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1. Germantown Apartment Complex Sells for $32M -

Whitney Management Corp., a Texas-based apartment management company, recently added to its Memphis portfolio with the purchase of a 252-unit apartment complex in Germantown.

2. The Week Ahead: January 17-23 -

Good morning, Memphis! This is a good week to be inspired, as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courage to motivate and inspire change. Plus, UrbanArt Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Brooks Museum of Art unveils an exhibition sure to make you hoppy – err, happy. Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

3. Rerouting Regulations -

With every new administration comes some degree of uncertainty when it comes to federal regulations.

But after an especially unpredictable campaign season, all eyes are now on the president-elect to see what he’ll do next. 

4. McNally Voted Tennessee Senate Speaker -

Promising to maintain Tennessee’s strong fiscal standing, veteran legislator Randy McNally of Oak Ridge took the gavel Tuesday as Senate speaker, replacing Ron Ramsey, who over the last decade led a Republican majority to power in the Tennessee General Assembly.

5. New Police HQ Renovations To Cost Additional $2M -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 3, $2 million extra in capital funding for the renovation of 170 N. Main St., the 13-story building that was once the Donnelley J. Hill State Office Building.

6. New Police HQ Renovations To Cost Additional $2 Million -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 3, $2 million extra in capital funding for the renovation of 170 N. Main St., the 13-story building that was once the Donnelley J. Hill State Office Building.

7. Growth Accelerates Need for Tennessee Road Projects -

Tennessee’s lieutenant governor-in-waiting predicts Gov. Bill Haslam will propose a modest fuel-tax increase in early 2017 to bolster the state’s road and bridge construction program.

Republican Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge, the Senate’s outgoing Budget Committee chairman and likely next Senate speaker, says his “reading of the tea leaves” projects Haslam asking legislators to raise gas and diesel taxes but equalize the rates, which are separated by 3 cents per gallon.

8. Rallings, City Council Discuss 'Layered' Approach to Crime -

Memphis City Councilman Philip Spinosa says shopping malls should consider providing some additional security measures instead of relying solely on Memphis Police to quell disturbances at the malls.

9. Governor Seeks Quick Action on Disaster Request for Tenn. -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's governor has sent a request to President Barack Obama to expedite a major disaster declaration for five of the state's counties to aid in recovery from wildfires and severe storms.

10. US 30-Year Average Mortgage Rate Rises to 4.13 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed for the sixth straight week in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election win, marking new highs for the year.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan jumped this week to 4.13 percent from 4.08 percent the previous week. The benchmark rate surpassed its 3.95 percent level of a year ago.

11. Get Used to It: Economists See ‘New Normal’ of Slow Growth -

Americans should get used to a "new normal" of slow economic growth, business economists say.

The median estimate from economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics calls for the American economy to grow 2.2 percent in 2017, up from a forecast 1.6 percent this year and unchanged from the previous survey in September.

12. Last Word: Boca, Poe Killed by Politics and Embedding In The Real Memphis -

BOCA BOWL – As expected, the University of Memphis Tigers football team is going south for the post season. They got and accepted Sunday the formal invitation to play in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 20 against Western Kentucky. Ticket information should be forthcoming Monday for those of you who didn’t get enough during the Emerald Coast Classic with the basketball Tigers not too long ago.

13. US Bank Earnings Up Nearly 13 Percent in Q3 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks' earnings in the July-September period jumped nearly 13 percent from a year earlier as continued growth in lending fueled interest income.

The data issued Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed strength in the banking industry more than eight years after the financial crisis struck. However, the impact of low oil prices on energy companies led banks to continue to post bigger losses on commercial and industrial loans. Some energy companies have struggled to repay loans, causing distress for banks in oil and gas producing regions.

14. Mortgage Rates Keep Rising After Trump's Election Win -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to surge last week in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election win.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Wednesday that the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan shot up to 4.03 percent, the highest since July 2015 and up from 3.94 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year home loans climbed to 3.25 percent, up from 3.14 percent last week and highest since January.

15. Bridges Renames Center, Completes $20M Campaign -

Bridges celebrated the completion of a six-year, $20 million endowment campaign Tuesday, Nov. 15, that included the renaming of the nonprofit center as the Jim Boyd Bridges Center.

16. Bridges Renames Center, Completes $20M Campaign -

Bridges celebrated the completion of a six-year, $20 million endowment campaign Tuesday, Nov. 15, that included the renaming of the nonprofit center as the Jim Boyd Bridges Center.

17. Rocker Leon Russell Dies in Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Leon Russell, who performed, sang and produced some of rock 'n' roll's top records, has died. He was 74.

18. Last Word: Election Impact, Fun with Election Cross Tabs and DeSoto vs. Marshall -

Now, about the idea being discussed starting late last week that when the Feds are looking at someone running for office or holding office they have to take into consideration how close the next election is for that person.

19. Local Politicos Shift Focus to 2018 Given Expected Presidential Results -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism threw a masquerade party two nights before Halloween on an excursion boat.

20. LITE to Use $40K Grant for Student Programs -

Fresh off of receiving a $40,000 grant, Hardy Farrow is poised to take his nonprofit program to the next level.

Farrow’s organization, Let’s Innovate Through Education (LITE), recently was one of 60 applicants nationwide to receive a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. The organization, which aims to turn minority students into entrepreneurs, was among 750 nonprofits to apply.

21. Airlines Cancel Hundreds of Flights as Hurricane Hits US -

Airlines canceled hundreds of flights for Thursday and again Friday as Hurricane Matthew pelted the Florida coast with high winds and heavy rain.

The Fort Lauderdale airport shut down on Thursday morning, and further north the Orlando airport expected to do the same by nighttime.

22. New Memphis Promotes 2 to Leadership Team -

The New Memphis Institute has promoted two young professionals to leadership roles on its team, each of whom is focused on a facet of its work that engages millennials in Memphis.

That’s a key focal point for the civic group that aims to attract, develop and retain talent in the city, since 75 percent of the New Memphis Institute’s staff is comprised of millennials.

23. Power of the Mighty Mississippi Rushes Below Big River Crossing -

Autumn is a few days late in arriving, but just in time for a stepped-up schedule of tours of the Big River Crossing this week.

The bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge opens to the public Oct. 22.

24. Youth Board Chooses LITE for $40,000 Grant -

Memphis nonprofit Let’s Innovate through Education is one of 60 recipients chosen by a youth advisory board to receive a $40,000 grant from State Farm.

LITE was one of 750 nonprofits to apply for the grant. Youths from across the country evaluated the applications for how effective they utilized youth voice, then chose the top 60 to receive grants. Let’s Innovate through Education is the first Memphis nonprofit to be chosen since the the youth advisory board process began.

25. Bridging Imagination and Reality -

GETTING A BIG IDEA ACROSS. A few years ago, I heard about a big idea and wrote about it. Next month, that idea becomes Big River Crossing, an inspirational bridge between imagination and reality.

26. Last Word: Pot's Second, Marina Cove to Eden Square and Deadspin on the NCRM -

With the work week underway, the gas price spike is official and regional.

27. LITE Chosen by Youth Board To Receive $40K Grant -

Memphis nonprofit Let’s Innovate through Education is one of 60 recipients chosen by a youth advisory board to receive a $40,000 grant from State Farm.

LITE was one of 750 nonprofits to apply for the grant. Youths from across the country evaluated the applications for how effective they utilized youth voice, then chose the top 60 to receive grants. Let’s Innovate through Education is the first Memphis nonprofit to be chosen since the the youth advisory board process began.

28. Facing $60M Penalty, Tennessee Repeals Underage DUI Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday repealed an underage drunken driving law that threatened to cost the state $60 million in road money by running afoul of federal zero-tolerance standards.

29. Farrow: ‘You Really Have to Listen to People’ -

It was a defining moment: When Hardy Farrow was a student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., he became an intern with Teach for America. One day in a D.C. classroom, a fourth-grader asked him about where he went to college, and they began talking. 

30. FAA Forecast: 600,000 Commercial Drones Within The Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – There will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration estimate.

31. County Commission Ties Up Budget Loose Ends -

Shelby County Commissioners moved into the month-old fiscal year Monday, Aug. 1, with a few loose ends and issues from budget season.

Among the contracts approved by commissioners Monday were two road paving contracts totaling $3.5 million.

32. County Commission Pursues Budget Loose Ends -

Shelby County Commissioners moved into the month-old fiscal year Monday, Aug. 1, with a few loose ends and issues from budget season.

Among the contracts approved by commissioners Monday were two road paving contracts totaling $3.5 million.

33. County Commission Pursues Budget Loose Ends -

Shelby County Commissioners moved into the month-old fiscal year Monday, Aug. 1, with a few loose ends and issues from budget season.

Among the contracts approved by commissioners Monday were two road paving contracts totaling $3.5 million.

34. Last Word: Return of the Balloon Note, SCS and Migrant Teens & Greensward Doubts -

One of the prime culprits in the housing bubble burst that played a role in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression is back – the adjustable rate mortgage.

Numbers from Chandler Reports, the real estate information company that is part of The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc, show the number of such loans has spiked in the first half of this year and are the highest they’ve been since 2008, the year after the bubble burst nationally.

35. Memphis Police Officers, Youth Discuss Ways to Improve Relations -

As national headlines trumpet accounts of police-involved shootings, attacks on officers and related protests on an almost daily basis, a diverse group of Mid-South high school students met with Memphis Police Department (MPD) representatives Wednesday, July 20, to open the lines of communication and share their different perspectives.

36. Businesses Welcome Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail Completion -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – No more orange barrels to drive around, no more lane shifts, no more trouble getting in and out of parking spaces.

"Hallelujah," said Pam Fair, a co-owner of Sparrows on Main, a boutique on East Main Street that opened in May 2014. Four months later, work began on the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail.

37. Turkish Military in Attempted Coup, Prime Minister Says -

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup, the prime minister said, with military jets flying over the capital and reports of vehicles blocking two major bridges in Istanbul.

38. Last Word: Regrouping, Freedom Awards and The View From Another Bridge -

It will be a year come Sunday – a year since Darrius Stewart, a passenger in a car pulled over by Memphis Police in Hickory Hill was shot and killed by Officer Conner Schilling.

39. Events -

Ghost River Brewing Co. and Wolf River Conservancy will host Drink a Beer, Save a River on Tuesday, July 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Miss Cordelia’s, 737 Harbor Bend Road. A dollar from every Ghost River Beer sold will flow directly to the conservancy. Visit wolfriver.org.

40. Events -

West Tennessee Historical Society will meet Monday, July 11, in Memphis University School’s Wunderlich Auditorium, 6191 Park Ave. Nora Tucker, manager and curator of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame, is the guest speaker. Visit wths-tn.org for details.

41. Archer Malmo Sets Record For Employee Headcount -

Memphis-based branch communications agency Archer Malmo, has announced 22 new hires in its Memphis office.

That, combined with the agency’s recent acquisition of creative agency Combustion, brings Archer Malmo’s total employee count to 205 – the largest staff in the agency’s 64-year history.

42. Events -

BRIDGES president and CEO Cynthia Ham will host a lunch and learn discussion about the importance of youth-led social change in Memphis on Thursday, July 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bridges, 477 N. Fifth St. Free, secure parking at Fifth and A.W. Willis Avenue. RSVP to cconway@bridgesusa.org or 901-260-3724 by Tuesday, July 12.

43. Archer Malmo Sets Record For Employee Headcount -

Memphis-based branch communications agency Archer Malmo, has announced 22 new hires in its Memphis office.

That, combined with the agency’s recent acquisition of creative agency Combustion, brings Archer Malmo’s total employee count to 205 – the largest staff in the agency’s 64-year history.

44. Last Word: Being Veep, Greensward Still Active and Tuition Goes Up -

On one of the most eventful days yet in the 2016 Presidential general election campaign, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker was on the campaign trail with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. First there was a private meeting in New York where he was reportedly being vetted for the vice president’s position including a look at his financials – and then a Trump rally in Raleigh, N.C., where he was being road tested.

45. Bridge Builders Creating Leaders One Cohort at a Time -

In the High Adventure Hall in the Bridges Center on North Fifth Street, more than 150 seventh- and eighth-graders, organized in groups designated by team-colored T-shirts, are collectively and enthusiastically practicing the Bridge Builders pledge:

46. White House Clears Small, Commercial Drones for Takeoff -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and countless other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday, after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology.

47. Last Word: Back On, EDGE and Diversity and Jungle Room Sessions -

Are your lights on yet? How is your air conditioning? First came the rain Wednesday night and then came the power outages that stretched into Thursday.

So the last Twitter update from Memphis Light Gas and Water at 8 p.m. Thursday shows 248 outages in the MLGW service area with 2,746 customers still in the dark and the worst heat of the year so far. Those numbers translate to 95 percent of the customers impacted having their power restored Thursday evening.

48. EDGE Adopts Changes to Diversity Policy -

After six months of deliberation, the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has ratified a diversity policy for its five PILOT programs.

The adopted program requires that companies receiving financial incentives from EDGE spend with local and minority-owned businesses an amount totaling 25 percent of the construction costs plus 15 percent of the projected PILOT savings for the duration of the property tax freeze. Exceptional performance will earn a company up to two years on its PILOT. If a company fails to meet the spending requirements, EDGE will reduce the terms of the PILOT by 20 percent or two years, depending on which is less.

49. Last Word: ServiceMaster Details, Loflin Yard Changes and Bridge Lighting -

The ServiceMaster local incentives for the new Peabody Place headquarters have cleared the first hurdle.

That was the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation’s Tuesday meeting. It’s on to the Center City Development Corporation Wednesday and then EDGE.

50. Donors Providing $12 Million To Light Mississippi River Bridges -

With the Big River Crossing on the north side of the Harahan Bridge moving toward a fall opening, the city of Memphis has reached an agreement with a group of anonymous donors for the lighting of the bridge by the Oct. 22 opening of the pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk.

51. Council Accepts Donations For Bridge LED Lighting -

Two of the four bridges crossing the Mississippi River will be framed with LED lighting for a fall debut on the city’s riverfront with the October formal opening of the Big River Crossing.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, June 7, accepting $12 million in private donations for the lighting of the Harahan Bridge as well as a conversion of the existing lighting on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge to LED lighting.

52. Council Accepts Donations for Bridge LED Lighting -

Two of the four bridges crossing the Mississippi River will be framed with LED lighting for a fall debut on the city’s riverfront with the October formal opening of the Big River Crossing.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, June 7, accepting $12 million in private donations for the lighting of the Harahan Bridge as well as a conversion of the existing lighting on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge to LED lighting.

53. Last Word: Graduation Day, St. Jude's New Office Tower and Another Bike Map -

The chances are pretty good that you encountered someone in a cap and gown this weekend.

It is graduation season and Shelby County Schools kicked it off Saturday with 14 high school graduations – that’s in one day.

54. BRIDGES Celebrates Retirement of CFO Bob Rogalski -

The BRIDGES mission is as clear as it is bold: “To unite and inspire diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation.”

But every bridge needs support. For 11 years, Bob Rogalski has served as the nonprofit’s vice president of finance and CFO. He is retiring on June 30, the end of BRIDGES’ 2016 fiscal year. Endowment earnings for this fiscal year were $720,000 and next year’s endowment should be around $765,000, Rogalski said.

55. Vanderbilt Poll Finds Trump With 9-Point Lead in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a 9 percentage point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tennessee, according to a Vanderbilt University poll released Thursday.

56. Facing History Announces Memphis Upstanders -

The Memphis chapter of Facing History and Ourselves has named the people and groups that will be memorialized on its “Upstanders Mural,” a public art project honoring those who chose to take positive action in the face of injustice.

57. Facing History Announces Memphis Upstanders -

The Memphis chapter of Facing History and Ourselves has named the people and groups that will be memorialized on its “Upstanders Mural,” a public art project honoring those who chose to take positive action in the face of injustice.

58. The Week Ahead: May 9-15 -

Alright, Memphis, grab your calendars! Whether you want to book it over to the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival or just baste in the scent of barbecue, there’s plenty to do this week. Here’s our roundup...

59. Robots Are Taking Tennessee’s Jobs -

MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.

60. Luttrell Wants to Bridge Urban-Rural Divide -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen knows the signs of someone making the transition to running for Congress.

So when he and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell spoke at the March 31 opening of Moore Tech’s new welding school, Cohen watched closely as Luttrell began talking about the lack of workforce training and questioned the old Shelby County Schools slogan of “every child college bound.”

61. Last Word: Basketball Intervention, Medical Inventory and Memphis in the 1960s -

Five games left for the Grizzlies to win three and then get to play more in the NBA playoffs. And what seemed to be a foregone conclusion is now not such a sure thing based on the Grizz performance in Sunday’s 119-107 loss to the Orlando Magic in Orlando.

62. Millionaires: Raise Our Taxes to Address Poverty, Fix Roads -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – More than 40 millionaires, including members of the Rockefeller and Disney families, are asking to have their taxes raised to help address poverty and rebuild failing infrastructure.

63. Roads Removed From Tennessee Public-Private Partnership Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to allow public-private partnerships for transportation projects in Tennessee is advancing in the state Legislature after sponsors said it would no longer apply to highway or bridge construction.

64. Grimes Joins Barge Waggoner As Transportation Project Manager -

Keafur Grimes has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as transportation project manager, bringing with him more than 35 years of experience. In his new role, Grimes manages transportation planning and construction projects to meet federal, state and local regulations; ensures that projects meet quality compliance and assurance standards as well as customer needs; and are delivered on time and within budget.

65. Anne Dixon Joins BRIDGES as CFO -

Anne Dixon has joined BRIDGES as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Dixon, who is a Bridge Builders alumna, is responsible in her new role for financial reporting and analysis to help BRIDGES leadership in performing their responsibilities. 

66. Engineer Jonnye McElyea Joins Allen & Hoshall -

Jonnye McElyea has joined Allen & Hoshall as a structural engineer. McElyea, who designs structures such as buildings, bridges and retaining walls, is among the 19 percent of engineers who are women. Her previous experience includes time at Parsons Corporation and AFRAM Corp.

67. The Week Ahead: February 29, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? We know what you’ll be doing Tuesday (voting, of course!), but plenty of nonpolitical happenings grace this week’s calendar too – from a trio of Grizzlies games to a fundraiser supporting fair housing.

68. Report: Racial History Fuels Some Backlash Against ASD -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Some of the backlash against the state's Achievement School District is rooted in the historical experience of Memphis and the River City's history of highly charged racial dynamics that date back to the 19th century, a new report says.

69. Haslam Outlines Conservative Approach to Surplus -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told state legislators Monday, Feb. 1, that the state’s estimated $500 million surplus has to be balanced with a global economy that could change for the worse.

“Our approach is to realize that good times are not going to last forever,” Haslam said in his annual state of the state address on Capitol Hill in Nashville.

70. Haslam Touts New Spending On Teacher Raises, Urges Caution In Use of Reserve -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told state legislators Monday, Feb. 1, that the state’s estimated $500 million surplus has to be balanced with a global economy that could change for the worse.

“Our approach is to realize that good times are not going to last forever,” Haslam said in his annual state of the state address on Capitol Hill in Nashville.

71. The 5 Applicants for Mud Island Redevelopment -

Each company that applied to redevelop Mud Island River Park has a month to submit its detailed proposal, including specific plans and how they would be financed, to the Riverfront Development Corp.

72. Five Mud Island Proposals Go Public -

A Memphis resort hotel group headed by mortgage banker and hotel manager Paul Westphal is proposing a 500-room resort hotel and spa in Mud Island River Park that would incorporate the island’s River Walk in its lobby.

73. National Civil Rights Museum Debuts Digital Network -

The National Civil Rights Museum has started a digital network of the speeches from its annual Freedom Awards programs.

The museum debuted the network on the federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday with speeches the 2015 Freedom Award honorees gave at the annual public forum and the awards banquet.

74. Study: Transportation Issues Cost $5.6B in Tenn. -

A new study finds that traffic congestion and road deficiencies in Tennessee cost motorists in the state $5.6 billion a year.

The Washington-based transportation research group Trip conducted the study that calls for boosting investment in Tennessee roads, bridges and transit.

75. Study Finds $5.6B Cost of Transportation Issues in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new study finds that traffic congestion and road deficiencies in Tennessee cost motorists in the state $5.6 billion a year.

The Washington-based transportation research group Trip conducted the study that calls for boosting investment in Tennessee roads, bridges and transit.

76. Tourism Goes Beyond Graceland, Beale Street -

This week, hundreds of investors, community builders and federal leaders gathered at the third annual Rural Opportunity Investment Conference, which ended with a discussion of spurring economic development through tourism.

77. Incarcerated Youth Offer Solutions, Hope -

There is a growing concern about the increase of youth violence in the United States, and an equally growing commitment to advance the work of violence prevention and early intervention to prevent youth violence before it occurs. Memphis is no exception, on either issue.

78. Opera Memphis General Director Reflects on Challenges, Storytelling -

Even though he’ll have reached the five-year mark as general director at Opera Memphis in January, Ned Canty says there are some days when it feels like he’s still just getting started.

In a recent conversation with The Daily News, he was by turns philosophical and as optimistic as ever about the nature of his work and about the task of making one of the oldest musical forms relevant in the city where rock ’n’ roll was born.

79. Bridgestone Inks Deal to Acquire Pep Boys for $863M -

Pep Boys has agreed to be acquired by Bridgestone for $863 million in cash after the tires and auto service company sweetened its offer following a bid from Carl Icahn's investment firm.

Bridgestone and Pep Boys said late Friday that the new offer amounts to $15.50 for each Pep Boys share, an increase from its previous offer of $15 per share.

80. Obama Signs 5-Year Infrastructure Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A 5-year, $305-billion bill to address the nation's aging and congested transportation systems was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama, who said it will put Americans to work and provide states with the federal help they need to commit to long-term projects.

81. Vanderbilt Poll Finds Support for Modest Gas Tax Increase -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As Gov. Bill Haslam crisscrosses the state trying to build support for a gas tax increase, a new Vanderbilt University poll finds voters are willing to pay more to improve roads and bridges.

82. Central Station Lease Approved, Clearing Path to Redevelopment -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Dec. 1, the 99-year lease of Central Station by private developers from the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

The group plans to develop the property – including the train station – into a mixed-use project to include a movie theater, expanded market place, apartments and a hotel.

83. Central Station Lease Approved, Clearing Path to Redevelopment -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Dec. 1, the 99-year lease of Central Station by private developers from the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

The group plans to develop the property – including the train station – into a mixed-use project to include a movie theater, expanded market place, apartments and a hotel.

84. Central Station Lease Approved, Clearing Path to Redevelopment -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Dec. 1, the 99-year lease of Central Station by private developers from the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

The group plans to develop the property – including the train station – into a mixed-use project to include a movie theater, expanded market place, apartments and a hotel.

85. Memphis City Council Runs Smart Meter Gauntlet -

The Memphis City Council may have six lame ducks on it. But in its last month together, the group of 13 isn’t coasting to the end of its term.

The council approved Tuesday, Dec. 1, a $240 million, five-year contract between Memphis Light Gas and Water Division and Elster Solutions LLC to outfit most of the city with smart meters.

86. Council Approves Smart Meter Pact, Compromises on Water Rate Hike, Idlewild Gate -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Dec. 1, a $240-million five-year contract between Memphis Light Gas and Water Division and Elster Solutions LLC to outfit most of the city with Smart Meters.

87. Angels Of Our Better Nature -

SPIRITS OF A CITY. Emily Sutton and Annie Cook were prostitutes. And angels.

88. Conference Aims to Spark Positive Change, One ZIP Code at a Time -

The world can be a big place, even within one city or a single ZIP code. But the world also can be made smaller when the right kinds of lines are crossed.

Steve Nash founded nonprofit Advance Memphis in 1999, beginning an ambitious project without end. His goal: bring economic sustainability to the people living in and around the Cleaborn/Foote Homes public housing developments in South Memphis’ 38126 ZIP code, the poorest urban ZIP in Tennessee.

89. Mo’s Bows CEO Named To TIME’s ‘Most Influential Teens’ -

TIME Magazine this week named 13-year-old Moziah Bridges, CEO of Mo’s Bows, as one of the “30 Most Influential Teens of 2015.” That ranking put him alongside the likes of Malia Obama; Bindi Irwin, a conservationist and daughter of the late Steve Irwin; and Ahmed Mohamed, the ninth grader arrested recently for bringing a clock to school that authorities mistook for a bomb. The distinction is only the latest in a string of them for Bridges.

90. Mo’s Bows CEO Named One of TIME’s ‘Most Influential Teens’ -

When one of Memphis’ youngest CEOs took the first steps toward what would become his internationally recognized company Mo’s Bows, he did it under the watchful eye of his grandmother, who showed him how to use her scrap fabric to make and sell his own ties.

91. Bridgestone Buying Pep Boys For About $835 Million -

Tire and auto service company Bridgestone Corp. is buying auto parts and repair company Pep Boys in for $835 million in a deal that will help Bridgestone gain a more dominant position.

92. Interstate 55 Roundabout Delay Creates Frustration -

Lauren Crews admits that the old, vacant motel he owns on the border between Interstate 55 and the French Fort neighborhood is an eyesore.

93. A Pothole 26 Years Deep -

CRUISING LIKE IT’S 1989. Let’s pretend you can get three cans of tomato soup at Seessel’s for a buck instead of just one, a six-pack of Bud for four bucks instead of six or seven, and a pound of hamburger for 89 cents instead of five bucks. Hell, let’s pretend there’s a Seessel’s.

94. Haslam: Long-term Plan Needed for Road Project Backlog -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that a long-term revenue plan is needed to address Tennessee's growing list of unfunded road projects, and that one-time money won't fix the problem.

95. Health Care Rx -

The debate, hand-wringing, expert studies and frustrations over what to do about fixing the nation’s health care system are certainly a testament to the scale of the problem and the elusiveness, so far, of solutions.

96. Memphis Airport Lands $1.4M for Improvements -

Memphis International Airport will receive $1.4 million in federal funding to go toward installing newer, more efficient air conditioning units in three jet bridges.

The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission program, which is designed to reduce emissions and improve the air quality in and around the airport..

97. Memphis Airport Lands $1.4 Million for Improvements -

Memphis International Airport will receive $1.4 million in federal funding to go toward installing newer, more efficient air conditioning units in three jet bridges.

The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission program, which is designed to reduce emissions and improve the air quality in and around the airport..

98. Raise Gas Tax or Borrow? How to Fund Road Projects -

Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.

99. 'YOUnified' Celebrates Memphis Teens' Leadership, Unity -

More than 1,600 Memphis students "YOUnified" at Tiger Lane over the weekend for a Bridge Builders celebration of leadership and unity.

Hosted by BRIDGES on Friday, Aug. 7, the third annual event brought together sixth- through 12th graders for a variety of activities, including oversized games of bubble soccer and volleyball, an inflatable water slide, live local performances and a huge dance party.

100. Civil Rights Museum Names Freedom Awards Recipients -

Ava DuVernay, the director of the movie “Selma,” Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and Ruby Bridges-Hall, who as a 6-year-old integrated schools in New Orleans, are the recipients of the 2015 National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards.