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1. Lee Joins MOGA’s DeSoto Office -

Dr. Daniel Lee has joined the DeSoto office of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC. Lee provides comprehensive women’s health services, including office gynecology, obstetrics and surgical management, to women of all ages.

2. AP Survey: Fed's Outlook Correct but Not Solution -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Economists appear to be of two minds about the Federal Reserve.

They agree with the Fed that the job market still isn't healthy. Yet the latest Associated Press survey of economists finds that most fear the Fed will wait too long to raise interest rates and thereby risk stoking inflation or creating asset bubbles.

3. Google's Pivotal IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.

And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further.

4. Services Firms See Increased Growth -

U.S. services firms grew at the fastest rate in more than eight years in July, the latest sign of an economy picking up speed in the second half of the year.

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its service-sector index jumped to 58.7, up from 56 in June. Any figure above 50 indicates expansion. June's reading is the highest since December 2005. The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers.

5. Springing to Life -

When Ridgeland, Miss.-based development firm the Bryan Co. broke ground on The Horizon condominium tower in 2007, it was at the peak of the housing bubble and optimism from elected officials and Downtown boosters was equally high.

6. US Services Firms Grow at Fastest Pace in 8 Years -

U.S. services firms grew at the fastest rate in more than eight years in July, the latest sign of an economy picking up speed in the second half of the year.

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its service-sector index jumped to 58.7, up from 56 in June. Any figure above 50 indicates expansion. June’s reading is the highest since December 2005. The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers.

7. 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.”

8. Problem Solvers -

Rick Smith is director of property management for Finard Properties, the commercial real estate firm that owns and manages properties such as the landmark Poplar Plaza shopping center at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.

9. Health Choice Selects Abisch to Lead Population Health Services -

Ellen Abisch has joined Health Choice LLC as senior director of population health services. In the newly created position, Abisch will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness programs for the Health Choice network.
Prior to joining the physician hospital organization, she served as manager of benefits and wellness for ServiceMaster.

10. 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.

11. Dykes Joins Family Safety Center as Controller -

Janet Dykes has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as controller. In her new role, she is responsible for all finance, accounting and human resources functions, in addition to providing leadership and coordination in the organization’s administrative, business planning, accounting and budgeting efforts.

12. Hospitals Reach Out to Attract Affluent Immigrants -

HOUSTON (AP) – The menu includes pork or chicken dumplings, fried rice or chicken congee soup with jasmine rice and ginger. It's an enviable repast that diners take in bed – hospital beds.

13. Head Joins CBU as Chief Financial Officer -

Carolyn Head is the new chief financial officer and vice president for administration and finance at Christian Brothers University.

14. Head Joins CBU as Chief Financial Officer -

Carolyn Head is the new chief financial officer and vice president for administration and finance at Christian Brothers University.

15. US Service Sector Grew at Slower Pace in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies expanded more slowly in February as hiring levels declined in a cautionary sign for the economy coming out of winter.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its service-sector index fell to 51.6 from 54 in January. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

16. Eddleman Joins Family Safety Center -

Vernetta Eddleman has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as director of client services.

In her new role, Eddleman will be responsible for the planning, design, development and management of client services, and will also supervise and train staff and partner agency providers in delivering quality care to victims and their families.

17. Ellis Joins State Systems As Sales Executive -

Alisa Ellis has joined State Systems Inc. as a low voltage sales executive. She brings 16 years of telecommunications experience to the company, which offers protection products and services, including fire protection equipment, training and cleaning services, as well as technology services such as network integration, cabling systems and wireless support.

18. US Service Sector Expands on Gain in New Orders -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies expanded at a slightly faster pace in January. New orders, sales and hiring showed strength in a sign that financial firms, retailers and information technology companies foresee stronger growth.

19. Shankman-Cohn to Lead Interior Design Coalition -

Leslie Shankman-Cohn has been elected the 2014 president of the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition, a statewide coalition committed, through legislative and regulatory endeavors, to enhance and protect the right to practice interior design. Shankman-Cohn is a partner in Jill Hertz Interior Design, a division of Eclectic Interiors. She specializes in custom-designed furniture, space planning, furnishings and finishes specifications, universal design, Aging in Style and sustainable design issues.

20. Little Outlines Options for City’s Pension Liability -

Changing retirement and health care benefits for city of Memphis employees going forward is a given, said city Chief Administrative Officer George Little this week.

21. Gold Strike Promotes Slade to PR Manager -

Elizabeth Slade has been promoted to public relations manager at Gold Strike Casino Resort. In her new role at the MGM Resorts International property, Slade will lead in developing and executing integrated marketing communication plans with components such as media relations, social media strategy, community partnerships and brand management.

22. Wunderlich Caps 2013 With Big Investment -

In October, Wunderlich Securities Inc. CEO Gary Wunderlich traveled to Washington to testify in front of a congressional panel about promoting capital formation and job creation on behalf of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

23. Van Vliet Takes on Roles at UT Medical, The MED -

Dr. Michael M. Van Vliet has joined the department of plastic surgery at UT Medical Group, has been named assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has been appointed director of burn critical care for the Firefighters Regional Burn Center at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

24. US Service Sector Grows at Slower Pace Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service sector firms grew in November at the weakest pace since June, evidence that cautious spending by consumers and businesses may be slowing growth.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday its service-sector index fell to 53.9 in November, down from 55.4 in October. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion. The index hit an eight-year high of 58.6 in August.

25. Government Diagnosis: HealthCare.gov on the Mend -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage – if the government's diagnosis of its health care website is correct.

The Health and Human Services Department released a progress report Sunday on its effort get the troubled HealthCare.gov website on the mend. Administration officials said the worst of the online glitches, bugs and delays may be over.

26. Church Health Center Expands Wellness Facility -

Church Health Center Wellness is expanding its medical presence within its 80,000-square-foot wellness and fitness center as part of an increasingly integrated health care philosophy, adding five exam rooms to accommodate demand from its uninsured, working patient population.

27. 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.

28. Obama Officials Upbeat About Health Site Fixes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – There won't be a magic moment, but the Obama administration's much-maligned health insurance website should be able to weather an expected year-end crush of customers, officials asserted Friday.

29. Events -

The Urban Child Institute will open “The Early Advantage,” its early childhood brain development awareness exhibit, Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. The exhibit will be on display through mid-February 2014. Visit urbanchildinstitute.org.

30. Events -

The Memphis chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Cost is $22. RSCP to sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

31. Inman Joins Next Day Access as Franchise Manager -

Greg Inman has joined accessibilities solutions provider Next Day Access as franchise manager for the Memphis office, where he will supervise sales, marketing, service management and hiring. Next Day Access offers wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, bathroom safety products and other accessibility products for people with disabilities or accessibility challenges.

32. Williams Honored by Tennessee Urban Forestry Council -

Laurie Williams, adult education coordinator at Memphis Botanic Garden, was recently awarded the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s President’s Award for her contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee. Williams was one of seven individuals the urban forestry council honored this year.

33. Williams Joins Del-Nat as Director of Finance -

Ronnie Williams has joined Del-Nat Tire Corp. as director of finance. Williams, who has a 15-year background in finance and accounting, most recently served as director of finance at Health Choice LLC. In his new role, he will be responsible for finance and accounting functions and will direct operations to meet budget and financial goals.

34. Coopwood Lays Out Future of Health Care -

Health care was the hot topic Thursday, Sept. 19, as nearly 150 people gathered in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium to discuss the current landscape and impending changes in that field.

Health Care: The State of the Industry – one of six seminars in The Daily News’ 2013 Seminar Series – attracted a variety of professionals, most of them from outside the medical realm. They included lawyers, architects, administrative professionals, Realtors, assisted-living specialists and bankers, among others, and most of them were eager to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it would affect them. Others came to be inspired.

35. Breathing Easy -

Ashton Place Rehabilitation & Health Center earlier in August opened its newly designated 14-bed private-room unit dedicated to decannulating patients with a tracheostomy due to an injury, chronic disease or other respiratory problems.

36. Woeppel Named CEO of UT Medical Group -

Charles “Chuck” Woeppel has been named chief executive officer of UT Medical Group Inc. Woeppel, who has served as the organization’s chief operating officer since 2012, will also continue in that role.

37. Community Health Systems Plans $3.9 Billion Acquisition -

Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems Inc. plans to spend $3.9 billion to acquire Health Management Associates Inc. in a deal that would create a giant U.S. hospital chain just as the health care overhaul starts funneling millions of newly insured people into the health care system.

38. Advisory Board to Examine Community Health Needs -

Dr. David Stern, executive dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, has launched a unique effort to address community health needs in Memphis.

“It’s my belief that a medical school has a very unique opportunity to interact with the community,” Stern said. “I consider our community to be a very important laboratory – it is an underserved, minority community that is in ill health. The biggest contribution we can make is to move the needle on overall community health and to develop new methods that we can apply to other communities like Memphis.”

39. Daniels Takes on New Role at Greater Memphis Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has promoted Amy Daniels to the newly created position of senior vice president, membership and communications. Daniels, who has worked at the chamber for 17 years, will now oversee the membership department while continuing in her prior role, leading the communications and programming department.

40. Removing Stigmas -

Mental illness and addiction are common in the Mid-South and the rest of the nation, but about 60 percent of Americans don’t receive treatment.

Nationally, about one in five Americans experienced mental illness in the past year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations National Survey on Drug Use and Health released in January 2012. Only about four in 10 people experiencing mental illness received treatment in the last year, the survey also found.

41. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Nancy Coffee, president and CEO of the New Memphis Institute, will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

42. Events -

The Memphis Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, July 8, at 6 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Monica Everrett, human resources training coordinator at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will present “Dressing Smart.” Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to nicole.huss@ipaper.com or 419-4818.

43. Bank of America Executive: Small Business is on the Comeback -

NEW YORK (AP) – Robb Hilson's job as head of small business banking at Bank of America is to convince small business owners that the bank wants to do business with them.

That's not easy when small businesses have consistently said in surveys that they find it hard to get loans from banks, and when banks have become more cautious about lending to small companies following the recession. But in the 18 months Hilson has been on the job at the nation's second-largest bank it has had some success with its 3.2 million small business customers. Last year, Bank of America made $8.7 billion in new loans to small businesses, up 28 percent from 2011.

44. Fisher Named Director Of Economic Development -

Gwyn Fisher has been named the greater Memphis regional director of economic and community development by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In her new role, Fisher will work with companies, municipalities and stakeholders in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties to create jobs, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.

45. APNewsbreak: States Fear Loss of Health Care Aid -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of people with serious medical problems are in danger of losing coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul because of cost overruns, state officials say.

46. Tennessee Lags in Hospital Care Spending -

Hospital care spending in Tennessee averaged $2,160 per person in 2009, a figure that is among the 10 lowest in the nation on a state-by-state comparison.

Tennessee ranked No. 10 in the country for the states with the lowest hospital care spending, including services for outpatient care, operating room fees and the services of physician residents, data from the Kaiser Family Foundation showed. Nationally, hospital spending averaged $2,475 per person in 2009. That’s about 14.6 higher than the average per person hospital spending in Tennessee.

47. Harold Ford Sr. Buys Sycamore View Property -

1670 Sycamore View Road Memphis, TN 38134

Sale Amount: $1.8 million

Sale Date: April 8, 2013

48. US Service Firms Grow More Slowly, Hiring Weakens -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two reports Wednesday showed that U.S. service companies grew more slowly in March and private employers pulled back on hiring. The declines suggest businesses may have grown more cautious last month after federal spending cuts took effect.

49. Cooper Focused on Improving MED Processes -

Several months into her new role at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Susan Cooper is focusing on what she calls “quick wins” to improve the quality of patient care throughout the regional health system.

50. Forum Highlights Concerns With Non-Urgent ER Visits -

Healthy Memphis Common Table and the League of Womens Voters hosted a public forum Monday, March 18, at the Great Hall and Conference Center in Germantown to discuss findings from the seventh Take Charge For Better Health Report released earlier this week.

51. Masson Named Senior Director at Caissa -

Rick Masson has joined Caissa Public Strategy as senior director. Masson, former chief administrative office for the city of Memphis, was also recently named special master to oversee the city-county schools merger. (For details, see the Monday, March 11, edition of The Daily News.) In his new role at Caissa, Masson will provide consultation and leadership on business development and project management.

52. Fink Joins Diamond Cos. as Senior Vice President -

Justin Fink has joined Diamond Cos., an International truck dealership holding company, as senior vice president, truck sales. In the new role, Fink oversees new and used truck sales, and helps develop programs and processes to grow customer relationships, sales and profits.

53. Keller Named President of Nonprofit Meritan -

Melanie A. Keller has been named president of Meritan Inc. Keller, who joined the nonprofit social services agency in 2006, previously served as its executive vice president. In her new role, she is responsible for oversight of more than 500 employees and contractors as well as the agency’s $21 million annual budget. Keller also manages its quality improvement and strategic planning efforts.

54. In Demand -

Twenty graduate students this spring will become the first to graduate with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Memphis.

But even before they walk across the stage, the students have already contributed to the programs of agencies where they most likely will work.

55. Outdoor Retail Executive Picked for Interior -

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

56. Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association Elects 2013 Officers -

The Metropolitan Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association recently elected its slate of officers to serve in 2013, and the group now ramps up for a busy year, including the 14th annual MMHLA Lodging Industry Update on Feb. 22 at the Hilton Memphis.

57. Luttrell Preparing for County Tax Hike -

A county property tax hike is probably on the way, according to Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

58. US Service Firms Grow by Most in 10 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A gauge of U.S. service firms' activity expanded in December by the most in nearly a year, driven by a jump in new orders and hiring.

The Institute for Supply Management said Friday that its index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 56.1 in December from 54.7 in November. That's the highest level since February and above the 12-month average of 54.7. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

59. Meritan Honored for Improvement, Service -

Memphis-based Meritan Inc. has been recognized for quality improvement and excellence of service by an accreditation agency that promotes best-practice standards for human service delivery organizations.

60. Towns Named to Southern College of Optometry Board -

Leticia “Tish” Towns, senior vice president of external relations for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, has been named to the Southern College of Optometry board of trustees. Among her duties at The MED, Towns oversees the development of the hospital’s strategic plan and manages marketing and communications, community engagement, the Traumatic Brain Injury program, government relations and pastoral care.

61. FedEx Sets Terms for Buyouts -

FedEx Corp. took another step Tuesday, Dec. 4, in its reaction to a slow growth global economy as well as its own desires to make major changes to the oldest division of the Memphis-based global corporate giant.

62. FedEx Unveils Terms of Employee Buyouts -

FedEx executives announced terms Tuesday, Dec. 4, of an employee buyout expected to run from June 2013 through May 2014.

Employees in the Corporate, Express, Services and TechConnect divisions of FedEx in the U.S. with at least five years of continuous service at FedEx as of Nov. 30 will get buyout packets. Preference would go to those with the most seniority in their section if more employees in a section accept the offer than there are slots.

63. Gammon Joins Methodist in Business Development -

Myra Gammon has joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare as a business development account manager for Community Care Associates. In her new role, Gammon is responsible for the development and management of the Occupational Health and Wellness Services program.

64. FedEx Unveils Employee Buyout Details -

FedEx executives announced terms Tuesday, Dec. 4, of an employee buyout expected to run from June 2013 through May 2014.

Employees in the Corporate, Express, Services and TechConnect divisions of FedEx in the U.S. with at least five years of continuous service at FedEx as of Nov. 30 will get buyout packets. Preference would go to those with the most seniority in their section if more employees in a section accept the offer than there are slots.

65. Endocrinologist Detti Joins UT Medical Group -

Reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Laura Detti has joined the Germantown office of UT Medical Group Inc., where she specializes in male and female infertility. Detti provides genetic diagnosis and counseling; management of conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, recurrent miscarriages and premature menopause; and pre- and post-cancer care for fertility issues.

66. Serving Memphis -

The hospitality industry is the nation’s largest private sector employer, yet many in its workforce do not have access to affordable and consistent health care, education opportunities or financial mentoring.

67. Crew Training International Names Woodward Director -

Steve Woodward has joined Crew Training International as director of learning. In his new role, Woodward will manage CTI’s core learning centers, oversee professional development programs and develop metrics to measure and manage the most efficient learning systems.

68. Report: Health Care Improving in Tennessee -

Health care is showing improvement in Tennessee thanks to some of the strongest health care plans in the South and an increased focus on patient-centered medical practices, according to the annual State of Health Care Quality report released Tuesday, Oct. 30, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

69. Senior Care Management Solutions Promotes Williams -

Darla Williams has been promoted to health care administrator at Senior Care Management Solutions. In her new role, Williams will play a critical role in overseeing and customizing clients’ daily care plans to fit their specific needs.

70. Campaign Targets City’s Homelessness -

For three days last week, a group of volunteers assembled Downtown before dawn at Calvary Episcopal Church and from there spread out across the county looking for the homeless.

The new effort is an addition to the twice-a-year “connect,” or census, in which the local “Community Alliance For The Homeless Inc.” tries to get an idea of the general population of homeless in the county and offer a wide range of services.

71. Human Resource Executive Seminar Set for Oct. 11 -

HR Professionals Magazine, in partnership with the Memphis chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, will present a seminar on strategic leadership for HR executives Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave.

72. US Service Firms Grow at Fastest Pace in 6 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies grew in September at the fastest pace in six months, helped by a sharp increase in customer demand.

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 55.1, up from 53.7 in August. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

73. HCA Expansion Adding Jobs, Towers in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Health care company HCA is relocating the headquarters of two of its business units to midtown Nashville in a move that could bring as many as 2,000 jobs to one of the largest commercial office developments in the city's history.

74. Return on Investment -

Most people already know some of the basic elements of the banking business. From the large national lenders with a Memphis presence to the community banks in the suburbs, one common element is they make money by charging borrowers more than the bank pays in interest to depositors.

75. Growth Streak -

Andrew Holliday and Daniel Brown, the founding partners of Memphis-based branding and marketing firm Harvest Creative, used to joke about one day making the Inc. 500|5000, the list published each year by Inc. Magazine that honors the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

76. Report: US Health Care System Wastes $750 Billion a Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year – roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar – through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said Thursday in a report that ties directly into the presidential campaign.

77. Robinson’s Memphis Roots At Center of Career -

It could be said a passion for the Bluff City runs deep in fourth-generation Memphian Daniel T. Robinson Jr., who practices corporate law as an attorney with Evans Petree PC, a 105-year-old Memphis law firm.

78. New Coupons Aim to Keep People Off Generic Drugs -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – If brand-name prescription medicines cost you as little as generic pills, which would you choose? A few drugmakers are betting Americans will stick with the name they know.

79. Baldwin Joins Trumbull Labs as Pathologist -

Dr. Heather Sehnert Baldwin has joined Trumbull Laboratories LLC as a pathologist. In her new role, Baldwin will practice a full range of pathology with a focus in hematopathology.

80. UT Medical Group Names Woeppel COO -

Charles “Chuck” Woeppel has been named chief operating officer of UT Medical Group Inc., a private group practice affiliated with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine faculty.

81. Magna Bank Taps Stewart To Lead SBA Division -

Tom Stewart has been named senior vice president and manager of the small business administration division at Magna Bank. Since joining Magna in March, Stewart has led the bank in obtaining national preferred lending provider status. In his new role, Stewart will oversee all business development activities for the Mid-South along with portfolio management and loan servicing.

82. 'Complex Situation' -

With the U.S. health care system busting at its seams, industry experts are concerned about how already overwhelmed practitioners will provide care for the more than 30 million Americans expected to be added to the insurance rolls under health care reform – pending the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, expected later this month.

83. Medical Realignment -

Private practice is fast becoming a thing of the past, as physicians groups across the country scramble to align with large health care systems in a move largely driven by national health care reform.

84. FDIC Signs Lease In Lakecrest -

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has inked a substantial lease in Lakecrest III, marking the market’s largest office lease signing this year.

85. JPMorgan Loss Sets Off Call for Heavier Regulation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A surprise $2 billion trading loss by a division of JPMorgan Chase triggered calls Friday for tougher regulation of banks three years after their near-death experience in the financial crisis.

86. Diversification Keeps Barnett Group Thriving -

Since its establishment 25 years ago, The Barnett Group has grown to provide benefits for more than 54,000 individuals and has affiliations with more than 50 insurance carriers and third-party administrators, enabling the company to offer clients a broad array of benefit plans.

87. Meritan Inc. Expanding Programs, Hiring Nurses -

Meritan Inc. is expanding to include nursing services for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

88. US Service Firms Grow At Steady Pace, Boost Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies expanded at a healthy pace last month and stepped up hiring, more evidence that the economy is growing and adding jobs.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its index of non-manufacturing activity dropped to 56 in March. That’s down from February’s 57.3, which was a 12-month high. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

89. Site Work for St. Jude Tower Part of Permit Application -

315 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Cost: $5 million

Project Cost: $190 million

90. J.C. Penney Gets Rid of Hundreds of Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40 percent so shoppers no longer have to wait for sales to get bargains.

Penney said Wednesday that it is getting rid of the hundreds of sales it offers each year in favor of a simpler approach to pricing. Starting on Feb. 1, the retailer is rolling out an "Every Day" pricing strategy with much fewer sales throughout the year.

91. Relocated Campus Spotlights NCBT’s Growing Presence -

The National College of Business and Technology is in the very early stages of the planning process for its new brick-and-mortar campus in Memphis.

The private college – which is based in Roanoke, Va., and has locations in six states – plans to relocate its Lamar campus. The existing facility is nearing capacity (approximately 400 students), so NBCT will move to a larger, soon-to-be-constructed two-story building at 2576 Thousand Oaks Cove, just off Interstate 240 in East Memphis.

92. Tennessee St. Office Bldg. Again in Foreclosure -

460 Tennessee St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $3 million

Sale Date: Dec. 1, 2011

93. CRE Activity Stays Strong During 2011 -

Despite hard times, local commercial real estate firms were able to ink plenty of deals in the past 12 months.

Memphis’ industrial leasing activity kicked off in January when Buena Park, Calif.-based Pacific Logistics Corp. signed a 60,000-square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto for its first Memphis-area location.

94. Thomison Joins PGM/Trumbull -

Dr. John Thomison has joined Pathology Group of the Mid-South/Trumbull Labs LLC.

Hometown: Nashville

95. Peppers Joins Lifeblood To Grow Donor Base -

Jeanie Peppers has joined Lifeblood as senior donor relations account manager.

Hometown: Drummonds, Tenn.

96. Catholic Charities Promotes Sophia’s House -

Incidents of domestic violence historically have increased around the holiday season – thought to be the result of family and monetary pressures and increased alcohol consumption that can serve as catalysts in already volatile domestic situations.

97. McGuire Joins Accounting Firm Dixon Hughes Goodman -

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, the new firm formed earlier this year with the combination of Memphis accounting firm Dixon Hughes PLLC and Virginia-based accounting firm Goodman & Co. LLP, has a new senior manager in Memphis leading the office’s financial institutions services group.

98. Taylor-Brown Apothecary Opens Second Drugstore -

The Taylor-Brown Apothecary, which claims to be the only African-American-owned and operated drugstore chain in the Southeast, will celebrate the opening of a store at 3333 Shelby Drive on Friday, Oct. 14, with an open house and mixer.

99. Seeing Success -

On the surface, they don’t have much in common other than their home turf. They include everything from a venerable law firm, prominent regional investment companies, tech firms and even a business that manufactures food products like hot dogs and sandwich meats.

100. Report Shows Service Firms Cut Workers Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two days before the government's much-anticipated jobs report, a snapshot of employment trends in the service sector flashed an ominous sign.

Hotels, restaurants, banks and other service companies, which employ 90 percent of Americans, reduced the size of their work forces in September, according to a survey of purchasing managers conducted by the Institute of Supply Management.