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1. CFMT grants boost nonprofit agencies in area -

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Middle Tennessee and beyond, announces $2,664,888 in grants to 439 local nonprofit organizations as part of the 2021 annual grantmaking process.

2. Lee, other governors using federal virus aid to expand school choice -

When Congress sent states billions of dollars early in the coronavirus pandemic to help make schools safe, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee saw an opportunity.

He used part of the windfall to further his goal of offering school choice options for parents, sending millions to charter schools that operate without traditional public oversight. That included funneling more than $4 million to new charters that are not scheduled to open until at least next year.

3. Integrated Biometric to create 142 jobs in Franklin -

Integrated Biometric Technology, LLC officials announced today that the company will establish new operations and locate its corporate headquarters in Franklin.

IBT, which specializes in biometric technologies for identity authentication, identity management and criminal history background checks through the FBI, will create 142 new jobs and invest $2.3 million in Williamson County, the company says.

4. DA: No charges against officer in Knoxville school shooting -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The police officer who shot and killed a student in a Tennessee high school will not face criminal charges, a district attorney announced Wednesday.

Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen said she determined the shooting of 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson Jr. by Knoxville police Officer Jonathon Clabough was "justifiable" under Tennessee's self-defense law. Allen added that she wouldn't press any other charges against the three other officers present at the time of the April 12 shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in the East Tennessee city.

5. Tennessee Higher Education Commission picks House as leader -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has picked the agency's top deputy to become its executive director.

The commission announced Tuesday that Deputy Executive Director Emily House has stepped into the executive director role.

6. Bradley hires Krause as senior adviser for 2 groups -

Mike Krause is joining Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Nashville office as a senior adviser in Bradley’s Government Affairs and Economic Development practice groups.

Krause represents clients before the executive and legislative branches of government in both Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

7. Emails: School choice org caused 'confusion' in voucher plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A prominent voucher group's outreach efforts to families of students "caused nothing but confusion" while Tennessee attempted to enact a program that would have allowed parents to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, a state official said in emails detailing the implementation efforts.

8. Return to the one-room schoolhouse -

Williamson County mom Jenny Myhr’s mornings are just as hectic as ever. The pandemic that changed most aspects of life the past six months is no longer providing slower mornings or a reduced schedule.

9. Tishler to lead Waller Healthcare Restructuring -

Waller has chosen John Tishler as leader of the firm’s Healthcare Restructuring Team, which provides support to borrowers and lenders at a time when the health care industry is being tested by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn.

10. 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.

11. Nashville schools to start academic year online due to virus -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's school year will start off virtually instead of in person due to the growing spread of COVID-19, local school officials announced Thursday.

Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Adrienne Battle said students won't be returning to classrooms from the Aug. 4 start of the school year until through at least Labor Day.

12. 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.

13. AP-NORC poll: Most losing jobs to virus think they'll return -

WASHINGTON (AP) — One out of every four American adults say someone in their household has lost a job to the coronavirus pandemic, but the vast majority expect those former jobs will return once the crisis passes, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

14. Second lawsuit filed against Tennessee's school voucher law -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's much-debated school voucher program is facing a second legal challenge from opponents echoing previous concerns that the program illegally diverts public tax dollars to private schools.

15. Lawmakers advance bill to prevent 'lunch shaming' students -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Schools would be banned from "lunch shaming" students unable to afford school meals, under a bill that was narrowly advanced by a Tennessee House panel on Wednesday.

The proposal, sponsored by Democratic Rep. John Ray Clemmons, would ban schools from requiring students with lunch debt to do chores, miss school activities, graduations or other activities that would publicly identify the student as being unable to pay for a meal.

16. Full text of Gov. Bill Lee's State of the State address -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Lee's second annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday:

Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speaker Sexton, Speaker Pro Tem Haile, Speaker Pro Tem Dunn, Members of the 111th General Assembly, Justices, Constitutional Officers, fellow Tennesseans:

17. Genesco to buy New York footwear company -

Nashville’s Genesco Inc. has agreed to acquire Togast, a New York-based company that specializes in the design, sourcing and sale of licensed footwear.

The purchase price for the acquisition is $33.7 million in cash at closing, plus up to an additional $34 million in cash contingent on the achievement of financial targets over the next four years. The purchase price paid at closing is expected to be funded from cash on hand.

18. Tennessee Q3 exports fell $500M from year ago -

Tennessee’s exports fell by more than $500 million for the third quarter compared to the same period last year, a 6.6% loss, the latest “Global Commerce” trade report from MTSU’s Business and Economic Research Center finds.

19. Community Foundation announces grant recipients -

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced $2,397,870 in grants to be awarded to 365 local nonprofit organizations as part of the 2019 annual grant-making process.

CFMT is a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in 40 Middle Tennessee counties and beyond.

20. Need a holiday job? You’ve picked the right time & place -

For those who had their pick of seasonal jobs during the 2018 holiday season, it’s a time of glad tidings: This year the pickings are just as plentiful.

For those who are doing the hiring, it’s a time of great joy in terms of consumer enthusiasm. It’s also a great challenge to find the manpower to meet it. They are responding with flexible hours, bonuses, discounts, on-site meals and more.

21. 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.

22. VUMC, Monroe Carell add Sectra imagining -

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

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

23. 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.

24. Sex and consent: Guidelines for life on campus -

Parents of incoming college freshmen: It’s never too late to start talking about sex and consent with your sons and daughters and explain what’s behind ‘No means no.’

Examples of the dangers abound, from the high-profile prosecutions of college athletes to cases involving too much alcohol and sex to reports of wrongly accused sexual assault suspects suing their colleges for defamation.

25. Bradley partner Lipshie named to Who’s Who list -

Samuel D. Lipshie, a partner in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Nashville office, has again been named by Who’s Who Legal as among the world’s leading sports and entertainment law practitioners. He is listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment 2019 directory.

26. Tennessee lawmakers narrowly send voucher bill to Gov. Lee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday voted to ship Republican Gov. Bill Lee a negotiated version of his proposal to divert more tax money to private education, which will give participating families debit cards worth up to $7,300 in state education money each year. The bill narrowly emerged from fights over cost estimates and provisions that could exclude families in the U.S. illegally.

27. Public pressure pushes health care to top priority -

Bill Lee waltzes into the governorship later this month with more goodwill on his side than most politicians have the right to expect.

The Republican, who takes the reigns Jan. 19, is inheriting a state with an unemployment rate under 4 percent, an improving education system, companies such as Amazon bringing in thousands of jobs and an approval rating of 57 percent, a Vanderbilt poll taken in December shows.

28. Community Foundation awards $2.72M+ to 453 organizations -

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in 40 Middle Tennessee counties and beyond, announces $2,726,800 in grants to 453 local nonprofit organizations as part of the 2018 annual grantmaking process.

29. Stites & Harbison hires construction specialist -

Stites & Harbison, PLLC has added attorney Jamie Little, who will serve as counsel to the firm in the Construction Service Group.

Little has more than 10 years of legal experience and routinely represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and suppliers with contract drafting, contract negotiation, contract disputes, payment disputes and lien enforcement.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. Bridgestone donates $1M to Maplewood program -

Bridgestone Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, has now donated $1 million in in-kind donations to Maplewood High School’s Automotive Training Center since it opened in 2015.

33. Governor adds 217 appointees to 93 boards -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced the appointments of 217 Tennesseans to 93 boards and commissions.

“By serving on our state boards and commissions, these Tennesseans are helping us provide responsive, effective and efficient service to their fellow citizens,” Haslam says. “I am grateful for their service and know they will well represent the people of Tennessee.”

34. 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.

35. Metro launches hotline for rental complaints -

In an effort to address the negative impact some short-term rental properties have on residential neighborhoods, Mayor Megan Barry is announcing the launch of a hotline to catalog and respond to neighborhood complaints.

36. $12.9M renovation of Eskind Library to begin -

The Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt University will be renovated beginning Aug. 1, a year-long process.

“We appreciate the community’s patience while we undertake these transformative upgrades,” says Valerie Hotchkiss, university librarian. “The renovation, which has been made possible by a visionary $6 million gift from the Eskind family, will create a biomedical and health sciences library of the first order.”

37. Polsinelli hires corporate, transactional attorney -

Polsinelli, an AmLaw 100 law firm, has added Matthew White as an associate. White is a member of the firm’s national Corporate and Transactional Practice Group, bringing additional experience in private equity, and mergers and acquisitions to Polsinelli’s Business Department.

38. Tennessee Reconnect’s task: Connecting with those who need it -

There are an estimated 900,000 adult Tennesseans who have some college or certification credit who might be able to head back to the classroom to complete studies, thanks to the newly launched Tennessee Reconnect program.

39. LP names Southern CEO upon Stevens’ retirement -

The Louisiana-Pacific Corporation board has appointed Brad Southern to succeed Curt Stevens as the CEO July 1, 2017. Stevens, who has served as CEO since 2012, will retire from LP on June 30.

Southern, 57, will become LP’s fifth CEO. He has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer since November 2016. He previously was named executive vice president of OSB in 2015, senior vice president of Siding in 2012 and vice president of specialty operations in 2004.

40. Tennessee, other states debate tuition break for students in US illegally -

Twenty states already offer cheaper in-state college tuition to students who are in the United States illegally. Legislation making its way through the Tennessee Legislature would make that state the 21st.

41. Health Care Council selects senior director -

The Nashville Health Care Council has promoted Katie Schlacter to senior director of communications and content strategy.

Schlacter, who previously served as director of communications, joined the Council staff in 2012. In her role as senior director, she will continue to lead all communications activities on behalf of the Council and its initiatives, while playing a strategic role in directing content for the organization’s extensive events and offerings.

42. Fisk University picks Rome as 16th president -

Dr. Kevin D. Rome, Sr., president of Lincoln University of Missouri, has been selected by the Board of Trustees as the 16th president of Fisk University.

Interim President Frank L. Sims will continue to lead Fisk University through June 30.

43. Equal protection from illness -

If the Affordable Care Act stands, it will be partly due to the efforts of the Tennessee Justice Center.

For 21 years, the Tennessee Justice Center has been working to ensure all Tennesseans’ access to health care. Now, with the ACA in peril, that work has become more urgent than ever.

44. Small school tuition not what you think -

This is the most important time of the year for college-bound high school seniors. Many are busy visiting college campuses, sweating over college entrance tests, juggling application deadlines and scavenging for scholarships.

45. Nashville's ultimate holiday to-do list -

Don’t let the fact Halloween is weeks away stop you from planning your Christmas season activities. From live shows to shopping, decide now what you and yours want to do later this winter.

63rd annual Nashville Christmas Parade

December 3

The theme for 2016 is The Musical Mile, so it’s only fitting that Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson has been tapped as the Grand Marshal for the parade sponsored by Piedmont Natural Gas in partnership with Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital and presented by Tootsie’s.

46. Knapp succeeds Garfield as Bridgestone Americas president, CEO -

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. has announced the retirement of its CEO, President and Executive Chairman Gary Garfield, effective Dec. 31, 2016. Gordon Knapp, the company’s chief operating officer, will become Bridgestone Americas’ president and CEO on Sept. 1, 2016, and William “Bill” Thompson, the company’s chief financial officer, will succeed Knapp as COO on that date.

47. UT’s legislative spanking could have been worse -

In a state where many people bleed orange, the University of Tennessee found itself in an unusual position during the 2016 legislative session: fighting for its life.

The folks representing Rocky Top, typically a sacred cow, had to battle for respect after emails surfaced from UT-Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion urging teachers to use gender neutral pronouns for transgender students and to downplay Christmas during holiday parties.

48. Baker Donelson announces newly elected shareholders -

Baker Donelson has elected 15 new shareholders across the firm, including three attorneys in its Nashville: Julie A. Boswell, Claire Cowart Haltom and Austin Shaver.

Boswell is a member of the firm’s Tax Group and focuses her practice in the areas of federal taxation, tax exempt organizations, estate planning and administration, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.

49. Tennessee leads the nation in bankruptcies -

Tennessee has a model program for financial literacy in its public schools. All high school students must pass a personal finance course to graduate, and even kindergartners are learning about money under a new initiative to extend the curriculum to primary school.

50. Youth in Government conference set for Capitol -

More than 1,500 high school students will gather at the Tennessee State Capitol April 7-10 and 14-17 as part of the 63rd annual Tennessee YMCA Youth in Government (YIG) conferences.

While today’s students primarily are taught about government through books or the Internet, the conferences provide the necessary realization that true civic engagement is possible only when citizens effectively submerge themselves in the process.

51. Statewide demand outstrips supply of qualified workers -

Tennessee is surging as a major manufacturing state, bouncing back from the Great Recession by attracting billions of dollars in new investment and creating thousands of new – and often very high-paying – advanced manufacturing jobs.

52. Minority leader Harris confident even on wrong side of supermajority -

Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.

In his second legislative session, the Senate Minority leader says Democrats, though small in number, are making “inroads” while he continues to focus on improving neighborhoods from downtown Memphis to Millington.

53. Habitat for Humanity announces 2016 leadership -

Lucia Folk of Country Music Television will serves as the 2016 chair for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.

Additional executive committee members are: Karen Springer, vice chair, Saint Thomas Health; Kim Neible, secretary, retired, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation; Larry Morton, treasurer, retired, Crowe Horwath; Ward Wilson, past chair, US Bank; Paul Kleine-Kracht, at-large, c3 Consulting Group; Dan Hogan, at-large, CapStar Bank; Mendy Mazzo, at-large, Skanska; and Ridley Wills, at-large, The Wills Company.

54. Nearly 60K seniors apply for free-tuition program -

NASHVILLE (AP) — For the second straight year, nearly 60,000 high school seniors have applied for Gov. Bill Haslam's program that offers eligible seniors free tuition to a two-year community or technical college.

55. High school seniors face deadline for free tuition program -

NASHVILLE (AP) - There's less than a day left for high school seniors to apply for Tennessee promise, the governor's free tuition program.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/20m3Hiw) reports workers at the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation will be available to help students with the application process on Monday until midnight.

56. What’s next? Has college really prepared its graduates for jobs -

When Steven Baldwin started his freshman year at Austin Peay State University in 2012, he had a smart, carefully considered plan for his future.

He was going to earn a science-related degree tailored specifically to help APSU students get highly technical – and high-paying – jobs at Hemlock Semiconductor’s $1.2 million plant in Clarksville.

57. Haslam postsecondary education initiatives showing success -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's efforts to persuade more Tennesseans to get a postsecondary education appear to be paying off.

Recent enrollment figures show high interest in three programs the Republican governor launched as part of his "Drive to 55" initiative, which aims to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate beyond high school from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025 in order to help improve overall job qualifications and attract employers to the state.

58. A country drowning in student loan debt -

Three and a-half years after graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Yasameen Hoffman is still trying to land the kind of full-time job that will help her start paying off her student loan.

59. Immigrants find room to grow in Nashville's public gardens -

With the growing season wrapped up for winter and the temperature hovering at 45 degrees on a recent Sunday, the community garden off Wedgewood Avenue looked to be draped in a brown afghan with just a few patches of green peeking through.

60. Tennessee Higher Education Commission director to retire -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Higher Education Commission director Richard Rhoda is retiring.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced this week that the 64-year-old will retire on Dec. 31.

Rhoda is one of the longest serving state higher education executives in the country.

61. MBA student, faculty films air -

Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.

A short film by student Jacob Lothers was created as an entry in the Full Moon Film Festival for high school students, with the longer cut of his film airing this month. Lothers is part of Red Tower Productions, the school’s film and video club.

62. Tennessee's universities battle to attract top talent -

As the Class of 2018 begins to poke around the Vanderbilt University campus, the newest Commodores will be met with the highest of expectations.

“This class is projected to have the highest academic quality in our history as measured by high school class rank and SAT scores,’’ says Doug Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions.

63. Aegis Health selects chief executive officer -

Phillip Suiter has been named CEO at Aegis Health Group, a privately held, Nashville-based company specializing in the development and execution of revenue growth strategies for hospitals.

64. Winners and losers in Tennessee legislative session -

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

The following bills passed this session:

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

65. Deadline brings high interest for health insurance -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.

66. Accelerent Nashville selects Minucci to leadership post -

Accelerent, a national partnership-driven business development platform, has tapped Steve Minucci as the leader of the company’s recently launched Nashville market.

67. Measure to help students attend community colleges -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennesseans looking to attend a two-year public community college are getting some assistance.

Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday held a ceremonial bill signing at Chattanooga State Community College for a measure that establishes an endowment of at least $35 million through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation for need-based students.

68. Lottery rebound lifts record 105K scholars -

More high school students graduating in May will go to college with a Tennessee Lottery scholarship, making it the largest class in the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship’s history.

Officials with the lottery are projecting they will award 105,000 scholarships, a total of $315 million from the lottery pot to 11 programs, including the most widely recognized HOPE grant.

69. Funds sought by governor for low-income students -

Finding the “last dollar” needed for a college education can be tough, Gov. Bill Haslam says. But, he notes, less than a fourth of lower-income Tennesseans who are eligible for higher-education grants from the state’s primary financial aid program are receiving them.

70. How budget cuts could affect you -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Automatic spending cuts that took effect last Friday are expected to touch a vast range of government services. Some examples:


People arriving on international flights are already experiencing delays at airport customs and immigration booths, including at Los Angeles International and O'Hare International in Chicago. Officials said Monday that's because they closed lanes that would have previously been staffed by workers on overtime.

71. Bass, Berry & Sims names new members -

Former associates Wendee M. Hilderbrand, Michael J. Holley and Price W. Wilson have been elected to membership in the firm of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

72. Robertson pressures Midstate neighbors -

Middle Tennessee’s largest office construction projects are centered in Nashville and Cool Springs, but significant commercial real estate developments are taking root throughout the region.

From Rutherford and Wilson counties, where Amazon.com has opened 1 million-square-foot logistics centers, to Maury County, which plans to open a new industrial park to capitalize on the completion of State Route 840, to Clarksville-Montgomery County, which is enjoying substantial retail growth, governments and local, regional, national and even international businesses are investing millions of dollars.

73. State lottery has record 1st quarter with $81M -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has raised a record $81 million in the first quarter.

74. Lottery raises record $323M for education programs -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee lottery officials announced Monday that the lottery has raised more than $323 million this year for state education programs, the eighth consecutive record-setting year.

The figure is a 10.2 percent increase - or roughly $30 million - over last year's then-record of $293.4 million, officials said.

75. Corizon announces new mental health officer -

Corizon, a Brentwood-based provider of correctional healthcare solutions, has promoted Joe Pastor, M.D., to chief mental health officer.

In his new role, Pastor will supervise the Corizon Behavioral Healthcare team and provide consultation for patient care and mental health staff in jails and prisons. He also will consult with Corizon psychiatrists nationwide and serve on Corizon’s Specialty Panel of Physicians.

76. Tenn. bills encourage parental involvement -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Charles Widener and his wife believe being personally involved in their children's academics is essential to the youngsters succeeding - not just in school but in life.

"It's very important for us to be involved with our children," said Widener, whose 9-year-old and 5-year-old attend a Nashville magnet school. "You have to show them that education is important."