Most talked about Tennessean stories

Bobby Bones still feels pain of mom's addiction, death — Bobby Bones' stomach dropped the second he saw the caller ID on his phone that morning. It was 7:45 a.m. Oct. 21, 2011. His sister was on the phone, crying. "Mom died." Bones finished the show that day in Austin, Texas, with jokes and all.

Kelly Clarkson's star-studded Miracle on Broadway brings in $400K — hosted her first of what she hopes will be annual Miracle on Broadway benefit concert Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. Clarkson came up with the idea for the event this fall and then put her team to work to make it happen.
Dec 21, 2014

Music meets giving: @kelly_clarkson star-studded Miracle on Broadway brings in $400K via @tennessean @CindyNWatts

Titans' Chance Warmack shows improvement — Chance Warmack never expected things to be easy in the National Football League, despite the can't-miss label placed on him before the 2013 NFL Draft. So when the Titans' guard struggled during his rookie season - and during the first part of this year - he didn't panic.

Bone, Freeman spar over coveted campaign garbage trucks — Edwin Gray has found a clever way to make money during election seasons. His residential garbage pick-up business, Gray's Disposal Co., has numerous trucks that crisscross Davidson County. Recognizing that political candidates are constantly looking to outmatch their opponents in visibility, he agrees to place large campaign signs of Nashville office-seekers on his company's garbage trucks - it comes with a price-tag, of course.

A Christmas miracle for Ron and Regina Stuve — Last week marked the first anniversary of Nashville music power couple Ron and Regina Stuve's Christmas miracle.Ron hadn't been feeling well, so he went to a walk-in clinic, where he was diagnosed with a cold. He spent Friday and Saturday in bed. But around 4 a.m. on Sunday, he began coughing up blood.
Dec 21, 2014

A column on the power of #prayer: A Christmas miracle for Ron and Regina Stuve via @tennessean @bevkeel

Gas tax increase gains momentum in Tennessee — A push is mounting for Tennessee's first gas tax increase in a quarter-century, buoyed by growing interest from Gov. Bill Haslam and Republican legislative leaders who have historically opposed tax hikes of any sort. The intrigue at Capitol Hill comes as more than 40 Middle Tennessee mayors have called on the governor to find additional revenue for transportation projects that have piled up across the state.
Dec 21, 2014

Tennessee pols are mull idea of gas tax hike. Is now the right time? via @tennessean @joeygarrison @Dave_Boucher1

Nashville investor buys Special Olympics Tennessee HQ near 12South — An affiliate of Nashville-based The Mainland Cos. LLC has paid $2 million for just over eight tenths of an acre near 12South. Mainland Belmont LLC bought the property at 1900 12th Ave. S. from Special Olympics Tennessee, which has its statewide headquarters in the 9,000-square-foot building on the property.
Dec 21, 2014

Nashville investor buys Special Olympics Tennessee HQ near 12South via @tennessean

MDHA buys CWA Plaza Apartments for $9.6M — The Metro Development and Housing Agency has completed buying the CWA Plaza Apartments near the James A. Cayce Homes in East Nashville for $9.6 million. The public housing and development agency bought 17.48 acres overall with 500 Shelby Ave. as the main address.
Dec 21, 2014

MDHA buys CWA Plaza Apartments for $9.6M via @tennessean

Keep Nashville tourism success going with great plan — Bill Gates wrote in his 1995 book "The Road Ahead," which was about how the booming personal computer business had to change to accommodate the new phenomenon called the Internet if it wanted to grow: "Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."

McQueen must be bold as education commissioner — Tennessee Education Commissioner-designate Candice McQueen's appointment received an extraordinarily warm welcome that united the political parties. The Left and the Right applauded Gov. Bill Haslam's pick to replace Kevin Huffman, who served for the last four years, often implementing policy, even successful ones, in a polarizing way. The early accolades are well deserved.

Sankey makes mild impact as Titans rookie — At least a couple of the Titans' 2014 draft picks already appear to be franchise building blocks. First-round pick Taylor Lewan, for instance, made enough of an impact in six starts to assure coaches he's the team's left tackle of the future.
Dec 21, 2014

Still questions about #Titans RB Bishop Sankey as he nears end of rookie season:

Dec 21, 2014

#Titans RB Bishop Sankey still a work in progress as rookie season nears completion, writes @glennonsports

Dec 21, 2014

#Titans RB Bishop Sankey still a work in progress as rookie season nears completion:

Buyers start calling 23-story Twelve Twelve home — For former Kansas City Royals pitcher Everette Teaford and his fiancee Natalie Cummins, picking a two-bedroom condo at the Twelve Twelve residential tower in the Gulch as their first home was a lifestyle choice.
Dec 21, 2014

Buyers start calling 23-story Twelve Twelve home via @tennessean

Justin Timberlake sings with Garth Brooks in Nashville — Long before the world got to know Justin Timberlake, 33-year-old pop superstar - who played another sold-out concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Friday night - there was "Justin Randall." That was the name the Tennessee native went by at age 11, when he made his television debut on "Star Search."
Dec 20, 2014

Justin Timberlake and Garth Brooks singing "Friends in Low Places"... YES…

Dec 20, 2014

Much better pics: Timberlake sings w/ Garth Brooks in #Nashville (and it was awesome) via @tennessean @davepaulson87

Nashville's Little Pantry offers needy more than food — Hunger and necessity bring most people to The Little Pantry That Could - for the first time, at least. But it's not just the free food that draws them back. Many come to just while away the better part of a day without picking up any food at all.

Advent: I'm religious, but not very spiritual — Juxtaposing Advent and the pre-Christmas rush sometimes makes me want to take up the mantra, "I'm religious, but not spiritual." During this season when it feels like waiting and watching is an extinct theological sport, such a mantra is freeing in a few ways.

Attorneys predict court won't release executioners' names — They are three women and two men. Three are appointees of a Democratic governor; two were handpicked by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. The most senior member has served since 2005; the newest joined the bench in September.
Dec 20, 2014

Who is even on the Tennessee Supreme Court, anyway? Here's brief bios: via @tennessean @tncourts

Dec 20, 2014

Attorneys predict TN Supreme Court won't release executioners' names via @tennessean #deathpenalty

'Voice' winner Craig Wayne Boyd was homeless, nearly quit — When Craig Wayne Boyd left Nashville to try out for "The Voice" in Los Angeles, he was homeless. Boyd, who was coached by country star Blake Shelton and won Season 7 of the show this week, had already lost his truck and was sleeping on a friend's couch.

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What were the most-read business stories of 2014? — Beretta USA moves manufacturing HQ to Gallatin Firearms maker Beretta USA is moving all of its manufacturing from Maryland to a new production facility planned for Gallatin. Beretta is investing $45 million in building a new plant, a move that could create as many as 300 jobs. No.