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VOL. 42 | NO. 20 | Friday, May 18, 2018

Blockchain tech ‘is the shiny new penny’

During the General Assembly session that just ended legislators debated a number of hot-button issues: guns, abortion, Confederate statues and medical marijuana.

Bitcoin fans rave, but understand it’s still a risky business

By now, anyone who follows Wall Street even slightly has heard of cryptocurrency and its most famous spawn – bitcoin, which launched in 2009 but grabbed headlines last year for its wild swings in valuation.

Blockchain buzzwords

Address: Cryptocurrency addresses are used to receive and send transactions on the network. An address is a string of alphanumeric characters, but can also be represented as a scannable QR code.

Learn more about blockchain and bitcoin

Intrigued and want to learn more? Blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts welcome newbies and enjoy sharing knowledge. Here are some reliable sources for blockchain information and social groups.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Salon@615. May 18. Cal Turner, Jr. in conversation with Dave Ramsey, discusses his book, My Father’s Business: The Small-Town Values That Built Dollar General into a Billion-Dollar Company. Shamblin Auditorium, Lipscomb University, 4001 Granny White Pike. 7 p.m. Free. Information: http://nashvillepubliclibrary.org/salonat615.

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Jack Daniel's may no longer be scared cow

When Van Halen front man David Lee Roth opened a bottle of Jack Daniel’s on stage back in the ’80s, the last thing he thought about was taxes and court appeals when he took a big swig of whiskey.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Renaming neighborhood creates instant new market

One interesting aspect of residential real estate is how some insignificant, irrelevant places in town become landmarks thanks to the marketing and consequent branding of developers and their Realtors. The names bestowed upon these sites become woven into the realty tapestry.

NEWSMAKERS

Anderson Benson hires two managers

Anderson Benson, an independent Nashville-based insurance and risk management firm, has hired two new account managers. Sarah Anderson and Cynthia Russell have joined the firm.

BRIEFS

New psychiatric hospital planned for Nashville

Saint Thomas Health and Acadia Healthcare are partnering to create a new 76-bed psychiatric inpatient hospital at Metro Center in Nashville.

NASHVILLE AREA

Get a clue! Escape adventure solves life’s stresses

Ever get stuck behind a slow-pedaling batch of bachelorettes and wish you could lock them away somewhere? Help is at hand.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Four-door sedans in the spotlight for bargain hunters

Over the past few years, car shoppers have flocked to crossovers and SUVs because of their higher seating position, added cargo space and ease of entry. As a result, sedan sales have slowed to a crawl.

PREDATORS

Post-mortem has Preds feeling good, bad

Only a couple of seasons ago, the Predators could point to their trip to the second round of the playoffs as progress, a sign the team was once again moving in the right direction.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Five metrics for keeping website on target

Engaging videos, impactful testimonials and beautiful graphics can all be parts of an efficient website. Although it may look and function seamlessly, you cannot judge the success of your website simply on the aesthetics or mechanics. You’ll have to consult the hard numbers to judge the success of a website and, if necessary, determine how to alter that success.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Someone has to tackle life’s unpleasant disorders

Wash your hands thoroughly.

NASHVILLE AREA

Tennessee school district made 611 reports of alleged abuse

NASHVILLE (AP) — An updated child abuse reporting policy has resulted in 611 reports in one Tennessee school district during this school year.

STATEWIDE

Governor: Sanctuary cities bill stirring fear on both sides

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says legislation billed as a push against sanctuary cities is stirring up fear on both sides of the issue, and he's not sure that fear is legitimate.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Beijing showing signs of compromise in trade talks with US

HONG KONG (AP) — China is sending conciliatory signals as U.S. and Chinese negotiators meet in Washington to try to head off a trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

US stock indexes cap choppy trading week with a mixed finish

Despite a choppy week of trading and a mixed finish for U.S. stocks, the market extended its recent streak of relative calm Friday.

Rising rates: Savers sigh in relief, borrowers beware

NEW YORK (AP) — Interest rates are charging higher, and that can be a good or bad thing depending on whether you're saving or borrowing.

State's jobless rate hold steady in April, jobs added

BOSTON (AP) — The unemployment rate in Massachusetts remained steady at 3.5 percent in April while estimates showed the state adding more than 6,000 jobs.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country.

Trump's attorney says special counsel has narrowed questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's attorney said Friday the special counsel in the Russia probe has narrowed the scope of potential questions for the president, even as Trump advanced an unverified theory that the Justice Department planted a spy in his 2016 campaign and is now "out to frame him."

STATEWIDE

More armadillos move into Tennessee as temperatures rise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rising temperatures have made Tennessee more hospitable to armadillos over the past three decades.

UT lobbied to keep details of investments secret

MEMPHIS (AP) — Records show that the University of Tennessee has pumped millions from its endowment into private investment funds, including many in the Cayman Islands.

Tennessee OKs $20m in incentives for Tyson Foods facility

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. will receive a state economic incentives package worth $20 million to build a new chicken production complex in Tennessee, a project that's expected to include $322 million in private investment and 1,600 new jobs within five years.

Tennessee constable shot and killed in 1878 honored in DC

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A Tennessee county constable shot and killed by a suspected horse thief in 1878 has been honored in Washington.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks end choppy day slightly lower amid trade jitters

U.S. stock indexes closed slightly lower Thursday after a day of mostly choppy trading, wiping out some of the market's gains from a day earlier.

JC Penney outlook spooks Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney blamed weak clothing sales on bad spring weather and said it would offer more plus-size fashions to try and boost sales.

Iran signs oil deal with UK group as France's Total exits

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV is reporting that the country has signed an agreement with a British consortium to develop an oil field, just as another major company, France's Total, says it will withdraw from Iran because of renewed U.S. sanctions.

Trump plays down prospect of successful US-China trade talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday played down the prospect of successful trade talks with China and said the Asian economic powerhouse has become "very spoiled."

Gambling, tech firms scramble for foothold in sports betting

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The anticipation of legal sports gambling throughout the United States has prompted a flurry of deals among gambling and technology firms who want a foothold in a market worth billions.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump donates first quarter salary to VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is donating his first quarter salary to the Department of Veterans Affairs, as his search continues for a nominee to lead the agency.

TECHNOLOGY

Clocks may go a little cuckoo with power grid change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Running late for work or just miss that bus? You could have a good excuse: Your electric clock might be running a bit cuckoo.

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