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  The ice storm might have been good for grocery stores, plumbers and heating repairmen.

But many other businesses across Middle Tennessee have been closed, dealing a short-term blow to the region’s economy.

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The slick roads Tuesday meant that Nashville drivers couldn't be in much of a hurry. And at some grocery stores, Nashville shoppers couldn't either.

Around noon on Tuesday, the parking lot of the Kroger on Rosa Parks was full of cars and slush. Shannon Himes, who lives around the corner, was waiting outside the entrance with her dog as her husband Scott picked up groceries. But he came out empty handed.

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The Metro Planning Commission on Thursday denied a re-zoning request by two developers hoping to build a six-story apartment building on Music Row. Not only did the commission deny those plans, the panel also put a 12 to 18 month moratorium on any zoning change request for the area.

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The median price for homes selling in the Nashville area is up nearly 29 percent from this point just two years ago. Home prices made another big jump in January.


Nissan's U.S. workforce now stands at 22,000, up from just 13,000 prior to a post-recession rebound. The company's Smyrna facility, with its 8,400 workers, produced more cars than any other American plant in 2014. But the company's growth, for the most part, has been through the increasingly common and controversial use of temporary workers.


After steady gains and a record year in 2014, sales of the Nissan Leaf dropped nearly 15 percent in January.

Karl Brauer, senior analyst with Kelly Blue Book, says the Smyrna-made Leaf had two factors working against it last month: one it’s electric, two it’s a car.  

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The Nashville Predators are poised to do something that would have seemed unthinkable a decade ago, when attendance hit an all-time low.  In a letter to season ticket holders, the Predators say they may stop selling individual tickets to certain games. The team is also willing to pay a premium to buy back tickets. 

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Nashville has had more job growth in advanced industries since the recession than any other metro area in the country, according to a new study from the Brookings Institute, and it's largely thanks to motor vehicle manufacturers.

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Nashville will soon have a curfew for construction noise – at least the loudest kind. The city’s codes department has been authorized to create new rules, which would include a ban on blasting and jackhammering overnight.

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A federal lawsuit alleges guards at a privately-run prison in Tennessee strip-searched a visitor simply because she told them she was menstruating.

According to a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, an unidentified woman claims Nashville-based Corrections Corp. of America violated her constitutional rights when it required her to disrobe to prove she was having her period.