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1. Creswell named GNR Realtor of the Year -

Denise Creswell with Pilkerton Realtors has been named the 2018 Realtor of the Year by Greater Nashville Realtors.

The Realtor of the Year award is presented annually to the association’s member who has made the most significant contribution to their clients, the real estate profession and the community. Creswell was awarded the honor for her commitment to professionalism, clients and the real estate industry at the association’s annual Awards of Excellence Gala on March 9. The 2017 recipient, Amy Cannon, presented Creswell with the award.

2. From sports to science, a camp for every interest -

Camp provides children with the opportunity to connect with nature, participate in human-powered activities and benefit from personal and primary relationships. From academics to athletics, there is a camp for children of almost every age or interest. Here are a few to consider when trying to find the best option for your family.

3. Emergency Response Fund to aid flooding victims -

In the wake of record-setting rains, power outages, road closures and water rescues throughout the region, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has created the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to support the affected communities and nonprofits helping victims address their ongoing needs.

4. Elliott Davis names Schmitz market leader -

Elliott Davis, a business solutions firm with nine offices across the Southeast, has hired James (Jim) Schmitz as market leader for the firm’s Nashville office. Schmitz retired last year as Middle Tennessee president of Regions Bank.

5. Is Nashville ready? -

How can Nashville enhance its reputation as a tech savvy city? What do cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Texas – even Huntsville and Chattanooga – have that Nashville doesn’t?

6. Adams Keegan expands operations in Nashville -

Adams Keegan, a national managed HR, payroll and benefits provider, has expanded its presence in Nashville by opening a new office near Vanderbilt University at 210 25th Avenue North. The company also has hired Jeff Young as business development manager.

7. Lipscomb University names grad school for Pfeffers -

Nashville business leaders and philanthropists Pam and Phil Pfeffer have made a significant investment in Lipscomb University’s College of Business to establish the Pfeffer Graduate School of Business, Lipscomb University President L. Randolph Lowry says.

8. Shellaway named VU vice chancellor, general counsel -

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

9. Dalton commits $12.75M to Vanderbilt Law School -

A new $12.75 million gift to Vanderbilt Law School will provide support for its Law and Business Program, which prepares students to enter legal practice with a solid understanding of business law, corporate management, accounting and finance.

10. 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.

11. Adams and Reese consolidates offices -

Adams and Reese has announced the consolidation of its Nashville operations in the firm’s downtown location.

After its longtime building on Music Row was sold, Adams and Reese’s Music Row attorneys have moved to the firm’s Nashville office at Fifth Third Center, 424 Church Street, joining a group of more than 30 attorneys and government relations professionals in that location.

12. HealthStream buys Denver health care firm -

HealthStream, a Nashville-based provider of workforce and provider solutions for the health care industry, has acquired Providigm LLC.

A Denver-based company focused on quality assurance and performance improvement in health care, Providigm primarily serves skilled nursing facilities.

13. Bass, Berry & Sims elects 7 new members -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has elected seven new members, including three in the Nashville office. New Nashville-office members are:

Timothy J. Browne, who counsels clients nationwide in the areas of professional sports, media, entertainment, technology, and marketing and advertising, with a particular focus on the acquisition, protection and distribution of various forms of intellectual property. He previously served as an in-house attorney for 10 years with the National Basketball Association and most recently was vice president of legal & business affairs and co-head of the Media Legal Group. He earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Harvard University.

14. Need temporary workers in a hurry? Good luck -

Your company just scored a special project. It’s Friday, and you’ll need 20 workers on hand by Monday.

Think again. Gone are the days when a temporary staffing and job-placement agency could fill that request and save the day.

15. Franklin Synergy opens new location -

Franklin Synergy Bank will open its newest branch in Franklin, 5040 Carothers Parkway, Suite 109 in the Carothers Crossing development.

The bank continues to expand the bank’s Middle Tennessee footprint. “Franklin Synergy Bank’s expansion in Franklin is an investment in our community,” says Richard Herrington, Franklin Synergy Bank Chairman and CEO. “While it adds to our convenient locations for our local clients, it also enhances our position as a key player in the development of the communities we serve.”

16. Stites & Harbison welcomes Schwegler -

Michael Schwegler has joined Stites & Harbison’s Real Estate & Banking Service Group as a member of the firm.

Schwegler represents lenders, creditors and businesses in commercial and consumer lending transactions, consumer finance regulation and compliance, real estate, workouts, bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters. He has extensive experience handling commercial lending and real estate transactions.

17. Auto parts firm picks Antioch for HQ -

LKQ Corporation has opened its North American headquarters in Antioch.

LKQ Corporation, with operations in Europe and Taiwan, is a provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles.

18. Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 13 attorneys -

Bass, Berry & Sims has 13 new attorneys in Nashville. The following seven attorneys counsel clients on corporate and securities issues including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity financings, and securities regulations matters and filings:

19. Bradley partner named top life sciences lawyer -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partner Lela M. Hollabaugh has been named by Who’s Who Legal as one of the world’s leading life sciences attorneys and is listed in the Product Liability chapter of the 2019 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences.

20. Free flu shot events planned statewide -

Tennessee’s county health departments are holding special “FightFluTN” events Dec. 5 to provide flu shots at no charge to increase the number of people vaccinated in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Health urges all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu shot this flu season to get one as soon as possible, as seasonal influenza is spreading across the state.

21. 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.

22. Young Leaders Council honors Snitker, Day -

Ron Snitker, executive director of business development at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, has been named the 2018 Young Leader of the Year, and Jaynee Day, president & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, received the 2018 Hero of the Year Award from Young Leaders Council, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that has trained more than 2,500 men and women to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit agencies since 1985.

23. Tennessee OKs incentives for aluminum firm, truck tech group -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee panel has approved economic incentives of $975,000 for an aluminum rolling company and $772,000 for a trucking technology firm.

The State Funding Board approved an economic development grant Monday for Gränges Americas Inc. in Huntingdon and job training assistance for Keep Truckin, Inc. in Nashville.

24. Caymas Boats bringing 280 jobs to Ashland City -

Caymas Boats has announced the boat manufacturing company will establish operations in Ashland City.

Caymas Boats plans to invest $30.3 million and create approximately 280 jobs during the next five years.

25. Bradley welcomes 8 associates in Nashville -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has added eight attorneys in the firm’s Nashville office as associates. They are:

Elliot A. Bertasi is a member of the Healthcare Practice Group. Prior to law school, he worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C., and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he was executive editor of the Alaska Law Review and co-director of the Street Law Society. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

26. Compass launches in Nashville market -

Compass, which touts itself as a real estate technology company, has announced its entrance into the Nashville market.

The company welcomes eight agents/teams, which collectively represent more than $135 million in collective sales volume. The agents come from Synergy, Village, Zeitlin Sotheby’s, Parks and Chateau Properties.

27. Tennessee Board of Regents appoints presidents of 2 colleges -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Regents says it has appointed presidents at Northeast State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Knoxville

The board said in a news release Tuesday that Bethany H. Flora will be the next president of Northeast State in Blountville. Kelli A. Chaney has been named president of TCAT Knoxville.

28. Ernst & Young adding 600 jobs with Music Row tech hub -

Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Ernst & Young LLP officials announced today that the global professional services firm will invest more than $20 million to establish a facility to deliver tax managed services for clients and tax technology operations in Nashville. EY expects to create more than 600 jobs over the next five years.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. Events -

Street Eats. Enjoy a gathering of up to 20 local food trucks parked along Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North every Thursday. The trucks serve lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

33. 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.

34. Economic development honor for Stites & Harbison -

Southern Business & Development magazine recently recognized Stites & Harbison, PLLC in “The Best Economic Development Law Firms in the South,” a directory produced every six years. The firm was among 24 honored on the list.

35. Petra Coach opens first European office -

Petra Coach, a business coaching firm based in Nashville that works with leaders, teams and corporations, has announced the launch of Petra Coach Europe. The move marks Petra Coach’s first international expansion of its coaching services, which were created by founder and CEO Andy Bailey.

36. Pinnacle is top bank in Nashville area for deposits -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is the No. 1 bank in the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin MSA by deposit market share, data from the FDIC reveals.

The firm leapt ahead of a large regional bank and one of the biggest banks in the nation to earn the top spot. Last year, Pinnacle was at No. 3 behind Bank of America and Regions, respectively.

37. Bass, Berry & Sims adds pair to Healthcare Group -

Bass, Berry & Sims has added Gina R. Shockley and Marc A. Rigsby to its Healthcare Practice Group.

Shockley joins the firm as counsel focusing in the area of pharmaceutical supply chains. Rigsby joins as an associate in the health care group’s regulatory team.

38. HCA pays $1.5B for NC’s Mission Health -

HCA Healthcare has announced it will acquire Mission Health for approximately $1.5 billion.

Under the definitive agreement, Nashville-based HCA will substantially buy all of the assets of the nonprofit North Carolina health system.

39. Advanced energy sector soars -

Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council states the advanced energy sector is so strong in Tennessee that it outperforms the state’s overall economy, employing nearing 360,000 Tennesseans in more than 18,000 businesses that contribute almost $40 billion to the state’s gross domestic product.

40. Four leaders look to future of state’s job growth -

The Ledger asked four career development leaders in Tennessee for their advice about how to approach the job market. We also asked them about promising careers and what issues are important to tackle as the state adds jobs, new industries and more education and training.

41. Tennessee’s hottest jobs -

Since bouncing back from the Great Recession, Tennessee’s economy has been in the midst of a prolonged expansion. The recovery, now in its eighth year, could soon become the longest since the end of World War II.

42. Sherrard Roe hires Wood as associate -

Attorney Talley K. Wood has joined Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison as an associate, announced founding member Tom Sherrard.

Wood was previously an associate at Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, in the Corporate & Securities practice. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.

43. Nashville attorneys included in 2019 Best lawyers list -

The Best Lawyers in America, a nationally recognized referral guide to the legal profession that has been published since 1983, has selected several Nashville attorneys for inclusion on its 2019 list. Attorneys selected for the publication are reviewed by professional peers through an extensive survey.

44. 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.

45. LBMC recognized as No. 43 accounting firm -

Brentwood-based LBMC, PC., has been named as a 2018 Top 50 accounting firm by INSIDE Public Accounting.

The publication ranked the company No. 43 in its 2018 Top 100 largest accounting firms in the U.S. list based on the firm’s revenue and growth of approximately 12 percent.

46. 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.

47. Stites & Harbison adds litigator from Memphis -

Stites & Harbison, PLLC has hired Jonathan Wolf to its Nashville office. Wolf joins the Intellectual Property & Technology and Domestic Relations/Family Law service groups.

Wolf works with clients on a wide range of copyright, trademark and other intellectual property law litigation and transactional matters related to the media and entertainment industry, as well as domestic relations/family law matters.

48. McGlinchey Stafford opens Nashville office -

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC is expanding into Tennessee with a Nashville office.

This office is the firm’s 14th nationwide and the seventh new office opened by the firm in nine years.

Serving McGlinchey Stafford’s clients from the Nashville office is an initial team of attorneys experienced in appellate law, class action defense, commercial litigation, consumer financial services litigation, insurance defense and coverage, and products liability litigation: Shaun K. Ramey, who recently joined McGlinchey Stafford as a member; member John T. Rouse, who also practices in McGlinchey Stafford’s Jackson, Mississippi, office; and associate Jessica B. Spade, who assists clients from both the Nashville and Birmingham, Alabama, offices.

49. What statewide candidates have to say about education -

Gov. Haslam and the General Assembly have invested in education during the last eight years. Has that been a good investment and should it continue? What do the candidates propose for the next four to eight years?

50. Vietnam Veterans Blvd., SR-109 get overdue help -

When Davidson County voters said ‘no’ by a 2-1 margin to a $5.2 billion transit plan, they also put on pause the groundwork that could lead to traffic relief for the nearly 30,000 Sumner County residents, 22,000 Wilson County motorists and other regional workers who commute to Davidson County for work.

51. The Daily Memphian to launch in fall -

A new seven-days-a-week news outlet called The Daily Memphian will make its debut this fall, with many of the biggest names in Memphis journalism and a unique not-for-profit funding model. The ambitious effort’s goal is to become the city’s definitive news source with reporting of, by and for Memphis.

52. 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.

53. What statewide candidates have to say about rural Tennessee? -

Like most of America, Tennessee’s metropolitan areas have prospered during the last eight years, while the rural areas have lagged in almost every measure. The state has 19 of its 95 counties classified as “distressed.” What can and should we do to give every Tennessean a chance to succeed?

54. 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.

55. What do statewide candidates say about infrastructure investment? -

Is investment in public infrastructure important? And should Tennessee have more dedicated revenue sources to pay for construction and maintenance of infrastructure across the state, or is the existing tax structure – primarily the state tax on fuel, and wheel taxes – sufficient to pay for what Tennessee needs to sustain and grow its economy?

56. Cumberland Consulting makes Top 100 list -

Franklin-based Cumberland Consulting Group has been named to the Healthcare Informatics 100 list for the seventh time.

The list is a compilation of the top 100 healthcare information technology companies operating in the U.S., based on health care IT revenues from the most recent fiscal year.

57. Entrepreneurs’ Organization adds 15 new members -

The Nashville chapter of The Entrepreneurs’ Organization recently added 15 members to its group of Middle Tennessee business owners, retaining its standing as the largest EO chapter in the United States and the third largest in the world, behind only Tokyo and Mumbai.

58. Herbert selected as Metro Codes director -

William B. Herbert IV has been selected to serve in the position of director of the Department of Codes and Building Safety, beginning immediately, Mayor David Briley has announced.

Herbert succeeds Terry Cobb who retired last month after 28 years. He was the city’s longest-serving department head.

59. Adams and Reese among Best-Branded Law Firms -

Adams and Reese has been included in BTI Consulting Group’s Brand Elite 2018: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms.

For this annual publication, BTI conducted 686 interviews of corporate counsel at the world’s largest companies to solicit unbiased, direct feedback about the law firms they consider top-of-mind. BTI’s research unveiled a list of 334 law firms that corporate counsel recommend and consider first, provide value for the dollar, lead their markets and add value through technology or new services, among other traits BTI identifies as market-leading in brand perception and performance.

60. 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.

61. New psychiatric hospital planned for Nashville -

Saint Thomas Health and Acadia Healthcare are partnering to create a new 76-bed psychiatric inpatient hospital at Metro Center in Nashville.

The state-of-the-art behavioral health hospital is planned for 300 Great Circle Road. Pending certificate of need approvals, construction would begin in early 2019.

62. Blockchain tech ‘is the shiny new penny’ -

During the General Assembly session that just ended legislators debated a number of hot-button issues: guns, abortion, Confederate statues and medical marijuana.

But tucked among the headline-grabbers was a brief bill, less than 300 words long, that attracted no controversy whatsoever.

63. New wrinkles on senior living -

Retirement isn’t what it used to be. And for many people, retirement isn’t even what it was when they started the transition. There are so many variables and options, retirees need to be open to change and ready for surprises, even if their plan is to stay at home forever.

64. 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.

65. Wiseman, Dinkins are Francis Guess honorees -

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is presenting its third annual Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award to retired U.S. District Court Judge Thomas A. Wiseman Jr. and State Court of Appeals Judge Richard H. Dinkins at the Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award Luncheon on May 11 at the Music City Center’s Davidson Ballroom.

66. Monteggia named director of Vanderbilt Brain Institute -

Neuroscientist Lisa Monteggia, Ph.D., has been named the Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Monteggia was identified as the top candidate to lead the Vanderbilt Brain Institute following an extensive national search. She previously served as research assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical School beginning in 2000 before joining the faculty as assistant professor in 2002.

67. Cullum & Maxey to join Camping World -

Camping World Holdings, Inc. has agreed to buy Cullum & Maxey Camping Center in Nashville.

Camping World is the nation’s largest network of RV-centric retail locations.

“For over 60 years, Cullum & Maxey Camping Center has earned its customer’s business by providing quality products and service backed with a highly-experienced team and reliable RV care,” says Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World. “Attention to details and has made Cullum & Maxey a leader in the RV industry and we look forward to the entire team joining our network of RV SuperCenters.”

68. Clarksville lands auto battery manufacturer -

ATLASBX Co., LTD, will locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Clarksville. The global automotive battery manufacturer will invest $75 million and create approximately 200 jobs in Montgomery County.

69. Dorman to expand in Portland, add 215 jobs -

Dorman Products, an automotive parts manufacturer, will invest more than $55 million to expand operations in Robertson County.

Headquartered in Colmar, Pennsylvania, Dorman is a leading aftermarket supplier of original replacement parts, automotive hardware, brake parts and fasteners for both automotive and heavy vehicles.

70. 180 Health Partners plans to go nationwide -

Nashville-based 180 Health Partners has raised an $8 million Series B financing round led by Spring Mountain Capital for the purpose of a national expansion. The company provides immediate and realistic accessibility to medical and behavioral health care to pregnant mothers caught up in the nation’s opioid crisis.

71. Butler Snow adds health care specialist -

Butler Snow has hired Tara L. Blake for the firm’s Nashville office, and more specifically the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation group.

Blake focuses her practice on insurance and financial services litigation, specifically defending insurers and financial service providers against complex, bad-faith, class actions and punitive damages claims.

72. Legislators pushing bill to enable next-generation cell network -

Unable to get cell-phone service at a football game in Nashville or Knoxville? Can’t send a text from a Broadway honky tonk or Beale Street blues bar? Wondering how autonomous cars will ever work?

73. Titans go digital, stay with Ticketmaster -

Ticketmaster will continue in partnership with the Tennessee Titans and Nissan Stadium and will introduce digital ticketing in the 2018 season.

Ticketmaster and the Titans began their partnership in 1997 and have since delivered more than 11 million game tickets to fans.

74. Firestone Building Products names marketing director -

Firestone Building Products Company, LLC, which provides roofing and building envelope solutions, has named Michelle Lane executive director of marketing. In this role, Lane will be responsible for the overall marketing strategy for FSBP, including programs, product development, channel management, education and communications.

75. 2018 Summer Camp Guide: Something for everyone -

Camp provides children with the opportunity to connect with nature, participate in human-powered activities and benefit from personal and primary relationships. From academics to athletics, there is a camp for everyone at every age, but the options can be overwhelming for Middle Tennessee parents.

76. Bradley named 2018 Southeast Firm of The Year -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has been named the 2018 Southeast Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation.

This is the first year for the regional firm of the year awards, which recognize firms with a strong litigating presence in multiple states in their respective regions.

77. 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.

78. HealthStream forms ‘innovative’ partnership -

HealthStream, a Nashville-based platform in healthcare for workforce development, has announced a seven-year deal with Press Ganey Associates.

The Press Ganey company is a provider of performance improvement solutions for healthcare organizations.

79. Bass, Berry & Sims names new practice leadership -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has appointed Kevin H. Douglas to serve as chair of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group.

In this role, Douglas will work closely with firm management and with the more than 100 corporate attorneys and staff across the firm’s four offices to develop goals and implement initiatives for the department that are in line with the firm’s overall strategy.

80. Ross Bryan Associates board adds 2, promotes 2 -

Michael Paris and Brent Thornton have joined the board of directors of Ross Bryan Associates as vice presidents. Current board members Steven Qualls and Kurt Boyd have been named associate principals.

81. Fifth Third Bank names Hays area sales manager -

Fifth Third Bank has named Greg Hays as vice president and mortgage area sales manager for the Tennessee market.

In this role, Hays will manage the existing mortgage team and lead Fifth Third’s plan to expand the mortgage team in the Nashville market.

82. Amid quest for Amazon, Atlanta studies giant office complex -

ATLANTA (AP) — As Atlanta vies to entice Amazon to build its second headquarters in the South's corporate capital, details of a massive proposed development are coming into view from public records:

83. Waller selects 8 partners in Nashville -

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, has elected eight partners from the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate, Labor & Employment, Intellectual Property, Healthcare Compliance & Operations, and Finance & Restructuring practices. They are:

84. Nashville, state at forefront of autonomous car development -

Nashville is one of 10 cities worldwide chosen for an autonomous vehicles initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York and the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute.

The others are Austin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Helsinki, London, Los Angeles, Paris, São Paulo, Tel Aviv and Washington D.C.

85. Self-driving cars: A shift in how we work, where we live -

Fully autonomous vehicles are coming to Tennessee’s roads, bringing many more changes than the absence of a steering wheel. Just as America’s interstate highways changed the way we lived, worked, traveled and made decisions in the 1950s and 60s, the age of self-driving cars should deliver significant societal benefits, including reduced accidents, injuries and fatalities, as well as improved traffic management since cars and trucks will be connected, both to each other and traffic signals.

86. Nashville region 8th on Milken Index -

The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin area is the eighth-best-performing city in the U.S., according to the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities 2017 Index.

In the large city/metro area category, Provo-Orem, Utah, came in first followed by Raleigh, North Carolina, Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas, and the San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco area.

87. Littler elevates Rosenblatt to Nashville shareholder -

Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has named Rachel Ross Rosenblatt a shareholder in its Nashville office. Rosenblatt is one of 28 attorneys elected to shareholder status across Littler’s U.S. offices, effective January 1, 2018.

88. Memory care facilities booming as dementia grips boomers -

To Allen Curtis, the signs of dementia in his father were subtle … until the day they weren’t.

“My father had always been a farmer and very common-sense,” Curtis says. “But when he lost his truck on his own farm, I knew we were in trouble.”

89. Keen joins CapStar Advisory Council -

Eric Keen, a general partner at Council Capital, has joined CapStar Bank’s Healthcare Advisory Council.

Prior to joining Council Capital, Keen was a principal with DW Healthcare Partners. He earned a degree in finance and political science at the University of Illinois.

90. 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.

91. Pinnacle’s Kidd named top bank advisor in US -

Bank Investment Consultant magazine has named Pinnacle Financial Partners associate Brock Kidd No. 1 on its list of Top 100 Bank Advisors. This is his eighth appearance on the list.

Pinnacle associates Jamie Hare (No. 20), Brick Sturgeon (No. 47) and Barry Moody (No. 62) also earned spots on the magazine’s annual ranking.

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. More sausage to be made in Nashville -

Cargill’s North America protein business is investing $146 million to expand the company’s Nashville facility.

The investment will include construction of a state-of-the-art dried sausage production facility and will create more than 100 jobs, which doubles the facility’s current employment. Sausage production is scheduled to begin in Nashville during the first half of 2019.

94. HealthTrustSM adds Prime Healthcare -

Nashville-based HealthTrustSM, a health care performance improvement company, has signed an agreement with Prime Healthcare of Ontario, California.

The pact designates HealthTrust as Prime’s exclusive group purchasing organization, effective March 1. All of Prime Healthcare’s 45 hospitals and affiliated facilities in 14 states are included.

95. Bradley welcomes 11 new associates in Nashville -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has hired 11 attorneys for the firm’s Nashville office as associates, bringing the total number of Bradley attorneys in Nashville to 137.

The firm’s new Nashville associates are:

96. VUMC now operating clinics in Walgreens -

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has begun operating and providing clinical services at 14 retail health clinics within Walgreens stores located across Middle Tennessee. The clinics build upon the continued relationship between Walgreens and Vanderbilt Health, which has included infusion services provided throughout the Middle Tennessee and Walgreens pharmacy participation in VUMC’s clinically-integrated network.

97. Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin adds 2 attorneys -

The law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC has hired Flynne Bailey and Hilary Dennen, both litigation attorneys.

Bailey joins as an associate and practices in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation, personal injury defense litigation, governmental liability litigation and real estate litigation.

98. Baker Donelson’s Severson named College fellow -

Adam C. Severson of Baker Donelson’s Nashville office has been named a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.

The College of Law Practice Management was formed in 1994 to honor and recognize distinguished law practice management professionals, to set standards of achievement for others in the profession, and to fund and assist projects that enhance the highest quality of law practice management. The College and its Fellows inspire excellence and innovation in law practice management by honoring extraordinary achievement, developing, exchanging and disseminating knowledge, and stimulating innovation in the delivery of legal services.

99. Bass, Berry & Sims adds 5 attorneys in Nashville -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has hired five attorneys to the firm’s Nashville office. They are:

Christopher J. Climo, associate, represents clients involved in litigation at both trial and appellate levels and defends clients against government investigations. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Climo served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School (2016) and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University (2011).

100. Viewfinders unveil Tennessee fall colors for the colorblind -

GATLINBURG (AP) — Even when the rugged expanses of the Great Smoky Mountains were bursting with their famous fall colors, they always looked dull black and tawny to Lauren Van Lew from the 3,590-foot-high (1,090-meter) perch of Mt. Harrison.