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1. Vanderbilt's Valentine Honored for Cloaking Research -

Dr. Jason Valentine, assistant professor of both mechanical and electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University, got his start in cloaking research as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley.

2. ‘Government’s Too Big and People are Sick of It’ -

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is an enigma of the modern civil servant, a career politician who doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. He thinks he’s paid too much (his salary is state mandated) and brings it up often in interviews with the media.

3. EDGE Approves Ikea Incentives -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote. Larry Jackson voted against the measure.

4. EDGE Approves Incentives for Memphis Ikea Store -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote, with Larry Jackson voting against the measure.

5. Why the US Will Power the World Economy in 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015.

After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.

6. Grizz in Finals? Definite Maybe -

Anything’s possible. And by anything, I mean Mississippi State was No. 1 in the college football poll this year at the same time the Kansas City Royals were playing in the World Series.

That’s about like having simultaneous lunar and solar eclipses.

7. Mississippi Regulators OK Small Entergy Rate Increase -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Entergy Corp. will get a $16.2 million overall rate increase but many customers will see little or no difference in their monthly bills under a new rate plan approved Thursday by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

8. Dow Chemical Selling 2 Businesses for $225 Million -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dow Chemical said Friday that it is selling two businesses for a total of $225 million.

Dow said Vertellus Specialty Materials will buy its sodium borohydride business and Valfilm North America will buy a polyolefin films plant in Findlay, Ohio. It expects both sales to close during the first quarter of 2015.

9. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host a family-friendly event Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the giant Grizzlies jersey in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Attendees can register for a Fitness Trail Passport, and those who complete all six stations will be in the running for prizes, including tickets to Grizzlies opening night and autographed items. Visit getriverfit.com.

10. This week in Memphis history: October 17-23 -

2013: Standing at the corner of Farrington Street and Hollowell Avenue in Riverside, District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced the city’s first no gang zone aimed at the Riverside Rolling 90s Crips gang.

11. Connecting Creatives -

In a body of water, an undercurrent is something that moves beneath the surface and which, though it might be unseen, is unwise to ignore, especially when it flows in the opposite direction of currents visible on the surface.

12. Power Play -

When the Tennessee Valley Authority board voted in August to build a new power plant in Southwest Memphis, it was a decision based on factors larger than the power needs in Memphis.

But it was also a decision that is just as important for Memphis as the decision to build the existing Allen Fossil Plant there 55 years ago.

13. Allen Gas Plant Would Be Historic Shift -

A new natural gas power plant to be built in the shadow of the Allen Steam Plant in Southwest Memphis got its first reviews Tuesday, July 8, at a Tennessee Valley Authority forum Downtown.

The session at Central Station featured lots of questions from citizens about the historic shift proposed, as well as some support for the conversion and some criticism.

14. Park Progress -

Shelby Farms Park has always seemed, in a way, like Memphis’ 4,500-acre backyard.

Venture to the park on any given day, and what’s liable to greet you is a cross section of Memphis that presents itself amid the park’s rolling hills, pastures, trails and lakes.

15. TVA to Study Value of Small Providers Like Solar -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is studying the value of electricity produced from small, dispersed sites, such as solar, wind or small gas turbine installations.

According to a news release from the utility, the initiative will develop methods to set the value of distributed generation to the electric grid and the value of the grid to the small energy producer. TVA will undertake the study with the help of local power companies and other stakeholders.

16. Cleaner Air Could Mean Higher Electric Bills -

NEW YORK (AP) – Electricity prices are probably on their way up across much of the U.S. as coal-fired plants, the dominant source of cheap power, shut down in response to environmental regulations and economic forces.

17. Bioworks Foundation Wins $200,000 EPA Grant -

Memphis Bioworks is one of 18 grantees for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program.

The EPA made the announcement on Monday, May 12, and each grant is worth $200,000.

18. I Choose Memphis: Bradley James Leon -

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

Name: Bradley James Leon

19. Sharp’s Exit From Solar Part of Industry Trend -

Sharp Corp.’s announcement last week that it would end solar panel production at its Memphis plant is the latest indication of how volatile the solar energy industry has become.

20. Sharp to End Solar Panel Production in Memphis -

Sharp Corp. will stop making solar panels at its Memphis manufacturing plant by the end of March, leaving more than 300 employees out of a job.

The company's notice to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says 311 workers will lose their jobs as of March 22.

21. State of the Union: Of Pledges, Pleas and Setbacks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He'll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved. That's just the reality of a politically divided government.

22. US Carbon Pollution Up 2 Percent in 2013 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy-related carbon dioxide pollution grew by 2 percent last year after declining several years in a row, a government report said Monday. The increase was largely due to a small boost in coal consumption by the electric power industry, according to the study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

23. Obama to Feds: Boost Renewable Power 20 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.

24. Flipping the Switch -

Tim Bolding, executive director of United Housing Inc., had become increasingly interested over the years in energy efficiency, sustainability and alternate energy sources when he saw homes in New Orleans being rebuilt with solar panels.

25. New Parking Meters Ready for Debut -

After years of talking about new parking meters and more aggressive enforcement of the Downtown and Medical Center on-street parking governed by the meters, city leaders thought it best to bring out the new meters as proof that the change is actually about to happen.

26. Health Care’s ‘Lost Opportunity’: A Q&A with Phil Bredesen -

More than two years after leaving state office, Phil Bredesen, the popular former governor and mayor of Nashville, is still on the go. While enjoying a post-political life in Nashville that includes gardening and grandparenting with his wife, Andrea Conte, Bredesen remains active in promoting bipartisan solutions to issues such as the national debt as a speaker and as a member of the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.- based think tank.

27. Grading System Reflects National Debate -

In the ongoing reformation of public education in Shelby County, the 2013-2014 school year has been one of milestones.

July 1 was the start of the first fiscal year for the unified school district. Aug. 5 was the start of the first school year. The first parent-teacher conferences were Sept. 19 with the first of four report cards for the first nine-week period going home on Oct. 16.

28. Cutting Edge -

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital opened its doors late last month, and hospital officials can expect to see dramatically reduced energy costs thanks to innovative, environmentally friendly design features like photoelectric glass and a geothermal heat pump system – one of the first of its type in a hospital in the U.S.

29. State's Largest Solar Farms Planned for McNairy -

SELMER, Tenn. (AP) – McNairy County could soon be home to the two largest solar energy installations in the state.

According to a news release from the Tennessee Valley Authority, Chapel Hill, N.C.,-based Strata Solar is planning to build two 20-megawatt solar farms near Selmer.

30. Kronos Aims to Bring Green Energy to All -

Kronos Energy Solutions is hard at work on a new hybrid charging system for electric cars, which it hopes to debut in the next six to nine months, and the company is also making plans for possible expansion of its headquarters in Cordova by early next year.

31. Gillette Named New ServiceMaster CEO -

Robert J. Gillette is the new CEO of The ServiceMaster Co.

Gillette takes the helm of the Memphis-based residential and commercial service provider immediately with his appointment Tuesday, June 18, by The ServiceMaster board.

32. Gillette Named New ServiceMaster CEO -

Robert J. Gillette is the new CEO of The ServiceMaster Co.

Gillette takes the helm of the Memphis-based residential and commercial service provider immediately with his appointment Tuesday, June 18, by The ServiceMaster board.

33. Senate Confirms Physicist Moniz as Energy Chief -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Physicist Ernest Moniz won unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to be the nation's new energy secretary.

Moniz, 68, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, replaces Steven Chu, who served as Energy secretary in President Barack Obama's first term. Moniz served as an energy undersecretary in the Clinton administration.

34. Mitsubishi Back Story Moves to Manufacturing -

The back story of the new Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant that formally opened in Southwest Memphis last week includes a sewer pipe, the Mojave Desert and artificial lightning.

35. April 12-18: This Week in Memphis History -

2012: The largest solar farm in the state opened in Haywood County along Interstate 40. The West Tennessee Solar Farm has 21,000 solar panels, and its opening in Haywood County came one day after Agricenter International formally opened its solar farm, a 998,400 watt photovoltaic system on five acres.

36. St. Agnes-St. Dominic Installs Solar Panels in Memory of Alumnus -

St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School has honored Ryan Edwards by promoting environmental sustainability, a concept that was close to the late St. Dominic alumnus’ heart.

37. Outdoor Retail Executive Picked for Interior -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated outdoor business executive Sally Jewell to lead the Interior Department.

38. Signs of the Times -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. called the Electrolux Memphis manufacturing plant a “monster plant” this week after a tour of the $266 million manufacturing center in Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park.

39. Interior Chief Salazar Stepping Down in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill and promoted alternative energy sources throughout the nation, will step down in March.

40. Forecasting 2013 in Sports -

2013 Sports Forecast by the numbers: 1. The Grizzlies swing a deal before the trade deadline but are fined by the NBA when, out of habit, they try to trade O.J. Mayo.

2. The Memphis Airport is invited to join the Big East.

41. Electric Charging Stations Create Driver Options -

Twelve of the parking spaces outside the visitors center at Shelby Farms Park come with a roof.

Construction of the solar-assisted electric and hybrid vehicle charging stations was completed in September.

42. Seminar Shows Businesses How To Be Green -

Solar panels, wind turbines and electric or hybrid vehicles get much of the attention when conversations turn to sustainability or going green.

But for many businesses large and small, energy efficiency is the first shade of green – and the easiest way to help the bottom line.

43. Future Looking Bright At Bartlett’s ECE Solar -

Most people who install solar panels to their home understand that it’s an investment that takes awhile to pay off.

Being in the business of installing solar panels is much the same. Still, Bill Turberville of Electrical Contracting Enterprises LLC, 3080 Stage Post Road in Bartlett, said he’d rather be the first in that market than the last.

44. Talking Tennessee -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey are among the Tennesseans in recent days who’ve participated in a “Twitter battle” ginned up by the cable business network CNBC as part of the network’s annual study of the country’s top states for business.

45. Road Projects to Up Megasite’s Presence -

When state and local leaders formally opened the West Tennessee Solar Farm in Haywood County earlier this month, Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer had one of the biggest applause lines of the day.

46. Shelby Farms Park Plans for Earth Week -

Shelby Farms Park will mark Earth Day with the first 5K run the park conservancy has produced.

The April 22 run will include prizes for the best eco-themed costumes.

The park will host a Down To Earth Festival on April 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

47. Growing Power -

The outlook is as bright as ever for the local solar industry. Two large solar arrays are opening this week in Memphis and Haywood County, while industry leaders are gathering here this week to tout solar power and its growth in Tennessee in recent years.

48. Sprouting Up -

It sounds like a simple enough project. Put solar panels over 10 parking spaces on the lot of the Shelby Farms Park Visitors Center and let electric vehicles and hybrids using electricity recharge there.

49. Work Begins on Shelby Farms EV Charging Station -

Local leaders break ground in Shelby Farms Park Tuesday, Jan. 24, on the region’s first solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station.

50. Tennessee Solar Study Says Need to Stay Aggressive -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's solar and related industries provide more than 6,400 jobs in a growing green economic sector, but the state needs to stay aggressive in supporting and pursuing the ventures, a report released Thursday shows.

51. White House to Review Energy Department Loans -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday ordered an independent review of clean-energy loans made by the Energy Department, its latest response to questions and criticism over a half-billion-dollar loan to a California solar company that eventually went bankrupt.

52. Treasury Officials: Never Saw a Loan Like Solyndra -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two senior Treasury officials said Friday that they had never seen a loan restructuring similar to the Energy Department loan to a failed solar panel maker.

The half-billion dollar loan to Solyndra Inc. was restructured so that private investors moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment on part of the loan in case of a default.

53. Permit: Large Solar Farm Planned At Agricenter -

A 1-megawatt solar farm could be installed at Agricenter International, according to a $3.5 million building permit application just filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

54. TDN’s Seminar Touts Sustainability -

Green is the buzzword in business these days. From economic development to real estate construction, public and private initiatives focused on sustainability are reshaping the way business is conducted.

55. Permit: Large Solar Farm Planned at Agricenter -

A 1-megawatt solar farm could be installed at Agricenter International, according to a $3.5 million building permit application just filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

56. Design Firm Kimley-Horn Thrives Through Diversification -

As political fighting remains a constant in Washington and the economic downturn abides, it’s diversification that has kept businesses such as Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. thriving in an unstable marketplace, providing a steady source of work.

57. Judge Refuses to Extend Sale Timeline for Solyndra -

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday refused to extend the sale timeline for failed solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra LLC, which received a half-billion-dollar federal loan guarantee and was once touted by President Barack Obama in support of his administration's economic policies.

58. Daily News Seminar to Focus on Green Issues -

In business these days, it’s all about the green. From economic development to real estate construction, public and private initiatives focusing on sustainability are reshaping the way business is conducted.

59. Biden Calls for New Clean Energy Policy for US -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The United States can't lead the world in the 21st century with its current energy policy, Vice President Joe Biden told alternative technology supporters Tuesday at a clean energy summit in Las Vegas.

60. Memphis Goodwill Finances U.S. 64, Austin Peay Stores -

6899 U.S. 64
Memphis, TN 38134
Loan Amount: $3.2 million

Loan Date: Aug. 1, 2011

Maturity Date: n/a

Borrower: Memphis Goodwill Inc.

61. Tioga Offers Public, Private Environmental Solutions -

Tioga Environmental Consultants Inc., based in Memphis, has been providing common sense solutions to government regulation standards for public and private sectors in Tennessee and Mississippi since early December 2009, when Maggie Strom and Mike Donohoe opened the business.

62. New Green Jail Opening in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A new detention center being built to house female inmates in Nashville will be Tennessee's first green jail.

The facility will hold 256 beds when it opens in September and features solar panels, a geothermal heat pump system, parking for alternative fuel vehicles, low-flow plumbing fixtures and a recycling program.

63. New Rules to Cut Confusion on Sunscreen Claims -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Help is on the way to consumers confused by the jumble of sun protection numbers and other claims on sunscreens.

Under new rules published Tuesday, sunscreens will have to prove they filter out both ultraviolet B rays and ultraviolet A rays to claim they protect against skin cancer.

64. Memphis' Parasol Awnings Wins Two SWIFA Awards -

Memphis awning and canopy maker Parasol Awnings recently took first place honors for “new and unusual” and “industrial applications” at the annual convention for the Southwest Industrial Fabrics Association.

65. National Organization Engineers Without Borders Boosts Memphis Presence -

Starting in June, Memphis will be able to boast a significant addition to its engineering resume, touching on design, education and philanthropy in one fell swoop.

The city is expected to land an official chapter of the Engineers Without Borders-USA – a national organization devoted to helping create a more stable and prosperous world by addressing and providing human necessities such as clean water, power, sanitation and education.

66. 10 Years of Jabberblabber -

The Bluff City’s favorite giant, green, googly-eyed monster this month celebrates 10 years of fostering childhood creativity and encouraging fun, educational family interaction.

Over the past decade, the Jabberblabber has become synonymous with family life in Memphis. Even if you’re not a parent, chances are you’ve spotted the enormous costumed character (played by a very tall man named Jim Lord) and his trusty cowgirl sidekick, Quick Draw Drew, making the rounds at family-friendly festivals or child-focused events in the Memphis metropolitan area.

67. Greener Pastures -

Back in 1972, Diane Meucci attended an Earth Day festival. It introduced her to the idea of organic, eco-friendly gardening and landscaping.

“I became a true believer,” said Meucci, who currently owns and operates Gardens Oy Vey, a nursery and landscaping business in Arlington that opened in 1988. “I definitely drank the Kool-Aid.”

68. Obama Calls for New Era of Competitiveness -

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) – President Barack Obama campaigned vigorously for his revamped economic message Wednesday, warning that other countries have been grasping for first place in the global marketplace as the U.S. fell down on the job.

69. Green Jobs’ Role in Social Justice Topic for MSPJC Gala -

A national figure in the growing discussion of the American green economy will speak about green jobs serving all races and classes in Memphis Saturday.

Van Jones, who is best known as the author of “The Green-Collar Economy” and as President Barack Obama’s former green jobs adviser, will give the keynote address at the 29th anniversary gala of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center (MSPJC) to be held at First Congregational Church at 6 p.m.

70. Miss. Lawmakers Wrap-Up First Week's Work -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawmakers are taking a three-day weekend after wrapping up light legislative work on Thursday.

Senate President Pro Tempore Billy Hewes said it's a cost-saving move. He said there was no need for legislators to return on Friday since there weren't any items on the calendar.

71. Bredesen Adds Solar Venture to Disclosure Form -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Phil Bredesen has amended his state personal disclosure form to include his investment in a solar venture headed by a former top cabinet aide.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported for Tuesdays editions that the amendment to the Democratic governor's form was filed Nov. 10 after news accounts revealed Bredesen was the main backer of Silicon Ranch Corp.

72. 'Green' La Quinta Financed for $6M -

CBH Hospitality has financed La Quinta Inn property at 2389 New Brunswick Road through the Hardin County Bank for $6 million. The hotel is on three parcels totaling 1.73 acres on the west side of New Brunswick Road south of U.S. 64 in St. Charles Place subdivision.

73. Biofuel Firms Seek New Life Amid Changes -

While the Mississippi Delta region is considered a centerpiece of agricultural diversity and productivity in the southern U.S – distinguished by a variety of soil types, favorable climate and fairly long growing season – the biofuels industry must become viable to take advantage of the area’s assets.

74. Bright Future -

The Memphis Sharp Manufacturing plant is maxing out its production capabilities as it rides the growth wave of the solar power industry over the last several years. Sharp Manufacturing Co. of America, one of the nation’s leaders in solar panel production, is seeing increased demand for residential, commercial, governmental and utility-scale applications.

75. Fred Smith Makes Clean Tech List -

Fred Smith, the founder and chief executive officer of FedEx, has made a Forbes.com short list of “The Most Powerful People on Earth” for clean technology.

76. Solar Installation Grants Awarded by State Institute -

The Tennessee Solar Institute announced this week that it has committed more than $9 million in grants to Tennessee businesses or organizations.

Five of the recipients are in Memphis.

First Tennessee Bank received $69,990. Great Neck Saw was awarded $980,000. Memphis Bioworks Foundation qualified for $270,120. Sharp Manufacturing Co. will get $349,376. Shelby Electric Company Inc. is in line for $56,400.

77. The Law of Attraction -

The state of Tennessee is basking in the glow of its growing reputation as a top destination for companies following a myriad of accolades for its favorable and welcoming business climate.

While Chief Executive magazine ranked the Volunteer State the nation’s third best for business, Southern Business & Development magazine named Tennessee its State of the Year.

78. EPA Adds Medtronic to Green Partnership -

Medtronic Spinal and Biologics, one of the city’s largest purchasers of green power, has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for its commitment to purchase 600,000 kilowatt-hours annually of electricity generated by the sun, wind or methane gas.

79. Solar Financing on Tap For Baker Donelson Seminar -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will host a breakfast briefing titled “Private Financing for the Solar Industry” July 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The briefing will originate from Baker Donelson’s Nashville office at 211 Commerce St., suite 800. Simultaneous video will be broadcast to Baker Donelson’s offices in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Johnson City.

80. Sharp Reaches Solar Panel Milestone -

With a thumbs up from a factory line worker, the 2 millionth solar panel rolled off the assembly line this week at the Memphis Sharp Manufacturing Plant.

Instead of going immediately into a cardboard box, the panel was lifted by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Hiroshi Sato, Japan’s Consul General from Nashville, and Paul Shaffer, head of local 474 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, off the assembly line as workers applauded.

81. As Slump Continues, Remodeling Gains Steam -

Johnson Phillips knows a diamond in the rough when he sees one, and it is helping the homebuilder weather a tough real estate market.

The owner of Sun House Homes, Phillips started out as a general contractor and opened his own company in September 2008. And despite the downturn in the economy when he went solo, Phillips said was fortunate not to have been saddled with debt.

82. Twin Creeks Breaks Ground on Solar Plant -

Twin Creeks Technologies broke ground Friday morning on its solar panel manufacturing plant in Senatobia, Miss., in Tate County.

The venture-backed, Silicon Valley-based company announced in April that it selected Senatobia from among 25 sites for the facility, which is expected to bring 512 jobs in two phases to Northwest Mississippi.

83. McWherter Fights to Get Ahead of Rivals -

The last major candidate standing in the Democratic primary for Tennessee governor vowed this week to put Tennesseans back to work with targeted tax breaks and job training programs.

Jackson businessman Mike McWherter’s trip around the state wasn’t as much of a victory lap for the August statewide primary as it was a starting point for the November general election.

84. White House Defends Year-Old Stimulus -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama, defending his economic stimulus plan on its first anniversary, is dispatching his Cabinet across the country to try to calm an anxious public as Democrats head into potentially devastating congressional elections in November.

85. Let Us Peer Into Our Crystal Ball For What’s Ahead This Year -

2009 was the first full calendar year for The Memphis News. Looking back at the covers of those 51 issues, it’s easy to see that Memphis is at an important point in its history once again.

We began the year exploring the role of megachurches in our community. Near the end of the year, we covered the industrial megasite in nearby Haywood County.

86. Bioeconomy Could Be Next Local Green Wave -

Whatever successes Memphis has achieved throughout history usually occurred when the city took advantage of its natural assets.

As a cultural crossroads where musical genres collided, Memphis became the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll.

87. Memphis Companies Tap Into Renewable Energy Sources -

From solar power to wind power, from hybrid automotive technology to geothermal engineering, Memphis companies large and small are tapping into renewable energy.

The biggest news story surrounding local businesses going green involves shipping giant FedEx Corp., whose president and CEO Fred Smith earlier this year unveiled the company’s plans to become more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly through its EarthSmart initiative.

88. Job Openings Remain Close to Record Lows -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Job openings are at rock-bottom levels, according to government and private surveys released Tuesday, a trend that could keep the unemployment rate high even as layoffs slow.

89. UT Trustees Approve Buying Land For Solar Plant -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Trustees at the University of Tennessee have approved the acquisition of 200 acres in West Tennessee to house a solar power generation plant and educational center.

The federal government last month approved $31 million in stimulus money to pay for the solar project along Interstate 40 in Haywood County, about 50 miles northeast of Memphis.

90. Tenn. Gave Doctors Wrong Fax To Send Records -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Human Services said it accidentally sent the wrong fax number to 100 medical providers, causing them to send confidential patient information to an Indiana business instead of the correct state office.

91. Feds OK Tenn. Plan to Use Stimulus Money for Solar -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The U.S. Energy Department has approved Tennessee's plan to spend about $62 million in federal stimulus money on solar projects, Gov. Phil Bredesen said Tuesday.

The money will be used to establish a solar power generation plant in Haywood County, about 50 miles northeast of Memphis, and a solar research institute at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

92. Justin's Empire: Timberlake drives business interests where it all began -

Justin Timberlake might be best known for hit records, dance moves and sold-out concerts, but the 28-year-old entertainer extraordinaire is much more than a singer/dancer/performer. The award-winning, chart-topping Timberlake – or, simply, JT – has become an institution, a brand name that transcends his showbiz persona and carries as much cachet as any living celebrity.

93. Here Comes the Sun: Memphis’ cut of the state’s solar energy plan -

The Sharp Manufacturing plant in Hickory Hill has always been a symbol as much as a working part of the city’s economic infrastructure.

The plant on South Mendenhall Road represents the city’s first truly international big business presence. It opened in 1978 after Japanese executives came to Memphis to negotiate directly with city leaders. And once the deal closed, a now-legendary picket line was thrown up by local union leaders. The picketing symbolized organized labor’s determination to have a voice in local economic development.

94. Biden: Council Will Help Auto Workers Get New Jobs -

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (AP) - A new government council will help auto industry workers transition to new manufacturing opportunities, including jobs in alternative energy, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday.

95. Weekend Events Draw Politicians in Droves -

Before candidates take their quests for elected office to the public, they usually give them a road test before other politicos – allies and adversaries – to see if this is really what they want to do for the next year or so.

96. State to Spend Stimulus Money On West Tenn. Solar Project -

Tennessee will spend $62 million in federal stimulus money on facilities for solar power generation and research, Gov. Phil Bredesen said Wednesday.

The Democratic governor said a five-megawatt solar plant in Haywood County would be among the largest in the eastern United States. A plant that size could generate power for about 600 to 700 homes, he said.

97. Fred Smith Talks Green: Helps the environment and Fedex's bottom line -

Fred Smith is going green. In the case of the FedEx founder, however, it’s a different shade – something like military fatigue green.

98. BRIDGES to Showcase ‘Green’ Tech -

People can see “green” technologies in use and also learn how to implement them in their own homes through a new initiative at the BRIDGES Center.

The center, which is the first green commercial building in Memphis, is opening itself up for tours by appointment. The museum-style displays, which explain environmental technologies ranging from solar panels to rain gardens, are part of the “Ordinary to Extraordinary: Learning & Leaning Green! (O2E)” initiative. The goal is to reduce greenhouse emissions in Memphis by 10 million pounds by 2010.

99. State’s Greenest Home Set for Debut -

Ten days remain before TERRA house, the sustainable-design demonstration home in Uptown, is unveiled at a ribbon cutting, so Eric Criswell is making sure all the final touches are in place before the public gets a glimpse of what will be the “greenest” residence in Tennessee.

100. Bredesen Proposes Solar Research Center -

Gov. Phil Bredesen wants to take advantage of industrial and scientific expertise in Tennessee to establish a solar power research lab and spur green energy job creation.

The Democratic governor said in his annual State of the State address Monday night that a Solar Institute could become “the basic research leader in making solar power practical.”