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1. Yellen: Fed Stimulus Still Needed for Job Market -

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges.

2. AutoZone Park Field to Get Makeover at Season’s End -

This season the Memphis Redbirds are celebrating their 15th year playing at AutoZone Park and the stadium at Third and Union is still a head-turner, even after all these years.

But the playing surface is also celebrating its 15th season and hasn’t been a beauty for a while now.

3. Distinctive Design Touches Will Dominate Belly Acres -

From a visual standpoint, there will be no mistaking Belly Acres, the farm-to-table burger restaurant coming to Overton Square at 2102 Trimble Place, once it opens in the next couple of months.

4. Craft Follows 36-Year Path to Bench -

The path of Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft to the bench has been the result of seeing possibilities in other positions.

5. Senate Nears Passage of Jobless-Benefits Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Capping a three-month struggle, the Senate closed in Monday on passage of election-year legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired late last year.

6. One and One for the Morrisseys -

Robin and Darren Morrissey, wife and husband, finished one and one at the 2014 Clinton School Puzzle Festival. That would be first place in crosswords and first place in Sudoku.

7. Cards, Redbirds Could Be Dodging Rain -

The old baseball maxim that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains is hanging heavy in the air for the Friday night, March 28, exhibition game at AutoZone Park between the Memphis Redbirds and the St. Louis Cardinals.

8. Taylor Promoted to Account Supervisor at Red Deluxe -

Kelsey Taylor has been promoted to account supervisor from account manager at Memphis-based advertising agency Red Deluxe. Taylor joined the firm in 2011 and leads the firm’s work for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Washington, D.C.

9. Slow Down to Innovate -

Somewhere in the Industrial Revolution a prejudice was created for speed.

Efficiency came to mean effectiveness. From this mindset emerged two paradigmatic biases: more is better (more work, more inventory, more money) and speed wins (time to market, time is money, etc.). This mindset was a boon in its era, but has outlived its usefulness.

10. Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Talks About Values During Visit at Rhodes College -

Jerry Greenfield’s name is part of one of the most well-known snack brand names in the country.

Talk to him about his company, though, and it quickly becomes clear the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s puts his company’s culinary salience on the same level as its goal of acting as a benevolent corporate citizen – championing social causes both internally and outside the company.

11. Fed Clarifies Guidance on Short-Term Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve sought Wednesday to clarify a question that investors have been trying to determine: When it might start to raise short-term interest rates from record lows.

12. Yellen to Put Fed's New Leadership on Display -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Janet Yellen era at the Federal Reserve begins in earnest this week with a two-day meeting, a policy statement and fresh economic forecasts. Yet all that will be a prelude to the marquee event: Yellen's first news conference as Fed chair.

13. Central Animal Hospital Hosting Open House -

Central Animal Hospital is inviting the public to tour its new and improved facility.

Central Animal Hospital is hosting its first annual community open house Sunday, March 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

14. Central Animal Hospital Hosting Open House -

Central Animal Hospital is inviting the public to tour its new and improved facility.

Central Animal Hospital is hosting its first annual community open house Sunday, March 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

15. Sales Pitch -

For every professional sports team, there are at least two running narratives: the one on the court or field of play and the one at the box office.

As Grizzlies fans watch the team finish out the season in pursuit of a playoff berth, everyone understands each victory is invaluable. But for the people in charge of filling the seats at FedExForum, so is every season-ticket holder.

16. 2 Tennessee Veterans Homes Ranked Top in Country -

Tennessee State Veterans homes in Knoxville and Murfreesboro have been ranked among the best in the country.

U.S. News and World Report rated more than 16,000 nursing homes using data research on nursing home safety, health inspection and staffing.

17. Applications for Jobless Benefits Rise to 348,000 -

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, though the broader trend in applications remained stable.

But the four-week average was unchanged at 338,250, the Labor Department said Thursday. Applications are a rough proxy for layoffs. The average is not far above pre-recession levels, a sign companies are laying off few workers.

18. Yellen: Fed Monitoring Recent Weaker Economic Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen noted Thursday that recent economic data have pointed to weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth. She said the Fed will be watching to see whether the slowdown proves only a temporary blip caused by severe winter weather.

19. Grizzlies Claim G Beno Udrih Off Waivers -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies have claimed guard Beno Udrih off waivers adding an experienced player to their backcourt.

The Grizzlies announced the move Thursday, a day after they sent rookie Jamaal Franklin to the Fort Wayne in the NBA Developmental League to make roster space.

20. Applications for Jobless Benefits Rise to 348,000 -

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, though the broader trend in applications remained stable.

But the four-week average was unchanged at 338,250, the Labor Department said Thursday. Applications are a rough proxy for layoffs. The average is not far above pre-recession levels, a sign companies are laying off few workers.

21. Big Changes Ahead for Frequent Fliers on Delta -

DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines is changing its frequent-flier program to favor passengers who buy the priciest tickets instead of those who fly the most miles.

It's a bid to lure higher-spending business travelers, who often book flights on short notice and pay more than bargain-hunting leisure travelers.

22. How to Fight the Flat -

Markets have regained their composure after a sharp, but necessary, sell off in early January. Sentiment has now retreated from the euphoric levels reached toward the end of last year, to more neutral levels.

23. Wells Joins Evans Petree as Associate -

Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.

24. Warren Buffett Offers Lesson in Value Investing -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Warren Buffett is offering a refresher course on his approach to investing in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders.

25. Dad-Daughter Date Night to Benefit Girls Inc. -

Girls Inc. of Memphis is holding an evening of fun, food and adventure for girls and their dads or male role models.

26. Transcripts Show Fed at Times Slow to Grasp Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve agonized in 2008 over how far to go to stop a financial crisis that threatened to cause a recession and at times struggled to recognize its speed and magnitude.

27. Applications for Jobless Benefits Drop to 336,000 -

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell a slight 3,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, a sign that layoffs remain low.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose slightly to a seasonally adjusted 338,500.

28. Applications for Jobless Benefits Drop to 336,000 -

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell a slight 3,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, a sign that layoffs remain low.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose slightly to a seasonally adjusted 338,500.

29. Events -

Ballet Memphis and Crosstown Arts will present “spark: behind the scenes of ‘World Wonders’” Friday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. Attendees will meet the dancers and artistic staff before the 8 p.m. performance. Cost is free. Visit balletmemphis.org.

30. Fed Minutes Point to Continued Paring of Stimulus -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials agreed at their January meeting that further gradual reductions in their stimulus would be appropriate as long as the economy keeps improving.

31. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Susan S. Stephenson, co-founder, co-chairman and president of Independent Bank, will present “Make it Work Marketing: Sending a Message That Matters.” Cost for nonmembers is $30 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

32. Yellen Debuts as Fed Chair -

For the first time since 2006, someone not named Ben Bernanke testified before the House Financial Services Committee as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Janet Yellen officially assumed the post on Feb. 3.

33. Overton Square Lands New Restaurant -

A new farm-to-table burger restaurant is slated to open in Overton Square in May.

The restaurant by Ben McLean, which is called Belly Acres, will occupy 3,894 square feet at 202 Trimble Place in Overton Square, on the east side of the new Tower Courtyard with a patio overlooking the area.

34. Applications for Jobless Benefits Rise to 339,000 -

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 8,000 last week to 339,000, evidence that layoffs ticked up. Still, the increase wasn’t enough to suggest the job market is worsening.

35. Applications for Jobless Benefits Rise to 339,000 -

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 8,000 last week to 339,000, evidence that layoffs ticked up. Still, the increase wasn't enough to suggest the job market is worsening.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, increased 3,500 to a seasonally adjusted 336,750.

36. Yellen to Investors: Expect Continuity at the Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought Tuesday to reassure investors that she will embrace the approach to interest-rate policy that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, pursued before he stepped down as chairman last month.

37. Overton Square Lands New Restaurant -

A new farm-to-table burger restaurant is slated to open in Overton Square in May.

The restaurant by Ben McLean, which is called Belly Acres, will occupy 3,894 square feet at 202 Trimble Place in Overton Square, on the east side of the new Tower Courtyard with a patio overlooking the area.

38. 'Old Man's Knee' May Bench Tigers' Pellom -

University of Memphis forward David Pellom did not play Saturday, Feb. 1, at SMU because of a sore left knee. He did not practice Monday because of the knee, and Tigers coach Josh Pastner called Pellom “questionable” for the Tuesday, Feb. 4, game at FedExForum against Rutgers.

39. Yellen Sworn In as Fed Chair -

Janet Yellen was sworn in Monday to succeed Ben Bernanke, becoming the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve in its 100-year history.

Yellen, who was confirmed by the Senate last month, was sworn in by Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo, the senior member of the Fed’s seven-member board.

40. HopeWorks Fundraiser To be Held March 1 -

Dr. Ben Carson, an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, will speak at the sixth annual Morning of Hope breakfast and fundraiser Saturday, March 1.

41. Fewer Signed Contracts to Buy US Homes in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes in December, suggesting a slowdown in real estate. Pending home sales fell to the lowest point since October 2011.

42. Applications for Jobless Benefits Rise to 348,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 19,000 last week to 348,000, the highest in about a month. But the broader trend in applications remains low.

The Labor Department says that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased just 750 to 333,000. The increase follows three weeks of declines.

43. HopeWorks Breakfast Fundraiser Planned for March 1 -

Dr. Ben Carson, an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, will speak at the sixth annual Morning of Hope breakfast and fundraiser Saturday, March 1.

44. Fed to Reduce Pace of Bond Buying by Another $10 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is pushing ahead with a plan to shrink its bond-buying program because of a strengthening U.S. economy. It's doing so even though the prospect of reduced Fed stimulus and higher U.S. interest rates has rattled global markets.

45. US Durable Goods Orders Drop 4.3 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Businesses cut back sharply on their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in December with a key category that signals business investment plans falling by the biggest amount in five months.

46. Despite Market Unrest, Fed Likely to Pare Stimulus -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as Ben Bernanke prepares to turn the chairmanship of the Federal Reserve over to Janet Yellen, global markets are on edge over the prospect that she'll extend a policy he began: a steady pullback in the Fed's extraordinary economic stimulus.

47. Consumer Spending Likely to Boost Growth in 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hopes are rising that consumers will drive stronger growth in 2014 after they stepped up spending at the end of last year in the United States and Europe.

The outlook for spending is brightening even though growth is weakening in some large emerging economies and slowing the sales of consumer product giants such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble.

48. Redbirds Ownership Transition Underway -

The transition of the Memphis Redbirds to their new owners, the St. Louis Cardinals, is underway.

Cardinal officials have said they would want to do some rebranding, but not at the expense of the Redbirds and AutoZone Park feeling like they belong to Memphis.

49. US Employers Advertise Most Jobs Since March 2008 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised more jobs in November and more Americans quit, positive signs for millions who are unemployed and looking for work.

The Labor Department said Friday that job openings rose 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted 4 million, the most in 5 ½ years. And the number of people quitting increased 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted 2.4 million, a five-year high.

50. US Wholesale Costs Rose Last Month on Gas Prices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. wholesale prices increased in December, pushed up by rising gasoline prices and energy costs. But overall inflation remained mild.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the producer price index, which measures costs before they reach the consumer, rose 0.4 percent last month from November. That ends three straight months of falling wholesale prices.

51. Obama Picks Ex-Bank of Israel Head as No. 2 at Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama took a step Friday toward reshaping the Federal Reserve under incoming chairman Janet Yellen, choosing a leading expert on the global economy to be her vice chairman.

52. Unemployment Benefit Claims Drop to 330,000 -

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 330,000, signaling fewer layoffs and steady job growth.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average dropped 9,750 to 349,000.

53. Idea Factories -

Never mind how fully formed or exciting the concept sounds, Michael Overton, partner and creative director at inferno, is probably going to want to see it on the wall.

54. AP Exclusive: New Jobless Benefit Plan Advanced -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed optimism Thursday about chances for compromise on jobless legislation, and officials said talks were focused on a scaled-back program that is fully paid for and would provide up to 31 weeks of benefits for the long-term unemployed.

55. Unemployment Benefit Claims Drop to 330,000 -

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 330,000, signaling fewer layoffs and steady job growth.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average dropped 9,750 to 349,000.

56. Fed Reduced Bond Buys After Seeing Big Job Gains -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve agreed last month to modestly reduce its bond purchases because of improvements in the job market that many Fed members felt would be sustained.

Many participants called the job gains "meaningful," according to the minutes.

57. Yellen Faces Challenges as Fed Trims Bond Buys -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Janet Yellen will take the helm of a Federal Reserve facing a significantly different economic landscape from the one that dominated Ben Bernanke's tenure as chairman, confronting her with different decisions as well.

58. US Home Prices Tick Up 0.1 Percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices barely rose in November from the previous month and year-over-year gains slowed, reflecting declines in sales in the fall.

Real estate data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices increased just 0.1 percent in November from October. That's down slightly from October and far below August's 0.9 percent gain.

59. Senate Ready to OK Yellen to Lead Federal Reserve -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is ready to approve Janet Yellen's nomination to become the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve in its century-long history.

Yellen is a long-time advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank's recent efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases. She was expected to win easy approval in Monday's vote.

60. Bernanke: 2014 Could be Better Year for US Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday predicted a stronger year for the U.S. economy in 2014, saying several factors that have held back growth appear to be abating.

61. Unemployment Benefit Claims Drop to 339,000 -

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, evidence that layoffs are low and hiring will likely remain steady.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average rose 8,500 to 357,250.

62. Unemployment Benefit Claims Drop to 339,000 -

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, evidence that layoffs are low and hiring will likely remain steady.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average rose 8,500 to 357,250.

63. Makino Named Music Director at Opera Memphis -

Ben Makino has joined Opera Memphis as the company’s music director. The conductor and pianist, who most recently worked with the Long Beach Opera in Long Beach, Calif., previously served as the music director of Opera Memphis’ inaugural 30 Days of Opera in 2012.

64. In the Press Magazine Hosts Benefit -

In the Press Magazine, an independently owned and operated faith-based magazine, hosted a holiday gala and food benefit Sunday, Dec. 29, at Downtown’s 300 South Main Gallery, marking the publication’s official release party.

65. CEO Predictions for the Next 100 Years of Flying -

NEW YORK (AP) – Millions of people step aboard airplanes each day, complaining about the lack of legroom and overhead space but almost taking for granted that they can travel thousands of miles in just a few hours.

66. Signed Contracts to Buy US Homes Level Off -

The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy existing homes in November was essentially unchanged from October, suggesting sales are stabilizing after several months of declines.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index ticked up to 101.7 from 101.5 in October. The October figure was revised lower from an initial reading of 102.1.

67. Senate Votes Preliminary OK for Yellen to Lead Fed -

The Senate has cleared the way for Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve.

Senators voted 59-34 Friday to end debate on the president's nomination of Yellen. Approval is expected Jan. 6, the day the Senate returns from winter recess.

68. Health Care Tactics Split Republican Senate Rivals -

ATLANTA (AP) – Republicans who want to regain control of the Senate will first have to do battle among themselves in 2014 primary elections, due largely to differences over how to proceed against the law they deride as "Obamacare."

69. What Does the Fed Say? -

Ben Bernanke announced a tapering of the Federal Reserve’s asset purchase program from $85 billion to $75 billion at his final FOMC meeting last week, and contrary to pundit fears, the Dow Jones Industrial Average threw him a going away celebration by rallying to new highs. What he said:

70. Headphones, Speakers Top Gift Lists -

ATLANTA (AP) – Listen up, Santa: Headphones, speakers and other audio gear are topping the holiday gift lists of many Americans.

Audio equipment is among the top-selling electronics gifts this holiday season, accounting for 13 percent of the $8 billion in consumer electronics sales between Nov. 24 and Dec. 7, according to research firm NPD Group.

71. US Consumer Spending Rose 0.5 Percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their spending in November by the most in five months, and their income edged up modestly.

Consumer spending rose 0.5 percent from October, when spending had risen 0.4 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday. It was the best showing since June. The gain was driven by a jump in spending on long-lasting durable goods such as autos.

72. Congress OKs New IRS Chief, Ends Turbulent Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A cross Congress ended its business for the year Friday as the Senate approved a new boss for the troubled Internal Revenue Service but remained slowed and bitterly riven over majority Democrats' weakening of Republicans' power to filibuster.

73. US Economy Expands at 4.1 Percent Rate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a solid 4.1 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest pace since late 2011 and significantly higher than previously thought. Much of the upward revision came from stronger consumer spending.

74. Senate Votes Preliminary OK for Yellen to Lead Fed -

The Senate has cleared the way for Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve.

Senators voted 59-34 Friday to end debate on the president’s nomination of Yellen. Approval is expected Jan. 6, the day the Senate returns from winter recess.

75. Collierville Mercedes-Benz Dealership Hosts Giveaway -

Mercedes-Benz of Collierville has announced a giveaway to celebrate the grand opening of the dealership, which is scheduled for March.

For the contest, participants will be entered to win a 24-month lease on a 2014 Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport Sedan, which will be given away in December 2014. The first round of entries for the year-long campaign is under way now, with entries being accepted via Facebook and Twitter until Jan. 31.

76. Weekly US Jobless Claims Hit 9-Month High of 379,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 379,000, the highest since March. The increase may reflect volatility around the Thanksgiving holidays.

77. US Home Construction Hits Highest Pace in 5 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders broke ground on homes at the fastest pace in more than five years, strong evidence that the housing recovery is accelerating despite higher mortgage rates.

78. Fed Will Reduce Bond Purchases by $10 Billion in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has sent its strongest vote of confidence in the U.S. economy since the Great Recession struck six years ago: It's decided the economy is finally strong enough to withstand a slight pullback in the Fed's stimulus.

79. Collierville Mercedes-Benz Dealership Hosts Giveaway -

Mercedes-Benz of Collierville has announced a giveaway to celebrate the grand opening of the dealership, which is scheduled for March.

For the contest, participants will be entered to win a 24-month lease on a 2014 Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport Sedan, which will be given away in December 2014. The first round of entries for the year-long campaign is under way now, with entries being accepted via Facebook and Twitter until Jan. 31.

80. Fed Likely to Maintain Bond-Buying Pace for Now -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Is this week when the Federal Reserve finally slows its aggressive stimulus for the economy? Or does it want to await more evidence of a consistently improving economy?

81. AP Survey: US Income Gap is Holding Back Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals.

It's hurting the U.S. economy.

So says a majority of more than three dozen economists surveyed last week by The Associated Press. Their concerns tap into a debate that's intensified as middle-class pay has stagnated while wealthier households have thrived.

82. Bernanke: Bold Actions Critical in Fed's 100 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Joined by his two predecessors, Ben Bernanke marked the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve by reflecting on the bold actions past chairmen have had to take in the best interest of the U.S. economy.

83. The Healing Continues -

With another successful earnings season in the books, earnings news will move to the backburner for financial market observers. In the midst of this earnings vacuum, economic news moves to the forefront, as investors try to determine if the strong earnings will be sustainable via a healing economy. Or, if the economic support is beginning to deteriorate, perhaps earnings have peaked.

84. Solid US Job Growth Cuts Unemployment to 7 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. job market is proving sturdier than many had thought.

Solid job growth in November cut the U.S. unemployment rate to 7 percent, a five-year low. The surprisingly robust gain suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate. As more employers step up hiring, more people have money to spend to drive the economy.

85. Five Memphis Artists Win ArtsMemphis Grants -

Five Memphis-area artists will be the first recipients of ArtsAccelerator grants, created earlier this year by ArtsMemphis to help individual working artists in the field of visual arts.

The winners are Ben Butler, Mary Jo Karimnia, Susan Maakestad, Brandon Marshall, and Terri Phillips. Each artist will receive a $3,000 ArtsAccelerator grant, and all projects will be completed by August 2014.

86. Five Memphis Artists Win ArtsMemphis Grants -

Five Memphis-area artists will be the first recipients of ArtsAccelerator grants, created earlier this year by ArtsMemphis to help individual working artists in the field of visual arts.

The winners are Ben Butler, Mary Jo Karimnia, Susan Maakestad, Brandon Marshall, and Terri Phillips. Each artist will receive a $3,000 ArtsAccelerator grant, and all projects will be completed by August 2014.

87. Bitcoin Gains Popularity in Memphis -

Bitcoin has arrived in Memphis.

Businesses in the Memphis area and slightly beyond that are now accepting payment in the form of the new digital currency include Memphis IT Works, an information technology consultancy. The company, which provides systems management for companies of various sizes as well as offering computer safety consulting and testing, joins thousands around the country now accepting bitcoin, a number that’s continuing to grow.

88. Music Veterans Record Song to Benefit St. Jude -

The efforts of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have been the focus of an outpouring of financial and charitable support in recent weeks, the latest example of which is a song by music industry veterans to raise money for the hospital.

89. Senate Panel Advances Yellen’s Bid to Lead Fed -

A Senate panel on Thursday advanced Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, setting up a final vote in the full Senate after lawmakers return from a two-week Thanksgiving break.

The Senate Banking Committee approved her nomination on a 14-8 vote. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-V.Wa., was the only Democrat to oppose Yellen's nomination. Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mark Kirk of Illinois supported her.

90. Unemployment Benefit Applications Decline -

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 last week, the lowest since late September and further evidence of an improving job market.

91. Senate Panel Advances Yellen's Bid to Lead Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel on Thursday advanced Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, setting up a final vote in the full Senate after lawmakers return from a two-week Thanksgiving break.

92. Unemployment Benefit Applications Decline -

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 last week, the lowest since late September and further evidence of an improving job market.

93. Democrats Launch Effort to Renew Jobless Benefits -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats on Capitol Hill have launched a drive to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for people out of work for more than six months.

Benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed people expire just three days after Christmas. Lawmakers say another 1.9 million people would miss out on the benefits in the first six months of next year.

94. Yellen Stands by Fed's Low Rate Policies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Janet Yellen made clear Thursday that she's prepared to stand by the Federal Reserve's extraordinary efforts to pump up the economy when she's chairman, if that's what it needs.

95. Rhodes Lecture Gives Insight Into ‘Genius’ -

You don’t have to be a genius to appreciate Wednesday night’s lecture by author and historian Darrin McMahon at Rhodes College.

96. Inman Joins Next Day Access as Franchise Manager -

Greg Inman has joined accessibilities solutions provider Next Day Access as franchise manager for the Memphis office, where he will supervise sales, marketing, service management and hiring. Next Day Access offers wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, bathroom safety products and other accessibility products for people with disabilities or accessibility challenges.

97. $2.1 Million Loan Filed for Bent Tree Apartments -

An affiliate of the locally owned, faith-based nonprofit Global Ministries Fellowship has filed a $2.1 million loan for the 379-unit Bent Tree Apartments in Whitehaven.

GMF-Bent Tree LLC filed the leasehold deed of trust, security agreement and assignment of leases and fixture filing Oct. 30 through Merchants Bank of Indiana.

98. Fed Leaves Low Interest-Rate Policies Unchanged -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy still needs support from its low interest-rate policies because it is growing only moderately.

In a statement Wednesday after a policy meeting, the Fed said it would keep buying $85 billion a month in bonds to keep long-term interest rates low and encourage borrowing and spending.

99. Social Security Benefits to Go Up by 1.5 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Social Security benefits will rise 1.5 percent in January, giving millions of retired and disabled workers an average raise of $19 a month to keep up with the cost of living.

100. Dimmer View of Economy Makes Fed Pullback Unlikely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A lot can change in six weeks.

When the Federal Reserve last met in mid-September, almost everyone expected it to start reducing the stimulus it's given the U.S. economy to help it rebound from the Great Recession.