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1. Finding Real Change For The New Year -

New Year’s resolutions are tempting to make, and they are even more tempting to forget.

In spite of the insatiable appetite our society has for self-improvement and excellence, good habits just seem hard to acquire. With the beginning of each New Year, we seem compelled to conquer the past by focusing on the future in at least one resolution.

2. November Mortgage Volume Drops 14 Percent -

Looking at results from last month might suggest mortgage industry professionals are in the midst of a yearend slowdown, with phones not ringing quite as much as a result of interested buyers at the moment.

3. E-Cigarette Tech Takes Off as Regulation Looms -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine.

4. It’s Time to Update Your Website When … -

Take a minute to think about your company’s website. Does it invoke a sense of pride, or do you cringe and immediately think, “We should really work on that … eventually”?

In today’s fast-paced, technologically advanced world, your website is the window into your company, its mission and its values. It can make or break sales, bring in or repel new business and either be a talking point for your business or something you hope clients never comment on. Which category does your website fall into?

5. Master Plan -

Progress is usually expensive and seldom convenient. But the alternative?

Regression, at an ultimately higher cost, and eventually the realization that an opportunity slipped by.

Such was the mindset as University of Tennessee Health Science Center leaders launched a campus master plan designed to enhance UTHSC’s position as an urban academic medical center at the core of a larger revitalization of the Memphis Medical Center District.

6. 'Success is a Lousy Teacher' -

In sales, as in life, many a person throws in the towel after failure, not realizing that failure is actually an inevitable outcome of the innovative. Thomas Edison is reported to have had more than 1,000 failures before finally inventing a practical electric light bulb. Aptly, he said, “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

7. Slive’s Influence Stretches Beyond SEC -

What would the NFL be today if Pete Rozelle had never been the league’s commissioner? We might still just be watching pro football on Sunday afternoons.

Rozelle’s name belongs in the same conversation with retiring Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive. Because what Rozelle did for the pro game – pushing the idea of Monday football for but one example – Slive has done for the SEC and college football overall.

8. JPMorgan CEO Says More to be Done on Cyberattacks -

NEW YORK (AP) – JPMorgan Chase's CEO Jamie Dimon says that more coordination between businesses and government is needed to combat the rising threat of cyberattacks.

New York-based JPMorgan said earlier this month that a breach of its computer systems this summer compromised customer information pertaining to roughly 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. Among the customer data stolen were names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

9. Fed Officials Link Rate Increase to Economic Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials agreed last month that they would begin raising interest rates only when measures of the economy's health and inflation signaled the time was right.

10. Top Advertising Week Trends -

Advertising geeks from across the nation unite annually at “Advertising Week” to hear industry experts share opinions on the current state of advertising and predictions for the future.

11. Startup Looks to Help Cab Companies Evolve -

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft seem to have been eating the traditional cab industry’s lunch.

A recent graduate of one of the Start Co. startup accelerators in Memphis, though, wants to help cab companies fight back.

12. ‘Cutting Edge’ -

The first thing to understand about the task that Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty feels is before him is that he’s not leading a music organization that competes only with other music outlets and venues for audiences’ attention.

13. Shelby County Mortgage Market Down 19 Percent in August -

BankTennessee president and CEO Jim Rout sees new home sales and resales “fairly steady” at the moment.

But, in a common refrain among many local bankers looking at their recent numbers, the activity is not at the level that might be expected, considering still-historic low interest rates.

14. Road Show -

In about a week the Grizzlies’ Quincy Pondexter will deliver the ceremonial first pitch before a St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.

If his throw is bad enough, the Grizzlies actually might get more exposure because it’ll make ESPN’s SportsCenter and get shown again and again.

15. Events -

Latino Memphis will host its 2014 leadership luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Keynote speaker George P. Bush will share his thoughts on the positive role Latinos play in the U.S. Tickets are $100. Visit latinomemphis.org.

16. Big River Distilling to Start Production Next Month -

A group of founders with long-standing family ties to Memphis, including sons of FedEx founder Fred Smith, is in the process of launching Big River Distilling Co. LLC, a local vodka distillery which will start production next month.

17. Events -

Rhodes College will host its annual Constitution Day lecture Monday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Dr. Melvin I. Urofsky, an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, will explore great dissents and dissenters in the history of the court. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

18. 3 Ways Insurers Can Discourage Sick From Enrolling -

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest – and costliest – patients from enrolling.

19. Cooper-Young Festival Returns in September -

The annual Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper-Young Festival returns next month.

The largest single-day festival in Memphis, now in its 27th year, will be held Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association to make the district known both locally and nationally and to draw homeowners and merchants to the neighborhood.

20. Cooper-Young Festival Returns in September -

The annual Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper-Young Festival returns next month.

The largest single-day festival in Memphis, now in its 27th year, will be held Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association to make the district known both locally and nationally and to draw homeowners and merchants to the neighborhood.

21. Editorial: Football Must Find Way to Improve Safety -

The start of another football season comes with memories of the previous season – the victories, defeats and moments in between.

Somewhere in that space in between is what football at all levels intends to do about concussions and how that changes the game where hits are celebrated and the consequences of those hits increasingly cannot be ignored.

22. Neighborhood Health -

As the owner of Inbalance Fitness in Cooper-Young, Scott Lebowitz is focused on the physical health of the clients who walk through his doors.

Starting a few years ago, however, Lebowitz began to wear an additional, albeit less obvious, professional hat. He’s also a commercial property owner, having bought the building in which his business operates as well as the space of other Cooper-Young businesses around him – which means that in addition to his clients’ health, he’s also paying close attention to the health of the neighborhood.

23. TheGRIND Evolves as First Anniversary Approaches -

The one-year anniversary is approaching for theGRIND, a digital publication that launched in January to bring its own take on covering the people, places and events of Memphis.

Leading up to that milestone, the publication has several things in the works that collectively showcase how it’s evolved quickly from an idea to the reality of an ambitious media startup. Editor in chief Kendra Lyons, for example, says plans in the works include a print version of the digital-only outlet, as well as a coffee table-style book that would feature the best photography and stories from theGRIND.

24. Microsoft Cutting 18,000 Jobs, Signals New Path -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.

25. Shelby County Mortgage Market Sees Modest Gain -

Shelby County mortgage lenders share a few common trends at the moment, as the area’s mortgage market begins to shake off the wintry chill of the first quarter.

Many of them report robust purchase mortgage activity, as refinances plummet to small fractions of their business. As a result of the demand, many of those lenders also have been adding mortgage officers to their ranks and plan to continue doing so.

26. Chamber Launches Young Professionals Group -

Before a concert gets underway, musicians will run through a soundcheck that serves as a kind of warm-up to the main event, during which participants can make suggestions for tweaks before the big show and can make sure that everything is done that needs to be.

27. Square Entertainment -

Everything about the redevelopment of Overton Square followed a script.

But weather, or bad weather for that matter, can wreak havoc on the best-laid plans.

After acquiring Overton Square and spearheading construction and leasing, landlord Loeb Properties wanted to activate the revived entertainment district with programming that would draw people to the revitalized district.

28. Mobile Services Increasingly Expected of Banks -

The mobile race is on among Memphis financial institutions, with banks rolling out apps that allow banking on the go and a full range of capabilities that translate the brick-and-mortar banking experience to small digital screens.

29. The View From Nashville -

IF WE DON’T CARE, NO ONE ELSE WILL. Longtime friend and Nashville marketing maven, David Bohan, answered my column about oxymoronic Nashville barbecue with his own column “Marketing Matters” in The Tennessean last week.

30. Evolve Bank Adds Compliance Officer -

Evolve Bank & Trust has added a new name to its compliance department.

Janet Hendrix is a new officer in the department, bringing 25 years of banking and compliance experience with her. In a statement about Hendrix’s addition to the company, Evolve President and CEO Scott Stafford said her expertise will be vital to Evolve as it continues to grow and expand.

31. Parking Wars -

It’s been a hot, humid and restless spring at Overton Park.

The park has been crowded, but not as crowded as expected given the political tempest over parking on Overton’s greensward.

32. Evolve Bank Adds Compliance Officer -

Evolve Bank & Trust has added a new name to its compliance department.

Janet Hendrix is a new officer in the department, bringing 25 years of banking and compliance experience with her. In a statement about Hendrix’s addition to the company, Evolve President and CEO Scott Stafford said her expertise will be vital to Evolve as it continues to grow and expand.

33. Evolve Bank & Trust Adds Mobile App -

Evolve Bank & Trust has added mobile banking services.

The bank’s free app is now available for iOS devices via the App Store and for Android devices via the Google Play store.

34. Evolve Bank & Trust Adds Mobile App -

Evolve Bank & Trust has added mobile banking services.

The bank’s free app is now available for iOS devices via the App Store and for Android devices via the Google Play store.

35. Save Your Sales Team From Extinction -

Second in a two-part series. The Information Age has created a marketplace built predominantly of connected buyers who have largely determined whether or not to buy from us before they ever make contact with a sales rep. Due to readily available info about your company and competitors, sales support is unnecessary early in the buying process, forever changing the role of the sales rep.

36. Reynolds Expanding E-Cigarette Production -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Reynolds American Inc. is expanding its Tobaccoville, North Carolina, manufacturing complex as it plans national distribution of its Vuse brand electronic cigarette this summer, the company said Friday.

37. Bright Joins Evolve Bank Board of Directors -

Memphis attorney Al Bright Jr. has joined the board of Evolve Bank & Trust.

Bright is a law partner in the Memphis office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, where he practices business law. He’s also the chairman of the board for the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County, and its related entities.

38. Bright Joins Evolve Bank Board of Directors -

Memphis attorney Al Bright Jr. has joined the board of Evolve Bank & Trust.

Bright is a law partner in the Memphis office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, where he practices business law. He’s also the chairman of the board for the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County, and its related entities.

39. FDA Proposes First Regulations for E-Cigarettes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

While the proposal being issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.

40. Evolve Bank Taps New CFO -

Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust has added John Copeland as its new chief financial officer.

41. Evolve Bank & Trust Taps New CFO -

Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust has added John Copeland as its new chief financial officer.

42. Events -

Methodist North Hospital will hold a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in day room one at HealthSouth Rehabilitation, 4100 Austin Peay Highway. Physical therapist Melody Clayton will present “Moving Forward.” Visit methodisthealth.org.

43. Editorial: Narrative Must Evolve Just as Movement Has -

Every April, many of us take time to reflect and make new commitments as well as strengthen our resolve to act in our city on the hard lessons of 1968.

It seems like heresy to say we may be looking in the wrong direction when we focus our attention on the balcony of what was once the Lorraine Motel.

44. New Frontiers -

When the first Frontier Airlines jet kicking off regular service at Memphis International Airport arrives Friday, March 7, from Denver at gate C7, it will symbolize just how much the airport has changed. It is also an indication of how the airport continues to evolve.

45. The High Cost of Chrome, Glass and Surfaces -

I resisted the computer age. I really did. Then one of my generation’s early adopters encouraged me to buy a Leading Edge computer. My life was forever changed. No more Wite-Out correction fluid or carbon paper. I was free.

46. Evolve Bank Adds to SBA Division -

Hetal Engineer has joined the Small Business Administration division of Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust.

47. Editorial: Candy Business has Lessons for Memphis -

There are lessons to be learned from even the basic outline of the story of candy in Memphis that go far beyond making something sweet.

The traditional components of the city’s better-known business narratives – innovation, tenacity, adapting to change – are part of the outline.

48. Evolve Bank Adds to SBA Division -

Hetal Engineer has joined the Small Business Administration division of Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust.

49. Role of Personal Branding in Business -

Many of the top-performing CEOs in the world, as determined by Harvard Business Review, are names that aren’t exactly fodder for dinner conversation. They know how to create long-term value for their companies but many focus little on creating their own personal brands.

50. Burleigh Consulting Group Changes With Times -

Robert C. Burleigh still enjoys playing tennis four times a week. But the 78-year-old founder of Burleigh Consulting Group admits he is playing more doubles matches these days.

“I’m running a little slower now, so it’s mostly doubles now, not a lot of singles,” said Burleigh with a chuckle.

51. Evolve Bank & Trust Offers Challenge Grant -

Evolve Bank & Trust is offering a challenge grant of $25,000 to Neighborhood Christian Centers Inc. if the nonprofit raises $50,000 by Feb. 28.

52. Evolve Bank Offers Nonprofit $25,000 Challenge Grant -

Evolve Bank & Trust is offering a challenge grant of $25,000 to Neighborhood Christian Centers Inc. if the nonprofit raises $50,000 by Feb. 28.

53. Teen Tutors -

Imagine it: Memphis students helping their fellow students make better grades and, in the process, substantially boosting standardized test scores and overall academic performance – a feat school officials have been trying to accomplish for years.

54. Community Impact -

Attendees on the opening night of the Indie Memphis Film Festival a few weeks ago saw splashed on movie screens, before their features got underway, the logo of Memphis-based investment firm Duncan-Williams Inc. and its two-word motto of “Do Well.”

55. Evolve Bank & Trust Expands to Jonesboro -

Evolve Bank & Trust has announced it will be opening a new office in Jonesboro, Ark., next month.

The Memphis-based bank’s new office there includes a group formerly with Liberty Bank, the arrival of which Evolve president and CEO Scott Stafford said “is a great score for us.”

56. Kelley Shares Memphis Stories as Public Defender Assistant -

Lurene Kelley loves to tell a good story. These days she’s sharing some important stories that often go unheard in her role as special assistant for organizational communications in the law offices of the Shelby County Public Defender.

57. Crosstown Plans Continue to Evolve -

The National Park Service nixed plans for planting greenery on one side of the Crosstown parking garage but is OK with developers of the old Sears Crosstown property replacing windows in the mammoth building with new, similar-looking and configured ones.

58. Air Traffic Control Modernization Hits Turbulence -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ten years after Congress gave the go-ahead to modernize the nation's air traffic control system, one of the government's most ambitious and complex technology programs is in trouble.

59. Evolve Bank & Trust Honored for Creating Jobs -

Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust generated 203 jobs from Jan. 1, 2012, through June 30 of this year, a feat that was honored in Inc. Magazine’s second annual Hire Power Awards.

60. Memphis Housing Market Waiting for Shutdown Impact -

The shutdown of the U.S government has had a minimal impact on the local housing market so far, but that could change if the shutdown stretches on for a week or more.

Homebuyers in the process of acquiring a house could be delayed while lenders are blocked from key actions like confirming Social Security numbers and accessing IRS tax records.

61. Editorial: Bottom Line: Health System Needs Reform -

Most of us by now have received letters from our employers regarding changes to our health care insurance that affect us now or will affect us in the future.

This is in addition to the yearly ritual so many of us have of the annual change in health insurance at our places of work.

62. Hammond Joins Evolve Bank to Expand Lending -

Chris Hammond, formerly with Nashville-based Physicians Capital, has joined Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust to help expand Evolve’s lending operations.

63. Saddle Creek Growth Sign of Future for City -

The Shops of Saddle Creek is in store for a multimillion-dollar makeover and expansion, a project that will likely be the first of several development dominoes to fall in Germantown.

Texas-based Trademark Property Co., which has operated the retail center since 2011, will expand the portion of the 148,000-square-foot lifestyle center on the southwest side of Poplar Avenue and West Street in Germantown.

64. Casting Call -

One of Pat Halloran’s favorite memories of The Orpheum Theatre Memphis happened back in 1986, when he got the chance to kick around town with Cary Grant for three days.

65. Start Co. Retools Website in Push to Evolve -

Start Co., a nonprofit working as a hub of public-private efforts to kick-start new entrepreneurial ventures in Memphis, has launched a new website as the group continues to shift from serving as a local startup resource to becoming a more robust venture development entity.

66. Evolve Bank & Trust Honored for Values -

The Kindness Revolution, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of values like kindness in leadership, customer service, schools and communities, has honored Evolve Bank & Trust as the “Kind Company of the Month.”

67. Evolve Bank & Trust Honored for Values -

The Kindness Revolution, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of values like kindness in leadership, customer service, schools and communities, has honored Evolve Bank & Trust as the “Kind Company of the Month.”

68. AP Exclusive: Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future -

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – You can feel the spirit of George Eastman in Antonio Perez's office.

A picture of Eastman, who founded Kodak in 1880, sits among the current CEO's collection of family photos. The outer areas of Perez's office, built and first inhabited by Eastman about a century ago, include some of Kodak's Oscar and Emmy awards, along with a collection of historic photos. A large portrait of Eastman, who died in 1932, hangs near the entrance.

69. School Changes to Continue Beyond Labor Day -

At the start of the fourth week of the school year for the unified countywide school system, interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong talked directly about school security for the first time.

70. Conference to Bridge Gap Between Employers, Training Programs -

Out of the near-crisis in hiring workers after the city’s set of economic development plums in the last three years came a workforce training formula that has worked.

But many of the city’s companies aren’t aware of that formula or the existing programs that grew out of what amounted to an emergency response by local leaders. That’s according to a recent survey of manufacturing company leaders by the Greater Memphis Chamber.

71. Opera Memphis Opens Season With Free Shows -

Opera Memphis is opening its 2013-2014 season with a month of free opera performances staged at various public venues around Memphis and Shelby County.

The free performances will be presented every day in September, and will lead up to the company’s season-opening production of Rigoletto on Oct. 3 and 5.

72. Opera Memphis Opens Season With Free Shows -

Opera Memphis is opening its 2013-2014 season with a month of free opera performances staged at various public venues around Memphis and Shelby County.

The free performances will be presented every day in September, and will lead up to the company’s season-opening production of Rigoletto on Oct. 3 and 5.

73. Grass-Roots Growth -

From where Tamara Cook sits, the future of the Cooper-Young Historic District looks as bright as it’s ever been.

74. Haizlip Studio Hosts Cooper-Young Fest Kickoff -

Haizlip Studio, at 2125 Central Ave., is hosting a Cooper-Young Festival kickoff party and poster unveiling Aug. 1.

75. Dell Delays Vote on Buyout, Sign It Lacks Support -

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) – Dell has delayed Thursday's vote on founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private in a sign the board needs more time to rally support.

76. Shareholders Voting on $24.4 Billion Dell Buyout -

DALLAS (AP) – Dell Inc. is making a late push to win shareholder support for founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private, an indication that Thursday's scheduled vote could be close.

77. Shelby County Mortgages Show Nearly 4 Percent Gain -

The mortgage market is starting to get interesting, in a manner of speaking. Earlier this month, interest rates for mortgages rose in what was described as the largest one-day jump in at least 10 years, according to Mortgage News Daily. That in large part stemmed from the Federal Reserve, which has been snatching up $85 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities a month.

78. Fed Officials Seek to Calm Markets -

Federal Reserve officials sought Thursday to calm investors by assuring them the Fed won’t start trimming its bond purchases until the economy has strengthened. They said any pullback in the Fed’s stimulus will hinge on the economy’s performance, not a calendar date.

79. Fed Officials Seek to Calm Markets -

Federal Reserve officials sought Thursday to calm investors by assuring them the Fed won’t start trimming its bond purchases until the economy has strengthened. They said any pullback in the Fed’s stimulus will hinge on the economy’s performance, not a calendar date.

80. Cupboard Restaurant Launches Online Store -

You can now have the Cupboard Restaurant’s cookbook delivered to your home.

The Cupboard, at 1400 Union Ave., has launched an online store to sell Charles Cavallo’s cookbook and other items.

81. Evolve Adds Specialty Coffee to Customer Service -

Evolve Bank & Trust has added a new product to its list of offerings for customers – coffee.

The bank has partnered with J. Brooks Coffee Roasters, a local company with a top-notch roast master. “We started this partnership,” the bank tells shareholders in its latest update letter, “because everything about Evolve – our people, our products, our branches – is about the experience. We will be serving the coffee in our local branches and making it available to our offices nationwide.”

82. Evolve Adds Specialty Coffee to its Customer Service -

Evolve Bank & Trust has added a new product to its list of offerings for customers – coffee.

The bank has partnered with J. Brooks Coffee Roasters, a local company with a top-notch roast master. “We started this partnership,” the bank tells shareholders in its latest update letter, “because everything about Evolve – our people, our products, our branches – is about the experience. We will be serving the coffee in our local branches and making it available to our offices nationwide.”

83. Wise Investors Know to Avoid Distractions -

Ray’s Take Hopefully you have a financial plan to guide you to your goals, whether they are college for the kids, a vacation home or a secure retirement. However, one of the key indicators as to whether you will be able to achieve those goals is your ability to avoid distractions from your plan.

84. Rhodes Honors Gray for Outstanding Research -

Dr. Patrick Gray, an associate professor in Rhodes College’s department of religious studies, has received the college’s Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research. Gray’s research centers on biblical studies, specifically the history and literature of early Christianity and the Greco-Roman context.

85. Evolve Chairman Joins MED Board of Directors -

Scot Lenoir, Evolve Bank & Trust chairman, has been appointed to the board of The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

86. Just Cause -

The concept of environmental justice is joining the issue of sustainability in new discussions about planning and the way cities like Memphis should work.

Local and regional planners meet Friday, April 19, at the University of Memphis to talk about “just sustainability” with the Tufts University planner who has been writing about it for the last decade.

87. Evolve Chairman Joins MED Board of Directors -

Scot Lenoir, Evolve Bank & Trust chairman, has been appointed to the board of The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

88. Facebook Unveils 'Home' for Android Phones -

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – With its new "Home" on Android gadgets, Facebook aims to put its social network at the center of people's mobile experiences.

If users choose to download Facebook's Home software starting on April 12, the social network will become the hub of their Android smartphones. A phone from HTC that comes pre-loaded with Home will also be available starting that day, with AT&T Inc. as the carrier.

89. Fresh Focus -

For family-owned Mosa Asian Bistro in East Memphis, freshness is the key to success.

The neighborhood restaurant creatively blends different styles of Asian cooking into customizable dishes, and it has grown steadily over the years thanks to repeat business from satisfied customers.

90. Purifoy’s Police Aspirations Evolve Into Legal Career -

Shayla Purifoy majored in urban studies – a mixture of history, political science and sociology – at Rhodes College. Her senior seminar was on community policing.

“It was so much fun, it was so exciting,” she said about her time spent shadowing police officers on the job. “They were helping people and they really were impacting that area, which was the Madison Heights area.”

91. Dunavant Grows Logistics, Transportation Divisions -

Dunavant Enterprises Inc. continues its transformation into a purely third-party logistics and asset-based transportation firm.

92. Breaking the Mold -

When Rosemarie Fair was named Broker of the Year in investment sales at last year’s Pinnacle Awards, she became the first woman ever to do so.

Before Fair founded One Source Commercial Inc. in 1993, she worked with Carlisle Corp. in the early 1980s on Beale Street Landing Downtown. She remembers often what her mentor Gene Carlisle taught her – “Somebody will take care of the big stuff, it’s the nickels and dimes that make the difference.”

93. Evolve Bank Opening Branch in Marion -

Evolve Bank & Trust is opening a full-service branch in Marion, Ark., in March.

Evolve bought and is currently renovating a 7,000-square-foot SunTrust Banks Inc. building in Marion, and once completed it will be Evolve’s fifth branch in eastern Arkansas. It currently operates branches in Arkansas and Tennessee and mortgage production offices around the U.S.

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94. Evolve Bank Opening Branch in Marion -

Evolve Bank & Trust is opening a full-service branch in Marion, Ark., in March.

Evolve bought and is currently renovating a 7,000-square-foot SunTrust Banks Inc. building in Marion, and once completed it will be Evolve’s fifth branch in eastern Arkansas.

95. Banks Showcase Artwork, Local Artists -

Since December, Paragon National Bank has been showcasing art pieces from Dogwood Elementary School students at its Saddle Creek bank branch at 7600 Poplar Ave.

96. County’s Mortgage Market Up 7 Percent -

If they had any worries about next year’s taxes, the fiscal cliff and economic uncertainty, the local mortgage market saw borrowers brush them aside during November.

Continuing a pattern that’s been more the rule than the exception this year, Shelby County’s mortgage market keeps growing at a steady clip, and continued doing so through last month. Total mortgage volume countywide in November was up 7 percent over November 2011, climbing to almost $93 million in November 2012 from about $87 million during the same period last year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

97. Midtown Momentum -

The Midtown real estate market has long been an anomaly compared to its Bluff City counterparts, with fundamentals as diverse as its demographics.

“The types of real estate that you’ll find in Midtown can be some of the most expensive or some of the most modest when it comes to prices and facility,” said Gary Myers of Gary Myers Co. “Retail in particular.”

98. Invest in Your Career -

Ray’s Take The days of lifetime employment until retirement are gone for good – just like that traditional gold watch. Today, companies merge and splinter or boom and bust constantly. It’s no longer enough to be well prepared at the start of your career with a good education, you have to keep up your skills to remain valuable.

99. Label Watchers -

Two organizations are combating the area’s obesity crisis and promoting healthier lifestyles by placing an emphasis on food label education.

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has partnered with Memphis Pink Palace Museum to create a new interactive lab session called “Learning Labels” that teaches kids about how to read serving sizes on food and beverage labels. Raising nutritional awareness is not only being targeted toward children in the Mid-South. Leadership Memphis recently became a participant in the Healthy Memphis Common Table’s Million Calorie Reduction Match project, and guests at the organization’s recent holiday party at the Mercedes-Benz of Memphis Showroom were provided with nutritional information about the evening’s food, which was catered by several area restaurants.

100. The Evolution of Black Thursday -

If some of the big retailers had it their way, Thanksgiving would evolve from a day of thanks with one’s family to a full-day shopping extravaganza. And based on consumer response this year and last, that’s just where we’re headed.