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VOL. 42 | NO. 51 | Friday, December 21, 2018

Sour tradition binds sweet Nashville family

Brackmans have come together for more than a century to make Kraut

Thoosh. Thoosh. Thoosh. Thoosh.Thoosh. Rhythmically, methodically, the green cabbage heads slide across the rotating blade of the deli slicer, releasing thin shreds on the other side that fall into a white enameled wash basin that looks to be at least 100 years old.


Closed primaries are actually a pretty good idea

Generally speaking, I can sum up my political leanings by pointing to Republicans and saying I’m against what they’re for, and for what they’re against. But, the Tennessee Republican Executive Committee recently called on the Legislature to require party registration for voters who want to participate in primaries.


Every house has a story; this one might be a novel

There is a property in Nashville that will go unnamed, a house rife with every type of mortgage loan imaginable over the past 25 years. The loan history is more interesting than the property itself and has a trail that would leave Sherlock Holmes scratching his deerstalker.

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Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights. The event, in its fourth year, features a million lights on a one-mile course offering lights and holiday experiences designed to appeal to all ages. Through Dec. 30, 5-10 p.m. Fee: Adults $22, youth $17, 2 and younger free. Information

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Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for November 2018

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

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for November 2018

The number of units recorded in Nashville and Davidson County were down slightly in November while average home sales prices leveled out.

US mortgage rates slip to 4.62%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates slipped this week, reflecting the stock market decline and rush by investors to Treasury notes.


VU’s Vaughn gets second shot at stardom running ball ‘in my city’

Vanderbilt’s football success this season forced running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn to clear his calendar after the regular season.


Titans find time for shopping despite demands

We interrupt this football season for Christmas. Or maybe it is the other way around.

Redskins at Titans: What to watch

1. Derrick Henry. Lots of Derrick Henry. Now that the season is in the final weeks, the running game is front and center. And no running back has been more effective the past couple of weeks than Henry, who has nearly doubled his season output in just two games.


Banker Ayers to receive 2019 Horatio Alger Award

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, has selected James W. Ayers, executive chairman of the board, FirstBank, as a recipient of its 2019 award.


Out with the new, in with the old: 6 used cars picks

Buying a used car instead of a new one has long been a surefire way to save money. Someone else takes the initial depreciation hit – between 25 to 30 percent on average for the first year – so you pay a lot less for the car and finance a smaller amount.


Living life without fear: What have you got to lose?

As we approach the New Year, the conversation will inevitably turn to setting goals. They might be related to career, family, fitness or other personal pursuits. It’s interesting to think about what goals will be achieved and which will eventually be shelved.


You don’t have to live by these myths about money

We’re told experiences are supposed to make us happier than stuff — turns out that might apply mostly to the affluent.


Alexa, read my email! Marketers, you need to adapt

Smart home voice assistant usage is on the rise. According to Nielsen, 24 percent of U.S. households use such a device and that number is expected to double in 2019. As marketers try to optimize for the impact such devices have on search, Amazon has just rolled out a new Alexa feature for their Echo devices that will also impact email marketing.


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.


US stocks head sharply lower a day after Dow's record gain

Wall Street's wild Christmas week rolls on. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped about 300 points early Thursday, a day after notching its biggest-ever point gain, as the market endures a bout of volatility to end what has been a topsy-turvy year.

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.

Legal marijuana industry had banner year in 2018

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.


White House, congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances look slim for ending the partial government shutdown any time soon.

DC mayor urges Trump to end shutdown over severe city impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mayor of Washington, D.C., has written a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to end the partial federal government shutdown.

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.

Trump's presidency has changed Washington, defied convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mr. Trump went to Washington. And he changed it.


Titans QB Mariota sits out practice, hopes to play vs Colts

NASHVILLE (AP) — Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota said he is doing "everything in my power" to be available Sunday night against Indianapolis with a playoff berth on the line.


US home price growth slowed in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home price growth slowed in October, a likely consequence of higher mortgage rates having worsened affordability and causing sales to fall.


Court: Justice Ginsburg leaves hospital after cancer surgery

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been discharged from the hospital after cancer surgery.


Wanted: 1 doctor. 'Tired' doctor searches for successors

DEER LODGE (AP) — A little after 10 a.m. a recent Friday, Dr. Tom Kim affectionately smacked a side door of the Abner Ross Memorial Building in Deer Lodge, Tennessee.


Nissan American exec Greg Kelly released on bail in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. executive Greg Kelly was released from detention in Japan on Tuesday after being granted bail over the alleged underreporting of his boss Carlos Ghosn's pay.


Japan to resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual killings.


Wall Street notches best day in 10 years in holiday rebound

Wall Street notched its best day in 10 years as stocks rallied back Wednesday, giving some post-Christmas hope to a market that has otherwise been battered this December.

A strong economy translates into big holiday sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans buoyed by a strong economy pushed holiday sales growth to a six-year high.


Trump signals no end to shutdown: 'You have to have a wall'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution Wednesday, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall funding that threatens to carry over into January.

Trump is third American president to visit Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday to meet U.S. troops. It's the sixth time that a U.S. president has visited Iraq.

Partial government shutdown to gain impact post-holiday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas has come and gone but the partial government shutdown is just getting started.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump confuses, misleads on border wall

HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's claims over Christmas that he had awarded 115 miles of new border wall construction in Texas appear to confuse work that's already funded and underway.

Trump's bad headlines also means ratings slump for Hannity

NEW YORK (AP) — The drumbeat of bad news for President Donald Trump hasn't been good for his most prominent backer in the media.


Lee releases inauguration schedule

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov.-elect Bill Lee has released his schedule of events leading up to inauguration on Jan. 19.


Titans-Colts game flexed into prime time on NBC

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has moved next week's Titans-Colts game into prime time on NBC.


Walmart heirs promote charter schools among black community

Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with advocates and influential leaders in the black community.


Nissan exec's arrest brings attention to Japan's 'hostage justice'

TOKYO (AP) — Since his arrest on suspicion of falsifying financial reports, Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn has been sitting in a humble cell for more than a month, interrogated day in and day out, without a lawyer present.


Court says Justice Ginsburg up and working after surgery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working as she recuperates from cancer surgery.


Did 2018 usher in a creeping tech dystopia?

We may remember 2018 as the year when technology's dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook's role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley's connect-everything ethos.


Trump's tweet helps push Dow to 653-point plunge

President Donald Trump's attack on the Federal Reserve spooked financial markets on Christmas Eve, raising fears about an uncertain future should the White House try to undermine or remove the head of the U.S. central bank.

Trump assails Fed as the 'only problem our economy has'

President Donald Trump lashed out at the Federal Reserve on Monday after administration officials spent the weekend trying to assure the public and financial markets that Jerome Powell's job as Fed chairman was safe.

Treasury Secretary talks to bank CEOs amid Wall St. jitters

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called the CEOs of six major banks Sunday in an apparent attempt to reassure jittery financial markets coming off a turbulent week in the stock market that is now bracing for potential repercussions from a partial shutdown of the U.S. government.


White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight.

Mattis leaving Pentagon sooner than planned, Shanahan tapped

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sooner-than-expected departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shifts the focus to President Donald Trump's appointment of an acting Pentagon chief and plans for a permanent replacement.

Analysis: One by one, Trump's 'Axis of adults' leaving

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year, during one particularly frenetic stretch in Donald Trump's presidency, a top Republican senator said there were three men guarding the country from chaos: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, White House chief of staff John Kelly and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Trump's coalition cracking over his policies and personality

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Jill Mott doesn't like the tweets. The hard line on the border is too hard. And when asked whether she will vote for President Donald Trump a second time, she lets out a long, deep sigh.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump garbles Syria story, poverty record

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is garbling his story about what's going on with the Islamic State group. Has it been defeated or is it still a fighting force? He had it both ways over the course of several days.


Tennessee unemployment rate drops 0.1 percentage points

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped by 0.1 percentage points in November to 3.6 percent.

Haslam grants 11 people executive clemency

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has granted executive clemency to 11 people as he inches closer to the end of his final term in office.


Hart leads Flyers past Predators 2-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The kid has lived up to the hype so far.


Audit: Some Tennessee teachers didn't have proper licenses

NASHVILLE (AP) — A state audit says a Tennessee public school district placed teachers in classrooms without proper licensing or endorsements.

UT adviser who allegedly harassed student put on paid leave

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, academic adviser accused of sexually harassing students at his previous university has been placed on paid administrative leave.


Supreme Court rejects Trump plea to enforce asylum ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court won't let the Trump administration begin enforcing a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Justice Ginsburg has surgery to remove cancerous growths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery Friday to remove two malignant growths in her left lung, the third time the Supreme Court's oldest justice has been treated for cancer since 1999.

3 more ex-Pilot Flying J officials sentenced in fraud plot

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Three more former executives of the largest U.S. fuel retailer have been sentenced to prison in a plot to cheat trucking companies out of millions of dollars.

US charges 2 with China intelligence ties in hacking case

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say two Chinese citizens acting on behalf of their country's main intelligence agency carried out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data from military service members, government agencies and private companies in the United States and nearly a dozen other nations. It was the latest in a series of Justice Department indictments targeting cyberespionage from Beijing.

Spain court grants $1.7 billion compensation for oil spill

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court has ruled that the captain and the insurer of the Prestige oil tanker must pay more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in compensation for Spain's biggest environmental disaster, when the vessel sank in 2002.


Japan prosecutors file new allegation against Nissan's Ghosn

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prosecutors added a new allegation of breach of trust against Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn on Friday, dashing his hopes for posting bail quickly.

AP Explains: Next steps in Japan case against Nissan's Ghosn

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. former chairman Carlos Ghosn, charged with financial improprieties and detained in Tokyo for more than a month, has also been accused of a breach of trust that caused a multimillion-dollar financial loss for Nissan.

Automakers group warns of no-deal Brexit danger

LONDON (AP) — Britain's main lobby group for the automotive industry has warned of a "catastrophe" if the country crashes out of the European Union without a deal.

Japan court denies more detention of Nissan's ex-chair Ghosn

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court denied prosecutors' request Thursday to extend the detention of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who has been charged with underreporting his pay.


Group backing private Medicare is funded by insurance giants

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program.


Apples pulls iPhone 7, 8 from German stores in patent spat

BERLIN (AP) — Apple is pulling older models of its iPhone from German stores after losing two patent cases brought by chipmaker Qualcomm, the company said Thursday.


Administration moves closer to opening Arctic refuge for oil

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved closer on Thursday to opening thousands of miles within Alaska's pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing, issuing a draft report that concluded the polar bears, caribou and other wildlife could safely share their untouched wilderness with oil and gas producers.


A decade-long rally on Wall Street looks like it's ending

NEW YORK (AP) — After almost 10 years, Wall Street's rally looks like it's ending. Another day of big losses Friday left the U.S. market with its worst week in more than seven years. All of the major indexes have lost 16 to 26 percent from their highs this summer and fall. Barring huge gains during the upcoming holiday period, this will be the worst December for stocks since 1931.

US consumer spending rises solid 0.4 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans lifted their spending 0.4 percent in November from the previous month, a moderate gain that should sustain steady economic growth.

US economy grew at 3.4 percent rate in third quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a solid 3.4 percent annual rate in the third quarter, slightly slower than the previous estimate as consumer spending and exports were revised lower. The economy is expected to slow further in the current quarter.

US durable goods orders up 0.8 pct., led by defense spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting goods rose at a modest pace last month, but the gain was driven entirely by demand for military aircraft. Excluding transportation equipment, orders fell.

Mnuchin: Market's negative reaction to Fed 'overblown'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that the negative market reaction following the Federal Reserve's rate hike this week was "completely overblown."

In run-up to Christmas, online sales continue to be strong

NEW YORK (AP) — In the run-up to Christmas, online shopping continues to be strong.

Human rights group report gains traction, Twitter hammered

NEW YORK (AP) — A report on Twitter by the human rights group Amnesty International is gaining traction and the company's shares were punished Thursday, suffering one of their worst declines this year.

Tobacco giant strides into vape market with $13B Juul stake

Altria, one of the world's biggest tobacco companies, is spending nearly $13 billion to buy a huge stake in the vape company Juul as cigarette use continues to decline.

Bank of England warns of intensified Brexit uncertainties

LONDON (AP) — Brexit uncertainties have "intensified considerably" since early November, the Bank of England said Thursday, as a leading automotive industry group warned of the possible loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs if the country crashes out of the European Union without a deal.

London's Gatwick Airport resumes flights after drone chaos

LONDON (AP) — Flights resumed at London's Gatwick Airport on Friday after drones sparked about 36 hours of travel chaos including the shutdown of the airfield, leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded or delayed during the busy holiday season.

Fed's Powell embraces uncertainty and risks that go with it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell sounded a note of humility Wednesday. The question for the Federal Reserve chairman is whether humility plays well with the financial markets.


Trump, Democrats dug in as government heads for shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Racing toward a partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump's top envoys were dispatched to Capitol Hill as he dug in Friday in a standoff over his demand for billions of dollars in U.S.-Mexico border wall money.

AP Explains: What happens in a partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump and Congress bicker over Trump's call for $5 billion to build a border wall with Mexico, government agencies are preparing for a partial government shutdown set to begin at midnight Friday.

Some US troop pullout planned for Afghanistan, officials say

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration's policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table after more than 17 years of war.

Mattis resigning as Pentagon chief after Trump disagreements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over America's role in the world.

Analysis: As advisers leave, Trump's guardrails come off

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year, during one particularly frenetic stretch in Donald Trump's presidency, a top Republican senator said there were three men guarding the country from chaos: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, White House chief of staff John Kelly and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

AP-NORC Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 say Trump impeded Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans say they believe President Donald Trump has tried to obstruct the investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia, though the public is divided on whether he should be removed from office if he's found to have stymied the probe, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

House vote sends major criminal justice overhaul to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a wide-ranging criminal justice bill on Thursday that will reduce some of the harshest sentences for federal drug offenders and boost prison rehabilitation programs, handing President Donald Trump a legislative victory amid the turmoil over how to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Corker on Trump: 'No idea' what's next

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has delivered some of the most stinging criticism of President Donald Trump from within his own party, says he'll jump in his car next month once his term is over and drive home from Washington.

Trump administration miscalculated benefit of better train brakes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration miscalculated the potential benefits of putting better brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it scrapped an Obama-era rule over cost concerns, The Associated Press has found.

House intelligence releases Stone transcript to Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee voted Thursday to release a transcript of Roger Stone's closed-door interview with the committee last year after special counsel Robert Mueller requested it, according to two people familiar with the vote.

Conservatives warn Trump not to retreat on border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing scathing criticism from conservative supporters after backing away from his threat to shut down the government over border wall funding, with some aggressively lobbying the president against signing a short-term deal with no wall dollars.

US says asylum-seeking migrants to wait in Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — Migrants heading to the southwest border to seek asylum in the United States will have to wait in Mexico until their claims are processed, under an agreement between the two countries announced on Thursday that will affect tens of thousands of people each month.

Whitaker rejected advice to recuse from Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker chose not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation even though a top Justice Department ethics official advised him to step aside out of an "abundance of caution," a senior official said Thursday.

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