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1. 5 things to know in Tennessee's Nov. 4 general election -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Five things to know about the Nov. 4 general election and other ballot issues in Tennessee:

1. U.S. SENATE RACE

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is strongly favored to win re-election in November. In the August primary, Alexander fended off a tea party challenge by state Rep. Joe Carr. Carr had high-profile endorsements from tea party-allied figures, but he could not overcome Alexander's fundraising advantage and 40 years in Tennessee politics. The 74-year-old Alexander, who has served two terms as the state's governor and two terms in the Senate, will face Democratic candidate and attorney Gordon Ball in the general election.

2. Tennessee tea party supporters take heart from vote -

NASHVILLE (AP) - For U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the elder statesman of Tennessee politics, a primary challenge by a little-known tea party opponent was supposed to be little more than a glorified victory lap around the state.

3. Alexander, Supreme Court justices prevail in Tenn. -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Lamar Alexander became the latest U.S. senator to fend off a tea party challenge in a primary race Thursday, defeating a state lawmaker who had used a familiar tactic in trying to cast him as an out of touch insider.

4. Rep. DesJarlais holds on in Tenn. despite scandals -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Scandal-plagued Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais and challenger Jim Tracy's race was still too close to call Friday as election officials in Tennessee's largely rural 4th Congressional District tallied outstanding votes.

5. Congressional races top Tennessee primary election -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican voters will decide Thursday whether to re-nominate Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, to a third term in the U.S. Senate.

They will also decide if they want to stick with embattled Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais despite a series of personal scandals that have dogged him since he was first elected in 2010, and whether to retain or replace any of three Democratic state Supreme Court justices up for another eight-year term.

6. Alexander faces tea party-styled challengers -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, is facing a challenge Thursday from two tea party-styled candidates who have tried to cast him as out of touch with the state's increasingly conservative electorate.

7. 5 things to know in Tennessee primaries -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Five things to know about Thursday's primary elections and other ballot issues in Tennessee:

1. RACES TO WATCH

The U.S. Senate primary has brought some of the sharpest duels. Tea party-backed candidate Joe Carr is seeking to upset Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, who appears to have a clear edge but certainly cannot ignore the unexpected tea party gains in other states. In the state's 4th Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Scott DesJarlais is seeking to fend off a strong GOP primary challenge after a series of sex scandals.

8. 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.

9. Early voting underway today for Tennessee primary -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Early voters began casting their ballots Friday for Tennessee's primary election, with tea party-styled challenges to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's bid for the Republican nomination to a third term.

10. Senate candidate Carr gives loan to prominent supporter -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Carr has loaned $200,000 to the company of a prominent supporter in an unusual arrangement that has drawn the attention of the Federal Election Commission.

11. Alexander raises more than $900K, launches new ad -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander has raised more than $900,000 in the second quarter and has more than $3.4 million on hand in the final weeks before the primary.

Alexander's campaign is also launching a new television ad stressing the senator's opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law.

12. Alexander shows little interest in debating -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Lamar Alexander showed little interest Monday in taking up challenger Joe Carr's call for a debate in advance of the Republican Senate primary in August.

Alexander told reporters in a joint appearance with fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky that with seven candidates running for the GOP nomination, it would be difficult to schedule them all to appear at once.

13. Gingrich endorses Alexander in GOP Senate primary -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is siding with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in Tennessee's Republican primary, which includes a tea party challenger.

Gingrich endorsed Alexander on Thursday, saying the Tennessean's experience is needed to fix the problems in Washington.

14. Gingrich endorses Alexander in GOP Senate primary -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is siding with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in Tennessee's Republican primary, which includes a tea party challenger.

Gingrich endorsed Alexander on Thursday, saying the Tennessean's experience is needed to fix the problems in Washington.

15. 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.

16. GOP lawmakers demand education chief's resignation -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's office is dismissing as a "political stunt" a letter signed by 15 Republican lawmakers demanding the resignation of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

17. Dem Senate candidate Ball to spend $400K on TV ads -

NASHVILLE (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball said Friday that he is pouring up to $400,000 of his own money into a statewide television advertising campaign to bolster his bid for the Democratic nomination.

18. Carr's Senate financial disclosure raises questions -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — State Rep. Joe Carr describes himself on his campaign website as a farmer and small businessman, but a financial disclosure form filed on Friday shows most of Carr's income last year came from his salary and per diem allowances as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

19. Lawmakers pass Haslam free tuition plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday.

20. Alexander has $3.1M on hand for Senate campaign -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander raised $614,000 in the first quarter, leaving him with $3.1 million on hand for his bid for a third term.

Alexander said he received formal notification on Thursday that he has qualified for the Aug. 7 primary. His eight opponents in the GOP nomination contest include state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro and former Shelby County Commissioner George Flinn.

21. Students stage silent protest in Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A student group that opposes Tennessee's voter ID law has staged a silent protest in the gallery of the House chamber.

Members of the Nashville Student Organizing Committee stood in three rows overlooking lawmakers for more than an hour Monday. They stuck black tape over their mouths and held hands while the chamber went about its business.

22. Common Core spawns widespread political fights -

NASHVILLE (AP) - More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.

23. Jeb Bush: Follow through on Common Core standards -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday urged state officials to follow through on Common Core education standards despite what he called an "avalanche" of criticism from those who oppose them.

24. Carr responds angrily to student singing -

NASHVILLE (AP) - College students breaking into a Civil Rights song after a voter ID bill they supported was punted by a legislative committee caused an angry outburst from Rep. Joe Carr, the panel's chairman and a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.

25. GOP leaders meet in Tennessee amid Common Core discord -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and two top Tennessee Republicans are meeting at an upscale Nashville hotel Wednesday to discuss education policies that have caused divisions within the GOP around the country — including within the Tennessee General Assembly located across the street.

26. Alexander reports $3.2M on hand for Senate race -

NASHVILLE (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign says it raised nearly $770,000 in the fourth quarter and that it ended the year with $3.2 million on hand.

Alexander, a former Tennessee governor, is running for a third term in the Senate. He raised a total of about $4.7 million in 2013, and his minute-long television ads have been in heavy rotation around the state.

27. Alexander to launch 60-second campaign ad Monday -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is launching a new television ad on Monday that features testimonials from a series of Tennesseans about his accomplishments as governor and in Washington.

28. Report: Refugees a net positive for Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A report by the state's Fiscal Review Committee has found that refugees bring in more money to Tennessee than they cost the state in entitlements. But that's not the message some of the lawmakers who asked for the report want to hear.

29. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for Sept. 2013 -

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

30. Carr raises just $52K for Alexander challenge -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Rep. Joe Carr's campaign says the Republican raised just than $52,000 in the first fundraising period of his challenge of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Carr told talk radio host Ralph Bristol on WTN-FM earlier Wednesday he had raised "a little bit less than $100,000" in the third quarter. A campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a message seeking an explanation for the wide disparity.

31. Tracy outraises DesJarlais by $69K in 3rd quarter -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — State Sen. Jim Tracy raised nearly $182,000 in the third quarter for his Republican primary challenge of incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who brought in $113,000 in the period.

32. Alexander raises $838K in quarter for Senate race -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has raised nearly $838,000 in the third quarter for his re-election bid.

Alexander, who faces a tea party-backed challenge from state Rep. Joe Carr for next year's GOP nomination, has raised $3.9 million since the beginning of the year, and had $2.8 million on hand at the end of the quarter.

33. Ramsey: Little chance of Carr upsetting Alexander -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he sees little chance of state Rep. Joe Carr upsetting U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary.

In a conversation with reporters Wednesday, Ramsey cited his experience as a 2010 gubernatorial candidate - he overcame a fundraising disadvantage in the Republican primary won by Bill Haslam.

34. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for August 2013 -

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

35. Kookogey abandons GOP challenge of Sen. Alexander -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tea party activist Kevin Kookogey says he is abandoning plans to run against incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary.

Kookogey, a former Williamson County Republican Party chairman, tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/17qRf1T) that his months-long preparations to challenge Alexander were sidetracked by state Rep. Joe Carr's decision to get into the race two weeks ago.

36. No surprises for Alexander and GOP incumbents -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Faced with a potentially serious primary challenger, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was not about to sit back and wait.

The former two-term governor locked down endorsements, banked more than $3 million and linked arms with popular Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee. When conservative state Rep. Joe Carr announced he would challenge Alexander, the senator's team was ready.

37. State Rep. Joe Carr announces US Sen. Alexander challenge -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Sen. Lamar Alexander's efforts to ward off a primary challenge from the right fell short Tuesday with Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr's announcement that he will mount a tea party challenge for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

38. DesJarlais to kick off campaign Aug. 7 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais says he will officially kick off his 4th District campaign on Aug. 7.

DesJarlais, a two-term Republican physician from South Pittsburg, has had a tough time fundraising, mainly because of revelations about his personal life.

39. Top commercial Midstate real estate transactions for June 2013 -

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

40. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for June 2013 -

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

41. Tracy far outraises DesJarlais in 4th District -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Recent Federal Election Commission filings show state Sen. Jim Tracy has outraised incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and state Rep. Joe Carr in his bid for the 4th District seat.

42. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for May 2013 -

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

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

43. Rep. DesJarlais reprimanded for sex with patients -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a licensed physician, was reprimanded and fined by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for having sex with patients before he was elected to Congress, according to documents released Thursday.

44. Top Midstate Residential real estate transactions for April 2013 -

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

45. Carr joins bid to oust DesJarlais in GOP primary -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — State Rep. Joe Carr on Thursday joined state Sen. Jim Tracy in the race to oust embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in next year's Republican primary.

Carr, a Murfreesboro business consultant, made his announcement from a balcony overlooking the Middle Tennessee Medical Center, which he said "represents some of the paralysis that has engulfed this county."

46. Carr joins bid to oust DesJarlais in GOP primary -

MURFREESBORO (AP) - State Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro is joining the race to oust embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in next year's Republican primary.

Carr joins state Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, who declared his candidacy in January.

47. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for March 2013 -

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

48. Tracy raises 4 times more than DesJarlais -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Sen. Jim Tracy has raised more than four times as much as the embattled congressional incumbent he is challenging in the Republican primary next year.

49. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for February 2013 -

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

50. Tennessee lawmaker: Criminalize fed gun enforcement -

MURFREESBORO (AP) - State Rep. Joe Carr is proposing a state law to make it a crime in Tennessee for federal agents to enforce any effort to ban firearms or ammunition.

51. Haslam uncertain about enhanced school security -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says it's too soon to say whether Tennessee should require an armed police presence in every school in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting that left six teachers and 20 students dead.

52. State Sen. Tracy announces challenge to DesJarlais -

MURFREESBORO (AP) - State Sen. Jim Tracy officially announced Wednesday that he will run for the congressional seat held by fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, saying the embattled lawmaker has deceived his constituents and needs to be replaced with a more trustworthy representative.

53. State Rep. Carr exploring bid for DesJarlais seat -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican State Rep. Joe Carr is considering a run for the congressional seat held by embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

54. State Rep. Carr exploring bid for DesJarlais seat -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican State Rep. Joe Carr is considering a run for the congressional seat held by embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

55. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for November 2012 -

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

56. Lifepoint names new VP, corporate secretary -

LifePoint Hospitals has promoted Christy Green to vice president, corporate secretary. In her new role, Green will work directly with LifePoint’s board and will oversee various corporate functions.

57. Top residential real estate transactions for September 2012 -

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

58. Free Enterprise Award presented to Baker -

J.B. Baker, chairman of the board for Volunteer Express Inc. and owner of Sprint Logistics, LLC and Baker South real estate development, has been awarded the Jennings A. Jones Champion of Free Enterprise Award by Middle Tennessee State University.

59. Top commercial real estate transactions for July 2012 -

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

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

60. Top residential sales for July, 2012 -

July 2012 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

61. Top residential sales for May 2012 -

Top residential sales for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

62. Carr defends employment verification -

Some information circulating about the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act (TLEA), with which many employers had to comply by Jan. 1, may be creating the impression that the new law has no teeth in ensuring that only legal workers are being hired.

63. Top residential sales for April 2012 -

Top residential sales for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

64. House panel kills bill to create stripper tax -

House panel kills bill to create stripper tax

ERIK SCHELZIG,Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An effort to tax strippers and adult businesses to help pay for a reduction in the state tax on coins, bullion and investment income has failed for the year.

65. House panel kills bill to create Tenn stripper tax -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A House panel has killed a bill seeking to tax strippers to pay for a reduction in the state tax on gold coins, bullion and investment income.

The judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday sent the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas to a study committee after the Legislature adjourns for the year.

66. Lawmakers discuss bills to reduce sales tax -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Republican sponsor of a proposal to reduce the sales tax on groceries in Tennessee said Wednesday he's open to working with Democrats who have a similar measure if it would help the legislation's passage.

67. AP Interview: Haslam says not time for tax cuts -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he doesn't plan to eliminate Tennessee's estate tax and Hall income tax despite efforts by several Republican lawmakers to kill the measures because they believe they're hurting the state's economic development.

68. Bill to prove employee legality advances -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal that would require Tennessee's employers to prove their employees are legally authorized to work in the U.S. is headed for a full House vote.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas passed the House Finance Committee on a voice vote Wednesday evening. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the same committee in the Senate.

69. Immigration bills delayed in House panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two contentious immigration proposals have been delayed in the House Finance Subcommittee.

Both measures sponsored by Republican Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas were put off Wednesday to the committee's last calendar.

70. Arizona-style bill and E-Verify pass subcommittee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A set of immigration bills that includes an Arizona-style provision allowing local law enforcement agents to question suspects about their immigration status passed a House subcommittee on Wednesday.

71. Immigration enforcement bill brings lawsuit threat -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican state Rep. Joe Carr introduced a bill Wednesday empowering local law enforcement officers to ask suspects whether they are legally in the country, a proposal that immediately prompted the threat of a lawsuit.