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1. Connect Downtown releases mobility report -

The Connect Downtown project team has released a comprehensive look at the current state of transportation in downtown Nashville.

Informed by data analysis and public input, the State of Downtown Mobility Report looks at who lives in, works in and visits downtown and the mobility systems that support them. From walking and rolling to biking and scooting to driving and parking, the report shares findings that will be used to shape multimodal improvements:

2. Hard-line conservative Reps. Boebert, Miller win primaries -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of Congress' staunchest conservatives repelled more centrist alternatives to lock up Republican nominations on Tuesday, even as the party's voters chose to turn out a six-term incumbent in Mississippi.

3. Well, at least legislators helped protect dogs -

The best spin that can be put on the recently completed legislative session is that it could have been worse. Especially for those who indulge in plant-based mind-altering products. More on that later, but first, a big thumbs-up:

4. Marijuana, hemp and what’s legal in Tennessee -

It’s legal, it’s sold everywhere in Tennessee, but purveyors can’t tell anyone why it might help your insomnia, diabetes, anxiety or chronic pain. Federal law prohibits vendors from telling consumers why they’d actually want to buy it.

5. High from hemp: States wrestle with chemically made THC -

Over the past few years, Jonny Griffis has invested millions of dollars in his legal marijuana farm in northern Michigan, which produces extracts to be used in things like gummy bears and vape oils.

6. Yes, you can buy cannabis in Tennessee, but will it get you high? -

Sometimes it can be hard to keep up with what is and isn’t legal. Or at least it is for me. For instance: Marijuana, from the plant cannabis sativa, is illegal in Tennessee. Possession of even small amounts can land you in jail for up to a year. That’s because a chemical compound in the plant – tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC – is psychoactive.

7. Nashville attorneys named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars -

The 2021 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored several attorneys in the Nashville area as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous process, including a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

8. High profile: Cannabis chemical delta-8 gains fans, scrutiny -

NEW YORK (AP) — A chemical cousin of pot's main intoxicating ingredient has rocketed to popularity over the last year, and the cannabis industry and state governments are scrambling to reckon with it amid debate over whether it's legal.

9. Hemp’s shaky promise -

They are located more than 2,500 miles apart. But except for their polar-opposite population bases, there are many similarities between tiny Ketchum, Idaho (2,878 residents, the latest census figures show) and Knoxville (741,000).

10. TDEC honors 10 parks for ‘Go Green’ projects -

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has recognized 10 of the 56 Tennessee State Parks with platinum level status for their performance in environmental sustainability in the state’s Go Green With Us program.

11. Openings begin March 4 at Fifth + Broadway -

Brookfield Properties’ mixed-use project Fifth + Broadway in downtown Nashville will begin its first tenant openings March 4.

The event culminates a multiyear effort by the company and local developer Pat Emery on the former site of the Nashville Convention Center.

12. Selling out or seeing the future? -

When much-honored songwriter, publisher, producer, Music Row Renaissance Man Craig Wiseman is asked about the ongoing flurry of big-name artists like Bob Dylan and Neil Young selling their song catalogs, there is wonder mixed with mirth in his voice.

13. Americans across party lines, regions embrace marijuana -

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Bill Stocker could be considered the archetype of a conservative voter: He's a retired Marine and former police officer who voted for President Donald Trump. But he's also among the majority of South Dakota voters who broadly legalized marijuana this month.

14. Vanderbilt center to aid online teaching -

Vanderbilt University is launching a new instructional design support service, available this summer and fall to all faculty, designed to provide concierge-level support to help faculty transition to teaching online.

15. MNPS board appoints Battle director of schools -

The Board of Education for Metro Nashville Public Schools has selected Adrienne Battle as director of schools. Battle, who has led the district as interim director for the past 11 months, is the first woman to serve in this role for Metro Schools.

16. Leading Kentucky hemp processor files for bankruptcy -

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bankruptcy filing by a leading hemp processor strikes a "gut punch" to the fledgling industry as it tries to secure a foothold in Kentucky, the state's agriculture commissioner said Thursday.

17. High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry -

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations.

18. Senate advances $1.4T spending deal in drive to adjourn -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to advance a $1.4 trillion government spending package in a last, bipartisan burst of legislating before bolting for the holidays from a Capitol that's toxic with impeachment.

19. Legal hemp, CBD stir more farmers to grow unfamiliar crop -

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Dave Crabill and two business partners started small for their first foray into farming hemp, growing two strains of the now-legal cousin of marijuana on an acre along a dirt road outside the industrial city of Flint.

20. Legal hemp, CBD stir more farmers to grow unfamiliar crop -

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Dave Crabill and two business partners started small for their first foray into farming hemp, growing two strains of the now-legal cousin of marijuana on an acre along a dirt road outside the industrial city of Flint.

21. US finalizing rule to allow farmers to legally grow hemp -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. agriculture officials said Tuesday a rule that allows farmers to legally grow hemp will be finalized this week, a move that many states have awaited for months so they can begin widespread hemp production.

22. A few facts about growing hemp in Tennessee -

Who administrates the plan? The Tennessee Hemp Program is under jurisdiction by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill.

Who needs a license?

Only persons actually growing hemp in Tennessee are required to have a TDA hemp grower license. TDA licenses are not required for either hemp processors or for the sale of processed hemp products such as oils or creams. Regular business licenses are required for operating, and TDA food manufacturing facility licenses are required to make products for human consumption.

23. Tennessee’s favorable hemp laws help entrepreneurs get into the game -

Full spectrum is a term one often hears regarding the strength of CBD oil, one of the popular extracts derived from hemp. Simply put, it means the product has everything in the cannabis plant – all the cannabinoids and terpenes but no more than 0.3 percent THC – that can provide therapeutic relief to users.

24. Hemp boom lures novices: ‘You’re going to see a lot of businesses fail’ -

Jesse Riggins knows firsthand the positive effects of cannabis, and that’s a major reason why he and longtime friend Jonathan Gunn became licensed hemp growers and processors.

Together they operate JJ Gen Pro (Genetics and Processing) in Springfield where they have 16 acres of crop in the ground and 50 acres total.

25. Tobacco out, hemp in for Tennessee farmers -

Bill Corbin always knew a day would come when he would no longer be able to call himself a third-generation tobacco farmer. That day has arrived.

The Springfield farmer says he had contracts to grow tobacco until this year, but will now devote all his energy and acreage to growing hemp.

26. Pot 'legalization 2.0': Social equity becomes a key question -

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities.

27. US corporations embracing 420 as pot legalization grows -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Potheads have for decades celebrated their love of marijuana on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it.

28. Mainstream retailers embrace marijuana's less taboo cousin -

NEW YORK (AP) — It's showing up in everything from skin creams to bath balms to dog treats — an elixir that can supposedly reduce anxiety and help you sleep.

The ingredient? CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn't cause a high.

29. Higher education: Colleges add cannabis to the curriculum -

Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she's majoring in marijuana.

"My friends make good-natured jokes about getting a degree in weed," said DeNoya, one of the first students in a new four-year degree program in medicinal plant chemistry at Northern Michigan University. "I say, 'No, it's a serious degree, a chemistry degree first and foremost. It's hard work. Organic chemistry is a bear.'"

30. Martha Stewart partners with Canadian cannabis firm -

No, you're not smoking something. Martha Stewart has entered the fast-growing — but still legally murky — cannabis market.

The domestic diva who brought us hemp yarn is now partnering with Canada's Canopy Growth Corp. to develop new products containing CBD, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn't cause a high.

31. Tennessee taking applications for industrial hemp licenses -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee residents who would like to grow industrial hemp have another week to apply for a license.

The state Department of Agriculture says the deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. CST Feb. 15.

32. Lawsuit: 'Candy Crush' sting targeted owners for ethnicity -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A lawsuit says authorities targeted Tennessee stores with owners of Egyptian heritage in the "Operation Candy Crush" sting focusing on candy and other products containing cannabidiol.

33. Legal marijuana industry toasts year of global gains -

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream.

34. Legal marijuana industry had banner year in 2018 -

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream.

35. With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom -

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp is about to get the nod from the federal government that marijuana, its cannabis plant cousin, craves.

A provision of the farm bill that received final approval in Congress on Wednesday removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and treats the low-THC version of the cannabis plant like any other agricultural crop. THC is the cannabis compound that gives pot its high.

36. House passes farm bill, sending it to Trump's desk -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid.

The legislation has already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.

37. Farm bill compromise unveiled, clearing way for vote -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers have reached an agreement on the farm bill, a mammoth package that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans.

38. Marlboro maker Altria the latest big company to explore pot -

TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana is going corporate. Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. is the latest big company to explore the cannabis market, joining beverage makers like Molson Coors and Heineken. Other big companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch and Guinness brewer Diageo haven't acted yet, but have said they're watching closely as the market for marijuana and its extracts evolves.

39. McConnell's year-end wish: Getting Congress to legalize hemp -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Pressed for time and pushed to move quickly on a border wall and criminal justice reform, the Senate's top leader has his own priority in Congress' lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana that's making a comeback in his home state.

40. Knoxville's Blühen Botanicals adds processing plant to R&D operations -

Knoxville is now home to Blühen Botanicals, an industrial hemp processor that’s aiming to be one of the largest companies of its kind in the Southeast.

The new company, which formed this year, operates a 2,000-square-foot research and development facility at 1329 Chilhowee Ave., and is on the verge of opening an 18,000-square-foot processing plant at 2209 North Central St.

41. CBD oil: What’s it all about? -

CBD is an abbreviation for the cannabinoid cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can be used as a daily supplement to contribute to overall health and wellness. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds and are found within the hemp plant.

42. Hemp through the years -

Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. Presidents Washington and Jefferson grew hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. Hemp popularity has soared in recent years following its revitalization after the 2014 Farm Bill approving its cultivation.

43. MTSU researchers explore hemp’s uses -

As the director of the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research at Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Elliot Altman is on the front lines of researching hemp. Students in the program are cultivating cannabis in greenhouses to research potential medicinal uses for the plant.

44. Hemp could bring pot of gold to state’s farmers -

After decades of prohibition, stigma and an overall image problem, at least 35 states nationwide – including Tennessee – now allow some form of hemp cultivation. But it’s not the kind of hemp that gets people stoned.

45. Business-friendly Dean, Lee split on bigger issues -

Gubernatorial candidates Bill Lee and Karl Dean appear to be cast in a similar mold – business-friendly moderates.

But when it comes to key questions, the difference between them is as wide as the Tennessee River is long. And the first separation runs along their ideas for Medicaid expansion.

46. Tivity Health reports strong second quarter -

Franklin-based Tivity Health, Inc., provider of fitness and health improvement programs, has announced financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, including an increase in revenue year to year.

47. Green Hills is cooking, but don’t call it ‘trendy’ -

Much is being made about the massive 18-story mixed-use development under construction along Hillsboro Pike in Green Hills, with its 300-plus luxury apartments and Oprah Winfrey-connected concept restaurant, and how it is changing the face of the community and worsening traffic woes.

48. Medical milestone: US OKs marijuana-based drug for seizures -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use.

49. 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.

50. Lots of noise but few results in Legislature -

Just when you think the Tennessee Legislature is going off the deep end, someone will throw them a bungee cord. Maybe a rope made out of hemp would work better because a bungee cord leaves people bouncing, never quite reeling them in.

51. All charges dismissed for 23 stores in marijuana candy case -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Authorities have dropped all charges in connection with "Operation Candy Crush," a sting that targeted Tennessee stores accused of selling candy and other products containing a form of marijuana.

52. Harwell casts tie-breaking vote to propel medical marijuana bill -

Bolstered by House Speaker Beth Harwell’s tie-breaking vote, Rep. Jeremy Faison’s medical marijuana legislation took an important step Tuesday in the General Assembly.

Harwell, a Davidson County Republican running for governor, cast the deciding vote in a 4-3 decision to move the bill out of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. It will be heard next by the full Criminal Justice Committee.

53. Harwell casts tie-breaking vote to propel medical marijuana bill -

Bolstered by House Speaker Beth Harwell’s tie-breaking vote, Rep. Jeremy Faison’s medical marijuana legislation took an important step Tuesday in the General Assembly.

Harwell, a Davidson County Republican running for governor, cast the deciding vote in a 4-3 decision to move the bill out of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. It will be heard next by the full Criminal Justice Committee.

54. Harwell: Tennesseans 'deserve' medical marijuana option -

House Speaker Beth Harwell is supporting medical marijuana legislation, saying she believes Tennesseans “deserve” an option to dangerous opioids.

The Nashville Republican who is running for governor after some 30 years in the House of Representative said she plans to back a bill by Rep. Jeremy Faison legalizing medical marijuana.

55. Legislators can’t get past threat of medical marijuana -

Heading into the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Jeremy Faison is looking to send a message about his medical marijuana bill: Tennessee won’t open the door to recreational pot without General Assembly action.

56. Ellis’ ‘silencer’ shots help Preds make playoff noise -

When it comes to describing Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis’ growth over the years, it’s easy to stop at the beard.

Orange in color, hemp-thick in texture and over five months in the works, Ellis’ man-mane falls from his chin like a hair curtain trying to cover the crest of his jersey.

57. Faison’s folly? A conservative pushing marijuana in Tennessee -

By just about any measure, state Rep. Jeremy Faison is a hard-core conservative. But when it comes to the cannabis plant, the East Tennessee legislator is ready to fire up the General Assembly with a move to liberalize the state’s pot law.

58. A sampling of small stores across Midstate -

Where to find specialty and locally owned stops in Nashville and Franklin for the holiday season.


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59. Tennessee hemp farmers start planting highly regulated seeds -

JONESBOROUGH (AP) — Farmers in Tennessee have started receiving highly regulated hemp seeds to produce the state's first legal harvest of the crop in more than 70 years.

The Johnson City Press reports that 46 farmers are receiving the seeds this year through a pilot program offered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Officials hope to learn what varieties of hemp will grow best in which areas of the state.

60. Bonnaroo, CMA Fest overlap presents problems -

With CMA Music Fest and Bonnaroo on the same four-day weekend, it will be tough for a fan to catch Rubblebucket down in the field in Manchester and, say, Florida Georgia Line at LP Field.

Well, that might be a reach, but there are likely fans that would want both Billy Joel and Alan Jackson, for instance.

61. State Agriculture Department gets 53 hemp applications -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's Department of Agriculture says it has received 53 applications seeking approval to grow industrial hemp.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1CFrlZc) reports the applicants will serve as test cases for the state law if the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration gives its approval to the project.

62. State Agriculture Department accepting hemp applications -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Department of Agriculture says it is accepting applications from those interested in growing industrial hemp.

The department says it is developing a licensing and inspection program for the production of industrial hemp in Tennessee.

63. Tennessee farmers ready to grow hemp, unused to rules -

NASHVILLE (AP) — With a decades-long ban on hemp production in Tennessee finally lifted, some farmers say they want to grow the crop but aren't used to the government oversight that comes with it.

64. Nashville hearing to get input on industrial hemp -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Department of Agriculture plans to hold a public hearing to gather input on the permitting and regulation of industrial hemp.

The department says the purpose of the Nov. 18 hearing is to gather public comment on the department's commitment to fulfill the requirements of a state law to develop a licensing and inspection program for the production of industrial hemp.

65. Winners and losers in Tennessee legislative session -

Here is a list of some of the winners and losers of the legislative session that concluded on Thursday.

The following bills passed this session:

— ANNEXATION: Bans cities from annexing land without a referendum. HB2371.

66. Tennessee lawmakers head into final day of session -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers are headed into their final day of the 108th General Assembly on Thursday.

The House and Senate are scheduled to meet in floor sessions to complete their calendars.

67. 5 things to know about the massive farm bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuts to food stamps, continued subsidies to farmers and victories for animal rights advocates. The massive, five-year farm bill heading toward final passage this week has broad implications for just about every American, from the foods we eat to what we pay for them.

68. Hemp’s potential impact on Tennessee's farm economy tough to estimate -

Since industrial hemp has been illegal to grow in the United States for the past several decades, it’s hard to quantify its potential economic impact.

According to a December 2012 report entitled “Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity” by the Congressional Research Service, precise data are not available on the size of the U.S. market for hemp-based products.

69. An attempt to legalize hemp farming in Tennessee is getting pushback, despite its economic potential -

In Tennessee, the idea of hemp is hot. For at least a couple of legislators and an equal number of grassroots advocates in the state, hemp could be the second coming of corn in terms of its potential as a crop with a diversity of uses.

70. Nashville Wraps profited as pioneer of recycling -

Nashville Wraps was green before green was cool.

The eco-friendly gift, retail and gourmet food packaging company has been making and selling recycled paper products since it was founded by Robby Meadows in 1976.

71. Local designers meet demand for green goods -

As a buyer for Whole Food’s Whole Body boutique in Green Hills, Marrion Mooney is having trouble keeping some items – organic cotton T-shirts, scarves made from natural fibers and dyes, and a line of cloth shoes – in stock.