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1. Emergency Fix -

Memphis is making non-emergency calls a top priority. The Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, Memphis Fire Department and area health care providers are working in conjunction with IBM consultants to streamline emergency services.

2. Defining Your Ideal Millennial Client -

While the youngest millennials may still be 18, many of them are in their late 20s or even mid-30s now.

Despite the fact that most of “Generation Selfie” has fully entered adulthood, at least according to their birthdates, many millennials still haven’t reached the traditional milestones that were important for their parents.

3. In the Digital Race, There Is No Finish Line -

Recently, the American Marketing Association’s Memphis chapter conducted a member survey to find out the topics of greatest interest.

“Digital was the No. 1 topic people wanted to talk about,” chapter president Melissa Thomson said.

4. Baby Budget -

About $245,000. That’s the estimated cost for raising one child from birth through age 18.

And that figure surprised young women who attended a recent workshop funded by a grant from GiVE 365, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ dollar-a-day philanthropy program.

5. Ramsey Clear in Push to Politicize Supreme Court -

Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a penchant for igniting flames of partisanship, and the retirement of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade is no exception.

6. Start Co. to Host Delta Pitch Competition -

The Delta Entrepreneurship Network is seeking its second round of fellows to join the inaugural class of DEN fellows through six Delta Challenge pitch competitions across the region this fall.

Delta Regional Authority Federal co-chairman Chris Masingill announced the six Delta Challenge pitch competitions today to be held throughout the eight-state Delta region, with the first kicking off in Memphis Sept. 18, hosted by Start Co.

7. Magna Shareholders Approve Merger with Pinnacle -

Another step towards the merger of Memphis-based Magna Bank with Nashville-based Pinnacle Bank has been checked off the list, with Magna shareholders voting Friday in favor of the transaction.

8. Curiosity Closed the Sale -

Curiosity may have killed the cat – but in sales, curiosity can almost always close the deal.

Questions are a powerful tool in the sales process, but if you’re only using questions to identify your prospect’s needs at the beginning of the sales process, you may be missing key opportunities. If you’re not integrating questions from start to finish, you may not catch possibilities for cross-selling and up-selling – and you might as well be trying to overcome objections blindfolded.

9. Creatives of Memphis -

Every time Brit McDaniel sits down at the potter’s wheel that's central to her Memphis-based ceramics business Paper & Clay, she's not just focused on infusing that next product with her signature Scandinavian-inspired minimalism.

10. 6 Things to Know When Writing a Proposal -

Summer reading is highlighted in Oprah and other magazines each year. A good read is great to enjoy on the beach or curled up on a lawn chair. But what about a good summer write?

That’s right – start writing now to help the money come in at the end of the year, or perhaps next spring. That’s how it’s done. Writing proposals now prevents future complaints such as, “How can I write that proposal in just three days?” It’s called planning ahead.

11. Boner, Fate and the Summer of Shame -

Phil Bredesen knew what he was trying to do. He just didn’t know if he could accomplish it.

“I had this sense that Nashville was ready for change,” says the former Metro mayor and Tennessee governor, reflecting on his early motivation for taking on the system that had run Nashville for decades.

12. Gulch Approaching 50 Percent Buildout -

Nashville’s storied Gulch, originally the home of the downtown railway terminal, is approaching another milestone in its long history.

Revitalization of the area began in the early 2000s, and The Gulch Improvement District was formed in 2006. Since that time, developers have found great success in luring in upscale residential, commercial and mixed-use tenants.

13. Southern Heritage Defined Differently Across Tennessee -

Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.

14. Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies -

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

15. Seeds of Nutrition in South Memphis -

Second in a series of profiles on the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ GiVE 365 grantees.

The community garden/urban farming concept literally took root years ago. Knowledge Quest founder and director Marlon Foster remembers well the 25-by-25-foot plot at the Fowler Homes housing project back in 1999. It was a humble beginning planted with a few seeds and a lot of faith and hope.

16. OneJet Lands in Memphis, Thanks in Part to FedEx -

Mid-South business travelers now have an easy, efficient way to reach several large Midwestern markets.

OneJet, a startup airline catering to business travelers, launched its inaugural Memphis to Indianapolis flight on Monday, June 22.

17. County Commission Faces Red Ink in Final Budget Votes -

Shelby County Commissioners try again Monday, June 22, to approve the county’s various budgets and a property tax rate before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

The commission’s budget deliberations have centered on how county government should use a $6 million surplus, and budget committee sessions Wednesday, June 17, provided the best indicator of how things might go on the 13-member body.

18. Building Green in a Red-Hot Market -

Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs.

Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space.

19. Managing an Inherited IRA -

Ray’s take: I remember when the original law went into effect creating IRAs. It was a short read. Now it’s a monster with more options, opportunities, and risks than anyone ever imagined. Here are a few of the most common mistakes made with inherited IRAs:

20. Shelby County Schools Board Weighs Benefits Options -

The Shelby County Schools board didn’t take any votes Monday, June 15, as it got a look at more specific recommendations to change health insurance benefits for retirees and employees, including teachers.

21. Target Selling Pharmacy, Clinic Businesses to CVS Health -

Target will sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS Health in the latest twist behind a push from big retailers to become all things to all customers.

The nation's second-largest drugstore chain will pay about $1.9 billion to run Target's in-store health operations and expand what they offer for customers who have come to expect that they will be able to fill a prescription when they shop at Target.

22. Excuses: The Scourge of Fundraising -

How do we stop using excuses as a conversation starter, or icebreaker when starting a meeting?

We all know people who start conversations by making excuses for why they are late, unprepared and haven’t completed what they committed to do. First comes the excuse, then comes a focus on the content of the excuse. A meeting to review fundraising progress can turn into a discussion of traffic, construction, family illnesses, the weather, and before you know it 15 minutes have passed.

23. Crews Center Hosts Social Innovation Summer Camp -

The Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis currently is a hub for social entrepreneurs.

The phrase “social entrepreneur” has a somewhat loose definition, but it generally involves the use of business tools and practices to solve social concerns. And it’s a focus of a summer camp coming to the Crews Center in July in partnership with a university student-led nonprofit that’s focused on social innovation and using entrepreneurial thinking to identify solutions to the community’s social issues.

24. Apple Wants a Lead Role in Streaming Music -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple's iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well under way, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer.

25. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 16 Percent in May -

Lending has ticked up at Memphis-area banks, mortgage rates are still low and the supply of new homes remains limited.

Those are some of the reasons lenders cite when explaining why mortgage lending in Memphis continues to hum along above last year’s totals. Last month continued that trend, new figures show, with mortgage volume countywide getting a 16 percent boost in May compared to May 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

26. Mannis’ Hard Work Pays Off for Himself, Others -

Eddie Mannis, Knoxville businessman, entrepreneur, volunteer and donor, grew up understanding the value of hard work.

He says he knew it would be the defining factor in his life.

That standard has seen his company, Prestige Cleaners/Prestige Tuxedo, grow from a start-up using 30-year-old dry cleaning equipment to a business with a state-of-the art facility in North Knoxville.

27. Bonnaroo Success ‘Testament to the Community’ -

Knoxville music promoter Ashley Capps – a big part of the brain trust that created Bonnaroo – really never needed the media to make the annual music and arts festival a success.

28. Tesla Motors Co-Founder Wants to Electrify Commercial Trucks -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Twelve years ago, Ian Wright and some fellow engineers launched Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley company that has helped jumpstart the market for electric cars.

29. Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Artificial Ingredients Getting Booted -

NEW YORK (AP) – Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

30. What’s Next? -

When Steven Baldwin started his freshman year at Austin Peay State University in 2012, he had a smart, carefully considered plan for his future.

31. Not Your Ma's Bell: AT&T Evolves Beyond Phones -

NEW YORK (AP) – The company whose name has long been synonymous with telephones is looking for new ways to reach out and touch someone.

AT&T, which had a popular "Reach Out and Touch Someone" slogan in the 1980s, now wants to be on your TV, car and even trashcan.

32. Tigers Baseball Striving to Make NCAA Field -

In late April, the University of Memphis baseball team was ranked No. 24 in the country and projected to be in the NCAA’s 64-team tournament field.

But the Tigers lost their final three American Athletic Conference weekend series, to finish 12-12 in the league. So they are the No. 5 seed in this week’s AAC Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., and are to play No. 4 seed South Florida in their opening game Tuesday afternoon, May 19.

33. Nashville Emerging ‘As a Regional Tech Leader’ -

Two very different startups speak volumes about how much the Nashville venture capital scene has changed over the years and how things are still evolving.

When Franklin-based Cybera began with three employees in 2001, it set up voice and data networks for small to medium-sized companies, using leased space on traditional telecom companies’ high-speed digital subscriber lines.

34. Got A Dream? Launch It With Help From Crowdfunding -

One friend helped Annie Klaver get into her corporate job, and 131 helped her get out. More specifically, 131 people pledged a total of $15,556 on Indiegogo, enabling Klaver to launch her new outdoor company, River Queen Voyages, this month.

35. Financial Information in the Digital Age -

Ray's take: As we spend more of our lives online – paying bills, collecting credit card rewards points, shopping, creating photo albums, emailing – it's increasingly important to consider how beneficiaries can access those accounts and any assets they hold, once we're gone.

36. Summer of Acceleration Heats Up at Start Co. -

Memphis this summer is ground zero for entrepreneurs from here and around the country working to build a fresh crop of innovative, lasting companies.

The three accelerator programs presented by the Start Co. venture organization are now underway, with eleven startup teams comprised of almost 30 entrepreneurs participating in the trio of accelerators that’s running simultaneously this summer and which got under way earlier this month. The accelerators – Seed Hatchery, Upstart and Sky High – are akin to high-intensity entrepreneurial boot camps, putting startup teams through rigorous training and hands-on experience as they develop their companies, products and ideas, all with the goal of culminating in Demo Day on Aug. 13.

37. TCAT’s 27 Campuses Offer ‘A Different Life’ -

Ready for a new career? If you’re looking for a fresh start, Tennessee may be one of the best places in the world to find it.

Through May 15, residents who want to retrain in a new career field can apply for a full scholarship to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, a unique and highly effective system of technical colleges with 27 main campuses around the state.

38. Tesla CEO Plugs Into New Market With Home Battery System -

FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) – Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market.

The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants – and he can profit. On Thursday night, before an adoring crowd and a party-like atmosphere, Musk unveiled how he intends to do it.

39. Day to Day -

For years, she was a “social drinker.” She could have two glasses of wine or the clichéd “a couple of beers,” and stop. No problem.

But a few years ago Yaya, who asked that her full name not be used, noticed a change.

40. Foote Homes Effort Gets Rebrand, New Details -

With Bass Pro Shops formally opening this week, the next big project on City Hall’s drawing board is a remake of Foote Homes.

The ambitious plan to demolish and rebuild the city’s last large public housing project, using it as a catalyst for redevelopment of the much larger south Downtown into South Memphis area, has been on the books longer than The Pyramid. That’s if you start the timeline with the demolition of the first large housing project, LeMoyne Gardens, in the late 1990s.

41. Tenn. House Member Seeks Protection Against Haslam Vetoes -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state House member is seeking to delay votes on Gov. Bill Haslam's legislative proposals to insure against vetoes of embattled measures such as allowing people with handgun carry permits to be armed in city parks.

42. Taking Care of Business -

The postseason is – take your pick – a new season, the second season, the only season that matters.

But before delving into the Grizzlies’ path in the NBA Playoffs, which starts with the Grizzlies as the 5 seed in a first-round Western Conference matchup up with 4-seed Portland Sunday night at FedExForum, a rewind is in order.

43. Fed Minutes: Officials Split Widely on Rate Hike Timing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fed officials disagreed widely when they met last month on when they would be ready to lift interest rates from record lows.

Minutes of the March 17-18 meeting released Wednesday reveal that several policymakers predicted a rate hike in June, while others concerned about low inflation didn't think a rate hike would be warranted until later this year. Still others said the economy wouldn't be strong enough for an increase until 2016.

44. Midtown Mudbugs -

In the 20th year of a Midtown tradition, Overton Square is stronger than ever.

Bayou Bar & Grill is still the reigning host of the Overton Square Crawfish Festival, but for the first time local businesses are invited to participate by setting booths outside of their establishments and selling their unique fare during the event, to be held Saturday, April 11, from noon to 6 p.m.

45. Beat of Life Uses Music to Help Children in Crisis -

Jeni Dominelli knows what it feels like to be on the outside of society. After her father committed a high-profile white collar crime in San Diego in the 1980s, her childhood was at the same time shattered and thrown in the spotlight. Her family’s money was gone, the media had a field day and her father was sent to prison.

46. Is ‘Getting Rid of Public Schools’ Legislature’s Goal? -

Are Tennessee’s public schools headed for extinction? Not if it’s up to Memphis teachers.

A group from Shelby County recently packed a House committee meeting room at the Legislative Plaza in an effort to turn back bills they consider damaging to their profession and the future of public education.

47. Overton Park Protests Challenge Parking Pact -

On the first Saturday of spring, a group of eight protesters blocked overflow Memphis Zoo parking on the Overton Park greensward for several hours.

The group of University of Memphis students stood at the gravel path onto the greensward as well as at another greensward car entrance in the first challenge to an agreement announced earlier this year between the city of Memphis, the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.

48. Finding the Right Work-From-Home Job -

Finding a work-from-home job (or WFH job as they’re sometimes called) can seem to be an impossible proposition. It’s like finding a unicorn. You’ve heard they exist, but you’ve never actually seen one.

49. US at Odds With Google on Computer Search-Warrant Proposal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Justice Department proposal that could make locating and hacking into computers that are part of criminal investigations easier is raising constitutional concerns from privacy groups and Google, who fear the plan could have broad implications.

50. Memphis Police: Backlogged Rape Kits Tested, Suspects ID'd -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Testing of thousands of rape evidence kits that sat ignored for years in Memphis has resulted in the identification of 16 people suspected of raping multiple victims, an investigator said Monday.

51. Lew Tells of Emergency Measures to Avoid Debt Limit -

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is telling Congress that he will start using the package of emergency measures he has used in the past to keep the federal government from going over the debt limit next week.

52. Lone Reader Heard From -

I am blessed to have as a regular reader one Kathy Young. Kathy keeps the books at Palmer Brothers, a commercial real estate firm in Memphis that turns 103 years old this year. Evidently, she gets a break for a few minutes each week, picks up The Memphis News, and finds herself reading “I Swear.” And it seems that a recent bit of my prose struck a chord with her:

53. Women Say Barriers Overcome With Perseverance, Mentors -

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

54. Vanderbilt's Valentine Honored for Cloaking Research -

Dr. Jason Valentine, assistant professor of both mechanical and electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University, got his start in cloaking research as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley.

55. Google Teams With 3 Wireless Carriers to Combat Apple Pay -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.

The counterattack announced Monday is just the latest example of how the competition between Google Inc. and Apple Inc. is extending beyond the technology industry's traditional boundaries. Besides payments, Silicon Valley's two richest companies are expanding into fields such as home appliances and cars to increase their power and profits.

56. Haslam Wary of Gas Tax Hike -

Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.

After floating the possibility of raising the tax in December, the Republican governor appears to be changing course, in part because of his loss in a Senate committee on Insure Tennessee, the Medicaid expansion alternative that failed to make debate in the full House or Senate.

57. Debt, Pension Overhang Top City Council Priorities -

UPDATE: Council committee sessions are beginning late Tuesday – at 10:30 a.m. – because of weather-related road conditions, and committees will have a condensed schedule, according to council staff.

58. US Budget Deficit Running 6.2 Percent Higher Than Last Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government ran a bigger deficit in January, pushing the imbalance so far this budget year up 6.2 percent from the same period a year ago.

The Treasury Department said Wednesday the deficit for January stood at $17.5 billion compared to $10.3 billion a year ago. For the first four months of the budget year that began in October, the deficit widened to $194.2 billion from $182.8 billion during the same period last year.

59. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants -

Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.

60. Mayor’s Race Parses Political Records -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will probably continue to include the comeback of Overton Square in an election year roll call of economic development accomplishments even after being called out for his opposition to the city-funded Overton Square parking garage.

61. Both Sides Dig In for Insure Tennessee Special Session -

Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.

62. Both Sides Dig In For Insure Tennessee Special Session -

Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 200,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.

63. Drowning in Student Loan Debt -

Three-and-a-half years after graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Yasameen Hoffman is still trying to land the kind of full-time job that will help her start paying off her student loan.

64. Bankruptcies Dip Below 12,000 in 2014 -

Reflecting a national trend, Shelby County recorded a 7 percent drop in bankruptcies in 2014 compared to the previous year.

And the number of bankruptcies across the 33 Shelby County ZIP codes in 2014 was also down from 2013 and 2012 in each of the three types of bankruptcy chapters, according to The Daily News Online, memphisdailynews.com.

65. After Setting iPhone Record, What Does Apple Do Next? -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

66. Fed Stays 'Patient' on Rates While Noting Improving Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full health.

67. OK, Baby Boomers: Time for Some Hard Decisions -

She works in her yard, maintains a garden, watches her diet and is waiting for her exercise group to get started at the FiftyForward Center in Madison.

Asked about long-term care insurance, Eva Mai Nelson says, “I’ve thought about it. I don’t think it’s worthwhile to buy at my age.” She’s 83.

68. NFL Players Find Second Careers as Entrepreneurs -

As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.

69. One Percent -

Majority and minority are volatile terms in Memphis.

Using them in a context outside race requires an explanation because without that, the assumption is the terms are being used in a racial context.

70. Shelby Farms Campaign Closes In on Last $100,000 -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy hopes to close out its $70 million capital fundraising campaign by Sunday, Feb. 1, for the “Heart of the Park” improvements already underway.

71. First Horizon Ends 2014 on Upswing -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank wrapped up its 150th anniversary year by delivering $213 million in net income to shareholders, up from $24 million for 2013.

72. Lew Says Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is pushing Congress to simplify federal business taxes after Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Democrats and Republicans are too far apart to agree on sweeping changes to taxes paid by individuals and families.

73. NFL Players Find Second Careers as Entrepreneurs -

As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.

74. Three Ways to Evaluate Nonprofit Technology -

Part one of a two-part series. “The main reason nonprofits look to update or implement technology is to acquire additional functionality that will automate more tasks, which they hope will free up time to work on more strategic projects.” – Janna Finch

75. Art Work -

It’s easy to appreciate the art in painter Jared Small’s depictions of dilapidated shacks, shotgun-style homes and other aging structures that appear to be fading away right there on his canvas, images that suggest the creaks of doors and the groans of floorboards to accompany the lonely scenes.

76. Puzzles Live -

“Life’s a puzzle. Let’s fill in the blanks.” That’s the title of a speech I’ve been giving of late. Without being too literal, I find parallels between crosswords and everyday existence.

77. Social Security Won't Seize Tax Refunds to Collect Old Debts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won't be seizing their tax refunds.

Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin suspended a debt collection program last spring in which thousands of people had tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Members of Congress complained that some people were being forced to repay benefits they received decades ago as children.

78. Coming to a Car Near You: Auto Technology at CES -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Self-driving cars garner much of the attention, but in reality, we're years away from tooling around in something like Knight Rider's KITT. Coming sooner to a car near you: smartphone apps on dash displays, cruise control that adapts to cars around it, remote engine starting and more.

79. 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.

80. Commercial Success -

If, as the saying goes, everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, Bart Durham’s has come in 15- and 30-second spurts – the length of the commercials that depict him as a lawyer everyman, ever-ready to tilt at windmills for the sake of justice for the working class.

81. Grizzlies Move to Front in NBA Trade Rumors -

One only need look back to Monday, Jan. 5, at FedExForum to understand the business of the NBA. The New York Knicks were warming up for their game against the Grizzlies when word came down that team president Phil Jackson was done waiting for things to get better on their own.

82. Council Signals Return to Schools Funding Mediation -

It’s back to mediation Thursday, Jan. 8, in the six-year long schools funding deadlock between the city of Memphis and Shelby County Schools.

That was the next step several Memphis City Council members pointed to after more than an hour behind closed doors at City Hall Tuesday with their attorney as well as city Chief Administrative Officer George Little.

83. Report: 4 Million Actively Enroll in Health Plans -

The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."

84. Report: 4 Million Actively Enroll in Health Plans -

The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."

85. Wharton Defends Local Tax Incentives, Searches for New Methods to Compete -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is pursuing a new economic development strategy that would allow those parts of Tennessee bordering other states to mirror or match the incentives on the other side of the state line.

86. City Council Approves Pension Changes -

Memphis City Council members put to rest Tuesday, Dec. 16, at least the City Hall portion of the debate about city employee benefits and the liability of those benefits by approving changes to the city’s pension plan.

87. Mapping a Path to Success -

Like many other things on paper, maps have largely become extinct as interactive, digital versions have taken over.

But for students of history, as well as those with a keen interest in the neighborhoods and boundaries within cities, the paper map is an irreplaceable document.

88. White House Focuses on Computer Science in Schools -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Smartphones and laptops have become essential tools for today's teenagers. But learning how these devices work has often taken a backseat to other priorities in U.S. schools.

89. Victorian Village Homes See Demand -

A new single-family residential project in the heart of Victorian Village is doing very well, thank you very much.

Five of the eights lots inside Planters Row II, a unique master planned community on Jefferson Avenue in Victorian Village between the Medical Center and Downtown core, are already optioned or under contract after the first day of sales, according to Scott Blake, president of Design 500 Inc.

90. ’Tis the Season -

After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.

Good prices, great values, unique offerings and convenience no longer were enough to boost retail sales.

91. Gasol, Grizzlies Finding New Heights -

It’s the unachievable goal, but still a worthy pursuit.

We are, of course, speaking of perfection.

Or rather, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is speaking of perfection.

“We can never be satisfied,” Big Spain was saying after going for 30 points and 12 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ 107-91 thumping of the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum last Sunday. “As soon as you’re satisfied, you start taking steps backwards.

92. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

93. Editorial: Senate Race Shows Landscape is Changing -

What the race on the November ballot for the U.S. Senate says about our current political environment goes beyond whatever the results will be.

To us, it says our politics is changing. The deck is being shuffled and there are new players at the table. There are also new potential players watching the game.

94. NHL Bringing 2016 All-Star Game to Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Timing had been the only question about Nashville hosting the NHL All-Star game, and the league finally has the answer.

Music City will be hosting the league's showcase event in 2016 on Jan. 30-31 at Bridgestone Arena – home to the Nashville Predators.

95. Thinner iPads, Sharper iMacs in Apple's Lineup -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.

96. Garrison Charts New Course for MATA -

The new president of the Memphis Area Transit Authority wants more collaboration with groups that have ideas about where the city’s bus system can gain passengers while keeping those riders who depend on the bus system.

97. After Florida, How Do Vols Get Excited About UTC? -

Look around the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium about mid-afternoon Saturday.

No more human orange-and-white checkerboard in the stands. Some empty seats, for sure. The most diehard of UT football fans will turn out to cheer for their beloved Vols against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

98. Service Without a Smile: Why Airlines Aren't Nice -

NEW YORK (AP) – Passengers cherish Virgin America for its mood lighting, live TV, fancy cocktails and friendly flight attendants. That nice-guy approach to air travel wins awards and attracts a cult following, but may not fly with Wall Street.

99. Four Memphis Companies Join The TENN -

Launch Tennessee has picked this year’s crop of 10 companies that will participate in The TENN, its master accelerator program for graduates of Tennessee’s nine startup accelerators.

And, like last year, Memphis companies again represent almost half of the statewide batch of companies taking part in the program.

100. Airbnb, Other In-Home Vacation Rentals Face Rules, Taxes -

When Hume-Fogg teacher Elizabeth Smith and her husband became empty-nesters, they talked about downsizing.