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1. Schools’ Success Too Dependent on Weak Vendor -

The “debacle” called TNReady, a standardized test ruling the lives of students, teachers and administrators, is the predictable result of brain drain – not by students but by Tennessee’s leaders.

2. Southwest Has Been Faced With Fines, Union Safety Complaints -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines runs its planes hard. They make many short hops and more trips per day than other U.S. airliners, which adds to wear and tear on parts, including the engines.

3. Musician, Songwriter Sykes Joins Ardent as Chief Manager -

Longtime songwriter, touring artist and studio owner Keith Sykes has joined Ardent Studios as chief manager, bringing more than 40 years’ experience in the music industry. More than 100 of Sykes’ songs have been recorded by other artists – including John Prine, Rosanne Cash and George Thorogood – and have sold more than 25 million records worldwide. In addition, he once played in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and co-wrote the 1979 hit “Volcano” with Buffett.

4. Last Word: Reading Early Voting Tea Leaves, Corker Qualifies and New Carrot -

This should be the week that the Tennessee Legislature adjourns and state Senators and state Representatives return to their districts to begin campaigning in earnest for the August primaries and the November general election beyond that. The only hold-up to adjournment this week would be any more tremors surrounding education policy, specifically the TNReady test debacle of last week.

5. State Weighted Caseload Study Shows Two More Judges Needed Locally -

Shelby County’s court system – civil and criminal – is down about two judges, according to the Tennessee Comptroller’s annual report on weighted caseloads.

The report, required by state law since 1997, calculates the number of judges needed to handle different kinds of cases.

6. More Scrutiny for Employers Likely This Year From Immigration Services -

Local immigrant and businesswoman Alexandra Matlock knows how hard it can be navigating the U.S. customs process. Her journey coming from Colombia to eventually obtaining permanent work status in the U.S. took well over a decade.

7. Regional Win -

In an increasingly interconnected world, having a cohesive economic regionalism strategy is becoming more of a must-have for successful metropolitan areas.

To facilitate this, the Urban Land Institute held Memphis’ first RegionSmart Summit in 2016 to gather all of the area’s government, economic development and community leaders in one place to collectively address some of the region’s most pressing planning and development issues.

8. Last Word: 'Poking The Bear,' National Walk Out Day and McQueen on Capitol Hill -

The state House’s Tuesday action cutting $250k in funding for Memphis from Gov. Bill Haslam’s budget proposal is turning into a cause back here, starting with a GoFundMe page. Elsewhere on social media, you can see the unmistakable outline of a party or parties for the cause beginning to form. This is near the end of session for the Legislature when the budget is the last action before going back to the district to run for re-election. Different timing over here, with multiple crawfish outings leading into Memphis in May.

9. SCS Leaders Question TNReady Credibility -

Shelby County Schools board members are questioning the credibility of state student achievement testing after the third major problem with online testing in three years.

“I believe this was intentional,” school board member Stephanie Love said Tuesday, April 17, at a board work session, noting that the test results are used to evaluate teachers as well as students and schools. “We are the largest poor school district in the state of Tennessee. If something continues to happen, it is intentional.”

10. SCS Leaders Question Credibility of TNReady Testing -

Shelby County Schools board members say they question the credibility of state student achievement testing after the third major problem with online testing in three years.

“I believe this was intentional,” school board member Stephanie Love said Tuesday, April 17, at a board work session, noting that the test results are used to evaluate teachers as well as students and schools. “We are the largest poor school district in the state of Tennessee. … If something continues to happen, it is intentional.”

11. One Dead After Jetliner Apparently Blows an Engine in Flight -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine at 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said.

12. Hacker Blamed for Third TNReady Computer Snafu -

Frustrated by a third year of TNReady foul-ups, this time with testing statewide disrupted by a suspected hacker, state lawmakers are set to step in and put an end to what they feel is a fiasco.

Two measures were to be considered by the House Tuesday afternoon, April 17, to put an end to mistakes in the administration of tests used to evaluate student progress and teacher effectiveness. School districts statewide were affected by the disruption this week after an outside source hit the state’s testing vendor, Questar.

13. Amanda Dunham Talks Changes At East Memphis’ Grove Grill -

Twenty years after The Grove Grill opened in Laurelwood Shopping Center, the restaurant is reinventing itself with modernized decor and the recently launched Third Thursday monthly tasting series. Helping drive the changes are chef Chip Dunham – the son of Grove Grill owners Jeff and Tracey Dunham – and his wife, beverage director Amanda Dunham, who both joined the restaurant after moving to Memphis last July.

14. Last Word: Mud Island Changes, Zoo Parking and Capitol Hill Revolt On UT Board -

This could be your last chance to see the Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park as it has been for about the last 30 years. The park on the southern half of Mud Island opens for the season Saturday. The museum will be open only through July 4 is what is billed as a “limited run” followed by a public engagement process for “reimagining how we tell the story of the Mississippi River in a 21st century way,” according to park general manager Trey Giuntini in a Thursday press release.

15. Opioid Trials to Begin in 2019 as Settlement is Also Pushed -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge with an audacious plan to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by local governments against the drug industry over the destruction wrought by prescription opioid painkillers has altered his course.

16. Uber to Up its Background Checks for Drivers -

DETROIT (AP) – Uber will start doing annual criminal background checks on U.S. drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests as it tries to do a better job of keeping riders safe.

17. ‘I'm Sorry’: Zuckerberg Opens Senate Hearing With an Apology -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg began a two-day congressional inquisition Tuesday with a public apology for a privacy scandal that has roiled the social media giant he founded more than a decade ago.

18. A/B Test Your Way to Email Success -

In years past, plenty of brands adopted a “set it and forget it” email-automation mentality. Once a marketing email was released, it became a distant memory.

There’s a much better way, though, to leverage the still-popular email marketing technique and more closely connect to reader preferences as a way to obtain an end goal.

19. Facebook's Zuckerberg Meets With Lawmakers Ahead of Hearing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sounded contrite in prepared congressional remarks and said Facebook didn't do enough to prevent its tools from being used for harm.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee released his opening testimony Monday, as Zuckerberg was also meeting privately with lawmakers ahead of his first time testifying on Capitol Hill.

20. Statewide Clinical Trials Effort Launches Out of UTHSC -

When Dr. Steven Goodman, vice chancellor for research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, arrived at the college more than two years ago, his ambition was to launch a statewide clinical trials network.

21. Did Cambridge Analytica Get Your Data? You'll Know Soon -

NEW YORK (AP) – Anyone who's been wondering if their private Facebook data might have been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal will soon get their first clues.

Starting Monday, all 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice on their feeds, titled "Protecting Your Information," with a link to see what apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps. If they want, they can shut off apps individually or turn off third-party access to their apps completely.

22. Out of Flowers? Flour? Businesses Contend With Supply Crises -

NEW YORK (AP) – When heavy rain pelted Central America, Shane Pliska couldn't get shipments of taupe-colored roses he needed for clients' weddings.

"Of course, this was the season when everyone wanted champagne- and gold-themed weddings, and the champagne part was all taupe roses," says Pliska, owner of Planterra, a commercial florist and owner of a wedding venue where the decor is all about flowers and plants.

23. Last Word: I Am A Man Plaza, Graceland Clears EDGE and Filing Deadline Action -

Sometimes the simplest concepts say more than an elaborate explanation can – even when the history it depicts is complex. A plaza dedicated to the 1,300 city sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968 formally opened Thursday on what had been a vacant lot just across Pontotoc from the south side of Clayborn Temple. And the occasion included more of the small moments that have made this week so compelling. Watching civil rights icon Rev. James Lawson walk around the plaza and discover it includes one of his quotes from the 1968 strike.

24. Opioid Crisis: Top Doctor Urges Access to Overdose Antidote -

ATLANTA (AP) – The nation's chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation's opioid crisis and save lives.

Speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta on Thursday morning, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams issued his office's first national public health advisory in 13 years.

25. Up to 87M Affected in Facebook Scandal, More Than Thought -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook revealed Wednesday that tens of millions more people might have been exposed in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal than previously thought and said it will restrict the data it allows outsiders to access on its users.

26. Last Word: Mason Temple 50 Years Later, Medical Pot Dies in Nashville and Fire -

Mason Temple still looks pretty much the same as it did in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came there to give what would be his last speech – the Mountaintop speech – the night before his assassination. Tuesday evening, 50 years to the day that King gave that speech, the Church of God In Christ sanctuary was awash and aglow in multi-colored lights as a capacity invitation-only crowd gathered to mark the occasion.

27. States, Cities Sue US Over Census Citizenship Question -

NEW YORK (AP) – Seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities sued the U.S. government Tuesday, saying the addition of a citizenship question to the census form is unconstitutional.

28. Data Back Up AP Poll: Little Progress on Civil Rights Issues -

Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., American perceptions of progress toward racial equality remain largely divided along racial lines, a recent AP-NORC poll shows.

The majority of African-Americans surveyed saw little to no progress toward equal treatment in key areas that the civil rights movement sought to address. White respondents frequently portrayed a rosier picture. A review by the Associated Press shows that the available data more often align with African-Americans' less optimistic reflection of their reality.

29. Analysis: Blacks Largely Left Out of High-Paying Jobs -

BOSTON (AP) – Jonathan Garland's fascination with architecture started early: He spent much of his childhood designing Lego houses and gazing at Boston buildings on rides with his father away from their largely minority neighborhood.

30. New Service Aims to Follow Users Across Multiple Devices -

NEW YORK (AP) – Some 60 companies including such leading brands as Subway, Sprint and the NFL are joining forces to help each other follow you around online.

Adobe, a company better known for Photoshop and PDF files, says the new Device Co-op initiative it is organizing will help companies offer more personalized experiences and make ads less annoying by filtering out products and services you have already bought or will never buy. Under the initiative, Adobe can tell you're the same person on a home PC, a work laptop, a phone and a tablet by analyzing past sign-ins with member companies.

31. Facebook Revamps Privacy Tools as Tighter EU Rules Draw Near -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations in the coming months.

The changes won't affect Facebook's privacy policies or the types of data it gathers on users. But the company hopes its 2.2 billion users will have an easier time navigating its complex and often confusing privacy and security settings. Facebook says it also wants to give users a simpler way to access and download the data it collects on them.

32. Explore Bike Share Reveals Station Locations -

The launch of Explore Bike Share is getting closer with the nonprofit revealing Wednesday, March 28, the locations of the stations for the 600-bike system.

Explore Bike Share’s 60 stations span from Downtown, South Memphis and Cooper-Young to Orange Mound, Overton Square and Crosstown. The stations and bikes are being funded through a combination of donations from foundations and individuals, plus a $2.2 million federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant, said Explore Bike Share executive director Trey Moore.

33. Facebook Faces Scrutiny for Pulling Android Call, Text Data -

On the same day Facebook bought ads in U.S. and British newspapers to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social media site faced new questions about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices.

34. Frontier Gun Maker Remington Seeks Bankruptcy Protection -

Remington, the storied gun maker that began turning out flintlock rifles when there were only 19 states in the Union, has filed for bankruptcy reorganization amid years of slumping sales and legal and financial pressure over the Sandy Hook school massacre.

35. Prescription for Tragedy -

He has his own GPS, an internal shield that keeps him from driving anywhere near 637 Poplar Ave. Home to the Memphis morgue. That’s where they showed Jerry Davidson his 22-year-old son, Oliver, his eyes closed and his lips purple.

36. Mueller Examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump Campaign Ties -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections.

37. House Committee Calls for Facebook's Zuckerberg to Testify -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The leaders of a key House committee declared Thursday that Facebook officials failed to answers questions about a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining company, and they want CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the panel.

38. Can Zuckerberg's Media Blitz Take the Pressure Off Facebook? -

NEW YORK (AP) – In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network.

39. University of Tennessee Releases Sexual Misconduct Report -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Reports of sexual misconduct nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017 at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Wednesday that the university's Office of Title IX released the findings this week. Campus Title IX Coordinator Ashley Blamey says improvements in the reporting process led to increases in sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking and retaliation.

40. Facebook Crisis-Management Lesson: What Not to Do -

NEW YORK (AP) – The crisis-management playbook is pretty simple: Get ahead of the story, update authorities and the public regularly, assume responsibility and take decisive action. Crisis-management experts say Facebook is 0-for-4.

41. Businesses Must Protect Children’s Information -

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires a company to safeguard information collected online from children under 13. That includes clearly disclosing to parents what information it collects and how it will be used, and seeking verifiable parental consent. The company must take reasonable measures to protect the confidentiality and security of the information.

42. 2018 E-commerce Trends -

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that e-commerce is much more than transactions made from a desktop computer or mobile device. Whether you’re in a B2B or B2C market, e-commerce remains a critical sales tool with a wide influential reach – estimated to impact over 50 percent of in-store purchases, while online sales are thought to see an annual increase of 15 percent for each of the next four years.

43. Walker Named President Of Black Swan Digital Forensics -

Jim Walker has been named president of Memphis-based Black Swan Digital Forensics, the only forensics lab in the U.S. that focuses exclusively on data recovery from digital devices such as cellphones, vehicle systems, computers and social media accounts. Walker comes to Black Swan after more than 30 years of military and public service at the federal, state and local level, including eight years as Alabama’s director of homeland security and more than 20 years in the U.S. Army, where he was an Airborne Ranger and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

44. Facebook Data Whistleblower: 'Fake News to the Next Level' -

NEW YORK (AP) – A Trump-affiliated firm under scrutiny for inappropriately obtaining data on tens of millions of Facebook users created profiling algorithms that "took fake news to the next level," a former employee said.

45. For Some Defrauded Students, Only Partial Loan Forgiveness -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Department of Education has begun notifying some former Corinthian Colleges students that it will forgive only one-half or less of their federal student loans, even though the students were defrauded by the now-defunct schools, The Associated Press has learned.

46. First Horizon Among Top Companies for Women Executives -

For the seventh straight year, the parent company of First Tennessee Bank – where women comprise more than 60 percent of the workforce – has been honored as one of the top companies in the nation for female executives.

47. AP: Pentagon Often Fails Young Sex Assault Victims on Bases -

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to protect or provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other children on base, an Associated Press investigation has found.

48. 4 Ways to Avoid a Stall-Out -

In due time, every organization faces a potential stall-out in their proactive marketing efforts, whether due to uncertainty about the future or change. Often, the first inclination is to stop outward communication until the leadership team becomes more confident in the future.

49. US Sets New Record for Censoring, Withholding Gov't Files -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn't find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of new data.

50. US Hiring Surge Last Month Pulls in Flood of New Workers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers went on a hiring binge in February, adding 313,000 jobs, amid rising business confidence lifted by the Trump administration's tax cuts and a resilient global economy.

51. Clark Tower, Primacy Parkway Ink New Tenants -

5100 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38137

Lease Amount: 1,830 square feet

Tenant: Accurate Communications Corp.

52. Digest -

Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

53. Health Insurer Cigna Buying Express Scripts for $52 Billion -

Health insurer Cigna is buying the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, the latest in a string of proposed tie-ups as health care's bill payers attempt to get a grip on rising costs.

54. For Many Factory Towns, White Collar Job Loss Hurts the Most -

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – With the abandoned smokestacks off the bay and ramshackle factories along 12th Street, it's easy to pin the blame for this industrial city's plight on the loss of manufacturing jobs to China and Mexico.

55. Smith Pens Email to Local Leaders to Clarify Position on EDGE -

Greater Memphis Chamber chairman Richard Smith penned a lengthy email to Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission members Tuesday evening to clarify “misconceptions amongst the bodies when it comes to economic development in our community.”

56. Waddell: Investment Gains Don’t Last Forever -

David Waddell was upbeat during the 2017 version of the yearly “State of the Union” presentation he gives to clients of Waddell & Associates, but this year, not so much.

57. Last Word: Rising River, Driving The Dream and Harwell Advances Medical Pot -

The Mississippi River at Memphis should reach flood stage at any moment. As Last Word was going up online Wednesday evening the National Weather Service at Memphis put the river level here at 33.52 feet. Flood stage at Memphis is 34 feet. The river is forecast to crest some time next week at 38 feet, four feet over flood stage. Keep in mind that in April 2011, the river at Memphis crested 10 feet higher, at 48 feet on the Memphis river gauge – which turned to be the one on the support beams of the bridge over Beale Street at Riverside Drive. That was the second highest river level at Memphis ever recorded.

58. The Church Health Way -

One of the easiest ways to tell that Scott Morris is not your typical prescription-writing family doctor – and that the health care organization he founded, Church Health, is no ordinary medical practice – is when he starts talking about softer concepts like joy and happiness and spirituality.

59. Google's Digital Assistant Branches Out to Nest Camera -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest's deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones.

60. Housing Prices Continue to Rise in 2018 -

After a hot 2017, the Memphis area housing market looks to carry over its success into 2018.

The average home sales price in January came in at $163,024, a 14 percent increase from January a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

61. Beleaguered Gun Maker Remington Points to Bankruptcy Court -

MADISON, N.C. (AP) – Remington, the gun maker beset by falling sales and lawsuits tied to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, has reached a financing deal that would allow it to continue operating as it seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

62. Unlimited Movie-Theater Deal Could be Too Good to Survive -

NEW YORK (AP) – MoviePass is trying to bring to movie theaters what Netflix did for DVDs and online streaming: Let subscribers watch as many movies as they want for $10 a month.

In doing so, MoviePass has struck a chord with moviegoers and a nerve with the movie industry.

63. Equifax Hack Put More Info at Risk Than Consumers Knew -

The Equifax data breach exposed more of consumers' personal information than the company first disclosed last year, according to documents given to lawmakers.

The credit reporting company announced in September that the personal information of 145.5 million consumers had been compromised in a data breach. It originally said that the information accessed included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and – in some cases – driver's license numbers and credit card numbers. It also said some consumers' credit card numbers were among the information exposed, as well as the personal information from thousands of dispute documents.

64. FedEx Institute of Technology Makes New Strides in Innovation -

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis has been laying the groundwork for a few years now via hires and launching specific industry focuses to become the center of technology and innovation in the city.

65. Nasdaq Vice President Talks Up Blockchain in Memphis -

The guest speaker at this month’s Economic Club of Memphis luncheon discussed blockchain technology, a subject that has filtered into the mainstream conversation. Presenting the topic to a roomful of bankers and business leaders also gave it additional prominence at a time when blockchain-related news has been multiplying.

66. Christine Staples Joins Buckman As VP of Water Technologies -

Christine Staples recently joined Memphis-based Buckman as global vice president of water technologies. She comes to Buckman from Ecolab, where she held a number of executive leadership positions in both the water and energy industries.

67. Staples Joins Buckman As VP of Water Technologies -

Christine Staples recently joined Memphis-based Buckman as global vice president of water technologies. She comes to Buckman from Ecolab, where she held a number of executive leadership positions in both the water and energy industries.

68. Here are Seven Memphis Charter Schools in Danger of Closing -

Seven Memphis charter schools could close in 2020 if they don’t improve, based on Shelby County Schools’ first report card comparing its schools.

The district’s newly released school performance scorecard rated seven of its 51 charters below 2 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the top score. Under a new accountability system for charter schools, those that fall below 2 automatically begin a review process and must improve within two years or face revocation of their charters by the school board.

69. 5 Things: What Yellen's Fed Tenure Will Be Remembered For -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When Janet Yellen leaves the Federal Reserve this weekend after four years as chair, her legacy will include having shattered a social barrier: She is the first woman to have led the world's most powerful central bank, a position that carries enormous sway over the global economy.

70. Child Experts: Just Say 'No' To Facebook's Kids App -

BOSTON (AP) – Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids.

A group letter sent Tuesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues that younger children – the app is intended for those under 13 – aren't ready to have social media accounts, navigate the complexities of online relationships or protect their own privacy.

71. Ford Outlines Budget Process As Memphis’ New CFO -

Shirley Ford has been named chief financial officer for the city of Memphis. Ford, who was selected to be CFO by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and confirmed by the City Council, has served as the city’s comptroller since 2014. She has more than 30 years of financial, accounting and managerial experience. In addition, she is a certified public accountant and a certified municipal finance officer as designated by the state comptroller.

72. People Hire People -

If you’re looking for a job, there’s a good chance you’re applying online. And chances are good that applying online is your go-to option. It makes sense.

The last time you reached out to a HR person at a job fair or on LinkedIn (or anywhere else), they said, “Apply online. If you’re a good fit, we’ll call you!” They may even have said, “Don’t reach out to us. We review every application carefully.”

73. Fed Likely to Hold Rates Steady at Yellen's Final Meeting -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Janet Yellen's final Federal Reserve policy meeting will likely bring an uneventful end this week to her four-year tenure as Fed chair but perhaps offer hints of the central bank's approach to interest rates in the months to follow.

74. Embody The Problems -

Much of the work of innovation takes place trying to deeply understanding the unmet needs of a particular market. As one innovation school of thought calls it, what are the “jobs to be done”? Discerning these needs, these undone jobs, takes more empathy than data, more heart than head, and it takes an investment of time and attention.

75. Regional One Health Looking to Grow, CEO Says -

Dr. Jeffrey Warren remembers idolizing his family doctor while growing up in Salisbury, North Carolina, a respect for the profession that stayed with him and in part motivated his launch of Primary Care Specialists in 1992.

76. Sports Executives Enjoying ‘Glory Years’ of Memphis Sports -

With sports clicking on all cylinders in Memphis and a new professional team on the horizon, these days could really be seen as the glory years of Memphis sports.

That was the observation of Jason Wexler, president of business operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, who was one of four panelist Thursday, Jan. 25, at Newmakers: Memphis Sports, part of The Daily News’ Seminar Series.

77. Latest Economic Overview Shows Growth Across Sectors -

The Daily News has charted big moves in these pages from some of the Memphis public companies like FedEx and First Horizon that have paid employee bonuses and hinted at major investment as a result of the recent federal tax legislation.

78. State Voters Have More to Fear Than Russian Meddling -

About 30 years ago, my wife and I were hanging out with another couple and decided to make a big night of it. We’d go out for Mexican food and then rent a movie.

After we had some Mexican grub, we went to Kroger to find a flick. As we perused the selections, my friend said, “What about a Russian spy movie?” To which his girlfriend (future wife, now ex-wife) whined, “John, you know I don’t speak Russian.” (His name is changed to protect the innocent.)

79. As US Birthrates Drop, Kimberly-Clark Feels the Pinch -

DALLAS (AP) – Americans are having fewer babies, and diaper makers are feeling the pinch.

Kimberly-Clark said Tuesday it will cut as many as 5,500 jobs, or 13 percent of its workforce, in an attempt to lower costs.

80. 2 Dead, 17 Injured in Kentucky School Shooting; Suspect Held -

BENTON, Ky. (AP) – A 15-year-old student opened fire with a handgun inside his rural Kentucky high school Tuesday, killing two classmates, injuring 17 others and sending hundreds fleeing for safety.

81. FedEx Institute Partners With Data Analytics Leader -

Analytics leader SAS is locating a first-of-its-kind training center at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis, with the goal being to increase the flow of data-savvy workers into the Mid-South.

82. Germantown’s Mickey Callaway to Begin Managerial Career with New York Mets -

Baseball is built for sweet stories of nostalgia and the innocence of youth. When Mickey Callaway was a kid he would spend lazy summer afternoons visiting Wrigley Field, courtesy of superstation WGN.

83. FedEx Institute Partners With Data Analytics Leader -

Analytics leader SAS is locating a first-of-its-kind training center at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis, with the goal being to increase the flow of data-savvy workers into the Mid-South.

84. Orpheum CEO Batterson Honored For Excellence in Performing Arts -

Brett Batterson, president and CEO of the Orpheum Theatre Group, has been named the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents’ 2017 Presenter of the Year. The award honors individuals in the performing arts field for their excellence in exemplifying mentoring; setting an example of best practices, achievement and leadership in their discipline; and cultivating diversity, practicing inclusion, and creating equity for underserved members of the community.

85. Shelby County Home Sales Volume, Average Price Soar -

Average home sale prices and overall sales volume showed healthy gains in 2017 over the previous year, signaling another good year for the housing market in Shelby County.

The average home sales price in 2017 was $165,644, a 5 percent increase from the previous year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

86. Global Reach -

Jasbir Dhaliwal wears many titles – and carries many responsibilities – at the University of Memphis. He is vice provost of academic affairs and dean of the graduate school. He is chief innovation officer and the executive director of the FedEx Institute of Technology.

87. Walmart Boosts Starting Pay, Closing Dozens of Sam's Clubs -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing dozens of Sam's Club warehouse stores across the country – a move that seems sure to cost jobs – on the same day it announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out one-time bonuses to others.

88. Health Care Reps Urge State Lawmakers to Take Action -

Seats in the Tennessee General Assembly were barely warm before representatives from several Tennessee health care organizations called on state lawmakers Tuesday, Jan. 9, to allow the use of federal health care money to aid issues such as the closings of rural hospitals, rising insurance premiums, family medical debt, and the opioid epidemic.

89. Intel CEO: Fixes on the Way for Serious Chip Security Flaws -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Intel has big plans to steer toward new business in self-driving cars, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies. But first it has to pull out of a skid caused by a serious security flaw in its processor chips, which undergird many of the world's smartphones and personal computers.

90. Connection Point -

One of the most-clicked pages on the Choose901 website is “Jobs of the Week,” which in recent days listed open positions like a marketing manager for the Memphis Redbirds and a recruiting manager for Youth Villages, among others.

91. CW/CA Adds Fenton As Marketing, Research Director -

Laura Fenton has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as director of marketing and research. CW/CA’s Marketing & Research department serves as the commercial real estate firm’s in-house agency for brokers and clients, and in her role, Fenton leads strategic communication, marketing and research for business development initiatives, marketing on behalf of clients, public relations, advertising, internal communications, social media and community involvement. 

92. County Commission Moves Toward More Fixes in Minority Business Rules -

Shelby County commissioners meet Monday, Jan. 8, for the first time in 2018 and have a fairly simple agenda along with some longer-range issues to discuss.

Among the more immediate items on Monday’s agenda is a $1.5 million contract for mobile data terminals, tablets and vehicle wireless routers that Tate Computer Systems Inc. of Memphis would provide to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

93. US Employers Add Modest 148,000 Jobs; Unemployment 4.1 Pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a modest gain but still enough to suggest that the economy entered the new year with solid momentum.

The unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent for a third straight month, the lowest level since 2000, the Labor Department said Friday.

94. Battling Opioids -

Later this month, Shelby County government will roll out a public health effort led by the Shelby County Health Department to battle opioid addiction. “We’re taking a very long view of this. It’s not going to be a quick fix,” Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell told Shelby County Commission members Wednesday, Jan. 3, during committee sessions.

95. Off to a Great Start -

When Megan Smith, the former U.S. chief technology officer under the Obama administration, praised Memphis’ startup community during an interview last summer on Bloomberg TV, it was a high-profile example of the ongoing coming-of-age of the ecosystem here.

96. Edmunds Sizes Up New Car-Safety Technology -

We are in a new era of car safety: The focus has shifted from reducing death and injury in a vehicle collision to preventing a crash from happening in the first place. Safety features designed to avoid accidents are becoming increasingly common in new cars.

97. Decade Since Recession: Thriving Cities Leave Others Behind -

As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle's was about to take off.

In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district – and then expanded eight-fold over the next seven years to fill 36 buildings. Everywhere you look, there are signs of a thriving city: Building cranes looming over streets, hotels crammed with business travelers, tony restaurants filled with diners.

98. Startups and Artisans: EPIcenter caps a Busy 2017 Supporting Entrepreneurs -

Memphis’ startup ecosystem and its small-scale makers and artisans community took another leap forward in 2017, with new programming, resources and support to help all of those entrepreneurs continue to thrive.

99. Start With Feeling -

People ask me often about innovation. No one has a clear definition. Innovation is one of those words that mean something different to anyone who hears it. Similar to other words that are filled with misunderstanding, such as creativity or strategy, innovation requires a refining conversation to demystify and better understand. 

100. AWA to Honor Haltom at Annual Event -

After 30 years working with Shelby County government as a practicing attorney and a Juvenile Court judge, the Honorable Claudia Haltom retired and turned her focus to creating something that would make a difference.