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1. Editorial: Revived Insure Tennessee Deserves a Floor Vote -

Insure Tennessee deserves a vote on the floors of the Tennessee House and Senate.

The amendments offered in the second life of the Medicaid expansion proposal are reasonable additions that answer legitimate concerns of legislators whose feelings about the Affordable Care Act and its ramifications run the gamut from blind faith to blind hatred.

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3. Tennessee Supreme Court Orders New Trial in Rape Case -

The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered a new trial Thursday, March 26, for a Memphis man convicted in 2012 of raping a child and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

In the ruling overturning a Court of Criminal Appeals decision, the Supreme Court vacated the conviction of Frederick Herron by a Shelby County Criminal Court jury.

4. Haslam Undaunted By Difficult Prospects for Insure Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he is willing to risk a second defeat of his Insure Tennessee proposal to highlight the need for improving health standards in the state.

5. Tennessee School Voucher Bill Scheduled for Senate Vote -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would give parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school is scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor on Monday.

6. Bill Would Require Citizenship Test for Tennessee Students -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee students would have to pass the U.S. citizenship and immigration services' civic test before getting a high school diploma under legislation advancing in the state House.

7. House Panel OKs Bill to Let Tennessee End Pre-K Funding -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A House subcommittee has advanced a bill to allow Tennessee to cancel federal pre-kindergarten funding if a court were to rule that the program must be offered to all of the state's 4-year-olds.

8. Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Guns-In-Parking-Lots Update -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Legislature on Monday passed a bill allowing workers to sue their employers if they are fired for storing guns in cars parked on company lots.

The Senate passed the measure on a 28-5 vote, and the House later followed suit on a 78-14 vote.

9. AAA Fights to Keep Helmet Law in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – AAA motor club wants to put the brakes on proposed legislation that would allow many motorcyclists to ride without a helmet.

Currently, Tennessee law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet. But a bill that will be going to committee on Tuesday would allow anyone who is 21 or over who has health coverage, as long as it's not through TennCare, to be able to legally ride without a helmet.

10. Tennessee Attorney General Wants Court to Set Aside Municipal Broadband Ruling -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's attorney general wants a federal appeals court to set aside a recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to allow cities like Chattanooga to offer municipal broadband beyond their normal service area.

11. Tennessee School Voucher Bill Continuing to Advance in House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is continuing to advance in the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville was approved 8-5 in a House education committee on Tuesday.

12. 7 Tennessee School Systems Sue the State Over Funding -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Hamilton County and six Chattanooga-area school systems filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state saying local schools are not being funded as required by law.

13. Bid to Revive Tennessee Medicaid Expansion Moving in Senate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An effort to revive Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal is advancing in the state Senate.

The Senate subcommittee on TennCare voted 3-2 on Monday to recommend a resolution sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jeff Yarbro of Nashville that would grant Haslam the power to strike a deal with the federal government on Medicaid expansion.

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15. Tennessee Unemployment Falls to 6.6 Percent in February -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate ticked down slightly in February, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The preliminary unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent in February, down from January’s revised rate of 6.7 percent.

16. BankTennessee Makes New Hires, Promotions -

BankTennessee has announced several new hires and promotions.

Traci Stewart has been promoted to assistant branch manager for the bank’s East Memphis office, at 5540 Poplar Ave. She started as a teller in 2007 and was later promoted to customer service representative in 2013.

17. Eurofix, Autofix Expand With Purchase of Middle Tennessee Midas Locations -

When you live in an “it” city, it’s important to have an “it” car, or at least that seems to be the thinking given the number of high-end imports seen around Middle Tennessee these days.

18. Middle Tennessee Mayors Push for Gas Tax Increase -

A lot has changed in Middle Tennessee’s cities, towns and communities since 1990. Tennessee’s fuel tax has not.

The Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus met at the end of 2014 and took a hard look at how the state’s gas and fuel tax, which provides funding for transportation improvement, is stuck in 1990. Meanwhile, mayors are dealing with the realities of serving a fast-growing and booming region in 2015.

19. Tennessee Attorney Sues Haslam Administration for Records -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A corporate tax attorney is suing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration for refusing to produce documents under the Tennessee Open Records Act.

Brett Carter of the firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings filed the lawsuit alleging a "willful violation" of open records laws in chancery court in Nashville on Wednesday.

20. Exemption in Tennessee Whiskey Law Raises Flags -

An embattled state law establishing legal requirements to market spirits as “Tennessee Whiskey” could run afoul of both the U.S. and state constitutions for carving out a special exemption for a single distiller, according to a new legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

21. Legislation Keeps Tennessee Academic Standards -

Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says an agreement has been reached on legislation that would keep the state’s current academic standards intact.

22. Nissan to Build $160 Million Supplier Park at Tennessee Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nissan Motor Co. announced plans Tuesday to build a new $160 million supplier park at its Tennessee assembly plant that the Japanese automaker projects to attract more than 1,000 jobs.

23. Tennessee Supreme Court Announces Business Court Project -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has announced the creation of a new business court pilot project that aims to make complex commercial litigation more efficient.

The new pilot court will be located in Nashville and be overseen by Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle. Lyle, who has been a chancellor since 1995, has presided over numerous complex business and commercial disputes.

24. Secret 'Pre-Meetings' Become Commonplace in Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee House committees are increasingly gathering in cramped, tucked-away conference rooms in the legislative office complex to hold secret "pre-meetings" to discuss pending legislation. The public isn't informed or invited.

25. Tennessee School Voucher Bill Headed for Full Senate Vote -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The House sponsor of a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee says he's taking his time moving it through the legislative process after it failed in the last two legislative sessions.

26. BankTennessee Makes New Hires, Announces Promotions -

BankTennessee has announced several new hires and promotions.

Traci Stewart has been promoted to assistant branch manager for the bank’s East Memphis office, at 5540 Poplar Ave. She started as a teller in 2007 and was later promoted to customer service representative in 2013.

27. Tennessee Education Chief Stresses Teachers are 'Valued' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has a message for the state's teachers: You're valued.

28. Tennessee Cemetery Owner Agrees to Probation in Plea Deal -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee cemetery owner accused of burying up to 200 bodies on land not owned by the business pleaded guilty Friday in exchange for 10 years' probation.

Jemar Lambert, the owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett, entered an Alford plea in Shelby County Criminal Court. Under an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict.

29. Tennessee Secretary of State Hires Reporter as Spokesman -

Secretary of State Tre Hargett has named television reporter Adam Ghassemi as his new spokesman.

Ghassemi, who most recently worked for WTVF in Nashville, succeeds Blake Fontenay, who was originally hired to be a spokesman for Hargett, Comptroller Justin Wilson and Treasurer David Lillard.

30. Tennessee Unemployment Rate Up to 6.7 Percent in January -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate inched in the wrong direction in January while remaining above the national average.

The state preliminary unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in January, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, one-tenth of a percentage point higher than the 6.6 percent revised rate in December.

31. Founding Fathers Brews Now Available in Tennessee -

Tennesseeans looking for a patriotic brew have a new option as Founding Fathers Brewing Co. lagers are now available throughout the state.

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33. Bid to End Tennessee Carry Permit Requirement Fails in House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to eliminate Tennessee's requirement to obtain a state-issued permit to openly carry handguns was defeated in a House subcommittee on Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss Jonesborough said he introduced the measure because he believes that "current laws here in Tennessee infringe on the Second Amendment of our U.S. Constitution."

34. Tennessee Launches Statewide Pothole Repair Plan -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has launched a massive mission to patch the plethora of potholes across the state.

TDOT officials said in a statement that the agency plans to make use of the forecast for warmer temperatures over the next few days by using all available manpower to make repairs as quickly as possible. There will be multiple crews in all four regions of the station patching the damage left behind by snow and ice. Repairing all the damage will take weeks.

35. Bill Requiring Racial Profiling Ban Passes Tennessee Senate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Senate approved legislation on Monday that would require all of Tennessee's law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling.

36. Tennessee Mulls Removing Control Over Guns in Parks -

Community parks, playgrounds and sports fields are among the few areas in Tennessee where local governments can ban people with handgun carry permits from being armed. Now gun-friendly state lawmakers are looking to change that.

37. Founding Fathers Brews Now Available in Tennessee -

Tennesseeans looking for a patriotic brew have a new option as Founding Fathers Brewing Co. lagers are now available throughout the state.

38. Tennessee Supreme Court Overturns Forfeiture of Home -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that the government must show that it complied with state forfeiture laws – both procedurally and substantively – if it is going to seize someone's property.

39. Tennessee House Advances Guns-in-Parks Bill Opposed By Haslam -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill seeking to strip city and county governments of the power to ban guns at local parks, playgrounds and athletic fields is advancing in the Tennessee House.

40. Pera Elected Vice President of Tennessee Bar -

Lucian T. Pera, partner in the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP, has been elected vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association and will automatically become president of the organization in 2017-2018. Pera, who joined Adams and Reese in 2006, concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, media law, and legal ethics and professional responsibility.

41. Open Meetings Laws Don't Apply to Tennessee Transparency Panel -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A panel of experts assembled to offer advice on transparency issues is not subject to the state's open meetings law. At least that's the opinion of Ann Butterworth, who heads the Comptroller's Office of Open Records Counsel.

42. Ceramic Tile Company to Open First US Facility in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say a ceramics company will be opening its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Tennessee, creating 180 new jobs and investing $80 million to construct a new facility in Maury County.

43. The Ransom Note on Tennessee Public Records -

The fastest way to shut down access to government records is to charge fees people can’t afford to pay.

Another way is to simply ignore or delay responding to citizens or media who make requests under the Tennessee Public Records Act.

44. Tennessee Unemployment Rate Rises to 6.7 Percent -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate inched in the wrong direction in January while remaining above the national average.

The state preliminary unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in January, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, one-tenth of a percentage point higher than the 6.6 percent revised rate in December.

45. Eakin: Rising Rents Hitting All of Middle Tennessee -

Selling business people on the idea of relocating to Nashville is easy for commercial real estate broker Barry R. Smith because he, too, bought into the city’s charm when he first came to town in 1981.

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47. Tennessee Conservatives Launch Death Penalty Opposition -

A statewide coalition working to eliminate the use of capital punishment is helping establish a conservative group also against the death penalty.

Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is working with Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, a national network of political and social conservatives questioning the alignment of capital punishment with conservative principles and values.

48. Snow Day for Tennessee Legislature, Votes Moved -

Enough members of the Tennessee House and Senate have braved the winter storm gripping the state to hold their scheduled floor sessions at the Capitol, but decided to move the balance of their bills to next week because of heavy absences.

49. Tennessee School Voucher Bill Advancing in House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is advancing in the House.

The so-called "opportunity scholarship" legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville passed an education subcommittee 7-1 on Tuesday. The companion bill was scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

50. Group Holds Closed-Door Security Briefing at Tennessee Capitol -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A private group called the Tennessee Task Force on National and Homeland Security was scheduled to hold a closed-door briefing for lawmakers at the Capitol on Wednesday.

51. 270 Tennessee Supermarkets Expected to Sell Wine in 2016 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee regulators expect 270 stores across the state to be among the first wave of supermarkets to sell wine under a new state law going into effect in July 2016.

52. GOP Lawmakers: Challenge FCC Ruling on Broadband in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Federal Communication Commission ruled last week that cities like Chattanooga may expand their municipal broadband service, but Tennessee officials who oppose the decision are lining up to block the move.

53. Tennessee Public Television Stations Airing Legislative Show -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee public television stations are airing a new show about the happenings in the state Legislature.

The first of four 30-minute episodes of the "Tennessee Capitol Report" began airing Sunday morning, March 1, on public TV stations in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Lexington-Jackson and Cookeville. The next episodes are scheduled to air on March 29, April 26 and May 31.

54. Panel Formed to Review Student Testing, Assessment in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new task force will review student testing and assessment amid concerns that students are being overtested, the state Education Department announced Monday.

The group is charged with identifying best practices in testing and how those assessments align with required state tests.

55. Tennessee GOP Leader Questions Incentives for Unionized GM Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said last week that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract.

56. Bid to Block Health Exchange in Tennessee Seen as 'Overkill' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Some Republican lawmakers still reveling in the recent defeat of a proposal to expand Medicaid to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are now setting their sights on 230,000 people enrolled through the federal health insurance exchange.

57. Tennessee Literacy Coalition Closing in June -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The director of the Tennessee Literacy Coalition says the nonprofit organization that has promoted reading education for over three decades will close this year.

58. UT Board of Trustees Endorses Plan for Big Changes at School -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Faced with a projected $377 million funding gap over 10 years, the University of Tennessee has put together a plan that could mean some tough choices ahead for the school and its students.

59. McCray to Be Inducted Into High School Hall of Fame -

Former Collierville High School basketball star Nikki McCray will become the 10th person and first female athlete from the state of Tennessee to be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame.

60. Jindal in Memphis for March Republican Event -

Louisiana Governor and possible presidential candidate Bobby Jindal will speak to Shelby County Republicans next month as part of a “leadership series” of events for the Tennessee Republican Party.

61. Haslam Says Common Core a Standard, Not Ideology -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said the Tennessee legislature’s discussion and coming vote about the state’s public education standards is “critically important.”

And while Haslam has said several times that the term for those existing standards – Common Core – has become too politically charged to continue to be used, he added last week in Memphis that the standards under review are “very specific academic oriented standards.”

62. Women Say Barriers Overcome With Perseverance, Mentors -

Kim Grant Brown calls it the “crazy look” she sometimes gets when she meets a client who wants her to build him a home.

63. First Tennessee Bank Wins Technology Award -

First Tennessee Bank has been named by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan as a winner of the 2015 Best in Class CIO Impact Award in the category of enterprise architecture.

64. Regional One Health Foundation Adds to Board -

Regional One Health Foundation has added five new members to its board of directors.

They represent a range of industries that span farming, security, credit unions and insurance.

The new members are Dillard Door and Entrance Control president and CEO Christopher Bird; Regions Insurance of Tennessee president and CEO Mark Forrester; Jefferson Mortuary owner/operator Preston Jefferson; Bowdre Place/Owen Family Farming Partners managing partner Norman Davis Owen Sr.; and Orion Federal Credit Union president and CEO Daniel Weickenand.

65. Tennessee Opposes Sysco-US Foods Merger -

The state of Tennessee has joined nine other states and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, in announcing the state’s participation in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring the merger, specifically cited the impact of the merger in Memphis.

66. UT Initials Added to Methodist University -

Starting this week, the University of Tennessee initials will appear on a Memphis hospital for the first time since 2004.

A bright orange “UT” will be added to new exterior signage at Methodist University Hospital, and the hospital will be referred to as Methodist UT Hospital in recognition of the partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system. The new signage above the hospital’s main entrance and its new emergency department entrance were set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

67. Brewery Developers Buy Key Property on Butler -

The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Brewery Revival series of events there move forward.

68. Housing Crash Sends Beeson Into Commercial Real Estate -

Jacque Beeson entered the world of real estate when she was 19-years-old, working as an assistant to a homebuilder developing subdivisions. She stayed in the residential sector for 17 years, until the local housing market bottomed out in 2010.

69. Lady Vols Seem to Be Slipping Off National Stage -

KNOXVILLE – There is a bronze statue of legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt standing proudly across the street from Thompson-Boling Arena.

Summitt’s arms are crossed and she has a smile on her face. Thousands of Lady Vols fans have walked past the Summitt statue since it was unveiled Nov. 22, 2013.

70. Nashville Mayor’s Race Exposes Unpleasant Problems -

In six weeks or so, the Greater Nashville area will learn what a snowmegeddon can do to area home sales.

With a quarter of the month frozen, it was hard for buyers to let it go and embark upon a house hunt. March closings, reflecting February sales, will be released in early April and might slow the freight train that the residential real estate has been riding for almost three years.

71. The Science Behind Making the Visible Invisible -

Researchers like Dr. Rami Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher, associate professors of materials science engineering at the University of Tennessee, could not develop cloaking devices or work to achieve true invisibility without the use of metamaterials. But what are these fancy new materials and how do they work?

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Ferris Hall is an unassuming brick building on the edge of the University of Tennessee’s College of Engineering campus and home to the Department of Materials Science Engineering. There, Drs. Ramki Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher have opened the door to applying the magic of Hogwarts to military camouflage, cancer treatment or even Halloween costumes for a new generation.

74. FCC Allows City-Owned Internet Providers to Expand -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission says city-owned broadband companies can expand and compete with commercial Internet providers.

The cities of Wilson, North Carolina, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, asked the FCC for the ruling because state laws have prevented them from expanding.

75. Tenn. Black Caucus Seeks Apology From GOP Lawmaker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus wants a Republican state lawmaker accused of a racist Facebook post stripped of her leadership position.

Rep. Sheila Butt's post said, "It is time for a Council on Christian Relations and an NAAWP in this Country."

76. Graceland Brings Elvis Back to His Las Vegas Home -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley's home away from home yet again.

Officials with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and the Westgate Las Vegas casino-hotel revealed details Thursday of plans for "Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience" expected to open April 23, 59 years to the day when Elvis first performed in Las Vegas.

77. Complete Health Care Center Nabs Elite NCQA Status -

Common Table Health Alliance’s process improvement team effectively coached Complete Health Care Center through the process to receive the first Level 3 NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition in West Tennessee.

78. Campbell Foundation Expands Board of Directors -

The Campbell Foundation, the charitable trust affiliated with Campbell Clinic, has added a new member to its board of trustees – Dr. John Weinlein.

He joined the Campbell Clinic staff as an orthopedic trauma surgeon in 2010. He also serves as a clinical instructor of orthopedic surgery in the University of Tennessee - Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopedic Surgery & Biomedical Engineering.

79. First Tennessee Bank Wins Technology Award -

First Tennessee Bank has been named by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan as a winner of the 2015 Best in Class CIO Impact Award in the category of enterprise architecture.

80. Brewery Developers Buy Key Property on Butler -

The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Brewery Revival series of events there move forward.

81. Mike Shildt: From College Walk-On To Memphis Redbirds Manager -

Any professional baseball player can tell you about the stigmas he has to fight. For one guy, it might be that he doesn’t hit with enough power. And for another it might be that he doesn’t make consistent enough contact.

82. Paragon Bank Closes the Book on Busy 2014 -

Paragon Bank has closed the book on 2014, an active year for the bank with milestones that included, among other things adding a wealth solutions team, executing new leases for two banking centers and forming a small business capital group.

83. Kelsey’s New Private School Voucher Plan Looks More Like Haslam’s -

Momentum is building this session for voucher legislation that would allow state dollars to follow students from struggling public schools to private and religious institutions.

But it is hardly etched in stone.

84. Brooks Plea Coda to Political Whirlwind -

It could have gone either way for Henri Brooks at just about this time a year ago. The Shelby County Commissioner had plans to continue a nearly 20-year political arc beyond a political track record that included seven terms in the state House and the two-term limit on the Shelby County Commission.

85. Flexing Its Muscles, LA Fitness Eyes Third Store -

LA Fitness is eyeing a property in the heart of East Memphis for its third Memphis-area location.

The California-based fitness center chain is considering opening its third store in the Memphis market at 1285 Ridgeway Road, according to sources.

86. Brewery Developers Acquire Butler Avenue Land -

The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Brewery Revival series of events there move forward.

87. Methodist University Hospital Sports Orange UT Initials -

Starting this week, the University of Tennessee initials will appear on a Memphis hospital for the first time since 2004.

A bright orange “UT” will be added to new exterior signage at Methodist University Hospital, and the hospital will be referred to as Methodist UT Hospital in recognition of the partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system. The new signage above the hospital’s main entrance and its new emergency department entrance were set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

88. Harris’ Bill Faces Opposition From Memphis City Council Members -

Legislation by Sen. Lee Harris requiring local governments to hold a referendum before they take on “extraordinary” debt could run into opposition from his own City Council and municipal leaders across Tennessee.

89. Shelby County Schools Board Moves Closer to State Funding Lawsuit -

The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday, Feb. 24, to hire an attorney to work with Tennessee’s other major urban school systems in weighing a possible lawsuit against the state that would force full state funding of the Basic Education Program.

90. Haslam Says He Didn't Discourage Enforcement at Hog Farm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he would "never, ever" discourage regulators from enforcing environmental rules at a fellow Republican state lawmaker's hog farm.

91. Auto Parts Supplier to Expand, Add 435 Jobs Over 5 Years -

NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) – Middle Tennessee auto parts supplier Unipres USA Inc. has announced plans for an expansion that will lead to 435 more jobs over the next five years.

92. Crye-Leike Opens New Midtown Office -

Crye-Leike leadership, Realtors and representatives from the Greater Memphis Chamber braved frigid temperatures Monday to commemorate the opening of a new Midtown office on Union Avenue. Led by managing broker Carol Lott, the new office is located at 1715 Union Ave.

93. PR That Gets Media Results -

The press release was written with no mistakes, explaining all the virtues of your company’s remarkable product. It was sent to all the newspapers and TV stations, and you even managed to send it to select radio stations and bloggers.

94. Crone Promoted at Trane Mid-South -

Jim Crone has been promoted to comprehensive solutions business development manager with Trane Mid-South. In his new role, Crone will work with large commercial, industrial and institutional customers throughout the Mid-South to develop performance-based comprehensive solutions for capital improvements and operational efficiencies.

95. Tenn. Political Leaders Put Off Gas Tax Talk Despite Needs -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – While political leaders in Tennessee agree on the growing need to bolster funding for road building and maintenance, there is little consensus about how go about doing it.

96. SmartWay Traffic App Benefiting Motorists -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new real-time road conditions map developed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation has come in handy this winter.

According to The Tennessean, the department debuted the improved SmartWay traffic Web app in December. With the recent harsh winter weather, it has helped provide motorists with fast information about icy highways, crashes and even recent interstate closures.

97. 4-Year Schools Competing for Tennessee Promise Students -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Many people know Tennessee Promise offers free tuition to the state's community colleges. But the money can also be used at four-year schools that offer associate degrees.

98. Developer Charlie Ryan Focusing on Central-Cooper Intersection -

765 Tanglewood St.
Memphis TN 38104
Sale Amount: $27,000

Sale Date: Feb. 9, 2015
Buyer: Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan
Seller: Cowles Development Company LLC
Details: Developer Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan has acquired a key piece of Midtown property.

99. Carson Departs, Problems Remain For Local Democrats -

With about a month left in his term as chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, Bryan Carson resigned Saturday, Feb. 21, after a confrontation behind closed doors with the party’s executive committee over his handling of the party’s bank accounts.

100. Carson Resigns As Local Democratic Chairman Amidst Financial Questions -

Bryan Carson resigned Saturday, Feb. 21, as chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, about a month before his term of office was to end.