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1. Events -

Discover Healthcare Opportunities in Shanghai. The Nashville Export Assistance Center and the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai present a program to learn more about China’s rapidly growing market for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, hospital services and senior care. The program begins at 6 p.m. today with a live question and answer session with successful U.S. health care executives in Shanghai. Information: 736-2225, patrick.spence@trade.gov.

2. For-profit charter schools bill fails in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to allow charter schools in Tennessee to be operated by for-profit groups failed in its final committee vote Thursday before reaching the House floor for debate.

The Calendar and Rules Committee voted 10-7 against the bill after House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville raised what she called "grave reservations" about it.

3. For-profit charter schools bill fails in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to allow charter schools in Tennessee to be operated by for-profit entities has failed its last committee vote before reaching the House floor.

The House Calendar and Rules Committee on Thursday voted 10-7 against the bill after Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville spoke out against the measure.

4. Events -

Are Patent Trolls Exhausted? A host of legislative efforts to curb so-called “Patent Trolls” are being pushed in a variety of venues, including an anti-troll statute introduced in Tennessee. But what is a Patent Troll? Are they really the source of the problem? And is it worth dismantling the patent system to kill them off? Baker Donelson hosts this intellectual property roundtable featuring speaker W. Edward Ramage as part of the ABA Intellectual Property Roundtable Series. Today, Noon-1 p.m., Baker Donelson Center, 211 Commerce Street, First Floor Special Events Center, Nashville. Program and lunch are complimentary. Registration: rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

5. Sebelius visits Nashville to push health exchange -

NASHVILLE (AP) - U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited Nashville on Thursday to urge Tennesseans to sign up for insurance through the federal health care exchange before a March 31 deadline.

6. Lady Vols, Nashville share Final Four dream -

Isabelle Harrison hopes The Road to Nashville – site of next month’s NCAA Women’s Final Four – is paved with gold for her and her University of Tennessee basketball team.

For Harrison, a Hillsboro High graduate, Nashville native and UT junior, it would be a sweet homecoming.

7. Bill to block Nashville Amp project worries Haslam -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday raised concerns about efforts by fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to block a dedicated bus lane project through Nashville.

The governor told reporters after a speech to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce that although he has not formed an opinion about whether the project - called the Amp - is a good idea, he's worried about the possible precedent of legislative committees deciding over individual transportation projects in the state.

8. Barge Waggoner’s Higgins honored as top engineer -

Bob Higgins, president and CEO of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., has been named 2014 Engineer of the Year by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.

9. Nashville no 'shoo-in' for high-speed Google Fiber -

When it comes to the Internet, faster is better. And it’s possible that next year those annoying spinning wheels, stalled video streams and slow-to-load websites could be a thing of the past.

10. Mayor, Sounds to break ground today at Sulphur Dell -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the Nashville Sounds baseball team are hosting a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new minor league ballpark that will return Nashville baseball to its historic home.

11. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for 2013 -

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

12. AMP planners uninterested in compromise that could increase West End-area support, cut costs -

If Mayor Karl Dean gets his signature $175 million mass transit initiative, The Amp bus rapid transit line, it will be one of his key political achievements.

Most Nashvillians agree on the need for better transit solutions to accommodate coming growth to Davidson County and the greater metropolitan region. But the controversial Amp initiative has the potential to become Dean’s Waterloo – or, worse, his next Fairgrounds.

13. Nashville building spree is less about Mayor Karl Dean, more about the city’s 10-year-old ‘50-year plan’ -

If you want to see where a mayor’s true priorities lie, just look at his capital spending plan.

More than any other area of government, it’s where a mayor’s genuine wishes and priorities are expressed.

14. Stone is elected president of Realtors group -

Hagan Stone has been elected president of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors for 2014. Stone, who is affiliated with the Brentwood office of Pilkerton Realtors, begins his one-year term Jan. 1.

15. Nashville gets $25K Cities of Service grant -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville is one of 23 U.S. cities to win a $25,000 grant that supports mayors who are implementing strategies to address local challenges.

The grant was awarded through the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund, which is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

16. Events -

Williamson County Young Professionals Holiday Party. Highlights will include a tacky sweater contest and networking. Stoveworks, The Factory, 230 Franklin Road. 5-8 p.m. RSVP: abby@williamsoncountychamber.org

17. 48 hours in Nashville: Entertaining out-of-town guests over the holidays? Show them the “It City” like a pro! -

“He Stopped Loving Her Today,” proclaims the throat-thickening No. 1 tourist destination for anyone either visiting Nashville or simply trying to show holiday guests around town.

George Jones’ monument, which presides over the mid-section of Woodlawn Memorial Park in Berry Hill, could easily fit in as the first, last, or perhaps bookend stops on a 48-hour tour of Music City USA.

18. Mayor Karl Dean gets award from CMA -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is being recognized by the Country Music Association.

He was presented the CMA Founding President's Award during the group's board of directors meeting this week in Nashville.

19. Titans owner K.S. 'Bud' Adams dies at age 90 -

The only era the Tennessee Titans franchise has ever known came to an end this morning when franchise owner K.S. "Bud" Adams died at his Houston home. He was 90.

Adams founded the team as the Houston Oilers in 1959 as part of the American Football League, which began play in 1960 with eight teams and owners who became known as "The Foolish Club" for attempting to take on the established National Football League.

20. Events -

Catholic Charities of Tennessee Annual Fundraiser. The Celebration of Mission to Service fundraising event, benefiting the work of Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center and Catholic Charities of Tennessee, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. tonight at Hillwood Country Club. Tickets and information: www.cctenn.org/events/celebration-mission-service.

21. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Sept. 2013 -

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

22. SEC makes Nashville primary site for men's tourney -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Southeastern Conference is making Nashville the primary home of its men's basketball tournament through 2026.

Commissioner Mike Slive announced Tuesday a deal with the Nashville Sports Council to hold nine men's tournaments in Music City in 2015-2017, 2019-2021 and 2023-2025. The deal also includes dates for three women's tournaments in 2018, 2022 and 2026.

23. Dean: Same sex benefits the right thing to do -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says offering benefits to the same sex partners of Metro employees is the right thing to do and is a matter of tolerance.

24. Middle Tennessee home sales up 22% for 3rd qtr.; Prices up 9% -

Home buyers moving to the Nashville region from other states are turning the real estate market on its head, buying expensive new homes in urban neighborhoods that once were overlooked and creating fast-growing suburbs around the city.

25. Nashville Library chosen for oral history project -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Public Library is one of 10 around the country selected to pilot a new oral history project featuring immigrants.

Participants in the project will interview each other in pairs about their lives with the help of a facilitator. At the end of the interview, they will receive a CD. With permission, a second copy of the interview will be sent to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

26. Middle Tennessee home sales up 22% for 3rd qtr.; Prices up 9% -

Home buyers moving to the Nashville region from other states are turning the real estate market on its head, buying expensive new homes in urban neighborhoods that once were overlooked and creating fast-growing suburbs around the city.

27. J. Alexander’s promotes Hagler to AVP, controller -

J. Alexander’s LLC, operator of J. Alexander’s restaurants and Stoney River Legendary Steak restaurants, has promoted Jessica Hagler to assistant vice president and controller.

28. ‘Trickle-up economics’ boon for real estate buyers, sellers -

The late Ronald Reagan delivered some of the best one-liners, sometimes two-liners, of any modern-day president.

In a presidential debate, Hank Trewhitt of the Baltimore Sun asked then-Pres. Reagan the following: “You are already the oldest president in history, and some on your staff say that you were tired.”

29. Events -

Nashville Chamber Business After Hours. An opportunity to develop relationships, walk away with new connections and market your business to more than 200 attendees. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Casa Azafrán Community Center, 2195 Nolensville Pike (Between I-440 and the Fairgrounds), Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

30. UBS creating Nashville hub, adding 1,000 jobs -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Financial services firm UBS AG on Wednesday announced it will consolidate back office functions in Nashville, creating 1,000 jobs in the city over the next five years.

Kathleen Lynch, the chief operating officer of UBS Group Americas and Wealth Management Americas, said the Swiss bank is investing more than $36 million in the city, where it already employs more than 200 people.

31. Dean reveals amphitheater plans for riverside site -

A 12-acre park – including an amphitheater, green space and greenways – was announced by Mayor Karl Dean today for Nashville’s old thermal transfer plant site between 1st Avenue and the Cumberland River.

32. Feds give preliminary approval to Nashville Amp -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Federal Transit Administration has signed off on a plan to run dedicated bus rapid transit lanes through Nashville.

The city said Monday the FTA approved the Metro Transit Authority plan to pursue federal funding for the project, called the Amp.

33. Nashville grads to get free community college tuition -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Graduating high school seniors will be able to attend a community college tuition-free thanks to a program that's expanding to Davidson County.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced the program at a press conference on Monday.

34. Restaurants help drive East Nashville resurgence -

“People pass each other smiling,” says East Nashville resident Jason Facio while riding his bike through the neighborhood.

“I moved here in 2001, and can’t imagine being anywhere else, especially when you’re talking about eating out.

35. Study: Music industry has $9.7B impact on Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new study shows that the music industry has an annual economic impact of nearly $9.7 billion on the Nashville region.

The study, conducted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and expected to be released Monday by Mayor Karl Dean's office, also says that the 27,000 jobs directly supported by the music industry and the additional 29,000 jobs with indirect ties to it account for more than $3.2 billion in income.

36. Kiwanis names Buchanan Nashvillian of the Year -

Kiwanis Club of Nashville has honored Steve Buchanan as its 2012 Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year for his community contributions. Buchanan is president of the Opry Entertainment Group, a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and executive producer for “Nashville.”

37. Food services giant expanding in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Food and uniform services company ARAMARK is locating a business services center in Nashville, bringing more than 1,000 jobs over the next three years.

The $20 million investment was announced Wednesday by Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Metro Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

38. Nashville Symphony press release -

The Nashville Symphony Association, a leading musical institution dedicated to achieving the highest standard for excellence in musical performance and educational programs, today announced that it has successfully resolved all outstanding issues with its bank lenders. Under the terms of a definitive agreement that was executed today, all of the Symphony’s obligations to its commercial lenders have been resolved, and the banks’ recent foreclosure notice has been withdrawn.

39. Entrepreneur Center to showcase new facility -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Nashville Entrepreneur Center is holding a grand-opening on Thursday to showcase its new 20,000-square-foot facility.

The event is open to the public and will feature tours of the new space, as well as speakers that include Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and NEC president Michael Burcham.

40. Hockey, community center to open in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new hockey center managed by the Nashville Predators will be constructed at the city's new mixed-use complex in southeast Nashville.

Mayor Karl Dean and Predators officials said on Monday that the facility will also include an expanded branch library, new regional community center and park at the site of the former Hickory Hollow mall, now known as the Global Mall at the Crossings.

41. Are we really that Amped? -

For every person charged up over the arrival of The Amp, there seems to be another blowing a fuse over Nashville’s latest alternate transportation plan.

And despite Mayor Karl Dean’s steady public words of optimism about a 2016 launch, the skeptical continue to zap him with questions about funding, route location, ridership estimates and timing for the bus rapid transit project.

42. Mayor invites public to participate in city walk -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is calling all hikers.

He wants them to meet him on Wednesday at the Thai Phooket restaurant at 6:30 p.m. then walk 5.2 miles in and around downtown Nashville. The walk will conclude at the restaurant, located at 207 Woodland Street.

43. Nashville and Tamworth, Australia, becoming sister cities -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Mayor Karl Dean will join Mayor Col Murray of Tamworth, Australia, on Friday to sign a treaty that joins Nashville and Tamworth as sister cities.

44. Events -

Chamber West Monthly Coffee. Learn more about Chamber West’s initiatives and find out how you can get involved in the continued success of this area. Hampton Inn & Suites-Green Hills, 2324 Crestmoor Rd., Nashville. Today, 8-9:15 a.m. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

45. Nashville high school has its own record label -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville high school is starting its own music label.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/ZRk8FI) Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School unveiled a new $1.2 million recording studio on Wednesday. The label will be available for students across Metro Nashville to record songs.

46. Hand On Nashville announces new board members, officers -

Hands On Nashville’s board of directors has elected new officers to its executive committee and several new members to its board.

Brian Copeland has been elected as HON’s new secretary. Copeland, the chief engagement officer at Village Real Estate Services, joined the board in 2010.

47. Events -

TN Latin American Chamber of Commerce Member Luncheon. Esther Aguilera, president and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is today's guest speaker. In October 2012, she was recognized as one of the 50 most influential Latino leaders by HispanicBusiness.com. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Trevecca Nazarene University, Boone Business Bldg. Information: www.tlacc.org/

48. Floodwaters lift a new generation of nonprofits -

In May 2010, Ryan Havice had graduated college and was living back home in San Francisco, bartending while deciding what was next.

Service was important to him, and a recent stint with AmeriCorps, which partners volunteers with nonprofits across the country, was fresh in his mind when he heard about the flood in Nashville. So he left California and came to help.

49. Financial empowerment center to open in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The city of Nashville along with the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville will open the city's new Financial Empowerment Center to help low-income residents reduce debt and build assets.

50. More work to be done in bettering Metro schools -

When Bill Purcell was mayor of Nashville, he had a favorite Realtor story, much to the chagrin of Nashville Realtors, I might add. One of the more painful aspects of the tale is that it is true.

Here’s how it goes. Mike Neal was hired to become the president of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. The term “area,” when used in this context, does not refer to Williamson County, Franklin or Brentwood, as each of them at that time had their own chambers of commerce.

51. Tournament favorite? It has to be Nashville -

March Madness arrives today in all its glory with a flip of the calendar. The Road to the Final Four begins in Music City with Wednesday’s tip-off of the Ohio Valley Conference men’s and women’s tournaments at Municipal Auditorium, followed a week later by the sold-out Southeastern Conference men’s tournament at Bridgestone Arena.

52. Nashville adding 20 sirens, changing sound -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Emergency management officials in Nashville say tornado sirens will soon sound different and there will be more of them.

Metro Nashville government announced Wednesday that 20 more sirens will be added to the 73 already deployed across Davidson County.

53. Nashville Mayor Dean gets national service award -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is being recognized for his support of national service.

Dean was in Washington this week to receive the Local Leadership Award, which is given to individuals for leadership and innovation in leveraging national service to meet local needs.

54. Events -

Federal Contractors in Tennessee: Preparing for March 1 Sequestration Budget Cuts. Baker Donelson government contracts attorneys will discuss today the effects of sequestration on federal contractors at this complimentary breakfast briefing. On March 1, 2013, the federal budget is scheduled to be reduced automatically by $1.2 trillion. Congress created this deficit reduction device as part of the so-called “sequestration” plan under the Budget Control Act of 2011. Even if congressional action is taken before March 1, the spending limits necessary to avoid sequestration will have a dramatic impact on federal contracting programs. RSVP at rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

55. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Jan. 2013 -

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

56. Bridging the gap from Gulch to SoBro -

Even before Metro dynamited its tower, downtown boosters have been offering new uses for the former Thermal Plant site. Not far away, the continued growth in the Gulch and SoBro developments has also continued to invite helpful suggestions.

57. Nashville airport to construct USO center -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Nashville International Airport is breaking down walls to make room for a new United Service Organizations center for military troops and their families.

USO centers provide troops with entertainment, support, supplies and other services at hundreds of airports and military bases around the world. This will be the first USO in Tennessee and will replace the airport's current military lounge.

58. Robertson pressures Midstate neighbors -

Middle Tennessee’s largest office construction projects are centered in Nashville and Cool Springs, but significant commercial real estate developments are taking root throughout the region.

From Rutherford and Wilson counties, where Amazon.com has opened 1 million-square-foot logistics centers, to Maury County, which plans to open a new industrial park to capitalize on the completion of State Route 840, to Clarksville-Montgomery County, which is enjoying substantial retail growth, governments and local, regional, national and even international businesses are investing millions of dollars.

59. Goal is more walking, biking -

Walking and biking are actively encouraged in Green Hills as a way to decrease traffic in that overburdened neighborhood and throughout Davidson County.

“Increased walkability is the goal for Green Hills, and for all over the city, really,” says Craig Owensby, public information officer for the Metro Department of Planning.

60. Nashville hopes to reduce workforce with incentive -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nearly half of Metro Nashville's firefighters are eligible for a city employee buyout program, aimed at reducing the size of government.

The program applies citywide, but the fire service has a lot of employees who have been there for many years.

61. Governor, Nashville mayor compete in food drive -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean are engaging in a food drive competition that is part of an effort to provide 10 million meals during the holiday season.

62. Health Care Council honors Cigarran -

The Nashville Health Care Council has recognized Thomas G. Cigarran, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Healthways, with the Nashville Health Care Council Crystal Leaf Award. The award highlights Cigarran’s significant role in fostering health care industry innovation and entrepreneurism in Nashville.

63. Dean launches downtown bicycle sharing program -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new bike share program in Nashville will provide bikes at several downtown kiosks for residents and visitors.

Mayor Karl Dean on Thursday will demonstrate the program by checking out a B-cycle bike from an automated kiosk at the city's Public Square, then ride to the Nashville Farmer's Market and return the bike to a kiosk there.

64. Events -

20th annual Education Report Card. For two decades, the Nashville Area Chamber has annually convened a diverse group of business and community representatives to evaluate the progress of Nashville’s public school system. Each year, the committee examines academic performance data from the previous school year and prepares a written report presenting findings and recommendations for improvement. This year’s report also will also take an in-depth look at the future role of charter schools. Guests include Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Schools director Dr. Jesse Register, Board of Education chair Cheryl Mayes and Education Report Card Committee co-chairs Ron Corbin and Todd Vandawater. Monday, 10 a.m., Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

65. Events -

Robertson County Comprehensive Growth and Development Plan Workshops. Residents are encouraged to attend Community Workshops to learn about the Comprehensive Growth and Development Plan for Robertson County and the cities of Adams, Coopertown and Cross Plains. The workshops, held through Wednesday, will be led by consultants with Littlejohn Engineering Associates, Inc. The Comprehensive Growth and Development Plan will give officials a roadmap to guide future growth and development, accommodate change, and maintain the unique character of Robertson County. Remaining sessions include:

66. Final reading next month on HCA incentives -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A final vote will come next month as the Metro Nashville Council considers Mayor Karl Dean's proposed incentives to hospital owner HCA.

67. Nashville’s success is great for Music City -

So Nashville has been picked up for a full season. While I leave entertainment reporting to my pal Brad Schmitt, the show, along with a number of other developments, must have Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Schulz, Mayor Karl Dean, his director of Economic and Community Development, Matt Wiltshire, along with Butch Spyridon, overcome with giddiness.

68. Funds available for energy-efficient businesses -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The mayors of Nashville, Memphis, Shelby County, Knoxville and Knox County are challenging their local business community to become more energy efficient, sustainable and competitive.

69. Homeless newspaper loses Brentwood lawsuit -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Contributor, a newspaper written by and sold by homeless and formerly homeless, is celebrating its fifth anniversary, but one Nashville suburb has won a federal lawsuit that prevents their street vendors from selling to motorists.

70. Nashville homeless newspaper celebrates 5 years -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Contributor, a newspaper written by and sold by homeless and formerly homeless in Nashville, is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

A celebration will be held Wednesday at the Downtown Presbyterian Church at Fifth Avenue and Church Street. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will also be attending along with staff, volunteers and supporters of the newspaper.

71. After the flood, a return to river -

Two and a-half years after flooding devastated the city, Nashville’s changing relationship with the Cumberland River is visible on the east bank, where children play in a park that, as recently as the 1980s, was an industrial site where barges were constructed and launched.

72. The next Gulch? Charlotte corridor, East Bank high on developers’ lists -

Middle Tennessee’s top architecture and engineering firms have designed some of the area’s most iconic structures of the past decade, from Nissan’s corporate headquarters in Williamson County to the Public Square at the Metro Courthouse in downtown Nashville to the Music City Center, Nashville’s new supersized convention center in SoBro.

73. Fifth Avenue makeover to expand lively arts scene -

When Jeffrey Rymer moved his art gallery to Fifth Avenue five years ago he wanted to be a part of building the visual arts scene on the downtown Nashville street from the ground up.

Rymer poured his heart and soul into helping the district gain recognition and helped establish the First Saturday Art Crawl, a monthly tour of downtown art galleries.

74. The boys of summer -

Something wonderful happened for Nashville sports fans this summer. While the city’s country music stars belted out their smash songs on various downtown stages at the four-day CMA Music Festival, some of Nashville’s most gifted athletes produced an incredible array of hits all summer long on glittering stages across the globe.

75. Nashville will host 2013 Southern Obesity Summit -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville will host the seventh annual Southern Obesity Summit next fall.

Mayor Karl Dean made the announcement at the sixth annual Southern Obesity Summit, which is being held in Charlotte, N.C. The summit is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the country. It draws hundreds of participants from 16 Southern states.

76. Nashville project to emphasize visual art -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says a new arts streetscape in the city's downtown will make dining outdoors and visiting art galleries on the street a more vibrant experience.

77. Staff counsel joins Cooper's office -

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper announced today that Alfred Degrafinreid II has joined his office as counsel. Degrafinreid will be based in Nashville and will advise on policy matters and coordinate community outreach for Rep. Cooper.

78. Everyone, including Metro, seems to want school choice. The problem: Busing -

If nothing else, the push to bring Great Hearts Academy to Nashville was a conversation starter for competition and choice in the Metro school marketplace.

Adding vouchers and the “trigger law” to the discussion only increased the heat.

79. Convention center home to songwriters hall -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has a permanent home at the city's new convention center.

Mayor Karl Dean announced Thursday that the hall will be located in a lobby and will feature artifacts and 55-inch interactive video screens.

80. HCA expansion adding jobs, towers in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Health care company HCA is relocating the headquarters of two of its business units to midtown Nashville in a move that could bring as many as 2,000 jobs to one of the largest commercial office developments in the city's history.

81. HCA expansion adding jobs, towers in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Health care company HCA is relocating the headquarters of two of its business units to midtown Nashville in a move that could bring as many as 2,000 jobs to one of the largest commercial office developments in the city's history.

82. Nashville to get 4 electric buses for downtown -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff announced that $3 million is being awarded to Nashville to replace four hybrid buses with zero-emissions electric buses that will serve downtown riders.

83. Great Hearts Academies ends try for Nashville charter school -

NASHVILLE (AP) - An Arizona-based charter school company says it won't try to place schools in Tennessee until the state creates a more impartial charter school approval process.

The statement came from Great Hearts Academies on Wednesday after the Metro Nashville school board denied the company's application for a third time.

84. No status quo: Cities can either grow or falter -

I suffer from yoyo-itis, meaning I am prone to rapid weight gain (RWG). For years, after following a regimen of diet and exercise that allows the scale to switch from foe to friend, I watch as the machine commits treason as fast food quickly works its way into the ever expanding belly. In short, if I’m not losing weight, I’m gaining weight.

85. Nashville school board denied charter for 3rd time -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Metro Nashville Board of Education has — for a third time — denied the application for a charter school.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/OG50Tr) reported the 5-4 vote came Monday night. That was after state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman had declared the board was violating state law in defying an order to approve the application by Great Hearts Academies.

86. 28th Ave. Connector shifts attention to Charlotte Ave. revitalization -

Nashville’s newest and most significant road, the plainly named 28th Avenue Connector, is just three-tenths of a mile long but stretches far into the city’s past and future.

After decades of separation, the white business and entertainment district along West End Avenue and the historically black neighborhoods north of Charlotte Pike will have a direct connection. When it opens in October, the Connector will replace a road that requires motorists to take a circuitous route skirting Centennial Park.

87. Metro also sets aside ‘Open Space’ -

The Land Trust for Tennessee does more than offer tax easements to families who want to protect their land.

88. Grammy noms concert special coming to Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — This year's Grammy Awards nominations will come with a Southern accent.

The Recording Academy is moving its annual live nominations concert special to Music City. The show will air Dec. 5 live on CBS from Bridgestone Arena. This is the fifth time The Recording Academy has held "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live," but the first outside Los Angeles.

89. Music museum options expanding -

Nashville’s major music museums are in various stages of development: one will reopen this year, one is expanding, another is slowly progressing, and the last is on the back burner.

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

After surviving a couple of blows to its existence, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum (MHFM) is set to re-open this year in its new home at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Fourth Avenue North.

90. Charter schools as a west side alternative -

There was a time when Nashville’s push for charter schools centered on low- and modest- income neighborhoods and the need to rescue children from failing schools.

Now, with the help of the state legislature, charters are open to all students, and the focus is shifting to the more affluent west side of town. Discussions of LEAD Academy, Liberty Collegiate and Nashville Prep, all part of a first wave of charters established as alternatives to failing schools, are being overshadowed by the community debate surrounding Great Hearts Academy.

91. Top residential real estate transactions for June, 2012 -

June 2012 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.

92. How ‘affordable’ is Franklin for its workers? -

The recent Greater Nashville Housing Summit featured presentations by Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and focused on the status of the regional real estate market.

Ted Feldman, executive director of the Tennessee Housing and Development Agency, also addressed the group, and the event was attended by Congressman Jim Cooper, as well as representatives from the offices of other members of the United States House of Representatives such as Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn.

93. Metro Nashville government turns 50 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County is turning 50.

According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/NQGaSq ) the consolidated city-county form of local government was chosen by voters in an election on June 28, 1962. After elections, metro government came into being on April 1, 1963.

94. Council votes to raise property taxes in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Metro Council voted to raise property taxes in Nashville for the first time in seven years to fund a $1.71 billion operating budget for the city.

The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/L4Kt7r ) that while there was significant opposition to the tax hike, the council voted 32-8 on Tuesday night in favor of raising taxes by 53 cents per $100 of assessed value for the urban district and 48 cents in the more suburban areas.

95. Kitchen must sparkle, even in seller’s market -

Here are the opening salvos to most of the descriptions found in the Multiple Listing Service:

Renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops


96. Dean proposes 53-cent property tax increase -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has proposed a 53-cent property tax increase in his $1.71 billion budget proposal that would allow the city to add new teachers and give raises to most Metro workers.

97. 12South a top pick in 2012 real estate draft -

Mayor Karl Dean spoke to members of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) last week at its membership luncheon. With some 400 Realtors on hand, he announced three upcoming events that he felt were of importance to the community.

98. Events -

The Interactive Media Meet-up is composed of Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce members with similar interests who meet to discuss trends, challenges, ideas and thoughts. These informal meetings give members the opportunity to learn, network and develop long-term, meaningful relationships in a casual setting that promotes conversation and camaraderie. Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, 937 Herman Street. Information: nashvillechamber.com/calendar.

99. Events -

The 43rd annual Nashville Film Festival features appearances by Nicole Kidman, Famke Janssen, Delia Ephron and others, April 19-26 at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. Hundreds of films from every genre and around the world will show throughout the week, including award-winning films, shorts and documentaries. Tickets are on sale now. information, tickets: nashvillefilmfestival.org/.

100. Events -

Health Care Council briefing. Bill Hagerty, commissioner of Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development, will today provide Nashville Health Care Council executives with a review of the state’s key strategies to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation. Members of Nashville’s No. 1 sector will learn about engaging with state leaders to grow their businesses and the broader Tennessee economy. Following the briefing, the Health Care Council Board of Directors will host a networking reception for 250 industry leaders. 4-7 p.m., Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, 2100 West End Avenue. Information: healthcarecouncil.com.