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1. Dollar General thrives despite ‘retail apocalypse' -

Don’t blink! You might miss the grand opening of another Dollar General store. OK, that’s an exaggeration. But not by much.

In the 14 years since an investment group purchased the family owned business and took it public again two years later, the Goodlettsville-based chain has added nearly 10,000 stores to boast more retail locations than any other company in the United States – quickly closing on 18,000 stores in 46 states.

2. 50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans -

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s, he was the right-hand man to his musical best friend, Youtha Anthony Fowler, who many hip hop and R&B heads know as DJ Nabs.

3. US vaccine surplus grows by the day as expiration dates loom -

In Tennessee and North Carolina, demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has slowed down so much that they have given millions of doses back to the federal government, even though less than half of their total populations are vaccinated.

4. Activists fear Biden's commitment to higher minimum wage -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Union activist Terrence Wise recalls being laughed at when he began pushing for a national $15 per hour minimum wage almost a decade ago. Nearly a year into the pandemic, the idea isn't so funny.

5. Millions of hungry Americans turn to food banks for 1st time -

The deadly pandemic that tore through the nation's heartland struck just as Aaron Crawford was in a moment of crisis. He was looking for work, his wife needed surgery, then the virus began eating away at her work hours and her paycheck.

6. Coin shortage hits retailers, laundromats, tooth fairy -

The national coin shortage has been an unusual side effect of the pandemic. Among its victims? Retailers, laundromats and even the tooth fairy.

The Federal Reserve announced in June that the supply system for coins had been severely disrupted by the pandemic. While there are still enough coins out there, they aren't circulating as freely because many businesses have been closed and consumers aren't out spending as usual.

7. Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the recipients include many you probably wouldn't have expected.

8. Shame on the shamers: Masks shouldn’t be political statement -

LaReeca Rucker was in a small park in Oxford, Mississippi, the other day, enjoying the fine, sunny afternoon, like many other people. Unlike the other people, though, she was wearing a mask.

Nothing elaborate. No politically or socially provocative message displayed. Just a plain black mask made of T-shirt material that a friend had given her. But that apparently was too much for one woman to handle.

9. Store workers become enforcers of social distancing rules -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandy Jensen's customer-service job at a Sam's Club in Fullerton, California, normally involves checking member ID cards at the door and answering questions. But the coronavirus has turned her into a kind of store sheriff.

10. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for January 2020 -

Top commercial real estate sales, January 2020, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

11. Genesco announces new corporate headquarters -

Genesco Inc. has announced plans for its new corporate headquarters in Nashville at 535 Marriott that will occupy approximately two thirds of the facility’s 310,000 square feet of space. Relocation is targeted for a early 2021.

12. Former clerk, paralegal joins firm as associate -

James Brandon Tomlin has joined MTR Family Law as an associate.

Tomlin is a 2019 graduate of Belmont University College of Law, where he was president of the Family Law Society and was a member of the Belmont American Inns of Court. Tomlin graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2015 with a degree in criminal justice.

13. Your wealth could be disappearing one drop at a time -

As a spokesperson for the insurance industry, Loretta Worters, often gives tips to homeowners on preventing water damage. Some of her knowledge comes from personal experience.

Worters says she had owned a home in Bellmore, New York, for only a month when she noticed the washing machine washer in the basement was taking an awfully long time to fill.

14. AP FACT CHECK: Trump fudges facts on economy, 2020 voting -

WASHINGTON (AP) — An eye toward his 2020 campaign, President Donald Trump is turning to a familiar playbook of exaggerated boasts about economic performance and overdrawn complaints about a race tilted against him.

15. Wilson County gets Rooms to Go facility -

Rooms To Go will locate its new warehouse and retail outlet store in Wilson County, investing $69 million and creating 200 new jobs.

Founded in 1990, Rooms To Go is one of the nation’s top selling furniture retailers. The company operates 226 stores across 10 states and Puerto Rico and has five retail stores located in Tennessee.

16. US-China trade dispute weighing on retail sector -

NEW YORK (AP) — Pressure from the trade dispute between the U.S. and China continues to weigh on the retail sector.

Retailers have seen their shares seesaw this week as they express concern over tariffs squeezing their businesses. The latest is PVH Corp., owner of the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands, which said late Wednesday that it was cutting its full-year adjusted earnings forecast partly because of the U.S.-China trade dispute.

17. Bradley wins Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has won the 2018 Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year ($50 to $100 million) Award from M&A Advisor for the firm’s role in the Chapter 11 case of Vanguard Healthcare and its 17 subsidiaries.

18. Dollar General 4Q results mixed, fiscal 2019 outlook weak -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Dollar General Corp. posted mixed fourth-quarter results, with profit pressured by an income tax expense while revenue grew during the critical holiday period. The discount retailer also provided a fiscal 2019 profit outlook below Wall Street's view.

19. Health companies lead US stocks their 3rd loss in a row -

Health care companies led U.S. stocks broadly lower Wednesday, giving the market its third straight loss.

Technology and energy stocks also bore the brunt of the selling, offsetting gains in materials and utilities companies. Several retailers also rose. Smaller companies fell more than the rest of the market.

20. Dollar Tree to close up to 390 Family Dollar stores -

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar Tree is closing up to 390 Family Dollar stores this year and rebranding about 200 others under the Dollar Tree name.

The company also slashed the value of its struggling Family Dollar chain, booking a $2.73 billion charge in its fiscal fourth quarter.

21. Stocks climb on trade talks and encouraging economic report -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose again Monday, led by gains in retailers and smaller companies after a report showed strong orders last month for service-sector companies, where most Americans work. Investors were also encouraged by the resumption of trade talks between the U.S. and China.

22. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for October 2018 -

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

23. Blockchain tech ‘is the shiny new penny’ -

During the General Assembly session that just ended legislators debated a number of hot-button issues: guns, abortion, Confederate statues and medical marijuana.

But tucked among the headline-grabbers was a brief bill, less than 300 words long, that attracted no controversy whatsoever.

24. Family Dollar to pay $45M in gender bias lawsuit settlement -

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar has agreed to pay $45 million to settle a gender bias lawsuit that dates 16 years ago.

The Charlotte Observer cites the settlement in a Wednesday report as saying 37,000 female managers of Family Dollar stores allege they were paid less than their male counterparts for doing the same job, a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

25. Stocks edge higher as materials firms and retailers rise -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks meandered but finished mostly higher Tuesday as retailers and industrial companies rose. A jump in metals prices helped mining and materials companies. Asian markets jumped after the North Korean government said it was open to talks with the U.S. about ending its nuclear program.

26. Fairgrounds-area market owners hoping to score with pro soccer -

Abdul and Rahima Ata’s sons focus on the future as they toil to keep the family business operating at the corner of Benton and Bransford avenues – literally across the street and downhill from the State Fairgrounds gates nearest the planned Major League Soccer stadium.

27. Technology companies and retailers lead US stocks higher -

Gains by technology companies helped send U.S. stocks higher in midday trading Thursday. Retailers also rose after the government said retail sales jumped in November. Health care stocks lagged the market.

28. US stocks climb, led by health care companies and banks -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks set more records Monday as health care companies and banks continued to surge as investors grew more optimistic about the recovery in manufacturers.

Stocks got a boost after the Institute for Supply Management said U.S. factory activity hit a 13-year high in August as hurricanes disrupted supplies but drove up demand for manufactured goods. Investors snapped up shares of companies that are linked to more rapid economic growth, like banks and health care and industrial companies as well as smaller, U.S.-focused companies. High-dividend stocks, which are traditionally considered safer and more cautious investments, lagged the rest of the market. Energy companies missed out on the gains as investors worried that oil supplies are rising.

29. Norman family tradition lives on at Bud’s Corner -

Willie Eason is a regular visitor to Bud’s Corner, an oft-overlooked section of North Nashville real estate named for Edward “Bud” Norman, the man who owned this three-block section of the city, putting a firm stamp of family and love on it that continues eight years after his death.

30. US stock indexes mixed in early trading; oil slides -

U.S. stock indexes wavered between small gains and losses in early trading Thursday. Utilities were down the most, while banks led the gainers. Investors had their eye on Washington, where former FBI Director James Comey was testifying as part of a congressional investigation into Russia's possible election meddling.

31. Woolworth on 5th a fitting tribute to city’s sit-ins -

Police didn’t stop me from entering the five-and-dime, site of one of America’s eventual and monumental civil rights victories.

They didn’t drag me out either, as I assume they figured I’m a harmless old man. And, no one spat on me.

32. Retailers, trade groups increase fight against tax proposal -

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 100 retailers including Wal-Mart and Target as well as key trade associations are launching a new coalition aimed at fighting a Republican proposal on how imports get taxed, which they believe would harm their businesses.

33. The world at your doorstep -

There is nothing you can’t get delivered these days. If you can imagine owning it, it’s only a matter of time before it can be in your possession, brought to your front door within minutes, hours or days from the first moment you even conjured the thought of having it.

34. Wal-Mart's CEO urges employees to reimagine company's future -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart's CEO urged employees on Friday to reimagine its future in a fast-shifting retail landscape.

The company is at a crossroads, as its long-held dominance in pricing has been chipped away at by Amazon and dollar stores. But it's fighting back on multiple fronts, growing more aggressive with prices and going after Amazon, both online and on the doorstep, by expanding delivery services.

35. Dollar General to add nearly 2,000 stores by fiscal 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General Corp. keeps steamrolling ahead. The chain, based in Goodlettsville, said that it plans to add about 2,000 stores over the next two years, bringing its total count to more than 14,000 stores.

36. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for February 2016 -

Top commercial real estate sales, January 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

37. New industry, housing spur Midstate growth -

The bitter taste of Hemlock Semiconductor’s abandonment of plans to build a billion-dollar plant in Montgomery County has been sweetened somewhat, one of many in the commercial real estate market in Nashville’s surrounding counties.

38. 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.

39. US stocks fizzle as Wal-Mart falls and China slumps -

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market shuffled to a slight loss in a lazy day of summer trading Tuesday.

Wal-Mart's shares slid after the retailer cut its profit forecast for the year, while renewed concerns over the strength of China's economy weighed on companies that depend on customers there.

40. Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage -

WASHINGTON (AP) — They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.

41. Wal-Mart names new board chairman, keeps job in family -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart is passing the chairmanship of the world's largest retailer from one family member of the late founder Sam Walton to another.

The company said that board Chairman Rob Walton will step down and be succeeded by Vice Chairman Greg Penner, who is his son-in-law.

42. US retail sales flat-line in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. shoppers kept their spending in check in April, as modest wage growth over the past year keeps family budgets tight.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that retail sales were unchanged last month after rising 1.1 percent in March. Sales have risen just 0.9 percent over the past 12 months. Steady hiring has yet to spark significantly higher incomes.

43. Dollar General 4Q profit rises on strong sales gains -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General's fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose on strengthening sales at its discount stores.

The stock rose in Thursday premarket trading.

The discount retailer earned $355.4 million, or $1.17 per share, for the period ended Jan. 30. A year earlier it earned $322.2 million, or $1.01 per share.

44. Cheaper gas lowers US retail sales; spending up elsewhere -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit.

Retail sales dropped 0.8 percent in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday, following a 0.9 percent decline in December. The dollar value of gas station sales plunged 9.3 percent, the largest drop in six years. Auto dealer sales also fell for the second straight month after big gains in the fall.

45. Cheaper gas lowers US retail sales; spending up elsewhere -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit.

Retail sales dropped 0.8 percent in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday, following a 0.9 percent decline in December. The dollar value of gas station sales plunged 9.3 percent, the largest drop in six years. Auto dealer sales also fell for the second straight month.

46. Dollar General loses bid for Dollar Tree -

NEW YORK (AP) — The battle over dollar stores is nearly over. Family Dollar shareholders voted on Thursday to approve a takeover bid by rival Dollar Tree, despite higher competing offers from Goodlettsville-based Dollar General.

47. Family Dollar shareholders approve Dollar Tree takeover -

NEW YORK (AP) — Family Dollar shareholders have voted to approve a takeover bid from rival Dollar Tree.

The deal still needs to be approved by the Federal Trade Commission, but Family Dollar expects it to close by March.

48. Dollar General stands firm on store divestiture figure -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General said Thursday that it still believes it should not have to divest more than 1,500 stores to complete a deal with Family Dollar.

On Monday Family Dollar Stores Inc. CEO Howard Levine said in a letter to investors that the Federal Trade Commission has indicated that there may need to be 3,500 to 4,000 store divestures for a deal with Dollar General Corp. to go through, though that is not a final figure.

49. ISS encourages Family Dollar and Dollar Tree deal -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar Stores Inc. said Wednesday that a proxy advisory firm recommends shareholders vote for a buyout offer from Dollar Tree Inc.

50. 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.

51. Family Dollar delays vote on Dollar Tree deal -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar says it has delayed a shareholder vote on its proposed acquisition by Dollar Tree until Jan. 22.

The Matthews, North Carolina-based discount retailer held a special meeting Tuesday for shareholders to vote on the deal. But the company says there were insufficient votes and the decision was delayed.

52. Dollar General misses Street 3Q forecasts -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General Corp. reported third-quarter results Thursday that missed Wall Street expectations, and said it is still committed to buying rival discount retailer Family Dollar, which has already agreed to be bought by Dollar Tree. Dollar General said it plans to give an update on its Family Dollar bid this month.

53. Family Dollar delays special shareholders meeting -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar is delaying a special meeting at which shareholders were to vote on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree as regulators determine how many stores might need to be divested for antitrust reasons.

54. Study: Mislabeled shrimp at restaurants, grocers -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ever thought that big, pink Gulf coast shrimp you ordered at the restaurant or bought from the store didn't taste juicy or salty enough?

Maybe it wasn't from the Gulf.

From New York to New Orleans to Oregon, consumers are being misled about the shrimp they're buying, according to a survey by the advocacy group Oceana.

55. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for September 2014 -

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

56. Hedge fund seeks board seats at Family Dollar -

The Associated Press: Hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. said Friday it is seeking seats on Family Dollar's board in an effort to get the retailer to reconsider a rebuffed buyout bid.

Family Dollar Stores Inc. accepted an $8.5 billion cash and stock buyout offer from fellow discounter Dollar Tree in July. It is also trying to fend off buyout efforts by another rival, Dollar General, which has decided to take its $9.1 billion cash bid directly to shareholders.

57. Family Dollar tells investors to reject takeover -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar has told shareholders to reject an unsolicited, $9.1 billion takeover bid from its rival, Dollar General.

Family Dollar is currently trying to arrange a sale to another bargain chain, Dollar Tree Inc.

58. Dollar General goes hostile in bid for rival -

Dollar General is going hostile with its $9.1 billion bid for Family Dollar after its rival repeatedly rejected previous offers.

The discount chain has commenced an open offering to investors of Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $80 per share in cash. That offer was rejected last week by the company's board, which has already accepted a deal with another discounter, Dollar Tree.

59. Family Dollar bucks Dollar General bid again -

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Family Dollar is rejecting Dollar General's latest acquisition offer, and Dollar Tree says it will now divest as many stores as needed to get antitrust clearance for its deal to buy Family Dollar.

60. Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1B -

Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying that it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to ease the antitrust concerns of its takeover target.

61. Dollar General still wants to buy Family Dollar -

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General Corp. said it still wants to buy rival Family Dollar, even though its nearly $9 billion offer was rejected by the discount retailer last week.

"We remain firmly committed to the acquisition," Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling said in a statement on Thursday.

62. Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall -

The escalating conflict in Ukraine combined with disappointing earnings and profit outlooks from several retailers dragged stocks lower Thursday afternoon, eclipsing some good news on the U.S. economy. Trading was light ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

63. Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer -

Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family Dollar's board said it supports its existing deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree.

64. Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General's takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter's board supports its existing merger with Dollar Tree.

Family Dollar Stores Inc. Chairman and CEO Howard Levine said in a statement Thursday that its board and advisers reviewed Dollar General Corp.'s offer and determined it wasn't reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.

65. Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar -

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's top dollar store chains are betting big that their once-thriving business will make a comeback if they band together.

Dollar General, the nation's largest dollar-store chain, started a bidding war on Monday when it offered approximately $8.95 billion for rival Family Dollar. It was an attempt to trump Dollar Tree, which agreed to acquire Family Dollar for $8.5 billion last month.

66. Stores have a solid start to back-to-school season -

NEW YORK (AP) — The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales.

The National Retail Federation expects the average family with school-aged children to spend $669.28 for back to school items, up 5 percent from last year. That would be the second-highest amount since the industry trade group started tracking spending in 2004.

67. Wal-Mart cuts profit outlook -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday as the world's largest retailer faced another quarter of sluggish sales and traffic declines.

68. Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion -

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar Tree is buying rival discounter Family Dollar, giving it a wider reach in the intensifying fight for deal-seeking customers.

The $8.5 billion deal will give Dollar Tree more than 13,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada. The current leading discounter, Dollar General Corp., has more than 11,300 stores in the U.S.

69. US retail sales tick up just 0.2 percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales increased slightly in June, evidence that consumers remain cautious despite steady job gains this year.

Retail sales rose just 0.2 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, held back by a sharp drop at building materials and garden supply stores. Sales also fell at restaurants and at auto dealers.

70. Wal-Mart CEO: speed up pace of change -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart's CEO Doug McMillon said the world's largest retailer's task is to more quickly bring e-commerce together with physical stores to better serve shoppers.

At Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s annual shareholders meeting on Friday, McMillon talked about a service that Wal-Mart offers at its Asda.com Web site in the U.K., where customers can order groceries online and then pick them up from trucks at various pickup points. He also showed off miniature figures of executives to illustrate how some Wal-Mart stores have been using 3-D printers to create miniature figurines for customers in the U.K.

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

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

72. Family Dollar to cut jobs, close about 370 stores -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also lower prices on about 1,000 basic items.

73. Holiday shopping spree not for everyone -

NEW YORK (AP) — Many Americans appear to be watching the annual holiday spending ritual from the sidelines this year.

Money is still tight for some. Others are fed up with commercialism of the holidays. Still others are waiting for bigger bargains.

74. Fall decorating goes too far -

Although there is a band called Smashing Pumpkins, that’s not what this week’s article is about. I’m thinking more of decorating to have an awesome looking pumpkin door display. A smashing display of autumn!

75. Families hoarding cash 5 years after crisis -

NEW YORK (AP) — They speak different languages, live in countries rich and poor, face horrible job markets and healthy ones. When it comes to money, though, they act as one: They're holding tight to their cash, driven more by a fear of losing what they have than a desire to add to it.

76. The Queen City plays its Ace -

The bluffs that lift much of Clarksville high above the Cumberland River could be some sort of literal fiscal cliff if those who predict the worst are to be believed.

City folks talk about the lost promise that was Hemlock Semiconductor, a billion-dollar-plus facility that was expected to employ at least 500 permanent workers. That planned production of polycrystalline silicon for the manufacture of solar cells and semiconductor devices was hailed by city and state officials as being a hub of high-tech development in Montgomery County. But it basically died before it got going, with 300 jobs eliminated earlier this year.

77. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for Feb. 2013 -

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

78. Stocks surge on housing; Dow nears record -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow came within 100 points of its all-time high Wednesday after rising sharply for a second straight day.

The market surged following more evidence that the Fed will keep interest rates low, housing will keep recovering and shoppers aren't pulling back on spending, even with a payroll tax hike.

79. Stocks tread water as next fiscal showdown looms -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market crept higher in midday trading Thursday, one day after the Dow Jones industrial average posted its biggest gain in more than a year.

Retailers reported mixed sales and the prospect of a new budget battle in Congress loomed.

80. Stocks gain on budget talk optimism, Fed stimulus -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose for a fifth straight day Tuesday as investors latched on to reports of progress in budget talks in Washington. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its biggest gain this month.

81. Big winners share lessons, risks of Powerball win -

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — So you just won the $500 million Powerball jackpot, the second highest in lottery history. Now what?

Perhaps it's time for a tropical vacation or a new car. There are bills to pay, loans to settle, debts to square.

82. Stocks edge up; H-P sinks on Whitman's outlook -

NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of encouraging economic reports helped nudge the stock market higher Wednesday. Measures of business activity in the service sector and job growth last month came in better than economists had expected.

83. Gates, Buffett again top Forbes' billionaires list -

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates remains the nation's richest man by far, as the tech and philanthropy giant took the top spot on the Forbes 400 list for the 19th year running, with a net worth of $66 billion.

84. Now showing: Downtown life -

CLARKSVILLE – Two men’s shared dream turned the Roxy Theatre – a derelict and rat-infested reprobate of a movie theater – into a beacon of hope that has not only drawn shoppers and businesses to downtown Clarksville, it may well hold the key to the city’s mercantile future.

85. Brentwood baby boomers looking for smaller cribs -

Nobody wants to rain on the recent real estate parade that’s been marching to the beat of increased sales, continued all-time low interest rates and an improved economy. However, despite ‘for sale’ signs coming down on expensive homes in Brentwood, the housing market outlook cannot be explained in black and white terminology.

86. A business' best friend -

Eva Wood spent $15,000 on her three dogs last year, and it wasn’t on diamond-studded collars. The biggest chunk of Wood’s pet-related expenditures was for boarding her dogs at My Second Home Pet Resort in Franklin.

87. Positive jobs report fails to lift stocks -

The stock market offered a reminder Friday that even if the U.S. job market is improving, there's plenty to worry about elsewhere in the world.

The unemployment rate fell in December to 8.5 percent, the lowest level in nearly three years. Yet stock indexes teetered between small gains and losses all day as traders fretted about Europe's ongoing financial drama.

88. Meharry’s endowment growth, construction projects defy down economy -

Meharry Medical College has long been known as a small but powerful institution, keenly focused on training minority health care professionals. But in recent years, the school has been quietly and systematically broadening its reach – locally, nationally and on campus among student and faculty.

89. Transforming the East Bank -

Minor league baseball could do something for Nashville that professional football hasn’t – transform the East Bank of the Cumberland River into a thriving business and entertainment hub.