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1. Hundreds of US teacher candidates shake up midterm elections -

Last September, school speech therapist Kathy Hoffman was settling into the new academic year, working with youngsters in her small classroom behind a playground at Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School in a blue-collar neighborhood outside Phoenix.

2. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for July 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, July 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

3. Poll finds most parents and kids agree on Trump, economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In some ways, President Donald Trump has brought Tammy Kennedy and her daughter, Sue Ann, together on politics.

4. Poll finds most parents and kids agree on Trump, economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In some ways, President Donald Trump has brought Tammy Kennedy and her daughter, Sue Ann, together on politics.

They don't agree on every issue— Tammy supports abortion rights, for example, while Sue Ann opposes them. Even so, the two agree on most issues and disapprove of the way Trump is doing his job.

5. US blocks UN health panel from backing taxes on sugar drinks -

GENEVA (AP) — The Trump administration has torpedoed a plan to recommend higher taxes on sugary drinks, forcing a World Health Organization panel to back off the U.N. agency's previous call for such taxes as a way to fight obesity, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions.

6. Anderson Benson hires two managers -

Anderson Benson, an independent Nashville-based insurance and risk management firm, has hired two new account managers. Sarah Anderson and Cynthia Russell have joined the firm.

Anderson joins Anderson Benson from Willis Towers Watson where she most recently served as a client service specialist.

7. Trump salutes 2nd Amendment, urges NRA members to vote GOP -

DALLAS (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday linked the sanctity of the Second Amendment to his party's prospects in the 2018 midterm elections, telling supporters at the National Rifle Association's annual convention that "we've got to get Republicans elected."

8. After flirting with gun-control movement, Trump faces NRA -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back for a return engagement, President Donald Trump's address to the National Rifle Association on Friday comes after he temporarily strayed from the group's strong opposition to tougher gun controls following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida — only to rapidly return to the fold.

9. Axe throwing? Why not -

Throwing dishes is a loud, cherished and time-honored way to relieve tension. If you’re loathe to part with the family china, however, BATL Nashville has the answer.

Located in a former Nashville Auto Diesel College outbuilding at the corner of Douglas Avenue and Gallatin Pike in East Nashville, BATL, or Backyard Axe Throwing League, provides the opportunity to hang out, grab some food and a drink – and hurl axes at targets with friends, coworkers or even in league play.

10. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for February 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales,February 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

11. Trump's strong words on guns give way to political reality -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not two weeks ago, President Donald Trump wagged his finger at a Republican senator and scolded him for being "afraid of the NRA," declaring that he would stand up to the powerful gun lobby and finally get results on quelling gun violence following last month's Florida school shooting.

12. AP Analysis: NRA gave $7 million to hundreds of schools -

The National Rifle Association has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools in recent years, according to an Associated Press analysis, but few have shown any indication that they'll follow the lead of businesses that are cutting ties with the group following last month's massacre at a Florida high school.

13. US companies take a stand, raise age to purchase guns -

NEW YORK (AP) — Kroger and L.L. Bean said Thursday they will no longer sell guns to anyone under 21, becoming the third and fourth major retailers this week to put restrictions in place that are stronger than federal laws. The announcements follow those by Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart, emphasizing the pressure companies are facing to take a stand.

14. Walmart, Dick's expand corporate rift with gun lobby -

NEW YORK (AP) — The rift between major U.S. companies and the gun lobby is growing.

And Americans are taking note, lighting up social media boards with vows to back up the companies with their wallet, or to boycott them.

15. GOP leaders move slowly on tighter gun laws -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday showed little interest in stricter gun control proposals being floated in Congress, leaving the issue in the hands of wary Senate leaders and President Donald Trump, whose shifting views have left no clear strategy for legislative action.

16. Defying the NRA, Dick's takes a harder line against guns -

NEW YORK (AP) — Dick's Sporting Goods will immediately stop selling assault-style rifles and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21, the company said Wednesday, as its CEO took on the National Rifle Association by calling for tougher gun laws after the massacre in Florida.

17. Trump urges lawmakers to buck NRA every once in a while -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared he's willing to take on the National Rifle Association over gun legislation, but Republicans who control Congress aren't so sure. They prefer to consider only modest changes to firearms limits in response to the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

18. Americans say Congress is listening to all the wrong people -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking for common ground with your neighbor these days? Try switching subjects from the weather to Congress. Chances are, you both agree it's terrible.

In red, blue or purple states, in middle America or on the coasts, most Americans loathe the nation's legislature. One big reason: Most think lawmakers are listening to all the wrong people, suggests a new study by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California-Santa Barbara with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

19. Trump bucks NRA, backs raising age for buying assault rifles -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump says, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools.

20. Trump endorsees raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump endorsed stricter gun-control measures Thursday, including raising the minimum age to 21 for possessing a broader range of weapons than at present. He tweeted his strongest stance as president one day after an emotional White House session where students and parents poured out wrenching tales of lost lives and pleaded for action.

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

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

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

22. Trump suggests Fla. shooting suspect was mentally disturbed -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says it appears the suspect in Florida's deadly school shooting was "mentally disturbed."

Trump tweeted Thursday about the shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school. A former student opened fire Wednesday with an AR-15 rifle, killing 17 people. The 19-year-old was charged Thursday morning.

23. Bass, Berry & Sims elects new members -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has elected six new members in the firm, including four in Nashville. They are:

Douglas W. Dahl II advises both public and private companies on issues related to the legal compliance and tax-qualification of ERISA-covered employee benefit plans, as well as executive compensation and equity plan matters. Dahl earned an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Samford University Cumberland School of Law and a B.A. from Kansas State University.

24. Events -

2018 Governor’s Address. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Governor Bill Haslam for the 2018 Governor’s Address, in which he will share insights about the state’s economy and business environment. An opportunity for Chamber members to share their thoughts about what state government can do to help grow jobs. Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave. South. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fee: $50 Nashville Area, Bellevue Harpeth, Maury County, Rutherford County Chamber members. $600 reserved table for 10, $65 future Chamber members. Registration deadline is Jan. 25. Information: http://web.nashvillechamber.com/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=2094

25. Middle Tennessee's $1M-plus residential transactions for 2017 -

There were 690 commercial real estate transactions worth $1 million or more in Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Sumner and Wilson counties in 2017, according to Chandler Reports.

Davidson County had the most with 333, followed by Williamson (152), Rutherford (104), Sumner (51) and Wilson (50).

26. Fairgrounds-area market owners hoping to score with pro soccer -

Abdul and Rahima Ata’s sons focus on the future as they toil to keep the family business operating at the corner of Benton and Bransford avenues – literally across the street and downhill from the State Fairgrounds gates nearest the planned Major League Soccer stadium.

27. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for October 2017 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2017, for Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports. Due to technical issues, Davidson County sales are unavailable for September.

28. Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin adds 2 attorneys -

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

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

29. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for September 2017 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports. Due to technical issues, Davidson County sales are unavailable for September.

30. Minor joins Bradley’s Nashville office -

J. Douglas Minor Jr., a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, will be moving to the firm’s Nashville office from Bradley’s Jackson, Mississippi, office.

A member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group since joining the firm in 2006, Minor has been a litigator in the Southeast for more than two decades.

31. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for July 2017 -

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

32. DJ in groping case says he may have touched Swift's ribs -

DENVER (AP) — A former radio disc jockey accused of groping Taylor Swift before a concert testified Tuesday that he may have touched the pop superstar's ribs with a closed hand as he tried to jump into a photo with her but insisted he did not touch her backside as she claims.

33. Auerbach taps veteran acts in Nashville for solo album -

NEW YORK (AP) — The recording of Dan Auerbach's new solo album was so magical he wanted to film the process, which included him collaborating with some of the most veteran session musicians of all time.

34. Roger Ailes, media guru and political strategist, dies at 77 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America's political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. He was 77.

35. Roger Ailes, media guru and political strategist, dies at 77 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America's political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. He was 77.

36. Tennessee lawmakers make late session push on final bills -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers nearly checked off the last of their lingering legislative priorities Tuesday, as they moved to require metal detectors for gun-banning city facilities and pushed to let older adults without a college degree or certificate attend community college for free.

37. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for March 2017 -

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

38. Pedigo to moderate INPUT conference -

Will Pedigo, Nashville Public Television producer, has been selected as a 2017 moderator for INPUT, an international public media conference that presents films and television programs.

Pedigo is one of two U.S. moderators selected in a group of 14 chosen internationally and was a producer fellow at the 2016 INPUT Conference.

39. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for January 2017 -

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

40. Blackburn still the favorite for UT’s AD position -

Tennessee has its search firm and its search committee is in place to find the replacement for Dave Hart as the university’s athletic director.

Hart announced last August he would retire June 30, and with Tennessee undergoing a transition in its chancellor’s position, the search for Hart’s replacement was put on the back burner.

41. Kafka’s tale of navigating courts remains relevant -

Paul Greenberg, editorial page editor emeritus of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, likes to write about Franz Kafka (1883-1924) and the word coined for his name, Kafkaesque.

A Greenberg column recently pointed out that Kafka “grew up in a Jewish middle-class minority within a German-speaking minority within a Czech minority within an Austro-Hungarian empire that was already a fading minority within a world full of collapsing empires ….”

42. The Farm’s vision still lives after 45 years -

THE FARM – Marijuana smoking used to be considered a sacrament for the original 320 hippie refugees whose gypsy caravan of white school buses pulled onto this Lewis County acreage 45 years ago, giving birth to a commune that continues to go by the simple name “The Farm.”

43. Lanquist named general counsel for Bar Association -

Edward D. Lanquist, Jr., managing shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C., has been appointed general counsel of the Tennessee Bar Association.

The general counsel is chosen by the president of the TBA and serves a volunteer, one-year term. As general counsel, Lanquist will provide counsel to the board and board members and be actively involved in governance of the organization.

44. Steady hiring is now benefiting a broader group of Americans -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Years of steady job gains have finally begun to benefit a wider range of Americans, including those with less education and in lower-paying jobs.

A second straight month of robust hiring — 255,000 jobs added in July — pointed to employer confidence that suggested that the economy is powering through a slump that struck early this year. The unemployment rate remained a low 4.9 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.

45. Events -

Live on the Green. A free outdoor music series held at Public Square Park in Nashville. The festival showcases the city’s emerging musical talent and highlights well-known national acts. Since its inception in 2009, more than 425,000 fans from 45 states and 13 countries have attended the event. Information: www.liveonthegreen.com. Schedule for August:

46. Brody-Waite named CEO of Entrepreneur Center -

Michael Brody-Waite, former CEO of InQuicker.com, will be The Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s new CEO.

Brody-Waite began his career at Dell Inc., working in sales. In 2009, he became co-founder and CEO of Nashville-based InQuicker, which he shepherded it until it was acquired in 2015.

47. Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 4 to the firm -

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

Douglas W. Dahl II (counsel), who assists clients on all facets of employee benefits programs and executive compensation issues. Previously, Dahl practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Proskauer Rose LLP. From 2009-2011, he was an attorney with the IRS, Office of Chief Counsel.

48. Doeg elected vice chair of Launch Tennessee -

Bruce Doeg of Baker Donelson has been named vice chairman of Launch Tennessee.

LaunchTN is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in Tennessee. Doeg was recently elected vice chairman by LaunchTN’s board of directors. Randy Boyd, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, is its chairman.

49. 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

50. Words to live by – by some famous wordsmiths -

I am always looking for useful proverbs, adages, mottos and the like. Especially stuff that can be easily memorized, like “Don’t chew with your mouth full.” And “I feel a whole lot more like I do now than I did when I got here.”

51. Who said that? Some old saying not really so old -

I wrote a couple of columns in October 2008 that, taken together, set forth a quotation and then endeavored to correctly identify the source thereof.

That quotation – “I don’t cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day,” attributed to one Terri Guillemets – may be found throughout cyberspace to this day.

52. 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.

53. Hendersonville designer Josh Johnson strikes gold with L.A. interiors -

Hendersonville is a long way from Hollywood, but designer Josh Johnson is gladly making the commute.

The Sumner County native first gained attention of the rich and glamorous when he was featured in the HGTV series Design Star in 2007. Johnson was voted fan favorite and earned the nickname “Sparkle Josh.” He was also featured on Design Star All Stars in 2012.

54. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions for September 2015 -

Top commercial real estate transactions, September 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

55. Ramsey urges 'fellow Christians' to get handgun permits -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's lieutenant governor said in a Facebook posting on Friday that his "fellow Christians" should consider getting a handgun carry permit after a gunman killed nine people at a local community college in southern Oregon.

56. Again? Health care debate expands for 2016 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's health care debate has been called an unhealthy political obsession. But if the 2016 presidential hopefuls have any say, it's about to get bigger.

The candidates in both parties are offering options across the political spectrum, from a system wholly run by the federal government to dialing back Washington's commanding role. Behind the rhetoric, each approach has its pitfalls.

57. Events -

Boost Your Business Nashville. A boot camp-style event to help the region’s small businesses grow. Facebook is teaming with other small business advocates – Mailchimp, Shopify, Visa and Zenefits – as well as author and small business marketing expert Mari Smith. The event will include a keynote from Facebook’s director of small business, Jonathan Czaja, a panel featuring local small businesses and breakout sessions led by Facebook, Mailchimp, and Shopify. Two sessions today: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-5:30 p.m. $25. Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton St., Nashville. Information: https://boostyourbusiness-nashville.eventfarm.com

58. Hanto named director of Vanderbilt Transplant Center -

Douglas Hanto M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and associate director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, has been named the Center’s new director.

Hanto, an internationally recognized leader in organ transplantation, joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in 2014 as the center’s associate director and has since worked with the departments of Pediatrics and Surgery to establish a comprehensive pediatric liver center at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

59. Comcast speeding up its discounted Internet service -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comcast is speeding up and expanding a discounted Internet service that was created to get more low-income people online.

Comcast created the program four years ago as a condition of government approval of its purchase of NBCUniversal. The service costs $10 a month, a quarter of Comcast's promotional price for a slightly faster Internet speed.

60. Harbison takes office as TBA president -

Nashville lawyer William L. “Bill” Harbison has been installed as president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Harbison was elected vice president in 2013 and served in that role during the 2013-2014 bar year. He served as president-elect during the 2014-2015 bar year.

61. Top residential real estate transactions for May 2015 -

Top residential real estate transactions, May 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

62. Top commercial real estate transactions for first quarter 2015 -

Top commercial real estate transactions, first quarter 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

63. Tennessee Medical Association installs new president -

John W. Hale, Jr., MD, a family physician in Union City, has been installed as 2015-2016 president of the Tennessee Medical Association, the state’s largest professional organization for physicians. Hale’s term officially began this week during TMA’s annual convention in Nashville.

64. Kiwanis names Corbin Nashvillian of the Year -

Tim Corbin, head coach of the Vanderbilt University’s NCAA national championship baseball team, has been named Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year by The Kiwanis Club of Nashville.

Established 34 years ago, The Kiwanis Club’s Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year Award is presented annually to one or more Nashvillians who have made the greatest positive difference to the Metro Nashville community during the previous year by having gone beyond the call of duty and given unstintingly of his or her abilities and/or resources for the betterment of the Nashville area without seeking recognition or reward.

65. Top January 2015 commercial real estate transactions -

Top January 2015 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

66. Top 2014 residential real estate transactions -

Top 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

67. Protesters, supporters demonstrate at Obama speech -

NASHVILLE (AP) — About 200 protesters and supporters gathered outside a south Nashville community center on Tuesday while President Barack Obama spoke inside about his executive action on immigration.

68. Hanto will lead pediatric liver transplant program -

Douglas Hanto, M.D., Ph.D., the new associate director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, will work with the departments of Pediatrics and Surgery to develop a comprehensive pediatric liver center at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

69. Bovender inducted into Business Hall of Fame -

More than 400 business leaders gathered at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel last week to induct Jack Bovender, Jr., retired Chairman of HCA., into the Phoenix Club Nashville Business Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame recognizes the city’s outstanding contributors to business and philanthropy and benefits Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee students.

70. MBA student, faculty films air -

Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.

A short film by student Jacob Lothers was created as an entry in the Full Moon Film Festival for high school students, with the longer cut of his film airing this month. Lothers is part of Red Tower Productions, the school’s film and video club.

71. Middle-class squeeze: From day care to health care -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son — so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child.

The day care center they found near their Seattle home tops $10,000 a year. Next year, their son, now 3, can attend a Catholic preschool less than half as costly.

72. Longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer Barrett dies at 86 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.

Barrett died Tuesday at a hospital, several partners of his Nashville-based law firm told The Associated Press.

73. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions June 2014 -

Top June 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

74. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transaction for June 2014 -

Top June 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

75. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for May 2014 -

Top May 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

76. Perry named partner in health care practice -

John M. Perry, Jr. has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as a partner in the Health Care Practice Group. Perry had been working from the firm’s Birmingham office since rejoining the firm in January 2014. He began his legal career in the Birmingham office as an associate in 1997.

77. Vanderbilt Hospital names Parmley its chief of staff -

C. Lee Parmley, M.D., J.D., professor of Anesthesiology and chief of the Critical Care Division of the Department of Anesthesiology, has been named chief of staff of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

78. Centerstone names Slusser director of advancement -

Centerstone, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit providers of community-based mental health and addiction services, has promoted Jeney Slusser to director of advancement in Tennessee.

79. TriStar Health names chief medical officer -

TriStar Health has selected Jeffrey Guy, M.D., as its new chief medical officer. Guy will help lead the company’s clinical care goals at its 15 hospitals in Tennessee, South Central Kentucky and Northern Georgia. He replaces former TriStar Health Chief Medical Officer Douglas Ardoin, M.D.

80. Businessman tries his luck at building pot brand -

SEATTLE (AP) — For the activists who led the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington state last fall, Jamen Shively was one of their biggest fears: an aspiring pot profiteer whose unabashed dreams of building a cannabis empire might attract unwanted attention from the federal government or a backlash that could slow the marijuana reform movement across the country.

81. Schools get in on LEED certification -

An East Nashville middle school once marred by mold, asbestos and age is set to receive an almost full facelift that will add it to the list of Metro Nashville Public School’s “greenest” buildings.

82. Charter panel bill stalls in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Lawmakers questioned a proposal to create a special panel to authorize charter schools in several Tennessee counties during debate at the state Legislature Tuesday, while a nonprofit group criticized the governor's decision to withdraw his school voucher program.

83. Obama health law anniversary finds two Americas -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years, two elections, and one Supreme Court decision after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, its promise of health care for the uninsured may be delayed or undercut in much of the country because of entrenched opposition from many Republican state leaders.

84. Better state credit ratings a pressing issue for Henry -

State Sen. Douglas Henry (D-Nashville), the longest-serving member of the General Assembly that convened this month, looks ahead with a simple, focused determination.

Beginning his 43rd year in the Senate, Henry says he has little interest in “hot-button” issues such as the expansion of gun-owners’ rights, school vouchers or allowing wine sales in grocery stores.

85. The light at the end of his patience -

My understanding of Christmas tree lights is, in a word, nada, zilch, nil. OK, so that’s three words. I plug in a strand. If the bulbs light up, we’re good. If they don’t, I’m lost.

86. Education chief wants textbooks to go digital -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried your kids spend too much time with their faces buried in a computer screen? Their schoolwork may soon depend on it.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan called Tuesday for the nation to move as fast as possible away from printed textbooks and toward digital ones. "Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete," he declared.

87. Windsor Capital Group names Nashvillian COO -

Windsor Capital Group, which owns and manages 20 hotel properties in 11 states, has named has hired Paul Francisco as its chief operating officer.

88. The mother of all venues -

Kim Carnes’ unforgettable Bette Davis Eyes voice dances happily as she professes love for the spot she calls the best musical venue in the city.

“The first place that comes to mind is the Ryman,” she says, putting down her coffee and turning away from The New York Times for the morning conversation.

89. School vouchers spark growing court fights in US -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students like Delano Coffy are at the heart of brewing political fights and court battles over whether public dollars should go to school vouchers to help make private schools more affordable.

90. Country stars join together for charity single -

NASHVILLE (AP) - In 2000, no one had a voice like 12-year-old Billy Gilman. But when puberty temporarily took that away, he had to find another passion.

The former child-prodigy, who sold over 2 million copies of his debut album, "One Voice,' returned to a normal life and started volunteering.

91. Tenn. students sue for-profit Daymar College -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Daymar College has been hit again with a lawsuit claiming that the Kentucky-based for-profit chain of professional schools deceived students in Tennessee about the quality of its degree programs and left students deep in debt with few career opportunities.

92. Stanford archives offer window into Apple origins -

PALO ALTO, Calfornia (AP) — In the interview, Steve Wozniak and the late Steve Jobs recall a seminal moment in Silicon Valley history — how they named their upstart computer company some 35 years ago.

93. FirstBank names Inman chairman -

Veteran banker and businessman Gordon Inman will be named chairman of FirstBank Middle Tennessee. He also will join the board of directors.

94. Analysis: Democrats hit reset on health care -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are hitting the reset button on health care for next year's elections.

Weary of getting pounded over the new health overhaul law, President Barack Obama and his party are changing the subject to Medicare.

95. Harrington, Spradley named to bank board -

Cordia Harrington and James W. (Jimmy) Spradley Jr., have joined The Bank of Nashville’s local Board of Directors.

Harrington is owner & founder of Tennessee Bun Company, which includes three plants and five product lines, serving customers in the United States, Caribbean and South America. Her other businesses include Bakery Express (trucking) and Cold Storage of Nashville (a freezer facility). Harrington also is in her second term on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Nashville Branch. Harrington served as chairman of the St. Thomas and Baptist Hospital Foundation Board from 2009-2011.

96. Environmental awards to Tidwell, Forest Hills, Ward -

Ann Tidwell is the recipient of the 2011 Friends of Radnor Lake Environmental Award.

Tidwell was an early organizer in the campaign to “Save Radnor Lake!” in 1972 and has remained active in the group that became Friends of Radnor Lake, serving as its president for six years.

97. Taylor joins Bone McAllester Norton -

Stephanie R. Taylor has joined the law firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC and will oversee the firm’s Entertainment Law group

98. Disasters challenge plans to reinvent Japan Inc. -

TOKYO (AP) — Before disaster struck, Japan's leaders were vowing to counter the prospect of long-term economic decline with a new spirit of engagement with the rest of the world.

Freer trade and deeper economic ties could help re-energize an economy stifled by deflation and eclipsed in size by rising rival China and in vision by smaller, more dynamic countries such as neighboring South Korea.