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1. 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.

2. Demystifying advanced driver aids in new vehicles -

There’s some hesitancy from the public regarding the future of self-driving cars. For example, A survey by Autolist reports most shoppers are split about whether having self-driving capability on a vehicle makes it safer.

3. Trump Organization, CFO indicted on tax fraud charges -

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's company and its longtime finance chief were charged Thursday in what prosecutors called a "sweeping and audacious" tax fraud scheme in which the executive collected more than $1.7 million in off-the-books compensation, including apartment rent, car payments and school tuition.

4. Charges expected Thursday for Trump's company, top executive -

Donald Trump's company and his longtime finance chief are expected to be charged Thursday with tax-related crimes stemming from a New York investigation into the former president's business dealings, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

5. 5 fully loaded cars worth the extra expense -

The average transaction price for new vehicles has been steadily rising over the past few years, jumping to $40,545 in April, a 3% increase from the prior year, Edmunds data shows. Some of this jump can be chalked up to people buying pricier trucks and SUVs, but another part of the story is their desire to get all the “bells and whistles,” often found on the top trim levels.

6. Nissan showcases 2022 Pathfinder -

The newly redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder has begun rolling off the assembly line at the company’s Smyrna assembly plant.

“Start of production of the new Pathfinder marks another major milestone in our Nissan NEXT momentum story,” says Jeff Younginer, vice president, Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant. “The Smyrna plant team is thrilled to put the newest version of this iconic vehicle on the road for customers.”

7. Eating our lunch: Biden points to China in development push -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing for trillions of dollars in development spending, President Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers are directing Americans' eyes to the rear-view mirror, pointing to a booming, ambitious China they say is threatening to quickly overtake the United States in global clout and capacity.

8. 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.

9. Top automotive technology revealed at CES 2021 -

The atmosphere at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show, held virtually for the first time due to the pandemic, struck a different tone than in years past. Without hordes of tech-hungry onlookers jockeying for position through packed convention center halls, automakers appeared more reserved in their proclamations for the future.

10. Dems, GOP take different approaches on Georgia Senate blitz -

ATLANTA (AP) — Jon Ossoff took the stage in Columbus and looked out over a parking lot filled with cars, with supporters blaring their horns in approval as he declared that "change has come to Georgia."

11. Dems, GOP take different approaches on Georgia Senate blitz -

ATLANTA (AP) — Jon Ossoff took the stage in Columbus and looked out over a parking lot filled with cars, with supporters blaring their horns in approval as he declared that "change has come to Georgia."

12. Calendar matters little in new real estate marketplace -

“To everything there is a season.” The Hebrew Bible used the phrase first in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, then the Byrds, a folk/pop/rock band, borrowed it in 1965 for “Turn! Turn! Turn!” featuring Roger McGuinn on the 12-string Rickenbacker guitar.

13. Is your workplace a COVID-19 risk? -

Since the coronavirus pandemic first surfaced in Tennessee in March, monthly worker complaints to occupational safety and health regulators have more than doubled, with 1,000 complaints so far showing a possible connection to COVID-19.

14. Gibson offering $59K for pieces of history -

Gibson is launching a global search this summer for missing shipping ledgers from 1959-1960. The ledgers contain the shipping records of all the Gibson guitars created during that year, and documents the “Golden Era” of the company’s 126-year old history.

15. 5 SUVs recommended for cargo space, fuel economy -

Many people like SUVs because of the greater cargo space and a higher driving position they provide compared to a sedan. But one of the typical trade-offs is reduced fuel economy.

Lately, fuel prices haven’t been much of a deterrent to buyers. But the price of gas is on the upswing, with a 24-cent increase in the national average price of a gallon in the last month, a June report from the Energy Information Administration finds.

16. Need a great used car for less than $15K? Here are 5 -

Vehicle sales hit a record low in April as most Americans stayed home and countless dealerships closed due to the coronavirus crisis. But as a number of businesses begin to open, those who are in need of a vehicle may find that this might be a good time to shop.

17. 5 high-tech vehicles for less than $36,000 -

Every year brings new technology features in vehicles. Most of them undeniably enhance a vehicle's modern appeal and safety, such as widescreen infotainment displays and safety systems that can automatically help prevent or mitigate accidents.

18. Oil prices fall as coronavirus spreads outside China -

NEW YORK (AP) — With the viral outbreak spreading to more countries, the price of oil has dropped precipitously as global demand weakens even further.

That has sent shares tumbling for oil giants like Exxon and Chevron while smaller producers with idling rigs continue to slash jobs.

19. Must-have car features when shopping for a new car -

The average person owns a vehicle for about six and a half years. When it’s time to buy a new one, chances are there’s a lot of new technology to catch up on.

Even in the short span of a three-year lease, tech features and creature comforts evolve fast. It can be difficult to keep track of all the changing tech.

20. Housing ‘silver tsunami’ will see smaller impact here -

A newly released analysis by Zillow predicts a flood of homes will come on the market in the next 20 years as Baby Boomers age, creating a ‘silver tsunami’ of available houses.

Seniors 60 or older who will leave 920,000 owner-occupied homes between 2017 and 2027 and from 1.17 million per year 2027-2037.

21. Better used-car trim packages can provide more value -

Americans tend to want all the “bells and whistles” on their new cars. Today’s shoppers are opting for higher trim levels and costlier option packages, an Edmunds’ analysis shows.

22. Go big! Heavy-duty pickups get more style, power -

Until recently, heavy-duty trucks have been the reserve of ranchers, horse owners and your neighbor who owns a paving company – tough trucks for people who do tough work.

But the latest heavy-duty pickups deliver new heights of towing and hauling performance while also offering as many high-end features as a luxury sedan.

23. Gas sippers: Honda Insight vs. Toyota Corolla Hybrid -

Car shoppers seeking superior fuel economy have two particularly intriguing choices this year: the Honda Insight and the Toyota Corolla Hybrid.

Both deliver an EPA-estimated 52 mpg in combined city and highway driving, which is among the best of any vehicle on sale. They’re also notable for their design. These are two conventionally styled sedans that largely keep their eco-credentials hidden from view.

24. Grand Hyatt shows off its indoor spaces -

The 25-story Grand Hyatt Nashville, opening in the fall of 2020, has released updated renderings of its indoor event spaces.

Located on Broadway within the 17-acre, Nashville Yards development, the hotel will be surrounded by shopping, restaurants, bars and entertainment

25. Best safe, used vehicles for college drivers -

Many college-bound students, whether it be a freshman leaving home for the first time or a grad student needing more reliable transportation, require the purchase of a vehicle. To help out, Edmunds has identified five common requirements for college drivers and recommended a slightly used vehicle for each.

26. Edmunds: 7 used car tech features that might take you by surprise - Automakers have introduced a flurry of new automotive safety and convenience technology features the past few years.

Close-to-new vehicles with these features are now increasingly showing up on dealership lots as used vehicles. The upshot: You don’t have to buy a new car to get modern convenience and safety features.

27. Essra Mohawk lived sex, drugs and rock 'n roll life -

Uncle Meat leans back on the piano bench – arm-swept clear of the CDs and assorted implements of a musician’s life that fill it and the rest of the living room of the home in Bellevue – and sings a joyous, or at least joy-filled and powerful song titled “Rollin’ With The Punches.”

28. Best all-in-one vehicles for summer camping -

The vehicle you drive every day can be a platform for the exploration of the nation’s campsites if you consider factors such as space, appropriate on- and off-road capability, and general comfort. Some auto manufacturers now also offer specific features that make their vehicles particularly camping-friendly.

29. Perennial favorite Pilot meets its match in Telluride -

The Honda Pilot has always been a strong choice for a midsize, three-row, crossover SUV. But Kia has recently introduced an all-new model known as the Telluride that it hopes will attract shoppers with its bold styling and value.

30. NASA's first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities -

RENO, Nev. (AP) — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings.

31. A win for people who park too long: Tire marking thrown out -

DETROIT (AP) — Marking tires to enforce parking rules is like entering property without a search warrant, a federal court said Monday as it declared the practice unconstitutional in Michigan and three other states.

32. How new Jeep Gladiator compares with Colorado, Tacoma -

The midsize truck segment has been gaining in popularity in recent years. Now there’s a new player in the segment to further stoke a truck lover’s desire: the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

33. The costly side effect of safety tech: expensive repairs -

Vehicle safety technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Today’s cars can watch your blind spot, help keep you in your lane, automatically hit the brakes in an emergency and more.

But while the technology helps prevent accidents, they also come with increased repair costs.

34. Edmunds rounds up today’s top budget commuter cars -

Think you’ve got a long commute? You’re not alone. A 2017 Census Bureau survey found that Americans average nearly 27 minutes on a one-way trip to the office. An earlier census study revealed that 61 percent of us spend at least one hour driving to the office.

35. What’s new – and what’s missing – in your next new car -

Automakers are continually making changes in vehicles. These can be technological breakthroughs, such as the automatic emergency braking systems that are increasingly becoming standard on new cars. Some are mandated changes, such as a federal requirement that all vehicles have backup cameras, which went into effect in May.

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

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

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

37. 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.

38. A life of courage, politics came down to 1 vote for McCain -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For John McCain, a lifetime of courage, contradictions and contrarianism came down to one vote, in the middle of the night, in the twilight of his career.

39. Eight for the road: Vehicles for towing small trailers -

Going small is big these days. Just scroll through all the tiny-house shows on cable and you’ll see how popular minimalism is. It’s also popular for trailers. Pulling up to a parking spot and having a comfortable, enclosed bed to sleep in is ideal for lots of travelers – especially if they’re using small, lightweight trailers that don’t require a full-size SUV or a heavy-duty pickup truck to pull them along.

40. Think small: Big van ideas for your businesses -

A decade ago, business owners had only a few choices if they wanted to buy a van for commercial use. But in recent years, automakers have been coming out with new, smaller vans to complement traditional full-size vans.

41. Before buying used car, consider luxury alternative -

Most car shoppers know that a used car can be a fantastic value. In the long run, a used car will usually cost less than a new one and will virtually always be cheaper than leasing a car every three years.

42. Nashville law firm joins class action suit vs. Intel -

Nashville-based law firm Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC and Doyle APC of San Diego have filed a class action lawsuit against Intel Corporation for alleged design flaws in Intel’s computer processors.

43. Which new car-safety features are worth the cost? -

We are in a new era of car safety: The focus has shifted from reducing death and injury in a vehicle collision to preventing a crash from happening in the first place. Safety features designed to avoid accidents are becoming increasingly common in new cars.

44. Winners and losers under the GOP tax plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Count President Donald Trump among the personal winners in the $1.5 trillion tax package that Republicans in the House and Senate passed Wednesday. It's not only a political score for Trump but likely a windfall for his real estate empire, too.

45. Pacifica or Odyssey? Depends on makeup of your family -

There’s a reason the cover of a popular driving video game features a Porsche 911 GT2 RS instead of a minivan. One has 700 horsepower and racing stripes. The other reminds you of changing diapers.

46. As interest rates rise, banks are paying more for deposits -

NEW YORK (AP) — Slowly, but surely, being a saver is paying off again.

For years after the recession, banks paid next to nothing on deposits — much to the detriment of savers everywhere. Now, banks have increased lending and need more deposits, so they're willing to pay higher interest rates.

47. As interest rates rise, banks are paying more for deposits -

NEW YORK (AP) — Slowly, but surely, being a saver is paying off again.

For years after the recession, banks paid next to nothing on deposits — much to the detriment of savers everywhere. Now, banks have increased lending and need more deposits, so they're willing to pay higher interest rates.

48. As interest rates rise, banks are paying more for deposits -

NEW YORK (AP) — Slowly, but surely, being a saver is paying off again.

For years after the recession, banks paid next to nothing on deposits — much to the detriment of savers everywhere. Now, banks have increased lending and need more deposits, so they're willing to pay higher interest rates.

49. Carmakers join forces in Europe to make electrics widespread -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Major automakers say their joint European electric car recharging network will open its first stations this year in Germany, Austria and Norway in what the companies hope will be a big step toward mass acceptance of battery-powered cars.

50. Single-payer cuts the middle men but at what cost? -

Republicans made “Repeal and Replace” a catchy slogan for the right, but Democrats have one of their own.

Get ready to hear a lot of “Medicare for All,” the new rallying cry of those who think it’s time the United States adopts a single-payer health care system – or something like it.

51. Home inspectors can save your life, real estate deal -

Home inspectors can prove to be burrs in the saddles of listing agents and sellers with the many deficiencies they uncover while plying their trade.

Often accused of “nitpicking” or trying to “kill the deal,” the fact is that they are performing their duties to the best of their abilities.

52. Porsche Boxster is now 718 with more power, upgrades -

Porsche’s mid-engine convertible sports car, the Boxster, is revamped for 2017 with new engines, re-tuned suspension, styling updates and more standard features.

The name – 718 Boxster – is new, too, and evokes the flat, four-cylinder engines that powered Porsche 718 race cars to victories in the late 1950s and early ‘60s.

53. Edmunds: Deals for July Fourth car shoppers -

Summer is upon us, and that means car sales are in full swing. With the July Fourth holiday approaching, car dealership advertisements flood the airwaves and every deal sounds better than the one before it. Given all that noise, you might have a case of car-deal information overload.

54. Hyundai Ioniq is most fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid -

The 2017 Ioniq Hybrid is Hyundai’s fuel-efficient challenger to the Toyota Prius, America’s best-selling gasoline-electric hybrid.

With a base retail price, including destination charge, of $23,035, the Ioniq Hybrid has a lower starting retail price than the base 2017 Prius, which starts at $23,475.

55. 2017 Kia Sorento: Most affordable SUV of its size -

The Kia Sorento adds connectivity and safety features for 2017 while remaining one of the most affordable SUVs of its size.

With a length of 15.6 feet, the 2017 Sorento is mid-size and has flexible storage space of up to 73 cubic feet while offering buyers the choice of seating for five or seven people.

56. Mazda MX-5 Miata RF: Open-air driving with structure -

Car shoppers looking for a Mazda Miata coupe have a new choice for 2017: the new Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, with a targa-looking, power hard top.

The 2017 MX-5 RF (retractable fastback) is the closest Mazda has come to a coupe version of its long-selling Miata roadster. It’s also the first Miata with beefy buttresses aft of the rear window. The new styling makes the car look like it’s in motion even when it’s parked. The MX-5 RF also is quieter inside than a soft-top Miata, at least when the metal roof is on. When the roof is lowered, some riders can notice a bit of wind buffeting from the buttresses area.

57. Bill would limit local jurisdiction of Airbnb-type rentals -

Legislation filed Thursday would stop bans on short-term rentals and vacation homes while setting up basic guidelines for local governments and a state tax-collection system.

Supporters said they have been talking with Memphis and Nashville officials in advance, but it is unclear how the legislation might affect those cities.

58. 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

59. Armada SUV returns with upgraded engine, look -

Nissan took a model year off from its largest SUV, the Armada, but it’s back for 2017 restyled and re-engineered with a plush ride, a well-equipped interior and more horsepower than ever.

The revamped 5.6-lite, Endurance V8 delivers 390 horsepower, up 73 horsepower from the previous Armada. Two- and four-wheel drive Armadas now can tow a maximum of 8,500 pounds, and both have a seven-speed automatic transmission instead of a five-speed.

60. Fiat 500X takes style tips from its smaller sibling -

A distinctive choice among the vast SUV market, the 2016 Fiat 500X is a larger, taller version of Italy’s iconic small car, the 500, and is the first Fiat with all-wheel drive.

The 14-foot-long 500X looks cute compared with more mainstream compact SUVs and is one of the few available with a manual transmission. In addition, the 500X’s four-cylinder turbocharged engines provide more horsepower and torque than the non-turbo four cylinders in competitors.

61. New luxury brand, Genesis G90, doesn’t disappoint -

The refined 2017 Genesis G90 luxury sedan is Hyundai’s foray into the luxury brand market and the first new entry in the U.S. since Tesla in 2004.

Starting at $69,050, the G90 undercuts the competition like the Lexus LS460 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class and has more standard features, such as head-up display, lane-keep assist and wireless device charging. Available with a twin-turbo V-6 and a naturally aspirated V-8, the G90 comes with the best luxury car powertrain warranty – 10 years/100,000 miles.

62. Titan gets nicer interior, stronger engine for 2017 -

Nissan has revamped its regular-duty full-size Titan pickup truck for 2017, giving it more aggressive styling, a nicer interior and a more powerful V8 gasoline engine.

The new Titan offers several new features, including an indispensable all-around camera and side blind spot monitoring. But it can still tow up to 9,390 pounds and haul up to 1,610.

63. Ford Edge lauded for reliability, powerful engines -

For 2016, Ford stocks its Edge SUV with more technology, including an adaptive steering feature and park assist that can handle even perpendicular spaces.

The five-passenger Edge also gets a Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system that’s easier to use, responds faster than its predecessor and has two slick, customizable dashboard displays.

64. Luxury name of game with Platinum Explorer -

Ford’s long-running Explorer SUV goes upscale in a big way with the new-for-2016 Platinum model that rivals traditional luxury SUVs with its numerous high-tech features, quilted-stitched leather seats and exclusive sound system.

65. Experts caution self-driving cars aren't ready for roads -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Self-driving cars are more likely to hurt than help public safety because of unsolved technical issues, engineers and safety advocates told the government Friday, countering a push by innovators to speed government approval.

66. Honda Fit: A subcompact big on cargo space, legroom -

The 2016 Honda Fit is a satisfying little hatchback that pairs the cargo space of an SUV and more backseat legroom than many sedans with the fuel efficiency of a subcompact, at up to 41 mpg.

At only 13.3 feet long, the Fit is also a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, which lists its reliability as above average.

67. New industry, housing spur Midstate growth -

The bitter taste of Hemlock Semiconductor’s abandonment of plans to build a billion-dollar plant in Montgomery County has been sweetened somewhat, one of many in the commercial real estate market in Nashville’s surrounding counties.

68. Solving problems at Brentwood's B&C Hardware, 1 ‘thingamajig’ at a time -

Pushing at the bridge of his spectacles – with lenses that transition from clear to dark depending on the light – the 60-year-old, who likes to ratchet folks’ woes down to the basic nuts and bolts, looks toward the paint counter near the doorway of B&C Ace Hardware.

69. Q3 SUV delivers affordable Audi prestige -

With a turbo-charged engine and a price tag that starts at under $35,000, the 2016 Q3 SUV delivers a fun and nimble ride along with Audi prestige.

The smallest of Audi’s three SUVs, the Q3 received some minor updates for 2016, including a new grille, fascia, bumpers taillights and wheels. It also now comes equipped with a review camera and front and rear parking sensors, an overdue upgrade that has come standard on many lower-priced SUVs for years.

70. Nashville's most romantic restaurants for 2016 -

Romance can be found all around, in quiet, 50-seat rooms and bustling of-the-moment hot spots. It’s all about the food, the ambiance, the service and, most importantly, your companion for the evening.

71. Chevrolet’s Impala is attractively styled, priced -

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala is a bargain for such an attractive and well-mannered large sedan - and its base price rose by just $85 from last year’s model.

The starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $27,970. That provides comfortable seating for five adults, a huge trunk and many standard features, including eight-way power driver’s seat adjustments with power lumbar support; Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity; cruise control and audio controls on the steering wheel; keyless entry and 10 air bags.

72. 2016 Buick Enclave SUV notable for quiet cabin -

The 2016 Buick Enclave is an attractive option for big families needing a roomy, feature-packed crossover sport utility vehicle that seats up to eight people.

Drivers will take note of its quiet interior, which is virtually devoid of most road and wind noise. The Enclave also is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, where the SUV’s reliability is rated better than average, and earned a top five-out-of-five-stars rating for occupant protection in federal government frontal and side crash tests.

73. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions for November 2015 -

Top residential real estate sales, November 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

74. Mazda’s new small SUV is affordable, easy on fuel -

Mazda’s smallest sport utility vehicle, the new CX-3, is a nimble five-seater with fresh styling, an affordable starting price, generous standard equipment and noteworthy fuel economy.

Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the 2016 CX-3 has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $20,840, including destination charge. That’s $1,835 less than Mazda’s larger CX-5 SUV and makes the CX-3 competitive with the starting retail prices of other small SUVs, such as the Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V.

75. Toyota shows self-driving technology being readied for 2020 -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota unveiled its vision for self-driving cars in a challenge to other automakers as well as industry newcomer Google Inc., promising to start selling such vehicles in Japan by 2020.

76. At 50, Mustang convertible is current, classic -

At the age of 50, the Ford Mustang has accomplished the ultimate goal: To be current and ageless, and appealing to young and old alike.

For 2015, the half-century-old Mustang adds a modern 310-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s fuel efficient and refined even as it delivers more horsepower and torque than the Mustang’s V-6.

77. Ford Edge gets bigger, sleeker with overhaul -

The Ford Edge sport utility vehicle received its first major overhaul in 2015 and is now bigger, sleeker and quieter than before.

The mid-size SUV’s back seats now have as much legroom – well more than 40 inches – as those in the front row and are comfortable for adults. And it has more cargo room, too, offering 73.4-cubic feet of space behind the front seats, which is more than what’s in many other mid-size SUVs.

78. Apple, Google bring smartphone functions to car dashboards -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard.

79. Audi A3 Cabrio gives drivers low-priced luxury -

Those looking for a luxury-branded convertible with a low price tag should turn toward Audi’s A3 Cabriolet.

With a $36,525 starting retail price, including destination charge, the Audi A3 Cabrio comes with standard leather-covered seats and dual-zone climate control – not found in other low-priced 2015 model year convertibles, such as the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Beetle.

80. Jaguar brings sexy back with its 2016 F-Type -

Jaguar has made its sexy F-Type even sportier and more seductive for 2016, with a manual transmission, surprisingly precise electric steering and new standard equipment including a 770-watt sound system from British high-performance audio maker Meridian.

81. Taller, narrower European-style vans arriving in US -

A touch of the Old World has come to American cities in the form of European-style vans that look like skinny, tall breadboxes.

All offer thrifty, four-cylinder engines and all are based on small vans already in use overseas, where streets are narrower and fuel is more expensive.

82. New Lexus compact SUV starts at under $36K, aimed at young -

Finally, there’s a Lexus sport utility vehicle that’s priced under $40,000.

The new-for-2015 Lexus NX is a compact crossover SUV, so it provides a car-like ride and is smaller than Lexus’ top-selling RX 350 mid-size SUV.

83. Sierra All Terrain: Tough truck, office on wheels -

Trucks aren’t bare-bones workhorses anymore, and GMC’s new Sierra HD All Terrain pickup proves it.

With standard fancy chrome wheels, leather-trimmed seats with accent stitching, standard four-wheel drive, technology that reads text messages to you and turns the truck into a Wi-Fi hotspot, the 2015 Sierra HD All Terrain pickup is a modern workman’s command center and reliable Jack-of-all-trades.

84. Chevy electric’s price Sparks a run on sales -

It took a price cut to generate a run on Chevrolet’s 2015 Spark EV, with savvy car buyers realizing the lower price and federal electric vehicle tax credit can make for a super deal.

Chevrolet lowered the starting retail price for the plucky subcompact electric car to $25,995 last month, making it the lowest-priced 2015 electric car with two rows of seats offered in the U.S. by a major auto manufacturer. With the $7,500 tax credit, the purchase price can wind up at just $18,495 - akin to the price of a gasoline-powered small car like the Honda Fit EX.

85. Stylish Murano sets itself apart from other small SUVs -

Nissan’s stylish 2015 Murano mid-size, sport utility vehicle is getting lots of second and even third looks as consumers seek the next big thing in SUVs.

Redesigned for its third generation, the five-seat Murano now features a tall hood, V-shaped grille design, light-emitting diode headlamps and tail lights and eye-catching, swoopy lines along the sides.

86. Outback: More refined, added features for 2015 -

The Subaru Outback, one of the best vehicles at gracefully blending car and sport utility characteristics, is revamped for 2015 with more interior room than ever, improved ride, handsome looks and more features.

87. Smyrna-made Nissan Rogue’s good reviews defy its name -

Despite its name, there’s nothing too rogue about Nissan’s compact Rogue sport utility vehicle.

In fact, the five-door, 2015 Rogue is an easy runabout, with good people- and cargo-hauling capability and a not-too-big and not-too-small overall size.

88. Events -

African-American History and Culture Conference. The 34th annual Nashville Conference of African-American History and Culture will take place Friday at the Tennessee State University Avon Williams campus. Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, and the Metropolitan Historical Commission, the conference will focus on the educational and musical legacies of Nashville’s African-American community. For more than 30 years, the conference has brought together historians, students, educators, community leaders and those interested in African-American history and culture. Registration is $20, which includes admission to all speakers and performances, additions to the Profiles of African-Americans in Tennessee series, and other publications. Lunch and parking are also included. Information and registration: www.nashville.gov/mhc, 862-7970.

89. Toyota’s lowest-priced car gets spruced up -

Toyota’s lowest-priced car, the Yaris, is restyled inside and out for 2015, has an improved ride and adds new standard features – all for a starting retail price of less than $16,000.

The Yaris, available as three-door and five-door hatchbacks, continues to rank among the top 10 gasoline-powered, non-hybrid cars in fuel economy in the country. Its best mileage ratings in federal government tests are 30 miles per gallon in city driving and 37 mpg on highways with a 2015 Yaris equipped with the base, five-speed manual transmission (and just a mile less for highway driving when equipped with a four-speed automatic).

90. Events -

First Saturday Art Crawl. Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents paintings by juniors Marlos E’van and Aaron Harper at its downtown gallery WAG during the Feb. 6 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl. The monthly visual arts event is presented by 5th Avenue of the Arts and takes place in that historic entertainment district of downtown Nashville. On the first Saturday of every month, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., an alliance of art galleries and museums collectively invite the public to explore the vibrant Nashville downtown art scene. More than 20 art venues participate. Admission free. Information: www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.

91. Chevrolet polishes Colorado pickup with SUV features -

In a year when attention is focused on big, full-size pickup trucks, the revamped-for-2015 Chevrolet Colorado arrives as a fine, mid-size pickup that’s arguably the first major redesign in the smaller truck segment in a decade.

92. Events -

Financial Fitness Friday. Regions Bank is offering free financial reviews. Meet the financial team at any of Middle Tennessee’s 88 offices and learn more about getting financially fit in 2014. Experts will be available to discuss anything from budgeting, buying a home or car, managing debt, savings and much more. This year’s program also serves as the launch of a video series outlining financial “workouts of the week” on topics including planning, savings, tax preparation and retirement. Information: www.regions.com/advice.rf.

93. Lincoln joins compact SUV segment with 2015 MKC -

The 2015 Lincoln MKC like that driven by actor Matthew McConaughey in commercials is a comfortable haven whose interior is so quiet it invites contemplative thoughts - and not just by McConaughey.

In its first model year, the compact MKC also is the smallest sport utility vehicle ever to express Lincoln’s brand of luxury.

94. Tennessee auto industry hits the accelerator: Nissan, GM, VW find ‘best employees’ here -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

95. Chattanooga-built Passat ready to compete with Camry -

Most consumers may figure they have to pay a premium to get German engineering, European road handling and a roomy interior in a family-size sedan. But Volkswagen’s 2015 Passat is proving them wrong.

96. Alfa Romeo, you’re trying to seduce us. Aren't you? -

After a 19-year absence, Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo is back in the United States and wowing Alfa enthusiasts with the sexy, fun-to-drive 2015 4C two-seater.

Even young Americans who don’t remember Alfas or realize that actor Dustin Hoffman drove one in the movie “The Graduate” can be attracted to this exotic-looking coupe.

97. New Legacy retains low price, best fuel economy -

Redesigned for 2015, the Subaru Legacy is a sensible and more refined family sedan that has the best fuel economy for the lowest starting retail price among America’s all-wheel drive sedans.

Traction-improving all-wheel drive comes standard on the mid-size Legacy, which has a starting retail price of $22,490.

98. Have yourself a Music City Christmas: What to see, do in Nashville this holiday season -

In years past, Carl Haley has offered his Grand Avenue transportation passengers the customary Christmas lights tour packages – about the same as other tours in Nashville – with a cruise by Opryland and a trip to a few choice, heavily decorated neighborhoods.

99. Kia’s ‘Soulful’ first electric car -

Finally, there is an all-electric car for people who thought they would never want one.

The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a normal-looking Soul with a useful travel range of nearly 100 miles on a single charge, stable ride and handling, generous and flexible cargo space, comfortable seating and fast-charge capability.

100. Miata: Best-selling two-seater ever still delivers -

Driving the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster is like letting go.

The smartly styled, 13-foot-long two-seater is so efficient in design, there’s not a lot of room to carry extra baggage.

The car, itself, weighs less than 2,600 pounds and is energetic and eager to dash down the roads in a lighthearted and sprightly manner.