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1. California man sentenced in Nissan fraud scheme -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A California man has been sentenced to serve 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $78,000 in restitution for his role in a scheme to defraud Franklin-based Nissan North America.

According to the U.S. attorney's office in Nashville, Bruce Young and others helped gather information on Nissan owners and former Nissan employee Kenneth Carter filed and approved false claims requesting settlement checks. Prosecutors say Young and others directed the Nissan owners to "kick back" a portion of the settlement.

2. Toyota profit up nearly 5 percent on sales growth -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 5 percent jump in quarterly profit Tuesday, outpacing expectations as vehicle sales grew in North America and Europe, offsetting a drop in Japan.

3. Nissan profit rises on strong sales, cheap yen -

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's quarterly profit rose nearly 37 percent, helped by a favorable exchange rate and healthy sales in North America and China.

Nissan Motor Co. reported Monday a better-than-expected net profit of 112 billion yen ($1.1 billion) for the April-June first fiscal quarter, up from 82 billion yen a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast a quarterly profit of 85 billion yen ($835 million). Quarterly sales jumped 10 percent to 2.466 trillion yen ($24.2 billion).

4. 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.

5. Tesla handing over the keys to its technology -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised Thursday to give away the company's entire patent portfolio to all comers, as long as they promised not to engage courtroom battles over intellectual property

6. Hiring to push Mississippi Nissan employment over 6,000 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.

7. Toyota chalks up record profit, vehicle sales -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota chalked up a record annual profit and sales above 10 million vehicles for the first time, but forecast Thursday a slower year ahead as the momentum from a weak yen fades.

Expenses such as the $1.2 billion penalty it paid in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department earlier this year for hiding information about defects in its cars dented its profit for January-March quarter, according to Toyota.

8. 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.

9. Toyota moving US base from California to Texas -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toyota delivered a surprise pink slip to California on Monday, announcing the company would move its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs from the Los Angeles suburbs to the outskirts of Dallas.

10. Nashville Habitat, Nissan among Energy Star awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Four groups in Tennessee have been awarded 2014 Energy Star awards from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department.

The Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence award goes to groups that exhibit exceptional leadership year after year in the Energy Star program by helping protect the environment through energy efficiency.

11. 2 plead guilty in Nissan fraud scheme -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two California residents have pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder money derived from a scheme to defraud Franklin-based Nissan North America.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Nashville, Francisco DeLaRosa and Tracey Young helped gather information on Nissan owners that they passed to a Nissan employee. The employee then filed false claims requesting settlement checks.

12. Mexico to trump Japan as No. 2 car exporter to US -

CELAYA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico is on track to become the United States' No. 1 source of imported cars by the end of next year, overtaking Japan and Canada in a manufacturing boom that's turning the auto industry into a bigger source of dollars than money sent home by migrants.

13. Nissan profits rise on weaker yen, China sales -

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan says quarterly profit rose 57 percent, driven by a weaker yen and strong sales in China and Japan.

The Japanese automaker reported net profit Monday of 84.3 billion yen ($823 million) for the October-December third quarter. That was up from 53.8 billion yen a year earlier.

14. Honda 3Q profit doubles, sales get weak yen boost -

TOKYO (AP) — Honda's quarterly profit doubled from a year earlier as sales got a big perk from a weak yen.

Honda Motor Co. reported on Friday a 160.7 billion yen ($1.58 billion) net profit for the October-December fiscal third quarter, up from 77.4 billion yen the year before.

15. GM predicts modest pretax profit gain this year -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it expects a modest gain in pretax profits this year as global sales growth slows.

The No. 1 U.S. automaker joined others in forecasting slower growth in the red-hot U.S. market. Still, GM and industry analysts expect sales to reach or exceed 16 million for the first time since 2007.

16. Middle Tennessee auto parts supplier Calsonic Kansei offers a blueprint for worker wellness, cost containment -

With health care dominating the national conversation in 2013, it would be easy to view cost reform as a top-down proposition mandated by the federal government and forced on a reluctant market.

But in Middle Tennessee, companies were working on bending the cost curve long before Obamacare grabbed headlines.

17. Baker Donelson adds 2 to tax department -

Veteran tax attorneys Steven K. Wood and Julie A. Boswell are joining Baker Donelson’s Nashville office as members of the firm’s tax department.

18. Auto parts supplier Aisin expanding in East Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Parts supplier Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. is planning a $54 million expansion in Anderson County and will add 81 jobs over the next two years.

19. TEA names new executive director - The Tennessee Education Association has named Carolyn Crowder as its new executive director.

Crowder comes to Tennessee from Denver, where she served for the past four years as executive director of the combined Denver Classroom Teachers Association, Denver Association of Education Office Professionals and DCTA-Retired.

20. Toyota profit jumps 70 percent despite sales slip -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit soared 70 percent, and the world's top-selling automaker raised its earnings forecast, as cost cuts and the weaker Japanese yen compensated for slightly weaker vehicle sales.

21. Tire-maker Hankook to build $800M plant in Tennessee -

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — South Korean tire-maker Hankook announced Monday that it will build its first North American plant in Tennessee, creating 1,800 jobs.

Hankook, the world's seventh-largest tire maker, said it will build the $800 million facility in Clarksville. Construction on the 1.5 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to begin by the end of next year, and it will begin making high-end performance tires by early 2016.

22. VUMC not only Midstate medical center facing layoffs -

Patients aren’t the only ones feeling pain at some Tennessee hospitals.

Large-scale staff cuts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, reported to be in the hundreds, could be a sign of things to come if health systems can’t find a way to stanch the bleeding from unreimbursed patient care.

23. Nissan adds 900 jobs to make Rogue at Tennessee plant -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nissan is adding 900 jobs to start making the Rogue crossover SUV at its Tennessee plant.

Thursday's announcement is in addition to 800 jobs added at the Smyrna plant last year, and will bring total employment at the suburban Nashville facility to more than 7,000.

24. Nissan adds 900 jobs to make Rogue at Tennessee plant -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nissan is adding 900 jobs to start making the Rogue crossover SUV at its Tennessee plant, the Japanese automaker announced Thursday.

The new jobs are in addition to 800 positions added at the Smyrna plant last year, and will bring total employment at the suburban Nashville facility to more than 7,000. Hiring is already underway, and Rogue production is scheduled to begin this fall.

25. US auto factories cutting back on summer downtime -

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit automakers are largely forgoing the traditional two-week summer break at their factories and speeding up production to meet buyers' growing demand for new cars and trucks.

26. 6 indicted after accused of defrauding Nissan -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Six people have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Nashville after being accused of running a scheme to defraud Nissan North America of more than $570,000.

Officials say the six defrauded the automaker by filing false claims under the Federal Warranty Act. They, and others, are said to have approached people who owned Nissans and got their names, address and vehicle identification numbers for the purpose of filing fraudulent claims and requesting compensation.

27. Nissan chief welcomes yen fall for luxury brand -

KAMINOKAWA-MACHI, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. President Carlos Ghosn welcomed the yen's recent decline to what he called "neutral" levels for the Japanese automaker's profitability, but said Tuesday it must drop further to be "normal."

28. Toyota profit more than doubles on yen, cost cuts -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit more than doubled to 313.9 billion yen ($3.2 billion) as cost cuts and better sales worked with a weakening yen to add momentum to the automaker's comeback.

Toyota Motor Corp., which last year reclaimed the title of world's top-selling automaker, said Wednesday it expects the strong results to continue in its new business year that ends March 2014. It projected a 1.37 trillion yen ($13.8 billion) profit, up from 962 billion yen for the year ended March 2013.

29. Nissan cuts prices on 7 US models -

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is cutting prices on seven of its 18 models in the U.S., hoping its cars and trucks will show up in more Internet searches by shoppers.

The price cuts vary with the amount of equipment on each model and run from 2.7 percent, or $580, on the top-selling Altima midsize car to 10.7 percent, or $4,400, on the Armada big SUV. Other models getting price cuts include the Sentra compact car, Juke small crossover SUV, Murano midsize crossover, Rogue small crossover and the Maxima full-size car.

30. Vanderbilt’s Kinch to lead Tennessee Nurses Association -

Jill Kinch, MSN, APN, advanced practice nurse team manager for Perioperative and Procedural Services at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has been appointed president of the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA).

31. Japanese, other automakers hit with air bag recall -

DETROIT (AP) — Six automakers, including Toyota, Honda and Nissan, are recalling nearly 3.4 million older-model vehicles worldwide because of defective air bags that can send shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment.

32. Toyota, Honda, Nissan announce air bag recall -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota, Honda and Nissan are recalling more than 2 million vehicles globally for an identical problem with air bags on the passenger side whose inflator may burst, sending plastic pieces flying.

33. Nissan, Honda, Toyota shares boosted by Japan stimulus -

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. shares of Japanese automakers are soaring Thursday as investors expect them to benefit from Japan's aggressive actions to stimulate its economy.

Shares of Nissan Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. all rose more than 4 percent after the Bank of Japan said it will increase the amount of cash in circulation.

34. Automakers: Best March in six years -

DETROIT (AP) — America is getting back to work, and it needs pickup trucks.

Strong truck demand in March drove U.S. auto sales to their highest monthly total since August 2007, as everyone from oil and gas producers to local home builders raced to replace the aging trucks they held onto during the recession. Overall auto sales rose 3.4 percent to 1.45 million, according to Autodata Corp.

35. Suits dismissed against corps over Nashville flood -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a pair of lawsuits claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was responsible for flood damage in 2010 to the Grand Ole Opry, Gibson Guitar and other Nashville-area businesses.

36. Smyrna, Spring Hill grow along different paths with auto industry -

Smyrna and Spring Hill, Tennessee towns with crucial ties to the automobile industry, are seeing a surge in economic prosperity as the auto plants add more and new projects.

Nissan remains the major player in Smyrna, and once again, General Motors has Spring Hill’s back, say county politicians and regional experts in growth and development.

37. 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.

38. Top commercial real estate transactions for 2012 -

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

39. Fiat 500 adds electric and big versions to lineup -

DETROIT (AP) — The Fiat 500 is getting bigger and going electric.

Two new versions of the Italian-styled mini-car are appearing at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week: The "500e" is the brand's first all-electric model in the U.S. while the "500L" comes with four doors and significantly more room than a regular model. The first 500 hit U.S. showrooms two years ago, promising a stylish and fuel-efficient remake of the 1950s original. Since then, at least four variations of the remake have rolled out.

40. GM rolls out new electric mini-car at LA Auto Show -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is giving its Chevrolet Spark a jolt of electricity.

An all-electric version of the mini-car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea, where it's made. Other markets will follow.

41. The big four: Midstate’s most iconic recent projects -

Many dozens of notable buildings and developments have been designed and erected in recent years in Middle Tennessee. Many are regarded as stand-outs, even classic, iconic architectural achievements.

42. 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.

43. Toyota quarterly profit triples, raises forecast -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit tripled, driven by a recovery from natural disasters, and the company raised its full-year earnings forecast Monday despite a sales slump in China.

Toyota Motor Corp., on track to regain the crown of world's No. 1 automaker this year, reported a July-September net profit of 257.9 billion yen ($3.2 billion) compared with an 80.4 billion profit a year earlier. The result was better than the 238 billion yen ($3 billion) quarterly profit forecast by analysts surveyed by FactSet.

44. Mitsubishi Motors profit improves on cost cuts -

TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motor Corp.'s fiscal second-quarter net profit improved 60 percent to 10.1 billion yen ($126 million) on cost cuts, but the Japanese automaker lowered its projection Tuesday for China, where a bitter territorial dispute is sending sales plunging.

45. Nissan to add shift, 800 jobs at Tennessee plant -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. announced Friday it will add a third shift at a vehicle assembly plant in Tennessee, adding more than 800 jobs.

46. Haven Behavioral names new executive VP, COO -

Nashville’s Haven Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., a provider of behavioral health care for adults, senior citizens and active-duty military personnel, has hired Scott W. Kardenetz as executive vice president and chief operations officer.

47. GM's 3Q stock rise surprises industry -

DETROIT (AP) — Surprise! The top-performing stock among automakers in the U.S. this quarter is General Motors.

The company, which endured management upheaval during the quarter and announced that it would lose substantial cash in Europe, saw its shares rise almost 18 percent from July through late September. The gain was the best since the first quarter of this year, when the stock climbed about 23 percent. GM posted strong profits in that period.

48. 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.

49. August Auto Sales: Nissan sales rise 7.6 percent -

FRANKLIN (AP) - Nissan North America Inc. said that U.S. sales in August rose 7.6 percent from the same period a year ago on stronger demand for its cars.

50. Nissan gives 2 electric cars to MTSU -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Nissan North America has given Middle Tennessee State University two electric cars and three charging stations to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles.

MTSU officials said Tuesday that the Nissan Leaf cars will go into the university's motor pool. Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors will be able to use the charging stations.

51. Toyota raises sales plan as quarterly profit zooms -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota raised its sales target for this year to a record 9.76 million vehicles and reported a strong recovery in quarterly profit Friday, underlining its bounce back from a disaster plagued 2011.

52. Events -

Home-Staging Professional Course. Students can earn the ASP designation by attending this two-day course Aug. 14-15. Topics covered include improving your listing presentation, overcoming client objections to staging, marketing ideas and a staging techniques detailed lecture. Students will also view a slide show of before and after photos of what can be accomplished through staging and experience staging a home on the market with other class participants. After taking the course, agents will be able to market staging to their clients and provide better suggestions of ways to improve the home for listing presentation. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, 4540 Trousdale Drive. Lunch provided. Information: gnar.org, 254-7516.

53. Honda's profit quadruples on disaster recovery -

TOKYO (AP) — Honda's quarterly profit quadrupled to 131.7 billion yen ($1.7 billion) as the Japanese automaker bounced back from last year's natural disasters with more vehicles sold across all key regions except for Europe.

54. Renault, Nissan invest in South Korea production -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The French-Japanese auto alliance of Renault and Nissan is investing $160 million in its South Korean unit to produce Nissan-branded vehicles mostly destined for the United States, taking advantage of the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement and a more favorable exchange rate.

55. Sharing tourism’s wealth -

Sure, Nashville is major national tourist destination that attracts more than 11 million annually. But surrounding counties are in the process of building tourist empires of their own, using ever-increasing tourist-related tax revenues to strengthen their communities.

56. Nissan chief wary despite quick disaster recovery -

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Tuesday the automaker needs to conserve cash despite its quick recovery from a year of disasters as the global economic outlook is highly uncertain.

57. Morin named COO of Ingram Content -

Shawn Morin, who joined Ingram Content Group Inc. in 2009 and has served as the chief information officer since that time, has been named the company’s new Chief Operating Officer.

58. Mazda, Fiat to work together on small convertible -

TOKYO (AP) — Mazda Motor Corp. and Fiat SpA are working together on developing and manufacturing a roadster, or two-seater convertible, although the automakers will come up with different, distinctly styled models.

59. Nissan profit soars on record sales amid disaster -

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co.'s January-March profit more than doubled to 75.3 billion yen ($941 million) as the Japanese automaker achieved record sales despite production disruptions from last year's tsunami.

60. Toyota quarterly profit quadruples on recovery -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit more than quadrupled to 121 billion yen ($1.5 billion), and the automaker gave upbeat forecasts as it recovers from a sales plunge caused by the tsunami in Japan last year.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. Events -

Entrepreneurship Week at Lipscomb University. Lipscomb University’s Center for Entrepreneurship celebrates Entrepreneurship 2012 with four days of activities through today promoting the entrepreneurial spirit among all students and the community. Key events include an address by Robert A. “Bobby” Frist Jr., president and CEO of HealthStream, and a pitch competition on Monday and Wednesday. Information: lipscomb.edu, 966-1786.

64. Nashville Habitat, Nissan honored by EPA for energy efficiency -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity, Nissan North America and Eastman Chemical Co. have been honored by the Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency.

65. Events -

Happy Birthday, President Jackson! President Andrew Jackson’s 245th birthday is celebrated at The Hermitage. A ceremony honoring the President and general will take place at 10 a.m. at Jackson’s tomb featuring Gov. Bill Haslam as keynote speaker. The ceremony will include the Tennessee Army National Guard Color Guard, music, speakers, and the laying of a wreath on General Jackson’s tomb sent by the President of the United States. Additional educational activities, living history demonstrations, and other activities will follow throughout the day. Public admission is half price on Jackson’s birthday. Information: theheremitage.com.

66. Midstate's hottest markets found near auto assembly plants -

If you want to know where houses are being bought and sold the fastest in Middle Tennessee, take a look at the cars on the road around you.

If their nameplates say Nissan or Chevrolet, you have your first clue.

67. Nissan North America wins EPA energy award -

FRANKLIN (AP) - Tennessee-based Nissan North America has won the 2012 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The honor recognizes continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

68. GM retakes title of top-selling global automaker -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. has retaken the title of world's top-selling automaker, selling just over 9 million cars and trucks across the globe.

69. Nissan's sales up 14.7% in 2011 -

FRANKLIN (AP) - Nissan North America Inc. said Wednesday its sales rose 14.7 percent in 2011, boosted by strong demand for its high-volume car and crossover models.

70. Zeitlin wins award for lifetime achievement -

Shirley Zeitlin, CEO and founder of Zeitlin & Company, Realtors, has won in the “Lifetime Achievement” category in the international Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Zeitlin’s competition for the award included the president and CEO of a financial firm in Toronto, the EVP of international finance for a Turkish bank (Akbank) and the president & CEO of WomenOnBusiness.com. More than 1,300 entries from around the world were submitted this year for consideration in 75 categories. A full list of those recognized can be found at stevieawards.com.

71. Haslam: Gas tax overhaul needed, but not right now -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam warned that declining gas tax revenues will be a major problem for the state's infrastructure over the next decade, but said on Monday that he doesn't plan to introduce any proposals to overhaul the system in the upcoming legislative session.

72. Feeling Nashville's pull -

There is a widely held belief that an influx of folks from outside the United States is what caused Nashville-area population to swell over the past 30 years or so. That is not entirely correct.

Three decades ago, the population of the multi-county metropolitan statistical area of Nashville, which includes Davidson and surrounding counties, was about half its current size. A 1990s boom saw tremendous growth and that influx continued to grow into the new millennium, and still does.

73. Nissan's September sales rise 25.3% -

FRANKLIN (AP) - Nissan North America Inc. said Monday that its September U.S. sales rose 25.3 percent on strong demand for both its cars and trucks.

74. August Auto Sales: Nissan up 19.2 percent -

FRANKLIN (AP) — Nissan North America Inc. said Thursday that its August U.S. sales rose 19.2 percent on strong demand for its top-selling Altima sedan.

75. August Auto Sales: Nissan up 19.2 percent -

FRANKLIN (AP) — Nissan North America Inc. said Thursday that its August U.S. sales rose 19.2 percent on strong demand for its top-selling Altima sedan.

76. Toyota ekes out quarterly profit, raises forecast -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota eked out a 1.1 billion yen ($14 million) quarterly profit and raised its annual earnings forecast Tuesday as it mounts a comeback from the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

77. Nissan announces pricing for new Versa -

FRANKLIN (AP) — Nissan North America Inc. said Monday that pricing for its redesigned 2012 Nissan Versa sedan will start at $10,990.

78. Nissan expects 15 pct drop in profit for this year -

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan is forecasting a 15.4 percent drop in profit for the fiscal year through March 2012 because of production disruptions from the March earthquake and an unfavorable exchange rate.

79. Southern Migration -

Nearly half of Nashville’s signature industry – health care – actually has a Cool Springs address, and that number keeps growing. So does Nissan, the highest-profile corporate headquarters ever to relocate to the Nashville area.

80. Nissan installing 30 charging stations -

FRANKLIN (AP) — Nissan North America Inc. has begun installing 30 solar-assisted charging stations at its Smyrna plant and its headquarters in Franklin.

81. Nissan will take new US orders for electric Leaf -

NEW YORK (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. will resume taking U.S. reservations for its Leaf electric car on May 1, Nissan Americas Chairman Carlos Tavares said Wednesday.

82. Metro awaits free-trade zone expansion ruling -

Metro might have to wait a little longer to find out if the foreign trade zone it has requested will be approved.

The U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board is expected to rule during this year’s first or second quarter. An application for the 2,700-acre expansion, which includes Ozburn-Hessey Logistics warehouse space in LaVergne and industrial properties in Clarksville and Gallatin, was submitted to the board in November.

83. 'Ideally situated' for high-end shoppers -

It’s usually bad for a shopping mall when stores don’t renew leases and close their doors. It’s even worse when one of them is a beloved institution like Davis-Kidd Booksellers. But for the Mall at Green Hills, it’s a sign that times are good and getting better.