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1. Canadian Pacific Ends CSX Deal Talks -

Canadian Pacific Railway has ended talks with U.S. counterpart CSX about a possible combination and plans no more discussions.

The railway operator did not say on Monday why it ended talks, but it did note in a brief statement that regulatory concerns appear to be a major deterrent for railroads considering combinations.

2. Commission Won't Rehear Domestic Violence Deposit Waiver -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Public Service Commission won't reconsider its order to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days.

The commission voted 3-0 Monday to deny a request from rural water associations and electrical cooperatives to rehear the issue.

3. First Tennessee Customers Can Use Apple Pay -

First Tennessee Bank customers soon will be able to use their First Tennessee debit or credit card from within Apple Pay, the new digital payment service from Apple.

4. Expanding Opportunities -

The popular image of a library may be one of a dowdy old institution that loans out books and demands hushed voices from its patrons. But because of where the library system in Memphis is headed, though, that notion is – no pun intended – overdue for a rethink.

5. Council Wades Into Pension Reform -

For the second time in three weeks, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has made major changes to the overall plan to right the city’s financial condition by changing employee and retiree benefits.

Late Friday, Oct. 17, Wharton proposed a “hybrid” retirement plan for employees that would allow new hires and those with less than 10 years on the job to enroll in a two-part plan that includes a professionally managed market-based fund as well as a 401(k)-like plan.

6. City Council Parses Wharton's Pension Revision -

A weekend revision by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. to his proposed changes in the city’s pension plan goes to Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Oct. 21, in council committees.

The council has set aside a two-hour executive session starting at 1 p.m. to hear from its consultants on Wharton’s original plan, now his new plan and other option.

7. Wharton Proposes Hybrid City Pension Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to change his original proposal from earlier this year to overhaul the city’s pension plan.

Wharton is proposing a new hybrid pension plan that is a mix of a market-based plan and the defined contributions plan, like a 401-k plan, for all city new hires as well as employees with under 10 years of service who are not vested in the city’s current defined benefits plan.

8. Bank of Bartlett Makes Promotions, Hires -

Bank of Bartlett has made a round of promotions and new hires.

Jeffrey Bain has been promoted to assistant branch manager at the bank’s Wolfchase branch, 678 N. Germantown Parkway. Kevin Kelly has been promoted to item processing coordinator in the bank’s intellectual property department, Brian Knack has been promoted to staff accountant and Andrew Mullins-Williams has been promoted to assistant branch manager at the bank’s Germantown branch, 7708 Poplar Ave.

9. MIFA Holiday Cards Now Available -

The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association has unveiled its annual holiday card which features calligraphic art by Sally Jones Heinz, MIFA’s executive director.

10. Ben Little's: Service Station Service in Self-Serve World -

The gentle soul who used to get his hair cut by an Everly Father a couple of doors down – and who pumped 100 percent pure gas to keep country immortal Ernest Tubb movin’ on – has enjoyed the last four-plus decades next to what used to be called Hailey’s Shopping Center.

11. US Retail Sales Fall in September -

U.S. retail sales retreated in September as purchases of autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing slowed, a sign that recent job gains have yet to significantly boost consumer spending.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales dropped 0.3 percent from the previous month. Sales have risen 4.3 percent in the past 12 months, slightly below their historical pace.

12. Obama: ‘Committed’ to Net Neutrality -

President Barack Obama says he is "unequivocally committed" to keeping the Internet free and open, a concept known as net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers shouldn't block, manipulate or slow data moving across their networks.

13. Sullivan Branding Adds Six to Agency’s Ranks -

Sullivan Branding has added six new employees across a variety of agency departments.

Tim Laughlin has joined as digital delivery manager, serving as Sullivan’s in-house developer and digital architect. Digital strategist Jen Clarke also has joined Sullivan, managing content and social media accounts for retail, banking and restaurant clients and advising them on digital strategy.

14. UTHSC Selects Dean of Extramural Affairs -

Dr. John Douglas Seeberg has been named the inaugural associate dean of extramural affairs in the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, effective immediately. Seeberg previously worked as the assistant dean of clinical affairs in the College of Dentistry.

15. Old Dominion Opening Memphis Center Monday -

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. says it is opening a new facility in Memphis.

The freight shipping company says it is opening a new 267-door service center on Monday, Oct. 20.

16. Regions Insurance Expands in Memphis -

The recent expansion of the employee benefits practice of Regions Insurance in Memphis involved the addition of Stuart Zalowitz and Jonathan Frisch, owners of Zalowitz Frisch Benefits Group, along with a team of associates.

17. Thinner iPads, Sharper iMacs in Apple's Lineup -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.

18. Amazon Hires 80,000 Seasonal Holiday Workers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is hiring 80,000 seasonal workers for its distribution centers as it looks to improve its shipping efficiency during the crucial holiday season.

The figure is a 14 percent increase over last year's hiring of 70,000 workers, as Amazon has been opening more distribution centers.

19. Different Windows, Same Views -

THIS MORNING. THIS TOWN. This morning, I woke up in a challenged neighborhood. You know the challenges well.

The population is declining and aging – talking about the good old days, bemoaning the present, fearful of the future. The city is trying to reinvent itself – built on a booming business now faded and all but gone. Young people aren’t returning. One major employer dominates and other jobs are mostly in government or in lower-paying positions in service or tourism. People outside the city point to it as the source of the area’s problems.

20. Freight Shipping Company Opening Memphis Center -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. says it is opening a new facility in Memphis.

21. US Retail Sales Fall in September -

U.S. retail sales retreated in September as purchases of autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing slowed, a sign that recent job gains have yet to significantly boost consumer spending.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales dropped 0.3 percent from the previous month. Sales have risen 4.3 percent in the past 12 months, slightly below their historical pace.

22. UTHSC Selects Dean of Extramural Affairs -

Dr. John Douglas Seeberg has been named the inaugural associate dean of extramural affairs in the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, effective immediately. Seeberg previously worked as the assistant dean of clinical affairs in the College of Dentistry.

23. New Daily Deals Service Expands Into Memphis -

A new daily deals service that has longtime Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak as its spokesman is preparing to expand into Memphis.

The service is Great American Deals, a hyper-local daily deals venture similar to Groupon. Sajak’s friend and business partner, Michael Silber, is the company’s CEO who first came to Sajak a few years ago as he looked for a way to get into the daily deals space around the time Groupon was starting to take off.

24. Two Quotes to Inform Your Leadership -

This week we heard two expressions we are compelled to share with you, our readers. They are “The Fooling Yourself Theory” and “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness.”

25. Garrison Charts New Course for MATA -

The new president of the Memphis Area Transit Authority wants more collaboration with groups that have ideas about where the city’s bus system can gain passengers while keeping those riders who depend on the bus system.

26. Ebola Screening Measures Rest on Federal Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration's plans to screen certain airline passengers for exposure to Ebola are based on the Constitution and long-established legal authority that would almost certainly stand up in court if challenged, public health experts say.

27. Obama: 'Unequivocally Committed' to Net Neutrality -

President Barack Obama says he is “unequivocally committed” to keeping the Internet free and open, a concept known as net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers shouldn’t block, manipulate or slow data moving across their networks.

28. Sullivan Branding Adds Six to Agency’s Ranks -

Sullivan Branding has added six new employees across a variety of agency departments.

Tim Laughlin has joined as digital delivery manager, serving as Sullivan’s in-house developer and digital architect. Digital strategist Jen Clarke also has joined Sullivan, managing content and social media accounts for retail, banking and restaurant clients and advising them on digital strategy.

29. VIA Productions Expands in Memphis -

A month after announcing one acquisition, Memphis-based video production company VIA Productions is still pursuing an “aggressive growth strategy,” including staff additions and more acquisitions.

30. US Service Firms Grow at Healthy Clip -

U.S. service firms expanded at a healthy pace in September, although it was slightly below the record pace set in August.

The Institute for Supply Management reported Friday that its service index dipped to 58.6 last month, down from a reading of 59.6 in August which had been the strongest level recorded since the measure was introduced in January 2008.

31. Kingsport Schools Pursues ‘Comprehensive Approach’ -

Kingsport City Schools goes about improving learning by coming at students and staff from every direction.

“We don’t have the luxury of having random acts of greatness,” Superintendent Lyle Ailshie says.

32. Nashville School News Briefs -

Montgomery Bell Student, Faculty Films Air

Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.

33. Central Centennial -

Central Station is 100 years old, an age that most train stations never reach. And if they do, they get there with some really harrowing years in mid-life.

The landmark at South Main Street and G.E. Patterson Drive marked its centennial this month with hundreds of people taking a look around the now recovered and renovated station as well as Amtrak trains and Canadian National railroad locomotives on the tracks that run by the station.

34. Service Without a Smile: Why Airlines Aren't Nice -

NEW YORK (AP) – Passengers cherish Virgin America for its mood lighting, live TV, fancy cocktails and friendly flight attendants. That nice-guy approach to air travel wins awards and attracts a cult following, but may not fly with Wall Street.

35. November Council Vote On Pension Reform Likely -

Memphis City Council members again delayed final votes on a set of ordinances that would change pension benefits for city employees.

The delay Tuesday, Oct. 7, on third and final reading of several pension ordinances was expected. The items are now on the Oct. 21 council agenda, but council members expect there will not be a vote then either and city Chief Administrative Officer George Little said the administration can live with a further delay.

36. Council Delays Pension Action, Broods Over 'Key Members' Designation -

Memphis City Council members debated who is a “key member” of the body Tuesday, Oct. 7, as they delayed action on changes to city employee pensions into November.

The delay on third and final reading of several pension ordinances was expected. The items are now on the Oct. 21 council agenda. But council members expect there will not be a vote then either and city Chief Administrative Officer George Little said the administration can live with a further delay.

37. Health Law Waivers: Too Complicated to Claim? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

38. Four Memphis Companies Join The TENN -

Launch Tennessee has picked this year’s crop of 10 companies that will participate in The TENN, its master accelerator program for graduates of Tennessee’s nine startup accelerators.

And, like last year, Memphis companies again represent almost half of the statewide batch of companies taking part in the program.

39. NBA Extends Television Deals With ESPN and TNT -

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA and its television partners couldn't wait to extend their contracts.

The league renewed its deals with ESPN and TNT even though two seasons remain on the old ones. With potential competition from Fox looming, both networks were willing to pay generously to secure the rights long term.

40. Wealthy Giving Less to Charity; Utah Tops States -

NEW YORK (AP) – Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

41. Events -

The Mid-South Area Job Fair, presented by the Mississippi Governor’s Job Fair Network and DeSoto County WIN Job Center, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. The fair opens to members of the military, veterans and spouses at 9 a.m. and to the general public at 9:30 a.m. Visit www.jobfairs.ms.gov.

42. Five Reasons to Consider Traverse City -

Here are a few rules: American beach vacations must take place in Florida, wine getaways in Napa, snow adventures in Colorado, and leaf-viewing excursions in New England.

If that’s what you think, think again. In fact, if you’re looking for a year-round destination that features all of these activities and more, you can find it in and around Traverse City, Mich.

43. Five Alternative Ways to Give Back -

The giving season is upon us. For many nonprofits, hospitals, schools, and colleges the next three months are all about fundraising. You will no doubt see an increase in direct mail and e-mail solicitations, Facebook campaigns, billboards, print and TV commercials and personal asks made by of you by friends, family members and associates.

44. Broadening District -

When he goes out to eat, Jackson Kramer tends to prefer small plates, sharing items with his wife, talking back and forth about the food and generally making the experience of cleaning one’s plate a communal experience.

45. City Council Weighs Fluid Benefits Decisions -

Memphis City Council members have third and final votes scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 7, on a set of changes to the city’s pension benefits that are the second of two major sets of reforms in benefits for city employees and retirees.

46. Businesses With Name 'Isis' Fight Bad Brand Image -

Aeran Brent is tired of visitors asking about her store's name or snapping pictures of the sign outside.

Unfortunately, that's life for a small-business owner whose shop – Isis Bridal and Formal – shares a name with ISIS, the acronym of a notorious Islamic militant group that the United States is fighting in Iraq and Syria.

47. UT Names Business School for Haslam, Gets $50 Million -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee has named its College of Business Administration after Jim Haslam in recognition of a $50 million gift from the Haslam family.

The name change also recognizes Haslam's "lifetime of exemplary leadership, consistent adherence to strong core values, selfless service and passion for excellence," the UT Board of Trustees declared in the motion they approved Friday.

48. US Service Firms Grow at Healthy Clip -

U.S. service firms expanded at a healthy pace in September, although it was slightly below the record pace set in August.

The Institute for Supply Management reported Friday that its service index dipped to 58.6 last month, down from a reading of 59.6 in August which had been the strongest level recorded since the measure was introduced in January 2008.

49. Financial Elements of the Innovation Process -

Innovation is a saturated field, but one with a hole in it. Many companies can generate thousands of potentially valuable ideas, but have no accepted cultural method for placing a value on them.

Many of these same companies can do Wicked Thinking, block out Business Model Canvases, and follow a Design Thinking Sprint, but they lack credible and concrete thinking about the financial side of their innovation concepts as the front-end process is progressing.

50. Methodist Opens Care Clinic in Marion -

A subsidiary of Memphis-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has opened a primary care clinic in Marion, Ark., and officials hope more providers will follow suit to close the gap left by the sudden closure of Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis.

51. Archer-Malmo Makes Another Round of Hires -

Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo has made another batch of hires.

The firm has added Mike Annear and Jason Jones to its account service team; Josh Harper, Blaine Lloyd and Drew Fleming to its creative team; and Sarah Brown, Carmen Butts, Carlee Hill, Michael DeVry, Ben Hooper and Addie McGowan to its digital team.

52. Independent Weather Group Joins National Effort -

Cirrus Weather Solutions, the umbrella organization for independent weather service MemphisWeather.net, is a new Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, an initiative by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that works to improve the nation’s readiness against extreme weather events.

53. VESTA Home Show Kicks Off Oct. 4 -

The 2014 VESTA Home Show, presented by West Tennessee Home Builders Association, will be held at Shaw’s Creek Reserve in Piperton and will run from Saturday, Oct. 4, through Oct. 26.

Five local home builders – Kevin Yoon Construction, Taylor Brothers Construction, John Duke, Bryce Homes and Price Hays Construction – have spent the past seven months building houses in the subdivision near Tenn. 196 and Raleigh LaGrange Road.

54. Accredo Health Adding 50 Jobs in Memphis -

Accredo Health Group Inc. will add dozens of jobs in Memphis by the end of 2014.

Accredo, a subsidiary of Express Scripts Holding Co. that has around 1,500 jobs locally, will add 50 new jobs at its Century Center campus in Memphis by the end of the year.

55. Pendulum Swings for Crieve Hall Clocksmith -

Scott Zaft “jumped the wall” and made it out of corporate America to a life in which he’s his own boss and lives in tick-tock precision down a steep driveway and to the rear of a 1950s Crieve Hall rancher.

56. Probate Court Trio Returns for New Terms -

The two judges and clerk whose court is at the center of the practice of estate law in Shelby County were returned to their offices by Shelby County voters in the August county general elections.

Probate Court Judges Karen D. Webster and Kathleen N. Gomes as well as Probate Court Clerk Paul Boyd each faced challengers in the election that drew a 27 percent voter turnout overall.

57. Editorial: Hotel Growth Part of City’s Story -

We seem to have settled the chicken-and-egg argument about more hotel rooms in Memphis.

And with financing now available, here come the rooms and with them opportunities beyond the question about which comes first – hotel rooms or more conference and meeting space.

58. Room for Growth -

Sardor and Gulam Umarov are used to fighting battles with seemingly long odds.

Between 2005 and 2009, the brothers waged a high-profile human rights campaign against the authoritarian government in their native Uzbekistan for the release of their father, Sanjar Umarov, a Germantown businessman thrown into prison for opposing the regime.

59. Independent Weather Group Joins National Effort -

Cirrus Weather Solutions, the umbrella organization for independent weather service MemphisWeather.net, is a new Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, an initiative by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that works to improve the nation’s readiness against extreme weather events.

60. Delta Airlines Makes More Memphis Flight Changes -

Delta Airlines is making more changes at Memphis International Airport.

Delta is adding a second flight between Memphis and New York City’s LaGuardia Airport beginning Feb. 13.

But the airline, which has dramatically reduced service in Memphis over the last several years, is seasonally suspending its nonstop flights between Memphis and Salt Lake City, Utah, from Nov. 2 until June 4.

61. Ballot Questions Highlight November Election -

When Shelby County voters begin making their choices in a week and a half in the last election of 2014, a good number of the choices won’t be among candidates but rather a choice between yes or no.

62. Paragon Bank Reports Profitable Quarter -

Paragon Bank’s most recent quarterly results show the bank sticking to the game plan for the rest of 2014 that Paragon executives outlined earlier this year at the company’s annual meeting.

63. Delta Makes More Changes at Memphis International -

Delta Airlines is making more changes at Memphis International Airport.

Delta is adding a second flight between Memphis and New York City’s LaGuardia Airport beginning Feb. 13.

But the airline, which has dramatically reduced service in Memphis over the last several years, is seasonally suspending its nonstop flights between Memphis and Salt Lake City from Nov. 2 until June 4.

64. Archer-Malmo Makes Another Round of Hires -

Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo has made another batch of hires.

The firm has added Mike Annear and Jason Jones to its account service team; Josh Harper, Blaine Lloyd and Drew Fleming to its creative team; and Sarah Brown, Carmen Butts, Carlee Hill, Michael DeVry, Ben Hooper and Addie McGowan to its digital team.

65. VESTA Home Show Kicks Off Oct. 4 -

The 2014 VESTA Home Show, presented by West Tennessee Home Builders Association, will be held at Shaw’s Creek Reserve in Piperton and will run from Saturday, Oct. 4, through Oct. 26.

Five local home builders – Kevin Yoon Construction, Taylor Brothers Construction, John Duke, Bryce Homes and Price Hays Construction – have spent the past seven months building houses in the subdivision near Tenn. 196 and Raleigh LaGrange Road.

66. Events -

The Metal Museum will host Repair Days Thursday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 5, at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Metalsmiths from across the country will solder, sharpen, remove dents and repair items, with all proceeds benefiting the museum. Visit metalmuseum.org for a schedule of events.

67. Startup Looks to Help Cab Companies Evolve -

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft seem to have been eating the traditional cab industry’s lunch.

A recent graduate of one of the Start Co. startup accelerators in Memphis, though, wants to help cab companies fight back.

68. FedEx Delivers Service to Memphis Causes -

Robin Hicks, communications adviser for FedEx Trade Networks, arrived at the Lucius Burch Natural Area at Shelby Farms Park last week and made her way through the vegetation to the Wolf River.

69. Haslam Working to Stop Shredding of Books -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that he's continuing to negotiate with the U.S. Postal Service to prevent it from shredding Imagination Library books delivered to incorrect addresses.

70. Haslam Tells Tennessee Agencies to Plan for Cuts -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is calling on all state agencies to plan for up to 7 percent spending cuts in the upcoming budget year.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the move comes following a spending year in which revenues fell more than $300 million short of projections, leading the governor to cancel planned raises for state workers and teachers.

71. Accredo Health Adding 50 Jobs in Memphis -

Accredo Health Group Inc. will add dozens of jobs in Memphis by the end of 2014.

Accredo, a subsidiary of Express Scripts Holding Co. that has around 1,500 jobs locally, will add 50 new jobs at its Century Center campus in Memphis by the end of the year.

72. Stuttering Foundation's Fraser Honored for Service -

Jane Fraser, president of the Memphis-based Stuttering Foundation of America, has received an honorary fellowship from the London-based Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. She was selected for her distinguished service in promoting the profession of speech and language therapy. Fraser, whose father started the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947, has served as its president since 1981.

73. Baptist Memorial Health Care Cutting 112 Jobs -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is eliminating 112 jobs across its three-state service area as a cost-cutting measure.

74. Macy's Joins Others in Big Holiday Hiring Spree -

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's plans to hire about 86,000 seasonal holiday workers nationwide to bolster its stores, call centers and distribution hubs, a 3.6 percent increase from last year.

The department store chain, which also operates Bloomingdale's, said Monday that the growth is being fueled by its expanding online business. This year, about 10,000 of the total 86,000 seasonal workers will be based in eight distribution center across the country. Last year, that figure was 7,000, the company said.

75. ATM Fees Keep Climbing, Survey Says -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The penalty for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank rose 5 percent over the past year.

The average fee for using an out-of-network ATM climbed to a new high of $4.35 per transaction, according to a survey released Monday by Bankrate.com. That figure includes $2.77 that banks charge non-customers and $1.58 that banks levy against their own customers for using an outside ATM.

76. Accredo Adding 50 Jobs in Memphis -

Accredo Health Group Inc. will add dozens of jobs in Memphis by the end of 2014.

Accredo, a subsidiary of Express Scripts Holding Co. that has around 1,500 jobs locally, will add 50 new jobs at its Century Center campus in Memphis by the end of the year.

77. Trolley Report First Challenge for MATA Leader -

For the new president and general manager of the Memphis Area Transit Authority, last week’s report on the authority’s grounded trolley system was an introduction to one part of the long-term challenges facing the agency that is public transportation in Memphis.

78. Smart Growth Plan Sets Stage in Germantown -

In 2007, the city of Germantown adopted its Smart Growth plan and accompanying zoning regulations, which promoted more walkable, accessible mixed-use development in its central business district and surrounding neighborhoods.

79. Pentagon Wants Tighter Soldier Loan Protections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aiming to restrict lenders who prey on members of the military, the Obama administration on Friday moved to close legal loopholes that have placed hundreds of thousands of service members at risk of excessive payday and other short-term loan fees.

80. Soft Skills for Emerging Leaders -

As a professional, as a leader, even as a brand ask yourself this critical question: are you empathetic? Do you have the genuine ability to “understand and share the feelings of another.”

81. MATA President Vows New Standards for Trolleys -

The new president and general manager of the Memphis Area Transit Authority said Friday, Sept. 26, that he hopes to have some trolley cars up and running again by the end of the year.

But Ron Garrison also said the transit authority will be overhauling training and repair standards as well as trolleys in the wake of a report from the American Public Transportation Association that found MATA lacking in both areas.

82. Level Nine Provides Concierge Staff on Call -

Jimmy Farrell, a partner at Benefit Recovery Inc., a health care cost-containment firm, was searching for reliable and enjoyable transportation to and from Memphis International Airport for himself, his clients and employees.

83. Inferno Celebrates 15 Years, Charitable Milestone -

Anniversaries are a time of reflecting on past successes, and the Memphis-based advertising, marketing, design and PR firm inferno is at just such a moment. Except the 15-year anniversary it’s now celebrating is as much about where it’s going as where it’s been.

84. New Seat, Same Drive -

Dawn Distler was a bus driver for 10 years, but these days she does her work from the passenger seat.

Knoxville’s new director of transit, on the job since June 1, rides the Knoxville Area Transit buses often, making the most of her commute, traveling to work-related events or taking her staff on a friendly fact-finding mission.

85. NashvilleNext Planners Move to Next Step -

As the city shifts into fall, planners are gearing up for the final phase of NashvilleNext, a three-year long planning process that will have a major impact on growth and development patterns in Davidson County over the next 25 years.

86. HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side -

The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.

87. More Stores, Walk-In Clinics Offering Vaccines and Shots -

Pull up to a local Walgreens and you may be immediately presented with a shot menu: flu, shingles, pneumonia and other options. Theoretically, in one trip to the drugstore you can knock out your flu shot, pick up some ice cream, bread or beer, maybe grab a birthday card for your mother-in-law, and be on your way.

88. Searching for Doctors -

So here’s the offer: lower salary – meaning it will take longer to pay down your student loan debt – less prestige, and perhaps even a questioning of your intelligence and skill.

In 2014, that’s what comes with the decision to become a primary care physician. Recently, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, Mara Gordon, wrote an article for The Atlantic explaining her decision to become a primary care doctor.

89. Senators: Widen Medicaid Program for Frail Seniors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation's frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as states seek to limit long-term medical costs.

90. Prices at the Pump Head Below $3 in Much of US -

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country.

Gasoline prices typically decline in autumn, and this year they are being pulled even lower by falling global oil prices. By the end of the year, up to 30 states could have an average gasoline price of less than $3 a gallon.

91. New CBU Athletic Director Has Lofty Goals On, Off Field -

For generations, the athletic director’s chair received one aging coach after another. It was just the way the college athletics world turned.

After many years, or even decades, the coach would ascend to a bigger office away from the sidelines and guide the program, sharing with young coaches the mistakes he had already made, and hoping at the end of each sports season he was counting more wins than losses.

92. Roxul Opening 17 Years in Making -

U.S Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi searched the 1997 Congressional Record this week before he arrived in Marshall County for the formal opening of the Roxul Inc. plant.

93. Events -

The Mid-South Book Festival will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 28, at locations across Memphis. The festival, presented by Literacy Mid-South, will feature celebrity authors, creative-writing seminars, speaking panels, multiple book stores, music and more. Some events are ticketed, but all are free. Visit midsouthbookfest.org for a schedule.

94. Certified Financial Planner – One Big Thing -

Ray's take: In today’s world of financial specialists, each one has their own view of what you should do – because each one is focused on their own focused area of the big picture: the CPA, the insurance agent, the attorney, etc.

95. 17 Cuts Among ‘Big Changes’ at CA -

The Commercial Appeal is trimming its staff again as part of ongoing cost-saving efforts, and at the same time it’s making what top editor Louis Graham described in a memo to staff as “major changes” to the physical paper itself.

96. Ride the Roo -

As the Cooper-Young Historic District continued to grow and prosper and Overton Square began its rise from the urban ashes, Ham Smythe IV kept hearing the questions.

Friends and acquaintances wanted to know if Smythe, whose family for decades has transported Memphians via their Yellow and Checker Cab services and Premier Transportation Co., could provide a private shuttle service linking the two popular arts, entertainment and retail destinations.

97. Limits on Overseas Mergers Prompt Renewed Debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration's decision to curb the ability of U.S. corporations to skirt taxes by merging with foreign companies kicked off an immediate election-season debate over when and how to tackle the nation's complex corporate tax code.

98. Terminix Launches International Push -

The former chief operating officer of Memphis-based Terminix is the new president of the company’s international division.

Larry Pruitt was one of two new appointments made Monday, Sept. 22, by Terminix, which is part of Memphis-based The ServiceMaster Co.

99. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “The Phantom of the Opera” Wednesday, Sept. 24, through Oct. 5 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

100. Top Five Sales Excuses -

Sales greats have the ability to adapt based on their audience, are able to embrace rejection as an express pass to their next “yes,” and generally have a high degree of emotional intelligence. But even veteran sales pros can fall into the trappings of excuse making as a way to cope with sales hurdles.