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1. Evans Petree Names New Shareholders -

Justin R. Giles, Aaron J. Nash and George “Harley” Steffens are the newest shareholders at Evans Petree PC law firm.

Giles had been an associate in the areas of construction and surety law, Nash was an associate in the areas of insolvency and litigation practice, and Steffens was an associate in real estate banking and commercial lending as well as corporate law and private client practice.

2. Wal-Mart to Increase Holiday Hiring 10 Percent -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year.

3. Technology Key to Knoxville’s Improving Economy -

Multiple industry sectors have always been a strength for the Knoxville job market, and that deep bench is helping the area once again as state and national economies improve.

From high-tech spinoffs out of both the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to a strong manufacturing climate, the area is benefiting as both companies and investors ramp up their expansion and hiring efforts, says Rhonda Rice, who serves as executive vice president of the Knoxville Chamber

4. Road to Better Mass Transit -

Picking a new transit chief is critical for a city in transition.

Next year, Nashville residents will elect a new mayor and turn over its large Metro Council.

Davidson County also expects some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years, and much of the success of future development will depend on the ease of navigating around Nashville – already the nation’s second-worst area for sprawl, according to Smart Growth America.

5. Prep Coaches, Players Sold on Jones the Recruiter -

Nothing surprises Murfreesboro Blackman High School football coach Philip Shadowens when it comes to college recruiting.

Shadowens has seen it all – including the flurry of activity created by Blackman senior quarterback and safety Jauan Jennings, rated the No. 18 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com.

6. Brighter Economy Driving Up Holiday Hiring Plans -

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

One after the other, a flurry of major U.S. retail and transportation companies announced sharp increases this week in the number of temporary workers they plan to hire for the holiday season. Collectively, such hiring could reach its highest point this year for stores since 1999, when the economy was roaring and the Great Recession was still eight years away.

7. Wal-Mart to Increase Holiday Hiring 10 Percent -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year.

8. Athletes Behaving Badly -

Make us laugh. That’s all we ask. Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston gets cited for stealing $32 worth of crab legs from a Publix: That’s funny.

Winston gets suspended for the first half of the upcoming Clemson game after shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus while reportedly mimicking an Internet video: Not funny, and really stupid.

9. Airport Authority Approves RedRover Contract -

Memphis International Airport should have a new team of storytellers on board.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board voted Thursday, Sept. 18, to engage Memphis-based RedRover Co. LLC to help craft a multi-platform communications and image campaign for Memphis International, which is transitioning from a Delta Airlines hub to an origin-and-destination airport.

10. Airport Officials Recommend RedRover for Branding Contract -

Memphis International Airport officials are recommending that RedRover Co. LLC be engaged to help develop an image and marketing campaign for the airport, which is reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination facility.

11. Care2Manage Draws on Local Startup Resources -

Ela Emami’s startup Care2Manage is an example of how the startup ecosystem in Memphis is supposed to work, and what the fruits of that ecosystem’s labor can be.

Her venture is a service platform for families with an aging loved one that connects them to social workers and local elder care resources and organizes total health care needs. Rather than launch it by herself or try to go it alone in terms of things like raising cash, refining the business model or acquiring customers, she says the local startup resources she’s taken advantage of have helped her get going – and get going faster.

12. Debt of Gratitude -

Robert Wright began working as a truck driver for Intermodal Cartage Co. in March 2006, making runs to cities across the Southeast.

13. FedEx to Hike Ground, Express Delivery Rates -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – FedEx says it will raise U.S. rates for express, ground and home-delivery shipments by an average of 4.9 percent in January.

The company said Tuesday that rates also will change for FedEx SmartPost, which uses the U.S. Postal Service for final delivery, although it didn't say how much.

14. Social Security Resumes Mailing Benefit Statements -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, the agency announced Tuesday.

15. UPS Expects to Hire Up to 95,000 Seasonal Workers -

ATLANTA (AP) – UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the busy holiday season – an increase from last year, when the company was caught unprepared for a boom in online shopping.

16. Meritan’s Branch Named Among Top Nurses -

Cindy Branch, Meritan’s associate vice president for health services, has been selected to represent Tennessee as one of the nation’s top 50 home care and hospice nurses by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. Branch, a registered nurse, has oversight of Meritan’s nursing programs, including home health, private duty nursing and medical residential homes. She will be recognized at NACH’s annual meeting in October.

17. First South Launches More Secure Cards -

First South Financial is preparing to roll out credit cards embedded with new chip technology that offer users more protection than the standard piece of plastic today.

Starting Oct. 1, the Memphis-based credit union will offer its Visa Platinum credit cards with new EMV chip technology. Cards with such technology, according to the Smart Card Alliance, contain embedded microprocessors that support “enhanced cardholder verification methods” and are regarded as more secure when making purchases online.

18. Apple: Record 4 Million Orders of iPhones on First Day -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won't be delivered until October, Apple said. Phones will still be available Friday on a walk-in basis at Apple retail stores and from various wireless carriers and authorized Apple resellers.

19. Evans Petree Names New Shareholders -

Justin R. Giles, Aaron J. Nash and George “Harley” Steffens are the newest shareholders at Evans Petree PC law firm.

Giles had been an associate in the areas of construction and surety law, Nash was an associate in the areas of insolvency and litigation practice, and Steffens was an associate in real estate banking and commercial lending as well as corporate law and private client practice.

20. Device Library -

The idea of a library might connote the image of some erudite sanctum, one of books, stuffiness, silence and readers lost in thought.

Not so at the McWherter Library on the University of Memphis campus – which, yes, is a repository of the printed word but has also become something of a magnet for gadgets. It’s become, in other words, as much of a collection of devices like 3D printers and GoPro cameras as it is of books.

21. BrownDog Lodge Opens in Cordova -

Luxury dog hotel, daycare and spa BrownDog Lodge has opened a new location in Cordova.

The 426 S. Germantown Parkway location is the second for owner Chip Brown, who opened the original facility in East Memphis in 2007.

22. Allow Innovation to Expand Business Model -

As your innovation efforts begin to move from the ideation to the testing phase, or the co-creation with consumers or customers, outlandish and disruptive concepts present themselves. As messy as children arriving, they show up, saying, "Feed me, let me scream at the top of my lungs, I’m uncivilized,” all without speaking.

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24. New Transportation Service Coming to Midtown -

Ham Smythe IV and Premier Transportation Services are preparing to launch what they’re describing as a “safe and reliable nightlife transportation service” connecting Overton Square and Cooper-Young.

25. Electrolux to Buy GE Appliances -

Sweden’s Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, boosting its presence on the North American market, the companies said Monday.

The acquisition is the largest ever for Stockholm-based Electrolux, ranked as the world’s second-biggest home appliance maker after U.S. rival Whirlpool.

26. Southern Security Expands Collierville Location -

Southern Security Federal Credit Union is planning an expansion to its Collierville location at 765 W. Poplar Ave.

27. Apple Pushes Digital Wallet Service With Apple Pay -

Apple is betting that people want to pay with a tap of the phone rather than a swipe of the card.

The technology company on Tuesday introduced a new digital wallet service called Apple Pay that is integrated with its Passbook credential-storage app and its fingerprint ID security system.

28. Sharpe, HealthNet Find Success in Changing Industry -

As banking has changed in recent years, it’s caused consumers to take another look at the conventional wisdom – including coming to the realization that banking is not limited to, well, banks.

Credit unions tend to be overshadowed by their more traditional brethren, but they generally provide the same services in a way that consumers probably couldn’t even spot the differences between those firms and larger, traditional banks.

29. Memphis Banks Expanding Without Actually Moving -

In banking, growth and expansion don’t have to mean scouting other cities and markets for ideal spots on which to set up new brick-and-mortar locations.

Such locations, in fact, are particularly costly propositions at a time when customers are visiting the drive-thrus and bank tellers at such locations increasingly less as mobile options proliferate. But just because a bank’s physical location doesn’t expand outside of its core market, it doesn’t mean the bank’s deal flow is confined to the same area.

30. Legacy Building -

2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for Legacy Wealth Management, an independent financial planning and portfolio management firm that’s moved into a prominent new space, continued staffing up over the last several months and is preparing to launch a seminar series.

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32. Power Play -

When the Tennessee Valley Authority board voted in August to build a new power plant in Southwest Memphis, it was a decision based on factors larger than the power needs in Memphis.

But it was also a decision that is just as important for Memphis as the decision to build the existing Allen Fossil Plant there 55 years ago.

33. At the Counter -

THE COLLEGE INN, FULL CIRCLE. The future was in my hands. My parents had set me free and I sat there all by myself for the very first time, my own stool at the counter, my own menu in front of me and a cool new show on the TV above. It was 1957. I was eight. The show was Perry Mason. And I was in control.

34. Pain Treatment Center to Open Second Locale -

Comprehensive Pain Specialists, a national player in the field of medical pain treatment centers from Nashville, has signed a lease for 4,713 square feet in Healthcare Realty Trust’s building at 8000 Wolf River Blvd.

35. Regional Airlines Not Sharing in Majors' Success -

DALLAS (AP) – For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

36. Apple Pushes Digital Wallet With Apple Pay -

Apple is betting that people want to pay with a tap of the phone rather than a swipe of the card.

The technology company on Tuesday introduced a new digital wallet service called Apple Pay that is integrated with its Passbook credential-storage app and its fingerprint ID security system.

37. Southern Security Credit Union Expands Collierville Location -

Southern Security Federal Credit Union is planning an expansion to its Collierville location at 765 W. Poplar Ave.

38. Going Home -

Steve Brown, Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. Memphis general manager, and other Realtors remember a time when the headquarters for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors had a bank of telephones along a wall that Realtors in the field flocked to in order to check in with the office.

39. Watchdog: VA Managers Lied About Delays -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department's inspector general said Tuesday.

40. Home Depot Confirms Breach in US, Canada Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shares of Home Depot sank before the opening bell Tuesday after confirming that its payment systems had been hacked, potentially exposing millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian stores.

41. Sara Kyle Claims Democratic Senate Nomination -

Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Roy Herron came to Memphis Monday, Sept. 8, armed with 77 Bible verses on unity to use as Shelby County Democrats gathered to pick their nominee in a November special general election for state Senate District 30.

42. Kyle Gets Democratic State Senate Nod -

Shelby County Democratic Party leaders chose former Public Service Commissioner and Tennessee Regulatory Authority Commission Sara Kyle Monday, Sept. 8, as the Democratic nominee for State Senate District 30.

43. New VA Chief: Veterans Agency Too Complicated -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Veterans Affairs Department with its 14 different password-protected websites is too complicated for most veterans to navigate, new Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Monday, promising to make it easier for them to get disability benefits, health care, job training and other benefits.

44. Electrolux to Buy GE Appliances in $3.3 Billion Deal -

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, boosting its presence on the North American market, the companies said Monday.

45. Midtown West Clinic Sells for $6 Million -

The West Clinic cancer center at 1580 Union Ave. and two vacant parcels have sold for slightly less than $6 million.

46. IRS Says It Has Lost Emails From 5 More Employees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service has lost emails from five more employees who are part of congressional probes into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, the tax service disclosed Friday.

47. Apple to Tighten Online Security After Recent Hack -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple plans to tighten its online security measures to reduce the chances of its users being victimized by intrusions like the ones that stole nude photos from actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities.

48. New Transportation Service Coming to Midtown -

Ham Smythe IV and Premier Transportation Services are preparing to launch what they’re describing as a “safe and reliable nightlife transportation service” connecting Overton Square and Cooper-Young.

49. Regenerate Corporate Cultures -

What’s good for the bee is good for the hive. Marcus Aurelius noted that "If a thing is not good for the hive, it is not good for the bee.” This statement has profound implications for corporate cultures. In a workplace setting, anything that keeps a culture from dynamically regenerating itself is harmful to its people.

50. 10 Secrets to Easy Business Marketing -

We’re the best kept secret in town! I have heard it more than a few times when someone is describing their business, their institution or services. It’s almost bragging rights to be a secret.

51. Democrats Choose State Senate Nominee -

When Shelby County Democratic Party leaders gather Monday, Sept. 8, to pick their party’s nominee in the November special general election for state Senate District 30, it will also be an indication of how deep the wounds run from the party’s disastrous August election outing.

52. Crosby Stresses Importance of Company Culture -

Dr. Scott Morris opens every meeting at the Church Health Center, the innovative Memphis-based health care organization he founded, with a prayer and a story.

53. Tactical Magic Hires New Creative Services Director -

Andi Crawford-Andrus has joined Tactical Magic as the branding agency’s director of creative services.

Before joining Tactical Magic, Crawford-Andrus worked for several local ad agencies, providing her creative expertise to support well-known brands like First Tennessee Bank and Smith & Nephew. She’s worked in creative advertising and branding in Memphis for nearly two decades and has won a handful of professional honors and distinctions from organizations such as the American Advertising Federation, the Medical Marketing Association and the National Agri-Marketing Association.

54. Magazine Honors Pugh’s for Spin-Off -

Floral Management magazine, the official publication of the Society of American Florists, has spotlighted Memphis-based Pugh’s Flowers for its development of a spin-off venture, Lickety Split Couriers.

55. Delta Resuming Cancun Service in December -

Delta Airlines will resume nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport in December.

The flights will be offered on Saturdays starting Dec. 20. The initial flights will run through Jan. 10, 2015, and will then run Feb. 14 to Aug. 15.

56. Services Firms Expand at Record-High Pace -

U.S. services firms expanded in August at the fastest pace on record.

The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its services index rose to 59.6 last month from 58.7 in July. The August figure is the highest recorded since the measure was introduced in January 2008. Fifteen industries reported growth last month. Only mining and arts, entertainment and recreation contracted in August.

57. Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Names Hughes Head of Development -

Memphis-based Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, the nation's largest pharmacy services provider, has announced the appointment of Gentry Hughes as executive vice president, development.

Hughes will be responsible for leading the company's national and regional accounts and channel relationships. Hughes is a health care industry veteran, and is joining CPS after a 15-year career at GE Healthcare, where he spent the last five years as head of the company's U.S. Clinical System Sales and Marketing Division. He's also held leadership positions at Symphony Health Services, Harlan Laboratories and Dynavox. He attended the University of Kentucky and completed his graduate studies at Marquette University.

58. Focus on Teens ‘At Risk of Being Homeless’ -

Not only is Crossroads Campus a successful non-profit operation that’s building a bridge to help homeless animals and potentially homeless young people, it’s also a thriving retail business operation driven by the savvy of executive director Lisa Stetar and her staff.

59. Purrfect Combination -

Nancy Keen Palmer is worried about Lily and Holly.

The worry doesn’t show, though. Only a bright smile lights her face as Lily, a 6-year-old miniature dachshund-Yorkie mix, and her half-sister, Holly, a 7-year-old Yorkie, take turns climbing into Palmer’s lap and lavishing her with licks.

60. Flinn Gets Republican State Senate Nomination -

Fresh from running in the August U.S. Senate Republican primary, George Flinn is back on the Nov. 4 ballot as the Republican nominee in the special general election for state Senate District 30.

61. Fast-Food Protesters Cuffed at Higher-Pay Rallies -

NEW YORK (AP) – Police handcuffed dozens of protesters in cities around the country on Thursday as they blocked traffic in the latest attempt to escalate their efforts to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour.

62. US Services Firms Expand at Record-High Pace -

U.S. services firms expanded in August at the fastest pace on record.

The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its services index rose to 59.6 last month from 58.7 in July. The August figure is the highest recorded since the measure was introduced in January 2008. Fifteen industries reported growth last month. Only mining and arts, entertainment and recreation contracted in August.

63. Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Names New Head of Development -

Memphis-based Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, the nation's largest pharmacy services provider, has announced the appointment of Gentry Hughes as executive vice president, development.

Hughes will be responsible for leading the company's national and regional accounts and channel relationships. Hughes is a health care industry veteran, and is joining CPS after a 15-year career at GE Healthcare, where he spent the last five years as head of the company's U.S. Clinical System Sales and Marketing Division. He's also held leadership positions at Symphony Health Services, Harlan Laboratories and Dynavox. He attended the University of Kentucky and completed his graduate studies at Marquette University.

64. What Does Local Really Mean? -

I make my living helping retail entrepreneurs, franchisees, national restaurants and retailers find the best home for their business in the Mid-South.

Over the past 11 years, I had the opportunity to work with several national branded franchise quick service restaurants, sometimes known in the industry as a “QSR” concept. Many of these franchises are owned by local Mid-South entrepreneurs.

65. Crenshaw’s Lawn Care Business Celebrates 30 Years -

Thirty years is a milestone worth celebrating for almost any venture, and for a small business especially, it’s a hard-won anniversary that comes thanks to a combination of luck and hard work. And there’s also the realization that such a milestone is the exception, a contrast to the large number of entrepreneurs out there who tried but came up short.

66. Southern Airways Expanding Regional Service -

Southern Airways Express is expanding service from the Memphis area. The company announced Thursday, Sept. 4, new cities to be served from its hub at Olive Branch Airport in Olive Branch, Miss.

Southern is launching several new destinations, adding more flights to Atlanta and upgrading its Destin, Fla., service from seasonal to year-round.

67. Behind Big Macs, a Drama Over Corporate Control -

NEW YORK (AP) – Behind those Big Macs and Whoppers is a hidden drama over corporate control.

The fast-food industry is underpinned by an often tense relationship between companies like McDonald's and Burger King and the franchisees who run their restaurants. Few customers think about this when scarfing down burgers.

68. Magazine Honors Pugh’s for Spin-Off -

Floral Management magazine, the official publication of the Society of American Florists, has spotlighted Memphis-based Pugh’s Flowers for its development of a spin-off venture, Lickety Split Couriers.

69. Delta Resuming Cancun Service in December -

Delta Airlines will resume nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport in December.

The flights will be offered on Saturdays starting Dec. 20. The initial flights will run through Jan. 10, 2015, and will then run Feb. 14 to Aug. 15.

70. Storytellers Needed -

Memphis International Airport, in the midst of reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination airport, is looking for some help telling its story.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is seeking a marketing and public relations firm to help get the word out about the transformation.

71. Delta Resuming Cancun Service in December -

Delta Airlines will resume nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport in December.

The flights will be offered on Saturdays starting Dec. 20. The initial flights will run through Jan. 10, 2015, and will then run Feb. 14 to Aug. 15.

72. Stepherson Named Chair-Elect of Grocers Association -

Randy Stepherson has been named 2014-2015 chairman-elect of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association board of directors. Stepherson is president of Stepherson Inc., the family- and employee-owned parent company of Superlo Foods, which has five Memphis-area locations, and Stepherson’s.

73. AutoZone Agrees to Buy Parts Distributor -

A few weeks ahead of its fiscal fourth quarter earnings announcement, Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. disclosed it’s reached a deal to buy Interamerican Motor Corp., the second-largest distributor of original equipment import replacement parts in the U.S.

74. Tactical Magic Hires New Creative Services Director -

Andi Crawford-Andrus has joined Tactical Magic as the branding agency’s director of creative services.

Before joining Tactical Magic, Crawford-Andrus worked for several local ad agencies, providing her creative expertise to support well-known brands like First Tennessee Bank and Smith & Nephew. She’s worked in creative advertising and branding in Memphis for nearly two decades and has won a handful of professional honors and distinctions from organizations such as the American Advertising Federation, the Medical Marketing Association and the National Agri-Marketing Association.

75. The Gold Left on the Table -

I always feel bad for clients of a full-cycle innovation project. After the many ideation and co-creation sessions, there are far too many viable concepts to pursue. In many cases, millions of dollars of market expansion, new products with tested, validated appeal and new licensing opportunities get swept aside just because there are too many possibilities.

76. Court Rules Against FedEx in Labor Case -

A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

77. A More Earth-Friendly Burial Option Now Available -

When Dara Ashworth’s father died this spring after battling metastatic melanoma, she and her two sisters struggled with the best way to honor his life, his memory and his body.

Their father, Leonard Daniel Hamby, 64, a lab technician with the Tennessee Department of Health, didn’t have a specific plan, but the family knew enough about his wishes and knew that he didn’t want a traditional burial.

78. Embracing Cremation -

As business decisions go, this was a tricky one.

Jeff and Steve Murphy, owners of Music City Mortuary, opened their Nashville business in 2001, catering primarily to the needs of other funeral directors, providing transportation, embalming and preparation services, shipping – everything a mortuary business provides.

79. Client Service Remains Top Priority at The Barnett Group -

The Barnett Group, a Memphis-based employee benefits and financial services firm, didn’t get to the point where it’s provided benefits to more than 75,000 people by accident.

It’s always a reality that businesses are looking to do more with less, cut costs and look for areas where resources can be optimized. The industry space in which The Barnett Group operates is a fast-changing one, with a constant stream of new rules and regulations governing it.

80. People Power -

Meg Crosby and her fellow principals at the HR-focused consulting firm PeopleCap chose that name for their organization because of the way they think about the modern workplace – particularly, the ever-changing nature of the employees who populate it.

81. JPMorgan Investigating Possible Cyberattack -

NEW YORK (AP) – JPMorgan Chase, the nation's biggest bank by assets, is working with law enforcement officials to investigate a possible cyberattack, said a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity, though the bank isn't currently seeing any unusual fraud activity at the time.

82. Court Rules Against FedEx in Labor Case -

A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

83. Roberson Named CEO Of Christ Community Health Services -

Ed Roberson is officially the new CEO of Christ Community Health Services after serving as interim CEO for several months.

Roberson, a former chairman of the board at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, stepped in as interim CEO at Christ Community when Dr. Rick Donlon stepped down. Donlon is a Christ Community co-founder.

84. Roberson Named CEO of Christ Community Health Services -

Ed Roberson is officially the new CEO of Christ Community Health Services after serving as interim CEO for several months.

Roberson, a former chairman of the board at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, stepped in as interim CEO at Christ Community when Dr. Rick Donlon stepped down. Donlon is a Christ Community co-founder.

85. Court Rules Against FedEx in Drivers' Labor Case -

DALLAS (AP) – A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

86. Hopson Changes School System’s Front Office -

The set of four regional superintendents of Memphis City Schools came and went and came back in the last 40 years of the school system that merged in 2012 with Shelby County Schools.

Along with the tier of management came verdicts about whether the school system’s central office was becoming more centralized or more decentralized depending on the education climate and trends of the day. The opinions about the effects on centralizing authority or dispersing it also varied greatly.

87. Changing Landscape -

A “high-end” grocery store chain not currently serving the Memphis market has leased the shuttered former Kroger store at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland and should open in the spring, according to a Lakeland official.

88. Southwest, Frontier Add Memphis Flights -

Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines are increasing service at Memphis International Airport, providing more service for local flyers and boosting the facility’s transition away from a high-priced hub airport.

89. TiVo to Make Version for Those Without Cable -

NEW YORK (AP) – Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.

90. Primary Research and Talking Sticks -

Business, organizations, and nonprofits grow with the level of firsthand experiences they have with their prospects, customers, members or donors. These entities both know themselves and also know their audience, their tribe.

91. Kyle Senate Replacement Process Slows -

Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson has slowed down the process of picking a Democratic nominee for the state Senate seat Jim Kyle is giving up effective Sept. 1 to become a Chancery Court judge.

92. Kaaa-BOOM! -

This Labor Day weekend, hundreds of Knoxvillians will be working harder than ever so hundreds of thousands can kick back and relax.

Knoxville is hosting a huge street festival and one of the biggest fireworks shows in the country on Saturday, followed by the first UT game of the season on Sunday.

93. University of Tennessee Students Return to Transforming Campus -

Colleges and universities, no matter how venerable and historic, were designed to move forward, to be progressive.

New academic disciplines are developed, buildings are replaced and tuition goes up. Coaches come and go.

94. Vanderbilt Students Find Happiness in Music City -

As the Class of 2018 begins to poke around the Vanderbilt University campus, the newest Commodores will be met with the highest of expectations.

“This class is projected to have the highest academic quality in our history as measured by high school class rank and SAT scores,’’ says Doug Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions.

95. MERI Receives $150,000 Grant -

The Medical Education and Research Institute has announced that the not-for-profit medical education and research, hands-on training school has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation.

96. Class is In -

For Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken, the demerger of public schools in Shelby County didn’t become “real” until teachers reported the week before the Aug. 4 first day of classes.

97. Start Co. Graduates Newest Batch of Startups -

This week’s Start Co. Demo Day, which brought together more than 500 people involved in the local ecosystem including entrepreneurs, mentors and investors, saw teams presenting their startup ideas in the hopes of securing funding and taking their concepts to the next level.

98. United Lures Top Fliers With Promise of a Hot Meal -

NEW YORK (AP) – To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.

The carrier has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top fliers who defected to other carriers following a rocky merger with Continental Airlines. So, it's upgrading first class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

99. MERI Receives $150,000 Grant -

The Medical Education and Research Institute has announced that the not-for-profit medical education and research, hands-on training school has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation.

100. Airport Authority OKs Concourse Overhaul -

An ambitious effort to reconfigure Memphis International Airport for the future will get underway this fall, when demolition of portions of two concourses begins and a single concessions vendor takes control.