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Direct Taxation: Appeals court reverses satellite-provider tax decision

Judges find difference in cable and satellite taxes passes constitutional muster
Mar 4, 2015 6:00 AM

Permit Patrol: 2 March 2015

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Mar 2, 2015 6:00 AM

Permit Patrol: 23 February 2015

Balfour Beatty work at Crescent Music Row site underway, Solomon to build bear exhibit for zoo, and more...
Feb 23, 2015 6:00 AM

Nutro bites back at competitor with trademark suit

Company claims Greenie brand under attack by company that 'poached' high-level employees
Feb 20, 2015 12:00 PM

UBS to add jobs downtown, expand into Williamson County

When UBS put its business solutions center into downtown Nashville, the financial giant planned 1,000 jobs. Today, Bob McCann, CEO of UBS Wealth Management Americas, told The Tennessean that number will be smashed when it's all said and done:

"We’re very excited about where we are today, and I’m very comfortable saying this time next year we’ll have 1,500 people."

UBS is currently renovating two floors at the former Regions Center (the tower now bears UBS' name) to add 45,000 square feet of space for 400 more workers, according to Getahn Ward's report.

The company also plans to open a wealth management center of some sort, possibly in Cool Springs, according to the NBJ.

"We're looking to take that number higher. The target over the next year is to have around 270 [wealth management employees in Tennessee]," Johnson said. The success of the financial center downtown has "given us the tailwind to do further expansion," he added.

Feb 19, 2015 2:26 PM

Latest Stites departure goes to Bass

Public finance expert latest to leave
Feb 19, 2015 12:00 PM

Arena budget set for Sports Authority approval

Board OK will have to wait after meeting cancellation; outdoor band stage on project list
Feb 18, 2015 6:58 AM

Permit Patrol: 16 February 2015

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Feb 16, 2015 6:00 AM

Reports of Pennsylvania soccer team sniffing around Greer raises local club's hackles

A story in The Tennessean on the post-Sounds future of Greer Stadium raises the possibility that Pennsylvania's Harrisburg City Islanders soccer team is looking to relocate south as early as 2017.

From Joey Garrison's story:

Eric Pettis, majority owner of the Harrisburg City Islanders, a club in the United Soccer Leagues, met with Nashville officials in the fall about the possibility of moving his team to Nashville, perhaps to Greer. His goal is to stay in Harrisburg, but the club's ownership team has been unable to move forward on getting a new stadium there.

"Soccer in this country is growing like crazy and you've got to look at whatever opportunities are out there," said Pettis, who has explored other markets in addition to Nashville. The hope would be to relocate by 2017 if the team picks that route. He called Greer and Nashville "definitely one of the better options we're looking at."

After the Nashville Metros folded in 2013, Nashville was a void on the American soccer ladder. A social-media movement ultimately led to the creation of Nashville FC, a supporter-owned club that competes in the National Premier Soccer League (the supporters-backed group merged with Nashville Atlas, which was intended as a traditional, ownership-group controlled club). The NPSL is on the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid (the Metros were also on that level); Harrisburg's USL is the third tier.

The scuttlebutt about Harrisburg has, understandably, raised the ire of Nashville FC backers — there are now 800 or so member-supporters of the club — who feel they've been left out of the conversation about the growth of pro and semi-pro soccer in Middle Tennessee, despite regularly drawing 1,500-2,000 fans to games last year at Vanderbilt's soccer complex.

"When I first read the article, I immediately felt a level of disrespect for our club and our members. Then it turned to feeling sorry for those in Harrisburg who have supported that club for all those years. Leveraging a city like that goes against everything we stand for at Nashville FC and to think the local soccer community would just turn a blind eye is a bit arrogant on their part. We’ve worked very hard to create a first class NPSL organization and first class product on game days…our supporters recognize that and we love them for it," Chris Jones, Nashville FC's president of business development and the man whose tweet started the ball rolling for Nashville, said to the NashvillePost.

Chairman of the board Marcus Whitney wrote an impassioned post on Facebook, which read in part:

I didn't think I'd react this way, but I'm pretty furious about this. I've been hearing rumblings from all sorts of people around town about other groups trying to bring a team here, and the fact that these folks wouldn't even speak to the leadership at Nashville FC is a total smack in the face to the local supporters. And don't say you didn't know we existed.

Harrisburg City Islanders... This is Our Town, and Nashville FC is Our Club. You wanna come here? Talk to us first.

Any move to Greer, according to Garrison's story, is far from a done deal, though one of the other interested tenants — a rodeo operator — said Metro's response to his proposal was less than enthusiastic and a representative for Kroger said the grocery company was in "wait and see mode."

Apparently, the most popular proposal for the future of Greer, at least among folks in the neighborhood, is for expanded green space, but if that isn't the answer Metro chooses, and if the Harrisburg City Islanders want to make their future in Nashville, they'll have a vociferous group of locals pushing back.

Feb 13, 2015 11:21 AM