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1. Contracts to Buy US Homes Slide in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 1 percent over the past month to 104.7. Higher prices and weak wage growth has limited buying, as the index is 2.2 percent below its level from a year ago.

2. Events -

American Marketing Association, Memphis Chapter will meet Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lipscomb & Pitts Building, 2670 Union Ave. Jeremy Park, president of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, will present “Giving Back With a Purpose: The Shift in Corporate Engagement and Cause Marketing.” Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit memphisama.org.

3. Stonebridge Crossing Sells for $29.8 Million -

9135 Morning Ridge Road
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $29.8 million

Sale Date: Sept. 11, 2014
Buyer: IRT Stonebridge Crossing Apartments Owner LLC
Seller: AB Merion Stonebridge LLC
Details: The 500-unit Stonebridge Crossing apartment complex in Cordova has traded hands.

4. Real Estate Experts Look at Impact of North Mississippi -

Six years after the real estate bubble burst nationally, the recovery of the commercial and residential sectors in Memphis is slower than in other parts of the country. But they are recovering on their own new terms, say the incoming president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, the president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association and a mortgage lender.

5. Pentagon Wants Tighter Soldier Loan Protections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aiming to restrict lenders who prey on members of the military, the Obama administration on Friday moved to close legal loopholes that have placed hundreds of thousands of service members at risk of excessive payday and other short-term loan fees.

6. Events -

American Marketing Association, Memphis Chapter will meet Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lipscomb & Pitts Building, 2670 Union Ave. Jeremy Park, president of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, will present “Giving Back With a Purpose: The Shift in Corporate Engagement and Cause Marketing.” Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit memphisama.org.

7. Events -

The Metal Museum will host Repair Days Thursday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 5, at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Metalsmiths from across the country will solder, sharpen, remove dents and repair items, with all proceeds benefiting the museum. Visit metalmuseum.org for a schedule of events.

8. Level Nine Provides Concierge Staff on Call -

Jimmy Farrell, a partner at Benefit Recovery Inc., a health care cost-containment firm, was searching for reliable and enjoyable transportation to and from Memphis International Airport for himself, his clients and employees.

9. New Seat, Same Drive -

Dawn Distler was a bus driver for 10 years, but these days she does her work from the passenger seat.

Knoxville’s new director of transit, on the job since June 1, rides the Knoxville Area Transit buses often, making the most of her commute, traveling to work-related events or taking her staff on a friendly fact-finding mission.

10. University of Tennessee Students Help Design Nashville’s Future -

Nashville may be a city on the rise, attracting new residents by the droves. But it’s also a laboratory for students at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s College of Architecture and Design, where they are designing the communities of the future in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center.

11. Searching for Doctors -

So here’s the offer: lower salary – meaning it will take longer to pay down your student loan debt – less prestige, and perhaps even a questioning of your intelligence and skill.

In 2014, that’s what comes with the decision to become a primary care physician. Recently, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, Mara Gordon, wrote an article for The Atlantic explaining her decision to become a primary care doctor.

12. Senators: Widen Medicaid Program for Frail Seniors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation's frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as states seek to limit long-term medical costs.

13. US Bank Refunding $48 Million to Credit Card Customers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Bank is refunding about $48 million in the latest federal settlement by a major bank over improper billing for extra credit card products that customers didn't receive.

14. Free Tools to Help With Your Job Search -

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Steinerd from Indeed.com. Indeed is the No. 1 job site worldwide with over 140 million visitors per month. We talked about everything from how fast you should apply for a job to companies you should consider if you’re looking for work-life balance.

15. Cummins Eyes Memphis Site for Expansion -

Cummins Inc. is eyeing a Memphis property for a planned expansion of the company’s distribution operations, a move that would be welcome news for Memphis officials.

16. Report: Admission of Uninsured at Hospitals Dips -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government says the number of uninsured patients admitted into hospitals has dropped markedly this year, reducing charity care and bad debt cases particularly in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage under the new federal health care law.

17. Middle-Class Squeeze: From Day Care to Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son – so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child.

18. Events -

The Mid-South Book Festival will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 28, at locations across Memphis. The festival, presented by Literacy Mid-South, will feature celebrity authors, creative-writing seminars, speaking panels, multiple book stores, music and more. Some events are ticketed, but all are free. Visit midsouthbookfest.org for a schedule.

19. 17 Cuts Among ‘Big Changes’ at CA -

The Commercial Appeal is trimming its staff again as part of ongoing cost-saving efforts, and at the same time it’s making what top editor Louis Graham described in a memo to staff as “major changes” to the physical paper itself.

20. ZeroTo510 Accelerator Companies Win Funding -

One mark of the success of a startup accelerator program is if investors like what they see, once participating companies have gone through the program and are making pitches for funding.

By that standard, ZeroTo510 – the medical device company accelerator based in Memphis – continues to prove its value by setting up its participants to score the funding they need to build sustainable businesses. Two companies that went through ZeroTo510’s 2014 summer program – Compression Kinetics and EndoInSight – have been tapped to continue to the program’s next phase, also landing $100,000 in new funding each.

21. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “The Phantom of the Opera” Wednesday, Sept. 24, through Oct. 5 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

22. County Commission Approves $120 Million in Bonds to Come -

Shelby County Commissioners began the process of issuing $120 million in construction bonds Monday, Sept. 22, approving the initial resolution for the general obligation bonds including ones for school construction.

23. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

24. Cotton Council Apartments Sell for $6.1 Million -

1918 North Parkway
Memphis, TN 38112
Sale Amount: $6.1 million

Sale Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Buyer: Lynxco LLC
Seller: Cotton Council Apartments LLC
Details: Lynxco LLC, an affiliate of Rhodes College, has purchased the former National Cotton Council building on North Parkway in Midtown for $6.1 million. Rhodes intends to use it as student housing, according to the school’s website.

25. Pre-K’s Place -

It isn’t an application for federal pre-kindergarten funding the state filed earlier this month in Washington, the office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam emphasizes.

“It’s a note of intent to apply,” said Dave Smith, Haslam’s communications chief, last week.

26. FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules Due Next Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government will rewrite sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that earlier proposals could hurt business, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

27. SEC May Take Enforcement Action Against ITT -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Securities and Exchange Commission may take enforcement action against for-profit education company ITT Educational Services Inc. over its student loans.

28. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

29. TSA Expands PreCheck at Memphis Airport -

Pace Cooper, president and CEO of Cooper Hotels, a hospitality development and management company that owns and manages hotels in multiple states, is accustomed to flying and the hassles that sometimes accompany air travel.

30. Cargill Will Close Memphis Corn Mill -

Cargill Inc. will close its Memphis corn mill in January of next year, a move that will impact 440 employees, according to a news report.

31. Road to Better Mass Transit -

Picking a new transit chief is critical for a city in transition.

Next year, Nashville residents will elect a new mayor and turn over its large Metro Council.

Davidson County also expects some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years, and much of the success of future development will depend on the ease of navigating around Nashville – already the nation’s second-worst area for sprawl, according to Smart Growth America.

32. ‘Cutting Edge’ -

The first thing to understand about the task that Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty feels is before him is that he’s not leading a music organization that competes only with other music outlets and venues for audiences’ attention.

33. Fed Keeps Rates Low, But Brace for the Inevitable -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday.

Enjoy the easy money while it lasts.

By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of keeping short-term rates at record lows. Those rates have helped support the economy, cheered the stock market and shrunk mortgage rates. A Fed rate increase could potentially reverse those trends.

34. After Record Profits, Airlines Keep Adding Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of jobs at U.S. airlines keeps growing – although slowly – as some of them post record profits.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that the nation's passenger airlines employed the equivalent of 386,243 full-time workers in July, up 1.3 percent from the same month last year. It was the eighth straight monthly gain over year-earlier numbers.

35. Airport Authority Approves RedRover Contract -

Memphis International Airport should have a new team of storytellers on board.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board voted Thursday, Sept. 18, to engage Memphis-based RedRover Co. LLC to help craft a multi-platform communications and image campaign for Memphis International, which is transitioning from a Delta Airlines hub to an origin-and-destination airport.

36. Airport Officials Recommend RedRover for Branding Contract -

Memphis International Airport officials are recommending that RedRover Co. LLC be engaged to help develop an image and marketing campaign for the airport, which is reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination facility.

37. Events -

Rhodes College will present the Rhodes Less Traveled: New and Experimental Music Festival Thursday, Sept. 18, and Friday, Sept. 19. Events include open air concerts both days at noon on the Briggs North Patio at Rhodes, 2000 North Parkway; a concert with new music from modern-day composers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Evergreen Presbyterian Church, 613 University St.; and new music for orchestra and winds Friday at 7:30 at Evergreen. Visit rhodes.edu/mccoy for details.

38. Door Remains Open on City Health Insurance Changes -

The political struggle to close the door and lock in changes to city health insurance coverage is proving to be a challenge for the Memphis City Council.

The council voted Tuesday, Sept. 16, to adjust the health insurance changes it approved in June to grandfather in for a year approximately 300 retirees and their spouses when it comes to the 70 percent subsidy on insurance premiums they currently get from the city.

39. Officials Vow to Help Cargill Workers Find Jobs -

The Greater Memphis Chamber says it will work with its partners to help displaced Cargill Inc. employees find new jobs.

40. Cargill Will Close Memphis Corn Mill -

Cargill Inc. will close its Memphis corn mill in January of next year, a move that will impact 440 employees, according to a news report.

41. Cargill to Close Memphis Corn Mill -

Cargill Inc. will close its Memphis corn mill in January, a move that will impact 440 employees.

The company said the closure of the facility resulted from the underutilization of the Memphis plant on Presidents Island and its location far away from the Corn Belt. The nearby corn oil refinery that employs 28 people will remain open and operate as a standalone facility, Cargill said.

42. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, will present “Selling Memphis: locally, nationally and internationally.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

43. Five Top Sales Negotiation Mistakes -

More than 75 percent of the sales reps I’ve coached through the years cite price as their number one objection. Given the state of our economy for the last several years, it’s no wonder. And even though our economy is beginning to rebound, the side effect of a recession is the bargainer’s mindset that it creates in the market.

44. Tennessee Voters to Decide Ban on Income Tax -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennesseans are just weeks away from voting on a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax. The November vote approaches as a new study from ratings agency Standard & Poor's suggests that rising income inequality has a stronger negative effect on the states most reliant on sales tax revenues compared with those with those more dependent on income taxes.

45. Events -

Remington College Memphis campus will hold the 3 Lives blood drive, a national effort to recruit minority blood donors, Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Remington, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. Visit 3lives.com.

46. TPC Southwind to Host Birdies for the Brave -

As part of the PGA Tour’s “Together, anything’s possible” charitable mission, TPC Southwind will conduct fundraising for nine military homefront groups as part of Birdies for the Brave, a national outreach initiative dedicated to supporting members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families.

47. Events -

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital will hold an educational seminar on surgical weight loss options with Dr. George Woodman and staff Monday, Sept. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital, 4250 Bethel Road. Call 516-0611.

48. Vaco Memphis Expands, Emphasizes Risk Solutions -

Somebody else’s problem provides your business an opportunity. That’s just the way things work and for much of Vaco Memphis’ 10 years, their focus was on offering recruiting and consulting services in areas that included technology, accounting, finance, logistics and administration.

49. Unintended Consequences: ER Visits Increase -

Hospital officials have been pushing for the state to expand Medicaid health care coverage for thousands of Tennessee’s poorest citizens, despite two significant and related concerns:

Expansion will lead to increased visits to the most expensive place in America for routine health care, the emergency room.

50. Coverage Gap Leaves Rural Tennessee Hospitals on Life Support -

Four rural hospitals have closed and dozens are at risk of shuttering: That’s the fallout, some say, from Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision not to join the Affordable Care Act in 2013 and tap into millions in promised federal funds for Tennessee’s financially-strapped health care institutions.

51. Power Play -

When the Tennessee Valley Authority board voted in August to build a new power plant in Southwest Memphis, it was a decision based on factors larger than the power needs in Memphis.

But it was also a decision that is just as important for Memphis as the decision to build the existing Allen Fossil Plant there 55 years ago.

52. US Budget Deficit Dips to $128.7 Billion in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government ran a lower budget deficit this August than a year ago, remaining on track to record the lowest deficit for the entire year since 2008.

The August deficit was $128.7 billion, down 13 percent from the $147.9 billion deficit recorded in August 2013, the Treasury Department said Thursday in its monthly budget report.

53. RadioShack Warns of Possible Chapter 11 Bankruptcy -

NEW YORK (AP) – RadioShack warned Thursday that it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization if it can't rework its debt or find another way to ease a cash crunch.

The struggling retailer said in a regulatory filing that it is in talks with its lenders, bondholders, shareholders and landlords to fix its balance sheet, but if it can't, it will try to file a prepackaged bankruptcy.

54. Silicon Valley Struggles to Speak FDA's Language -

WASHINGTON (AP) – From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar – Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.

55. Regional Airlines Not Sharing in Majors' Success -

DALLAS (AP) – For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

56. Events -

Eyewear Gallery will hold free vision screenings for children Thursday and Friday, Sept. 11-12, at the store, 428 Perkins Road Extended. The screenings, which aim to help end learning disability misdiagnoses, will continue Thursdays and Fridays through September. Call 763-2020.

57. Apple Reveals Larger iPhones and Smartwatch -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – For the first time in years, Apple's iPhones weren't the star of the show. Apple unveiled a smartwatch on Tuesday, a wearable device that marks the company's first major entry in a new product category since the iPad's debut in 2010.

58. American Recovery Drives the Dollar Sharply Higher -

NEW YORK (AP) – In the world of currencies, the dollar is starting to look like a safe home in a tough neighborhood.

A strengthening American economy, combined with a gloomy outlook for growth elsewhere, is pushing the U.S. currency sharply higher.

59. Home Depot Confirms Breach in US, Canada Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shares of Home Depot sank before the opening bell Tuesday after confirming that its payment systems had been hacked, potentially exposing millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian stores.

60. College Savings on the Rise as Plans Average $20,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount wouldn't come close to getting a person a degree.

In a report released Tuesday, the College Savings Plans Network found that the average college savings or prepaid tuition account known as a "529" plan is now worth about $20,671 – almost double what these accounts were worth during the dog-days of the recession.

61. Events -

Christian Brothers High School will dedicate McEniry Hall, its new science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) building, Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. on its campus, 5900 Walnut Grove Road. The new building houses a CBHS-Christian Brothers University dual-enrollment program that offers college classes and credits to CBHS students. Call 261-4942 .

62. Events -

Latino Memphis will host its 2014 leadership luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Keynote speaker George P. Bush will share his thoughts on the positive role Latinos play in the U.S. Tickets are $100. Visit latinomemphis.org.

63. Wharton Urges Parental Responsiblity for Poplar Plaza Attack -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says the parents of the teenagers who attacked, beat and injured three people on the parking lot of the Poplar Plaza Kroger supermarket in East Memphis should bring their children in to authorities immediately.

64. Events -

Rhodes College will host its annual Constitution Day lecture Monday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Dr. Melvin I. Urofsky, an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, will explore great dissents and dissenters in the history of the court. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

65. Regenerate Corporate Cultures -

What’s good for the bee is good for the hive. Marcus Aurelius noted that "If a thing is not good for the hive, it is not good for the bee.” This statement has profound implications for corporate cultures. In a workplace setting, anything that keeps a culture from dynamically regenerating itself is harmful to its people.

66. Trio of Entrepreneurs Reimagines Furniture in Broad Strokes -

Broad Avenue continues to be a haven for businesses with character, restaurants, art ventures and entrepreneurs who fit neatly into one of the city’s burgeoning cultural scenes.

Broad Strokes, a store specializing in re-creating old pieces of furniture using paint with a dash of imagination, is one of the latest such businesses to set up shop in the neighborhood.

67. Democrats Choose State Senate Nominee -

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

68. Peabody Marks 145th Anniversary -

The Peabody hotel marked its 145th anniversary Thursday, Sept. 4, on several fronts. There was a nod to the original Peabody location at Main Street and Monroe Avenue. Meanwhile, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra played big band-era melodies on the mezzanine, and Jason D. Williams took over the piano in the lobby of the present-day landmark on Union Avenue between Second and Third streets.

69. Report: Cost to Raise Child in Memphis Tops $208,000 -

Memphis is one of the least expensive cities in which to raise a child.

That’s according to the personal finance website NerdWallet, which looked at the average cost of raising a child to the age of 18 in 288 major cities. In Memphis, the site found, it costs a little more than $208,000 on average – compared to, on the high end of the scale, $540,514 to raise a child in New York City.

70. Big Love Bus a Big Hit With Titans, Vols Fans -

If you want the ride to a Titans or Tennessee Vols game to be as fun as the football game itself, the Big Love Bus could be your ticket – and a safe one at that.

Launched in May and July by Jessica Jackson and Renee Sprouse, the Big Love Bus incorporates psychedelic painting on the outside of three former school buses with renovated interiors designed to make a trip to any event an experience.

71. Events -

Rock for Love 8, the annual music festival benefiting Church Health Center, will be held Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, with concerts in Crosstown, Overton Square and at the Levitt Shell. Visit rockforlove.org for a schedule and to bid in the online auction through Sept. 7.

72. Events -

The Daily News will present the 2014 HR Challenges seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Sept. 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Brooks Museum, 1934 Poplar Ave. Meg Crosby, founding principal of PeopleCap Advisors and a former Google HR executive, will discuss five steps for creating a strong corporate culture. Tickets are $25. Visit bit.ly/MEMhr for more information.

73. Some Fear Auto Industry Returning to Bad Habits -

DETROIT (AP) – Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.

As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.

74. Report: Cost to Raise Child in Memphis Tops $208,000 -

Memphis is one of the least expensive cities in which to raise a child.

That’s according to the personal finance website NerdWallet, which looked at the average cost of raising a child to the age of 18 in 288 major cities. In Memphis, the site found, it costs a little more than $208,000 on average – compared to, on the high end of the scale, $540,514 to raise a child in New York City.

75. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

76. Events -

The Chick-fil-A 5K walk/run benefiting Junior Achievement will be held Monday, Sept. 1, starting at AutoZone Park, 200 Union Ave. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m. Register at chickfila5k.com.

77. Indmar Marine Engines Files Expansion Permit -

5400 Old Millington Road
Unincorporated Shelby County
Permit Cost: $2 million

78. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will host a female business leader luncheon Thursday, Sept. 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave. The Dutch treat lunch brings together business leaders and up-and-coming leaders to discuss various topics related to women in business. Register at thelpbc.com.

79. A More Earth-Friendly Burial Option Now Available -

When Dara Ashworth’s father died this spring after battling metastatic melanoma, she and her two sisters struggled with the best way to honor his life, his memory and his body.

Their father, Leonard Daniel Hamby, 64, a lab technician with the Tennessee Department of Health, didn’t have a specific plan, but the family knew enough about his wishes and knew that he didn’t want a traditional burial.

80. Embracing Cremation -

As business decisions go, this was a tricky one.

Jeff and Steve Murphy, owners of Music City Mortuary, opened their Nashville business in 2001, catering primarily to the needs of other funeral directors, providing transportation, embalming and preparation services, shipping – everything a mortuary business provides.

81. Client Service Remains Top Priority at The Barnett Group -

The Barnett Group, a Memphis-based employee benefits and financial services firm, didn’t get to the point where it’s provided benefits to more than 75,000 people by accident.

It’s always a reality that businesses are looking to do more with less, cut costs and look for areas where resources can be optimized. The industry space in which The Barnett Group operates is a fast-changing one, with a constant stream of new rules and regulations governing it.

82. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Aug. 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

83. 3 Ways Insurers Can Discourage Sick From Enrolling -

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest – and costliest – patients from enrolling.

84. Events -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will hold free how-to clinics with Lowe’s and a kickoff of Habitat’s 2014 building season Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Habitat, 7136 Winchester Road. Clinics will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will focus on painting and working with hardware and power tools. The short kickoff program will follow. Visit memphishabitat.com for details.

85. US Home Price Gains Slow in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices increased at a slower pace in June – a cooldown that could continue for several more months.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 8.1 percent in June from 12 months earlier, according to a Tuesday report. That's down from 9.4 percent a month earlier and the smallest annual gain since December 2012.

86. Events -

Orion Federal Credit Union will hold a grand opening celebration for its newest branch Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at 4805 American Way. Visit orionfcu.com.

87. TiVo to Make Version for Those Without Cable -

NEW YORK (AP) – Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.

88. Oak Ridge Biomass Steam Plant Already Closed -

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) – When Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Biomass Steam Plant opened in 2012, it was supposed to save the lab money while also cutting pollution. But the plant had to be shut down after just a year and a half when a systems check found that some parts were already failing.

89. Events -

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum will host its 2014 Economic Development Forum Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can hear nationally known speakers, learn business growth strategies and get access to business capital. Register at edf.mmbc-memphis.org.

90. Macon Homes Complex Sells for $800,000 -

500 N. Claybrook St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Sale Amount: $800,000

Sale Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Buyer: Crosstown Macon Homes LLC
Seller: Macon Homes
Details: The 24-unit Macon Homes section 8 apartment complex at 500 N. Claybrook St. in Midtown has sold for $800,000.

91. Millington Leaders Emphasize Unique School System -

For much of the move to the demerger of public education in Shelby County, the Millington Municipal Schools district has been overshadowed by the five other suburban school systems.

All six formed starting in January and three weeks ago opened for classes, but Millington school system leaders, principals, teachers and civic leaders didn’t have their opening celebration until this past weekend, the day after the Millington Central High School Trojans beat the Germantown Red Devils in the first weekend of high school football.

92. Events -

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum will host its 2014 Economic Development Forum Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can hear from nationally known speakers, learn business growth strategies and get access to business capital. Register at edf.mmbc-memphis.org.

93. E-Books Cut Costs for Tennessee State Students -

Tennessee State University students face higher costs, tacked on by state government, but that downer could be offset by “e-books” that can save students $735 each semester.

TSU is set to offer the electronic books to freshmen and sophomores for general education courses in an effort to lower the cost of traditional books, according to the university.

94. Middle Tennessee State’s Goal: Students Graduating on Time -

Tennessee’s higher education funding formula is based largely on retaining students, and Middle Tennessee State University plans to stay focused on student support in 2014.

The university initiated the “Quest for Student Success” in October 2013 in an effort to keep students on track and boost its 52 percent graduation rate to 62 percent by 2020.

95. Vanderbilt Students Find Happiness in Music City -

As the Class of 2018 begins to poke around the Vanderbilt University campus, the newest Commodores will be met with the highest of expectations.

“This class is projected to have the highest academic quality in our history as measured by high school class rank and SAT scores,’’ says Doug Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions.

96. Council Rejects Utility Construction Contract -

The Memphis City Council approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, Aug. 19, an ordinance that adjusts the city’s policy on the investment of the city’s pension fund. The change would up the percentage of investments in real estate from 5 percent to 10 percent.

97. United Lures Top Fliers With Promise of a Hot Meal -

NEW YORK (AP) – To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.

The carrier has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top fliers who defected to other carriers following a rocky merger with Continental Airlines. So, it's upgrading first class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

98. Tennessee Now Seeks to Renovate Cordell Hull Building -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is backing off earlier plans to demolish the 60-year-old Cordell Hull office building located next to the state Capitol in Nashville and instead hopes to renovate it.

99. Airport Authority OKs Concourse Overhaul -

An ambitious effort to reconfigure Memphis International Airport for the future will get underway this fall, when demolition of portions of two concourses begins and a single concessions vendor takes control.

100. Council Rejects Utility Construction Contract -

The Memphis City Council approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, Aug. 19, an ordinance that adjusts the city’s policy on the investment of the city’s pension fund. The change would up the percentage of investments in real estate from 5 percent to 10 percent.