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Spoiler alert: The 911 operator did it
Hall weaves tales from his real job into hit podcast

Of the millions of podcasts that have been launched since British journalist Ben Hammersley coined the term in 2004, none of them may be as unique or focused on its subject matter as longtime Nashville emergency dispatcher Brandon Hall’s Music City 911 true crime streaming program.


TV station finds success with crime podcast

There are podcasts on every subject matter these days, including arts and entertainment, cooking, crafts, literary, politics, pets, sports, wine and more. Pick a category and you’ll likely find a podcast.

True crime podcasts are among the most popular, which is why Nashville television station WSMV4’s investigative team led by Jeremy Finley has decided to broaden its reach by expanding into the ever-growing podcast field.


Soccer player, fan scores with career in law

Logan Threadgill, a devoted soccer player and enthusiast, finds his match in law. After eight years at Chambliss, Threadgill advanced in January from associate to shareholder.

The youngest of five, Threadgill grew up playing outdoor sports with his older siblings, “whether it was soccer, football or basketball. I ended up falling in love with soccer.”


Trimble finds another family business
Former insurance agent builds a real estate team with his wife at his side

Frank Trimble finds an electric lifestyle in real estate. After 22 years in insurance, Trimble heads Trimble Homes at Keller Williams alongside his wife, Cheryl, and his diligent team.

Trimble earned his insurance license and began working for the Trimble family agency while still in college at age 19. His parents, “granddad,” two of his brothers and Trimble’s now-wife Cheryl also worked at the agency when it later merged with Huffaker and was eventually purchased by BB&T. After the buyout, Trimble says he didn’t enjoy the bank atmosphere and decided to pursue a career he had been eyeing for years.


Your AC system is trying; give it a break

If you have been on any social media channels, you have probably seen a post or two along the lines of: “I went outside today and saw two Hobbits trying to throw a ring into my backyard.” Or “This summer, don’t forget to hydrate and don’t go back outside until November.”


Financial Focus: How strong is your emergency fund?

You can’t predict financial emergencies – but you can prepare for them.

To do that, you can build an emergency fund to pay for unexpected expenses, some of which may be sizable. Without one, you might be forced to dip into your investments, possibly including your retirement accounts, such as your IRA or 401(k).


Knecht once again ready to prove his doubters wrong

As little as three years ago, Dalton Knecht was playing for a junior college in Colorado. Today, he’s a first-round NBA Draft pick playing for one of the most illustrious organizations in sports.

 The Los Angeles Lakers selected Knecht with the No. 17 pick overall in the first round of the draft two weeks ago.


Rogers column: Hats off to the national anthem, but that’s all

Joe Rogers is taking a couple of weeks off. We hope you enjoy this column from July 15, 2022.

I don’t think of myself as a rebel, college alma mater (Hotty toddy!) notwithstanding. But I staged a mini-protest the other night at a Sounds game by refusing to stand and take off my hat as requested.


Does your dream job meet your minimum income level?

Do you ever wonder what your life would have been like if you had taken a different path? What if you had studied something different in college or worked in a different industry? What if you had a different role at work?

When I was in graduate school, a professor casually suggested I should go into consulting at a big firm. I had no idea what that meant. I never asked, and he never explained. I have wondered what my path would have been like if we had just one conversation.


The better SUV, Land Cruiser or Lexus GX?

Toyota has come out with an all-new 2024 Land Cruiser. This latest model of this long-running SUV is smaller and less expensive than before and comes with a hybrid powertrain that gets better fuel economy than the previous V8.

Yet, true to tradition, the Land Cruiser comes standard with four-wheel drive and ample ground clearance for help over rugged terrain. It should be a no-brainer for anyone shopping for an outdoorsy SUV.


Tennessee Aquarium hatches Penguin chick

There are few certainties in life, but alongside death, taxes, and the arrival of hot weather in July, at least one other thing is unarguable: baby penguins are almost impossibly cute.

Guests visiting the Tennessee Aquarium during the Fourth of July holiday can join Aquarium staffers in excitedly welcoming the newest addition to the Penguins’ Rock gallery – a fluffy (and shockingly fast-growing) Macaroni Penguin chick.


Nashville's Parthenon museum wants you to know why it is returning artifacts to Mexico

NASHVILLE (AP) — When Bonnie Seymour took a job as assistant curator of Nashville's Parthenon museum, one of the first things she did was to look through the collections. Among paintings by American artists and memorabilia from Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition — the event for which the Parthenon was built — she found a random assortment of pre-Columbian pottery from Mexico.


Dollar General agrees to pay $12 million fine to settle alleged workplace safety violations

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General has agreed to pay a $12 million fine and improve conditions at its thousands of retail stores nationwide to make them safer for workers, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.

The discount retailer and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reached the settlement to resolve alleged violations that included unsafe storage, blocked emergency exits and fire extinguishers, and inaccessible electrical panels.


The Beastie Boys sue Chili's parent company over alleged misuse of 'Sabotage' song in ad

NEW YORK (AP) — The Beastie Boys are suing the parent company of Chili's in a case that accuses the chain restaurant of running an advertisement that used the hip-hop trio's smash hit "Sabotage" without permission.

The rap group, in a federal case filed Wednesday in New York, alleged Brinker International created a Chili's ad that used significant portions of "Sabotage" and ripped off the song's music video.


Man plotted electrical substation attack to advance white supremacist views, prosecutors say

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Jersey man who authorities say was on his way to Ukraine to join a volunteer fighting unit has been arrested in an alleged plot to attack a U.S. electrical substation to advance his white supremacist views, the Justice Department said Thursday.


Trump lawyers press judge to overturn hush money conviction after Supreme Court immunity ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's lawyers are imploring a New York judge to overturn his hush money conviction and dismiss the case, arguing his historic trial was "tainted" by evidence that shouldn't have been allowed because of the Supreme Court's recent presidential immunity ruling.


Pelosi and Democratic leaders try to guide their party through Biden uproar

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi's phone lit up the night of President Joe Biden's debate performance with a question that has yet to be fully resolved: Now what?

Calls kept coming the morning after Biden's agonizing face-off against Republican Donald Trump, and anxious lawmakers surrounded Pelosi later on the House floor.


Two weeks that imperiled Biden's presidency left him on probation in the court of Democratic opinion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's tribulations were previewed in Hollywood days before he got on the debate stage.

At a fundraiser organized by George Clooney and packed with luminaries including former President Barack Obama, Biden was a listless figure, perhaps merely jet-lagged after flying straight from Italy but clearly not the man they knew.


Biden says during news conference he's going to 'complete the job' despite calls to bow out

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden used his closely watched news conference Thursday to deliver a forceful defense of his foreign and domestic policies and batted away questions about his ability to serve another four years, declaring: "I'm not in this for my legacy. I'm in this to complete the job."


Biden's challenge: Will he ever satisfy the media's appetite for questions about his ability?

NEW YORK (AP) — Toward the end of his closely watched news conference Thursday night on the sidelines of the NATO summit, President Joe Biden was talking about being examined by doctors for his mental acuity. Suddenly, a little frustration slipped through.


Key takeaways from Biden's news conference: Insistence on staying in the race and flubbed names

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden faced a test Thursday that he had avoided so far this year — a solo news conference with questions from the White House press corps.

The news conference was meant to reassure a disheartened group of Democratic lawmakers, allies and persuadable voters in this year's election that Biden still has the strength and stamina to be president. Biden has tried to defend his feeble and tongue-tied performance in the June 27 debate against Republican Donald Trump as an outlier rather than evidence that at 81 he lacks the vigor and commanding presence that the public expects from the commander in chief.


The GOP group behind Project 2025 floats conspiracy theory that Biden will use 'force' to keep power

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative think tank that is planning for a complete overhaul of the federal government in the event of a Republican presidential win is suggesting that President Joe Biden might try to hold the White House "by force" if he loses the November election.


Biden pushes on 'blue wall' sprint with Michigan trip as he continues to make the case for candidacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years ago, candidate Joe Biden stood before supporters at a Detroit high school, flanked by Kamala Harris and other rising Democratic stars, and called himself a bridge to the next generation of leaders.

Biden, now a president seeking reelection, returns to the city Friday with many in his party now pleading for him to fulfill that very promise and step aside. But Biden remains defiant that he'll remain in the race despite a disastrous debate performance that triggered a wave of calls for him to end his candidacy.


Hungary's nationalist leader visits Trump at Mar-a-Lago following NATO summit

NEW YORK (AP) — Hungary's nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, traveled to Florida on Thursday and met with former President Donald Trump following a NATO summit in Washington, a move likely to aggravate frustrations among Western allies over similar secretive trips he made to Russia and China in recent days.


Two weeks after that debate, Biden is on probation in the court of Democratic opinion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's tribulations were previewed in Hollywood days before he got on the debate stage.

At a fundraiser organized by George Clooney and packed with luminaries including former President Barack Obama, Biden was a listless figure, perhaps merely jet-lagged after flying straight from Italy but clearly not the man they knew.


More than 6 in 10 U.S. adults support protecting access to IVF, AP-NORC poll finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatively few Americans fully endorse the idea that a fertilized egg should have the same rights as a pregnant woman. But a significant share say it describes their views at least somewhat well, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.


US wholesale inflation picked up in June in sign that some price pressures remain elevated

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices in the United States rose by a larger-than-expected 2.6% last month from a year earlier, a sign that some inflation pressures remain high.

The increase, the sharpest year-over-year increase since March 2023, comes at a time when other price indicators are showing that inflation has continued to ease.


China's exports grow 8.6% in June, beating forecasts despite trade tensions

HONG KONG (AP) — China's exports beat forecasts in June, customs data showed Friday, while imports grew less than expected.

Exports grew 8.6% from the same time last year to hit $307.8 billion, according to data released by Chinese customs, beating estimates of about 7.4% to 8% growth. Imports however fell 2.3% from a year earlier to $208.8 billion.


Wall Street rolls to the edge of records as hopes remain for cuts to rates

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Friday after some mixed signals on big banks' profits and inflation did little to dent Wall Street's belief that easier interest rates are on the way.

The S&P 500 climbed 0.6% to close its fifth winning week in the last six. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 247 points, or 0.6%, and Nasdaq composite added 0.6%. All three indexes had been on track to set all-time highs in afternoon trading but finished shy of them.


Czech brewer Budvar's net profit up 46.3% in 2023 as it recovers from loss of the Russian market

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech brewer Budvar, which has been embroiled in a long legal dispute with U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch over the use of the Budweiser brand, said Friday it increased its net profit, output and exports in 2023.

Budejovicky Budvar NP said its net profit jumped 46.3% last year to 293.8 million Czech crowns ($12.6 million).


Big bank quarterly results show signs of consumers slowing down spending

NEW YORK (AP) — Signs of consumers slowing down their spending and falling behind on their bills weighed down shares of the big banks on Friday. JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo saw their adjusted profits fall, while Citigroup saw sluggish spending on its credit cards.


Russian assassination plots against those supporting Ukraine uncovered in Europe, official says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Western intelligence agencies have uncovered Russian plots to carry out assassinations, arson and other sabotage in Europe against companies and people linked to support for Ukraine's military — one of the most serious being a plan to kill the head of a German arms manufacturer, a Western government official said.


The NATO summit was about Ukraine and Biden. Here are some key things to know

WASHINGTON (AP) — NATO leaders met this week to celebrate the alliance's 75th anniversary under the cloud of deep political uncertainty in its most powerful member — the United States.

But even as questions swirled about President Joe Biden's future and the implications of a possible return to the White House by NATO skeptic Donald Trump, the 32 allies put a brave face on their strength and unity going forward, particularly in relation to Ukraine.