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1. Fuente, Players Win Conference Honors -

University of Memphis head coach Justin Fuente was named the American Athletic Conference’s 2014 Coach of the Year and senior linebacker Tank Jakes and sophomore place-kicker Jake Elliott earned post-season honors.

2. Fuente, Players Win Conference Honors -

University of Memphis head coach Justin Fuente was named the American Athletic Conference’s 2014 Coach of the Year and senior linebacker Tank Jakes and sophomore place-kicker Jake Elliott earned post-season honors.

3. Fuente, Players Win Conference Honors -

University of Memphis head coach Justin Fuente was named the American Athletic Conference’s 2014 Coach of the Year and senior linebacker Tank Jakes and sophomore place-kicker Jake Elliott earned post-season honors.

4. 321,000 Jobs Added in November, Most in Nearly 3 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A burst of U.S. hiring in November – the most in nearly three years – added 321,000 jobs and provided the latest evidence that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.

5. 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.

6. Blackberry Expanding Its Mobile-Security Arsenal -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – BlackBerry is expanding its efforts to sell mobile-security software on its rivals' smartphones and tablets to help counter the waning popularity of its own devices.

7. Law Says ‘Promptly’ Address Public Records Requests -

A news reporter in Nashville called me recently when a public information officer with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency refused to release a document that had been voted upon a few days earlier by a subcommittee of the public agency’s board of directors.

8. Hard Rock Priority -

When Hard Rock Café opened in the late 1990s at Beale and Hernando streets it was a late realization of a brand-specific goal city leaders had pursued while The Pyramid was being built in the late 1980s.

9. McManus Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michelle McManus, a Memphis native and certified public accountant, has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as manager. In her new role, McManus will supervise and review the monthly accounting process for a section of clients. She will also prepare and review tax returns and work closely with clients, assisting them with ongoing tax planning.

10. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the YMCA corporate office, 6373 Quail Hollow Road, suite 201. Joe Rojas of Alliance Title and Escrow will present “Tips for a Smooth Real Estate Closing.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

11. Events -

The Mid-South Area Job Fair, presented by the Mississippi Governor’s Job Fair Network and DeSoto County WIN Job Center, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. The fair opens to members of the military, veterans and spouses at 9 a.m. and to the general public at 9:30 a.m. Visit www.jobfairs.ms.gov.

12. Soda Makers Pledge to Reduce Calorie Consumption -

NEW YORK (AP) – Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper said Tuesday they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks.

13. First South Launches More Secure Cards -

First South Financial is preparing to roll out credit cards embedded with new chip technology that offer users more protection than the standard piece of plastic today.

Starting Oct. 1, the Memphis-based credit union will offer its Visa Platinum credit cards with new EMV chip technology. Cards with such technology, according to the Smart Card Alliance, contain embedded microprocessors that support “enhanced cardholder verification methods” and are regarded as more secure when making purchases online.

14. Latino Political Profile Continues Rise -

When Latino Memphis held its first annual Leadership Luncheon last week in East Memphis, the ballroom at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis included political and business leaders among the group of 800 people.

15. Electrolux to Buy GE Appliances in $3.3 Billion Deal -

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, boosting its presence on the North American market, the companies said Monday.

16. Stepherson Named Chair-Elect of Grocers Association -

Randy Stepherson has been named 2014-2015 chairman-elect of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association board of directors. Stepherson is president of Stepherson Inc., the family- and employee-owned parent company of Superlo Foods, which has five Memphis-area locations, and Stepherson’s.

17. Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits -

After being lampooned for years as one of the worst metro areas in the country for bicyclists and pedestrians, the Memphis region is poised to make a huge leap forward in developing a regional greenway and trail system.

18. Government Wants to Make Cars Talk to Each Other -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

19. Walgreen Turns Down Inversion to Cut Tax Bill -

Walgreen plans to keep its roots firmly planted in the United States, saying it will no longer pursue an overseas reorganization that would have trimmed its U.S. taxes but drew political scorn.

The nation's largest drugstore chain – which bills itself as "America's premier pharmacy" – said Wednesday that it will buy the remaining stake in Swiss health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots that it does not already own.

20. County Commission Continues Prekindergarten Debate -

Shelby County Commissioners pick up Monday, July 21, where they left off earlier in the month about a way to fund prekindergarten programs.

The commission faces dueling resolutions, with one setting up further study on an expansion, and the other dedicating $3 million in surplus funds from the just-ended fiscal year and the first $3 million of any surplus from the current fiscal year to Shelby County Schools and the suburban school systems.

21. States Told to Find Way to Clear Medicaid Backlog -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.

22. Primacy Parkway Office Building Sells for $7 Million -

6060 Primacy Parkway
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $6.9 million

Sale Date: June 27, 2014
Buyer: LSREF2 Newton LLC
Seller: Hub Properties Trust
Details: The 130,593-square-foot office building at 6060 Primacy Parkway in East Memphis has sold for $6.9 million.

23. Company Buys 30 Acres Of Land for $1.3 Million -

An affiliate of Lakeland-based real estate company WESSCORP Communities has paid $1.3 million for about 30 acres of vacant land in Northeast Memphis near Arlington.

The entity known as The Charleston HL Apartment Community LLC bought the two parcels – one totaling 29.6 acres and one totaling 0.1 acres – in a June 30 special warranty deed from First Alliance Bank.

24. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

25. Health Choice Selects Jones to Lead Provider Engagement -

LaTasha Jones has been named director of provider engagement at Health Choice LLC, where she will be responsible for directing and managing the implementation of a clinical integration database for Health Choice providers and practices.

26. Online Pirates Thrive on Legitimate Ad Dollars -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's.

That's the conclusion of several recent reports that shed light on Internet piracy's funding sources.

27. Proposal: Airlines Openly Disclose Seat, Bag Fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Passengers love the idea, but airlines hate it. The government wants to require that travelers be told upfront about basic services that aren't included in the price of a ticket and how much extra they'll cost.

28. Events -

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability will hold an open house about the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan Tuesday, May 20, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the North End Terminal, 444 N. Main St. Visit midsouthgreenprint.org.

29. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will host a ribbon cutting for its expanded and renovated emergency room Tuesday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the hospital, 7691 Poplar Ave. Visit methodisthealth.org.

30. IronHorse Makes New Hire, Launches Mutual Fund -

Memphis-based investment firm IronHorse Capital Management has hired a managing director for national sales, a new hire that comes at the same time as the firm has launched its first mutual fund product.

31. Coletta: ZIP Codes Don’t Define Destiny -

It’s not often you hear a featured speaker identify herself by ZIP code, but that’s just what Carol Coletta did Thursday morning at the ninth annual Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence conference at Temple Israel.

32. County Commission Ready for Budget Analysis -

Shelby County Commissioners begin their detailed look at the county’s consolidated budget proposal Wednesday, April 16, for the coming fiscal year.

The budget committee, chaired by commissioner Heidi Shafer, begins its hearings with a look at the budgets for the offices of Sheriff, Trustee, Register and the Juvenile Court and its Clerk’s office.

33. Commission Budget Season Begins Quietly -

Shelby County Commissioners began their budget season quietly with a first look in committee sessions last week at a $1.2 billion consolidated county budget proposal by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

34. Hampline Recalls Overton Park Interstate Plans -

In a city with lots of markers and monuments showing where historic events happened, there is an increasing amount of attention to a different kind of Memphis historic event.

And it involves something that did not happen – the interstate that was supposed to go through Overton Park 50 years ago but was first delayed and then stopped for good in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling 43 years ago this coming Sunday.

35. Makino Named Music Director at Opera Memphis -

Ben Makino has joined Opera Memphis as the company’s music director. The conductor and pianist, who most recently worked with the Long Beach Opera in Long Beach, Calif., previously served as the music director of Opera Memphis’ inaugural 30 Days of Opera in 2012.

36. Walgreen's Quarterly Profit Jumps 68 Percent -

Walgreen's fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 68 percent as investments in other companies paid off for the nation's largest drugstore chain, but a slowdown in generic drug introductions helped squeeze profitability.

37. First Alliance Teams Up With Radian Partners -

First Alliance Bank and Radian Partners LLC have agreed to form a strategic alliance to provide customers of both firms with access to the financial expertise and capabilities of the other.

38. Events -

T.O. Fuller State Park will host its first hike of the year Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 9:30 a.m., starting at the visitors center, 1500 Mitchell Road. The 4-mile hike along the Discovery Trail will include a birds of prey program during the break. Cost is free; bring hiking shoes and water. Call 543-7581 or email michael.champagne@tn.gov.

39. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Dec. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

40. Walgreen’s Quarterly Profit Jumps 68 Percent -

Walgreen’s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 68 percent as investments in other companies paid off for the nation’s largest drugstore chain, but a slowdown in generic drug introductions helped squeeze profitability.

41. First Alliance Teams Up With Radian Partners -

First Alliance Bank and Radian Partners LLC have agreed to form a strategic alliance to provide customers of both firms with access to the financial expertise and capabilities of the other.

42. Baptist CEO Set to Retire Next May -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. President and CEO Stephen Reynolds will retire next May, with Jason Little, Baptist’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, taking over as the hospital system’s next president and CEO.

43. Brown Launches County Commission Campaign -

In a Midtown apartment last week, Jake Brown gathered his friends and friends of those friends to launch his campaign for a seat on the Shelby County Commission in the 2014 county elections.

44. Supreme Court Will Take Up New Health Law Dispute -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to referee another dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law, whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees.

45. Nelson Takes New Role at Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence -

Amanda C. Nelson has joined the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence as director of consulting, a newly created position. Nelson will oversee, coordinate and promote the alliance’s management consulting services, and manage its three-year capacity-building program, the Program for Nonprofit Excellence.

46. Workshop Aims to Help Companies Grow and Keep Growing -

Businesspeople around the world are focused on entrepreneurship this month. November sees the yearly Global Entrepreneurship Week, with its attendant events and gatherings that all point towards supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship.

47. Groups Highlight Adoption Awareness in November -

November is Adoption Awareness Month, and local groups like Mid-South Alliance and Agape Child & Family Services are working to provide safe and loving homes for more than 1,100 children in foster care in Shelby County.

48. Campus Connections -

The University of Memphis is in the early stages of updating its campus master plan, and it will seek input from its neighbors as it moves into its next century of higher education.

The U of M has hired the Smith Group JJR of Ann Arbor, Mich., to lead the effort with Memphis-based LRK Inc. serving as the local partner.

49. Workshop Will Outline Growth Principles for Business -

It’s a natural impulse for a business owner to want to grow the business. That desire, in fact, is practically a requirement for an entrepreneur who wants his company to stick around tomorrow and who wants to do more than tread water today.

50. Local Banks Raise Capital to Fund Growth -

When banks pass the hat, rounding up new capital from investors to finance future growth, it tends to be a sign those banks believe the economy is getting better.

Banks in Memphis that have been doing that of late include First Alliance Bank, which is in the midst of a capital raise now. First Alliance recently launched that capital raise in the form of a debt offering of up to $5.35 million.

51. HUD Adviser Talks Housing for Homeless -

Jennifer Ho said she views her job as a senior adviser to U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan as looking at the problem of homelessness like a jigsaw puzzle.

52. Catholic Charities Launches Program For Homeless Veterans -

This month Catholic Charities of West Tennessee launches a new program called St. Sebastian Veteran Services to provide critical assistance to homeless veterans and their families and to those facing imminent eviction or foreclosure.

53. St. Jude Selects Kun as Clinical Director -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has appointed senior physician and internationally recognized radiation oncologist Dr. Larry Kun as its new clinical director and executive vice president.

Kun has served as chair of the St. Jude Department of Radiological Sciences and will remain in that position.

54. Shelby County Mortgages Up 7 Percent in Third Quarter -

The gas tank of Shelby County’s mortgage market continues to be powered by the fuel of low interest rates and more of a willingness from lenders to make new loans.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 2,521 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during the third quarter, a 7 percent improvement from the 2,364 mortgages during the third quarter of 2012, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports,www.chandlerreports.com.

55. Synk to Lead Business Growth Workshop -

One often-heard quote about the importance of strategizing makes the point that someone who fails to plan is essentially planning to fail.

At a one-day workshop next month, author, business coach and strategy expert Michael Synk will present a version of that concept tailored to helping businesspeople address a fundamental goal: how to foster growth in their companies.

56. Walgreen Fiscal Fourth-Quarter Profit Soars 86 Percent -

Walgreen Co.'s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings soared 86 percent, as the nation's largest drugstore chain booked a big inventory-related gain and benefited from its acquisition of a stake in European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots.

57. Events -

The fifth annual Mike Conley Bowl-n-Bash, benefiting the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, 1576 S. White Station Road. Individual tickets are $125; teams of four are $500. Visit methodisthealth.org/bowlnbash to register.

58. Select Health Alliance Names Sullivant Chief Medical Officer -

Baptist Memorial Health Care’s Select Health Alliance has named Dr. Henry Sullivant as its first chief medical officer. Sullivant will lead the physician-led clinical integration project, with the mission to deliver a better insurance care model that will then go to the marketplace as a collaborative effort between a physician group and a hospital.

59. GiVE 365 Grants $88,000 to 12 Nonprofits -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis made it easier for a dozen Memphis nonprofits to continue the good they do in the community when it announced the recipients of this year’s GiVE 365 grantees last week.

60. Nonprofit Alliance Retools Logo, Website, Message -

About this time last year, CEO Nancy McGee of the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence decided to evaluate the organization’s internal and external messaging.

61. Apple Expected to Expand Selection of iPhones -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is expected to unveil its latest take on the iPhone Tuesday during an annual ritual that will probably cast a spotlight on the gadget maker's drive to regain market share and its sluggish pace of innovation.

62. Groups Race to Hire, Train 'Obamacare' Guides -

CHICAGO (AP) – With the program known as "Obamacare" only weeks away from its key launch date, hectic preparations are in motion in communities across the country to deal with one of its major practical challenges: hiring and training a small army of instant experts who can explain the intricacies of health insurance to people who've never had it.

63. AP Exclusive: Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future -

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – You can feel the spirit of George Eastman in Antonio Perez's office.

A picture of Eastman, who founded Kodak in 1880, sits among the current CEO's collection of family photos. The outer areas of Perez's office, built and first inhabited by Eastman about a century ago, include some of Kodak's Oscar and Emmy awards, along with a collection of historic photos. A large portrait of Eastman, who died in 1932, hangs near the entrance.

64. 2014 County Commission Candidates Mapping Strategy -

A map may be one of the most valuable tools of the coming campaign season for the Shelby County Commission.

Two contenders in the 2014 commission races and elections kicked off a joint fundraiser in East Memphis last week with campaign handouts that included a map of the districts they are each running in.

65. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host The 19th Hole Wine Tasting at the Garden, part of the Tuesdays on the Terrace wine-tasting series, Tuesday, July 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers; reservations are required. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

66. Industry Finalizing New Mobile App Guidelines -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Industry groups and privacy advocates on Thursday were near agreement on voluntary guidelines for mobile apps that should make it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers.

67. Supreme Court Makes it Harder to Sue Businesses -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday decided to make it harder for Americans to sue businesses for retaliation and discrimination, leading a justice to call for Congress to overturn the court's actions.

68. Survey: Poverty Rising for State’s Kids -

More Tennessee families are trying to raise children in the face of poverty and homelessness, according to an annual survey released Monday, June 24, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The number of Tennessee children living in poverty increased to 26 percent in 2011, compared with 21 percent in 2005, before the recession. About 34 percent of the state’s children lack secure employment, while an estimated 35 percent live in a household with a high housing cost burden, the survey found. Overall, Tennessee ranks No. 39 for the overall economic well-being of children.

69. Government Largesse -

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

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

70. Next Wave -

What do you follow a splash park with at the Children’s Museum of Memphis?

A robotic cow, of course.

As children out of school for the summer enjoy the newly opened “H2Oh! Splash” water park at Hollywood Street and Central Avenue, museum public relations and marketing director Carrie Roberts says plans are being made for the robotic cow and a barn on the other side of the museum property including an outdoor classroom.

71. Conflicting Laws, Regulations Feed IRS Confusion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The uproar over the Internal Revenue Service's heavy-handed treatment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status can be traced partly to when New York University Law School went into the noodle business.

72. Bolding Advocates For Underserved Market -

Some people get up early to look at the sports pages or comics in the local newspaper, but Tim Bolding wakes up early to look at foreclosure notices.

73. Baptist, Community Health Alliance Strike Deal -

West Tennessee residents who purchase health care insurance through Community Health Alliance beginning this fall will be directed to providers at Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities.

The exclusive agreement should be a boon for the Memphis-based Baptist system, which operates 14 hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and eastern Arkansas. The Baptist network also includes more than 4,000 affiliated physicians, a multi-specialty physician group of more than 450 providers, home, hospice and psychiatric care, and a network of surgery, rehabilitation and outpatient centers.

74. Median CEO Pay Rises to $9.7 Million in 2012 -

CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.

The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.

75. Word Finds Passion With Vaco, Women’s Alliance -

In her six years as a CPA, Ginna Word has seen the industry from both sides of a spreadsheet, as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche, and as a corporate, in-house accountant for The ServiceMaster Co.

76. IRS Apologizes for Targeting Tea Party Groups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

77. Nurturing Social Capital -

“Trusting relationships and reflection/rejuvenation are required for building strong networks and collaborations.”

That’s the word from Patricia Brandes, executive director of the Barr Foundation. She didn’t say more funding, more collaboration, lower expenses or greater impact. She focuses on the three R’s – relationships, reflection and rejuvenation.

78. Events -

Business Over Coffee International will launch a six-part social media training class titled Weave Your Own Web on Thursday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the group’s headquarters, 5865 Ridgeway Road, suite 300. Classes will continue on the second Thursday of each month. Cost is free for members and first-time guests, and $10 for returning guests. Visit businessovercoffee.biz or call 820-4469.

79. International Paper Takes on Forest Protection -

International Paper Co. and a forest conservation group announced a plan Wednesday to protect endangered forests in key paper-producing areas of the South.

80. International Paper Takes on Forest Protection -

International Paper Co. and a forest conservation group announced a plan Wednesday to protect endangered forests in key paper-producing areas of the South.

81. Social Suds Brings Services to Soulsville -

With a bubble machine on the roof, the new South Memphis Alliance laundromat and resource center opened Wednesday, April 3, at 1044 S. Bellevue Blvd.

82. Council OKs Registry for Blighted Properties -

For months, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the Memphis City Council had delayed final votes on his proposal to require the registration of property to make it easier for the city to find the owners of blighted property.

83. Reform Brings Changes to Managed Care -

Historic changes in managed health care are already under way and more are expected over the next year as reform continues to take shape following the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Since 2010, the trend of alignment between local physicians and hospital systems has swept across the Mid-South, and local hospital professionals brace for more changes and more patients once the new insurance exchanges are online within the next six months.

84. Musicians Get Plugged in to Cawein’s Signal Flow -

When Elizabeth Cawein left her job with the Memphis Music Foundation amid a restructuring of the organization, she had a choice.

The Memphis music fan could stay in the city and settle for a public relations job not connected to the music industry, or she could make a music-related PR job her focus and end up leaving town.

85. Koury’s Success Defined by Partnerships, Programming -

Heather Baugus Koury has been executive director of the American Institute of Architects Memphis chapter for more than a decade, and although she was just named to the distinguished status of Honorary AIA, she’s never considered becoming a practitioner.

86. ‘All is Not Lost’ -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has been nationally recognized for its work providing health care services for the homeless population of the Mid-South, helping people like Grace Hilton-Young transform their lives.

87. Maximizing Madison -

The Downtown strip of Madison Avenue from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to Fielder Square Apartments in its prime was the city’s financial hub.

It’s seen some successes in recent times – new businesses opening, building renovations and the removal of the makeshift wall at Main and Second streets that interrupted traffic for two years.

88. Judge and Mayoral Contender Otis Higgs Dies -

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge W. Otis Higgs, whose two bids to become Memphis Mayor in the 1970s were important chapters in the city’s political and racial history, died Friday, Feb. 15, at the age of 75.

89. American, US Airways Announce $11 Billion Merger -

DALLAS (AP) – US Airways CEO Doug Parker has landed the big merger he sought for years. Now the soon-to-be CEO of the new American Airlines has to make it work.

Planes need painting. Frequent flier programs have to be combined. And the new airline will still be weak in Asia and need to win back business travelers who have been drifting away to other airlines.

90. Events -

Memphis Child Advocacy Center will hold its Works of Heart valentine auction, featuring works by more than 100 local artists, Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar Ave. Visit memphiscac.org.

91. Madewell Coming to Saddle Creek -

The Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown will soon gain another national retailer with no other presence in Tennessee.

Madewell, a subsidiary of J. Crew Group Inc., has signed a 3,061-square-foot lease in The Shops of Saddle Creek North, 7509 Poplar Ave., in part of the space that was previously The Gap in between James Avery Jewelry and Brighton Collectables.

92. Outdoor Retail Executive Picked for Interior -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated outdoor business executive Sally Jewell to lead the Interior Department.

93. APNewsBreak: Effort Building to Change US Pot Laws -

SEATTLE (AP) – An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a federal pot tax.

While passage this year could be a longshot, lawmakers from both parties have been quietly working on several bills, the first of which Democratic Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of Colorado plan to introduce Tuesday, Blumenauer told The Associated Press.

94. Stretched Care -

The Herb Kosten Foundation and the International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) are two of many local health care-related nonprofit organizations that face ongoing funding challenges.

A November report from the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence concluded that, in general, local nonprofits are facing increased costs for running operations, and some cannot fully meet the demand for their services because of funding constraints.

95. Restaurants See Plenty of Activity in 2012 -

There were new restaurant openings, expansions and major milestones celebrated.

Alliances were formed, events were debuted and, of course, a few joints were shuttered.

In most respects, 2012 was a banner year for the Memphis food scene, and 2013 could be even more promising, said Patrick Reilly, owner of Majestic Grille and president of the Memphis Restaurant Association.

96. Memphis Primary Care Aligns With Baptist Group -

The trend of consolidation in the local health care industry marches on as Memphis Primary Care becomes the latest private physician practice to align with a major hospital system, joining Baptist Medical Group.

97. Southwind Homewood Suites Sells for $6.5 Million -

3583 Hacks Cross Road Memphis, TN 38125

Sale Amount: $6.5 million

Sale Date: Nov. 2, 2012

98. Spirit of Giving -

For several thousand homeless Memphians, the winter months can be especially rough being exposed to the harsh elements without money, food or warm clothing.

Several local organizations and volunteers took time to give back during this holiday season by donating warm clothes, preparing hot meals and providing health care for those less fortunate just as the first signs of freezing conditions and snow hit the area.

99. Renewed Focus -

Reginald Milton calls it the “dirty little secret” of nonprofits whose mission is to provide social services.

100. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission will unveil Memphis’ first marker on the Highway 61 Blues Trail Friday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. at Third Street and Gayoso Avenue. Visit downtownmemphis.com.