'Mega hotel' in Glasgow city centre and new site in Princes Street, Edinburgh, among the chain's plans.
Graham Laing, 63, completed the inaugural Inverness Half Marathon in 1985 in a time of 1:04:37.
James Paton, 72, has not been seen since around 1.30pm on Monday, December 23.
A baby boy born at 12.03am at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh was the earliest arrival announced so far.
Tens of thousands will attend Edinburgh's Hogmanay street party, one of the world's biggest.
Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at Clachnacuddin FC's ground at Grant Street Park, Inverness, on Tuesday morning.
Rachel McKinney, 33, was last seen getting off a bus from Edinburgh Airport to Dundee.