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Take rabid hockey fan J.R. Smith for example.
Monday is the first time in months he's felt happy going downtown.
"It's hard to pass you know pass by here you know knowing I could be going to games but can't," said Smith.
The Predators lost 34 games to the NHL lockout including 17 home games.
Few noticed the void more than people who depend on hockey for a living.
Randy Fulton says the lack of hockey games meant slower nights waiting tables at Rippy's.
"Probably missing out on 3 to 500 dollars a week cause on those games when it's packed in here we do make good money," said Fulton.
It's estimated the Predators bring in $130 million to $150 million in economic impact for Nashville.
Those home games represent about $50 million of that.
"All we can do is apologize and say we're sorry and it was something that was necessary to do and we've done there. Please forgive us please come back," said Predators GM David Poile.
Come back to a downtown that's ready for everything to be normal again.
"With this coming back we know we are getting ready to start making money again," said Fulton.
Monday, January 7 2013, 09:49 PM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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