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VOL. 42 | NO. 16 | Friday, April 20, 2018

Nashville transit decision guide

What you need to know to cast an informed vote on transit referendum

Ralph Schulz got stuck in traffic. It was on a Thursday, around 1 p.m., and he says it took him 23 minutes to drive along Broadway for two blocks, between Third and Fifth avenues.

Timeline of improvements if plan is approved

If the transit package is approved by voters on May 1, expect changes to follow this timeline:

How Let’s Move Nashville was born

If a transit plan can have parents, this one has at least three:

How does one tunnel beneath downtown?

When talk of tunneling under downtown Nashville first surfaced last fall, many wondered if it could be done. After all, common wisdom had it that Nashville is built on limestone, so subways are out of the question.

Transit web links, remaining events schedule

Additional sources of information to consult in advance of voting on the transit referendum

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Preds Party in the Park. Outdoor watch party scheduled for Game 5 of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Music City Walk of Fame Park, which is located across Fifth Avenue South from Bridgestone Arena. The party will start at 5:30 p.m., three hours before the game gets underway in Bridgestone Arena at 8:30 p.m and will include a second large screen in Walk of Fame Park on Fifth Avenue near the Preds Pro Shop. DJ Robert Luke will entertain the crowd 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the Les Kerr Band will perform 6:30-7:30 p.m. before the DJ returns to the stage. Food trucks will be on hand, kiosks will offer beer for purchase, and there will be team merchandise on sale. Hot dogs and bottled water will be available at family-friendly prices. Information

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Sex Week seems tame compared to Legislature's antics

Why should UT Knoxville be limited to its annual Sex Week when Tennessee legislators are celebrating year-round?

PREDATORS

Watson, Sissons revert to goal-scoring selves

In their formative years, forwards Austin Watson and Colton Sissons were goal-scorers, a significant part of the reason the Predators drafted them in the first and second round, respectively.

Avalanche will start backup goalie Andrew Hammond in Game 5

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will go with backup goaltender Andrew Hammond for Game 5 in Nashville after starter Jonathan Bernier suffered a lower-body injury.

Forsberg, Rinne help Predators beat Avalanche 3-2 in Game 4

DENVER (AP) — Now that was more of the start Nashville was looking for. The finish? Not as much.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

‘Nerve-racking’ days ahead for NFL draftees

By the end of next weekend, six new picks – give or take a few due to potential trades – will become the newest Tennessee Titans draft class.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

The process of elimination in multiple-offer scenarios

These multiple-offer scenarios are getting old, and buyers are mad as heck and aren’t going to take it anymore. That is until this weekend when they will dust the frustration off their jackets and boots and dive back into the fray.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for March 2018

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

Average US 30-year mortgage rate rose to 4.47 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed upward this week, slightly worsening affordability for homebuyers.

NEWSMAKERS

Littler adds attorneys in Nashville office

Littler, an employment and labor law practice representing management, has grown its Nashville office with the relocation of two attorneys and the addition of a new associate.

BRIEFS

Cullum & Maxey to join Camping World

Camping World Holdings, Inc. has agreed to buy Cullum & Maxey Camping Center in Nashville.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

You can only hope this book will put you to sleep

It’s 3 a.m., and you’re still awake. Bedbugs are the least of your worries; the TV’s off, the lights are off, but your brain isn’t.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

7 things you might not know about new car warranties

Most of us know the new-car basic warranty, often referred to as the “bumper-to-bumper warranty,” is designed to protect the owner against any factory defects during the first few years of ownership. But did you know this coverage doesn’t actually apply to the bumpers? The vehicle’s bumpers are considered body panels and so aren’t covered.

CAREER CORNER

Always have enough money to escape unhappy job environment

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Margaret Heffernan, whose incredibly impressive career includes running five companies in the United States and the United Kingdom, being a college professor, authoring five books and giving multiple TED Talks. Originally from Texas, Margaret has lived all over, including in the U.K.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Is it more important to like the company or product?

New York Times best-selling author Robert Cialdini is known for his expertise on the subject of persuasion – specifically the role it plays in driving consumers to purchase a particular product or service.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee lawmakers scramble to pass fix to testing problems

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have scrambled to pass legislation to make sure no students, teachers or schools suffer as a result of repeated failures with the state assessment test.

STATEWIDE

Trump backs Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee GOP US Senate bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has endorsed Marsha Blackburn in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat from Tennessee.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee passes bill to impose work requirements

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee Legislature has passed a bill aiming to require certain able-bodied TennCare recipients to spend 20 hours a week working, volunteering or attending schools.

COURTS

Man who dressed as superhero sentenced on child porn charges

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee man who dressed as Spider-Man and washed windows at a children's hospital has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison on child pornography charges.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal running through 2021

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer has said all along that his appointment as athletic director at his alma mater wasn't a mere short-term arrangement.

HEALTH CARE

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of government health advisers is recommending approval of a medicine made from the marijuana plant to treat childhood epilepsy, moving the medication closer to the U.S. market.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks post first loss of the week as tech companies drop

Losses among technology and consumer products companies weighed on U.S. stocks Thursday, snapping a three-day winning streak for the market.

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an engine failure that left a passenger dead.

Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer.

IMF's Lagarde: Trade tensions threaten global economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund is warning that the healthiest global economy in years is being threatened by rising debt levels and a simmering trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro's place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031.

Oil, gas drilling in pristine Alaska refuge takes step ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving toward oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fulfilling a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose.