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VOL. 41 | NO. 50 | Friday, December 15, 2017

Avoiding another AMP derailment

Mayor Dean had big swing, miss on transit. Mayor Barry can’t go down that same track

Before there was nMotion, and before Let’s Move Nashville, there was the AMP, a bus rapid transit system proposed by then-Mayor Karl Dean that would connect East Nashville to Saint Thomas West Hospital via Main Street, Broadway and West End Avenue.

Stuck in the Middle: Midstate drivers see hope in $5.4B proposal

Wendy Lloyd is frustrated. After 17 years of commuting into Nashville from Smyrna for her Vanderbilt University Medical Center nursing job, she is ready to get out of her car – at least for the extra hours she spends on I-24.


Legislators not shy in pushing ‘model’ bills from outsiders

The group that brought Tennessee the voter photo ID law could be on the brink of spawning another kink on the voting process, one that cross-checks jury service with voter rolls.

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All eyes on December as area sales record could fall

The race to the top is going down to the wire. Back in 2006, the area set the record for the most residential properties sold in a calendar year with 40,056, Greater Nashville Realtors statistics show. November data reveal year-to-date sales have reached 37,236, some 2,820 off the record.


Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for November 2017

Top residential real estate sales, November 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for November 2017

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

US 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rate slips to 3.93 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rate on 30-year fixed-rate U.S. mortgages slipped to 3.93 percent this week.


How bad? Mariota's QB rating now worse than Cutler's

It had been festering for weeks, but the Tennessee Titans seemed to push the matter aside as they were squeezing out close wins against the NFL’s third-easiest schedule. “Winning ugly” is how it was seen through rose-colored glasses, with an 8-4 record as exhibit 1.

Titans at 49ers: What to watch

Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Dick LeBeau. The Titans defense has been playing very well of late, holding Arizona without a touchdown and shouldering a lot of the load while the offense has struggled. Garoppolo has injected a spark into a moribund 49ers offense, but LeBeau will surely have tricks up his sleeve for his defense to throw at the young quarterback.


Recruiting wins eclipsing actual wins at Vanderbilt

Only a couple months into his second season at Vanderbilt, men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew appears to be in the midst of transforming the program.


Butler Snow’s Polly elected president of Nashville Bar

Erin Palmer Polly, a commercial litigation attorney at Butler Snow, LLP, will serve as the 2018 president of the Nashville Bar Association. In 2014, she was president of the NBA Young Lawyers Division, became a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and received the Legal Aid Society Volunteer Lawyer’s Program Pro Bono Award.


Lipman Group joins Re/Max Collection

Lipman Group is partnering with The RE/MAX Collection Fine Homes & Luxury Properties, the luxury division of the RE/MAX pervasive brand. Effective immediately, Lipman Group will don the name RE/MAX Homes and Estates, Lipman Group.


10 recommended car features for winter driving

Most drivers in the snowbelt agree: Winter driving is a drag. Cold weather affects the way you interact with your car and the way your car interacts with the road. Freezing temperatures can make your vehicle’s cabin extremely uncomfortable, while snow and ice can seriously compromise your ability to maintain control of your vehicle.


Great business moments don’t just happen on their own

It was quite the event. Your staff really outdid themselves, and you were proud of them.


Know, avoid the 5 deadly pitfalls of sales calls

Good, old-fashioned sales calls are making a comeback, given how few salespeople are leveraging them anymore.


The best places to work in 2018

For the 10th year, Glassdoor.com has released its Employees’ Choice Awards. For 2018, they’ve expanded the list of best companies from 50 to 100.


A health setback for Hunter Harrison punishes CSX stock

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Shares of CSX slid Friday after the railroad said CEO Hunter Harrison will take a medical leave "due to unexpected complications from a recent illness."


County Democratic leader resigns after domestic abuse charge

MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — A Tennessee county Democratic Party chairman has resigned after facing a domestic assault charge that was dropped.


Former Tennessee state official dies in car wreck

MEMPHIS (AP) — A former deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has died in a car crash.

Firearms use in criminal offenses climbs in Tennessee report

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says firearm-related criminal offenses have increased by almost 25 percent over a four-year period.

Report: Dropout rates remain high at Tennessee colleges

NASHVILLE (AP) — A report by an education advocacy group has found that enrollment and retention have increased at Tennessee community colleges, but dropout rates remain alarmingly high, especially among poor and minority students.

Mackler exits Senate race, clearing side for Bredesen

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrat James Mackler says he's dropping out of the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee to replace Sen. Bob Corker, a move that appears to clear the path to the Democratic nomination for former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Poll: Tennessee voters more moderate than they think

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new poll says Tennesseans are more moderate than their neighbors think they are.


Saros makes 46 saves, surging Predators blank Oilers 4-0

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Juuse Saros definitely made the most of a rare start in net for Nashville.


What the FCC rollback of 'net neutrality' means to you

Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of "net neutrality' rules mean to you?

FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.

As 'net neutrality' vote nears, some brace for a long fight

NEW YORK (AP) — As the federal government prepares to unravel sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet, advocates of the regulations are bracing for a long fight.

AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

NEW YORK (AP) — "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a proposal that would not only undo the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015, but will forbid states to put anything similar in place.


Sports unions unveil universal declaration of player rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball players associations have helped unveil a universal declaration of player rights that is designed to establish a new approach to governing sports and protecting athletes.


Tech companies lead US stocks higher as tax plan advances

Wall Street capped the week with broad gains, propelling the major stock indexes to a new set of milestones Friday.

Report: Rich will get still richer unless policies change

TOKYO (AP) — Global income inequality has worsened over the past four decades, a report finds, with the wealthiest 1 percent of the world's population capturing twice as much income growth as the bottom half.

US industrial production rose 0.2 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production rose 0.2 percent in November due to a rebound in extracting oil and natural gas after a stoppage due to Hurricane Nate.

As Disney swallows Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood.

What's next for Brexit as EU agrees to new talks?

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of 27 European Union nations gave British Prime Minister Theresa May an early Christmas present on Friday, declaring that Brexit talks can move on to their next phase: transition and future relations. But there is hard work and uncertainty ahead when negotiations resume in the new year.

Tech firm: Holiday spending up 6 percent so far this year

NEW YORK (AP) — A payment technology company says shoppers spent strongly to start the holiday season and then cooled off, but the overall pace is still stronger than a year ago.

Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is buying the Murdoch family's Fox movie and television studios and some cable and international TV businesses for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.

What stays, what goes: Disney and Murdoch after the sale

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is buying a large part of Fox , but Fox News Channel and other U.S. television businesses are staying with the Murdoch family.

AAA predicts record travel over Christmas and New Year's

Comforted by a strong economy, more Americans than ever are expected to travel over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Sears teams up with Amazon to sell DieHard brand

NEW YORK (AP) — Ailing Sears Holdings Corp. has started to sell DieHard-branded battery-related accessories like jump starters and battery chargers on Amazon.com.

Delta orders 100 Airbus jets valued at over $12.7 billion

Delta Air Lines has picked Europe's Airbus over Boeing for a huge order of new jets. Delta said Thursday that it will order 100 Airbus A321neo jets with a sticker price of $12.7 billion and take an option to buy another 100 jets, a deal that Chicago-based Boeing had hoped to land.

US retail sales jump in November on strong holiday sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers went on a shopping binge last month as the holiday season began, leading to big gains among online retailers, electronics stores and furniture stores.


With Rubio, Corker onboard, GOP finalizes huge tax package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans solidified support for their major overhaul of the nation's tax laws Friday, securing endorsements from wavering senators as they pushed to muscle their bill through Congress next week and give President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory.

Americans pessimistic about Trump, country: AP-NORC Poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump frequently casts his first year in office as a string of successes and campaign promises fulfilled. But less than a quarter of Americans think Trump has made good on the pledges he made to voters while running for president, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's iffy numbers on regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his administration are ignoring one side of the ledger when they claim big savings from the federal regulations they've been able to roll back over most of this year.

Poll: Most believe Trump trying to obstruct Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia — and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections.

Trump relishes progress on rolling back federal rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is relishing the rolling back of federal rules in his administration's first year even as critics say he has tried to dismantle important protections for the environment, consumers and others.

Trying to predict tax bill winners and losers? Think again

NEW YORK (AP) — As a Republican-backed tax cut bill makes its way through Congress, some investors are scouring the market for potential winners and losers: companies they think will benefit the most, and those who'll be left out. But it might not be that simple.

No Paris climate accord? No problem, bloc of states says

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Since President Donald Trump vowed this summer to pull the United States out of an international climate accord, states looking to tackle carbon pollution have been forced to go it alone.

Republican tax bill drops controversial loan provisions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers have dropped from the tax bill provisions that were criticized by students and educators as making college less affordable.

Ex-UT football staffer pleads guilty to official misconduct charge

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee director of football operations Chris Spognardi has pleaded guilty to a charge of official misconduct related to the handling of team travel expenses.


Sign-ups show health law's staying power in Trump era

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deadline burst of sign-ups is punctuating a tumultuous year for former President Barack Obama's health care law.

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