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VOL. 41 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 18, 2017

Millions for roads but who will build them?

State faces construction labor shortage

Tennessee’s aging workforce is creating a shortage of welders, heavy-equipment operators, formwork carpenters, iron workers, concrete finishers and construction supervisors – all while the state is ramping up to spend an additional $350 million a year on road projects.

College or construction? The answer is getting tougher

From learning on the job to earning degrees in civil engineering, there are many roads into the construction industry and its array of specialties.

Go Build TN touts success in encouraging building careers

Two years ago, the Tennessee General Assembly set up funding for Go Build Tennessee Inc., a nonprofit that would spread the word to high-school and postsecondary students about careers in construction.

Transportation construction basics

Who designs and builds roads and bridges? Civil engineers do the design work. They prepare drawings, specify materials and address safety issues for construction workers and the traveling public while the work is being done. The civil engineers may be employed by the state to design the project, or the state may turn to private companies. Most states use both methods.

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Stronger penalties alone won’t solve state opioid crisis

Rep. Bryan Terry deals with patients from every demographic caught up in the web of opiates.


Songwriter’s education: Byrd learns from the best

Even beneath his Acme Feed & Seed ball cap, Jon Byrd looks as much like a professor as any other white-haired, balding man in spectacles as he sips coffee and checks his smart phone while enjoying a warm afternoon in the al fresco dining area of a Vanderbilt-area caffeine and pastry dispensary.


Single-family homes push sales ahead of last year’s pace

Area real estate sales have increased 5.5 percent this year with 23,365 properties changing hands, 3,872 of them in August alone, Greater Nashville Realtors sales statistics show. That number is slightly less than the 3,887 closed sales in June, which was down from the 3,943 in May.


Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for July 2017

Top residential real estate sales, July 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average US mortgage rates edge lower; 30-year at 3.89 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week.


Freshman impact: Vols’ all-time best rookie running backs

Butch Jones let us in on a little secret recently when he said his freshman running backs will play for Tennessee this season. That’s plural – running backs. Jones’ plan is to use all three freshman backs – Ty Chandler, Tim Jordan and Trey Coleman – in some sort of rotation behind junior John Kelly. Given the nature of the game, putting the football in the hands of freshmen is risky business. But Jones is taking the plunge.


Williamson must show he’s worth ‘the big money’

Seven years ago, the Titans had a young, productive linebacker who was in the final year of his contract and wondering whether his future would be in Tennessee or elsewhere.

Panthers at Titans: What to watch

Coming off a lackluster performance in the preseason opener against the Jets, the Titans hope to redeem themselves in the preseason home opener against the Carolina Panthers (2 p.m. Saturday. TV: WKRN, NFL Network).


Vanderbilt’s Shah to lead Deptartment of Cardiac Surgery

Ashish Shah, M.D., director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Vanderbilt, has been named chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery.


Internet interrupts evolving customer lifecycle

The B2C (business-to-consumer) customer lifecycle is used to describe the phases a customer progresses through when making a purchasing decision and is generally broken down into these five phases: awareness, consideration, purchase, service and advocacy.


How long should your job search take? That depends

One of the top questions I hear from job seekers is: “How long should my job search really take?”


A look inside the world of long-haul truckers

From here to there. That’s where you need to move your stuff: from Point A to Point B. Take it out of one place and put it in another, possibly many miles away. And it’s not like you can wiggle your nose or wave a magic wand to do it, either; you need someone who knows what he’s doing.


Strait, Parton, Campbell honored at ACM Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — The country music community honored the late Glen Campbell during the 11th annual Academy of Country Music Honors in Nashville, Tennessee, following his death this month at the age of 81.


Report highlights growing health disparities in Appalachia

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The 25 million people who live among the Appalachian mountains have struggled to keep up with health gains of the rest of the nation, falling behind in most major public health indicators, according to a study released Thursday.


Family accepts $86K settlement in students arrest lawsuit

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A family that sued after the arrests of three children at a Tennessee elementary school has accepted a settlement totaling $86,500 from local governments.

LG to break ground on $250M appliance plant in Tennessee

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. is breaking ground at the Tennessee site of the South Korean appliance maker's first washing machine plant in the United States.


Pace of US home sales in July reached lowest level of 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans retreated from buying homes in July as sales sank 1.3 percent to their lowest level of the year.


Still meandering, stocks flip between small gains and losses

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks flipped between modest gains and losses in early trading on Thursday, the latest meandering course for a market that's been pushed in many directions the last few weeks.

US weekly requests for jobless aid up 2,000 to 234,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more Americans applied for jobless aid last week. Despite the small increase, the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows.

Sears to close more stores, sales continue fall in 2Q

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears continued to struggle in its second quarter with declining sales amid heightened competition from the likes of Walmart to Amazon. It now says it will close even more stores.


Republican agenda threatened by Trump-McConnell feud

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump can't enact his agenda without Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell may not have a majority to lead without Trump's help. It's simple, and still so complicated.


Beavers to resign from Senate to focus on Tennessee gov bid

MT. JULIET (AP) — Mae Beavers announced Wednesday that she will step down from the state Senate so she can focus on her bid for Tennessee governor.


Great Smoky Mountains observation tower closes for repairs

GATLINBURG (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed an observation tower at the park's highest point for extensive renovations and repairs.

Teen missing for 11 days found OK in Tennessee national park

MARYVILLE (AP) — A teenager who had not been seen for 11 days has emerged on his own from Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Taylor Swift ends intrigue, announces new album in November

NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, Taylor Swift fans, Wednesday was a lucky one for you.

Roy Orbison, 6 others named to Memphis Music Hall of Fame

MEMPHIS (AP) — Singer-songwriter Roy Orbison, Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder Maurice White and the prolific Memphis Horns duo of Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson are among this year's Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees.


$2M grant program to bolster Tennessee courthouse security

NASHVILLE (AP) — A $2 million grant program aims to improve security at courthouses across Tennessee.


US new-home sales fell in July, yet still ahead of last year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 9.4 percent in July, the sharpest one-month drop in nearly a year. But the decline followed strong sales in previous months, and sales so far this year are outpacing last year's.


Edmunds: Labor Day's best bets for car shoppers

Labor Day is the last three-day weekend of summer, so as we go into the end of August and early September, you can expect to see some fairly aggressive deals from car dealerships as they try to wrap up the summer selling season.

Studies: Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly reduce crashes, according to two studies released Wednesday.


Walmart joins forces with Google on voice-activated shopping

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it's not doing it alone.

College football on Facebook: Site to stream 15 games in '17

Facebook has struck a deal for exclusive rights to live stream 15 college football games this season, beginning next week.


US stock indexes sag as a two-day rally peters out

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks retreated on Wednesday and gave back some of their gains from a day earlier, when the Standard & Poor's 500 index had one of its best days of the year.

Whole Foods shareholders say yes to Amazon deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods shareholders voted Wednesday to bless a $13.7 billion union with Amazon that the organic grocery chain's CEO had called "love at first sight."

Lowe's not catching the same tail wind Home Depot is riding

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Lowe's second-quarter profit got a boost from the sales of an Australian joint venture, but its performance was weak by most measures in a vibrant housing market, and its profit outlook for the year was well below the expectations of industry analysts.

Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches, shipping routes

LANCASTER SOUND, Nunavut (AP) — From a distance, the northern shores of Baffin Island in the Arctic appear barren — a craggy world of snow-capped peaks and glaciers surrounded by a sea of floating ice even in the midst of summer.


Trump bashes NAFTA in midst of talks to revamp trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a week into talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump is already threatening to abandon the 23-year-old pact with Canada and Mexico.


Tourists spent more than $19 billion in Tennessee last year

MEMPHIS (AP) — State officials say tourists spent more than $19 billion in Tennessee in 2016, an increase of 5 percent compared with the previous year.

Memphis council weighing steps to remove Confederate statues

MEMPHIS (AP) — A city council in Tennessee plans to consider four different ways to deal with the growing uproar over the existence of two statues of Confederate leaders at city parks.


Meridian Behavioral Health to buy West Virginia hospital

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The parent company of a West Virginia psychiatric hospital plans to sell the facility to Brentwood, Tennessee-based Meridian Behavioral Health Systems.


Big crowds expected at Nashville airport after eclipse

NASHVILLE (AP) — Long security lines and big crowds are expected at Nashville's airport as visitors fly out from their eclipse-viewing trips.


Record $417M award in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.


Ford, Chinese partner look at possible electric car venture

BEIJING (AP) — Ford Motor Co. and a Chinese automaker said Tuesday they are looking into setting up a joint venture to develop and manufacture electric cars in China.


Stocks surge, put shaky few weeks further behind them

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world jumped on Tuesday, and the Standard & Poor's 500 had one of its best days of the year, as markets put a shaky last couple of weeks further behind them.

A coal country dispute over an alleged Trump promise unmet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him.

Mark Wahlberg tops Forbes list of highest-paid actors

NEW YORK (AP) — "Transformers: The Last Knight" star Mark Wahlberg has outmuscled Dwayne Johnson to become Hollywood's highest-paid actor in the past year with a transforming income of $68 million, according to Forbes magazine.

Macy's names senior eBay executive as president

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's says it has hired a senior eBay Inc. executive as president and is further streamlining its organization to make it more nimble in the face of increased competition.


Trump's path to boosting infrastructure full of potholes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's road to getting legislation through Congress this year to restore the nation's crumbling infrastructure appears increasingly precarious.

Trump vows continued fight in Afghanistan; reversing stance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring U.S. troops must "fight to win." He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America's longest war.

Analysis: Trump promises victory, but his plan is murky

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is vowing to win what has seemed to be an unwinnable war.


Eclipse watchers flock to Tennessee sites

NASHVILLE (AP) — Eclipse watchers in Tennessee donned protective eyewear Monday and trained their eyes on the sky as they gathered at parks, wineries, rooftops, baseball games and a zoo to watch the rare celestial event.

Americans are dazzled as eclipse turns day into night

Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.


NFL signs 3-year deal to stream games in China

The NFL has signed a three-year deal to make its games available through digital streaming in China.

Titans see blueprint for season in how they beat Panthers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Marcus Mariota thinks the Tennessee Titans gave a glimpse of just how they can play this season in their second preseason game.


Past health chiefs: insurance market stability is the goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't make things worse. That's the advice of former U.S. health secretaries of both parties to President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, now that "Obamacare" seems here for the foreseeable future. The 2018 sign-up season for subsidized private health plans starts Nov. 1, with about 10 million people currently served through HealthCare.gov and its state counterparts.

AP-NORC poll: Hispanics lack confidence in nursing homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanics in the United States have a longer life expectancy, but a poll finds few older Latinos are confident that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can meet their needs.


US stock indexes inch higher after back-to-back down weeks

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks inched higher Monday, as the Standard & Poor's 500 index steadied following back-to-back losses the last two weeks.

Sempra Energy bids $9.45B for Oncor, topping Buffett offer

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sempra Energy is buying Texas power transmitter Oncor for $9.45 billion in cash, wresting it away from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.

Economists see only slight impact from Fed bond trimming

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's business economists believe that the Federal Reserve's long-awaited move to start reducing its massive bond holdings will push long-term bond rates higher but most think the impact will be fairly modest.

US, Canada, Mexico pledge quick work to update NAFTA

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators are pledging to work quickly to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, a 23-year-old pact that President Donald Trump has called the worst trade deal in history.


Halt ordered on study of health threat from surface mines

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Federal mining regulators have told the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to halt its study of the health risks for people living near Appalachian surface coal mines.

Trump to outline Afghan strategy in national TV address

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use a nationally televised address to outline for a war-weary nation the strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan after 16 years of combat and lives lost.

Trump's neo-Nazi rally comments thrust GOP doubts into open

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's racially fraught comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open some Republicans' deeply held doubts about his competency and temperament, in an extraordinary public airing of worries and grievances about a sitting president by his own party.

Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl blowing bubbles, each circle the scene of an imagined, hopeful future.


Tennessee hits record-low unemployment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring increased in 11 U.S. states in July, while the unemployment rate tumbled to record lows in Tennessee and North Dakota.


Brentwood Academy subject of new sex abuse investigation

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Children's Services has opened a new investigation into rape and sex abuse allegations at a private Christian school being sued for $30 million.


Tennessee begins search for systemwide Title IX coordinator

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has launched a national search for a Title IX coordinator to oversee the entire University of Tennessee system.


Cash family: Keep Johnny's name away from 'hateful ideology'

NASHVILLE (AP) — The children of Johnny Cash are asking white supremacists and other hate groups not to wear or use the country singer's name or image.


Lawsuit: Birth control for sentencing breaks violated rights

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff and judge violated the constitutional rights of jail inmates by promising to reduce their sentences if they underwent birth control procedures, an ex-inmate says in a federal lawsuit.


Tennessee health centers awarded $2 million

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal officials say 29 health centers in Tennessee are receiving a total of more than $2 million to further improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness.


Hyundai unveils new fuel cell SUV with longer travel range

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor said Thursday it plans to launch early next year a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will travel more than 580 kilometers (360 miles) between fill-ups under Korean standards.


HBO regains control of hacked social media accounts

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company.


A midday rally fades as sporting goods stocks are penalized

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped in the final minutes of trading Friday and ended a rough week with more losses. Bad news from sporting goods retailers weighed on the market.

A sports rout on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Sporting goods retailers can't shake their losing streak.

Apple CEO makes $2 million pledge to fight hate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is donating $2 million to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook's pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fueled the violence in Virginia during a white-nationalist rally last weekend.

Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville

NEW YORK (AP) — It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence.

Walmart's online sales soar as it seeks to catch Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart's recent spending spree to try to catch up to Amazon seems to be paying off.

US factory output down in July on tumbling auto production

WASHINGTON (AP) — A slump in the auto industry drove U.S. factory output down in July and has kept it flat for months.


Strategist Steve Bannon leaves Trump's turbulent White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump's White House, is leaving.

Sen. Corker: Sharp criticism meant to 'influence' Trump

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says his sharp criticism this week of Donald Trump is meant to influence the president and those around him.

Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly approved a $3 billion tax break Thursday with bipartisan support for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy.

Skeptics dismiss Bannon's call for economic war with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House adviser Steve Bannon isn't alone in pondering America's possibly generation-defining question about China's emerging superpower status — but his call for an "economic war" puts him far outside the mainstream.

Trump defends Confederate statues, berates his critics

RIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency.

Corker says Trump hasn't shown stability, competence

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent Republican senator delivered a stinging rebuke Thursday of Donald Trump's short time in office, declaring he has not shown the stability or competence required for an American president to succeed.

Citing Trump remarks, most of president's arts council quits

NEW YORK (AP) — Another presidential advisory committee appears to be breaking up.

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