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December is a busy month for recycling operations: In Nashville, the amount of paper that gets recycled is 20 percent higher than the rest of the year. 

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Call it the Uber of healthcare.

With the touch of a button on a smartphone, people in Davidson County can order a nurse practitioner to come to them within two hours. Some startups have already been experimenting with this model — including one in Nashville — but now Vanderbilt, one of the most prominent hospitals in the region, is joining the competition.

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Officials in Gatlinburg have been begging visitors to return. Now they'll see if that happens.

The city's downtown reopens Friday, 10 days after the wildfire that stunned the region. The fire destroyed 1,800 structures and killed 14 people. Many worry it will hinder the biggest economic driver in the area: tourism.

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Construction started on HCA's new, 17-story building in the Gulch neighborhood two years ago.

A lot's changed between then and last week, when the office tower officially opened. And the health care landscape is likely to change a good deal more over the next few years.

Chief executive Milton Johnson says the company's ready.

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It's nearly impossible to spend a night on Nashville's Lower Broadway — that hub of honky tonks — and not see several groups of women celebrating an impending marriage.

These bachelorette parties have become so prevalent that they're almost an inside joke for locals. But they have also become an integral part of Nashville's tourism boom. 

Corrections Corporation of America is rebranding, but officials say they're not abandoning the company's core business.

Despite heightened criticism of for-profit prison operators, leaders of the Nashville-based firm say they're as enthusiastic as ever.

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Corrections Corporation of America is attempting to transform.

The Nashville-based prison operator is trying out new business lines. It's shedding senior leaders. And it's even got a new name.

But as the company prepares to release its quarterly earnings Wednesday, it's still got plenty of critics.

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The new hotels opening in Nashville this month are not cheap, but tourism officials hope the increased competition will start to bring down the rates in the region, which are right now among the highest in the country. 

General Motors

General Motors announced Tuesday it’s adding a third shift to the company’s Spring Hill plant, hiring 650 workers and increasing production.                

Nissan

Franklin-based Nissan North America posted strong sales gains in September. That’s despite analysts predicting a slowdown of sales in the U.S. auto market.

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