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1. Order Exempting Farmers From Dicamba Ban Challenged -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Efforts to exempt some farmers from Arkansas' ban of an herbicide blamed for widespread damage were challenged in state court Friday, days before the prohibition was set to take effect.

2. Did Cambridge Analytica Get Your Data? You'll Know Soon -

NEW YORK (AP) – Anyone who's been wondering if their private Facebook data might have been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal will soon get their first clues.

Starting Monday, all 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice on their feeds, titled "Protecting Your Information," with a link to see what apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps. If they want, they can shut off apps individually or turn off third-party access to their apps completely.

3. Gamblers Lose Less at Mississippi Casinos in February -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Casino revenue fell again in Mississippi in February, although it not as much as in January, as improvements along the Gulf Coast were outweighed by further declines at Mississippi River casinos.

4. Chamber’s Chairman Circle Leader Shea Flinn Resigns -

Greater Memphis Chamber senior vice president of the Chairman’s Circle, Shea Flinn, has announced he will be leaving his post, effective May 4.

“This will be my three-year anniversary here, and I have other opportunities,” Flinn told The Daily News. “I think it will be a beneficial change for the Chairman’s Circle to gin it up for a while and get some new eyes on stuff.”

5. Mueller Examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump Campaign Ties -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections.

6. Chamber’s Chairman Circle Leader Shea Flinn Resigns -

Greater Memphis Chamber senior vice president of the Chairman’s Circle, Shea Flinn, has announced he will be leaving his post, effective May 4.

“This will be my three-year anniversary here, and I have other opportunities,” Flinn told The Daily News. “I think it will be a beneficial change for the Chairman’s Circle to gin it up for a while and get some new eyes on stuff.”

7. EDGE Chairman Responds to Chamber Criticism -

A March 1 meeting of City Council and County Commission members who questioned the respective roles of the Greater Memphis Chamber and EDGE in recruiting new jobs to Memphis has prompted another response.

8. Kambs Tasked With Growing Commercial Arm of Terminix -

ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. announced Tuesday, Feb. 27, that it will be purchasing one of the country’s largest commercial pest control operations and combining it with its Terminix brand.

9. Arkansas Casino Measure Would Expand Gambling at Tracks -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas has been revised to allow expanded gambling at a greyhound track and horse track that already offer video poker and other electronic games.

10. The Latest: Judge Tosses Challenge to Arkansas' Dicamba Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Monsanto's effort to overturn Arkansas' ban on its dicamba weed-killer (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

An Arkansas judge has dismissed a company's challenge of the state's ban on a controversial weed killer, citing a state Supreme Court ruling that has made it more difficult to sue the state.

11. Insulin Quality Questions Have Diabetes Experts Scrambling -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Preliminary research suggesting that some diabetes patients may be injecting medicine that has partially disintegrated is causing concern even as serious questions are raised about the research itself.

12. Lawsuits Over Herbicide Dicamba to Be Heard in St. Louis -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A special panel of judges says 11 lawsuits filed in four states against the makers of the herbicide dicamba will be centralized in federal court in St. Louis.

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation made the determination Thursday regarding farmers' lawsuits filed in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. The lawsuits argue that the makers of dicamba are responsible for damage caused by the herbicide to their crops, especially soybeans.

13. Chamber to Host Free MWBE Certification Fair on Jan. 23 -

In an effort to generate more certified minority and women-owned businesses in Shelby County, the Greater Memphis Chamber will host its first joint certification fair with the county on Jan. 23.

At the event, which will be held at the 6200 Poplar Ave. Regions Bank branch from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., minority and women business owners will be able to take advantage of a free and streamlined certification process.

14. IV Bag Shortage Has Hospitals Scrambling to Treat Flu -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – An ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients has hospital workers scrambling in the midst of a nasty flu season and supplies from factories in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico have been slow to rebound.

15. Lawsuit Over Arkansas Dicamba Ban Moot, State Says in Filing -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Attorneys for the state of Arkansas say a lawsuit challenging a ban on the herbicide dicamba is now moot because the ban is no longer in place.

Monsanto has asked for preliminary and permanent injunctions as part of a lawsuit against the state Plant Board, which voted in November to prohibit the in-crop use of dicamba from April 16 through Oct. 31 next year.

16. Arkansas Lawmakers Ask Panel to Reconsider Dicamba Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday recommended a regulatory panel look at revising its proposed ban of an herbicide farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, nearly a month after a maker of the weed killer asked a judge to halt the prohibition.

17. Tenn. Agriculture Department Proposes New Dicamba Rules -

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is proposing new rules for the use of herbicides containing dicamba in the production of cotton and soybeans.

TDA is seeking approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 24(c) “special local needs” label to further restrict the use of new-formulation products in Tennessee, including BASF’s Engenia, Monsanto’s XtendiMax and DuPont’s FeXapan.

18. Richard Smith Talks PILOT Reform at Chamber Luncheon -

Richard Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Trade Networks and the incoming chairman of the board for the Greater Memphis Chamber, is calling on industry leaders to reimagine Shelby County's tax incentive programs.

19. Last Word: Bredesen Runs, Germantown Moratorium, Monsanto Fights Dicamba Ban -

The big reveal at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual luncheon Wednesday, at least for me – Dale Watson lives in Memphis now. The Americana musician, producer and author was among the performers at the Peabody and he had a bit of trouble getting the group of 700 business and political leaders to sing along with the refrain of one of his most popular tunes – “I Lie When I Drink and I Drink A Lot" -- with at least a dozen video cameras panning the room. But he continued on without audience participation. Other entertainment highlights featured Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland as the voice of Amazon’s Alexa.

20. Chamber Announces 2018 '10 to Watch' -

Every year, the Greater Memphis Chamber honors 10 of its member companies and organizations they believe are on track for a great upcoming calendar year.

This year’s companies to watch are A+ Parking, AllWorld Project Management, Christ Community Health Services, H Saga International/Port Alliance, Morris Marketing Group, Nickey Warehouses, Nucor Steel, The Memphis Redbirds, The Seam and Tri-State Bank.

21. Chamber Announces 2018 ‘10 to Watch’ -

Every year, the Greater Memphis Chamber honors 10 of its member companies and organizations they believe are on track for a great upcoming calendar year.

This year’s companies to watch are A+ Parking, AllWorld Project Management, Christ Community Health Services, H Saga International/Port Alliance, Morris Marketing Group, Nickey Warehouses, Nucor Steel, The Memphis Redbirds, The Seam and Tri-State Bank.

22. Tesla Wants to Electrify Big Trucks, Adding to Its Ambitions -

DETROIT (AP) – After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs – and, more recently, solar panels – Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.

23. Chamber Chairman’s Circle Expands Leadership -

As the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle continues to grow, its founding members have decided to restructure its leadership.

Original co-chairs Gary Shorb, Richard Smith, Calvin Anderson, Carolyn Hardy, Spence Wilson Jr., Duncan Williams, Leigh Shockey and Jason Hood voted to install a new leadership structure that will include addition of a chairman, vice chairman and new co-chairs.

24. FedEx Exec Richard Smith Named Chairman of Memphis Chamber -

Richard W. Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Trade Networks and son of FedEx founder Fred Smith, is the new chairman of the board of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

25. Smith New Chairman of Greater Memphis Chamber -

Richard W. Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Trade Networks and son of FedEx founder Fred Smith, is the new chairman of the board of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

26. Chamber Chairman’s Circle Expands Leadership -

As the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle continues to grow, its founding members have decided to restructure its leadership.

Original co-chairs Gary Shorb, Richard Smith, Calvin Anderson, Carolyn Hardy, Spence Wilson Jr., Duncan Williams, Leigh Shockey and Jason Hood voted to install a new leadership structure that will include addition of a chairman, vice chairman and new co-chairs.

27. Univ. of Memphis’ Lambuth Campus Thriving, With More Growth Expected -

The university, and the history, might have been lost. Six years ago, with the after-effects of a slowed economy still making an impact, Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, was forced to shut down.

28. EPA, Herbicide Makers Agree on Dicamba Rules -

The Trump administration has reached a deal with three major agribusiness companies for new voluntary labeling requirements for a controversial herbicide blamed for damaging crops.

The Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont regarding the application of dicamba, which is used to control weeds in fields of genetically modified cotton and soybeans. Farmers who don’t buy the resistant seeds sold by the herbicide makers have complained that dicamba sprayed on neighboring properties drifts over and harms their crops, resulting in temporary bans issued last summer by state officials in Arkansas and Missouri.

29. EPA, Herbicide Makers Agree To New Dicamba Usage Rules -

The Trump administration has reached a deal with three major agribusiness companies for new voluntary labeling requirements for a controversial herbicide blamed for damaging crops.

The Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont regarding the application of dicamba, which is used to control weeds in fields of genetically modified cotton and soybeans. Farmers who don’t buy the resistant seeds sold by the herbicide makers have complained that dicamba sprayed on neighboring properties drifts over and harms their crops, resulting in temporary bans issued last summer by state officials in Arkansas and Missouri.

30. US Chamber of Commerce Sounds Alarm About a NAFTA Pullout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – America's biggest business group is warning the Trump administration that a withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement would be a "political and economic debacle" that would cost hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

31. Chamber Mobilizes For Removal of Forrest Statue -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is mobilizing support for Mayor Jim Strickland’s request for a state waiver to allow the city to remove the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest in Health Sciences Park.

32. Last Word: The Chamber on Forrest, Different Amazon News & More 2018 Dominoes -

The Greater Memphis Chamber rolls out its part of the push by the city administration to get a state waiver for the removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue. Next week is the meeting of the Tennessee Historical Commission with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland showing up to make his pitch. That is even though the chairman of the body has told him the commission will not take up a waiver at the meeting.

33. Chamber Mobilizes For Removal of Forrest Statue -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is mobilizing support for Mayor Jim Strickland’s request for a state waiver to allow the city to remove the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest in Health Sciences Park.

34. Chamber Weighs In On Confederate Monuments Effort -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is mobilizing support for Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s request for a state waiver to allow the city to remove the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest in Health Sciences Park.

35. Chamber Seeks Candidates For Ascend Program -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has opened the applications process for its Ascend Memphis Business Development Program’s second class, which will launch in 2018.

The Ascend Program, which launched last December, pairs members of the chamber’s Chairman’s Circle (leaders) with small, local, minority or woman-owned businesses (members) for the purpose of growing their business. The pairs meet monthly for a year working toward taking the member businesses to the next level.

36. Chamber Taking Applications for Ascend Memphis Program -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has opened the applications process for its Ascend Memphis Business Development Program’s second class, which will launch in 2018.

The Ascend Program, which launched last December, pairs members of the chamber’s Chairman’s Circle with small, local, minority or woman-owned businesses (members) for the purpose of growing their business. The pairs meet monthly for a year working toward taking the member businesses to the next level.

37. Chamber Launches New Website With Contest -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has launched a new website designed to provide a more user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout.

MemphsChamber.com, sponsored by First Tennessee, offers users from all over the world a first look at Memphis with a focus on business and talent.

38. Memphis Chamber Launches New Website with Contest -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has launched a new website designed to provide a more user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout.

MemphsChamber.com, sponsored by First Tennessee, offers users from all over the world a first look at Memphis with a focus on business and talent.

39. Football Tigers Scrimmage Aug. 12 at Lambuth Campus -

For the second consecutive season under coach Mike Norvell, the University of Memphis football team has packed up and moved to the University of Memphis-Lambuth Campus for a three-day getaway up Interstate 40 in Jackson, Tennessee.

40. Facebook Steps Up Video Ambitions With Watch -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is launching a new section dedicated to live and recorded video.

It's a potential threat to Twitter, YouTube, Netflix and other services for watching video.

41. Football Tigers to Scrimmage At Lambuth in Jackson Aug. 12 -

For the second consecutive season under coach Mike Norvell, the University of Memphis football team has packed up and moved to the University of Memphis-Lambuth Campus for a three-day getaway up Interstate 40 in Jackson, Tennessee.

42. Arkansas Task Force To Study Dicamba Weed Killer -

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has directed Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward and Plant Board director Terry Walker to convene and co-chair a task force to review the dicamba technology, investigate current problems with its use and application, and make long-term recommendations for the future.

43. Milford Joins Chamber As Programming, Events Director -

Ericka Milford recently joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as director of events and programming, a job in which she’s responsible for planning and executing chamber events and programs and for increasing engagement opportunities for members and the community. Milford’s new role marks her return to the chamber, where she served as events coordinator from 2007 to 2012 before taking a job with HigherVisibility.

44. Memphis Botanic Garden Adds Tamboli Sculpture -

Memphis Botanic Garden has added a bronze sculpture by Memphis sculptor Roy Tamboli to its growing collection. “Destino III” is on display in the Conifer Garden via a long-term loan agreement with Tamboli, who created the piece in 2007.

45. Chamber Names 2017 Young Memphian Winners -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced its official 2017 Young Memphians list, which will be featured in the summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine.

Nominations for the Young Memphians award were submitted via the chamber’s website, social media outlets and email. All nominees must be under 40 and a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

46. Chamber Names 2017 Young Memphian Winners -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced its official 2017 Young Memphians list, which will be featured in the summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine.

Nominations for the Young Memphians award were submitted via the chamber’s website, social media outlets and email. All nominees must be under 40 and a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

47. Memphis Botanic Garden Adds Tamboli Sculpture -

Memphis Botanic Garden has added a bronze sculpture by Memphis sculptor Roy Tamboli to its growing collection. “Destino III” is on display in the Conifer Garden via a long-term loan agreement with Tamboli, who created the piece in 2007.

48. Cai to Lead Memphis Chamber’s International Business Efforts -

Jinliang (Jin) Cai has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as vice president of international business development. In that role, Cai will be directing efforts both to grow foreign direct investment in Memphis and Shelby County and to increase the volume of local exports to foreign markets. 

49. Port Alliance Sponsoring Chamber Council, Series -

Port Alliance/H.Saga International, a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber, has become the title sponsor of the chamber’s Small Business Council and title sponsor for a new chamber leadership series called Listen, Learn & Lead.

50. Port Alliance Sponsoring Chamber Council, New Series -

Port Alliance/H.Saga International, a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber, has become the title sponsor of the chamber’s Small Business Council and title sponsor for a new chamber leadership series called Listen, Learn & Lead.

51. Memphis Chamber Sets Goal for Local, Minority Contracts -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has set a goal of 600 new business-to-business contracts for minority- and women-owned enterprises and locally-owned firms by the end of the year.

The goal, split 50-50 between the two kinds of contracting and hiring by private businesses, was announced Thursday, April 20, at the chamber’s quarterly Small Business Council breakfast in East Memphis.

52. MIM Exchange Students Visit Colombia as Memphis Ambassadors -

The Memphis in May International Festival has been a local fixture since the 1970s, and everyone knows about the music and barbecue festivals, but a significant and little known student exchange program that happens each year with the honored country might just be the iconic festival’s biggest long-term contribution.

53. Chamber’s MWBE Loan Program Helps Companies Secure ISO Certification -

A cohort of minority-owned businesses have used a new Greater Memphis Chamber loan program to complete ISO 9001 certification, which opens them up to new federal contracting opportunities where the certification is required.

54. New Technology Partner At Greater Memphis Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has selected Memphis-based ProTech Systems Group Inc. as the its new technology partner managing the chamber’s IT infrastructure, workstations and users.

55. New Technology Partner for Greater Memphis Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has selected Memphis-based ProTech Systems Group Inc. as the its new technology partner managing the chamber’s IT infrastructure, workstations and users.

56. Memphis Open Hall of Fame To Induct Phil Chamberlain -

Local tennis legend Phil Chamberlain will be inducted into the Memphis Open Hall of Fame as part of the Memphis Open tennis tournament.

Chamberlain will be honored during a ceremony to be conducted between the first and second matches of the evening session on Thursday, Feb. 16.

57. Itawamba Community College President Mike Eaton to Retire -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Itawamba Community College president Mike Eaton plans to retire in June after 43 years of service to the college.

58. Memphis Open Hall of Fame To Induct Chamberlain -

Local tennis legend Phil Chamberlain will be inducted into the Memphis Open Hall of Fame as part of the Memphis Open tennis tournament.

Chamberlain will be honored during a ceremony to be conducted between the first and second matches of the evening session on Thursday, Feb. 16.

59. Ernest Strickland Takes On Workforce Role at Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has promoted Ernest Strickland to senior vice president of workforce development, a newly created role. Strickland, who has worked at the chamber since 2006, previously served as vice president of international and business partnerships.
In his new position, he is responsible for creating and implementing the chamber’s workforce development strategy. His department serves as a liaison, working directly with existing and prospective businesses to ensure they are able to attract and retain a qualified workforce today and in the future.

60. Ernest Strickland Promoted At Memphis Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced that Ernest Strickland has been promoted to senior vice president of workforce development.

Strickland, who has worked at the chamber since 2006, previously held the position of vice president of international and business partnerships.

61. U of M Adds Master Of Social Work At Lambuth -

The Department of Social Work at the University of Memphis will add the Master of Social Work (MSW) program to the U of M Lambuth campus beginning next fall. The new program will both address the need for the curriculum at the Jackson, Tennessee, campus and to better meet the demand for graduate-level social workers in the region.

62. Ernest Strickland Promoted At Memphis Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced that Ernest Strickland has been promoted to senior vice president of workforce development.

Strickland, who has worked at the chamber since 2006, previously held the position of vice president of international and business partnerships.

63. U of M Lambuth to Offer Master of Social Work -

The University of Memphis Lambuth will begin offering a Master of Social Work program this fall 2017, the university announced Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Online classes as well as evening classes at the Jackson, Tennessee, campus are designed to accommodate working students. The social work program addresses a shortage of social workers in the region as noted by the federal Health Resources and Service Administration.

64. Greater Memphis Chamber Plans Day on Capitol Hill -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s day on Capitol Hill in Nashville next month will include the normal scheduled meetings with legislators. But it is also being billed as bringing “Memphis soul to Nashville.”

65. Greater Memphis Chamber Plans Day on Capitol Hill -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s day on Capitol Hill in Nashville next month will include the normal scheduled meetings with legislators. But it is also being billed as bringing “Memphis soul to Nashville.”

66. U of M Lambuth to Offer Master of Social Work Degree -

The University of Memphis Lambuth will begin offering a Master of Social Work program this fall, the university announced Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Online classes as well as evening classes at the Jackson, Tennessee, campus are designed to accommodate working students. The social work program addresses a shortage of social workers in the region as noted by the federal Health Resources and Service Administration.

67. County Commission OKs Ambulance Agreements -

Shelby County Commissioners at their Monday, Dec. 19, meeting approved on third and final reading the interlocal agreements that provide ambulance service through the Shelby County Fire Department to the cities of Millington, Arlington and Lakeland.

68. County Commission OKs Ambulance Agreements -

Shelby County Commissioners at their Monday, Dec. 19, meeting approved on third and final reading the interlocal agreements that provide ambulance service through the Shelby County Fire Department to the cities of Millington, Arlington and Lakeland.

69. Memphis Chamber Announces Program to Assist Minority-, Women-Owned Businesses -

At a press conference fittingly held at the National Civil Rights Museum, The Greater Memphis Chamber announced their newest pilot program Thursday, Dec. 15: the Ascend Memphis Business Development Pilot Program.

70. Pot Ordinance, County Ambulance Service Top County Commission Agenda -

There are seven no votes on the Shelby County Commission against an ordinance allowing Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies to write a civil summons with a $50 fine for possession of a half ounce or less of marijuana.

71. Memphis Chamber Announces ‘10 to Watch’ -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its annual “10 to Watch” list, which recognizes member companies and organizations whose focus and passion have brought success in the past year and positioned them for future growth.

72. Memphis Chamber Announces ‘10 to Watch’ -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its annual “10 to Watch” list, which recognizes member companies and organizations whose focus and passion have brought success in the past year and positioned them for future growth.

73. Ambitious Airbnb Adds Local Tours and Activities -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Not content to just rent out rooms and homes, Airbnb is adding local tours and activities to its travel services in a number of cities.

Analysts say the online rental company wants to expand its business by tapping into the desire of leisure travelers for distinctive "experiences" that make them feel more connected with the places they visit.

74. Facebook Pushes Ahead With Video Ambitions -

NEW YORK (AP) – Whether it's a video clip of your friend's dog or a live stream of the presidential debates, you are likely watching more videos on Facebook than ever. And that means you're also more likely to see video ads.

75. Teen Ambassador Program Seeking Students to Promote the Arts -

Ballet on Wheels, a traveling dance program that has taken dance training into Shelby County Schools and other community organizations, has always had a mission to serve young people of diverse backgrounds, but now the organization is expanding beyond just dance training and mentoring local students who want to become leaders for the next generation in its new Teen Ambassador Program.

76. Shelby County Commission Approves Ambulance Service Starting Jan. 1 -

In a two-month period, Shelby County government has decided to add ambulances to the services provided by the Shelby County Fire Department after years of regular debates about the wisdom of contracting with private companies for the service.

77. Commission Approves County Ambulance Service Starting Jan. 1 -

Shelby County government is in the ambulance business with a set of three resolutions totaling $7.5 million approved Monday, Oct. 17, by the Shelby County Commission.

The Shelby County Fire Department is to start providing ambulance service Jan. 1. That includes taking delivery of 12 ambulances and hiring 60 people cross-trained as paramedics and emergency medical technicians as well as firefighters.

78. Memphis Chamber’s Maynor Elected as TEDC Officer -

Susan Hadley Maynor, managing director of economic development for the Greater Memphis Chamber, was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Tennessee Economic Development Council for the 2016-2017 year.

79. Last Word: Big 12 Meets, Calling an Ambulance and Home Sales in Central Gardens -

In Texas Monday, 10 university presidents whose institutions make up the Big 12 athletic conference will meet and most likely put an end to any thought that the University of Memphis will join their group. And there is a lot of speculation that Big 12 expansion is most likely not going to happen for anyone.

80. Bradley Jackson to Lead TN Chamber of Commerce -

Tennessee’s most prominent statewide business advocacy and trade association has named Bradley Jackson, a well-known business insider on Capitol Hill, as the new president and CEO of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

81. County Commission Votes on Bringing Ambulance Service In-House -

Shelby County government could be in the ambulance business with a set of three votes Monday, Oct. 17, at the county commission meeting.

Commissioners vote on a $5 million amendment to the county fire department budget to pay for providing a base crew of 60 firefighters cross-trained as paramedics and emergency medical technicians. And the commission votes on another $2.5 million in capital outlay notes to buy a fleet of 10 ambulances.

82. Bradley Jackson to Lead State Chamber of Commerce -

Tennessee’s most prominent statewide business advocacy and trade association has named Bradley Jackson, a well-known business insider on Capitol Hill, as the new president and CEO of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

83. Last Word: Gas Prices, Hotels and Airbnbs and Dicamba Drift -

How is your gas tank doing as the work week begins? If you are running on fumes you will probably also notice a dramatic hike in gas prices at the pump very shortly.

The Colonial Pipeline from Houston to New York closed Sept. 9 after a spill of 250,000 gallons was found in Alabama.

84. Templeton Compares Notes on Dicamba Drift Problems -

Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton joked with a Memphis group last week during a visit to the city that pigweed gets called hogweed when it becomes a real problem for farmers.

It’s an old joke with new relevance as many area farmers have been battling pigweed in particular recently.

85. Last Word: Redbirds Box Office, Graceland's Ambition and Alley Parties -

Last home game of the season for the Memphis Redbirds Sunday. The Redbirds lost to the Nashville Sounds 14-4.

By early Sunday evening, the Redbirds front office announced attendance at AutoZone Park was up this season by 17 percent compared to the season before.

86. Luttrell Vows Ambulance Service Solution by Year’s End -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says he should have some kind of final decision on continuing ambulance service by the end of the year in the unincorporated county and Millington, Arlington and Lakeland.

87. Memphis Chamber Reveals 2016 Young Memphians Class -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced its 2016 class of young professionals who will be featured in Memphis Crossroads Magazine.

“Every year we select young professionals from our member companies who excel in their careers and display a passion for Memphis, and every year it becomes more difficult to narrow down the field,” said Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber. “These young Memphians deserve recognition for the time and talent they have invested in our city, and we are excited to introduce you to these entrepreneurs, innovators, community servants, creatives and business professionals.”

88. Tamburrino: ‘Have a Strategy Every Year’ -

By 2008, Patrick Tamburrino had put together a respectable corporate career in information technology in Memphis. 

He’d starting out “turning a screwdriver” as a PC tech at law firm Baker Donelson, followed by an exciting six-plus years as the head of IT at Campbell Clinic, helping the large orthopedic practice move from paper charts and X-ray film to an efficient digital operation. 

89. In a Sign of Broader Ambitions, Facebook Opens Hardware Lab -

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – Facebook built its fortune on the internet, that non-physical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. But deep inside its Silicon Valley headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical goods.

90. Chamber Launches Mentor Program for Small Business -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has launched a mentorship program that puts fledgling businesses in conversation with the region’s leading professionals. As part of the Advice on Tap program, small to mid-sized businesses can be mentored by experts in sectors including finance and accounting, human resources, public relations, IT, business law, marketing and sales. The 30-minute phone consultation is free and only available to chamber members. The majority of the program’s 40 advisers have more than 25 years of experience in their professions.

91. Chamber Launches Small-Business Mentorship Program -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has launched a mentorship program that puts fledgling businesses in conversation with the region’s leading professionals. As part of the Advice on Tap program, small to mid-sized businesses can be mentored by experts in sectors including finance and accounting, human resources, public relations, IT, business law, marketing and sales. The 30-minute phone consultation is free and only available to chamber members. The majority of the program’s 40 advisers have more than 25 years of experience in their professions.

92. Scramble in the 8th District -

You might call it the calm before the storm. The Aug. 4 election, for which early voting starts July 15, is calmer than usual for the election cycle before a November presidential general election – the only election that more than half of Shelby County voters regularly show up for.

93. Chamber Names Simmons Director of Public Policy -

Haley Simmons has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as the director of public policy, a new position in the chamber’s community development department. In this role, Simmons will be focused on enhancing the chamber’s advocacy efforts to inform and engage its members on important policy issues, and he’ll also be responsible for growing the chamber’s role in education initiatives.

94. Chamber Seeks Proposals For Mentor Program -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is seeking proposals to develop, implement and administer a mentor-protege program to boost the small-business economy in Memphis and Shelby County.

The mentor-protege program is part of the greater Supplier Diversity Plan that proposes greater incentives for companies contracting with minority- and women-owned businesses and promotes infrastructure to make local firms more accessible.

95. Chamber Seeks Proposals For Mentor-Protege Program -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is seeking proposals to develop, implement and administer a mentor-protege program to boost the small-business economy in Memphis and Shelby County.

The mentor-protege program is part of the greater Supplier Diversity Plan that proposes greater incentives for companies contracting with minority- and women-owned businesses and promotes infrastructure to make local firms more accessible.

96. Memphis Zoo's New Attraction Takes High-Tech Dive Into Zambezi -

On the African continent, the Zambezi River Valley is south of the savanna. At the Memphis Zoo, it is west of the savanna-like grassland environments where elephants, zebras and giraffes can be seen.

97. Sultana Steamboat Disaster Author in Memphis -

American historical author James Alexander Thom will discuss and autograph his book “Fire in the Water” at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended, on Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.

98. March Mississippi Casino Revenue Dips as Coast Gambling Lags -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Dipping Gulf Coast casino revenue dragged down Mississippi's statewide gambling totals in March.

Figures released last week by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $188 million in March, down 5 percent from $198 million in March 2015.

99. Lawmakers Scramble to Conclude Tennessee Legislative Session -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers are scrambling to try to conclude their business for the year on Wednesday.

The House started the day with a lengthy list of bills pending, including efforts to cut the Hall tax on investment income, to overhaul sentencing for gang violence and increase penalties for texting while driving. The Senate also had a number of measures to consider, including one that would strip the University of Tennessee's Office of Diversity and Inclusion of state funding and use the money for minority scholarships. Pending bills also included a proposal that would strengthen penalties for authority figures who commit statutory rape and a tax credit for small business investors.

100. Tennessee AG: Fantasy Sports Contests Are Illegal Gambling -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's attorney general has called fantasy sports contests illegal gambling.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery wrote a formal opinion that said fantasy sports betting violates state laws against gambling because participants pay an entry fee to win a prize and a portion of that fee goes to a pot where wins are paid out.