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VOL. 40 | NO. 40 | Friday, September 30, 2016

Boston loves Mookie

Nashvillian, MVP favorite has quickly won the heart of Red Sox Nation

A month or so ago, Boston fans selected Nashville native Mookie Betts as their favorite Red Sox player in the fifth annual New England Sports Survey.

Price also pushing Sox to postseason

Mookie Betts was also popular in another category in the New England Sports Survey.

Proverbs 12:10, other animal foster, adoption groups step up to fill void

It’s the rare person who, confronted with a puppy or kitten, doesn’t stop to pat or play.

The cost of pet care

One major reason owners surrender pets is medical care.

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EVENTS

Nashville Area Chamber and P2020 Annual Meeting. The theme of the 2016 Chamber annual meeting will be A Bold Vision and will focus on the steps needed to create the kind of region residents want in the coming decades. Keynote speaker, Ron Gopetzel, vice president, consulting and applied research, Truven Health Analytics; director, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. The 2016 Spirit of the Chamber awards will be presented as well. Friday, 8 a.m. Registration and networking; 8:30-10 a.m. Program. Fee: Complimentary for Chamber members and Partnership 2020 investors. Otherwise, $25. Information: nashvillechamber.com

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Legislator: Metro marijuana law has some real problems

State Rep. William Lamberth balks at the notion Memphis and Nashville are softening the punishment for simple pot possession.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Sales stats reveal lack of affordable housing

Sales information flowing through Realtracs reflect two entirely different markets headed in opposite directions.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Coach Cliché strikes the right note for Tennessee

Coach Cliché tells us it was just another game.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Vols open hardest stretch of season by breaking Gator streak. On to Georgia

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones went from goat to hero in a matter of hours last Saturday.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Fumbles, interceptions define Mariota’s season so far

For the first time in Marcus Mariota’s brief tenure as the Tennessee Titans starting quarterback, there were questions about how quickly he is progressing.

Titans at Texans: What to watch

Be smart and disciplined: By now, everyone knows what happened with Taylor Lewan’s penalty late in the game, barreling into the pile and possibly preventing the Titans from tying or winning the game in the final minute.

NEWSMAKERS

Cihak named CEO of Centennial Medical

Scott Cihak, chief executive officer of Kendall Regional Medical Center, an HCA facility in Florida, has been named CEO of HCA’s TriStar Centennial Medical Center, effective Nov. 28.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Titan gets nicer interior, stronger engine for 2017

Nissan has revamped its regular-duty full-size Titan pickup truck for 2017, giving it more aggressive styling, a nicer interior and a more powerful V8 gasoline engine.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Creativity, future success depend on diversity

Your business is doing well. It could do better.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Seven irrefutable laws of social media marketing

Seemingly every brand has a presence on at least one social platform these days. Very few, however, are successfully converting that resource investment into engaged, loyal customers.

CAREER CORNER

Social media presence: Your new cover letter

You probably never thought you’d hear the words “social media” and “cover letter” together in one sentence.

I SWEAR

Is there a doctor on TV? If so, I’m checking out

Season 12 of “Grey’s Anatomy” really ticked me off! Recycled themes, sophomoric body-part jokes, endless throwbacks to earlier episodes, plots and departed characters.

NASHVILLE AREA

Stand for Children, charter candidates face $685K in fines

NASHVILLE (AP) - A pro-charter school organization and the four Nashville school board candidates it backed last month could face steep penalties over possible campaign disclosure violations.

HEALTH CARE

Report says Obama administration failed to follow health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration failed to follow the president's health care law in a $5 billion dispute over compensating insurers for high costs from seriously ill patients, Congress' investigative arm said Thursday.

Community Health selling 4 hospitals in Mississippi, Florida

FRANKLIN (AP) - Community Health Systems says it is selling four hospitals in Mississippi and Florida to Curae Health Inc.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Prominent voucher advocate takes Harwell, Dean on trip

NASHVILLE (AP) — A prominent school voucher advocate in Tennessee paid for a private plane to take public officials including potential Republican and Democratic candidates for governor to North Carolina on a private school tour.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 3.42 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slipped this week to the lowest level since mid-July.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volvo recalls 127K vehicles; leak can cause air bag problem

DETROIT (AP) — Volvo is recalling about 127,000 cars and SUVs worldwide because the air conditioning can leak water into the vehicles and cause air bags to malfunction.

Automakers show off electric cars at Paris show

PARIS (AP) — Global automakers are showing off new electric vehicles at the Paris auto show as they look ahead to a world of tighter environmental standards and brace for rapid changes in technology.

TECHNOLOGY

FCC delays vote on much-disputed rules on cable boxes

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators delayed a decision Thursday on requiring cable and satellite TV companies to make free apps to eliminate the need for cable boxes.

COURTS

Federal suits claim segregation, abuse of disabled students

NASHVILLE (AP) - When a 5-year-old autistic boy came home from his Nashville public school with bruises and a bite mark, his parents sent him back with a recording device.

Justices take up trademark case that could affect Redskins

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will hear a First Amendment challenge over the government's refusal to register offensive trademarks in a case that could affect the Washington Redskins.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks skid as drugmakers fall, then bank woes deepen losses

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. stocks skidded Thursday as drug companies and banks absorbed large losses. Drugmakers faced scrutiny over price increases, while banks fell as investors worried about the stability of Deutsche Bank and other financial institutions.

House lawmakers heap blistering criticism on Wells Fargo CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) — Angry lawmakers heaped another round of blistering criticism on Wells Fargo's CEO, pressing Thursday for details about what senior managers knew about allegedly illegal sales practices and when any concerns were disclosed.

OPEC deal shows cartel's resolve — and desperation

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are lower Thursday as EpiPen maker Mylan and other drug companies face scrutiny over increases in product prices. Oil prices are little changed after a big surge a day ago, but companies that drill for oil are climbing. A slide in high-dividend stocks like utilities and real estate companies is also pulling the market lower.