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EMPHASIS Health Care
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2. HealthChoice CEO Touts Data-Driven Care -

Mitch Graves thinks there’s a better approach to health care than the model built around patching people up once they show up at their doctor’s office or in the emergency room.

And as CEO of HealthChoice LLC, an organization celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, he’s in a position to do something about that, and to help others in his field do something about it.

3. Church Health Center Readies for Crosstown Move -

The leadership of the Church Health Center has been talking for a few years now about the significance of its move into Crosstown Concourse in 2017 – an indication of its deeply held commitment to a vision the center’s founder has carried with him since his youth.

4. Go, Go Gadget Health -

The proliferation of fitness bands, activity trackers, smartwatches that monitor a variety of health-related metrics and more makes one thing clear when it comes to health care.

More than ever before, people are relying on gadgets to measure – and hopefully improve – large parts of their lives. Indeed, all that technology is making it possible for people to get a closer look at the number of steps they’re taking during the day, how active they really are, how many calories they’re consuming and all the different ways they have room to improve.

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6. Utilizing Health Savings Accounts -

Ray's Take: Health savings accounts turned 10 in 2014. These accounts, which allow individuals to set aside money for current or future health care costs on a tax-free basis, are an under-utilized tool that few of us take advantage of.

7. Health Care Revitalization -

Health care is always in the news: advances in health care technology, groundbreaking research, and health care disparities are just a few. Yet there’s one story we rarely hear: the role of hospital or medical center related health care foundations.

8. Healthcare.gov Sending Out Corrected Tax Forms -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration said Friday it's making progress trying to correct a tax-form error that affected 820,000 customers of HealthCare.gov.

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10. Group Benefits Aids Employers Navigating Health Care Reform -

Tim Finnell admits that the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act are convoluted, and employers trying to navigate group plans for their companies are easily overwhelmed.

That’s where Finnell and his team at Group Benefits LLC step in. They help companies fund strategies and compliance support as well as find insurance packages to fit employees’ medical, vision, dental and disability needs.

11. Christ Community Health Services Awarded $3.6 Million Grant -

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $3.6 million grant to Christ Community Health Services Inc.

12. Healthy Memphis Food Festival Coming to Broad -

The first annual Healthy Memphis Food Festival is coming to the Broad Avenue Arts District next month.

The event, produced by event company Mocha Enterprises LLC, will happen April 11 and April 12. It will transform the Water Tower on Broad into a mini marketplace filled with things like healthy food vendors, music, art and wellness businesses.

13. Harbor of Health Doctor Closing Downtown Practice -

Dr. Susan Nelson’s health practice at Harbor of Health is closing next month, as she prepares to move to the Church Health Center this summer.

14. Initiative Aims to Help Tennesseans Live Healthier -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has launched an initiative that aims to get communities involved in helping Tennesseans live healthier.

Healthier Tennessee Communities is a coordinated initiative supporting physical activity, health eating and tobacco abstinence at the local level.

15. Healthy Memphis Food Festival Coming to Broad -

The first annual Healthy Memphis Food Festival is coming to the Broad Avenue Arts District next month.

The event, produced by event company Mocha Enterprises LLC, will happen April 11 and April 12. It will transform the Water Tower on Broad into a mini marketplace filled with things like healthy food vendors, music, art and wellness businesses.

16. Health Care Law on Tap at Daily News Seminar -

It’s been five years since the enactment of the massive federal health care legislation known as the Affordable Care Act, and its ramifications are still so far-reaching and consequential that another piece of the law is before the highest court in the country.

17. Harbor of Health Doctor Closing Harbor Town Practice -

Dr. Susan Nelson’s health practice at Harbor of Health is closing next month, as she prepares to move to the Church Health Center this summer.

18. Good Health, Wealth Go Hand in Hand -

Ray’s Take: One of the biggest and most challenging issues in retirement is how to plan and pay for health care expenses. Medical bills can mushroom in later life and empty nest eggs. Reimbursements are being reduced regularly. The healthier we are, and remain, the lower our health costs will be. Especially in a world where health costs are rising more each year.

19. US Economic Growth in Q4 Revised Down to 2.2 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.

The Commerce Department said Friday that the economy as measured by the gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December quarter, weaker than the 2.6 percent first estimated last month. It marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which had been the strongest growth in 11 years.

20. Bid to Block Health Exchange in Tennessee Seen as 'Overkill' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Some Republican lawmakers still reveling in the recent defeat of a proposal to expand Medicaid to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are now setting their sights on 230,000 people enrolled through the federal health insurance exchange.

21. Local Health Care Firm to Merge With Indianapolis Firm -

Qsource, a Memphis-based nonprofit regional health care consultancy, is planning to merge with Indianapolis-based Network Strategies & Innovations Inc.

22. Regional One Health Foundation Adds to Board -

Regional One Health Foundation has added five new members to its board of directors.

They represent a range of industries that span farming, security, credit unions and insurance.

The new members are Dillard Door and Entrance Control president and CEO Christopher Bird; Regions Insurance of Tennessee president and CEO Mark Forrester; Jefferson Mortuary owner/operator Preston Jefferson; Bowdre Place/Owen Family Farming Partners managing partner Norman Davis Owen Sr.; and Orion Federal Credit Union president and CEO Daniel Weickenand.

23. UT Initials Added to Methodist University -

Starting this week, the University of Tennessee initials will appear on a Memphis hospital for the first time since 2004.

A bright orange “UT” will be added to new exterior signage at Methodist University Hospital, and the hospital will be referred to as Methodist UT Hospital in recognition of the partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system. The new signage above the hospital’s main entrance and its new emergency department entrance were set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

24. Events -

Leadership Memphis will host its 2015 Leadership Awards Luncheon Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Awardees Pat Halloran, Brian Stephens and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will be honored for empowering the community and making a positive impact in the Mid-South. Tickets are $50. Visit leadershipmemphis.org.

25. Lady Vols Seem to Be Slipping Off National Stage -

KNOXVILLE – There is a bronze statue of legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt standing proudly across the street from Thompson-Boling Arena.

Summitt’s arms are crossed and she has a smile on her face. Thousands of Lady Vols fans have walked past the Summitt statue since it was unveiled Nov. 22, 2013.

26. Complete Health Care Center Nabs Elite NCQA Status -

Common Table Health Alliance’s process improvement team effectively coached Complete Health Care Center through the process to receive the first Level 3 NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition in West Tennessee.

27. Campbell Foundation Expands Board of Directors -

The Campbell Foundation, the charitable trust affiliated with Campbell Clinic, has added a new member to its board of trustees – Dr. John Weinlein.

He joined the Campbell Clinic staff as an orthopedic trauma surgeon in 2010. He also serves as a clinical instructor of orthopedic surgery in the University of Tennessee - Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopedic Surgery & Biomedical Engineering.

28. Events -

South Main Trolley Night will be held Friday, Feb. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit gosouthmain.com/trolley-night.html for details.

29. Flexing Its Muscles, LA Fitness Eyes Third Store -

LA Fitness is eyeing a property in the heart of East Memphis for its third Memphis-area location.

The California-based fitness center chain is considering opening its third store in the Memphis market at 1285 Ridgeway Road, according to sources.

30. Methodist University Hospital Sports Orange UT Initials -

Starting this week, the University of Tennessee initials will appear on a Memphis hospital for the first time since 2004.

A bright orange “UT” will be added to new exterior signage at Methodist University Hospital, and the hospital will be referred to as Methodist UT Hospital in recognition of the partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system. The new signage above the hospital’s main entrance and its new emergency department entrance were set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

31. Coming Up Roses -

Back in the 1970s, Scott McCormick was taking pictures of the Memphis Botanic Garden for the White Station High School yearbook.

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33. 2015 Financial Markets Off to Converse Start From 2014 -

The first two months of the calendar year can present an intriguing opportunity to examine the state of the financial markets, as fourth quarter earning’s season is basically complete. Let’s take a look first at the broad equity markets, starting with a 2014 review:

34. PR That Gets Media Results -

The press release was written with no mistakes, explaining all the virtues of your company’s remarkable product. It was sent to all the newspapers and TV stations, and you even managed to send it to select radio stations and bloggers.

35. Crone Promoted at Trane Mid-South -

Jim Crone has been promoted to comprehensive solutions business development manager with Trane Mid-South. In his new role, Crone will work with large commercial, industrial and institutional customers throughout the Mid-South to develop performance-based comprehensive solutions for capital improvements and operational efficiencies.

36. Survey: Uninsured Rate Hit New Low in 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama's health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.

37. EDGE Leader Faults 'Vague' Concerns About Incentives -

The president of the Economic Development Growth Engine wants Memphis City Council members and Shelby County commissioners to approve proposed changes to payment-in-lieu-of taxes incentives the EDGE board grants.

38. Dream Realized -

Around 2010, Francis Ssebikindu saw people exploring the Sears Crosstown property, kicking the tires of the long-vacant retail and distribution building.

“Five years ago I saw a bunch of guys looking around in my area and I said, ‘what are they doing here?’” said Ssebikindu, pastor of Living Water Community Church near the Sears Crosstown building

39. Williams Says Mayoral Bid Based On Change -

Saying there is a pulse in the city for change, Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams announced Monday, Feb. 23, he will run for Memphis mayor in the October city elections.

40. Crosstown Project Named Crosstown Concourse -

Developers of the old Sears Crosstown building formally broke ground Saturday, Feb. 21, on the project that was five years in the planning and gave it a new name – Crosstown Concourse.

Nearly a thousand people packed a tent in the shadow of the mammoth 1.5 million square foot building on a rainy, cold and overcast day that marked 88 years to the day that ground was broken in 1927 on the original Crosstown structure including the tower that will serve as an apartment building in the multi-use redevelopment.

41. World Health Organization Approves Quick Test for Ebola -

BERLIN (AP) – The World Health Organization has approved a quick test for Ebola that will dramatically cut the time it takes to determine with reasonable accuracy whether someone is infected with the deadly virus.

42. New Woes for Healthcare.Gov: Wrong Tax Info Sent Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a new setback for the health care law and the people it's supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that's fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.

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44. Wal-Mart Raises Could Help Lift Pay in Lower-Wage Industries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The modest raises that Wal-Mart has said it will give its lowest-paid workers provide a glimmer of hope for lower-wage workers in other companies and industries.

Other retailers and some fast food restaurants may now feel compelled to follow suit to retain their workers and attract others to fill openings, economists said.

45. Tennessee Legislature Wants to Keep Insurance Information Secret -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican lawmakers still seething about the release about their enrollment in the state's health care plan want to keep further coverage information from being made public.

46. Regional One Health Foundation Adds to Board -

Regional One Health Foundation has added five new members to its board of directors.

They represent a range of industries that span farming, security, credit unions and insurance.

The new members are Dillard Door and Entrance Control president and CEO Christopher Bird; Regions Insurance of Tennessee president and CEO Mark Forrester; Jefferson Mortuary owner/operator Preston Jefferson; Bowdre Place/Owen Family Farming Partners managing partner Norman Davis Owen Sr.; and Orion Federal Credit Union president and CEO Daniel Weickenand.

47. Fred’s Offering Free Blood Pressure Screenings -

February is American Heart Month, and to help raise awareness and show support, fred’s Pharmacy is providing free blood pressure screenings and donating up to $50,000 to the American Heart Association.

48. Health Care Enrollments Reach 44,000 in Memphis -

A little more than 44,000 people in the Memphis metro, including parts of Mississippi and Arkansas, chose a health plan or were re-enrolled in a plan through the HealthCare.gov platform by Feb. 15, when the second year of open enrollment came to a close.

49. Cohen Announces Funding for HIV Treatment -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says Shelby County is receiving more than $5.6 million in federal funds to help care for people living with HIV.

50. BlueCross Minority Scholarship Deadline Nears -

A diversity scholarship for minority students pursuing careers in health care has been increased from $5,000 to $10,000.

The BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee Diversity Scholarship program is in its third year with three of the $10,000 scholarships to be awarded through the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust and the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives.

51. Christ Community Health Services Co-Founders Return -

Dr. Rick Donlon once explained the motivation for co-founding Christ Community Health Services in 1995 this way:

“It may sound odd, but it’s a way to make God big and great,” Donlon told The Daily News in 2010. “We plop down in one of these underserved neighborhoods, we open the door, and we see everyone who comes in.”

52. I Choose Memphis: Adele Landers -

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

Name: Adele Landers

Job & company: Client Adviser, SunTrust Private Wealth Management

53. New Brewery Venture Eyeing Crosstown -

When they launched a Facebook page at the end of January, the first post for which was simply the logo for the craft beer brewery they’re planning, Will Goodwin and Clark Ortkiese didn’t expect the flood of interest their concept would generate.

54. Cohen Announces Funding for HIV Treatment -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says Shelby County is receiving more than $5.6 million in federal funds to help care for people living with HIV.

55. Employers Go to Dockworkers in West Coast Port Fight -

Cargo companies have gone straight to West Coast dockworkers with what they call their “last, best and final” offer in a contract crisis that has choked off billions of dollars in international trade.

56. Health Coverage Enrollment Reaches 44,000 in Memphis -

More than 44,000 people in the Memphis area, including parts of Mississippi and Arkansas, chose a health plan or were re-enrolled in a plan through the HealthCare.gov platform by Feb. 15, when open enrollment came to a close.

57. Economic Indicator Posts 0.2 Percent Gain in January -

An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy rose in January by the smallest amount in five months, indicating the economy’s momentum may have slowed a bit.

The New York-based Conference Board said Thursday its index of leading indicators increased 0.2 percent in January, the weakest gain since a 0.1 percent rise in August.

58. Tennessee Medical Association Unveils Legislative Agenda -

Ahead of its annual Day on the Hill next month and fresh off the legislative defeat of a Medicaid expansion in Tennessee, the state’s largest professional association for doctors has unveiled its wish list for the 2015 legislative session.

59. Florida Has Highest Number of Enrollees Under Health Law -

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Florida has eclipsed California to become the state with the highest number of consumers buying health coverage through new insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, according to federal statistics released Wednesday.

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61. US Labor Chief Urges Quick Deal in West Coast Port Dispute -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The nation's top labor official is bringing a clear message to dockworkers and their employers amid a contract dispute that has crippled international trade through West Coast seaports: Reach a deal – and fast.

62. Doctors' Group to Visit State Capitol on March 3 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Doctors from across Tennessee will visit the state Capitol on March 3.

The Tennessee Medical Association is the state's largest professional group for physicians with more than 8,000 members statewide.

63. BlueCross BlueShield Minority Scholarship Deadline Nears -

A diversity scholarship for minority students pursuing careers in health care has been been increased from $5,000 to $10,000.

The BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee Diversity Scholarship program is in its third year with three of the $10,000 scholarships to be awarded through the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust and the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives.

64. Events -

City of Memphis, Shelby County Schools AmeriCorps VISTA programs and Grizzlies Foundation TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership will host the Tennessee Community Solutions Summit Thursday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Schools Teaching and Learning Academy, 2485 Union Ave. The summit will focus on mentoring as a solution to challenges faces faced by Memphis youth. Email maria.furhmann@memphistn.gov.

65. New Video Details Sears Crosstown Project -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment team has released a video about the years-long effort to transform the vacant Midtown property in advance of a Saturday, Feb. 21 public groundbreaking ceremony.

In the 6.5-minute video Crosstown redevelopment team co-leader McLean Wilson talks in detail about the journey to redevelop the 1.5-million-square-foot building.

66. Tennessee Lawmaker Operated Hog Farm Without Proper Permits -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican lawmaker from northwestern Tennessee operated his hog farm without proper state permits, and an inspector said he was discouraged by upper management from enforcing violations.

67. Democrats Seek Relief From Health Law Penalties -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

68. Fred’s Super Dollar Offers Free Screenings in February -

February is American Heart Month, and to help raise awareness and show support, fred’s Pharmacy is providing free blood pressure screenings and donating up to $50,000 to the American Heart Association.

69. Professional Development Pays Dividends -

We were reviewing a proposal for a client this week and noticed in the funder’s guidelines a request for information about the organization’s ongoing training and professional development activities, and the budget for these. Needless to say there was silence in the room.

70. Maines Paper & Food Service Continues Work in Arlington -

11420 Gulf Stream Road
Memphis, TN 38002
Permit Amount: $2.5 million

Permit Application Date: February 2015
Owner: W D Arlington LLC
Tenant: Maines Paper & Food Service
Details: More new construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

71. Debt, Pension Overhang Top City Council Priorities -

UPDATE: Council committee sessions are beginning late Tuesday – at 10:30 a.m. – because of weather-related road conditions, and committees will have a condensed schedule, according to council staff.

72. Luttrell Scolds State Legislators -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says the political forces that defeated the Insure Tennessee proposal of Gov. Bill Haslam this month in Nashville weren’t in a fight with Washington and President Barack Obama

73. Silicone Arts Laboratories Enters 2015 With Additional Funding, Big Plans -

Silicone Arts Laboratories, a Memphis-based venture that makes innovative cosmetic products, is hosting an open house next month in its new Cooper-Young location.

And “new” is the operative word about the company’s efforts in 2015.

74. Silicone Arts Laboratories Enters 2015 With New Funding, Big Plans -

Silicone Arts Laboratories, a Memphis-based venture that makes innovative cosmetic products, is hosting an open house next month in its new Cooper-Young location.

And “new” is the operative word about the company’s efforts in 2015.

75. Events -

Beale Street Merchants Association will hold the annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. on Beale Street. The celebration will feature a fanfare of carts, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles and wagons decorated in Mardi Gras fashion; beads and candy; and jazz and blues music. Visit bealestreetmerchants.com.

76. Rite Aid to Pay $2B for EnvisionRx -

Rite Aid is expanding from running drugstores into managing pharmacy benefits with a planned, $2 billion purchase of EnvisionRx.

The company said it will pay about $1.8 billion in cash and $200 million in stock for EnvisionRx, a pharmacy benefit manager, or PBM, owned by the investment firm TPG.

77. Kellogg Cuts Forecast as Cereal Sales Decline -

Kellogg said Thursday that its cereal unit suffered another quarterly sales decline, and the company cut its long-term revenue forecast.

The maker of Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts and Special K said it now expects core revenue to rise between 1 to 3 percent over the long-term, down from the previous forecast of 3 to 4 percent.

78. Williford Appointed to State Health Agency -

Janet Williford, director of Baptist Trinity Home Care & Hospice, has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Licensing Health Care Facilities by Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam and will hold the position of Home Health Agency Administrator until June 2018.

79. UTHSC Professor Receives Osteoarthritis Grant -

Osteoarthritis is an increasingly large burden on the American health care system as this debilitating condition affects 60 percent of Americans over the age of 60 – the fastest-growing demographic in the nation.

80. HealthNet Credit Union Celebrates 60 Years -

HealthNet Federal Credit Union will celebrate its 60th anniversary at its annual meeting Feb. 25 at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis.

HealthNet was founded in 1955 to serve the financial needs of Baptist Memorial Hospital employees. Today, it has assets approaching $50 million and more than 6,700 members, and it provides financial services in addition to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. employees also to many medical groups and hospitals throughout the Memphis area.

81. Baptist Executive to Chair Medical Group Foundation -

Jim Boswell, Baptist Medical Group’s CEO and vice president of physician services for Baptist Memorial Health Care, has been named chairman of the board of the American Medical Group Foundation, an affiliate of the American Medical Group Association.

82. Botanic Garden Names New Executive Director -

Scott McCormick has been named the new executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden Foundation.

83. Maines Paper & Food Seeks $2.5M Permit -

More new construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

A $2.5 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the facility at 11420 Gulf Stream Road, listing the scope of work as “mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection.”

84. Crosstown Crossroads -

Richard Spore and his colleague at the Memphis office of the Bass Berry & Sims law firm have worked on several ambitious, game-changing projects like the transformation of Overton Square and Bass Pro Shops’ redevelopment of The Pyramid.

85. Common Core is Working – So Kill It -

Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.

86. Kellogg Cuts Sales Forecast As Cereal Continues Decline -

Kellogg said Thursday that its cereal unit suffered another quarterly sales decline, and the company cut its long-term revenue forecast.

The maker of Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts and Special K said it now expects core revenue to rise between 1 to 3 percent over the long-term, down from the previous forecast of 3 to 4 percent.

87. HealthNet Credit Union Has 60th Anniversary -

HealthNet Federal Credit Union will celebrate its 60th anniversary at its annual meeting Feb. 25 at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis.

HealthNet was founded in 1955 to serve the financial needs of Baptist Memorial Hospital employees. Today, it has assets approaching $50 million and more than 6,700 members, and it provides financial services in addition to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. employees also to many medical groups and hospitals throughout the Memphis area.

88. Insure Tennessee Fails to Win Sound Bite Test -

Fresh off a resounding November re-election victory, Gov. Bill Haslam ran smack dab into the reality of Tennessee politics: The Republican Party abhors anything connected to President Barack Obama.

89. Done Unto -

BELL. BOWLING. CROWE. GARDENHIRE. KELSEY. NICELY. ROBERTS. AND NORRIS. Since last week’s debacle in the state Legislature – the abandonment of common sense and decency and hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans by their elected representatives – the ether and printed pages here and elsewhere have been full of various explanations and finger pointing. Let’s keep it simple. Let’s simply point that finger at those who raised their hands.

90. Sunday Deadline Driving Health Law Sign-Ups for 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ahead of a Sunday deadline, consumers are stepping up to enroll for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, administration officials said Wednesday.

91. GAO: Veterans' Health Care Costs a 'High Risk' for Taxpayers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Veterans' health care is a "high risk" budget issue that threatens to cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars unless longstanding problems are addressed, government auditors warned Wednesday.

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93. Balancing Campaign and Small Business on Vitter's Agenda -

NEW YORK (AP) – The new chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has big issues on his agenda, but he'll have to fit them in with a high-profile gubernatorial campaign.

94. Rite Aid to Pay $2 Billion for Pharmacy Benefit Manager -

Rite Aid is expanding from running drugstores into managing pharmacy benefits with a planned, $2 billion purchase of EnvisionRx.

The company said it will pay about $1.8 billion in cash and $200 million in stock for EnvisionRx, a pharmacy benefit manager, owned by the investment firm TPG.

95. UTHSC to Host Open House for Prospective Students Feb. 20 -

Students possibly interested in a health care career have an opportunity to come to an open house at the College of Health Professions at UT Health Science Center on Friday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.

96. Local Health Care Executive Appointed To State Agency -

Janet Williford, director of Baptist Trinity Home Care & Hospice, has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Licensing Health Care Facilities by Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam and will hold the position of Home Health Agency Administrator until June 2018.

97. Baptist Executive Boswell To Chair Medical Foundation -

Jim Boswell, Baptist Medical Group’s CEO and vice president of physician services for Baptist Memorial Health Care, has been named chairman of the board of the American Medical Group Foundation, an affiliate of the American Medical Group Association.

98. Let Hackers In: Experts Say Traps Might Be Better Than Walls -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say cybersecurity is beyond due an overhaul.

99. Haslam Budget Seeks to Improve Teacher Salaries -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says he's committed to making Tennessee the fastest-improving state in the nation in terms of teacher pay and that his budget will reflect that commitment.

100. Maines Paper & Food Service Seeks $2.5 Million Permit -

More new construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

A $2.5 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the facility at 11420 Gulf Stream Road, listing the scope of work as “mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection.”