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1. School Board Approves Settlement Over 2008 City Funding Cut -

Nearly six years after it began, the Shelby County Schools system and the city of Memphis have settled their differences over the city council’s 2008 decision to cut funding to what was then the Memphis City Schools system.

2. Tennessee Homeless Programs Getting $21 Million From HUD -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials say more than $21 million in grants will support 162 local homeless housing and service programs in Tennessee.

HUD said Monday that the Continuum of Care grants will help provide critically needed services for homeless people and their families.

3. Businessman Pleads to Anabolic Steroid Charge -

A New Orleans businessman selling dietary supplements entered a guilty plea Monday, Jan. 26, in Memphis federal court to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and intentionally misbranding what was billed as a dietary supplement.

4. Tigers' Hearn Selected to AAC Honor Roll -

For a second time this season, University of Memphis junior guard Ariel Hearn was named to the American Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll.

In an 84-49 win over Houston on Saturday, Jan. 24, Hearn led all players with 21 points and seven assists while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. Hearn also led Memphis with three steals and added four rebounds in the Tigers’ 10th win of the season.

5. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, Jan. 28, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Dr. James R. Downing, president and chief executive officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will speak. Cost is $17. RSVP at Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

6. Why the Market has Fallen in 2015 -

The stock market overreached in 2013, expecting big things from 2014. Earnings estimates for 2014 were for growth of 10 percent-plU.S. . High expectations boosted valuations above long-term averages.

7. Super Bowl Ad Preview -

Regardless of what happens on the field, history will be made at this year’s Super Bowl of advertising – starting with a record price tag of $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, a significant spike from the $4 million advertisers forked over last year.

8. Randy Odom Named CEO of Memphis Athletic Ministries -

Randy Odom has been named president and chief executive officer of Memphis Athletic Ministries. Odom joined MAM in 2006 as a neighborhood center director and became chief operating officer in 2012. In his new role, he oversees all operations and programming for 10 neighborhood youth centers that serve more than 900 underserved youth after school each day.

9. Tax Breaks for Ikea Prompt Calls for Changes -

When the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine approved a $9.5 million, 11-year tax abatement incentive last week for the new Ikea furniture store planned for Cordova, the decision set in motion the next wave in an already robust political discussion about such incentives.

10. Invest Early -

It would be true if you were talking about stock in Apple Inc., Google Inc. or Netflix Inc. And it is true when talking about children.

11. Lot Shortage Leads to Fewer New Homes -

Shelby County homebuilding activity slowed in 2014 as builders filed fewer permits and sold fewer homes than in 2013.

Homebuilders filed 850 permits in 2014, down 8.6 percent from 930 permits filed in 2013 and down 7 percent from 914 permits filed in 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

12. Commission Approves Center Point Terminal Lease -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Jan. 26, a new five-year lease between Center Point Terminal Co. LLC and the Memphis and Shelby County Port Commission for a dock, wharf and other facilities on Presidents Island in the barge business.

13. Holly Springs Elvis ‘Museum’ to be Auctioned Off Jan. 31 -

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) – Hundreds of Elvis Presley vinyl singles and albums, a pink Cadillac and the antebellum mansion that became a quirky Elvis shrine will be auctioned this month.

14. Haslam Making 6 More Stops This Week on Insure Tennessee Tour -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is making six more stops around the state to promote his Insure Tennessee plan to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income people.

15. Plan Calls for Closing Some Trails in Old Forest -

The state is planning to close some trails within the Old Forest of Overton Park in Memphis.

The Old Forest State Natural Area is owned by the city of Memphis and managed by Overton Park Conservancy under the guidance of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Natural Areas.

16. ECS Selects Peterson As Head of School -

Dan Peterson is the new head of school for Evangelical Christian School at the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

17. Weddle-West Recommended As Memphis Provost -

Karen Weddle-West has been recommended as the new provost at the University of Memphis by University President David Rudd.

18. Trezevant Selects New Chief Operating Officer -

Kent Phillips has been named chief operating officer of Trezevant, a continuing care community at 177 N. Highland St. in Memphis. Phillips has more than 25 years of experience in managing retirement communities.

19. Airport Business Park Sells for $4.7 Million -

A group affiliated with a Dallas-based commercial real estate financing company has acquired Airport Business Park at a significant discount.

CRE ABP Memphis LLC, which is affiliated with Dallas-based Gearing Capital Partners Inc., bought Airport Business Park from Allegiance Realty Corp. for $4.7 million, according to a Jan. 21 warranty deed.

20. Events -

Networking in Memphis will host its 2015 kickoff Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 300 Art Gallery, 300 S. Main St. Edward Jones financial adviser Stephen Stamps will talk about investing in 2015, and the group will also discuss community involvement. Cost is $10; proceeds support the Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy. Visit networkinginmem.com or email networkinginmem@gmail.com.

21. When Vacation Rentals Make More Sense -

With just one child, my wife and I don’t find ourselves stressing out about the need for a large hotel room suite or adjoining rooms so our family has enough room to spread around. 

But with the need for privacy or an opportunity to sleep in – our son wakes earlier than my wife and he likes to watch TV – we find sleeping in one hotel room is increasingly tough on our travels.

22. $42 Million Permit Filed For Target Fulfillment Center -

5461 Davidson Road
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Permit Amount: $42 million

23. Sports Illustrated: Fuente is Football’s 'Next Hot Coach' -

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team needed a shot from sophomore forward Austin Nichols in the game’s final seconds to escape with a 57-55 victory at Tulane last Saturday.

24. Fairgrounds Plan Draws Different Opinions -

The first renderings of a recast Mid-South Fairgrounds offered years ago are just one misstep early on that continues to plague the project still in search of specific private partners.

The conceptual drawings were heavy on baseball diamonds when the idea of two mayoral administrations at City Hall was and remains more soccer fields, basketball courts and a multi-purpose sports facility along with baseball diamonds.

25. High-Tech Teacher -

With the advent of video game systems like the Kinect for Microsoft’s Xbox as well as the Oculus Rift head-mounted display system that Facebook bought last year, it’s clear virtual reality technology has increasingly become mainstream.

26. Shelby County Mortgage Market Sees Improvement -

The mortgage market in Shelby County ended 2014 in a slighter better position than where it stood in 2013.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 8,471 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during 2014, up 2 percent from the 8,301 mortgages during 2013, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports,www.chandlerreports.com.

27. UPS Takes a Hit During the Holidays, Cuts Outlook -

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS spent heavily to avoid last year's debacle over the holidays, when an unexpected crush of last-minute shipping and terrible weather led millions of late deliveries.

28. Memphis to Play in Hoophall Miami Invitational -

MIAMI (AP) – Kentucky will play South Florida and Ohio State will meet Memphis on Nov. 27, in the inaugural Hoophall Miami Invitational presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The matchups were formally announced Thursday.

29. Lawyer Working to Resolve Bartlett Cemetery Owner's Case -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The lawyer for a West Tennessee cemetery owner charged with mishandling burials said Friday he is working to resolve the case.

Jemar Lambert, owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens in the Memphis suburb of Bartlett, made a brief appearance in Shelby County Criminal Court on a 2013 theft of property charge accusing him of selling burial plots on adjoining land not owned by the cemetery.

30. Shelby County Schools Suspend Use of Charter Buses -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Shelby County Schools has decided to suspend the use of charter buses for extracurricular activities until the district can review safety records for all 36 companies that provide services.

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32. Staxtacular to Feature Grizzlies Players -

The Soulsville Foundation and the Memphis Grizzlies are bringing the worlds of basketball, music and mentoring together at the foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, Staxtacular 2015.

Presented by SunTrust, Staxtacular will be held Feb. 7 from 7 p.m. until midnight at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

33. Bass Pro Hosting Pyramid Job Fair -

Bass Pro Shops is hosting a job fair Feb. 2 through Feb. 4 to fill 600 full-time and part-time jobs for its destination attraction at The Pyramid.

Those interested in employment with Bass Pro may apply in person at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, south exhibit hall, 255 N. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Applicants must be 18 years old.

34. Paragon Recognized for Healthy Work Environment -

Memphis-based Paragon Bank was recently awarded the 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award for the State of Tennessee.

35. Gasol Voted to Start NBA All-Star Game -

In a franchise first, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has been voted by the fans to the Western Conference starting lineup for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, to be held Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.

36. Charter School Fair to be Held Jan. 31 -

Memphis-area charter schools will hold a school fair Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds

The fair is organized by the Tennessee Charter School Center for the tuition-free schools that Memphis has more of than any other city in the state.

37. Dixie Pickers to Open East Memphis Store -

Dixie Pickers, a retailer offering sporting goods, outdoor clothing, hunting gear, guns and other outdoor accessories, has signed a lease with Loeb Properties for a new store location at 964 June Road near the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Yates Road in East Memphis.

38. Keys for Compelling Storytelling -

Most innovations fail because they are too good, too smart and too unfamiliar to the existing business to risk launching.

The last phase of a full-cycle innovation process, storytelling, was rushed. A power point deck was created using the language of the business culture, unconsciously framing the new concept in the old world of the doldrums of existing operations. The new ideas get applause for their “brave, fresh thinking," then are summarily placed on the back burner to be ignored for eternity.

39. Foreclosure Sales Drop 26 Percent in Shelby County -

Fueled by a steep drop in foreclosure sales, fewer homes were sold in Shelby County in 2014 when compared to 2013.

There were 15,702 homes sold in Shelby County in 2014, down 1.2 percent from 15,896 homes sold in 2013, when Shelby County hit a five-year high in sales, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

40. Century Wealth Shortlisted for Award -

Century Wealth Management in Memphis has been shortlisted for the 2015 Family Wealth Report Awards.

The Family Wealth Report Awards showcase “best of breed” providers in the wealth management and family office industry. Century Wealth Management has been selected as a finalist in the Regional Multi-Family Office category.

41. City Council Delays Beale Street Vote -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 20, delayed a vote for two weeks on the resolution that would create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future direction of the entertainment district between Second and Fourth streets.

42. Church Health Center to Hold Walk April 11 -

Walking as One, the Church Health Center's annual community event celebrating wellness in action in Memphis, will be held April 11 at 9 a.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave.

43. Hickory Hill Retail Center Fetches $1.6 Million -

A Hickory Hill shopping center has been sold for $1.6 million.

GG Memphis Investments LLC acquired the Kirby Parkway Center at 6433 Winchester Road from Hickory Ridge 178 LLC, an affiliate of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-based Ram Realty Services, according to a Jan. 8 warranty deed. The registered agents for the buyer are Amit Gulati and Ajay Gulati, according to public records.

44. U of M Online RN-to-BSN Program Among Best -

The online RN-to-BSN program in the University of Memphis’ Loewenberg School of Nursing has been named one of the best online classroom experiences by RNtoBSN.org.

45. Fairgrounds Forum Set for Jan. 28 -

The Wharton administration’s still-forming plan for redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds and the Tourism Development Zone proposed to finance it are the subjects of a Jan. 28 forum by the Greater Memphis Progressive Caucus and Make Memphis.

46. St. George’s Names New Head of School -

J. Ross Peters, the upper school head of the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, is the new head of school for St. George’s Independent School of Memphis, effective in July.

47. Iberiabank to Open Medical Center Branch -

Iberiabank is opening a new branch in Memphis on Monday, Jan. 26.

The bank’s new Medical Center location at 1296 Union Ave., across from Methodist Hospital, will expand its footprint to Union Avenue and will serve commercial, private banking, medical banking and consumer clients.

48. 2 Hospitality Companies Buy Union Ave. Sites -

A hospitality company has acquired a key piece of Downtown property for $440,000.

Suna Hospitality LLC purchased the office building at 400 Union Ave. Downtown from Judy Sossaman Brantley, according to a Jan. 12 warranty deed. The property, formerly home to Sullivan Branding after cs2 and Thompson & Co. merged, is strategically located on the north side of Union between South Lauderdale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard.

49. Radian Partners LLC Announces Acquisition -

Wealth management firm Radian Partners LLC has announced the acquisition of the independent investment advisory practice of Gregory Gibson of Memphis.

50. Lincoln at Wolfchase Apts. Sells for $29.5 Million -

A Birmingham, Ala.-based real estate investment firm specializing in apartment communities has made a purchase in Memphis.

EBSCO Wolfchase LLC, an affiliate of EBSCO Income Properties LLC, bought the 408-unit Lincoln at Wolfchase Apartments community at 8230 Rockcreek Parkway in Cordova from MLQ-ELD LLC for $29.5 million, according to a special warranty deed. The purchase price breaks down to $72,303. The buyer filed a $23.6 million loan with Compass Bank in association with the purchase.

51. GE to Provide Natural Gas Turbines for Allen Plant -

General Electric Co. says it has received an order from the Tennessee Valley Authority for two high-efficiency gas turbine generators to replace three coal-fired units that are being retired at the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis.

52. SeaPort Airlines to Begin Memphis-Greenville Route -

SeaPort Airlines plans to begin passenger service in mid-March between Greenville, Miss., and Memphis.

The airline has agreed to a lease that allows it to fly into Memphis International Airport's main terminal.

53. Sears Crosstown Will Receive New Name -

The team behind the redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown site will unveil a new name for the development during a Feb. 21 community groundbreaking ceremony.

“Until now, when Memphians have talked about the building, they’ve called it Sears Crosstown,” the development team said in a statement announcing the groundbreaking ceremony, which will be held 88 years to the day after the initial groundbreaking in 1927. “But Sears is long gone, and the surrounding neighborhood proudly claims the name Crosstown. Now it’s time for something new.”

54. Forbes Says Grizzlies Worth $750 Million -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ value is on the rise.

According to Forbes.com, which ranked the value of all 30 NBA teams, the Grizzlies are now worth $750 million, or a 99 percent increase from the $377 million that Robert Pera’s group paid to buy the team from Michael Heisley.

55. $42 Million Permit Sought for Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $42 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

56. Events -

Youth Villages Soup Sunday will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. The event will feature soup, bread, dessert and other delicacies from more than 50 Memphis-area restaurants and caterers, plus live entertainment and Kids Zone. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for ages 6-10. Visit soupsunday.org.

57. Events -

Rhodes College will host the Tournees French Film Festival Tuesday, Jan. 27, through Feb. 11 in the Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall at Rhodes, 2000 North Parkway. All screenings start at 7 p.m. Films will be subtitled in English. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu for a schedule.

58. This week in Memphis history: January 23-29 -

2014: Sharp Corp. executives announced the company would end the production of solar panels at its Memphis plant effective in March with the loss of 300 of the 450 jobs at the Hickory Hill facility.

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60. Railcar Honors Railroad and Transportation Veteran -

Charles Bruce Hallmann loved the railroad and transportation industries. Hallmann, former vice president of sales with Memphis-based third-party logistics provider Cornerstone Systems Inc., began his career in 1960 and joined Cornerstone Systems in 1998, helping turn the company founded in 1997 into a leading national provider of logistics and transportation services.

61. Trucking Industry in ‘Desperate’ Need of Drivers -

With demand on the upswing thanks to improving economic growth and lower fuel prices, a scarcity of truck drivers could put the brakes on the trucking industry and cripple a critical piece of global supply chains.

62. Taxing Question -

With gas prices in a historic plunge, the idea of hiking state and federal gas taxes and fees to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements is gaining traction.

Democratic and Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress in recent weeks have signaled a willingness to approve an increase in the federal gas tax to help fund improvements to the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. Meanwhile, a new statewide coalition has launched to support an increase and reform in Tennessee’s transportation fees.

63. Editorial: ‘We Come in Peace’ -

It doesn’t seem enough just to say the role of minority-owned businesses must be greater in the Memphis economy.

The basic premise is undeniable in a city whose population is two-thirds African-American and 6.3 percent Latino.

64. One Percent -

Majority and minority are volatile terms in Memphis.

Using them in a context outside race requires an explanation because without that, the assumption is the terms are being used in a racial context.

65. Commissioners Watching What’s Next for Fairgrounds Plan -

It’s not on the Monday, Jan. 26, agenda of the Shelby County Commission, but commissioners are watching the political dominoes that are lining up en route to some kind of move by the city of Memphis toward a Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone.

66. Gasol First Grizzlies Player to Start NBA All-Star Game -

In a franchise first, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has been voted by the fans to the Western Conference starting lineup for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as a starter for the All-Star Game,” Gasol said. “Knowing that I will be facing my brother Pau for the opening tip, it will be a true accomplishment for our family and a memory I will cherish for the rest of my career. It holds special meaning to be voted in by the fans, and I look forward to representing my teammates, the organization, the city of Memphis and entire Mid-South community and Grizzlies fans across the world.”

67. Dixie Pickers to Open in Former Tommy Bronson Space -

Dixie Pickers, a retailer offering sporting goods, outdoor clothing, hunting gear, guns and other outdoor accessories, has signed a lease with Loeb Properties for a new store location at 964 June Road near the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Yates Road in East Memphis.

68. Fairgrounds Forum Set for Jan. 28 -

The Wharton administration’s still-forming plan for redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds and the Tourism Development Zone proposed to finance it are the subjects of a Jan. 28 forum by the Greater Memphis Progressive Caucus and Make Memphis.

69. Iberiabank to Open Medical Center Branch -

Iberiabank is opening a new branch in Memphis on Monday, Jan. 26.

The bank’s new Medical Center location at 1296 Union Ave., across from Methodist Hospital, will expand its footprint to Union Avenue and will serve commercial, private banking, medical banking and consumer clients.

70. Grizzlies Worth $750 Million, Forbes Says -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ value is on the rise.

According to Forbes.com, which ranked the value of all 30 NBA teams, the Grizzlies are now worth $750 million, or a 99 percent increase from the $377 million that Robert Pera’s group paid to buy the team from Michael Heisley.

71. Hickory Hill Retail Center Fetches $1.6 Million -

A Hickory Hill shopping center has been sold for $1.6 million.

GG Memphis Investments LLC acquired the Kirby Parkway Center at 6433 Winchester Road from Hickory Ridge 178 LLC, an affiliate of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-based Ram Realty Services, according to a Jan. 8 warranty deed. The registered agents for the buyer are Amit Gulati and Ajay Gulati, according to public records.

72. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Sharon Draper, author of “Stella by Starlight,” for a discussion and signing Friday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

73. Frogs And Toads -

OF FROGS AND TOADS. Years and years ago, I was served a couple of striking culinary metaphors that have not only proven to be unforgettable but seem to get better and better with age.

The first was on the wall of my dentist in the 100 North Main building, one of those focal points you stare at while somebody probes your molars with this and that. It was a photograph of a pyramid of frogs inscribed with this:

74. Memphis Season a Monument to Mediocrity -

Good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad news. This University of Memphis basketball team is not good enough for things to get much better.

The good news? They’re not bad enough for things to get a lot worse.

75. Legendary Memphis Studio Has No. 1 Hit With ‘Uptown Funk’ -

The Mark Ronson song “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars has spent a few weeks now in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It’s something Memphis producer and Royal Studios owner Boo Mitchell is especially proud to see, since the chart-topping track was recorded in Memphis at his studio.

76. Raymond James Tower Fetches $20 Million -

How much is a 21-story skyscraper overlooking the Mississippi River worth? About $1 million a floor.

New York-based investor Jacob Sofer will pay Parkway Properties around $20 million for the Raymond James Tower at 50 N. Front St. Downtown, according to several people with knowledge of the transaction. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal for the 340,000-square-foot building is $24 million.

77. Haslam on Statewide Tour to Tout Insure Tennessee -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he isn’t counting votes in the Tennessee legislature just yet for his Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion proposal.

At least he’s not counting hard votes for the upcoming Feb. 2 special legislative session as he holds a series of nine public forums across the state.

78. Ford Jr. to Headline Dunavant Award Event -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the March 25 Dunavant Public Servants Awards luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

The awards, now in their 12th year, honor one elected official and one non-elected public official within Shelby County who demonstrate the qualities and characteristics of longtime Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant.

79. Pink Palace Secret -

The Memphis Pink Palace Museum’s 3-D digital theater opened this past March and its upgraded planetarium is to open in June.

And planning is already underway for a $4 million publicly and privately funded renovation and new exhibits in the pink marble mansion itself on Central Avenue that has been the heart of the museum since it was donated to the city in 1930.

80. EDGE Approves Ikea Incentives -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote. Larry Jackson voted against the measure.

81. Iberiabank opens new Memphis branch Monday -

Iberiabank is opening a new branch in Memphis on Monday.

The bank’s new Medical Center location at 1296 Union Ave., across from Methodist Hospital, will expand its footprint to Union Avenue and will serve commercial, private banking, medical banking and consumer clients.

82. EDGE Approves Incentives for Memphis Ikea Store -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote, with Larry Jackson voting against the measure.

83. Haslam Hits the Road to Promote Insure Tennessee Proposal -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday kicked off a statewide tour to make the hard sell for his proposal to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.

84. Mississippi Casino Revenue Flat in December, Down for 2014 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's 17 casinos along the Mississippi River won less than $1 billion for gamblers last year for the first time since 1994.

The decline along the river, punctuated by the June closing of the Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino, continued to drag down overall gambling revenue in Mississippi in 2014. The statewide total fell 3.2 percent to $2.07 billion for all of 2014, down about $70 million from 2013.

85. Rape Kit Testing Leading to Indictments in Memphis -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say nearly 5,000 of 12,000 backlogged rape evidence kits have been tested in Memphis, leading to dozens of indictments.

Mayor A C Wharton Jr.'s office says investigations have resulted in 52 indictments of known individuals or their DNA profiles. From those indictments, 19 alleged rapists have been identified, including 14 believed to be multi-case offenders.

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87. City Council Delays Beale Street Vote -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 20, delayed a vote for two weeks on the resolution that would create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future direction of the entertainment district between Second and Fourth streets.

88. Radian Partners Announces Acquisition -

Wealth management firm Radian Partners LLC has announced the acquisition of the independent investment advisory practice of Gregory Gibson of Memphis.

89. Sears Crosstown Will Receive New Name -

The team behind the redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown site will unveil a new name for the development during a Feb. 21 community groundbreaking ceremony.

“Until now, when Memphians have talked about the building, they’ve called it Sears Crosstown,” the development team said in a statement announcing the groundbreaking ceremony, which will be held 88 years to the day after the initial groundbreaking in 1927. “But Sears is long gone, and the surrounding neighborhood proudly claims the name Crosstown. Now it’s time for something new.”

90. $42 Million Permit Sought for Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $42 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

91. Events -

National Black MBA Association, Memphis chapter will host its 2015 kickoff meeting, “Reaching Your Financial Goals: How Fit is Your Plan?” Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at International Paper headquarters, Tower 3, 6400 Poplar Ave. The guest speaker is Roland Cole, financial adviser with Duncan-Williams’ Private Client Group. Visit nbmbaamemphis.org.

92. Why the Market Has Fallen in 2015 -

Stronger dollar = higher valuations. The stock market overreached in 2013, expecting big things from 2014. Earnings estimates for 2014 were for growth of 10-plus percent. High expectations boosted valuations above long-term averages.

93. Tigers Penalize 12 Players For Miami Beach Bowl Fight -

The University of Memphis has completed its internal review of the on-field fight that followed the Tigers’ Miami Beach Bowl win against Brigham Young University last month.

The University of Memphis, in cooperation with American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco, has determined and apportioned penalties for 12 members of the football program who participated in the altercation. Additionally, player representatives from Memphis and BYU will participate in a conference call where formal apologies will be issued on behalf of both schools.

94. Fairgrounds TDZ Agreement Getting Closer -

The deal to win Shelby County government’s backing of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan for a Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone is getting more complex.

The latest version outlined Tuesday, Jan. 20, at City Hall still includes a city guarantee to make up any sales tax revenue that would normally go to fund local public schools that might be lost to financing the reconfiguration of the Fairgrounds.

95. Boyd Gets Encore as City Council Member -

After serving less than a year on the Memphis City Council in 2011, Berlin Boyd is back on the council and working toward a longer stay.

Boyd was the pick of the other 12 council members Tuesday, Jan. 20, to fill the District 7 vacancy created when Lee Harris resigned to take his seat in the state Senate.

96. Hopson Plans Slated for Public Debate -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson has proposed ending a single school building housing a conventional SCS school next to a state-run Achievement District School, a move Hopson has talked about making since he became superintendent.

97. The Journey -

May Branden Canepa will touch down on Spanish soil in late May, realizing a decade-long dream to walk a portion of El Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route that winds its way to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.

98. Overton Square to Celebrate 45 Years -

Overton Square is preparing to throw a party that’s been 45 years in the making, the commemoration of a milestone for one of the city’s premier restaurant and entertainment districts that’s once again hopping with activity.

99. $42 Million Permit Sought for Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $42 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

100. Hopson Proposes Expanding I-Zone, Restructuring Other Schools -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson proposed Tuesday, Jan. 20, two sets of school consolidations and reconfigurations for the school year to come across 14 schools, affecting more than 2,000 students.