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1. Spyridon: ‘Growth doesn’t scare me. Assholes scare me’ -

Since 1991 Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation, has been a fixture as Nashville’s unwavering champion for visitors as Nashville’s hospitality industry has evolved from niche music fans to a year-round destination for convention, business and leisure – as well as the music.

2. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for September 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

3. You should run away to avoid Politicon circus -

The temptation is to say a circus is coming to town, but this involves a less appealing bunch of clowns: Politicon arrives next weekend.

“All of your favorite political heroes and villains in one Unconventional Political Convention,” its website states.

4. 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.

5. Mayor-elect inherits fight with state comptroller -

Nashville Mayor-elect John Cooper, who campaigned on a platform of restoring order to Metro’s finances, is inheriting a file of correspondence from the Tennessee comptroller’s office concerning how the city manages cash and what will happen to its 2020 budget without a key revenue source – privatized parking – which Cooper has said he won’t allow.

6. Law enforcement, media often resist private help -

Because of her experience with the Holly Bobo case, Nashville private investigator Sheila Wysocki says she tries to avoid cases in Tennessee. To date, she has made only one exception.

A quick refresher: Bobo was murdered in 2011 near her Darden, Tennessee, home and in 2017, Zach Adams was found guilty of kidnapping, rape and first-degree murder and sentenced to life plus 50 years without parole.

7. Urban returns to headline Nashville’s New Year’s Eve -

NASHVILLE – Reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year and four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban will headline Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville for a fourth consecutive year, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.

8. Princeton Review taps MTSU for best listing -

The Princeton Review has named Middle Tennessee State University one of the best places for an undergraduate degree.

It is the first time MTSU was awarded a spot in the review’s guide, “The Best 385 Colleges,” an honor given to roughly 13% of the nation’s approximately 3,000 four-year institutions.

9. John Cooper Q and A: Take care to remain 'livable city' -

Q: What do you see as the role of the mayor? What can the mayor do? What can the mayor not do?

A: “The mayor is given clearly in Nashville a dominant role in setting the tone for the city. That does not necessarily jump out at you from the (Metro) Charter ...

10. David Briley Q and A: Seriously consider 'pace of growth' -

Q: What do you see as the role of the mayor? What can the mayor do? What can the mayor not do?

A: “It’s evolved over time. If you go back to the 1960s and ‘70s there was a different political and media environment.

11. LBMC buys Think Data Insights data firm -

Nashville-based LBMC, an accounting and business consulting firms, has announced it has acquired Think Data Insights, a national data analytics company.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

12. Bowden joins Stites & Harbison Nashville -

Elizabeth Anne Bowden has joined the Nashville office of Stites & Harbison, PLLC.

She is an attorney in the Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group. Her practice focuses on commercial transactions, litigation, banking, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.

13. Nashville attorneys selected for AHLA -

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

14. Veteran attorney West moves to Miller & Martin -

Attorney Dudley West, formerly with White & Reasor, has joined Miller & Martin’s Nashville office.

West has a diverse civil practice with an emphasis on business litigation and real estate. He has handled numerous commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions and other transactions, and represented clients in a wide variety of business, real estate and other civil litigation matters in state and federal courts.

15. Working Mother likes Baker Donelson -

Baker Donelson has been named by Working Mother to its 12th annual “Best Law Firms for Women” list. This is the third consecutive year the firm has been included in this prominent list, which recognizes firms that utilize best practices in recruiting, retaining, promoting and developing women lawyers.

16. Convention Center giving $6M to African American music museum -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The National Museum of African American Music will receive $6 million from Nashville's Convention Center Authority.

An authority news release state it unanimously voted on Thursday to provide the money as part of its commitment to the museum. The CCA says its commitment stems from former business leader and civil rights activist Francis S. Guess, who helped spearhead the museum effort. Guess died in 2015.

17. Nashville companies partner on home health -

Ascension Saint Thomas and Nashville-based Contessa are joining together to offer Home Recovery Care, an emerging health care option that brings inpatient care to patients’ homes.

Home Recovery Care will be available for patients at Saint Thomas Midtown and West hospitals this fall, followed by Saint Thomas Rutherford and surrounding communities.

18. Tennessee state library launches Revolutionary War project -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Library & Archives has launched a digital project that uses pension records to map out where soldiers lived before and after the Revolutionary War.

State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill announced the Patriot Paths online initiative at the National Genealogical Society's recent annual convention. It helps researchers study migration patterns of soldiers born in the colonies and Europe who ultimately traveled to Tennessee.

19. Raines retiring as dean of Belmont’s business school -

Pat Raines, dean of Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey College of Business, has announced his retirement after 16 years of service to the school.

During Raines’ tenure, the school has received accolades from Princeton Review, BusinessWeek and Entrepreneurship magazine for having some of the top business programs in the country. The College of Business’s undergraduate enrollment has grown by more than 100%, and the graduate enrollment has increased by nearly 80%.

20. Cumberland Consulting rates No. 3 in KLAS report -

Nashville-based Cumberland Consulting has been recognized as one of the top three consulting firms in the 2019 Payer IT Consulting report by KLAS, a peer-reviewed health care technology research organization.

21. Spragens launches plaintiffs’ law firm -

Class action plaintiffs’ attorney John Spragens has launched a new plaintiffs’ law firm representing consumers, whistleblowers and victims of abuse, discrimination, medical malpractice, serious injury and wrongful death.

22. Before you make fun of Southerners' city pronunciations ... -

So, is it pronounced Nash-ville, or Nash-vul? Should Maryville be referred to as Murvil, Marvull or Mehrvul?

And do the good folks of Santa Fe, Tennessee, really think of themselves as living in Santa Fee?

23. 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.

24. Southern Baptists see 12th year of declining membership -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday.

The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year. Baptisms also declined by about 7,600 to 246,442. That's an important measure for a denomination with a strong commitment to evangelism.

25. TN facing longterm shortage of health care workers -

Samantha Rooks, a registered respiratory therapist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, says she always wanted to work in health care, though no one in her family had ever chosen that path. She loves what she does, she adds, and has been at Vanderbilt for nearly 20 years, working exclusively with children.

26. Amazon joins firms telling Tennessee to shun anti-LGBT bills -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Amid pressure, Amazon has joined a growing list of big companies telling Tennessee lawmakers to avoid bills that negatively impact LGBT people.

The letter organized by the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce is also signed by AllianceBernstein, Bridgestone North Americas, Curb Records, Dell Technologies, Exploration, Genesco, Postmates, Salesforce, Warner Music Group and 28 small businesses along with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.

27. Bradley wins Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year -

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

28. Mayor announces early office closures during NFL Draft -

To help ensure traffic flow during the NFL Draft downtown, Metro is closing its offices and departments at 3 p.m. April 25-26 for all non-essential personnel.

Metro is also encouraging its departments and agencies to consider alternative work locations for those non-essential employees April 25-26, if possible.

29. Transportation study targets south corridor -

The Greater Nashville Regional Council, WeGo Public Transit and Tennessee Department of Transportation have kicked-off the South Corridor Study to find public transportation options for the corridor stretching through Davidson, Williamson and Maury counties.

30. Homebuying guide needs update for Nashville market -

The National Association of Realtors provides a simple 12-step guide for prospective homebuyers through its HomeLogic.com website. It’s fine, so far as it goes.

31. Major league city requires major league baseball -

Can Nashville truly be a major league city without Major League Baseball? My take on that later.

Meanwhile, I’m good with Nashville’s Music City, It-city status. The symphony, the Frist, the many fine universities, medical facilities and publishing houses.

32. Nashville organizer apologizes for cherry tree uproar -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The leader of a Nashville organizing group for this month's NFL draft has apologized about initial plans to cut 21 ornamental cherry trees to make room for the event, which caused an uproar before it was modified.

33. Nashville Food Hall announces 4 partners -

The soon-to-be-named Nashville Food Hall, a dining and entertainment concept set to be the anchor tenant for the new Fifth + Broadway development, has announced Prince’s Hot Chicken, The Pharmacy Burger, The Donut + Dog and Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen as its first four food partners.

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. Nashville hopes to put on a high-tech show for NFL draft -

It’s April 25, and the NFL draft is about to kick off in downtown Nashville. More than 100,000 football fans have poured onto streets near Riverfront Park to witness the historic Music City primetime event.

36. Southern Baptist group clears churches of mishandling abuse -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Southern Baptist officials have cleared seven churches accused of covering up sexual abuse just days after a top leader called for greater scrutiny following a joint newspaper investigation that revealed allegations of rampant sexual misconduct within the largest coalition of Baptist churches in the country.

37. Lee raised $2.5M, spent $1.8M on inauguration -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Prominent businesses, top Republicans and political action committees helped Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee raise nearly $2.5 million for his inauguration last month.

According to inaugural figures requested by The Associated Press, the new Republican governor spent almost $1.8 million for the high-profile event. The list shows hundreds of donors ranging from prominent politicians, Lee administration figures, top companies, political action committees and more.

38. Southern Baptist president says database of abusers possible -

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders said on Monday night the possibility is on the table.

39. The importance of right name for restaurants, column -

With apologies to both Shakespeare and Star Trek fans, the theme for my first Ledger column, “By Any Other Name,’’ hints at the peculiar challenge of naming things.

As a dedicated food writer, storyteller, features columnist and critic for more than 20 years, I had to come up with a name for this new, dedicated space generously offered to me by Lyle Graves and Cindy Smith. It will appear here, until further notice, every other week, starting today.

40. Martin selected as fellow to 2019 NELC Academy -

Racquel B. Martin of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has been selected a fellow to the 2019 National Employment Law Council Academy.

Founded in 1995, NELC is a non-profit organization charged with enriching minority bar members who represent management in the field of labor and employment law. Held in conjunction with NELC’s annual conference, the NELC Academy provides advanced skills training for minority attorneys with less than four years of experience practicing management-side labor and employment law.

41. In with new, enjoy the old this Valentine’s Day -

The classic day for passion could find you and your loved one embracing a new chef or cuisine or a new part of town. What could be more romantic than discovering the burgeoning food scene together?

42. Moreton, Smith join Butler Snow Nashville -

Butler Snow has hired Elizabeth W. Moreton, Matthew P. Smith and Benjamin A. Whitehouse for the firm’s Nashville office. Moreton will practice with the firm’s commercial litigation group, Smith with the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation group, and Whitehouse with the firm’s regulatory and business group.

43. Change is in the air -

Last year had something for everyone in Nashville’s residential real estate scene. There was a year-end flurry of sales and mergers among local firms, a reshuffling of real estate agents from one firm to another, near-record home sales volumes, continuing price appreciation and the arrival of new, tech-heavy national real estate businesses.

44. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for December 2018 -

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

45. Nashville sets records for number of tourists, dollars spent on NYE -

Nashville’s tourism industry broke another record with 15.2 million visitors to the city in 2018, an increase of almost 5 percent over 2017’s 14.5 million visitors, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.

46. Coyote in the bathroom! Critter runs into convention center -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A coyote sprinted past a security checkpoint and into a Nashville convention center where a boat show was packing up Sunday night.

According to the Music City Center, at around 10:20 p.m. the coyote entered through a loading area and ran into an exhibit hall before staff trapped it in a bathroom.

47. Sour tradition binds sweet Nashville family -

Thoosh. Thoosh. Thoosh. Thoosh.Thoosh. Rhythmically, methodically, the green cabbage heads slide across the rotating blade of the deli slicer, releasing thin shreds on the other side that fall into a white enameled wash basin that looks to be at least 100 years old.

48. Stewart succeeds Whisenant as WSW managing partner -

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

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

49. 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.

50. Organizing committee named for 2019 NFL Draft -

The local organizing committee for the 2019 NFL Draft includes 35 Nashville business and community leaders, including country artist Tim McGraw and Eddie George, formerly of the Tennessee Titans, and is led by honorary co-chairs Amy Adams Strunk, Tennessee Titans owner, and Mayor David Briley. Serving as co-chairs are Steve Underwood, CEO and president of the Tennessee Titans, and Dan Mohnke, senior vice president, sales & marketing and operations, Nissan North America.

51. Haslam, Dean, Lee to headline gov's conference next month -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and the two leading candidates seeking to succeed him will be the keynote speakers at the governor's annual economic development conference next month.

A Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development news release says Haslam will speak on Nov. 1 at the conference in Nashville. It says Democratic gubernatorial nominee Karl Dean and Republican nominee Bill Lee will speak on Nov. 2.

52. Kreulen anxious to fill hole in BNA’s international plan -

Decorated for various meritorious actions in at least two wars, the retired Air Force pilot who relishes jet-skiing with his “grand-doggy,” looks through his office blinds and points out a steady stream of heaped-high dump trucks rolling across his horizon and descending into a monstrous hole.

53. Bradley partner receives M&A advisor award -

David W. Stempel, a partner in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Nashville office, is among the winners of the M&A Advisor’s ninth annual Emerging Leaders Awards.

The awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of young M&A, financing and turnaround professionals who have reached a significant level of success and made a notable contribution to their industry and community.

54. Rover hopes to reach ‘hyper-local’ audience -

Outfitted with a concept he loved and a name he hated, Brad Dennison unleashed Rover, a news product that combines mobile, web and print platforms with local content, on the surprised communities of Green Hills and Belle Meade this spring.

55. It's gonna be a big year for holiday parties -

Happy holidays are here again, especially in the Nashville area. The city’s booming economy bodes well for those who own and operate party spots, big and small, new and trendy, or classic and traditional. In recent years, businesses have tended to shy away from the big corporate bash for clients, customers or employees as a cost-cutting measure.

56. Meeting and event planners see steady growth in demand -

Some careers, although not registering meteoric growth, are still showing a healthy demand from consumers and career seekers alike. A fitting example: a meeting and event planner.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this relatively new career will increase 10 percent by 2026.

57. Events -

NPT Reports Town Hall. NPT is hosting Youth & Violence: NPT Reports Town Hall, NPT’s Studio A. The public forum will discuss what is being done to address the public health crisis emerging around youth and violence, including violence experienced by or inflicted on young people. This event will be recorded for later broadcast. Thursday, 6-8 p.m. NPT, Studio A, 161 Rains Ave. Fee: Free but RSVP required. Information

58. Spyridon: Saturation reached on star bars, hotels -

The explosion of star-owned bars and restaurants on or near Lower Broadway raises the question of whether there’s room for more.

Butch Spyridon, president/CEO of the Convention and Visitors Corporation, has the expected positive view of the honky-tonk explosion. But he has reservations about whether there should or even can be more such establishments down there.

59. Stars' bars transform Lower Broadway -

Luke Bryan wants you to bite his sushi. Really. The progenitor of the bro-country movement invites all comers to his Lower Broadway bar and restaurant – Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Bar – to see what he has to offer that may be different from the delicacies and/or bar food fans and diners can find at the more than half-dozen country star-fronted restaurants that have mushroomed on Lower Broadway.

60. Nashville reels in $6.5B – 8% increase – in 2017 tourism spending -

Nashville’s tourism industry had $6.5 billion in visitor spending in 2017, one-third of the state’s total.

The State released its 2017 report on the Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties earlier today showing Nashville with an 8.5 percent increase compared to 2016’s $6 billion in visitor spending.

61. Blackburn unanimously elected presiding judge -

Davidson County General Sessions judges have unanimously elected Judge Melissa Blackburn to serve as presiding judge through Sept. 2019.

Blackburn has been serving as presiding judge since Dec. 2017 when Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton was elevated to the 20th District Criminal Court by Gov. Bill Haslam. She was elected to serve as judge of the Division II General Sessions Court in 2014.

62. Legal Aid Society picks Family Law lead attorney -

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

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

63. With rough GOP primary, Tennessee Dems see gov's race chance -

NASHVILLE (AP) — While the Republicans in contention for Tennessee governor spend big to sort out who is most devoted to President Donald Trump, the two leading Democratic hopefuls recently stood side-by-side at a debate and, for an hour, pretty much agreed.

64. Music City Walk of Fame to add Folds, Lee, Seely, Stevens -

Nashville-based pop artist Ben Folds, who notably helped save Music Row’s Studio A; Brenda Lee, who is known as “Little Miss Dynamite and of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” fame; Grand Ole Opry member Jeannie Seely; and GRAMMY-winning artist and comedian Ray Stevens will receive stars on the Music City Walk of Fame during an induction ceremony on Aug. 21, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in Music City Walk of Fame Park, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.

65. Affinion Insurance Solutions set to be sold -

Mill Point Capital has reached an agreement to acquire Franklin-based Affinion Insurance Solutions.

Mill Point is a middle-market private equity firm. Affinion Insurance is a business services platform, distributing, marketing and administering insurance products.

66. Green & Little selects Green as vice president -

Green & Little, L.P., real estate investment and development firm based in Gallatin, has named Anderson Green as vice president. Green oversees day-to-day business operations at the asset management level and will be more involved in the overall strategic direction for Green & Little. He has been with the company since 2014.

67. Dems tussle on charter schools in Tennessee governor debate -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The two leading Democrats in Tennessee's open governor's race tussled during a debate Tuesday over charter schools, the National Rifle Association and one candidate's use of federal flood money to build a downtown Nashville amphitheater.

68. Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century.

If it lives up to Apple's promise, the iPhone's next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centers in the U.S.

69. Statewide effort bringing more tourists to Tennessee -

Politicians – in general – try not to attack members of their own party. The same holds true in the tourism world, with internal battles to lure visitors from one part of Tennessee to another set aside in an effort to lift everyone’s ticket totals, room bookings, food sales and general revenue.

70. $19B tourism industry looks to record year -

Tourism officials are a glass-half-full bunch. It’s a job requirement, necessary since they must relentlessly promote a city, region, state or even a country no matter what the economic climate or general traveler mood might be.

71. Blackburn’s scattershot hits surprise targets -

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is doubling down against Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat, hammering him as a liberal in the vein of Obama, Clinton, Schumer and Pelosi.

72. Justice Clark to receive TBA’s Drowota Award -

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark will be honored next month with the Tennessee Bar Association’s prestigious Justice Frank F. Drowota III Award.

Named in honor of former Tennessee Chief Justice Frank Drowota, the Drowota Award is the TBA’s highest award for service to the judiciary and has been given annually for more than a decade.

73. Landing the NFL Draft is fine, but how about a Super Bowl? -

One after another, many of the nation’s top sporting events are finding their way to Nashville. News that Music City is playing host to the 2019 NFL Draft really came as no surprise, considering the city’s other recent sports successes here.

74. Landing the NFL Draft is fine, but how about a Super Bowl? -

One after another, many of the nation’s top sporting events are finding their way to Nashville. News that Music City is playing host to the 2019 NFL Draft really came as no surprise, considering the city’s other recent sports successes here.

75. Fatal shooting causes pandemonium in Opry Mills -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A fatal shooting set off pandemonium inside a mall in Nashville, Tennessee, provoking an outsized police response in the city where a gunman killed several people at a Waffle House less than two weeks ago.

76. Sarah Cannon launches new collaboration -

Sarah Cannon Development Innovations has announced a new strategic collaboration with Pivotal, a European contract research organization.

The partnership will expand access to novel immunotherapies in early phase clinical trials in Europe.

77. Nashville transit decision guide -

Ralph Schulz got stuck in traffic. It was on a Thursday, around 1 p.m., and he says it took him 23 minutes to drive along Broadway for two blocks, between Third and Fifth avenues.

There were no accidents or special events. But there were delivery trucks, a pedal tavern, a John Deere tractor pulling a cart and other cars.

78. Stones exhibit shines a light on Musicians Hall -

The tall, smiling fellow dressed in black – and with a slight, rockabilly hair-flip tickling his forehead – stops and points at a black guitar in a display case and nods.

“I’ve been instructed that if all hell breaks loose and fire burns up everything else, I’m supposed to grab that guitar and get it out of here ….

79. Less in landfills, more for hungry Tennesseans -

Tennesseans waste an estimated 40 percent of their food supply yearly, even as people go hungry in the state. It’s a staggering statistic, especially considering that an estimated 1 million Tennesseans – about 315,000 of whom are children – are considered “food insecure” and don’t necessarily know from where their next meal is coming.

80. Cannon, Wilson lauded as Realtors celebrate big year -

March 10 was a big night for Greater Nashville Realtors as a record 750 members, family and friends gathered at the Omni Hotel Ballroom to celebrate the 268 members who received Awards of Excellence.

81. Time is right to address mass transit shortcomings -

For those who are unaware, there will be a referendum on May 1 that allows voters- residents of Davidson County to decide if the city should move forward with a transit plan. As the material being disseminated by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce notes, today is the best day you will have in Nashville traffic, plan or no plan.

82. Forbes names Hare to best-in-state advisors list -

Forbes magazine has named Pinnacle Financial Partners financial advisor James Hare as a “Best-In-State Wealth Advisor” for Tennessee. Hare earned the No. 23 spot on the list, which ranks more than 2,000 top-performing advisors from across the country.

83. VP Pence to address religious broadcasters in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak at a convention of religious broadcasters next month in Tennessee.

A news release from the National Religious Broadcasters says Pence will address the group's annual convention on Feb. 27 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.

84. Nashville area sees record 14.5 million visitors in 2017 -

NASHVILLE – The Nashville area saw a record 14.5 million visitors in 2017, a 4.6 percent increase from 2016’s record 13.9 million visitors, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today. The growth is attributed to an uptick in leisure travelers and a stronger than expected second half of the year, which included the solar eclipse in August, seven Garth Brooks concerts in December and a fall calendar filled with weekend events, festivals and football games.

85. DMCs there to deliver Nashville experience -

Carefree convention-goers? Yep. Enthusiastic executives? Absolutely. Boisterous bachelorettes? Yes, (sometimes) even them.

Name a group that is going to spend some time in Nashville and you’ll likely find a destination management company working to make sure their stay is entertaining and trouble-free from the minute they hit the Davidson County line until the moment their planes, trains or Ubers head back home.

86. Trump takes victory lap on taxes with rural Americans -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Connecting with rural Americans, President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his tax overhaul as a victory for family farmers and pitched his vision to expand access to broadband internet, a cornerstone of economic development in the nation's heartland.

87. AP FACT CHECK: Trump inflates the size of his tax cuts -

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Donald Trump is misstating the size of his tax cuts.

Trump told a convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Tennessee on Monday the package he signed into law last month cuts taxes by $5.5 trillion, "with most of those benefits going to working families, small businesses and ... the family farmer."

88. Trump promotes rural development before championship game -

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Donald Trump pitched his efforts to help rural America, promoting his tax overhaul law and economic development plans on a visit to Nashville on Monday. He's also reserving a seat at the national college football championship game.

89. 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.

90. Changes to who enforces state’s marijuana laws -

A law taking effect in January removes the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission from the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication.

The push to remove the commission began in 2012, when WSMV-TV reported law enforcement discovered what they believed to be marijuana in the home of the commission’s director. Police never did a criminal investigation, and the director retired in 2012.

91. Trump to address Farm Bureau convention in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to Tennessee to speak at the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention.

The Tennessean reports that Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks to the group meeting in Nashville on Jan. 8.

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

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

93. Legislators not shy in pushing ‘model’ bills from outsiders -

The group that brought Tennessee the voter photo ID law could be on the brink of spawning another kink on the voting process, one that cross-checks jury service with voter rolls.

At the behest of the American Civil Rights Union, legislators across the nation who belong to the American Legislative Exchange Council could be sponsoring bills in the next couple of years requiring local election commissions to take a closer look at people who miss jury duty.

94. Haslam addresses group that opposed Medicaid expansion push -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he agrees with most views espoused by a conservative group that had him speak at its convention, despite the organization's opposition to his past Medicaid expansion attempts.

95. Hit the road for the holidays -

Would you rather be home for the holidays or gone? If you chose the latter, you’re not alone. Call it the new holiday and winter tradition. Fueled by demographics, the sharing of photos on social media and shifting consumer trends, more Americans are choosing to take a trip instead of gathering at home.

96. Tennessee Bank & Trust adds Williamson executive -

Jeff Young has been appointed as Tennessee Bank & Trusts’ Williamson County-area executive.

The addition of a new role and greater focus in Williamson County follows the bank’s recent transition to an independent, local, Middle Tennessee bank. The bank opened its flagship branch in Franklin in 2004, and has since established a significant presence in both Williamson and Davidson counties.

97. Trump’s bluster cascades through state politics -

The chaos emanating from President Donald Trump’s administration is changing the landscape of Tennessee politics, setting the stage for upheaval within the dominant Republican Party.

“This is a really big moment for the Tennessee Republican Party,” with the Trump wing or far-right wing “firmly in control,” says Kent Syler, Middle Tennessee State University political science professor.

98. Hospitality industry job fair set for Oct. 3 -

Job seekers are invited to a hospitality industry job fair on Oct. 3 as the city brings together employers in the tourism and convention sectors for a hiring event.

The job fair will take place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Davidson Ballroom of the Music City Center. This is the third time the hospitality industry has come together to host a job fair as Nashville’s tourism and convention sectors continue to grow. It is free and open to the public.

99. Increased competition keeps venue owners on their toes -

From networking mixers and intimate concerts to blowout weddings, fundraisers and personal-milestone celebrations, Nashville’s event venues are seeing traffic like never before.

The city’s growth in size and profile has created a vibrant and competitive venue-rental scene, and with the holiday partying season right around the corner, it’s not too early to book the perfect spot to celebrate.

100. The list: Nashville-area holiday venues -

A sampling of the Nashville-area's top facilities for holiday parties, including art galleries and stand-alone, double-duty, hotel, historic and outdoors/rustic venues.

Aerial

411 Broadway, Nashville

615 251-9882

This private rooftop event space is in the middle of ground zero of Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. A transformable space for up to 225 guests – or much less for a more intimate environment – Aerial is a blank slate that can be customized to any private event including wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events or birthday parties. Owned by Strategic Hospitality (Pinewood Social, The Catbird Seat), there is a 2,000-square-foot glass room surrounded by a 2,000-square-foot patio. Saturday venue rental starts at $2,150 from April through October.