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1. Dayco Opens Memphis Distribution Center -

Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, has opened its new Memphis distribution center.

The 400,000-square-foot facility, located at 3530 E. Raines Road, will employ 200 people.

2. Barbic To Leave Achievement School District -

The founding superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District is leaving the post at the end of the calendar year, citing the pace of the reform work as well as the need to sustain the work of the schools.

3. Madeline Patterson Joins Burson Campaigns -

Madeline Patterson has joined the Memphis office of Burson Campaigns, the corporate issues management unit of Burson-Marsteller, as a vice president. In her new role, Patterson will work with Burson clients on issues and crisis management, communications strategy, and integrated marketing and communications campaigns.

4. With Data Breaches, Bad News Can Show Up Well Down the Road -

NEW YORK (AP) – The revelation that the data breach at the U.S. government's personnel office was actually much worse than the government originally thought is following a familiar script.

5. NYSE Resumes Trading After Outage of More Than 3 Hours -

NEW YORK (AP) – Trading has resumed on the New York Stock Exchange after an outage of more than three hours caused by technical problems.

There was no interruption at the dozens of other U.S. stock exchanges Wednesday, including the Nasdaq, so investors were still able to buy and sell stocks easily.

6. Phillip Rogers Joins Wunderlich Wealth Management -

Phillip Rogers recently joined the Wunderlich Wealth Management office in Memphis as a managing director and financial adviser. Rogers’ financial services practice is focused on the needs of high net worth individuals, as well as endowments and foundations. He applies his background in and knowledge of the fixed income capital markets to extend an institutional level of expertise to individual investors.

7. Certificate of Need Process Back in Spotlight -

The state-level approval process Methodist South Hospital recently cleared that allows it to pursue an $8.7 million emergency department expansion has been in legislative crosshairs in Nashville recently.

8. Shelby County Commission Explores Hiring Own Attorney -

Shelby County Commissioners will tie up the loose ends of their budget season Monday, July 6, and are exploring some longer-term changes in the body’s relationship to the Shelby County mayor, including a possible move to hire its own attorney.

9. County Commission Faces Red Ink in Final Budget Votes -

Shelby County Commissioners try again Monday, June 22, to approve the county’s various budgets and a property tax rate before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

The commission’s budget deliberations have centered on how county government should use a $6 million surplus, and budget committee sessions Wednesday, June 17, provided the best indicator of how things might go on the 13-member body.

10. Green Projects in Memphis, Millington Get State Grants -

A 50-kilowatt solar array at Lichterman Nature Center and an upgrade of lighting and HVAC systems in the Millington police and court buildings were both funded by Tennessee state government Clean Tennessee Energy grants announced Monday, June 15.

11. Building Green in a Red-Hot Market -

Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs.

Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space.

12. Self-Tucker Designs Green Center at T.O. Fuller -

T.O. Fuller State Park in Southwest Memphis was the first state park opened for African Americans east of the Mississippi River and just the second park of its type across the country.

The 1,138-acre park, originally built to house African Americans during the Great Depression, was designated Shelby County Negro Park in 1938. The name was changed to T.O. Fuller State Park in 1942 in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller, a prominent African American educator who spent most of his life empowering and educating black Americans during the era of racial segregation by law.

13. Garibaldi's Temptations Club Celebrates its 1980s Run -

Mike Garibaldi is known for his Memphis restaurant chain, Garibaldi's Pizza.

At the original Garibaldi’s, near the University of Memphis, is a picture on the wall of a smiling waitress in her 50s.

14. Data Warehouse Raises HealthCare.Gov Privacy Concerns -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A government data warehouse that stores information indefinitely on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.

15. Green Projects in Memphis, Millington Get State Grants -

A 50-kilowatt solar array at Lichterman Nature Center and an upgrade of lighting and HVAC systems in the Millington police and court buildings were both funded by Tennessee state government Clean Tennessee Energy grants announced Monday, June 15.

16. Aitken Makes Case for Collierville’s New $99 Million School -

There is the effort to sell Collierville residents on the specific plan for a $99 million comprehensive high school for 3,000 students. And then there is the effort to avoid a referendum on the $99 million bond issue that could follow approval of a property tax hike for the new school construction.

17. Hops Growers Rush To Meet Rising Demand From Craft Brewers -

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) – These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.

18. Tioga Environmental Consultants Stays Agile During Economic Change -

When someone is preparing a house for sale, they might look into painting the kitchen or refurbishing the basement. But many homeowners and management groups first turn to groups such as Tioga Environmental Consultants to investigate for coatings of lead-based paint or asbestos in the house.

19. Awards Spotlight Knoxville's Top Achievers -

The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.

A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.

20. IRS Taking Steps to Combat Taxpayers' Identity Theft -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS is joining with state and private industry to combat identity theft by sharing more data about how tax returns are filed and taking other steps, officials announced Thursday. The effort is aimed at stemming a problem that has victimized thousands of taxpayers and cost the government billions of dollars from fraudulent returns.

21. Municipal Schools Leaders Assess First Year -

Not so fast with those state achievement test quick scores that went out with some students’ last report cards. Tennessee Department of Education officials said earlier this month that the figures are in most cases rosier than expected.

22. State Systems Acquires Technology Firm ESI Cos. -

Memphis-based total protection company State Systems Inc. has acquired local technology firm ESI Cos. Inc., a major provider of nurse call systems for Mid-South hospitals and health care facilities.

23. Mannis’ Hard Work Pays Off for Himself, Others -

Eddie Mannis, Knoxville businessman, entrepreneur, volunteer and donor, grew up understanding the value of hard work.

He says he knew it would be the defining factor in his life.

That standard has seen his company, Prestige Cleaners/Prestige Tuxedo, grow from a start-up using 30-year-old dry cleaning equipment to a business with a state-of-the art facility in North Knoxville.

24. State Employment Policies Not Great for Recruiting -

If job security is your goal, working for the state might not be such a good idea.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration offered a voluntary buyout recently to more than 2,000 state employees, a proposal workers had known about since February.

25. State Systems Acquires Technology Firm ESI Cos. -

Memphis-based total protection company State Systems Inc. has acquired local technology firm ESI Cos. Inc., a major provider of nurse call systems for Mid-South hospitals and health care facilities.

26. Shelby County Schools Hires Lawyer in State Funding Dispute -

The Shelby County Schools system moved a step closer Tuesday, May 26, to joining a school funding lawsuit against the state of Tennessee.

The school board voted Tuesday, without discussion, to direct superintendent Dorsey Hopson to hire an attorney to weigh and consider all options for forcing the state to fully fund the Basic Education Program, the state’s formula for how it funds the public school districts.

27. Harris Pushes For Insure Tennessee Comeback -

State Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis will be on the campaign trail this summer.

Harris and other Democratic leaders in the majority Republican Tennessee legislature will campaign across the state this summer for the comeback of the Insure Tennessee proposal in the 2016 legislative session.

28. Commission Budget Consensus Includes Tax Rollback -

There is still some “cognitive dissonance” left in the county’s budget season, county commissioner Heidi Shafer said near the end of the marathon Wednesday, May 20, budget committee session she oversaw.

29. County Commissioners Add To Budget, Talk Property Tax Rollback -

Shelby County Commissioners added $4.7 million within the $1.1 billion county budget proposal by County Mayor Mark Luttrell Wednesday, May 20, in a day-long budget committee session.

The committee actions are recommendations to the full commission which could vote on a budget as early as the Memorial Day session of the commission on Monday, May 25. But the committee recommendations had a majority of seven votes on the 13-member body in many cases.

30. FedEx Still Fighting Drug Conspiracy Charges -

FedEx Corp. may have lost an important motion this week when a federal judge refused to dismiss the U.S. Justice Department’s charge that the Memphis-based delivery giant conspired with illegal online pharmacies to transport prescription drugs.

31. State Education Commissioner Visits Memphis-Area Schools -

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen visited several local schools Monday, May 18, and talked with leaders of the various school systems in Shelby County.

32. County Budget Committee Wrestles with Deadline, Schools Funding -

The Shelby County Commission’s budget committee chairwoman hopes to present a completed set of budget and tax-rate recommendations to the full commission Wednesday, May 20.

But after a three-hour committee session Monday, other commissioners had doubts about that and a commission decision on schools funding before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

33. Reset of County Schools Funding Has Two More Years To Run -

The reset of the minimum amount of local funding Shelby County government must provide Shelby County Schools won’t take effect for another two fiscal years, according to state attorneys and education officials.

34. County Budget Session To Return To Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners meet again Monday, May 18, with Shelby County Schools officials in the ongoing county budget season.

Commission budget chairwoman Heidi Shafer called the 3 p.m. session to specifically look at the school system’s benefits liabilities as well as state funding of schools and what that means for the level of county funding.

35. Former State Legislator Kathryn Bowers Dies -

Former Tennessee Representative and state Senator Kathryn Bowers died Wednesday, May 14, at the age of 72.

Funeral services for Bowers were pending Thursday.

Bowers was a Shelby County election commissioner in the 1970s and a vocal opponent of switching from the lever-voting machines of the era to then-new punchcard voting systems.

36. Community Health Systems to Open New Office in Nashville -

Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems is bringing back-office jobs from across the country to a new Nashville office.

The health care giant announced Thursday that it will build a 240,000-square-foot office in the south Nashville neighborhood of Antioch. More than 2,000 jobs will move to Davidson County.

37. Former State Legislator Kathryn Bowers Dies -

Former Tennessee Representative and state Senator Kathryn Bowers died Wednesday, May 14, at the age of 72.

38. Technology Revolutionizes Voter Registration for 2016 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote.

By the 2016 presidential election, it's possible that a majority of states will offer that service, helping to cut down on errors resulting from bad handwriting and reducing time spent by voters in line on Election Day, according to data released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

39. Verizon Wireless, Sprint Settle Allegations of Bogus Charges -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million to settle charges that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers' monthly bills so they could keep a cut of the profit, federal regulators announced Tuesday.

40. Shelby County Commission Questions Grays Creek Payday Loan Error -

Shelby County Commissioners want to know how a payday loan business got a certificate of occupancy from the county’s Office of Construction Code Enforcement and opened in the Cordova Ridge Shops development even though such a business violates the Unified Development Code.

41. TCAT’s 27 Campuses Offer ‘A Different Life’ -

Ready for a new career? If you’re looking for a fresh start, Tennessee may be one of the best places in the world to find it.

Through May 15, residents who want to retrain in a new career field can apply for a full scholarship to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, a unique and highly effective system of technical colleges with 27 main campuses around the state.

42. Want a Great-Paying Job? Here’s the Deal -

Want a new career with nearly unlimited upside potential? One that will have employers beating down your door?

Uncle Sam wants you – to join the technology workforce.

Nationwide, skilled tech workers are in short supply, with more than half a million jobs going unfilled. And in Tennessee, where the rapidly expanding economy has companies competing for every qualified worker, the state is going to great lengths to train people in sought-after tech skills – footing the entire bill, in some cases, for adults willing to retool their careers.

43. State Systems Acquires Mississippi Company -

State Systems Inc. has acquired Ver-Max Inc., a Corinth, Miss.-based fire protection company.

44. State Systems Acquires Mississippi Company -

State Systems Inc. has acquired Ver-Max Inc., a Corinth, Miss.-based fire protection company.

45. Extra Schools Funding Request Gets Good First Reviews -

Shelby County Schools officials took a request Wednesday, May 6, for $14 million in new funding to Shelby County Commissioners and got lots of general support.

But the budget committee session probably means more specific questions to come through emails and phone calls before a majority on the commission considers putting up the extra money. “We have made the tough choices,” SCS board member Chris Caldwell told commissioners, referring to 17 school closings in the last three years. “There’s a method to our madness. We’re not just saying we need more money.”

46. Tesla CEO Plugs Into New Market With Home Battery System -

FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) – Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market.

The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants – and he can profit. On Thursday night, before an adoring crowd and a party-like atmosphere, Musk unveiled how he intends to do it.

47. Commission Likely to Question Extras in Schools Budget -

Shelby County Commissioners have the $14 million list of extras the Shelby County Schools system wants in its budget request for the coming fiscal year.

And once the county’s budget committee gets to the request, there should be plenty of questions about each of the 15 line items that include extra teacher, guidance counselor and social worker positions.

48. Tumult of 1968 Leaves Indelible Mark on Memphis’ Legal, Political Figures -

When attorney David Caywood thinks about the pivotal events of the 1968 sanitation workers strike in Memphis, there is usually a big “what if” moment.

49. Shelby County Schools Seeks New Funding for Classroom Investments -

The bottom line on the Shelby County Schools budget proposal headed to Shelby County Commissioners is $973.5 million, but the dollar figure commissioners will be considering is $14 million.

That’s the amount of new funding the system is seeking from county government for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Otherwise, the school system’s budget is balanced.

50. School Dialogue Won’t End With Lakeland Voting ‘No’ -

Lakeland city leaders likely will continue looking for ways to expand the Lakeland Schools system beyond its single elementary school.

They just won’t be talking about a grades 6-12 school after Lakeland voters last week rejected a $50 million school bond issue key to building the proposed Lakeland Prep.

51. Disaster Drought Might Net Insurance Savings -

I should probably knock on a rather large piece of wood as I write this, perhaps a California Redwood, but here goes:

In 2011, following the Great Flood of 2010, there was lesser flooding that affected a much smaller area. Then there was the hailstorm in 2012 that resulted in new roofs for thousands – if not tens of thousands – of homes in the area.

52. Lakeland Prep School Bond Issue Rejected By Voters -

Voters in Lakeland rejected a $50 million school bond issue Thursday, April 16, in the first election of 2015 in Shelby County.

The unofficial vote count from the Shelby County Election Commission with all precincts reporting was:

53. Lakeland Election Decides New School’s Fate -

If every voter in Lakeland votes in the Thursday, April 16, school bond issue referendum, it will be fewer than 9,000 citizens.

More people voted in some of the one-candidate state House district primaries last August in Shelby County.

54. Sustainability Means Opportunity for Shelby County -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear weekly throughout April in honor of Memphis and Shelby County’s Sustainability Month.

Shelby County is investing in energy efficiency upgrades, waste reduction and green workforce training through the Green Prisons Initiative at the Shelby County Corrections. With a state grant to conduct energy efficiency upgrades, sustainability and reentry programs intersect. Not only will the facility receive upgrades, but the installation will be used as reentry training for the inmates as they will be trained to install the systems. With my background in law enforcement, at Shelby County Corrections, Federal Prisons, and as Shelby County Sheriff, I have a keen interest in reducing recidivism and reentry programs are known to be effective.

55. Shafer Seeking County Property Tax Rate Reduction -

The chairwoman of the Shelby County Commission’s budget committee is hoping to reduce the county’s property tax rate by the time the commission approves a budget for its new fiscal year that begins July 1.

56. Regional Logistics Council Hosting Event Thursday -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Regional Logistics Council will welcome high-level officials from Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi transportation departments on Thursday, April 16, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Hilton Memphis Hotel.

57. County Commission Looks for Schools Budget -

Shelby County Commissioners have plenty of work to begin on the $1.18 billion budget proposal submitted to the body this week by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

58. Science Struggles to Save Dying Coral -

Some of the oldest and most diverse ecosystems on the planet are the coral reefs in the earth’s oceans.

Home to more than one million species, they play an important part in the health of oceans and shorelines. Not only do they buffer shorelines from waves and storms that cause flooding, but they also support commercial and subsistence fisheries.

59. Scarboro Takes Reins at Regional Fed -

Douglas Scarboro has been named regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In that role, Scarboro is responsible for working with business leaders and local communities in western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas to inform the setting of monetary policies.

60. School Competition Shows Promise, Threat -

The competition among Shelby County Schools, the Achievement School District and charter schools has been a positive for public schools, say two Shelby County Schools board members.

But board chairwoman Teresa Jones and board member Chris Caldwell say the competition of the last three school years also has split the funding and could threaten classroom success.

61. Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage.

62. Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in US Broadband Infrastructure -

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

63. Lee Harris, Brian Kelsey Spend Lunch Hour in Twitter Debate -

State Senators Brian Kelsey and Lee Harris spent their lunch hour Friday, March 27, debating Insure Tennessee, school vouchers and gun rights in a Twitter debate between the two Shelby County legislators – Kelsey a Republican and Harris a Democrat.

64. YES Prep Says No to Memphis School -

The charter school organization that was to take over Airways Middle School in August as part of the state-run Achievement School District announced suddenly Wednesday, March 25, that it won’t be opening a Memphis school.

65. Hopson Urges Caution in Joining Funding Lawsuit -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants to take another 30 to 45 days to examine a lawsuit filed Tuesday, March 24, against the state of Tennessee by seven public school systems in the Chattanooga area over state funding of the Basic Education Program.

66. Equality Project Still Tough Sell in Some Areas -

A decade into its existence, the Tennessee Equality Project is facing a year that will likely contain its biggest milestones.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision in June may strike down marriage bans in the state, but also trigger new legislation regarding same-sex marriage that will lead to additional court battles.

67. Haslam to Continue School Funding Discussion Despite Lawsuit -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he's not going to let a lawsuit several East Tennessee school systems filed against the state over funding derail the administration's efforts to address grievances about the state's school funding formula.

68. YES Prep Departure Highlights Terms of Schools Competition -

The departure of YES Prep from Memphis before the charter school operator ever got the keys to Airways Middle School shows how public education is shifting with nearly three years of new competition.

69. Knox County Superintendent 'Surprised' By Hamilton Co. Suit -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The superintendent of Knox County Schools said Wednesday that he's surprised Hamilton County and six Chattanooga-area school systems filed a lawsuit against the state over funding after what he thought was a productive meeting with the governor.

70. YES Prep Says No to Memphis School -

The charter school organization that was to take over Airways Middle School in August as part of the state-run Achievement School District announced suddenly Wednesday, March 25, that it won’t be opening a Memphis school.

71. Dorsey Hopson Urges Caution in Joining Funding Lawsuit -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants to take another 30 to 45 days to examine a lawsuit filed Tuesday, March 24, against the state of Tennessee by seven public school systems in the Chattanooga area over state funding of the Basic Education Program.

72. YES Prep Says No to Memphis School -

The charter school organization that was to take over Airways Middle School in August as part of the state-run Achievement School District announced suddenly Wednesday, March 25, that it won’t be opening a Memphis school.

73. Hopson Discussing Return of Northaven Students to Millington Central -

Shelby County Schools and Millington Municipal Schools leaders met this week to talk over the possibility of teenagers in Northaven attending Millington Central High School next school year.

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Tuesday, March 24, that it is just an idea as the school system walks back its tentative plans to create a Woodstock High School that the Northaven children would have attended.

74. 7 Tennessee School Systems Sue the State Over Funding -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Hamilton County and six Chattanooga-area school systems filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state saying local schools are not being funded as required by law.

75. Sweet Potato Baby Cooks Up Awards -

Aryen Moore-Alston, executive chef and owner of Sweet Potato Baby, recently received two honors for the boutique catering and baked-goods company she opened in Memphis last year.

Sweet Potato Baby was named a winner of the American Small Business Championship by SCORE, a national organization that mentors entrepreneurs and small-business owners. It was also named to the Greater Memphis Chamber’s “10 to Watch” in 2015 list, which recognized companies and organizations that stood out in 2014 for their leadership in the community.

76. Achievement School District Changes Frayser Leadership -

Tim Ware says if you want to get a quick idea about the tenor of a school, visit the cafeteria during a lunch period.

77. Events -

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will meet Monday, March 23, at 5:45 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave. Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of parliamentary law and “Robert’s Rules of Order” is invited to attend. Call 901-324-5184.

78. Judge OKs $10 Million Settlement in Target Data Breach -

A Minnesota judge has endorsed a settlement in which Target Corp. will pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a massive data breach in 2013.

79. Orgel Traces Path to School Board -

The first chairman of the consolidated Shelby County Schools board judges how well the school board is performing its duties by how mundane its monthly voting meeting is.

“It’s almost boring to come to a school board meeting,” said Billy Orgel, who was appointed to the 23-member board in 2011 and has been re-elected twice. “There’s not theatrics by anybody and we genuinely all like each other. There’s not a backstory. And there are not factions. I think it’s a good model for other bodies.”

80. Shular, Orgel to Receive Dunavant Awards -

The public affairs officer for Shelby County government with a reach beyond the media and a Shelby County Schools board member whose elected service began at a time of historic change in local public education are the recipients of the 2015 Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

81. Shelby County Schools Board Meets in Special Session -

The Shelby County Schools board meets in special session Wednesday, March 11, at 8 p.m.

The meeting was called last week for the school board to vote on hiring an attorney to represent the board in talks with the state about full funding of the Basic Education Program.

82. Memphis Part of Federal TechHire Job Training Effort -

Memphis is one of 21 cities involved in a commitment to improve training for workers in the technology sector, and the city will compete for $100 million in federal grant money for tech job training programs.

83. Wharton's City Hall Shake-Up Has Ripples -

The political timing of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s shake-up of his leadership team could have been worse – closer to the October city elections in which he is seeking a second full term.

84. Bid to Block Health Exchange in Tennessee Seen as 'Overkill' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Some Republican lawmakers still reveling in the recent defeat of a proposal to expand Medicaid to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are now setting their sights on 230,000 people enrolled through the federal health insurance exchange.

85. Haslam Says Common Core a Standard, Not Ideology -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said the Tennessee legislature’s discussion and coming vote about the state’s public education standards is “critically important.”

And while Haslam has said several times that the term for those existing standards – Common Core – has become too politically charged to continue to be used, he added last week in Memphis that the standards under review are “very specific academic oriented standards.”

86. 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.

87. Shelby County Schools Board Moves Closer to State Funding Lawsuit -

The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday, Feb. 24, to hire an attorney to work with Tennessee’s other major urban school systems in weighing a possible lawsuit against the state that would force full state funding of the Basic Education Program.

88. Attorneys Recall Role of Law in Events of 1968 -

David Caywood still remembers the memorandum of understanding that almost settled the 1968 sanitation workers strike before Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

89. Building From a New Blueprint -

When recruiting new businesses, East Tennessee economic development officials have long touted the benefits of partnering with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee.

The lab and the university both have a history of working closely with private business to develop cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, technologies and new products. That research effort recently received a major boost with President Obama’s announcement of a new manufacturing innovation hub based in the Knoxville area.

90. Lowery Installed as President of Association for Women Attorneys -

Keating Lowery has been installed as the 2015 president of the Association for Women Attorneys. As an attorney with Lawrence & Russell PLC, Lowery devotes her practice to litigating Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters on behalf of employers, plan fiduciaries and third-party administrators throughout the United States.

91. Common Core is Working – So Kill It -

Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.

92. Resolution Calls for End to Federal ‘Imposition’ -

Saying the feds are guilty of intruding in local schools, state Sen. Bill Ketron is seeking passage of a resolution designed to end what he calls overreach by the U.S. Department of Education.

“We don’t need the federal government telling us how to do it,” Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, said during a recent meeting with teachers in the Rutherford Education Association.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. Haslam Making 6 More Stops This Week on Insure Tennessee Tour -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is making six more stops around the state to promote his Insure Tennessee plan to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income people.

96. Commissioners Watching What’s Next for Fairgrounds Plan -

It’s not on the Monday, Jan. 26, agenda of the Shelby County Commission, but commissioners are watching the political dominoes that are lining up en route to some kind of move by the city of Memphis toward a Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone.

97. Council Approves Schools Deal, Appoints Boyd -

Two weeks after they ignored a proposed $43.1 million settlement of the six-year old schools funding legal standoff, Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Jan. 20, approved a $41.8 million settlement with Shelby County Schools.

98. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

99. Macy’s Exit Presents Problems, Possibilities in Whitehaven -

In what could be a troubling sign for the city’s first enclosed mall, Macy’s is closing its 150,000-square-foot store at Southland Mall in early spring, a move that will affect 112 employees.

The South Memphis store is one of 14 locations Macy’s will close this spring as part of a national restructuring, the retailer announced late Thursday, Jan. 8. The 14 stores account for approximately $130 million in annual sales, according to the company.

100. Strings Come With Fairgrounds Zone -

Shelby County Commissioners could take up an endorsement Monday, Jan. 12, of the city’s proposed Tourism Development Zone for redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

But at this point, the backing has a lot of strings attached. And those strings involve two issues related to local schools funding.