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1. St. Cecilia, Nashville's oldest private school, tackles today’s issues -

Nashville’s St. Cecilia Academy is the only same-sex private girls school in Nashville that offers an education rooted in Roman Catholic Christianity.

“St. Cecilia Academy offers an authentically Catholic response to the questions of our times: what is the human person, what is true freedom, what are we made for?” Sister Anna Laura, principal of the school of almost 300 young women grades 9-12, says of the 158-year-old school, which is owned and operated by the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation in the Diocese of Nashville.

2. Lee: Faith-based group could reduce TN prison population -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee on Tuesday pointed to a Nashville faith-based halfway home as a possible model for reducing Tennessee's recidivism rate.

Lee told reporters that organizations like Men of Valor —where he has served as a board member for several years —should be studied by the state as a possible learning tool to help other communities.

3. Lee, Dean to face off in Tennessee governor's race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Businessman Bill Lee defeated three other Republicans in a bruising primary for Tennessee governor Thursday, setting the stage for a competitive fall contest against former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who cruised to the Democratic nomination.

4. Who are the 4 Supreme Court contenders Trump has met so far? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices so far. Who are they?

AMY CONEY BARRETT

Barrett, 46, was a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor. At her confirmation hearing last fall to become an appellate court judge, Democrats peppered Barrett on whether her Roman Catholic faith would interfere with her work. Democrats cited a 1998 paper in which she argued that Catholic judges might need to recuse themselves in death penalty cases.

5. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for March 2018 -

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

6. Democrats need viable candidates to catch blue wave -

Republicans called it the “kickoff” to what they hope will be a great election season. Democrats are downplaying a lopsided loss in the 14th Senate District special election, saying it won’t represent results later this year in President Donald Trump’s midterm.

7. French jazz album recorded in French? Why not? -

Eric Brace laughs at himself easily when describing his latest project, an album of French jazz songs – sung in that storied language of love – accompanied by a wall of sound mostly provided by a blind, musical genius who began his career in a South Dakota family gospel band.

8. Tennessee church shooting suspect charged with murder -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The pastor shouted "Run, run, gunshots!" and congregants hid under pews or in bathrooms as a masked man armed with two guns opened fire at a Tennessee church, killing one person and wounding six before being subdued.

9. Amid uproar, Southern Baptists condemn 'alt-right' movement -

PHOENIX (AP) — Southern Baptists on Wednesday formally condemned the political movement known as the "alt-right," in a national meeting that was thrown into turmoil after leaders initially refused to take up the issue.

10. Amid uproar, Southern Baptists condemn 'alt-right' movement -

PHOENIX (AP) — Southern Baptists on Wednesday formally condemned the political movement known as the "alt-right," in a national meeting that was thrown into turmoil after leaders initially refused to take up the issue.

11. Southern Baptist Convention in uproar over 'alt-right' -

PHOENIX (AP) — A national meeting of Southern Baptists will consider condemning the political movement known as the "alt-right" amid an uproar over the denomination's commitment to confronting prejudice.

12. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for Nov. 2016 -

Top commercial real estate sales, November 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

13. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for July 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, July 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

14. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for May 2016 -

Top commercial real estate sales, May 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

15. Southern Baptists oppose Confederate flag, talk racial unity -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday urged Christians to stop displaying the Confederate battle flag, recognizing that it is perceived by many as a "symbol of hatred, bigotry and racism" that offends millions of people.

16. Rich newspaper owners: Industry saviors or foes? -

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake Tribune's pending sale to the wealthy Huntsman family unshackles the newspaper from cost-cutting corporate owners and resolves crippling financial uncertainty — but it also raises concerns about whether the influential family will meddle in the paper's coverage.

17. Bill to cap liquor store ownership headed to Haslam's desk -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The House passed a bill Monday to impose a cap on liquor store ownership in Tennessee, sending the measure that some Republicans derided as contrary to free market principles to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

18. ‘Damn angels are fouling up the whole show!’ -

Once again, it’s here. Time for the last column. Of the year, at least.

And, though I didn’t do so last year, typically I – in essence – reprint a column I first wrote many, many years ago. One about winter holiday programs. Once called Christmas pageants.

19. Tennessee lawmaker urged lower sentence in child porn case -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A top Republican in the state House wrote to a federal judge to call for a lenient sentence for a former youth pastor convicted of child porn possession.

House Majority Whip Jeremy Durham of Franklin wrote the letter in March, about three months after a grand jury declined to indict him on prescription fraud charges sought by prosecutors.

20. Capitol Commission to review which historical figures should be honored -

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell are encouraging the Tennessee Capitol Commission to evaluate the characteristics of Tennesseans honored in the Capitol Complex.

“From time to time, it is appropriate for the State of Tennessee to review which Tennesseans are honored and in what location and manner,” states a letter from Ramsey and Harwell, both Republicans, to the commission.

21. Capitol Commission to review which historical figures should be honored -

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell are encouraging the Tennessee Capitol Commission to evaluate the characteristics of Tennesseans honored in the Capitol Complex.

“From time to time, it is appropriate for the State of Tennessee to review which Tennesseans are honored and in what location and manner,” states a letter from Ramsey and Harwell, both Republicans, to the commission.

22. The evolving nature of Christian values -

The Rev. Cindy “Cyd” Andrews-Looper’s first message to Nashville: You can be gay, and you can be a conservative Christian, and there is nothing mutually exclusive about those two things.

23. Mother, daughter find each other by chance in Guatemala -

Everyone seemed a little more curious about Miranda Kovach’s heritage than she was.

Maybe the Nashville woman was too afraid to wonder when she had so little information to go on. But last month, she found herself crying in the arms of a mother who was so bereft at their separation 29 years ago, she couldn’t even bring herself to look up as someone carried her baby girl away.

24. Obama condemns those who seek to 'hijack religion' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world. "No god condones terror," he said.

"We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends," Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast.

25. Minister bemoans overreach of federal government -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A normally routine prayer in the Senate on Tuesday turned out to be anything but when a minister and activist bemoaned what she called "tyrannical" overreach from Washington.

26. Goodpasture celebrates 50th anniversary -

Aijalon Carter, 15, still remembers her first day as a timid 3-year-old at Goodpasture Christian School. Crying and scared, she was greeted by Miss Jill, her new preschool teacher and immediately felt better.

27. Southern Baptists could weigh president, gays -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, is in Baltimore this week for its annual meeting. Among the issues that will or are likely to come up:

28. Korean-American vies to lead Southern Baptists -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Southern Baptists elected their first African-American president two years ago in a move widely seen as a watershed for efforts to broaden the appeal of the nation's largest Protestant denomination beyond its traditional white Southern base.

29. Ex-magistrate censured in Messiah name change case -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A former Tennessee magistrate who changed a baby's first name from Messiah to Martin was censured Monday.

Lu Ann Ballew said at the time that Messiah was a title held only by Jesus Christ. Ballew's attorneys have argued that she was acting in the child's best interest because having the name Messiah could make his life difficult.

30. Former Titan Sanders offers support for gay player -

The decision last week by former University of Missouri linebacker Michael Sam to reveal himself as, potentially, the first openly gay player to play in the NFL created plenty of conversation and provoked plenty of emotion.

31. Shepherd gets the hook for colorful language -

It’s the time of year again for holiday programs.

Such as the one recounted by John Irving in “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” The one directed annually by the Rev. and Mrs. Wiggin. The one that made Owen mad, because the little kids were “disguised as turtledoves.”

32. Magistrate who changed baby's name could be disciplined -

NASHVILLE (AP) - An East Tennessee magistrate who ordered a baby's name changed from Messiah to Martin has been charged with violating the state's Code of Judicial Conduct.

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change during a paternity hearing in Newport on Aug. 8.

33. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for August 2013 -

Top August 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

34. Tennessee judge: Parents can name their baby 'Messiah' -

NEWPORT (AP) — A Tennessee judge has ruled in favor of parents who want their 8-month-old baby to be named "Messiah."

At a paternity hearing last month, child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew was asked to decide Messiah Deshawn Martin's surname.

35. Twitter titillates users, investors with IPO tweet -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter, the short messaging service named after chirping birds, is finally ready to migrate to Wall Street.

Fittingly enough, the company resorted to a tweet to titillate its more than 200 million users and a flock of potential investors with its long-awaited plans to pursue an initial public offering of stock.

36. Complaint filed against Tennessee judge who changed baby's name -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Wisconsin-based nonprofit association of atheists and agnostics says it has filed a complaint against a Tennessee magistrate for changing a baby's name from Messiah to Martin.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Board of Judicial Conduct on Wednesday accusing Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew of violating the state's code of judicial conduct.

37. Complaint filed against Tennessee judge who changed baby's name -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Wisconsin-based nonprofit association of atheists and agnostics says it has filed a complaint against a Tennessee magistrate for changing a baby's name from Messiah to Martin.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Board of Judicial Conduct on Wednesday accusing Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew of violating the state's code of judicial conduct.

38. Judge changing baby's name Messiah draws reaction -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge's decision to change a baby's first name from Messiah to Martin is drawing strong reactions from people who believe the judge overstepped her powers and those who think parents' creativity should have some limits.

39. Q: Is that Capitol sink for Muslims? A: No, mops -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Sometimes a mop sink is just a mop sink.

Building managers and legislative staffers have sought to reassure some concerned Tennessee lawmakers that recent renovations at the state Capitol did not install special facilities for Muslims to wash their feet before praying.

40. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar dies at age 86 -

DALLAS (AP) — Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who wrote more than 30 books on living a balanced life, has died in Texas. He was 86.

Ziglar, who had been suffering from pneumonia, died Wednesday at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano, said his personal assistant, Jay Hellwig.

41. Top Commercial Real Estate Transactions for September 2012 -

Top September 2012 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

42. Billy Graham ministry aims to take revivals online -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The remarkable success of evangelist Billy Graham's Crusades for Christ did not come from his preaching alone, but also the immense amount of preparation and follow-up that went into planning each revival.

43. Fasting lowers energy level, ability to sin -

Lent is a 40-day period before Easter that begins on Ash Wednesday. It also is the Old English word for “spring.” It has that name because of the season of the year during which the 40 days fall. This name is unique to English. In almost all other languages, its name is a derivative of the Latin term quadragesima, or “the 40 days.”

44. Catholic group will drop Vanderbilt affiliation -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Roman Catholic student group has voted to sever official ties with Vanderbilt University after a dispute over the school's nondiscrimination policy.

Vanderbilt recently reviewed all of its student groups for compliance with the policy after a gay student complained of being thrown out of a Christian fraternity.

45. Southern Baptist panel recommends add-on to name -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Southern Baptists first considered changing their name in 1903. Leaders have seriously proposed it at least 13 times since then.

Now, Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright hopes a compromise of sorts could put the issue to rest by adding the moniker "Great Commission Baptists."

46. Southern Baptists to hear proposed name change -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The nation's largest protestant denomination will definitely remain "Baptist," but leaders are thinking about whether it will be "Southern" for much longer.

Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright was expected to present the recommendation of a task force assigned to study a name change to the denomination's executive committee at a meeting Monday night. Any name change would have to be approved at the SBC's annual conventions the next two years.

47. Obama says his policies are extension of his faith -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blending politics and religion, President Barack Obama said his Christian faith is a driving force behind his economic policies, from Wall Street reform to his calls for the wealthy to pay higher taxes.

48. Conservatives torn over defending, opposing Romney -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Torn between reality and their political dreams, leading conservatives are defending Mitt Romney against attacks on his work in the private sector even as they search for a more palatable candidate amid a growing sense that his nomination may be certain.

49. Too much drama at the Christmas pageant -

Again it is the time of year that reminds me of Christmas programs, such as the one recounted by John Irving in A Prayer for Owen Meany.

It was directed annually by the Rev. and Mrs. Wiggin. It made Owen mad because “the smaller children were disguised as turtledoves. The costumes were so absurd that no one knew what these children were supposed to be; they resembled science-fiction angels, spectacular life-forms from another galaxy, as if the Wiggins had decided that the Holy Nativity had been attended by beings from faraway planets.”

50. Tasty menus stay true to traditions of Lent -

Lent, the Old English word for spring, is a 40-day period before Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday. It derived that name from the season of the year during in which the 40 days fall. This name is unique to English. In almost all other languages its name is a derivative of the Latin term Quadragesima, or “the forty days.”