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Every month for five years, Nashville has booked more hotel rooms and collected more hotel taxes than the year before. 

At a press conference where tourism officials touted the achievement, Amanda Hite, president of the tourism research firm STR, says this kind of growth surprises her. The Nashville region has been building so many hotels over the past five years, she says, that she didn’t expect there to be enough demand to fill them.

Volkswagen

Matthias Mueller took the podium and told workers that Volkswagen "firmly stands" behind them. The company's CEO reassured employees at the Tennessee VW plant that the automaker would follow through with expanding the facility and adding 2,000 jobs.

GM

General Motors is showing off a new, smaller redesign of the GMC Acadia at the Detroit auto show. The automaker is also confirming that the crossover will be built at its plant in Spring Hill.

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Nashville ended up having its biggest year for home sales in nearly a decade — up nearly 11 percent from 2014.

Here are the highlights from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors:

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American International Group Inc., one of the largest insurance companies in the nation, is closing about a dozen sales offices in Tennessee.

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A group of Thompsons Station residents have filed a federal class-action lawsuit over slow and unreliable Internet service. They’re accusing their provider of running a monopoly.

Nissan USA

In 2015, Nissan sold more vehicles in the U.S. than it ever has — nearly 1.5 million — many of them made at its flagship plant in Smyrna. Franklin-based Nissan North America posted year-end results that were up seven percent from 2014. SUV sales drove much of the increase.

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The state of Tennessee will soon be setting up shop in South Korea.

Pending final contracts, the state Department of Economic and Community Development is planning to open a new office in Seoul early next year. The goal is to recruit more Asian companies to do business in Tennessee.

And it's not the only part of the world the state is eyeing: Commissioner Randy Boyd also wants an office in southern Germany to access its automotive industry, and in northern Italy for its ceramic tile business.

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Tennessee banks are continuing to choose state-based regulators rather than federal authorities having primary oversight. It’s called a charter conversion. A dozen banks in the last five years dropped their national credentials to become state-chartered in Tennessee.

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Brassy jazz standards. Busy cash registers. The crinkle of bottles being wrapped in brown paper bags. Walk in the front door of Red Spirits & Wine in Bellevue, and you're immediately hit with the holiday rush.

This is the busy season for liquor retailers. Open houses, Christmas gifts, family visiting from out of town — they're all reasons to stock up on booze.

But the shelves in many Tennessee liquor stores don't just contain alcohol these days.

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