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1. Crushed by pandemic, conventions mount a cautious return -

In pre-COVID times, business events __ from small academic conferences to giant trade shows like CES __ routinely attracted more than 1 billion participants each year. The pandemic brought those global gatherings to a sudden halt, emptying convention centers and shuttering hotels.

2. Stocks end mostly lower even as tech drives Nasdaq higher -

Major stock indexes on Wall Street closed mostly lower Friday, though a rally in Big Tech companies nudged the Nasdaq to another all-time high.

The S&P 500 fell less than 0.1% a day after notching a record high. The benchmark index still managed its second straight weekly gain. Losses in financial, industrial and utilities companies outweighed gains in technology stocks and other sectors of the S&P 500. Energy prices mostly fell. Gold and silver rose. Treasury yields were mixed.

3. Bradley names Jacques Nashville managing partner -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has named Lauren B. Jacques managing partner of the firm’s Nashville office. She succeeds Lela M. Hollabaugh, who has served as the Nashville office managing partner since 2015. Hollabaugh will continue as a litigation partner in the Nashville office.

4. Eco-friendly hotel opens at oneCity -

Noble Investment Group has announced the opening of its new LEED-certified Element Nashville Vanderbilt West End.

The upscale hotel is a part of the vibrant oneC1TY community and is the newest addition to Marriott International’s eco-conscious Element by Westin brand.

5. Poor countries face long wait for vaccines despite promises -

NEW DELHI (AP) — With Americans, Britons and Canadians rolling up their sleeves to receive coronavirus vaccines, the route out of the pandemic now seems clear to many in the West, even if the rollout will take many months. But for poorer countries, the road will be far longer and rougher.

6. Stocks rise on Wall Street on latest hopes for virus vaccine -

More encouraging news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments helped power stocks higher on Wall Street Monday, as the market clawed back most of its losses from last week.

The S&P 500 index rose 0.6%, led by banks, energy and industrial companies, sectors that have been beaten down during the pandemic. Health care and technology stocks, which traders have bid up sharply this year, closed lower. Treasury yields mostly rose, another sign of optimism among investors.

7. Marriott bounces back as activity in China surges -

Marriott saw dramatic improvement in the third quarter as travel demand rebounded in China.

But Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson said the recovery remains bumpy, and reinstated lockdowns in Europe and elsewhere could clip bookings.

8. US layoffs remain elevated as job market's gains weaken -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 884,000, a sign that layoffs remain stuck at a historically high level six months after the viral pandemic flattened the economy.

9. US layoffs remain elevated as job market's gains weaken -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 884,000, a sign that layoffs remain stuck at a historically high level six months after the viral pandemic flattened the economy.

10. Job cuts pile up, Ford to make ventilators at parts plant -

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Monday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

11. Business fallout: National bills coming due, with risk; consumers see it -

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

12. Mortgage applications plunged 29.4% last week -

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed as it continues to spread across the world. Here is a look at some of the latest developments Wednesday related to the global economy, particular economic sectors, and the workplace:

13. Layoffs spike in US, Europe as virus shuts businesses -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a couple of weeks ago, Erika Vega hoped her temp job at a cafeteria would soon become permanent. But instead, the viral outbreak shut down the building where she worked and left her wondering where her next paycheck will come from.

14. Business Fallout: Airlines fear failure, delivery in demand -

Business Fallout: Airlines fear failure, delivery in demand

It was less than 11 weeks ago that the first cases of pneumonia were detected in Wuhan, China. The speed at which what would soon be named COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, knocked the global economy askew is unparalleled in our lifetimes.

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. Coronavirus rocks already strained ties between US and China -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Badly strained ties between the United States and China are deteriorating further with the two sides hurling harsh accusations and bitter name-calling over responsibility for the spread of the novel coronavirus.

17. Stites & Harbison elects 3 to management committee -

Stites & Harbison, PLLC recently elected three members to the firm’s six-member management committee, replacing three attorneys who completed their terms of service. The new committee members are Erika Barnes of Nashville and Carol Dan Browning and Richard Wehrle of Louisville. The members rotating off the committee include attorneys Janet Craig and Mandy Wilson Decker (Lexington) and Marjorie Farris (Louisville). The new committee members will serve a two-year term.

18. Virus concerns: What to know if you're planning a trip -

The fast-spreading coronavirus is forcing travelers to reconsider their trips.

As of Wednesday, the virus has sickened more than 94,000 people and 3,200 have died. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy, and says older adults or those with chronic medical conditions should postpone travel to Japan.

19. Companies adjust policies as virus scrambles travel plans -

The fast-spreading coronavirus is forcing travelers to reconsider their trips.

As of Tuesday, the virus has sickened more than 92,000 people and 3,100 have died. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy, and says older adults or those with chronic medical conditions should postpone travel to Japan.

20. Events -

13th Annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum Honoring Bev Paul. Bev Paul joined the staff of Sugar Hill Records and label founder Barry Poss in 1991. During Paul’s tenure, Sugar Hill emerged as one of the most important independent labels in history. Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Nickel Creek, and Robert Earl Keen released seminal albums on the label, which also embraced singer-songwriters such as Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Paul nurtured many young professional women who would go on to play key roles throughout the music industry. The Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum is presented annually to honor a music industry leader who exemplifies the legacy of Louise Scruggs. Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Avenue N. Information

21. Companies offer rebuke of Tennessee's anti-LGBT adoption law -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Almost three dozen big companies and more than 100 small businesses in Tennessee on Wednesday predicted economic backlash from a newly enacted state adoption law and other proposals that target LGBT people, with one company saying plans to add jobs in Nashville are "in doubt" over the legislation.

22. Airline stocks swoon on fear about virus outbreak in China -

Shares of the three U.S. airlines that fly to China fell on Tuesday as fear grew about a virus that authorities say has killed six people and sickened 300 more.

The United States reported its first case, a Washington state resident who returned last week from China and was hospitalized in good condition.

23. Hyatt will remove small bottles from hotel bathrooms by 2021 -

CHICAGO (AP) — Hyatt Hotels Corp. is the latest hotel company to say it’s removing small bottles from its bathrooms in an effort to reduce waste.

24. California bans hotels from using tiny plastic bottles -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hotels in the nation's most populous state will have to stop giving guests small plastic shampoo bottles under a new law set to take effect starting in 2023.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday he had signed a law banning hotels from giving guests plastic bottles filled with shampoo, conditioner or soap. It takes effect in 2023 for hotels with more than 50 rooms and 2024 for hotels with less than 50 rooms.

25. 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.

26. VUMC, Monroe Carell add Sectra imagining -

Sectra has announced the company will install its enterprise imaging PACS and VNA throughout Vanderbilt Health.

Sectra, an international medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company, will provide physicians a full patient overview on a single workstation and allow for scalability and future growth of the health system.

27. Events -

Williamson, Inc. Young Professionals Luncheon. This event is tailored to individuals who are interested in furthering their leadership aspirations, cultivating relationships and growing professionally. Network and connect to learn from some of the most experienced business leaders in Williamson County. Williamson County Association of Realtors, 1646 Westgate Circle, Ste. #104. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Members $20, Non-members $30. Information

28. Events -

Street Eats. A gathering of as many as 20 local food trucks along Deaderick Street between Fourth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

29. Construction begins on Element by Westin -

Noble Investment Group has broken ground on the Element by Westin Nashville. The West End hotel will be the brand’s debut in Nashville and will open in 2020. The upscale, lifestyle hotel will be a part of the 19-acre mixed-use development oneC1TY at Charlotte Avenue and 28th Avenue North.

30. Hotel investor: Trump evaded taxes in Panama -

NEW YORK (AP) — The majority owner of a former Trump-branded hotel in Panama alleged in a court filing on Monday that the U.S. president's company misrepresented finances of the building to evade taxes in the country.

31. Wiseman Ashworth hires Kansas City attorney -

Attorney Brad Dowd has joined Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, PLC, as of counsel after having practiced law in Kansas City, Missouri, for the past 21 years.

Dowd has extensive experience in defending health care professionals in state and federal courts, as well as before state licensing boards. He has tried dozens of jury cases to a defense verdict.

32. Bill requiring state defense of schools bathroom policy axed -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill authorizing Tennessee's attorney general to defend a public school's transgender bathroom and locker room policy is dead for the year.

The state Senate cast a voice vote Wednesday to delay consideration of Republican Sen. Joey Hensley's bill until 2020. Some senators were heard voting to keep the bill alive.

33. 11 big firms say Tennessee bills discriminate against LGBTQ -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Eleven large companies are urging Tennessee's Republican legislative leaders to oppose bills they say discriminate against LGBTQ people.

The Human Rights Campaign announced Tuesday's letter from Hilton; IKEA North America Services; InterContinental Hotels Group; Lyft; Marriott International; MassMutual; Nike; Replacements Ltd.; Salesforce; Unilever; and Warby Parker. They wrote that bills targeting LGBTQ people are bad for employees and their families, customers and business.

34. 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.

35. Shellaway named VU vice chancellor, general counsel -

Ruby Z. Shellaway, an attorney who has held key roles in higher education, federal government and in the private sector, has been named vice chancellor, general counsel and university secretary at Vanderbilt University.

36. Optimism over US-China trade talks boosts stocks again -

Stocks finished broadly higher Wednesday as investors remained optimistic that the U.S. and China will make more progress in resolving their costly trade dispute.

Energy companies, retailers and industrial stocks accounted for much of the broad gains as the market extended its winning streak to a fourth day.

37. Change and charm in Hillsboro Village -

Charm and change. Those two words come up often when talking about Hillsboro Village, the ever-trendy, four-block Nashville shopping district which is quickly approaching its 100th anniversary.

The charm has been there since Day One (so I’ve read; I’m not that old).

38. Fewer affected in Marriott hack, but passports a red flag -

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Fewer Marriott guest records than previously feared were compromised in a massive data breach, but the largest hotel chain in the world confirmed Friday that approximately 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers were accessed.

39. 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.

40. Franklin’s SocialChimp unveils automation tool -

Social3 has announced a new social media automation tool designed for small business owners, SocialChimp.

The Franklin-based technology company developed the self-service platform to enhance and expand social media presence without using an outside agency.

41. Nashville-area event spaces -

Some of the Nashville top venues available for rent for any occasion, especially at the holidays.

506 Events Gallery

506 Davidson St., Nashville

42. Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019 -

DETROIT (AP) — Marriott International plans to remove plastic straws and drink stirrers from all of its 6,500 hotels and resorts worldwide by next year.

The world's largest hotel company said Wednesday that the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019.

43. Airlines caving to Beijing despite White House protest -

SHANGHAI (AP) — Global airlines are obeying Beijing's demands to refer to Taiwan explicitly as a part of China, despite the White House's call this month to stand firm against such "Orwellian nonsense." The Associated Press found 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa, that now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers Chinese territory, as a part of China on their global websites.

44. City’s building boom remains on rise -

As Nashville welcomes 2018, it’s entering its fifth year in the national spotlight as one of the fastest-growing – and most popular – cities in the nation. It’s a popularity seen in tourism, as well as the number of people choosing to live and work here.

45. Events -

Business Studio - Hiring Strategies for Small Business. In this discussion, we’ll explore what has worked and what hasn’t when it comes to building a team and growing a business. What role should a small business hire first? Should you hire employees or contractors? Full time or part time? Where do you find the talent that aligns with your organization’s mission and vision? Speakers include Halle Hayes, Versher; Brian Hoppes, Elevation Search Solutions; and Ben McIntyre, Internpreneur. Thursday. Registration: 3:45-4 p.m. Workshop: 4-5:30 p.m. Networking and discussion: 5:30-6 p.m. Fee: Free. Microsoft, 8 City Blvd., 3:45-6 p.m. Information: http://web.nashvillechamber.com

46. Events -

Gallatin 3rd Thursday on Main. Free concerts on the third Thursday of each month from June through September. 6:30-9 p.m. Downtown merchants, restaurants and bars will be open late and will be selling merchandise, food, and beverages, so bring your lawn chairs, and plan to spend the evening on the downtown Gallatin Square. June concert will feature The Parks. Information: Donna Belote, 452-5692.

47. The world is arriving ... and watching -

Hosting the NHL Stanley Cup Finals is the biggest moment in Nashville’s sports history.

Yes, the Titans made it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2000, but that game was played in Atlanta.

48. Nasdaq sets another record; energy stocks hold back S&P 500 -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nasdaq composite index ticked higher to another record Tuesday, but a drop by energy stocks held other indexes back.

It was the third straight day that the Nasdaq notched an all-time high, but each of those has been by only a marginal amount. Stocks have been stuck in a largely listless trading pattern in recent weeks, as investors see few reasons to make big moves in either direction.

49. Hotel developers soothe Hillsboro Village concerns -

A new hotel going up in Hillsboro Village won’t be adding to the area’s skyline – which is exactly why it’s not being met with howls of dismay.

In addition to a boom in office buildings, apartments, condos and single-family homes, large hotels are appearing in and around downtown, to the delight of tourism officials.

50. Events -

Nashville Chamber Member Orientation. Learn about member benefits and involvement opportunities from Chamber staff. Lunch will be provided. Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100. Information: nashvillechamber.com

51. Nashville's most romantic restaurants for 2017 -

No matter what romance means to you, Nashville has you covered – and then some. Here’s the list of where to go to celebrate love and some seriously good food.

360 Wine Bar Bistro

6000 Highway 100, 615 353-5604, www.360bistro.com

52. US stocks close broadly higher as investors eye election -

Investors remained in a buying mood on Election Day, sending U.S. stocks broadly higher and building on big gains from a day earlier.

Safe-play stocks such as utilities and phone companies were among the biggest gainers Tuesday. Energy companies were essentially flat.

53. Marriott buys Starwood, becoming world's largest hotel chain -

NEW YORK (AP) — Several of the best-known names in travel are now united in one hotel company.

Marriott International closed Friday morning on its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, bringing together its Marriott, Courtyard and Ritz Carlton brands with Starwood's Sheraton, Westin, W and St. Regis properties.

54. Marriott receives final approval needed for Starwood buyout -

NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese antitrust regulators have approved Marriott's buyout of Starwood, marking the final approval needed for the deal to close.

Marriott International Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. expect to close the deal before the market opens on Friday.

55. US stocks creep higher as Federal Reserve meeting starts -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks inched higher Tuesday in another cautious day of trading as investors kept an eye on central banks in the U.S. and Japan. Health care and household goods companies led the way while energy companies slipped.

56. Chef’s life: What they do, what they're paid, who's hiring -

Restaurant job wages are on the rise in Nashville, thanks to the tight labor market. Average wages for cooks and chefs in the Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin area are rising more sharply than the average wage increase for all occupations, Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show.

57. Anbang drops bid to buy Starwood, clearing way for Marriott -

Anbang says it is dropping its $15 billion offer to acquire Starwood Hotels, citing various market considerations and ending a bidding war for the parent of St. Regis and Sheraton resorts.

The China-based insurance company, which was leading a consortium of potential investors, said that it won't proceed further, an abrupt announcement that sent shares of Starwood down 4 percent in late trading Thursday.

58. US stocks jump after solid March jobs report -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Friday after the government said job growth continued at a strong clip in March. Makers of consumer goods and household products rose, and health care companies rebounded. The solid employment report helped U.S. stocks stay out of a steep global decline.

59. Starwood bidding war grabs investors, business travelers -

NEW YORK (AP) — The bidding war over the Starwood hotel chain is being closely watched by investors and frequent business travelers. For the leisure crowd, however, who owns their hotel makes very little difference.

60. Stocks shake off an early loss and end with slight gains -

Major U.S. stock indexes eked out modest gains on Monday, extending the market's winning streak into a fourth day.

Stocks wavered into the red at times before steadying in the late afternoon. The price of oil also veered lower at times, but ended higher.

61. LocalShares expands with new leadership, divisions -

LocalShares Inc., a community-focused investment firm, has attracted veteran leadership to head new divisions of the company.

Margaret O. Dolan, a Nashville business and community leader and formerly president and CEO of the Saint Thomas Health Foundations, has been named the president of the new Knowledge Division.

62. Is it great art or a waste of taxpayer funds? -

Nashville’s publically-funded art projects have reaped national awards and attracted international attention in the past four years, particularly for the creativity and usefulness of its budding bike rack program.

63. Energy stocks lead a rally as the price of oil climbs -

U.S. stocks mounted a broad rally on Monday, snapping a three-day losing streak as investors moved past concerns that the terrorist attacks in Paris could spell big trouble for the global economy.

Oil and gas stocks were among the biggest gainers as the price of crude rose. Traders also bid up shares in defense contractors, while travel-related stocks slumped.

64. Marriott becomes world's largest hotelier, buying Starwood for $12.2 billion -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hotel behemoth Marriott International is becoming even larger, taking over rival chain Starwood in a $12.2 billion deal that will catapult it to become the world's largest hotelier by a wide margin.

65. Barry fills key positions for new administration -

Mayor Megan Barry has announced key hires in the positions of law director, executive assistant, senior advisor, and press secretary within her administration.

Jon Cooper will serve as Metro law director. Cooper is currently director of the Metro Council Office and special counsel to the Council. A graduate of Hume-Fogg Academic High School, he earned a degree in music from Middle Tennessee State University, where he was a member of various musical ensembles and the debate team.

66. GOP-controlled Senate panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled Senate panel has voted to lift a decades-long ban on travel to Cuba, giving a boost to President Barack Obama's moves to ease travel restrictions and open up relations with the Castro-governed nation.

67. Carnival aims to launch Miami to Cuba cruises in May -

The world's largest cruise company could be heading to Cuba. Starting in May, Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to the Caribbean island nation, the company announced Tuesday.

Carnival says it would become the first American cruise company to visit Cuba since the 1960 trade embargo. The trips will be through its new brand, fathom, which focuses on trips where passengers sail to a destination in order to volunteer there.

68. Q&A: US government eases Cuba travel restrictions -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are one step closer to being able to vacation in Cuba, but don't pack your bathing suit and sunscreen just yet.

A new set of government regulations takes effect Friday, severely loosening travel and trade restrictions that have been in place for 54 years. The rules follow President Barack Obama's announcement last month of a reestablishment of diplomatic relations with the communist island. Only Congress can fully remove the embargo but it is up to the administration to enforce — or turn a blind eye — to the travel ban.

69. LGBT-owned businesses get diversity boost -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As a Mexican-American woman who started her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, accountant Sonia Luna has taken advantage of programs aimed at helping minority- and women-owned businesses compete for government and corporate contracts. But increasingly, the fact that Luna also is a lesbian entrepreneur hasn't hurt either.

70. US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.

71. Judge, Nashville songwriter score on soundtrack -

Ten years ago this month, as I was immersing myself into the nuances of cruciverbalism – the art of writing crosswords – these lines came to me:

“If you don’t come across, I’m gonna be down./ Your love to me is a mystery and the clues are all around.” (I know, that’s songwriting, not puzzle-writing, but stay with me on this.)

72. Skip check-in; latest hotel room key is your phone -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hotels don't want guests to have to linger at the front desk — or even stop by at all.

New programs are helping speed up the check-in process for busy travelers, or in at least one case, letting them go straight to their rooms by using their smartphone to unlock doors.

73. Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming Wi-Fi at Opryland hotel -

NEW YORK (AP) — Marriott International will pay a $600,000 fine for jamming conference attendees' own Wi-Fi networks at its Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, forcing them to pay hefty prices to use the hotel's own connection.

74. Events -

Live on the Green. Spanish Gold, The Weeks, City and Colour kick off the concert series at 6 p.m. Thursday. Since its inception in 2009, more than 200,000 fans from 29 states and 10 countries have attended the free outdoor music festival. It also has hosted more than 70 artists, including Alabama Shakes, Local Natives, Band of Horses, Matt & Kim, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Matt Nathanson, The Wallflowers, Citizen Cope, Dr. John, The Wailers and more. This year’s lineup:

75. Events -

Summer of Street Food. A gathering of 15 to 20 local food trucks. This event will take place every other Thursday through August 21. Trucks will be parked on Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North. Information: www.nashvillefoodtruckassociation.com.

76. LGBT travelers offer Middle Tennessee a lucrative demographic -

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

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

77. Renovated Renaissance faces new challenges -

For decades, the Renaissance Nashville Hotel has been largely known as the one attached to the convention center.

That has changed with the construction of the new Omni Hotel and the Music City Center with its 353,143 square feet of exhibition space.

78. Obama asks CEOs for help hiring long-term jobless -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting an economic recovery slowed by persistent joblessness, President Barack Obama on Friday won commitments from nearly 300 companies to reach out to the nearly 4 million Americans who have been jobless for half a year or more.

79. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for 2013 -

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

80. Obama convening export panel at White House -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is convening his advisory council on international trade as the U.S. pursues an aggressive goal to double its exports.

Obama will meet with the President's Export Council on the White House grounds Thursday. It's the first meeting to include new members added to the council from the pharmaceutical, defense and hospitality industries.

81. Ryman Hospitality lowers full-year forecast -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc., owner of Gaylord Opryland and the Grand Ole Opry, is lowering a key full-year forecast partly because of slowing hotel bookings.

82. Marriott to help Ikea launch budget hotels -

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Ikea says Marriott International Inc. will help it open its new budget hotels across western Europe during the next five years.

83. Gaylord shareholders vote to reorganize as REIT -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gaylord Entertainment Company shareholders have approved a plan to reorganize as a real estate investment trust and turn over management of its four resort properties to Marriot International Inc.

84. 300 Gaylord workers get separation notices -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gaylord Entertainment has issued separation notices to 310 employees pending shareholder approval of a deal to sell its hotel brand and the rights to manage its four hotels to Marriott International, Inc. for $210 million.

85. Stocks slide on Wall Street for sixth straight day -

U.S. stocks slid for a sixth day Thursday as concern spread that weaker global economic growth and the European debt crisis will hurt U.S. corporate earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average was headed for its longest losing streak since mid-May.

86. Gaylord sells hotel brand to Marriott -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Grand Ole Opry owner Gaylord Entertainment has agreed to sell its hotel brand and the rights to manage its four hotels to Marriott for $210 million in cash.

The deal announced Thursday follows six months of reviewing options for its business. It will still own the four hotels it's letting Marriott manage. By handing over day-to-day control of the hotels to Marriott, Gaylord expects to save between $33 million and $40 million a year.

87. Gaylord to sell hotel brand to Marriott for $210M -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Grand Ole Opry owner Gaylord Entertainment has agreed to sell its hotel brand and the rights to manage its four hotels to Marriott for $210 million in cash.

The deal announced Thursday follows six months of reviewing options for its business. It will still own the four hotels it's letting Marriott manage. By handing over day-to-day control of the hotels to Marriott, Gaylord expects to save between $33 million and $40 million a year.

88. Events -

The 43rd annual Nashville Film Festival features appearances by Nicole Kidman, Famke Janssen, Delia Ephron and others, continues daily through April 26 at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. Hundreds of films from every genre and around the world will show throughout the week, including award-winning films, shorts and documentaries. Tickets are on sale now. information, tickets: nashvillefilmfestival.org/.

89. Events -

International Business Council Breakfast. Featuring China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Chairman Mr. Wan Jifei, along with a delegation of Chinese government officials and business leaders. Chairman Wan is one of the high-level officials accompanying Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping as he visits the United States the week of February 13. Thursday, 8:30-10 a.m., 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100. Information: 743-3115, nashvillechamber.com.

90. Events -

The Nashville Film Festival, one of the longest-running film festivals in the country, is celebrating its 42nd year through April 21. Each year, nearly 23,000 people come to view more than 250 films from 48 countries, including documentaries, narrative features, animated and experimental shorts. Panels and workshops are also offered for those looking to enrich their knowledge beyond the screen. Major award winners from both the 2010 Cannes and 2011 Sundance Film Festivals will show at this year's festival. All films shown at Regal Green Hills Cinema. Schedule and information: nashvillefilmfestival.org/.

91. Events -

The 37th annual Tennessee Prayer Breakfast is set for Thursday, 7-8:30 a.m. at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. Richard Stearns, president of World Vision, American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle and the Nashville Choir will be featured. Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Rom Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell also will participate. Tickets: $35, $350 for table of 10. Information: tennesseeprayerbreakfast.com

92. New hotels set for Elm Hill Pike -

Despite the down economy, the Nashville area is continuing to experience new hotel construction, including a couple of extended-stay hotels going up in the same vicinity on Elm Hill Pike.

One is a TownePlace Suites, a new brand to Nashville, and the other a Candlewood Suites.