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1. US Home Sales Surged in June to Fastest Pace in 8-Plus Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought homes in June at the fastest rate in over eight years, pushing prices to record highs as buyer demand has eclipsed the availability of houses on the market.

2. Gov. Walker Shuns Trump's Presidential Primary Attention -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he's not worried about the attention Donald Trump is getting in his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

3. Curiosity Closed the Sale -

Curiosity may have killed the cat – but in sales, curiosity can almost always close the deal.

Questions are a powerful tool in the sales process, but if you’re only using questions to identify your prospect’s needs at the beginning of the sales process, you may be missing key opportunities. If you’re not integrating questions from start to finish, you may not catch possibilities for cross-selling and up-selling – and you might as well be trying to overcome objections blindfolded.

4. Fed Directs 8 Biggest US Banks to Hold Extra Capital -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are directing the eight biggest U.S. banks to hold capital at levels above industry requirements to cushion against unexpected losses and reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts.

5. Council to Vote on East Memphis Storage Facility -

The Memphis City Council is poised to take key votes Tuesday, July 21, on multiple real estate development projects, including an indoor storage facility planned in a prime East Memphis neighborhood.

6. Vols, Titans Fight to Fill Empty Stadium Seats -

When it comes to giving the consumer what it wants, few sports programs can match University of Tennessee football.

Neyland Stadium, which 40 years ago could accommodate only 70,000 fans, has swelled to a capacity of 102,455, fifth largest in college football. It has a $4 million, 4,580-square-foot Jumbotron, W-Fi connections for fans and enough flashing lights around the stadium’s interior to shame the Las Vegas Strip.

7. Creatives of Memphis -

Every time Brit McDaniel sits down at the potter’s wheel that's central to her Memphis-based ceramics business Paper & Clay, she's not just focused on infusing that next product with her signature Scandinavian-inspired minimalism.

8. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 4.09 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching highs for the year as investor anxiety over economic turbulence abroad moderated.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.09 percent from 4.04 percent a week earlier. The new level is the highest since last October.

9. As Amazon Turns 20, A Look at Its Biggest Bets -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage.

The company had an inauspicious start in July 1995 at the dawn of the Web as an online bookseller. It narrowly escaped the dot-com bust of 2000 to reinvent online retailing. And eventually, it morphed into the global e-commerce powerhouse it is today with $89 billion in annual revenue.

10. Yellen: First Fed Rate Hike Likely Later This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday she is encouraged by signs that the economy is reviving after a brutal winter. And if the improvements stay on track, the Fed will likely start raising interest rates later this year.

11. One Beale Nabs 20-Year Tax Freeze -

The developers behind One Beale have earned key pieces of the public-private partnership they say is necessary to pursue the twin tower project overlooking the Mississippi River.

Memphis-based Carlisle Corp. on Tuesday, July 14, received a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive and a $10 million contribution toward a public parking garage from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp.

12. Wal-Mart Opens Counter Offensive Against Amazon This Week -

NEW YORK (AP) – The online price fight as well as the bickering is heating up between Wal-Mart and Amazon.com, and it's not even the holiday shopping season.

13. Sankey Launches SEC Media Days With Steady Hand -

HOOVER, Ala. – Not only is it a new season for each of the Southeastern Conference’s 14 football teams, but it’s also a new day in the commissioner’s office.

Mike Slive retired after 13 years at the helm, as SEC football became dominant enough to claim seven straight national tiles from 2006-2013. Thus, Slive’s annual address at SEC Football Media Days would include what he called his “Brag Bag.”

14. Yellen: Fed Still on Track to Raise Rates This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed is on track to start raising interest rates later this year but expressed multiple concerns over headwinds that are still holding back the U.S. economy.

15. Last Flight for US Airways Expected in October -

DALLAS (AP) – The last flight for US Airways will take place this fall, and one more name in airline history will disappear.

The farewell flight for US Airways will be a red-eye – Flight 434 is scheduled to leave San Francisco around 10 p.m. and land in Philadelphia after 6 a.m. on Oct. 17. The US Airways website will be turned off. Airport kiosks and signs will change to American Airlines.

16. Traci Peel Looks Back on Moment in Spotlight -

During the course of research for this package, I spent a couple of hours with Traci Peel, talking about her well-publicized, tabloid-grabbing romance with Mayor Bill Boner as well as where she is today and her views on other issues about Nashville.

17. Civilian Review Board Debate Flares Before Council Delay -

After years of give and take, negotiations over legal terms and the rise of police misconduct as a national issue, it appeared the Memphis City Council was ready Tuesday, July 7, to take a final vote on new rules for the long-dormant Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board.

18. Carlisle Corp. Alters One Beale Plan -

Carlisle Corp. has revised plans for its ambitious, $160 million One Beale development at the foot of Beale Street in Downtown Memphis.

The south tower, which will include a four-star hotel, will now stand 18 stories tall, down from 22 stories as previously planned.

19. Senate, House Look to Update Bush-Era Education Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's something most Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree on — an update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law is much needed and long overdue.

20. Cycling Ahead -

Unless you've seen the ubiquitous stations in cities like Knoxville and Nashville, it's difficult to imagine how bike sharing could connect Memphis.

Tourists and citizens can check out a bike on a per-ride or membership basis and return it to a separate station when they've reached their destination.

21. Wonder Bread Bakery Under Contract -

The former Wonder Bread bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. could soon have a new owner.

The bakery, idled by a labor strike before being sold in 2013, is under contract to a potential buyer, according to a commercial real estate broker.

22. FDA Clears Drug for Leading Form of Cystic Fibrosis -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price – more than $250,000 for a year's treatment.

23. Experts Give Their Take on Jobs, Fed and Financial Markets -

NEW YORK (AP) – If investors hoped Thursday's U.S. jobs report would give them clarity, they were probably disappointed.

The report, one of the most-watched pieces of news in financial markets, painted a mixed picture for U.S. employment. And it left a key question hanging over stocks and bonds: When and how quickly will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?

24. A Zoo With a View Toward Conservation -

Two western lowland gorilla babies were born at the Knoxville Zoo in June. Around the same time, a rare snake and an equally rare piglike little thing made their debuts, as well.

Few things are cuter than baby animals, and they can be quite a draw when the public can view them.

25. Gulch Approaching 50 Percent Buildout -

Nashville’s storied Gulch, originally the home of the downtown railway terminal, is approaching another milestone in its long history.

Revitalization of the area began in the early 2000s, and The Gulch Improvement District was formed in 2006. Since that time, developers have found great success in luring in upscale residential, commercial and mixed-use tenants.

26. Boosting Overtime: Obama Calls for Broader Coverage -

WASHINGTON (AP) – They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.

27. Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence Develops Tighter Focus -

In good times and bad, change is a constant. During the recession, nonprofits were stretched financially and emotionally as demands for services increased and funding declined.

A recalibration was in order, and that was something that the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence preached.

28. How Pope Francis’ Climate Encyclical Translates to Memphis -

On Thursday, June 18, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical, “Laudato si” (Praise Be to You: On the Care for Our Common Home). For some time now, Catholics, environmentalists and other Vatican watchers were aware that Francis was going to focus on the environment, especially the problem of global climate change.

29. GOP Measure Would Permit Longer Tandem Trucks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Over the objections of safety advocates, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a trucking industry bid supported by FedEx to allow longer tandem trucks on the nation's highways.

30. Sea Isle Principal Prepares ‘The Island’ for New School Year -

Cardboard letters on the cinderblock wall just inside the entrance to Sea Isle Elementary School in East Memphis welcome students to “the island” – a much quieter place in these summer days but not a deserted island.

31. Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies -

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

32. Things or Experiences: Which Mean More? -

Ray’s take: We talk a lot about budgets in financial planning, but less often about the type of spending we should do. Finances, like so much in life, are personal.

Some prefer to spend money on things. A newer, bigger TV. A nicer house or car. These things are items that should take some thought before buying. But what about impulse buying? Does that make us happy in the long term? For some the answer is yes.

33. Men’s Silence Leads to Abuse -

As one of Shelby County’s eight Judicial Commissioners, I must decide whether or not a person should have an order of protection against another person. Our office reviews and makes decisions on thousands of petitions every year in an effort to provide abuse victims legal protection from their abuser. Although we rarely know the outcome of individual cases, we are all keenly aware that an order of protection is an important and powerful tool for helping victims escape abusive situations.

34. Trade Bill Clears Senate Hurdle, At Brink of Final Passage -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate pushed bipartisan trade legislation to the brink of final approval Tuesday in a combined effort by President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders to rescue a measure that appeared all but dead less than two weeks ago.

35. Here's Why Home Sales Are Finally Surging -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate has gotten hot again.

Home sales are on pace for their best year since 2007. First-time buyers are streaming back into the market. Prices are skyrocketing, aided by a stronger job market and tantalizingly low mortgage rates that are creating pressure for buyers to act fast.

36. White House: Action Needed Now to Slow Climate Change -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57,000 deaths in the United States from poor air quality by 2100, the Obama administration argued in a new report Monday that warns of dire effects of global warming.

37. Sales Gauging Techniques that Move the Needle -

Unless you have more sales from ideal customers than you know what to do with, your organization can benefit from sales measurement strategies. They allow you to not only forecast future sales but also to dissect your team’s success through each step of the sales cycle in order to fine-tune your approach and improve results.

38. Wunderlich’s Hogan Offers Latest Read on Economy -

A little more than a year ago, Wunderlich Securities Inc. chief market strategist Art Hogan stood before an audience of business leaders assembled by The Daily News – part of the paper’s regular seminar series – and offered his take on an economic recovery that looked different depending on where a person stood.

39. When Less Means More -

Anxiety floods the boardroom, the conference rooms, every decision. Costs are rising. Returns are flat. Margins are thinning. Now, private label competitors are beating us in every area: technology, price, placement, design and sales. Worse, they have turned the category that we invented into a commoditized war zone and keep us in a rigid box that controls every factor of our influence and gives them every advantage.

40. Truck Stop Restaurant Plan Hits End of the Road -

The developers behind the proposed Truck Stop restaurant on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Cooper Street have pulled the plug on the project after a year and a half of regulatory hurdles and different standards involved in using intermodal shipping containers.

41. MDH Buys Belz’s Memphis Industrial Portfolio -

An Atlanta-based firm has acquired a large industrial portfolio from Belz Enterprises.

Atlanta-based MDH Partners LLC bought 22 industrial buildings in the Memphis area totaling more than 3.1 million square feet.

42. Passion for Architecture Fuels Looney Ricks Kiss' Norcross -

Rob Norcross, a principal at Memphis architecture, planning and design firm Looney Ricks Kiss, has increasingly enmeshed himself into public service, holding positions on several key boards or committees.

43. Fed Sees Stronger Economy, Leaves Key Rate at Record Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy has strengthened since a slump early this year, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, but it wants to see further gains in the job market and higher inflation before raising interest rates from record lows.

44. Memphis City Council’s Distrust of Wharton Boils to Surface -

If it wasn’t obvious in five previous budget seasons, Memphis City Council members made the point clearer Tuesday, June 16, just before they delayed final city budget votes for another week.

They don’t trust the numbers and explanations they are getting from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as they try to rearrange his $656.5 million budget that was proposed in April.

45. Memphis City Council Delays Budget Votes Until June 23 -

Memphis City Council members put off final budget votes Tuesday, June 16, after trying for several hours to rearrange Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.'s budget proposal.

But council members, already skeptical about the administration’s line items and dollar figures, became increasingly frustrated as their calculations of available funding didn’t match the administration’s math.

46. Fed Likely to Signal Coming Rate Hike If Economy Strengthens -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With evidence that the U.S. economy is rebounding from a winter slump, the Federal Reserve will likely signal this week that an interest rate increase is coming – just not quite yet.

47. Predicting Sales & Marketing Plan Returns -

Far too many companies look to past growth as the single best predictor of future growth in setting annual revenue targets with little analysis of the factors driving that past progress, anticipated market shifts over the coming year, and the predictability of the sales and marketing strategies built into their annual plan. It is a goal-setting process with a high likelihood for failure caused by either unrealistically high goals or those which aren’t nearly aggressive enough.

48. MDH Partners Buys Belz's Memphis Industrial Portfolio -

An Atlanta-based firm has acquired a large industrial portfolio from Belz Enterprises.

Atlanta-based MDH Partners LLC bought 22 industrial buildings in the Memphis area totaling more than 3.1 million square feet.

49. Data Warehouse Raises HealthCare.Gov Privacy Concerns -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A government data warehouse that stores information indefinitely on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.

50. Truck Stop Restaurant Plan Hits End of the Road -

The developers behind the proposed Truck Stop restaurant on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Cooper Street have pulled the plug on the project after a year and a half of regulatory hurdles and different standards involved in using intermodal shipping containers.

51. Senior Stature -

Sprawling across 37 acres of Collierville land, posh retirement community The Farms at Bailey Station will serve more than 500 senior residents when the final phase of construction is completed in 2016.

52. US Wholesale Prices Jump in May, Led By Eggs, Gasoline -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prices at the wholesale level rose at the fastest pace in nearly 3 years in May, pushed higher by a sharp jump in the cost of gasoline and a record increase in the price eggs related to an outbreak of avian influenza. But outside of increases in volatile food and energy costs, core inflation remained moderate.

53. Hops Growers Rush To Meet Rising Demand From Craft Brewers -

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) – These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.

54. Truck Stop Restaurant Plan Hits End of the Road -

The developers behind the proposed Truck Stop restaurant on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Cooper Street have pulled the plug on the project after a year and a half of regulatory hurdles and different standards involved in using intermodal shipping containers.

55. Swimming, Snow Cones and Entrepreneurship -

A neighbor started giving swim lessons several days a week during the summer. Obviously, she is good at what she does. Her lessons bring daily traffic to a quiet side street that usually experiences mild traffic only twice a day – in the morning and evening.

56. Talent-Supporting Structures -

A fallacy about organizational management prevents many firms from getting the best out of their best people: the notion that everyone who excels in their jobs will eventually become managers, directors, etc. True, some may have a talent for management, while others flourish in active roles that have nothing to do with managing.

57. New Coach, Fans Will Keep Eye on Rocky Top League -

KNOXVILLE – Hoops fans, rejoice. Your summer basketball fix is almost here.

The Pilot Rocky Top League returns for its eighth year starting June 15 and should feature 11 players who will be on the University of Tennessee’s roster in 2015-16.

58. Different Strokes -

Five years ago, Jim Napolitano left Hillwood Country Club in Nashville to become general manager at Chickasaw Country Club. The economy was still wheezing and Chickasaw, which received its charter in 1922 – or two years after the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote – was trapped in a time warp.

59. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Jumps to High for Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped this week to their highest levels this year, with the key 30-year rate topping 4 percent for the first time since late 2014.

60. Overbey Has No Regrets for Sponsoring Insure Tennessee -

Republican Sen. Doug Overbey took the road less traveled this year when he sponsored Insure Tennessee at the request of Gov. Bill Haslam.

Despite the legislation’s failure in special and regular sessions, he has no regrets and looks forward to continuing the fight in 2016 for a market-based plan to obtain roughly $1 billion annually through the Affordable Care Act to provide coverage to some 280,000 Tennesseans who are caught in a gap between TennCare and the federal plan.

61. Haslam Calls on Locals to Influence 'Changing Legislature' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday issued an appeal to officials from Tennessee cities and towns to help influence what he described as a "changing" state Legislature less concerned with the interests of traditional institutions.

62. Dashboards Drive Business Performance -

Numerous studies support the fact that companies that excel at aligning their marketing and sales efforts enjoy significantly higher revenue growth. A best-in-class strategy for creating such cohesion is the regular development of a business dashboard.

63. AP Analysis: More 'Phony Numbers' in Reports as Stocks Rise -

NEW YORK (AP) – Those record profits that companies are reporting may not be all they're cracked up to be.

As the stock market climbs ever higher, professional investors are warning that companies are presenting misleading versions of their results that ignore a wide variety of normal costs of running a business to make it seem like they're doing better than they really are.

64. McDonald's Sales Slump Continues in May -

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) – McDonald's says that a key sales measurement dipped in May, with weakness in the U.S. and some overseas markets.

The world's biggest hamburger chain said Monday that sales at locations open at least 13 months edged down 0.3 percent last month. That was better than the 1.1 percent decline that analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected.

65. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 16 Percent in May -

Lending has ticked up at Memphis-area banks, mortgage rates are still low and the supply of new homes remains limited.

Those are some of the reasons lenders cite when explaining why mortgage lending in Memphis continues to hum along above last year’s totals. Last month continued that trend, new figures show, with mortgage volume countywide getting a 16 percent boost in May compared to May 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

66. 5 Reasons Why US Employers are Showing Confidence in Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers last month delivered a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy.

They added 280,000 jobs – a surprisingly robust total at a time when consumers are hesitant to spend and the economy appears less than fully healthy. Some key industries, from energy to manufacturing, have been struggling. And economic troubles overseas have put investors on edge.

67. Design Board OKs Universal Life Redevelopment -

Developers of the Universal Life building have cleared a key regulatory hurdle.

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board on Wednesday, June 3, approved architects Jimmie Tucker and Juan Self’s plans to redevelop the historic property at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Linden Avenue.

68. Downtown Business Owners Love CMA Fest -

It’s the business she’s chosen, and being a multi-bar owner gives Brenda Sanderson a unique perspective on what used to be called Fan Fair, a blue-collar celebration that has gradually been transformed into Nashville’s main culture festival and all-inclusive calling card.

69. Editorial: A New Fairgrounds is Already Taking Shape in Memphis -

As an Urban Land Institute panel spends a quick week in Memphis June 8-12 to offer recommendations on the Mid-South Fairgrounds, we hope they will color outside the lines City Hall has set so far for its revitalization.

70. US Regulators Warn: Ads for Reverse Mortgages Can Mislead -

WASHINGTON (AP) – We've seen the TV ad pitches from celebrities like "The Fonz" Henry Winkler and actor and ex-senator Fred Thompson, touting the benefits of reverse mortgages for older homeowners.

71. Design Review Board OKs Universal Life Redevelopment -

Developers of the Universal Life building have cleared a key regulatory hurdle.

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board on Wednesday, June 3, approved architects Jimmie Tucker and Juan Self’s plans to redevelop the historic property at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Linden Avenue.

72. Fed Sees Moderate Economic Growth Around Country This Spring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in most regions of the country in April and May, as consumers ramped up spending at retailers and auto dealers, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

73. Dollar General First-Quarter Profit Tops Street, Key Sales Metric Rises -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General's fiscal first-quarter profit topped Wall Street's expectations, and a key sales measurement rose thanks to better traffic and shoppers spending more per transaction.

74. Prepare for Takeoff -

At Southern Airways Express’ hub in a Memphis International Airport executive terminal, movement is at a peaceful lull.

There are no loudspeaker announcements or TSA check-in points. Patrons sip complimentary coffee. The lobby opens right onto the tarmac where a fleet of 9-passenger Cessna 208 Caravan jets land about 12 times daily.

75. Fuel and Potential Fires for the US Economy Ahead -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The US economy should get better after a sputtering first quarter, but how much better? It's complicated.

Steady hiring and low gas prices should help power solid growth through the rest of 2015. The harsh winter and a labor dispute that slowed trade at West Coast ports are both over. Home sales and construction are rebounding, along with business investment.

76. Getting Social: What Method is Best for You? -

To tweet, or not to tweet, that is the question. Or is it to blog, text or Skype? When it comes to communication and social media, these are some of the questions that come to mind as you determine the best method of communication to get the message out about your business, product, service or institution.

77. Tom’s Tiny Kitchen Gets a Whole Lot Bigger -

By adding a pinch of passion to a tried-and-true recipe, Tom Flournoy has grown a family-run business to having a five-state reach.

After he was unexpectedly laid off from his executive position in the automotive parts industry, Flournoy fell back on an appetizing venture: homemade pimento cheese. To make ends meet, he started preparing pimento cheese at home and selling it to friends and farmers markets under the name Tom’s Tiny Kitchen.

78. Backsplash -

In the beginning, there was Splash – the first legal casino in Tunica County following the Mississippi Legislature’s passage of the 1990 law legalizing “dockside” casinos in the state.

79. Small-Town Shift -

Fred’s Inc. CEO Jerry A. Shore has been thinking bigger and smaller simultaneously.

“One of my key strategies after being named CEO was to upgrade talent,” said Shore, who had been the company’s CFO for more than 14 years before changing corporate hats a few months ago.

80. Coliseum Fans Push for Roundhouse Reconsideration -

The city’s effort to either restart or reconfigure its plan for the Mid-South Fairgrounds began Saturday, May 23, on the steps of the south entrance to the Mid-South Coliseum.

And it continues Monday and Tuesday, June 1-2, with a set of four town hall meetings – two each evening.

81. FCC Takes Aim at Annoying Telemarketing Calls -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Those automated phone calls during the dinner hour, late at night or to your wireless phone can be so frustrating – and the government is taking note.

The head of the Federal Communications Commission circulated a new proposal Wednesday designed to close loopholes, strengthen current rules, and encourage wireless and wireline carriers to do more to fight against unwanted telemarketing calls and spam text messages to consumers.

82. Ramsey Uses ‘System’ to Reshape State’s Political Landscape -

Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey laughs at the notion he’s changed since being elected to the Legislature 23 years ago, that he’s lost touch with the common man or become “arrogant” as lieutenant governor of Tennessee.

83. Homebuilders Enjoying Steady Start to 2015 -

The Shelby County homebuilding industry surged ahead in April with builders pulling more permits and selling more new homes at higher prices, a positive start to the peak building season.

Builders filed 84 permits in April, a 10.5 jump over the 76 permits filed in April 2014 and a 47.3 percent jump from the 57 permits filed in March of this year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

84. Media Heads Rule Ranks of Best-Paid CEOs -

NEW YORK (AP) – They're not Hollywood stars, they're not TV personalities and they don't play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league.

Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press.

85. Take a Break From Facebook -

I recently took a hiatus from Facebook. Once I was removed from my newsfeed’s constant updates, I was able to better focus on the dozens of other things that require my attention throughout the day.

86. 6 Tips for Selling to Millennials -

Roughly 75 million strong, millennials are on a course to soon surpass their baby boomer parents as our nation’s largest living generation. This generation, also known as Gen Y, was born between 1981 and the early 2000s, and they are beginning to wield great influence in their professional roles.

87. Yellen: 1st Rate Hike Likely By Year End If Economy Improves -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year – if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate.

88. Benefit for Children’s Heart Foundation on June 6 -

Taste of Caribe returns for the 11th year on Saturday, June 6, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at ANF Architects located at 1500 Union Ave. in Downtown Memphis.

89. Editorial: Grizzlies’ Impact Goes Beyond the Court -

You used to hear it about Tigers basketball.

These days, you hear it more about the Memphis Grizzlies. It goes something like this:

“Nothing brings Memphians together like the Grizzlies.” Or, “Memphians have their differences, but they come together for the Grizzlies.”

90. Top 10 Recruiting Class Might Be Serrano’s Salvation -

Senior right-handed pitcher Will Neely, who opened the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament this week with a no-hitter and a 2-0 win against Bartlett, was the driving force behind Hardin Valley Academy’s run to its first-ever state tournament appearance.

91. What Grads Must Do to Secure Employment -

Career counselors at many Tennessee colleges and universities say interest from corporate recruiters is higher than they’ve seen it in years.

There are more job postings, internship opportunities, pre-employment trainee classes and technology training programs for all skill levels, but if a recent graduate needs help in pursuing a career, schools want the new alums to come back to them.

92. What’s Next? -

When Steven Baldwin started his freshman year at Austin Peay State University in 2012, he had a smart, carefully considered plan for his future.

93. Fed Minutes Indicate June Rate Hike Unlikely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed when they met last month that June would be too early to start raising interest rates, as they debated whether the economy's winter weakness would fade or persist.

94. Target Beating Wal-Mart in Race for Turnaround -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is beating Wal-Mart in the race to beef up sales.

Target Corp. on Wednesday reported a nearly 52 percent surge in its first-quarter profit on strong sales of more profitable items like fashion and baby products, evidence that its efforts to turn around its business are paying off.

95. Banks Fined More Than $5 Billion, To Plead Guilty to Market Rigging -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Four of the world's biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets – a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial institution.

96. Agriculture Secretary Keynotes International Conference -

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and a U.S. delegation are hosting an international conference on rural development this week at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Vilsack was to give the keynote address Tuesday, May 19, to the 10th annual conference by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

97. Council to Fill Vacancy, Consider Buying State Office Building -

Memphis City Council members appoint a new council member Tuesday, May 18, and consider spending more than $8 million to purchase, renovate and relocate workers to the Donnelley J. Hill state office building that stands near City Hall in Civic Center Plaza.

98. Benefit for Children’s Heart Foundation on June 6 -

Taste of Caribe returns for the 11th year on Saturday, June 6, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at ANF Architects located at 1500 Union Ave. in Downtown Memphis.

99. Haslam Point Man To Leave Administration -

Mark Cate is leaving Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration after serving as Haslam’s campaign manager in 2010 and as the governor’s chief of staff after he took office.

Cate served as point man for many of the governor’s top legislative initiatives, including caps on payouts from successful civil lawsuits and changing teacher tenure rules. He also spearheaded this year’s failed effort to pass Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income people.

100. Square Roots -

Lucy Woodson and George Saig went to lunch recently in Overton Square.

They chose Babalu, the site where the entertainment district began in 1970 with the opening of the former TGI Friday’s, just months after Memphis voters approved “liquor by the drink.”