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1. Contracts to Buy US Homes Slip in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index slipped 1.1 percent to 102.7 last month. The index remains 7.3 percent below its level a year ago.

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3. Simmons First National Moves Into Tennessee -

A similar history, a foundation in agriculture lending and growth potential attracted Arkansas-based Simmons First National Corp. to buy Community First Bancshares Inc. of Union City, Tenn., and its $1.9 billion subsidiary First State Bank, says Simmons’ Chairman and CEO George A. Makris.

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5. Fast Food Workers Prepare to Escalate Wage Demands -

CHICAGO (AP) – Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

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7. Homebuilders Launch Insurance Program -

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association has joined forces with other homebuilder associations in Tennessee and contracted with national employee benefit consulting firm gbac inc. and Memphis-based Shoemaker Financial to launch the Tennessee Construction Industry Health Insurance Program.

8. New Life for Old Malls -

Since 1957, when the first modern, fully enclosed shopping mall was built in Edina, Minnesota, shopping became an American pastime. New shopping malls changed the landscape in communities across the country at the rate of 140 a year.

9. Memphis Chamber's Strickland Awarded Scholarship -

The American Chamber of Commerce recently awarded a scholarship to Ernest Strickland, director of economic development of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

10. US Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment -

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

11. UTHSC Researcher Gets Neonatal Project Grant -

Dr. Adebowale Adebiyi, assistant professor in the physiology department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health.

12. UTHSC Doctor Receives Mental Health Study Grant -

Kazuko Sakata, an assistant professor in the pharmacology department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a two-year grant totaling $147,500 from the National Institute of Mental Health, a division of the National Institutes of Health, to research whether an enriched environment early in life is more effective than later in improving or preventing depression.

13. UTHSC Receives $3.1 Million in Federal Grants -

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the University of Tennessee Health Science Center nine federal grants totaling more than $3.1 million for a variety of programs and research projects.

14. Heritage Trail Project Receive Arts Grant -

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $150,000 grant to the city’s Heritage Trail project for planning, design and public art.

Heritage Trail is the city’s ambitious project to redevelop a large area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis. It includes the proposed demolition of Foote Homes, the last of the city’s large public housing developments.

15. Contractors See Bright Days Ahead -

After slogging their way through the deepest economic slump in more than 60 years, Memphis area contractors say the near future looks much brighter than the dark days of the recession and its immediate aftermath.

16. ‘Drive for Progress’ -

There’s a duality of meaning implied in the name of the civic organization where Nancy Coffee serves as president and CEO.

17. US New-Home Sales Plummet in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy.

New home sales fell 8.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The report also revised down the May sales rate to 442,000 from 504,000.

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19. Heritage Trail Project Receives Arts Grant -

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $150,000 grant to the city’s Heritage Trail project for planning, design and public art.

Heritage Trail is the city’s ambitious project to redevelop a large area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis. It includes the proposed demolition of Foote Homes, the last of the city’s large public housing developments.

20. Eve Didn’t Poison Toomer’s Corner Trees -

Justin Fuente again did football-obsessive mankind a favor this summer with his annual women’s clinic.

“By and large, men know a lot less than they think they do and women know a lot more,” said the University of Memphis football coach.

21. Music Lounge to Open in Edge District -

The Edge District near Downtown lost a theater but is gaining a new live music lounge in August.

The Dizzy Bird, named after legendary Jazz greats John “Dizzy” Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker, is slated to open Aug. 2 at 652 Marshall Ave.

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23. Retail Trade Group Reduces Annual Sales Forecast -

NEW YORK (AP) – The nation's largest retail trade group has pared its annual sales forecast because of slower-than-expected growth during the first half of the year tied to winter storms and lingering economic woes.

24. Health Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit Against State -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Three advocacy groups filed a class action lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the state of Tennessee of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law.

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26. UTHSC Receives $3.1 Million in Federal Grants -

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the University of Tennessee Health Science Center nine federal grants totaling more than $3.1 million for a variety of programs and research projects.

27. US Home Sales Increase 2.6 Percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost momentum.

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30. Tennessee Gets High Marks in Child Welfare Report -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The latest national ranking of the well-being of children shows Tennessee is among five states that made the biggest improvement in the last year.

The Kids Count Data Book, an annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, grades states on education, health care and poverty.

31. UTHSC Awarded $3.1 Million in Federal Grants -

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the University of Tennessee Health Science Center nine federal grants totaling more than $3.1 million for a variety of programs and research projects.

32. UTHSC Doctor Receives Mental Health Study Grant -

Kazuko Sakata, an assistant professor in the pharmacology department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a two-year grant totaling $147,500 from the National Institute of Mental Health, a division of the National Institutes of Health, to research whether an enriched environment early in life is more effective than later in improving or preventing depression.

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34. US Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment -

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

35. UTHSC Researcher Gets Neonatal Project Grant -

Dr. Adebowale Adebiyi, assistant professor in the physiology department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health.

36. Busy Street -

Evidence for the attractiveness of Downtown’s South Main neighborhood can be found in any of several corners.

One example is at 314 S. Main St., where Café Pontotoc opened its doors about two weeks ago. Owners Milton and Cherie Lamb wanted to establish a comfortable neighborhood bar that serves wine, local beers and small plates in a setting where patrons get used to coming in to unwind.

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38. Chamber’s Strickland Awarded Scholarship -

The American Chamber of Commerce recently awarded a scholarship to Ernest Strickland, director of economic development of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

39. Baker Donelson Wins Beacon of Justice Award -

The National Legal Aid and Defender Association has named Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC a 2014 Beacon of Justice Award winner.

The awards recognize law firms that have devoted significant time and resources to creating and implementing innovative strategies to improve life outcomes for low-income people. Baker Donelson is being recognized for its development of the OnlineTNJustice platform, which provides free legal services via the Internet to low-income Tennessee residents.

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The National Association of Women Business Owners, Memphis Chapter will hold “Meet Shelby County Women Candidates,” an after-hours nonpartisan reception, Monday, July 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Salsa, 6150 Poplar Ave., suite 129. For more information and to RSVP, visit nawbomemphis.org.

41. Shouldering the Load -

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace enters his senior season with a chance to make history, a chance for his name to have the kind of staying power that would have Rebels fans tossing the name “Bo” around The Grove for generations, the way they do with names like Archie and Eli.

42. First Horizon Reports Positive Quarter -

For the second quarter of its 150th anniversary year, the Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank reported growth in profit as well as increases in loans, while continuing to reduce the drag of the mortgage business the company sold in 2008.

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45. Events -

Stage Door Productions will present a locally inspired production of “Godspell” Friday, July 18, to Sunday, July 20, and July 25-27 at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway. Buy tickets at stagedoormemphis.org.

46. More Than Delta -

MESSAGE FROM HOME. A while back – right after I wrote a column blasting Delta, the Airport Authority and Garage Gargantua – I was invited to tour the airport and learn a thing or two or 50 about where so much of what and where we are takes off and lands every day.

47. Jones, Volunteers Still Face Steep Climb Up Rocky Top -

HOOVER, Ala. – It’s Tennessee against the world. Don’t believe that? Just ask second-year coach Butch Jones.

Last season’s “brick-by-brick” theme has been replaced by the “power of one,” as in one team against all odds. Given the power/opportunity of the microphone and a large contingent of reporters at SEC Media Days, Jones used his pulpit to say, without exactly saying it, please don’t expect too much too soon.

48. SEC Media Days Notebook: July 17 -

HOOVER, Ala. – As usual, there was a large contingent of Alabama fans gathered in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Birmingham that cheered upon first sight of coach Nick Saban.

But once Saban reached the podium at SEC Media Days, he wasn’t talking about battling complacency after winning that last national championship – or the last two national championships.

49. Youth Movement -

It’s a good time to be a young professional in Memphis who wants to do more than punch a clock.

From the Greater Memphis Chamber to the New Memphis Institute, plus groups like the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals and Leadership Memphis, among others, the tent of movers, shakers and impact makers has expanded considerably in Memphis of late.

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53. Juvenile Court Reform Moves to Child Welfare Cases -

For the last two years, much of the attention in Juvenile Court reforms has been on delinquent children who come to the court for their actions.

But this fall, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will begin an examination of its child welfare program – the reason that most children come to the court.

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

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

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56. Welcoming Home Baby Boomers -

Part two of a two-part series. Talented leadership is always in high demand. The question is: Where do you look for leaders, who are you overlooking and how do you effectively sustain their involvement?

57. Memphis Immigration Reform Discussion Quiet But Complex -

As much of the national attention in the immigration reform debate was focused last week on Washington and protests in Southern California and Texas, a group of local leaders made the case for immigration reform in Memphis with much less attention.

58. Bragging Rights -

HOOVER, Ala. – Before he was done, Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive would quote Muhammad Ali, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela, stump for the league’s new television network, and remind the world that the “autonomy of the SEC and the other four conferences” is really all that matters.

59. Communicate Effectively With Your Audience -

The digital world has altered the way businesses communicate with audiences. Regardless of size, they have the opportunity to connect with customers on a more personal basis than at any other point in history.

60. City: Rideshare Services Need Permits for Airport Use -

The city of Memphis will ask popular ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to cease and desist operations until they acquire city permits.

“We know (Uber and Lyft) are doing business in Memphis without the required permit,” said Memphis spokeswoman Dewanna Smith. “We will send them a cease-and-desist notice along with an application and links to our ordinances. That letter has only recently been approved by counsel and will be going out soon.”

61. Dance Teacher Spreads Love of Dance From Cordova -

Arman Sahakyan, born in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan, started taking dance classes as a 6-year-old.

Fast forward almost three decades, and today the 33-year-old remains committed to dance as an art form – only now he’s also spreading that enthusiasm to others as the owner of Dancing With Arman, a dance studio in Cordova.

62. Downside of Low US Mortgage Rates: Less Selling -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.

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64. Ford Cars Probed for Steering Issues -

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.

The investigation covers 2004 to 2007 Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Marauder models.

65. Economists Lower Forecasts for US Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.

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67. UTHSC to Operate Forensic Center -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has been awarded a $3.1 million contract to operate the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center and the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office.

68. Grizz Renew Commitment to Raise $2.5M for St. Jude -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that they have committed to raising $2.5 million over 10 years to continue helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

69. UTHSC Researcher Finds Racial Gap in Med Adherence -

The launch of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in 2006 has encouraged more elderly patients to take their heart medications as prescribed.

But while the longstanding gap between white and minority patients in cardiovascular medication adherence has narrowed, black seniors are still less likely to adhere to medication goals than Hispanic Medicare participants, and both groups lag white seniors in the rate of adherence in using the common drugs that treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

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72. UAW: 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen on Union -

NASHVILLE (AP) – United Auto Workers leaders said Thursday they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.

73. UTHSC Researchers Find Racial Gap in Medication Adherence -

The launch of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in 2006 has encouraged more elderly patients to take their heart medications as prescribed.

But while the longstanding gap between white and minority patients in cardiovascular medication adherence has narrowed, black seniors are still less likely to adhere to medication goals than Hispanic Medicare participants, and both groups lag white seniors in the rate of adherence in using the common drugs that treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

74. 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.”

75. City to Issue Cease-and-Desist Notices to Rideshare Services -

The city of Memphis will ask popular ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to cease and desist operations until they acquire city permits.

“We know (Uber and Lyft) are doing business in Memphis without the required permit,” said Memphis spokeswoman Dewanna Smith. “We will send them a cease-and-desist notice along with an application and links to our ordinances. That letter has only recently been approved by counsel and will be going out soon.”

76. Pathmark Inks Lease at I-Bank Tower -

A longtime third-party logistics company is on the move.

Pathmark Transportation Co., which was started in 1984 as a subsidiary of petroleum marketing company Pathmark International before becoming a national logistics provider, has signed a new lease for 3,800 square feet at the i-bank Tower on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

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78. Want Contracts? Work Harder, Women's Organization CEO Says -

NEW YORK (AP) – Pamela Prince-Eason isn't letting women business owners off the hook – if they want more contracts with big corporations or the government, they have to work harder to get them than they do now.

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80. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, July 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Martha Perine Beard, president of the Federal Reserve in Memphis, will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. Email info@nhpomemphis.us.

81. City Official: No Blue Flu Threshold for National Guard -

The state of Tennessee has offered to direct Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers to Memphis to help fill manpower gaps as a result of the hundreds of Memphis Police officers who’ve called in sick over the last week.

82. Survey Finds Math, Science Grads Earn Top Dollar -

WASHINGTON (AP) – What you study – math and science are a plus – seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department.

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84. University of Memphis Gets Grant for Study of Artifacts -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The University of Memphis says three of its professors have received a National Park Service grant to study ancient Native American artifacts.

The university said Monday that it has received a $40,000 grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, a program of the National Park Service.

85. Grizzlies Renew Commitment to Raise $2.5 Million for St. Jude -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that they have committed to raising $2.5 million over 10 years to continue helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

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Rizzo’s Diner and the Memphis Crisis Center will hold a “Less to Wine About Wednesday” fundraiser Wednesday, July 9, at the restaurant, 106 G.E. Patterson Ave. Rizzo’s will donate 25 percent of the day’s profits to the crisis center. Visit rizzosdiner.com.

87. Grizz Renew Commitment to St. Jude -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that they have committed to raising $2.5 million over 10 years to continue helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

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89. University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Operate Forensic Center -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has been awarded a $3.1 million contract to operate the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center and the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office.

90. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 8, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Diane Knight, medical center director for the Memphis VA hospital, will speak. Cost is $20 at the door. RSVP to taylor@memphisrotary.org.

91. Atkinson Joins Dermaflage Team -

Michael Graber asked that I write this week’s column to both announce my move to join the leadership team at our Ventures company, Silicone Arts Labs, and to reflect on the last seven years at Southern Growth Studio. We announce my departure from the Studio with a great sense of pride and accomplishment, as it is one of the ways we are meeting our mission and making a positive impact in Memphis.

92. UTHSC College of Allied Health Sciences Gets New Name -

Come fall, nearly 600 students will be enrolled in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Health Professions – and that will be a first because on July 1, that became the new name for what formerly was known as the College of Allied Health Sciences.

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95. Obama to Nominate New NTSB Chair -

The White House says the president will nominate a lawyer with a history in aviation and transportation safety to head the National Transportation Safety Board.

Christopher Hart joined the board as vice chairman in 2009 and became acting chairman in April. That’s when former NTSB chief Deborah Hersman resigned.

96. Oak Ridge Launching Imaging Institute -

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Tenn., has launched the Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials, which aims to accelerate the development of new materials that can be used to produce more efficient solar cells, batteries and other products.

97. Waller Lansden Leases in Renaissance Center -

A Nashville-based law firm is moving into permanent space at the Renaissance Center office building.

Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP, which opened a Memphis office in February, has leased 10,000 square feet in the East Memphis office building at 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive.

98. University of Tennessee Health Science Center Professor Wins Caffeine Research Grant -

S. Casey Laizure, a professor in the clinical pharmacy department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, has received a grant totaling $150,000 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health.

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