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1. Tennessee Democrat Mackler Raises $451K in US Senate Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville attorney and former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler says he has raised $451,000 in his Democratic bid for the U.S. Senate.

Mackler's campaign says the total accounts for all fundraising since launching his 2018 campaign for Sen. Bob Corker's seat on April 17.

2. Health Insurance Carriers Seek to Raise Tenn. Rates -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released the insurance rates requested by carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace ahead of open enrollment for 2018.

3. Karl Dean Holds Memphis Fundraiser -

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was to be among the speakers at a Thursday, July 13, Memphis fundraiser for the Tennessee Voter Project.

The project is a political action committee formed by state Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis to increase voter registration and participation among Democrats.

4. Karl Dean Campaigns At Memphis PAC Fundraiser -

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was to be among the speakers at a Thursday, July 13, Memphis fundraiser for the Tennessee Voter Project.

The project is a political action committee formed by state Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis to increase voter registration and participation among Democrats.

5. Health Insurance Carriers Seek to Raise Tenn. Rates -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released the insurance rates requested by carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace ahead of open enrollment for 2018.

6. Brooks Raises $5 Million In Centennial Campaign -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art raised $5 million during its yearlong centennial celebration.

The museum announced the fundraising total Thursday, July 6.

The fundraising effort included a challenge grant by the Hyde Family Foundations for $1 million announced a year before the centennial.

7. Democrat Karl Dean Raises $1.2M for Tennessee Gov's Campaign -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean raised $1.2 million through the first half of the year for his bid for Tennessee governor, the Democrat's campaign announced Thursday.

8. Brooks Raises $5 Million In Centennial Campaign -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art raised $5 million during its yearlong centennial celebration.

The museum announced the fundraising total Thursday, July 6.

The fundraising effort included a challenge grant by the Hyde Family Foundations for $1 million announced a year before the centennial.

9. Fed Raises Key Rate and Unveils Plan to Reduce Bond Holdings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised its key interest rate for the third time in six months, providing its latest vote of confidence in a slow-growing but durable economy. The Fed also announced plans to start gradually paring its bond holdings later this year, which could cause long-term rates to rise.

10. Fed is Set to Raise Rates This Week Despite Political Tumult -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington political world is in disarray. Britain's election tumult has scrambled the outlook for Europe. And economies in the United States and abroad are plodding along at a pace that hardly suggests robust health.

11. Orpheum Raising Money to Fix Aging Organ -

Next year, Memphis’ historic Orpheum Theatre will celebrate its 90th birthday. So will the venue’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ, a $19,000 instrument built in North Tonawanda, New York, and originally bought to play for vaudeville shows and silent movies.

12. Lee Campaigns in Collierville After Nashville Fundraiser -

The night after he raised $1.3 million in Nashville at the first major fundraiser in his bid for Tennessee governor, Bill Lee was in Collierville for a local Republican Party gathering, along with a few hopefuls in countywide races on the ballot earlier in 2018.

13. Lee Nets $1.3M in First Fundraiser for Tennessee Gov's Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee has raised $1.3 million for his campaign at his first major fundraiser.

The Franklin businessman held the Tuesday evening event at a barn owned by Christian music star Michael W. Smith.

14. New 'Blue Lives Matter' Laws Raise Concerns Among Activists -

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Following a spike in deadly attacks on police, more than a dozen states have responded this year with "Blue Lives Matter" laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers, raising concern among some civil rights activists of a potential setback in police-community relations.

15. CEO Pay By the Numbers: How Big Were Last Year's Raises? -

The typical big-company CEO raked in $11.5 million last year in salary, stock and other compensation, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's an 8.5 percent raise from a year earlier, the biggest in three years.

16. Agape Launches $6M Fundraising Campaign -

Agape Child & Family Services has launched a $6 million campaign called “Love Your Neighborhood” that aims to fund its growth through 2020.

The faith-based nonprofit agency, which is dedicated to providing children and families in Memphis with healthy homes, recently was awarded a state contract to extend its services to thousands more Memphians in under-resourced communities.

17. Agape Launches $6 Million Fundraising Campaign -

Agape Child & Family Services has launched a $6 million campaign called “Love Your Neighborhood” that aims to fund its growth through 2020.

The faith-based nonprofit agency, which is dedicated to providing children and families in Memphis with healthy homes, recently was awarded a state contract to extend its services to thousands more Memphians in under-resourced communities.

18. Council Sets Stage for City Employee Pay Raises -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, May 23, a 1 percent across-the-board pay raise for all city employees setting the stage for a final vote on budget matters at the June 6 council session.

19. Council Sets Stage for Raise, Keeps Railgarten and Cuts Beale Cover -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, May 23, a 1 percent across the board pay raise for all city employees setting the stage for a final vote on budget matters at the June 6 council session.

20. How to Decrease Fundraising Stress -

We recently had the opportunity to speak with a nonprofit leader who was concerned about how her development director was spending his time. She didn’t understand why the money wasn’t coming in. 

21. Hackett Retires From CMOM to Devote Effort to Grand Carousel Fundraising -

Former Memphis Mayor Richard C. Hackett is retiring as CEO of the Children’s Museum of Memphis in June to devote his attention to fundraising for the institution he helped create 30 years ago. Hackett became leader of the museum in 2006.

22. Three Powerful Fundraising Tools -

Every time we work with an organization, agency or college we experience a deep kindred feeling with the people gathered at the table. Whether presenting information, listening to concerns or developing strategies, we are also meeting new friends. We are witnessing diverse individuals put their beliefs into action, and we are inspired.

23. Senses Nightclub Reopens, Raising Zoning Questions -

Senses, the controversial nightclub located at 2866 Poplar Ave., mysteriously reopened Saturday, May 6, after sitting empty for several years. And it has plans to continue operations, which may be in direct violation of the local zoning laws.

24. Murder Charges Raise Questions About Bounty Hunters -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – About three weeks ago, just after midnight, a group of seven bounty hunters surrounded a car in a Wal-Mart parking lot and blocked it from leaving, according to court documents. Authorities say the bounty hunters believed an ex-convict who had skipped out on several court appearances was one of four men in the parked car.

25. Trump Says He's Willing to Consider Raising Gas Tax -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Monday said he will explore the possibility of higher gasoline and diesel fuel taxes, suggesting an increase could pay for his ambitious infrastructure plan.

26. US Treasury Secretary: Tax Cuts Won't Raise Budget Deficit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the administration's tax reform will generate so much economic growth that the budget deficit will be held in check.

Mnuchin said at the Monday White House news briefing: "The tax reform will pay for itself."

27. Council to Consider Plans, Raises, ‘Basics’ in Strickland's Budget -

In his second budget presentation as Memphis mayor Tuesday, April 24, expect Jim Strickland to continue to talk about city government being “brilliant at the basics.”

28. Chef Shuttle Raising Funds For Exchange Club -

Meal-delivery service Chef Shuttle is partnering with The Exchange Club Family Center for a Mother’s Day fundraiser to benefit the organization’s domestic violence and child abuse prevention, intervention and restorative services.

29. Memphis, Nashville Mayors Praise Passage of Haslam’s Road Funding Bill -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland lauded the Tennessee Legislature for passing the IMPROVE Act, including a combination of fuel tax and fee increases designed to improve transportation funding.

30. Setting New Tax Rate After Reappraisal Becomes ‘Moving Target’ -

For local government leaders, the 2017 countywide property reappraisal is about resetting the property tax rate for Shelby County government and all seven of the cities and towns within the county.

31. Setting New Tax Rate After Reappraisal Becomes ‘Moving Target’ -

For local government leaders, the 2017 countywide property reappraisal is about resetting the property tax rate for Shelby County government and all seven of the cities and towns within the county.

32. Setting New Tax Rate After Reappraisal Becomes ‘Moving Target’ -

For local government leaders, the 2017 countywide property reappraisal is about resetting the property tax rate for Shelby County government and all seven of the cities and towns within the county.

33. Setting New Tax Rate After Reappraisal Becomes ‘Moving Target’ -

For local government leaders, the 2017 countywide property reappraisal is about resetting the property tax rate for Shelby County government and all seven of the cities and towns within the county.

34. Setting New Tax Rate After Reappraisal Becomes ‘Moving Target’ -

For local government leaders, the 2017 countywide property reappraisal is about resetting the property tax rate for Shelby County government and all seven of the cities and towns within the county.

35. Editorial: Property Reappraisals Soar After Recession -

Shelby County’s most recent property reappraisals have caused a lot of sticker shock. Residential property values have risen an average of 10 to 13 percent countywide, and some homeowners have even seen increases of 25 or 30 percent in the taxable value of their homestead.

36. Z-Muffins Raise Lilee’s Gourmet Business -

Just in time for National Zucchini Bread Day on April 25, locally owned Lilee’s Gourmet Bakery is expanding into more Memphis-area retail locations. The fresh food bakery’s staple – zucchini bread muffins, or “Z-muffins” – are now sold in 18 area Kroger stores as well as Miss Cordelia’s Grocery, the Curb Market, Cash Savers, Superlo, Whole Foods and Fresh Market.

37. Lenoir Calls for Property Tax Cut Beyond New Certified Tax Rate From Reappraisal -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir says there should be a cut in the county property tax rate beyond the new certified property tax rate to be set as a result of the 2017 countywide property reappraisal.

38. Varsity Spirit Raises $4.2M for St. Jude -

For the sixth consecutive year, members of 10 U.S. high school cheerleading and dance squads who raised the most funds for the "Team Up For St. Jude Spirited By Varsity" campaign were invited to visit the hospital.

39. Varsity Spirit Raises $4.2M for St. Jude -

For the sixth consecutive year, members of 10 U.S. high school cheerleading and dance squads who raised the most funds for the “Team Up For St. Jude Spirited By Varsity” campaign were invited to visit the hospital.

40. Privacy Concern Raised Over Search Service on Verizon Phones -

NEW YORK (AP) – Is Verizon planning to spy on its customers?

You might conclude that it is after reading Verizon's privacy policy on an upcoming AppFlash service, which promises easier access to search and apps on Android phones. The policy says Verizon may share data on features and services you use, along with the list of apps you have installed on your phone, with other Verizon businesses to target ads.

41. The Pros and Cons of Engaging Political Leaders in Fundraising -

Fundraising is a community endeavor, and our communities include the politicians who are elected to represent us at all levels.

Current, former and prospective elected leaders are often involved in fundraising, providing great value. At the same time, there are challenges related to engaging politicians as fundraising volunteers. With this column we discuss the pros and cons.

42. Fed Raises Rate and Sees More Hikes as US Economy Improves -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months and forecast two additional hikes this year. The move reflects a consistently solid U.S. economy and will likely mean higher rates on some consumer and business loans.

43. Tennessee House Votes to OK Fundraising Before Veto Override -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee House has passed a bill seeking to allow lawmakers to start raking in campaign cash while they wait for a veto override session.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Tilman Goins of Morristown passed on an 84-9 on Thursday. Under current law, state senators and representatives aren't allowed to raise campaign funds during the legislative session. In election years, that prohibition is lifted on May 15 if the General Assembly has not yet adjourned.

44. Last Word: Reappraisal Roller Coaster, Closing the Airport Post Office and District 95 -

Four years ago was a very different time in the world of property reappraisals. For the first time in the memory of most, if not all, of the local elected officials looking at how much money they would have, the 2013 reappraisal of property for tax purposes didn’t grow or at least remain level. Values were down reflecting the depths of the recession and more importantly the housing crash.

45. Reappraisal Shows Shelby County Housing Market's Strength -

With average homes sale prices in some areas of Shelby County reaching record highs in 2016, it’s not a surprise that the 2017 reappraisal process is gathering a lot of attention.

But coupled with the much lower appraisals that were set in 2013 – when the four-year property assessment process was still feeling the results of the housing market crash – large increases in property values are almost inevitable in certain areas.

46. Yellen Signals the Fed Will Likely Raise Rates This Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target rate.

47. SEC Ready to Tee Up Media Days; UT’s AD Raises the Bar -

It’s almost time to kick off the 2017 college football season. And by that we mean that SEC Media Days should again be flagged for encroachment on summer.

The conference has not yet jumped in front of the Fourth of July, but SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, continues to move ever closer to summer’s signature date.

48. SCS to Open 20 Summer Learning Academies, Raising Bar on Student Academic Achievement -

Shelby County Schools is preparing a set of 20 summer learning academies that will start at the end of the current school year and use certified teachers with a specific summer curriculum to battle “summer learning loss” in reading, math and science.

49. Study Shows Radiation Raises Risk Of Future Cancer -

Thanks to results from a newly released study based at St. Jude, doctors have fresh data on the long-assumed link between using radiation to treat children with cancer and the higher likelihood those patients will develop new cancers later in life.

50. Police Union Says Retention Raises Grant Violates City Contract -

The Memphis Police Association says the city administration is trying to make an end run around contract negotiations with rank and file officers with a set of retention bonuses and other incentives announced this week.

51. Bills Aimed at Raising Permanent Funding For Road Projects Collide Again This Week -

NASHVILLE – The chairwoman of the House Transportation Subcommittee is defiant in her handling of legislation that could have derailed Gov. Bill Haslam’s fuel-tax plan, a high-profile measure on the panel’s calendar again Wednesday, March 1.

52. Bills Aimed at Raising Road Project Funding Collide Again This Week -

NASHVILLE – The chairwoman of the House Transportation Subcommittee is defiant in her handling of legislation that could have derailed Gov. Bill Haslam’s fuel-tax plan, a high-profile measure on the panel’s calendar again Wednesday, March 1.

53. Probes Raise Questions About Misuse of Food Program Money -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two investigations released by the state comptroller's office Thursday are raising questions about what happened to hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money that was supposed to be used to feed poor children.

54. 2016 Collierville Car Show Raises $30K for Education -

The Collierville Education Foundation received a donation of $30,243 as a result of the 2016 Classic Car Show. Landers Ford, the event’s main sponsor, presented the check to CEF board president Chuck Lesnick at a recent meeting of the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

55. Rudd Praises Board as ‘Historic’ Step for U of M -

NASHVILLE – Calling the appointment of a board of trustees a “historic” and “essential” step for the University of Memphis, president M. David Rudd says the autonomous board will enable the university to control its own destiny.

56. Dr. Bethune Was True Fundraiser -

In the early 1950’s, I had the honor to hear Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune speak in a packed, hot and humid Clayborn Temple in Downtown Memphis. She was a powerful orator. She mesmerized me, she mesmerized the crowd. She raised money for Bethune-Cookman College the old fashioned way: “She passed the hat.” 

57. Last Word: Little Chairs in Longview, Police Pay Raise and Tiger Football Schedule -

The toys are in their cubbyholes. No stray Legos yet. The little chairs tucked neatly under little tables. The tall trees with their bare branches are much in need of little eyes inspecting their twisted branches and the shadows they make on the winter ground.

58. Strickland Says Budget Will Include Police Pay Raise -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will propose a pay raise for Memphis Police officers in his upcoming budget proposal.

59. First Horizon Raises Dividend 29 Percent -

First Horizon National Corp. has decided to hike its quarterly cash dividend on common stock by 29 percent.

60. Local Soul Taking the Pain Out of Fundraising -

For Local Soul founder Cade Peeper, keeping things as “hyper local” as possible is a big focus heading into the company’s launch year into the Greater Memphis market.

61. Ioby Helps Raise $600,000 for Community Restoration Projects -

When you walk into the Clayborn Temple in Downtown Memphis, it’s obvious that the 126-year-old church has seen better days, but also laying under the imposing ruins of its enormous pipe organ is a sense of hope.

62. First Horizon Raises Dividend 29 Percent -

First Horizon National Corp. has decided to hike its quarterly cash dividend on common stock by 29 percent.

63. A Better Fit: Demand Takes Dry Cleaner Down Another Aisle -

In the age of recycling, a local dry cleaner and seamstress is restoring the lost art of dress designing for a generation of women who want to bring new life to vintage wedding gowns and formal wear.

64. Tennessee State Museum Under Audit After Director Gets Raise -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials have authorized a special audit of Tennessee State Museum operations after its executive director received a 26 percent pay raise.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2joW0rr) reports that museum officials announced the audit last week.

65. Youth Villages' New Marketing Officer Aims to Raise Nonprofit’s Identity -

For 15 years, Jennifer H. Jones was with Hilton Worldwide. Her task as senior director of brand marketing: build up the profiles of Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Waldorf Astoria Hotels.

Not long after Jones joined nonprofit Youth Villages last September as chief marketing officer, she was on a business trip. Her new boss, Youth Villages CEO Pat Lawler, wanted to know how she was doing – given that she was staying at the Hampton Inn and not the Waldorf.

66. How to Raise Prices and Keep Customers -

When planning your price increase, you probably thought about it all: The appropriate increase amount based on competitive standards, which products or services will be affected, and the amount of business your company can afford to lose as a result of the change. But too often companies forget their customers when they outline a price increase strategy. A communication plan is a key part of implementation and should never be an afterthought. 

67. 10 Ways to Refine Your Fundraising Readiness -

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series. Are you ready for a successful fundraising year? Are you already involved? Before you go full force in the marketplace – whether with cultivation or solicitation – stop and review your fundraising readiness status.

68. Literacy Mid-South Building Network to Raise Reading Levels -

As a child, Knox Shelton witnessed first-hand the struggle to break a generational cycle of marginal literacy. He grew up in Jonesville, Virginia, a small Appalachian coal mining town.

“I mostly remembered the good times of being a kid,” said Shelton, who recently was promoted to the role of executive director at Literacy Mid-South. “But little memories come back that are very dark and scary, just to think of situations kids were in. I’m gonna make it sound like an awful town, but there were kids pulled out of school in first grade to work with their families.

69. General Motors Exudes Optimism, Raises Outlook for 2017 -

DETROIT (AP) – Optimistic executives at General Motors say strong sales in two core markets, the U.S. and China, along with cost-cutting will power the company to higher profits in 2017.

70. Parents, Save Up: Cost of Raising a Child is More Than $233K -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Better put plenty of money in your savings account.

The Department of Agriculture says the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or as much as almost $14,000 annually. That's the average for a middle-income couple with two children. It's a bit more expensive in urban parts of the country, and less so in rural areas.

71. Letter: Out-of-Towner Praises Memphians’ Kindness -

This is probably late to express my gratitude but it is never too late. On Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, I was trying to borrow a jack from AutoZone (they loan the tools, but not jack) to replace a damaged hubcap on the borrowed car that I was using. I was an out-of-towner in Memphis, didn’t know anybody, and tight on the budget, I was trying to DIY but needed a jack (the one in the trunk wasn’t good). 

72. Tennessee Lawmakers Could Raise, Lower Taxes This Session -

The 110th General Assembly is set to convene on Jan. 10 with unfinished business from previous sessions likely to dominate debate.

Here’s a look at some of the hottest topics expected to arise.

73. Arkansas Governor Starts Raising Money for Re-Election Bid -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson hasn't formally announced his plans to seek a second term, but is already raising money for his re-election bid.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2hNx6Fc) a fundraiser for the Republican governor's 2018 campaign is set for Thursday night at the Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock.

74. The FUNdraising Doctor is In, Part 2 -

Editor’s note: Part two in a two-part series. The financial health of an organization is often attributed to the board of directors. The composition of the board, its actions, the level of giving and the recognition of individual members all impact financial health.

75. Entering New Job, Tennessee Head of Colleges Draws Praise -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The new Tennessee Board of Regents chancellor has officially gotten the job, drawing praise from Gov. Bill Haslam and higher education officials.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2ibAWVj) Flora Tydings was confirmed as college system chancellor Tuesday. She starts Feb. 1.

76. Tupelo Band Raising Money to Perform at Trump Inauguration -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – A high school band in northeast Mississippi has been invited to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, but it must raise money quickly to pay for it.

77. The FUNdraising Doctor is In, Part 1 -

Editor’s note: This is part one in a two-part series. The board of directors of an organization is responsible for its financial health. What does this mean? How do you measure the fundraising health of the board? We at Saad&Shaw suggest a visit to the FUNdraising doctor. A check-up may be in order.

78. Nonprofits Raised Value In 2016 In Many Ways -

In any given year, charitable giving might rise or fall. But when the Chronical of Philanthropy analyzed the giving of the country’s 50 largest cities via Internal Revenue Service data, it captured a larger sample size: 2006 through 2012.

79. Amid Scrutiny, Eric Trump to Stop Raising Money for Charity -

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Eric Trump, one of President-elect Donald Trump’s sons and a major donor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has announced he will stop directly raising money for his namesake foundation, saying he worries the donations could be perceived as buying access to his father.

80. Karen Camper Crosses Aisle to Tackle State’s Most Pressing Issues -

Editor’s note: This is part two of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part one in the Thursday, Dec. 22, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

81. Memphis-Area Planned Parenthood Nears $12 Million Fundraising Goal -

Bracing for an uncertain future as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, Planned Parenthood of the Greater Memphis Region is taking steps to stay operational in the event of losing its federal funding.

82. New Director Wants to Raise Memphis Botanic Garden’s Profile -

The Memphis Botanic Garden long ago ceased being a place to just stop and smell the roses. While a rose garden is one of 28 specialty gardens spanning 96 acres, events and promotions have more recently provided MBG’s identity to the community, especially The Live at the Garden concert series.

83. Friendraising: Two Examples of Success -

As the year comes to an end, many of us are fortunate to receive invitations to events large and small. With Hanukkah falling on Dec. 24 there will be simultaneous celebrating by Jews and Christians this year. And even more will celebrate the New Year. Some events are family parties, work gatherings or faith celebrations. Others are fundraisers or “friendraisers” for nonprofit organizations or institutions.

84. Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club Raise $400K for Le Bonheur -

Local Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members recently wrapped up a seven-week campaign that collected $399,032 on behalf of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The fundraiser was part of a national campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that resulted in nearly $37 million for member hospitals across America.

85. Fed Raises Key Interest Rate and Foresees 3 Hikes in 2017 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised a key interest rate in response to a strengthening U.S. economy and expectations of higher inflation, and it foresees three more rate hikes in 2017.

86. Faison’s Folly? Pushing Pot as a Conservative -

By just about any measure, state Rep. Jeremy Faison is a hardcore conservative. But when it comes to the cannabis plant, the East Tennessee legislator is ready to fire up the General Assembly with a move to liberalize the state’s pot law.

87. Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club Raise $400K for Le Bonheur -

Local Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members recently wrapped up a seven-week campaign that collected $399,032 on behalf of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The fundraiser was part of a national campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that resulted in nearly $37 million for member hospitals across America.

88. 3 Ways to Launch Fundraising in the New Year -

The new year is soon upon us, complete with new year resolutions. Some are personal: Lose weight, exercise more, be a more loving person, spend more time with family, quit smoking. … Others relate to the nonprofit organizations we work with. To help you prepare your nonprofit organization or institution for a most positive year, we offer these three suggestions.

89. WinterArts Raises Status of Eastgate as an Arts District -

With the successful resurrections of Broad Avenue and Crosstown to the west, one familiar East Memphis locale is hoping to reinvent its image and capture similar success.

Since it first opened in 1962, the Eastgate Shopping Center has always been more associated with retail than fine arts, but now some members of the Memphis arts community are hoping to change that.

90. What is a Culture of Fundraising? -

Part three of a three-part series. Everyone has to have a responsibility for fundraising. We call this a culture of fundraising. Others refer to it as a culture of philanthropy. Either way, this shared responsibility is at the core of nonprofit fundraising and sustainable organizations.

91. Creating a Culture of Fundraising, Part 2 -

Editor’s note: In part two of their three-part series on creating a culture of fundraising, Mel and Pearl Shaw share how to integrate and align fundraising with your mission.

92. Lennox Cos. Raising Its Profile -

When Lennox Cos. was founded in 2014, the upstart apartment management company owned only three properties with 800 units, but a mere 2 ½ years later it manages 18 properties with more than 3,700 units.

93. Creating a Culture of Fundraising, Part 1 -

“How can we raise money before the end of the year?!?” We have received several calls like these. Established and emerging organizations want to make sure they communicate with and solicit donors before the end of the year. 

94. Tigers’ Dedric Lawson On Naismith Trophy List -

University of Memphis sophomore forward Dedric Lawson has been selected as one of 50 student-athletes named to the Naismith Trophy watch list. The 50-person list is selected by a national panel of voters by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Subsequent cuts will trim the field to 30 players on Feb. 9, to 10 semifinalists on March 1, and then four finalists will be announced on March 19.

95. Tigers’ Dedric Lawson On Naismith Trophy List -

University of Memphis sophomore forward Dedric Lawson has been selected as one of 50 student-athletes named to the Naismith Trophy watch list. The 50-person list is selected by a national panel of voters by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Subsequent cuts will trim the field to 30 players on Feb. 9, to 10 semifinalists on March 1, and then four finalists will be announced on March 19.

96. Green Renaissance -

As director of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Jen Andrews has been on the front lines of what can fairly be called a green revival in Memphis. And she is amazed at how much change has occurred over the last decade, a rebirth that spans not just across the miles but now seems embedded in the city’s psyche.

97. Report: More Money Doesn't Exactly Mean Raises for Teachers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new report sheds lights on the millions of additional dollars announced earlier this year by the state for teacher salaries in Tennessee.

According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2cWGWx2), the state Comptroller of the Treasury report explains that when Gov. Bill Haslam said in his State of the State address that he was putting $105 million into the Basic Education Program for teacher salaries, it didn't necessarily mean raises for educators statewide.

98. Americans Got Raise Last Year for First Time Since 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans finally got a raise last year after eight years of stagnating incomes.

The typical U.S. household's income rose 5.2 percent in 2015 to $56,516, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. Even with the solid gain, that remains below the median household income of $57,423 in 2007 when the Great Recession began. The median is the point where half of households fall below and half are above.

99. Donor Retention and Attrition: How Effective is Your Fundraising? -

We know you want to meet your fundraising goals. We also know some readers may be anxious wondering, “How will the calendar year end? Will we be in the red or in the black come Dec. 31?” While we don’t have a magic wand, we do want to suggest two aspects of fundraising management you should keep an eye on.

100. Central Defense Raises $13K For Summer Camp -

Memphis-based Central Defense Security, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, raised $13,576 to support the city of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods’ Summer Day Camp program this year, the company has announced. The funds were used to offset the registration, activity and early arrival fees for 123 campers at several community centers around the city and cover the costs for special Fun Days at three locations. It is CDS’ fifth year to raise money for the camp program.