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1. VU Children’s Hospital No. 1 in state, Southeast -

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has once again been named the No. 1 children’s hospital in Tennessee and continues to be recognized among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation, the latest U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings finds.

2. Russian troops entering Sievierodonetsk in eastern Ukraine -

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — The Russian-battered eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk appeared to be on the brink of becoming another Mariupol on Monday as the mayor told The Associated Press that Russian troops have entered, power and communications have been cut and "the city has been completely ruined."

3. High inflation leaves food banks struggling to meet needs -

Kendall Nunamaker and her family of five in Kennewick, Washington, faced impossible math this month: How to pay for gas, groceries and the mortgage with inflation driving up prices?

Like many other working families, the Nunamakers are grappling with the 8.3% inflation in the consumer price index in April announced Wednesday — slowing slightly from the March figure which was the largest year-over-year increase since 1981, according to the Labor Department. The national average gas price reached a record high Wednesday of $4.40 a gallon. And global food prices are climbing after shortages caused by Russia's war against Ukraine and other supply chain problems.

4. Russia's war heats up cooking oil prices in global squeeze -

ISTANBUL (AP) — For months, Istanbul restaurant Tarihi Balikca tried to absorb the surging cost of the sunflower oil its cooks use to fry fish, squid and mussels.

But in early April, with oil prices nearly four times higher than they were in 2019, the restaurant finally raised its prices. Now, even some longtime customers look at the menu and walk away.

5. Bradley adds Chaloner to intellectual property group -

Aaron Chaloner has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as a senior attorney in the Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Chaloner focuses his practice on patent prosecution in the life science and biotechnology industry. He is experienced in all stages of intellectual property prosecution and provides strategic counsel to his clients regarding copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret concerns.

6. Ukraine's other fight: Growing food for itself and the world -

HORDYNIA, Ukraine (AP) — Planting season has arrived in Ukraine. Boot marks stamped in the frozen earth have thawed. But the Pavlovych family's fields remain untouched in a lonely landscape of checkpoints and churches.

7. 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.

8. Need knows no calendar -

The French political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States in 1831 to study the American penal system. But he also noticed something that while not unique to this nation certainly runs through the fabric of it more than in most other countries.

9. Menzie named president of Cumberland Trust -

Cumberland Trust, an independent trust company, has named Jennie Menzie president and elected her to its board of directors. Menzie will serve as president, chief operating officer and corporate counsel.

10. 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.

11. Waller adds 6 to Nashville corporate practice -

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP has made several hires to strengthen the firm’s corporate practice in Nashville. They are:

• Matt Bryson, an associate who represents private companies and financial sponsors in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other investment, financing and exit transactions. Bryson previously was a member of the corporate team in Dentons’ Atlanta office.

12. Shelton joins drive to help feed out-of-work musicians -

For more than a year now, the state of America's live music industry has been a grim one.

The COVID-19 pandemic threw hundreds of thousands of musicians, roadies and other touring industry professionals out of work, according to the Country Music Association. In Tennessee alone, the industry's unemployed number around 50,000.

13. From local farms to many tables -

Eric Wooldridge, a manager at Bells Bend Farms in the Scottsboro/Bells Bend community, plants spinach throughout the fall and winter season. Several varieties – arrowhead leaf and savoy – do particularly well and remain tender and sweet during the cold months.

14. Old skills revived for a strange new world -

Remember that first trip to a store after early March this year, when all the flour shelves were, shockingly, empty?

It was just a portent for dusting off or acquiring skills that many contemporary city-dwellers have left behind, or delegated to others. When the days are largely empty, and your “office” is 15 feet from the kitchen, why not try something new, or new to you?

15. Big Payback fundraiser sets record -

The Big Payback’s seventh annual 24-hour online giving event raised more than $4.3 million for participating area nonprofits, a record for the event.

In its seven-year history, The Big Payback has helped hundreds and hundreds of area nonprofits raise $20,953,623.

16. Pandemic provokes spike in demand for food pantries in US -

FRANKLIN (AP) — Brooklyn Dotson needed food. Her first unemployment check had yet to arrive after she was let go by the warehouse where she used to work.

So the 25-year-old Nashville woman scrounged up some gas money and drove 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the GraceWorks Ministries food pantry in Franklin. There, at the pantry's new drive-thru, workers wearing masks and gloves loaded her van with about $350 worth of groceries.

17. Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: Florida vegetables -

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Mounds of harvested zucchini and yellow squash ripened and then rotted in the hot Florida sun. Juicy tomatoes were left to wither — unpicked — in farmers' fields.

Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can't sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus.

18. Meals available for students -

Nashville Metro Schools are closed at least through April 24 due to the COVID-19 virus, but the system will provide free breakfast and lunch to children.

MNPS will be offering meal delivery at locations in areas experiencing high rates of poverty.

19. Two Lebanon medical office buildings sold -

Marcus & Millichap, a leading commercial real estate investment services firm, has sold two medical office buildings located in Lebanon.

The two-property portfolio sold for $1.55 million, says Jody McKibben, vice president and regional manager of the firm’s Nashville office.

20. CFMT donates additional funds for tornado relief -

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is adding 25 grants totaling $904,600 to support nonprofits and organizations helping victims of the March 3 tornadoes.

To date, 68 grants to 60 nonprofits and organizations have been deployed from the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund totaling $2,129,600.

21. Tennessee inmates to donate to tornado relief efforts -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Correction announced Tuesday that inmates across the state will donate more than $1,000 for tornado relief efforts.

According to a news release, the inmates will donate the money to the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

22. In coronavirus pandemic, Nashville's homeless need shelter -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Outside the black gates at Room In The Inn, more than 100 members of Nashville's homeless community stand waiting for their lunch ticket numbers to be called.

The process is organized and orderly — turn in your number, get a squirt of hand sanitizer, pick up your aluminum tray of mac 'n' cheese and baked apples, then disperse — but it is not how the homeless are normally treated here.

23. MNPS board appoints Battle director of schools -

The Board of Education for Metro Nashville Public Schools has selected Adrienne Battle as director of schools. Battle, who has led the district as interim director for the past 11 months, is the first woman to serve in this role for Metro Schools.

24. How to help with tornado recovery -

Nashvillians are generous and have poured both time and money into helping tornado relief and recovery efforts.

Remember that it will be months, and even years, before everyone is back on their feet. Continued support will be appreciated, particularly as time goes along. Also, if you are donating items to a charity for tornado victims, be sure you would be proud to have those donations in your own home. New is best.

25. Events -

Williamson County Young Professionals Luncheon. Guest speaker: Doug Kreulin, CEO of BNA Vision, will share the latest updates from the Nashville Airport building program. Columbia State Community College, Community Room – Building A, 1228 Liberty Pike. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fees: Members $20, nonmembers $30. Information

26. Events -

Business Studio: Be the Hero – The Journey of Your Brand Story. Storytelling can be a way to help your customers connect to the human side of a brand. Benchmark examples of brands that have effectively shared their story will be examined by guest speaker Tim Earnhart, CEO of Seven Blue – A Stadiumred Company. United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, 250 Venture Circle. Thursday, 3:30-5 p.m. Fee: Free. Information

27. Nashville announces 2 new tourism records -

Nashville’s tourism industry broke another record with 16.1 million visitors in 2019, an increase of 6% compared to 2018’s 15.2 million visitors, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.

28. Waller elects 10 partners from Nashville office -

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP has elected 14 new partners, including 10 in Nashville. New Nashville partners are:

Lida Alsobrooks, who provides counsel to real estate developers, property management companies, property owners and investment firms. Alsobrooks is a graduate of Kenyon College and earned her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

29. Events -

Franktown Festival of Lights. Williamson County’s only drive-thru light spectacular. Visit Santa’s Village, petting zoo, camel rides and more. $25 per car. Discount for Veterans, Active Duty Military and First Responders. Williamson County Ag Center, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. Open nightly through Dec. 28, 6-10 p.m. Information

30. Events -

Mayor's Night Out. Nashville Mayor John Cooper is hosting Mayor’s Night Out event on the second Thursday of each month. Nashville residents are invited to voice their concerns in one-on-one conversations with the mayor and Metro department leaders. The first event is being held at Creswell Middle School, 3500 John Mallette Dr., 6-8:30 pm.

31. Brewers, restaurants pair fare to benefit Nashville Food Project -

The food event calendar is crammed with opportunities to eat and drink with purpose. I think I’ve counted more than a half dozen “dining in a field, on a farm” type gatherings this fall alone. I get it, because October should be the best and driest time to sit out under the stars and contemplate how farmers get food from their soil to your fork.

32. Events -

Young Professionals Luncheon. Enjoy a luncheon tailored for ambitious individuals who are interested in furthering their leadership aspiration, cultivate relationships and grow professionally. Williamson County Association of Realtors, 1646 Westgate Circle Ste. 104, Brentwood. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fee: Member - $20, Non-member- $30. Information

33. Events -

Street Eats. A Thursday gathering of as many as 20 local food trucks along Deaderick Street between Fourth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

34. Events -

Williamson, Inc. Young Professionals Luncheon. This event is tailored to individuals who are interested in furthering their leadership aspirations, cultivating relationships and growing professionally. Network and connect to learn from some of the most experienced business leaders in Williamson County. Williamson County Association of Realtors, 1646 Westgate Circle, Ste. #104. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Members $20, Non-members $30. Information

35. Long-running block party honors the generosity, music of a Mississippi legend -

Eighteen years ago, I found myself standing in the rain in a mud-soaked yard in Gravel Springs, Mississippi, a hare’s breath of a community between the larger Senatobia to the west and the hardly looming Looxahoma to the east.

36. Cumberland Trust adds trust administrator -

Nashville-based Cumberland Trust recently added David Liles to its estate administration team as a trust administrator. In his role, Liles supports the administration of post-mortem estates and helps clients and beneficiaries understand the steps of the estate settlement process.

37. 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?

38. Wanted: 1 doctor. 'Tired' doctor searches for successors -

DEER LODGE (AP) — A little after 10 a.m. a recent Friday, Dr. Tom Kim affectionately smacked a side door of the Abner Ross Memorial Building in Deer Lodge, Tennessee.

"Bye, bye, honey," he said, locking it for the last time.

39. Events -

Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights. The event, in its fourth year, features a million lights on a one-mile course offering lights and holiday experiences designed to appeal to all ages. Through Dec. 30, 5-10 p.m. Fee: Adults $22, youth $17, 2 and younger free. Information

40. 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. Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

41. Events -

Handel’s Messiah. Featuring the resounding Hallelujah Chorus, it’s Nashville’s grandest Messiah – full of passion, drama and passages of stunning beauty. Celebrate the season as your Nashville Symphony & Chorus perform one of the most inspiring works of music ever written. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Thursday-Sunday. Fee: $30-$90. Information

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. Events -

93rd annual Waffle Shop. Homemade waffles, hot chicken or eggs, spiced tea and coffee. Plus, live music, a silent auction, bake sale and free tours of the historic Egyptian-revival church. All proceeds benefit the homeless ministries of the Downtown Presbyterian Church. Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10. Information: https://dpchurch.com/93rd-annual-waffle-shop

45. Events -

Yum! East for Fannie Battle. Yum! East is a unique tasting event that features East Nashville restaurants, chefs, food artisans and specialty purveyors all showcasing the best of this notable neighborhood’s culinary landscape. Guests can sample bites from 30 of East Nashville’s tastiest residents while enjoying craft beer and wine and great live music. Pavilion East. Thursday, 6-9 p.m. 21+ event. No children, no pets. Rain or shine, no refunds. Fee: $55 + $5.12 fee. Information

46. Events -

Downtown Connect Quarterly Coffee. Learn more about downtown’s flourishing co-working scene and how it’s changing the office landscape. WeWork, One Nashville Place, 150 4th Ave. N. 20th floor. Thursday, 7:30-9 a.m. Fee: Free but registration required. A light breakfast will be served. Information: http://web.nashvillechamber.com/events/Downtown-Connect-Quarterly-Coffee-2117/details

47. Events -

Preds Party in the Park. Outdoor watch party for Game 7 of Round 2 of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs will take place tonight at Music City Walk of Fame Park, which is located across Fifth Avenue South from Bridgestone Arena. The party, which is free and open to the public, will start at 5 p.m. in advance of the game getting underway at Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. There will include two large screens. DJ Coach will entertain the crowd 5-7 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand, kiosks will offer beer for purchase and there will be team merchandise on sale. Hot dogs and bottled water will be available at family-friendly prices. Information

48. Dodson Parker names Yarbro managing partner -

The law firm of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC, has selected Tyler Chance Yarbro as managing partner of the firm.

Founding member Margaret L. Behm previously served as managing partner and will continue her full-time practice of law as Yarbro assumes administrative responsibilities.

49. Attacking the problem -

Projects sponsored by the Nashville Food Waste Project:

Prevention Projects

Save the Food Campaign

Natural Resource Defense Council is partnering with the Ad Council on the first national consumer campaign to reduce food waste. The campaign includes creative materials that will be disseminated widely in Nashville and nationally.

50. Nashville's most romantic restaurants for 2018 -

Nashville has a restaurant for every mood. If you're looking for romance on Valentine’s Day or any night of the week, you can’t miss with these.

Restaurants new to the list are designated with an *.

51. Events -

Good Morning Gallatin. The focus and goal of Good Morning Gallatin is to allow the public to ‘wake up to what’s trending’ by hearing about business and community issues and to get updates on new legislation at the local, county, and state levels from our elected officials. Sumner Regional Medical Center will once again be sponsoring this informative program. January topic: State Legislative Anticipated Activity update. Sumner Regional Medical Center, 555 Hartsville Pike. Friday, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. Information: http://www.gallatintn.org

52. Events -

Breakfast with Santa. Story time, breakfast, hot cocoa, coffee, cocktails and holiday shopping. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Rosa Park Blvd. Free. Information: www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org

53. 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.

54. Events -

Nashville Chamber Member Orientation. An opportunity to learn how businesses play a role in the Chamber’s mission of creating regional economic prosperity. Lunch provided. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. registration, 11:50 a.m. program. Fee: complimentary to new Chamber members. Deadline to register, Sept. 1. Information: http://web.nashvillechamber.com/events/eventdetail.

55. Events -

Live on the Green: Weekend Festival Finale. Live music through Saturday at this free event at Public Square Park. Thursday: Main Stage: John Butler Trio, Dispatch, Iron & Wine. 6:15 Stage: Johnny P, Carl Broemel, Roots of a Rebellion 5-11 p.m. Friday: Main Stage: Sheryl Crow, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, SHEL. 6:15 Stage: The Whistles & The Bells, Ron Gallo, Goodbye June, 4-11 p.m. Saturday: 615 Stage: Kids Fest with Mr. Steve, Guthrie Brown, Elliot Root, Paper Route, Cordovas, Guthrie Brown. 1-11 p.m. Main Stage: Bahamas, Future Islands, The Lone Bellow, LP, The Record Company, The Delta Saints 2-11 p.m. https://www.liveonthegreen.com/

56. Events -

Taste of Gallatin. This event showcases restaurants, caterers, groceries, and other businesses in the Gallatin area. Gallatin Civic Center, 210 Albert Gallatin Ave. Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: Adults $15 in advance, $20 at the door, Child $5. Tickets go on sale May 8 at the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce and Perkins Drugs & Gift Shop. Information: 452-4000.

57. Trump's plan to nix community block grants may be tough sell -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may have a tough time carrying out plans to kill a popular program that has helped build fire stations, provided meals to needy children and more. Plenty of lawmakers — including some key Republicans — enthusiastically support the Community Development Block Grant program.

58. Guard promotes attorney to brigadier general -

Kurt Winstead, a founding member of the Nashville law firm Rudy Winstead Turner, PLLC, has been promoted to brigadier general in the Tennessee National Guard.

Winstead began his career with the Tennessee National Guard in 1990 when he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corp. His first assignment was as the judge advocate general for the 194th Engineer Brigade, now headquartered in Jackson. Throughout his more than 26 years of service, Winstead has served in numerous assignments culminating as the senior staff judge advocate at the Joint Force Headquarters in Nashville.

59. Surprising number of children go hungry in Midstate -

In Middle Tennessee, where restaurants seem to pop up overnight and grocery stores offer sushi and $100 bottles of wine, it’s hard to imagine that one in seven people are at risk for hunger, according to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

60. Corker, Cooper, DesJarlais weigh in on school meals -

Debate has just begun this year about the federal budget and what role the federal government will play in social welfare programs, including nutrition measures like the National School Lunch Program.

61. Can free school lunches survive conservative shift? -

Every day in Nashville, Metro public schools serve 92,000 meals – from in-classroom breakfasts to pizzas at lunch – all meeting strict nutritional requirements, prepared with efficiency in mind and designed to appeal to that toughest of audiences, kids.

62. Nashville's most romantic restaurants for 2017 -

No matter what romance means to you, Nashville has you covered – and then some. Here’s the list of where to go to celebrate love and some seriously good food.

360 Wine Bar Bistro

6000 Highway 100, 615 353-5604, www.360bistro.com

63. Jellystone show gives joy to residents, visitors -

The former Marine staff sergeant swears living in an RV resort filled with untold numbers of dancing Christmas lights and displays is among the best things he’s done in the years since he returned from the elder Bush’s Gulf War.

64. Nashville nonprofits that could use a hand -

There are hundreds of nonprofits in the Nashville area in need of donations, volunteers or connections with agencies to provide year-round assistance. Here’s a list of nonprofit agencies that help others.

65. Volunteering: The perfect holiday gift to the community -

Looking to do good this holiday season, maybe downplay the materialism of it all?

Not a problem. Nashville is filled with tons of opportunities to do good, serve others and still have time to meet all the other obligations that fill this time of year.

66. Events -

Williamson County Young Professionals CONNECT. An after-hours networking opportunity. TITLE Boxing Club, 1550 W. McEwen Dr. Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. Information: williamsonchamber.com

67. Events -

Street Food Thursdays. Enjoy a gathering of up to 20 local food trucks parked along Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North every Thursday through October. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

68. Events -

Nashville Originals’ Restaurant Week. A biannual event sponsored by Nashville Originals, Restaurant Week is a way to enjoy Nashville’s unique local dining establishments. Participating downtown restaurants include Capitol Grille, 55 South, Americano, blvd, Caffe Nonna, Cork & Cow, Elliston Place Soda Shop, Fleet Street Pub, Flyte, Germantown Café, Harvest at Homestead, Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse, Midtown Cafe, Midtown Cafe, Nonna’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar, Pineapple Room Restaurant at Cheekwood, Puckett’s Boat House, Puckett’s Franklin, Puckett’s 5th & Church, Red Pony, Rumours East, Scout’s Pub, Table 3, Tin Angel, Watermark, Wild Iris. Participating restaurants will feature special prices and menus throughout the week and across mealtimes. Through Sunday. Complete list of participating restaurants at http://nashvilleoriginals.com

69. Bringing the mission back home -

Crunching through an almost invisible gap in the fence and onto the rutted “road” of mostly loose gravel, I’m looking forward to meeting up with the produce and life nurturer I first met in a church parking lot on the other side of this very hill.

70. Events -

Nashville Chamber: Business After Hours. An opportunity to develop relationships, walk away with new connections and market your business to more than 150 attendees. Butler Snow LLP, 150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 1600. Thursday, 5-7 p.m. Cost: Chamber Member $25, future member $50. Chamber member display table $250. Pre-registration is required. Registration includes hors d’oeuvres and two drinks tickets. Information: 743-3063

71. Events -

2nd annual Women’s Leadership Forum and Networking Luncheon. Rochelle Kopp, a leading authority on Japanese corporate culture and managing principal of Northern California-based Japan Intercultural Consulting, will keynote and moderate a panel of distinguished local political leaders that includes Beth Harwell, speaker of the Tennessee House, Mayor Megan Barry and Mina Johnson, who represents the Metro Council’s 23rd district. The panel will discuss “Leadership Firsts: Accelerating Change, Advancing Opportunity.” Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Cheekwood Botanic Garden and Museum of Art’s Massey Botanic Hall. Information: www.jastn.org

72. Second Harvest wins grant for sweet potato 'rescue' -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee has been awarded a $100,000 grant for a sweet potato "rescue."

73. Nashville Technology Council awards finalists announced -

The Nashville Technology Council has announced nominees in 13 categories for its seventh annual awards.

Finalists were selected among nominees by a panel of peers and tech industry leaders. Winners will be announced at the seventh annual NTC Awards ceremony presented by Vaco, held Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Event Hall in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

74. Karlen Evins finds her ‘most authentic self’ in farming -

A diminutive Karlen Evins walks from her vegetable garden to the reassembled church in which she lives, her arms full of just-picked corn, tomatoes, herbs and okra, and drops them on her kitchen counter.

75. Events -

Eat Green for Tennessee. A group of 39 community-minded Nashville restaurants and 18 Chattanooga restaurants will raise awareness and donate a percentage of today’s sales to The Land Trust for Tennessee in support of its work protecting local farms and Tennessee’s natural landscapes. Participating Nashville restaurants include: 12 South Tap Room, 360 Bistro, 5th & Taylor, Adele’s, Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Bagel Face Bakery, Burger Up (12 South), Butchertown Hall, The Capitol Grille, Chago’s Cantina, City House, Dozen Bakery, FLIP Burger, Frothy Monkey, Grays on Main, Holland House, Josephine, Kayne Prime, Las Paletas, Lockeland Table, Merchant’s, Miel, Moto, Noelle, Paradise Park, The Perch, Pharmacy Burger, Porter Road Butchers, Prima, Pub5, Puckett’s (Leiper’s Fork), Rolf & Daughters, Saint Anejo, Taco Mamacita, Tavern, Two Ten Jack, Virago, Whiskey Kitchen, Wild Cow. Information: www.LandTrustTN.org/egt

76. Mayor's morning winter storm update -

NASHVILLE – With the brunt of the winter weather behind, the city is seeing significant improvement in conditions outside.

“Nashvillians deserve our praise for their cooperation and patience throughout this winter weather,” said Mayor Karl Dean from the Emergency Operations Center. “While we’re still expecting some slippery roads and cold temperatures today, we’re hopeful that we’re nearing the end of this.”

77. 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.

78. Titans, Second Harvest holding pregame food drive -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Titans are holding a food drive in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee before their Monday night game with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

79. Nashville mayor challenges governor in food drive -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is challenging Gov. Bill Haslam to another "food fight."

The competition, which kicked off Monday and runs through Nov. 21, pits the two offices against each other for who can donate the most food to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville.

80. Finalists are announced for entrepreneur awards -

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center have announced the finalists for the fourth annual NEXT Awards. These awards recognize excellence in business and entrepreneurship in Middle Tennessee.

81. Russia retaliates on West's sanctions over Ukraine -

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia retaliated Thursday for sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine by banning most food imports from the West, dealing a blow to Europe that also takes aim at hurting the U.S., Canada and Australia.

82. Corizon selects Johnson as chief medical officer -

Corizon, a provider of correctional health care solutions, has appointed Calvin B. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., as its new chief medical officer.

83. Stone is elected president of Realtors group -

Hagan Stone has been elected president of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors for 2014. Stone, who is affiliated with the Brentwood office of Pilkerton Realtors, begins his one-year term Jan. 1.

84. Sensabaugh, teammates helping feed 250 families -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh and some of his teammates have worked with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to help feed more than 250 families.

85. Events -

Williamson County Young Professionals Holiday Party. Highlights will include a tacky sweater contest and networking. Stoveworks, The Factory, 230 Franklin Road. 5-8 p.m. RSVP: abby@williamsoncountychamber.org

86. Titans asking fans to donate food against Colts -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are asking fans coming to the Colts' game on Thursday night to bring non-perishable food with them to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

87. Events -

Catholic Charities of Tennessee Annual Fundraiser. The Celebration of Mission to Service fundraising event, benefiting the work of Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center and Catholic Charities of Tennessee, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. tonight at Hillwood Country Club. Tickets and information: www.cctenn.org/events/celebration-mission-service.

88. Events -

Nashville Area Chamber and Partnership 2020 Annual Meeting. Richard Florida, professor, University of Toronto and senior editor of The Atlantic, will be the featured speaker on Friday. Florida is a nationally known author and speaker who developed the concept of the "creative class," a theory that high concentrations of musicians, artists and other creative occupations fuel greater economic growth in metropolitan regions. Florida’s keynote presentation will focus on Nashville's ability to capitalize on both cultural and regional assets for continued prosperity. 8:30-10:30 a.m., Music City Center - Davidson Ballroom, 201 5th Avenue South, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

89. Country Cares -

In Nashville, it’s almost a requirement for celebrities to get involved with charities by donating time, money and talent. But how does a country star choose an organization to represent?

Why, they ask Amy Grant, Nashville’s homegrown humanitarian.

90. Floodwaters lift a new generation of nonprofits -

In May 2010, Ryan Havice had graduated college and was living back home in San Francisco, bartending while deciding what was next.

Service was important to him, and a recent stint with AmeriCorps, which partners volunteers with nonprofits across the country, was fresh in his mind when he heard about the flood in Nashville. So he left California and came to help.

91. Roberts promoted to president, CEO of DVL -

DVL Public Relations & Advertising has promoted Ronald Roberts to president and chief executive officer.

DVL Chairman John Van Mol announced the move and said Roberts will be responsible for strategic direction, management and oversight of all agency operations and delivering on DVL’s brand promise to provide creative excellence, service and value to its clients.

92. Deere 1Q net income jumps 22 percent -

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Farm and construction equipment maker Deere & Co. said Wednesday that its first-quarter net income leaped 22 percent on growing sales of farm machinery at higher prices.

93. Nashville library forgives fines for canned food -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Got an overdue library book, but anxious about the fines? The Nashville Public Library is currently forgiving overdue fines if patrons bring in food for the hungry.

The library's annual Food For Fines program runs through Jan. 20 at all branch locations throughout the city. The library will forgive $1 in fines for each can or package of food.

94. Nashville Library offers Food for Fines -

NASHVILLE ­- Nashville Public Library patrons can help feed the hungry while eliminating overdue fines.

During Food for Fines, Jan. 7-20 at all Nashville Public Library branch locations, patrons will be forgiven $1 in overdue fines for each can/package they donate of the following items: peanut butter, canned chicken or tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soups, cereal and pasta.

95. Second Harvest Food Bank still seeking donations -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee has raised enough donations in cash and food to provide six million meals. That's a lot, but the nonprofit's goal is to have enough for 10 million meals before Dec. 31 as part of its Feeding Hope Challenge.

96. Governor, Nashville mayor compete in food drive -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean are engaging in a food drive competition that is part of an effort to provide 10 million meals during the holiday season.

97. Thanksgiving runs in Nashville, across the Midstate -

Middle Tennessee runners will have their choice of at least six races before settling down to their annual feast. They include:

The 19th Annual Boulevard Bolt

When: 8 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 22

98. Binge or blessing? -

There’s nothing wrong with trying something new on Thanksgiving Day, but we all know that too much of a good thing can be a problem.

With that in mind, Nashville’s ‘turkey day’ offerings for those fleet of foot include a new race this year – the first Music City Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk – to go along with its traditional dish, The Boulevard Bolt. And just like the decision to go with the candied yams or the green bean casserole, runners will have to make a choice since both events start at 8 a.m. on Nov. 22.

99. Leadership Middle Tennessee selects new class -

Thirty-four community and business leaders from the Middle Tennessee region have been selected for membership in the 2013 Class of Leadership Middle Tennessee, Inc., a regional leadership institute encompassing the 10-county area involved with Partnership 2020.

100. Belcourt Theatre names new executive director -

The Belcourt Theatre board of directors has promoted managing director Stephanie Silverman to executive director. In addition, the board elected new officers for its 2012-2013 term: