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1. Grizz Coach Joerger Hosting Junior Tennis Benefit -

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger will host the second annual Grizzlies Season Preview Dinner on Sept. 22.

The event will benefit National Junior Tennis & Learning and will be held at Colonial Country Club, 2736 Countrywood Parkway.

2. Memphis City Council to Revisit Benefits Changes -

Memphis City Council members continue Tuesday, Aug. 18, to revisit decisions they made on retiree and employee benefits in the last year.

At its Tuesday session, council members vote on the first of three readings of an ordinance that would allow some city employees to “freeze” their decision to enter the city’s Deferred Retirement Option Program.

3. Hooker Fights for Right to Die on His Terms -

John Jay Hooker, a household name in Middle Tennessee if nowhere else, is suffering from stage 4 metastatic cancer with weeks, not months to live.

4. Masson Appointed Interim Crime Commission Leader -

Former city of Memphis chief administrative officer Rick Masson is the new interim director of the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission, the independent organization that tracks city and county crime rates and oversees the Operation: Safe Community strategy for fighting crime.

5. Masson Appointed Crime Commission Leader -

Former city of Memphis chief administrative officer Rick Masson is the new interim director of the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission, the independent organization that tracks city and county crime rates and oversees the Operation: Safe Community strategy for fighting crime.

6. Masson Named Interim Head of Memphis Shelby Crime Commission -

Former city of Memphis chief administrative officer Rick Masson is the new interim director of the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission, the independent organization that tracks city and county crime rates and oversees the Operation: Safe Community strategy for fighting crime.

7. Wild Hog Trapping Efforts a Success in Tennessee County -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say efforts to control wild hogs in Overton County have been successful.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says wildlife officers and a county landowner trapped and destroyed 29 hogs in July.

8. Poor Richard’s Appeal -

In the first “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (1733), addressed to “Courteous Reader,” Ben Franklin wrote,

9. Wolf River Greenway Targets Raleigh Riverbend -

At the northernmost bend of the Wolf River in Shelby County, the Wolf River Conservancy has plans for a boat ramp onto the Wolf and a nature center that together promise to change the surrounding area of Raleigh where the river turns.

10. ‘Franklin the Plagiarist’ Revisited -

It’s been said that the Web is a Mecca for writers who are not good to start with and don’t know how to rewrite, revise and edit.

An apt quote on this concept may be found in the current I Swear Cross-plug – uh, Crossword. It is the ultimate memory enhancer, though, the net.

11. Former Tiger Winchell Joins Women’s Basketball Staff -

Alex Winchell, a four-year letter winner at the University of Memphis from 2007 to 2011, has joined the women’s basketball staff as the team’s video coordinator.

Winchell graduated in 2011 with the school record in 3-point field goals made (214) and attempted (638) and ranking fifth in team history with 384 career assists.ß

12. Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means Changes for Benefits -

On June 26, 2015, in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that all couples, regardless of gender, have a fundamental right to marry. The court also directed states to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples, and to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states that previously recognized this union. This decision will impact employee benefits in a number of ways.

13. Ben’s Beginnings in Philly -

Two weeks ago we left the 17-year-old Ben Franklin in the process of fleeing Boston. That was where he and his employer/brother, James, had literally come to blows. At issue were the stated and unstated job requirements of assistant publisher of the New England Courant.

14. Editorial: Creatives Prove Memphis’ Cool Factor is Heating Up -

“If you have the vision, and the gumption, you can create something original in Memphis.”

The Memphis News cover story this week features four distinct entrepreneurs who are living, working and creating in Memphis. The aforementioned quote comes from Ben Fant, principal at local marketing firm Farmhouse. He is just one member of the city’s creative class, one guy trying to make something lasting for himself, his employees and his city.

15. Creatives of Memphis -

Every time Brit McDaniel sits down at the potter’s wheel that's central to her Memphis-based ceramics business Paper & Clay, she's not just focused on infusing that next product with her signature Scandinavian-inspired minimalism.

16. Change – Ready or Not -

Recently I wrote a song titled “Some Change.” Literally, the song is about a guy whose gal has not come home: “Thirty minutes past midnight. Where could you be?” Apparently, something like this has happened before: “On one of your road trips, from sea to shining sea?”

17. $10 Bill Change Rankles Descendant of Alexander Hamilton -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Doug Hamilton is just fine with plans to put a woman's portrait on U.S. paper money, but he'd prefer that the Treasury Department leave the $10 bill alone – particularly the prominent visage of his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Alexander Hamilton.

18. Under Fire for Data Breach, Obama Personnel Chief Steps Down -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The embattled head of the government's personnel office abruptly stepped down Friday, bowing to mounting pressure following the unprecedented breach of private information her agency was entrusted to protect.

19. Orpheum to ‘Roast’ Halloran to Benefit Namesake Center -

The Orpheum Theatre plans to recognize longtime president and CEO Pat Halloran Sept. 24 with a roast benefiting his last and largest project, the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education.

20. Acting Up -

The Knoxville area has a rich legacy of actors who have found success in show business: Patricia Neal, David Keith, Cylk Cozart, David Dwyer, John Cullum, Bruce McKinnon, Polly Bergen, Dale Dickey, Brad Renfro, Johnny Knoxville, perhaps the most famous of all, Dolly Parton, singer/songwriter turned actress.

21. Cardwell a Link to Metro’s Past, Present -

Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell definitely is a member of the “good old boys” network that ran Nashville for decades.

22. Orpheum to ‘Roast’ Halloran To Benefit Namesake Center -

The Orpheum Theatre plans to recognize longtime president and CEO Pat Halloran Sept. 24 with a roast benefiting his last and largest project, the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education.

23. Lew Sticking With Plan to Put Woman on $10 Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is sticking with his plan to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with a woman.

24. Young Ben’s Start -

Next January will mark the 310th birthday of Benjamin Franklin. Thinker, inventor, scientist, diplomat, politician, writer. Founding parent of a great nation. A non-president with his face on a bit of paper currency. As Independence Day is just past us, it’s hardly an inappropriate time to revisit the life and times of this noted early patriot.

25. Memphis' Cost for Non-Pension Benefits Still Controversial -

The amounts are roughly the same at about $1 billion, but there’s a difference between City Hall’s liability for pension and non-pension benefits, including health insurance, for city of Memphis employees.

26. New Laws Include 48-Hour Waiting Period for Abortion -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A mandate for a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion is one of many new Tennessee laws taking effect Wednesday.

The abortion measure affects all seven of the state's abortion clinics. Another law will require abortion facilities performing more than 50 abortions a year be held to the same health and safety standards as other outpatient surgical facilities.

27. Audio Overkill? Some Question Benefits of 'High-Res' Music -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes.

It's a digital format that packs nearly seven times the data found on CDs, touted as producing crystal-clear sounds with a sharpness that'll blow consumers away. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that's the high end of what's known as "high-resolution" audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music compressed into formats like MP3s or Apple's AAC.

28. Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies -

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

29. Trade Bill Clears Senate Hurdle, At Brink of Final Passage -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate pushed bipartisan trade legislation to the brink of final approval Tuesday in a combined effort by President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders to rescue a measure that appeared all but dead less than two weeks ago.

30. Need Reason to Pay By Phone? Apple, Google Add New Features -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The tech industry has been saying for years that smartphones would make traditional wallets obsolete. But most people still use cash or plastic when they shop in stores.

31. Building Green in a Red-Hot Market -

Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs.

Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space.

32. Memphis Restaurants ‘Love Their Patios’ -

The warm weather means it's that time of year again for Memphis diners.

Patios have begun filling up around the city as restaurant patrons flock to outdoor dining settings where they can people-watch, enjoy drinks and nosh on smaller, simpler menu items.

33. Shelby County Schools Board Weighs Benefits Options -

The Shelby County Schools board didn’t take any votes Monday, June 15, as it got a look at more specific recommendations to change health insurance benefits for retirees and employees, including teachers.

34. Meals on Wheels America Gives MIFA $2,500 Grant -

MIFA has received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 13th Annual March for Meals campaign.

Subaru of America Inc. made this year’s grants possible through its seventh annual “Share the Love” event. During the event, Subaru donated $250 to the owner’s choice of participating charities for every new vehicle purchased or leased.

35. Hops Growers Rush To Meet Rising Demand From Craft Brewers -

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) – These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.

36. Different Strokes -

Five years ago, Jim Napolitano left Hillwood Country Club in Nashville to become general manager at Chickasaw Country Club. The economy was still wheezing and Chickasaw, which received its charter in 1922 – or two years after the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote – was trapped in a time warp.

37. Mickelson Calls TPC Southwind ‘Most Underrated Course’ on PGA Tour -

Phil Mickelson may or may not win this year’s FedEx St. Jude Classic. But last Wednesday, or one day before competition started, he did the FESJC a solid when talking about the TPC Southwind course.

38. Memphis City Council Adds Health Benefits Extension to Budget To-Do List -

Memphis City Council members have another decision to make on their list of votes before the fiscal year ends June 30.

The council is weighing extending health insurance benefits through 2016 for city retirees younger than 65.

39. Apple Wants a Lead Role in Streaming Music -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple's iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well under way, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer.

40. Do More Jobs Mean More Economic Security? Not for Some -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy is churning out a lot of jobs these days but not a lot of financial security for many of the people who hold them.

Pay growth, though improving, remains tepid. Many workers have few opportunities to advance. Others have taken temporary, part-time or freelance jobs, with little chance of landing full-time permanent work with benefits.

41. The Soul of Memphis -

What if there was one place that could give a meaningful identity to a new generation of Memphians, preserve the sacred story of Memphis’ social and musical history and communicate the city’s soul to the rest of the world?

42. Salomon Joins Harkavy Shainberg -

Jason D. Salomon, one of the 25 lawyers in Tennessee certified as an estate planning specialist, has joined Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan & Dunstan PLC as a member of the firm.
Salomon focuses his practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, trust implementation and probate administration. He also addresses issues regarding disability planning, elder law, nonprofits and small-business succession.

43. FedEx Extends Title Sponsorship of St. Jude Classic -

FedEx has extended its title sponsorship of the FedEx St. Jude Classic through 2017, the PGA Tour announced Monday, June 1.

“FedEx epitomizes the charitable purpose of the PGA TOUR and what we’re all about,” said PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem. “It continues to play a vital role in growing the FedEx St. Jude Classic’s impact throughout the Memphis community and, in particular, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We are absolutely delighted that FedEx will continue its commitment.”

44. Benefit for Children’s Heart Foundation on June 6 -

Taste of Caribe returns for the 11th year on Saturday, June 6, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at ANF Architects located at 1500 Union Ave. in Downtown Memphis.

45. Stoudamire to Return to Memphis Tigers Bench -

Damon Stoudamire is set to return to the University of Memphis basketball coaching staff.

Stoudamire – a former NBA player who both played and coached for the Memphis Grizzlies – served as an assistant coach for the Tigers from 2011-13. He will return to the Tigers basketball bench in a similar role pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents, head coach Josh Pastner announced.

46. Ed Stanton Nominated to Federal Court Bench -

President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III to be a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

The nomination of Stanton, who has been the chief federal prosecutor for West Tennessee for five years, was announced Thursday, May 21, by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis, who recommended Stanton to the White House after convening a screening committee of local attorneys.

47. Damon Stoudamire to Return to Memphis Tigers Bench -

Damon Stoudamire is set to return to the University of Memphis basketball coaching staff.

Stoudamire – a former NBA player who both played and coached for the Memphis Grizzlies – served as an assistant coach for the Tigers from 2011-13. He will return to the Tigers basketball bench in a similar role pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents, head coach Josh Pastner announced.

48. Benefit for Children’s Heart Foundation on June 6 -

Taste of Caribe returns for the 11th year on Saturday, June 6, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at ANF Architects located at 1500 Union Ave. in Downtown Memphis.

49. The Real Benefit of Design Thinking -

Many days I catch myself uttering “thank you” to the universe, which the mystic Meister Eckhart claims is a prayer sufficient enough to carry an individual through an entire life.

Unlike a policeman or a bartender, I have the radical blessing to work in-depth with people doing inspiring exercises, which bring out the best side of their humanity. Being human is an incredible birthright. Our senses, instincts, and capacity for wonder can evoke awe upon contemplation.

50. Square Roots -

Lucy Woodson and George Saig went to lunch recently in Overton Square.

They chose Babalu, the site where the entertainment district began in 1970 with the opening of the former TGI Friday’s, just months after Memphis voters approved “liquor by the drink.”

51. Tennessee Senator Had Son on State Benefits -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga, who twice voted against Medicaid expansion in Tennessee, told a newspaper that his adult son had "never" been signed up for state benefits.

52. Incumbent’s Advantage Faces Test in Mayor’s Race -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. rolls out a new plan for emergency medical services Tuesday, May 10, that is expected to involve some private, nongovernment involvement.

No further details of the announcement were forthcoming from his administration, but it returns the still-forming 2015 race for mayor to an issue that is basic to virtually every mayoral election: public safety.

53. State Releases Details of Tennessee Lawmaker Health Benefit Cost -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state agency has released detailed information about the nearly $6 million in taxpayer-subsidized health insurance benefits provided to Tennessee lawmakers.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1F9ZdDT) reports that Gov. Bill Haslam's administration handed over the public records, a day after an unexplained delay.

54. TCAT’s 27 Campuses Offer ‘A Different Life’ -

Ready for a new career? If you’re looking for a fresh start, Tennessee may be one of the best places in the world to find it.

Through May 15, residents who want to retrain in a new career field can apply for a full scholarship to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, a unique and highly effective system of technical colleges with 27 main campuses around the state.

55. Dustin Johnson Commits To FedEx St. Jude Classic -

Dustin Johnson has committed to play in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, to be held the week of June 8-14 at TPC Southwind.

Johnson, the world’s No. 8-ranked golfer, won the 2012 FESJC as he made final-round birdies on holes 16 and 17. Currently, Johnson ranks third on the PGA Tour money list and ranks fifth in FedExCup points.

56. Beautiful Minds -

Someday, a famous innovator’s biography may include the story of the first time she used a hammer – at age 4 or 5, at a private Memphis girls school, to pound on a strip of copper.

And how she then took that strip of copper and molded it into the shape of a heart, a tiara or a cool design that meant something to her evolving mind but that adults couldn’t identify.

57. Cooper-Young ‘Pup Crawl’ to Benefit Humane Society -

Twelve Cooper-Young Historic District restaurants are teaming up for a pub crawl to benefit the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

The Cooper-Young Pup Crawl will be held Thursday, May 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

58. Fed Chair Yellen Says Stock Market Prices 'Quite High' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday described stock market valuations as high and said the central bank was carefully monitoring their impact on financial stability.

59. Pair of Employee Benefits Firms Merge -

Two Memphis-based employee benefits firms have merged, effective May 1, and they’re attributing the union in part to the daunting task some firms have of coming to grips with the Affordable Care Act.

60. ULI Gathering Puts Numbers to Poverty Challenge -

The way Steve Guinn sees it, there are two ways for Memphis to reduce its poverty rate by 10 percentage points.

61. Dustin Johnson Commits to Memphis Golf Tournament -

Dustin Johnson has committed to play in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, to be held the week of June 8-14 at TPC Southwind.

Johnson, the world’s No. 8-ranked golfer, won the 2012 FESJC as he made final-round birdies on holes 16 and 17. Currently, Johnson ranks third on the PGA Tour money list and ranks fifth in FedExCup points.

62. Stringfellow Taking Memphis Back to the Basics -

Alex Stringfellow believes it’s time for Memphis to get back to basics.

As chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders division, he’s noticed at lecture events that questions from the audience always return to the same core subjects. This need for information, coupled with a perceived negative attitude among Memphians about the city’s issues, drove him to organize ULI Memphis’ May 4 event, “Getting Back to Basics: The Real Deal of Schools, Crime & Taxes.”

63. Start Co. Uses Startup Insights to Fuel Community Benefits -

A few weeks ago, representatives of Start Co., the Memphis-based venture development organization that guides startups through a few fast-paced business accelerators, spent a day at the library.

64. Live Nation Beale Alliance Touted As Concert Comeback -

On the sidewalk in front of the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street are two brass music notes, side by side. One honors the late Mid-South Concerts promoter Bob Kelley and the other honors Mike Glenn, the New Daisy’s long-time operator.

65. In-State Emphasis Paying Off for Vols Swim Program -

You don’t need to search the Allan Jones Aquatic Center for a reminder of Tennessee’s glory years in men’s swimming under legendary coach Ray Bussard.

Hanging from the rafters are 10 SEC championship banners and the 1978 NCAA championship banner. Bussard coached eight SEC championship teams – the first in 1969 and seven consecutive from 1972-78 – and the NCAA title team.

66. Tony Allen Karaoke Event to Benefit Juvenile Nonprofit -

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen will host his fan-favorite event “Tony Allen Karaoke Night” at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis on Tuesday, March 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event is a benefit for Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up, a program that provides intervention services for more than 750 court-referred youth. JIFF’s program objectives include offering alternatives to youth involved with the juvenile justice system and promoting academic success to those youth and their families.

67. Group Benefits Aids Employers Navigating Health Care Reform -

Tim Finnell admits that the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act are convoluted, and employers trying to navigate group plans for their companies are easily overwhelmed.

That’s where Finnell and his team at Group Benefits LLC step in. They help companies fund strategies and compliance support as well as find insurance packages to fit employees’ medical, vision, dental and disability needs.

68. Secret 'Pre-Meetings' Become Commonplace in Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee House committees are increasingly gathering in cramped, tucked-away conference rooms in the legislative office complex to hold secret "pre-meetings" to discuss pending legislation. The public isn't informed or invited.

69. Daily News Names Managing Editor -

Jane A. Donahoe has joined The Daily News Publishing Co. as managing editor. In her new role, she oversees award-winning coverage of business and government news for both The Daily News and The Memphis News.

70. MIFA Participates in National March for Meals Campaign -

During the month of March, MIFA is participating in March for Meals, a national campaign initiated by the Meals on Wheels Association of America to raise public awareness of senior hunger.

Several community events organized by MIFA will support the Memphis March for Meals effort.

71. Council Honors Streets Ministries Founder Bennett -

The founder of Memphis Streets Ministries has been awarded the Memphis City Council’s annual Humanitarian Award, the highest award the council gives.

Ken Bennett, Streets Ministries’ self-described director of soul, founded the nonprofit ministry in 1987 with a mission of working with and encouraging young Memphians growing up in poverty in the city’s toughest and most blighted neighborhoods.

72. Teammate’s Death Looms Over UT’s Tennis Season -

Tennessee senior Mikelis Libietis sits on the bench before a match on Court 1 at Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center and is reminded of one of his greatest losses.

Not a tennis match.

Court 1 is named “Sean Karl Court” in memory of Brentwood’s Sean Karl, former University of Tennessee tennis player who died Nov. 16, 2014 of cancer. He was 20.

73. Applications for US Unemployment Benefits Fall Sharply -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that strong hiring will likely continue.

Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 36,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The drop nearly reversed a large increase from last month, which likely occurred because of cold weather and snowstorms.

74. Auto Collection to Be Auctioned to Benefit Baker Center -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An antique car collection of the late U.S. Sen. Howard Baker is being auctioned off this weekend to benefit the University of Tennessee center that bears his name.

75. Council Honors Streets Ministries Founder Ken Bennett -

The founder of Memphis Streets Ministries has been awarded the Memphis City Council’s annual Humanitarian Award, the highest award the council gives.

Ken Bennett, Streets Ministries’ self-described director of soul, founded the nonprofit ministry in 1987 with a mission of working with and encouraging young Memphians growing up in poverty in the city’s toughest and most blighted neighborhoods.

76. Four Internal Benefits of Practicing Innovation -

Ultimately, innovation must be defined by the new value it creates for an organization.

Sure, there are many innovations that create nominal value by shaving costs at various points of the value chain. These incremental product or service adaptations are a positive by-product of having an innovation discipline. Sights need to be set higher to really change a category for the better and create a sustainable leadership position in the market.

77. Baker Donelson On Best Companies To Work For List -

Fortune magazine has named Memphis law firm Baker Donelson among the 100 best companies to work for in the U.S.

This is the sixth consecutive year Baker Donelson has landed on the publication’s Best Companies To Work For list.

78. Baker Donelson On Fortune’s Best Companies List -

Fortune magazine has named Memphis law firm Baker Donelson among the 100 best companies to work for in the U.S.

This is the sixth consecutive year Baker Donelson has landed on the publication’s Best Companies To Work For list.

79. Transcripts Reveal Fed Confronting Chaotic Banking System -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Transcripts of Federal Reserve meetings in 2009 showed central bank officials struggling to contain the worst financial crisis in seven decades and searching for the right policies to halt a deepening economic downturn.

80. LEO Events’ Gigas Named Rising Star -

Airika Wallace Gigas, director of sales for Memphis-based LEO Events, has been honored with the Association of Destination Management Executives International’s Rising Star Award, given annually to one outstanding meeting and event-planning professional. Gigas, a destination management certified professional, oversees sales and operations for LEO’s local clients and clients inbound in to Memphis. She manages a team of two and a part time team of 25 people.

81. Belly Acres Marching for MIFA’s Meals -

Belly Acres owner Ben McLean is getting ready to step it up for MIFA’s March for Meals campaign, a month-long effort to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization’s Meals on Wheels program. During March, McLean is soliciting pledges to MIFA for every step he takes in his FitBen Challenge step-a-thon.

82. 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.

83. Belly Acres Marching for MIFA’s Meals -

Belly Acres owner Ben McLean is getting ready to step it up for MIFA’s March for Meals campaign, a month-long effort to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization’s Meals on Wheels program. During March, McLean is soliciting pledges to MIFA for every step he takes in his FitBen Challenge step-a-thon.

84. Fox & Hound Hosts Benefit For Ronald McDonald House -

Fox & Hound in Cordova is teaming up with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis to support children receiving treatment for cancer and other catastrophic childhood illnesses.

Located at 819 Exocet Drive, Fox & Hound will host a celebration to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis on Thursday, Feb. 26. The party will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., where guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary sampling of Fox & Hound’s signature dishes, including Greek Hummus, Drunken Chicken Tenders, Tavern Wings, Napa Spinach Salad and Black Forest Sliders.

85. Rite Aid to Pay $2 Billion for Pharmacy Benefit Manager -

Rite Aid is expanding from running drugstores into managing pharmacy benefits with a planned, $2 billion purchase of EnvisionRx.

The company said it will pay about $1.8 billion in cash and $200 million in stock for EnvisionRx, a pharmacy benefit manager, owned by the investment firm TPG.

86. Archer-Malmo Starts 2015 with Batch of Hires -

Memphis-based advertising agency archer-malmo has added 10 new hires to its ranks.

They include Samantha Blake and Dianna Davis on the account service team; Ben Colar, Megan Schmitt and Barry Wolverton on the creative side; Jeff Janovetz, Madeline Otto and Jonah Westbrook to digital; Cheryl Mathis to accounting; and Lisa Hawkins to media.

87. Joerger to Co-Chair Event Benefiting Tennis Memphis -

Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Dave Joerger and his wife, Kara Joerger, will co-chair the second annual “A Serving for Tennis” event Feb. 20 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Pink Palace Museum. The event will benefit Tennis Memphis and their National Junior Tennis and Learning program.

88. Archer-Malmo Starts 2015 With Batch of Hires -

Memphis-based advertising agency archer-malmo has added 10 new hires to its ranks.

They include Samantha Blake and Dianna Davis on the account service team; Ben Colar, Megan Schmitt and Barry Wolverton on the creative side; Jeff Janovetz, Madeline Otto and Jonah Westbrook to digital; Cheryl Mathis to accounting; and Lisa Hawkins to media.

89. Integrate Employee Benefits to Streamline HR -

Human resource departments are oftentimes consumed with managing multiple benefit programs, unable to dedicate the time necessary to developing a truly strategic benefits package that attracts a strong workforce.

90. Joerger to Co-Chair Event Benefiting Tennis Memphis -

Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Dave Joerger and his wife, Kara Joerger, will co-chair the second annual “A Serving for Tennis” event Feb. 20 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Pink Palace Museum. The event will benefit Tennis Memphis and their National Junior Tennis and Learning program.

91. US Unemployment Benefit Applications Plunge to 15-Year Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy.

Weekly applications dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the lowest level since April 2000. It is also the biggest decline in two years. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 8,250 to 298,500.

92. Low Inflation Likely to Keep Fed 'Patient' About a Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.

93. Events -

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School will host an opening reception for “Earthbound Treasures: New Works by Tiffany Myers Foss and Katie Dann” Friday, Jan. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 13. Visit buckmanartscenter.com.

94. Coalition Announces Effort to Preserve Nashville's Music Row -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Fresh off their successful effort to prevent the demolition of a Nashville studio that once recorded the likes of Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, advocates want to include all of the city's Music Row area in their preservation efforts.

95. Key Decisions on Drones Likely From Congress -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.

96. Memphis Resolutions -

The end of the year hastens a season of resolutions about the year ahead, resolutions about what to include on the blank canvas of a new year.

No matter who you are, the road to 2015 starts at the same place – through the experience of 2014. With that in mind, we surveyed many of the people we’ve covered in these pages in the last year to talk about the possibilities ahead.

97. Five Indicted of Fraud in Benefits Case -

A year after federal agents boxed up records and other items at several day cares and grocery stores in an investigation of fraud in federal nutrition and child care benefits, a federal grand jury has indicted five people for the fraud totaled at millions of dollars in public money.

98. E-Commerce Shift Could Benefit Region -

The Target online distribution center slated to open in Memphis next year is not only a major jobs generator in an area desperate for them, it could signal the region’s arrival as an e-commerce-based distribution hub, according to real estate experts.

99. New Daisy to Host New Year’s Broadcast -

On New Year’s Eve, the New Daisy will be transformed into a one-night "light and sound spectacular" with its Lights Out! NYE Experience event.

Beginning at 10 p.m., iHeartRadio will broadcast live from the New Daisy, 340 Beale St., to more than an estimated 8 million listeners across the country with on-air personality Brodee as part of the iHeartMedia NYE "Coast to Coast" celebration.

100. New Daisy to Host iHeartRadio New Year's Broadcast -

On New Year’s Eve, the New Daisy will be transformed into a one-night “light and sound spectacular” with its Lights Out! NYE Experience event.

Beginning at 10 p.m., iHeartRadio will broadcast live from the New Daisy, 340 Beale St., to more than an estimated 8 million listeners across the country with on-air personality Brodee as part of the iHeartMedia NYE “Coast to Coast” celebration.