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1. App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding -

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.

Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games.

2. Finalists are announced for entrepreneur awards -

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center have announced the finalists for the fourth annual NEXT Awards. These awards recognize excellence in business and entrepreneurship in Middle Tennessee.

3. State treasurer announces college saving incentive -

SMYRNA (AP) - State Treasurer David Lillard Jr. is offering an incentive for families to start saving for college.

He visited Stewarts Creek Middle School in Smyrna on Friday and announced scholarships in the amount of $5,290 will be given to two families by the TNStars 529 College Savings Program.

4. Amazon could be ESPN of video games in Twitch deal -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.

The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming's growth as an online spectator sport.

5. Watkins welcomes Papel, Warfield as Trustees -

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has added two members to its Board of Trustees, attorney Laurence M. (Larry) Papel and William (Bill) Warfield, president of Brookside Properties, Inc. Each will serve a three-year term.

6. High court rejects Scottie Pippen defamation case -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to revive a defamation lawsuit that former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen filed against several media companies for falsely reporting he had filed for bankruptcy.

7. Facebook, Twitter brace for World Cup fever -

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps like WhatsApp just as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro.

Nearly 40 percent of Facebook's 1.28 billion users are fans of soccer, better known as football outside of the U.S. and Australia. On Tuesday, the world's biggest online social network is adding new features to help fans follow the World Cup — the world's most widely viewed sporting event — which takes place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.

8. TSU selects chief research officer -

Tennessee State University has named Lesia Crumpton-Young, a longtime educator, award-winning scientist and director of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at the University of Central Florida, as associate vice president for research and sponsored programs.

9. Events -

Nashville Symphony Summer Concerts. An annual summer tradition that embodies the organization’s mission of bringing outstanding music to audiences of every age and background throughout Middle Tennessee. Featured composers include Beethoven, Bernstein, Copland, Tchaikovsky, Cole Porter and more. All performances are free of charge (except where noted) and will be conducted by Nashville Symphony Assistant Conductor Vinay Parameswaran. Tonight: East Park, 8 p.m. Additional dates and locations for the 2014 series are:

10. Events -

Bellevue Clean Up Day. Shredding, large-item, electronics/computer and prescription drug drop-off, tag renewals, emissions testing and Goodwill collections. Not accepted: paint, fluorescents or other hazardous materials. Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, at Gower Elementary School.

11. One million new residents headed to Middle Tennessee: Where will they live? Will we be ready? -

For Middle Tennessee, the question is not, “If we build it, will they come?” It’s more like, “How will we build it before they come?” During the next 20 years, Middle Tennessee’s 10-county region will absorb 1 million new residents. That’s twice the growth rate of the rest of the nation.

12. Mulraine joins Bone McAllester Norton -

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has hired entertainment attorney and Belmont Law professor Loren E. Mulraine as the firm’s 38th attorney.

Mulraine will serve as of counsel at Bone McAllester Norton, where he will focus his practice on entertainment law, intellectual property and business and corporate law. He will continue in his role at Belmont University College of Law, teaching courses in copyright law, entertainment law, media law and intellectual property law.

13. Lueken moves from Goldman to CapWealth -

Franklin-based CapWealth Advisors has tapped former Goldman Sachs investment veteran John Lueken to lead its research efforts.

Lueken comes to CapWealth from the Manhattan offices of Goldman Sachs, where he served in a number of investment roles as a vice president in the company’s securities division. While there, Lueken developed and built custom solutions for client portfolios based on his monitoring of worldwide economic developments and their impact on the equity and fixed-income marketplace. Under his leadership, the business became the fastest growing and most profitable desk in the Goldman Sachs Securities division from 2006 through 2012.

14. 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. Pre-registration required. today, 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Factory at Franklin Jamison Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

15. Events -

Real Estate Investors Network Real Estate Investors Network. Ca$h Flow & Millionaire Maker Games. Learn financial strategies without having to invest any of your own cash. These games are fun and educational ways to learn about wealth creation, managing assets and liabilities and escaping from the “rat race.” Today, 6 p.m., REIN Education Center, 2416 Music Valley Drive, Ste 151, Nashville. Information: reintn.org. Additional April opportunity:

16. US Internet ad revenue surpasses broadcast -

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads.

That's according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which said Thursday that Internet advertising revenue rose 17 percent to a record $42.8 billion in 2013. Broadcast TV ad revenue, in comparison, was $40.1 billion in 2013.

17. Events -

Benefits of Captive Companies in Tennessee. Join Baker Donelson for a special luncheon featuring Michael A. Corbett and Julie McPeak, who will talk about the cost, investment, advantages and upkeep of a captive. Hosted by insurance regulatory attorneys David Broemel and Lee Harrell. Tax attorney Scott Smith also will be on hand to answer any questions about federal and state tax issues and planning opportunities involving captive insurance companies. Today, 11:30 a.m., lunch and registration. Noon-1 p.m., program. Baker Donelson Center, 211 Commerce Street, First Floor Special Events Center, Nashville. Information: rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

18. Events -

People’s Law School. A free program that provides an overview of common civil legal issues. Taught by Legal Aid Society attorneys and volunteer attorneys, the weekly, one-hour classes are 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Wright Middle School, 180 McCall St., and at Cohn Learning Center, 4805 Park Ave. Registration information: 298-8050, www.nashville.gov/Nashville-Community-Edcuation.aspx. Topics include:

19. First Tennessee Bank names 2 to advisory board -

Two Nashville business executives, Richard Rogers and John Zobl, have been named to First Tennessee Bank’s Regional Advisory Board.

20. Girl Scouts asked to end partnership with Barbie -

NEW YORK (AP) — A few weeks after her foray into the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Barbie is entangled in controversy again, this time over her ties with the Girl Scouts.

Two advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — on Thursday urged the Girl Scouts of the USA to end its partnership with the doll's manufacturer, the Mattel toy company.

21. Carmakers bank on small SUVs as next big thing -

GENEVA (AP) — Carmakers are banking on the fast-growing demand for small SUVs to earn new customers in the U.S. and help turn around their businesses in Europe's still-fragile market.

U.S. carmaker Chrysler's Jeep brand launched the Renegade and France's Citroen introduced the funky Cactus at the Geneva Auto Show on Tuesday. And they are just the start of a long list of carmakers looking to "come to the party," said IHS analyst Tim Urquhart.

22. Stores can see where you go by tracking your phone -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register?

Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the information say it's anonymous, can't be traced to a specific person and no one should worry about invasion of privacy. But consumer advocates aren't convinced. It's spying, they say, and shoppers should be informed their phones are being observed and then be able to choose whether to allow it.

23. Battle of Franklin Trust selects Jacobson as CEO -

The Battle of Franklin Trust has appointed longtime employee Eric A. Jacobson as its chief executive officer.

Jacobson, previously the Trust’s chief operating officer, has been with the organization since 2006. He oversees operations of The Carter House and Carnton Plantation and is a renowned Civil War historian, preservationist and author.

24. More businesses using high-speed connections -

Connected Tennessee hopes to see broadband adoption and use continue to rise among Tennessee businesses, which have $31 billion in annual online sales.

The latest statewide research indicates 76 percent of state businesses in Tennessee are connected to broadband, compared to 55 percent in 2007.

25. LGBT travelers offer Middle Tennessee a lucrative demographic -

The secret’s out. Nashville’s a magnet for all who love music, sports, great food and, of course, the ABC hit musical drama that shares the city’s name.

Less known is Music City’s potential to draw even more of a coveted niche group of visitors – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers.

26. New CEO named at TriStar StoneCrest -

Louis F. Caputo, chief executive officer (CEO) of Summerville Medical Center in Summerville, S.C., has been named chief executive officer of HCA’s TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Murfreesboro.

27. Events -

People’s Law School. A free program that provides an overview of common civil legal issues. Taught by Legal Aid Society attorneys and volunteer attorneys, the weekly, one-hour classes are 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Wright Middle School, 180 McCall St., and at Cohn Learning Center, 4805 Park Ave. Registration information: 298-8050, www.nashville.gov/Nashville-Community-Edcuation.aspx. Sessions include:

28. Five attorneys join Baker Donelson -

Baker Donelson has announced the addition of five new associates to its Nashville office: Austin L. Fleishour, TaCara D. Harris, Henry E. Hildebrand, Michaela D. Poizner and Taylor K. Wirth.

29. 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.

30. Events -

Nashville Chamber Fall Leadership Breakfast. Featured speaker is Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University. Ariely also is a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty. Thursday, 6:30-10:20 a.m., Belmont University, Curb Event Center, 1900 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 460-5554.

31. Merger brings together Nashville’s PK Pictures/NuMynd Studios, Zoe Creative Services -

Picture this: Your laptop screen is a framed picture of a dragon, like in a museum. You take your smart phone, switch it to camera and look at the laptop. All of a sudden, the dragon leans out of the frame, looks up, down and all around.

32. Worlds collide: Combining haiku, crossword -

HOT SPRINGS, ARK. – “Old Pond” cartoonist big hit at haiku Hot Springs: Jessica Tremblay.

November rolls in with hints of summer and winter. Autumn’s colors dot the hillsides surrounding historic Bathhouse Row. Amid falling leaves a dozen and a half haiku versifiers, from Boston to Memphis to Plano to Vancouver, descend upon the Arlington Hotel.

33. Sarah Trahern named new CMA CEO -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The senior vice president and general manager for the Great American Country network, Sarah Trahern, has been named the new CEO of the Country Music Association.

The board of directors announced Trahern's selection this week after a nationwide search for candidates to fill the position vacated by former CEO Steve Moore, who left earlier this year.

34. Bone McAllester adds labor, employment attorney -

The law firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has hired Vanderbilt alumnus Bryan Pieper as the firm’s newest attorney in labor and employment law and commercial litigation.

35. Events -

Halloween On The Square & 4th Annual Neddy Jacobs Coffin Race. Join the Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on Friday for a night of trick or treating on the downtown square. Free hotdogs & drinks. Coffin race begins at 7:30 p.m. Applications for the Coffin Race are available at the Chamber office. 5-8 p.m. Information: 444-5503.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. Children will create Wal-Mart's 'hot toys' list for holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) — Lots of retailers come out with "hot toy" lists every holiday season, but this year Wal-Mart decided to try something different: let kids rate their favorite toys.

In a first, about 1,000 boys and girls aged 18 months to 10 years spent a three-day weekend in August in Dallas playing with 50 toys and choosing their favorites. The result is a top 20 list of kid-approved toys, out Thursday, that includes a new robotic pet Furby, a hugging Elmo and a Barbie dream house.

39. Accelerent names five to leadership positions -

Accelerent, a national partnership-driven business development platform, has named five new leadership committee members in its Nashville market.

40. Events -

“Now that you ask …” David Keene, opinion editor for The Washington Times, immediate past president of the National Rifle Association of America and former chairman of the American Conservative Union for 25 years, is th featured speaker for Lipscomb University’s Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership’s “now that you ask… A Conversation Series” hosted by Tom Ingram. 6:30 p.m., Shamblin Theatre, Lipscomb University, One University Park Drive, Nashville.

41. Nashville Emerging Leader Awards winners announced -

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville have announced the 2013 winners of the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs).

42. Newsweek to be purchased by IBT Media -

NEW YORK (AP) — Newsweek is being sold for the second time in just a few years.

The owner of the International Business Times said it's buying what is now an online-only brand for an undisclosed sum from IAC/InterActiveCorp. The publication, which once had a fierce rivalry with Time magazine, ran its last print edition at the end of 2012.

43. Events -

Seventh Annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. The NELAs recognize young professionals in 15 industry classifications who are excelling in their careers and making a difference in the Nashville community. Today, 5-8 p.m., Lipscomb University’s Collins Alumni Auditorium. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

44. 30s: Juggling business, family a tough chore -

There is work – creative, engaging and artistic work – and there is the sick 4-year-old pulling you away from the computer.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur and owner of 52design, Tasneem Arif, gets stuck in the middle some days as does anyone who works from home and has children and other demanding responsibilities.

45. First Apple computer could fetch $500,000 or more -

NEW YORK (AP) — It's the kind of electronic junk that piles up in basements and garages — an old computer motherboard with wires sticking out.

But because it was designed and sold by two college dropouts named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, it could be worth more than half a million dollars.

46. Microsoft aims to simplify with Windows 8.1 -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It's making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers.

47. Take it outside -

Growing up in Nashville, Steve Sirls had always been a bit fascinated by the old Craighead house in the Richland-West End neighborhood.

The historic home was built in 1810 and was once the home of Charlotte Robertson, whose husband, James, founded Nashville. So when the home became available in 1998, Sirls and partner Allen DeCuyper bought it.

48. Ticketmaster settles rewards lawsuit for $23M -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ticketmaster has agreed to settle claims for up to $23 million over a lawsuit affecting more than a million people who, after buying a ticket online, were enrolled in a rewards program that cost $9 a month but never gave them any benefits.

49. Events -

Music City Center Grand Opening. Grammy-winning artist and Nashville resident Sheryl Crow will headline the Music City Center grand opening and free outdoor concert today. Performing with Crow will be The Time Jumpers, Vince Gill, the Fisk Jubilee Singers and Mikky Ekko. The concert is set for 6-9 p.m., followed by fireworks. A free open house continues today.

50. Microsoft touching up Windows 8 to address gripes -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is retooling the latest version of its Windows operating system to address complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales.

51. Convention center offers new spotlight for Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A new convention center in Nashville is transforming the look of downtown with a wavy roof dominating six city blocks, but tourism officials hope the eye-catching facility will also show business travelers a revitalized Music City.

52. Barge Waggoner promotes quartet of vice presidents -

Award-winning architecture and engineering firm Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc. appointed four new vice presidents at its recent annual stockholders’ meeting:

53. Lamb, Self to be honored by Tennessee Medical Association -

John W. Lamb, Sr., MD, and Catherine Self, PT, PhD, both of Nashville, are among the recipients of 2013 Tennessee Medical Association awards, which will be presented during the TMA’s 178th annual Meeting on Saturday in Franklin.

54. Events -

Nashville Fashion Week. A city-wide celebration of Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community and its vast array of creative talent featuring local, regional and national design talent in fashion events and shows. Through Saturday. Information: NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

55. Website matches volunteers, those in need -

Megan McInnis launched her local nonprofit, Doing Good, in April 2011, and it quickly gained national attention.

Its website, designed to promote volunteerism and connect people with nonprofits, won four national 2012 MarCom awards, the equivalent of winning an Oscar for the marketing and communication field.

56. Desperately seeking techies -

Nashville has struggled for years to recruit and retain technology talent, partly because Tennessee doesn’t grow much of its own.

The problem is so prevalent that the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce recently launched a campaign to attract technology talent to Middle Tennessee.

57. Fridrich & Clark’s Smith earns top Realtor honor -

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors has named Lucy Smith of Fridrich & Clark Realty the 2012 Realtor of the Year.

The award is given annually to the GNAR Realtor member who has made the most significant contribution to clients, the real estate profession and the community. Smith was recognized for her achievements by Brian Copeland, last year’s recipient, at Saturday’s GNAR’s annual Awards of Excellence Gala.

58. Int'l Herald Tribune to be rebranded International New York Times -

NEW YORK (AP) — The International Herald Tribune, one of the most enduring brands in journalism history, is getting a new name: The International New York Times.

The rebranding announced Monday comes as The New York Times Co. looks to focus on its flagship brand and expand its presence overseas. The name change will become official later this year.

59. Events -

24th annual Nashville Lawn & Garden Show. The theme for this year’s show is “Jardins du Soleil,” French for “Gardens of the Sun,” and will feature gardens of internationally inspired designs. The show also offers the opportunity to hear free presentations by horticultural, landscape design and gardening experts. This year’s featured speaker is Frédéric Nancel, operations and events director for the Chateau de Chantilly near Paris, France. Thursday-Saturday, 10-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Information: nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com.

60. Events -

Montgomery County Business After Hours. Today, 5-7 p.m., Clarksville Country Club, 334 Fairway Drive, Clarksville. Information: markh@clarksville.tn.us.

61. Emancipation Proclamation on display in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The original Emancipation Proclamation, a document that changed the lives of countless African-Americans during the Civil War, is on display in Nashville as the fragile historical document makes its only stop in the Southeast on a 150th anniversary tour.

62. Ready to rumble: Super Bowl fans get in the game -

NEW YORK (AP) — You don't have to be a football player to be a part of the action on Super Bowl Sunday.

Coca-Cola is asking people to vote for an online match between three groups competing in a desert for a Coke on Game Day. Pepsi and Toyota are using viewers' photos in their ads. Audi let people choose the end of its Super Bowl ad, while Lincoln based its spot on more 6,000 tweets from fans about their road trips.

63. Events -

Interactive Media Meet-up. Chamber members involved in interactive media meet Friday to discuss trends, challenges, ideas and thoughts. These meetings give members the opportunity to develop connections with colleagues while learning about trends and applications in web and mobile technology. 8:30-9:30 a.m., Goodwill Industries of Middle TN, Inc., 937 Herman Street, Lifsey Building, Room 120, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

64. Events -

Civil War sesquicentennial events at Stones River National Battlefield. Park rangers and volunteers will present a variety of programs through Jan. 2 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Stones River, including a living history program presented by nearly 300 volunteers. Information: nps.gov/stri/planyourvisit/cw150park.htm.

65. Stocks gain on budget talk optimism, Fed stimulus -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose for a fifth straight day Tuesday as investors latched on to reports of progress in budget talks in Washington. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its biggest gain this month.

66. Rooker honored as state’s top court clerk -

Nashville-Davidson County Circuit Court Clerk Richard Rooker has received the Outstanding State Court Clerk Award at a recent conference of the County Officials Association.

67. Reaching retail’s promised land -

Brentwood brothers Drew and Timothy Bourke will see their product on Walmart shelves in 2013, and all it took was $1 million, three years, an aggressively sophisticated social media plan and very thick skin.

68. VICC’s Wiesner to lead cancer program -

Georgia Wiesner, M.D., M.S., has joined the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine, Division of Genetic Medicine and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as professor of Medicine and director of the newly created Clinical and Translational Hereditary Cancer Program.

69. Scripps Networks posts higher 3Q earnings -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., the operator of pay-TV networks such as Food Network and HGTV, said Thursday that its third-quarter net income grew 20 percent thanks to higher revenue from both advertising and distributor fees.

70. Events -

Weekly Business Mastermind Luncheon. Join other small business owners and entrepreneurs each Wednesday in a peer-to-peer advisory session over lunch. Share your ideas, challenges and insights while you share a meal together. Group meets Wednesdays at 11:30 at Nero’s Grill. All business owners welcome, but advance registration required. Register: http://nashvillesuccesssummit.com/events-2/

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. Events -

Affordable Care Act: Impact on Business. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Nashville Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) host the panel discussion. This event is designed to give business owners an idea of what to expect and prepare for when the various pieces of this law go into effect. Panelists include Brian Haile, director, Insurance Exchange Planning Initiative, Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration, and Jerry Moss, member, tax services, KraftCPAs PLLC. Jim Brown, Tennessee state director of the NFIB, will serve as moderator. 9:30 a.m. registration, 10-11:30 a.m. program. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3067.

74. New York Times closes on $300M sale of About Group -

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times has completed its $300 million sale of The About Group to Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp.

75. Events -

STEM-Posium. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub event on Thursday is designed to guide communities in Middle Tennessee as they build dynamic partnerships for all stakeholders, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, businesses and community partners. Keynote Speaker will be David Burns, director of STEM Innovation Networks with Battelle. 8:30 a.m. registration, 9-11:30 a.m. program. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3150.

76. Events -

Free Legal Seminars at People’s Law School. Today's class covers “What to Do If You Owe Money or Returns to the IRS: Instructors will focus on questions and problems associated with taxes and the IRS.” Individuals can register for one or several classes through Nov. 15 on a variety of topics, including:

77. Funky to formal, area offers a variety of party venues -

A 400-person wedding, a bachelorette party, the latest No. 1 hit … 5 o’clock. Nashville is a town that will use any excuse to party. But it can’t be just any kind of party. It has to be a Nashville party, one that really shows off the personality of the area.

78. Events -

Live on the Green. Free concert series held in Public Square Park in front of the Metro Courthouse launches its fourth season today with Jon Cleary, Moon Taxi and Dr. John. The six-week concert series, produced by Tuned In Broadcasting, Inc. in partnership with the Nashville Mayor’s Office, takes place Thursdays through October 11. Shows start at 5 p.m. Additional shows include:

79. Events -

Treehouses: Great Works of Literature. Cheekwood has selected seven designers for its 2012 summer outdoor exhibition. Closing Sept. 2, Treehouses focuses on great works of literature with whimsical and traditional Treehouses in the landscape at Cheekwood. This exhibition celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the first summer exhibition at Cheekwood, Terrific Treehouses. Previous exhibitions also include Playhouses and Forts, Big Bugs and, most recently, Happily Ever After. Information: Cheekwood.org.

80. Events -

Music City Festival & BBQ Championship. Annual event features two of Nashville’s best talents, barbecue and music. Professional and backyard cook teams are invited to cook in the barbecue competition. The event is sanctioned by the Memphis BBQ Network and Kansas City Barbeque Society. A total of $20,000 in prizes and awards will be given to winners in various categories. Also featured: Classic cars, customs, motorcycles, sport trucks, and hot rods, Kids Zone, Music City Cornhole Tournament, and live music featuring The Fabulous Thunderbirds as Friday’s headliners and Grand Funk Railroad on Saturday. 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park. Information: musiccitybbqfestival.com.

81. Events -

Interactive Media Meet-up. Like-minded Nashville Area Chamber of Chamber members meet Friday to discuss trends, challenges, ideas and thoughts. These topic-driven meetings give members the opportunity to develop connections with colleagues while learning about trends and applications in web and mobile technology. 8:30- 9:30 a.m., Goodwill Industries of Middle TN, Inc., 937 Herman Street, Lifsey Building, Room 120, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3115.

82. Events -

Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. The sixth annual NELAs will recognize young professionals in 15 industry classifications who are excelling in their careers and making a difference in the Nashville community. The ceremony will be at tonight, 5-7:30 p.m., Lipscomb University in the Collins Alumni Auditorium. After-party will be at Mere Bulles, 5201 Maryland Way, Brentwood. Information: www.ypnashville.org/Events/Nashville_Emerging_Leader_Awards.aspx

83. Mastering the perfect pitch -

In the sales world, delivering the perfect pitch is akin to throwing a no hitter. It’s no easy feat, but those who’ve mastered the art of the flawless pitch have the power to consistently shut down the opposing team and bring home more wins.

84. US Internet advertising spending hits $8.4B in 1Q -

NEW YORK (AP) — An advertising industry group says revenue from Internet advertising in the U.S. hit $8.4 billion in the first three months of the year.

That's the highest for the first quarter, up 15 percent from $7.3 billion in the same period last year.

85. Events -

Brew at the Zoo. Nashville Zoo and Rhizome Productions are teaming up Friday for Brew at the Zoo, featuring Animals, live music, local food trucks and 75 craft beers on tap at this adults-only event. Guests will be able to wander the Entry Village, Festival Field and African Savannah exhibit areas while sampling beer from more than 25 craft breweries. 6:30-11 p.m. $50 per person. VIP tickets are $75 and include access to the YELP VIP tent with food, beverages, special gifts and more. Tickets and information: brewatthezoonashville.com.

86. Events -

Solar Workshop. LightWave Solar covers the basics: How solar works, solar equipment, roof and shade requirements, cost and incentives and the reasons why Tennesseans are installing solar on their homes and businesses. 6-7 p.m. today, Green Hills Branch Library Meeting Room, 3701 Benham Avenue. Information: grobertson@lightwavesolar.com, 641-4050.

87. Swift gives $4M to Country Hall of Fame expansion -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Taylor Swift has taught a generation of kids to appreciate country music over the last five years. Now, she's donating $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to make sure that education continues.

88. Twitter plays outsize role in 2012 campaign -

NEW YORK (AP) — @BarackObama is on Twitter. So is @MittRomney. And so are all the voters following the 2012 presidential contest, whether they know it or not.

Candidates, strategists, journalists and political junkies have all flocked to Twitter, the social networking hub where information from the mundane to the momentous is shared through 140-character microbursts known as tweets.

89. Bass, Berry & Sims gets new leadership -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has elected Todd Rolapp as its new managing partner, effective January 1, 2013. Rolapp will succeed Keith Simmons, who announced late last year that he would relinquish his position as managing partner after 17 years of service.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. Wilkins named to direct Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance -

Consuelo H. Wilkins, M.D., associate professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named the new executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance. She will assume the role on June 1.

93. VU vice chancellor joins Wiseman Ashworth -

John C. McCauley, former Vanderbilt University assistant vice chancellor of risk and insurance management and associate general counsel, has joined Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, PLC. McCauley will work with the firm’s attorneys on complex medical malpractice cases and advise its clients on risk management issues.

94. Events -

Nashville Lawn & Garden Show. The 23rd annual Nashville Lawn & Garden Show celebrates through Sunday the timeless appeal, importance and fun of gardening. Gardens Past, Present & Future is the theme in 2012 for Tennessee’s largest and most popular annual gardening event, staged at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. More than 250 exhibit booths will offer horticultural products and services, outdoor living décor, gardening equipment, plants, flowers and more. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com.

95. Dog trots in earlier than expected -

I hate when this happens. Last week, I concluded the column with remarks indicating that Dog Tags was the last David Rosenfelt Andy Carpenter-novel in print. I even went so far as to write that One Dog Night, novel nine in the Andy series, “is due out later this year.”

96. Events -

The South Through Eight Lenses & A Code. The Arts Company presents through Friday a two-month celebration of photography, featuring eight photographers from the South Light Salon. The exhibition will be accompanied by Festival of Salon Saturdays at The Arts Company designed to expand the gallery experience through poetry, film, photography, QR codes, and multiple events hosted by art photographers and special guests. Visitors are encouraged to use smart phones and plan to scan the artwork through the 21st-Century technology of QR Codes. The exhibition will open during First Saturday Art Crawl on Jan. 7. Information: theartscompany.com.

97. Super Bowl MVPs: Some ads on fire, others up in flames -

Would you write a check for $116,000 for one second of TV airtime?

That was precisely the question Super Bowl advertisers faced this year. Thirty-second ads sold for a record $3.5 million, up a whopping 17 percent from last year.

98. Events -

International Business Council Breakfast. Featuring China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Chairman Mr. Wan Jifei, along with a delegation of Chinese government officials and business leaders. Chairman Wan is one of the high-level officials accompanying Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping as he visits the United States the week of February 13. Thursday, 8:30-10 a.m., 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100. Information: 743-3115, nashvillechamber.com.

99. Stocks rally from early losses to close higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks staged an afternoon-long rally and closed higher Wednesday as Greece appeared to close in on the cost-cutting deal it needs to keep from defaulting on its national debt.

100. Stocks jump after strong jobs report -

NEW YORK (AP) — A drop in the unemployment rate to its lowest level in three years propelled stocks higher Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped more than 130 points, drawing the average to its highest mark since before the financial crisis hit in 2008.