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Nashville almost hit an all-time record in the value of building permits issued in the last fiscal year, but the total number of permits actually went down.

It’s a strange factoid that the Nashville Business Journal's senior reporter Adam Sichko wrote about last week, at the close of Metro Nashville's fiscal year. We talked to Adam about what these numbers mean.  

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American restaurants tend to serve only the kinds of seafood diners are most familiar with. But that is proving to be environmentally unsustainable, and the industry is responding. Restauranteurs are embracing a movement to serve sustainable seafood — steering clear of fish that are caught in a damaging way, taking depleted species off the menu and offering diners relatively unfamiliar species that aren't overfished.

Steve Haruch / WPLN


In the 1950s, the small town of Shelbyville, Tenn., was home to a half-dozen pencil manufacturers, prompting then-Gov. Buford Ellington to declare it “Pencil City.”

The nickname has stuck, but for the most part, the industry has not. Today, the last business standing is Musgrave Pencil Company, which has found a way to adapt to changing times.

Michael Edward Miller / WUTC

Volkswagen is investing $340 million in its Chattanooga plant to build a new version of its Atlas SUV — a version that will seat five people, unlike the current model that seats seven. Officials made the announcement Monday at the plant and unveiled a concept sketch of the new Atlas.

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Bridgestone

One of Nashville’s largest companies will be prominently linked with this year’s winter Olympics, which open Friday night. Bridgestone, which has its American headquarters downtown, is one of 13 official Olympic partners.

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A jury in Chattanooga is deliberating in a fraud trial involving executives from the largest privately held company in Tennessee: truck stop chain Pilot Flying J.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Nashville is now one of 20 finalists for Amazon’s highly coveted second headquarters. It promises to bring as many as 50,000 jobs and the caché of welcoming one of the world's most successful companies. But it’s not clear what Nashville is promising in return.

Blake Farmer / WPLN (File photo)

According to the Greater Nashville Realtors, 2017 was the best year on record for the Middle Tennessee housing market. The group says nearly 41,000 homes sold last year, about a 4 percent increase from 2016.

That broke the previous record, which had been set in 2006, before the Great Recession.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN


Monday was one of the busiest days of the year for the online retailer Amazon. The company says on Cyber Monday, hundreds of people place orders every second. And in Tennessee, this massive production depends on thousands of seasonal workers the company has hired across the state.

Daniel Dubois / courtesy Vanderbilt via Flickr

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has cut a deal with Cigna to keep seeing Obamacare patients in Middle Tennessee. The region's largest hospital was just weeks from being out-of-network for Nashville-area residents who buy health insurance on the federal marketplace.

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