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VOL. 40 | NO. 26 | Friday, June 24, 2016

Let's put on a (big, original, really ambitious) show!

Rookie playwrights rally their adopted hometown

COOKEVILLE – “Hey kids! Let’s put on a show!” Well, the same sentiment – if not those specific words – that guided Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and the rest from gloom and into the world of entertainment is pretty similar to what’s going on in Cookeville these days.

Cookeville merchants ‘fearless’ in support of musical

COOKEVILLE – City Cultural Arts Superintendent Chad McDonald admits to never having seen such a fuss as that which surrounds “Fearless!” and its eight performances at the city performing arts center.

Alpiar’s rags-to-riches story also could be a play

COOKEVILLE – “Fearless!” is a musical dramedy about the stages of love over the generations, with most problems solved through humor.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Real estate community saddened by deaths in family

The Nashville-area real estate world is grieving, shocked by the tragic loss of the son of Jarron Springer, the CEO of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, and reeling from the death of Jimmy Pilkerton after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

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EVENTS

Nashville Pride Festival, Equality Walk and Concert. 27th annual Nashville Pride Festival features over 200 vendors, food, live entertainment and Equality walk. Public Square Park and the corner of 4th and Deaderick. Music Friday, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Public Square. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Square, 4th and Deaderick. Street closings and other information: www.nashvillepride.org

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REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for May 2016

Top residential real estate sales, May 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for May 2016

Top commercial real estate sales, May 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average US 30-year mortgage edges up to 3.56 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week but remain at levels low enough to boost home sales in the spring buying season.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Sharpe helps underperforming ends get the point

When the Titans broke the huddle for the first snap of the day during a recent mini-camp session, Tajae Sharpe lined up at wide receiver with the first-team offense.

NEWSMAKERS

Waller elects 3 to board, names practice leaders

James H. “Jay” Nixon III, W. Travis Parham and Amanda K. Jester have been elected to the board of directors of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, while Mark Peters (labor and employment) and David R. Clay and MaryEllen S. Pickrell (corporate) have been named practice leaders at the firm.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Lincoln adds power, luxury to midsize MKX SUV

Lincoln has rolled out a more luxurious and powerful MKX for 2016, giving the midsize SUV features such as massaging front seats that rival any luxury vehicle’s and an optional EcoBoost turbo V-6 engine that generates 335 horsepower.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Is there room for fairness at work?

One of the worst things that can happen to any employee is to find out they aren’t being treated the same as their co-workers.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

There’s a science behind what content goes viral

The study of content popularity dates back to 350 B.C. and Aristotle, who was curious about what makes for a persuasive, memorable speech that would ensure his message was passed from person to person.

CAREER CORNER

Good, bad advice on being happy in your workplace

You have a job. It’s fine. Really, it’s nothing earth-shattering. You show up, do the work, get paid, go home and do it again the next time.

I SWEAR

Recovering patient’s prayer answered with laughs

… that cowboy by her side was only five foot three

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

From Starbucks barista to Le Cordon Bleu student

I visit Starbucks probably more than I should. However, I have loved coffee for as far back as I can remember.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Bluegrass music patriarch Ralph Stanley dies at 89

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, has died. He was 89.

Jury finds Led Zeppelin did not steal riff for 'Stairway'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental tune to use for the introduction of its classic rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven," a federal court jury decided Thursday.

STATEWIDE

State: Tennessee unemployment rate lower than country

NASHVILLE (AP) — Labor statistics released by the state show that Davidson County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate of any major metropolitan area in Tennessee.

COURTS

Obama immigration plan blocked by 4-4 tie at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

Texas affirmative action plan survives Supreme Court review

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major victory for affirmative action, a divided Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the University of Texas admissions program that takes account of race.

High court strikes limits drunk driving test laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday placed new limits on state laws that make it a crime for motorists suspected of drunken driving to refuse alcohol tests.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW to pay about $10.2B to settle emissions claims

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to take a series of steps with a total cost of about $10.2 billion to settle claims from its unprecedented diesel emissions cheating scandal in the U.S., two people briefed on the matter said Thursday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Dow, Nasdaq post biggest losses of year after Britain votes to leave the EU

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged in the U.S. and worldwide Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The result stunned investors, who reacted by rushing to the safety of gold and U.S. government bonds as they wondered what will come next for Britain, Europe and the global economy.

Obama says UK committed to 'orderly transition' out of EU

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tried to reassure Britons Friday that the special relationship between Washington and London would withstand an impending and likely messy divorce from Europe, as his administration scrambled to assess the fallout.

Britain votes to leave EU: Cameron to resign; markets rocked

LONDON (AP) — Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the prime minister Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.

Reactions to Britain's vote to leave the European Union

"Damn! A bad day for Europe." — Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's vice chancellor and economy minister, on Twitter.

Pound hits 31-year low as leave side takes lead in EU vote

HONG KONG (AP) — The pound slumped to its lowest in more than three decades on Friday as results on Britain's referendum on European Union membership showed that the "leave" side had won.

US durable goods orders slid 2.2 percent in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped in May, reversing two months of gains and delivering more bad news for American manufacturers.

Macy's Terry Lundgren to step down as CEO next year

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren, who spearheaded a landmark acquisition that created a powerhouse national department store chain, will step down early next year, the company announced Thursday as it struggles to reinvent itself amid online competition and changing consumer habits.

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