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see them through the hardest months of the year but they have to do it
without the help of the Nashville Predators.
2012 went out in style at the New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway.
was fun," saidMegan Dunford, who came in from Cleveland to spend New
Year s Eve in Nashville. "There was a lot of people out and about and
it was just a good time."
The tens of thousands of out of town visitors like her are great for businesses like Tootsie's
s been tremendous," said Julie Brown, manager. "We've had a really
good crowd every single day everybody's had a great time, it s been
The convention and Visitors Bureau’s Andrea Arnold
said more than 50,000 people braved the cold and the rain to ring in the
new year on Broadway
"We have an estimated direct visitor spending of about $10 Million," Arnold said.
But as 2012 went out with a bang, 2013 is off with a whimper.
and February are usually slow, but in previous years, businesses like
Legends Gift shop on Broadway could always depend on a handful of
Predators home games.
"We don't get a lot traffic when there's
not a game but whenever the game lets out we get a lot of people," said
Kristi Evans, employee.
With Preds hockey nowhere in sight, Anold says the Bash and the Music City Bowl were so vital.
think all those businesses down there have felt the Predators not
playing there from an economic development standpoint," Arnold said.
"But in the meantime anytime we can get people on the streets there to
enjoy businesses and patronize them then that's just more benefit for
Downtown Nashville won't see another major event until the SEC Men's Basketball tournament at Bridgestone March 14th.
"We're going to be really slow for the next couple of months," Evans said. "We're going to have to dust a lot."
The NHL lockout has already cost downtown Nashville businesses 20 home games scheduled for Bridgestone Arena.
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Trial begins in international custody case
May 21, 2013 08:06 GMT
By SHEILA BURKE Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A trial begins Tuesday that could determine which country will decide the fate of 13-year-old twin boys at the center of an international custody battle that extends from Eastern Europe to Middle Tennessee.
The boys are American citizens who were born in Texas but have spent the majority of their lives in Hungary. Their father is an American citizen with family in the Cottontown community of Sumner County. Their mother, a Romanian national, has invoked an international treaty claiming the children are being wrongfully retained in Tennessee by their father.
The boys came to Tennessee last year to visit their paternal grandparents in Sumner County for the summer. The father, who was supposed to bring them back to Europe, stayed in the U.S. and filed for divorce.
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BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets fell today as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve to telegraph what it plans to do next with its economic stimulus program.
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AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
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