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1. Concerns over voter registrations loom in Shelby county -

MEMPHIS (AP) — Concerns about voter registrations and the security of electronic voting machines are looming over the upcoming election in Tennessee's largest county.

Two lawsuits have been filed in connection with Tuesday's pivotal election in Shelby County, the largest by population in Tennessee and the one that includes Memphis. Election officials there have pushed back against allegations of voter suppression and that they are not doing enough to protect the election process.

2. Boyd approved as University of Tennessee interim president -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the selection of Knoxville businessman and former gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd as the university system's interim president.

3. Boyd recommended as University of Tennessee president -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The chairman of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that he is recommending former gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd to serve as the university system's interim president.

4. Boyd recommended as University of Tennessee president -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The chairman of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that he is recommending former gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd to serve as the school's interim president.

5. Legal Aid Society picks Family Law lead attorney -

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest non-profit law firm, has promoted Shaina Thompson to family law lead attorney for its Nashville office.

She will help victims of domestic violence gain independence from abusive situations. Beyond Orders of Protection and divorces, this includes helping victims with issues like denial of benefits, food stamps and/or housing.

6. Up, up and not going away -

Maybe he likes fresh air. Or maybe it’s the view. Whatever the case, and long past the age where many consider the retirement milestone, John Hettish continues to strap on a safety harness, fire up the camera atop his helmet and climbs more than a thousand feet up radio towers to conduct repairs and maintenance.

7. Governor candidate Boyd, wife earned $30M in 2015, 2016 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gubernatorial hopeful Randy Boyd's tax returns show he and his wife earned $42.5 million in total income in 2015 and 2016 and had $30.2 million in taxable income.

8. Report: Inadequate warning by park officials in Smokies fire -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Insufficient warning by Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials contributed to dramatically less time to evacuate people during a Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people in November 2016, according to a report released this week.

9. Honda Fit or Kia Rio? Depends on what you need -

Driving a small hatchback offers many advantages. They’re efficient, maneuverable, practical and, above all, affordable. Sometimes they’re even fun to drive.

Kia and Honda have each updated their cars in this segment for 2018. The Kia Rio is all-new, while the Honda Fit has received a number of minor upgrades. Each has its own appeal.

10. Technology crammed into cars worsens driver distraction -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, an AAA study says.

11. Smokies to add $2.5m radio system upgrade after wildfires -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park will receive a $2.5 million upgrade to its radio communications systems in response to a fire in Tennessee that contributed to 14 deaths and millions of dollars of damage in November.

12. Records: Failed communications hampered response to fire -

GATLINBURG (AP) — Newly released records show failed communication systems hampered the response to deadly wildfires in Tennessee last fall.

Records that Sevier County began to release Wednesday that wind and fire on Nov. 28 combined to disable cell towers, melt fiber-optic cables and disrupt radio signals and phone lines, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported .

13. Centerstone Military names Mahler board chair -

Centerstone, a national behavioral health care provider, has named retired United States Air Force Col. Thomas W. Mahler Jr. chair of its board of directors for Centerstone Military Services.

Mahler has served as a board member since 2003. In 2014, he was selected to become the chair of the Centerstone Research Institute board and served in that role until 2016. In addition to chairing the Centerstone Military Services board, he also serves on the Centerstone Foundation board.

14. Boyd campaign gear includes fidget spinners, dog bowls -

NASHVILLE (AP) — It's early days yet in the Tennessee governor's race, but Republican candidate Randy Boyd has been quick out of the gate with some creative campaign swag.

15. Dow, Russell 2000 hit new highs; uneven finish for US stocks -

Wall Street turned in an uneven finish Friday as investors unloaded their technology company shares in favor of energy and financial stocks.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite, which has outpaced gains by other U.S. stock indexes this year, fell the most. The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed slightly lower.

16. The pros and cons of privatizing air traffic control -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. air traffic control system, the world's largest and most complex, is in the midst of an era of unsurpassed safety. There has not been a fatal crash of a domestic passenger airliner in the U.S. in eight years.

17. GOP field for Tennessee governor soon to become more crowded -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Businessman Randy Boyd will happily talk at length about his role in creating Tennessee's free community college tuition program and his plans to attract more companies to the state and cut regulations to keep others from leaving.

18. Boyd raises $1.25M in donations for Tennessee gov's race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd's campaign says it has raised $1.25 million for the Republican's gubernatorial bid.

19. Boyd raises $1.25M in donations for Tennessee gov's race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd's campaign says it has raised $1.25 million for the Republican's gubernatorial bid.

20. Unfinished business fuels Boyd’s bid -

By any measuring stick, Randy Boyd is a renaissance man. The founder of Radio Systems Corp. served as commissioner of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for two years before he stepped down earlier this year.

21. Aspiring tech prodigy tries to re-route self-driving cars -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Austin Russell, now 22, was barely old enough to drive when he set out to create a safer navigation system for robot-controlled cars. His ambitions are about to be tested.

Five years ago, Russell co-founded Luminar Technologies, a Silicon Valley startup trying to steer the rapidly expanding self-driving car industry in a new direction. Luminar kept its work closely guarded until Thursday, when the startup revealed the first details about a product Russell is touting as a far more powerful form of "lidar," a key sensing technology used in autonomous vehicles designed by Google, Uber and major automakers.

22. GOP gubernatorial candidate Boyd gives $5M to Knoxville zoo -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd is donating $5 million to the zoo in his hometown of Knoxville.

23. Republican Boyd joins Tennessee governor's race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd is joining the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam next year.

24. Boyd leaving Haslam administration as he ponders gov's bid -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Randy Boyd is stepping down as commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development as he ponders a bid to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

25. Fiat 500X takes style tips from its smaller sibling -

A distinctive choice among the vast SUV market, the 2016 Fiat 500X is a larger, taller version of Italy’s iconic small car, the 500, and is the first Fiat with all-wheel drive.

The 14-foot-long 500X looks cute compared with more mainstream compact SUVs and is one of the few available with a manual transmission. In addition, the 500X’s four-cylinder turbocharged engines provide more horsepower and torque than the non-turbo four cylinders in competitors.

26. Agriculture, public safety may gain most from UAVs -

It might not be a surprise to learn that in Music City the entertainment industry has embraced drones in a big way. But an industry trade group points to agriculture and public safety as areas prime for drone adoption nationwide.

27. The future takes flight over Middle Tennessee -

It’s a good 10 minutes before class is supposed to start, but most of the students are already there, gathered around work tables to craft small multi-rotor drones with wood framing and tiny parts that look a bit like Legos to an untrained eye.

28. Security experts: Remotes are hackable on many vehicles -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A group of computer security experts say they figured out how to hack the keyless entry systems used on millions of cars, meaning that thieves could in theory break and steal items without leaving a broken window.

29. Fiat Chrysler offers hackers bounty to report cyber threats -

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is turning to weekend car tinkerers and good-guy hackers to expose software vulnerability in its cars and trucks.

The Italian-American automaker is offering a bounty of $150 to $1,500 to people who spot software bugs and report them so they can be fixed. The size of the reward depends on how critical the bug is and how many vehicles it affects.

30. Outspoken McCormick one of the ‘stars’ of the Legislature -

Rep. Gerald McCormick holds plenty of authority in the General Assembly as majority leader of the Republican Caucus, and he’s not afraid to show it.

He wielded that power in the final week of the 2016 session by dropping jaws on the House floor with a verbal spanking of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.

31. Change Healthcare taps Roberts as vice president -

Change Healthcare, a provider of software and analytics, network solutions and technology-enabled services designed to enable smarter health care, has hired Keith Roberts as vice president of engagement solutions.

32. Autonomous car breakthroughs to be featured at gadget show -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Powerful computers that can drive better than people, high-definition road maps and low-cost sensors are about to remove some big barriers to self-driving cars.

Some breakthrough features will come to your dashboard quickly, while others will take a few years. But companies from Silicon Valley to Detroit will use the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week to demonstrate that autonomous car technology is heading for prime time.

33. Habitat for Humanity announces 2016 leadership -

Lucia Folk of Country Music Television will serves as the 2016 chair for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.

Additional executive committee members are: Karen Springer, vice chair, Saint Thomas Health; Kim Neible, secretary, retired, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation; Larry Morton, treasurer, retired, Crowe Horwath; Ward Wilson, past chair, US Bank; Paul Kleine-Kracht, at-large, c3 Consulting Group; Dan Hogan, at-large, CapStar Bank; Mendy Mazzo, at-large, Skanska; and Ridley Wills, at-large, The Wills Company.

34. Apple, Google bring smartphone functions to car dashboards -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard.

35. Automakers trying to prevent hackers from commandeering cars -

DETROIT (AP) — When researchers at two West Coast universities took control of a General Motors car through cellular and Bluetooth connections in 2010, they startled the auto industry by exposing a glaring security gap.

36. Critics say Senate bill would weaken rental car, rail safety -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A transportation bill introduced by a Senate committee chairman would allow car rental companies to rent recalled vehicles that haven't been repaired and eliminate any hard deadline for railroads to start using long-sought technology that automatically stops trains to prevent crashes, safety advocates say.

37. Entrepreneurs’ Organization announces new board -

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization Nashville chapter has announced its 2015/2016 board of directors. Board members are:

The new board of directors for the EO Nashville chapter includes:

President: Charles May, president & co-founder, bytes of knowledge

38. Beat of Life uses music to help children in crisis -

Jeni Dominelli knows what it feels like to be on the outside of society. After her father committed a high-profile white collar crime in San Diego in the 1980s, her childhood was at the same time shattered and thrown in the spotlight. Her family’s money was gone, the media had a field day and her father was sent to prison.

39. Secret Service testing drones, how to disrupt their flying -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mysterious, middle-of-the-night drone flights by the U.S. Secret Service during the next several weeks over parts of Washington — usually off-limits as a strict no-fly zone — are part of secret government testing intended to find ways to interfere with rogue drones or knock them out of the sky, The Associated Press has learned.

40. Haslam names Boyd to head economic development -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named former higher education adviser Randy Boyd to become his new commissioner of economic development.

41. Haslam names Boyd to head economic development -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named former higher education adviser Randy Boyd to become his new commissioner of economic development.

42. Privacy protections unite carmakers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers than many motorists realize.

43. $2.4M spent on TV ads for Tenn. ballot measures -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution to give lawmakers more power to regulate abortion are flooding the television airwaves to try to influence voters ahead next month's election.

44. $2.4M spent on TV ads for Tenn. ballot measures -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution to give lawmakers more power to regulate abortion are flooding the television airwaves to try to influence voters ahead next month's election.

45. Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters may not know it, but the millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures they will consider next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups.

Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, yet few have their names in the ads.

46. New studies point out dangers of 'talking' to car -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.

47. Report finds $3M in political ads in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new study finds that nearly $3 million has been spent on broadcast TV advertising for state-level races in Tennessee so far this year.

The report released by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity on Wednesday found that 8,565 ads have run for and against judicial, gubernatorial and legislative candidates in the state.

48. Capella Healthcare hires 2 to leadership posts -

Capella Healthcare has announced the appointment of Troy E. Sybert, MD, MPH, as executive vice president and chief medical officer.

In addition, Richard W. Brasher, CPCU, ARM, has been named vice president of risk management.

49. Letting your car find a spot and park itself -

DETROIT (AP) — With a thumb swipe on a smartphone, your car one day will be able to drive into a parking deck, find an open spot and back into a space — all by itself.

Technology being honed by French auto parts maker Valeo uses a dozen ultrasonic sound-wave sensors, 360-degree cameras and a laser scanner to safely park within a few centimeters of other vehicles. Then, when you're done with dinner or a business meeting, the car will return to you after another swipe of the thumb.

50. Lanquist named fellow of American Bar Foundation -

Edward D. Lanquist Jr., managing shareholder at Waddey Patterson, has been selected as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Established in 1955, the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, legal scholars and law faculty who have been elected by their peers to become members. Members have demonstrated outstanding achievements in and dedication to their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

51. Health Care Council announces new board -

William F. Carpenter III, chairman and CEO, LifePoint Hospitals, will continue to serve as chairman of the Nashville Health Care Council board of directors for the second year.

William Gracey, president and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, continues as vice chairman of the board.

52. High court rejects Google appeal in snooping case -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to hear Google's appeal of a ruling that it pried into people's online lives through their Wi-Fi systems as part of its drive to collect information for its Street View mapping project.

53. Feds to decide on car-to-car communications -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are planning to announce Monday whether automakers should be required to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions. Such vehicle-to-vehicle communication could transform traffic safety.

54. FAA OKs air passengers using gadgets on planes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline passengers won't have to "turn off all electronic devices" anymore — they'll be able to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music from gate to gate under new guidelines from the Federal Aviation Administration. But they still can't talk on their cellphones through the flight.

55. FAA OKs air passengers using gadgets on planes; calls still prohibited -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline passengers will be able to use their electronic devices gate-to-gate to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music — but not talk on their cellphones — under much-anticipated new guidelines issued Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

56. Air traffic control modernization hits turbulence -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years after Congress gave the go-ahead to modernize the nation's air traffic control system, one of the government's most ambitious and complex technology programs is in trouble.

57. Both sides agree: No major budget deal foreseen -

WASHINGTON (AP) — On this, GOP budget guru Rep. Paul Ryan and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid can agree: There won't be a "grand bargain" on the budget.

Instead, the Wisconsin Republican and the Nevada Democrat both say the best Washington can do in this bitterly partisan era of divided government is a small-ball bargain that tries to take the edge off of automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

58. Obama hails 'historic' launch of health exchanges -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hailing it as an "historic day," President Barack Obama pressed forward his flagship health care program Tuesday, inaugurating new insurance exchanges to expand access for those without coverage despite the shutdown taking hold across much of the government.

59. Auto sales rebound to pre-recession levels -

DETROIT (AP) — For the U.S. auto industry, the recession is now clearly in the rear-view mirror.

New car sales jumped 17 percent to 1.5 million in August, their highest level in more than six years. Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Honda, Chrysler and General Motors all posted double-digit gains over last August.

60. States consider regulation of drones in US skies -

CINCINNATI (AP) — Thousands of civilian drones are expected in U.S. skies within a few years and concerns they could be used to spy on Americans are fueling legislative efforts in several states to regulate the unmanned aircraft.

61. Watkins welcomes 4 new trustees to board -

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has named William H. Braddy III, Deborah G. Crowder, Marci Mason, and Cano A. Ozgener to its board. Each will serve three-year terms.

62. Hands-free texting still distracting for drivers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Using voice commands to send text messages and emails from behind the wheel, which is marketed as a safer alternative for drivers, actually is more distracting and dangerous than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.

63. China accuses Coca-Cola of misusing GPS equipment -

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are investigating whether Coca-Cola Co. employees improperly used location-finding technology in violation of restrictions on map-making.

64. Roberts promoted to president, CEO of DVL -

DVL Public Relations & Advertising has promoted Ronald Roberts to president and chief executive officer.

DVL Chairman John Van Mol announced the move and said Roberts will be responsible for strategic direction, management and oversight of all agency operations and delivering on DVL’s brand promise to provide creative excellence, service and value to its clients.

65. Haslam announces higher ed goal, names new adviser -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday that he wants to put Tennessee on a path toward boosting college graduation rates by 23 percentage points by the year 2025.

Haslam said the state's current rate of 32 percent of adults holding a post-secondary degree is not enough to meet the requirements of the modern job market. The Republican governor said he wants to improve that number to 55 percent over the next dozen years.

66. Stocks gain on optimism that a budget deal is near -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks climbed on Wall Street Tuesday, pushing the Standard and Poor's 500 to its highest level in two months, on optimism that lawmakers are closing in on a budget deal that will stop the U.S. from going over the "fiscal cliff" at the beginning of next year.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. Limbaugh advertisers keep heading for the exits -

More of Rush Limbaugh's advertisers say they are dropping his program after the conservative talk show host's derogatory comments about a Georgetown law student.

On Monday, AOL Inc. and Tax Resolution Services Co. were the eighth and ninth companies to say that they will suspend advertising on Limbaugh's program, one of the most popular radio shows in the country.

70. State makes changes to education waiver -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Education is making some changes to a waiver that would allow the state to opt out of the No Child Left Behind law.

President Barack Obama announced in September that he's giving states the option. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has warned that 82 percent of schools in the country could be labeled failures next year if the law is not changed.

71. Airline fined $900,000 for lengthy tarmac delays -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Transportation said Monday it has fined a regional affiliate of American Airlines $900,000 for keeping hundreds of passengers cooped up for hours on planes in Chicago earlier this year, a clear warning to airlines on the eve of the holiday travel season that similar incidents won't be tolerated.

72. Casada finds friends, foes with his ability to ‘articulate a ‘no’’ -

Credit his friends – and the inspiration of Ronald Reagan – with starting state Rep. Glen Casada on the road to public service.

73. World markets recoup ground but investors want action -

PARIS (AP) — Stock markets in Europe and the U.S. recouped some of their previous day's hefty losses Friday but investors remained skeptical about whether the world's leading economies will come up with a coordinated plan to shore up the global economy.