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1. SEC Finds Dominance at Top of Associated Press Poll -

Another week, another first in the Associated Press college football poll. For the first time, one conference – yes, the SEC – has placed four teams in the top five. Mississippi State remained No. 1 after its bye week. Florida State of the ACC stayed No. 2 after defeating Notre Dame. Ole Miss held at No. 3 after beating Tennessee, Alabama moved up three spots to No. 4 after blasting Texas A&M 59-0, and Auburn moved up a spot to fifth after its bye week.

2. Turner, Chism Survey New County Commission -

Shelby County Commissioners Van Turner and George Chism belong to different political parties. Turner is a Democrat and Chism is a Republican.

3. Yellen: Greatly Concerned By Widening Inequality -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.

4. Scores Show Most Miss. Kindergarteners Lag -

A first-ever look at whether Mississippi’s kindergarten students are ready to learn to read shows that two-thirds are not.

Those results, released Friday by the Mississippi Department of Education, will be used by proponents to call for more state spending on prekindergarten classes, and to tailor efforts to help students improve before third grade. By then, educators are required by state law to flunk students who don’t read at least at a basic level.

5. Early Voting Tops 6,000 In First Two Days -

More than 6,000 Shelby County voters cast early ballots in the first two days of early voting in advance of the Nov. 4 election day.

The total of 6,259 early voters for Wednesday, Oct. 15, and Thursday, Oct. 16, includes 460 absentee voters. The other 5,799 voted at one of the 21 early voting sites across Shelby County.

6. 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.

7. UT Who? Vols-Ole Miss Game a Mirror Image of ’69 -

KNOXVILLE – Bud Ford usually had no problem wearing the orange blazer in his early days as assistant sports information director at the University of Tennessee.

Not on this day, though. It was Nov. 15, 1969.

8. Memphis Baseball Schedule Includes SEC Opponents -

The University of Memphis baseball team will open the season on Feb. 13 at Oral Roberts, the first time the Tigers have started on the road since 2007.

"Obviously, when you formulate a schedule you are doing it two years in advance and aren't real sure of the makeup of the roster," coach Daron Schoenrock said. "We are purposely going on the road early this year because we thought we might have a veteran experience on the pitching staff, which we will have. We will lean on those guys this season to get us through the early road test."

9. Regions Bank Grows Local Deposit Share -

Regions Bank has grown its share of customer bank deposits in both Shelby County and in Tennessee as a whole, according to a new report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

10. Governor's Free Tuition Plan in Need of Mentors -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's free tuition program is in need of mentors.

They are a key part of the so-called Tennessee Promise initiative to cover full tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate.

11. Memphis Baseball Sched Includes SEC Opponents -

The University of Memphis baseball team will open the season on Feb. 13 at Oral Roberts, the first time the Tigers have started on the road since 2007.

“Obviously, when you formulate a schedule you are doing it two years in advance and aren’t real sure of the makeup of the roster,” coach Daron Schoenrock said. “We are purposely going on the road early this year because we thought we might have a veteran experience on the pitching staff, which we will have. We will lean on those guys this season to get us through the early road test.”

12. Regions Bank Grows Local Deposit Share -

Regions Bank has grown its share of customer bank deposits in both Shelby County and in Tennessee as a whole, according to a new report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

13. Schools Leaders Move Toward Cooperation -

As the Achievement School District weighs a short list of a dozen low-performing Memphis schools for the state-run school district in the next school year, Shelby County Schools officials are involved in the selection process far more than they have been in past years.

14. ASD Considers 12 Additional Memphis Schools -

The Achievement School District is considering adding up to 12 Memphis schools to the state-run school district that is now in its third school year.

Leaders of the school district released Wednesday, Oct. 15, the list of schools being considered for the 2015-2016 school year. The schools are taken from the bottom 5 percent of schools statewide in terms of student achievement test results.

15. Shelby County Residential Foreclosures Drop 22 Percent -

Foreclosures have been on a consistent downward slope in Shelby County, with newly available figures underscoring the comprehensive nature of the decline.

During third quarter 2014, the county saw 667 residential foreclosures, a 22 percent decline from the 853 filed during the same period in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

16. Plans for Lakeland Prep Start to Move -

Some of the six suburban school systems were already looking ahead to building new schools before they opened for their inaugural year this past August.

This week, the Lakeland Board of Commissioners became the first of the suburban governments to move toward financing new school construction for what would be called Lakeland Prep.

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18. Mississippi State Finds Itself in Historic Times -

In the 78-year history of the Associated Press college football poll, it had never happened. A team that was unranked at season’s start had never ascended to the top spot.

Now, Mississippi State has made that history as the Bulldogs climbed to No. 1, leaping from being tied at No. 3 with Ole Miss to go in front of former No. 1 Florida State. This was the reward after beating then-No. 2 Auburn 38-23 last Saturday.

19. Early Voting Opens in Midterm Elections -

Early voting opens Wednesday, Oct. 15, across Shelby County as well as Tennessee in the mid-term general elections that are the second most popular election cycle in Shelby County by voter turnout.

20. Tennessee Constitutional Officers Get Own Spokespeople -

Tennessee's secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer are abandoning an effort to use one communications officer to speak on all three constitutional officers' behalf.

Treasurer David Lillard announced Friday he has hired Shelli King, a former marketing consultant at WTVF-TV in Nashville, to be his chief spokeswoman. Comptroller Justin Wilson previously hired former WZTV-TV reporter John Dunn to be his spokesman.

21. Commission’s First Partisan Challenge Lingers -

Shelby County Commissioners appeared last week to be on the way to putting behind them their first political controversy of their term of office.

Six of the seven Democratic commissioners along with Republican commissioner Steve Basar voted last month to delay the slate of committee assignments made by new chairman Justin Ford.

22. Williamson County Touts Top School-Testing Outcomes -

A SCORE Prize finalist three years ago, Williamson County Schools is making another strong push for the top district in Tennessee for student learning, based in part on data compiled by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education [SCORE].

23. Harpeth Hall: ‘Tenacious’ Curriculum, Dedication to Tradition -

Harpeth Hall’s new head of school is a fierce proponent of single-sex education who says that an all-girls school can nurture a female mind, especially one interested in going into a STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math.

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25. After Florida, How Do Vols Get Excited About UTC? -

Look around the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium about mid-afternoon Saturday.

No more human orange-and-white checkerboard in the stands. Some empty seats, for sure. The most diehard of UT football fans will turn out to cheer for their beloved Vols against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

26. Sen. Alexander Sheds Feel-Good Image in Tennessee Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Forget the syrupy, feel-good message so common to Lamar Alexander's past political campaigns. This time, the Tennessee Republican is going into attack mode.

With early voting in the U.S. Senate race set to kick off next week, the two-term incumbent has unleashed two television ads hammering his previously little-known Democratic opponent, Gordon Ball, as a proxy for President Barack Obama and as a "slick-talking personal injury lawyer."

27. Local Officials Emphasize ‘Public Health 101’ -

As top public health leaders announced the nation’s first death in the current Ebola outbreak, a batch of 3,000 letters were going out Wednesday, Oct. 8, to physicians in Shelby County.

The letters are a reminder to physicians about the basic information on Ebola and the importance of getting “a good solid travel history,” said Shelby County Health Department director Yvonne Madlock.

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29. Football Dreams -

Call the doctor, the sports doctor. Because the collective temperature of Mid-South college football fans is at unsafe levels.

Mississippi State and Ole Miss are undefeated and tied for third in the Associated Press poll. The historically downtrodden University of Memphis football program just blasted preseason American Athletic Conference favorite Cincinnati on the road and hung with both Ole Miss and UCLA.

30. Tennessee Voters to Decide on Abortion Amendment -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee voters will have a chance this November to decide whether they want to give the state Legislature more power to regulate abortions.

In 2000, the Tennessee Supreme Court struck down laws requiring a two-day waiting period and mandatory physician-only counseling and preventing second-trimester abortions from taking place anywhere but in a hospital.

31. Presenting the Wild, Wild SEC West -

Historic stuff. Unbelievable stuff. That’s the short description for Ole Miss and Mississippi State sharing the No. 3 ranking in this week’s Associated Press poll and the top spot, with Auburn, in the SEC West standings.

32. Pocket Park Takes Shape on Madison -

For several years, Scott Crosby, an attorney with Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC and co-owner of The Brass Door restaurant on Madison Avenue Downtown, had considered what, if anything, could be done with the shuttered Burger King restaurant across the street, a decaying eyesore in an otherwise vibrant strip of the street.

33. Keystone Educator Named Teacher of the Year -

A fourth-grade teacher at Keystone Elementary School was recognized Thursday, Oct. 2, as Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year.

Karen Vogelsang was recognized by state leaders, including Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

34. Is This the Year the Vols Stomp the Chomp? -

KNOXVILLE – Much has happened since Tennessee placekicker James Wilhoit booted a 50-yarder with seven seconds remaining and the No. 13-ranked Vols beat No. 11 Florida 30-28 at Neyland Stadium.

35. Judicial Retention Travels Complex Path -

The 2014 election year is proving to be a long one for those interested in the judicial races on the ballot.

Voters in Shelby County decided the local judicial races and participated in the August statewide retention races for appellate court positions, including three on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

36. Room for Growth -

Sardor and Gulam Umarov are used to fighting battles with seemingly long odds.

Between 2005 and 2009, the brothers waged a high-profile human rights campaign against the authoritarian government in their native Uzbekistan for the release of their father, Sanjar Umarov, a Germantown businessman thrown into prison for opposing the regime.

37. Ballot Questions Highlight November Election -

When Shelby County voters begin making their choices in a week and a half in the last election of 2014, a good number of the choices won’t be among candidates but rather a choice between yes or no.

38. Building a Reputation -

This week, Lafayette’s Music Room reopened in its old location at Overton Square, bringing live music back to the rejuvenated district.

The famed club, which hosted a wide range of local and nation acts in its original incarnation, was named after the late Lafayette Draper, a Memphis bartender who earned a reputation as one of the best in the business. Draper died in September at the age of 77.

39. Classroom Shift -

Once students in 18 Shelby County schools return from their fall break Oct. 13 they should start taking home the Lenovo Yoga laptop-tablets that are at the heart of the system’s three-year blended-learning pilot program.

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41. Williams-Sonoma Growth Highlights DeSoto Push -

In 1999, Williams-Sonoma Inc. opened its first DeSoto County distribution center on Polk Lane in Olive Branch.

42. African-American Icons Highlight Freedom Awards -

The National Civil Rights Museum will honor journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Freedom Summer icon Bob Moses and baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson at the 2014 Freedom Awards.

43. Ole Miss, Memphis Move on to Next Hurdles -

Before they played the game, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze suggested it amounted to the “Super Bowl” for the University of Memphis. But in many respects it was more of a Blooper Bowl for both teams.

44. 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.

45. State Supreme Court Reverses Bartlett Murder Conviction -

The man convicted and sentenced to death for the brutal 2003 double murder of a husband and wife in Bartlett will get a new trial, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled last week.

The court decision Thursday, Sept. 25, in the case of Henry Lee Jones is the latest reversal of a conviction in Shelby County Criminal Court by the highest court in the state.

46. Vols Hope to Snap 20-Game Road Slump vs. Ranked Opponents -

KNOXVILLE – It doesn’t get much easier for the University of Tennessee’s football team.

The Sept. 20 open date has come and gone. UT’s coaches and players had ample time to digest and dissect details of the 34-10 loss to No. 4-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 13 and a week to prepare for a challenge just as formidable.

47. New Seat, Same Drive -

Dawn Distler was a bus driver for 10 years, but these days she does her work from the passenger seat.

Knoxville’s new director of transit, on the job since June 1, rides the Knoxville Area Transit buses often, making the most of her commute, traveling to work-related events or taking her staff on a friendly fact-finding mission.

48. 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.

49. Ugwueke Makes Impact on Lives at Methodist -

Michael Ugwueke’s present life, as president and chief operating officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, and president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals, is full of red tape.

It is a life of regulations wrapped around regulations, encased in codes and jargon and nourished by so much legalese.

50. State Supreme Court Reverses Bartlett Double-Murder Conviction -

The Tennessee Supreme Court reversed Thursday, Sept. 25, the first-degree double-murder conviction of Henry Lee Jones for the 2003 murders of Clarence and Lillian James in Bartlett.

51. Cummins Eyes Memphis Site for Expansion -

Cummins Inc. is eyeing a Memphis property for a planned expansion of the company’s distribution operations, a move that would be welcome news for Memphis officials.

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. More Insurers to Offer Health Law Plans Next Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration says consumers in most states will have more insurance options next year under the president's health care law.

The Health and Human Services department on Tuesday reported a net increase of 63 insurers joining the market in 43 states plus Washington, DC. The preliminary figures show 77 insurers entering for the first time, while 14 are dropping out.

55. Transportation Grants to Help Local Communities -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is providing grants to help local communities with transportation projects and planning.

This is the second grant cycle for the Multimodal Access Grants and the first year for the Community Transportation Planning Grants.

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57. Roxul Plant Makes Debut in Marshall County -

Almost a year and a half after breaking ground in Marshall County just south of the state line with Collierville and Fayette County, executives of the Danish company Roxul Inc. will formally open Wednesday, Sept. 24, their $160 million plant and packaging site in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park.

58. College Football Notebook: September 23, 2014 -

The University of Memphis had lost three straight games to Middle Tennessee and five of the last six. Getting beat by the Blue Raiders each year had become commonplace and another sign of a program in perpetual struggle.

59. County Commission Starts School Bond Process -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Sept. 22, on a resolution that is the first step in issuing $120 million in general obligation bonds over the next two years to finance “public works projects, including schools,” according to the resolution.

60. Tennessee Justices Name Slatery Attorney General -

The state Supreme Court on Monday named Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser, Herbert Slatery, as Tennessee's next attorney general.

The announcement comes in the aftermath of a failed conservative campaign to oust three Democratic justices who make up a majority on the five-member court. That effort focused heavily on incumbent Attorney General Bob Cooper's refusal to take part in a multistate lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's health care law.

61. Road to Better Mass Transit -

Picking a new transit chief is critical for a city in transition.

Next year, Nashville residents will elect a new mayor and turn over its large Metro Council.

Davidson County also expects some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years, and much of the success of future development will depend on the ease of navigating around Nashville – already the nation’s second-worst area for sprawl, according to Smart Growth America.

62. 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.

63. 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.

64. This week in Memphis history: September 19-25 -

2004: Roy Jones Jr. and Glen Johnson fought for the IBF light heavyweight championship at FedExForum. Johnson, the defending champion, knocked out Jones, the former champion, in the ninth round.

65. Education Secretary Praises Local Schools Leaders -

Sustainability is a term associated with environmental efforts, though innovation is a much more popular term across causes from economic development to education reform.

But when U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan came to Memphis this month as the last stop on a three-state bus tour of school districts, it was the word sustainability that came up more often than innovation.

66. Fed Keeps Rates Low, But Brace for the Inevitable -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday.

Enjoy the easy money while it lasts.

By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of keeping short-term rates at record lows. Those rates have helped support the economy, cheered the stock market and shrunk mortgage rates. A Fed rate increase could potentially reverse those trends.

67. New Chief Justice Echoes Haslam Mantra on Review -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – First, the state Supreme Court hired Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser as Tennessee's next attorney general. Now the high court's new chief justice is also adopting the Republican governor's rhetoric.

68. Athletes Behaving Badly -

Make us laugh. That’s all we ask. Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston gets cited for stealing $32 worth of crab legs from a Publix: That’s funny.

Winston gets suspended for the first half of the upcoming Clemson game after shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus while reportedly mimicking an Internet video: Not funny, and really stupid.

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70. Ball Targets Carr's Tea Party Supporters -

Gordon Ball, the Democratic challenger to Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, is basing his uphill challenge of Alexander on his specific definition of being a moderate Democrat and where that intersects with tea party followers.

71. Third Parties Still Fighting for Ballot Access -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Four years after the Libertarian Party of Tennessee filed its first lawsuit to get on the ballot, the group is still fighting for access in a state that has some of the most restrictive rules in the country for smaller political parties.

72. South Carolina Back in SEC East Race -

The South Carolina defense still has improvement to make, but in beating Georgia 38-35 last Saturday the Gamecocks made a fourth-quarter goal-line stand and reasserted their presence in the SEC East Division.

73. Tennessee Justices Name Slatery as Attorney General -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Supreme Court on Monday named Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser, Herbert Slatery, as Tennessee's next attorney general.

The announcement comes in the aftermath of a failed conservative campaign to oust three Democratic justices who make up a majority on the five-member court. That effort focused heavily on incumbent Attorney General Bob Cooper's refusal to take part in a multistate lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's health care law.

74. Influence Game: Chemical Trade Tries to Shape Regulations -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles – but also make it tougher for states to enact their own regulations.

75. Latino Political Profile Continues Rise -

When Latino Memphis held its first annual Leadership Luncheon last week in East Memphis, the ballroom at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis included political and business leaders among the group of 800 people.

76. Young Volunteers Face Long Odds at Oklahoma -

Two games into the 2014 season, and it’s time for the University of Tennessee to play some big-boy football.

The Vols (2-0) took care of business at Neyland Stadium in the first two games against Utah State and Arkansas State.

77. 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.

78. Coverage Gap Leaves Rural Tennessee Hospitals on Life Support -

Four rural hospitals have closed and dozens are at risk of shuttering: That’s the fallout, some say, from Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision not to join the Affordable Care Act in 2013 and tap into millions in promised federal funds for Tennessee’s financially-strapped health care institutions.

79. Lillard to Be President of Treasurers Group -

Tennessee State Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr. has been elected president of the National Association of State Treasurers.

The association provides advocacy and support for state treasurers and treasury staff throughout the United States and its territories.

80. This week in Memphis history: September 12-18 -

2004: Usher at FedExForum, the first show at the new arena followed days later by Alan Jackson and Martin McBride.

81. Legacy Building -

2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for Legacy Wealth Management, an independent financial planning and portfolio management firm that’s moved into a prominent new space, continued staffing up over the last several months and is preparing to launch a seminar series.

82. 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.

83. Lillard to Be President of State Treasurers Group -

Tennessee State Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr. has been elected president of the National Association of State Treasurers.

The association provides advocacy and support for state treasurers and treasury staff throughout the United States and its territories.

84. Education Secretary Calls for System-Wide Reforms -

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan saw much that he liked in Memphis Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the end of his three-day “back to school” bus tour of schools in three states.

The last stop was Cornerstone Prep Elementary School in Binghampton.

85. Authors, Readers Converge for Book Festival -

Earlier this year, interest in the first Mid-South Book Festival, scheduled to take place later this month, began to reach what seemed like a fever pitch, according to Literacy Mid-South executive director Kevin Dean.

86. Duncan Bus Tour Ends With Binghampton Kudos -

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrapped up a three-day “back to school” bus tour of schools in several states Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Cornerstone Prep Elementary School in Binghampton.

87. Late Pass -

A football spirals in slow motion across the Texas sky. The state championship hangs in the balance. Spoiler alert: If you’ve not watched “Friday Night Lights,” go watch it – all 76 episodes – and then return.

88. 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.

89. ‘Love Mob’ Responds to Poplar Plaza Attack -

The amount of traffic that comes through the intersection of Highland Street and Poplar Avenue has made it a favorite of causes through the years – from war protestors and advocates to those on both sides of the death penalty, and, more recently, city employees upset over benefit changes.

90. College Savings on the Rise as Plans Average $20,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount wouldn't come close to getting a person a degree.

In a report released Tuesday, the College Savings Plans Network found that the average college savings or prepaid tuition account known as a "529" plan is now worth about $20,671 – almost double what these accounts were worth during the dog-days of the recession.

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

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

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

93. College Football Notebook: September 9 -

University of Memphis sophomore quarterback Paxton Lynch apparently likes the big stage. Lynch passed for a career-high 305 yards as he completed 27-of-41 passes (one touchdown, no interceptions) in the Tigers’ 42-35 loss at then-No. 11 UCLA.

94. City's Response to Poplar Plaza Attack Charts New Path -

The next front in City Hall’s discussion of youth violence won’t be another crime summit.

The last one happened just days before and within a mile of the Poplar Plaza shopping center where a mob of teenagers attacked, beat and injured three people Saturday, Sept 6.

95. Democrats Choose State Senate Nominee -

When Shelby County Democratic Party leaders gather Monday, Sept. 8, to pick their party’s nominee in the November special general election for state Senate District 30, it will also be an indication of how deep the wounds run from the party’s disastrous August election outing.

96. Safe House -

She talks about the bad old days easily now. That’s what years of steady sobriety will do. For the last three-plus years, Amy Phillips, 54, has worked as a program coordinator at Grace House of Memphis, a recovery program for women with alcohol and/or drug problems and, in many cases, co-occurring mental health disorders.

97. Memphis Running Back Makes AAC Honor Roll -

University of Memphis freshman Jarvis Cooper, who rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a 63-0 shutout of Austin Peay State University, was one of five players selected for the American Athletic Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll.

98. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State -

KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.

One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.

99. Focus on Teens ‘At Risk of Being Homeless’ -

Not only is Crossroads Campus a successful non-profit operation that’s building a bridge to help homeless animals and potentially homeless young people, it’s also a thriving retail business operation driven by the savvy of executive director Lisa Stetar and her staff.

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