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1. Jury Awards Family $165 Million in FedEx Wrongful Death Lawsuit -

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A jury in Santa Fe has awarded an El Paso, Texas family $165 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against FedEx.

Attorneys for the family of Mariali Venegas and her daughter, who were killed in a June 2011 crash involving a FedEx big rig, told KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/1yWXpIc) on Friday that the verdict sends a message to FedEx to improve driver training.

2. Obama Administration on Track to Surpass Health Care Goal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.

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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. 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.

7. Home Construction Flat in December -

New home construction in Shelby County, as tracked by permits, was flat in December when compared to December 2013, but new home sales increased.

Builders filed 55 permits in December, the same amount they filed in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

8. Fourth-Quarter New Housing Activity Drops -

Shelby County recorded a 12.5 percent drop in new home permits during the fourth quarter, compared to the same three-month period in 2013.

Shelby County homebuilders pulled 161 permits in the fourth quarter, compared to 184 permits over the same period in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

9. 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.

10. CBO: Deficit to Shrink to Lowest Level of Obama Presidency -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.

11. Low Inflation Likely to Keep Fed 'Patient' About a Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.

12. Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy Folks' -

NEW YORK (AP) – The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating more rapidly, with vegan groups, non-dairy competitors and other perceived enemies getting louder online.

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. 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.

15. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Technology Use -

New Year’s resolutions, often tied to productivity, can involve getting healthier, better organized, more financially savvy, and rid of old habits.

Technology can help automate and streamline many of these tasks and, better yet, save you time and money in the long run.

16. How To Determine Nonprofit Software Costs -

Part two of a two-part series. Software is at the heart of so many nonprofit functions. You can’t afford down time. And you don’t want to find out your new system won’t talk to an existing one after it is up and running. What’s a nonprofit leader to do? In search of guidance we talked with Janna Finch of Software Advice, an online firm that reviews nonprofit technology.

17. $42 Million Permit Filed For Target Fulfillment Center -

5461 Davidson Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $42 million

18. 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.

19. Questions Still Surround Future of Arkansas Medicaid Plan -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – While Gov. Asa Hutchinson has made it clear he wants to keep Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion in place through the end of next year, what's less certain is what happens after that for the thousands receiving health coverage through the program.

20. Anti-Medicaid Expansion Lawmaker Criticizes Radio Ads -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, a staunch opponent of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, on Friday decried what he called "dishonest scare tactics" by a conservative group running radio ads targeting GOP lawmakers.

21. 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.

22. 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.

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24. Make Sure You Really Have Closure at Closing -

The closing attorney is the final piece of the puzzle in a real estate transaction – and the most important. If the closing attorney fails in that role, the transaction might not occur, even if both parties – buyer and seller alike – sign every document.

25. Multiple Factors Create Strong Fourth-Quarter Home Sales -

Shelby County recorded a jump in homes sales in the fourth quarter when compared to the same period in 2013.

Shelby County recorded 3,944 home sales in the three-month period, up 9.6 percent from 3,600 sales in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. NFL Players Find Second Careers as Entrepreneurs -

As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. $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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. Shelby Farms Campaign Closes In on Last $100,000 -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy hopes to close out its $70 million capital fundraising campaign by Sunday, Feb. 1, for the “Heart of the Park” improvements already underway.

36. 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.

37. Lew Says Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is pushing Congress to simplify federal business taxes after Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Democrats and Republicans are too far apart to agree on sweeping changes to taxes paid by individuals and families.

38. Airlines Expect Another Big Year With Help From Cheaper Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) – Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday.

The price of jet fuel has dropped by about half since September, boosting airline profits and tamping down fear that global economic weakness could hurt the carriers. Analysts expect all four of the biggest U.S. airline operators to post bigger profits this year than in 2014.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. Know What to Carry to Interviews -

It’s official: Hiring season is on! Chances are good you’ve been sending out your resume online for every interesting job out there. Soon, you’ll find yourself invited for in-person interviews.

42. 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:

43. 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.

44. NFL Players Find Second Careers as Entrepreneurs -

As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.

45. Government Closer to Goal of 9.1 Million Enrolled Under Health Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for private coverage under the president's health care law.

The Health and Human Services Department says at least 400,000 people signed up last week. That brought total enrollment in the 37 states served by HealthCare.gov to more than 7.1 million.

46. 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.

47. $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.

48. 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.

49. Hello, Josephine! -

Wikipedia indicates that a song written by Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew “charted #7 on the Billboard R&B charts and #14 on the Billboard pop charts” in 1960. The actual title of the song was “My Girl Josephine,” although “in various cover versions,” it became known as “Hello Josephine.” It’s a bluesy number, easy to play on the guitar, and the lyrics begin:

50. Save Time in Addition to Money -

Ray’s take: I’ve often heard that you can tell more about a person by looking at how he or she spends their time and money rather than what they claim is important to them. January is a good time to take stock of not only your finances but also how you spend your time. And the two can be related.

51. Fighting Breast Cancer Requires Awareness -

To “fight like a girl,” as the slogan on so many pink T-shirts says, starts with knowing the enemy. Breast cancer is pervasive enough that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.

52. $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.

53. Wal-Mart Launches Cash Pickup Option for Tax Refunds -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is launching a service allowing customers to pick up their tax refunds in cash at all stores nationwide.

It's the discounter's latest move to offer more financial services, which is seen as a path to bringing more shoppers to its stores.

54. Volkswagen Eyes Downtown Chattanooga Welcome Center -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen is eying a prime riverfront location in downtown Chattanooga for a new $12 million welcome center.

The Chattanooga Time Free Press reports that the welcome center would give the German automaker a chance to show off its vehicles and its story in the city's main tourist area.

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56. 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.

57. Events -

The Association for Women Attorneys will host its 35th annual banquet and silent auction Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Cost is $60 for AWA members, $70 for nonmembers and $40 for law students. RSVP to Keating Lowery at keatingl@lawrencerussell.com or 901-844-4438 by Wednesday, Jan. 21.

58. Selling Professional Services -

Architects, lawyers, engineers, accountants and consultants: I am betting you didn’t get into the professional services field because you have a natural affinity for sales. It is more likely that the mere thought of selling makes your stomach turn a bit and, as a result, you probably make very little time for it.

59. Medicare Chief Steps Down, Ran Health Care Rollout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare's top administrator unexpectedly resigned Friday, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over the president's health care law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded coverage.

60. Opponents of Big River Steel Mill Defend Suit Against Plant -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Opponents of a new steel mill under construction in eastern Arkansas argued in a court hearing Friday that they didn't forfeit their right to sue to stop the plant just because the state had already issued a permit.

61. Memphis' RN-to-BSN Program Rated One of Nation’s 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.

62. Events -

The Daily News offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 8:30 a.m.

63. Three Ways to Evaluate Nonprofit Technology -

Part one of a two-part series. “The main reason nonprofits look to update or implement technology is to acquire additional functionality that will automate more tasks, which they hope will free up time to work on more strategic projects.” – Janna Finch

64. Bringing Out the Best in Others -

According to John D. Rockefeller, “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” The best leaders, employers, or workplaces are the ones that understand that just below the surface of average, waiting to be ignited, is the extraordinary.

65. The Real Work of Innovation -

Being creative. Generating thousands of ideas. Making employees feel heard, valued, more than a cog in a machine.

These are the superficial by-products of an in-depth discipline.

Unto themselves, these tiny crumbs of the vast buffet of genuine innovation methods are not an Innovation effort. They represent mere pacification. Any board member or C-Suite executive who believes they have the Innovation box checked because they have an online idea submission forum and a committee that ranks ideas needs to resign. Enough with lip service. Stop the confusion of New Product Development and Innovation.

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67. ServiceMaster Signals Desire to Strengthen Tennis Tournament -

After it was announced at a press conference at The Racquet Club of Memphis that ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. had entered into a three-year deal to be the presenting sponsor of the Memphis Open, the company’s chief financial officer, Alan Haughie, couldn’t help himself.

68. Council Takes Up Beale’s Next Act -

Memphis City Council members are likely to have some questions Tuesday, Jan. 20, about the still tentative settlement of the last part of the court fight for control of Beale Street.

The tentative terms of the settlement between the city of Memphis and the Beale Street Development Corp. leaked last week and include a share of revenues from the operation of the entertainment district for the BSDC that would otherwise go to the city, which owns the property between Second and Fourth streets.

69. Women in Government Swears In Tennessee Directors -

State Reps. Brenda Gilmore of Nashville and Raumesh Akbari of Memphis have been elected to leadership roles with the national organization Women in Government.

70. Association for Women Attorneys to Honor Kirby -

The Association for Women Attorneys will honor Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby of Memphis with its 26th annual Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for outstanding achievement in the legal profession.

71. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will hold its annual King Day Celebration Monday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Live performances will be featured throughout the day on the outdoor Founders Park stage. Museum admission is $5; $3 with the donation of a canned or nonperishable item; or free with a donation of a pint of blood to Lifeblood. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

72. 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.

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75. Women in Government Swears In Tenn. Directors -

State Reps. Brenda Gilmore of Nashville and Raumesh Akbari of Memphis have been elected to leadership roles with the national organization Women in Government.

76. What We Can All Learn From Techies -

Sunday night, when most of us were relaxing and watching the Golden Globe Awards, I received a text from a friend. It said, “I spent some time today figuring out a new video software.” And, it had a link to a fun short video.

77. Who Are You? -

KNOWN BUT NAMELESS. Who the hell are you? I’m not mad at you, I’m mad because I don’t know who you are and I should. No clue. Known you since the earth was cooling and I couldn’t come up with your name under Dick Cheney’s enhanced interrogation, not if I had to listen to Barry Manilow sing or Rush Limbaugh talk until I came up with it. You look so familiar we might be brothers … but I know my brothers. Their names are … give me a sec. I don’t have any sisters. I think.

78. Events -

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School will host an opening reception for “Earthbound Treasures: New Works by Tiffany Myers Foss and Katie Dann” Friday, Jan. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 13. Visit buckmanartscenter.com.

79. Ohio State Alters SEC-Dominated Landscape -

A year ago, Florida State put the chanting – “S-E-C! S-E-C! S-E-C! – on pause. Auburn, after all, came oh so close to winning the last BCS national championship game.

But now Urban Meyer and Ohio State have silenced SEC Country.

80. Booking a Trip to the ER on Your Smartphone? It's a Breeze -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – It's like OpenTable for medical appointments.

No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings.

81. Obama Renews Push for Paid Leave for Working Parents -

BALTIMORE (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday renewed his push for paid leave for parents and other workers, saying he's astonished that so many people don't get paid sick leave.

82. Despite Low Gas Prices, Gas Tax Hike Appears Unlikely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

With gasoline prices at their lowest in years when the new Congress convened, there had been talk that it might be time to raise federal gas and diesel taxes, which haven't budged in more than 20 years.

83. 2 PACs Fined by Tennessee Election Officials -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two political action committees have been fined by Tennessee officials who say the organizations didn't properly disclose information including donors and expenditures before elections last year.

84. Peace and Justice Center to Celebrate 33 Years -

First Congregational Church will be the site of a Mid-South Peace and Justice Center celebration Saturday, Jan. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center will be celebrating its 33rd anniversary with an event titled “Living the Legacy of Nonviolence,” featuring local entertainment, local food and a keynote by Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou,

85. Association for Women Attorneys to Honor Kirby -

The Association for Women Attorneys will honor Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby of Memphis with its 26th annual Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for outstanding achievement in the legal profession.

86. Local Delegation Promotes Memphis in New York -

Greater Memphis Chamber staff, members of the Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and representatives from the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau are in New York City this week to meet with national site selectors and national media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Business Facilities, Inbound Logistics and others.

87. Events -

Eyewear Gallery will hold free vision screenings for the effects of blood pressure on vision Thursday, Jan. 15, and every Thursday in January from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the store, 428 Perkins Road Extended. Visit eyeweargallery.com or call 901-763-2020.

88. Puzzles Live -

“Life’s a puzzle. Let’s fill in the blanks.” That’s the title of a speech I’ve been giving of late. Without being too literal, I find parallels between crosswords and everyday existence.

89. Financial Terms You Should Know -

Ray’s take: Do you know the RMD for your IRA? How about your AGI for the IRS? Or does the alphabet soup of financial terms leaving you scratching your head?

Some people watch interviews with investment professionals and look for subtitles, as if the conversation is in another language. It often is. Investment and tax news is typically delivered in cryptic acronyms which seem to be designed to confuse rather than inform.

90. IRS Cuts Taxpayer Services as Filing Returns Gets Harder -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families.

91. Help Wanted: US Job Openings at 14-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The rapid hiring that made 2014 a stellar year for job gains is showing no sign of slowing down.

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because they are confident strong economic growth will create more demand for their goods and services.

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93. Tigers Football Trophies At FedExForum Thursday -

Tigers fans will have their first chance to take pictures with two University of Memphis football championship trophies Thursday, Jan. 15, prior to the men’s basketball game vs. Cincinnati at FedExForum. Tip-off is 6 p.m.

94. Events -

SRVS will host a job fair Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its headquarters, 3971 Knight Arnold Road. Openings are available for direct support professionals responsible for providing direct care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Contact Metrio Robinson at metrio.robinson@srvs.org or 901-604-0291 for details.

95. How to Deal With Prospect Stall Tactics -

Those in sales inevitably face stall tactics designed to prevent prospects from either having to make a decision or having to tell you no. It can be one of the most challenging of the sales objections, because the root cause of the stall is often not directly or immediately known.

96. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

97. Discovering Winter Hotel Deals -

I’ve never been a big fan of winter travel. I don’t care for snow and cold, and I’m not really interested in paying heftier prices for tropical destinations. But I have experienced a regional city from time to time, like Atlanta in February last year.

98. Recommit To Fundraising -

Is fundraising at the top of your to-do list for 2015? Are you ready to recommit to help ensure the vitality of your nonprofit or college? Will you sign your fundraising commitment form again? What?!? Your organization doesn’t use one? Now is the time to change that.

99. Rudd Defends Relay Partnership For Teachers -

The University of Memphis’ College of Education produced 19 teachers last year who are teaching in the 59 lowest performing schools in the Shelby County Schools system.

University of Memphis president David Rudd wants the number to be around 600 a year and he wants the school’s College of Education to partner with the nonprofit Relay Graduate School of Education to meet that goal.

100. Millions More People to Get Their Credit Score for Free -

NEW YORK (AP) – Millions more people will have free access to their FICO credit score this year. That's good news for consumers, since the number is widely used by lenders to check potential borrowers' financial health.