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1. Settlement approved in corrections officer wage lawsuit -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Metro Council has approved a $2.1 million settlement to end a legal dispute about how corrections officers are paid.

The council approved the settlement Tuesday, reported the Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1We7HQz).

2. ‘Fearless’ Stewart embraces battles with supermajority -

Democratic state Rep. Mike Stewart lives on the front lines of the Tennessee General Assembly. As chairman of the House Democratic Caucus with 26 members, Stewart could employ a bunker mentality, but instead has chosen to take the fight to the other side of the aisle.

3. Emkes named chairman of Corrections Corporation of America -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Corrections Corporation of America has named Mark Emkes, a former CEO of Nashville-based Bridgestone Americas, as the private prison operators' new chairman.

4. Patterson welcomes Bowers as COO -

Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C. has added John D. Bowers as chief operating officer, replacing longtime COO Jim Roberts, who is retiring.

Most recently, Bowers was assistant director of business development at Fox Rothschild LLP in Princeton, New Jersey, where he oversaw marketing and business development projects for more than 150 attorneys.

5. Cornyn a 'peacemaker' as GOP rift on criminal justice widens -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A widening Republican rift over revamping the nation's criminal justice system is dashing hopes for overhaul in the final year of President Barack Obama's tenure despite strong bipartisan support and a concerted effort by the second-ranking GOP senator.

6. Q&A: What is a market 'correction' and why does it matter? -

A dismal start for the stock market this year has pushed its major indexes into what is known as a "correction," or decline of 10 percent or more from a recent peak. Here are some common questions asked about corrections and what they mean to investors:

7. A September to forget is perfect cap to 3rd quarter -

September typically delivers negative performance, and this September was no exception. September’s poor performance punctuated a dismal third quarter. Using MSCI stock indices, the USA, Europe and the emerging markets fell 7 percent, 9 percent and 18 percent respectively. Feeling down? You are not alone…

8. Audit recommends changes to prison assault reporting -

NASHVILLE (AP) — An audit of Tennessee prisons is recommending the Correction Department change the way it classifies assaults.

If adopted, the department will likely see a spike in prison violence, at least on paper.

9. Lawsuit claims probation company extorts money from indigent -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has issued a restraining order preventing two Rutherford County men from being arrested because they cannot pay court fines.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1OgHsoF) the men are two of seven plaintiffs accusing Providence Community Corrections of extorting money from probationers by threatening to send them to jail.

10. Jail officials arrested after inmates say labor exploited -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Three Nashville jail employees — two current and one former — are accused of pocketing money from the sale of inmate-made products through a personal business they marketed as a "Christian-based organization."

11. Q&A: What are the signs of a 'bear market' for stocks -

The stock market's sharp downturn in recent weeks has pulled the three major U.S. stock indexes into what is known as a "correction." But when does a market correction effectively end a bull market and usher in a full-blown bear market?

12. Routine audit of Tennessee prison system questioned -

NASHVILLE (AP) — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart is dismissing an upcoming audit of Tennessee's prison system as "business as usual."

13. Take a deep breath: Experts advise calm in this crazy market -

NEW YORK (AP) — Don't do anything rash. Amid the scary slide on Wall Street, that's the advice from the professionals to 401(k) holders and other ordinary investors.

At times when the stock market's movements are almost nauseating, they say the best course of action is: Sit tight. Even the most capable financial professionals, managing billions of dollars in assets, say they don't know where this market is heading — and are staying put themselves.

14. Why stocks are tumbling 6 years into the bull market -

NEW YORK (AP) — Well, that was fun while it lasted. For years, investors in U.S. stocks shrugged off threats — a government shutdown, fear of a euro collapse, a near U.S. debt default — and just kept on buying.

15. Jail officers suing over pay, seek $7M from Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A trial has begun over how Nashville's five jail facilities pay hundreds of correctional officers.

More than 850 current and past Davidson County Sheriff's Office corrections officers are suing Metro Nashville government over $7 million in back wages they say they are owed, dating back to 2006, The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1KPXWBw ) reported.

16. State finds several problems at Rutherford County jail -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — State inspectors have found several problems at Rutherford County's Adult Detention Center.

According to The Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/1JwtU54), Tennessee Corrections inspectors informed Sheriff Robert Arnold of the findings in a letter dated June 22.

17. State finds several problems at Rutherford County jail -

MURFREESBORO (AP) - State inspectors have found several problems at Rutherford County's Adult Detention Center.

According to The Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/1JwtU54), Tennessee Corrections inspectors informed Sheriff Robert Arnold of the findings in a letter dated June 22.

18. Bill would restrict where CCA inmates could file lawsuits -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Corrections Corporation of America could not be sued anywhere in Tennessee except for the county where the private prison targeted by the lawsuit is operated, under a bill filed in the state legislature.

19. 5 things to know about Gov. Haslam's $33.3B budget proposal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Five things to know about Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's $33.3 billion budget proposal:

1. K-12 EDUCATION: After canceling a planned salary hike for teachers last year because of worse-than-expected state revenues, Haslam has earmarked nearly $100 million to go toward salary improvements in the budget year starting July 1, a 4 percent increase. The money would be routed through the state's Basic Education Program, or BEP, formula, meaning the total amount of raises would vary from district to district. Teachers are generally paid through a combination of state and local funding. The governor's budget plan also includes about $44 million to cover growth and inflation through the BEP formula.

20. Coach says Vandy class saw "good, bad, ugly" of 1st season -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said relationships helped keep together his first full signing class with players who saw all the growing pains the Commodores went through during his first season.

21. Woman says prison guards forced her to prove menstruation -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A woman visiting an inmate at a privately run Tennessee prison says guards forced her to expose her genitals to prove she was menstruating when she tried to take a sanitary napkin into the facility, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

22. Corizon's struggles highlight challenges of inmate care -

Months after he landed in Florida's Manatee County Jail, Jovon Frazier's pleas for treatment of the intense pain that radiated from his left shoulder to his elbow were met mostly with Tylenol.

"It really hurts! HELP!" Frazier, then 18, wrote the second time he asked for care, in August 2009.

23. Investors expect higher stocks in 2015, but also turbulence -

NEW YORK (AP) — Can the U.S. hold everyone else above water? That is the question investors are asking as Wall Street heads into 2015.

A strong U.S. economy helped propel the stock market higher in 2014, continuing a bull market that is on pace to celebrate its sixth birthday in March. On more than one occasion, investors dumped stocks following geopolitical flare-ups and concerns about the global economy, only to jump back in when an economic report or results from a big company suggested the U.S. economy was still resilient.

24. Wall Street caps a wild month with rally, closes at all-time high. -

NEW YORK (AP) — For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October. Stocks started the month modestly below a record high, only to cascade to their worst slump in two years. But after flirting with a correction, or a 10 percent drop, the U.S. market rebounded and closed at all-time highs on the last day of the month.

25. Miata: Best-selling two-seater ever still delivers -

Driving the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster is like letting go.

The smartly styled, 13-foot-long two-seater is so efficient in design, there’s not a lot of room to carry extra baggage.

The car, itself, weighs less than 2,600 pounds and is energetic and eager to dash down the roads in a lighthearted and sprightly manner.

26. Market jolt is reality check for investors -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes a little fear is healthy for stock investors.

Nine days ago, after a series of sharp sell-offs, the Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 7.4 percent from its September record as fears of a global economic slowdown intensified. Stocks have surged back this week, thanks to strong corporate earnings, and on Friday the S&P 500 had its best gain in nearly two years.

27. Stock swoon brings S&P 500 closer to 'correction' -

The downturn in the U.S. stock market has brought it closer to what professional investors refer to as a "correction." That happens when a benchmark index like the Standard & Poor's 500 closes 10 percent or more below a recent peak.

28. Nashville juvenile jail to review locking policy -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee corrections official says his department will review policies on locking dorm doors at the state's juvenile detention centers after a violent disturbance and breakout this week.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. No-fly list rules get changes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.

The decision comes after a federal judge's ruling that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a situation deemed unconstitutional. In response, the Justice Department said the U.S. will change the process during the next six months. As of late last summer, about 48,000 people were on the no-fly list.

32. CCA pays $8 million in back wages at California prison -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California City, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday.

33. CCA pays $260K in overtime lawsuit settlement -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The largest private prison company in America paid $260,000 to a group of shift supervisors in Kentucky to settle claims that they were denied overtime, according to an agreement unsealed Wednesday.

34. 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.

35. 32 states, including Tennessee, trail US as a whole in job recovery -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, most states still haven't regained all the jobs they lost, even though the nation as a whole has.

In May, the overall economy finally recovered all 9 million jobs that vanished in the worst downturn since the 1930s. Another month of solid hiring is expected in the U.S. jobs report for June that will be released Thursday.

36. S&P 500 ekes out another record high -

NEW YORK (AP) — Call it the ho-hum market. Another day, another record high.

News of a handful of corporate deals sent some stocks jumping Monday. And Family Dollar climbed following news that investor Carl Icahn has taken a stake in the company.

37. Apple expands into health, home with new software -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives.

38. ISM corrects factory index to show solid growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Institute for Supply Management twice corrected its May manufacturing index on Monday to show that factories grew at a strong pace during the month. The original report said that manufacturers had expanded at a weaker pace.

39. Tennessee 'ready' to use electric chair if need be -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee is "ready as needed" to use the electric chair if it can't get the drugs used for lethal injections, the state's top prisons official said Friday.

A corrections spokeswoman added later in the day while the state doesn't have a supply of the drugs, authorities are confident they could acquire some. The chemicals have become scarcer following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions.

40. Turner talks retirement, possible mayoral run -

State Representative and Nashville Democrat Mike Turner is retiring from the General Assembly and considering a run for mayor.

He served for 14 years, representing District 51, including parts of Old Hickory, Madison, East Nashville, downtown Nashville and Germantown.

41. FBI investigating CCA -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The FBI has taken over the Idaho criminal investigation into private prison company Corrections Corporation of America.

The Nashville, Tenn.,-based CCA has operated Idaho's largest prison for more than a decade, but last year, CCA officials acknowledged it had understaffed the prison by thousands of hours in violation of the state contract.

42. CCA to fight prison staffing audit result -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Corrections Corp. of America is pushing to get a forensic audit declared inconclusive after the auditors found the private prison company understaffed an Idaho prison by more than 26,000 hours.

43. Capella Healthcare makes leadership promotions -

Capella Healthcare has announced the promotions of three senior leaders to executive management positions and four others to its senior management team. Promoted to executive vice president duties are:

44. 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.

45. Questions and answers on changing health care law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when you thought you had the president's health care law figured out, it's changing.

Some questions and answers about what's afoot and who's affected:

Q: What's the nub of the change, and why is President Barack Obama changing course at this late date?

46. CCA, top competitor won't bid on Idaho prison contract -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The two biggest private prison companies in the nation say they don't want the contract to run a troubled Idaho prison, and that could shrink the pool of potential bidders to just two smaller companies.

47. CCA decides to leave Idaho -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Private prison giant Corrections Corp. of America will leave Idaho after more than a decade marked by scandal and lawsuits surrounding its operation of the state's largest prison.

48. Judge: CCA in contempt for prison understaffing -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge says private prison company Corrections Corporation of America is in contempt of court for persistently understaffing an Idaho prison in direct violation of a legal settlement.

49. Tennessee court administrator to retire by end of year -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The head of the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts is retiring by the end of the year.

Libby Sykes made the announcement this week. She has held the court position for seven years, and spent 27 years in state government.

50. Tennessee school superintendents want appeal for coding errors -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A school superintendents group says nearly four dozen Tennessee public school districts would have appealed coding errors relating to TCAP test results if that were an option.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/14Pyzi5) quoted a letter from Wayne Miller, executive director of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents to state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. In the letter, Miller asked Huffman to reopen the appeals window to allow school systems to review and correct TCAP coding errors

51. Ford to restate hybrid gas mileage -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford will reduce gas mileage estimates for its C-Max hybrid, following a government investigation into consumer complaints that the car's actual mileage was lower, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

52. CCA warden says he didn't know about understaffing -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former warden for private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America says he didn't know that mandatory posts at the Idaho prison he led were chronically unstaffed.

53. Judge to open documents in CCA/Idaho prison lawsuit -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ordered that several documents be unsealed in a lawsuit between Idaho inmates and Corrections Corporation of America just days before a hearing is set over whether the private prison company should be held in contempt of court.

54. Corrections Corp. of America closes on $36M buyout -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Corrections Corp. of America, one of the largest prison operators in the country, has completed its approximately $36 million acquisition of the privately held Correctional Alternatives Inc.

55. Company creates Nashville exchange-traded fund -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Want to buy a piece of Nashville? Now you can.

A Nashville company has developed the nation's first city-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) that follows an index of companies based in Nashville and the surrounding counties.

56. 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.”

57. Haslam appoints Richard Montgomery to parole board -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The commissioner of the state Correction Department said Monday he is looking forward to working with the new chairman of the Board of Parole to enhance public safety across Tennessee.

58. Parole board chairman to retire this week -

NASHVILLE (AP) - When Parole Board Chairman Charles Traughber steps down this week after working with offenders for more than 40 years, he says his fondest memories will be of those he helped work their way back into society.

59. Daugherty is chair of Midstate USGBC chapter -

Erik Daugherty, founder and owner of E3 INNOVATE, has been elected chair of the Middle Tennessee chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

60. Honda's quarterly profit rises despite China woes -

TOKYO (AP) — Honda's fiscal fourth quarter profit rose nearly 6 percent as the Japanese automaker's recovery from floods in Thailand the previous year offset recent sales losses in China.

Honda Motor Co. reported Friday a quarterly profit of 75.7 billion yen ($765 million), up from 71.5 billion yen the same period the previous year. Quarterly sales jumped 14 percent to 2.74 trillion yen ($27.7 billion).

61. Barge Waggoner promotes quartet of vice presidents -

Award-winning architecture and engineering firm Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc. appointed four new vice presidents at its recent annual stockholders’ meeting:

62. CCA: Workers falsified staffing records at Idaho prison -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A private company that operates Idaho's largest prison acknowledged Thursday that its employees falsified nearly 4,800 hours of staffing records over seven months last year in violation of its contract with the state.

63. Laws, rumors have ammo flying off store shelves -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and alarmed by rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel, making it hard for stores nationwide to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.

64. CCA names White VP of Correctional Programs -

Corrections Corporation of America has promoted Kim White to vice president of the Correctional Programs Division. She formerly served as managing director of inmate programs.

65. Innovation, thrift drives nonprofit success -

To survive the Great Recession and its aftermath, many nonprofit organizations in Middle Tennessee tightened their belts and searched for ways to meet increasing demands for services despite diminishing resources.

66. Fridrich & Clark’s Smith earns top Realtor honor -

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors has named Lucy Smith of Fridrich & Clark Realty the 2012 Realtor of the Year.

The award is given annually to the GNAR Realtor member who has made the most significant contribution to clients, the real estate profession and the community. Smith was recognized for her achievements by Brian Copeland, last year’s recipient, at Saturday’s GNAR’s annual Awards of Excellence Gala.

67. Commissioner changes parole checks -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Correction said he has addressed problems found in a performance audit by the state comptroller's office that showed at least 82 people who parole officers claimed they checked on were actually dead.

68. Got a garbage problem? Judge will get it fixed -

The voice mail message on my private office line went like this:

“This is [name omitted] at [address omitted]. Recycling gave me this number. I’m trying to get a trash barrel for my house. It’s been three months since we had one, and I’m using my neighbor’s. Someone get in touch with me as soon as possible at [phone number omitted].”

69. Crucial, long-overdue BlackBerry makeover arrives -

TORONTO (AP) — The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is promising a speedy browser, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate on the same phone, the fruit of a crucial, long-overdue makeover for the Canadian company.

70. Can Apple maintain its shine? -

NEW YORK (AP) — For many investors, Apple's best days are behind it. Competitors are catching up, they believe, and the latest iPhone is stumbling.

The company's doubters have backed their conviction with billions of dollars. Last week, the stock fell below $500 for the first time in 11 months. Since Apple's stock peaked at $705.07 on Sept. 21 — the day of the iPhone 5's release — it has fallen nearly 30 percent, cutting Apple's market capitalization by nearly $200 billion.

71. Waller elects five new partners -

Waller, Nashville’s oldest and largest law firm, has elected five new attorneys as partners. Each attorney was previously an associate at the firm:

72. Health Care Council honors Cigarran -

The Nashville Health Care Council has recognized Thomas G. Cigarran, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Healthways, with the Nashville Health Care Council Crystal Leaf Award. The award highlights Cigarran’s significant role in fostering health care industry innovation and entrepreneurism in Nashville.

73. Appeals court again takes up CCA records case -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Attorneys for the Corrections Corporation of America on Tuesday told members of the state Court of Appeals that the company should not have to turn over copies of its legal settlements to the public.

74. Haslam remains undecided on insurance exchange -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that part of the delay in deciding whether Tennessee will design its own health insurance exchange required under the new federal health care law is finding out how much flexibility the state would have.

75. Events -

Weekly Business Mastermind Luncheon. Join other small business owners and entrepreneurs each Wednesday in a peer-to-peer advisory session over lunch. Share your ideas, challenges and insights while you share a meal together. Group meets Wednesdays at 11:30 at Nero’s Grill. All business owners welcome, but advance registration required. Register: http://nashvillesuccesssummit.com/events-2/

76. Regions Insurance Group purchases Story Capital -

Regions Bank has purchased Story Capital Group, LLC, and hired James Story as employee benefits consultant. In his new role, Story will lead business development efforts, maintain client relationships and consult with bank customers regarding employee benefits including health, life and disability insurance.

77. Haven Behavioral names new executive VP, COO -

Nashville’s Haven Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., a provider of behavioral health care for adults, senior citizens and active-duty military personnel, has hired Scott W. Kardenetz as executive vice president and chief operations officer.

78. Free Enterprise Award presented to Baker -

J.B. Baker, chairman of the board for Volunteer Express Inc. and owner of Sprint Logistics, LLC and Baker South real estate development, has been awarded the Jennings A. Jones Champion of Free Enterprise Award by Middle Tennessee State University.

79. Lattimore Black names new COO -

Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, Tennessee’s largest regional accounting and business consulting firm, has named John A. Litchfield, Jr. as its COO.

80. Immigrants prove big business for prison companies such as CCA -

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. is locking up more illegal immigrants than ever, generating lucrative profits for the nation's largest prison companies, and an Associated Press review shows the businesses have spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers and contributing to campaigns.

81. Events -

10,000 Scoop Challenge. Ten-thousand scoops of Moose Tracks ice cream will be given away at First Baptist Church in Downtown Nashville. For each scoop eaten, Denali Flavors will donate $1 to Rocketown in an effort to raise $10,000 of new support for its community programs. The event is free and open to the community. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 108 7th Ave S. Information: www.facebook.com/events/305362109546131/.

82. Corrections Corp of America 1Q net income falls -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Corrections Corp of America, the nation's largest prison management contractor, said Thursday that its first quarter net income fell 21 percent due to debt refinancing and other costs, and the company said it was considering converting into a real estate investment trust.

83. Corrections Corp of America 1Q net income falls -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Corrections Corp of America, the nation's largest prison management contractor, said Thursday that its first quarter net income fell 21 percent due to debt refinancing and other costs, and the company said it was considering converting into a real estate investment trust.

84. Maryland first to OK password protection bill -

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is poised to become the first state to ban employers from demanding applicants or workers hand over their log-in information for social media sites like Facebook.

85. State’s role as solar leader in Jeopardy? -

When Steve Johnson started Nashville-based LightWave Solar in 2006, he was something of a pioneer. The first strictly solar company in Tennessee, he was taking a risk on an emerging industry with practically no history in the state. But with a background in electrical construction and a flagging market, he made the leap.

86. Bill to transfer parole services goes to governor -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to transfer certain services from the Board of Probation and Parole to the Department of Correction is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure was unanimously approved 30-0 in the Senate on Monday evening after lawmakers agreed to minor changes by the House.

87. CCA offers states cash for prisons -

ATLANTA (AP) - The nation's largest private prison company made an enticing offer to 48 states that went something like this: We will buy your prison now if you agree to keep it mostly full and promise to pay us for running it over the next two decades. Despite a need for cash, several states immediately slammed the door on the offer, a sign that privatizing prisons might not be as popular as it once was.

88. Bill to transfer parole services advancing -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee correction officials say a proposal to transfer certain services from the Board of Probation and Parole to the Department of Correction will save thousands of dollars and improve public safety.

89. New software offers inmates smoother path to GED -

A smile jumps onto his face when Antonio Gooch is asked about the day he got his GED. The 22-year-old convict, in an orange jumpsuit, remembers being in his jail pod with about 60 other offenders when his teacher, Edward Marks, walked in and shouted Gooch’s name.

90. Haslam airs plan to fight drugs, gangs, violence -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday announced a coordinated plan to fight drug abuse, gangs and domestic violence in Tennessee.

The plan was produced over the course of a year by representatives of 11 state agencies to reduce drug abuse and trafficking, lower violent crime and cut the rate of repeat offenders.

91. Haslam airs plan to fight drugs, gangs, violence -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Haslam administration has launched a coordinated fight against drug abuse, gangs and violent crime in Tennessee.

The plan produced by representatives of 11 state agencies was announced Thursday in Nashville. It intends to reduce drug abuse and trafficking, lower violent crime and cut the rate of repeat offenders.

92. Holiday shopping season is strong -

The holiday shopping season is wrapping up to be bigger than anyone expected. Now, retailers are holding their breath and hoping consumers will keep spending in the final days before Christmas.

Sales from November through Saturday rose 2.5 percent, according to research firm ShopperTrak, which did not give a dollar figure. Online, shoppers have spent almost $32 billion online for the holiday season so far, a 15 percent increase from a year ago, according to the comScore, which tracks Web use.

93. Judge favors plaintiff in CCA lawsuit -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Nashville judge ruled Thursday that private prison company Corrections Corporation of America must turn over more documents to a magazine that advocates for the rights of prisoners.

94. Judge favors plaintiff in CCA lawsuit -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville judge ruled Thursday that private prison company Corrections Corporation of America must turn over more documents to a magazine that advocates for the rights of prisoners.

95. Glance: Occupy protests' cost to 18 US cities -

In the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans has cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services, such as cleanup and sanitation, according to a survey conducted by The Associated Press. The AP gathered figures from 18 cities with active protests, focusing on costs through Nov. 15. Here they are, in descending order by cost:

96. Zeitlin wins award for lifetime achievement -

Shirley Zeitlin, CEO and founder of Zeitlin & Company, Realtors, has won in the “Lifetime Achievement” category in the international Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Zeitlin’s competition for the award included the president and CEO of a financial firm in Toronto, the EVP of international finance for a Turkish bank (Akbank) and the president & CEO of WomenOnBusiness.com. More than 1,300 entries from around the world were submitted this year for consideration in 75 categories. A full list of those recognized can be found at stevieawards.com.

97. CCA joins non-profit to help amputees -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America is collaborating with a local non-profit organization to help provide artificial limbs to amputees in the West African country of Ghana.

98. Occupy charges ordered dismissed, records expunged -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Nashville judge on Monday dismissed trespassing and other citations against 55 Occupy Nashville protesters and ordered their records expunged.

"We won again," protester Dorsey Malina said after a brief hearing.

99. VUMC’s Stover receives Young Physician Award -

Daniel Stover, M.D., chief resident on the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is the recipient of this year’s Holt Young Physician Leadership Award presented by the Southern Medical Association.

100. CCA, Idaho inmates settle lawsuit over prison violence -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A potential class-action lawsuit against the nation's largest private prison company over allegations of violence at the Idaho Correctional Center has been settled in federal court.