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1. Belmont’s Littlejohn named Professor of the Year -

Belmont’s Ronnie Littlejohn, professor of philosophy and director of the University’s Asian Studies program, has been named as the 2015 Tennessee Professor of the Year, an award selection determined by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

2. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions for October 2015 -

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

3. Shop a safe haven for barber, his customers -

Mister T puts a straight razor to the busboy’s throat. “I like it here because of the comfortability,” says Larry Johnson, 32, the busboy, as Mister T finishes his surgically precise separation of whiskers from neck and chin.

4. Marriott becomes world's largest hotelier, buying Starwood for $12.2 billion -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hotel behemoth Marriott International is becoming even larger, taking over rival chain Starwood in a $12.2 billion deal that will catapult it to become the world's largest hotelier by a wide margin.

5. Weakness in retailers and energy companies pull stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes ended lower Wednesday after a day of wavering between small gains and losses. A weak report from Macy's pushed retail stocks lower, and energy stocks retreated as the price of oil fell.

6. US companies in Cuba for week-long celebration of commerce -

HAVANA (AP) — A weeklong celebration of commerce is underway in one of the world's last communist countries, with hundreds of international corporations including some big U.S. firms flocking to Havana to try to do business with a government basking in expectations of growth set off by detente with Washington.

7. Nashville Public Library selects Meacham for honor -

Acclaimed presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Nashvillian Jon Meacham will receive the 2015 Nashville Public Library Literary Award and will join Nashville’s own American history buff and country performer Tim McGraw for a free public lecture and conversation on Dec. 7.

8. Icahn says AIG 'too big to succeed,' urges a break up -

NEW YORK (AP) — Activist investor Carl Icahn urged American International Group Inc. to split up into smaller companies Wednesday, saying that the insurance provider is "too big to succeed."

Though his Twitter account, Icahn said that he has a "large stake" in the insurer, which has a market capitalization in excess of $81 billion, but he was not more specific about its size. A representative for Icahn was not available for comment early Wednesday.

9. Conservatives claim momentum to oust House GOP incumbents -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Badly outspent and targeted by a withering Chamber of Commerce television ad, Woody White lost the Republican primary for an open House seat from North Carolina last year. Yet with anti-establishment Republicans riding high in the presidential race and Congress these days, the tea party-backed lawyer senses a better environment should he force a 2016 rematch with his GOP rival.

10. Halper to lead Cole Law entertainment practice -

Wayne R. Halper, a music industry veteran and member of the Nashville recording and arts community, has joined Cole Law Group as senior attorney and head of the firm’s Entertainment Law Practice Group.

11. Dean, Henry, Hyde named to YWCA board -

The YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee has elected three new members for the 2015-2016 board term, including former Mayor Karl Dean.

Also, with her election as the first female mayor of Nashville, Megan Barry has resigned her position on the YWCA board.

12. Bernanke, in new memoir, recalls Lehman's 'surreal' failure -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Bernanke recalls the September weekend in 2008 when regulators sought desperately but in vain to save the investment bank Lehman Brothers as a "terrible, surreal moment."

13. Barry fills key positions for new administration -

Mayor Megan Barry has announced key hires in the positions of law director, executive assistant, senior advisor, and press secretary within her administration.

Jon Cooper will serve as Metro law director. Cooper is currently director of the Metro Council Office and special counsel to the Council. A graduate of Hume-Fogg Academic High School, he earned a degree in music from Middle Tennessee State University, where he was a member of various musical ensembles and the debate team.

14. US consumer confidence rises again in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers were feeling more confident again this month, good news for the U.S. economy.

The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose again to 103 in September after surging in August to 101.3. The September reading was the highest since January. Economists had expected the index to fall this month.

15. Late slump in health care pushes stocks to weekly loss -

NEW YORK (AP) — A late slump in health care stocks pushed the market to its third weekly loss this month.

Stocks had traded solidly higher for most of the day, as banks, insurance companies and brokerage firms climbed after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that the policymakers would likely raise interest rates this year. The market gave up its most of its gains in the afternoon as a sell-off in drugmakers led the health care sector lower.

16. Burr & Forman adds partner, continues expansion -

Burr & Forman LLP has added C. Tucker Herndon as partner in its Nashville office, building upon the firm’s continued expansion in Middle Tennessee. Herndon’s arrival follows the addition of 15 attorneys in early 2015 to its Nashville office, which has more than doubled its attorney count to 26 attorneys.

17. Other winners, losers emerge from Nashville mayoral race -

With a 55-45 margin, Megan Barry came out a clear winner over David Fox in the Nashville mayoral runoff, marking a historic day for the city.

Campaigning on a platform to carry on two-term Mayor Karl Dean’s vision for economic expansion, Barry picked up 60,519 votes to Fox’s 49,694 on Sept. 10 to become Metro Nashville’s first female mayor.

18. Stites & Harbison taps Taylor to lead new entertainment group -

Stites & Harbison, PLLC has announced the launch of a new entertainment law practice with the addition of member Stephanie R. Taylor to its Nashville office. Taylor will lead the team with help from current Stites & Harbison attorney Jeremy Brook.

19. Baker Donelson names new practice group leaders -

Baker Donelson has named Nashville attorneys John H. Rowland and Courtney H. Gilmer as new practice group leaders within the firm’s Financial Services Department.

Rowland was named chair of Baker Donelson’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group, a team of more than 50 attorneys across the firm’s footprint who assist clients with litigation and transactions relating to all types of bankruptcy and insolvency issues, including matters involving debtor/creditor relationships and asset restructuring.

20. Mega-health deals bloom in July, Anthem bids $48B for Cigna -

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S patients.

In just three weeks, starting with Aetna's $35 billion bid for Humana Inc. on July 3, the landscape of U.S. health care has been altered in a buyout frenzy that could transform five massive U.S. health companies into just three, including UnitedHealth Group.

21. Vanderbilt Hospital CEO named to new position -

David Posch, CEO of Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Clinics and executive director for the Vanderbilt Medical Group, has been named to the newly created position of associate vice chancellor for Population Health.

22. Vanderbilt athletes, AD to live history with trip to Cuba -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A trip originally planned to hand out free shoes and study a different culture has turned into a living history lesson.

Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams and a group including 10 of his student-athletes are flying to Cuba in time to see the United States finally enjoy full embassy status Monday in Havana for the first time in decades. It's a trip to a country Williams wasn't even sure they could visit when he suggested Cuba as a destination last winter.

23. Caputo appointed to American Chamber post -

Christopher M. Caputo of Baker Donelson has been appointed by the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy as the organization’s local representative in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee.

24. Harbison takes office as TBA president -

Nashville lawyer William L. “Bill” Harbison has been installed as president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Harbison was elected vice president in 2013 and served in that role during the 2013-2014 bar year. He served as president-elect during the 2014-2015 bar year.

25. US stocks gain as Greece appears to be willing to negotiate -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hopes that a deal could be reached between Greece and its creditors pushed stocks higher on Wednesday.

The U.S. market opened higher, following strong gains for European stocks, after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote a letter to the nation's creditors and appeared to make concessions. Greece failed to repay a loan to the International Monetary Fund that was due on Tuesday after talks between the nations and its creditors broke down late last week.

26. Senate vote moves Obama's trade agenda to brink of enactment -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's long-pursued trade agenda took a giant step toward becoming law on Tuesday, and opponents grudgingly conceded they now must fight on less-favorable terrain.

27. Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 2 attorneys -

Susan K. Bilbro and Shannon E. Pinkston have joined the Nashville office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

Pinkston, a senior health care attorney, advises public and private health care companies in operations, regulatory and transactional matters. Previously, Pinkston served as vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary for Vanguard Health Systems, and as senior counsel for Tenet Healthcare following Tenet’s acquisition of Vanguard.

28. 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.

29. Kachnic to chair VUMC Radiation Oncology -

Vanderbilt University Medical Center announces that Lisa Kachnic, M.D., has been named professor and chair of the Vanderbilt Department of Radiation Oncology.

Previously, she was professor and chair of Radiation Oncology and associate director of Multidisciplinary Cancer Research at Boston University School of Medicine and chief of Radiation Oncology at Boston Medical Center.

30. Airline group suggests smaller carry-on bags to free up bins -

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of fliers might soon want to buy new carry-on suitcases.

Global airlines announced Tuesday a new guideline that recommends shrinking carry-on bags, in an effort to free up space in packed overhead bins.

31. US stocks end lower, pushing Dow into the red for the year -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average slipped into the red for the year on Monday as stocks extended their slump.

Airlines were among the biggest losers amid concern that capacity growth in the industry may curb profitability. JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines were among the carriers that declined.

32. To hike or not to hike? IMF urges Fed to delay rate increase -

WASHINGTON (AP) — What's the hurry? The International Monetary Fund on Thursday urged the Federal Reserve to put off raising short-term interest rates until next year because the U.S. economy still needs help.

33. Health care veteran joins Clayton Associates -

Clayton Associates, a Nashville-based private investment firm, has added Charles Hagood, founder and former president of Healthcare Performance Partners, as an affiliate to the firm’s consulting arm, Clayton Advisors.

34. Justices make it easier to sue over 401(k) retirement plans -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in favor of participants in employee retirement plans who object to companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.

The justices revived claims by current and former employees of energy company Edison International. The employees argued that the company chose mutual funds with excessive fees.

35. Senate GOP leader McConnell: Let's move ahead on trade bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican on Tuesday pleaded with lawmakers to move ahead on a trade bill that has the strong backing of President Barack Obama but faces fierce opposition from several rebellious Democrats.

36. Senate vote on trade looms big, but won't settle the debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A much-anticipated Senate vote on trade will pack some suspense Tuesday, but it won't be the final word, no matter how it turns out.

Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda need 60 votes in the 100-member Senate merely to start a full-blown debate on the legislation. Falling short would sting, and possibly build momentum for opponents. But the pro-trade forces would likely try again this year, possibly under better conditions.

37. Yellen says bank regulators making progress in reforms -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the Fed and other banking regulators have made significant progress in correcting flaws in the financial system that triggered the worst banking crisis in seven decades.

38. Bond fund giant Pimco hires Bernanke as adviser -

NEW YORK (AP) — Pimco has hired former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as a senior adviser, the bond fund manager said Wednesday.

It's the latest private venture for Bernanke, who since his departure from the nation's central bank last year has been on the speaking circuit and was recently hired by a major hedge fund as an adviser as well.

39. Bills joins Wiseman Ashworth Law Group -

Attorney Anthony C. Bills has joined Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, PLC, as an associate.

Bills was previously an associate with the Nashville firm Manier & Herod. His professional experience includes all phases of litigation and practice including personal injury, products liability, nursing home litigation, health care law, mental health law, premises liability and fidelity and surety law.

40. Top commercial real estate transactions for first quarter 2015 -

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

41. G-20 finance officials confronting global weakness -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance officials from the world's major economies are searching for the right mix of policies to bolster a still-weak global recovery nearly six years after the Great Recession while confronting a range of new threats from a soaring U.S. dollar to a big drop in oil prices.

42. 4 ways a surging dollar rattles world economies, markets -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. dollar hasn't been on a roll like this since Ronald Reagan sat in the White House and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" ruled the box office.

Since June 30, the greenback is up 28 percent against the euro, 18 percent against the Japanese yen and 40 percent against the Brazilian real. Not since 1981 has the dollar been so strong.

43. McWhorter is new president, CEO of NEC -

Stuart McWhorter, chairman and co-founder of Clayton Associates, has been named president & CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

The announcement follows a months-long national search, according to John R. Ingram, chairman of the board of directors of the NEC.

44. YouTube Kids app criticized as deceiving -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday.

45. Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers -

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) — The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.

It takes something more audacious to sell beachfront property these days to the global ultra-wealthy who arrive in Miami with millions to spend on second or third homes. It takes words invested with meaning in the language of the international jet set:

46. HJ Heinz buying Kraft, building a $28 billion food giant -

NEW YORK (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, creating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion.

The Kraft Heinz Co. will own Kraft, Heinz, Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida and large stable of other brands. Eight of those brands have annual sales of $1 billion or more and five others log sales between $500 million and $1 billon every year.

47. Top commercial real estate transactions March 1, 2014-March 1, 2015 -

Top commercial real estate transactions, March 1, 2014-March 1, 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

48. Top January 2015 commercial real estate transactions -

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

49. Justices signal support for investors in 401(k) lawsuits -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to make it easier for participants in employee retirement plans to challenge companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.

50. VUMC’s Wilson, Kapu take leadership roles -

Two longtime Vanderbilt University Medical Center nurses are starting the year in new leadership positions with greater responsibilities for nursing education and advanced practice, respectively.

Chris Wilson, MSN, R.N., has been named director of Nursing Education and Professional Development. She previously held the position in the interim and was director of Clinical Education and Professional Development for Vanderbilt University Hospital.

51. Netflix brings its streaming video service to Cuba -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix began selling its Internet video service in Cuba Monday in what appears to be a largely symbolic move driven by the recent loosening of U.S. restrictions on doing business with the communist-run island.

52. Bourbon, Tennessee whiskey sales up in US; exports top $1B -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Producers of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey scored another round of U.S. sales growth in 2014, while exports topped $1 billion for the second straight year, a distilled spirits trade group said Tuesday.

53. US factories grew last month at slowest pace in a year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — US factories expanded last month at the slowest pace in a year, as orders, production, and hiring all declined. The figures suggested manufacturing may not add much to growth in the first few months of 2015.

54. Smith tapped to lead Stites & Harbison -

Stites & Harbison, PLLC veteran attorney Gregory D. Smith has been named office executive member for the firm’s Nashville office.

55. Events -

First Saturday Art Crawl. Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents paintings by juniors Marlos E’van and Aaron Harper at its downtown gallery WAG during the Feb. 6 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl. The monthly visual arts event is presented by 5th Avenue of the Arts and takes place in that historic entertainment district of downtown Nashville. On the first Saturday of every month, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., an alliance of art galleries and museums collectively invite the public to explore the vibrant Nashville downtown art scene. More than 20 art venues participate. Admission free. Information: www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.

56. American Airlines tops Street 4Q forecasts -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is logging record profits and rewarding shareholders just one year removed from bankruptcy court and a big merger.

The airline is getting a huge lift from cheaper fuel — savings could top $5 billion this year — and travel demand that shows no sign of weakening. CEO Doug Parker says 2015 is shaping up as another strong year.

57. Events -

Financial Fitness Friday. Regions Bank is offering free financial reviews. Meet the financial team at any of Middle Tennessee’s 88 offices and learn more about getting financially fit in 2014. Experts will be available to discuss anything from budgeting, buying a home or car, managing debt, savings and much more. This year’s program also serves as the launch of a video series outlining financial “workouts of the week” on topics including planning, savings, tax preparation and retirement. Information: www.regions.com/advice.rf.

58. Why cheaper jet fuel won't mean lower airfares anytime soon -

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines will save billions this year thanks to cheaper jet fuel, but they aren't likely to share the bounty with passengers — not while so many flights are already full.

Instead, the airlines will use their windfall to pay down debt and reward shareholders.

59. UAW ‘considers itself a partner’ with GM -

General Motors’ Spring Hill plant is firmly entrenched with the United Auto Workers.

In fact, it might not have retooled and started assembling vehicles again without the union’s efforts.

60. GOP leader says Tennessee lawmakers will approve VW incentives -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A top Republican in the Tennessee General Assembly expects his colleagues to approve the state share of a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen despite misgivings over a "secret deal" for the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga.

61. MetLife to challenge 'too-big-to-fail' tag -

NEW YORK (AP) — MetLife is challenging its U.S. designation as a company that is "too big to fail," a tag given to corporations that the government believes could pose a risk to the economy in the event of a collapse.

62. TV makers design for streaming video to stay relevant -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.

63. LGBT-owned businesses get diversity boost -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As a Mexican-American woman who started her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, accountant Sonia Luna has taken advantage of programs aimed at helping minority- and women-owned businesses compete for government and corporate contracts. But increasingly, the fact that Luna also is a lesbian entrepreneur hasn't hurt either.

64. Top November 2014 commercial real estate transactions -

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

65. Howard appointed dean of Belmont’s Curb College -

Belmont University has appointed Doug Howard, founder of Vandermont Music Group and former senior vice president of A&R for Lyric Street Records/Walt Disney Company, to the position of dean for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

66. US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.

67. INSBANK’s Gupton returns as senior VP, COO -

Green Hills-based INSBANK has named Scott Gupton as its senior vice president and chief operating officer. Gupton, who has nearly two decades of banking experience, will oversee INSBANK’s operations, marketing, human resources, information technology and corporate and regulatory reporting.

68. US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama abruptly announced the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.

69. Stocks gain most in more than a year on Fed, oil -

NEW YORK (AP) — A pledge from the Federal Reserve to remain "patient" when deciding when to lift interest rates gave the stock market its biggest gain in more than a year.

Stocks rose from the open on Wednesday, led by gains for the energy sector, as oil prices showed signs of stabilizing after their big slump in recent months. The market's gains were extended after Fed policymakers released a statement following the end of its most recent policy meeting.

70. Why rift on derivatives is blocking US budget bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the heart of the impasse in Congress over a must-pass spending bill is a provision involving the sorts of high-risk investments that ignited the 2008 financial crisis.

The dispute occurred after Republicans inserted into the bill a provision to relax the regulation of investments known as derivatives. Democrats, led by their House leader, Nancy Pelosi, have demanded that the provision be removed. They argue that it would let big banks gamble with depositors' federally insured money and could make it likelier that banks, if undone by their risky bets, would need another taxpayer bailout.

71. Hogan named YLC’s Leader of the Year -

Dan Hogan, president and CEO of Medalogix, has been named the 2014 Young Leader of the Year by Young Leaders Council, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that has trained more than 2,000 men and women to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit agencies.

72. Fuel to the fire? Fuel exports soar under Obama -

GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) — Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.

73. Hanto will lead pediatric liver transplant program -

Douglas Hanto, M.D., Ph.D., the new associate director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, will work with the departments of Pediatrics and Surgery to develop a comprehensive pediatric liver center at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

74. VW policy for Chattanooga plant sets off labor scramble -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — In rival camps located about a mile apart, both supporters and opponents of the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize their first foreign auto plant in the South say a new labor policy at the Volkswagen factory is going to help them.

75. US services firms grow more slowly, but hiring up -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms expanded more slowly in October, but the pace of growth was still healthy. Hiring also rose to the fastest pace in more than nine years.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index dropped to 57.1 in October, down from 58.6 in September. That was the second straight drop after the index had risen steadily since February to 59.6 in August, the highest in eight years. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion.

76. Oil prices tumble on Saudi discount move -

LONDON (AP) — Oil prices slumped to multi-year lows on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia cut the price of oil sold to the U.S., a move that is shaking an already volatile market but will likely give the world economy an unexpected stimulus.

77. Skip check-in; latest hotel room key is your phone -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hotels don't want guests to have to linger at the front desk — or even stop by at all.

New programs are helping speed up the check-in process for busy travelers, or in at least one case, letting them go straight to their rooms by using their smartphone to unlock doors.

78. 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.

79. 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].

80. US stocks end dramatic week with rally -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market capped a turbulent week with a big gain Friday, a sign of renewed investor confidence after days of gloomy economic news.

It was the latest large move for a market which, with a few exceptions, has been on a mostly downward track since last month. Stocks have had four weeks of declines, leaving the Standard & Poor's 500 index 6 percent below the record high from Sept. 18.

81. Ailing global economy could lead Fed to delay hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that's spooked investors across the world.

The economic slump could spill into the United States, potentially weakening job growth and keeping inflation well below the Fed's target rate. Such fear has led some analysts to suggest that the Fed might wait until deep into next year to start raising interest rates — and then raise them more gradually than expected.

82. US stocks stabilize after a three-day sell-off -

A slump in energy stocks stymied a rebound in U.S. indexes Tuesday as the price of oil plunged the most in two years.

The decline in oil prices followed forecasts for weaker global demand this year and next, a sign of slowing economic growth. Chevron fell 2 percent, helping to drag down the Dow Jones industrial average in the waning moments of trading.

83. US indexes slide; Airlines, energy stocks drop -

The stock market couldn't shake off a case of the jitters from last week and closed sharply lower again on Monday.

Airlines, energy and materials stocks were among the biggest decliners. The market is coming off its biggest weekly decline in more than two years.

84. Bernanke says he was reluctant on AIG bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke etched a portrait Friday of his initial reluctance to have the central bank rescue American International Group Inc. in 2008. But he ultimately came to believe the bailout loan to the company was needed to avert a shock to the financial system.

85. Geithner grilled in court over AIG bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Timothy Geithner, a key player in the U.S. government's 2008 bailout of American International Group Inc., is due back in court Wednesday in a trial of a lawsuit filed by the insurance giant's former CEO over the handling of the rescue.

86. Paulson: AIG bailout designed to be punishment -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2008 government bailout of American International Group Inc. was specifically designed to punish the insurance giant, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in U.S. court Monday.

87. Finalists are announced for entrepreneur awards -

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center have announced the finalists for the fourth annual NEXT Awards. These awards recognize excellence in business and entrepreneurship in Middle Tennessee.

88. Capella Healthcare hires 2 to leadership posts -

Capella Healthcare has announced the appointment of Troy E. Sybert, MD, MPH, as executive vice president and chief medical officer.

In addition, Richard W. Brasher, CPCU, ARM, has been named vice president of risk management.

89. North Carolina offered $100M for Toyota HQ, twice Texas bid -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb, but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size.

90. Social media pushes back at militant propaganda -

BEIRUT (AP) — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

91. Diversified Trust expands Nashville leadership team -

Diversified Trust, an employee-owned, southeast-based comprehensive wealth management firm that manages more than $5 billion in client assets, has announced the hiring of three senior professionals in its Nashville office: Adam Dretler, senior vice president, Lamar Stanley, vice president, Katie Williams, vice president

92. 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.

93. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions June 2014 -

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

94. Watkins welcomes Papel, Warfield as Trustees -

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has added two members to its Board of Trustees, attorney Laurence M. (Larry) Papel and William (Bill) Warfield, president of Brookside Properties, Inc. Each will serve a three-year term.

95. Bank of America takes $4 billion litigation hit -

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America said Wednesday that its second-quarter earnings were hit by higher litigation expenses.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank earned $2 billion in the second quarter after payments to preferred shareholders, compared with $3.6 billion in the same period a year earlier, a decline of 43 percent.

96. US stocks mostly down as investors digest earnings -

The Federal Reserve's latest take on the U.S. economy put many investors into sell mode Tuesday, sending stocks mostly lower after a brief upward turn early in the day.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen, speaking before Congress, said the U.S. economy has yet to recover fully, but raised the possibility the central bank could raise its key short-term interest rate sooner than currently projected.

97. Tobacco firm Reynolds American to buy Lorillard -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is planning to buy rival Lorillard Inc. for about $25 billion in a deal to combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies.

98. US stocks drift as investors digest earnings -

Stocks were little changed in early trading Tuesday as investors sized up corporate earnings and new government data showing that retail sales inched up last month. Earnings from JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs trumped Wall Street's expectations. Tobacco companies fell as investors got a look at the details of Reynolds American's takeover of rival Lorillard.

99. Tobacco firms Reynolds, Lorillard in merger talks -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies.

100. Events -

Real Estate Investors Network, Thursday, July 10: Wholesaling Subgroup. Network with wholesalers and buyers of single-family and multi-family real estate. 6 p.m., REIN Center, 4525 Harding Rd., STE 200, Nashville.