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For all the tourism records being set in Nashville, there is one area that's lagging behind: The number of large conventions coming to town this fall is lower than in previous years, and tourism leaders say the city's high hotel demand bears part of the blame.

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It took years of courting, a pitch from the Kings of Leon and the promise of economic incentives to lure nonstop flights from London back to Nashville.

But two decades after direct-to-London service stopped, executives at British Airways are confident this time it can succeed.

Nashville last had nonstop service to London in the mid-1990s. But back then, the goal was to ferry passengers across the Atlantic from several different originations, and the flights were discontinued when American Airlines closed its Nashville hub.

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The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is expected to be an attraction for cities along its path, including Nashville. Hotels from Hopkinsville to Murfreesboro are even advertising special eclipse vacation packages to attract the out-of-towners.  

But given it’s been nearly four decades since a similar event in the U.S. — and even longer in Nashville — the city's tourism officials say it’s hard to predict just how much of a boost the city will see.

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Tennessee's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in at least four decades — just 3.6 percent — and other measures of the state's jobs market are also looking stronger.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday that the share of Tennesseans who want jobs but can't find them has reached its lowest point since the state began keeping records in 1976. The unemployment rate has also dipped nearly a percentage point below the national figure, which stands at 4.4 percent.

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Tennessee's unemployment rate has approached a low-water mark — 4 percent — and the market for jobs appears to be strong statewide.

In a major reversal from a few years ago, only one of Tennessee's 95 counties has an unemployment rate higher than 5 percent: Rhea County on the Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee. In the Nashville metropolitan area, unemployment stands at just 2.1 percent, one of the lowest rates among big cities in the nation.

That stands in stark contrast to the worst part of the recession in 2009, when unemployment peaked at more than 10 percent statewide and, in some corners of Tennessee, topped 20 percent.

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A publicly-traded IT company says it's locating 300 jobs in Putnam County over the next five years.

The Nashville Technology Council

A new shared space that hopes to mirror collaborative efforts in Silicon Valley opens in Nashville today. 

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A giant in the Nashville publishing industry has signed a deal with one of the most well-known names in the travel industry. 

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Last month, Sen. Lamar Alexander proposed a bill intended to help people who live where health insurance companies are pulling out of the Affordable Care Act marketplace. It would apply nationwide but indirectly references one specific organization in the senator's home state: Tennessee Farm Bureau.

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Three weeks before the restaurant Lulu was scheduled to open, the building on Jefferson Street was in a state of disarray. Cardboard boxes filled with dishwasher racks and food processors were piled high against the window. Workmen were installing floors and sinks.

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