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1. Easter Named to Tennessee Appeals Court Bench -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has named Circuit Judge Timothy Lee Easter of Brentwood to fill a criminal appeals court vacancy created by the retirement of Jerry L. Smith.

2. Tennessee Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.1 Percent -

The state unemployment rate inched higher in July.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for July was 7.1 percent, up from the revised 6.6 percent rate in June, according to Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips.

3. 15 Shelby County Schools Removed From Failing List -

A total of 15 Shelby County Schools made their way off the state’s list of the bottom 5 percent of schools in Tennessee in terms of student performance and proficiency.

The school system tallied the improvements Tuesday, Aug. 19, as state education officials released the individual school results of Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) test results from the 2013-2014 school year as well as Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) results.

4. Humes Rises From Bottom 5 Percent of Tennessee Schools -

Humes Preparatory Academy is no longer in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state in terms of student achievement, as measured by state education officials.

That according to school-by-school test data from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) data, released by state education officials Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Nashville.

5. Grizzlies Sign Stokes to Multi-Year Deal -

The Memphis Grizzlies signed 2014 second-round draft pick Jarnell Stokes to a multiyear contract, the team has announced. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Stokes (6-foot-9, 263 pounds) was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (35th overall) of the 2014 NBA draft and traded to Memphis on draft night for a 2016 second-round draft pick.

6. Williams Joins Memphis Obstetrics as OB/GYN -

Dr. Jason Williams has joined the staff of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC, where he will focus on women’s health care issues, including prevention, diagnosis and management of many general medical conditions. As an OB/GYN, he specializes in general obstetrical care, infertility, pelvic disorders, and prevention and detection of diseases such as breast and cervical cancer.

7. ‘Two Ears, One Heart’ -

The phone rings and rings at the Memphis Crisis Center – 19,000 times in 2013, or 2.2 times every hour, 52 times a day, 365 days a year.

Of the 19,000 calls logged last year, 1,301 – or 3.6 per day – were from people talking about killing themselves.

8. Southwest’s Essex to Retire In 2015 -

The leader who guided the merger of the city’s two community colleges announced Tuesday, Aug. 19, that he will retire in June.

Nathan Essex became president of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute at Memphis in 2000 as the two institutions were merging to become Southwest Tennessee Community College.

9. Marshall County in Running for Cummins Jobs -

Add the burgeoning industrial area in Marshall County, Miss., to the list of communities competing for a significant chunk of the Cummins Inc. jobs that are currently in Memphis.

10. Grizzlies Sign Draft Pick Jarnell Stokes to Deal -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies have signed their second-round draft pick Jarnell Stokes to a multi-year contract.

The Grizzlies did not disclose the terms Monday. The Commercial Appeal reports it's a three-year deal worth more than $2.5 million for the 35th pick overall.

11. Dollar General Enters Bidding for Family Dollar -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dollar General isn't about to be left out in the cold. The discounter is starting a bidding war for Family Dollar with an approximately $8.95 billion offer as it attempts to trump a Dollar Tree bid.

12. Tenn. Attorney General: Parents Can't Give Kids New Last Names -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's attorney general says married parents can't invent new last names for their children.

Attorney General Bob Cooper writes in a legal opinion that state law limits the options to the last name of either the father or the mother, or both.

13. Community Health Details Attack on Patient Records -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.

The Franklin, Tennessee, company said Monday that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But Community said the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security numbers.

14. Developer Files Permit for Graceland-Area Hotel -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Cost: $3.5 million

15. Unemployment Rises in Most States in July -

Unemployment rates rose in 30 U.S. states last month, even as employers in two-thirds of the states stepped up hiring. The trends reflect an increase in job-hunters nationwide as an improving economy has encouraged more people to seek work.

16. UTHSC Researcher Gets $1.6 Million Arthritis Grant -

Ae-Kyung Yi, associate professor in the departments of Pediatrics, and Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a grant totaling $1.6 million from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health.

17. Haslam Visits East High to Promote Tennessee Promise -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Memphis Monday, Aug. 18, to promote the Tennessee Promise program that offers two years of free community college to all Tennessee high school graduates.

The stop at East High School is one of six Haslam is making across the state this week as the program, which was approved by the Tennessee Legislature earlier this year, begins a rollout that starts with high school seniors who graduate in 2015.

18. Berger Withdraws New Brewery Application -

Restaurateur Taylor Berger has withdrawn the application he had pending before the city-county Board of Adjustment related to a new proposal for the Tennessee Brewery that would have been similar to the Untapped series of events earlier this year.

19. Kyle Senate Seat Vacancy Process Begins -

Local Democratic leaders began taking applications Monday, Aug. 18, for the state Senate District 30 seat in the Tennessee Legislature that becomes vacant Sept. 1.

And Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson scheduled a caucus of local party executive committee members from District 30 on Aug. 28 to discuss the vacancy.

20. Clarksville to Vote on Wine Sales in Stores -

Voters in Clarksville, Tenn., will decide in November whether to allow wine to be sold in the city’s supermarkets.

Montgomery County Administrator of Elections Vickie Koelman told The Leaf-Chronicle that enough signatures have been gathered and certified through petitioning to place the wine question on the November ballot in referendum.

21. Tennessee Panel to Examine Sentencing, Recidivism -

Gov. Bill Haslam has formed a task force to develop legislative and policy recommendations related to sentencing and recidivism.

It’s part of the administration’s overall effort to reduce crime and improve public safety.

22. 5 Tennessee Sites Added to National Register -

Five Tennessee sites, including one in Memphis, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The registry is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee.

23. Lee Named Chief Justice of Tenn. Supreme Court -

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee has been elected by her fellow judges as chief justice of the state’s highest court, effective Sept. 1.

The election among the justices followed the August statewide retention races in which Lee, Justice Cornelia Clark and outgoing Chief Justice Gary Wade were retained by voters.

24. Money Laundering Charge Added to FedEx Drug Case -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Federal prosecutors say several addicts died soon after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs sent by FedEx.

The deaths were included in a new indictment filed late Thursday against FedEx that adds money laundering to a list of charges the company is facing over allegations it knowingly shipped illegal prescription drugs from two online pharmacies.

25. Doug Carpenter & Associates Still Growing Four Years On -

Even before her recent graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Cara Greenstein had been keeping an eye on her hometown of Memphis, paying attention to job opportunities, looking for the right place to land.

26. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

27. UT Welcomes Largest Freshman Class in 3 Decades -

Nearly 4,700 freshmen – the largest first-year class in at least 30 years – will begin classes on Aug. 20 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Overall, about 7,400 students will live on campus this fall, about 300 more than last year. While some students have already moved to campus, the big move-in day begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

28. Author Support Key to Booksellers’ Success -

Building relationships with customers and forming partnerships with other organizations is a key ingredient to keeping Union Ave Books vibrant in the Knoxville community.

Flossie McNabb, who owns the store with her daughter, Bunnie Presswood, caters to both writers and readers in choosing events and activities. And she is open to offering new opportunities for her customers, including a book club for Southern Literature that will start later this month.

29. A Perfect Union -

Union Ave Books buzzes with activity on a Tuesday afternoon as families from San Francisco and Paris browse the shelves in the children’s section.

A local customer, owner Flossie McNabb explains, has brought the travelers to her store during their East Tennessee visit.

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31. New Physical Therapy Clinic Opens in Midtown -

Results Physiotherapy, a Nashville-based physical therapy company, has opened a Midtown clinic in the Belvedere Collection shopping center at Union Avenue and South Belvedere Boulevard.

The clinic is Results’ eighth in the Mid-South. Mary O’Bryan, a native Memphian and graduate of St. Agnes Academy, is serving as the lead therapist at the Midtown location. She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Following graduation, she continued her education at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011.

32. UTHSC Researchers Named ‘Influential Minds’ -

Two University of Tennessee Health Science researchers have made the list of the “world’s most influential scientific minds” of the last decade as determined by the most frequently cited articles.

33. Habitat Honors Stemmler For Volunteer Work -

Bill Stemmler, vice president and branch manager at Iberiabank, was recently named Leadership Volunteer of the Year at Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee‘s 2014 State Impact Awards.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis nominated Stemmler, a former board president, in recognition of his six years of board service. He joined Memphis Habitat’s board in 2008 and became president in 2010, serving for three years in that role.

34. Tennessee Business Taxes Pick Up After Decline -

Tennessee’s business taxes are starting to pick up. WPLN-FM reports economist Bill Fox discussed his findings in a conference call with Secretary of State Tre Hargett this week.

Fox said that the state’s franchise and excise taxes took a hit after health-care services company McKesson left Tennessee for Mississippi. That departure helped contribute to a $222 million deficit in business taxes.

35. State Commission Seeks to Fill Chancery Vacancy -

The Governor’s Commission for Judicial Appointments began accepting applications Thursday, Aug. 14, for the vacancy in Shelby County Chancery Court.

Chancellor Kenny Armstrong ran unopposed for re-election on the Aug. 7 ballot. His new term would begin Sept. 1, but that is also when Armstrong’s appointment by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Court of Appeals takes effect.

36. Vols Resurrect Fond Memories of ‘Wide Receiver U’ -

None of the receivers on the University of Tennessee football team were born when the program was dubbed “Wide Receiver U” in the 1980s.

Guys like Tim McGee, Anthony Miller, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens paved the way for UT to become the premier destination for wide receivers seeking stardom into the 1990s.

37. Shoulder Injury Could End McCarthy’s Titans Career -

NASHVILLE – The star-crossed career of Tennessee Titans linebacker Colin McCarthy took another wicked turn with the news that he could miss the entire season with a shoulder injury.

McCarthy suffered the injury in Saturday night’s preseason opener, playing in the third quarter with the Titans third-team defense, hoping to show the new coaching regime that he is still a worthwhile entity, either as an inside linebacker or on special teams.

38. Bigger, Better, Louder -

“When it comes to college football, the South has no equal, because the Southeastern Conference has no equal. Find me a conference with a better commissioner, better players, better head coaches, better staffs, better game-day atmospheres, better-looking coeds – better anything.”

39. Local Leaders Work to Keep Cummins in Memphis -

Memphis and Shelby County are preparing to fight a border battle with Mississippi to keep hundreds of jobs inside the city.

The state of Mississippi is aggressively courting diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. to move most of its Memphis operations south of the state line to DeSoto County, according to sources familiar with the effort.

40. Tennessee July Revenue Collections See Some Growth -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections recorded some growth in July even though they fell short of projections.

41. Corker: VW Union Talks Faced Misunderstandings -

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Sen. Bob Corker says Tennessee's discussions about the role of organized labor at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga were clouded by misunderstandings.

42. Tennessee Business Taxes Pick Up After Decline -

Tennessee’s business taxes are starting to pick up.

WPLN-FM reports economist Bill Fox discussed his findings in a conference call with Secretary of State Tre Hargett this week.

Fox said that the state’s franchise and excise taxes took a hit after health-care services company McKesson left Tennessee for Mississippi. That departure helped contribute to a $222 million deficit in business taxes.

43. State Commission Taking Chancery Court Applications -

The Governor’s Commission for Judicial Appointments began accepting applications Thursday, Aug. 14, for the vacancy in Shelby County Chancery Court.

Chancellor Kenny Armstrong ran unopposed for re-election on the Aug. 7 ballot. His new term would begin Sept. 1, but that is also when Armstrong’s appointment by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Court of Appeals takes effect.

44. The Q Party -

CRISIS AVERTED. It’s all a matter of perspective.

At the height of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, a friend’s father was in Corinth, Miss., on business. He was outside the courthouse having a cigarette and waiting for an appointment when he overheard a conversation between two old men on a bench.

45. Former Tigers Head Man Finds Simpler Life at MTSU -

In nine years as the head coach, Tommy West provided the University of Memphis with much of its football lore: five bowls – there have only been seven – and 49 wins (third-most all time).

46. TVA: Watts Bar More Than 90 Percent Complete -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says work on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant is more than 90 percent complete.

The federal agency announced a target completion date for the plant's Unit 2 reactor of December 2015.

47. Tennessee's Corker Won't Rule Out Presidential Bid -

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday he isn't ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016, but any decision would wait until next year.

48. UTHSC Researchers Named ‘Influential Minds’ -

Two University of Tennessee Health Science researchers have made the list of the “world’s most influential scientific minds” of the last decade as determined by the most frequently cited articles.

49. Habitat Honors Stemmler for Volunteer Work -

Bill Stemmler, vice president and branch manager at Iberiabank, was recently named Leadership Volunteer of the Year at Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee’s 2014 State Impact Awards.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis nominated Stemmler, a former board president, in recognition of his six years of board service. He joined Memphis Habitat’s board in 2008 and became president in 2010, serving for three years in that role.

50. Actor Rob Lowe to Headline Cancer Center Fundraiser -

The annual Methodist Cancer Center Luncheon has a track record of bringing in speakers with high name recognition, from actor Michael Douglas to former first lady Laura Bush to network anchorman Tom Brokaw to actress Sally Field.

51. U of M’s Rudd Touts Freshmen Growth -

The student population at the University of Memphis is growing, but the city’s largest higher education institution is becoming more selective about those who apply for admission.

And University of Memphis President David Rudd said in the coming academic year, his first at the helm of the university, he plans to introduce the first needs-based scholarship program in the 102-year history of the institution as well as offer a flat tuition rate for students who continue on the school’s trajectory for graduation and attaining degrees.

52. McIver Makes Push for Legal Aid Into Broader Community -

For Harrison McIver, receiving the American Bar Association’s Dorsey Award this month at the ABA’s annual meeting in Boston was a special honor.

The award goes annually to attorneys who have worked in legal aid or legal services corporations representing indigent citizens.

53. New Physical Therapy Clinic Opens in Midtown -

Results Physiotherapy, a Nashville-based physical therapy company, has opened a Midtown clinic in the Belvedere Collection shopping center at Union Avenue and South Belvedere Boulevard.

The clinic is Results’ eighth in the Mid-South. Mary O’Bryan, a native Memphian and graduate of St. Agnes Academy, is serving as the lead therapist at the Midtown location. She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Following graduation, she continued her education at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011.

54. Krispy Kreme Pulls Permit for Third Store -

Krispy Kreme has filed a $575,000 building permit for a new store at 4198 Hacks Cross in Southeast Memphis, its third location in the city.

The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based company filed the permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement, listing Chris Sneeden, the director of U.S. real estate at Krispy Kreme, as the owner.

55. Events -

Rizzo’s Diner and the Memphis Crisis Center will hold a “Less to Wine About Wednesday” fundraiser Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the restaurant, 106 G.E. Patterson Ave. Rizzo’s will donate 25 percent of the day’s profits to the crisis center. Visit rizzosdiner.com.

56. Pinch District Could Lose Historic Designation -

The Pinch District, one of the city’s oldest commercial districts, could lose its designation on the National Register of Historic Places, a move that would jeopardize existing buildings but possibly make some new development easier.

57. Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper to Seek Another Term -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper announced Monday he will seek another eight-year term after three Democrats were retained on the Supreme Court.

58. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

59. New York Firm Buys Retirement Community -

996 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
Sale Amount: $12.9 million

Sale Date: July 30, 2014
Buyer: GFTV Audubon Owner LLC
Seller: TV Memphis LP
Loan Amount: $23.5 million
Loan Date: July 30, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC
Details: An affiliate of New York-based Garrison Investment Group has paid $12.9 million for the 176-unit Town Village Audubon Park retirement community at 950 Cherry Road in East Memphis.

60. Harvey Offers Advice to New County Commissioners -

Who swears in the judges who will be swearing in other county leaders later this month when they all begin their terms of office?

That was one of the questions new Shelby County Commissioners had for outgoing commission Chairman James Harvey the day after the election last week.

61. Supreme Court Retention Clash Likely to Continue -

Both sides declared victory when the three Tennessee Supreme Court justices were retained by voters in the Thursday, Aug. 7, statewide judicial elections.

The votes to retain or replace Chief Justice Gary Wade and Justices Sharon Lee and Cornelia Clark ended with all three being retained for an eight-year term.

62. Curtains Up -

As counterintuitive as it might sound, the more digitized and interconnected people get, the more they seem to appreciate the handiwork of Dan McCleary and the fellow live theater proponents who work with him.

63. New Tennessee Distribution Center to Bring 700 Jobs -

Officials say Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to build a distribution center in Putnam County, Tenn., which will bring 700 jobs to the area over the next five years.

Company executives said in a statement on Friday that the 1.6 million-square-foot distribution center in Cookeville would support continued growth for the Katy, Texas-based sporting goods retailer. It will be the company’s third distribution center.

64. UTHSC Selects Chair of Physician Assistant Studies -

Linda Reed has been named chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. David Maness, professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine at UTHSC, is the new medical director for physician assistant studies.

65. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

66. McIver to Receive Bar’s Dorsey Award -

Harrison McIver, the executive director of Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., will be in Boston Friday, Aug. 8, to receive the American Bar Association’s Dorsey Award.

67. Metropolitan Bank Expands Board -

Metropolitan Bank has added James Wingett to its board of directors.

Wingett lives in Memphis, where he’s a founding partner and managing director of Wolf River Capital. Before his time at Wolf River, he was a founding member, managing director and principal of FTN Financial’s Structured Finance Group.

68. Tenn. AIA Honors ANF’s Pounders -

Memphis architect Louis R. Pounders of ANF Architects has been awarded the William Strickland Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Institute of Architects Tennessee. ANF is formerly Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects.

69. Commission Approves School Facilities Study -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Aug. 4, a $1.8 million school facilities study to be conducted by Shelby County Schools.

And the commission approved a resolution asking Tennessee legislators to change laws on the approval of land use and zoning changes within five miles of the Memphis city limits. The change would make the Shelby County Commission the only body needed for approval. Currently, such changes within the 5-mile limit also require approval of the Memphis City Council.

70. Southern Airways Plans SEC Football Flights -

Southern Airways has released its schedule for the 2014 season of SEC football flights, concentrated around the games of five key teams within Southern’s standard route map.

The schedule includes five University of Alabama games, 10 Auburn University games, all 12 University of Mississippi games, four University of Arkansas games and four University of Florida games.

71. American Snuff Gets Sustainability Honor -

American Snuff Co. has been awarded the Tennessee Green Star Partnership Three-Star Certification, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s highest award for sustainable business practices.

72. United Way Beginning Search for New President -

United Way of the Mid-South President Bryce Haugsdahl has announced his retirement after 40 years of service with several United Way chapters. Doug Byrnes, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of United Way of the Mid-South, will serve as interim president as a search for a new president begins.

73. This week in Memphis history: August 8-14 -

1993: What would be the city’s last civic drive for a National Football League franchise was taking season ticket pledges with former Green Bay Packers middle linebacker Willie Davis among those in the ownership group, led by Billy Dunavant of Dunavant Enterprises.

74. Levy Dermatology Celebrates Five Years in Memphis -

Dr. Alan Levy owns a 5-year-old dermatology practice in Memphis, and to understand why business is booming for him right now, it helps to consider how medical advances are making it possible for people to live longer lives these days.

75. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.

76. Cohen, Luttrell, Weirich, Harris Take Early Vote -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has taken the early vote over challenger Ricky Wilkins in the hard fought Democratic Congressional primary on Thursday’s Shelby County election ballot.

77. United Way Searching for New President -

United Way of the Mid-South President Bryce Haugsdahl has announced his retirement after 40 years of service with several United Way chapters. Doug Byrnes, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of United Way of the Mid-South, will serve as interim president as a search for a new president begins.

78. Tigers Players, Coaches Say Time is Now for Football Success -

Two years ago, the University of Memphis football season began with the unthinkable: a 20-17 home loss to UT Martin.

Amid all the buzz about new head coach Justin Fuente, the floor dropped from beneath the Tigers after they had won just three games total in the previous two seasons under Larry Porter.

79. Commission to Have Different Look After Election -

The first post-election appointment for the winners of the 13 Shelby County Commission races on the Thursday, Aug. 7, election ballot is a Friday luncheon with commission Chairman James Harvey.

80. Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips in July -

Kathee Villar, a loan officer with Community Mortgage Corp., has worked for the lender for 23 years, and when you’re in that kind of place for that length of time, certain patterns start to repeat themselves.

81. Fred's July Sales Metric Up, Cuts Second-Quarter Outlook -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Fred's sales at stores open at least a year edged up 0.7 percent in July, helped by better customer traffic and stronger sales of some general merchandise.

But the discount retailer lowered its second-quarter guidance, in part because of costs at its pharmacy department.

82. Supreme Court Justices Rally in Court Square -

The three Tennessee Supreme Court justices on the Thursday, Aug. 4, ballot spent the day before the election campaigning in Memphis for retention.

Chief Justice Gary Wade and Justices Cornelia Clark and Sharon Lee are countering a well-financed campaign by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and others, urging voters to vote against retaining the three justices.

83. Southern Airways Plans SEC Football Flights -

Southern Airways has released its schedule for the 2014 season of SEC football flights, concentrated around the games of five key teams within Southern’s standard route map.

The schedule includes five University of Alabama games, 10 Auburn University games, all 12 University of Mississippi games, four University of Arkansas games and four University of Florida games.

84. American Snuff Certified for Sustainability -

American Snuff Co. has been awarded the Tennessee Green Star Partnership Three-Star Certification, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s highest award for sustainable business practices.

85. Madonna Learning Center Files $3.5 Million Loan -

Madonna Learning Center, a school for children and young adults with special needs, has filed a $3.5 million loan on its 7007 Poplar Ave. location in Germantown, which is undergoing an expansion.

86. Greenway Grants Program Seeks Applicants -

Money is available. There just aren’t many people asking for it. “That has been a problem in the past,” said Alice Hudson, director of development for the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, also known as TennGreen. “So far this year, we’ve only received one application.”

87. Polls Open Under Eye of Federal Monitors -

Memphis Democrats declared victory two days before the Thursday, Aug. 7, election day in Shelby County.

It wasn’t anything they saw in the early voting turnout numbers. The turnout there was less than it was four years ago in the set of county general election and state and federal primary races.

88. Alexander Looks to Fend Off Tennessee GOP Challengers -

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) – After losing his first bid for Tennessee governor 40 years ago, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander shed his blue suit and buttoned-up appearance for a plaid shirt, hiking boots and a 1,000-mile walk around the state.

89. TVA to Cut More Than 2,000 Jobs -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The nation's largest public utility is eliminating more than 2,000 jobs as part of a $500 million cost-cutting campaign.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Tennessee Valley Authority is making the cuts this year to pare expenses and make electric rates in the Tennessee Valley more competitive with neighboring utilities.

90. Poll: Obama Health Law is a Tale of 2 Americas -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's health care law has become a tale of two Americas.

States that fully embraced the law's coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the number of uninsured residents, according to a major new survey released Tuesday. States whose leaders still object to "Obamacare" are seeing much less change.

91. Commission Approves School Facilities Study -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Aug. 4, a $1.8 million school facilities study to be conducted by Shelby County Schools.

And the commission approved a resolution asking Tennessee legislators to change laws on the approval of land use and zoning changes within five miles of the Memphis city limits. The change would make the Shelby County Commission the only body needed for approval. Currently, such changes within the 5-mile limit also require approval of the Memphis City Council.

92. Johnson to Lead Pink Palace Fundraising Efforts -

Cathi Johnson has joined the Pink Palace Family of Museums as director of development. In her new role, she’ll design, implement and manage the museum system’s fundraising efforts, including individual and corporate gifts and sponsorships, grant writing, capital funds and planned giving.

93. Haslam, Alexander Look to Boost Republican Turnout -

U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher remembers the first time that he talked with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Fincher had been elected to Congress long enough to have made several votes after a 2008 campaign in which he touted his conservative values and stances. And in the process, Fincher admitted to Alexander that he had been critical of Alexander’s voting record during the campaign.

94. American Marketing Association Memphis Chapter Preps for New Events -

The Memphis chapter of the American Marketing Association is gearing up to be a hub of new networking and educational opportunities for local marketing professionals in the city.

Along with the finalization of its Memphis charter, the organization has elected a new board of directors packed with experienced marketing leaders from the area. The chapter also plans to offer “unexpected, unique and creative” benefits to help it stand out from traditional professional organizations.

95. Democrats Continue to Talk of Election Problems -

Once all of the votes are counted in Thursday’s election, Shelby County Democratic Party leaders will probably challenge the results or at least point to what they consider to be irregularities.

The claim that documented problems in recent election years are not a thing of the past has been a steady political drumbeat among Democrats in recent weeks.

96. Early Diagnosis -

Of the approximately 7 million people in the United States that have scoliosis (curvature of the spine), most of them are teenagers and children.

Years ago, scoliosis screenings in the public schools were the norm. Today, less than 50 percent of the states require the screenings. This despite the fact that the Adam’s Forward Bend test – the initial screening for scoliosis – can be done in less than 30 seconds.

97. Tennessee Supreme Court Races See Spending Spike -

NASHVILLE (AP) – An influx of campaign spending on three Tennessee Supreme Court seats has transformed what is traditionally a sleepy affair into a hard-fought campaign that has raised questions about the role of partisan politics in the judiciary.

98. Republicans Rally In Bartlett -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told a group of several hundred Republicans in Bartlett Monday, Aug. 4, that he would like to see a statewide turnout in the August Republican primaries of 750,000.

Haslam and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander have been on a statewide bus tour since last week to pump up overall Republican turnout even as they face opposition in the GOP primaries for governor and the U.S. Senate. The goal is to also boost the turnout for Republican candidates in local general election races on the ballot.

99. County Commission Asks for Federal Election Monitors -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Aug. 4, to ask U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton to monitor Thursday’s election in Shelby County.

The commission approved the resolution after attorney and former Shelby County Commissioner Julian Bolton said there have been “serious” irregularities already during the early voting period. And Bolton cited problems in past elections.

100. Tennessee Primary Early Voting Sets Record -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A record number of voters have cast ballots during early voting for the Tennessee primary election.

The Tennessean reports that data from the secretary of state's office showed more than 550,000 ballots were cast from July 18 through Saturday, when early voting ended. The newspaper reported that is more than any statewide total for an August election on record, according to data.