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1. More Optimism Among Middle Class Buoys US Consumer Sentiment -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans were more optimistic about their incomes and personal finances this month, particularly among lower and middle-class households, lifting consumers' outlook.

2. US Economy Grew at 2.1 Percent Rate in Third Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the summer than previously reported, mainly because businesses restocked their goods at a stronger pace than first thought.

The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the July-September period, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It previously estimated growth of 1.5 percent.

3. Home Values Point to a Sharp Wealth Divide Within US Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's still possible in Boston for a mail carrier, an accountant and a Harvard-trained psychiatrist — basically, the crowd from "Cheers" — to live as neighbors.

That finding by the real estate brokerage Redfin makes the capital of Massachusetts a rarity at a time when neighborhoods in most U.S. cities are increasingly isolated from each other by income and home values.

4. Spurs Snap Grizzlies' Four-Game Winning Streak, 92-82 -

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs played poorly, were not sharp and heard all about it during a fiery timeout.

Imagine if they had lost.

Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points, Tony Parker had 18 and the Spurs held on to snap the Memphis Grizzlies' four-game winning streak with a 92-82 victory Saturday night.

5. Killing Keystone XL, Obama Says Pipeline Not in US Interests -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama killed a Canadian energy giant's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring the proposed project wouldn't serve U.S. national interests and would have undercut America's global leadership on climate change. The decision capped a seven-year saga that spiraled into one of the biggest environmental flashpoints of Obama's presidency.

6. Burst of Hiring: US Employers Added 271,000 Jobs in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring roared back in October after two weak months, with employers adding a robust 271,000 jobs and likely setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

7. US Factories Grow at Slowest Pace in 2½ Years; Hiring Falls -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity grew last month at its slowest pace since May 2013 as manufacturers pared their stockpiles and cut jobs.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of factory activity slipped to 50.1 in October from 50.2 in September. The figures barely signal growth, which is any reading above 50.

8. This week in Memphis history: October 30-November 5 -

2010: Election day in Memphis and Shelby County with a referendum on the first metro government charter to reach the ballot in 39 years. The proposed charter for a consolidated Memphis-Shelby County government narrowly passes in the city with 51 percent of the votes – a margin of 2,337 over those voting no. However, the dual referendum is crushed in the parts of the county outside Memphis – with 85 percent, or 76,988, voting against it compared to 13,633 votes for it.

9. ESPN Announces Layoff -

With the NBA basketball season just starting up, ESPN has made an announcement that may seem quite shocking. They are planning to lay off 300 employees, or 4 percent of their 8,000-person workforce. Given that ESPN is a worldwide authority in sports, this news seems a bit jarring at first.

10. US Home Values and Rents Defying Global Slowdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. housing appears to be insulated so far from the cooling global economy.

Home values and rental prices are steadily rising, fueled by strong demand and a tight supply of available properties, a pair of reports Tuesday showed. The solid demand drove sales growth early this year and spurred additional construction.

11. US New Home Sales Fall Sharply In September -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new homes plunged sharply in September to the slowest pace in 10 months, as higher prices and slower overall economic growth weigh on the housing market.

The Commerce Department said Monday that new-home sales slumped 11.5 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 468,000, the lowest level since November of 2014. September's drop ended a two-month streak of accelerating sales.

12. Strategic Foresight For Key Projects -

Here are notes from the back end of Innovation conference 2015, in San Jose, California. These tips come from a workshop led by Tamara Carleton, Innovation Leadership Board LLC.

13. Why Optimism About the US Economy's Strength Has Dimmed -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers, fueled by job growth, cheaper gas and higher home values, would drive the U.S. economy through a global slump.

That was the widespread hope just a few months ago. Now, doubts are growing that the United States can withstand economic pressures flowing from overseas. Economies in China, Canada, Brazil and Europe are struggling. Canada, the largest U.S. trading partner, is in recession.

14. Boyle Buys Vining Sparks HQ For $16.3M -

776 Ridge Lake Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $16.3 million

Sale Date: Oct. 15

15. Here’s How Vols Grade Going Into Second Half -

Order has been restored in Vol Nation, at least for now.

Tennessee’s football team restored it with a 38-31 victory over then-No. 19 Georgia last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

UT’s rally from a 24-3 deficit has much of the fan base back on board with Vols coach Butch Jones and his staff after a precarious week leading up to the game.

16. First Horizon Set to Buy Back Shares, Keep Lid on Expenses -

The week’s end found the chairman and CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company in a bit of a philosophical mood about his financial institution, First Horizon National Corp., as well as the industry as a whole.

17. Better Titans Doing Nothing for Whisenhunt’s Record -

The whispers are already out there. How much job security does Ken Whisenhunt really have with the Tennessee Titans?

It seems a little soon for message boards and talk radio to be discussing the ouster of the Titans coach, but such is life in the coaching fish bowl when you lose games that should go into the win column, like the Titans have done in their past two games.

18. Holmes Road Warehouse Gets $5M Expansion -

Panattoni Development Co. has filed a $5 million building permit for interior alterations to the Memphis Oaks III warehouse.

19. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgages Falls to 3.76 Pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell sharply this week amid concern over a labor market that has shown recent signs of weakness.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 3.76 percent from 3.85 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages declined to 2.99 percent from 3.07 percent.

20. Knoxville Police, Fire Hire Employees Despite Red Flags -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Records show the Knoxville police and fire departments hired multiple employees over the past decade despite red flags in their applications.

Some of the warning signs included drug use and poor driving records, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

21. New Deputy Memphis AD Mark Alnutt Has Power Five Aspirations -

Looking back, Mark Alnutt always was an inside guy.

As a kid, this wasn’t by choice. His asthma was so bad that flare-ups would have him spending several days in hospital oxygen tents.

Not until he was in the sixth grade, when inhalers were readily available, did Alnutt get to play little league football.

22. Index of US Economy Shows Small Gain in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — An index of future U.S. economic health edged up slightly in August after a flat reading in July. The outcome in both months signaled economic growth could be moderating.

23. Fed Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged -

The Federal Reserve is keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation and unstable financial markets.

Ending a highly anticipated meeting, Fed officials said Thursday that while the U.S. job market is solid, global pressures may “restrain economic activity” and further drag down already low inflation.

24. Mayoral Contenders Break New Ground In Last TV Debate -

Even after numerous debates, including three on television, it turns out the four major candidates for Memphis mayor did have a few new things to say during the last televised debate of the 2015 election year.

25. Citing Low Inflation, Fed Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation and unstable financial markets.

26. Obama Using Business CEOs Meeting to Apply Budget Pressure -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to avoid another contentious budget showdown and warned that the economy would surely take a hit if the government shuts down again.

27. As Fed Meets, Decision on Rate Hike Seems Like a Toss-Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Will they or won't they?

Nine years after they last raised their benchmark interest rate and after months of feverish speculation, Federal Reserve policymakers this week may finally raise that rate from a record low near zero.

28. US Job Openings Soar to Record High of 5.8 Million in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of available jobs jumped sharply in July to the highest level in 15 years, evidence that confident employers sought to step up hiring to meet greater demand for their goods and services.

29. US Jobless Rate Falls to 7-Year Low; Fed Move Still Unclear -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to raise interest rates from record lows later this month.

30. Q&A: What Are the Signs of a 'Bear Market' for Stocks -

The stock market's sharp downturn in recent weeks has pulled the three major U.S. stock indexes into what is known as a "correction." But when does a market correction effectively end a bull market and usher in a full-blown bear market?

31. Loss of Confidence or Loss Of Overconfidence? -

As you already know, markets have gyrated wildly over the last eight trading days. While suspicions of crisis have developed, the market has behaved as if crisis were already upon us.

Broad measures of volatility recorded record gains last week, market mechanics fractured at Monday, Aug. 24’s open and ETF prices became dramatically disconnected from underlying value.

32. US Stocks Close Flat Friday After Volatile Week -

U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme.

The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China's economy. The rebound Wednesday and Thursday was just as sharp as investors decided to scoop up beaten-up stocks.

33. US Economy's Second Quarter Went From Solid to Stellar -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds.

34. US Consumer Confidence Shows Sharp Rebound in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence rebounded in August to the strongest reading in seven months after having fallen sharply in July.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence increased to 101.5 in August, up from a revised July reading of 91.0. It was the best showing since January.

35. Applications for US Jobless Aid Tick Up to Still-Low 277K -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose slightly last week, yet remained at a low level consistent with a solid job market.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment applications climbed 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 277,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 5,500 to 271,500.

36. Measure of US Economy's Future Health Slips in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy declined slightly in July yet still pointed to modest growth in the months ahead.

The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators dropped 0.2 percent in July, after healthy gains of 0.6 percent in both June and May.

37. Scott Sharpe Named CAO Of District Attorney General’s Office -

Scott Sharpe recently was named chief administrative officer of the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office following the departure of longtime CAO Priscilla Campbell.

38. US Paychecks Grow at Record-Slow Pace in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers.

39. Extended Slump in Oil Taking Toll on Industry, Economy -

NEW YORK (AP) — As drivers, shippers and airlines continue to enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and employment that are hurting economic growth.

40. US Economy Posts Solid 2.3 Percent Growth Rate in Q2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year.

41. US Pending Home Sales Slip in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of signed contracts to buy homes fell in June, as limited supplies of homes on the market are holding back possible sales growth.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index declined 1.8 percent to 110.3 last month. Still, strong demand from would-be buyers has pushed the index up 8.2 percent during the past 12 months.

42. As Fed Meets, It Edges Toward First Rate Hike Since 2006 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is getting close to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, perhaps in September. When it meets this week, though, don't expect any timetable for a rate hike to be spelled out in a post-meeting statement. For now, the Fed wants to keep its options open.

43. Memphis Sole -

The football field measurements are perhaps inevitable in describing just how big Nike’s Northridge distribution center in Frayser is after its $301 million expansion.

The 2.8 million-square-foot facility – the equivalent of 49 football fields – is Nike Inc.’s largest distribution center in the world.

44. Granddad, Hambone And The KKK -


Before their last sheety little show here a couple of years ago, an Exalted Cyclops of the KKK – must be just one hole in his hood – was quoted on Channel 5 and in The Huffington Post, “Y’all are going to see the largest rally Memphis, Tennessee, has ever seen. It’s not going to be 20 or 30 – it’s going to be thousands of Klansmen from the whole United States.”

45. Why Airlines Keep Pushing Biofuels: They Have No Choice -

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel.

46. Yellen: Fed Still on Track to Raise Rates This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed is on track to start raising interest rates later this year but expressed multiple concerns over headwinds that are still holding back the U.S. economy.

47. Fed Officials Still Cautious in June About Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers last month saw signs that the economy was healing after its winter slump but still wanted more signs of improvement before they began raising interest rates.

48. MPLOYment Opportunities -

John Hickman has been consumed lately by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s upcoming centennial celebration. Parties need to be planned. Showings and displays must be coordinated. Marketing must be launched. And the facility must look great.

49. Piano-Playing Senator's Latest Tune: New Education Policy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?

In Sen. Lamar Alexander's case, he sits down at a borrowed piano in his Capitol Hill office and, with a grin, bangs out "The Memphis Blues."

50. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Controversial Execution Drug -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

51. US Economy Not As Bad in First Quarter, Paving Way for Rebound -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, just not as much as previously estimated. More recent data show that the weakness was largely temporary, with a rebound in the works for the April-June quarter.

52. US Wholesale Prices Jump in May, Led By Eggs, Gasoline -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prices at the wholesale level rose at the fastest pace in nearly 3 years in May, pushed higher by a sharp jump in the cost of gasoline and a record increase in the price eggs related to an outbreak of avian influenza. But outside of increases in volatile food and energy costs, core inflation remained moderate.

53. Proton’s Weaver Wizard of Tech Innovation -

On any given day, business executives, scientists and chemical engineers from across the U.S. and around the world come to East Tennessee to see for themselves the renewable energy technology developed by Lenoir City-based Proton Power Inc.

54. Memphis Bridge Club Fundraising for Alzheimer’s -

The Memphis Bridge Club will join hundreds of bridge clubs across the country to raise money by playing in a day-long game of bridge and other games, allowing players to honor friends and loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s disease while also keeping their own mental skills sharp.

55. Applications for US Jobless Aid Remain Low at 279,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, yet remained at a historically low level that points to a healthy job market.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for jobless aid increased 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 279,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 3,750 to 278,750.

56. Memphis Bridge Club Raising Money for Alzheimer’s -

The Memphis Bridge Club will join hundreds of bridge clubs across the country to raise money by playing in a day-long game of bridge and other games, allowing players to honor friends and loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s disease while also keeping their own mental skills sharp.

57. Mickelson Calls TPC Southwind ‘Most Underrated Course’ on PGA Tour -

Phil Mickelson may or may not win this year’s FedEx St. Jude Classic. But last Wednesday, or one day before competition started, he did the FESJC a solid when talking about the TPC Southwind course.

58. Building the Bank of the Future -

When Triumph Bank holds the grand opening ceremony June 16 for its sleek, ultramodern-looking branch in Germantown, at 7550 West Farmington Blvd., it will be the culmination of a wholesale shift in the banking industry that Triumph CEO Will Chase has been thinking about for years.

59. Fed Sees Moderate Economic Growth Around Country This Spring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in most regions of the country in April and May, as consumers ramped up spending at retailers and auto dealers, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

60. Fed Minutes Indicate June Rate Hike Unlikely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed when they met last month that June would be too early to start raising interest rates, as they debated whether the economy's winter weakness would fade or persist.

61. US Industrial Output Falls for 5th Month on Lower Drilling -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A plunge in energy-related drilling and sluggish manufacturing sent U.S. industrial output down for a fifth straight month in April.

Overall industrial production slid 0.3 percent in April after a drop of the same size in March, the Federal Reserve said Friday. The figures suggest that weakness in manufacturing and mining is weighing heavily on the economy.

62. Fed Chair Yellen Says Stock Market Prices 'Quite High' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday described stock market valuations as high and said the central bank was carefully monitoring their impact on financial stability.

63. Survey: Hiring By US Businesses Slows Sharply in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, a private survey found, as the strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices.

64. Growth in US Services Firms Picked Up Speed Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms' growth accelerated in April, fueled by more orders, rising sales and an uptick in hiring. The figures provide solid evidence that the economy is recovering from its first-quarter stumble.

65. Blame Fed for Lame Q1 GDP? -

The U.S. economy grew 0.2 percent in the first quarter, well below analyst consensus. The fairly typical excuses followed the release, from weather to port strikes, to the first quarter growth curse that has stifled Q1 numbers since the financial crisis. The Fed even brushed off the weak numbers as a consequence of “transitory factors.”

66. $100 Million for a Home? Luxury Buyers Reach a New Threshold -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The poshest of luxury homes are acquiring the cachet of a masterwork by Picasso or Matisse.

Rather than settle for garages of antique cars or a museum's worth of paintings, billionaires are increasingly willing to pay $100 million for homes that can serve as showcases for their fortunes, according to an analysis issued Thursday by Christie's International Real Estate.

67. Applications for US Unemployment Aid Plunge to 15-Year Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to the lowest level in 15 years last week, evidence that employers are laying off few workers despite a sharp slowdown in economic growth.

68. US Economy Barely Grew in First Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year, battered by a triple whammy of harsh weather, plunging exports and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling.

69. Will Tennessee Republicans Ever Be Truly Happy? -

Why aren’t Tennessee Republicans happier?

With the GOP so dominate in the Tennessee General Assembly and losses so rare – on the Hill or in elections – the party’s lawmakers should be jubilant with this year’s session. But it’s never enough.

70. With Economy Uncertain, No Fed Rate Hike is Seen Before Fall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For 6½ years, the Federal Reserve has held its key interest rate near zero, and for nearly that long the financial world has speculated about when the Fed will start raising it.

71. US New Home Sales Collapse in March, Falling 11.4 Percent -

Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted in March, as the spring buying season opened with sharp declines in the Northeast and South.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that new-home sales fell 11.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. This marks a swift reversal from an annual sales pace of 543,000 in February, which had been the strongest performance in seven years.

72. Employers Cut Jobs in 31 US States as Growth Slows -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers in 31 U.S. states cut jobs last month as weak economic growth weighed on hiring and a slowdown in oil and gas drilling caused big job losses in some states.

73. Predicting the NBA Playoffs: LeBron Doesn’t Win Another Ring -

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger, when asked to offer an opinion on the most deserving candidate for NBA Most Valuable Player, recoiled, laughed, and took a pass.

“I’m not touching that one,” he said. “Might be seeing some of those jokers in the next couple of weeks.”

74. US Homebuilders' Outlook for Spring Sales Surges -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic that sales will perk up in coming months as the spring home-selling season unfolds.

That would bode well for home construction, which slowed early this year as severe winter weather halted new projects in the Northeast and Midwest.

75. Tigers Notebook: Paxton Lynch Stays Sharp in Spring Game -

Paxton Lynch completed 18-of-23 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns at Friday Night Stripes held at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Lynch also was named the winner of the Jeremy Williams Award, presented to the most outstanding player during the 15-practice spring session.

76. US Job Openings Surge, Yet Employers Slow To Hire -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. job openings surged in February to a 14-year high, yet employers filled fewer of those jobs than in the previous month.

On a brighter note, the Labor Department also said Tuesday that layoffs fell sharply. Taken together, the figures suggest that signs of a stumbling economy prompted U.S. businesses to pull back on hiring. But they weren't spooked enough to cut more jobs.

77. US Service Firms Grew at Slightly Slower Pace Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms expanded at a slightly slower yet still healthy pace in March, an encouraging sign after multiple reports last week pointed to a slowing economy.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its services index slipped to 56.5 last month, from 56.9 in February. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion.

78. Humble Grilled Cheese Gets Royal Treatment From Nashville's Top Chefs -

If you were looking to celebrate National Whipped Cream Day, then you’ll have to wait until next year on Jan 5.

National “I Want Butterscotch Day” has also passed.

And National Frog Legs Day? It only comes around every four years to celebrate Leap Day.

79. Consumer Sentiment Slips in March on Bad Weather -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Bad weather and rising gasoline prices pushed U.S. consumer sentiment a bit lower in March.

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index slipped to 93 this month from 95.4 in February. Richard Curtin, chief economist for the survey, notes that consumer optimism was the highest in a decade for the first three months of 2015 despite the dip in March.

80. ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ -

After getting his degree in social work, Don Leyrer, 62, spent the first half of his career in the field, including housing abused children, before moving on to law enforcement as a probation officer.

81. Applications for US Unemployment Benefits Fall Sharply -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that strong hiring will likely continue.

Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 36,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The drop nearly reversed a large increase from last month, which likely occurred because of cold weather and snowstorms.

82. Dr. Phil Delivers Hockey Therapy to the Masses -

Dr. Phil toys with me as he allows me to work my center and left wing to get the puck tantalizingly close to his net.

Then that big smile erupts on the face of a man who hands out “Live With Happiness” dog-tags – like the one dangling beneath his Hawaiian shirt – as he passes through life. With a couple of cagey quick twists of his wrists, Dr. Phil clears his end of the rink and fires a slap shot past my befuddled defensemen and goalie.…

83. Traffic Up at Southwest Airlines, Down at American -

Airline stocks fell Monday after oil prices rose again and Southwest and American each reported weakness in a key revenue figure.

Both airlines indicated that there were more empty seats on planes than a year earlier, which could reinforce concern that airlines might add too many flights for the current level of travel demand.

84. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants -

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

85. Spokeswoman: Republican Rep. Nunnelee of Mississippi Dies -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi, a fiscal and social conservative elected to Congress in a Republican wave of 2010, has died. He was 56.

Elizabeth Parks, the spokeswoman in Nunnelee's congressional office, said he died Friday in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi.

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

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

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

87. US Unemployment Benefit Applications Plunge to 15-Year Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy.

Weekly applications dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the lowest level since April 2000. It is also the biggest decline in two years. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 8,250 to 298,500.

88. December Home Sales Increase Sharply -

Shelby County home sales jumped significantly in December when compared to December 2013.

Shelby County recorded 1,843 home sales in December, up 26.1 percent from 1,142 homes sold in December 2013. The average sales price of a home in December was $133,075, down 3.1 percent from $137,314 in December 2013.

89. This week in Memphis history: January 23-29 -

2014: Sharp Corp. executives announced the company would end the production of solar panels at its Memphis plant effective in March with the loss of 300 of the 450 jobs at the Hickory Hill facility.

90. Fed Survey Finds Moderate Economic Growth -

The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in December and early January, helped by gains in sales of autos and other consumer products, increased factory production and a pickup in tourism in various parts of the country, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

91. Strickland In Mayor's Race, Wharton Responds -

After months of speculation, Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland confirmed Thursday, Jan. 15, he is in the 2015 race for Memphis mayor.

92. Key Interest Rate Falls as Investors Seek Safety -

NEW YORK (AP) – A barometer of Wall Street's anxiety flashed red on Wednesday, when traders rushed to the safety of U.S. government bonds.

The surge in demand for Treasurys knocked a key interest rate to its lowest level since May 2013.

93. Fed Survey Finds Moderate Economic Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in December and early January, helped by gains in sales of autos and other consumer products, increased factory production and a pickup in tourism in various parts of the country, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

94. 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.

95. US Construction Spending Slips 0.3 Percent in November -

A sharp slowdown in government-built schools and infrastructure caused U.S. construction spending to fall slightly in November.

The Commerce Department said Friday that construction spending slipped 0.3 percent in November, after having climbed an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in October and 0.6 percent in September.

96. 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.

97. US Construction Spending Slips 0.3 Percent in November -

A sharp slowdown in government-built schools and infrastructure caused U.S. construction spending to fall slightly in November.

The Commerce Department said Friday that construction spending slipped 0.3 percent in November, after having climbed an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in October and 0.6 percent in September.

98. US Consumer Sentiment at Highest Point in 8 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers are more optimistic about the economy than at any other time in the past eight years, buoyed by more jobs and falling gas prices, a survey finds.

The University of Michigan said Tuesday that its index of consumer sentiment has jumped to 93.6 from 88.8 in November. December's reading is the highest since January 2007, nearly a year before the Great Recession officially began.

99. US Companies Eager to Embrace Cuba Face Hurdles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.

100. Fed Promises 'Patient' Approach to a Rate Increase -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. job market and economy. But it says it will be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.