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VOL. 40 | NO. 35 | Friday, August 26, 2016

The world at your doorstep

Your doctor, liquor, meals, work, car repair, education – all home-delivered

There is nothing you can’t get delivered these days. If you can imagine owning it, it’s only a matter of time before it can be in your possession, brought to your front door within minutes, hours or days from the first moment you even conjured the thought of having it.

Gallatin chef offers healthier in-home choices

Marirae Mathis of Who Cooks For You? Personal Chef Service based in Gallatin says her business has evolved to meet customer needs.

Local meal kits have benefit of less packaging

When Marti Emch drops off her perishable box of meal kits to her MEEL customers, ensuring freshness of her most expensive resource – the food – is imperative.

No time for a liquor store run? Drink a toast to Drizly

About a week before wine went on sale in local Tennessee grocery stores on July 1, an on-demand alcohol delivery app, Drizly, launched for Nashville and Franklin residents.

A sampling of goods/services available online or by app

A sampling of products and services available for home delivery. Some services might not be available in all areas.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Live on the Green: Weekend festival finale. Enjoy free live music outside in the Public Square, located in front of the Metro Courthouse. Public Square, 3rd Avenue N and Union. This year’s Live on the Green is capped with a three-day festival finale with two stages showcasing 25 artists throughout the weekend. Headliners include Young the Giant on Thursday, Band of Horses on Friday, and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals on Saturday. Blankets, folding chairs, strollers and water bottles are welcome. $5 parking is available in the Metro Courthouse parking garage, located directly below the park, and at Nissan Stadium. Or, take advantage of free bicycle parking.? VIP Lounge ($75) and VIP Backstage ($150) tickets are available for select days. Information: http://lineup.liveonthegreen.com/events/2016/09/03

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

An (expensive) toast to the Achievement School District

Somebody forgot to tell the Achievement School District it had to follow a few simple rules when the Legislature formed it a few years ago to save failing schools: Primarily, don’t party with the money.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Decorators re-write the book on filling shelves

One of the more interesting aspects of a home is the library, or lack thereof.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for July 2016

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

Average US 30-year mortgage rate unchanged at 3.43 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates didn't budge this week, remaining at historically low levels that continue to lure prospective home buyers.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Players like Mularkey’s honesty – even with media

You don’t have to be around Mike Mularkey very long to realize something about him that you won’t necessarily find in a lot of NFL head coaches.

With age, 7 Pro Bowls come special consideration for Johnson

There has always been the debate about whether players respond better to coaches who played in the NFL vs. those who did not.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Enjoy the hype, Vol fans. It’s been a long time

The temptation here is to throw a couple of buckets of cold water on the great expectations for the Tennessee Vols this season.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Players to watch as Vols make run at SEC title

Less than a week from opening kickoff, and all is well with the UT’s football team.

NEWSMAKERS

Rambsy leads Spiggle Law Firm’s Nashville expansion

The Spiggle Law Firm, a Washington, D.C.-based employment law firm focusing on wrongful termination and pregnancy and family-care discrimination in the workplace, recently opened a new office in Nashville.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

2016 Chevy Volt plugs into a quicker, quieter ride

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is quicker, quieter, more fuel-efficient and goes farther – up to 53 miles – on all-electric power than its predecessor.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Here’s how Fortune 500 brands use Instagram

Now with more than a half-billion users, mobile photo-sharing site Instagram has surpassed Twitter in popularity.

CAREER CORNER

Jump-start your job search with networking

Have you ever wondered where you can make the biggest investment in your career?

I SWEAR

Help Dolly’s foundation share love of reading

“You can never get enough books into the hands of enough children,” Dolly Parton says.

MIDSTATE

FedEx to build $190M distribution center in Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO (AP) — FedEx has announced plans to build a $190 million distribution center in Murfreesboro.

REAL ESTATE

US average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.46 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week amid expectations in financial markets that an increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve may be on the horizon. Mortgage rates remain at historically low levels, however.

AUTO INDUSTRY

US auto sales expected to drop in August

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. sales of new cars and trucks were expected to drop in August, ending summer on a low note for the auto industry.

Labor board orders Volkswagen to begin bargaining with UAW

NASHVILLE (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board is ordering Volkswagen to engage in bargaining with a group of skilled-trades workers who voted to be represented by the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Apple says several billion dollars set aside for US taxes

LONDON (AP) — Apple's chief executive says the company has put aside "several billion dollars" to pay tax liabilities in the United States as it repatriates some of its huge overseas earnings.

A weak start to September for US stock market

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly lower Thursday morning as the market gets off to a quiet start in September. Energy companies are falling with the price of oil and weak reports from Costco and Campbell Soup are hurting household goods companies. Materials companies are continuing their recent gains.

US construction spending unchanged in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending was unchanged in July as weakness in spending on government projects offset gains in home building and the strongest month for non-residential construction on record.

US factory activity shrinks for first time in 6 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing contracted last month for the first time since February, as new orders and output plummeted and factories cut jobs.

Weekly requests for US jobless aid rise but still near lows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the overall levels still remain near historic lows in a positive sign for the job market.

US productivity down in spring, while labor costs rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity fell in the April-June quarter by a larger amount than first estimated, while labor costs accelerated sharply.

New commercial flights mean big change for US-Cuba relations

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — It took an hour and a $330 paper check to buy the printed blue ticket for my one-way charter flight from Havana to Miami, the last I will ever take.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31
COURTS

Ex-Upper Cumberland Development District boss pleads guilty

NASHVILLE (AP) - The former head of the Upper Cumberland Development District has pleaded guilty to federal theft charges.

MIDSTATE

Troopers say alcohol involved in Tennessee fire truck wreck

DICKSON (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol says alcohol was involved in the wreck of a fire truck that overturned on its way to a house fire.

REAL ESTATE

Pending US home sales strengthened in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in July, a sign that demand for home ownership remains strong despite a shortage of listings on the market.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW stakes hopes for US revival on new Chattanooga-built SUV

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Volkswagen's new SUV comes with a feature that automatically controls braking to each wheel as the seven-seater descends on slippery off-road terrain. The German automaker is staking its hopes on the new model being just as adept at arresting the company's sales woes in the United States.

Volkswagen plans expansion of test track at Tennessee plant

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Volkswagen is planning to expand the test track at its Chattanooga plant so it can better evaluate the new SUV that is scheduled to be built at the facility later this year.

More Mitsubishi models in Japan found with inflated mileage

TOKYO (AP) — The mileage scandal at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is widening after the Japanese government ordered sales of eight more models halted after finding their mileage ratings were falsely inflated.

Google to expand Waze carpooling service in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is preparing to expand a San Francisco carpooling program in a move that could that could set up a showdown with its one-time ally, the popular ride-hailing service Uber.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Energy companies pull US stocks lower as oil prices fall

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks took small losses Wednesday as energy companies fell with the price of oil and chemical and materials companies traded lower. That pulled the market lower for August, ending a five-month winning streak for stocks. The losses were very small, though, as this proved to be one of the quietest months in recent history for stocks.

Survey: US companies add a solid 177,000 jobs in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added a solid 177,000 jobs in August, according to a private survey, suggesting that hiring remains healthy after two months of strong gains.

California farmworkers on edge over historic overtime bill

MENDOTA, Calif. (AP) — Many California farmworkers who make up the backbone of the nation's No. 1 agricultural state were praising historic legislation that brings them closer to receiving the same overtime pay as the rest of the state's workers who are paid by the hour.

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 30
TECHNOLOGY

Comey: FBI wants 'adult conversation' on device encryption

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey warned again Tuesday about the bureau's inability to access digital devices because of encryption and said investigators were collecting information about the challenge in preparation for an "adult conversation" next year.

REAL ESTATE

US home prices rise in June at slowest pace in 10 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose modestly in June, pushed up by strong sales and a limited supply of available properties.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks mostly lower as investors wait for jobs report

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell slightly on Tuesday in another quiet day on Wall Street as hesitant investors remained on the sidelines as a slow summer winds down.

US consumer confidence in August highest in 11 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence rose in August to its highest level in 11 months, suggesting economic growth could pick up in the second half of the year.

Agriculture closes offices in 5 states after threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department said Tuesday it had closed offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats that it considered serious.

Europe hits Apple with a $15 billion-plus tax bill

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The European Union ordered Apple on Tuesday to pay nearly $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland, plus billions more in interest, in a move that dramatically escalates the fight over whether America's biggest corporations are paying their fair share around the world.

Seattle weighs new rules for businesses with hourly workers

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle leaders have proposed new rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance and compensate workers for some last-minute changes.

NATIONAL POLITICS

FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers targeted related data systems in two states.


MONDAY, AUGUST 29
NASHVILLE AREA

Just like us: Taylor Swift reports to jury duty, dismissed

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville judge dismissed pop star Taylor Swift as a potential juror in an aggravated rape and kidnapping case on Monday, Davidson County District Attorney General's Office spokesman Ken Whitehouse said.

Judge orders Nashville police to provide accident reports

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge has ordered that the Metropolitan Nashville Police make accident reports available to inspection within three days of the end of the shift of the officer who created the report.

AUTO INDUSTRY

More than 40 pct. of VW owners seek emissions cheating settlement

DETROIT (AP) — About 210,000 owners of Volkswagens with 2-liter diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests have registered to settle with the company under the terms of a June court agreement.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple expected to show new iPhone at event next week

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San Francisco.

FAA forecast: 600,000 commercial drones within the year

WASHINGTON (AP) — There will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration estimate.

HEALTH CARE

Mylan launching generic version of EpiPen

Mylan will start selling a cheaper version of its EpiPen after absorbing waves of criticism over a list price for the emergency allergy treatment that has grown to $608 for a two-pack, making it unaffordable for many patients.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Banks lead gains on Wall Street on hopes for higher rates

NEW YORK (AP) — Banks led the stock market higher Monday as investors anticipate that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates this year from their historically low levels. That could help banks recover from a long slump by making lending more profitable.

US consumer spending posts slower growth in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers boosted spending at a slower pace in July, while their incomes accelerated slightly.

Drones meet drought in skies of storied California farmland

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird's-eye view of a vast tomato field in California's Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 26
STATEWIDE

Tennessee AG Slatery names Ney as new chief deputy

NASHVILLE (AP) — Paul Ney, a former legal counsel to the Tennessee Republican Party, has been named chief deputy to state Attorney General Hebert Slatery.

NASHVILLE AREA

Prison company fights to seal documents about strip searches

NASHVILLE (AP) — Private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America is trying to seal from public view documents in a lawsuit that claim female visitors to a Tennessee prison were forced to undergo strip searches to prove they were menstruating.

HEALTH CARE

Mylan boosts EpiPen patient programs, doesn't budge on price

Mylan is bulking up programs that help patients pay for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment after weathering heated criticism about an average cost that has soared over the past decade.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple boosts iPhone security after Mideast spyware discovery

PARIS (AP) — A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has trigged a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday.

WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads and Facebook friend suggestions on Facebook based on WhatsApp information — although not on the messaging service itself.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Auto, technology industries clash over talking cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and someday maybe even help solve traffic jams, automakers and government officials say.

VW: employee chief floats idea of taking stakes in suppliers

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen's employee council chief is suggesting that the automaker consider taking stakes in suppliers after a dispute disrupted production in Germany.

Volkswagen, dealers reach tentative deal in cheating scandal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Volkswagen has reached a tentative deal with its U.S. dealers to compensate them for losses they said they suffered as a result of the company's emissions cheating scandal, attorneys for the carmaker and dealers told a federal judge Thursday.

Jury: GM car's ignition switch not to blame in fatal crash

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas jury has found that a General Motors Co. ignition switch was not to blame for a 2011 accident that killed one driver and injured another one.

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis are picking up passengers in Singapore.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end mostly lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended mostly lower on Wall Street, giving up a modest gain from earlier in the day after Fed Chair Janet Yellen gave an upbeat assessment of the economy.

Yellen suggests rate hike is coming but offers no timetable

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the case for raising interest rates has strengthened in light of a solid job market and an improved outlook for the U.S. economy and inflation. But she stopped short of offering any timetable.

US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a sluggish 1.1 percent pace this spring as businesses sharply reduced their stockpiles of goods and spent less on new buildings and equipment. Yet most analysts forecast much faster growth in the summer and fall, fueled by healthy consumer spending.

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