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1. Commissioner Rethinking Handling of Older Teens -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The head of the state Department of Children's Services is considering whether older teens should be moved from the department's custody into the adult correctional system after a third major escape attempt from one of its juvenile detention centers in less than a month.

2. VESTA Home Show Kicks Off Oct. 4 -

The 2014 VESTA Home Show, presented by West Tennessee Home Builders Association, will be held at Shaw’s Creek Reserve in Piperton and will run from Saturday, Oct. 4, through Oct. 26.

Five local home builders – Kevin Yoon Construction, Taylor Brothers Construction, John Duke, Bryce Homes and Price Hays Construction – have spent the past seven months building houses in the subdivision near Tenn. 196 and Raleigh LaGrange Road.

3. AutoZone Sued by Federal Equal Employment Agency -

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged Memphis-based AutoZone in a lawsuit with violating federal law by allowing a store manager to subject several female employees to sexual harassment.

4. Appeals Court Denies Whalum Election Challenge -

More than two years after all of the votes were counted and a year after the election results were formally disputed in court, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, Sept. 30, that Shelby County Schools board member Kevin Woods beat the Rev. Kenneth Whalum for the District 4 Shelby County Schools board seat.

5. Hopson Dispels Charter Takeover Talk -

The Innovation Zone schools in the Shelby County Schools system won’t be turned over to charter school organizations, superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Tuesday, Sept. 30.

“That’s absurd. I just want to be clear on that,” Hopson said of reports last month that the system is considering the move because of the expense of the extra efforts to turn around failing schools in the bottom 5 percent in Tennessee in terms of student achievement test scores.

6. State Supreme Court Declines to Hear TSSAA Case -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's Supreme Court will not hear an appeal of a court ruling that the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is subject to the state's public records laws.

7. Haslam Working to Stop Shredding of Books -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that he's continuing to negotiate with the U.S. Postal Service to prevent it from shredding Imagination Library books delivered to incorrect addresses.

8. Haslam Tells Tennessee Agencies to Plan for Cuts -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is calling on all state agencies to plan for up to 7 percent spending cuts in the upcoming budget year.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the move comes following a spending year in which revenues fell more than $300 million short of projections, leading the governor to cancel planned raises for state workers and teachers.

9. UTHSC Awarded $50,000 for Hepatitis C Education -

Patricia Matthews-Juarez, co-director of the Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity, and the Exposome and professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $50,000 grant from Gilead Sciences Inc. to conduct a provider education and community awareness program about the Hepatitis C virus in the African-American community.

10. Whitehaven Flood Response Complicated -

When the Memphis area got seven inches of rain on Sept. 11, a group of Whitehaven homeowners at the state line watched once the rain stopped as their neighbors on the other side of the border got a prompter response in terms of a federal disaster declaration.

11. Cycle for Life -

She’s young, physically active, and the family history did not suggest she was at risk. Yet Kate Horton was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

12. Baptist Memorial Health Care Cutting 112 Jobs -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is eliminating 112 jobs across its three-state service area as a cost-cutting measure.

13. Nearly 23,000 Students Register for Free Tuition -

Nearly 23,000 students have registered to participate in Gov. Bill Haslam's program to cover full tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate.

Members of the Tennessee Board of Regents got an update on the so-called Tennessee Promise initiative at their quarterly meeting Friday in Knoxville.

14. Slatery to Be Sworn In as Tennessee Attorney General -

Herbert H. Slatery III takes the oath of office Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Nashville as Tennessee’s 27th attorney general.

Slatery was chosen earlier this month by the Tennessee Supreme Court and succeeds Robert Cooper in the position. Cooper had sought another term as attorney general.

15. Southwest Tennessee Community College Awarded Federal Job Training Grant -

Southwest Tennessee Community College is among the recipients of $450 million in federal job training grants announced Monday, Sept. 29, by Vice President Joe Biden in Washington.

The $2.3 million grant is the latest step in the college’s role in training Memphis workers and placing them in manufacturing and other jobs in the Memphis economy.

16. Ole Miss, Memphis Move on to Next Hurdles -

Before they played the game, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze suggested it amounted to the “Super Bowl” for the University of Memphis. But in many respects it was more of a Blooper Bowl for both teams.

17. Real Estate Experts Look at Impact of North Mississippi -

Six years after the real estate bubble burst nationally, the recovery of the commercial and residential sectors in Memphis is slower than in other parts of the country. But they are recovering on their own new terms, say the incoming president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, the president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association and a mortgage lender.

18. Tina Turner Museum Opens in West Tennessee School -

A restored one-room schoolhouse where Tina Turner attended class while growing up in West Tennessee is being turned into a museum about the singer.

The Tina Turner Museum Flagg Grove School exhibit held a grand opening Friday on the grounds of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville.

19. Haslam Presses On With Medicaid Expansion Talks -

Gov. Bill Haslam says he's still in talks over finding a way to expand Medicaid in Tennessee despite pushback from fellow Republicans in the state Legislature.

The governor said in a conference call with reporters after meetings with bond rating agencies in New York on Thursday that he wants to find a solution that is acceptable both to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to largely skeptical lawmakers in Tennessee, who must approve any deal under a law passed earlier this year.

20. UT Extension Awarded Grant to Fight Chronic Disease -

University of Tennessee Extension has been awarded a grant of more than $987,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the rate of chronic diseases in four West Tennessee counties: Lake, Lauderdale, Haywood and Humphreys. Tennessee State University Extension is a cooperating partner.

21. Airport Pedestrian Plaza Design Wins Award -

Landscape architecture firm Ritchie Smith Associates has been honored for its design of the pedestrian plaza at Memphis International Airport.

The Honor Award from the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects was presented this month at the group’s annual meeting in Chattanooga.

22. Memphis-Area Unemployment Rate Dips in August -

The unemployment rate for the metro Memphis area dipped to 8.5 percent in August, down from 9.5 percent in August 2013 and 8.8 percent in July, according to preliminary numbers from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

23. State Supreme Court Reverses Bartlett Murder Conviction -

The man convicted and sentenced to death for the brutal 2003 double murder of a husband and wife in Bartlett will get a new trial, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled last week.

The court decision Thursday, Sept. 25, in the case of Henry Lee Jones is the latest reversal of a conviction in Shelby County Criminal Court by the highest court in the state.

24. Survey: Teacher Support for Common Core Drops -

A recent survey shows support for Tennessee's Common Core standards is decreasing among teachers, even though advocates, including business leaders, say they're needed to prepare students for college and to compete in a global workforce.

25. West Clinic Recognized for Quality Care -

The West Clinic has received National Committee for Quality Assurance recognition as a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice for its responsiveness to patients and medical colleagues, cooperation and integration with other health care groups, and dedication to continuous improvement.

26. Melting Pot Interested in Memphis Return -

The Melting Pot fondue restaurant is looking to come back into the Memphis market a month after its restaurant across Germantown Parkway from Wolfchase Galleria closed in August.

The company has named Memphis as a target for future franchise development. The chain is amenable to reopening the shuttered location with the right franchisee partner or at a new site in the market, according to the company.

27. Memphis Grizzlies to Host Tip-Off Luncheon Oct. 27 -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ 13th Annual Tip-Off Luncheon, presented by First Tennessee Bank, will be Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at FedExForum.

28. Tennessee Unemployment Rises to 7.4 Percent -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate ticked slightly higher in August from its level in July, while remaining a percentage point lower than August 2013.

The state preliminary unemployment rate for August was 7.4 percent, up from the 7.1 percent July revised rate, according to Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips.

29. MentorMe Accepted into Points of Light Accelerator -

MentorMe, a startup from Memphis that provides cloud mentoring software, has been accepted into the Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

The accelerator is a national startup accelerator focused only on investing in civic ventures – any enterprise that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to create positive change.

30. Haslam Checks In With Bond Rating Agencies -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in New York City last week to talk with the major bond rating agencies.

Normally such trips come when a local or state government is about to issue new debt and wants a credit rating from the agencies. In this case, the Thursday, Sept. 25, visit was not for that. It was more of a status report on the state’s financial condition.

31. Vols Hope to Snap 20-Game Road Slump vs. Ranked Opponents -

KNOXVILLE – It doesn’t get much easier for the University of Tennessee’s football team.

The Sept. 20 open date has come and gone. UT’s coaches and players had ample time to digest and dissect details of the 34-10 loss to No. 4-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 13 and a week to prepare for a challenge just as formidable.

32. Everyone Wants Locker to Succeed, But Can He? -

Perhaps the best thing that Jake Locker has going for him right now is Coach Ken Whisenhunt’s profession of faith.

There is no question that virtually everyone at St. Thomas Sports Park is pulling for Locker to make good in his final chance to be the Titans long-term answer at quarterback.

33. Distler Out to Dispel Old Mass Transit Myths -

“I was never on a bus until I drove one,” admits Dawn Distler, the new Knoxville Area Transit Director and CEO, who once made a living as a bus operator.

In many parts of Tennessee, adults simply don’t take the bus – except on game day, perhaps – and public transportation for a daily commute or a visit to the doctor is never top of mind, so Distler promotes her business by being a customer.

34. Take a Right at Candyland, Cruise Down Memory Lane -

Bill Decker has confessed to committing an “old Nashville” act. The founder of Decker Wealth Management admits he recently gave a friend directions to a certain destination that included a turn at a now-demolished Nashville landmark.

35. University of Tennessee Students Help Design Nashville’s Future -

Nashville may be a city on the rise, attracting new residents by the droves. But it’s also a laboratory for students at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s College of Architecture and Design, where they are designing the communities of the future in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center.

36. NashvilleNext Planners Move to Next Step -

As the city shifts into fall, planners are gearing up for the final phase of NashvilleNext, a three-year long planning process that will have a major impact on growth and development patterns in Davidson County over the next 25 years.

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38. More Stores, Walk-In Clinics Offering Vaccines and Shots -

Pull up to a local Walgreens and you may be immediately presented with a shot menu: flu, shingles, pneumonia and other options. Theoretically, in one trip to the drugstore you can knock out your flu shot, pick up some ice cream, bread or beer, maybe grab a birthday card for your mother-in-law, and be on your way.

39. Active Community Keeps Sports Medicine Busy -

George Hernandez is not only the CEO of Campbell Clinic, he’s a client.

An avid runner, Hernandez was doing a trail marathon last winter. Conditions were rainy, cold and windy. Worst of all, there were wet leaves underfoot covering protruding tree roots.

40. Searching for Doctors -

So here’s the offer: lower salary – meaning it will take longer to pay down your student loan debt – less prestige, and perhaps even a questioning of your intelligence and skill.

In 2014, that’s what comes with the decision to become a primary care physician. Recently, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, Mara Gordon, wrote an article for The Atlantic explaining her decision to become a primary care doctor.

41. Memphis-Area Unemployment Rate Dips in August -

The unemployment rate for the metro Memphis area dipped to 8.5 percent in August, down from 9.5 percent in August 2013 and 8.8 percent in July, according to preliminary numbers from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

42. State Supreme Court Reverses Bartlett Double-Murder Conviction -

The Tennessee Supreme Court reversed Thursday, Sept. 25, the first-degree double-murder conviction of Henry Lee Jones for the 2003 murders of Clarence and Lillian James in Bartlett.

43. Survey: Teacher Support for Common Core Drops -

A recent survey shows support for Tennessee’s Common Core standards is decreasing among teachers, even though advocates, including business leaders, say they’re needed to prepare students for college and to compete in a global workforce.

44. Melting Pot Interested in Memphis Return -

The Melting Pot fondue restaurant is looking to come back into the Memphis market a month after its restaurant across Germantown Parkway from Wolfchase Galleria closed in August.

The company has named Memphis as a target for future franchise development. The chain is amenable to reopening the shuttered location with the right franchisee partner or at a new site in the market, according to the company.

45. Roxul Opening 17 Years in Making -

U.S Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi searched the 1997 Congressional Record this week before he arrived in Marshall County for the formal opening of the Roxul Inc. plant.

46. Ugwueke to Clarify Health Care Complexities -

Clarity. That’s what anyone attending a seminar on health care is seeking. What’s going on here and across the country? What’s the impact of the Affordable Care Act? What are the trends? What about the looming shortage of primary care physicians?

47. Cummins Eyes Memphis Site for Expansion -

Cummins Inc. is eyeing a Memphis property for a planned expansion of the company’s distribution operations, a move that would be welcome news for Memphis officials.

48. Higher Education Panel Discusses Work Readiness -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee higher education officials participating in a panel discussion on preparing students for the workforce say employers want college graduates that possess so-called soft skills like critical thinking and good communication.

49. Commitment to Fitness Looks to Reverse Childhood Obesity -

If American children and teenagers are fat, then those in the Mid-South are fatter. And you don’t have to rely on some “Fattest Cities in America” list aimed at generating clicks and views to reach this conclusion.

50. Weirich Sworn In for Eight-Year Term -

Amy Weirich took the oath of office Tuesday, Sept. 23, for a full eight-year term of office, saying the prosecutor’s office has a role in crime prevention as well as prosecuting those accused of crimes.

51. ZeroTo510 Accelerator Companies Win Funding -

One mark of the success of a startup accelerator program is if investors like what they see, once participating companies have gone through the program and are making pitches for funding.

By that standard, ZeroTo510 – the medical device company accelerator based in Memphis – continues to prove its value by setting up its participants to score the funding they need to build sustainable businesses. Two companies that went through ZeroTo510’s 2014 summer program – Compression Kinetics and EndoInSight – have been tapped to continue to the program’s next phase, also landing $100,000 in new funding each.

52. Ban Sought on Children Working on Tobacco Farms -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects.

The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

53. Transportation Grants to Help Local Communities -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is providing grants to help local communities with transportation projects and planning.

This is the second grant cycle for the Multimodal Access Grants and the first year for the Community Transportation Planning Grants.

54. Tigers’ Jakes Wins AAC Weekly Honors -

University of Memphis senior linebacker Tank Jakes has been named the American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week after making several high-impact plays to help the Tigers beat Middle Tennessee 36-17 and improve to 2-1 on the year.

55. MentorMe Accepted Into Points of Light Civic Accelerator -

MentorMe, a startup from Memphis that provides cloud mentoring software, has been accepted into the Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

The accelerator is a national startup accelerator focused only on investing in civic ventures – any enterprise that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to create positive change.

56. County Commission Approves $120 Million in Bonds to Come -

Shelby County Commissioners began the process of issuing $120 million in construction bonds Monday, Sept. 22, approving the initial resolution for the general obligation bonds including ones for school construction.

57. ‘Super Bowl’ Bound -

For years, fans have been leaving University of Memphis football games early. Home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium were a kind of cruel test for the diehard fans.

How long could they sit there while their team was getting pummeled yet again?

58. West Clinic Recognized for Quality Care -

The West Clinic has received National Committee for Quality Assurance recognition as a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice for its responsiveness to patients and medical colleagues, cooperation and integration with other health care groups, and dedication to continuous improvement.

59. Memphis Grizzlies to Host Tip-Off Luncheon Oct. 27 -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ 13th Annual Tip-Off Luncheon, presented by First Tennessee Bank, will be Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at FedExForum.

60. College Football Notebook: September 23, 2014 -

The University of Memphis had lost three straight games to Middle Tennessee and five of the last six. Getting beat by the Blue Raiders each year had become commonplace and another sign of a program in perpetual struggle.

61. Pre-K’s Place -

It isn’t an application for federal pre-kindergarten funding the state filed earlier this month in Washington, the office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam emphasizes.

“It’s a note of intent to apply,” said Dave Smith, Haslam’s communications chief, last week.

62. AutoZone Tops Fourth-Quarter Profit Expectations -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – AutoZone Inc. on Monday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $373.7 million.

63. Haslam Swears In Judges, Gets Flu Shot in Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam swore in a new Tennessee Supreme Court justice and two state Appeals Court judges during a busy Friday, Sept. 19, visit to Memphis that also included getting a flu shot.

Haslam swore in Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby of Memphis at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law before a group of 300 people that included former Gov. Don Sundquist, who appointed Kirby to the court of appeals during his two terms as governor.

64. Haslam Keeps Door Open to Pre-K; Ramsey Skeptical -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – While Gov. Bill Haslam is keeping the door open to an expansion of the public pre-kindergarten program in Tennessee, any such move would remain a tough sell among some fellow Republicans in the Legislature.

65. Alexander, Corker Honored by Business Association -

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are being honored by the nation's leading small business association.

The National Federation of Independent Business has named the Tennessee Republicans a Guardian of Small Business for their voting record on behalf of America's small-business owners.

66. Tennessee Unemployment Rises to 7.4 Percent -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate ticked slightly higher in August from its level in July, while remaining a percentage point lower than August 2013.

The state preliminary unemployment rate for August was 7.4 percent, up from the 7.1 percent July revised rate, according to Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips.

67. Community College, TSU Agree on Transfers -

Tennessee State University and Southwest Tennessee Community College have signed an agreement that will allow students who complete two years at Southwest to transfer to TSU to complete their baccalaureate degree.

68. Tennessee Justices Name Slatery Attorney General -

The state Supreme Court on Monday named Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser, Herbert Slatery, as Tennessee's next attorney general.

The announcement comes in the aftermath of a failed conservative campaign to oust three Democratic justices who make up a majority on the five-member court. That effort focused heavily on incumbent Attorney General Bob Cooper's refusal to take part in a multistate lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's health care law.

69. Haslam Announces Workforce Grants -

Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a new statewide initiative to help residents get more education and training for jobs that are available in their communities.

Haslam says the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is accepting applications from partnerships across the state for $10 million in grants from the Labor Education Alignment Program. Applicants must represent a partnership between a local economic development agency, a community college, the local school district and at least two employers.

70. Alexander, Ball to Debate at Candidate Forum -

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and his Democratic challenger Gordon Ball will share the same stage Oct. 16 at the Tennessee Farm Bureau candidate forum in Cookeville, Tenn.

71. Anderson County Gets in on Increased Auto Activity -

Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee may grab more headlines when automotive plants expand operations, but Clinton is no stranger to good news in that regard.

SL Tennessee recently announced that it would build a 250,000-square-foot building in Anderson County’s Clinton/I-75 Industrial Park – its third location.

72. Technology Key to Knoxville’s Improving Economy -

Multiple industry sectors have always been a strength for the Knoxville job market, and that deep bench is helping the area once again as state and national economies improve.

From high-tech spinoffs out of both the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to a strong manufacturing climate, the area is benefiting as both companies and investors ramp up their expansion and hiring efforts, says Rhonda Rice, who serves as executive vice president of the Knoxville Chamber

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74. Prep Coaches, Players Sold on Jones the Recruiter -

Nothing surprises Murfreesboro Blackman High School football coach Philip Shadowens when it comes to college recruiting.

Shadowens has seen it all – including the flurry of activity created by Blackman senior quarterback and safety Jauan Jennings, rated the No. 18 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com.

75. Jones’ Wide Net Gathers Old Friends, Top Prospects -

Butch Jones was sitting in the office of Knoxville’s South-Doyle High School athletic director and football coach Clark Duncan during a visit to see recruit Jocquez Bruce last winter.

76. Which Titans Team Will Show Up at Cincinnati? -

You only get one chance to make a first impression, as the old saying goes.

Such was the case Sunday at LP Field when the home fans got their first real look at Ken Whisenhunt’s first edition of the Tennessee Titans.

77. This week in Memphis history: September 19-25 -

2004: Roy Jones Jr. and Glen Johnson fought for the IBF light heavyweight championship at FedExForum. Johnson, the defending champion, knocked out Jones, the former champion, in the ninth round.

78. Editorial: Growing Rape Kit Backlog Raises More Concern -

The backlog gets bigger. And with the recent news that 196 rape kits dating back to 1976 have been found by Memphis Police, questions never fully answered about the rape kit backlog that surfaced about a year ago become more urgent.

79. Old School, New Day -

Vasco Smith remembers working the polls at Fairview Junior High School in the 1960s as a child. His job was simple – to hand out campaign literature and not stray within the 100-foot limit by law between poll workers and the polling place in the gymnasium.

80. Tennessee Unemployment Rises to 7.4 Percent -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate ticked slightly higher in August from its level in July, while remaining a percentage point lower than August 2013.

The state preliminary unemployment rate for August was 7.4 percent, up from the 7.1 percent July revised rate, according to Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips.

81. New Chief Justice Echoes Haslam Mantra on Review -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – First, the state Supreme Court hired Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser as Tennessee's next attorney general. Now the high court's new chief justice is also adopting the Republican governor's rhetoric.

82. Alexander, Ball to Debate at Candidate Forum -

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and his Democratic challenger Gordon Ball will share the same stage Oct. 16 at the Tennessee Farm Bureau candidate forum in Cookeville, Tenn.

83. Governor to Swear In Newest Tennessee Justice -

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby, the court's newest member, will take the oath of office during an investiture ceremony in Memphis Friday, Sept. 19.

84. Tigers Hope to ‘Grind’ Win Against MTSU -

It’s a big game. Big enough that the University of Memphis got the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen – “The Grindfather” – to do a short video urging fans to come out for the football game this Saturday, Sept. 20, against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

85. Sen. Summerville Charged With Public Intoxication -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Outgoing state Sen. Jim Summerville, whose behavior has often drawn the ire of his Republican colleagues, has been charged with public intoxication.

86. Haslam Announces Workforce Grant Competition -

Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a new statewide initiative to help residents get more education and training for jobs that are available in their communities.

Haslam says the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is accepting applications from partnerships across the state for $10 million in grants from the Labor Education Alignment Program. Applicants must represent a partnership between a local economic development agency, a community college, the local school district and at least two employers.

87. GiVE 365 Awards $62,600 in Grants -

A community’s needs are infinite, yet the resources available to provide help are finite.

So it only made sense for GiVE 365, The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ dollar-a-day philanthropy program, to have a theme geared toward cooperation.

88. City Employees Return to Court Over Benefits -

The basic elements of an overhaul of city health insurance and pension benefits got some changes this week at the Memphis City Council. And it looks like the council might put off a vote on pension benefit changes originally set for a vote in October.

89. Retirees Sue As Council Adjusts Health Insurance Changes -

Three retired Memphis Police officers and the widow of a Memphis Police officer filed suit Tuesday, Sept. 16, against the city of Memphis seeking a temporary restraining order to stop changes in city government health insurance benefits by the time the open enrollment period begins next month.

90. FedEx to Hike Ground, Express Delivery Rates -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – FedEx says it will raise U.S. rates for express, ground and home-delivery shipments by an average of 4.9 percent in January.

The company said Tuesday that rates also will change for FedEx SmartPost, which uses the U.S. Postal Service for final delivery, although it didn't say how much.

91. Tennessee Recidivism Among Key Topics During Hearings -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The chairman of a legislative panel examining criminal justice reform in Tennessee says he will share information from hearings this week with a special task force the governor has appointed.

92. Tennessee Gets Grant to ID Worker Misclassification -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has received a $499,000 federal grant for efforts to stop worker misclassification.

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, the money will help Tennessee's unemployment insurance tax programs identify instances where employees are misclassified as independent contracts. The money will also go to detecting instances where employees fail to report the wages paid to workers.

93. Memphis Police Discover More Rape Kits -

Memphis Police have found in recent weeks 196 more rape kits in previously unsearched areas where police store evidence, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Sept. 16.

94. Meritan’s Branch Named Among Top Nurses -

Cindy Branch, Meritan’s associate vice president for health services, has been selected to represent Tennessee as one of the nation’s top 50 home care and hospice nurses by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. Branch, a registered nurse, has oversight of Meritan’s nursing programs, including home health, private duty nursing and medical residential homes. She will be recognized at NACH’s annual meeting in October.

95. Ball Targets Carr's Tea Party Supporters -

Gordon Ball, the Democratic challenger to Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, is basing his uphill challenge of Alexander on his specific definition of being a moderate Democrat and where that intersects with tea party followers.

96. RiverFit Brings Activity to Tom Lee Park -

Riverfront Development Corp. President Benny Lendermon, while advocating for the creation of Beale Street Landing, once referred to Tom Lee Park as one of the worst parks in the country.

97. Memphis-Based Feed Company Agrees to Fraud Settlement -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Securities and Exchange Commission officials say a Tennessee-based animal feed company has agreed to pay back $18 million in illegal profits from an accounting fraud.

98. Third Parties Still Fighting for Ballot Access -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Four years after the Libertarian Party of Tennessee filed its first lawsuit to get on the ballot, the group is still fighting for access in a state that has some of the most restrictive rules in the country for smaller political parties.

99. Tennessee Voters to Decide Ban on Income Tax -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennesseans are just weeks away from voting on a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax. The November vote approaches as a new study from ratings agency Standard & Poor's suggests that rising income inequality has a stronger negative effect on the states most reliant on sales tax revenues compared with those with those more dependent on income taxes.

100. 911 Problems Prompt New Emergency Number -

A problem with wireless call routing has forced public safety responders in the West Tennessee area, including Memphis, to route 911 emergency calls to other phone numbers.

In Memphis, police say callers with an emergency should call 901-543-6333 until further notice. But police brass also add that the temporary number does not have caller ID, so those calling it should be prepared to give more information, including their location, to emergency operators.