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VOL. 40 | NO. 22 | Friday, May 27, 2016

Life after ‘Nashville’ for its band of others

Local extras reflect on their too-brief brush with stardom

The cancellation of ABC’s “Nashville” has left the show’s worldwide legion of fans disappointed and angry enough to launch a social media push for another network – or online service – to pick up a fifth season of the prime time serial.

Can fans really help resuscitate ‘Nashville?’

As it turns out, some of the best “Nashville’’ drama is playing off-screen following the series’ somewhat unexpected cancellation after four seasons.

Hendersonville's Newgarden has front-row seat for 100th Indianapolis 500

Like the speeds he’ll be reaching in this weekend’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, it is neither a stretch nor a cliché to say Josef Newgarden is living life in the fast lane.

Newgarden, Munoz crushed after Indy 500 defeat

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Munoz has twice been a bridesmaid in the Indianapolis 500.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Nashville Chamber: Business After Hours. An opportunity to develop relationships, walk away with new connections and market your business to more than 150 attendees. Butler Snow LLP, 150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 1600. Thursday, 5-7 p.m. Cost: Chamber Member $25, future member $50. Chamber member display table $250. Pre-registration is required. Registration includes hors d’oeuvres and two drinks tickets. Information: 743-3063

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Irony has 99-year-old neighbor in 12South

Alvin M. Fitzgerald has earned the right to put the issue of what’s happening to his neighborhood in black-and-white terms. Literally.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Mularkey bets on running game in passing league

With only five victories in the last two seasons, the Titans have fallen out of step with most of the rest of the NFL.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Legislators seem intent on sweating the small stuff

My late father kept a paper weight on his desk at home that read: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Summertime, and the living is suddenly scary

This spring has been filled with mysterious weather, hot, cold and, of course, wet with only a few days when it was difficult to drive a “For Sale” sign into the hardened soil.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions for April 2016

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

Average 30-year US mortgage rate rises to 3.64 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week but remained at low levels that could entice purchasers amid the current home buying season.

Pending US home sales hit highest level since February '06

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed more contracts to buy homes in April for the third straight month, driving pending home sales to the highest level in more than a decade.

NEWSMAKERS

Doeg elected vice chair of Launch Tennessee

Bruce Doeg of Baker Donelson has been named vice chairman of Launch Tennessee.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Luxury name of game with Platinum Explorer

Ford’s long-running Explorer SUV goes upscale in a big way with the new-for-2016 Platinum model that rivals traditional luxury SUVs with its numerous high-tech features, quilted-stitched leather seats and exclusive sound system.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

A lesson from Oprah: Don’t screw up Oprah’s party

The service industry just isn’t what it used to be. Mediocre is the norm, and attention to detail seems all but lost in this fast-paced world.

CAREER CORNER

Do you fit culture of your potential employer? If not ...

The No. 1 reason employees change jobs varies depending on the source you’re reading.

I SWEAR

Are today’s aches a good trade for football glory?

It is reported that yet another memorable and popular former NFLer, this one a quarterback, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, or simply the concussion disease.

TECHNOLOGY

SpaceX chief Elon Musk predicts people on Mars in 9 years

RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says if things go according to plan people will be on Mars just nine years from now.

REAL ESTATE

Average 30-year US mortgage rate rises to 3.66 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for a third straight week yet remained near three-year lows as the home buying season progresses.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Survey: US companies add 173,000 jobs in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added 173,000 jobs last month, lifted by strong gains in services industries, according to a private survey.

Applications for US unemployment benefits dipped last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, the third straight drop in a sign that the job market remains healthy despite a recent slowdown in hiring.

Energy, utilities lead a slide in stocks; oil prices fall

U.S. stock indexes edged lower in morning trading Thursday, paring some of their early losses. Energy companies were down following a drop in the price of oil after a meeting of OPEC ministers ended without an agreement on crude production cuts. Utilities also fell.

OPEC states fail to reach deal on production

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC countries failed Thursday to agree on measures to influence crude supplies and prices, in a missed opportunity to show the resolve that for decades let them set how much consumers and industries worldwide would pay for gasoline, heating and related necessities.

ECB holds rates, gives current stimulus time to work

VIENNA (AP) — The European Central Bank is expected to underline that its current stimulus measures are boosting the economy of the 19 countries that use the euro— and need time to work before any new monetary jolts are added.

Federal regulators propose restrictions on payday lenders

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are proposing a significant clampdown on payday lenders and other providers of high-interest loans, saying borrowers need to be protected from practices that wind up turning into "debt traps" for many.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1
STATE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee AG says he has authority to investigate Durham

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery is reasserting his authority to investigate sexual harassment allegations against state Rep. Jeremy Durham.

STATEWIDE

Derrick Schofield stepping down as Correction Commissioner

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield has resigned to take a job with a publicly-traded prison corporation in Florida.

NASHVILLE AREA

Jets coach Bowles helping raise money for cancer patients

NASHVILLE (AP) — New York Jets coach Todd Bowles will be joining former Washington and Denver coach Mike Shanahan along with other NFL coaches and former players to raise money for the foundation named in honor of the late Titans assistant Mike Heimerdinger.

COURTS

Documents show aggressive sales tactics at Trump University

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Trump University gave employees detailed instructions on how to entice people to enroll in its real estate seminars, from targeting people making at least $90,000 a year and choosing words of flattery that are most persuasive to picking music for the gatherings — The O'Jays' "For the Love of Money."

TECHNOLOGY

Amazon's Jeff Bezos: 'Golden era' of technology is coming

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says when it comes to technology, "We're on the edge of the golden era."

AUTO INDUSTRY

US auto sales fall in May; Nissan down 1%, GM 18%, VW 17%

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. car buyers are tapping the brakes. May is usually one of the strongest months of the year for the U.S. auto industry, as Americans buy cars ahead of summer road trips. But last month, U.S. auto sales were expected to drop 7 percent to 1.5 million cars and trucks, according to car shopping site Kelley Blue Book. That's the biggest monthly sales decline since the Cash for Clunkers hangover in August 2010.

Ford recalling 1.9 million vehicles to replace air bags

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 1.9 million vehicles in North America to replace faulty passenger-side front air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.

Nissan recalls nearly 80,000 SUVs for brake light problem

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling nearly 80,000 Pathfinder SUVs in the U.S. because the brake lights can stay on even when the driver isn't stopping.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Fed survey finds modest growth, higher wages in many regions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy grew at a modest pace in much of the country from April to mid-May, leading to tightening labor markets and higher wages.

US stocks eke out tiny gains

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes eked out tiny gains after spending much of the day in the red.

Forbes: Former richest self-made US woman now worth nothing

NEW YORK (AP) — Forbes has revised the net worth of the woman it crowned America's richest self-made woman last year from $4.5 billion to nothing.

US bank earnings dip 2 percent in 1Q amid low oil prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The impact of low oil prices has continued to hobble the finances of U.S. banks, which posted increased loan losses in the first quarter driven by a huge jump in delinquent energy loans.

US construction spending tumbled in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell in April by the biggest amount in five years as housing, nonresidential construction and spending on government projects all declined.

World economy risks getting caught in 'low-growth trap'

PARIS (AP) — The world economy risks getting caught in a "low-growth trap" if governments don't spend more on investments, open up to trade, and make reforms, a top economic forum warned Wednesday.


TUESDAY, MAY 31
MIDSTATE

Official with permit for $600K home seeks public defender

MURFREESBORO (AP) - A Rutherford County sheriff's office administrator who faces federal charges has asked for a public defender to represent him, weeks after obtaining a permit to build a $598,684 home.

NASHVILLE AREA

3rd party to assess Nashville General Hospital's finances

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry says an independent third party will assess the finances and governance of Nashville General Hospital.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Scandal-hit Volkswagen sees profits fall in 1st quarter

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen saw its net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year as it grappled with a costly scandal over cars it had equipped to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

REAL ESTATE

US home prices rise in March as spring buying season begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices kept climbing in March as the spring home buying season began, but so far the higher costs haven't thwarted sales.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US consumer spending scores biggest jump in 6 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending surged in April by the largest amount in more than six years, led by a big jump in purchases of autos and other durable goods.

US stocks struggle as energy companies fall with oil prices

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes struggled to a mixed close Tuesday as energy companies fell with the price of oil, overcoming gains in utilities and phone companies.

UN health agency trumpets 'plain packaging' for tobacco

GENEVA (AP) — The UN health agency says "plain packaging" on tobacco products has shown to be an effective complement to health warnings, advertising restrictions, and curbs on misleading packaging to help save lives.


MONDAY, MAY 30
STATEWIDE

Tennessee campers warned to use certain firewood

NASHVILLE (AP) - In an effort to prevent the spread of insects, Tennessee State Parks officials are warning people at campsites to use only heat-treated wood or wood collected nearby.

Now Gawker has its own billionaire backer, sort of

NEW YORK (AP) — The courtroom fight between former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and news-and-gossip site Gawker is becoming a battleground of sorts for Silicon Valley tycoons as well.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Global stocks rise as UK, US markets remain shut for holiday

BEIJING (AP) — Major stock markets edged up on Monday amid greater optimism about the global economy, though trading volumes were low as the U.K. and U.S. markets were closed for a holiday.

Eurozone economic sentiment improves for second month

BRUSSELS (AP) — Economic confidence is up in the 19 European countries that use the euro, a survey showed Monday, thanks in particular to greater optimism among consumers that has led to a pickup in inflation expectations.


FRIDAY, MAY 27
MIDSTATE

Rutherford County sheriff faces public corruption charges

NASHVILLE (AP) - Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is facing public corruption charges after being named in a 14-count indictment that accuses him and others of benefiting from a scheme to sell electronic cigarettes to inmates in the jail he oversees.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Justin Bieber, Skrillex sued for copyright infringement

NASHVILLE (AP) - Justin Bieber and Skrillex have been sued for copyright infringement by singer-songwriter Casey Dienel for the multi-platinum song "Sorry."

STATE LEGISLATURE

Traffic ticket? State lawmaker says no problem, just burn it

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says getting a traffic camera ticket isn't a problem - he just burns them.

STATEWIDE

TDOT halts road construction during Memorial Day weekend

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Transportation is halting road construction on the state's highways over the Memorial Day weekend.

Tennessee gets top rankings from all 3 bond rating agencies

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee has received the top ranking from all three major credit rating agencies.

Haslam used private email server for official state business

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam and top aides have used the Republican's personal email server to communicate about official business.

NASHVILLE AREA

Dollar General 1Q profit beats as customers spend more

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Discount retailer Dollar General on Thursday posted better-than-expected first-quarter profit as more customers spent more.

AUTO INDUSTRY

8 automakers recall over 12M vehicles for Takata air bags

DETROIT (AP) — Eight automakers are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace Takata air bag inflators that can explode with too much force.

GM recalls 2.2 million cars in China

BEIJING (AP) — General Motors Co.'s main Chinese joint venture is recalling 2.2 million cars to deal with insufficient corrosion resistance on crankcase valves.

TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Janet Yellen says Fed could raise rates in coming months

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that an interest rate hike would be appropriate in the coming months if the economy keeps improving.

Stocks rise to wrap up a strong week as banks move higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Friday to wrap up their strongest week in almost three months. Banks gained ground after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank intends to keep raising interest rates provided the economy continues to improve.

US consumer sentiment up in May to highest in nearly a year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans turned more optimistic about the economy in May than the previous month, buoyed by steady hiring and higher incomes.

US economy grew at 0.8 percent rate in first quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy's slowdown in growth at the beginning of the year wasn't quite as bad as first thought, thanks to a bigger boost from housing and less drag from business investment and trade.

Abe claims success as G-7 leaders back action on economies

SHIMA, Japan (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed success Friday in winning support for his approach to fighting off a possible economic crisis from fellow leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations, despite mounting evidence the formula is failing to yield promised results in Japan.

Sears posts wider loss, looks at options for Kenmore, others

NEW YORK (AP) — Long-struggling retailer Sears says it plans to try to leverage its strongest brands like Kenmore and Craftsman to help sustain itself as it posted a larger first-quarter loss Thursday and said sales fell at its Kmart and namesake stores.

NATIONAL POLITICS

GOP conservatives scuttle spending bill over LGBT rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives angered by the inclusion of LGBT protections in an otherwise routine spending bill scuttled the measure Thursday in a stark display of the potency of a civil rights issue suddenly prominent in the presidential race and responsible for a legal standoff between the Obama administration and several states.