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1. Outlook Dims for Mall Stores as Online Shopping Intensifies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Online shopping is reaching such a critical mass with American households that many of the icons of the traditional mall –from Macy's to The Gap and J.C. Penney – face an increasingly uncertain future.

2. Legislative Losers: All Who Disagree With Legislators -

The 109th General Assembly is done – almost – for the year. Here’s a look at the winners and losers.

Winner: State budget

Buoyed by $400 million in surplus revenue from fiscal 2015 and $450 million in projected surpluses for the coming fiscal year, Gov. Bill Haslam spread the wealth in a $34.9 billion budget. 

3. Haslam Shakeup of Public Universities Gains Final Approval -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to spin off four-year public universities from the Tennessee Board of Regents system gained final approval in the state Legislature on Monday.

4. House Passes Haslam's Shakeup of Tennessee College Boards -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to remove four-year public universities from the Board of Regents system and give them their own boards won approval Thursday in the Tennessee House.

5. Higher-Ed Shuffle Stokes Fears of UT-TSU Merger -

Anthony Joshua, who moved to Nashville from Madison, Wis., to attend Tennessee State University, says he’s worried his historically black institution could be in for serious change – for the worse.

6. Rare Wins for Democrats on Guns, Outsourcing -

Legislative Democrats got a chance to beat their chests a little bit after a proposal to allow guns in the state Capitol and Legislative Plaza failed, and they hope to do the same with outsourcing.

7. Debate Rages Over Reasons For Rising Higher-Ed Costs -

When figures are presented detailing a 456 percent increase in tuition and fees at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville over the last 20 years, the result is usually some serious sticker shock.

That’s what happened recently when state Sen. Dolores Gresham presented the Tennessee Tuition Stability Act, a measure designed to rein in tuition growth and make it easier for students and parents to pay for a four-year degree.

8. The Big Uh-Oh: Global Economy Shaky and Cavalry May Not Come -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Eight years after the financial crisis, the world is coming to grips with an unpleasant realization: serious weaknesses still plague the global economy, and emergency help may not be on the way.

9. Complex path to higher-ed reform -

Only half a year after taking on the presidency of Motlow State Community College, Anthony Kinkel is trying to keep his eye on the pea.

The task of running one of the state’s fastest-growing community colleges is becoming increasingly complex, and it has nothing to do with thousands more students enrolling to take advantage of free tuition through the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.

10. Complex Path to Higher-Ed Reform -

Only half a year after taking on the presidency of Motlow State Community College, Anthony Kinkel is trying to keep his eye on the pea.

The task of running one of the state’s fastest-growing community colleges is becoming increasingly complex, and it has nothing to do with thousands more students enrolling to take advantage of free tuition through the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.

11. Board of Regents Meeting to Appoint Acting Chancellor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Regents is meeting by telephone on Thursday to appoint an acting chancellor for the State University and Community College System.

The current chancellor, John Morgan, announced earlier this month he will retire Jan. 31 instead of his original plan to leave when he turns 65 next year. He cited Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to refocus the Board of Regents on the state's community and technical colleges and grant more autonomy to the six four-year universities in the system.

12. Last Word: Overton Park's Restless Winter, Across The Harahan and Higher Ed -

It may be chilly outside, but it might as well be July on the Overton Park greensward with all of the political heat that is building.
The thermometer spiked when more than two dozen trees donated to the Overton Park Conservancy in 2012 were removed this week by the Memphis Zoo which is preparing for large crowds in March.
That’s when its new Zambezi Hippo River Camp exhibit opens to much anticipation and much fanfare.
That and the New Year’s Eve legal opinion favoring the zoo’s position on its use of the greensward for overflow parking set the stage for a dispute the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland has had to mediate at less than two weeks in office.

13. Chancellor Steps Aside, Avoids Fight -

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education didn’t take long to shake up the hierarchy.

It led to the early retirement of Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan, who blasted the proposal in a letter to the governor, before legislation even hit the printing press. The longtime state official said he would rather step down than support a plan he feels will be detrimental to colleges and universities.

14. Chancellor Pulls Community Colleges From Privatization Plan -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirteen community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology have been removed from Gov. Bill Haslam's plan for the massive privatization of the management and operation of nearly all state-owned buildings, including college campuses.

15. Last Word: SOTU React, OPEB Comeback and NFL Nostalgia -

The day after the last State of the Union address by President Barack Obama here's a breakdown of the reaction from our delegation to Washington.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen emphasized Obama's references to criminal justice reform.
"I know he is also committed to criminal justice reform and I hope my colleagues will work together to put meaningful reform on his desk," Cohen said.
Republican U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher tweeted, "We need a plan to keep America safe and make America strong. I did not hear that from the President tonight."
Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander: "If Pres. Obama focuses on what he agrees on with Congress instead of what we disagree on, there's quite a bit we could get done in 2016."
Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker urged the "swift release" of U.S sailors being held overnight by Iran in a border dispute just before the speech.

16. Last Word: The Crest, OPEB Fever, Armstrong Leaves and An Elvis Warning -

The crest is here and it is not quite 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge. The projections Thursday evening going into Friday’s crest of the river at Memphis changed a bit from the 40.3 foot level. The crest is 39.8 feet.
No reports of major damage anywhere in Shelby County, according to the Shelby County Office of Prepardness.
But the river’s high water is still a sight to behold.

17. Chancellor Morgan to Retire Amid Board of Regents Shakeup -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chancellor John Morgan is stepping down as head of the Tennessee Board of Regents following Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's announcement that he wants to grant more autonomy to the six four-year universities in the system.

18. Autonomy Comes With Risk for State’s Universities -

Tennessee officials are lauding Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education in an effort to meet his goals for the Drive to 55.

The FOCUS Act proposed recently by the Republican governor to make sure 55 percent of Tennesseans hold a degree or postsecondary certificate by 2025 promises to launch a new era for the state’s colleges and universities.

19. Expert Says Changes to University Governance Take Years -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A higher education expert told lawmakers on Tuesday that big changes such as those Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing for six state universities take years to implement effectively.

20. TBR to Use $2M Grant to Help Increase Graduation Rates -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Regents says it will invest a $2 million grant received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation into programs that will help increase graduation rates, especially among first-generation and low-income students.

21. Five City Council Races Destined for Runoffs -

The identity of the Memphis City Council that will take office in January with six new members was still in flux at the end of a very long and frustrating Oct. 8 election night.

The races for four of those six open seats and the seat now held by an appointee to the council are going to a Nov. 19 runoff election – one week before Thanksgiving.

22. Is State’s Role to Provide a Service or Turn a Profit? -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won’t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers.

23. Trezevant Hires Resident Services Head -

Kimberly O’Donnell has joined Trezevant as director of resident services. In her new position, she will be responsible for managing a variety of programs and functions while serving as liaison to the residential community.

24. Council Candidates Offer Advice, With Verbal Jabs, at NAACP Forum -

There have been fewer forums this year for Memphis City Council contenders on the Oct. 8 ballot as the 2015 campaign season has focused on mayoral events.

So when the Memphis branch NAACP held its regular forum for council candidates Sunday, Aug. 23, at First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue, 27 candidates in 11 of the 13 council races turned out – about a quarter of the crowd of 100 in the church sanctuary.

25. Extended Slump in Oil Taking Toll on Industry, Economy -

NEW YORK (AP) — As drivers, shippers and airlines continue to enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and employment that are hurting economic growth.

26. Memphis Mayoral Field Set at 10 -

Shelby County Election Commissioners have certified the Memphis election ballot for Oct. 8.

These are the names to appear on that ballot for the 15 elected offices.

The commission met hours after the noon Thursday, July 23, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the ballot if they wished.

27. Tennessee Board of Regents Approves Tuition Hikes -

Students at Memphis’ higher education institutions can expect to pay more this fall.

Tuition rates and fees at the University of Memphis will go up 3.7 percent in the 2015-2016 academic year, while Southwest Tennessee Community College will see a 3.4 percent increase. The two Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology in Memphis will both see a 4 percent increase.

28. Tennessee Board of Regents Approves Statewide Tuition Hikes -

Students at Memphis’ higher education institutions can expect to pay more this fall.

Tuition rates and fees at the University of Memphis will go up 3.7 percent in the 2015-2016 academic year, while Southwest Tennessee Community College will see a 3.4 percent increase. The two Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology in Memphis will both see a 4 percent increase.

29. LeMoyne-Owen Leadership Search Down to Two -

A search committee looking for the next president of LeMoyne-Owen College has recommended two finalists to succeed outgoing president Johnnie B. Watson.

The finalists being considered by the board of Memphis’ historically black college are Russ Wigginton, vice president of external programs at Rhodes College and Andrea Lewis Miller, chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College.

30. East Tennessee’s Endangered 8 -

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance’s list of endangered heritage sites for the region:

1. The Stonecipher-Kelly House in Morgan County was built around 1814 by the first permanent white settlers in that area, as part of a Revolutionary War land-grant.

31. Extra Class May Be Free Again for State's College Students -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Board of Regents is taking a look at how students are charged for classes.

Nashville Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1zSv3Tu) reports the board wants to encourage students to take more credit hours without reversing a 2009 decision.

32. LeMoyne-Owen Leadership Search Down to Two Finalists -

A search committee looking for the next president of LeMoyne-Owen College has recommended two finalists to succeed outgoing president Johnnie B. Watson.

The finalists being considered by the board of Memphis’ historically black college are Russ Wigginton, vice president of external programs at Rhodes College and Andrea Lewis Miller, chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College.

33. Finalists Named for Southwest President -

Southwest Tennessee Community College has narrowed its search for a new president.

The Memphis school releases a list of four finalists for the position: Edythe M. Abdullah, special advisor to the president at the University of North Florida; Tracy D. Hall, vice president of academic affairs at St. Louis (Missouri) Community College – Forest Park; Anthony G. Kinkel, president of Wichita (Kansas) Area Technical College; and Kenyatta K. Lovett, assistant vice chancellor for community college initiatives at the Tennessee Board of Regents.

34. Four Finalists Named for Southwest President Position -

Southwest Tennessee Community College has narrowed its search for a new president.

The Memphis school releases a list of four finalists for the position: Edythe M. Abdullah, special advisor to the president at the University of North Florida; Tracy D. Hall, vice president of academic affairs at St. Louis (Missouri) Community College – Forest Park; Anthony G. Kinkel, president of Wichita (Kansas) Area Technical College; and Kenyatta K. Lovett, assistant vice chancellor for community college initiatives at the Tennessee Board of Regents.

35. Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions -

Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.

36. Trezevant Officially Becomes Smoke-Free Campus -

A continuing care retirement community located at 177 N. Highland St. has officially become smoke-free.

37. Lowery Installed as President of Association for Women Attorneys -

Keating Lowery has been installed as the 2015 president of the Association for Women Attorneys. As an attorney with Lawrence & Russell PLC, Lowery devotes her practice to litigating Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters on behalf of employers, plan fiduciaries and third-party administrators throughout the United States.

38. Haslam Budget Seeks to Improve Teacher Salaries -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says he's committed to making Tennessee the fastest-improving state in the nation in terms of teacher pay and that his budget will reflect that commitment.

39. Weddle-West Approved as Memphis Provost -

Karen Weddle-West have been approved as the new provost of the University of Memphis by Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan.

40. Weddle-West Approved as Memphis Provost -

Karen Weddle-West have been approved as the new provost of the University of Memphis by Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan.

41. Weddle-West Recommended as Memphis Provost -

Karen Weddle-West has been recommended as the new provost at the University of Memphis by University President David Rudd.

42. Drowning in Student Loan Debt -

Three-and-a-half years after graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Yasameen Hoffman is still trying to land the kind of full-time job that will help her start paying off her student loan.

43. Colleges Meet in Nashville in Effort to Fight Sex Assaults -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A two-day summit focused on fighting sexual assaults at college campuses is drawing about 400 officials from 76 schools across Tennessee.

Media report the meeting begins Tuesday at Tennessee State University and will feature national experts who will offer training on issues like defining consent, prevention and complying with changing federal laws.

44. Weddle-West Recommended As Memphis Provost -

Karen Weddle-West has been recommended as the new provost at the University of Memphis by University President David Rudd.

45. Raymond James Tower Fetches $20 Million -

How much is a 21-story skyscraper overlooking the Mississippi River worth? About $1 million a floor.

New York-based investor Jacob Sofer will pay Parkway Properties around $20 million for the Raymond James Tower at 50 N. Front St. Downtown, according to several people with knowledge of the transaction. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal for the 340,000-square-foot building is $24 million.

46. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

47. Board of Regents Wants Students to Declare Majors -

The Tennessee Board of Regents wants its students to start declaring majors right away.

WPLN-FM reports Chancellor John Morgan recently told a group of policy makers that students who choose a college major right away are more likely to graduate. And he said that without a major, students end up taking extra classes that don't count toward their degrees.

48. Tennessee Board of Regents Wants Students to Declare Majors -

The Tennessee Board of Regents wants its students to start declaring majors right away.

WPLN-FM reports Chancellor John Morgan recently told a group of policy makers that students who choose a college major right away are more likely to graduate. And he said that without a major, students end up taking extra classes that don’t count toward their degrees.

49. Shelby County Homebuilding Activity Continues to Slow -

Homebuilding in Shelby County was off last year’s pace again in November, with builders pulling fewer permits and selling fewer homes than in November 2013.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 43 permits last month, down 29.5 percent from 61 permits in November 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The 43 permits filed in November is down 31.7 percent from the 63 permits filed in October.

50. Bohannon to Chair Junior Achievement Board -

Morgan Bohannon has been named chairman of the board of director of Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. Bohannon, the regional market manager for iHeartMedia, became engaged with Junior Achievement when iHeartMedia sponsored the “Broadcast Center” at JA BizTown in 2012. He joined the board soon thereafter and has been involved ever since.

51. Vols Unlikely to Repeat November 2013 Collapse -

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

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

52. Vols Hope to Snap 20-Game Road Slump vs. Ranked Opponents -

KNOXVILLE – It doesn’t get much easier for the University of Tennessee’s football team.

The Sept. 20 open date has come and gone. UT’s coaches and players had ample time to digest and dissect details of the 34-10 loss to No. 4-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 13 and a week to prepare for a challenge just as formidable.

53. South Carolina Back in SEC East Race -

The South Carolina defense still has improvement to make, but in beating Georgia 38-35 last Saturday the Gamecocks made a fourth-quarter goal-line stand and reasserted their presence in the SEC East Division.

54. Some Fear Auto Industry Returning to Bad Habits -

DETROIT (AP) – Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.

As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.

55. Longtime Tennessee Civil Rights Lawyer Dies at 86 -

NASHVILLE (AP) – George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.

56. E-Books Cut Costs for Tennessee State Students -

Tennessee State University students face higher costs, tacked on by state government, but that downer could be offset by “e-books” that can save students $735 each semester.

TSU is set to offer the electronic books to freshmen and sophomores for general education courses in an effort to lower the cost of traditional books, according to the university.

57. Bull Market -

From his office on the 21st floor of the Raymond James tower Downtown, John C. Carson Jr. has a sweeping view of the Mississippi River as it rolls by the Bluff City.

58. Tennessee Road Projects Could Face Cuts in August -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has funding for 13 road-widening projects totaling more than $200 million, including a $15.6 million Shelby County project, waiting on whether Congress refreshes the federal Highway Trust Fund in August.

59. Raymond James Recommits to Downtown -

Raymond James is extending its commitment to Downtown Memphis, where the investment firm will remain a key part of the city’s skyline for at least another decade.

The firm has reached a deal with Parkway Properties to extend its lease on the Raymond James Tower at 50 N. Front St. until March of 2024.

60. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. Dr. Hafiz Elahi will present “Stroke From the Neurologist’s Perspective.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

61. Haslam Regrets Not Adequately Funding Higher Education -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he regrets not being able to adequately fund higher education so that all institutions that improve in some important ways can be rewarded financially.

62. Motte Looks to Regain Form in Redbirds Rehab Assignment -

When St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte learned he had to have the elbow ligament replacement procedure commonly known as Tommy John Surgery, he didn’t ask, “Why me?”

63. Tuition Increases Mulled in Tennessee -

Tuition increases could be in store for many college students in Tennessee.

The Tennessean reports that some public universities could see increases of between 4 and 8 percent to offset reduced state funding. Community college students could see an increase of between 2.6 and 10.6 percent.

64. Regents Approve Rudd as University of Memphis President -

David Rudd, provost of the University of Memphis, was approved Thursday, May 1, as the next president of the city’s largest higher education institution.

65. Regents Approve Rudd as University of Memphis President -

David Rudd, provost of the University of Memphis, was approved Thursday, May 1, as the next president of the city’s largest higher education institution.

66. Rudd Recommended As New U of M President -

David Rudd, currently the provost of the University of Memphis, is being recommended by Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan to be the next president of the city’s largest institution of higher education.

67. Haslam Free Tuition Plan Garners Praise, Concern -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal this year, a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, appears on track to pass as lawmakers enter the waning days of the legislative session. The details, however – including how to pay for this perk in the years to come – remain scattered.

68. Pahlow Wins Broker of the Year -

After enduring early struggles in his commercial real estate career, Scott Pahlow has reached the top of his industry.

Pahlow, an executive vice president with Newmark Grubb Memphis, was named Commercial Broker of the Year Thursday night at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards gala.

69. State Employees, Teachers Won't Get Pay Increase -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he won't be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections, which state officials are looking into.

70. Methodist University Hospital Names Liebman New CEO -

Jeff Liebman has joined Methodist University Hospital as chief executive officer. In his new role, Liebman said, he will ensure the hospital continues to be a community resource providing the highest possible quality of care to the community while following the guidelines of the Methodist LeBonheur mission.

71. MalmoMemphis Completes Three Law Firm Leases -

Three Memphis law firms represented by MalmoMemphis Real Estate Inc. have renewed their office leases or leased new spaces.

72. Slow Job Growth Yields Dip in New-Home Permits -

Shelby County homebuilding activity continued to cool off in November, with builders filing fewer permits and selling fewer new homes compared to the same month a year ago.

Homebuilders pulled 58 permits in November, down 23.6 percent from 76 permits filed in November 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

73. Meadows Appointed to State Dentistry Board -

Dr. Dan T. Meadows has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry by Gov. Bill Haslam. Meadows, who has a private practice on Walnut Grove Road, will serve as the Rotating Dentist member through June 2016.

74. Shopping Spree -

Retailers have been gearing up for a frenzied Black Friday, marking the beginning of the holiday shopping season, but industry experts expect a lukewarm year compared to moderate growth in 2012.

Both nationally and locally, many stores opened earlier than ever before in an attempt to capture customers before their competitors and maximize a shorter-than-usual shopping season.

75. U of M Faces Challenging End of Year -

It is proving to be a restless fall at the University of Memphis as interim President Brad Martin pulls into focus several short-term goals that will have a long-term impact on the future of the city’s largest institution of higher learning.

76. U of M Names Presidential Search Panel -

A panel of Memphians to come up with three to five finalists for the University of Memphis presidency meets for the first time Dec. 4.

The panel of 22, appointed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, is being led by attorney Greg Duckett, senior vice president and corporate counsel of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and a member of the Board of Regents.

77. University of Memphis Names Presidential Search Panel -

A panel of Memphians to come up with three to five finalists for the University of Memphis presidency meets for the first time Dec. 4.

The panel of 22, appointed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, is being led by attorney Greg Duckett, senior vice president and corporate counsel of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and a member of the Board of Regents.

78. Martin Doesn’t Address Permanent Presidency Talk -

There is sentiment for University of Memphis interim president Brad Martin to drop the “interim” part of the title and become the next permanent leader of the city’s largest higher education institution.

79. Raymond James Boosts Local Community Efforts -

A new website and a significant sponsorship are two of the latest ways Raymond James Inc. is demonstrating its commitment to Memphis.

80. Airlines Promise a Return to Civility, For a Fee -

NEW YORK (AP) – Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them.

Unlike the first generation of charges which dinged fliers for once-free services like checking a bag, these new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight.

81. Filing Deadline Nears for School Board Races -

It looks as if the prospective candidates in many of the suburban school board races on the Nov. 7 ballot had already decided the winners a day away from the noon, Thursday, Sept. 26, filing deadline for the six sets of races.

82. Boyle Sells More Lots at Spring Creek Ranch -

After an initial offering went so well earlier this year, a group of area homebuilders has acquired 17 more lots at The Village at Spring Creek Ranch from Boyle Investment Co.

83. State Lawmaker to Propose Tuition Freeze -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican state lawmaker says he wants to freeze tuition at Tennessee's colleges and universities despite criticism from education officials that such a proposal would eliminate funds needed to sustain essential programs and basic operation.

84. Haslam Defends Education Commissioner Under Fire -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday reiterated his support for the state's education commissioner, who has come under fire for changes to how teachers are paid.

At least two Facebook pages have been created calling for Kevin Huffman's ouster as well as an online petition that has garnered hundreds of signatures.

85. Supreme Court: 'Pay to Delay' Generic Drugs Can be Illegal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that deals between pharmaceutical corporations and their generic drug competitors, which government officials say keep cheaper forms of medicine off the market, can be sometimes be illegal and therefore challenged in court.

86. Boyle Helps Reach Harahan Funding Goal -

The city of Memphis has raised the matching funds to build the “Main to Main Connector” thanks to local donations, the latest of which is $50,000 from Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co.

87. Boyle Donates $50,000 To Main-To-Main Project -

The city of Memphis has raised the matching funds to build the “Main to Main Connector,” the $29.7 million project designed to link Main Street Memphis to Broadway Avenue in West Memphis via a boardwalk for bicyclists and pedestrians on the north side of the Harahan Bridge straddling the Mississippi River.

88. Martin Named Interim U of M President -

Brad Martin, the retired chairman and CEO of Saks Inc. and current chairman of the private investment firm RBM Venture Co., will be the interim president of the University of Memphis.

89. U of M President Raines Announces Retirement -

Shirley C. Raines is retiring at the end of June after 12 years as president of the University of Memphis.

Raines announced her retirement Monday, April 15. John Morgan, the chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, will name an interim president for the university possibly as early as this week for the transition.

90. Boyle Celebrates 80 Years, Sponsors Art Exhibit -

Boyle Investment Co. turns 80 this year, and has partnered with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to celebrate.

91. Lot of Love Remains for Tennis Tourney -

The U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships at the Racquet Club of Memphis serves as a reminder of the city’s unique sports mix and how much that mix says about our civic aspirations.

It is a welcome reminder after the last month of incessant chatter about being a “small market” NBA franchise.

92. Changeover -

It was almost 40 years ago, but Nancy Smith remembers the one year the men’s pro tennis tournament was held at the Mid-South Coliseum; her father had box seats. But even more memorable is that not long after the tournament moved to The Racquet Club of Memphis, a young and unknown Czech player came to town and, in that far simpler time, stayed at her parents’ house.

93. Phillips Joins Spirco as Manager, Vice President -

Mike Phillips has joined Spirco Manufacturing as general manager and vice president of operations. In his new role, Phillips will oversee all divisions of the metal-building manufacturer and direct its organizational needs.

94. I-Bank Grows in Namesake East Memphis Office Tower -

Independent Bank has expanded its headquarters at I-Bank Tower to primarily accommodate its Mortgage Lending Division.

95. Obama Carries Shelby, Cohen Over Flinn and Two Tax Hikes Defeated -

President Barack Obama carried Shelby County in unofficial Nov. 6 election returns as his Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state’s 11 electoral votes.

Voter turnout in the most popular election cycle among Shelby County voters was 61.9 percent, about the same percentage as four years ago. But the 371,256 voters is fewer than 2008 when more than 400,000 Shelby County voters cast ballots. The percentage is about the same because there are fewer registered voters in Shelby County than there were four years ago after a purge by election officials.

96. Delta Looks Ahead to December Refleeting -

Delta Air Lines executives are about to refleet. Leaders of the Atlanta-based airline with a hub in Memphis will roll out details at a December investors day conference in Atlanta.

But during Delta’s third-quarter earnings conference call this week, they talked in broad terms of a domestic fleet restructuring. It involves removing 50-seat aircraft and replacing them with “mainline” aircraft that are 76 seats and larger with the first arrivals in the refleeting next summer.

97. Mortgage Comeback? Citigroup Isn't So Sure -

NEW YORK (AP) – Citigroup isn't as enthusiastic as its peers about a comeback in the housing market.

On Friday, executives at Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase declared that the long-struggling market had turned a corner. On Monday, Citigroup's top number-cruncher said he wasn't so sure.

98. Enrollment Falls at Tennessee Board of Regents Colleges -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Enrollment at Tennessee Board of Regents colleges has dropped an average of 4.4 percent this fall.

WMOT-FM in Murfreesboro reported the figure is averaged over the six universities and 13 colleges under Regents supervision.

99. Suburban School Board Races Almost Set -

Races on the Nov. 6 ballot for six sets of suburban school boards took shape Thursday, Aug. 16, at the noon filing deadline for candidate qualifying petitions.

The candidates that made the deadline have another week to withdraw from the races if they wish.

100. Law Career Lets Gee Fulfill Mission of Helping People -

Peter Gee Jr. was recently named a partner with the Memphis office of Morgan & Morgan, one of the Southeast’s largest consumer protection and injury law firms.

The firm, which branched off from The Cochran Firm, has multiple offices throughout the Southeast, and its attorneys handle auto accident, personal injury and medical malpractice cases, as well as claims against drug and medical device manufacturers.