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1. House Passes Haslam Free Tuition Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday.

2. Yellen Signals More Aggressive Stance Toward Banks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve may be about to turn more aggressive in its regulation of the financial system.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen suggested Tuesday that current regulatory rules might not be enough to prevent the kind of risk-taking that triggered the 2008 financial crisis and nearly toppled the entire banking system.

3. Early Voting Opens in County Primaries -

Shelby County voters begin deciding Wednesday, April 16, who holds 11 countywide offices, including Shelby County mayor and district attorney general, as well as 13 seats on the Shelby County Commission drawn with new single-member district lines.

4. Mortgage Market Sees Small First-Quarter Gains -

Shelby County’s mortgage market started off 2014 a bit tame, not as chilly as the weather but not exactly bursting with energy either.

Local banks and mortgage lenders made 1,617 purchase mortgages during the first quarter, flat compared with the 1,624 mortgages during first quarter 2013, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

5. No Candidates Withdraw by Deadline -

It appeared no candidates who made the April 3 filing deadline for the August state and federal primary elections and nonpartisan county elections withdrew by the Thursday, April 10, withdrawal deadline.

6. Volkswagen Expansion Talks at Standstill in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.

An acrimonious vote in February at the plant in Chattanooga resulted in the narrow defeat of the United Auto Workers union.

7. Stephens Joins Maintenance Team at Commercial Advisors -

Timothy Stephens has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as a maintenance mechanic at One Commerce Square. In his new role, Stephens will performing plumbing, painting and general maintenance services.

8. Hillview Village Apartments Sell for $5.9 Million -

2051 E. Alcy Road
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $5.9 million

Sale Date: March 27, 2014
Buyer: 2013 Hillview LP
Seller: Alcy Partners LP
Details: The 265-unit Hillview Village Apartments at 2051 E. Alcy Road in the Defense Depot neighborhood have sold for $5.9 million.

9. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

10. High Court Loosens Reins on Big Campaign Donors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court's conservative majority voted Wednesday to free wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, further loosening the reins on giving by big contributors as the 2014 campaign moves into high gear.

11. Oak Court Mall Transferred To Simon Property Spinoff -

Simon Property Group has transferred ownership of the Oak Court Mall to Washington Prime Group Inc. as part of a planned spinoff of some of its shopping centers and smaller malls.

12. Deadline Brings High Interest for Health Insurance -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.

13. Report: Tennessee Offered Contingent Incentives to VW -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville.

14. Methodist University Hospital Names Liebman New CEO -

Jeff Liebman has joined Methodist University Hospital as chief executive officer. In his new role, Liebman said, he will ensure the hospital continues to be a community resource providing the highest possible quality of care to the community while following the guidelines of the Methodist LeBonheur mission.

15. Candidates Commit as Deadline Nears -

The first day of spring was March 20, but, after months of fundraisers and petition filings, the last day of the month served as the start of this year’s political season.

With the filing deadline for the August state and federal primaries, as well as nonpartisan Shelby County Schools board and judicial positions, Thursday at noon, candidates began Monday, March 31, making the set-in-stone decisions that will point election efforts toward voters and away from the groundwork.

16. PDS Names Hancock New Headmaster -

Steven E. Hancock will take the reins in August as the new headmaster of Presbyterian Day School.

Hancock’s selection by the PDS board was announced Wednesday, March 26, to succeed Lee Burns, who is leaving the East Memphis private school for boys to become head of school at The McCallie School in Chattanooga.

17. Meals on Wheels Makes 20 Millionth Delivery -

The 20 millionth meal from MIFA Meals on Wheels program is set to be delivered Friday, March 28, to Midtown senior Fred Deckard.

Started in 1976, Meals on Wheels is one of MIFA’s five senior programs designed to promote health, companionship, and keep people independent and living in their homes.

18. Walk-In Clinics Rising as Response to ACA -

When the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, medical providers were not sure what to expect.

But four years down the road, it’s evident the ACA has presented some opportunities – not just for patients, but for how care is delivered and, yes, marketed. And that has meant a rise in walk-in clinics nationally and locally.

19. PDS Names Hancock New Headmaster -

Steven E. Hancock will take the reins in August as the new headmaster of Presbyterian Day School.

Hancock’s selection by the PDS board was announced Wednesday, March 26, to succeed Lee Burns, who is leaving the East Memphis private school for boys to become head of school at The McCallie School in Chattanooga.

20. Meals on Wheels Makes 20 Millionth Delivery -

The 20 millionth meal from MIFA Meals on Wheels program is set to be delivered Friday, March 28, to Midtown senior Fred Deckard.

Started in 1976, Meals on Wheels is one of MIFA’s five senior programs designed to promote health, companionship, and keep people independent and living in their homes.

21. Millions Could Get Extra Time for Health Sign-Ups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.

22. Chamber Initiatives Targeting Small Business -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council is launching three initiatives aimed at helping small-business owners find answers to some of their most vexing questions and identify tools and resources for growth.

23. Haslam Agenda Hits Hard Times in Tennessee Legislature -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's agenda is falling on hard times with fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly.

A House vote last week to delay school curriculum and assessment standards was the latest defiance of the governor's wishes. The GOP supermajority in the Legislature this session has also:

24. I Choose Memphis: Micah Brafford -

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

Name: Micah Brafford

Job Title and Company: Vice President of Commercial Banking, Independent Bank

25. McDonald's Hit by Lawsuits Over Worker Pay -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of illegal practices to avoid paying them what they're owed.

26. Tennessee House Votes to Delay Common Core Standards -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to delay further implementation of the state's Common Core standards was approved in the House on Thursday, even though Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has called them key to Tennessee students' improvement.

27. Health Law Cited as US Uninsured Rate Drops -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The share of Americans without health insurance is dropping to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office, but sign-ups under his health care law lag among Hispanics – a big pool of potential beneficiaries.

28. Election Commission Hears Ballot Challenges -

Shelby County Election Commissioners could complete the ballot for the May Shelby County primary elections Wednesday, March 5, by deciding on challenges to the residency of three candidates in the Democratic primaries.

29. Four Ways to Grow Your Alumni Association -

Part two of a two-part series on alumni fundraising. Alumni associations offer memberships and raise funds for the colleges and universities they are associated with. Many are independent nonprofit organizations; others operate as part of the institution’s alumni relations department.

30. No Sign of Expansion at Plant Where UAW Dealt Loss -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Friday marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers there rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union.

31. St. George’s Moves Toward Service Goal -

Past the halfway mark for the current school year, St. George’s Independent School students, their families and the school’s staff continue toward a goal of 1 million service minutes this school year.

32. Former House Speaker Pays $100 To Replace Microphone -

Former House Speaker Kent Williams said Tuesday he paid $100 to replace a microphone that he tossed aside when his comments were cut off last week.

33. St. George’s Moves Toward Service Goal -

Past the halfway mark for the current school year, St. George’s Independent School students, their families and the school’s staff continue toward a goal of 1 million service minutes this school year.

34. Criminal Justice Issues Likely to Dominate Races -

Expect to hear a lot between now and August about how the local criminal justice system does or does not work.

With Thursday’s filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 county primaries, two races for offices that are part of the system advanced to the August ballot.

35. New Memphis Institute Unveils Exec. Committee -

The New Memphis Institute has announced Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. CEO Jason Little as its board of trustees chair for 2014.

36. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August -

One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.

37. Sector Capital Management Independent Again -

Three years after its acquisition by Argent Financial Group, Memphis-based Sector Capital Management is an independent company again.

Sector CEO Reed Walters led the negotiations to buy back the wealth management firm in the wake of Louisiana-based Argent going on something of an acquisition spree in recent years. Sector also has relocated from Argent’s office at The Crescent Center to the Atrium I building at 6800 Poplar Ave.

38. Tennessee Official: UAW no Deal Breaker for Memphis Site -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee officials promoting a 6-square-mile "mega site" outside Memphis say it would be ideally suited for a new auto assembly plant — even if its workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union.

39. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Susan S. Stephenson, co-founder, co-chairman and president of Independent Bank, will present “Make it Work Marketing: Sending a Message That Matters.” Cost for nonmembers is $30 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

40. What Can Unite Liberals, Tea Partyers? The NSA -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their "socialistic, Marxist, communist" ways.

Toni Lewis suspects tea party Republicans are "a bunch of people who probably need some mental health treatment."

41. After UAW Defeat, Can GOP Fulfill Promise of Jobs? -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Republicans fighting a yearslong unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture in the days leading up to last week's vote. They said if Chattanooga employees joined the United Auto Workers, jobs would go elsewhere and incentives for the company would disappear.

42. New Memphis Institute Unveils Executive Committee -

The New Memphis Institute has announced Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. CEO Jason Little as its board of trustees chair for 2014.

43. Events -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis will host Zumba demonstration classes Tuesday, Feb. 18, and Feb. 25 from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the hospital’s cafe, 5959 Park Ave. Visit saintfrancishosp.com.

44. Jos. A. Bank Buying Eddie Bauer in $825 Million Deal -

After months of flirting with the idea of combining with a rival, Jos. A. Bank has decided it is better suited for another men's clothing brand.

45. Events -

SHRM-Memphis will host a networking and Q&A session with Kari Strobel, director of HR competency for the Society of Human Resources Management, Monday, Feb. 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive.

46. Tennessee Enrollment in Health Exchange Up 65 Pct. -

Nearly 60,000 Tennesseans signed up for coverage under the federal health insurance exchange through January, a 65 percent increase since the beginning of year.

According to nationwide statistics released Monday, 3.3 million people signed up from Oct. 1 through Feb. 1.

47. The Sweet Spot -

Gary Wilkes usually doesn’t notice the smell at the family business, Wayne’s Candy Co. Inc., unless he has just returned from vacation.

48. Tennessee Enrollment in Health Exchange Up 65 Percent -

Nearly 60,000 Tennesseans signed up for coverage under the federal health insurance exchange through January, a 65 percent increase since the beginning of year.

According to nationwide statistics released Monday, 3.3 million people signed up from Oct. 1 through Feb. 1.

49. Democratic Commission Majority Could Be Safe in Elections -

With a week to the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 Shelby County primary elections, it looks as if Democrats will retain their seven-member majority on the Shelby County Commission.

The commission switches to a set of 13 single-member districts with the 2014 elections instead of the current structure of one single-member district and four districts each represented by three commissioners.

50. IRS Loses Appeal on New Rules for Tax Preparers -

McLEAN, Va. (AP) – The IRS on Tuesday lost a federal appeal in a legal battle over its effort to institute competency exams and other new regulations for as many as 700,000 paid tax preparers.

51. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Feb. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Steve Guinn, vice president of Highwoods Properties, will present “Real Estate Taxes: Memphis vs. Nashville.” Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

52. Aging in Style -

A few weeks ago, Jill Stepherson fell in a Walgreens parking lot. Given that she is 90 years old, one or more broken bones could have been an unfortunate, but hardly unusual, outcome.

But Stepherson walked away with only bruises.

53. Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips in January -

Shelby County’s mortgage market entered 2014 in less of a turbo-charged fashion than it did at the same point last year.

New figures show total mortgage volume in the county was down 5 percent in January compared to January 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Data for this report did not include refinances.

54. Events -

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis will host An Evening With Fred Davis Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the organization’s Technical Training Center, 903 Walker Ave. Davis is a business leader who also served on the first Memphis City Council under the mayor-council form of government in 1967. Tickets are $100. Visit bgcm.org.

55. Drink Makers Giving People Ways to Ditch the Can -

NEW YORK (AP) – It keeps getting easier to ditch the soda can.

When Coca-Cola said this week that it would let people make its drinks at home using a beverage machine, it became the latest company to take advantage of a growing trend: People turning to flavored drops or at-home carbonation machines that do away with the need to haul home bulky cans and bottles from the supermarket.

56. Kemmons Wilson School Becomes Independent -

The University of Memphis is making the 10-year old Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management an independent school within the university.

The school has its own bachelor’s degree curriculum with 60 credit hours of coursework. The coursework had been a third of that previously.

57. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Green Your Home Winter Plant Sale Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The sale will feature house plants, custom potting, terrariums and garden gift items. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

58. February 7-13: This week in Memphis history -

1950: Among the new merchant licenses listed in The Daily News, Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Ave. The owner of the recording service was a sound engineer for WREC radio who had decided to branch out into making recordings for whoever hired out his studio or hired him to bring his equipment to their event. His name was Sam Phillips. And he would soon add his own independent record label to the business, Sun Records.

59. Events -

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis will host An Evening With Fred Davis Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the organization’s Technical Training Center, 903 Walker Ave. Davis served as the first black chairman of the Memphis City Council and opened one of the South’s first African-American-owned insurance agencies. Tickets are $100. Visit bgcm.org.

60. Burleigh Consulting Group Changes With Times -

Robert C. Burleigh still enjoys playing tennis four times a week. But the 78-year-old founder of Burleigh Consulting Group admits he is playing more doubles matches these days.

“I’m running a little slower now, so it’s mostly doubles now, not a lot of singles,” said Burleigh with a chuckle.

61. New Horizons -

When The Marston Group PLC, a Memphis-based certified public accounting and financial consulting firm, held an open house in recent weeks at its new digs, the evening portion of the event lasted from 7 till later in the night, with the last person leaving around 10.

62. ServiceMaster Lays Off 65 in Restructuring -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Co. has laid off 65 employees and eliminated another 40 vacant positions in a restructuring of its headquarters that began Wednesday, Feb. 5, and was confirmed Thursday.

63. Senate Defeats Proposal to Elect Attorney General -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate on Wednesday defeated an effort to change the Tennessee constitution to require the popular election of the attorney general.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet received 15 votes in favor and 14 votes against. Proposals need at least 17 votes – a majority of the 33-member chamber – to pass.

64. Kemmons Wilson School Becomes Independent -

The University of Memphis is making the 10-year old Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management an independent school within the university.

The school has its own bachelor’s degree curriculum with 60 credit hours of coursework. The coursework had been a third of that previously.

65. College Housing Options Have Different Costs -

Ray’s Take: As if college tuition – and books – weren’t expensive enough, there’s also the cost of housing for your college student. Unlike the other two, however, this is one area where you can possibly have a little control over how much money is spent.

66. University of Memphis' Kemmons Wilson School Becomes Independent -

The University of Memphis is making the 10-year-old Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management an independent school within the university.

67. Victoria Jackson Files for County Seat in Tennessee -

THOMPSON STATION, Tenn. (AP) – Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Victoria Jackson has filed to run as an independent candidate for a seat on the Williamson County Commission.

Jackson, who calls herself a tea party conservative, moved to Thompson Station last year. She told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1n8zPjr) that she filed as an independent because she's "very disappointed with the Republican Party."

68. Ethics Complaint Against Chism Dismissed -

It was commissioner against commissioner in the highest profile use so far of Shelby County government’s current ethics policy.

And the dispute that affected the commission’s deliberations on a county property tax rate ended last week with a three-citizen panel dismissing County Commissioner Terry Roland’s complaint against fellow Commissioner Sidney Chism.

69. Ethics Panel Dismisses Roland Complaint Against Chism -

The highest profile use of Shelby County government’s ethics policy since it was implemented in 2008 has ended with the three-citizen panel hearing a complaint by County Commissioner Terry Roland against fellow Commissioner Sidney Chism dismissing Roland’s claim.

70. Ethics Panel Dismisses Roland Complaint Against Chism -

The highest profile use of Shelby County government’s ethics policy since it was implemented in 2008 has ended with the three-citizen panel hearing a complaint by County Commissioner Terry Roland against fellow Commissioner Sidney Chism dismissing Roland’s claim.

71. Senate to Vote on Latest Attorney General Election Proposal -

The state Senate was scheduled to take up a measure Monday that seeks to change the way Tennessee's attorney general gains office.

Under a proposed constitutional amendment, the attorney general would stand for popular election rather than being appointed by the state Supreme Court.

72. Café Keough Owner Banking on Locale, Food for Success -

It’s tough enough to start a new business. Tougher still if that business is an independent restaurant. And tougher still if your vision for what it will be lives only in your imagination.

“I’m trying to make an old Memphis cafe,” Kevin Keough, owner of Café Keough at 12 S. Main St., said one recent afternoon as he sipped coffee and explained his dream. “But that doesn’t exist. So I had to make it up, what I think it could have looked like.”

73. Bailey Pulls Petition For Circuit Court Return -

Retired Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey has pulled a qualifying petition to run for Circuit Court Division 1 judge in the Aug. 7 elections.

Bailey retired in September 2009 as Division 8 judge.

74. Michael Opens Campaign for Juvenile Court -

Chief Juvenile Court Magistrate Dan Michael says he is prepared if his opposition in the race for Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court judge tries to make an issue of reforms underway at the court.

75. Bailey Pulls Petition for Circuit Court Return -

Retired Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey has pulled a qualifying petition to run for Circuit Court Division 1 judge in the Aug. 7 elections.

Bailey retired in September 2009 as Division 8 judge.

76. Full Senate to Vote on Latest Attorney General Election Proposal -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Senate is taking another run at changing the way Tennessee's attorney general gains office.

Under a proposed constitutional amendment advanced to a full Senate vote Tuesday, the attorney general would stand for popular election rather than being appointed by the state Supreme Court.

77. 36,000 in Tennessee Enroll Through Insurance Marketplace -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 36,000 Tennesseans have signed up for coverage under the new health insurance exchange established under President Barack Obama's law.

According to nationwide statistics released Monday, more than 2 million people had enrolled through the end of the year.

78. Health Care Signups: More Older Americans So Far -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's an older, costlier crowd that's signing up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.

At least that's how it looks for now.

Administration officials released age and gender breakdowns on Monday for more than 2 million Americans who had enrolled for government-subsidized private insurance by the end of December.

79. Mortgage Market Grows 3 Percent in 2013 -

The mortgage market in Shelby County ended 2013 with a modest improvement over 2012, with signs pointing to more advances in 2014.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 8,298 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during 2013, a 3 percent improvement from the 8,027 mortgages during 2012, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

80. Luttrell Pulls Petition for Re-Election -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled a qualifying petition to run for a second term in 2014.

81. Avenue Coffee Hoping to Make Difference in City -

A new coffee shop is opening near the University of Memphis soon, and the founders have a multipurpose mission for it.

Avenue Coffee is opening at 786 Echles St., two blocks south of the university. Once it’s up and running, the founders want Avenue to do everything from supporting local artists to championing social causes as well as serving a high quality cup of Joe.

82. BancorpSouth Acquires Louisiana Bank -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – BancorpSouth has announced an agreement to acquire Monroe, La.-based Ouachita Bancshares Corp. and its main subsidiary, Ouachita Independent Bank.

83. 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.

84. Tennessee Senate Race Draws Interest -

The two statewide races on the 2014 Tennessee ballot drew immediate interest as the filing period for prospective candidates opened late last week.

Democrat Gary Gene Davis of Nashville picked up a qualifying petition for the U.S. Senate race, according to the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website. So did Republican Joe Wilmoth of Baxter and independent candidate Joshua James of Murfreesboro.

85. Will Surge of Older Workers Take Jobs From Young? -

CHICAGO (AP) – It's an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people.

One problem, many economists say: It isn't supported by a wisp of fact.

86. Target: Customers’ PINs Among Stolen Data -

Target said Friday that debit-card PINs were among the financial information stolen from millions of customers who shopped at the retailer earlier this month.

The company said the stolen personal identification numbers, which customers type in to keypads to make secure transactions, were encrypted and that this strongly reduces risk to customers. In addition to the encrypted PINs, customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the embedded code on the magnetic strip on back of the cards were stolen from about 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

87. Fullilove Pulls Petition for County Clerk -

Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove has pulled a qualifying petition to run for Shelby County Clerk in the 2014 county elections.

Fullilove pulled the petition to run in the May 6 Democratic primary.

88. Hats in the Ring -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be seeking a second term as governor, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be running for re-election – both starting with the Aug. 7 statewide primaries that open for filing Friday, Jan. 3.

89. Bowling for Who-Knows-What -

On the day after Christmas, 1958, I turned 7. The next day, Ole Miss played Florida in the Gator Bowl. The only other bowl games then were Sugar, Orange, Rose, and Cotton – all played on New Year’s Day – plus Sun, Tangerine, and Bluegrass, played earlier. Eight in all.

90. Federal Health Care Sign-Ups Pass 1 Million Mark -

HONOLULU (AP) – The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says.

91. Tribune Co. Closes on Local TV Deal -

CHICAGO (AP) – The Tribune Co. said Friday that it has completed its $2.73 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings LLC.

92. Target: Customers’ PINs Among Stolen Data -

Target said Friday that debit-card PINs were among the financial information stolen from millions of customers who shopped at the retailer earlier this month.

The company said the stolen personal identification numbers, which customers type in to keypads to make secure transactions, were encrypted and that this strongly reduces risk to customers. In addition to the encrypted PINs, customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the embedded code on the magnetic strip on back of the cards were stolen from about 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

93. Fullilove Pulls Petition For County Clerk -

Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove has pulled a qualifying petition to run for Shelby County clerk in the 2014 county elections.

94. Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Deal, Defense Bill -

HONOLULU (AP) – President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

95. Childhood Inspiration Leads Jambor to Fulfilling Career -

Like many children of the 1970s, Erik Jambor’s interest in film began with scrolling words on the big screen: “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … .”

For Jambor, it wasn’t so far away in Birmingham, Ala., where he nurtured a passion for film with a Super 8 video camera in his backyard.

96. Does Your College Student Know Debt? -

Ray’s Take Too many of us are sending our kids to college with no understanding of how to handle – or better yet avoid – debt. A recent survey revealed that while 70 percent of undergrads had credit cards, fewer than 10 percent paid them off in full each month. Even worse, a mere 14 percent knew what their interest rate was!

97. Rape Kit Backlog Lawsuit Shifts Questions -

Since August, Memphis City Council members have been reviewing the numbers. Asking questions about them. Verifying them. Categorizing them.

It is the other numbers discussion at City Hall these days – the one about how many rape kits city agencies took on sexual assault victims that the Memphis Police Department never processed over a period of approximately 30 years.

98. 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.

99. Scalia Shares Legal Insights in Memphis -

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia doesn’t agree with people who say oral arguments before the court are probably unnecessary or that briefs matter more toward the outcome of cases.

That was among the opinions and insights he shared Monday, Dec. 13, during a gathering at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

100. Wharton to Present Pension Plan to City Council -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will take a five-year plan for meeting the city’s $709 million unfunded pension liability Tuesday, Dec. 17, to Memphis City Council members during their executive session.