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1. 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.

2. Las Vegas Without Gambling -

Who in his right mind spends four days in Las Vegas, without kids to slow down things, and doesn’t sit at a table game even once to play a hand?

Who visits Sin City and doesn’t buy in at a morning poker game? And who travels to Las Vegas with a group of friends, almost all of whom played at least one table game, and doesn’t sit with them?

3. Expanding Opportunities -

The popular image of a library may be one of a dowdy old institution that loans out books and demands hushed voices from its patrons. But because of where the library system in Memphis is headed, though, that notion is – no pun intended – overdue for a rethink.

4. Apartments Push Up US Homebuilding -

Construction firms broke ground on more apartment complexes in September, pushing up the pace of U.S. homebuilding.

Housing starts rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million homes, the Commerce Department said Friday. Almost all of the gains came from apartment construction – a volatile category – which increased 18.5 percent after plunging in August.

5. MIFA Holiday Cards Now Available -

The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association has unveiled its annual holiday card which features calligraphic art by Sally Jones Heinz, MIFA’s executive director.

6. Surging Sales, Prices Reset Reality for Buyers -

Last week The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) released the sales information for the area for September, and the numbers were staggering, with sales up 19 percent.

That’s staggering in the sense that this is the third consecutive year of similar growth, and the inventory when all of this began was at 19,622. Now there are only 15,182 properties available.

7. 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.

8. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

9. Fed Survey Finds Moderate Growth Nationwide -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy was strengthening in most regions of the country in September to early October, helped by gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and commercial construction, according to the Federal Reserve's latest survey of business conditions.

10. McManus Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michelle McManus, a Memphis native and certified public accountant, has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as manager. In her new role, McManus will supervise and review the monthly accounting process for a section of clients. She will also prepare and review tax returns and work closely with clients, assisting them with ongoing tax planning.

11. I Choose Memphis: Lori Spicer Robertson -

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

Name: Lori Spicer Robertson

12. Women’s Foundation Names Officers, Board Members -

The board of directors of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has announced its 2014-15 executive committee, new officers and incoming board members. The following women were elected and will serve in their respective capacities for a three-year term.

13. Kingsport Schools Pursues ‘Comprehensive Approach’ -

Kingsport City Schools goes about improving learning by coming at students and staff from every direction.

“We don’t have the luxury of having random acts of greatness,” Superintendent Lyle Ailshie says.

14. Is Showing a House to a Stranger Worth the Risk? -

The real estate community was saddened last week to learn of the murder of one of its own when the body of Little Rock real estate broker Beverly Carter was discovered in a shallow grave days after she had been reported missing.

15. Goodpasture Celebrates 50th Anniversary -

Aijalon Carter, 15, still remembers her first day as a timid 3-year-old at Goodpasture Christian School. Crying and scared, she was greeted by Miss Jill, her new preschool teacher and immediately felt better.

16. No On One -

NO. IT’S HER DECISION, NOT YOURS. The Tennessee General Assembly is 83 percent male – and those big, strong men in the majority are convinced they know what’s best for the little ladies in the minority, in fact, what’s best for all the women of Tennessee.

17. Joining the Team -

As football and basketball seasons start up again, questions have started to arise about working in professional sports. Let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t want to get up and go to work for their favorite sports franchise? Every day would be fun and exciting – and we might even meet a few of the players!

18. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Prepares to Induct Nine -

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame, administered by the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, next month will induct its new batch of honorees, a collection of music legends that each in their way left big marks on the industry’s landscape.

19. 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.

20. Women’s Foundation Names Officers, Board Members -

The board of directors of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has announced its 2014-15 executive committee, new officers and incoming board members. The following women were elected and will serve in their respective capacities for a three-year term.

21. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the YMCA corporate office, 6373 Quail Hollow Road, suite 201. Joe Rojas of Alliance Title and Escrow will present “Tips for a Smooth Real Estate Closing.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

22. Bible Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee -

Kirkland Bible has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee as an associate. In her new position, Bible will represent clients in a variety of family law matters, including divorce, post-divorce and child custody matters.

23. No Gang Zone Targets Legends Park Area -

In June a group of 100 gang members lined both sides of Mosby Avenue between Dunlap and Ayers Streets, shutting down the area, as they celebrated the birthday of a fellow gang member, according to the local Multi-Agency Gang Unit.

24. Sissy’s Log Cabin Holds Grand Opening Tuesday -

Laurelwood Shopping Center’s newest tenant is celebrating a grand opening this week.

Sissy’s Log Cabin, situated next to James Davis on Grove Park Road, will hold its grand opening event Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m.

25. Five Reasons to Consider Traverse City -

Here are a few rules: American beach vacations must take place in Florida, wine getaways in Napa, snow adventures in Colorado, and leaf-viewing excursions in New England.

If that’s what you think, think again. In fact, if you’re looking for a year-round destination that features all of these activities and more, you can find it in and around Traverse City, Mich.

26. Five Alternative Ways to Give Back -

The giving season is upon us. For many nonprofits, hospitals, schools, and colleges the next three months are all about fundraising. You will no doubt see an increase in direct mail and e-mail solicitations, Facebook campaigns, billboards, print and TV commercials and personal asks made by of you by friends, family members and associates.

27. Broadening District -

When he goes out to eat, Jackson Kramer tends to prefer small plates, sharing items with his wife, talking back and forth about the food and generally making the experience of cleaning one’s plate a communal experience.

28. UT Names Business School for Haslam, Gets $50 Million -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee has named its College of Business Administration after Jim Haslam in recognition of a $50 million gift from the Haslam family.

The name change also recognizes Haslam's "lifetime of exemplary leadership, consistent adherence to strong core values, selfless service and passion for excellence," the UT Board of Trustees declared in the motion they approved Friday.

29. Take Time to Connect and Share -

The drive to the meeting was inspirational. The weather was perfect, the lights were green, and someone even let me in the line of traffic right before it merged to the left.

I had a newness of thought as I weighed possible solutions to the problem to be discussed at the meeting. I wondered what insights others would offer to the situation. I took my place at the table and looked down at the agenda. There was no discussion planned. It was just a report of what had been, what is and what will continue to be.

30. Nutty Girl Treats Combines Creativity, Gourmet Desserts -

Irina McGuire took inspiration for her baking business’ name, Nutty Girl Treats, from a few different sources.

There’s a cultural flavor, no pun intended, to the name, since she was born in Eastern Europe, where it’s customary in many countries there to incorporate nuts into dishes – especially desserts. By associating her business with the adjective “nutty,” she’s also going for a brand that’s quirky and fun, as she tries for individuality and authenticity in her recipes.

31. Methodist Opens Care Clinic in Marion -

A subsidiary of Memphis-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has opened a primary care clinic in Marion, Ark., and officials hope more providers will follow suit to close the gap left by the sudden closure of Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis.

32. UT Extension Wins Grant to Fight Chronic Disease -

University of Tennessee Extension has been awarded a grant of more than $987,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the rate of chronic diseases in four West Tennessee counties: Lake, Lauderdale, Haywood and Humphreys. Tennessee State University Extension is a cooperating partner.

33. VESTA Home Show Kicks Off Oct. 4 -

The 2014 VESTA Home Show, presented by West Tennessee Home Builders Association, will be held at Shaw’s Creek Reserve in Piperton and will run from Saturday, Oct. 4, through Oct. 26.

Five local home builders – Kevin Yoon Construction, Taylor Brothers Construction, John Duke, Bryce Homes and Price Hays Construction – have spent the past seven months building houses in the subdivision near Tenn. 196 and Raleigh LaGrange Road.

34. Wunderlich Acquires Assets of New York Firm -

Memphis-based investment firm Wunderlich Securities Inc. is acquiring the wealth management assets of Dominick & Dominick LLC, a privately held New York-based investment firm.

35. Events -

The Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the grand opening of Memphis Central Station on Saturday, Oct. 4, with an 11 a.m. ceremony and free events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can tour the Amtrak Exhibit Train, a Norfolk Southern Railroad exhibit car and a Canadian National freight locomotive cab. Visit mrtm.org.

36. Pigeon Forge, Knoxville Help Fill Each Others’ Coffers -

While the tourism industries in Pigeon Forge and Knoxville are quite different, they are inextricably linked.

Only about 35 miles apart, they are gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and happily share tourism dollars.

37. Downtown Knoxville Tourism Finally Finds its Stride -

When Kim Trent moved to Knoxville in 1990, she could stand along Gay Street on a Sunday and be the only soul in sight. Today, she’s a face in the crowd.

38. A Simple Fix Could Save Your Home and Family -

Following the grueling negotiations between buyers and sellers over issues such as price, possession and the list of appliances that remain with the houses, the inspection ensues.

Following the inspection, many sellers feel as if they have been punched in the stomach and that the inspector was overzealous and the buyers’ demands are extravagant.

39. Parting Thoughts -

Wade Bolton had a lot on his mind when he drafted his will in 1868.

Most of it had to do with a violent feud between his family and the Dickins family in which he was ultimately one of the victims of the violence – shot and fatally wounded in Court Square, less than a year after writing the will.

40. Events -

The Circuit Playhouse will present “The Fantasticks” Friday, Oct. 3, to Oct. 26, at the theater, 51 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.com.

41. VESTA Home Show Kicks Off Oct. 4 -

The 2014 VESTA Home Show, presented by West Tennessee Home Builders Association, will be held at Shaw’s Creek Reserve in Piperton and will run from Saturday, Oct. 4, through Oct. 26.

Five local home builders – Kevin Yoon Construction, Taylor Brothers Construction, John Duke, Bryce Homes and Price Hays Construction – have spent the past seven months building houses in the subdivision near Tenn. 196 and Raleigh LaGrange Road.

42. Wunderlich Acquires Wealth Management Assets of New York Firm -

Memphis-based investment firm Wunderlich Securities Inc. is acquiring the wealth management assets of Dominick & Dominick LLC, a privately held New York-based investment firm.

43. Social Media Impact on Buying Decisions -

Research giant Gallup released its State of the American Consumer Report in June of this year with the overarching finding that few brands are winning the battle for consumer engagement. Those that are, inevitably steal share and pull away from the competitive pack.

44. Stuttering Foundation's Fraser Honored for Service -

Jane Fraser, president of the Memphis-based Stuttering Foundation of America, has received an honorary fellowship from the London-based Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. She was selected for her distinguished service in promoting the profession of speech and language therapy. Fraser, whose father started the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947, has served as its president since 1981.

45. Cycle for Life -

She’s young, physically active, and the family history did not suggest she was at risk. Yet Kate Horton was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

46. Real Estate Experts Look at Impact of North Mississippi -

Six years after the real estate bubble burst nationally, the recovery of the commercial and residential sectors in Memphis is slower than in other parts of the country. But they are recovering on their own new terms, say the incoming president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, the president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association and a mortgage lender.

47. UT Extension Awarded Grant to Fight Chronic Disease -

University of Tennessee Extension has been awarded a grant of more than $987,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the rate of chronic diseases in four West Tennessee counties: Lake, Lauderdale, Haywood and Humphreys. Tennessee State University Extension is a cooperating partner.

48. I Choose Memphis: Gregory Love -

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

Name: Gregory Love

49. Former U of M Golfer Earns LPGA Card -

Not only did Marissa Steen earn her LPGA Tour card for finishing in the top 10 of the Symetra Tour, the Road to the LPGA, but she was named Symetra Player of the Year. Steen played at the University of Memphis from 2008 to 2012.

50. City Files $1.2 Million Permit to Renovate Planetarium -

The city of Memphis has applied for a $1.2 million building permit to renovate the Lida Gammill Sharpe Planetarium at the Pink Palace Museum.

The permit, filed through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement, calls for a range of work, including replacing equipment, flooring, lighting and seats, and adjusting the heating and air conditioning system. The contractor is to be determined, according to the application.

51. Level Nine Provides Concierge Staff on Call -

Jimmy Farrell, a partner at Benefit Recovery Inc., a health care cost-containment firm, was searching for reliable and enjoyable transportation to and from Memphis International Airport for himself, his clients and employees.

52. Inferno Celebrates 15 Years, Charitable Milestone -

Anniversaries are a time of reflecting on past successes, and the Memphis-based advertising, marketing, design and PR firm inferno is at just such a moment. Except the 15-year anniversary it’s now celebrating is as much about where it’s going as where it’s been.

53. Distler Out to Dispel Old Mass Transit Myths -

“I was never on a bus until I drove one,” admits Dawn Distler, the new Knoxville Area Transit Director and CEO, who once made a living as a bus operator.

In many parts of Tennessee, adults simply don’t take the bus – except on game day, perhaps – and public transportation for a daily commute or a visit to the doctor is never top of mind, so Distler promotes her business by being a customer.

54. HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side -

The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.

55. Active Community Keeps Sports Medicine Busy -

George Hernandez is not only the CEO of Campbell Clinic, he’s a client.

An avid runner, Hernandez was doing a trail marathon last winter. Conditions were rainy, cold and windy. Worst of all, there were wet leaves underfoot covering protruding tree roots.

56. Searching for Doctors -

So here’s the offer: lower salary – meaning it will take longer to pay down your student loan debt – less prestige, and perhaps even a questioning of your intelligence and skill.

In 2014, that’s what comes with the decision to become a primary care physician. Recently, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, Mara Gordon, wrote an article for The Atlantic explaining her decision to become a primary care doctor.

57. Middle-Class Squeeze: From Day Care to Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son – so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child.

58. Connecting Families Conference to be Held Sept. 26-27 -

Brown Missionary Baptist Church will host the 2014 Connecting Families Conference Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27, at its main campus, 980 Stateline Road in Southaven.

59. West Cancer Center Launches Bluff City Blues Ride -

West Cancer Center has announced the details of the Bluff City Blues 100-Ride to Fight On, to be held Oct. 11.

The goal of the Ride to Fight On is to raise funds for West Cancer Center, which will support research and education, and assist patients and family members in their personal battles with cancer. West Cancer Center has partnered with The Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club, the largest cycling club in Memphis. Registration is now open, and some 700 riders have signed up so far.

60. Rowan Oak Rovers -

OXFORD, Miss. – We are at Rowan Oak, Susan and I – 719 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, Miss., USA. Once the home of William Faulkner, the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author, and his family for over 40 years. Built in 1844, and renovated from time to time thereafter, this modest Mississippi mansion is situated on some 30 acres of residential property not far from the town square. Promotional literature says it’s “open year round, from dawn to dusk.”

61. Certified Financial Planner – One Big Thing -

Ray's take: In today’s world of financial specialists, each one has their own view of what you should do – because each one is focused on their own focused area of the big picture: the CPA, the insurance agent, the attorney, etc.

62. Commitment to Fitness Looks to Reverse Childhood Obesity -

If American children and teenagers are fat, then those in the Mid-South are fatter. And you don’t have to rely on some “Fattest Cities in America” list aimed at generating clicks and views to reach this conclusion.

63. Weirich Sworn In for Eight-Year Term -

Amy Weirich took the oath of office Tuesday, Sept. 23, for a full eight-year term of office, saying the prosecutor’s office has a role in crime prevention as well as prosecuting those accused of crimes.

64. Ride the Roo -

As the Cooper-Young Historic District continued to grow and prosper and Overton Square began its rise from the urban ashes, Ham Smythe IV kept hearing the questions.

Friends and acquaintances wanted to know if Smythe, whose family for decades has transported Memphians via their Yellow and Checker Cab services and Premier Transportation Co., could provide a private shuttle service linking the two popular arts, entertainment and retail destinations.

65. Ban Sought on Children Working on Tobacco Farms -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects.

The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

66. Former University of Memphis Golfer Earns LPGA Tour Card -

Not only did Marissa Steen earn her LPGA Tour card for finishing in the top 10 of the Symetra Tour, the Road to the LPGA, but she was named Symetra Player of the Year. Steen played at the University of Memphis from 2008 to 2012.

67. Johnson Named Memphis Law School Registrar -

Jamie M. Johnson has joined the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law as law school registrar.

In her new role, Johnson will have direct oversight of the registrar’s office and duties relating to enrollment verification, managing student’s academic records, and ensuring the accuracy, integrity, maintenance and delivery of all law school institutional data. Johnson will also work closely with the dean of academic affairs to administer exams, determine class rank and report grades.

68. US Existing Home Sales Fall in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans bought homes in August, as investors retreated from real estate and first-time buyers remained scarce.

Sales of existing homes fell 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. That snaps a four-month streak of gains. August sales are down from a July rate of 5.14 million, a figure that was revised slightly downward.

69. City Files $1.2 Million Permit to Renovate Planetarium -

The city of Memphis has applied for a $1.2 million building permit to renovate the Lida Gammill Sharpe Planetarium at the Pink Palace Museum.

The permit, filed through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement, calls for a range of work, including replacing equipment, flooring, lighting and seats, and adjusting the heating and air conditioning system. The contractor is to be determined, according to the application.

70. Finding Inspiration at Dawn in Albuquerque -

There aren’t many things in life that will get me out of bed two hours before sunrise.

But on a chilly, predawn October morning in Albuquerque, N.M., there I was, purposely waking up a 6-year-old child at 5 a.m. to stand in the brisk morning air and watch the sun rise over Sandia Peak.

71. Simplifying Financial Aid -

Trying to receive financial aid for college? How do you feel when completing the 10-page FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) form? Could reducing it to two questions improve the process?

72. Cotton Council Apartments Sell for $6.1 Million -

1918 North Parkway
Memphis, TN 38112
Sale Amount: $6.1 million

Sale Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Buyer: Lynxco LLC
Seller: Cotton Council Apartments LLC
Details: Lynxco LLC, an affiliate of Rhodes College, has purchased the former National Cotton Council building on North Parkway in Midtown for $6.1 million. Rhodes intends to use it as student housing, according to the school’s website.

73. Ritualizing Your Parenthood -

We are people of ceremony and ritual. Every occasion of transition is cause for celebration. A prescribed formula marks our rite of passage from one status to another.

Significant milestones are pronounced by traditional words stating our readiness to take on the new responsibility. Marriage, membership initiations, military inductions, oaths of office, graduations, even citizenship, are all marked by ritual.

74. Drake Cleaners Presses On as It Nears Century Mark -

Every day, tens of thousands of motorists on Poplar Avenue’s Midtown leg drive past a longstanding landmark near the neon satellite sign for Joe’s Liquors. It’s on the other side of Poplar, on the northern border of a parking lot at Evergreen Street.

75. Homebuilder Confidence Soars in September -

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new, single-family homes surged this month to the highest level in nearly nine years.

The brighter outlook reflects growing optimism that sales will increase over the next six months. That could potentially spur growth in home construction, a key driver of the economy.

76. Family Dollar Opposes Dollar General Overture -

Family Dollar has told shareholders to reject an unsolicited, $9.1 billion takeover bid from its rival, Dollar General.

Family Dollar is currently trying to arrange a sale to another bargain chain, Dollar Tree Inc.

77. Methodist Primary Care Adds Marion Doctor -

Dr. Aaron Mitchell and nurse practitioner Jama Davis, both with Mitchell Family Medicine in Marion, Ark., have joined Methodist Primary Care Group. The practice was to re-open this week.

78. Singing Mechanic’s Life Much Like the Songs He Sings -

The Singing Mechanic – “I’ve got that name. Nobody else can use it,” says Billy Devereaux – sits by his worn, 1,200-square-foot, two-room cottage and looks down at Boots, his Dutch Shepherd.

“He’s a possum killer and he runs security,” says Billy, 55, gazing across the swath of remote land separated by a long gravel trail from Smith Springs Road in Antioch.

79. Prep Coaches, Players Sold on Jones the Recruiter -

Nothing surprises Murfreesboro Blackman High School football coach Philip Shadowens when it comes to college recruiting.

Shadowens has seen it all – including the flurry of activity created by Blackman senior quarterback and safety Jauan Jennings, rated the No. 18 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com.

80. Jones’ Wide Net Gathers Old Friends, Top Prospects -

Butch Jones was sitting in the office of Knoxville’s South-Doyle High School athletic director and football coach Clark Duncan during a visit to see recruit Jocquez Bruce last winter.

81. Volatile Apartment Sector Reduces US Home Building -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. But single-family house construction, a larger and more stable portion of the market, fell only modestly.

82. Landmark Bank Buys East Memphis Building -

Landmark Community Bank has acquired an East Memphis office building.

Landmark acquired the 9,255-square-foot office building at 5880 Ridge Bend Road from the Reaves Family Partnership in a Sept. 4 warranty deed for $1.1 million.

83. Little Sees ‘Acceptance’ in City Insurance Drama -

City Chief Administrative Officer George Little says he hopes the city’s long debate about health insurance coverage changes will mean a shorter discussion about proposed pension changes to come.

84. Drugstores, Retailers Dive Deeper Into Vaccines -

Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles.

CVS doled out more than 5 million, or double its total from a few years ago. And Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, offers flu shots at more than 4,200 of its U.S. stores that have pharmacies.

85. US Homebuilder Confidence Soars in September -

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new, single-family homes surged this month to the highest level in nearly nine years.

The brighter outlook reflects growing optimism that sales will increase over the next six months. That could potentially spur growth in home construction, a key driver of the economy.

86. Family Dollar Opposes Dollar General Overture -

Family Dollar has told shareholders to reject an unsolicited, $9.1 billion takeover bid from its rival, Dollar General.

Family Dollar is currently trying to arrange a sale to another bargain chain, Dollar Tree Inc.

87. Methodist Primary Care Adds Marion Doctor -

Dr. Aaron Mitchell and nurse practitioner Jama Davis, both with Mitchell Family Medicine in Marion, Ark., have joined Methodist Primary Care Group. The practice was to re-open this week.

88. Clueing THEA -

THEA crops up in crosswords occasionally. In an easy puzzle, it’ll be clued as “Ellington’s ‘Take ___ Train’.” Or “Mr. T’s ‘___ Team’.” In more challenging grids, THEA’s clues include “Actress Gill,” “German author von Harbou,” or “Mother of Eos.” Snobby solvers don’t like any of these clues; thus, they don’t like THEA. That’s about to change. Henceforth, a new clue for THEA will be available. I predict a change of attitude toward the answer.

89. Seeking Long-Term Outcomes -

Long-term outcomes, such as improved high school graduation rates and reduced dropout rates, are the ultimate objectives of the Memphis Athletic Ministries’ still-young Academic Diligence program.

90. Meritan’s Branch Named Among Top Nurses -

Cindy Branch, Meritan’s associate vice president for health services, has been selected to represent Tennessee as one of the nation’s top 50 home care and hospice nurses by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. Branch, a registered nurse, has oversight of Meritan’s nursing programs, including home health, private duty nursing and medical residential homes. She will be recognized at NACH’s annual meeting in October.

91. Tennessee Steps Up the Fight Against Blight -

While the national economy is still rebounding from the 2008 housing crisis, foreclosures, vacant homes and blighted properties are a lingering issue many markets throughout the country have to address.

92. Harold Ford Funeral Home Files Construction Loan -

1670 Sycamore View Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Loan Amount: $2.6 million

Loan Date: Sept. 4, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Borrower: Harold Ford Sycamore View LLC and Serenity Columbarium and Memorial Gardens LLC
Lender: Regions Bank
Details: The Harold Ford Funeral Chapel at 1670 Sycamore View Road in Northeast Memphis has filed a $2.6 million construction loan on the property.

93. Raising Concerns Over Education Coverage -

With just one person reporting on schools in a metropolitan area of more than 1.3 million people, The Commercial Appeal is forging ahead with a relationship with a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to covering education.

94. Asking for Moon Might Leave You Grounded -

There were 3,226 closings in August, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors numbers show, up 4.6 percent from last August. It could have increased 24.6 percent if there were more listings.

“Inventory is continuing to decrease,” GNAR president Hagan Stone notes. “There is demand from buyers.”

95. Unintended Consequences: ER Visits Increase -

Hospital officials have been pushing for the state to expand Medicaid health care coverage for thousands of Tennessee’s poorest citizens, despite two significant and related concerns:

Expansion will lead to increased visits to the most expensive place in America for routine health care, the emergency room.

96. Dollar Tree, Family Dollar Receive FTC Request -

Dollar Tree Inc. said Tuesday that it has received a request from the Federal Trade Commission for more information about its proposed takeover of Family Dollar Stores Inc.

97. Seniors and Student Loan Co-Signatures – Should You? -

Ray’s take: Your grandchild has been accepted to his or her college of choice. Great news! But now that the celebration of acceptance is over, it’s time to do a realistic budget and figure out where the money will come from to pay for tuition and all the other expenses associated with attending college.

98. Heart Foundation’s Novick Prepares for Ukraine Work -

Dr. William Novick isn’t real big on taking orders – especially from his doctors. Four weeks ago, he had his second hip replacement surgery since the first of the year.

99. Dollar General Goes Hostile in Bid for Rival -

Dollar General is going hostile with its $9.1 billion bid for Family Dollar after its rival repeatedly rejected previous offers.

The discount chain has commenced an open offering to investors of Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $80 per share in cash. That offer was rejected last week by the company's board, which has already accepted a deal with another discounter, Dollar Tree.

100. Dollar Tree, Family Dollar Receive FTC Request -

Dollar Tree Inc. said Tuesday that it has received a request from the Federal Trade Commission for more information about its proposed takeover of Family Dollar Stores Inc.