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1. Freshman Bone Gives Vols Hope for Quicker Rebuild -

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes isn’t ready to proclaim Jordan Bone a rising star in SEC basketball, but he sure saw promising signs from his freshman point guard last Saturday night in Nashville.

2. NAACP Panel Hears Differing Local Views On Charter Schools -

It took awhile for an NAACP panel holding hearings on charter schools and their impact on education to wade into the complexity of charters in Memphis.

The panel for the national civil rights organization heard Tuesday, Jan. 10, that charters have become an effort to privatize schools the way prisons were privatized in the 1990s. They also heard that charters don’t “cherry-pick” the best students but help equalize access to a better education. And the seven members of the panel heard that charters have a place, but that there should be more thought given to where they fit long term, and their financial impact on public school districts.

3. Johnson & Johnson to Reveal Average Drug Price Increases -

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson plans next month to disclose price increases of its prescription drugs as the industry tries to calm the storm over soaring prices.

Experts say the company's move will help its image more than patients initially, but it could push other drugmakers to tame future price increases and be more transparent. The company says it will divulge average list price increases and what middlemen pay for medicines.

4. Boyd Leaving Haslam Administration As He Ponders Gov's Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Randy Boyd is stepping down as commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development as he ponders a bid to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

5. Robinson Takes on Dual Roles At Campbell Clinic -

Dr. James Robinson recently joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics in two roles: as the lead physician for the clinic’s new daytime walk-in program and as a sports medicine family practice doctor treating sports injuries for young athletes and weekend warriors.
The walk-in clinics are offered at all five Campbell Clinic locations, and Robinson staffs the program in the Germantown office. 

6. Becoming A Partner of Choice -

A talk by Johnson & Johnson executives Janette Edelstein, director external innovation, and Chris Ryan, director innovation sourcing.

7. Lawsuit: Tennessee Driver's License Law Punishes Poor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Justice reform groups are challenging a Tennessee law they say unfairly punishes the poor by revoking driver's licenses due to unpaid court fines.

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice and other groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Nashville federal court against Gov. Bill Haslam, Attorney General Herbert Slatery and other state officials, The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/2hYEYPd).

8. Meet Downtown YMCA's New Executive Director -

The Fogelman Downtown YMCA will welcome its new executive director, Angelic Graves, at a meet and greet Friday, Jan. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Prior to joining the historic Fogelman YMCA, located at 245 Madison Ave., Graves worked at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago for 16 years.

9. Downtown YMCA Welcomes New Executive Director -

[UPDATE: Due to inclement weather Friday, the meet-and-greet has been moved to Tuesday, Jan. 10.] The Fogelman Downtown YMCA will welcome its new executive director, Angelic Graves, at a meet and greet Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

10. Americans Have Good Shot to Ace Memphis Open -

This year’s Memphis Open field includes three Americans ranked in the top 35, two former past champions, and the certainty that Japan’s Kei Nishikori will not win a fifth straight title.

11. Tennessee Lawmakers Could Raise, Lower Taxes This Session -

The 110th General Assembly is set to convene on Jan. 10 with unfinished business from previous sessions likely to dominate debate.

Here’s a look at some of the hottest topics expected to arise.

12. Herenton's First New Year's Remarks In A Decade Stir Pot -

It’s been 10 years since Willie Herenton delivered his last New Year’s Prayer Breakfast message – a political homily Herenton made an institution while serving as mayor of Memphis.

13. 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.

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

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

15. 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...

16. Memphis Bridge Protest Underscores 2016 National Narrative on Race, Police -

It was a year to the month since Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling shot and fatally wounded Darrius Stewart during a traffic stop in Hickory Hill. Stewart’s death in July 2015 and a subsequent decision by a Shelby County grand jury that Schilling would face no state criminal charges was still an issue in Memphis. This past July, it became the local face of a resumed national narrative.

17. New Coaches Highlight Past Year in Memphis Sports -

As always, you can categorize the sports year by the wins and losses. By the Grizzlies making a sixth straight playoff appearance and by the University of Memphis football team going to a third consecutive bowl game. And by the Big 12 eliminating U of M from the expansion process before the league ditched the idea altogether.

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

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

19. Shelby County Awarded $11.5M for Head Start -

The Shelby County Board of Education has been awarded an $11.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support Head Start projects.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who announced the grant Wednesday, Dec. 14, called the funding “an investment in our children, our families and our future.”

20. Monsanto Shareholders Approve Bayer's $57 Billion Takeover -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Monsanto Co. shareholders on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $57 billion merger with Bayer AG, a deal that would combine two of the world's biggest agricultural companies.

21. Ohio Lawmakers Pass Republican 20-Week Abortion Ban Proposal -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill Republican lawmakers passed Thursday, adding to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

22. Starbucks to Boost Number of Shops, Add More Food to Menu -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks, looking to the future as its longtime CEO moves to other projects, plans to open 12,000 new locations within five years to boost its number of coffee shops worldwide by almost 50 percent.

23. Diversity and Inclusion -

Nonprofits are ahead of the game when it comes to diversity. Is that true? We may tell ourselves that, but diversity – and most importantly inclusion – requires we take an honest look at our organizations. 

24. Construction Underway On Mid-South’s First Freddy’s -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Parkway location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

25. Memphis College of Art’s BFA Exhibition Underway -

The Memphis College of Art’s newest crop of BFA candidates are showcasing their work to the public at the 2016 Fall BFA Exhibition, which runs through Dec. 7.

This year’s exhibition is being held at Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., with a reception on Dec. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

26. Construction Underway on Mid-South’s First Freddy’s in Cordova -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Pkwy. location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

27. Memphis College of Art’s BFA Exhibition underway -

The Memphis College of Art’s newest crop of BFA candidates will have the chance to showcase their work to the public at the 2016 Fall BFA Exhibition, which runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 7.

This year’s exhibition will be held at Rust Hall Main Gallery at 1930 Polar Ave., with a reception on Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

28. Back End Of Innovation Is The Hard Part -

The Back End of Innovation Conference this year was in the perfect setting: New Orleans. The dynamic culture that gave the world Jazz and a North American culinary culture continues to inspire innovation and serve as a model for how to pivot and re-launch itself more powerfully than before after an epic tragedy, such as Katrina.

29. Austin Nichols Story Didn’t Have to End This Way -

Right before the 2014-2015 University of Memphis basketball season, forward Austin Nichols said this: “Our chemistry is better this year and I say that all positive. Nothing against the guards last year, we’re just jelling better together this year.”

30. County Law Library Director Johnson Celebrates 50 Years as Librarian -

Gary Johnson, director of the Shelby County Governmental Law Library, is celebrating his 50th year as a librarian. In his current role, he directs the county law library’s operations, including budgeting, staffing and library services, and reports to a 10-member board that include nine attorneys and one judge. 
When asked about his longevity in the field, Johnson says the libraries where he’s worked – which include public, school and law libraries – have been different enough to keep him challenged and interested. 

31. Harwell Wins GOP Nomination for New Term as House Speaker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – House Speaker Beth Harwell on Thursday won the Republican nomination to serve for another two-year term as leader of the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly.

32. Wyatt Aiken, Accomplished Memphis Commercial Real Estate Broker, Dies -

Widely known and highly respected Memphis commercial real estate broker Wyatt Aiken died Friday morning after an extended illness.

Aiken was executive vice president/CEO of Cushman Wakefield-Commercial Advisors. Among his many professional achievements, Aiken served as president of the SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) Memphis Chapter in 2007-2008.

33. Broke and Broken: Democrats Lose More Ground in State Legislature -

Tennessee House Democrats will have to start calling themselves the “Fighting 25,” down from the “Fighting 26,” after dropping a district in the battle to regain relevance statewide.

34. Despite Lower Electric Sales, TVA Posts Record Net Income -

The Tennessee Valley Authority has posted a record net income despite falling electric sales.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/2fB9vTJ), the Tennessee Valley Authority says its 2016 budget year net income rose about 11 percent to more than $1.2 billion.

35. Penney's Reports 3Q Sales Shortfall, Cuts Outlook -

J.C. Penney cut its sales outlook for the year after reporting a surprise decline in a key sales figure for the third quarter as it wrestled with sluggish clothing sales.

The report is a setback for Penney, whose business has been volatile, bouncing back in the summer after a tough start to the year.

36. After The Vote -

If you stood in certain places during the last days of the 2016 campaign in Memphis you could see the 2018 elections even if you couldn’t see Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s national victory over Democratic contender Hillary Clinton.

37. GM Laying Off Over 2,000 at 2 Car Plants as Sales Slow -

DETROIT (AP) – Shifting demand from cars to trucks and SUVS is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January.

38. Trump Wins Tennessee by 26 Points; Carries 91 of 95 Counties -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Donald Trump has won Tennessee's presidential election by 26 percentage points, carrying all but four of the state's 95 counties.

More than 1.5 million voters cast their ballots in favor of Trump, or 61 percent, compared with about 866,000 for Democrat Hillary Clinton, or 35 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 2 percent of the state vote.

39. 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.

40. Manager Shildt Promoted to Cardinals’ Staff -

Mike Shildt, who managed the Memphis Redbirds during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, has been promoted to the uniformed position of quality control coach with the St. Louis Cardinals, the organization announced.

41. Icahn Takes an Even Larger Stake in Herbalife -

NEW YORK (AP) – Billionaire Carl Icahn is extending a years-long proxy fight with co-billionaire Bill Ackman, upping his stake in Herbalife yet again.

The two have been battling over the legitimacy of the supplements and weight loss company since 2012, when Ackman called Herbalife a pyramid scheme and revealed a massive bet against it.

42. Tenn. Legislative Candidates Pull in More Than $16M -

More than $16 million in political contributions has flowed to candidates running for seats in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

That total includes $1.5 million given to candidates in the final reporting period before next week’s general election.

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

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

44. Johnson’s Impact on Titans Locker Room Will Outlive Tenure -

Outside of his game-winning touchdown catch that capped a comeback in Detroit, Andre Johnson didn’t do much on the stat sheet for the Tennessee Titans.

45. Weld Catches Libertarian Heat At Memphis Campaign Stop -

Bill Weld didn’t wait for a question about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to come up during a Wednesday, Nov. 2, campaign stop in Memphis.

“I think Clinton would be a safer bet for the United States,” Weld said before a speech to a group of around 100 at Minglewood Hall. “That’s doesn’t mean that I’m not committed to the Libertarian ticket and trying to get us as much as we can get this year.”

46. Last Word: The Curses, Early Voting's Last Day and Midtown Kroger's First Day -

The goat, the curse, whatever you choose to call it – it’s over for the Cubs who are baseball’s world champions. And even in this basketball town, there is something about the tradition of baseball that commands attention. But alas October belongs to the political surprise in Presidential races exclusively as once again the World Series is decided in November.

47. More Than $16M Flows To Tenn. Legislative Candidates -

More than $16 million in political contributions has flowed to candidates running for seats in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

That total includes $1.5 million given to candidates in the final reporting period before next week’s general election.

48. More Than $16M Flows to Tennessee Legislative Candidates -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – More than $16 million in political contributions has flowed to candidates running for seats in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

That total includes $1.5 million given to candidates in the final reporting period before next week's general election.

49. Memphis YMCA President Retiring After Long Tenure -

Keith Johnson, president and CEO of YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South, has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31. Johnson has spent 38 years with the YMCA, including 23 years with the Memphis Y. He became its CEO in 2005.

50. More Black Students, and Memphis Students, Suspended in Tennessee Schools -

Half of suspensions across Tennessee in the 2014-15 school year were handed out in just 8 percent of schools, many of which serve black students in Memphis.

Statewide, 20 percent of black male students were suspended at least once that year. Black students were also more than five times as likely as white students to be suspended.

51. Memphis YMCA President Retiring After Long Tenure -

Keith Johnson, president and CEO of YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South, has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31. Johnson has spent 38 years with the YMCA, including 23 years with the Memphis Y. He became its CEO in 2005.

52. Impact of Three-Day RiverArtsFest Felt Year-Round -

RiverArtsFest is gearing up for its 10th annual fine arts festival this weekend Downtown in the South Main Arts District, where more than 20,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.

Launched in 1989 as Arts in the Park in Overton Park before relocating to the Memphis Botanic Garden in 1992, the fest was revitalized in 2007 as RiverArtsFest and moved to its present location.

53. $4 a Month? Social Security Recipients to Get Tiny Increase -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security recipients and federal retirees will get a 0.3 percent increase in monthly benefits next year, the fifth year in a row that older Americans will have to settle for historically low raises. The adjustment adds up to a monthly increase of less than $4 a month for an average recipient.

54. Russian Broadcaster RT Says UK Bank Suspends Its Accounts -

LONDON (AP) — Tense relations between Britain and Russia came under further strain Monday as Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT accused the U.K.'s NatWest bank of shutting down its accounts without explanation.

55. Frustration Runs Deep for Customers Forced to Change Marketplace Plans -

Andrea Schankman’s three-year relationship with her insurer, Coventry Health Care of Missouri, has been contentious, with disputes over what treatments it would pay for. Nonetheless, like other Missourians, Schankman was unnerved to receive a notice from Coventry last month informing her that her policy was not being offered in 2017.

56. Germantown Retail Strip Sells for $1.8 Million -

A Germantown shopping strip has sold for $1.8 million in a Sept. 30 warranty deed.

Kneeland Downs Properties LLC, which lists an address in Fort Myers, Florida, purchased the property at 9435 Poplar Ave. from Patton & Taylor Properties, a Memphis-based general partnership,

57. Browns at Titans: What to Watch For -

Keep on running. The Titans showed against Miami how their “exotic smashmouth” system is supposed to work. The offensive line did a great job opening holes for DeMarco Murray, who has run for 114, 95 and 121 yards in the past three games. The Titans are second in the league in rushing offense, while the Browns are 20th in rushing yards allowed.

58. Haslam Appoints 8 to New University of Memphis Board -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed eight business leaders, including a former University of Memphis interim president and the CEO of J.C. Penney Co., to the newly formed governing board of the University of Memphis.

59. Germantown Retail Strip Sells for $1.8 Million -

A Germantown shopping strip has sold for $1.8 million in a Sept. 30 warranty deed.

Kneeland Downs Properties LLC, which lists an address in Fort Myers, Florida, purchased the property at 9435 Poplar Ave. from Patton & Taylor Properties, a Memphis-based general partnership,

60. Will This Young Quarterback Ever Be a Success? -

In his first 16 NFL starts, the jury is out on the quarterback. Is he destined to be the cornerstone of the franchise or just another first-round draft pick who ultimately will fade away?

He struggles to complete passes downfield. He throws too many interceptions. He keeps fumbling. Sometimes it appears his biggest strength is running the ball, not throwing it.

61. Leaders of Tennessee Prison for Women on Leave Amid Probe -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The three top wardens at the Tennessee Prison for Women have been placed on leave while state officials investigate possible protocol violations at the Nashville facility.

62. Stein Says She’s the Choice in ‘Voter Revolt’ -

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein told a group of Memphis supporters this week that she didn’t become politically active until she was 50 years old. But she had been active long before that in “social movements” where the focus was a cause and not necessarily a candidate.

63. Last Word: The Grizz Are Back, Bass Pro Shops Buys Cabela's and Stein at Amurica -

Some of you will remember the late George Lapides, whom I worked with for a time at WREC, had a policy about pre-season baseball games or what he called the “Grapefruit League.” It was that they didn’t exist. He wouldn’t acknowledge the games much less the scores.

64. Men Broke Key Race Barrier, Now Back on Vanderbilt Campus -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two men who helped integrate college basketball came back to Vanderbilt University last week to share provocative views on the pace of change, take up matters they rarely dared to address as students, and describe the racism they encountered on their journey – indignities they once endured in silence on the Southern campus.

65. Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2011: Formal opening of Legends Park, the mixed-use mixed-income development built where the Dixie Homes public housing project once stood.

66. September 23-29: This week in Memphis history -

1995: George Strait and Faith Hill at the Mid-South Coliseum.

1966: President Lyndon Johnson nominates Memphis Circuit Court Judge Robert McRae as judge for the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Tennessee. McRae, who is an attorney in private practice as well as an assistant city attorney, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Federal Judge Marion Speed Boyd. The nomination goes to the U.S. Senate for hearings and McRae is confirmed by the Senate the next month. He takes senior status 20 years later.

67. MIFA Using Three-Year Strategic Plan to Stay on Course -

Sally Jones Heinz’s connection to MIFA goes all the way back to her uncle Dr. Paul Tudor Jones, who was pastor of Idlewild Presbyterian Church and one of the nonprofit’s founders 48 years ago.

68. Eclectic Eye Co-Founder: A Small Business Has to Start Somewhere -

Robbie Johnson Weinberg has a great appreciation for FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper and other large corporations based in Memphis. But when she’s traveling, the co-founder of Eclectic Eye always likes to check out the small businesses in other cities – everything from a neighborhood pub to the “funky comic book store.”

69. High-Scoring Ohio Good Warmup for Florida Game -

Tennessee football returns to normalcy this week, if you call a noon EDT kickoff normal.

The Vols survived a Thursday night scare in the season opener against Appalachian State in Neyland Stadium. Then they roared from behind last Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway and beat Virginia Tech 45-24 in the Pilot Flying J. Battle at Bristol before a college football record crowd of 156,990.

70. Some Farmers Worry Monsanto Merger Will Drive Up Costs -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Bayer's buyout of St. Louis-based Monsanto has agricultural groups and farmers concerned that the merger will lead to higher prices for seed and crop protection products, though some experts are confident the deal will be good for farmers.

71. Foundation to Evaluate After-School Programs -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is putting up $300,000 to measure the results of five local nonprofits offering after-school and summer education programs for children.

The first-year funding of a multiyear “Beyond The Classroom” effort announced Tuesday, Sept. 13, is an indication that education reform efforts locally continue to move into what happens outside the classroom.

72. No Quick Fix in State Health Insurance Issue -

State Rep. Ron Travis is perplexed.

On one hand, the Republican from Dayton is concerned with escalating premiums for Tennesseans participating in the insurance marketplace, worried costs are increasing to the point people simply can’t afford health insurance.

73. Photographer Steber Captures Fading Legends on Blues Highway -

Bill Steber stood at the crossroads in the Mississippi Delta and made a deal with the devil that would allow him to not only master his photographic skills but become one of the most respected documentarians of Mississippi Delta blues. And kind of make a living (or at least fashion his life) while he’s at it.

74. The Eyes Have It -

Years ago, Peggy White drove around town in a replica MG3. The car got a lot of looks, and White got a lot of compliments. Today, however, it’s White’s face that is turning heads. Specifically, her eyeglasses and the chameleon-like makeover she can create from one day to another.

75. Johnson Controls Ending Production at Lexington Plant -

LEXINGTON, Tenn. (AP) – Automotive supplier Johnson Controls plans to phase out 290 jobs over the next two years as the company ends production at its Lexington plant in West Tennessee.

76. Half of Memphis Schools Closed Since 2012 Stand Empty, With More Closures On the Way -

Vance Middle School once served as the anchor for its surrounding neighborhood until the school was shuttered in 2014 by Shelby County Schools, sending its students to another school about a mile away.

77. Government Survey Shows Health Insurance Gains Slowing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's progress in getting more people covered by health insurance slowed significantly this year, the government confirmed Wednesday in a report that tempers a historic achievement of the Obama administration.

78. Preparing to Start a Business Creates Opportunity, Fear -

Meka Egwuekwe had a nice career going as a software developer when he co-founded CodeCrew. But he had to do it.

“It was both scary and not scary at the same time,” said Egwuekwe, who is also executive director at CodeCrew. “It was scary because I was walking away from a 19-year career as a software developer, where I could have easily continued successfully and comfortably for many more years.

79. Looks Like 10-2, SEC Title Game, Orange Bowl for UT -

Editor’s note: Nashville sports correspondent Dave Link has been accurate in predicting season outcomes for the Tennessee Vols in recent years. His 2016 season predictions, released just before press time, culminates with an SEC Championship appearance. Here’s his take on the season…

80. Nonprofit Church Health Center Rebrands -

The Church Health Center celebrated its 29th birthday Thursday, Sept. 1, by rolling out a new name, tagline and logo in advance of its move to Crosstown Concourse early next year.

The nonprofit, which provides affordable health care to Memphis’ uninsured working population, is now simply Church Health. The organization’s communications director, Marvin Stockwell, said the rebrand – which includes a new logo that resembles a fingerprint with a heart at the center and the tagline “Care for one another” – is meant to reflect that the nonprofit has outgrown the image many people used to have of it being “a little clinic on the corner.”

81. Officials: Federal Inmate Escaped From Detention Center -

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a federal inmate has escaped from the Washington County Detention Center in Jonesborough.

The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/2cce99d) reports that 37-year-old Timothy England escaped from the facility early Tuesday.

82. Handling The Isolation That Small Business Owners Face -

When Robbie Johnson Weinberg and her optometrist husband Michael Weinberg decided to open up Eclectic Eye in Midtown in 2002, a lot of people told them it couldn’t work. Included this group: Weinberg’s colleagues.

83. FBI Warns of Possible State Election-System Hacks -

NEW YORK (AP) – The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers breached related data systems in two states.

In a confidential "flash" alert from its cyber division, first reported by Yahoo News and posted online by others, the FBI said it's investigating the pair of incidents and advised states to scan their systems for specific signs of hacking.

84. Tennessee Valley Authority Operations Chief Retiring -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says its chief operating officer will retire at the end of the year.

Chip Pardee joined TVA in April 2013. According to a Monday news release, Pardee's contributions include improvements to the power generation fleet and the operations team. The utility says those improvements are helping it cut pollution from its plants and keep rates low while also providing reliable energy to customers.

85. Methodist Signs $12.9M Technology Contract -

Methodist Healthcare has signed a $12.9 million technology contract with Johnson Controls, the North American headquarters of which is in Milwaukee, to help modernize Methodist University Hospital, the system’s flagship.

86. City of Hernando Awarded $400,000 Brownfields Grant -

The city of Hernando has earned a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will be used to clean up a brownfields site for redevelopment.

Grants of $325,000-$400,000 were issued to four Mississippi communities to go toward EPA cooperative agreements.

87. Tennessee Valley Authority Approves $10.37 Billion Budget -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has approved a $10.37 billion budget for fiscal year 2017.

President and CEO Bill Johnson has made diversifying TVA's energy generation fleet a priority. According to a news release from the utility, at its quarterly board meeting on Thursday, Johnson highlighted completion of a Watts Bar Nuclear Plant reactor near Spring City and construction of natural gas units in Paradise, Kentucky, and Memphis.

88. City of Hernando Awarded $400,000 Brownfields Grant -

The city of Hernando has earned a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will be used to clean up a brownfields site for redevelopment.

Grants of $325,000 to $400,000 were issued to four Mississippi communities to go toward EPA cooperative agreements.

89. Methodist Signs $12.9M Technology Contract -

Methodist Healthcare has signed a $12.9 million technology contract with Johnson Controls, the North American headquarters of which is in Milwaukee, to help modernize Methodist University Hospital, the system’s flagship.

90. Local Democratic Party Troubles Follow Abysmal County Election Record -

To those who don’t live and breathe politics, the Friday, Aug. 19, decision by Tennessee Democratic Party chairwoman Mary Mancini to decertify the Shelby County Democratic Party looks more serious than it is.

91. Vols Offensive Line Rushing Into Much-Anticipated Season -

Jalen Hurd knows right where he stands among Tennessee’s running backs of the past and wants to be No. 1 in career rushing yards at the end of the 2016 season.

The junior from Hendersonville Beech High School needs 892 yards to surpass Travis Henry as UT’s career rushing leader.

92. Last Word: One Beale Delay, Memphis Banks and The Other Anniversary -

Changing the city’s skyline comes with some challenges. That’s a reflection of ever-changing economic conditions and the terrain by the Mississippi River on which the city’s skyline is built.

93. The Week Ahead: Aug. 15-21 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! If you’re looking for something to do this week, look no further. Here’s our weekly roundup of local events and other happenings you need to know about, from the Elvis Week candlelight vigil to a fun evening of craft beer and DIY art…

94. Whitehaven’s Big Week Moves Needle on Long-Held Development Plans -

The land has been cleared for quite a while where apartment complexes once stood and a big back parking lot was. You can see parts of it from the steps of Graceland.

On Monday, Aug. 15, the day that Elvis fans mark the anniversary of his death with a candlelight vigil, leaders of Elvis Presley Enterprises will announce more details of the $45 million, 200,000-square-foot Graceland West project.

95. Private Inspectors in Charge of Tennessee Fair Ride Safety -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A private inspector and police are blaming "mechanical failure," but government investigators are still sorting out exactly how a Ferris wheel seat flipped over at a Tennessee county fair, sending three girls plummeting 30 to 45 feet to the ground.

96. Church Health YMCA Planned for Crosstown -

The YMCA will open its 11th Memphis-area branch in Crosstown Concourse in partnership with the Church Health Center.

“(The Church Health YMCA) is maybe one of the most exciting things we have done, said Keith Johnson, president and CEO of the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South.

97. Willmarth to Lead Facilities Management at Trezevant -

Brian Willmarth has joined Trezevant as director of environmental operations. In that role, he oversees maintenance, housekeeping and plant operations at the continuing care retirement community. He also oversees Trezevant’s construction and renovation projects. 

98. Paradox Catering Starting New Mystery Dining Experience -

Chef Jimmy Gentry of Paradox Catering & Consulting set out to open a restaurant. He built a catering and consulting business, instead – and what he’s planning next is a mystery dining experience.

99. Red State, Blue Mayors -

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, a Democrat in Tennessee’s sea of red, finds herself adapting to the control Republicans hold over the state Legislature.

100. TAG Expects Truck Facility to be Operational by Mid-2017 -

TAG Truck Center is moving forward with a $28 million trucking facility at the former site of the Mall of Memphis. Contractor Linkous Construction Co. recently filed two building permits for TAG’s new headquarters.