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1. Prominent donors take sides in Tennessee's US Senate race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Donors are choosing sides in Tennessee's open race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

During his first few weeks running, Republican Bill Hagerty raised $1.9 million and spent $24,400 through September. Hagerty's contributors included ex-Gov. Bill Haslam, former Congresswoman Diane Black, Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran and CoreCivic CEO Damon Hininger.

2. Embattled Tennessee speaker resigns from leadership role -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House speaker has officially resigned from his leadership role after being plagued for months by multiple scandals involving explicit text messages.

Rep. Glen Casada agreed to step aside as speaker on Friday. The GOP caucus had voted in May that they no longer had confidence in the Republican's leadership, but Casada only agreed to resign in August.

3. Legislators want Casada gone, so why the wait? -

Are we there yet? Not exactly, as the question relates to Williamson County Republican Rep. Glen Casada’s resignation as Tennessee House Speaker.

For the record, Casada has resigned the speakership, effective at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2 – the day after Metro Nashville votes for a mayor, vice mayor and Metro Council members. When he announced the Aug. 2 exit date, Casada also asked Gov. Bill Lee to hold a special session of the legislature that same day for lawmakers to choose a new speaker.

4. Life after Casada: A ‘kinder, gentler’ TN House -

Tennessee House members can expect a lower-key, collegial atmosphere when they return in January without Glen Casada as their speaker, several members say.

It’s also possible the number of House committees and subcommittees, 43, will return to the pre-Casada level of 28.

5. Casada to resign in August -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House speaker announced Tuesday that he'll resign from his leadership position on Aug. 2 after a vote of no confidence by his Republican caucus amid a scandal over explicit text messages.

6. Lee: Lawmaker Byrd should address allegations -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's governor said Thursday that it's "past time" for a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct to address the allegations publicly.

The statement by Gov. Bill Lee came after months of declining to answer questions about what should be done in response to the claims lodged against Republican Rep. David Byrd.

7. Lawmakers line up to replace Casada -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A handful of lawmakers are throwing their name into the race to be Tennessee's next House speaker.

House Speaker Glen Casada has announced this week he will resign after his GOP caucus held a 45-24 secret ballot vote declaring members didn't have confidence in his ability to lead due to his involvement in several high-profile scandals.

8. Speaker Pro Tem Dunn says he believes sex assault allegations -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A key Republican leader who is next in line to take over the Tennessee House said on Wednesday he believes the women who have accused a Republican member of sexual misconduct.

9. Lawmakers express interest is succeeding Casada -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A handful of lawmakers are throwing their name into the race to be Tennessee's next House speaker.

House Speaker Glen Casada has announced this week he will resign after his GOP caucus held a 45-24 secret ballot vote declaring members didn't have confidence in his ability to lead due to his involvement in several high-profile scandals.

10. Questions remain as Tennessee speaker promises to resign -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Looming questions remain after Tennessee's House Speaker Glen Casada promised to resign from his leadership position, an unprecedented move meant to contain political scandals inside the Republican-controlled Statehouse.

11. Casada to resign amid text message scandal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House Speaker Glen Casada announced Tuesday he plans to resign from his leadership post following a vote of no confidence by his Republican caucus amid a scandal over explicit text messages.

12. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for April 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, April 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

13. ESA plan: School choice or new entitlement? -

Now that Tennessee has education savings accounts, what will it do with them? The answer will make a difference not only for the parents and students who will use them to move from a public to a private school, but also for state politics and finances.

14. Tennessee House OKs bill to penalize voter signup groups -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee could penalize some paid voter registration groups with fines for too many faulty signups and criminal charges for violating new requirements under a proposal passed by the House on Monday.

15. Tennessee voucher bill seeks to block immigrant families -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday tweaked a sweeping voucher proposal to ensure schoolchildren living in the country illegally are prohibited from accessing the program.

The change comes just days after an anti-immigration group came out against the original structure of the bill, arguing it would result in school vouchers for "illegal aliens." However, the amendment also has sparked unease among some Republicans about possible legal concerns.

16. Voucher promoters employ old model for new effort -

Parents and teachers will join Tennessee lawmakers this spring in trying to determine what Gov. Bill Lee’s Education Savings Account proposal, a school-choice option that is similar to school vouchers, would mean to them.

17. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for 2018 -

Top commercial real estate sales, 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

18. Finding a White House chief of staff turns into a scramble -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain.

19. Tennessee House GOP elects Casada as next speaker -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans on Tuesday elected Majority Leader Glen Casada as the chamber's next speaker, reconfiguring another level of state government leadership as GOP Gov.-elect Bill Lee prepares to take office.

20. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for October 2018 -

Top commercial real estate sales, October 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

21. Trump, Democrats can take 2020 clues from midterm elections -

WASHINGTON (AP) — This week's midterm elections offered revealing lessons for both parties as battle lines begin to emerge for the 2020 presidential election.

For Democrats, a string of statewide victories in Rust Belt states opened a potential path back to the White House. But President Donald Trump's Republican Party found strength in critical states that often hold the keys to the presidency.

22. Results of top Tennessee races -

U.S. Senate

1,966 of 1,969 precincts - 99 percent

x-Marsha Blackburn, GOP 1,224,042 - 55 percent

Phil Bredesen, Dem 981,667 - 44 percent

Trudy Austin, Ind 9,422 - 0 percent

23. Quinn moves practice to Neal & Harwell -

Attorney John E. Quinn, previously a partner at Manier & Herod, has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as of counsel.

His practice is in the defense of all aspects of civil litigation, including commercial, professional negligence, personal injury, products liability, employment and insurance litigation. He has extensive trial experience and has conducted more than 50 trials in both state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations in Tennessee and Europe.

24. $1 million-plus Middle Tennessee commercial sales for Q2 2018 -

Commercial real estate sales, Second quarter 2018, of $1 million of more for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

25. Defending Trump in Russia probe? It's hardly a dream job -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several prominent lawyers asked to help represent President Donald Trump in the last year have spurned the assignment at least partly out of concerns he wouldn't pay his bills and doesn't listen to legal advice, according to people familiar with the conversations.

26. Davy Crockett’s fine, but let’s not get carried away -

The Tennessee General Assembly is making some monumental decisions these days – literally. Not only is the Legislature prepared to put a statue of Tennessee folk hero Davy Crockett in front of the State Capitol, replacing obscure Nashville politician Edward Carmack, it’s also likely to erect a monument, or memorial, to unborn children in the ongoing battle against abortion.

27. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for February 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales,February 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

28. AP FACT CHECK: Trump's trouble with numbers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a creative approach to numbers. Whether he's talking about a half dozen or a half trillion, he tends to make them what he wants them to be.

So it was at a political rally on the weekend following days of rhetoric on many fronts. A look at a selection of his statements over the past week:

29. Wave of exits from West Wing sparks talk of brain drain -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump once presided over a reality show in which a key cast member exited each week. The same thing seems to be happening in his White House.

Trump's West Wing has descended into a period of unparalleled tumult amid a wave of staff departures — and despite the president's insistence that it's a place of "no Chaos, only great Energy!" The latest key figure to announce an exit: Gary Cohn, Trump's chief economic adviser, who had clashed with Trump over trade policy.

30. Legislators likely to put cork in Sunday wine sales for pre-k -

Legislation sending revenue from Sunday wine sales to prekindergarten expansion faces a battle on several fronts when it reaches a committee in early March.

The bill sponsored by state Sen. Lee Harris is designed to take the state tax dollars from the sale of wine on Sundays, if that separate bill passes this session, and divert it to a fund designed to increase access for low-income children to prekindergarten classrooms in Tennessee. The bill is set to be heard March 6 in the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

31. Fifth Third Bank names Hays area sales manager -

Fifth Third Bank has named Greg Hays as vice president and mortgage area sales manager for the Tennessee market.

In this role, Hays will manage the existing mortgage team and lead Fifth Third’s plan to expand the mortgage team in the Nashville market.

32. Middle Tennessee's $1M-plus residential transactions for 2017 -

There were 735 homes selling for $1 million or more in Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Sumner and Wilson counties in 2017, according to Chandler Reports.

Davidson County had the most with 386, followed by Williamson (316), Sumner (21), Wilson (10) and Rutherford (2).

33. US appeals court: Tennessee abortion amendment vote was OK -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal appeals court dealt abortion opponents and state elections officials a victory Tuesday by ruling that Tennessee won't have to recount votes on a constitutional amendment passed in 2014 that allows tougher abortion restrictions.

34. Opioid crisis and juvenile justice -

With the state’s budget projected to be tight and lawmakers lining up to run for re-election in 2018, the coming legislative session isn’t expected to yield many surprises.

But the 110th General Assembly still has a long row to hoe as the session starts Jan. 9 with new legislative offices and committee rooms in the renovated Cordell Hull Building in downtown Nashville.

35. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for November 2017 -

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

36. Black names leadership teams in all 95 Tennessee counties -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black has named leadership teams in all 95 Tennessee counties.

37. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for September 2017 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2017, for Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports. Due to technical issues, Davidson County sales are unavailable for September.

38. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for July 2017 -

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

39. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for July 2017 -

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

40. Bad leadership or politics? Motlow president’s fall -

One day he was the golden boy, touting Motlow State’s success and posing with the governor for the signing of the Reconnect Act. The next, seemingly, he was gone with the wind.

At least publicly, everything was grand as Anthony “Tony” Kinkel helped Gov. Bill Haslam meet his Drive to 55 effort to put certificates or degrees in the hands of half of Tennessee adults by 2025. With limited space and resources, Kinkel pushed the Tennessee Promise scholarship at Motlow, the state’s fastest-growing community college, bolstering student retention, graduation and fundraising.

41. Gas tax rancor lingers as session coasts to close -

Remnants of rancor over Republican leadership roiled the House, a reminder of outrage over roguish behavior as representatives reached the finish line.

Alliteration is probably better suited for poetry. But in a case of what could be considered poetic justice, at least for some, this literary device – goofiness maybe – is suitable for legislative action requiring a score card to keep up with the characters and a bit of history to put it all together.

42. Tennessee lawmakers make late session push on final bills -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers nearly checked off the last of their lingering legislative priorities Tuesday, as they moved to require metal detectors for gun-banning city facilities and pushed to let older adults without a college degree or certificate attend community college for free.

43. Bill making it harder for cities to restrict guns passes House -

Legislation making it easier for Tennessee cities to be sued over gun restrictions eased through the House on Wednesday even though it would allow those filing lawsuits to claim triple attorney fees.

44. Most legislators urging slowdown in outsourcing state jobs -

A majority of Tennessee’s legislators are asking the state to hold up on a facilities management outsourcing contract with Jones Lang LaSalle.

Seventy-five of the General Assembly’s 132 members, 17 in the Senate and 58 in the House, have signed a letter to Terry Cowles, director of the Office of Customer Focused Government, asking the office to slow down on outsourcing so it can “study and understand the effect” on public services, the economy and state employees.

45. Traffic camera confidentiality bill withdrawn in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill that had sought to make the names of people who refused to pay traffic camera fines confidential has been withdrawn for the year.

WTVF-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2p7XWaW) that the bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden, had received 13 traffic camera tickets.

46. Tennessee lawmakers advance bill opposed by teachers union -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill that would allow school systems to deduct up to 10 percent of teachers' unions dues from payroll has passed in a House education subcommittee.

The proposal is opposed by the Tennessee Education Association, the state's largest teacher union.

47. House committee avoids zombies, approves school voucher bill -

Despite a packed room of Memphis-area people opposed to vouchers for public school students, a House Education Committee advanced a pilot program targeting low-income children in the Shelby County Schools system’s low-performing schools.

48. Singing along with tone-deaf legislators -

Often dull, but never boring. They might even make you break out into song. Halfway through the 2017 session, the General Assembly could be accused of lacking sharpness or sensibility, but what it lacks in luster it makes up for with lots of political song and dance.

49. Haslam's fuel tax delayed in committee -

A split House Transportation Committee slammed the brakes Tuesday on Gov. Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, even though it contains a measure to use the sales tax for transportation funding instead of raising fuel taxes.

50. School voucher legislation reintroduced in Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE (AP) — School voucher proponents are hopeful that this is the year they can finally pass legislation to direct state money to pay for private school tuition in Tennessee.

Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville on Wednesday reintroduced a bill similar to one that stalled in the House last year when he couldn't gain support from enough wary rural lawmakers for the measure to pass.

51. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for Dec. 2016 -

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

52. Tax hikes, cuts both eyed as Legislature reconvenes -

The 110th General Assembly is set to convene on Jan. 10 with unfinished business from previous sessions likely to dominate debate. Here’s a look at some of the hottest topics expected to arise.

53. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for Nov. 2016 -

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

54. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for October 2016 -

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

55. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for May 2016 -

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

56. 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.

57. Legislative losers: All who disagree with legislators -

The 109th General Assembly is done – almost – for the year. Here’s a look at the winners and losers.

Winner: State budget

Buoyed by $400 million in surplus revenue from fiscal 2015 and $450 million in projected surpluses for the coming fiscal year, Gov. Bill Haslam spread the wealth in a $34.9 billion budget.

58. Legislature passes public records law -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Legislature has passed a bill that will require nearly every government office across Tennessee to tell citizens how they can get public records.

The measure first directs the open records counsel in the state comptroller's office to come up with a model public records policy that local government agencies could adapt. The legislation would then require government offices to have a written public records policy by July 17, 2017. The policy can't be less open than state law allows, and it should explain to citizens how to make a request to either inspect or copy public records and any fees charged for obtaining copies.

59. House passes Haslam's shakeup of Tennessee college boards -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to remove four-year public universities from the Board of Regents system and give them their own boards won approval Thursday in the Tennessee House.

60. State-level control of schools drives much of Dunn’s agenda -

Knoxville Republican state Rep. Bill Dunn says he believes in putting up “guardrails” to keep Tennesseans from getting off track.

When he ran for a state House seat more than 20 years ago, he didn’t like the way the world was going and decided to leave a job as 4-H agent with the UT Extension Service for work with a tree company, which enabled him to speak out.

61. Retired teacher doesn’t mind going against GOP positions -

State Rep. Jim Coley considers himself an independent thinker in the General Assembly. He definitely doesn’t vote down the Republican Party line.

“I think there’s a place in politics for moderation or moderates, because at one time it was a classical virtue and a Christian virtue,” Coley says.

62. School voucher bill stalls in House amid flagging support -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to create a school voucher program stalled in the House on Thursday despite efforts to drum up support among wary rural lawmakers by limiting the areas of Tennessee where parents could receive state money to pay for private school tuition.

63. School voucher bill stalls in House amid flagging support -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The House sponsor of a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee says he doesn't have the votes to pass the measure aimed at covering private school tuition for children attending some the state's worst public schools.

64. House sponsor delays voucher vote amid flurry of amendments -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Proponents of a creating a limited school voucher program in Tennessee first feared that snow flurries would keep enough supporters from arriving for a House floor vote Monday.

65. Voucher bill scheduled for Monday vote in Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to create a limited school voucher program has been scheduled for a Monday floor vote in the state House.

The measure cleared its last hurdle on a voice vote in the House Calendar Committee on Tuesday after clearing the Finance Committee by a single vote last week.

66. Haslam, lawmakers see need to clear pending records requests -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam and two top Tennessee lawmakers say they recognize the need to clear a backlog of hundreds of open records requests.

John Dunn, a spokesman for Comptroller Justin Wilson, said Wilson has requested nearly $265,000 in the budget to help with the growing number of requests for information.

67. School voucher bill headed for floor vote in Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - An effort to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has cleared its last major committee before a full House vote.

The House Finance Committee voted 11-10 Tuesday in favor of the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville. The Senate has already passed its version of the bill, and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said earlier Tuesday that he plans to sign the measure into law if it remains unchanged from its current form.

68. School voucher proposal clears key Tennessee House panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to provide state vouchers of about $7,000 for parents to send their children to private schools in Tennessee has cleared a House panel that rejected the measure in recent years.

69. Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 13 to firm -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is recently hired 13 attorneys for its Nashville office.

Elaina Al-Nimri (associate) represents clients in breach of contract disputes and complex business litigation. Al-Nimri earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law and a B.A. degree from Providence College.

70. Most oppose new public records charges in Tennessee hearings -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawmakers are asking taxpayers to weigh in on a proposal to charge people to view public records, and the taxpayers' response so far is clear: No.

The meetings were organized by the state Office of Open Records Counsel at the behest of lawmakers who want to change the current law that allows custodians to charge for copies but not for simply inspecting records.

71. Ramsey clear in push to politicize Supreme Court -

Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a penchant for igniting flames of partisanship, and the retirement of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade is no exception.

In this case, Ramsey elicited criticism for injecting politics where some believe political colors shouldn’t be unfurled.

72. Top residential real estate transactions for May 2015 -

Top residential real estate transactions, May 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

73. Records show $8M spent on lawmaker health premiums since '92 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Newly released records show that Tennessee taxpayers have paid more than $8 million since 1992 for health insurance premiums for sitting lawmakers.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1Ba8V2j) reports those records show that the state has paid out the most for Johnson City Republican Sen. Rusty Crowe and his family. Records obtained by the newspaper through a public information request show the state paid out $200,000 for Crowe's premiums since he enrolled in the plan in 1992.

74. Tennessee school voucher proposal fails again -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that would let parents move a child from a failing public school in Tennessee to a private school with funding from the state has failed this year - for the third consecutive Tennessee General Assembly session.

75. Tennessee school voucher bill approaching key committee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A state school voucher proposal that failed in the last two Tennessee General Assembly sessions is gaining support as it approaches a key committee in the final days of this year's legislative session.

76. Amended bill would delay Tennessee school voucher plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that seeks to create a school voucher program in Tennessee was amended Tuesday to delay the plan for a year, even though the measure's sponsor says it would hurt efforts to help children get a better education.

77. Is ‘getting rid of public schools’ Legislature’s goal? -

Are Tennessee’s public schools headed for extinction? Not if it’s up to Memphis teachers.

A group from Shelby County recently packed a House committee meeting room at the Legislative Plaza in an effort to turn back bills they consider damaging to their profession and the future of public education.

78. Tennessee school voucher bill continuing to advance in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is continuing to advance in the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville was approved 8-5 in a House education committee on Tuesday.

79. Tennessee school voucher bill headed for full Senate vote -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The House sponsor of a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee says he's taking his time moving it through the legislative process after it failed in the last two legislative sessions.

80. Open meetings laws don't apply to Tennessee transparency panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A panel of experts assembled to offer advice on transparency issues is not subject to the state's open meetings law. At least that's the opinion of Ann Butterworth, who heads the Comptroller's Office of Open Records Counsel.

81. Tennessee school voucher bill advancing in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is advancing in the House.

The so-called "opportunity scholarship" legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville passed an education subcommittee 7-1 on Tuesday. The companion bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

82. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions first half 2014 -

Top first half 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

83. Health Care Council announces new board -

William F. Carpenter III, chairman and CEO, LifePoint Hospitals, will continue to serve as chairman of the Nashville Health Care Council board of directors for the second year.

William Gracey, president and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, continues as vice chairman of the board.

84. Haslam voucher proposal fails this session -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a program that gives parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school has once again failed to pass.

The school voucher legislation was withdrawn from the House Finance Committee on Tuesday because the lawmaker carrying the measure for the governor said there weren't enough votes.

85. Common Core bill passes House 81-9 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would require any data collected under Tennessee's Common Core standards only be used to track the academic progress and needs of students has passed the House.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville was overwhelmingly approved 81-9 Monday evening.

86. GOP fundraiser Welch dies at 80 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ted Welch, a prolific fundraiser in Tennessee Republican politics for four decades, has died. He was 80.

87. Wedding services bill sparks opposition -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Two Tennessee lawmakers have proposed a bill that would protect wedding-related businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to provide services based on religious beliefs.

Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville and Knoxville Rep. Bill Dunn are sponsoring the proposal.

88. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for Nov. 2013 -

Top November  2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

89. Nashville Rotary marks 100th anniversary -

The Rotary Club of Nashville, Tennessee’s oldest and largest civic organization, commemorated the 100th anniversary of its first Club meeting this week at the Wildhorse Saloon.

Twenty-seven of its 39 living past presidents were in attendance for a cake-cutting and toast to the next 100 years.

90. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for February 2013 -

Top February 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

91. Haslam's school voucher bill advances in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee continued its progression in the House on Tuesday as the state's largest teachers' union mounted an ad campaign seeking to defeat the measure.

92. Bill to tighten online school enrollment advances -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to tighten enrollment requirements at online-only schools passed a House committee on Tuesday after an amendment failed that would have allowed school districts to close failing schools.

93. Top residential real estate transactions of December 2012 -

Top December 2012 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

94. State Sen. Tracy announces challenge to DesJarlais -

MURFREESBORO (AP) - State Sen. Jim Tracy officially announced Wednesday that he will run for the congressional seat held by fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, saying the embattled lawmaker has deceived his constituents and needs to be replaced with a more trustworthy representative.

95. After 26 years in the works, 840 highway complete -

FRANKLIN (AP) - State officials say a 78-mile stretch of highway that loops south of Nashville and has taken 26 years to finish will ease traffic congestion and be a boost for the economy.

Gov. Bill Haslam officially opened the final portion of State Route 840 on Friday. Former Govs. Don Sundquist and Winfield Dunn and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander attended the event.

96. Emotional Brooks goes into Country Hall of Fame -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Garth Brooks promised he'd be emotional during his Country Music Hall of Fame induction. But the tears started before he made it all the way into the building.

Reflecting on personal heroes George Strait, Bob Seger and James Taylor on hand to salute him Sunday night, Brooks teared up as he spoke with reporters on the red carpet. He only got more emotional as the night went along.

97. Top residential real estate transactions for August 2012 -

August 2012 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

98. Top residential sales for May 2012 -

Top residential sales for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

99. Retiring McDonald draws praise from both sides of aisle -

Looking back over his years in the Tennessee Legislature and on the eve of his retirement from that body, House Representative Mike McDonald, Democrat from District 44, says, “My focus has always been on trying to pass legislation that would benefit Sumner County or the people that I represent there. I’ve passed five bills this year and all of them came from constituents.

100. Tenn. lawmakers still trying to conclude business -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers edged closer Sunday to adjourning several weeks earlier than usual, but they continued to engage in end-of-session wrangling as intense as ever.

Budget disagreements between the two chambers led to the first conference committee on the spending plan since the acrimonious debate over the income tax more than a decade ago.