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An assisted living facility that caters to dementia residents is trying to make Nashville a hub for research in the growing field of memory care. Abe's Garden is a 42-bed complex near Belle Meade that's scheduled to open later this month.


Nearly all of the hourly workers at General Motors’ plant in Spring Hill — 96 percent — voted to authorize a strike as a bargaining chip in upcoming negotiations with the United Auto Workers. Union leaders say it’s a "procedural" maneuver typically used ahead of formal talks on pay and benefits.


Gov. Bill Haslam's latest business recruitment trip is taking him to Israel this week, where he's trying to build ties with that country's booming tech sector.

The governor is leading a delegation of 24 state officials and businesspeople. They want to find out how Israel got so good at starting new companies, says Clint Brewer, the Department of Economic and Community Development's assistant commissioner for communications and marketing.

"More venture capital investment happens in Israel, per capita, than any other country in the world," he said.

Middle Tennessee has seen huge population growth in recent years, but business leaders say that growth is expected to slow down. That means there might not be enough skilled workers to fill the jobs in the region, according to a new study from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Note: This story has been updated to elaborate on the Andersons' case.

A Nashville ordinance regulating short-term rentals, including Airbnb, is facing its first legal challenge. The lawsuit, filed by the Beacon Center of Tennessee, is focusing on one provision that makes it harder for property owners to rent out their homes full-time. 

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The Nashville region's health care industry confirmed this week what it’s already been saying for a long time: It is a major economic driver. 

Animal City

An attempt to simplify a 79-page sign ordinance in Murfreesboro is meeting some resistance from local business owners. One proposed change could require businesses to remove signs from the middle of their windows, around eye-level. At a recent public hearing, some business owners complained that part of the window is prime advertising space.

But Murfreesboro police officer Amy Norville argued the "clear vision zone" is important for safety.

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Nashville’s commercial real estate market is moving at such a clip that it may require a map to understand the cumulative impact.

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A coalition of construction and business groups is meeting Thursday to discuss how to respond to a new Metro charter amendment.

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Home sales in the Nashville area shot up again in the month of July, approaching the level of activity seen in 2006 during the last housing boom. But condos remain a weak spot. After months of ups and downs, the median price of a condo hit its lowest point this year — $161,000, down $10,000 from the same month last year.