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VOL. 41 | NO. 6 | Friday, February 10, 2017

Blue-collar neighborhoods facing higher property taxes

Metro reassessment will be shock to many in urban core

The area southeast of downtown – bordered by Murfreesboro Road to the east and I-65 to the west –used to be an under-the-radar destination for value-conscious homebuyers. It features international shops and restaurants, varied housing styles and quick access to the heart of the city.

Glencliff-area residents 'in awe' of rising prices

It was bound to happen. Homes in the Glencliff, Woodbine and Radnor neighborhoods have caught up to their trendier siblings in East Nashville and the Nations to rack up the biggest percentage increases in property values during the past four years.

Tax relief, freeze available to eligible Metro taxpayers

Metro Nashville taxpayers may be eligible for help in paying property taxes or for having their property taxes frozen, depending on age, income and other factors. The Metro Trustee administers both the property tax relief and freeze programs.

Land only thing slowing Williamson growth

Nashville has been grabbing deserved headlines in recent years as a fast-growing and desirable locale, while, just to the south, Williamson County has continued to build on its ability to draw jobs, residents and its share of acclaim.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

NPT Housing Town Hall. NPT is hosting a town hall to discuss how Nashville’s rapid growth is affecting housing in Middle Tennessee. Discussions on the challenges and possible solutions for various populations and neighborhoods. This town hall will be taped in NPT’s Studio A. Thursday, 6 p.m., 161 Rains Ave. Reservations required: http://bit.ly/NPTHousingRSVP. Information: www.wnpt.org/events

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Legislators feel free to work against Haslam

Democrats appear delighted about division within Republican ranks concerning Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed fuel-tax increase, detecting a possible chink in the armor.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

House that Elvis built fails to find its savior

While self-styled historical archaeologists finish pulling knotty-pine paneling from the small building where Elvis’ fan club was housed, Steve North, prominent Nashville attorney, all-around good guy and former Circuit Court judge, tries to smile.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Habitat for Humanity sees high demand as prices soar

While the pace of the residential real estate market has slowed somewhat, particularly among higher-end homes, prices for housing less than $700,000 have remained historically high.

REAL ESTATE

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for January 2017

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

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.17 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term US mortgage rates eased slightly this week.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Scott the recruiter must now be Scott the OC

When it comes to offense, Butch Jones thinks he knows what’s best for the Tennessee Vols. And he’s willing to bet his job on it.

NEWSMAKERS

Baker Donelson names 3 to firm leadership roles

Baker Donelson has named Bruce C. Doeg the firm’s chief strategic officer, Tonya Mitchem Grindon chair of Baker Donelson’s Business Department, a position previously held by Doeg for the last eight years, and Matthew T. Harris chair of the firm’s Real Estate Group.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Cruze catching up to competitors with hatchback

Chevrolet has brought its Cruze hatchback to the U.S. for the first time, offering buyers more storage space and standard features than the four-door version of the compact.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Super Bowl ads: Some brands score, others fumble

There is no greater scrutiny that a brand faces for its marketing prowess than during the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year. Courageous brands bet big that their ad will win hearts and minds among consumers, but only 40 percent of Super Bowl ads earned favorable ratings from our team of advertising professionals.

NASHVILLE AREA

World Relief to close Nashville office after Trump refugee order

BALTIMORE (AP) — World Relief says it is laying off more than 140 staffers after President Donald Trump's executive order cut the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States.

CoreCivic rejects push for independent prison audits

NASHVILLE (AP) — The largest U.S. private prison operator has rejected a shareholder resolution seeking independent audits of its detention facilities.

STATE LEGISLATURE

2 Tennessee lawmakers flee bathroom bill event amid protest

The unveiling of legislation undercutting same-sex marriage and enforcing transgender bathroom rules turned into a short-circuited press conference and confrontation Wednesday.

Economist makes 'caviar' argument against grocery tax cut

NASHVILLE (AP) — Reagan administration economist Arthur Laffer is urging Tennessee lawmakers not to include a cut in the sales tax on groceries as part of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to offset a gas tax hike.

HEALTH CARE

GOP lawmakers grope for consensus on remaking health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — House GOP lawmakers are leaving a policy meeting with the new health secretary unclear on exactly how or when they will replace President Barack Obama's health care law. But they're claiming consensus on some basic pillars of their plan.

REAL ESTATE

US home building falls as developers start fewer apartments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes last month, led by a drop in apartment construction.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Take a breath: Stocks slow down after a record-setting run

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world pulled back Thursday following a record-setting run that marked the longest winning streak in over 3 years for the S&P 500 index. U.S. stock indexes receded from their latest all-time highs reached a day earlier. The dollar's value fell against rival currencies, and Treasury yields fell as bond prices rose.

Applications for unemployment benefits edge up 5,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week but still remained at a level indicating a healthy job market.

Boeing union bid fails in South averse to organizing

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Production workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant have overwhelmingly rejected an effort to unionize, maintaining Southern reluctance toward unionization and setting up a picture-perfect stop for President Donald Trump, who visits the facilities this week.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trains, not drains: New Jersey lobbyists set to swamp DC

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — As President Donald Trump vows to "drain the swamp" in Washington, a swarm of 1,000 lobbyists, business owners and politicians are boarding a train from the swamps of New Jersey on Thursday for a day of lobbying.

Puzder withdrawal stark example of rough start for Trump WH

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is working frantically to find a new secretary of labor candidate after President Donald Trump's original pick, Andrew Puzder, abruptly withdrew from consideration.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
STATE LEGISLATURE

Who convinced Lovell to resign – and why?

A day after former Rep. Mark Lovell resigned abruptly, House Majority Chairman Ryan Williams says he asked Lovell to step down, but only if accusations of sexual misconduct against him were true.

Longtime Capitol Hill reporter Sherman Novoson dies at 70

NASHVILLE (AP) — Sherman Novoson, a former concert cellist and longtime radio reporter specializing in sports and politics in Tennessee, has died. He was 70.

Flying POW-MIA flag over state capitol would cost $100k

NASHVILLE (AP) — An estimated $100,000 price tag has caused a Republican state senator to revise his proposal to require the POW-MIA flag to be flown over the Tennessee Capitol year-round.

STATEWIDE

Knoxville jury convicts man in multistate bank-hostage cases

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A federal jury in Knoxville has convicted a Pennsylvania man of charges connected to a multistate bank robbery-kidnapping spree.

Soldier who defied Nazis nominated for Congressional medal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee's two U.S. senators are hoping to get the federal government to honor a Knoxville soldier who is credited with saving the lives of more than 200 Jewish Americans during World War II.

MIDSTATE

Woman charged with stealing nearly $500k from Clarksville church

NASHVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a Clarksville woman has been charged with stealing nearly a half-million dollars from a church where she worked.

SPORTS

New Tennessee chancellor vows to move 'quickly' in AD search

KNOXVILLE (AP) — New Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport says the school plans to move "very quickly" in hiring an athletic director but isn't specifying a target date on making the selection.

REAL ESTATE

Optimism among US homebuilders weakens

U.S. homebuilders are feeling a bit less confident this month, reflecting a dimmer outlook for sales in the months ahead and fewer would-be buyers dropping by builders' sales offices.

HEALTH CARE

US report: Trend of rising health care spending back to stay

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government experts say the nation's problem with rising health care spending is back and here to stay.

Trump administration ushers in changes to Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took steps Wednesday intended to calm jittery insurance companies and make tax compliance with former President Barack Obama's health law less burdensome for some people.

Insurer Anthem fires back at Cigna

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health insurers Anthem and Cigna are now trading lawsuits instead of working together to salvage a shaky $48-billion buyout agreement.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Discounts abound on out-of-fashion sedans; land that deal

DETROIT (AP) — If you do your homework, now is the time to practically steal a new sedan from your car dealer.

Toyota hopes revamped plug-in sells better than first model

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has revamped its plug-in hybrid with a longer cruising range and quicker charging, including from a regular home plug, hoping it will sell better than the first model from five years ago that officials acknowledged had flopped.

TECHNOLOGY

Yahoo issues new security warning to users

LONDON (AP) — Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016. It's the latest development in the internet company's investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users' data several years ago.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Bond yields rise, stocks push to records as economy cruises

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks and bond yields punched higher Wednesday, and U.S. indexes set records again, following more encouraging news on the U.S. economy.

Yellen defends Fed independence, banking regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen defended the central bank's independence Wednesday from Republican lawmakers who are pushing for major changes in how the central bank operates and how regulators oversee the nation's banking system.

Pipeline exec compares Dakota protesters to terrorists

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive at the company building the controversial Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday compared pipeline opponents to terrorists.

US consumer prices post biggest rise in nearly 4 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose in January at the fastest pace in nearly four years, strengthening the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year.

US retail sales rise in January, led by gas and restaurants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent last month, slowing down from a solid 1 percent gain in December, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Will Boeing workers defy South's anti-unionization history?

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 production workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant are deciding whether they want to unionize, writing the next chapter in efforts to organize labor in large manufacturing plants across the South.

Bucking the anti-trade trend, EU clears deal with Canada

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Canada on Wednesday cast their newly-approved trade deal as a much-needed beacon for cooperation, with the EU criticizing President Donald Trump's protectionist bent as a threat to the continent's prosperity.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump's labor secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary abruptly withdrew his nomination Wednesday after Senate Republicans balked at supporting him, in part over taxes he belatedly paid on a former housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States.

Trump tells retail CEOs people will 'love' his tax plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Wednesday with the CEOs of large retailers like Target and Best Buy, who have a built-in concern: They're worried about a possible border tax on imported goods.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
STATE LEGISLATURE

GOP lawmaker resigns; Democrats demand investigation

House Democrats are calling for a probe into the sudden resignation of first-term Rep. Mark Lovell, who denies being involved in sexual misconduct as he leaves the state Legislature after just one month.

Artificial insemination parenting bill draws LGBT criticism

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two Tennessee lawmakers want to do away with a 40-year-old state law granting legitimacy to children conceived through artificial insemination. Critics say the bill is aimed at gay couples and their children.

STATEWIDE

Lawmakers OK new board appointments at 6 public universities

NASHVILLE (AP) — The House and Senate have approved Gov. Bill Haslam's nominations for new boards for six public universities.

Free legal clinics to be held around Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has announced that free legal clinics will be held around the state to help citizens who find themselves in need of a lawyer's advice on matters outside criminal law. It's all part of the court's initiative known as Access to Justice, a program aimed at helping a growing number of people find assistance when they can't afford an attorney.

Tennessee Highway Patrol major on leave after assault arrest

ALTAMONT (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol has placed the head of its Special Investigations Bureau on leave following his arrest on charges including aggravated assault and public intoxication.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Judge gives OK to deal for smaller set of cheating VWs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco granted initial approval Tuesday to a deal worth at least $1.2 billion that aims to compensate the owners of roughly 78,000 Volkswagens with 3-liter engines that were rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

HEALTH CARE

Aetna, Humana call off $34 billion deal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Major health insurers Aetna and Humana called off their $34 billion combination after a federal judge, citing concerns about prices and benefits, rejected the deal.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Yellen: Expect Fed to resume raising rates in coming months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen pointed Tuesday to a solid U.S. job market and economy and said the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates in the next few months. But with uncertainties surrounding President Donald Trump's proposals, Yellen said the Fed still wants to keep assessing the economy.

Jumping bank stocks push US indexes higher; bond yields rise

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank stocks jumped Tuesday on hopes that bigger profits are ahead, and U.S. indexes again pushed to record highs.

Trump wins key China trademark; namesake toilets down the drain?

SHANGHAI (AP) — There's a Trump toilet, a Trump condom, a Trump pacemaker and even a Trump International Hotel among hundreds of trademarks in China that don't belong to Donald Trump. But after a decade of grinding battle in China's courts, the president is expected to get an unlikely win on Tuesday: the rights to his own name.

US wholesale prices rose in January, led by gasoline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher costs for gasoline costs helped fuel a rise in U.S. wholesale prices in January, but overall inflation still appears to be in check.

ZeekRewards founder sentenced for role in $850 million scam

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The founder of ZeekRewards has been sentenced to nearly 15 years behind bars for his lead role in an $850 million online Ponzi scheme that bilked nearly a million people in the U.S. and abroad.

Pound collapse costs Rolls Royce $5.5 billion

LONDON (AP) — British engineering company Rolls Royce says that the collapse in the pound's value has cost it some 4.4 billion pounds ($5.5 billion).

NATIONAL POLITICS

Republicans block Dem effort to get Trump's tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Tuesday blocked an attempt by Democrats to use an obscure law to obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns from the IRS.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13
STATE LEGISLATURE

Democrats Kyle, Clemmons offer alternative transportation plan

Memphis state Sen. Sara Kyle and Nashville Rep. John Ray Clemmons are pushing a plan to raise fuel taxes for transportation funding similar to Gov. Haslam’s, though it also would give local governments more options for bringing in their own money for mass transit.

STATEWIDE

Memphis mayor: police union billboard on homicides 'harmful'

MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says the city's police union is conducting a "harmful" billboard campaign by touting the city's record-high homicide total last year and police officer shortage.

Knox middle school students' experiment bound for space

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Students from three Knoxville middle schools are traveling to Florida to see experiments launch with a mission to the International Space Station.

Exhibit features African Americans during Manhattan Project

OAK RIDGE (AP) — The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will be hosting "Atomic Integration," a photo exhibit on African-Americans during the Manhattan Project.

SPORTS

Insell, Swoopes make Women's Basketball Hall of Fame class

KNOXVILLE (AP) — MTSU coach coach Rick Insell and three-time Olympic gold medalist Sheryl Swoopes headline the latest Women's Basketball Hall of Fame class.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Senators try to speed up deployment of self-driving cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the first major congressional attempt to address the advent of self-driving cars, two senators said Monday they're launching a bipartisan effort to help to speed up the deployment of the vehicles on the nation's roads.

TECHNOLOGY

Up, up and away: Passenger-carrying drone to fly in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Up, up and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Global stocks continue to rise, US indexes hit records again

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world continued their march higher on Monday, and U.S. indexes again hit new highs.

Drivers see higher premiums after not-at-fault crashes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most drivers don't expect to be hit with a rate hike on their auto insurance after a car accident that wasn't their fault.

DuPont, Chemours to pay $671M in chemical leak case

WASHINGTON (AP) — DuPont and Chemours will pay nearly $671 million to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the release of a chemical from a plant in West Virginia more than a decade ago.

The new civics course in schools: How to avoid fake news

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Teachers from elementary school through college are telling students how to distinguish between factual and fictional news — and why they should care that there's a difference.

Fake news: Tips on how to distinguish it from the real thing

Teachers from elementary school through college are instructing students on how to decipher fact from fiction when it comes to online news, after an election season that saw made-up stories abound. Some of their lessons:

NATIONAL POLITICS

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit for jobs, deportations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is patting himself on the back for immigration and job-creation initiatives that started before he took office.

GOP must decide what to do with health law taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans love cutting taxes, especially if they were authored by a president named Barack Obama. But as they push their wobbly effort to erase his health care overhaul, they're divided over whether to repeal the levies the law imposed to finance its expanded coverage for millions of Americans.

Senate nears confirmation of Trump's pick to head Treasury

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to confirm President Donald Trump's pick for Treasury secretary despite complaints by Democrats that Steven Mnuchin failed to protect thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures when he headed OneWest Bank.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
CAREER CORNER

How to land a job you’ll love

If you’re looking for a new job, I’ll bet one of your top two priorities is finding a job you really, truly love.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville prison firm sees Trump immigration push opportunity

NASHVILLE (AP) — The largest U.S. private prison operator says it can provide the additional detention facilities likely needed under President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Bill would limit local jurisdiction of Airbnb-type rentals

Legislation filed Thursday would stop bans on short-term rentals and vacation homes while setting up basic guidelines for local governments and a state tax-collection system.

MIDSTATE

Convergys to close 1 of its divisions in Clarksville

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — Convergys Corp. is closing one of its divisions in Clarksville_a move that will affect more than 100 workers.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee gets first female State Architect

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Building Commission has voted to appoint Ann McGauran as State Architect, making her the first woman to get the job since the position was created in 1955.

Black says powerful chairmanship won't preclude gov's race

NASHVILLE (AP) — Diane Black may be in charge of one of the most powerful committees in Congress, but the Gallatin Republican says that doesn't mean she won't run for Tennessee governor next year.

REGION

Fire destroys award-winning ham business

CLINTON, Ky. (AP) — A blaze that tore through an award-winning country ham business in Western Kentucky burned much of the 100,000-square-foot facility to the ground.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Ratings firm: Trump a risk to global economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fitch Ratings says President Donald Trump "represents a risk to international economic conditions," noting that his "aggressive tone" and willingness to float "unanticipated changes" to U.S. policies could harm worldwide growth and make it more expensive for governments to borrow.

US stock indexes extend climb into record heights

US stock indexes extend climb into record heights

Coca-Cola trying to slim down business, not just drinks

NEW YORK (AP) — Coke is trying to slim down its business, not just its sodas.

Sears may sell land, cut jobs to save $1B; shares soar

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears may sell more locations, cut more jobs and put more of its famous brands on the block in an attempt to revive the faltering retail chain.

Blackstone buys largest US benefits admin platform for $4.8B

NEW YORK (AP) — Investment firm Blackstone is buying Aon's technology-enabled benefits and human resources assets in a deal valued at up to $4.8 billion.

Turning headlines into cash, the white whale for Twitter

Twitter may be the megaphone for the leader of the free world, but the company's headline omnipresence has yet to turn into a long sought after pot of gold for co-founder Jack Dorsey.

US wholesale inventories up solid 1 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stockpiles held by U.S. wholesale businesses increased by a solid amount in December, while sales at the wholesale level rose at the fastest pace in more than five years. Both are good signs for future growth.

NATIONAL POLITICS

How Trump & Co. have moved to quash tighter financial rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just three weeks into his administration, President Donald Trump and his allies are moving quickly to dismantle the web of regulations the government passed after the 2008 financial crisis to tighten oversight of banks and protect consumers and taxpayers.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.15 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term mortgage rates slipped again this week.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Keith Urban leads Academy of Country Music nominations

NASHVILLE (AP) — Keith Urban leads nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards with seven nods, including entertainer of the year and album of the year for "Ripcord."

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