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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.

Bridgestone Olympic

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The rapid pace of home sales in Middle Tennessee is continuing to keep prices high — a median of $280,000 in September. Outlying counties have seen some of the biggest bumps, according to quarterly figures from the Greater Nashville Realtors.

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For people in Nashville who keep Kosher, following Jewish dietary laws, there's almost nowhere to dine out. One of the only Kosher-certified establishments was Woodlands, an Indian restaurant on West End — and that closed earlier this year.

But now another business has decided to go through the extensive process: Avo, a vegan restaurant housed in an old shipping container off of Charlotte Avenue.

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Electronics giant Philips is planning to bring 800 jobs to the Nashville area focused on health care technology. The company makes medical imaging equipment found in most hospitals like x-rays and MRI machines.