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1. Haslam Questions Call to Label Non-Permanent Residents' IDs -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is raising concerns about a bill seeking to label IDs issued to people without permanent residency status with the words "alien" or "non-U.S. citizen."

2. US Auto Sales Near Record Highs in 2016 -

DETROIT (AP) – Demand may be slowing, but U.S. consumers still bought a whole lot of cars and trucks in 2016.

U.S. sales of new vehicles – which set a record of 17.47 million in 2015 – could hit a new high in 2016. Consulting firm LMC Automotive and car-buying site Edmunds.com each predict sales will squeak past the previous record and reach 17.5 million in 2016.

3. Strunk has Provided Long-Missing Ownership Stability -

Since becoming controlling owner of the Titans in March 2015, it has become customary for Amy Adams Strunk to spend a half-hour or so on the sideline visiting with coaches and players prior to games.

4. The Alamo? No, Vols Rally Around Loss to Vandy -

Tennessee’s football team can’t afford to get too merry when it goes into Christmas break this weekend. Not with the way it finished the 2016 regular season, and not with a chance for some redemption.

5. Winning With ‘Bad’ Mariota a Good Sign for Titans -

The Titans had been riding the gifted right arm of Marcus Mariota for about two months. The second-year quarterback had played so well during that period that he was named November AFC Offensive Player of the Month and was beginning to draw attention as one of the young QBs to keep an eye on as he began elevating his game toward superstardom.

6. Music City Bowl Not Most Pressing Issue for Jones -

Butch Jones has a lot more than Nebraska on his mind this bowl season.

The fourth-year Tennessee football coach will spend the next several weeks evaluating his coaching staff and program and figuring out why the 2016 season went from so good to so bad.

7. Black Friday Deals Helped Lift US Auto Sales in November -

DETROIT (AP) – Black Friday deals and postelection confidence helped pull November U.S. auto sales out of their recent slump – and increased the chances that 2016 could set a record for new vehicle sales.

8. Titans Desperately Need to Get Past Indy Jinx -

It’s time. In a weak AFC South, the Tennessee Titans appear to be at least a year ahead of schedule in their quest for playoff contention.

Sure, a 5-5 record might not look all that great to those on the outside, but considering where this team has been the past few years, the Titans at least have hope that the second half of the season will be for something other than next year’s draft position.

9. October US Sales Fall as Auto Boom Slows -

DETROIT (AP) – It's a chilly autumn for U.S. auto sales. Sales of new cars and trucks were expected to fall in October as consumer demand wanes. J.D. Power and LMC Automotive expect total October sales to fall by just over 7 percent, with retail sales to individual customers dropping 8 percent.

10. Titans Turnaround? Only If They Can Beat Colts -

A single two-point victory at home over the worst team the NFL has to offer this season might not sound like much of an accomplishment.

But for the Tennessee Titans it was definitely a step back toward respectability. 

11. Study Shows Knowledge Gap With In-Car Technology -

DETROIT (AP) – Hyundai and BMW customers are the most satisfied with their in-vehicle technology, but those brands and others still need to work on educating drivers about what their cars can do, according to a new survey by the market research company J.D. Power and Associates.

12. Automakers Report Mixed US Sales Results in September -

DETROIT (AP) – Automakers reported mixed U.S. sales results in September as demand for new cars and trucks sputtered.

Nissan's sales rose 4.9 percent over last September and Toyota's were up 1.5 percent. General Motors' and Honda's sales were flat, Fiat Chrysler's fell 1 percent and Ford and Volkswagen both reported 8-percent declines.

13. How Could Your Brand Capitalize on Live-Streaming? -

Since Facebook Live launched in April of this year, live-streaming events have become very popular. While competitor Periscope has been around since early 2015, Facebook has integrated live-streaming directly into the timelines of 1.71 billion users, making these live videos more visible than ever.

14. Self-Driving Car Race Sees Flurry of Partnerships -

Uber announced Thursday that it will partner with Volvo to make autonomous vehicles. The tie-up is the latest between automakers and tech companies hoping to speed driverless cars to market. Here's a rundown of who's working with whom:

15. Can Alan Zucker Do for Titans’ Marcus Mariota What He’s Done for Mannings & Taylor Swift? -

As an NFL quarterback, Sunday is show time for Marcus Mariota. That’s when he suits up and does everything in his power to help the Tennessee Titans win football games.

But a recent Sunday morning was a different kind of show time. Mariota spent four hours on the opposite side of the Cumberland River from Nissan Stadium on a commercial shoot. A camera crew captured footage of him jogging in downtown Nashville and posing in front of various landmarks.

16. Whisenhunt Might Not Recognize These Titans -

Welcome back, Ken Whisenhunt. You’ve only been gone a few months, but you might not recognize many things about your old workplace when you arrive Saturday night.

Call it a cruel twist of fate, irony or whatever you please, but the very man who personified and spearheaded the Titans’ recent failures will be on the sideline at Nissan Stadium when the Titans open the preseason.

17. Nashville Joins Cities Seeking Major League Soccer Team -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some Nashville investors and supporters are making a push for Music City to be among the communities awarded expansion franchises by Major League Soccer.

Bill Hagerty, a former state commissioner of economic and community development, and Will Alexander, the son of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, are spearheading the effort called the Nashville MLS Organizing Committee. It includes a bipartisan group of former politicians and leaders of Nashville-area companies.

18. Delta Dental of Tennessee Donates Vehicles to UTHSC -

Thanks to a recent donation of two Nissan Rogue crossover vehicles from Delta Dental of Tennessee, students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry can now carpool together when traveling back and forth from Memphis to the new clinical site in the Healing Hands Health Center in Bristol, Tenn.

19. July US Auto Sales Could Fall on Weaker Demand -

U.S. auto sales were expected to drop slightly in July as unusually hot weather – and softening demand – kept buyers at home.

Kelley Blue Book predicted a 1 percent decline from last July to about 1.5 million new cars and trucks. Sales were strong at the beginning of the month thanks to Independence Day promotions, but weakened after that, KBB senior analyst Alec Gutierrez said.

20. US Auto Sales Expected to Hit Record in First 6 Months -

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but they're still expected to set a record in the first six months of this year.

Sales through June were expected to be up 2 percent over last year to 8.66 million, according to Kelley Blue Book.

21. Robots Are Taking Tennessee’s Jobs -

MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.

22. Hankook Tire Moving North American Headquarters To Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – South Korean tiremaker Hankook is moving its North American headquarters to Nashville.

Company and state officials announced in a ceremony at the state Capitol on Wednesday that 200 jobs will move to downtown Nashville, which is about 40 miles southeast of Hankook's new factory in Clarksville.

23. Time for Strunk to Become Titans' Most Valuable Player -

Quick question about the Titans: Who has the most to prove?

Is it Mike Mularkey, a two-time loser as a head coach?

Is it Jon Robinson, a first-time general manager?

24. Orders for Lower-Priced Tesla Hit 198,000 -

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) – Demand for Tesla Motors' new lower-priced electric car surprised even the company's CEO Friday as 198,000 people plunked down $1,000 deposits to reserve their vehicles.

25. Statewide Demand Outstrips Supply of Qualified Workers -

Tennessee is surging as a major manufacturing state, bouncing back from the Great Recession by attracting billions of dollars in new investment and creating thousands of new – and often very high-paying – advanced manufacturing jobs.

26. GOP Lawmaker Questions Haslam's Secret $30M Development Deal -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state senator on Tuesday questioned fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to earmark $30 million for an undisclosed economic development project in Tennessee.

27. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

28. March Is a Good Month to Find Deals on Japanese Cars -

DETROIT (AP) – If you're in the market for a Japanese car, March is a good time to buy.

Unlike U.S., European and Korean automakers, which end their financial year on Dec. 31, Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. close their books on March 31. In order to hit their annual sales targets, Japanese automakers usually ramp up the promotions and deals in March.

29. Automakers Post Healthy February US Sales Gains -

DETROIT (AP) – Automakers posted big U.S. sales gains last month as consumers – giddy from Super Bowl ads – returned to showrooms after a snowy January.

Ford's sales rose 20 percent over last February, boosted in part by higher sales to rental car fleets. Honda's sales were up 13 percent and Fiat Chrysler's rose 12 percent. Nissan's sales rose nearly 11 percent and Toyota's were up 4 percent. Hyundai's sales rose 1 percent.

30. Last Word: The Crest, OPEB Fever, Armstrong Leaves and An Elvis Warning -

The crest is here and it is not quite 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge. The projections Thursday evening going into Friday’s crest of the river at Memphis changed a bit from the 40.3 foot level. The crest is 39.8 feet.
No reports of major damage anywhere in Shelby County, according to the Shelby County Office of Prepardness.
But the river’s high water is still a sight to behold.

31. Renault-Nissan to Introduce 10 Self-Driving Vehicles by 2020 -

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — The Renault-Nissan Alliance is entering the race to build autonomous cars with a plan to introduce 10 models capable of temporarily relieving humans of their driving duties on highways and city streets.

32. US Auto Sales Expected to Hit an All-Time High in 2015 -

DETROIT (AP) — Americans are buying more new cars than ever before.

U.S. auto sales were expected to reach a record high of 17.5 million in 2015, topping the old record of 17.35 million set in 2000. Analysts expect sales could go even higher this year as unemployment continues to decline and more young buyers enter the market.

33. The Titans Will Be Sold. Soon. Here’s Why -

Anybody got a spare $2 billion lying around? If so, the Tennessee Titans could be yours. Despite statements to the contrary by Titans management, there is growing sentiment locally and around the NFL that the team soon will be available to the highest bidder.

34. Even Without Wins, Mularkey Has Refreshing Attitude -

Credit Mike Mularkey with one thing, if nothing else.He has approached his interim stint as the Tennessee Titans head coach with a high degree of honesty and a bit of a straightforward approach to the job.

35. GM, Toyota Sales Up in Strong November for US Auto Industry -

DETROIT (AP) — November used to be a slow month for U.S. car sales. Not anymore.

Black Friday promotions — some of which began well before Thanksgiving — were expected to push last month's sales to near-record levels. Car buying site Edmunds.com predicted sales of new cars and trucks will hit 1.33 million, eclipsing the previous November record set in 2001.

36. Mularkey’s Choice: Build Resume or Build for Future -

Mike Mularkey finds himself in a tough situation.

The Titans head coach, who took over after Ken Whisenhunt was fired three games ago, knows he needs to win some games down the stretch to better enhance whatever chance he might have of being named permanent head coach.

37. Painful thought: Will the Titans ever be good again? -

As the Tennessee Titans head down the backstretch of another unproductive season, it might be time to ponder a scary question: Will the Titans ever be good again?

How much longer will they be an NFL’s bottom feeder, swimming the same muddy waters as the Raiders, Browns, Lions and Jaguars?

38. Whisenhunt’s Failed Tenure Now Easier to Understand -

It was only one game, one win, but it was clear in the aftermath Sunday just how much the Tennessee Titans needed the victory they got in overtime against the New Orleans Saints.

After an emotional week highlighted by the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, interim coach Mike Mularkey and the remainder of Whisenhunt’s staff was able to rally the team and find a way to end a six-game losing streak that derailed the 2015 season almost from the start.

39. Feuer Powertrain Begins Production In Tunica -

Feuer Powertrain North America Inc. has started production at its $60 million plant plant in Tunica County, Mississippi.

The Robinsonville plant’s first product from the assembly line was a V8 diesel crankshaft for Cummins that will go into a new Nissan Titan pick-up truck.

40. Feuer Powertrain Begins Production In Tunica -

Feuer Powertrain North America Inc. has started production at its $60 million plant plant in Tunica County, Mississippi.

41. Automakers Post Big Oct. Sales Gains; Record Year in Sight -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is speeding toward what could be a record year for auto sales.

Sales of new cars and trucks rose by double-digit percentages at most major automakers in October, and companies are raising their expectations for the rest of the year. Ford now expects total U.S. sales of 17.4 million this year, just topping the record of 17.35 million from 2001.

42. Nissan Making Refreshed Altima Sedan at Tenn., Miss. Plants -

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Nissan is launching production of an updated version of the midsized Altima sedan at assembly plants in Smyrna, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi.

The Japanese automaker's U.S. plants have combined to make more than 5.5 million Altimas since 1992.

43. Haslam Expresses Hope of Luring VW Headquarters to Tenn. -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday expressed hopes that Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal won't hurt Tennessee's efforts to lure the German automaker's North American headquarters to the state.

44. Better Titans Doing Nothing for Whisenhunt’s Record -

The whispers are already out there. How much job security does Ken Whisenhunt really have with the Tennessee Titans?

It seems a little soon for message boards and talk radio to be discussing the ouster of the Titans coach, but such is life in the coaching fish bowl when you lose games that should go into the win column, like the Titans have done in their past two games.

45. AFC South is There for the Taking -

Some team has to win the AFC South. League rules require it, even if no team truly deserves to go to the playoffs.

It was proven last year when the Carolina Panthers won the NFC South with a not-so-tidy 7-8-1 record, a mark that required four consecutive wins to reach.

46. ECD Commissioner: Memphis Megasite is Tennessee's 'Greatest Asset' -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is getting serious about the Memphis Regional Megasite with new promotional materials intended to attract a major original equipment manufacturer.

47. Big Nashville Homecoming for Middle Tennessee Vols -

Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett won’t be in a strange place Saturday when he walks into Nissan Stadium in Nashville for the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green.

48. Rocky Top In Nashville: Good For City, Bad For Vols -

I can’t help but get fired up for a college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in front of 150,000 people at Bristol Motor Speedway.

49. Fisher, Other Familiar Faces Return for Preseason Play -

The Tennessee Titans welcome back a familiar face Sunday night when Jeff Fisher rolls back into Nashville as coach of the St. Louis Rams.

50. Raise Gas Tax or Borrow? How to Fund Road Projects -

Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.

51. Preseason Analysis: Vols Will Defeat Oklahoma, Finish 8-4 -

Tennessee’s football team has something to prove as it concludes the first week of preseason practices and moves forward to the 2015 season.

The Vols must prove they belong in the national picture in Butch Jones’ third year as coach.

52. US Auto Sales Strong in July on SUV, Luxury Demand -

DETROIT (AP) – American drivers want to get noticed again.

SUVs and luxury vehicles are selling fast, defying recession-era predictions that Americans would downsize and stop flaunting their wealth. Luxury sales were up 10 percent in the first six months of this year; in the same time period, mass-market vehicle sales rose just 3 percent, according to car shopping site TrueCar.com.

53. Tennessee Tops Economic Development Rankings -

Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state for both automotive manufacturing strength and tech-skills education, according to national economic development publication Business Facilities.

The state received several other high rankings in the annual report, including No. 2 in both the Best Business Climate and Best Infrastructure categories, No. 4 in Workforce Training Leaders and No. 7 in Automotive Employment Leaders.

54. Tennessee Tops Economic Development Rankings -

Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state for both automotive manufacturing strength and tech-skills education, according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.

55. Colleges, Pro Franchises Seek Strategies to Keep Millennials Interested -

UT and Vanderbilt are accustomed to tough competition from Tuscaloosa, Athens and Gainesville. Likewise, the Titans must deal with the Colts, Steelers and Ravens.

On games days, they and many others now have to go against Sony, Microsoft, Apple and EA Sports.

56. Vols, Titans Fight to Fill Empty Stadium Seats -

When it comes to giving the consumer what it wants, few sports programs can match University of Tennessee football.

Neyland Stadium, which 40 years ago could accommodate only 70,000 fans, has swelled to a capacity of 102,455, fifth largest in college football. It has a $4 million, 4,580-square-foot Jumbotron, W-Fi connections for fans and enough flashing lights around the stadium’s interior to shame the Las Vegas Strip.

57. Cardwell a Link to Metro’s Past, Present -

Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell definitely is a member of the “good old boys” network that ran Nashville for decades.

58. Piano-Playing Senator's Latest Tune: New Education Policy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?

In Sen. Lamar Alexander's case, he sits down at a borrowed piano in his Capitol Hill office and, with a grin, bangs out "The Memphis Blues."

59. SUVs, Muscle Cars Help Auto Industry Maintain Momentum -

DETROIT (AP) – Americans again bought vehicles that sit up high and come loaded with features like backup cameras and smartphone capabilities in June. Horsepower was also in; gas-sipping not so much.

60. Tennessee Titans' Home Field to Be Renamed Nissan Stadium -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans' home field is changing its name from LP Field to Nissan Stadium.

Officials from the Titans and Nissan announced Thursday a 20-year partnership that renames Nashville's downtown stadium. The naming rights are subject to approval by the NFL and Metro Government Authority.

61. Tesla Motors Co-Founder Wants to Electrify Commercial Trucks -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Twelve years ago, Ian Wright and some fellow engineers launched Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley company that has helped jumpstart the market for electric cars.

62. Talent Takes the Wheel -

As the economy continues to improve, employers are beginning to think of what they can do to attract and retain the best talent. In fact, I was just asked for tips on this very topic by a local employer.

63. Ramsey: No Medicaid Expansion Until 2017 -

The Tennessee legislative session ended in late April, giving itself a little more than two and a-half months to handle the state’s business. That’s plenty of time, according to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

64. Tennessee Restarting Rebates for Electric Vehicles -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is restarting a rebate program for electric car buyers.

WPLN-FM (http://bit.ly/1cRP2Hn) reports the state had $682,000 left two years ago after shutting down the subsidies, which were approved five years ago under former Gov. Phil Bredesen. The funds have remained unspent.

65. Small, Midsize SUVs Drive April Auto Sales Gains -

Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all reported U.S. sales gains.

Several of the companies reported their best April totals in years. Overall, sales were mostly in line with analysts’ predictions of a 6 percent increase compared with a year ago. All automakers were scheduled to report sales on Friday.

66. Nissan Launches Production of Redesigned Maxima -

Nissan on Tuesday launched the production of a redesigned version of its flagship Maxima sedan that the Japanese automaker hopes will revive flagging sales.

Nissan stresses a sportier approach taken for the eighth generation of the Maxima as the company seeks to reverse a trend of struggling sales for large sedans in in recent years.

67. 1 Million New Residents: Where Will They Live? -

At least 1 million people are expected to move to the Nashville region over the next 20 years. Already, the early arrivals have begun to dramatically change the landscape of the suburban counties surrounding the city.

68. US Car Buyers Tap the Brakes in March, Following Torrid Run -

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. car buyers tapped the brakes in March, a sign of a long-expected slowdown in the blistering pace of sales.

March sales were up less than 1 percent compared with the same month a year ago. U.S. consumers bought 1.5 million new cars and trucks in March, according to Autodata Corp.

69. Less for the Tank, More for the Bank -

The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts the typical American household will save nearly $750 on gasoline in 2015, but no one should expect the good fortune to last forever.

Yes, gas prices did fall below $2 – and have begun falling again in recent days after rising about 35 cents in February and early March – but now it’s spring, a time when gas prices typically rise.

70. Nissan to Build $160 Million Supplier Park at Tennessee Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nissan Motor Co. announced plans Tuesday to build a new $160 million supplier park at its Tennessee assembly plant that the Japanese automaker projects to attract more than 1,000 jobs.

71. Eakin: Rising Rents Hitting All of Middle Tennessee -

Selling business people on the idea of relocating to Nashville is easy for commercial real estate broker Barry R. Smith because he, too, bought into the city’s charm when he first came to town in 1981.

72. Auto Industry Slows for Bad Weather, But Stays on Course -

DETROIT (AP) – February threw snowstorms and other roadblocks at the auto industry, but U.S. sales of new cars and trucks are still poised to hit their highest level in more than a decade this year.

73. Tennessee GOP Leader Questions Incentives for Unionized GM Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said last week that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract.

74. Auto Parts Supplier to Expand, Add 435 Jobs Over 5 Years -

NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) – Middle Tennessee auto parts supplier Unipres USA Inc. has announced plans for an expansion that will lead to 435 more jobs over the next five years.

75. Building From a New Blueprint -

When recruiting new businesses, East Tennessee economic development officials have long touted the benefits of partnering with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee.

The lab and the university both have a history of working closely with private business to develop cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, technologies and new products. That research effort recently received a major boost with President Obama’s announcement of a new manufacturing innovation hub based in the Knoxville area.

76. Haslam Wary of Gas Tax Hike -

Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.

After floating the possibility of raising the tax in December, the Republican governor appears to be changing course, in part because of his loss in a Senate committee on Insure Tennessee, the Medicaid expansion alternative that failed to make debate in the full House or Senate.

77. Automakers Report January US Sales Jumps, Led By GM, Toyota -

DETROIT (AP) – Automakers reported double-digit U.S. sales increases in January, a sign that car sales didn't spin out even with a major snowstorm hitting the Northeast.

General Motors led the way with an 18 percent gain over last January. Encouraged by low gas prices, buyers snapped up GM's big SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.

78. UAW ‘Considers Itself a Partner’ With GM -

General Motors’ Spring Hill plant is firmly entrenched with the United Auto Workers.

In fact, it might not have retooled and started assembling vehicles again without the union’s efforts.

79. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

80. Carmakers Finish Strong in 2014; Are Even Better Days Ahead? -

DETROIT (AP) – Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006.

81. Board of Regents, Nissan Break Ground for Training Center -

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Board of Regents and Nissan have broken ground for a new $35 million training center in Smyrna.

The board is building the 150,000-square-foot-plus center near Nissan's Smyrna Vehicle plant.

82. Promotions, Gas Prices Boost US Auto Sales -

DETROIT (AP) – American shoppers passed on the malls and headed to the car dealerships over Thanksgiving weekend.

Black Friday promotions – coupled with falling gas prices, low-interest loans and hot new vehicles – drove U.S. auto sales higher in November, kicking off what's expected to be a strong holiday season.

83. Nissan Pledges Further Expansion of Mississippi Plant -

CANTON, Miss. (AP) – Nissan Motor Co. says it wants to produce 507,000 vehicles a year at its Mississippi plant by 2017, an expansion that would add about 1,000 employees to the current 6,300 workers at the complex.

84. Hagerty Works Toward Better Air Connection -

In its second term, Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration hopes to draw even more foreign-based business investment to Tennessee by building international air travel in a state that currently has no hub airports.

85. Lower Gas Prices Boost US SUV Sales in October -

DETROIT (AP) – Falling gas prices improved buyers' moods and boosted sales of SUVs and trucks in October.

GM, Toyota, Chrysler, Nissan, Volkswagen and Honda all reported sales gains last month. Only Ford's sales fell 2 percent as it cut back on F-Series pickup sales ahead of the launch of a new F-150 later this year.

86. Senators Ask Government for Nationwide Air Bag Recall -

DETROIT (AP) — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity.

87. Government Ups Air Bag Warning -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website.

88. US Agency Warns Car Owners to Get Air Bags Fixed -

DETROIT (AP) — A potential safety crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed.

The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes.

89. Hankook Breaks Ground on New Plant -

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Hankook Tire has broken ground on an $800 million plant in Clarksville that is expected to create 1,800 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander joined local and company officials Tuesday for the event.

90. Pendulum Swings for Crieve Hall Clocksmith -

Scott Zaft “jumped the wall” and made it out of corporate America to a life in which he’s his own boss and lives in tick-tock precision down a steep driveway and to the rear of a 1950s Crieve Hall rancher.

91. Chrysler, Nissan Lead US Autos to August Sales Rise -

DETROIT (AP) – Most major automakers reported stronger-than-expected U.S. sales in August, leading to predictions of the highest annual selling rate in at least eight years.

Chrysler and Nissan led the way with double-digit increases, while Toyota reported sales were up 6 percent. Ford and Honda sales each rose 0.4 percent, and Hyundai saw a 6 percent gain. Of major automakers, only General Motors and Volkswagen posted declines, with GM down 1.2 percent and struggling Volkswagen off almost 13 percent from a year ago.

92. Car Sales Sizzle in July, Helped by Discounts -

Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.

Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all saw double-digit sales gains and General Motors’ sales were up 9 percent over last July. Honda and Volkswagen saw declines.

93. Pacific Industries Creating 190 Jobs in Jackson -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Auto parts maker Pacific Industries is building a new plant in Jackson, which is expected to create 190 new jobs over the first five years of operations.

The facility will focus on making metal stamping and welding operations. The Ogaki, Japan-based company's current customers include Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

94. US Auto Sales Hit 9-Year High in May -

DETROIT (AP) – Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks – and five sunny weekends – pushed U.S. auto sales to a nine-year high in May.

Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota all reported double-digit sales gains over last May. Even General Motors, battling bad publicity from a mishandled recall, surprised with a 13 percent sales increase.

95. 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.

96. Frigid Weather Pulls January Auto Sales Down 3 Percent -

DETROIT (AP) – Auto sales slid 3 percent in January as bouts of snow, ice and frigid temperatures in much of the country kept buyers snug in their homes instead of venturing out to car dealers.

97. December Auto Sales Falter; 2013 Still Best in 6 Years -

December U.S. auto sales slowed a bit from the brisk pace earlier this year, but automakers still were on target to finish 2013 with the best numbers in six years.

Nissan posted an 11 percent gain for December and Chrysler managed a 6 percent increase. But General Motors, Toyota, Ford and Volkswagen each posted disappointing numbers. Still, most major automakers reported at least a 7 percent increase for 2013, and analysts expect full-year sales to be up around 8 percent to 15.6 million when all the numbers are in. That would be the highest sales figure since 16.1 million in 2007.

98. Corinth Silicon Plant Adds to 2013 Mississippi Jobs Total -

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant capped a busy 2013 on the economic development front with a New Year’s Eve announcement of a $200 million silicon metal plant near Corinth.

The Mississippi Silicon plant will employ 200 when completed in the town of Burnsville, 100 miles southeast of Memphis. The metal made there will be used in chemical, aluminum and automotive plants.

99. Corinth Silicon Plant Adds to 2013 Mississippi Jobs Total -

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant capped a busy 2013 on the economic development front with a New Year’s Eve announcement of a $200 million silicon metal plant near Corinth.

The Mississippi Silicon plant will employ 200 when completed in the town of Burnsville, 100 miles southeast of Memphis. The metal made there will be used in chemical, aluminum and automotive plants.

100. Holiday Weekend Gives a Boost to Auto Sales -

DETROIT (AP) – The holiday weekend was good to U.S. automakers, as November sales rose 9 percent to beat strong numbers from a year ago.

Sales ran at an annual rate of 16.4 million cars and trucks last month, making it the best rate of the year according to Autodata Corp.