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1. City Hall Saga Charts New Directions -

After a bit of a breather, all sides in City Hall’s simmering political dispute over health insurance changes for city employees and retirees sat down at the same table Tuesday, July 29, and offered a few new directions.

2. Study: 35 Percent in US Face Debt Collectors -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

3. Haslam Letter Baffles Immigrant Advocates -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Immigrant advocates say they are baffled by a letter that Gov. Bill Haslam sent to President Barack Obama that says his administration should have been informed about the placement of 760 unaccompanied immigrant children in Tennessee.

4. Kirby Joins Literacy Mid-South to Lead Community Engagement -

Carley Cianciolo Kirby has joined Literacy Mid-South as community engagement coordinator. In her new role, Kirby will be responsible for the Mid-South Book Festival, which this year is scheduled for Sept. 25-28, as well as the citywide reading campaigns and Literacy Mid-South’s new school fundraising initiative.

5. Simmons First National Moves Into Tennessee -

A similar history, a foundation in agriculture lending and growth potential attracted Arkansas-based Simmons First National Corp. to buy Community First Bancshares Inc. of Union City, Tenn., and its $1.9 billion subsidiary First State Bank, says Simmons’ Chairman and CEO George A. Makris.

6. New Life for Old Malls -

Since 1957, when the first modern, fully enclosed shopping mall was built in Edina, Minnesota, shopping became an American pastime. New shopping malls changed the landscape in communities across the country at the rate of 140 a year.

7. Tennesseans to Share $10 Million in Refunds -

More than 336,000 Tennessee residents will split $10 million in refunds from health insurance companies because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

The Tennessean reported the refunds will average $53 per family and came about because of the medical loss ratio rule in the law. That provision requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of insurance premiums on patient care and quality improvement efforts. The refunds are for premiums paid in 2013.

8. Tennesseans to Share $10 Million in Refunds -

More than 336,000 Tennessee residents will split $10 million in refunds from health insurance companies because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

The Tennessean reported the refunds will average $53 per family and came about because of the medical loss ratio rule in the law. That provision requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of insurance premiums on patient care and quality improvement efforts. The refunds are for premiums paid in 2013.

9. Health Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit Against State -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Three advocacy groups filed a class action lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the state of Tennessee of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law.

10. McKinney Named Branch Manager at Waddell & Reed -

Mack McKinney has been promoted at Waddell & Reed to district branch manager for the Memphis area. McKinney has been with the financial advisory firm for five years, holding management positions for four of those years.
McKinney works to develop field leaders and help financial advisers leverage their strengths and experiences to build successful practices. He serves as mentor to both new and seasoned financial advisers and says he’s committed to building an office that demonstrates the collective passion shared for clients and the community.

11. Juvenile Court Reform Moves to Child Welfare Cases -

For the last two years, much of the attention in Juvenile Court reforms has been on delinquent children who come to the court for their actions.

But this fall, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will begin an examination of its child welfare program – the reason that most children come to the court.

12. Wright Taking UAM to New Heights -

When Keri Wright was a little girl, her dad built an airplane out of plywood and fitted it with controls and switches, and she and her brother would play in the plane next to their sandbox.

As she grew older, the family went to an airshow every summer in Oshkosh, Wis., and Wright loved watching the F-16 fighter jets zoom overhead.

13. SRVS Merges with Special Kids & Families -

SRVS, Tennessee’s largest provider of services for people with disabilities, is merging with Special Kids & Families, creating the only local nonprofit to provide supports for individuals with disabilities from birth throughout life.

14. SRVS Merges With Special Kids & Families -

SRVS, Tennessee’s largest provider of services for people with disabilities, is merging with Special Kids & Families, creating the only local nonprofit to provide supports for individuals with disabilities from birth throughout life.

15. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

16. Cushman & Wakefield Adds Yates to Capital Markets Team -

Alex Yates has joined the Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Capital Markets team as vice president, assisting and executing investment sales, debt/equity placement and development advisory projects. Yates’ efforts will be heavily concentrated in multifamily and retail, but he will focus on other product types as well.

17. Digital ‘Buy Local’ Platform MadeIn Set to Launch -

Next week, a venture called MadeIn is launching a new shopping platform in Memphis to connect people to a website where they can buy and sell local goods.

The venture is a digital platform that will act as a kind of local version of Amazon, and MadeIn creator Jennifer Sadler said her startup also will sell curated gift boxes that include an assortment of local products.

18. 10 Deadly Sins of Email Marketing -

Part one in a two-part series. Data released last year by a research firm called Return Path cites that the average individual receives more than 400 commercial emails per month – emails from businesses selling products and services versus email from colleagues, friends or family.

19. Health Choice Selects Abisch to Lead Population Health Services -

Ellen Abisch has joined Health Choice LLC as senior director of population health services. In the newly created position, Abisch will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness programs for the Health Choice network.
Prior to joining the physician hospital organization, she served as manager of benefits and wellness for ServiceMaster.

20. Supreme Court: Religious Rights Trump Birth Control Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

21. Checkered Progress on Disabled Care Despite Ruling -

Brent Kaderli has a wheelchair-accessible van waiting in the driveway, a hospital bed in a spare bedroom and an electric lift that's left unused. If the 30-year-old quadriplegic had his way, he'd be living here, in his father's house, with help from aides. Instead, he is in an institution, hoping each day for a place that feels more like a home.

22. Baptist Opening Dementia Center -

Baptist Memorial Health Care, with help from the Baptist Foundation and the Parker family donation, is opening a free resource center for patients and caregivers dealing with dementia or other memory-related issues.

23. Baptist Opening Dementia Resource Center -

Baptist Memorial Health Care, with help from the Baptist Foundation and the Parker family donation, is opening a free resource center for patients and caregivers dealing with dementia or other memory-related issues.

24. Real Estate Veteran Jan Phillips Rejoins Crye-Leike -

Jan O’Kelly Phillips has joined Crye-Leike Realtors’ Germantown-Poplar branch office, marking her return to real estate sales.

25. New Health Chief Moves to Put Stamp on Overhaul -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aiming to avoid more insurance chaos this fall, the nation's new health care chief announced Friday she's revamping the management of President Barack Obama's health overhaul.

26. Tennessee Human Services Lays Off 121 Workers -

The Tennessee Department of Human Services has cut 121 employees from its rolls.

The Tennessean reports the workers were responsible for administering welfare payments and food stamps.

The agency says the cuts made Friday are part of its efforts to reorganize its Temporary Family Assistance program. It also said caseloads have decreased and 256 vacant positions have been eliminated.

27. Tennessee Department of Human Services Lays Off 121 -

The Tennessee Department of Human Services has cut 121 employees from its rolls.

The Tennessean reports the workers were responsible for administering welfare payments and food stamps.

The agency says the cuts made Friday are part of its efforts to reorganize its Temporary Family Assistance program. It also said caseloads have decreased and 256 vacant positions have been eliminated.

28. Creating a Nonprofit Private-Public Partnership -

Part one of a three-part series. Private-public partnerships are promoted as a collaborative way to bring people and resources together across sectors.

A recent example is the development of senior housing in San Francisco, California’s Bayview Hunters Point community. We are proud to be affiliated with this project and have witnessed the many twists and turns it has taken over the years. We asked Cathy Davis, executive director of the Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services Inc. (BHPMSS), to share specifics of her partnership so you imagine what a partnership could look like for your organization or institution. Her story is specific to her community; your story will be specific to Memphis.

29. Methodist South Opening Diabetes Center -

Methodist South Hospital will host a grand opening of its Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Center Friday, June 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Medical Office Complex, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 151. Tours will be available during the event.

30. Growth Strategy -

Cotton helped make Dunavant Enterprises into a worldwide brand, but the family and company have maintained a long-term association with the logistics industry.

Col. William Pemberton Dunavant first ventured into logistics shortly after the Civil War – decades before Dunavant entered into the cotton trade – when he was involved in building short-line railroads in Mississippi.

31. Health Choice Selects Jones to Lead Provider Engagement -

LaTasha Jones has been named director of provider engagement at Health Choice LLC, where she will be responsible for directing and managing the implementation of a clinical integration database for Health Choice providers and practices.

32. Wal-Mart CEO: Speed Up Pace of Change -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart's CEO Doug McMillon said the world's largest retailer's task is to more quickly bring e-commerce together with physical stores to better serve shoppers.

33. Methodist South Opening Diabetes Center -

Methodist South Hospital will host a grand opening of its Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Center Friday, June 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Medical Office Complex, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 151. Tours will be available during the event.

34. State Systems Prides Itself on Protecting Customers -

In 1986, the father-and-son team of Robert and Bob McBride bought a fledgling small business called State Systems.

35. Now Application 'Inconsistencies' Vex Health Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A huge new paperwork headache for the government could also be jeopardizing coverage for some of the millions of people who just got health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.

36. Redmont Joins HORNE as Tax Consulting Manager -

Richard Redmont has joined HORNE LLP as a tax consulting manager. Redmont, a certified public accountant, has more than 25 years of tax and consulting experience with international firms in the accounting and insurance industries, and has served clients in the manufacturing, retail, distribution, health care and financial services industries. He also served on a national Sarbanes-Oxley team for an international firm.

37. New Path -

A lot has changed for Memphis-based TruGreen lawn care in the last six months.

The company behind one of the best known brands in lawn care became its own independent company at the start of 2014, spinning off from The ServiceMaster Co. in a move that meant changes for both companies.

38. Apple's Beats Buy is Two-Sided for Music Streaming -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the streaming music industry: It's hard to succeed in the business without offering other products and services.

39. Dykes Joins Family Safety Center as Controller -

Janet Dykes has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as controller. In her new role, she is responsible for all finance, accounting and human resources functions, in addition to providing leadership and coordination in the organization’s administrative, business planning, accounting and budgeting efforts.

40. Healthy Memphis Common Table Unveils New Name -

Healthy Memphis Common Table’s fourth annual meeting and recognition luncheon included the launch of a new name and logo and the honoring of the inaugural Health Impact Award recipients.

The new name is Common Table Health Alliance, and the selection of a new logo was an interactive process, with people at each table at the Thursday, May 22, luncheon voting for one of three possible logos. The winning logo will be made available for public distribution after it has been registered.

41. City Council Reviews Fire Budget -

Memphis City Council members resume budget deliberations Tuesday, May 20, in committee sessions that take up half of the council day at City Hall.

Most of the time spent in the budget committee, chaired by council member Lee Harris, will be devoted to a review of the Memphis Fire Department budget proposal.

42. Hospitals Reach Out to Attract Affluent Immigrants -

HOUSTON (AP) – The menu includes pork or chicken dumplings, fried rice or chicken congee soup with jasmine rice and ginger. It's an enviable repast that diners take in bed – hospital beds.

43. New Health Cost Controls Get Go-Ahead From Feds -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for insurers and employers to use a new cost-control strategy that puts a hard dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements.

44. Miller Named Partner at Signature Advertising -

Kevin Miller, creative director at Signature Advertising, has been named a partner at the Memphis-based agency. Miller joined Signature more than 10 years ago as a senior copywriter and has won numerous awards for creative excellence.

45. Organizations Aim to Train Immigrant Entrepreneurs -

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – After immigrating to Oregon from the Mexican state of Oaxaca more than two decades ago, Paula Asuncion worked on farms and in minimum wage jobs at fast-food restaurants – a widow struggling to feed six children, sharing cramped apartments with other families.

46. Parenting Pilot Project Aims To Break Cycle -

The statistics from the original Adverse Childhood Experiences Study are overwhelming, even sobering.

But most important for leaders in Memphis committed to trying to break a destructive cycle, those same statistics provided the evidence for Greater Memphis to serve as the future site of two pilot “parenting places” that will offer pre-emptive and professional support to parents and caregivers.

47. Forest Hill Technology Center Sells for $5.2 Million -

3860 Forest Hill-Irene Road
Germantown, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $5.2 million

Sale Date: March 31, 2014
Buyer: 3860 Forest Hills Irene LLC
Seller: BACM 2007-1 Irene Road LLC
Loan Amount: $5.6 million
Loan Date: April 17, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA

48. No Annexation Declaration Directs New Path -

In seven words last week, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got the attention of hundreds of planners who gathered in the city for the “Memphis Boot Camp,” a summit of sorts toward the idea of changing the city’s philosophy and approach to community development and economic development.

49. Agape HeartLight to be Held Aug. 15 -

Hope Presbyterian Church will be the site of the Agape Child & Family Services’ 16th annual HeartLight event Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, will be the featured speaker. Fortune Magazine recently named Canada one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” due in part to the Harlem Children’s Zone educational reform program.

50. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble & School will present “Springloaded” Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27, at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. Dancers will perform “Coppelia ReMix” and other new works featuring a fusion of dance styles. Buy tickets at newballet.org.

51. Crossroads -

After starting work as a butcher when he was just a teenager, Ron Manis began his career as a truck driver in 1979.

“I started when I was 16 years old, learning how to cut meat and, after being in that building 10 hours a day every day, I thought I wanted to do something outside and I’ve been driving a truck ever since,” Manis said. “Every time I saw one going down the road I thought to myself that I’d like to do that one day to see what it was like, seeing places I’ve never seen before, meeting interesting people.”

52. Armstrong Relocation Owner Shares ‘Only in America’ Story -

When Tom Watson was a child, his father and uncle bought what was then known as Armstrong Transfer and Storage Co.

53. Agape HeartLight to be Held Aug. 15 -

Hope Presbyterian Church will be the site of the Agape Child & Family Services’ 16th annual HeartLight event Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, will be the featured speaker. Fortune Magazine recently named Canada one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” due in part to the Harlem Children’s Zone educational reform program.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. Late Sign-Ups Improve Outlook for Obama Health Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

57. 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.

58. Aghabeg Joins Gateway Group as Controller -

Angela Aghabeg has joined temporary staffing and executive search firm Gateway Group Personnel as controller. In her new role, Aghabeg is responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of the general ledger and compliance with governmental reporting requirements and tax filings. She also is accountable for compiling historical and current data and financial records and preparing monthly financial statements for analysis and projections.

59. Tennessee Lags in Organ Donor Registration -

Attitudes about the donation of organs for transplantation are very supportive, a recent national study found, but the percentage of people who have granted permission on their driver’s license lags behind, and this is especially true in Tennessee.

60. Continental Eyeing Memphis for Tire Facility -

The tire division of Continental AG, one of the world’s largest automotive industry suppliers, is eyeing a location on Winchester Road in Memphis for a retreading, service and sales center.

Continental Tire the Americas LLC is seeking a tax break from the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County for a tire facility that will employ 25 people at 3474 Winchester Road.

61. 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.

62. Mississippi Network Set for Child Medical, Mental Needs -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi officials hope that a $5 million grant will create a more seamless system to care for children's medical, mental and behavioral needs.

The partnership between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi Children's Home Services was announced Tuesday.

63. 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.

64. 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.

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. 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.

67. Craft, Lewellen Honored With Dunavant Awards -

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft and Collierville town administrator James Lewellen are the 2014 recipients of the Dunavant Public Servant Awards, selected by the family of the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant and the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

68. 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.”

69. Millions Could Get Extra Time for Health Sign-Ups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.

70. Taylor Promoted to Account Supervisor at Red Deluxe -

Kelsey Taylor has been promoted to account supervisor from account manager at Memphis-based advertising agency Red Deluxe. Taylor joined the firm in 2011 and leads the firm’s work for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Washington, D.C.

71. 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.

72. High Court Seems Divided Over Birth Control Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

73. 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.

74. With Health Law, Workers Ponder the I-Quit Option -

CHICAGO (AP) – For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job.

75. Commission Takes Up Family Planning Contract -

Shelby County commissioners Monday, March 24, take up an attempt to end the county’s contract for federally funded family planning and related health services with Christ Community Health Services.

76. Stewart Joins Metal Museum as Collections Manager -

Grace Stewart has joined the Metal Museum as collections manager/registrar. Stewart, who previously served as registrar for the National Civil Rights Museum for a year and a half, says her goals are to help grow and define the Museum’s permanent collection and facilitate greater access to the collection through exhibits and education opportunities.

77. Pets Get the Hollywood Treatment at Growing Chain -

Shawn McGhee grew up on a farm in Southern California with sheep and cattle and “a dozen dogs, a dozen cats, running loose.”

78. Grinder Looks to Bring Energy to Associated Builders Role -

Justin Grinder knew at an early age that he wanted to be involved in the construction industry.

79. 2-Year Extension Offered for Canceled Health Plans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Warding off the specter of election-year health insurance cancellations, the Obama administration Wednesday announced a two-year extension for individual policies that don't meet requirements of the new health care law.

80. Eddleman Joins Family Safety Center -

Vernetta Eddleman has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as director of client services.

In her new role, Eddleman will be responsible for the planning, design, development and management of client services, and will also supervise and train staff and partner agency providers in delivering quality care to victims and their families.

81. IMC Cos. Expands Mid-Atlantic Footprint -

Memphis-based IMC Cos. has acquired the marine drayage division of Norfolk, Va.-based D.D. Jones Transfer and Warehouse Co.

82. IMC Cos. Expands Mid-Atlantic Footprint -

Memphis-based IMC Cos. has acquired the marine drayage division of Norfolk, Va.-based D.D. Jones Transfer and Warehouse Co.

83. Healthy Design -

The road to community health and wealth is paved, at least in part, with smart design principles.

Density, a strong mix of uses, high design standards and amenities such as bike lanes and parks can produce healthier communities that attract business investment, Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson told Urban Land Institute Memphis members this week.

84. Wells Joins Evans Petree as Associate -

Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.

85. Butler Sevier Law Firm Expands Downtown -

Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid PLLC law firm has expanded its presence at 88 Union Ave.

86. Ellis Joins State Systems As Sales Executive -

Alisa Ellis has joined State Systems Inc. as a low voltage sales executive. She brings 16 years of telecommunications experience to the company, which offers protection products and services, including fire protection equipment, training and cleaning services, as well as technology services such as network integration, cabling systems and wireless support.

87. Bell Joins First State Bank as Commercial Loan Officer -

Jonathan Bell has joined First State Bank as vice president/commercial loan officer. Bell, who has more than 13 years of experience in the banking industry, will provide banking services for businesses in Collierville and the surrounding area.

88. New Horizons -

When The Marston Group PLC, a Memphis-based certified public accounting and financial consulting firm, held an open house in recent weeks at its new digs, the evening portion of the event lasted from 7 till later in the night, with the last person leaving around 10.

89. Espitia Joins Michael Hatcher as Chief Financial Officer -

Ed Espitia has joined Michael Hatcher & Associates Inc. as chief financial officer. Espitia comes to the Memphis-based landscape services firm after serving since 2010 as finance manager for Schulz Xtruded Products, a Germany-based pipe maker with operations in North Mississippi.

90. Shankman-Cohn to Lead Interior Design Coalition -

Leslie Shankman-Cohn has been elected the 2014 president of the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition, a statewide coalition committed, through legislative and regulatory endeavors, to enhance and protect the right to practice interior design. Shankman-Cohn is a partner in Jill Hertz Interior Design, a division of Eclectic Interiors. She specializes in custom-designed furniture, space planning, furnishings and finishes specifications, universal design, Aging in Style and sustainable design issues.

91. Gold Strike Promotes Slade to PR Manager -

Elizabeth Slade has been promoted to public relations manager at Gold Strike Casino Resort. In her new role at the MGM Resorts International property, Slade will lead in developing and executing integrated marketing communication plans with components such as media relations, social media strategy, community partnerships and brand management.

92. 15 Vie for County Commission Seat -

Shelby County Commissioners will interview a group of 15 citizens Wednesday, Jan. 8, who want to become the newest member of the elected body.

The committee session interviews come before the full commission is to vote Monday, Jan. 13, on a replacement for Commissioner Wyatt Bunker.

93. Lindow Rejoins The Centre Group -

Tracy Lindow has rejoined The Centre Group human resources firm as a senior consultant following several years in Germany. As a senior consultant, Lindow will help organizations improve their bottom line through human asset development by leveraging compensations strategies, executive search, employee attitude research and leadership skills development.

94. Southeastern Freight Lines Gives Back -

Despite a busy year greatly expanding its facilities in Memphis, Southeastern Freight Lines has found time to give back to the local community through its Southeastern Serves program, donating 39 hours locally and 1,323 total hours nationally to a variety of worthy causes.

95. Overhaul Website Problems May Trigger Price Hikes -

Problems with the government's main health care overhaul website carry a bigger risk than frequent crashes: Higher prices could follow for many Americans if technical troubles scare off young people.

96. Baptist CEO Set to Retire Next May -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. President and CEO Stephen Reynolds will retire next May, with Jason Little, Baptist’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, taking over as the hospital system’s next president and CEO.

97. Van Vliet Takes on Roles at UT Medical, The MED -

Dr. Michael M. Van Vliet has joined the department of plastic surgery at UT Medical Group, has been named assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has been appointed director of burn critical care for the Firefighters Regional Burn Center at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

98. Veterans’ Aid -

Cordell Walker wanted to join the military in the 1960s as his older friends were enlisting or being drafted for the Vietnam War.

“I really wanted to join the military but could not because I was the only son in my family and I was too young,” said Walker, who for the last 26 years has been executive director of Alpha Omega Veterans Services Inc.

99. Bipartisan Fix Advancing for Medicare Doctors' Pay -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's that time of year again: doctors caring for Medicare patients once more face a steep pay cut. But this time Congress is pursuing a permanent fix to the annual drama that has undermined the medical profession's confidence in the nation's premier health program.

100. Union Mission Heightens Outreach During Holidays -

Memphis Union Mission is ramping up its efforts to help the homeless during the holiday season.

The nonprofit group just completed its annual Thanksgiving event late last month to feed the homeless, and preparations are underway for meals and services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.