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1. Cohen to Meet With Cancer Survivors -

In his Memphis office on Thursday, Sept. 3, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, plans to meet with Lorene Kuhuski, a cancer survivor from Cordova, and other representatives from the American Cancer Society to discuss federal research initiatives.

2. Events -

Rock for Love, the Church Health Center’s annual concert benefit, will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, through Sunday, Sept. 6. Visit rockforlove.org for details on locations, times and entertainment lineup.

3. Council Approves Tax Hike, Binghampton Retail Center -

The Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, Sept. 1, to a tax-hike ordinance that will help fund a $57 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

The ordinance raises the hotel-motel bed tax from 1.7 percent to 3.5 percent.

4. Is State’s Role to Provide a Service or Turn a Profit? -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won’t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers.

5. What’s Next for Memphis College of Art's Downtown Space? -

If the Memphis College of Art proceeds with consolidating its graduate school operations on its Overton Park campus, the South Main Historic Arts District would be left with a 48,000-square-foot opportunity in ready-to-lease space.

6. Apple Wants to Guide Your News Consumption With App -

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple wants to be a central part of how you consume news.

The iPhone maker has forged partnerships with CNN, National Geographic and others — more than 50 companies so far, representing hundreds of outlets. Apple will launch a News service on iPhones and iPads as part of a free software update this month. That means millions of devices will get the app on the home screen, with no separate download required.

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8. Documentary to Educate Tennesseans on Emergency Planning -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Public Television Council are teaming up to educate Tennesseans on emergency planning.

TEMA and the TPTC's member Public Broadcasting System stations have produced Ready Tennessee, a 30-minute documentary that provides practical planning tips to help individuals and families be prepared for disasters and emergencies.

9. Council Explores Retirees Return To Police Ranks -

Memphis City Council members are exploring the idea of encouraging already-retired police officers to get back in uniform as reserve officers to keep the police force from slipping to less than 2,000 officers.

10. Arkansas Airports Get $8.5M in FAA Grants -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have announced $8.5 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants to improve airports throughout the state.

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton, and U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman said in a statement Monday that 13 airports will receive the grants.

11. UTHSC Nabs Three Federal Grants Worth $780,000 -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has won a trio of federal grants aimed at furthering its brand research projects.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded UTHSC a total of $780,393. The grants break down like this:

12. Memphis Call Center Added As PILOT Resource -

A Memphis-based national call center has been added as a new resource for companies getting tax breaks in Memphis.

Operating in Clark Tower, at 5100 Poplar Ave., Ashaun LLC is now available to work with participating payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients as a diverse supplier under the “contracting services” component of the program.

13. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

14. Loss of Confidence or Loss Of Overconfidence? -

As you already know, markets have gyrated wildly over the last eight trading days. While suspicions of crisis have developed, the market has behaved as if crisis were already upon us.

Broad measures of volatility recorded record gains last week, market mechanics fractured at Monday, Aug. 24’s open and ETF prices became dramatically disconnected from underlying value.

15. Baker Donelson Adds Carletos-Drayton -

Carmalita “CC” Carletos-Drayton has joined the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as a shareholder. Carletos-Drayton’s legal practice primarily focuses on environmental law, economic development, and government contracts.

16. Events -

The Peabody will host its 146th anniversary celebration and the induction of Pat Kerr Tigrett into the Duck Walk Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 4:30 p.m. at the hotel, 149 Union Ave. The party will include champagne, hors d’oeuvres, cake and entertainment by Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Visit peabodymemphis.com.

17. Consider This Before Starting A Nonprofit -

The nonprofit sector is diverse and innovative. Memphians are always creating solutions to the many challenges that arise. We see a problem and seek to fix it. We experience something wonderful and we want others to share in our joy.

18. Effectiveness Of ‘No More’ Campaign Debated -

Surveys and focus groups that are a key part of the “No More” campaign to build awareness and change attitudes on rape, sexual assault and domestic violence are and will be a baseline to gauge how well the campaign does its job.

19. ‘Bigger Than Ballet’ -

As a child growing up in Frayser with an unstable home life, Briana Brown latched on to dance classes at the New Ballet Ensemble & School as a source of stability.

Sitting at her University of Memphis dorm surrounded by psychology textbooks, she is ready to leap into the path built on 11 years of educational and professional development provided by her support system at New Ballet Ensemble.

20. How Do Schools Calculate New Stipends for College Athletes? -

For the first time, the NCAA is allowing college athletes to receive money in their scholarships to cover the so-called cost of attendance, those expenses beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees that come with attending school.

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22. Events -

The Peabody will host its 146th anniversary celebration and the induction of Pat Kerr Tigrett into the Duck Walk Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 4:30 p.m. at the hotel, 149 Union Ave. The party will include champagne, hors d’oeuvres, cake and music by Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Visit peabodymemphis.com.

23. ‘Chef Jenn’ To Serve Up Small-Biz Tips -

Her brand name, “Chef Jenn,” suggests she is running a restaurant. So does her background.

Jennifer McCullough not only graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree and the University of Colorado Denver with a Master of Arts, but also from the Culinary School of the Rockies. And sure enough, the Memphis native worked three months in a fancy French restaurant in Denver – and she hated it.

24. Breast Cancer Program Launches in Memphis -

A new program launching this weekend in Memphis seeks to make breast cancer screening a priority in the African-American community.

SisterPact is a community education program that will work to make African-American women commit to get a mammogram and encourage a close friend or family member to do the same. It also will provide a directory of more than 70 local and national screening resources.

25. Banks with Memphis Ties On List of ‘Best to Work For’ -

Financial industry publication American Banker has named Pinnacle Financial Partners the No. 3 best bank to work for in the country.

Nashville-based Pinnacle is set to close in the third quarter on its merger with Memphis-based Magna Bank. This is the third year in a row Pinnacle has earned a spot in the magazine’s top three.

26. St. Jude Nurses Receive Prestigious Award -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has received a prestigious award: the designation of magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Magnet status is the highest honor granted to nursing services, with only 7 percent of U.S. hospitals receiving the designation. St. Jude is the first hospital in West Tennessee to receive it.

27. Events -

Boscos Squared will host the Boscos Cycling Patio 150, a benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Thursday, Sept. 3, starting at 5 p.m. at 2120 Madison Ave. Members of the Boscos Cycling team will ride 150 miles on stationary bikes to raise funds. Tickets are not required, but cash donations will be accepted. Visit facebook.com/boscoscycling for details.

28. Memphis’ Town Center Trio Concept Takes Double Hit -

Two of the three town centers envisioned by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton are going in different directions with a recent court ruling and an auction.

The city of Memphis lost its bid to acquire the Raleigh Springs Mall by eminent domain as The New Towne Center at Soulsville was sold at auction Thursday, Aug. 27.

29. Breast Cancer Screening Program Launches in Memphis -

A new program launching this weekend in Memphis seeks to make breast cancer screening a priority in the African-American community.

SisterPact is a community education program that will work to make African-American women commit to get a mammogram and encourage a close friend or family member to do the same.

30. Banks with Memphis Ties On List of ‘Best to Work For’ -

Financial industry publication American Banker has named Pinnacle Financial Partners the No. 3 best bank to work for in the country.

Nashville-based Pinnacle is set to close in the third quarter on its merger with Memphis-based Magna Bank. This is the third year in a row Pinnacle has earned a spot in the magazine’s top three.

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32. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Drops to 3.84 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.

33. Square Sale -

Watty Brooks Hall said the event has become a highly anticipated competition, almost like Christmas morning is for children. During the semiannual Collierville Town-Wide Sidewalk Sale, one customer always shows up bright and early outside The Brooks Collection, Hall’s business on the town square.

34. US Pending Home Sales Rose Modestly in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, as pending sales edged up after dipping in June.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 0.5 percent to 110.9 last month. This marks a slight recovery from June, when the index fell to 110.4 after reaching 112.3 in May, a level last seen in 2006.

35. One Beale, Tennessee Brewery Plans Go to Design Board -

Plans for two of Downtown Memphis’ most high-profile projects are set to go before a key development board next week.

Both the Tennessee Brewery and One Beale development teams have filed applications to be heard by the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board at its Sept. 2 meeting.

36. One Beale, Tennessee Brewery Plans Go to Downtown Memphis Design Board -

Plans for two of Downtown Memphis’ most high-profile projects are set to go before a key development board next week.

Both the Tennessee Brewery and One Beale development teams have filed applications to be heard by the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board at its Sept. 2 meeting.

37. One Beale, Tennessee Brewery Plans Go to Downtown Memphis Design Board -

Plans for two of Downtown Memphis’ most high-profile projects are set to go before a key development board next week.

Both the Tennessee Brewery and One Beale development teams have filed applications to be heard by the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board at its Sept. 2 meeting.

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39. Haslam Talks of Larger Shift in Tennessee Higher Education -

Before the picket line against outsourcing the management of state office buildings went up Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Cove campus, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam saw some different signs: several students holding up posters thanking Haslam for the Tennessee Promise program.

40. Despite Stock Fall, Financial Health of Many Remains Solid -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating — at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills.

41. Kudzukian’s ‘Neo-Radio’ Platform Has Room to Grow -

What does kudzu have in common with a media content company in Memphis that bears its name?

Kudzukian founder Larry Robinson is hoping that his new, neo-radio concept will mirror the foot-a-day growth of the invasive southern vine.

42. Memphis College of Art Set to Exit Downtown Memphis -

The Memphis College of Art appears set to move its graduate programs away from Downtown and back to its Overton Park campus.

The college’s graduate art education and master’s programs are currently housed in the Nesin Graduate School at 477 S. Main St. College president Ron Jones said that as a result of a “large-scale institutional review” over the past year that included the graduate programs, the college became convinced the graduate student experience would “vastly improve” by shifting things back to the main campus.

43. Forum Connects Minority Businesses, Econ Opportunities -

This week’s Economic Development Forum is an opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses to connect to opportunities in the Memphis area.

In its eighth year, the forum is presented by the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum and runs Tuesday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 27. Some 6,000 to 7,000 attendees are expected over the three-day event held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, said Luke Yancy III, president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum.

44. Homegrown Talent -

The New Daisy Theatre will play host in a few weeks to a local music festival featuring a handful of Memphis bands that also serves as a showcase of sorts for a new record label in town.

The Hometown Throwdown 2 is set to rock the Daisy Sept. 12, a follow-up to the inaugural version of the festival in 2013. It’s a “homegrown Memphis rock festival,” said Gary Segars, a festival organizer as well as the singer with Prosevere, one of the bands on the bill.

45. US New-Home Sales Rebound in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July, with sales surging in the Northeast.

The Commerce Department says new-home sales rose 5.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 507,000, recovering from a slide in purchases in June.

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48. Grizz Coach Joerger Hosting Junior Tennis Benefit -

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger will host the second annual Grizzlies Season Preview Dinner on Sept. 22.

The event will benefit National Junior Tennis & Learning and will be held at Colonial Country Club, 2736 Countrywood Parkway.

49. College Football Notebook: Expert Predicts Top Teams, Fuente’s Future in Memphis -

With college football season about to kick off, The Daily News threw a few questions at USA Today’s George Schroeder, national college football writer and a past president of the Football Writers Association of America.

50. Lighting Girls’ Lives -

The Pink Eagles are like a Girl Scouts troop created just for Memphis. For the past seven years, the nonprofit has helped area girls ages 5 to 19 build self-confidence, leadership skills and financial literacy. The weekly meetings and seasonal events are free for the participants thanks to the leadership of founder Loretta McNary.

51. Federal Reserve: Memphis Banks Steady in 2nd Quarter -

Talk to Metropolitan Bank CEO Curt Gabardi about his bank founded in 2008, and the story he’ll tell is of an institution today with the necessary resources and people to grow at a steady clip, in spite of a local banking landscape that’s fraught with competition.

52. Survey: Most Economists Say Fed Will Raise Rates in 2015 -

NEW YORK (AP) — The vast majority of business economists expect the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates before the end of the year, according to a survey released Monday.

Minutes from the Fed's meeting in late July showed that officials could raise rates as early as September. Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents believe the Fed will raise rates from their current near-zero levels, but only 37 percent of respondents believe it will happen as soon as next month.

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54. Affordable Homes in an Unaffordable Market -

The gold rush of residential development throughout Middle Tennessee conceals what some in the region say is a growing crisis in affordable housing.

New homes and condos come on to the market every day, and even more are under construction or still in the planning stage, but those homes are often on the higher end of the price scale.

55. St. Jude Nurses Receive Prestigious Award -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has received a prestigious award: the designation of magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Magnet status is the highest honor granted to nursing services, with only 7 percent of U.S. hospitals receiving the designation. St. Jude is the first hospital in West Tennessee to receive it.

56. I Choose Memphis: Naomi Adams Bata -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Naomi Adams Bata

Job Title and Company: Senior vice president, chief public relations officer at Archer Malmo

57. County Commission Votes on Hiring Attorney in Schools Funding Lawsuit -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Aug. 24, on hiring an attorney to be the body’s special counsel in a statewide education funding lawsuit.

The commission specifically votes on hiring the law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP to represent and advise it “on adequate and equitable school funding from the state of Tennessee.”

58. Sales of Senior Living Facilities Up in 2015 -

Mirroring national trends that show an increase in interest by investors in senior living facilities, the number of nursing home/elderly housing facilities that have changed hands is on the rise in Shelby County.

59. Why China Devalued: Global Oversupply -

If I demand a new widget today, a supplier will build one for me. If I later change my mind, the widget will still exist. Perhaps my supplier relied on debt to fund its construction. If so, the supplier now has to find a new source of demand or they must restructure the loan.

60. FedEx Reaches Tentative Agreement With Pilots Union -

FedEx Corp. pilots have a tentative contract agreement with the Memphis-based shipping giant.

The tentative agreement was announced Thursday, Aug. 20, by leaders of the Air Line Pilots Association International, which did not release details pending a review and approval by the union’s Master Executive Council.

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62. US Home Sales Soar in July to Fastest Pace Since 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes rose 2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.59 million, the fastest rate since February 2007. Sales have jumped 9.6 percent over the past 12 months, while the number of listings has declined 4.7 percent.

63. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Eases to 3.93 Pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, with the key 30-year loan rate remaining under 4 percent.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked down to 3.93 percent from 3.94 percent a week earlier. A year ago, the average rate was 4.10 percent.

64. Measure of US Economy's Future Health Slips in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy declined slightly in July yet still pointed to modest growth in the months ahead.

The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators dropped 0.2 percent in July, after healthy gains of 0.6 percent in both June and May.

65. MSU QB Dak Prescott Learns He Can Be a Target Off Field, Too -

The recognition has come, and it has been fun and, well, not so fun.

As a quarterback who finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting last year, Dak Prescott’s game broke out and was a big reason Mississippi State reached No. 1 in the polls and finished with 10 wins.

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68. Tigers-Oklahoma Game Part Of ESPN Hoops Marathon -

For the sixth time since the event’s inception in November 2008, the University of Memphis will be a part of the annual ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, the network announced.

Memphis will host Oklahoma, a 2015-16 preseason top-10 team, in a 4 p.m. contest Nov. 17 at FedExForum. The Sooners, a 2015 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen participant, returns four starters from last season’s 24-11 squad, including a 2015-16 preseason National Player of the Year candidate in Buddy Hield. ESPN will air the game.

69. Blues Foundation Taps Newman as CEO -

The Blues Foundation has selected a fourth-generation Memphian to succeed Jay Sieleman as president and CEO.

Barbara B. Newman will begin her new position Oct. 1. She comes to the Blues Foundation from Beth Sholom Synagogue, where she has served as executive director since 2007.

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71. Home Depot Separates Itself From Retail Crowd in 2Q -

NEW YORK (AP) — Homes are getting a lot of TLC from their owners of late, which means better sales for businesses like Home Depot.

The world's largest home improvement retailer reported second-quarter results on Tuesday that surpassed Wall Street expectations, thanks largely to consumers opening their wallets. But Home Depot knows it's a change in mindset that is spurring homeowners to action.

72. Proposal Prompts Closer Look at Tax Breaks -

In recent years, the tax incentives used to bring economic development and jobs to Memphis have been a lightning rod.

The debate’s volume grew as it became apparent that Memphis was emerging from the national recession at a slower pace than other major cities as well as some parts of rural west Tennessee and north Mississippi.

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74. US Homebuilder Sentiment Improves in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders grew slightly more optimistic about the housing market in August, putting their confidence at levels last seen a decade ago during the debt-fueled housing boom.

75. Problem Properties -

Memphis has a crippling issue with blight, and one nonprofit is front and center with changing the culture that led to the city’s inundation of abandoned properties and lots.

Neighborhood Preservation Inc. was founded in 2012 as a court-appointed receiver of properties taken away from neglectful owners. Over the years, it has evolved to become a robust advocate for stronger legislation and development tools to deal with problem properties.

76. Vanderbilt Received $10 Million in Grants for Fetal Tissue Research -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Vanderbilt University is one of nearly 100 research institutions to receive federal funding for fetal tissue research between 2011 and 2014 – a practice that has unleashed a furor on Capitol Hill after anti-abortion activists recently released undercover videos pertaining to such research.

77. Boscos Cycling to Ride for Multiple Sclerosis -

As part of their ongoing campaign to raise funds and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, members of the Boscos Cycling team will be riding 150 miles – on stationary bikes – on the patio of Boscos Squared on Sept. 3.

78. Today’s Schools Need to Operate Like Independent Businesses -

“If you always do what you always did, then you always get what you always got.”

It is one of those truisms that seems to fit perfectly into the ongoing debate on the effectiveness of education in the United States. There is a multitude of critics who want schools to do what they did 50 years ago and get better results. The problem with that is that everything has changed.

79. Whiskey-Stained and Market-Bound -

Remember the old Levi’s plant off Magnolia? Marcus Hall does, and he’s taken a family history that involves clothing-factory work, fashion sense and a can-do attitude to stitch and rivet together a denim line that’s scooping up local awards and garnering national attention.

80. National Baptist Convention Returns To Memphis -

The National Baptist Convention will return to Memphis for its annual convention starting Sept. 7 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

The 135th annual session of the convention will run Sept. 7-11 and is expected to draw 50,000 people to the city. The gathering was last in Memphis in 2009.

81. Memphis Hires Associate Athletic Director -

Courtney Vinson, who has served as an assistant athletic director at the University of Central Florida for the past four years, has been named the associate athletic director for sport services and senior woman administrator at the University of Memphis following a national search.

82. Explore Bike Share Builds Community Support -

The effort to build a bike-sharing system in Memphis is seeking public support at various community events.

The move by Explore Bike Share includes street teams asking citizens to sign statements supporting the concept and make other calls for public support.

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Visible Music College will host the Memphis is Me mini music festival Thursday, Aug. 20, starting at 5 p.m. at Visible’s Memphis campus, 200 Madison Ave. The one-day festival will feature more than a dozen acts on three stages, all celebrating the best in Memphis music. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/visiblemc for details.

84. This week in Memphis history: August 14-20 -

2014: A power outage Downtown takes down Beale Street and The Peabody hotel for five hours on a Friday night during Elvis Week. The outage blows off manhole covers at Second Street and Butler Avenue and strands some Peabody guests in stuck elevators. The area of the outage is between Madison and G.E. Patterson avenues. Power is restored at around 2 a.m. the next morning.

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Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” Friday, Aug. 14, through Sept. 6 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

86. CBU’s Dedication to Latino Students Is Creating Current, Future Success -

Last week’s Latino Student Success luncheon at Christian Brothers University marked a beautiful moment in the history of our program. After listening to John King of the U.S. Department of Education speak to and motivate Memphis students and stakeholders, I reflected upon countless individual meetings at Latino Memphis, well before the Latino Student Success Program, during which parents and students expressed discouragement with regard to continuing their education because few affordable opportunities existed.

87. Alabama Still Team to Beat, Tennessee On the Rise in 2015 Football Season -

Dak Prescott, the best returning quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, isn’t buying the national narrative that the league is “down” because the first College Football Playoff title game featured Ohio State beating Oregon.

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90. Health Law Sign-Ups Keep Growing; Uninsured Rate Declines -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.

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The National Baptist Convention will return to Memphis for its annual convention starting Sept. 7 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Local leaders will formally announce the convention at a Thursday, Aug. 13, press conference.

92. Memphis Hires UCF’s Vinson As Associate Athletic Director -

Courtney Vinson, who has served as an assistant athletic director at the University of Central Florida for the past four years, has been named the associate athletic director for sport services and senior woman administrator at the University of Memphis following a national search.

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Kirby Pines Retirement Community will host attorney J. Anthony Bradley for a free seminar titled “The 7 Things Every Senior Needs to Know About Estate Planning & Long-Term Care” Thursday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at 3535 Kirby Road. A free lunch will follow. RSVP to erochelle@kirbypines.com or 901-369-7340.

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95. Cruz Rallies Standing-Room-Only Agricenter Crowd -

Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz complained of “bipartisan corruption” and “the party of Washington” this week at a Memphis rally at Agricenter International that drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500.

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97. Memphis Public Transportation Grants Top $5 Million -

The city of Memphis’ efforts at improving public transportation options for its citizens received two chunks of funding recently that collectively total more than $5 million.

The Memphis Area Transit Authority was awarded last week $4.7 million in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding through the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

98. First Mayoral TV Debate Features Aggressive Contenders -

The first televised debate of the 2015 race of Memphis Mayor Monday, Aug. 10, saw incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and city council member Jim Strickland clash repeatedly while fellow council member and mayoral challenger Harold Collins said Strickland and Wharton were “acting like Tom and Jerry.”

99. Explore Bike Share Builds Community Support -

The effort to build a bike-sharing system in Memphis is seeking public support at various community events and through explorebikeshare.com online.

The move by Explore Bike Share includes street teams asking citizens to sign statements supporting the concept and make other calls for public support.

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