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1. NULYP President to Speak in Memphis This Weekend -

National Urban League Young Professionals president Brandi Richard will speak this weekend during the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals’ second annual Empowerment Conference.

2. National Urban League Young Professionals President to Speak in Memphis -

National Urban League Young Professionals president Brandi Richard will speak this weekend during the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals’ second annual Empowerment Conference.

3. BarterSugar Co-Founder to Speak at Startup Grind -

The next speaker in the Startup Grind event series in Memphis is a New York attorney, executive and author who ended up in the Bluff City, without planning on it, when she discovered the burgeoning startup community continuing to grow and take shape here.

4. Mississippi Consumer Spending Grows Slowest in Nation -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Consumer spending grew more slowly in Mississippi than in any other state in 2012, reflecting the state's slow recovery from the recession.

A report released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department finds overall personal consumption spending grew 2.5 percent in Mississippi in 2012, compared to 4.1 percent nationwide. With other figures showing Mississippi's economy grew by a brisk 3.5 percent that year, it suggests gains aren't making it to the pockets of residents, or if so, they're not spending that money.

5. Tennessee Supreme Court Races See Spending Spike -

NASHVILLE (AP) – An influx of campaign spending on three Tennessee Supreme Court seats has transformed what is traditionally a sleepy affair into a hard-fought campaign that has raised questions about the role of partisan politics in the judiciary.

6. US Consumer Spending Up 0.4 Percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year.

Consumer spending increased 0.4 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis following slower increases of 0.3 percent in May and 0.1 percent in April, the Commerce Department said Friday.

7. Grizzlies License Plate Added to Specialty List -

Move over Growl Towels. The Grizzlies now have an official license plate.

The new Grizzlies License Plate will be added to the specialty license plates available for Tennessee motorists with the purchase of 1,000 plates through Grizzlies.com this upcoming season. The Tennessee Legislature added the Memphis Grizzlies License Plate to its stock of sports specialty plates with the help of approved legislation from Sen. Jim Kyle and Rep. Larry Miller and the Shelby County Delegation.

8. Grizzlies License Plate Added to Specialty List -

Move over Growl Towels. The Grizzlies now have an official license plate.

The new Grizzlies License Plate will be added to the specialty license plates available for Tennessee motorists with the purchase of 1,000 plates through Grizzlies.com this upcoming season. The Tennessee Legislature added the Memphis Grizzlies License Plate to its stock of sports specialty plates with the help of approved legislation from Sen. Jim Kyle and Rep. Larry Miller and the Shelby County Delegation.

9. Cleveland Speedway Sells at Auction for $800,000 -

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) – After multiple years on the market, the Cleveland Speedway has been sold at auction for $800,000.

Retired investor Al Chapman of Chickamauga, Georgia, told WRCB-TV Chattanooga he's not sure what the future holds for the track, but keeping it open and operating is an option.

10. SRVS Merges with Special Kids & Families -

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

11. SRVS Merges With Special Kids & Families -

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

12. Construction Spending Up 0.1 Percent in May -

U.S. construction spending barely increased in May as gains in spending on non-residential projects such as office buildings and public construction were largely offset by a big drop in home building.

13. Truck Suspension Maker Expanding in Dyer County -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Officials say that Rough Country Suspension Systems, a company that makes suspension products for trucks and SUVs, plans to move its distributions operations to a facility in Newbern.

14. Construction Spending Up 0.1 Percent in May -

U.S. construction spending barely increased in May as gains in spending on non-residential projects such as office buildings and public construction were largely offset by a big drop in home building.

15. 9 Steps to Build Prospect Trust -

Buyers want to trust the salesperson they’re buying from before they part with their hard-earned money. That’s why building trust is a minimum cost of entry in the sales profession. If your prospects don’t trust you, you’ll always be working much harder than is necessary.

16. Senate Candidate Ball to Spend $400,000 on Ads -

U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball says he is pouring up to $400,000 of his own money into a statewide television advertising campaign to bolster his bid for the Democratic nomination.

17. Nikki Giovanni to Speak at Civil Rights Museum -

Nikki Giovanni, an acclaimed poet and civil rights activist, will be at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on Sunday, June 22.

She is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. in Hooks Hyde Hall on the second floor of the museum.

18. Editorial: Park Situation Speaks to Bigger City Issues -

The parking controversy at Overton Park is probably the best place to begin to think more about what happens when we get our wish for more density within the parkways.

More people living and working or going to the same area or park, in this case, means change on a lot of different levels.

19. Nikki Giovanni to Speak at Civil Rights Museum -

Nikki Giovanni, an acclaimed poet and civil rights activist, will be at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on Sunday, June 22.

She is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. in Hooks Hyde Hall on the second floor of the museum.

20. Senate Candidate Ball to Spend $400,000 on Ads -

U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball says he is pouring up to $400,000 of his own money into a statewide television advertising campaign to bolster his bid for the Democratic nomination.

21. Special Prosecutor Named in Brooks Parking Incident -

Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks was charged Thursday, June 12, with assault after a Memphis police investigation of a parking lot argument over a parking space involving Brooks.

Before Brooks was charged Thursday, the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office requested that police forward any report they make to a special prosecutor appointed by the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

22. Wal-Mart CEO: Speed Up Pace of Change -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart's CEO Doug McMillon said the world's largest retailer's task is to more quickly bring e-commerce together with physical stores to better serve shoppers.

23. US Consumer Spending Surges in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers increased their borrowing by a sizable amount in April, with growth in credit card debt rising at the fastest pace in more than 12 years.

The Federal Reserve says that overall credit increased by $26.8 billion in April, up from a gain of $19.5 billion in March. The strong increase is a good sign for the economy, suggesting that consumers are confident enough to boost purchases by borrowing.

24. US Construction Spending Up 0.2 Percent in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending posted modest gains in April, driven by an uptick in home building and government construction that lifted total activity to the highest level in five years.

25. Consumer Spending Down 0.1 Percent in April -

U.S. consumers cut back on spending in April for the first time in a year, taking an unexpected pause after a big jump during the previous month. The results, however, are unlikely to derail an expected spring rebound in the economy.

26. Dover Agrees to Sell Nashville Superspeedway -

DOVER, Del. (AP) – Dover Motorsports has agreed to sell the Nashville Superspeedway to NeXovation, Inc., in a deal worth nearly $46 million.

27. Speak Creative Opens Nashville Office -

Website design, development and digital strategy firm Speak Creative has opened a new office in Nashville.

The development comes amid the 15th anniversary for Speak, which grew revenue 18 percent last year over the previous year. Since January 2013, Speak also has grown its staff size by 37 percent.

28. Speak Creative Opens Nashville Office -

Website design, development and digital strategy firm Speak Creative has opened a new office in Nashville.

The development comes amid the 15th anniversary for Speak, which grew revenue 18 percent last year over the previous year. Since January 2013, Speak also has grown its staff size by 37 percent.

29. Lobbyists Spending More in Tennessee -

Records from the Tennessee Ethics Commission show lobbyists spent a record amount last year and could spend even more this year.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the 2013 total was $650,873. The amount was released last week in the commission's annual report.

30. Federal Government Acknowledges Gaps in Oil Well Inspections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal agency tasked with managing oil and gas development on Wednesday acknowledged it needed to do more to improve oversight of drilling, pointing to a lack of funding as reasons it failed to inspect oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination.

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32. The Market Whisperer -

When economic analysis gets reduced to a binary choice between opposites like bullish or bearish, up or down, strong or weak, the complexity that helps explain the way things are gets lost in a thicket of sound byte-ready oversimplification.

33. ‘Titans’ of Commercial Real Estate Speaking -

Listen up, commercial real estate professionals.

This week you’ll get the opportunity to interact with some of the most prolific commercial real estate practitioners in the Mid-South.

34. Piscotty Becomes Memphis’ Forgotten Prospect -

Memphis Redbirds outfielder Oscar Taveras is the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect. Memphis outfielder Randal Grichuk was the one to get called up to St. Louis this week as the Cardinals try to pump some life into their struggling offense.

35. Hollins to Speak At Southwest Tennessee Commencement -

On May 3, 2013, Lionel Hollins was overseeing the Memphis Grizzlies’ first-round playoff-series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum.

This year on May 3, Hollins will be at the Landers Center in Southaven delivering the commencement address to Southwest Tennessee Community College’s 2014 graduating class.

36. Budget Specifics Come In for County Commission -

Shelby County Commissioners are in that time of the year when crowded agendas yield to hearings and votes on a budget for the coming fiscal year.

So when the commission meets Monday, April 28, the agenda will be relatively light as commissioners begin to take in some of the details of the financial decisions they will make later.

37. FDA Plan Would Speed Up Medical Device Approvals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration unveiled a proposal Tuesday designed to speed up development and approval of medical devices that treat life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions.

38. SchoolSeed Speaker Series Starts Thursday -

Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, will deliver the first speech in the SchoolSeed speaker series Thursday, April 24, at 1 p.m. in the LeMoyne-Owen College Alma C. Hanson Student Center.

39. Hollins to Speak at Southwest Tennessee Community College Commencement -

On May 3, 2013, Lionel Hollins was overseeing the Memphis Grizzlies’ first-round playoff-series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum.

This year on May 3, Hollins will be at the Landers Center in Southaven delivering the commencement address to Southwest Tennessee Community College’s 2014 graduating class.

40. A Calling Card That Speaks Volumes -

For those in marketing, there is never, ever enough time in the day to get it all done. That’s why savvy marketers seek passive marketing strategies to compliment their more active techniques. It’s like having a secret squad at work for you 24/7.

41. Tenn. Spending Plan Headed to Full House -

Tennessee’s annual spending plan is headed to a full House vote.

The House Finance Committee approved the measure on a voice vote Tuesday night. The Senate is hoping to also take up the legislation this week.

42. State House Approves $32.4B Spending Plan -

The Tennessee House has approved the state’s $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July.

The measure was approved 68-27 on Thursday. The Senate was scheduled to vote on the plan later in the day.

43. Lawmakers Approve $32.4 Billion Spending Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers have approved the state's $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July.

The House approved the measure 68-27 on Thursday and the Senate voted 28-3 a few hours later in favor the plan, which removes previously planned salary increases for teachers and state employees to make up for flagging state revenue collections.

44. Report: Exchanges Yield More Specialty Drug Claims -

Patients from the health care overhaul's new insurance exchanges have been more likely to use expensive specialty drugs for chronic conditions, according to data from the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager.

45. Senate to Vote on Tennessee's $32.4 Billion Spending Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Senate is poised to vote on a $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-2 on Wednesday to advance the budget plan to a full Senate vote. The plan removes previously planned salary increases for teachers and state employees to make up for flagging state revenue collections.

46. Tennessee Spending Plan Headed to Full House -

Tennessee's annual spending plan is headed to a full House vote.

The House Finance Committee approved the measure on a voice vote Tuesday night. The Senate is hoping to also take up the legislation this week.

47. 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.

48. End of Windows XP Support Spells Trouble for Some -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and with an estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers still using the 12-year-old operating system, the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.

49. Press Asks for More Access to Haslam Speeches -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Capitol Hill Press Corps is asking Gov. Bill Haslam to let them know when he is going to make a speech.

A letter emailed to Haslam's office on Friday said reporters were aware of at least five events in the previous month that were not listed on Haslam's public schedule. They include speeches to the Tennessee Medical Association and the Tennessee Municipal League.

50. Dallas Cowboys Executive to Speak in Memphis -

Charlotte Jones Anderson, the Dallas Cowboys’ executive vice president and chief brand officer, will be in Memphis Thursday, April 10, for two events.

51. Business Cards as Prospecting Tool -

Nonprofit CEOs, board chairs, and college presidents are constantly out and about meeting people and picking up business cards. Here’s what we know: You can use those cards to stack the deck in favor of your fundraising success.

52. Holder: Justice Investigating High-Speed Trading -

The Department of Justice is investigating high-frequency stock trading to see if any of the practices violate insider trading laws, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday.

53. US Consumer Spending Up Modest 0.3 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans barely increased their spending in February following a weak January performance, strong evidence that the severe winter will hold back the economy in the first quarter.

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SPECIAL EDITION Health Care Reform
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55. Tigers Season Sits Somewhere Between Respectable, Not-Quite-Great -

So, how best to categorize the 2013-2014 season for the Memphis Tigers basketball team?

Great? Not even coach Josh Pastner has settled on that word.

Respectable? It was much more than that. You may be tired of hearing Pastner say it, but it is true the Tigers stayed in the national rankings until the final Associated Press poll right before the NCAA Tournament.

56. New Arkansas Speaker: No ‘Drama’ on Medicaid Votes -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The incoming Arkansas House speaker says he hopes to avoid the "drama" that marked the debate over the state's compromise Medicaid expansion in this year's session when it comes up for another vote next year.

57. Dallas Cowboys Executive to Speak in Memphis -

Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Dallas Cowboys, will speak at two events in Memphis April 10.

58. Richmond Honan Buys Quince Centre for $10 Million -

6555 Quince Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $10.4 million
Sale Date: March 7, 2014

59. Richmond Honan Buys Quince Centre for $10 Million -

An affiliate of Roswell, Ga.-based health care real estate company Richmond Honan Development & Acquisitions LLC has paid $10.4 million for Quince Centre at 6555 Quince Road in East Memphis.

60. Energy Costs Boosted Consumer Spending in Jan. -

Americans spent more in January, but the increase came from a surge in spending on heating bills during the harsh winter. Spending in areas such as autos and clothing declined.

Spending rose 0.4 percent in January after a 0.1 percent gain in December the Commerce Department said Monday. The December figure was revised down from a 0.4 percent increase.

61. Construction Spending Up 0.1 Percent in January -

U.S. construction spending showed a tiny increase in January as strength in housing helped to offset declines in nonresidential building and government projects.

Construction spending edged up 0.1 percent in January, significantly slower than an upwardly revised 1.5 percent gain in December, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

62. Drug Companies Spend Millions on Tenn. Lobbying -

A newspaper analysis of public records has found that more than 100 lobbyists have been hired since 2009 by pharmaceutical companies, suppliers and trade associations to influence lawmakers.

The Tennessean reports the efforts have stymied past legislation aimed at restricting sales of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, which is used to make methamphetamine.

63. Energy Costs Boosted Consumer Spending in January -

Americans spent more in January, but the increase came from a surge in spending on heating bills during the harsh winter. Spending in areas such as autos and clothing declined.

Spending rose 0.4 percent in January after a 0.1 percent gain in December the Commerce Department said Monday. The December figure was revised down from a 0.4 percent increase.

64. Construction Spending Up 0.1 Percent in January -

U.S. construction spending showed a tiny increase in January as strength in housing helped to offset declines in nonresidential building and government projects.

Construction spending edged up 0.1 percent in January, significantly slower than an upwardly revised 1.5 percent gain in December, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

65. Buzz Around Spec Office Space Starts to Swirl -

International Paper Co.’s new office tower in East Memphis is under construction now, but it’s been four years since the last speculative office building opened its doors in Memphis.

66. Arkansas House Speaker: Medicaid Talks Continuing -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Opponents of Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion on Wednesday said they're floating ideas to slow enrollment, as they began meetings with House leaders aimed at ending a legislative stalemate over the program.

67. Actions Should Speaker Louder Than Words -

The Sports Morality Police have pinned on their badges and are cracking down on athlete-on-athlete crime.

You know, those vicious moments where one millionaire calls another millionaire a name across the line of scrimmage in what amount to little more than a grunt.

68. Former House Speaker Pays $100 To Replace Microphone -

Former House Speaker Kent Williams said Tuesday he paid $100 to replace a microphone that he tossed aside when his comments were cut off last week.

69. Dunavant Transportation Hires Recruitment Specialist -

Dunavant Transportation Group has hired Darlene Beasley as its new driver recruitment and relations manager, responsible for the recruitment and retention of drivers for its Dunavant Sea Lane Express subsidiary.

70. Dunavant Transportation Hires Recruitment Specialist -

Dunavant Transportation Group has hired Darlene Beasley as its new driver recruitment and relations manager, responsible for the recruitment and retention of drivers for its Dunavant Sea Lane Express subsidiary.

71. December US Construction Spending Up 0.1 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending rose modestly in December, slowing from healthy gains a month earlier.

The Commerce Department said Monday that construction spending increased a scant 0.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $930.5 billion, down from a revised 0.8 percent increase in November.

72. US Consumer Spending Up 0.4 Percent in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their spending at a solid pace for the second straight month in December even though their income was flat.

Consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in December, compared with November when spending had increased an even stronger 0.6 percent, the Commerce Department reported Friday. That was the best gain in five months.

73. Opposing Sides Speak Out on School Vouchers -

Opposing sides to a school voucher program in Tennessee are holding a series of events this week as Republican lawmakers and the governor try to reach a compromise on voucher legislation.

Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence, a grassroots organization opposed to vouchers, held a news conference on Monday in the Legislative Plaza across from the state Capitol. And the Beacon Center of Tennessee, a free market think tank that is advocating for a broader voucher program, has an event scheduled for Tuesday.

74. Memphis Center to Host Food and Faith Speaker -

Odds are, most people have not considered eating food as a spiritual and theological act. But that is exactly how Noah Campbell views it.

Campbell is founder of the Memphis Center for Food and Faith. And on Saturday, Feb. 1, the center will host a talk by Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest School of Divinity.

75. Opposing Sides Speak Out on School Vouchers -

Opposing sides to a school voucher program in Tennessee are holding a series of events this week as Republican lawmakers and the governor try to reach a compromise on voucher legislation.

Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence, a grassroots organization opposed to vouchers, held a news conference on Monday in the Legislative Plaza across from the state Capitol. And the Beacon Center of Tennessee, a free market think tank that is advocating for a broader voucher program, has an event scheduled for Tuesday.

76. UTHSC Plans Open House For Prospective Students -

The College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host an open house for prospective students Friday, Feb. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event, to be held in the lower-level auditorium of the Student-Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave., will provide information to individuals interested in learning more about educational programs for careers in allied health.

77. UTHSC Plans Open House for Prospective Students -

The College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host an open house for prospective students Friday, Feb. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event, to be held in the lower-level auditorium of the Student-Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave., will provide information to individuals interested in learning more about educational programs for careers in allied health.

78. Council Gets Overview of Public Safety Spending -

Memphis City Council members got a first and at times conflicting look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the hard decisions they could make about city spending on public safety.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. walked the council through some ideas for cuts in city spending beyond larger changes in city retirement and health benefits. Those obligations are the “cornerstone” of the efforts to get the city’s financial house in order, said city Chief Administrative Officer George Little.

79. Consumer Spending Likely to Boost Growth in 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hopes are rising that consumers will drive stronger growth in 2014 after they stepped up spending at the end of last year in the United States and Europe.

The outlook for spending is brightening even though growth is weakening in some large emerging economies and slowing the sales of consumer product giants such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble.

80. A Whisper or a Shout? -

This month as I watched the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, I thought of someone who has true personal power – TV sports commentator and winner of multiple Olympic gold medals, Scott Hamilton.

81. KBM Group Growing at Clark Tower -

A digital marketing agency is expanding at Clark Tower in East Memphis.

KBM Group, which is part of Wunderman/WPP, one of the world’s largest marketers, is expanding at Clark Tower less than a year after moving into the East Memphis office building, 5100 Poplar Ave.

82. US Retail Sales Inch Up, But Holiday Spending Weak -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought more clothes in December, shopped more frequently online and ate out more often, providing a boost to economic growth at the end of the year. But sales at most traditional stores declined, as the holiday shopping season ended on a lackluster note.

83. Top Lawmakers Wrapping up Catchall Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional negotiators raced to complete an agreement Monday on a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year.

84. Black Arts Alliance Suspends Operations -

The Memphis Black Arts Alliance and its Firehouse Community Arts Center and Academy have suspended operations through March 31.

The organization is using that time to study the future of the alliance using input from stakeholders.

85. ‘Nigerian’ Inheritance Scam Leads to Lawyer’s Suspension -

Early last month an attorney whose name I’ll spare you was suspended from practice for 12 months by his state’s lawyer disciplinary panel. Someone the lawyer had represented in a criminal case presented documentation indicating that he (the client) was the beneficiary of a large bequest. From a long-lost cousin. In Nigeria.

86. New Prospects in 2014 for an Immigration Overhaul -

WASHINGTON (AP) – His agenda tattered by last year's confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws.

87. T-Mobile to Buy Spectrum Licenses From Verizon -

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) – T-Mobile said Monday that it's reached deals to buy spectrum licenses from Verizon Wireless for $2.37 billion in cash, allowing it to improve certain kinds of cellular service in markets across the U.S.

88. Memphis Black Arts Alliance Suspends Operations -

The Memphis Black Arts Alliance and its Firehouse Community Arts Center and Academy have suspended operations through March 31.

The organization is using that time to study the future of the alliance using input from stakeholders.

89. US Construction Spending Up 1 Percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending rose in November at the strongest pace in more than four years, driven by solid gains in home construction and commercial projects.

The Commerce Department said construction spending increased 1 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $934.4 billion. That's the fastest rate since March 2009 and a slight improvement on the revised 0.9 percent gain in October.

90. Swear Off Spending That Causes Holiday Hangovers -

Ray’s Take: It was a great holiday. The decorations sparkled, the food was opulent, and the gifts were worthy of the best Santa Claus. However, in a tradition nearly as old as the holiday itself, now the mailbox is stuffed with bills and your bank account is depleted.

91. Headphones, Speakers Top Gift Lists -

ATLANTA (AP) – Listen up, Santa: Headphones, speakers and other audio gear are topping the holiday gift lists of many Americans.

Audio equipment is among the top-selling electronics gifts this holiday season, accounting for 13 percent of the $8 billion in consumer electronics sales between Nov. 24 and Dec. 7, according to research firm NPD Group.

92. US Consumer Spending Rose 0.5 Percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their spending in November by the most in five months, and their income edged up modestly.

Consumer spending rose 0.5 percent from October, when spending had risen 0.4 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday. It was the best showing since June. The gain was driven by a jump in spending on long-lasting durable goods such as autos.

93. Specialty Olive Oil Store to Open in Overton Square -

Overton Square will soon be home to a specialty olive oil store.

Memphian Kenny Ford has signed a 1,038-square-foot lease at 2094 Trimble Place for the store, which he is calling The Square Olive.

94. Specialty Olive Oil Store to Open in Overton Square -

Overton Square will soon be home to a specialty olive oil store.

Memphian Kenny Ford has signed a 1,038-square-foot lease at 2094 Trimble Place for the store, which he is calling The Square Olive.

95. US Consumer Spending Up 0.3 Percent in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers increased their spending in October even though their wages and salaries barely increased, raising questions about how strong the economy will grow at the end of the year.

96. US Construction Spending Up 0.8 Percent in October -

U.S. developers boosted construction spending in October at the fastest pace in more than four years, propelled by a surge in government projects. But spending on home construction and commercial projects both fell.

97. Leggett Joins Electronic Security Specialists -

Electronic Security Specialists, the largest electronic security provider in the Mid-South, is growing its operations with the addition of Wayne Leggett as new vice president and security sales specialist.

98. Record Crowds Over Weekend, But Spending Declined -

NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers got Americans into stores during the start to the holiday shopping season. Now, they'll need to figure out how to get them to actually shop.

Target, Macy's and other retailers offered holiday discounts in early November and opened stores on Thanksgiving Day. It was an effort to attract shoppers before Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season.

99. US Construction Spending Up 0.8 Percent in October -

U.S. developers boosted construction spending in October at the fastest pace in more than four years, propelled by a surge in government projects. But spending on home construction and commercial projects both fell.

100. Mid-South Food Bank Buys Oakhaven Warehouse -

3834 Knight Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $3.6 million

Sale Date: Nov. 18, 2013
Buyer: The Mid-South Food Bank
Seller: 198-6 Memphis Industrial Portfolio Holdings LLC
Details: Mid-South Food Bank has paid $3.6 million for the 122,496-square-foot warehouse at 3834 Knight Road in Oakhaven.