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VOL. 43 | NO. 50 | Friday, December 13, 2019

Easing the squeeze in Bordeaux

Nonprofit helping homeowners who don’t want to sell to developers

The days of going out the back door and down two flights of steps to the basement to do the laundry or take food from the freezer are over for East Nashville resident Ivy McGee.

Community plans set tone for neighborhoods

The Metro Planning Commission adopted a community plan for Bordeaux-Whites Creek-Haynes Trinity in June 2015.

Bordeaux history quick facts

• Archeological evidence indicates that people were living in the Bordeaux area thousands of years ago.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Downtown library is a jewel more should enjoy

Of all there is to be proud of about Nashville – and the list is not short – the downtown public library may be the most notable.

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EVENTS

Porter Flea Holiday 2019. Featuring curated modern handmade goods from regional designers. Nashville Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave. 6-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Fee: Information: www.porterflea.com

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

More homes on market portend record January

’Tis the season to be jolly, and one of the means to that jolly end seems to be selling houses.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for November 2019

Top residential real estate sales, November 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year loan at 3.73%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week. Still, rates remain at historically low levels as a lure to prospective homebuyers.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

‘He never misses’: VU’s Nesmith a 3-point machine

Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse watched in amazement as Aaron Nesmith kept making 3-pointers during a shooting drill at practice. “From 100 shots, five spots-20 shots, two days ago he had 91,” Stackhouse said on Dec. 3. “Ninety-one, that’s Allan Houston-type numbers.”

TENNESSEE TITANS

The science of perfect placekick hold

It seems like one of the simplest jobs in football, but in reality it involves physics, geometry and even some meteorology to do it right.

More Tannehill, more Henry, maximum pressure on Watson

The Tennessee Titans (8-5) have played themselves into a big game this Sunday against the Houston Texans, who also are 8-5. A win would place the Titans in first place in the AFC South with two games remaining and give them a chance to win the division for the first time since 2008.

Titans should top Texans, claim lead in AFC South

Titans 31, Texans 27: Could the Titans actually be a bona fide contender? The answer is yes if they can find a way to defeat the Texans. The Titans have to guard against big plays, but if they can contain the heroics of Deshaun Watson and continue riding the hot tandem of Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill, they can pull this off.

NEWSMAKERS

Baker selected president of Nashville Bar Association

Laura Baker, a shareholder at the Law Offices of John Day, has been named 2020 president of the Nashville Bar Association.

BRIEFS

Nashville among top 20 Places to Go in the World

Travel publication Condé Nast Traveler has designated Nashville as one of the 20 best places to go in the world in 2020.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Pros, cons of buying outgoing car model vs. redesign

The end of the calendar year can be an exciting time for new-car buyers. Many vehicles have been redesigned and are packed with the latest technology. However, the outgoing models are still on dealer lots and likely to be discounted steeply by makers and dealers looking to meet year-end goals.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Think twice before buying ‘Cheaters Always Win’

Honesty is the best policy, isn’t that what your mother always said? You hate when people lie to you, so you shouldn’t lie to them – although, as you’ll see in the new book “Cheaters Always Win: The Story of America” by J.M. Fenster, you wouldn’t be the first to do so.

PERSONAL FINANCE

How employers help workers save for rainy days

Everyone needs a rainy-day fund. Your financial health depends on it, and your employer could help you build one.

CAREER CORNER

Get ready for the new year new job rush

The race will be on in less than three weeks. Are you ready? You might wonder what race I’m talking about. It’s the most important races of your life. The race to your dream job.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

How procrastinators can win at gift-giving

Check the calendar. No, this isn’t a dream. It really is December, and Christmas Day is staring you straight in the face.

STATEWIDE

South Korean firm to set up Tennessee facility with 410 jobs

A South Korean manufacturer of electric power equipment plans to set up its first U.S. production operations in Memphis, Tennessee, where the company aims to invest $86.9 million and create 410 jobs over seven years.

PREDATORS

Eichel scores 2 goals; Sabres beat Predators 4-3

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — On a night the Sabres celebrated the tradition of their old building, Jack Eichel and his Buffalo teammates continued to establish a home-ice advantage in their current arena.

HEALTH CARE

In surprise decision, US approves muscular dystrophy drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators approved a second drug for a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy, a surprise decision after the medication was rejected for safety concerns just four months ago.

AUTO INDUSTRY

General Motors to invest $1.5 billion in Missouri plant

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — General Motors will invest $1.5 billion to make what it calls the "next generation" of mid-sized pickup trucks at its plant near St. Louis, the company's president said Friday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Markets have muted reaction to long-awaited China trade deal

Stocks closed with tiny gains on Wall Street as investors weigh the news that the US and China have reached an initial deal in their long-running trade war.

Trump says US, China have reached deal; Sunday tariffs off

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. has canceled plans to impose new tariffs on $160 billion worth of Chinese imports Sunday as part of a modest interim agreement that de-escalates a 17-month trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

Holiday shopping off to slow start, US retail sales up 0.2%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in November as the holiday shopping season appeared to have a slow start.

UK vote eases corrosive uncertainty hurting businesses

LONDON (AP) — British businesses that have been hobbled for three years by fear and confusion over Brexit are getting a break.

EU leaders debate Brexit as UK election indicates a way out

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday debated Britain's departure from the bloc amid some relief that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured a parliamentary majority that should allow him to push the long-stalled Brexit divorce deal through parliament.

Japan's 'tankan' economic survey shows sentiment souring

TOKYO (AP) — A closely watched economic survey by the Bank of Japan showed sentiment among major manufacturers soured for the fourth straight quarter, sapped by trade tensions and damage from a typhoon.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Impeachment charges head to House; Trump cries anew: 'Hoax'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats propelled President Donald Trump's impeachment toward a historic vote by the full U.S. House as the Judiciary Committee on Friday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It's the latest major step in the constitutional and political storm that has divided Congress and the nation.

Trial-ready: Pelosi faces choice on impeachment prosecutors

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a campaign going on in Washington that even the most garrulous members of Congress aren't eager to talk about: to be part of a team of uncertain size, with a risky mission, to be named by a leader who isn't talking about what she's looking for or when she'll decide.

Trump calls impeachment vote 'embarrassment' to nation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday's House committee vote to impeach him "an embarrassment to our country" and refused to back away from the charge that first ensnared him in the scandal. Almost simultaneous to the vote, Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, turned up at the White House to discuss Ukraine.

Trump appears to hit record with 115 Thursday tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The always-prolific Tweeter-in-chief appears to have hit a new record.


THURSDAY, DEC. 12
STATE GOVERNMENT

State panel not expected to talk Confederate bust at meeting

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Capitol Commission has no plans to address a contentious bust of a former Confederate general and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan when it meets next week for the first time in a year.

HEALTH CARE

Eyeing 2020, House empowers Medicare to negotiate drug costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors.

Pelosi drug bill up for House vote reflects a Trump idea

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a White House candidate, Donald Trump said he could save Medicare billions of dollars by negotiating prescription drug prices.

COURTS

10 ex-NFL players charged with defrauding health care program

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten former NFL players were charged in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the league's health care benefit program by submitting false claims for medical equipment, including devices used on horses, the Justice Department said Thursday.

ENVIRONMENT

UN chief warns against 'survival of the richest' on climate

MADRID (AP) — Failure to tackle global warming could result in economic disaster, the United Nations Secretary-General warned Thursday in Madrid, as negotiators at the U.N. climate talks remained deadlocked over key issues.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500, Nasdaq at records as hopes build for a trade deal

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at all-time highs Thursday on renewed optimism that the U.S. and China are close to reaching a deal in their costly trade war.

US and China near deal that would suspend planned tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and China are close to finalizing a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war.

US labor board rules for McDonald's in unionization case

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in McDonald's favor in a long-running case filed by 20 workers who were fired or faced retaliation for trying to unionize.

Saudi Aramco inches near $2 trillion in day 2 of trading

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Shares in Saudi Aramco gained on the second day of trading Thursday, propelling the oil and gas company to a near $2 trillion valuation, where it holds the title of the world's most valuable listed company.

Europe's new central banker aims to put her stamp on the job

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Christine Lagarde is wasting no time in putting her stamp on the European Central Bank.

Wholesale prices unchanged in November as energy prices cool

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices were unchanged in November as the rise in energy costs slowed following a big gain in the previous month.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House panel presses toward historic Trump impeachment vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee pressed toward a historic vote Thursday to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Split sharply along party lines, the panel was expected to send the charges to the full House for pre-Christmas action next week.

Negotiators announce deal on government-wide spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior lawmakers announced a tentative agreement Thursday on an almost $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill that would stave off a federal shutdown next weekend and split the differences on a number of contentious issues.

Senate OKs Trump's FDA nominee despite unclear vaping agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Dr. Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration despite concerns about how he will confront the growing problem of underage vaping.

Trump says he'll expand child care, paid leave for workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Thursday to expand child care and time-off options for working moms and dads confronted with high costs and lack of access to quality care, saying in his administration "we get it done."

Beyond the hearings: What to watch on Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment is moving beyond the hearing room.

Trump criticizes climate activist Thunberg after Time honor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday, a day after she was named by Time as its Person of the Year, calling her selection "ridiculous."

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