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1. Biden plan at stake, Pelosi pushes ahead for $3.5T deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Joe Biden's government overhaul at risk, Democrats confronted high-stakes trouble Thursday as a promised vote on the first piece, a slimmer $1 trillion public works bill, faltered amid stalled talks on his more ambitious package.

2. Biden $3.5T plan tests voter appeal of expansive gov't role -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's "build back better" agenda is poised to be the most far-reaching federal investment since FDR's New Deal or LBJ's Great Society — a prodigious effort to tax the rich and shift money into projects and programs touching the lives of nearly every American.

3. Bradley attorneys appointed to ABA leadership positions -

Seven Bradley Arant Boult Cummings attorneys have been appointed to new leadership roles with the American Bar Association, including Junaid Odubeko, a partner in the firm’s Nashville office.

4. WHO launches hub in Berlin to help prevent future pandemics -

BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization on Wednesday inaugurated a new "hub" in Berlin that aims to help prepare the globe better to prevent future pandemics.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and German Chancellor Angela Merkel cut the ribbon to launch the new WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence. WHO says Germany is making an initial investment of $100 million in the facility.

5. Kepro to buy eQHealthSolutions -

Kepro, a health management and technology solutions company with offices in Nashville, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire eQHealth Solutions, LLC.

“Facilitating care for priority populations is core to our work,” says Dr. Susan Weaver, president and chief executive officer. “The acquisition of eQHealth Solutions will enhance our ability to partner with government and commercial clients to improve health care quality, maximize efficiency and better leverage technology and analytics. I am excited about bringing the combined capabilities of Kepro and eQHealth to our clients.”

6. Bone McAllester Norton combines with Spencer Fane -

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, one of Nashville’s largest law firms, will combine with Spencer Fane, an Am Law 200 ranked law firm with offices in 20 cities nationwide.

The combination will become effective Oct. 1 and position the firms to expand both in terms of size and geography.

7. Holman retiring as Centerstone CFO -

Centerstone, a national provider of behavioral health and addiction services, has announced chief financial officer Steve Holman will retire at the end of the year.

Holman has been with Centerstone for more than eight years, helping the nonprofit grow from a relatively small organization into one of the largest community-based behavioral health care providers in the country.

8. Japan further expands virus emergency areas as cases surge -

TOKYO (AP) — Japan expanded its coronavirus state of emergency on Wednesday for a second week in a row, adding eight more prefectures as a surge in infections fueled by the delta variant strains the country's health care system.

9. How AI-powered tech landed man in jail with scant evidence -

CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Williams' wife pleaded with him to remember their fishing trips with the grandchildren, how he used to braid her hair, anything to jar him back to his world outside the concrete walls of Cook County Jail.

10. Mayor names Jurkovich public affairs senior adviser -

Tom Jurkovich has joined Mayor John Cooper’s administration as senior adviser for public affairs.

Jurkovich will provide strategic leadership in communications, community outreach, issue management, and coalition building as part of the effort to advance the mayor’s priorities on a range of policy areas, including transportation, sustainability, affordable housing and economic development.

11. Metro Council approves grants to 21 nonprofits -

Metro Council has approved 21 Opportunity Grants to nonprofits working to enhance community safety and reduce violence in Nashville-Davidson County. This is the first round of funding from the $2 million Community Safety Partnership Fund, which Metro Nashville created with Governor’s Grant dollars earlier this year.

12. Nursing home to workers: Get vaccine or lose your job -

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. nursing home industry's resistance to forcing workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for fear that too many of them might quit began to crack this week when its biggest player announced its employees must get the shot to keep their jobs.

13. 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.

14. Should vaccinated people mask up with COVID-19 cases rising? -

Should vaccinated people mask up with COVID-19 cases rising?

It depends on your situation, but masking in public can provide another layer of protection and help prevent the virus from spreading to others who aren't protected.

15. 50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans -

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s, he was the right-hand man to his musical best friend, Youtha Anthony Fowler, who many hip hop and R&B heads know as DJ Nabs.

16. Bone McAllester Norton adds Meredith in Sumner -

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has hired Brandon Meredith, a University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law alumnus, as the firm’s newest attorney at its Sumner County office. Meredith joins Bone McAllester Norton with 13 years of legal experience at Phillips and Ingrum in Gallatin.

17. In Illinois, Biden to push money for families, child care -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is turning his focus to pitching his proposed investments in families and education, using a visit to a community college in a key Illinois swing district to highlight how his spending on so-called human infrastructure would boost the economy.

18. SVP-Singer purchased by Platinum Equity -

SVP-Singer Holdings, Inc., with corporate headquarters in La Vergne, has reached a definitive agreement for Platinum Equity to acquire a controlling stake in the company along with its wholly owned subsidiaries.

19. Engel & Völkers partners with Pareto -

Engel & Völkers Nashville has partnered with Pareto Realty and will collectively do business under the Engel & Völkers name. Led by license partner Neal Clayton, this announcement adds 18 real estate advisers to Engel & Völkers Nashville, expanding its real estate service into Williamson County.

20. Bradley names Jacques Nashville managing partner -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has named Lauren B. Jacques managing partner of the firm’s Nashville office. She succeeds Lela M. Hollabaugh, who has served as the Nashville office managing partner since 2015. Hollabaugh will continue as a litigation partner in the Nashville office.

21. US schools fight to keep students amid fear of dropout surge -

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — U.S. educators are doing everything they can to track down high school students who stopped showing up to classes and to help them get the credits needed to graduate, amid an anticipated surge in the country's dropout rate during the coronavirus pandemic.

22. HCA honored by LinkedIn as top company -

Nashville’s HCA Healthcare has been recognized on the 2021 LinkedIn Top Companies ranking, an annual guide that identifies the best places for professionals to grow their careers and develop skills.

23. White House offers new tax credit to help spur vaccinations -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is trying to overcome diminishing demand for COVID-19 shots by offering businesses a tax incentive to give employees paid leave to get vaccinated. The move comes as the United States is set to meet President Joe Biden's goal of administering 200 million coronavirus doses in his first 100 days in office.

24. Garland announces sweeping police probe after Floyd verdict -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is opening a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis after a former officer was convicted in the killing of George Floyd there, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday.

25. Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations -

NEW YORK (AP) — Backed by an international concert hosted by Selena Gomez and headlined by Jennifer Lopez, Global Citizen is unveiling an ambitious campaign to help medical workers in the world's poorest countries quickly receive COVID-19 vaccines.

26. Biden seeks a new view of infrastructure, far beyond asphalt -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is giving himself lots of latitude when he defines infrastructure for the purpose of spending money on it. It's not just steel, but home health care workers. Not just excavating dirt, but building "dignity."

27. NEC announces Amazon as supporting partner -

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and business leaders, has announced Amazon as a new supporting partner.

Amazon will provide philanthropic support that fuels the EC’s work of equipping entrepreneurs and innovators, at all stages of the business lifecycle, with the critical resources they need to create, launch and grow businesses.

28. Rucker named VU chief HR officer -

Cleo D. Rucker has been promoted to the new position of chief human resources officer for Vanderbilt University.

Rucker, who has served as senior director of HR consulting, employee and labor relations for the past three years, will assume to his new position by mid-May. The move occurs as Laura Nairon steps away from her interim role as associate vice chancellor for people and business services. She is leaving Vanderbilt to pursue the next phase of her career.

29. Many still hesitate to get vaccine, but reluctance is easing -

So few people came for COVID-19 vaccinations in one county in North Carolina that hospitals there now allow anyone 16 or older to get a shot, regardless of where they live. Get a shot, get a free doughnut, the governor said.

30. World leaders' call for pandemic treaty short on details -

LONDON (AP) — More than 20 heads of government and global agencies called in a commentary published Tuesday for an international treaty for pandemic preparedness that they say will protect future generations in the wake of COVID-19.

31. Weisenseel named Lipscomb executive-in-residence -

Lipscomb University’s College of Business has named longtime finance executive John Weisenseel an executive-in-residence this spring.

Most recently, Weisenseel served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for AllianceBernstein LP, a global asset management firm. There he supervised all global finance and administrative services activities for the $9 billion market cap, $3 billion revenue publicly traded asset manager including SEC financial reporting, investor relations, treasury, tax, financial planning and analysis, strategic plan and financial forecast, real estate and office services functions.

32. Pinnacle adds Frazee as financial adviser -

Nashville commercial real estate lender Michael Frazee has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a financial adviser, based at the firm’s Symphony Place headquarters office. Frazee is part of commercial real estate manager Tyler Muesch’s Nashville team.

33. Baker Donelson named ABA pro bono leader -

Baker Donelson has been honored by the American Bar Association as a recipient of the ABA Free Legal Answers 2020 Pro Bono Leader Award in recognition of the outstanding contribution of service by the firm’s attorneys to the virtual legal advice clinic.

34. Vaccination 'passports' may open society, but inequity looms -

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violet light bathed the club stage as 300 people, masked and socially distanced, erupted in gentle applause. For the first time since the pandemic began, Israeli musician Aviv Geffen stepped to his electric piano and began to play for an audience seated right in front of him.

35. Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in 'equity' push -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to distribute millions of face masks to Americans in communities hard-hit by the coronavirus beginning next month as part of his efforts to ensure "equity" in the government's response to the pandemic.

36. Africa reaches 100,000 known COVID-19 deaths as danger grows -

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa has surpassed 100,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 as the continent praised for its early response to the pandemic now struggles with a dangerous resurgence and medical oxygen often runs desperately short.

37. Openings begin March 4 at Fifth + Broadway -

Brookfield Properties’ mixed-use project Fifth + Broadway in downtown Nashville will begin its first tenant openings March 4.

The event culminates a multiyear effort by the company and local developer Pat Emery on the former site of the Nashville Convention Center.

38. Dems attempt to push through school funding, wage increase -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats muscled past Republicans on portions of President Joe Biden's pandemic plan, including a proposed $130 billion in additional relief to help the nation's schools reopen and a gradual increase of the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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

NASHVILLE (AP) — Thank you very much. Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speaker Sexton, Speaker Pro Tem Haile, Speaker Pro Tem Marsh, Members of the 112th General Assembly, Justices, Constitutional Officers, fellow Tennesseans:

40. States lift restrictions gradually amid fears of new variant -

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — States are loosening their coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of improved infection and hospitalization numbers but are moving gradually and cautiously, in part because of the more contagious variant taking hold in the U.S.

41. Bradley starts clinic for Black-owned businesses -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is launching its Black-Owned Small Business and Nonprofit Clinic. The firm has partnered with the Arts& Business Council of Greater Nashville and its Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts program to provide accessible and affordable business-oriented legal services to Black-owned small businesses and nonprofits.

42. California becomes first state to top 3 million virus cases -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Monday became the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections.

The grim milestone, as tallied by Johns Hopkins University, wasn't entirely unexpected in a state with 40 million residents but its speed stunning. The state only reached 2 million reported cases on Dec. 24.

43. 'This is not a game': Global virus death toll hits 2 million -

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday, crossing the threshold amid a vaccine rollout so immense but so uneven that in some countries there is real hope of vanquishing the outbreak, while in other, less-developed parts of the world, it seems a far-off dream.

44. Patterson names Douglass shareholder in firm -

Patterson Intellectual Property Law has elected Scott M. Douglass to a shareholder of the firm.

Douglass concentrates his practice in the areas of trademarks, copyrights and data privacy. He litigates trademark, trade dress, and copyright claims in federal courts across the country. He represents companies and individuals acting as both rightsholders asserting their rights and defendants accused of infringing others’ rights.

45. US shifts to speed COVID shots as cases, deaths rise -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration unexpectedly shifted gears Tuesday to speed the delivery of shots. The move came after widespread concern over a slow start even as coronavirus cases and deaths reach alarming new highs.

46. Acadia sells its UK division -

Franklin-based Acadia Healthcare has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its operations in the United Kingdom to Waterland Private Equity.

Acadia is a leading provider of behavioral health care services.

47. Biden warns of Trump officials' 'roadblocks' to transition -

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is warning of massive damage done to the national security apparatus by the Trump administration and "roadblocks" in communication between agency officials and his transition team that could undermine Americans' security.

48. Bridgestone, Predators reach helmet logo deal -

Bridgestone Americas and the Nashville Predators have agreed to a deal establishing Bridgestone as the team’s first-ever helmet entitlement partner. The deal will place Bridgestone’s iconic “B Mark” logo on the team’s home and away helmets for the entire 2020-21 season.

49. California health system buckling under COVID-19 pandemic -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's health care system is buckling under the strain of the nation's largest coronavirus outbreak and may fracture in weeks if people ignore holiday social distancing, health officials warned as the number of people needing beds and specialized care soared to previously unimagined levels.

50. Revance relocating HQ here from California -

Revance Therapeutics is relocating its headquarters from Silicon Valley’s Newark, California, to Nashville.

As part of the relocation, the biotechnology company will invest more than $10 million and create nearly 150 jobs over the next five years.

51. 2020 has one last party to spoil -

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

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

52. AP-NORC poll: Virus-weary Americans less festive this year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maureen Brennan will spend Christmas with her daughter at their Nashua, New Hampshire, home after declining invitations from other relatives to celebrate with them. Michael Smith will mark the holidays alone in Elko, Nevada, unwilling to risk being infected with the coronavirus before he can be vaccinated.

53. Close but not yet: Deal near on COVID-19 economic aid bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators are closing in on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package that would deliver additional help to businesses, $300-per-week jobless checks and $600 stimulus payments to most Americans. But there was no deal quite yet.

54. Negotiators near agreement on long-delayed COVID-19 aid bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators closed in Wednesday on a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package that would deliver additional "paycheck protection" subsidies to businesses, $300 per week jobless checks, and $600 or so stimulus payments to most Americans.

55. Picasso exhibit coming to Frist in February -

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

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

56. One-day US deaths top 3,000, more than D-Day or 9/11 -

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Just when the U.S. appears on the verge of rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine, the numbers have become gloomier than ever: Over 3,000 American deaths in a single day, more than on D-Day or 9/11. One million new cases in the span of five days. More than 106,000 people in the hospital.

57. Hermitage Hotel picked among safest by Forbes -

The Hermitage Hotel has been listed among the first hotels in the world to become Sharecare Health Security Verified with Forbes Travel Guide.

The Hermitage made the list along with exclusive resorts and hotels such as Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, Rancho Mirage, California, The Goring Hotel, London, The St. Regis San Francisco, Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, The Henderson in Destin, Florida, and Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

58. TN picked for vaccine delivery pilot program -

Tennessee is one of four states selected to participate in a pilot program for delivery of the Pfizer Inc. COVID-19 vaccine now under development.

This program is designed to address distribution challenges posed by requirements for ultracold storage of the vaccine.

59. Sandfort is Lipscomb CEO-in-residence -

Lipscomb University’s College of Business has named longtime Tractor Supply Company executive Greg Sandfort a CEO-in-residence beginning in January.

Sandfort served as chief executive officer of Tractor Supply May 2016-January 2020 and as president and chief executive officer of the company December 2012-May 2016. He has served as strategic adviser of Tractor Supply Company since January 2020 and as a member of the board of directors since February 2013.

60. Mainland launches New Heights District -

Nashville-based The Mainland Companies, LLC, working in partnership with Chicago-based Speedwagon Capital Partners, is creating New Heights District, an urban, mixed-use opportunity zone business district on the south side of downtown Nashville.

61. MP&F promotes five to senior leadership roles -

MP&F Strategic Communications has promoted five members of its senior leadership team.

Account supervisor to senior account supervisor:

• Stacy Alcala joined MP&F in 2007. Her areas of expertise are crisis communications, event planning, community outreach, media relations and marketing materials development. She leads MP&F’s work within the senior living industry.

62. Airport Authority CFO named finance ‘Trailblazer’ -

Marge Basrai, chief financial officer of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, has been selected as one of The Bond Buyer’s “2020 Trailblazing Women in Finance” for her commitment to public finance and contributions made to the public sector. She is one of six public sector finance professionals recognized nationwide for the award.

63. With COVID-19 surging, schools suspend in-person education -

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state spiking to record levels, bus drivers and teachers in quarantine, students getting sick and the holidays looming, Schools Superintendent Scott Hanback in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, made a tough decision this week.

64. States ramp up for biggest vaccination effort in US history -

With a COVID-19 vaccine drawing closer, public health officials across the country are gearing up for the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history — a monumental undertaking that must distribute hundreds of millions of doses, prioritize who's first in line and ensure that people who get the initial shot return for the necessary second one.

65. Cupcake Collection wins NAACP grant -

Nashville’s The Cupcake Collection is one of 10 Black-owned small business winners of the NAACP Powershift Grant.

The company, which also has a location in New Orleans, was founded by Mignon Francois, who serves as CEO.

66. S2 Cognition claims better athlete evaluation -

Nashville-based S2 Cognition officials say the company can measure and quantify the previously unseen characteristics of the brain that separate elite athletes from the rest of the pack.

Co-founded by cognitive neuroscientists Brandon Ally and Scott Wylie, S2 Cognition is a science-meets-tech-meets-sports startup with just a 5-year history. Both Ally and Wylie are former college athletes and previously research and clinical colleagues at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

67. Dickinson Wright named top law firm by Captive -

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

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

68. Entrepreneur Center launches Renew Nashville -

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center is launching Renew Nashville, a citywide initiative designed to provide small businesses and entrepreneurs negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with expertise and resources aimed at increasing their rate of survival.

69. Lipscomb selects vice provost for health affairs -

Quincy Byrdsong, a veteran health care and higher education leader, has been appointed vice provost for health affairs at Lipscomb University.

For more than 25 years, Byrdsong has served in various leadership roles at health systems and medical schools and universities across the country. In his new role at Lipscomb, Byrdsong will oversee the university’s health science programs, provide vision for the institution’s growth in these areas and engage more collaboratively with other health care entities in the community, Bledsoe said. He begins his post Oct. 1.

70. Trump, DeVos raise school choice in appeal to vexed parents -

As millions of American children start the school year online, the Trump administration is hoping to convert their parents' frustration and anger into newfound support for school choice policies that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has long championed but struggled to advance nationally.

71. Hollabaugh named to Benchmark Top 250 -

Bradley’s Lela M. Hollabaugh has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation 2020.

Hollabaugh is one of 225 litigators –nearly half of the firm – who comprise Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group. She is managing partner of Bradley’s Nashville office and has served as the lead trial lawyer in more than a dozen jury trials, as well as more than two dozen bench trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings.

72. Virus testing lab suspended by state after false positives -

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston-based coronavirus testing lab that counts dozens of nursing homes among its clients has been suspended by the state after it returned nearly 400 false positive tests, state officials say.

73. Biden: Trump ignores pandemic, stokes unrest, solves neither -

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden is calling the struggle to reopen U.S. schools amid the coronavirus a "national emergency" and accusing President Donald Trump of turning his back to stoke passions instead about unrest in America's cities.

74. Lipscomb University sets enrollment record -

Lipscomb University is beginning its 130th academic year by setting an all-time enrollment record and has topped 4,700 for the first time in university history.

With an enrollment of 4,729 students after the first week of classes this fall, Lipscomb University has broken numerous records, including the number of first-time freshmen and new graduate students. The enrollment number will increase in the next few weeks as cohorts in several graduate programs begin classes later in the semester. University classes began Aug. 24.

75. Hamilton County files lawsuit, says business won't require masks -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Hamilton County is suing a business that it says isn't complying with a mask mandate put into place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hamilton County Health Department filed suit against Ed's Supply Company in Chattanooga alleging that employees and customers were not wearing masks or social distancing despite multiple warnings, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

76. Health officials worry nation not ready for COVID-19 vaccine -

Millions of Americans are counting on a COVID-19 vaccine to curb the global pandemic and return life to normal.

While one or more options could be available toward the end of this year or early next, the path to delivering vaccines to 330 million people remains unclear for the local health officials expected to carry out the work.

77. VUMC awarded $34M to lead plasma study -

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a one-year, $34 million grant by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, to conduct a nationwide study of “convalescent plasma” as a treatment for COVID-19.

78. Revved by Sturgis Rally, COVID-19 infections move fast, far -

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The hundreds of thousands of bikers who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have departed western South Dakota, but public health departments in multiple states are trying to measure how much and how quickly the coronavirus spread in bars, tattoo shops and gatherings before people traveled home to nearly every state in the country.

79. The worst might still be ahead for COVID-19 survivors -

Vanderbilt physician Kenneth Fletcher tested positive for COVID-19 back in March, one of the first in Tennessee to contract the virus.

The ear, nose and throat specialist was aware of the new virus and had even talked about it with his doctor at his regular physical, just two days before he was diagnosed. Fletcher, 45, was in good health, an avid runner, swimmer and cyclist. Later that day, he felt “a little bit funny” as he ran but felt fine the next day.

80. Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid -

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a week's worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill. Negotiators are still stuck but still trying.

81. Garmin fitness tracking service goes down, frustrating users -

LONDON (AP) — GPS device-maker Garmin's online fitness tracking service has gone down, leaving runners and cyclists struggling to upload data from their latest workouts.

Garmin Connect, an app and website that works with the company's popular line of fitness watches, remained out of service on Friday. The U.S. company had apologized for the disruption a day earlier, when it indicated the problem was more widespread and also affected its communications systems.

82. Vanderbilt center to aid online teaching -

Vanderbilt University is launching a new instructional design support service, available this summer and fall to all faculty, designed to provide concierge-level support to help faculty transition to teaching online.

83. US labs buckle amid testing surge; world virus cases top 15M -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Laboratories across the U.S. are buckling under a surge of coronavirus tests, creating long processing delays that experts say are actually undercutting the pandemic response.

84. 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.

85. Chattanooga to keep testing wastewater for coronavirus -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — The city of Chattanooga plans to keep testing local wastewater for the prevalence of COVID-19 into 2021 after a study in May that showed thousands more cases of the virus than what was reported by local health officials, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

86. Meharry announces $8M grant to support families -

The Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College has announced the receipt of an $8 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Human Services to support efforts in programming and services for Metro students and their caregivers with special emphasis on education, health and well-being, economic support and social capital.

87. More people want to relocate to Nashville -

A record 27% of home searchers looked to move to another metro area in April and May 2020, a new report from Redfin finds, with Nashville seeing the biggest jump in the share of people looking to move in since last year.

88. Governors who quickly reopened backpedal as virus surges -

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When Texas began lifting coronavirus restrictions, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott didn't wear a mask. He wouldn't let mayors enact extra precautions during one of America's swiftest efforts to reopen. He pointed out that the White House backed his plan and gave assurances there were safe ways to go out again.

89. Nissan funds $28K in Lipscomb scholarships -

After the COVID-19 pandemic and required social distancing forced the cancellation of the popular Nissan/Lipscomb BisonBots Robotics Camps this summer, Nissan North America has shifted a portion of its 2020 donation of $60,000 in a way that still nurtures future engineers.

90. Biden: Main worry is Trump will try to 'steal this election' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says his chief worry is that President Donald Trump will attempt to "steal" the November election, and the Democratic challenger says he's even considered the possibility that the Republican incumbent would refuse to leave the White House should he lose. Trump's press secretary accused Biden of trafficking in "conspiracy theories."

91. Biden says questions about 1994 crime bill are 'legitimate' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday that questions raised about his support for the 1994 crime bill are "legitimate." But the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee insisted that people should judge him based on his current actions, not his past.

92. Baker Donelson elects 2 Nashville shareholders -

Baker Donelson has elected 15 new shareholders across the firm, including two attorneys in its Nashville office: Anita Beth Adams and Megan M. Sutton.

A member of Baker Donelson’s Health Law Group, Adams concentrates her practice on advising clients on practice acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures. Her clients include physician practice management companies, physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers and individual physicians.

93. Zillow Offers returns to Nashville market -

Zillow Group, Inc. has resumed buying homes in five additional Zillow Offers markets, bringing the total to nine.

Homeowners in Nashville, Portland, Oregon, Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, Colorado, now have the option to sell their home directly to Zillow. Last week, the company restarted home buying in Phoenix, Tucson, Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina.

94. Lawmakers question federal prisons' home confinement rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are raising questions about the federal Bureau of Prisons' release of high-profile inmates and are calling for widespread testing of federal inmates as the number of coronavirus cases has exploded in the federal prison system.

95. 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.

96. 'Invisible demon': Virus hits even top-rated nursing homes -

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Abbott Terrace Health Center in Waterbury, where 41 residents have died from the coronavirus, has been cited by regulators for infection control violations and fined three times by the state and federal governments over the last several years. It has the lowest nursing home overall rating issued by the federal government — one star, for "much below average."

97. Cagle is appointed counsel to CASE -

Charles W. “Chuck” Cagle, shareholder and chair of the education law and government relations practice group at Lewis Thomason, has been appointed as Tennessee representative and counsel to the Council of Administrators in Special Education.

98. From boom to bust to survival mode -

Three months ago there was no doubt that Andy Mumma was one of Nashville’s brightest hospitality stars, and 2020 was set to be one of his best years ever.

His flagship Barista Parlor coffee shop in East Nashville was about to celebrate eight years in business, and his Tiki bar, Chopper, was approaching its first anniversary. His roasting company and Barista Parlor locations in Golden Sound, Germantown and Marathon Village were thriving. Later this year he was set to open locations at the airport, at the new W Hotel downtown and at Sylvan Supply in West Nashville.

99. Officials release edited coronavirus reopening guidance -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday released some of their long-delayed guidance that schools, businesses and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted six one-page "decision tool" documents that use traffic signs and other graphics to tell organizations what they should consider before reopening.

100. America's business of prisons thrives even amid a pandemic -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As factories and other businesses remain shuttered across America, people in prisons in at least 40 states continue going to work. Sometimes they earn pennies an hour, or nothing at all, making masks and hand sanitizer to help guard others from the coronavirus.