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1. Treat Your Visitors to These Dining Treats -

Having been busy lately on a cookbook project, I haven’t been able to visit restaurants as often. So after my deadline, I worked on making up for lost time by hitting five restaurants in a couple of weeks.

2. Blight of the Living Dead -

When the Smiths moved into a brand new home right before Christmas 2007, they had no idea that construction in their Antioch area subdivision would soon stop cold – and stay stopped for four years.

3. Crafting the ‘Ask’ for This Giving Season -

It’s no secret that the holiday season offers the most opportune time for charitable organizations to capitalize on what is a perfect storm of the giving holiday spirit colliding with the year-end tax-deductible donation deadline. With so many organizations competing for donations at this time of the year, what sets any one organization’s “ask” apart from the rest? What is the key to crafting a message that hits the mark?

4. Bank Earnings Up 7.3 Percent in 3rd Quarter -

U.S. bank earnings rose 7.3 percent in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, as banks reduced their expenses and continued to lend out more money, which help drive up revenue.

The data issued Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed that the banking industry continues to recover from the financial crisis that struck six years ago.

5. Library Holds Contest to Name New Teen Lab -

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center and the Memphis Library Foundation have kicked off a community-wide naming competition for the new 8,300-square-foot teen learning lab at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

6. Southwest’s Next Goal: Industrial Training Center -

As Southwest Tennessee Community College leaders formally opened a new nursing school building Downtown last week, the institution was making progress toward its next major capital project.

It is a $3.5 million Industrial Readiness Training center to be built at the school’s Macon Cove campus.

7. Lynnfield Place Apartments Sell for $22.4 Million -

The Lynnfield Place apartment community in East Memphis has sold for $22.4 million.

Lynnfield Apartments LLC, an affiliate of Hyde Capital LLC, purchased the 400-unit community at 1400 Lynnfield Road, between Park Avenue and Quince Road in East Memphis, from Lynnfield Holdings LLC, according to a Nov. 7 special warranty deed. Hyde Capital LLC lists an address of 3094 Autumnwood Ave. in Memphis, the same address of the 324-unit Autumnwood Apartments, which is owned by an affiliate of Hyde Multifamily Investments LLC.

8. Page Robbins Provides Safe ‘Middle Ground’ -

The youngest is 53 and the oldest is 98. Some appreciate classical music and others prefer Elvis, the Mamas & the Papas or the Beatles, and others John Denver, Arlo Guthrie or Bruce Springsteen.

9. Mid-South Grows in Popularity for Retirees -

Florida or bust?

Not necessarily, not anymore.

Retirees coming from the Midwest and Northeast are realizing they have other options, and increasingly they are acting on them. Several Mid-South states have developed formal recruitment programs with the hope of luring out-of-state retirees – new money, in economic development parlance.

10. ’Tis the Season -

After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.

Good prices, great values, unique offerings and convenience no longer were enough to boost retail sales.

11. Obama's Immigration Move Disappoints Businesses -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.

12. Southwest’s Next Goal: Industrial Training Center -

As Southwest Tennessee Community College leaders formally opened a new nursing school building Downtown last week, the institution was making progress toward its next major capital project.

It is a $3.5 million Industrial Readiness Training center to be built at the school’s Macon Cove campus.

13. New Alliance Focuses on Workforce Development -

Memphis and Shelby County are prioritizing workforce development and creating a pipeline that will deliver trained employees to local companies.

The goal is to align educational offerings with the current and future needs of employers.

14. Program Launched to Grow State’s Small Businesses -

Because many small businesses might still find access to credit tight, and because putting new capital to work in small businesses can give the economy a jolt through the creation of jobs, a pair of organizations has launched a new lending program with those factors in mind.

15. Hearts and Minds -

Last fall, officials at Treadwell Middle School launched a school-wide beautification campaign, reaching out to anyone or any group that could help.

Lowe’s Home Improvement provided a $5,000 grant to help beautify a courtyard at Treadwell Middle and Memphis City Beautiful Commission also provided a grant and much more – a connection between the school and two commercial real estate businesses, Prologis and Colliers International Memphis.

16. Facing Health Law Hikes, Consumers Mull Options -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law.

But it will take time for families to figure out the best bang for their budgets – even as a bigger political battle brews over the program's future.

17. Bank Earnings Up 7.3 Percent in Third Quarter -

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. bank earnings rose 7.3 percent in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, as banks reduced their expenses and continued to lend out more money, which help drive up revenue.

18. VW Policy for Tennessee Plant Sets Off Labor Scramble -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – In rival camps located about a mile apart, both supporters and opponents of the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize their first foreign auto plant in the South say a new labor policy at the Volkswagen factory is going to help them.

19. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch -

Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.

Community Advisors is focused on the Memphis city core, with a goal to provide real estate advisory services to assist in the revitalization of the city’s underserved areas with passion, creativity and entrepreneurship, and with service to those already living and leading in their neighborhoods.

20. New Alliance Prioritizes Workforce Development -

Memphis and Shelby County are prioritizing workforce development and creating a pipeline that will deliver trained employees to local companies.

The goal is to align educational offerings with the current and future needs of employers.

21. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “A Christmas Story” Tuesday, Nov. 25, through Nov. 30 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com or call 525-3000 for showtimes and tickets.

22. Lynnfield Place Apartments Sell for $22.4 Million -

1400 Lynnfield Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $22.4 million

Sale Date: Nov. 7, 2014
Buyer: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Seller: Lynnfield Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $20 million
Loan Date: Nov. 3, 2014
Borrower: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Lender: Arbor Commercial Funding LLC
Details: The Lynnfield Place apartment community in East Memphis has sold for $22.4 million.

23. Germantown Mayor-Elect Discusses Revenue, Schools -

The incoming mayor of Germantown wants to grow the city’s sales tax base to make its government a bit less reliant on property tax revenue.

Property taxes fund about 60 percent of Germantown city services, said mayor-elect Mike Palazzolo, who takes office Dec. 16. Sales tax revenue funds another 16 percent, with the rest coming from fees and state and federal funding.

24. After Overcoming Hurdles, Southwest Opens Nursing School -

More than four years after breaking ground for a new nursing building, leaders of Southwest Tennessee Community College last week formally opened the school’s new Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building.

25. More at Moore -

The large old trees on its campus and the large paned windows of its brick buildings indicate the William R. Moore College of Technology has been around for a while.

It was the idea of William R. Moore, a dry goods wholesaler, who left a $500,000 endowment to fund the institution following his death in 1909.

26. Library Holds Contest to Name New Teen Lab -

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center and the Memphis Library Foundation have kicked off a community-wide naming competition for the new 8,300-square-foot teen learning lab at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

27. Lynnfield Place Apartments Sell for $22.4 Million -

The Lynnfield Place apartment community in East Memphis has sold for $22.4 million.

Lynnfield Apartments LLC, an affiliate of Hyde Capital LLC, purchased the 400-unit community at 1400 Lynnfield Road, between Park Avenue and Quince Road in East Memphis, from Lynnfield Holdings LLC, according to a Nov. 7 special warranty deed. Hyde Capital LLC lists an address of 3094 Autumnwood Ave. in Memphis, the same address of the 324-unit Autumnwood Apartments, which is owned by an affiliate of Hyde Multifamily Investments LLC.

28. Events -

Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America will honor Barbara and J.R. “Pitt” Hyde with a Distinguished Citizens Award at a ceremony Monday, Nov. 24, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Visit chickasaw.org/distinguishedcitizensawarddinner for tickets and more information.

29. I Choose Memphis: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling

30. Raleigh Egypt High Dropped From ASD List -

Raleigh-Egypt High School won’t be joining the state-run Achievement School District next school year.

Leaders of the Achievement School District made the announcement Thursday, Nov. 20, citing a decision by Green Dot Public Schools, the charter operator that was to operate the high school in the school year that begins this coming August.

31. Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies for Federal Bonds -

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall is lurching back to life after months off the political radar screen.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Thursday, Nov. 20, that a renovation of the mall could be financed with up to $2.1 million in federal bonds through the Memphis Green Communities Program.

32. Germantown Was Into Mixed-Use Before It Was Cool -

Even before Mayor Karl Dean’s announcement that the $60 million ballpark would be constructed in Germantown, the area was flourishing – not to the extent that it is now, but it was experiencing growth and development.

33. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

34. School on ‘Nashville Nine’ List -

Historic Nashville Inc., a nonprofit devoted to promoting and preserving historic places in Nashville, has placed Hillsboro High School on its annual Nashville Nine list.

35. Hillsboro High Land Sale: New School, Big Profit -

Merritt Rowe knows her children will never personally benefit from any changes to Hillsboro High School in Green Hills, but as the parent of two current students and another starting next year, it is something she is willing to fight for and encourages other parents – especially those of future students – to do the same.

36. 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.

37. Ark. Community College Considers Merger -

The Board of Trustees at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis has agreed to discuss a possible merger with the Arkansas State University System.

Board Chair Mary Meux Toney said a merger could help the college do more for the city, county and region.

38. Tiger Basketball Returns to WKNO -

A 30-year community tradition returns to WKNO with the tape-delayed broadcast of 15 University of Memphis Tiger basketball home games.

The broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, featuring the Tigers’ game with Stephen F. Austin State University.

39. Collierville Chamber CEO to Retire -

Fran Persechini has decided to step down as president and CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after spending 20 years with the organization.

“I am so proud of the work our chamber has done to improve our business climate, cultivate leaders and strengthen our community,” said Persechini in an email. “The chamber is positioned well to do great things and impact Collierville even more, making this the ideal time for me to step aside and let a new leader carry the torch.”

40. Events -

The Metal Museum will hold its annual holiday show and sale Saturday, Nov. 22, through Jan. 4 at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Items including jewelry, unique housewares, fire grates, floral sculptures and more will be featured in the museum store. Visit metalmuseum.org.

41. Moore Tech Awakens -

The large old trees on its campus and the paned windows of its brick buildings indicate the William R. Moore College of Technology has been around for a while.

It was the idea of William R. Moore, a dry goods wholesaler, who left a $500,000 endowment to fund the institution following his death in 1909.

42. Delta Slashes More Memphis Flights -

Delta Air Lines will dramatically reduce service at Memphis International Airport once again, delivering another blow to airline employees, local flyers and airport officials.

Delta has informed the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority that effective Jan. 5, 2015, the airline will cease nonstop flights to Pittsburgh International Airport, New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In addition, Delta will cease its nonstop flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in April.

43. Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies For Federal Bonds -

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall lurched back to life Thursday, Nov. 20, after months off the political radar screen.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Thursday a renovation of the mall could be financed with up to $2.1 million in federal bonds through the Memphis Green Communities Program.

44. Raleigh Egypt High Dropped From ASD List -

Raleigh-Egypt High School won’t be joining the state-run Achievement School District next school year.

Leaders of the Achievement School District made the announcement Thursday, Nov. 20, citing a decision by Green Dot Public Schools, the charter operator that was to operate the high school in the school year that begins this coming August.

45. Soaring Generic Drug Prices Draw Senate Scrutiny -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

46. Tiger Basketball Returns to WKNO -

A 30-year community tradition returns to WKNO with the tape-delayed broadcast of 15 University of Memphis Tiger basketball home games.

The broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, featuring the Tigers’ game with Stephen F. Austin State University.

47. Boyle Sees Opportunity in East Memphis -

Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co. hopes to break ground next year on a new office building at its Ridgeway Center complex near Poplar Avenue and Shady Grove Road, according to company officials.

48. 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.

49. Timberlake Becomes Co-Owner of Audio Tech Company -

NEW YORK (AP) – Justin Timberlake wants to make sure you have a 20/20 sound experience when you listen to music: He's now a co-owner of the audio technology company AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc.

50. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission board will meet Thursday, Nov. 20, at noon in the commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

51. Hayes Perseveres to Lead Memphis Football -

He belongs. As much, or more, than any of them.

It’s not just that senior Brandon Hayes has 663 rushing yards, tops among University of Memphis running backs and fourth in the American Athletic Conference. It’s not just what he has done in the previous two seasons and his full body of work – 2,089 career rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns, and another four TDs as a receiver.

52. Potential Cargill Tenant Puts Rate Hike on Hold -

As Cargill Inc. prepares to close down its Memphis corn mill by the end of the year, there are talks about moving another tenant into the facility. And about 50 of the 440 workers at the corn mill on Presidents Island will remain in Memphis at a smaller operation.

53. Home for the Holidays -

Jasmine Morris, a 27-year-old Memphis native, had been renting while trying to raise her daughter, but she always longed to follow her dream of owning a home.

That long-awaited dream is finally becoming a reality.

54. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a lunch and learn with Daphene McFerren, director of The Benjamin Hooks Institute at the University of Memphis, Wednesday, Nov. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. The topic is “Freedom’s Front Line: The Voting Rights Struggle in Fayette County, Tenn.” Cost is free; bring your own lunch. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

55. Bohannon to Chair Junior Achievement Board -

Morgan Bohannon has been named chairman of the board of director of Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. Bohannon, the regional market manager for iHeartMedia, became engaged with Junior Achievement when iHeartMedia sponsored the “Broadcast Center” at JA BizTown in 2012. He joined the board soon thereafter and has been involved ever since.

56. Mississippi Governor Seeks Tax Cut for Lower Earners -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Phil Bryant wants to cut income taxes for low-earning Mississippians as part of his 2016 budget proposal.

Bryant, a Republican, said Monday that he's seeking a $78.7 million tax cut for families earning less than $50,000 a year.

57. Mid-South Community College Considers Merger -

The Board of Trustees at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis has agreed to discuss a possible merger with the Arkansas State University System.

Board Chair Mary Meux Toney said a merger could help the college do more for the city, county and region.

58. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host a family-friendly event Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the giant Grizzlies jersey in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Attendees can register for a Fitness Trail Passport, and those who complete all six stations will be in the running for prizes, including tickets to Grizzlies opening night and autographed items. Visit getriverfit.com.

59. The Wise Donor: Moving Beyond Emotion -

It’s always good to give. To give from our hearts, according to our beliefs, and in line with our vision for the world we want to live in. There is a renewed emphasis now as we enter the giving season.

60. School Phase-Ins Show Complicated Evolution -

In 2 1/2 academic years, the state-run Achievement School District has had greater success in terms of student achievement with charter organizations that take over a grade or two at a time instead of all at once.

61. Yellen Meets With Activists Seeking Fed Reforms -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A coalition of community groups and labor unions are campaigning to open up the selection process for the presidents of the Federal Reserve's 12 regional banks. The groups also want assurances that the Fed will not begin raising interest rates until unemployment falls further and workers start seeing improved wage gains.

62. 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.

63. Tigers’ Hayes Nominated For Burlsworth Trophy -

Brandon Hayes, who came to the University of Memphis twice as a walk-on and now has played a significant role in the Tigers heading toward their first bowl game since 2008, has been named a nominee for the Burlsworth Trophy.

64. St. Jude Give Thanks Walk to Be Held Nov. 22 -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is holding the “St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.” Saturday, Nov. 22, at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle in Collierville. The walk begins at 9 a.m., with check-in starting at 7 a.m.

65. Collierville Chamber CEO to Retire -

Fran Persechini has decided to step down as president and CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after spending 20 years with the organization.

“I am so proud of the work our chamber has done to improve our business climate, cultivate leaders and strengthen our community,” said Persechini in an email. “The chamber is positioned well to do great things and impact Collierville even more, making this the ideal time for me to step aside and let a new leader carry the torch.”

66. Events -

Memphis Area BPW (Business & Professional Women) will meet Monday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove Road. Sarah Stramel of Stramel PR & Social Media will present “Why You Need Social Media.” Cost is free. RSVP to Martha Ervin at 489-5481 or vicepresident1@bpwtn.org.

67. Building Innovation Networks -

This Learning Lab was presented at the Back End of Innovation 2014 Conference, by Ayelet Baron, Futurist, Simplifying Work and Innovator in Residence, Roche/Genentech.

“Get out of your work building and go into the world,” says the speaker. The team she is working with at Roche have started a program called “Get Out of the Building” as a way to not only get exposed to new ideas but also to build new relationships. It’s great advice.

68. Makowsky Ringel Greenberg Still Going Strong -

In 2008, Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC acquired land inside the Schilling Farms community in Collierville for a new high-end apartment development.

69. Tenn. Hospital Association Partners in Insurance Push -

The Tennessee Hospital Association is partnering with Enroll America, a national organization providing enrollment support for insurance coverage through the federal insurance marketplace, and its Get Covered America campaign in Tennessee.

70. Economic Commissioner Leaving for Private Sector -

Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty is leaving the administration to return to the private sector, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday.

The Republican governor didn't say exactly what Hagerty will be doing, even though the commissioner's name has surfaced as a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2018.

71. Memphis Health Facility Gets More Than $1.5M -

A health care facility in Memphis is getting more than $1.5 million in federal funds to help train more primary care doctors and increase access to health care services.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced the award to Christ Community Health Services last week.

72. Hispanic Professionals Group Shuts Down -

The board of the Memphis Chapter of the National Hispanic Professional Organization has decided to close the group’s doors.

According to an email sent by Ignacio Vincentelli, the decision comes after “experiencing some hardship within the past few months due to circumstances beyond our control.”

73. Wharton: Re-Election Campaign is Definite -

In an email to potential supporters this week, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says his re-election plans are definite and he is "running to win."

The email comes after Wharton's campaign sent out invitations late last month to a Nov. 17 fundraiser at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

74. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host a family-friendly event Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the giant Grizzlies jersey in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Attendees can register for a Fitness Trail Passport, and those who complete all six stations will be in the running for prizes, including tickets to Grizzlies opening night and autographed items. Visit getriverfit.com.

75. Enjoy Low Interest Rates While They Last -

In what has become expected in this post-Recession boom, home sales continue to set records each month with no end in sight, based on October sales figures from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

76. State Needs 2,000 More Tennessee Promise Mentors -

Tennessee is about 2,000 short of the 9,400 mentors needed to cover the number of students who applied for the Tennessee Promise, Gov. Haslam said recently.

Potential mentors will be given longer than the previously stated Nov. 1 deadline that students faced to apply for the program. And until officials see how many students enter the program, the number of mentors ultimately needed could be much lower.

77. Fewer Freshmen No Worry for Greeks at Four-Year Schools -

MTSU and UT-Knoxville officials see limited impact, if any, from Tennessee Promise on the schools’ fraternities and sororities.

New sorority houses that opened this fall on UT-Knoxville’s campus were funded through donations and each chapter’s semester rental agreements with members. UT-Knoxville invested about $2 million to partially fund land improvements and village infrastructure, according to university officials.

78. Lottery Champion Cohen Not Pleased With Haslam's ‘Game-Changer’ -

To say Congressman Steve Cohen is unenthusiastic about the Tennessee Promise is an understatement.

79. 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.

80. Trustmark’s Neal Finds Plenty to Like in CRE -

Trustmark National Bank senior vice president Rick Neal, who manages the bank’s commercial real estate efforts for the Memphis region, came to the bank in 2012 for a couple of reasons.

81. Bank of Bartlett Adds Staff Following Growth -

Bank of Bartlett has seen a resurgence in loan demand over the last several months, something that’s prompted the Bartlett-based community bank to expand its headcount.

To put some hard numbers to that, Garry Davis, a retail executive officer at Bank of Bartlett, said the bank over the last 12 months has seen almost $16 million in loan growth year over year. In the bank’s consumer business, more than 1,000 new loan accounts have been added over the same period – a “huge increase for us,” he said.

82. Lending a Hand -

Mid-South Drug Testing president Kelly Dobbins is the kind of entrepreneur banks and lenders are increasingly making it a point to seek out.

83. Collierville Chamber CEO Stepping Down -

Fran Persechini has decided to step down as president and CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after spending 20 years with the organization.

“I am so proud of the work our chamber has done to improve our business climate, cultivate leaders and strengthen our community,” said Persechini in an email. “The chamber is positioned well to do great things and impact Collierville even more, making this the ideal time for me to step aside and let a new leader carry the torch.”

84. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will hold an opening reception for “SOUL: Memphis’ Original Sound – Photographs by Thom Gilbert” Friday, Nov. 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The event will include refreshments and live music by Bobby Rush. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.

85. Staying Power -

Visible Music College has come a long way from the building in Lakeland that once housed a catfish restaurant where the school launched almost 15 years ago.

Next year represents the 15th anniversary for the Memphis-based music school focused on training musicians, technicians and business professionals for work in churches and in the music industry. Its graduates are in studios today, in churches and rising up the charts, and Visible’s presence extends to a partner school in Germany and a campus in Lansing, Ill.

86. Wharton: Re-Election Campaign is Definite -

In an email to potential supporters this week, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says his re-election plans are definite and he is "running to win."

The email comes after Wharton's campaign sent out invitations late last month to a Nov. 17 fundraiser at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

87. Volkswagen Establishes Labor Policy In Tennessee -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen Chattanooga says it has established a policy that sets guidelines to interact with labor organizations, but the policy stops short of providing a pathway toward a collective bargaining agreement.

88. UTHSC Professor Receives Prostate Cancer Grant -

Ormeloxifene. If you know the name at all, you know it as a birth-control drug. But that drug is now being studied to see if it can be repurposed to inhibit growth of advanced-state prostate cancer cells and used as a therapeutic agent to manage and treat advanced prostate cancer.

89. Economic Commissioner Leaving for Private Sector -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty is leaving the administration to return to the private sector, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday.

90. Barbic Counters Achievement School District Opposition -

Tennessee Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic on Wednesday responded for the first time to vocal opposition to the state-run district.

In an interview on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines,” Barbic said opposition to the ASD is about the same as it has been over the last two years. The program airs Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. and his hosted by Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News.

91. Wiseacre Expands, Adds Public Tours -

Memphis-based Wiseacre Brewing Co., which opened in August 2013, is expanding into North Mississippi and West Tennessee by introducing its three year-round beers as well as a limited supply of specialty brews into neighboring markets.

92. Wharton: 'Running to Win' -

In an email to potential supporters this week, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says his re-election plans are definite and he is "running to win."

The email comes after Wharton's campaign sent out invitations late last month to a Nov. 17 fundraiser at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

93. Tennessee Free Tuition Not for Undocumented Students -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Undocumented high school students will not be able to take advantage of Tennessee Promise, the state's new free community college program.

WPLN-FM reports before getting state funding, students must apply for federal financial aid. But undocumented students are not eligible for it.

94. 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.

95. Tenn. Hospital Association Partners in Insurance Push -

The Tennessee Hospital Association is partnering with Enroll America, a national organization providing enrollment support for insurance coverage through the federal insurance marketplace, and its Get Covered America campaign in Tennessee.

96. Southaven Rises on Memphis’ Tide -

While our country's economy seems to be making a turn in the right direction, cost of living remains one of the top reasons that individuals and families choose to live where they do.

Recently, data from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and other resources, pulled from the first quarter in 2014, showed that the Mid-South ranked as the most affordable place to live, with Mississippi at No. 1 and Tennessee at No. 2.

97. Historic Brewery Sold and Ready for Development -

The long-vacant Tennessee Brewery Downtown has been sold for $825,000 and could soon see new life.

The Tennessee Brewery LLC, a trust of the family that owns Memphis general contractor BHN Corp., sold the shuttered brewery at 495 Tennessee St. to 495 Tennessee LLC, according to a Nov. 5 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds office.

98. Due to Cuts, Navy Bands Change Approach -

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) – Military bands are a valued part of American culture, with their musicians lending a sense of patriotism, pride and nostalgia to performances at sporting events, hospitals, small-town parades and service-member funerals.

99. Memphis Hispanic Professional Organization Shuts Down -

The board of the Memphis Chapter of the National Hispanic Professional Organization has decided to close the group’s doors.

According to an email sent by Ignacio Vincentelli, the decision comes after “experiencing some hardship within the past few months due to circumstances beyond our control.”

100. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will host its Corporate Neighbor Awards Breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Memphis Botanic Garden’s Hardin Hall, 750 Cherry Road. The awards honor exemplary corporate community engagement programs across the region. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.