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1. New Prescription: Doctor Offices That Look Like Apple Stores -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess.

2. Events -

Giant, illuminated bunnies will invade Overton Park Wednesday, Jan. 18, through Jan. 29 as Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts Amanda Parer’s light sculpture “Intrude.” Special events include “Hoppy Hour” on Saturday, Jan. 21, and a rabbit-themed film series with screenings of “Harvey” and “Night of the Lepus,” among others. Visit brooksmuseum.org/brooks-outside-intrude for details and a schedule.

3. How to Raise Prices and Keep Customers -

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

4. Personalized IRS Letters Nudge Uninsured to Get Coverage -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman.

The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of taxpayers who might be uninsured, reminding them that they could be on the hook for hundreds of dollars in fines under the federal health care law if they don't sign up soon through HealthCare.gov. It's an unusual role for a revenue-collection agency.

5. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the American Marketing Association will unveil its new brand to members, sponsors and guests Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ghost River Brewing’s Downtown tap room, 827 S. Main St. Cost is free for members and $10 for nonmembers; all attendees must register in advance at amamemphis.org.

6. State Targets Refugee Program; Lollar to Lead Delegation -

The state Legislature is likely to file a complaint before the end of January challenging the legality of the Refugee Resettlement Program in Tennessee, according to Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris.

7. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy Monday, Jan. 16, at its King Day Celebration, with the theme “Come Too Far to Turn Back Now.” The museum will offer reduced admission of $5 during the extended hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. An entertainment stage, health pavilion and children’s activity tent (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be set up outside. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day for details.

8. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy Monday, Jan. 16, at its King Day Celebration, with the theme “Come Too Far to Turn Back Now.” The museum will offer reduced admission of $5 during the extended hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. An entertainment stage, health pavilion and children’s activity tent (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be set up outside. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day for details.

9. Last Word: Humes Next, Top ZIPs in Residential and Payback in the Legislature -

Add Dave & Buster’s to the list of "it" retail hot spots. The restaurant-arcade has inked a lease in Cordova by Wolfchase Galeria with plans to open later this year, probably fourth quarter.

10. Rhodes College’s Presidential Transition Reflects Larger Changes in Education -

Rhodes College president Bill Troutt kept it simple last month when he introduced Marjorie Hass as the next president of the liberal arts college.

“You have chosen well,” he told the school’s board of trustees.

11. 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. 

12. Mississippi Electric Rates Rise With Natural Gas Prices -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Customers of Mississippi's two private electric utilities will see higher bills in February as they pass through rebounding natural gas costs.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted Thursday to approve higher fuel costs for both Entergy Mississippi and Mississippi Power Co.

13. Events -

Volunteer 4 Memphis, a four-day service project hosted by Volunteer Memphis and United Way of the Mid-South in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will take place Friday through Monday, Jan. 13-16. The schedule includes Youth & Education Friday, Family & Friends Saturday, Service Sunday and Clean Up Monday. Visit volunteermemphis.org for volunteer ideas and opportunities for each day.

14. Saving More – Can It Be Done? -

Ray’s Take When you’re busy focusing on living your life, it’s easy to fall into spending habits that aren’t exactly consistent with your long-term goals. Marketing departments hire some very smart people who can get you to buy things that you didn’t even know you wanted!

15. Events -

“Breaking the Rules & Getting the Job” author Angela Copeland will hold a discussion and book signing Thursday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at South Main Book Juggler, 548 S. Main St. Visit copelandcoaching.com.

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

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

17. Bryant: State Workers Must Take Sexual Harassment Prevention -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday that by executive order, he's requiring all state employees to take online training in sexual harassment awareness and prevention.

18. Task Force Prepared for Juvenile Justice Legislation -

A General Assembly-led panel is backing legislation to change juvenile sexting laws and adopt measures to stop teens from being held in detention for minor offenses as part of an effort to improve juvenile justice.

19. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Eric Eurich of FocalPoint Business Coaching will present “Achieving Success in 2017.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

20. Last Word: Opening Day in Nashville, Parking Pass or Parking Space and Ell Persons -

Lots of formalities Tuesday in Nashville where the 2017 session of the Tennessee Legislature begins. And that’s what this first week back will be about on the floors of the state House and the state Senate. Away from the floors, the real business of speculation and vote counting and drafting language is already well underway.

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

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

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

22. Events -

PizzaRev will hold job fairs Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Thursday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its future location near International Paper at 6450 Poplar Ave., suite 119. The fast-casual eatery is looking to hire 50 crew members. Interested applicants can apply in person or visit pleaseapplyonline.com/tennrev to begin the process online.

23. Commuter Program Works With Employers to Alleviate Transit Troubles -

Despite a reinvestment in the development of urban centers across the United States, the average American commute time is still increasing, which is placing a strain on both commuters and their employers.

24. US Trade Deficit Climbs to $45.2 Billion in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit in November rose to the highest level in nine months as imports of oil and other foreign goods increased, while American exports fell for a second month.

25. Obama's Final Jobs Report: Big Pay Gain, Slower Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' paychecks rose in December at the fastest pace in more than seven years as steady hiring and low unemployment led some businesses to pay more to attract and keep workers.

26. Fewer Arkansas Adults Not Visiting Doctor Due to Cost -

A report by a private foundation said the percentage of Arkansas adults who went without medical care because of high costs decreased last year.

The Commonwealth Fund's report released last week shows 16 percent of adults in Arkansas went without health care because of the cost in 2015, compared to 18 percent in 2014.

27. 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.

28. Events -

The 2017 Memphis Bike Swap will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Bikers will be able to buy, sell or swap parts with other cyclists around the city. Admission is free for buyers; food and beer will be available for purchase. A portion of proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association. Visit peddlerbikeshop.com/events for details.

29. More Than One Convention Center Hotel Proposal -

There is another convention center hotel proposal in circulation, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says.

30. Zoo Parking Space Dimensions Emerge as Issue in Greensward Compromise -

Some members of the city’s Overton Park Parking Committee want to talk about changing one of the key ground rules for reconfiguring and expanding the Memphis Zoo’s parking area.

And the zoo’s representative on the committee that met Thursday, Jan. 5, is adamant that the requirement for parking spaces to be 10 feet by 20 feet should remain as it is.

31. Events -

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden when dropping off a tree, The Yard will donate $5 to MBG. Call 901-833-9273 for details.

32. Zoo Parking Space Dimensions Emerge as Issue In Greensward Compromise -

Some members of the city’s Overton Park Parking Committee want to at least talk about changing one of the key ground rules for the rearrangement and expansion of the Memphis Zoo’s parking area.

And the zoo’s representative on the committee that met Thursday, Jan. 5, is just as adamant that the requirement for parking spaces to be 10 feet by 20 feet should remain as it is.

33. Blake Shelton-Themed Bars to Open in Tennessee, Oklahoma -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The company that owns the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium is opening two new venues in Tennessee and Oklahoma with the help of country star Blake Shelton.

34. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the world premiere of “Other People’s Happiness,” a winner of the 2015 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition, Friday, Jan. 6, through Jan. 29 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

35. Dobbs Had a Great Run, But Manning is Still No. 1 -

Tennessee senior Joshua Dobbs has created a quarterback controversy. Dobbs finished his college career Dec. 30 when UT beat Nebraska 38-24 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville. He accounted for 409 total yards – 291 passing and 118 yards rushing – and was chosen the game’s MVP.

36. 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.

37. Events -

Mid South Area Business Travel Association will meet Thursday, Jan. 5, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. A roundtable of airline, car and hotel providers will discuss what programs are available, how to qualify, the process for getting started and how to adjust and grow. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit msabta.org. 

38. Reactionaries, Evidence Vie on Medicinal Pot -

Three-year-old Josie Mae Mathis of Greene County used to suffer hundreds of seizures daily from epilepsy and infantile spasms. Aden Vogus, a pre-teen from Brentwood, has seen his seizures all but disappear.

39. 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.

40. Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit for Memphis Store -

4572 Poplar Ave.

Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $1.5 million

Project Cost: $25.2 million

Application Date: December 2016

41. Agency Orders TransUnion, Equifax to Pay $23M for False Ads -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators have ordered credit-reporting agencies TransUnion and Equifax to pay about $23 million for falsely advertising that the credit scores they sell consumers are the same ones lenders use to make credit decisions.

42. Mortgage Rates, Home Sales and Prices Seen Rising in 2017 -

Nate Lowenstein has been shopping for a home in Los Angeles, on and off, for more than a year.

His search has been stymied by a stubbornly low roster of homes on the market and the hurdles that come with it: multiple competing bids and higher prices.

43. Owner: Booksellers at Laurelwood Closing -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood has reached its final chapter after 32 years in business.

Citing a decline in sales and rent obligations, store owner Neil Van Uum says the store is preparing to close, with a liquidation sale to begin Friday, Jan. 6.

44. Events -

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge Wednesday, Jan. 4, through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden, The Yard will donate $5 to MBG. Call 901-833-9273 for details.

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

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

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

46. Marketers Warm Up to Instagram -

In a hot-off-the-presses study by eMarketer, marketing professionals have spoken with gusto about their intended 2017 investments in Instagram.

It was just September 2015 when Instagram opened up advertising opportunities. However, the company is on track to bring in more than $1.85 billion in ad revenue this year, and that revenue is predicted to rise to $2.73 billion in 2017. Similarly, a poll of U.S. marketers conducted by Advertising Age and RBC Capital Markets found that 30 percent of respondents were currently leveraging Instagram advertising and an additional 31 percent plan to do so in 2017.

47. 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.

48. College in Canada? After Trump's Win, More in US Consider It -

For some college-bound students distressed by the election of Donald Trump, Canada is calling.

Colleges from Quebec to British Columbia say applications and website traffic from the United States have been surging since Trump's victory Nov. 8. Although many Canadian schools had also ramped up recruiting in the U.S. recently, some say dismay over the presidential election has fueled a spike in interest beyond their expectations.

49. New Wood Technology May Offer Hope for Struggling Timber -

RIDDLE, Ore. (AP) – John Redfield watches with pride as his son moves a laser-guided precision saw the size of a semi-truck wheel into place over a massive panel of wood.

Redfield's fingers are scarred from a lifetime of cutting wood and now, after decades of decline in the logging business, he has new hope that his son, too, can make a career shaping the timber felled in southern Oregon's forests.

50. Arkansas Adults Not Visiting Doctor Due to Cost Decreases -

A report by a private foundation said the percentage of Arkansas adults who went without medical care because of the cost decreased last year.

The Commonwealth Fund’s report released last week shows 16 percent of adults in Arkansas went without health care because of the cost in 2015, compared to 18 percent in 2014.

51. Nashville Retimes 550 Traffic Signals to Address Growth -

Nashville officials have synchronized hundreds of traffic signals to help address the traffic brought on by the city’s rapid growth.

The city says Metro Public Works finished a project earlier this month to re-time 550 signals along 18 major pikes and corridors.

52. Shelby County Election Commission Puts New Voter Registration System First -

Before Shelby County voters get new voting machines, the elections administrator wants a new voter registration system to begin a badly needed upgrade of election technology.

“Mostly, we really need a system that I don’t fear is going to crash and burn,” administrator Linda Phillips said.

53. Record E-Commerce Sales Lead to More Return Shipments -

As holiday e-commerce sales continue to reach all-time highs, so does an inevitable byproduct – return shipments – bringing more business to shipping giants such as FedEx and UPS once January rolls around.

54. Rhodes Among Kiplinger’s‘Best Value’ Colleges -

Rhodes College has landed at No. 43 on the list of 100 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges as ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and it’s No. 74 among the 300 colleges ranked overall.

55. With Trump's Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid -

ATLANTA (AP) – When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years – overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care to tens of millions of lower-income and disabled Americans.

56. Fixed Costs: Overhead That May Be Costing You Too Much -

Ray’s Take There’s an old cash flow joke about having too much month at the end of the money. It’s usually more a function of spending than earning. For most people there’s a lot more control over the expenditures side of the equation than there is over the income – at least in the short run. So cutting how much you spend on extras sounds great. But how much of your spending can really be reduced or eliminated? Too much “overhead” can result in disaster.

57. What Lies Ahead for UT Athletics in 2017 -

Hey Vols fans, Happy New Year. May your 2017 year in Tennessee sports be better than your 2016 year in Tennessee sports. Perhaps, a fresh start is what we all need. Let’s face it. The Music City Bowl wasn’t where Tennessee wanted the 2016 football season to end. The Vols were picked to win the SEC East Division in preseason and floundered to an 8-4 record in the regular season, 4-4 in the SEC. Their football season was about the norm for most UT sports in 2016: average. Here are some dates to mark in hope of better things ahead in 2017...

58. Liz Weston: 6 Money Resolutions You Can Actually Keep -

Let's face the grim truth: Those 10 pounds you want to lose will likely be among your New Year's resolutions next year, too.

If you really want a sense of accomplishment, take care of money tasks that don't require ongoing discipline and that you typically don't have to repeat every year. Some of these are "one and done," while others you may have to revisit as your life changes, but all will give you a sense of progress toward your financial goals.

59. Growing Number of Americans are Retiring Outside the US -

Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico. It was a move she and her husband, Mel, had discussed before he passed away in 2012.

"I wanted to find a place where I could afford to live off my Social Security," she said. "The weather here is so perfect, and it's a beautiful place."

60. Great Expectations: Small Businesses Upbeat About 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump's election as president has made many small business owners more upbeat about 2017.

Dean Bingham says he's cautiously optimistic because business picked up at his auto repair shop after the election – people who had put off fixing their cars have decided it's time to get them serviced.

61. New Technology Gives Everyone a Personal Assistant -

If you’re a small-business owner or running a startup, you might dream of having a personal assistant to help you manage your calendar or do inventory of the office supply closet. Luckily, Amazon and Google have developed technology that offers many of the benefits of an assistant for a fraction of the cost.

62. Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit For Memphis Store -

Nordstrom Rack is moving one step closer to opening an East Memphis location in 2017.

The Seattle-based retailer has filed a $1.5 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its store at 4572 Poplar Ave. in the future Poplar Commons retail center.

63. Rhodes Among Kiplinger’s ‘Best Value’ Colleges -

Rhodes College has landed at No. 43 on the list of 100 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges as ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and it’s No. 74 among the 300 colleges ranked overall.

64. New Business Ideas for the New Year -

It won’t be long before the ball will be dropping in Times Square, signaling a new year and a new start. While people everywhere vow to make changes in their personal lives, businesses should be no different.

65. AP Investigation: Eric Trump Foundation Flouts Charity Standards -

A charity operated by one of Donald Trump's sons flouts philanthropic standards by financially benefiting charities connected to the Trump family and members of the charity's board, an Associated Press investigation shows.

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

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

67. GM's Main China Venture Fined $29M in Anti-Monopoly Case -

BEIJING (AP) – General Motors Co.'s main joint venture in China was fined $29 million on Friday on charges it suppressed competition by enforcing minimum sales prices for dealers, the latest in a string of penalties against foreign auto brands under the country's anti-monopoly law.

68. Riverfront Ice Rink Offers December Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park will offer skating lessons each Tuesday through December at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The lessons are at no additional cost from the $10 admission, which includes skate rental.

69. County Commission OKs Ambulance Agreements -

Shelby County Commissioners at their Monday, Dec. 19, meeting approved on third and final reading the interlocal agreements that provide ambulance service through the Shelby County Fire Department to the cities of Millington, Arlington and Lakeland.

70. ‘Love is The Answer’ -

A talk at the Back End of Innovation conference by Christy Amador, senior communications manager, Global Public Affairs and Communications for The Coca-Cola Co., highlights how one company engages its employees more deeply.

71. Snapshot: Riverside Romp on Blades -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink opened to the public on Dec. 10 and will remain installed in Mississippi River Park until Jan. 29. Admission is $10, and skating lessons are taught each Tuesday at 5:30 and 6 p.m. for no additional cost.

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72. 'Obamacare' Holding Its Own: 6.4M Signed Up So Far -

WASHINGTON (AP) – "Obamacare" seems to be holding its own. The administration said Wednesday that 6.4 million people have enrolled for subsidized private coverage through HealthCare.gov, ahead of last year's pace.

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

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

74. Analyst: Rite Aid Buy ‘Good Deal’ for Fred’s -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. got a “really good deal” on the 865 Rite Aid stores it’s agreed to buy for $950 million in a deal that takes the company beyond its core market and marks a significant new chapter in its story.

75. County Commission OKs Ambulance Agreements -

Shelby County Commissioners at their Monday, Dec. 19, meeting approved on third and final reading the interlocal agreements that provide ambulance service through the Shelby County Fire Department to the cities of Millington, Arlington and Lakeland.

76. Online Sites Court Procrastinators With Speedy Shipping -

ATLANTA (AP) – Forget ordering online weeks in advance or dashing out to the drug store for a gift card on Christmas Eve. Procrastinating holiday shoppers are finding a haven online as retailers ramp up expedited shipping and same-day delivery services.

77. Infectious Disease Specialist Blatz Joins Resurrection Health -

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Blatz recently joined the staff of Resurrection Health. In his new role, Blatz provides expert consultation on a variety of infectious diseases in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently he is focusing on providing HIV and hepatitis C care as well as teaching Resurrection’s family medicine resident physicians. 

78. $950M Deal Would Make Fred's No. 3 Nationwide -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has agreed to buy 865 Rite Aid stores from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. for $950 million, which will make Fred's the third-largest drugstore chain nationwide.

79. County Commission Approves Specific Minority Contract Percentages -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

80. Medicare Outpatients Risk Higher Bills for Some Procedures -

WASHINGTON (AP) – You pay less for outpatient treatment than for a hospital admission, right? Not necessarily in the topsy-turvy world of Medicare billing, according to a government report.

81. After Harsh Light, a Cheaper Version of EpiPen From Mylan -

Mylan is releasing a generic version of its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen at half the price of the branded option, the cost of which drew scorn from parents nationwide and spawned Congressional inquiries.

82. Riverfront Ice Rink Offers December Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink opened earlier this month in Mississippi River Park will offer skating lessons each Tuesday through December at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The lessons are at no additional cost from the $10 admission, which includes skate rental.

83. Empty Seats -

Shelby County Commissioner David Reaves can still see it clearly: “Take the whole map of the county and lay a grid on it. Then I’d like you to say, ‘Where’s the population? Where’s the projection?’ And then let’s strategically place schools all over the county based upon that and make them all of equal offerings.”

84. Fed Has 8 Biggest US Banks Shift Loss Burden to Investors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The eight biggest U.S. banks will be required to build new cushions against losses that would shift the burden to investors. The action by the Federal Reserve was the latest bid by regulators to reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts.

85. Water Bottler to Open $78M Plant Near Byhalia, Hiring 38 -

BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) – A water bottling company will open a $78 million facility in Marshall County next year, hiring 38 workers.

Niagara Bottling, based in Ontario, California, is buying a 554,000-square-foot building in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park from Panattoni Development Co. Niagara makes private-label bottled waters, tea and sports drinks for retailers.

86. Tuning Up Your Finances for 2017 -

As a longtime financial professional, I can vouch for the power of the looming New Year – more people begin showing interest in getting their finances in order during this time than any other. I’ve always found that the best way to ensure a great financial future is by mapping out your goals and avoiding common financial pitfalls. I’ll outline some of my most tried and true tips here.

87. Setting Financial Priorities in Your 50s and Beyond -

Ray’s Take Every phase of life has its challenges – financial and otherwise. Your education gives way to career, which is often followed by marriage and children. Next comes educating those children. It would be great if all of these phases were managed and balanced as we pass through them, but most of us have a few detours along the way. 

88. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present the musical “Annie” through Sunday, Dec. 18, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for times and tickets. 

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Lance Walker of Walker Auctions will present “Buying and Selling With Auctions.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

89. Small Town, Big Perks -

One of the first things every job seeker considers is what city to live in next. A list of questions comes up when evaluating options: “Are there many jobs available in my current city? Am I near my family and friends? Would I rather be on the coast, or near the mountains?”

90. Development Projects Tied to Mid-South Reach $9.2B -

The number of development projects in the Memphis market has risen above $9 billion, according to data compiled by Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors.

The updated number comes from an ambitious project the commercial real estate firm began earlier this year called 901REnews.

91. Events -

NAWBO Memphis will present “Lighting the Way,” its 18th anniversary and holiday celebration, Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Crescent Club Founders Room, 6075 Poplar Ave. Guest speakers include Jozelle Booker, MLGW’s Supplier Diversity Program administrator and procurement and contracts manager and Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer. Tickets are $15. Register at nawbomemphis.org.

92. Medical District Using Tactical Urbanism to Increase Walkability -

Redevelopment in dense city centers provides a unique set of problems for urban planners. Decades and sometimes centuries of overlapping growth make utilizing every possible square foot of land a necessity.

93. Fred’s Considering HQ Relocation in Revamp -

Memphis-based retailer fred’s Inc. is studying a few options for relocating its Memphis headquarters at 4300 New Getwell Road, locations that CFO Rick Hans told The Daily News are all within a few miles of the current headquarters.

94. Rhodes College Names First Female President -

The new president of Rhodes College comes to the Midtown liberal arts college from being president of Austin College in Texas.

The announcement of Marjorie Hass as the 20th president of Rhodes was made Monday, Dec. 12, after an eight month search to find a successor to William Troutt.

95. Big Business Warns Trump Against Mass Deportation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.

96. FedEx's Smith Critical of Trump Opposition to NAFTA, TPP -

FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith says withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement, as advocated by President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly in the 2016 presidential campaign, would be “catastrophic for the U.S. economy” and “have massive economic repercussions.”

97. Events -

Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard will be held Friday, Dec. 16, through Dec. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Bring the family to play in the “snow,” sip hot cocoa or spiced tea, create a winter craft, and enjoy music, lights and more throughout My Big Backyard. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

98. Fred’s Inc. Considering HQ Relocation as It Works to Revamp Business -

Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc. is studying a few options for relocating its Memphis headquarters at 4300 New Getwell Road, locations that Fred’s CFO Rick Hans told The Daily News are all within a few miles of the current headquarters.

99. Third-Quarter Loss Points to Lingering Challenge for Fred's -

Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc.’s release of its third quarter earnings results Thursday, Dec. 8, came with a few unusual features. First, the company had delayed that presentation to analysts by almost a week – then the company took the even more unusual step of declining to take questions from analysts.

100. Growing Pains -

In many ways, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe in 1971 shaped the way Midtown Memphis looks today, so it’s only fitting that the park continues to inspire citizens to fight for what they feel is right.