Eight Tennessee institutions have made the latest American Banker ranking of the country's top publicly traded community banks, which was published last week. Tops in the state on the list — which measures lenders on their three-year return on average equity — is Citizens Bank out of Carthage at No. 25 with an ROE of more than 13 percent. Three banks active in the Nashville market also made the grade: Truxton Corp. came in 61st, the parent of Legends Bank out of Clarksville was 133rd and Wilson Bank Holding Co. ranked 165th.
The top three? Carolina Financial Corp. out of Charleston, University Bancorp from Michigan and First General Bank in California. Check out the full list here.
U.S. News & World Report has released its annual ranking of the top public schools in the nation, with a familiar face leading the charge in Tennessee and moving up the chart.
Nashville’s Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School ranks No. 37, placing the downtown-based institution tops in the state. Last year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Hume-Fogg No. 49 in the country. In the magazine's annual ranking, Hume-Fogg consistently ranks No. 1 among the state's public high schools.
The state’s “runner-up” is Martin Luther King Academic Magnet, which is ranked No. 113 in the country. In 2012, North Nashville-based MLK ranked 80th nationally. Rounding off the top five in Tennessee are Merrol Hyde Magnet in Hendersonville, which ranked 127th nationally; Brentwood High, which ranked 227th; and Ravenwood High in Brentwood, which ranked No. 474.
Franklin High, at No. 8, is the only other Midstate school ranked in the state's Top 10. A full list of Tennessee schools evaluated can be found here.
Worth magazine has ranked Lower Broadway stalwart Merchants Restaurant on its annual list of the Top 10 Power Lunch Restaurants. Read more here.
The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University jumped no fewer than 12 spots on the latest Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking of America's top business schools, coming in at No. 25 and sandwiched between its peers at Maryland and Texas A&M. For lots of the stats that make up the school's loftier ranking, click here.
SEE ALSO: Owen's place on The Economist's 2012 ranking
U.S. News & World Report has released its annual ranking of the top public high schools in the nation. Coming in at No. 49 nationally and No. 1 in Tennessee was Nashville's Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School. Ranked No. 80 nationally was Martin Luther King Academic Magnet, which was the statewide runner-up.
Other Nashville are schools included in the national rankings were Merrol Hyde Magnet, Brentwood High and Fred J. Page High, which ranked 109th, 203rd and 1,820th, respectively. A full list of Tennessee schools evaluated can be found here.
Update: PostBusiness mistakely neglected to include Merrol Hyde Magnet in the original version of this story.
Maury Regional Medical Center has been named to Thomson Reuters' list of the country's 10 best health systems. It is the only health system in the state and region to make the list.
According to Thomson Reuters, it uses objective, independent research and public data sources in its ranking, taking into account factors such as its risk-adjusted mortality, complications and patient safety indices, HCAHPS score, and other key measures.
“This award is the result of the dedication of our employees, physicians and volunteers to provide the very best of care to every patient every day. I am so pleased that their commitment to excellence has been recognized on a national level,” said MRMC CEO Robert Otwell.
Nashville email marketing firm Emma has been named one of the 2011 Top Small Company Workplaces in the country by Inc. magazine and Winning Workplaces. Emma, founded in 2003 and now employing about 100, is one of only 50 companies to make the list and the only one from Tennessee.
U.S. News has ranked Brentwood as one of the top 10 places for wealthy retirees. The article cites Brentwood's "upscale homes on large one-acre lots and more than 575 acres of parks and greenways." Read the full story at this link.
Livability.com has ranked the home of the Nashville Sounds as the No. 7 best minor league baseball stadium in its look at the top 10 ballparks that are "full of charm and magnetism, making them worth a visit for baseball enthusiasts and curiosity seekers alike."
Ranking at the top of the list, available here, are Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C.
Here's the website's write up of Herschel Greer Stadium:
Herschel Greer Stadium, home of the Class AAA Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League, is actually located on the grounds of Fort Negley, an American Civil War fortification in Nashville, TN.The stadium opened in 1978 and can seat 10,300 people, and is best recognized by a distinctive guitar-shaped scoreboard that displays the line score across the neck. Greer Stadium has been the site of eight no-hit games – including one perfect game – as well as a 24-inning game that tied the record for the longest game in PCL history.
(Of course, Livability.com may be just a bit biased, given that it's a subsidiary of Franklin, Tenn.-based Journal Communications.)
CNBC takes a look at 20 American cities that you don't want to live in, at least not yet. Based on City-data.com's statistics on the most "beaten-up, undesirable cities" in the country, CNBC asked "Best Places" expert Bert Sperling to discuss what's improving about each city.
Chattanooga and Memphis both made the list. On the bright side, Chattanooga has the new Volkswagen plant, a new chemical plant and the upcoming Amazon.com distribution center. On the negative side, Memphis has a high crime rate, high obesity rate and high diabetes rate.
For more on both cities and others, see the slideshow at this link.