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1. Alexander, Corker Honored by Business Association -

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are being honored by the nation's leading small business association.

The National Federation of Independent Business has named the Tennessee Republicans a Guardian of Small Business for their voting record on behalf of America's small-business owners.

2. Vols Among NCAA’s Youngest Headed Into Sunday Opener -

KNOXVILLE – For better or worse, University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones won’t need to wait long to see the talent level of his highly touted freshman class.

Jones will find out Sunday night at 7 when the Vols play host to Utah State at Neyland Stadium. The Aggies will be an underdog – probably by a touchdown or so – and a trendy pick for some as an upset special.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Study: 35 Percent in US Face Debt Collectors -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

8. Simmons First National Moves Into Tennessee -

A similar history, a foundation in agriculture lending and growth potential attracted Arkansas-based Simmons First National Corp. to buy Community First Bancshares Inc. of Union City, Tenn., and its $1.9 billion subsidiary First State Bank, says Simmons’ Chairman and CEO George A. Makris.

9. Tunica Reels as Competition, Recession Hit Casinos -

TUNICA RESORTS, Miss. (AP) – It was 3:30 p.m. on a Monday in May at Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino in northwestern Mississippi.

Gamblers were few in number, and dealers stood ready at idle card tables.

10. Haslam’s Free Tuition Plan Viewed as Incentive -

Education experts say they believe Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s program to cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate will be an incentive for students to better prepare for a higher education. Results released Wednesday on the National Assessment of Education Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, show slightly fewer than four out of 10 students nationwide have the math and reading skills needed for entry-level college courses.

11. Haslam's Free Tuition Plan Viewed as Incentive -

Education experts say they believe Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's program to cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate will be an incentive for students to better prepare for a higher education.

12. Tennessee 12th-Graders Below Average in Math, Reading -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said Wednesday that a report showing the state's high school seniors' below-average performance in math and reading is partially due to them not being exposed to recent education changes that have more rigorous standards.

13. Ride-Sharing Services Launch in Memphis -

Competing ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber have landed in Memphis.

The services, which have been popular in bigger markets, announced in recent days their respective expansions into new markets, including Memphis.

14. Caught in the Middle -

Even before the Affordable Care Act came along, Deborah Casey was living between a logistical rock and an economic hard place. Casey, a 61-year-old widow, draws a monthly Social Security check based on her husband’s earnings. She works part-time for Shelby County (no benefits), and to continue receiving the same amount in that Social Security check, she has to keep tabs on how much she makes. This is exactly how someone who wants to provide for herself winds up on a “fixed income.”

15. Treasury Department Hosts Financial Literacy Summit -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Treasury Department is hosting a financial literacy summit for teachers next week in Nashville.

The summit for kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers will be held on March 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ezell Center on the campus of Lipscomb University.

16. Primaries Offer First Major Test of Voter ID Laws -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots – the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

17. The Sweet Spot -

Gary Wilkes usually doesn’t notice the smell at the family business, Wayne’s Candy Co. Inc., unless he has just returned from vacation.

18. UTHSC Nurse Develops 'Socrates' Board Game -

Her students were bored. She was frustrated.

That was the setup for discovery, invention and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Hallie Bensinger, an advanced practice nurse at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, planned to play a “Jeopardy”-style game as part of a PowerPoint lecture in hopes of jumpstarting her students’ brains. So she went to a supply store in search of fake money to use in the game. Instead, she found her eureka moment.

19. Panel Rejects Campus Voter ID Legislation -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that would let students at public colleges and universities use their campus identification card to vote is dead this session.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis was defeated 7-2 this week in the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

20. Events -

Ignite Memphis, Vol. 6, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. Twelve Memphians will enlighten attendees on a variety of topics via five-minute, 20-slide presentations. Cost is $15. Visit ignitememphis.com.

21. Banks Tweak Checking, Online Options -

As the two banks with the biggest customer deposit shares in Memphis, First Tennessee Bank and Regions Bank must stay closely in touch with their clients’ checking and online banking needs.

22. Tennessee Leads Nation in Academic Growth -

A new report shows Tennessee students are leading the nation in academic growth.

Commonly known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” the National Assessment of Educational Progress assesses students in fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math. The report released Thursday shows Tennessee students had the largest growth of any state from 2011 to 2013, with a 22-point growth across all subject areas. The next closest state in growth was Indiana with 15.

23. Tennessee Leads Nation in Academic Growth -

A new report shows Tennessee students are leading the nation in academic growth.

Commonly known as "The Nation's Report Card," the National Assessment of Educational Progress assesses students in fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math. The report released Thursday shows Tennessee students had the largest growth of any state from 2011 to 2013, with a 22-point growth across all subject areas. The next closest state in growth was Indiana with 15.

24. Tennessee Students Lead Nation in Academic Growth -

MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (AP) – A new report shows Tennessee students are leading the nation in academic growth.

Commonly known as "The Nation's Report Card," the National Assessment of Educational Progress assesses students in fourth and eighth grade reading and math. The report released Thursday shows Tennessee students had the largest growth of any state from 2011-2013, with a 22-point growth across all subject areas. The next closest state in growth was Indiana with 15.

25. Shelby County Bankruptcies Rise 3.4 Percent in Third Quarter -

Bankruptcies in Shelby County were up by about 100, or 3.4 percent, in the third quarter of 2013 from the third quarter of 2012, with a continuing consistency among the top three ZIP codes.

A total of 3,280 filings – encompassing Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies – were filed in the three-month period ended Sept. 30, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. That compares to 3,171 for the same quarter in 2012.

26. States Get $30 Million From Discount Club Marketer -

Tennessee is one of a group of states that has won a $30 million settlement against a marketing company the state says used confusing and deceptive business practices.

According to the state attorney general’s office, Affinion and its subsidiaries offer a variety of services, including credit monitoring, roadside assistance and discount travel.

27. Brews Brothers -

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines “wiseacre” as “one who pretends to knowledge or cleverness; a smart aleck” and then asks readers to comment: “What made you want to look up ‘wiseacre’?”

28. Cyber Crime Growing Priority for FBI -

Glankler Brown PLLC attorneys on Wednesday, Sept. 11, welcomed FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott E. Augenbaum as the guest speaker for a cyber crime seminar for staff and clients at its East Memphis office.

29. Senate Set to Finish Work on Student Loan Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Borrowing for tuition, housing and books would be less expensive for college students and their parents this fall but the costs would start climbing almost immediately under a deal the Senate was poised to pass Wednesday.

30. Second-Quarter Bankruptcies Up 2.3 Percent -

The second quarter of 2013 showed a slight boost in West Tennessee bankruptcy filings as consumers who couldn’t pay off debt accumulated in late 2012 filed for bankruptcy.

All chapters combined – Chapters 7, 11 and 13 – climbed to 3,164 Shelby County bankruptcies for the three-month period ended June 30, up 2.3 percent from 3,093 bankruptcies filed during the same three-month period in 2012, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

31. Mississippi Mayor Enters Plea in Testing Fraud Case -

A Mississippi mayor has pleaded not guilty to charges for his alleged role in a scheme run by a Memphis educator who helped teachers cheat on certification exams over a 15-year period.

Metcalfe Mayor Corey Holmes appeared Wednesday in federal court in Memphis. He remains free on his own recognizance. No trial date has been set.

32. Mississippi Mayor Enters Plea in Testing Fraud Case -

A Mississippi mayor has pleaded not guilty to charges for his alleged role in a scheme run by a Memphis educator who helped teachers cheat on certification exams over a 15-year period.

Metcalfe Mayor Corey Holmes appeared Wednesday in federal court in Memphis.

33. Tennessee Receives B for Manufacturing -

Tennessee is a strong manufacturing state, but limited by the relatively low level of educational achievement, according to a new report from Ball State University.

The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, an in-depth analysis from Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), grades all 50 states on factors that lead to success.

34. Scammers Target Tennessee Corporations -

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says a scam is targeting corporations.

Companies are receiving letters that mimic official state correspondence, but it is from “Corporate Records Service.”

35. Tennessee Receives B for Manufacturing -

Tennessee is a strong manufacturing state, but limited by the relatively low level of educational achievement, according to a new report from Ball State University.

The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, an in-depth analysis from Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), grades all 50 states on factors that lead to success.

36. Women’s Health in Tennessee Garners ‘C’ Grade -

Women’s overall health in Tennessee improved to a grade of C, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement, according to the Tennessee Women’s Health Report Card.

The biannual report card, which is a collaborative effort of the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health, Meharry Medical College, East Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Tennessee Department of Health, provides a comprehensive look at the overall health status of the state’s more than 3 million women over a five-year span.

37. Couple Moves to Memphis to Launch Startup -

Pam and Tom Cooper are the co-founders of Boosterville, a Memphis-based startup with an app that helps school fundraisers raise money by connecting them with local businesses.

38. Pilot Flying J Raid Focuses on Incentive Practices -

NASHVILLE (AP) – When Pilot, the country's largest truck stop chain, bought its nearest competitor Flying J out of bankruptcy in 2009, federal trade officials worried the combined entity owned by the powerful Haslam family could corner the market on diesel fuel.

39. Bill Won’t Allow Student IDs for Voting -

The senator who sponsored a measure to let people show student IDs to cast ballots realized it didn’t have enough votes to pass, so he instead backed a bill that doesn’t allow them to be used.

40. Senators Press to Allow Student IDs for Voting -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate sponsor of a bill to allow people to display student IDs to vote said Monday he plans to press ahead with the matter even through the version approved by the House would not allow the practice.

41. Bill Allowing College IDs to Vote Delayed in Senate -

A proposal to allow student identification issued by state higher education institutions to be used for voting has been delayed in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro was put off for a week on Thursday to address concerns brought by another Republican lawmaker about the validity of using a college ID.

42. Bill Allowing State College IDs to Vote Advances -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to allow student identification issued by state higher education institutions to be used for voting is advancing in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro unanimously passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee 8-0 on Tuesday with little debate.

43. Healthy Church Challenge Tackles Obesity Epidemic -

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s second annual Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition for churches in West Tennessee is set to get under way on Saturday, Feb. 2.

This year’s challenge is anticipated to include more than 50 local churches that will get the chance to compete for cash prizes to benefit their churches and health ministries.

44. Events -

The Blues Foundation will host the 29th annual International Blues Challenge Tuesday, Jan. 29, through Saturday, Feb. 2, in Beale Street venues and other Downtown locations. Visit blues.org for a full schedule and tickets.

45. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present “Sunset Boulevard” Friday, Jan. 25, through Feb. 17 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

46. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a roundtable with PeopleCap Advisors principal Meg Thomas Crosby titled “The Growth and Maturity of an Organization” Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 4530 Poplar Ave., suite 101. Cost in advance is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers; cost at the door is $20. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

47. Raising Awareness -

The Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition continues its rollout of a new marketing campaign across the city to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding and how it contributes to the overall health of the mother and child.

48. Tennessee Education Receives ‘C-’ Grade From StudentsFirst -

StudentsFirst, the national education reform group headed by former Washington schools leader Michelle Rhee, gives the state of Tennessee a grade of “C-” on the state’s education policy so far.

It is the first-ever state policy report card issued by the group.

49. Le Bonheur Plans Obesity Research Center -

Dr. Jon McCullers unveiled plans for a Center for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital at the recent Healthy Memphis Common Table Let’s Change Summit.

The new research center will be one of the largest of its kind in the country.

50. Discovering New Paths -

In 2009, Charity Helvie, 35, left a successful career in the investment industry to start a home-based business, MadiBella, a custom clothing boutique featuring her handmade children’s clothes and women’s accessories.

51. Retail Therapy -

The retail business has been described in recent times as Darwinian in nature to those in the industry, meaning formats come and go as competition intensifies each year.

That concept is apparent in retail chains having trouble finding the best real estate for new locations as antiquated strip centers retain high vacancies. Or in the resurgence of upscale retailers, while dollar stores are simultaneously expanding at a rapid clip.

52. Planning for the Future -

A few months ago, CNBC broadcaster Jim “Mad Money” Cramer all but reached up to the TV screen on his set to high-five Bryan Jordan, president, CEO and chairman of First Horizon National Corp., whose image was there via satellite.

53. Data Show Tennessee Graduation Rate Improving -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's high school graduation rate is up and assessment tests taken by elementary and middle school students improved last year, according to data released Thursday by the Education Department.

54. High Court: Library Cards Valid at Polls -

Photo library cards issued by the city of Memphis are valid identification for voting and must be accepted by the Shelby County Election Commission.

The Tennessee Supreme Court Thursday, Nov. 1, lifted a stay on an earlier Tennessee Appeals Court ruling and ordered state election officials to tell the Shelby County Election Commission to accept the library cards at the polls.

55. Supreme Court Orders Photo Library Cards Accepted At Polls -

Photo library cards issued by the city of Memphis are valid identification for voting and must be accepted by the Shelby County Election Commission.

The Tennessee Supreme Court Thursday, Nov. 1, lifted a stay on an earlier Tennessee Appeals Court ruling and ordered state election officials to tell the Shelby County Election Commission to accept the library cards at the polls.

56. Crew Training International Names Woodward Director -

Steve Woodward has joined Crew Training International as director of learning. In his new role, Woodward will manage CTI’s core learning centers, oversee professional development programs and develop metrics to measure and manage the most efficient learning systems.

57. City Sends Cease and Desist Letter in Voter ID Case -

As national political pundits talked Tuesday, Oct. 30, about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Nov. 6 elections, a different kind of tempest raged between Memphis and Nashville over the state’s photo voter ID law.

58. City Sends State "Cease & Desist" Letter -

The city of Memphis has sent a “cease and desist” letter to Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper demanding that his office instruct state election officials to tell local election commissioners they must accept photo library cards as valid identification to vote early.

59. Tennessee Appeals Voter ID Ruling Over Library Card -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee election officials have filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court seeking to overturn a ruling that enabled voters to use photo identification issued by the Memphis Public library at the polls.

60. Appeals Court Rules Photo Library Cards Are Voter ID -

Photo library cards the city of Memphis began issuing this summer can be used as valid identification for the Nov. 6 elections.

The Tennessee Appeals Court ruled Thursday, Oct. 25, that city of Memphis photo library cards are a valid form of state issued identification for voting under terms of a 2011 Tennessee that requires photo identification in order to vote.

61. Appeals Court Rules Photo Library Cards Are Voter ID -

Photo library cards the city of Memphis began issuing this summer can be used as valid identification for the Nov. 6 elections.

The Tennessee Appeals Court ruled Thursday, Oct. 25, that city of Memphis photo library cards are a valid form of state issued identification for voting under terms of a 2011 Tennessee that requires photo identification in order to vote.

62. City Appeals Voter Identification Law Ruling -

Attorneys for the city of Memphis are asking a state appeals court to make two distinct rulings on whether the state’s photo voter identification law is constitutional and whether a photo library card qualifies as valid voter identification under the law.

63. FAcademics Brings Out Best for Wide Range of Students -

Students with bad grades aren’t the only ones who need a little help in school, say the owners of FAcademics, a tutoring service in Germantown.

For some, tutoring is the difference between F’s and A’s, for others it’s an increase in potential not reflected by grades.

64. Nashville Judge Upholds Photo Voter ID Law -

A judge in Nashville has held Tennessee’s voter identification statute constitutional.

The Tennessean reported the ruling by Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Carol McCoy came Wednesday.

65. 10 New Defendants Part of Test Scandal Indictment -

A new federal indictment in a growing teacher testing scandal alleges teachers and those who wanted to be teachers were paying thousands of dollars to an organization led by former Memphis City Schools assistant principal Clarence Mumford.

66. Solomon Shares ‘Pictures of Hope’ With Children -

Nationally recognized photojournalist and author Linda Solomon traveled to Memphis Tuesday, Sept. 18, to share her lifelong passion for photography and to encourage children from underprivileged backgrounds to follow their own hopes and dreams.

67. Free People Set to Open in Saddle Creek -

Free People, a high-end women’s retailer of apparel and other items, will open at The Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown on Friday, Sept. 14.

The Philadelphia-based retailer fills part of the space formerly occupied by Gap, in between the new Brighton Collectibles and Anthropologie. The location marks Free People’s second boutique in Tennessee, after a location in Nashville.

68. Free People to Open in Saddle Creek -

Free People, a high-end women’s retailer of apparel and other items, will open at The Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown on Friday, Sept. 14.

The location marks the Philadelphia-based retailer’s second boutique in Tennessee, after a location in Nashville. The 2,000-square-foot space will feature a “Blacksmith Cottage” concept, the brand’s second store with this design, and the first of its kind in the U.S.

69. Free People to Open in Saddle Creek -

Free People, a high-end women’s retailer of apparel and other items, will open at The Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown on Friday, Sept. 14.

The Philadelphia-based retailer fills part of the space formerly occupied by Gap, in between the new Brighton Collectibles and Anthropologie. The location marks Free People’s second boutique in Tennessee, after a location in Nashville.

70. Regions Could Be in a Shopping Mood -

The bank with the biggest customer deposit share in Tennessee – and the second biggest in Memphis – may be getting bigger soon.

That’s according to some of the analysts who follow Regions Financial Corp., the Alabama-based financial services giant that was the last of the large banks to get a green light to pay back its Troubled Asset Relief Program investment from the federal government. Regions also recently put another question mark behind it via the sale of its Memphis-based investment unit Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. to a new owner, Florida-based Raymond James Financial.

71. Judge Hints at Path of Voter ID Challenge -

The Nashville federal court judge who turned down the city of Memphis’ second request to use photo library cards as voter identification said the city’s legal theories in the opening rounds of what became a larger case this week were “not a model of clarity.”

72. City Amends Voter ID Lawsuit -

The city of Memphis is now mounting a direct challenge to the state’s voter photo identification law claiming the law adds “a qualification for the right to vote” beyond what is required in the Tennessee Constitution.

73. Photo Library Card Suit Back In Court Tuesday -

All sides in the federal court case over the city of Memphis’s photo library cards will be back in Nashville federal court ahead of schedule.

The hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger that was scheduled for election day -- Thursday, Aug. 2. -- was reset for Tuesday afternoon in Nashville by Trauger when the city renewed its motion rejected by another federal judge in Nashville.

74. Election Commission Admits Ballot Problems -

Challenges to the conduct of the Aug. 2 election may have reached a peak Tuesday, July 24.

The Shelby County Election Commission admitted a “limited number” of voters in some precincts got early voting ballots that included the wrong district races.

75. City Voter ID Suit Alleges Voter Turned Away Twice -

The city of Memphis wants a Nashville federal judge to order the state to accept photo library cards issued by the city since last month as a valid form of voting identification.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday, July 24, was expected.

76. Challenge of Voter ID Law Comes Into Focus -

The way to a court challenge of Tennessee’s voter identification law from Memphis takes a few twists and turns away from the polling place.

And while Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as well as several attorneys outside City Hall say they are ready to make the challenge, it will depend on who is willing to not have their vote counted in the Aug. 2 elections after they present a Memphis library card as photo ID to election officials.

77. GOP Leaders Brace for Possible Voter Problems -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican leaders say they expect some problems may arise from recent changes in electoral procedures when early voting starts Friday in Tennessee, but they hope to have the wrinkles ironed out by the general election in November.

78. Polls Set to Open for Early Voting -

Shelby County voters start deciding Friday, July 13, general election countywide races for assessor of property, General Sessions Court clerk, district attorney general and a race for a Shelby County Commission seat. The ballot also includes seven races for district seats on the countywide school board.

79. Former Principal Charged in Exam Scandal -

For 15 years Clarence Mumford, a one-time assistant principal in the Memphis City Schools system and later a teacher in Tunica County schools, allegedly helped unqualified teachers pass the PRAXIS teacher exams required to teach in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi by getting others to take the test in their names.

80. Library Cards at Root of Voter ID Challenge -

New Memphis library cards that include a photo have become a challenge to the new state law requiring certain state-issued photo identification in order to vote.

The Memphis library system unveiled the move to the photo library cards last week with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. saying the new library cards could be used to vote starting with the upcoming Aug. 2 elections. Early voting begins Friday, July 13.

81. Dodd-Frank Could Have ‘Dire Impact’ On Economy -

As banks nationwide are feeling the pressure of regulatory change like the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commercial real estate lending standards by community banks will likely remain stringent for the foreseeable future.

82. Fueling Up -

If the political ads along these lines haven’t already started by the time this story is printed, don’t worry. They’ll arrive soon enough.

Somewhere out there, a Republican political strategist is cooking up an ad that hits President Barack Obama over the average price at the gas pump these days – which, while it has fallen in recent weeks, is still a lot higher than when the president took office. At press time, the national average for a gallon of regular gas was $3.72 – up from a little less than $2 when George W. Bush left office.

83. Portable Banking -

First Tennessee Bank is spending tens of millions of dollars at the moment on upgrades of its technology infrastructure as well as new product development.

84. Transplant Recipients, Donor Families Celebrate Life -

Mid-South organ and tissue transplant recipients and the families of donors who gave them a second chance at life will gather Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. for a celebration of life and remembrance at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park.

85. Regions Rolls Out New Product Offerings -

Regions Financial Corp., the parent of the bank that has the second largest share of customer deposits in Memphis, has now finished a companywide rollout of a new suite of products to a new set of customers.

86. Circuit, Chancery Make Move to Paperless -

The day-to-day business of Shelby County’s Circuit and Chancery courts is on the way to going paperless after more than 150 years of ink on paper.

The Circuit and Chancery courts clerks’ offices will go to electronic, or e-filing, of all court records in June.

87. Court Orders Halt Telemarketing Companies -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee attorney general's office has obtained a federal court order that temporarily halts operations of east Tennessee telemarketing companies accused of scamming consumers out of thousands of dollars.

88. Drop in Bankruptcies Belies Economic Picture -

Although the total number of bankruptcies filed in Shelby County has slowly declined over the last three years, attorney Joseph Townsend with Fullen & Townsend Attorneys said fewer filings aren’t necessarily a sign that the economy is on the upswing.

89. Bluff City Coffee Inks New Space -

Bluff City Coffee, the coffee and snack shop in Downtown’s South Main Historic Arts District, has recently unveiled some aggressive expansion plans.

The local eatery has leased a 3,000-square-foot kitchen in the Pembroke Building, 119 S. Main St., in the space behind the Center for Southern Folklore.

90. Analysts Expect Small Profit for Regions -

The bank that controls the biggest chunk of customer deposits in Tennessee and is one of the top two in the Memphis area is likely to post a small profit for the quarter as well as the full calendar year when it reports earnings Jan. 24.

91. That's a Wrap -

If the grand sweep of 2011 could be captured on celluloid and presented to an audience on the big screen, all the components of a great film would be readily apparent.

There was drama, in the form of a deluge and historic flooding that led the Mississippi River to crest at nearly 48 feet early in the year. One of the year’s big surprises saw President Barack Obama give the commencement address for the Booker T. Washington High School class of 2011 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

92. Biz Community Still Seeking Stable Ground -

Small business in 2011 was a mixed bag of serious market hurdles and fresh opportunities for innovation, depending on who you ask.

Many small businesses struggled to navigate a lackluster economy in which millions remained jobless and the outlook for consumer confidence and companies’ confidence in hiring and investing remained generally bleak.

93. Packers' Run Inspiring Titans in Playoff Chase -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Titans are getting inspiration from the Green Bay Packers of a season ago in their improbable bid for the AFC's final wild-card spot.

Just as Green Bay did a year ago, the Titans (8-7) are trying to win their final two games to reach the playoffs while needing plenty help from other teams.

94. Energy Star Rebates Still Available in Tennessee -

Tennessee Energy Efficiency Appliance rebates are still available for qualifying Energy Star room air conditioners, central air conditioners, air source heat pumps and gas furnaces.

Appliances purchased since April 22, 2010, are eligible for a rebate debit card on a first-come, first-served basis.

95. Key Storylines Emerge in 2011 Banking -

Much of the news that came out of the local banking and financial services sectors in 2011 fell into one of three buckets.

No new fees, please.

Smaller names are doing bigger business.

And, two heads are better than one.

96. CJ Sits With Sore Ankle, Expects to Play Vs Jags -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Chris Johnson says he originally feared he had hurt his right ankle badly, but says he expects to be able to play Saturday as Tennessee tries to keep its faint playoff hopes alive against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

97. TNC Sports Expands Product Mix, Space -

Part of the experience that often goes hand in hand with packing ballparks and swarming stadiums to watch two sports teams clash is the need to keep some memento of the occasion.

It could be an oversized foam glove frozen in the “We’re No. 1” gesture, a team jersey, brightly colored license plates or something as simple as a trading card. And that’s where Mike Stramel comes in.

98. Munchak: Assuming for Now That Hasselbeck Starts -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Titans coach Mike Munchak says he is assuming Matt Hasselbeck is playing Sunday at Indianapolis until he sees otherwise. That's even though his veteran quarterback only watched practice Wednesday.

99. New Regions Services Target Unbanked -

One of the biggest banks in the country is preparing to compete directly with payday lenders, check-cashing services and the like in an effort to reach consumers who don’t have a relationship with a traditional bank.

100. Memphis – With a Bow On Top -

GIVE MEMPHIS TO SOMEBODY YOU LOVE. Put a polar bear and a panda under the tree. But walk them first. You really don’t want all that on the living room rug. Do this yourself; don’t ask Santa. Polar bears make reindeer skittish.