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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.                


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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Corrections Corporation of America says it's laying off 12 percent of the workforce in its Nashville headquarters — an announcement that comes as scrutiny of private prison operators is mounting.

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It's no secret that the construction industry in Nashville is struggling to find workers. Contractors say they have more jobs than they can fill. Some even post "help wanted" signs on their construction sites.

The biggest challenge, industry leaders say, is making the next generation aware of the work and prepared to do it.

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Gov. Bill Haslam declared a state of emergency Friday to address the supply of gasoline to Tennessee, and analysts are warning that Tennessee drivers could see higher fuel prices in the coming days. This follows the closure of a major pipeline that runs through the state. 

The Colonial Pipeline, which runs from the Gulf Coast to North Carolina, transports millions of gallons of gasoline every day, including to Tennessee. But the line shut down Sept. 9 when a leak was discovered in Alabama, according to the company

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Home sales in the Nashville area cooled off for a second straight month. But homebuyers may see the news as a bit of a relief.

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Tobacco is still the biggest cash crop in many Tennessee fields, as it's been for generations.

But farmers are looking for other options that aren't quite so difficult to grow. And some, like David Fulton in Robertson County, are turning to an unusual crop: indigo — the plant that can be used to dye denim.