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1. Trezevant Updates Signs to Go With New Name -

New signs went up at the entrances of Trezevant this week with one simple word on them: Trezevant. A continuing care retirement community in Memphis, Trezevant has undergone a $120 million renovation and expansion, which doubled the size of its campus. Prior to the expansion, the community was referred to as the name of its 11-story tower, Trezevant Manor.

2. Trezevant Updates Signs to Go With New Name -

New signs went up at the entrances of Trezevant this week with one simple word on them: Trezevant. A continuing care retirement community in Memphis, Trezevant has undergone a $120 million renovation and expansion which doubled the size of its campus. Prior to the expansion, the community was referred to as the name of its 11-story tower, Trezevant Manor.

3. United Lures Top Fliers With Promise of a Hot Meal -

NEW YORK (AP) – To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.

The carrier has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top fliers who defected to other carriers following a rocky merger with Continental Airlines. So, it's upgrading first class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

4. UTHSC Honors Four With Alumnus Awards -

Four physicians will receive the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Awards from the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Aug. 14.

The doctors are being honored for their work in clinical practice, teaching and community service. Two internal medicine specialists, a pediatric allergist/immunologist and a pediatrician, the outstanding physicians will be honored when graduates of the UTHSC College of Medicine gather in Memphis for the annual College of Medicine Alumni Weekend Aug. 14-16.

5. Lewis Funeral Home Honored With Marker -

The R.S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home at 374 Vance Ave. has a historical marker to note the 100th anniversary of one of the city’s longest-running African-American owned businesses.

6. UTHSC Honors Four With Alumnus Awards -

Four physicians will receive the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Awards from the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center on Aug. 14.

The doctors are being honored for their work in clinical practice, teaching and community service. Two internal medicine specialists, a pediatric allergist/immunologist and a pediatrician, the outstanding physicians will be honored when graduates of the UTHSC College of Medicine gather in Memphis for the annual College of Medicine Alumni Weekend Aug. 14-16.

7. FedEx Charged With Illegal Pharmacy Deliveries -

FedEx’s couriers in several states told company officials they suspected they were delivering illegal prescription pills, saying that delivery addresses included schools, parking lots and vacant buildings where people were lined up waiting to retrieve their shipments.

8. FedEx Charged With Assisting Illegal Pharmacies -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Federal authorities have charged FedEx Corp. with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.

9. SRVS Merges with Special Kids & Families -

SRVS, Tennessee’s largest provider of services for people with disabilities, is merging with Special Kids & Families, creating the only local nonprofit to provide supports for individuals with disabilities from birth throughout life.

10. SRVS Merges With Special Kids & Families -

SRVS, Tennessee’s largest provider of services for people with disabilities, is merging with Special Kids & Families, creating the only local nonprofit to provide supports for individuals with disabilities from birth throughout life.

11. Nets Reach Agreement With Hollins to Become Coach -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets say they have reached an agreement in principle with Lionel Hollins to become their coach, moving quickly after the departure of Jason Kidd.

12. Kitsinger Continues Downtown Work With The Development Studio -

As an architect and planner, Andy Kitsinger worked on large projects whose scale immediately changed areas, even as they were being built.

And he’s also worked on developments and projects that are smaller – sometimes part of the ripple effect of larger projects, but no less important or influential.

13. Long Council Day Comes With Change, Emotions -

It was apparent early in the long council day Tuesday, June 17, at City Hall that there wouldn’t be many amendments to the $600 million operating budget and $84 million capital budget the council would approve later that evening.

14. Food Companies Work With Farmers on Sustainability -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Some big food makers are getting serious about making sure farmers grow crops in ways that minimize damage to water, soil and the environment, according to a report released Wednesday that called for more companies to demand sustainable supplies.

15. Judicial Campaigns Get Testy With Endorsements -

Some of the reticence about political combat that defines local nonpartisan judicial elections is beginning to wear thin with a little more than a month until the start of early voting for the Aug. 7 elections.

16. Editorial: Lessons Remain With Schools Transformation -

When enough time has passed, the story of the historic changes in public education underway in Shelby County will let us know what worked out and what didn’t.

We suspect those reading the account may not see what was so radical or unprecedented about some of the changes because they appear to be the direction public education is taking. The really compelling story may be what public education in our county was like before the changes simply because it may seem so unfamiliar.

17. Barnes & Noble to Make Nook Tablets With Samsung -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble says that it is teaming up with Samsung to develop Nook tablets.

The deal will allow the bookseller to focus on developing its Nook digital software and away from building its own tablets.

18. Commission Approves Budgets and Dueling Tax Rates Without PreK Amendment -

Shelby County Commissioners signed off Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion consolidated operating budget for all of Shelby County government as well as a $75 million capital budget, both for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

19. Withers Collection Expands With Dorothy Mae’s Cafe -

With signs of new life on the block of the Beale Street entertainment district between Hernando and Fourth streets, Rosalind Withers feels like she is ready to go in some new directions with the Withers Collection, the home of the collected works of her late father, photographer Ernest Withers.

20. Wellness Programs Grow More Popular With Employers -

That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul.

21. Grizzlies Share Similar Season with Champs -

When the Miami Heat came to town in early April, they were not the two-time defending NBA champions as much as they were the next obstacle between the Grizzlies and their desired destination: The Western Conference playoffs.

22. Senate Votes for Open Gun Carry Without Permit -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Senate has passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.

The chamber voted 25-2 in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet.

23. Berger Withdraws From Commission Race -

In a somewhat abrupt turnaround, Memphis businessman Taylor Berger has decided to withdraw his candidacy for the Shelby County Commission about a month after announcing his intent to run for the District 5 seat.

24. Arkansas Among Few States With Majority Override -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A political scientist says that while veto overrides are rare in Arkansas, they could become more common if the margin between Democrats and Republicans at the statehouse remains narrow.

25. Editorial: More Things Changing with Historic Reform -

As we all prepare for a second school year in which the local education landscape will change dramatically, we see even more change on the horizon.

We specifically see the opportunity for changes that more of us can agree on.

26. Bill Seeks to Do Away With Common Core Standards -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Thousands of Tennesseans have signed a petition supporting the state's Common Core standards amid efforts by some lawmakers to do away with them.

A statewide alliance of more than 400 business, community and education organizations in Tennessee released the petition on Tuesday with more than 9,000 signatures.

27. Netflix Reaches Deal With Comcast -

NEW YORK (AP) – Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an Internet service provider.

28. Burleigh Consulting Group Changes With Times -

Robert C. Burleigh still enjoys playing tennis four times a week. But the 78-year-old founder of Burleigh Consulting Group admits he is playing more doubles matches these days.

“I’m running a little slower now, so it’s mostly doubles now, not a lot of singles,” said Burleigh with a chuckle.

29. Pilot Settles Lawsuit With Nashville Company -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – A Nashville trucking firm has settled its lawsuit over rebate fraud by the Pilot Flying J truck stop company owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jim Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

30. Experts Withdraw From Internet Security Conference -

WASHINGTON (AP) – At least eight researchers or policy experts have withdrawn from an Internet security conference after the sponsor reportedly used flawed encryption technology deliberately in commercial software to allow the National Security Agency to spy more easily on computer users.

31. How to Get Ahead in Business With a Short Resume -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hey twentysomethings, dreaming of trading in the safety of a regular paycheck to start your own business? There's no secret sauce. Instead, founders of three companies have obvious tips: Work hard, network and ask for help.

32. Wells Fargo in $591 Million Deal With Fannie Mae -

Wells Fargo says it has made a $591 million deal with Fannie Mae to settle obligations related to loans that went bad after the housing bubble burst.

The deal announced Monday covers loans made through 2008. Wells Fargo & Co. says it resolves nearly all repurchase liabilities it has with Fannie Mae, the federal mortgage buyer.

33. Memphian Finds Success With Matchmaking Agency -

Memphian Kim Hill has always loved planning events as a hobby. She also has a knack for introducing single people who subsequently hit it off.

“For the longest time I would be doing these events and mingling around and introducing people, and then suddenly I thought, ‘Wait a minute. I could be getting paid for this.’”

34. Wells Fargo in $591 Million Deal With Fannie Mae -

Wells Fargo says it has made a $591 million deal with Fannie Mae to settle obligations related to loans that went bad after the housing bubble burst.

The deal announced Monday covers loans made through 2008. Wells Fargo & Co. says it resolves nearly all repurchase liabilities it has with Fannie Mae, the federal mortgage buyer.

35. Mississippi Children Learn With Blues Curriculum -

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta's homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and chord progression.

36. Wunderlich Caps 2013 With Big Investment -

In October, Wunderlich Securities Inc. CEO Gary Wunderlich traveled to Washington to testify in front of a congressional panel about promoting capital formation and job creation on behalf of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

37. Bunker Exits With Dig at Election Commission -

Shelby County Commissioner Wyatt Bunker’s last meeting as a commissioner Monday, Dec. 16, saw Democrats supporting his resolution of “no confidence” in Shelby County Elections Administrator Richard Holden.

38. Silva Strikes Right Chord With Immigration Practice -

Tony Silva with Donati Law Firm LLP grew up in Nashville and with a background in music. He left the Music City for the University of Memphis as a classical performance major, with plans to become a performer and professor. He would go on to receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in music performance in classical piano before taking a turn towards law.

39. Lipman Meets With Judiciary Committee -

Memphis attorney Sheri Lipman appeared Wednesday, Nov. 13, before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which is reviewing her nomination by President Barack Obama to become the newest U.S. District judge for the Western District of Tennessee.

40. Lipman Meets with Judiciary Committee -

Memphis attorney Sheri Lipman appeared Wednesday, Nov. 13, before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

41. With Vacationers Home, Airlines Boost On-Time Mark -

Airlines are doing a better job of staying on schedule now that fewer people are flying.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Wednesday that 83.8 percent of domestic flights arrived on time in September, slightly better than September 2012's 83.3 percent rate. It was a bigger improvement over July and August, when summer vacationers packed the nation's airports and about one in four flights arrived late.

42. Revid Partners With Mid-South Food Bank -

Revid Realty is offering to match food donations to help feed the hungry this Thanksgiving season.

Revid is asking people to donate canned food items this November, and the Revid team will match those donations can-for-can. The campaign is part of the Mid-South Food Bank’s largest food drive of the year, Operation Feed.

43. ‘Hoarders’ Star Partners With ServiceMaster -

“Hoarders” television personality and Clutter Cleaner owner Matt Paxton met this week with ServiceMaster Clean and Restore franchisees and staff at the ServiceMaster Training Academy to discuss their newly formed partnership and examine hoarding, which has been officially listed as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.

44. Current Elections Merge With Future Campaigns -

The campaigns for elections in 2013 are beginning to overlap with campaigns on the ballot in 2014.

The set of 11 elections in three months ends with the Nov. 21 special general election for state House District 91 and a citywide referendum on a half percent sales tax hike.

45. Jack Daniel's in Legal Fight With Small Distiller -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A white whiskey named for a famed Appalachian moonshiner started out being sold in Mason jars, to honor its roguish roots, but switched to square-shaped bottling.

46. How to Discount Without Harming Brand Integrity -

Ask a sales rep for the No. 1 objection they face with prospects and more often than not, they’ll say that it’s price. Given the state of our economy over the last several years, price can certainly be a legitimate concern. Often, however, a price objection is merely habit – the tendency of the buyer to attempt to negotiate before making any purchase. Or it may actually be another objection, one that’s more personal or revealing, in disguise. For example, a prospect might cite financial concerns to mask the fact that they have to consult with the real decision maker, which they failed to share with you upfront.

47. Terminix Joins Forces With Home Goods Maker -

Memphis-based Terminix has announced a strategic initiative with London Luxury, a leading manufacturer of innovative and premium home goods.

The purpose of the arrangement between London Luxury and Terminix, the world’s largest pest-control provider, is to develop a line of products to protect consumers against pests. Initial offerings include bedding and travel products to protect consumers and their possessions from insects such as bedbugs and fleas.

48. Memphis International Airport Partners With German Counterpart -

Memphis International Airport, home to the FedEx Express super-hub, and Leipzig/Halle Airport in Saxony, Germany, DHL’s European hub, have formed a strategic partnership.

Airport officials said the partnership will allow the two airports to exchange information and best practices, and possibly attract new business.

49. Shutdown in Third Day With Debt Trouble Looming -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Efforts to resolve the government shutdown were at a standstill Thursday as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner traded barbs, the Treasury warned of a dire risk to the economy ahead and work in the Capitol was briefly halted because of gunshots outside.

50. Memphis International Airport Partners With German Counterpart -

Memphis International Airport, home to the FedEx Express super-hub, and Leipzig/Halle Airport in Saxony, Germany, DHL’s European hub, have formed a strategic partnership.

Airport officials said the partnership will allow the two airports to exchange information and best practices, and possibly attract new business.

51. Terminix Joins Forces With Home Goods Maker -

Memphis-based Terminix has announced a strategic initiative with London Luxury, a leading manufacturer of innovative and premium home goods.

The purpose of the arrangement between London Luxury and Terminix, the world’s largest pest-control provider, is to develop a line of products to protect consumers against pests. Initial offerings include bedding and travel products to protect consumers and their possessions from insects such as bedbugs and fleas.

52. Summers Withdraws From Consideration for Fed Chief -

For weeks, Lawrence Summers had been considered the leading candidate to succeed Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman.

53. Obsidian to Brainstorm With Small Businesses -

Obsidian Public Relations is playing host to seven small businesses for its first Memphis Idea Fest next month.

The firm is hosting the event at its office, 493 S. Main St., on Oct. 29. During Idea Fest’s one-hour lightning rounds, Obsidian’s entire Memphis staff will meet with each chosen organization’s management team for a brainstorming session to address a public relations issue currently facing each business.

54. Obsidian to Brainstorm With Small Businesses -

Obsidian Public Relations is playing host to seven small businesses for its first Memphis Idea Fest next month.

The firm is hosting the event at its office, 493 S. Main St., on Oct. 29. During Idea Fest’s one-hour lightning rounds, Obsidian’s entire Memphis staff will meet with each chosen organization’s management team for a brainstorming session to address a public relations issue currently facing each business.

55. First Horizon Copes With Customers’ Evolving Needs -

First Tennessee Bank will celebrate its 150th birthday in March. Leading up to that milestone, the way the venerable institution’s customers are engaging with its products and services is in the midst of a radical transformation – something that’s been the case for the last few years but the pace of which now is accelerating, the chief executive of the bank’s parent company told analysts this week.

56. Corker Calls Volkswagen Talks With UAW 'Incomprehensible' -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Volkswagen would become a "laughingstock" if it goes through with a deal to have the United Auto Workers represent workers at its Tennessee plant, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday.

57. Laufer Bolsters Third-Party Logistics Service With Memphis Office -

Laufer Group International Ltd. has continued its Southeast expansion by making an entry into the Memphis logistics market with a Downtown office.

The third-party logistics (3PL) provider is focused on providing highly sophisticated value-added solutions to importers at competitive prices, and establishing a presence a key distribution hub like Memphis made sense.

58. Corker Criticized for Working With Democrats -

NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Sen. Bob Corker insists his willingness to work with Democrats doesn't make him a moderate, but ardent conservatives think otherwise.

According to The Tennessean, the Tennessee Republican came under fire throughout an eight-stop swing through Middle Tennessee during the congressional recess earlier this month.

59. Tennessee Ends Budget Year With $42 Million Surplus -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state has finshed the budget year with a $42 million general fund surplus.

Tennessee collected $342 million more than originally projected by the State Funding Board for the 2012-2013 budget year, but the panel revised that prediction upward by $306 million in December. Collections still came out above those estimates.

60. School Opening Goes Smoothly With A Few Bumps -

Missed buses and late buses as well as late registration were an expected part of opening day of the consolidated school district.

And the problems arrived just as expected Monday, Aug. 5, but not in large enough numbers to cause any major disruptions on the opening day.

61. IRS Watchdog 'Disturbed' Agency Withheld Documents -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The investigator who wrote a scathing report about the Internal Revenue Service targeting tea party groups says he is "disturbed" the agency withheld newly released documents showing progressive groups may also have been singled out for additional scrutiny.

62. Wal-Mart Faceoff With DC Fuels Minimum Wage Debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The bitter standoff between Wal-Mart and Washington, D.C. officials over the city's effort to impose a higher minimum wage on big-box retailers is fueling a wider debate about how far cities should go in trying to raise pay for low-wage workers – and whether larger companies should be required to pay more.

63. Landers Flourishing With Own Family-Law Firm -

It all started with a request to handle the divorces of a few of the firm’s clients, Suzanne Landers recalled from her office in the Memphis Cotton Exchange building in Downtown Memphis.

64. Attorneys Busy With Nuances of US Health Care Reform -

Most businesses are well aware of key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, like the mandate for larger employers to provide health care insurance coverage to employees.

But attorneys are busy at work on some of the lesser-known aspects of the new health care law.

65. Target Cuts Ties With Deen; Drugmaker Distances -

NEW YORK (AP) – Paula Deen's multimillion-dollar merchandise and media empire continues to unravel following revelations that she used racial slurs in the past.

66. Tomlinson Finds Home With Employment Law -

Courtney Tomlinson has known since the fifth grade that she wanted to be an attorney. Specifically, she had designs on being an environmental lawyer.

67. MAAR Ranks Improving With Housing Market -

After the housing bubble popped and the recession roiled the economy, the orientation classes Melanie Blakeney taught to new members of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors kept getting smaller and smaller.

68. Water Official Equates Complaints With Terrorism -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state water official told members of a Tennessee environmental group that their water quality complaints could be considered an act of terrorism.

The comments came at a meeting between Department of Environment and Conservation officials and Mount Pleasant residents who are members of Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment.

69. Court Rules for Amex in Dispute With Merchants -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled against merchants Thursday who object to having to accept American Express debit and credit cards along with the company's iconic charge card.

70. Withdraw From Funds With Care -

Ray’s Take While you’re allowed to withdraw funds from your tax-qualified plans as early as age 59 1/2, many people delay making withdrawals until they have to, at age 70 1/2. There certainly can be advantages to deferring that tax liability those extra years if there are other assets available for retirement. However, if you fail to make required minimum withdrawals (RMDs) then, the penalties are substantial – a whopping 50 percent tax above the regular income tax.

71. Lincoln Charged With Selling Memphis to World -

There is a surge these days in Memphis boosterism, but there may be no one else with their pulse more on what is new and exciting and worth celebrating in the city than Rashana Lincoln.

As director of community engagement for the New Memphis Institute (formerly the Leadership Academy), Lincoln is charged with selling her greatest passion: Memphis.

72. Measuring Innovation With Money -

But will it make real money? Innovation is such a heady, ill-defined concept. Innovation is one of those words – like strategy or creativity – that means either nothing or something different to anyone who hears it. But when handled correctly, genuine innovations are the lifeblood of any company’s continued health and success.

73. FDA Has Safety Concerns With Merck Insomnia Drug -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health regulators say an experimental insomnia drug from Merck can help patients fall asleep, but it also carries worrisome side effects, including daytime drowsiness and suicidal thinking.

74. Word Finds Passion With Vaco, Women’s Alliance -

In her six years as a CPA, Ginna Word has seen the industry from both sides of a spreadsheet, as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche, and as a corporate, in-house accountant for The ServiceMaster Co.

75. BankTennessee Teams With Raymond James -

BankTennessee now has a relationship with Raymond James Financial Services Inc. that will allow the bank to now offer investment and wealth management services to its customers.

76. BankTennessee Teams With Raymond James -

BankTennessee now has a relationship with Raymond James Financial Services Inc. that will allow the bank to now offer investment and wealth management services to its customers.

77. Chamber Hosts Talk with Jack Sammons -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is hosting a conversation with Jack Sammons, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, on May 3.

Sammons will discuss the Airport Authority’s plans and the future of the Memphis International Airport.

78. Settlement With Nonprofits Could Bring $40 Million -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A long-standing legal dispute between two publicly traded healthcare companies and the receiver for two Tennessee non-profit corporations could ultimately result in $40 million going to charities in the Volunteer State.

79. Chamber Hosts Conversation With Jack Sammons -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is hosting a conversation with Jack Sammons, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, on May 3.

Sammons will discuss the Airport Authority’s plans and the future of the Memphis International Airport.

80. Deal With the Stress Before the Mess -

When I get curious, I read a lot. Last week I got very curious about a form of ineffective behavior that seems all too common these days.

The behavior in question relates to ineffective listening habits, especially in situations fraught with stress or other forms of heightened emotions. So, I plowed through four books on the topic last week. Thank goodness for that Evelyn Wood speed-reading course I took 24 years ago.

81. St. Jude: Local Resource With Global Impact -

Last week we highlighted The Blues Foundation, which is Memphis-based and focused on the past, present and future of the music genre. This week let us spotlight the iconic Memphis institution that is a world leader in the fight against childhood cancer and other deadly diseases: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

82. Haslam: 'Major Problem' With Senate Nominees Bill -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he has a “major problem” with a bill seeking to give state lawmakers the power to select nominees to the U.S. Senate.

The governor said he objects to eliminating primary elections to decide the Republican and Democratic nominees for the U.S. Senate. He told reporters on Monday in Nashville that he would “very strongly” consider a veto of the measure.

83. Haslam: 'Major Problem' With Senate Nominees Bill -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he has a “major problem” with a bill seeking to give state lawmakers the power to select nominees to the U.S. Senate.

The governor said he objects to eliminating primary elections to decide the Republican and Democratic nominees for the U.S. Senate. He told reporters on Monday in Nashville that he would “very strongly” consider a veto of the measure.

84. Grubb & Ellis Affiliates With New York Advisory Firm -

Grubb & Ellis-Memphis – a full-service commercial real estate firm serving western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas – has formed an affiliation with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, a New York City-based commercial real estate advisory firm.

85. The Problem With Problem Solving -

Years ago I stumbled across an interesting book titled “The Logic of Failure” by Dietrich Dörner. The main premise of the book is that if you are not careful, the side effects of some solutions will make things worse.

86. Bill to OK Riding Without Helmet Advances -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to do away with the state's motorcycle helmet law passed a Senate panel on Wednesday despite Gov. Bill Haslam's opposition.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville was approved 6-3 in the Senate Transportation Committee.

87. Grubb & Ellis Forms Affiliation With New York Advisory Firm -

Grubb & Ellis-Memphis – a full-service commercial real estate firm serving western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas – has formed an affiliation with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, a New York City-based commercial real estate advisory firm.

88. Obama Presses On With GOP Charm Offensive -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama pressed on with his Republican charm offensive Thursday, holding a White House lunch with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan in an effort to soften the ground for potential talks on a long-term deficit reduction deal.

89. Watt Tells Stories With a Paper Moon Touch -

Someone who didn’t know Ryan Watt can already tell a lot about him and his work by the title of the Memphis-based production company dedicated to producing mostly local, Southern independent films he and a friend started in 2009.

90. Potter Promotes Grizzlies With Memphis Flair -

Although he didn’t know it at the time, Jason Potter got his first taste of event promotion while studying business at Indiana University.

91. Alt.Consulting Provides Businesses Help With a Little Quality Time -

New businesses are beginning to blossom as the post-recession economy recovers, but some may fall victim to their own lack of business experience.

The nonprofit economic development organization alt.Consulting hopes to prevent businesses from making common mistakes by spending some quality time with them.

92. Obama Seeks to Avoid Sequester With Short-Term Fix -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is asking Congress for a short-term deficit reduction package of spending cuts and tax revenue that will delay the effective date of steeper automatic cuts now scheduled to kick in on March 1. Obama said the looming cuts would be economically damaging and must be avoided.

93. Johnson Honored by U of M With Authur Holmon Award -

If Cato Johnson ever decided to leave his position as senior vice president of corporate affairs at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, he could quite possibly become an epic spokesperson for an energy drink. A healthy one, that is.

94. Bailey Finds Ideal Job With Community Legal Center -

At the beginning of January, Johnna Bailey began work as immigration attorney for the Community Legal Center, a resource for the working poor.

“It’s defined as those who are just above the poverty line, meaning that legal aid would not serve them, but it’s still too expensive for them to hire a private attorney,” Bailey said.

95. Bishop Byrne Will Close, Merge With Memphis Catholic -

Memphis Catholic Bishop J. Terry Steib likens the coming changes in two well-known Catholic schools with long histories to a nova.

“Later this spring we will reshape Memphis Catholic High School and Bishop Byrne High School into one entity,” Steib said in a recorded announcement Thursday, Jan. 24, as the closing of Bishop Byrne at the end of the current school year was announced. “Like the stars of the universe – a nova that implodes creates more stars – Memphis Catholic and Bishop Byrne have reached their peaks and will now help to build a model diocesan school. The best of Bishop Byrne and Memphis Catholic will be used to create the new star.”

96. Pinnacle Saga Ends With Move North -

The city of Memphis did not promise any incentives to Pinnacle Airlines as the regional air carrier weighed the decision it made Thursday, Jan. 24, to move its headquarters from Memphis to Minneapolis.

97. Crye-Leike Collects $22,000 With United Way Campaign -

Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. recently raised $22,300 for its 2012 United Way campaign.

98. Education Group Hosts Talk With Haslam, Jeb Bush -

A Nashville think tank is hosting a discussion about education reform between Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Monday’s event was hosted by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, which was founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and is run by former state Sen. Jamie Woodson.

99. Starbucks Cups to Come With a Political Message -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks is using its coffee cups to jump into the political fray in Washington.

The world's biggest coffee chain is asking employees at cafes in the Washington, D.C., area to scribble the words "Come Together" on cups for drink orders on Thursday and Friday. CEO Howard Schultz says the words are intended as a message to lawmakers about the damage being caused by the divisive negotiations over the "fiscal cliff."

100. Local Students Give Back With Literacy Program -

A lot of people have good ideas that could change the world, or at a little piece of it. But often those ideas never quite turn into action.

Two Memphis University School seniors – basketball player Jonathan Wilfong and football player and wrestler Andrew Renshaw – had just such a good idea. Inspired by “Caddy for a Cure,” in which an individual makes a donation to a charity and in turn gets to caddy for a PGA golfer, they created “Coaching for Literacy – The Assistant Coach Program for Promoting Literacy.”