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1. AP Survey: Why the Outlook for Global Economy Has Brightened -

WASHINGTON (AP) – From the United States to Asia to Europe, a global economy that many had feared was faltering appears poised for a resurgence on the strength of cheap oil and falling interest rates.

2. Haslam: Ways to Discuss Race Other Than Facebook -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says there should be more open conversations about race and that there are means of discussion other than Facebook.

The Republican governor was referencing a Facebook post by Republican Rep. Sheila Butt of Columbia.

3. Auto Industry Slows for Bad Weather, But Stays on Course -

DETROIT (AP) – February threw snowstorms and other roadblocks at the auto industry, but U.S. sales of new cars and trucks are still poised to hit their highest level in more than a decade this year.

4. Jordan, 2 Other NBA Owners Join Forbes' Billionaire List -

NEW YORK (AP) – Michael Jordan and two other NBA owners have reached new heights, making Forbes world list of billionaires.

5. US Consumer Sentiment Slips in February on Icy Weather -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Harsh winter weather left U.S. consumers feeling a bit less confident this month, the University of Michigan says. But confidence levels still remain at the highest level in eight years.

6. The Big, Red Heart of Memphis -

Whether intentional or the result of a collection of individual decisions, a skyline defines the unique characteristics of a city and the people who live there.

It is made up of landmarks that tell an ever changing story of a city, and its vision for the future. Memphis is easily identified by its Pyramid and lighted bridge, but it is the big, red heart in the sky, hovering above Memphis, that speaks to me about the Memphis I know. That landmark heart captures the essence of what we are really all about. Regardless of politics or problems, it says, “Memphis cares.”

7. How to Delve Further Into User Insights -

Think of it as the front end of the front end, this fusion of methods for solving problems for real people and creating a better experience for them.

By fusing Design Thinking and User Experience, you learn the socio-psychological wants and desires of your user base and understand their world, as well unpacking attitudes, reactions, and emotions about a specific tested object.

8. Tigers’ Nichols Named AAC Player of the Week -

Austin Nichols is recovering well enough from his ankle injury that his performance has earned recognition from the American Athletic Conference.

9. Georgia Investors Buys Southeast Memphis Hotel -

A Georgia-based investor has purchased a Southeast Memphis hotel for $1 million.

The Inn at American Way LLC, operating in care of Atlanta-based businessman Amish Patel, bought the Home One hotel at 4300 American Way from Motel 6 Operating LP, according to a Feb. 10 warranty deed.

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11. 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?

12. 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.

13. The ABCs of Decision Leadership -

When we, as managers, delegate decision-making authority, we don’t delegate accountability because we cannot. And lest we forget, one bad decision, in the face of uncertainty, can destroy so much value.

14. Tigers’ Nichols named AAC Player of the Week -

Austin Nichols is recovering well enough from his ankle injury that his performance has earned recognition from the American Athletic Conference.

15. Georgia Investor Buys Southeast Memphis Hotel -

A Georgia-based investor has purchased a Southeast Memphis hotel for $1 million.

The Inn at American Way LLC, operating in care of Atlanta-based businessman Amish Patel, bought the Home One hotel at 4300 American Way from Motel 6 Operating LP, according to a Feb. 10 warranty deed.

16. Another Discount Carrier to Land at Memphis International -

In what officials hope will be another step in rebuilding service at Memphis International Airport, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority will announce the arrival of a new low-cost carrier on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

17. Shaq’s Mother to Speak at HopeWorks Event -

Memphis-based HopeWorks Inc. will host its seventh annual Morning of Hope breakfast and fundraising event Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Woodland Hills Event Center in Cordova. Lucille O’Neal, motivational speaker and mother of former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, will be the keynote speaker.

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19. Editorial: City Hall and the Bubble -

About five years ago at City Hall, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. had a “plain vanilla” plan for the city’s finances that would get the city past a tough period.

His description was in keeping with the ho-hum aura of past debt-restructuring actions the Memphis City Council has seen over the years.

20. TVA Asks Customers to Conserve Energy During Cold Weather -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking customers to conserve energy as some of the coldest temperatures in more than a year are expected to hit Wednesday night and last through Friday.

TVA said in a statement on Wednesday that the request is one step in helping to ensure that safe and reliable electricity is available. It is expecting peak demand for power to occur Thursday morning.

21. Shaq’s Mother to Speak at HopeWorks Fundraiser -

Memphis-based HopeWorks Inc. will host its seventh annual Morning of Hope breakfast and fundraising event Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Woodland Hills Event Center in Cordova. Lucille O’Neal, motivational speaker and mother of former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, will be the keynote speaker.

22. Retirement for the 'Sandwiched' -

Ray's Take: If you’re in the “accumulation years” – meaning before retirement – you may find yourself in a tough situation.

You may be sandwiched between adult children trying to find their feet in a tough economy and aging parents needing care and support. Helping both often comes at the expense of your own long-term security.

23. Federalist Society Gathering Postponed Due to Wintry Mix -

A Wednesday, Feb. 18, meeting of the local Federalist Society Downtown has been cancelled because of the inclement weather. Organizers of the event are seeking to reschedule the discussion of the upcoming King v. Burwell U.S. Supreme Court case on the Affordable Care Act and the potential legal impact of the ruling.

24. All-Star Game Special Night For Brothers Gasol -

Pau Gasol won the historic tip-off from younger brother Marc, making official the Brothers Gasol as the first brothers in league history to start in the NBA All-Star Game.

Marc, the beloved Grizzlies center, finished with six point and 10 rebounds. Pau, a former Grizzly and now a Chicago Bull, scored 10 points with 12 rebounds.

25. Discernment: The Hallmark of Great Leaders -

A good leader must be good at decision-making. A great leader must be good at discerning prior to making that decision.

Discernment is the ability to go past the mere perception of something and understand people, things or situations clearly and intelligently, making judgments about nuances often obscure or overlooked by others. It is a skill that makes the difference between leadership and just being in charge.

26. The Poetics Of Information Architecture -

Note: I wrote this piece 15 years ago and just rediscovered it. Sadly, the points bear repeating, and reprinting in the era of social media, client portals, and HTML5, as it seems truer than ever.

27. US Retail Sales Fall, Other Spending Rises -

U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit.

Retail sales dropped 0.8 percent in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday, following a 0.9 percent decline in December. The dollar value of gas station sales plunged 9.3 percent, the largest drop in six years. Auto dealer sales also fell for the second straight month.

28. Memphis Redbirds Unveil ‘Birds on the Bat’ Logo -

Now owned by their parent St. Louis Cardinals, the Memphis Redbirds will look the part in 2015 with a new primary logo that more closely resembles the “birds on the bat” logo worn by the major-league club.

29. Dr. Phil Delivers Hockey Therapy to the Masses -

Dr. Phil toys with me as he allows me to work my center and left wing to get the puck tantalizingly close to his net.

Then that big smile erupts on the face of a man who hands out “Live With Happiness” dog-tags – like the one dangling beneath his Hawaiian shirt – as he passes through life. With a couple of cagey quick twists of his wrists, Dr. Phil clears his end of the rink and fires a slap shot past my befuddled defensemen and goalie.…

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31. Americans Striving to Find Their Place in a Global Sport -

He was supposed to be the next Andy Roddick, the next great American tennis player. That’s what they said about Ryan Harrison.

32. Long Live the Pasquins -

Charlie Hebdo promotes itself as having a viewpoint that reflects “all components of left wing pluralism.” Its business is satire. It skewers Jews, Catholics, Protestants and Muslims. It has twice been attacked by terrorists. The attack in 2011 didn’t kill anyone.

33. Wade to Lead Southern College of Optometry's Hayes Center -

Dr. Lisa Wade has been named director of the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at Southern College of Optometry, which focuses on teaching business principles to help optometrists succeed in independent practice.

34. Justin Ford: ‘We’re On The Cusp Of Change’ -

Shelby County commission chairman Justin Ford is running for Memphis Mayor in 2015.

Ford announced his intention to challenge Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. Monday, Feb. 9, joining former county commissioner James Harvey, city council member Jim Strickland, and former University of Memphis basketball player Detric Golden in the growing field.

35. Lakeland Prep Land Purchase Takes Another Step -

Lakeland Schools board members hired architects and planners Monday, Feb. 9, to begin design work on a new Lakeland Prep grade 6-12 school to open in August 2017.

And the school system is poised to buy the 94 acres of land with $1 million from their $1.5 million reserve fund after the Shelby County Commission delayed earlier in the day Monday a shift of county capital funds for the purchase of the land north of U.S. 70 and east of Canada Road.

36. The ‘Carnegie Hall or Bust’ Fundraiser, Part 2 -

Dr. Todd Robinson is a Navy pilot and flight surgeon, author, film producer, University of Tennessee Health Science Center alumnus and faculty member, and a practicing Memphis physician. He is an M.D. and a Ph.D. But until now there was one area in which he had no experience: fundraising.

37. Another Downtown Hotel Could Be On the Way -

A Memphis businessman is proposing a suburban-style hotel in the heart of Downtown Memphis while Swedish furniture retailer Ikea moves forward with plans for its first Memphis-area store.

Gopal Govan is seeking a special use permit from the city-county Land Use Control Board to build the four-story, 104-room LaQuinta Inn & Suites hotel on the site of the former New York Suit Exchange at 310 Union Ave., located at Union and Danny Thomas Boulevard. The Land Use Control Board meets Thursday, Feb. 12.

38. Anthem Breach: A Gap in Federal Health Privacy Law? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Insurers aren't required to encrypt consumers' data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age – an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem.

39. Redbirds Unveil 'Birds on the Bat' Logo -

Now owned by their parent St. Louis Cardinals, the Memphis Redbirds will look the part in 2015 with a new primary logo that more closely resembles the “birds on the bat” logo worn by the major-league club.

40. Developer Seeks Permit to Renovate The Horizon -

The new owner of The Horizon condominium tower on Riverside Drive Downtown is moving forward with renovating the tower.

Dawn Properties Inc. has applied for a $2 million building permit to begin construction on the first three floors of the 155-unit tower.

41. Loeb Chosen as PRSA Communicator of the Year -

The Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has chosen Loeb Properties Inc. president Bob Loeb as its Communicator of the Year and will honor him at its monthly luncheon Thursday, Feb. 12, at the University Club.

42. Zach Randolph Named Player of the Week -

Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has been selected as the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, Jan. 26, through Sunday, Feb. 1. His week included a 21-point, 18-rebound effort in a Jan. 31 home win over the rival Oklahoma City Thunder.

43. Burchett’s Mother, Father Helped Shape His Career -

Homegrown Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett espouses the values of many East Tennessee residents: strong family connections, honoring military service and remembering where he comes from.

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45. Developer Seeks Permit to Renovate The Horizon -

The new owner of The Horizon condominium tower on Riverside Drive Downtown is moving forward with renovating the tower.

Dawn Properties Inc. has applied for a $2 million building permit to begin construction on the first three floors of the 155-unit tower.

46. Redbirds Reveal New ‘Birds on the Bat’ Logo -

Now owned by their parent St. Louis Cardinals, the Memphis Redbirds will look the part in 2015 with a new primary logo that more closely resembles the “birds on the bat” logo worn by the major-league club.

47. Hackers Access Records for Millions of Anthem Customers -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Hackers broke into a health insurance database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information.

48. Now Fuente Can Point to the Trophies -

Recruiting is selling. Yeah, sometimes it’s buying, too, but that’s another, more cynical, column for another day.

On Wednesday, Feb. 4, the University of Memphis football program had the most upbeat signing day it has had in a long time. Most of that has to do with what coach Justin Fuente and his team did last season.

49. Loeb Chosen as PRSA Communicator of the Year -

The Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has chosen Loeb Properties Inc. president Bob Loeb as its Communicator of the Year and will honor him at its monthly luncheon Thursday, Feb. 12, at the University Club.

50. From the Edge -

“[I]f you’re not living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much room.” This lyric, from a 1998 folk song bearing David Roth’s byline, appears earlier in H. Jackson Brown Jr.’s 1993 book, “Live and Learn and Pass It On.”

51. ‘The Team That Beat Memphis’ Has a Target on Its Back -

Even now if a University of Memphis fan goes to www.gotigersgo.com and the schedule page for the men’s basketball team, the first thing the fan sees is the 74-70 overtime loss to Division 2 Christian Brothers University.

52. Randolph Named Western Conference Player of the Week -

Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has been selected as the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, Jan. 26, through Sunday, Feb. 1. His week included a 21-point, 18-rebound effort in a Jan. 31 home win over the rival Oklahoma City Thunder.

53. Obama's Record Budget: Tax the Rich, Help Middle Class -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Promising to help America's middle class, President Barack Obama on Monday sent Congress a record $4 trillion budget that would hammer corporate profits overseas and raise taxes on the wealthy while boosting tax credits for families and the working poor.

54. The ‘Carnegie Hall or Bust’ Fundraiser, Part 1 -

We were recently caught off guard when Dr. Todd Robinson, a reader of FUNdraising Good Times, shared with us that he raises over $75,000 using information from this column.

55. Saluting One of the Greatest -

Tom Brokaw called Mary Margret Foley one of the greatest. No, not by name, but as one of that critical mass of individuals in this country born between 1900 and 1925 whom he dubbed “The Greatest Generation” in his book by the same name.

56. Leadership Lessons From the Duke -

The American Master of Music, Duke Ellington, also stands as an ideal role model of leadership for the emerging business and nonprofit world. As the global workplace moves toward open workspaces and sees the value of multidimensional team filled with hard-to-traditionally-manage creative professionals, a look into Ellington’s leadership style can inspire outstanding results.

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58. Become the Complainer, Become the Problem -

Have you ever experienced a problem at your job where you were truly in the right? A co-worker or boss did something to you that was either against the law or just ethically wrong. Maybe your boss has a temper, or perhaps you’re being discriminated against in some way.

59. Wharton Defends, Touts Record at State of the City -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. defended and touted Thursday, Jan. 29, his administration’s pursuit of the economic development projects that his challengers in the October city elections will likely use to make their case.

60. Almost Half of US Households Exhaust Their Salaries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has declared economic growth "solid." But several new reports show most Americans are treading along a dangerous financial tightrope, where one slip could be devastating.

61. Facebook Launching Trending Super Bowl for the Big Game -

PHOENIX (AP) – As Facebook's latest step into sports, the social media giant is launching Trending Super Bowl – a real-time hub for content from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Seahawks.

62. Google Fiber Expanding to 4 Southeastern Metro Areas -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average.

63. Why the Market has Fallen in 2015 -

The stock market overreached in 2013, expecting big things from 2014. Earnings estimates for 2014 were for growth of 10 percent-plU.S. . High expectations boosted valuations above long-term averages.

64. UPS Takes a Hit During the Holidays, Cuts Outlook -

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS spent heavily to avoid last year's debacle over the holidays, when an unexpected crush of last-minute shipping and terrible weather led millions of late deliveries.

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66. Airlines Expect Another Big Year With Help From Cheaper Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) – Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday.

The price of jet fuel has dropped by about half since September, boosting airline profits and tamping down fear that global economic weakness could hurt the carriers. Analysts expect all four of the biggest U.S. airline operators to post bigger profits this year than in 2014.

67. Haslam Hits the Road to Promote Insure Tennessee Proposal -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday kicked off a statewide tour to make the hard sell for his proposal to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.

68. Why the Market Has Fallen in 2015 -

Stronger dollar = higher valuations. The stock market overreached in 2013, expecting big things from 2014. Earnings estimates for 2014 were for growth of 10-plus percent. High expectations boosted valuations above long-term averages.

69. The Journey -

May Branden Canepa will touch down on Spanish soil in late May, realizing a decade-long dream to walk a portion of El Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route that winds its way to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.

70. Hopson Proposes Expanding I-Zone, Restructuring Other Schools -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson proposed Tuesday, Jan. 20, two sets of school consolidations and reconfigurations for the school year to come across 14 schools, affecting more than 2,000 students.

71. Bringing Out the Best in Others -

According to John D. Rockefeller, “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” The best leaders, employers, or workplaces are the ones that understand that just below the surface of average, waiting to be ignited, is the extraordinary.

72. The Real Work of Innovation -

Being creative. Generating thousands of ideas. Making employees feel heard, valued, more than a cog in a machine.

These are the superficial by-products of an in-depth discipline.

Unto themselves, these tiny crumbs of the vast buffet of genuine innovation methods are not an Innovation effort. They represent mere pacification. Any board member or C-Suite executive who believes they have the Innovation box checked because they have an online idea submission forum and a committee that ranks ideas needs to resign. Enough with lip service. Stop the confusion of New Product Development and Innovation.

73. ServiceMaster Signals Desire to Strengthen Tennis Tournament -

After it was announced at a press conference at The Racquet Club of Memphis that ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. had entered into a three-year deal to be the presenting sponsor of the Memphis Open, the company’s chief financial officer, Alan Haughie, couldn’t help himself.

74. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

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76. Editorial: Putting the Work Into Artwork -

Before there was social media, the Internet or even FedEx, there was the commerce of art and creativity in Memphis.

What our cover story calls “art work” – emphasis on two words – has a long and perhaps misunderstood lineage in Memphis.

77. The Other Fellow -

Long before his death last year, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee was aware that other Republicans, including those who worked in his groundbreaking campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s, believed it was no longer possible for a political moderate like him to get elected in Tennessee.

78. Booking a Trip to the ER on Your Smartphone? It's a Breeze -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – It's like OpenTable for medical appointments.

No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings.

79. 2015: The Currency War -

War sounds scary. In the traditional sense, war evokes casualties and loss. For investors, currency wars simply convey economic redistribution.

For instance, if there were only two stores in town selling identical items and one store raised prices while the other store lowered prices, demand would certainly follow the discount … but overall demand would be the same.

80. Millions More People to Get Their Credit Score for Free -

NEW YORK (AP) – Millions more people will have free access to their FICO credit score this year. That's good news for consumers, since the number is widely used by lenders to check potential borrowers' financial health.

81. Weather Service to Boost Computing Power -

The National Weather Service is about to boost its computing power by more than tenfold, which officials hope will translate to better forecasts.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's two supercomputers will more than triple in computational ability this month and more than triple again by October. Computers will go from now being able to handle 426 trillion operations a second to 5,000 trillion calculations in the fall.

82. Shedding Stress, Pounds on the Dance Floor -

Learning how to ballroom dance may be a check mark off of someone’s to-do list, but the benefits of dancing, considered a sport by some, are far reaching.

Morgan Gist, a student at Let’s Dance Ballroom Dance Studio in Maryville, says she’s lost 15 pounds in the three months that she’s been taking lessons.

83. The Production Company Behind Durham’s Ads -

Bart Durham is perhaps the best-known attorney among those who watch late-night TV when the commercial rates are lower.

And while the commercials may seem silly to some people, they dead-on connect with those people in Nashville or Middle Tennessee who’ve never had a lawyer and perhaps are a little timid to approach a “respectable” attorney.

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85. Haslam's 2nd Inauguration Theme is 'Together for Tennessee' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam plans for his inauguration to a second term include an outdoor ceremony, a dinner and ball and tours of the state Capitol and governor's mansion.

86. National Weather Service to Boost Computing Power -

The National Weather Service is about to boost its computing power by more than tenfold, which officials hope will translate to better forecasts.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's two supercomputers will more than triple in computational ability this month and more than triple again by October. Computers will go from now being able to handle 426 trillion operations a second to 5,000 trillion calculations in the fall.

87. The Preserve at Southwind Sells for $28 Million -

7991 Capilano Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $28 million

Sale Date: Dec. 22, 2014
Buyer: Southwind Apartments LP
Seller: G&I VII Preserve at Southwind Apartments LP
Loan Amount: $18 million
Loan Date: Dec. 18, 2014
Maturity Date: Oct. 31, 2020
Lender: Jackson National Life Insurance Co.
Details: A team that includes Memphis-based Foegelman Venture Partners has sold The Preserve at Southwind apartment community for $28 million.

88. The Long Road to ‘Overnight Success’ -

The label “Overnight Success” has been mistakenly used to describe someone whose achievement is actually the result of a lifetime of hard work, sacrifices and overcoming adversity.

Being an overnight success implies a sudden, surprise appearance of success, like an unexpected guest at the door. Actually, success travels on a well-constructed path and visits the prepared.

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90. Editorial: Creating Jobs Isn't the End, It's Just the Beginning -

The best way to raise the pay and other benefits from new jobs coming to the Memphis area is through a better-trained workforce.

That in turn should help to begin to raise the quality of life for many of Memphis’ working poor – a substantial and critical part of our historically high poverty rates.

91. Building the Base -

It was late September, and local officials were deeply engaged with retail giant Target as the company explored investing in an online fulfillment center in Memphis when the discussions turned toward a familiar subject.

92. NCAA Contenders Include the 'Little Guys' -

Every March they become the nation's darlings.

This year, a host of stalwarts aren't waiting nearly that long to establish themselves as contenders – either for their own, non-power conferences or possibly the Final Four after another round of realignment.

93. Making Career Resolutions for the New Year -

Happy New Year! The holidays flew by this season. If you’re in disbelief that we’re starting a new year, you’re not alone. Just learning to say “2015” may take a little time.

94. Returns, Happy and Other -

A repeating scene in “Breaking Bad,” which I’ve now watched twice, involves the protagonist’s birthday. Skyler White (Anna Gunn) breaks up bacon strips on the plate of her husband Walter (Bryan Cranston), arranging them into the digits that indicate his age.

95. Why the US Will Power the World Economy in 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015.

After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.

96. Nashvillians Offer Resolutions and Hopes for the New Year -

About 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions – or so says the Journal of Clinical Psychology. And one of the best ways to ensure they stick? Make them public.

So, we asked a few Nashvillians in various fields – some of whom we spoke with earlier in the year – to share their resolutions, goals or intentions for both their personal lives or businesses as well as hopes they have for the city.

97. ASD Race to the Top Grant Running Out -

Tennessee's Achievement School District will have to make do with less money next year unless it finds a new source of funding.

WPLN-FM reports the agency charged with turning around Tennessee's lowest-performing schools was formed in 2010 with grant money from the federal Race to the Top program.

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99. Editorial: Pursuit of Authentic Memphis is a Winding Road -

Last year at this time, we talked about city finances and our pursuit of economic development. The year before, it was federal government shutdown.

This year, we will offer a change of pace from that and follow the lead of our cover story, which features suggestions about the city’s promise and its challenges in the year ahead and the year now in the books.

100. Addressing the Post Office -

“Dear Judge Vic, I am writing about the U.S. Postal Service. My wife and me send several things each month to the same address in a major city in another state. To the home of our kids. A house we’ve stayed at. A place with a porch, where the mail guy leaves packages. A few weeks ago, we sent a box with some presents in it.