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1. Yellen: Greatly Concerned By Widening Inequality -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.

2. NHL Bringing 2016 All-Star Game to Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Timing had been the only question about Nashville hosting the NHL All-Star game, and the league finally has the answer.

Music City will be hosting the league's showcase event in 2016 on Jan. 30-31 at Bridgestone Arena – home to the Nashville Predators.

3. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

4. Whole Foods to Roll Out Rankings for Produce -

Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.

Most notably, the supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use.

5. HopeWorks Starts Series Aimed at Fighting Poverty -

HopeWorks is initiating a new educational series that aims to educate and equip community members actively seeking to join in the fight against poverty.

The “Understanding Poverty” series will feature a variety of guest speakers who are specially trained in particular levels of poverty and will lend advice on developing individual worth and becoming financially independent.

6. City Hall Opens Enrollment on Changing Health Plan -

City of Memphis employees just emerged from the open enrollment period for the still-evolving changes in health insurance benefits for 2015. And city retirees are about to enter their open enrollment period for the same benefits plans that take effect in January.

7. Editorial: Questions and Candidates for November -

The last election of 2014 is underway with early voting across the state and in Shelby County.

And the questions for voters continue to be not only whom but what to vote for.

The ballot includes a dozen referendums, from a city charter amendment to wine in grocery stores to liquor by the drink to the four proposed amendments to the Tennessee Constitution.

8. Time is Now -

For now, the Memphis Grizzlies’ window of opportunity is open.

With four straight playoff appearances in the immediate past, there is no reason to believe the Grizzlies won’t get there again. But it’s not about just getting there, not about playing a tough seven-game series, as the Grizzlies did in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against Oklahoma City last season, only to come home after a dispiriting Game 7 loss.

9. 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.

10. Alexander, Ball Spar in Lone Tennessee Senate Forum -

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Gordon Ball in their first and only joint appearance of Tennessee's U.S. Senate race on Thursday attacked each other as unsuited to hold the office.

11. Schools Leaders Move Toward Cooperation -

As the Achievement School District weighs a short list of a dozen low-performing Memphis schools for the state-run school district in the next school year, Shelby County Schools officials are involved in the selection process far more than they have been in past years.

12. Exploring Possibilities -

Just a few weeks before construction is scheduled to begin on the Big River Crossing boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge, bicycle riders will gather in West Memphis for a 100-kilometer bike ride designed to showcase what’s on the other side of the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River.

13. Whole Foods to Roll Out Rankings for Produce -

Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.

Most notably, the supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use.

14. Plans for Lakeland Prep Start to Move -

Some of the six suburban school systems were already looking ahead to building new schools before they opened for their inaugural year this past August.

This week, the Lakeland Board of Commissioners became the first of the suburban governments to move toward financing new school construction for what would be called Lakeland Prep.

15. Ailing Global Economy Could Lead Fed to Delay Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that's spooked investors across the world.

16. Mississippi State Finds Itself in Historic Times -

In the 78-year history of the Associated Press college football poll, it had never happened. A team that was unranked at season’s start had never ascended to the top spot.

Now, Mississippi State has made that history as the Bulldogs climbed to No. 1, leaping from being tied at No. 3 with Ole Miss to go in front of former No. 1 Florida State. This was the reward after beating then-No. 2 Auburn 38-23 last Saturday.

17. 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.

18. Bringing Innovation to Innovation -

Notes from a keynote by John Kao, BEI 2014, Las Vegas

2.6 billion Google queries were on "innovation" last month, Kao posits. The issue, there is no shared definition, or mental map, of innovation. We are creating a tower of Babel effect.

19. 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.

20. 'I Voted' Stickers Feature GOP Name in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – No matter how Tennessee voters cast their ballots, they'll be offered "I Voted" stickers featuring the name of a key Republican who's not running for office – yet.

21. Beasley’s Short Stint With Grizzlies Ends -

The Memphis Grizzlies signed forward Michael Beasley as a free agent to a nonguaranteed contract on Sept. 25. Beasley had been drafted by Miami No. 2 overall in the 2008 NBA Draft.

22. HopeWorks Starts Series Aimed at Fighting Poverty -

HopeWorks is initiating a new educational series that aims to educate and equip community members actively seeking to join in the fight against poverty.

The “Understanding Poverty” series will feature a variety of guest speakers who are trained in particular levels of poverty and will lend advice on developing individual worth and becoming financially independent. The first HopeWorks UP session, which is free and open to the public, will feature Larry James, president and CEO of CitySquare in Dallas, Oct. 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at White Station Church of Christ, 1106 Colonial Road.

23. Does Your Business Need a Fractional CIO? -

With the final quarter of the year underway, many small- to mid-size businesses are planning their budgets for 2015, and technological expenses will likely play a role in the process.

Many of these business owners struggle with questions around whether upgrading equipment and existing infrastructure is worth the ROI, or if updating certain software and programs is a viable option to improve the company’s functionality.

24. Confusion Rampant on Judicial Selection Issue -

The only real controversy locally about the proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution on judicial selection is confusion about how the race for Tennessee governor on the same Nov. 4 ballot is connected to the votes on that and three other amendments.

25. After Florida, How Do Vols Get Excited About UTC? -

Look around the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium about mid-afternoon Saturday.

No more human orange-and-white checkerboard in the stands. Some empty seats, for sure. The most diehard of UT football fans will turn out to cheer for their beloved Vols against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

26. Future Looks Worse for the Aging Titans -

If the Tennessee Titans want to find a blueprint for fixing the mess this franchise has become, perhaps they should study the team that’s coming to LP Field this Sunday.

What, you say?

27. Connecting Creatives -

In a body of water, an undercurrent is something that moves beneath the surface and which, though it might be unseen, is unwise to ignore, especially when it flows in the opposite direction of currents visible on the surface.

28. US Mortgage Rates Down for Third Straight Week -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average U.S. mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, making it more affordable to borrow to buy a home.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year loan fell to 4.12 percent from 4.19 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, also declined to 3.3 percent from 3.36 percent.

29. Sen. Alexander Sheds Feel-Good Image in Tennessee Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Forget the syrupy, feel-good message so common to Lamar Alexander's past political campaigns. This time, the Tennessee Republican is going into attack mode.

With early voting in the U.S. Senate race set to kick off next week, the two-term incumbent has unleashed two television ads hammering his previously little-known Democratic opponent, Gordon Ball, as a proxy for President Barack Obama and as a "slick-talking personal injury lawyer."

30. Joining the Team -

As football and basketball seasons start up again, questions have started to arise about working in professional sports. Let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t want to get up and go to work for their favorite sports franchise? Every day would be fun and exciting – and we might even meet a few of the players!

31. Memphis Football Managing Rising Expectations -

A college football coach is nothing without his canons, those principles and precepts that keep the focus tight and trained only on the next game, the next opponent.

But when success comes at levels not previously experienced, a coach will slip and show you his humanity. University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente did this the other day, amid a barrage of questions about recognition and attention after the Tigers went up to Cincinnati and destroyed Tommy Tuberville’s Bearcats 41-14.

32. 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.

33. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will present “Music and the Movement” Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. in Hooks-Hyde Hall, 450 Mulberry St. The evening will include a brief museum tour that shows how music influenced episodes of the civil rights movement over time, followed by a panel discussion and live music. Cost is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

34. Local Tech Startup Growth On Right Path -

More than 500 Memphis business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and innovators gathered at the Orpheum Theatre in late August, but they weren’t there for the latest show from Broadway.

They convened to participate in Start Co. Demo Day, when 15 innovative startups from a variety of sectors unveiled their products.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. Presenting the Wild, Wild SEC West -

Historic stuff. Unbelievable stuff. That’s the short description for Ole Miss and Mississippi State sharing the No. 3 ranking in this week’s Associated Press poll and the top spot, with Auburn, in the SEC West standings.

39. US Job Growth Is Rising Solidly, So Why Isn't Pay? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Where are the pay raises?

Employers in the United States are hiring at a brisk pace. Unemployment has sunk to a nearly healthy rate. Jobs are being filled across a range of industries.

40. Take Time to Connect and Share -

The drive to the meeting was inspirational. The weather was perfect, the lights were green, and someone even let me in the line of traffic right before it merged to the left.

I had a newness of thought as I weighed possible solutions to the problem to be discussed at the meeting. I wondered what insights others would offer to the situation. I took my place at the table and looked down at the agenda. There was no discussion planned. It was just a report of what had been, what is and what will continue to be.

41. Keystone Educator Named Teacher of the Year -

A fourth-grade teacher at Keystone Elementary School was recognized Thursday, Oct. 2, as Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year.

Karen Vogelsang was recognized by state leaders, including Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

42. 30-Year Mortgage Rate Averaging 4.19 Percent -

A key long-term U.S. mortgage rate dipped this week, the second drop after a large increase two weeks ago.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year loan slipped to 4.19 percent from 4.20 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, was unchanged at 3.36 percent.

43. Applications for Jobless Benefits Drops to 287,000 -

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.

44. Yoga, Pilates Provide Workout Options -

Whether it’s a desire to slim down in advance of holiday binging or a New Year’s resolution reboot, many people look at the fall as a good time to kick-start their exercise efforts.

For some, this just means dusting off that gym membership or home treadmill, getting back to spin class, lifting weights or whatever their preferred activity might be.

45. Airbnb, Other In-Home Vacation Rentals Face Rules, Taxes -

When Hume-Fogg teacher Elizabeth Smith and her husband became empty-nesters, they talked about downsizing.

46. Is This the Year the Vols Stomp the Chomp? -

KNOXVILLE – Much has happened since Tennessee placekicker James Wilhoit booted a 50-yarder with seven seconds remaining and the No. 13-ranked Vols beat No. 11 Florida 30-28 at Neyland Stadium.

47. Judicial Retention Travels Complex Path -

The 2014 election year is proving to be a long one for those interested in the judicial races on the ballot.

Voters in Shelby County decided the local judicial races and participated in the August statewide retention races for appellate court positions, including three on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

48. Government Website for Doc Payments Not Up to Snuff -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another year, another headache for the Obama administration over a health care website.

This one is called "Open Payments." The goal was to allow consumers to find out if their doctors are getting drug company freebies, travel or other financial benefits that could create ethical conflicts. But since the site launched Tuesday, complaints have been piling up.

49. 5 Mysteries of US Job Market Waiting to be Solved -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just how healthy is the U.S. job market?

Despite steady hiring and falling unemployment, the question has provoked sharp debate and considerable uncertainty on the eve of the September jobs report.

50. Mississippi Tourism Officials Seek Bigger Promo Budget -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi tourism officials are requesting more public money to promote the state in big media markets such as Atlanta and Chicago, hoping the investment will lure travelers to play golf, visit civil-rights landmarks or hear authentic blues music close to its roots.

51. Applications for Jobless Benefits Drops to 287,000 -

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.

52. 30-Year Mortgage Rate Averaging 4.19 Percent -

A key long-term U.S. mortgage rate dipped this week, the second drop after a large increase two weeks ago.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year loan slipped to 4.19 percent from 4.20 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, was unchanged at 3.36 percent.

53. One Night in K.C.: Being a Fan Again -

For one 12-inning, roller coaster ride of a night at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, I understood you a little better.

I was in the stands for the Royals’ 9-8 victory over the Oakland A’s in the American League Wildcard game. And when I say I was in the stands, sitting with my best friend and my baseball kindred spirit, cheering my guts out and fighting waves of nausea, I mean that I left my sports columnist’s card at home.

54. Olive Branch Business Park Closer to Development -

A Texas-based development firm could start turning dirt soon on a massive new business park in Olive Branch.

Hillwood Investment Properties is expected to close on a land purchase next week that will clear the way for Legacy Park, a 265-acre distribution and business park on the south side of Goodman Road, just east of Hacks Cross Road near Polk Lane.

55. App Teaches Kindergartners Basic Computer Coding -

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.

Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games.

56. Small Businesses Scramble to Keep Top Staffers -

NEW YORK (AP) – People are quitting their jobs at a faster clip and that's pushing small business owners to work harder to hold onto top talent.

Dance studio owner Andrea Bisconti has experienced the challenge firsthand. When Kellie Love, an instructor there, said she was planning to leave to start a business of her own, Bisconti decided to act. Love inspires students to keep coming back for more lessons and brings in more than a quarter of the studio's revenue, says Bisconti, owner of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Willoughby, Ohio.

57. Retirement: Savings-to-Income Ratio -

Ray’s take: If you've at least started planning for your retirement, congratulations. It's often a hard first step. Follow-up steps are just as important.

When you are looking to buy a home, the mortgage company uses something called the “debt-to-income ratio” to determine if you qualify for the loan you are seeking. When determining the savings required to reach a retirement income goal, you can use a similar process to determine if you are targeting the correct ratio.

58. 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.

59. Classroom Shift -

Once students in 18 Shelby County schools return from their fall break Oct. 13 they should start taking home the Lenovo Yoga laptop-tablets that are at the heart of the system’s three-year blended-learning pilot program.

60. Ole Miss, Memphis Move on to Next Hurdles -

Before they played the game, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze suggested it amounted to the “Super Bowl” for the University of Memphis. But in many respects it was more of a Blooper Bowl for both teams.

61. Economy's Q2 Rebound Was Even Faster Than Thought -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy's bounce-back last quarter from a dismal winter was even faster than previously thought, a sign that growth will likely remain solid for rest of the year.

62. I Choose Memphis: Gregory Love -

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

Name: Gregory Love

63. FuelFilm to Launch ‘Take One Weekend’ -

The filmmaking-focused nonprofit FuelFilm is preparing to host a “48 Hour Launch”-style event for filmmakers the group is calling its Take One Weekend.

The event, in cooperation with MEMFix, will happen Oct. 10-12 and will invite the community to come together to help create five short films in 48 hours. On Oct. 10, filmmakers and potential filmmakers will gather in the Edge neighborhood and take the stage at 656 Marshall Ave., pitching a film idea to everyone present.

64. MentorMe Accepted into Points of Light Accelerator -

MentorMe, a startup from Memphis that provides cloud mentoring software, has been accepted into the Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

The accelerator is a national startup accelerator focused only on investing in civic ventures – any enterprise that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to create positive change.

65. Everyone Wants Locker to Succeed, But Can He? -

Perhaps the best thing that Jake Locker has going for him right now is Coach Ken Whisenhunt’s profession of faith.

There is no question that virtually everyone at St. Thomas Sports Park is pulling for Locker to make good in his final chance to be the Titans long-term answer at quarterback.

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate at 4.20 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week, after marking their largest one-week gain of the year the previous week.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year loan eased to 4.20 percent from 4.23 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, slipped to 3.36 percent from 3.37 percent.

69. 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.

70. FuelFilm to Launch ‘Take One Weekend’ -

The filmmaking-focused nonprofit FuelFilm is preparing to host a “48 Hour Launch”-style event for filmmakers the group is calling its Take One Weekend.

The event, in cooperation with MEMFix, will happen Oct. 10-12 and will invite the community to come together to help create five short films in 48 hours. On Oct. 10, filmmakers and potential filmmakers will gather in the Edge neighborhood and take the stage at 656 Marshall Ave., pitching a film idea to everyone present.

71. Broadway’s Back -

One of the most acclaimed Broadway shows has returned to Memphis, a show so beloved that a traveling exhibit of elaborate stage costumes from the production also made its way to the city as well to give people an up-close look at costumes from the original show.

72. 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.

73. 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.

74. Soda Makers Pledge to Reduce Calorie Consumption -

NEW YORK (AP) – Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper said Tuesday they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks.

75. MentorMe Accepted Into Points of Light Civic Accelerator -

MentorMe, a startup from Memphis that provides cloud mentoring software, has been accepted into the Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

The accelerator is a national startup accelerator focused only on investing in civic ventures – any enterprise that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to create positive change.

76. 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.

77. County Commission Approves $120 Million in Bonds to Come -

Shelby County Commissioners began the process of issuing $120 million in construction bonds Monday, Sept. 22, approving the initial resolution for the general obligation bonds including ones for school construction.

78. Commission Balks at Ford Appointments -

When the Shelby County Commission moved back into its renovated chamber at the Vasco Smith Administration Building this month, the new chairman of the body, Justin Ford, had a new seating arrangement for the 13 members, including six newly elected commissioners.

79. County Commission Puts Hold on Ford Committee Assignments -

The question of who will lead the Shelby County Commission isn’t completely settled, it turns out.

Two weeks ago, Democratic commissioner Justin Ford was elected the new chairman of the 13-member body with his own vote and the votes of all six of the partisan body’s Republican commissioners. The remaining six Democrats backed fellow Democrat Walter Bailey in the chairmanship fight.

80. US Existing Home Sales Fall in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans bought homes in August, as investors retreated from real estate and first-time buyers remained scarce.

Sales of existing homes fell 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. That snaps a four-month streak of gains. August sales are down from a July rate of 5.14 million, a figure that was revised slightly downward.

81. Apple Sells 10 Million iPhone 6, 6 Plus Models -

Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale.

A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models.

82. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

83. Simplifying Financial Aid -

Trying to receive financial aid for college? How do you feel when completing the 10-page FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) form? Could reducing it to two questions improve the process?

84. Pre-K’s Place -

It isn’t an application for federal pre-kindergarten funding the state filed earlier this month in Washington, the office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam emphasizes.

“It’s a note of intent to apply,” said Dave Smith, Haslam’s communications chief, last week.

85. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

86. The Only Difference: Mindset -

The same truths not brought into action present themselves as lessons, ongoing themes. This one rings with more truth every time I encounter it. Mindset is the real pivot point, the only true sustainable, competitive advantage (other than exclusivity, which is always temporary) for organizations that want to flourish.

87. County Commission Starts School Bond Process -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Sept. 22, on a resolution that is the first step in issuing $120 million in general obligation bonds over the next two years to finance “public works projects, including schools,” according to the resolution.

88. 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

89. 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.

90. Education Secretary Praises Local Schools Leaders -

Sustainability is a term associated with environmental efforts, though innovation is a much more popular term across causes from economic development to education reform.

But when U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan came to Memphis this month as the last stop on a three-state bus tour of school districts, it was the word sustainability that came up more often than innovation.

91. Teacher Surplus Count Drops to Only Four -

Every school year the first estimates come in high in the count of how many school teachers will be surplused – declared excess because of the number of students that are counted at the start of the school year and then reassigned based on the final student head count.

92. ‘Cutting Edge’ -

The first thing to understand about the task that Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty feels is before him is that he’s not leading a music organization that competes only with other music outlets and venues for audiences’ attention.

93. Little Sees ‘Acceptance’ in City Insurance Drama -

City Chief Administrative Officer George Little says he hopes the city’s long debate about health insurance coverage changes will mean a shorter discussion about proposed pension changes to come.

94. Michelle's Message -

First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 18, was a tightly scripted affair that afforded her an up-close look at the world-renowned hospital and a cross-section of its precocious patients, who she met with in an activity room as they worked on a project.

95. Drugstores, Retailers Dive Deeper Into Vaccines -

Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles.

CVS doled out more than 5 million, or double its total from a few years ago. And Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, offers flu shots at more than 4,200 of its U.S. stores that have pharmacies.

96. 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.

97. City Employees Return to Court Over Benefits -

The basic elements of an overhaul of city health insurance and pension benefits got some changes this week at the Memphis City Council. And it looks like the council might put off a vote on pension benefit changes originally set for a vote in October.

98. FedEx Profits Surge Above Wall Street Estimates -

FedEx said fiscal first-quarter profits surged to $606 million, driven by gains in its freight, ground and express operations and a share buyback program.

Memphis-based FedEx reported earnings Wednesday, Sept. 17, of $2.10 per diluted share for the first quarter ended Aug. 31, up 37 percent from last year’s $1.53 per share and above Wall Street estimates. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.96 per share. FedEx shares were up 4.29 percent following the earnings release and conference call with company executives.

99. Retirees Sue As Council Adjusts Health Insurance Changes -

Three retired Memphis Police officers and the widow of a Memphis Police officer filed suit Tuesday, Sept. 16, against the city of Memphis seeking a temporary restraining order to stop changes in city government health insurance benefits by the time the open enrollment period begins next month.

100. 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.