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1. Ex-Trump aide confirms Ukraine aid was linked to Biden probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top White House official confirmed that military aid to Ukraine was held up by President Donald Trump's demand for the ally to investigate Democrats and Joe Biden but testified that there's nothing illegal, in his view, about the quid pro quo at the center of the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.

2. Ex-Trump adviser says he saw nothing illegal in Ukraine call -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top White House official testified Thursday in the House impeachment inquiry that he saw nothing illegal in President Donald Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president that is at the center of the Democrat-led investigation.

3. Senate candidate Hagerty heaps praise on Trump at conference -

MEMPHIS (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty on Tuesday touted his staunch support of President Donald Trump, defending him from Democrats' impeachment efforts while heaping praise on the president for his handling of the economy and the killing of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

4. Nashville to end ICE contract to house immigrant detainees -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The sheriff's office in Tennessee's largest city will stop contracting to house detained immigrants for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Dec. 1, Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall announced Tuesday, calling the issue a distraction.

5. Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi's death -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State group's leader, the Pentagon is increasing U.S. efforts to protect Syria's oil fields from the extremist group as well as from Syria itself and the country's Russian allies. It's a new high-stakes mission even as American troops are withdrawn from other parts of the country.

6. Gov. Lee hasn't decided on Trump refugee choice -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he hasn't decided yet if he'll accept President Donald Trump's offer to let states refuse to accept refugees.

The Republican told reporters Thursday that he hasn't yet talked to his team about how to respond to the move, which also lets local governments refuse to accept refugees.

7. Stackhouse enters 1st season at Vandy with revamped roster -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt has a new men's basketball coach in Jerry Stackhouse along with a revamped roster featuring six new Commodores.

And Stackhouse is ready to put the past, well, in the past.

8. Post Malone tops AMA noms, Swift could break MJ's record -

NEW YORK (AP) — Post Malone is the top contender at the 2019 American Music Awards, where Taylor Swift has a chance to moonwalk past Michael Jackson's record for most wins at the show.

Dick clark productions announced Thursday that Malone scored seven nominations, while newcomer Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande each earned six nominations. Swift, who has won 23 AMAs, is up for five awards and could surpass the King of Pop, who holds the record for the most wins with 24 trophies.

9. Post Malone tops AMA noms, Swift could break MJ's record -

NEW YORK (AP) — Post Malone is the top contender at the 2019 American Music Awards, where Taylor Swift has a chance to moonwalk past Michael Jackson's record for most wins at the show.

10. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for September 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

11. Block grant’s effect on rural hospitals uncertain -

How Tennessee’s rural hospitals would fare if the state gets the green light on block-granting some $7.9 billion in federal TennCare matching funds might depend less on the block grant and more on larger trends affecting hospitals – including growth in outpatient surgery and telemedicine.

12. Goldsmith finds success in career detour -

This is a story that plays out many times in Music City: So, this musician moves to Nashville … you know how it goes.

Yes, Thomas Goldsmith started out working at a car wash and then experienced a slight upgrade to restaurant dish washer.

13. Diplomat: Trump linked Ukraine aid to demand for probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor provided lawmakers Tuesday with a vivid, detailed and what some lawmakers called "disturbing" account of the way President Donald Trump wanted to put the new Ukraine president "in a public box" by demanding a quid pro quo at the center of the impeachment probe.

14. US diplomat drawn into Trump's Ukraine effort set to testify -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor is expected Tuesday to testify on Capitol Hill, emerging as an unlikely central player in the events that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

15. Tennessee doling out $5.9M in grants to 117 charter schools -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee education officials are distributing almost $5.9 million in grants to aid 117 charter schools in the state.

The Department of Education announced Monday that the grants account for about half of the $12 million allocated to the department's Charter Schools Facilities fund in Gov. Bill Lee's budget.

16. Vols QB Maurer uncertain for South Carolina game -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt is mum on the status of Brian Maurer for Saturday's game with South Carolina after the freshman quarterback sustained concussions in back-to-back weeks.

17. Exxon trial probes how oil giant accounts for climate change -

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general is accusing Exxon Mobil of lying to investors about how profitable the company will remain as governments impose stricter regulations to combat global warming.

18. Tennessee reports its 1st death from vaping-related illness -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Health officials have reported Tennessee's first death from a vaping-related respiratory illness.

Nashville health officials on Thursday confirmed the adult male's death amid a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses, including 53 cases reported in Tennessee.

19. Lee taps 38 to serve on census panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has appointed 38 people to a panel that will work with the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census.

Lee's office announced a wide variety of appointees to the Tennessee Complete Count Committee on Wednesday.

20. FedEx files $212M building permit for world hub in Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx officials confirm the company has filed a building permit for its new package sorting facility and world hub in Tennessee.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the $212 million permit filed Tuesday indicates the company could soon begin work on the Express World Hub at the Memphis International Airport, a major piece of an expansion project announced in 2018. The permit calls for a four-level building with offices, maintenance shops and a cafeteria.

21. FedEx files $212M building permit for world hub in Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx officials confirm the company has filed a building permit for its new package sorting facility and world hub in Memphis.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the $212 million permit filed Tuesday indicates the company could soon begin work on the Express World Hub at the Memphis International Airport, a major piece of an expansion project announced in 2018. The permit calls for a four-level building with offices, maintenance shops and a cafeteria.

22. Lee taps 38 to serve on census panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has appointed 38 people to a panel that will work with the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census.

Lee's office announced a wide variety of appointees to the Tennessee Complete Count Committee on Wednesday.

23. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for September 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

24. Vivid details emerge on Ukraine as impeachment quickens -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment inquiry is revealing vivid new details about the high-level unease over President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine, and those of his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, as the swift-moving probe by House Democrats showed no signs Tuesday of easing.

25. House Democrats not easing up on their impeachment probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment inquiry is revealing vivid new details about the high-level unease over President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine and those of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani as the swift-moving probe by House Democrats shows no signs of easing.

26. Musicians Hall of Fame to honor group with New Jersey roots -

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Seven years after hitting the road to perform and share their stories of recording with some of the biggest names in pop music, a New Jersey-based group of former A-list session musicians is being recognized for its efforts.

27. Democrats weigh formal impeachment vote as probe quickens -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are gauging support for a vote to formally authorize the impeachment inquiry as another official testified Tuesday in the deepening probe of President Donald Trump's efforts to have Ukraine investigate Joe Biden.

28. Former WH aide: John Bolton called Giuliani a 'hand grenade' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — National security adviser John Bolton was so alarmed by Rudy Giuliani's back-channel activities in Ukraine that he described President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a "hand grenade who is going to blow everybody up," according to a former White House aide.

29. What's next in the impeachment inquiry as Congress returns -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is returning from a two-week recess on Tuesday, but some lawmakers barely left Washington.

Three House committees investigating impeachment worked through the break, issuing multiple subpoenas and holding depositions with State Department officials relevant to the inquiry . Democrats are investigating President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine and exploring whether he abused his office by seeking dirt from a foreign country on former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading Democratic contender for the 2020 White House nomination and Trump's political rival.

30. Ambassador expected to testify key assurance came from Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. ambassador is expected to tell Congress that his text message reassuring another envoy that there was no quid pro quo in their interactions with Ukraine was based solely on what President Donald Trump told him, according to a person familiar with his coming testimony in the impeachment probe.

31. Arrest of Giuliani associates ensnares 'Congressman 1' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businessmen with ties to Rudy Giuliani lobbied a U.S. congressman in 2018 for help ousting the American ambassador to Ukraine around the same time they committed to raising money for the lawmaker.

32. Good Grief: Owners of Charlie Brown song sue Dollywood -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The copyright owners of the "Charlie Brown Christmas" theme song have sued Dollywood in federal court for copyright infringement.

News outlets report the complaint says the East Tennessee theme park named for country star Dolly Parton has used the song without permission in live Christmas performances since 2007.

33. Good Grief: Owners of Charlie Brown song sue Dollywood -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The copyright owners of the "Charlie Brown Christmas" theme song have sued Dollywood in federal court for copyright infringement.

34. Sun rises on Tennessee's day of prayer, humility, fasting -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is waking up to its first official "Day of Prayer, Humility and Fasting."

Gov. Bill Lee issued a proclamation last month declaring the designation for Oct. 10.

The Christian governor said in a video posted to Twitter last month that he and his wife, Maria, will use the day to offer prayers of hope, healing, thanksgiving and forgiveness. The event comes just days after Yom Kippur, a Jewish high holiday that involves a 25-hour fasting period that's coupled with prayers for forgiveness.

35. Pence asks Tennesseans to support Mexico-Canada trade deal -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Monday urged a group of Tennesseans to call the state's two Democratic congressmen and ask them to help pass the Trump administration's trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

36. New partnership seeks to put more doctors in rural Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say a newly solidified partnership between Middle Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College will help address the state’s doctor shortage in rural areas.

37. Lee: Block grant opponents ‘misinformed’ -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday downplayed recent pushback on his administration’s effort to change Tennessee’s Medicaid program into a block grant system, countering that the opposition is likely due to misinformation.

38. Democrats answer Trump’s ire and name-calling with subpoenas -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agitated and angry, President Donald Trump squared off against House Democrats, packing his increasingly aggressive impeachment defense with name-calling and expletives. Quietly but just as resolutely, lawmakers expanded their inquiry, promising a broad new subpoena for documents and witnesses.

39. Pence to headline Goodlettsville event with Gov. Lee -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is slated to headline an event on trade in Tennessee next week alongside Gov. Bill Lee and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

An event invitation says Pence will speak at a Tyson Foods facility in Goodlettsville on Monday to advocate for passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The event is funded by Trade Works for America, a group that is pushing for the trade deal.

40. Democrats answer Trump’s ire and name-calling with subpoenas -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agitated and angry, President Donald Trump squared off against House Democrats, packing his increasingly aggressive impeachment defense with name-calling and expletives. Quietly but just as resolutely, lawmakers expanded their inquiry, promising a broad new subpoena for documents and witnesses.

41. Pence to headline Goodlettsville event with Gov. Lee -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is slated to headline an event on trade in Tennessee next week alongside Gov. Bill Lee and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

An event invitation says Pence will speak at a Tyson Foods facility in Goodlettsville on Monday to advocate for passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The event is funded by Trade Works for America, a group that is pushing for the trade deal.

42. Trump lashes out in anger as Democrats warn of legal action -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unleashing unconcealed fury about Democrats and the press, President Donald Trump railed Wednesday against the investigation into his dealings with Ukraine, hours after House Democratic leaders warned the White House to expect a subpoena for documents. Democrats accused the administration of “flagrant disregard” of previous requests and said that refusal could be considered an impeachable offense.

43. Democrats: Trump incites violence against whistleblower -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Accusing President Donald Trump of “an incitement to violence,” House Democratic leaders bluntly warned Trump and his administration Wednesday not to intimidate potential witnesses in their impeachment inquiry. They said they were readying a subpoena demanding documents related to the president’s dealings with Ukraine

44. Democrats warn White House to expect subpoena on Ukraine -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leaders warned the White House Wednesday to expect a subpoena demanding documents on President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, accusing the administration of “flagrant disregard” of previous requests and saying that refusal could be considered an impeachable offense.

45. Pompeo acknowledges he was on Trump call at center of probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged Wednesday he was on the July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's president that's at the center of the House impeachment inquiry. But Pompeo continued to push back against what he said was Democrats' "bullying and intimidation."

46. Accusations over Trump probe fly between Pompeo, Democrats -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting a defiant tone, the Trump administration resisted Congress' access to impeachment witnesses, even as House Democrats warned such efforts themselves could amount to an impeachable offense.

47. Tennessee Medicaid block grant push gets backlash at hearing -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's plan to become the first state to receive Medicaid funding in a lump sum drew overwhelming opposition and no praise at its first public hearing Tuesday.

Around 30 people worried aloud at the Nashville hearing that the $7.9 billion block grant proposal could compromise coverage and care for Tennessee's most vulnerable citizens. Some contended the plan would be illegal. Many called for Tennessee to expand Medicaid instead.

48. Lawsuit: Supervisor negligence led to police shooting -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a former police officer in Tennessee says negligence by his superiors led to a police shooting in which he was wounded by friendly fire and a black man was killed.

49. Bradley welcomes Davis as litigation associate -

Judea S. Davis is joining Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.

Previously, Davis clerked for Judge Michelle Childs of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and Judge Garrison Hill of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. She served as a law fellow and law clerk for the Equal Justice Initiative, researching constitutional and criminal law issues and representing clients before the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.

50. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for August 2019 -

Top commercial real estate sales, August 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

51. AG turns to TN Supreme Court in death sentence appeal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to fast-track his office's appeal of a black inmate's commuted death sentence.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery says the Tennessee Supreme Court should take over the case rather than a lower court because it is "of unusual public importance."

52. Governor hands-off as AG moves for more executions -

SMYRNA (AP) — The Tennessee governor is refraining from weighing in on the attorney general's request to schedule executions for nine death-row prisoners and restore a 10th inmate's death sentence.

53. GM reverses course, says strikers will keep health coverage -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid health insurance, nine days after telling the union that coverage would be cut off.

The automaker said in an emailed letter to the United Auto Workers that it will keep benefits in place due to "significant confusion" among members. The letter dated Wednesday says employee health and well-being are GM's top priorities.

54. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for August 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, August 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

55. GOP lawmaker, wife cited as reason judge quit after 9 days -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A former Tennessee judge says the meddling of a Republican lawmaker and his wife was the reason she resigned just nine days after being appointed to take over the court position.

56. Tennessee attorney general appeals dropping death sentence -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general is appealing after a black inmate on death row had his sentence converted to life in prison because of concerns that racism tainted his jury selection pool.

57. Senate tech critic to Facebook CEO: Sell WhatsApp, Instagram -

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met Thursday with President Donald Trump and other critics of the tech industry, the Senate's most vocal detractor offered a challenge: Sell your WhatsApp and Instagram properties to prove you're serious about protecting data privacy.

58. Sherrard Roe places 25 on Best Lawyers list -

Twenty-five attorneys at Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2020.

Firm attorneys included in the publication are: Michael G. Abelow, Albert J. Bart, C. Dewey Branstetter, Jr., Kim A. Brown, L. Webb Campbell II, C. Mark Carver, Phillip F. Cramer, John L. Farringer IV, Scott W. Fielding, William L. Harbison, Lisa K. Helton, J. Scott Hickman, Mark Ison, Carla L. Lovell, Elizabeth E. Moore, Todd E. Panther, Gregory J. Pease, Tracy A. Powell, Michael D. Roberts, John H. Roe Jr., Carolyn W. Schott, Thomas J. Sherrard III, Mark T. Smith, John R. Voigt and Christopher C. Whitson.

59. ‘Because I love it:’ Volunteers rescue Walden’s Puddle -

From ailing eagles to orphaned opossums, from forsaken fawns to wounded woodchucks, some 120 species of Middle Tennessee wild birds and animals are provided treatment, rehabilitation and a second chance for survival – salvation, in other words – at Walden’s Puddle Wildlife Center of Greater Nashville.

60. Will block grant help cure what ails state’s TennCare program? -

Gov. Bill Lee has released details of the state’s proposal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for about half, or $7.9 billion, of the state’s Medicaid funding to come through a federal block grant.

61. Trump's Cabinet has had more ex-lobbyists than Obama or Bush -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they're regulating.

62. Tennessee unveils $7.9B block grant proposal for Medicaid -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to receive its Medicaid funding in a lump sum under a proposal seeking to drastically overhaul the program that provides health care services to low-income and disabled residents.

63. Tennessee unveils voucher rules, prepping for 2020 rollout -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Top education officials say they are preparing to implement Tennessee's newly enacted voucher law a full year ahead of schedule while unveiling key requirements surrounding the program.

64. Judge blocks Tennessee voter signup penalties, citing harm -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Tennessee's new restrictions for registering voters from taking effect on Oct. 1, saying Thursday that any benefit of the law won't likely outweigh its potential harm.

65. Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of Trump asylum rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.

66. Baker Donelson places 7 on Lawyers of Year list -

Baker Donelson’s Nashville law office announces that seven of its attorneys have been named Lawyers of the Year by the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Only one lawyer is recognized as the year’s best for each specialty and location.

67. Trump ousts hawkish Bolton, dissenter on foreign policy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had strong disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges.

68. UPS plans to hold holiday hiring steady at about 100,000 -

DALLAS (AP) — UPS said Monday it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers and pay them more to handle the avalanche of packages shipped between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

That's about the same number of people that UPS hired for last year's holiday season. UPS is also counting on automation to keep up with the constant growth in online shopping.

69. Lee's health care task force prepares to meet, draft policy -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee's health care task force is hoping to introduce legislation to improve telemedicine throughout Tennessee in time for the 2020 legislation session.

Fiance and Administration Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, chairman of the governor's panel, told The Associated Press in a recent interview that he hopes to have several ideas ready to pitch to the GOP-controlled Statehouse, but first the panel must formally meet.

70. Block grant proposal to change how state gets Medicaid funds -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to cover half the Medicaid costs in Tennessee with federal block grants would be the first of its kind in the nation if approved.

The Tennessean reports Gov. Bill Lee plans to reveal a draft of his proposal this month, ahead of a Nov. 20 deadline for submission to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

71. TVs to shoes: This time consumers face pain of Trump tariffs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's trade war with China, until now mainly an abstraction for American consumers, is about to hit home.

Beginning Sunday, the U.S. government will begin collecting 15% tariffs on $112 billion in Chinese imports — items ranging from smartwatches and TVs to shoes, diapers, sporting goods and meat and dairy products. For the first time since Trump launched his trade war, American households face price increases because many U.S. companies say they'll be forced to pass on to customers the higher prices they'll pay on Chinese imports.

72. Politics of climate change put corporations in tough spot -

The polarizing politics of climate change have forced companies to choose between supporting the Trump administration's deregulation policies that could boost profits or opposing them to win over environmentally conscious consumers.

73. Smokies recognizes its first African American naturalist -

GATLINBURG (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recognizing the contributions of its first African American naturalist.

Park Superintendent Cassius Cash on Thursday presented Joe Lee with a mounted ranger hat in honor of his contribution to the history of the National Park Service.

74. 5 Butler Snow Nashville lawyers year’s best -

Nashville-based Butler Snow attorneys have been named Lawyers of the Year by the Best Lawyers 2020 listing.

Across the firm 173 Butler Snow lawyers were honored in the Best Lawyers 2020 publication with 19 named Lawyers of the Year.

75. Events -

Through Sept. 22: Shakespeare Festival A summer production of Shakespeare’s best-known works The Tempest & Pericles. One C1ty, 8 City Blvd. The Tempest: August  29, 31, September 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, & 22 Pericles: August 30, September 1 (late show), 6, 13, 20

76. Surface Dynamics launches $10M expansion in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced a nearly $10 million investment by Surface Dynamics LLC to expand its operations in western Tennessee.

77. Greenland to Trump: Thanks, but we're not for sale -

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — Greenlanders are giving Donald Trump the cold shoulder.

Although amused, they're definitely not warming up to the U.S. president's talk of buying the semiautonomous Danish territory.

78. Court limits order that had stopped Trump asylum limits -

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court's ruling Friday will allow the Trump administration to begin rejecting asylum at some parts of the U.S.-Mexico border for migrants who arrived after transiting through a third country.

79. US industrial output fell 0.2% in July as factories struggle -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell 0.2% in July, as factory activity slumped in a worrisome sign for the economy.

The Federal Reserve said Thursday that the overall decline was caused primarily by a 0.4% drop last month in manufacturing production. Output decreased for autos, fabricated metals, wood products, textiles and plastics and rubber products.

80. Inmate asks for electric chair death in Thursday execution -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has made a last-minute request to be put to death in the electric chair, an option his lawyer described as "also unconstitutional, yet still less painful" than the state's preference of a three-drug lethal injection.

81. Benchmark taps Floyd for 40 & Under list -

Benchmark Litigation has selected Lee Adair Floyd, an attorney at Butler Snow, for its 2019 40 & Under Hot List.

She was also recognized in the 2018 edition.

Attorneys named to the list have proven their eligibility as individuals at the partner level of their respective firms who are age 40 or younger. They have also had a hand in some of their firm’s most noteworthy recent cases and have earned praise from clients and peers regarding the quality of their work.

82. Events -

Full Moon Pickin' Parties: Enjoy these unique Friday night parties featuring bluegrass music performed by attendees as well as main acts. Percy Warner Park Equestrian Center. Food available, Water, soft drinks and up to four beers are included with admission. Adults: $20 advance, $25 day of; Youth (7-17): $7 advance, $10 day of; Children 6 and younger free. Pickers: $5 (no alcohol), $10 with beer. Season pass: $100. Proceeds benefit Warner Parks. 7-11 p.m. Information: http://warnerparks.org/programs-events/events-2/pickin-party

83. Tennessee convenes cabinet meeting to focus on rural areas -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is considering a wide range of recommendations designed to improve Tennessee's 15 distressed counties.

Lee on Tuesday convened his Cabinet for a meeting with local officials for a "rural opportunity summit" in Perry County.

84. Senate leader: Tennessee sports bets might not start by fall -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Senate leader says a slow start means the country's first online-only sports betting law might not see its first wager until after the fall.

Republican Senate Speaker Randy McNally told reporters Thursday that he prefers waiting until all nine members of a new regulatory board are appointed before it establishes parameters for Tennessee sports betting. The law officially took effect July 1.

85. Events -

County Fairs: Agricultural fairs are a tradition in Tennessee, and Middle Tennessee has plenty to choose from. Middle Tennessee fairs and dates include:

Aug. 14-18: Cheatham County, 870 Fairgrounds Road, Ashland City. www.facebook.com/CheathamCountyFair

86. FedEx to invest additional $450 million to modernize hub -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx Corp. is investing an additional $450 million to improve operations at its busy hub in Memphis, Tennessee.

87. Events -

County Fairs Agricultural fairs are a tradition in Tennessee, and Middle Tennessee has plenty to choose from. Middle Tennessee fairs and dates include:

Aug. 2-10: Williamson County, Long Lane, Franklin. www.williamsoncountyfair.org

88. Schools get $3.7M for career and technical programs -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Career and technical education programs in Tennessee schools are receiving a boost.

The Tennessee Department of Education says 96 school districts across the state have been awarded a total of $3.7 million for career-focused programs.

89. McGee appointed to Tennessee Court of Appeals -

SAVANNAH (AP) — Tennessee's Court of Appeals has a new member.

Carma Dennis McGee has been sworn in as a judge for the Court of Appeals.

90. Veteran attorney West moves to Miller & Martin -

Attorney Dudley West, formerly with White & Reasor, has joined Miller & Martin’s Nashville office.

West has a diverse civil practice with an emphasis on business litigation and real estate. He has handled numerous commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions and other transactions, and represented clients in a wide variety of business, real estate and other civil litigation matters in state and federal courts.

91. Events -

First Friday: Your Small Business Resource: Topic: Leverage Partnerships to Grow your Business. First Friday offers individuals the opportunity to expand their knowledge on best business practices from some of the most successful business leaders in the county. E|Spaces, 1550 W. McEwen Drive, Suite 300. 7:30-9 a.m. Free. Information

92. Tennessee House GOP nominates new speaker after scandal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans nominated a new leader Wednesday as part of their latest attempt to calm the mounting controversies surrounding the GOP-controlled chamber, which has been plagued by scandals involving its outgoing speaker.

93. Senate approves bill to extend 9/11 victims fund -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks never runs out of money.

The 97-2 vote sends the bill to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.

94. Tennessee House speaker denies voucher vote-buying claims -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Outgoing Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada is denying allegations of vote-buying attempts on an education voucher bill.

Casada posted Sunday on Facebook that any allegation against his office about a quid pro quo on that bill or others is unequivocally false.

95. Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns.

In the process, they have created a fraught political frame: "racists" vs. "socialists."

96. Casada says he can't afford alimony -

FRANKLIN (AP) — Weeks before he's expected to resign, Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada has asked a judge to relieve him of paying alimony because he says he can no longer afford the approximately $4,000 monthly payments.

97. Working Mother likes Baker Donelson -

Baker Donelson has been named by Working Mother to its 12th annual “Best Law Firms for Women” list. This is the third consecutive year the firm has been included in this prominent list, which recognizes firms that utilize best practices in recruiting, retaining, promoting and developing women lawyers.

98. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for second quarter 2019 -

Top commercial real estate sales, second quarter 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

99. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for second quarter 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, second quarter 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

100. Estate sellers tell of their Antique Roadshow-worthy finds -

There’s not always gold in them thar hills, and finding an original copy of the U.S. Constitution behind a thrift store painting is more the stuff of legend than reality.

Still, estate sales professionals do unearth hidden gems from time to time: