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1. Start Co. Startups Pull in $1.8 Million -

The funding announcements keep rolling in for startup teams that participated in Start Co.’s 2014 round of accelerator programming.

2. Grizzlies-Blazers Series Just Getting Started -

Had this been an NFL Playoff game, Portland coach Terry Stotts would have summed up the just-ended season and perhaps said an optimistic word about next year.

3. Woods Brings Focus on Startups to Archer-Malmo Digital Arm -

Archer-malmo might seem the epitome of an old school ad firm that is steeped in history, especially given the two prominent Memphis names that comprise the firm’s title.

For evidence of how firmly the Memphis-based advertising agency has its feet planted in all things tech and in the world of startups and web-connected professionals, consider the work of Patrick Woods. He’s the director of a-m ventures, the firm’s division that focuses on investing money and creative capital into digital startups, work that involves spending time around the country as well as in Memphis looking out for hot companies with big potential.

4. Start Co. Uses Startup Insights to Fuel Community Benefits -

A few weeks ago, representatives of Start Co., the Memphis-based venture development organization that guides startups through a few fast-paced business accelerators, spent a day at the library.

5. The J-Hey Kid Starts Fresh With St. Louis Cardinals -

Jason Heyward homered in his first big-league at-bat, which did not announce his arrival so much as confirmed it.

Before the Atlanta Braves used the 14th overall pick in the 2007 June Draft on Heyward – then just 17 years old – his star virtually shone above Turner Field. Heyward was a stud for East Cobb in metro Atlanta, one of the country’s elite amateur baseball programs.

6. Start Co. Graduates Raise $1 Million in New Capital -

Some of the startup teams newly graduated from Start Co. accelerator programs are raking in the investment cash.

7. Co-Branded Hilton to Rise in Germantown -

The first major mixed-use development in Germantown’s western gateway zone is moving forward and will include the first co-branded hotel in the Memphis area.

Developer Ray Gill of Gill Properties is moving forward with plans to build a development that includes office, retail and hotel space on the 10-acre site in Germantown that formerly housed the Nelson-Kirby Farm House.

8. US Economic Growth in Q4 Revised Down to 2.2 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.

The Commerce Department said Friday that the economy as measured by the gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December quarter, weaker than the 2.6 percent first estimated last month. It marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which had been the strongest growth in 11 years.

9. How to Delve Further Into User Insights -

Think of it as the front end of the front end, this fusion of methods for solving problems for real people and creating a better experience for them.

By fusing Design Thinking and User Experience, you learn the socio-psychological wants and desires of your user base and understand their world, as well unpacking attitudes, reactions, and emotions about a specific tested object.

10. Memphis Equipment's Roots Go Back to World War II -

To most Memphians driving past the Memphis Equipment Co. front lot on South Third Street near E.H. Crump Boulevard, the company appears to be a small lot of vintage U.S. Army vehicles.

11. Women Say Barriers Overcome With Perseverance, Mentors -

Kim Grant Brown calls it the “crazy look” she sometimes gets when she meets a client who wants her to build him a home.

12. Events -

Leadership Memphis will host its 2015 Leadership Awards Luncheon Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Awardees Pat Halloran, Brian Stephens and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will be honored for empowering the community and making a positive impact in the Mid-South. Tickets are $50. Visit leadershipmemphis.org.

13. Housing Crash Sends Beeson Into Commercial Real Estate -

Jacque Beeson entered the world of real estate when she was 19-years-old, working as an assistant to a homebuilder developing subdivisions. She stayed in the residential sector for 17 years, until the local housing market bottomed out in 2010.

14. Vanderbilt's Valentine Honored for Cloaking Research -

Dr. Jason Valentine, assistant professor of both mechanical and electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University, got his start in cloaking research as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley.

15. Fruits and Vegetables Get a Star-Studded Marketing Push -

NEW YORK (AP) – What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips?

A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica Alba and NBA star Stephen Curry to shill for fruits and vegetables.

16. No Thanks! Companies Reject ‘Shark Tank’ Deals, Still Thrive -

NEW YORK (AP) – With the cameras rolling, Daniel and Stephanie Rensing accepted an offer from a "Shark Tank" investor. But after they had time to think about it, they changed their minds.

17. Graceland Brings Elvis Back to His Las Vegas Home -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley's home away from home yet again.

Officials with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and the Westgate Las Vegas casino-hotel revealed details Thursday of plans for "Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience" expected to open April 23, 59 years to the day when Elvis first performed in Las Vegas.

18. Events -

South Main Trolley Night will be held Friday, Feb. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit gosouthmain.com/trolley-night.html for details.

19. Let’s See -

EYE OPENERS. I learned recently that Leadership Memphis is raising $50,000 to start something called Expanding Horizons College & Career Tours, taking 400 promising students from their SUCCESS High School program in eight Memphis schools on college tours in June.

20. County Home Sales Dip in January -

Fewer homes were sold in Shelby County in January when compared to last year, but pricing remained strong.

There were 1,018 homes sold in Shelby County in January, down 7.5 percent from 1,100 sales in January 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

21. ServiceMaster Posts 2014 and Fourth-Quarter Revenue Gains -

Sales of new services at Terminix, the acquisition of Home Security of America Inc. and organic growth at American Home Shield prompted Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. to post increases in revenues Thursday, Feb. 26, for the year 2014 and the fourth quarter of the year.

22. The ABCs of Decision Leadership -

When we, as managers, delegate decision-making authority, we don’t delegate accountability because we cannot. And lest we forget, one bad decision, in the face of uncertainty, can destroy so much value.

23. Curtain Drawn on Bravermans’ Drama -

If there’s one adjective that does not fit “Parenthood,” NBC’s six-season series that shuttered its doors in January, it’s symmetrical. Great show! I hate to see it go. But it was out of balance. Always! And delightfully so!

24. Harris’ Bill Faces Opposition From Memphis City Council Members -

Legislation by Sen. Lee Harris requiring local governments to hold a referendum before they take on “extraordinary” debt could run into opposition from his own City Council and municipal leaders across Tennessee.

25. Coming Up Roses -

Back in the 1970s, Scott McCormick was taking pictures of the Memphis Botanic Garden for the White Station High School yearbook.

26. 2015 Financial Markets Off to Converse Start From 2014 -

The first two months of the calendar year can present an intriguing opportunity to examine the state of the financial markets, as fourth quarter earning’s season is basically complete. Let’s take a look first at the broad equity markets, starting with a 2014 review:

27. Insure Your Love -

Ahhh, February. The month that we proclaim our love to the ones that we hold dear. Now that the roses are withered and the chocolates devoured, with only a few extra pounds to show for it, do you still feel the love? Our love is the glue that keeps our family close, but it won’t pay the bills if we aren’t here.

28. Blues Birthplace -

Every day, Tunica, Miss., was missing an opportunity. Worst of all, that opportunity was passing by on the Blues Highway, also known as U.S. 61.

“You come out of Memphis and Beale and Graceland, and those interested in the genre of the blues were coming south and going to Clarksdale,” said Webster Franklin, president and CEO of the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Before the museum, people would just drive right by. Now, those folks will make the museum their first stop in Mississippi.”

29. Yellen Reiterates Fed's Patience in Raising Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but that for now the Fed is will remain patient about raising interest rates because the job market is still healing and inflation is too low.

30. Google Teams With 3 Wireless Carriers to Combat Apple Pay -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.

The counterattack announced Monday is just the latest example of how the competition between Google Inc. and Apple Inc. is extending beyond the technology industry's traditional boundaries. Besides payments, Silicon Valley's two richest companies are expanding into fields such as home appliances and cars to increase their power and profits.

31. US Home Sales Plunge 4.9 Percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home sales struck a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. That brings sales down to their lowest level since April 2014.

32. Baseball Heaven Found in Phoenix -

For baseball fans, one of the greatest days is when pitchers and catchers report for spring training.

After a long, cold winter, fans know spring training signifies the start of a new season, not to mention warmer weather is finally near.

33. Wal-Mart Raises Could Help Lift Pay in Lower-Wage Industries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The modest raises that Wal-Mart has said it will give its lowest-paid workers provide a glimmer of hope for lower-wage workers in other companies and industries.

Other retailers and some fast food restaurants may now feel compelled to follow suit to retain their workers and attract others to fill openings, economists said.

34. Does Your Brand Need A Blog? -

Not every brand needs a blog, but if you have the time and resources to maintain one, you should consider starting one today.

Blogs are a prime example of content marketing that most any business can leverage. Content marketing is the abstract term for strategically delivering valuable, relevant, useful and consistent content to attract and maintain a clearly defined audience – and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.

35. Christ Community Health Services Co-Founders Return -

Dr. Rick Donlon once explained the motivation for co-founding Christ Community Health Services in 1995 this way:

“It may sound odd, but it’s a way to make God big and great,” Donlon told The Daily News in 2010. “We plop down in one of these underserved neighborhoods, we open the door, and we see everyone who comes in.”

36. What Recession? Middle Tennessee Largely Spared -

After handling clients at SunTrust as a senior portfolio manager for high-net-worth clients, many with $10 million or more in assets, Dana Moore, CFA, and two colleagues (George Stadler, Angela Helbig), founded HMS Investment Advisors in 2009.

37. Best Time to Buy Big-Ticket Items -

You’ve got money to spend, but is it the right time to spend it? Here’s what the experts say.

A European vacation

Dana Moore, a principal with HMS Investment Advisors, says now is the time to pull the trigger if you’ve been dreaming of a trip overseas.

38. Ready to Spend -

Elizabeth Moss is in the middle of a total kitchen renovation at the Hendersonville home she bought on August 4, 2013.

39. Relevant Again? 10 Keys to Success for UT Baseball -

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.

40. High Flyer -

She does not want to tell this first story, the one that could have meant there would be no more stories. There is fear in sharing the story about how two airplanes nearly collided because she never wants to say anything that might dissuade people from flying.

41. Tennessee to Get Second Wave of Sleet, Snow, Ice -

Tennessee is expected to get another wave of snow and ice on Friday.

Forecasters say most of the state will see snow before transitioning over to a mixture of freezing rain and sleet, then rain as temperatures start to warm up.

42. Haslam Wary of Gas Tax Hike -

Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.

After floating the possibility of raising the tax in December, the Republican governor appears to be changing course, in part because of his loss in a Senate committee on Insure Tennessee, the Medicaid expansion alternative that failed to make debate in the full House or Senate.

43. Fed Officials in No Hurry to Raise Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials struggled last month to assess when economic data might prompt them to raise interest rates from record lows – and how best to convey their intentions to investors.

44. Memphis Book Startup Rebrands With New Name -

Memphis-based e-book publishing startup Screwpulp is, like the book lovers it serves, turning a page.

The company has rebranded, changing its name to “Leafless,” a change that partly reflects a desire to move past the edginess the venture’s initial moniker tended to imply.

45. New Entrepreneurship Group Taps First President -

The Memphis Bioworks-led entrepreneurship initiative EPIcenter has tapped a nationally recognized entrepreneurship and business development leader to serve as its first president.

Leslie Lynn Smith comes to the job after five years as president and CEO of TechTown Detroit. She'll also serve as a vice president on the Bioworks executive team.

46. Feds Halting Preparations for Challenged Immigration Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Homeland Security Department will cease preparations for a program intended to protect millions of immigrants from deportation in the wake of a federal court ruling halting it, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday.

47. US Homebuilder Confidence Slides Slightly in February -

U.S. homebuilders say sales prospects and buyer traffic fell slightly this month.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index slipped to 55 in February from 57 in January. Despite the decline, builders remain optimistic a month before the start of the spring buying season.

48. Start Co. Expands Its Downtown Space -

The organization helping startup founders launch new ventures in Memphis will soon have more elbow room for the space where it holds events, teaches and provides a co-working environment for startup teams.

49. Memphis Startup Screwpulp Changes Name to Leafless -

Memphis e-book publishing startup Screwpulp has changed its name.

It’s now known as “Leafless.”

Via founder and CEO Richard Billings, the name change was partly a result of moving past the edginess the venture initially wanted to impart, a wish to show the company in a less negative light than its original name might have suggested and just being responsive to customers. The company adds that its mission has not changed.

50. Memphis Leading Cities In Women-Led Startup Programs -

As a female serial entrepreneur, I experienced firsthand both the challenges and the opportunities of building a technology startup as a woman.

I started my entrepreneurial journey in 2004 and in 2013 joined Start Co. as an entrepreneur-in-residence because of the community’s focus on inclusion and empowerment of women. With the support of LaunchTN, City of Memphis, Assisi Foundation, FedEx, Start Co. Angels, and local partners like Baker Donelson, archer-malmo, The Marston Group and others, as a community we can see the impact and success of our acceleration and inclusion programs for women.

51. All-Star Game Special Night For Brothers Gasol -

Pau Gasol won the historic tip-off from younger brother Marc, making official the Brothers Gasol as the first brothers in league history to start in the NBA All-Star Game.

Marc, the beloved Grizzlies center, finished with six point and 10 rebounds. Pau, a former Grizzly and now a Chicago Bull, scored 10 points with 12 rebounds.

52. Debt, Pension Overhang Top City Council Priorities -

UPDATE: Council committee sessions are beginning late Tuesday – at 10:30 a.m. – because of weather-related road conditions, and committees will have a condensed schedule, according to council staff.

53. Luttrell Scolds State Legislators -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says the political forces that defeated the Insure Tennessee proposal of Gov. Bill Haslam this month in Nashville weren’t in a fight with Washington and President Barack Obama

54. House Votes to Make Expired Business Tax Breaks Permanent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House voted Friday to make permanent an expired tax break designed to help small businesses invest in equipment and property, defying a veto threat by the White House.

55. US Allows Imports of Privately Produced Products From Cuba -

HAVANA (AP) – The Obama administration is announcing that it will allow Cuba's small private business sector to sell goods to the United States in a potentially important loosening of the half-century trade embargo on the communist island.

56. US Job Openings Rise to 14-Year High -

The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue.

Employers also filled more jobs and more employees quit, two additional signs of an improving labor market.

57. Memphis Symphony Sets Six Masterworks Concerts -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2015-2016 First Tennessee Masterworks Series. The series will be expanded from five programs during the current season to six programs for next year. As in the past, the series will feature Saturday evening performances at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Memphis, followed by Sunday afternoon performances at the Germantown Performing Arts Center the next day.

58. Dixon Hughes Goodman Expands Memphis Office -

The accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman has signed a lease to significantly expand the size of its East Memphis office, allowing the firm to accommodate growth across a variety of its service lines.

59. Jones, Vols Make Honor Roll With Recruiting Class -

KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.

Tennessee’s football coach has created a national buzz with his 2015 recruiting class.

UT finished with the No. 4 class in the nation as rated by 247Sports and ended up ranked No. 5 by Rivals when the Feb. 4 national signing day was over.

60. One Team, Two Coaches: Grizzlies A Product of Hollins-Joerger -

Lionel Hollins’ departure from the Grizzlies was awkward, messy, ill-timed and could have been the start of a very disheartening chapter in franchise history.

“It could have been a train wreck, honestly,” point guard Mike Conley said.

61. Americans Striving to Find Their Place in a Global Sport -

He was supposed to be the next Andy Roddick, the next great American tennis player. That’s what they said about Ryan Harrison.

62. US Budget Deficit Running 6.2 Percent Higher Than Last Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government ran a bigger deficit in January, pushing the imbalance so far this budget year up 6.2 percent from the same period a year ago.

The Treasury Department said Wednesday the deficit for January stood at $17.5 billion compared to $10.3 billion a year ago. For the first four months of the budget year that began in October, the deficit widened to $194.2 billion from $182.8 billion during the same period last year.

63. IRS Apologizes for Seizing Bank Accounts of Small Businesses -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Pressured by Congress, the IRS said Wednesday it is changing its policies and apologizing for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because they structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

64. US Job Openings Rise to 14-Year High -

The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue.

Employers also filled more jobs and more employees quit, two additional signs of an improving labor market.

65. Justin Ford: ‘We’re On The Cusp Of Change’ -

Shelby County commission chairman Justin Ford is running for Memphis Mayor in 2015.

Ford announced his intention to challenge Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. Monday, Feb. 9, joining former county commissioner James Harvey, city council member Jim Strickland, and former University of Memphis basketball player Detric Golden in the growing field.

66. Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips Slightly in January -

Even though total mortgage volume in Shelby County dipped slightly in January, Magna Bank – among the top lenders for the month – actually grew its volume in during the month.

67. Imminent Danger -

The risk is real. And the evidence is in the charges of second-degree murder against the owner of New England Compounding Center Inc., and pharmacists and others employed by the company.

68. Developer Says Now is Time for One Beale -

A favorable lending environment and strong demand for Downtown apartments, hotel rooms and meeting space are providing a window for developers to move forward with a skyline-altering hotel and apartment development overlooking the Mississippi River at the foot of Beale Street, a member of the development team told Downtown officials Tuesday.

69. Haslam: "No Regrets" on Insure Tennessee, Problems Still Exist -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam opened his State of the State address Monday, Feb. 9, where the special legislative session on Insure Tennessee ended last week – the defeat in committee of his Medicaid expansion proposal.

70. Haslam: "No Regrets" on Insure Tennessee, Problems Still Exist -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam opened his State of the State address Monday, Feb. 9, where the special legislative session on Insure Tennessee ended last week – the defeat in committee of his Medicaid expansion proposal.

71. Memphis Symphony Sets Six Masterworks Concerts -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2015-2016 First Tennessee Masterworks Series. The series will be expanded from five programs during the current season to six programs for next year. As in the past, the series will feature Saturday evening performances at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Memphis, followed by Sunday afternoon performances at the Germantown Performing Arts Center the next day.

72. Nichols Out Two Weeks With Ankle Sprain -

An MRI on Sunday confirmed that University of Memphis sophomore forward Austin Nichols sustained a moderately sprained right ankle in last Saturday’s 61-60 loss to Temple. He is expected to miss the next two weeks, which would mean missing the Tuesday, Feb. 10, game at East Carolina, plus games at USF, at home against Connecticut, and at UCF.

73. Dixon Hughes Goodman Expands Memphis Office -

The accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman has signed a lease to significantly expand the size of its East Memphis office, allowing the firm to accommodate growth across a variety of its service lines.

74. Grizzlies Dominate Inside in Win Over Atlanta -

Guess which NBA team this player is talking about: “It’s a playoff team. It’s a team that’s going to play hard on every possession. Offensively and defensively they pay attention to executing.” That sounds a lot like what many opposing players passing through FedExForum this season have said about the Grizzlies. But it was Tony Allen talking about the Atlanta Hawks – after the Grizzlies defeated the Eastern Conference’s top team 94-88 here last Sunday night.

75. Nichols Out Two Weeks With Moderate Ankle Sprain -

An MRI on Sunday confirmed that University of Memphis sophomore forward Austin Nichols sustained a moderately sprained right ankle in last Saturday’s 61-60 loss to Temple. He is expected to miss the next two weeks, which would mean missing the Tuesday, Feb. 10, game at East Carolina, plus games at USF, at home against Connecticut, and at UCF.

76. TurboTax Stops Processing State Tax Returns on Fraud Reports -

NEW YORK (AP) – TurboTax, the country's most popular do-it-yourself tax preparation software, said Friday that it has temporarily stopped processing state tax returns because of an increase in fraudulent filings.

77. More Tax Incentive Changes Likely -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell made the argument last week in his State of the County speech that local economic development and economic recovery is not the singular pursuit of jobs.

78. Archer-Malmo Starts 2015 with Batch of Hires -

Memphis-based advertising agency archer-malmo has added 10 new hires to its ranks.

They include Samantha Blake and Dianna Davis on the account service team; Ben Colar, Megan Schmitt and Barry Wolverton on the creative side; Jeff Janovetz, Madeline Otto and Jonah Westbrook to digital; Cheryl Mathis to accounting; and Lisa Hawkins to media.

79. ‘Government’s Too Big and People are Sick of It’ -

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is an enigma of the modern civil servant, a career politician who doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. He thinks he’s paid too much (his salary is state mandated) and brings it up often in interviews with the media.

80. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants -

Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.

81. Vols’ Jones Continues to Impress With Recruiting Skills -

KNOXVILLE – National signing day is in the books, and Tennessee football coach Butch Jones and his staff can relax and savor another top-tier recruiting class.

Oops. Wait a minute. No time off for Jones and his assistants when it comes to recruiting. They’re already busy putting together the 2016 class, and looking at recruits for future classes.

82. This week in Memphis history: February 6-12 -

1972: HUD Secretary George Romney visited Memphis for the dedication of Barry Homes, an Memphis Housing Authority high-rise at Lauderdale and Exchange built of precast concrete for $2.7 million. The tower is named for Edward Barry, chairman emeritus of the housing authority.

83. Dream Season -

The Grizzlies had just defeated the rival Oklahoma City Thunder before a loud sellout crowd in The Grindhouse and Jerry “The King” Lawler had defended his Memphis championship wrestling belt, albeit with an assist from the Grizzlies’ crack game operations staff.

84. Archer-Malmo Starts 2015 With Batch of Hires -

Memphis-based advertising agency archer-malmo has added 10 new hires to its ranks.

They include Samantha Blake and Dianna Davis on the account service team; Ben Colar, Megan Schmitt and Barry Wolverton on the creative side; Jeff Janovetz, Madeline Otto and Jonah Westbrook to digital; Cheryl Mathis to accounting; and Lisa Hawkins to media.

85. Haslam's Insure Tennessee Health Plan Fails in Legislature -

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans has failed during a special legislative session.

The Senate Health Committee defeated the Republican governor's Insure Tennessee plan Wednesday on a 7-4 vote.

86. US to Destroy Its Largest Remaining Chemical Weapons Cache -

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – The United States is about to begin destroying its largest remaining stockpile of chemical-laden artillery shells, marking a milestone in the global campaign to eradicate a debilitating weapon that still creeps into modern wars.

87. Luttrell Warns of Tax Hike Without Insure Tennessee -

Two hours before the state Senate committee vote in Nashville that signaled the death of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion proposal, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said failure to pass the expansion could mean a county property tax hike to fund Shelby County’s public safety net hospital.

88. Luttrell Warns of Tax Hike Without Insure Tennessee -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell urged Tennessee legislators Wednesday, Feb. 4, to approve the proposed Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion as the Legislature continues its special session in Nashville on the issue.

89. Word of Mouth Still Crucial for Adding Sales -

Building the customer base of a small business is not the same challenge it was 10 years ago. As digital content grows and it becomes more affordable to access, business owners are competing with more voices to be heard by potential customers.

90. Investing in Entrepreneurship Key to City’s Success -

When approaching economic development in Memphis, it’s important to consider the impact that high-growth entrepreneurial companies have made locally and nationwide.

In fact, the Kauffman Foundation found that most net new jobs in the last 30 years have come from high-growth entrepreneurial companies.

91. Living Well -

Depression doesn’t make reservations in advance. It just descends. There is also no formula for a human being’s breaking point. Especially when there could be neurologic or psychiatric forces in play, perhaps without the affected person even being aware of them.

92. Work Begins on Insure Tennessee Plan -

The first House session of the Tennessee legislature’s special session begins Wednesday, Feb. 4, after committee work on the only piece of business before the General Assembly – the Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion proposal.

93. Federal Government Seeks National Conversation on Transportation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hoping to start a national conversation about future transportation needs, the Obama administration released a report Monday that identifies key population, environmental, cultural and technology trends expected to shape the way Americans get from one place to another over the next 30 years.

94. Achievement School District Wants to Recruit Students -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's Achievement School District, the agency charged with turning around Tennessee's lowest performing schools, wants to start recruiting students.

It would be a big change for the district, which was formed in 2010 with grant money from the federal Race to the Top program and charged with turning around Tennessee's lowest performing schools without bringing in new students.

95. Even Rob Lowe Knows Seahawks Made Wrong Call -

Before Super Bowl 49, all the talk was about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady and what they did or didn’t know in regards to “Deflategate.”

96. Council Gives Third Look at Beale Street Authority -

For a third consecutive session, Memphis City Council members are scheduled to vote Tuesday, Feb. 3, on establishing a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

The resolution establishing the authority to oversee and further develop the entertainment district was delayed two weeks ago as some council members, led by Harold Collins and Wanda Halbert, talked about the council approving actions of the development authority.

97. Local Business Executives Upbeat as 2015 Gets Underway -

The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment, presented something of an upbeat trend in sentiment to kick off 2015.

The survey, which includes a set of six questions, asks participants to consider via a number scale, from positive to negative, how optimistic they are about the coming quarter.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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).