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1. Blight of the Living Dead -

When the Smiths moved into a brand new home right before Christmas 2007, they had no idea that construction in their Antioch area subdivision would soon stop cold – and stay stopped for four years.

2. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

3. Stunning Loss Casts Doubt on Tigers’ Season Opener -

After Division 2 Christian Brothers University had rocked the local college basketball world with its 74-70 overtime victory over the University of Memphis on Wednesday, Nov. 12, Bucs coach Mike Nienaber knew what was coming.

4. How’s Mettenberger Doing? Same as Other Rookies -

For those who are still watching the Tennessee Titans and hoping that something can go right before the 2014 season is up, it could be a long wait.

After dropping to 2-7 with Sunday’s loss at Baltimore, the Titans get to show the nation how far they have decayed this Monday night when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at LP Field.

5. Succession Plan Charts Future For Linkous Construction -

As children, Jamie and Rusty Linkous used to hop in the family vehicle with their parents, R.E. and Clare Linkous, and visit work sites, watching firsthand the hard work their parents put into altering the built landscape of the city.

6. Grizzlies Find Respect Hard to Come By -

Perhaps it was a just coincidence. On the day that the results of the annual NBA General Managers’ survey were announced, ESPN was in Memphis for its only scheduled visit of the season.

Or perhaps this was no coincidence at all.

7. Expanding Opportunities -

The popular image of a library may be one of a dowdy old institution that loans out books and demands hushed voices from its patrons. But because of where the library system in Memphis is headed, though, that notion is – no pun intended – overdue for a rethink.

8. Tigers Look to Johnson to be Floor Maestro -

Most of them, the ones that become their college basketball team’s leading scorer or the guy that runs the show from the point, were always obvious talents.

You know the type, best player on the court at age 6 when all the other kids are carrying the basketball like a football or dribbling the ball off their knees.

9. Football Dreams -

Call the doctor, the sports doctor. Because the collective temperature of Mid-South college football fans is at unsafe levels.

Mississippi State and Ole Miss are undefeated and tied for third in the Associated Press poll. The historically downtrodden University of Memphis football program just blasted preseason American Athletic Conference favorite Cincinnati on the road and hung with both Ole Miss and UCLA.

10. Neighborhood Art -

Downtown’s South Main neighborhood may have been part of the first official arts district in the city of Memphis, but that’s not been exactly obvious while looking around on a drive or walk through the area.

11. Road to Better Mass Transit -

Picking a new transit chief is critical for a city in transition.

Next year, Nashville residents will elect a new mayor and turn over its large Metro Council.

Davidson County also expects some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years, and much of the success of future development will depend on the ease of navigating around Nashville – already the nation’s second-worst area for sprawl, according to Smart Growth America.

12. Tigers Hope to ‘Grind’ Win Against MTSU -

It’s a big game. Big enough that the University of Memphis got the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen – “The Grindfather” – to do a short video urging fans to come out for the football game this Saturday, Sept. 20, against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

13. Raising Concerns Over Education Coverage -

With just one person reporting on schools in a metropolitan area of more than 1.3 million people, The Commercial Appeal is forging ahead with a relationship with a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to covering education.

14. Trio of Entrepreneurs Reimagines Furniture in Broad Strokes -

Broad Avenue continues to be a haven for businesses with character, restaurants, art ventures and entrepreneurs who fit neatly into one of the city’s burgeoning cultural scenes.

Broad Strokes, a store specializing in re-creating old pieces of furniture using paint with a dash of imagination, is one of the latest such businesses to set up shop in the neighborhood.

15. City Union Presents Alternative Plan on Benefits -

Memphis Fire Fighters Association president Thomas Malone takes the union’s plan for reversing city employee and retiree health insurance coverage cutbacks to a city oversight committee Thursday, Aug. 21, on employee issues.

16. Fullilove Calls Off Sales Tax Hike Try, Unions May Try -

Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove pulled the plug Tuesday, Aug. 19, on a proposed November referendum on a citywide half cent sales tax hike.

17. Wharton Reacts to Beale Street Incident -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Monday, Aug. 11, it is “upsetting” that a man found bloodied and unconscious in the Beale Street entertainment district over the weekend wasn’t immediately helped by a group of people on the street.

18. Blueprint for the Future -

It was 1992, and architect Joey Hagan was searching high and low for space for his own office.

He turned to his friend David Schuermann – the two had previously worked together at Bologna and Associates – whose firm at the time, DMS Architects, had an office at 88 Union Center Downtown.

19. Neighborhood Health -

As the owner of Inbalance Fitness in Cooper-Young, Scott Lebowitz is focused on the physical health of the clients who walk through his doors.

Starting a few years ago, however, Lebowitz began to wear an additional, albeit less obvious, professional hat. He’s also a commercial property owner, having bought the building in which his business operates as well as the space of other Cooper-Young businesses around him – which means that in addition to his clients’ health, he’s also paying close attention to the health of the neighborhood.

20. Real Pastime: Forgiving Our Stars -

A story on baltimoreravens.com carried the following headline: “Ravens fans give Ray Rice a standing ovation.”

21. ‘Sudden Change’ Means Little Job Security at University of Tennessee -

KNOXVILLE — Don’t look for University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones to play favorites when fall training camp begins Friday, Aug. 1.

Jones is all about open competition. Every practice. Every session. Every minute.

22. FedEx Founder Highlights Economic Club Fall Slate -

FedEx founder Fred Smith will make a rare public speaking appearance in Memphis Nov. 6, as part of the fall 2014 lineup of speakers planned for the Economic Club of Memphis.

23. Enduring Connections -

When Patrick Woods and three colleagues decided to launch a social organization to connect young professionals in Memphis, the name they gave it reflected the similarity of its demographic to a particular flow of water that moves beneath the surface, one that’s unwise to ignore.

24. Tigers Seek Consistency From Goodwin, Nichols -

Last season, any basketball doctor examining the state of the Memphis Tigers would have started by taking the pulse of the backcourt.

Typically, the Tigers needed at least two of their four senior guards to be pumping out points, energy and defense or the team was going to flounder.

25. TheGRIND Evolves as First Anniversary Approaches -

The one-year anniversary is approaching for theGRIND, a digital publication that launched in January to bring its own take on covering the people, places and events of Memphis.

Leading up to that milestone, the publication has several things in the works that collectively showcase how it’s evolved quickly from an idea to the reality of an ambitious media startup. Editor in chief Kendra Lyons, for example, says plans in the works include a print version of the digital-only outlet, as well as a coffee table-style book that would feature the best photography and stories from theGRIND.

26. Cargill Inc. to Invest $45 Million In West Memphis Grain Facility -

Cargill Inc. will invest $45 million to build a grain handling and shipping facility in West Memphis, the company announced Friday, June 10.

27. Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician -

Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.

28. Digital ‘Buy Local’ Platform MadeIn Set to Launch -

Next week, a venture called MadeIn is launching a new shopping platform in Memphis to connect people to a website where they can buy and sell local goods.

The venture is a digital platform that will act as a kind of local version of Amazon, and MadeIn creator Jennifer Sadler said her startup also will sell curated gift boxes that include an assortment of local products.

29. Juvenile Court Judge Race Remains Hard-Fought -

The candidates are counting down the days to the July 18 start of early voting in advance of the Aug. 7 election day.

With one more weekend of campaigning until early voting dictates a shift in tactics, the sizeable cast of the longest ballot of any Shelby County election cycle is searching at events for crowds comprised of mostly voters rather than other candidates and their campaign workers.

30. Editorial: Time for City, County Residency Standard -

We have a residency problem.

In the world of local politics not everyone we elected from a district lives in that district.

But they should. There are laws that say they should.

Some of the folks we elect who don’t live in the district they represent make those laws that have residency loopholes big enough for them to build a house in.

31. I Choose Memphis: Airika Wallace Gigas -

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

Name: Airika Wallace Gigas

32. A Wise Sports Fan Appreciates the Journey -

So what does Team USA’s soccer experience and the Memphis Grizzlies experience have in common?

You know, besides the obvious – playing against a bunch of floppers/whiners, be they from Portugal or Lob City?

33. Highway Crisis Looms as Soon as August, US Warns -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can't quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs, President Barack Obama and his top officials warned Tuesday.

34. What’s in a Name? -

Let’s consider our own Memphis Grizzlies. The team kept a nickname that migrated from Vancouver because fans here have embraced it. In fact, you or someone in your family probably owns a cap or a shirt bearing the team nickname or the likeness of a grizzly bear.

35. Fewer Americans Apply for Jobless Aid -

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as the number of people collecting jobless aid fell to its lowest level in more than six years.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined to 311,750.

36. Fewer Americans Apply for Jobless Aid -

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as the number of people collecting jobless aid fell to its lowest level in more than six years.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined to 311,750.

37. Marisol’s World -

When “Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper” opens Saturday, June 14, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, sculptor Marisol Escobar will be at her New York home, where she spends much of her time, working occasionally 40 to 50 years after being in the spotlight of the art world.

38. Merck to Pay $3.85 Billion for Hepatitis C Drug Developer -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Merck & Co. will spend about $3.85 billion for Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc., a small company developing hepatitis C medicines that, together with Merck's experimental drugs, could produce lucrative combo therapies that quickly cure most patients with the blood-borne virus afflicting tens of millions.

39. Floyd Part of Relationship-Driven Team at Magna -

Banks may tout with increasing frequency their facility with the array of digital tools available today, but there is a downside to that trend as financial institutions race to catch up with their more mobile-oriented customers.

40. Consumer Spending Down 0.1 Percent in April -

U.S. consumers cut back on spending in April for the first time in a year, taking an unexpected pause after a big jump during the previous month. The results, however, are unlikely to derail an expected spring rebound in the economy.

41. Book Serves as ‘Love Letter’ to Memphis -

Samantha Crespo has written her first book with a simple goal: to make readers fall in love with Memphis.

A writer for a few years now of products for the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau and Tnvacation.com, Crespo’s book “100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die” is exactly what the title suggests.

42. Go Deep or Go Home -

We meet companies and nonprofits who have been marketing to the same lists for years. Often, these lists and the assumptions about the people on their lists are more than a decade old. These aged lists may have been scrubbed, but that is simply for those who have fallen off the grid, one way or another. This point should be obvious to any reader of this column: there are major problems with this scenario.

43. New Redbirds GM has Deep Cardinals Connections -

The huge ring that Craig Unger wears on his finger just doesn’t tell the story of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 World Series triumph, although that’s the story Unger is in the business of trying to help replicate.

44. Editorial: Memphis Must Make Time for Civic Renewal -

New beginnings are a constant throughout our lives as well as the seasons -- religious, cultural, natural, even sports – that many of us rely on to mark the path those lives take.

One of the more difficult aspects of maintaining a new beginning for so many of us is that it often represents a new way of looking at a world that doesn’t appear to have changed that much or even enough to match the change we are undergoing.

45. High-Tech Workshop -

Give a crew of tech-savvy creatives a digital sandbox in which to stretch their imagination, and they’re liable to build something fun and inventive that requires so much inspiration it feeds back into their real job.

46. Yellen: Fed Stimulus Still Needed for Job Market -

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges.

47. Avoiding Heartache -

The Grizzlies had just watched the Golden State Warriors score 14 straight points to turn a seven-point deficit into a 100-93 victory. Yet Memphis coach Dave Joerger rejected the notion that the Grizzlies, who also happened to miss their last seven shots in the fourth quarter, had lost the game more than the Warriors had won it.

48. Now Tack! -

In sailing, when the wind shifts direction, you must move your sails or risk losing the wind. The first indication of a shifting breeze comes from the telltales, strips of lightweight material attached to the sails that foreshadow a change in conditions. Recently, the market telltales have been active.

49. Report: Tennessee Offered Contingent Incentives to VW -

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

50. Tigers Season Sits Somewhere Between Respectable, Not-Quite-Great -

So, how best to categorize the 2013-2014 season for the Memphis Tigers basketball team?

Great? Not even coach Josh Pastner has settled on that word.

Respectable? It was much more than that. You may be tired of hearing Pastner say it, but it is true the Tigers stayed in the national rankings until the final Associated Press poll right before the NCAA Tournament.

51. Intellectual Property Audits for Companies -

Successful businesses routinely conduct audits of their assets, such as merchandise or financial holdings. Audits are fundamental to making informed business decisions that lead to an efficiently managed business.

52. Positive Pastner Makes More Sense After Wins -

Take a hike.

Yes, you, Negative Nelly Tigers fan. You have unrealistic expectations for the University of Memphis basketball team and its coach, Josh Pastner, who suggested – amid criticism – that this small minority of overly critical Tiger fans no longer was needed inside the tent.

53. University of Memphis Provost Kicks Off President Interviews -

David Rudd began with the obvious this week, as the four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis began individual sessions with faculty, students and staff at the city’s largest institution of higher education.

54. Tigers Look to Reverse AAC Result -

The Memphis Tigers were bound to pay a price for getting run off their home court in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference by UConn. And on Selection Sunday, they found out the price was landing in another 8-9 game in the NCAA Tournament.

55. Visible Appeal -

At one point a few days ago, the performance space at Visible Music College near the front entrance to the school was booming with raucous applause and with the strains of musicians performing, cutting loose and using the stage to explore the range of their musical talents.

56. Caissa Public Strategy Opens DC Office -

Fueled by a demand for the specialized services it provides, Memphis-based consulting firm Caissa Public Strategy has expanded with the opening of a new office in the nation’s capital.

Caissa founder Brian Stephens said the reason for the expansion there isn’t necessarily obvious. Caissa didn’t hang out its shingle in Washington to focus on landing new work there – instead, the new office is intended to help Caissa have better relationships with its clients there who need work done in the South.

57. Dunavant Awards Symposium Set for April 21 -

When the 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service awards are given out in April, the University of Memphis will also host the awards’ second annual symposium on public service.

58. Apply Dinner Party Etiquette to Job Search -

The title of this column may sound funny. After all, you’re looking for a new job, not a steak and baked potato. On the surface, you’re right, but there are lessons you can carry over from your dinner tonight to your job interview tomorrow morning.

59. Archer-Malmo Launches Digital Lab -

The bright orange sign in the shape of a triangle that hangs in the lobby at archer-malmo has a feature that’s not immediately obvious to visitors.

If someone taps on the sign, the light visible behind it will dim and then flash in quick succession the same number of times the sign was tapped. That feature was added thanks to a few employees of the marketing and communications agency who got together and decided to “hack” the sign – no particular reason, really, just to flex their technical skills.

60. How to Get Ahead in Business With a Short Resume -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hey twentysomethings, dreaming of trading in the safety of a regular paycheck to start your own business? There's no secret sauce. Instead, founders of three companies have obvious tips: Work hard, network and ask for help.

61. Madoff-Related Fraud to Cost JPMorgan $2.5 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – For more than 15 years, there were signs something was amiss with what federal prosecutors in Manhattan call the "703 account" at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

62. Blues Foundation Nearing Fundraising Goal for Hall of Fame -

The Blues Foundation is about 80 percent of the way toward securing its $2.5 million budget for construction of the Blues Hall of Fame, which will be housed at 421 S. Main St.

63. College Football Season Brought Many Surprises -

It seems like just yesterday that temperatures were stifling and everyone who really mattered in the college football world – the SEC’s coaches and top players – had met in Hoover, Ala., for that little party known as SEC Media Days.

64. At 11th Hour, Congress Debates Plastic Gun Ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With 3-D printers increasingly able to produced plastic weapons, the House voted Tuesday to renew a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines.

65. Delivering Memphis -

The school groups and local musicians who’ve serenaded visitors to Memphis International Airport in recent weeks are part of a broader plan to create a memorable travel experience at the airport.

Rather, a MEMorable travel experience, to use the airport leadership’s nomenclature, with the emphasis on the first three letters suggesting a need to give travelers more of a taste of Memphis that goes beyond obvious choices like barbecue and Elvis.

66. Finding Vision for the Future -

It is said that the future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. I have met more than a few of these visionaries right here in Memphis on my radio show Seize the Day (KWAM 990, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesdays).

67. Rainey Kizer’s Dexter Named Board Chair for Girls Inc. -

Latosha Dexter, an attorney with Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell PLC, has been named board chair of Girls Inc. of Memphis, as well as the organization’s Mentor of the Year.

68. College Football Notebook: November 22, 2013 -

For the East Division-leading Missouri Tigers (9-1, 5-1), the last road test of the SEC season comes this Saturday in Oxford against No. 24 Ole Miss (7-3, 3-3), which is on a four-game winning streak. The No. 8 Tigers need to win out to ensure a trip to Atlanta for the SEC championship game. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is trying to push even the idea of pressure to the fringes.

69. Pote Builds Bridges Through Seedco Community Work -

Seedco is a national nonprofit whose mission statement since 1987 has been “to advance economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need.”

This is done, says Lisa Pote, senior vice president for Seedco’s Mid-South regional office, by working with individuals and businesses, and within the communities themselves, “to be a contribution to the communities that we’re in.” Seedco has been working within Shelby County since 2004, and has 30 employees.

70. Don’t Take Ballpark, Team for Granted -

Way back in the 1990s, when Downtown Memphis was The Peabody hotel and a bus station and not much more, Memphis Redbirds founder Dean Jernigan went on a tour of major-league ballparks.

71. Looking for Last Season’s Grizz to Make Appearance … Now -

The Grizzlies are going out on a four-game road trip that starts with a Friday, Nov. 15, game in Los Angeles against the Lakers. Maybe a change of scenery will do them good. After a 3-5 start to the season that feels even worse than the record, a change of scenery is as good an idea as any.

72. Rudy Gay Makes Memphis Return -

The Toronto Raptors had just finished practice on the main court at FedExForum. Rudy Gay, long-time Grizzly and current Raptor (for now), sat in a folding chair courtside with a bag of ice on each knee. It was Tuesday afternoon, and less than 24 hours after a two-overtime loss at Houston in which Gay had played 49 minutes, put up 37 shots (making 11) and scored 29 points with 10 rebounds.

73. Europe Mulls Sanctions Against US Over Spying -

BERLIN (AP) – The United States could lose access to an important law enforcement tool used to track terrorist money flows, German officials said Monday, as Europe weighs a response to allegations that the Americans spied on their closest European allies.

74. Healthcare.gov Failures Surface at Hill Hearing -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leading contractors on the Obama administration's troubled health insurance website told Congress Thursday that the government failed to thoroughly test the complicated system before it went live.

75. Buying Yellen -

President Obama recently made it official that Janet Yellen will succeed Ben Bernanke as the head of the Federal Reserve. Janet has spent much of her career as a dedicated and vocal advocate for the unemployed. With participation rates low, and the unemployment rate high, the markets anticipate that Janet will continue, if not augment, Ben Bernanke’s expansionary monetary policies. A renewed enthusiasm for monetary stimulus has had observable market impact.

76. Twitter's Evan Williams May be Worth $1 Billion After IPO -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The personal fortune of Twitter co-founder Evan Williams probably will take up 10 characters once the online communications company goes public.

Williams, who was Twitter's CEO for two years until Dick Costolo took over in 2010, owns a 12 percent stake that makes him the company's largest shareholder. If Twitter turns out to be worth at least $17.60 per share, the initial public offering will make Williams a billionaire at 41 years old.

77. Casting Call -

One of Pat Halloran’s favorite memories of The Orpheum Theatre Memphis happened back in 1986, when he got the chance to kick around town with Cary Grant for three days.

78. Let’s Start Fixing City’s Broken Windows -

In 1982, two sociologists published their research on the causes of crime and the significance of deteriorating neighborhoods on rising crime rates.

James Wilson and George Kelling’s work, called “The Broken Window Theory,” states, “If you go into a neighborhood and you see a lot of broken windows, it tells you that nobody cares, that nobody is looking out for the neighborhood, and if you break some more windows, nobody will do anything about it.”

79. Editorial: Blight Patrol Example of Cleaning Up Crime -

Most people who go to prison will get out at some point. The question is, will they change their lives?

There is help through programs like Lifeline and its Blight Patrol, but much of this is up to the person coming out of prison and – make no mistake – it is difficult.

80. ‘Wading in’ on Manziel, Carpenter, Tiger Football -

Wading in and wondering why all the attention on Bo Pelini’s hissy fit? Lee Elia could have done better on his worst day … or worse on his best day. Point is, you’re way more entitled to a tirade when managing the Cubs than when coaching Nebraska football ... .

81. Tennessee Education Commissioner Responds to Petition -

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman didn't offer any apologies in his first comments about a petition signed by more than 60 school superintendents that is critical of his leadership at the department.

82. School Superintends Criticize Education Department -

NASHVILLE (AP) – More than 60 school superintendents have signed a petition calling on Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers to reevaluate the leadership at the Tennessee Department of Education.

83. Reunion Brings Back Tigers’ Great Unbeaten Team of ’63 -

It’s ironic, really. When they were young and strong they were literally protected by body armor – helmet and pads. When they had all the time in the world, they were always measuring it in 15-minute quarters.

84. Faith and Football -

The four men had parked themselves in lawn chairs under a tent outside Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on a Saturday with no Tigers football game. Yes, there was Fan Fest and soon enough a “mock game” would begin inside the stadium as Tiger players ran around in helmets, jerseys and shorts.

85. Microsoft Says CEO Ballmer to Retire in 12 Months -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, known as much for his zany personality as his business discipline, will leave a legacy of mixed results and a monumental challenge for his yet-to-be-named successor.

86. Drowning in Big Data -

“We have so much data but no answers.” This phrase echoes down the halls of all of the larger clients with whom we meet. In a quantitative world, where there is every dimension of research and analysis available, unreality multiples. The business world is drowning in data and, by the level of panic and anxiety, has lost its rudder.

87. Tigers Release 2013-2014 Basketball Schedule -

Tigers basketball coach Josh Pastner expended a lot of energy stumping for Conference USA in hopes it ultimately would help The University of Memphis gain a better seed in the NCAA Tournament. But it never really worked out that way.

88. Power Companies Dangle Free Nights and Weekends -

NEW YORK (AP) – Electric bills have long been take-it-or-leave-it affairs: Pay one rate for all the power you used the month before, no matter when you used it.

But some electric companies want to shake-up that rigid business model. They are increasingly offering plans that sound like come-ons from mobile phone companies: Free nights, free weekends and pre-paid plans.

89. Scripps Networks Loses Domain Name Battle – Again -

What’s in a name? A lot, if it’s on the Internet, says Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.

90. School Board Vacancy Collides With Redistricting -

Shelby County Commissioners have scrapped a plan to fill a vacancy on the countywide school board for now because it comes close to the Sept. 1 conversion of the 23-member school board to a smaller group.

91. Made in Memphis -

Memphis’ geography is limited to roughly 300 square miles, but its identity stretches beyond the city limits, resonating to the far corners of the globe.

The city’s brand has obvious cornerstones, such as its place in the nation’s cultural topography. But setting aside those no-brainers, like the rock ‘n’ roll innovator whose mansion in Whitehaven still attracts gawkers from around the world, a lot of what makes Memphis’ story is the story of what’s made in Memphis.

92. Memphis Firm Keeps Cities From Fiscal Cliff -

A Memphis-based independent professional services firm has added a service to its client offerings that’s intended to help keep municipalities away from the financial precipice and avoid the fate of places like Detroit, which in recent weeks filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

93. Company Creates Nashville Exchange-Traded Fund -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Nashville company has developed the nation's first city-based exchange-traded fund that follows an index of companies based in Nashville and the surrounding counties.

94. Wharton Says Budget Challenges Continue -

After taking heavy criticism during the budget season from Memphis City Council members, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is starting to take more criticism for the approved cuts that are rolling out first in the Memphis Fire Department.

95. Room Race -

To illustrate the stiff competition Memphis faces in landing conferences and conventions because of hotel room capacity available in the city, Memphis-based hotel consultant Chuck Pinkowski points to a formidable foe just three hours away.

96. Governor Says State Will Privatize More Work -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says he intends to continue privatizing some state government operations.

A contract to have a Chicago-based company manage state office space created controversy. It takes effect July 1 and 126 General Services Department workers will be laid off.

97. Historic Preservation -

Tom Jennings, the director of “MLK: The Assassination Tapes,” and his colleagues heaped praises on the Special Collections staff at the University of Memphis, whose efforts helped the documentary about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. win the prestigious Peabody Award.

98. Memphis in the Meantime -

The city’s tourism and travel industry is thriving as a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers, but industry insiders believe a larger, technologically updated convention center is needed in years to come if Memphis wants to remain competitive in bringing larger groups to town.

99. International Interaction -

Memphians and out-of-towners are gathering Downtown throughout this month to hear the stirring sounds of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, savor the product of competitive barbecue cooking and watch major touring acts rock the stages at Tom Lee Park.

100. School Board Approached by Suburbs -

A new round of talks about the schools merger and municipal school districts is about to begin.

And this time, the countywide school board may be at the table.

Countywide school board attorney Valerie Speakman told school board members Tuesday, April 30, that attorneys for the leaders of Shelby County’s six suburban municipalities have sent her a letter about possible talks on issues that go beyond the consent decree governing the merger.