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1. Judge Strikes Law Limiting Workers' Comp to Undocumented -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Nashville judge has ruled that a state law that limits the amount of workers' compensation benefits undocumented workers can receive is unconstitutional.

The ruling stems from the case of a Guatemalan man whose left arm was severely injured when he fell and it was run over by a lawnmower.

2. South Front Street Property Sells for $840,000 -

A Downtown property has traded hands for $840,000.

Stars & Stripes 1B LLC acquired 316 S. Front St. and 324 S. Front St. from Front & Vance LLC, according to a March 27 warranty deed.

3. Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in US Broadband Infrastructure -

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

4. Housing Market Should Be Strong in 2015 -

At one point during a recent Memphis real estate summit a rather remarkable thing happened.

The guest panelists – a banker, a homebuilder and a real estate agent – all agreed on something. 2015 could be a breakout year for the housing market.

5. Memphis Fire Department to Test New Strategies -

The Memphis Fire Department plans to test software this summer that it hopes will reduce non-emergency ambulance calls it responds to.

The pilot program is one part of a long-term strategy for the department recently rolled out by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

6. That Old Fireplace? No, It’s Strictly Decorative -

There is a new trend developing in the sale of homes in the area.

In the mid-1930s and up to World War II, then in the period immediately after the War, there was a housing boom in Nashville, especially in Green Hills, Belmont, Hillsboro Village and Historic Richland.

7. Moms Demand Action Seeks Common-Sense Gun Restrictions -

It’s another blood-pressure-raising Tennessee legislative session – at least for a politically active group of moms concerned about their children potentially being shot.

This spring, lawmakers who want to loosen gun restrictions will get a morale boost from a three-day National Rifle Association convention. It coincides with consideration of several gun-related bills, including one that would eliminate the need for a firearms permit altogether.

8. Well-Known Names Host Strickland Fundraiser -

At $1,500 per person or couple, a fundraiser Tuesday, March 24, for the mayoral campaign of Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland is an indication the campaign to the October city ballot is picking up in intensity.

9. Memphis Fire Department to Test New Strategies -

The Memphis Fire Department plans to test software this summer that it hopes will reduce non-emergency ambulance calls it responds to.

The pilot program is one part of a long-term strategy for the department recently rolled out by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

10. Twitter Marketing Strategies -

This friend of mine – we’ll call him Luke – told an interesting story recently.

He was considering hiring a lawn care service, and his eye was on a particular company. Then a competitor offered a deal that gave him $10 off each of his first five applications. Luke was now also considering the competitor.

11. Achievement School District Changes Frayser Leadership -

Tim Ware says if you want to get a quick idea about the tenor of a school, visit the cafeteria during a lunch period.

12. Grizzlies Carry Three-Win Streak Into Home Game With Cavs -

When the Memphis Grizzlies won by 21 points at New York Monday night, they won their 50th game of the season, clinched a fifth straight playoff berth and second-year head coach Dave Joerger earned his 100th victory.

13. Achievement School District Changes Frayser Leadership -

The state-run Achievement School District is changing the leadership of its Frayser public schools.

Tim Ware, who began his career as a history teacher at Frayser High School, was named Monday, March 23, as executive director of the ASD Achievement Schools in Frayser.

14. Tax Refund Advances Appeal to More Cash-Strapped Americans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

15. Haslam to Meet With School Districts on Funding Formula -

Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to meet with representatives of the school districts in Tennessee’s four largest cities to discuss their grievances about state funding.

The Republican governor is hoping to avert a lawsuit seeking to direct more funding to urban areas. Haslam’s office confirmed the meeting was scheduled for Monday afternoon at the Capitol.

16. Tigers Baseball Team Enjoys 10-Game Win Streak -

The University of Memphis baseball team is riding a 10-game winning streak, but the most amazing part of that streak is that the Tigers have played eight games consecutive games without postponement.

17. Main Street Communities Created 1,565 Jobs in 2014 -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development says Tennessee Main Street communities generated more than $95 million last year and created more than 1,500 jobs.

Tennessee Main Street provides technical assistance and training for communities in developing solutions to make downtowns safe and appealing.

18. Tennessee Attorney Sues Haslam Administration for Records -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A corporate tax attorney is suing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration for refusing to produce documents under the Tennessee Open Records Act.

Brett Carter of the firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings filed the lawsuit alleging a "willful violation" of open records laws in chancery court in Nashville on Wednesday.

19. Memphis Street Newspaper Marks Second Anniversary -

This weekend will mark the second anniversary of the launch of The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper that addresses the hardships of the some 2,000 Memphians living on the streets.

The first edition launched on March 21, 2013. The team behind it approached members of the homeless population and paid them to share their stories and artwork for publication, in addition to training them as vendors to sell the paper while keeping the profits.

20. Bill Seeks to Strengthen Academic Standards Review Process -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that seeks to strengthen the review process of the state's academic standards is advancing in the House.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Rep. Billy Spivey of Lewisburg advanced out of a House education subcommittee on a voice vote Wednesday.

21. City Debt Restructure Isn’t the End of Finance Debate -

The table was rectangular, not round. There was no green felt and nobody had a deck of cards. But when 10 Memphis City Council members, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Tennessee comptroller Justin Wilson gathered in the council’s committee room Tuesday, March 17, there were lots of comparisons to a poker game. And lots of money was at stake.

22. FedEx Reports Strong Profit, Earnings for Third Quarter -

FedEx Corp. delivered for investors in the third quarter, with profits jumping more than 50 percent for the Memphis-based company.

23. City Council Approves Debt Restructuring -

Memphis City Council members voted 8-4 Tuesday, March 17, to approve a proposed restructuring of city debt payments.

Council members approved Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s proposal after a day of questions for financial consulting firm PFM and Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson.

24. Facebook Marketing Strategies -

Facebook is a platform that has more than 1.39 billion monthly active users that, in theory, can be accessed for free. Seems like a no-brainer for businesses to be on board with a presence on the social media site.

25. Tennessee Education Chief Stresses Teachers are 'Valued' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has a message for the state's teachers: You're valued.

26. Council Weighs City Debt Payment Restructuring Proposal -

Memphis City Council members discuss and could vote Tuesday, March 17, on a restructuring of the city’s debt payments.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has proposed the restructuring to delay a balloon payment in 2020 that would see the city’s annual payment go from $15 million the year before to $30 million in that fiscal year.

27. Haslam to Talk Funding With School Districts -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will try to meet with the state’s four largest school districts as early as next week to discuss education funding.

The move comes as three of the four districts are actively considering a lawsuit against the state to get more funding for schools. Districts in Shelby, Knox and Hamilton counties are gathering information for a possible lawsuit. Metro Nashville Public Schools decided on Tuesday to wait at least 30 days before actively considering a lawsuit.

28. Paggio’s Salon Moving to Broad Avenue Arts District -

Paggio’s Salon is moving to the Broad Avenue Arts District later this month.

The salon is moving to 454 Bingham Street, next to T Clifton Art Gallery. All of the services the salon currently offers will be offered at the new location. The salon also has been in touch with filmmaker Willy Bearden about a photography show at the salon, and it’s been in talks with Memphis Yelp about “future events.”

29. Council Honors Streets Ministries Founder Bennett -

The founder of Memphis Streets Ministries has been awarded the Memphis City Council’s annual Humanitarian Award, the highest award the council gives.

Ken Bennett, Streets Ministries’ self-described director of soul, founded the nonprofit ministry in 1987 with a mission of working with and encouraging young Memphians growing up in poverty in the city’s toughest and most blighted neighborhoods.

30. Shaffer Joins District 5 Memphis City Council Race -

Local labor leader Paul Shaffer has joined the field of declared candidates for the District 5 seat on the Memphis City Council.

31. EFCO Corp. Leases West Memphis Industrial Space -

A large supplier of shoring for the concrete construction industry is opening a manufacturing facility in West Memphis, Ark., snatching up the last vacant industrial space in the city just across the Mississippi River.

32. Haslam Wants to Talk Funding With State School Districts -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will try to meet with the state’s four largest school districts as early as next week to discuss education funding.

The move comes as three of the four districts are actively considering a lawsuit against the state to get more funding for schools. Districts in Shelby, Knox and Hamilton counties are gathering information for a possible lawsuit. Metro Nashville Public Schools decided on Tuesday to wait at least 30 days before actively considering a lawsuit.

33. Dollar General Fourth-Quarter Profit Rises on Strong Sales Gains -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General's fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose on strengthening sales at its discount stores.

The discount retailer earned $355.4 million, or $1.17 per share, for the period ended Jan. 30. A year earlier it earned $322.2 million, or $1.01 per share.

34. Haslam Wants to Talk Funding With School Districts -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will try to meet with the state's four largest school districts as early as next week to discuss education funding.

The move comes as three of the four districts are actively considering a lawsuit against the state to get more funding for schools. Districts in Shelby, Knox and Hamilton counties are gathering information for a possible lawsuit. Metro Nashville Public Schools decided on Tuesday to wait at least 30 days before actively considering a lawsuit.

35. Sammons 'Very Interested' in Wharton's Chief Administrator Job -

The Memphis City Council and the chief administrative officer both have offices in City Hall.

But to Jack Sammons, who served on the council for more than 20 years and was Chief Administrative Officer for eight months, there is no contest over which job is better.

36. Paggio’s Salon Moving to Broad Avenue Arts District -

Paggio’s Salon is moving to the Broad Avenue Arts District later this month.

The salon is moving to 454 Bingham Street, next to T Clifton Art Gallery. All of the services the salon currently offers will be offered at the new location. The salon also has been in touch with filmmaker Willy Bearden about a photography show at the salon, and it’s been in talks with Memphis Yelp about “future events.”

37. Council Honors Streets Ministries Founder Ken Bennett -

The founder of Memphis Streets Ministries has been awarded the Memphis City Council’s annual Humanitarian Award, the highest award the council gives.

Ken Bennett, Streets Ministries’ self-described director of soul, founded the nonprofit ministry in 1987 with a mission of working with and encouraging young Memphians growing up in poverty in the city’s toughest and most blighted neighborhoods.

38. Paul Shaffer Joins District 5 Memphis City Council Race -

Local labor leader Paul Shaffer has joined the field of declared candidates for the District 5 seat on the Memphis City Council.

Shafer, leader of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 474, said in a written statement Thursday, March 5, that he intends to run for the council seat on the October ballot.

39. EFCO Corp. Leases Last West Memphis Industrial Spot -

A large supplier of shoring for the concrete construction industry is opening a manufacturing facility in West Memphis, Ark., snatching up the last vacant industrial space in the city just across the Mississippi River.

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41. Council OKs Beale Street Tourism Authority -

The Memphis City Council approved on third and final reading Tuesday, March 3, an ordinance to create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to guide future development in the entertainment district and hire a day-to-day manager of the district between Second and Fourth Streets.

42. Drive! Consortium Pushes Regional Auto Industry -

Tennessee’s bustling automotive-industry sector is going to get a whole lot busier in the coming months, at least if a large group of businesses, agencies and related parties behind the Drive! for the Future Consortium (Drive!) have anything to say about it.

43. Wave of New Retail Construction Boosts Contractors -

Retail development in the Memphis area is booming in what construction and retail officials describe as the most active period for retail construction since the recession, with everything from a massive outlet mall in Southaven to grocery stores and smaller, traditional retail centers going up.

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45. Council Delays Financial Votes, Approves Beale Street Authority -

Memphis City Council members approved a $4.5 million advance Tuesday, March 3, for the Memphis Area Transit Authority to get past a cash flow problem.

But the council delayed for two weeks a vote on a larger mid-fiscal year budget adjustment for city government in general.

46. Auto Industry Slows for Bad Weather, But Stays on Course -

DETROIT (AP) – February threw snowstorms and other roadblocks at the auto industry, but U.S. sales of new cars and trucks are still poised to hit their highest level in more than a decade this year.

47. Bill Would Restrict Where CCA Inmates Could File Lawsuits -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill has been filed in the legislature that would prevent Corrections Corporation of America from being sued anywhere in the state except for the county where the private prison is operated.

48. 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.

49. Costco Strikes Credit Card Deal With Citi, Visa -

NEW YORK (AP) – Costco says it struck a deal for Citi to be the exclusive issuer of its co-branded credit cards, with Visa replacing American Express as the card network.

The deal is subject to Citi buying the company's co-branded credit card portfolio, Costco said.

50. Memphis Industrial Portfolio Sells for $86.3 Million -

A Minnesota-based real estate investment trust has acquired a large Memphis industrial portfolio for $86.3 million, one of the largest transactions ever recorded in the Memphis market.

Welsh Property Trust acquired the six-building, 2.3 million-square-foot portfolio from DCT Industrial Trust in a sale that was finalized last week. Built between 1998 and 2001, the six buildings are located in the Eastpark, Chickasaw and Southpoint Industrial Parks. The purchase price breaks down to about $37 per square foot.

51. Memphis Industrial Portfolio Sells for $82.6 Million -

A Minnesota-based real estate investment trust has acquired a large Memphis industrial portfolio for $82.6 million, one of the largest transactions ever recorded in the Memphis market.

Welsh Property Trust acquired the six-building, 2.3 million-square-foot portfolio from DCT Industrial Trust in a sale that was finalized last week. Built between 1998 and 2001, the six buildings are located in the Eastpark, Chickasaw and Southpoint Industrial Parks. The purchase price breaks down to about $37 per square foot.

52. Wright Medical Reports Strong Sales, Declining Loss -

Memphis-based orthopedic company Wright Medical Group Inc. reported strong sales during the fourth quarter and a declining net loss compared to fourth quarter 2013, with the company’s president and CEO Robert Palmisano saying the results were helped in part by the company’s fast-accelerating U.S. foot and ankle business.

53. Vendor Seeks Permit for Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $1.2 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement. Memphis-based construction contractor Dan Walker Associates Inc. is listed as the contractor on the application, which says the work is for “new tenant space renovations.”

54. Greater Memphis Chamber Promotes Ernest Strickland -

Ernest Strickland has been promoted to vice president of international & business partnerships for the Greater Memphis Chamber, effective immediately.

In that capacity, Strickland will oversee the Chamber’s Councils, including International, Manufacturing and Logistics.

55. Commercial Advisors Asset Services Sees Strong Growth -

Kemp Conrad joined the asset services team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors in 2007 after CB Richard Ellis acquired his former employer, Trammel Crow Co.

56. Wright Medical Reports Strong Sales, Declining Loss -

Memphis-based orthopedic company Wright Medical Group Inc. reported strong sales during the fourth quarter and a declining net loss compared to fourth quarter 2013, with the company’s president and CEO Robert Palmisano saying the results were helped in part by the company’s fast-accelerating U.S. foot and ankle business.

57. Vendor Seeks $1.2 Million Permit For Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $1.2 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement. Memphis-based construction contractor Dan Walker Associates Inc. is listed as the contractor on the application, which says the work is for “new tenant space renovations.”

58. Tax-Smart Investment Strategies -

RAY’S TAKE: I’ve heard it said that it’s not what you make, it’s what you keep that counts. Taxes matter, and over time they matter a lot. Using tax smart investments can reduce the amount of taxes you pay while you are in your accumulation years and also impact taxes you pay after you retire.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. Greater Memphis Chamber Promotes Ernest Strickland -

Ernest Strickland has been promoted to vice president of international & business partnerships for the Greater Memphis Chamber, effective immediately. Strickland will oversee the Chamber’s councils, including International, Manufacturing and Logistics.

64. ‘Blue Stream’ Task Force to Focus on Water Sources -

A 45-member task force on the city’s water assets – the Mississippi River as a transportation corridor and the Memphis Sands aquifer as the source of the city’s drinking water as well as a source of water for commerce and industry – will begin working in March.

65. Global Ministries Buys Riverdale Site for $1.3M -

Cordova-based Global Ministries Foundation has bought an 18-acre property at 3999 Riverdale Road from Union University Foundation LLC for $1.3 million, according to a Feb. 9 warranty deed.

66. Medtronic Earnings Top Wall Street Forecasts -

Medtronic Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $977 million.

The Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of 98 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.01 per share.

67. Ryan Acquires Strategic Midtown Property -

Developer Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan has acquired a key piece of Midtown property.

Ryan purchased the lot at 765 Tanglewood St., which is located just southwest of the intersection of Central Avenue and Cooper Street, from Cowles Development Company LLC for $27,000, according to a Feb. 9 warranty deed.

68. 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.

69. Greater Memphis Chamber Promotes Ernest Strickland -

Ernest Strickland has been promoted to vice president of international & business partnerships for the Greater Memphis Chamber, effective immediately.

In that capacity, Strickland will oversee the Chamber’s Councils, including International, Manufacturing and Logistics. 

70. City Debt Restructure Meets Council Resistance -

First reviews from Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Feb. 17, to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan to restructure the city’s debt payments were harsh and skeptical.

Wharton wasn’t present in council committee sessions Tuesday as council member Jim Strickland played audio of Wharton in 2010 telling council members that the restructuring of city debt then was a “plain vanilla” transaction.

71. Council Critical of Wharton Debt Restructuring -

First reviews from Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Feb. 17, to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan to restructure the city’s debt payments were harsh and skeptical.

Wharton wasn’t present in council committee sessions Tuesday as council member Jim Strickland played audio of Wharton in 2010 telling council members that the restructuring of city debt then was a “plain vanilla” transaction.

72. Medtronic Tops Wall Street Forecasts for Third Quarter -

Medtronic Inc. reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $977 million.

The Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of 98 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.01 per share.

73. ‘Blue Stream’ Task Force to Focus on Water Sources -

A 45-member task force on the city’s water assets -- the Mississippi River as a transportation corridor and the Memphis Sands aquifer as the source of the city’s drinking water as well as a source of water for commerce and industry -- will begin working in March.

74. Global Ministries Acquires Riverdale Site For $1.3 Million -

Cordova-based Global Ministries Foundation has bought an 18-acre property at 3999 Riverdale Road from Union University Foundation LLC for $1.3 million, according to a Feb. 9 warranty deed.

75. Hopson Parses Charter School Strategy and Agenda -

There is the strategy of charter schools and there is the agenda of charter schools. And Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson talked about the difference last week as he spoke to a group of about 100 in a part of the city where charter schools and schools run directly by the state compete heavily with conventional Shelby County Schools.

76. Americans Striving to Find Their Place in a Global Sport -

He was supposed to be the next Andy Roddick, the next great American tennis player. That’s what they said about Ryan Harrison.

77. City Talking Debt Restructure Two Years After State Warning -

The Memphis City Council approved changes to city health insurance coverage in June and pension coverage in December.

But later amendments to both sets of benefits, the city’s debt service payments, a 2010 restructuring of city debt, and the city’s annual required pension contribution are all factors that will influence city finances for years, said city finance director Brian Collins.

78. Smith Enters Race for Council District 7 -

Thurston Smith, a manager at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Center, announced Thursday, Feb. 5, that he will be running for the District 7 Memphis City Council seat in the October city elections.

Smith told supporters at a gathering on Mud Island after setting the stage for the bid over several months with an exploratory campaign.

79. 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.

80. US to Destroy Its Largest Remaining Chemical Weapons Cache -

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – The United States is about to begin destroying its largest remaining stockpile of chemical-laden artillery shells, marking a milestone in the global campaign to eradicate a debilitating weapon that still creeps into modern wars.

81. Wharton, Strickland Close In Campaign Balances So Far -

Close isn’t enough when it comes to winning elections. But it works when it comes to financing the campaigns leading to the elections.

And Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and his most vocal challenger so far, City Council member Jim Strickland, posted campaign dollar amounts this week that suggest a lively campaign later in this election year.

82. Wharton Administration Willing to Explore Coliseum Renovation -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is willing to explore a renovation of the Mid-South Coliseum, but he doesn’t want to delay getting state approval for a Tourism Development Zone to finance an amateur sports tournament complex at the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

83. 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.

84. Achievement School District Wants to Recruit Students -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's Achievement School District, the agency charged with turning around Tennessee's lowest performing schools, wants to start recruiting students.

It would be a big change for the district, which was formed in 2010 with grant money from the federal Race to the Top program and charged with turning around Tennessee's lowest performing schools without bringing in new students.

85. Integrate Employee Benefits to Streamline HR -

Human resource departments are oftentimes consumed with managing multiple benefit programs, unable to dedicate the time necessary to developing a truly strategic benefits package that attracts a strong workforce.

86. Council Gives Third Look at Beale Street Authority -

For a third consecutive session, Memphis City Council members are scheduled to vote Tuesday, Feb. 3, on establishing a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

The resolution establishing the authority to oversee and further develop the entertainment district was delayed two weeks ago as some council members, led by Harold Collins and Wanda Halbert, talked about the council approving actions of the development authority.

87. Consumers Fuel Steady US Economy as Rest of World Struggles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto sales are strong. Gas prices have sunk. Congressional budget fights have faded. Americans are increasingly confident.

88. Wharton Administration No Show At Fairgrounds Forum -

No one from the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. showed up Wednesday, Jan. 28, for a public forum on Wharton’s still-developing plan for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

89. Obama Administration on Track to Surpass Health Care Goal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.

90. Randy Odom Named CEO of Memphis Athletic Ministries -

Randy Odom has been named president and chief executive officer of Memphis Athletic Ministries. Odom joined MAM in 2006 as a neighborhood center director and became chief operating officer in 2012. In his new role, he oversees all operations and programming for 10 neighborhood youth centers that serve more than 900 underserved youth after school each day.

91. Home Construction Flat in December -

New home construction in Shelby County, as tracked by permits, was flat in December when compared to December 2013, but new home sales increased.

Builders filed 55 permits in December, the same amount they filed in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

92. Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy Folks' -

NEW YORK (AP) – The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating more rapidly, with vegan groups, non-dairy competitors and other perceived enemies getting louder online.

93. Fourth-Quarter Mortgage Activity Shows Strength -

All things considered, the fourth quarter of 2014 was a better month for the mortgage market than the final quarter of 2013.

The county saw a 6 percent increase in the number of mortgages in the fourth quarter – 2,037, up from 1,922 during the year-ago period.

94. Sports Illustrated: Fuente is Football’s 'Next Hot Coach' -

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team needed a shot from sophomore forward Austin Nichols in the game’s final seconds to escape with a 57-55 victory at Tulane last Saturday.

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96. Multiple Factors Create Strong Fourth-Quarter Home Sales -

Shelby County recorded a jump in homes sales in the fourth quarter when compared to the same period in 2013.

Shelby County recorded 3,944 home sales in the three-month period, up 9.6 percent from 3,600 sales in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

97. Southwest Beats Street 4th-Quarter Forecasts -

Southwest Airlines Co.'s fourth-quarter net income slipped 10 percent due to the effect of fuel-hedging contracts that lost value as oil prices tumbled, but the company's results beat Wall Street expectations.

98. City Council Delays Beale Street Vote -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 20, delayed a vote for two weeks on the resolution that would create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future direction of the entertainment district between Second and Fourth streets.

99. $42 Million Permit Sought for Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $42 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

100. 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.