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1. Last Word: The Draft, The Greensward-Council Footnote and The Zoo Beatles -

I’ve never watched an NFL draft before Thursday evening’s in which Paxton Lynch, quarterback for the University of Memphis, was drafted by the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos as the 26th pick of the first round.

2. Memphis Banking Market Finding Renewed Equilibrium -

It took about 10 minutes for First Tennessee Bank’s parent company to wrap up its annual meeting of shareholders this week.

3. 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.

4. Hotels Woo Guests to Book Directly Online With Discounts -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hotels are getting more aggressive in their fight to get travelers to book reservations directly with them instead of through online travel agencies such as Expedia and Priceline.

5. It’s April – How is Your Year-End Fundraising? -

Have you considered “front loading” your year-end fundraising? Start now. Plan now. Put your systems in place. Mark your calendar. Build your team. Identify your prospective donors. You may think we’re joking, but we’re not.

6. Gaskins Leads Engineering Office -

Wain Gaskins has joined consulting engineering firm Cannon & Cannon Inc. as manager of the company’s new Memphis office as well as director of West Tennessee operations and business development. 

7. 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.

8. County Commission Questions City Figures on Deannexation -

Some Shelby County Commissioners are skeptical about City Hall’s estimate of how much city government would lose in revenue if a deannexation bill in the Tennessee Legislature becomes law.

The commission’s discussion at Wednesday, March 16, committee sessions came as Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was in Nashville to lobby against the bill in the state Senate.

9. FedEx CEO Downplays Amazon ‘Industry Disruption’ -

FedEx Corp. founder and CEO Fred Smith never said the word “Amazon,” but the e-commerce giant was clearly on his mind Wednesday.

Smith addressed speculation about “industry disruption” by Amazon from the outset of Memphis-based FedEx’s quarterly earnings conference call. He also defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, noting that both of the frontrunners for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations are opposed to it.

10. Dyer Farmer John Butler to Lead Agricenter -

John R. Butler has been selected as the new president of Agricenter International, officially beginning his position on July 1 of this year. Butler, a fifth-generation farmer who also held various management roles at Cargill, Inc., will succeed retiring president John Charles Wilson.

11. Council Tallies Damage in 'Day of Bad News' -

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd summed up City Hall’s attitude Tuesday, March 15, during the council’s executive session. “Today is the day of bad news,” he said after a briefing from Mayor Jim Strickland on the deannexation bill approved the night before by the Tennessee House.
That was followed by more details on the estimated $60 million it will cost to replace the entire radio system for local first responders from the radios to the towers used to transmit their signals.

12. Keeping Customer Service up to PAR: Plan, Act, Review -

Delivering quality service is vital to ensuring repeat business from loyal customers. Customer service is fluid, changing not only from industry to industry but also from business to business within each industry. However, whether you’re a restaurant manager or hardware store operator, or you work in the industrial sector, some things never change when it comes to quality service. 

13. Toward a Better Definition Of ‘Innovation Process’ -

Innovation is one of those words that means something different to each person that hears it. When you describe the whole framework as an innovation process, the confusion compounds exponentially. The word process is more misleading than the word innovation

14. Automation Plus Computer Services Takes Pride in South Memphis Roots -

When it comes to computers, Luster Williams is an old pro. He started in computers 42 years ago while in the U.S. Air Force. He spent six years as a trouble shooter for NATO and another three years tracking satellites for NASA.

15. Up, Up and Away -

The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.

The drone is everything from a stalking device to track poachers creeping through the South African bush hunting rhinos to the impetus for a potential commercial growth industry right here in Memphis.

16. Haslam Unveils Outsourcing Details Amid Capitol Protests -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is unveiling its "business justification" for a proposal to outsource building maintenance at state colleges and universities.

17. State Systems Acquires Columbia Fire Equipment -

Memphis-based State Systems Inc. has acquired Columbia Fire Equipment, a fire safety company that provides extinguishers, alarms and suppression systems in Columbia, Tenn. It is the third acquisition for State Systems in less than a year.

18. State Systems Acquires Columbia Fire Equipment -

Memphis-based State Systems Inc. has acquired Columbia Fire Equipment, a fire safety company that provides extinguishers, alarms and suppression systems in Columbia, Tenn. It is the third acquisition for State Systems in less than a year.

19. Keel Brings Sense Of Purpose to New St. Jude Role -

Pat Keel started what would turn into a more than 30-year career in health care wanting to be a nurse practitioner – that is until life, as it so often does, intervened.

20. Big Tech Companies Join Apple in Its Encryption Fight -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The tech industry is starting to line up with Apple in its fight against the federal government over the encryption it uses to keep iPhones secure.

Earlier this week, a U.S. magistrate ordered Apple to help investigators break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters. Apple was given until Tuesday to challenge that ruling, but a person familiar with the case says Apple has been granted an extension until next Friday.

21. Haslam, Colleges Agree to Outside Review of Outsourcing Plan -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's administration announced Wednesday that it has agreed with higher education leaders to have an outside group review the Republican's privatization plan for building maintenance at Tennessee's public colleges and universities.

22. Hinds Joins Martin Tate Law Firm -

Rebecca Hinds has joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston P.C. as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation section. In this role, Hinds represents clients in civil and commercial litigation matters, including business law, transportation liability, construction disputes, breach-of-contract matters and employment law. She also helps commercial clients obtain tax incentives and advises individuals and businesses in the drafting and negotiation of contracts. 

23. Q&A: U of M’s Dan Pallme Points to Shipping Changes, Challenges in 2016 -

Dan Pallme is heavily involved in the University of Memphis’ logistics industry departments. He runs the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy, a program that consists of technical tours, sessions with industry experts, and overviews of historic and current trends to encourage leadership in Memphis’ primary modes: rail, river, road and runway.
He is also the senior associate director and freight industry liaison for the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the private-sector coordinator for the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. He has worked with air, rail and trucking companies over the past 25 years.

24. Impatient Clemmons Anxious for Minority Voice to Be Heard -

Democratic state Rep. John Ray Clemmons is only halfway through his first two-year term representing District 55 in Nashville. But he’s not willing to wait years to speak out or push for change.

25. Wright CEO: Merger Fuels Growth -

In the wake of the closing of its merger with Tornier N.V., a global medical device company headquartered in Amsterdam that makes and markets joint replacement and soft tissue repair devices, Wright Medical Group Inc. has transformed itself into a high-growth extremities and biologics company.

26. The Week Ahead: Jan. 11, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from drones and robot research to the Grizzlies’ annual MLK symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum...

27. Under Pressure -

The Urban Child Institute’s research produces data. That data provides guidance for making decisions about how to best help Memphis children age 3 and younger. And The Urban Child Institute’s assets, around $150 million in 2013, offer a means to that end.

28. University of Memphis to Focus on Drone Research in 2016 -

The FedEx Institute of Technology in 2016 will roll out heavy programming, research and community engagement in drones and other unmanned vehicles as these emerging technologies continue to mature.

29. Creative Christmas Gifts For Your Favorite Nonprofit -

Its Christmas time! And soon to be Kwanzaa. Then New Year’s! It’s time to celebrate and share gifts. We give to our families and friends. Many of us have already made a gift to nonprofits we hold closest to our hearts. But there’s always time for more giving.

30. A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far -

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

31. Wal-Mart to Launch Own Mobile Pay System -

NEW YORK (AP) — The mobile payment wars are heating up.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it's launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its existing smartphone app at the cash register.

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

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

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

33. Curry Named President of Evaporcool -

Chris Curry has been named president of Evaporcool Solutions LLC, a Memphis-based company whose proprietary Evaporcool System improves the energy efficiency of air conditioning and refrigeration units. In his new role, Curry will be responsible for leading all aspects of the company as it looks to aggressively expand its business.

34. 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.

35. Roundup: Memphis Financial Firms Stay Busy -

Here’s a look at some of what’s kept Memphis’ financial community busy in recent weeks, from deals to new products and services to personnel changes.

• Lenders in Memphis and Shelby County had a decent October, according to the latest numbers from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Purchase loan activity was up 11 percent for the month on a volume basis.

36. Terminix Acquires Alterra Pest Control -

Terminix has acquired the assets of Alterra Pest Control, a three-year-old company that in a short time has grown to become one of the 15 largest residential pest control companies in the U.S.

The acquisition was announced Wednesday, Nov. 11. Alterra, which has 22 branches in 15 states, will continue to use its name.

37. Terminix Acquires Alterra -

Terminix has acquired the assets of Alterra Pest Control, a three-year-old company that in a short time has grown to become one of the 15 largest residential pest control companies in the U.S.

38. New Tech901 Expands City’s Tech Field -

A new nonprofit has launched in Memphis to help guide technology job growth, while showing outside companies advantages of doing business in the Bluff City.

Tech901’s mission is to train current and potential Memphians for a variety of technology jobs while working with employers to increase the local technology job base.

39. State Systems Expands Into Little Rock -

Memphis-based State Systems Inc. has expanded into Little Rock with a new office that extends the total protection company’s reach to a 200-mile radius.

40. Campbell Clinic Shows Off New Spine Center -

Campbell Clinic CEO George Hernandez was waiting to greet guests once they stepped out of the elevators and onto the fifth floor at 8000 Centerview Parkway, home to his clinic’s new spine center where he was helping direct traffic during an open house Wednesday night.

41. Quire Launches Predictive Analytics Technology -

Brad Silver’s Memphis-based technology company Quire has launched next-generation software capable of helping health care providers make better decisions about how and where to direct their limited resources.

42. State Systems Expands Into Little Rock -

Memphis-based State Systems Inc. has expanded into Little Rock with a new office that extends the total protection company’s reach to a 200-mile radius.

43. What Hiring Managers Wish You Knew -

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with a group of hiring managers at a conference hosted by the Society for Information Management. It’s an organization that encourages networking and education for technology leaders.

44. Dell Buying EMC in $67 Billion Bet on Data Storage -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dell is buying data storage company EMC for $67 billion in a huge bet on a segment of technology that has proven to be more profitable than the slumping personal computer market.

45. Fred Smith: Expect More M&A -

FedEx Corp. president and CEO Fred Smith made a rare public appearance Wednesday, Oct. 7, to talk about the global trading economy and the future of the logistics industry.

46. Allworld Project Management Grows Staff With Tech Focus -

Tiger Lane. Crosstown Concourse. The Shelby Farms “Heart of the Park” expansion. The Main to Main Multi-Modal Connector Project across the Harahan Bridge. Some of the city’s biggest development projects lead to Allworld Project Management, a 5-year-old firm that’s taking the project management industry to new, tech-focused territory.

47. Folk’s Folly Updates Space, Stays True to Brand -

Working for one employer for 31 years is a nice accomplishment.

For Diane Kauker, general manager of Folk’s Folly, spending 31 years at the East Memphis steak restaurant has provided no two days exactly the same.

48. ProTech Systems Group Opening Renovated HQ -

ProTech Systems Group is set to officially open its renovated and expanded headquarters at Southwind Business Park, 3350 Players Club Parkway.

49. Wright Medical Group Completes Tornier Merger -

Memphis-based Wright Medical Group has completed its previously announced merger with Tornier N.V.

Upon completion of the merger, the company has been renamed Wright Medical Group N.V.

Wright Medical Group Inc. shares were set to cease trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market at the close of business Thursday, Oct. 1. Wright Medical Group N.V. ordinary shares will begin trading under the symbol WMGI on the Nasdaq Global Select Market Friday, Oct. 2.

50. Wright Medical Group Completes Tornier Merger -

Memphis-based Wright Medical Group has completed its previously announced merger with Tornier N.V.

Upon completion of the merger, the company has been renamed Wright Medical Group N.V.

Wright Medical Group Inc. shares were set to cease trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market at the close of business Thursday, Oct. 1. Wright Medical Group N.V. ordinary shares will begin trading under the symbol WMGI on the Nasdaq Global Select Market Friday, Oct. 2.

51. ProTech Systems Group Opening Renovated HQ -

ProTech Systems Group is set to officially open its renovated and expanded headquarters at Southwind Business Park, 3350 Players Club Parkway.

52. Leadership Lessons From Design Thinker Max DePree -

The former CEO of Herman Miller, Max DePree said, “I’ve got so many MBAs, but what I need is a poet. Poets are the original systems thinkers.”

53. Resurrection Health's Donlon: Expanding Primary Care is Paramount -

Expanding a base of primary physician care – in Memphis and elsewhere – is increasingly seen as a compelling answer to fixing some of the things that are broken about health care.

Yes, money continues to flow to the industry’s high-dollar fringes. Innovations and breakthroughs lead to expensive new technologies, which come with big price tags and costs that get passed down to the end user. And who can blame medical students, who’ve gone through very expensive medical school, for choosing to specialize in a specific corner of medicine that certainly pays a lot more than a primary care doctor’s salary?

54. Highland Row Developer Seeks Permit for Parking Garage -

Highland Row
Parking Garage
Permit Amount: $5 million

Application Date: September 2015
Completion: Late summer 2016
Owner: Poag Shopping Centers LLC
Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss
Contractor: Milhaus Development LLC
Details: Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Development LLC and Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers LLC have pulled a $5 million building permit as they continue developing the new Highland Row urban infill development.

55. Memphis Poised to Become Regional Anchor for Entrepreneurs -

A federal agency’s attention to Memphis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem could bring stronger investment and resources for startups.

On Friday, Sept. 18, Memphis was the kick-off site of the Delta Challenge pitch competition, a six-city tour organized by federal-state partnership Delta Regional Authority to identify and support exceptional startups.

56. Medtronic Gets Approval for MRI-Safe Heart Implant -

NEW YORK (AP) – Medtronic said Monday that it was cleared to market a heart defibrillator implant that can be safely used in an MRI scanner.

Medtronic's Evera SureScan is designated "MR conditional," which means having an MRI with one is not known to pose a hazard to patients.

57. Vanderbilt's Wireless ECG: Real Lifesaver for Heart Attack Victims -

Susan Eagle, M.D., didn’t necessarily see herself as an inventor, but she recognized a problem in her field and she just couldn’t live with it.

58. Magna Bank Prepares for New Memphis Identity -

Magna Bank in Memphis isn't set to open for business with a new name above the door for a couple more months, now that its acquisition by Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners has officially closed.

59. Apple Event to Focus on New iPhones, Apple TV and Siri -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hey, Siri, what does Apple have in store for us this week?

Along with new iPhones, the iconic tech company is expected to show off a new Apple TV system and a bigger role in the home for Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant.

60. UTHSC Pulls $20 Million Permit to Build Simulation Center -

26 S. Dunlap St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $20 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015
Owner/Tenant: The University of Tennessee
Contractor: Flintco Inc.
Details: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is preparing for more construction as part of its campus overhaul.

61. Former Tennessee Rep., GOP Operative Decry Dark Money -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Democratic congressman and a prominent Republican political operative on Tuesday called for ending untraceable spending for and against candidates in Tennessee and around the country.

62. Memphis Chamber Hires Member Services Head -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has added Andre Gibson as member services coordinator, the primary liaison for the organization’s members.

63. PILOT Decision Delayed for Mall of Memphis Site -

The board of the Economic Development Growth Engine delayed a vote Wednesday, Aug. 19, on a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application from the developers of the old Mall of Memphis site.

Huntington Industrial Partners and Johnson Development Associates were seeking a $24 million property tax abatement to develop what they said would be the first speculative industrial site built in Memphis in the last eight years.

64. PILOT Decision Delayed For Mall of Memphis Site -

The board of the Economic Development Growth Engine delayed a vote Wednesday, Aug. 19, on a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application from the developers of the old Mall of Memphis site.

Huntington Industrial Partners and Johnson Development Associates were seeking a $24 million property tax abatement to develop what they said would be the first speculative industrial site built in Memphis in the last eight years.

65. Lenoir: ‘Is It Time for a Tax Decrease?’ -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir says the $22 million extra in property tax revenue his office collected during the past fiscal year appears to be a trend of improving health in the local economy.

66. High-Tech Cars Bring Detroit and Silicon Valley Face to Face -

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.

67. Lucas Named CIO at Regional One -

Jackie Lucas has joined Regional One Health as senior vice president and chief information officer. In her new role, Lucas is responsible for information technology and telecommunications for the organization.

68. Memphis Chamber Hires Member Services Head -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has added Andre Gibson as member services coordinator, the primary liaison for the organization’s members.

69. Today’s Schools Need to Operate Like Independent Businesses -

“If you always do what you always did, then you always get what you always got.”

It is one of those truisms that seems to fit perfectly into the ongoing debate on the effectiveness of education in the United States. There is a multitude of critics who want schools to do what they did 50 years ago and get better results. The problem with that is that everything has changed.

70. Grizz Owner’s Ubiquiti Hit With $46.7M Fraud -

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera’s technology company has been hit by fraud, saying in a regulatory filing it lost $46.7 million.

71. After Netflix, Adobe Extends Parental Leave Policy -

NEW YORK (AP) — Adobe is the latest tech company to extend its paid parental leave policy after Netflix said it would offer corporate employees up to a year of paid leave to care for new babies.

72. Grizz Owner’s Ubiquiti Hit With $46.7M Fraud -

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera’s technology company has been hit by fraud, saying in a regulatory filing it lost $46.7 million.

73. In the Digital Race, There Is No Finish Line -

Recently, the American Marketing Association’s Memphis chapter conducted a member survey to find out the topics of greatest interest.

“Digital was the No. 1 topic people wanted to talk about,” chapter president Melissa Thomson said.

74. Grizzlies Owner Robert Pera’s Ubiquiti Hit With $46.7 Million Fraud -

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera's technology company has been hit by fraud, saying in a regulatory filing it lost $46.7 million.

75. Be Prepared for That Inevitable Computer Crash -

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a series on being nimble and proactive with technology in the small-business world.

Recently our team received a flood of support requests for failed hard drives. Users were frantic to salvage documents or key projects from their devices. Fortunately we were able to recover quite a few. But each instance serves as a reminder that success is 90 percent preparation and 10 percent perspiration.

76. Welcome Back -

When Shelby County’s public schools open for the first day of the 2015-16 school year, it will mark the first time in three years that there will be no historic, structural changes to the systems themselves.

77. For Small Businesses, Agility is King -

Editor’s note: This is the first column in a two-part series on being nimble and proactive with technology in the small business world.

Small business owners can learn a thing or two from the Scout motto, “Be prepared.” Preparedness allows an organization to be nimble, which sets the stage for turning challenges into opportunities. Being able to quickly pivot from Plan A to Plan B and even Plan C is essential for keeping up with the inevitable hiccups that will arise, particularly when it comes to technology.

78. Scott Sharpe Named CAO Of District Attorney General’s Office -

Scott Sharpe recently was named chief administrative officer of the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office following the departure of longtime CAO Priscilla Campbell.

79. West-Ward Pharmaceutical Plans Distribution Center Expansion -

4750 Pleasant Hill Road
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $6.1 million

80. Cooking Companies -

One indication of the pervasiveness of an area’s startup culture is arguably the presence of incubators and accelerators focused on a variety of narrow purposes.

It’s why the Memphis area is home to plenty of such organizations focused on tech startups, social startups, medical device startups and startups led by women. And it’s why a kitchen incubator in West Memphis that launched in recent weeks is focused on startups in the food industry.

81. Google Shareholders Revel in Record 1-Day Windfall of $65.1 Billion -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's stock roared out of a long slumber Friday to produce the biggest shareholder windfall in U.S. history as investors rewarded the Internet company for promising to curb its spending on risky projects.

82. How to Change Careers Later in Your Life -

This week, a reader reached out to me with a question many people are facing. She says, “A friend is seeking to leave education after 13 years and re-enter business where she worked as a tech writer. She teaches math and computer science and is incredibly detail-oriented, smart, concise and reliable. … I was wondering if you had any advice for someone changing careers – or going back to a career after a decade-long hiatus.”

83. United Airlines Suffers Second Major Grounding in 2 Months -

NEW YORK (AP) – United Airlines temporarily grounded flights across the country for part of Wednesday after experiencing computer problems, causing more than 800 delays.

A White House spokesman said President Barack Obama was briefed on the glitch and that it appeared unrelated to an outage hours later at the New York Stock Exchange.

84. NYSE Resumes Trading After Outage of More Than 3 Hours -

NEW YORK (AP) – Trading has resumed on the New York Stock Exchange after an outage of more than three hours caused by technical problems.

There was no interruption at the dozens of other U.S. stock exchanges Wednesday, including the Nasdaq, so investors were still able to buy and sell stocks easily.

85. Cycling Ahead -

Unless you've seen the ubiquitous stations in cities like Knoxville and Nashville, it's difficult to imagine how bike sharing could connect Memphis.

Tourists and citizens can check out a bike on a per-ride or membership basis and return it to a separate station when they've reached their destination.

86. Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence Develops Tighter Focus -

In good times and bad, change is a constant. During the recession, nonprofits were stretched financially and emotionally as demands for services increased and funding declined.

A recalibration was in order, and that was something that the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence preached.

87. New Chip Credit Cards Putting Squeeze on Small Businesses -

NEW YORK (AP) — New credit and debit cards with computer chips are putting the squeeze on small businesses.

The cards being rolled out by banks and credit card companies are aimed at reducing fraud from counterfeit cards. As chip cards are phased in, magnetic stripe cards, which are easier for thieves to copy, will be phased out. Businesses of all sizes face an Oct. 1 deadline to get new card readers and software that can handle chips. Most estimates of transition costs for small companies vary from the low hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars due to the wide range of equipment used.

88. American Bar Association President Pushes Online Models for Civil Disputes -

The president of the American Bar Association says the traditional method of providing pro bono legal services in civil matters to those who can’t afford to pay for an attorney isn’t working despite best efforts.

89. Building Green in a Red-Hot Market -

Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs.

Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space.

90. Garibaldi's Temptations Club Celebrates its 1980s Run -

Mike Garibaldi is known for his Memphis restaurant chain, Garibaldi's Pizza.

At the original Garibaldi’s, near the University of Memphis, is a picture on the wall of a smiling waitress in her 50s.

91. Shelby County Commission to Resolve Budget Loose Ends -

The last time Shelby County Commissioners talked as a group about a county budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, the consensus they thought they had reached was falling apart.

That was two weeks ago and as commissioners began to part company, the body approved a stable $4.37 county property tax rate on the first of three readings.

92. Hops Growers Rush To Meet Rising Demand From Craft Brewers -

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) – These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.

93. Tioga Environmental Consultants Stays Agile During Economic Change -

When someone is preparing a house for sale, they might look into painting the kitchen or refurbishing the basement. But many homeowners and management groups first turn to groups such as Tioga Environmental Consultants to investigate for coatings of lead-based paint or asbestos in the house.

94. Awards Spotlight Knoxville's Top Achievers -

The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.

A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.

95. Proton’s Weaver Wizard of Tech Innovation -

On any given day, business executives, scientists and chemical engineers from across the U.S. and around the world come to East Tennessee to see for themselves the renewable energy technology developed by Lenoir City-based Proton Power Inc.

96. Mannis’ Hard Work Pays Off for Himself, Others -

Eddie Mannis, Knoxville businessman, entrepreneur, volunteer and donor, grew up understanding the value of hard work.

He says he knew it would be the defining factor in his life.

That standard has seen his company, Prestige Cleaners/Prestige Tuxedo, grow from a start-up using 30-year-old dry cleaning equipment to a business with a state-of-the art facility in North Knoxville.

97. Commission Begins to Wind Down Budget Season -

Shelby County Commissioners take the first of three votes Monday, June 1, on a county property tax rate for the new fiscal year, and the discussion could begin to tie up the loose ends remaining in the county’s budget season.

98. Conn’s Acquires Site for Third Memphis-Area Location -

A Texas-based retailer has acquired a fully leased shopping center in Southaven and will build a new store on an outparcel of the existing retail center.

Conn’s Appliances Inc. acquired the Stateline Square Shopping Center at 550 Stateline Road in Southaven for $5 million from Brixmor Commercial Real Estate, which was doing business as NPK Southaven LLC.

99. Stein World Finds New Home -

Stein World has found a new home. The furniture distributor, which played a pivotal role in Cummins Inc.’s decision to expand locally, has inked a lease for 330,870 square feet at 5321 Shelby Drive.

100. Not Your Ma's Bell: AT&T Evolves Beyond Phones -

NEW YORK (AP) – The company whose name has long been synonymous with telephones is looking for new ways to reach out and touch someone.

AT&T, which had a popular "Reach Out and Touch Someone" slogan in the 1980s, now wants to be on your TV, car and even trashcan.