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1. Trial Lawyers name Welborn to state committee -

Butler Snow attorney Joseph F. Welborn III has been named to the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Tennessee State Committee.

Welborn has more than 28 years of trial experience in business and commercial litigation including shareholder, corporate merger and acquisition, banking, contractual, real estate, intellectual property and business tort disputes. He also is experienced in representing individuals and businesses in civil rights litigation, as well as catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.

2. Lee taps 38 to serve on census panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has appointed 38 people to a panel that will work with the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census.

Lee's office announced a wide variety of appointees to the Tennessee Complete Count Committee on Wednesday.

3. Lee taps 38 to serve on census panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has appointed 38 people to a panel that will work with the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census.

Lee's office announced a wide variety of appointees to the Tennessee Complete Count Committee on Wednesday.

4. California to let college athletes make money, defying NCAA -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge.

5. UK leader Johnson faces backlash over confrontational tone -

LONDON (AP) — Angry and despairing British lawmakers accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday of whipping up violence and division with his charged language about opponents of Brexit, and the speaker of the House of Commons pleaded for an end to the "toxic" atmosphere.

6. Court limits order that had stopped Trump asylum limits -

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court's ruling Friday will allow the Trump administration to begin rejecting asylum at some parts of the U.S.-Mexico border for migrants who arrived after transiting through a third country.

7. Franchising is the future -

Ever eat at a Captain D’s or a Shoney’s restaurant? Grab a cupcake from Gigi’s or a latte at Just Love Coffee?

People who do so every day are fueling the success of many new and longtime franchise brands which started in and around Nashville, and who still call Tennessee home.

8. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for second quarter 2019 -

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

9. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for May 2019 -

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

10. Tobacco out, hemp in for Tennessee farmers -

Bill Corbin always knew a day would come when he would no longer be able to call himself a third-generation tobacco farmer. That day has arrived.

The Springfield farmer says he had contracts to grow tobacco until this year, but will now devote all his energy and acreage to growing hemp.

11. Governor doesn't echo incentives warning in VW union vote -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is not echoing warnings by fellow Republican officials that if a union vote passes at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, future talks about state incentives could become more difficult.

12. Governor doesn't echo incentives warning in VW union vote -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is not echoing warnings by fellow Republican officials that if a union vote passes at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, future talks about state incentives could become more difficult.

13. A hefty donation to Trump's inaugural comes under scrutiny -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate mogul Franklin Haney contributed $1 million to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and all he's got to show for the money is the glare of a federal investigation.

14. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for April 2019 -

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

15. Engineer, 96, recalls in early Oak Ridge, ‘beautiful women’ -

Some “Secret City” memories stand out more than others for Monroe Malow. The 96-year-old retired chemical engineer, who now resides in a senior assisted-living home just outside of Nashville, was brought to Oak Ridge from New York in the early 1940s to work on the top-secret Manhattan Project.

16. Seeking Brexit support, May offers vote on new referendum -

LONDON (AP) — In a major concession, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday offered U.K. lawmakers the chance to vote on whether to hold a new referendum on the country's membership in the European Union — but only if they back her thrice-rejected Brexit agreement.

17. Baker Donelson makes Douse a shareholder -

Baker Donelson has elected 11 new shareholders across the firm, including Chris Douse in the Nashville office.

Douse is a member of the firm’s Corporate Finance & Securities Group, where he focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, public and private equity and debt offerings, corporate governance, commercial finance and other general business law matters.

18. 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.

19. Out with the old: Treasured antique mall saying goodbye -

The “77 Sunset Strip” board game makes me smile, even as I’m immersed in commercial death throes while wandering the sprawling building on Eighth Avenue South where yet another longtime business – one where 73-year-old owner Pat Morris has toiled day and night to create something special – is going to close.

20. Is a better credit rating worth exposing your bank data? -

America’s credit bureaus haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory when it comes to protecting your private data.

So, you might well be skeptical about two new credit-enhancing products that require not just credit information but also access to your bank accounts.

21. Back to Earth: Washington set to allow 'human composting' -

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington appears set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as "natural organic reduction" — an accelerated decomposition process that turns bodies into soil within weeks.

22. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for March 2019 -

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

23. MTSU shows governor mechatronics program -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Students in one of Middle Tennessee State University's ready-to-work degree programs are getting access to technology used by companies around the world through a grant from Siemens Digital Industries Software.

24. UK's May meets Labour leader for Brexit compromise talks -

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Brexit drama entered a dramatic overtime period Wednesday, as Prime Minister Theresa May and the country's main opposition sought a compromise deal to prevent an abrupt British departure from the European Union at the end of next week.

25. Lawmakers denounce plan to divert military money for wall -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers on Tuesday denounced Defense Department plans to use military funds to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall, telling Pentagon leaders the "unbelievably irresponsible" maneuver will threaten the agency's future ability to shift money around when needed.

26. Pentagon to defend projects targeted by Trump border project -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top defense leaders are expected to get a barrage of questions when they face worried lawmakers on Capitol Hill for the first time since the Pentagon spelled out the military construction projects that could lose funding this year to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall.

27. Events -

Tin Pan South. Now in its 27th year, the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival is the highlight for musicians and music lovers each year. Music fans come from all over the world to see dozens of performances during this event. Through Sunday. Information

28. Broadband grants awarded in 13 Tennessee counties -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Thirteen companies across Tennessee will receive part of $14.8 million in broadband accessibility grants announced by Gov. Bill Lee.

Lee said in a news release the grants will expand broadband service to more than 8,300 households and businesses.

29. Events -

Chamber Midtown Quarterly Meeting. Discussion will focus on entrepreneurship in the Midtown area, including the thriving industries of technology, health care and more. Chamber Midtown is one of six of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Area Advisory Councils, formed to champion business prosperity in one of Nashville’s most thriving business districts. Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, 2400 West End Ave. Thursday, 8-9:30 a.m. Registration required. Fee: free for chamber members and future members. Information

30. Smith elected president of Tennessee Medical Association -

Kevin Smith, M.D., Ph.D., MMHC, FACP, has been elected president of the Tennessee Medical Association and will take office in May.

Smith practices primary care and teaches general internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was previously in private practice at Saint Thomas West Hospital, including six years in solo practice.

31. AP analysis: Steel tariffs waived even with tough trade talk -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite President Donald Trump's tough talk on trade, his administration has granted hundreds of companies permission to import millions of tons of steel made in China, Japan and other countries without paying the hefty tariff he put in place to protect U.S. manufacturers and jobs, according to an Associated Press analysis.

32. FedEx Logistics establishing new HQ in downtown Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx Logistics is establishing a new headquarters in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, and bringing nearly 700 jobs along with it.

FedEx Logistics President and CEO Richard W. Smith and Gov. Bill Lee told news reporters Tuesday that the branch of shipping giant FedEx Corp. is moving into a building formerly occupied by the Gibson Guitar factory.

33. The secret life of Nashville drumming legend Jimmy Otey -

Before he was a successful chemical engineer and beloved MTA bus driver, Jimmy Otey was playing the drums for Little Richard in the legendary Cavern in Liverpool, England, when he noticed some “nice guys,” a former house band in the club, looking on.

34. Technology near for real-time TV political fact checks -

NEW YORK (AP) — A Duke University team expects to have a product available for election year that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate.

35. 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.

36. Inaugural worship service moved to Grand Ole Opry -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov.-elect Bill Lee has announced that his inaugural worship service is moving locations to meet increased demand.

Lee's transition team said Wednesday the Republican's worship service will now be held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. It was previously scheduled to be at the Ryman Auditorium.

37. Free agency, acquisitions shuffle local real estate -

Free agency, that annual NFL offseason obsession, has made its way into the real estate world with tremendous turnover in December and January and no commissioner regulating the deals. In real estate circles, the agents are actually free – no salary, no signing bonus, no caps.

38. Still going strong as those who idolize him fade -

The gentle music giant, once a prospective Traveling Wilbury and a guy whose twangy guitar pulsates the heart of rock ’n’ roll, sits in his Franklin home and talks about – among other things – The Beatles’ so-called “White Album” that he got right from the source when it was released a half-century ago.

39. Conservatives warn Trump not to retreat on border wall -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing scathing criticism from conservative supporters after backing away from his threat to shut down the government over border wall funding, with some aggressively lobbying the president against signing a short-term deal with no wall dollars.

40. UT forms search committee as it selects chancellor -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — University of Tennessee system interim president Randy Boyd has named a search committee to assist in the selection of a Knoxville campus chancellor.

41. UT forms search committee as it selects chancellor -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — University of Tennessee system interim president Randy Boyd has named a search committee to assist in the selection of a Knoxville campus chancellor.

The chancellor for UT Martin, Keith Carver, will chair the committee, which will launch its search in January and hopes to name a chancellor in May.

42. Last US Senate race of midterms up for vote in Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters are deciding the last U.S. Senate race of the midterms, choosing between a white Republican Senate appointee backed by President Donald Trump and a black Democrat who was agriculture secretary when Bill Clinton was in the White House.

43. GM slashes thousands of jobs in tech shift -

DETROIT (AP) — Even though unemployment is low, the economy is growing and U.S. auto sales are near historic highs, General Motors is cutting thousands of jobs in a major restructuring aimed at generating cash to spend on innovation.

44. Trump to rally for GOP's Senate candidate in Mississippi -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading to Mississippi for two rallies to try to keep a Senate seat in Republican hands.

Trump will be campaigning Monday for GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is in a runoff Tuesday against Democrat Mike Espy. The former congressman was agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton.

45. GM to lay off up to 14K workers, close as many as 5 plants -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles, the automaker announced Monday.

46. Midterms reveal South split along urban, rural differences -

ATLANTA (AP) — The Solid South is no more. A century of rule by "Southern Democrats" followed by a generation of Republican domination is evolving into something more complex.

This month's midterms revealed a South that is essentially splitting in two. In states like Georgia and Texas, population growth and strong minority turnout propelled liberal Democrats such as Stacey Abrams and Beto O'Rourke to come close to statewide victories once thought impossible. Yet the Old Confederacy states in between are mostly holding to form, with white majorities giving President Donald Trump high marks and conservatives a clear advantage going forward.

47. Events -

TEDxNashvilleWomen. TEDWomen and TEDxWomen are expanding to Middle Tennessee with  TEDxNashville, 1-5 p.m. Thursday at City Winery with a reception to follow at The Ink Building. Featured speakers are former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry; Samar Ali, 2010 White House fellow, recognized as one of World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, first Arab-American elected Vanderbilt’s Student Body President, recipient of the 2016 Truman National Security Fellowship, former assistant commissioner for international affairs for Gov. Bill Haslam, adviser for Department of Homeland Security, Vanderbilt Law School’s board of advisors, Bone McAllester Norton associate; Charlane Oliver, founder and board president of The Equity Alliance, recipient of Dr. Evelyn Fancher Unsung Hero Award, recipient of Unsung Hero award by the East Nashville Chamber of Commerce Council, 2017 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards Finalist, 2016 Nashville Black 40 Under 40 award recipient, Alumni of Young Leaders Council, named one of NashvilleBusiness.Net’s 100 Leading African Americans in 2018, TnAchieves mentor, member of the Public Relations Society of America and Nashville Women of Color in Communications, 2017 Communications Excellence Grand Award by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives; Jennifer Masley, food and wellness entrepreneur, host of Acme Radio’s “The Hive Hour,” founder of Michigan-based Sip Organic Juice Bars, founder of Eio and The Hive restaurant; Erin Wolf, nationally ranked athlete, founding director of Women’s Leadership Center of Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, former Wall Street investment banker and corporate C-Suite executive at a global consulting firm, founder of Suite Track; Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient, founder of The Girls' Lounge; Kimberly Papillon, nationally recognized expert on neuroscience and psychology of decision-making, attorney and educator, speaker at Talks at Google; Bailey Bryan, singer-songwriter penning every track off her impactful debut EP, “So Far;” Cristina Spinei, Nashville-based artist recognized as “one of the most talented young composers in America” by GRAMMY award-winning conductor José Serebrier; Heather McBee (Emcee), VP of operations at Nashville Entrepreneur Center, emcee for Who Knew events, former board member of Leadership Music, former VP of Accelerator Programming. A limited number of tickets are available to the general public.

48. 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.

49. Gullett Sanford paralegal graduates to staff attorney -

Andrew Bellm, who had worked as a wills, trusts and estates paralegal at Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC since 2015, is now a staff attorney with the firm.

Bellm, whose practice involves estate planning, probate, and guardianships and conservatorships, will continue to practice in the firm’s Wills, Trusts and Estates section.

50. Vrabel's Titans rout New England 34-10, snap Pats' streaks -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tom Brady added another big chunk of NFL history to his resume. The Tennessee Titans made sure the Patriots quarterback didn't finish his 300th game by hitting him over and over again.

51. 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

52. AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fabrications on Medicare, immigrants -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the final days before pivotal midterm elections, President Donald Trump is painting a distorted picture of immigration while exaggerating his record of achieving economic gains for non-whites and improving health care for veterans.

53. Audit: Tennessee Valley Authority helicopter use broke rules -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority's use of a nearly $7 million executive helicopter was not always cost effective, and broke federal travel rules and its own policies, the organization's inspector general said in a new report.

54. Carlene Carter finally home, ready for a pony -

Carlene Carter doesn’t resemble the scarred survivor who occupies part of her soul as she sits on the sun-drenched porch overlooking a rented corner of East Nashville and welcomes her fourth husband, Joe Breen – a Julliard-trained classical singer, filmmaker, Broadway veteran and soap opera actor – as he returns from a neighborhood stroll with their two rescue mutts.

55. Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West enter Country Music Hall of Fame -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Bluegrass and country star Ricky Skaggs, singer Dottie West and fiddler Johnny Gimble are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

56. 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.

57. Smith, Monahan lead Flames over Predators 3-0 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Mike Smith and Calgary's defenders were plenty busy in Smith's 37th career shutout.

Smith made 43 saves and Sean Monahan scored twice to lead the Flames to a 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

58. Vrabel gets 1st win as Titans dig deep to beat Texans 20-17 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — No Marcus Mariota. Both starting offensive tackles out, along with the top backup against Houston and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.

Mike Vrabel gave the NFL a glimpse at just how much of a difference he and his assistants can make for the Tennessee Titans as the rookie picked up his first victory as a head coach.

59. HCA pays $1.5B for NC’s Mission Health -

HCA Healthcare has announced it will acquire Mission Health for approximately $1.5 billion.

Under the definitive agreement, Nashville-based HCA will substantially buy all of the assets of the nonprofit North Carolina health system.

60. Nashville Film Festival executive committee chosen -

The Nashville Film Festival board has announced its executive committee for the festival’s 50th anniversary year.

Jim Scherer, founder and president of artist management and music licensing company WHIZBANG, Inc., will serve as board president.

61. Blackburn names Jim Haslam II, Smith campaign finance chairs -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Marsha Blackburn has named Pilot Corporation founder Jim Haslam II and construction company leader Steve Smith as her Senate campaign's finance chairmen.

62. Stars' bars transform Lower Broadway -

Luke Bryan wants you to bite his sushi. Really. The progenitor of the bro-country movement invites all comers to his Lower Broadway bar and restaurant – Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Bar – to see what he has to offer that may be different from the delicacies and/or bar food fans and diners can find at the more than half-dozen country star-fronted restaurants that have mushroomed on Lower Broadway.

63. TN, other states reconsider confidential deals in workplace harassment -

Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs, and keep harassing more women.

State lawmakers, including Tennessee's, have listened. They introduced bills in at least 16 states this year to restrict the use by private employers of non-disclosure agreements in sexual harassment cases, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. They became law in six states: Arizona, Maryland, New York, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington.

64. Blackburn unanimously elected presiding judge -

Davidson County General Sessions judges have unanimously elected Judge Melissa Blackburn to serve as presiding judge through Sept. 2019.

Blackburn has been serving as presiding judge since Dec. 2017 when Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton was elevated to the 20th District Criminal Court by Gov. Bill Haslam. She was elected to serve as judge of the Division II General Sessions Court in 2014.

65. TNReady testing the patience of all concerned -

If Clint Eastwood were to make to a sequel of “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver could play Granny Hawkins because of her penchant for blunt language.

On the run from Union troops after refusing to surrender early in the tale, the vengeful Wales runs into Granny Hawkins, who tells him she hears the feds are going to “heel and hide” him to a barn door.

66. $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.

67. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for May 2018 -

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

68. McCormick: No scandal, at least no evidence of any -

Mercurial Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick went from kicking ass to kicking back. Only three days after saying his now-former Democratic opponent, David Jones, would realize how little he has in common with District 26 in Chattanooga “when he gets his ass beat in November,” McCormick abruptly announced he would not seek re-election this year and would be leaving the House effective Oct. 1.

69. After 300-vote loss last year, Carfi goes after Pody again -

On the heels of a near upset in December, 2017, Mary Alice Carfi isn’t banking on a blue wave to defeat Republican Sen. Mark Pody in the race for state Senate District 14 just east of Davidson County.

70. Lawmakers OK 5 University of Tennessee board nominees -

NASHVILLE (AP) — State lawmakers have approved five of Gov. Bill Haslam's nominees to serve on a newly configured University of Tennessee board of trustees.

The Senate voted Tuesday to agree with the House on the confirmation of former PepsiCo President John Compton; former Lady Vol and ESPN analyst Kara Lawson; River City Co. President and CEO Kim White; AutoZone CEO William Rhodes III; and former Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith.

71. Sex Week seems tame compared to Legislature's antics -

Why should UT Knoxville be limited to its annual Sex Week when Tennessee legislators are celebrating year-round?

Based on the scurrilous reports published in these parts over the last couple of years, state legislators are doing more than collecting per diems in Nashville, and there’s plenty of evidence to prove it.

72. Senate committee nixes 4 UT Board appointees -

One of Gov. Bill Haslam’s main legislative pushes has run afoul of a Legislature angry about everything from Sex Week at the University of Tennessee to the handling of the football coach hiring at the Knoxville campus.

73. Don't like medical marijuana bill? Just wait for next version -

Legislation decriminalizing medical marijuana in Tennessee could return to its original form, setting up a state commission to oversee use of the drug to treat debilitating illnesses. Any such move also could bring lobbyists back into the fold after they dropped support of the bill when its sponsor, Rep. Jeremy Faison, abruptly changed the bill and left onlookers flabbergasted.

74. 25 Tennessee communities get economic development grants -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Twenty-five communities in Tennessee are receiving more than $9.6 million in grants to help them attract economic development projects.

Gov. Bill Haslam said in a news release that the Site Development Grants announced Wednesday are intended to help rural communities finalize infrastructure and engineering improvements for project-ready, certified economic development sites.

75. Butler Snow adds health care specialist -

Butler Snow has hired Tara L. Blake for the firm’s Nashville office, and more specifically the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation group.

Blake focuses her practice on insurance and financial services litigation, specifically defending insurers and financial service providers against complex, bad-faith, class actions and punitive damages claims.

76. 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.

77. FedEx investing $1 billion to modernize Tennessee hub -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx said Wednesday that it is investing more than $1 billion to modernize and expand its Tennessee hub, in a move the shipping giant says will improve its efficiency and reliability as it delivers packages throughout the world.

78. Lawmaker halts Tennessee bill to keep autopsy reports secret -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A state senator has halted efforts on his bill to make autopsy reports no longer public records in Tennessee.

Republican Sen. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald made a motion in a Senate panel that generally ends consideration of a bill for the year.

79. US companies take a stand, raise age to purchase guns -

NEW YORK (AP) — Kroger and L.L. Bean said Thursday they will no longer sell guns to anyone under 21, becoming the third and fourth major retailers this week to put restrictions in place that are stronger than federal laws. The announcements follow those by Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart, emphasizing the pressure companies are facing to take a stand.

80. Civil War re-enactor outflanked on statues, Medicaid expansion -

When state Rep. Steve McDaniel was a youngster he often read the historical marker at the intersection of Highway 22 and Wildersville Road detailing Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s first West Tennessee raid in the Battle of Parker’s Crossroads.

81. 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.

82. Vrabel will face vastly improved AFC South -

In case you haven’t noticed the stakes have been raised considerably in the AFC South for 2018.

While new Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel is busy trying to put a staff together, the group he assembles will have to hit the ground running just to keep up in a division that suddenly looks much improved from past seasons.

83. Tennessee finds itself locked into a bad deal -

State Rep. John Ray Clemmons makes no secret about his disdain for private prisons in Tennessee.

Not only is he concerned about a Comptroller’s Office audit showing CoreCivic’s Trousdale Turner Correctional Center skating by with fewer staff than required, especially for critical posts, he says the Department of Correction is violating the spirit of state law by contracting with four counties to run more than the one minimum-security or medium-security prison allowed in Tennessee.

84. Events -

2018 Governor’s Address. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Governor Bill Haslam for the 2018 Governor’s Address, in which he will share insights about the state’s economy and business environment. An opportunity for Chamber members to share their thoughts about what state government can do to help grow jobs. Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave. South. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fee: $50 Nashville Area, Bellevue Harpeth, Maury County, Rutherford County Chamber members. $600 reserved table for 10, $65 future Chamber members. Registration deadline is Jan. 25. Information: http://web.nashvillechamber.com/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=2094

85. State voters have more to fear than Russian meddling -

About 30 years ago, my wife and I were hanging out with another couple and decided to make a big night of it. We’d go out for Mexican food and then rent a movie.

After we had some Mexican grub, we went to Kroger to find a flick. As we perused the selections, my friend said, “What about a Russian spy movie?” To which his girlfriend (future wife, now ex-wife) whined, “John, you know I don’t speak Russian.” (His name is changed to protect the innocent.)

86. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for December 2017 -

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

87. 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).

88. Another round of winter weather moves into the South -

PARKERS CROSSROADS (AP) — James A. Jones saw enough cars stranded along the icy highway to know it was time to pull over as a winter storm blasted parts of Tennessee and Kentucky with sleet, freezing rain and snow Friday.

89. Familiar partisan clashes face lawmakers as Congress returns -

WASHINGTON (AP) — There will be some familiar but stubborn clashes facing lawmakers Wednesday as Congress begins its 2018 session staring at the year's first potential calamity — an election-year government shutdown unless there's a bipartisan spending pact by Jan. 19.

90. Governor adds 217 appointees to 93 boards -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced the appointments of 217 Tennesseans to 93 boards and commissions.

“By serving on our state boards and commissions, these Tennesseans are helping us provide responsive, effective and efficient service to their fellow citizens,” Haslam says. “I am grateful for their service and know they will well represent the people of Tennessee.”

91. Hanifin and Hurricanes start fast in 4-1 win over Predators -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A fast start by Carolina spelled an early exit for Pekka Rinne.

Noah Hanifin had a goal and two assists to lead an early outburst that carried the Hurricanes past the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Thursday night.

92. Tax pros are suddenly very popular, if a little confused -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't feel bad if you don't understand how the new tax bill will affect you. Chances are, your accountant doesn't yet either.

From New York to Kentucky to Florida, accountants and tax lawyers are scanning the 1,000 page measure, fielding a swirl of questions from clients and swapping tips via email in their efforts to fully grasp the bill's far-reaching changes.

93. Butler Snow’s Polly elected president of Nashville Bar -

Erin Palmer Polly, a commercial litigation attorney at Butler Snow, LLP, will serve as the 2018 president of the Nashville Bar Association. In 2014, she was president of the NBA Young Lawyers Division, became a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and received the Legal Aid Society Volunteer Lawyer’s Program Pro Bono Award.

94. 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.

95. Energy firms lead US stocks mostly lower as oil prices slip -

A sluggish day of trading on Wall Street finished Monday with stocks edging mostly lower as investors came back from the Thanksgiving holiday.

Energy stocks declined the most following a slide in crude oil prices. Materials companies also declined, partly offsetting gains among utilities and industrial stocks.

96. Tennessee no longer pursuing Schiano after protests -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is no longer pursuing Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to be the school's new head coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because none of the negotiations were intended to be made public until a deal was reached.

97. Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin adds 2 attorneys -

The law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC has hired Flynne Bailey and Hilary Dennen, both litigation attorneys.

Bailey joins as an associate and practices in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation, personal injury defense litigation, governmental liability litigation and real estate litigation.

98. Tennessee governor names Stephen Smith as new chief of staff -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named senior adviser Stephen Smith as his new chief of staff.

Smith takes over that role from Jim Henry, who will continue to serve as deputy to the Republican governor.

99. A look at the winners and losers of the top US races -

Democrats swept Virginia and New Jersey's governor's races, incumbents came out on top in several big-city mayoral races and voters in Maine said they wanted to join 31 other states in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

100. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for September 2017 -

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