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1. Nonprofits Find a Winner in Grit. Grind. Give. -

The national #GivingTuesday movement had started in 2012 in New York on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It was, and remains, a global giving effort riding the power of social media as a way to respond to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

2. 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.

3. Fred's, A Small Drugstore Chain, May Become National Player -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fred's, a small regional drugstore chain from Memphis, Tennessee, had a very good week last week.

It all started Tuesday, Dec. 20, when Fred's said it would pay $950 million to buy 865 stores that Rite Aid needed to sell in order to appease anti-trust regulators and close its $9.4 billion buyout deal with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

4. Nonprofits Raised Value In 2016 In Many Ways -

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

5. 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. 

6. Time to Expand College Football Playoffs to 8 Teams -

When it comes to college football, I tend to be a traditionalist. That doesn’t mean I yearn for the days of leather helmets and quick kicks. I try to adjust to the times. But I must admit it’s hard to swallow a 76-61 final score, as was the case in the Pittsburgh-Syracuse game this season.

7. Gov't to Require Cars be Able to Talk to Each Other -

WASHINGTON (AP) – All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a rule the Transportation Department proposed Tuesday. Officials say the technology holds the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths and transform driving.

8. The Week Ahead: December 12-18 -

Good morning, Memphis! The colder, wetter weather is upon us now, but that won’t stop the American Queen. LeBron James and his gang come to town Wednesday. That’s the same day that the long-awaited Ikea store in Memphis opens. Expected to be a regional draw, some may camp out in the weather to be one of the first inside. And we offer congratulations to all of the University of Memphis graduates who will convene at FedExForum Sunday for Fall 2016 commencement ceremonies. 

9. City’s Momentum Charts Different Course, Method -

Nike community relations director Willie Gregory came to The Peabody hotel Wednesday, Dec. 7, to roll out the new MemphisWorks app for the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, which he chairs.

10. ‘MemphisWorks’ Jobs, Training App Launches -

A new “MemphisWorks” app unveiled Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Annual Chairman’s Luncheon is a comprehensive jobs and training effort that took nine months to get in one digital place, with help from an anonymous donor.

11. Platform for Property -

Airbnb is revolutionizing the hospitality industry causing legislators worldwide to scramble to regulate it, but the Memphis City Council is gaining state and national attention for its hands-off attitude.

12. EPA to Keep Strict Gas Mileage Standards in Place -

DETROIT (AP) – The Obama administration has decided not to change government fuel economy requirements for cars and light trucks despite protests from automakers.

The decision means that automakers, at least for now, will still have to meet strict fuel economy requirements and that companies likely will continue building small cars and electric vehicles still even though people are buying more SUVs and trucks.

13. Overcome A ‘Culture Of Complaint’ -

Have you heard about the man who was stranded on an island? Finally, after many years alone, he was found. His rescuers noticed three structures built on the otherwise deserted island.

Pointing to the first, they asked, “What’s that place?”

14. Daniels Rejoins Mahaffey Tent As Director of Operations -

John “Jack” Daniels has rejoined Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals as director of operations, a role he has previously held. Daniels brings more than 20 years of experience in event planning and operations. He most recently was a service manager at NES Rentals’ Cordova and Memphis branches. He also currently owns EventOps, an event company that specializes in corporate events and managing event budgets.

15. Last Word: The Day After Big River, Freedom Awards Shift and Tubby & Fiz -

Once the ribbons were cut, the speeches made and all of the players on both sides of the river were thanked, Sunday was the day those who put the Big River Crossing project in motion waited for to see what the public’s verdict would be on the boardwalk crossing the Mississippi River.

16. With New Hire, Broad Avenue Arts Alliance Hits Milestone -

Broad Avenue has in recent years gone from a stretch of empty storefronts broken up by isolated businesses to a vibrant commercial district complete with abundant foot traffic and visitors making frequent trips to coffee shops, restaurants and galleries.

17. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Glen Fenter of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce will present “Our Newest Workforce Development Tool – Memphis Works.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

18. Events -

Paychecks for Patriots, a hiring event for Tennessee veterans and their family members, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Job Center, 3040 Walnut Grove Road. More than three dozen employers will be on hand, with many conducting on-site interviews. Attendees should bring resumes and dress for an interview. Job seekers may register in advance at tn.gov/paychecks4patriots or at the door.

19. The Week Ahead: October 17-23 -

This will be a historic week for Memphis, so mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 22, when a boardwalk across the Harahan Bridge opens to the public that will give Memphians and visitors alike an intimate experience with the Mighty Mississippi. The Big River Crossing also will link Memphis to West Memphis, Arkansas, and provide bicycle enthusiasts miles of trails along the river levee that will be unique in the world. There’s only one Mississippi River, the world’s second-largest inland waterway, and there’s only one Memphis! This crossing will be an unmatched amenity for the city for years to come.   

20. Events -

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Operation Hope will host a “Take Your Life Back” credit and money-management workshop Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Whitehaven Center, 1234 Finley Road. Topics include saving money, understanding your credit score, settling accounts, consumer rights and disputing inaccurate information. Free and open to the public. RSVP to nlashford@southwest.tn.edu or 901-333-4287.

21. First Tennessee Steps Up Financial Literacy Efforts -

Along with making loans, offering mortgages and the other banking basics that First Tennessee Bank stays busy with from one day to the next, the Memphis-based institution is in the process of stepping up its financial literacy offerings in a major way.

22. Last Word: Pot Action In Memphis and Nashville, Izakaya and Wake Up Man -

A big night in Nashville and Memphis for the issue of marijuana decriminalization. An ordinance to allow cops to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than half an ounce of pot won final approval by the Metro Nashville Council hours after the Memphis City Council approved second of three readings of a similar ordinance. The Memphis action sets the stage for a final vote at City Hall on this come October 4.

23. Public Awareness, Early Detection Most Important in Treating Sepsis -

Annually it’s the third-leading killer worldwide behind only behind cancer and heart attacks.

More than 1.6 million Americans suffer from it each year and 258,000 of them die.

Hospitals spend more than $30 billion annually to treat it.

24. Arkansas Ballot Will Offer a New Test for Medical Marijuana -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Republicans control all of Arkansas' statewide offices, hold a majority in both chambers of the Legislature and are nearly assured of winning the state's six electoral votes in the presidential election.

25. FedEx Training Geared Toward Safer Roads Worldwide -

On Aug. 23, representatives from 16 international Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) flocked to FedEx Corp.’s Memphis headquarters as part of a state-of-the-art leadership training program.

26. FedEx Institute, Herff College Host NATO Working Group -

The University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology and Herff College of Engineering AutoID Lab, as a service to the Automatic Identification Industry, are hosting a weeklong meeting for Allied Command Transformation, the North American Command of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

27. School Leaders, Teachers Not On Same Page -

A survey of 30,000 educators across Tennessee shows significantly more school administrators than teachers tend to believe disciplinary policies are effective.

And teachers tended to believe that more of their students had gone on to college than actually did.

28. Roen Takes Helm of MALS Pro Bono Services -

Leah Roen is in her first week as the new director of pro bono services for Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS), and she’s already forging new partnerships that will bring legal advice and support to those who need it most.

29. Tenn. Attorneys Donate $76K To Legal Aid Organizations -

Tennessee attorneys registering to maintain their law licenses for another year have donated more than $75,000 to legal aid organizations through a fund created by the state Access to Justice Commission.

30. ‘Why Don’t We Start Our Own?’ -

The diner-style restaurant planned for 2657 Broad Ave. is a bit unique as far as commercial real estate projects go.

Yes, it’s of a piece with the rest of the groundswell of redevelopment and commercial activity that’s transformed Broad into a people-packed arts, retail and restaurant scene. One of those hotspots along the street is the combination coffee shop and retailer City & State, the owners of which have signed a lease at 2657 Broad for their next venture.

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

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

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

32. Advance Memphis Aims to Provide Workers Economic Sustainability -

“I’m always thinking about things through an economic lens,” said Steve Nash, executive director of Advance Memphis, at a recent tour of the nonprofit’s new location at 575 Suzette St.

33. Common Table Names New CEO, Board Chairman -

The executive committee of the Common Table Health Alliance (CTHA) board of directors has announced that Dr. Barry-Lewis Harris will serve as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Reggie Crenshaw is now serving as board chairman.

34. To Zoo. Zooed. Zooing. -

YOU’VE BEEN ZOOED. That headline is indicative of the last few months. In fact, it’s the indicative present perfect usage of the new verb this city has created.

35. Common Table Names New CEO, Board Chairman -

The executive committee of the Common Table Health Alliance (CTHA) board of directors has announced that Dr. Barry-Lewis Harris will serve as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Reggie Crenshaw is now serving as board chairman.

36. Last Word: The Path To The Bridge, Setting The Election Stage and Democrats -

The Black Lives Matter protest that shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge Sunday was an unexpected milestone.

It was also part of a story that is still moving. As it moves, our views on what happened and what it means on the basic issue of police and their relationship with African-Americans will also shift.

37. Kevin Dean Leaves Legacy at Literacy Mid-South for ‘New Adventure’ -

After five years of leading the charge for building a stronger community of skilled readers, Thursday, June 30, is Kevin Dean’s last day as executive director of Literacy Mid-South. He leaves behind a legacy of milestones he orchestrated for the nonprofit organization, which aims to provide literary resources to all backgrounds and ages.

38. Atlas Rocket Launches For 1st Time Since March Grounding -

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – America's Atlas rockets are flying again, successfully launching a communications satellite for the Navy.

The unmanned Atlas V rocket blasted into a brilliantly clear sky Friday morning. It was the first Atlas flight by rocket maker United Launch Alliance since March, when a fuel-valve problem popped up on a space station delivery for NASA.

39. Innovating Health -

Dr. Guy Reed’s Memphis-based medical startup hit a big milestone toward the end of 2015, when Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo reached a deal to license the company’s technology.

40. EDGE OKs Fast Track PILOT Program -

The board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has approved a new tax incentive package designed to give Memphis a more competitive edge against North Mississippi.

The EDGE board green-lighted the Fast Track PILOT program at its Wednesday, May 18, meeting, making it EDGE’s fifth payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program.

41. Opera Memphis: If You Sing – Anywhere – They Will Listen -

For everything else opera might be, Ned Canty has made it his business to see opera as opportunity.

The general director for Opera Memphis, when Canty came to town five years ago the company was in decline.

42. Last Word: The Airport and Hotels, Loans and Musicians and Underground in Town -

That didn’t take long. Fired one day, hired the next for Dave Joerger now formerly of the Grizz.

43. EDGE Considering Fast-Track Incentive Program, Diversity Spend Changes -

The Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has started work on a new tax incentive program that would help Memphis compete with North Mississippi for industrial projects.

At its April 20 meeting, EDGE board chairman Al Bright appointed a committee to evaluate a proposed Fast Track PILOT and hammer out its policies and procedures.

44. Mid-South Mayors Don’t See Barriers In Regionalism -

It took the Mississippi River’s devastating flood in 2011 for Mid-South leaders to consider greater collaboration among the area’s 10 counties and three states.

Mid-South mayors came together to plot their way out of disaster, and that convening set the stage for a formal alliance, the Mid-South Mayors’ Council.

45. Greensward Talks Getting Complex -

A week ago, the board of the Overton Park Conservancy had a visitor at its meeting – Richard Smith, the Memphis Zoo’s representative in the ongoing private mediation talks between the conservancy and the zoo.

46. The Week Ahead: April 18-24 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the dreaded federal income tax filing day, to the scheduled end of the Tennessee Legislature for this session, to a couple of big round-ball games at FedExForum beginning Friday.

47. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand -

When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.

48. Moving Dirt -

The Memphis development community is looking inward and upward to increase density in the urban core. New construction is happening across all four commercial real estate sectors, with long-anticipated projects like Trader Joe’s and the redevelopment of Central Station finally coming to fruition. Construction and operating costs continue to be a challenge as new projects hit the top of their class to command higher rents.

49. Last Word: Pro Day, Hardwood Patios in C-Y and Memphis' Contested Convention -

It was a windy Pro Day Wednesday at the University of Memphis for Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch. And if the wind wasn’t for you, you could watch Lynch work out for NFL teams and their representatives on the NFL network.
Don Wade was there to watch in person.

50. First Tennessee Offers New Business Tech Solutions -

First Tennessee Bank is now offering a technology suite of hardware and software offerings to small businesses, aiming to help those businesses capture customer data from sales transactions rather than having to rely on intuition.

51. First Tennessee Offering New Business Tech Solutions -

First Tennessee Bank is now offering a technology suite of hardware and software offerings to small businesses, aiming to help those businesses capture customer data from sales transactions rather than having to rely on intuition.

52. Shelby Farms Conservancy Makes 2 Executive Hires -

Jen Andrews, the longtime development and communications director of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is the new executive director of the conservancy.

53. 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.

54. Shelby Farms Conservancy Makes 2 Executive Hires -

Jen Andrews, the longtime development and communications director of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is the new executive director of the conservancy.

55. UPS Invests in Same-Day Delivery Company Deliv -

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS, looking for ways to get goods to shoppers faster, is investing in same-day delivery company Deliv.

Deliv, founded nearly four years ago, works with Macy's Inc., Kohl's Corp. and other retailers to deliver online orders within the same day. Shoppers select same-day delivery when they're about to buy something from the retailer's website and Deliv's workers get it delivered. Retailers pay Deliv for its service and the stores usually charge customers. At Kohl's, for example, shoppers pay $9.95 for same-day deliveries on orders above $75 and $14.95 for orders below $75.

56. 3T Cycling, Victory Bike CEO To Open Service Center -

3T Cycling, an international manufacturer of bicycle components and equipment, has chosen Memphis for its first North American customer service and repair center for 3T wheels.

Clark Butcher, owner and CEO of Victory Bicycle Studio, will lead the venture, creating a new alliance between 3T and Victory.

57. Fenced Out -

There’s a major problem in Memphis when it comes to minorities: African-Americans make up 63 percent of the population but garner less than 1 percent of total business receipts within Memphis, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

58. Sledge Joins Paragon Private Banking Team -

Julia Sledge has joined Paragon Bank as portfolio manager in private banking. Sledge has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, holding leadership positions at both Union Planters Bank and Cadence Bank. In her new role, she’ll provide service and support to Paragon’s private banking team.

59. Muller: Memphis On Strong Footing, With Bright Future -

A key Greater Memphis Chamber official is preparing to retire this week after 15 years, at a time when he thinks the city of Memphis is on strong footing, and with a bright future that abounds with potential.

60. Renault-Nissan to Introduce 10 Self-Driving Vehicles by 2020 -

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — The Renault-Nissan Alliance is entering the race to build autonomous cars with a plan to introduce 10 models capable of temporarily relieving humans of their driving duties on highways and city streets.

61. Sutherland Named HR Manager At CDS -

Renee’ Sutherland has joined Central Defense Staffing as the human resource manager. In her role, she is responsible for conducting recruitment efforts, training and development of employees, employee relations, conflict resolution and workers’ compensation. She has a team that consists of recruiters, coordinators and administrative support workers.

62. 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.

63. Resurrection Health to Open New Clinics in 2016 -

As Resurrection Health, a faith-based, evangelical health service organization, prepares to celebrate its first birthday, the enterprise is already planning to roll out two more clinic sites in 2016.

64. Memphis to Host Back-to-Back Transportation Conferences -

On Thursday, Dec. 10, Memphis’ status as a logistics hub and its future in inner-city transportation will be debated.

The University of Memphis will be hosting two back-to-back free conferences at the FedEx Institute of Technology. The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute will host its ninth annual conference, dubbed The State of Freight, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and the newly established University of Memphis Design Collaborative will host the Workforce to Work Transportation Summit from noon to 4:30 p.m.

65. Events -

Holiday Fun in Cooper Young, hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association, will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Businesses will light up their windows and outdoor displays for the annual “Unwrapped” contest; the Peabody School Choir (5:30 to 6) and Memphis Men of Harmony (6 to 6:30) will perform in the gazebo. Call 901-276-7222.

66. Events -

The Peabody will kick off the holiday season with Santa’s arrival and its tree-lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 27, at 149 Union Ave. Events begin with the 11 a.m. Duck March. Local choirs will sing throughout the day, and Santa and his elves will arrive after the 5 p.m. Duck March to pass out candy and light the Peabody Christmas tree. Visit peabodymemphis.com.

67. Events -

The Peabody will kick off the holiday season with Santa’s arrival and its tree-lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 27, at 149 Union Ave. Events begin with the 11 a.m. Duck March. Local choirs will sing throughout the day, and Santa and his elves will arrive after the 5 p.m. Duck March to pass out candy and light the Peabody Christmas tree. Visit peabodymemphis.com.

68. Craig Gordon Joins Advanced Dermatology -

Dr. M. Craig Gordon has joined Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates. As a general dermatologist, Gordon manages dermatologic conditions ranging from acne, warts, eczema and psoriasis to more complex cutaneous lymphomas and autoimmune skin conditions. He also performs cutaneous surgeries and offer medical cosmetic services.

69. MIFA Takes Over Memphis’ Homeless Hotline, Will Staff 24/7 -

If there was any doubt that the city’s homeless hotline for families with children needed to be manned 24/7, that question was erased in the first two weeks the hotline was operated by the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association.

70. Why Are Tennessee’s ACA Rate Hikes Among Nation’s Largest? -

Can you imagine your car payment going up by 44 percent next year? Or that the cost of your cable was going up another 36 percent per month?

That’s what it will feel like for hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans in 2016 as the nation gets ready for its third year of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, which provides health care insurance to more than 231,440 people in the state who couldn’t otherwise obtain insurance.

71. New Website for Memphis Workforce Alliance -

The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce has launched a new website, gmacw.com.

The site will function as a resource for employers to connect with skilled workers and for workers to find training programs. It also will keep the public up to date with the GMAC Workforce’s impact.

72. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” Tuesday, Oct. 13, through Oct. 18 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

73. Events -

Touchdown Club of Memphis will meet Monday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is the guest speaker. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

74. Miss. Governor Up with TV Ads, But No Air Time Yet for Dem -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's campaign is running its first TV commercials this election season, but a new analysis shows his Democratic challenger, truck driver Robert Gray, hasn't bought any air time.

75. Vote on Loosening Emissions Testing Awaits Tenn. Lawmakers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote on loosening vehicle emissions testing requirements as soon as they return in January, undeterred by Volkswagen's recent admission that it had been gaming the tests already in place.

76. Early Voting Numbers Tell Still-Moving Story in Memphis Election -

Before the votes are counted Thursday, Oct. 8, there are some other numbers – which are already being counted – to tell the story of the 2015 Memphis elections.

Close to 15 percent of Memphis voters cast early ballots in advance of Thursday’s election day in the races for Memphis mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court clerk.

77. Early Voting Numbers Tell Still-Moving Story -

Before the votes are counted Thursday, Oct. 8, there are some other numbers – which are already being counted – to tell the story of the 2015 Memphis elections.

Close to 15 percent of Memphis voters cast early ballots in advance of Thursday’s election day in the races for Memphis mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court clerk.

78. Common Table Health Alliance 5K Dedicated to Calorie Burn -

An October 5K is all about the calorie burn.

Hosted by Common Table Health Alliance, the third annual Million Calorie Burn will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, in the Cooper-Young neighborhood.

The race will begin and end at First Congregational Church, 1000 Cooper Ave. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the race at 9 a.m.

79. Common Table Health Alliance 5K Dedicated to Calorie Burn -

An October 5K is all about the calorie burn.

Hosted by Common Table Health Alliance, the third annual Million Calorie Burn will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, in the Cooper-Young neighborhood.

The race will begin and end at First Congregational Church, 1000 Cooper Ave. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the race at 9 a.m.

80. Bass, Berry & Sims Launches Nonprofit Practice Group -

The nonprofit sector represents a sizable chunk of the Memphis-area economy – some 8 percent of total employment, with almost 45,000 jobs.

That’s according to former Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper, citing figures from the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence to explain why the law firm Cooper is back practicing with, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, has started a practice group focused on nonprofits. Cooper has been tapped to lead that group, following his service as the state’s attorney general from 2006 to 2014.

81. Chamber Launches Workforce Partnership -

A few local civic organizations have teamed up to form a public-private workforce partnership to address the gap between available jobs, available training programs and the unemployed and underemployed in Memphis.

82. Developers Threaten to Pull Out of Mall of Memphis Site -

Developers of the former Mall of Memphis site were again delayed as the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine tabled a vote on a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes benefit for the speculative industrial site.

83. Memphis Chamber Launches Workforce Partnership -

A few local civic organizations have teamed up to form a public-private workforce partnership to address the gap between available jobs, available training programs and the unemployed and underemployed in Memphis.

84. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

85. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

86. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

87. Sales Volume Raises Risk of Closing Snafus -

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors’ May sales data show sales continuing to rise.

There were 3,558 closings, up 15.6 percent from last May. In comparison, there were 1,783 closings in May 2009. So closings have almost doubled since the Recession. And, as everyone knows, inventory has dropped dramatically.

88. CVS Health Launches Health, Beauty Makeover for Drugstores -

CVS drugstores that quit tobacco sales last year are now getting health and beauty makeovers and a shot of ethnic diversity in some cases to attract customers who want more than a prescription refill.

89. Fed Likely to Signal Coming Rate Hike If Economy Strengthens -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With evidence that the U.S. economy is rebounding from a winter slump, the Federal Reserve will likely signal this week that an interest rate increase is coming – just not quite yet.

90. Mississippi's West to Lead West Memphis College Campus -

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) – The woman who was in line to be executive director of Mississippi's community colleges will instead take the reins of a community college in Arkansas.

The Arkansas State University System announced Friday that Debra West will become chancellor of its West Memphis campus on Aug. 1. Formerly Mid-South Community College, the 1,800-student institution will become Arkansas State University Mid-South on July 1 pending approval by the Arkansas Higher Learning Commission later this month.

91. East Tennessee’s Endangered 8 -

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance’s list of endangered heritage sites for the region:

1. The Stonecipher-Kelly House in Morgan County was built around 1814 by the first permanent white settlers in that area, as part of a Revolutionary War land-grant.

92. Price of Cigarettes Going Up in Tennessee Under New Markup Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The price of cigarettes is going up in Tennessee, but the proceeds won't be landing in state tax coffers.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that under a new law signed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, the minimum markup on cigarettes – which retailers say covers the "cost of doing business" – will rise from 41 cents on each pack of cigarettes to 76 cents per pack over the next two years.

93. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will continue the 2015 Vine to Wine tasting series with “Green in Groovy” Tuesday, April 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Tickets are $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

94. Nearly 40 Apply for Top Job at Planned ASU Campus -

Officials say almost 40 people have applied so far to become the first chancellor of an impending Arkansas State University campus in West Memphis.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Glen Fenter is leaving as chancellor of Mid-South Community College to head the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce. Fenter has worked at the 1,895-student college in West Memphis since it was established in the early 1990s.

95. Memphis Banks Move to Issue More Secure Plastic -

When it comes to banking innovations, 2015 is increasingly looking like the year of the chip card.

Spurred in part by the growing wave of data hacks and security breaches, banks nationwide – along with a growing number in Memphis – are moving to adopt a new version of plastic for consumers.

96. Workforce Group Elects Downtown for Office -

The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce has found a headquarters location Downtown, leasing 2,967 square feet at the One Commerce Square office tower.

The alliance aims to produce a united regional workforce development system by generating extensive workforce data, creating a pipeline of ready-to-work employees, crafting career roadmaps for workers and students and helping meet the near-term employment needs of local employers.

97. Mid-South Food Truck Fest Coming to Tiger Lane -

About 25 food trucks are set to descend on Tiger Lane next week, along with musicians to provide live entertainment, as part of the first Mid-South Food Truck Fest.

Admission to the April 18 event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is free to the public. Fest organizer Stanley Perrin, owner of Revolution Printing and Graphics, said the one-day event will benefit Literacy Mid-South and Southern Friends Animal Society.

98. Live Nation Beale Alliance Touted As Concert Comeback -

On the sidewalk in front of the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street are two brass music notes, side by side. One honors the late Mid-South Concerts promoter Bob Kelley and the other honors Mike Glenn, the New Daisy’s long-time operator.

99. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix–Memphis Campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Dotty Summerfield Giusti of Summerfield Associates Inc. will present “Consulting and Recruiting.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

100. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will kick off the 2015 Vine to Wine tasting series with “A Taste of Germany” Tuesday, March 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event fea-tures eight wines or cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.