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VOL. 43 | NO. 3 | Friday, January 18, 2019

Need temporary workers in a hurry? Good luck

  10:42am

Nashville labor shortage transforms temp agencies

Your company just scored a special project. It’s Friday, and you’ll need 20 workers on hand by Monday.

Temporary work a good fit for Dead Deads bassist

As bassist for Nashville-based band The Dead Deads, Mavis Turner knows all about life on the road. She also has a background as a business analyst and, when touring is slow or she needs some time at home, she turns to temping.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

How hard can it be to find the perfect church?

“Church shopping” sounds slightly off-putting. So, I prefer to think of my current repatriated Nashvillian process as spiritual home seeking.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Williamson, Inc. Town Hall. An opportunity to hear updates on local issues in the Tennessee Legislature and in Williamson County. Panel: Speaker of the House, Glen Casada; Senate Majority Leader, Jack Johnson; Representatives, Sam Whitson and Brandon Ogles. Columbia State Community College, Community Room-Building A, 1228 Liberty Pike, Franklin. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Information

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Hacker’s scam, court ruling a big wakeup for industry

There is no better way to get the attention of an industry than to have a court render a $167,129 decision against one of its members.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for 2018

Top residential real estate sales, 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for December 2018

Top residential real estate sales, December 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for 2018

Top commercial real estate sales, 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US average mortgage rates steady; 30-year stays at 4.45 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates held steady this week, after falling for six straight weeks to reach their lowest levels in nine months.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans' OC hire might offer clue to Mariota’s future

Marcus Mariota can’t catch a break. His offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur, was named head coach of the Green Bay Packers last week, leaving the Titans to search for play-caller No. 5 as Mariota heads into a make-or-break fifth season as Tennessee’s quarterback.

Looks like Patriots (again?) vs. Saints in Super Bowl

With only four teams remaining, it’s no real surprise that four of the most potent offenses in the league have slots in the conference championship games.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Right scheme draws Notre Dame transfer to Vanderbilt

When Matt Ryan decided to transfer from Notre Dame after two seasons with the basketball team there, he did not have to search for an offense that fit his 3-point shooting abilities.

NEWSMAKERS

Bass, Berry & Sims elects 7 new members

  9:27am

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has elected seven new members, including three in the Nashville office. New Nashville-office members are:

BRIEFS

HealthStream buys Denver health care firm

HealthStream, a Nashville-based provider of workforce and provider solutions for the health care industry, has acquired Providigm LLC.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Top car tech trends from Consumer Electronics Show

Every year at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we get a glimpse of what vehicles might be – and what they could do. The event has also become an annual progress report on the latest electric vehicles and how close we are to “full driving automation,” as the Society of Automotive Engineers calls it. Here are a few vehicle trends from CES that you’ll see in the immediate future and some others that are much further away.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Change the conversation to help your business stand out

Blah, blah, blah. Sadly, that describes your business. Nothing has changed in decades, so it’s time for something new. You’d like to shake things up, but the budget is limited, and you don’t know what to say. That’s fine: in “Talk Triggers” by Jay Baer & Daniel Lemin, you’ll learn that actions speak louder anyway.

CAREER CORNER

Be polite and keep your business jargon to yourself

Have you ever wondered how your website is doing in the SERPs? What about your PPC? Are you getting a good CPA? What about the CPM? Are you tracking all of your KPIs?

NASHVILLE AREA

Police: 150 pounds of pot found in bags at Nashville airport

  7:37am

NASHVILLE (AP) — Police in Tennessee say two men were caught at the Nashville International Airport with more than 150 pounds of marijuana in their suitcases.

PREDATORS

Predators' Ryan Johansen suspended 2 games for high-sticking

  5:10pm

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen has received a two-game suspension without pay for high-sticking Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele.

Hellebuyck makes 37 saves as Jets beat Predators 5-1

  7:29am

NASHVILLE (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck delivered the dominant performance he needed with backup Laurent Brossoit nipping at his net.

REGION

Google to buy power from solar farms in Tennessee, Alabama

NASHVILLE (AP) — Google plans to buy power from Tennessee and Alabama solar farms under a deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

UT SPORTS

List of Vols' violations include Fulmer offering instruction

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has reported a minor NCAA violation that involved athletic director Phillip Fulmer instructing offensive linemen during a football practice.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam grants parole in murder-for-hire case

  5:19pm

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is granting parole to a man serving a life sentence in a 1994 murder-for-hire, saying the inmate has "undergone a transformation" behind bars. But a woman he shot and partially blinded in the attack says she's terrified she might encounter him again once he's out.

Lee: Legal to investigate if Shelby County breaking immigration law

  5:11pm

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov.-elect Bill Lee says he will direct his legal team to investigate whether Tennessee's most populated county is following a new law that prohibits local authorities from requiring a warrant or probable cause before complying with federal immigration detainers.

Lee's inauguration to move indoors

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee is moving his inauguration to an indoor venue amid forecasts for weekend rain and thunderstorms.

Texas official named Tennessee's new education commissioner

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's newly elected Gov. Bill Lee unveiled one of his most high-profile cabinet positions Thursday, announcing the appointment of an education commissioner touted for her education reform work.

Lee: Capitol gun ban to remain in place

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov.-elect Bill Lee says he'll continue to keep guns banned in the Tennessee Capitol when he takes over the top office later this week.

STATEWIDE

Federal workers in Tennessee say money is getting tight

NASHVILLE (AP) — As the partial government shutdown drags on toward week four, IRS call center worker Vivian Hunt says she can no longer afford in-home health care for her disabled mother.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Mitsubishi board considers new allegations against Ghosn

  7:32am

TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors held a board meeting Friday to examine the latest allegations of unreported compensation against Carlos Ghosn, who led Nissan for two decades and forged the alliance between the Japanese automakers.

On road to make an affordable car, Tesla cuts jobs

  10:54am

Tesla will cut 7 percent of its workforce as it tries to lower prices and break out of the niche-car market to produce an electric vehicle that more people can afford.

Grand jury charges 4 Audi managers in emissions case

  7:33am

DETROIT (AP) — A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted four Audi engineering managers from Germany in a widening diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Nissan to cut up to 700 contract workers in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. announced Thursday that it's cutting up to 700 contract workers at its Mississippi assembly plant, citing slowing sales for vans and Titan pickup trucks that it makes there.

Tokyo court denies appeal by Nissan ex-chair Ghosn for bail

TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo court rejected Thursday another appeal by lawyers of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn to have him released on bail.

TECHNOLOGY

Report: Facebook's privacy lapses may result in record fine

  5:13pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its 2.2 billion users.

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations targeting users outside the U.S.

COURTS

Supreme Court inaction suggests DACA safe for another year

  5:15pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation and that President Donald Trump has sought to end seems likely to survive for at least another year.

Father of Waffle House shooting suspect wants suit dropped

  7:30am

NASHVILLE (AP) — The father of a man accused of fatally shooting four people at a Nashville Waffle House last year wants a lawsuit against him by a victim's mother thrown out.

Law firm tied to Manafort reaches $4.6 million settlement

WASHINGTON (AP) — A law firm tied to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's Ukrainian consulting work has agreed to pay more than $4.6 million and publicly acknowledge that it failed to report its work for a foreign government, the Justice Department said Thursday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks keep climbing as hopes for US-China trade deal rise

  5:12pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. and Europe jumped Friday as renewed hopes for progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China helped the markets finish the week with another strong gain.

Manufacturing surge pushes industrial production up 0.3 pct

  9:13am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production increased 0.3 percent in December, led by the biggest surge in manufacturing in ten months.

Sears confirms chairman's hedge fund wins bid in auction

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears has confirmed that chairman and largest shareholder Eddie Lampert's hedge fund has won tentative approval for a $5.2 billion plan to buy 425 stores and the rest of its assets.

Trump weighs dramatic tightening of US embargo on Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades — a move that could unleash a flurry of lawsuits against foreign companies that have invested on the island.

UK PM May holds Brexit talks; opposition dubs them a 'stunt'

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was consulting opposition parties and other lawmakers Thursday in a battle to get Brexit back on track after surviving a no-confidence vote, talks that were branded a "stunt" by the main opposition leader.

Number of federal workers seeking US jobless aid doubles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the shutdown, topping 10,000 during the week of Jan. 5.

Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area.

Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit

PARIS (AP) — One by one, European Union nations are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the bloc on March 29 without a plan.

Stocks climb on report US may pare back tariffs on China

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Thursday after the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials could reduce the new tariffs on Chinese imports as part of trade negotiations between the two countries. It was the latest in a series of potentially conflicting updates on the trade dispute.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump to make announcement Saturday on shutdown

  5:15pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will make a major announcement on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon from the White House.

Trump, North Korean leader to hold 2nd summit

  5:15pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear weapons, the White House announced Friday.

Technology near for real-time TV political fact checks

  10:56am

NEW YORK (AP) — A Duke University team expects to have a product available for election year that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate.

Trump staffing up to fend off potential primary challenge

  9:15am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is staffing up to fend off any potential primary challenger.

May's foes gather as Britain's Brexit stalemate drags on

  11:36am

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May held talks Friday with European leaders and British Cabinet colleagues, but efforts to end Britain's Brexit stalemate appeared deadlocked, with neither May nor Britain's opposition leader shifting from their entrenched positions.

Could Dems' 2020 nominee be someone you've never heard of?

  7:36am

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — At 36, Pete Buttigieg is just over the minimum age required to be president of the United States. Outside South Bend, Indiana, the Rust Belt community where he's been mayor since age 29, few people know his name. Those who know it struggle to pronounce it. It's BOO'-tah-juhj.

Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

  5:17pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are vowing to investigate whether President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate project, calling that possibility a "concern of the greatest magnitude." Trump's current lawyer said the allegations sparking the inquiry are "categorically false."

Trump, Pelosi feud heats up again

  7:34am

WASHINGTON (AP) — She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her a plane to visit troops abroad.

McConnell's maneuvers take backseat to Trump in shutdown

  9:14am

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's guiding principles is: "There's no education in the second kick of a mule."

Pelosi cancels Afghanistan trip, cites Trump 'leak'

  10:57am

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday canceled her plans to travel by commercial plane to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan, saying President Donald Trump had caused a security risk by talking about the trip.

Schiff berates Trump for disclosing warzone trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House intelligence committee says that President Donald Trump's decision to reveal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Brussels and Afghanistan is "completely and utterly irresponsible in every way."

Watchdog: Many more migrant families may have been separated

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands more migrant children may have been split from their families than the Trump administration previously reported, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border policy that prompted international outrage last spring, a government watchdog said Thursday.

Cohen says he rigged online polls for Trump in 2014, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's estranged former lawyer acknowledged Thursday that he paid a technology company to rig Trump's standing in two online polls before the presidential campaign.

State Dept tells diplomats to go back to work with pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Thursday instructed all U.S. diplomats in Washington and elsewhere to return to work next week with pay, saying it had found money for their salaries at least temporarily despite the ongoing government shutdown.

House votes to maintain Russian sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to maintain sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, protesting the Treasury Department's decision to lift the financial penalties.

Pelosi says Trump 'silent' on postponing State of the Union

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump has yet to respond to her request that he postpone his State of the Union address until the government is reopened so workers can be paid for providing security for the grand Washington tradition.

Trump says US will develop space-based missile defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring that space is the new warfighting domain, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed the U.S. will develop an unrivaled missile defense system to protect against advanced hypersonic and cruise missile threats from competitors and adversaries.

Was there collusion? Giuliani contradicts previous stance

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani now says he "never said there was no collusion" between Russia and members of Trump's 2016 White House campaign, contradicting public positions that he and his client have taken.

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