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1. Methodist Gets Approval For Hospital Modernization -

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has approved the certificate of need filed by Methodist Healthcare for the $280 million modernization of Methodist University Hospital, the Methodist system’s flagship.

2. Methodist Gets Approval For Hospital Modernization -

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has approved the certificate of need filed by Methodist Healthcare for the $280 million modernization of Methodist University Hospital, the Methodist system’s flagship.

3. Kellogg Foundation Grant Targets Healthier Babies -

Right! From The Start will continue work in the Delta through a new $1.9 million W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. The initiative will work to increase the breastfeeding rates of extremely low birth-weight babies utilizing a multi-agency approach to ensure better outcomes and effect systemic change. The funding continues through March 2019.

4. Memphis Fashion Incubator Looking for Permanent Space -

Andrea Fenise lays a sheet of ivory fabric over her desk and cuts diagonally with precision.

“Actually, today is my off day,” she said. “This is personal. It’s my baby’s flower girl dress.”

5. Global Ministries’ Bonds Downgraded for 2nd Time -

For the second time this year, S&P Global Ratings has downgraded bonds used to support Global Ministries Foundation’s apartment projects.

On May 3, S&P Global Ratings, formerly known as Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, lowered its investment rating on 23 multifamily bonds issued on behalf of GMF. S&P removed all 23 ratings from CreditWatch, where the bonds had been placed in February, with negative implications.

6. White House Taps Memphis as a ‘Summer Impact Hub’ -

Memphis’ youth job efforts got a boost Monday, May 16, when the White House named the city one of 16 Summer Impact Hubs. The new designation is part of an interagency effort to provide $21 million in tailored support to 16 communities to upgrade and expand jobs, learning, meals and violence-reduction programs for youth this summer and year-round.

7. Alexis Pugh to Lead Memphis Animal Shelter -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has appointed Alexis Pugh, executive director of Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services, as the new director of Memphis Animal Services, effective in June.

8. Global Ministries’ Bonds Downgraded for 2nd Time -

For the second time this year, S&P Global Ratings has downgraded bonds used to support Global Ministries Foundation’s apartment projects.

On May 3, S&P Global Ratings, formerly known as Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, lowered its investment rating on 23 multifamily bonds issued on behalf of GMF. S&P removed all 23 ratings from CreditWatch, where the bonds had been placed in February, with negative implications.

9. White House Names Memphis A ‘Summer Impact Hub’ -

Memphis’ youth job efforts got a boost Monday, May 16, when the White House named the city one of 16 Summer Impact Hubs. The new designation is part of an interagency effort to provide $21 million in tailored support to 16 communities to upgrade and expand jobs, learning, meals and violence-reduction programs for youth this summer and year-round.

10. Tennessee Leads the Nation in Bankruptcies -

Tennessee has a model program for financial literacy in its public schools. All high school students must pass a personal finance course to graduate, and even kindergartners are learning about money under a new initiative to extend the curriculum to primary school.

11. FDA Announces Rules That Could Upend E-Cigarette Industry -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new regulations for electronic cigarettes that could upend the multibillion-dollar industry and for the first time require e-cigarette makers to submit their products for a safety review.

12. Fisher & Phillips Adds David Jones -

Attorney David S. Jones has joined Fisher & Phillips LLP as a partner in the firm’s Memphis office. Jones has more than 15 years’ experience in immigration and employment law, most recently serving as a partner at Jackson Lewis P.C. In his new role, he represents corporate clients in complex matters relating to both immigration benefits and enforcement, as well as export control compliance under the Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

13. FDA Effort Aims to Curb Smoking in LGBT Community -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration's latest anti-smoking campaign takes aim at young adults in the LGBT community, who officials say are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as their peers.

14. Council Members Express Impatience with Minority Contracting Complexity -

Some Memphis City Council members want to challenge City Hall’s existing minority business system as its minority business effort is being streamlined.

The possible challenge includes questioning the idea of percentage goals in contracting based on a complex formula that includes multipliers.

15. Why Businesses Should Know the SCORE -

Steven Spielberg said, "The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves." And that describes the underlying philosophy of SCORE.

16. Woman Accused of Embezzling $130K From Adoption Agency -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Memphis woman has been accused of embezzling more than $130,000 from the Christian adoption agency she worked for.

Citing a police report, news outlets report that 51-year-old Rhonda Eastham was recently arrested and charged with two counts of theft of property.

17. Loflin Yard Pays Attention to Residents -

This week, a “rural oasis” opens for business in the middle of Downtown Memphis. That’s developer Taylor Berger’s vision for Loflin Yard, an acre-wide outdoor destination with pit barbecue, live music and barrel-aged cocktails.

18. MEMFix East Targets Concrete Jungle Around i-Bank, Clark Towers -

East Memphis’ most prominent office towers, Clark Tower and the iBank Tower, are anchors in a strategy to make the Poplar Avenue-facing corner more walkable and memorable.

Late last year, In-Rel Properties purchased the iBank Tower, bringing both towers under the same ownership for the first time. The Florida-based real estate group plans to unite the 16-acre office campus with increased connections to the surrounding East Memphis restaurants and retail.

19. Audit Questions DHS Children's Food Program Spending -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An audit of the state Department of Human Services by the Comptroller has called into question management and spending in the children's food program.

Most of the spending questioned in Tuesday's audit involved an $80 million food program intended to provide meals to kids who lack access to nutritious food in Tennessee, according to media outlet reports. It called into question more than 10 percent of the program's annual operating budget.

20. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

21. Cleaning House -

Every neighborhood in Memphis and Shelby County has the right to be free from the negative effects of vacant, abandoned and blighted properties. That’s the battle cry of the Memphis Blight Elimination Charter, a 23-page pledge that will steer policy and programs dedicated to blight eradication.

22. Tennessee Comptroller Investigates 2 Food Program Agencies -

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Comptroller's Office is questioning the spending of one agency and the reimbursements claimed by another that participate in food programs to feed low-income children.

23. Rollin’ Grizzlies to Host Wheelchair Hoops Tourney -

In the midst of March Madness, The Arc Mid-South and Memphis Rollin’ Grizzlies are hosting an event to celebrate another March occasion: National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The nationally ranked Rollin’ Grizzlies will take on corporate teams in the annual “Hoops From the Heart” wheelchair-basketball tournament March 26. Companies such as Sam’s Club, Hershey’s, Johnson and Johnson Health Care Systems and BeU Clothing will be competing at the annual games, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Raymond Skinner Center, 712 Tanglewood St. Admission is $5.

24. Federal Appeals Court Deciding Municipal Broadband Expansion -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal appeals court is deciding whether to overturn a Federal Communications Commission ruling allowing city-owned broadband services to expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers.

25. Porter-Leath's Early Childhood Academy Highlights Collaboration -

The past six years have brought so many changes in kindergarten through 12th-grade education locally and statewide that it is easy to lose track of how different early childhood instruction is in its preparation of children for the next step in their journey.

26. Bipartisan Skeptics Doubt Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan -

Poor timing and questionable numbers: That’s how legislators are viewing a business justification plan for outsourcing facilities management across Tennessee.

The Office of Customer Focused Government tells state senators, if all departments opt in, the state could save $35.8 million by the second year of a contract under study for building operations and services – without laying off state workers or cutting pay and benefits.

27. Rollin’ Grizzlies to Host Wheelchair Hoops Tourney -

In the midst of March Madness, The Arc Mid-South and Memphis Rollin’ Grizzlies are hosting an event to celebrate another March occasion: National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The nationally ranked Rollin’ Grizzlies will take on corporate teams in the annual “Hoops From the Heart” wheelchair-basketball tournament March 26. Companies such as Sam’s Club, Hershey’s, Johnson and Johnson Health Care Systems and BeU Clothing will be competing at the annual games, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Raymond Skinner Center, 712 Tanglewood St. Admission is $5.

28. New Privacy Rules Expected For Internet Providers -

NEW YORK (AP) – The federal government is proposing new privacy rules that would make Internet service providers such as cable and phone companies ask your permission in some instances before using and sharing your data.

29. State Denies Baptist CON for Lakeland -

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has denied Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s application for a certificate of need to build a freestanding emergency room facility in Lakeland.

30. State Agency Denies Baptist Application for Freestanding ER in Lakeland -

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has denied Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s application for a certificate of need to build a freestanding emergency room facility in Lakeland.

31. Probe: HealthCare.Gov 'Passive' on Heading Off Fraud -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With billions in taxpayer dollars at stake, the Obama administration has taken a "passive" approach to identifying potential fraud involving the president's health care law, nonpartisan congressional investigators say in a report released Wednesday.

32. Stennis Space Center Cuts 129 Jobs as Part of Consolidation -

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) – NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County has lost 129 contractor jobs as it tries to take a more efficient approach to trying to send people to Mars.

33. Zika Virus Roundtable Planned for Monday -

Government and health care officials will gather in Memphis on Monday, Feb. 22, to discuss the Zika virus and other threats to infant health.

The roundtable discussion, which is part of U.S. Rep Steve Cohen’s “Building a Healthier Memphis” series, will feature representatives from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Regional One Health, the Shelby County Health Department and the Tennessee Department of Health discussing strategies to protect expectant mothers from the Zika virus.

34. Meeting the Demands of a Rapidly Aging Population -

When Gov. Bill Haslam gave his annual State of the State address on February 1, he proposed a $34.8 billion plan providing new spending on colleges and universities, road projects and a large deposit into Tennessee’s emergency budget reserves.

35. Murphy Joins Paragon’s Aircraft Lending -

Ronald Murphy has joined Paragon Bank as vice president, aircraft lending. Murphy – who worked at Paragon from 2005 to 2008 as senior vice president, aircraft lending – will originate and service aircraft loans for the bank by developing relationships with dealers, brokers and end users of business aircraft.

36. Plan to Spin Off Air Traffic Control Generates Turbulence -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The air traffic control system that choreographs the roughly 7,000 aircraft in U.S. skies at any given moment is the most complex, but also one of the safest, in the world — and rarely a thought in the minds of the millions of travelers who rely on it.

37. Morris Marketing Group Built on Strong Relationships -

In some respects, Valerie Morris’ career prepared her to open a PR and marketing agency, even if it didn’t always seem so obvious.

38. Sledge Joins Paragon Private Banking Team -

Julia Sledge has joined Paragon Bank as portfolio manager in private banking. Sledge has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, holding leadership positions at both Union Planters Bank and Cadence Bank. In her new role, she’ll provide service and support to Paragon’s private banking team.

39. Memphis Chamber Names ‘10 to Watch’ in 2016 -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its “10 to Watch” in 2016 list, recognizing companies and organizations that over the past year showed outstanding leadership, growth and commitment to success.

40. Memphis Chamber Names ‘10 to Watch’ in 2016 -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its “10 to Watch” in 2016 list, recognizing companies and organizations that over the past year showed outstanding leadership, growth and commitment to success.

41. Hughes Promoted at Harris Shelton -

Brett Hughes has been promoted to managing member at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC law firm. In his new role, Hughes will provide managerial support to the firm’s three offices. His primary responsibility will be to manage the firm’s administration and committees, particularly on issues that impact client service, as well as the morale, compensation, growth and development of the firm.

42. Blue Bell Says Ice Cream Safe Despite Potential Concern -

HOUSTON (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries sought to reassure customers Monday that its ice cream in safe, even as the Texas company tries to determine whether listeria has again been found at one of its plants.

43. Council OKs Strickland's Directors, He Defends Pay Raises -

Memphis City Council members approved Mayor Jim Strickland’s slate of 12 division chiefs and directors Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the first council meeting of 2016. And Strickland defended the pay raises for some of those positions compared to the salaries those appointed positions paid in the Wharton administration.

44. OSI Creative Initiative Brings Single Moms to Workforce -

OSI Creative has chosen Memphis to pioneer its Mothers and Jobs initiative, a program designed to provide employment for local single mothers.

The Irvine, Calif.-based company is a provider of global supply chain managed solutions for point of purchase displays, and like its other facilities, the Memphis plant depends on staffing agencies to fill its fluctuating needs. OSI’s leaders saw an opportunity to provide jobs to single mothers, who often need work flexibility to deal with their children’s constantly changing schedules.

45. Tennessee Warns Against Post-Storm Price Gouging -

The rain has settled, but the storm’s not over yet. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has issued a warning about potential price gouging following the severe storms and tornadoes in the days leading up to Christmas.

46. Tennessee Warns Against Storm-Related Price Gouging -

The rain has settled, but the storm’s not over yet. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has issued a warning about potential price gouging following the severe storms and tornadoes in the days leading up to Christmas.

47. Crestview Collection Makes New HQ in Oakhaven -

4300 Concorde Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $6.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 15

Buyer: CLI Inc.

Seller: Lester McMahan Partnership

Loan Amount: $6 million

48. Last Word: Recovery in North Mississippi, Opera in 2016 and Uptown North of Chelsea -

It’s been a holiday season of challenged hopes and muted emotions in our corner of the world.
The beginning of the series of storms and tornadoes they spawned killed eight people in North Mississippi where recovery is still a fact of life in this last week of 2015.
This will be a week of funerals and damage assessments for federal disaster aid throughout our region.
And you will hear more stories of escapes and new beginnings after losing everything of any material value.
But even in our spared city, our thoughts will return instinctively to the young lives taken so suddenly and so close to the family gatherings in which our youngest give so much more in the way of hope than they will realize at this tender age.

49. Federal Agency Moving to Brinkley Plaza -

A federal agency is moving to the Brinkley Plaza office building Downtown in the first quarter of 2016.

The Memphis field office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will be taking up the seventh floor in the Downtown Class B building.

50. Hospital Building Boom Hits Downtown Memphis -

From a big donation to significant campus expansions and investment, the health care news was popping at a steady clip this week.

Almost as soon as word had spread about Methodist Healthcare’s plan to invest $275 million into Methodist University Hospital, the Methodist system’s flagship, came big announcements from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

51. Methodist Plans $275 Million Investment at Methodist University Hospital -

Methodist Healthcare is preparing to invest $275 million into Methodist University Hospital, the Methodist system’s flagship, with plans that call for the addition of a 700-space parking garage and a new 440,000-square-foot building at the campus.

52. Archer Malmo Tapped For Cotton Board Campaign -

The Memphis-based Cotton Board has chosen Archer Malmo to execute a 2016 multimedia campaign.

The Cotton Board is the oversight and administrative arm of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program representing U.S. upland cotton.

53. Collison Joins Kemmons Wilson Insurance -

Eric Collison has joined Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group as insurance sales manager. In his new role, Collison’s duties will include development and mentoring of the current and new sales force, marketing campaigns and initiatives, developing and fostering carrier relationships, and identifying new profitable areas for growth within the agency.

54. A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far -

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

55. Obsidian’s Nonprofit Project Underway for Fifth Year -

Obsidian Public Relations has launched its fifth annual PR 180 Project, an annual contest that provides two nonprofits with six months – or about 180 days – of free PR services.

Last year’s recipients were Restore Corps and the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee.

56. Obsidian’s Nonprofit Project Underway for Fifth Year -

Obsidian Public Relations has launched its fifth annual PR 180 Project, an annual contest that provides two nonprofits with six months – or about 180 days – of free PR services.

Last year’s recipients were Restore Corps and the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee. Obsidian is accepting nominations from Mid-South nonprofits in need of PR services. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m.

57. SRVS Program Helps People With Disabilities and Employers Who Hire Them -

Mike Harris is production manager at American Stairways Inc. on Lamar Avenue. He has a warehouse full of employees and, just saying it like it is, some are happier to be there than others.

58. Rings and Pacifiers: Health Gadgets Get Sophisticated -

HELSINKI (AP) — After the smartphone and fitness bracelet, here comes the smart ring. And the smart pacifier, and smart rollator.

"Wellness" computers that monitor your pulse, temperature and other health indicators are becoming increasingly sophisticated and varied to cover every aspect — and age — of human life.

59. O’Brien Joins Sullivan’s Creative Team -

Chris O’Brien has joined Sullivan Branding’s creative team as group creative director. In this role, O’Brien specializes in the design, development, and implementation of creative campaigns. He’s also responsible for overseeing the agency’s creative operations and product.

60. Craig Gordon Joins Advanced Dermatology -

Dr. M. Craig Gordon has joined Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates. As a general dermatologist, Gordon manages dermatologic conditions ranging from acne, warts, eczema and psoriasis to more complex cutaneous lymphomas and autoimmune skin conditions. He also performs cutaneous surgeries and offer medical cosmetic services.

61. Children's Services Hoping to End Federal Oversight in 2017 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After nearly 15 years of federal oversight, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services expects to meet all the requirements of a 2001 settlement agreement by the end of the calendar year.

62. Allworld Project Management Grows Staff With Tech Focus -

Tiger Lane. Crosstown Concourse. The Shelby Farms “Heart of the Park” expansion. The Main to Main Multi-Modal Connector Project across the Harahan Bridge. Some of the city’s biggest development projects lead to Allworld Project Management, a 5-year-old firm that’s taking the project management industry to new, tech-focused territory.

63. Congress Votes to Renew FAA Authority for 6 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has temporarily renewed authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration while lawmakers consider whether to take responsibility for air traffic control from the government and place it under the direction of a nonprofit corporation.

64. Shelby County Commission Agrees to Budget Summit -

Shelby County commissioners will meet with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in October to hold a budget summit.

65. Memphis Scores $4 Million in Rape Kit Testing Funds -

With grants Thursday, Sept. 10, from the U.S. Justice Department and the New York County District Attorney’s office, the city of Memphis completed its funding for the effort to clear a backlog of more than 12,000 rape kits dating back to the 1970s.

66. Tennessee Hearings Show Most Oppose New Public Records Charges -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lawmakers are asking taxpayers to weigh in on a proposal to charge people to view public records, and the taxpayers' response so far is clear: No.

The meetings were organized by the state Office of Open Records Counsel at the behest of lawmakers who want to change the current law that allows custodians to charge for copies but not for simply inspecting records.

67. Memphis Scores $4 Million in Rape Kit Testing Funds -

With grants Thursday, Sept. 10, from the U.S. Justice Department and the New York County District Attorney’s office, the city of Memphis completed its funding for the effort to clear a backlog of more than 12,000 rape kits dating back to the 1970s.

68. Toyota to Invest $50M in Car-Tech Research at Stanford, MIT -

EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers.

69. Preparation Enhances Chances for Small-Business Success -

The term “small business” is the ultimate misnomer.

In 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, there were 5.68 million employer firms in the United States. And firms with fewer than 500 workers accounted for 99.7 percent of those businesses. Businesses with fewer than 20 workers made up 89.8 percent.

70. Should Citizens Have to Pay to Look at Public Records? -

Lots is happening in the area of open government lately. In recent columns I’ve talked about legislation that would control access to police videos and about a proposed Supreme Court rule that would limit reporters’ use of electronic devices in courtrooms.

71. Tardy Tax Filers Risk Loss of Health Care Subsidies -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law doesn't start for another couple of months, but the next few days are crucial for hundreds of thousands of customers at risk of losing financial aid when they renew coverage for 2016.

72. IRS: Computer Breach Bigger Than First Thought; 334K Victims -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A computer breach at the IRS in which thieves stole tax information from thousands of taxpayers is much bigger than the agency originally disclosed.

An additional 220,000 potential victims had information stolen from an IRS website as part of a sophisticated scheme to use stolen identities to claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Monday. The revelation more than doubles the total number of potential victims, to 334,000.

73. You Still Use a Landline? FCC Voting on New Phone Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The copper network behind landline phones, a communications mainstay for more than a century, is going away, as cable and fiber-optics lines come along with faster Internet speeds.

74. Watchdog: Budget Cuts Lead to Poor Taxpayer Service at IRS -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS provided poor customer service during this year's tax filing season as taxpayers struggled with a rise in identity theft and complications related to President Barack Obama's health law, a government watchdog said Wednesday.

75. Under Fire for Data Breach, Obama Personnel Chief Steps Down -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The embattled head of the government's personnel office abruptly stepped down Friday, bowing to mounting pressure following the unprecedented breach of private information her agency was entrusted to protect.

76. Want to Get Into Knoxville-Area Showbiz? Here’s How -

“Chasing the fun” keeps Jaime Hemsley, founder and owner of Gage Models and Talent Agency, in high gear to find her clients opportunities in the entertainment business.

“There’s lots of different ways to get involved in the industry,” she says, adding that her clients work both locally and nationally. Her agency recently booked a client with a TV reality dating show. Gage is headquartered in Knoxville but has clients throughout the southeast and works with agencies in New York and Los Angeles.

77. Boner, Fate and the Summer of Shame -

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

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

78. Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU -

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

79. Haslam Appoints Bonnie Hommrich as Children’s Services Commissioner -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Bonne Hommrich as commissioner of the state Department of Children's Services.

Hommrich has served for more than a decade as a deputy commissioner for child programs at the agency. According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1HfFoJf), Haslam said in a statement that the 68-year-old Hommrich "has dedicated her entire career to helping children and families."

80. Certificate of Need Process Back in Spotlight -

The state-level approval process Methodist South Hospital recently cleared that allows it to pursue an $8.7 million emergency department expansion has been in legislative crosshairs in Nashville recently.

81. MPLOYment Opportunities -

John Hickman has been consumed lately by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s upcoming centennial celebration. Parties need to be planned. Showings and displays must be coordinated. Marketing must be launched. And the facility must look great.

82. FCC to Phone Companies: You Can Stop Unwanted Robocalls -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tired of automated phone calls urging you to vote for a certain candidate or pitching you a cruise vacation? You can now tell your phone company that federal regulators say it's OK to block them.

83. Tennessee State Employees Slighted by 'Voluntary' Buyout -

More and more, Tennessee’s state employees are feeling the same harsh realities of those working – or formerly working – in corporate America.

On the heels of 1,500 buyouts under the Bredesen administration in 2008 and 850 layoffs in 2010, Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration is offering voluntary buyouts to more than 2,000 employees in the executive branch.

84. Awards Spotlight Knoxville's Top Achievers -

The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.

A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.

85. State Employment Policies Not Great for Recruiting -

If job security is your goal, working for the state might not be such a good idea.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration offered a voluntary buyout recently to more than 2,000 state employees, a proposal workers had known about since February.

86. Love of Learning -

Porter-Leath’s recent donation of a few thousand books to its preschool students serves as one of the latest examples of how the nonprofit is exposing infants and toddlers to the written word in a larger push to prepare children for long-term learning success.

87. Salomon Joins Harkavy Shainberg -

Jason D. Salomon, one of the 25 lawyers in Tennessee certified as an estate planning specialist, has joined Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan & Dunstan PLC as a member of the firm.
Salomon focuses his practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, trust implementation and probate administration. He also addresses issues regarding disability planning, elder law, nonprofits and small-business succession.

88. Absolute Recovery Services Enjoys Solid Growth in Short Time -

Jason Burnett has worked his way through several different collections firms specializing in everything from retail to bank to medical debt.

89. Memphis Health Center Awarded $3.7 Million -

The federal agency has awarded a $3.7 million grant to the Memphis Health Center, which provides affordable health care services to Shelby County residents.

The grant comes from Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

90. FTC: Family Raised $187 Million for Cancer, Spent It on Themselves -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.

91. Memphis Health Center Awarded $3.7 Million -

A federal agency has awarded a $3.7 million grant to the Memphis Health Center, which provides affordable health care services to Shelby County residents.

The grant comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

92. Consumer Agency Opens Review of Student Loan Services -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened a public inquiry Thursday into student loan servicing practices that it says can make paying back loans "stressful or harmful."

93. ServiceMaster Ups First-Quarter Earnings -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. posted first-quarter earnings of $28 million, the company reported Tuesday, April 28.

94. Obama Uses Hospital Funds to Push Medicaid Expansion -

MIAMI (AP) — The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul.

95. Congress OKs Bill Reshaping Medicare Doctors' Fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservatives hated that it's expected to swell federal deficits over the coming decade. Liberals complained that it shortchanged health programs for children and women.

96. Pinnacle Awards Honor Commercial Real Estate Standouts -

The local commercial real estate community gathered at the Memphis Botanic Garden Thursday, April 9, for the 14th annual Pinnacle Awards. Every year, the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council honors its members based on their transactional volume, merit and community activity.

97. AT&T Paying $25 Million to Settle US Action Over Data Breaches -

WASHINGTON (AP) – AT&T is paying $25 million in a settlement with federal regulators over data breaches at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines that compromised customer data for some 280,000 U.S. customer accounts.

98. Scarboro Takes Reins at Regional Fed -

Douglas Scarboro has been named regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In that role, Scarboro is responsible for working with business leaders and local communities in western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas to inform the setting of monetary policies.

99. Five of the Nation’s Finest -

Each year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognizes the contribution of small business to the national economy with the Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards. Five from Knoxville’s business community – The Tomato Head, Management Solutions LLC, Design Innovation Architects Inc., Visionary Solutions LLC and AMS Corp. – have been chosen for inclusion in the annual program.

100. 2,000 Job Seekers Expected At Multicultural Career Expo -

The second annual Multicultural Career Expo promises to bring together the communities and businesses of the Mid-South, with organizers expecting 2,000 jobseekers to visit with 50 companies across the health care, financial services, travel, logistics, higher education and nonprofit sectors.