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VOL. 41 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 18, 2017
SPECIAL EMPHASIS: CONSTRUCTION

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.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Neighborhood Health Hosts Community Open House. Food, games, prizes and photo booth; tours of the clinic, dental screenings, health education and information from Neighborhood Health, Boys and Girls Club, United Health Care, Health and Human Services of North America, and Mid Cumberland Community Action Agency; car seat education from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department. Friday, Noon-4 p.m. 217 East High Street, Suite 200, Lebanon. Information: www.neighborhoodhealthTN.org

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

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.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

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.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

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.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for July 2017

Top residential real estate sales, June 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.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

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.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

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).

NEWSMAKERS

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.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

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.

CAREER CORNER

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?”

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

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.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee hits record-low unemployment

  10:26am

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

MIDSTATE

Brentwood Academy subject of new sex abuse investigation

  10:29am

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.

EDUCATION

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.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

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.

COURTS

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.

HEALTH CARE

Tennessee health centers awarded $2 million

  7:08am

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.

AUTO INDUSTRY

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.

TECHNOLOGY

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.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

A midday rally fades as sporting goods stocks are penalized

  4:03pm

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

  1:43pm

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.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Strategist Steve Bannon leaves Trump's turbulent White House

  1:44pm

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

  11:40am

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

  7:57am

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

  7:11am

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

  8:27am

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

  11:39am

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

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