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1. FBI: Too Soon to Know if Chattanooga Gunman Was Radicalized -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Chattanooga gunman who killed five U.S. troops acted alone without help from anyone else, and investigators are treating him as a "homegrown violent extremist," the FBI said Wednesday.

2. Unemployment Fell in 21 US States in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell last month in 21 U.S. states and were unchanged in 17, as widespread job growth and a shrinking workforce reduce the ranks of those out of work.

3. Google Shareholders Revel in Record 1-Day Windfall of $65.1 Billion -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's stock roared out of a long slumber Friday to produce the biggest shareholder windfall in U.S. history as investors rewarded the Internet company for promising to curb its spending on risky projects.

4. Digital Diaspora -

The ubiquitous connectivity that permeates today's workplace is having a profound effect on company cultures, most notably in the digitally-fueled diaspora unfolding in which employees can work from just about anywhere.

5. Fed Survey Finds Economic Growth in All Regions of US -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy was expanding in all regions of the country in the late spring, aided by strong sales of autos and other consumer goods.

In its latest survey of business conditions, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday that some of its regions reported that lower energy prices were encouraging consumers to shop and eat out more. Growing sales of homes and commercial real estate also boosted the economy.

6. House Scraps Vote on Confederate Flag in Federal Cemeteries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House scrapped a vote on permitting the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries – including four in Tennessee – on Thursday, a retreat under fire that only escalated a ferocious attack by Democrats complaining the banner celebrates a murderous, racist past.

7. It’s the Law -

THE LAW, AND I QUOTE. Oh, the outrage! Across the nation, people have reacted to the laws passed and validated by the courts, their liberty threatened, the Constitution violated, the republic at risk.

8. Fed Officials Still Cautious in June About Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers last month saw signs that the economy was healing after its winter slump but still wanted more signs of improvement before they began raising interest rates.

9. Regulators Fine JPMorgan $136 Million for Debt Collection Practices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – JPMorgan Chase will pay $136 million to settle charges that it used illegal tactics to go after delinquent credit card borrowers, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Wednesday.

10. A Baseball Guy -

Bottom of the first inning at AutoZone Park, and Redbirds first baseman Dan Johnson is in the batter’s box. Oklahoma City’s pitcher winds and delivers and Johnson, a left-handed hitter, swings and makes contact. Loud contact.

11. Insure Tennessee Path Still Facing Many Turns -

There’s a move in Nashville for a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly, but it would have nothing to do with the February special session on Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal.

12. A Zoo With a View Toward Conservation -

Two western lowland gorilla babies were born at the Knoxville Zoo in June. Around the same time, a rare snake and an equally rare piglike little thing made their debuts, as well.

Few things are cuter than baby animals, and they can be quite a draw when the public can view them.

13. 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.

14. Boosting Overtime: Obama Calls for Broader Coverage -

WASHINGTON (AP) – They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.

15. Study Finds Merit In Youth Villages' Transitional Program -

Youth Villages’ 17-year-old transition program for children aging out of the foster care system at age 18 improved participants’ outcomes in housing stability, economic well-being, and employment and earnings, according to a new clinical study by nonprofit research organization MDRC.

16. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Controversial Execution Drug -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

17. Audio Overkill? Some Question Benefits of 'High-Res' Music -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes.

It's a digital format that packs nearly seven times the data found on CDs, touted as producing crystal-clear sounds with a sharpness that'll blow consumers away. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that's the high end of what's known as "high-resolution" audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music compressed into formats like MP3s or Apple's AAC.

18. Former Vanderbilt Players in Rape Case Released From Jail -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two former Vanderbilt football players who were convicted in January of raping an unconscious fellow student and jailed have been released on bond.

Melinda McDowell, spokeswoman for the Metro Nashville Jail, said Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were released Wednesday.

19. 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.

20. I Survived Disneyland -

I must’ve been out of my mind. How else to explain an anti-Disney person deciding to travel two time zones to visit Disneyland, just days after the official kickoff of the madness of the 60th anniversary celebration?

21. Michigan Investor Pays $7.5 Million for Hickory Hill Apartments -

5995 Waterstone Oak Way
Memphis, TN
Sale Amount: $7.5 million

Sale Date: June 11, 2015
Buyer: RoCo-Lakes LLC
Seller: RRE Waterstone Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $6.2 million
Loan Date: June 11, 2015
Maturity Date: June 11, 2017
Lender: Keybank NA
Details: RoCo-Lakes LLC, a Michigan limited liability company, purchased two parcels comprising The Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments on June 11.

22. Unemployment Rates Rose in Half of US States Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates rose in 25 U.S. states last month, driven higher in many cases by more people who began looking for work but didn't immediately find jobs.

Rates fell in 9 states and Washington, D.C., and were unchanged in 16 states, the Labor Department said Friday.

23. Memphis Music Attractions Take 3 of Top 5 Spots in Poll -

The results of USA Today 10Best’s latest poll have confirmed something Memphians already know: Memphis rocks.

Three local attractions – Graceland, Sun Studio and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music – were among the 20 nominees up for “Best Musical Attraction.” After four weeks of voting, all three made it into the top five, with Graceland winning by a landslide, according to the results released Friday, June 12.

24. FedEx Records $2.2 Billion Pension Accounting Charge -

FedEx Corp. has changed accounting procedures for its pension plan in order to provide a more timely view of the plan’s performance.

25. Self-Tucker Designs Green Center at T.O. Fuller -

T.O. Fuller State Park in Southwest Memphis was the first state park opened for African Americans east of the Mississippi River and just the second park of its type across the country.

The 1,138-acre park, originally built to house African Americans during the Great Depression, was designated Shelby County Negro Park in 1938. The name was changed to T.O. Fuller State Park in 1942 in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller, a prominent African American educator who spent most of his life empowering and educating black Americans during the era of racial segregation by law.

26. AT&T Hit With $100 Million Fine for 'Unlimited' Data Plans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – AT&T Mobility LLC has been slapped with a record $100 million fine for offering consumers "unlimited" data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they reached a certain amount.

27. Hickory Hill Retirement Home Sells for $1.2 Million -

FLH Assisted Living Residences LP, a Tennessee limited partnership based in Collierville, purchased the Franklin Park retirement home located at 3393 Kirby Road in Hickory Hill on June 11 for $1.2 million.

28. FDA Tells Food Industry to Phase Out Artificial Trans Fats -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Popular foods like pie crusts, frostings and microwave popcorn will be largely rid of artery-clogging trans fats after a decision by the Obama administration to phase them out over the next three years.

29. Memphis Music Attractions Take 3 of Top 5 Spots in Poll -

The results of USA Today 10Best’s latest poll have confirmed something Memphians already know: Memphis rocks.

Three local attractions – Graceland, Sun Studio and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music – were among the 20 nominees up for “Best Musical Attraction.” After four weeks of voting, all three made it into the top five, with Graceland winning by a landslide, according to the results released Friday, June 12.

30. Hops Growers Rush To Meet Rising Demand From Craft Brewers -

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) – These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.

31. FedEx Records $2.2 Billion Pension Accounting Charge -

FedEx Corp. will take a $2.2 billion charge as it changes pension accounting methods.

The Memphis-based company, which said the changes will provide a more timely view of the pension plan’s performance, will record the estimated $2.2 billion non-cash, pretax charge for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

32. FedEx Records $2.2 Billion Pension Accounting Charge -

FedEx Corp. will take a $2.2 billion charge as it changes pension accounting methods.

The Memphis-based company, which said the changes will provide a more timely view of the pension plan’s performance, will record the estimated $2.2 billion non-cash, pretax charge for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

33. Whitehaven Motel Sells for $1.5 Million -

Springbrook Hospitality LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, purchased the America’s Best Value Inn & Suites located at 1360 Springbrook Avenue on June 2.

34. Del-Nat Sells Warehouse, Newby’s Makes A Comeback -

Del-Nat Tire Co. has unloaded a 500,000-square-foot warehouse in Southwest Memphis.

Sunhill Holdings LLC acquired the warehouse at 2365 Texas Drive for $6 million from Del-Nat Realty.

35. NTSB: Amtrak Engineer Wasn't Talking, Texting on Cellphone -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The engineer in last month's fatal Amtrak crash wasn't using his cellphone to talk, text or download anything just before the train sped off the tracks, investigators said Wednesday, addressing one big question about what might have caused the accident but only deepening the mystery of what did.

36. Whitehaven Motel Sells for $1.5 Million -

Springbrook Hospitality LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, purchased the America’s Best Value Inn & Suites located at 1360 Springbrook Avenue on June 2.

37. Finding SoCal Vibe in Carlsbad -

The Carlsbad experience is as simple as waking up one morning to enjoy a run along scenic California Highway 1 as surfers ride their bikes to the beach to catch a few waves before work in nearby San Diego.

38. Solana Senior Living Facility Sells for $65.5 Million -

8199 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $65.5 million

Sale Date: May 27, 2015

39. Wal-Mart Keeps It All in the Family, Chair Passed to Penner -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart is passing the chairmanship of the world's largest retailer from the eldest son of late founder Sam Walton to a third generation.

The company said that board Chairman Rob Walton will step down and be succeeded by Vice Chairman Greg Penner, who is his son-in-law.

40. LYFE Kitchen Pays $3M For East Memphis Spot -

LYFE Kitchen has purchased its East Memphis location from a division of Memphis-based Carlisle Corp.

LYFE bought the restaurant at 6201 Poplar Ave. from Wendelta Property Holdings LLC for $3 million, according to a May 29 warranty deed.

41. Better Catch Schwarber While He’s Still a Smokie -

SEVIERVILLE – Tennessee Smokies catcher Kyle Schwarber didn’t waste any time catching the attention of the Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon during spring training.

It was March 5, Schwarber’s 22nd birthday, and the Cubs were playing San Francisco. Schwarber came to bat for the first time in spring training with the bases loaded against Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.

42. Apple Watch: Soon Available for Sale in Stores -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Soon you'll be able to buy an Apple Watch like you'd buy most other watches – in a store.

Two months after Apple began taking online orders for its newest product, the company said Thursday it plans to begin selling some models in its retail stores in two weeks. Apple also said it's cutting through a backlog of online orders, with most watches ordered by end of May shipping within two weeks.

43. The Solana Germantown Bought for $65.5 Million -

An affiliate of a Fortune 500 real estate investment trust has bought a senior living facility in Germantown for nearly $65.5 million.

HCP Germantown LLC, an affiliate of health care-focused real estate investment trust HCP, bought The Solana Germantown facility at 8199 Poplar Ave. in Germantown from FSP-Germantown, an affiliate of Brookdale Senior Living, according to a May 27 warranty deed.

44. Tesla Motors Co-Founder Wants to Electrify Commercial Trucks -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Twelve years ago, Ian Wright and some fellow engineers launched Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley company that has helped jumpstart the market for electric cars.

45. More Older Americans are Being Buried by Housing Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Al and Saundra Karp have found an unconventional way to raise money and help save their Miami-area home from foreclosure: They're lining up gigs for their family jazz band.

46. The Cheesecake Factory to Open This Winter -

After months of remaining quiet, The Cheesecake Factory is acknowledging it will open a restaurant in Memphis this year.

The company’s website said the California-based restaurant chain will open the Memphis location in the winter of 2015 and that it is currently searching for an individual to manage the restaurant “located in Wolfchase, near Memphis, TN.”

47. Why a Shrinking Economy Last Quarter Isn't Cause for Fear -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another first quarter of the year. Another reversal for the U.S. economy. Another expectation of a rebound to come.

On Friday, the government will likely estimate that the economy shrank in the January-March quarter for a second straight year, depressed by brutal weather, a reeling energy sector and an export slump caused by a higher-valued dollar.

48. Cheesecake Factory to Open This Winter -

After months of remaining quiet, The Cheesecake Factory is acknowledging it will open a restaurant in Memphis this year.

The company’s website said the California-based restaurant chain will open the Memphis location in the winter of 2015 and that it is currently searching for an individual to manage the restaurant “located in Wolfchase, near Memphis, TN.”

49. The Cheesecake Factory to Open at Wolfchase This Winter -

After months of remaining quiet, the Cheesecake Factory is acknowledging it will open a restaurant in Memphis this year.

The company’s website said the California-based restaurant chain will open the Memphis location in the winter of 2015 and that it is currently searching for an individual to manage the restaurant “located in Wolfchase, near Memphis, TN.”

50. Take a Break From Facebook -

I recently took a hiatus from Facebook. Once I was removed from my newsfeed’s constant updates, I was able to better focus on the dozens of other things that require my attention throughout the day.

51. Top 10 Recruiting Class Might Be Serrano’s Salvation -

Senior right-handed pitcher Will Neely, who opened the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament this week with a no-hitter and a 2-0 win against Bartlett, was the driving force behind Hardin Valley Academy’s run to its first-ever state tournament appearance.

52. Will More Money, Reviews Improve on Common Core? -

Is it Kabuki theater or a transformative process?

That question comes to mind in the aftermath of the legislative session as the Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill "repealing and replacing" Common Core, a set of K-12 education standards, by adding another layer of review and pushing the governor’s process for completion to 2017, along with adding a $400,000 expense.

53. PayPal Facing $25 Million Sanction for Illegal Credit Sign-Ups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators are proposing that PayPal Inc. pay $25 million to resolve allegations that it illegally signed up customers for its online credit product, used misleading advertising and mishandled billing disputes.

54. UPS Settles Complaint It Shortchanged Government Customers -

ATLANTA (AP) – United Parcel Service Co. agreed to pay more than $25 million to settle complaints that it kept false records to hide late deliveries and collect more for overnight packages to government customers.

55. Court Agrees Samsung Copied Apple, Reduces Damage Award -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal appeals court has agreed that Samsung illegally copied some of the patented features in Apple's iPhone. But the court sided with Samsung on one point in a long-running dispute, which means the South Korean company may end up paying less than the $930 million in damages originally awarded in the case.

56. Technology Revolutionizes Voter Registration for 2016 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote.

By the 2016 presidential election, it's possible that a majority of states will offer that service, helping to cut down on errors resulting from bad handwriting and reducing time spent by voters in line on Election Day, according to data released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

57. Rosenfelt Literary Fest Speech Refreshing -

“I was the least successful marketing person in the history of Hollywood.” With that line, novelist David Rosenfelt gets his first laugh. As part of the Arkansas Literary Festival, the author of 21 books addresses a packed house at the Clinton School of Public Service. And not about accessing inner muses or fusing justice with mercy. With mega-doses of self-deprecating humor, Rosenfelt tells it like it is. For him.

58. Gas Prices Still Look Low for Summer Even After Spring Surge -

NEW YORK (AP) – Drivers who have seen a steady rise in the price of gasoline can relax: They will almost certainly be paying far less for gas this summer than they have in at least six years.

59. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Smart Mirrors Boost Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.

60. Self-Driving Cars Getting Dinged in California -

Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies to test them on public roads.

Two accidents happened while the cars were in control; in the other two, the person who still must be behind the wheel was driving, a person familiar with the accident reports told The Associated Press.

61. Boat Boom -

The Mississippi River has been a vital channel for boats and barges for more than 250 years. These days, Memphis doesn’t do much in the way of cotton exporting and Mark Twain touring, but the $43 million Beale Street Landing is bringing a new wave of river-based commerce: cruise ships.

62. McDonald’s Embracing New Ingredient: Kale -

McDonald’s may be developing a taste for a new ingredient as it fights to reinvent itself: Kale.

The world’s biggest burger chain says it’s testing two breakfast bowls in Southern California, one of which includes the leafy green as an ingredient.

63. Comcast Announces Super-Fast Internet in Nashville, Mum on Cost -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Comcast says it is bringing its super-fast Internet service to Nashville, but won't say how much it will cost to install or subscribe.

The company announced Wednesday it will offer residential customers fiber optic service of two gigabits per second – or twice the speed of what is currently offered by some municipal electric providers and by Google. The tech giant's high-speed Internet service, Google Fiber, earlier this year announced it will expand to four metro areas in the southeastern U.S., including Nashville.

64. Shops at Kirby Gate Sells for $3.4 Million -

A California-based investor has purchased the Shops at Kirby Gate in East Memphis for $3.4 million.

An affiliate of Los Angeles-based Westwood Financial Corp. acquired the shopping center at the northwest corner of Quince Road and Kirby Parkway from Shops at Kirby Gate LLC, according to public records.

65. Googling on Mobile Devices Surpasses PCs in US for First Time -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.

66. High-Tech Sensors Help Kids Keep Eye on Aging Parents -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook.

67. Germantown Parkway Parcels Sell for $3.4 Million -

789 and 725 N. Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $3.4 million

68. Tesla CEO Plugs Into New Market With Home Battery System -

FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) – Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market.

The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants – and he can profit. On Thursday night, before an adoring crowd and a party-like atmosphere, Musk unveiled how he intends to do it.

69. Inked and Irked: Apple Watch Users Report Tattoo Problems -

NEW YORK (AP) – It's an annoying problem for the unlucky few: the Apple Watch's heart rate monitor and even some other features might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist.

Inked and irked Apple fans have dubbed the issue "TattooGate" on Twitter, complaining that they must choose between their body art and their stylish gadget. Apple, for its part, acknowledged the issue on its support website.

70. 1 in 4 US Renters Must Use Half Their Pay for Housing Costs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities.

That's the finding of an analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing. The number of such households has jumped 26 percent to 11.25 million since 2007.

71. Lantern Square Apartments Sell for $1.9 Million -

The Lantern Square Apartments community in Raleigh has sold for $1.9 million to a California investor.

Raleigh Management LLC purchased the Class D property from Lantern Square Apartments LLC, an affiliate of New Orleans-based Fountainbleau Management Services LLC, in an April 29 warranty deed.

72. Nashville Zoning Issue a Big Threat to Tiny Houses -

As the price per square foot for Nashville properties continues its climb, buyers are paying more for less.

Some find the price points for the small condominiums to be outrageous, yet many, especially millennials, are flocking to the spaces, and developers are making it easier for them to customize in ways that complement their lifestyles.

73. Breathing New ‘Lyfe’ Into Existing Space -

Construction is underway on Carlisle Corp.’s LYFE Kitchen in East Memphis and the restaurant should be dishing out its “fast, natural, chef-inspired” meals later this summer.

74. Labor Organizers Seek Unusual Ally in Fast-Food Franchisees -

NEW YORK (AP) – Labor organizers are opening a new front in their campaign for a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers with a push to mobilize an unusual ally: franchisees.

The Service Employees International Union on Thursday launched a website in hopes of building a national network of fast-food franchisees who want stronger protections for their businesses. The push has the potential to create more unrest within the ranks for companies like McDonald's, which are already dealing with ongoing demonstrations calling for higher pay and a union for workers.

75. Investors Buy Midtown Retail Buildings for $3.4 Million -

California investors have purchased two retail buildings totaling 60,000 square feet in Midtown for $3.4 million.

The retail buildings, formerly owned by Atlanta-based Home Depot, are located at 1635 and 1625 Poplar Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot store at Poplar and Angelus Street. Home Depot is maintaining its store at the shopping center at Poplar and North Avalon St., which the Atlanta-based home improvement store bought several years ago.

76. Report: Insurers Skirt Health Law's Protections for Women -

CHICAGO (AP) – Some insurance plans offered on the health overhaul law's new marketplaces violate the law's requirements for women's health, according to a new report from a women's legal advocacy group.

77. Breathing New ‘Lyfe’ Into Existing Space -

Construction is underway on Carlisle Corp.’s LYFE Kitchen in East Memphis and the restaurant should be dishing out its “fast, natural, chef-inspired” meals later this summer.

78. University of Memphis Foundation Applies for $1 Million Building Permit -

1115 E. Getwell Loop
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $1 million

Applicant: The University of Memphis Foundation
Project Cost: $40 million
Permit Application Date: April, 2015
Architect: Fleming Architects
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc.
Details: The University of Memphis Foundation has applied for a $1 million building permit for a new facility at the university’s Park Avenue campus.

79. Obama Uses Hospital Funds to Push Medicaid Expansion -

MIAMI (AP) — The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul.

80. Medical Center Apartments Sell for $6.4 Million -

A Memphis investor has acquired a Memphis Medical Center apartment building for $6.4 million.

Thunderbird Towers LLC bought the 201-unit, Class C apartment building at 141 N. Manassas St., known as the Adams Place Apartments, from 750 Adams Place LLC, according to an April 13 warranty deed.

81. Sounds Like a Hit for Neighbors -

For months, sounds of construction surrounded the Nashville Sounds’ sparkling new First Tennessee Park in Germantown.

The constant thump-thump-thump of pounding jackhammers competed with the irritating, high-pitched beeps of vehicles backing up. Ka-ching! Cranes lifted steel beams into place, keeping time with a syncopated thrumming of never-ending drilling. Ka-ching!

82. Kelly, Berry Battle for Safety Spot in Legacy Showdown -

Todd Kelly Jr. concludes his first spring practice with Tennessee’s football team this week in a heated competition for a safety job.

83. US Home Sales Bounced Back in March, But Can the Gain Last? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home sales bloomed in March after a brutal winter, a sign of possible newfound momentum for housing.

Sales of existing homes jumped 6.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The gains were solid enough to suggest that housing might be returning to stable footing after enduring a boom, a bust and a stubbornly tepid recovery over the past dozen years.

84. Investor Buys Medical Center Apartments for $6.4 Million -

A Memphis investor has acquired a Memphis Medical Center apartment building for $6.4 million.

Thunderbird Towers LLC bought the 201-unit, Class C apartment building at 141 N. Manassas St., known as the Adams Place Apartments, from 750 Adams Place LLC, according to an April 13 warranty deed.

85. Barbie Shows Signs of Life As Mattel Plots Comeback -

NEW YORK (AP) – Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

Mattel, the toy company behind the plastic dolls, said there were some signs of improving demand for Barbie ahead of its planned makeover of the brand, including Barbie dolls with different skin tones, eye colors and nose shapes to better relate to multicultural girls and their mothers.

86. College of Optometry Appoints Interim Leaders -

The Southern College of Optometry has announced new interim leadership following the resignation of Dr. Richard Phillips as president.

87. MRI Interventions Leaving Memphis for California -

Memphis-based medical device company MRI Interventions Inc. is preparing to leave the Bluff City.

In a recent letter to shareholders, company CEO Frank Grillo explained that the company is in the process of consolidating its Memphis operations into MRI Interventions’ existing presence in Irvine, Calif. That consolidation, he said, should be wrapped up by the end of May.

88. Disaster Drought Might Net Insurance Savings -

I should probably knock on a rather large piece of wood as I write this, perhaps a California Redwood, but here goes:

In 2011, following the Great Flood of 2010, there was lesser flooding that affected a much smaller area. Then there was the hailstorm in 2012 that resulted in new roofs for thousands – if not tens of thousands – of homes in the area.

89. Spring has Sprung Mixed Success for Vols -

Turn on local TV news in Knoxville, and University of Tennessee spring football is the usually the lead story.

Pick up the daily newspaper, and the Vols’ football team is all over the front page.

90. MRI Interventions Leaving Memphis for California -

Memphis-based medical device company MRI Interventions Inc. is preparing to leave the Bluff City.

In a recent letter to shareholders, company CEO Frank Grillo explained that the company is in the process of consolidating its Memphis operations into MRI Interventions’ existing presence in Irvine, Calif. That consolidation, he said, should be wrapped up by the end of May.

91. Analyst Downgrades Apple Shares as Smartwatch Goes on Sale -

NEW YORK (AP) – As consumers trekked to Apple stores to try on the company's smartwatch for the first time, a Raymond James analyst downgraded shares of the tech giant, saying its first product launch under CEO Tim Cook poses "more risk than reward."

92. Southern College of Optometry Appoints Interim Leaders -

The Southern College of Optometry has announced new interim leadership following the resignation of Dr. Richard Phillips as president.

93. Big Leap From Hollywood Hustle to Nolensville ‘Barn’ -

The step-grandmother of Clark Gable’s granddaughter leans back in her chair inside the Mennonite furniture store and holds up a foot.

“Look. I’m wearing orange socks. I must be eccentric,” says Linda Roberts as a gray, misty day chases me from Nolensville Road into the worn building tucked against Mill Creek.

94. US Service Firms Grew at Slightly Slower Pace Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms expanded at a slightly slower yet still healthy pace in March, an encouraging sign after multiple reports last week pointed to a slowing economy.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its services index slipped to 56.5 last month, from 56.9 in February. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion.

95. Reps for West Coast Dockworkers Urge Union to OK Contract -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A tentative contract agreement that restored the flow of international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year took a big step closer Friday to becoming official, as representatives of the dockworkers' union overwhelmingly recommended that rank-and-file members vote to approve the deal.

96. Vols’ Dobbs Embraces the Role of ‘CEO Quarterback’ -

Joshua Dobbs enters his junior season as Tennessee’s undisputed No. 1 quarterback and team leader, the player most responsible for the Vols’ relevance again in SEC football.

97. Five of the Nation’s Finest -

Each year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognizes the contribution of small business to the national economy with the Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards. Five from Knoxville’s business community – The Tomato Head, Management Solutions LLC, Design Innovation Architects Inc., Visionary Solutions LLC and AMS Corp. – have been chosen for inclusion in the annual program.

98. 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.

99. Apple CEO Tim Cook Plans to Give Away Most of His Fortune -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a long list of magnates promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers.

100. In-State Emphasis Paying Off for Vols Swim Program -

You don’t need to search the Allan Jones Aquatic Center for a reminder of Tennessee’s glory years in men’s swimming under legendary coach Ray Bussard.

Hanging from the rafters are 10 SEC championship banners and the 1978 NCAA championship banner. Bussard coached eight SEC championship teams – the first in 1969 and seven consecutive from 1972-78 – and the NCAA title team.