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1. Wharton Outlines $596 Million Budget Plan, Retiree Health Care Exit -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. warned Tuesday, April 15, that “half measures” in converting city employees to a defined contributions benefits plan would not restore the city’s financial health and resolve an unfunded pension liability of hundreds of millions of dollars.

2. Market Mystery -

Over the last several years, investors ranging from mom-and-pop shops to large hedge funds have been acquiring single-family homes in Memphis at a historic pace.

But determining the long-term impact that investor purchases have made on neighborhoods remains elusive.

3. Walk-In Clinics Rising as Response to ACA -

When the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, medical providers were not sure what to expect.

But four years down the road, it’s evident the ACA has presented some opportunities – not just for patients, but for how care is delivered and, yes, marketed. And that has meant a rise in walk-in clinics nationally and locally.

4. Backlog Backlash -

The first thing Veronica Coleman-Davis wanted to do was take a look at where thousands of untested rape kits had been stored over the last 30 years.

The former U.S. attorney is investigating how the backlog came to be. It’s an effort that, until her appointment in February by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., had been pointed at clearing the backlog with no answers from any of the players in the criminal justice system about how the backlog happened in the first place.

5. Residency Scratches Moore From Commission Ballot -

Less than a month before early voting opens for the Shelby County primary elections, former Shelby County Commissioner Edith Ann Moore is off the ballot in the Democratic primary for commission District 6.

6. McCusker Aims for Criminal Court Clerk -

Michael McCusker is used to the assumptions when the assistant district attorney general tells voters he is running for office this year.

“A lot of people keep saying to me, ‘Wouldn’t judge be a natural progression for you?’ In some respects it would be,” admitted McCusker, who is instead running in the May Democratic primary for Criminal Court clerk.

7. Frierson Joins T-Shirt Champions as Art Director -

Nikki Frierson has joined T-Shirt Champions as art director, where she will oversee the planning and creation of all T-shirt art produced by the company’s graphic design team. Frierson is also currently involved in Leadership Memphis’ FastTrack program, an initiative that teaches emerging, high-profile leaders personal leadership skills and knowledge of the community.

8. Council Weighs Conflicting Liability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

The discussion with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms was aimed at trying to define the specifics of the problem, see if there is agreement on some of the numbers and better explain the differences.

9. Council Weighs Conflicting L:iability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

The discussion with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms was aimed at trying to define the specifics of the problem, see if there is agreement on some of the numbers and better explain the differences.

10. City Council to Dig Into Pension Liability -

The road to a specific solution to the city’s unsustainable pension liability and employee benefits begins Tuesday, March 4, in detailed, technical and complex financial discussions at City Hall that will dominate the committee schedule of the Memphis City Council.

11. Seeking Collaboration -

The debate over which development projects should be public or public-private efforts could intensify in the coming months as the city of Memphis explores multiple redevelopment plans.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said if the city, which is facing strong financial headwinds, hopes to attract investment, it must sometimes help jump-start developments in areas that the private sector may otherwise be hesitant to enter.

12. Democrats Push for Mississippi State Employee Pay Raise -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Democrats say they'll keep trying to give all Mississippi government employees at least a $1,000 pay raise in the coming year, even after several attempts were blocked Wednesday in the Republican-majority House.

13. Gov't Fails to Issue Rules on Musical Instruments -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Busted guitars, mangled cellos, broken banjos, lost lutes — musicians who rely on airlines to get them to performances have seen it all.

Two years ago, Congress stepped in to help, directing the Department of Transportation to write rules to make sure instruments don't get damaged or lost. The rules were due Friday, but the department hasn't even started writing them, citing a lack of money.

14. Gambling Industry Fights Self on Internet Gambling -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Many experts believe online wagering is the future of gambling, but the casino industry is increasingly divided on the issue.

The latest evidence of the split came Monday as the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling launched the first commercial in a six-figure campaign warning of the dangers of legalized Internet gambling. The coalition is emphasizing the possibility that criminals and terrorists may use online gambling to launder money.

15. Tennessee Teachers Push Back on Evaluation Process -

NASHVILLE (AP) – When Tennessee was competing for a half-billion dollars in federal education money, teachers agreed to allow the state to ramp up its use of student test scores for evaluating educators.

16. Lost Pizza to Open in East Memphis in March -

The Lost Pizza Co. is about two months away from opening the first Memphis location for its fast-casual restaurant concept.

17. State of the Union: Of Pledges, Pleas and Setbacks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He'll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved. That's just the reality of a politically divided government.

18. Insurance Through Work? Health Law Affects You Too -

The health care overhaul's reach stretches far beyond the millions of uninsured Americans it is expected to help. It also could touch everything from the drug choices to doctor bills of people who have insurance through work.

19. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

20. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

21. House Approves Government-Wide $1.1 Trillion Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Party leaders pushed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year through the House on Wednesday, shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes with a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and concessions for both parties.

22. Obama Picks Ex-Bank of Israel Head as No. 2 at Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama took a step Friday toward reshaping the Federal Reserve under incoming chairman Janet Yellen, choosing a leading expert on the global economy to be her vice chairman.

23. Pilot Settles Lawsuit With Nashville Company -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – A Nashville trucking firm has settled its lawsuit over rebate fraud by the Pilot Flying J truck stop company owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jim Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

24. 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.

25. City Council Questions Pension Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. plans to ask the Memphis City Council sometime in February or March to close the city’s defined benefits pension plan to new hires and those city employees with less than 10 years of service.

26. Council Opens Unfunded Liability Plan Talks With Questions -

Memphis City Council members again rejected Tuesday, Dec. 17, an increase in the city’s monthly solid waste fee and affirmed a 2.1 percent hike in the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division water rate hike.

27. Editorial: Soulsville’s Progress Right Direction for City -

Much has happened since our last cover story on Soulsville in October 2012, and much remains to be done.

The new residence hall at LeMoyne-Owen College opened this past October and construction is now underway on the Soulsville Foundation’s new multipurpose building.

28. CEOs More Optimistic About Economy and Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A survey of chief executives at the largest U.S. companies shows a growing number are slightly more optimistic about the economy's prospects for the next six months and expect to boost hiring.

29. Latest Federal Internet Gambling Bill Proposes Tax -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – If Congress makes no progress on a national framework for online gambling this session, it won't be for a lack of legislation.

Two lawmakers introduced bills over the summer that would legalize some form of Internet gambling nationwide. Last week, Rep. Jim McDermott, a Democrat from Washington, introduced a bill that would tax federally-sanctioned online wagering.

30. Dot Foods Breaks Ground on Dyersburg Facility -

A windy, cold morning would not keep civic leaders, elected officials and the Dyersburg community from giving a warm welcome to Dot Foods Inc. and its senior managers on Thursday morning as they broke ground on a new home. Company leaders gathered with the Dyersburg community to place the first shovels in the ground for a $24 million distribution center in Dyersburg Industrial Park next to the Nordyne building off Highway 211. The 166,494-square-foot distribution center is scheduled for completion by September 2014 making it the company's ninth distribution center in the United States.

31. Tax Dead Dilemma -

The brick church at 299 Chelsea Ave. in North Memphis shows up in records at the Shelby County Assessor’s office as “vacant land.”

32. Chamber Official: Transportation ‘Huge Part’ of Local Economy -

The Traffic Club of Memphis hosted its monthly luncheon on Tuesday at The Racquet Club of Memphis, welcoming Andre B. Dean, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s vice president of public policy and community affairs, as the guest speaker. The club also held its annual board member elections, with incoming President Carey Treadwell of Dynamex Inc. taking the helm for the next year.

33. ADP: US Companies Add 130,000 Jobs in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A private survey shows U.S. businesses added just 130,000 jobs in October, as the 16-day partial government shutdown slowed an already-weak job market.

Payroll processor ADP also said Wednesday that companies created just 145,000 jobs in September, far below the 166,000 it had reported earlier this month.

34. Fed Leaves Low Interest-Rate Policies Unchanged -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy still needs support from its low interest-rate policies because it is growing only moderately.

In a statement Wednesday after a policy meeting, the Fed said it would keep buying $85 billion a month in bonds to keep long-term interest rates low and encourage borrowing and spending.

35. Industrial Revolution -

Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park was completed in 1967, but it’s only now, four-plus decades later, that the property is finally realizing its full potential.

The 3,500-acre industrial park was developed when Memphis and Shelby County paid roughly $4.5 million to buy the land in the late 1950s after city, county and Port Commission leaders saw the need for a large industrial park following the creation of Presidents Island.

36. We Have to Talk -

THE CYNICAL TRUTH IS, WE JUST CAN’T TALK ABOUT IT. Cynicism about politicians isn’t new.

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office,” Aesop, 2,500 years ago.

37. Officials: New Park Could Put West Tennessee on Map -

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – As a new $80 million Discovery Park of America nears opening day, officials in western Tennessee hope the attraction helps put the area on the tourism map.

Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker told The Paducah Sun that adding the park will allow the area on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line to become a tourism destination. Whitaker says the area combines history, education and entertainment in one experience.

38. Beale Street Deal Would Pay Handy Park Debt -

The settlement of the last remaining item in the bankruptcy petition of Beale Street developer Performa Entertainment hasn’t gone by any of the scripts the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has written and rewritten.

39. Moral Character Wins in Business, Life -

Companies that build teams with strong moral character win. Their teams are happier, perform better and are more successful overall.

This bold claim stems from Jim Loehr, author of the book “The Only Way to Win.” His research, based on his work with 16 world class and “corporate athletes,” shows that the satisfaction we get from achieving extrinsic accomplishments is shallow and fleeting.

40. Office Team Helps Colliers Expand Local Footprint -

As a part of the Colliers International office in Memphis’ growth strategy, the brokerage office has been expanding its presence in the office sector over the past year by adding a new office team consisting of Frazier Baker and Will Barden.

41. US Businesses Worry About a Prolonged Shutdown -

NEW YORK (AP) – As the government's partial shutdown enters a second day, most companies across the country are doing business as usual. Yet concern is rising that a prolonged shutdown would cause some work at private companies to dry up and consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy.

42. US Manufacturing Expands at Best Pace in 2.5 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – US factory activity expanded last month at the fastest pace in 2.5 years, an encouraging sign that manufacturing could lift economic growth and hiring in the coming months.

43. Dodge Default, Defund Obamacare, GOP Leaders Say -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans vowed Wednesday to pass legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown and avoid a historic national default while simultaneously canceling out Obamacare, inaugurating a new round of political brinkmanship as critical deadlines approach.

44. Mary Carter Decorating Center to Grow, Relocate -

A venerable Memphis cake decorating and supply store is moving to a new location on Summer Avenue.

Mary Carter Decorating Center signed a 4,800-square-foot lease in Cloverleaf Shopping Center at 733 N. White Station Road.

45. Southern College of Optometry Wraps Up $9.4 Million Expansion -

Construction and renovations are nearly complete at Southern College of Optometry, which is wrapping up a $9.4 million expansion.

The optometry school will hold a formal dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new academic classroom complex on Friday, Oct. 4, at 12:30 p.m. The ceremony will follow Southern College of Optometry’s all-school convocation at 10 a.m. That celebration honors the achievements of alumni, students, faculty and staff, while welcoming first-year students to the profession with the annual white coat ceremony.

46. Kyle: Lottery Reserve Should Go to College Completion -

State Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis wants to use some of the surplus funds from the Tennessee lottery to pay for more Tennesseans to resume and complete college.

47. ‘Waiting for You’ -

Five days a week, the indefatigable restaurateur whose name customers often shorten to Sue, or Ms. Sue, comes downstairs.

Five days a week, she makes the usual preparations, the kitchen on the floor below where she lives clangs to life, a door is unlocked, and the Little Tea Shop waits for first-timers and hungry regulars to make their way inside, past a large sign out front that greets passers-by with a photo of owner Suhair Lauck.

48. Council Gives Early Approval to Solid Waste Fee -

The Memphis City Council sent a proposed lease of Handy Park on Beale Street back to committee Tuesday, Sept. 3, for more discussion about the details.

And the council approved on the first of three readings a restoration of the city’s solid waste fee to $25.05 a month. But there were conflicting explanations about which part of an overhaul of sanitation services the restoration of the fee is supposed to fund.

49. Pace of US Manufacturing Hit 2-Year Peak in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories expanded last month at the fastest pace since June 2011 on a jump in orders. The report signals that manufacturing output could strengthen in coming months.

50. US Consumer Confidence Rises in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' confidence in the economy inched closer to a 5.5-year high on growing optimism that hiring and wages could pick up in coming months.

The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 81.5 in August. That's up from a revised reading of 81 in July. And it's just below the 82.1 reading in June, which was the highest since January 2008.

51. Tennessee Lawmakers Drafting Hemp Bill -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Two state lawmakers in Tennessee are pointing to Kentucky's recent approval of hemp farming as they push for a similar measure.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Republican Sen. Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains is drafting a bill with Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden, and they plan to introduce the measure in next year's legislative session.

52. Memphis Firm Keeps Cities From Fiscal Cliff -

A Memphis-based independent professional services firm has added a service to its client offerings that’s intended to help keep municipalities away from the financial precipice and avoid the fate of places like Detroit, which in recent weeks filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

53. Medical Mergers -

In January, The Medical Group, an adult internal medicine practice in Germantown with seven physicians: Drs. Todd Overby, Alison Pomykala, Richard Jordan, Terinell Beaver, Steven Wener, Mark Castellaw and Dana Wright sold to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. after being independent since 1956.

54. Shelby County Mortgages Show Nearly 4 Percent Gain -

The mortgage market is starting to get interesting, in a manner of speaking. Earlier this month, interest rates for mortgages rose in what was described as the largest one-day jump in at least 10 years, according to Mortgage News Daily. That in large part stemmed from the Federal Reserve, which has been snatching up $85 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities a month.

55. Bumper Crop -

Unless you see the signs, it is hard to tell when you have crossed the Tennessee-Mississippi state line where Fayette County, Tenn., meets Marshall County, Miss., not too far from the southern city limits of Collierville.

56. Strickland, Conrad Warn of Budget Pitfalls -

When most of the 13 people on the Memphis City Council began their service in 2008, the city’s property tax rate was $3.43 and rolling back that rate was a priority of a voting majority on the body.

57. Fed Suggests It's Closer to Slowing Bond Purchases -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Ben Bernanke ended weeks of speculation Wednesday by saying the Federal Reserve will likely slow its bond-buying program later this year and end it next year if the economy continues to improve.

58. Old Ads Still Funny -

Cleaning off a shelf, I came across the 2005 issue of “Uncle John’s Fast-Acting, Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader.” This series, by the way, has been around for a quarter-century now, and I’m long overdue to order the 2012 issue: the “Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader.”

59. City Budget Woes Affect 400 Employees -

The numbers at play so far in the Memphis City Council’s long budget season are big.

Council members tallied $24.4 million in city operating budget cuts Tuesday, June 18, in a marathon seven-hour session before an overflow crowd of angry city employees.

60. US Chief Executives Optimistic About Hiring -

Chief executives for the largest U.S. companies are more optimistic about sales over the next six months and plan to add more workers.

The Business Roundtable said Wednesday that its April-June quarterly survey found 32 percent of its members expect to expand payrolls in the next six months. That’s up from 29 percent in the January-March survey. And 78 percent expect their sales to increase. That’s up from 72 percent from the previous survey.

61. Government Largesse -

These days, it seems like office real estate brokers are fighting tooth and nail to find office space for government tenants.

While office brokers are typically chasing new business to town or urging existing firms to grow, they’re now looking for office space for government agencies, which have emerged as prominent players in the local office real estate sector.

62. US Government Collecting Huge Number of Phone Records -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.

63. Budget Reset Talks Lead to Fresh Drama -

The Memphis City Hall budget drama turned from a budget reset into a political thicket Tuesday, June 4, as Memphis City Council members debated getting involved in the details of changing employee and retiree benefits.

64. Between Economy and Trouble, Obama Approval Steady -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy is recovering, the White House is dealing with multiple controversies, and President Barack Obama appears generally unaffected either way.

He's getting no significant uptick in approval from gains in housing, jobs and the stock market. Likewise, he has so far seen no downtick from the recent storms over the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS and a leak investigation that has swept up the phone records of Associated Press journalists.

65. Critical State Report Remakes City Budget -

An April report from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury critical of city finances threw the budget season at City Hall into remake mode Tuesday, May 21.

The bottom line for the budget is a remediation plan that will increase the city’s long term debt, force the city to use its reserves, and take reserves below the 10 percent level considered key with bond-rating agencies.

66. Thomas & Betts Donates $1 Million -

Thomas & Betts Corp. executives marked one year since the acquisition of the Memphis-based power and electric utility devices company by ABB Group of Zurich Thursday, May 9, with three contributions from both. The contributions, totaling $1 million, went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Memphis Development Foundation.

67. Thomas & Betts Donates $1 Million -

Thomas & Betts Corp. executives marked one year since the acquisition of the Memphis-based power and electric utility devices company by ABB Group of Zurich Thursday, May 9, with three contributions from both. The contributions, totaling $1 million, went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Memphis Development Foundation.

68. Thomas & Betts - ABB Donate $1 Million -

Thomas & Betts Corporation executives marked one year since the acquisition of the Memphis-based power and electric utility devices company by ABB Group of Zurich Thursday, May 9, with three contributions from both totaling $1 million to St. Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Memphis Development Foundation.

69. Haslams Try to Halt Fallout From FBI Raid on Pilot -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's Haslam family is furiously trying to control the damage following a federal investigation into the family business that could threaten to unravel decades of growing wealth and influence that spans business, sports and politics in the state and beyond.

70. Pilot Flying J Raid Focuses on Incentive Practices -

NASHVILLE (AP) – When Pilot, the country's largest truck stop chain, bought its nearest competitor Flying J out of bankruptcy in 2009, federal trade officials worried the combined entity owned by the powerful Haslam family could corner the market on diesel fuel.

71. Marx-Bensdorf Prides Itself on Strong Independent Spirit -

A small, boutique real estate agency sees longevity as its strength rather than its worth to larger companies looking for acquisition targets.

And Marx-Bensdorf Realtors remained strong through the recession by staying out from under other people’s umbrellas.

72. Garden Party -

Tony Bennett, Robert Plant and Foreigner are among the top-drawing acts performing at Memphis Botanic Garden during the Live at the Garden 2013 concert season, which kicks off June 1.

73. Commission to Consider Residency Ballot Item -

Shelby County Commissioners take a final vote Monday, April 1, on a referendum ordinance that would do away with county government’s residency requirement for employment.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

74. Wonderstone Worth Wait -

Since writing about magician David Kwong last November, I’ve been waiting for “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” to come out. David’s listed as one of the film’s two magic consultants at IMDB, though I saw three names in the film’s credits. I enjoyed the film on the day it was released, and now I’m watching the reviews roll in on Rotten Tomatoes.

75. Strong Auto Output Boosts US Factory Production -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A strong increase in auto output boosted U.S. factory production last month, the latest sign that manufacturing is helping drive economic growth after lagging for much of 2012.

76. Fed Study Supports Community Banking -

A new study out from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis underscores one reason most banks in the Memphis area are smaller, community institutions.

77. Kyle Gives Democrats Voice in GOP-Dominated Senate -

State Sen. Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, the Democratic leader of the Senate, sees things at the legislature these days he does not like.

78. Commissioner Discusses Department of Children’s Services Improvements -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The man who took over Tennessee's embattled child welfare agency said Tuesday he's addressing problems that have plagued it for years, including having staffers personally call him when a child death is reported.

79. Obama Presses On With GOP Charm Offensive -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama pressed on with his Republican charm offensive Thursday, holding a White House lunch with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan in an effort to soften the ground for potential talks on a long-term deficit reduction deal.

80. Five Big Ideas: Powering Your Business -

As Jim Collins explains in “Great by Choice,” all business leaders are bombarded with both great luck and bad breaks. The smartest CEOs learn not to squander sudden opportunities and figure out how to turn dismal news to their advantage – multiplying the benefits of whatever hand they’re dealt. Maximizing your “ROL” (Return on Luck) should be top of your list, every day. But your ROL is just part of the picture. Here are four more ideas that will help you achieve great results in 2013 and beyond.

81. Strickland, Carson Given Dunavant Honors -

Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland remembers putting on his tie in front of a mirror this month after learning he won the Bobby Dunavant Public Service Award.

82. Department of Children's Services Officials Promise Fixes -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The officials now heading up the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services say they’re seeking swift, but deliberate solutions to problems that have plagued the agency.

83. MERI, Fire Department Assist Facilities With Disaster Relief -

The Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI) and the Memphis Fire Department are working with local long-term care nursing and other direct care staff to care for the elderly in the event of fire, tornado and flood-related emergencies.

84. J-Line Pump Growing in Collierville -

A local pumping equipment manufacturer is increasing its presence in the Collierville market. 

J-Line Pump Co., doing business as American-Marsh Pumps, bought the 81,260-square-foot warehouse on 12.4 acres at 550 E. South St. for $1.4 million. This will be in addition to the adjoining 110,000-square-foot warehouse at 185 Progress Road the company has occupied since 1999.

85. Ramsey Steered to the Right by Harvey, Reagan -

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has one issue that has drawn little attention that he wants to pass through this session of the legislature: redrawing the state’s judicial districts.

86. Strickland, Carson Named Dunavant Award Winners -

Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland and Shelby County Jury Commissioner Clyde ‘Kit’ Carson have been named the winners of the 2013 Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards.

87. Tennessee Child Agency Head Quits as Deaths Questioned -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services resigned Tuesday amid scrutiny of how her agency was handling cases of children who died after investigations of abuse and neglect.

88. Ravens’ Cox Long Snaps Way Into Anonymity -

There’s more than one way to reach the big game.

For Briarcrest Christian School graduate Michael Oher, his journey was storybook and he’ll start on the offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Feb. 3, when they play the San Francisco 49ers at the Superdome in New Orleans.

89. Local Politicians Split on Fiscal Cliff Bill -

There was only one vote for the American Taxpayer Relief bill Tuesday, Jan. 1, among the nine Tennesseans who represent the state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, said he wasn’t happy with all of the agreement but voted for it because of the tax cuts it maintained.

90. Trains Carrying More Oil Across US Amid Boom -

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse – the locomotive – to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand.

91. No Deal in Sight as Deadline for Fiscal Deal Nears -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A last-gasp effort Thursday to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts got off on the same convulsive, partisan tone that marked congressional attempts to resolve the impasse before lawmakers left Washington to go home for Christmas.

92. Ford Jr. Ready for Ascent to City Council Chairman -

If you didn’t know that Edmund Ford Jr. teaches mathematics, there would be clues.

He can almost sense a percentage that is wrong and he prefers not to “ballpark” numbers.

The precise numbers are part of the story of his entry into politics.

93. Council Approves City Tax Collections By Trustee -

The Shelby County Trustee’s office will collect property taxes for the city of Memphis under an interlocal agreement approved Tuesday, Dec. 18, by the Memphis City Council.

The agreement negotiated between Trustee David Lenoir and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. comes after several decades of attempts on both sides of the city-county governments divide at such an arrangement.

94. Fiscal Cliff Efforts Ongoing, Boehner Offers Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pushed ahead on negotiating a broad deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," even as the GOP leader readied a backup plan Tuesday to pressure the White House with little time left to avoid a double hit on the economy.

95. Good News -

There’s something newly electric in the air. That’s how the editors of National Geographic Traveler describe Memphis, putting the city in the category of 20 must-see places in 2013.

It’s a description that came at the end of November in the form of something Memphians aren’t altogether used to – the editors of national publications nodding approvingly from afar at a city long relegated to one arbitrary ranking after another.

96. Maximizing Your Return on Luck -

Hunkering down in year-end strategic planning sessions, you are probably thinking about what’s next for the economy and how that will affect your business.

Slow down. You should be laser focused on maximizing what Jim Collins, in his book “Great by Choice,” calls your “return on luck” – one of the most important business concepts ever articulated.

97. High-Stakes Game -

At week’s end, International Paper Co. appeared ready to move forward with officially applying for a package of tax incentives as part of a plan to expand the company’s headquarters in the city.

98. High-Stakes Game -

At week’s end, International Paper Co. appeared ready to move forward with officially applying for a package of tax incentives as part of a plan to expand the company’s headquarters in the city.

99. Become Great by Choice -

There are those who continually improve their knowledge and skills and have accumulated 30 years experience. And then there are those who simply repeat their initial year of experience 30 times, learning very little along the way.

100. 'Fiscal Cliff' Worries Pressure Oil Prices -

The price of oil is lower as traders look for signs of progress in negotiations over U.S. budget issues.

Benchmark oil dropped 88 cents, or 1 percent, to $86.31 per barrel in New York.

Oil has traded in a narrow range this month as cautious investors await the outcome of budget talks in Washington. Without an agreement, huge tax hikes and spending cuts will take effect Jan. 1 that economists say could push the U.S. into a recession. And would mean less demand for oil and other energy products.