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VOL. 42 | NO. 2 | Friday, January 12, 2018

He's back

Mariota finds his swagger, giving fans hope for rare 2nd-round playoff win

About a month ago, following a Dec. 10 loss at Arizona, Marcus Mariota showed a seldom-seen side of his personality.

Titans at Patriots: What to watch

The Tennessee Titans are playing with house money after stunning the Kansas City Chiefs last Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium, rallying from an 18-point halftime deficit to squeeze out a 22-21 victory.

DMCs there to deliver Nashville experience

Carefree convention-goers? Yep. Enthusiastic executives? Absolutely. Boisterous bachelorettes? Yes, (sometimes) even them.


Shot fired from Memphis ignites Civil War rematch

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest died in 1877, but 140 years later some people just can’t let their hero or the Old South go away.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN


Nashville Restaurant Week. This twice a year event encourages you to take advantage of some great deals. All of the Nashville Originals’ restaurants will offer special menu items and pricing. It’s a great opportunity to try a local spot you’ve been meaning to check out. Participating restaurants typically include Americano, The Bunganut Pig, Cabana, Caffe Nonna, Capitol Grill, Chago’s, Copper Kettle, Crow’s Nest, Elliston Place Soda Shop, Fenwick’s 300, Fido, Finezza Italian Bistro, Fleet Street Pub, Flyte, Germantown Cafe, Gray’s on Main, Green Hills Grille, Harvest at Homestead, Jackson’s, MAFIAoZA’s, McCabe’s Pub, Mere Bulles, Midtown Cafe, Nonna’s, Noshville, Peg Leg Porker, Pizza Perfect, PM, Provence, Puckett’s Boat House, Puckett’s Grocery, The Row, Rumours East, Salsa, Smokin Thighs, South Street, Suzy Wong’s, Table 3, Tin Angel, Urban Grub, Valentino’s, Watermark, Wild Iris, and The Yellow Porch. Each menu is a little different, but most places offer 2 or 3-course meals from $10 to $30. You’ll find lunch and dinner options during Nashville Restaurant Week.

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UT president agrees with Haslam on trimming Board of Trustees

University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro favors trimming the system’s Board of Trustees and altering the executive selection process, agreeing with Gov. Bill Haslam’s efforts to streamline the governing body.


10 reasons fans should be bullish on Preds

There are plenty of reasons to feel good about the Predators as they ready for a return from a one-week layoff.


Attack of the killer house: You won’t see it coming

Your house may be trying to kill you. In order to understand how, it is time to revert to high school chemistry class or wherever the periodic table may have been first introduced to you.


Patterson names Levy managing shareholder

Ryan Levy has been named managing shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law. He also serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.


Nashville law firm joins class action suit vs. Intel

Nashville-based law firm Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC and Doyle APC of San Diego have filed a class action lawsuit against Intel Corporation for alleged design flaws in Intel’s computer processors.


Hatchbacks vs. crossovers? Which is better for you?

It’s often said that Americans don’t like hatchbacks, but nothing could be further from the truth.


Making ad dollars go farther in ‘Age of And’

It’s a brand-new year. So where will your ad dollars go? The tried-and-true has worked for you, but is that where you’ll stay?


Job seeking: Why keep it a secret?

In the age of oversharing online, it seems searching for a job is one of the last topics anyone wants to share.


One stop, one start start the new year off right

The start of a new year is a time of both reflection and motivation. Many of us develop a goal list for the upcoming year, and those goals often have “stops” and “starts” associated with them.


Titans split with Mularkey after 1st playoff win in 14 years

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans and Mike Mularkey couldn't agree on how to build off the team's first playoff berth since 2008 and become a true NFL contender.

Mularkey: Titans taking "next step" means lot of work ahead

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans won more games inside the AFC South, won the franchise's first playoff game in 14 years and reached the divisional round for the first time since 2008.

Titans right tackle Jack Conklin tore left ACL in loss

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey says right tackle Jack Conklin tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and likely will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.


Accord, Navigator, XC60 take top prize at Detroit auto show

DETROIT (AP) — Honda Accord was crowned North American Car of the Year while Volvo XC60 took the top prize in the utility category and Lincoln Navigator for trucks.

Ford to bring out 40 electrics, hybrids by 2022

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says it's doubling its investment in electric and hybrid vehicles and plans to introduce 40 by 2022.

New pickups from Ram, Chevy heat up big-truck competition

DETROIT (AP) — The competition for full-size pickup truck customers in the U.S. is as rough-and-tumble as ever, with Ram and Chevrolet rolling out brawny-looking new models that are larger, lighter and more efficient than their predecessors.


Dollar's fall weighs on global stocks as US shut for holiday

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks mostly fell on Monday as the dollar weakened across the board, pinching the outlook for export-driven regions like Europe. The U.S. market remained closed for a holiday.

Why the GOP tax cuts are boosting stocks and who gains most

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers late last year rushed $1.5 trillion in tax cuts into law — the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code since 1986.


MLK day marked by Trump criticism, pledges to fight racism

ATLANTA (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr.'s children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where he preached decried disparaging remarks President Donald Trump is said to have made about African countries, while protests between Haitian immigrants and Trump supporters broke out near the president's Florida resort Monday, the official federal holiday honoring King.

Dems aim for, and GOP worries about, midterm election wave

WASHINGTON (AP) — Buoyed by a string of Republican retirements and President Donald Trump's persistently low approval rating, Democrats are increasingly hopeful about their chances for a midterm election wave that would give them control of the House and deliver a blow to the president.


Carrie Underwood, Ludacris write song for Super Bowl

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country star Carrie Underwood teamed up with Ludacris to co-write a new song, "The Champion," which will open the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 airing on NBC.


Tennessee House speaker proposes Medicaid work requirements

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell has filed legislation to pursue TennCare work requirements for able-bodied adults without young children.


Another round of winter weather moves into the South

PARKERS CROSSROADS (AP) — James A. Jones saw enough cars stranded along the icy highway to know it was time to pull over as a winter storm blasted parts of Tennessee and Kentucky with sleet, freezing rain and snow Friday.

Discipline lax for Tennessee teachers accused of misconduct

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee hasn't done enough to prevent teachers accused of sexual misconduct from getting education jobs in other districts, state auditors say.


Fisher is Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame pro athlete of year

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher has been named the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 professional athlete of the year.


Cloud Hill developer halts plans after likely Civil War graves found

NASHVILLE (AP) — Developers say they're halting plans for a project in Tennessee after archaeologists discovered what they believe are graves on a site near a Civil War fort built by slaves.

Tennessee AG lawyer appointed to Defense Department post

NASHVILLE (AP) — A top lawyer in the Tennessee attorney general's office has been nominated to become the general counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Five Daughters, Massachusetts doughnut shop make playoff bet

BOSTON (AP) — Gourmet doughnut shops in Massachusetts and Tennessee have placed a sweet wager on this weekend's playoff game between the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans.


Groups sue over Confederate statues removal at Memphis parks

MEMPHIS (AP) — Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's family and the Sons of Confederate Veterans are challenging last month's removal of Confederate statues from Memphis parks.

Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually.


Average 30-year mortgage rates rise to 3.99 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The cost of borrowing money to buy a home rose slightly this week, but remains historically low.


GM says it's mass-producing cars without steering wheels

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it is making the first mass-production autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals.

Auto efficiency makes gains, but falls short of targets

WASHINGTON (AP) — New government data shows gas mileage for 2016 model year light-duty vehicles sold in the United States made smaller than expected gains in fuel economy over the last year, though new cars are generally sipping less gas and spewing less plant-warming carbon emissions than their predecessors.


Facebook edits feeds to bring less news, more sharing

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is changing what its users will see to highlight posts they are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more "meaningful."

Stevie Wonder wows crowd on 'smart' piano at tech show

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trying to distinguish your product among the thousands at the CES gadget show is no easy feat, so it helps when music legend Stevie Wonder pays an unexpected visit.

Despite merry holidays, retailers face challenges in 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are riding high after ebullient U.S. consumers shopped at the healthiest pace in more than a decade over the holiday season. But merchants can't afford to rest easy.

Amazon looks to build on 1st season of NFL streaming

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon had a mostly successful debut into live streaming of major sports events, with increased audience and an improved viewing experience in its first season showing NFL games.


Report: Trump lawyer brokered $130,000 payment to porn star

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's personal lawyer brokered a $130,000 payment to a porn star to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, according to a report Friday in The Wall Street Journal.

Stocks keep pushing higher in 2018, led by retailers

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising retailers pushed U.S. stock indexes further into record territory on Friday, as the market's fabulous start to 2018 carried through its second week.

Bank execs sing praises of new tax law as windfall looms

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the nation's biggest banks — JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — indicated Friday that they expect to see significant future benefits from the recently enacted GOP tax bill, through both lower taxes and increased business.

Holiday gift for retailers; sales up a solid 0.4 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers shopped at stores and online outlets at a solid pace in December, closing out a healthy holiday season for retailers.

US consumer prices up tiny 0.1 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer inflation slowed in December to a tiny 0.1 percent gain as the cost of energy products tumbled following a big jump in November.

Wall Street's Goldman Sachs to offer home improvement loans

Wall Street's best known investment bank is looking to help you renovate your bathroom.

Local governments won't say what they're offering Amazon

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — State and local governments have been more than happy to play up the amenities they think make their locations the best choice for Amazon's second headquarters. But many of them will not disclose the tax breaks or other financial incentives they are offering the online giant.

After 2017 breakthrough, 2018 is when Brexit gets tough

LONDON (AP) — After months of spats and false starts, Britain and the European Union ended 2017 by agreeing to have an amicable divorce. In 2018, they have to find a way to live together in the future — and that's when things could get complicated.

Some Walmart employees get raises, others to lose their jobs

NEW YORK (AP) — For some Walmart employees, the day brought news of a pay raise. Others learned they were out of a job.

Walmart boosts starting pay to $11 an hour, offers bonuses

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart, the world's largest private employer, is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour and handing out one-time cash bonuses. The company cited tax legislation that will help it save money, but the moves also reflect the tight labor market in which employers are competing for workers.


Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers' crosshairs

PARIS (AP) — The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the U.S. Senate, a cybersecurity firm said Friday.

Trump's immigration remarks lambasted from left and right

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday denied using certain "language" during a private meeting with lawmakers as fury spread over his comments about immigrants. But neither he nor the White House disputed the most controversial of his remarks: using the word "shithole" to describe Africa nations and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims London embassy is 'bad deal'

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has decided not to come to London to open the new U.S. Embassy, blaming the Obama administration for doing a "bad deal" to move the diplomatic mission.

GOP senator says lawmakers reach immigration compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of bipartisan senators has reached a deal on legislation to protect younger immigrants brought to the country illegally, a spokesman for Sen. Jeff Flake said Thursday.

Trump work requirement rewrites health care rules for poor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rewriting the rules on health care for the poor, the Trump administration said Thursday it will allow states to require "able-bodied" Medicaid recipients to work, a hotly debated first in the program's half-century history.

House passes spy program after confusing Trump tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a confusing morning of tweets by President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday passed a bill to reauthorize a key foreign intelligence collection program with an important tweak: It would require the FBI to get a warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans' communications swept up in the process.

Democratic lawmakers want to subpoena Trump Organization

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic members of the House oversight committee asked the Republican chairman to begin a serious investigation into President Donald Trump's conflicts of interests.

Coal executive's 'action plan' finds success under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations.

Another GOP governor seeks exclusion from drilling proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opposition to the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling is mounting as Democrats from coastal states accuse President Donald Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders and a second Republican governor asks to withdraw his state from the plan.

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