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1. Snedeker helps Titans raise money for YWCA -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Brandt Snedeker has taken out skeet targets with a golf shot. Now the PGA pro has a chance at helping the Titans and Bridgestone donate up to $50,000 for domestic violence programs at halftime of Tennessee's game with Pittsburgh on Monday night.

2. 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.

3. Sommet Group founder guilty in $20 million fraud -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The head of the now-defunct Sommet Group, which formerly held the naming rights to the Bridgestone Arena, has been found guilty of stealing from clients.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1EeeJZx) a federal jury on Friday found Brian Whitfield guilty on 14 of 15 counts related to the $20 million scheme.

4. Daschle, Baker Donelson form advisory group -

Former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and law and government affairs firm Baker Donelson announced today the formation of The Daschle Group, A Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson.

5. Who will own country music's biggest night? -

NASHVILLE (AP) - When Dierks Bentley readied the release of his seventh album earlier this year, he led with the single "Bourbon in Kentucky."

But he quickly had to switch up his plans.

"I had to pull it because it was too heavy, too dark," he said in a recent interview. "It wasn't working in the radio world."

6. Miranda Lambert vs. the men at 2014 CMAs -

NASHVILLE (AP) - In one corner you've got the starring members of the country boys' club: The veteran George Strait; the Australian guitar player who rocks the shaggy bangs, Keith Urban; the best-selling party boy Luke Bryan; and the funny, tall guy, Blake Shelton.

7. Hankook breaks ground on new plant -

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — Hankook Tire has broken ground on an $800 million plant in Clarksville that is expected to create 1,800 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander joined local and company officials Thursday for the event.

8. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions August 2014 -

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

9. Nashville Predators hosting blood drive Saturday -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.

The blood drive is running from noon to 8 p.m. CDT. The Predators are playing a special exhibition doubleheader against the Florida Panthers that day with games at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Donors who register to give blood during Saturday's drive will receive a Nashville Predators/American Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last plus a ticket to both games of the doubleheader.

10. Take a right at Candyland, cruise down memory lane -

Bill Decker has confessed to committing an “old Nashville” act. The founder of Decker Wealth Management admits he recently gave a friend directions to a certain destination that included a turn at a now-demolished Nashville landmark.

11. Former Tennessee finance chief Emkes joins CCA board -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America has named former Tennessee finance chief Mark Emkes to its board of directors.

12. Former Tennessee finance chief Emkes joins CCA board -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America has named former Tennessee finance chief Mark Emkes to its board of directors.

13. Dickinson Wright hires for Music Row office -

Attorneys Derek Crownover, Austen Adams and Cam Caldwell have joined Dickinson Wright PLLC in Nashville to launch the firm’s office on Music Row and lead its expanded Entertainment Law Practice Group.

14. Independence Day fireworks shows across Middle Tennessee -

Nashville throws a heck of a party to celebrate the Fourth of July, and fireworks are just one part of the big show.

Here’s the schedule of event:

12-5 p.m.: Family Fun Zone, 5th Avenue at Broadway

15. Events -

Vanderbilt Victory Celebration. Fans, players and coaches will celebrate Vanderbilt's College World Series championship tonight at 6 at the school's soccer/lacrosse field, with access on the east side of McGugin Center. Parking is available in the Medical Center lots located at the corner of Natchez Trace and Jess Neely Drive. The team is expected to return to McGugin Center around 1:30 p.m. today.

16. Want to see a free concert? Here’s the deal -

CMA week is a free for all – well, some of it is anyway. Any concert, event or activity held at an outdoor space during the 2014 CMA Music Festival is free and open to the public.

The marquee events, nightly concerts scheduled for June 5-8 at LP Field, have been sold out for months, so don’t expect to see Tim McGraw or Keith Urban performing in the park, but the festival prides itself on offering up well-known acts, old favorites and rising stars along with the superstars.

17. CMA Fest artists find big payoff in free gig -

CMA Music Festival is much more than a bunch of bologna to all involved, but that working-class delicacy does provide a Robert’s Western World-style gauge of the week’s impact.

“The fried bologna is flying out the door,” says affable office manager Julie Rahimi (“I keep the heartbeat beating at Robert’s”), as a simple illustration of the greenback effect “in the heart of the action” during the week that every year swells in proportion and importance for merchants, performers, organizers and the city itself.

18. Auto parts price-fixing probe rattles industry -

WASHINGTON (AP) — An investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry has mushroomed into the Justice Department's largest criminal antitrust probe ever, and it's not over yet.

19. Predators onboard with plan to recycle butts -

When the Nashville Clean Water Project approached the Nashville Predators about recycling cigarette butts – an innovative program that would turn piles of stinky, discarded butts into something more useful – it was a no brainer for the NHL franchise.

20. NCAA's road to Nashville -

A look at the events and schedule for the NCAA Women’s Final Four, scheduled for April 6-8 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Tickets: $150 and higher

Schedule: Semifinals – April 6, 5:30 and 8 p.m.; Championship – April 8, 7:30 p.m.

21. 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.

22. Secrecy is sacrosanct in Haslam administration -

Phil Bredesen’s first act as governor was to issue an executive order requiring his cabinet officials, including himself, to disclose their yearly income.

Years later, Gov. Bredesen said, “I consider it an intrusion on my privacy, but one I feel required to do as a public official.” The executive order was a sign of Bredesen’s dedication to transparency.

23. Riley is president-elect of physicians’ organization -

Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, clinical professor of Medicine with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and adjunct professor of Healthcare Management with the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, is president-elect of the American College of Physicians.

24. Bridgestone agrees to plead guilty -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bridgestone Corp. has agreed to plead guilty in a price-fixing conspiracy and pay a $425 million criminal fine in a Justice Department probe that has swept the automotive parts industry.

25. LGBT travelers offer Middle Tennessee a lucrative demographic -

The secret’s out. Nashville’s a magnet for all who love music, sports, great food and, of course, the ABC hit musical drama that shares the city’s name.

Less known is Music City’s potential to draw even more of a coveted niche group of visitors – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers.

26. 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.

27. Tony Giarratana: Having fun, taking risks, reshaping Nashville's skyline -

Nashville’s skyline has barely changed since 2008, the year Pinnacle Tower was completed. That’s too long for Tony Giarratana.

The developer who built downtown’s first high-rise apartment building – the Cumberland – and the first condominium tower – the Viridian – had announced plans to launch a half-dozen new projects in the downtown, SoBro and Midtown districts. Together, those projects have a value of at least $500 million.

28. Predators host school supply drive -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators are hosting a school supply drive to benefit an organization that helps the hearing impaired.

Prior to the 6 p.m. home game at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, volunteers will be collecting supplies for Bridges, formerly the League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and EAR Foundation.

29. Top projects during Dean tenure -

A sampling of projects completed, begun, proposed or greenlighted during Mayor Dean's administration:

Music City Center and Omni Hotel

Cost: $577 million final construction cost for the convention center plus land acquisition overruns of $15 million, funded by five revenue streams including a Davidson County hotel tax.

30. 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.

31. Nashville Predators hosting Red Cross blood drive -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive before their Monday match against the Boston Bruins.

The event takes place at the downtown Bridgestone Arena beginning at 4 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. The match starts at 7.

32. Despite losses, UT, Titans, Preds merchandise still selling -

In the financial market, there is often a direct link between a stock’s past and future performance. The same correlation can’t necessarily be made in the sports business world about a team’s on-field performance and the success or failure of its merchandising efforts.

33. 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.

34. TEA names new executive director - The Tennessee Education Association has named Carolyn Crowder as its new executive director.

Crowder comes to Tennessee from Denver, where she served for the past four years as executive director of the combined Denver Classroom Teachers Association, Denver Association of Education Office Professionals and DCTA-Retired.

35. Merger brings together Nashville’s PK Pictures/NuMynd Studios, Zoe Creative Services -

Picture this: Your laptop screen is a framed picture of a dragon, like in a museum. You take your smart phone, switch it to camera and look at the laptop. All of a sudden, the dragon leans out of the frame, looks up, down and all around.

36. CMA Awards, fellow stars salute George Strait -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The entertainer of the year trophy at the Country Music Association Awards is one of the most coveted honors in the genre, but sometimes it's OK to lose — like, say, when George Strait is a nominee.

37. Taylor Swift to receive CMA's Pinnacle Award -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Country Music Association Awards aren't until Wednesday, but Taylor Swift's already a winner.

38. Music and art mesh in Veda’s storied life -

Introduced to the Grand Ole Opry crowd as “The Spanish Hank Williams” back in 1962, there remains a sense of music, of rhythm in the voice of Gil Veda as he sits in his adopted hometown’s busiest coffee house named for a dog and raises his soft voice as much as possible to be heard above the din.

39. 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.

40. Tire-maker Hankook to build $800M plant in Tennessee -

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — South Korean tire-maker Hankook announced Monday that it will build its first North American plant in Tennessee, creating 1,800 jobs.

Hankook, the world's seventh-largest tire maker, said it will build the $800 million facility in Clarksville. Construction on the 1.5 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to begin by the end of next year, and it will begin making high-end performance tires by early 2016.

41. Big concerts only a memory for MTSU's Murphy Center -

The King came, sang and conquered. So did The Boss. The Thunder rolled, there was some rollin’ on the river and, at some point, Jeremy spoke in class there.

Elvis Presley, Pearl Jam, Garth Brooks and Tina Turner once played a renowned concert venue on a college campus about 30 minutes southeast of downtown Nashville.

42. No longer a one-horse town -

Fifth-grade teacher Carolyn Allen and her friends attend Zumba classes in the building that once was a gymnasium for workers at the nearby General Motors Saturn Division plant. Not far away, the automaker’s former headquarters now houses a call center and an incubator for start-up businesses.

43. Kiwanis names Buchanan Nashvillian of the Year -

Kiwanis Club of Nashville has honored Steve Buchanan as its 2012 Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year for his community contributions. Buchanan is president of the Opry Entertainment Group, a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and executive producer for “Nashville.”

44. Top commercial Midstate real estate transactions for June 2013 -

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

45. Bad hub breakup? Follow Nashville’s lead -

Memphis, Nashville feels your pain. When Delta announced earlier this month it would no longer use Memphis International Airport as a hub – cutting 230 jobs in the process – it brought back bad memories for the Music City, dark memories of 1996.

46. Getz: BRT plan would worsen West End traffic -

The Metro Transit Authority’s plan for a bus rapid transit installation on Nashville’s East-West Corridor has two fundamental problems:

Removing two lanes from traffic dramatically increases congestion with adverse effects of residents and businesses.

47. Are we really that Amped? -

For every person charged up over the arrival of The Amp, there seems to be another blowing a fuse over Nashville’s latest alternate transportation plan.

And despite Mayor Karl Dean’s steady public words of optimism about a 2016 launch, the skeptical continue to zap him with questions about funding, route location, ridership estimates and timing for the bus rapid transit project.

48. Carrie Underwood takes video of year at CMT Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Carrie Underwood's awesome week got off to a roaring start at the CMT Music Awards.

Underwood won top honor video of the year Wednesday night for "Blown Away," capping the evening with an emotional tribute to Oklahoma tornado victims before taking the fan-voted award for the second year in a row. Miranda Lambert and Florida Georgia Line were the night's top winners with two awards apiece.

49. Baker Donelson adds to govt. regulatory group -

Carol Owen has joined Baker Donelson as a shareholder and a member of the firm’s Government Regulatory Actions Group.

Owen will concentrate her practice on complex litigation and operations/risk management. She has key experience in environmental and financial services litigation and has worked with health care companies, manufacturers, financial services providers and waste management companies through complex litigation.

50. Expect the unexpected at CMT Music Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Country music has been good to the rapper Nelly, and he's back in Music City because of it.

Nelly will perform the crossover hit "Cruise" with country duo Florida Georgia Line during the CMT Music Awards. The imaginary, but once impenetrable, lines between American music genres are blurring more each day, and Nelly's happy to serve as an eraser.

51. Underwood, Christ Church choir lend voices to tornado relief -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Carrie Underwood will pay tribute to the victims of the recent deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma when she appears at the CMT Music Awards.

52. Lenny Kravitz, Nelly to appear on CMT Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The CMT Music Awards are known for cross-genre mashups and this year will be no different as Lenny Kravitz and Nelly prepare to perform.

Rocker Kravitz will join co-host Jason Aldean, while rapper Nelly will team with Florida Georgia Line on their crossover hit "Cruise" during Wednesday night's awards show airing live at 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Neither artist has appeared on the show before.

53. Swift, Bryan, Hayes to perform at CMT Music Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Taylor Swift leads a list of country's hottest stars set to perform at the CMT Music Awards next month.

54. Convention center offers new spotlight for Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A new convention center in Nashville is transforming the look of downtown with a wavy roof dominating six city blocks, but tourism officials hope the eye-catching facility will also show business travelers a revitalized Music City.

55. Clarksville 2nd-fastest growing area in US -

The latest U.S. Census numbers, released last month, showed the rest of the country what Clarksville residents already suspected. The multi-county Metropolitan Statistical Area of Clarksville is officially the second fastest-growing city in the country, with a 3.7 percent boost from July 2011 to July 2012.

56. Vanderbilt’s Kinch to lead Tennessee Nurses Association -

Jill Kinch, MSN, APN, advanced practice nurse team manager for Perioperative and Procedural Services at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has been appointed president of the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA).

57. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for March 2013 -

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

58. Tennessee finance chief to retire from Haslam Cabinet -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State finance chief Mark Emkes is retiring after presiding over three annual spending plans, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration announced Monday.

Emkes, a former CEO of Nashville-based tiremaker Bridgestone Americas, was one of Haslam's highest-profile Cabinet choices following the 2010 election.

59. Events -

Predators Foundation Wine Festival and Tasting. Featuring more than 200 higher-end wines, beer and a spirits tasting and an extensive silent auction with more than 200 items. Tonight's event also will include culinary delicacies and a photo opportunity with GNASH. A VIP dinner & tasting will take place in the Patron Platinum Club. It will feature a five-course dinner with wine pairing and hand-crafted wines. The VIP event begins at 6 p.m. and is $200 per person. VIP guests may attend the Wine Festival prior to the VIP dinner. Bridgestone Arena. Information: www.predators.nhl/club/page.htm

60. High school tourneys provide $3M boost to Rutherford County -

While the SEC and Ohio Valley Conference tournaments are playing in Nashville through March 17, the TSSAA BlueCross Basketball Championships will take place at Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, bringing an estimated $3 million to Rutherford County coffers.

61. OVC dream: Belmont vs. TSU in men's championship -

The SEC men’s basketball tournament at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena is, as expected, sold out.

Tickets might also be hard to come by a few blocks over if Belmont and Tennessee State could find their way to the Ohio Valley Conference men’s tournament championship game at Municipal Auditorium.

62. Tournament favorite? It has to be Nashville -

March Madness arrives today in all its glory with a flip of the calendar. The Road to the Final Four begins in Music City with Wednesday’s tip-off of the Ohio Valley Conference men’s and women’s tournaments at Municipal Auditorium, followed a week later by the sold-out Southeastern Conference men’s tournament at Bridgestone Arena.

63. Firestone remains sole supplier for IndyCar -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Firestone will remain the sole tire supplier for IndyCar through the 2018 season.

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC and IndyCar announced the decision Friday. Former series CEO Randy Bernard had discussions with Continental Tire about signing on as a series title sponsor and tire supplier, but drivers were unanimously opposed to a move away from Firestone.

64. Wireless access expanded for Nashville venues -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Fans will have better wireless Internet access on their mobile devices during games and events at LP Field and Bridgestone Arena now that two new antenna systems have been installed.

65. Grammys spread the love with 6 top nominees -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music as six different artists tied for lead nominee - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and fun.

66. Let the debate end: Grammy noms anybody's guess -

NASHVILLE (AP) - It's a brutal year to be in the Grammy nominations handicapping game.

Sure, there are a few safe bets. Mumford & Sons and Frank Ocean are expected to take a share of nominations when they're announced Wednesday night on national television during "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!" in Nashville.

67. Blake Shelton pulls off surprise win at CMAs -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Winning the Country Music Association Awards' entertainer of the year is a top honor and always counted as a career high point. But for Blake Shelton it wasn't even the most memorable moment of an amazing Thursday night.

68. New faces at CMAs mark change in country music -

NASHVILLE (AP) — There's a sea change going on in Music City and the Country Music Association Awards are right in the middle of it.

When country music's biggest stars take the stage Thursday night, you'll see many of your favorites from the last 10 years. But increasingly, new faces are dominating the genre as country's fan base shifts to a younger-skewing audience.

69. Hosts Underwood, Paisley ready for 5th CMA Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Spend a lot of time with a guy over five years and you get to know him pretty well. In the time Carrie Underwood has spent co-hosting the Country Music Association Awards with Brad Paisley, she's learned there's nothing fake about the man with the white hat.

70. Taylor Swift to co-host Grammy nominations TV show -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Taylor Swift will co-host the Grammy nominations television special.

Grammy officials say the pop star will join LL Cool J as hosts of the Dec. 5 special, airing live on CBS from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. This is the first year the nominations special has been broadcast from Music City.

71. Aldean, Clarkson among CMA awards performers -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson are among the first performers announced for this year's Country Music Association Awards.

72. No status quo: Cities can either grow or falter -

I suffer from yoyo-itis, meaning I am prone to rapid weight gain (RWG). For years, after following a regimen of diet and exercise that allows the scale to switch from foe to friend, I watch as the machine commits treason as fast food quickly works its way into the ever expanding belly. In short, if I’m not losing weight, I’m gaining weight.

73. Windsor Capital Group names Nashvillian COO -

Windsor Capital Group, which owns and manages 20 hotel properties in 11 states, has named has hired Paul Francisco as its chief operating officer.

74. Bass, Berry & Sims adds Lloyd to firm -

Travis Lloyd, formerly an associate in the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has joined Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

Lloyd is joining the firm’s health care practice as an associate and will provide counsel to clients within the health care industry on a wide range of regulatory matters. Lloyd has experience in fraud and abuse analysis, health information privacy and security compliance, healthcare facility licensure and accreditation, and provider enrollment and reimbursement.

75. CMA Awards nominations to be announced in NYC -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Country Music Association Awards will be bringing a little twang to the big city when nominations are announced next month.

Country superstars Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum plan to reveal nominees in five categories on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Sept. 5. They'll finish off the list later that morning at The Hard Rock Cafe in New York's Times Square.

76. Grammy noms concert special coming to Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — This year's Grammy Awards nominations will come with a Southern accent.

The Recording Academy is moving its annual live nominations concert special to Music City. The show will air Dec. 5 live on CBS from Bridgestone Arena. This is the fifth time The Recording Academy has held "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live," but the first outside Los Angeles.

77. Top commercial real estate transactions for July 2012 -

July 2012 commercial real estate transactions 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.

78. Music museum options expanding -

Nashville’s major music museums are in various stages of development: one will reopen this year, one is expanding, another is slowly progressing, and the last is on the back burner.

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

After surviving a couple of blows to its existence, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum (MHFM) is set to re-open this year in its new home at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Fourth Avenue North.

79. Grafitti gaining recognition as art form -

Outdoor art in Nashville tends to make a big splash.

Consider Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks, the giant, red sculpture just across the Cumberland River from downtown. Some love it, some not so much … but you’re not going to miss it.

80. The mother of all venues -

Kim Carnes’ unforgettable Bette Davis Eyes voice dances happily as she professes love for the spot she calls the best musical venue in the city.

“The first place that comes to mind is the Ryman,” she says, putting down her coffee and turning away from The New York Times for the morning conversation.

81. Events -

Home-Staging Professional Course. Students can earn the ASP designation by attending this two-day course Aug. 14-15. Topics covered include improving your listing presentation, overcoming client objections to staging, marketing ideas and a staging techniques detailed lecture. Students will also view a slide show of before and after photos of what can be accomplished through staging and experience staging a home on the market with other class participants. After taking the course, agents will be able to market staging to their clients and provide better suggestions of ways to improve the home for listing presentation. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, 4540 Trousdale Drive. Lunch provided. Information: gnar.org, 254-7516.

82. How ‘affordable’ is Franklin for its workers? -

The recent Greater Nashville Housing Summit featured presentations by Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and focused on the status of the regional real estate market.

Ted Feldman, executive director of the Tennessee Housing and Development Agency, also addressed the group, and the event was attended by Congressman Jim Cooper, as well as representatives from the offices of other members of the United States House of Representatives such as Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn.

83. Sharing tourism’s wealth -

Sure, Nashville is major national tourist destination that attracts more than 11 million annually. But surrounding counties are in the process of building tourist empires of their own, using ever-increasing tourist-related tax revenues to strengthen their communities.

84. Bridgestone announces 4-year extension with NFL -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Bridgestone is switching from sponsoring halftime at the Super Bowl to a yearlong presence with the NFL under a new four-year agreement.

Officials with the Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and the NFL announced the sponsorship extension Tuesday after a minicamp session at the Tennessee Titans, close to the Nashville-headquartered company.

85. Bridgestone sets $74M Des Moines tire plant expansion -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bridgestone Americas plans to invest $74 million more through next year to expand its Firestone tire factory in Des Moines.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/JRzSgi) the investment is in addition to Bridgestone's $77 million project at the plant, which was announced in March 2010.

86. Underwood takes her 3rd video of year win at CMTs -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's Bridgestone Arena is turning into quite a memorable place for Carrie Underwood and her hunky husband, NHL star Mike Fisher.

87. Obama, Romney to go country at CMT Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Presidential elections are usually serious business, but President Barack Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney are taking a little time for laughs during the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday.

88. Willie Nelson and friends to light up CMT Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Willie Nelson may have penned himself another classic and CMT Music Awards viewers will get a chance to judge for themselves.

89. Group asks for state probe into ticket scalping -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A group called the Fan Freedom Project has asked for a state investigation into possible ticket scalping in Nashville.

The group cited an investigation by WTVF-TV (http://bit.ly/LHpvfF ) that showed professional ticket scalpers gobbled up most of the best seats at a recent Eric Church concert at Bridgestone Arena. Jon Potter, head of the group, said those who resold tickets apparently used robotic ticket-grabbing software to buy tickets in the first place.

90. Japan to honor Alexander, Vanderbilt professor -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Japan is bestowing national decorations on Sen. Lamar Alexander and a Vanderbilt University professor.

The consulate general's office announced Tuesday that Emperor Akihito is conferring the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star to Alexander for furthering U.S. economic relations with Japan.

91. Cleaver named president, COO of Avenue Bank -

Kent Cleaver, a founding officer of Avenue Bank, has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer for the bank.

Ronald L. Samuels continues as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. He will be leading the strategic planning and community direction for the bank, as well as advising on planning and development.

92. 12South a top pick in 2012 real estate draft -

Mayor Karl Dean spoke to members of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) last week at its membership luncheon. With some 400 Realtors on hand, he announced three upcoming events that he felt were of importance to the community.

93. Urban surprised at benefit concert with Opry invitation -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Keith Urban was slyly dropping hints about the surprises he had in store at the All For The Hall benefit concert this week, but little did he know the night's biggest surprise was aimed at him.

94. Loud and clear: Urban enjoys benefits of surgery -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Worried he might lose some of his singing ability, Keith Urban actually emerged from his surgery to remove a polyp and a nodule from his vocal cords with benefits he never imagined.

95. Former Sommet Group executives accused of fraud -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Three former top executives at Franklin-based Sommet Group, a once prominent collection of companies that used to have the naming rights to Nashville's downtown arena, are facing federal charges that accuse them of a multi-million-dollar fraud.

96. Picking up where we left off -

Cranes, which lately have been an endangered species, are returning to Cool Springs. Not the kind that fly, but the kind that dot the skyline over construction sites and have made the Interstate 65 corridor south of Nashville the region’s most popular location for corporate offices.

97. DCI Donor picks chief administrative officer -

DCI Donor Services, Inc. (DCIDS) recently named Scott Cantlon as its chief administrative officer.

Cantlon, has more than 35 years of experience as a senior executive in information technology and systems management for several industries. Most recently, he served as vice president and chief information officer for Lexon Surety Group where he led the development and implementation of IT strategy and managed IT support services.

98. Economic Council selects Qualls-Brooks -

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women has named Phyllis Qualls-Brooks its executive director.

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women focuses on research, offering the premiere economic summit for women in Tennessee each year, and working to get women on boards and commissions. Its research covers a myriad of topics focusing on women, including job training, wages and earnings, domestic violence, political participation, preventive healthcare, women-owned businesses and women in Tennessee.

99. Events -

GJCC January Art Exhibit. Works by Juliana Ericson, Jasmine Cheri and Nancy Johnson will be featured at the Gordon Jewish Community Center today through Jan. 31. Opening reception, 7-9 p.m., with the artists is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. -9 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 356-7170, nashvillejcc.org.

100. Events -

The South Through Eight Lenses & A Code. The Arts Company presents a two-month celebration of photography, featuring eight photographers from the South Light Salon. The exhibition, scheduled for Jan. 7-Feb. 24, will be accompanied by Festival of Salon Saturdays at The Arts Company designed to expand the gallery experience through poetry, film, photography, QR codes, and multiple events hosted by art photographers and special guests. Visitors are encouraged to use smart phones and plan to scan the artwork through the 21st-Century technology of QR Codes. The exhibition will open during First Saturday Art Crawl on Jan. 7. Information: theartscompany.com.