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1. Start Co. Now Taking Accelerator Applications -

The Start Co. organization has started taking applications for its Seed Hatchery, Upstart and Sky High accelerators.

2. UofM Faculty Express Concerns About Program -

Faculty members at the University of Memphis say they have concerns about a new teacher training program under consideration.

The Commercial Appeal reports the newspaper and faculty obtained Relay Graduate School of Education's 448-page application last month through the Freedom of Information Act. The university has offered Relay free classroom and office space for the program that it proposes to start next summer.

3. Knoxville Area a Magnet for Retirees -

Retired air traffic controller Sterling King moved to Knoxville when his brother needed him. Five years later, he has fallen in love with the area and everything it has to offer.

Moderate weather, without the bone-chilling Northern winters or the searing heat of Florida summers, is a big draw, along with its location in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, says King, 58, who migrated from Dayton, Ohio, to Raleigh, North Carolina, and then to Knoxville.

4. Immigrants Find Room to Grow in Nashville's Public Gardens -

With the growing season wrapped up for winter and the temperature hovering at 45 degrees on a recent Sunday, the community garden off Wedgewood Avenue looked to be draped in a brown afghan with just a few patches of green peeking through.

5. Vols’ Barnett Faces Nation’s Best in Iowa’s Scherff -

KNOXVILLE – Derek Barnett is spending most of the Christmas holidays away from his Nashville home, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

6. Editorial: Finding Complexities in the Memphis Experience -

This is not your parents’ Memphis inferiority complex.

This is us having had a taste of life beyond that big hump in our identity. We’ve seen the horizon without it.

We like the view and we want to keep it.

7. TBI Suspends Involvement in 24th Judicial District -

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director has suspended the agency's investigations in the five-county judicial district where the high-profile homicide of a 20-year-old nursing student is being prosecuted, saying the decision comes from an argument with District Attorney General Matt Stowe.

8. Preparing for January -

In less than three weeks, the race will be on. Are you ready? You may wonder what race I’m talking about. It’s time for one of the most important races of your life. The race to your dream job.

9. Wharton Whirlwind -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will ask the Memphis City Council to approve the approximately $30 million in city funding at the core of the settlement of the six-year-old schools funding controversy and lawsuit.

10. Fed Promises 'Patient' Approach to a Rate Increase -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. job market and economy. But it says it will be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.

11. City Council Approves Pension Changes -

Memphis City Council members put to rest Tuesday, Dec. 16, at least the City Hall portion of the debate about city employee benefits and the liability of those benefits by approving changes to the city’s pension plan.

12. Grizzlies Halt Golden State’s Streak -

For the starters, the best part of Tuesday night’s statement win at FedExForum came while they were on the bench.

A 20-0 run to start the second quarter – all the points coming from the Grizzlies’ reserves – turned this showdown between the two best teams in the NBA into a 105-98 victory as Memphis (20-4) stopped the Golden State Warriors’ franchise-record 16-game winning streak.

13. City Council Approves Pension Changes -

Memphis City Council members put to rest Tuesday, Dec. 16, at least the City Hall portion of the debate about city employee benefits and the liability of those benefits by approving changes to the city’s pension plan.

14. UAW Head: Companies Can Raise Pay, Be Competitive -

DETROIT (AP) – United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers.

15. Achievement School District Transition Details Emerge -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement Schools District superintendent Chris Barbic will meet Thursday, Dec. 18, to talk about the coming transition of five schools out of the county district and into the state-run ASD.

16. Achievement School District to Add Six Memphis Schools -

Five Memphis schools that are now part of Shelby County Schools will become part of the state-run Achievement School District starting in August with the new school year.

And KIPP Memphis Public Schools will begin a new-start elementary school for kindergarten and first-graders.

17. Haslam Addresses Public Safety Summit -

While there's been progress in making Tennessee a safer state, much remains to be done, particularly on domestic violence, Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday.

The Republican governor kicked off a public safety summit in Nashville that also focused on Tennessee's sentencing laws, homeland security concerns, drug abuse and trafficking and other issues.

18. Mapping a Path to Success -

Like many other things on paper, maps have largely become extinct as interactive, digital versions have taken over.

But for students of history, as well as those with a keen interest in the neighborhoods and boundaries within cities, the paper map is an irreplaceable document.

19. Old Friends Conspire to Get Tennessee a Better Bowl -

For all the tough times University of Tennessee football has endured in recent years, a turn for the better was bound to happen.

It certainly did early this week.

UT’s invitation to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville – now called the TaxSlayer Bowl – was a stunning coup for a 6-6 team that seemed destined for anything but a January bowl on the beach.

20. Titans’ On-, Off-Field Decisions Defy Imagination -

When the Tennessee Titans hired Ken Whisenhunt in January, it brought a breath of fresh air to an organization that sorely needed a change.

But it hasn’t taken long for that breath of fresh air to quickly become stale and toxic.

21. University of Memphis Faculty Express Concerns About Program -

Faculty members at the University of Memphis say they have concerns about a new teacher training program under consideration.

The Commercial Appeal reports the newspaper and faculty obtained Relay Graduate School of Education’s 448-page application last month through the Freedom of Information Act. The university has offered Relay free classroom and office space for the program that it proposes to start next summer.

22. Finding Real Change For The New Year -

New Year’s resolutions are tempting to make, and they are even more tempting to forget.

In spite of the insatiable appetite our society has for self-improvement and excellence, good habits just seem hard to acquire. With the beginning of each New Year, we seem compelled to conquer the past by focusing on the future in at least one resolution.

23. Holiday Shopping Boosts US Retail Sales -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales perked up in November, as cheaper gas and an improving job market fueled a promising start to the holiday shopping season.

Retail sales rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 percent, the most in eight months, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Falling gasoline prices dented gas stations receipts by 0.8 percent, but that appears to have freed up money that consumers took elsewhere.

24. Networking to the New Year -

December is my favorite time of year for networking. It sounds a little crazy, right? The holidays are for family and loved ones. It’s a time of gift giving, cookie baking, and sing-alongs. It’s a time to visit those you haven’t seen in over a year, and if you’re lucky, to build snowmen with your children.

25. Prince, Leuer Lead Grizzlies Bench Above the Rim and Under the Radar -

Let’s start with the dunks. Dunks by bench players – Jon Leuer and Tayshaun Prince – who don’t even know from night to night if they will get to play, never mind have an opportunity to catch a sliver of the spotlight.

26. Board Seeks ASD Transition Involvement -

As the state-run Achievement School District prepares to announce which low-performing Memphis schools it will take in its third year starting in August, Shelby County Schools board members are considering a better transition period.

27. Four Memphis Charter Schools To Close In Summer -

Four charter schools operating in Memphis will close at the end of the current school year under terms of a recently enacted Tennessee law.

The law requires the closure of any charter school that is ranked in the bottom five percent of schools in the state in terms of student achievement as measured by state test scores. The closing comes without any decision by the local school board that originally authorized the charter schools.

28. White House Focuses on Computer Science in Schools -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Smartphones and laptops have become essential tools for today's teenagers. But learning how these devices work has often taken a backseat to other priorities in U.S. schools.

29. Haslam Addresses Public Safety Summit -

While there's been progress in making Tennessee a safer state, much remains to be done, particularly on domestic violence, Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday.

The Republican governor kicked off a public safety summit in Nashville that also focused on Tennessee's sentencing laws, homeland security concerns, drug abuse and trafficking and other issues.

30. Basar Says Commission Past 'Storming' Phase -

Shelby County Commissioners haven’t resolved all of their differences from the start of their term of office in September, but county commissioner Steve Basar says they are on their way.

“If you look at group dynamics, there’s usually a little bit of a phase up front where people are kind of feeling each other out,” Basar said on the WKNO TV program Behind The Headlines. “You have the forming and then you have the storming and then you have norming and performing. I think right now we are starting to move into that performing phase.”

31. Joerger Honored as Coach of the Month -

After leading the Memphis Grizzlies to the best record in the NBA to start the season (15-2), including a perfect mark against Western Conference opponents (11-0), head coach Dave Joerger has been named the Western Conference Coach of the Month for October/November 2014.

32. Batch Gets Bigger With Storefront, Fourth City -

Batch is gonna need a bigger box.

The Nashville-based foodie subscription service, which curates amazing mini-collections of locally-made edibles and packs them up and ships them all over the U.S. and Canada, has added a fourth city – Austin – and a permanent storefront at the Nashville Farmers Market.

33. How Businesses Can Avoid Holiday Party Problems -

NEW YORK (AP) – If John Olajide's staffers have one too many at his company's holiday party he'll have them shuttled home in a taxi or send them to a hotel room for the night.

"If they're at our party, we're responsible for them," says Olajide, the founder and CEO of Dallas software maker Axxess. "We'll take any steps to ensure their safety."

34. 321,000 Jobs Added in November, Most in Nearly 3 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A burst of U.S. hiring in November – the most in nearly three years – added 321,000 jobs and provided the latest evidence that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.

35. Average Affordable Care Premiums Going Up in 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

36. Average 30-Year Loan Rate Falls to 3.89 Percent -

Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell for the fourth straight week, a continuing boon for potential homebuyers.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage declined to 3.89 percent this week from 3.97 percent last week. It is now at its lowest level since May 2013.

37. On Trial: Tigers Basketball Has Much to Prove -

Down by 11 points to Stephen F. Austin with less than two minutes to play, the final result probably was inevitable. But inside an emptying FedExForum, there were a precious few Tiger fans hanging on to the last strands of hope.

38. Tennessee Promise Mentors Prepare for Work -

As high school seniors are getting answers back from the colleges they have applied to, a group of volunteer tutors are about to guide another group of seniors through the complex process of stepping into higher education.

39. Justices Weigh Bias Claim of Pregnant UPS Driver -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two of the three women on the Supreme Court vigorously questioned a UPS lawyer Wednesday over the company's refusal to give lighter duty to a pregnant worker, a closely watched case with potentially broad impact for female workers and their employers.

40. Cafe Pontotoc Adding Weekend Brunch -

Café Pontotoc, a new wine bar, tapas bar and restaurant in South Main, will soon start offering brunch.

It will serve brunch Saturdays and Sundays beginning Dec. 6. In the future, brunch on Fridays may be added.

41. Memphis Marketer Launches Gift Recommendation Service -

Gift-giving might feel like a chore for some people, especially at Christmastime. The difficulty of figuring out what to buy for the aunt who has everything, for example, or the wrapping of geometric impossibilities that require reams of paper and tape tend to produce feelings other than mirth and holiday cheer.

42. Rolling Along: RV Industry Maintains Momentum -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – RV manufacturers have made up more ground since being sideswiped by the Great Recession, and production of the rolling homes is expected to return next year to levels seen before the economic downturn hit.

43. More US CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.

The Business Roundtable said Tuesday that 40 percent of its member CEOs plan to hire more workers, up from 34 percent in the third quarter. Nearly three-quarters project their sales will rise, roughly the same as the previous quarter.

44. Joerger Honored as Conference Coach of the Month -

After leading the Memphis Grizzlies to the best record in the NBA to start the season (15-2), including a perfect mark against Western Conference opponents (11-0), head coach Dave Joerger has been named the Western Conference Coach of the Month for October/November 2014.

45. Pickard Exploring City Council Run -

Architect and planner Charles “Chooch” Pickard is undertaking an exploratory campaign for Memphis City Council District 5.

Pickard holds his first event Thursday, Dec. 4, to gauge support.

46. 10 Useless PR Tactics to Avoid in 2015 -

The explosion of the Internet and the ensuing 24/7 news cycle combined with a significant reduction in reporting staff at most media outlets over the past decade has created a perfect storm driving a significant shift in public relations (PR) tactics that are effective and worth your time. If you are still deploying any of these tactics, make it your 2015 resolution to better invest your time for a better result.

47. Victorian Village Homes See Demand -

A new single-family residential project in the heart of Victorian Village is doing very well, thank you very much.

Five of the eights lots inside Planters Row II, a unique master planned community on Jefferson Avenue in Victorian Village between the Medical Center and Downtown core, are already optioned or under contract after the first day of sales, according to Scott Blake, president of Design 500 Inc.

48. Local Shopping -

Modern Handmade Memphis has come back to Overton Square with another of its pop-up shops that showcases handmade goods, the latest such event hosted a few times each year by the duo who also captain the Memphis Etsy Team.

49. Dobbs the Latest in Line of Dual-Threat UT Quarterbacks -

If the University of Tennessee’s football team gains bowl eligibility with a victory Saturday at Vanderbilt, it can look back to a quarterback change Oct. 25 against Alabama as a pivotal point in the season.

50. Harris Chosen to Lead Tennessee Senate Democrats -

Newly elected state Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis is the new leader of Tennessee Senate Democrats.

Harris was chosen Tuesday, Nov. 25, by the group of five Democratic senators. Three of the five Democrats in the 33-member state Senate are from Memphis: Harris and Sens. Sara Kyle and Reginald Tate.

51. Even Procurement is Innovating -

Derick Kurdy from J&J and Neel Tilak from Janssen discuss the potency of an innovation culture in the procurement department and how it works with key suppliers.

They began with a story about the Band-Aid, about how the inventor made it as an act of love for his wife. The moral of the story; innovations start with a need that is cared for and executed for a real problem.

52. Editorial: Give Thanks for Common Bonds -

Thanksgiving can be a near sport if you forget there is more to it than the start of a shopping season and columns of dollar figures set against projections for and by retailers.

So, let’s not forget why we come together at this point on the calendar and that seasons are more than changes in the weather.

53. ’Tis the Season -

After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.

Good prices, great values, unique offerings and convenience no longer were enough to boost retail sales.

54. Pepsi Gets Super Bowl Campaign Started Early -

NEW YORK (AP) – Super Bowl 49 is still more than two months away, but Pepsi is drumming up an audience for the halftime show.

Pepsi has been a long-time Super Bowl commercial sponsor and is sponsoring the halftime show for the third time. It will feature singer Katy Perry. Super Bowl 49 is slated to be played Feb. 1, 2015, in Phoenix and will be broadcast on NBC.

55. See Spot Relax: Pet Massage Gaining Popularity -

PHOENIX (AP) – Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.

56. Gasol, Grizzlies Finding New Heights -

It’s the unachievable goal, but still a worthy pursuit.

We are, of course, speaking of perfection.

Or rather, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is speaking of perfection.

“We can never be satisfied,” Big Spain was saying after going for 30 points and 12 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ 107-91 thumping of the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum last Sunday. “As soon as you’re satisfied, you start taking steps backwards.

57. Tigers Football Finds Turnaround with Transforming Coach at Helm -

A lot goes into transforming a football program from an utter laughingstock into one that by winning its next game can earn at least a share of a conference championship.

Finding better players? Check.

58. Telecom Controversy Emerges at City Hall -

During the recent repaving of Danny Thomas Boulevard Downtown, city public works crews discovered a leak in sewer lines, and the political timing lined up with a controversy at City Hall that’s been out of the public eye for the most part since the spring.

59. VW Policy for Tennessee Plant Sets Off Labor Scramble -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – In rival camps located about a mile apart, both supporters and opponents of the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize their first foreign auto plant in the South say a new labor policy at the Volkswagen factory is going to help them.

60. Lineup Shuffles Highlight Tigers' Tuneup for Las Vegas -

Shaq Goodwin will be playing off the bench and Markel Crawford is your starting point guard.

At least for now.

Those appear to be the two major takeaways from the Tigers’ 77-49 victory over an outmanned Prairie View A&M team Monday night at FedExForum.

61. Shelby County Building Permits Dip in October -

Shelby County home building activity cooled in October, with builders pulling 5.9 percent fewer permits than in October 2013.

Shelby County homebuilders pulled 63 permits in October, down 5.9 percent from 67 in October 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com. The 63 permits filed in October is down 18 percent from the 77 permits builders filed in Shelby County in September.

62. Automakers Aim to Drive Away Car Computer Hackers -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.

Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that – given time – they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or lock them up, and even kill the engine.

63. In Wake of Spotify Pullout, Music Industry Debates Streaming -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – From board rooms in Japan to songwriter's rooms in Nashville, a debate is brewing in music industry circles about the financial and creative value of streaming music, even as its popularity and impact skyrocket.

64. Germantown Mayor-Elect Discusses Revenue, Schools -

The incoming mayor of Germantown wants to grow the city’s sales tax base to make its government a bit less reliant on property tax revenue.

Property taxes fund about 60 percent of Germantown city services, said mayor-elect Mike Palazzolo, who takes office Dec. 16. Sales tax revenue funds another 16 percent, with the rest coming from fees and state and federal funding.

65. Grizzlies Playing With Dominating ‘Edge’ -

After Marc Gasol had demoralized the Los Angeles Clippers – which is what 30 points and 12 rebounds from the Grizzlies’ slimmed-down center will do – coach Doc Rivers noted that Gasol “looked great, he’s playing with an edge. Very serious.”

66. ‘Creative Collisions’ and Memphis Startups -

“We just closed a lead investor for our $1.5 million angel round,” said the entrepreneur, sipping a latte. “And we’d love to have you on board to help us round out the fundraise.”

67. One Stop Grows From Changing Church Base -

In a city known for its churches and the culture of those churches, Betty Hobson has found a business model that shows just how broad and deep the influence of those churches can be.

68. Incumbent Council Members Weighing Choices -

The only open seat on the Memphis City Council in the 2011 city elections is once again an open seat going into the 2015 city elections.

Current council member Lee Harris was elected to the state Senate in the August elections and will resign effective Jan. 12. That means the remaining 12 council members will appoint someone to fill the year remaining in Harris’s four-year council term of office.

69. More Questions Than Answers -

In the aftermath of the Memphis Tigers’ season-opening loss to Wichita State, new information has come to light:

For starters, junior point guard Kedren Johnson, who transferred from Vanderbilt to run the Memphis offense, has told coach Josh Pastner he’ll be in basketball shape by the Bradley game (that’s Dec. 6) or a little bit later.

70. 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.

71. 30-Year Mortgage Rates Drop to 3.99 Percent -

Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates continued to tick down this week, remaining close to yearlong lows.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage slipped to 3.99 percent from 4.01 percent last week. Rates have stayed around 4 percent for roughly the past month, after having opened the year at 4.53 percent.

72. Just When We Started to Feel Good About UT Football -

KNOXVILLE – All seemed so right for the University of Tennessee’s football team for 36 hours or so after last Saturday’s 50-16 victory over Kentucky at Neyland Stadium.

UT (5-5, 2-4 SEC) won its second straight conference game and moved within one victory of gaining bowl eligibility for the first time since 2010.

73. Remember When Titans Had Home-Field Advantage? -

There really are two ways to look at the remainder of the Tennessee Titans 2014 season and how the bleak present could affect the uncertain future of this franchise.

As Steelers fans waved their Terrible Towels at LP Field Monday night, Titans fans watched as their terrible team had another terrible trial in falling to 2-8.

74. 30-Year Mortgage Rates Drop to 3.99 Percent -

Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates continued to tick down this week, remaining close to yearlong lows.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage slipped to 3.99 percent from 4.01 percent last week. Rates have stayed around 4 percent for roughly the past month, after having opened the year at 4.53 percent.

75. Grizzlies Launch $10 Ticket Promo -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced a special ticket

promotion called “10 Wins for $10” in recognition of the team’s fastest start

in franchise history.

The Grizzlies were 10-1 after defeating Houston before falling to the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night.

76. Doing Everything Right is Still No Guarantee -

I meet people every day who are down on their luck. They’ve applied for job after job online and nothing is clicking. They’ve had a few phone interviews and even an in person interview or two. Their resume seems virtually flawless. They’re actively engaged in LinkendIn and regularly attending networking events.

77. Tigers’ Season Starts as a Hoops Nightmare -

The comments on Twitter during the Memphis Tigers’ dreadful season debut against No. 11 Wichita State were shallow, cynical and, yes, spot-on.

“So when Cal coined the term, ‘The Miserables,’ he meant this year’s guards?” tweeted one wiseguy.

78. Grizz Want NBA to Know They’re the Real Deal -

It was early. How else do you define an NBA game played on Nov. 17?

But it was important, the game seeming to hold value beyond the single win (which went to the Grizzlies) or the one loss (which went to the Houston Rockets).

79. Boyle Sees Opportunity in East Memphis -

Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co. hopes to break ground next year on a new office building at its Ridgeway Center complex near Poplar Avenue and Shady Grove Road, according to company officials.

80. BankTennessee Celebrates 80 Years in Business -

The bank got its start in 1934 as First Federal Savings and Loan Association, founded by a group of local Memphis bankers and businessmen.

In 1997, its name was changed to BankTennessee. And this year, it’s celebrating its 80th anniversary – a milestone that finds the institution as a more expansive organization, coming off one of its most successful years in 2013, with a larger geographic footprint and a much more robust suite of products and services than it started with.

81. Haslam Names New General Counsel -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has selected a Knoxville attorney to be his new general counsel.

The Republican governor named Dwight E. Tarwater on Wednesday. The 59-year-old replaces Herbert Slatery who left the administration last month to become the state's attorney general.

82. Wharton’s Hybrid Pension Falls in Council -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s hybrid pension proposal, the second of two parts of his overhaul of city employee benefits, was voted down Tuesday, Nov. 18, by the Memphis City Council in a bid by some on the council to end “uncertainty” among city employees.

83. Shelby County Commissioners Agree to Drop Lawsuit -

Voices were raised and gavels were used to rule people and motions out of order. Motives were questioned and potential conflicts of interest were cited.

But Shelby County commissioners appeared Monday, Nov. 17, to have a compromise in place that will lead to the lawsuit filed by seven commissioners against chairman Justin Ford being dropped as early as Tuesday, Nov. 18.

84. Master Plan -

Progress is usually expensive and seldom convenient. But the alternative?

Regression, at an ultimately higher cost, and eventually the realization that an opportunity slipped by.

Such was the mindset as University of Tennessee Health Science Center leaders launched a campus master plan designed to enhance UTHSC’s position as an urban academic medical center at the core of a larger revitalization of the Memphis Medical Center District.

85. US, German Drugmakers Team Up on Cancer Medicines -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Pfizer said Monday that it will partner with German drug and chemical maker Merck in developing potential cancer drugs in a hot new medication class that harnesses the body's immune system to fight cancer.

86. SEC West Race Opens Up to Possibilities -

“One of the greatest drives in Alabama history, probably.”

Those were coach Nick Saban’s words after quarterback Blake Sims led the Crimson Tide on a 15-play, 76-yard put-away drive against Mississippi State. Before the drive, the lead was 19-13 Alabama. After it, 25-13. Though the Bulldogs would score a touchdown near game’s end and try an onside kick – Alabama won 25-20 – it was that drive that could be the defining memory when the College Football Playoff Selection Committee actually selects and seeds the final four.

87. City Council to Consider Police Funding -

Memphis City Council members will consider Tuesday, Nov. 18, taking $1 million from city reserves to fully fund an additional Memphis police recruit class in the current fiscal year.

The $1 million from reserves would go with $2 million the council approved at the start of the fiscal year for a new recruit class.

88. Yellen Meets With Activists Seeking Fed Reforms -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A coalition of community groups and labor unions are campaigning to open up the selection process for the presidents of the Federal Reserve's 12 regional banks. The groups also want assurances that the Fed will not begin raising interest rates until unemployment falls further and workers start seeing improved wage gains.

89. Auto Parts Manufacturer to Build Sevierville Plant -

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An automobile parts manufacturer that already has a presence in Morristown is opening a new plant in Sevierville.

The Mountain Press reports Otics USA is investing $69.5 million in the facility and plans to create 117 new jobs there.

90. Bioworks to Host Startup Panel Discussion Nov. 19 -

At a panel discussion Wednesday, Nov. 19, that ties into Global Entrepreneurship Week, several entrepreneurs will talk to a Memphis audience about why they launched a startup in the city.

The “Why I Launched a Startup in Memphis” panel discussion will start at noon in the Memphis Bioworks conference center, 20 S. Dudley St. It will feature medical device, health care and technology entrepreneurs, including Mike Hoffmeyer, president and founder of Paytopia; Ryan Ramkhelawan, chief technology officer and co-founder of Restore Medical Solutions; Virag Reti, CEO and co-founder of Cabsolutely; Brad Silver, CEO of Quire; and Byron Smith, founder of EndoInSight.

91. 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.

92. County Commission to Consider Fairgrounds Deal -

The idea of reconfiguring the Mid-South Fairgrounds as a public recreation area financed by the city of Memphis with sales tax revenue from retail development has come back to life under new terms.

93. Tenn. Task Force Unveils Veterans Education Report -

A report by the Governor's Veterans Education Task Force outlines ways to improve higher education opportunities for Tennessee veterans.

The group was formed a year ago and is charged with identifying hurdles for transitioning veterans, researching best practices to serve student veterans and making recommendations on improving opportunities for veterans to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate.

94. Start Co. Teams Score $387,000 in Funding -

Four teams that recently graduated from Start Co. have secured funding, collectively totaling $387,000.

The teams are Cabsolutely, eDivv, Graph Story and Pickle.

95. Lottery Champion Cohen Not Pleased With Haslam's ‘Game-Changer’ -

To say Congressman Steve Cohen is unenthusiastic about the Tennessee Promise is an understatement.

96. Keeping Promises -

With more than 50,000 high school seniors applying for free community college tuition and fees through Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise, it’s reasonable to wonder if Tennessee’s community colleges have the infrastructure – including classroom space and instructors – to handle such an influx of new students.

97. Vols Unlikely to Repeat November 2013 Collapse -

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones doesn’t have to remind his team about the disappointing fade last November.

UT went 0-3 to start what has historically been its best month of football. First, the Vols lost to Missouri and Auburn. Then a 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt in Neyland Stadium knocked the Vols out of bowl eligibility.

98. New Look -

A new season brings optimism – or marketing, if you want to be cynical about it – but also some reflective truth-telling.

Go back to this time last year for the University of Memphis basketball team. They were going to be really good, or maybe even great, because of the four senior guards. Those guards – Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Geron Johnson and Michael Dixon – were going to be leaders, defensive dynamos and 3-point sharpshooters.

99. Small Business Insurance Exchanges Seek Rebound -

Early enrollment for the health overhaul's small business insurance exchanges fell far short of the 2 million workers who were expected to sign up this year. The shortfall calls into question the future of the exchanges as they begin accepting enrollment for 2015.

100. Wal-Mart Sales Perk Up Ahead of Holiday -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.