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1. Tennessee GOP Leader Questions Incentives for Unionized GM Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said last week that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract.

2. 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.

3. Tennessee Literacy Coalition Closing in June -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The director of the Tennessee Literacy Coalition says the nonprofit organization that has promoted reading education for over three decades will close this year.

4. UT Board of Trustees Endorses Plan for Big Changes at School -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Faced with a projected $377 million funding gap over 10 years, the University of Tennessee has put together a plan that could mean some tough choices ahead for the school and its students.

5. McCray to Be Inducted Into High School Hall of Fame -

Former Collierville High School basketball star Nikki McCray will become the 10th person and first female athlete from the state of Tennessee to be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame.

6. Jindal in Memphis for March Republican Event -

Louisiana Governor and possible presidential candidate Bobby Jindal will speak to Shelby County Republicans next month as part of a “leadership series” of events for the Tennessee Republican Party.

7. 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.”

8. Women Say Barriers Overcome With Perseverance, Mentors -

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

9. First Tennessee Bank Wins Technology Award -

First Tennessee Bank has been named by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan as a winner of the 2015 Best in Class CIO Impact Award in the category of enterprise architecture.

10. Regional One Health Foundation Adds to Board -

Regional One Health Foundation has added five new members to its board of directors.

They represent a range of industries that span farming, security, credit unions and insurance.

The new members are Dillard Door and Entrance Control president and CEO Christopher Bird; Regions Insurance of Tennessee president and CEO Mark Forrester; Jefferson Mortuary owner/operator Preston Jefferson; Bowdre Place/Owen Family Farming Partners managing partner Norman Davis Owen Sr.; and Orion Federal Credit Union president and CEO Daniel Weickenand.

11. Tennessee Opposes Sysco-US Foods Merger -

The state of Tennessee has joined nine other states and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, in announcing the state’s participation in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring the merger, specifically cited the impact of the merger in Memphis.

12. UT Initials Added to Methodist University -

Starting this week, the University of Tennessee initials will appear on a Memphis hospital for the first time since 2004.

A bright orange “UT” will be added to new exterior signage at Methodist University Hospital, and the hospital will be referred to as Methodist UT Hospital in recognition of the partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system. The new signage above the hospital’s main entrance and its new emergency department entrance were set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

13. Brewery Developers Buy Key Property on Butler -

The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Brewery Revival series of events there move forward.

14. Housing Crash Sends Beeson Into Commercial Real Estate -

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

15. Lady Vols Seem to Be Slipping Off National Stage -

KNOXVILLE – There is a bronze statue of legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt standing proudly across the street from Thompson-Boling Arena.

Summitt’s arms are crossed and she has a smile on her face. Thousands of Lady Vols fans have walked past the Summitt statue since it was unveiled Nov. 22, 2013.

16. Nashville Mayor’s Race Exposes Unpleasant Problems -

In six weeks or so, the Greater Nashville area will learn what a snowmegeddon can do to area home sales.

With a quarter of the month frozen, it was hard for buyers to let it go and embark upon a house hunt. March closings, reflecting February sales, will be released in early April and might slow the freight train that the residential real estate has been riding for almost three years.

17. The Science Behind Making the Visible Invisible -

Researchers like Dr. Rami Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher, associate professors of materials science engineering at the University of Tennessee, could not develop cloaking devices or work to achieve true invisibility without the use of metamaterials. But what are these fancy new materials and how do they work?

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19. Now You See It … -

Ferris Hall is an unassuming brick building on the edge of the University of Tennessee’s College of Engineering campus and home to the Department of Materials Science Engineering. There, Drs. Ramki Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher have opened the door to applying the magic of Hogwarts to military camouflage, cancer treatment or even Halloween costumes for a new generation.

20. FCC Allows City-Owned Internet Providers to Expand -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission says city-owned broadband companies can expand and compete with commercial Internet providers.

The cities of Wilson, North Carolina, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, asked the FCC for the ruling because state laws have prevented them from expanding.

21. Tenn. Black Caucus Seeks Apology From GOP Lawmaker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus wants a Republican state lawmaker accused of a racist Facebook post stripped of her leadership position.

Rep. Sheila Butt's post said, "It is time for a Council on Christian Relations and an NAAWP in this Country."

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

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

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

23. Complete Health Care Center Nabs Elite NCQA Status -

Common Table Health Alliance’s process improvement team effectively coached Complete Health Care Center through the process to receive the first Level 3 NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition in West Tennessee.

24. Campbell Foundation Expands Board of Directors -

The Campbell Foundation, the charitable trust affiliated with Campbell Clinic, has added a new member to its board of trustees – Dr. John Weinlein.

He joined the Campbell Clinic staff as an orthopedic trauma surgeon in 2010. He also serves as a clinical instructor of orthopedic surgery in the University of Tennessee - Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopedic Surgery & Biomedical Engineering.

25. First Tennessee Bank Wins Technology Award -

First Tennessee Bank has been named by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan as a winner of the 2015 Best in Class CIO Impact Award in the category of enterprise architecture.

26. Brewery Developers Buy Key Property on Butler -

The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Brewery Revival series of events there move forward.

27. Mike Shildt: From College Walk-On To Memphis Redbirds Manager -

Any professional baseball player can tell you about the stigmas he has to fight. For one guy, it might be that he doesn’t hit with enough power. And for another it might be that he doesn’t make consistent enough contact.

28. Paragon Bank Closes the Book on Busy 2014 -

Paragon Bank has closed the book on 2014, an active year for the bank with milestones that included, among other things adding a wealth solutions team, executing new leases for two banking centers and forming a small business capital group.

29. Kelsey’s New Private School Voucher Plan Looks More Like Haslam’s -

Momentum is building this session for voucher legislation that would allow state dollars to follow students from struggling public schools to private and religious institutions.

But it is hardly etched in stone.

30. Brooks Plea Coda to Political Whirlwind -

It could have gone either way for Henri Brooks at just about this time a year ago. The Shelby County Commissioner had plans to continue a nearly 20-year political arc beyond a political track record that included seven terms in the state House and the two-term limit on the Shelby County Commission.

31. Flexing Its Muscles, LA Fitness Eyes Third Store -

LA Fitness is eyeing a property in the heart of East Memphis for its third Memphis-area location.

The California-based fitness center chain is considering opening its third store in the Memphis market at 1285 Ridgeway Road, according to sources.

32. Brewery Developers Acquire Butler Avenue Land -

The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Brewery Revival series of events there move forward.

33. Methodist University Hospital Sports Orange UT Initials -

Starting this week, the University of Tennessee initials will appear on a Memphis hospital for the first time since 2004.

A bright orange “UT” will be added to new exterior signage at Methodist University Hospital, and the hospital will be referred to as Methodist UT Hospital in recognition of the partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system. The new signage above the hospital’s main entrance and its new emergency department entrance were set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. Haslam Says He Didn't Discourage Enforcement at Hog Farm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he would "never, ever" discourage regulators from enforcing environmental rules at a fellow Republican state lawmaker's hog farm.

37. Auto Parts Supplier to Expand, Add 435 Jobs Over 5 Years -

NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) – Middle Tennessee auto parts supplier Unipres USA Inc. has announced plans for an expansion that will lead to 435 more jobs over the next five years.

38. Crye-Leike Opens New Midtown Office -

Crye-Leike leadership, Realtors and representatives from the Greater Memphis Chamber braved frigid temperatures Monday to commemorate the opening of a new Midtown office on Union Avenue. Led by managing broker Carol Lott, the new office is located at 1715 Union Ave.

39. PR That Gets Media Results -

The press release was written with no mistakes, explaining all the virtues of your company’s remarkable product. It was sent to all the newspapers and TV stations, and you even managed to send it to select radio stations and bloggers.

40. Crone Promoted at Trane Mid-South -

Jim Crone has been promoted to comprehensive solutions business development manager with Trane Mid-South. In his new role, Crone will work with large commercial, industrial and institutional customers throughout the Mid-South to develop performance-based comprehensive solutions for capital improvements and operational efficiencies.

41. Tenn. Political Leaders Put Off Gas Tax Talk Despite Needs -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – While political leaders in Tennessee agree on the growing need to bolster funding for road building and maintenance, there is little consensus about how go about doing it.

42. SmartWay Traffic App Benefiting Motorists -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new real-time road conditions map developed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation has come in handy this winter.

According to The Tennessean, the department debuted the improved SmartWay traffic Web app in December. With the recent harsh winter weather, it has helped provide motorists with fast information about icy highways, crashes and even recent interstate closures.

43. 4-Year Schools Competing for Tennessee Promise Students -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Many people know Tennessee Promise offers free tuition to the state's community colleges. But the money can also be used at four-year schools that offer associate degrees.

44. Developer Charlie Ryan Focusing on Central-Cooper Intersection -

765 Tanglewood St.
Memphis TN 38104
Sale Amount: $27,000

Sale Date: Feb. 9, 2015
Buyer: Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan
Seller: Cowles Development Company LLC
Details: Developer Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan has acquired a key piece of Midtown property.

45. Carson Departs, Problems Remain For Local Democrats -

With about a month left in his term as chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, Bryan Carson resigned Saturday, Feb. 21, after a confrontation behind closed doors with the party’s executive committee over his handling of the party’s bank accounts.

46. Carson Resigns As Local Democratic Chairman Amidst Financial Questions -

Bryan Carson resigned Saturday, Feb. 21, as chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, about a month before his term of office was to end.

47. State Appoints Assistant Commissioner for Rural Development -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd has appointed the department's first assistant commissioner for rural development.

48. Tennessee Legislature Wants to Keep Insurance Information Secret -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican lawmakers still seething about the release about their enrollment in the state's health care plan want to keep further coverage information from being made public.

49. TVA Sets Record Demand for February -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says cold temperatures this week drove customers to set a record for demand for February.

TVA says the power demand hit an estimated 32,129 megawatts at 7 a.m. EST on Thursday. At that time, average temperatures in its coverage area hovered around 7 degrees.

50. Regional One Health Foundation Adds to Board -

Regional One Health Foundation has added five new members to its board of directors.

They represent a range of industries that span farming, security, credit unions and insurance.

The new members are Dillard Door and Entrance Control president and CEO Christopher Bird; Regions Insurance of Tennessee president and CEO Mark Forrester; Jefferson Mortuary owner/operator Preston Jefferson; Bowdre Place/Owen Family Farming Partners managing partner Norman Davis Owen Sr.; and Orion Federal Credit Union president and CEO Daniel Weickenand.

51. Tennessee Opposes Merger Between Sysco, US Foods -

The state of Tennessee has joined nine other states and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, in announcing the state’s participation in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring the merger, specifically cited the impact of the merger in Memphis.

52. Education Commissioner Begins Statewide Tour -

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candace McQueen plans to connect with at least 10,000 teachers by the end of the calendar year.

53. Health Care Enrollments Reach 44,000 in Memphis -

A little more than 44,000 people in the Memphis metro, including parts of Mississippi and Arkansas, chose a health plan or were re-enrolled in a plan through the HealthCare.gov platform by Feb. 15, when the second year of open enrollment came to a close.

54. Global Ministries Buys Riverdale Site for $1.3M -

Cordova-based Global Ministries Foundation has bought an 18-acre property at 3999 Riverdale Road from Union University Foundation LLC for $1.3 million, according to a Feb. 9 warranty deed.

55. BlueCross Minority Scholarship Deadline Nears -

A diversity scholarship for minority students pursuing careers in health care has been increased from $5,000 to $10,000.

The BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee Diversity Scholarship program is in its third year with three of the $10,000 scholarships to be awarded through the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust and the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives.

56. Christ Community Health Services Co-Founders Return -

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

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

57. Car Built With 3-D Printer Stirs Industry -

At the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, innovative carmaker Local Motors offered an up close look at the future of automobile manufacturing.

In a microfactory set up on the auto show floor, Local Motors built the latest version of its Strati, a lightweight, two-seat electric car. It took about 40 hours using the latest 3-D printing technology, all while thousands of auto show visitors watched.

58. 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.

59. What Recession? Middle Tennessee Largely Spared -

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

60. Ready to Spend -

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

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

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

63. Fair Play -

Ann Carr played basketball at Mississippi State in the late 1980s. She was a 6-foot-1 center.

“You certainly couldn’t have a 6-1 center now,” said Carr, who today is a senior associate athletic director at MSU.

64. Editorial: City Hall and the Bubble -

About five years ago at City Hall, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. had a “plain vanilla” plan for the city’s finances that would get the city past a tough period.

His description was in keeping with the ho-hum aura of past debt-restructuring actions the Memphis City Council has seen over the years.

65. Facing Militant Threat, Corker Shoulders Matters of War -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two years ago, Sen. Bob Corker wondered aloud whether the standstill Senate was worth a grown man's time.

Now the combination of Republicans' political fortunes in last November's elections and brutal terrorism overseas have put the two-term Tennessee lawmaker in the limelight. He heads the Foreign Relations Committee and is in charge of the weightiest question to ever face members of Congress: whether to authorize war.

66. Tennessee House Cancels Rest of Week Due to Ice, Snow -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee House of Representatives canceled committee meetings and its Thursday floor session amid icy and snowy conditions around the state.

The 99-member House delayed its Wednesday morning session until the afternoon so lawmakers could make it to the Capitol in Nashville. But leaders decided to forgo the rest of their scheduled activities as conditions were not expected to improve until later in the week.

67. Jury Begins Deliberations in Tennessee Armory Shooting Trial -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A jury started deliberating Thursday in the federal trial of a Tennessee National Guard recruiter charged with trying to kill four superiors in an armory shooting.

68. Jeb Bush to Headline Tennessee GOP Fundraiser in May -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is headlining the Tennessee Republican Party's annual fundraiser in May.

Chairman Chris Devaney said Thursday that the Statesmen's Dinner speech by the likely presidential candidate reflects that Tennessee will play a key role in the 2016 nomination process.

69. New Group Spending Money to Support Common Core -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Records show a new group with ties to Gov. Bill Haslam has spent more than $100,000 defending his position on maintaining Tennessee's current education standards.

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

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

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

71. Health Coverage Enrollment Reaches 44,000 in Memphis -

More than 44,000 people in the Memphis area, including parts of Mississippi and Arkansas, chose a health plan or were re-enrolled in a plan through the HealthCare.gov platform by Feb. 15, when open enrollment came to a close.

72. Tennessee Medical Association Unveils Legislative Agenda -

Ahead of its annual Day on the Hill next month and fresh off the legislative defeat of a Medicaid expansion in Tennessee, the state’s largest professional association for doctors has unveiled its wish list for the 2015 legislative session.

73. Haslam Wary of Gas Tax Hike -

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

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

74. Sprouts Opening Lakeland Store May 13 -

Sprouts Farmers Market, a fast-growing specialty grocery chain, has set an opening date for its first Memphis-area store.

Phoenix-based Sprouts, which replicate the look and feel of an indoor farmers market and specialize in fresh, organic and healthy food, will open a 28,000-square-foot store in a former Kroger at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland on May 13.

75. Doctors' Group to Visit State Capitol on March 3 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Doctors from across Tennessee will visit the state Capitol on March 3.

The Tennessee Medical Association is the state's largest professional group for physicians with more than 8,000 members statewide.

76. Attorney General: Constitutionality of Abortion Laws Unclear -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An advisory opinion by the Tennessee attorney general's office says it's not clear that abortion restrictions struck down by the state Supreme Court 14 years ago would be upheld today, despite a change to the state constitution.

77. BlueCross BlueShield Minority Scholarship Deadline Nears -

A diversity scholarship for minority students pursuing careers in health care has been been increased from $5,000 to $10,000.

The BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee Diversity Scholarship program is in its third year with three of the $10,000 scholarships to be awarded through the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust and the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives.

78. TVA Asks Customers to Conserve Energy During Cold Weather -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking customers to conserve energy as some of the coldest temperatures in more than a year are expected to hit Wednesday night and last through Friday.

TVA said in a statement on Wednesday that the request is one step in helping to ensure that safe and reliable electricity is available. It is expecting peak demand for power to occur Thursday morning.

79. Events -

City of Memphis, Shelby County Schools AmeriCorps VISTA programs and Grizzlies Foundation TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership will host the Tennessee Community Solutions Summit Thursday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Schools Teaching and Learning Academy, 2485 Union Ave. The summit will focus on mentoring as a solution to challenges faces faced by Memphis youth. Email maria.furhmann@memphistn.gov.

80. Deep Freeze -

The Memphis area remained in winter’s tight grip Wednesday with schools closed for a third straight day as the region struggled to return to business as usual.

The first winter storm of the year dumped a dangerous mix of sleet and freezing rain on the Memphis area Monday, causing schools and businesses to close and generally making life miserable for motorists brave enough to venture onto the roadways.

81. City Debt Restructure Meets Council Resistance -

First reviews from Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Feb. 17, to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan to restructure the city’s debt payments were harsh and skeptical.

Wharton wasn’t present in council committee sessions Tuesday as council member Jim Strickland played audio of Wharton in 2010 telling council members that the restructuring of city debt then was a “plain vanilla” transaction.

82. Council Critical of Wharton Debt Restructuring -

First reviews from Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Feb. 17, to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan to restructure the city’s debt payments were harsh and skeptical.

Wharton wasn’t present in council committee sessions Tuesday as council member Jim Strickland played audio of Wharton in 2010 telling council members that the restructuring of city debt then was a “plain vanilla” transaction.

83. Tennessee Lawmaker Operated Hog Farm Without Proper Permits -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican lawmaker from northwestern Tennessee operated his hog farm without proper state permits, and an inspector said he was discouraged by upper management from enforcing violations.

84. Education Commissioner Begins Tour to Connect With Teachers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Candace McQueen plans to connect with at least 10,000 teachers by the end of the calendar year.

85. 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.

86. Holiday Sales Tax Collections Bolster Tennessee Revenues -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's general fund tax collections in January were $214 million higher than projected in January on strong consumer spending over the holiday season and unexpected corporate tax payments.

87. Cassius Cash Begins Job as New Superintendent of Smokies -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Growing up in Memphis, the son of a homicide detective and a cosmetologist, Cassius Cash didn't dream of one day being the superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

88. Global Ministries Acquires Riverdale Site For $1.3 Million -

Cordova-based Global Ministries Foundation has bought an 18-acre property at 3999 Riverdale Road from Union University Foundation LLC for $1.3 million, according to a Feb. 9 warranty deed.

89. Debt, Pension Overhang Top City Council Priorities -

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

90. Luttrell Scolds State Legislators -

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

91. Coca-Cola Considers Relocation, Consolidation -

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. is considering a $4.8 million project to consolidate distribution operations in Memphis and West Memphis, Ark., into one facility in Memphis, according to application for a tax freeze.

92. Knoxville Mayor Orders Sunshine Law Training -

An East Tennessee mayor has ordered more training for those appointed to city boards after she found possible violations of the state’s sunshine laws.

The move stems from a public records request by the Knoxville News Sentinel in relation to a proposed $9 million digital radio system being discussed by the Knox County E-911 Board of Directors. The newspaper reports the city gave it copies of emails on Thursday that show some board members discussed the contract in private.

93. VW Taking Applications For Tennessee Academy -

Volkswagen is now accepting applications for its three-year apprenticeship program at its plant in Chattanooga.

The German automaker will select 12 apprentices each for its automation mechatronics and car mechatronics programs.

94. Memphis Symphony Sets Six Masterworks Concerts -

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

95. Few Positive Results in Welfare Drug Screening -

Officials say there have been only a few positive results in the state's new program to drug-test welfare recipients.

The Tennessean cited the Department of Human Services in reporting that 37 out of 16,017 people who applied for Families First cash assistance benefits have tested positive for drugs since the law took effect six months ago. State data shows another 81 discontinued the application process after filling out a drug screening questionnaire.

96. Williford Appointed to State Health Agency -

Janet Williford, director of Baptist Trinity Home Care & Hospice, has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Licensing Health Care Facilities by Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam and will hold the position of Home Health Agency Administrator until June 2018.

97. State Employees Get Buyout Information -

The Tennessee Department of Human Resources has sent an email to all state employees about a voluntary buyout program.

Gov. Bill Haslam mentioned the program during a budget presentation earlier this week.

98. UTHSC Professor Receives Osteoarthritis Grant -

Osteoarthritis is an increasingly large burden on the American health care system as this debilitating condition affects 60 percent of Americans over the age of 60 – the fastest-growing demographic in the nation.

99. Corker Decides Against 2016 Presidential Bid -

Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says he has no plans to run for president.

The former Chattanooga mayor tells WPLN-FM that he is "very challenged" by his role as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, which he assumed after Republicans took over control of the Senate this year.

100. Ready.Fund.Grow! Offers Help for Women-Owned, Small Businesses -

Small and women-owned businesses will have new sources of capital and know-how in 2015, thanks to a new initiative, Ready.Fund.Grow!, being developed by Pathway Lending and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC), along with a new Women’s Business Center which will be operated by Pathways.