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1. Fincher Exits Republican Senate Primary, Urges Corker to Get In -

Former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher is out of the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate and is urging Senator Bob Corker to get into the race whose only major contender is U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

2. Gibson Says Small Guitar Maker Copied Trademarked Designs -

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Gibson guitar company has demanded that a small Maine company stop selling two of its models, claiming that they infringe on trademarked designs.

Dallas Seger, owner of Bangor-based Seger Guitars, says he received a cease-and-desist letter late last year from Gibson Brands Inc.

3. Judge Orders Ex-Pilot Flying J President on House Arrest -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge says the ex-president of the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain must wear an electronic monitoring device and be placed on house arrest while he awaits sentencing on his conspiracy and fraud conviction.

4. First Horizon National Corp. Announces Employee Raises -

A little more than a month after the parent company of First Tennessee Bank distributed one-time $1,000 bonuses to employees, the company is rolling out another employee perk.

5. UTHSC Adopts Mental Health Model for Students -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is increasing its attention to the mental health and well-being of its students, with a focus on preventive care and intervention.

The initiative, adopted after consultation and recommendations from national student mental health organizations, involves adding counseling personnel; improving student access to mental health services; and moving student mental health services out of the traditional health clinic setting and into the Office of Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion, or SASSI.

6. Alexander, Corker Honor 1968 Sanitation Strikers -

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee introduced a Senate resolution Tuesday, Feb. 13, honoring the 1,300 Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968.

The resolution is co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama and Ben Cardin of Maryland.

7. Germantown Getting Jazzercise Center -

Two local franchise owners are looking to bring West Tennessee its first official Jazzercise center.

Donna Cross and Regina Roberson have signed a lease to occupy 1,200 square feet at 7869 Farmington Blvd. in Loeb Properties’ Farmington Centre.

8. Memorial Fund Created For Coach Tommy Buford -

The Tiger Scholarship Fund has created a memorial account in honor former University of Memphis men’s tennis coach Tommy Buford, who died Jan. 14 at age 83 at his home in Boise, Idaho.

The account was created at the request of former Tiger tennis players and friends of Buford.

9. Comptroller: City Obeyed Most Rules in Sale of Parks -

The state Comptroller’s Office has determined the city of Memphis’ Dec. 20, 2017, sale of Health Sciences Park and the easement to Memphis Park to Memphis Greenspace Inc. appropriately followed related laws with the exception of requiring Memphis Greenspace to submit an application so it could gauge the nonprofit’s financial stability.

10. Bill Banning Sterilization In Sentencing Moves On -

A proposal by State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and State Rep. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) to prohibit Tennessee judges from offering defendants reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

11. Around Memphis: Feb. 19, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out...

12. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road, suite 103. David Althizer of SOS Systems Inc. will present “Keeping Your Computer Safe in 2018.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

13. Last Word: Post Parkland, May County Primary Ballot and Friedman on the Mid East -

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school massacre, local school systems here are talking about their preparations for such instances. And for those who don’t have a child in schools currently, it is something of a commentary about the times many of our children live in. The Shelby County Schools statement Thursday includes the following safety measures already in place:

14. After Company-Wide Bonuses, First Tennessee Parent Co. Announces Raises -

A little more than a month after the parent company of First Tennessee Bank distributed one-time $1,000 bonuses to employees, the company is rolling out another employee perk.

Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. is bumping up the minimum pay level of employees to $15 an hour, part of the company’s continued re-investment of savings stemming from the recent federal tax legislation.

15. Events -

Calvary Episcopal Church’s 2018 Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop is open Tuesdays to Fridays through March 27 at Calvary, 102 N. Second St. The Waffle Shop is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the preaching series takes place from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. The evening series, Lent After Dark, is Wednesdays, with dinner from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and a speaker at 6:30 p.m. Visit calvarymemphis.org/lentenpreaching for the Waffle Shop menu and speaker schedule.

16. More Companies Providing Some Parental Leave Pay -

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act ensures that employees with over a year of employment get 12 weeks unpaid time off from their jobs, and the Tennessee Maternity Leave Act allows certain female employees four months of unpaid leave for pregnancy, childbirth, care of a newborn and adoption.

17. Companies Updating Their Sexual Harassment Policies -

Workplace sexual harassment has been making headlines nationwide, with high-profile individuals in entertainment, media and other industries losing their jobs over accusations of misconduct. In recent months, companies have been taking a closer look at their harassment policies and updating them where necessary.

18. Bill Prohibiting Sterilization In Sentencing Moves Ahead -

A proposal by State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and State Rep. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) to prohibit Tennessee judges from offering defendants reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

19. EPA Announces Commitment to Clean Tennessee Lead Site -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will clean a lead site in Tennessee, pending federal funding.

News outlets report the EPA announced its commitment Tuesday to clean the Southside Chattanooga Lead Site when funds are awarded by the National Priorities List. This follows a resident getting lead poisoning in 2011, and the state turning to the agency for help. The agency has tested hundreds of yards for lead since and would remediate yards with lead levels above 1,200 ppm where children were living. Nearly 100 yards have been remediated.

20. US Lab Official in Tennessee Tapped for Federal Nuclear Post -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – President Donald Trump has nominated a federal laboratory official in Tennessee to serve as deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of Energy.

21. GOP-Led Committee Unanimously Votes Down Tennessee Gun Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican-led House committee has unanimously voted down legislation to let Tennessee handgun permit holders bring guns most places, including hospitals and professional sports arenas.

22. 2 Charged in Death of Aspiring Memphis Rap Artist -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors say two people have been arrested and charged in the shooting death of an aspiring Tennessee rap artist in 2010.

The Shelby County district attorney's office says Brandon Hodges was indicted and arrested this week on charges of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a felony, attempted especially aggravated robbery and especially aggravated burglary in the death of 28-year-old Michael Goins, also known as Dirty Mike.

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24. Signing Class Disappointing, But Groundwork Laid -

Tennessee football fans are hoping for a better National Signing Day in 2019. This year’s was a relative dud.

New coach Jeremy Pruitt, hired on Dec. 7, signed six players on Feb. 7 but whiffed on several high-profile recruits he and his staff were pursuing. He had signed 14 players during the first-ever early signing period Dec. 20-22.

25. Diane Black, Husband Lobbying Against Medical Marijuana -

Medical marijuana legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jeremy Faison is hitting a hurdle with gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Diane Black opposing it and her husband trying to kill the measure.

26. Friedman Talks of Tribalism in Global Digitization -

At the end of his talk this week to a group of 250 at a Greater Memphis Chamber gathering, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said all he has written about the Middle East and had supported for the region didn’t happen.

27. First User Moving Into Innovation Lab at UTHSC -

Dr. Monica Jablonski, a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, has been moving into a new office in recent days, just down the street.

28. Last Word: Filing Deadline, Case & Vance In May and Paul Manafort at the Rivermont -

By our count, when the noon Thursday deadline for candidates in the May county primaries has come and gone, there could be -- could be -- four incumbent county commissioners who are effectively re-elected to their seats for another four-year term. And we already know the commission will have at least seven new faces in September. More interesting is that there are only four sets of primaries – all for countywide offices – that have multiple contenders in each primary. That’s out of 23 offices on the primary ballot.

29. Germantown Getting Jazzercise Center -

Two local franchise owners are looking to bring West Tennessee its first official Jazzercise center.

Donna Cross and Regina Roberson have signed a lease to occupy 1,200 square feet at 7869 Farmington Blvd. in Loeb Properties’ Farmington Centre.

30. Memorial Fund Created for Coach Tommy Buford -

The Tiger Scholarship Fund has created a memorial account in honor former University of Memphis men’s tennis coach Tommy Buford, who died Jan. 14 at age 83 at his home in Boise, Idaho.

31. Comptroller: City Obeyed Most Rules in Sale of Parks -

The state Comptroller’s Office has determined the city of Memphis’ Dec. 20, 2017, sale of Health Sciences Park and the easement to Memphis Park to Memphis Greenspace Inc. appropriately followed related laws with the exception of requiring Memphis Greenspace to submit an application so it could gauge the nonprofit’s financial stability.

32. Details Slow Plan to Shrink UT’s Board of Trustees -

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure the University of Tennessee board of trustees appears to be a work in progress.

Timing is critical, too, with the 2018 session of the General Assembly moving at a snail’s pace and UT President Joe DiPietro’s contract set to run out in mid-2019.

33. State Democrats Targeting Domestic Abuse With Bills -

Tennessee House Democrats are sponsoring legislation designed to bolster support for domestic violence victims amid a dismissive attitude toward abuse by President Donald Trump.

“We’re all familiar with the situation with Rob Porter and his former spouses showing pictures and reports about domestic violence, and the White House response has not been one that condemns the abuser but instead says we have to be careful with how we ruin someone’s reputation,” said state Rep. Raumesh Akbari during a Tuesday, Feb. 13, press conference. “So I think that shows a complete disregard for taking the complaints and the legitimate concerns of these abused women seriously.”

34. Corky’s BBQ Expanding, Headed To Texas -

Corky’s BBQ is expanding its brand of pulled pork to the Lone Star State.

The company has secured an expansion and franchise agreement for multiple locations in the Houston and Dallas metro areas.

35. 23 Tennessee Stores Shut, Accused of Selling Marijuana Candy -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Local, state and federal authorities in Tennessee have padlocked 23 stores and indicted 21 people they accuse of selling candy and other products containing a form of marijuana.

36. Case, Vance Bringing 'Rise of the Rest' Startup Fund to Memphis This May -

The co-founder of America Online is coming to Memphis this May with his investment fund to hear pitches from local startup companies and award $100,000 in seed funding to one of them.

Steve Case, the chairman and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based venture capital firm Revolution, and venture capitalist and author J.D. Vance are leading the second leg of the current Rise of the Rest bus tour. Rise of the Rest is also the name of the seed fund.

37. Germantown to Get Jazzercise Center -

Two local franchise owners are looking to bring West Tennessee its first official Jazzercise center.

Donna Cross and Regina Roberson have signed a lease to occupy 1,200 square feet at 7869 Farmington Blvd. in Loeb Properties’ Farmington Centre.

38. Comptroller: City of Memphis Followed Most Rules in Sale of Parks -

The state Comptroller’s Office has determined the city of Memphis’ Dec. 20, 2017, sale of Health Sciences Park and the easement to Memphis Park to Memphis Greenspace Inc. appropriately followed related laws with the exception of requiring Memphis Greenspace to submit an application so it could gauge the nonprofit’s financial stability.

39. Last Word: Corker & The Senate Poll, Memphis BBQ in Texas and Chandler Numbers -

The new owner of the city’s tallest building has bought two parcels next to the 100 North Main Building as the other part of the plan to bring the 37-story tall building back to life as a combo apartment-hotel building with the Loew’s hotel brand. The row of older buildings on the south side of 100 North Main all the way up to Jefferson would give way to a 34-story tall office tower.

40. Alexander, Corker Honor 1968 Strikers with Resolution -

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee introduced a Senate resolution Tuesday, Feb. 13, honoring the 1,300 Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968.

The resolution is co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama and Ben Cardin of Maryland.

41. Group Wants Probe of TVA's Jets, Luxury Helicopter -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A clean-energy advocacy group called for an investigation Tuesday after finding that the Tennessee Valley Authority bought two corporate jets, a Mercedes-Benz luxury helicopter and another plane in recent years.

42. UT Chancellor Questioned About LGBT Center Fundraiser -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Knoxville's chancellor has drawn scrutiny during a Republican-led legislative meeting for attending a fundraiser that generated $300,000-plus for the school's LGBT center.

43. Tennessee Bill Would Limit Licensing Denials of Ex-Offenders -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill in Tennessee would limit the ability of state licensing boards to deny occupational licenses based on the criminal history of applicants.

Republican Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis and Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby announced the "fresh start" legislation Monday.

44. State House OKs Bill to Offer Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Look -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee House has passed a bill that would require doctors to offer women who are getting abortions a look at an ultrasound, if one was performed beforehand.

45. Housing Prices Continue to Rise in 2018 -

After a hot 2017, the Memphis area housing market looks to carry over its success into 2018.

The average home sales price in January came in at $163,024, a 14 percent increase from January a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

46. Love at Center of Pancreatic Cancer Battle -

This Valentine’s Day, Bartlett residents Kathryn and Tom Craig want to share their story of love and support as encouragement to those who are battling cancer with a loved one.

47. Tough Love -

For the Honorable Tim Dwyer, helping people who stumble get back on their feet and have a second chance is a trademark of his distinguished career. Dwyer is recipient of this year’s Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards for an elected official. He and the non-elected award winner, Shelby County Chief Administrative Officer Harvey Kennedy, will be honored at the 15th annual Dunavant Awards luncheon on Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis on Central Avenue.

48. Last Word: Higher Ed Pushback, 50 Years Later and Attack Ads in the Race for Gov. -

The idea that higher education is primarily about getting people into jobs as soon as possible is getting some push back. And it comes several years into an emphasis at the state level on associate degrees and trade certifications. Rhodes College president Marjorie Hass said several times during our talk on “Behind The Headlines” that she isn’t downplaying the importance of trade skills and the education necessary for those skills.

49. Tennessee Group Hopes to Plant 250K Trees This Month -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee organization is working on a statewide event to oversee 25,000 volunteers planting 250,000 trees later this month.

The Tennessee Environmental Council says its Tennessee Tree Project was created to plant 1 million native trees across the state. The intention is to help repopulate trees in Tennessee. So far, the organization has planted more than 360,000 trees since 2007.

50. Tennessee Governor Race: Boyd Donor Aids Anti-Black Group -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A political committee whose radio ad used toilet-flushing sounds to attack Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black received $200,000 from a donor to Randy Boyd's rival campaign for governor.

51. Trump Plan Would Study Sale of TVA’s Assets -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The infrastructure plan outlined by President Donald Trump on Monday suggests studying whether the nation's largest public utility should sell its transmission assets, which Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander called "a looney idea" with "zero chance of becoming law."

52. UTHSC Adopts Mental Health Delivery Model for Students -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is increasing its attention to the mental health and well-being of its students, with a focus on preventive care and intervention.

The initiative, adopted after consultation and recommendations from national student mental health organizations, involves adding counseling personnel; improving student access to mental health services; and moving student mental health services out of the traditional health clinic setting and into the Office of Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion, or SASSI.

53. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre presents “The Color Purple” Tuesday through Sunday, Feb. 13-18, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

54. Headed in The Right Direction -

With this column we share with you the story of Lane College and its recent fundraising successes. Located in Jackson, Tennessee, Lane is a historically black college that needed – and wanted – to increase its fundraising.

55. Rhodes’ Hass Defends Liberal Arts Education -

The president of Rhodes College says trade schools, associate degrees and certification in specific skills can’t be the city’s only economic driver.

“I think we can all agree that we do not and cannot foresee an economy in which the trades are the only drivers,” said Rhodes president Marjorie Hass on the WKNO/Channel 10 program “Behind The Headlines.”

56. Last Word: The Mural Takedown, Corker's Calculation and Beale Crowd Control -

Cue the organ music from the old-fashioned television soap operas: As the weekend began, city public works crews had painted over – either completely or partially – a lot of the Paint Memphis program murals on the west side of Willett near Lamar. That would be the ones city council members complained about and others that no one complained about.

57. Black in Tennessee for Budget Vote; Would've Voted 'No' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black's office says she wasn't in Washington to vote on the recent $400 billion budget deal because her "no" vote wouldn't have prevented passage and her time was better spent meeting with business leaders in Tennessee.

58. Cohen, Kustoff Vote for Budget Compromise -

The two congressmen who represent Memphis voted for the federal budget compromise that reopened the government Friday, Feb. 9, following a five-hour shutdown after a continuing resolution of 17 days ran out.

59. The Week Ahead: Feb. 12-18, 2018 -

Good morning, Memphis! The 50th anniversary of the historic sanitation workers’ strike is remembered this week, a Pulitzer Prize winning author visits to speak about innovation and we get to hear the first declaration of “Play Ball” this year by an umpire at FedExPark. Oh, and don’t forget the waffles.

60. Around Memphis: Feb. 12, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out...

61. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre presents “The Color Purple” Tuesday through Sunday, Feb. 13-18, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival brings new spirit to the Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

62. Pa.-based Drug Company Subpoenaed Over Memphis Plant -

Pennsylvania-based drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen Corp. has acknowledged receiving a grand jury subpoena from prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee related to its drug production facility in Memphis.

63. Parker Sworn In As Federal District Judge -

Thomas L. Parker has been sworn in as the newest federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Parker took the oath of office at a private ceremony, Friday, Feb. 2, and will begin his official duties later this month. A public investiture ceremony will be held in April, according to the court.

64. Withers’ Home Will Be Dedicated as Historic Site -

Photojournalist Ernest C. Withers’ southwest Memphis home is being dedicated as a historic site.

The home at 480 W. Brooks Road will be dedicated at a ceremony Saturday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m., during which a historical marker will be unveiled.

65. State Senate Committee OKs Repeal of Hall Tax -

A proposal by state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban the Hall income tax passed the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee Tuesday, Feb. 6, by a vote of 9-2.

66. First Tennessee Bank Wins 23 Greenwich Awards -

First Tennessee Bank has won 23 awards for outstanding service for business banking from Greenwich Associates as part of the group’s 2017 Greenwich Excellence Awards.

67. SCO Reports 100 Percent Optometry Board Passage -

Every student in the Southern College of Optometry’s most recent graduating class passed the National Board optometry exam, making the Memphis college the only one in the nation with 100 percent passage rate.

68. Appeals Court: Tennessee's DUI Fee Unconstitutional -

An appeals court has ruled that it is unconstitutional for state law to require that every person convicted of DUI through a blood or breath test pay a fee that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is dependent upon to fund testing operations.

69. Union University, ASU Make Most-Affordable Lists -

Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, came in at No. 20 on the 2018 list of the Most Affordable Online Colleges for doctorate degrees.

The Most Affordable Online Colleges lists are compiled annually by SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004 that has been compiling the lists since 2013. It aims to help students choose the best school for their career aspirations and budget, making objective information accessible about education, careers and college financing.

70. Last Word: Shutdown Round Two, The Pastner Charges and 1968 Virtual Reality -

The federal government technically shutdown at midnight in Washington, D.C., Friday for the second time in 17 days. But the House and Senate were still going for a vote on a two-year budget compromise before dawn Friday morning as this is posted.

71. Events -

The Home Show of the Mid-South takes place Friday through Sunday, Feb. 9-11, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Exhibitors will showcase home decor, lighting, pools, patios, services and more. Matt Blashaw, host of DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers,” will hold seminars/meet-and-greets Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visit memphishomeshow.com for show hours, tickets and other details.

72. ATA Expands Memphis Presence With Cannon & Co. Acquisition -

Regional accounting firm Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC kicked off the new year with the acquisition of Memphis-based Cannon & Co., strengthening its footprint in the market with an eye on future growth and expansion.

73. This Week In Memphis History: February 9-15, 2018 -

2016: Open casting call for the television series “Sun Records” – then called “Million Dollar Quartet” – at Humes Prep Middle School.

1978: The salaries of office workers in Memphis rose 7.5 percent from November 1976 to November 1977, according to a federal Department of Labor survey of 190 manufacturing and nonmanufacturing companies in the city employing a total of 72,300 people. Business computer programmers make $275 a week, compared with $261.50 a year earlier. Accounting clerks make $193 a week, compared with $175.50 a year before.

74. The Metrics Mayor -

At times in the last two years, political supporters of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland have been worried. They agree with what got him elected, his “brilliant at the basics” philosophy that makes basic services and fundamental play-it-safe financial strategies the priority at City Hall.

75. Dwyer, Kennedy to Receive Dunavant Awards -

The Honorable Judge Tim Dwyer and Shelby County Chief Administrative Officer Harvey Kennedy are the 2018 winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

76. Appeals Court: Tennessee’s DUI Fee Unconstitutional -

An appeals court has ruled that it is unconstitutional for state law to require that every person convicted of DUI through a blood or breath test pay a fee that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is dependent upon to fund testing operations.

77. Union University, ASU Make Most Affordable Lists -

Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, came in at No. 20 on the 2018 list of the Most Affordable Online Colleges for doctorate degrees.

The Most Affordable Online Colleges lists are compiled annually by SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004 that has been compiling the lists since 2013. It aims to help students choose the best school for their career aspirations and budget by making objective information accessible about education, careers and college financing.

78. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director to Retire in June -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn says he will retire this summer.

In a memo Thursday to all bureau employees, Gwyn said he'll remain director until June 1. During that time, the selection process will begin for a successor.

79. Blackburn Reserves $1M in TV Ad Time Before Senate Primary -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A top adviser to U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate campaign says the Republican has reserved nearly $1 million for a statewide TV advertising buy before the Aug. 2 primary.

80. Southaven Ex-Mayor Stops Seeking Job In Nearby City -

HORN LAKE, Miss. (AP) – A disgraced former mayor withdrew his application Wednesday to work as a city planner in a neighboring north Mississippi city.

Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis announced he was no longer seeking the position in neighboring Horn Lake after that city's aldermen on Tuesday postponed a decision on hiring him.

81. Taking Stock: Titans’ Top Needs for 2018 -

With the Super Bowl in the books and another NFL season come and gone, it will soon be time to prepare for the 2018 season.

For the Tennessee Titans, that means trying to fill in the remaining pieces of the puzzle to take another step toward reaching the big game.

82. Vitello Era Begins as Vols Launch 2018 Season -

Tennessee baseball is off to a fresh start under first-year coach Tony Vitello, and senior catcher Benito Santiago is savoring every minute of it.

Santiago was along for the ride as the Dave Serrano coaching era ended last spring after six seasons. He says Vitello has brought a new vibe to the program.

83. Monument Bills Create State Heritage Battlegrounds -

Legislative battles are looming over a spate of bills designed to hammer Memphis and any other cities accused of violating the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act.

Lawmakers filed several pieces of legislation aimed at punishing local governments in the wake of the Memphis City Council move to topple the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park and two other Confederate monuments in another park by selling the property to a newly created nonprofit organization.

84. Last Word: Welders & Machinists, MLGW & Trust and Blockchain -

A new report shows jobs in demand in the Memphis area at a time when we are again talking about which expansions and new businesses should be getting incentives and how to get better paying jobs. The annual report by CERT – Center for Economic Research in Tennessee – shows high employer demand for information technology, health care, engineering, business and financial operations and welding.

85. BankTennessee Adds Lender, Universal Banker -

BankTennessee has added a new senior lender and promoted another employee to its “universal banker” designation.

The Collierville-based bank has hired Brian Lowery as senior lender and senior vice president, working out of its Downtown Memphis office. Lowery has more than 25 years of banking experience, and prior to joining BankTennessee, he served as chief credit officer and senior lender at Highlands Union Bank in Abingdon, Virginia.

86. First Tennessee Bank Wins 23 Greenwich Awards -

First Tennessee Bank has won 23 awards for outstanding service for business banking from Greenwich Associates as part of the group’s 2017 Greenwich Excellence Awards.

87. SCO Reports 100 Percent Optometry Board Passage -

Every student in the Southern College of Optometry’s most recent graduating class passed the National Board optometry exam, making the Memphis college the only one in the nation with 100 percent passage rate.

88. Customer-Focused Government Not Always a Pleaser -

Gov. Bill Haslam is fond of saying government should run more like a business, and during his eighth and final State of the State address he invoked the term “customer-focused” at least twice in a victory lap.

89. Memphis a Hot Bed for High-Demand Jobs -

Each year the Center for Economic Research in Tennessee puts together its Labor and Education Alignment Program report detailing which jobs are most in demand statewide and for each of the state’s nine economic and community development regions.

90. Luttrell Calls For ‘High-Wage Job Growth’ in Final State of the County -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said at his last State of the County address this week that what Shelby County struggles with is “economic diversification and high-wage job growth.”

91. Bill Could Expand Residential PILOT -

In an effort to encourage residential infill and density beyond the confines of Downtown and Midtown, new legislation is making its way through the Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives that would allow Shelby County to offer tax incentives to multifamily and hotel developers outside of the central business district.

92. 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.

93. Nashville Probes Use of Public Funds in Mayor's Affair -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A special committee of Nashville city council members will investigate whether there was improper use of public money during Mayor Megan Barry's extramarital affair with the former head of her security detail.

94. Body Found in Impounded Van 7 Weeks After Memphis Shooting -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Police in Tennessee say a dead man's body remained undetected in an impounded van for seven weeks.

Memphis Police Department Director Michael Rallings called Monday's belated discovery "unacceptable" and said an internal investigation has been opened.

95. Last Word: MLGW Rate Hike, The May Ballot So Far and Old Dominick's Taxes -

The Tobacco Corner, a Poplar Corridor landmark, is closing in April. There was once a set of Tobacco Corners that look like the one at Poplar and Mendenhall and they included “newsrooms” – places to buy magazines, sometimes adult, and newspapers -- after buying tobacco. In almost 50 years, none of those product lines are what they once were. And the legacy of a homegrown business is disapperaring, too. 

96. Bill Introduced to Expand EDGE’s Residential PILOT Boundaries -

In an effort to encourage residential infill and density beyond the confines of Downtown and Midtown, new legislation is making its way through the Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives that would allow Shelby County to offer tax incentives to multifamily and hotel developers outside of the central business district.

97. State Senate Committee OKs Repeal of Hall Tax -

A proposal by state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban the Hall income tax passed the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee Tuesday, Feb. 6, by a vote of 9-2.

98. Tennessee Judge Hears Testimony Critical of Bus Driver -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A judge is expected to decide whether to allow certain witness testimony at the trial of a Tennessee school bus driver charged in a fatal crash.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that three people testified Monday that Johnthony Walker cursed out students and sped off in front of school administrators. Jasmine Mateen, the mother of one of the six Woodmore Elementary School children killed in the crash, said she often noticed Walker speeding or making sudden stops.

99. Closing Arguments Begin in Pilot Flying J Trial -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Emails, recordings and testimony prove that four former employees of the truck stop chain Pilot Flying J conspired to defraud customers in a fuel rebate scam that has already resulted in more than a dozen guilty pleas, a prosecutor said Monday.

100. Tennessee Officials Announce $400K in Agriculture Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials have announced more than $400,000 in grants to help new and expanding agriculture and food businesses, particularly in rural counties.

Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe released award information Monday for the first round of grants through the $1 million Agriculture Enterprise Fund.