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1. With No Real Rival, Tennessee Republicans Attack Their Own -

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

Elected political leaders of the same stripe found themselves at odds this year over the Bible as a state book, Common Core education standards and Insure Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to catch 280,000 people in a medical coverage gap.

2. Barbic To Leave Achievement School District -

The founding superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District is leaving the post at the end of the calendar year, citing the pace of the reform work as well as the need to sustain the work of the schools.

3. Tennessee’s ‘Fighting 26’ Democrats Work to Stay Relevant -

Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?

When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s market-based plan to use federal dollars to catch 280,000 working people in a health care coverage gap, they found themselves alone.

4. Former Mayor Purcell Traces Nashville Transformation to 1978 Election -

Former Mayor Bill Purcell lived through the transition from the good old boys who ran Nashville to the “new Nashville,” in which a displaced Yankee became mayor in 1991 and began the type of forward-thinking, executive-style leadership that has propelled Nashville to skyline-shattering status on the national stage.

5. Boner, Fate and the Summer of Shame -

Phil Bredesen knew what he was trying to do. He just didn’t know if he could accomplish it.

“I had this sense that Nashville was ready for change,” says the former Metro mayor and Tennessee governor, reflecting on his early motivation for taking on the system that had run Nashville for decades.

6. Special Action on Same-Sex Nuptials a Waste of Time -

With Republican lawmakers scrambling for a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling, Tennesseans on both sides of the issue say they are seeking "equality."

Immediately after the court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville said, "Love and equality won. I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled on the right side of history."

7. Senate, House Look to Update Bush-Era Education Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's something most Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree on — an update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law is much needed and long overdue.

8. Piano-Playing Senator's Latest Tune: New Education Policy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?

In Sen. Lamar Alexander's case, he sits down at a borrowed piano in his Capitol Hill office and, with a grin, bangs out "The Memphis Blues."

9. Southern Heritage Defined Differently Across Tennessee -

Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.

10. US Court Agrees Apple Violated Antitrust Law in E-Book Entry -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple violated antitrust laws by colluding with publishers to raise electronic book prices when it entered a market in 2010 that had been dominated by Amazon.com, a divided federal appeals court panel said Tuesday.

11. React: Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling -

A divided U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Here is a roundup of local reaction to the landmark ruling.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam:

12. Test Score Results Show Gains in All High School Subjects -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State education officials say they're taking steps to address reading test scores that have remained relatively flat in early grade levels over the past five years.

13. Trade Bill Clears Senate Hurdle, At Brink of Final Passage -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate pushed bipartisan trade legislation to the brink of final approval Tuesday in a combined effort by President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders to rescue a measure that appeared all but dead less than two weeks ago.

14. ‘If It’s on His Mind, You’re Going to Know It’ -

The state legislature’s vote this year to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee raised eyebrows among believers and nonbelievers statewide.

Although the bill passed the House of Representatives, it was tabled by the Senate following questions about its constitutionality and opposition from the governor, other elected officials and community leaders statewide.

15. Tennessee State Employees Slighted by 'Voluntary' Buyout -

More and more, Tennessee’s state employees are feeling the same harsh realities of those working – or formerly working – in corporate America.

On the heels of 1,500 buyouts under the Bredesen administration in 2008 and 850 layoffs in 2010, Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration is offering voluntary buyouts to more than 2,000 employees in the executive branch.

16. Stones’ Nashville Connections Go Way Back -

While Brad Paisley lives what he calls “a bucket list item” by singing while playing his guitar in typically showy fashion as the opening act for The Rolling Stones, the most important guitarist in rock ‘n’ roll history and a man idolized by Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood will be sitting in his house on Blueberry Hill in the hills of northern Davidson County.

17. Haslam Calls on Locals to Influence 'Changing Legislature' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday issued an appeal to officials from Tennessee cities and towns to help influence what he described as a "changing" state Legislature less concerned with the interests of traditional institutions.

18. Snapshot: Memphis-Based Public Companies -

Here's a look at what's going on at the dozen public companies headquartered in Memphis:

AutoZone Inc.

AutoZone Inc. is one of the largest auto parts retailers and distributors in the U.S., with a store count of 5,476 as of Feb. 14. Since 1998, the company has repurchased $15.7 billion worth of its own shares. At the end of March, AutoZone continued its share buyback program with the authorization to buy back another $750 million in company stock. The company followed that news with plans to pursue a $650 million debt offering to be used for “general corporate purposes.” – Andy Meek

19. Stock-Buyback Programs Hit Record Pace -

If this was a poker game, it could be said that American companies are doubling down – repurchasing their own stock at a record pace instead of betting on new, outside investments.

TrimTabs Investment Research calculated that companies had announced plans to buy back $133 billion of their own stock in April. That was a new monthly high.

20. Ramsey Uses ‘System’ to Reshape State’s Political Landscape -

Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey laughs at the notion he’s changed since being elected to the Legislature 23 years ago, that he’s lost touch with the common man or become “arrogant” as lieutenant governor of Tennessee.

21. Media Heads Rule Ranks of Best-Paid CEOs -

NEW YORK (AP) – They're not Hollywood stars, they're not TV personalities and they don't play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league.

Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press.

22. AutoZone Reports Quarterly Revenue, Earnings Increase -

AutoZone Inc. reported Tuesday morning a 35th consecutive three-month period of double-digit earnings per share growth.

23. Editorial: Overton Square History Tells Story of Aspirations -

It’s easy to forget when you see all of the smiling faces in the old photos. They don’t seem to have a care in the world.

But Memphis was far from perfect when Overton Square opened for business in 1970.

24. Want a Great-Paying Job? Here’s the Deal -

Want a new career with nearly unlimited upside potential? One that will have employers beating down your door?

Uncle Sam wants you – to join the technology workforce.

Nationwide, skilled tech workers are in short supply, with more than half a million jobs going unfilled. And in Tennessee, where the rapidly expanding economy has companies competing for every qualified worker, the state is going to great lengths to train people in sought-after tech skills – footing the entire bill, in some cases, for adults willing to retool their careers.

25. Small, Midsize SUVs Drive April Auto Sales Gains -

Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all reported U.S. sales gains.

Several of the companies reported their best April totals in years. Overall, sales were mostly in line with analysts’ predictions of a 6 percent increase compared with a year ago. All automakers were scheduled to report sales on Friday.

26. Students Not Giving Up on Tuition Equality -

Tennessee students without citizenship say they’ll continue the battle for in-state tuition in 2016 after a measure to help them overcome the financial hurdle of out-of-state tuition barely failed on the House floor.

27. New State Chair Wants All-GOP Legislature -

With more than six years of experience in the House of Representatives, Knoxville Republican Ryan Haynes is leaving the post to take on a new job: Tennessee Republican Party chairman.

28. AutoZone Executives Talk Up Growth Prospects -

AutoZone chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes doesn’t often participate in investor roadshows.

The meetings between a company’s executives and analysts who cover that company’s stock can serve up insights not always found during the more formal question-and-answer sessions that accompany earnings presentations.

29. Memphis & The Law -

Over the long life of the city’s legal community, Court Square has been a place where attorneys and judges come together outside the courtroom and their law practices.

In many cases, it’s a chance encounter since no court has ever met in Court Square – despite its name and the intent of those who drew up the plan for Memphis nearly 200 years ago.

30. Memphis & The Law -

Before there was Law Week, there was Law Day.

The observance by the Memphis Bar Association as well as bar associations and attorneys across the country was created in the mid-1950s as a way of promoting the legal community and its impact.

31. Congress OKs Bill Reshaping Medicare Doctors' Fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservatives hated that it's expected to swell federal deficits over the coming decade. Liberals complained that it shortchanged health programs for children and women.

32. This Year's Fight for the Tech Industry: Patent Trolls -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated its patented technology.

33. Injuries Slow Development of Vols Defensive Players -

Tennessee football fans might want to look past the defensive lineup for the Orange & White Spring Game. It will bear little resemblance to the unit that will start the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 5 at Nashville’s LP Field.

34. Bill Would Make Bible Official State Book of Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Despite concerns that giving the holy Bible the same status as a salamander is a little tawdry and could be unconstitutional, Tennessee lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to make it the official state book – something at least two other states have failed to do.

35. County Budget Proposal Includes $6 Million Dilemma -

Some of the numbers crucial to the bottom line of Shelby County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year are still expected with about four months left in the fiscal year.

But at the outset of county commission budget hearings that begin Wednesday, April 8, here’s what the dollar figures look like.

36. Polishing the Diamond -

Paul Brehm is a baseball fan and the co-owner of a trucking company. On any given night, he personally represents one click through the AutoZone Park turnstile, if you want to think in those terms, but he has the capacity to increase that number several times over.

37. What Better Place for an NRA Convention? -

When the National Rifle Association announced that it would hold its 2015 convention in Nashville, the timing was propitious.

In 2010, gun sales and handgun permits were booming, and Tennessee had just enacted a controversial and contested new “guns in bars” law that allowed people with handgun permits to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

38. AutoZone Authorizes $750 Million Stock Repurchase -

AutoZone Inc. announced this week it was boosting its share repurchase program yet again with the authorization of $750 million to repurchase shares of the company’s common stock.

39. AutoZone Authorizes $750M For Stock Repurchase -

AutoZone Inc. announced this week it was boosting its share repurchase program yet again with the authorization of $750 million to repurchase shares of the company’s common stock.

40. US Home Sales Rebound Slightly in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Slightly more Americans bought homes in February, but tight inventories, affordability problems and nasty winter weather point to sluggish sales in the coming few months.

41. Middle Tennessee Mayors Push for Gas Tax Increase -

A lot has changed in Middle Tennessee’s cities, towns and communities since 1990. Tennessee’s fuel tax has not.

The Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus met at the end of 2014 and took a hard look at how the state’s gas and fuel tax, which provides funding for transportation improvement, is stuck in 1990. Meanwhile, mayors are dealing with the realities of serving a fast-growing and booming region in 2015.

42. Wave of New Retail Construction Boosts Contractors -

Retail development in the Memphis area is booming in what construction and retail officials describe as the most active period for retail construction since the recession, with everything from a massive outlet mall in Southaven to grocery stores and smaller, traditional retail centers going up.

43. Desperate Families Plead for Cannabis Oil -

Josie Mae Mathes had her first birthday recently, but because she suffers from childhood epilepsy and infantile spasms, she’s so medicated she can barely move.

44. Auto Industry Slows for Bad Weather, But Stays on Course -

DETROIT (AP) – February threw snowstorms and other roadblocks at the auto industry, but U.S. sales of new cars and trucks are still poised to hit their highest level in more than a decade this year.

45. UT Board of Trustees Endorses Plan for Big Changes at School -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Faced with a projected $377 million funding gap over 10 years, the University of Tennessee has put together a plan that could mean some tough choices ahead for the school and its students.

46. Haslam Wary of Gas Tax Hike -

Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.

After floating the possibility of raising the tax in December, the Republican governor appears to be changing course, in part because of his loss in a Senate committee on Insure Tennessee, the Medicaid expansion alternative that failed to make debate in the full House or Senate.

47. ‘Government’s Too Big and People are Sick of It’ -

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is an enigma of the modern civil servant, a career politician who doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. He thinks he’s paid too much (his salary is state mandated) and brings it up often in interviews with the media.

48. Student Debt, Rising Rents Take Bite Out of Real Estate Market -

Hefty student loans are a major stumbling block for young Americans as they try to buy their first home, a National Association of Realtors’ annual survey shows.

In spite of an improved job market and low interest rates in 2014, the number of first-time homebuyers dipped to 33 percent, down 5 percent from the previous year and the lowest since the National Association of Realtors began tracking the rate in 1981.

49. 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.

50. Haslam on Statewide Tour to Tout Insure Tennessee -

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

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

51. UAW ‘Considers Itself a Partner’ With GM -

General Motors’ Spring Hill plant is firmly entrenched with the United Auto Workers.

In fact, it might not have retooled and started assembling vehicles again without the union’s efforts.

52. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

53. 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.

54. Tennessee Named Top State for Economic Development -

A leading national publication focused on site selection and economic development has named Tennessee its 2014 State of the Year for a second consecutive year.

Tennessee becomes the first state to win the Business Facilities magazine award for economic development efforts in back-to-back years and the first state to win the designation three times.

55. Tennessee Named Top State for Economic Development -

A leading national publication focused on site selection and economic development has named Tennessee its 2014 State of the Year for a second consecutive year.

Tennessee becomes the first state to win the Business Facilities magazine award for economic development efforts in back-to-back years and the first state to win the designation three times.

56. Evolving Identity -

Some of the most telling views of Memphis are the ones many of us see for only seconds at a time as we drive on viaducts that take us and our cars just above the treetops and rooftops of older neighborhoods interrupted by the roadways.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. 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?

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. 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:

77. 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.

78. 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.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. 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.

82. 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.

83. ‘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.

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. ‘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.

96. 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.

97. ‘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.”

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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.