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1. Nashville bid for GOP convention trips up in Metro Council -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bid to bring the 2024 Republican National Convention to Nashville has hit a roadblock in the Democratic-leaning city's Metro Council, where opposition has led proponents to withdraw a proposed agreement about how to host the event.

2. Snitker named Waller chief diversity officer -

Ron Snitker has been named the first chief diversity officer at the Nashville-based Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.

Snitker will be responsible for overseeing and executing the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy in concert with Waller’s Diversity Committee. This includes internal and external initiatives such as collaborating on recruiting, retention, firm culture, programming, leadership development and community engagement.

3. Scottsdale? Woo-hoo! Partay! Go west, young bachelorettes -

It’s a competition many folks in Nashville would be more than happy to lose. Including me.

A recent article in The New York Times positioned Scottsdale, Arizona, as the rising star on the bachelorette party scene. (Of course, this is the same paper that, in 2013, helped kick off the current situation by declaring Nashville the latest “It” city.)

4. Milwaukee ups ante in bid for Republican National Convention -

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Common Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an initiative that could move the city closer to winning the right to host the 2024 Republican National Convention.

Milwaukee and Nashville are the final contenders for the convention that could draw tens of thousands of visitors. The winner could be announced by the end of this month, according to local officials.

5. Bradley adds health care attorney Setterlund -

Eric Setterlund has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in the firm’s health care and cybersecurity and privacy practice groups.

Setterlund previously served as the privacy and data counsel and the interim chief privacy officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. During his time at BCBST, he provided strategic leadership on privacy, security and technology matters, as well as enterprise data sharing initiatives, digitization efforts and member outreach campaigns.

6. Top Southern Baptists plan to release secret list of abusers -

Top administrative leaders for the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, said Tuesday that they will release a secret list of hundreds of pastors and other church-affiliated personnel accused of sexual abuse.

7. Baker Donelson names Nebel for new position -

Baker Donelson has named Meagan Nebel to serve as the firm’s first director of lateral recruiting and integration, a newly created role responsible for managing the recruitment, acquisition, integration and retention of shareholders and of counsel.

8. Martin to receive TBA’s Drowota Award -

Judge James G. Martin III will be honored next month with the Tennessee Bar Association’s Justice Frank F. Drowota III Award.

The Drowota Award is awarded to a judge or judicial branch official of a federal, state or local court in Tennessee who has demonstrated extraordinary devotion and dedication to the improvement of the law, the legal system and the administration of justice as exemplified by the career of former Supreme Court Justice Frank F. Drowota III – the award’s first recipient. The Drowota Award is the TBA’s highest award for service to the judiciary and has been given annually for more than a decade.

9. Events -

Franklin Rodeo. Bulls and broncs, cowboys and cowgirls are the focus at the 71st annual rodeo. Events begin Wednesday with the “Down in the Dirt” free rodeo experience gives fans an intimate look at the sport. Fans can see the horses and bulls up close, try their hand at roping, do a little stick horse racing and more, Through Saturday. Rodeo competition begins Thursday. Tickets can be purchased online and at the gate. All seats are reserved. Adult tickets are $25; children 12 and younger $12. Information

10. Nashville ‘a roof shy’ of landing other major events -

If the Titans build an enclosed stadium and Nashville someday hosts a Super Bowl, rest assured the Music City hospitality industry is confident it can handle the crowds that come with such events.

That’s the word from Leesa LeClaire, president and CEO of the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association.

11. Dome alone? No, it takes more to land Super Bowl -

Several years ago, city and state leaders discussing the future of the Nashville sports landscape during the 2020s had one key question: Could Nashville host a Super Bowl. The really short answer was “no” and for two very simple reasons: Not enough hotels and the lack of a stadium that could accommodate such a mammoth undertaking.

12. Tennessee pauses executions, will review lethal injections -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee paused executions in Tennessee for the rest of the year on Monday after revealing that the state had failed to ensure its lethal injection drugs were properly tested. The oversight forced Lee to abruptly halt the execution of Oscar Smith an hour before he was to die last month.

13. Baker Donelson elects 3 Nashville shareholders -

Baker Donelson has elected 11 new shareholders across the firm, including Bert Chollet, Andrew J. Droke and Ryan M. Richards of the Nashville office.

Chollet, a member of Baker Donelson’s construction group, provides clients in all areas of the construction industry with a full range of services in connection with projects throughout the U.S. and abroad.

14. Nashville’s cranes find new habitats -

Standing on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Nashville, you can look in any direction and see why the city is considered the hottest place in the country for commercial real estate investment.

15. Nashville vs. Milwaukee: GOP weighs its convention choices -

In Milwaukee, one of two cities vying to host the Republican presidential convention in 2024, Democrats were pilloried by the potential visitors after predawn election results delivered Wisconsin for Joe Biden in the 2020 White House race. Rival Nashville, Tennessee, is run by a mayor whose Democratic brother was effectively redistricted out of his congressional seat by Republicans.

16. Southern Baptist Convention president won't seek 2nd term -

Ed Litton, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, announced Tuesday he will break with tradition and not seek a second term in the top convention role.

17. Southern Baptist leaders apologize to sex abuse survivor -

The Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee has offered a public apology and a confidential monetary settlement to sexual abuse survivor Jennifer Lyell, who was mischaracterized by the denomination's in-house news service when she decided to go public with her story in March 2019.

18. Tennessee lawmakers pass ban on instant runoff voting -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers passed a ban Monday against instant runoff voting in elections, a move that seeks to end a long-running legal dispute between state election officials and the city of Memphis.

19. Nashville’s Big Bash generates record $30M -

The live show for Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash generated an estimated $30 million in direct visitor spending, a new record and an increase of 12% compared to 2019’s record-breaking $26.6 million in visitor spending, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp reports.

20. Tennessee pastor, first African American, named to key SBC post -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee pastor Willie McLaurin has been named interim president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, becoming the first African American to lead one of the denomination's ministry entities in its more than 175-year history.

21. Neal & Harwell elects 3 new partners -

William “Jay” J. Harbison II, Erik C. Lybeck and Mozianio “Trey” S. Reliford III have been elected partners at Neal & Harwell, PLC.

Harbison joined the firm in 2015, and his practice focuses on business and civil litigation. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.

22. Hotchkiss among 4 new McGlinchey members -

McGlinchey Stafford has named three new members, including Lynette Hotchkiss in its Nashville office.

Hotchkiss, who specializes in consumer financial services compliance, joined McGlinchey in 2020 and has previous experience as general counsel and other in-house roles at banks, and as a senior regulator within the federal government.

23. Hurdles ahead for city’s political convention hopes -

Having made it a couple of weeks into 2022 without any major new attacks on democracy (fingers crossed), let us briefly turn our attention to 2024 politics: How does the prospect of tens of thousands of ardent Republicans or Democrats swarming through Nashville strike you?

24. Top Davidson County commercial sales for 2021 -

Top commercial real estate sales, 2021, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

25. Cautious optimism for tourism in 2022 -

Two years ago, Tennessee’s tourism economy was roaring. State and local officials touted record-breaking numbers, and 2019’s many successes were well positioned to carry into 2020 and beyond.

26. Animation boom draws on local talent -

Part of the summary of “The Wingfeather Saga,’’ a four-book fantasy/adventure series written by Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson, reads thus:

“The family is at the center of a great mystery that will change their lives – and their world – forever.”

27. Saints, sinners share space on Music City streets -

On a small plot of land at the intersection of Ewing and Sixth Avenues and Lafayette Street in Nashville sits the Church of the Holy Trinity, where it has ministered to an Episcopal flock since 1853.

28. Another COVID toll: $2 billion for funeral costs -

Pulverized homes, splintered trees and decimated buildings over a mile-long debris trail. Scorched earth or waist-high floodwaters. Those images of natural disasters come to mind when the Federal Emergency Management Agency rushes in the help Americans in times of need.

29. Littler selects Strawn as managing shareholder -

Littler, an employment and labor law practice representing management, has appointed Bradley Strawn as regional office managing shareholder of the firm’s Nashville office, succeeding Jennifer Robinson, who has stepped down to focus on her practice.

30. LifePoint, Kindred to launch new company -

LifePoint Health and Kindred Healthcare have announced plans to establish a new health care company operating under the name ScionHealth upon closing of their previously announced transaction.

Headquartered in Louisville, ScionHealth will consist of 79 hospital campuses in 25 states, including Kindred’s 61 long-term acute care hospitals and 18 of LifePoint’s community hospitals and associated health systems.

31. Southern Baptist leader resigns amid abuse review division -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention administrator is resigning amid internal rifts over how to handle an investigation into the SBC's response to sexual abuse, a decision that underscores the broader ongoing turmoil in the nation's largest Protestant denomination.

32. Southern Baptist panel to open legal records for abuse probe -

A top committee of the Southern Baptist Convention agreed Tuesday to open up legally protected records to investigators who will look into how it handled, or mishandled, cases of sexual abuse within the nation's largest Protestant denomination over the past two decades.

33. Southern Baptists press for sex abuse review to advance -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention committee is facing mounting pressure from within the denomination to move forward without further delay an investigation into how it handled sexual abuse allegations.

34. Menzie named president of Cumberland Trust -

Cumberland Trust, an independent trust company, has named Jennie Menzie president and elected her to its board of directors. Menzie will serve as president, chief operating officer and corporate counsel.

35. Probe of Southern Baptist sex abuse response moves forward -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Rev. Marshall Blalock feels the weight of his new responsibility.

The South Carolina pastor serves as vice chair of a recently formed Southern Baptist Convention task force charged with overseeing an investigation into how a top denominational committee handled sex abuse allegations, a review that comes years into the SBC's public reckoning with the scandal.

36. CBS to broadcast 5-hour Nashville New Years Eve 'Bash' -

CBS will ring in the New Year by presenting "New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash," marking the first time for Music City to anchor an entire New Year’s Eve national TV special, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.

37. Kind souls provide for those with no place to call home -

In spite of all the homes sales being logged in and around in the Greater Nashville area, homelessness remains a major concern for the city. Homeless advocate and Room in the Inn founder Charles Strobel recently noted that homelessness is increasing even as the city flourishes.

38. VUMC’s Wilkins lands major national award -

Consuelo Wilkins, M.D., MSCI, is the 2021 recipient of the Marion Spencer Fay Award from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

The national award recognizes women physicians and/or scientists who have made “an exceptionally significant contribution to health care.” Previous recipients include the late Bernadine Healy, M.D., the first female director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and pioneering breast cancer geneticist Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.

39. Top Davidson County commercial sales for Q2 2021 -

Top commercial real estate sales, second quarter 2021, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

40. Officials: Some officers in blast zone when fireworks began -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials are investigating why a large fireworks show in Tennessee started while some police officers were still in the blast zone.

The Nashville Fire Department said in a statement that it is working with Metro Nashville Police to determine how the "Let Freedom Sing!" fireworks show began before officers were able to leave the area and how to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.

41. Edwards takes office as TBA president -

Brentwood attorney Sherie Edwards has taken office as president of the Tennessee Bar Association, taking the oath of office from Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeff Bivins during the group’s annual convention in Memphis.

42. Are sports fans tuning out? -

Remember the panic of 2020 when live sports disappeared from our TV screens? March Madness? Gone. NBA? Multiple delays, game played in a “bubble” and a season that ended four months later than normal. Major league baseball? Reduced to 60 games beginning in late July and then played with cardboard cutouts of fans filling otherwise empty seats.

43. Southern Baptists vote to probe leaders' sex abuse response -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to create a task force to oversee an independent investigation into the denomination's handling of sexual abuse.

44. Southern Baptists vote to debate sex abuse investigation -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to have a floor debate on a proposed investigation into the denomination's handling of sexual abuse.

45. Top Davidson County commercial sales for May 2021 -

Top commercial real estate sales, May 2021, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

46. Southern Baptists pick president who worked for racial unity -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention tamped down a push from the right at its largest meeting in decades on Tuesday, electing a new president who has worked to bridge racial divides in the church and defeating an effort to make an issue of critical race theory.

47. Southern Baptists hold annual meeting amid push from right -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention held its largest gathering in decades Tuesday amid debates over race and sexual abuse, a concerted effort to push the conservative denomination even further to the right and a bellwether election to pick its next president.

48. Southern Baptists meet amid controversy over leaked letters -

NASHVILLE (AP) — As Southern Baptists prepare for their biggest annual meeting in more than a quarter-century, accusations that leaders have shielded churches from claims of sexual abuse and simmering tensions around race threaten to once again mire the nation's largest Protestant denomination in a conflict that can look more political than theological.

49. Racial tensions simmer as Southern Baptists hold key meeting -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Race-related tensions within the Southern Baptist Convention are high heading into a national meeting next week. The election of a new SBC president and debate over the concept of systemic racism may prove pivotal for some Black pastors as they decide whether to stay in the denomination or leave.

50. Secret recordings show Southern Baptist dispute on sex abuse -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Releases of leaked letters and secret recordings from within the Southern Baptist Convention intensified Thursday as critics sought to show top leaders were slow to address sexual abuse in the nation's largest Protestant denomination and worried more about its reputation and donations than about victims.

51. Homicides are up, but GOP misleads with claims about blame -

WASHINGTON (AP) — "SKYROCKETING MURDER RATES," claimed the National Fraternal Order of Police. "An explosion of violent crime," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Democrat-run cities across the country who cut funding for police have seen increases in crime," tweeted U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.

52. Bass names Blackshear to executive committee -

Bass, Berry & Sims has appointed Lillian M. Blackshear from the firm’s Nashville office to its executive committee.

The seven-member committee includes attorneys from the firm’s Memphis, Nashville and Washington, D.C., offices. Members oversee strategic priorities of the firm, including client service, diversity and inclusion, growth and pro bono initiatives.

53. A stifling worker shortage threatens Nashville's recovery -

NASHVILLE (AP) — In downtown Nashville, honky-tonks rattle back to life, peddle taverns crowd the streets and bartenders can't pour fast enough.

The post-pandemic business boom arrived as expected. But one big, unexpected challenge stands in the way of a full recovery: There aren't enough workers to keep up with a national surge in demand.

54. No evidence '3/5 compromise' aimed to end slavery -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a claim that has surfaced and been debunked before, but Republican lawmakers in recent days have given it new voice: the notion that the clause in the Constitution counting slaves as three-fifths of a person actually was a step toward ending slavery.

55. What now for retailers? -

When Tennessee communities shuttered in March 2020, small businesses with a model that relies on heavy in-person traffic – restaurants, retail stores, etc. – were hit particularly hard. Now some of them are cautiously pursuing more normal operations and putting into place the hard lessons learned over the last 13 months.

56. GOP lawmaker: Three-Fifths Compromise was to end slavery -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee Republican falsely declared Tuesday that an 18th century policy designating a slave as three-fifths of a person was adopted for "the purpose of ending slavery," commenting amid a debate over whether educators should be restricted while teaching about systematic racism in America.

57. "Transformative" Tennessee legislator Thelma Harper dies -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee Sen. Thelma Harper, who became the first African-American woman elected to the state Senate, died Thursday. She was 80.

58. Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation's largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves.

59. Charting a crossover hit -

Whenever proponents of the proposed National Museum of African American Music would hit a snag, they could take solace by looking south from their hoped-for home at Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

There they’d see the rippling contours of the Music City Center, another ambitious effort that took more than two decades to move from concept to reality. And then they’d go back to the business of fundraising, working with developers and other partners, working with the artifact collection and building local and national awareness on their march toward a museum.

60. Turner Construction honored for Nashville projects -

Turner Construction Company’s work on the ThreeThirtyThree project and Nashville General Hospital COVID-19 Unit project, both in Nashville, have earned the company national Excellence in Construction Eagle Awards, presented during the recent American Builders and Contractors Convention in Grapevine, Texas.

61. Saint Thomas opens hospital in MetroCenter -

Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital is now offering inpatient care for adults age 18 and older at 300 Great Circle Road.

Features of inpatient treatment at Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital include thorough intake assessments, personalized treatment plans, multiple forms of evidence-based therapeutic interventions, teams of experienced professionals, access to 24-hour nursing care and detailed discharge planning to promote sustained progress.

62. Over the Cumberland, around the world -

Josef Newgarden has a very simple explanation for why Nashville seemingly has become the center of the motor sports universe.

Or more fittingly, as Newgarden suggests, on center stage in Music City.

63. Nashville gets a taste of something big -

We’re No. 1 – and in a really good way. This week, Phase 1 of Assembly Food Hall, the largest food hall in the country, opened in the new Fifth + Broadway development, which also includes retail, office, residential units, the National Museum for African American Music and abundant parking (cheers to downtown parking!). It fills the entire footprint of the old convention center.

64. 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.

65. Ready or not, sports is back in a big way -

In less than three weeks, the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball tournament will be in full swing at Bridgestone Arena. Probably. Maybe.

The tournament format is set, television times have been announced and the Metro Public Health Department has been busy reviewing plans submitted by the SEC to stage its showcase event March 10-14.

66. Stars scrap 2nd game in row with Predators in frigid Dallas -

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars postponed a second consecutive game against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday after further consultation with city officials over widespread power outages attributed to extreme winter weather.

67. Is COVID-19 the death of shaking hands? -

On March 8, 2020, the 8:45 morning service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin was unfolding as it did every Sunday. Just after the Prayers of the People, the rector offered The Peace. “May the peace of the Lord be always with you,” Father Rusty McCown said to the congregation. “And also with you,” they responded.

68. Titans to honor Nashville 'resilience' following bombing -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have announced they will don helmet decals during their next Sunday game to honor Nashville's resilience following the Christmas Day bombing.

According to a Wednesday news release, the decal will include the text "615 Strong," in a nod to the city's area code. The number six will be colored in Titans light blue to honor the six police officers who first responded and evacuated residents from the scene before the explosion.

69. Muted Nashville New Year's celebration nixes exploding 2020 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — In Nashville, the Christmas morning bombing of the downtown tourist district forced organizers of what was already slated to be a very muted New Year's celebration to dial it back even further.

70. 2020 has one last party to spoil -

New Year’s Eve is not a major holiday for everyone, at least in normal times. It will be this year.

It’s a concrete dividing line between a year of unimaginable suffering and sacrifice and a new year of promise. We have every reason to look ahead to 2021 with hope. Health care workers already are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, and indications are they should be available to all by the summer.

71. Picasso exhibit coming to Frist in February -

The Frist Art Museum has announced an exhibition of art by Pablo Picasso will make its sole U.S. appearance in Nashville.

Entitled ‘Picasso. Figures.’ the collection is from the Musée national Picasso-Paris and features 75 works of the human figure.

72. Mother Nature saves 2020 -

Tourism officials love gaudy economic-impact numbers. Tennessee’s most recent report on travel doesn’t disappoint, offering up record-breaking figures that are the envy of many other states. Unfortunately, the report is for calendar year 2019.

73. Dickinson Wright named top law firm by Captive -

Dickinson Wright PLLC has been named “Law Firm of the Year” by both Captive Review (@Captivereview #USCaptiveAwards) and Captive International.

The inaugural US Captive Awards by Captive International honor the best-in-class providers across the full spectrum of disciplines active in the captive insurance industry. The awards were based on feedback received from the captive industry, and in particular from readers of Captive International. Honorees will be featured in a forthcoming Captive International publication.

74. Wood Stabell adds pair of attorneys -

Wood Stabell Law Group, PLLC has hired two attorneys, Lin Ye and Ashley Gold. WSLG has now added four attorneys since 2019.

Lin is focusing on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and health care. With more than 10 years of experience, companies and investors in health care, technology, manufacturing, distribution and other industries have come to rely on Lin to advise them on a wide range of strategic corporate transaction and business arrangements.

75. Virtual change of plans -

Enjoy a lovely glass of Bear Flag cabernet sauvignon with notes of black raspberries, red cherry jam and dried fruit while conversing with the winemaker. Indulge in an Italian feast of chicken diavolo, osso buco and tiramisu as you browse the work of world-renowned artists. Compete for the Golden Brain Award with your friends in a night of lively trivia.

76. Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker take over as CMA Awards hosts -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country stars Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker are promising laughs and good music when they co-host this year's CMA Awards in November.

McEntire, a Country Music Hall of Famer and veteran host of country music awards shows, returns after hosting last year with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton. It will mark her fifth year as a host. Rucker, who crossed over from the rock world about 15 years ago and is a Grand Ole Opry member, will be a first-time host of the CMAs when the show airs on Nov. 11 on ABC from Nashville, Tennessee.

77. VUMC to establish Alzheimer’s center -

Angela Jefferson, Ph.D., professor of neurology and director of the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center, has been awarded a grant from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, to support establishment of an NIA-funded exploratory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

78. Smith named president of Tennessee Medical Association -

The Tennessee Medical Association has named Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s M. Kevin Smith, M.D., Ph.D., MMHC of Nashville as 2020-21 president of the member-based nonprofit advocacy organization that represents 9,500 physicians statewide.

79. Pending, closing lag makes tracking trends difficult -

There is little evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Middle Tennessee real estate market, though some say there has been an invisible reaction, one difficult to prove.

Others in the industry feel sales have slowed considerably.

80. Nashville real estate, tourism riding vastly different paths -

Residential real estate continues to soar through the pandemic, and those who practice the trade are sympathetic to those that are suffering. Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Convention and Visitors Corporation, delivered some sobering statistics recently when he spoke to a group of Realtors.

81. Trump considering giving convention speech from White House -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he'll probably deliver his Republican convention acceptance speech from the White House now that plans to hold the event in two battleground states have been foiled by coronavirus concerns and health restrictions.

82. Nashville rolling back reopening after virus surge -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville will roll back its reopening in response to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, Mayor John Cooper said Thursday.

The rollback is "tailored on what we've learned through contact tracing investigations over the past several weeks," Cooper said during a weekly briefing. It includes closing all bars for a minimum of 14 days beginning on Friday. Event and entertainment venues also will be temporarily closed, and restaurants will revert from a 75% capacity limit to 50% capacity.

83. Nashville July 4th fireworks canceled -

The recent upswing in COVID-19 cases in Nashville and Tennessee have prompted the cancellation of Nashville's Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th fireworks.

“After putting together a small July 4th celebration that prioritized the health and safety of our city, we have decided to cancel the short fireworks show we had planned for downtown to broadcast on NewsChannel 5," says Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

84. Nashville July 4th fireworks canceled -

The recent upswing in COVID-19 cases in Nashville and Tennessee have prompted the cancellation of Nashville's Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th fireworks.

“After putting together a small July 4th celebration that prioritized the health and safety of our city, we have decided to cancel the short fireworks show we had planned for downtown to broadcast on NewsChannel 5," says Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

85. Bryant-McCormick, Stranch win 2020 Athena Awards -

Kee Bryant-McCormick, an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC, is this year’s winner of the Athena Leadership Award, and Grace Stranch, an attorney who has been honored by the Tennessee Supreme Court for her commitment to pro bono work, has been named winner of the Athena Young Professional Leadership Award.

86. Days of slumber -

What goes around comes around. That karma-like phrase, popularized in the 1970s, will take on new meaning for area auto racing fans next June when the NASCAR Cup Series returns to the Nashville market for the first time in 37 years.

87. Time for a new phase with more safety, stability -

A Nashville friend’s recent Facebook post neatly summed up the escalating turmoil we’ve been living through:

“I can’t believe it’s riot season already. I still have my COVID decorations up.”

88. RNC to conduct official convention business in Charlotte -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump won't accept his party's nomination in North Carolina, but the Republican National Committee confirmed Thursday that it would still hold meetings in Charlotte.

89. As businesses reopen, Tennessee unemployment still high -

MEMPHIS (AP) — Tennessee delivered unemployment payments to more than 314,000 people last week, as the number of new jobless claims continued to run much higher than normal during the response to the new coronavirus outbreak.

90. GOP pulling convention from N.C., considering Nashville -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is seeking a new state to host this summer's Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without public health restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

91. GOP looks to Nashville, elsewhere for convention alternative -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Organizers of the Republican National Convention said Tuesday they will begin visiting potential alternative sites after North Carolina's governor told them the COVID-19 pandemic requires them to prepare for a scaled-back event if they want to hold it in Charlotte.

92. Integrity Solutions makes Top 20 list -

Nashville-based Integrity Solutions has been named a Top 20 sales training firm by Training Industry, a resource for business training.

Companies on the list are “…the best and most innovative providers of training services and technologies,’’ according to the website.

93. Nashville to have televised fireworks on July 4th -

Music City will honor health care heroes, first responders and front-line workers with a televised fireworks show from downtown Nashville on July 4, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.

94. Hollabaugh named chair of Campaign for Equal Justice -

Lela M. Hollabaugh, managing partner of Bradley’s Nashville office, will chair the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands 2020 Campaign for Equal Justice, an annual initiative that raises funds for Legal Aid Society.

95. Events -

Roadmap For Reopening Nashville Webinar. Mayor John Cooper and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp present a webinar for businesses in the hospitality industry featuring Butch Spyridon, CEO Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp;Nuts and Bolts of Operating in the Age of Coronavirus: Alex Jahangir, M.D., Chair, Metro Coronavirus Task Force; Making your Workplace Safe: Hugh Atkins, Metro Public Health Department; Keeping your Employees Safe: Martha Boyd, J.D., Baker Donelson; Peer-to-Peer: Dee Patel, managing director of the Hermitage Hotel; Rick Schwartz, CEO, Nashville Zoo; Q&A Session for webinar attendees. Friday, 1-2:30 p.m. Attendees can attend the webinar using this link and the case-sensitive password: Metro2020.

96. Gov. Lee strengthens stay-at-home order, jobless claims soar -

MEMPHIS (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee strengthened a stay-at-home order Thursday after initially resisting a statewide mandate despite pleas from the medical community that more robust action was needed to confront the coronavirus.

97. Spyridon planning ahead for post-virus recovery -

Twenty years ago, Butch Spyridon was aggressively beating the drum for a new convention center in downtown Nashville. The need was there, he said, and during the next few years he and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (now the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.) would work to pull together a growing coalition of business, community and elected leaders that resulted in the new Music City Center’s construction and eventual 2013 opening.

98. Frist to chair Mayor Cooper’s COVID-19 response fund -

Mayor John Cooper, with philanthropic, corporate and government partners, has created the COVID-19 Response Fund at United Way of Greater Nashville. The Fund’s advisory committee will be chaired by former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D.

99. SEC decides remainder of tournament will not be played -

How does Nashville find the sweet spot between hoops and health? That was the dilemma this week as the clock ticked down for the start of the SEC Men’s Basketball Championship amid a steady stream of news on the spread of COVID-19.

100. SEC tourney still on as COVID-19 disrupts Nashville tourism -

How does Nashville find the sweet spot between hoops and health? That was the dilemma this week as the clock ticked down for the start of the SEC Men’s Basketball Championship amid a steady stream of news on the spread of COVID-19.