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1. Attorney Lewis Donelson Marks 100th Birthday -

Memphis attorney Lewis Donelson marked his 100th birthday Monday, Oct. 9.

The senior counsel and co-founder of Baker Donelson has had a 70-year career in the law and had been active in politics before he founded the law firm in 1954, including the founding of the modern Republican Party in Tennessee and Shelby County at a time when political boss E.H. Crump would not even allow the party to hold primaries in Shelby County.

2. Law Firms Implement Initiatives, Mentoring to Retain Women Attorneys -

Although more than half of law school graduates are women, they make up only 36 percent of legal professionals, according to a 2017 report from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women.

3. Cory Christmas Gives Access to Opportunities -

Cory Christmas describes himself as risk-averse. But while he was growing up on the Gulf Coast, in Mobile, Alabama, he dreamed of being the sort of news reporter who broadcasts live during a hurricane.

4. Last Word: A Centennial, Corker Controversy Goes Wider and Ranked Choice Votes -

One of the most influential political figures in the city and state in the last half of the 20th century turned 100 years old MondayLewis Donelson, cofounder and senior counsel at Baker Donelson. A direct descendant of Andrew Jackson, the president from Tennessee who made the mold of the modern Democratic Party, Donelson started out, of course, as a Democrat. But by the 1950s was shaping the modern local and state Republican parties.

5. Attorney Lewis Donelson Marks 100th Birthday -

Memphis attorney Lewis Donelson marked his 100th birthday Monday, Oct. 9.

The senior counsel and co-founder of Baker Donelson has had a 70-year career in the law and had been active in politics before he founded the law firm in 1954, including the founding of the modern Republican Party in Tennessee and Shelby County at a time when political boss E.H. Crump would not even allow the party to hold primaries in Shelby County.

6. Good Shepherd, Transplant Foundation Team to Provide Low-Cost Medication -

Because of the high cost of their medications, transplant patients frequently are confronted with difficult-to-impossible choices in figuring out how to obtain and pay for the drugs they need.

That’s according to National Foundation for Transplants president and CEO Michelle Gilchrist, whose Memphis-based organization has teamed up with the local Good Shepherd Pharmacy to help bring affordable medications to transplant patients in Tennessee.

7. Gay Marriage Advocates Want Mississippi Law Struck Down -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Advocates of same-sex marriage said Monday that they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a Mississippi law that lets government workers and business people cite their own religious objections to refuse services to gay couples.

8. Baker Donelson Adds AI Technology to Services -

Memphis-based law firm Baker Donelson is adding artificial intelligence technology software developed by Kira Systems to provide business clients with faster, more cost-effective legal services, the company announced.

9. Baker Donelson Adds AI Technology to Services -

Memphis-based law firm Baker Donelson is adding artificial intelligence technology software developed by Kira Systems to provide business clients with faster, more cost-effective legal services, the company announced.

10. Finding Your Giving Hour -

What is an hour of your time worth? It’s not difficult to calculate the monetary equivalent of 60 minutes of doing your job. To use your skills, talent, training and wisdom has a price that brings value to your work. And what would that hour with you be worth if you gave it away? For someone in need, that hour with you could be priceless.

11. Old-School Con -

After a disappointing turnout last year, the 2017 Memphis Comic Expo nearly didn’t happen. But last year, a little before Christmas, Donald Juengling’s father passed away. Richard Juengling had been a big fan of his son’s efforts to stage a creator-oriented comic convention in Memphis.

12. MMDC Hires Mitchell to Lead Community Development -

Memphis native Vonesha Mitchell has joined the Memphis Medical District Collaborative as program manager, community development. Mitchell’s new position rolls together several functions, including recruiting retail for vacant and underutilized storefronts, working with U3 Advisors to launch and administer the Hire Local program, developing assistance package and incentive programs, and engaging current and potential businesses in the district to understand opportunities and concerns.

13. Haslam to Give Health Care Testimony in US Senate -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is traveling to Washington this week to testify in Congress.

Haslam is scheduled to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee on Thursday, Sept. 7. The panel is chaired by Lamar Alexander, Tennessee’s senior senator.

14. New Union Ave. Bank Branch, Whitehaven Wastewater Facility Seek Design Variances -

Pinnacle Bank is seeking a set of variances from the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment to build a new branch at the corner of Union Avenue and Rozelle Street.

15. Environmental Services Company Seeks Approval for Whitehaven Facility -

A Michigan-based environmental services company is seeking a variance with the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment to bring a wastewater reclamation and recycling facility to Whitehaven.

In its application, Valicor Environmental Services is seeking a special-use permit to allow for the refining of petroleum, liquefied petroleum gas and coal products.

16. Last Word: Crosstown & Forrest, Eclipse Day and The Problem With Day Care -

As an organizer of Saturday’s “Take Them Down” rally at Health Sciences Park walked toward Union Avenue where Memphis Police had taken one of the protesters arrested there, he looked at another organizer and said, “It’s time to make the call.” The call was bail money for the five, soon to be six people arrested. These were the first arrests of the last week of new momentum for an issue that has risen and subsided for decades now in our city.

17. Coffee, Bakery Shop To Occupy Busy Corner In Cooper-Young -

When David Adams first started considering a second Bluff City Coffee & Bakery location, he didn’t even think about the Cooper-Young neighborhood.

18. Memphis Medical District Bakery Project Closer to Inking Office Deals -

After receiving a 20-year tax incentive from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. this week, one of the most ambitious projects to come out of the Memphis Medical District in recent memory is one step closer to repopulating the Edge District with an influx of office tenants.

19. Last Word: Bakery Questions, Komen Name Change and the Price of A Run For Gov. -

City Hall opens a set of four public meetings on the Fairgrounds Thursday evening at 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center to start the movement again toward another master plan for Fairgrounds redevelopment. And it’s hard to tell at the outset what this will look like because there are so many possibilities. There are also so many fault lines in these discussions.

20. Bakery Development Closer to Inking Influx of Office Tenants -

After receiving a 20-year tax incentive from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. this week, one of the most ambitious projects to come out of the Memphis Medical District in recent memory is one step closer to repopulating the Edge District with an influx of office tenants.

21. Grade-Changing, Misconduct Probe Continues -

Shelby County Schools board members will likely get a briefing this month from the three outside attorneys investigating allegations of misconduct by school officials that were made by a former high school principal.

22. $73M Mixed-Use Bakery Development Clears First Hurdle -

Development Services Group’s $73 million plan to breathe new life into a 10-acre swath of the Memphis Medical District has taken its first public step toward becoming a reality.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved the developer’s request for a 20-year tax incentive to help offset construction costs for the ambitious project.

23. U of M Commencement To Be Held Aug. 6 -

The University of Memphis will award degrees to 706 students, including 48 doctoral degrees, at its summer commencement Sunday, Aug. 6, at noon at FedExForum.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Abby Parrill-Baker, recipient of the 2017 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.

24. Last Word: St. Jude School, More Gannett Moves and Maida Pearson Smith -

For most, the school year starts next week. But classes are already underway at St. Jude’s new Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, an idea 15 years in the making, according to the physician who had that idea. The school is a big step in higher education in Memphis and its road to research center status.

25. First Alliance Bank Inks 10-Year Lease to Move to Clark Tower -

Memphis-based First Alliance Bank has signed a 10-year lease to relocate its Poplar Avenue branch into the recently remodeled Clark Tower office building.


5100 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38137

26. Qatar Airways Dropping Plan to Invest in American Airlines -

DALLAS (AP) – Qatar Airways says it is dropping an attempt to buy a big stake in American Airlines, an audacious bid that had received a chilly reception from American.

Qatar Airways said Wednesday that the investment no longer meets its objectives. American Airlines Group Inc. did not comment immediately.

27. Last Word: Kustoff at Rotary, Royal's Vibe and The Terms of MEMPOWER -

The investment group that renovated the Chisca resurfaced Tuesday evening with a plan for the Wonder Bread factory, vacant for the last four years. But don’t look for a return of the bread smell to the Edge area. And if you look at what has started to happen in that particular corridor since Wonder Bread shut down, the mixed-use plan has some precedent. Throw in the move to sell The Commercial Appeal property just a few blocks away and if the economy remains this good, the transformation in this area could be radical in another four years.

28. U of M Commencement To Be Held Aug. 6 -

The University of Memphis will award degrees to 706 students, including 48 doctoral degrees, at its summer commencement Sunday, Aug. 6, at noon at FedExForum.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Abby Parrill-Baker, recipient of the 2017 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.

29. First Horizon Pulls Permit for Ongoing HQ Renovations -

First Horizon National Corp. continues its floor-by-floor renovation of the First Tennessee Bank headquarters at 165 Madison Ave.

30. ‘Fifth Wave’ of Federal Judicial Appointments Comes with Political Undercurrents -

The White House called it the “fifth wave” of federal judicial nominees. Among the 11 nominees announced by President Donald Trump Thursday, July 13, were two for the Memphis federal court bench. And the wave comes with a few political undercurrents.

31. Trump Nominates Norris, Parker to Memphis Federal Court Bench -

President Donald Trump has nominated state Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris and Memphis attorney Tommy Parker to be the two newest judges in Memphis federal court, according to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

32. Crust Named MSO Assistant, Youth Symphony Conductor -

Andrew Crust, who recently was named assistant conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Memphis Youth Symphony, shares why young musicians inspire him and how orchestras can reach a younger audience in this week's Newsmakers Q&A.

33. Saturday Legal Aid Clinic To Celebrate 10 Years -

A ceremony and reception will be held Saturday, July 8, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic, or 2SLAC, serving the Memphis community.

The event will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

34. Events -

Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza will take place Monday, July 3, at Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center, located at Appling Road and U.S. 70. Events start at 6 p.m. and include a car display, children’s activities, live music by the Bartlett Community Concert Band (6:30 p.m.) and Jamie Baker & the VIPs (7:45 p.m.), and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Visit cityofbartlett.org for details.

35. Events -

Downtown Memphis’ Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular will take place Tuesday, July 4, at Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front St. The park opens at 10 a.m., live music and activities begin at 6 p.m. and the fireworks display will launch at 9:15 p.m. Visit facebook.com/mudislandriverpark for details.

36. Events -

The South Main Historic Arts District’s last-Friday Trolley Night takes place Friday, June 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Art galleries, restaurants and shops between The Orpheum and Webster Avenue will stay open late, with live music and entertainment outside. The evening kicks off with the Memphis Second Line Jazz Band leading a second line parade from LYFE Kitchen to Webster at 6:30 p.m. with surprises along the way, including the GrizzLine at 7 p.m. Visit gosouthmain.com for details.

37. Gibson Becomes First African-American Woman Partner at Burch, Porter & Johnson -

Tannera Gibson knew she wanted to be more than an attorney. She wanted to be an attorney at Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC, one of the city’s oldest law firms with a deep history in and out of court and the business of law.

38. Attorneys in SCS Investigation Define Structure of Probe, Seek Information -

The attorneys investigating allegations of grade changing, corruption, intimidation and other misconduct within the Shelby County Schools system have set up a hotline and email account for information on the allegations.

39. Attorneys Set Structure of Outside Probe of SCS Allegations -

The attorneys investigating allegations of grade changing, corruption, intimidation and other misconduct within the Shelby County Schools system have set up a hotline and email account for information on the allegations.

40. Saudi King Names Son Heir as New Generation Encircles Throne -

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince on Wednesday, placing him first-in-line to the throne and laying the groundwork for an entirely new generation of royals to take the reins.

41. St. Jude Hosts Pediatric Palliative Oncology Symposium -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital welcomed 325 physicians, nurses and psychosocial professionals from around the world in recent days for the first Pediatric Palliative Oncology Symposium, the largest conference of its type that has been held in the U.S.

42. 3-Attorney Panel to Review Mackin's Allegations Against Shelby County Schools -

A panel of three attorneys, including former U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton are investigating allegations of a cover-up, sexual harassment, theft and widespread grade tampering made last week by former Trezevant High School principal Ronnie Mackin.

43. Events -

Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe will present “Unseen City,” written and directed by Alex Skitolsky with choreography by Kimberly Baker, Friday, June 9, through June 24 at 2085 Monroe Ave. Tickets (cash only) are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 901-274-1000 to make reservations; visit ourownvoice.org for more information.

44. Events -

A Teach901 Job Fair Will Take Place Thursday, June 8, From 6 P.m. To 8 P.m. At The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. More Than Memphis-Area 30 School Operators Will Be Recruiting For A Range Of Positions In Public, Charter And Parochial Schools. Visit Teach901.Com For Details And Registration.

45. Seay Leading Raleigh UPP In Parental Coaching Efforts -

The ACE Awareness Foundation’s fourth Universal Parenting Place recently opened at Christ Community Health Services in Raleigh, with Tara Seay serving as site director/parenting coach. Seay is a licensed professional counselor–mental health service provider.
In her new role at the Raleigh UPP, she’ll provide parents and caregivers with individual therapy and give clinical insight in group therapy programs. In addition, she will develop new programs over time to cater to the needs of the population that we serve in the Raleigh area.

46. Baseball Brawl: It’s in the DNA Of Players, Part of Unwritten Rules -

Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp and his family were out to dinner the other night when the replay of the San Francisco Giants-Washington Nationals brawl flashed across the television screen.

47. Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis -

Eighteen startup teams this week have kicked off the “Summer of Acceleration,” the season of joint accelerator programming across six startup accelerators overseen by the EPIcenter, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co.

48. Concourse Job Fair Gets Good Reviews from Employers -

Christene Arnold retired from a local hospital last June, a decision she says wasn't entirely her choice.

Now, she gets by on Social Security and a small pension, but for some months, that's just not enough.

49. Arkansas' Multiple Execution Plan Appearing to Unravel -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas' already compromised plan to execute eight men by the end of the month appeared to unravel Friday, with a judge blocking the use of a lethal injection drug and the state's highest court granting a stay to one of the first inmates who had been scheduled to die.

50. PRIZM Music Camp and Festival Expands -

Memphis’ PRIZM music camp and international chamber music festival is adding a new location as well as an extra week of programming.

The PRIZM Ensemble, formed in 2004, consists of classically trained Memphis musicians who specialize in chamber music and work to develop and promote Memphis-area talent through education and performance opportunities.

51. Griffin Joins Memphis in May To Lead Marketing Efforts -

Robert Griffin has joined Memphis in May International Festival as director of marketing, a role in which he’s responsible for all marketing and communication programs, promotions, media and public relations, marketing research and sponsorship activation for the annual festival. 
Griffin comes to Memphis in May with nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing and advertising.

52. Muddy’s Ramps Up Mail Order Offerings -

Muddy’s Bake Shop is ramping up a new service for the bakery that it’s done only in a limited way until now – mail orders.

The business has teamed up Goldbely, which is both a buying portal and handles the shipping, to make it easier for Muddy’s customers to place mail orders.

53. Detail-One to Launch Mobile Detail Service -

Detail-One is set to open a mobile detail service in Memphis and surrounding communities beginning April 3.

Detail One, a division of GabEli-Shelton Partners LLC, will use custom field and customer management software to accommodate the ordering process all the way to order fulfillment, according to a company release.

54. Detail-One to Launch Mobile Detail Service -

Detail-One is set to open a mobile detail service in Memphis and surrounding communities beginning April 3.

Detail One, a division of GabEli-Shelton Partners LLC, will use custom field and customer management software to accommodate the ordering process all the way to order fulfillment, according to a company release.

55. Lehman-Roberts’ Moore Lauded By Asphalt Industry Group -

Rick Moore, who is retiring as chairman of Lehman-Roberts Co. March 31 after 46 years with the company, has been named the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Man of the Year. 

56. Corker To Keynote Dunavant Awards -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker will be the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of Memphis East’s annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

Co-sponsored by The Daily News, the awards luncheon is 11:30 a.m., April 18, at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

57. Muddy’s Ramps Up Mail Order Offerings -

Muddy’s Bake Shop is ramping up a new service for the bakery that it’s done only in a limited way until now – mail orders.

The business had done limited mail orders during the Christmas season for the past few years, but the small volume and inability to negotiate a lower shipping rate made it prohibitively expensive. Now, the business has teamed up with a third-party company called Goldbely (more info here: muddysbakeshop.com/mailorder), which is both a buying portal and handles the shipping, to make it easier for Muddy’s customers to place mail orders.

58. Baker Donelson Expands Health Care Litigation Group -

Baker Donelson has expanded its Health Care Litigation Group in Memphis, adding Kay Anderson, W. Bradley Gilmer and Hugh Francis to the team.

59. Memphis Companies Make Fortune’s ‘Best to Work For’ -

Four Memphis companies have been named to the 2017 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” published by Fortune magazine March 9.

They are St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (No. 36), Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (No. 92), Baker Donelson (No. 95) and FedEx Corp. (No. 99).

60. 4 Memphis Companies Make Fortune's 'Best to Work For' List -

Four Memphis companies have been named to the 2017 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” published by Fortune magazine March 9.

They are St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (No. 36), Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (No. 92), Baker Donelson (No. 95) and FedEx Corp. (No. 99).

61. Last Word: There Goes the Off-Election Year, Pinch Plans Move and No Permit -

Here we go again. When the new year began, 2017 looked to be an off-election year in most of Shelby County. Some Arlington aldermen and school board races were the only elections on tap for the year. But the months leading up to the September elections in Arlington are filling up.

62. Baker Donelson Expands Health Care Litigation Group -

Baker Donelson has expanded its Health Care Litigation Group in Memphis, adding Kay Anderson, W. Bradley Gilmer and Hugh Francis to the team.

Anderson joins Baker Donelson as of counsel and has experience representing physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists in medical malpractice defense litigation. 

63. American Harrison Wins Memphis Open Title -

Ryan Harrison became the first American to win the Memphis Open singles title since Andy Roddick in 2011. Harrison captured the 41st Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster by defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili, who was also looking for his first career title, 6-1, 6-4, on Sunday, Feb. 19, at The Racquet Club.

64. Mid-South Mayors’ Council Announces Lineup for RegionSmart Summit -

The Mid-South Mayors’ Council, an initiative of Urban Land Institute Memphis, has release the lineup for its second annual RegionSmart summit, which will be held at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education on Thursday, April 27.

65. Mid-South Mayors’ Council Announces Lineup for RegionSmart Summit -

The Mid-South Mayors’ Council, an initiative of Urban Land Institute Memphis, has release the lineup for its second annual RegionSmart summit, which will be held at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education on Thursday, April 27.

66. American Harrison Captures Memphis Open Title -

Ryan Harrison became the first American to win the Memphis Open singles title since Andy Roddick in 2011. Harrison captured the 41st Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster by defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili, who was also looking for his first career title, 6-1, 6-4, on Sunday, Feb. 19, at The Racquet Club.

67. Council Creates Budget For Design of Zoo Parking Area -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Feb. 7, to establish a city budget line item for the architecture and engineering design of an expansion of Memphis Zoo parking in Overton Park. The money to pay for the planning will come from the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy with no expense to the city.

68. Council Creates Budget For Zoo Parking Expansion Design -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Feb. 7, to establish a city budget line item for the architecture and engineering design of an expansion of Memphis Zoo parking in Overton Park. The money to pay for the planning will come from the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy with no expense to the city.

69. Expanded Uptown TIF May Offer Needed Relief for Blighted Areas -

The announcement of last week’s blockbuster proposal to expand the Uptown Tax Increment Financing area and extend the applications of Downtown’s Tourism Development Zone may have been headlined by the reimagined convention center and multibillion-dollar improvements to the area’s medical facilities, but some of the most significant changes may end up occurring at the neighborhood level.

70. Regulators: Gasoline Pipe Leak Didn't Reach Tennessee River -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee environmental officials say the gasoline that leaked from a pipeline in Chattanooga has not reached the nearby Tennessee River.

On Tuesday, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation spokesman Eric Ward also said that the gasoline supply in Nashville, which the Colonial Pipeline feeds, is near capacity.

71. Blight Fight Takes Root Near Carnes Elementary -

Some of Mary Baker’s friends like to joke that she will eventually reclaim the whole city of Memphis, but just one lot at a time. “I say, what’s wrong with that?” Baker replied.

72. Baker Donelson Completes Merger With Ober/Kaler -

Memphis-based Baker Donelson and Baltimore-based Ober/Kaler have completed their previously announced merger, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the nation.

The firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, added nearly 110 attorneys and more than 100 staff members from Ober/Kaler. That brings its headcount to more than 800 attorneys and advisers, including around 380 shareholders.

73. Baker Donelson, Ober/Kaler Complete Combination -

Memphis-based Baker Donelson and Baltimore-based Ober/Kaler have completed their previously announced merger, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the nation.

The firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, added nearly 110 attorneys and more than 100 staff members from Ober/Kaler. That brings its headcount to more than 800 attorneys and advisers, including around 380 shareholders.

74. Georgia Rallies to Beat TCU 31-23 in Liberty Bowl -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Nick Chubb ran for 142 yards and a touchdown Friday as Georgia beat TCU 31-23 in the Liberty Bowl to win a bowl game for the third straight year.

Georgia (8-5) restored some pride to the Southeastern Conference with its bowl victory. The SEC had entered the day with a 1-4 bowl record, a major step back for a league that had gone 9-2 in bowl games last year to set a record for bowl victories.

75. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

76. Midtown Retail Property Sells for $5 Million -

1625 Poplar Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104 

Sale Amount: $5 million

Sale Date: Dec. 21, 2016

77. Memphis Chamber Announces Program to Assist Minority-, Women-Owned Businesses -

At a press conference fittingly held at the National Civil Rights Museum, The Greater Memphis Chamber announced their newest pilot program Thursday, Dec. 15: the Ascend Memphis Business Development Pilot Program.

78. Massachusetts Uber, Lyft Screenings Called Toughest in US -

BOSTON (AP) — Drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft will undergo what state officials call the most comprehensive background checks in the U.S. under agreements announced Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker's administration.

79. State Leaders Break Ground On Solar Welcome Center -

The Tennessee Departments of Transportation and Tourist Development held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Oct. 31, for the new I-40 Solar Farm Information and Welcome Center in Haywood County.

Tourism Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Haywood County Mayor Franklin Smith III, Strata G vice president Elliot Barnett and TDOT Region 4 regional director Jason Baker provided remarks.

80. Baker Donelson to Merge With Ober/Kaler Law Firm -

Baker Donelson is merging with national law firm Ober/Kaler effective Jan. 1, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the country.

The combined company will retain the Baker Donelson name.

81. November 4-10, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2005: Baptist Memorial Hospital comes down in a controlled demolition in which the four wings of the 18-story, 924,000-square-foot reinforced concrete hospital building collapse in a heap of rubble 49 years after the original two wings opened to the public. The other two wings of the structure were added in 1966. Also demolished earlier as part of the project was the adjoining Physicians and Surgeons Building, which had been built in 1912 as the original Baptist Hospital.

82. State Leaders Break Ground on Solar Welcome Center -

The Tennessee Departments of Transportation and Tourist Development held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Oct. 31, for the new I-40 Solar Farm Information and Welcome Center in Haywood County.

Tourism Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Haywood County Mayor Franklin Smith III, Strata G vice president Elliot Barnett and TDOT Region 4 regional director Jason Baker provided remarks.

83. Baker Donelson to Merge With Ober/Kaler Law Firm -

Baker Donelson is merging with national law firm Ober/Kaler effective Jan. 1, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the country.

The combined company will retain the Baker Donelson name.

84. 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.

85. GE, Baker Hughes Create Powerful New Player in Energy Sector -

NEW YORK (AP) – General Electric is taking advantage of a prolonged energy slump to become a bigger player in the oil and gas drilling business, a bet that could pay off big when prices recover.

86. Baker Donelson Merging With Ober/Kaler of Baltimore -

Baker Donelson is merging with national law firm Ober/Kaler effective Jan. 1, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the country.

The combined company will retain the Baker Donelson name.

87. Companies Set Monthly Record for Mergers, Acquisitions -

U.S. companies are cutting merger deals at a record pace even though antitrust regulators have moved to oppose several recent high-profile combinations.

So far this month, companies have agreed to mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $251 billion, financial-information provider Dealogic said late Friday. That surpasses the previous record of $240 billion in July 2015.

88. Last Word: Beale Street Blues, Feds Review MPD and Midtown Kroger -

It’s the Grizz season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum Wednesday. But there was plenty of drama in the Grizzlies office Tuesday afternoon of the non-Grizz variety but nevertheless a shade of Beale Street blue.

89. Obaji Named New CEO Of McDonald Murrmann Clinic -

Rola Obaji has been named CEO of McDonald Murrmann Women’s Clinic. Obaji, who has more than 20 years’ experience managing medical groups, comes to McDonald Murrman from Integrity Oncology, where she had served as CEO since 2009.

90. Bama Best, Auburn on the Rise, and Houston a Mere Pretender -

The first College Football Playoff rankings come out on Nov. 3, after Week 9. The final ranking is issued on Dec. 6. After eight weeks, we don’t know what the four-team playoff will look like, but we have a pretty good idea what it won’t look like.

91. Driving Into Western Ovens -

Sitting next to the pool at Excalibur Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip I couldn’t help but laugh at all the times I’ve heard people say “Oh, but it’s a dry heat” when talking about summers in Las Vegas.

92. WEVL Radio Station Marks 40th Anniversary -

Radio station WEVL marks its 40th anniversary with a concert Saturday, Oct. 8, at Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina Ave., from 3 p.m.-10 p.m.

93. WEVL Radio Station Marks 40th Anniversary -

Radio station WEVL marks its 40th anniversary with a concert Saturday, Oct. 8, at Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina Ave., from 3 p.m.-10 p.m.

94. For the First Time This Season, Vols Set to Play as Underdog -

You almost can feel Tennessee is a football team of destiny as the most difficult games of the schedule loom Saturday at Texas A&M and Oct. 15 against Alabama at Neyland Stadium.

There aren’t many successful Hail Mary passes, but the Vols got one last Saturday and beat Georgia 34-31 in Athens. Tennessee trailed Georgia 17-0 in the first half.

95. Morgan Promoted to CFO At Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Marty Morgan has been promoted to chief financial officer at Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza amid the Memphis-based company’s expansion into other regional markets. In his new role, Morgan will oversee corporate functions at the Memphis headquarters and continue to build out the personnel and technology infrastructure needed to support regional growth while making sure financial performance stays on track.

96. TVA Plans New Line To Millington Solar Farm -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking the public for input about its plan to build a new Millington transmission line.

TVA is proposing to build the 4.5- to 5.0-mile line from its existing Shelby Substation to Silicon Ranch Millington LLC’s new solar facility. The line would be built on steel poles on a 100-foot-wide right of way. Several routes are under consideration.

97. TVA Plans New Transmission Line to Millington Solar Farm -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking the public for input about its plan to build a new Millington transmission line.

TVA is proposing to build the 4.5- to 5.0-mile line from its existing Shelby Substation to Silicon Ranch Millington LLC’s new solar facility. The line would be built on steel poles on a 100-foot-wide right of way. Several routes are under consideration.

98. Delta Says It Lost $100 Million in Revenue Due to Big Outage -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. said Friday that last month's computer outage, which caused it to cancel 2,300 flights, cost $100 million in lost revenue.

99. Bowen Hopes New Basketball Practice Facility Will Attract More Recruits -

Approached at the first media luncheon before the start of the University of Memphis football season, athletic director Tom Bowen made a preemptive strike:

100. September 2-8, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2011: The Shelby County Commission has a list of 100 citizens interested in being appointed to seven positions on what will be a new 23-member countywide school board.
The board, which will serve in the move to a consolidated public school system for all of Shelby County, includes all nine current Memphis City Schools board members and all seven Shelby County Schools board members. Meanwhile, appointments are also being made to the Transition Planning Commission, which will make recommendations on the structure of the schools merger.