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VOL. 42 | NO. 38 | Friday, September 21, 2018

‘They keep coming and I can’t get them out’

Some rural jails at twice capacity as counties struggle to build more

When officers do hourly security checks at the Loudon County Jail, they’re often walking into a potent brew of danger.

Jailers search for better options for addicts

With a huge percentage of crimes in Tennessee now stemming from drug addiction, some county officials are realizing they can’t just keep adding jail beds. Instead, they’re looking to address the root causes of crime.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Haslam has more in common with Dean than Lee

When it comes to bipartisanship, Tennessee politicians talk a good game. But in the ballot-box battle, they’re all about party.

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EVENTS

Nashville Brew Festival. The event will feature more than 50 breweries, including many from Nashville, as well as food trucks, music, lawn games and more. Both general admission ($40) and VIP ($60) will include unlimited beer, with VIP attendees having early admission and access to specialty beer poured during the first hour. Food will be sold separately. 7-11 p.m. First Tennessee Park, 401, Jackson Street. Information

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

If beer, smoke, karaoke top your list, this Santa delivers

Santa’s neither worried nor enthusiastic about the Major League Soccer stadium that’s going to be birthed across the street from his smoke-filled, cash-only, beer-and-karaoke oasis on Bransford Avenue.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

It’s not a slump if you’re still hitting home runs

There are hundreds, maybe even a few thousand people migrating here from the Northeast as a result of the new federal tax law limiting deductions on property taxes to $10,000 and mortgages to $1 million.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for August 2018

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

US home sales were flat in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of existing homes were unchanged in August, as a shortage of houses priced at less than $250,000 — a level considered to be affordable for the middle class — has become a drag on the real estate market.

Average US mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 4.65 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates are up for the fourth consecutive week, with the key 30-year rate reaching its highest level since May.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans players driven to greatness – by their Maddon ‘19 rating

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then one of the biggest compliments that can paid to an NFL player is to see his own likeness in the Madden Football video game.

Titans at Jaguars: What to watch

1. The Titans quarterback situation. The Titans pulled a lot of tricks last week against Houston, and they will have an even bigger challenge this week on the road against Jacksonville. Marcus Mariota has had some good games against the Jaguars in the past, but the numbness in his throwing arm could linger, especially if there is nerve damage in the elbow. Blaine Gabbert was OK as a game manager against the Texans, but the Jaguars’ defense presents a major obstacle, no matter which QB is under center. Jacksonville defeated New England 31-20 last week to move to 2-0.

Titans' Mariota still dealing with weakness in throwing hand

NASHVILLE (AP) — Marcus Mariota wakes up every morning hoping his injured right hand feels better.

UT SPORTS

Vols-Gators once meant something. Not as much now

It used to be appointment viewing for every college football fan. It used to determine the SEC champion and factor into the national title chase.

NEWSMAKERS

Bass, Berry & Sims adds pair to Healthcare Group

Bass, Berry & Sims has added Gina R. Shockley and Marc A. Rigsby to its Healthcare Practice Group.

BRIEFS

Pinnacle is top bank in Nashville area for deposits

Pinnacle Financial Partners is the No. 1 bank in the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin MSA by deposit market share, data from the FDIC reveals.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Rising interest rates mean fewer no-interest auto loans

Since the early 2000s, zero percent annual percentage rate auto loans have been an important part of the car-buying landscape. Whether the vehicles were subcompact cars or heavy-duty trucks, zero percent APR offers seemed to be everywhere, particularly around big holiday sale weekends and the fall car-clearance season.

CAREER CORNER

Don’t always jump at the first job offer that comes along

Years ago, when I was finishing graduate school in California, I spent a significant amount of time searching for the right job. I would go to job fairs and networking events as if it were my full-time job.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Texas man allegedly sent threatening letters to Taylor Swift

NASHVILLE (AP) — A 26-year-old Austin, Texas, man has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly sending threatening letters to pop star Taylor Swift and showing up at her record label in Nashville, Tennessee.

STATEWIDE

Haslam: Tennessee unemployment rate remains low

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say the state's unemployment rate continues to remain near historic low levels.

1st Tennessee woman elected to full term in Congress dies

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Marilyn Lloyd, the first Tennessee woman elected to a full term in Congress, has died. She was 89.

Tennessee revenues exceed forecasts in August

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say tax revenues for the first month of the state's fiscal year came in nearly 3 percent higher, or $34.4 million higher than originally projected.

ELECTION 2018

Pence: Bredesen would make Senate Dem center of resistance

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Friday told a crowd of conservatives in Tennessee that a win by Democrat Phil Bredesen would help the U.S. Senate become the center of the Democratic resistance.

Dean expresses regret as Lee cancels governor's forum

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean said Thursday that he's disappointed GOP opponent Bill Lee made a surprise cancellation at a forum where the two were set to appear together, but stopped short of accusing the Republican of actively avoiding him.

Bredesen says Kavanaugh accuser 'credible'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault "has a very credible story." But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath.

COURTS

US appeals court gives expelled lawmaker's lawsuit hope

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal appeals court is reviving a lawsuit filed by an expelled Tennessee lawmaker seeking to recoup lost lifetime health care and pension benefits.

Tennessee man gets 15-month sentence for postal worker bribe

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee man who pleaded guilty to bribing a postal worker to deliver a package later found to contain marijuana has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Court: Anti-gay preachers had right to protest outside Pride

NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Court of Appeals says the city of Nashville violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay preachers at a 2015 LGBT pride festival.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan recalls cars, SUVs due to risk of fire

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan recalled nearly 240,000 cars and SUVs worldwide due to a fire risk and is advising people to park the vehicles outdoors in rare cases.

TECHNOLOGY

AT&T fires back in bid to preserve its deal with Time Warner

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting to defend its $81 billion takeover of Time Warner from a government challenge, AT&T is arguing the Trump Justice Department has failed to show that the merger will raise prices for pay-TV programming and for the consumers who watch it.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Dow hits another all-time high on mixed day for US stocks

Wall Street capped a milestone-setting week Friday with a mixed finish for the major U.S. stock indexes and the second all-time high in two days for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Rising oil prices haven't hurt the US economy so far

DALLAS (AP) — America's rediscovered prowess in oil production is shaking up old notions about the impact of higher crude prices on the U.S. economy.

UK leader May hits back on Brexit plan; pound falls

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the European Union on Friday of creating an "impasse" in divorce negotiations by bluntly rejecting her blueprint for Brexit, sending the value of the pound falling as worries about a chaotic U.K. exit from the EU soared.

Carolinas farms could take billions in losses from Florence

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago.

California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with a kids' meal at a California restaurant, you'll need to ask for them starting next year.

Will American Airlines bar customers from changing a ticket?

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on unreasonable airline fees.

It's high times for soaring marijuana stocks on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Reefer Madness has gripped Wall Street.

Buoyant stocks lift US household wealth, mainly for affluent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rising stock market lifted U.S. household wealth to a record $106.9 trillion in the April-June quarter, the culmination of a decade of economic recovery but a gain that is concentrated largely among the most affluent.

Fox-Comcast battle to buy Sky to be settled by auction in UK

LONDON (AP) — Comcast and 21st Century Fox will settle their battle for control of broadcaster Sky through a rare auction designed to put an end to months of offers and counteroffers from the American media empires seeking a foothold in the European pay TV market.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Rosenstein denies that he proposed secretly taping Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein denied a New York Times report Friday that he floated the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump as unfit for office and suggested secretly recording the president to expose the chaos in the administration.

Analysis: Trump upends GOP strategy on assault claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went there.

Trump drops civil tone, slams Kavanaugh accuser credibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump challenged by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday, declaring that if the alleged attack was so terrible she would have reported it to law enforcement.

Kremlin slams new US sanctions affecting arms exports

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin has dismissed the latest round of U.S. sanctions that affected an aircraft-making factory as an "unfair" move to undercut Russia as a major arms exporter.

China 'outraged' by US sanctions over Russian weapons buy

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it was "outraged" over U.S. economic sanctions against a Chinese military agency and its director over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment, and demanded the U.S. cancel the measure.

Kavanaugh's accuser says she would testify under right terms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford's accusation that he assaulted her when they were in high school.

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen boasts of aiding Mueller investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer says he is providing "critical information" as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Trump boosting offensive capabilities in cyber strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is warning foreign adversaries that the U.S. is preparing to step up its offensive cyber capabilities as part of a new government-wide strategy.

State-backed hackers target Gmail of US senators, aides

State-backed hackers are still trying to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and a lawmaker focused on cybersecurity says the Senate's security office should stop refusing to help defend them.

Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says a spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is "ridiculous" because funding for a border wall with Mexico that Trump has promised is not included.

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans say they're forging ahead in their drive to push Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination through the Senate, even as the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual attack is threatening to boycott a committee hearing and suggesting she's not being treated with "fairness and respect."

Trump delays Russia probe documents; allies voiced concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday delayed his own order to declassify and release documents from the FBI's Russia investigation, saying the Justice Department and U.S. allies have raised security concerns about their disclosure.

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