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1. UofM Faculty Express Concerns About Program -

Faculty members at the University of Memphis say they have concerns about a new teacher training program under consideration.

The Commercial Appeal reports the newspaper and faculty obtained Relay Graduate School of Education's 448-page application last month through the Freedom of Information Act. The university has offered Relay free classroom and office space for the program that it proposes to start next summer.

2. Evolving Identity -

Some of the most telling views of Memphis are the ones many of us see for only seconds at a time as we drive on viaducts that take us and our cars just above the treetops and rooftops of older neighborhoods interrupted by the roadways.

3. A Present for the Kids -

GIVE THANKS. This Christmas, our country has given our kids a chance. As a county, we had a chance to do it for ourselves but local government wouldn’t fund it and local citizens wouldn’t pay for it. As a state, our governor had to be talked into asking for it and our Legislature would rather not talk about asking for help at all.

4. Health Leaders: Improvement Possible -

Tennessee’s place in the 2014 America’s Health Rankings makes one thing very clear: There’s a lot of room for improvement.

Tennessee ranked 42nd among all states in the annual analysis of the health of the nation conducted by UnitedHealth Foundation.

5. From Sweden to Memphis -

Swedish retail giant Ikea will open a 225-employee store in the Wolfchase Galleria area in 2016.

The furniture retailer will locate the 269,000-square-foot store on a 35-acre site in Memphis near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway.

6. Tanger Outlets Involved in Southaven Project -

A major player in the development of outlet malls has jumped on board the long-planned effort to build a massive outlet mall in Southaven.

Tanger Outlets, which has a portfolio of 44 outlet centers in 26 markets in the U.S. and Canada, is now involved in the effort to build The Outlet Shops of the Mid-South at Interstate 55 and Church Road in Southaven.

7. University of Memphis Faculty Express Concerns About Program -

Faculty members at the University of Memphis say they have concerns about a new teacher training program under consideration.

The Commercial Appeal reports the newspaper and faculty obtained Relay Graduate School of Education’s 448-page application last month through the Freedom of Information Act. The university has offered Relay free classroom and office space for the program that it proposes to start next summer.

8. Community Hospitals Becoming Endangered Species -

The state of Mississippi has 110 hospitals and three-fourths of them are, as you might expect, in rural areas.

“And 56 of them have fewer than 50 beds,” said Mendal Kemp, director of the Center for Rural Health at the Mississippi Hospital Association.

9. Council to Weigh Next Moves on Beale -

A Beale Street Tourism Development Authority with a nine-member appointed board would oversee the development and management of the entertainment district under the terms of a 13-page resolution that goes to the Memphis City Council this week for discussion.

10. Chamber Wants to Clean Up Memphis -

If Greater Memphis Chamber officials get their wish, Memphis will be the nation’s cleanest city by 2019.

The chamber will spearhead a four-year effort to help clean up the litter and waste found in so many corners of the Bluff City, an ambitious new “moon mission” for the economic and community development organization.

11. Chamber Plans City Clean-Up, Announces Grants -

If Greater Memphis Chamber officials get their wish, Memphis will be the nation’s cleanest city by 2019.

The chamber will spearhead a four-year effort to help clean up the litter and waste found in so many corners of the Bluff City, an ambitious new “moon mission” for the economic and community development organization.

12. Board Seeks ASD Transition Involvement -

As the state-run Achievement School District prepares to announce which low-performing Memphis schools it will take in its third year starting in August, Shelby County Schools board members are considering a better transition period.

13. ReStoring Hope -

The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore is feeling the holiday love.

The store’s November “Go North ReStock the ReStore” event brought in a large number of donations and the Hickory Hill store recorded $10,673 in sales the day of the event, the store’s biggest day of sales so far this fiscal year. In addition, November Web traffic was more than double that of November 2013.

14. Four Memphis Charter Schools To Close In Summer -

Four charter schools operating in Memphis will close at the end of the current school year under terms of a recently enacted Tennessee law.

The law requires the closure of any charter school that is ranked in the bottom five percent of schools in the state in terms of student achievement as measured by state test scores. The closing comes without any decision by the local school board that originally authorized the charter schools.

15. Holder Stresses Need for Police ‘Conversation’ -

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a group of 100 at Hattiloo Theatre Tuesday, Dec. 9, that the aftermath of a series of deaths at the hands of police is the return of a national conversation on the relationship between police and the communities in which they work.

16. DeSoto Sears Distribution Center Up For Lease -

Struggling retailer Sears says it remains committed to the Memphis market despite that its 800,000-square-foot distribution center in Olive Branch is being marketed for lease.

Exeter Property Group recently began marketing the once-powerful retailer’s massive distribution center at 10425 Ridgewood Drive in Olive Branch for lease, a signal to some local real estate officials that Sears – which is facing significant financial and market headwinds – could be closing the center.

17. Milhaus Acquires Highland Row Property -

44 S. Highland St.; 366, 374 and 380 Ellsworth St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Sale Amount: $4.3 million

18. Plough Foundation Grants $12 Million to Help Local Seniors -

The Plough Foundation has made an unprecedented series of grants totaling nearly $12 million to serve Memphis-area seniors.

The grants will help feed vulnerable Shelby County senior citizens a million meals, to rehab the homes of 500 low-income seniors and to build a continuum of care for elderly victims of abuse through a coordinated community response, among other projects.

19. Dec. 17 Health Forum to Explore Solutions -

A coalition of business and civic groups including the Greater Memphis Chamber and Memphis Tomorrow is hosting a Dec. 17 forum on health care issues at the University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Conference Center, 330 Innovation Drive.

20. West Coast Strife Persists and Local Impact Remains Elusive -

Labor strife on West Coast docks isn't going to steal Christmas in Memphis, but it is having an impact locally, according to industry officials. But just how deep that impact cuts remains to be seen.

21. Dec. 17 Health Forum to Explore Solutions -

A coalition of business and civic groups including the Greater Memphis Chamber and Memphis Tomorrow is hosting a Dec. 17 forum on health care issues at the University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Conference Center, 330 Innovation Drive.

22. Building a Framework -

Moving the needle on minority business growth in Memphis is in a phase of knitting and prodding six months after a renewed call for a larger share of business for minority businesses in a city whose population is majority African-American.

23. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Jim Duncan, executive director of Memphis Botanic Garden, will present “The Memphis Botanic Garden Experience: From Red to Black.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

24. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

25. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host the Freedom Award public forum Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ, 369 G.E. Patterson Ave. The Freedom Award ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St., followed by a gala from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the adjacent Cook Convention Center. Admission to the forum is free; tickets to the ceremony and gala are $200. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org for details on this year’s honorees.

26. Events -

American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-REDCROSS for eligibility requirements and appointments.

27. EDGE Approves Graceland Taxing District -

A special taxing district to help pay for a massive redevelopment of the sprawling Graceland campus is one step closer to reality.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved Tuesday, Nov. 25, the creation of a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district around Graceland, one of the city's most visited attractions and powerful economic engines.

28. New Alliance Focuses on Workforce Development -

Memphis and Shelby County are prioritizing workforce development and creating a pipeline that will deliver trained employees to local companies.

The goal is to align educational offerings with the current and future needs of employers.

29. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “If Scrooge Was a Brother” Friday, Nov. 28, through Dec. 21 at the theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at hattiloo.org.

30. Mobile Dependency Energizes Text Marketing -

The average consumer typically has at least one mobile device within arm’s reach at any given time throughout the day. Our growing dependency on these devices has increased the opportunity for marketers to reach targeted consumers with greater immediacy than ever before via text marketing.

31. New Alliance Prioritizes Workforce Development -

Memphis and Shelby County are prioritizing workforce development and creating a pipeline that will deliver trained employees to local companies.

The goal is to align educational offerings with the current and future needs of employers.

32. Raleigh Egypt High Dropped From ASD List -

Raleigh-Egypt High School won’t be joining the state-run Achievement School District next school year.

Leaders of the Achievement School District made the announcement Thursday, Nov. 20, citing a decision by Green Dot Public Schools, the charter operator that was to operate the high school in the school year that begins this coming August.

33. Raleigh Egypt High Dropped From ASD List -

Raleigh-Egypt High School won’t be joining the state-run Achievement School District next school year.

Leaders of the Achievement School District made the announcement Thursday, Nov. 20, citing a decision by Green Dot Public Schools, the charter operator that was to operate the high school in the school year that begins this coming August.

34. School Phase-Ins Show Complicated Evolution -

In 2 1/2 academic years, the state-run Achievement School District has had greater success in terms of student achievement with charter organizations that take over a grade or two at a time instead of all at once.

35. Target Eyeing Memphis Area for Distribution Center -

Target is eyeing the Memphis area for an industrial project that could create up to 600 jobs, according to multiple sources.

The Minneapolis-based retail giant is considering sites in DeSoto County and Memphis for a distribution center and could soon seek incentives from Memphis and Shelby County, the sources said.

36. Cargill Employees Job Fair Tuesday -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is hosting a job fair Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis for the more than 400 Cargill employees who will be out of a job at the end of the year when Cargill closes its Memphis corn mill.

37. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will host its Corporate Neighbor Awards Breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Memphis Botanic Garden’s Hardin Hall, 750 Cherry Road. The awards honor exemplary corporate community engagement programs across the region. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

38. Changing State Constitution No Easy Task -

Amending Tennessee’s Constitution isn’t as rare as it was in the state’s first 200 years, and yet it remains a tough, drawn-out task, even if the most popular process, the legislative method, is used.

39. Why are Tennesseans So Afraid of an Income Tax? -

The odds of an income tax becoming a reality in Tennessee – one of the nation’s lowest-taxed states – are slim to none.

And, yet there is an amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot that would change Tennessee’s constitution by giving the Legislature authority to prohibit passage of an income tax or payroll tax in the state.

40. Editorial: Overton Square Comeback Proof of Possibilities -

Overton Square is back in ways few of us could have foreseen just three years ago.

And that’s the point – ways few of us could have foreseen.

The direct cause is millions of dollars invested by Loeb Properties, a Memphis company that knows what was, what could be and the necessary difference between the two.

41. Bigger LIFT -

The former Cadence Bank branch on Court Avenue Downtown is the new and bigger home for Community LIFT, the local intermediary with community development corporations founded by a coalition of nonprofits and the city of Memphis four years ago.

42. ‘State of Black Memphis’ Forum Urges Action -

Each year, the Urban League releases a national report that puts the “state of Black America” in the form of statistics on health care, education, economic power and similar factors.

This year, the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals used the report’s release to start a discussion billed as the “state of Black Memphis.”

43. Shareholder Seeks AutoZone Political Disclosures -

AutoZone’s board of directors is recommending shareholders vote against the motion a shareholder plans to present at the company’s annual meeting in December that would ask the auto parts retailer to provide greater detail on its political spending.

44. Regional One Health Receives Grant -

A $100,000 grant from Susan G. Komen Memphis-Mid-South will help the Regional One Health Foundation provide 1,000 free mammograms and follow-up diagnostic care for uninsured women in the Greater Memphis area.

45. State of Black Memphis Symposium Monday -

The Memphis Urban League Young Professionals release their findings Monday, Oct. 27, in a State of Black Memphis report and symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum.

The group releases an annual report that is a compilation of data.

46. State of Black Memphis Symposium Monday -

The Memphis Urban League Young Professionals release their findings Monday, Oct. 27, in a State of Black Memphis report and symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum.

The group releases an annual report that is a complation of data.

47. Grizzlies Find Respect Hard to Come By -

Perhaps it was a just coincidence. On the day that the results of the annual NBA General Managers’ survey were announced, ESPN was in Memphis for its only scheduled visit of the season.

Or perhaps this was no coincidence at all.

48. Regional One Foundation Gets Grant for Mammograms -

A $100,000 grant from Susan G. Komen Memphis-Mid-South will help the Regional One Health Foundation provide 1,000 free mammograms and follow-up diagnostic care for uninsured women in the Greater Memphis area.

49. Minyard Joins Barge Waggoner -

Tom Minyard, a 31-year veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as the civil works program manager. In his new role, Minyard’s responsibilities include the advancement of the firm’s strategic direction as it relates to its civil works program for local, state and federal governments. His areas of technical interest include flood risk reduction, navigation, ecosystem restoration and emergency response.

50. Incentive Applications Lag Previous Years -

Until a spate of activity this month, Memphis and Shelby County were on pace to tie a record-low for the number of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements granted to companies in a year.

Through September, the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine, the primary business incentive body in Memphis and Shelby County, had awarded just four PILOTs, tied with 2006 for the lowest amount of PILOTs issued in a year since 2002.

51. SchoolSeed Continues Series With Penn Professor -

University of Penn professor, Dr. Shaun Harper, will travel to Memphis, Oct. 22-23 for a visit focused on educating young men of color in an urban context. The visit is the second in a speaker series hosted by SchoolSeed, a nonprofit working to drive educational excellence and innovation in the Greater Memphis community.

52. Business Licenses Up 13.2 Percent Year to Date -

Year to date, business licenses are ahead of 2013’s pace but there were fewer licenses issued through the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in the third quarter of 2014 than from the same period in 2013.

53. Time is Now -

For now, the Memphis Grizzlies’ window of opportunity is open.

With four straight playoff appearances in the immediate past, there is no reason to believe the Grizzlies won’t get there again. But it’s not about just getting there, not about playing a tough seven-game series, as the Grizzlies did in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against Oklahoma City last season, only to come home after a dispiriting Game 7 loss.

54. 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.

55. Exploring Possibilities -

Just a few weeks before construction is scheduled to begin on the Big River Crossing boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge, bicycle riders will gather in West Memphis for a 100-kilometer bike ride designed to showcase what’s on the other side of the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River.

56. Events -

Poplar Pike Playhouse will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Thursday, Oct. 16, to Oct. 25 at the playhouse in Germantown High School, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Buy tickets at ppp.org.

57. Tennessee Voters to Decide on Income Tax Amendment -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In a few weeks, Tennesseans will vote on a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax.

But regardless of what voters decide on Nov. 4, it's unlikely that Tennessee lawmakers would seriously consider an income tax because it's become such a toxic political issue.

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

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

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

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

60. FedEx Delivers Service to Memphis Causes -

Robin Hicks, communications adviser for FedEx Trade Networks, arrived at the Lucius Burch Natural Area at Shelby Farms Park last week and made her way through the vegetation to the Wolf River.

61. The Return of King Dollar -

The market’s game ball in the third quarter goes to the U.S. dollar. The U.S. dollar rose 7 percent, boosted by the comparative hawkishness of the U.S. Fed. The currency has now advanced for 11 consecutive weeks, its longest winning streak in nearly 20 years (although the uptrend actually started in mid-2011). What should you know about the return of King Dollar?

62. MentorMe Accepted into Points of Light Accelerator -

MentorMe, a startup from Memphis that provides cloud mentoring software, has been accepted into the Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

The accelerator is a national startup accelerator focused only on investing in civic ventures – any enterprise that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to create positive change.

63. Editorial: Memphis Should Embrace Season of Change -

By the calendar and by the first change in the air and the trees, autumn has arrived in Memphis. With it, the summer becomes a memory and fall becomes the present on its way to a memory.

The seasons are a backdrop for the changes and consistencies in the life of a city that gives their union a predictable rhythm.

64. Searching for Doctors -

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

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

65. MentorMe Accepted Into Points of Light Civic Accelerator -

MentorMe, a startup from Memphis that provides cloud mentoring software, has been accepted into the Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

The accelerator is a national startup accelerator focused only on investing in civic ventures – any enterprise that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to create positive change.

66. Top Five Sales Excuses -

Sales greats have the ability to adapt based on their audience, are able to embrace rejection as an express pass to their next “yes,” and generally have a high degree of emotional intelligence. But even veteran sales pros can fall into the trappings of excuse making as a way to cope with sales hurdles.

67. GiVE 365 Awards $62,600 in Grants -

A community’s needs are infinite, yet the resources available to provide help are finite.

So it only made sense for GiVE 365, The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ dollar-a-day philanthropy program, to have a theme geared toward cooperation.

68. Officials Vow to Help Cargill Workers Find Jobs -

The Greater Memphis Chamber says it will work with its partners to help displaced Cargill Inc. employees find new jobs.

69. Cargill to Close Memphis Corn Mill -

Cargill Inc. will close its Memphis corn mill in January, a move that will impact 440 employees.

The company said the closure of the facility resulted from the underutilization of the Memphis plant on Presidents Island and its location far away from the Corn Belt. The nearby corn oil refinery that employs 28 people will remain open and operate as a standalone facility, Cargill said.

70. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, will present “Selling Memphis: locally, nationally and internationally.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

71. Government for the Prosperity of the People -

The reporting out of the US on China is uniformly downbeat. By applying our western perspectives, China appears inhumane, politically oppressive, over-indebted and fragile.

From the American perspective, functional nations should look more ... well ... like us. They should have democracy, inalienable property rights, free and open markets, freedom of expression, apple pie, etc. Our national belief in the ideology of American exceptionalism defines our worldview.

72. Events -

Remington College Memphis campus will hold the 3 Lives blood drive, a national effort to recruit minority blood donors, Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Remington, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. Visit 3lives.com.

73. Haslam Names Memphians to Education Boards -

A FedEx Express senior vice president and the former president and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are among the newest members of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.

74. Events -

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital will hold an educational seminar on surgical weight loss options with Dr. George Woodman and staff Monday, Sept. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital, 4250 Bethel Road. Call 516-0611.

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. At the Counter -

THE COLLEGE INN, FULL CIRCLE. The future was in my hands. My parents had set me free and I sat there all by myself for the very first time, my own stool at the counter, my own menu in front of me and a cool new show on the TV above. It was 1957. I was eight. The show was Perry Mason. And I was in control.

77. 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.

78. Competition Calls -

Economic development and the quality of jobs coming to Shelby County are the dominant issues as county elected leaders begin a new four-year term of office this month.

And there are plenty of indications the local strategy is about to change, or at least shift, in response to the resurgence in manufacturing and distribution in North Mississippi.

79. New Commission Holds First Committee Sessions -

Shelby County Commissioners hold their first committee sessions Wednesday, Sept. 4, in advance of their first voting meeting Sept. 8.

In addition to committee recommendations on tax delinquent property sales, the commissioners will get briefings on the Downtown Memphis Commission, Greater Memphis Chamber, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and Economic Development Growth Engine. The committee sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. also include a discussion about who will be chairman of the commission, which includes six new members, and second-term division director appointments by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

80. Stepherson Named Chair-Elect of Grocers Association -

Randy Stepherson has been named 2014-2015 chairman-elect of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association board of directors. Stepherson is president of Stepherson Inc., the family- and employee-owned parent company of Superlo Foods, which has five Memphis-area locations, and Stepherson’s.

81. UTHSC Expands Footprint -

Of the six colleges and schools of pharmacy in the state, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy by far has the lowest annual tuition – around $21,000 as compared to about $31,500 for the next-lowest, Union University.

82. Events -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will hold free how-to clinics with Lowe’s and a kickoff of Habitat’s 2014 building season Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Habitat, 7136 Winchester Road. Clinics will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will focus on painting and working with hardware and power tools. The short kickoff program will follow. Visit memphishabitat.com for details.

83. Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits -

After being lampooned for years as one of the worst metro areas in the country for bicyclists and pedestrians, the Memphis region is poised to make a huge leap forward in developing a regional greenway and trail system.

84. Changing Landscape -

A “high-end” grocery store chain not currently serving the Memphis market has leased the shuttered former Kroger store at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland and should open in the spring, according to a Lakeland official.

85. Events -

Orion Federal Credit Union will hold a grand opening celebration for its newest branch Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at 4805 American Way. Visit orionfcu.com.

86. Fuchs Joins Vaco Logistics as Recruiter -

Eddie Fuchs has joined Vaco Memphis as an executive recruiter for Vaco Logistics, where he’ll consult with distribution, transportation and manufacturing companies to help identify candidates for leadership and specialized skill positions. Fuchs, who previously worked in the business development department of Intermodal Cartage Co., was recently named to the Greater Memphis Chamber’s 2014 Young Memphians list.

87. Events -

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum will host its 2014 Economic Development Forum Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can hear nationally known speakers, learn business growth strategies and get access to business capital. Register at edf.mmbc-memphis.org.

88. Memphis Habitat, Lowe’s Host How-To Clinics -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis and Lowe’s are teaming up to host clinics and a build kickoff party.

Memphis Habitat and Lowe’s will host the free how-to clinics and kickoff celebration on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. at Memphis Habitat, 7136 Winchester Road.

89. Events -

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum will host its 2014 Economic Development Forum Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can hear from nationally known speakers, learn business growth strategies and get access to business capital. Register at edf.mmbc-memphis.org.

90. TVA to Replace Allen Plant With Natural Gas -

The 55-year-old Allen Fossil Plant in southwest Memphis will be replaced with a new $975 million natural gas plant to be built in the shadow of the original facility, the Tennessee Valley Authority board decided Thursday, Aug. 21, in Knoxville.

91. PILOT Critics Push for Fuller Accounting -

One of the most vocal critics of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes economic development incentives – or PILOTs – says he intends to make them an issue in the 2015 Memphis elections.

Rev. Kenneth Whalum Jr. said his problem with the property tax abatements is the lack of disclosure about their details and how companies getting them have met the goals of creating jobs for Memphians.

92. Consumers Driving Health Care Innovation -

Everyone in the U.S complains about health care – the rising costs of insurance premiums and co-pays, the lack of innovation, the poor experience at doctor’s offices and hospitals, and price of medications.

93. Habitat Honors Stemmler For Volunteer Work -

Bill Stemmler, vice president and branch manager at Iberiabank, was recently named Leadership Volunteer of the Year at Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee‘s 2014 State Impact Awards.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis nominated Stemmler, a former board president, in recognition of his six years of board service. He joined Memphis Habitat’s board in 2008 and became president in 2010, serving for three years in that role.

94. Local Leaders Work to Keep Cummins in Memphis -

Memphis and Shelby County are preparing to fight a border battle with Mississippi to keep hundreds of jobs inside the city.

The state of Mississippi is aggressively courting diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. to move most of its Memphis operations south of the state line to DeSoto County, according to sources familiar with the effort.

95. Habitat Honors Stemmler for Volunteer Work -

Bill Stemmler, vice president and branch manager at Iberiabank, was recently named Leadership Volunteer of the Year at Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee’s 2014 State Impact Awards.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis nominated Stemmler, a former board president, in recognition of his six years of board service. He joined Memphis Habitat’s board in 2008 and became president in 2010, serving for three years in that role.

96. Pressure Builds to Grant More Tax Breaks -

The head of the Economic Development Growth Engine organization says there is another side to the controversy over granting property tax abatements through payments-in-lieu-of-taxes that isn’t heard in the current civic discussion about the incentives.

97. Nonprofits to Pitch Ideas for GiVE 365 Grants -

Three minutes to make their best pitch. That’s what the finalists will have Monday night, Aug. 18, when they compete for Community Foundation of Greater Memphis GiVE 365 grants.

“It’s by far the most important event we have,” said Ashley Harper, director of grants and initiatives at the foundation. “And it’s high energy because we’re strict about those three minutes.”

98. Haslam, Alexander Look to Boost Republican Turnout -

U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher remembers the first time that he talked with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Fincher had been elected to Congress long enough to have made several votes after a 2008 campaign in which he touted his conservative values and stances. And in the process, Fincher admitted to Alexander that he had been critical of Alexander’s voting record during the campaign.

99. Blood Donors Needed To Address Shortage -

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

100. Council Aims to Strengthen Local Medical Device Firms -

Shelby County medical device manufacturers are known for their innovation. But it took about three years of meetings before officially forming the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council this July.

“The industry was not used to coming together and sitting down,” said Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce president John Threadgill. “They’re competitors. And to get competitors in the same room to talk about their issues, there’s some reluctance. But the fact is, they’re all having the same issues. The cat’s out of the bag.”