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1. Microsoft Expands Ad-Free Bing Search for Schools -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

2. Court-Ordered Tobacco Ads Will Include Black Media -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department are including media outlets that target more of the black community in court-ordered advertisements that say the cigarette makers lied about the dangers of smoking, according to a brief filed in U.S. District Court in Washington on Wednesday.

3. Wilson Joins Inferno as PR Manager -

After several years working in Memphis for companies like Varsity Brands and Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals and Mahaffey Fabric Structures, Beth Wilson’s mind began to turn to the possibility of agency work for the next phase of her public relations career.

4. Luttrell: Voters ‘Dropping Out’ of Process -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says “a lack of civility in public discourse” is one of several reasons many Shelby County voters seem uninterested or unaware of this year’s elections in Shelby County.

5. Hard Work Pays Off -

It was 1961 when Mose and Dorothy Higginbotham started Ozark Motor Lines with a 1949 Ford pickup they used to carry freight from Memphis to Missouri.

6. Baptist Foundation Adds Development Officer -

Penny Aviotti has joined the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation staff as a development officer. Previously, she managed First Tennessee Foundation, evaluating the distribution of dollars to nonprofit agencies throughout Tennessee.

7. SchoolSeed Speaker Series Starts Thursday -

Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, will deliver the first speech in the SchoolSeed speaker series Thursday, April 24, at 1 p.m. in the LeMoyne-Owen College Alma C. Hanson Student Center.

8. Ugwueke Named Methodist Le Bonheur President -

Michael O. Ugwueke has been named president and chief operating officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, as well as president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals. In his new role, Ugwueke will be responsible for strategic management of the operations of six hospitals within the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, as well as other key corporate functions.

9. Hollins to Speak at Southwest Tennessee Community College Commencement -

On May 3, 2013, Lionel Hollins was overseeing the Memphis Grizzlies’ first-round playoff-series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum.

This year on May 3, Hollins will be at the Landers Center in Southaven delivering the commencement address to Southwest Tennessee Community College’s 2014 graduating class.

10. Mo’s Bows Founder to Appear on ‘Shark Tank’ -

Memphis entrepreneur and Mo’s Bows founder Moziah Bridges will appear on the hit ABC show “Shark Tank” this Friday, April 25, and it’s a pretty good bet he’ll be dressed to the nines as he displays his typical pluck and sense of style to a panel of investors that includes Mark Cuban.

11. Alexander Touts Importance of Political Role Models -

Among the crowd of 500 who gathered Monday, April 21, for the 11th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards were fourth- and fifth-graders from White Station Elementary School.

Although they were by a wall on the far side of the ballroom at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, they drew the attention of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the keynote speaker for the Rotary Club of Memphis East event sponsored by The Daily News and the University of Memphis.

12. Iraqi Trade Delegation Visits Memphis -

An Iraqi trade delegation in Memphis this week got a look at the FedEx Memphis SuperHub and met with the local Iraqi community.

Naufel Alhassan, commercial counselor for Iraq’s U.S. embassy, also met Monday, April 21, with leaders of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

13. Affordable Care Act Only Chips Away at a Core Goal -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Swan Lockett had high hopes that President Barack Obama's health overhaul would lead her family to an affordable insurance plan, but that hasn't happened.

Instead, the 46-year-old mother of four from Texas uses home remedies or pays $75 to see a doctor when she has an asthma attack.

14. UAW Withdraws Appeal of Volkswagen Union Vote -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee.

In a statement released one hour before the scheduled start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chattanooga, Tenn., UAW President Bob King said the union decided to abandon the challenge because it could have taken months or even years to come to a conclusion.

15. First State Bank Given SBA Lending Honor -

First State Bank has been named the 2013 Small Business Administration Community Bank of the Year for Tennessee.

16. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Tuesday, April 22, through Sunday, April 27, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

17. How to Keep a Fundraising Job -

Part two in a two-part series. We have seen nonprofit executive directors and college presidents pull their hair out over their relationship – or lack of a relationship – with their development staff. There are magic words development professionals say that pour gasoline on a slow smoldering fire. Here are a few.

18. A Funder’s View of Sustainability -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

As the Mid-South’s philanthropic partner since 1969, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is clearly here to stay. That’s why we are interested in initiatives that make our area more livable and connected right now and for future generations.

19. Oldham Catches Criticism for County’s Rape Kit Backlog -

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham took fire at a weekend political forum over his department’s backlog of 300 untested rape kits, which Oldham revealed during budget hearings before the Shelby County Commission earlier in the week.

20. Pepsi Franchise to Open Center in Cape Girardeau -

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A Pepsi franchise is planning to build a new customer service center in Cape Girardeau that could create 74 jobs.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development said Friday that Pepsi MidAmerica would complete the $3.1 million project. The state is offering incentives of up to $1.3 million through community development block grants and the enhanced enterprise zone program.

21. 108th General Assembly Adjourns for Year -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State lawmakers concluded a session Thursday in which they approved measures to allow folks to buy wine in grocery stores, fight methamphetamine production and give high school graduates free tuition at community colleges.

22. Winners and Losers in Tennessee Legislative Session -

Here is a list of some of the winners and losers of the legislative session that concluded on Thursday.

The following bills passed this session:

— ANNEXATION: Bans cities from annexing land without a referendum. HB2371.

23. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Tuesday, April 22, through Sunday, April 27, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

24. Blue Streak Making Difference for Memphis Kids -

To say that the job I was given when I was superintendent of Catholic School for the Memphis Diocese was daunting would be an understatement. One of the assignments I had was to resurrect Catholic education in the inner city of Memphis.

25. Bank On Memphis Continues to Grow -

More than 6,400 Bank On Memphis accounts have been created since 2010, when the Memphis and Shelby County governments joined business and nonprofit groups to launch the initiative.

Most of those were checking accounts, with the rest being savings accounts. Most accounts were opened by residents in the 38109 ZIP code of Whitehaven, followed by Midtown’s 38106 ZIP code and Orange Mound’s 38114 ZIP code.

26. Crews Center Finds Place in Startup Landscape -

At the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis, a feeder system for the rest of the city’s technology, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem is slowly coming together.

A new director has been in place for a few months. Programming is taking shape, and interest is beginning to build as the Crews Center hosts everything from speakers to supporting one-off creative endeavors like the group Memphis Makers and Creators, which recently got funding from the center to build a giant, functional Nintendo controller.

27. Winners and Losers in Tennessee Legislative Session -

Here is a list of some of the winners and losers of the legislative session that concluded on Thursday.

The following bills passed this session:

– ANNEXATION: Bans cities from annexing land without a referendum. HB2371.

28. 108th General Assembly Adjourns for the Year -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers concluded a session Thursday in which they approved measures to allow folks to buy wine in grocery stores, fight methamphetamine production and give high school graduates free tuition at community colleges.

29. Commercial Real Estate Sales Up 6.1 Percent In March -

Shelby County recorded 208 commercial real estate sales in the first quarter, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

30. Year on The Bridge -

In a tiny chapel at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, a group of three people listened intently last week as traffic whizzed by an open door onto Poplar Avenue on the other side of a wrought iron fence.

31. House Passes Haslam Free Tuition Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday.

32. Southbrook Mall Plans Simmer -

If the city is going to spend money on a renovation of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven, it should be part of a larger plan for Whitehaven and tie in to the aerotropolis concept.

That’s what city Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb said Tuesday, April 15, as he outlined a $6.5 million plan for turning the mall into a “town center” that includes some city government offices and private retail.

33. ABA President Silkenat Shares Notion Of ‘Civil Gideon’ -

The president of the American Bar Association sees at least a discussion on the way about a “civil Gideon” – a requirement that a citizen who cannot afford an attorney in a civil court proceeding should have one appointed by the court.

34. Wharton Outlines $596 Million Budget Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. warned Tuesday, April 15, that “half measures” in converting city employees to a defined contributions benefits plan would not restore the city’s financial health and resolve an unfunded pension liability of hundreds of millions of dollars.

35. Bank On Memphis Continues to Grow -

More than 6,400 Bank On Memphis accounts have been created since 2010, when the Memphis and Shelby County governments joined business and nonprofit groups to launch the initiative.

Most of those were checking accounts, with the rest being savings accounts. Most accounts were opened by residents in the 38109 ZIP code of Whitehaven, followed by Midtown’s 38106 ZIP code and Orange Mound’s 38114 ZIP code.

36. The Business Case for Investing in Green Space -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

During 2013 the Greater Memphis Chamber formed the Chairman’s Circle, a group of over 100 Memphis business leaders organized to push for action on key issues to accelerate the regional economy. Early in the life of the organization we created “moon missions,” which are coordinated efforts to truly transform our community.

37. Brewery Project Looks for Answers -

When the Untapped event at the Tennessee Brewery ends June 1, the fortress-like landmark on the south bluffs will still be tentatively slated for demolition in August.

But organizers of the event, which mixes live entertainment, local beer and food, and the experience of gathering in a long-closed courtyard, hope some answers will have emerged about a possible life beyond August.

38. New Media Explosion -

One of the defining features of a traditional newspaper is the content bundle, a broad selection of topics and stories meant to appeal to the widest group of readers possible.

Increasingly, though, upstart digital media outlets are launching in Memphis that take the opposite approach. They’re focusing their brands on content that doesn’t seek to be all things to all people, going after specific niches that the founders of these outlets feel get short shrift from legacy media.

39. I Choose Memphis: Ragan Washburn -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Ragan Washburn

Job Title and Company: Manager of Community Engagement and Events at Duncan-Williams Inc.

40. Commission Budget Season Begins Quietly -

Shelby County Commissioners began their budget season quietly with a first look in committee sessions last week at a $1.2 billion consolidated county budget proposal by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

41. Landmark Community Bank Makes Acquisitions -

Collierville-based Landmark Community Bank has completed acquisitions of Cadence Bank branches in Franklin and Brentwood.

42. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Peter Pan,” a world premiere from the choreographer of “Cinderella” and “Wizard of Oz,” Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

43. Editorial: First Tennessee Bank’s Business Model Endures -

As First Tennessee Bank marks its 150th anniversary, we are reminded of the changes over that span in technology and what our financial institutions have come to offer in the way of services.

44. Milestone Year -

The day after First Tennessee Bank celebrated its 150th birthday a few weeks ago by shooting fireworks over its Downtown Memphis headquarters, with executives and bank stakeholders mingling on a nearby hotel rooftop, the bank’s chairman, president and CEO looked back with pride at his bank’s long history.

45. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Spring’s Best Plant Sale Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

46. Loeb Midtown Center Now Fully Leased -

Loeb Properties’ Belvedere Collection on Union Avenue in Midtown is 100 percent leased.

Agilitas USA Inc., operating as Results Physiotherapy, signed a new lease for 2,280 square feet in Suites 105-106 at the retail strip center.

47. Charlotte’s World -

The first sentence of a recent national news story described Charlotte Jones Anderson as the “most influential woman in the NFL.”

48. Landmark Community Bank Makes Acquisitions -

Collierville-based Landmark Community Bank has completed acquisitions of Cadence Bank branches in Franklin and Brentwood.

49. Events -

Rhodes College will host Gary Schmitt, co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in the Frazier Jelke Science Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Schmitt will present “In the Wake of Edward Snowden: Security, Civil Liberties and American Intelligence.” Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

50. Women’s Foundation Honors Five Legends -

The list of Legends Awards honorees keeps growing. Since 2009, the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis will have honored 32 women with the addition of this year’s five Legends Award honorees. This year’s honorees range in age from 86 to 97 but, if anything, their vast years of experience have served as an inspiration to younger women.

51. Startup Conference Prepares to Return to Memphis -

Final preparations are underway for the startup-focused Everywhere Else conference, which is returning to Memphis at the end of the month after its launch here last year and will bring entrepreneurs, investors and creatives from around the country to the Bluff City.

52. Stephens Joins Maintenance Team at Commercial Advisors -

Timothy Stephens has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as a maintenance mechanic at One Commerce Square. In his new role, Stephens will performing plumbing, painting and general maintenance services.

53. New Digital Pet Magazine Launches -

The number of new digital media outlets launching in Memphis keeps getting bigger. The newest addition is Bluff City Bark, a venture billing itself as Memphis’ first digital pet magazine. The first issue was published a few days ago, and the cover features Jeff Fioranelli, owner of Buckley’s restaurant, photographed with his two dogs, Teddy and Sam.

54. Fourth Annual MED Night Raises Hospital Awareness -

“Celebrate good times, come on!” The song by Kool & the Gang – this year’s MED Night: A Soul Celebration headliner – pretty much encapsulates not only the night, but the overall feeling about Regional One Health’s vision and new direction.

55. Medtronic Lending Helping Hand -

As part of National Volunteer Week, Medtronic volunteers are heading back out into the community to lend a hand at area nonprofits.

Among the highlights: On Tuesday, April 8, they will be at the Mid-South Food Bank from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., cleaning and stocking shelves, as well as helping to organize the “store” where local service agencies come to shop for fresh produce, frozen and refrigerated food and other items. And on Wednesday, April 9, they will volunteer at the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

56. Hillview Village Apartments Sell for $5.9 Million -

2051 E. Alcy Road
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $5.9 million

Sale Date: March 27, 2014
Buyer: 2013 Hillview LP
Seller: Alcy Partners LP
Details: The 265-unit Hillview Village Apartments at 2051 E. Alcy Road in the Defense Depot neighborhood have sold for $5.9 million.

57. Former Memphian Finds Online Success With StyleBlueprint -

Former Memphian Elizabeth Fox and Liza Graves launched the online lifestyle publication StyleBlueprint.com in January 2009 with the goal of connecting women with their community.

58. Conference to Present Power of Networks -

The Mid-South nonprofit community is doing better than it was during the throes of the recession. And there is a report on the 2013 fiscal year as proof that things are better than they once were.

But in the nonprofit world, there is always a need to do more and to expand resources as far as possible. So, when the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence holds its ninth annual conference on May 1 at Temple Israel, the keynote speaker will be an expert on grantmaking.

59. Open House -

The historic James Lee house in Victorian Village is days away from a grand opening celebration, the culmination of a restoration several years in the making that has turned the property once home to the Memphis College of Art into a bed-and-breakfast inn.

60. Haslam Free Tuition Plan Garners Praise, Concern -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal this year, a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, appears on track to pass as lawmakers enter the waning days of the legislative session. The details, however – including how to pay for this perk in the years to come – remain scattered.

61. 2014 Campaigns Hit the Streets -

With the April filing deadline behind them and early voting for the county primaries a week and a half ahead, those running for elected office in Shelby County this year kept a full weekend schedule.

62. Diversified Trust Makes Promotions in Memphis -

Memphis-based Diversified Trust, a comprehensive wealth management firm with more than $5 billion in assets, has promoted seven professionals in its Memphis office.

Robin Smithwick, managing principal of Diversified’s Memphis office, attributed the move to the company’s next generation of leaders becoming more visible and taking on greater responsibility around the firm, which also is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

63. Pahlow Wins Broker of the Year -

After enduring early struggles in his commercial real estate career, Scott Pahlow has reached the top of his industry.

Pahlow, an executive vice president with Newmark Grubb Memphis, was named Commercial Broker of the Year Thursday night at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards gala.

64. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a community day and grand reopening Saturday, April 5. The event includes a 9:30 a.m. Freedom Forward Parade from Cook Convention Center to the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

65. Market Mystery -

Over the last several years, investors ranging from mom-and-pop shops to large hedge funds have been acquiring single-family homes in Memphis at a historic pace.

But determining the long-term impact that investor purchases have made on neighborhoods remains elusive.

66. Past, Present, Future -

The weekend before the formal reopening of the National Civil Rights Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice could be heard in the museum plaza.

67. Report Says Blacks, Latinos Losing Economic Ground -

WASHINGTON (AP) – African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.

68. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a candlelight vigil honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday, April 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the museum courtyard, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

69. Where There’s Smoke -

DON’T WAIT FOR THE FIRE TO FIND THE WATER. Neglect and denial burns in empty buildings and blighted neighborhoods, futures are hazy, moods are dark and the smoke from all of it chokes cities and sends those able to flee to greener ground at the edges, leaving behind a bitter landscape, a smoldering threat.

70. New Partners Sign On to Tennessee Brewery Effort -

This weekend, volunteers will return to the Tennessee Brewery property to continue getting it ready for Tennessee Brewery Untapped, a six-week series of community events that will run April 24 through June 1.

71. Restivo Group Moves to New Midtown Digs -

The Restivo Group Realtors has expanded into new offices at 1861 Madison Ave. in the landmark Gilmore Building.

72. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

73. Co-Op Health Enrollment Still Unknown in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) – It's still too early to tell whether an insurance co-op created solely to sell health plans to Tennesseans through the federal government's exchange was able to compete with the state's big insurers.

74. Deadline Brings High Interest for Health Insurance -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.

75. State Employees, Teachers Won't Get Pay Increase -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he won't be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections, which state officials are looking into.

76. Report: Tennessee Offered Contingent Incentives to VW -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville.

77. Millington Dollar General Sells for $3.2 Million -

The 9,301-square-foot Dollar General store at 8021 Austin Peay Highway in Millington has sold for $3.2 million.

Cash Properties LLC bought the retail property in a March 25 warranty deed from Ware Properties LLC, the Coldwater, Miss.-based company that developed this property and also has developed numerous Dollar General stores in the area.

78. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. National Civil Rights Museum president Beverly Robertson will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

79. Methodist University Hospital Names Liebman New CEO -

Jeff Liebman has joined Methodist University Hospital as chief executive officer. In his new role, Liebman said, he will ensure the hospital continues to be a community resource providing the highest possible quality of care to the community while following the guidelines of the Methodist LeBonheur mission.

80. Ignite Memphis Doubling Event Capacity -

Ignite Memphis, an event at which Memphis creatives give a series of slide-based presentations on a range of diverse topics, sold out its gathering in November.

That’s why the next incarnation of Ignite is more than doubling its venue capacity by moving from Crosstown Arts to Playhouse on the Square, where 12 speakers next week will challenge, inform and perhaps inspire the crowd that’s come to hear them.

81. Deadline Dash: Health Care Sign-Ups Amid Glitches -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more than 125,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills.

82. Yellen: Job Market Needs Low Rates 'For Some Time' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear Monday that she thinks the still-subpar U.S. job market will continue to need the help of low interest rates "for some time."

83. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. in suite 250 of Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave. Stroke survivors will discuss caregiving issues; partners and family will discuss time and stress management. Call 516-6929.

84. Sustainability is a Win for All -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

This April marks the third annual Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County. It has been remarkable and rewarding to watch the growth in activity and awareness around this important issue.

85. Industrial Portfolio Sells for $43 Million -

4550 Swinnea Road6005 Freeport Ave., 3399 E. Raines Road
Memphis, TN
Sale Amounts: $10.1 million; $14.8 million; $18 million

86. Bares: EPIcenter Effort Targets ‘Scalability’ -

It’s all about “scalability” when it comes to creating new businesses in Memphis, and that means creating ones with a reach beyond the city to customers in other places – customers that more often than not are other businesses, not consumers.

87. Mosaic in the Making -

A group of artists soon will be chosen to add something new to the canvas of Downtown’s South Main Historic Arts District.

They’ll be part of a public art program called South Main Mosaic, for which the Downtown Memphis Commission has put out a call for artists based within 250 miles of Memphis to submit everything from sculptures to murals, videos, artistic lighting and more. Up to 10 pieces will be chosen, and a budget of $47,000 has been allocated for artist fees and production of the works.

88. Camp Shelby to Become Equipment Hub -

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – The Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center is being considered as a depot for the return, redeployment and disposal of military equipment now in Afghanistan.

89. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. in suite 250 of Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave. Stroke survivors will discuss caregiving issues; partners and family will discuss time and stress management. Call 516-6929.

90. I Choose Memphis: Sehrish Siddiqui -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Sehrish Siddiqui

Job Title and Company: Attorney at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

91. Pittman Brings Love of Memphis to Yelp Role -

On a recent lunchtime visit to Mot & Ed’s, the restaurant at 1354 Madison Ave. specializing in Southern food with a popular stuffed burger, Joelle Pittman immediately got the owner’s attention after the owner introduced herself and found out Pittman works for Yelp.

92. Haslam’s Medicaid Expansion Talks Continue -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has walked a fine line since announcing a year ago that the state would not accept federal funding for an expansion of TennCare, Tennessee’s version of Medicaid, at least for now.

93. Caught in the Middle -

Even before the Affordable Care Act came along, Deborah Casey was living between a logistical rock and an economic hard place. Casey, a 61-year-old widow, draws a monthly Social Security check based on her husband’s earnings. She works part-time for Shelby County (no benefits), and to continue receiving the same amount in that Social Security check, she has to keep tabs on how much she makes. This is exactly how someone who wants to provide for herself winds up on a “fixed income.”

94. Harper Stays Focused on Constituents -

When her children were small, Thelma Harper spent long hours at their school.

As a room mother, she found plenty of ways to utilize her time and talents. As her children grew up, however, they didn’t want Mom around quite as much.

95. Patrick Accounting Launches Payroll Business -

Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC is in something of an extended growth spurt, with a newly launched expanded payroll services business, a Nashville office that opened this past summer and the possibility of even more expansion beyond Memphis.

96. Clash of Contenders -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says his political plans last year didn’t include running for county mayor in 2014.

He was on U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s short list of recommendations for an open federal judgeship, a White House appointment he said he knew he might not get “the first time.”

97. Quality Inn Owner Files $1.5 Million Loan -

The owner of the 130-room Quality Inn at 42 S. Camilla St. in Midtown has filed a $1.5 million loan on the property.

98. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, March 26, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Laura Vaughn, community chapter executive for the American Red Cross, will present “Creating Resiliency Through Preparedness.” Visit phelpssecurity.com.

99. Commission Votes Down Family-Planning Rebid -

Shelby County commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally funded family-planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

Some commissioners branded Commissioner Steve Mulroy’s effort to urge County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to rebid the contract as a political effort. Mulroy is taking criticism from former Commissioner Deidre Malone in the three-way Democratic primary race for county mayor for his vote in favor of the contract in 2011.

100. Commission Votes Down Family Planning Services Rebid Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally-funded family planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

And the commission rejected an August referendum item on eliminating any residency requirement from the Shelby County Charter for county government employees as well as Shelby County Schools teachers.