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VOL. 40 | NO. 22 | Friday, May 27, 2016

Life after ‘Nashville’ for its band of others

Local extras reflect on their too-brief brush with stardom

The cancellation of ABC’s “Nashville” has left the show’s worldwide legion of fans disappointed and angry enough to launch a social media push for another network – or online service – to pick up a fifth season of the prime time serial.

Can fans really help resuscitate ‘Nashville?’

As it turns out, some of the best “Nashville’’ drama is playing off-screen following the series’ somewhat unexpected cancellation after four seasons.

Hendersonville's Newgarden has front-row seat for 100th Indianapolis 500

Like the speeds he’ll be reaching in this weekend’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, it is neither a stretch nor a cliché to say Josef Newgarden is living life in the fast lane.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Irony has 99-year-old neighbor in 12South

Alvin M. Fitzgerald has earned the right to put the issue of what’s happening to his neighborhood in black-and-white terms. Literally.

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EVENTS

Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945-1975. After the deprivations of the Second World War, the world longed for a return to beauty and style. Italian automakers eagerly stepped in to fulfill consumers’ desire for fun and forward-looking cars that would fuel the dreams and aspirations of a generation of auto enthusiasts and designers. Join Ken Gross, guest curator of “Bellissima! The Italian Automobile Renaissance 1945-1975,” to explore the stories behind the designers, coachbuilders and notable owners who made companies like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Lamborghini household names. The exhibit runs through Oct. 9. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway. Information: http://fristcenter.org, 244-3340

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DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Mularkey bets on running game in passing league

With only five victories in the last two seasons, the Titans have fallen out of step with most of the rest of the NFL.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Legislators seem intent on sweating the small stuff

My late father kept a paper weight on his desk at home that read: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Summertime, and the living is suddenly scary

This spring has been filled with mysterious weather, hot, cold and, of course, wet with only a few days when it was difficult to drive a “For Sale” sign into the hardened soil.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions for April 2016

Top commercial real estate sales, April 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average 30-year US mortgage rate rises to 3.64 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week but remained at low levels that could entice purchasers amid the current home buying season.

Pending US home sales hit highest level since February '06

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed more contracts to buy homes in April for the third straight month, driving pending home sales to the highest level in more than a decade.

NEWSMAKERS

Doeg elected vice chair of Launch Tennessee

Bruce Doeg of Baker Donelson has been named vice chairman of Launch Tennessee.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Luxury name of game with Platinum Explorer

Ford’s long-running Explorer SUV goes upscale in a big way with the new-for-2016 Platinum model that rivals traditional luxury SUVs with its numerous high-tech features, quilted-stitched leather seats and exclusive sound system.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

A lesson from Oprah: Don’t screw up Oprah’s party

The service industry just isn’t what it used to be. Mediocre is the norm, and attention to detail seems all but lost in this fast-paced world.

CAREER CORNER

Do you fit culture of your potential employer? If not ...

The No. 1 reason employees change jobs varies depending on the source you’re reading.

I SWEAR

Are today’s aches a good trade for football glory?

It is reported that yet another memorable and popular former NFLer, this one a quarterback, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, or simply the concussion disease.

MIDSTATE

Rutherford County sheriff faces public corruption charges

  3:09pm

NASHVILLE (AP) - Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is facing public corruption charges after being named in a 14-count indictment that accuses him and others of benefiting from a scheme to sell electronic cigarettes to inmates in the jail he oversees.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Justin Bieber, Skrillex sued for copyright infringement

  12:00pm

NASHVILLE (AP) - Justin Bieber and Skrillex have been sued for copyright infringement by singer-songwriter Casey Dienel for the multi-platinum song "Sorry."

STATE LEGISLATURE

Traffic ticket? State lawmaker says no problem, just burn it

  12:01pm

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says getting a traffic camera ticket isn't a problem - he just burns them.

STATEWIDE

TDOT halts road construction during Memorial Day weekend

  6:55am

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Transportation is halting road construction on the state's highways over the Memorial Day weekend.

Tennessee gets top rankings from all 3 bond rating agencies

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee has received the top ranking from all three major credit rating agencies.

Haslam used private email server for official state business

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam and top aides have used the Republican's personal email server to communicate about official business.

NASHVILLE AREA

Dollar General 1Q profit beats as customers spend more

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Discount retailer Dollar General on Thursday posted better-than-expected first-quarter profit as more customers spent more.

AUTO INDUSTRY

8 automakers recall over 12M vehicles for Takata air bags

  6:59am

DETROIT (AP) — Eight automakers are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace Takata air bag inflators that can explode with too much force.

GM recalls 2.2 million cars in China

  7:00am

BEIJING (AP) — General Motors Co.'s main Chinese joint venture is recalling 2.2 million cars to deal with insufficient corrosion resistance on crankcase valves.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Janet Yellen says Fed could raise rates in coming months

  3:10pm

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that an interest rate hike would be appropriate in the coming months if the economy keeps improving.

Stocks rise to wrap up a strong week as banks move higher

  3:58pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Friday to wrap up their strongest week in almost three months. Banks gained ground after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank intends to keep raising interest rates provided the economy continues to improve.

US consumer sentiment up in May to highest in nearly a year

  12:06pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans turned more optimistic about the economy in May than the previous month, buoyed by steady hiring and higher incomes.

US economy grew at 0.8 percent rate in first quarter

  8:49am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy's slowdown in growth at the beginning of the year wasn't quite as bad as first thought, thanks to a bigger boost from housing and less drag from business investment and trade.

Abe claims success as G-7 leaders back action on economies

  6:58am

SHIMA, Japan (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed success Friday in winning support for his approach to fighting off a possible economic crisis from fellow leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations, despite mounting evidence the formula is failing to yield promised results in Japan.

Sears posts wider loss, looks at options for Kenmore, others

NEW YORK (AP) — Long-struggling retailer Sears says it plans to try to leverage its strongest brands like Kenmore and Craftsman to help sustain itself as it posted a larger first-quarter loss Thursday and said sales fell at its Kmart and namesake stores.

NATIONAL POLITICS

GOP conservatives scuttle spending bill over LGBT rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives angered by the inclusion of LGBT protections in an otherwise routine spending bill scuttled the measure Thursday in a stark display of the potency of a civil rights issue suddenly prominent in the presidential race and responsible for a legal standoff between the Obama administration and several states.

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