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VOL. 41 | NO. 37 | Friday, September 15, 2017

Better get busy booking your holiday bash

A look at the area’s top venues, how to narrow seemingly endless choices

The Nashville area offers any kind of party venue to match any kind of budget, from rustic barns in nearby counties to open-air patios right in the heart of downtown on Broadway.

Increased competition keeps venue owners on their toes

From networking mixers and intimate concerts to blowout weddings, fundraisers and personal-milestone celebrations, Nashville’s event venues are seeing traffic like never before.

The list: Nashville-area holiday venues

A sampling of the Nashville-area's top facilities for holiday parties, including art galleries and stand-alone, double-duty, hotel, historic and outdoors/rustic venues.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Opioid committee on right track, obstacles remain

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold can remember the first time his detectives brought a heroin case to him three or four years ago.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Gallatin Chamber Networking Power Lunch. Lunch and casual networking each Tuesday at various restaurants in the area. All attendees are responsible for the cost of their own meal. Jimmy John’s 1007 Nashville Pike. Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 452-4000

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Joy, lament mark impending closure of International Market

Roosting at the International Market on Belmont Boulevard, Chris Gantry laments that this landmark restaurant across the street from his apartment is one more signal that his beloved “NashLantis” – a mystical city that drew wild-eyed artists like him 50 years ago – soon will disappear.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

2017 has chance to shatter 2006 sales record for area

As you might recall, the year 2006 holds the record for the most unit sales in residential real estate for any year since the Greater Nashville Realtors have been reporting sales figures.

REAL ESTATE

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for July 2017

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

Long-term US mortgage rates remain at lowest level this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were unchanged this week, leaving the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate at the lowest level this year.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Guarantano must prove his worth on the field

Two games into the season, Quinten Dormady has established himself as Tennessee’s quarterback. For now.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

The Swamp holds all the answers for Vols, Gators

Butch Jones will coach one of the biggest games of his Tennessee career against Florida on Saturday.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Shaw lends a little of his courage to Titans

There were more than a few missteps and miscues by the Tennessee Titans in Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Titans at Jaguars: What to watch

Taylor Lewan vs. Calais Campbell. Campbell had four of the Jaguars’ 10 sacks Sunday. Yes, you read that right, 10 sacks by the Jacksonville defense. Lewan and the Titans defense did a decent job of protecting Marcus Mariota against Oakland. Keeping Mariota upright is key, because, remember, this is where Mariota suffered the broken fibula on a sack last year.

NEWSMAKERS

Minor joins Bradley’s Nashville office

J. Douglas Minor Jr., a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, will be moving to the firm’s Nashville office from Bradley’s Jackson, Mississippi, office.

BRIEFS

Metro launches hotline for rental complaints

In an effort to address the negative impact some short-term rental properties have on residential neighborhoods, Mayor Megan Barry is announcing the launch of a hotline to catalog and respond to neighborhood complaints.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Building the retirement you’ve always envisioned

White sandy beaches. Waves that gently kiss your toes with warm water. In your minds’ eye, they stretch for miles and are yours to explore. That will be your retirement – or so you hope.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Method over madness: your marketing budget

It is that time of year. No, not the start of football season – the start of budgeting season.

NASHVILLE AREA

CoreCivic faces $44K fine for inmate count issues

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee corrections officials have fined a private prison company $43,750 because of problems it had counting inmates at a jail it operates, according to state documents.

STATEWIDE

Beaman launches super PAC to support Ogles' Senate bid

NASHVILLE (AP) — Car dealership owner Lee Beaman is launching a super PAC to support Andy Ogles' bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Bob Corker.

Sources: Trump encouraged Corker to run for Senate again

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Donald Trump is encouraging Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee to run for another term, according to two people familiar with a meeting between the two Republicans at the White House last week.

Tennessee sets record with 1,631 overdose deaths in 2016

NASHVILLE (AP) — Health officials say Tennessee saw a record number of overdose deaths in 2016.

MIDSTATE

Settlement reached after stun gun used on Cheatham Co. inmate

ASHLAND CITY (AP) — After video from a Tennessee jail shows a stun gun being used multiple times on an inmate restrained in a chair, his attorney says a settlement has been reached in his case against three deputies.

Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Diane Black to be deposed

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black is being deposed in a lawsuit related to a television ad that ran in her first campaign for Congress.

SPORTS

Predators name defenseman Roman Josi as 8th captain all-time

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have named defenseman Roman Josi as the eighth captain in the franchise's history, replacing Mike Fisher who retired last month.

Column: IndyCar needs to push Newgarden as its new star

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — It has been five years since IndyCar last had an American champion as the face of the series. This time, the series is far better positioned to properly wield its newest asset.

COURTS

Court reinstates lawsuit over debunked Rolling Stone story

NEW YORK (AP) — A defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone over the magazine's debunked article about a University of Virginia gang rape was reinstated Tuesday by an appeals court in a manner that one judge says would allow any member of a school fraternity to join the lawsuit.

REAL ESTATE

US housing starts fall 0.8 pct., a 2nd straight monthly drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuilders slowed their pace of construction by a sharp 0.8 percent in August, the second straight monthly decline. A steep drop in multifamily construction more than offset a gain in single-family-home building.

HEALTH CARE

Health benefit offers from small businesses keep vanishing

Only half of America's smallest businesses now offer health coverage to their workers because many say steady cost hikes have made it too expensive to afford a benefit that nearly all large employers still provide.

Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that's given new life to a drive that seemed all but dead earlier this summer.

GOP expresses hope for Obamacare repeal bill, hurdles remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republicans say their last-ditch push to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law is gaining momentum. But they have less than two weeks to succeed and face a tough fight to win enough GOP support to reverse the summer's self-inflicted defeat on the party's high-priority issue.

TECHNOLOGY

4 things to know about Apple's iOS 11 software update

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — Holding off on upgrading your trusty old iPhone? You won't need a spiffy iPhone 8 in order to get new maps, photos and other features with a free software update Apple began rolling out Tuesday.

Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'

NEW YORK (AP) — The problems keep piling up for Facebook, and it's unclear how long the internet giant will be able to brush them aside as it barrels toward acquiring its next billion users.

Review: Glitzy iPhone X aside, the iPhone 8 is fine for most

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The difference between Apple's new iPhone models is a bit like flying first class compared with coach. We envy first class, but coach gets us there without breaking the budget.

Trump says immigration deal must include wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that, "ultimately," funding for a border wall with Mexico must be part of any immigration deal. But he says that funding can come at a later date.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford cutting North American production as demand slips

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is cutting production at five North American assembly plants through the rest of this year as U.S. demand for new vehicles slips due to lower gas prices.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Slight gains in US stocks lift Dow, S&P, Nasdaq to new highs

Wall Street capped a day of mostly listless trading Tuesday with a slight gain, good enough to lift the major U.S. stock indexes to another set of all-time highs.

Feds: CitiFinancial to pay $907K for unlawfully seizing cars

DALLAS (AP) — Prosecutors say CitiFinancial Credit Co. will pay $907,000 to settle a complaint that it violated federal law by repossessing the vehicles of active military personnel.

Walgreens, Rite Aid revise store purchase deal to $4.38B

Walgreens and Rite Aid have finally devised a combination of the nation's largest and third-largest drugstore chains that will get past antitrust regulators.

Toys R Us joins bankruptcy list as Amazon exerts influence

NEW YORK (AP) — In filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us joins a list of dozens of store chains that have done so already this year as online leader Amazon increasingly exerts its influence over a huge part of the retailing world.

Kohl's to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores

MENOMEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Kohl's, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, says it will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month.

NATIONAL POLITICS

AP sources: GOP tentatively agrees to $1.5T plan on tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans on a key Senate panel have reached a tentative agreement on a tax plan that would add about $1.5 trillion to the government's $20 trillion debt over 10 years, according to congressional officials.

GOP panel divided on red ink for tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican on the Senate Budget Committee said Tuesday that tax cut advocates on the panel are pressing for cuts that could add $1.5 trillion or more to the deficit over the coming decade.

Republican governors get into the 'news' business

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican governors are getting into the "news" business. The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
STATEWIDE

Food stamp work requirement to return for most of Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is reinstating food stamp work requirements for most Tennessee counties starting Feb. 1.

Public land added in Tennessee to Cherokee National Forest

MOUNTAIN CITY (AP) — Public land including more than 1,000 acres (400 hectares) in Tennessee will be added to Cherokee National Forest.

SPORTS

Cowboys are world's most valuable team at $4.8 billion

The Dallas Cowboys not only are the NFL's most valuable franchise for the 11th straight year, they are the top-valued team in the world.

Ground-and-pound: Titans run all over Jaguars in 37-16 rout

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are boring and bullish when they're at their best.

Hendersonville's Newgarden gives team 15th IndyCar championship

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Josef Newgarden of Hendersonville rushed through the doors on to the championship stage with an American flag draped around his shoulders. He felt silly, he said, like a boxer at a title fight.

HEALTH CARE

Senate GOP musters final push to erase Obama health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are revving up a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law. Though the effort faces low odds of success and just a two-week window to prevail, Democrats backed by doctors, hospitals, and patients' groups are mustering an all-out effort to smother the GOP drive once and for all.

COURTS

Judge: NFL concussion victims hit with 'deceptive practices'

A federal judge overseeing the NFL's $1 billion concussion settlement with former players says she's concerned about "deceptive practices" by claims service providers, lenders and other groups seeking a share of the money.

Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak heading to trial

BOSTON (AP) — After watching his mother die from meningitis in a nationwide outbreak caused by contaminated steroids, Scott Shaw is determined to make sure something like that never happens again.

REAL ESTATE

US homebuilder sentiment falls in September

U.S. homebuilders are feeling less optimistic about their sales prospects, reflecting concerns that rebuilding efforts following hurricanes Harvey and Irma will drive up costs for construction labor and materials.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Honda invests $267M, adds 300 jobs for Accord production

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Honda says it has invested $267 million and will add 300 jobs in central Ohio to support production of its revamped Honda Accord sedan for 2018.

GM workers go on strike at Canadian SUV factory

DETROIT (AP) — About 2,500 workers at a Canadian General Motors plant that makes the Chevrolet Equinox SUV are on strike in a dispute over job security.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Banks lead US stocks modestly higher; oil prices slide

Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher Monday, nudging the stock market to another record high.

Roku aims to raise $252 million with IPO

NEW YORK (AP) — Video streaming pioneer Roku hopes to raise just over $252 million in an initial public offering as it tries to expand into more households.

Rolling Stone magazine to be sold

NEW YORK (AP) — Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner plans to sell his company's controlling stake in the legendary magazine that chronicled the music and politics of the counterculture movement and changed music journalism forever.

NATIONAL POLITICS

GOP eyes killing popular tax breaks to finance overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans straining to find about $1 trillion to finance sweeping tax cuts are homing in on two popular deductions that are woven into the nation's fiscal fabric — the mortgage interest deduction that millions of homeowners prize and the deduction for state and local taxes popular in Democratic strongholds.

Senate poised to pass $700 billion defense policy bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to pass a defense policy bill that pumps $700 billion into the Pentagon budget, expands U.S. missile defenses in response to North Korea's growing hostility and refuses to allow excess military bases to be closed.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
COURTS

Tennessee AG: student info must be given to charter schools

NASHVILLE (AP) — A legal opinion by the Tennessee attorney general says school districts must give a variety of student data to approved charter schools and their operators.

STATEWIDE

Nonprofit celebrates launch of Tennessee state parks beer

NASHVILLE (AP) — A nonprofit group is celebrating the release of State Parks Blonde Ale, a new beer from Tennessee Brew Works.

Tennessee sets new record for high school graduation rate

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee has set a new high mark for its high school graduation rate.

Activist Ogles announces bid for Corker's Senate seat

NASHVILLE (AP) — Conservative activist Andy Ogles announced Thursday he will run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, who has so far refused to divulge whether he will seek a third term.

Harwell: No privatization of Tennessee park services as gov

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell says she won't privatize services at Tennessee state parks if she is elected governor.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Stars honor country singer Troy Gentry at Opry memorial

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country singer Troy Gentry of the popular duo Montgomery Gentry was memorialized Thursday by friends and Grand Ole Opry singers as funny and kind, an artist with a huge appetite for life who loved his family, his music, his band and his fans.

John Prine takes home artist of the year at Americana Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Folk singer songwriter John Prine was awarded the artist of the year, while one of his protégés, country singer Sturgill Simpson, took home album of the year at the Americana Honors and Awards show.

HEALTH CARE

Analysts see Trump threats to insurers boosting premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average premiums for individually purchased health insurance will grow around 15 percent next year, largely because of marketplace nervousness over whether President Donald Trump will block federal subsidies to insurers, Congress' nonpartisan fiscal analyst projected Thursday.

TECHNOLOGY

Confusion hits consumer market over US ban of Kaspersky

NEW YORK (AP) — Worries rippled through the consumer market for antivirus software after the U.S. government banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Labs software on Wednesday. Best Buy and Office Depot said they will no longer sell software made by the Russian company, although one security researcher said most consumers don't need to be alarmed.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi bets on spike in electric cars

PARIS (AP) — The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is gambling that mass-market drivers are going to pivot soon to electric cars, announcing plans Friday to produce 12 new electric models by 2022 and to make electric cars 30 percent of its overall output.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 tops 2,500 mark as tech and bank stocks climb

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher Friday as technology companies and banks rose. The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 2,500 for the first time as stocks had one of their best weeks this year.

Doubts arise on whether corporate tax cut would boost growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Donald Trump, what's good for General Motors is great for American workers. Same for Boeing. And AT&T. Not to mention small businesses.

Bitcoin ... the way to the future or path to financial ruin?

Bitcoin, hailed in some quarters as the future of currency, is having a rough week, with a flurry of rumors that China will shut down exchanges and the head of a major U.S bank calling bitcoin a "fraud."

Macy's trims holiday hires by nearly 4 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's is increasing the number of temporary workers it's hiring for distribution and warehouses for the holiday season as it chases fast growing e-commerce sales. But overall holiday hiring will fall nearly 4 percent.

Employers stepped up hiring in 6 US states last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring picked up in six U.S. states last month, fell in three and was mostly unchanged in 41 states in August.

Harvey sends US industrial production down most in 8 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial output plunged 0.9 percent in August, the most in eight years, mostly because of Hurricane Harvey's damage to the oil refining, plastics and chemicals industries.

US retail sales dipped 0.2 pct. in August as auto sales fell

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers cut back on their shopping in August by the largest amount in six months as declining auto sales offset gains in other areas.

Chinese bitcoin exchange announces it is ending trading

BEIJING (AP) — One of China's biggest bitcoin exchanges says it will end trading after news reports regulators have ordered all Chinese exchanges to close caused the price of the digital currency to plunge.

As stocks set highs, investors still worry about next crash

NEW YORK (AP) — What is the sound of a stock market at a record high and nobody buying it?

Higher gas, housing costs lift US consumer prices 0.4 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher gas and housing costs boosted U.S. consumer prices 0.4 percent in August, the most in seven months. The increase suggests inflation could be picking up, but the figures were likely distorted by Hurricane Harvey.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Deal or no deal? 'Dreamers' wait as Trump, lawmakers joust

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of 800,000 young immigrants hung in the balance Thursday as top lawmakers, White House officials and President Donald Trump himself squabbled over whether an agreement had been struck to protect them — and if so, exactly what it was.

Mueller meets with House Judiciary chairman, top Democrat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman and top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee have met with Special Counsel Bob Mueller. That's according to the committee, which says they met Thursday.

House backs $1.2T spending bill with more money for military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from deep cuts sought by President Donald Trump.

Treasury: Mnuchin requested plane for secure communications

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Thursday that a concern about secure communications is what prompted Secretary Steven Mnuchin to inquire about using a government plane for his European honeymoon in August.

New details deepen mystery of US diplomats' illness in Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if he'd walked through some invisible wall cutting straight through his room.

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