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1. McLeod joins Butler Snow’s Nashville office -

Robert R. McLeod has joined Butler Snow’s Nashville office and will practice with the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation group.

Before joining Butler Snow, McLeod clerked for Judge Thomas W. Brothers.

2. Bradley welcomes Davis as litigation associate -

Judea S. Davis is joining Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.

Previously, Davis clerked for Judge Michelle Childs of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and Judge Garrison Hill of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. She served as a law fellow and law clerk for the Equal Justice Initiative, researching constitutional and criminal law issues and representing clients before the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.

3. Walton elected to ACGC 2019 class of fellows -

Attorney Leigh Walton of Bass, Berry & Sims has been elected as a member of the 2019 class of fellows by the American College of Governance Counsel. Walton is one of 11 individuals from the United States and Canada elected this year.

4. XOi adds $11M in Series C financing -

XOi Technologies, a Nashville-field service communication solutions company, has announced the completion of its Series C financing round.

The $11-million round was led by PeakSpan Capital with participation by Grotech Ventures, as well as Series B investors, Vocap Investment Partners and Nashville Capital Network.

5. Nashville attorneys selected for AHLA -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has announced two of the firm’s Nashville attorneys, Stephanie M. Hoffmann and Janus Pan have been selected to participate in the American Health Lawyers Association Leadership Development Program.

6. Sanders' adds long-term care to his 'Medicare for All' plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled a revamped version of his "Medicare for All" plan on Wednesday, shaking up the 2020 presidential race by renewing his call for replacing job-based and private health insurance with a government plan that guarantees coverage for all.

7. HealthTrust announces purchasing partnership -

Nashville-based HealthTrust is partnering with Kindred Healthcare on a group purchasing and supply chain services deal.

Kindred, with its headquarters in Louisville, is a specialty hospital and rehabilitation company providing services in 45 states.

8. Smith elected president of Tennessee Medical Association -

Kevin Smith, M.D., Ph.D., MMHC, FACP, has been elected president of the Tennessee Medical Association and will take office in May.

Smith practices primary care and teaches general internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was previously in private practice at Saint Thomas West Hospital, including six years in solo practice.

9. Auto parts firm picks Antioch for HQ -

LKQ Corporation has opened its North American headquarters in Antioch.

LKQ Corporation, with operations in Europe and Taiwan, is a provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles.

10. Caymas Boats bringing 280 jobs to Ashland City -

Caymas Boats has announced the boat manufacturing company will establish operations in Ashland City.

Caymas Boats plans to invest $30.3 million and create approximately 280 jobs during the next five years.

11. Bradley welcomes 8 associates in Nashville -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has added eight attorneys in the firm’s Nashville office as associates. They are:

Elliot A. Bertasi is a member of the Healthcare Practice Group. Prior to law school, he worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C., and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he was executive editor of the Alaska Law Review and co-director of the Street Law Society. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

12. Stewart succeeds Whisenant as WSW managing partner -

WSW CPAs founder Bob Whisenant, a veteran of 46 years in the industry, is stepping aside as managing partner on Jan. 1. Taking over those duties will be WSW partner Geoffrey Stewart.

Whisenant will remain as partner emeritus, continuing to serve clients and mentor staff. His career began with CPA Jack Grannis in 1972, and he was later managing partner for Horne LLP’s Tennessee Office. Horne is a national accounting firm with a regional presence.

13. Lee is now member-in-charge at Frost Brown Todd -

Frost Brown Todd has named Thomas H. Lee member-in-charge of the firm’s Nashville office. Lee succeeds Mekesha Montgomery, who led FBT’s Nashville team of attorneys for the past seven years and will now become chair of the firm’s Manufacturing Industry Team while continuing to chair the Member Personnel Committee.

14. Stites & Harbison hires construction specialist -

Stites & Harbison, PLLC has added attorney Jamie Little, who will serve as counsel to the firm in the Construction Service Group.

Little has more than 10 years of legal experience and routinely represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and suppliers with contract drafting, contract negotiation, contract disputes, payment disputes and lien enforcement.

15. Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 3 attorneys -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has hired three attorneys for its Nashville office:

Kevin J. Butler, associate, represents clients in complex litigation, securities and shareholder litigation, health care fraud and abuse matters, contract disputes, business torts and government investigations and related civil and criminal proceedings. He previously was a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Bernice B. Donald with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for the Hon. John J. Tuchi with the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. He is a graduate of Ohio University and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

16. Church buys 50,000-square-foot building in MetroCenter -

The Belonging Co. Church has purchased a 50,000-square-foot property at 201 Great Circle Road in MetroCenter from commercial real estate firm Southeast Venture, which developed the property.

Previously meeting at Rocketown, The Belonging Co. Church was founded in 2013 by co-pastors Henry and Alex Seeley, who moved to Nashville from Australia in 2012.

17. Siloam Health expands board of directors -

Siloam Health, a faith-based, charitable health center for the uninsured, especially the immigrant and refugee community, has added four health, community and religious leaders to its board of directors.

18. Hospital groups launch own company to make generic drugs -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Several major hospital groups Thursday launched their own generic drug company to tackle chronic shortages and high prices.

The new company, Civica Rx, plans to start with 14 widely used hospital drugs long in short supply. The company isn't disclosing the drugs' names for competitive reasons, but they include a mix of generic pills, patches and injectable drugs for treating infections, pain and heart conditions, board chairman Dan Liljenquist said.

19. Sherrard Roe hires Wood as associate -

Attorney Talley K. Wood has joined Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison as an associate, announced founding member Tom Sherrard.

Wood was previously an associate at Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, in the Corporate & Securities practice. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.

20. State Sen. Tate goes a step too far in dance with GOP -

Sen. Reginald Tate ran a campaign ad in the waning days of the Democratic primary race bragging about his service to the city of Memphis.

But voters, apparently tired of Tate’s shenanigans, finally decided he was more concerned about serving himself and opted for political newcomer Katrina Robinson instead.

21. Legal Aid Society picks Family Law lead attorney -

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest non-profit law firm, has promoted Shaina Thompson to family law lead attorney for its Nashville office.

She will help victims of domestic violence gain independence from abusive situations. Beyond Orders of Protection and divorces, this includes helping victims with issues like denial of benefits, food stamps and/or housing.

22. Tax-free holiday set for Friday-Sunday -

Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday night.

Among tax-free items being sold tax-free during that period are clothing for $100 or less, school and school art supplies for $100 or less and computers for $1,500 or less, including CPUs and other bundled components such as speakers, monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables and basic software.

23. High court rules against Calif. crisis pregnancy center law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court effectively put an end Tuesday to a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion.

The 5-4 ruling also casts doubts on similar laws in Hawaii and Illinois.

24. Cumberland Consulting makes Top 100 list -

Franklin-based Cumberland Consulting Group has been named to the Healthcare Informatics 100 list for the seventh time.

The list is a compilation of the top 100 healthcare information technology companies operating in the U.S., based on health care IT revenues from the most recent fiscal year.

25. Music City Central lower level to close -

All lower-level bus bays at Music City Central will temporarily relocate operations to the streets surrounding the downtown bus station beginning June 11 to allow construction crews to perform work as part of ongoing renovations of the facility.

26. Nashville Bar Association fetes pro bono volunteers -

Chris Mayfield, assistant vice president of development for HCA Inc., has been honored as the Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year award by Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm.

27. Belmont, Columbia State announce partnership -

Belmont University and Columbia State Community College have announced a partnership that allows Columbia State associate degree students to earn a bachelor’s of business administration degree from Belmont’s Jack C. Massey College of Business.

28. Auto industry in crosshairs of China’s retaliatory plans -

When Volkswagen first announced it was going to build a plant in their area, Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke recalls, it was 2008 and people needed jobs. And they got them, 10,000 of them.

“Obviously, those were years where people needed employment during a critical time in our city’s and country’s economy, and they created jobs,” Berke adds. “We want a diverse sector and advanced manufacturing meets the workforce needs for a lot of Chattanoogans.”

29. Cullum & Maxey to join Camping World -

Camping World Holdings, Inc. has agreed to buy Cullum & Maxey Camping Center in Nashville.

Camping World is the nation’s largest network of RV-centric retail locations.

“For over 60 years, Cullum & Maxey Camping Center has earned its customer’s business by providing quality products and service backed with a highly-experienced team and reliable RV care,” says Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World. “Attention to details and has made Cullum & Maxey a leader in the RV industry and we look forward to the entire team joining our network of RV SuperCenters.”

30. Dodson Parker names Yarbro managing partner -

The law firm of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC, has selected Tyler Chance Yarbro as managing partner of the firm.

Founding member Margaret L. Behm previously served as managing partner and will continue her full-time practice of law as Yarbro assumes administrative responsibilities.

31. Selfie medicine: Phone apps push people to take their pills -

SEATTLE (AP) — Take two tablets and a selfie? Your doctor's orders may one day include a smartphone video to make sure you took your medicine.

Smartphone apps that monitor pill-taking are now available, and researchers are testing how well they work when medication matters. Experts praise the efficiency, but some say the technology raises privacy and data security concerns.

32. Butler Snow adds health care specialist -

Butler Snow has hired Tara L. Blake for the firm’s Nashville office, and more specifically the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation group.

Blake focuses her practice on insurance and financial services litigation, specifically defending insurers and financial service providers against complex, bad-faith, class actions and punitive damages claims.

33. Castañeda appointed to oversight commission -

Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally recently appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda to the Tennessee Post-Conviction Defender Oversight Commission. She will serve a one-year term.

34. Bradley named 2018 Southeast Firm of The Year -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has been named the 2018 Southeast Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation.

This is the first year for the regional firm of the year awards, which recognize firms with a strong litigating presence in multiple states in their respective regions.

35. Bass, Berry & Sims names new practice leadership -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has appointed Kevin H. Douglas to serve as chair of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group.

In this role, Douglas will work closely with firm management and with the more than 100 corporate attorneys and staff across the firm’s four offices to develop goals and implement initiatives for the department that are in line with the firm’s overall strategy.

36. Fifth Third Bank names Hays area sales manager -

Fifth Third Bank has named Greg Hays as vice president and mortgage area sales manager for the Tennessee market.

In this role, Hays will manage the existing mortgage team and lead Fifth Third’s plan to expand the mortgage team in the Nashville market.

37. How Congress used the shutdown deal to cut more taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deal that ended the government shutdown also further cut taxes, adding billions more to the national deficit.

The tax cuts were a little noticed element of the much discussed deal, which provided funding to keep government agencies operating for about three weeks and renewed a popular health insurance program for poor children. They were added to entice Republicans to line up behind the temporary spending bill, even before the Democrats dug in and forced the three-day shutdown.

38. Nashville region 8th on Milken Index -

The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin area is the eighth-best-performing city in the U.S., according to the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities 2017 Index.

In the large city/metro area category, Provo-Orem, Utah, came in first followed by Raleigh, North Carolina, Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas, and the San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco area.

39. Keen joins CapStar Advisory Council -

Eric Keen, a general partner at Council Capital, has joined CapStar Bank’s Healthcare Advisory Council.

Prior to joining Council Capital, Keen was a principal with DW Healthcare Partners. He earned a degree in finance and political science at the University of Illinois.

40. Butler Snow’s Polly elected president of Nashville Bar -

Erin Palmer Polly, a commercial litigation attorney at Butler Snow, LLP, will serve as the 2018 president of the Nashville Bar Association. In 2014, she was president of the NBA Young Lawyers Division, became a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and received the Legal Aid Society Volunteer Lawyer’s Program Pro Bono Award.

41. Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 13 associates -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has added 13 new associates in Nashville, as well as two in Washington, D.C., and one in Memphis. Nashville additions and practice areas:

Stefanie R. Chamberlain, commercial real estate and debt financing transactions. Chamberlain earned a J.D. from Emory University School of Law (2017) and an M.A. (2014) and a B.A. (2012) from the University of South Carolina.

42. Bradley hires former assistant U.S. attorney -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has hired former Assistant U.S. Attorney Scarlett Singleton Nokes for the firm’s Nashville office.

A member of Bradley’s Government Enforcement and Investigations Practice Group, Nokes represents clients in a range of matters related to government investigations, white-collar criminal defense, regulatory and compliance issues, civil litigation and enforcement actions.

43. Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin adds 2 attorneys -

The law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC has hired Flynne Bailey and Hilary Dennen, both litigation attorneys.

Bailey joins as an associate and practices in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation, personal injury defense litigation, governmental liability litigation and real estate litigation.

44. Trump names former drug exec as new health secretary -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turning to an industry he's rebuked, President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his health and human services secretary, overseeing a $1 trillion department responsible for major health insurance programs, medical research, food and drug safety, and public health.

45. Health law sign-ups start, and some see a 'hostile takeover' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's sign-up season for the Affordable Care Act, but the Trump administration isn't making it easy — cutting the enrollment period in half, slashing advertising and dialing back on counselors who help consumers get through the process.

46. Gains for tech help US stocks higher, but insurers skid -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished mostly higher Friday to wrap up a subdued week, and technology companies did most of the heavy lifting. Investors were also pleased to see that shoppers spent more money in September.

47. Executive director departing Legal Aid -

Gary Housepian is stepping down as executive director of Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest non-profit law firm.

Housepian has served as executive director of Legal Aid Society since July 2007 and will continue to head the organization until a new director is hired through a national search.

48. Hamilton puts unique spin on cancer fight -

Almost four decades have passed since Olympic champion Scott Hamilton won four consecutive U.S. and World figure skating championships before topping off his amateur career with the 1984 Olympic gold.

49. State politicians in no hurry to fix health insurance -

We don’t need no stinkin’ special session on Medicaid expansion. That’s pretty much the Republican response to House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh’s call for Gov. Bill Haslam to bring lawmakers back to Nashville after the Graham-Cassidy bill failed in Congress.

50. XMI hires vice president, managing director of financial operations -

XMI, a provider of business process management services for entrepreneurial, high growth businesses, has added Joshua Farber, MBA, CPA, as vice president and managing director of financial operations.

51. Vanderbilt’s Shah to lead Deptartment of Cardiac Surgery -

Ashish Shah, M.D., director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Vanderbilt, has been named chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery.

Shah, professor of Cardiac Surgery, succeeds Michael Petracek, M.D., who is stepping down from the post. The appointment became effective July 1.

52. Trump's role shifts to caretaker as health repeal stalls -

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Republicans unable to advance a health care bill in Congress, President Donald Trump's administration may find itself in an awkward role as caretaker of the Affordable Care Act, which he still promises to repeal and replace.

53. Burks named co-chair of Baker Ober Health Law -

The law firm of Baker Donelson has named Ashby Q. Burks co-chair of Baker Ober Health Law, one of the largest health law practices in the country.

Burks will serve as co-chair of the group alongside Julie E. Kass, a shareholder in the Firm’s Baltimore and Washington, D.C., offices, assuming the role previously held for 10 years by Philip McSween, who has recently been named executive vice president and general counsel for TeamHealth.

54. Modak-Truran elected president of IP lawyers -

Butler Snow’s Anita Modak-Truran has been elected president of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Lawyers Association. The organization is composed of patent, trademark and copyright attorneys who volunteer to educate others on emerging trends and best practices within the industry.

55. Nashville attorneys honored by TBA -

Nashville attorneys Steve Cobb and Larry Bridgesmith were both presented President’s Awards at the Tennessee Bar Association annual convention.

Bridgesmith was honored for his work on the TBA’s Special Committee on the Evolving Legal Market, a group which is investigating the ways technology is changing the legal profession. Cobb was honored for his work as the TBA’s legislative counsel.

56. Nashville Zoo adds $13M veterinary medical center -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Inside the concrete walls of the bunkerlike veterinary clinic at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Niran — the zoo's first-of-its kind clouded leopard cub — scales the fence of his holding pen.

57. Newly insured fret over gains made under US health care law -

Dawn Erin went nearly 20 years without health insurance before the Affordable Care Act, bouncing between free clinics for frequent and painful bladder infections.

The liver-destroying disease hepatitis C made her ineligible for coverage until President Barack Obama's law barred insurers from denying people with a medical condition. She has since seen a specialist who helped get her bladder infections under control, and her insurance covered about $70,000 in prescription drugs to treat hepatitis C.

58. Fahner moves to Kennedy & Associates -

John Fahner, formerly a partner at Inscoe and Fahner PLLC, has joined Kennedy and Associates.

Fahner’s practice concentrates on estate planning and probate practice, as well as business law and civil litigation matters.

59. Pedigo to moderate INPUT conference -

Will Pedigo, Nashville Public Television producer, has been selected as a 2017 moderator for INPUT, an international public media conference that presents films and television programs.

Pedigo is one of two U.S. moderators selected in a group of 14 chosen internationally and was a producer fellow at the 2016 INPUT Conference.

60. Nashville lures lawyers of all specialties -

Henry VI, at least Shakespeare’s version of him, would be appalled. He suggested killing all the lawyers, but instead Nashville is snatching up as many as it can.

In fact, Nashville’s legal community is growing right along with its corporate and residential populations, and not just in the tried-and-true areas of healthcare and entertainment, either.

61. Lifepoint Health makes leadership appointments -

LifePoint Health has appointed several leaders to new roles within the company. They include:

Melissa Waddey, former senior vice president, operations strategy and integration, has been promoted to president, ambulatory and operations services

62. Siloam Health expands board with 4 appointments -

Siloam Health, a charitable clinic for the uninsured, has announced the addition of four business and community leaders to its board of directors. These additions to the board come just after the ministry celebrated 25 years of service in the Nashville-area, marked by a 25-year anniversary gala at the end of the year attended by over 900 individuals and the introduction of a fresh logo mark and brand package that captures the welcoming spirit of the organization.

63. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for 2016 -

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

64. Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would leave 30M uninsured -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.

Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of "significant market disruption" that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

65. MTSU’s Jones College honors 5 business leaders -

MTSU’s Jennings A. Jones College of Business has again honored a group of business people with awards in recognition of their contribution to business and industry.

The five honorees were formally recognized recently during the 21st Century: Leaders That Matter awards ceremony leading up to the Jones College-hosted 21st Century: Work That Matters conference at Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.

66. Bradley hires intellectual property attorney -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has hired Timothy L. Capria as an associate on the Intellectual Property team in Nashville. He previously was with Patterson Intellectual Property Law.

Capria focuses on acquiring intellectual property, patent opinion practice and enforcing intellectual property rights. He primarily prosecutes patents in the life sciences and medical device fields, and provides trademark counsel for clients operating in diverse sectors.

67. Haslam’s board picks lauded by schools -

Tennessee leaders are touting a transition in the state’s higher education system as a “landmark moment” amid the appointment of six boards designed to increase autonomy at universities statewide.

68. Rogers joins BlackLine Advisory Group -

BlackLine Advisory Group, led by financial technology veterans Pat Moran, Howard Herndon and Joshua Rosenblatt, has added Courtney Rogers as advisor. Rogers has extensive experience in financial matters, including bonds, loans and distressed lending. She has worked as a corporate bankruptcy restructuring and litigation attorney for a New York City law firm, handled due diligence and litigation e-discovery matters, and served as a distressed debt and special situations analyst at a large international bank.

69. Reluctant Berry finds good life in loan (not pawn) business -

“Go ahead. Make my day.” I’m not a gun guy. Covered too much death during my career. Still, I couldn’t resist thinking about Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry Callahan, who recites that matter-of-fact “lecture” while pointing his .44 Magnum at a punk pondering a mortal miscue.

70. Ney named chief deputy to state attorney general -

Paul C. Ney, Jr. is joining the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office as chief deputy.

In his role as chief deputy attorney general, Ney will coordinate and supervise the substantive legal work of all five sections of the office.

71. Insurer Aetna slashes ACA exchange participation to 4 states -

Aetna has become the latest health insurer to retreat from the Affordable Care Act's public exchanges by announcing a pullback that will further deplete customer choices in many pockets of the country.

72. With millions covered, 'repeal and replace' gets riskier -

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Republicans gather to anoint their presidential ticket in Cleveland, uncompromising opposition to "Obamacare" is getting politically riskier.

Few people were covered under President Barack Obama's health care law when the GOP held its last convention in 2012. Now, Donald Trump's plan to replace the program would make 18 million people uninsured, according to a recent nonpartisan analysis.

73. Study: Trump health care plan would make 18M uninsured -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's health care plan would make 18 million people uninsured, but also lower premiums significantly for policies purchased directly by consumers, according to an independent study released Thursday.

74. Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 4 to the firm -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has added four attorneys to the firm’s Nashville office. They are:

Douglas W. Dahl II (counsel), who assists clients on all facets of employee benefits programs and executive compensation issues. Previously, Dahl practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Proskauer Rose LLP. From 2009-2011, he was an attorney with the IRS, Office of Chief Counsel.

75. Riggs Davie elects Price as member -

Judith Price has been elected as a member of Riggs Davie PLC. Price is a corporate and health care attorney whose practice covers a wide variety of business matters, including entity formation, governance, employee matters, contracting, and transactions, particularly in the health care space.

76. Moore named Nashville Bar fellow -

Margaret Moore, member at Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, has been named a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. Fellows are selected by their colleagues in honor of significant contributions to the community.

77. Report: US medicine spending up 8.5 percent 2015 -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. spending on prescription drugs rose 8.5 percent last year, slightly less than in 2014, driven mainly by growing use of ultra-expensive new drugs and price hikes on other medicines.

78. Morin is new CEO, president of Ingram Content Group -

Ingram Content Group has selected Shawn Morin, formerly president and chief operating officer, as chief executive officer and president, effective immediately. John R. Ingram will continue to be active as chairman of the company.

79. Neal & Harwell adds Aaron as associate -

Benjamin C. Aaron has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as an associate.

Aaron previously worked as an attorney with his father, Doug Aaron, in Manchester. He served as a clerk at The Garza Law Firm in Knoxville, and was a student attorney at the University of Tennessee Legal Clinic while in law school.

80. Neal & Harwell’s Flint selected as LCLD Fellow -

Chandra N.T. Flint, member at Neal & Harwell, PLC, has been selected as a member of the 2016 class of fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

81. Patterson Property Law names Montle shareholder -

Gary Montle has been named shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C. A registered patent attorney, Montle has been with Patterson since 2008.

Prior to attending law school, Montle was an electrical engineer with Beta Lasermike, Inc. He then earned his J.D. at Vanderbilt University Law School. While there, he was an intern with the World Intellectual Property Organization in Switzerland.

82. Nashville Technology Council awards finalists announced -

The Nashville Technology Council has announced nominees in 13 categories for its seventh annual awards.

Finalists were selected among nominees by a panel of peers and tech industry leaders. Winners will be announced at the seventh annual NTC Awards ceremony presented by Vaco, held Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Event Hall in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

83. Entrepreneur Center names Lingo president, COO -

Sam Lingo has been appointed president and COO of the organization Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

In addition, John Murdock has been promoted to vice president of entrepreneurial development and Heather McBee has been promoted to vice president of accelerator programming, and Kelli Nowers has been promoted to community director.

84. Gary, Hart to lead new consulting group -

Two health care veterans and international law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC are launching a new corporate health care venture to be based in Nashville, DW Franklin Consulting Group, LLC. The firms will work together to provide solutions spanning both legal and business consulting services.

85. Halper to lead Cole Law entertainment practice -

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

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

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

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

87. Burr & Forman adds partner, continues expansion -

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

88. Harwell appoints Ney to LaunchTN board -

House Speaker Beth Harwell has appointed Paul Ney, a partner in the Nashville law firm of Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C., to the LaunchTN board of directors.

Ney is a registered patent attorney with experience in law and public service that includes serving as director of the Nashville Davidson County Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development, deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense, acting general counsel and principal deputy general counsel of the Department of the Navy and as a partner in the law firm of Trauger, Ney & Tuke.

89. Plan targets health care bias against transgender people -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system, carrying out anti-bias provisions in the president's health overhaul.

90. Baker Donelson names new practice group leaders -

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

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

91. Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.

92. Uniguest names Morgan chief executive officer -

Uniguest, a provider of secure managed technology services, has announced the appointment of Joseph P. Morgan, Jr. as chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2015.

Morgan had served as president and chief executive officer of The Standard Register Company, a publicly traded company with revenues approaching $1 billion, since January 2009. At The Standard Register Company, he was responsible for the transformation of the printing giant to an integrated communications company leveraging both technology and innovation to develop a market-focused strategy. Morgan also served on the Board of Directors and held a number of community and charitable leadership positions during his tenure with the company.

93. Kachnic to chair VUMC Radiation Oncology -

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

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

94. Health care veteran joins Clayton Associates -

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

95. Entrepreneurs’ Organization announces new board -

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization Nashville chapter has announced its 2015/2016 board of directors. Board members are:

The new board of directors for the EO Nashville chapter includes:

President: Charles May, president & co-founder, bytes of knowledge

96. Bills joins Wiseman Ashworth Law Group -

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

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

97. IMS: US prescription drug spending jumped 13 pct. in 2014 -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. spending on prescription drugs soared last year, driven up primarily by costly breakthrough medicines, manufacturer price hikes and a surge from millions of people newly insured due to the Affordable Care Act.

98. Waller adds team for high-profile litigation -

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP have announced the addition of W. David Bridgers, Chanelle R. Acheson, John E. Haubenreich and Wells Trompeter Hoffman to the firm’s Nashville office.

Bridgers, Acheson, Haubenreich and Hoffman join a team of experienced white collar/qui tam attorneys at Waller, including several from the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Offices. The group frequently represents health care organizations, boards of directors and executives in federal, state and local criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement matters. All were previously with Neal and Harwell, PLC.

99. Barron’s once again names Pagliara state’s top wealth advisor -

Middle Tennessee-based wealth manager Tim Pagliara, chairman and CEO of CapWealth Advisors, has been named the top financial advisor in the state of Tennessee by Barron’s magazine for the fourth consecutive year. He and his firm also made the magazine’s list of Top 1,200 Advisors for the sixth time in seven years.

100. Meaning of 4 words at center of high court health law fight -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured. The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states.