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In the 1950s, the small town of Shelbyville, Tenn., was home to a half-dozen pencil manufacturers, prompting then-Gov. Buford Ellington to declare it “Pencil City.”

The nickname has stuck, but for the most part, the industry has not. Today, the last business standing is Musgrave Pencil Company, which has found a way to adapt to changing times.

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Conservative activists and lawmakers from across the country will gather in Nashville starting Wednesday for a summit of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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Monday was one of the busiest days of the year for the online retailer Amazon. The company says on Cyber Monday, hundreds of people place orders every second. And in Tennessee, this massive production depends on thousands of seasonal workers the company has hired across the state.

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The Franklin-based hospital giant, Community Health Systems, saw its stock price plummet by 50 percent on Thursday, closing at $5.05 per share. The struggling hospital giant warned investors that its revenue is going to keep dropping.

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An indigo processing company is open for business in Robertson County. It's the first tenant in a building designed to house industrial startups.

In recent months, Stony Creek Colors has been working with local farmers to grow indigo plants, an alternative to tobacco, corn or other big-ticket crops. This building in Springfield is where the company will turn that indigo harvest into blue dye, mostly for denim.

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A state agency that strived to improve the economic lives of women will shut down for good, after Republican lawmakers argued it wasn’t needed. / Flickr

A proposal to make transgender students use the bathroom of their birth sex is back on track in the state House of Representatives, after its sponsor added an amendment that she says strikes a balance between privacy, safety and students rights.

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Business growth in Tennessee has moved from the suburbs to the cities in recent months. A quarterly summary of newly-formed companies finds urban areas are surging.

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American International Group Inc., one of the largest insurance companies in the nation, is closing about a dozen sales offices in Tennessee.

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The state of Tennessee will soon be setting up shop in South Korea.

Pending final contracts, the state Department of Economic and Community Development is planning to open a new office in Seoul early next year. The goal is to recruit more Asian companies to do business in Tennessee.

And it's not the only part of the world the state is eyeing: Commissioner Randy Boyd also wants an office in southern Germany to access its automotive industry, and in northern Italy for its ceramic tile business.