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VOL. 42 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 12, 2018

What tourist can resist ‘Buy one pair, get two free?’

Visiting fans, bridesmaids leaving town with more than hangovers

The saxophone professor from Moscow, Idaho, flashes hazel eyes and smiles as she examines a pair of boots, participating in a favorite tourist pastime offered on the neon-lit strip of music and beer halls and cowboy boot emporiums that is Lower Broadway.

Austrian kangaroo skin? The customer is always right, right?

The tall, lean young man stands at the intersection of Lower Broadway and Fifth, waiting in the massive Saturday afternoon crowd for his chance to cross from the Tootsie’s side of the street over to the side highlighted by Ernest Tubb Record Shop.

Ready for step up? How about $2,600 for water buffalo?

High-rolling cowboys like Johnny Carson’s band leader and trumpet genius Doc Severinsen, corporate big dogs, the wild and crazy folks in the world of bull riding and many music stars take giant steps away from boot store fare when seeking their high-heeled swagger.

‘Boot Doctor’ has right prescription for your feet

With his seemingly permanent smile, Jeffrey Lloyd, 58, is a much-valued employee at Boot Country down on Lower Broadway.

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EVENTS

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Kavanaugh vote a no-win scenario for Bredesen

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Marsha Blackburn must have been sitting back laughing as she pounded former Gov. Phil Bredesen for postponing his stance on the Kavanaugh nomination.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Ravens-Titans game stirs memories of a great rivalry gone cold

Anytime the Baltimore Ravens appear on the Tennessee Titans’ schedule, the rivalry that once was comes back to mind.

Ravens at Titans: What to watch

1. Defense, defense and more defense. The Titans defense, despite breakdowns against Buffalo, has still been a big reason for the team’s success thus far. Defense is also key to the Ravens’ success with old war horses like Terrell Suggs still leading the way. It wouldn’t be surprising to see this game end up a low-scoring affair like Titans-Ravens games of old.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Desperately seeking sanity in the pricing of houses

“I don’t want to appear desperate” is how sellers often respond when their listing agent tells them their house is not selling because the price is too high.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for September 2018

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

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for September 2018

Home sales in Nashville and Davidson County continue to decline as average sales prices level out.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for third quarter 2018

Third quarter 2018 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Mortgage rates leap to 7-year highs; 30-year at 4.90 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates leaped this week to their highest levels in seven years amid global anxiety over rising interest rates that has gripped financial markets.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Boyd takes control, helps propel VU soccer to 13-game win streak

Kaylann Boyd knew she couldn’t hold others accountable if she wasn’t accountable for her own actions. She knew she couldn’t expect to bring out the best in her teammates if she wasn’t working to bring out the best in herself.

NEWSMAKERS

Quinn moves practice to Neal & Harwell

Attorney John E. Quinn, previously a partner at Manier & Herod, has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as of counsel.

BRIEFS

Church buys 50,000-square-foot building in MetroCenter

The Belonging Co. Church has purchased a 50,000-square-foot property at 201 Great Circle Road in MetroCenter from commercial real estate firm Southeast Venture, which developed the property.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Moving up? Small luxury SUVs are good first step

A decade ago, small sedans were the entry point into luxury-car ownership. But because of the increasing popularity of SUVs, automakers are scrambling to create new, stylish SUVs to attract those shoppers.

EDUCATION

Panel nixes law school transfer to MTSU

NASHVILLE (AP) — A state panel has nixed a proposal that would have transferred Valparaiso University's law school to Middle Tennessee State University.

PREDATORS

Johansen, Forsberg lead Predators over Wild 4-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ryan Johansen and the Nashville Predators are off to a solid start this season.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans' offense struggling with extended touchdown drought

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans made a coaching change after winning their first playoff game in 14 years to rev up Marcus Mariota and the offense.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Audi fined $925 million in Germany over diesel emissions

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German law enforcement authorities added another chapter to Volkswagen's diesel scandal Tuesday by fining the company's luxury division Audi 800 million euros ($925 million) for selling cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

HEALTH CARE

UnitedHealth beats all around in 3Q, raises outlook again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — UnitedHealth reported better-than-expected profits and revenue for the third quarter and the company raised its outlook yet again on strong trends in the insurance business.

Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's second-largest health insurer has agreed to pay the government a record $16 million to settle potential privacy violations in the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history, officials said Monday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Global stocks rise amid strong earnings reports

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday after strong earnings reports in the United States.

Paul Allen's passions: Rock n' roll, sports and philanthropy

SEATTLE (AP) — Personal computers, conservation, pro football, rock n' roll and rocket ships: Paul G. Allen couldn't have asked for a better way to spend, invest and donate the billions he reaped from co-founding Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Facebook requires UK political ad buyers to reveal identity

LONDON (AP) — Facebook says that anyone who takes out a British political ad on the social media platform will now be forced to reveal their identity, in a bid to increase transparency and curb misinformation.

2020 Democrats building ties to power brokers in key states

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Before he cut the $100,000 checks, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti brought the Democratic Party chairmen from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada backstage to meet late night television host Jimmy Kimmel and superstar hip-hop producer DJ Khaled.

Democrats lead Republicans on fundraising ahead of midterms

Democrats lead Republicans in the money race in many of the key Senate and House campaigns three weeks ahead of midterm elections that will determine control of Congress.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
STATEWIDE

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting at naval base in Millington

MILLINGTON (AP) — Police in Tennessee say one man has been killed and another has been wounded in a shooting at a naval base.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum opening in Owensboro

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum is opening this week in Kentucky.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans linebacker Morgan out 'few weeks,' Spain day to day

NASHVILLE (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel says linebacker Derrick Morgan probably will miss "a few weeks" after hurting a shoulder against the Baltimore Ravens, though left guard Quinton Spain is day to day after hurting his right shoulder.

Titans shut out for 1st time since relocating to Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — First-year head coach Mike Vrabel knows exactly what the Titans didn't do in being shut out on its own field for the first time since this franchise moved to Tennessee way back in 1997.

Ravens pile up team-record 11 sacks against former coach

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens swarmed around their new defensive coordinator, Don "Wink" Martindale, celebrating after a game that will go down in the record books.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee OLB Kongbo out for season with torn ACL

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says outside linebacker Jonathan Kongbo has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the season.

COURTS

Charges filed in $1B East Tennessee telemedicine fraud scheme

GREENEVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say seven companies and four men are charged in a $1 billion telemedicine fraud scheme that deceived tens of thousands of patients and more than 100 doctors.

Tennessee, other states ask for action on illegal robocalls

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general has joined several dozen other states to ask the federal government to take action on illegal robocalls.

ENVIRONMENT

Global warming driving higher costs for beer

Global warming to leave us crying in our costlier beer

HEALTH CARE

Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Low-income people in states that haven't expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report due out Monday amid election debates from Georgia to Utah over coverage for the needy.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks fade and finish lower as tech companies fall again

NEW YORK (AP) — After a wobbly day of trading, U.S. stocks fell for the seventh time in eight days Monday as technology companies continued to slide. Industrial and high-dividend companies rose, and the market's losses were limited relative to the steep losses it suffered last week.

Girdles and socket wrenches: Sears was the Amazon of its day

Before there was Amazon — or, for that matter, Home Depot or Walmart or Kmart — there was Sears.

US budget deficit hits highest level in 6 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit has surged to $779 billion in fiscal 2018, its highest level in six years as President Donald Trump's tax cuts caused the government to borrow more heavily in order to cover its spending.

US retail sales edged up in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending edged up a slight 0.1 percent in September, a disappointing performance in which rebounding auto sales were offset by weakness in other areas.

Bank of America 3Q profits rise 32 percent, beats forecasts

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America said Monday that its third-quarter profits rose by 32 percent from a year ago, as higher interest rates allowed BofA to charge more for loans, and lower corporate tax rates helped it save hundreds of millions on taxes.

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, with plans to shutter 142 unprofitable stores in the hopes that it can stay in business.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump eyes US military bases for coal, gas exports

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of U.S. coal and natural gas to Asia as officials seek to bolster the domestic energy industry and circumvent environmental opposition to fossil fuel exports, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and two Republican lawmakers.

White House, senators increase pressure over Saudi writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is brushing aside threats by Saudi Arabia that it may economically retaliate for any U.S. punitive action imposed over the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, pledging a "swift, open, transparent investigation" into his disappearance.

GOP plays blame game while fighting to save House majority

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority.

Trump says climate change not a hoax, not sure of its source

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is backing off his claim that climate change is a hoax but says he doesn't know if it's manmade and suggests that the climate will "change back again."


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
NASHVILLE AREA

FedEx Ground to hire 4,300 seasonal positions in Nashville

FedEx expects to add more than 55,000 seasonal positions throughout its networks to help deliver the holidays this year, including more than 4,300 people at the FedEx Ground facility in the Nashville area.

PREDATORS

NHL criticizes reduction of suspension for Predators' Watson

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is criticizing an arbitrator's decision to reduce the suspension of Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson, who pleaded no contest in July to a domestic assault charge.

Rinne leads Predators past Jets 3-0

NASHVILLE (AP) — Despite their power play struggles, the Predators found a way to take down their Central Division rival.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country women applaud CMT for all-female awards show

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country icon Loretta Lynn doesn't mince words when it comes to CMT's decision to honor all-female artists, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and more, at its annual Artists of the Year show, where Lynn will be recognized as an artist of a lifetime.

COURTS

State Sen. majority leader, 2 others confirmed as US judges

NASHVILLE (AP) — The majority leader of the Tennessee Senate has been confirmed as a federal judge by the U.S. Senate.

Supreme Court rejects Tennessee death row inmate efforts

NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected two last-ditch efforts to save the life of Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski, apparently clearing the way for his execution despite a delay caused by legal wrangling.

Federal judge blocks Tennessee's lethal injection method

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered the state of Tennessee not to proceed with plans to execute Edmund Zagorski by lethal injection after it refused his request to die in the electric chair.

Legal questions in flux over Tennessee execution

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legal challenges continue to surround a Tennessee death row inmate whose execution has been temporarily halted.

HEALTH CARE

Slight increase in Medicare's outpatient 'Part B' premium

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare says its "Part B" premium for outpatient care will rise by just $1.50 a month next year. That means retirees should be able to keep more of their recently-announced Social Security cost-of-living increase.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook: Hackers accessed personal data from 29M accounts

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says hackers accessed a wide swath of information — ranging from emails and phone numbers to more personal details like sites visited and places checked into — from millions of accounts as part of a security breach the company disclosed two weeks ago.

Facebook says it purged more than 800 spam accounts, pages

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it has purged more than 800 U.S. pages and accounts for spamming users with garbage links and clickbait.

Risk of streaming fatigue as Walmart, AT&T, Disney join fray

NEW YORK (AP) — As Walmart, AT&T and Disney join stalwarts such as Netflix in streaming video and creating original shows, a reality sets in: Not all will survive.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Shareholders must vote on Musk's return as Tesla chairman

If Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to return as chairman, shareholders will have to vote on it.

BMW ramps up investment in China to meet electric demand

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker BMW is taking a majority stake in its China joint venture and investing 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in factories there, underscoring the importance of the Chinese market as the company prepares to meet increased demand for electric vehicles.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech stock rally helps snap losing streak as rough week ends

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rebounded Friday, clawing back some of the week's steep losses, but the turbulent trading of the last few days left no doubt that the relative calm the markets enjoyed all summer had been shattered.

Stock market experts say this is a stumble, not a plunge

Woah, what was that? After months of relative calm, Wall Street has been jolted by a sudden run of turbulent trading.

China trade surplus with US widens to record $34.1B

BEIJING (AP) — China's trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $34.1 billion in September as exports to the American market rose by 13 percent over a year earlier despite a worsening tariff war.

Retailers up their game after Toys R Us closures

NEW YORK (AP) — When Toys R Us closed its doors, customers mourned the loss of a beloved brand that conjured memories of their own childhood.

Trump steps up his attacks on Federal Reserve's rate hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday escalated his attack on the Federal Reserve's interest rate increases, asserting that "the Fed is out of control" and blaming it for this week's plunge in stock prices.

US consumer prices up slight 0.1 percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices edged up a slight 0.1 percent in September as energy prices retreated after a big gain in August.

Social Security checks increasing for 2019 as inflation rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent increase in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. For the average retired worker, it amounts to $39 a month.

As markets swoon, finance chiefs urge US, China to cool it

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — The heads of the World Bank and IMF appealed Thursday to the U.S. and China to cool their dispute over technology policy and play by world trade rules, as tumbling share prices drove home potential perils from a clash between the world's two biggest economies.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Journalist's disappearance tests Trump's close Saudi ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sword dancers. Gleaming palaces. Military jets streaming red, white and blue trails.

Global business leaders suspend ties with Saudi Arabia

LONDON (AP) — Global business leaders are reassessing their ties with Saudi Arabia, stoking pressure on the Gulf kingdom to explain what happened to a dissident writer who disappeared after visiting its consulate in Istanbul.

Trump's boasts ring hollow in some black communities

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It's one of President Donald Trump's favorite talking points in promoting his administration's success: the record low rate of black unemployment. But on a recent sunny afternoon in Vernon Park in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood, that victory seemed hollow.

Melania Trump says she might be 'the most bullied person'

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump says she could be "the most bullied person" in the world, judging by "what people are saying about me."

Trump defends Saudi arms sales amid fury over missing writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump defended continuing huge sales of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia on Thursday despite rising pressure from lawmakers to punish the kingdom over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist who lived in the United States and is now feared dead.

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