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1. Loaded For Bear Wins Best of Show at American Advertising Awards -

Creative directors from Boston, Las Vegas and New York were charged with judging 675 entries in the AAF Memphis 48th annual American Advertising Awards for creative excellence. The judges were so impressed by the quality of work that they created four additional “Best Of” awards, which recognize the top work of the year.

2. Morris Explains Why He’s Leaving Downtown Memphis Commission -

Paul Morris will leave his post as president of the Downtown Memphis Commission late this year to become president of his family’s business, Jack Morris Auto Glass.

3. Adams Keegan Launches New Recruiting Division -

Memphis human resources and employer services firm Adams Keegan has launched a recruiting and executive search service, AK Recruiting Solutions.

AK Recruiting will provide a full suite of recruiting services, including job description development, telephone screening and reference checks. It will use advertising and job posting as well as a proprietary database and professional organizations to gather candidates.

4. How to Delve Further Into User Insights -

Think of it as the front end of the front end, this fusion of methods for solving problems for real people and creating a better experience for them.

By fusing Design Thinking and User Experience, you learn the socio-psychological wants and desires of your user base and understand their world, as well unpacking attitudes, reactions, and emotions about a specific tested object.

5. Memphis Equipment's Roots Go Back to World War II -

To most Memphians driving past the Memphis Equipment Co. front lot on South Third Street near E.H. Crump Boulevard, the company appears to be a small lot of vintage U.S. Army vehicles.

6. First Tennessee Bank Wins Technology Award -

First Tennessee Bank has been named by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan as a winner of the 2015 Best in Class CIO Impact Award in the category of enterprise architecture.

7. 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.”

8. Tennessee Opposes Sysco-US Foods Merger -

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

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

9. FedEx Supply Chain Seeks $5.2M Permit -

FedEx Supply Chain Services is preparing to make improvements to a large southeast Memphis warehouse.

FedEx Supply Chain Services has applied for a $5.2 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to make improvements to an employee entrance at 6005 Freeport Road, a 547,216-square-foot industrial building. Metro Construction LLC is listed as the contractor on the application.

10. 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.

11. Nashville Mayor’s Race Exposes Unpleasant Problems -

In six weeks or so, the Greater Nashville area will learn what a snowmegeddon can do to area home sales.

With a quarter of the month frozen, it was hard for buyers to let it go and embark upon a house hunt. March closings, reflecting February sales, will be released in early April and might slow the freight train that the residential real estate has been riding for almost three years.

12. FCC Allows City-Owned Internet Providers to Expand -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission says city-owned broadband companies can expand and compete with commercial Internet providers.

The cities of Wilson, North Carolina, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, asked the FCC for the ruling because state laws have prevented them from expanding.

13. Regulators Approve Tougher Rules for Internet Providers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

The regulatory agency voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of rules aimed at enforcing what's called "net neutrality." That's the idea that service providers shouldn't intentionally block or slow web traffic, creating paid fast lanes on the Internet.

14. Graceland Brings Elvis Back to His Las Vegas Home -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley's home away from home yet again.

Officials with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and the Westgate Las Vegas casino-hotel revealed details Thursday of plans for "Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience" expected to open April 23, 59 years to the day when Elvis first performed in Las Vegas.

15. First Alliance Bank Adds To Board of Directors -

First Alliance Bank has added Thomas Shipmon to its board of directors.

Shipmon is the president of WingFinance, a Memphis-based private finance company providing interim construction financing to franchisees. It was launched in January 2004 and started by providing interim construction financing to franchisees as a bridge for Small Business Administration Loans.

16. First Tennessee Bank Wins Technology Award -

First Tennessee Bank has been named by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan as a winner of the 2015 Best in Class CIO Impact Award in the category of enterprise architecture.

17. Right Your Resume -

Occasionally, I’ll meet with a new client who apologizes profusely in our first meeting. They apologize their resume isn’t well done, and that many of the facts in it are incorrect.

There’s one common thread to these situations. The person has always used a resume writer.

18. ServiceMaster Posts 2014 and Fourth-Quarter Revenue Gains -

Sales of new services at Terminix, the acquisition of Home Security of America Inc. and organic growth at American Home Shield prompted Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. to post increases in revenues Thursday, Feb. 26, for the year 2014 and the fourth quarter of the year.

19. 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.”

20. Deadline Nears for Dunavant Awards Nominations -

With less than a week for nominations, the Rotary Club of Memphis East is preparing to select the recipients of the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

And the process is more than just recognizable names submitted to the committee of Rotarians and members of the family of the late Probate Court Clerk.

21. Senate Democrats Agree to GOP Plan to Fund Homeland Department -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats on Wednesday signed onto a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department without the immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama. The announcement by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid put the Senate on track to pass the bill as a partial agency shutdown looms Friday at midnight.

22. 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.

23. European Cruise Giant Viking Plans Mississippi River Tours -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – European river cruise giant Viking, already gaining a high profile in the United States with its sponsorship of popular PBS television shows, announced Tuesday that it will make New Orleans its first North American home port for Mississippi River cruises expected to begin by late 2017.

24. Crone Promoted at Trane Mid-South -

Jim Crone has been promoted to comprehensive solutions business development manager with Trane Mid-South. In his new role, Crone will work with large commercial, industrial and institutional customers throughout the Mid-South to develop performance-based comprehensive solutions for capital improvements and operational efficiencies.

25. VA Secretary Apologizes Anew for Misstating Military Service -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says integrity and character "is part of who I am" and apologized anew for erroneously claiming he served in the military's special forces.

26. Allegiant Air to Take Off in Memphis -

Allegiant Air will bring its ultra-low-cost service to Memphis International Airport beginning May 22 with nonstop flights to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and its hometown of Las Vegas, the company announced Wednesday.

27. Google Teams With 3 Wireless Carriers to Combat Apple Pay -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.

The counterattack announced Monday is just the latest example of how the competition between Google Inc. and Apple Inc. is extending beyond the technology industry's traditional boundaries. Besides payments, Silicon Valley's two richest companies are expanding into fields such as home appliances and cars to increase their power and profits.

28. Another Discount Carrier to Land at Memphis International -

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

29. New Woes for Healthcare.Gov: Wrong Tax Info Sent Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a new setback for the health care law and the people it's supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that's fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.

30. Tennessee Opposes Merger Between Sysco, US Foods -

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

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

31. Calvary Lenten Series, Waffle Shop Return -

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

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

32. VIA Productions Unveils New Service Platform -

Memphis-based VIA Productions has announced the release of its service platform Spothub by VIA, which streamlines production workflow from concept to delivery by using the company’s proprietary platform.

33. Christ Community Health Services Co-Founders Return -

Dr. Rick Donlon once explained the motivation for co-founding Christ Community Health Services in 1995 this way:

“It may sound odd, but it’s a way to make God big and great,” Donlon told The Daily News in 2010. “We plop down in one of these underserved neighborhoods, we open the door, and we see everyone who comes in.”

34. I Choose Memphis: Adele Landers -

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

Name: Adele Landers

Job & company: Client Adviser, SunTrust Private Wealth Management

35. City Requests Fairgrounds Review by ULI Experts -

The upcoming review of the Fairgrounds redevelopment concept by a group of Urban Land Institute experts will move quickly and could be a political wild card.

The city’s request last week for a review by Urban Land Institute’s Advisory Services goes to a part of the planning and land use nonprofit that has been specializing in such political hot potatoes since 1948.

36. Editorial: City Hall and the Bubble -

About five years ago at City Hall, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. had a “plain vanilla” plan for the city’s finances that would get the city past a tough period.

His description was in keeping with the ho-hum aura of past debt-restructuring actions the Memphis City Council has seen over the years.

37. High Flyer -

She does not want to tell this first story, the one that could have meant there would be no more stories. There is fear in sharing the story about how two airplanes nearly collided because she never wants to say anything that might dissuade people from flying.

38. City Wants Urban Land Institute to Review of Fairgrounds -

City Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb wants the Urban Land Institute to “review, evaluate and issue recommendations” on the Wharton administration’s Fairgrounds redevelopment plan after leading a set of public hearings and discussions that would take place over a five-day period.

39. VIA Productions Unveils New Workflow Platform -

Memphis-based VIA Productions has announced the release of its service platform Spothub by VIA, which streamlines production workflow from concept to delivery by using the company’s proprietary platform.

40. Tennessee Medical Association Unveils Legislative Agenda -

Ahead of its annual Day on the Hill next month and fresh off the legislative defeat of a Medicaid expansion in Tennessee, the state’s largest professional association for doctors has unveiled its wish list for the 2015 legislative session.

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

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

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

42. Memphis Book Startup Rebrands With New Name -

Memphis-based e-book publishing startup Screwpulp is, like the book lovers it serves, turning a page.

The company has rebranded, changing its name to “Leafless,” a change that partly reflects a desire to move past the edginess the venture’s initial moniker tended to imply.

43. Deep Freeze -

The Memphis area remained in winter’s tight grip Wednesday with schools closed for a third straight day as the region struggled to return to business as usual.

The first winter storm of the year dumped a dangerous mix of sleet and freezing rain on the Memphis area Monday, causing schools and businesses to close and generally making life miserable for motorists brave enough to venture onto the roadways.

44. 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.

45. Social Media Now Integral to Protest -

It may not seem intuitive to connect intellectual property rights with a human tragedy, but the two intersect more often than we realize.

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris last month, people throughout the world showed solidarity with the victims via social media under the hashtag “#jesuischarlie.” The slogan “Je Suis Charlie” also became a rallying cry for many demonstrations that followed the attack.

46. Building Trust In Sales -

A key to sales success is identifying the prospect’s needs. But that knowledge doesn’t mean much if the potential relationship lacks a foundation of trust.

Smart buyers are generally willing to consider the guidance of salespeople provided trust has been established first. If a prospect trusts the seller, the first – and arguably hardest – step to success has been achieved. But how do you build trust with a prospect?

47. Back Home -

Things have come full circle at the James Lee House, the historic Victorian Village landmark once home to a riverboat tycoon that reopened as a bed and breakfast almost a year ago.

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

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

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

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

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

50. Maines Paper & Food Service Continues Work in Arlington -

11420 Gulf Stream Road
Memphis, TN 38002
Permit Amount: $2.5 million

Permit Application Date: February 2015
Owner: W D Arlington LLC
Tenant: Maines Paper & Food Service
Details: More new construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

51. Luttrell Scolds State Legislators -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says the political forces that defeated the Insure Tennessee proposal of Gov. Bill Haslam this month in Nashville weren’t in a fight with Washington and President Barack Obama

52. Photographer Opens Midtown Creative Co-Working Space -

This year has seen a dream come true for Lisa Mac, who in 2012 opened her Midtown photography business at 688 S. Cox St.

53. 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.

54. Inferno Announces Several Employee Promotions -

The advertising, marketing, design and PR firm inferno had made a round of promotions.

Colleen Radish has been promoted to account supervisor, Ryan Knoll and Liza Routh have been promoted to account managers, and Jennifer Rodrigues has been promoted to account executive.

55. Dixon Hughes Goodman Expands Memphis Office -

The accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman has signed a lease to significantly expand the size of its East Memphis office, allowing the firm to accommodate growth across a variety of its service lines.

56. Maines Paper & Food Seeks $2.5M Permit -

More new construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

A $2.5 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the facility at 11420 Gulf Stream Road, listing the scope of work as “mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection.”

57. Ready.Fund.Grow! Offers Help for Women-Owned, Small Businesses -

Small and women-owned businesses will have new sources of capital and know-how in 2015, thanks to a new initiative, Ready.Fund.Grow!, being developed by Pathway Lending and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC), along with a new Women’s Business Center which will be operated by Pathways.

58. Relocating for Work -

Moving for a new career, or the potential of a new career, can be daunting. You’ll have to sell your home. Your children will need new schools. Your belongings will have to be boxed, moved and unboxed. You’ll need to find new service providers, including doctors, hairstylists and childcare.

59. Beyond Gaming -

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

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

60. New Zoo Parking Plan Proposed -

The latest proposal to solve the parking tension within Overton Park has none of the major elements of what appeared to be a compromise in the works this past spring when overflow Memphis Zoo parking on the Overton Park greensward prompted protests.

61. Are You a Hack Waiting to Happen? Your Boss Wants to Know -

NEW YORK (AP) – The next phishing email you get could be from your boss.

With high-profile security breaches on the rise, from Sony Pictures to Anthem, companies are on the defensive. And they want to make sure their employees are not a hack waiting to happen.

62. New Zoo Parking Plan Reworks Zoo Lots, Keeps Some Greensward Parking -

The city of Memphis is working on a reconfiguration of the Memphis Zoo’s existing parking areas that would add 250 new parking spaces as a solution to the uneasy coexistence between the zoo’s parking needs and the Overton Park greenspace.

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

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

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

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

65. State Library Makes Journal on Desegregation Available -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – For Black History Month, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is making available online a new collection that traces the history of school desegregation.

Southern School News was the official publication of the Southern Education Reporting Service. According to the journal, that service was "an objective, fact-finding agency established by southern newspaper editors and educators with the aim of providing accurate, unbiased information" about desegregation after the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision.

66. Butler Snow Law Firm Expands in Nashville -

The Butler Snow law firm has launched an expansion of its Nashville office as the firm Walker, Tipps and Malone PLC joined the multi-state law firm based in Tennessee and Mississippi with offices in Memphis.

67. Flipboard Magazines Not Just for Mobile Anymore -

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) – Smartphones and tablets have been pushing the personal computer aside, thanks in part to popular apps made by mobile-first entrepreneurs like Flipboard CEO Mike McCue.

68. Inferno Announces Several Employee Promotions -

The advertising, marketing, design and PR firm inferno had made a round of promotions.

Colleen Radish has been promoted to account supervisor, Ryan Knoll and Liza Routh have been promoted to account managers, and Jennifer Rodrigues has been promoted to account executive.

69. Maines Paper & Food Service Seeks $2.5 Million Permit -

More new construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

A $2.5 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the facility at 11420 Gulf Stream Road, listing the scope of work as “mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection.”

70. Taking Charge of Reviews -

In a perfect marketing world, consumers would trust what a company is selling, believing in the maxim “You get what you pay for.”

But trusting a brand’s word is no longer the final say in consumer decisions. Consumers increasingly are turning to social media and user-generated review sites to make purchasing decisions.

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

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

72. Dixon Hughes Goodman Expands Memphis Office -

The accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman has signed a lease to significantly expand the size of its East Memphis office, allowing the firm to accommodate growth across a variety of its service lines.

73. 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.

74. Family Entertainment Chain Coming to Memphis -

Main Event Entertainment is bringing its “Eat. Bowl. Play.” experience to Memphis with a 50,056-square-foot entertainment center and restaurant at Appling Road and Interstate 40.

The Dallas-based family entertainment chain bills itself as “the fastest-growing family entertainment chain in America.”

75. TurboTax Stops Processing State Tax Returns on Fraud Reports -

NEW YORK (AP) – TurboTax, the country's most popular do-it-yourself tax preparation software, said Friday that it has temporarily stopped processing state tax returns because of an increase in fraudulent filings.

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77. I Choose Memphis: Thomas Williams -

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

Name: Thomas Williams

78. Lack of Innovation at Nonprofits -

Through the Southern Growth Studio, I have the great honor to work with nonprofits. Big ones. Growing ones. And ones on the verge of collapse.

There is an odd tendency for almost all of these organizations to respond to innovations in the same way; they desire them deeply but are wildly timid. It’s a dizzying and paralyzing fear-based response. “What if it doesn’t work? I don’t know. …” They yearn to roll out a new program or re-create an experience that gets better results, but something nagging in the culture keeps them from enacting the very thing that may set them apart and catalyze their potential.

79. Archer-Malmo Starts 2015 with Batch of Hires -

Memphis-based advertising agency archer-malmo has added 10 new hires to its ranks.

They include Samantha Blake and Dianna Davis on the account service team; Ben Colar, Megan Schmitt and Barry Wolverton on the creative side; Jeff Janovetz, Madeline Otto and Jonah Westbrook to digital; Cheryl Mathis to accounting; and Lisa Hawkins to media.

80. Girl Scouts Receive $10,000 for BizGirls -

Girl Scouts Heart of the South has received a $10,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis. The grant will be utilized to launch a new financial literacy program called BizGirls.

81. Burchett’s Mother, Father Helped Shape His Career -

Homegrown Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett espouses the values of many East Tennessee residents: strong family connections, honoring military service and remembering where he comes from.

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

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

83. Growth is Great, But Where Will Workers Live? -

For the past two years, developers, property owners and Realtors alike have been treated to what some call the best real estate market in the country. Sellers are realizing astronomical returns on their investments as they shed properties that they have been strapped with for years.

84. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants -

Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.

85. Great Dishes From Nashville’s Landmark Restaurants -

When a restaurant’s been around for a decade or eight, that’s usually a pretty good indication that the food is palatable. We’ve rounded up some of the best dishes to try at Nashville’s longest standing dining establishments, and, of course, it’s impossible to pick just one thing. Feel free to recommend your own favorites in the online comments.

86. Brean Capital Looks to Expand, Grow in Memphis -

Brean Capital LLC arrived in Memphis a few months ago and sees 2015 as a year of forward momentum for the company, with a planned move to a new office as well as interest in adding to the firm’s local ranks.

87. Fresh Approach -

Go from one bank to the next, and the offerings aren’t always that different: banks not only generally present similar products to customers, but rates – being as low as they are –aren’t always all that dissimilar, either.

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89. Editorial: Government Cheese(cake) -

We are too easy. Say the words “Cheesecake Factory” and we act like we’ve won the lottery.

All of our problems are solved. The historically high poverty rate that has plagued us for generations is about to become a thing of the past.

90. Wolfchase Appears to Be Preparing for Cheesecake Factory -

The owner of the Wolfchase Galleria appears to be preparing for the arrival of a Cheesecake Factory restaurant.

Simon Property Group has applied for a $480,000 building permit to relocate Milano’s Men’s Wear inside the mall. Milano’s is currently located near the main entrance to Wolfchase on the Germantown Parkway side of the Cordova mall, the same location where multiple sources have indicated the Cheesecake Factory will open its first Memphis-area restaurant.

91. Net Neutrality and What It Could Mean to You -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top U.S. regulator just announced he wants more power to oversee Internet service, much in the same way that the government already regulates phone service and other public utilities. The goal is to prevent Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Sprint and T-Mobile from blocking or slowing down Web traffic, or striking deals with companies that provide content like Amazon, Google or Netflix to move their data faster than others.

92. Archer-Malmo Starts 2015 With Batch of Hires -

Memphis-based advertising agency archer-malmo has added 10 new hires to its ranks.

They include Samantha Blake and Dianna Davis on the account service team; Ben Colar, Megan Schmitt and Barry Wolverton on the creative side; Jeff Janovetz, Madeline Otto and Jonah Westbrook to digital; Cheryl Mathis to accounting; and Lisa Hawkins to media.

93. FCC Chairman Proposes Regulating Internet Like Phone Service -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Declaring that the Internet must not be taken over by big business interests, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed dramatically expanding the government's power to oversee Internet service providers and establishing new rules that would prohibit companies from blocking or slowing data.

94. Civil Rights Sites May Get $50 Million in New Obama Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Key civil rights areas around the nation would get $50 million for restoration under President Barack Obama's budget as preparation for the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act begins.

95. US Services Firms Grew at Slightly Faster Pace in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. services firms grew at a slightly faster pace in January, led by hotels, restaurants and financial firms.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index rose to 56.7 in January, up a small amount from a revised reading of 56.5 in December.

96. Groupon Founder Takes a Detour With New Audio Tour App -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Two years ago, Andrew Mason faced an unexpected detour when he was ousted as CEO from the online discount site he founded, Groupon. Now the tech executive's back on the entrepreneurial path, with an iPhone app selling unconventional audio tours of major cities. It's called – you guessed it – Detour.

97. S&P Paying $1.38 Billion to Settle Charges Over Crisis-Era Ratings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Standard & Poor's is paying about $1.38 billion to settle government allegations that it knowingly inflated its ratings of risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

98. Health of 200,000 Tennesseans Depends on Governor’s Proposal -

As a nurse serving Tennesseans for over 32 years, I know intimately what sickness looks like, and what it takes to build a healthy life. One of the most important things to ensuring the health and wholeness of our communities is access to affordable health insurance.

99. Proposed Budget Cuts Make Tennesseans With Disabilities Even More Vulnerable -

It stands to reason that there is one group of vulnerable Tennesseans we all must band together to protect: our family, friends and neighbors with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Having worked in disability services for more than 30 years, I am constantly inspired by the determination, energy and positive outlook displayed by people with disabilities.

100. Word of Mouth Still Crucial for Adding Sales -

Building the customer base of a small business is not the same challenge it was 10 years ago. As digital content grows and it becomes more affordable to access, business owners are competing with more voices to be heard by potential customers.