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1. Humble Grilled Cheese Gets Royal Treatment From Nashville's Top Chefs -

If you were looking to celebrate National Whipped Cream Day, then you’ll have to wait until next year on Jan 5.

National “I Want Butterscotch Day” has also passed.

And National Frog Legs Day? It only comes around every four years to celebrate Leap Day.

2. Florida Has Highest Number of Enrollees Under Health Law -

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Florida has eclipsed California to become the state with the highest number of consumers buying health coverage through new insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, according to federal statistics released Wednesday.

3. Local Elections Ramp Up With Gumbo Fest -

There were so many contenders for the District 5 seat on the Memphis City Council at the Sunday, Feb. 8, Tennessee Equality Project Gumbo Contest that they occasionally went for the same voter’s hand in the crowd of several hundred.

4. US Pending Home Sales Tumble in December -

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in December, a sign that low mortgage rates have yet to coax more buyers into the market.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 3.7 percent last month to 100.7. The index ended the year below its 2013 average. But the Realtors project sales of existing homes will rebound in 2015 to 5.26 million, a 6.6 percent increase from last year.

5. US Pending Home Sales Tumble in December -

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in December, a sign that low mortgage rates have yet to coax more buyers into the market.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 3.7 percent last month to 100.7. The index ended the year below its 2013 average. But the Realtors project sales of existing homes will rebound in 2015 to 5.26 million, a 6.6 percent increase from last year.

6. Incumbent Council Members Weighing Choices -

The only open seat on the Memphis City Council in the 2011 city elections is once again an open seat going into the 2015 city elections.

Current council member Lee Harris was elected to the state Senate in the August elections and will resign effective Jan. 12. That means the remaining 12 council members will appoint someone to fill the year remaining in Harris’s four-year council term of office.

7. Tennessee Has Lowest Number of Uninsured in Decade -

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

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

8. Most Congressional Incumbents Appear Safe in Tennessee -

After defeating his Republican primary opponent by a mere 38 votes, scandal-ridden U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais appears to be only one of Tennessee's nine incumbent House members to face a serious challenge in the general election.

9. 911 Problems Prompt New Emergency Number -

A problem with wireless call routing has forced public safety responders in the West Tennessee area, including Memphis, to route 911 emergency calls to other phone numbers.

In Memphis, police say callers with an emergency should call 901-543-6333 until further notice. But police brass also add that the temporary number does not have caller ID, so those calling it should be prepared to give more information, including their location, to emergency operators.

10. Council Bogs Down in Health Insurance Numbers -

When Memphis City Council members meet Tuesday, Sept. 16, they will still be considering alternatives to the health care insurance plan changes they approved in June.

And they probably still will be trying to make sense of a mind-numbing array of conflicting numbers.

11. Council To Review Conflicting Health Insurance Numbers -

City government’s open enrollment period for health insurance begins in October and new details of health insurance benefit cuts approved in June go in the mail later this month. Yet Memphis City Council members meet in a special committee session next week to again review conflicting numbers from actuaries on the coverage.

12. Trumbo Files Permit for Fabrication Shop -

Locally owned custom fabrication company Trumbo Inc. has filed a $3.8 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a 32,870-square-foot fabrication shop at its 1106 Kansas St. property.

13. 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.

14. Politicos Parse Early Voting Numbers -

There is a category in voter turnout statistics that has long been debated by those running for office and those who work in their campaigns.

It is the closest Shelby County has to an official category for undecided voters or voters up for grabs by either side of the partisan divide.

15. Number of 'Sick' Memphis Officers Dropping -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The number of Memphis police officers who are calling in sick with the so-called "Blue Flu" is dropping.

Memphis Police Department spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said 178 officers were out sick Wednesday, down from a high of 557 reached last week.

16. Building Permits Tumble 38 Percent in May -

Homebuilding activity slowed in May compared to a year ago, with builders filing fewer permits and selling fewer new homes than the same month last year.

Builders pulled 72 permits in Shelby County in May, down 38.4 percent from 117 permits in May 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The 72 permits filed by builders in May were up slightly from 68 permits filed in April.

17. Council to Review Actuary Numbers Tuesday -

Memphis City Council members meet in committee Tuesday, June 10, at 5 p.m. to go over the latest numbers from the actuary consulting firm they hired to review city finances.

Segal Consulting of Atlanta’s preliminary estimate of the city’s unfunded pension liability was $457 million, well below the $700 million preliminary estimate from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration.

18. Group Supporting Incumbent Justices Raises $600,000 -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A group supporting the retention of three incumbent Tennessee Supreme Court justices says it has raised $600,000.

The campaign called Keep Tennessee Courts Fair is supporting Justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade, who face yes-no votes on the ballot in August.

19. Council Mulls Pension Liability Numbers -

The leaders of the city’s police and fire unions watched closely Tuesday, May 7, at City Hall as new numbers on the city’s pension liability from a new group of actuaries appeared to reset the ongoing discussion about city finances.

20. Actuary Estimates Lower Pension Liability Numbers -

The actuary firm hired by the Memphis City Council to help the council navigate the city’s unfunded pension liability told the council Tuesday, May 6, that the city’s unfunded pension liability is $457 million and the city’s annual required contribution on the liability should be $69.3 million.

21. Housing Market Stumbles in First Quarter -

Shelby County home sales slowed in the first quarter when compared to the same three-month period in 2013.

Shelby County recorded 3,270 home sales in the quarter that ended March 31, down 3 percent from the 3,383 homes sold in the first quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

22. Health Care Website Stumbles on Last Day -

The Obama administration says a new technical problem briefly prevented last-minute users from signing up on the government's health insurance website. The new problem came as traffic surged on deadline day.

23. Examining Numbers From Data Week -

The first week of the month always produces a torrent of economic data that is capped off by the Friday employment report from the Department of Labor. Here is a summary of the more relevant data releases from last week:

24. Americans Board Public Transit in Booming Numbers -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming.

Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise – the highest total since 1956, according to ridership data reported by transit systems nationally and released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association.

25. Council Looks to Pinpoint Pension Numbers -

The Tuesday, March 4, discussion Memphis City Council members had with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms centered on the city’s pension liability.

26. Council Weighs Conflicting Liability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

The discussion with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms was aimed at trying to define the specifics of the problem, see if there is agreement on some of the numbers and better explain the differences.

27. Council Weighs Conflicting L:iability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

The discussion with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms was aimed at trying to define the specifics of the problem, see if there is agreement on some of the numbers and better explain the differences.

28. The MED Adopts Umbrella Name -

Two names are better than one, although the new name will get most of the headline treatment.

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis – popularly known as The MED for the last three decades – will have a new “umbrella” name: Regional One Health.

29. That Health Care Law, By the Numbers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government churns out tons of numbers, but here's one you won't see: 0.0002. That's the percentage of estimated online visitors to healthcare.gov who actually signed up for coverage the first day.

30. NBA Uses More Ways to Prove ‘Numbers Don’t Lie’ -

Walk up to an ATM, and you’re on camera. Walk into a convenience store, and you’re on camera. Walk onto an NBA court during game time, and you’re not only on camera but every movement you make – or don’t make – will be tracked, sifted, analyzed.

31. Obama: 'We Fumbled Health Care' Law Rollout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says his administration "fumbled the rollout" of his signature health care law.

Obama is taking responsibility for problems with the launch of the program. He says, quote, "That's on me."

32. Columbus Statue Moved to Marquette Park -

The statue of Christopher Columbus in the Downtown park named for the explorer was moved Saturday, Nov. 9, to Marquette Park in East Memphis.

Workers hired by the Italian-American organization UNICO removed the statue Saturday morning from its pedestal on the southwest corner of Third Street and Adams Avenue, where it has stood since 1987.

33. White House: Initial Health Numbers Won't be High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says enrollment numbers for the first months of new health care exchanges won't be very high.

The Obama administration has refused to provide figures for how many people have signed up for insurance since the exchanges opened Oct. 1. But it plans to release numbers monthly starting in mid-November.

34. Trumbull Labs Receives Pathology Accreditation -

Trumbull Laboratories LLC has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

35. Trumbull Labs Receives Pathology Accreditation -

Trumbull Laboratories LLC has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

36. Amtrak Carries Record Number of Passengers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Railroad officials say Amtrak carried a record number of passengers in the year ending Sept. 30 despite Northeast service that was temporarily knocked out by Superstorm Sandy.

37. State Reports High Number of Drug-Dependent Babies -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Recent data shows that in just over nine months this year, more babies in Tennessee have been born dependent on drugs their mothers took during pregnancy than in all of 2011.

38. Chef Jason Doty Opening Crust & Crumb Nov. 1 -

Jason Doty, formerly the executive pastry chef and baker for Bluff City Coffee, is opening Crust & Crumb Bakery Nov. 1 at 1620 Madison Ave., inside the Cash Saver grocery that is under renovation now.

39. Doty Opening Crust & Crumb Nov. 1 -

Jason Doty, formerly the executive pastry chef and baker for Bluff City Coffee, is opening Crust & Crumb Bakery Nov. 1 at 1620 Madison Ave., inside the Cash Saver grocery that is under renovation now.

40. No Surprises for Alexander and GOP Incumbents -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Faced with a potentially serious primary challenger, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was not about to sit back and wait.

The former two-term governor locked down endorsements, banked more than $3 million and linked arms with popular Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee. When conservative state Rep. Joe Carr announced he would challenge Alexander, the senator's team was ready.

41. Schools Achievement Numbers Show Growth, Gaps -

Now that Shelby County’s two public school systems are one, the achievement tests results for the two districts in their last school year apart will be consolidated into a single baseline.

District-wide results for third through eighth graders in Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program – or TCAP – tests were released Monday, July 29.

42. State Schools Proficiency Numbers Show Growth -

The last school year of the Memphis City Schools system showed more than 5 percent growth each in math and science proficiency with roughly a third to 38 percent of those students rated as proficient or advanced.

43. US Government Collecting Huge Number of Phone Records -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.

44. Late-Payment Rate on Mortgages Tumbled in First Quarter -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A resurgent housing market, rising home values and steady job gains are helping more U.S. homeowners stay on top of their mortgage payments.

The percentage of mortgage holders at least two months behind on their payments fell by 21 percent in the first three months of this year versus the same period in 2012, credit reporting agency TransUnion said Wednesday.

45. Beyond the Numbers -

It’s that time of year again when thick budget books dominate life for those in the Memphis and Shelby County governments.

But this year’s budget season on both sides of the Civic Center Plaza is more than line items and bottom lines on paper. The deliberations that ultimately determine how much you will pay in property taxes and at what rate go beyond the plans in the books of estimates, projections and the recurring and one-time revenue sources.

46. Smartphones Overtake 'Dumb' Phones Worldwide -

NEW YORK (AP) – A research firm says that more smartphones than 'dumb' phones are being made this year, a milestone in a shift that's putting computing power and Internet access in millions of hands worldwide.

47. Passenger Numbers Continue Drop at Memphis International Airport -

Memphis International Airport continued in March to feel the impact of earlier Delta Air Lines Inc. cuts, as both passenger traffic and the total number of flights fell.

48. Number of Women-Owned Businesses Booming in Tennessee -

The number of women-owned businesses in Tennessee has grown faster than the national average over a 16-year period, according to a recent report commissioned by American Express OPEN.

Tennessee ranks No. 14 in the nation in the growth of the number of women-owned businesses from 1997 to 2013, according to The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. The number of women-owned businesses in Tennessee grew 65 percent to an estimated 164,600 firms employing 117,800 over the report’s 16-year study period. Revenue at women-owned firms in Tennessee also increased 71.5 percent during the study period.

49. Sammons Seeks Final Cut Numbers From Delta -

Jack Sammons, the new chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board, is no stranger to the flight from Memphis to Atlanta. Sammons long has been the board’s frequent flyer when it comes to business travel.

50. Luttrell ‘Alarmed’ Over Budget Numbers -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell meets Friday, Feb. 8, with Shelby County Schools superintendent John Aitken to look over the still tentative budget plan for the consolidated school system that debuts in August.

51. School Board Drills Into Merger Budget Numbers -

Here come the numbers. Countywide school board members have their first and very tentative look at what revenues and expenditures look like for the first fiscal year of the schools merger.

Those numbers are expected to change, perhaps dramatically, as the school board makes critical decisions on staffing ratios, salaries and outsourcing transportation and custodial services.

52. The Story in the Numbers -

I began my career as a CPA with one of the major accounting firms. It was fun for a while, but after a few years I decided the profession was not for me. That’s OK – different strokes for different folks and all that kind of stuff.

53. RedRover Uses Numbers, Strategy for Growing Client Roster -

When it comes to a traditional agency model, RedRover Sales & Marketing is anything but traditional.

Founded seven years ago this month, the firm has added four new hires and three new service lines since last summer, notched impressive year-over-year revenue increases and is almost at capacity with its client roster.

54. By the Numbers -

John Hollinger is a familiar sight at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the event Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has jokingly described as Geekapalooza.

Hollinger was a panelist this past March at the most recent conference, when he was still an ESPN columnist and a few months away from being offered a job in the Memphis Grizzlies front office.

55. Number of Calls Swamps DCS Child Abuse Hotline -

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is trying to more quickly answer hotline calls about suspected child abuse.

According to The Tennessean that line rings more than 400 times daily. And usually, the caller is put on “hold.” The department says that results in as many as 25 percent of them hanging up.

56. Nashville Company Buys Wolf River Medical Building for $11 Million -

8040 Wolf River Blvd.
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $11 million

Sale Date: Oct. 9, 2012
Buyer: HRT of Tennessee Inc.
Seller: Bayrock Investment Co. LLC
Details: HRT of Tennessee Inc., an affiliate of Nashville-based Healthcare Realty Trust Inc., has paid slightly less than $11 million for the medical office building at 8040 Wolf River Blvd. in Germantown.

57. Commissioner: Abuse Numbers are Wrong -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Children's Services Commissioner Kate O'Day says her department can account for every child reported to it in a severely abusive situation.

That said, O'Day told the Second Look Commission the 256 severe abuse cases reported to the panel for 2010 was an undercount.

58. Kansas City Company Buys Bartlett Warehouse -

A Kansas City, Mo.-based company has bought the 51,040-square-foot warehouse at 3150 New Brunswick Road in Bartlett for $3.2 million.

59. American Airlines: Key Revenue Number Rises -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines parent AMR Corp. said Monday that a key revenue measure rose 4 percent in September although traffic declined as the carrier struggled with widespread flight delays and cancellations.

60. TennCare Study Finds Lower Number of Uninsured -

A study of the state’s TennCare program found the number of uninsured Tennesseans has dropped to 9.2 percent, the lowest percentage since 2005.

The number of uninsured adults decreased from 12 percent in 2011 to 11.2 percent this year.

61. Facebook Friends Get Out the Vote in Large Numbers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's something most politicians can "like": Facebook friends played a big role in getting hundreds of thousands of people to vote in 2010, a new scientific study claims.

62. US Poverty Rate 15 Percent; Record Numbers Persist -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The ranks of America's poor remain stuck at a record 15 percent, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday.

Roughly 46.2 million people remained below the poverty line in 2011, unchanged from 2010. The figure is the highest in more than half a century.

63. Delta to End Flights From MEM to Columbia -

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Columbia is about to lose its commercial airline service to Memphis, Tenn.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Delta Air Lines will stop offering its early-morning flight to Memphis from Columbia Regional Airport on Nov. 2.

64. Number of New Credit Cards Issued Up 4 Pct in Q2 -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Americans are carrying more credit card debt than a year ago, yet the late-payment rate for card holders remains near an 18-year low, an analysis of consumer-credit data shows.

65. Baldwin Joins Trumbull Labs as Pathologist -

Dr. Heather Sehnert Baldwin has joined Trumbull Laboratories LLC as a pathologist. In her new role, Baldwin will practice a full range of pathology with a focus in hematopathology.

66. Republican Voters Outnumbering Dems -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s campaign sent out an email newsletter Monday, July 23, that summarized the partisan reality of early voting so far in Shelby County.

67. Ark. AG: Crumbly Made Political Threats Over Lines -

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a state senator unhappy with the way his district lines were drawn threatened to work against McDaniel's potential bid for governor if the boundaries weren't reworked.

68. International Paper Q1 Profit Tumbles on Charges -

International Paper Co. said Friday that its first-quarter profit tumbled 47 percent, pulled down by hefty charges, along with higher costs and operational issues at biggest business. Its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations.

69. What They’re Cooking Isn’t Genuine Gumbo -

IT TAKES OKRA. This Sunday, April 15, Mike Warr has asked me to help judge the gumbo cookoff at the City Auto Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, the annual mudbug throwdown to benefit Porter-Leath. Mike started this party when he was at the helm of Captain Bilbo’s 23 years ago, initially ordering 600 pounds of crawfish. Now he heads Porter-Leath, and this year some 20,000 people will be picking away at 16,000 pounds of the little critters.

70. Solution to Crumbling Roads, Bridges Elusive -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is struggling to come up with a solution to the nation's crumbling roads, bridges and transit systems, which are at the point of hindering economic growth.

The problems are numerous. Americans have been driving less due to a slow economy, reducing revenue from the gas tax that pays for transportation improvements. Cars that get better gas mileage are likely to offset any uptick in driving as the economy recovers.

71. Mumbo Gumbo Cook-Off to Benefit Porter-Leath -

Fillin Station Grille will once again celebrate Mardi Gras with the second annual Mumbo Gumbo Cook-Off benefiting Porter-Leath. The event is Sunday, Feb. 26, from noon to 6 p.m. at the restaurant, 48040 Venture Drive in Southaven, Miss.

72. Trumbull Labs Receives Pathology Accreditation -

The main laboratory of Trumbull Laboratories LLC in Germantown has been accredited by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

73. Thomison Joins PGM/Trumbull -

Dr. John Thomison has joined Pathology Group of the Mid-South/Trumbull Labs LLC.

Hometown: Nashville

74. Humbled Netflix CEO Still Thinking, Talking Big -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – To hear Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tell it, the bone-headed decisions that have dragged down the Internet's leading video subscription service during the past five months eventually will be forgotten like a bad movie made by a great film director.

75. New County Government Phone Numbers In Effect -

Shelby County government walked away from its old 545 telephone prefix Monday, Nov. 7.

As of Monday, it was replaced with the new “222” prefix, with a recording at the old numbers giving callers the new numbers. The recordings will be around for a transition period of several months.

76. Longtime TDN Subscriber Wilson Lumber Endures -

Despite an overall decline in the region’s lumber industry, reliability, personalized customer care and carving out a market has kept family-owned Wilson Lumber Co. Inc. in business for nearly half a century.

77. Despite Low Turnout, Incumbents See Big Wins -

Memphis voters kept the turnout in last week’s city elections at less than 20 percent. About 18 percent of the city’s 426,580 or so voters showed up for the Thursday, Oct. 6, elections.

Some politicos doubted turnout would move into double digits until the relatively healthy 7.6 percent turnout for early voters made it clear.

78. Twitter Expanding the Number of Ads Shown to Users -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – If you're on Twitter, expect to see more ads flowing through your stream of tweets in the next few months.

The ads will show up even if the promotion is from a company that a person hasn't chosen to follow. Until now, Twitter had only displayed ads that users were tracking.

79. Three is the Magic Number For Sales -

Three is an interesting number. It is a number that comes up quite often in life. There are the Three Bears, the Three Little Pigs, the Three Stooges, the Three Musketeers, the Three Blind Mice, the Three Laws of Robotics (for science fiction/Isaac Asimov fan) and then there’s the big three in school: reading, writing and arithmetic. The list goes on and on and on.

80. FDIC: Number of Problem Banks Fell to 865 in Q2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of troubled banks tracked by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. fell in the April-June quarter, the first quarterly drop in five years. But growth in bank earnings slowed, a sign that the financial industry is feeling the effects of a weak economy.

81. GM to Halve Number of Vehicle Frames to Cut Costs -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors Co. has plans to become leaner in the future, cutting costs so it will make even stronger profits than it has so far this year, company executives told industry analysts Tuesday.

82. Biggs Erases Stumbling Blocks for Companies -

Before Lodie Biggs ever stepped foot into law school, he was coached on business ethics from his Depression-era grandfather.

Growing up in Millington with a dad who worked long hours, Biggs would spend the majority of his Saturdays learning about capitalism, the stock market and entrepreneurship.

83. Haslam Touts Social Media Numbers -

Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam has 40,042 Facebook supporters, 8,388 Twitter followers and 1,072 LinkedIn connections, according to statistics he announced.

Haslam is the first state chief executive to add the social media statistics to the other vital statistic a governor has – how many people voted for him.

84. Charles Schwab Client Trading Tumbles in May -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Retail brokerage Charles Schwab Corp. said on Tuesday that trading by its clients dropped nearly 23 percent in May compared with the same month a year ago.

85. H&R Block Tumbles on Fears Regarding Mortgages -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shares of H&R Block Inc. led the S&P 500 downward Monday on renewed fears that the company will be dragged back into a subprime mortgage mess.

86. Obama: Jobs Numbers are Sign of Economy's Strength -

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – President Barack Obama says unemployment numbers released Friday indicate the economy is showing signs of strength.

The unemployment rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent in March, capping the strongest two months of hiring since the recession began. The rate has fallen a full percentage point over the past four months, the sharpest drop since 1983.

87. Walgreen Fiscal Q2 Profit Climbs but Shares Tumble -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Walgreen Co. said Tuesday its fiscal second-quarter earnings climbed 10 percent, but company shares tumbled after results were released and analysts said they expected more from the largest U.S. drugstore operator.

88. Sammons Buys Craig Lumber Property -

Melynda F. Sammons of Collierville has bought a 7.8-acre parcel at 200 Progress Road in Collierville – a portion of the Craig Lumber tract, according to sale documents – from Craig Lumber Corp. for $1.2 million. The purchase was financed with a $1.3 million loan through BancorpSouth Bank, with a maturity date in 2016.

89. MAAR: Outlook Belies February Numbers -

While Memphis-area home sales declined from the same month a year ago, average sales price, existing homes and nonbank sales all showed signs of resurgence in February.

Memphis-area home sales last month fell 11.8 percent from February 2010, according to sales recorded in the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ MAARdata property records database, which includes records of all property transactions in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties.

90. Home Sales Stumble in Fayette, Tipton Counties -

February home sales declined in Fayette and Tipton counties – 26.7 and 7.9 percent, respectively, from the same month a year ago – but local agents are hoping an uptick in online shoppers will translate into more activity in the months ahead.

91. Pinnacle Fourth Quarter Numbers To Be Lower Than Expected -

When Pinnacle Airlines Corp. reports its fourth quarter earnings next week, the diluted earnings per share won’t be up to what analysts thought.

92. Bankruptcy Trends Shift, Local Numbers Drop -

Bankruptcy attorney Jimmy McElroy, one of the Memphis court’s top filers, has noticed a recent change in local bankruptcy trends.

93. Rate Grumbles Among Some TVA Industrial Customers -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some Tennessee Valley Authority industrial customers are grumbling about planned changes and rate increases that they contend have been "worse than ridiculous."

94. Number of Homes Taken Back by Lenders Tumbles -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of U.S. homes taken back by lenders dropped to the lowest level in 18 months in November, the result of foreclosure freezes enacted by several banks following allegations that evictions were handled improperly.

95. Monthly Building Dips, But 2010 Numbers Up -

While the holidays typically slow down the pace of building new homes, November’s permits took a bigger hit than usual as the industry continues to work through the recession.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 38 permits last month, a 34.5 percent decrease from 58 permits the same month a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

96. Dunbar’s Number and Networking -

Robin Dunbar, a British anthropologist who explores social relationships and group dynamics, came up with the idea of scientifically determining the number of people with whom one can maintain meaningful social relationships. Since the desired outcome of business networking is to create social relationships that can help accomplish our business goals, Dunbar’s work provides some interesting insights on what is generally referred to in the business world as networking.

97. Mortgage Applications Tumble for Week -

NEW YORK (AP) – Applications for mortgages to buy homes and to refinance dropped last week as mortgage rates pulled away from historic lows.

The Mortgage Bankers Association says overall applications fell 14.4 percent from a week earlier. Applications to refinance tumbled 16.5 percent from the week earlier, while those taken out to purchase homes fell 5 percent last week.

98. Housing Market Tumbles 21 Percent -

While October’s home sales are down – 21 percent from the same month a year ago – many local real estate agents are ramping up their marketing efforts to increase their customer base.

99. Q3 Sees Mixed Review of Retail Numbers -

Memphis’ retail market saw the first increase in asking rental rate in two years, according to the latest data from CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

2010’s June-through-September quarter increased from $9.52 per square foot to $9.64 per square foot from the third quarter of 2008.

100. Regions Financial Shares Tumble on Q3 Loss -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Shares of Regions Financial Corp. tumbled on Tuesday after the bank posted a wider-than-expected loss on sales of troubled real estate assets and an increase in charge-offs of bad loans.