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1. Haslam Names Candice McQueen New Ed Commissioner -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has named a top education official at Lipscomb University to be the next Education Department commissioner.

The Republican governor announced Wednesday that he's chosen Candice McQueen. She will replace Kevin Huffman, who announced last month that he's leaving for the private sector.

2. Yard Work Waiting? Hit Mowz App and Take a Nap -

It’s hard to decide what’s less fun, mowing the lawn or raking leaves. If you loathe both in equal measure, however, help may be just a few clicks away.

Mowz, an app-based service offering a mobile way to book multiple landscaping services, has made its way to Nashville. It’s the latest offshoot from Plowz, which began as a snowplowing-assistance app in upstate New York last winter and has since migrated to more than 20 cities.

3. Rogero Talks ‘Smart Growth,’ Democratic Politics -

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero became the first woman to hold that office when she won the election in 2011.

She’s been actively involved in a number of local issues since her election, from urban-core revitalization and business recruitment to broader social issues such as marriage equality.

4. 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.

5. Tennessee Governor Elected Next RGA Chairman -

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been elected as the next chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

He'll take the reins from New Jersey's Chris Christie, who has been on a victory lap at the group's annual meeting in Florida this week after Republicans did especially well in the midterm elections.

6. BankTennessee Celebrates 80 Years in Business -

The bank got its start in 1934 as First Federal Savings and Loan Association, founded by a group of local Memphis bankers and businessmen.

In 1997, its name was changed to BankTennessee. And this year, it’s celebrating its 80th anniversary – a milestone that finds the institution as a more expansive organization, coming off one of its most successful years in 2013, with a larger geographic footprint and a much more robust suite of products and services than it started with.

7. 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.

8. Keeping Promises -

With more than 50,000 high school seniors applying for free community college tuition and fees through Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise, it’s reasonable to wonder if Tennessee’s community colleges have the infrastructure – including classroom space and instructors – to handle such an influx of new students.

9. UAW Says Recognition Near at Tennessee VW Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The United Auto Workers union is hailing a new Volkswagen policy as a vehicle to soon gain representation of workers at its first foreign auto plant in the South.

10. Analysts: How GOP Congress Could Boost US Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Voters made clear Tuesday that they're worried about the economy, despite steady job gains, a robust stock market and faster economic growth this year.

So what can – and should – the now-dominant Republicans in Congress and President Barack Obama do together to benefit more Americans?

11. Haslam Can Identify No Mistakes in First Term -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's first four years in office included a struggle to exert authority over fellow Republicans in the Legislature on issues ranging from Common Core education standards to Medicaid expansion.

12. Early Voting May Have Strong Finish -

Early voting in advance of the Nov. 4 election day looks like it will finish strong in Shelby County in the last four days.

Turnout at the 21 early voting sites across the county spiked to 8,749 on Tuesday, Oct. 28, the highest daily total since the early voting period began Oct. 15. There were 8,150 early voters the day before.

13. Fuel Costs Ease, US Airline Profits Soar -

DALLAS (AP) — Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines as fuel prices drop — but don't expect fares to fall too.

Heading into the busy holiday-travel period, the airlines expect even cheaper fuel, thanks to the nosedive in crude oil prices. The price of jet fuel, an airline's biggest single expense, has dropped by about one-fifth since mid-June.

14. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

15. Poll: Many Insured Struggle With Medical Bills -

WASHINGTON (AP) – They have health insurance, but still no peace of mind. Overall, 1 in 4 privately insured adults say they doubt they could pay for a major unexpected illness or injury.

16. Nashville School News Briefs -

Montgomery Bell Student, Faculty Films Air

Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.

17. UT Names Business School for Haslam, Gets $50 Million -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee has named its College of Business Administration after Jim Haslam in recognition of a $50 million gift from the Haslam family.

The name change also recognizes Haslam's "lifetime of exemplary leadership, consistent adherence to strong core values, selfless service and passion for excellence," the UT Board of Trustees declared in the motion they approved Friday.

18. Raising Concerns Over Education Coverage -

With just one person reporting on schools in a metropolitan area of more than 1.3 million people, The Commercial Appeal is forging ahead with a relationship with a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to covering education.

19. Democrats Choose State Senate Nominee -

When Shelby County Democratic Party leaders gather Monday, Sept. 8, to pick their party’s nominee in the November special general election for state Senate District 30, it will also be an indication of how deep the wounds run from the party’s disastrous August election outing.

20. One Week Into Season, Playoff Resembling BCS -

The scoreboard at Brice-Williams Stadium in Columbia, S.C., was not yet a sparkle in Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill’s eye when Bill Hancock, executive director of the new college football playoff, gave us this:

21. AutoZone Agrees to Buy Parts Distributor -

A few weeks ahead of its fiscal fourth quarter earnings announcement, Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. disclosed it’s reached a deal to buy Interamerican Motor Corp., the second-largest distributor of original equipment import replacement parts in the U.S.

22. Vols Among NCAA’s Youngest Headed Into Sunday Opener -

KNOXVILLE – For better or worse, University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones won’t need to wait long to see the talent level of his highly touted freshman class.

Jones will find out Sunday night at 7 when the Vols play host to Utah State at Neyland Stadium. The Aggies will be an underdog – probably by a touchdown or so – and a trendy pick for some as an upset special.

23. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

24. Midtown Corner Could See Turnaround -

While Midtown as a whole is experiencing a resurgence, two properties at the key intersection of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard remain vacant, decaying eyesores.

But a real estate agent representing the owner of the vacant office building and hotel at the southwest corner of Union and McLean says both properties are under contract to be sold.

25. Congress Races to Finish VA, Highway Bills -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and headed toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.

26. Tennessee Signs Out-of-State Firm for Ads -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee officials have signed a five-year, $60 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to produce the "Made in Tennessee" tourism campaign.

The marketing agency VML, which has opened a Nashville office, produced two 30-second TV commercials promoting getting outdoors in Tennessee. The ads feature with dramatic waterfalls, green rolling hills and horseback-riding amid a forest scene. The ads will play in about a dozen markets around the country.

27. ‘Significant Headwinds’ -

When Gov. Bill Haslam joined local economic development and civic officials at FedExForum in January to announce that Conduit Global would open a call center in Shelby County that would employ 1,000 people over the next three to five years, it provided a much-needed boost to the local office real estate sector.

28. AutoZone Adds to Stock Buyback -

The board of AutoZone Inc. has authorized the company’s repurchase of an additional $750 million of the company’s common stock in connection with its ongoing share repurchase program.

29. AutoZone Adds to Stock Buyback -

The board of AutoZone Inc. has authorized the company’s repurchase of an additional $750 million of the company’s common stock in connection with its ongoing share repurchase program.

30. Babalu Tacos & Tapas Adds to Square -

In the 1970s, Bill Latham worked as a waiter in Jackson, Miss., at the TGI Fridays restaurant there, one of the first few locations of the chain.

31. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

32. AutoZone Quarterly Profit Rises 7.4 Percent -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. has enjoyed double-digit earnings per share growth every quarter since the latter part of the administration of President George W. Bush – 31 straight quarters, to be precise.

33. Glass Factory to Open in Kingsport, Bring 237 Jobs -

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say a glass manufacturing company plans to locate a plant in northeastern Tennessee that will bring more than 200 jobs to the area.

Media reported that Gov. Bill Haslam, Kingsport officials and Heritage Glass announced in a statement on Tuesday that the company would invest $15.8 million in the plant in Sullivan County and create 237 jobs.

34. Imagination Library Celebrates 20 Million Books to Kids -

The Books From Birth program, originated in Tennessee, marked its 10th anniversary Monday, April 28, in Memphis with its 20 millionth book going to a 3-year-old girl.

Tamera Tynes received an oversized, hardback copy of “The Little Engine That Could,” which was almost as big as she was, from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam.

35. Wharton Takes Budget to City Council -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. takes a budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 15, that is supposed to be a departure for an administration that, since 2010, has come to the council with options instead of a total budget plan.

36. Volkswagen Expansion Talks at Standstill in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.

An acrimonious vote in February at the plant in Chattanooga resulted in the narrow defeat of the United Auto Workers union.

37. Lebanon’s Pody Works for Amendment Passage -

Helping people with insurance requires the ability to plan for multiple scenarios.

That’s something Rep. Mark Pody, a Republican from Lebanon, Tenn., has taken with him to the Tennessee General Assembly, and he says it helps even when everyone is in agreement on a bill’s final outcome.

38. Common Core Spawns Widespread Political Fights -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.

39. ‘Champion of Working Man’ Rep. Turner Set to Retire -

State Rep. and Nashville Democrat Mike Turner is retiring from the General Assembly and considering a run for mayor.

40. Exeter Property Group Acquires Industrial Portfolio -

Exeter Property Group has acquired a 4.4 million-square-foot industrial portfolio – including four properties in Memphis – for $132 million.

Exeter recently acquired the properties located in Memphis, Nashville and Columbus, Ohio, from LNR Property LLC, a special servicer appointed to the portfolio upon its transfer from London-based Strategic Realty Advisors Ltd. in June 2013.

41. ‘Never a Dull Moment’ in CRE for Hackmeyer -

After beginning the pursuit of a career as a pilot after graduating from the University of Alabama, Tanis Hackmeyer switched gears and delved into the world of commercial real estate.

“I believe that was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make and one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Hackmeyer, managing partner at Hackmeyer Properties. “There were a few years where I still felt like I should be doing some flying, but I really was happy from the start that I made my decision.”

42. Sector Capital Management Independent Again -

Three years after its acquisition by Argent Financial Group, Memphis-based Sector Capital Management is an independent company again.

Sector CEO Reed Walters led the negotiations to buy back the wealth management firm in the wake of Louisiana-based Argent going on something of an acquisition spree in recent years. Sector also has relocated from Argent’s office at The Crescent Center to the Atrium I building at 6800 Poplar Ave.

43. Businessman Berger Tosses Hat Into Political Ring -

Memphis businessman Taylor Berger was thinking about it pretty much until the last minute Tuesday, Feb. 18, when he pressed send on an email that announced his intention to run for a seat on the Shelby County Commission.

44. Mae Be, Mae Be Not -

MAE BE ONTO SOMETHING. State Sen. Mae Beavers – really, that’s her name – has offered legislation that makes it against the law in Tennessee to obey the law in the United States – really, I couldn’t possibly make that up.

45. Farm Bill Deal Would Cut Food Stamps by 1 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Farm-state lawmakers are lobbying colleagues member by member, vote by vote as they push for House passage of a massive, five year farm bill that would make cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for farmers.

46. Jobs Explosion -

Conduit Global will hire 1,000 people over the next three to five years to staff a large call center in Shelby County, the company announced Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Conduit Global president Bryce Hayes said the New York-based company will start hiring 300 immediately for the $8 million call center serving Verizon.

47. Teen Tutors -

Imagine it: Memphis students helping their fellow students make better grades and, in the process, substantially boosting standardized test scores and overall academic performance – a feat school officials have been trying to accomplish for years.

48. New Prospects in 2014 for an Immigration Overhaul -

WASHINGTON (AP) – His agenda tattered by last year's confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws.

49. Debt and Liability -

There is rarely a good answer to the question “How much?” in politics.

With issues including the unfunded pension liability, overall debt, and revenue estimates and their validity, City Hall’s overall money problem begins but hardly ends with the question. It won’t be that simple.

50. Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Deal, Defense Bill -

HONOLULU (AP) – President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

51. Jolly Helpers -

This year, a group of researchers from London’s Centre for Economics and Business Research in London teamed up with the founders of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair to tackle some tough Santa statistics.

52. AutoZone Board Authorizes Additional Share Buybacks -

The board of directors of AutoZone Inc. has authorized the repurchase of an additional $750 million worth of the company’s common stock, part of AutoZone’s ongoing share buyback program.

53. AutoZone Board Authorizes Additional Share Buybacks -

The board of directors of AutoZone Inc. has authorized the repurchase of an additional $750 million worth of the company’s common stock, part of AutoZone’s ongoing share buyback program.

54. Haslam Unsure of Reason for Few Court Applicants -

NASHVILLE (AP) – They sit at the pinnacle of Tennessee's justice system, enjoying power, privileges, prestige – and even a job nearly for life, once in office.

With all the enviable perks that justices on the state Supreme Court earn, it's no wonder Gov. Bill Haslam is at a loss to explain why only five people applied for the seat being vacated by retiring Justice Janice Holder.

55. AutoZone Posts 7.2 Percent Gain in Profit -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. saw its profit rise 7.2 percent during the company’s just-ended fiscal first quarter, a strong start to the company’s new year that equated to a $14.6 million increase in net income over the same period in 2012.

56. At 11th Hour, Congress Debates Plastic Gun Ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With 3-D printers increasingly able to produced plastic weapons, the House voted Tuesday to renew a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines.

57. Holiday Weekend Gives a Boost to Auto Sales -

DETROIT (AP) – The holiday weekend was good to U.S. automakers, as November sales rose 9 percent to beat strong numbers from a year ago.

Sales ran at an annual rate of 16.4 million cars and trucks last month, making it the best rate of the year according to Autodata Corp.

58. ‘Tremendous Success’ -

Melissa Howard, 20, is an accounting major at the University of Memphis.

In between studying for her classes, she works at the university bookstore. She has a support system for help with important decisions and any obstacles she encounters. And in conversation, she’s upbeat and enthusiastic about her future.

59. Entrepreneurs Not Always Leaders, and Vice Versa -

Seventy percent of startup businesses fail within the first 10 years, according to a 2013 study conducted by Bradley University and the University of Tennessee. It’s a devastating reality given that the lion’s share of those are small businesses, from which more than half of domestic sales are generated.

60. Builders Showcase -

The Vesta Home Show kicked off over the weekend, with large crowds turning out to explore six new homes in a gated Germantown community.

Don Glays, executive director of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association, said attendance during the opening weekend of the show was strong.

61. Tencarva Looking to Expand Memphis Presence -

The story of how industrial distributor Tencarva Machinery Co. got its start has all the makings of a great motivational business speech – or a tale told in the iconic style of Sophia Petrillo from “The Golden Girls.”

62. Healthy Memphis Common Table Marks 10 Years of Promoting Health -

With a motto of “eat healthy, eat less and move more,” Healthy Memphis Common Table (HMCT) has made its mark in the local community during the past decade, encouraging the public to lead healthier lifestyles and to “get activated” with their health and health care options.

63. Southwest Profit Up on Higher Fares -

Average fares are rising on Southwest Airlines Co., the fuel bill is shrinking, and profit is soaring.

64. Chasing Growth -

The pressure to show investors growth and a return is one of the most basic realities of operating as a public company.

And the three Memphis-based companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list are pressing forward on their own distinct paths toward satisfying that pressure.

65. Southwest Profit Up On Higher Fares -

Average fares are rising on Southwest Airlines Co., the fuel bill is shrinking, and profit is soaring.

66. Haslam Meets With Bond Rating Agencies -

Gov. Bill Haslam is making his annual case for Tennessee to keep its strong bond rating.

The Republican governor traveled to New York on Wednesday to meet with the three main bond rating agencies, Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Inc.

67. Haslam Meets With Bond Rating Agencies -

Gov. Bill Haslam is making his annual case for Tennessee to keep its strong bond rating.

The Republican governor traveled to New York on Wednesday to meet with the three main bond rating agencies, Standard and Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Inc.

68. RootMetrics: AT&T Top Memphis Mobile Provider -

Mobile phone carriers are scrapping earnestly among themselves to offer the flashiest phones to consumers, with offerings that cater to all manner of tastes and price points, but when it comes to actual mobile performance, a new study has found a clear winner in Memphis.

69. Holiday Shopping is Expected to Be Up ... Unless -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans, who're increasingly optimistic about improving economic conditions, are expected to spend at a more rapid clip during the upcoming holiday shopping season than they did last year.

70. GOP States Offer Little Help on Buying Insurance -

ATLANTA (AP) – After three years of bashing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republican governors were surprisingly mute on the first day consumers could shop for insurance policies through online marketplaces.

71. Ramsey Predicts Approval of Supermarket Wine Bill -

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey predicted Wednesday that lawmakers will approve a bill next session to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores.

72. Ramsey Predicts Approval of Supermarket Wine Bill -

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey predicted Wednesday that lawmakers will approve a bill next session to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores.

73. Senate, House Ensnared in Health Care Controversy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Implacable Republican opposition to Obamacare has Congress once more veering closer to gridlock.

In the House, more than 50 conservatives support tacking a one-year delay in implementing the health care law onto a bill needed to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.

74. Wealthy Business Executives Eye Political Races -

CHICAGO (AP) – He has never been elected to anything, not even "student council in high school," as he boasts. He has little patience for schmoozing. In dealing with people, he admits to being "pretty blunt" - more suited to running a large private equity firm, which Bruce Rauner did successfully for 30 years, than seeking votes for governor, which he intends to do in Illinois next year.

75. Combined Net Worth of America's Richest Rises -

NEW YORK (AP) – Life is good for America's super wealthy.

Forbes on Monday released its annual list of the top 400 richest Americans. While most of the top names and rankings didn't change from a year ago, the majority of the elite club's members saw their fortunes grow over the past year, helped by strong stock and real estate markets.

76. Obama Economic Adviser Leaving, Successor Picked -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will replace Gene Sperling, his chief economic adviser and West Wing workaholic, with Jeffrey Zients, a top aide who has filled in as acting budget director and who led a White House effort to streamline government.

77. AP Exclusive: Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future -

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – You can feel the spirit of George Eastman in Antonio Perez's office.

A picture of Eastman, who founded Kodak in 1880, sits among the current CEO's collection of family photos. The outer areas of Perez's office, built and first inhabited by Eastman about a century ago, include some of Kodak's Oscar and Emmy awards, along with a collection of historic photos. A large portrait of Eastman, who died in 1932, hangs near the entrance.

78. Cooper: ‘False Promises’ Prompted Airline Merger Challenge -

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper said the state joined the U.S. Justice Department and five other states in opposing the proposed $11 billion merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines, because of the state’s experience with past airline mergers.

79. Moore Rejoins Girls Inc. as President/CEO -

Lisa Moore recently joined Girls Inc. of Memphis as president/CEO, returning to the organization where she began her career in the late 1980s. In her new role, Moore said, she will provide leadership and support to equip Girls Inc. of Memphis to effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission of equipping all girls to live strong, smart and bold.

80. Bipartisan Senate Group Pushes Reporter Shield Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday pressed forward with a reporter shield bill that includes new Justice Department guidelines for investigations that involve the media.

81. Senate Panel OKs Bill Banning Anti-Gay Job Bias -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gay rights advocates notched another victory Wednesday after a Senate panel approved a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

82. Downtown Offices Gain Attention -

The Downtown Memphis Commission focuses on living, working and playing Downtown.

Downtown has experienced tremendous success in the living and playing areas over the years, but the “work” part of the equation still needed a boost. So Downtown officials have launched several efforts to bring more workers to the area and promote and capitalize on existing commercial real estate successes.

83. Health Insurers Fear Young People Will Opt Out -

MIAMI (AP) – Dan Lopez rarely gets sick and hasn't been to a doctor in 10 years, so buying health insurance feels like a waste of money.

84. Early Voting on School Districts Tops 1,500 -

Early voting in advance of the July 16 election day referendums on forming suburban school districts topped 1,500 through its first weekend.

A total of 1,530 citizens voted early through Saturday, June 29, with a strong showing Saturday at the three suburban locations that opened that day for the voting period that ends July 11.

85. Five Years in the Life -

Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines has just merged with more than 150 flights a day at Memphis International Airport shifting to the Delta brand. And Delta’s CEO, Richard Anderson, said Memphis would be an integral hub with more traffic.

86. Tennessee GOP Supermajority Struggles to Find Footing -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam began the year by dismissing what he called misguided predictions that the new Republican supermajority in state government would devolve into infighting.

87. AP Survey: Economists See No Stock Market Bubble -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A debate is raging among investors and analysts: Has the Federal Reserve inflated a stock market bubble by driving interest rates to record lows?

The answer, according to economists surveyed by The Associated Press: No.

88. No Vision, No Gifts -

Part one of three-part series on transformational giving. Philanthropy makes front-page news with the announcement of large, transformational gifts. Think Bill Gates. Oprah Winfrey. Warren Buffet. With the news comes the question, “What would it take for us to receive such a gift?” This three-part series seeks to provide insights that can help nonprofits begin a conversation that may itself be transformational.

89. Vanderbilt Poll: Tennesseans Oppose Online Tax -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A majority of Tennesseans oppose the state enforcing online sales taxes, though respondents were split on whether the current system is fair to local businesses, according to a Vanderbilt University poll released Tuesday.

90. AutoZone Beats Forecast in Third Quarter -

AutoZone Inc.’s just-ended fiscal third quarter results show why it’s a rarity among public companies.

The Memphis-based auto parts retailer – the nation’s largest in the sector – is an earnings machine. Net sales were $2.2 billion for the quarter, and profit was up 6.8 percent to $265.6 million. The quarter also included AutoZone’s 27th straight period of double-digit earnings-per-share quarterly growth.

91. Grocery Gadgetry -

Kroger’s Memphis-area shoppers might not have noticed, but the supermarket chain is paying more attention to them these days.

The high-tech proof doesn’t necessarily call attention to itself, but that’s not to say it’s not hidden, either. Television screens mounted near the front of its Memphis stores are a product of Kroger making a big investment a few years ago in new infrared camera technology.

92. Basketball Boon -

Before the Grizzlies began their first-round playoff series with the Clippers in Los Angeles, Dennis Flanagan looked ahead to Game 3, which was to be played on Thursday night, April 25, in Memphis.

93. Dining Out for Life -

Last week we discussed the Memphis Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which is focused on making a positive, and eternal, impact in the arena of athletics. This week let us explore an organization with the mission of helping people affected by HIV/AIDS live well: Friends For Life Corp.

94. Suburban Mayors Preach Patience to Parents -

Suburban leaders are counseling patience among parents of children in their communities who will be part of the coming merger of the county’s two public school systems.

And they will start moving in May on the process of forming municipal school districts for the 2014-2015 school year.

95. Just Cause -

The concept of environmental justice is joining the issue of sustainability in new discussions about planning and the way cities like Memphis should work.

Local and regional planners meet Friday, April 19, at the University of Memphis to talk about “just sustainability” with the Tufts University planner who has been writing about it for the last decade.

96. U of M President Raines Announces Retirement -

Shirley C. Raines is retiring at the end of June after 12 years as president of the University of Memphis.

Raines announced her retirement Monday, April 15. John Morgan, the chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, will name an interim president for the university possibly as early as this week for the transition.

97. City, County Bill for Klan Rally: $175,585 -

The cost to the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments for the massive response to a March 30 Ku Klux Klan rally at the Shelby County Courthouse was $175,585.

The city of Memphis released the expense report on the security precautions Tuesday, April 9, for the effort that sealed off 13 Downtown blocks to vehicles and all foot traffic.

98. Cock Fighting Bill Dead This Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate sponsor of legislation to make cock fighting a felony says he believes his bill failed Monday evening because of strong support for the practice in rural parts of Tennessee.

99. Bill Won’t Allow Student IDs for Voting -

The senator who sponsored a measure to let people show student IDs to cast ballots realized it didn’t have enough votes to pass, so he instead backed a bill that doesn’t allow them to be used.

100. Favors Began Activism Early With Kennedy -

State Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, has one word to describe the state’s proposed school voucher system: rip-off.

The vouchers, as proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam, would allow lower-income students from poorly performing schools to go to any school of their choice.