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1. Rekindling the flame that was Jefferson Street -

Lorenzo Washington pushes “pause” on his conversation so he doesn’t have to compete with the scream of a fire engine as it roars past his Jefferson Street recording empire and into the barbecue-flavored haze of this steamy, storm-threatened mid-summer’s day.

2. Kings of Leon to headline New Year's Eve Nashville bash -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Kings of Leon will help Nashvillians ring in 2016.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. announced this week that the Grammy Award-winning family band from Nashville will headline the Jack Daniel's Bash on Broadway: New Year's Eve in Music City.

3. ‘The Fighting 26’ Democrats work to stay relevant -

Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?

When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s market-based plan to use federal dollars to catch 280,000 working people in a coverage gap, they found themselves alone.

4. Cardwell a link to Metro’s past, present -

Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell definitely is a member of the “good old boys” network that ran Nashville for decades.

Just ask him.

But he also knows that era is long gone and he continues to serve Nashville, as he’s done since 1958.

5. Former mayor Purcell traces city transformation to 1978 election -

Former Mayor Bill Purcell lived through the transition from the good old boys who ran Nashville to the “new Nashville,” in which a displaced Yankee became mayor in 1991 and began the type of forward-thinking, executive-style leadership that has propelled Nashville to skyline-shattering status on the national stage.

6. Boner, Peel and a reporter’s call spark a city’s embarrassment -

Nashville’s mayor broke into a broad smile and funny walk, pointing across the main dining room at the old TGI Friday’s on Elliston Place to a young reporter seated at a long table with eight colleagues and friends.

7. Haslam needs to back up call for more local control -

If Gov. Bill Haslam is trying to build political capital, he’s making the right move by trying to light a fire under local officials.

He might also want to turn up the flame on his own game.

8. Big band, big stadium, big deal -

Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed our name. Well, hell, Mick, if it’s puzzling you, it’s Nashville. Music City USA.

We’re the national media’s flavor of the day – the “It city,” which has gone from being a secondary concert market – remember The Beatles played Memphis, not Nashville – to one of the country’s prime touring destinations.

9. Nashville early voting sites axed unless more funding added -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Unless more funding is acquired, the Davidson County Election Commission is prepared to cut the number of early voting sites in Nashville's general election from 11 to one.

Multiple media outlets report the election commission voted 3-2 on Wednesday to operate only one early voting site — the state's legal minimum — if the Metro Council approves Mayor Karl Dean's proposed budget without changes.

10. Events -

Walk of Fame Park Reopening with Loretta Lynn & Jack White. Grammy-winning artists Loretta Lynn and Jack White will be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame and will join Mayor Karl Dean in the official ribbon-cutting of the newly renovated Walk of Fame Park. Today, 1 p.m. Free and open to the public.

11. Democrats seek return to relevance in Tennessee politics -

NASHVILLE (AP) - For a party once accustomed to dominating state politics, the outlook for Tennessee Democrats is bleak.

Over the past decade, Democrats went from controlling all three branches of state government to giving up GOP supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature, losing two governor's races by wide margins and watching as the state Supreme Court appointed the first Republican attorney general since Reconstruction.

12. Baker Storey McDonald adds industry veteran -

Commercial real estate veteran Tom Frye, who spent the last 14 years as managing director of CBRE before retiring last year, has joined Baker Storey McDonald Properties, Inc.

Baker Storey McDonald focuses in retail and restaurants. Clients include Pier One, Old Navy, and Michaels, and grocery chain Sprouts. Frye’s focus will be uncovering development opportunities as well as urban retail; capitalizing on the ground floor spaces available in many of the new office and apartment buildings.

13. Community Health Systems to open new office in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Franklin-based Community Health Systems is bringing back-office jobs from across the country to a new Nashville office.

The health care giant announced Thursday that it will build a 240,000-square-foot office in the south Nashville neighborhood of Antioch at an estimated cost of $66 million. More than 2,000 jobs will move to Davidson County.

14. Burchfield is new president of DSi -

John Burchfield has been promoted from executive vice president to president of the Nashville-based DSi, one of the nation’s leading electronic discovery service providers.

DSi’s gross annual revenue has nearly tripled since Burchfield was hired three years ago as vice president of business development, according to the company, with the employee count growing from 65 to 85 during the same period.

15. Next mayor must solve traffic, education woes -

“Traffic is getting worse by the day.” I must have heard that complaint six times last week. Those exact words.

Perhaps some road construction coupled with Vanderbilt’s graduation complicated the situation, but that seems to be the feeling here.

16. Xerox Adding 400 Jobs in Nashville -

Xerox is hosting a recruiting open house Saturday to fill 400 new, full-time customer care jobs.

The open house will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 801 Royal Parkway, Suite 200, facility. The new employees will be located at this 50,263 square-foot, state-of-the-art call center to provide technical support on behalf of a Xerox client.

17. Events -

Nashville Small Business Forum. Mayor Karl Dean and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a small business forum and resource fair designed to help Nashville businesses, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at The Cordelle event space, 45 Lindsley Avenue.  A panel of Nashville government officials and public leaders will provide an overview of Nashville's small business incentives and assistance programs. Following the panel discussion, a business fair will feature representatives from more than 10 local, state and federal agencies and organizations all focused on helping small businesses. Panel participants include Terry Cobb, director of development services in the Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development; Corey Davis, director of business growth initiatives at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; Michelle Hernandez Lane, minority and women business assistance director in the Metro Finance Department; Metro Council At-Large Councilman Jerry Maynard;  and Davita Taylor, business diversity development director at the Metro Nashville Airport Authority. No fee. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.

18. Big lineup announced for Nashville's new amphitheater -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's new riverfront amphitheater will open July 30 with a headline show by seven-time Grammy nominee Eric Church, ushering in an inaugural outdoor concert season featuring big names from past and present.

19. Nashville Sounds owner, players marvel at new park -

Ten days before the Nashville Sounds’ scheduled home opener at their palatial new digs, First Tennessee Park in Germantown was still very much a work in progress.

Frank Ward, owner of the Class AAA Pacific League team, was strutting around like a proud father, all but ready to pass out cigars to an expectant media as workmen painted, pounded and pushed to make everything ready in preparation for opening of the 10,000-seat facility.

20. Sounds like a hit for neighbors -

For months, sounds of construction surrounded the Nashville Sounds’ sparkling new First Tennessee Park in Germantown.

The constant thump-thump-thump of pounding jackhammers competed with the irritating, high-pitched beeps of vehicles backing up. Ka-ching! Cranes lifted steel beams into place, keeping time with a syncopated thrumming of never-ending drilling. Ka-ching!

21. Nashville proposes moving police headquarters, jail -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville city officials have announced a plan to move the Criminal Justice Center, which houses police headquarters, along with the Metro Jail and the sheriff's office.

Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson and Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall announced the $149 million proposal on Tuesday. In turn, the city would sell off the properties, which are located on prime downtown real estate.

22. New dates for demolition, reconstruction of Fort Nashborough -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Metro Nashville Parks' officials say the aging Fort Nashborough historical site along the riverfront will likely be demolished this summer and rebuilt in 2016 or 2017.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1yLX8eX) reports the $1 million project was originally slated to begin last year and be completed sometime this year.

23. Public invited to grand opening of Nashville ballpark -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to celebrate the grand opening of First Tennessee Park, the new home of the Nashville Sounds.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will join Sounds Owner Frank Ward at the ceremony, which will usher in a new era of minor league baseball in Music City.

24. What better place for an NRA convention? -

When the National Rifle Association announced that it would hold its 2015 convention in Nashville, the timing was propitious.

In 2010, gun sales and handgun permits were booming, and Tennessee had just enacted a controversial and contested new “guns in bars” law that allowed people with handgun permits to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

25. Grammy museum is bringing gallery to Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Grammy Museum is opening up a gallery in Nashville this summer, promising to give visitors an immersive experience on the art and technology of making music.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced on Thursday that the Grammy Gallery will be located on more than 7,000 square feet in the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum at the Municipal Auditorium. It is expected to open in August.

26. Metro Nashville budget hearings to begin Monday -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Budget meetings for Metro Nashville will begin Monday and will be streamed online and broadcast on television.

In January, Mayor Karl Dean asked departments to submit scenarios reflecting a 3 percent budget cut for the upcoming fiscal year. That information from the hearings will help the mayor develop his budget, which will be presented to the Metro Council by May 1.

27. Mayor's morning winter storm update -

NASHVILLE – With the brunt of the winter weather behind, the city is seeing significant improvement in conditions outside.

“Nashvillians deserve our praise for their cooperation and patience throughout this winter weather,” said Mayor Karl Dean from the Emergency Operations Center. “While we’re still expecting some slippery roads and cold temperatures today, we’re hopeful that we’re nearing the end of this.”

28. Mayor Dean's morning snow emergency update -

NASHVILLE – Nashville residents should avoid driving if possible today as ice and snow have made driving conditions dangerous.

“The roads are extremely dangerous this morning. If you can stay home, stay home,” said Mayor Karl Dean from the Emergency Operations Center. “Not only will that help you keep yourself and your family safe, but it will also give Public Works crews the space they need to treat and clear our roads.”

29. Events -

Nashville Chamber Member Orientation. Learn about member benefits and involvement opportunities from Chamber staff. You’ll also learn how your business plays a role in the Chamber’s mission of creating regional economic prosperity. Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 Commerce St, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

30. Nashville unveils $100 million flood protection system -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Wednesday unveiled a $100 million flood protection plan for Music City that includes a 2,100-foot-long flood wall located on the city's downtown riverfront.

31. Morning winter storm update from Mayor's Office -

Mayor Karl Dean continued to urge residents and visitors to be cautious as they go about their business Wednesday morning and warned about expected record-low temperatures in the next few days.

“Please, use your discretion and be careful,” Mayor Dean said from the Emergency Operations Center. “With extreme cold temperatures heading our way, our attention will soon turn to keeping residents and visitors safe and doing our best to make sure our homeless have refuge.”

32. Nashville mayor's initiative seeks to help students succeed -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says enrollment is now open for the 2015 Mayor's Summer Scholars Academy.

The academy is a free, four-week intensive program that seeks to help Metro school students be successful and achieve their college aspirations. Students currently in the seventh, eighth, ninth or 10th grades are encouraged to apply.

33. Nashville seeks moratorium on Music Row condo onslaught -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The onslaught of high-end condo developments along Nashville's storied Music Row looks to be coming to an end - at least for now.

City planning officials are recommending a moratorium on new projects seeking to raze or significantly alter buildings that helped build up Nashville's reputation as the capital of country music.

34. Top January 2015 residential real estate transactions -

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

35. Nashville officially abandons Amp rapid bus transit proposal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's Metro Transit Authority is officially abandoning a $175 million bus rapid transit project that had attracted vocal opposition.

The panel's CEO, Steve Bland, says that while the project known as the Amp will not move forward, strategic planning for dealing with Nashville's rapid growth will get underway soon.

36. Top 2014 residential real estate transactions -

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

37. Coalition announces effort to preserve Nashville's Music Row -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Fresh off their successful effort to prevent the demolition of a Nashville studio that once recorded the likes of Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, advocates want to include all of the city's Music Row area in their preservation efforts.

38. Top November 2014 residential real estate transactions -

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

39. Immigrants find room to grow in Nashville's public gardens -

With the growing season wrapped up for winter and the temperature hovering at 45 degrees on a recent Sunday, the community garden off Wedgewood Avenue looked to be draped in a brown afghan with just a few patches of green peeking through.

40. Top October 2014 residential real estate transactions -

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

41. Germantown was into mixed-use before it was cool -

Even before Mayor Karl Dean’s announcement that the $60 million ballpark would be constructed in Germantown, the area was flourishing – not to the extent that it is now, but it was experiencing growth and development.

42. Bridgestone relocating headquarters in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Bridgestone Americas plans to move its Nashville headquarters to a new downtown facility that will allow it to consolidate its current staff with three out-of-state business units, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday.

43. Nashville mayor challenges governor in food drive -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is challenging Gov. Bill Haslam to another "food fight."

The competition, which kicked off Monday and runs through Nov. 21, pits the two offices against each other for who can donate the most food to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville.

44. Nashville mayor punts transit project to successor -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says a $175 million bus rapid transit project that has attracted vocal opposition will not get underway before he leaves office next year.

45. TSU’s Honors Director to lead national group -

Dr. Coreen Jackson, the director of the Tennessee State University Honors Program, has been appointed President of the National Association of African American Honors Programs.

Jackson, who served as the vice president of the NAAHP since October 2013, was appointed president at the organization’s annual convention in Jackson, Mississippi.

46. City refocuses its domestic violence plans -

Ruth Freeland, an attorney who helped women obtain orders of protection against domestic abuse in her native Australia, found herself on the other side of issue in Nashville.

In court and facing her abusive American husband, Freeland says it was an unsettling situation.

47. Embracing immigrants with open arms -

Immigrants have warmly embraced Nashville, and increasingly, the city is warming up to them, welcoming a broad international community to add to the city’s burgeoning success.

“Immigration is obviously a sensitive issue and people get passionate about it, but I think Nashville has benefited a great deal from the fact that it’s become more diverse, benefitted a great deal from the influx of new immigrants, and I think that our rise to prominence and our increased prosperity, is actually linked to that,’’ says Mayor Karl Dean, who recently created the Mayor’s Office for New Americans [MONA].

48. Surprise career twist for area’s top recruiter of corporations -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

But ask others about her and they’ll talk about an exceptional ability to lead, build trust and forge relationships with a diverse range of people, and, above all, her will to win.

49. Waller adds health care attorneys -

Waller has announced the hiring of Steven E. Blumenthal and Kristen F. Johns to the law firm’s Nashville office.

Blumenthal is a veteran transactional attorney with extensive health care information technology and data privacy and security experience. Johns most recently served as assistant general counsel with Emdeon, a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions.

50. HipD: Donelson finds its cool side -

The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.

51. Mayor appoints Tennessean's Cass communications advisor -

NASHVILLE – Mayor Karl Dean today announced that he has appointed veteran reporter Michael Cass as communications advisor/speechwriter in his office, where his responsibilities will include preparing and writing speeches. Cass has worked for 19 years as a reporter, including at The Tennessean since 1999 with the last nine years covering Metro government and politics. He will assume the post starting Oct. 20.

52. Nashville mayor creates office to help immigrants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is creating a new office that is dedicated to offering aid to the city's booming immigrant population.

53. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions July 2014 -

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

54. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transaction for first half of 2014 -

January through June 2014 residential real estate transactions of $500,000 or more for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

55. Dean, Cooper to raise funds for Georgia's Nunn -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Two of Nashville's top Democrats are planning a fundraiser for Michelle Nunn's U.S. Senate bid in Georgia.

Mayor Karl Dean and his wife, Anne Davis, have scheduled a fundraiser at their Green Hills home on Monday. The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/1qzwDQH) that U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tennessee, will be an honorary host.

56. John Seigenthaler, Tennessee journalist, dies -

NASHVILLE (AP) — John Seigenthaler, the journalist who edited The Tennessean newspaper, helped shape USA Today and worked for civil rights during the Kennedy administration, died Friday at his Nashville home at age 86, his son said.

57. Nashville soliciting ideas for city encyclopedia -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville is planning an online encyclopedia of the city's history and culture, and Mayor Karl Dean's office is holding a series of community meetings to solicit ideas for the site.

58. Homebuyers pay the price for Nashville's 'It City' status -

From the national press, one might think Nashvillians’ main concern these days is what new gastropub to try or which A-lister is playing a secret show at Third Man Records.

But eavesdrop at any coffee shop, bar or restaurant where locals gather and you’ll hear a different story.

59. If it’s broken, fix it before being squeezed -

There are a number of buyers of residential real estate who feel sellers should reconstruct the home following the inspections.

As the process goes, homes are placed on the market and priced based on location and condition. Since the Tennessee Residential Property Disclosure was ushered into the picture in the 1990s, the ages of the roofs, water heaters and HVAC systems are disclosed, as well as any defects in virtually all aspects of the structures.

60. Music City Center celebrates 1-year anniversary today -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Music City Center, Nashville's $623 million convention center that dominates six city blocks downtown, is celebrating its one-year anniversary Tuesday.

The 1.2 million-square-foot center opened with great fanfare last year as Mayor Karl Dean announced that the city had met its goal of 1 million hotel rooms being booked even before the facility had opened.

61. Metro unveils final design for West Riverfront Park -

Mayor Karl Dean today unveiled the final design and new renderings of phase one of the West Riverfront Park, an 11-acre civic park on the site of the former Thermal Transfer Plant.

The park will include more than one mile of multi-use greenway trails, Nashville’s first downtown dog park, ornamental gardens, a 1.5-acre event lawn called the Green and an amphitheater. Construction on the park began earlier this year.

62. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for April 2014 -

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

63. One million new residents headed to Middle Tennessee: Where will they live? Will we be ready? -

For Middle Tennessee, the question is not, “If we build it, will they come?” It’s more like, “How will we build it before they come?” During the next 20 years, Middle Tennessee’s 10-county region will absorb 1 million new residents. That’s twice the growth rate of the rest of the nation.

64. Nashville becomes latest open data city -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville has become the latest city to join the open data movement, and people who live, work and play in Music City might soon be able to access a treasure trove of information about the city.

65. Events -

Real Estate Investors Network Real Estate Investors Network. Williamson County Lunch Group. Rehabbers, builders, commercial, mini-storage, wholesalers, private lenders, transaction funders, hard-money lenders, bankers, title attorneys, realtors, and vendors discuss deals, the state of the market, and how they can help each other prosper. Today, 11:15 a.m., Bosco’s Restaurant & Brewery, 2000 Meridian Blvd, Ste 110, Franklin. Information: reintn.org. Additional April opportunities include:

66. Events -

Momentum in Bellevue. Matt Wiltshire, director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, is the featured speaker and will discuss opportunities that lie ahead. 7 p.m., CrossPoint Church, 7675 Memphis-Bristol Hwy, Hwy. 70.

67. Events -

Nashville Chamber Business After Hours. An opportunity to develop relationships, walk away with new connections and market your business to more than 200 attendees. Pre-registration required. today, 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Factory at Franklin Jamison Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

68. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for March 2014 -

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

69. Events -

International Business Council Luncheon. "Reforming Reform in China: The State, Markets and Foreign Enterprises” is the topic for today. Dr. Ken DeWoskin, chairman of the Deloitte China Research and Insight Center, and Chris Cooper, Americas leader, Deloitte Chinese Services Group, will share their points of view on useful questions and best answers in regards to China, ranging from general economic, regulatory, and market trends through sector and M&A activities, reform promises and prospects, and MNC strategic responses. 11:30 a.m.-noon, registration and networking. Noon-1 p.m., program and lunch. Baker Donelson Event Space, 211 Commerce Street, Nashville.

70. For-profit charter schools bill fails in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to allow charter schools in Tennessee to be operated by for-profit groups failed in its final committee vote Thursday before reaching the House floor for debate.

The Calendar and Rules Committee voted 10-7 against the bill after House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville raised what she called "grave reservations" about it.

71. For-profit charter schools bill fails in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to allow charter schools in Tennessee to be operated by for-profit entities has failed its last committee vote before reaching the House floor.

The House Calendar and Rules Committee on Thursday voted 10-7 against the bill after Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville spoke out against the measure.

72. Events -

Are Patent Trolls Exhausted? A host of legislative efforts to curb so-called “Patent Trolls” are being pushed in a variety of venues, including an anti-troll statute introduced in Tennessee. But what is a Patent Troll? Are they really the source of the problem? And is it worth dismantling the patent system to kill them off? Baker Donelson hosts this intellectual property roundtable featuring speaker W. Edward Ramage as part of the ABA Intellectual Property Roundtable Series. Today, Noon-1 p.m., Baker Donelson Center, 211 Commerce Street, First Floor Special Events Center, Nashville. Program and lunch are complimentary. Registration: rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

73. Sebelius visits Nashville to push health exchange -

NASHVILLE (AP) - U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited Nashville on Thursday to urge Tennesseans to sign up for insurance through the federal health care exchange before a March 31 deadline.

74. Lady Vols, Nashville share Final Four dream -

Isabelle Harrison hopes The Road to Nashville – site of next month’s NCAA Women’s Final Four – is paved with gold for her and her University of Tennessee basketball team.

For Harrison, a Hillsboro High graduate, Nashville native and UT junior, it would be a sweet homecoming.

75. Bill to block Nashville Amp project worries Haslam -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday raised concerns about efforts by fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to block a dedicated bus lane project through Nashville.

The governor told reporters after a speech to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce that although he has not formed an opinion about whether the project - called the Amp - is a good idea, he's worried about the possible precedent of legislative committees deciding over individual transportation projects in the state.

76. Barge Waggoner’s Higgins honored as top engineer -

Bob Higgins, president and CEO of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., has been named 2014 Engineer of the Year by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.

77. Nashville no 'shoo-in' for high-speed Google Fiber -

When it comes to the Internet, faster is better. And it’s possible that next year those annoying spinning wheels, stalled video streams and slow-to-load websites could be a thing of the past.

78. Mayor, Sounds to break ground today at Sulphur Dell -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the Nashville Sounds baseball team are hosting a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new minor league ballpark that will return Nashville baseball to its historic home.

79. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for 2013 -

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

80. AMP planners uninterested in compromise that could increase West End-area support, cut costs -

If Mayor Karl Dean gets his signature $175 million mass transit initiative, The Amp bus rapid transit line, it will be one of his key political achievements.

Most Nashvillians agree on the need for better transit solutions to accommodate coming growth to Davidson County and the greater metropolitan region. But the controversial Amp initiative has the potential to become Dean’s Waterloo – or, worse, his next Fairgrounds.

81. Nashville building spree is less about Mayor Karl Dean, more about the city’s 10-year-old ‘50-year plan’ -

If you want to see where a mayor’s true priorities lie, just look at his capital spending plan.

More than any other area of government, it’s where a mayor’s genuine wishes and priorities are expressed.

82. Stone is elected president of Realtors group -

Hagan Stone has been elected president of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors for 2014. Stone, who is affiliated with the Brentwood office of Pilkerton Realtors, begins his one-year term Jan. 1.

83. Nashville gets $25K Cities of Service grant -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville is one of 23 U.S. cities to win a $25,000 grant that supports mayors who are implementing strategies to address local challenges.

The grant was awarded through the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund, which is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

84. Events -

Williamson County Young Professionals Holiday Party. Highlights will include a tacky sweater contest and networking. Stoveworks, The Factory, 230 Franklin Road. 5-8 p.m. RSVP: abby@williamsoncountychamber.org

85. 48 hours in Nashville: Entertaining out-of-town guests over the holidays? Show them the “It City” like a pro! -

“He Stopped Loving Her Today,” proclaims the throat-thickening No. 1 tourist destination for anyone either visiting Nashville or simply trying to show holiday guests around town.

George Jones’ monument, which presides over the mid-section of Woodlawn Memorial Park in Berry Hill, could easily fit in as the first, last, or perhaps bookend stops on a 48-hour tour of Music City USA.

86. Mayor Karl Dean gets award from CMA -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is being recognized by the Country Music Association.

He was presented the CMA Founding President's Award during the group's board of directors meeting this week in Nashville.

87. Titans owner K.S. 'Bud' Adams dies at age 90 -

The only era the Tennessee Titans franchise has ever known came to an end this morning when franchise owner K.S. "Bud" Adams died at his Houston home. He was 90.

Adams founded the team as the Houston Oilers in 1959 as part of the American Football League, which began play in 1960 with eight teams and owners who became known as "The Foolish Club" for attempting to take on the established National Football League.

88. Events -

Catholic Charities of Tennessee Annual Fundraiser. The Celebration of Mission to Service fundraising event, benefiting the work of Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center and Catholic Charities of Tennessee, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. tonight at Hillwood Country Club. Tickets and information: www.cctenn.org/events/celebration-mission-service.

89. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Sept. 2013 -

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

90. SEC makes Nashville primary site for men's tourney -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Southeastern Conference is making Nashville the primary home of its men's basketball tournament through 2026.

Commissioner Mike Slive announced Tuesday a deal with the Nashville Sports Council to hold nine men's tournaments in Music City in 2015-2017, 2019-2021 and 2023-2025. The deal also includes dates for three women's tournaments in 2018, 2022 and 2026.

91. Dean: Same sex benefits the right thing to do -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says offering benefits to the same sex partners of Metro employees is the right thing to do and is a matter of tolerance.

92. Middle Tennessee home sales up 22% for 3rd qtr.; Prices up 9% -

Home buyers moving to the Nashville region from other states are turning the real estate market on its head, buying expensive new homes in urban neighborhoods that once were overlooked and creating fast-growing suburbs around the city.

93. Nashville Library chosen for oral history project -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Public Library is one of 10 around the country selected to pilot a new oral history project featuring immigrants.

Participants in the project will interview each other in pairs about their lives with the help of a facilitator. At the end of the interview, they will receive a CD. With permission, a second copy of the interview will be sent to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

94. Middle Tennessee home sales up 22% for 3rd qtr.; Prices up 9% -

Home buyers moving to the Nashville region from other states are turning the real estate market on its head, buying expensive new homes in urban neighborhoods that once were overlooked and creating fast-growing suburbs around the city.

95. J. Alexander’s promotes Hagler to AVP, controller -

J. Alexander’s LLC, operator of J. Alexander’s restaurants and Stoney River Legendary Steak restaurants, has promoted Jessica Hagler to assistant vice president and controller.

96. ‘Trickle-up economics’ boon for real estate buyers, sellers -

The late Ronald Reagan delivered some of the best one-liners, sometimes two-liners, of any modern-day president.

In a presidential debate, Hank Trewhitt of the Baltimore Sun asked then-Pres. Reagan the following: “You are already the oldest president in history, and some on your staff say that you were tired.”

97. Events -

Nashville Chamber Business After Hours. An opportunity to develop relationships, walk away with new connections and market your business to more than 200 attendees. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Casa Azafrán Community Center, 2195 Nolensville Pike (Between I-440 and the Fairgrounds), Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

98. UBS creating Nashville hub, adding 1,000 jobs -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Financial services firm UBS AG on Wednesday announced it will consolidate back office functions in Nashville, creating 1,000 jobs in the city over the next five years.

Kathleen Lynch, the chief operating officer of UBS Group Americas and Wealth Management Americas, said the Swiss bank is investing more than $36 million in the city, where it already employs more than 200 people.

99. Dean reveals amphitheater plans for riverside site -

A 12-acre park – including an amphitheater, green space and greenways – was announced by Mayor Karl Dean today for Nashville’s old thermal transfer plant site between 1st Avenue and the Cumberland River.

100. Feds give preliminary approval to Nashville Amp -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Federal Transit Administration has signed off on a plan to run dedicated bus rapid transit lanes through Nashville.

The city said Monday the FTA approved the Metro Transit Authority plan to pursue federal funding for the project, called the Amp.