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VOL. 42 | NO. 46 | Friday, November 16, 2018

Hemp could bring pot of gold to state’s farmers

Tennessee among top US producers as CBD oil finds new markets

After decades of prohibition, stigma and an overall image problem, at least 35 states nationwide – including Tennessee – now allow some form of hemp cultivation. But it’s not the kind of hemp that gets people stoned.

MTSU researchers explore hemp’s uses

As the director of the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research at Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Elliot Altman is on the front lines of researching hemp. Students in the program are cultivating cannabis in greenhouses to research potential medicinal uses for the plant.

Knoxville's Blühen Botanicals adds processing plant to R&D operations

Knoxville is now home to Blühen Botanicals, an industrial hemp processor that’s aiming to be one of the largest companies of its kind in the Southeast.

CBD oil: What’s it all about?

CBD is an abbreviation for the cannabinoid cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can be used as a daily supplement to contribute to overall health and wellness. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds and are found within the hemp plant.

Hemp through the years

Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. Presidents Washington and Jefferson grew hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. Hemp popularity has soared in recent years following its revitalization after the 2014 Farm Bill approving its cultivation.

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EVENTS

History and whiskey at Travellers Rest. An adult-only, after-hour’s history lesson at Travellers Rest features history and whiskey. Local artisans will demonstrate quill pen writing, blacksmithing, weaving, potting, lace making, shoe making, musicians, storytelling and more. Proceeds will be used to continue the property’s educational services and conserve the history of the property. Guests must be 21 and older. Tickets will include heavy hor d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. Catering by Two Fat Men featuring whiskey and bourbon inspired/infused food. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Fee: $50. Travellers Rest, 636 Farrell Parkway, Nashville. Information

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Nowhere to go but down for international skydiving champ

Smyrna resident ascends to top of his profession

Smyrna resident Jake Jensen gets high on the job whenever he can. When he’s not working, he gets high just for fun.

ROGERS COLUMN

Do we really want more people voting?

Almost 56 percent of Tennessee voters took part in last week’s election, the most for a midterm since 1994, reports indicate.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Getting more creative with high-end East Nashville development

Two of the city’s most successful and active real estate markets – Sylvan Park and East Nashville – were hit hardest when the tornado of 1998 ripped through the city.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for October 2018

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

US average mortgage rates flat to higher; 30-year 4.94 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were steady to slightly up this week, at their highest levels in nearly eight years and dampening home sales.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Linebacker Brown gets big game from small frame

When the Tennessee Titans took Jayon Brown in the fifth round two years ago, there were two things that stood out about him.

Titans at Colts: What to watch

1. A big stroke of Luck. The Titans have never beaten Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who entered the league as a rookie in 2012. With Luck missing all of last season due to a shoulder injury, the Titans were able to finally get the upper hand on Indy. But of late, Luck and the Colts have been putting up points at an alarming rate, scoring at least 29 in each of the past four games. Not coincidentally, Luck has not been sacked in that four-game span, which means the Titans defense will have to find a way to create pressure in order to slow down the Indy offense.

UT SPORTS

UT's Phillips doesn’t want to watch any bowl games

Sitting on the couch watching bowl games on television might be entertaining for the average fan. But for Kyle Phillips, “it was miserable.” The Tennessee senior defensive end wanted to be preparing to play last year rather than stewing over a historically bad season that ended with no SEC wins and a coaching staff change.

SPORTS

VU, Lipscomb, UT find success in NCAA soccer play

Kevin O’Brien didn’t have to look far to find a blueprint for building a program when he was hired as the Lipscomb University women’s soccer coach in 2012.

NEWSMAKERS

Gullett Sanford paralegal graduates to staff attorney

Andrew Bellm, who had worked as a wills, trusts and estates paralegal at Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC since 2015, is now a staff attorney with the firm.

BRIEFS

Compass launches in Nashville market

Compass, which touts itself as a real estate technology company, has announced its entrance into the Nashville market.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

How to make your car’s safety features work for you

Drivers are used to traditional passive safety features, such as airbags and seat belts, that help limit injury in case of an accident. But vehicle safety is changing dramatically. The latest vehicles have safety features that can help prevent an accident in the first place.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Some smart ways to rein in your holiday spending

The holidays are a huge deal in the Weston household – and every year, the expenses threatened to gallop out of control.

CAREER CORNER

Job seekers have to deal with silly interview queries

Most interviews come in a fairly straight-forward format: You do a phone screen with human resources and then a phone interview with the hiring manager. Afterward, you meet in person with the hiring manager and other folks on the team.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Grow your brand with data-driven design

What if you could redesign your website with proven data? What if – before you ever began designing your new site – you knew the type of content your target audience wanted most, as well as what headlines, navigation menus and even colors would lead them deeper into your site to convert to a specific goal? Even better, what if that type of data were easily at your fingertips?

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee gov-elect promises to overhaul public records law

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's newly elected governor says he wants to do a complete overhaul of the state's public records and open meeting laws as part of his commitment to making government more transparent.

PREDATORS

Kuemper, Coyotes hold on for 2-1 win over Predators

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper might not have imagined that by the end of Thursday night, he'd have played in as many games as the goalie he backs up, the injured Antti Raanta.

Arvidsson out up to 8 weeks with broken thumb, Subban on IR

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Nashville Predators say forward Viktor Arvidsson will miss between up to eight weeks with a broken thumb, and they've also placed defenseman P.K. Subban on injured reserve.

SPORTS

Nashville's Betts wins AL MVP Award

NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he's won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston.

COURTS

Tennessee planning 7 executions after years with none

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is planning to execute seven people over the next two years, after executing only eight since 1960.

WikiLeaks chief could see charges, US court filing suggests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department inadvertently named Julian Assange in a court filing in an unrelated case that suggests prosecutors have prepared charges against the WikiLeaks founder under seal.

Judge won't stop Tennessee's third execution since August

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge in Nashville won't stop the upcoming execution of David Earl Miller.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Chris Stapleton wins big at CMAs, Keith Urban nabs top prize

Chris Stapleton won the most awards at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards and had the show's best performance, almost capping a perfect night.

NASHVILLE AREA

Bridgestone to expand tire manufacturing plant

NASHVILLE (AP) — Bridgestone Americas has announced that it is expanding a tire manufacturing plant in Tennessee.

New $1.7M Tennessee pet food facility to create 181 jobs

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say a fresh pet food company will invest $1.7 million in a new Tennessee production facility that's expected to create 181 new jobs.

EDUCATION

DeVos adds hurdles to reporting campus sexual misconduct

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle complaints of sexual misconduct, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment, and narrowing the types of cases schools would be required to investigate.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW wants to storm car market with cheaper electric model

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen intends to invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in the electric and autonomous car technologies expected to reshape the industry — and said it would make battery-powered vehicles more accessible to mass-market auto buyers by selling its new I.D. compact for about what a Golf diesel costs.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook to create independent appeals body

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it's setting up an independent body for people to appeal decisions to remove — or leave up — posts that may violate its rules.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Health care, energy companies power US stock market higher

Wall Street capped a day of volatile trading with a late-afternoon buying spree that sent U.S. stock indexes to a mostly higher finish Friday.

Tech companies, retailers weigh on US stocks; Oil prices up

U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower in early trading Friday, erasing some of the market's gains from a day earlier. Losses in technology companies, big retailers and banks outweighed gains in health care and energy stocks. Crude oil prices headed higher for the third day in a row.

Beloved toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comeback

NEW YORK (AP) — Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York.

Apple signs multiyear deal with film studio A24

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has signed a multiyear film production deal with A24, the acclaimed New York-based studio behind "Moonlight" and "Lady Bird."

Fed announces wide-ranging review of its practices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve announced Thursday that it plans to conduct a wide-ranging review next year of the strategies and tools it uses to achieve its congressionally mandated goals of maximum employment and price stability.

Senate confirms Kansas bank regulator Bowman for Fed board

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Michelle Bowman, a Kansas banking regulator, as a member of the Federal Reserve board.

Stocks have struggled in 2018. Bonds too. Oh, and gold

NEW YORK (AP) — Even the most balanced investors have gotten knocked on their heels this year.

Walmart flexes its muscle against Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart may be bruised by Amazon, but it's learning how to fight back.

UK's defiant May tells critics it's her Brexit deal or chaos

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May defied mounting calls to quit or change course Thursday over Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, warning that abandoning her Brexit plan would plunge the country into "deep and grave uncertainty."

City votes to impose restrictive rules on short-term rentals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington city council has voted to impose tight limits on Airbnb and other short-term rental companies.

US retail sales rose a solid 0.8 percent last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace in October, though the gains were boosted by one-time factors such as hurricane recovery spending and higher gas prices.

Study: Chinese to account for half of luxury sales by 2025

MILAN (AP) — Chinese consumers will remain the driving force for the luxury goods market, according to a new study by Bain consultancy released Thursday that shows they will fuel nearly half of global high-end sales by 2025.

China says talks with US on trade battle have resumed

BEIJING (AP) — Washington and Beijing have resumed talks over their spiraling trade dispute ahead of a meeting between Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, China's Commerce Ministry said Thursday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Judge: White House must return CNN's Jim Acosta's credential

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials' revocation is continuing.

Florida: Hand recount begins for tight US Senate race

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A hand recount began Friday in Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by fewer than 13,000 votes out of more than 8 million cast.

Cooper to oppose Nancy Pelosi as speaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper says he will once again oppose Nancy Pelosi as the next House speaker in light of the Democrats gearing up to take the chamber in January.

Allies rally to UK's May amid leadership woes over Brexit

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May won support for her beleaguered Brexit deal Friday from key politicians and business groups, but she remained besieged by internal party opponents determined to oust her.

Ruling expected in CNN White House credentials case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge is expected to announce Friday whether he will order the Trump administration to return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

After midterms success, Democrats develop 2020 strategies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking before a gathering of black leaders on Capitol Hill this week, Sen. Kamala Harris offered guidance on when Democrats should fight President Donald Trump and Republicans.

Judge: Florida election problems make it a 'laughingstock'

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge slammed Florida on Thursday for repeatedly failing to anticipate election problems and said the state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000.

Democrat flips US House seat in Maine ranked balloting

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Democrat who trailed a Republican incumbent in a costly U.S. House race came from behind to emerge as the victor Thursday following extra rounds of tabulations under Maine's new voting system that's facing a legal challenge.

VA seeks to reduce GI Bill payment delays after IT woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday promised to try to speed up payments to thousands of veterans after delays caused by information technology problems.

Trump nominates handbag designer as envoy to South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a South Florida-based luxury fashion and handbag designer to be the new U.S. ambassador to South Africa.

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