-China trade war.

Germany resigned to US sanctions over Russia gas pipeline

BERLIN (AP) — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Friday he was "under no illusions" that proposed U.S. sanctions against companies involved in building a Russian gas pipeline to Europe might be stopped at the last minute.

France fines Google $166M for abusing ad dominance

PARIS (AP) — France's competition authority has fined Google 150 million euros ($166 million) for "abusing its dominant position" in the online ad market.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Pelosi: Power of gavel means Trump is 'impeached forever'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi promised as speaker she would "show the power of the gavel."

Trump blasts Christian magazine that called for his removal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blasted a prominent Christian magazine on Friday, a day after it published an editorial arguing that he should be removed from office  because of his "blackened moral record."

Trump rails against delay in moving impeachment to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump railed behind closed doors about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to delay sending articles of impeachment to the Republican-controlled Senate, putting an expected trial in limbo.

Space Force will start small but let Trump claim a big win

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is celebrating the launch of Space Force, the first new military service in more than 70 years.

AP FACT CHECK: Examining claims from 2020 Democratic debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven Democratic presidential contenders tangled Thursday night in the last debate of the year, hard on the heels of President Donald Trump's impeachment.


THURSDAY, DEC. 19
NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville among cities with top income growth over past 5 years

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — From the middle of the Obama administration to the midpoint of the Trump presidency, household income grew the most in tech and entertainment centers like Nashville, Austin, Texas and large chunks of the West Coast.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Former VW manager jailed over diesel scam gets early release

BERLIN (AP) — A German lawyer representing a former Volkswagen manager jailed over the company's diesel emissions fraud says his client has been released from prison.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook to tackle efforts to interfere with 2020 US census

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook plans to clamp down on attempts to use its services to interfere with the 2020 U.S. census, including the posting of misleading information about when and how to participate, who can participate and what happens when people do.

REAL ESTATE

US home sales tumbled 1.7% in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home-buying slumped in November, with some Americans priced out of the market by rising prices or constrained by a shortage of sales listings.

HEALTH CARE

North America trade pact deals rare setback to Big Pharma

A revamped North American trade deal nearing passage in Congress gives both the White House and Democrats a chance to claim victory and offers farmers and businesses clearer rules governing the vast flow of goods among the United States, Canada and Mexico.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Senate OKs big changes to how Americans save for retirement

A major change to how Americans save for retirement is close to becoming law.

Nike's sales get boost from direct-to-consumer strategy

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike's quarterly results again beat Wall Street expectations, as its online sales grew and customers shrugged off a series of corporate scandals.

US stocks move higher as markets yawn at Trump's impeachment

Technology companies led stocks higher on Wall Street Thursday, extending the market's gains for the week and pushing the major indexes to more record highs.

Farm, ethanol groups angered at final EPA ethanol rule

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some farm groups and farm-state lawmakers expressed anger at the Trump administration Thursday over final ethanol rules that they said failed to uphold the president's promises to the industry.

After ebullient 2019, Wall Street warns of slower road ahead

NEW YORK (AP) — After a year of nirvana, investors may need to get ready for something a little more normal.

Democratic-led House expected to give Trump big win on trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after impeaching President Donald Trump, the Democratic-led House is expected to overwhelmingly pass one of his signature priorities, a rewrite of the 25-year-old free trade agreement he blames for shipping U.S. manufacturing jobs to Mexico.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House approves bill suspending cap on some tax deductions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House approved legislation Thursday to suspend for two years the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions that came with President Donald Trump's massive 2017 tax law. The deductions are widely popular, especially in high-tax, heavily Democratic states like New York, New Jersey and California.

Pelosi demands impeachment trial info before sending charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted on Thursday that before she will send the Republican Senate the articles of impeachment her Democratic chamber approved against President Donald Trump, GOP leaders must provide more detail about how they will handle the expected trial.

Some in GOP want Trump apology for denigrating late Dingell

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment night crack that the late Michigan Rep. John Dingell might be "looking up" from hell drew wide scorn and scant defense from his allies Thursday, on the cusp of the 2020 election year and just days before Christmas.

Senate passes anti-robocalls bill, sending it to Trump

The Senate approved a bill Thursday to crack down on robocalls, sending to President Donald Trump a measure meant to combat a persistent and costly problem for Americans.

Senate advances $1.4T spending deal in drive to adjourn

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to advance a $1.4 trillion government spending package in a last, bipartisan burst of legislating before bolting for the holidays from a Capitol that's toxic with impeachment.

Senate passes anti-robocalls bill, sending it to Trump

The Senate has passed a bill that cracks down on robocalls, a persistent and costly problem for Americans.

Pelosi: Trump's quip about late lawmaker cruel, 'not wit'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that President Donald Trump's swipe at the late Rep. John Dingell during a raucous impeachment-day rally in Michigan was cruel. She added: "Let us pray. Let us pray for the president."

McConnell blasts House impeachment, pledges Senate action

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Republican on Thursday denounced the "most unfair" House impeachment of President Donald Trump and reassured Trump and his supporters that "moments like this are why the United States Senate exists."

Trump impeached on charges of abuse of power, obstruction

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution's ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.

6 big questions ahead of Democrats' final debate of 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just seven Democrats will take the stage for the sixth and final round of presidential debates in 2019. That's down from 20 candidates six months ago.

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