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1. Lady Vols Seem to Be Slipping Off National Stage -

KNOXVILLE – There is a bronze statue of legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt standing proudly across the street from Thompson-Boling Arena.

Summitt’s arms are crossed and she has a smile on her face. Thousands of Lady Vols fans have walked past the Summitt statue since it was unveiled Nov. 22, 2013.

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5. Shelby County Schools Board Moves Closer to State Funding Lawsuit -

The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday, Feb. 24, to hire an attorney to work with Tennessee’s other major urban school systems in weighing a possible lawsuit against the state that would force full state funding of the Basic Education Program.

6. Memphis Among Highest-Suspending School Districts -

A recent report on student suspensions shows Memphis is among the highest-suspending large school districts in the nation.

The analysis was conducted by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project of UCLA.

7. Crye-Leike Opens New Midtown Office -

Crye-Leike leadership, Realtors and representatives from the Greater Memphis Chamber braved frigid temperatures Monday to commemorate the opening of a new Midtown office on Union Avenue. Led by managing broker Carol Lott, the new office is located at 1715 Union Ave.

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10. Fewer Homes for Sale Pushes Up US House Prices in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose in December at a faster pace than the previous month, likely because of a much smaller number of homes for sale.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 4.5 percent in December compared with 12 months earlier. That is up from 4.3 percent in November and the same as October's annual increase. The small gain comes after price increases had slowed for 12 straight months.

11. Survey: Uninsured Rate Hit New Low in 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama's health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.

12. US Home Sales Plunge 4.9 Percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home sales struck a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. That brings sales down to their lowest level since April 2014.

13. Saving for Retirement: Obama Proposal Sets Up Wall Street Fight -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tapping the anxieties of aging baby boomers, President Barack Obama on Monday called for tougher standards on brokers who manage retirement savings accounts, a change that could affect the investment advice received by many Americans and aggravate tensions between the White House and Wall Street.

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15. Labor Chief: Unions to Push on Wages in 2016 Campaign -

ATLANTA (AP) – Politicians of all ideologies have failed American workers in an era of rising corporate profits and declining wages, the nation's top labor leader said Monday, vowing to pressure candidates running for president in 2016 to address the issue.

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17. Rhodes College Honored by Princeton Review -

Rhodes College has made The Princeton Review’s “Colleges That Pay You Back,” a list of a little more than 200 schools recognized for addressing two concerns of college applicants and their parents: paying for college and employment after graduation.

18. Events -

Greater Memphis National College Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Students and parents can meet with admission representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities, learn about financial aid and more. Cost is free; registration is required. Visit nacacnet.org.

19. Another Discount Carrier to Land at Memphis International -

In what officials hope will be another step in rebuilding service at Memphis International Airport, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority will announce the arrival of a new low-cost carrier on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

20. EDGE Leader Faults 'Vague' Concerns About Incentives -

The president of the Economic Development Growth Engine wants Memphis City Council members and Shelby County commissioners to approve proposed changes to payment-in-lieu-of taxes incentives the EDGE board grants.

21. Wal-Mart Raises Could Help Lift Pay in Lower-Wage Industries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The modest raises that Wal-Mart has said it will give its lowest-paid workers provide a glimmer of hope for lower-wage workers in other companies and industries.

Other retailers and some fast food restaurants may now feel compelled to follow suit to retain their workers and attract others to fill openings, economists said.

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23. FedEx Breaks Ground on Little Rock Distribution Center -

FedEx is breaking ground on a 300,000 square-foot ground distribution facility in southwest Little Rock that will employ about 160 people.

Arkansas Business reports the center is scheduled to open in 2016.

24. Tennessee Opposes Merger Between Sysco, US Foods -

The state of Tennessee has joined nine other states and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, in announcing the state’s participation in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring the merger, specifically cited the impact of the merger in Memphis.

25. Memphis Grizzlies Win Two Emmy Awards -

Following a franchise-best eight Emmy nominations by The Nashville/Mid-South Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Memphis Grizzlies have won two Emmy awards at the 29th Annual Mid-South Emmy Awards.

26. Calvary Lenten Series, Waffle Shop Return -

Calvary Episcopal Church has announced the lineup for the 92nd Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop, offered Tuesdays through Fridays through March 27.

Calvary’s Waffle Shop will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., serving up all traditional favorites, including homemade waffles, salads and daily specials. In addition, Calvary will offer takeout orders and preordered and prepaid “Lunches to Go.” Lunches to Go orders may be placed in the Great Hall from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Prepaid orders will be bagged and ready for pick up in the Great Hall after the service.

27. BlueCross Minority Scholarship Deadline Nears -

A diversity scholarship for minority students pursuing careers in health care has been increased from $5,000 to $10,000.

The BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee Diversity Scholarship program is in its third year with three of the $10,000 scholarships to be awarded through the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust and the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives.

28. Events -

Greater Memphis National College Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Students and parents can meet with admission representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities, learn about financial aid and discuss individual needs with college experts. Cost is free; registration is required. Visit nacacnet.org.

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The Daily News will host the 2015 Women & Business Seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Feb. 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brooks Museum auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. The seminar will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception with the panelists. Tickets are $25. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

30. Car Built With 3-D Printer Stirs Industry -

At the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, innovative carmaker Local Motors offered an up close look at the future of automobile manufacturing.

In a microfactory set up on the auto show floor, Local Motors built the latest version of its Strati, a lightweight, two-seat electric car. It took about 40 hours using the latest 3-D printing technology, all while thousands of auto show visitors watched.

31. Building From a New Blueprint -

When recruiting new businesses, East Tennessee economic development officials have long touted the benefits of partnering with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee.

The lab and the university both have a history of working closely with private business to develop cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, technologies and new products. That research effort recently received a major boost with President Obama’s announcement of a new manufacturing innovation hub based in the Knoxville area.

32. What Recession? Middle Tennessee Largely Spared -

After handling clients at SunTrust as a senior portfolio manager for high-net-worth clients, many with $10 million or more in assets, Dana Moore, CFA, and two colleagues (George Stadler, Angela Helbig), founded HMS Investment Advisors in 2009.

33. Relevant Again? 10 Keys to Success for UT Baseball -

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.

34. MORE Helps Small Businesses Avoid Maze -

For a small business owned by a women or a minority already encountering formidable barriers because of that, the bureaucratic hoops any small business has to deal with can be lethal.

For three years, Memphis Office of Resources and Enterprise, operated by city government, has been helping all small businesses specifically to navigate those hoops.

35. Fair Play -

Ann Carr played basketball at Mississippi State in the late 1980s. She was a 6-foot-1 center.

“You certainly couldn’t have a 6-1 center now,” said Carr, who today is a senior associate athletic director at MSU.

36. Facing Militant Threat, Corker Shoulders Matters of War -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two years ago, Sen. Bob Corker wondered aloud whether the standstill Senate was worth a grown man's time.

Now the combination of Republicans' political fortunes in last November's elections and brutal terrorism overseas have put the two-term Tennessee lawmaker in the limelight. He heads the Foreign Relations Committee and is in charge of the weightiest question to ever face members of Congress: whether to authorize war.

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38. Jury Begins Deliberations in Tennessee Armory Shooting Trial -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A jury started deliberating Thursday in the federal trial of a Tennessee National Guard recruiter charged with trying to kill four superiors in an armory shooting.

39. A Word About Reality -

“REALITY JUST IS.” I stood in the bathroom in boxer shorts and shaving cream and cheered words coming from my radio – words good enough to overcome that image I just put in your head – words like these:

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41. For Many in US, Cash Saved at Gas Pump is Staying in Pockets -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In recent months, the stage seemed set for American consumers to do what they've traditionally done best: Spend money – and drive the economy.

The lowest gas prices in five years had given people more spending money. Employers added over 1 million jobs from November through January, the best three-month pace in 17 years. Businesses even raised pay in December. Economists had forecast that last week's retail sales report for January would show a healthy rise.

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43. BlueCross BlueShield Minority Scholarship Deadline Nears -

A diversity scholarship for minority students pursuing careers in health care has been been increased from $5,000 to $10,000.

The BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee Diversity Scholarship program is in its third year with three of the $10,000 scholarships to be awarded through the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust and the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives.

44. Calvary Episcopal Church’s 92nd Lenten Series Returns -

Calvary Episcopal Church has announced the lineup for the 92nd Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop, offered Tuesdays through Fridays from Thursday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Mar. 27.

Calvary’s famous Waffle Shop will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., serving up all traditional favorites, including homemade waffles, salads and daily specials. In addition, Calvary will offer take-out orders and pre-ordered and prepaid “Lunches to Go.” Lunches to Go orders may be placed in the Great Hall from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Prepaid orders will be ready for pick up in the Great Hall after the service.

45. New Entrepreneurship Group Taps First President -

The Memphis Bioworks-led entrepreneurship initiative EPIcenter has tapped a nationally recognized entrepreneurship and business development leader to serve as its first president.

Leslie Lynn Smith comes to the job after five years as president and CEO of TechTown Detroit. She'll also serve as a vice president on the Bioworks executive team.

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47. United Kingdom Inflation Falls to Its Lowest Level on Record -

British officials say the rate of inflation fell in January to an annual 0.3 percent — the lowest level on record — amid falling energy prices and supermarket price wars.

The Office of National Statistics said Tuesday the rate is down from December’s rate of 0.5 percent.

48. US Homebuilder Confidence Slides Slightly in February -

U.S. homebuilders say sales prospects and buyer traffic fell slightly this month.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index slipped to 55 in February from 57 in January. Despite the decline, builders remain optimistic a month before the start of the spring buying season.

49. Lowery Installed as President of Association for Women Attorneys -

Keating Lowery has been installed as the 2015 president of the Association for Women Attorneys. As an attorney with Lawrence & Russell PLC, Lowery devotes her practice to litigating Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters on behalf of employers, plan fiduciaries and third-party administrators throughout the United States.

50. Start Co. Expands Its Downtown Space -

The organization helping startup founders launch new ventures in Memphis will soon have more elbow room for the space where it holds events, teaches and provides a co-working environment for startup teams.

51. Drones Rule: Proposed Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Drone on, the government says.

Just not through the night sky. Or close to an airport. Or out of the operator's sight. And probably not winging its way with a pizza or package, any time soon.

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53. Cassius Cash Begins Job as New Superintendent of Smokies -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Growing up in Memphis, the son of a homicide detective and a cosmetologist, Cassius Cash didn't dream of one day being the superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

54. Memphis Grizzlies Win Two Mid-South Emmy Awards -

Following a franchise-best eight Emmy nominations by The Nashville/Mid-South Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Memphis Grizzlies have won two Emmy awards at the 29th Annual Mid-South Emmy Awards.

55. Memphis Leading Cities In Women-Led Startup Programs -

As a female serial entrepreneur, I experienced firsthand both the challenges and the opportunities of building a technology startup as a woman.

I started my entrepreneurial journey in 2004 and in 2013 joined Start Co. as an entrepreneur-in-residence because of the community’s focus on inclusion and empowerment of women. With the support of LaunchTN, City of Memphis, Assisi Foundation, FedEx, Start Co. Angels, and local partners like Baker Donelson, archer-malmo, The Marston Group and others, as a community we can see the impact and success of our acceleration and inclusion programs for women.

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60. Discernment: The Hallmark of Great Leaders -

A good leader must be good at decision-making. A great leader must be good at discerning prior to making that decision.

Discernment is the ability to go past the mere perception of something and understand people, things or situations clearly and intelligently, making judgments about nuances often obscure or overlooked by others. It is a skill that makes the difference between leadership and just being in charge.

61. Alternative Ending -

The city of Memphis secured $6.7 million in federal funding last week to improve and rehab public housing.

Meanwhile, the city’s application for a much larger federal grant to demolish the city’s last large public housing development was making the rounds at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

62. House Votes to Make Expired Business Tax Breaks Permanent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House voted Friday to make permanent an expired tax break designed to help small businesses invest in equipment and property, defying a veto threat by the White House.

63. Rite Aid to Pay $2B for EnvisionRx -

Rite Aid is expanding from running drugstores into managing pharmacy benefits with a planned, $2 billion purchase of EnvisionRx.

The company said it will pay about $1.8 billion in cash and $200 million in stock for EnvisionRx, a pharmacy benefit manager, or PBM, owned by the investment firm TPG.

64. Jones, Vols Make Honor Roll With Recruiting Class -

KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.

Tennessee’s football coach has created a national buzz with his 2015 recruiting class.

UT finished with the No. 4 class in the nation as rated by 247Sports and ended up ranked No. 5 by Rivals when the Feb. 4 national signing day was over.

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66. Common Core is Working – So Kill It -

Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.

67. Resolution Calls for End to Federal ‘Imposition’ -

Saying the feds are guilty of intruding in local schools, state Sen. Bill Ketron is seeking passage of a resolution designed to end what he calls overreach by the U.S. Department of Education.

“We don’t need the federal government telling us how to do it,” Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, said during a recent meeting with teachers in the Rutherford Education Association.

68. Beyond Gaming -

Nearly 60 years ago – even before the Hernando DeSoto Bridge was built across the Mississippi River – Southland Park opened with greyhound dog racing in West Memphis.

Since then it has become Southland Park Gaming and Racing with gambling on horse races simulcast from Oaklawn as well as slot machines and table games.

69. American Express, Costco to End US Exclusivity Deal -

Costco shoppers who have been limited for years to American Express credit cards may be able to pluck a new option from their wallets or purses next year after an exclusivity deal between the companies expires.

70. 2-Year College Presidents Back Tennessee Academic Standards -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The presidents of Tennessee's 13 community colleges say the state's higher academic standards for elementary and secondary schools are necessary to help students succeed in higher education.

71. GAO: Veterans' Health Care Costs a 'High Risk' for Taxpayers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Veterans' health care is a "high risk" budget issue that threatens to cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars unless longstanding problems are addressed, government auditors warned Wednesday.

72. Balancing Campaign and Small Business on Vitter's Agenda -

NEW YORK (AP) – The new chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has big issues on his agenda, but he'll have to fit them in with a high-profile gubernatorial campaign.

73. Rite Aid to Pay $2 Billion for Pharmacy Benefit Manager -

Rite Aid is expanding from running drugstores into managing pharmacy benefits with a planned, $2 billion purchase of EnvisionRx.

The company said it will pay about $1.8 billion in cash and $200 million in stock for EnvisionRx, a pharmacy benefit manager, owned by the investment firm TPG.

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75. GOP Lawmaker Wants to Make Bible Official Book of Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A freshman Tennessee lawmaker wants to make the Bible the "official state book."

Rep. Jerry Sexton, a Republican from Bean Station, is sponsoring legislation that would add the Bible to the state symbols of Tennessee.

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The Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America will honor Loeb Properties president Bob Loeb, the chapter’s 2014 Communicator of the Year, at its monthly luncheon Thursday, Feb. 12, at 11:45 at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave. Cost is free for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit prsamemphis.org.

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78. Tennessee Superintendents Seek to Keep Higher Standards Intact -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A majority of Tennessee's school superintendents want to see a review process of the state's Common Core academic standards fully unfold before lawmakers try to change the standards.

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The Tennessee Small Business Development Center and Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP will kick off the “Protecting Your Intellectual Property” series Thursday, Feb. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Participants will learn more about patents, copyrights, trademarks, nondisclosure agreements and more to protect their business. Visit tsbdc.org/swtcc or call 901-333-5085 to register.

80. Wade to Lead Southern College of Optometry's Hayes Center -

Dr. Lisa Wade has been named director of the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at Southern College of Optometry, which focuses on teaching business principles to help optometrists succeed in independent practice.

81. Imminent Danger -

The risk is real. And the evidence is in the charges of second-degree murder against the owner of New England Compounding Center Inc., and pharmacists and others employed by the company.

82. UTHSC Students to Host Outreach Program Feb. 14 -

The Student National Medical Association at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is hosting Dream Big, a free community outreach conference, Saturday, Feb. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the G.E. Patterson Family Life Center, 369 G.E. Patterson Ave.

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The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

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85. Fresh Off Medicaid Loss, Haslam Pivots to Common Core Fight -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Fresh off his failed effort to persuade fellow Republicans in the Legislature that he wasn't peddling "Obamacare," Gov. Bill Haslam is pivoting to another tough fight over what he describes as the ruined brand of Common Core education standards.

86. Anthem Breach: A Gap in Federal Health Privacy Law? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Insurers aren't required to encrypt consumers' data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age – an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem.

87. Senators Call for Investigation Into Verizon 'Supercookies' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country's biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers.

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90. Oh, Baby! -

In support of the American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day, babies born Friday, Feb. 6, at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women donned red beanies instead of the traditional pink or blue.

About 1 in 100 babies have congenital heart defects, the No. 1 birth defect in newborns.

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Morris Auction Group will host a free seminar for potential property sellers to learn about the real estate auction marketing method Monday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Morris Auction Group offices, 2687 Mount Moriah Terrace. Visit morrisauctiongroup.com for details.

92. Students Earn More Than $260,000 in Art Scholarships -

Technology changes just about everything, even art. But the 50th Annual Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards didn’t lack for entries – 2,185 individual submissions and another 80 senior portfolios.

“The same technology that has shortened the way we communicate – 140 characters – has opened up other ways of visually communicating,” said Elesha Newberry, associate director of education at the Brooks Museum of Art. “In the past five years, the number of photography entries has risen greatly.

93. House Speaker: Gas Tax Increase Unlikely This Year -

House Speaker Beth Harwell says that Tennessee lawmakers are unlikely to take up a gas tax increase during this year's legislative session.

94. Forensic Center to Collect Data on Sudden Deaths -

The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center, which is managed by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, is one of four Tennessee locations participating in the new Sudden Death in the Young Case Registry, a national data collection project to learn more about the reasons for sudden and unexplained deaths of those under the age of 20.

95. Joerger to Co-Chair Event Benefiting Tennis Memphis -

Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Dave Joerger and his wife, Kara Joerger, will co-chair the second annual “A Serving for Tennis” event Feb. 20 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Pink Palace Museum. The event will benefit Tennis Memphis and their National Junior Tennis and Learning program.

96. Volunteers Needed for Book Distribution -

Billed as the largest book distribution in Shelby County’s history, Literacy Mid-South and First Book are seeking volunteers to distribute 500,000 children’s books in the Mid-South this March.

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Teach901 will host its third annual teacher job fair Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Central BBQ Downtown, 1247 Butler Ave. Candidates interested in pursuing a career as an educator in the Memphis area are invited. More than 20 organizations will be seeking hires. Visit teach901.com/job-fair to register.

98. ‘Government’s Too Big and People are Sick of It’ -

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is an enigma of the modern civil servant, a career politician who doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. He thinks he’s paid too much (his salary is state mandated) and brings it up often in interviews with the media.

99. Old Favorites -

A few years ago, Tandy Wilson, chef and owner of City House, offered this tip about earning his respect as a diner: Don’t tell me you’re a foodie, he said, tell me you’re a “regular.”

We were having a conversation about overuse of the term “foodie,” and how even though it can be a well-meaning label to show a person’s interest in a particular topic, it also can carry the snobbish weight of those who salivate over the trendiest dishes – and then salivate over their keypads to type a Yelp review after just one visit.

100. Vols’ Jones Continues to Impress With Recruiting Skills -

KNOXVILLE – National signing day is in the books, and Tennessee football coach Butch Jones and his staff can relax and savor another top-tier recruiting class.

Oops. Wait a minute. No time off for Jones and his assistants when it comes to recruiting. They’re already busy putting together the 2016 class, and looking at recruits for future classes.