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VOL. 41 | NO. 32 | Friday, August 11, 2017

Middle Tennessee has it made in the celestial shade

Cities, businesses, individuals cash in on once-in-a-lifetime eclipse

David Bates has been looking forward to August 21, 2017, for a very long time.

Gallatin prepares for the best/worst-case scenarios

What if you gave a party and everybody came? I mean a “scary’’ number of guests.

Don’t let permanent eye damage be your eclipse souvenir

It’s quite possible Dr. Ming Wang has never been quite so nervous about the collective eye health of so many people from one singular event.

How to safely view the eclipse

As thousands of consumers make plans to view the eclipse, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs reminds people to follow the NASA guidelines to safely view the solar eclipse, through a pair of the ISO 12312-2 solar eclipse glasses:

Want to make it a party? Your best bets for Eclipse Day

There aren’t quite as many solar eclipse viewing events in Middle Tennessee as there are stars in the sky, it just seems that way.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Street Food Thursday. A gathering of up to 20 local food trucks parked along Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

more events »

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

A million reasons not to jump into governor’s race

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers is banking on the idea wealthy candidates won’t be able to buy voters in 2018.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Warped boards? Condo associations require scrutiny

When purchasing a condo, the principle of caveat emptor – “let the buyer beware” – should be executed to the fullest and not solely for the construction of the unit or even the financial condition of the homeowner association, although both should be weighed heavily.

REAL ESTATE

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for July 2017

July 2017 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson and Rutherford counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average mortgage rates little changed; 30-year at 3.90 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were unchanged to slightly lower this week, continuing a pattern of little movement in recent weeks.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Down on the corner: Titans fix old problem

The Titans have been searching for years for an answer at cornerback. They think they found two answers during the offseason.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

One gimpy WR no longer a big problem for Titans

Tennessee Titans rookie receiver Corey Davis limped off the practice field last Thursday with a hamstring injury.

Titans vs. Jets: What to watch

The preseason isn’t at all like the NFL regular season. Beginning sometime about halfway through the third quarter, you’ll hear names like Manny Abad, Denzel Johnson and Giovanni Pascascio called and wonder aloud, “Who are these guys?”

NEWSMAKERS

Centerstone Military names Mahler board chair

Centerstone, a national behavioral health care provider, has named retired United States Air Force Col. Thomas W. Mahler Jr. chair of its board of directors for Centerstone Military Services.

BRIEFS

Vikings owners join Nashville MLS effort

NASHVILLE (AP) — The majority owners of the Minnesota Vikings are joining a group trying to bring a Major League Soccer team to Nashville.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Getting a good return on marketing dollars?

Have you ever looked at your organization’s marketing spend and wondered, “What do I have to show for this?”

CAREER CORNER

Is your resume being ignored? It might not be you

I think we can all agree the job search process can be grueling.

COURTS

Tennessee Supreme Court rules in favor of ex-Vols

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied the state's bid to appeal a ruling that permits attorneys for former Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams to seek social media communications from witnesses for their upcoming rape trials.

Applications being taken for Tennessee court vacancy

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee panel is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy in four counties.

REAL ESTATE

Average US mortgage rates edge lower; 30-year at 3.89 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Hyundai unveils new fuel cell SUV with longer travel range

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor said Thursday it plans to launch early next year a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will travel more than 580 kilometers (360 miles) between fill-ups under Korean standards.

TECHNOLOGY

Turner is latest to plan sports streaming service

NEW YORK (AP) — Turner Sports is the latest TV company to announce a sports streaming service as traditional television companies chase millennial audiences.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks slide after results from Wal-Mart and Cisco

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are lower Thursday morning as investors fail to get excited by quarterly reports from big names like retailer Wal-Mart and technology bellwether Cisco Systems. Most industries are slipping, with some of the biggest losses going to technology and industrial companies, retailers and banks. After dramatic moves late last week and earlier this week, stocks appear to have returned to the pattern of small moves that has marked this year.

US factory output down in July on tumbling auto production

WASHINGTON (AP) — A slump in the auto industry drove U.S. factory output down in July and has kept it flat for months.

US weekly requests for jobless aid down 12,000 to 232,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Republican leaders dance around Trump remarks

NEW YORK (AP) — One after another, the nation's most powerful Republicans responded to President Donald Trump's extraordinary remarks about white supremacists. Yet few mentioned the president.

Business execs shunned Trump panels before he disbanded them

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had pushed many of America's top corporate leaders to the breaking point with his inability to decisively condemn white supremacists — so they huddled on an 11:30 a.m. conference call Wednesday.

Trump increasingly isolated as business panels dismantled

WASHINGTON (AP) — With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump abruptly abolished two of his White House business councils, an attempt to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country music matriarch Jo Walker-Meador dies at 93

NASHVILLE (AP) — Jo Walker-Meador, a matriarch of country music who led the Country Music Association for nearly three decades, has died. She was 93.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee officials announce new agribusiness grant

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are offering a new grant to develop agribusiness in the state.

REAL ESTATE

US home construction slumped in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuilders pulled back sharply on construction of apartment complexes in July, causing housing starts to tumble to a three-month low.

HEALTH CARE

White House: Gov't to make health law payments this month

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will make this month's payments to insurers under the health-care law he wants to repeal and replace.

UnitedHealth CEO to step down after run of more than decade

UnitedHealth Group will change leaders next month, promoting long-time executive David Wichmann to replace CEO Stephen Hemsley, who has led the nation's largest health insurer since 2006.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks edge higher as retailers rally; oil companies fall

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose slightly Wednesday as Urban Outfitters and Target helped retailers rally. That was enough to cancel out more losses for energy companies.

SBA head sees businesses held back by lack of loans, workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Six months into her tenure as head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon sees a split among small business owners — they are increasingly optimistic, she says, but many are held back by their inability to get loans or find the right workers for jobs that are staying open.

Fed officials split in July over inflation worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers were worried last month about inflation, but for two opposing reasons.

Corporate chiefs flee Trump; he disbands WH advisory panels

NEW YORK (AP) — With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump abruptly abolished their White House business councils on Wednesday — the latest fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

US demands big NAFTA changes, setting stage for tough talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States won't settle for cosmetic changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the top U.S. trade negotiator said, as negotiations to rework terms of the pact began.

On a chaotic day in DC, Trump goes after Amazon, again

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, saying Wednesday that the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers."

Union Pacific lays off 500 managers, 250 other rail workers

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific is laying off 500 managers and 250 other workers to reduce costs and eliminate about 8 percent of the railroad's managers.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 15
COURTS

Taylor Swift hopes verdict inspires assault victims

DENVER (AP) — Immediately after a jury determined that Taylor Swift had been groped by a radio station host before a concert in Denver, the singer-songwriter turned to one of her closest allies — her mother — and later said she hoped the verdict would inspire other victims of sexual assault.

Former attorney arrested, accused of stealing from clients

HENDERSONVILLE (AP) — A former attorney in Tennessee has been arrested and indicted on theft charges.

MIDSTATE

Events will celebrate 101st Airborne 75th anniversary

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — The 101st Airborne Division is celebrating its 75th anniversary with events at Fort Campbell this week.

REAL ESTATE

US homebuilder sentiment climbs in August

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their sales prospects, reflecting a pickup in demand and positive expectations about further growth the rest of this year.

HEALTH CARE

Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop "Obamacare" payments to insurers, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

Judge lets TennCare hemophilia drug rate challenge continue

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge is letting a lawsuit continue that claims Tennessee is breaking federal law and endangering people with bleeding disorders like hemophilia by reimbursing less for prescription blood-clotting drugs through its Medicaid program.

EDUCATION

Poll: Charters less popular, but vouchers less contentious

WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for opening more charter schools has dropped significantly among Americans, but there's less opposition to expanding private school voucher programs, as the Trump administration continues its push for school choice, according to a survey released Tuesday.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Safety council: Motor vehicle deaths dip slightly in 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary data show U.S. motor vehicle deaths and injuries were down slightly in the first six months of 2017, although they were still significantly higher than they were two years ago, the National Safety Council said Tuesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Retailers stumble but stocks are little changed overall

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes finished Tuesday close to where they started as technology companies and household goods makers rose. But weak reports from sporting goods and auto parts retailers left a lot of smaller companies with steep losses.

Walmart CEO criticizes Trump on race response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon is criticizing President Donald Trump's initial response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a white supremacist rally.

US retail sales jumped 0.6 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers went out shopping in a big way in July, pushing up retail sales by the largest amount in seven months.

The boom is booming and Home Depot is setting records

ATLANTA (AP) — Americans are plowing money into their homes at an astonishing rate, new, used and even those not yet built, creating for Home Depot a frenzy of loyal customers.

Asked to serve, some CEOs say no more to Trump

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — First it was the leader of a major U.S. pharmaceutical, then the CEO of an athletic gear company, and before the day had ended, the chief executive of a $170 billion tech giant. Three of the nation's top executives resigned from a federal panel created years ago to advise the U.S. president.

High-tech US plants offer jobs even as the laid-off struggle

NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Herbie Mays is 3M proud, and it shows — in the 3M shirt he wears; in the 3M ring he earned after three decades at the company's plant in suburban Cincinnati; in the way he shows off a card from a 3M supervisor, praising Mays as "a GREAT employee."

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump asked to fire 3 White House staffers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of four minority House caucus groups have written a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the removal of White House staff aides Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka.

Analysis: Trump's slow walk to condemning white supremacists

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took President Donald Trump two days to do what both Republicans and Democrats said should have come fast and easy.


MONDAY, AUGUST 14
COURTS

Jurors weighing case over Taylor Swift's groping allegation

DENVER (AP) — Jurors on Monday began weighing dueling lawsuits over Taylor Swift's accusation that a former radio host groped her during a 2013 meet-and-greet after attorneys for both sides pointed to a photo as proof that the alleged assault either did or did not happen.

STATEWIDE

Black names Ramsey, Fincher co-chairs of Tennessee gov's bid

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black has named two prominent former politicians from either end of Tennessee as co-chairman for her gubernatorial bid.

4 to be inducted into Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame

MURFREESBORO, (AP) — Four longtime journalists will be inducted Tuesday into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.

SPORTS

Mularkey not happy with Titans' mistakes in preseason loss

NASHVILLE (AP) — Coach Mike Mularkey hopes his Tennessee Titans got just the wake-up call needed from an ugly loss to open the preseason, especially from some mistakes that were quite the eye-opener.

HEALTH CARE

New life for Medicaid after GOP's health care debacle

WASHINGTON (AP) — It may not equal Social Security and Medicare as a "third rail" program that politicians touch at their own risk, yet Medicaid seems to have gotten stronger after the Republican failure to pass health care legislation.

Health care divide leaves tax on path to reinstatement

BOSTON (AP) — The industry that makes medical devices from artificial hips to miniature pumps for IV drips is looking for a fallback plan to repeal a widely reviled sales tax that almost met its end in GOP health care legislation.

AUTO INDUSTRY

German leader sees end of the road for diesel, gasoline cars

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she thinks the internal combustion engines that are the mainstay of her country's auto industry will eventually have to be phased out.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks jump as tensions with North Korea appear to ease

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rallied Monday as technology companies and banks helped companies regain a lot of the ground they lost last week, although the calm that has defined the market this year wasn't quite restored.

Top Fed official tells AP: Bond portfolio could shrink soon

NEW YORK (AP) — A top Federal Reserve official suggested Monday that the Fed will likely announce next month that it will begin paring its bond portfolio — a step that could lead to slightly higher rates on mortgages and other loans.

Trump attacks exec for quitting council over Charlottesville

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at the CEO of the nation's third-largest pharmaceutical company after he resigned from a federal advisory council, citing the president's failure to explicitly rebuke the white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Average US gas prices jump 8 cents thanks to crude costs

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 8 cents nationally over the past three weeks, to $2.40.

GoDaddy boots neo-Nazi site after post on protest violence

A leading neo-Nazi website is losing its internet domain host after its publisher posted an article mocking the woman who was killed in a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

China appeals to Trump to avoid 'trade war'

BEIJING (AP) — China's government appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday to avoid a "trade war" ahead of what the White House says is a possible announcement of an investigation into whether China is stealing U.S. technology.

Target moves to shore up grocery, improve delivery service

NEW YORK (AP) — Target announced moves Monday aimed at helping it shore up two key areas: groceries and delivery.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump speaks on Charlottesville: 'Racism is evil'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure all weekend, President Donald Trump on Monday named and condemned hate groups as "repugnant" and declared "racism is evil" in an updated, more forceful statement on the deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Analysis: Trump shows atypical caution after Charlottesville

WASHINGTON (AP) — Why doesn't President Donald Trump just unequivocally condemn white supremacists?


FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
MUSIC INDUSTRY

'Rhinestone Cowboy' singer laid to rest in Arkansas

DELIGHT, Ark. (AP) — Music superstar Glen Campbell has been laid to rest in his hometown of Delight, Arkansas.

STATEWIDE

Republican Lee calls for school vouchers across Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee said he supports spending more public money on private school tuition around Tennessee, and that restrictions should be placed on lobbying by government entities that oppose school vouchers.

Records: Failed communications hampered response to fire

GATLINBURG (AP) — Newly released records show failed communication systems hampered the response to deadly wildfires in Tennessee last fall.

COURTS

Bodyguard: I saw DJ reach under Taylor Swift's skirt

DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift's former bodyguard testified Friday that he saw a DJ reach under her skirt a moment before a photographer snapped their picture during a meet-and-greet where the singer says the radio host groped her.

Taylor Swift doesn't sugar-coat testimony in groping case

DENVER (AP) — A defiant and occasionally exasperated Taylor Swift insisted during a whirlwind hour of testimony Thursday that a Denver disc jockey grabbed her bare backside and held on for a long time during a meet-and-greet before a concert.

Tennessee man pleads guilty in $43m investment scheme

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee man has pleaded guilty in a $43 million scheme that caused investors to lose $10 million, which he used to buy vehicles and real estate and start a used car lot.

Lawsuit: Brentwood Academy covered up rape of boy, 12

BRENTWOOD (AP) — A family has filed a $30 million lawsuit against a private Christian school in Tennessee, alleging failure to act after a 12-year-old student was repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted by teenage boys.

SPORTS

Neyland, Fulmer entering Tennessee Athletics Hall Of Fame

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former football coaches Robert Neyland and Phillip Fulmer highlight a star-studded Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame induction class.

HEALTH CARE

House conservatives want fresh health care repeal vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-line conservatives began an uphill fight Friday to force a fresh House vote this fall on erasing much of President Barack Obama's health care law without an immediate replacement, the latest instance of Republican rifts in what's been a fractious week for the GOP.

Poll: Most say time to stop trying to repeal 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Message to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans: Stop trying to scuttle the Obama health care law, and start trying to make it more effective.

Study says Trump moves trigger health premium jumps for 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actions by the Trump administration are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many people, according to a nonpartisan study.

TECHNOLOGY

The TV-streaming paradox: Why you might miss the cable bundle

NEW YORK (AP) — The future of TV may well be a mishmash of streaming services that could rival the cost of a $100 cable bundle — but that are way more difficult to use.

Facebook steps up video ambitions with Watch

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is launching a new section dedicated to live and recorded video.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks snap 3-day losing streak in roller coaster week

Gains among technology companies helped snap a three-day losing streak for U.S. stocks Friday, though the market ended with its worst weekly loss since March.

JC Penney results extend a gloomy week for retailers

NEW YORK (AP) — Sales at established J.C. Penney stores faded again during its most recent quarter, capping a gloomy week for U.S. retailers.

US consumer prices up slight 0.1 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices posted a slight gain in July, with higher costs for medical care and clothing offsetting declines for hotel stays and consumer cellphone plans.

NAFTA negotiations could mark end of era for Mexican exports

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's push to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement is putting Mexico in a tough spot, threatening the system that has helped turn the country into a top exporter through low wages, lax regulations and proximity to the United States.

Beware at the pump: Black market fuel is making millions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A black market for diesel and gasoline has rapidly spread around the nation, with organized crime gangs using fraudulent credit cards to syphon millions of dollars in fuel from gas stations into large tanks hidden inside pickup trucks and vans.

Department store chains see key sales figures fall again

NEW YORK (AP) — It's still a rough time to be a department store. Macy's, Kohl's and Dillard's all said Thursday that a key sales figure fell again in the latest quarter as customers increasingly shop online, at discount stores and elsewhere.

Blue Apron 2Q revenue beats, but scales back marketing

NEW YORK (AP) — Blue Apron posted strong revenue growth in its second quarter, but scaled down marketing efforts and a sequential decline in customers has investors jittery.

Postal Service: More red ink, missed payments as mail slumps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service warned Thursday that it will likely default on up to $6.9 billion in payments for future retiree health and pension benefits for the fifth straight year, citing a coming cash crunch that could disrupt day-to-day mail delivery.

NATIONAL POLITICS

DeVos say school vouchers part of tax overhaul discussions

LAS VEGAS (AP) — More than a third of U.S. states have created school voucher programs that bypass thorny constitutional and political issues by turning them over to nonprofits that rely primarily on businesses to fund them. But the programs are raising questions about transparency and accountability at a time when supporters are urging that they be expanded into a federal program.

Trump warns US 'locked and loaded' as North readies missiles

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that the U.S. military is "locked and loaded" if North Korea acts "unwisely," escalating an exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations.

What does North Korea really want? Its playbook offers clues

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Threatening to fire a volley of missiles toward a major U.S. military hub — and the home to 160,000 American civilians — may seem like a pretty bad move for a country that is seriously outgunned and has an awful lot to lose.

Trump-McConnell feud does little to jumpstart stalled agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has spent much of the week feuding with his top Senate partner, suggesting that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might have to rethink his future if he doesn't deliver on the president's agenda of health care, taxes and infrastructure.

Study: Fines for illegal pollution plummet under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says fines for illegal pollution have plummeted under President Donald Trump.

Frustrated with White House, McCain unveils Afghan strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain of Arizona is proposing a new "strategy for success" in Afghanistan. He's calling for increasing the number of U.S. counterterrorism forces and giving them a freer hand to target the Taliban, Islamic State and other terrorist groups.

Analysis: Trump throws his own North Korea strategy a curve

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when President Donald Trump's strategy for North Korea was finally starting to show dividends, he threw it a curve.

Trump continues taunting McConnell over health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump resumed his taunts of the Senate's top Republican on Thursday, expressing disbelief that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn't persuade a GOP majority to pass a health care bill.

Science Says: Trump team garbles climate science

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his cabinet often avoid talking about the science of climate change, but when pressed what they have said clashes with established mainstream science, data and peer-reviewed studies and reports.

Walmart's online sales soar as it seeks to catch Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart's recent spending spree to try to catch up to Amazon seems to be paying off.