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1. Agency Services Appoints New Partner and COO -

Angie Pettinger has been appointed as partner and chief operating officer at Agency Services Inc.

She’s filled several leadership roles at the company, a full-service life and health brokerage agency, since joining in 1994. She was originally recruited to lead the firm’s third-party administration division and went on to become a member of the senior leadership team.

2. McDonald's New CEO Faces Onslaught of Competition -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's new boss must feel like a freshly crowned king under siege.

The world's biggest hamburger chain is facing an onslaught of competition, from better-burger chains like Five Guys to brands like Chipotle that tout the superior quality of their ingredients.

3. TeamHealth Announces Expansion, 450 Jobs -

A healthcare company in Blount County has announced an expansion project that it says will create 450 new jobs.

The Daily Times reports TeamHealth, which provides outsourced physician staffing for hospitals, announced Wednesday that it plans a new building in Louisville.

4. Medtronic Spinal Employees Volunteer 4,800 Hours -

Nearly 1,100 of Medtronic Spinal’s Memphis-based employees volunteered at Mid-South nonprofit organizations in 2014. The 1,089 local volunteers contributed almost 4,800 charitable hours, an increase of nearly 14 percent over 2013.

5. 100 North Main Seeks Historic Designation -

An effort to redevelop a Downtown skyscraper may have received a boost this week. A state board is recommending that the tower at 100 N. Main St. be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a move that could allow the owner to seek tax credits and grants to redevelop the building.

6. After Setting iPhone Record, What Does Apple Do Next? -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

7. First Time Advertisers Gamble on Super Bowl Ads -

NEW YORK (AP) – More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday.

There will be 15 new Super Bowl advertisers this year, the most since 2000, before the economy fell into what would be the first of two recessions since. Advertising experts say the rookie interest in Super Bowl ads is a positive sign that companies are feeling good in the most recent economic recovery.

8. TracFone to Pay $40 Million in Federal Settlement -

The nation’s largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service.

The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that TracFone promised unlimited data in its advertising, but then drastically slowed down consumers’ data speeds – a practice known as throttling – when they hit a certain limit of data within a 30-day period. In some cases, the company cut off customers’ data when it ran over the limit.

9. Giannini Arraigned on Multiple Rape Charges -

A Shelby County businessman has been indicted on charges of rape and aggravated rape stemming from alleged assaults on three different women, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Wednesday.

10. Appointment Viewing -

In 2014 Crye-Leike Realtors totaled 183,000 scheduled appointments for house showings, a logistical feat considering all the moving parts involved.

Calls for showings can come after business hours and on weekends, when many real estate companies are not open, and confirming showing times with sellers can sometimes be difficult during normal hours when they’re at work or busy dealing with everyday life.

11. Memphis Businessman Indicted on Rape Charges -

A Shelby County businessman has been indicted on charges of rape and aggravated rape stemming from alleged assaults on three different women, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Wednesday.

12. Google Fiber Expanding to 4 Southeastern Metro Areas -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average.

13. Tennessee Homeless Programs Getting $21 Million From HUD -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials say more than $21 million in grants will support 162 local homeless housing and service programs in Tennessee.

HUD said Monday that the Continuum of Care grants will help provide critically needed services for homeless people and their families.

14. Agency Services Appoints New Partner and COO -

Angie Pettinger has been appointed as partner and chief operating officer at Agency Services Inc.

She’s filled several leadership roles at the company, a full-service life and health brokerage agency, since joining in 1994. She was originally recruited to lead the firm’s third-party administration division and went on to become a member of the senior leadership team.

15. Government to Overhaul Medicare Payments to Doctors, Hospitals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3-trillion health care system.

16. When Vacation Rentals Make More Sense -

With just one child, my wife and I don’t find ourselves stressing out about the need for a large hotel room suite or adjoining rooms so our family has enough room to spread around. 

But with the need for privacy or an opportunity to sleep in – our son wakes earlier than my wife and he likes to watch TV – we find sleeping in one hotel room is increasingly tough on our travels.

17. How To Determine Nonprofit Software Costs -

Part two of a two-part series. Software is at the heart of so many nonprofit functions. You can’t afford down time. And you don’t want to find out your new system won’t talk to an existing one after it is up and running. What’s a nonprofit leader to do? In search of guidance we talked with Janna Finch of Software Advice, an online firm that reviews nonprofit technology.

18. $42 Million Permit Filed For Target Fulfillment Center -

5461 Davidson Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $42 million

19. UPS Takes a Hit During the Holidays, Cuts Outlook -

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS spent heavily to avoid last year's debacle over the holidays, when an unexpected crush of last-minute shipping and terrible weather led millions of late deliveries.

20. 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.

21. Bass Pro Hosting Pyramid Job Fair -

Bass Pro Shops is hosting a job fair Feb. 2 through Feb. 4 to fill 600 full-time and part-time jobs for its destination attraction at The Pyramid.

Those interested in employment with Bass Pro may apply in person at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, south exhibit hall, 255 N. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Applicants must be 18 years old.

22. Keys for Compelling Storytelling -

Most innovations fail because they are too good, too smart and too unfamiliar to the existing business to risk launching.

The last phase of a full-cycle innovation process, storytelling, was rushed. A power point deck was created using the language of the business culture, unconsciously framing the new concept in the old world of the doldrums of existing operations. The new ideas get applause for their “brave, fresh thinking," then are summarily placed on the back burner to be ignored for eternity.

23. Home Services Keep Seniors Independent -

Sooner or later, most people end up caring for aging mothers and fathers or become seniors themselves, wondering who to turn to when independent daily living becomes impossible.

Both propositions are frightening and stressful.

24. Reports: Google to Sell Wireless Phone Service -

Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday.

If everything falls into place, Google Inc. could offer discounted wireless data plans that would pressure other major carriers to offer better deals and services or risk losing customers.

25. Postal Service Proposes Small Rate Increase -

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters – but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

Under a Jan. 15 filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission, letters to international destinations would rise from $1.15 to $1.20. Postcards would rise from 34 cents to 35 cents.

26. Elton John Fdtn. Awards Grant to Friends for Life -

Friends For Life has received a $75,000 grant from The Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Foundation tackles the most difficult issues related to HIV and has raised more than $300 million since its inception in 1992.

27. Tennessee Sets Uniform Fee for 911 Services -

Tennesseans getting their first bills of 2015 will soon see new charges for 911 services.

Under a new law that took effect on Jan. 1, the surcharge for all landlines and mobile phones was set at $1.16 per month.

28. SeaPort Airlines to Begin Memphis-Greenville Route -

SeaPort Airlines plans to begin passenger service in mid-March between Greenville, Miss., and Memphis.

The airline has agreed to a lease that allows it to fly into Memphis International Airport's main terminal.

29. $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.

30. Reports: Google Planning to Sell Wireless Phone Service -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday.

If everything falls into place, Google Inc. could offer discounted wireless data plans that would pressure other major carriers to offer better deals and services or risk losing customers to a powerful rival.

31. Cadillac Wants Small Dealers to Upgrade to 'Boutique' Stores -

DETROIT (AP) – In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.

32. Tennessee Sets Uniform Fee for 911 Services -

Tennesseans getting their first bills of 2015 will soon see new charges for 911 services.

Under a new law that took effect on Jan. 1, the surcharge for all landlines and mobile phones was set at $1.16 per month.

33. $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.

34. Tigers Penalize 12 Players For Miami Beach Bowl Fight -

The University of Memphis has completed its internal review of the on-field fight that followed the Tigers’ Miami Beach Bowl win against Brigham Young University last month.

The University of Memphis, in cooperation with American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco, has determined and apportioned penalties for 12 members of the football program who participated in the altercation. Additionally, player representatives from Memphis and BYU will participate in a conference call where formal apologies will be issued on behalf of both schools.

35. Fairgrounds TDZ Agreement Getting Closer -

The deal to win Shelby County government’s backing of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan for a Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone is getting more complex.

The latest version outlined Tuesday, Jan. 20, at City Hall still includes a city guarantee to make up any sales tax revenue that would normally go to fund local public schools that might be lost to financing the reconfiguration of the Fairgrounds.

36. $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.

37. Council Approves Schools Deal, Appoints Boyd -

Two weeks after they ignored a proposed $43.1 million settlement of the six-year old schools funding legal standoff, Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Jan. 20, approved a $41.8 million settlement with Shelby County Schools.

38. Supreme Court Won't Hear Dispute Over Debit Card Fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a challenge from retailers who claim the Federal Reserve allows banks to charge businesses too much for handling debit card transactions.

39. Wal-Mart Launches Cash Pickup Option for Tax Refunds -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is launching a service allowing customers to pick up their tax refunds in cash at all stores nationwide.

It's the discounter's latest move to offer more financial services, which is seen as a path to bringing more shoppers to its stores.

40. SeaPort Airlines to Begin Memphis-Greenville Route -

SeaPort Airlines plans to begin passenger service in mid-March between Greenville, Miss., and Memphis.

The airline has agreed to a lease that allows it to fly into Memphis International Airport’s main terminal.

41. Elton John Foundation Awards Grant to Friends for Life -

Friends For Life has received a $75,000 grant from The Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Foundation tackles the most difficult issues related to HIV and has raised more than $300 million since its inception in 1992.

42. Selling Professional Services -

Architects, lawyers, engineers, accountants and consultants: I am betting you didn’t get into the professional services field because you have a natural affinity for sales. It is more likely that the mere thought of selling makes your stomach turn a bit and, as a result, you probably make very little time for it.

43. Tigers Penalize Players for Miami Beach Bowl Fight -

The University of Memphis has completed its internal review of the on-field fight that followed the Tigers’ Miami Beach Bowl win against Brigham Young University last month.

The University of Memphis, in cooperation with American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco, has determined and apportioned penalties for 12 members of the football program who participated in the altercation. Additionally, player representatives from Memphis and BYU will participate in a conference call where formal apologies will be issued on behalf of both schools.

44. Medicare Chief Steps Down, Ran Health Care Rollout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare's top administrator unexpectedly resigned Friday, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over the president's health care law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded coverage.

45. Postal Service Proposes Small Rate Increase -

The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters – but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

Under a filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission, letters to international destinations would rise from $1.15 to $1.20. Postcards would rise from 34 cents to 35 cents.

46. Madison Hotel Celebrates Elvis’ Birthday All Month -

The Madison Hotel is celebrating what would have been Elvis’ 80th birthday this month with specials throughout January.

With the hotel’s “Eat, Drink and Stay Like the King” program, guests will receive an $80 food and beverage credit to eat like Elvis. The credit can be used at Madison's outlets, including eighty3 food & drink, Twilight Sky Terrace and through room service.

47. The Real Work of Innovation -

Being creative. Generating thousands of ideas. Making employees feel heard, valued, more than a cog in a machine.

These are the superficial by-products of an in-depth discipline.

Unto themselves, these tiny crumbs of the vast buffet of genuine innovation methods are not an Innovation effort. They represent mere pacification. Any board member or C-Suite executive who believes they have the Innovation box checked because they have an online idea submission forum and a committee that ranks ideas needs to resign. Enough with lip service. Stop the confusion of New Product Development and Innovation.

48. Memphis Reprographics Handles Printing, Storage Needs -

When the development team and architect behind the Sears Crosstown redevelopment project needed multiple phases of the project printed –including everything from design renderings to construction documents and floor plans – they turned to Memphis Reprographics.

49. ServiceMaster Signals Desire to Strengthen Tennis Tournament -

After it was announced at a press conference at The Racquet Club of Memphis that ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. had entered into a three-year deal to be the presenting sponsor of the Memphis Open, the company’s chief financial officer, Alan Haughie, couldn’t help himself.

50. Community Building -

Almost three years ago, former elementary school art teacher Erin Harris saw a video about children in Memphis who were working with an artist to start a sculpture garden. She still recalls the happy sight of a few boys in the video throwing balloons filled with paint at an old fence, as well as the reaction the footage generated from her.

51. Council Takes Up Beale’s Next Act -

Memphis City Council members are likely to have some questions Tuesday, Jan. 20, about the still tentative settlement of the last part of the court fight for control of Beale Street.

The tentative terms of the settlement between the city of Memphis and the Beale Street Development Corp. leaked last week and include a share of revenues from the operation of the entertainment district for the BSDC that would otherwise go to the city, which owns the property between Second and Fourth streets.

52. Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph Donates $20,000 to MIFA -

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has made a $20,000 contribution to Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association to help the Emergency Services Plus-1 program. Plus-1 is a program administered by MIFA to pay utility services for people in need.

53. UAW ‘Considers Itself a Partner’ With GM -

General Motors’ Spring Hill plant is firmly entrenched with the United Auto Workers.

In fact, it might not have retooled and started assembling vehicles again without the union’s efforts.

54. Art Work -

It’s easy to appreciate the art in painter Jared Small’s depictions of dilapidated shacks, shotgun-style homes and other aging structures that appear to be fading away right there on his canvas, images that suggest the creaks of doors and the groans of floorboards to accompany the lonely scenes.

55. ServiceMaster to Present Memphis Open -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. will be the presenting sponsor of the local Association of Tennis Professionals tour stop in February, it was announced Thursday afternoon at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

56. Events -

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School will host an opening reception for “Earthbound Treasures: New Works by Tiffany Myers Foss and Katie Dann” Friday, Jan. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 13. Visit buckmanartscenter.com.

57. Plans Emerge for Universal Life Building -

In major Downtown news, the on-again, off-again redevelopment of the Universal Life Insurance Co. building Downtown appears to be on.

58. Plans for UT/West Institute for Cancer Research Unveiled -

With an initial $2.5 million donation from the Plough Foundation, the West Cancer Center formally announced Thursday, Jan. 15, the creation of the nonprofit University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research at the center’s Germantown location on Wolf River Boulevard.

59. Events -

Eyewear Gallery will hold free vision screenings for the effects of blood pressure on vision Thursday, Jan. 15, and every Thursday in January from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the store, 428 Perkins Road Extended. Visit eyeweargallery.com or call 901-763-2020.

60. IRS Cuts Taxpayer Services as Filing Returns Gets Harder -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families.

61. Schaeffer Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michael Schaeffer has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as staff accountant. In his new role, Schaeffer will provide small businesses with accurate, timely financial statements that will allow them to make informed management decisions regarding the life of their company.

62. Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph Donates $20,000 to MIFA -

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has made a $20,000 contribution to Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association to help the Emergency Services Plus-1 program. Plus-1 is a program administered by MIFA to pay utility services for people in need.

63. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

64. Rudd Defends Relay Partnership For Teachers -

The University of Memphis’ College of Education produced 19 teachers last year who are teaching in the 59 lowest performing schools in the Shelby County Schools system.

University of Memphis president David Rudd wants the number to be around 600 a year and he wants the school’s College of Education to partner with the nonprofit Relay Graduate School of Education to meet that goal.

65. Millions More People to Get Their Credit Score for Free -

NEW YORK (AP) – Millions more people will have free access to their FICO credit score this year. That's good news for consumers, since the number is widely used by lenders to check potential borrowers' financial health.

66. 2 Airlines Were Targets of Attempt to Steal Customers' Miles -

DALLAS (AP) – Thieves with stolen usernames and passwords have broken into customer accounts at American and United airlines and in some cases booked free trips or upgrades.

The airlines say the incidents happened in late December. American began notifying affected customers by email on Monday, a spokeswoman said.

67. Coming to a Car Near You: Auto Technology at CES -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Self-driving cars garner much of the attention, but in reality, we're years away from tooling around in something like Knight Rider's KITT. Coming sooner to a car near you: smartphone apps on dash displays, cruise control that adapts to cars around it, remote engine starting and more.

68. Bridges Receives $75,000 Gift From ServiceMaster -

Memphis-based not-for-profit Bridges has announced a $75,000 gift from ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc., given on behalf of ServiceMaster employees.

69. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

70. Services Firms Grew at Slower Pace Last Month -

U.S. services firms expanded at a solid but much slower pace in December compared with the previous month, a sign growth may have cooled at the end of last year.

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its services index fell to 56.2 last month, down from 59.3 in November. Yet the drop comes from a very high level: November's reading was near an eight-year high of 59.6 reached in August. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion.

71. Weather Service to Boost Computing Power -

The National Weather Service is about to boost its computing power by more than tenfold, which officials hope will translate to better forecasts.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's two supercomputers will more than triple in computational ability this month and more than triple again by October. Computers will go from now being able to handle 426 trillion operations a second to 5,000 trillion calculations in the fall.

72. Events -

Italian Winterfest, benefiting Ave Maria Home and the Catholic Education Scholarship Fund, will be held Sunday, Jan. 11, at 5 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. The event will feature Italian cuisine and signature dishes from 15 Memphis restaurants, plus traditional Italian tableside music and a deejay. Tickets are $45. Visit avemariahome.org.

73. Service Assurance Founder Giannini Arrested in Florida -

Memphis businessman Mark Giannini is in custody in Florida following his indictment this week on aggravated rape and rape charges.

74. OK, It’s a Great House! Can We Please See It? -

In Nashville real estate circles, it is difficult to say goodbye to 2014. We loved that 2014 and she was wonderful.

Missing her already, we hope she returns in 2015. But for the current trend to continue, Nashville is going to need some inventory.

75. Commercial Success -

If, as the saying goes, everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, Bart Durham’s has come in 15- and 30-second spurts – the length of the commercials that depict him as a lawyer everyman, ever-ready to tilt at windmills for the sake of justice for the working class.

76. Southwest Tennessee Grows With Demand -

For Nathan Essex, the president of Southwest Tennessee Community College, his tenure has been a series of changes.

It was Essex who presided over the merger of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute in the late 1990s, before he was appointed president of the resulting Southwest Tennessee Community College in 2000.

77. Tanger Outlets Confirms Southaven Involvement -

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. has confirmed what The Daily News first reported in December: It will play a key role in the development of a massive outlet mall in Southaven.

78. TV Makers Design for Streaming Video to Stay Relevant -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.

79. Forest Service Yanks $10 Million Contract to Boost Its Image -

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service has abruptly decided not to spend $10 million on a five-year nationwide public relations campaign to brand itself as a public agency that cares about people and nature.

80. Departing Postmaster General Slams Banking Duties Proposal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Retiring Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe scoffed Tuesday at suggestions that the Postal Service could ease some of its chronic financial woes by branching out and offering basic banking services to its customers.

81. Appeal Against Corps Over Nashville Flood Denied -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was responsible for flood damage at the Grand Ole Opry in 2010.

82. US Services Firms Grew at Slower Pace Last Month -

U.S. services firms expanded at a solid but much slower pace in December compared with the previous month, a sign growth may have cooled at the end of last year.

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its services index fell to 56.2 last month, down from 59.3 in November. Yet the drop comes from a very high level: November’s reading was near an eight-year high of 59.6 reached in August. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion.

83. Top 10 2015 Marketing Trends That Matter -

2015 marketing trend reports are a dime a dozen this time of year, though in reality many focus on fads, which by definition, have fleeting popularity. Fads are for gamblers. Marketing trends, on the other hand, are generally slower building, longer lasting and ideally a result of factual supporting data. As such, the RedRover Sales & Marketing team is predicting these 10 marketing trends worthy of consideration in your 2015 marketing strategy.

84. Batts Joins HealthChoice as Complex Care Manager -

Kenneth Batts has joined HealthChoice’s new Population Health team as complex care manager. In his new role, Batts will reach out to patients identified with complex medical needs to schedule home visits, where he’ll provide customized intervention and condition education, including goal setting, care coordination, and long-term support with the goal to achieve improvements in their health.

85. Funeral Services Set for Former Police Director -

Walter Winfrey was part of a wave of Memphis Police officers who got their badges and hit the streets of Memphis in 1968.

86. Dunavant Award Nominations Open -

With Memphis elections on the horizon in another election year, Rotarians are about to begin the process of selecting new winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

The 12th annual awards that go to one local elected official and one local non-elected public official are a way of not only honoring the late Shelby County Probate Court clerk but also fostering a broader discussion about the nature of public service and specifically local public service.

87. National Weather Service to Boost Computing Power -

The National Weather Service is about to boost its computing power by more than tenfold, which officials hope will translate to better forecasts.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's two supercomputers will more than triple in computational ability this month and more than triple again by October. Computers will go from now being able to handle 426 trillion operations a second to 5,000 trillion calculations in the fall.

88. Keeping Time -

Memphis Mean Time, a full-service vintage and modern watch repair shop based in Cooper-Young, is hoping to complete a move in the next couple of months. The owners say they’re looking for a ground-floor space somewhere they can own, rather than rent.

89. Council to Vote on Beale Street Tourism Authority -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Jan. 6, on the creation of a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future of the entertainment district.

The proposal by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. sets up a nine-member body appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council to issue bonds for construction projects in the district, levy fees to pay off the debt and to make lease agreements with tenants.

90. Events -

West Tennessee Historical Society will meet Monday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. in Wunderlich Auditorium at Memphis University School, 6191 Park Ave. Episcopal priest Rev. Donald Edgar Mowery will share his story of Youth Service in Memphis Inc. and Youth Service USA. Visit wths-tn.org.

91. Empathy For Successful Innovation -

If you unpack the stories of most successful innovations, you’ll find that a deep immersion into the user experience of a product or service is the key that often unlocks the potential of the concept.

92. Hollywood Furniture Marks 90 Years in North Memphis -

You don’t see many furniture stores that are also hardware stores. But then not many furniture and hardware stores have been around for 90 years – and on the same street corner.

Hollywood Furniture and Hardware Co. marked its 90th year in business in 2014.

93. Bedrock Eats and Sweets Heading Downtown -

A new healthy eating outlet is headed Downtown. Bedrock Eats and Sweets founder Brandi Marter has signed a lease to occupy the former Frank’s Market & Deli space Downtown, where she’s bringing the venture she started almost two years ago.

94. Wharton Indicates Greensward Parking Possible -

A New Year’s eve letter from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. indicates that when spring crowds begin to reach parking capacity in Overton Park, the park’s greensward will be used for overflow automobile parking at the Memphis Zoo.

95. Memphis Industrial Market Rebounds in 2014 -

The upswing in the industrial real estate sector that started in 2012 and gained momentum in 2013 continued in 2014 and the Memphis market, fueled by several large transactions late in the year, should top 2013's level of around 3.2 million square feet of absorption.

96. Miss. Agriculture Values Projected to Top $7.7B -

The overall projected totals for Mississippi's crop values should top $7 billion for the third straight year, experts say, despite low prices for some goods.

John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said his preliminary estimate of 2014 is over $7.7 billion. Final figures will be available in May.

97. Film and Music Festival to Open Call for Entries -

The On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest has opened its call for entries.

Filmmakers from all over are invited to submit their work to be considered for the 2015 edition of On Location: Memphis. The festival consists of five filmmaking categories – feature, documentary, live action short, animation and music video.

98. CPA Firm Reynolds Bone Adds Audit Partner -

Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC has announced the addition of Ali Sinkular, who brings more than 20 years of experience in the public accounting sector, as the firm’s first female audit partner.

99. MAAR Announces 2014 Award Winners -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors has announced its 2014 award recipients.

The Realtor of the Year honor went to John Stamps of The Stamps Real Estate Co. Greg Renfrow of Marx-Bensdorf Realtors was named the Realtor-Associate of the Year. Debbie Reeves of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency was the Affiliate of the Year, and Doug Collins of Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury earned the Outstanding Leadership Award.

100. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden and Artists’ Link will host the Incognito Art Exhibit, featuring unsigned works by 100 Mid-South artists, Friday, Jan. 8, through Jan. 30 at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The show will culminate in an art gala and silent auction Jan. 30. Admission to the exhibit is free; tickets to the gala are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/incognito or call 901-636-4131.