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1. Zillow Buying Trulia to Build Real Estate Titan -

NEW YORK (AP) — Zillow and Trulia, two companies that changed the way people shop for homes, are combining.

Real estate website operator Zillow Inc. is buying its rival in a $3.5 billion deal that will make the biggest player in the online real estate information market.

2. M Club Golf Tournament Slated for Aug. 29 -

The M Club, the letter winners association at the University of Memphis, will play host to the 2014 “Clash of the Tigers” Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug 29, at Windyke Country Club.

The tournament will take place on the eve of the Tigers kicking off the 2014 football season. Memphis will take on Austin Peay the following evening in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

3. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, July 30, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will present the State of the County. Visit phelpssecurity.com.

4. An Interview With Judy Davis, Part One -

We eat, drink and sleep fundraising. It’s what we love. We truly enjoy and embrace the people and organizations we work with. We get excited when clients take the tools we develop for them and put them to work. We cherish their successes and most importantly we celebrate their work.

5. Cleveland Speedway Sells at Auction for $800,000 -

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) – After multiple years on the market, the Cleveland Speedway has been sold at auction for $800,000.

Retired investor Al Chapman of Chickamauga, Georgia, told WRCB-TV Chattanooga he's not sure what the future holds for the track, but keeping it open and operating is an option.

6. 2014 Ole Miss Football Guide Now Available -

College football season is almost here, but there’s still time to do a little homework.

So, if you’re wondering how the Ole Miss roster will look this fall, there’s time to read up on this year’s team and to reflect on teams past. The 2014 Ole Miss Football Guide is available for purchase at OleMissPublications.com.

7. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “Shots Fired” author C.J. Box for a discussion and signing Monday, July 28, at 6 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

8. New Life for Old Malls -

Since 1957, when the first modern, fully enclosed shopping mall was built in Edina, Minnesota, shopping became an American pastime. New shopping malls changed the landscape in communities across the country at the rate of 140 a year.

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10. Master Your Market Seminar to Examine Housing Trends -

Real estate industry professionals will have the opportunity this week to learn more about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

11. Polo Match to Benefit Wings Cancer Foundation -

Wings Cancer Foundation and Panera Bread will host the inaugural Wings Pro Classic on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Memphis Polo Club. The event will benefit Wings’ programs designed to help underserved cancer survivors across the Mid-South by providing free lymphedema garments, breast prostheses and mastectomy supplies.

12. Elvis’ Last Cadillac on the Auction Block -

Elvis Presley’s last Cadillac is among 72 items being auctioned next month at Graceland during the annual celebration known as Elvis Week.

Graceland announced details of the Aug. 14 auction on Tuesday. The items are being offered from third-party collectors.

13. Events -

American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Champion Hills at Windyke Apartment Homes, 3788 Links Drive. All blood types, especially O negative, B negative and A negative, are needed. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 for donor requirements and appointments.

14. ‘Drive for Progress’ -

There’s a duality of meaning implied in the name of the civic organization where Nancy Coffee serves as president and CEO.

15. Varying Health Premium Subsidies Worry Consumers -

MIAMI (AP) – Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.

16. Wal-Mart Names New CEO of US Discount Division -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is replacing the chief of its U.S. discount stores in what could be an indication that it's losing confidence that its largest business unit will rebound after more than a year of disappointing results.

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18. Events -

UCAN of Memphis will hold its Dare 2 Dream teen conference Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BRIDGES, 477 N. Fifth St. The anti-bullying conference will include inspirational speaker presentations, workbooks, snacks and school supplies. Cost is $50; parents are encouraged to attend for no additional cost. Visit ucanofmemphis.org.

19. When Education Falls Short -

One of the chief complaints I hear from job seekers is that their lousy college education is to blame for their poor career success. Whether they went to the wrong school or got the wrong degree, the person wishes they could turn back time. They consider going back to school as a road to success.

20. Discriminate at the Ballot Box -

DISCRIMINATING TASTE. By all means, discriminate. Refuse to accept some prepackaged deal as the best you can do, some label to be the quality test. In the known, look for proven performance from each individual offering, standing alone, not just part of some group menu. In the unknown, demand fresh and bold, the promise of new and interesting interpretations from old and predictable ingredients.

21. Senate Bill Targets Companies That Move Overseas -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.

The Senate voted 93-7 to begin debating the bill, which would prevent companies from deducting expenses related to moving operations to a foreign country. The bill would offer tax credits to companies that move operations to the U.S. from a foreign country.

22. US Economy, Though Sluggish, May Now Be Sturdier -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.

That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, in the five years since the recession officially ended, Americans' pay has basically stagnated. Millions remain unemployed or have abandoned their job searches. Economic growth is merely plodding along.

23. Tennessee Signs Out-of-State Firm for Ads -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee officials have signed a five-year, $60 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to produce the "Made in Tennessee" tourism campaign.

The marketing agency VML, which has opened a Nashville office, produced two 30-second TV commercials promoting getting outdoors in Tennessee. The ads feature with dramatic waterfalls, green rolling hills and horseback-riding amid a forest scene. The ads will play in about a dozen markets around the country.

24. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission board will meet Thursday, July 24, at noon in the commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

25. Pairing Off -

“Got a pair of nickels for a dime?” “Sure. Here you go: 5, 10, 15 cents.”

On Saturday of the U.S. Open, Frankie Frisco’s “Second Thoughts” column in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette began, “Every golf tournament claims that pairings and tee times are mostly picked at random ….” Going forward, the item reported, as had other news outlets the day before, that a certain pro golfer was unhappy that, for the Open, he and two other golfers had been put in the same threesome for round one.

26. Develop Interests Before Retirement -

Ray’s take: Retirement success is not automatic. It takes planning – and not just financial planning. According to a study by University of Missouri – Columbia, couples should plan for retirement, both financially and socially, and consider the changes that may occur in their relationships and day-to-day activities.

27. Women Business Owners Face Gender Gap, Report Says -

NEW YORK (AP) – Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.

28. Elvis' Last Cadillac Going on Auction Block -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Elvis Presley's last Cadillac is among 72 items being auctioned next month at Graceland during the annual celebration known as Elvis Week.

Graceland announced details of the Aug. 14 auction on Tuesday. The items are being offered from third-party collectors.

29. Target Debuts an Image-Recognition Shopping App -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology.

30. Wal-Mart Ups Price Wars for Back-to-School Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the price game for the crucial back-to-school shopping season.

31. Nashville Area to Get New Area Code by Spring -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A growing population and the explosive expansion of the use of hand-held electronic devices has prompted the creation of a new area code for Nashville.

Tennessee Regulatory Authority spokesman David Foster told WSMV-TV that the 629 area code and 10-digit dialing will go into place Feb. 28, joining the 615 area code in everyday use.

32. UTHSC Awarded $3.1 Million in Federal Grants -

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the University of Tennessee Health Science Center nine federal grants totaling more than $3.1 million for a variety of programs and research projects.

33. Polo Match to Benefit Wings Cancer Foundation -

Wings Cancer Foundation and Panera Bread will host the inaugural Wings Pro Classic on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Memphis Polo Club. The event will benefit Wings’ programs designed to help underserved cancer survivors across the Mid-South by providing free lymphedema garments, breast prostheses and mastectomy supplies.

34. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, July 23, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie Watson will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

35. Right-Brained Reps in Left-Brained World -

According to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Yet it’s all too common for sales managers to feel like they’re beating their heads against the wall trying to get their sales reps to follow established processes to manage orders and track progress. It can be frustrating for both sales managers and sales reps alike.

36. Survey: Graduates Should Return to Memphis After School -

Measuring economic sentiment among consumers at any given moment in time involves looking at specific data points and how consumers feel about those sets of numbers and facts.

That’s a key element of the Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business and economic sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP that’s now one year old.

37. Verizon Launches Rewards Program With Tracking -

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.

38. Tennesseans Have Until Aug. 1 to File DRAM Claims -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennesseans who purchased the memory storage component installed in most electronic devices known as Dynamic Random Access Memory have until Aug. 1 to participate in a $310 million settlement.

39. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “Gone Dead Train” author Lisa Turner for a discussion and signing Tuesday, July 22, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

40. Are Fundraising Fables Getting in Your Way? -

Why is it so hard to retain fund development professionals? That’s the polite version of the question that has executive directors pulling their hair out and nonprofit board members wondering “what’s going on?”

41. Beale Street Landing Looks Beyond Early Curiosity -

The Riverfront Development Corp. is filling in a calendar of events at the newly opened Beale Street Landing that stretches into the fall and demonstrates the role of programming in holding the larger public’s interest beyond those coming to the landing now out of curiosity.

42. French Fort Plan Calls for $150 Million Development -

What would begin as 67 apartments in the former U.S. Marine Hospital and nurses’ quarters on the northern edge of the French Fort neighborhood would grow in phases to a $150 million development south of E.H. Crump Boulevard, according to a plan unveiled over the weekend.

43. Forbes Sells Majority Stake to Group of Investors -

NEW YORK (AP) – Forbes said Friday it will sell a majority stake in the family owned magazine publisher to a Hong Kong-based investor group.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The New York company said in November it was putting itself up for sale.

44. GE Targets Late July for Credit Card IPO -

NEW YORK (AP) – General Electric is targeting late July for the initial public offering of its credit card business, named Synchrony Financial.

The announcement Friday, which was included in the company's second-quarter earnings report, is the first step in GE's exit from that line of business.

45. Health Department Seeking Input on State Health Plan -

The Tennessee Department of Health is seeking public input on the State Health Plan.

The plan is required by state law and acts as the health department’s guide for protecting, promoting and improving the health of people in Tennessee.

46. Baker Donelson Wins Beacon of Justice Award -

The National Legal Aid and Defender Association has named Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC a 2014 Beacon of Justice Award winner.

The awards recognize law firms that have devoted significant time and resources to creating and implementing innovative strategies to improve life outcomes for low-income people. Baker Donelson is being recognized for its development of the OnlineTNJustice platform, which provides free legal services via the Internet to low-income Tennessee residents.

47. Business Licenses Up 26 Percent in Second Quarter -

The last three months proved to be a healthy period for the local business climate.

Business licenses issued by the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in the second quarter of 2014 spiked 25.7 percent from the same period in 2013, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

48. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners, Memphis Chapter will hold “Meet Shelby County Women Candidates,” an after-hours nonpartisan reception, Monday, July 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Salsa, 6150 Poplar Ave., suite 129. For more information and to RSVP, visit nawbomemphis.org.

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50. County Commission Continues Prekindergarten Debate -

Shelby County Commissioners pick up Monday, July 21, where they left off earlier in the month about a way to fund prekindergarten programs.

The commission faces dueling resolutions, with one setting up further study on an expansion, and the other dedicating $3 million in surplus funds from the just-ended fiscal year and the first $3 million of any surplus from the current fiscal year to Shelby County Schools and the suburban school systems.

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52. ServiceMaster Sponsoring New BizTown Shop -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. has announced the newest shop in JA BizTown will be sponsored by ServiceMaster.

53. Programming Camp Coming to Bioworks -

Tennessee Code Academy and Memphis Bioworks are hosting a computer programming camp Monday, July 21, to July 25.

The weeklong day camp will teach young people the basics of computer programming, plus gaming and design fundamentals, among other concepts.

54. RedRover Tweaks Name, Refreshes Logo -

RedRover Sales & Market Strategy, an 8-year-old sales training and coaching, marketing and PR agency, has decided to update its brand and tweak its name.

The new logo – which includes a blend of boldfaced and regular lettering, combined with the company name in capital letters to embody strength and purpose – is part of the agency’s #RoverRefresh campaign, launched during what’s proven to be a big year of growth and expansion of service for the agency.

55. Events -

C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa will hold a volunteer day Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum, 1987 Indian Village Drive. Volunteers help sort artifacts, landscape gardens and trails, and more. Email kjthmpsn@memphis.edu or call 785-3160.

56. House Passes Tax Breaks to Boost Charitable Giving -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.

One provision provides tax breaks to people over 70 who make donations from their individual retirement accounts. Another reduces excise taxes on private charitable foundations.

57. Microsoft Cutting 18,000 Jobs, Signals New Path -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.

58. Senate Candidate Gives Loan to Prominent Supporter -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Carr has loaned $200,000 to the company of a prominent supporter in an unusual arrangement that has drawn the attention of the Federal Election Commission.

59. Report: FBI Quizzing People About Meningitis -

NASHVILLE (AP) – FBI agents have been interviewing Tennessee residents sickened or widowed by fungal meningitis as part of a criminal probe into the outbreak that sickened 751 people nationwide with 64 deaths.

60. Events -

Stage Door Productions will present a locally inspired production of “Godspell” Friday, July 18, to Sunday, July 20, and July 25-27 at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway. Buy tickets at stagedoormemphis.org.

61. Networking How To’s -

One of the best ways to advance a career in a competitive market is through networking. In many ways, it’s both the easiest and hardest part of a search. Today, I received two questions on the topic of networking best practices.

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63. University of Memphis Confirms Lawson Hire -

The University of Memphis confirmed the worst-kept sports secret in town via its website Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Tigers coach Josh Pastner had hired Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School, as an assistant coach.

64. ‘Big Ballot’ Moves to Early Voting Friday -

Voters begin making their decisions Friday, July 18, on the longest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 7 election day begins Friday at the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown offices, 157 Poplar Ave., from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

65. Bankruptcy Filings Drop Below 3,000 -

For the first time since 2011, the number of Memphis-area bankruptcies filed in the second quarter dropped below 3,000.

Between April 1 and June 30, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee saw 2,959 bankruptcies in which the person or business listed a Shelby County address. That’s a 6.4 percent decrease from the 3,164 filed during the second quarter of 2013, according to The Daily News Online, memphisdailynews.com.

66. Apple May Refund $400 Million in Digital Book Settlement -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple will refund up to $400 million to consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company gets a court to overturn a decision affirming its pivotal role in the collusion.

67. Locally Grown Foods Look to Bigger Business -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.

A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions like Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork. Along the way, they're increasing profits and recognition for smaller farms and bringing consumers healthier, fresher foods.

68. Footwear Factory Closing in Eastern Tennessee -

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) – A footwear factory in eastern Tennessee has begun shut down operations in a closure that will put 53 workers out of jobs.

The Citizen Tribune reported that Wellco Enterprises notified employees by letter that its Morristown location will close.

69. University of Memphis Confirms Lawson Hire -

The University of Memphis confirmed the worst-kept sports secret in town via its Web site Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Tigers coach Josh Pastner had hired Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School, as an assistant coach.

70. Events -

AIA Memphis will host its Third Thursday Lecture on Local Design on Thursday, July 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers; RSVP required. Email info@aiamemphis.org.

71. Mr. B’s Cross-Examination -

Several years ago, a Mr. B. testified as an expert witness in a plane crash case. The lawyer cross-examining him worked awfully hard. And provided some entertainment along the way. The issue was whether the pilot should have been warned of bad weather seen earlier by six FAA employees.

72. Thoughts for 30-Somethings -

Ray’s take: You spent your 20s setting up your life – developing some marketable skills, getting a career started, (hopefully) creating a budget, and learning to live with it.

73. SEC Media Days Notebook: July 16 -

HOOVER, Ala. – Although the first games involving Southeastern Conference football teams are not until Aug. 28, the league’s full-on blitz in promoting the new SEC Network has been going on for a while now.

74. Foreclosures Drop 22 Percent in Second Quarter -

United Housing Inc. has teamed up with Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to create the first Grace-St. Luke’s GraceBuilders House, which will involve fixing up a foreclosed home for a family in United Housing’s Homebuyer Education program.

75. Ehrhart Touts Liberty Bowl to SEC Schools -

HOOVER, Ala. – Steve Ehrhart has work to do.

The 56th AutoZone Liberty Bowl isn’t until Dec. 29, but the bowl’s executive director knows the time is now to make his case to SEC athletic directors.

76. RedRover Tweaks Name, Refreshes Logo -

RedRover Sales & Market Strategy, an 8-year-old sales training and coaching, marketing and PR agency, has decided to update its brand and tweak its name.

The new logo – which includes a blend of boldfaced and regular lettering, combined with the company name in capital letters to embody strength and purpose – is part of the agency’s #RoverRefresh campaign, launched during what’s proven to be a big year of growth and expansion of service for the agency. That campaign also includes a contest for local startup companies, which will be announced this afternoon, and there will also be social media activities that invite the public to participate in the logo launch.

77. House Votes to Slash IRS Tax Enforcement Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The GOP-controlled House has voted to slash the budget for the Internal Revenue Service's tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely that people who cheat on their taxes will get away with it.

78. Programming Camp Coming to Memphis Bioworks -

Tennessee Code Academy and Memphis Bioworks are hosting a computer programming camp Monday, July 21, to July 25.

The weeklong day camp will teach young people the basics of computer programming, plus gaming and design fundamentals, among other concepts.

79. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board will meet Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

80. 10 Surprising Social Media Facts -

With how quickly the social media landscape changes, it can be tough to keep up. Here’s the abridged version of the top 10 most surprising social media facts likely to have the greatest impact on your company’s social media strategy.

81. County Building Permits Soar 63 Percent in June -

Shelby County homebuilding activity experienced significant gains in June when compared to the same month last year.

Builders pulled 106 permits in Shelby County in June, up 63 percent from 65 permits pulled in June 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

82. Uphill Climb -

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry is off to a slow start in 2014, with builders filing 16.6 percent fewer permits in the second quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.

Builders filed 245 permits in Shelby County in the second quarter, compared with 294 permits in the second quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Builders filed 191 permits in the first quarter.

83. Yellen Says Economy Still Needs Fed Support -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the economic recovery is not yet complete and for that reason the Fed intends to keep providing significant support to boost growth and improve labor market conditions.

84. Tennessee Road Projects Could Face Cuts in August -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has funding for 13 road-widening projects totaling more than $200 million, including a $15.6 million Shelby County project, waiting on whether Congress refreshes the federal Highway Trust Fund in August.

85. SEC Media Days Notebook: July 14 -

Editor’s note: Reporter Don Wade is in Hoover, Ala., for SEC Football Media Days. Check The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com, each afternoon this week for the latest news and notes.

86. States Told to Find Way to Clear Medicaid Backlog -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.

87. ServiceMaster Sponsoring New BizTown Shop -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. has announced the newest shop in JA BizTown will be sponsored by ServiceMaster.

88. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die” author Samantha Crespo for a discussion and book signing Tuesday, July 15, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

89. Welcoming Home Baby Boomers -

Part two of a two-part series. Talented leadership is always in high demand. The question is: Where do you look for leaders, who are you overlooking and how do you effectively sustain their involvement?

90. City Council Turns Again to Benefits Discussions -

Memphis City Council members won’t take any major votes Tuesday, July 15, on city employee benefits.

But the controversial topic will likely dominate much of another council day at City Hall. The council is in the gap between its approval of health insurance changes in June and an October vote on the companion proposal to change city employee pension plans for new hires and those with less than 10 years of service.

91. Shelby County Mortgage Market Sees Modest Gain -

Shelby County mortgage lenders share a few common trends at the moment, as the area’s mortgage market begins to shake off the wintry chill of the first quarter.

Many of them report robust purchase mortgage activity, as refinances plummet to small fractions of their business. As a result of the demand, many of those lenders also have been adding mortgage officers to their ranks and plan to continue doing so.

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93. June Home Sales Up 10 Percent -

Home selling activity in Memphis and Shelby County rose with the temperature in June.

Realtors sold 1,590 homes in Shelby County in June, up 10 percent from 1,445 homes sold in June 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

94. Events -

Theatre Memphis will present “Front Porch Fairy Tales,” the culmination of its summer teen performance workshop, Monday, July 14, through July 20 at the theater, 630 Perkins Road Extended. Visit theatrememphis.org showtimes and tickets.

95. Communicate Effectively With Your Audience -

The digital world has altered the way businesses communicate with audiences. Regardless of size, they have the opportunity to connect with customers on a more personal basis than at any other point in history.

96. Wharton Courts Alternatives in Benefits Dispute -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says any alternatives are welcome to the coming health insurance changes for city employees and retirees.

But delaying the roll out of those changes in January is not an option. And neither is reopening the city budget or the city property tax rate.

97. Dance Teacher Spreads Love of Dance From Cordova -

Arman Sahakyan, born in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan, started taking dance classes as a 6-year-old.

Fast forward almost three decades, and today the 33-year-old remains committed to dance as an art form – only now he’s also spreading that enthusiasm to others as the owner of Dancing With Arman, a dance studio in Cordova.

98. Shelby County Home Sales Dip 1 Percent in Quarter -

Shelby County home sales slowed slightly in the second quarter compared to the same three-month period in 2013, but rising prices have real estate professionals hopeful for a strong end to the year.

99. Economists Lower Forecasts for US Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.

100. West Cancer Center Sponsoring Conference -

West Cancer Center is sponsoring the second annual Cancer Awareness Conference: Heads Up Conquer Cancer, put on by Mt. Zion Baptist Church in partnership with the American Cancer Society. The event will take place on Saturday, July 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 60 South Parkway E.