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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Aug. 12, 2020) – CSX and the Santa Train partners today announced an alternative plan for this year’s event. Holiday gifts will be distributed at key Food City locations along the usual Santa Train route instead of from the traditional train. This decision was made after carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and reviewing the CDC’s recommendations for hosting events in 2020. “The health and safety of our employees, volunteers, attendees and the community is always our top priority when we are planning the Santa Train. We decided it was in the best interests of all parties to rethink … Read More


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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Oct. 14, 2020) –Shake Shack, the popular modern-day “roadside” burger stand, will open its first Williamson County location at McEwen Northside, the 45-acre mixed-use environment offering fully integrated commercial, retail, residential and greenspace in Cool Springs. Slated to open 2021, this will be Shake Shack’s second location in Tennessee, joining the Green Hills space that opened in 2018. Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern-day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches and griddled flat-top dogs (no hormones or antibiotics – ever), fresh-made frozen custard, crispy crinkle-cut fries, and more. A fun … Read More


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 21, 2020) – Condado Tacos, the popular Ohio-based Mexican restaurant known for its tacos, tequila and margaritas, will open its first Tennessee location at Capitol View in the second quarter of 2021. Condado Tacos opened its first location in Columbus, Ohio, in 2014. Since its founding, the brand has grown to include 19 locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and, with the opening of the Capitol View location, Tennessee. “The entire Condado Tacos team is thrilled to be opening our first Tennessee location at Capitol View,” said Scott Shotter, president of Condado Tacos. “We look forward to … Read More

BlueCross Foundation Launches Statewide Flu Vaccine Education Campaign

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation has launched a statewide campaign encouraging Tennesseans to get the flu vaccine. BlueCross medical experts say the flu shot is especially important considering flu season will overlap with theCOVID-19 pandemic. BlueCross Chief Medical Officer Andrea Willis, M.D., has advocated for the flu vaccine as a safe, proven way to reduce the chances of getting sick or spreading the flu, noting that the flu can complicate permanent or temporary health conditions. Because of the added health risksaround COVID-19 this year, she said protecting against the flu is even more important than it has … Read More

Nokian Tyres is the First Tire Company to Have Its Ambitious Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Approved

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NOKIA, Finland – Nokian Tyres is the first tire company to have its emissions reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The targets covering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Nokian Tyres’ operations (scopes 1 and 2*) are consistent with reductions required to keep climate warming to 1.5°C, what the latest climate science has told us is needed to prevent the most damaging effects of climate change. Nokian Tyres has committed to reducing: Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 40 percent per ton of tires from a 2015 base year Scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods … Read More

WGU Funds $10M in Emergency Aid To Support Students Impacted by COVID-19

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 12, 2020) – Western Governors University (WGU) has set aside $10 million in emergency aid funds to help current and new students experiencing financial and health care hardships as a result of COVID-19. In addition, the online, nonprofit university is working to raise another $10 million in matching donations. There are more than 4,200 students currently enrolled in programs and nearly 5,500 graduates of WGU in Tennessee. “WGU Tennessee students – 75 percent of whom juggle full-time jobs in addition to their education – exemplify hard work and dedication every day,” said Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, WGU … Read More

Record Number of Metro Nashville Public Schools Teachers Receive Blue Ribbon Teacher Awards

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 20, 2020) – Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee, and the Nashville Public Education Foundation (NPEF) announced today the winners of this year’s Blue Ribbon Teacher Awards. “Nashville’s success depends on the success of our teachers, and we have a lot of great ones educating our students every day,” said Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle. “We see that even now, when public health demands that we create new kinds of classrooms and adapt to teaching and learning remotely. I applaud each of our Blue Ribbon Teachers on earning this tremendous honor with their … Read More

Nashville Commercial Real Estate Vitality Index Reveals Surge in Nashville Market in First Half of Year

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 13, 2019) – Nashville’s commercial real estate market surged in the first two quarters of 2019, ignoring expected recessionary trends and building on market fundamentals – such as new building permits and absorption rates – that remain strong. This is the basic finding of the Colliers | Nashville Commercial Real Estate Vitality Index midyear report. “A key takeaway we’ve found since we first released the Index earlier this year is that the vitality of Middle Tennessee’s commercial real estate industry shows no signs of slowing down,” said Janet Miller, Colliers International | Nashville CEO and market leader. … Read More

FBMM Promotes Three to Senior Account Assistants

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 6, 2019) – FBMM, an entertainment business management firm that represents some of the biggest names in the music industry, has promoted Lauren Dempsey, Roxanne Estacio and Michael Fierro to senior account assistants. “At FBMM, we value our clients and their financial goals. Lauren, Michael and Roxanne have shown that they are devoted to our clients through their strategic approach, creative mindset and expertise,” said Jamie Cheek, president and owner at FBMM. “We know they will continue to make a positive impact on our clients’ financial well-being, and we look forward to watching them grow with the … Read More

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Hosts Monthly Dog Days Event

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HERMITAGE, Tenn. –Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will host its monthly Dog Days event Saturday, June 29, opening its historic grounds and nature trails for families and their dogs to enjoy together from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A grounds pass will allow guests to explore the acreage of The Hermitage as they walk the historic estate, hike the preserved trails and enjoy the scenic surroundings of the grounds and 19thcentury architecture. By purchasing a combo ticket, guests will also have access to an exclusive Hounds Hike the Hermitage tour, guided by a Hermitage team member. For 60 minutes, participants will hear … Read More