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VOL. 40 | NO. 28 | Friday, July 8, 2016

Why are drownings increasing at Percy Priest Lake?

Submerged forest, cold water increase danger, make bodies hard to recover

Jeremy Cross, 36, was canoeing with his 11-year-old son and a family friend when they encountered high winds and rough waters near Hole in the Wall Island at J. Percy Priest Lake.

Davidson Co. leads state in boating incidents

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency compiles data on boating and boating deaths on Tennessee reservoirs and lakes.

Swimming … or drowning?

The “Hollywood” version of drowning – violent thrashing with head above water and yelling for help – is a dangerous myth, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP), a non-profit safety advocacy group.

Increase this year in East Tennessee lake drownings

The number of drownings in East Tennessee in the past few months – five since May – has alarmed the region’s population as well as local enforcement agencies.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 86%

EVENTS

Street Food Thursday. Enjoy a gathering of up to 20 local food trucks parked along Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North ever Thursday through October. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

more events »

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Task force’s health plan promising, includes many ‘ifs’

A 3-Star Healthy Task Force appointed to propose a method for catching Tennesseans in a health-care coverage gap is taking a politically safe road to reach the same goal as Insure Tennessee.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

‘Gimmicky’ Battle of Bristol finally finds support

We’ve still got a couple of months before the sports spectacle called the Battle at Bristol arrives on the calendar.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to new 2016 lows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week to the lowest level since May 2013, driven down by financial tumult in Europe.

REAL ESTATE

Rules? Deadlines? None for me, thank you

A strange thing happened last week with the closing of 929 Woodmont Boulevard. Priced at $380,000 – $80,000 more than the 2012 sale price and $130,000 more than the 2005 sale price of $250,000 – the home attracted multiple offers and sold for $25,500 more than list price.

NEWSMAKERS

Rowland named judicial clerk to Judge Nixon

Maggie Rowland, who has served as a staff attorney at Patterson Intellectual Property Law since 2014, has been named a judicial clerk to Senior Judge John Trice Nixon, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Buick’s first US convertible in 25 years not bad

Buick’s first convertible for the U.S. market in 25 years is a stylish, comfortable, soft-top cruiser that’s reasonably priced, seats up to four people and has an expandable trunk.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Create an organized environment for your sales team

It’s no secret that quality of life among team members leads to higher retention and satisfaction. Sales rep satisfaction is directly linked to customer satisfaction, and both impact your bottom line.

CAREER CORNER

Breaking the rules can give your career a needed lift

Life lessons seem hard to grasp at first, yet so obvious once you get them. I recently spoke with a former client who completely transformed his career. He went from working in university administration to working in corporate strategy at a Fortune 500 company.

I SWEAR

It’s deja vu all over again for football reenactors

“I didn’t set out to write about the melancholy bewilderment of middle-aged men,” says Chris Bachelder of his fifth novel, “The Throwback Special.” “But that’s where I ended up.” And, IMO, he ended up with a very special book.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Test your food knowledge, allemande to zabaione

This week my youngest granddaughter came for a visit. At just 5 years old, she is already quickly becoming a cook. She loves to do all of it: stir, break eggs, use the electric mixer, grease the pan – even clean the dishes, and she does quite well with all of it.

MIDSTATE

Company's new regional office in Franklin adds 250 jobs

FRANKLIN (AP) - Officials have announced that Schneider Electric USA Inc. will locate a regional office in Franklin, bringing an additional 250 jobs to the county.

AUTO INDUSTRY

California rejects Volkswagen recall for 3-liter diesel cars

The California Air Resources Board has rejected Volkswagen's plan to recall vehicles with 3-liter diesel engines, calling the proposal incomplete and deficient.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks rise in early trading after solid earnings reports

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising to new highs in early trading Thursday after solid earnings reports from several companies. Banks and industrial companies gained the most. The British pound surged while the country's main stock index faltered after the Bank of England held off on cutting interest rates.

US weekly claims for jobless benefits hold steady

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, remaining at the lowest point since mid-April.

US producer prices rose in June at fastest pace in 13 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by U.S. producers rose in June at the fastest pace in 13 months, reflecting a big jump in the price of gasoline and other energy products.

EU widens antitrust probe to include Google ad, shopping biz

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has opened a new front in its battle with Google, accusing the technology giant of abusing its dominant position in the online search market to benefit its own comparison shopping and advertising business.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
STATE LEGISLATURE

Investigation: Durham sexually harassed women on job

NASHVILLE (AP) — An investigation of a Tennessee state legislator released Wednesday found he took advantage of his position to sexually harass at least 22 women, including a then-20-year-old college student who told investigators Rep. Jeremy Durham plied her with a cooler full of beer and had sex with her in his office in 2014. Another woman interviewed was a lobbyist who nicknamed Durham "Pants Candy" after she said he rummaged in his pocket before suggestively offering her a dirty, unwrapped mint.

Lobbyists warned others that Durham "creepy"

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Latest on the investigation that found Tennessee State Rep. Jeremy Durham sexually harassed at least 22 women (all times local):

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan keeps self-driving simple _ and not quite autonomous

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — Self-driving cars may be all the rage, but when it's a real product, coming soon from Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co., the technology gets toned down. And so don't expect to the driver to disappear for years to come.

Fiat Chrysler offers hackers bounty to report cyber threats

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is turning to weekend car tinkerers and good-guy hackers to expose software vulnerability in its cars and trucks.

TECHNOLOGY

New data-sharing rules for EU and US adopted

BRUSSELS (AP) — New rules governing trans-Atlantic data transfers were formally approved Tuesday, months after Europe's top court ruled against the previous arrangements amid concerns over the surveillance activities of U.S. intelligence agencies.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes close mostly higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended mostly higher on Wall Street after a three-day rally lost momentum.

Fed survey finds modest growth across most of the US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy and hiring continued to expand modestly across most of the United States from mid-May until the end of June, leaving some firms unable to find skilled workers, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

Amazon: Prime Day topped last year's order records

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon says Prime Day was its biggest day ever with orders up 60 percent globally from a year ago. It says sales of Amazon's own electronic devices were particularly strong.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Congress passes aviation bill to close airport security gaps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress passed an aviation bill Wednesday that attempts to close gaps in airport security and shorten screening lines, but leaves thornier issues unresolved.


TUESDAY, JULY 12
NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville officer suspended over Black Panthers Facebook pic

NASHVILLE (AP) - Authorities say a veteran Metro Nashville police officer has been suspended for posting a Black Panthers photo as the profile picture on his personal Facebook page.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Judge denies Durham's attempt to block probe of conduct

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Nashville chancellor won't block the release of an investigative report on allegations of sexual harassment by state Rep. Jeremy Durham.

STATEWIDE

Krause appointed to lead Tennessee Higher Ed Commission

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Mike Krause to head the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Governor reappoints TBI director Mark Gwyn

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has reappointed Mark Gwyn as director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Dow Jones industrial average closes at a record high

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market reached another milestone Tuesday as the Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high.

A bull market record that doesn't feel like it

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a new record for stocks, but it sure doesn't feel like it.

US job openings, hiring fell in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs and hired fewer people in May — a bad month for the U.S. labor market before a surge in hiring in June.

Starbucks hikes prices on coffee, espresso, tea lattes

SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks has increased prices slightly on brewed coffee, espresso and tea latte beverages at company-run stores in the U.S.

AMC Theatres buying Europe's Odeon & UCI in $1.21B deal

NEW YORK (AP) — AMC Theatres is buying European movie theater operator Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group from private equity firm Terra Firma in a deal valued at about 921 million pounds ($1.21 billion).

Christmas in July? Amazon's 'Prime Day' is back

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon's "Prime Day" has returned for a second year with the online retail giant promising twice as many deals as last year.

NATIONAL POLITICS

McConnell says "slim" chance of vote on trade deal in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says "the chances are pretty slim" that the Senate will vote on a sweeping trade deal between the United States and Pacific Rim nations this year.

Trump's denial of climate science at odds with world leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — If elected president, Donald Trump would be the only head of state in the world to contend that climate change is a hoax, according to a study.


MONDAY, JULY 11
AUTO INDUSTRY

Tesla CEO says he's working on another secret 'masterplan'

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, under pressure after a fatal crash involving one of his electric cars, went on Twitter Sunday to say he's working on another "Top Secret Tesla Masterplan." He said he hoped to publish details this week.

Volkswagen repays European loans early amid diesel fallout

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says it has decided to repay early a pair of loans from the European Investment Bank totaling 975 million euros (nearly $1.1 billion) as the company grapples with fallout from its diesel-emissions scandal.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 closes at a record high

NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed at a record high, beating the mark it set last year.

Beware of scary Brexit headlines pushing you to buy gold

NEW YORK (AP) — If you thought the Brexit vote was scary, check out the full page newspaper ad that recently appeared in The New York Times recounting all the horrors in the present tense, as if they were still unfolding: The vote "topples" the British government, "crushes" the pound and "wipes away" billions in stock market wealth.

Starbucks to increase base pay of workers in October

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is boosting the base pay of all employees and store managers at U.S. company-run stores by 5 percent or more.

UK, Boeing launch new strategic partnership

LONDON (AP) — Britain is buying nine new Boeing P-8A Poseidon military aircraft in the first big deal announced at the Farnborough International Airshow.


FRIDAY, JULY 8
HEALTH CARE

Study: Trump health care plan would make 18M uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's health care plan would make 18 million people uninsured, but also lower premiums significantly for policies purchased directly by consumers, according to an independent study released Thursday.

STATEWIDE

Volunteer events set for Tennessee Promise scholars

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Promise scholars can perform community service hours with events planned across the state later this month.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

June hiring surge of 287,000 suggests rebounding US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers shook off two months of weak hiring by adding 287,000 jobs in June, a robust pace that suggests a resilient U.S. economy recovering from a slump early in the year.

Stocks finish just short of a record on strong jobs report

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks surged Friday, finishing just short of record highs, as investors responded enthusiastically to a strong June job market report.

Wendy's says more than 1,000 restaurants affected by hack

NEW YORK (AP) — Wendy's said hackers were able to steal customer's credit and debit card information at 1,025 of its U.S. restaurants, far more than it originally thought.

US gives tentative OK to flights to Cuba from 10 US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities won tentative government approval Thursday, advancing President Barack Obama's effort to normalize relations with Cuba.

Survey: US businesses add decent 172,000 jobs in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies added 172,000 jobs last month, according to a private survey, a sign that hiring may have recovered after a slowdown in April and May.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump hats show challenge of proving products are USA made

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" hats proudly tout they are "Made in USA." Not necessarily always the case, an Associated Press review found.

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