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1. Applications for US Jobless Aid Rise to Still-Low 282,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remain at historically near low levels in a positive sign for the U.S. economy amid a broader global slowdown.

2. Judge Approves $415M Settlement in Apple, Google Wage Case -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.

3. Judge Could Ruling This Week on Tennessee School Funding Lawsuit -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Davidson County judge says she plans to rule this week on whether to grant class-action certification on a lawsuit filed by several school boards alleging Tennessee's education funding shortchanges them and students.

4. City Defends 2010 Police Response to First Lipscomb Allegation -

The Memphis Police Department took seriously a 2010 complaint of sexual abuse against the city’s director of Housing and Community Development, city chief administrative officer Jack Sammons said Wednesday, Sept. 2, after reviewing five-year-old emails.

5. Fed Report Finds Economy Growing at Moderate Pace in Summer -

WASHINGTON (AP) — While U.S. housing and auto sales showed strength over the summer, manufacturers were feeling pressure from China's economic slowdown and the oil industry was squeezed by lower energy prices.

6. More Tennessee Lawmakers Come Out Against Gas Tax Hike -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Add the chairman of the state Senate transportation committee to the list of opponents of raising Tennessee's gas tax in 2016.

Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, who heads the transportation panel in the upper chamber, said Tuesday that there isn't enough time to put together a comprehensive road funding proposal for the upcoming legislative session.

7. MHA Board Suspends Lipscomb, Sammons Defends Police 2010 Response -

UPDATE: The Memphis Housing Authority board suspended Robert Lipscomb Wednesday, Sept. 2, as executive director of the agency.

MHA named the city’s deputy chief administrative officer, Maura Black Sullivan, as the interim director.

8. Comcast Teeing Up New Services Targeted at Millennials -

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast, which became a TV powerhouse by signing up Generation Xers, baby boomers and their parents, now is fighting for millennial eyeballs.

The TV giant is investing in online media outlets like BuzzFeed and Vox that attract young viewers. It's setting up a streaming TV service for millennials who don't watch a boob tube. And it's developing a YouTube-like video app and website.

9. Memphis Football Players Suspended for BYU Brawl -

When last we saw the University of Memphis football team in action, they were winning the Miami Beach Bowl and then fighting on the field afterward with Brigham Young University players.

It was an ugly scene, with plenty of blame to go around, though BYU apparently isn’t going to hand out any real punishment until after playing at Nebraska in the first game of the season.

10. More Lipscomb Accusers Begin to Come Forward -

Shortly after Memphis Mayor A C Wharton ended a City Hall press conference Monday, Aug. 31, about a single allegation of sexual misconduct against Robert Lipscomb, Wharton and Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong began fielding calls from others who claimed sexual abuse by the ousted Housing and Community Development director.

11. More Lipscomb Accusers Begin to Come Forward -

Shortly after Memphis Mayor A C Wharton ended a City Hall press conference Monday, Aug. 31, about a single allegation of sexual misconduct against Robert Lipscomb, Wharton and Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong began fielding calls from others who claimed sexual abuse by the ousted Housing and Community Development director.

12. Photographers Create Broad Avenue Studio Partnership -

Creative individuals often do their best work in isolation.

But sometimes collaboration can go a long way in furthering a mission, particularly when it’s a group of creative small-business owners looking to take their respective entities to another level.

13. College Football Notebook: No More Dress Rehearsals for Memphis Tigers -

Last week, the University of Memphis football team finished training camp with simulated end-of-week preparation, culminating with a video test Friday night and a mock game Saturday, Aug. 29, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

14. 100 North Main Sells for $5 Million -

After months of threats to turn off power to the tallest skyscraper in Memphis, the 37-story office building has sold.

Boca Raton, Fla.-based IMH Memphis LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, purchased the skyscraper for $5 million on Aug. 25.

15. Memphis IT Firm NexTek Keeps An Eye Toward Next Big Thing -

NexTek does all the work of a traditional information technology department through virtual networks. Instead of having expensive, in-house servers, small- to mid-sized businesses can turn to NexTek for data management, email hosting and computer and network support – all accomplished remotely with cloud-computing services.

16. Chisca Rising -

Sitting vacant for more than 20 years didn’t do any favors for the Chisca Hotel property along South Main Street. But this week marks a major milestone in the historic structure’s story as residents begin moving into the Plaza, the newer of The Chisca on Main’s two buildings.

17. Record-Setting Freshman Class Settles in at UT Knoxville -

Murfreesboro’s Madison Underwood, 18, admits the University of Tennessee-Knoxville was not her first choice after graduating Siegel High School this spring.

But it soon became a serious contender – and ultimate winner – thanks to a combination of value, community and programming.

18. Origin-and-Destination Traffic Up 9.6 Pct. at Airport -

Origin-and-destination air traffic at Memphis International Airport increased by 9.6 percent in July compared to a year ago.

The 173,000 total enplanements in July represented an increase in origin-and-destination traffic for every airline serving the airport except Delta Air Lines.

19. Editorial: Church Health Center has Potential to Change Memphis -

As the Church Health Center prepares to move to Crosstown Concourse, it is worth looking at how aspirations meet needs in Memphis.

To be sure this is a volatile combination. In Memphis, the sheer size of a need can prompt a frenzy of agencies and efforts to meet it. But those groups still can fall woefully short, despite their big, broad efforts.

20. Rocking for Love -

When Lahna Deering and Jason Freeman join the other musicians performing at the Rock for Love music festival next week, the gig will be a bit more meaningful for them than the shows they normally play.

21. Mallory Marks 90 Years With China Expansion -

Mallory Alexander International Logistics is preparing to expand and operate directly in China later this year with a highly coveted freight license from the Chinese government and the opening of the Mallory Asia Pacific division in Shanghai.

22. Fred’s Reports Second-Quarter Loss -

The toughest part of guiding a ship, Fred’s Inc. CEO Jerry Shore told analysts Thursday, Aug. 27, is changing its direction.

23. Fred’s Reports Second-Quarter Loss -

The toughest part of guiding a ship, Fred’s Inc. CEO Jerry Shore told analysts Thursday, Aug. 27, is changing its direction.

24. Fred’s Reports Second-Quarter Loss -

The toughest part of guiding a ship, Fred’s Inc. CEO Jerry Shore told analysts Thursday, Aug. 27, is changing its direction.

25. UTHSC Pursuing Hotel-Conference Center in Medical District -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is looking for a developer to build a hotel and conference center at the southwest corner of Madison Avenue and South Pauline Street.

26. Haslam Talks of Larger Shift in Tennessee Higher Education -

Before the picket line against outsourcing the management of state office buildings went up Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Cove campus, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam saw some different signs: several students holding up posters thanking Haslam for the Tennessee Promise program.

27. Memphis College of Art Set to Exit Downtown Memphis -

The Memphis College of Art appears set to move its graduate programs away from Downtown and back to its Overton Park campus.

The college’s graduate art education and master’s programs are currently housed in the Nesin Graduate School at 477 S. Main St. College president Ron Jones said that as a result of a “large-scale institutional review” over the past year that included the graduate programs, the college became convinced the graduate student experience would “vastly improve” by shifting things back to the main campus.

28. Trezevant Hires Resident Services Head -

Kimberly O’Donnell has joined Trezevant as director of resident services. In her new position, she will be responsible for managing a variety of programs and functions while serving as liaison to the residential community.

29. Former Tennessee Rep., GOP Operative Decry Dark Money -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Democratic congressman and a prominent Republican political operative on Tuesday called for ending untraceable spending for and against candidates in Tennessee and around the country.

30. Memphis Investment Professionals Preach Caution Amid Market Swings -

The 1,000-point drop at one point Monday, Aug. 24, in the Dow Jones Industrial Average – it ended the day down 588 points to close at an 18-month low – was a result of volatile trading that marked a stomach-churning start to the week for investors.

31. Origin-and-Destination Traffic Up 9.6 Percent at Airport -

Origin-and-destination air traffic at Memphis International Airport increased by 9.6 percent in July compared to a year ago.

The 173,000 total enplanements in July represented an increase in origin-and-destination traffic for every airline serving the airport except Delta Air Lines.

32. Travel Magic Happens at Sunrise -

Waking up before 8 a.m. never seems like a good idea when I’m home.

But when traveling, especially if it means getting an early start to maximize the day, I’m a fan of early mornings. Sometimes it’s as simple as beating the lines to see Michelangelo’s “David” in Florence. Other times it’s to catch a flight or even a sunrise.

33. Council Candidates Offer Advice, With Verbal Jabs, at NAACP Forum -

There have been fewer forums this year for Memphis City Council contenders on the Oct. 8 ballot as the 2015 campaign season has focused on mayoral events.

So when the Memphis branch NAACP held its regular forum for council candidates Sunday, Aug. 23, at First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue, 27 candidates in 11 of the 13 council races turned out – about a quarter of the crowd of 100 in the church sanctuary.

34. Haslam to Help Kickoff 2-Year College Free-Tuition Program -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting several community colleges this week to help kickoff his Tennessee Promise program.

The scholarship provides high school graduates with two years of tuition-free attendance at a state community or technical college, which begin classes on Monday.

35. City Council Rejects Summer-Graham Retail -

Memphis City Council members voted down Tuesday, Aug. 18, a planned development on the northeast corner of Summer Avenue and Graham Street that would have been a retail center anchored by a coin-operated laundromat.

36. PILOT Decision Delayed for Mall of Memphis Site -

The board of the Economic Development Growth Engine delayed a vote Wednesday, Aug. 19, on a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application from the developers of the old Mall of Memphis site.

Huntington Industrial Partners and Johnson Development Associates were seeking a $24 million property tax abatement to develop what they said would be the first speculative industrial site built in Memphis in the last eight years.

37. Vols Nearly Set on Offense as Season Approaches -

With Tennessee’s football team three weeks into fall camp, the offensive depth charts are set at some positions, while others remain open.

UT coach Butch Jones enters the 2015 season with no questions at quarterback or running back. His has plenty of receivers and all should get their share of playing time.

38. Fisher, Other Familiar Faces Return for Preseason Play -

The Tennessee Titans welcome back a familiar face Sunday night when Jeff Fisher rolls back into Nashville as coach of the St. Louis Rams.

39. Church, Nashville Justice System Urge Fugitives to Confess, Repent -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Non-violent fugitives in Middle Tennessee are being given the chance to attend church, confess and repent in a special safe surrender event in which they could see a judge and return home on the same day.

40. Haslam: No Discussion With AG About Supreme Court Vacancy -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — As observers wait to see whether Attorney General Herbert Slatery has any interest in filling an upcoming vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court, Gov. Bill Haslam said he hasn't had any discussion about it with his close friend and former top legal adviser.

41. County Commission Votes on Hiring Attorney in Schools Funding Lawsuit -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Aug. 24, on hiring an attorney to be the body’s special counsel in a statewide education funding lawsuit.

The commission specifically votes on hiring the law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP to represent and advise it “on adequate and equitable school funding from the state of Tennessee.”

42. Fairgrounds’ Future -

It’s hard to imagine that a 65,000-seat stadium could be overlooked. Perhaps it’s because the Liberty Bowl wasn’t in the center of the Mid-South Fairgrounds when the stadium was built in 1965; it was on the eastern side of 155 acres of city-owned land, with a rail spur running along its eastern boundary.

43. US Home Sales Soar in July to Fastest Pace Since 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes rose 2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.59 million, the fastest rate since February 2007. Sales have jumped 9.6 percent over the past 12 months, while the number of listings has declined 4.7 percent.

44. PILOT Decision Delayed For Mall of Memphis Site -

The board of the Economic Development Growth Engine delayed a vote Wednesday, Aug. 19, on a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application from the developers of the old Mall of Memphis site.

Huntington Industrial Partners and Johnson Development Associates were seeking a $24 million property tax abatement to develop what they said would be the first speculative industrial site built in Memphis in the last eight years.

45. Poor Performance -

OUR POOR KIDS ARE GETTING THE BIRD. During political seasons – that’s pretty much all the time – I’m often reminded of what my first boss once told me, “You know that beautiful, almost iridescent, blue-gray dot in the middle of chicken (crap)? That’s chicken (crap), too.”

46. Union University Leaves Council Over Same-Sex Marriage -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Union University has withdrawn from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities after two schools that are members of the organization endorsed same-sex marriage.

47. Verso to Lay Off 600 in Maine, Kentucky -

Verso Corp. is permanently eliminating 300 jobs in Maine and laying off another 300 in Kentucky as it reduces production of coated paper and dried market pulp.

48. Tech Tips: Stuff You Didn't Know You Could Do on Facebook -

NEW YORK (AP) — Did you know you can add a pronunciation guide to your name on Facebook? Overlay colorful text on the photos you post? How about mark the end of a relationship without your 500 closest friends getting notified?

49. Memphis City Council Rejects Summer-Graham Retail Strip -

Memphis City Council members voted down Tuesday, Aug. 18, a planned development on the northeast corner of Summer Avenue and Graham Street that would have been a retail center anchored by a coin-operated laundromat.

50. Final Forrest Statue Vote Moves Controversy to Planning Stage -

Memphis City Council members closed out a series of votes Tuesday, Aug. 18, on moving the statue and disinterring the remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest from Health Sciences Park near Downtown Memphis.

51. Furthering Dreams -

Kiera Aycock is starting her freshman year at the University of Memphis. She will live in a dorm. And she will major in criminology, or in psychology with an emphasis in criminology.

A graduate of Southaven High School, she has earned several scholarships including the Community Scholarship from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis for her volunteer efforts with Memphis Miles for Myeloma run/walk, and her work with Bridge Builders and Student Ambassadors at her high school.

52. Deferred Retirement Freeze Reflects Larger Police Problem -

In response to a police officer shortage, the Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 18, took its first step toward approving an ordinance that would allow city employees to freeze their retirement plans.

53. Council Gives Final Approval To Forrest Statue Removal -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Aug. 18, to an ordinance setting the stage for removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park

54. More Millennials Stuck Renting for Years Before Buying Home -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home ownership, that celebrated hallmark of the American dream, is increasingly on hold for younger Americans.

Short of cash, burdened by student debt and unsettled in their careers, young adults are biding time in apartments for longer periods and buying their first homes later in life.

55. Developers Seek $24.4 Million Tax Break for Mall Site -

The owners of the former Mall of Memphis property are seeking a 15-year tax break for a $112.7 million “Aerotropolis development.”

Huntington Industrial Partners of Atlanta and Johnson Development Associates Inc. of Spartanburg, S.C., have applied for the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, agreement for a speculative industrial building on the 113-acre site at American Way and Perkins Road.

56. Problem Properties -

Memphis has a crippling issue with blight, and one nonprofit is front and center with changing the culture that led to the city’s inundation of abandoned properties and lots.

Neighborhood Preservation Inc. was founded in 2012 as a court-appointed receiver of properties taken away from neglectful owners. Over the years, it has evolved to become a robust advocate for stronger legislation and development tools to deal with problem properties.

57. Sammy Davis Jr. Pendant Among Elvis Artifacts Auctioned -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A diamond and gold pendant Elvis Presley gave Sammy Davis Jr. was among 160 authenticated artifacts sold Thursday evening during an auction at the King of Rock 'n' Roll's longtime Memphis, Tennessee, home.

58. $113 Million Development Planned for Mall of Memphis Site -

The owners of the former Mall of Memphis property are seeking a 15-year tax break for a $112.7 million “Aerotropolis development.”

Huntington Industrial Partners of Atlanta and Johnson Development Associates Inc. of Spartanburg, S.C., have applied for the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, agreement for a speculative industrial building on the 113-acre site at American Way and Perkins Road.

59. Boscos Cycling to Ride for Multiple Sclerosis -

As part of their ongoing campaign to raise funds and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, members of the Boscos Cycling team will be riding 150 miles – on stationary bikes – on the patio of Boscos Squared on Sept. 3.

60. Equity Firms Should Leverage Innovation -

On the strategy side of our business, we work with many private equity-backed companies. We get called in when the growth trajectory and investment thesis aren’t being realized as projected.

We complete a diagnosis, based on a holistic evaluation of the market, competition, culture, marketing and operations of the firm. Applying a variety of in-depth primary and secondary forms of research and analysis, we develop a roadmap of real, organic growth.

61. Memphis in May Hints of ‘Events’ to Replace Symphony -

Leaders of the Memphis in May International Festival are keeping the last weekend of May open and say what takes the place of the Sunset Symphony next week will most likely be several events.

They offered some clues Thursday, Aug. 13, during the festival’s annual meeting but aren’t saying what the events are.

62. Beale Board Looks at 3-Month Window to Set Up Shop -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is looking at a narrow three-month window to get its lease agreement with City Hall signed and, in effect, begin its work for the city and hire some kind of day-to-day manager for the entertainment district.

63. Poplar Tunes Recognized As Music Institution -

Several generations of Poplar Tunes employees gathered at the former site of the Danny Thomas Boulevard store last week for an interesting moment in the long but recently ended life of an obsolete institution – a music store.

64. Memphis Hires Associate Athletic Director -

Courtney Vinson, who has served as an assistant athletic director at the University of Central Florida for the past four years, has been named the associate athletic director for sport services and senior woman administrator at the University of Memphis following a national search.

65. Chiwawa Closes, Will Be Replaced by New Concept -

It would seem that Chiwawa, the Overton Square restaurant at 2059 Madison Ave. that opened in 2013, is closed and in the midst of a transition.

66. This week in Memphis history: August 14-20 -

2014: A power outage Downtown takes down Beale Street and The Peabody hotel for five hours on a Friday night during Elvis Week. The outage blows off manhole covers at Second Street and Butler Avenue and strands some Peabody guests in stuck elevators. The area of the outage is between Madison and G.E. Patterson avenues. Power is restored at around 2 a.m. the next morning.

67. Editorial: The Triumphant Return of Tigers Football -

Fifty years after the University of Memphis’ first season at the Liberty Bowl, and 52 years since the 1963 undefeated season, the annual return of Tigers football feels triumphant.

Maybe you don’t completely trust the tide from last year’s winning season – the first since 2007, the first conference championship since 1971 and the first bowl appearance since 2008. Your head tells you to assert your confidence in Tigers football. But in your heart, it feels like this may be at the expense of Tigers basketball.

68. Beale Authority Sets Timetable for Taking Lease To City Hall -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is looking at a narrow three-month window to get its lease agreement with City Hall signed and in effect, begin its work for the city and hire some kind of day-to-day manager for the entertainment district.

69. CBU’s Dedication to Latino Students Is Creating Current, Future Success -

Last week’s Latino Student Success luncheon at Christian Brothers University marked a beautiful moment in the history of our program. After listening to John King of the U.S. Department of Education speak to and motivate Memphis students and stakeholders, I reflected upon countless individual meetings at Latino Memphis, well before the Latino Student Success Program, during which parents and students expressed discouragement with regard to continuing their education because few affordable opportunities existed.

70. Alabama Still Team to Beat, Tennessee On the Rise in 2015 Football Season -

Dak Prescott, the best returning quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, isn’t buying the national narrative that the league is “down” because the first College Football Playoff title game featured Ohio State beating Oregon.

71. Health Law Sign-Ups Keep Growing; Uninsured Rate Declines -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.

72. US Retail Sales Rose in July, Aided by Autos and Restaurants -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought more cars, restaurant meals and building supplies in July, a rise in spending that points to steady economic growth anchored by an improving job market.

73. Tupelo Airport Asking SeaPort to Withdraw Service -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The Tupelo Airport Authority has voted to ask SeaPort Airlines to voluntarily withdraw its service.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Thursday the board has been looking for a way out for several months after the airline's poor record with late and canceled flights.

74. OneJet Expands, Says Memphis Route Exceeding Expectations -

Six weeks into OneJet’s Indianapolis-Memphis air service, the CEO of the small- to medium-sized market air carrier says the route is performing “beyond our expectations.”

Matthew Maguire and OneJet executives announced Thursday, Aug. 13, that Nashville will be the fourth city to join Memphis, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Milwaukee, Wis., in service to and from Indianapolis, One Jet’s “focus” city.

75. Memphis Hires UCF’s Vinson As Associate Athletic Director -

Courtney Vinson, who has served as an assistant athletic director at the University of Central Florida for the past four years, has been named the associate athletic director for sport services and senior woman administrator at the University of Memphis following a national search.

76. Stepping Up -

Last season, Tennessee went into November with a 3-5 record and without a win in the Southeastern Conference. The Butch Jones rebuilding program was still taking baby steps.

But when an injury to senior Justin Worley opened the door for Joshua Dobbs to become the starting quarterback, baby steps became long strides for positive yards and more wins than losses.

77. Cruz Rallies Standing-Room-Only Agricenter Crowd -

Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz complained of “bipartisan corruption” and “the party of Washington” this week at a Memphis rally at Agricenter International that drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500.

78. Chiwawa Closes, Will Be Replaced by New Concept -

It would seem that Chiwawa, the Overton Square restaurant at 2059 Madison Ave. that opened in 2013, is closed and in the midst of a transition.

79. Shibata Named UTHSC Chair of Surgery -

Dr. David Shibata has been named the Scheinberg Endowed Chair of Surgery and a professor in the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

80. County Commission Chairmanship Given, Taken Back -

For a while Monday, Aug. 10, it looked like the Shelby County Commission had shaken off several years of political conflict in the annual selection of its chairman.

As was the case the three previous years, a commission chairman had been elected with most of his or her votes coming from commissioners of the other party. The body currently is made up of seven Democrats and six Republicans.

81. Google Forms a New Holding Company, 'Alphabet' -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is creating a new company to oversee its highly lucrative Internet business and a growing flock of other ventures, including some — like building self-driving cars and researching ways to prolong human life — that are known more for their ambition than for turning an immediate profit.

82. Two New Historical Markers Unveiled During Elvis Week -

In what has become an Elvis Week tradition in recent years, the Shelby County Historical Commission will unveil two new markers Tuesday, Aug. 11, related to the life of Elvis Presley and the Memphis music industry.

83. Secret Air Controller Study Shows Chronic Fatigue -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the government has kept secret for nearly four years.

84. Buffett's Biggest Bet: Berkshire Hathaway Buying Precision Castparts for About $32B -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett is making the biggest bet of his long investment career, a $32.36 billion buyout of Precision Castparts in a deal that will continue to reshape his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate.

85. Wharton Calls Challengers "Thermometer People" -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. continues to respond more aggressively to criticism from his challengers in the October mayoral election.

At the opening of his East Memphis campaign headquarters Saturday, Aug. 8, Wharton referred to them as “thermometer people.”

86. Steady US Job Gains Likely Foretell a New Era: Higher Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new era of higher rates on home and car loans, steeper borrowing costs for businesses and the government – maybe even a bit more return for savers – is about to arrive.

87. Preseason Analysis: Vols Will Defeat Oklahoma, Finish 8-4 -

Tennessee’s football team has something to prove as it concludes the first week of preseason practices and moves forward to the 2015 season.

The Vols must prove they belong in the national picture in Butch Jones’ third year as coach.

88. Bikesmith Ready to Roll Into First Brick-and-Mortar Store -

Memphis’ traveling bike repairman has finally found a home. A year and a half after enrolling in the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team initiative MEMMobile, Jim Steffen, known as The Bikesmith to cyclists needing an adjustment or a hail-Mary overhaul, has signed a lease on a brick-and-mortar extension of his mobile repair truck.

89. Armstrong Finds Voice In Volatile Times -

Four years ago, when Toney Armstrong became the youngest Memphis Police director from the ranks since the position was created in the 1970s, critics were quick to point out that the one-time homicide detective had a lot to learn about the job’s public face.

90. Reverb Coffee Truck Coming in October -

Jeremy Harris is preparing to add a coffee truck to the ranks of Memphis’ food truck community this fall.

91. Bates Family Indicted on $18 Million Fraud -

After years of controversy and civil litigation, Memphis federal prosecutors announced Wednesday, Aug. 5, that a grand jury has indicted former Tennessee state Rep. Larry Bates and his two sons on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud and fraud conspiracy.

92. This week in Memphis history: August 7-13 -

1985: The Black Merchants Association is promoting black businesses directory of all of the black-owned businesses in town. “One of the major problems facing black businesses, even among black consumers, is the belief that our products and services are inferior,” said Roscoe Dixon, BMA executive director. “Most black businessmen are fighters and scrappers – they’ve had to be because they couldn’t get those bank loans.”

93. ADA Marks 25 Years With Accomplishments, Challenges -

America is a different place because of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which became the law of the land 25 years ago.

Older buildings without some kind of wheelchair ramp look out of place. Other accommodations for the disabled are an expected part of the landscape including curb cuts, lowered water fountains and restroom accommodations.

94. Poll: Few in US Have Received Credit Cards With Chips -

Even as an Oct. 1 deadline approaches to replace Americans' out-of-date credit cards with new cards embedded with computer chips, the vast majority of Americans still have not received their new cards and only a small minority are using the chips at all, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

95. Bates Family Indicted On $18 Million Fraud -

After years of controversy and civil litigation, Memphis federal prosecutors announced Wednesday, Aug. 5, that a grand jury has indicted former Tennessee state Rep. Larry Bates and his two sons on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud and fraud conspiracy.

96. Haslam Makes Infrastructure Case In Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is traveling across the state to encourage change in how road projects are funded.

But Haslam insists it is not a prelude to a pitch for an increase in the state’s fuel tax. It’s been 26 years since Tennessee made any changes to its road project financing method, Haslam said.

97. Haslam Makes Infrastructure Case In Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam kicked of a cross-state tour of 15 cities in 10 days in Memphis Wednesday, Aug. 5, to talk about some better way of funding state road projects.

Meeting with nearly 100 local business and elected leaders at the Greater Memphis Chamber, Haslam said several times that the sessions are not his attempt to build political support for a gas tax hike in the 2016 session of the Tennessee legislature.

98. Bates Family Indicted on $18M Fraud -

After years of controversy and civil litigation, Memphis federal prosecutors announced Wednesday, Aug. 5, that a grand jury has indicted former Tennessee state Rep. Larry Bates and his two sons on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud and fraud conspiracy.

99. Strickland, Collins Clash on DROP Freeze -

Two political challengers to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. clashed Tuesday, Aug. 4, over a plan by his administration to keep the city’s police ranks above the 2,000 mark.

City chief administrative officer Jack Sammons approached the council Tuesday in executive session about a plan to freeze the deferred retirement option plan (DROP) for city employees who have set their retirement date up to three years ahead of schedule.

100. Memphis Police Oversight Board Hits Another Snag -

After numerous delays and lots of stops and starts, proposed new rules for the city’s Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board hit another roadblock Tuesday, Aug. 4, but not before a vigorous Memphis City Council debate.