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1. Just When We Started to Feel Good About UT Football -

KNOXVILLE – All seemed so right for the University of Tennessee’s football team for 36 hours or so after last Saturday’s 50-16 victory over Kentucky at Neyland Stadium.

UT (5-5, 2-4 SEC) won its second straight conference game and moved within one victory of gaining bowl eligibility for the first time since 2010.

2. Vols Unlikely to Repeat November 2013 Collapse -

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones doesn’t have to remind his team about the disappointing fade last November.

UT went 0-3 to start what has historically been its best month of football. First, the Vols lost to Missouri and Auburn. Then a 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt in Neyland Stadium knocked the Vols out of bowl eligibility.

3. SEC Finds Dominance at Top of Associated Press Poll -

Another week, another first in the Associated Press college football poll. For the first time, one conference – yes, the SEC – has placed four teams in the top five. Mississippi State remained No. 1 after its bye week. Florida State of the ACC stayed No. 2 after defeating Notre Dame. Ole Miss held at No. 3 after beating Tennessee, Alabama moved up three spots to No. 4 after blasting Texas A&M 59-0, and Auburn moved up a spot to fifth after its bye week.

4. Outdoors Celebration -

A new Memphis outdoors event kicking off this weekend at Shelby Farms will celebrate the lifestyle of the outdoors and sporting enthusiasts, alongside a set of friendly and competitive off-road races.

5. Connecting Creatives -

In a body of water, an undercurrent is something that moves beneath the surface and which, though it might be unseen, is unwise to ignore, especially when it flows in the opposite direction of currents visible on the surface.

6. Late Cuts, Pickups Reveal Titans’ Talent Shortfall -

What exactly does it say about the Tennessee Titans that, after they made their own cut to 53 players, they were still sifting through the scrap heap of other teams’ cuts and making five more moves?

7. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season -

Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.

So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.

8. Lehman-Roberts’ Longevity Paved by Family Ownership -

Lehman-Roberts Co. is a highway paving contractor that president Patrick Nelson regards with the kind of pride that might at first seem out of place for work that involves asphalt and roadwork.

9. Teeing Off -

Everyone was in a good mood. Not just normally affable Grizzlies players Mike Conley and Mike Miller, but former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown, a couple of hard-nosed throwback types.

10. Kyocera Inks ProLogis Park Lease Renewal -

ProLogis has landed a major renewal at one of its industrial parks.

Kyocera Document Solutions America Inc., which manufactures and markets network-ready digital copiers and printers, laser printers, color copiers and printers, digital laser facsimiles and multifunctional, wide-format imaging products, has renewed its lease for 300,000 square feet at 5510 Getwell Road in Memphis.

11. Patrick Accounting Launches Payroll Business -

Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC is in something of an extended growth spurt, with a newly launched expanded payroll services business, a Nashville office that opened this past summer and the possibility of even more expansion beyond Memphis.

12. Study: Climbing Income Ladder Hasn't Grown Harder -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Young Americans from low-income families are as likely to move into the ranks of the affluent today as those born in the 1970s, according to a report by several top academic experts on inequality.

13. IberiaBank to Buy Teche Federal Bank -

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Lafayette-based IberiaBank Corp. will acquire New Iberia-based Teche Federal Bank under a stock deal valued at $161 million.

14. Start Co. Joins Global Accelerator Network -

Start Co., the Memphis-based venture development group focused on grooming startup companies and their founders, is itself about to do some starting anew.

15. BizChair Leases Olive Branch Distribution Space -

BizChair.com, an Internet retailer that specializes in selling chairs and furniture for offices, schools, restaurants, medical facilities, and homes, has inked a lease for around 382,500 square feet at 8631 Polk Lane, inside Olive Branch Distribution Center in Olive Branch, Miss.

16. Suburban Prospects -

Walker Taylor’s business philosophy is a simple one, and it’s helping keep his Germantown-based restaurant a must-visit for diners from around the world.

17. US Businesses Boost Hiring Despite the Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy may be sturdier than many had assumed.

Employers added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October despite the 16-day government shutdown, the Labor Department said Friday. And they did a lot more hiring in August and September than previously thought.

18. Twitter Soars in Market Debut -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shares of Twitter went on sale to the public for the first time Thursday, instantly leaping more than 70 percent above their offering price in a dazzling debut that exceeded even Wall Street's lofty hopes.

19. Rock’n Dough Pizza Opening in Jackson -

The little Memphis pizzeria that could will soon be opening a new location in Jackson, Tenn.

The Rock’n Dough Pizza Co., owned by Jeremy and Amanda Denno, is slated to open a new restaurant and microbrewery at the Jackson Walk development in Jackson in October. The Dennos will team up with veteran local brewer Ben Pugh to create signature suds at the 4,100-square-foot restaurant.

20. Walgreen Co. Closes Ike’s Gas Station -

Walgreen Co. has closed the gas station at its Ike’s store on Union Avenue, but the company isn’t saying anything else about the property’s future.

21. Entry Point -

The city of Germantown is embarking on an effort to guide growth and development of the city’s western gateway corridor for the next 20 years.

The planning area encompasses the Poplar Avenue corridor at the city’s western gateway, paying special attention to proposed development opportunities, improvements to Poplar Avenue and Kirby and a new set of regulations designed to guide development.

22. Room Race -

To illustrate the stiff competition Memphis faces in landing conferences and conventions because of hotel room capacity available in the city, Memphis-based hotel consultant Chuck Pinkowski points to a formidable foe just three hours away.

23. Gasoline Prices Begin Summer Slide -

NEW YORK (AP) – Gasoline prices are on a summer slide, giving U.S. drivers a break as they set out for the beach and other vacation spots for the Fourth of July.

The national average for a gallon has fallen for 21 days straight and is now below $3.50 for the first time since February. The reason: Oil prices have been relatively stable, and refineries are turning out more gasoline after completing springtime maintenance.

24. Summer Travel Forecast: Better, but No Blowout -

NEW YORK (AP) – This summer, high rollers are flying to lavish hot spots for their vacations. The rest of us are driving to less luxurious places like nearby campgrounds.

The good news: At some U.S. campgrounds these days you get live bands, air guitar contests and chocolate pudding slip 'n slides.

25. Poll: Low-Wage Workers, Bosses at Odds on Training -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As they struggle to get ahead, many low-wage workers are not taking advantage of job training or educational programs that could help them make the leap to better-paying jobs. They are often skeptical about whether such programs are even worth the trouble, a new survey shows.

26. Maximizing Madison -

The Downtown strip of Madison Avenue from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to Fielder Square Apartments in its prime was the city’s financial hub.

It’s seen some successes in recent times – new businesses opening, building renovations and the removal of the makeshift wall at Main and Second streets that interrupted traffic for two years.

27. APNewsBreak: Effort Building to Change US Pot Laws -

SEATTLE (AP) – An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a federal pot tax.

While passage this year could be a longshot, lawmakers from both parties have been quietly working on several bills, the first of which Democratic Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of Colorado plan to introduce Tuesday, Blumenauer told The Associated Press.

28. Serving Memphis -

The hospitality industry is the nation’s largest private sector employer, yet many in its workforce do not have access to affordable and consistent health care, education opportunities or financial mentoring.

29. Difference of Opinion -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration and a group of neighborhood leaders in the Vance Avenue area agree on highlighting the significant history of the area south of FedExForum.

Some kind of trail linking up more than a dozen sights is a feature both groups are planning for the area.

30. Daves Quickly Climbing Commercial Real Estate Ranks -

In Bryce Daves’ three years in the commercial real estate business, he’s quickly climbed the ranks to lease some 2 million square feet of property.

The CB Richard Ellis Memphis associate was promoted in March to leasing agent for Bellbrook Industrial Park – a 13-building campus in the southwest Memphis industrial submarket totaling more than 1.6 million square feet spread over 100 acres.

31. Modern Crossword Humor -

The past two weeks I’ve highlighted some stuff in New York Times crossword history that served to give crosswords a bad name. That is, obscure, nobody’s-ever-heard-of-‘em words and their clumsy, who-gives-a-darn clues. My focus was exclusively on the Farrar and Maleska Eras, so called for the Times’ first and third puzzle editors.

32. Cohen Talks About Opponents, Schools, Race and His Political Past -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is running for a fourth term in Congress starting with the Aug. 2 primary, in which he is being challenged by countywide school board member Tomeka Hart.

33. Weather Alerts Coming Soon to Smartphone Near You -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Attorney Bob Burns already gets a lot of information from his smartphone, but he welcomes the prospect of getting a little more – free warnings about life-threatening weather from a sophisticated new government system.

34. Churchill Mortgage Growth Highlights Industry News -

Here’s a roundup of what some of the city’s banks and bankers, investment professionals, accountants and other financial services shops have been up to in recent weeks.

* Brentwood, Tenn.-based Churchill Mortgage, which has a retail office at 5384 Poplar Ave. that opened a little more than two years ago, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

35. Pera, Lightman, Rainer V Take Top Pinnacle Awards -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council honored the top performers in commercial real estate for 2011 at the 11th annual Pinnacle Awards gala, held Tuesday, April 24, at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.

36. White Joins BankTennessee As Mortgage Specialist -

Judy Sulton White has joined BankTennessee as a mortgage loan specialist. White has worked in the mortgage industry for 30 years and will focus on new-home financing options, mortgage refinances and custom construction loans.

37. More Than A Taste of Jubilee -

Last week we highlighted the Salvation Army, which is working everyday to fight hunger, homelessness, addiction, poverty and abuse here in the Mid-South. This week, let us discuss an organization that is educating children in urban areas of Memphis, affording them opportunities to learn, grow and succeed in a faith-based environment regardless of their socioeconomic status: the Jubilee Schools.

38. World Changing Starts at Home -

World changing is a fairly common goal among human beings, and I personally think being thought of as a world changer would be pretty cool. When people ask me what I like to do with my time, talent and energy, I could cleverly work being a change agent for the world into the conversation by saying, “I write books, watch some TV, play guitar, change the world, enjoy good meals, and drink a little wine from time to time.” Yes, I think being a world-changer has a good ring to it. It is a nice conversation starter.

39. ‘People Like Me’ -

Robert Littlepage still thinks about it.

At times, he thinks about nothing else.

“It’s not like people think it is. It’s not like sand and in the Sahara,” he said as he sat crouched at a table, his forearms resting on his legs, one leg moving up and down. “It’s like cracked mud, like you are down in the Delta, in Clarksdale or something.”

40. Brass Door Looks to Bring True Irish to St. Paddy’s Day -

Downtown Irish pub The Brass Door is gearing up to celebrate its first St. Patrick’s Day with live music, food and drink specials, and plenty of craic – an Irish term for having a great time.

41. Room Service -

The good news for the local hotel industry is that last year notched the most rooms ever sold on a daily basis with 4.8 million – 115,628 more than 2010 and 76,780 more than the previous high set in 2007.

42. Court Hears Details Of Drug Org -

Memphis Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays has been balancing other cases on his schedule with the Craig Petties drug organization trial that began Feb. 6 with jury selection.

43. Chef Contest Fiasco ‘Baffles’ MBJ -

On Feb. 1, the Memphis Business Journal launched an online bracket competition designed to lead to readers’ selection of the city’s best chef.

Turns out that the “Best Chef in Memphis” competition generated as much bad public relations as a boll weevil in a micro-greens and roasted beet salad.

44. After Protest, Congress Puts Off Movie Piracy Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Caving to a massive campaign by Internet services and their millions of users, Congress indefinitely postponed legislation Friday to stop online piracy of movies and music costing U.S. companies billions of dollars every year. Critics said the bills would result in censorship and stifle Internet innovation.

45. Changes in Dining Scene Highlight Dynamic Year -

On Thanksgiving Eve, we drove to the airport to pick up my stepson, one of whose flights had been delayed, so it was after 10 by the time he emerged from baggage claim. All being hungry, I drove to Cooper-Young, thinking we could easily get in at the recently opened Alchemy at 10:30.

46. Rise in Home Building Suggests Industry Turnaround -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A surge in apartment construction gave home builders more work in November. And permits, a gauge of future construction, rose largely because of a jump in apartment permits.

47. Paperless Movement Brings Efficiency to Business -

In 2008, nexAir, a Memphis-based company that specializes in the distribution of gases such as nitrogen and oxygen to hospitals and other medical facilities, was looking for a way to be more efficient.

48. L'Oreal Plant in North Little Rock Goes Solar -

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A makeup plant in central Arkansas is showing off its new solar energy system.

Gov. Mike Beebe and North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays spoke in front of the new solar panels at the L'Oreal plant in North Little Rock on Monday.

49. A GOP Debt Plan Would Hit Some Popular Tax Breaks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of taxpayers who take advantage of deductions for mortgage interest, charitable donations and state and local taxes would be targeted for potential tax hikes under a GOP plan to raise taxes by $290 billion over the next decade to help reduce the nation's deficit.

50. Waiting For The Tip -

Great seasons end.

Great cities endure.

That’s not just one of the Memphis Grizzlies’ new marketing slogans. Capitalizing on last season’s success and building an enduring franchise are aspirations for the organization as it copes with the reality of the NBA lockout and the ongoing dry spell of professional hometown hoops.

51. Crossword Champ Crowned -

LITTLE ROCK – Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Oh, what a beautiful morning! The sun rose brightly over the eastern edge of the city, its beams shimmering on the Arkansas River and reflecting off the edges of the Clinton Presidential Library. For those who’d made the trip to Sturgis Hall for the fifth annual Clinton School Puzzle Festival, a touristy atmosphere was the order of the day.

52. Address Unknown -

For anyone in Memphis – and across Tennessee – who uses the U.S. Postal Service to send and receive bills, to get things like newspaper subscriptions by mail and DVDs from Netflix or just to write an old-fashioned letter on paper, things are about to change.

53. Obsidian PR Preps For South Main Move -

Obsidian Public Relations is relocating less than a mile from its current office, in efforts to establish a presence in the South Main Historic Arts District by having its own creative space that will allow plenty of room for growth.

54. Villages at Harrison Creek Apts. Sell out of Foreclosure -

3855 Jackson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38128
Sale Amount: $3.9 Million

Sale Date: Aug. 26, 2011

55. Prescription Drug Data Mining Law Struck Down -

WASHINGTON (AP) – States cannot stop drug manufacturers and data-mining companies from using information about the prescription drugs individual doctors like to prescribe, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

56. Festival Relocation to Impact Local Businesses -

When historic flooding forced a venue change for Memphis in May’s 34th annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Downtown and Midtown businesses began bracing to make the best of the sudden switch.

57. Reading, Writing, Rebirth -

When Bishop Terry Steib 13 years ago asked Dr. Mary McDonald to come on board as superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Memphis, he did so with a uniquely challenging task in mind.

58. Puzzling Tourney 2011 -

Brooklyn, N.Y. – My annual trek to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament began before daylight March 17. It was St. Patrick’s Day, and I forgot to wear green. Fortunately, I had my green pen in my pocket.

59. Local Homebuilder Receives Fed Designation -

Patrick J. Mahoney, owner of Remodeling Consultants Inc., has completed the construction/remodeling industry’s most comprehensive training in the use of the U.S. government’s FHA 203k Home Renovation Loan program.

60. ‘Hundreds More’ Blight Suits on the Way -

A few hundred lawsuits targeting the owners of run-down properties are likely to be filed by the city of Memphis not long after 2011 rolls around, according to one estimate of the city’s timetable.

61. Bold as Brass -

The proprietor of the newest addition to Downtown’s thriving business community is an Irishman with a raconteur’s charm and a traveler’s adventurous streak.

Some of those qualities were even on display when Seamus Loftus, who’s transforming the space at 152 Madison Ave. into an Irish pub called The Brass Door, described himself in an application for development incentives to the Center City Development Corp.

62. 'User Friendly' -

With significant commercial real estate progress in 2010, DeSoto County’s stamina has no end in sight, industry professionals say.

DeSoto County is similar to that of other areas with a handful of submarkets that continue to do well and bolster the rest of the region. One of the county’s most prominent firms, Chuck Roberts Commercial Real Estate, has seen thriving submarkets that are located just a few miles from struggling ones.

63. Cutting Loose -

At age 29, Ryan Swanson has his dream job.

As owner of the new Ryan Patrick Salon at 557 Erin Drive, near Poplar Avenue and Mendenhall Road in East Memphis, Swanson gets to set his own hours, make his own rules and live life to the fullest.

64. Lamar Crossing Slated for Auction Block -

More than three years after developers broke ground on Lamar Crossing, the end is finally in sight for the beleaguered apartment complex.

Arvest Bank of Oklahoma, the bank that reclaimed the property when it ran into financial problems, has commissioned Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services to hold an online auction for the 120-unit property.

65. Judiciary Panel OKs Elena Kagan for Supreme Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing toward an election-year Supreme Court confirmation vote, a polarized Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved Elena Kagan to be the fourth female justice.

Just one Republican joined Democrats to approve Kagan's nomination and send it to the full Senate, where she's expected to win confirmation within weeks.

66. Mall Boosts Hickory Hill Business Activity -

Jara Robinson picked up a shoe that looked more like artwork than footwear at The Stiletto Bar.

“The name almost speaks for itself,” she said, describing the store she opened inside Hickory Ridge Mall two months ago. “I was just trying to bring something new and trendy to the area.”

67. Jim’s Place East Finds New Home on Perkins -

Jim’s Place East – a Memphis tradition since its founding nearly 90 years ago – is opening a location at Poplar Avenue and Perkins Road, having signed a 10-year lease for the 5,900-square-foot space that recently housed Harold’s women’s boutique.

68. Jim's Place East to Relocate to Poplar/Perkins -

Jim’s Place East – a Memphis tradition since its founding nearly 90 years ago – is opening a location at Poplar Avenue and Perkins Road, having signed a 10-year lease for the 5,900-square-foot space that recently housed Harold’s women’s boutique.

69. Frustrated Station Owners Want BP Help -

Tension is mounting between BP and the neighborhood retailers that sell its gasoline.

As more Americans shun BP gasoline as a form of protest over the Gulf oil spill, station owners are insisting BP do more to help them convince motorists that such boycotts mostly hurt independently owned businesses, not the British oil giant.

70. State Dept. Wants Combat Gear for Security in Iraq -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. State Department says its diplomatic staff won't be safe after the American military leaves Iraq unless it has its own combat-ready protection force, a warning that underscores concerns about the Iraq army and police the U.S. has spent billions of dollars training and equipping.

71. Senators Await Kagan Papers from Clinton Library -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Researchers at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library are working overtime to produce more than 160,000 pages of documents – some of them possibly holding clues to the record of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

72. Judiciary Chairman: Kagan Hearings Start in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman moved quickly Wednesday to advance U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan down a so-far smooth road to confirmation, setting hearings for June 28.

73. Ritchey, Med Foundation Get Gritty for Hospital -

When Memphians and those in the surrounding areas are faced with the trauma of a gunshot wound, life-threatening burn or car crash, chances are good that they’ll end up at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

74. HF Law Group Moves East for Clients -

The HF Law Group PLLC became the most recent business to announce its move from the central business district Downtown to the eastern part of Shelby County, when it announced last week its relocation to 3257 Sarazen’s Circle.

75. Not Much Impact From Repeat Buyer Credit -

It sounded like a great idea three months ago: Hand homeowners a $6,500 tax credit to find new places to live, giving a thrust of energy to the housing market’s recovery.

So far, people are staying put.

76. Roebuck Headquarters Foreclosed -

The irony is inescapable: The East Memphis headquarters of Roebuck Auctions has been foreclosed and will be sold on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse to the highest bidder.

Owned by company founder John Roebuck and his wife, Glenda, the nearly 8,000-square-foot building that sits on 1.15 acres at 4932 Park Ave. has been home to Roebuck’s eponymous auction house since 2005.

77. Brown Taking Over Late Sen. Kennedy's Seat -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Scott Brown said fixing the nation's ailing economy would be his top priority as he prepared Thursday to take his Senate seat a week earlier than he had planned.

78. Restaurants Embrace New Normal -

“For 2010, I’d like to see a 20 percent increase in revenue,” said Jeff Dunham, owner and chef at the popular Grove Grill in East Memphis.

79. Gov't Increases Pressure on Mortgage Industry -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Faced with sluggish progress in its foreclosure-prevention effort, the Obama administration will spend the coming weeks cracking down on mortgage companies that aren't doing enough to help borrowers at risk of losing their homes.

80. CVS Ventures Into Local, Walgreens-Dominated Market -

CVS is already bringing one pharmacy to U.S. 64 and Houston Levee Road in Cordova, and the company last week secured the land where it will build its second Memphis store.

Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS, the retail division of CVS Caremark, paid $1.4 million for the 7,344-square-foot retail store at 5055 Stage Road, on the southwest corner of Stage and Covington Pike in Raleigh. The building, which formerly housed a Hollywood Video store, sits on 1.1 acres near the Memphis-Bartlett border.

81. Braking Point: Inside MATA's identity crisis -

The bus system in Memphis has an undeserved “mythology,” according to the people who run it. However, some who ride Memphis Area Transit Authority buses everyday – and many who don’t – contend the system is far from perfect.

82. June Housing Construction Rises More Than Expected -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Construction of new U.S. homes rose in June to the highest level in seven months as builders rushed to pour foundations for homes that must be completed by the end of November for first-time buyers to take advantage of a special tax break.

83. Fred Smith Talks Green: Helps the environment and Fedex's bottom line -

Fred Smith is going green. In the case of the FedEx founder, however, it’s a different shade – something like military fatigue green.

84. Vaxent Named Finalist In World Vaccine Competition -

The selection committee of the World Vaccine Congress put Vaxent – a startup venture in Memphis with only two employees – alongside pharmaceutical giants Merck, Wyeth, Novartis and Sanofi Pasteur as a finalist for the Best Prophylactic Vaccine award.

85. Souter Retiring From High Court; Obama Mum -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The news that Justice David Souter is planning to retire set off spirited speculation about a successor Friday, but the man who will appoint the new justice was staying out of it. “No Supreme Court questions,” President Barack Obama told reporters by press time late last week.

86. More Property Reappraisals Mailed -

The Shelby County Assessor of Property is sending out new appraised values today to owners of about 80,000 parcels of land in Downtown, Midtown and East Memphis.

And like many of the owners of the roughly 196,000 properties that already have been sent their new values as part of the 2009 countywide reappraisal of property, some property owners in the city – especially in East Memphis – can expect to see increases in value.

87. Assessor Sends Out Next Batch Of Reappraisal Notices -

The Shelby County Assessor of Property is releasing a second batch of 2009 residential property reappraisals today. And the preliminary figures show double-digit increases in taxable value for each municipality outside of Memphis included in the mailout.

88. ServiceMaster Cuts 155 Memphis Jobs -

As an outgrowth of the announcement in December that Memphis-based ServiceMaster Co. would be outsourcing some of its information technology services to IBM, 155 ServiceMaster employees will be let go in the coming weeks.

89. U.S., Local Home Sales Down -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nationwide sales of existing homes fell more than expected last month, as economic fears made buyers leery even though prices plunged to the lowest level in more than four years. The decline is expected to get worse because October's results reflect sales contracts signed before Wall Street's nosedive.

90. Miss. Gaming Revenue Down 8 Percent -

The conventional wisdom once held that the casino business is as recession-proof as selling bottled water in the desert.

But as with so many other truths once thought to be well established – such as the idea that housing prices always increase over the long term – that notion is being re-evaluated in the wake of the national credit crisis.

91. Consumers Chosen To Test Hydrogen Cars -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tom Albert drove his loaner Chevrolet Equinox like any other car.

He took it to work during the week, picked up groceries, and loaded up the back with bags of soil at the garden store. When his infant son was fussy, Albert drove the newborn around the block to calm him down.

92. Housing Bottom Delayed by Supply, Pessimism -

NEW YORK (AP) - More than 800,000 vacant homes for sale stand between the housing recession and the bottom. And that glut is driving down home prices, slowing sales and turning consumer psychology against the market.

93. Trolley Lambasted During Main Street Mall Meeting -

The idea of allowing car traffic on the Main Street Mall Downtown was panned at the first public hearing held by the Center City Commission this week.

But most in the crowd of 50 who attended were far more emotional as they trashed the operation of the Memphis Area Transit Authority’s Main Street Trolley that runs along the mall.

94. Tom Lee Remembered for Heroic Act, Impact on City’s Future -

For a few minutes last week, one of the more complex political discussions in Memphis was put on hold by a simple story from 1925.

The Memphis City Council chambers was filled to near capacity with teachers and parents gathered by Memphis City Schools leaders to protest the council’s decision to cut funding to the system.

95. Vacant Homes Set New Record High in Q1 -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The percentage of vacant homes for sale in the U.S. set a new record high in the first quarter of this year, the government said Monday.

The Census Bureau report shows that 2.9 percent of U.S. homes - excluding rental properties - were vacant and up for sale, compared with 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007. It was the highest quarterly number in records going back to 1956.

96. Stegall Uses Creative Side In Building Solo Practice -

Patrick Stegall learned an important lesson about himself soon after he graduated from law school at the University of Memphis in 2005: The only person he could depend on was himself.

With that in mind, he struck out on his own to begin a solo practice. The process is still difficult for Stegall since he started his practice more than a year ago, he said, but he wouldn't have it any other way.

97. Big Foot Lodge Getting Bigger With Coming Lounge Addition -

It was two years ago that Big Foot was spotted in Memphis for the first time.

Let it not be confused, though, with the legendary creature known as "Bigfoot" that dates back centuries. This Big Foot is stationary and easy to spot.

98. Résumé Shows Fred Thompson Has Washington Insider's Connections -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Fred Thompson, who likes to cast himself in the role of Washington outsider, has a long history as a political insider who earned more than $1 million lobbying the federal government.

99. Eighth Jubilee School to Get New Building in '08 -

3575 Emerald St.
Memphis, TN 38115
Permit Cost: $2 million

Project Cost: $3.2 million (phase one)

100. New Online Tool Seeks To Make Property Assessments Quicker, More Accessible -

Since being sworn in as Shelby County Assessor of Property almost 10 years ago, it's become clear how Rita Clark feels about paperwork.

Paper records are becoming increasingly scarce around her Shelby Farms office, with tweaks constantly being made and features added to the assessor's official Web site, http://www.assessor.shelby.tn.us, in an effort to make paper record-keeping even more obsolete.