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VOL. 41 | NO. 20 | Friday, May 19, 2017

Tennessee’s film industry gets a lift

State ranks 7th in US for movie jobs with more expected

Nashville spends plenty of time and money hawking the Music City brand, but it’s also been quietly and successfully building a solid film and television production community for years.

How production incentives work

Most states offering production incentives for film and television work follow either the tax rebate or cash credit model.

A smart solution for those far from elderly parents

With a quick tap on an app, Allison Dean Love can check on her 82-year-old mom.

Financial plan vital for life post-retirement

The cost of a child’s college tuition is planned for long before the first dollar is forked over. But, the cost of senior care – either for ourselves or aging parents – is often on the backburner.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Preds Party in the Park. Predators fans are invited to tonight's outdoor viewing party at Walk of Fame Park as the Predators attempt to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals. All remaining games this postseason will be shown on an 18-by-12-foot screen at the park, which is located across Fifth Avenue South from Bridgestone Arena. Food trucks will be on site, and water, sodas and beer will be on sale. Attendees are invited to bring blankets and chairs. The party starts at 4 p.m. in advance of tonight's 7 p.m. game. If there is a Game 7, it would be Wednesday, 8 p.m., in Anaheim, with the outdoor party starting here at 5 p.m.

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Haslam credits GOP ‘experiment’ for Tennessee’s success

If you ask Gov. Bill Haslam, Republican government is the best thing since sliced bread.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Looking for signs of easing pressure in housing market

There are reports of apartment dwellers receiving notices from management offering a free month’s rent for referrals.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for April 2017

Top commercial real estate sales, April 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.02 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates inched lower this week. It was the fifth straight week that the benchmark 30-year rate hovered around the key threshold of 4 percent.

PREDATORS

Fisher savors another chance at Stanley Cup

It was a full decade ago that Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher made his first trip to the NHL’s Conference Finals. Fisher was just 26 then, emerging as one of the league’s better two-way forwards as he helped guide the Ottawa Senators to a surprising berth among the NHL’s final four teams that year.

Preds can earn trip to Finals with home win tonight

NASVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators don't have their top center, and their captain is day to day with an upper-body injury.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

If Saban’s the best, why aren’t his protégés?

In a recent article at CBSSports.com, Nick Saban was ranked the top coach in the so-called Power Five conferences.

NEWSMAKERS

TMA honors Rosen, Lewis, Mullins

The Tennessee Medical Association has honored three Nashvillians – Barrett “Buddy” F. Rosen, MD, with one of three 2017 Outstanding Physician Awards, Adele Lewis, MD, as one of three Distinguished Service Awards, and Regina Mullins with its Community Service Award, at the annual meeting of the TMA’s House of Delegates.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

2017 Sienna adds more power, better fuel economy

Toyota’s Sienna van adds a more powerful and more fuel-efficient engine for 2017 and now ranks at the top in gas mileage ratings with competing family vans.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

The negotiation game: Turn a nibble into a bite

Negotiations occur several times throughout the day. They may not be as major as buying a new car or asking for a raise, but they happen almost every time you interact with another person.

CAREER CORNER

Ask questions of hiring manager when given the chance

Sometimes, getting a job is dependent more on what you ask than what you answer. We spend so much time preparing for how we will answer the hiring manager’s questions but very little time thinking about what we want to know.

Report reveals low faculty morale at Nashville State

NASHVILLE (AP) — An internal report on Nashville State Community College has found that professors feel they work in a climate of fear and hostility, engendered by top administrators.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Haslam signs bill creating 'In God We Trust' license plates

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill creating a new Tennessee license plate design featuring the phrase "In God We Trust."

COURTS

Justices make it easier for companies to defend patent cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is making it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford replaces CEO in push to transform business

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is replacing CEO Mark Fields amid questions about its current performance and future strategy, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Corvette bought by Vietnam vet in 1960s sells for $675,000

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A classic Corvette bought 50 years ago by an injured Vietnam veteran who returned from the war with a pair of Purple Hearts has been sold for $675,000.

TECHNOLOGY

Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

BEIJING (AP) — China's biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans Monday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance deliveries.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Defense, technology companies lead US stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are higher Monday as the market bounces back from a turbulent week. Defense contractors are making gains and technology and consumer-focused companies are also rising. Ford is up after it replaced CEO Mark Fields, while chemicals maker Huntsman is rising after it agreed to combine with Swiss competitor Clariant.

After Saudi arms deal, defense shares fly

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of the three major U.S. defense contractors are hitting all-time highs in the first day of trading after President Donald Trump bestowed Saudi Arabia with a $110 billion arms deal.

Saudi oil minister expects extension of production cut deal

BAGHDAD (AP) — Saudi Arabia's energy minister said Monday that he doesn't expect any objections to a nine-month extension to the existing production cut deal between OPEC and non-OPEC members — an agreement that would extend the deal through March 2018.

EU urges members to address inequality as economy recovers

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union urged member states Monday to take advantage of the bloc's recovering economy to strengthen their public finances and push through reforms that tackle social inequality.

Mark Zuckerberg: I'm not running for public office

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn't before is about building relationships, not politics.

Ringling Bros. shuts down the big top after 146 years

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — With laughter, hugs and tears — and the requisite death-defying stunts — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Food stamps, Medicaid on chopping block in Trump's budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts.

Trump's plan to nix community block grants may be tough sell

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may have a tough time carrying out plans to kill a popular program that has helped build fire stations, provided meals to needy children and more. Plenty of lawmakers — including some key Republicans — enthusiastically support the Community Development Block Grant program.


FRIDAY, MAY 19
PREDATORS

Ducks even Western finals at 2, beating Predators 3-2 in OT

NASHVILLE (AP) — Corey Perry just keeps finding the net in overtime this postseason, and his third goal in extra time helped the Ducks tie the Western Conference finals at 2-2.

NASHVILLE AREA

Tennessee State University to get $500K for goat meat study

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University is receiving almost a $500,000 federal grant to expand its goat meat research.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford to invest $350 million in Michigan plant

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — Ford is pumping $350 million into a plant outside of Detroit where a new transmission for fuel-efficient vehicles will be built.

Toyota, Nissan, others get behind fuel cell push in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is backing a push for pollution-free vehicles that run on hydrogen and planning to build more hydrogen fueling stations so that fuel-cell vehicles on roads will grow to 40,000 by 2020, from the current handful.

Boyd takes delivery of first new VW SUV in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd became the country's first customer to drive Volkswagen's new Atlas SUV off a dealer lot Thursday.

TECHNOLOGY

Vote kicks off battle over regulation of internet

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal agency has voted to kick off the repeal of "net neutrality" rules designed to keep broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with the internet.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Industrials lead US stocks broadly higher

Industrial companies led U.S. stocks broadly higher, extending the market's modest gains from the day before.

Union: Up to 40K walking off the job at AT&T this weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — The Communications Workers of America union says that up to 40,000 AT&T workers have started walking off the job over contract fights with the phone company. They'll return to work Monday.

US to announce $110 billion Saudi arms sale as Trump visits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration plans to announce $110 billion in advanced military equipment sales and training to Saudi Arabia this weekend as President Donald Trump visits the country, officials said Friday.

Many women think men are the better investors; they're not

NEW YORK (AP) — Many men and women think men are the better investors. They're wrong.

Treasury chief says US can achieve 3 percent economic growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says a goal of 3 percent economic growth is achievable if the United States makes historic changes in taxes and regulation.

9 years after recession began, some states still unrecovered

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Call them the unrecovered — a handful of states where job markets, nine years later, are still struggling back to where they were before the recession.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Why Trump's combative trade stance makes US farmers nervous

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump's presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims unearned exoneration on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump persists in suggesting that his 2016 campaign has been exonerated on the question of whether it colluded with Russians, even as a powerful investigation forms to look into that matter and multiple other inquiries press on.

House speaker promises tax overhaul this year despite chaos

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan insisted on Thursday that Congress will overhaul the U.S. tax system this year despite the chaos consuming Washington and the political divisions in Congress.

Business leaders to Congress: Ignore chaos, focus on taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Business leaders began an aggressive lobbying effort Thursday to ensure that their vision for overhauling the U.S. tax system isn't lost in the chaos consuming President Donald Trump's administration.

Democrats hope college voters sway congressional election

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In the weeks leading up to Montana's special congressional election, Democrat Rob Quist and his surrogates fanned out across college campuses throughout the state, hoping to tap into a trove of progressive votes in a place where conservative values are as sturdy as the nearby Rocky Mountains.

Roger Ailes, media guru and political strategist, dies at 77

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America's political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. He was 77.

Trump assails 'witch hunt' after naming of special counsel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations that his campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 election, tweeting Thursday that it is "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

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