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1. Soaring Generic Drug Prices Draw Senate Scrutiny -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

2. Wharton’s Hybrid Pension Falls in Council -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s hybrid pension proposal, the second of two parts of his overhaul of city employee benefits, was voted down Tuesday, Nov. 18, by the Memphis City Council in a bid by some on the council to end “uncertainty” among city employees.

3. Bohannon to Chair Junior Achievement Board -

Morgan Bohannon has been named chairman of the board of director of Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. Bohannon, the regional market manager for iHeartMedia, became engaged with Junior Achievement when iHeartMedia sponsored the “Broadcast Center” at JA BizTown in 2012. He joined the board soon thereafter and has been involved ever since.

4. Facebook Again Tries to Simplify Privacy Policy -

NEW YORK (AP) – One more time, Facebook is trying to simplify its lengthy privacy policy – and make it much shorter – to explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users.

5. UAW Says Recognition Near at Tennessee VW Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The United Auto Workers union is hailing a new Volkswagen policy as a vehicle to soon gain representation of workers at its first foreign auto plant in the South.

6. Shelby County Mortgage Volume Up 2 Percent -

When Patriot Bank executive vice president Keith Barger surveys the local mortgage lending landscape, he sees demand improving and homebuyers increasingly flocking – successfully – to bargains in the housing market.

7. Obama Calls for Tougher Internet Regulation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.

8. Thinking Independent -

The origin story, if it could be called that, for many of the shops and restaurants in the burgeoning Broad Avenue Arts District tends to start the same way.

Their future proprietors were in the area and just fell in love with it – the neighborhood, and sometimes a specific building. That’s the way it was for Lisa and Luis Toro, working to open the new store City & State at 2625 Broad Ave. in a few months, with the former describing the process of settling on a building as a little like falling in love with the right wedding dress.

9. Ridesharing Could Get City OK -

Legislation making its way through the Memphis City Council would allow transportation network companies such as Lyft and Uber to operate under the law.

Regulatory issues surrounding the services, which spread quickly across the country and sometimes violated dated municipal transportation policies, arose earlier this year.

10. Sixth Circuit Upholds Gay Marriage Ban -

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, Nov. 6, that bans on gay marriage in Tennessee and Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio are constitutional.

The long-awaited ruling, the latest in a series from the nation’s set of federal appeals courts, sets the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the now conflicting rulings among the appeals courts.

11. US Job Gains Top 200,000 for Ninth Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government said Friday that employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the steadiest pace of job growth in nearly 20 years.

12. Survival of the Fittest -

Back in 2010, as the video rental giant Blockbuster was circling the drain in the wake of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the irony was inescapable to Matt Martin.

Martin, co-owner of Black Lodge Video in Memphis, told a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor how Blockbuster employees “literally laughed in our faces” when the independent video rental shop first opened its doors.

13. Sixth Circuit Upholds Gay Marriage Ban -

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, Nov. 6, that bans on gay marriage in Tennessee as well as Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio are constitutional.

The long-awaited ruling, the latest in a series from the nation’s set of federal appeals courts, sets the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the now conflicting rulings among the appeals courts.

14. Commercial Sales Rise in Third Quarter -

Commercial sales were up in the third quarter when compared to the same period last year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

15. Voters Approve Wine, Constitutional Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

16. Hill to Lead MIFA’s COOL Program -

Andrea Hill has been named manager of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association’s COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) program, which provides higher education counseling, life skills training and mentorship opportunities to 11th- and 12th-graders from G.W. Carver and Booker T. Washington High Schools. Hill previously worked as director of volunteer services for Cool Girls Inc. in Atlanta.

17. Hagerty Works Toward Better Air Connection -

In its second term, Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration hopes to draw even more foreign-based business investment to Tennessee by building international air travel in a state that currently has no hub airports.

18. Amendments, Wine Dominate Election Day -

The last of 2014’s three elections promises to be defined just as much by the questions on the ballot as it is by the choices among candidates.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, across Tennessee, with polls open in Shelby County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

19. 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.

20. Hooker Seeks Ruling on Tennessee Ballot Measure Votes -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As if Tennessee's lengthy process for amending the state constitution weren't complicated enough, independent gubernatorial candidate John Jay Hooker is now raising concerns that the method for counting the votes does not pass constitutional muster.

21. Churchill Joins Gateway Group -

Natalie Churchill has joined Gateway Group Personnel as recruiting assistant for the temporary staffing division. In her new role, Churchill will source, qualify and interview candidates to place in positions ranging from accounting, administration (receptionists to executive administrative assistants), medical office, human resources and customer service.

22. Maine Independent King Endorses Sen. Alexander -

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says he is endorsing Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander in Tennessee’s Senate race, but is still awaiting the results of elections nationwide before deciding which party to caucus with.

23. Alexander vs. Ball -

Lamar Alexander and Gordon Ball were on the same campaign trail but different races at about this time 36 years ago.

24. Gordon Ball Launches Bus Tour in Tennessee Senate Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball on Wednesday kicked off a bus tour around Tennessee that he hopes will draw attention to incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander's refusal to engage in a series of statewide debates.

25. Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 US States Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections.

26. Wine Sales Debate Enters Stretch Run -

Josh Hammond, the president of Buster’s Liquor and Wines, sums up the position he has to overcome in a word – convenience.

That is how backers of the referendums on the Nov. 4 ballot to allow wine sales in food stores are selling the proposition to voters via television ads as early voters are making their choices on the questions in Memphis, Bartlett, Collierville, Arlington, Millington and Germantown.

27. Most Congressional Incumbents Appear Safe in Tennessee -

After defeating his Republican primary opponent by a mere 38 votes, scandal-ridden U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais appears to be only one of Tennessee's nine incumbent House members to face a serious challenge in the general election.

28. HopeWorks Starts Series Aimed at Fighting Poverty -

HopeWorks is initiating a new educational series that aims to educate and equip community members actively seeking to join in the fight against poverty.

The “Understanding Poverty” series will feature a variety of guest speakers who are specially trained in particular levels of poverty and will lend advice on developing individual worth and becoming financially independent.

29. Long-Term Success -

Insurance products by definition tend to be long-term oriented, providing value over an extended period of time. No surprise, then, that Memphis insurance agency Lipscomb & Pitts, which opened its doors with one employee in 1954, all of a sudden finds itself celebrating 60 years in business.

30. Hutchison Leads Summit Kicks Off Thursday -

Hutchison Leads, the leadership program at the private independent school for girls, is holding a two-day leadership summit Thursday, Oct. 16, and Friday, Oct. 17, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

31. 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.

32. HopeWorks Starts Series Aimed at Fighting Poverty -

HopeWorks is initiating a new educational series that aims to educate and equip community members actively seeking to join in the fight against poverty.

The “Understanding Poverty” series will feature a variety of guest speakers who are trained in particular levels of poverty and will lend advice on developing individual worth and becoming financially independent. The first HopeWorks UP session, which is free and open to the public, will feature Larry James, president and CEO of CitySquare in Dallas, Oct. 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at White Station Church of Christ, 1106 Colonial Road.

33. Wealthy Giving Less to Charity; Utah Tops States -

NEW YORK (AP) – Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

34. Wal-Mart Plans 1-Stop Health Coverage Shopping -

Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.

The world's largest retailer plans to work with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the Affordable Care Act.

35. Lipscomb & Pitts Retains Industry Designation -

Memphis-based Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance has retained its status as part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the U.S. participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America “Best Practices” study group.

36. Independent Weather Group Joins National Effort -

Cirrus Weather Solutions, the umbrella organization for independent weather service MemphisWeather.net, is a new Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, an initiative by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that works to improve the nation’s readiness against extreme weather events.

37. Independent Weather Group Joins National Effort -

Cirrus Weather Solutions, the umbrella organization for independent weather service MemphisWeather.net, is a new Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, an initiative by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that works to improve the nation’s readiness against extreme weather events.

38. Lipscomb & Pitts Retains Industry Designation -

Memphis-based Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance has retained its status as part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the U.S. participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America “Best Practices” study group.

39. Why Rate Hikes are Good News for Stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) – It's no surprise that the prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike worries stock investors.

The Fed's unprecedented economic stimulus has in large part driven a surge in stock prices since 2009. The central bank has bought trillions of dollars of bonds and kept short-term interest rates close to zero. That's allowed businesses and consumers to refinance their debt at lower rates, freeing up cash to spend.

40. Senators: Widen Medicaid Program for Frail Seniors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation's frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as states seek to limit long-term medical costs.

41. Woodland Expansion Reflects Broader Changes -

From the outside, the most noticeable change to the campus of Woodland Presbyterian School is the new building for the seventh- and eighth-graders at the pre-K through 8 independent private school in East Memphis.

42. Soda Makers Pledge to Reduce Calorie Consumption -

NEW YORK (AP) – Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper said Tuesday they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks.

43. Alexander, Corker Honored by Business Association -

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are being honored by the nation's leading small business association.

The National Federation of Independent Business has named the Tennessee Republicans a Guardian of Small Business for their voting record on behalf of America's small-business owners.

44. Editorial: Growing Rape Kit Backlog Raises More Concern -

The backlog gets bigger. And with the recent news that 196 rape kits dating back to 1976 have been found by Memphis Police, questions never fully answered about the rape kit backlog that surfaced about a year ago become more urgent.

45. Target Date Mutual Funds – Should You Go With the Flow? -

Ray's take: Target date funds take their name from the year in which an investor plans to retire or stop contributing to savings and is increasingly the default choice for 401K plan contributions.

46. Tennessee Gets Grant to ID Worker Misclassification -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has received a $499,000 federal grant for efforts to stop worker misclassification.

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, the money will help Tennessee's unemployment insurance tax programs identify instances where employees are misclassified as independent contracts. The money will also go to detecting instances where employees fail to report the wages paid to workers.

47. 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.

48. Sharpe, HealthNet Find Success in Changing Industry -

As banking has changed in recent years, it’s caused consumers to take another look at the conventional wisdom – including coming to the realization that banking is not limited to, well, banks.

Credit unions tend to be overshadowed by their more traditional brethren, but they generally provide the same services in a way that consumers probably couldn’t even spot the differences between those firms and larger, traditional banks.

49. 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.

50. Council Bogs Down in Health Insurance Numbers -

When Memphis City Council members meet Tuesday, Sept. 16, they will still be considering alternatives to the health care insurance plan changes they approved in June.

And they probably still will be trying to make sense of a mind-numbing array of conflicting numbers.

51. 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.

52. Fueling Film -

FuelFilm, a nonprofit that wants to serve as a launch pad of sorts for independent filmmakers and to kick the Memphis film industry up a notch, is ready for its close-up.

The organization has already seen a productive 2014 and is moving forward with big plans for the 5-year-old nonprofit. Already, for example, it’s raised more than $40,000 in outside funding and supported the creation of more than two dozen short films and five features, not to mention the 35 workshops, panels and events it has run.

53. 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.

54. Coalition Works to Preserve Nashville's Music Row -

NASHVILLE (AP) – With development squeezing Nashville's famous Music Row, some in the music industry say time is running out to preserve the district's character and the studios where the Music City's iconic sounds were born.

55. 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.

56. Trezevant Updates Signs to Go With New Name -

New signs went up at the entrances of Trezevant this week with one simple word on them: Trezevant. A continuing care retirement community in Memphis, Trezevant has undergone a $120 million renovation and expansion, which doubled the size of its campus. Prior to the expansion, the community was referred to as the name of its 11-story tower, Trezevant Manor.

57. Anti-UAW Workers to Form Own Union at VW Plant -

Volkswagen workers who oppose the United Auto Workers at the German automaker’s plant in Chattanooga are looking to form their own union.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the group wants to form the first chapter of what would be called the American Council of Employees.

58. Court Rules Against FedEx in Labor Case -

A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

59. Archer-Malmo CEO Shares Insight Into Company Culture -

The Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo has won awards for its company culture, and it draws a steady stream of creatives attracted to everything from the hip workspace to the way creativity is given room to flourish.

60. Court Rules Against FedEx in Labor Case -

A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

61. Legal Opinion Sets Rules for Filling State Senate Vacancy -

The local Democratic and Republican parties have until Sept. 8 to select a nominee for the state Senate District 30 seat that becomes vacant Friday, Aug. 29, according to a legal opinion Thursday, Aug. 28, from the Tennessee attorney general’s office.

62. Court Rules Against FedEx in Drivers' Labor Case -

DALLAS (AP) – A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

63. SEC Adopts Rules on Loan-Backed Securities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, will have to give investors details on borrowers' credit record and income under action taken Wednesday by federal regulators.

64. Anti-UAW Workers to Form Own Union at VW Plant -

Volkswagen workers who oppose the United Auto Workers at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga are looking to form their own union.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the group wants to form the first chapter of what would be called the American Council of Employees.

65. Trezevant Updates Signs to Go With New Name -

New signs went up at the entrances of Trezevant this week with one simple word on them: Trezevant. A continuing care retirement community in Memphis, Trezevant has undergone a $120 million renovation and expansion which doubled the size of its campus. Prior to the expansion, the community was referred to as the name of its 11-story tower, Trezevant Manor.

66. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

67. A Perfect Union -

Union Ave Books buzzes with activity on a Tuesday afternoon as families from San Francisco and Paris browse the shelves in the children’s section.

A local customer, owner Flossie McNabb explains, has brought the travelers to her store during their East Tennessee visit.

68. Lipscomb & Pitts Honored Among Top Agencies -

Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance has been listed as one of the “Top 100 Privately Held Independent Property & Casualty Agencies” in the country.

That’s according to Insurance Journal, which published the list in its August issue. The Memphis agency came in at number 87 in the ranking.

69. Lipscomb & Pitts Honored Among Top Agencies -

Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance has been listed as one of the “Top 100 Privately Held Independent Property & Casualty Agencies” in the country.

That’s according to Insurance Journal, which published the list in its August issue. The Memphis agency came in at number 87 in the ranking.

70. US Postal Service Loses $2 Billion This Spring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said Monday.

The loss for the spring quarter, which ended June 30, was significantly higher than the $740 million loss for the same three-month period last year. The agency blamed increases in compensation and benefit costs for the red ink and said it would be unable to make a congressionally mandated payment of $5.7 billion this September for health benefits for future retirees. The loss came despite a 2 percent increase in operating revenue compared to last spring.

71. Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper to Seek Another Term -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper announced Monday he will seek another eight-year term after three Democrats were retained on the Supreme Court.

72. Democratic Chairman Apologizes as Party Parses Defeats -

Democrats don’t consider it a successful campaign season unless there is some kind of intra-party dust up, the political axiom goes.

That conventional political wisdom loses its validity the more Republicans win, and it suggests that when the differences within the party aren’t mended by a Democratic victory, a bigger skirmish is likely on the horizon.

73. Village at Germantown Begins Expansion -

The Village at Germantown, 7820 Walking Horse Circle, will break ground on its new health care center Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 9 a.m.

74. Cohen, Luttrell, Weirich, Harris Take Early Vote -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has taken the early vote over challenger Ricky Wilkins in the hard fought Democratic Congressional primary on Thursday’s Shelby County election ballot.

75. Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips in July -

Kathee Villar, a loan officer with Community Mortgage Corp., has worked for the lender for 23 years, and when you’re in that kind of place for that length of time, certain patterns start to repeat themselves.

76. City Reviews Ridesharing Policies -

The city of Memphis is reviewing policies and procedures related to vehicles for hire after a firestorm related to ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber erupted earlier this summer.

City permits administrator Aubrey Howard said the city had not yet initiated patrols to catch Lyft and Uber drivers in the act, but has instead launched a review of the city’s policies.

77. City Mulls Plan to Buy Former State Building -

It would be cheaper and more efficient for the city of Memphis to lease and then buy the vacant Donnelley J. Hill state office building across Main Street from Memphis City Hall than to continue leasing multiple properties spread across town, consultants and city officials told City Council members Tuesday.

78. Village at Germantown Begins Expansion -

The Village at Germantown, 7820 Walking Horse Circle, will break ground on its new health care center Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 9 a.m.

79. Carlisle Corp. Buys Sharky’s Property -

6201 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $2.9 million

Sale Date: July 29, 2014
Buyer: Wendelta Property Holdings LLC
Seller: Aaron Muschel
Details: An affiliate of Carlisle Corp. has paid $2.9 million for the recently closed Sharky’s Gulf Grill at 6201 Poplar Ave.

80. Scripps’ Newspaper Spinoff Includes Commercial Appeal -

The E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati announced Wednesday, July 30, that it will spin off its newspapers, including The Commercial Appeal, in 2015 into a new Journal Media Group to be based in Milwaukee along with newspapers from the Journal Media Group of Milwaukee.

81. E. W. Scripps Co. to Spin Off Newspapers, Including Commercial Appeal -

The E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati announced Wednesday, July 30, that it will spin off its newspapers, including The Commercial Appeal, in 2015 into a new Journal Media Group to be based in Milwaukee along with newspapers from the Journal Media Group of Milwaukee.

82. Visible College Basement Opens New Opportunities -

There was a time, in the years surrounding the bankruptcy of the Stax Records label decades ago, when the vault of the old C&I Bank Building Downtown housed masters from the label.

83. Polo Shops Retail Center Sells for $2.6 Million -

The Polo Shops retail center at 7444 Winchester Road and 7464 Winchester Road in Southeast Memphis has sold for $2.6 million.

84. Music Lounge to Open in Edge District -

The Edge District near Downtown lost a theater but is gaining a new live music lounge in August.

The Dizzy Bird, named after legendary Jazz greats John “Dizzy” Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker, is slated to open Aug. 2 at 652 Marshall Ave.

85. Uber, Lyft Operating Despite Cease-and-Desist Notices -

Uber and Lyft continued to shuttle customers back and forth early this week, undaunted by the city’s decision last week to send the companies cease-and-desist letters.

A representative from Uber said the company had not received any notice from the city by Tuesday, July 15, and indicated the company has no intention of putting the brakes on the app-based service.

86. Shelby County Mortgage Market Sees Modest Gain -

Shelby County mortgage lenders share a few common trends at the moment, as the area’s mortgage market begins to shake off the wintry chill of the first quarter.

Many of them report robust purchase mortgage activity, as refinances plummet to small fractions of their business. As a result of the demand, many of those lenders also have been adding mortgage officers to their ranks and plan to continue doing so.

87. Volkswagen to Build New SUV in Tennessee, Add 2,000 Jobs -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.

88. SRVS Merges with Special Kids & Families -

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

89. UAW: 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen on Union -

NASHVILLE (AP) – United Auto Workers leaders said Thursday they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.

90. SRVS Merges With Special Kids & Families -

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

91. Pathmark Inks Lease at I-Bank Tower -

A longtime third-party logistics company is on the move.

Pathmark Transportation Co., which was started in 1984 as a subsidiary of petroleum marketing company Pathmark International before becoming a national logistics provider, has signed a new lease for 3,800 square feet at the i-bank Tower on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

92. Poplar Plaza to Undergo Renovation -

The venerable Poplar Plaza shopping center at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street near the University of Memphis is slated to undergo a second facelift.

Finard Properties LLC is expected to soon launch extensive exterior improvements to the massive retail center at Poplar and Highland, starting with a fresh coat of paint.

93. Report: Health Law Sign-Ups Dogged by Data Flaws -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Many of the 8 million Americans signed up under the new health care law now have to clear up questions about their personal information that could affect their coverage.

94. Gastro One Forms New Practice -

Gastro One and Memphis Gastroenterology Group have merged, creating the largest gastroenterology practice in the Memphis Metro area.

The merged practice, which will operate under the Gastro One brand name, features 35 doctors covering the spectrum of gastroenterology – the study, treatment and health of the digestive system (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine/colon, liver, pancreas and gallbladder). Each gastroenterologist is a medical specialist trained in internal medicine and in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the digestive system.

95. Baker’s Career Mirrored State’s Political Story -

As the week begins, political leaders of both parties and across several generations will gather in East Tennessee for the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker.

96. Check, Please: Priceline Buys OpenTable for $2.6 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – Priceline has negotiated a $2.6 billion entree into the restaurant business.

The global travel booking king announced Friday it is acquiring the OpenTable Inc. in a deal that would put Priceline into a new business doing for restaurant reservations much what it does for hotel bookings.

97. County Commission to Weigh New Disparity Study -

Shelby County Commissioners consider a start Monday, June 16, toward a new disparity study as a way to changing the county’s efforts in increasing minority business participation in government contracts.

98. Amazon Launches Music Streaming for Prime Members -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Amazon's newly announced music streaming service is yet another attempt by the company to move beyond e-commerce and infuse itself into the daily lives of Americans with an increasing number of offerings –including grocery delivery and streaming TV.

99. Renovation, Expansion Underway at Saddle Creek -

The Shops at Saddle Creek has picked up a new tenant as the lifestyle center undergoes a renovation.

Marmi Shoes has leased 1,395 square feet between Vera Bradley and Madewell at Saddle Creek. St. Louis-based Marmi Shoes offers a wide variety of women’s shoe styles and sizes with a European influence. The Saddle Creek location, the first in the Memphis area and the second in Tennessee, is expected to open in the fall.

100. OneLook at Family -

Dear Judge Vic, Enjoyed your column about stenosing tenosynovitis. I once felt your pain. Who did your surgery? /s/ Curious

Dear Curious, Since I’m now on the road to recovery, I’ll reveal that my surgeon was Dr. Jeanine Andersson of Little Rock. Dr. A. has also treated one or two folks in my extended family, although when I asked her about that, she replied, “Under HIPAA, I can’t confirm that.”