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Bond shelved in favor of study on affordable housing shortage, solutions

Sen. Michael Sirotkin, D-Chittenden, at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Jan. 16. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Backers of a proposed affordable housing bond have shelved their plans for the year, opting instead to participate in a study to look at the state’s alternatives for addressing Vermont’s housing shortage.

Sen. Michael Sirotkin, D-Chittenden, decided to stop pressing for the bond after he heard recent testimony from opponents such as State Treasurer Beth Pearce. Pearce said last month that after a recent state bond rating downgrade, it would not be the right time to take on major debt for housing.

“The treasurer’s opinion is important,” Sirotkin said Thursday...

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How to help more than 70 Nashville-area nonprofits through A Community Thrives

The USA TODAY NETWORK’s A Community Thrives grant program attracted more than 70 Nashville nonprofits’ requests for funding for programs designed to make our community better.

A Community Thrives is a program that allows nonprofits to share their great ideas on a national stage, gain support through donations and local connections, and then get a shot at some of the $2 million in grants.

Information about the various organizations was derived from their websites.

100 Black Men

The 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing resources to further the academic and social development of black male students in Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/100-black-men-of-middle-tennessee

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Nashville Symphony performs at TN School for the Blind

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The Nashville Symphony takes it show on the road once in awhile, mostly to perform for crowds that can’t easily make it to the Schermerhorn.

Seeing the Nashville Symphony is a spectacle, but hearing them is really what matters.

Monday, students at the Tennessee School for the Blind got an afternoon lunch of Beethoven and Mozart.

Music has always been welcome at the school, mostly when the students play it themselves.

But today, they were the audience.

Symphony violinist Louise Morrison didn’t know what the reaction would be.

"I hope to see them dancing, moving around, anything they want to do, we appreciate it."

Her hope happened after she played the first chord.

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Optimize Appeals and Grievances Process With Newgen at Insight Exchange Network Conference 2019, Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, March 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Newgen Software Inc., a provider of healthcare payer solutions, today announced its participation as a platinum sponsor at the Insight Exchange Network’s conference on Enhancing Appeals & Grievances and Improving ODAG & CDAG Readiness at Nashville, TN from March 6-8, 2019.

"The Appeals and Grievances process is highly regulated, scrutinized and monitored. Healthcare payers need to deliver timely resolutions to members’ complaints, appeals & grievances, received in any form in a streamlined manner while adhering to the state-level and CMS guidelines...

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PENN FC’S COMEBACK STIFLED LATE IN NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE, Tn. – Penn FC fell 3-1 to Nashville SC after the home side scored a goal late in the second half that effectively ended Rush Soccer’s First Team’s comeback attempt.

Down 2-0 in the 75th minute, Penn FC’s second-half substitutions ignited a potential comeback. Calvin Rezende — who substituted into the game in the 61st minute — and Marco Franco, set up a give-and-go play on the right wing. Rezende ran past his defender to receive the ball from Franco at the top of the box. Rezende fired a driving shot on the ground that goalkeeper Matt Pickens saved but could not corral, and the ball rolled out of play for a Penn FC corner.

On the subsequent corner kick, Ken Tribbett headed a point-blank shot from Pedro Galvao’s service...

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Start looms for low-income seniors apartment project

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THDA provides $11M for next phase of Urban Housing Solutions development

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Nashville PR firm rebrands as MP&F Strategic Communications

MP&F Public Relations, which counts the Predators, Asurion and Walmart as clients, has rebranded to reflect its broad skills set.

The Nashville-based firm of 70 employees is now called MP&F Strategic Communications.

"This name change is a reinforcement of the broad scope of services we offer and the work our team does every day to integrate public relations with the latest strategies in advertising, marketing, digital strategy, and design and web services," said David Fox, managing partner.

The agency has more than 100 clients and offers a wide range of services including advocacy, crisis communications, event management, website development and branding.

"Every day, our team marries the art of great public relations work, branding and design with the data-driven science of marketing and a...

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Nashville’s Transit Fight Just Got Weird

On May 1, Nashville voters are set to decide the fate of a $5.4 billion transit plan known as Let’s Move Nashville. It’s a potentially transformative proposal, one that could reshape Music City for generations. If passed, the plan will create five new light rail lines totaling 26 miles, a 1.8 mile downtown transit tunnel, 19 transit centers around the city, four new bus rapid transit lines, four new crosstown bus routes, and a slew of signal, sidewalk, and bike infrastructure improvements. Thanks to a legal opening created by some creative political work, funding will come from raising four city taxes. The bulk of the revenue will come from an increase in sales tax, which by 2023 will go up a full point to 10.25 percent.

The referendum has ignited a passionate, often downright strange publ...

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Bird strike forces Southwest jet to make emergency landing

NASHVILLE –

(AP) – A bird strike forced a Southwest Airlines jet to make an emergency landing in Nashville, Tennessee.

The airline said in a statement that the pilot of Flight 577 from Nashville to Phoenix declared an emergency after the bird strike Wednesday morning and safely landed the plane at Nashville International Airport. No injuries were reported.

Southwest said the aircraft has been taken out of service for maintenance and local employees are working to get passengers on a new flight.

MORE: NTSB: Blown Southwest jet engine showed ‘metal fatigue’

The emergency occurred a day after a Southwest plane’s engine exploded during a flight and a businesswoman was sucked halfway out of a window broken by pieces of shrapnel.

The woman later died, and seven others were injured.

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TNCoin Offers Chance to Invest in Cryptocurrency backed by Real Estate Assets

NASHVILLE, TN – 04-10-2018 (Press Release Jet) — TNCoin LLC, a Nashville, Tenn.-based real estate investment platform, recently announced the creation of one of the country’s first real estate tokenized asset funds. TNCoin will use the ERC-20 platform to distribute tokenized shares to investors, which allows for the portability and fungibility of cryptocurrencies that modern investors love. “TNCoin is a move in the positive direction for cryptocurrencies by providing more stable securitized options backed by real estate assets.” said Fund Manager Luis del Mazo, Jr., CIPS.

TNCoin represents a valuable opportunity for individuals wanting to capitalize on this unique real estate-backed investment...

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