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1. Retailers Prep for Black Friday, Onslaught of Holiday Sales -

Black Friday, taking place Nov. 27, is only a week away and local and national retailers are gearing up for the busiest day of the year.

The National Retail Federation predicts that 2015 will be a banner year for holiday shopping with sales in November and December expected to reach $630.5 billion, a 3.7 increase over 2014 and significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent.

2. Best Buy Reports Weak 3Q Sales, Cautious Outlook -

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy shares plunged Thursday after reporting disappointing quarterly sales and a cautious outlook for the key holiday shopping season as it faces price pressures and tougher competition from online stores.

3. Holiday Travel Projections Up -

Americans might have more reasons to travel this holiday season as airfare trends continue to work in favor of the consumer.

Jet fuel prices have declined nearly 35 percent this year, and airfares this summer saw the biggest fare decline in 20 years, leading to projections that the end of the year would continue to see those falling prices.

4. Consolidation of Tennessee’s Newspapers Bad for Taxpayers -

The federal government isn’t likely to descend on Tennessee with trust-busting vengeance once three of the state’s four largest newspapers are owned by the same company.

Newspapers are too far down a virtual slippery slope of monopolism to retrieve from the hands of Gannett, which recently announced it plans to pay $280 million for Journal Media Group, the owner of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and Knoxville News Sentinel.

5. Conference Aims to Spark Positive Change, One ZIP Code at a Time -

The world can be a big place, even within one city or a single ZIP code. But the world also can be made smaller when the right kinds of lines are crossed.

Steve Nash founded nonprofit Advance Memphis in 1999, beginning an ambitious project without end. His goal: bring economic sustainability to the people living in and around the Cleaborn/Foote Homes public housing developments in South Memphis’ 38126 ZIP code, the poorest urban ZIP in Tennessee.

6. Automakers Post Big Oct. Sales Gains; Record Year in Sight -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is speeding toward what could be a record year for auto sales.

Sales of new cars and trucks rose by double-digit percentages at most major automakers in October, and companies are raising their expectations for the rest of the year. Ford now expects total U.S. sales of 17.4 million this year, just topping the record of 17.35 million from 2001.

7. From Costumes to Candy, Halloween Means Green for Select Retailers -

Halloween is big business for the retail industry, whether it’s costumes, candy or party supplies.

The National Retail Federation reports more than 157 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year. Its Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics reports the average person will spend $74.34, with total Halloween spending expected to reach $6.9 billion.

8. St. Jude Prepares to Launch Fundraising Campaign -

St. Jude’s annual “Thanks and Giving” campaign is a few weeks away from launch.

What began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort by St. Jude has now grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $588 million, funds that support St. Jude’s mission to provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research. The campaign unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners in asking consumers to donate while they shop.

9. St. Jude Prepares to Launch Latest Fundraising Campaign -

St. Jude’s annual “Thanks and Giving” campaign is a few weeks away from launch.

What began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort by St. Jude has now grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $588 million, funds that support St. Jude’s mission to provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research. The campaign unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners in asking consumers to donate while they shop.

10. New Mayor in Town -

Jim Strickland has some big decisions to make.

At the top of the list: make sure the toilets are flushing, the lights are coming on at night and the stoplights are flashing red, yellow and green.

11. Are Salespeople Born or Made? -

“Is greatness born – or is it made?”

It’s an age-old question, but in my view, greatness can be made – especially in sales. While sales skills can be taught, the learning curve is shorter for candidates with two key character traits: empathy and drive.

12. Bring It Food Hub Looks To Expand Reach and Participants -

Operating adjacent to Trolley Stop Market, at 694 Madison Ave., a food-focused nonprofit has just kicked off the fall season of its work connecting Memphians to healthy food from local farms.

13. Fair Trade: The Mid-South Fair’s transition to Southaven -

A FedEx jet turned for Memphis International Airport just north of Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., on Saturday, Sept. 26, the opening weekend of the Mid-South Fair.

Below it, a ride on the parking lot of the arena made a perpetual turn in the other direction under the same overcast skies.

14. Helping Hand -

On the first morning of his group’s visit to a hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as part of a medical mission trip, fourth year Campbell Clinic resident Dr. Eric Bowman was taken aback by the patients’ response.

15. Pastner, Always True to Self, Is Still Doing Things His Way -

Expectations. That’s the word that drives all sports narratives. Remember the record of Josh Pastner’s first University of Memphis team, the ragtag bunch that was left over after John Calipari exited for Kentucky?

16. Tennessee Craft Week Shines Light on Handcraft Artisans -

This fall the legacy of handmade craft art in Tennessee is getting some big promotion from a statewide weeklong celebration that coincides with American Craft Week in October.

“We want to put a spotlight on and build an appreciation for crafts artists,” said Teri Alea, executive director of Tennessee Craft. “They show up in lots of different ways throughout the community. Craft, especially high-end, is a big business and it has a big impact on the state economy.”

17. 6 Ways to Gauge If Your Business is Built to Last -

Perhaps Benjamin Franklin summarized a major business challenge best: “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

18. A Q&A With Wall Street's Top Psychiatrist on Market Turmoil -

NEW YORK (AP) — When it seems like the stock market has lost its mind, big banks and investment firms often turn to one particular psychiatrist: Richard Peterson, CEO of MarketPsych, a firm that applies research from behavioral science to financial markets.

19. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Drops to 3.84 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.

20. Events -

AAF Memphis and AIGA Memphis will host a joint luncheon with Debbie Millman, president of Sterling Brands’ design division, Thursday, Aug. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kroc Center’s Hardin Grand Hall, 800 East Parkway S. The topic is “On Rejection: How the Worst Moments of Your Life Can Turn Out to Be the Best.” Visit aafmemphis.org/events for details and registration.

21. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Kenneth Brown and Charles Stewart from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will speak. Visit phelpssecurity.com.

22. Affordable Homes in an Unaffordable Market -

The gold rush of residential development throughout Middle Tennessee conceals what some in the region say is a growing crisis in affordable housing.

New homes and condos come on to the market every day, and even more are under construction or still in the planning stage, but those homes are often on the higher end of the price scale.

23. Restoring Your Online Reputation is a Task for Experts -

As a property manager, Mark Hill is used to putting out fires. But when a disgruntled tenant took to the Internet to flame him and his business, Hill was the one calling for help.

24. Raise Gas Tax or Borrow? How to Fund Road Projects -

Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.

25. Greatest Restaurants in Nashville? Too Many Choices -

Country music isn’t the only big draw in Nashville these days. The city is at the top of its food game and has become a popular destination for food lovers across the country.

But where do you go when you want to experience the best of the best?

26. Greatest Restaurants in Nashville? Too Many Choices -

Country music isn’t the only big draw in Nashville these days. The city is at the top of its food game and has become a popular destination for food lovers across the country.

But where do you go when you want to experience the best of the best?

27. Greatest Restaurants in Nashville? Too Many Choices -

Country music isn’t the only big draw in Nashville these days. The city is at the top of its food game and has become a popular destination for food lovers across the country.

But where do you go when you want to experience the best of the best?

28. Best Hotel Rooms in Nashville – With or Without Helicopter -

Tod Roadarmel, director of sales and marketing for the nearly 2-year-old Omni Hotel downtown, is awestruck by the vitality of Nashville’s hospitality industry. In town since 1988, he remembers when pre-Bridgestone Arena Broadway was not a place you’d want to be late at night.

29. Memphis Divorce Attorneys Prepare for Same-Sex Separations -

Memphis attorneys Miles Mason Sr. and Larry Rice have written the book on divorces.

Each is the author of authoritative guides to divorce law.

30. US Auto Sales Strong in July on SUV, Luxury Demand -

DETROIT (AP) – American drivers want to get noticed again.

SUVs and luxury vehicles are selling fast, defying recession-era predictions that Americans would downsize and stop flaunting their wealth. Luxury sales were up 10 percent in the first six months of this year; in the same time period, mass-market vehicle sales rose just 3 percent, according to car shopping site TrueCar.com.

31. Apple Watch Will Be Sold at Some Best Buy Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Apple Watch is heading to some Best Buy stores ahead of the holiday shopping season.

Best Buy Co. says it will sell the Apple Watch at 100 of its stores and on its website on August 7. Another 200 Best Buy stores will offer the smartwatch before the end of the year. Best Buy, which has more than 1,000 stores in the U.S., says it's the first national retailer to sell the watch outside of Apple Inc.'s stores.

32. JULY 24-30: This week in Memphis history -

2010: After being missing for several days, the body of Lorenzen Wright is found near Hacks Cross Road in a wooded area known as Callis Cutoff. The center and power forward for the University of Memphis basketball team and NBA professional had been shot numerous times. To date, no one has been charged in his murder.

33. Why Airlines Keep Pushing Biofuels: They Have No Choice -

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel.

34. Families Face Tough Decisions as Elder-Care Cost Soars -

NEW YORK (AP) — Doris Ranzman had followed the expert advice, planning ahead in case she wound up unable to care for herself one day. But when a nursing-home bill tops $14,000 a month, the best-laid plans get tossed aside.

35. For Vanderbilt’s Williams, It’s Not All About Game-Day Attendance -

Vanderbilt, the smallest and only private school in the SEC, has always lagged the league in attendance.

The Commodores, even during the back-to-back 9-4 teams of 2012 (37,860) and ’13 (35,675), failed to fill the stadium (capacity (40,550).

36. As Amazon Turns 20, A Look at Its Biggest Bets -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage.

The company had an inauspicious start in July 1995 at the dawn of the Web as an online bookseller. It narrowly escaped the dot-com bust of 2000 to reinvent online retailing. And eventually, it morphed into the global e-commerce powerhouse it is today with $89 billion in annual revenue.

37. Shoppers Disappointed in Much-Hyped Amazon 'Prime Day' Sales -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Amazon aimed for Christmas in July with its much-hyped "Prime Day" sale. But some shoppers found a lump of coal instead.

The online retailer said Prime Day would offer bigger sales than those during the winter holiday shopping season. The goal was to boost $99 annual Prime loyalty program memberships during the sluggish summer months. The sale gained so much attention, other retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's and Best Buy, had sales of their own.

38. How to Change Careers Later in Your Life -

This week, a reader reached out to me with a question many people are facing. She says, “A friend is seeking to leave education after 13 years and re-enter business where she worked as a tech writer. She teaches math and computer science and is incredibly detail-oriented, smart, concise and reliable. … I was wondering if you had any advice for someone changing careers – or going back to a career after a decade-long hiatus.”

39. Nichols’ Exit a Sign of Where Tigers Basketball is Now -

University of Memphis Basketball Past is strong and vibrant.

We saw evidence last month when a couple of former players hastily threw together an alumni game and it sold out, Elma Roane Fieldhouse packed for a no-count exhibition as Penny Hardaway turned back the clock and Chris Crawford rained 3-pointers.

40. How to Ask the Tough Questions -

The world’s best salespeople excel at asking engaging questions and actively listening to a prospect’s response without interruption. They master the art of posing high-impact questions that generate insightful responses, which offer a glimpse into a prospect’s decision-making process, competitors also under consideration, the likelihood of purchase, or even the factors that will be weighed most heavily by decision makers.

41. Top US Auto Safety Regulator Says Chrysler To Face Sanctions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fiat Chrysler will be punished soon for failing to follow the law in 23 recalls involving more than 11 million vehicles, the nation's top auto safety regulator said Thursday.

42. SUVs, Muscle Cars Help Auto Industry Maintain Momentum -

DETROIT (AP) – Americans again bought vehicles that sit up high and come loaded with features like backup cameras and smartphone capabilities in June. Horsepower was also in; gas-sipping not so much.

43. Building Ballet -

Ask Ballet Memphis CEO and founding artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh about her dance company's newly announced move to Midtown, and the conversation doesn't immediately turn to obvious things like the when and the why.

44. Here's Why Home Sales Are Finally Surging -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate has gotten hot again.

Home sales are on pace for their best year since 2007. First-time buyers are streaming back into the market. Prices are skyrocketing, aided by a stronger job market and tantalizingly low mortgage rates that are creating pressure for buyers to act fast.

45. Hops Growers Rush To Meet Rising Demand From Craft Brewers -

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) – These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.

46. Events -

Page Robbins Adult Day Center will host a free dementia care presentation Monday, June 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Germantown Presbyterian Church, 2363 Germantown Road S. David Troxel, co-founder of the Best Friends Approach, will speak followed by a Q&A. Cost is free. Visit pagerobbins.org.

47. Playing Big Outdoor Stadiums Costly, Risky -

Tickets still are available from most online brokers for The Stones‘ ZIP Code Tour stop in Nashville.

And while the band should reasonably fill the LP Field, it is not without risk that they’re playing stadiums this time around, according to Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar, a trade publication that covers the international concert business.

48. Mannis’ Hard Work Pays Off for Himself, Others -

Eddie Mannis, Knoxville businessman, entrepreneur, volunteer and donor, grew up understanding the value of hard work.

He says he knew it would be the defining factor in his life.

That standard has seen his company, Prestige Cleaners/Prestige Tuxedo, grow from a start-up using 30-year-old dry cleaning equipment to a business with a state-of-the art facility in North Knoxville.

49. CMA Fest a Blast for Artists, Merchants -

The Glimmer Twins wannabe in the white cowboy hat and the 21-year-old blonde who has worked her tail off to climb from the audience to one of the main stages at CMA Music Festival display different but genuine levels of excitement about Music City’s biggest week.

50. Renters Appear More Satisfied in Many Pricey US Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – High rents are worth it.

At least that's the sentiment of apartment dwellers in New York, San Francisco and Washington, who say they're more satisfied living in those cities than do renters in far more affordable areas such as Milwaukee, Albuquerque and Detroit.

51. A Business-Altering Essential: Repeatable Sales Process -

The old adage, “nothing happens until a sale is made,” couldn’t be truer. And for many a start-up, identifying a predictable, repeatable sales process that ensures needed sales targets are always met, can seem like the Holy Grail – enticing but ever illusive.

52. THE PRESENT: Overton Square Development Going Strong -

As Overton Square prepares to blow out 45 candles as part of a milestone anniversary celebration May 23, development activity at the Midtown landmark is still going strong.

Bob Loeb, president of square developer Loeb Properties, says “another performing arts existing provider in town” wants to relocate to the square, something addressed as part of a local Urban Land Institute technical advisory panel convened earlier this month to look at that prospect, among other issues.

53. Small Banks Find Ways to Compete With Giants -

Nashville’s InsBank began 15 years ago, founded by a group of insurance agents. Originally, it was known as Insurors Bank of Tennessee, its target market was independent insurance agents in the state. But that has changed somewhat over the years as the bank has evolved from that particular niche.

54. Got A Dream? Launch It With Help From Crowdfunding -

One friend helped Annie Klaver get into her corporate job, and 131 helped her get out. More specifically, 131 people pledged a total of $15,556 on Indiegogo, enabling Klaver to launch her new outdoor company, River Queen Voyages, this month.

55. Welcome to the New Era of Automation -

When Netflix put the video rental retail stores in their coffins, there was still a sizable segment of people who missed the convenience, were suspect of a mail-order or streaming subscription service or simply didn’t have the connectivity to enjoy it.

56. Will McGhee Tyson Expansion Lure Southwest? -

With some of the preliminary work out of the way, the ambitious airfield reconstruction project at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport could begin in earnest as early as August.

The makeover is expected to bring in new business and support existing enterprise in East Tennessee and, airport officials say, help lure the popular carrier Southwest Airlines to Knoxville.

57. Collins Plots Different Course for Memphis Mayoral Bid -

Backers of Memphis mayoral contender Harold Collins are referring to his campaign as a crusade in which incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Collins’ City Council colleague Jim Strickland may have claimed most of the contributions and support of business leaders.

58. Prevent Business Complacency -

Why do so many great organizations struggle with change? After all, “the only thing that is constant is change,” according to Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and the sentiment couldn’t be truer today.

59. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” Thursday, March 12, through March 28 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

60. ‘Magnificent’ Vineyard in Perrin’s Blood -

The grapevines are still brown and bare as they wait for spring, but the work at Richland Vineyards doesn’t stop for winter.

Connie Perrin has been working these grapes with her late husband, Troy, for more than 20 years. The vineyards now belong to his children, who purchased the farm from the estate, but Connie remains involved and shares her years of grape growing to help them as they learn the business.

61. Path to Crosstown Difficult, Unexpected -

When Staley Cates bought the Sears Crosstown building in 2007 and the development team behind what is now Crosstown Concourse was taking shape to redevelop the property, another developer dropped by Cates’ office.

62. Best Time to Buy Big-Ticket Items -

You’ve got money to spend, but is it the right time to spend it? Here’s what the experts say.

A European vacation

Dana Moore, a principal with HMS Investment Advisors, says now is the time to pull the trigger if you’ve been dreaming of a trip overseas.

63. Comfy Camping -

The way Andy Cates explains it, camping out hasn’t changed a lot in about half a century.

And while “roughing it” appeals to many of those in search of outdoors experiences, for others – sometimes in the same family – it doesn’t or it isn’t possible.

64. St. Jude Receives $9.7 Million Check From Best Buy -

Best Buy customers over the holiday season had the opportunity at the cash registers to add $1 or $5 to their totals, with that extra amount going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Wednesday morning, Best Buy presented St. Jude with a check for $9.7 million.


65. To Combat Fraud, Visa Wants to Track Your Smartphone -

NEW YORK (AP) – Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs, may be coming to an end.

66. US Says Long Tarmac Delays Fell to Lowest Level in 2014 -

There were no super-long tarmac delays for airlines in December, making 2014 the best year on record for the fewest such incidents.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that for all of 2014, there were 30 domestic flights with ground delays topping three hours. Under rules that took effect in 2010, airlines can be fined for such long delays.

67. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants -

Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.

68. Haslam's Insure Tennessee Health Plan Fails in Legislature -

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans has failed during a special legislative session.

The Senate Health Committee defeated the Republican governor's Insure Tennessee plan Wednesday on a 7-4 vote.

69. Word of Mouth Still Crucial for Adding Sales -

Building the customer base of a small business is not the same challenge it was 10 years ago. As digital content grows and it becomes more affordable to access, business owners are competing with more voices to be heard by potential customers.

70. Both Sides Dig In for Insure Tennessee Special Session -

Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.

71. Pay Down That Debt by Investing in Real Estate -

My father was born (1928) and raised in Franklin, when it was a sleepy little standalone hamlet unrelated to Nashville. In the mid-90s, I met him for lunch at the Shoney’s near I-65 off of Highway 96.

72. Both Sides Dig In For Insure Tennessee Special Session -

Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 200,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.

73. OK, Baby Boomers: Time for Some Hard Decisions -

She works in her yard, maintains a garden, watches her diet and is waiting for her exercise group to get started at the FiftyForward Center in Madison.

Asked about long-term care insurance, Eva Mai Nelson says, “I’ve thought about it. I don’t think it’s worthwhile to buy at my age.” She’s 83.

74. Millennial Challenge: Do I Rent or Do I Own? -

Mike Smalling is a mortgage loan originator with F&M Mortgage and is a lifer in mortgage lending. He recently penned a book entitled “Your Mortgage Matters,” and the work provides information for those new to home buying, as well as those that have bought and sold numerous homes.

75. OK, It’s a Great House! Can We Please See It? -

In Nashville real estate circles, it is difficult to say goodbye to 2014. We loved that 2014 and she was wonderful.

Missing her already, we hope she returns in 2015. But for the current trend to continue, Nashville is going to need some inventory.

76. Money Management Principles -

Ray’s take: Most things in life involve a set of basic principles, and money management is no exception to the rule.

First, you should know and understand what you earn. You should not only know your gross salary and net pay amounts, but you should also understand your withholding and insurance benefit withdrawals. Without earnings, there would be no need for money management principles. Make the most of what you earn by following other principles.

77. TV Makers Design for Streaming Video to Stay Relevant -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.

78. Carmakers Finish Strong in 2014; Are Even Better Days Ahead? -

DETROIT (AP) – Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006.

79. Consumer Confidence Rises in December -

Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed.

The Conference Board said Tuesday its consumer confidence index climbed to 92.6 this month from a revised 91 in November.

80. Consumer Confidence Rises in December -

Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed.

The Conference Board said Tuesday its consumer confidence index climbed to 92.6 this month from a revised 91 in November.

81. Why the US Will Power the World Economy in 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015.

After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.

82. Music Takes Center Stage for Nashville's New Year’s Eve -

Cynics and service industry folks might call it “amateur night.” And one can hardly blame them as New Year’s Eve can turn even the most unassuming guest into a rowdy reveler for a night.

83. Bad Santa? 5 Tips to Tackle Your Holiday Gift Returns -

As anyone who's received a drugstore cologne gift set well knows, even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes.

Friends and relatives? Yes, them too.

Hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls soon after the holidays to exchange or return less-than-ideal presents. Retailers generally try to accommodate their wishes, or provide store credit. But it's not always easy.

84. Drones Become Popular Holiday Gifts -

NEW YORK (AP) – Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season.

Drones – flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers – have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in the devices as serious hobbyists. The demand has grown as the industry and government are working together to address safety concerns.

85. Constantly Changing Online Prices Stump Shoppers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

86. Folk’s Folly Rebrands, Renames Butcher Shop -

Folk’s Folly has finished rebranding and renovating the restaurant’s adjacent butcher shop that opened in 1989, a spate of activity that also included renaming the shop in honor of restaurant founder Humphrey Folk.

87. Brewing Opportunity -

When Memphians like Jimmy Lewis are leaving established careers to remake themselves as coffee roasters, it’s one sign that coffee culture in Memphis is abundant with opportunity and steadily coming into its own.

88. Plough Foundation Grants $12 Million to Help Local Seniors -

The Plough Foundation has made an unprecedented series of grants totaling nearly $12 million to serve Memphis-area seniors.

The grants will help feed vulnerable Shelby County senior citizens a million meals, to rehab the homes of 500 low-income seniors and to build a continuum of care for elderly victims of abuse through a coordinated community response, among other projects.

89. Beacons Pop Up in Stores Ahead of Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?

The square or rectangular devices, smaller than a smartphone, can hang on a wall or be placed on a machine and communicate with your phone via Bluetooth signals. Accessed through apps you download to your smartphone, beacon technology can do everything from guide you to the correct airport terminal to turn on your coffee maker as you sleepily enter the kitchen. In retail, beacons aim to entice you to spend money. As you enter a store, your smartphone might light up with a sale alert. Stand in the dress section for a while and a coupon may pop up for something on a nearby hanger.

90. Rolling Along: RV Industry Maintains Momentum -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – RV manufacturers have made up more ground since being sideswiped by the Great Recession, and production of the rolling homes is expected to return next year to levels seen before the economic downturn hit.

91. Craft Beer Boom -

Looking to replace that regular beer with something more exotic? Get hoppy and explore Knoxville’s craft-beer scene, because by bottle and tap, growler and flight, the national beer movement has come to East Tennessee in a very substantial way.

92. ’Tis the Season -

After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.

Good prices, great values, unique offerings and convenience no longer were enough to boost retail sales.

93. Thanksgiving Trumps Black Friday for Deals -

NEW YORK (AP) – Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year.

94. Do You Need to Break the Bank to Get a Good Phone? -

NEW YORK (AP) – It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens – and their top-end price tags – and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.

95. Wish Granted: Same Day Delivery for the Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

Amazon, Target and Macy's and other retailers are offering speedier delivery, including overnight and same-day options that will continue even past the holidays.

96. More at Moore -

The large old trees on its campus and the large paned windows of its brick buildings indicate the William R. Moore College of Technology has been around for a while.

It was the idea of William R. Moore, a dry goods wholesaler, who left a $500,000 endowment to fund the institution following his death in 1909.

97. Stonewall Jackson's Little Slice of Heaven in Brentwood -

“Everybody has to meet his Waterloo,” sings honky-tonk hero Stonewall Jackson in his breakthrough No. 1 hit back in 1959.

Of course, that line, the entire song really, means everybody must meet his or her fate someday.

98. Moore Tech Awakens -

The large old trees on its campus and the paned windows of its brick buildings indicate the William R. Moore College of Technology has been around for a while.

It was the idea of William R. Moore, a dry goods wholesaler, who left a $500,000 endowment to fund the institution following his death in 1909.

99. Q&A: Bobby McCain, Tigers Senior Defensive Back -

Fast Facts: 5-foot-11, 195 pounds; tied for fourth in the American Athletic Conference this season with four interceptions (one a pick-six); has 11 career interceptions; averaging 25.1 yards on 13 kick returns this season; sports management major.

100. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission board will meet Thursday, Nov. 20, at noon in the commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.