The Texas Senate passed 18-12 the “Texas Heartbeat Act” on Thursday, May 13, which prohibits an abortion if the unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected, typically about six weeks of pregnancy. The House approved the measure earlier this month with an 83-64 vote.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Local nonprofit Bible in the Schools presented Hamilton County Schools (HCS) with its annual community gift of almost $1.8 million as reimbursement for the 2020-2021 countywide Bible History elective program. Bible in the Schools Board Chairman Tom Glenn and President Cathy Scott presented Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson with the $1.8 million gift. Also present was Bible in the Schools' board member Mike Harrell.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Sphere, a leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, announced today the launch of a new self-scheduling tool called Book My Doc available with the Health iPASS revenue cycle management and patient engagement platform. HIMSS21 attendees can preview Book My Doc at Sphere Booth 4071.

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2021. There are 150 days left in the year.

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- QHR Health, a leading shared service solutions provider for independent hospitals and health systems nationwide, proudly announces HealthTrust has chosen PLUSTM, the company's supply chain subsidiary, as the winner of its 2021 Operational Excellence Award. Each year, HealthTrust selects one organization for its commitment to implementing best practices in streamlining and maximizing supply chain operations and cost-savings initiatives.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Tennessee Valley Authority reported $7.4 billion in total operating revenues on 113.6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity sales for the nine months ended June 30, 2021. Sales of electricity were 5% higher for the nine months ended June 30, 2021, than the same period in the prior year primarily due to lower energy sales for the nine months ended June 30, 2020, associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc., ("MAA") (NYSE: MAA) today announced that it has priced an underwritten public offering of 1,100,000 shares of common stock for expected gross proceeds of approximately $212 million, all of which are being offered in connection with the forward sale agreements described below.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- New Constructs, the leading provider of insights into the fundamentals and valuation of private and public businesses, announced today that it has a data licensing partnership with IEX Cloud, the financial data platform owned by IEX Group. The licensing agreement enables New Constructs to provide IEX Cloud's paying customers with a dataset that serves as the essential basis for company analysis.  

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc., ("MAA") (NYSE: MAA) today announced that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of 1,100,000 shares of common stock in connection with the forward sale agreements described below.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and Sumeru Equity Partners, Danlaw, Inc. and other shareholders have reached an agreement for Bridgestone to purchase Azuga Holdings, Inc. (Azuga) and the Azuga fleet management platform for $391 million. The acquisition will accelerate Bridgestone's efforts to develop and deploy sustainable mobility solutions as a central pillar of the company's advanced mobility strategy. The transaction has been approved by each company's board of directors and is expected to close by the end of the third quarter.

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KINGSPORT, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Miss Illinois International, Deepa Dhillon, 20, of Huntley, was crowned Miss International 2021, Saturday, July 31, at the annual Miss International Pageant. The event took place at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center, Kingsport, Tenn., featuring contestants from around the world competing in four categories, including interview, fitness-wear, fun fashion, and evening gown. 

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Nexus Affiliates Academy, a system designed to grow companies and organizations, has launched a new training platform, book and mobile app for the most in-depth system with the power and speed of the digital revolution. The system combines the power of digital with old-school fundamentals that have stood the test of time.

KINGSPORT, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Katie Hoang, 17, of Keller, Texas, was crowned Miss Teen International 2021, Saturday, July 31, at the annual Miss Teen International Pageant.  The event took place at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center, featuring contestants from around the globe competing in four categories, including interview, fitness-wear, fun fashion and evening gown.  Hoang was crowned by Miss Teen International 2020, Jadyn Luberto, before a sold-out audience set in an environment that ensured the safety of contestants, guests and resort associates.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Microsoft partner, Mobile Mentor, is pleased to announce the addition of Stuart Cooper as Sales Manager. The 16-year-old technology company opened their rapidly-growing US office three years ago.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- FASTLIFE, LET'S GO RACING written by Brooke DeBoer releases August 5, 2021.

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Currax Pharmaceuticals, LLC ("Currax"), a specialty biopharmaceutical company dedicated to expanding access to clinically differentiated, underappreciated medicines – both branded and generic – announces today the relocation of its corporate headquarters from Morristown, New Jersey, to Brentwood, Tennessee. The move accelerates Currax's ability to implement its go-forward strategy, accommodating its expanding commercial organization and continued company growth and development.

CHICAGO, Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Envista Forensics, a global consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, announced today that they have acquired Grecco Construction Consultants, a leading national provider of building consulting services based in Memphis, Tenn. Grecco will become part of the Envista Forensics business line. With this announcement, Envista significantly enhances its capabilities, coverage, and strategic position as a leading provider of building consulting services.

CHICAGO, Aug. 2, 2021 /CNW/ -- Envista Forensics, a global consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, announced today that they have acquired Grecco Construction Consultants, a leading national provider of building consulting services based in Memphis, Tenn. Grecco will become part of the Envista Forensics business line. With this announcement, Envista significantly enhances its capabilities, coverage, and strategic position as a leading provider of building consulting services.

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The tragic end of a post office pooch, a sugar shortage, Jimmy Quillen retires and more were reported on this day in Johnson City history.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- LP Building Solutions ("LP") (NYSE: LPX) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend to common shareholders of $0.18 per share, a mid-year increase of $0.02 per share or 13%. The dividend will be payable September 1, 2021 to shareholders of record as of August 10, 2021.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Sedgwick, a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions, has appointed Rich Wirth to the role of senior vice president of its risk services group.

MIAMI, July 30, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- DDB Latina has been named Best Network of the Year for the second time in the last eight months according to the Crema Ranking, organized by Adlatina. The publication takes into account both creative results and effectiveness rankings at international and regional festivals including Cannes, Clio, One Show, D&AD, El Ojo, and Effie Latam.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 30, 2021 /CNW/ -- Cat Financial reported second-quarter 2021 revenues of $646 million, an increase of $5 million, or 1%, compared with the second quarter of 2020. Second-quarter 2021 profit was $142 million, an increase of $83 million, or 141%, compared with the second quarter of 2020.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Cat Financial reported second-quarter 2021 revenues of $646 million, an increase of $5 million, or 1%, compared with the second quarter of 2020. Second-quarter 2021 profit was $142 million, an increase of $83 million, or 141%, compared with the second quarter of 2020.

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FRANKLIN, Tenn., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Community Healthcare Trust Incorporated (NYSE: CHCT) today announced that its Board of Directors has increased its common stock cash dividend for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.  This dividend, in the amount of $0.4325 per share, is payable on August 27, 2021 to shareholders of record on August 13, 2021. This dividend rate equates to an annualized dividend of $1.73 per share. Community Healthcare Trust Incorporated has increased its dividend every quarter since its Initial Public Offering.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- For the second year in a row, BehaVR, a digital therapeutics company whose vision is to liberate people from stress, anxiety and fear though the power of virtual reality, has been awarded a spot in the 2021 Best Company for Women to Advance List of Parity.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on bringing gender and racial equality to the highest levels of business.

The 2021Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend and the Tennessee General Assembly has approved two more sales tax holidays in addition to the traditional sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies, and computers.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- MannKind Corporation (Nasdaq: MNKD) will team up with NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Conor Daly, who is living with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) for a one-of-a-kind experience with local youth and families as part of Music City Grand Prix week. Daly will share his personal story of being diagnosed with diabetes as a teen and how he does not let it keep him from living life without limits. The former karting champion will also provide some karting tips and then race go-karts to identify the Fastest 6.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Jim Strickland welcomes Greg Sossaman (CEO) and Dr. R. Jeffrey Cole (Chairman) as they usher in a slice of Silicon Valley to Memphis. Planet Wealth, a digital financial services platform or "FinTech", is on a mission to level the playing field between Wall Street and Main Street. Planet Wealth opens the doors to capital access by eliminating the costs that have prohibited mass market participation and by providing process driven expertise to make financial independence achievable by all who wish to pursue it.    

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FRANKLIN, Tenn., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), today announced its popular Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has won AutoPacific's coveted 2021 Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) in the compact crossover SUV segment. Owners of the 2020 model-year Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rated their cars higher overall than owners of any other vehicle in the segment.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Cryoport, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYRX) ("Cryoport" or the "Company"), a global leader in temperature-controlled supply chain solutions for the life sciences industry, today announced that the Company will report financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021 on Thursday, August 5, 2021 after U.S. markets close. 

NEW CANAAN, Conn., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Gridiron Capital, LLC ("Gridiron"), an investment firm focused on partnering with founders, entrepreneurs and management teams, today announced it has completed the sale of Rough Country (the "Company") to TSG Consumer Partners. Gridiron Capital and Rough Country management will remain significant investors in the business, and the Company will continue to be led by the current management team.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Biohaven Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:BHVN) announced today Nurtec® ODT (rimegepant) is the official migraine partner of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Romain Grosjean of Rick Ware Racing will pilot the No. 51 NTT INDYCAR Series Nurtec ODT Honda for this inaugural event, which will be held on the streets of Nashville, Tenn. on August 8, 2021. Nurtec ODT is the first and only medication that's proven to both treat and prevent migraine attacks.