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1. Tennessee Campaigns Ran 23,000 TV Ads in 2014 -

Political and issue campaigns ran nearly 23,000 television ads in Tennessee to try to sway voters on races including the U.S. Senate and constitutional amendments on abortion and judges.

According to the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, the ads cost a total of $16.8 million. Spending was heaviest on the constitutional amendments, with $3.8 million going toward unsuccessful efforts to defeat the measure to give lawmakers more power to regulate abortions in the state. Supporters spent $2 million.

2. 105 UTHSC Students to Graduate Dec. 12 -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center on Dec. 12 will graduate 105 health care professionals. The commencement ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the second floor ballroom of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

3. Events -

Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America will honor Barbara and J.R. “Pitt” Hyde with a Distinguished Citizens Award at a ceremony Monday, Nov. 24, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Visit chickasaw.org/distinguishedcitizensawarddinner for tickets and more information.

4. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

5. Rogero Talks ‘Smart Growth,’ Democratic Politics -

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero became the first woman to hold that office when she won the election in 2011.

She’s been actively involved in a number of local issues since her election, from urban-core revitalization and business recruitment to broader social issues such as marriage equality.

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7. Tenn. Grants to Promote Energy Efficiency -

More grants are being offered to promote energy efficiency projects in Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau recently announced a fourth offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy grants, totaling $2 million.

8. Tenn. Revenue Collections See Increase in October -

Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections for October were more than $15 million over what was expected.

9. UTHSC Marketing Wins 3 MarCom Awards -

The communications and marketing department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has won honors for their three entries in the 2014 MarCom International Awards.

Two entries won Gold awards and one received an Honorable Mention in the competition, which drew more than 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

10. Bill Would Repeal Common Core in Tenn. -

Two Republican state senators filed legislation Monday to repeal the state's Common Core standards even though Gov. Bill Haslam has called for a public review of the higher benchmarks in English and math.

11. Tiger Basketball Returns to WKNO -

A 30-year community tradition returns to WKNO with the tape-delayed broadcast of 15 University of Memphis Tiger basketball home games.

The broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, featuring the Tigers’ game with Stephen F. Austin State University.

12. Archer-Malmo Named To ‘Best Places to Work’ List -

Trade publication “Ad Age” has named Memphis-based archer-malmo to its “Best Places to Work” list.

This is the second time the agency has made the list, following its first appearance on the list in 2011.

13. Tenn. Unemployment Dips in October -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate inched in the right direction in October but still remained above the national average.

The state preliminary unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in October, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, down just two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in September. The U.S. preliminary rate for October was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in September.

14. Events -

The Metal Museum will hold its annual holiday show and sale Saturday, Nov. 22, through Jan. 4 at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Items including jewelry, unique housewares, fire grates, floral sculptures and more will be featured in the museum store. Visit metalmuseum.org.

15. Just When We Started to Feel Good About UT Football -

KNOXVILLE – All seemed so right for the University of Tennessee’s football team for 36 hours or so after last Saturday’s 50-16 victory over Kentucky at Neyland Stadium.

UT (5-5, 2-4 SEC) won its second straight conference game and moved within one victory of gaining bowl eligibility for the first time since 2010.

16. Remember When Titans Had Home-Field Advantage? -

There really are two ways to look at the remainder of the Tennessee Titans 2014 season and how the bleak present could affect the uncertain future of this franchise.

As Steelers fans waved their Terrible Towels at LP Field Monday night, Titans fans watched as their terrible team had another terrible trial in falling to 2-8.

17. Moore Tech Awakens -

The large old trees on its campus and the paned windows of its brick buildings indicate the William R. Moore College of Technology has been around for a while.

It was the idea of William R. Moore, a dry goods wholesaler, who left a $500,000 endowment to fund the institution following his death in 1909.

18. Editorial: Midterm Election Sends Elected to New Work -

There will be a lot of talk in future election years about whether the 2014 midterm elections were a “wave” election and if so how big the wave was.

It’s a national perspective about the decisions voters in all 50 states made about who goes to Congress as their representatives in the election year that is in between presidential election years.

19. After the Campaign -

The 2014 election year began in January with dissent from the floor.

At the end of the Shelby County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day fundraiser in January, former Memphis City Council member and state Rep. Carol Chumney, who was not among the speakers, challenged the party establishment from her table to do more to support women running for office.

20. Tennessee Governor Elected Next RGA Chairman -

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been elected as the next chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

He'll take the reins from New Jersey's Chris Christie, who has been on a victory lap at the group's annual meeting in Florida this week after Republicans did especially well in the midterm elections.

21. Education Historian Denounces Common Core -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – One of the nation's leading opponents of the education reform movement said Thursday that a public review process the governor has created for Tennessee's Common Core standards can be effective if teachers' ideas are taken seriously.

22. Tiger Basketball Returns to WKNO -

A 30-year community tradition returns to WKNO with the tape-delayed broadcast of 15 University of Memphis Tiger basketball home games.

The broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, featuring the Tigers’ game with Stephen F. Austin State University.

23. Tennessee Unemployment Dips in October -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate inched in the right direction in October but still remained above the national average.

The state preliminary unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in October, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, down just two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in September. The U.S. preliminary rate for October was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in September.

24. BankTennessee Celebrates 80 Years in Business -

The bank got its start in 1934 as First Federal Savings and Loan Association, founded by a group of local Memphis bankers and businessmen.

In 1997, its name was changed to BankTennessee. And this year, it’s celebrating its 80th anniversary – a milestone that finds the institution as a more expansive organization, coming off one of its most successful years in 2013, with a larger geographic footprint and a much more robust suite of products and services than it started with.

25. Tennessee Unemployment Dips in October -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate inched in the right direction in October but still remained above the national average.

The state preliminary unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in October, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, down just two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in September. The U.S. preliminary rate for October was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in September.

26. Family Dollar Delays Special Shareholders Meeting -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) – Family Dollar is delaying a special meeting at which shareholders were to vote on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree as regulators determine how many stores might need to be divested for antitrust reasons.

27. Haslam Names New General Counsel -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has selected a Knoxville attorney to be his new general counsel.

The Republican governor named Dwight E. Tarwater on Wednesday. The 59-year-old replaces Herbert Slatery who left the administration last month to become the state's attorney general.

28. Tenn. Farmers Ready to Grow Hemp, Unused To Rules -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – With a decades-long ban on hemp production in Tennessee finally lifted, some farmers say they want to grow the crop but aren't used to the government oversight that comes with it.

29. UTHSC Donating Flu Vaccines -

University Health Services, the campus health and illness care facility at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has donated 150 doses of flu vaccine for distribution to employees at Memphis International Airport, Christian Brothers University and Baptist College of Health Sciences.

30. Lowery Named 2015 City Council Chairman -

The longest-serving member of the Memphis City Council will be the 2015 chairman of the 13-member body.

Myron Lowery was elected by the council unanimously and without opposition Tuesday, Nov. 18. He succeeds Jim Strickland in the chairman’s position.

31. Estate Planning and State Taxes -

Ray’s take: A lesser-discussed aspect of estate planning is state inheritance taxes. Some states have tax separate and in addition to federal estate taxes. And to make it even more confusing, some states collect estate taxes and some states collect inheritance taxes, while two states collect both.

32. Hayes Perseveres to Lead Memphis Football -

He belongs. As much, or more, than any of them.

It’s not just that senior Brandon Hayes has 663 rushing yards, tops among University of Memphis running backs and fourth in the American Athletic Conference. It’s not just what he has done in the previous two seasons and his full body of work – 2,089 career rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns, and another four TDs as a receiver.

33. Expedient Data Centers Expands to Memphis -

Expedient Data Centers, a leading provider of cloud computing and other related services, has settled on Memphis as the site of its first data center in Tennessee.

Expedient currently operates 10 data centers in six markets, and its 11th is planned for 3180 Players Lane in Memphis, close to the TPC Southwind Golf Course and FedEx headquarters.

34. TBI Receives New Accreditations -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained new accreditations for its forensic facilities in Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville.

The accreditations come after a lengthy assessment by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors' Laboratory Accreditation Board.

35. Tennessee Has Lowest Number of Uninsured in Decade -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new University of Tennessee report says the number of uninsured people in Tennessee has hit a 10-year low.

Media cited the study in reporting that the number of people without health insurance shrunk about 25 percent in the first year of the health insurance marketplace, which was implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act. It was the biggest drop since the university began collecting data 20 years ago.

36. 99 Charged in Shelby County in Check Cashing Ring -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say 99 people have been charged with cashing more than $41,000 in checks using an illegally obtained state of Tennessee account number.

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said Tuesday that leaders of the scheme recruited others to cash checks for about $300 at Wal-Marts in Shelby County. Gibbons said the ringleaders kept a portion of the money and gave the rest to the check cashers.

37. County Commission Approves 3 Design Contracts -

Shelby County commissioner approved Monday, Nov. 18, a trio of design contracts totaling $850,851.

The contracts include design of a pedestrian bridge on Benjestown Road across the Looshatchie review as well as design of a widening of Macon Road and a widening of Houston Levee Road.

38. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a lunch and learn with Daphene McFerren, director of The Benjamin Hooks Institute at the University of Memphis, Wednesday, Nov. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. The topic is “Freedom’s Front Line: The Voting Rights Struggle in Fayette County, Tenn.” Cost is free; bring your own lunch. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

39. Bohannon to Chair Junior Achievement Board -

Morgan Bohannon has been named chairman of the board of director of Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. Bohannon, the regional market manager for iHeartMedia, became engaged with Junior Achievement when iHeartMedia sponsored the “Broadcast Center” at JA BizTown in 2012. He joined the board soon thereafter and has been involved ever since.

40. Shelby County Commissioners Agree to Drop Lawsuit -

Voices were raised and gavels were used to rule people and motions out of order. Motives were questioned and potential conflicts of interest were cited.

But Shelby County commissioners appeared Monday, Nov. 17, to have a compromise in place that will lead to the lawsuit filed by seven commissioners against chairman Justin Ford being dropped as early as Tuesday, Nov. 18.

41. Master Plan -

Progress is usually expensive and seldom convenient. But the alternative?

Regression, at an ultimately higher cost, and eventually the realization that an opportunity slipped by.

Such was the mindset as University of Tennessee Health Science Center leaders launched a campus master plan designed to enhance UTHSC’s position as an urban academic medical center at the core of a larger revitalization of the Memphis Medical Center District.

42. Fairgrounds Project Linked to Schools Lawsuits -

Attorneys for the city of Memphis and for Shelby County Schools are trying another round of court-ordered mediation before the Thanksgiving holiday in the six-year-old lawsuit over school funding.

And if the mediation doesn’t resolve the legal stalemate on claim and counterclaim, the Shelby County Commission might make a settlement of the lawsuit a condition for endorsing the city’s plans for financing a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

43. Commission Compromise Promises to End Rules Lawsuit -

Shelby County commissioners appeared Monday, Nov. 17, to have a compromise in place that will lead to the lawsuit filed by seven commissioners against chairman Justin Ford being dropped as early as Tuesday.

44. Tennessee Grants to Promote Energy Efficiency -

More grants are being offered to promote energy efficiency projects in Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau recently announced a fourth offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy grants, totaling $2 million.

45. Bill Would Repeal Common Core in Tennessee -

Two Republican state senators filed legislation Monday to repeal the state's Common Core standards even though Gov. Bill Haslam has called for a public review of the higher benchmarks in English and math.

46. Rosters Set for High School All-Star Game -

The rosters have been chosen for the 13th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game. High school seniors from 48 public and private schools will be part of the game to be played Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2:30 p.m. at Memphis University School.

47. UTHSC Marketing Wins 3 MarCom Awards -

The communications and marketing department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has won honors for their three entries in the 2014 MarCom International Awards.

Two entries won Gold awards and one received an Honorable Mention in the competition, which drew more than 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

48. Archer-Malmo Named to ‘Best Places to Work’ List -

Trade publication “Ad Age” has named Memphis-based archer-malmo to its “Best Places to Work” list.

This is the second time the agency has made the list, following its first appearance on the list in 2011.

49. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host a family-friendly event Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the giant Grizzlies jersey in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Attendees can register for a Fitness Trail Passport, and those who complete all six stations will be in the running for prizes, including tickets to Grizzlies opening night and autographed items. Visit getriverfit.com.

50. Handling the Stress of Thanksgiving Air Travel -

Do you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? You’re not alone, as Airlines for America has projected 24.6 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period.

51. Elvis Presley Enterprises Seeks $70 Million Building Permit for Hotel -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $70 million

52. SEC West Race Opens Up to Possibilities -

“One of the greatest drives in Alabama history, probably.”

Those were coach Nick Saban’s words after quarterback Blake Sims led the Crimson Tide on a 15-play, 76-yard put-away drive against Mississippi State. Before the drive, the lead was 19-13 Alabama. After it, 25-13. Though the Bulldogs would score a touchdown near game’s end and try an onside kick – Alabama won 25-20 – it was that drive that could be the defining memory when the College Football Playoff Selection Committee actually selects and seeds the final four.

53. Same-Sex Couples File Supreme Court Appeal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Same-sex couples seeking the right to marry are asking the Supreme Court to settle the issue of gay marriage nationwide.

Appeals being filed Friday urge the justices to review last week's lower court ruling that upheld anti-gay marriage laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

54. Auto Parts Manufacturer to Build Sevierville Plant -

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An automobile parts manufacturer that already has a presence in Morristown is opening a new plant in Sevierville.

The Mountain Press reports Otics USA is investing $69.5 million in the facility and plans to create 117 new jobs there.

55. Education Commissioner Leaving for Private Sector -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Education Department Commissioner Kevin Huffman said Thursday that the scrutiny he received during his nearly four turbulent years at the helm of the state's schools didn't influence his decision to leave for the private sector.

56. Tenn. Revenue Collections See Increase in October -

Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections for October were more than $15 million over what was expected.

57. Events -

Memphis Area BPW (Business & Professional Women) will meet Monday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove Road. Sarah Stramel of Stramel PR & Social Media will present “Why You Need Social Media.” Cost is free. RSVP to Martha Ervin at 489-5481 or vicepresident1@bpwtn.org.

58. County Commission to Consider Fairgrounds Deal -

The idea of reconfiguring the Mid-South Fairgrounds as a public recreation area financed by the city of Memphis with sales tax revenue from retail development has come back to life under new terms.

59. Kellogg Facility Planned in Jackson -

Economic development officials in Jackson have approved tax incentives for a Kellogg's facility planned in the West Tennessee city.

The Jackson Sun reports that the company expects to employ 100 people when construction on the 1.2 million-square-foot facility is completed.

60. Tenn. Task Force Unveils Veterans Education Report -

A report by the Governor's Veterans Education Task Force outlines ways to improve higher education opportunities for Tennessee veterans.

The group was formed a year ago and is charged with identifying hurdles for transitioning veterans, researching best practices to serve student veterans and making recommendations on improving opportunities for veterans to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate.

61. Tenn. Hospital Association Partners in Insurance Push -

The Tennessee Hospital Association is partnering with Enroll America, a national organization providing enrollment support for insurance coverage through the federal insurance marketplace, and its Get Covered America campaign in Tennessee.

62. Report Reveals Signs of Tenn. Economic Growth -

A new state report reveals signs of economic growth in Tennessee.

More new businesses filed paperwork to register with the Secretary of State's office during the third quarter of this year, compared with the previous quarter.

63. Website Will Allow Review of Academic Standards -

Gov. Bill Haslam has unveiled a website where Tennesseans can review and comment on the state's current K-12 academic standards.

The standards set grade-specific goals that define what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course.

64. Economic Commissioner Leaving for Private Sector -

Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty is leaving the administration to return to the private sector, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday.

The Republican governor didn't say exactly what Hagerty will be doing, even though the commissioner's name has surfaced as a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2018.

65. Former State Rep. Emmitt Ford Dies -

Former state Rep. Emmitt Ford has died in Memphis at age 70, a relative said Tuesday.

Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Jr. said his uncle passed away Monday night at Methodist Hospital after battling an illness.

66. Expedient Data Centers Expands Into Memphis -

Expedient Data Centers, a leading provider of cloud computing and other related services, is expanding into the Memphis market.

The company is getting its latest state-of-the-art data center ready to open by July 1 at 3180 Players Lane, close to the TPC Southwind Golf Course and FedEx headquarters. That will be Expedient’s first data center in Tennessee and the 11th facility Expedient operates across seven markets.

67. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host a family-friendly event Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the giant Grizzlies jersey in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Attendees can register for a Fitness Trail Passport, and those who complete all six stations will be in the running for prizes, including tickets to Grizzlies opening night and autographed items. Visit getriverfit.com.

68. State Needs 2,000 More Tennessee Promise Mentors -

Tennessee is about 2,000 short of the 9,400 mentors needed to cover the number of students who applied for the Tennessee Promise, Gov. Haslam said recently.

Potential mentors will be given longer than the previously stated Nov. 1 deadline that students faced to apply for the program. And until officials see how many students enter the program, the number of mentors ultimately needed could be much lower.

69. Fewer Freshmen No Worry for Greeks at Four-Year Schools -

MTSU and UT-Knoxville officials see limited impact, if any, from Tennessee Promise on the schools’ fraternities and sororities.

New sorority houses that opened this fall on UT-Knoxville’s campus were funded through donations and each chapter’s semester rental agreements with members. UT-Knoxville invested about $2 million to partially fund land improvements and village infrastructure, according to university officials.

70. Lottery Champion Cohen Not Pleased With Haslam's ‘Game-Changer’ -

To say Congressman Steve Cohen is unenthusiastic about the Tennessee Promise is an understatement.

71. Keeping Promises -

With more than 50,000 high school seniors applying for free community college tuition and fees through Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise, it’s reasonable to wonder if Tennessee’s community colleges have the infrastructure – including classroom space and instructors – to handle such an influx of new students.

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73. Vols Unlikely to Repeat November 2013 Collapse -

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones doesn’t have to remind his team about the disappointing fade last November.

UT went 0-3 to start what has historically been its best month of football. First, the Vols lost to Missouri and Auburn. Then a 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt in Neyland Stadium knocked the Vols out of bowl eligibility.

74. How’s Mettenberger Doing? Same as Other Rookies -

For those who are still watching the Tennessee Titans and hoping that something can go right before the 2014 season is up, it could be a long wait.

After dropping to 2-7 with Sunday’s loss at Baltimore, the Titans get to show the nation how far they have decayed this Monday night when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at LP Field.

75. Trustmark’s Neal Finds Plenty to Like in CRE -

Trustmark National Bank senior vice president Rick Neal, who manages the bank’s commercial real estate efforts for the Memphis region, came to the bank in 2012 for a couple of reasons.

76. Lending a Hand -

Mid-South Drug Testing president Kelly Dobbins is the kind of entrepreneur banks and lenders are increasingly making it a point to seek out.

77. Kellogg Facility Planned in Jackson -

Economic development officials in Jackson have approved tax incentives for a Kellogg's facility planned in the West Tennessee city.

The Jackson Sun reports that the company expects to employ 100 people when construction on the 1.2 million-square-foot facility is completed.

78. Expedient Data Centers Expands Into Memphis -

Expedient Data Centers, a leading provider of cloud computing and other related services, is expanding into the Memphis market.

The company is getting its latest state-of-the-art data center ready to open by July 1 at 3180 Players Lane, close to the TPC Southwind Golf Course and FedEx headquarters. That will be Expedient’s first data center in Tennessee and the 11th facility Expedient operates across seven markets.

79. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will hold an opening reception for “SOUL: Memphis’ Original Sound – Photographs by Thom Gilbert” Friday, Nov. 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The event will include refreshments and live music by Bobby Rush. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.

80. The ‘Meh’ Generation -

ALL THIS IS GETTING OLD. Mitch McConnell is 117. Across the aisle, Harry Reid is 132, same age as Nancy Pelosi over in the House, and John Boehner is 98.

The last time any of them had an original idea, they had to call it in on a rotary phone. The way they get somewhere, or fail to, is as antiquated as our infrastructure, as much in danger of collapse as our bridges.

81. Bowl-Eligible Tigers Look for More This Season -

It was just another score on the bottom-of-the-TV-screen scrawl: Memphis 16, Temple 13.

For most of the country, that’s all it was. If it came with any history, it was only the immediate history of Jake Elliott kicking the game-winning field goal. Or of the Tigers getting their sixth win, which knowledgeable college football fans understand is the magic number: six wins equals a bowl game.

82. Home Health Provider Agrees to $25 Million Settlement -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – One of Tennessee's largest home health providers has agreed to pay $25 million to resolve allegations of false billing to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that between 2006 and 2013, Nashville-based CareAll Management LLC allegedly violated the False Claims Act by overstating the severity of patients' conditions to increase billings, and billing for services that were not medically necessary.

83. Bluff City Medical Society to Host Gala Friday -

Yvonne T. Maddox, acting director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, will be the featured speaker on Friday, Nov. 14, when the Bluff City Medical Society hosts its annual lecture and gala.

84. Volkswagen Establishes Labor Policy In Tennessee -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen Chattanooga says it has established a policy that sets guidelines to interact with labor organizations, but the policy stops short of providing a pathway toward a collective bargaining agreement.

85. UTHSC Professor Receives Prostate Cancer Grant -

Ormeloxifene. If you know the name at all, you know it as a birth-control drug. But that drug is now being studied to see if it can be repurposed to inhibit growth of advanced-state prostate cancer cells and used as a therapeutic agent to manage and treat advanced prostate cancer.

86. Economic Commissioner Leaving for Private Sector -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty is leaving the administration to return to the private sector, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday.

87. Barbic Counters Achievement School District Opposition -

Tennessee Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic on Wednesday responded for the first time to vocal opposition to the state-run district.

In an interview on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines,” Barbic said opposition to the ASD is about the same as it has been over the last two years. The program airs Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. and his hosted by Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News.

88. Wiseacre Expands, Adds Public Tours -

Memphis-based Wiseacre Brewing Co., which opened in August 2013, is expanding into North Mississippi and West Tennessee by introducing its three year-round beers as well as a limited supply of specialty brews into neighboring markets.

89. Carr to Challenge Devaney for Tennessee GOP Chair -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former state Rep. Joe Carr, who mounted a tea party-styled primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, says he is running for chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.

90. Tennessee Free Tuition Not for Undocumented Students -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Undocumented high school students will not be able to take advantage of Tennessee Promise, the state's new free community college program.

WPLN-FM reports before getting state funding, students must apply for federal financial aid. But undocumented students are not eligible for it.

91. UAW Says Recognition Near at Tennessee VW Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The United Auto Workers union is hailing a new Volkswagen policy as a vehicle to soon gain representation of workers at its first foreign auto plant in the South.

92. Veterans' Education Task Force Report Unveiled -

A report by the Governor's Veterans Education Task Force outlines ways to improve higher education opportunities for Tennessee veterans.

The group was formed a year ago and is charged with identifying hurdles for transitioning veterans, researching best practices to serve student veterans and making recommendations on improving opportunities for veterans to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate.

93. Tenn. Hospital Association Partners in Insurance Push -

The Tennessee Hospital Association is partnering with Enroll America, a national organization providing enrollment support for insurance coverage through the federal insurance marketplace, and its Get Covered America campaign in Tennessee.

94. Former State Rep. Emmitt Ford Dies -

Former state Rep. Emmitt Ford has died in Memphis at age 70, a relative said Tuesday.

Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Jr. said his uncle passed away Monday night at Methodist Hospital after battling an illness.

95. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Harold Graeter, associate executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, will present “Selling the College Football Bowl Experience.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

96. Southaven Rises on Memphis’ Tide -

While our country's economy seems to be making a turn in the right direction, cost of living remains one of the top reasons that individuals and families choose to live where they do.

Recently, data from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and other resources, pulled from the first quarter in 2014, showed that the Mid-South ranked as the most affordable place to live, with Mississippi at No. 1 and Tennessee at No. 2.

97. McGuire Joins Insight Risk Management -

Myles McGuire has joined Insight Risk Management LLC as a corporate consultant. In his new role, he will consult with commercial clients and place them with the appropriate coverages to protect their business from risk and liability issues.

98. Utensil University -

It’s competitive out there. A new graduate, even one with great grades and real-world experience, still might have to make an additional good impression on a potential employer.

That’s one reason some employers, once screening out the first wave or two of applicants, might decide to continue the interview process over a lunch or dinner. On the one hand, this is a good sign for the applicant – he or she has made it deep enough into the process that the boss is willing to spend a little money and more time to continue the conversation.

99. Historic Brewery Sold and Ready for Development -

The long-vacant Tennessee Brewery Downtown has been sold for $825,000 and could soon see new life.

The Tennessee Brewery LLC, a trust of the family that owns Memphis general contractor BHN Corp., sold the shuttered brewery at 495 Tennessee St. to 495 Tennessee LLC, according to a Nov. 5 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds office.

100. Environmental Groups Ready to Sue Over Coal Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Environmental groups say the coal ash stored at a Gallatin plant is illegally seeping toxic chemicals into the Cumberland River, a drinking water source for millions.