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VOL. 42 | NO. 8 | Friday, February 23, 2018

Construction workers hold all the cards in this building boom

Labor shortage drives wages higher, delays completion of key projects

Wondering why the contractor you hired to work on your house never showed up or why your car keeps hitting potholes on Interstate 440 and other roads across Nashville?

New generation of tradesmen prepare for jobs

In his previous job, Caleb Murphy was a member of a U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal unit – “the bomb squad,” he explains more bluntly – in Afghanistan.

High costs, hurdles of overcoming infertility

The dream seems straightforward enough. Couples work on careers, find a place to call home and have children.

Starfish Foundation helps clear infertility challenges

It would take Kara and Brandon Edwards three years of emotional, financial and physical struggle to achieve pregnancy.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

The Triple Sip. Wine, beer and spirits tastings, as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville. There also will be a silent auction and live music. $60 in advance, $70 at the door. Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Information: www.rmhcnashville.com/event/the-triple-sip

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STATE GOVERNMENT

Clemmons: UT football fiasco at heart of Haslam's plan to shrink Board

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to shake up the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees is getting blitzed by legislators, some contending it’s linked to the hiring of the Tennessee Vols football coach.

Legislators likely to put cork in Sunday wine sales for pre-k

Legislation sending revenue from Sunday wine sales to prekindergarten expansion faces a battle on several fronts when it reaches a committee in early March.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Consensus on gun legislation? Not on your life

That burning smell emanating from the General Assembly isn’t coming from the flame of bipartisanship. More likely it’s the result of scorched-earth politics.

Bredesen: U.S. Senate win possible for Dems

The last Democrat to win statewide elected office in Tennessee eight years ago acknowledges times have changed.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

You can go down swinging or live to buy another day

In March of 1836, the Battle of the Alamo occurred in San Antonio, Texas.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for January 2018

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

Long-term mortgage rates climb to 4.40 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates crept higher this week, upping the costs of borrowing to purchase a home just as more of the millennial generation is entering the real estate market.

PREDATORS

Young Olympian might be spark Preds need

As impressive a performance as the Predators have put on through three quarters of the regular season, they’ve looked in recent weeks like a team in need of a boost.

NEWSMAKERS

Bass, Berry & Sims names new practice leadership

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has appointed Kevin H. Douglas to serve as chair of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group.

BRIEFS

HealthStream forms ‘innovative’ partnership

HealthStream, a Nashville-based platform in healthcare for workforce development, has announced a seven-year deal with Press Ganey Associates.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Clutch performance: Top picks for those who prefer stick shifts

It’s true that cars with a manual transmission are a dying breed. In fact, manual-equipped vehicles make up less than 3 percent of current U.S. car sales, Edmunds research finds.

CAREER CORNER

What’s the ROI of your college education?

College is expensive; private college is even more so. My undergraduate school is now charging approximately $50,000 per year, just for tuition.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Three customer surveys that matter most right now

A routine misstep in marketing campaigns is to neglect your customers and what they need, want and value.

STATEWIDE

State Senate speaker, 18 other senators endorse Blackburn

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Senate leader and 18 other Republican state senators have endorsed U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her U.S. Senate bid.

MIDSTATE

Williamson superintendent charged with assault in student emergency

FRANKLIN (AP) — A schools superintendent in Tennessee has been charged with assault in connection with an encounter with a high school student.

HEALTH CARE

Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford names Lincoln chief to replace ousted N. American head

DETROIT (AP) — A veteran executive who has led Ford's Lincoln luxury brand will now head American operations, replacing an executive who was ousted this week over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks on pace to snap two-day losing streak

U.S. stocks were moving broadly higher Thursday after a two-day losing streak. Industrials and technology stocks accounted for a big slice of the rally. Energy companies also notched solid gains as crude oil prices recovered from an early slide. Bond yields declined after spiking to four-year highs a day earlier amid rekindled fears of higher inflation and interest rates.

So long, free Footlongs: Subway to shake up rewards program

NEW YORK (AP) — Subway is shaking up its loyalty rewards program, giving customers the ability to earn $2 discounts instead of free Footlongs.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump wants to ban bump stocks; ATF doesn't know if it can

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered his Justice Department to ban rapid-fire bump stocks like the ones used in last year's Las Vegas massacre— but officials aren't sure they can.

Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed a higher minimum age for buying certain rifles and tighter background checks for purchasers, saying "there's nothing more important than protecting our children," amid a public outcry for action after the Florida school shooting.

Pennsylvania congressional map battle lands in Supreme Court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation's highest court.