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VOL. 44 | NO. 14 | Friday, April 3, 2020

Turn out the lights, the party’s over

Musicians see a lean year ahead as virus precautions cancel shows

He’s seen fire and he’s seen rain, but his violinist and accompanying vocalist, Andrea Zonn, says James Taylor never thought that he’d see a time when a virus from China would wipe out his spring and, likely, summer schedules.

Easing transition from classroom to home

From “Classroom to Cloud.” That’s what the Northshore School District of Washington state is calling its shift from in-person to online schooling. The shift occurred after the coronavirus, COVID-19, forced schools to shut down to slow the spread of the virus.

Meals available for students

Nashville Metro Schools are closed at least through April 24 due to the COVID-19 virus, but the system will provide free breakfast and lunch to children.


Getting by with a little help from political 'friends'

In this awkward and isolating time, we should be especially thankful for those people in our lives who make an effort to maintain a personal connection. For me of late, this has included my friends Vaughn, Mona, Jill and Sen. Mitch McConnell.

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Area events have been placed on hold as public officials try to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Disruption? Home sales increase as virus spreads

With the COVID-19 pandemic reaching across the country and state, and beginning to claim lives in Nashville – recognizable names and treasured residents – many are concerned about real estate values.


US long-term mortgages fall; 30-year at 3.33%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week for the second straight week as anxiety has spiraled over devastation to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic.


CFMT donates additional funds for tornado relief

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is adding 25 grants totaling $904,600 to support nonprofits and organizations helping victims of the March 3 tornadoes.


Tennessee Bank & Trust adds to commercial team

Kat McElroy has joined Tennessee Bank and Trust as senior vice president, commercial banking.


Two Lebanon medical office buildings sold

Marcus & Millichap, a leading commercial real estate investment services firm, has sold two medical office buildings located in Lebanon.


5 high-tech vehicles for less than $36,000

Every year brings new technology features in vehicles. Most of them undeniably enhance a vehicle's modern appeal and safety, such as widescreen infotainment displays and safety systems that can automatically help prevent or mitigate accidents.


Workplace inequality too big for one book to solve

The disappointment arrived just after lunch. That promotion you hoped to get? Nope. No raise, either, because your boss wants you to make a few improvements in your job, tweak your skills, have more time to grow – even though you’ve been improving, tweaking and growing for months at work.


Giving your adult children your house isn’t a good idea

Adding an adult child to your house deed – or giving them the home outright – might seem like a smart thing to do. It usually isn’t.


Navigating tough transition from military to civilian job market

One question I hear often from readers concerns military transitions. Many members of the military devote the first 20 years of their career to the U.S. Military. Around age 40, they’ll retire and start entirely new careers in the civilian world.


Managing the high cost of infertility

No one plans for infertility. But that doesn't stop it from being a reality for millions of people.


Tennessee announces $20M in broadband grants

NASHVILLE (AP) — Top Tennessee officials say nearly $20 million in broadband accessibility grants have been awarded to help support nearly 31,000 underserved residents.


Justices rule for federal employee in age discrimination case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Well, OK, boomer. The Supreme Court made it easier Monday for federal employees 40 and older to sue for age discrimination.


At home with kids, pets and spouses, country stars play on

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music's biggest stars should have been on the carpet of the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas, but like most of America, they were homebound because of the coronavirus. Still, the musicians played on, surrounded by spouses, kids and — in one case — a horse.


US 'wasted' months before preparing for coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — After the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.

White House pushes unproven drug for virus; doctors wary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his administration kept up their out-sized promotion Monday of an anti-malaria drug not yet officially approved for fighting the new coronavirus, even though scientists say more testing is needed before it's proven safe and effective against COVID-19.

US company poised to start COVID-19 vaccine safety test

A second U.S. company is poised to begin a small safety test of a vaccine against the new coronavirus.

Trump sees limits of presidency in avoiding blame for virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is confronting the most dangerous crisis a U.S. leader has faced this century as the coronavirus spreads and a once-vibrant economy falters. As the turmoil deepens, the choices he makes in the critical weeks ahead will shape his reelection prospects, his legacy and the character of the nation.

Trump tempers officials' grave assessments with optimism

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general says that Americans should brace for levels of tragedy reminiscent of the Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, while the nation's infectious disease chief warned that the new coronavirus may never be completely eradicated from the globe.

FACT CHECK: Trump pitches drug not approved for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pitching a medicine for COVID-19 sufferers that science has not concluded is effective or safe for their use. "Take it," he said of the drug.

Governors plead for food stamp flexibility amid pandemic

PHOENIX (AP) — Yvonne Knight, who has respiratory problems that make her especially vulnerable in the coronavirus pandemic, can't buy groceries online with her food stamps — even though each trip to the store is now a risky endeavor.

AP-NORC poll: Pandemic impact varies by age, income level

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are increasingly taking preventative measures, including staying away from large crowds and avoiding touching their hands to their faces, to confront the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.


Stocks surge 7% on signs new virus deaths could be slowing

NEW YORK (AP) — A worldwide rally gained steam on Wall Street Monday, propelling major indexes up more than 7%, as traders cheered glimmers of hope that the deadliness of the coronavirus outbreak could be slowing in some of the hardest-hit areas. New York's governor said the rate of increase of deaths could be approaching a plateau, but he cautioned it was far too early to say the worst had passed. European and Asian markets also rose. Bond yields rose as investors became somewhat less pessimistic about prospects for the economy. The price of oil fell after a meeting between big producers about cutbacks was postponed.

After virus fades, service industries may be changed forever

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, personal trainer Amanda Tikalsky didn't have to worry much about her job. The U.S. economy's record-breaking 11-year expansion offered security to service workers like her.

Federal Reserve to smooth lending to small businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve will provide support to the government's new small business lending program in its latest attempt to smooth the flow of credit in the virus-stricken U.S. economy.

Nations flood economies with aid; airlines retreat from NYC

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Monday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.


Navy leader calls fired carrier captain 'naive' or 'stupid'

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary broadside punctuated with profanity, the Navy's top leader accused the fired commander of the COVID-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt of being "too naive or too stupid" to be in charge of an aircraft carrier. He delivered the criticism to sailors who had cheered the departing skipper last week.

In a first, US slaps sanctions on Russian white supremacists

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday designated a Russian white supremacist group a "foreign terrorist organization" and hit its members with sanctions.

Intelligence official 'disappointed' after ouster by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ousted inspector general of the intelligence community says he is "disappointed and saddened" that President Donald Trump fired him, but he also encouraged other inspectors general to continue to speak out when they are aware of wrongdoing.


All 56 Tennessee state parks closing Saturday

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation today announced it will close all 56 Tennessee state parks and state-owned state natural areas to the public effective April 4-14 in support of Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order 23.

Tennessee's newly unemployed hit benefits site in droves

NASHVILLE (AP) — Jody Hull had been editing youth sports images for a photography company in Tennessee until the coronavirus forced schools — and their athletics — to shut down. Now she's laid off, and like many thousands of Tennesseans is trying to navigate the state's flooded unemployment claim process.

Fort Campbell Week of the Eagles canceled due to coronavirus

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — The Army's 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell has canceled its Week of the Eagles because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Board of Regents to discuss coronavirus response at meeting

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Regents says it plans to discuss colleges' responses to the coronavirus pandemic and consider two dozen proposed career and technical education programs at its next meeting.


As cases surge, 3 in 4 US hospitals already facing COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, according to a federal report that finds hospitals expect to be overwhelmed as cases rocket toward their projected peak.

Trump administration changes national stockpile definition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration abruptly changed its description of the Strategic National Stockpile, the federal government's repository of life-saving medicines and supplies, to conform with President Donald Trump's insistence that it is only a short-term backup for states, not a commitment to ensure supplies get quickly to those who need them most during an emergency.

3M fires back at Trump over order to produce more face masks

Manufacturing giant 3M pushed back Friday against criticism from President Donald Trump over production of face masks that are badly needed by American health care workers.

Russia to the rescue? US, Moscow spar over aid deliveries

WASHINGTON (AP) — An odd new front in the U.S.-Russian rivalry has emerged as a Russian military cargo plane bearing a load of urgently needed medical supplies landed this week at New York's JFK airport.

Scramble for virus supplies strains global solidarity

ROME (AP) — San Marino needed medical masks. Badly.

States demand ventilators as feds ration limited supply

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks ago, the Pentagon promised to make as many as 2,000 military ventilators available as the federal government strains to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Wednesday, less than half had been allocated, despite a desperate need across the country.

Biden wants to talk to Trump about lessons from past crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden said Thursday that he wants to speak with President Donald Trump in the hope that the president can "learn some lessons" from the Obama administration on how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus survivor: 'In my blood, there may be answers'

NEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany Pinckney remembers the fear when COVID-19 stole her breath. So when she recovered, the New York City mother became one of the country's first survivors to donate her blood to help treat other seriously ill patients.

White House moves toward promoting face masks to fight virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus as the president defends his response to the crisis.


Stocks drop as coronavirus crunches the job market, economy

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market's first reaction to Friday's stunningly bad jobs report was to take it in stride. But Wall Street slid through the day as investors looked ahead to the likelihood that even worse numbers are on the way.

Putin suggests sizable oil production cut as prices fall

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he supports cutting oil production by about 10 million barrels a day to shore up falling prices.

McConnell: Health care tops list for next virus aid bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that health care must be at the "top of the list" in the next coronavirus  rescue package.

US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade, as employers slashed hundreds of thousands of jobs because of the viral outbreak that has all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from a 50-year low of 3.5%.

Small biz rescue off to spotty start; some banks not ready

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government's relief program for small businesses is off to a slow start Friday, with only some businesses able to apply and several banks either not accepting applications or seeing long waits to do approvals.

US service sectors slows in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Growth in the U.S. service sector slowed in March with a much bigger decline expected in coming months from all the shutdowns and job layoffs that have occurred because of efforts to contain the coronavirus.

Virus cost may top $4 trillion; Americans arm up on guns

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Friday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.


Tesla's 1Q car sales surged before pandemic shut things down

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Tesla's sales of its increasingly popular electric cars got off to fast start this year, even though the company had to slam the brakes along with other major automakers last month because of worldwide efforts to contain the worst pandemic in a century.


High court postpones April arguments because of coronavirus

The Supreme Court on Friday announced it will postpone arguments scheduled for April because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the court didn't rule out hearing some arguments within months.

Trump nominates McConnell ally to powerful appeals court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating a 37-year-old judge and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


Democrats elevate health care as virus-era campaign argument

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are zeroing in on health care as one of the few issues that might resonate among Americans who have largely shelved election year politics as they focus on protecting their families from the spreading coronavirus.

In time of crisis, Trump-Pelosi relationship remains broken

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the most powerful people in Washington have not spoken in five months at a time when the nation is battling its worst health crisis in a century, one that has already killed more than 6,000 Americans and put 10 million others out of work.

Boost the schmooze? Trump wants tax dining deduction back

WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be an odd gesture at a time of social distancing, but President Donald Trump is leaning into his plea to Congress to restore full tax benefits prized by business for fine dining and schmoozing. Trump is seizing on the pandemic crisis to push for an item on his economic wish list: full tax deductions for business meals in restaurants and for other entertainment expenses.


Taylor Swift donation will help Nashville record store

NASHVILLE (AP) — Pop superstar Taylor Swift is helping out a Nashville record store closed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


University of Tennessee moving summer classes online

MARTIN (AP) — The University of Tennessee says summer session classes at all campuses will be delivered online in response to the new coronavirus outbreak.


Gov. Lee strengthens stay-at-home order, jobless claims soar

MEMPHIS (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee strengthened a stay-at-home order Thursday after initially resisting a statewide mandate despite pleas from the medical community that more robust action was needed to confront the coronavirus.

Army Corps reviews backup medical sites, jobless claims rise

MEMPHIS (AP) — As more people get sick from the new coronavirus in Tennessee, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has evaluated sites in the Memphis area to convert to medical care facilities to ease the burden on hospitals facing an incoming wave of patients.

Tennessee deadline for candidate qualifying is Thursday

NASHVILLE (AP) — The deadline to qualify to run for many offices in this year's elections in Tennessee is quickly approaching.

Double strike: Tornado, virus push Tennesseans to the limit

NASHVILLE (AP) — When Jose Cojom's house collapsed around his family in a tornado that struck after midnight, he knew his life was going to get much harder. But that was just the beginning. A few weeks later, the restaurant where he cooks closed its doors because of the coronavirus.


Survey: Athletic directors bracing for financial crisis

Athletic directors at the nation's biggest sports schools are bracing for a potential financial crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic.


States demand ventilators as feds ration limited supply

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks ago, the Pentagon promised to make as many as 2,000 military ventilators available as the federal government strains to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Wednesday, less than half had been allocated, despite a desperate need across the country.

Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.

Nursing home infections, deaths surge amid lockdown measures

Nursing homes across the country have been in lockdown for weeks under federal orders to protect their frail, elderly residents from coronavirus, but a wave of deadly outbreaks nearly every day since suggests that the measures including a ban on visits and daily health screenings of staffers either came too late or were not rigorous enough.

Fauci says he feels safe despite threats, is focusing on job

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said Thursday he feels safe despite reports he's received online threats and has had uncomfortable personal encounters with admirers that prompted the Trump administration to assign him a security detail.

Billions in virus aid aim to shelter, test the homeless

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it is distributing about $3 billion in the first round of coronavirus aid to help the homeless find emergency shelter and communities expand testing and treatment.

AP-NORC poll: Broad support for state virus control efforts

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that a majority of Republicans and Democrats alike approve of how state and local governments are handling the coronavirus outbreak. Fewer than half of Americans say the same of the response by the federal government and President Donald Trump, opinions driven by deeply partisan views about the president and his administration.

AP-NORC poll: About half of workers lose income due to virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — About half of all working Americans report some kind of income loss affecting themselves or a member of their household due to the coronavirus pandemic, with low-income Americans and those without college degrees especially likely to have lost a job, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.


Wall Street rises for first time in three days as oil spurts

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street rallied Thursday for its first gain in three days after a sudden surge in oil prices revived beaten-down energy stocks. But, as has so often been the case in this year's market sell-off, it took a few U-turns to get there.

Record jobless claims but Dems, GOP divide over rescue bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh data on Thursday that detailed a record avalanche of unemployment claims offered no signs of easing the rift between Democrats and Republicans over the need for new legislation financing infrastructure and other job-creation programs.

Pelosi: 6.6M more unemployed boosts need for new jobs bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new report that a knee-buckling 6.6 million more Americans filed for unemployment insurance makes it more urgent for Congress to approve a fresh jobs package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in past 2 weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump says he expects Russia, Saudis to cut oil production

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects Saudi Arabia and Russia will end an oil war and dramatically cut production.

US trade gap falls to $39.9 in February, lowest since 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit tumbled in February to the lowest level since 2016 as exports fell and imports fell more. The politically sensitive gap in the trade of goods with China narrowed in February when the world's No. 2 economy was locked down to combat the coronavirus outbreak..

Outbreak: bankruptcies, layoffs, quiet skies and empty rails

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Thursday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

Apply here: How to spend $2.2 trillion — and rescue economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump aims to shovel $2.2 trillion into the U.S. economy over the next few weeks to try to cushion its free fall. But that means putting his fate in the hands of banks, profit-minded businesses and government bureaucrats he has frequently derided, along with a man who has emerged as arguably the biggest power broker to business in Washington: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Feds seek breakup of Altria-Juul deal on antitrust grounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business regulators are suing to break up the multibillion-dollar deal between tobacco giant Altria and e-cigarette startup Juul Labs, saying their partnership amounted to an agreement not to compete in the U.S. vaping market.


Toyota, China's BYD announced electric car venture

BEIJING (AP) — Toyota Motor Co. and Chinese electric automaker BYD Co. announced a partnership Thursday to develop battery-powered vehicles, adding to a flurry of industry tie-ups to share soaring development costs.


Pelosi creating House committee to oversee economic bailout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she will establish a special House committee with subpoena power to oversee the government's spending of the more than $2.2 trillion approved to bolster the economy hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

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