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iflysouthern.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Travelers going between Nashville and Memphis will have the opportunity to fly commercial for the first time in three years beginning next month.

Southern Airways says in a news release it will fly between the two cities every day except Saturday beginning Sept. 26. Southern also will offer continuing service to Jackson, Mississippi, with a total flight time of less than three hours.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Nashville based Corrections Corporation of America lost more than a third of its stock value Thursday following an announcement by the Department of Justice that it will begin phasing out the use of privately held companies to house federal inmates.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates issued a memorandum Thursday outlining DOJ plans to terminate or scale back contracts with for-profit companies now operating 13 federal prisons. CCA currently operates four of those facilities.

flynashville.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville International Airport is embarking on a $1.2 billion renovation aimed at changing virtually every aspect of a traveler's experience.

The Tennessean reports projects planned in the next five to seven years include new parking, more security lines, larger baggage claim and ticketing areas, expanded concourse space and a hotel.

Airport leaders said the renovation is in response to a record-breaking number of passengers coming through Nashville — 12.2 million for the fiscal year ending June 30.

.anthem.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is joining a federal lawsuit to stop the merger of major health insurance companies.

State Attorney General Herbert Slatery says in a release Thursday that the move by Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem to acquire Cigna would reduce competition in Tennessee and could affect benefits, premiums and care.

The other states joining the lawsuit are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Virginia, plus the District of Columbia.

wallethub.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report lists Murfreesboro as one of the best markets in the country for first time home buyers, beating out all of Tennessee’s largest cities.

WMOT reporting partner Wallethub.com notes that the economic hangover from the Great Recession has left many Americans unable to afford that first home. So they compared 300 cities across the country looking for the best places for prospective new home owners to buy.

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