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1. Senator Seeks Reconvening of Congress Over Zika Virus -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all Eastern times):

4 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene Congress so lawmakers can pass an emergency spending bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

2. South End Gets a $15 Million Apartment Complex -

250 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38126

Permit Amount: $14.6 million

Owner: Elmington Capital Group

3. Time Running Out to Save Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home From Demolition -

A local business owner has stepped up with $15,000 to save Aretha Franklin's birth home, but the effort may be too little too late.

The dilapidated house at 406 Lucy Ave. is headed for demolition unless a realistic and fully-funded plan emerges within the week, said Steve Barlow, an attorney with blight-fighting law firm Brewer & Barlow PLC.

4. Last Word: Chips Moman, ServiceMaster Incentives and Crosstown High -

Chips Moman has died. Word of his death Monday at a hospice in Georgia came two years after Moman was honored for his contributions to Memphis music and the city's history.

Those contributions were substantial and for quite a while they were overlooked – even while he was running the definition of a hit factory at American Sound Studios, a non-descript recording studio on Danny Thomas Boulevard at Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

5. Lehman-Roberts Investing in Memphis Roads, Community -

Lehman-Roberts Co. president Patrick Nelson is right when he says, “What we do is not terribly fancy or glamorous.”

6. Baker Donelson Hosting Auto Summit in Italy -

Memphis-based law firm Baker Donelson is hosting a summit in Italy between the Italian automotive industry and representatives from economic development agencies in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

The summit, which takes place Tuesday, June 7, in Torino, Italy, will be led by Baker Donelson attorney Christopher Caputo, who will highlight the benefits that the Southeast offers for advanced manufacturing.

7. New FESJC Director Hoping for Clear Skies, Big-Name Leaders -

Sometimes, the moments that determine your future are seemingly small. Only later can you put everything together and realize that’s when you really made your choice.

This is Darrell Smith’s first year as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Because he is only 33 years old, one could argue he got to this position quickly. But that’s not entirely true and does not take into account the fateful moment when he was 14 years old.

8. Phil Mickelson to Forfeit Nearly $1 Million in SEC Case -

NEW YORK (AP) – The professional golfer Phil Mickelson has agreed to forfeit nearly $1 million that the Securities and Exchange Commission said was unfairly earned on a tip from an insider trading scheme conducted by a former corporate director and a professional gambler.

9. Ag-Focused Startup Accelerator Launching Cohort -

The community of startup founders launching companies in Memphis keeps getting bigger.

AgLaunch Accelerator, which will incubate six agriculture and food innovation startups in the city, is launching a new cohort in August. The program is a collaboration among the Memphis Bioworks Foundation’s Ag Innovation Development Group, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, EPIcenter, Start Co. and a variety of other partner organizations.

10. Three Decades In, Africa in April Maintains Cultural Focus -

It was 30 years ago that David and Yvonne Acey answered a dilemma from an educators’ conference about levels of learning among African-American students compared to white students.

11. Donahoe Named VP at Avison Young -

Michael Donahoe has joined commercial real estate firm Avison Young as vice president of its Memphis branch. Donahoe’s main focus will be overseeing all of the firm’s landlord leasing projects in Memphis and the surrounding areas. Toronto-based Avison Young opened the Memphis office in December, marking its third location in Tennessee and its 50th nationally. 

12. Country Icon Merle Haggard, Champion of the Underdog, Dies -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.

13. Anne Dixon Joins BRIDGES as CFO -

Anne Dixon has joined BRIDGES as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Dixon, who is a Bridge Builders alumna, is responsible in her new role for financial reporting and analysis to help BRIDGES leadership in performing their responsibilities. 

14. Second Annual Starlite Revue Coming to the Halloran Centre April 8 -

Beale Street Caravan is set to present the second annual Starlite Revue – a one-night-only gospel, blues and soul extravaganza – April 8 at The Orpheum’s Halloran Centre.

Returning headliner Rev. John Wilkins will be joined by touring gospel acts that include The Southern Sons, The Masonic Travelers and The Bell Singers. Bringing contemporary Memphis roots and blues to the lineup will be co-headliner Jimbo Mathus, along with Sons of Mudboy and The Holy Ghost Town Band.

15. Farm and Gin Show Features Startup-Ag Combo -

The annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show looks like any other gathering of farmers over the years, but there is a distinct entrepreneurial underpinning this year merging technology with venture capital.

16. Plan to Spin Off Air Traffic Control Generates Turbulence -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The air traffic control system that choreographs the roughly 7,000 aircraft in U.S. skies at any given moment is the most complex, but also one of the safest, in the world — and rarely a thought in the minds of the millions of travelers who rely on it.

17. Nashville Developer Submits Plans for Downtown Memphis Housing -

Two plans recently filed with the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will turn empty lots into housing for disadvantaged Memphians.

Nashville developer Elmington Capital Group submitted plans for gated multifamily housing in Downtown's South End.

18. Roberts Elected to Baker Donelson Board -

Kristine Roberts, a shareholder in the Memphis office of the Baker Donelson law firm, has been elected to the firm’s board of directors.

19. Ben Folds Leaving Nashville's RCA Studio A -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The musician who led an effort to preserve Nashville's RCA Studio A from demolition is leaving after 14 years as the studio's producer in residence.

Ben Folds is passing the baton to one of Nashville's hottest producers, Dave Cobb, The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/1n34Hsk).

20. Roberts Elected to Baker Donelson Board -

Kristine Roberts, a shareholder in the Memphis office of the Baker Donelson law firm, has been elected to the firm’s board of directors.

21. Collierville Assisted Living Facility Sells for $17 Million -

601 Wolf River Blvd.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $17 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015

22. Pilot Distribution Center Sells for $11.9 Million -

The 605,000-square-foot Pilot Distribution Center in Southeast Memphis has sold for $11.9 million.

Sealy Strategic Equity Partners LP, working as Sealy Pilot LLC, purchased the industrial warehouse at 4221 Pilot Drive from Pilot Distribution Center Inc. on Dec. 22, according to a warranty deed.

23. Pilot Distribution Center Sells for $11.9 Million -

The 605,000-square-foot Pilot Distribution Center in Southeast Memphis has sold for $11.9 million.

Sealy Strategic Equity Partners LP, working as Sealy Pilot LLC, purchased the industrial warehouse at 4221 Pilot Drive from Pilot Distribution Center Inc. on Dec. 22, according to a warranty deed.

24. Tennessee Man Prepares to Row Across Atlantic -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man is preparing to put his endurance to an ultimate challenge by trying to row a boat across the Atlantic Ocean.

Phil Theodore, 48, of Brentwood will face 30- to 40-foot waves, sleep deprivation and shark-infested waters, The Tennessean reported. He will take part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, known as "The World's Toughest Row," which sets off Sunday from the Canary Islands.

25. Last Word: Tennessee Brewery Changes, Taylor Berger Emerges and Food Hall Mania -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

26. Bioworks Broadens Focus On Agriculture -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation is capping off another busy year as the city’s go-to organization for seeding and promoting bioscience companies and investment by expanding its executive team and incorporating a new division into the organization.

27. DuPont, Dow Chemical Seek Merger, Then 3-Way Split -

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dow Chemical and DuPont are merging to form a company valued at about $130 billion as they try to counter falling commodities prices and weakness in some key markets that have pressured their giant agriculture and chemicals businesses.

28. Shares of DuPont, Dow Soar on Reports of Merger Talks -

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Shares of Dow Chemical and DuPont were trading sharply higher Wednesday amid reports that the two chemical giants are in advanced merger discussions.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the companies were planning to merge and then split into three companies focused on agriculture, specialty chemicals and materials.

29. Events -

Germantown Neighborhood Preservation Commission will hold the free Neighborhood Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Great Hall & Conference Center, 1900 S. Germantown Road. Mayor Mike Palazzolo is the keynote speaker. For details, email saharris@germantown-tn.gov or call 901-757-7203.

30. Fallon, Richards to Attend Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction -

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will be among the attendees at this weekend’s Memphis Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

31. Fallon, Richards to Attend Music Hall Of Fame Induction in Memphis -

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will be among the attendees at this weekend’s Memphis Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Downtown Cannon Center on Saturday, Oct. 17.

32. ConAgra Cuts 1,500 Jobs; Moving HQ From Omaha to Chicago -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra will cut about 1,500 jobs, or approximately 30 percent of its global, office-based workforce, and move its headquarters to Chicago from Omaha, Nebraska, the company said Thursday.

33. EPA to Change Diesel Tests to Thwart VW-Like Cheating -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it will launch sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years.

34. FedEx St. Jude Classic Director Stepping Aside -

Phil Cannon’s long association with the FedEx St. Jude Classic is changing effective Nov. 1, when he relinquishes his role as tournament director

Cannon, who had been in that position since 2000, was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 but continued to serve as director of the tourney the last two years. He will remain as a senior adviser to Darrell Smith, who will move from tournament manager to tournament director.

35. FedEx St. Jude Classic Director Moving Into Advisory Role -

Phil Cannon’s long association with the FedEx St. Jude Classic is changing effective Nov. 1, when he relinquishes his role as tournament director

Cannon, who had been in that position since 2000, was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 but continued to serve as director of the tourney the last two years. He will remain as a senior adviser to Darrell Smith, who will move from tournament manager to tournament director.

36. FedEx St. Jude Classic Director Moving Into Advisory Role -

Phil Cannon’s long association with the FedEx St. Jude Classic is changing effective Nov. 1, when he relinquishes his role as tournament director

Cannon, who had been in that position since 2000, was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 but continued to serve as director of the tourney the last two years. He will remain as a senior adviser to Darrell Smith, who will move from tournament manager to tournament director.

37. FedEx St. Jude Classic Director Moving Into Advisory Role -

Phil Cannon’s long association with the FedEx St. Jude Classic is changing effective Nov. 1, when he relinquishes his role as tournament director

Cannon, who had been in that position since 2000, was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 but continued to serve as director of the tourney the last two years. He will remain as a senior adviser to Darrell Smith, who will move from tournament manager to tournament director.

38. Baker Donelson Adds Carletos-Drayton -

Carmalita “CC” Carletos-Drayton has joined the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as a shareholder. Carletos-Drayton’s legal practice primarily focuses on environmental law, economic development, and government contracts.

39. Whiskey-Stained and Market-Bound -

Remember the old Levi’s plant off Magnolia? Marcus Hall does, and he’s taken a family history that involves clothing-factory work, fashion sense and a can-do attitude to stitch and rivet together a denim line that’s scooping up local awards and garnering national attention.

40. Challengers Unseat 4 DeSoto County State GOP House Members -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Four DeSoto County House Republican incumbents targeted by a pro-school choice group because of opposition to charter schools are among at least nine incumbents who lost party primaries Tuesday.

41. Grizzlies’ Gasol, Green To Play in NBA Africa Game -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol and Jeff Green will play in the first NBA game in Africa, the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association has announced.

42. East of Cleveland -

Consultants for the Memphis Area Transit Authority are exploring an extension of the Madison Avenue trolley line east of Cleveland Street to Overton Square and North Cooper Street.

It is one of seven Midtown routes the transit authority might change or enhance with a bus rapid transit concept that involves fewer stops, fewer turns off main thoroughfares and shorter travel times.

43. Grizzlies’ Gasol, Green to Play in NBA Africa Game -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol and Jeff Green will play in the first NBA game in Africa, the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association has announced.

44. Phillip Rogers Joins Wunderlich Wealth Management -

Phillip Rogers recently joined the Wunderlich Wealth Management office in Memphis as a managing director and financial adviser. Rogers’ financial services practice is focused on the needs of high net worth individuals, as well as endowments and foundations. He applies his background in and knowledge of the fixed income capital markets to extend an institutional level of expertise to individual investors.

45. MPLOYment Opportunities -

John Hickman has been consumed lately by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s upcoming centennial celebration. Parties need to be planned. Showings and displays must be coordinated. Marketing must be launched. And the facility must look great.

46. University of Memphis Athletics Communications Staff Honored -

The University of Memphis athletics communications staff received 12 national awards for its publications and posters for the 2014-15 academic year. That led the nation as the College Sports Information Directors of America announced its final results for its annual publications contests.

47. Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies -

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

48. CBU's 'New Vision’ -

As Kenrick Hall on the campus of Christian Brothers University has been prepped for demolition, leaders of the university have been preparing for what follows when the 1940s-era classroom building is gone.

49. Drug Trafficking Indictment Targets Gang Members -

One of the leaders of a street gang banned last year from the Legends Park area has violated the “no-gang zone” court order and is now charged with drug trafficking.

Steve Nelson, an alleged leader of the Dixie Homes Murda Gang, directed the gang’s drug dealing activities from the Shelby County Jail. When he wasn’t in jail, he was arrested twice in the Legends Park area for violating the court order that bans gang activity as well as gang members from congregating in the area.

50. Awards Spotlight Knoxville's Top Achievers -

The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.

A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.

51. Dustin Johnson Withdraws at FedEx St. Jude Classic -

Dustin Johnson has withdrawn after nine holes of the St. Jude Open because of illness.

Johnson came into the event he won in 2012 ranked seventh in the world, the highest of any player in the field at the final tuneup for the U.S. Open, but he started off with three straight bogeys starting at No. 10 at TPC Southwind on Thursday.

52. Bonnaroo Success ‘Testament to the Community’ -

Knoxville music promoter Ashley Capps – a big part of the brain trust that created Bonnaroo – really never needed the media to make the annual music and arts festival a success.

53. Donelson Honored With Carnival’s Highest Award -

Nearly 500 law industry leaders filled the Hilton Memphis ballroom for Carnival Memphis’ annual Business & Industry Salute luncheon as part of its 84th anniversary celebration.

King of Carnival John Bobango, chief manager of Farris Bobango PLC, gave honors to four individuals, five locally headquartered law firms, the largest corporate law department in Tennessee and two nonprofit organizations that are vital to the legal industry.

54. ‘Pioneering is a Bitch’ -

Christy Shuff was robbed on the night she moved some equipment into her soon-to-open new business, Rumours Gallery, on 12South Avenue.

That was 12 years ago, and Shuff, now 40, and her then-husband Will Shuff were aspiring urban pioneers, ready to take a chance on the downtrodden, but affordable 12South area, then home to a few businesses and mostly older houses.

55. Spring has Sprung Mixed Success for Vols -

Turn on local TV news in Knoxville, and University of Tennessee spring football is the usually the lead story.

Pick up the daily newspaper, and the Vols’ football team is all over the front page.

56. Jack Daniel's Turns Back Latest Tennessee Whiskey Challenge -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey," but upstart distillers hoping their brands make the cut vow the fight isn't over for good.

57. 'The Wizard of Oz' Coming to Collierville’s Harrell Theatre -

From April 17-27, The Harrell Theatre in Collierville will be home to a stage production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Join Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man as they travel to the Land of Oz and meet the munchkins, witches and the Wizard himself.

58. Mploy Promises More Than Summer Jobs -

Approximately 800 teenagers and young adults already had applied for 1,000 summer jobs in a new city program by the time Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced it last week.

But Wharton said the Mploy Youth Summer Experience is about more than a two-month paycheck.

59. Harbor of Health Doctor Closing Downtown Practice -

Dr. Susan Nelson’s health practice at Harbor of Health is closing next month, as she prepares to move to the Church Health Center this summer.

60. Harbor of Health Doctor Closing Harbor Town Practice -

Dr. Susan Nelson’s health practice at Harbor of Health is closing next month, as she prepares to move to the Church Health Center this summer.

61. Baker Donelson On Best Companies To Work For List -

Fortune magazine has named Memphis law firm Baker Donelson among the 100 best companies to work for in the U.S.

This is the sixth consecutive year Baker Donelson has landed on the publication’s Best Companies To Work For list.

62. Baker Donelson On Fortune’s Best Companies List -

Fortune magazine has named Memphis law firm Baker Donelson among the 100 best companies to work for in the U.S.

This is the sixth consecutive year Baker Donelson has landed on the publication’s Best Companies To Work For list.

63. Co-Branded Hilton to Rise in Germantown -

The first major mixed-use development in Germantown’s western gateway zone is moving forward and will include the first co-branded hotel in the Memphis area.

Developer Ray Gill of Gill Properties is moving forward with plans to build a development that includes office, retail and hotel space on the 10-acre site in Germantown that formerly housed the Nelson-Kirby Farm House.

64. Curtain Drawn on Bravermans’ Drama -

If there’s one adjective that does not fit “Parenthood,” NBC’s six-season series that shuttered its doors in January, it’s symmetrical. Great show! I hate to see it go. But it was out of balance. Always! And delightfully so!

65. Relevant Again? 10 Keys to Success for UT Baseball -

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.

66. Events -

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School will host an opening reception for “Horn Island: Paint & Metal,” new works by Richard Prillaman and Bill Nelson, Friday, Feb. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The exhibition is on display through April 7 in the Levy Gallery. Visit buckmanartscenter.com.

67. Events -

City of Memphis, Shelby County Schools AmeriCorps VISTA programs and Grizzlies Foundation TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership will host the Tennessee Community Solutions Summit Thursday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Schools Teaching and Learning Academy, 2485 Union Ave. The summit will focus on mentoring as a solution to challenges faces faced by Memphis youth. Email maria.furhmann@memphistn.gov.

68. Senators Call for Investigation Into Verizon 'Supercookies' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country's biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers.

69. Berryhill Promoted at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck -

Paul B. Berryhill has been promoted to tax partner at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC. In his new role at the certified public accounting and advisory firm, his primary responsibilities are developing and managing client relationships, developing and training staff members, being a technical tax resource for the firm and assisting in the management of the firm.

70. This week in Memphis history: January 30 – February 5 -

2014: Wright Medical Group Inc. closed on its deal to buy Solana Surgical LLC of Memphis and announced a definitive agreement to buy OrthoPro LLC of Salt Lake City. Solana was a $90 million deal and OrthoPro was a $36 million transaction.

71. OK, Baby Boomers: Time for Some Hard Decisions -

She works in her yard, maintains a garden, watches her diet and is waiting for her exercise group to get started at the FiftyForward Center in Madison.

Asked about long-term care insurance, Eva Mai Nelson says, “I’ve thought about it. I don’t think it’s worthwhile to buy at my age.” She’s 83.

72. Keller Named President of Baker Donelson -

Jennifer P. Keller is the new president and chief operating officer of the Baker Donelson law firm, effective April 1, the law practice announced Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Keller succeeds Jerry Stauffer in the position. Stauffer has held the position for 10 years, during which the Tennessee-based firm has grown to more than 650 attorneys in 19 offices in seven states and Washington, D.C.

73. Keller Named President of Baker Donelson -

Jennifer P. Keller is the new president and chief operating officer of the Baker Donelson law firm, effective April 1, the law practice announced Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Keller succeeds Jerry Stauffer in the position. Stauffer has held the position for 10 years, during which the Tennessee-based firm has grown to more than 650 attorneys in 19 offices in seven states and Washington, D.C.

74. Coalition Announces Effort to Preserve Nashville's Music Row -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Fresh off their successful effort to prevent the demolition of a Nashville studio that once recorded the likes of Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, advocates want to include all of the city's Music Row area in their preservation efforts.

75. American Bar Association President Visits Memphis Tuesday -

The president of the American Bar Association, William C. Hubbard, will be in Memphis Tuesday, Jan. 13, in what is a tradition in the Memphis legal community for new leaders of the national association.

76. Memphis Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants -

The Memphis Ambassadors Program is accepting applications for new ambassadors for the 2015-2016 school year. The program, presented by the City of Memphis and Mayor A C Wharton Jr., is open to high school students (grades 9 to 12) who reside in one of the seven City Council districts.

77. Memphis Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants -

The Memphis Ambassadors Program is accepting applications for new ambassadors for the 2015-2016 school year. The program, presented by the City of Memphis and Mayor A C Wharton Jr., is open to high school students (grades 9 to 12) who reside in one of the seven City Council districts.

78. LGBT-Owned Businesses Get Diversity Boost -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – As a Mexican-American woman who started her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, accountant Sonia Luna has taken advantage of programs aimed at helping minority- and women-owned businesses compete for government and corporate contracts. But increasingly, the fact that Luna also is a lesbian entrepreneur hasn't hurt either.

79. Events -

The 13th annual Porter-Leath Toy Truck will collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations Monday, Dec. 15, to Dec. 19 from 7 p.m. to 7 p.m. at WMC-TV Action News 5, 1960 Union Ave., and Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave. Donations from both locations will benefit children and families served by Porter-Leath. Visit porterleath.org.

80. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Perre Coleman Magness, author of “Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook” for a discussion and book signing Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

81. Festive Drinks and Fun Venues -

A number of new places opened in Nashville this year, bringing a bevy of new bourbons, crafted brews and incredible places to sit, relax and sip. If you are looking for more than a meal and want that genuine, trendy Nashville experience, here are a few hot spots.

82. Hillwood to Launch Two Spec Buildings in DeSoto County -

A Texas-based development firm will start turning dirt soon on a massive new business park in DeSoto County.

Hillwood Investment Properties is expected to begin site work in around 30 days on Legacy Park, a 266-acre distribution and business park on the south side of Goodman Road, just east of Hacks Cross Road near Polk Lane.

83. Grizzlies Part of Crowded Western Conference Race -

Calling it the Wild West just doesn't do it justice anymore.

The NBA's Western Conference is brutal. It's loaded with talent. And the eight teams that make it through a gruelingly competitive regular season to reach the playoffs will only find slugging their way to the NBA Finals even more daunting.

84. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

85. All Shook Up -

FedEx founder, chairman and chief executive officer Frederick W. Smith penned a memo in 1987 outlining his desire for the Memphis-based shipping giant to develop ways to assist customers in shipping their packages, including making sure packages arrived undamaged.

86. Olive Branch Business Park Closer to Development -

A Texas-based development firm could start turning dirt soon on a massive new business park in Olive Branch.

Hillwood Investment Properties is expected to close on a land purchase next week that will clear the way for Legacy Park, a 265-acre distribution and business park on the south side of Goodman Road, just east of Hacks Cross Road near Polk Lane.

87. Williams-Sonoma Growth Highlights DeSoto Push -

In 1999, Williams-Sonoma Inc. opened its first DeSoto County distribution center on Polk Lane in Olive Branch.

88. HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side -

The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.

89. US Wealth Gap Putting the Squeeze on State Revenue -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.

The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report being released Monday by Standard & Poor's.

90. Senior Americans Burdened With Student Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.

91. 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.

92. UTHSC Researchers Named ‘Influential Minds’ -

Two University of Tennessee Health Science researchers have made the list of the “world’s most influential scientific minds” of the last decade as determined by the most frequently cited articles.

93. UTHSC Researchers Named ‘Influential Minds’ -

Two University of Tennessee Health Science researchers have made the list of the “world’s most influential scientific minds” of the last decade as determined by the most frequently cited articles.

94. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.

95. Grizzlies Participate In Basketball Without Borders -

Memphis Grizzlies mascot Grizz and select members of the Grizz Girls and the Kings of the Court performance teams will travel to South Africa for a 10-day stay to participate in the 12th Basketball Without Borders, Africa events in Johannesburg from July 31 to Aug. 9.

96. Grizzlies Participate in Basketball Without Borders -

Memphis Grizzlies mascot Grizz and select members of the Grizz Girls and the Kings of the Court performance teams will travel to South Africa for a 10-day stay to participate in the 12th Basketball Without Borders, Africa events in Johannesburg from July 31 to Aug. 9.

97. McKinney Named Branch Manager at Waddell & Reed -

Mack McKinney has been promoted at Waddell & Reed to district branch manager for the Memphis area. McKinney has been with the financial advisory firm for five years, holding management positions for four of those years.
McKinney works to develop field leaders and help financial advisers leverage their strengths and experiences to build successful practices. He serves as mentor to both new and seasoned financial advisers and says he’s committed to building an office that demonstrates the collective passion shared for clients and the community.

98. Verizon Launches Rewards Program With Tracking -

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.

99. Baker Donelson Wins Beacon of Justice Award -

The National Legal Aid and Defender Association has named Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC a 2014 Beacon of Justice Award winner.

The awards recognize law firms that have devoted significant time and resources to creating and implementing innovative strategies to improve life outcomes for low-income people. Baker Donelson is being recognized for its development of the OnlineTNJustice platform, which provides free legal services via the Internet to low-income Tennessee residents.

100. Bragging Rights -

HOOVER, Ala. – Before he was done, Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive would quote Muhammad Ali, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela, stump for the league’s new television network, and remind the world that the “autonomy of the SEC and the other four conferences” is really all that matters.