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1. 1 of B.B. King's 'Lucille' guitars sells for $280K at auction -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A guitar given to B.B. King for his 80th birthday has sold for $280,000 at an auction of items from the blues legend's estate.

Julien's Auctions says King often used the black Gibson ES-345 prototype that was one of several guitars he called "Lucille." A spokeswoman for the auction house, Mozell Miley-Bailey, said Monday that the buyer wants to remain anonymous.

2. First VU tower will be imploded Saturday -

One of Vanderbilt’s iconic brick towers on West End is being imploded Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Those wanting to shoot video or photos of the implosion of Carmichael Tower No. 3 will be limited to any area outside the blast zone perimeter. Partial views can be found on West End Avenue at both 23rd and 25th Avenues.

3. Historic Franklin photo contest is underway -

In honor of preservation month, the city of Franklin is conducting the 2019 My Historic Franklin Photo contest with hundreds of dollars in prizes, plus a chance to win two free tickets to the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in September.

4. Tennessee panel OKs $10M for FedEx project in Memphis -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee panel has approved a $10 million economic development grant to establish the FedEx Logistics headquarters in downtown Memphis.

FedEx Logistics was one of five economic development deals that received the State Funding Board's approval Friday.

5. FedEx Logistics establishing new HQ in downtown Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx Logistics is establishing a new headquarters in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, and bringing nearly 700 jobs along with it.

FedEx Logistics President and CEO Richard W. Smith and Gov. Bill Lee told news reporters Tuesday that the branch of shipping giant FedEx Corp. is moving into a building formerly occupied by the Gibson Guitar factory.

6. Gibson moving Memphis guitar production to Nashville -

Gibson Brands Inc. will stop making guitars in Memphis by April and move the operation to its Nashville headquarters.

Company officials 13 months ago announced Gibson was marketing for sale its Downtown facility and moving to a new, state-of-the-art facility elsewhere in Memphis.

7. Gibson guitars picks new leaders as bankruptcy set to end -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Famed guitar maker Gibson is changing its corporate leaders as the company plans to emerge from bankruptcy protection on Nov. 1.

In a news release Tuesday, Nashville-based Gibson Brands, Inc. said James "JC" Curleigh will become president and chief executive officer. Curleigh worked for Levi Strauss & Co. as president of the Levi's brand and a member of its worldwide leadership team.

8. Can Tennessee history spur neighborhood renaissance? -

Leaving the new Tennessee State Museum in the rearview mirror for a few minutes, I decide to dodge off Jefferson Street and try to catch up with the pedestrian who I later discover is a retired chief petty officer. “We ran the Navy,” he tells me, proudly.

9. Gibson guitars could have future under bankruptcy protection -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gibson guitars have been such a fixture in music history that Chuck Berry was laid to rest with his, B.B. King affectionately named his "Lucille," and Eric Clapton borrowed one from George Harrison to play the solo on the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

10. Iconic guitar maker Gibson seeks bankruptcy protection -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The maker of the Gibson guitar, omnipresent for decades on the American music stage, is filing for bankruptcy protection after wrestling for years with debt.

A pre-negotiated reorganization plan filed Tuesday will allow Gibson Brands Inc. to continue operations with $135 million in financing from lenders.

11. Stones exhibit shines a light on Musicians Hall -

The tall, smiling fellow dressed in black – and with a slight, rockabilly hair-flip tickling his forehead – stops and points at a black guitar in a display case and nods.

“I’ve been instructed that if all hell breaks loose and fire burns up everything else, I’m supposed to grab that guitar and get it out of here ….

12. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for November 2017 -

Top commercial real estate sales, November 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

13. MadeFirst hits high note with Nashville's New Year’s drop -

The fellow who makes sure Nashville’s New Year gets off on a cheerful, multi-colored note wanders across his MadeFirst complex – a 30,000 square-foot office and warehouse – in East Nashville and smiles brightly.

14. Reluctant Berry finds good life in loan (not pawn) business -

“Go ahead. Make my day.” I’m not a gun guy. Covered too much death during my career. Still, I couldn’t resist thinking about Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry Callahan, who recites that matter-of-fact “lecture” while pointing his .44 Magnum at a punk pondering a mortal miscue.

15. Guitarist, singer Lonnie Mack dies at age 74 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Guitarist and singer Lonnie Mack, whose instrumental recordings influenced guitar players including Stevie Ray Vaughan, has died in Nashville. He was 74.

16. Famous guitars get new life in Berry Hill -

It wouldn’t have surprised me to hear Vince Gill’s intricate fingerings of “For What It’s Worth” (my favorite Vince solo) or “Oklahoma Borderline” (Chet Atkins’ favorite) when I stepped inside the door of the non-descript complex that houses Joe Glaser’s guitar repair, resuscitation and rebirthing center.

17. Mac Wiseman: Last of the original CMA board -

“Charley Pride was sitting right there in that same chair as you. We sang ‘Footprints in the Snow,’’’ says Mac Wiseman, the last surviving member of the original CMA board of directors, nodding to where I sit.

18. Suits dismissed against corps over Nashville flood -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a pair of lawsuits claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was responsible for flood damage in 2010 to the Grand Ole Opry, Gibson Guitar and other Nashville-area businesses.

19. Guitars of the stars on display in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legendary guitars will be on display at the Tennessee State Museum.

The exhibit, called "The Guitar: An American Love Story," opens Thursday.

Among instruments on loan for the show are a guitar played by Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton's 1958 Gibson Explorer and singing cowboy star Roy Roger's OM-45 Deluxe guitar made by C.F. Martin & Co., circa 1930. There will be more than 150 guitars in all.

20. Saving face while saving lives at Saint Thomas -

By Oct. 1 when people in Nashville were first getting wind about the meningitis outbreak that has to date infected 63 people and killed eight across the state, local and national health officials had already been hard at work since Sept. 18 trying to identify what patients were sick with and how it happened.

21. Gibson Guitar acknowledges exotic wood violation -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Monday announced a deal to drop a criminal case against Gibson Guitar Corp. after the instrument maker acknowledged its importations of exotic wood violated environmental laws.

22. Guitar plays second fiddle as Nashville symbol -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The guitar, an iconic symbol of Nashville's music scene, is beginning to play second fiddle as a visual icon for the city.

Musical notes and symbols are emerging in Nashville's logo as city promoters seek to illustrate the variety of sounds here.

23. Court hearing over seized Gibson wood delayed -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A federal court hearing over wood seized from Gibson Guitar Corp. has been pushed back from Monday to Jan. 30.

24. US reps seek new law after raids at Gibson guitars -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Two members of Tennessee's congressional delegation on Thursday announced federal legislation aimed at quelling fears among owners of musical instruments and other products made from imported wood that they could face prosecution under a law that has led to raids on Gibson Guitar Corp.

25. Feds: Gibson wood seizure linked to criminal probe -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Federal prosecutors confirmed there's a criminal investigation under way related to the recent raid on Gibson Guitar in a filing that asked a judge to delay efforts by the company to reclaim wood that was seized.

26. Feds won't target unwitting owners of Gibsons with illegal wood -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal officials say that people who unknowingly possess musical instruments made with illegal wood products do not face prosecution.

In a letter to Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, officials with the U.S. Justice Department and the Interior Department say enforcement efforts are focused on those "removing protected species from the wild and making a profit by trafficking in them."

27. Gibson guitar CEO to be Blackburn guest -

MEMPHIS (AP) — The head of Gibson Guitar Corp., whose factories in Memphis and Nashville were recently raided by federal authorities, will be U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's guest when President Barack Obama speaks about job creation Thursday.

28. Gibson CEO says wood is properly imported -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The head of Gibson Guitar Corp. said Thursday that the company is being unfairly targeted after a raid by federal authorities at factories in Memphis and Nashville.

Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Nashville-based Gibson, said at a news conference that authorities didn't specify what they were investigating during Wednesday's raids, but have suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal.