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1. EPA Delays Decision on Ethanol in Gas -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

Last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel for the first time, acknowledging that a biofuel law that both Republicans and Democrats had championed nearly a decade ago was not working as well as expected.

2. Amusement Parks Challenged By Home Entertainment -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.

They need to lure you, the American guest, off your sofa with your high resolution, interactive video games and into their world of fun – real life fun.

3. Poll: Employers Watching Insurance Costs Closely -

Despite years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul, employers consider employee health insurance a priority. But new surveys suggest coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years.

4. Tigers Sign 3 Prospects for 2015 Basketball -

The University of Memphis has signed Randall Broddie and brothers K.J. Lawson and Dedric Lawson for the class of 2015.

The Lawsons play for Hamilton High School, and this summer Tigers coach Josh Pastner hired their father, Keelon Lawson, as an assistant coach.

5. Library Holds Contest to Name New Teen Lab -

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center and the Memphis Library Foundation have kicked off a community-wide naming competition for the new 8,300-square-foot teen learning lab at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

6. Events -

Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America will honor Barbara and J.R. “Pitt” Hyde with a Distinguished Citizens Award at a ceremony Monday, Nov. 24, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Visit chickasaw.org/distinguishedcitizensawarddinner for tickets and more information.

7. Why Corporate Innovations Fail -

Iliya Rybchin of the Highnote Foundry and formally of Bloomberg discusses where innovations break down in the corporate world. He was stronger than a good cup of coffee.

He comes out swinging. Warning: "I'm going to offend some people here." The room perked up. Then, Rybchin notes the most critical points of failure.

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9. AutoZone Shares Draw Interest From New Research Firms -

The stock of Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. has picked up new coverage from a handful of investment firms in recent weeks that have assigned a range of ratings to the stock.

10. Germantown Was Into Mixed-Use Before It Was Cool -

Even before Mayor Karl Dean’s announcement that the $60 million ballpark would be constructed in Germantown, the area was flourishing – not to the extent that it is now, but it was experiencing growth and development.

11. US Consumer Prices Unchanged in October -

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.

The steady reading for inflation last month followed a tiny 0.1 percent increase in September and a 0.2 percent drop in August, the Labor Department said Thursday. Energy prices fell 1.9 percent last month while food costs edged up a slim 0.1 percent.

12. Education Commissioner Leaving for Private Sector -

Education Department Commissioner Kevin Huffman said last week that the scrutiny he received during his nearly four turbulent years at the helm of the state's schools didn't influence his decision to leave for the private sector.

13. Tiger Basketball Returns to WKNO -

A 30-year community tradition returns to WKNO with the tape-delayed broadcast of 15 University of Memphis Tiger basketball home games.

The broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, featuring the Tigers’ game with Stephen F. Austin State University.

14. Auction of Elvis Items Set for January -

More than 60 authentic artifacts related to late singer Elvis Presley are set to be auctioned in Memphis in January.

Elvis Presley Enterprises says the auction, scheduled for Jan. 8, will be part of the annual celebration of Presley's birthday at Graceland, his longtime Memphis home. Bidding will begin online two weeks prior to the live auction at Graceland.com/Auction.

15. Events -

The Metal Museum will hold its annual holiday show and sale Saturday, Nov. 22, through Jan. 4 at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Items including jewelry, unique housewares, fire grates, floral sculptures and more will be featured in the museum store. Visit metalmuseum.org.

16. Remember When Titans Had Home-Field Advantage? -

There really are two ways to look at the remainder of the Tennessee Titans 2014 season and how the bleak present could affect the uncertain future of this franchise.

As Steelers fans waved their Terrible Towels at LP Field Monday night, Titans fans watched as their terrible team had another terrible trial in falling to 2-8.

17. US Consumer Prices Unchanged in October -

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.

The steady reading for inflation last month followed a tiny 0.1 percent increase in September and a 0.2 percent drop in August, the Labor Department said Thursday. Energy prices fell 1.9 percent last month while food costs edged up a slim 0.1 percent.

18. Tiger Basketball Returns to WKNO -

A 30-year community tradition returns to WKNO with the tape-delayed broadcast of 15 University of Memphis Tiger basketball home games.

The broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, featuring the Tigers’ game with Stephen F. Austin State University.

19. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission will kick off the holiday season with the Flip-the-Switch tree-lighting party Friday, Nov. 21, at 4:30 p.m. on Beale Street at Rufus Thomas Boulevard. The event will include hot chocolate and donuts, plus special appearances by Jerry Lawler, Grizz and the Claw Crew, the Memphis Grizzline and Santa. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

20. Holden’s Hat -

FINDING MEMPHIS. Last week the Church of the Holy Communion inaugurated a reading group called Words, and enticed an eclectic baker’s dozen of participants with Muddy’s cupcakes. I can’t speak for the rest, but I’ve worked for much less.

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22. Boyle Sees Opportunity in East Memphis -

Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co. hopes to break ground next year on a new office building at its Ridgeway Center complex near Poplar Avenue and Shady Grove Road, according to company officials.

23. Patients Before Profit -

When Hillary Clinton visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 20 years ago to dedicate the then new patient care center, she was the first lady.

Clinton – the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state – was back at St. Jude on Thursday, Nov. 20, to attend the dedication of the hospital’s Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration.

24. Obama: US Needs to Bring Schools Into 21st Century -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama called on local school officials Wednesday to help meet his goal of bringing high-speed Internet to virtually every student within a few years to help American children compete with counterparts in countries that already use technology to help them learn.

25. Fed Sees Solid US Economy, Despite New Threats -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policy-makers discussed a variety of economic threats at their October meeting – from turbulent financial markets to overseas weakness – but decided to move forward with plans to end their landmark bond buying program.

26. Study: Banking Industry Culture Fosters Cheating -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The banking industry seems to bring out dishonesty in people, a new study suggests.

A team of Swiss economists tested the honesty of bank employees in a lab game that would pay off in cash if they cheated. When workers at an unnamed bank were asked about their home life, they were about as honest as the general public. But employees who had just been asked about work at the bank cheated 16 percent more.

27. Timberlake Becomes Co-Owner of Audio Tech Company -

NEW YORK (AP) – Justin Timberlake wants to make sure you have a 20/20 sound experience when you listen to music: He's now a co-owner of the audio technology company AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc.

28. Auction of Elvis Items Set for January -

More than 60 authentic artifacts related to late singer Elvis Presley are set to be auctioned in Memphis in January.

Elvis Presley Enterprises says the auction, scheduled for Jan. 8, will be part of the annual celebration of Presley's birthday at Graceland, his longtime Memphis home. Bidding will begin online two weeks prior to the live auction at Graceland.com/Auction.

29. Volunteers Needed for St. Jude Marathon -

Signups are underway for 1,000 volunteers to cheer for runners on Saturday, Dec. 6, as they pass through the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the 13th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, presented by Juice Plus.

30. 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.

31. If You Don’t Come Across … -

Ten years ago this month, as I was immersing myself into the nuances of cruciverbalism – the art of writing crosswords – these lines came to me:

“If you don’t come across, I’m gonna be down/Your love to me is a mystery and the clues are all around.” (I know, that’s songwriting, not puzzle-writing, but stay with me on this.)

32. Estate Planning and State Taxes -

Ray’s take: A lesser-discussed aspect of estate planning is state inheritance taxes. Some states have tax separate and in addition to federal estate taxes. And to make it even more confusing, some states collect estate taxes and some states collect inheritance taxes, while two states collect both.

33. AutoZone Ordered to Pay $185 Million Over Pregnant Bias -

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A federal jury in San Diego has hit AutoZone with $185 million in punitive damages after finding that the company retaliated against a pregnant manager, eventually demoting and firing her.

34. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a lunch and learn with Daphene McFerren, director of The Benjamin Hooks Institute at the University of Memphis, Wednesday, Nov. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. The topic is “Freedom’s Front Line: The Voting Rights Struggle in Fayette County, Tenn.” Cost is free; bring your own lunch. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

35. New Tech Imperatives for CEOs -

It’s no secret that in today’s economy, small- and medium-sized businesses must constantly reinvent themselves in order to maintain relevancy in their marketplace.

Perhaps lesser known is that technology has helped these businesses be more competitive, especially with keeping an eye on how revenue and expenses are impacting the bottom line, order tracking and customer service.

36. Mobile Advertising Trends -

2014 marked the first year that mobile Internet usage surpassed desktop, which is no doubt why a recent Forrester Research study predicts sales from consumers shopping on mobile phones will increase to $38 billion this year.

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38. US, German Drugmakers Team Up on Cancer Medicines -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Pfizer said Monday that it will partner with German drug and chemical maker Merck in developing potential cancer drugs in a hot new medication class that harnesses the body's immune system to fight cancer.

39. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host a family-friendly event Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the giant Grizzlies jersey in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Attendees can register for a Fitness Trail Passport, and those who complete all six stations will be in the running for prizes, including tickets to Grizzlies opening night and autographed items. Visit getriverfit.com.

40. Handling the Stress of Thanksgiving Air Travel -

Do you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? You’re not alone, as Airlines for America has projected 24.6 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period.

41. The Wise Donor: Moving Beyond Emotion -

It’s always good to give. To give from our hearts, according to our beliefs, and in line with our vision for the world we want to live in. There is a renewed emphasis now as we enter the giving season.

42. School Phase-Ins Show Complicated Evolution -

In 2 1/2 academic years, the state-run Achievement School District has had greater success in terms of student achievement with charter organizations that take over a grade or two at a time instead of all at once.

43. City Council to Consider Police Funding -

Memphis City Council members will consider Tuesday, Nov. 18, taking $1 million from city reserves to fully fund an additional Memphis police recruit class in the current fiscal year.

The $1 million from reserves would go with $2 million the council approved at the start of the fiscal year for a new recruit class.

44. Delays Remain for Some Hachette Books on Amazon -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Amazon.com-Hachette Book Group conflict is over, but the restoration of normal service will take at least a few days.

As of Friday afternoon, shipping times of up to three weeks or longer were still listed for numerous Hachette books. They include James Patterson's "Cross My Heart," J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" and J.D. Salinger's "Franny and Zooey."

45. Auto Parts Manufacturer to Build Sevierville Plant -

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An automobile parts manufacturer that already has a presence in Morristown is opening a new plant in Sevierville.

The Mountain Press reports Otics USA is investing $69.5 million in the facility and plans to create 117 new jobs there.

46. Education Commissioner Leaving for Private Sector -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Education Department Commissioner Kevin Huffman said Thursday that the scrutiny he received during his nearly four turbulent years at the helm of the state's schools didn't influence his decision to leave for the private sector.

47. St. Jude Give Thanks Walk to Be Held Nov. 22 -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is holding the “St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.” Saturday, Nov. 22, at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle in Collierville. The walk begins at 9 a.m., with check-in starting at 7 a.m.

48. Events -

Memphis Area BPW (Business & Professional Women) will meet Monday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove Road. Sarah Stramel of Stramel PR & Social Media will present “Why You Need Social Media.” Cost is free. RSVP to Martha Ervin at 489-5481 or vicepresident1@bpwtn.org.

49. Resilience Gives Us Ability to Endure -

It was the night of the Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet. The contest that year at the dinner was cake decorating, the theme was sports. Each Den, as those small groups of Scouts are called, was required to decorate a cake for the contest with no outside help.

50. Building Innovation Networks -

This Learning Lab was presented at the Back End of Innovation 2014 Conference, by Ayelet Baron, Futurist, Simplifying Work and Innovator in Residence, Roche/Genentech.

“Get out of your work building and go into the world,” says the speaker. The team she is working with at Roche have started a program called “Get Out of the Building” as a way to not only get exposed to new ideas but also to build new relationships. It’s great advice.

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52. County Commission to Consider Fairgrounds Deal -

The idea of reconfiguring the Mid-South Fairgrounds as a public recreation area financed by the city of Memphis with sales tax revenue from retail development has come back to life under new terms.

53. Ole Miss to Play in Jack Jones Classic -

Division I college basketball returns to Southaven as Ole Miss plays Southeast Missouri State in the inaugural Jack Jones Classic Dec. 22 at the Landers Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Area basketball fans will recognize many of the names on each roster. Coach Andy Kennedy and the Rebels have two Memphis players: Marcanvis Hymon (Whitehaven) and Martavious Newby (Booker T. Washington).

54. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host a family-friendly event Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the giant Grizzlies jersey in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Attendees can register for a Fitness Trail Passport, and those who complete all six stations will be in the running for prizes, including tickets to Grizzlies opening night and autographed items. Visit getriverfit.com.

55. Enjoy Low Interest Rates While They Last -

In what has become expected in this post-Recession boom, home sales continue to set records each month with no end in sight, based on October sales figures from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

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58. Vols Unlikely to Repeat November 2013 Collapse -

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones doesn’t have to remind his team about the disappointing fade last November.

UT went 0-3 to start what has historically been its best month of football. First, the Vols lost to Missouri and Auburn. Then a 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt in Neyland Stadium knocked the Vols out of bowl eligibility.

59. How’s Mettenberger Doing? Same as Other Rookies -

For those who are still watching the Tennessee Titans and hoping that something can go right before the 2014 season is up, it could be a long wait.

After dropping to 2-7 with Sunday’s loss at Baltimore, the Titans get to show the nation how far they have decayed this Monday night when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at LP Field.

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61. Target Eyeing Memphis Area for Distribution Center -

Target is eyeing the Memphis area for an industrial project that could create up to 600 jobs, according to multiple sources.

The Minneapolis-based retail giant is considering sites in DeSoto County and Memphis for a distribution center and could soon seek incentives from Memphis and Shelby County, the sources said.

62. Facebook Again Tries to Simplify Privacy Policy -

NEW YORK (AP) – One more time, Facebook is trying to simplify its lengthy privacy policy – and make it much shorter – to explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users.

63. College Prices Continue to Creep Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Time to stock up on the ramen noodles. The average cost of attending college crept up again this year, the College Board said Thursday.

The average sticker price, with room and board included, for undergraduate students attending a four-year college or university in their home state was $18,943. Out-of-state students at those schools paid, on average, $32,762. At two-year public schools, in-state students paid an average $11,052.

64. Amazon, Hachette End Monthslong Dispute -

NEW YORK (AP) – One of publishing's nastiest, most high-profile conflicts, the monthslong standoff between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group, is ending.

65. Philips Lighting Announces Temporary Layoffs in Tupelo -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Philips Lighting in Tupelo has laid off 49 hourly workers in what is being described as a temporary situation.

Sylvie Casanova, a spokeswoman for Philips North America, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the seasonal, cyclical move is tied to the usual slowdown in construction across the country as the weather turns colder and business decreases.

66. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will hold an opening reception for “SOUL: Memphis’ Original Sound – Photographs by Thom Gilbert” Friday, Nov. 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The event will include refreshments and live music by Bobby Rush. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.

67. Secrets to a Successful Military Transition -

This week is a special one. With Veterans Day this past Tuesday, it has been important to honor our military personnel. In addition to thanking them for their service, former military members face an issue many people overlook: underemployment.

68. The ‘Meh’ Generation -

ALL THIS IS GETTING OLD. Mitch McConnell is 117. Across the aisle, Harry Reid is 132, same age as Nancy Pelosi over in the House, and John Boehner is 98.

The last time any of them had an original idea, they had to call it in on a rotary phone. The way they get somewhere, or fail to, is as antiquated as our infrastructure, as much in danger of collapse as our bridges.

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70. Gas to Average Under $3 in 2015, Government Says -

NEW YORK (AP) – The average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015, the Energy Department predicted Wednesday. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year.

71. Curated Holiday Market Planned for December -

A new curated holiday market will launch in December.

The Memphis Indie Holiday Market, hosted by Muddy's Grind House, is scheduled for Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Grind House patio in Cooper-Young.

72. Events -

Comcast will hold a job fair Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at its service center at 3251 Players Club Parkway. The company is hiring for its Memphis sales team. Visit careers.comcast.com.

73. It’s Art -

“But is it __?” This clue is used in dozens of crossword puzzles. The answer is ART. At Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, tucked away in the Northwest Arkansas hills, the question’s answer is “You’d better believe it!” My heart sings to know that Crystal Bridges, open now since Nov. 11, 2011, is a major world player in its field.

74. Ask Your Parent the Difficult Questions -

Ray’s take: The whole idea of talking to your elderly parent about their finances and estate planning may make you feel slightly ill.

You may worry that they’ll think you’re invading their privacy, don’t trust their judgment or are trying to make a grab for their money, all of which seem like good reasons to put off that conversation. The more financially successful many parents are may make them more patriarchal.

75. Tenn. Hospital Association Partners in Insurance Push -

The Tennessee Hospital Association is partnering with Enroll America, a national organization providing enrollment support for insurance coverage through the federal insurance marketplace, and its Get Covered America campaign in Tennessee.

76. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Harold Graeter, associate executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, will present “Selling the College Football Bowl Experience.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

77. 'Success is a Lousy Teacher' -

In sales, as in life, many a person throws in the towel after failure, not realizing that failure is actually an inevitable outcome of the innovative. Thomas Edison is reported to have had more than 1,000 failures before finally inventing a practical electric light bulb. Aptly, he said, “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

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79. Shelby County Mortgage Volume Up 2 Percent -

When Patriot Bank executive vice president Keith Barger surveys the local mortgage lending landscape, he sees demand improving and homebuyers increasingly flocking – successfully – to bargains in the housing market.

80. Former FedEx Headquarters Up for Auction -

This week you can acquire a sizeable piece of Memphis business history at a deep discount.

The Commerce Center complex on Lamar Avenue – former home to Memphis-based corporate titans Holiday Inn and FedEx – is on the auction block.

81. VA Chief Vows Renewed Focus on Customer Service -

WASHINGTON (AP) – On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its maze-like websites.

82. Obama Calls for Tougher Internet Regulation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.

83. Carr Mulling Bid for Chairman of Tennessee GOP -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former state Rep. Joe Carr, who in August won 41 percent of the vote in his primary challenge of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, says he is mulling a bid for chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.

84. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will host its Corporate Neighbor Awards Breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Memphis Botanic Garden’s Hardin Hall, 750 Cherry Road. The awards honor exemplary corporate community engagement programs across the region. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

85. How to Solicit Gifts for a Nonprofit -

It's time to ask, but just exactly what do you say? As the year comes to a close nonprofits look to board members, volunteers and donors to ask their friends, family members and colleagues to consider making a meaningful gift. You may have the internal fortitude to overcome your fear of asking (read, fear of rejection), but what exactly do you say and do?

86. New Lawmakers Trace Likely Abortion Legislation -

The two newest state legislators from Shelby County say they hope to find ways to work across party lines and even with the Shelby County Commission and the Memphis City Council.

“We may not be in the majority, but there is a lot we can do,” said incoming state Sen. Sara Kyle, who will be one of five Democrats in the 33-member Senate when next year’s legislative session in Nashville begins.

87. Ole Miss to Play in Jack Jones Classic -

Division I college basketball returns to Southaven as Ole Miss plays Southeast Missouri State in the inaugural Jack Jones Classic Dec. 22 at the Landers Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Area basketball fans will recognize many of the names on each roster. Coach Andy Kennedy and the Rebels have two Memphis players: Marcanvis Hymon (Whitehaven) and Martavious Newby (Booker T. Washington).

88. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

89. Motivating the Corporate Elephant to Innovate -

VF Corp. created a series of Bright Spots to augment their product mix and sell the innovations inside the company to ensure the innovation eggs hatched in the market. The real goal was to change the culture to accept innovation.

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91. Yellen Pledges Clear Signals for Rate Policies -

PARIS (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Fed is striving to clearly communicate its intentions on interest rates in order to minimize surprises that could disrupt financial markets both in the United States and globally.

92. TVA President Could Earn More Than $1 Million Extra -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority's president and CEO could earn more than $1 million extra this year.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1smQm6m) reports the agency's board voted unanimously on Thursday to raise Bill Johnson's salary and performance pay after the 60-year-old attorney met all of TVA's targets for 2014.

93. Wal-Mart Ups Ante on Holiday Shopping -

Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney's hit film "Frozen" items, starting Saturday. The move comes as rival Target Corp. began offering free shipping on all items, a program that started late October and will last through Dec. 20.

94. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will present “You Be the Judge,” a mock trial that explores what would have happened if James Earl Ray had stood trial for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

95. Secours' Video Histories: The Gift That Keeps Giving -

Five days before her mother died, Molly Secours did what seemed natural. She took out her video camera and began asking questions.

Those moments were the last ones caught on film, and for Secours, capturing her mother’s story not only gave her a lasting document of her life, but the mini-film she created from the footage helped her process her grief.

96. Suddenly Trendy Hatch Show Print Offers Unique Gifts -

Got one of those people on your gift list who “has everything?”

Chances are they don’t have a Hatch monoprint.

Whether your hard-to-buy-for recipient lives in Nashville or out of town, these iconic prints not only encapsulate the essence of the South, but they have entered the American design lexicon and are considered bona fide works of fine art.

97. Want to Make Big Impression? Try Small Nashville-Area Retailers -

Imogene + Willie put 12 South on the world map for designer denim five years ago.

Its original American-made rigid jeans, custom-fitted to you in its showroom in a former gas station, are a nationwide pheno-menon, and the brand is so successful that owners Carrie and Matt Eddmenson have opened a second store in Portland, Oregon.

98. ’Tis the Shopping Season -

Buoyed by rising home prices and stock portfolios, Middle Tennesseans are ready to spend big again on the holidays and will be shopping earlier than ever.

In fact, they already have.

Forget Black Friday or even Thanksgiving Day as the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

99. Big Second Half? Titans Have Rebounded Before -

As the Tennessee Titans reassemble from their bye week, there is some sense of optimism that somehow this team that went 2-6 through the first half of the season can put together something to make the final 2014 ledger look somewhat respectable.

100. Report: Casino Revenue Up As Economy Strengthens -

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Revenue at U.S. casinos jumped more than 6 percent in 2012, the first significant increase in three years as economic growth picked up speed and more casinos opened in several markets.