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1. Power Play -

When the Tennessee Valley Authority board voted in August to build a new power plant in Southwest Memphis, it was a decision based on factors larger than the power needs in Memphis.

But it was also a decision that is just as important for Memphis as the decision to build the existing Allen Fossil Plant there 55 years ago.

2. Redbirds’ Easley, Scruggs Enjoy Stellar Season -

Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty. Those were the St. Louis Cardinals’ hot outfield prospects stashed in Memphis at season’s start.

Taveras and Grichuk have shuttled between the Cardinals and Redbirds and both are with the big club as the Redbirds’ regular season winds down. Piscotty has stayed with the Redbirds, but throughout the year Cardinals general John Mozeliak openly has talked about having playing time in St. Louis for Piscotty in the near future.

3. TVA to Replace Allen Plant With Natural Gas -

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

4. TVA: Watts Bar More Than 90 Percent Complete -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says work on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant is more than 90 percent complete.

The federal agency announced a target completion date for the plant's Unit 2 reactor of December 2015.

5. In GOP South, Pushback Against Obama Climate Rules -

ATLANTA (AP) — In the Republican-heavy Southeast, critics said Tuesday that a plan by President Barack Obama's administration to cut pollution would raise electricity prices, result in job losses and may not significantly curtail the carbon emissions blamed for global warming.

6. Shouldering the Load -

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace enters his senior season with a chance to make history, a chance for his name to have the kind of staying power that would have Rebels fans tossing the name “Bo” around The Grove for generations, the way they do with names like Archie and Eli.

7. 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.

8. Toddler Update -

A recent weekend found Uncle Vic traversing the road between Little Rock and the South Mississippi hometown of great-nephew R.P. The subject of an I Swear column in January of last year, R.P. will soon be 18 months old.

9. Brooks' Attorneys Claim Different Address -

Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks still lives in her district but at a different address than the one she listed on numerous records, including her recent arrest report, according to her attorneys.

10. Events -

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and National Bar Association will hold a continuing legal education program titled “Remaking America: 50 Years of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act” Friday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Call 544-0122 for more information.

11. TVA Off to Good Start in Meeting Emissions Goals -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says it appears to have a good start in meeting goals set by President Barack Obama's administration aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

12. Hiring to Push Mississippi Nissan Employment Over 6,000 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.

13. TVA: Watts Bar Set for December 2015 Completion -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says work on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant has moved from large-scale construction to completion and testing of individual plant systems.

14. Court Hears Arguments on Mississippi Abortion Law -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Mississippi law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals would effectively shut down the state's only abortion clinic and pose an unconstitutional burden on women seeking abortions, an attorney told a federal appeals court Monday.

15. New Perspective -

When the U.S. Postal Service closed its branch office at 826 Mississippi Blvd. near E.H. Crump Boulevard in 2012, workers carted off an oil painting that hung there for several decades with little thought about the man portrayed in the painting.

16. Conference to Present Power of Networks -

The Mid-South nonprofit community is doing better than it was during the throes of the recession. And there is a report on the 2013 fiscal year as proof that things are better than they once were.

But in the nonprofit world, there is always a need to do more and to expand resources as far as possible. So, when the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence holds its ninth annual conference on May 1 at Temple Israel, the keynote speaker will be an expert on grantmaking.

17. Primaries Offer First Major Test of Voter ID Laws -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots – the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

18. ‘Shredder’ Without Cheese -

If you’ve been watching the Olympics, you may have seen a snowboarder injure his ankle, finish that run and then do another, despite having what he later described as a “shredded” ankle. A lot of people think that’s heroic. I agree that it showed courage and determination.

19. PILOT Reform -

Nike is in the midst of a $301 million expansion of its Northridge plant in Frayser, a project that means the Beaverton, Ore.-based company will create 250 new jobs and retain 1,600 existing local jobs.

20. TVA Asking Customers to Conserve -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking customers to reduce their power usage in an effort to deal with subfreezing temperatures that are causing a high demand for electricity across the southeast.

21. Merger Expands CS3’s Customer Base -

Mike Gross, president of long-time contracting company Sibley Solutions LLC, was approaching retirement age and the future of his small business’ loyal employees and customers began to weigh heavily on his mind.

22. Teen Tutors -

Imagine it: Memphis students helping their fellow students make better grades and, in the process, substantially boosting standardized test scores and overall academic performance – a feat school officials have been trying to accomplish for years.

23. Modern Eloquence? -

“Ladies and gentlemen, if he who made the sun and the moon and hung the stars on high could be merciful and just, then so can you.” Thus began the closing argument of a defense attorney.

24. Economist: Government is Top Employer in Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Government is Mississippi's largest employer these days, state economist Darrin Webb told lawmakers Tuesday.

25. Hot-Button Issue -

When the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County was formed in 2011, president and CEO Reid Dulberger knew it would take the organization a little time to gain its footing.

At first, EDGE did not have its own staff or its own office, and it lacked financial and operational control of several key component parts, such as the Port of Memphis and Shelby County and the Depot Area Development Corp.

26. College Football Notebook: December 6, 2013 -

A few thoughts going forward in the wake of the ending to the Iron Bowl last weekend:

1. Has the makeup of field-goal teams been changed forever, given that Alabama’s field-goal unit, like pretty much all others, didn’t have anyone on the field remotely fast enough to have a shot at chasing down Auburn return man Chris Davis? In the future, when teams try a long field goal in a close game, expect there to be at least one “skill” player – probably a big receiver or speedy tight end – as a hedge against the incredible return.

27. TVA Increases CEO Pay in Fiscal 2013 -

The Tennessee Valley Authority says in a filing that it paid Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson $5.9 million during his nine months on the job in fiscal year 2013.

28. TVA Increases CEO Pay in Fiscal 2013 -

The Tennessee Valley Authority says in a filing that it paid Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson $5.9 million during his nine months on the job in fiscal year 2013.

29. Bryant Touts Delta as Auto Epicenter -

A different kind of Detroit comparison was made in the Mississippi Delta this week.

It’s a comparison to Detroit’s golden age as the center of the U.S auto industry instead of its later decline and recent fiscal insolvency.

30. Weddle-West Voted GRE Board Chair-Elect -

Dr. Karen Weddle-West, dean of the graduate school, vice provost for academic affairs and director of diversity initiatives at the University of Memphis, has been voted chair-elect of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Board. The national board establishes all policies for the GRE program, the most widely used graduate-school admissions test, and oversees GRE assessments, services and research.

31. Work Begins on Project at TVA's Gallatin Plant -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is beginning work this week on part of a project that will reduce emissions at its coal-burning power plant in Gallatin.

The Tennessean reports workers are set to start pouring concrete for a 370-foot chimney, which is part of a $1.1 billion project that aims to produce cleaner air by cutting certain emissions by up to 96 percent.

32. TVA Called On to Expand Solar Energy Program -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Energy firms and conservation groups are calling on the Tennessee Valley Authority to expand its small-scale solar energy program.

The federal utility launched the program about 10 years ago to boost the solar industry in Tennessee. It allows generators of solar power to connect to the electrical grid and sell back the power they produce at a higher-than-market rate.

33. Mississippi to Set Up Business Health Insurance Market -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he's going ahead with plans for a small business health insurance exchange.

34. TVA Won't Ask to Raise Borrowing Cap -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority won't ask Congress to raise its borrowing cap for at least the next 10 years.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the federal utility says it anticipates being able to reduce its net borrowing in the next two years and reduce its debt over a decade by $5 billion. That's because the demand for electricity is slowing.

35. Laufer Bolsters Third-Party Logistics Service With Memphis Office -

Laufer Group International Ltd. has continued its Southeast expansion by making an entry into the Memphis logistics market with a Downtown office.

The third-party logistics (3PL) provider is focused on providing highly sophisticated value-added solutions to importers at competitive prices, and establishing a presence a key distribution hub like Memphis made sense.

36. TVA Board Votes for 1.5 Percent Rate Increase -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority's board of directors voted Thursday to increase its base rate by 1.5 percent, the first increase by the nation's largest public utility in two years.

37. Entergy to Raise Rates in Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Entergy Corp. customers in Mississippi will pay $22.3 million more over the next nine months, as the company recoups more for expenses.

38. Car Company's Tunica Plans Haven't Come to Fruition -

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of people and pump out a brand new line of fuel-efficient vehicles.

39. Insurers Limit Providers to Drive Down Costs -

In a bid to halt rising health care costs, local insurance carriers are pushing lower-cost plans with fewer choices of physicians and hospitals.

The tradeoff: In exchange for lower overall health care costs, some Americans may have to switch physicians or end up paying higher out-of-network rates to keep their longtime family doctor.

40. Appeal to Support Gun Law in Mississippi Coming -

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he’ll file an appeal early next week to try to push an open-carry gun measure into law.

41. Appeal to Support Gun Law in Mississippi Coming -

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he’ll file an appeal early next week to try to push an open-carry gun measure into law.

42. Bumper Crop -

Unless you see the signs, it is hard to tell when you have crossed the Tennessee-Mississippi state line where Fayette County, Tenn., meets Marshall County, Miss., not too far from the southern city limits of Collierville.

43. Jensen Guided by Service to Neighbors, Community -

While some companies have mission statements that stretch on for pages, Larry Jensen has boiled his firm’s strategic vision – and much of his outlook on life – down to a simple equation: FC3.

44. TVA Appoints New Chief Nuclear Officer -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has appointed Joseph Grimes as chief nuclear officer.

45. Museum Expands Civil Rights Exhibits -

From the hold of a slave ship to a segregated classroom to “freedom song karaoke,” the new elements of the renovated National Civil Rights Museum are taking shape.

Officials of the 22-year-old museum updated the first renovation in the history of the museum built on the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968. They told a group of 20 at an annex building next to the construction site Thursday, June 20, to expect more video elements, updated technology and an “immersion” into the civil rights movement.

46. Storm Snaps Power Poles Near Some Tunica Casinos -

Power is back on in Tunica after a Sunday storm blew down power poles along Casino Strip Resort Boulevard.

Nearly 30 poles snapped along the thoroughfare, WATN-TV reports.

Three of the county’s nine casinos lost power and operated for a time on generators. Some homes also lost power.

47. Industrial, East Memphis Office Sectors Bolster CRE -

The local commercial real estate market is a tale of two sectors, with the industrial sector showing signs of improvement while the overall office sector – outside the prized East Memphis submarket – continues to struggle through the first three months of the year, according to recent reports.

48. Metropolitan Bank Still Growing 5 Years In -

Metropolitan Bank has come a long way in five short years. Since being founded amid the worst financial crisis in the U.S. in generations, the bank – which in March celebrated its fifth birthday – has grown its assets from $243 million at the end of 2008 to $722 million at the end of 2012.

49. Mitsubishi Back Story Moves to Manufacturing -

The back story of the new Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant that formally opened in Southwest Memphis last week includes a sewer pipe, the Mojave Desert and artificial lightning.

50. Mitsubishi Debuts $200 Million Facility -

One of the two biggest economic development prizes of recession-era Memphis has its formal opening Friday, April 19.

The Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant is the company’s first North American manufacturing plant for large power transformers, some weighing in excess of 400 tons.

51. Ardent Film Department Wins Mid-South Emmy -

Jonathan Pekar, director of Ardent Studios film department, won the 27th Mid-South Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for creating the animated Memphis Music Foundation commercial.

The project also showcases the talents of painter Lamar Sorrento and singer/songwriter Keia Johnson.

52. Ardent Film Department Wins Mid-South Emmy Award -

Jonathan Pekar, director of Ardent Studios film department, won the 27th Mid-South Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for creating the animated Memphis Music Foundation commercial.

The project also showcases the talents of painter Lamar Sorrento and singer/songwriter Keia Johnson.

53. Filling the Voids -

Last year was a banner year for adaptive reuse projects in Midtown and Downtown.

Developers announced plans for the Sears Crosstown building, Overton Square, Hotel Chisca, James Lee House and old United Warehouse in the South Main Historic Arts District. Construction began on The Pyramid, turning it into a 220,000-square-foot mega-Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, and Memphis in May moved into its new headquarters at 56 S. Front St., a 14,600-square-foot building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

54. Arkansas Governor Announces $1.1 Billion Steel Mill Plan -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday unveiled Arkansas' largest ever economic development project, saying investors were poised to build a $1.1 billion steel mill along the Mississippi River if legislators approve startup funding.

55. Leading in New Times -

Keith Norman has heard the discussions about the generation gap and the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP.

56. Health Care Alignment Trend Accelerates -

The trend for alignment between hospital systems and private physicians hit the Mid-South in mid-2010 and has gained momentum since.

The area’s three major hospital systems – Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Saint Francis Healthcare – are padding their physician rosters with primary care doctors and specialists by acquiring practices in strategic locations throughout the Memphis market.

57. ‘Banner Year’ for Logistics Industry -

Positive momentum far outweighed the negative in the local logistics and distribution industry during 2012, as city officials and business leaders continued elevating Memphis’s status as world logistics hub.

58. Settlement Reached in Mill Blast Lawsuit -

A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit brought by a man who was injured in a deadly explosion at an International Paper Co. mill in Mississippi in 2008.

59. Permits Sought to Study Putting Turbines in River -

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A company continues to study the feasibility of putting power-generating turbines in the Mississippi River.

Free Flow Power, a Boston-based company, has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a hydropower project near Concordia Parish, La.

60. Low Mississippi River Hampers Port Work -

Low water in the Mississippi River is delaying work on a new river port in West Tennessee.

The project manager at the Cates Landing construction site said the low water level is delaying placement of rock at the dock, completion of piers at the site, dredging operations and work on the walkways, lighting, power and other site work.

61. New Plants Point to Infrastructure Needs -

Greater Memphis Chamber leader Dexter Muller is fond of recounting how hard it was to sell the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park to site consultants for manufacturing companies.

62. Metso to Expand in Clarksdale -

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) – The Metso Corp., a mining, engineering and paper products company, will expand its operation Clarksdale.

63. Back to the Gridiron -

It was the last day before fall practice would begin. First-year University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente couldn’t wait to get started.

“This is the longest day of the year,” he said.

64. TVA Prices 10-Year Bonds at Record Interest Rate -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is offering $1 billion in 10-year global power bonds bearing an interest rate of 1.875, the lowest interest rate ever on a TVA long-term bond.

TVA said in a statement Tuesday, Aug. 7, that the public utility issued the 10-year bond with a yield of 1.97 percent on Monday to use to pay down short-term debt. Fitch Ratings assigned a AAA rating to the bonds on Monday.

65. TVA Operating Revenues Up 5 Percent This Quarter -

Hot weather from April to June, including a heat wave that sent temperatures soaring above 100 degrees for four straight days, led to a 5 percent increase in operating revenues for the Tennessee Valley Authority this quarter.

66. Future Looking Bright At Bartlett’s ECE Solar -

Most people who install solar panels to their home understand that it’s an investment that takes awhile to pay off.

Being in the business of installing solar panels is much the same. Still, Bill Turberville of Electrical Contracting Enterprises LLC, 3080 Stage Post Road in Bartlett, said he’d rather be the first in that market than the last.

67. The State of Green -

There are many shades of green.

And the use of the term “green” to describe public policies, business practices and other decisions designed to improve or sustain natural surroundings and our connection with them touches on so many other considerations.

68. Landing Sign Approved Following Design Debate -

The sign for Beale Street Landing turned out not to be a big deal for the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board.

It’s larger than the planning standards and guidelines for that part of Downtown. But most on the board argued an exception was warranted and the sign could go bigger because of the scale of the project it is attached to. The sign was approved.

69. Greene Turbine Works to Harness River’s Energy -

Geoff Greene, CEO of Memphis-based Greene Turbine LLC, has dedicated the past 17 years to finding a clean, low-maintenance, economically efficient method of harnessing the power of the mighty Mississippi River to deliver energy into the Tennessee electrical grid.

70. AIRfair? -

Two frequent-flyer businessmen booked side-by-side seats on Delta Air Lines flights from Minneapolis to St. Louis last month, with one of them getting charged a higher price than the other each time they tried booking it.

71. Civil Rights Icon Smith Donates Papers to Library -

Maxine Smith pointed out that the wheelchair she used to enter the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library was borrowed – and she also made a point of walking from the doorway of the Memphis and Shelby County Room at the library to her seat in the room.

72. Students Take Hutchison Leads In Unexpected Directions -

Mary Elizabeth Kakales has been grappling with school reform concepts like how to scale reforms so that they can prevail in different schools in different communities. And she has thought through teacher accountability standards.

73. Mississippi Senate Adopts Its Redistricting Plan -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A majority of Mississippi senators voted Wednesday to approve the chamber's redistricting plan, despite complaints from a few colleagues who think they're treated unfairly because their districts are dramatically changed.

74. Conference Stresses Power Of Social Media -

The Memphis-based Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence is gearing up for its seventh annual conference, and this year’s theme focuses on ways nonprofits can harness the power of social media and build connected communities in this fast-paced information age.

75. New Miss. Legislative Maps Drawn But Not Revealed -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Two Republican chairmen say they've finished drawing redistricting plans for the Mississippi Legislature, and experts are privately reviewing the proposed maps.

However, during a brief meeting Friday, the chairmen wouldn't say when the House and Senate maps will be released to the public or to their fellow lawmakers.

76. Iberiabank Relocates Cordova Bank Branch -

Iberiabank is moving its Cordova branch out from behind the shadow of a rival – literally.

The Iberiabank branch at 1605 Germantown Parkway is being relocated a little more than a mile south of that location into a vacant space formerly occupied by Trust One Bank, which closed several of its locations recently.

77. McKesson VP: Slowness Cost Memphis -

When McKesson Pharmaceutical Co. went looking for another redistribution center, it wanted 70 acres of land for what wound up being a $135 million investment, the largest capital investment made in the history of the health care software, automation and services company.

78. Milwaukee Electric Growing in Olive Branch -

A 600,000-square-foot build-to-suit is in the works in Olive Branch, a testament to the local industrial market’s position as a prime manufacturing hub.

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. – a Brookefield, Wis.-based manufacturer of heavy-duty portable electric power tools and accessories – recently announced the company is expanding its presence in North Mississippi by relocating to a new, larger distribution center in Industrial Development Inc.’s Crossroads Distribution Center.

79. Pressure Builds for Civilian Drone Flights at Home -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Heads up: Drones are going mainstream.

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

80. Hedgepeth’s Work Intersects With Council Role -

A Memphian born and raised, Reid Hedgepeth takes great pride in his city’s institutions, whether they be the tangible of medicine and education, or the more intangible of sports and politics.

81. Wharton Q&A Hits on Top Priorities -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gave representatives of the city’s business community a glimpse into his mind Tuesday, Jan. 31, as well as some background on his priorities within the context of his 100-day plan for the city.

82. City Files $12M Permit Application For Mitsubishi Plant Infrastructure -

2865 Riverport Road
Memphis, TN 38109

Permit Cost: $12.1 million

Permit Date: Applied January 2012

83. That's a Wrap -

If the grand sweep of 2011 could be captured on celluloid and presented to an audience on the big screen, all the components of a great film would be readily apparent.

There was drama, in the form of a deluge and historic flooding that led the Mississippi River to crest at nearly 48 feet early in the year. One of the year’s big surprises saw President Barack Obama give the commencement address for the Booker T. Washington High School class of 2011 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

84. Negative Hits Keep Coming in 2011 -

While some of the Mid-South’s more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations received major gifts and successfully engaged new donor bases, the anemic economic recovery required others to hold a magnifying glass to their bottom lines in 2011.

85. TVA Says Fuel Cost 3.1 Percent Lower in January -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – A 3.1 percent decrease in the Tennessee Valley Authority's fuel cost will bring down average residential electric bills in January by between $2 and $4.

TVA said in a statement on Wednesday that the decrease is related to hydroelectric generation in November that was almost 30 percent higher than expected. That meant the utility did not have to rely as much on more expensive sources of electricity. Also sales were slightly lower than expected.

86. GAO Says TVA Slow on Energy Efficiency Planning -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority lacks a formal long term capital spending management plan and its proposed spending on power generating along with promised pollution controls mean tough times ahead, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report.

87. Art That Kills on Display at Brooks -

Now is not the time to cross staffers at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, which has a massive exhibition of weaponry, armor, and related artwork on display through March 11.

Actually, said Marina Pacini, the Brooks’ curator, it’s pretty easy to look beyond the primal nature of the weapons and enjoy the exquisite beauty of their ornamentation at the exhibit, called “Armed + Dangerous: Art of the Arsenal.”

88. MULYP Awards Honor ‘Agents of Change’ -

Memphis Urban League Young Professionals celebrates its second annual Agents of Change Awards Saturday, Dec. 3, honoring individuals and organizations that have made contributions to the community.

89. TVA Tax Equivalents in 2011 Total $530 Million -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has paid $530 million in tax equivalent payments in fiscal year 2011 to states and local governments where it sells electricity or has power properties.

90. TVA Says Fuel Cost 2.8 Percent Higher in December -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – A 2.8 percent increase in the Tennessee Valley Authority's fuel cost will boost average residential electric bills in December between $1.50 and $3.50.

TVA said in a statement Monday that demand for December is projected to be about 16 percent higher than November and TVA expects to use higher cost resources. The December forecast shows purchased power contributing to almost half the increase.

91. Memphis Churches, Org. Unite to Fight AIDS -

As communities around the world prepare to observe World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Memphis area faith leaders are joining forces with the Memphis Ryan White Program in a show of support for the more than 7,000 men, women and children in Shelby County who are living with HIV/AIDS, almost half of whom are not receiving the care they need.

92. Longtime TDN Subscriber Wilson Lumber Endures -

Despite an overall decline in the region’s lumber industry, reliability, personalized customer care and carving out a market has kept family-owned Wilson Lumber Co. Inc. in business for nearly half a century.

93. TVA Unveils Revamped Energy Efficiency Website -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has unveiled a redesigned website for tips and information about how consumers can conserve energy whether at home, at a business or in an industry.

94. City Pride -

“Memphis,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, took New York by storm where it started a successful run two years ago.

In Memphis, the popular musical’s namesake city where this weekend at the Orpheum Theatre it kicked off an 80-week tour, it may have to work a little harder to resonate with audiences.

95. Drop in TVA Fuel Cost in November -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Valley Authority ratepayers will get another slight decrease because of lower fuel cost in November, with a drop between 50 cents and $1.00 for average residential customers.

96. Biofuels Facility Set in Golden Triangle Area -

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Haley Barbour is scheduled to tour the Golden Triangle Regional Landfill on Thursday where local officials will be building an operation to capture methane gas to produce electricity.

97. Ole Miss Honors Historian who Fought Racism -

Students of University of Mississippi history professor Jim Silver will gather on the Ole Miss campus Friday, Sept. 30, to honor the historian who left Mississippi in the turbulent 1960s after a prophetic warning about the growing level of violent resistance to racial integration in the state.

98. Staying Afloat -

Compared to the overall U.S. construction landscape, Memphis’ position appears to be managing fairly well.

Within the last 10 months, the city has landed several heavy manufacturing projects – Electrolux, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. and Kruger Inc., to name a few – in a time when, nationally, the manufacturing sector is stagnant.

99. Drop in TVA Fuel Cost More Than Offsets Rate Hike -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Valley Authority ratepayers in October will get a break from lower fuel costs, with average residential bills expected to drop by as much as $3.50.

Despite a 2 percent increase in the utility's base rate starting next month, a TVA statement Monday said a projected reduction in demand for power and coal-fired generation will actually reduce customer bills.

100. Vote for Me -

Four years after the biggest turnover on the Memphis City Council, the Oct. 6 city elections could see the biggest return of incumbents ever on the council. Early voting begins Friday, Sept. 16.

Twelve of the 13 incumbents are seeking re-election. It would have been 13 had Barbara Swearengen Ware not taken a plea deal on an official misconduct charge.