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1. Shelby County Unemployment Rate Drops -

The unemployment rate in Shelby County dropped in October but remains above the state average.

The preliminary unemployment rate for Shelby County in October was 7.9 percent, down from 9.8 percent in October of 2013 and 8.3 percent in September, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

2. Shelby County Unemployment Rate Drops -

The unemployment rate in Shelby County dropped in October but remains above the state average.

The preliminary unemployment rate for Shelby County in October was 7.9 percent, down from 9.8 percent in October of 2013 and 8.3 percent in September, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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

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

4. Titans Have Little to be Thankful for With This Turkey -

It is the time of year that we pause to give thanks for all that we have in our lives.

But what do the Tennessee Titans have to be thankful for as they stand 2-9 and are mired in a five-game losing streak?

5. Craft Beer Boom -

Looking to replace that regular beer with something more exotic? Get hoppy and explore Knoxville’s craft-beer scene, because by bottle and tap, growler and flight, the national beer movement has come to East Tennessee in a very substantial way.

6. Appraisals Trail Amount Middle Tennessee Buyers Willing to Pay -

There are a few hot topics from the real estate world this week, the first being that appraisers seem to have hit the wall on the rampant price inflation.

With less inventory and more sales, sellers are resting in an enviable position inasmuch as buyers are forced to pay whatever is asked, or more, in order to acquire properties.

7. Edison Park Finds Ally in Habitat for Humanity -

This Thanksgiving marks two years that Aisha Lbhalla, her husband and their two young sons have lived in Edison Park.

They have a single-family home that backs up to her older son’s school, Thomas A. Edison Elementary. The house has four bedrooms, brick facing, a garage and nearly 1,500 square feet, Lbhalla says.

8. Labor, Land Shortage Means Rising Middle Tennessee Home Prices -

A shortage of ready-to-build lots and skilled tradespersons – plus caution among builders – mean fewer homes will be built and home prices will rise, those in the industry are saying.

“Although we’re not back to the same permit level we once were, we’re seeing a lack of skilled labor in the workplace,” says Nashville homebuilder David Luecke.

9. Blight of the Living Dead -

When the Smiths moved into a brand new home right before Christmas 2007, they had no idea that construction in their Antioch area subdivision would soon stop cold – and stay stopped for four years.

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11. Hargett Staffer Reserved Website for Governor's Race -

A political consultant hired to work in Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office reserved a website in the event his boss decided to run for governor.

WTVF-TV in Nashville reports that Hargett paid consultant Dennis Berwyn of North Carolina $6,000 a month as his director of policy. Berwyn managed a public relations campaign and newsletter called Tennessee Business Spotlight that heavily featured Hargett's likeness and name.

12. Comcast Awards Grants to Tennessee Organizations -

The Comcast Foundation announced it has made a series of financial grants totaling more than $87,000 to a variety of groups around Tennessee that support the underserved.

Beneficiaries include the American Red Cross; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Boys and Girls Clubs; the National Kidney Foundation; the Pencil Foundation; and Volunteer Mid-South.

13. Big Legal Need Among Low-Income Tennesseans -

A new study found more than 60 percent of low-income Tennesseans face a significant civil legal need.

According to a news release from the Tennessee Supreme Court, respondents cited conflicts with creditors and landlords, problems obtaining or paying for health care, and difficulties with government benefits.

14. Harris Chosen to Lead Tennessee Senate Democrats -

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

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

15. Grizz Holding Food Drive for Mid-South Food Bank -

In their annual tradition, the Memphis Grizzlies and ACH Food Cos. Inc. are teaming up for a canned food drive to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank on Friday, Dec. 5, when the Grizzlies take on the San Antonio Spurs at FedExForum.

16. Drug Deal Murder Brings Interstate Commerce Violation -

Robbing a drug dealer can be a federal crime.

James Earl McCracken and the street gang he reputedly heads robbed and killed a man McCracken allegedly believed to be a drug dealer in July 2011, according to a Memphis federal grand jury.

17. Slatery Stays Out of GOP Attorney General Letter on Obama -

New Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery isn't joining a group of Republican colleagues from other states in issuing a statement vowing "appropriate action" on President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.

18. Tennessee Campaigns Ran 23,000 TV Ads in 2014 -

Political and issue campaigns ran nearly 23,000 television ads in Tennessee to try to sway voters on races including the U.S. Senate and constitutional amendments on abortion and judges.

According to the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, the ads cost a total of $16.8 million. Spending was heaviest on the constitutional amendments, with $3.8 million going toward unsuccessful efforts to defeat the measure to give lawmakers more power to regulate abortions in the state. Supporters spent $2 million.

19. Tennessee College Savings Program Ranked Nationally -

The state's college savings program is being recognized nationally.

TNStars is ranked as the No. 2 plan in the country, according to SavingForCollege.org, which recently released the top 10 direct-sold 529 plans in the nation based on one-year performance rankings.

20. Grizzlies Unveil Holiday Gift Packs -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced their holiday ticket promotions – including new seven-game holiday packs and a Cyber Monday deal that offers a one-day only discount on all December home games purchased through grizzlies.com.

21. 105 UTHSC Students to Graduate Dec. 12 -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center on Dec. 12 will graduate 105 health care professionals. The commencement ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the second floor ballroom of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

22. Southwest’s Next Goal: Industrial Training Center -

As Southwest Tennessee Community College leaders formally opened a new nursing school building Downtown last week, the institution was making progress toward its next major capital project.

It is a $3.5 million Industrial Readiness Training center to be built at the school’s Macon Cove campus.

23. Earthquake Research Center in Memphis Gets Grant -

The U.S. Geological Survey is awarding a $2 million grant to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis.

The university says the three-year grant will help the center continue to monitor earthquakes in the central and southeastern United States.

24. Mid-South Grows in Popularity for Retirees -

Florida or bust?

Not necessarily, not anymore.

Retirees coming from the Midwest and Northeast are realizing they have other options, and increasingly they are acting on them. Several Mid-South states have developed formal recruitment programs with the hope of luring out-of-state retirees – new money, in economic development parlance.

25. After-School Programs Give Youth Educational Boost -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As Tennessee strives to stay at the forefront of student academic improvement, some education advocates say the hours after the last bell rings could be crucial to maintaining that edge.

26. Southwest’s Next Goal: Industrial Training Center -

As Southwest Tennessee Community College leaders formally opened a new nursing school building Downtown last week, the institution was making progress toward its next major capital project.

It is a $3.5 million Industrial Readiness Training center to be built at the school’s Macon Cove campus.

27. Grizzlies Unveil Holiday Gift Packs -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced their holiday ticket promotions – including new seven-game holiday packs and a Cyber Monday deal that offers a one-day only discount on all December home games purchased through grizzlies.com.

28. Lifeblood, UTHSC to Host Blood Drive Monday -

Lifeblood and the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host a blood drive open to the public Monday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rooms 201-204 of the UTHSC General Education Building, 8 S. Dunlap St.

29. Program Launched to Grow State’s Small Businesses -

Because many small businesses might still find access to credit tight, and because putting new capital to work in small businesses can give the economy a jolt through the creation of jobs, a pair of organizations has launched a new lending program with those factors in mind.

30. Shelby County November Vote Certified -

With a few adjustments and a legal question still to be decided in Nashville, the Shelby County Election Commission certified the last election of 2014 in Shelby County Monday, Nov. 24.

The results, audited by certified public accountants Watkins-Uiberall PLLC, include new totals for the city of Memphis referendum on selling wine in food stores and the Memphis referendum on changes to the city charter provisions on the civil service system.

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

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

32. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch -

Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.

Community Advisors is focused on the Memphis city core, with a goal to provide real estate advisory services to assist in the revitalization of the city’s underserved areas with passion, creativity and entrepreneurship, and with service to those already living and leading in their neighborhoods.

33. Earthquake Research Center In Memphis Gets Grant -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey is awarding a $2 million grant to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis.

The university says the three-year grant will help the center continue to monitor earthquakes in the central and southeastern United States.

34. Shelby County Building Permits Dip in October -

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

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

35. Youth Detention Likely an Issue at Budget Hearings -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state's troubled Department of Children's Services is among the agencies Gov. Bill Haslam was to hear from Monday as he begins his annual budget hearings.

The department oversees a Nashville youth detention facility that recently made national headlines because of rioting and escapes.

36. Slatery Stays Out of GOP Attorney General Letter on Obama -

New Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery isn't joining a group of Republican colleagues from other states in issuing a statement vowing "appropriate action" on President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.

37. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “A Christmas Story” Tuesday, Nov. 25, through Nov. 30 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com or call 525-3000 for showtimes and tickets.

38. After Overcoming Hurdles, Southwest Opens Nursing School -

More than four years after breaking ground for a new nursing building, leaders of Southwest Tennessee Community College last week formally opened the school’s new Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building.

39. More at Moore -

The large old trees on its campus and the large paned windows of its brick buildings indicate the William R. Moore College of Technology has been around for a while.

It was the idea of William R. Moore, a dry goods wholesaler, who left a $500,000 endowment to fund the institution following his death in 1909.

40. Tennessee Campaigns Ran 23,000 TV Ads in 2014 -

Political and issue campaigns ran nearly 23,000 television ads in Tennessee to try to sway voters on races including the U.S. Senate and constitutional amendments on abortion and judges.

According to the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, the ads cost a total of $16.8 million. Spending was heaviest on the constitutional amendments, with $3.8 million going toward unsuccessful efforts to defeat the measure to give lawmakers more power to regulate abortions in the state. Supporters spent $2 million.

41. 105 UTHSC Students to Graduate Dec. 12 -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center on Dec. 12 will graduate 105 health care professionals. The commencement ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the second floor ballroom of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

42. Events -

Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America will honor Barbara and J.R. “Pitt” Hyde with a Distinguished Citizens Award at a ceremony Monday, Nov. 24, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Visit chickasaw.org/distinguishedcitizensawarddinner for tickets and more information.

43. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

44. Rogero Talks ‘Smart Growth,’ Democratic Politics -

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero became the first woman to hold that office when she won the election in 2011.

She’s been actively involved in a number of local issues since her election, from urban-core revitalization and business recruitment to broader social issues such as marriage equality.

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46. Tenn. Grants to Promote Energy Efficiency -

More grants are being offered to promote energy efficiency projects in Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau recently announced a fourth offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy grants, totaling $2 million.

47. Tenn. Revenue Collections See Increase in October -

Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections for October were more than $15 million over what was expected.

48. UTHSC Marketing Wins 3 MarCom Awards -

The communications and marketing department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has won honors for their three entries in the 2014 MarCom International Awards.

Two entries won Gold awards and one received an Honorable Mention in the competition, which drew more than 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

49. Bill Would Repeal Common Core in Tenn. -

Two Republican state senators filed legislation Monday to repeal the state's Common Core standards even though Gov. Bill Haslam has called for a public review of the higher benchmarks in English and math.

50. Tiger Basketball Returns to WKNO -

A 30-year community tradition returns to WKNO with the tape-delayed broadcast of 15 University of Memphis Tiger basketball home games.

The broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, featuring the Tigers’ game with Stephen F. Austin State University.

51. Archer-Malmo Named To ‘Best Places to Work’ List -

Trade publication “Ad Age” has named Memphis-based archer-malmo to its “Best Places to Work” list.

This is the second time the agency has made the list, following its first appearance on the list in 2011.

52. Tenn. Unemployment Dips in October -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate inched in the right direction in October but still remained above the national average.

The state preliminary unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in October, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, down just two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in September. The U.S. preliminary rate for October was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in September.

53. Events -

The Metal Museum will hold its annual holiday show and sale Saturday, Nov. 22, through Jan. 4 at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Items including jewelry, unique housewares, fire grates, floral sculptures and more will be featured in the museum store. Visit metalmuseum.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

56. Moore Tech Awakens -

The large old trees on its campus and the paned windows of its brick buildings indicate the William R. Moore College of Technology has been around for a while.

It was the idea of William R. Moore, a dry goods wholesaler, who left a $500,000 endowment to fund the institution following his death in 1909.

57. Editorial: Midterm Election Sends Elected to New Work -

There will be a lot of talk in future election years about whether the 2014 midterm elections were a “wave” election and if so how big the wave was.

It’s a national perspective about the decisions voters in all 50 states made about who goes to Congress as their representatives in the election year that is in between presidential election years.

58. After the Campaign -

The 2014 election year began in January with dissent from the floor.

At the end of the Shelby County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day fundraiser in January, former Memphis City Council member and state Rep. Carol Chumney, who was not among the speakers, challenged the party establishment from her table to do more to support women running for office.

59. Tennessee Governor Elected Next RGA Chairman -

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been elected as the next chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

He'll take the reins from New Jersey's Chris Christie, who has been on a victory lap at the group's annual meeting in Florida this week after Republicans did especially well in the midterm elections.

60. Education Historian Denounces Common Core -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – One of the nation's leading opponents of the education reform movement said Thursday that a public review process the governor has created for Tennessee's Common Core standards can be effective if teachers' ideas are taken seriously.

61. Tiger Basketball Returns to WKNO -

A 30-year community tradition returns to WKNO with the tape-delayed broadcast of 15 University of Memphis Tiger basketball home games.

The broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, featuring the Tigers’ game with Stephen F. Austin State University.

62. Tennessee Unemployment Dips in October -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate inched in the right direction in October but still remained above the national average.

The state preliminary unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in October, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, down just two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in September. The U.S. preliminary rate for October was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in September.

63. BankTennessee Celebrates 80 Years in Business -

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

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

64. Tennessee Unemployment Dips in October -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate inched in the right direction in October but still remained above the national average.

The state preliminary unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in October, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, down just two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in September. The U.S. preliminary rate for October was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in September.

65. Family Dollar Delays Special Shareholders Meeting -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) – Family Dollar is delaying a special meeting at which shareholders were to vote on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree as regulators determine how many stores might need to be divested for antitrust reasons.

66. Haslam Names New General Counsel -

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

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

67. Tenn. Farmers Ready to Grow Hemp, Unused To Rules -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – With a decades-long ban on hemp production in Tennessee finally lifted, some farmers say they want to grow the crop but aren't used to the government oversight that comes with it.

68. UTHSC Donating Flu Vaccines -

University Health Services, the campus health and illness care facility at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has donated 150 doses of flu vaccine for distribution to employees at Memphis International Airport, Christian Brothers University and Baptist College of Health Sciences.

69. Lowery Named 2015 City Council Chairman -

The longest-serving member of the Memphis City Council will be the 2015 chairman of the 13-member body.

Myron Lowery was elected by the council unanimously and without opposition Tuesday, Nov. 18. He succeeds Jim Strickland in the chairman’s position.

70. Estate Planning and State Taxes -

Ray’s take: A lesser-discussed aspect of estate planning is state inheritance taxes. Some states have tax separate and in addition to federal estate taxes. And to make it even more confusing, some states collect estate taxes and some states collect inheritance taxes, while two states collect both.

71. Hayes Perseveres to Lead Memphis Football -

He belongs. As much, or more, than any of them.

It’s not just that senior Brandon Hayes has 663 rushing yards, tops among University of Memphis running backs and fourth in the American Athletic Conference. It’s not just what he has done in the previous two seasons and his full body of work – 2,089 career rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns, and another four TDs as a receiver.

72. Expedient Data Centers Expands to Memphis -

Expedient Data Centers, a leading provider of cloud computing and other related services, has settled on Memphis as the site of its first data center in Tennessee.

Expedient currently operates 10 data centers in six markets, and its 11th is planned for 3180 Players Lane in Memphis, close to the TPC Southwind Golf Course and FedEx headquarters.

73. TBI Receives New Accreditations -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained new accreditations for its forensic facilities in Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville.

The accreditations come after a lengthy assessment by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors' Laboratory Accreditation Board.

74. Tennessee Has Lowest Number of Uninsured in Decade -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new University of Tennessee report says the number of uninsured people in Tennessee has hit a 10-year low.

Media cited the study in reporting that the number of people without health insurance shrunk about 25 percent in the first year of the health insurance marketplace, which was implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act. It was the biggest drop since the university began collecting data 20 years ago.

75. 99 Charged in Shelby County in Check Cashing Ring -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say 99 people have been charged with cashing more than $41,000 in checks using an illegally obtained state of Tennessee account number.

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said Tuesday that leaders of the scheme recruited others to cash checks for about $300 at Wal-Marts in Shelby County. Gibbons said the ringleaders kept a portion of the money and gave the rest to the check cashers.

76. County Commission Approves 3 Design Contracts -

Shelby County commissioner approved Monday, Nov. 18, a trio of design contracts totaling $850,851.

The contracts include design of a pedestrian bridge on Benjestown Road across the Looshatchie review as well as design of a widening of Macon Road and a widening of Houston Levee Road.

77. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a lunch and learn with Daphene McFerren, director of The Benjamin Hooks Institute at the University of Memphis, Wednesday, Nov. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. The topic is “Freedom’s Front Line: The Voting Rights Struggle in Fayette County, Tenn.” Cost is free; bring your own lunch. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

78. Bohannon to Chair Junior Achievement Board -

Morgan Bohannon has been named chairman of the board of director of Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. Bohannon, the regional market manager for iHeartMedia, became engaged with Junior Achievement when iHeartMedia sponsored the “Broadcast Center” at JA BizTown in 2012. He joined the board soon thereafter and has been involved ever since.

79. Shelby County Commissioners Agree to Drop Lawsuit -

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

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

80. Master Plan -

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

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

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

81. Fairgrounds Project Linked to Schools Lawsuits -

Attorneys for the city of Memphis and for Shelby County Schools are trying another round of court-ordered mediation before the Thanksgiving holiday in the six-year-old lawsuit over school funding.

And if the mediation doesn’t resolve the legal stalemate on claim and counterclaim, the Shelby County Commission might make a settlement of the lawsuit a condition for endorsing the city’s plans for financing a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

82. Commission Compromise Promises to End Rules Lawsuit -

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

83. Tennessee Grants to Promote Energy Efficiency -

More grants are being offered to promote energy efficiency projects in Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau recently announced a fourth offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy grants, totaling $2 million.

84. Bill Would Repeal Common Core in Tennessee -

Two Republican state senators filed legislation Monday to repeal the state's Common Core standards even though Gov. Bill Haslam has called for a public review of the higher benchmarks in English and math.

85. Rosters Set for High School All-Star Game -

The rosters have been chosen for the 13th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game. High school seniors from 48 public and private schools will be part of the game to be played Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2:30 p.m. at Memphis University School.

86. UTHSC Marketing Wins 3 MarCom Awards -

The communications and marketing department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has won honors for their three entries in the 2014 MarCom International Awards.

Two entries won Gold awards and one received an Honorable Mention in the competition, which drew more than 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

87. Archer-Malmo Named to ‘Best Places to Work’ List -

Trade publication “Ad Age” has named Memphis-based archer-malmo to its “Best Places to Work” list.

This is the second time the agency has made the list, following its first appearance on the list in 2011.

88. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host a family-friendly event Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the giant Grizzlies jersey in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Attendees can register for a Fitness Trail Passport, and those who complete all six stations will be in the running for prizes, including tickets to Grizzlies opening night and autographed items. Visit getriverfit.com.

89. Handling the Stress of Thanksgiving Air Travel -

Do you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? You’re not alone, as Airlines for America has projected 24.6 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period.

90. Elvis Presley Enterprises Seeks $70 Million Building Permit for Hotel -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $70 million

91. SEC West Race Opens Up to Possibilities -

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

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

92. Same-Sex Couples File Supreme Court Appeal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Same-sex couples seeking the right to marry are asking the Supreme Court to settle the issue of gay marriage nationwide.

Appeals being filed Friday urge the justices to review last week's lower court ruling that upheld anti-gay marriage laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

93. Auto Parts Manufacturer to Build Sevierville Plant -

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

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

94. Education Commissioner Leaving for Private Sector -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Education Department Commissioner Kevin Huffman said Thursday that the scrutiny he received during his nearly four turbulent years at the helm of the state's schools didn't influence his decision to leave for the private sector.

95. Tenn. Revenue Collections See Increase in October -

Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections for October were more than $15 million over what was expected.

96. Events -

Memphis Area BPW (Business & Professional Women) will meet Monday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove Road. Sarah Stramel of Stramel PR & Social Media will present “Why You Need Social Media.” Cost is free. RSVP to Martha Ervin at 489-5481 or vicepresident1@bpwtn.org.

97. County Commission to Consider Fairgrounds Deal -

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

98. Kellogg Facility Planned in Jackson -

Economic development officials in Jackson have approved tax incentives for a Kellogg's facility planned in the West Tennessee city.

The Jackson Sun reports that the company expects to employ 100 people when construction on the 1.2 million-square-foot facility is completed.

99. Tenn. Task Force Unveils Veterans Education Report -

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

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

100. Tenn. Hospital Association Partners in Insurance Push -

The Tennessee Hospital Association is partnering with Enroll America, a national organization providing enrollment support for insurance coverage through the federal insurance marketplace, and its Get Covered America campaign in Tennessee.