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1. From Despair to Belief -

A July weekday afternoon, about 2:45. It’s the perfect time for just about anyone to be nodding off in class.

But in the basement of Midtown Church of Christ, where HopeWorks Inc. is housed, class is in session and a dozen men and their teacher are having a lively discussion.

2. 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.

3. Consumer Spending Down 0.1 Percent in April -

U.S. consumers cut back on spending in April for the first time in a year, taking an unexpected pause after a big jump during the previous month. The results, however, are unlikely to derail an expected spring rebound in the economy.

4. Southbrook Mall Concept Goes to Public Hearings -

As city Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb began talking in the gym of the Whitehaven Community Center last week, he could see the Pepper Tree Apartments on the other side of Graceland Drive.

5. Commission Approves Compromise $52.1 Million in Schools Capital Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, May 12, an immediate infusion of $52.1 million in capital funding for Shelby County Schools and the six suburban school systems.

The compromise resolution worked out with leaders of the suburban school systems includes $4.8 million in capital projects at five of the six suburban school systems. It also keeps the $47.3 million in capital projects for Shelby County Schools a majority on the commission recommended in committee sessions last week. The Shelby County Schools list includes a new roof for Millington Central High School which is in the sixth of the six suburban school systems.

6. Tiger Paws Cleaning Owner Decides to Sell -

Mark Beatty has sold Tiger Paws Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, but it wasn’t an easy decision for the small business owner.

7. Shelby County Home Sales on the Rise -

Shelby County experienced a modest increase in home sales in April compared to the same month last year, but sales rose sharply from March and prices continued their upward surge.

Shelby County recorded 1,356 home sales in April, up 2 percent from the 1,335 homes sold in April 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. However, the 1,356 homes sold in April is up 14 percent from the 1,192 homes sold in March, giving Realtors hope that the market is heating up along with the weather.

8. Mall Owners Concerned About City Plans -

Leaders of the holding company that owns Raleigh Springs Mall expressed concern Thursday, May 1, about Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s plans to turn the mall into a town center.

Michael Aschenbrener, attorney for Raleigh Springs Mall LLC, says the group has been working diligently to renovate and revitalize the mall since it bought the property a year ago.

9. Raleigh Springs Mall Owners Question City’s Plans -

The owners of the Raleigh Springs Mall had been talking with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration until late last year about the city’s desire to see a revitalized mall possibly with city government offices.

10. Raleigh Springs Mall Owners Concerned About City Plans -

Leaders of the holding company that owns Raleigh Springs Mall expressed concern Thursday, May 1, about Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s plans to turn the mall into a town center.

Michael Aschenbrener, attorney for Raleigh Springs Mall LLC, says the group has been working diligently to renovate and revitalize the mall since it bought the property a year ago.

11. Graceland Files Notice for 450-Room Whitehaven Hotel -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has filed paperwork with the Land Use Control Board to move ahead with the first part of a long planned expansion of Graceland.

The filing with the LUCB Wednesday, April 30, is for construction of a 450-room hotel on the same side of Elvis Presley Boulevard as the mansion on a parcel of land EPE has owned since the mid 1990s.

12. Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Take Years to Find -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.

But the agency says it could take years to identify the criminals who stole some 40 million debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers and other personal information from as many as 70 million people in the pre-Christmas breach.

13. Southbrook Mall Plans Simmer -

If the city is going to spend money on a renovation of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven, it should be part of a larger plan for Whitehaven and tie in to the aerotropolis concept.

That’s what city Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb said Tuesday, April 15, as he outlined a $6.5 million plan for turning the mall into a “town center” that includes some city government offices and private retail.

14. Wharton Outlines $596 Million Budget Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. warned Tuesday, April 15, that “half measures” in converting city employees to a defined contributions benefits plan would not restore the city’s financial health and resolve an unfunded pension liability of hundreds of millions of dollars.

15. Wharton Takes Budget to City Council -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. takes a budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 15, that is supposed to be a departure for an administration that, since 2010, has come to the council with options instead of a total budget plan.

16. Southbrook Mall Funding Sent Back to Committee -

A bid to bring back to life $1.5 million in city funding for a renovation of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven was delayed Tuesday, April 1, by the Memphis City Council and sent back to committee for more discussion.

17. Southbrook Mall Funding Sent Back to Committee -

A bid to bring back to life $1.5 million in city funding for a renovation of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven was delayed Tuesday, April 1, by the Memphis City Council and sent back to committee for more discussion.

18. Council Unhappy With Budget Plans So Far -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got a rough reception at the Tuesday, April 1, Memphis City Council session as it set the stage for Wharton’s budget proposal to come in two weeks.

19. US Consumer Spending Up Modest 0.3 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans barely increased their spending in February following a weak January performance, strong evidence that the severe winter will hold back the economy in the first quarter.

20. US Consumer Prices Tick Up Just 0.1 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cheaper energy kept U.S. consumer prices in check last month, despite a big rise in the cost of food, the latest sign that inflation is tame.

The consumer price index rose 0.1 percent in February, matching January's increase, the Labor Department said Tuesday. In the past 12 months, prices have risen just 1.1 percent, down from 1.6 percent in January and the smallest yearly gain in five months.

21. Energy Costs Boosted Consumer Spending in Jan. -

Americans spent more in January, but the increase came from a surge in spending on heating bills during the harsh winter. Spending in areas such as autos and clothing declined.

Spending rose 0.4 percent in January after a 0.1 percent gain in December the Commerce Department said Monday. The December figure was revised down from a 0.4 percent increase.

22. Consumer Confidence Ticks Up in February -

A rising stock market and a more optimistic outlook among younger Americans pushed up a measure of U.S. consumer sentiment in February.

The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment rose to 81.6 from 81.2 in January. It's still slightly below December's figure.

23. US Applications for Jobless Aid Reach 3-Month Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the lowest level in three months as layoffs remain at pre-recession levels.

24. US Service Sector Grew at Slower Pace in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies expanded more slowly in February as hiring levels declined in a cautionary sign for the economy coming out of winter.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its service-sector index fell to 51.6 from 54 in January. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

25. Energy Costs Boosted Consumer Spending in January -

Americans spent more in January, but the increase came from a surge in spending on heating bills during the harsh winter. Spending in areas such as autos and clothing declined.

Spending rose 0.4 percent in January after a 0.1 percent gain in December the Commerce Department said Monday. The December figure was revised down from a 0.4 percent increase.

26. Consumer Confidence Ticks Up in February -

A rising stock market and a more optimistic outlook among younger Americans pushed up a measure of U.S. consumer sentiment in February.

The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment rose to 81.6 from 81.2 in January.

27. Seeking Collaboration -

The debate over which development projects should be public or public-private efforts could intensify in the coming months as the city of Memphis explores multiple redevelopment plans.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said if the city, which is facing strong financial headwinds, hopes to attract investment, it must sometimes help jump-start developments in areas that the private sector may otherwise be hesitant to enter.

28. Cold Weather Causes Factory Output to Drop -

Harsh winter weather led to a steep drop in U.S. factory output in January. Manufacturers made fewer cars and trucks, appliances, furniture and carpeting, as the recent cold spell ended five straight months of increased production.

29. Three Town Center Concepts Take Shape -

The city of Memphis would move government offices into two shopping malls and the Soulsville Town Center under tentative “conceptual” plans Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. took Tuesday, Feb. 18, to the Memphis City Council.

30. Council Tours Pyramid, Weighs City Offices In Two Malls -

Memphis City Council members heard Tuesday, Feb. 18, that the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to move some city government offices into the Soulsville Town Center in South Memphis and is weighing whether to renovate or tear down and build anew on the site of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

31. Cold Weather Causes Factory Output to Drop -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harsh winter weather led to a steep drop in U.S. factory output in January. Manufacturers made fewer cars and trucks, appliances, furniture and carpeting, as the recent cold spell ended five straight months of increased production

32. US Cold, Chinese Growth Help Lift Oil Above $101 -

The price of oil climbed above $101 a barrel Tuesday on expectations that cold weather in the U.S. and steady Chinese growth will underpin demand.

By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for March delivery was up $1.04 to $101.34 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

33. Oil Price Above $100 On Heating Fuel Demand -

The price of oil extended gains above $100 a barrel Monday as the cold weather in the United States increased demand for heating fuels and solid Chinese credit numbers eased concerns over the world’s number 2 economy.

34. Council to Review Mall Conversions -

Memphis City Council members get a look at plans for the redevelopment of two shopping malls Tuesday, Feb. 18.

But the council’s last meeting for February apparently won’t include any presentation of a proposal to change the benefits of new city hires and city employees with less than 10 years on the job, as promised earlier by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration.

35. Cold Weather Causes Factory Output to Drop -

Harsh winter weather led to a steep drop in U.S. factory output in January. Manufacturers made fewer cars and trucks, appliances, furniture and carpeting, as the recent cold spell ended five straight months of increased production

36. Pouring It On -

The Cash Saver store on Madison Avenue in Midtown had begun to show its age, its weather-beaten exterior presenting a less-than-inviting entrance and its dated and worn interior lacking the displays and amenities found in most modern grocery stores.

37. Farm Bill Deal Would Cut Food Stamps by 1 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Farm-state lawmakers are lobbying colleagues member by member, vote by vote as they push for House passage of a massive, five year farm bill that would make cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for farmers.

38. US Wholesale Costs Rose Last Month on Gas Prices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. wholesale prices increased in December, pushed up by rising gasoline prices and energy costs. But overall inflation remained mild.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the producer price index, which measures costs before they reach the consumer, rose 0.4 percent last month from November. That ends three straight months of falling wholesale prices.

39. McDonald's Closes Employee Website Amid Criticism -

McDonald's Corp. has shut down a website intended to provide employees with work and life guidance after it generated negative publicity for the fast-food company.

40. Plan to Renovate Southbrook Mall Resurfaces -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration is working on a broader plan for economic development in Whitehaven that will include a renovation and possible public use of Southbrook Mall.

That’s what city Chief Administrative Officer George Little told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Dec. 17.

41. US Wholesale Costs Fall for 3rd Month -

U.S. wholesale prices dropped in November for the third consecutive month, pushed down again by cheaper gasoline and lower home heating oil costs. But excluding volatile energy costs, inflation was mostly stable.

42. Runners Ready to Brave Elements for St. Jude -

Despite the looming possibility of winter weather, more than 20,000 people are still prepared to hit the streets this Saturday for the 12th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, a series of races designed to raise awareness of and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

43. River Inn Reopens Terrace With Full Year as Goal -

The River Inn, the boutique hotel on Mud Island that opened in 2007, has reopened its upper-level terrace after making some changes designed to add even more comforts for the hotel’s guests.

The Terrace at River Inn, at 50 Harbor Town Square, is now a restaurant that’s open year-round, offering river views and new cuisine in a setting no longer limited by the weather or the time of year.

44. Olymbec Acquires 13-Building Bellbrook -

Olymbec USA LLC has snatched up two more key Memphis properties, including the 1.8 million-square-foot Bellbrook industrial park.

45. Mortgage Market Up 12 Percent in October -

As the year is drawing to a close and the weather is cooling down, the local mortgage market keeps heating up. Continuing a trend that’s held somewhat steady, the market for mortgages in Shelby County continues to improve over the past year.

46. Mobile Health Clinic Hits Streets to Help Homeless -

Baptist Memorial Health Care and Christ Community Health Services rolled out a new state-of-the-art mobile health clinic earlier this month, and the larger, modernized vehicle will give Baptist Operation Outreach the ability to treat more of the area’s homeless population in need of medical care.

47. Richland’s McNary Recognized For Achievement -

When the school year began in August, Richland Elementary School principal Sharon McNary gave her teachers plastic action figures that could stretch.

48. Government: Most Heating Bills to Rise This Winter -

The government forecast Tuesday that most households will pay more for heat this winter. Heating oil users will catch a slight break, but still pay near-record prices to keep warm.

Prices for natural gas, electricity and propane should be higher, the primary reason that more than 90 percent of U.S. homes will incur higher heating expenses.

49. Bikram Yoga Lease Heats Up Overton Square -

Bikram Yoga Memphis owners Christine Boyer and Isaac Christopher have signed a lease to open a new studio at Overton Square, pushing occupancy at the revived district close to 80 percent.

50. Bikram Yoga Lease Heats Up Overton Square -

Bikram Yoga Memphis owners Christine Boyer and Isaac Christopher have signed a lease to open a new studio at Overton Square, pushing occupancy at the revived district close to 80 percent.

51. Countdown Begins for Grizzlies Tip-Off -

Are you ready for some basketball?

What’s that you say, the word is FOOTBALL? Meaning it’s time to talk about walking through The Grove, running in space and snapping cell phone pictures of Johnny Manziel?

52. Political Indecision Weighs on Economic Forecasts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Politicians and economists are straining to get a clearer view of what the economy will look like a year from now, when midterm political campaigns are heating up. Republicans see the glass as half empty; Democrats view it as half full. And the economists aren't sure.

53. Study: Later Retirement May Help Prevent Dementia -

BOSTON (AP) – New research boosts the "use it or lose it" theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found.

54. Value Proposition -

The secret ingredient at Kat Gordon’s East Memphis bakery is not a pinch of this or an extra stir of that.

Rather, the steady flow of treats from her bakery’s bins to customers’ hands depends in large part on the set of values she drew up that guides even the smallest details at Muddy’s Bake Shop.

55. Food Stamp Cuts Key to Farm Bill's Fate in House -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects for House passage of a new farm bill could turn on the level of food stamp cuts as key backers scrambled Wednesday to secure support for the five-year, half-trillion dollar measure.

56. Oil Falls Below $94 on Weak Outlook -

The price of oil was knocked below $94 a barrel Friday by a combination of ample supplies and lukewarm demand.

Benchmark oil for July delivery was down 36 cents to $93.91 a barrel in midday trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

57. House Panel Set to OK Cut in Food Stamp Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A House committee rebuffed Democratic efforts Wednesday to keep the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program whole, as debate on the farm bill turned into a theological discourse on helping the poor.

58. US Wholesale Prices Fall 0.7 Percent -

Sharp drops in fuel and food costs reduced a measure of U.S. wholesale prices in April by the most in three years. Outside those volatile categories, inflation stayed tame.

The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in April from March, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It was the second straight monthly decline and the steepest since February 2010.

59. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 7, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Jeremy Park, director of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, will discuss corporate philanthropy and community building. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

60. Germantown Fire House Gets LEED Gold Award -

The new Germantown Fire House 4 at 30301 Forest Hill-Irene Road, designed by Renaissance Group architects, has earned the status of being the first LEED Gold building for the city of Germantown and the first LEED Gold municipal facility in West Tennessee.

61. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn about Nate Silver’s book “The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t” Friday, May 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Register at lnlsignalnoise-rss.eventbrite.com.

62. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 7, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Jeremy Park, director of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, will discuss corporate philanthropy and community building. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

63. New Germantown Fire House Gets LEED Gold Award -

The new Germantown Fire House 4 at 30301 Forest Hill-Irene Road, designed by Renaissance Group architects, has earned the status of being the first LEED Gold building for the city of Germantown and the first LEED Gold municipal facility in West Tennessee.

64. Oil Drops on Demand Concerns -

More signs of weak demand for fuel in the U.S. sank the price of oil by nearly 3 percent.

The Energy Department said Wednesday that demand for gasoline over the four weeks ended April 12 was 3.3 percent less than a year earlier, averaging 8.4 million barrels a day. The weekly report indicated that use of distillates like heating oil and diesel was light as well.

65. Oil Drops on Demand Concerns -

More signs of weak demand for fuel in the U.S. sank the price of oil by nearly 3 percent.

The Energy Department said Wednesday that demand for gasoline over the four weeks ended April 12 was 3.3 percent less than a year earlier, averaging 8.4 million barrels a day. The weekly report indicated that use of distillates like heating oil and diesel was light as well.

66. Mumford Jr. Pleads in Teacher Cheating Scandal -

The son of the former Memphis City Schools assistant principal at the center of a teacher testing cheating scandal became the 12th person in the federal case to plead guilty last week in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

67. US Consumer Prices Increase 0.7 Percent -

A spike in gas prices drove a measure of U.S. consumer costs up in February by the most in more than three years. But outside the gain in fuel costs, inflation was mostly modest.

The consumer price index increased a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent last month from January, the Labor Department said Friday. It was the biggest monthly rise since June 2009.

68. US Consumer Spending Up 0.2 Percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers increased spending modestly in January but cut back on major purchases that signal confidence in the economy. The decline in spending on goods suggests higher tax rates that kicked in on Jan. 1 may have made consumers more cautious.

69. Kiesewetter Law Firm Inks Lease at Forum III -

Jenny Kiesewetter is getting ready to move her boutique law firm into what will be its third home in three years, a product of the workload for employee benefits attorneys like her swelling with each passing month as new regulations come down from the federal government.

70. J-Line Pump Growing in Collierville -

A local pumping equipment manufacturer is increasing its presence in the Collierville market. 

J-Line Pump Co., doing business as American-Marsh Pumps, bought the 81,260-square-foot warehouse on 12.4 acres at 550 E. South St. for $1.4 million. This will be in addition to the adjoining 110,000-square-foot warehouse at 185 Progress Road the company has occupied since 1999.

71. Oil Ends Lower on Economy Concerns -

NEW YORK (AP) — Benchmark U.S. crude gave up some early gains Monday on a surprise expansion of German exports and signs of increased oil consumption in China to finish lower. Concerns about the so-called fiscal cliff in the U.S. continued to dog traders and investors.

72. 'Fiscal Cliff' Worries Pressure Oil Prices -

The price of oil is lower as traders look for signs of progress in negotiations over U.S. budget issues.

Benchmark oil dropped 88 cents, or 1 percent, to $86.31 per barrel in New York.

Oil has traded in a narrow range this month as cautious investors await the outcome of budget talks in Washington. Without an agreement, huge tax hikes and spending cuts will take effect Jan. 1 that economists say could push the U.S. into a recession. And would mean less demand for oil and other energy products.

73. Jones Center Fulfills Dream at First Assembly Christian School -

If the walls could talk in the log cabin on the campus of First Assembly Christian School in Cordova, they might tell stories of home life in 1836 or of the visiting missionaries who used to stay there.

74. US Wholesale Prices Fell 0.2 Percent in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wholesale prices fell in October as a big drop in gasoline and other energy prices offset a rise in the cost of food.

Wholesale prices dipped 0.2 percent last month, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It was the first decline since May and followed big gains of 1.1 percent in September and 1.7 percent in August, increases that had been driven by spikes in energy.

75. Plan Now for Home Winterization -

The Appraisal Institute urges homeowners to consider winterizing their properties to potentially lower energy costs, increase comfort in cold months and possibly improve resale value.

The institute encourages homeowners to focus on three main updates for the winter: windows, exterior and furnace.

76. Oil Price Fluctuates Near $85 Ahead of Election -

The price of oil rose slightly Monday as investors remain cautious ahead of the U.S. presidential election. They’re also assessing how much demand for oil has dropped in the storm-stricken Northeast.

77. Gas Prices Fall as Northeast Travel Restricted -

Gasoline prices fell Wednesday as travel in the storm-battered Northeast remained restricted by felled trees, power outages and flood damage.

The national price for a gallon of gasoline fell 1.3 cents overnight to $3.521 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service. That's about 26 cents less than a month ago.

78. Oil Inches Up to $86 as Storm Pounds US Coast -

The price of oil recovered slightly Tuesday, rising to above $86 a barrel, even as a massive storm was pounding the heavily populated U.S. East Coast, reducing demand for fuel by keeping drivers off roads, closing businesses and silencing activity in New York City and other metropolitan areas.

79. Oil Rises as Massive Storm Aims for East Coast -

The price of oil rose slightly Friday as data showed the U.S. economy is muddling along and the East Coast prepares for a potentially damaging storm.

Benchmark oil rose 23 cents to end at $86.28 per barrel Friday.

80. Oil Falls Below $89; Pump Prices Continue to Drop -

Oil hit a three-week low as a major North American pipeline got set to reopen.

Benchmark oil fell $1.32, or 1.5 percent, to finish at $88.73 in New York. That followed a 2 percent decline on Friday and is the lowest close since Oct. 3.

81. Two More Plead Guilty in Teacher Cheating Scandal -

When Shantell Shaw showed up for her first day as a Memphis City Schools teacher in 2008 at Trezevant High School, she was assigned a mentor.

Her mentor was Clarence Mumford Sr., a guidance counselor at the Frayser school. And Mumford later asked Shaw to take a PRAXIS teachers examination in biology for a teacher who had already failed the test 11 times, according to Shaw.

82. Vesta to Showcase Geothermal Technology -

The 2012 Vesta Home Show will showcase its first-ever home that is heated and cooled with geothermal heat pump technology, produced by Ruch Builders and Engineered Comfort Inc.

83. Construction Honors Industry’s Best -

Among the holding pattern of construction nationwide, local contractors appear to be holding their own.

The West Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors Inc. held its 24th annual Excellence in Construction Awards Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave., recognizing the top merit shop construction projects by local ABC members. The awards honored all members of the team responsible for the projects, from contractors to subcontractors, suppliers to owners, and engineers to architects.

84. Oil Prices Fall on Sour Economic News From China -

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of oil fell slightly Monday after an unexpectedly weak economic report from China and warnings of a further slowdown.

But the hope of stimulus action by the Federal Reserve on Thursday served as a safety net, preventing the price from falling further.

85. Guilty Plea Raises Questions in Test Cheating Scandal -

A multi-state teacher test cheating scandal had been a federal court case with a lot of criminal counts and a lot of initials of paid test-takers for teachers until last week.

That’s when one of those referred to by his initials in the 49-count fraud and identity theft case pleaded guilty in Memphis federal court. The plea is connected to the fraud case that emerged in July with the indictment of former Memphis City Schools assistant principal Clarence Mumford. It offers more detail about an alleged scheme that U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton has said involved “more than 50” teachers in the three-state Memphis area.

86. Kmart Waives Layaway Fee, Joining Rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) – The layaway wars are heating up ahead of the winter holidays.

Kmart, a division of Sears Holdings Corp., said Friday that it's waiving the fees that shoppers pay to open its interest-free pay-over-time program at its discount stores and online through Nov. 17.

87. Leader Five Star Homes Partners With Energy Star -

Leader Five Star Homes has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star for New Homes Program, which provides homebuyers with energy efficient new homes that save money on utility bills, offer greater comfort and better performance, and help to protect the environment.

88. Farm Subsidies, FBI, Air Controllers Face Big Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Come January, be prepared for fewer air traffic controllers, FBI agents, border patrol officers and park rangers, as well as lower farm and winter heating subsidies. Less meat might get inspected. Furloughs will likely sweep across the government. Even the weather service could be affected.

89. Oil Falls on new Signs of Slowing Global Economy -

The price of oil fell Monday on a new sign that Asian countries won’t make up for slackened oil demand in Europe.

Japan says its economy grew less than expected during the second quarter.

90. Soybeans Fall After Rain Hits Some Parched Crops -

The price of soybeans has dropped after rain fell across parts of the Midwest, raising questions about how much the moisture may have benefited crops that have been battered by hot, dry weather.

Soybeans for November delivery fell 44.5 cents, or 2.7 percent, Monday to end at $15.8425 per bushel. Corn prices fell but wheat rose slightly.

91. Moore Tech Graduates 83 in Record Class -

Moore Tech held its 72nd commencement exercises with the largest graduating class in the history of the college, according to college president, Don Smith.

92. Oil Surges 4 Percent on Strong Jobs Growth -

The price of oil jumped 5 percent Friday after the government reported a sharp rise in jobs growth for July.

Benchmark U.S. crude rose $4.27 to $91.40 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which sets the price for oil imported into the U.S., climbed $3.08, 2.9 percent, to $108.98 per barrel in London.

93. LED Switch Lets UTHSC Save Money On Utilities -

Faced with the cost of illuminating 2 million square feet of space, University of Tennessee Health Science Center has a bright idea to lighten its energy load.

The Memphis medical college is projecting utility cost savings of tens of thousands of dollars annually after it began this year replacing old incandescent and high-pressure sodium lights with smaller, brighter LED fixtures.

94. Oil Prices Decline as US Supplies Rise -

The price of oil dropped Wednesday, July 25, after the U.S. reported a surprise increase in supplies.

Benchmark U.S. crude fell by 98 cents to $87.52 per barrel in New York while Brent crude lost 67 cents to $102.75 per barrel in London.

95. Corn, Soybean Prices at Record Highs on Crop Woes -

Prices for corn and soybeans hit all-time highs Thursday as questions built about the extent of damage to the crops from the merciless summer heat.

Corn for September delivery rose 12.75 cents to finish at $8.0775 per bushel, besting its all-time high of $7.87 per bushel set in June 2011. August soybeans gained 50.25 cents, or 3 percent, to end at $17.3375 for a second straight second record-setting day.

96. Oil Prices Rise for a Third Day -

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices rose for a third straight day on Friday after China said its economy grew as expected in the second quarter.

It was the slowest pace since 2009. Still, the 7.6 percent growth rate was enough to calm analysts, who feared worse results, given a recent decline in manufacturing activity. China is the world's second-largest oil consumer behind the U.S.

97. US Wholesale Prices Rise 0.1 Percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices rose only slightly last month, as higher costs for food and pickup trucks offset another drop in energy prices. But overall inflation stayed mild, leaving the Federal Reserve room to take steps to boost the economy.

98. Oil Prices Bounce Back Near $86 -

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil rose more than 2 percent Wednesday after the Federal Reserve released a report that signaled it may take further steps to lift the economy.

China also reported strong auto sales for last month, and the U.S. said crude supplies declined last week by a much larger amount than what analysts expected.

99. Architecture Inc. Finds Formula for Success -

Having a staff of just six employees hasn’t affected the ability of Architecture Inc., 88 Union Ave., to maintain a diverse catalogue and high volume of projects, many of them high profile.

100. Natural Gas Prices Drop 3 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of natural gas dropped more than 3 percent Thursday following reports of an unexpectedly large increase in U.S. supplies.

The U.S. Energy Department said that natural gas, which is burned for heat in the winter and electricity in the summer, grew in supply by 57 billion cubic feet last week. That's more than the 51 billion to 55 billion cubic feet that analysts were predicting. Prices tend to fall as supplies go up.