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1. Hankook Breaks Ground on New Plant -

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Hankook Tire has broken ground on an $800 million plant in Clarksville that is expected to create 1,800 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander joined local and company officials Tuesday for the event.

2. Pendulum Swings for Crieve Hall Clocksmith -

Scott Zaft “jumped the wall” and made it out of corporate America to a life in which he’s his own boss and lives in tick-tock precision down a steep driveway and to the rear of a 1950s Crieve Hall rancher.

3. Chrysler, Nissan Lead US Autos to August Sales Rise -

DETROIT (AP) – Most major automakers reported stronger-than-expected U.S. sales in August, leading to predictions of the highest annual selling rate in at least eight years.

Chrysler and Nissan led the way with double-digit increases, while Toyota reported sales were up 6 percent. Ford and Honda sales each rose 0.4 percent, and Hyundai saw a 6 percent gain. Of major automakers, only General Motors and Volkswagen posted declines, with GM down 1.2 percent and struggling Volkswagen off almost 13 percent from a year ago.

4. Car Sales Sizzle in July, Helped by Discounts -

Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.

Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all saw double-digit sales gains and General Motors’ sales were up 9 percent over last July. Honda and Volkswagen saw declines.

5. Pacific Industries Creating 190 Jobs in Jackson -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Auto parts maker Pacific Industries is building a new plant in Jackson, which is expected to create 190 new jobs over the first five years of operations.

The facility will focus on making metal stamping and welding operations. The Ogaki, Japan-based company's current customers include Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

6. US Auto Sales Hit 9-Year High in May -

DETROIT (AP) – Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks – and five sunny weekends – pushed U.S. auto sales to a nine-year high in May.

Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota all reported double-digit sales gains over last May. Even General Motors, battling bad publicity from a mishandled recall, surprised with a 13 percent sales increase.

7. Hiring to Push Mississippi Nissan Employment Over 6,000 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.

8. Frigid Weather Pulls January Auto Sales Down 3 Percent -

DETROIT (AP) – Auto sales slid 3 percent in January as bouts of snow, ice and frigid temperatures in much of the country kept buyers snug in their homes instead of venturing out to car dealers.

9. December Auto Sales Falter; 2013 Still Best in 6 Years -

December U.S. auto sales slowed a bit from the brisk pace earlier this year, but automakers still were on target to finish 2013 with the best numbers in six years.

Nissan posted an 11 percent gain for December and Chrysler managed a 6 percent increase. But General Motors, Toyota, Ford and Volkswagen each posted disappointing numbers. Still, most major automakers reported at least a 7 percent increase for 2013, and analysts expect full-year sales to be up around 8 percent to 15.6 million when all the numbers are in. That would be the highest sales figure since 16.1 million in 2007.

10. Corinth Silicon Plant Adds to 2013 Mississippi Jobs Total -

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant capped a busy 2013 on the economic development front with a New Year’s Eve announcement of a $200 million silicon metal plant near Corinth.

The Mississippi Silicon plant will employ 200 when completed in the town of Burnsville, 100 miles southeast of Memphis. The metal made there will be used in chemical, aluminum and automotive plants.

11. Corinth Silicon Plant Adds to 2013 Mississippi Jobs Total -

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant capped a busy 2013 on the economic development front with a New Year’s Eve announcement of a $200 million silicon metal plant near Corinth.

The Mississippi Silicon plant will employ 200 when completed in the town of Burnsville, 100 miles southeast of Memphis. The metal made there will be used in chemical, aluminum and automotive plants.

12. Holiday Weekend Gives a Boost to Auto Sales -

DETROIT (AP) – The holiday weekend was good to U.S. automakers, as November sales rose 9 percent to beat strong numbers from a year ago.

Sales ran at an annual rate of 16.4 million cars and trucks last month, making it the best rate of the year according to Autodata Corp.

13. Automakers Post Big October Gains -

Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all posted October sales increases as the U.S. auto industry rebounded from a lackluster September.The gains signal that automakers made it through the 16-day partial government shutdown relatively unscathed. All automakers reported October sales on Friday.

14. Automakers Post Big October Gains -

Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all posted October sales increases as the U.S. auto industry rebounded from a lackluster September.

The gains signal that automakers made it through the 16-day partial government shutdown relatively unscathed. All automakers reported October sales on Friday.

15. State Leaders Avoid Zero-Emissions Plan -

The Nissan plant in Tennessee that makes the all-electric Leaf stands to benefit from an announcement last week that eight states will work together to dramatically increase the number of zero-emission cars on the nation’s roads.

16. Tennessee Leaders Avoid Zero-Emissions Plan -

The Nissan plant in Tennessee that makes the all-electric Leaf stands to benefit from an announcement last week that eight states will work together to dramatically increase the number of zero-emission cars on the nation’s roads. But Tennessee isn’t among the states signing the agreement, and Republican leaders say they have no plans to do so.

17. Lexus, Toyota Top Auto Reliability Survey -

DETROIT (AP) – Japan's lock on Consumer Reports' vehicle reliability rankings is starting to ease.

Three Japanese brands – Lexus, Toyota and Acura – took the top spots in this year's survey, and seven of the top 10 brands are Japanese.

18. The Orpheum Theatre To Host Annual Auction -

The Orpheum Theatre is gearing up for its 35th annual auction.

The auction, which is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, will kick off a yearlong celebration of The Orpheum’s 85th anniversary.

19. Orpheum to Host Annual Auction -

The Orpheum Theatre is gearing up for its 35th annual auction.

The auction, which is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, will kick off a yearlong celebration of The Orpheum’s 85th anniversary.

20. Tire-Maker Hankook to Build Tennessee Plant -

South Korean tire-maker Hankook announced Monday that it will build its first North American plant in Tennessee, creating 1,800 jobs.

Hankook, the world's seventh-largest tire maker, said it will build the $800 million facility in Clarksville. Construction on the 1.5 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to begin by the end of next year, and it will begin making high-end performance tires by early 2016.

21. Bryant Touts Delta as Auto Epicenter -

A different kind of Detroit comparison was made in the Mississippi Delta this week.

It’s a comparison to Detroit’s golden age as the center of the U.S auto industry instead of its later decline and recent fiscal insolvency.

22. Fed Survey Finds US Economy Growing Moderately -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Economic growth held steady across the United States from July through late August, as Americans bought more cars and homes and auto factories added workers.

A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday showed that all 12 of the Fed's regional banking districts reported modest to moderate growth. That's roughly in line with the Fed's previous survey of those districts from late May through early July.

23. Automakers Report Sales Up Double-Digits in August -

DETROIT (AP) – The major U.S. and Japanese automakers all posted double-digit U.S. sales gains last month as car buyers snapped up pickup trucks and small cars to lead the industry toward its best month in six years.

24. GOP Dreads Prospect of New UAW Foothold in South -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The prospect of the United Auto Workers gaining a new foothold at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee worries some Southern Republicans, who say laws banning mandatory union membership have helped lure foreign automakers.

25. Calsonic Kansei Adding 1,200 Jobs in Tennessee -

Auto parts supplier Calsonic Kansei North America is adding 1,200 jobs at three facilities in Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday, Sept. 3, that the Nissan subsidiary is adding the positions to plants in Shelbyville, Lewisburg and Smyrna.

26. Hester Builds Know-How in Commercial Construction -

Len Hester is a project manager for Grinder Haizlip Construction Co., a general contractor that specializes in industrial and commercial projects and has worked on high-profile projects such as the Wright Medical Technology Inc. headquarters in Arlington, New Ballet Ensemble, the Grizzlies Sportsplex and the renovation of Memphis Theological Seminary.

27. US Retail Sales Up 0.2 Percent in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales edged up in July despite a drop in auto sales. A category of purchases that excludes the most volatile areas rose by the most in seven months, a sign that consumer spending could boost economic growth in coming months.

28. US Auto Sales Up in July as Cars See Big Gains -

DETROIT (AP) – Pickup trucks led the charge in July, but strong sales of small cars show that demand for new vehicles is broad – and not slowing down.

Car sales grew in the first six months of this year, but not at the blistering pace of trucks and SUVs. Through June, full-size pickups were up 22.5 percent over the year before, while cars were up 5 percent.

29. US Factories Rebound With Best Growth in 2 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories revved up production, hired more workers and received a surge of new orders in July, helping them expand at the fastest pace in two years. The gains suggest manufacturing is rebounding and could provide a spark to economic growth.

30. Tennessee Again Tops in Auto Manufacturing Strength -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee is, for a fourth consecutive year, ranked No. 1 in automotive manufacturing strength in the nation.

Economic development publication Business Facilities has released its annual ranking, showing Tennessee the top state.

31. 5 New Features That Could Be on Your Next Car -

DETROIT (AP) – Cameras that check around the car for pedestrians. Radar that stops you from drifting out of your lane. An engine able to turn off automatically at traffic lights to conserve fuel.

32. Nissan Adds 900 Jobs to Make Rogue at Tennessee Plant -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Nissan is adding 900 jobs to start making the Rogue crossover SUV at its Tennessee plant, the Japanese automaker announced Thursday.

The new jobs are in addition to 800 positions added at the Smyrna plant last year, and will bring total employment at the suburban Nashville facility to more than 7,000. Hiring is already underway, and Rogue production is scheduled to begin this fall.

33. US Auto Sales See Big Gains in May -

DETROIT (AP) – Price cuts at Nissan and strong demand for pickup trucks helped U.S. auto sales rebound in May after a slight dip in April.

General Motors reported its strongest monthly sales since September of 2008. Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota also reported increases. Nissan Motor Co. notched its highest May sales ever after cutting prices on seven popular models early in the month. Only Volkswagen said sales fell compared with May of last year.

34. US Factory Output Falls 0.4 Percent in April -

U.S. manufacturers cut back on production in April, as auto companies cranked out fewer cars, factories made fewer consumer goods and most other industries reduced output.

The weakness suggests economic growth may be slowing this spring.

35. US Factory Output Falls 0.4 Percent in April -

U.S. manufacturers cut back on production in April, as auto companies cranked out fewer cars, factories made fewer consumer goods and most other industries reduced output. The weakness suggests economic growth may be slowing this spring.

36. Mississippi Governor Calls Economic Special Session -

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he was bringing lawmakers back to the Capitol late this week for a special session on an economic development project.

“I will issue a formal call (Wednesday) for the Legislature to convene on Friday to consider an economic development package that will bring needed jobs to our state,” Bryant said in a news release. “This is an exciting project and a great testament to the quality of our workforce.”

37. Automakers Report US Sales Up in March -

DETROIT (AP) – March is turning out to be the best month for auto sales in at least six years.

Major automakers including Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, General Motors and Nissan all reported increases, with some reporting their best monthly totals since the start of the Great Recession in December of 2007.

38. Grubb & Ellis Affiliates With New York Advisory Firm -

Grubb & Ellis-Memphis – a full-service commercial real estate firm serving western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas – has formed an affiliation with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, a New York City-based commercial real estate advisory firm.

39. Grubb & Ellis Forms Affiliation With New York Advisory Firm -

Grubb & Ellis-Memphis – a full-service commercial real estate firm serving western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas – has formed an affiliation with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, a New York City-based commercial real estate advisory firm.

40. Automakers Report Growing US Sales in February -

DETROIT (AP) – Americans want new cars and trucks, and they're not going to let higher gas prices or political dysfunction in Washington stand in their way.

General Motors, Toyota, Ford and most other automakers posted at least modest sales gains for February. Industry analysts estimate last month's sales rose about 7 percent from a year earlier as pent-up demand and cheap financing kept the U.S. auto sales recovery powering along.

41. Suits Dismissed Against Corps Over Nashville Flood -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a pair of lawsuits claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was responsible for flood damage in 2010 to the Grand Ole Opry, Gibson Guitar and other Nashville-area businesses.

42. Detroit, Toyota See Big US Sales Gains in January -

DETROIT (AP) – American consumers ignored tax increases and trudged through winter weather to buy new cars and trucks at an unusually strong pace last month.

"(January) was like a sprinter out of the starting blocks," said Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation Inc., the country's largest auto dealership chain.

43. Union Backers Say Nissan Threatens Plant Closure -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Pro-union workers said Tuesday that Nissan Motor Co. has threatened to close its Canton assembly plant if workers vote for the United Auto Workers to represent them, though the company denies such threats.

44. Wolfchase Nissan, Honda Owner Files Loan on Properties -

The owners of the Wolfchase Nissan and Wolfchase Honda dealerships at 2956 N. Germantown Road and 2982 N. Germantown Road, respectively, have filed a $10.6 million loan on the properties.

45. Nissan to Add Shift, 800 Jobs at Tennessee Plant -

Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. announced Friday it will add a third shift at a vehicle assembly plant in Tennessee, adding more than 800 jobs.

46. General Motors' Stock Rise Surprises Industry -

DETROIT (AP) – Surprise! The top-performing stock among automakers in the U.S. this quarter is General Motors.

The company, which endured management upheaval during the quarter and announced that it would lose substantial cash in Europe, saw its shares rise almost 18 percent from July through late September. The gain was the best since the first quarter of this year, when the stock climbed about 23 percent. GM posted strong profits in that period.

47. Electric Charging Stations Create Driver Options -

Twelve of the parking spaces outside the visitors center at Shelby Farms Park come with a roof.

Construction of the solar-assisted electric and hybrid vehicle charging stations was completed in September.

48. Pickups Drive US Auto Sales in August -

DETROIT (AP) – Strong pickup demand fueled a big jump in U.S. auto sales last month.

GM's August U.S. sales rose 10 percent compared with a year earlier, while Ford's rose 13 percent and Chrysler's 14 percent.

49. Ford, GM Sales Lose Ground to Japan Rivals in July -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors and Ford lost ground to Japanese automakers last month as their rivals made a strong comeback from last year's earthquake.

GM's July sales fell 6 percent from a year earlier, while Ford's slipped 4 percent. By contrast, Honda sales leaped 45 percent while Toyota posted a 26-percent gain. Chrysler also did well, notching its best July in five years.

50. State Rated No. 1 For Automotive Manufacturing -

A national publication ranks Tennessee No. 1 in automotive manufacturing strength for the third straight year.

Business Facilities’ July/August issue cited the state for economic growth potential, job growth, business and education climate, transportation infrastructure, data center hubs and other factors.

51. Region Should Benefit From GreenTech Opening -

When a group of American investors bought a Chinese auto company making electric vehicles and decided to move the plant to the U.S., the competition was intense for the location.

Haley Barbour, who was governor of Mississippi at the time, points out it was not as intense as the competition for the Toyota plant that the state had previously won.

52. Weak Hiring Shows Economy Still Hurting -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A third straight month of weak hiring shows the U.S. economy is still struggling three years after the recession officially ended.

U.S. employers added just 80,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.

53. Carmakers Report Strong June Sales, Easing Worries -

DETROIT (AP) – From mini cars to monster pickups, sales of vehicles charged higher in June and eased concerns that Americans would be turned off by slower hiring and other scary headlines.

54. Lexus Tops Auto Quality Study as Industry Improves -

DETROIT (AP) – Lexus makes the best-quality cars in the U.S., and automakers overall are much better at eliminating problems that land vehicles in the repair shop, according to a new survey of car owners.

55. Auto Sales Remain Bright Spot in Economy -

U.S. auto sales remained a bright spot in May even as the economy darkened.

Many of the biggest carmakers reported double-digit sales gains last month compared with a year earlier. Americans continued to replace their aging vehicles even though economic news was mostly downbeat.

56. Toyota, Chrysler See Big April Sales Gains -

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota and Chrysler saw big U.S. sales gains in April, but they came at the expense of General Motors and Ford.

When automakers finish reporting numbers on Tuesday, industry-wide sales are likely to rise only a little above April of 2011, but the annual pace is expected to match February and March. Automakers and analysts noted that this April had more Sundays than last year and fewer cars are sold on Sundays

57. Auto Sales Surge in March, Led by Small Cars -

DETROIT (AP) – Appealing small cars, low interest rates, truck deals and unseasonably warm weather helped the auto industry achieve its best monthly performance in almost four years in March.

58. Jobs Picture Brightens, But Incomes, Spending Weak -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Steady declines in applications for unemployment aid are pointing to another strong month of hiring in February.

A healthy job market normally drives faster growth. But Americans' after-tax income actually fell in January, which led to a fourth straight month of weak consumer spending.

59. Big Sales for Small Cars in February -

DETROIT (AP) – Small cars sold big in February.

With gasoline prices spiking 30 cents last month, demand soared for compact cars like the Focus and Civic. That lifted U.S. sales for Ford, Honda and other major automakers that reported February sales on Thursday.

60. Report: Energy Loans Could Cost $3B -

An independent review finds the government could lose about $3 billion on Energy Department loans for green energy programs – far less than the $10 billion Congress set aside for the high-risk program.

61. US Auto Sales Rise in January, Led by Chrysler, VW -

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto sales are off to a strong start this year, continuing their brisk pace from late 2011.

Chrysler had its best January in four years while Toyota got a boost from its new Camry. Volkswagen, which wants to aggressively expand in the U.S., reported much higher sales. One sour note was GM, where sales fell compared to a strong January a year earlier.

62. ABB CEO: T&B Acquisition Expands Reach -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. will become a new global business unit based in Memphis as part of the ABB Group of Zurich.

63. Memphis Habitat Affiliate Receives Nissan Grant -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will participate in a new sustainable building grant program sponsored by Nissan North America Inc.

64. Casey Jones Village Adding Charging Station -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – Electric car owners will soon be able to plug in at a spot known for a different kind of locomotion – Casey Jones Village in Jackson.

65. GM Likely to Recapture Global Auto Sales Lead -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors Co. is on track to retake the title of world's top-selling automaker, riding strong sales in the U.S. and China to beat Volkswagen and Toyota.

66. U.S. Auto Sales Up Sharply in 2011 -

Americans bought more vehicles last year, inspired by easier credit, an improved economy and the desire to replace aging vehicles that got them through the Great Recession.

Sales rose sharply for Detroit’s three carmakers and for Japan’s Nissan in 2011, aided by a surge in November and December.

67. CRE Activity Stays Strong During 2011 -

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

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

68. US Factory Output Declined Sharply in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing output fell in November for the first time in seven months.

The decline was largely because factories made fewer autos. But production of home electronics, appliances and business equipment also dropped.

69. Retail Sales are Helping Economy Grow Consistently -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Economic growth is picking up in the final three months of the year, fueled by higher consumer spending, rising business stockpiles and modest increases in hiring.

The start of the holiday shopping season in November helped produce the sixth straight monthly increase in retail sales. Gift-buying Americans spent more on clothing and electronics, and sales of autos and furniture also rose.

70. Subaru, Honda Recall Vehicles Due to Brake Issues -

DETROIT (AP) – Subaru of America is recalling three of its car models and Honda Motor Co. is recalling some motorcycles, all because the brakes can malfunction.

71. US Service Firms Expanded in Nov. at Slower Pace -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Service companies, which employ 90 percent of the U.S. work force, expanded at a slower pace in November and a measure of employment at those firms fell.

Separately, the government said orders to U.S. factories dropped for the second straight month.

72. US Auto Sales Look Strong in November -

DETROIT (AP) – People are finally replacing the cars and trucks they held on to during the economic slump, giving a boost to U.S. auto sales in November.

Chrysler, Ford and Nissan were among the companies reporting double-digit gains from last November, which is normally a lackluster month because of colder weather and holiday distractions. This November, buyers were lured by good deals, improving confidence in the economy and the need to trade in older cars.

73. GM Willing to Buy Back Volts -

NEW YORK (AP) – General Motors will buy Chevrolet Volts back from any owner who is afraid the electric cars will catch fire, the company's CEO said Thursday.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, CEO Dan Akerson insisted that the cars are safe, but said the company will purchase the Volts because it wants to keep customers happy. Three fires have broken out in Volts after side-impact crash tests done by the federal government.

74. Sales of Midsize Cars Shrink as Buyers Go Smaller -

DETROIT (AP) – You can't drive far without seeing a Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or Ford Fusion.

Midsize sedans have been America's favorite cars for decades. That's changing. More people are choosing small cars like the Chevrolet Cruze and even smaller ones like the Honda Fit because they're worried about gas prices and car payments. There's another reason, too: Small cars are no longer the cramped econoboxes of the 1980s and 1990s, and they have many of the same features as larger cars.

75. Toyota Celebrates Production Start at New US Plant -

BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) – Toyota celebrated the start of Corolla production at its newest U.S. auto plant Thursday after a lengthy delay that the car maker blamed on a weak economy.

The ceremony formally marked the start of production last month, almost five years after Toyota Motor Corp. announced in February 2007 that it would build a sprawling facility in Blue Springs, a tiny town in the sparsely populated hills of north Mississippi.

76. Clarion’s Heathcott Says Respect has Led to Success -

Larry Heathcott, president of Clarion Security LLC, started his business venture in Memphis in 2009 with three accounts. It rapidly ballooned to more than 20 accounts in three states.

77. Trucks, SUVs Power Strong Auto Sales in October -

DETROIT (AP) – Car buyers were out in force in October, snapping up trucks and SUVs and taking advantage of deals on Japanese cars.

U.S. car and truck sales were expected to top 1 million in October, a surprising number for a month when sales are usually slow. When adjusted for seasonal factors, that would be the best pace since the "Cash for Clunkers" program in August 2009.

78. Nissan North America Renews Lease In SE Shelby -

Nissan North America Inc. has renewed its 413,000-square-foot lease in Southeast Shelby County.

79. CMOM Names Roberts Marketing, Fundraising Coord. -

Carrie Callaway Roberts has been named marketing and fundraising coordinator at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

80. US Auto Sales Up in September on Big Trucks -

DETROIT (AP) – Pickups and SUVs boosted U.S. autos sales in September as dealers offered promotions, gas prices fell and contractors replaced aging fleets of work trucks.

Truck sales at General Motors, Chrysler and Ford grew in the double digits, outpacing cars. The September increases built on a healthy performance in August, when new models, cheaper financing and pent-up demand lifted the industry after several disappointing months.

81. Goodspeed Named CIO at ServiceMaster -

Linda Goodspeed is the new chief information officer at The ServiceMaster Co., the latest appointment to the top ranks of the Memphis-based company by ServiceMaster CEO Hank Mullany.

82. Goodspeed Named CIO at ServiceMaster -

Linda Goodspeed is the new chief information officer at The ServiceMaster Co., the latest appointment to the top ranks of the Memphis-based company by ServiceMaster CEO Hank Mullany.

83. House Disaster Vote Sets up Showdown With Senate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite opposition from Democrats and some tea party Republicans, the GOP-controlled House on Wednesday took up $3.7 billion in disaster relief as part of a bill to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month.

84. Orgs Discuss Power Of Women In Business -

The U.S. has more than 7 million women-owned businesses, representing 28 percent of firms nationwide.

In 2009, average revenue in female-owned firms was $60,264, according to the Kauffman Foundation. That same year, average revenue of male-owned firms reached $118,987.

85. Networking Event Brings Women Biz Orgs Together -

It’s a cliché phrase that rings true for nearly every professional industry: it’s all about who you know.

Tough economic times serve as a reminder that networking is a powerful force to combating slow sales. That’s the concept behind a Tuesday, Sept. 13, meeting celebrating women in business.

86. August US Auto Sales Better Than Expected -

DETROIT (AP) – Car buyers shrugged off bad economic news and a major East Coast hurricane last month, lifting U.S. sales for most automakers.

General Motors, Chrysler, Ford and Nissan reported surprisingly strong sales results on Thursday. Toyota and Honda, however, continued to be hurt by model shortages from the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Both reported large sales drops.

87. Bartlett Electrician Offers Electric Car-Charging Site -

Above and Beyond Electric Co., one of the first green electrical service companies in Memphis, is taking its green initiative a step further with the installation of a plug-in charging station for electric vehicles.

88. Car Dealers Fear Economy Could Scare Off Buyers -

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) – Jeff Swanson was in the market for a new car just a few weeks ago. Then the stock market went crazy.

So Swanson, 25, decided to keep his 10-year-old Pontiac Grand Prix for at least another year. Gyrations in stocks and talk of a weakening economy rattled Swanson's confidence about taking on another payment, even though his new job running a home for mentally disabled people seems to be secure.

89. July Another Weak Month for US Auto Sales -

DETROIT (AP) – Car shoppers worried about the U.S. economy last month and that kept sales in a funk.

U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks are expected to rise only slightly in July. The weak economy and high sticker prices kept Americans from buying more. Automakers are scheduled to report last month's sales on Tuesday.

90. New Mileage Standards Aim for Less Fuel, Pollution -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and automakers ushered in the largest cut in fuel consumption since the 1970s on Friday with a deal that will save drivers money at the pump and dramatically cut heat-trapping gases coming from tailpipes.

91. US Malaise, Debt Stalemate Shake Allies Globally -

BEIJING (AP) — America's debt crisis and economic malaise are shaking confidence in its global leadership.

Many governments see Washington's paralysis as political theater ahead of a presidential election and wonder how American hardliners can be allowed to hold up a deal and bring a globalized economy to the brink.

92. Charging Ahead -

A row of four electrical outlets with cords in the Peabody Place garage Downtown are a first for the city’s hospitality industry and retailers in general – charging stations for electric vehicles.

93. Factory Orders Increase -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Businesses requested more airplanes, autos and oil drilling equipment in May. The jump in factory orders after a sluggish spring suggests supply disruptions stemming from the Japan crisis are fading.

94. GM, Ford June Sales Rise, Honda Falls -

DETROIT (AP) – Gas prices have hit a sweet spot for U.S.-based automakers. They've fallen enough to spur pickup truck sales, yet remain so high that newer small cars are selling as well.

95. White House Considers Big Boost to Fuel Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is telling American automakers that it would like cars and light trucks to average 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025 – a boost to fuel economy that would save consumers money at the pump and help with global warming but drive up the cost of automobiles.

96. Nissan Dispute Moved to Federal Court -

CANTON, Miss. (AP) – Canton's lawsuit seeking to invalidate a state law that bars the city from annexing the Nissan plant site is now in federal court.

Attorneys for Nissan North America moved the case from Madison County Circuit Court because the city raised new issues in an amended complaint.

97. US Auto Sales Cooled in May Due to Shortages -

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto sales cooled off in May as dealers started running short on some popular, fuel-efficient models and buyers were turned off by sharply lower incentives.

Deals aren't likely to come back until the end of this summer. Some experts are advising people to delay their purchases if they can.

98. Memphis Businesses Go Ape for Marketing -

Business leaders from across the city met earlier this week to put a little monkey in their marketing at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Lunch and Learn series.

The workshop, titled “Guerrilla Marketing: Unconventional Strategies for Outsmarting Your Competition,” drew a sold-out crowd of business professionals to First Tennessee Bank’s Ron Terry Center.

99. Small Cars Getting Safer, Insurance Group Says -

DETROIT (AP) – Small cars are getting safer as more models than ever earn the top safety rating from the insurance industry.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that 6 of the 13 small cars it most recently tested are top safety picks. They include the 2012 Ford Focus and Honda Civic and the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Juke, Lexus CT 200h and Toyota Prius.

100. Fewer People Sought Unemployment Aid Last Week -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, resuming a downward trend that signals stronger job growth ahead.

Applications for unemployment benefits fell to a seasonally adjusted 403,000 in the week ending April 16, the Labor Department said Thursday. The decline partially reversed a jump in applications from the previous week, which economists said was largely the result of a seasonal quirk.