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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. Brewing Opportunity -

When Memphians like Jimmy Lewis are leaving established careers to remake themselves as coffee roasters, it’s one sign that coffee culture in Memphis is abundant with opportunity and steadily coming into its own.

41. Prince, Leuer Lead Grizzlies Bench Above the Rim and Under the Radar -

Let’s start with the dunks. Dunks by bench players – Jon Leuer and Tayshaun Prince – who don’t even know from night to night if they will get to play, never mind have an opportunity to catch a sliver of the spotlight.

42. Nashville Reaps Benefits of Welcoming Policies -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – When the White House announced that Nashville would be the backdrop for a speech by President Obama on immigration, a spokesman praised the city's efforts to welcome and integrate its fast-growing immigrant population.

43. Incumbent Council Members Weighing Choices -

The only open seat on the Memphis City Council in the 2011 city elections is once again an open seat going into the 2015 city elections.

Current council member Lee Harris was elected to the state Senate in the August elections and will resign effective Jan. 12. That means the remaining 12 council members will appoint someone to fill the year remaining in Harris’s four-year council term of office.

44. Grizz Need Bench That Showed Up Against Lakers -

In the Twitterverse Tuesday night, everyone was counting Kobe Bryant’s misses at FedExForum. In the fourth quarter, Bryant let fly a turnaround jumper over the Grizzlies’ Courtney Lee that missed and Bryant had set the all-time NBA record for missed field goals.

45. Entrepreneur Spirit Drives Owners of The Attic -

She was young and had a nice corporate career going straight out of school. So a lot of people would have traded places with Alexandra Nicole, who spent six years as a sales rep at International Paper.

46. Holiday Cards to Benefit Overton Park -

To celebrate and benefit Overton Park in Midtown, Overton Park Conservancy is offering four exclusive holiday card designs with illustrations of some of the park’s signature spaces.

Designs feature the Overton Bark dog park, the Bike Gate plaza, the Greensward, and the Old Forest trails. Illustrated by 2014 Memphis College of Art graduate Iryna Kurylo, each card depicts the park as a winter wonderland.

47. Secours' Video Histories: The Gift That Keeps Giving -

Five days before her mother died, Molly Secours did what seemed natural. She took out her video camera and began asking questions.

Those moments were the last ones caught on film, and for Secours, capturing her mother’s story not only gave her a lasting document of her life, but the mini-film she created from the footage helped her process her grief.

48. Benson Appointed County Fire Chief -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has appointed the director of the Memphis Fire Department to be the new Shelby County Fire Department chief.

49. Fed Folds Quantitative Easing -

Nearly five years after the conclusion of the Great Recession, the U.S. Federal Reserve has chosen to conclude its quantitative easing program. Ben Bernanke thought long and hard about the potential for Central Bank “emergency measures” like QE throughout his academic career. His devotion to Milton Freidman and the quantity theory of money (money supply * velocity = GDP) provided the orthodoxy for the U.S. response to the financial crisis.

50. Holiday Cards to Benefit Overton Park -

To celebrate and benefit Overton Park in Midtown, Overton Park Conservancy is offering four exclusive holiday card designs with illustrations of some of the park’s signature spaces.

Designs feature the Overton Bark dog park, the Bike Gate plaza, the Greensward, and the Old Forest trails. Illustrated by 2014 Memphis College of Art graduate Iryna Kurylo, each card depicts the park as a winter wonderland.

51. Amendments, Wine Dominate Election Day -

The last of 2014’s three elections promises to be defined just as much by the questions on the ballot as it is by the choices among candidates.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, across Tennessee, with polls open in Shelby County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

52. Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget, Health Tracking -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.

53. May We Remember -

MAY WE NOTE LEST WE FORGET. The day after Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee died last week, I told my audience that I was going to open my remarks with a question, and I knew I was going to be depressed by the answer.

54. How Well Did the Fed's Stimulus Work? -

NEW YORK (AP) – Soaring inflation. A collapsing dollar. Bubbles in financial markets that would soon pop. One presidential candidate even suggested that the Federal Reserve chairman should be roughed up.

55. Retail Skirmish Blocks Apple Pay at Checkout Line -

NEW YORK (AP) – Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast.

Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn't offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system. But the decision to not accept Apple Pay by retailers that already have contactless terminals in the checkout line is a "skirmish" rooted in competition.

56. Social Security Benefits Get Another Tiny Increase -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes.

The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government benefits for millions of disabled veterans, federal retirees and people drawing disability payments for the poor.

57. Hybrid Pension Plan Resets Council Debate on Benefits -

If it wasn’t apparent before, it became apparent Tuesday, Oct. 21, that the city’s effort to change the pension system of city employees is back at square one.

The council was already scheduled Tuesday to hear from Segal Consulting, the actuary firm the council hired at the outset of its discussion about pension changes proposed by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

58. Most Congressional Incumbents Appear Safe in Tennessee -

After defeating his Republican primary opponent by a mere 38 votes, scandal-ridden U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais appears to be only one of Tennessee's nine incumbent House members to face a serious challenge in the general election.

59. Yellen: Greatly Concerned By Widening Inequality -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.

60. Ben Little's: Service Station Service in Self-Serve World -

The gentle soul who used to get his hair cut by an Everly Father a couple of doors down – and who pumped 100 percent pure gas to keep country immortal Ernest Tubb movin’ on – has enjoyed the last four-plus decades next to what used to be called Hailey’s Shopping Center.

61. McDonald's Invites Questions About Its Food -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef.

The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood. The company has run similar campaigns in Canada and Australia and said Monday it's bringing the effort to its flagship market.

62. 'I Voted' Stickers Feature GOP Name in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – No matter how Tennessee voters cast their ballots, they'll be offered "I Voted" stickers featuring the name of a key Republican who's not running for office – yet.

63. Joerger to Host Benefit Grizz Preview Dinner -

Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Dave Joerger will host the “Grizzlies Season Preview Dinner with Dave Joerger” Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Colonial Country Club in Cordova. This marks Joerger’s second event benefiting the National Junior Tennis & Learning on the heels of last year’s inaugural “Taste for Tennis.”

64. Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for Some Part-Timers -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

65. Football Dreams -

Call the doctor, the sports doctor. Because the collective temperature of Mid-South college football fans is at unsafe levels.

Mississippi State and Ole Miss are undefeated and tied for third in the Associated Press poll. The historically downtrodden University of Memphis football program just blasted preseason American Athletic Conference favorite Cincinnati on the road and hung with both Ole Miss and UCLA.

66. Evans Hears Arguments Over City Health Insurance Benefits -

Chancellor Walter Evans won’t rule until later this month on a move by city retirees to at least temporarily halt the city’s plan to end a 70 percent subsidy of health insurance premiums for city retirees.

67. Paulson: AIG Bailout Designed to be Punishment -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The 2008 government bailout of American International Group Inc. was specifically designed to punish the insurance giant, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in U.S. court Monday.

68. City Council Weighs Fluid Benefits Decisions -

Memphis City Council members have third and final votes scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 7, on a set of changes to the city’s pension benefits that are the second of two major sets of reforms in benefits for city employees and retirees.

69. Joerger to Host Benefit Grizzlies Preview Dinner -

Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Dave Joerger will host the “Grizzlies Season Preview Dinner with Dave Joerger” Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Colonial Country Club in Cordova. This marks Joerger’s second event benefiting the National Junior Tennis & Learning on the heels of last year’s inaugural “Taste for Tennis.”

70. Applications for Jobless Benefits Drops to 287,000 -

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.

71. Archer-Malmo Makes Another Round of Hires -

Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo has made another batch of hires.

The firm has added Mike Annear and Jason Jones to its account service team; Josh Harper, Blaine Lloyd and Drew Fleming to its creative team; and Sarah Brown, Carmen Butts, Carlee Hill, Michael DeVry, Ben Hooper and Addie McGowan to its digital team.

72. Applications for Jobless Benefits Drops to 287,000 -

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.

73. Archer-Malmo Makes Another Round of Hires -

Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo has made another batch of hires.

The firm has added Mike Annear and Jason Jones to its account service team; Josh Harper, Blaine Lloyd and Drew Fleming to its creative team; and Sarah Brown, Carmen Butts, Carlee Hill, Michael DeVry, Ben Hooper and Addie McGowan to its digital team.

74. Neighborhood Art -

Downtown’s South Main neighborhood may have been part of the first official arts district in the city of Memphis, but that’s not been exactly obvious while looking around on a drive or walk through the area.

75. Unemployment Benefit Applications Rise -

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign that hiring will likely remain healthy.

76. Racquetball to Benefit Church Health Center -

The 10th annual E-Force PowerSlam Racquetball Open to benefit the Church Health Center will be held Oct. 24-25 in Memphis.

WellWorX Sporting Clubs at 6161 Shelby Oaks Drive will serve as the host site for the tournament. Multiple skill and age divisions for men and women are available for singles and doubles play. The entry fee for one event is $45; participants may play up to three events and receive a reduced rate for the second and third events.

77. US Unemployment Benefit Applications Fall Sharply -

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.

The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 299,500, the Labor Department said Thursday. The total number of people collecting benefits during the first week of September was 2.43 million, the fewest since May 2007.

78. US Unemployment Benefit Applications Fall Sharply -

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.

The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 299,500, the Labor Department said Thursday. The total number of people collecting benefits during the first week of September was 2.43 million, the fewest since May 2007.

79. Marx-Bensdorf Expands in East Memphis -

A prominent Memphis realty company has expanded its presence in East Memphis. Marx-Bensdorf Realtors has grown in the office building at 5860 Ridgeway Loop Blvd. by 526 square feet, bringing its total to 4,653 square feet.

80. 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.

81. Social Security Resumes Mailing Benefit Statements -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, the agency announced Tuesday.

82. Speculation Swirls Over Fed Language on Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When the Federal Reserve issues a policy statement after it meets this week, the financial world will be on high alert for two words:

"Considerable time."

The presence or absence of that phrase will trigger a rush to assess the likely timing of the Fed's first increase in interest rates since it cut them to record lows in 2008.

83. Racquetball Tournament to Benefit Church Health Center -

The 10th annual E-Force PowerSlam Racquetball Open to benefit the Church Health Center will be held Oct. 24-25 in Memphis.

WellWorX Sporting Clubs at 6161 Shelby Oaks Drive will serve as the host site for the tournament. Multiple skill and age divisions for men and women are available for singles and doubles play. The entry fee for one event is $45; participants may play up to three events and receive a reduced rate for the second and third events.

84. Entercom Launches ‘Fantasy Kickoff’ -

Entercom Memphis has started a new live local show called “Fantasy Kickoff” on ESPN 790 AM. “Fantasy Kickoff,” which airs Sundays at 11 a.m., is hosted by Ben Hogan and produced and co-hosted by Bennett Doyle.

85. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State -

KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.

One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.

86. Coalition Works to Preserve Nashville's Music Row -

NASHVILLE (AP) – With development squeezing Nashville's famous Music Row, some in the music industry say time is running out to preserve the district's character and the studios where the Music City's iconic sounds were born.

87. Brand Voice – Ultimate Competitive Advantage -

Your brand is more than your logo. In fact, customers view brands through three distinct lenses – verbal, visual and experiential.

Your logo and the broader look and feel of your brand identity certainly drive a customer’s visual interpretation of your brand. How they are treated when engaging with your brand drives their experiential impression of your brand. That leaves the verbal lens, which is all about your brand’s spoken and written voice.

88. Beneficiary Forms Trump Your Will -

Ray’s take: Few people like to think about death – particularly their own. But a sound estate plan includes dealing with that possibility to be certain your wishes are honored after you “make the switch.”

89. Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits -

After being lampooned for years as one of the worst metro areas in the country for bicyclists and pedestrians, the Memphis region is poised to make a huge leap forward in developing a regional greenway and trail system.

90. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season -

Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.

So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.

91. Steffner Adds SIOR Role to Real Estate Resume -

Since Joe Steffner opened his own commercial real estate firm 10 years ago, the industry veteran has had a front row seat to some wild changes in the industry.

He experienced everything from the boom days of the early- and mid-2000s to the depths of the recession and its crushing aftermath as the decade ended.

92. Yellen to Give Her Outlook as Fed Honeymoon Fades -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the economy through a deep crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his approach with barely a hiccup.

93. Easter Named to Tennessee Appeals Court Bench -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has named Circuit Judge Timothy Lee Easter of Brentwood to fill a criminal appeals court vacancy created by the retirement of Jerry L. Smith.

94. City Union Presents Alternative Plan on Benefits -

Memphis Fire Fighters Association president Thomas Malone takes the union’s plan for reversing city employee and retiree health insurance coverage cutbacks to a city oversight committee Thursday, Aug. 21, on employee issues.

95. City Debuts Health Benefits Website -

The city of Memphis debuted a new website this week that explains changes in health care insurance and coverage for city employees and retirees.

The debut of benefitsmemphis.com comes ahead of the Oct. 1 effective date for premium increases city employees will begin paying.

96. City Debuts Health Benefits Website -

The city of Memphis debuted a new website this week that explains changes in health care insurance and coverage for city employees and retirees.

The debut of benefitsmemphis.com comes ahead of the Oct. 1 effective date for premium increases city employees will begin paying.

97. Tubbs Joins Humane Society as Development and Marketing Director -

Nikki Tubbs has joined the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County as director of development and marketing, responsible for developing and executing the humane society’s fundraising plan, overseeing special events and securing sponsorships, and supervising supplemental development programs and the development team.

98. Regions Insurance Grows Benefits Practice -

Regions Insurance, an affiliate of Regions Bank, has expanded its employee benefits practice in Memphis.

Joining Regions Insurance are Stuart Zalowitz and Jonathan Frisch, owners of Zalowitz Frisch Benefits Group. That addition continues Regions Insurance’s efforts to expand its coverage and capabilities throughout the Southeast.

99. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.

100. Pew: Split Views on Robots' Employment Benefits -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, people could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a luxury and the wealthy could live in walled cities with robots serving as labor.