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1. Council OKs $6M Loan for Wonder Bread Garage -

The Memphis City Council approved a $6 million loan on Tuesday, Aug. 22, to help finance the development of a 481-space parking garage that’s a key part of the $73 million Wonder Bread redevelopment.

2. Officials Say Trump's Afghan Plan Involves 3,900 More Troops -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to end America's longest war and eliminate Afghanistan's rising extremist threat involves sending up to 3,900 additional U.S. troops, senior officials said Tuesday. The first deployments could take place within days.

3. Igniting Customer Advocacy -

Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” indicates it’s not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. Likewise, your marketing strategies must evolve to align with the changing ways consumers are progressing through the customer lifecycle. For example, many are relying much more on advocacy, often in the form of social media reviews by customers, than they are on brand messaging to drive purchase decisions.

4. UTHSC Readies New Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility -

UTHSC is putting the final touches on its new $20 million Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems, a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility at the site of a former warehouse at 208 S. Dudley St. in the Memphis Medical District.

5. Avison Young’s Memphis Office Uses Diversified Approach -

Eighteen months ago, real estate brokers Shane Soefker and Jacob Biddle decided they wanted to do things a little differently, so they left their jobs at a local brokerage firm and set off on their own.

6. Amid Retail and Industrial Successes, DeSoto Office Market Lags -

In the last few years, DeSoto County has become a magnet not only for retail development, but also for the industrial market.

Numerous new retail ventures have opened, and several other companies have opened industrial locations there, including FedEx Supply Services, XPO Logistics and Sephora.

7. Know the Strata -

Both innovation and strategy work include methods of problem solving. When organizations make mistakes, it is often because they suffer some form of myopia and have too narrow a perspective.

This error of not seeing the full context of moves that can be taken in a given situation causes a loss of market share, brand erosion, and shortsighted decisions and ill-informed actions to be made.

8. Leaders: Memphis Startup Ecosystem Needs More Funding to Grow -

In the days following Memphis’ latest startup Demo Day event, after new startup funding announcements, after former U.S. chief technology officer Megan Smith even gave Memphis’ startup community a shoutout on Bloomberg TV, it might seem like the startup scene here is having a moment.

9. Downtown Lofts to Begin Second Phase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, 266 Lofts in Downtown Memphis begins its second phase, Peak Capital closes on a massive Cordova apartment complex, and a Chattanooga-based rock climbing gym purchases land in East Memphis.

10. Avison Young’s Memphis Office Finds Strength In Diversified Approach -

Eighteen months ago, real estate brokers Jacob Biddle and Shane Soefker decided they wanted to do things a little differently, so they left their jobs at a local brokerage firm and set off on their own.

11. Amid Retail and Industrial Growth, DeSoto County Office Market Lags -

In the last few years, DeSoto County has become a magnet not only for retail development, but also for the industrial market.

Numerous new retail ventures have opened, and several other companies have opened industrial locations there, including FedEx Supply Services, XPO Logistics and Sephora.

12. Wonder Bread Garage Gets OK From Parking Authority -

The Downtown Parking Authority has given its approval to the 481-space parking garage connected to the $73 million Wonder Bread redevelopment, paving the way for developers PGK Properties to seek final approval from the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission.

13. Fed Officials Split in July Over Inflation Worries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers were worried last month about inflation, but for two opposing reasons.

One group of Federal Reserve policymakers felt inflation was falling too low and argued for caution in raising interest rates. Others expressed concerns that delaying further rate hikes could push inflation higher into dangerous territory.

14. Stronger Penalties Alone Won’t Solve State’s Opioid Crisis -

Rep. Bryan Terry deals with patients from every demographic caught up in the web of opiates.

Patients have an array of tolerance to opioids, as well, from those currently addicted to those who are recovering addicts. As a result, each patient requires an “individualized” anesthetic based on their background and the procedure or surgery they’re to have, says Terry, a Murfreesboro anesthesiologist.

15. Crosstown High School Gets $2.5 Million XQ Institute Grant -

A year from opening, organizers of Crosstown High School have secured a $2.5 million, five-year grant from a national education reform group focused specifically on high schools.

“It puts us in a much greater financial position,” said Chris Terrill, Crosstown High executive director. “But more important than the financial revenue is the connection we make to the XQ network of people.”

16. Last Word: Night in the Park, Hattiloo Goes Bigger & Cohen on the Republican Soul -

A gathering in Health Science Park a little before 11:30 Monday evening by a group of protesters who Facebooked that their intent was to take down the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Memphis Police showed up quickly and the police supervisor told those around the statue that the park is a private park and that no one can be in the park after 8 p.m. No arrests but the police did ask for identification from those in the park.

17. Top Fed Official: Bond Portfolio Could Shrink Soon -

NEW YORK (AP) – A top Federal Reserve official suggested Monday that the Fed will likely announce next month that it will begin paring its bond portfolio – a step that could lead to slightly higher rates on mortgages and other loans.

18. Target Buys Tech Company to Help It Offer Same-Day Delivery -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target said Monday it is buying a delivery logistics company to help it offer same-day delivery service to in-store shoppers.

Software made by San Francisco-based Grand Junction connects retailers with about 700 delivery companies around the country that pick up items from stores or distribution centers and take them to customers.

19. Countercultural Secrets of Successful Innovators -

Successful innovators may seem cavalier, but really they are vast and complex beings. As the great American poet Walt Whitman said of the prophetic role of a poet, “They contain multitudes.”

20. MEMFix Sets Date for Eighth Installment -

Urban infill projects in core sections of the city are not only transforming surrounding areas, but also how Memphians view the city’s neglected assets.

Looking to build off of the momentum of such successful rehabilitation projects, MEMFix has set its sights on the intersection of Madison Avenue and Cleveland Street, where it will host its next event on Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

21. Getting Started -

Every journey of a thousand miles begins with that first single step. Every song, that first note; every long-lasting relationship can trace back to that first hello.

The countless business startups in Memphis, many maturing thanks to the city’s myriad accelerators and entrepreneurship programs, likewise all unfold the same way. They all start, no pun intended, with that first idea that leads to the creation of an enterprise – hopefully a successful, money-making one.

22. Last Word: Bakery Questions, Komen Name Change and the Price of A Run For Gov. -

City Hall opens a set of four public meetings on the Fairgrounds Thursday evening at 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center to start the movement again toward another master plan for Fairgrounds redevelopment. And it’s hard to tell at the outset what this will look like because there are so many possibilities. There are also so many fault lines in these discussions.

23. Fed Official Supports September Start for Bond Reductions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A member of the Federal Reserve's interest-setting committee said Wednesday it would be appropriate for the central bank to announce next month that it will begin trimming its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, but wait until December before raising a key interest rate again.

24. Cordova Apartment Community Sells for $27.9M -

The Charleston, a 284-unit apartment community on the east side of Houston Levee Road just south of U.S. 64, has sold for $27.9 million, marking a new chapter for a property that was built just last year.

25. U of M Receives Grant for Career Prep Academy -

The University of Memphis and three community colleges are set to get $773,447 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to increase student success and outcomes.

The grants, through the Institutional Outcome Improvement Fund Grant, will allow institutions to focus on student outcomes in areas such as credit-hour progression and degree completion.

26. First Day of School Begins With Greetings, Hopes -

The school year began Monday, Aug. 7, with some parents registering children on the first day, other children finding their way back into academic routines on their own and Shelby County Schools leaders awaiting the release of achievement test scores from the state that will set a new baseline for where students are academically.

27. Tensions of Density -

With hundreds of units already announced and all signs indicating there are more to come, the Midtown apartment market is primed to explode.

But when it comes to development, it’s no secret that Midtown residents can be fiercely protective.

28. Regional One Launches Data-Driven Study to Cut Costs -

Regional One Health has teamed up with a New Jersey-based nonprofit for a three-year project aimed at identifying and addressing the reasons why some patients become what the organizations refer to as “high utilizers” of hospital services.

29. Dean Named CEO Of Nonprofit Alliance -

The board of directors of The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence has unanimously voted to name Kevin Dean as permanent CEO. Dean has served as the alliance’s interim CEO since February. More than 100 qualified professionals from across the country applied and were considered.

30. Wright Medical Grows Net Sales 5 Percent in Q2 -

Medical device company Wright Medical Group N.V. saw net sales of $179.7 million during the second quarter, the company reported Wednesday, Aug. 2, a 5 percent improvement over the year-ago quarter.

31. Fannie Mae Posts $3.2B Profit in Q2; To Pay $3.1B Dividend -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fannie Mae reported net income of $3.2 billion from April through June, up from a year earlier as the mortgage giant marked gains on its investments.

The government-controlled company released its second-quarter results Thursday. Washington-based Fannie Mae will pay a dividend of $3.1 billion to the U.S. Treasury next month if the company's federal regulator agrees. That payment would bring the total dividends paid by Fannie to $165.8 billion.

32. Wright Medical Grows Net Sales 5 Percent in Q2 -

Medical device company Wright Medical Group N.V., which has its U.S. headquarters in Memphis, saw net sales of $179.7 million during the second quarter, the company reported Wednesday, Aug. 2, a 5 percent improvement over the year-ago quarter.

33. 2 Quarterbacks Are Seldom Better Than 1 -

The old adage holds that if you have two quarterbacks you really have none. Are you listening, Butch Jones?

Jones continues to send signals that Tennessee may proceed with a plan to use both junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano in the opener against Georgia Tech. If the two-quarterback system is successful, the Vols could continue to play both in subsequent games.

34. Cordova Apartment Community Sells for $27.9M -

The Charleston, a 284-unit apartment community on the east side of Houston Levee Road just south of U.S. 64, has sold for $27.9 million, marking a new chapter for a property that was built just last year.

35. UTHSC’s Dr. David Stern Focusing on a Healthier Tennessee in New Role -

Getting invited to make a presentation at the White House last fall as part of a meeting on drug addiction turned into an epiphany of sorts for Dr. David Stern.

The discussion about substance use disorders and addictions – and how multidisciplinary clinical care can go a long way in addressing those challenges – touched a nerve with Stern. He’s spent the last six years as the Robert J. Kaplan executive dean and vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where his work has included recruiting more than 30 nationally recognized chairs and directors.

36. Wright Medical Grows Net Sales 5 Percent in Q2 -

Medical device company Wright Medical Group N.V., which has its U.S. headquarters in Memphis, saw net sales of $179.7 million during the second quarter, the company reported Wednesday, Aug. 2, a 5 percent improvement over the year-ago quarter.

37. Dean Named Permanent CEO Of Nonprofit Alliance -

The board of directors of The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence has unanimously voted to name Kevin Dean as permanent CEO. Dean has served as the alliance’s interim CEO since February.

38. Heidi Shafer Claims Commission Chairmanship With Consistency -

Heidi Shafer was first elected to the Shelby County Commission in 2010. But when she is talking about the way county government works, she often goes further back than that to her experience as an aide to her predecessor on the commission, Dr. George Flinn.

39. Leftover Opioids are a Common Dilemma for Surgery Patients -

CHICAGO (AP) – Surgery patients often end up with leftover opioid painkillers and store the remaining pills improperly at home, a study suggests.

The research raises concerns about overprescribing addictive medicine that could end in the wrong hands.

40. Cordova Apartment Community Sells for $27.9M -

The Charleston, a 284-unit apartment community on the east side of Houston Levee Road just south of U.S. 64, has sold in a $27.9 million deal.

In the transaction, Peak Capital Partners, doing business as PC Charleston LLC, purchased the 24-acre parcel from local developer Wesscorp Communities, doing business as Charleston HL Apartment Community LLC. Charles W. Misenhelter, signed the deed on behalf of the sellers.

41. Developers Baking $73 Million Deal at Wonder Bread Plant -

A development group wants to breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread plant that used to fill the Memphis Medical District with the smell of fresh bread before it closed in 2013.

A group of investors spearheaded by Chisca Hotel Developers – Development Services Group – has submitted a $73 million plan to create 286 upscale multifamily units, a 480-space parking garage and 150,000 square feet of office and retail space.

42. Wonder Bread Factory Rebirth Eyed by Chisca Hotel Developer -

A new plan submitted to city officials would breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread factory that used to fill the Memphis Medical District with the smell of fresh bread before it closed in 2013.

43. Flying Ace Sully Makes Case Against Privatization -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Who are you going to trust when it comes to what's best for the flying public? Members of Congress or the hero of the Miracle on the Hudson, retired Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger?

44. Key Drug Sales Push Pfizer Profit Up 50 Percent -

Rising sales of most key drugs, lower one-time charges and reduced manufacturing costs helped drive Pfizer's second-quarter profit up 50 percent.

The top U.S. drugmaker beat Wall Street profit forecasts, tweaked its own 2017 forecast, and predicted numerous lucrative drugs will be approved over the next half-decade. Still, cheaper generic competition continues to gnaw away at Pfizer's revenue, which fell short of analyst expectations.

45. Using Jargon Not Always a Crime -

We tell ourselves that the use of clever, intentional phrasing designed to encapsulate thoughts as succinctly as possible is the perfect method for communicating with our audience. But are we telling ourselves the truth?

46. Red-Hot Growth for Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza has blazed quite a trail over the past five years by growing to five Memphis-area locations, and now co-owners Chad Foreman and Kirk Cotham are turning their sights toward expansion through the southeastern U.S.

47. Commission Tries to Stop Charter School Plan -

Shelby County commissioners called on a charter school that planned to open in Memphis but instead wants to set up shop in Bartlett to stick by its original plan or put off opening Gateway University Charter School next week.

48. County Commission Calls For Halt to Gateway Charter Plans in Bartlett -

Shelby County Commissioners called on a charter school that planned to open in Memphis but instead is setting up shop in Bartlett to stick by its original plan or put off the opening of the Gateway University Charter School next week.

49. US Employment Costs Grew Slower in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers grew more slowly in the second quarter.

The Labor Department said Friday total compensation was up 0.5 percent in the April-June period, compared to 0.8 percent growth in the first quarter.

50. Trump Choice for Fed Board Says He Likes Rule Change Ideas -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Randal Quarles, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Federal Reserve Board, says he likes a predecessor's ideas for where regulators should prune banking rules.

51. Last Word: Repeal Votes, ServiceMaster Exit and Cooper-Young Apartments -

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee was among the seven Republican Senators who voted Wednesday against a bill that would have repealed the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement. U.S. Senator Bob Corker voted for the repeal. The bill failed.

52. Whole Foods' Key Sales Dip Shows Amazon Buying a Fixer-Upper -

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Amazon is set to have a fixer-upper on its hands, with Whole Foods reporting another key sales decline.

The grocery chain said Wednesday that sales fell 1.9 percent at established locations for the three months that ended July 2. That marks the eighth straight quarter the figure has declined as Whole Foods sees more competition from traditional grocers, big box retailers and others that are offering more organic choices.

53. Fed Leaves Rates Alone but Moves Closer to Selling Off Bonds -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged at a time when inflation remains persistently low. But it signaled Wednesday that it's edging closer to gradually shrinking its bond holdings, a step that would likely boost long-term borrowing rates including mortgages.

54. Baptist Opens Midtown Grief Center -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has opened a second grief center, an extension of the grief counseling and related services the hospital has offered for years and is now in the process of expanding.

55. Council OKs Multifamily Project Near Overton Park -

The key element in selling the Overton Gateway project compromise to Midtown homeowners turned out to have little to do with the height of the apartment buildings or the number of parking spaces.

The mixed residential development by Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC at Sam Cooper Boulevard and East Parkway drew the concern of a lot of Midtown neighborhoods with historic status because its apartment buildings exceed the guidelines of the Lea’s Woods historic area on the eastern edge of Overton Park.

56. Using Facebook for Lead Gen -

Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users and accounts for 10 percent of all website visits. So, you’ve probably already taken the time to set up a Facebook page for your business and are making regular posts part of your marketing strategy. Today, I’d encourage you to think of Facebook as more than just a marketing communications channel. It can be a strong source of sales leads, too.

57. Milford Joins Chamber As Programming, Events Director -

Ericka Milford recently joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as director of events and programming, a job in which she’s responsible for planning and executing chamber events and programs and for increasing engagement opportunities for members and the community. Milford’s new role marks her return to the chamber, where she served as events coordinator from 2007 to 2012 before taking a job with HigherVisibility.

58. Fed Will Likely Focus on Low Inflation But Leave Rates Alone -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has already achieved one of its two mandates: With the unemployment rate at just 4.4 percent, the Fed has essentially maximized employment.

It's the Fed's other goal – price stability – that's stayed persistently out of reach. Inflation has been edging further below the Fed's 2 percent target. Problem is, too-low inflation tends to slow consumer spending, the U.S. economy's main fuel. Many consumers delay purchases if they think the same price – or a lower one – will be available later.

59. GTx to Release New Data from Company’s Work -

GTx Inc. executive chairman Dr. Robert Wills thinks the Memphis-based biopharmaceutical company is “severely undervalued.”

60. Last Word: ICE Raids, Who's Buying Afton Grove and Malco Powerhouse Plans -

A protest Sunday evening at the Prescott Place Apartments after federal ICE agents – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – took people into custody there and at Emerald Ridge and Corner Park apartments Sunday morning. The group of organizations protesting the federal action – Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, Cosecha and SURJ Memphis -- say Memphis Police assisted in the immigration operation. Memphis Police deny they were involved in any way. No estimate from ICE on how many people were detained.

61. Revival of Ranked Choice Voting Marks Phillips’ Attention to Detail -

The use of Ranked Choice Voting or instant-runoff voting in Memphis elections was a moot point even before Memphis voters approved it in 2008 in a city charter amendment.

The Shelby County Election Commission had concluded before the charter referendum that its voting systems couldn’t accommodate a method of voting that ranked candidates in a single race by a voter’s preference, instead of a voter picking one and only one candidate.

62. Aetna Teams Up With Mississippi Health Network -

The Mississippi Affiliated Health Network, an alliance of hospitals and more than 1,000 clinicians, has entered into an agreement with the insurance giant Aetna that will serve about 9,000 patients across Mississippi.

63. Scene Change -

The sprawling mixed-use complex opening next month on North Cleveland in Midtown is a high-profile example of where Memphis’ art community finds itself at the halfway mark in 2017.

When Crosstown Concourse opens there Aug. 19, it won’t just represent a new beginning that turns a former Sears distribution center into a 1.5-million-square-foot community mainstay. With tenants like Crosstown Arts moving in, the development is also a representation of how the city’s arts landscape is changing this year.

64. Alexa, Turn Up My Kenmore AC; Sears Cuts a Deal with Amazon -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.

65. US Weekly Requests for Jobless Aid Fall to 233,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits stayed near historic lows, pointing to a robust job market.

THE NUMBERS: Weekly unemployment applications fell by 15,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 233,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the largest weekly drop since late April. The less volatile four-week average declined by 2,250 to 243,750. The number of people collecting unemployment benefits has fallen 9.7 percent over the past 12 months to 1.87 million.

66. Be Boring -

Ray’s Take: Sometimes, it’s tempting to try to beat the market through the excitement of stock picking or by choosing riskier investments with the promise of a higher return. It seems like everyone has a friend of a friend with a great investment story.

67. History in Our Whiskey -

GOOD WHISKEY ISN’T DRUNK. IT’S REMEMBERED. Good whiskey and good stories age well. I wrote that a while back when I was hired to write a bit about whiskey. I thought about all of that on the porch looking at the night over a bit of whiskey with the dog. I was drinking whiskey; the dog was just looking at the night. We both liked the moment.

68. Haslam Touts IMPROVE Act At Interchange Opening -

It looked like another day at the Interstate 40-240 interchange Wednesday, July 19, from the roof of a building by the state’s tallest interchange.

Inside the building tucked away in a residential area off White Station Road, a bank of video monitors on the wall of the local offices of the Tennessee Department of Transportation showed the same – cars and trucks moving smoothly there and elsewhere on the county’s interstate system.

69. Last Word: Closing the Door, Midtown Rents and Red West's Many Roles -

It didn’t take the Shelby County Commission very long Wednesday to close the door on its budget season – about 20 minutes in the day’s special meeting to approve a county property tax rate of $4.11 on third and final reading. That’s not a quick up or down vote. And it took just a bit longer because there is still some discussion about whether this was a reduction in the tax rate or a tax cut in the sense that a homeowner in Shelby County would understand the term.

70. Riverfront Concept Plan Intersects With Many Others About Key City Asset -

The Memphis riverfront is hardly a blank canvas. But you would never know that from the number of plans there have been over several decades to make it more of a “front door” for the city – to borrow a phrase from more than a few of those reports.

71. AutoZone’s Engine Starting to Stall -

AutoZone’s stock price is pointed in the opposite direction it’s been accustomed to for years now. Shares of the Memphis-based auto parts retailer are down more than 30 percent since the end of January. Needless to say, that’s an unusual place for the company, which continues to open new stores at a steady clip.

72. Riverfront Concept Plan Emphasizes Connections, River Access -

A pedestrian bridge between the southern tip of Mud Island and Riverside Drive, more pedestrian use of Riverside Drive, a pavilion at Tom Lee Park and greater access to the edge of the Mississippi River are among the elements of a riverfront concept plan outlined Tuesday, July 18, by a Chicago architecture and urban design firm.

73. Complacency is the No. 1 Business Killer -

While the actual activities take on different forms, at the end of the day, I’ve come to the realization that I’m a change agent for companies dissatisfied with their current sales and marketing outcomes. I was taken back years ago by the clarity offered from an area CEO in this statement: “We can’t expect a different outcome if we aren’t willing to change what we’re doing.”

74. Wood Helps Memphis National Keep Business in the Fairway -

Brian Wood is head golf professional at Memphis National Golf Club, a role in which he oversees a variety of functions related to the club's operations. Wood, a PGA professional and member of the Tennessee Section of the PGA of America, previously served as assistant golf professional at Windyke Country Club.

75. Subway Looking to Update Stores' Not-So-Fresh Look -

NEW YORK (AP) – Subway wants to freshen up the look of its stores as it tries to stem a sales decline.

The sandwich chain says the redesign – which includes a brighter atmosphere, displays of vegetables behind the counter and ordering tablets – is the first major revamp since the early 2000s. The changes will take place as stores around the country are remodeled and new ones are built.

76. Take Time to Retreat -

Summer is often associated with beaches, family vacations, hot sun and good fun. For those in the nonprofit sector, summer is also the season for retreats. These are times set aside to focus on programming, strategy, growth, partnerships and – many times – fundraising.

77. Dean Touts ‘Middle Of the Road’ Focus For Democrats -

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is making exactly the same observation in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Tennessee governor that Republicans are making on their side of the 2018 race.

78. Alabama is Media’s Overwhelming Pick To Win SEC Title -

Twice in the previous three years, SEC media correctly predicted the SEC champion. Both times, they did it by picking Alabama (2014, 2016). They went with Alabama again this year, predicting the Crimson Tide to defeat Georgia in the SEC title game.

79. Aetna Teams Up With Mississippi Affiliated Health Network -

The Mississippi Affiliated Health Network, an alliance of hospitals and more than 1,000 clinicians, has entered into an agreement with the insurance giant Aetna that will serve about 9,000 patients across Mississippi.

80. First Horizon Sees Growth in Second Quarter -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company saw net income climb 61 percent in the second quarter and First Tennessee itself announced the largest merger in its history, but company chairman and CEO Bryan Jordan characterized the period for analysts pretty much the way he always does during earnings presentations.

81. Walmart Unveils New Tools to Help Shoppers Save Time -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart is pushing convenience for the back-to-school shopping season as it tries to compete better with Amazon.

The world's largest retailer is making hundreds of school staples like notebooks and pens available through its online grocery shopping service that offers curbside pickup at the store. It's also doubling the number of key back-to-school items available for same-day store pickup. And it's borrowing a strategy it used for the holidays by having staffers near the registers to help customers with check-out.

82. Yellen Calls Risks of Inflation 'Two-Sided' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday said she believed the risks concerning inflation are "two-sided," stressing that price gains could both accelerate or slow down.

83. Keys to Great Financial Planning -

Ray’s Take: It would be nice if you had a magic formula or an easy trick that made it so you never had to worry about money again, but life doesn’t work that way. You need a plan to help you reach your goals, and the plan should have multiple steps.

84. Legislature Losing Some Powerful, Familiar Members -

A shakeup in leadership is looming for the state Legislature, though it may portend more of a change in personalities than party strength.

In the House, longtime Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, the affable Democrat from Ripley in West Tennessee, is preparing for a 2018 gubernatorial run, a move that would knock him out of his House seat, at least temporarily, and the position as Democratic Caucus leader.

85. Yellen Tells Congress to Expect More Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress on Wednesday that the central bank expects to keep raising a key interest rate at a gradual pace and also plans to start trimming its massive bond holdings this year.

86. Takata Adds 2.7M Vehicles to Air Bag Inflator Recall -

DETROIT (AP) – Takata is adding 2.7 million vehicles from Ford, Nissan and Mazda to the long list of those being recalled to replace potentially dangerous air bag inflators.

The inflators are a new type that previously was thought to be safe. Vehicles affected are from the 2005 through 2012 model years.

87. Crust Named MSO Assistant, Youth Symphony Conductor -

Andrew Crust, who recently was named assistant conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Memphis Youth Symphony, shares why young musicians inspire him and how orchestras can reach a younger audience in this week's Newsmakers Q&A.

88. Stern Working to Expand UTHSC’s Community Reach -

When the University of Tennessee Health Science Center launched its Center for Addiction Science in the College of Medicine last year, it represented an ambitious bid by the school to help people beat a variety of addictions and to research the causes of substance abuse.

89. Low-Key FBI Director Pick Would Lead Agency Through Tumult -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The attorney selected to replace James Comey as FBI director is described by those close to him as admirably low-key, yet he'd be taking over the law enforcement agency at a moment that's anything but tranquil.

90. Interim Leadership: Blessing or Curse? -

One of the biggest changes within the life of a nonprofit is the change in leadership. In most cases, this will be accompanied by a period of transition with an interim leader.

The position is short-term and in most cases temporary. We have seen interims who serve as placeholders or caretakers. Others are innovators. Some are turn-around leaders. Others are brought in explicitly to “clean house.”

91. Hiring Surged Last Month in a Sign of US Economic Vitality -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hiring surged in June in a surprising show of U.S. economic vitality eight years into the recovery from the Great Recession. Pay gains remain weak, though, a stark reminder of one of the economy's key shortcomings.

92. Federal Reserve Tells Congress Further Rate Hikes on the Way -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Friday it expects the U.S. economy will strengthen and warrant further gradual increases in its key interest rate.

That rate forecast was included in the Fed's semi-annual monetary report to Congress, which Chair Janet Yellen will deliver to Congress next week. The Fed has raised interest rates three times since December, pushing its benchmark rate to a range of 1 percent to 1.25 percent. The Fed noted that policymakers still expect one more rate hike this year and another three hikes in 2018.

93. First Tennessee Scores High Marks for Reputation -

A new report from the industry publication American Banker ranks First Tennessee Bank at No. 5 on a list of U.S. banks sorted by reputation.

94. Memphis Researchers Planning Big Upgrades to Online Genetics Database -

A pair of scientists in Memphis is using almost $2 million in grant money to make improvements to an online database and open-source software system called GeneNetwork, used by researchers to study genetic differences and evaluate disease risk.

95. QVC Parent Buying HSN as Shopping Shifts Online -

NEW YORK (AP) – QVC's parent company is taking control of the Home Shopping Network for about $2.6 billion in stock to create what they say will be the third-largest e-commerce company in the United States.

96. Boomerang – When Adult Children Come Home -

Ray’s Take: A changing economy, a sluggish job market and student loan debt have created a perfect storm for delaying the empty nest parents have expected, and had, in the past. According to a recent Census Bureau report, 30 percent of young adults ages 18 to 34 live with their parents. That’s a big number, and the trend is driven in part by unemployment or underemployment of millennials.

97. Fed Debating When to Unwind $4.5 Trillion in Bond Holdings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is figuring out when to start unloading much of its $4.5 trillion in bond holdings – a major turning point for an economy still healing from the 2008 financial crisis.

98. Area’s Only Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Progressing in First Year -

With more than 30,000 epileptics living in the Memphis area, the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, which opened nearly one year ago, is providing much needed specialized care and treatment for patients that previously were forced to drive to Jackson or Nashville for similar care.

99. First Tennessee Scores High Marks for Reputation -

A new report from the industry publication American Banker ranks First Tennessee Bank at No. 5 on a list of U.S. banks sorted by reputation.

100. Brand Personality: Channeling Pinocchio -

Why do some brands speak to us and ignite our souls while others leave us feeling … uninspired? What is it about a brand that makes us feel happy, excited or safe? The answer? Personality.