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1. Memphis Touchdown Club Scores With 2015 Speaker Lineup -

Often, the lineup of speakers for the Touchdown Club of Memphis includes one or more coaches on the hot seat. But this season, University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente, Tennessee coach Butch Jones, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen all are coming off strong seasons.

2. Speakers Set For Inaugural TEDxMemphis Event -

A few weeks from now, Memphians will have a chance to hear from Kimbal Musk, the brother of billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk, about his plans for the restaurant and garden concepts he’s bringing to Memphis.

3. Memphis Candidates Prepare To Spend -

How much a candidate raises in an election season attracts a lot of attention, and the second-quarter fundraising numbers for the Oct. 8 Memphis elections are still trickling out.

The reports were due July 10 but some are still arriving at the Shelby County Election Commission website. And in some cases, the reports are incomplete, showing amounts raised but not amounts spend and on hand as of July 1.

4. 'Over the Edge' Rappel to Support Special Olympics -

Special Olympics Greater Memphis is giving Memphis thrillseekers the chance to rappel down one of Memphis’ tallest buildings – One Commerce Square – while raising funds to support the organization’s events.

5. One Commerce Square Rappel To Support Special Olympics -

Special Olympics Greater Memphis is giving Memphis thrillseekers the chance to rappel down one of Memphis’ tallest buildings – One Commerce Square – while raising funds to support the organization’s events.

6. Speak Poetry Memphis Is Finalist In Weebly Contest -

A Memphis nonprofit is a finalist in a website building competition hosted by Weebly.

Speak Poetry Memphis is one of the six finalists vying for a $5,000 prize. The Weebly Power Hour contest asked participants to build a website for someone or something in their community in one hour using only a tablet.

7. Grand Jury Indicts Suspect In 25-Year-Old Robbery-Murder -

A Shelby County grand jury indicted a suspect Tuesday, July 14, in the 1990 murder of a liquor store owner on Central Avenue during a robbery.

Stanley Owens is accused in the Feb. 9, 1990, robbery and murder of Edward Askew. He is charged with first-degree murder and was being held in jail on an $800,000 bond Wednesday.

8. State Audit Uncovers Millions in Questionable Spending -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An audit of the Tennessee Department of Human Services found a lack of oversight led to at least $1.8 million in questionable spending last year from contractors operating programs to feed the needy. In 2013, the questioned costs were $4.3 million. And that is just in the small sample of agencies auditors reviewed.

9. Special Action on Same-Sex Nuptials a Waste of Time -

With Republican lawmakers scrambling for a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling, Tennesseans on both sides of the issue say they are seeking "equality."

Immediately after the court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville said, "Love and equality won. I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled on the right side of history."

10. Grizzlies Spending $350,000 on Facilities Improvements -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

11. Tennessee Lawmakers Discuss Special Session on Same-Sex Marriage -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Members of the House Republican Caucus are considering a special legislative session to address issues following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.

12. Mississippi Bans Text-and-Drive, Repeals Inspection Sticker -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Starting Wednesday, people driving in Mississippi can be penalized for sending text messages or posting to social media sites while they're behind the wheel.

But, the state is also giving drivers a break by eliminating the $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker

13. Grizzlies Spending $350,000 on Facilities Improvements -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

14. US Consumers Ramp Up May Spending; Largest Gain Since 2009 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer spending surged in May with the biggest monthly increase in nearly six years – a sign of stronger economic growth ahead.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that consumer spending rose 0.9 percent last month, up from a revised 0.1 percent increase in April. May spending registered the biggest gain since August 2009, when the government's "Cash for Clunkers" program fueled auto-buying.

15. Speltz’s Design Flair Transforms Downtown Memphis -

Christopher Speltz’s work as an architectural designer for Renaissance Group hinges on transformation. As an illustrator for multifamily spaces 266 Memphis Lofts, Printer's Alley and the Annex Lofts, he's bringing much-needed flair to a stretch of South Front Street.

16. Inspector Anxiety Bites Both Buyers and Sellers -

Almost all home sales stipulate that a home inspector will evaluate the condition of the house. The person who coined the “fine-toothed comb” phrase may well have had visions of these detectives crawling into places fit neither for man nor beast and ascending high into the heavens shingle by shingle.

17. Vast Trove of Medicare Data Details How Billions are Spent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Joint replacement was the most common hospital procedure that Medicare paid for in 2013, accounting for nearly 450,000 inpatient admissions and $6.6 billion in payments.

18. Lionel Hollins to Speak at Healthy Shelby Event -

Healthy Shelby Partnership is inviting the public to attend Men in Motion: Men’s Health Expo, a hypertension awareness event encouraging men to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

19. Lionel Hollins to Speak at Healthy Shelby Event -

Healthy Shelby Partnership is inviting the public to attend Men in Motion: Men’s Health Expo, a hypertension awareness event encouraging men to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

20. Corporate Speak -

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE. Corporate speak – the art of saying very little with a great many words in order that something very little might appear to be very great, or that something very grave might be buried under so many words that there is little chance of digging it out – continues to thrive, its practitioners legion, its impact so significant that since the Supreme Court declared a corporation to be an actual person, corporate speak, is now, officially, the language of actual people.

21. Regalia Shopping Center Hosting Special Event -

The Regalia Shopping Center is hosting a Spring Time Shop & Dine event on Saturday, May 30.

The event at the Regalia, located at Poplar Avenue and Shady Grove Road in East Memphis, runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and will include live jazz, swing and blues music by the Jeremy Shrader Quartet on the courtyard patio. A wine tasting hosted by Great Wines & Spirits, complimentary cookies from Paradise Café and a drawing for a $250 gift certificate valid at Regalia’s shops and restaurants also will be be included.

22. Records Show $8 Million Spent on Lawmaker Health Premiums Since '92 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Newly released records show that Tennessee taxpayers have paid more than $8 million since 1992 for health insurance premiums for sitting lawmakers.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1Ba8V2j) reports those records show that the state has paid out the most for Johnson City Republican Sen. Rusty Crowe and his family. Records obtained by the newspaper through a public information request show the state paid out $200,000 for Crowe's premiums since he enrolled in the plan in 1992.

23. Haslam Signs Bill Overhauling Special Education Funding -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that overhauls how severely disabled children are educated in Tennessee. The Individualized Education Act will turn over roughly $6,600 in education funds to parents to help their children.

24. FTC: Family Raised $187 Million for Cancer, Spent It on Themselves -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.

25. Haslam Signs $33.8 Billion State Spending Plan Into Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed Tennessee's $33.8 billion annual budget plan into law.

Haslam spokesman David Smith said the governor on Monday signed the appropriations legislation that establishes spending priorities for the spending year that starts July 1.

26. AT&T Announces Gigabit-Speed Service in Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – AT&T is the latest Internet service provider to announce it is bringing gigabit speeds to Nashville customers.

The company announced Wednesday that the super-fast service first becomes available on Monday, though officials declined to say which neighborhoods will be served and how much it will cost.

27. Rosenfelt Literary Fest Speech Refreshing -

“I was the least successful marketing person in the history of Hollywood.” With that line, novelist David Rosenfelt gets his first laugh. As part of the Arkansas Literary Festival, the author of 21 books addresses a packed house at the Clinton School of Public Service. And not about accessing inner muses or fusing justice with mercy. With mega-doses of self-deprecating humor, Rosenfelt tells it like it is. For him.

28. Corker to Speak at Chamber Luncheon -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s industry councils will host U.S. Senator Bob Corker at their biannual Joint Council Meeting on Friday, May 15.

The event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will be held at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

29. US Transportation Secretary Foxx to Speak in Memphis -

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is in Memphis Tuesday, May 12, to meet with leaders of the Greater Memphis Chamber as well as members of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

30. US Economy Rebounding With Solid, If Unspectacular, Job Gains -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rebounding from a dismal start to the year, the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain that suggested that employers are helping fuel a durable if still subpar recovery.

31. Legislative Speakers Disavow 'Mandate' for Tennessee Security Group -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A private group called the Tennessee Task Force on National and Homeland Security is marketing itself with an official-looking logo and a claimed "mandate" from state lawmakers. But legislative leaders say the group has no official endorsement from the General Assembly.

32. Planning for Those With Special Needs -

Ray’s take: Sometimes life throws us a curve in the form of a child with special needs. And when that happens, the best gift we can give them, beyond our love and care, is a future securely planned to meet their individual needs.

33. Growth in US Services Firms Picked Up Speed Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms' growth accelerated in April, fueled by more orders, rising sales and an uptick in hiring. The figures provide solid evidence that the economy is recovering from its first-quarter stumble.

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35. Spring Awakening: Consumer Spending Rose in March -

U.S. consumers boosted spending in March by the largest amount in four months, a hopeful sign that this key sector of the economy is reviving after a frigid winter.

Consumer spending increased 0.4 percent in March, the strongest gain since a similar increase in November, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.Spending fell in December and January before climbing a modest 0.2 percent in February.

36. Elton John's Heart-Shaped Glasses Located, Suspect Sought -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Elton John's heart-shaped glasses have been recovered after they were stolen from a museum, and Memphis police say a man accused of taking them is being sought.

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38. AutoZone Executives Talk Up Growth Prospects -

AutoZone chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes doesn’t often participate in investor roadshows.

The meetings between a company’s executives and analysts who cover that company’s stock can serve up insights not always found during the more formal question-and-answer sessions that accompany earnings presentations.

39. Wharton on 'Blueprint for Prosperity' Funding, Cates' Mud Island Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to bring state funding to the table when he takes his “Blueprint for Prosperity” to the Memphis City Council.

Wharton was to meet with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Friday, April 24, in Nashville to secure the state’s commitment to the effort, he said after a taping earlier Friday morning on the WKNO TV program Behind The Headlines.

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41. Spokesperson Offers Brands Larger Voice -

Partnering with a brand spokesperson is a strategy for giving a larger voice to your message and allowing the positive feelings the market has for that spokesperson to transfer over to your brand.

A brand spokesperson could be someone in the business community, someone with social clout or even a local/national celebrity.

42. Tennessee House OKs $33.3 Billion Annual State Spending Plan -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee House has approved the state's $33.3 billion annual spending plan after rejecting Democrats' attempts to add an authorization for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to strike a deal with the federal government for Medicaid expansion.

43. Protesters Call on House Speaker to Revive Insure Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are calling on House Speaker Beth Harwell to bring the measure to a full vote on the House floor.

44. Special Committee Strips Capitol Complex From Gun Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A special legislative committee has voted not to allow Tennessee handgun-carry permit holders to be armed at the state Capitol complex.

The Capitol provision was part a proposal that seeks to allow permit holders to be armed in all of the state's parks – including greenways, playgrounds and sports fields.

45. Guns-in-Parks Bill Likely Headed to Special Committee -

Tennessee lawmakers anticipate a special committee will be needed to work out differences in a proposal that would allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed in all of the state’s parks.

46. Autobahn Indoor Speedway Celebrates Grand Opening -

Autobahn Indoor Speedway celebrated its grand opening this week with a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 40,000-square-foot go-karting center, at 6399 Shelby View Drive, features high-speed, electric karts that reach speeds of up to 50 mph.

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47. Speedway Calls Off $6 Million Lamar Development -

Speedway LLC called off plans for a $6 million truck stop with 20 gas pumps at Lamar Avenue and Winchester Road Tuesday, April 7, saying they were told just last week that city plans to acquire right of ways would overrule its development plans.

48. Speedway Calls Off $6 Million Lamar Development -

Speedway LLC called off plans for a $6 million truck stop with 20 gas pumps at Lamar Avenue and Winchester Road Tuesday, April 7, saying they were told just last week by Memphis leaders that the city’s plans to acquire rights of way would overrule their development plans.

49. Engineers to Inspect Main Street Property -

Both sides in an Environmental Court lawsuit over a long-vacant property will hire their own structural engineers to inspect the building at 107 S. Main St.

50. Wagner and Spears Head Local Political Parties -

In weekend conventions, local Democrats and Republican elected new leaders for their parties.

Mary Wagner is the new Shelby County Republican Party chairwoman, chosen by delegates to the local GOP convention held Sunday, March 29, at the Bartlett Station Municipal Center.

51. Engineers to Inspect Main Street Property -

Both sides in an Environmental Court lawsuit over a long-vacant property will hire their own structural engineers to inspect the building at 107 S. Main St.

52. Wagner and Spears Head Local Political Parties -

In weekend conventions, local Democrats and Republican elected new leaders for their parties.

Mary Wagner is the new Shelby County Republican Party chairwoman, chosen by delegates to the local GOP convention held Sunday, March 29, at the Bartlett Station Municipal Center.

53. Spears Is New Democratic Party Chair -

Randa Spears is the new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, chosen at the end of a local party convention Saturday, March 28, at First Baptist Church on Broad.

Spears was selected by the new 29-member party executive committee elected at the convention.

54. Spears Is New Democratic Party Chair -

Randa Spears is the new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, chosen at the end of a local party convention Saturday, March 28, at First Baptist Church on Broad.

Spears was selected by the new 29-member party executive committee elected at the convention.

55. Lee Harris, Brian Kelsey Spend Lunch Hour in Twitter Debate -

State Senators Brian Kelsey and Lee Harris spent their lunch hour Friday, March 27, debating Insure Tennessee, school vouchers and gun rights in a Twitter debate between the two Shelby County legislators – Kelsey a Republican and Harris a Democrat.

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57. Haslam Undaunted By Difficult Prospects for Insure Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he is willing to risk a second defeat of his Insure Tennessee proposal to highlight the need for improving health standards in the state.

58. Special Delivery -

The crowd should begin gathering on the Overton Park greensward around 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

And those who don’t bring books with them will find free ones at a Literacy Mid-South tent as well as a pop-up children’s book shop.

59. House Speaker Calls for 'Pre-Meeting' Transparency -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – House Speaker Beth Harwell is calling for an end to secrecy in legislative "pre-meetings."

60. Political Action Committees Spend $10 Million on Elections -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Registry of Election Finance reports show political action committees spent more than $10 million to influence elections of candidates for office last year.

61. Kentucky Favored to Win NCAA Tournament; Tigers Turned Into Spectators -

A Memphis sports fan has great motivation to now focus on the Grizzlies and the NBA, study for his or her upcoming Fantasy Baseball draft, or count the days until football kicks off.

Undefeated Kentucky, led by former University of Memphis coach John Calipari, is the prohibitive favorite to win the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers not only didn’t make the field – it would have been their fifth straight trip under coach Josh Pastner – but also weren’t invited to the NIT.

62. Special Prosecutor Appointed in Case of Memphis Woman -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A special prosecutor has been sworn in to handle the case against a woman who received a new trial in the stabbing death of her mother.

D. Michael Dunavant was appointed to prosecute the second-degree murder case against Noura Jackson of Memphis.

63. Cardinals Prospect Cody Stanley Coming Back, Moving Up -

Spring training in 2012. St. Louis Cardinals catching prospect Cody Stanley gets a phone call from then-farm director John Vuch.

Farm directors do not usually call minor-league catchers to chat.

64. Memphis Police: Backlogged Rape Kits Tested, Suspects ID'd -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Testing of thousands of rape evidence kits that sat ignored for years in Memphis has resulted in the identification of 16 people suspected of raping multiple victims, an investigator said Monday.

65. Shelby County Schools Board Meets in Special Session -

The Shelby County Schools board meets in special session Wednesday, March 11, at 8 p.m.

The meeting was called last week for the school board to vote on hiring an attorney to represent the board in talks with the state about full funding of the Basic Education Program.

66. Desperate Families Plead for Cannabis Oil -

Josie Mae Mathes had her first birthday recently, but because she suffers from childhood epilepsy and infantile spasms, she’s so medicated she can barely move.

67. US Construction Spending Down 1.1 Percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending fell in January, reflecting weakness in spending on office buildings and other nonresidential projects and in government activity.

Construction spending fell 1.1 percent in January following a revised 0.8 percent increase in December, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

68. FAA: Southwest for Now Can Use Planes That Missed Inspection -

DALLAS (AP) – Federal officials have agreed to let Southwest Airlines Co. keep flying planes that missed an inspection of a backup rudder system if the planes are checked in the next five days.

69. 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.

70. Former Miami Mayor Diaz to Speak in Memphis -

In his forward to former Miami mayor Manny Diaz’s book “Miami Transformed,” Michael Bloomberg said Diaz will go down in history as one of the country’s most innovative urban leaders.

71. Shaq’s Mother to Speak at HopeWorks Event -

Memphis-based HopeWorks Inc. will host its seventh annual Morning of Hope breakfast and fundraising event Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Woodland Hills Event Center in Cordova. Lucille O’Neal, motivational speaker and mother of former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, will be the keynote speaker.

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73. Ready to Spend -

Elizabeth Moss is in the middle of a total kitchen renovation at the Hendersonville home she bought on August 4, 2013.

74. New Group Spending Money to Support Common Core -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Records show a new group with ties to Gov. Bill Haslam has spent more than $100,000 defending his position on maintaining Tennessee's current education standards.

75. Shaq’s Mother to Speak at HopeWorks Fundraiser -

Memphis-based HopeWorks Inc. will host its seventh annual Morning of Hope breakfast and fundraising event Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Woodland Hills Event Center in Cordova. Lucille O’Neal, motivational speaker and mother of former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, will be the keynote speaker.

76. All-Star Game Special Night For Brothers Gasol -

Pau Gasol won the historic tip-off from younger brother Marc, making official the Brothers Gasol as the first brothers in league history to start in the NBA All-Star Game.

Marc, the beloved Grizzlies center, finished with six point and 10 rebounds. Pau, a former Grizzly and now a Chicago Bull, scored 10 points with 12 rebounds.

77. Eurozone Economy Picks Up Speed in Fourth Quarter -

Strong growth in Germany helped the eurozone economy expand faster than expected in the final three months of 2014, the latest in a string of indicators showing the region is picking up steam amid lower oil prices and a weaker euro.

78. US Retail Sales Fall, Other Spending Rises -

U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit.

Retail sales dropped 0.8 percent in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday, following a 0.9 percent decline in December. The dollar value of gas station sales plunged 9.3 percent, the largest drop in six years. Auto dealer sales also fell for the second straight month.

79. Cheaper Gas Lowers Retail Sales; Spending Up Elsewhere -

U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit.

Retail sales dropped 0.8 percent in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday, following a 0.9 percent decline in December. The dollar value of gas station sales plunged 9.3 percent, the largest drop in six years. Auto dealer sales also fell for the second straight month.

80. UTHSC to Host Open House for Prospective Students Feb. 20 -

Students possibly interested in a health care career have an opportunity to come to an open house at the College of Health Professions at UT Health Science Center on Friday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.

81. US Consumer Spending Slips in December -

U.S. consumer spending slipped in December, as the pace of motor vehicle sales slowed and more Americans saved their money.

The Commerce Department said Monday that consumer spending fell 0.3 percent in December, compared to a 0.5 percent increase in November. Cheaper gasoline and fewer auto sales accounted for most of the decline.

82. 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.

83. House Speaker: Tennessee 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.

84. US Consumer Spending Slips in December -

U.S. consumer spending slipped in December, as the pace of motor vehicle sales slowed and more Americans saved their money.

The Commerce Department said Monday that consumer spending fell 0.3 percent in December, compared to a 0.5 percent increase in November. Cheaper gasoline and fewer auto sales accounted for most of the decline.

85. Both Sides Dig In for Insure Tennessee Special Session -

Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.

86. Both Sides Dig In For Insure Tennessee Special Session -

Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 200,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.

87. Shelby County Schools Suspend Use of Charter Buses -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Shelby County Schools has decided to suspend the use of charter buses for extracurricular activities until the district can review safety records for all 36 companies that provide services.

88. Trucking Industry in ‘Desperate’ Need of Drivers -

With demand on the upswing thanks to improving economic growth and lower fuel prices, a scarcity of truck drivers could put the brakes on the trucking industry and cripple a critical piece of global supply chains.

89. How to Deal With Prospect Stall Tactics -

Those in sales inevitably face stall tactics designed to prevent prospects from either having to make a decision or having to tell you no. It can be one of the most challenging of the sales objections, because the root cause of the stall is often not directly or immediately known.

90. US Construction Spending Slips 0.3 Percent in November -

A sharp slowdown in government-built schools and infrastructure caused U.S. construction spending to fall slightly in November.

The Commerce Department said Friday that construction spending slipped 0.3 percent in November, after having climbed an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in October and 0.6 percent in September.

91. Haslam Calls Special Session on Medicaid -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has set Feb. 2 as the date for a special session of the Tennessee Legislature on his Medicaid expansion proposal.

The proclamation issued Thursday, Jan. 8, includes more details that legislators have been awaiting since Haslam announced the general terms of his proposal in December.

92. US Construction Spending Slips 0.3 Percent in November -

A sharp slowdown in government-built schools and infrastructure caused U.S. construction spending to fall slightly in November.

The Commerce Department said Friday that construction spending slipped 0.3 percent in November, after having climbed an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in October and 0.6 percent in September.

93. Tennessee GOP Spends $230,000 on Out-of-State Candidates -

The Tennessee Republican Party spent $230,000 in the days leading up to the Nov. 4 election helping Senate candidates outside of the state.

The Tennessean cited federal election filings in reporting that the state GOP sent $108,664 on Oct. 17 to the Colorado Republican Party and $22,000 on Oct. 30 to the North Carolina Republican Party. The contributions came on the heels of a $100,000 donation to the Georgia GOP.

94. US Consumer Spending Up Solid 0.6 Percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in November, while income posted the best gain in five months – both encouraging signs for economic growth.

95. Appraisals, Inspections Getting More Complex -

As if things were not crazy enough in Nashville real estate – with inspectors now writing 50-page reports with scores of photographs, underwriters overwriting and overriding, new disclosures and disclaimers proliferating the transaction – appraisers are requiring more and more documentation.

96. TBI Suspends Involvement in 24th Judicial District -

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director has suspended the agency's investigations in the five-county judicial district where the high-profile homicide of a 20-year-old nursing student is being prosecuted, saying the decision comes from an argument with District Attorney General Matt Stowe.

97. NLRB Issues Rule to Speed Up Union Organizing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule on Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process.

The new rule will shorten the time between when an election is ordered and the election is held, eliminating a previous 25-day waiting period. And it seeks to reduce litigation that can be used to stall elections. It will also require employers to furnish union organizers with email addresses and phone numbers of workers.

98. Community Hospitals Becoming Endangered Species -

The state of Mississippi has 110 hospitals and three-fourths of them are, as you might expect, in rural areas.

“And 56 of them have fewer than 50 beds,” said Mendal Kemp, director of the Center for Rural Health at the Mississippi Hospital Association.

99. Harwell Defeats Tea-Party Challenge for Speaker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – House Speaker Beth Harwell decisively defeated a tea-party challenge from Rep. Rick Womick on Wednesday to win the Republican nomination for another term in charge of the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly.

100. Tennessee Spends Millions to Save Emails for Lawsuits -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is spending millions of dollars to save emails that could potentially become evidence in lawsuits.

WPLN-FM reports during recent budget hearings, Department of Children's Services Commissioner Jim Henry said his agency is spending $865,000 to save emails. The expense stems from a 14-year-old federal lawsuit over the state's treatment of children in foster care.