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1. Appeals Court Reverses Fraud Finding Against Bank of America -

NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America Corp. was not liable for fraud and subject to a penalty of over $1.2 billion for its actions before the economy collapsed in 2008 despite a jury's finding to the contrary, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

2. 15 Tennessee Communities to Receive Site Development Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Fifteen Tennessee communities have been selected to receive state grants to prepare sites for economic development projects.

The grants will go toward completing infrastructure and engineering improvements for certified sites in rural communities.

3. Fayette County Chosen for Property Evaluation Program -

Fayette County is getting help from state leaders to evaluate properties that could attract new business.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced Fayette is one of eight counties chosen to participate in the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP) Spring Round. The other counties selected are Humphreys, Lawrence, Maury, Scott, Unicoi, Van Buren and White.

4. Gaskins Leads Engineering Office -

Wain Gaskins has joined consulting engineering firm Cannon & Cannon Inc. as manager of the company’s new Memphis office as well as director of West Tennessee operations and business development. 

5. Basar Out in 8th District Race, Luttrell Pulls Petition, Cohen Could Have Easy Ride -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar has called off his plan to run in the crowded Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District, but Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled his petition to join the same crowded field.

6. The Week Ahead: February 29, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? We know what you’ll be doing Tuesday (voting, of course!), but plenty of nonpolitical happenings grace this week’s calendar too – from a trio of Grizzlies games to a fundraiser supporting fair housing.

7. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Places,” a mixed-repertory show of three new works, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 19-21, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. Visit balletmemphis.org for details and tickets.

8. Events -

Rhodes College will host artist Mel Chin, keynote speaker for the “Memphis: Art and Place” symposium, Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Bryan Campus Life Center’s McCallum Ballroom on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Cost is free. Other symposium events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Visit rhodes.edu/content/memphis-center-conferences for details and a schedule.

9. Martin Lawrence Coming to The Orpheum in April -

Comedian Martin Lawrence is coming to the Orpheum Theatre in April as part of his “Doin’ Time: Uncut Live” tour, his first standup tour in four years.

Lawrence became a household name thanks in part to his 90s-era self-titled TV comedy series, “Martin,” in which he starred not only as the title character but also appeared in other supporting roles at times. He’s also had a film career, appearing in movies like “Bad Boys” and “Big Momma’s House.”

10. EDGE Grants Development Loans to 4 Inner-City Businesses -

Memphis’ inner-city neighborhoods garnered $79,000 in business development loans at the Feb. 3 meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine’s finance committee.

11. Martin Lawrence Coming to The Orpheum in April -

Comedian Martin Lawrence is coming to the Orpheum Theatre in April as part of his “Doin’ Time: Uncut Live” tour, his first standup tour in four years.

Lawrence became a household name thanks in part to his 90s-era self-titled TV comedy series, “Martin,” in which he starred not only as the title character but also appeared in other supporting roles at times. He’s also had a film career, appearing in movies like “Bad Boys” and “Big Momma’s House.”

12. Northwestern Defense Tough, But Give Edge to UT -

There’s nothing like spending the Christmas holidays in Florida, and Tennessee’s football team will savor every minute of it for the second consecutive year.

The Vols (8-4) board a flight Saturday morning to Tampa, Fla., where they will spend almost a week before the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Northwestern (10-2).

13. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will exhibit Stephanie Wexler’s “uRbanRuraLandscapes” Monday, Dec. 7, through Jan. 4 at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. All works available for purchase. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

14. Events -

Touchdown Club of Memphis, will host its AutoZone Liberty Bowl Night on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Head coaches from the SEC and Big 12 teams playing the Liberty Bowl will speak. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

15. Events -

Germantown Community Theatre will present “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play” Friday, Dec. 4, through Dec. 20 at GCT, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. Buy tickets at gctcomeplay.org.

16. Timberlake Remarks Show Generational Change in Music Heritage -

Memphis music heritage, and the remembrance of it, turned an important corner Saturday, Oct. 17, when Justin Timberlake walked on stage at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

Timberlake, 34, is the youngest inductee into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

17. Here’s How Vols Grade Going Into Second Half -

Order has been restored in Vol Nation, at least for now.

Tennessee’s football team restored it with a 38-31 victory over then-No. 19 Georgia last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

UT’s rally from a 24-3 deficit has much of the fan base back on board with Vols coach Butch Jones and his staff after a precarious week leading up to the game.

18. Collierville Sites Being Groomed to Attract Industrial Development -

Cartwright Farms in the Collierville Commerce Center is a 165-acre lot well positioned for new industrial activity.

It has the infrastructure and utilities capability. It is served by U.S. 72, which just underwent a $20 million five-lane expansion. It’s shovel-ready. It’s one of the largest pieces of Collierville’s 500 acres zoned industrial. All it needs is a little statewide attention.

19. One for the Quipper -

For the guy who said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” … it’s over. Yogi Berra – catcher, coach, manager and quip-coining character extraordinaire – died Sept. 22 of natural causes. He was 90 years old.

20. Heat Really On for Jones Against Arkansas -

It’s been a long week for Tennessee football coach Butch Jones.

Kickoff can’t come soon enough for Jones and his staff Saturday night when the Vols (2-2, 0-1 SEC) play host to Arkansas (1-3, 0-1) at Neyland Stadium.

21. College Football Notebook: SEC Fumbles in Week 2 Action -

The chant “S-E-C, S-E-C!” still lives. In, you know, a mocking way.

Last weekend No. 18 Arkansas was upset 16-12 by Toledo, No. 6 Auburn needed overtime to dispense with FCS program Jacksonville State, and No. 23 Tennessee blew a 17-0 lead over then-No. 19 Oklahoma and fell 31-24 in double overtime.

22. Fuente, Tigers Now Nitpick Imperfections as Winning Continues -

As season openers go, it had just about everything: a big crowd, with more than 41,000 showing up at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium; spirited tailgating on Tiger Lane; and really cool replica rings given out to the first 3,500 fans in celebration of the team’s 10-win season, share of the American Athletic Conference title and victory in the Miami Beach Bowl.

23. Rocky Top In Nashville: Good For City, Bad For Vols -

I can’t help but get fired up for a college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in front of 150,000 people at Bristol Motor Speedway.

24. Mississippi Justices Formally Remove Chancery Judge -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has issued an order to formally remove a chancery judge who already resigned.

Justices handed down the order Thursday.

Joe Dale Walker, of Monticello, resigned in May 2014 from a chancery judgeship in Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Simpson and Smith counties. Five months later, he pleaded guilty to federal charges of witness tampering. In January, he was sentenced to five months in federal prison.

25. What's in a Billion? Facebook Users Hit Milestone in 1 day -

NEW YORK (AP) — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population.

26. Fed Vice Chair in Spotlight as Markets Seek Rate Hike Clues -

WASHINGTON (AP) — What once seemed a sure bet — that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in September — suddenly appears less certain following a wild week of stock market turbulence.

27. Despite Personnel Losses, UT’s Defense Should Be Much-Improved -

John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.

UT is bigger and faster on the defensive side than the previous two seasons, when the Vols showed improvement from the 2012 season by shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game allowed.

28. Rice Moves 3-Day Divorce Conference to Beale -

After several years in Tunica, divorce attorney Larry Rice is bringing his three-day conference for family law attorneys back to Memphis and to Beale Street.

29. Space Race -

Businesses looking for office space in Nashville are learning a painful lesson that homebuyers already know – prices are high, and if you take time to shop around for a better deal, someone else is likely to snap up the property, leaving you out in the cold.

30. Fruits and Vegetables Get a Star-Studded Marketing Push -

NEW YORK (AP) – What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips?

A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica Alba and NBA star Stephen Curry to shill for fruits and vegetables.

31. Lowery Installed as President of Association for Women Attorneys -

Keating Lowery has been installed as the 2015 president of the Association for Women Attorneys. As an attorney with Lawrence & Russell PLC, Lowery devotes her practice to litigating Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters on behalf of employers, plan fiduciaries and third-party administrators throughout the United States.

32. Jones, Vols Make Honor Roll With Recruiting Class -

KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.

Tennessee’s football coach has created a national buzz with his 2015 recruiting class.

UT finished with the No. 4 class in the nation as rated by 247Sports and ended up ranked No. 5 by Rivals when the Feb. 4 national signing day was over.

33. Student Debt, Rising Rents Take Bite Out of Real Estate Market -

Hefty student loans are a major stumbling block for young Americans as they try to buy their first home, a National Association of Realtors’ annual survey shows.

In spite of an improved job market and low interest rates in 2014, the number of first-time homebuyers dipped to 33 percent, down 5 percent from the previous year and the lowest since the National Association of Realtors began tracking the rate in 1981.

34. Murfreesboro, Nashville Players Get Jump on UT Careers -

KNOXVILLE – Jack Jones didn’t want to waste any time getting started with his football career at the University of Tennessee, so he graduated in December from Murfreesboro Oakland High School.

35. Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason -

KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.

36. Totty Joins Gateway Group Personnel -

Justin Totty has joined Gateway Group Personnel as a research associate in the company’s executive search division. In his new role, Totty focuses on sourcing the best candidates for clients across numerous fields and industries, specifically targeting accounting, finance and engineering.

37. Pitts-Murdock Leading Library’s Teen Services -

R. Janae Pitts-Murdock has been named coordinator of teen services for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, a role in which she’s responsible for coordinating teen programs, partnerships and special initiatives across 18 locations.

38. Robin Williams Tops 2014 List of Google Searches -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.

39. Recruiting Wars -

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is in his eighth year in the NBA. But he’s just 27 years old and his 10-year class reunion at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis is still an event in the future.

40. Germantown Was Into Mixed-Use Before It Was Cool -

Even before Mayor Karl Dean’s announcement that the $60 million ballpark would be constructed in Germantown, the area was flourishing – not to the extent that it is now, but it was experiencing growth and development.

41. UTHSC Donating Flu Vaccines -

University Health Services, the campus health and illness care facility at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has donated 150 doses of flu vaccine for distribution to employees at Memphis International Airport, Christian Brothers University and Baptist College of Health Sciences.

42. This week in Memphis history: October 31-November 6 -

2006: Former President Bill Clinton in Memphis to campaign for U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ just days before election day in the U.S. Senate race between Ford, the Democratic nominee and Bob Corker, the Republican nominee. Corker would claim the Senate seat.

43. Marine Hospital, I-55 Roundabout Draw Interest -

The public’s first opportunity to get a look at the old U.S. Marine Hospital by Chickasaw Heritage Park earlier this year included a chance to walk around the old set of buildings and the grounds overlooking the Mississippi River.

44. Minyard Joins Barge Waggoner -

Tom Minyard, a 31-year veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as the civil works program manager. In his new role, Minyard’s responsibilities include the advancement of the firm’s strategic direction as it relates to its civil works program for local, state and federal governments. His areas of technical interest include flood risk reduction, navigation, ecosystem restoration and emergency response.

45. How Bad is Knoxville Crime? -

From murders to burglaries, most of Knoxville’s crime can be attributed to illegal drugs, police say.

But even as crime figures have remained static for years, where you live likely determines how you feel about crime and safety.

46. McManus Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michelle McManus, a Memphis native and certified public accountant, has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as manager. In her new role, McManus will supervise and review the monthly accounting process for a section of clients. She will also prepare and review tax returns and work closely with clients, assisting them with ongoing tax planning.

47. Ebola Screening Measures Rest on Federal Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration's plans to screen certain airline passengers for exposure to Ebola are based on the Constitution and long-established legal authority that would almost certainly stand up in court if challenged, public health experts say.

48. Plans for Site of Closing International Paper Mill are Uncertain -

COURTLAND, Ala. (AP) – A year after International Paper announced that it would close a north Alabama mill because of declining demand, there's much uncertainty about the site's future.

49. Apple to Tighten Online Security After Recent Hack -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple plans to tighten its online security measures to reduce the chances of its users being victimized by intrusions like the ones that stole nude photos from actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities.

50. Vanderbilt Students Find Happiness in Music City -

As the Class of 2018 begins to poke around the Vanderbilt University campus, the newest Commodores will be met with the highest of expectations.

“This class is projected to have the highest academic quality in our history as measured by high school class rank and SAT scores,’’ says Doug Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions.

51. Williams Joins Memphis Obstetrics as OB/GYN -

Dr. Jason Williams has joined the staff of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC, where he will focus on women’s health care issues, including prevention, diagnosis and management of many general medical conditions. As an OB/GYN, he specializes in general obstetrical care, infertility, pelvic disorders, and prevention and detection of diseases such as breast and cervical cancer.

52. Johnson to Lead Pink Palace Fundraising Efforts -

Cathi Johnson has joined the Pink Palace Family of Museums as director of development. In her new role, she’ll design, implement and manage the museum system’s fundraising efforts, including individual and corporate gifts and sponsorships, grant writing, capital funds and planned giving.

53. US Home Sales Increase 2.6 Percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost momentum.

54. Changing Landscape -

It’s been confusing from a distance.

The formal groundbreaking for Shelby Farms Park’s $70 million “Heart of the Park” improvements, including an expansion of Patriot Lake, came the same week last month the Memphis City Council voted to delay for one year the city’s portion of funding for the Shelby Farms Parkway.

55. Land Grab -

It’s been implied, but an agreement on the general idea of building a Memphis Zoo parking garage was put in writing this week by the Overton Park Conservancy as protests over paid zoo parking on the park’s greensward are likely to continue.

56. This week in Memphis history: May 9-15 -

1984: Jerome Ryans became director of the Memphis Housing Authority following the resignation of Lawrence Wade from the post. Ryans, who had been the Memphis City Council’s staff administrator prior to the appointment by the MHA board and backed by Memphis Mayor Dick Hackett, inherited what was considered a “troubled housing authority” by the federal department of Housing and Urban Development. Over several years, Ryans would reverse that, restore the confidence of the federal agency that supplied the bulk of funding to the MHA and begin to question the direction and role of public housing in Memphis.

57. Sam Moore Records Song to Honor King -

Veteran singer Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam & Dave is releasing a song in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. to coincide with the anniversary of the civil rights leader's death.

58. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

59. Sam Moore Records Song to Honor King -

Veteran singer Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam & Dave is releasing a song in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. to coincide with the anniversary of the civil rights leader's death.

60. Candidates Commit as Deadline Nears -

The first day of spring was March 20, but, after months of fundraisers and petition filings, the last day of the month served as the start of this year’s political season.

With the filing deadline for the August state and federal primaries, as well as nonpartisan Shelby County Schools board and judicial positions, Thursday at noon, candidates began Monday, March 31, making the set-in-stone decisions that will point election efforts toward voters and away from the groundwork.

61. Taylor Promoted to Account Supervisor at Red Deluxe -

Kelsey Taylor has been promoted to account supervisor from account manager at Memphis-based advertising agency Red Deluxe. Taylor joined the firm in 2011 and leads the firm’s work for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Washington, D.C.

62. Events -

Network of Memphis will meet Monday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Dixie Cafe, 4699 Poplar Ave. The topic is “Women Entrepreneurs.” RSVP at networkmemphis.org or rsvp@networkmemphis.org by Friday, Feb. 28.

63. Events -

Temple Church of God in Christ will host the Conference on Family 2014 Friday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 2, at the church, 672 S. Lauderdale St. Benjamin Crump, the attorney who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, will speak Friday at 7 p.m. Other events include panels, awards and a Sunday worship service. For details, email dahall@templecogic.org or call 351-0903.

64. Germantown Board OKs Whole Foods Zoning -

Two major retail projects in Germantown have received a green light to move forward.

The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday, Jan. 27, approved several zoning exemptions for a proposed Whole Foods store – important votes that moved the project closer to completion – as well as a redevelopment plan for the Shops at Saddle Creek.

65. Developers Show Interest in Germantown’s Arthur Property -

A 33-acre site near Saddle Creek in Germantown is seeing increased interest from developers and could change hands as early as this year, according to a real estate agent marketing the property.

Murray Foster, a broker with Taliesyn Realty, said interest in the property owned by the heirs of Boyd Arthur Sr. picked up last year and remains strong in 2014.

66. Union Membership Holds Steady at 11.3 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's union membership held steady at 11.3 percent last year, but losses among state and government workers suggest an ominous trend for the future of organized labor.

67. US Home Sales Edged Up 1 Percent in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of existing U.S. homes edged up slightly in December, helping to lift sales for the year to the highest level in seven years.

Sales increased to an annual rate of 4.87 million units last month, up 1 percent from the November sales pace, the National Association of Realtors reported Thursday. Both months represented a slower pace of sales than earlier in 2013, reflecting the drag from higher mortgage rates and higher home prices.

68. Events -

AARP Cordova Chapter will meet Thursday, Jan. 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cordova Branch Library, 8457 Trinity Road. The chapter will review and discuss its operations. Email fmyers912@yahoo.com.

69. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Author and business owner Jay Myers will present “Hitting the Curve Ball.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

70. Germantown Planning Commission OKs Plan for Whole Foods -

Developers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, cleared a key regulatory hurdle for a planned Whole Foods Market store in Germantown.

Before a packed house, the Germantown Planning Commission voted to approve a revamped plan for a new Whole Foods store at the southeast corner of the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Pete Mitchell Road, on the eastern edge of Germantown’s Central Business District.

71. Association for Women Attorneys to Host Annual Banquet -

In less than a month, the Association for Women Attorneys will host its annual bash that includes a silent auction, cocktail reception and an award presented to a prominent member of the legal community.

72. Building Capacities -

Major road and highway projects like the Interstate 269 loop, I-40/240 and the Mallory Road interchange near Frank Pigeon Industrial Park made substantial progress during 2013, with several phases of important transportation corridors wrapping up and new projects planned for 2014 and beyond.

73. Traffic Concerns Delay Germantown Whole Foods -

The development team behind a proposed Whole Foods store in Germantown is going back to the drawing board after some neighbors expressed concerns about the project, particularly over traffic.

The development team withdrew its application from the Germantown Planning Commission’s Tuesday, Dec. 3, agenda and will return next month. After that, the development team would need approval from Germantown’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

74. Multiple Sclerosis Society Adds Trustees -

The Mid-South Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has added 10 people from the Memphis area to its board of trustees.

They are Andrew Forsdick, owner of Addison Capital Advisors; Kerry Hayes, director of public relations for Doug Carpenter & Associates LLC; Terry Lawrence, project manager at AutoZone Inc.; Ginger Leeke, esthetician with Eden Spa; Alan Lindgren, owner of Speed of Sound LLC; Karen Malogroski, owner of Bikes Plus; Tracy Pearson, vice president and general manager, food service, International Paper Co.; Michelle Rappaport-Moore, psychotherapist with The Experiential Healing Center; Dr. N. Shah, pediatric neurologist with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; and Suzanne Williamson, vice president of market, Boscos Corp./Roma Pomodori Inc.

75. Shopping Spree -

Retailers have been gearing up for a frenzied Black Friday, marking the beginning of the holiday shopping season, but industry experts expect a lukewarm year compared to moderate growth in 2012.

Both nationally and locally, many stores opened earlier than ever before in an attempt to capture customers before their competitors and maximize a shorter-than-usual shopping season.

76. Abundance of Diet Soda Starts Stats Revolution -

One man, one room, one micro-fridge stocked with diet soda.

In his Lawrence, Kan., home, this is where Bill James would hunker down and create his yearly “Baseball Abstract.” It was an obsessive, solitary labor of love that started a statistical revolution in baseball. It’s just that it took another generation and Brad Pitt starring in a movie inspired by a book, “Moneyball,” for much of the world to notice numbers in a new way.

77. Multiple Sclerosis Society Adds Trustees -

The Mid-South Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has added 10 people from the Memphis area to its board of trustees.

They are Andrew Forsdick, owner of Addison Capital Advisors; Kerry Hayes, director of public relations for Doug Carpenter & Associates LLC; Terry Lawrence, project manager at AutoZone Inc.; Ginger Leeke, esthetician with Eden Spa; Alan Lindgren, owner of Speed of Sound LLC; Karen Malogroski, owner of Bikes Plus; Tracy Pearson, vice president and general manager, food service, International Paper Co.; Michelle Rappaport-Moore, psychotherapist with The Experiential Healing Center; Dr. N. Shah, pediatric neurologist with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; and Suzanne Williamson, vice president of market, Boscos Corp./Roma Pomodori Inc.

78. Connection Complete -

State and local officials will cut the ribbon on the last piece of Tenn. 385 on the morning of Friday, Nov. 22, and the eight-mile stretch of road will open to motorists later in the day.

The roughly eight-mile section between Macon Road and Tenn. 57 in Piperton is the final piece of a nearly 50-mile route that travels from Millington through Arlington and south through Fayette County and into Collierville before linking back to Interstate 240 in the city of Memphis. Work on the $74 million section began in November 2009.

79. Tennessee Focusing on Road Safety -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Governor's Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are reaching out to communities across the state to offer help in reducing traffic fatalities.

The Tennessean reports that the agencies are putting more resources in counties that have the largest increase in fatal crashes.

80. Obama Nominates Yellen to Succeed Bernanke at Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a history-making selection, President Barack Obama nominated Janet Yellen to be chairman of the Federal Reserve, a critical post as the nation continues its fitful economic recovery. If confirmed she would be the first woman to lead the powerful central bank.

81. Futhey Cuts Own Path With Solo Law Practice -

Malcolm Futhey III recently made a leap of faith by opening his own practice, the Futhey Law Firm PLC, in Midtown.

He said the idea of working for himself was something he always had in the back of his mind.

82. Saddle Creek Growth Sign of Future for City -

The Shops of Saddle Creek is in store for a multimillion-dollar makeover and expansion, a project that will likely be the first of several development dominoes to fall in Germantown.

Texas-based Trademark Property Co., which has operated the retail center since 2011, will expand the portion of the 148,000-square-foot lifestyle center on the southwest side of Poplar Avenue and West Street in Germantown.

83. Surprise From Fed: No Pullback in Bond Purchases -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a surprise, the Federal Reserve has decided against reducing its stimulus for the U.S. economy because its outlook for growth has dimmed in the past three months.

The Fed said it will continue to buy $85 billion a month in bonds while it awaits conclusive evidence that the economy is strengthening. The Fed's bond purchases are intended to keep long-term borrowing rates low to boost spending and economic growth.

84. Bentley: Alabama has Few Options in International Paper Mill Closing -

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said that the state is continuing to talk with International Paper about the future of its Lawrence County facility. However, company officials haven't indicated that there's anything the state can do to keep the 1,100-employee plant open.

85. Fed Faces Many Uncertainties as It Meets This Week -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is being engulfed by the one thing it tries to prevent: uncertainty.

Will the Fed take its first step Wednesday toward reducing the extraordinary stimulus it's given the U.S. economy?

86. Summers Withdraws From Consideration for Fed Chief -

For weeks, Lawrence Summers had been considered the leading candidate to succeed Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman.

87. Martin Tate Law Firm Expands to Lawrenceburg -

One of the oldest law firms in the Memphis area has opened a new office in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

The new Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC office there will serve the firm’s growing commercial and transportation client base in the Middle Tennessee and Nashville areas. That new office also represents the first time the firm, which was founded in Memphis in 1904, has expanded into Middle Tennessee.

88. Martin Tate Law Firm Expands to Lawrenceburg -

One of the oldest law firms in the Memphis area has opened a new office in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

The new Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC office there will serve the firm’s growing commercial and transportation client base in the Middle Tennessee and Nashville areas. That new office also represents the first time the firm, which was founded in Memphis in 1904, has expanded into Middle Tennessee.

89. Bjorklund Helps AutoZone Meet Compliance Laws -

When Susan Bjorklund, policy and procedure attorney for AutoZone, left Houston High School for the University of Mississippi, it was with only an inkling that she might want to be a lawyer one day.

90. Investors Look to Fed for Further Clues on Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When the Federal Reserve offers its latest word on interest rates this week, few think it will telegraph the one thing investors have been most eager to know: When it will slow its bond purchases, which have kept long-term borrowing rates low.

91. Entry Point -

The city of Germantown is embarking on an effort to guide growth and development of the city’s western gateway corridor for the next 20 years.

The planning area encompasses the Poplar Avenue corridor at the city’s western gateway, paying special attention to proposed development opportunities, improvements to Poplar Avenue and Kirby and a new set of regulations designed to guide development.

92. Fresh Market Eyes Midtown Property for New Store -

The Fresh Market, the upscale specialty grocery store, has had its sights on Midtown Memphis for some time and may have found the right address.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based grocer and retailer is eyeing the vacant office building and hotel at the southwest corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, according to several sources, who said the property is under contract to be purchased.

93. Shelby County Foreclosures Drop 10.6 Percent in Second Quarter -

Through various mitigation efforts, the lending giant Wells Fargo has helped some 5,200 Memphis homeowners avoid foreclosure since 2009.

Those numbers come from Wells itself, which currently services the mortgages of about 45,000 families and individuals in the city. Despite progress the lender has made, though, a Wells spokesman said foreclosures remain a “persistent problem” in Memphis.

94. Market of Riverdale Bend Sells for $6.2 Million -

7114-7186 Winchester Road Memphis, TN 38125

Sale Amount: $6.2 million

Sale Date: July 2, 2013

95. Winchester Fred’s Sells for $1.8 Million -

The Fred’s store at 7143 Winchester Road in Southeast Memphis has sold for $1.8 million. Freds Partners LLC bought the 16,611-square-foot store in a June 26 special warranty deed from the property’s developer, McCarver Development of Jackson, Tenn.

96. Supreme Court Strikes Federal Marriage Provision -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a historic victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

97. 10 Tennessee Airports to Get Grant Funds -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced this week that state aeronautics grants totaling more than $2 million have been approved for 10 Tennessee airports.

98. Path to Law Career Began Early for McLaughlin -

Julie McLaughlin has worked her way up the legal ladder for much her life.

Beginning with a degree in paralegal studies from Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss., and then a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Memphis, the final rung was earning a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2001.

99. Unemployment Rates Fall in 90 Percent of US Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates fell in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. cities in March, though most of the declines likely occurred because more Americans stopped looking for work, rather than found jobs.

100. Mississippi River Bridge Hit by Barge -

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) – For the second time in less than a week, a Mississippi River bridge has been struck by a barge.

The latest incident on the flooded river happened Thursday morning when a barge struck the bridge at Caruthersville, Mo. The bridge carries Interstate 155 traffic between southern Missouri and Tennessee.