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1. All Dividend Stocks Not Created Equal -

There are 422 dividend paying stocks in the S&P 500 Index, but not all are created equal.

To use a job analogy, some jobs offer a good upfront salary and stability in income, however, upside growth is limited. While other jobs may have lower starting salaries, they make up for it with growth opportunity and, in some cases, unlimited upside through bonuses or commissions.

2. Keep Hope Alive for Next Generation -

Teilhard de Chardin, the controversial French philosopher and Jesuit priest, once said, “The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.”

He was controversial, as are most visionaries, because his insights reduced the complex to the simple, the difficult to the achievable. Long before there was a plethora of slogans to promote achievement, Chardin was a champion of potential, of unlimited possibilities, of the evolution of personal goals, of always going from good to great. But hope – what’s hope have to do with that next generation who are sitting in classrooms across our country? Actually, hope has everything to do with it. Hope gives a future orientation to students who are bored at school.

3. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

4. Tigers Hang to Beat GW in NCAAs -

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Michael Dixon Jr. once thought his college basketball career was done.

You know the story. From Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year at Missouri to being exiled after sexual assault allegations that never became more than that, never turned into actual charges.

5. Wendy’s Rolls Out Mobile Payments -

Wendy’s is rolling out a program that lets customers pay using their smartphones, following a similar plans unveiled by Burger King this week.

The Wendy’s Co., based in Dublin, Ohio, has been testing the mobile payment option over the past year and said the majority of its roughly 5,800 U.S. locations are now ready to accept the payments.

6. Tips for the Entrepreneur -

Congratulations, you are an entrepreneur! You have a great idea, and are ready to launch your new business. You’re not alone. This year, according to the Small Business Administration, you are among the other 399,999 folks with a great idea poised to open their doors for business.

7. Starbucks to Roll Out Beer, Wine to More Cafes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine in the evenings.

The coffee company says it is looking to expand alcohol sales to "thousands of select stores" over the next several years, although it didn't provide details on an exact timeline.

8. Fast Food Workers Allege ‘Wage Theft’ -

Community leaders and fast-food workers gathered at the McDonald’s restaurant at 2073 Union Ave. on Tuesday to protest what they are calling wage theft at McDonald’s restaurants nationwide. Last week, McDonald’s workers in California, Michigan and New York filed suits against the chain, claiming the company engages in illegal practices to avoid paying them what they’re owed. The violations outlined in the suits aren’t specific to McDonald’s, but lawyers said they targeted the company because it’s an industry leader. McDonald’s said it’s investigating the allegations.

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9. Tigers Look to Reverse AAC Result -

The Memphis Tigers were bound to pay a price for getting run off their home court in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference by UConn. And on Selection Sunday, they found out the price was landing in another 8-9 game in the NCAA Tournament.

10. McDonald's Hit by Lawsuits Over Worker Pay -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of illegal practices to avoid paying them what they're owed.

11. Low-Wage Jobs Unexpectedly a Way of Life for Many -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job.

The workers benefited, and so did lower-wage retailers such as Wal-Mart: When its staffers left for better-paying jobs, they could spend more at its stores. And the U.S. economy gained, too, because more consumer spending fueled growth.

12. Unlocking Doors to Education -

George Washington Carver is quoted as saying that “Education is the key to unlock the golden door to freedom.” In our community, there are many education doors; however, there is not a master key that opens all the doors.

13. Hopes Up for Sunnier US Economy Once Winter Fades -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When the weather warms up, so, too, will the U.S. economy.

That, at least, is the prevailing view of economists, who shrugged off a government report Friday that the economy was weaker last quarter than first thought.

14. Demerger Debate -

In five months, a new school year will begin in Shelby County. And for a second straight academic year, many parents will be able to say it is unlike any in their lifetimes.

The first and last school year of the unified Memphis City and Shelby County Schools systems will be followed by what educators are calling the “demerger.”

15. A Failure to Communicate -

A research study was done that asked 100 people who were all more than 90 years of age to describe what they would do differently if they had to live their lives over. The responses most often given were that they would take more risks, that they would spend more time reflecting, and that they would do more that would live on after they were gone. I was not a part of that survey, but I would like to add one more to that list of “do overs”: to listen more.

16. Northgate’s Shift -

When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.

When the store closed Tuesday, Feb. 18, it was the last of the original tenants in a center whose changing fortunes mirror those of the blue-collar suburb still feeling the loss of its blue-collar jobs.

17. Dunavant Awards Symposium Set for April 21 -

When the 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service awards are given out in April, the University of Memphis will also host the awards’ second annual symposium on public service.

18. Bartlett Mayor’s Son to Lead McDonald Insurance -

Brooks McDonald is leading McDonald Insurance of Bartlett following the retirement of his father, Keith McDonald, after 32 years of running the firm.

19. Giving Meaning to Tragedies -

It is said that it is not what happens to you, but the meaning you give to what happens to you that matters.

In 1988, Joan Cunningham’s husband, Jim, had a stroke. In the throes of raising six sons, Joan also became the caregiver for her husband. It was a role they never anticipated, were not prepared for, and had no information on. They were not sure how to handle this “new normal,” and what to expect.

20. Bartlett Mayor’s Son to Lead McDonald Insurance -

Brooks McDonald is leading McDonald Insurance of Bartlett following the retirement of his father, Keith McDonald, after 32 years of running the firm.

21. Meghan McMahon Joins Glankler Brown as Associate -

Meghan K. McMahon has joined Glankler Brown PLLC as an associate, concentrating her practice in business and commercial litigation and intellectual property. McMahon previously worked in academic and membership affairs for the NCAA, and has experience with issues relating to NCAA compliance, sports and entertainment contracts, intellectual property.

22. Forgiveness Lessons From the Heart -

It is said that when everything changes, change everything. It’s quick advice, but a long-term process, especially if holding on to the past is easier than moving on. So what makes the difference in being stuck in a negative situation and being able to discover what lies ahead on the other side of change?

23. Council to Get Updates on City Expense Cuts -

Memphis City Council members get a closer look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at some ways the city can reallocate $80 million over the next five fiscal years to begin paying $100 million annually toward an unfunded pension liability the city estimates is at $709 million.

24. Council to Get Updates on City Expense Cuts -

Memphis City Council members get a closer look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at some ways the city can reallocate $80 million over the next five fiscal years to begin paying $100 million annually toward an unfunded pension liability the city estimates is at $709 million.

25. Be the Dream Weekend to Help Youth Honor King -

From a youth symposium at the Memphis Cook Convention Center to street sweeps near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is hoping the Be the Dream Weekend helps young people to link past, present and future.

26. Move Past Fighting for the Kids’ Sake -

There is an African saying that “When elephants fight, only the grass gets trampled.” Since my only encounters with elephants are limited to an occasional trip to the zoo, I did not really get the full impact of the saying until I saw elephants fight on an Animal Planet show.

27. Embrace Potential in 2014 -

The renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, when asked which one of the many buildings he designed was his favorite, without hesitation replied, “My next one.” The new year that stretches out in front of us has the same potential to be the best yet, for Memphis and for each of us.

28. 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.

29. New Questions -

The winter break for students is usually when parents look for word of what changes are ahead in the next school year.

Changes in attendance zones, school closings, new programs, existing programs that might be moving or discontinued – those are the details for the school year to come in August that parents are looking for at the halfway point in the current school year.

30. Apple Strikes Deal to Bring iPhone to China Mobile -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple has struck a long-anticipated agreement to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone company.

The deal has the potential to boost iPhone sales in a market where Apple Inc. faces intense competition. But even with China Mobile Ltd.'s vast state-owned network, marketing power and more than 750 million mobile accounts, the iPhone has enormous challenges to overcome in the world's most populous nation.

31. Lucchesi a True Memphis Legend -

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Angelo Lucchesi did both.

32. Nominations Open for Dunavant Public Service Awards -

The 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards in 2014 will be awarded against a backdrop of the largest election ballot in Shelby County history.

The once-every-eight-year August ballot features not only county races held every four years but judicial offices for terms of eight years, U.S. Senate primaries and primaries in the governor’s race.

33. Fast-Food Protests Return Amid Push for Wage Hikes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fast-food workers and labor organizers are marching, waving signs and chanting in cities across the country Thursday amid a push for higher wages.

Organizers say employees planned to forgo work in 100 cities, with rallies set for another 100 cities. But it's not clear what the actual turnout has been or how many of the participants are workers. By afternoon, disruptions seemed minimal or temporary at the targeted restaurants.

34. Urban Planner Whitehead Drawn to City Lights -

As planning director for the Memphis & Shelby County Office of Planning and Development, Josh Whitehead wears the hat of a mediator – a facilitator of wishes among government, private business, developers and citizens.

35. BizChair Leases Olive Branch Distribution Space -

BizChair.com, an Internet retailer that specializes in selling chairs and furniture for offices, schools, restaurants, medical facilities, and homes, has inked a lease for around 382,500 square feet at 8631 Polk Lane, inside Olive Branch Distribution Center in Olive Branch, Miss.

36. Leadership Selections Next for Suburban School Boards -

For five of the six municipal schools boards that began taking office this week, their only formal involvement in the talks that led to agreements on school buildings and ending the federal lawsuit that threatened to hold up their start dates was to approve the agreements already negotiated.

37. Finding Vision for the Future -

It is said that the future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. I have met more than a few of these visionaries right here in Memphis on my radio show Seize the Day (KWAM 990, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesdays).

38. Schools Agreements Involve Art of Settlement -

Technically, the suburban Shelby County governments that have reached tentative agreements with Shelby County Schools are not paying, in those agreements, for school buildings.

They are paying $10 each in quitclaims for the buildings and much larger amounts to settle all claims in general, notably the pending lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

39. Our Kind of Street -

A DIFFERENT KIND OF ADDRESS. The sticker on the door of Elwood’s Shack – sort of on Summer and sort of in Lowe’s parking lot – said “Summer Ave. is my Poplar.”

40. Bartlett, Collierville Reach Tentative Schools Deals With County -

There are now four tentative agreements between Shelby County Schools and suburban leaders for the formation of suburban school districts.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald confirmed Thursday, Nov. 21, that his city and Shelby County Schools have reached a tentative agreement in which Bartlett would pay Shelby County Schools $7.2 million over 12 years at $608,000 a year.

41. Education That Works is Win-Win-Win Idea -

John Adams expressed his thoughts on education saying, “There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living, and the other, how to live.” His words seem to foreshadow a high school here in Memphis whose mission is to do just that.

42. Highland McDonald’s Proposal Withdrawn -

The developers behind a proposed McDonald’s on Highland Avenue near the University of Memphis withdrew their request for approval from the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Nov. 14.

The developers, Century Management Inc., have withdrawn their plan completely after initially signaling they were withdrawing for 30 days.

43. Old Schools Questions Resurface in Germantown -

The questions are ones Germantown leaders faced from the outset as they began weighing their options after the March 2011 Memphis referendum vote approving a merger of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

44. Goldsworthy Pitches Germantown Schools Alternatives -

The Shelby County Schools board’s first look Wednesday, Nov. 6, at a specific plan by Germantown city leaders to transfer the three public schools within the city and named for it into a Germantown municipal school system indicated the school board probably wasn’t swayed.

45. Winchester Law Firm Inks Lease at Triad Centre -

The Winchester Law Firm is moving to a new space within the Triad Centre II office building in East Memphis with a new buildout.

The law firm will occupy 5,523 square feet in the Highwoods Properties office building at 6060 Poplar Ave.

46. ‘Pastor Larry’ Inspires at Sober House -

When you look at the big picture of poverty, homelessness, and under-education in this country, or here in Memphis, it appears rather bleak. However, when you focus on the individual efforts being made to combat those societal ills that are bending the cycle of poverty to the breaking point, from where I sit, the big picture is looking better all the time.

47. Details of Municipal School Districts Shift -

The closer suburban school systems come to reality, the more the specific terms of their existence shift and move.

Voters in the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County go to the polls Thursday, Nov. 7, to elect school boards for their six school systems.

48. Suburban Mayors, Schools Leader Discuss Negotiations -

Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy is still “hopeful” that Germantown Elementary, Middle and High schools can remain part of the coming Germantown municipal school district under some kind of negotiated agreement between the Germantown school board and the Shelby County Schools board.

49. Editorial: Plans Must Target Right Demographic -

The commercial real estate development on the Highland Avenue border of the University of Memphis is both ambitious and challenging in its scope.

The recession arrived just in time to prove how challenging pulling off what amounts to a new entrance for the university will be.

50. Campus Connections -

The University of Memphis is in the early stages of updating its campus master plan, and it will seek input from its neighbors as it moves into its next century of higher education.

The U of M has hired the Smith Group JJR of Ann Arbor, Mich., to lead the effort with Memphis-based LRK Inc. serving as the local partner.

51. Lunch Offers Networking for Entrepreneurs -

Difficult journeys are best undertaken with map in hand – or, barring that, some wisdom from an experienced traveler who has already made the same journey.

With that idea in mind, the Society of Entrepreneurs and EmergeMemphis are assembling a diverse set of business leaders this month for a networking lunch, where attendees will be able to pick the brains of the gathered veterans for insight and practical advice.

52. Building Negotiations Likely to Stray for Schools -

The Shelby County Schools board approved a specific framework Monday, Oct. 28, for negotiations with each of the future six suburban school systems on school buildings within their boundaries.

The specifics are 40-year leases for a specific list of schools for a “negotiated sum” that would “assist in offsetting the health and life insurances costs of currently retired school system employees.”

53. International Paper Earnings Surge 38 Percent -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. reported third quarter net earnings of $382 million, an increase of $145 million, or 38 percent, from the third quarter 2012 net earnings of $259 million.

54. Leadership Memphis Boosting School Success -

It is often said that good leaders inspire others to have confidence in their leadership. Great leaders inspire others to have confidence in themselves. This is exactly what the great leaders who have been a part of Leadership Memphis for the past thirty-five years have done; encourage the greatness in the emerging leadership in Memphis.

55. World Welcomes US Budget Deal but Fears Remain -

LONDON (AP) – The world's disbelief at the political impasse in the U.S. turned to cautious relief Thursday as the country stepped back from the brink of default. But fears remain about another possible shutdown – and, even worse, a possible default – early next year.

56. Beale Street Deal Would Pay Handy Park Debt -

The settlement of the last remaining item in the bankruptcy petition of Beale Street developer Performa Entertainment hasn’t gone by any of the scripts the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has written and rewritten.

57. Council Approves Beale Deal, Delays Highland McDonald's -

Memphis City Council members sent a plan Tuesday, Oct. 15, to settle the last barrier to direct day to day city control of the Beale Street entertainment district to a federal bankruptcy judge.

The council approved a resolution that would use $400,000 from a dormant city fund related to the abandoned Midtown interstate corridor and $100,000 in revenues it has collected from the Beale Street district to pay off a loan Beale Street developer John Elkington took out for improvements he made to Handy Park.

58. City Council to Vote on Bonds, Review Land Swap -

Memphis City Council members this week take up $375 million in refunding bonds and general obligation bonds, and discuss a land swap with Church of the River for access to a boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River.

59. TigerLIFE Leads to Better Lives -

It is a well-worn adage that what gets you to the top is the people with whom you surround yourself. This is true for individuals as well as for organizations, institutions, and cities. Memphis is no different in its collective vision of being at the top of those “Best of” lists. Based on current announcements, Memphis is faring well, and getting better.

60. Events -

The fifth annual Mike Conley Bowl-n-Bash, benefiting the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, 1576 S. White Station Road. Individual tickets are $125; teams of four are $500. Visit methodisthealth.org/bowlnbash to register.

61. Expectations, Talent Sky-High for Tigers -

Four senior guards. Nine new faces, seven of them belonging to freshmen. A new league, the American Athletic Conference. And a home schedule that will feature games against league foes Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville and Temple, and non-conference opponent Gonzaga.

62. Let’s Start Fixing City’s Broken Windows -

In 1982, two sociologists published their research on the causes of crime and the significance of deteriorating neighborhoods on rising crime rates.

James Wilson and George Kelling’s work, called “The Broken Window Theory,” states, “If you go into a neighborhood and you see a lot of broken windows, it tells you that nobody cares, that nobody is looking out for the neighborhood, and if you break some more windows, nobody will do anything about it.”

63. Kirby Finds Home With Harris Shelton -

When he was in the second grade, Matthew Kirby’s mother was told he needed to either be a lawyer or a preacher.

64. Muddled US Jobs Picture to Weigh on Fed Decision -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers are sketching a hazy picture of the U.S. job market for the Federal Reserve to weigh in deciding this month whether to reduce its stimulus for the economy – and, if so, by how much.

65. Focus on Character -

In an address to the nation during his presidency Theodore Roosevelt said, “Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of individuals, and of a nation.”

66. Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in Memphis -

Steve Jobs once said, “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the square pegs in the round holes … the ones who see things differently … they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

67. Private Legal Talks Underway on Schools -

As Bartlett citizens got an update this week on the move by it and the five other suburban towns and cities in Shelby County to form their own school systems, Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald fielded a pointed question with an interesting answer.

68. Christ Community Health Services Names Hollabaugh Development Director -

Bonnie Hollabaugh has joined nonprofit Christ Community Health Services, the largest primary care provider in Memphis, as director of development. Hollabaugh’s nonprofit development experience includes extensive work with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, Girls Inc. of Memphis and Hutchison School.

69. Winchester Court Sells for $6 Million After Foreclosure -

6740 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $6 million

Sale Date: July 31, 2013
Buyer: WBCMT 2007-C31 Winchester Court LLC
Seller: Harris P. Quinn, substitute trustee
Details: The Winchester Court retail center at Kirby Parkway and Winchester Road in Hickory Hill has sold for $6 million following a foreclosure.

70. Memphis Seems Headed for ‘Most Improved’ List -

It is the best of times for Memphis. It is the worst of times. Yes, we have challenges. Yes, we are working on solutions. I love Memphis, but I always hold my breath when those negative lists come out proclaiming the 10 worst cities at everything from health to crime to economics to education.

71. Winchester Court Sells for $6 Million After Foreclosure -

The Winchester Court retail center at Kirby Parkway and Winchester Road in Hickory Hill has sold for $6 million following a foreclosure.

An affiliate of Miami Beach, Fla.-based loan servicer LNR Partners LLC bought the property – composed of four parcels – in a July 31 substitute trustee’s deed from Harris P. Quinn of the law firm Prochaska Thompson Quinn & Ferraro PC.

72. 17 Hall of Famers Ask Goodell for Help -

Seventeen Pro Football Hall of Famers and Dave Robinson, who will be inducted this weekend, have signed a letter telling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell they are concerned about medical care for former players and the league’s “continued denial of the link between repeated head impacts and permanent brain damage.”

73. Walgreen Co. Closes Ike’s Gas Station -

Walgreen Co. has closed the gas station at its Ike’s store on Union Avenue, but the company isn’t saying anything else about the property’s future.

74. Urban Child Institute Devoted to Helping Memphis Kids -

There is a persistent and ever widening divide in our country between those who have plenty and those who suffer poverty.

Nowhere are the effects of that divide more harmful, and often irreversible, than in the lives of the children born into poverty. It is in the experiences of those early years, from conception through age three, when the brain develops to 80 percent of its capacity, that a course for long-term well-being is set.

75. Business License Filings Fall 8 Percent in Second Quarter -

The number of business licenses filed with the Shelby County Clerk’s office slumped 7.7 percent to 1,290 in the second quarter, compared with 1,397 in the second quarter of 2012, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

76. Change of Scenery -

After spending years or decades in their current form, longtime staples of the local real estate scene are about to disappear or undergo major changes that will forever alter the city’s built landscape.

77. Election Aftermath -

At least one suburban leader wants to explore the idea of a shared superintendent for several of the municipal school districts to come.

Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman raised the possibility the day after voters in all six suburban cities and towns approved in special elections the formation of separate suburban school systems.

78. Restaurant Technologies Opens Memphis Location -

Restaurant Technologies Inc., a Minneapolis-based frying-oil delivery, management, removal and equipment service firm, is opening a Memphis location.

79. Restaurant Technologies Opens Memphis Location -

Restaurant Technologies Inc., a Minneapolis-based frying-oil delivery, management, removal and equipment service firm, is opening a Memphis location.

80. Gov. Haslam Struggles to Meet Pilot Recusal Pledge -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has struggled almost from the start of his administration to fulfill a campaign pledge to avoid handling matters relating to Pilot Flying J, the family-owned truck stop chain run by his brother, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

81. Early Voting Opens for Municipal Schools -

Early voting in advance of the July 16 special elections on forming suburban school districts opens Wednesday, June 26, at the Shelby County Election Commission offices Downtown at 157 Poplar Ave.

82. Bedrock Eats and Sweets Offers Healthy Choices -

A new healthy eating outlet has launched in Memphis that aims to provide pre-made, healthy whole-food meals and food mixed with a dose of convenience.

Bedrock Eats and Sweets is the product of YoLo’s Taylor Berger and Brandi Marter, partners in the venture, and the goal is to provide people with an alternative to something like a McDonald’s run because they’re hungry and because it’s convenient.

83. Argent Hire Underscores Firm’s Growth -

The hiring of Phil Buchanan by Argent Financial Group as the company’s new president underscores what’s been a continual growth story at Argent.

Even before the Ruston, La.-based financial services firm established a Memphis presence in 2010, but especially since then, Argent has opened new offices, added staff, solidified its presence here and still managed to prepare for growth to come.

84. A Year After IPO, Facebook Aims to be Ad Colossus -

NEW YORK (AP) – It was supposed to be our IPO, the people's public offering.

Facebook, the brainchild of a young CEO who sauntered into Wall Street meetings in a hoodie, was going to be bigger than Amazon, bigger than McDonald's, bigger than Coca-Cola. And it was all made possible by our friendships, photos and family ties.

85. New Venture Empowers Mentoring Programs -

Brittany Fitzpatrick recently left her job as communications coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis because she wants to devote herself full time to the venture she’s founded and to the problem she wants to help solve.

86. Welfare Penalty for Parents Dead This Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The sponsor of a proposal to dock the welfare payments of parents whose children fail school refused to listen to a little girl opposing the measure Thursday, saying she was being used as a prop.

87. Social Suds Brings Services to Soulsville -

With a bubble machine on the roof, the new South Memphis Alliance laundromat and resource center opened Wednesday, April 3, at 1044 S. Bellevue Blvd.

88. Housing Huddle -

Memphis Area Association of Realtors president Regina Hubbard got an unabashed response from the crowd at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre during the real estate group’s 2013 Residential Real Estate Summit.

89. Marketing Power of Predictability -

When I was a very young man many, many years ago, I remember being fascinated by the information on the bottom of the McDonald’s hamburgers signage. Of course, I didn’t know about the word signage back then. I just knew McDonald’s had really cool signs with golden arches and big red and white words. The words at the bottom of the sign intrigued me most.

90. Fresh Focus -

For family-owned Mosa Asian Bistro in East Memphis, freshness is the key to success.

The neighborhood restaurant creatively blends different styles of Asian cooking into customizable dishes, and it has grown steadily over the years thanks to repeat business from satisfied customers.

91. Ritz, McDonald Clash on Suburban Schools Talks -

The Shelby County Commission and the county’s suburban mayors agree in writing and in a court proceeding on something related to schools.

But that remains the exception to the rule, particularly on issues beyond the first year of the schools merger – namely separate suburban school systems.

92. Funding From Suburbs Suggested -

Countywide school board members are not the only players in the schools merger feeling pressure, although they may be feeling more pressure than others.

Shelby County Commissioners whose districts include suburban towns and cities have also been hearing a lot from parents in the suburbs who not too long ago had made peace with the idea that they would be part of the consolidated school district for at least the first school year.

93. Argent Financial Sees Growth in Memphis, Beyond -

Argent Financial Group hasn’t let its foot off the gas since arriving in Memphis.

The Louisiana-based wealth management firm, which is now responsible for more than $5.5 billion in client assets, has continued to expand both in Memphis and beyond.

94. Kroc Center Opens to Big Crowds -

To cap off Healthy Heart Month, the new 100,000-square-foot Kroc Center held its open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony last weekend.

The state-of-the-art Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has welcomed more than 10,000 visitors in its first few days.

95. Ending of Schools Talks Still Rankles Both Sides -

When all sides in the school merger court case gather Monday, Feb. 25, before federal court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays, they will have lots of time to talk over municipal school districts.

The status conference is the only item on Mays’ calendar Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

96. Mays Schedules Monday Schools Case Conference -

Memphis Federal Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays has called a Monday, Feb. 25, status conference in the Shelby County schools merger case. All sides in the 2-year-old lawsuit are scheduled to appear before Mays at 9:30 a.m.

97. Events -

Make-A-Wish Mid-South will host Wine for Wishes Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Cadre, 149 Monroe Ave. The fundraiser will include food and wine pairings, a silent auction and live music by The Will Tucker Band. Visit midsouth.wish.org.

98. Events -

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet Friday, Feb. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn University of Memphis Medallion Room, 3700 Central Ave. Ron Reid, senior agency manager of Memphis Public Library LINC, will speak. Lunch is Dutch treat. Call Bob Gray at 494-8639.

99. Mays Schedules Monday Schools Case Conference -

Memphis Federal Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays has called a Monday, Feb. 25, status conference in the Shelby County schools merger case.

All sides in the 2-year-old lawsuit are scheduled to appear before Mays at 9:30 a.m.

100. Mays Sets Monday Conference in Schools Merger Case -

Memphis federal court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays has called a Monday, Feb. 25, status conference in the Shelby County schools merger case.

All sides in the two-year-old lawsuit are scheduled to appear before Mays at 9:30 a.m.