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VOL. 42 | NO. 35 | Friday, August 31, 2018

Stars' bars transform Lower Broadway

Luke, A.J., Blake, Dierks, others serve tourists an idyllic vision of Music City

Luke Bryan wants you to bite his sushi. Really. The progenitor of the bro-country movement invites all comers to his Lower Broadway bar and restaurant – Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Bar – to see what he has to offer that may be different from the delicacies and/or bar food fans and diners can find at the more than half-dozen country star-fronted restaurants that have mushroomed on Lower Broadway.

Jackson’s goal: Provide a spot for ‘real country music’

Alan Jackson, who much prefers fishing to being interviewed, did take some time to ponder questions about how or why he led the charge in being the first current country music act to open a self-named club on Lower Broadway.

Spyridon: Saturation reached on star bars, hotels

The explosion of star-owned bars and restaurants on or near Lower Broadway raises the question of whether there’s room for more.


Business-friendly Dean, Lee split on bigger issues

Gubernatorial candidates Bill Lee and Karl Dean appear to be cast in a similar mold – business-friendly moderates.

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Old HVAC: The discount that just keeps on taking

All the products fit for human consumption that line the shelves, refrigerators and freezers of grocery stores have expiration dates. When the consumer purchases these items, they see the date clearly marked along with a price and when the buyers check out, they pay the price and take the food home with no argument, bargaining or negotiation.


Average 30-year mortgage rate inches up to 4.52 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates ticked up this week as borrowing costs are meaningfully higher than a year ago.


Attitude, ability give Gabbert NFL longevity

Entering his eighth professional season, Blaine Gabbert has had many labels attached to his NFL career.

How the Titans' roster will likely shake out

We’ll take a little different tack this week, since, for one, the preseason finale with the Minnesota Vikings will have already been played when this is published, and the season opener with the Miami Dolphins doesn’t take place until Sept. 9.


Brentwood Academy’s Johnson helping young fans excel in classroom

Kids don’t usually go rushing to school on Mondays to gush about watching an offensive linemen play football on TV. That status is mainly reserved for more glorified positions like quarterback or wide receiver.


Sherrard Roe hires Wood as associate

Attorney Talley K. Wood has joined Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison as an associate, announced founding member Tom Sherrard.


Hardaway Construction gets new owner, CEO

Construction executive David Frazier has acquired Hardaway Construction Corporation, which has served Middle Tennessee for 95 years, and will serve as its new CEO.


Thinking of a hybrid? Here are some top picks

The Toyota Prius may be synonymous with hybrids, but shopping for a gas-electric car is no longer a choice between that and a handful of also-rans. Today, more than a half-dozen hybrids return 45 mpg or more while offering impressive space, cutting-edge tech and more conventional shapes that don’t flaunt their eco credentials quite so blatantly.


Neither side should waste the other’s time in job search

I recently heard a stand-up comedian make a joke about dating. They compared the experiences that men have versus women when they go on a Tinder date.


Frustrated with declining Facebook performance?

Declining Facebook engagement, diminishing organic reach and decreased impressions. Do these sound familiar? You aren’t alone. Facebook’s algorithms are a moving target for today’s marketers.


Senate bid: Bredesen tax break; Blackburn undisclosed credit

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen has written his city a six-figure check and removed his properties from a state program that provided him $520,600 in property tax breaks since 2011 for producing hay, The Tennessean reports.


Proposed nominations to National Register being considered

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Review Board will consider several proposed nominations to the National Register of Historic Places later this month.


Tennessee C Brandon Kennedy out for season with ACL injury

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee center Brandon Kennedy will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament in practice.


EU clears Apple's purchase of song-recognition app Shazam

LONDON (AP) — The European Union has approved Apple's acquisition of song-recognition app Shazam after a months-long investigation found it wouldn't hurt competition in the music streaming market.


BlueCross of Tennessee will stop covering OxyContin in 2019

NAHSVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of an effort to combat opioid addiction.

Hospital groups launch own company to make generic drugs

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Several major hospital groups Thursday launched their own generic drug company to tackle chronic shortages and high prices.


Ford recalls 2M pickup trucks; seat belts can cause fires

DETROIT (AP) — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America because the seat belts can spark and cause fires.


US stocks are mixed as investors wait for trade news

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are little changed after two days of losses as investors hope for positive developments between the U.S. and its two biggest trading partners, Canada and China. Industrial and retail companies are rising while technology companies are slipping again.

US services firms saw growth quicken in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies grew at a faster pace in August as business activity and new orders rebounded.

Baltic countries want Walmart to remove Soviet-themed shirts

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Three Baltic countries have lashed out at retail giant Walmart for selling online T-shirts and other products with Soviet Union emblems on them, and demanded that the goods be removed.

Survey: US companies added a solid 163,000 jobs in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added 163,000 jobs in August, a private survey found, a decent gain that suggests that employers are confident enough to keep hiring.

US productivity grew at strong 2.9 percent rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department on Thursday affirmed last month's report that U.S. productivity increased at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the second quarter.

Trump poised to tax an additional $200B in Chinese imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration may be about to slap tariffs of up to 25 percent on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods, escalating a confrontation between the world's two biggest economies and likely squeezing U.S. companies that import everything from handbags to bicycle tires.

China says retaliation ready if US tariffs go ahead

BEIJING (AP) — China is ready to retaliate if U.S. President Donald Trump goes ahead with a tariff hike on Chinese goods and is confident it can maintain "steady and healthy" economic growth, a government spokesman said Thursday.

Trump team, Canada officials carry on talks to revamp NAFTA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials and Canadian negotiators worked into Wednesday night, trying to strike a deal that would keep Canada in a North American trade bloc with the United States and Mexico.


Searing Trump op-ed sets off wild guessing game on author

WASHINGTON (AP) — An opinion piece in The New York Times by an anonymous senior administration official claiming to be part of a "resistance" working "from within" to thwart President Donald Trump's "worst inclinations" set off a wild guessing game inside and outside the White House on the author's identity.

Kavanaugh's lips sealed on White House subpoenas, pardons

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressured by Democrats with Donald Trump on their minds, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh rejected repeated requests at Wednesday's Senate confirmation hearing to reveal his views about a president pardoning himself or being forced to testify in a criminal case.


Dolly Parton will be honored at 2019 MusiCares

NASHVILLE (AP) — Entertainer, actress, singer and songwriter Dolly Parton will be honored at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute event next year.


Tennessee board to probe Metro Schools misconduct reporting

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee education officials are reviewing whether a Nashville schools complied with reporting requirements when educators were disciplined or placed on administrative leave last school year.


Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development

A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it's helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote.

Early results boost hopes for historic gene editing attempt

PHOENIX (AP) — Early, partial results from a historic gene editing study give encouraging signs that the treatment may be safe and having at least some of its hoped-for effect, but it's too soon to know whether it ultimately will succeed.


Facebook, Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their social networks against manipulation during the 2018 midterm elections and beyond.


State Farm reaches $250 million deal in conspiracy lawsuit

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Insurance giant State Farm on Tuesday reached a $250 million preliminary settlement in a federal class-action lawsuit claiming the company funneled money to the campaign of an Illinois Supreme Court candidate.


Tech stocks drop as Congress scrutinizes social media

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies dropped Wednesday as Facebook and Twitter executives testified before Congress. Consumer-focused companies like Amazon and Netflix also slumped.

Nike unveils Kaepernick ad to air during NFL season opener

Nike has unveiled its first "Just Do It" ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick, a spot scheduled to air during the NFL season opener on Thursday night as well as during the U.S. Open tennis tournament and other major sporting events.

US trade deficit widened to $50.1 billion in July despite tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened for the second straight month in July, reaching the highest level since February, as imports hit an all-time high. The deficit in goods with China and the European Union set records.

Bezos, wife donate $10 million to veterans political group

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos have made their largest political donation to date, giving $10 million to a nonpartisan political-action committee devoted to helping military veterans running for Congress.

Amazon orders 20,000 vans to build delivery fleet

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon says it has ordered 20,000 vans for its new delivery program in which contractors around the country can launch businesses that deliver packages for the online retailer.

Uber rolls out safety features for drivers, passengers

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is aiming to boost driver and passenger safety in an effort to rebuild trust in the brand.


Day 2 of hearings finds Kavanaugh in the hot seat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh touted the importance of an independent judiciary as his confirmation hearings began with strident Democratic criticism that he would be President Donald Trump's man on the high court.

Trump, others dispute book's description of unhinged leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — An incendiary tell-all book by a reporter who helped bring down President Richard Nixon set off a firestorm in the White House, with its descriptions of current and former aides calling President Donald Trump an "idiot" and a "liar," disparaging his judgment and claiming they plucked papers off his desk to prevent him from withdrawing from a pair of trade agreements.

Trump says he's 'exact opposite' of Woodward book

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is "the exact opposite" of Bob Woodward's portrayal of him in a new book.


Blackburn names Jim Haslam II, Smith campaign finance chairs

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Marsha Blackburn has named Pilot Corporation founder Jim Haslam II and construction company leader Steve Smith as her Senate campaign's finance chairmen.


Tennessee jail refuses ICE request on detaining immigrants

MEMPHIS (AP) — Non-citizens suspected of living in the U.S. illegally won't be held in a Tennessee jail past their scheduled release dates, despite federal requests to keep holding them.


Tennessee gov's spokeswoman named communications director

NASHVILLE (AP) — The top spokeswoman for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been promoted to serve as his director of communications.


Sales drop could be sign of peril for American muscle cars

DETROIT (AP) — Sales of new American muscle cars are falling, raising questions in Detroit and elsewhere about whether a nostalgic, high-horsepower cruising culture that dates to before the 1950s is in peril.

Dueling pickups, popular SUV among new models coming in 2019

DETROIT (AP) — From new top-selling pickup trucks to an essential range extension for an electric car to the most popular SUV in the country, the 2019 model year for new vehicles has something for everyone.

Cars are cruising down the monthly subscription highway

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you already subscribe to digital services like Netflix to binge on TV shows and Spotify to groove to an endless mix of music, the auto industry might have a deal for you: Subscribe to your next car as well.

European automakers claim cutting emissions could cost jobs

BERLIN (AP) — A lobby group representing European automakers says EU proposals for cutting emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide could result in manufacturing job losses.


US construction spending rose 0.1 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects ticked up 0.1 percent in July, led by an increase in homebuilding and the publicly funded building of schools and highways.


Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh promised Tuesday to be a "team player" if confirmed to the closely divided court, declaring that he will be a "pro-law judge" who won't decide cases based on his personal views.

What to watch for as senators consider Kavanaugh nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set for a week of marathon hearings before the Judiciary Committee, where senators will drill down into the judge's background, writings and legal philosophy.


Health and tech stocks dip; Amazon flirts with $1 trillion

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished lower Tuesday as losses for health care and technology companies canceled out gains for banks. Another gain for Amazon briefly brought its market value to $1 trillion.

Good for business? Nike gets political with Kaepernick ad

NEW YORK (AP) — Why do it? Nike has touched off a furor by wading into football's national anthem debate with an ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who was the first athlete to kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest police brutality against blacks and hasn't played a game since 2016.

Amazon is 2nd US company to reach $1 trillion market value

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon on Tuesday became the second publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion, hot on the heels of iPhone maker Apple.

US factories grew at faster pace in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories grew at a faster pace in August as American industry continues to show robust health.

Nike stock falls following Kaepernick's new deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike's stock is falling in early trading on Tuesday following an announcement that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a new deal with the athletic clothing and footwear maker.


Republicans hit Trump for criticizing Justice Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump encountered bipartisan criticism on Tuesday for complaining that his own Justice Department's indictments against two Republican congressmen were endangering the GOP's midterm election prospects, with one Republican senator saying of Trump's attack, "We can't normalize that."

On Labor Day, Trump slams union leader who criticized him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump started his Labor Day with an attack on a top union leader, lashing out after criticism from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Trump says Sessions' DOJ has placed GOP in midterm jeopardy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing his disregard for the Justice Department's independence, President Donald Trump tweeted that federal indictments against two Republican congressmen placed the GOP in midterm election jeopardy.

Election security bill backers say delay helps Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states.


Trump escalates attacks on his attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He's suggesting the Department of Justice put Republicans jeopardy ahead of midterms with recent indictments of two GOP congressmen.

Will Joe run? Biden feels the push to take on Trump in 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden is hearing from plenty of supporters who would like to see the former vice president make another run for the White House.

$30 million poured into effort to energize young voters

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats know who their voters are. They just have to figure out how to get them to the polls in November — and that's where the puppies come in.


Trump's pollution rules rollback to hit coal country hard

GRANT TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — It's coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country.


Trump attacks union leader on Labor Day

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is starting his Labor Day with an attack on a top union leader.

Global shares dip amid growing worry over US-Canada trade

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly lower Monday amid worries about escalating trade friction between the U.S. and Canada, who have been unable to agree to a revamped trade deal but will continue negotiating this week.

China's Xi pledges $60 billion in financing for Africa

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday pledged $60 billion in financing for projects in Africa in the form of assistance, investment and loans, as China furthers efforts to link the continent's economic prospects to its own.


United adds flights to Knoxville, other 'top college football markets'

ATLANTA (AP) — United Airlines says it's adding more flights and using bigger planes this fall to carry passengers to college football games across the South and elsewhere in the U.S.

Tennessee to halt Labor Day weekend highway lane closures

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is halting lane closures on interstates and state highways during the Labor Day Weekend.


Bredesen TV spot: Group's attack ad 'full of flat-out lies'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen is running a TV commercial that says an attack ad against him by the Koch network is "full of flat-out lies."


Daniel Carlson kicks 2 field goals, Vikings beat Titans 13-3

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans did their best to protect their starters for the regular season, letting Kirk Cousins and Marcus Mariota lead the cheers from the sidelines.


Lady Vols dismiss former Murfreesboro Riverdale star

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has dismissed guard Anastasia Hayes from its women's basketball team.


Vacuum maker Dyson plans expansion for UK electric car site

LONDON (AP) — Dyson, the British company best known for its ground-breaking vacuum cleaners, said Thursday that it plans to build auto test tracks as it expands electric vehicle development at a former Royal Air Force airfield.


Colorado says it's cut methane leaks as Trump eases US rules

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration is rolling back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome, but Colorado says its rules are working — and they have industry support.


Stocks waver along with US-Canada trade talks

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks hardly budged Friday as the U.S. and Canada were unable to complete a trade deal, but the two sides intend to continue negotiating next week.

Trump intends to sign Mexico deal in 90 days, Trade Rep says

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has notified Congress that he plans to sign a trade agreement with Mexico — and Canada, if it is willing — in 90 days, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Friday.

Groundbreaking alternative paper Village Voice shuts down

NEW YORK (AP) — The Village Voice, the Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative weekly known for its muckraking investigations, brash political reporting, exhaustive arts criticism and anxiety-laden cartoons, is going out of business after 63 years.

Trump says he won't compromise with Canada in NAFTA deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said privately that he won't make compromises with Canada in high-stakes talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.

EU official wants to do away from winter-summer time change

BRUSSELS (AP) — It could be summer time all year long for countries in the European Union.

Buffett says stocks remain attractive even at current highs

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says U.S. stocks remain attractive investments even at today's high prices when compared to bonds or real estate.

Canadian envoy says she is 'encouraged' by NAFTA talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Canada's top trade negotiator says she's "encouraged" by urgent discussions that are intended to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.

EU, US explore goods tariffs pact amid trade tensions

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top trade official says the bloc is in exploratory talks with the United States to see whether it would be possible to reach a limited trans-Atlantic agreement on the tariff of goods.

Court quashes Canada's approval of pipeline

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Federal Court of Appeal has quashed the approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast.

US consumer spending up a solid 0.4 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rose a solid 0.4 percent in July, the sixth straight month of healthy gains. At the same time, a key gauge of inflation posted its sharpest annual gain in six years, likely keeping the Federal Reserve on track to keep raising interest rates gradually.

Microsoft to contractors: Give new parents paid leave

Microsoft will begin requiring its contractors to offer their U.S. employees paid leave to care for a new child.


Questions about Trump loom for Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh may be the person sitting in front of senators at next week's confirmation hearings, but many of the questions he gets are likely to be focused on another man: President Donald Trump.

AP sources: Lawyer was told Russia had 'Trump over a barrel'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump "over a barrel," according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.

Trump names career official to lead National Park Service

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has named the superintendent of Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park to head the National Park Service, a job that has been filled on an acting basis since January 2017.

DC lobbyist charged with failing to file as foreign agent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A business associate of a key figure in the investigation into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been charged with failing to register as a foreign agent, federal prosecutors in Washington said Friday.

White House faces brain drain at perilous moment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Increasingly convinced that the West Wing is wholly unprepared to handle the expected assault from Democrats if they win the House in November, President Donald Trump's aides and allies are privately raising alarm as his circle of legal and communications advisers continues to shrink.

AP Essay: Aretha Franklin, John McCain and the 1960s

"Hope I die before I get old," the Who sang at Woodstock as the 1960s hurtled to their end. Indeed, the decade and its echoes made premature legends of so many — Kennedy to King, Hendrix to Joplin to Morrison. They became emblems of an era, and the packaging of their virtues and vices has never really stopped.

His way: Washington says goodbye to John McCain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans lined up for blocks outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday to say goodbye to John McCain as officials, relatives and friends paid their tributes inside to the Vietnam hero and longtime senator lying in state under the majestic dome.

Trump signs order to increase access to retirement plans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Labor and Treasury departments to work to make it easier for small businesses to band together to offer retirement plans to their workers.

Trump cancels pay raise federal workers were due in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump informed Congress on Thursday that he is canceling pay raises due in January for most civilian federal employees, citing budget constraints. But the workers still could see a slightly smaller boost in their pay under a proposal lawmakers are considering.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrongly claims Google shunned speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is wrongly claiming that Google shunned his State of the Union speech but promoted Barack Obama's addresses.

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