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VOL. 43 | NO. 17 | Friday, April 26, 2019

Can Carolina blue transform VU’s black and gold?

Stackhouse’s map to success drawn by Dean Smith

The easy path. That’s never been the way for Jerry Stackhouse. He’s always taken the hard road to success.

Perdue likes Turner’s ‘outside the box’ hire

It was a short and straightforward question – could Jerry Stackhouse be the right basketball coach at the right time for Vanderbilt?

The Jerry Stackhouse file

Age: 44 (Nov. 5, 1974)

Vanderbilt announces it has signed guard Scotty Pippen Jr.

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse's first signee as Vanderbilt's head coach is the son of a Hall of Famer.

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EVENTS

Legislative Update. Williamson, Inc. Legislative Update is a monthly community forum featuring elected officials centered on the issues being discussed in the Tennessee Legislature and in Williamson County. Representatives are given a platform to discuss the issues in greater depth with their constituents. Columbia State Community College, Community Room, Building A, 1228 Liberty Pike, Franklin. Friday, 7:15-8:30 a.m. Fee: Free and open to the public. Information

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JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

There’s a good home somewhere for Forrest bust

A smallish group of folks passed by on Church Street the other day holding signs declaring their opposition to the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest in the Tennessee Capitol.

STATE GOVERNMENT

ESA bill written to thwart legal challenge

Tucked away on the very last page of a recent House version of the Education Savings Account (ESA) bill are 28 words: “A local board of education does not have authority to assert a cause of action, or intervene in any cause of action, challenging the legality of this part.”

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Inventory, construction jump, market stays steady

Building permits increased 30 percent during the first quarter of 2019 compared to last year and totaled $1.43 billion, says real estate developer Charlie Vaughn of Cherry and Associates.

REAL ESTATE

US long-term mortgage rates up for 4th week; 30-year 4.20%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week for the fourth straight week, though they remain historically low as a spur to home sales in the spring buying season.

JIM MYERS: CULINARITY

Lodge lives on despite shifting food trends

Cast iron carries the weight of history. It remains largely made the same way it has been for hundreds of years, and short of violent neglect, cast iron cookware should last for generations, which makes the story of Lodge Manufacturing in South Pittsburg all the more incredible.

Cornbread Festival brings crowds to S. Pittsburg this weekend

When the Highway 72 bypass cut between the town of South Pittsburg and the Tennessee River, Bob Kellerman knew they would need something special besides Lodge to lure folks into the charming town.

NEWSMAKERS

Lupinacci is now chairman, CEO of Baker Donelson

Timothy M. Lupinacci has assumed the role of chairman and chief executive officer of Baker Donelson.

BRIEFS

Jack’s white sauce wins top barbecue prize

Music City White Sauce, a specialty at Jack’s Bar-B-Que, has won first place at the National Barbecue & Grilling Association Awards.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

How to avoid buying more car than you really need

Car shoppers often spend too much. But the culprit isn’t necessarily shady dealership practices, deceptive advertising or plain old bad luck. Instead, many simply end up buying more vehicle than they actually need.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Inside look at non-glamorous world of high-end catering

As conferences go, this one was successful. Work was accomplished with minimal dissent, officers were elected and consensus was reached. Afterward, in elegant surroundings, you dined together on artfully presented food in taste-combinations you never imagined and desserts that made you want seconds.

PERSONAL FINANCE

How debt ‘solutions’ could drag you deeper into hole

Americans are slipping ever deeper into hock. To cope, many people turn to debt consolidation loans, cash-out mortgage refinancing and retirement plan loans that promise relief but could leave them worse off.

CAREER CORNER

Not seen, not heard: Job search must be parent-free process

I run into many questions surrounding parents. And, I’m not talking about the parents of young children. I’m talking about the parents of full-grown adults.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Amazon joins firms telling Tennessee to shun anti-LGBT bills

  7:16am

NASHVILLE (AP) — Amid pressure, Amazon has joined a growing list of big companies telling Tennessee lawmakers to avoid bills that negatively impact LGBT people.

Lee hails voucher-like bill's legislative advance

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday declared it was a "historic day" after the Republican's voucher-like bill advanced out of the Senate despite being drastically scaled back and directly at odds with the House version of his legislation.

Tennessee Senate OKs bill to punish voter signup missteps

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee could penalize paid voter registration groups with fines for too many incomplete signup forms and criminal penalties for submitting registration forms too late, under legislation passed Thursday by the state Senate.

COURTS

Tennessee attorney gets prison for stealing $1M from clients

  7:17am

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee attorney has been sentenced to 92 months in prison for stealing more than $1.36 million from clients. The majority was from the daughter of a state trooper killed in the line of duty.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Taylor Swift to open Billboard Awards with performance

  7:37am

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift will open next week's Billboard Music Awards with a performance of her new single "ME!"

Taylor Swift releases colorful new song, video called 'ME!'

  7:18am

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift released a colorful, upbeat single Friday morning, ending the weeks-long search the pop star set off when she teased fans with clues about a new project.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans select Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons at No. 19

  7:18am

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans believe Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons' potential makes him worth the wait.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Global auto slowdown drags down Mercedes-Benz maker

  7:20am

LONDON (AP) — German carmaker Daimler endured a weak start to the year, echoing trouble at other major manufacturers, as a global economic slowdown weighed on sales, particularly in the big Chinese market.

Daimler says it has no idea how Kim Jong Un got his limos

  7:19am

TOKYO (AP) — German automaker Daimler, which makes armored limousines used by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, says it has no idea where he got them and has no business dealings with the North.

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn released from Japanese detention

TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn walked out of a Japanese detention center Thursday evening, his head held high, after paying 500 million yen ($4.5 million) in bail and winning a court rejection of an appeal from prosecutors.

HEALTH CARE

Food poisoning remains persistent problem, US report finds

NEW YORK (AP) — As recent illnesses tied to raw turkey , ground beef , cut melon and romaine lettuce suggest, U.S. food poisoning cases don't appear to be going away anytime soon.

CVS moves into dental care with teeth-straightening service

CVS Health is venturing into dental care with plans to offer a relatively new teeth-straightening service.

TRANSPORTATION

Southwest CEO 'not happy' about Max crisis but backs Boeing

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines executives acknowledge they are upset with Boeing over the grounding of its 737 Max jetliner, a move that has caused the airline to cancel thousands of flights.

TECHNOLOGY

Amazon's profit more than doubles on cloud computing growth

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's push into advertising and cloud computing is paying off, helping the online shopping giant's first quarter profit more than double from a year ago.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US economy grew at strong 3.2% rate in first quarter

  7:37am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2% annual rate in the first three months of the year, a far better outcome than expected, overcoming a host of headwinds including global weakness, rising trade tensions and a partial government shutdown.

Amazon to bring 1-day delivery to Prime members

  7:21am

NEW YORK (AP) — Two-day delivery is going out of style.

Uber looks to raise up to $9B in initial public offering

  7:20am

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is planning to sell 180 million shares for between $44 and $50 each, valuing the ride-hailing giant lower than previous estimates in a sign of caution.

US stocks end mostly lower, weighed down by industrials

U.S. stock indexes finished mostly lower Thursday as disappointing earnings reports from several industrial sector companies weighed on the market, offsetting strong results from Facebook, Microsoft and others.

US durable goods orders up solid 2.7% in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose 2.7% in March with a key category that tracks business investment decisions rising at the strongest pace in eight months.

Alibaba marketplace stays on US government piracy blacklist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group remains on the U.S. government's annual list of "notorious markets" that peddle counterfeit products.

3M to cut 2,000 jobs, 1Q results miss Wall Street's view

ST PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 3M plans to cut 2,000 globally as part of a restructuring due to a slower-than-expected 2019.

Climate activists block entrance to London Stock Exchange

LONDON (AP) — Environmental activists who have disrupted the British capital for 10 days blocked the main entrance to the London Stock Exchange on Thursday, gluing themselves to the doorway while wearing LED displays reading "climate emergency."

Comcast sheds cable customers but adds internet subscribers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast kept shedding cable customers and adding home internet customers in its most recent quarter.

NATIONAL POLITICS

AP-NORC Poll: Democrats have health care edge ahead of 2020

  7:22am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are giving Democrats a clear edge on health care as the 2020 presidential race gears up, according to a new poll that also finds many Republicans backing one of their competitors' top ideas: a government insurance plan people can buy into.

Trump to address a divided National Rifle Association

  7:21am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest gun rights organization played a pivotal role in President Donald Trump's victory in 2016.

Trump Tower meeting emails 'really bad,' aide told Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president's communications director didn't sugarcoat it: The emails, Hope Hicks told Donald Trump, were "really bad."

Biden launches 2020 bid warning 'soul' of America at stake

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election.

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