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CMA pledges $10 million to country music museum's expansion
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The Country Music Association has pledged $10 million to help finance the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's expansion, the two groups announced recently. It is the largest single donation the 44-year-old organization has received. It will be used to pay for a renovation that will double the size of the Hall of Fame by 2014 to 350,000 square feet, museum officials said. More

TFEMC names executive director, creates new role for development
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced key appointments to the Tennessee Film Entertainment and Music Commission. Bob Raines, who was most recently serving as interim executive director, now is the executive director. Music industry veteran Hank Adam Locklin will fill the newly created role of director of music and business development. More

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Predators, Bridgestone close to naming rights agreement
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The Nashville Predators are set to announce a significant extension with Bridgestone in their naming rights agreement. The Arena and Nashville Predator's CEO Jeff Cogen and Bridgestone Americas Inc. CEO Gary Garfield hosted a ceremony to release the news. More

Dean, consultants favor bus rapid transit — not streetcar — for east-west connector
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Mayor Karl Dean has his eyes set on a full-fledged bus rapid transit system — with buses occupying exclusive lanes of traffic — taking passengers from West End Avenue down Broadway, across the river to East Nashville's Five Points district. That's the preference over a more ambitious — and considerably more expensive — modern streetcar system to serve as an east-west connector, following the release of a much anticipated transit study. More

Historic Zoning director protects Nashville's history, character
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As Nashville's executive director of the Historic Zoning Commission, Tim Walker says he has the ultimate green job. "In this time of economic downturn and environmental concerns, historic preservation is more important than ever," he said. "Preservation is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable." More

Report: Tennessee ranks 10th best for economic development
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A Washington advocacy group that tracks corporate subsidies issued a report that ranks Tennessee 10th best among the states in linking state economic development subsidies to quality jobs. More

Country Music Hall of Fame opens virtual classroom
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Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame has begun offering free virtual educational programs for classrooms across the country. The Country Music Hall of Fame is starting with lessons on instruments and songwriting, but have plans to expand its virtual education program. More

National visitor spending: Tennessee near top
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Don't cut my budget. It's a plea — or perhaps a threat in some cases — which Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has echoing in his ears from traveling to the far corners of Tennessee during state budget hearings. Tourism officials, though, are taking a different tack. That's because the industry has the power of billions and billions of dollars on their side when asking state officials to keep their funds intact. More

Year in music 2011: Nashville rocked
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It has been a watershed year for the country's best music scene — the scene in question being Nashville's, of course, if you believe what Rolling Stone has to say on the matter. In our annual Year in Music issue, we delve into the year's most interesting stories, talk about the city's hip-hop explosion, rank our favorite albums of the year and revisit some of the best live performances. And in our annual Rock 'n' Roll Poll, we ask some of Nashville's rockers, rollers, hippers, hoppers, movers and shakers to weigh in on one of the biggest years in Music City's history. More

Hot new singer/songwriter brings David Castello back to the future
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Before he became a domain industry giant, David Castello — co-owner, with his brother Michael, of — was a top-notch rock musician. After meeting up-and-coming young musician Bree and moving back to Nashville with her this summer, Castello has returned to his rock roots. More
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