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1. Consumer Sentiment Rises to Highest Level Since 2004 -

U.S. consumers are more confident than they’ve been since January 2004.

The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment rose to 98.1 in January from 93.6 last month.

2. Mayor’s Race Parses Political Records -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will probably continue to include the comeback of Overton Square in an election year roll call of economic development accomplishments even after being called out for his opposition to the city-funded Overton Square parking garage.

3. Open In Memphis -

First-year Memphis Open tennis director Erin Mazurek no doubt could tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the Detroit Red Wings.

Mazurek spent five years working for the National Hockey League team as director of private events. So, she’s got a history there. She knows the value of winning and what the Stanley Cup means (last won by the Red Wings in 2008).

4. Both Sides Dig In for Insure Tennessee Special Session -

Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.

5. ECS Selects Peterson as Head of School -

Dan Peterson is the new head of school for Evangelical Christian School at the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

6. Both Sides Dig In For Insure Tennessee Special Session -

Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 200,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.

7. Drowning in Student Loan Debt -

Three-and-a-half years after graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Yasameen Hoffman is still trying to land the kind of full-time job that will help her start paying off her student loan.

8. Campbell’s Gamble Finally Pays With Scholarship -

KNOXVILLE – Galen Campbell might get to play a minute here or there as the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team pursues its surprising run toward bubble status for the NCAA tournament.

9. Lasting Legacies -

A FedEx commercial that never made it past the storyboard stage portrayed company founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith as a child filling out an order form in the back of a comic book for a batch of Sea-Monkeys, sending it off and waiting for the delivery.

10. Become the Complainer, Become the Problem -

Have you ever experienced a problem at your job where you were truly in the right? A co-worker or boss did something to you that was either against the law or just ethically wrong. Maybe your boss has a temper, or perhaps you’re being discriminated against in some way.

11. Gasol An All-Star Starter; Conley, Z-Bo Just As Valuable -

Center Marc Gasol has broken through the glass ceiling that forever has hung above Memphis and the Grizzlies.

The NBA’s fans, a global group to be sure, shattered that glass by voting Big Spain into the Western Conference starting lineup for the Feb. 15 NBA All-Star Game. Naturally, there is pride about that in every corner of the Grizzlies’ locker room and in every corner of the city.

12. Sports Betting 'Socially Acceptable' on Super Bowl Sunday -

The statement seems self-evident. Whether you just fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket in the office pool every year, make a bet on the Super Bowl, or buy the occasional scratch-off lottery ticket.

13. Bankruptcies Dip Below 12,000 in 2014 -

Reflecting a national trend, Shelby County recorded a 7 percent drop in bankruptcies in 2014 compared to the previous year.

And the number of bankruptcies across the 33 Shelby County ZIP codes in 2014 was also down from 2013 and 2012 in each of the three types of bankruptcy chapters, according to The Daily News Online, memphisdailynews.com.

14. After Setting iPhone Record, What Does Apple Do Next? -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

15. Fed Stays 'Patient' on Rates While Noting Improving Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full health.

16. First Time Advertisers Gamble on Super Bowl Ads -

NEW YORK (AP) – More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday.

There will be 15 new Super Bowl advertisers this year, the most since 2000, before the economy fell into what would be the first of two recessions since. Advertising experts say the rookie interest in Super Bowl ads is a positive sign that companies are feeling good in the most recent economic recovery.

17. Grizz Atop Southwest Division Despite Challenges -

Playing without starting point guard Mike Conley (left wrist sprain) and swingman Tony Allen (left ankle sprain), the Grizzlies pounded the Mavericks 109-90 Tuesday night, Jan. 27, in Dallas and perhaps delivered a message to the rest of the Western Conference:

18. Settlement Could Fund I-Zone Schools -

With federal money about to run out for the Shelby County Schools Innovation Zone schools, the $8 million in cash due from the city of Memphis next month is most likely to land in the bank account for that effort.

19. Record iPhone Sales Drive Blowout Quarter for Apple -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season.

Apple said Tuesday that it sold 74.5 million iPhones during the three months that ended Dec. 31, beating analysts' expectations for the latest models of Apple's most popular gadget, introduced in September.

20. Invest Early -

It would be true if you were talking about stock in Apple Inc., Google Inc. or Netflix Inc. And it is true when talking about children.

21. CBO: Deficit to Shrink to Lowest Level of Obama Presidency -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.

22. ECS Selects Peterson As Head of School -

Dan Peterson is the new head of school for Evangelical Christian School at the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

23. Sports Illustrated: Fuente is Football’s 'Next Hot Coach' -

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team needed a shot from sophomore forward Austin Nichols in the game’s final seconds to escape with a 57-55 victory at Tulane last Saturday.

24. Anti-Medicaid Expansion Lawmaker Criticizes Radio Ads -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, a staunch opponent of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, on Friday decried what he called "dishonest scare tactics" by a conservative group running radio ads targeting GOP lawmakers.

25. Gasol Voted to Start NBA All-Star Game -

In a franchise first, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has been voted by the fans to the Western Conference starting lineup for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, to be held Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.

26. Home Services Keep Seniors Independent -

Sooner or later, most people end up caring for aging mothers and fathers or become seniors themselves, wondering who to turn to when independent daily living becomes impossible.

Both propositions are frightening and stressful.

27. OK, Baby Boomers: Time for Some Hard Decisions -

She works in her yard, maintains a garden, watches her diet and is waiting for her exercise group to get started at the FiftyForward Center in Madison.

Asked about long-term care insurance, Eva Mai Nelson says, “I’ve thought about it. I don’t think it’s worthwhile to buy at my age.” She’s 83.

28. NFL Players Find Second Careers as Entrepreneurs -

As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.

29. Events -

Youth Villages Soup Sunday will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. The event will feature soup, bread, dessert and other delicacies from more than 50 Memphis-area restaurants and caterers, plus live entertainment and Kids Zone. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for ages 6-10. Visit soupsunday.org.

30. Events -

Rhodes College will host the Tournees French Film Festival Tuesday, Jan. 27, through Feb. 11 in the Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall at Rhodes, 2000 North Parkway. All screenings start at 7 p.m. Films will be subtitled in English. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu for a schedule.

31. Editorial: ‘We Come in Peace’ -

It doesn’t seem enough just to say the role of minority-owned businesses must be greater in the Memphis economy.

The basic premise is undeniable in a city whose population is two-thirds African-American and 6.3 percent Latino.

32. One Percent -

Majority and minority are volatile terms in Memphis.

Using them in a context outside race requires an explanation because without that, the assumption is the terms are being used in a racial context.

33. Shelby Farms Campaign Closes In on Last $100,000 -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy hopes to close out its $70 million capital fundraising campaign by Sunday, Feb. 1, for the “Heart of the Park” improvements already underway.

34. First Horizon Ends 2014 on Upswing -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank wrapped up its 150th anniversary year by delivering $213 million in net income to shareholders, up from $24 million for 2013.

35. Gasol First Grizzlies Player to Start NBA All-Star Game -

In a franchise first, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has been voted by the fans to the Western Conference starting lineup for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as a starter for the All-Star Game,” Gasol said. “Knowing that I will be facing my brother Pau for the opening tip, it will be a true accomplishment for our family and a memory I will cherish for the rest of my career. It holds special meaning to be voted in by the fans, and I look forward to representing my teammates, the organization, the city of Memphis and entire Mid-South community and Grizzlies fans across the world.”

36. Lew Says Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is pushing Congress to simplify federal business taxes after Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Democrats and Republicans are too far apart to agree on sweeping changes to taxes paid by individuals and families.

37. Government Adds Emergency Brake Features to Safety Device List -

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government's auto safety agency wants to add two automatic emergency braking devices to its list of recommended safety features for new-car buyers.

But it's unclear when or if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require automakers to put the devices on all new vehicles.

38. Airlines Expect Another Big Year With Help From Cheaper Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) – Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday.

The price of jet fuel has dropped by about half since September, boosting airline profits and tamping down fear that global economic weakness could hurt the carriers. Analysts expect all four of the biggest U.S. airline operators to post bigger profits this year than in 2014.

39. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Sharon Draper, author of “Stella by Starlight,” for a discussion and signing Friday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

40. Memphis Season a Monument to Mediocrity -

Good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad news. This University of Memphis basketball team is not good enough for things to get much better.

The good news? They’re not bad enough for things to get a lot worse.

41. Presumptive All-Star Starter Marc Gasol Concerned With One Thing: Winning -

His night’s work done, center Marc Gasol put on a gray suit and stood in front of his locker and waited for the inevitable questions about the NBA All-Star Game.

The Grizzlies’ center had scored a game-high 26 points and handed out a team-best five assists in a 92-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Gasol also had grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots, but it was an eyesore of a game even if at the end the Grizzlies had improved their record to 30-12.

42. NFL Players Find Second Careers as Entrepreneurs -

As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.

43. Events -

National Black MBA Association, Memphis chapter will host its 2015 kickoff meeting, “Reaching Your Financial Goals: How Fit is Your Plan?” Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at International Paper headquarters, Tower 3, 6400 Poplar Ave. The guest speaker is Roland Cole, financial adviser with Duncan-Williams’ Private Client Group. Visit nbmbaamemphis.org.

44. Selling Professional Services -

Architects, lawyers, engineers, accountants and consultants: I am betting you didn’t get into the professional services field because you have a natural affinity for sales. It is more likely that the mere thought of selling makes your stomach turn a bit and, as a result, you probably make very little time for it.

45. House, Senate at Odds Over Who Goes First on Medicaid Plan -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican leaders in the state House and Senate are at odds about who should go first on taking up Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.

46. Three Ways to Evaluate Nonprofit Technology -

Part one of a two-part series. “The main reason nonprofits look to update or implement technology is to acquire additional functionality that will automate more tasks, which they hope will free up time to work on more strategic projects.” – Janna Finch

47. Community Building -

Almost three years ago, former elementary school art teacher Erin Harris saw a video about children in Memphis who were working with an artist to start a sculpture garden. She still recalls the happy sight of a few boys in the video throwing balloons filled with paint at an old fence, as well as the reaction the footage generated from her.

48. Council Takes Up Beale’s Next Act -

Memphis City Council members are likely to have some questions Tuesday, Jan. 20, about the still tentative settlement of the last part of the court fight for control of Beale Street.

The tentative terms of the settlement between the city of Memphis and the Beale Street Development Corp. leaked last week and include a share of revenues from the operation of the entertainment district for the BSDC that would otherwise go to the city, which owns the property between Second and Fourth streets.

49. UAW ‘Considers Itself a Partner’ With GM -

General Motors’ Spring Hill plant is firmly entrenched with the United Auto Workers.

In fact, it might not have retooled and started assembling vehicles again without the union’s efforts.

50. Big Hit and Some Misses From Vols’ 2014 Early Enrollees -

KNOXVILLE – Recruiting is anything but an exact science. Experts are everywhere. Star ratings rise and fall. Player projections are widely varied.

One thing is certain: Only time will tell if coaches hit or miss on a recruit.

51. Art Work -

It’s easy to appreciate the art in painter Jared Small’s depictions of dilapidated shacks, shotgun-style homes and other aging structures that appear to be fading away right there on his canvas, images that suggest the creaks of doors and the groans of floorboards to accompany the lonely scenes.

52. What We Can All Learn From Techies -

Sunday night, when most of us were relaxing and watching the Golden Globe Awards, I received a text from a friend. It said, “I spent some time today figuring out a new video software.” And, it had a link to a fun short video.

53. Events -

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School will host an opening reception for “Earthbound Treasures: New Works by Tiffany Myers Foss and Katie Dann” Friday, Jan. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 13. Visit buckmanartscenter.com.

54. Start Co. Teams With Innova Memphis -

Start Co. has a new partner that’s bringing new funding with them to bolster the venture development organization’s efforts.

55. Puzzles Live -

“Life’s a puzzle. Let’s fill in the blanks.” That’s the title of a speech I’ve been giving of late. Without being too literal, I find parallels between crosswords and everyday existence.

56. Youth Take Charge of Ignite Memphis Event -

Ignite Memphis is a popular event young professionals typically pack each time it’s held, in addition to participating as speakers. The events revolve around a group of people making slide-based presentations about any topic they want, featuring whatever they want to say about anything they think can hold a crowd’s interest.

57. Morris: Public Transit Tops Downtown Goals -

A stronger and more vital public transportation presence in Downtown and a plan for development of land south of Central Station are two priorities of the Downtown Memphis Commission for the coming year.

58. IRS Cuts Taxpayer Services as Filing Returns Gets Harder -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families.

59. County Commission Endorses Haslam Plan -

At the first Shelby County Commission meeting of 2015, all but one of the 13 commissioners voted for a resolution backing Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion plan, “Insure Tennessee.”

That included some vocal Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act in general.

60. Honoring a Legacy -

The Grizzlies are in their 14th season in Memphis, and next Monday, Jan. 19, will mark the 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day.

61. Recommit To Fundraising -

Is fundraising at the top of your to-do list for 2015? Are you ready to recommit to help ensure the vitality of your nonprofit or college? Will you sign your fundraising commitment form again? What?!? Your organization doesn’t use one? Now is the time to change that.

62. Got Help Paying for Health Care? Watch Your Mailbox -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If you're among the millions of consumers who got financial help for health insurance last year under President Barack Obama's law, better keep an eye on your mailbox.

63. Social Security Won't Seize Tax Refunds to Collect Old Debts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won't be seizing their tax refunds.

Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin suspended a debt collection program last spring in which thousands of people had tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Members of Congress complained that some people were being forced to repay benefits they received decades ago as children.

64. Coming to a Car Near You: Auto Technology at CES -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Self-driving cars garner much of the attention, but in reality, we're years away from tooling around in something like Knight Rider's KITT. Coming sooner to a car near you: smartphone apps on dash displays, cruise control that adapts to cars around it, remote engine starting and more.

65. Federal Reserve Paid Government Record $98.7 Billion in 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve announced Friday that it paid the federal government a record $98.7 billion in 2014, a payment that reflects the central bank's earnings from holdings of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities purchased to keep long-term interest rates low to boost the economy.

66. 2014 Was Best Hiring Year Since '99; Jobless Rate 5.6 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.

67. Bridges Receives $75,000 Gift From ServiceMaster -

Memphis-based not-for-profit Bridges has announced a $75,000 gift from ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc., given on behalf of ServiceMaster employees.

68. I Choose Memphis: Gene Baker -

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

Name: Gene Baker

69. Haslam Eager to Defend Insure Tennessee Plan -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam hopes that when the special session of the Tennessee Legislature begins Feb. 2 the ceremony of the start of a legislative session as well as his second inaugural will have passed.

70. US Unemployment Aid Applications Decline -

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that employers expect ongoing economic growth and the need to hold onto workers.

The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for unemployment benefits fell 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 294,000.

71. Memphis Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants -

The Memphis Ambassadors Program is accepting applications for new ambassadors for the 2015-2016 school year. The program, presented by the City of Memphis and Mayor A C Wharton Jr., is open to high school students (grades 9 to 12) who reside in one of the seven City Council districts.

72. Bill Seeks to Move Up Supermarket Wine Sales -

A bill introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would move up the date of supermarket wine sales to this July.

Under the measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Bo Mitchell of Nashville, food stores could start selling wine this summer – or in the summer of 2016 if they are located near an existing liquor store.

73. Friday Night Parties a Good Start for Beginners -

Ballroom dancing, or social dancing as it’s also called these days, teaches people many different skills, and area studios also provide outlets so student dancers can use what they’ve learned.

Studios offer Friday night parties to give students a chance to practice and to have fun. Rhonda Becker, who owns Champion Ballroom Center of Knoxville with her husband, Mark, and son, J.W., says that people make friendships over time and look forward to getting together on Friday nights.

74. Fear of Trying -

The most complicated move in ballroom dancing is often the step that gets you through the dance studio’s front door.

Television shows like, “Dancing with the Stars’’ and “So You Think You Can Dance’’ are wildly popular and have contributed to a renewed interest in the glamourous art (skill? sport?) of ballroom dancing, but those high-energy, competitive programs or a movie like “Dirty Dancing’’ can also intimidate people and keep them glued to the couch.

75. OK, It’s a Great House! Can We Please See It? -

In Nashville real estate circles, it is difficult to say goodbye to 2014. We loved that 2014 and she was wonderful.

Missing her already, we hope she returns in 2015. But for the current trend to continue, Nashville is going to need some inventory.

76. The Production Company Behind Durham’s Ads -

Bart Durham is perhaps the best-known attorney among those who watch late-night TV when the commercial rates are lower.

And while the commercials may seem silly to some people, they dead-on connect with those people in Nashville or Middle Tennessee who’ve never had a lawyer and perhaps are a little timid to approach a “respectable” attorney.

77. Blair Durham Embraces Firm Strategy, Planning No Changes -

Don’t look for change up on the 17th floor of Parkway Towers, where Blair Durham is determined to keep his pop’s legacy thriving long into the future.

While his dad, founder of Bart Durham Injury Law, does sometimes mull changing the name of his firm to simply “Durham Injury Law” to allow for Blair to become the face of the firm – “I‘m 80, or at least I will be in March. I’m only going to live five more years, maybe, so it’s time to get Blair and his name out there,” says the elder Durham – the son says “no way.”

78. Commercial Success -

If, as the saying goes, everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, Bart Durham’s has come in 15- and 30-second spurts – the length of the commercials that depict him as a lawyer everyman, ever-ready to tilt at windmills for the sake of justice for the working class.

79. Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason -

KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.

80. Shelby County's School Systems Prepare to Build -

Shelby County government will have $110 million in bonds over the next two years to finance school construction projects across the seven public school systems.

And just from the early plans on the drawing board, there is no shortage of projects. Some of them are also to be funded by property tax revenue from the suburban municipalities that formed their own six separate school districts that opened for classes this past August.

81. US Unemployment Aid Applications Decline -

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that employers expect ongoing economic growth and the need to hold onto workers.

The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for unemployment benefits fell 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 294,000.

82. Grizzlies Move to Front in NBA Trade Rumors -

One only need look back to Monday, Jan. 5, at FedExForum to understand the business of the NBA. The New York Knicks were warming up for their game against the Grizzlies when word came down that team president Phil Jackson was done waiting for things to get better on their own.

83. Tanger Outlets Confirms Southaven Involvement -

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. has confirmed what The Daily News first reported in December: It will play a key role in the development of a massive outlet mall in Southaven.

84. Fashion Designers Spruce Up Smartwatches -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Smartwatches don't have to look ugly to be functional. Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches that people will want to wear all day and night.

85. Despite Global Weakness, Fed Upbeat About US Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers who met in December expressed concern about weakness overseas but were upbeat enough about the U.S. economy and impact of lower oil prices to prepare for a likely interest rate hike sometime this year.

86. Turnover-Prone Tigers Travel to SMU -

Before the University of Memphis had played its first American Athletic Conference game this season, Tigers coach Josh Pastner declared the league race “wide open.”

After a 1-1 start in league play that included the Tigers’ 74-66 home loss Saturday to Tulane, a team that had not won in Memphis since 1992 at The Pyramid, Pastner and the Tigers need the coach’s prediction to prove true.

87. Schools Funding Back to Mediation -

When the city of Memphis and Shelby County Schools leaders and their attorneys meet Thursday, Jan. 8, to restart mediation sessions, there will be some familiar terms on the table to resolve the six-year-old funding dispute between the two.

88. Council Signals Return to Schools Funding Mediation -

It’s back to mediation Thursday, Jan. 8, in the six-year long schools funding deadlock between the city of Memphis and Shelby County Schools.

That was the next step several Memphis City Council members pointed to after more than an hour behind closed doors at City Hall Tuesday with their attorney as well as city Chief Administrative Officer George Little.

89. Bill Seeks to Move Up Supermarket Wine Sales -

A bill introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would move up the date of supermarket wine sales to this July.

Under the measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Bo Mitchell of Nashville, food stores could start selling wine this summer – or in the summer of 2016 if they are located near an existing liquor store.

90. Raise Your Home's IQ: Smart Gadgets Take Center Stage at CES Gadget Show -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on – perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.

91. Memphis Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants -

The Memphis Ambassadors Program is accepting applications for new ambassadors for the 2015-2016 school year. The program, presented by the City of Memphis and Mayor A C Wharton Jr., is open to high school students (grades 9 to 12) who reside in one of the seven City Council districts.

92. Bedrock Eats and Sweets Heading Downtown -

A new healthy eating outlet is headed Downtown. Bedrock Eats and Sweets founder Brandi Marter has signed a lease to occupy the former Frank’s Market & Deli space Downtown, where she’s bringing the venture she started almost two years ago.

93. Report: 4 Million Actively Enroll in Health Plans -

The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."

94. Board of Regents Wants Students to Declare Majors -

The Tennessee Board of Regents wants its students to start declaring majors right away.

WPLN-FM reports Chancellor John Morgan recently told a group of policy makers that students who choose a college major right away are more likely to graduate. And he said that without a major, students end up taking extra classes that don't count toward their degrees.

95. UT’s Baulkman on Tyndall: ‘He’s a Cool Dude’ -

Devon Baulkman won’t forget his first impression of University of Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall a couple of years ago.

Baulkman was playing for Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla. at the time. Tyndall was the head coach at Southern Miss.

96. Craft Soda Factory Planned for Broad District -

A craft soda factory in the works is headed to warehouse space on Broad Avenue. That’s the plan Memphis restaurateur Taylor Berger announced on New Year’s Day, when he unveiled the vision for “Bottoms Up Soda.”

97. Applications for US Jobless Aid Rise, But Growth Looks Solid -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications continues to be at historically low levels that suggest solid economic growth will continue.

98. Grizzlies Hope to Continue Building Off Spurs Defeat -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies made sure early that they didn't go to triple overtime again against the San Antonio Spurs.

Fueled by 16 first-quarter points from Mike Conley, the Grizzlies built an early 10-point lead, eventually led by 16 and weathered a fourth-quarter push by the Spurs for a 95-87 victory over San Antonio on Tuesday night.

99. County Sees New Faces, New Directions -

There was a lot of moving around in Shelby County government in 2014, much of it the literal kind as the Vasco Smith County Administration Building was remodeled.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell got new offices in the renovation and the Shelby County Commission chambers got an upgrade as well with the commission offices and committee room moving from the fourth floor to the sixth floor.

100. Report: 4 Million Actively Enroll in Health Plans -

The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."