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1. MATA Rolls Out Set of Service Changes -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority began a series of seven service changes Sunday, Dec. 10.

The changes include suspending the Shelby Farms Park service until the spring and changing the 40 Wolfchase route to weekdays, with some adjustment of arrival times for outbound trips.

2. US Service Sector Grows At Slower Rate in November -

U.S. services companies expanded at a slower pace in November, an unsurprising downshift after having grown in October at the fastest rate in a dozen years.

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday, Dec. 5, that its services index slipped last month to 57.4 from 60.1 in October. Any reading above 50 signals expansion. The services sector has reported growth for 95 consecutive months, a positive sign for the overall U.S. economy.

3. Shelby County Commission Rejects Jail Food Contract -

Shelby County commissioners on Monday, Dec. 4, voted down a $4.4 million five-year contract with Aramark Correctional Services LLC for food service at the Shelby County jail through the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

4. Moody’s Assigns A1 Rating To Rhodes College Bonds -

Rhodes College has received good news regarding its bond ratings.

Moody’s Investors Service recently announced its assignment of an A1 rating to the college’s proposed approximately $33 million Educational Facilities Revenue Refunding Bonds Series 2017, to be issued through The Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board of Shelby County. The bonds will have a final maturity in 2040.

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6. Battle Over Arlington ER Facility to Resume in 2018 -

A pitched battle in the town of Arlington between major Memphis health care institutions and state officials is set to pick back up in 2018.

State officials in late summer will hear an appeal filed by Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. over a denial in August of its application to build an emergency room facility in the Memphis suburb. That denial followed an earlier rejection by the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency of a slightly different version of the same request in April.

7. Food Fancy -

Say what you want about the kind of city Memphis is or isn’t for foodies who prefer originality to the chains and knockoffs that are so familiar a sight in suburbia. But let it be known that 2017 was another year of ascendancy for Memphis’ singular, distinctive food scene, with the constant arrival of new concepts and experiences that in turn also says something about the city that patronizes those establishments.

8. Moody’s Assigns A1 Rating To Rhodes College Bonds -

Rhodes College has received good news regarding its bond ratings.

Moody’s Investors Service recently announced its assignment of an A1 rating to the college’s proposed approximately $33 million Educational Facilities Revenue Refunding Bonds Series 2017.

9. RCV Goes To Ballot, Term-Limit Change May Join It -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Dec. 5, to a November 2018 referendum that would repeal the use of ranked-choice voting (RCV) in some city council races starting with 2019 city elections.

10. Kennedy Wrestles With Wedding Cake Case at Supreme Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) – His vote likely to decide the outcome, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy voiced competing concerns Tuesday about respecting the religious beliefs of a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, and the gay couple's dignity.

11. Dish CEO Charlie Ergen Steps Aside to Focus on Wireless -

NEW YORK (AP) – Charlie Ergen, the founder of satellite TV company Dish, is stepping aside as CEO to focus on the company's wireless business.

He will remain chairman. The new CEO, Dish Network Corp. president Erik Carlson, will report to him.

12. Natural Gas Rates to Rise for Atmos Customers in Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Natural gas rates are going up for customers of Mississippi's largest gas utility.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved plans for Dallas-based Atmos Energy Corp. to raise rates on its 260,000 Mississippi customers.

13. US Service Sector Grows At Slower Rate in November -

U.S. services companies expanded at a slower pace in November, an unsurprising downshift after having grown in October at the fastest rate in a dozen years.

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday, Dec. 5, that its services index slipped last month to 57.4 from 60.1 in October.

14. Shelby County Commission Rejects Jail Food Contract -

Shelby County commissioners on Monday, Dec. 4, voted down a $4.4 million five-year contract with Aramark Correctional Services LLC for food service at the Shelby County jail through the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

15. Do Good to Make Your Company Great -

During the holiday season, we often give a little more back to our communities by supporting toy drives, food banks or even devoting a day to volunteering with our co-workers.

These are great “feel good” moments and make for heartwarming social media posts, but have you thought about how a committed, long-term partnership with a nonprofit can be beneficial to your business?

16. Growth Spurt -

Executives with Pinnacle Financial Partners in Memphis are “so granular” in maintaining a pipeline of candidates they’d like to recruit to work at the bank that they meet every week to discuss the pool of potential hires.

17. Blankenship Named President Of Coldwell Banker Collins Maury -

Sean Blankenship has joined Coldwell Banker Collins Maury as president, coming to the Collierville-based full-service real estate firm after serving as chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. In his new role, Blankenship will focus on growing the company’s presence in the greater Memphis and northern Mississippi markets.

18. Last Word: Visions of Black Helicopters, 'Extreme Body Rot' and Mall Nostalgia -

A happy council day at City Hall to you and yours. I know this is probably a new and foreign tradition to most of you – the twice a month Memphis City Council meetings every other Tuesday. Or maybe you just don't think of the sessions in that way. This time of the year can be pretty mellow – a lull before what is really the biggest season at City Hall – budget season in the spring. But the council will be pretty busy Tuesday.

19. County Commission Renews Opioid Legal Skirmish with County Administration -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Dec. 4, to hire another attorney to represent it in an ongoing legal battle with county mayor Mark Luttrell over opioid litigation. And the commission approved a resolution declaring opioid abuse a “public nuisance” as an opening to legal depositions of opioid manufacturers and distributors.

20. Facebook Launches Parent-Controlled Messenger App for Kids -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is coming for your kids. The social media giant is launching a messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents.

21. First Horizon, Capital Complete $2.2B Merger -

The $2.2 billion deal between Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. and Capital Bank Financial Corp. of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been completed, creating the fourth-largest regional bank in the Southeast.

22. Making the Most of Generation IoT -

A talk by Maciej Kranz, vice president of strategic innovations for Cisco Systems. This talk about connected things hails from the 2017 Back of Innovation Conference. What is most interesting is that while the connected home space is slow to adapt, the connected commercial, or B2B, space is adopting the Internet of Things at a dizzying rate. The presenter would know, as he is the vice president of strategic innovations at Cisco.

23. Return of Trolleys Pushed Back to April -

Plans for a restoration of trolley service by the end of the year have been put off again by leaders of the Memphis Area Transit Authority after “body rot” was discovered in three trolleys being restored in Iowa.

24. Coalition Taps Green & Healthy Homes Initiative -

Leaders from Memphis and Shelby County and representatives from nearly 25 partner organizations signed an agreement Thursday morning, Nov. 30, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in East Memphis to work together on Tennessee’s first Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) led by the Baltimore-based organization.

25. Memphis Professionals React to CVS-Aetna Deal -

News coverage in the immediate aftermath of the announcement that drugstore giant CVS Health plans to buy health insurer Aetna for $69 billion focused on how it will change the country’s health care industry in a significant way. But much is still unclear.

26. First Horizon-Capital Bank Merger Now Complete -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank will end 2017 as a significantly larger institution, with billions more in assets, deposits and loans, thanks to the completion Nov. 30 of its merger with Charlotte, North Carolina-based Capital Bank Financial Corp.

27. Postal Regulators Move to Let Stamp Prices Jump Higher -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking to bolster the ailing U.S. Postal Service, federal regulators moved on Friday to allow bigger jumps to stamp prices beyond the rate of inflation, a move that could eventually add millions more dollars to companies' shipping rates from prescription drugs to magazine subscriptions.

28. Mississippi Utility Inks Deal on Troubled $7.5B Power Plant -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Regulators have reached a settlement with Mississippi Power Co. on how much customers should pay for a troubled $7.5 billion power plant once touted as a model for the future of coal. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. is agreeing to lower the price tag on its Kemper County power plant by $85 million, its second round of concessions in the last two weeks, after shareholders earlier absorbed $6 billion in losses.

29. FedEx Agrees to Buy At Least 50 Cessna Planes -

FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx Express has entered into a purchase agreement with Textron Aviation Inc. to buy 50 Cessna SkyCourier 408 planes, with an option to purchase up to 50 more. The purchase is part of FedEx’s strategy to modernize its fleet of feeder aircraft, which allow the Memphis-based shipping giant to provide fast, economical service to small and medium-sized markets.

30. Will Pre-K Put the City of Memphis Back in the Education Business? -

For the first time since the city of Memphis ceased funding schools after the historic merger of city and county districts, it’s looking to get back into education – by putting dollars into pre-K classrooms.

31. December 1-7, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2013: The St. Jude Marathon is canceled because of subfreezing temperatures and the threat of icy streets. But some runners from Memphis and others who had traveled to the city for the annual event, run the course anyway.

32. TAG Truck Center Prepares to Open On Former Mall of Memphis Site -

Just a few weeks before Tommy Earl’s and Gary Dodson’s new $30 million TAG Truck Center is to open at the old Mall of Memphis site on the 4400 block of American Way, Earl allows himself a moment of nostalgia.

33. Trucking Firms Prepare for Electronic Logging Device Mandate -

The trucking industry’s controversial electronic logging device mandate goes into effect Dec. 18, and local trucking companies and drivers have been preparing for most of the year. The ELD helps measure and monitor that drivers are not on the road too many hours each day, that they take mandatory breaks at the appropriate times, and that they are not driving too many hours during a consecutive seven-day period.

34. Coalition Signs on With Green & Healthy Homes Initiative -

Leaders from Memphis and Shelby County and representatives from nearly 25 partner organizations signed an agreement Thursday morning, Nov. 30, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in East Memphis to work together on Tennessee’s first Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) led by the Baltimore-based organization.

35. Amazon Pushes Service That Puts Echo in Conference Rooms -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Office workers who fumble through dialing into conference call numbers could soon have Amazon's Alexa start the meetings for them.

The online retail giant is announcing the new functionality called Alexa for Business at its web services conference in Las Vegas.

36. GM to Launch Self-Driving Vehicles in Big US Cities in 2019 -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors Co. expects to carry passengers and deliver goods with self-driving vehicles in big cities sometime in 2019, telling investors it's moving quickly and plans to be ahead of other automakers and tech companies.

37. We’re Original. Act Like It -

IF YOU’RE COPYING, IT’S NOT YOURS. My church has an impressive mosaic of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” over the altar – the one a friend says should be called, “Everybody get on the same side of the table so I can take this picture.” True to the original in every detail, the mosaic is even more impressive when you realize it involves more than 40,000 individual pieces. It’s beautiful.

38. A New First -

The steel framework for a new First United Methodist Church Downtown has stood for so long that when the new sanctuary is completed early next year some of the framework will be visible in the building’s interior.

39. Yellen Suggests a Continuation of Gradual Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the Fed expects to continue raising interest rates gradually. And she sought to assure lawmakers that the Fed would take care not to choke off any extra growth generated by tax cuts as long as inflation stayed tame.

40. Health Department Seeking Variance for New Building -

The Shelby County Health Department is seeking a variance from the Board of Adjustment for a new facility at its current 814 Jefferson Ave. location.

41. Uber Facing Federal Probe on Allegations of Espionage -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals, triggering a delay in a high-profile trial over whether the beleaguered ride-hailing service stole self-driving car technology from a Google spinoff.

42. FedEx Agrees to Buy At Least 50 Cessna Planes -

FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx Express has entered into a purchase agreement with Textron Aviation Inc. to buy 50 Cessna SkyCourier 408 planes, with an option to purchase up to 50 more. The purchase is part of FedEx’s strategy to modernize its fleet of feeder aircraft, which allow the Memphis-based shipping giant to provide fast, economical service to small and medium-sized markets.

43. Does Your Brand Evoke Emotion? -

The essence of a brand isn’t so much about rationale arguments; instead, it’s how it makes the market feel emotionally. So believed the late Steve Jobs: “Nike sells a commodity, they sell shoes. And yet when you think of Nike you feel something different than a shoe company. In their ads, as you know, they don’t ever talk about the product. … What’s Nike do in their advertising? They honor great athletes and … great athletics. That is what they are about.”

44. Clarion's Heathcott Named NAWBO Women Business Owner of the Year -

Kim Heathcott, founder and CEO of Clarion Security, recently was named the National Association of Women Business Owners’ 2017 Women Business Owner of the Year. The award, one of NAWBO’s highest honors, recognizes an entrepreneur who excels at strategy, operations, finances and problem solving; overcomes adversity; and gives back to her community.
Heathcott, who founded Clarion in 2010 with one customer, has grown to 600 employees and around 90 customers.

45. Facebook Turns to AI to Help Prevent Suicides -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is turning to artificial intelligence to detect if someone might be contemplating suicide.

Facebook already has mechanisms for flagging posts from people thinking about harming themselves. The new feature is intended to detect such posts before anyone reports them.

46. Justices Ponder Need for Warrant for Cellphone Tower Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Like almost everyone else in America, thieves tend to carry their cellphones with them to work.

When they use their phones on the job, police find it easier to do their jobs. They can get cellphone tower records that help place suspects in the vicinity of crimes, and they do so thousands of times a year.

47. Where Design Meets Innovation -

A panel discussion at the Back End of Innovation 2017 conference.

Moderator: Julie Anixter, executive director at AIGA, the professional association for design

Panelists: 

48. New Retail Concept Coming to Overton Square -

A women’s boutique in Overton Square has refashioned itself into what will be a collective of small business vendors launching Dec. 1 and all operating from the one space.

The boutique known as The Attic is pivoting to the new concept, a collection of up to 15 small business vendors that will sell everything from clothing to accessories and handmade housewares and gifts.

49. Madison Hotel Temporarily Closing Hospitality Services -

The Madison Hotel, an upscale, high-rise hotel in Downtown Memphis, has informed state officials that it will be temporarily shutting down its food and catering services, which will affect 33 workers.

50. Palazola Produce Making Fresh Deliveries for Decades -

The Palazola name has been associated with produce in the Bluff City for more than a century.

In 1974, Mike Palazola founded M. Palazola Produce Co., a wholesaler and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables to restaurants and institutional food service establishments in the Greater Memphis area, but his grandfather before him had delivered produce around the city out of his truck.

51. Uber Reveals Cover-Up of Hack Affecting 57M Riders, Drivers -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers.

52. Lenox Park Buildings Sell for $5.3 Million -

This week's Real Estate Recap features the sale of two Class A office buildings totaling more than 200,000 square feet; a residential development being planned near a proposed new elementary school in Germantown; and more.

53. Did You 'Like' Russian Propaganda? Facebook Will Clue You In -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook says it will show users if they followed or 'liked' Russia propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram.

The company said Wednesday it will launch a portal to let people see which accounts of the Internet Research Agency they followed between January 2015 and August 2017. The tool will be available by the end of the year. But it won't show users if they merely saw – or even "liked" – posts from those pages.

54. Small Retailers Aim for Emotional Ties Big Chains May Lack -

NEW YORK (AP) – Some smaller retailers will tug at shoppers' heartstrings during the holidays, trying to create an emotional experience or connection that a big national chain might not provide.

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56. Madison Hotel Temporarily Closing Hospitality Services -

The Madison Hotel, an upscale, high-rise hotel in Downtown Memphis, has informed state officials that it will be temporarily shutting down its food and catering services, which will affect 33 workers.

57. Promote a Culture Of Everyday Gratitude -

Gratitude is our tradition. Giving thanks and recognition for the good in our lives, for the freedoms in our country and to all those among us who, by their words and actions, lift us all is part of our national culture, our country’s tradition. It was even declared a national holiday in 1941.

58. Madison Hotel Temporarily Shutting Down Hospitality Services -

The Madison Hotel, an upscale high-rise hotel in Downtown Memphis, has informed state officials that it will be temporarily shutting down its food and catering services, which will affect 33 workers.

59. Hulu Sued for Not Offering Audio Service for Blind Customers -

BOSTON (AP) – Advocacy groups have sued Hulu in an effort to force the subscription streaming service to provide an audio track that helps people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy TV shows and movies.

60. CBS News, PBS Cut Ties to Rose Following Sex Allegations -

NEW YORK (AP) – CBS News and PBS both cut ties to Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them.

61. FCC Chairman Sets Out to Repeal 'Net Neutrality' Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday followed through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally, setting up a showdown with consumer groups and internet companies who fear the move will stifle competition and innovation.

62. Politics or Policy? Behind the Dispute Over AT&T-Time Warner -

NEW YORK (AP) – AT&T is vowing to fight the U.S. government to save its $85 billion bid for Time Warner, after the Justice Department sued to block the deal on grounds it could hike television bills and hamper innovation.

63. After US Pushback, AT&T Prepares to Fight for Time Warner -

NEW YORK (AP) – Seeing an attempt to block its buyout out of Time Warner as a "radical" departure by the U.S. government, AT&T is preparing for a fight to see the $85 billion deal through.

64. Developers Eyeing 117-Lot Subdivision Near New Elementary School in Germantown -

Looking to capitalize on its proximity to Germantown’s new elementary school site, developers have submitted an application to planning officials for 117-lot subdivision near the southwest corner of Forest Hill-Irene Road and Poplar Pike.

65. Hall Joins Arc Mid-South As a Case Manager -

De’Borah Hall recently joined The Arc Mid-South as a case manager, bringing with her nearly 15 years of experience in human resources. In her new role, Hall visits The Arc’s clients, who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, in their homes to determine if the organization’s direct support professionals are providing appropriate services, such as bathing, feeding and light housekeeping. The visits also help her evaluate staff members and determine if additional training or disciplinary measures are needed.

66. VA Exploring Idea of Merging Health System With Pentagon -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.

67. Trustee’s Office Promotes Financial Education and Counseling -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will tell you that the myriad financial education programs and initiatives his office is involved with – covering everything from helping improve consumer credit to financial counseling – are what he sees as part of his job as the “banker for the county.”

68. Pinnacle Adds to Local Mortgage Teams -

Stephanie Pilkington and Ken Pruett have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as senior vice presidents and mortgage advisers.

69. County Commission Delays Jail Food Services Contract -

Shelby County commissioners delayed Monday, Nov. 13, a vote on a contract with Aramark Corrections Services LLC to provide food service to the Shelby County jail and juvenile detention facilities, both overseen by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

70. Graceland Launches Guided Day Trips -

Graceland has launched a new service called Graceland Excursion, offering guided day trips to Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi, and around the Mississippi Delta region.

Guests ride on a luxury motorcoach to and from each destination. During the ride, tour guides and Graceland Archives staff celebrate the music that influenced Elvis and explore the genres that still inspire performers today.

71. 300 MLGW Payment Sites Out of Service Indefinitely -

More than 300 Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division payment kiosks and paying agents are out of service after TIO Networks, the company that operates the kiosks, temporarily suspended its bill-payment processing operations.

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73. Editorial: Want to Rock the Vote? Recognize You Matter -

On the other side of New Year’s Day you will be reading, seeing and hearing a lot more about the 2018 elections on the local, state and federal levels, but make no mistake, the campaigns are already underway.

74. Electric Utilities Ask Higher Rates on Mississippi Customers -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's two privately owned electric utilities are asking regulators to make customers pay more next year.

Entergy Mississippi's request would boost rates for a yardstick residential customer from $104 a month to $114 a month, beginning in February, to pay for fuel costs.

75. Airline Proposes 24 Round Trips Between Nashville and Tupelo -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Contour Airlines is proposing 24 round trips between a Mississippi city and Tennessee's capital.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Contour offered the flights between Tupelo and Nashville hoping to continue the trips when its new contract goes into effect March 1. The Tupelo Airport Authority voted last month to keep Contour as the provider.

76. Playing It Safe -

Ray’s Take: With the rise in major hacking instances, it’s more important than ever to be safe, savvy and vigilant when it comes to online accounts. Not only were there major hacks to some of the big-box stores like Target and Home Depot, but they also happened at sites that are perceived to be much more secure. Like Experian – and the federal government. Remember the hack into the personnel database?

77. Empathy Drives Growth of Andrews’ Senior-Care Business -

“My friends and I still talk about my grandmother,” Rico Andrews shares one afternoon in his office at Always Best Care Senior Services. “We’d all go over to her house after school and hang out – 17-, 18-year-old dudes hanging out with someone’s grandma.”

78. Paradigm Marketing Forms Digital-Focused Sister Company -

With five years and many successful projects behind them, Paradigm Marketing & Creative owner Charles Gaushell and website developer Jeff Glenn have decided to take their successful creative partnership to the next level by forming sister company Paradigm Digital LLC.

79. Graceland Launches Guided Day Trips -

Graceland has launched a new service called Graceland Excursion, offering guided day trips to Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi, and around the Mississippi Delta region.

Guests ride on a luxury motorcoach to and from each destination. During the ride, tour guides and Graceland Archives staff celebrate the music that influenced Elvis and explore the genres that still inspire performers today.

80. 300 MLGW Payment Sites Out of Service Indefinitely -

More than 300 Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division payment kiosks and paying agents are out of service after TIO Networks, the company that operates the kiosks, temporarily suspended its bill-payment processing operations.

81. Saint Francis-Memphis Hires New Chief Nursing Officer -

As the newly hired chief nursing officer at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, Jennifer Chiusano doesn’t really have a typical day, which can involve working with the nursing leadership team, managing the quality and service of the nurse staff and helping manage the quality of patient outcomes.

82. Bus Planning Process Goes Deeper Into ‘Hard Choices’ -

On the road to recommending changes by May, a consultant is exploring options for a city bus system with a $45 million increase in funding. The options include “hard choices” that could either increase coverage and drop the frequency of bus trips, or increase the frequency of bus trips for quicker journeys but eliminate coverage in some sparsely populated areas of Memphis.

83. Last Word: The Year of Tyreke Evans, Opioid Ruling and Installing a Jumper -

The Tigers basketball home opener is a come from behind win Tuesday at the Forum over Little Rock 70-62. Still not enough to determine where this new team in so many ways is bound. But that won’t stop the early speculation … or the later speculation starting with the New Orleans game at the Forum in another week. The Grizz take their turn Wednesday with the Pacers kicking off a Grizz home stand followed by the Rockets Saturday for the third time in this young season, Trail Blazers Monday and Mavericks Wednesday. But let’s not get too far ahead here.

84. Fired Testing Company Seeks $25.3M for Work on TNReady’s Bumpy Rollout -

Tennessee officials won’t talk about the state’s ongoing dispute with the testing company it fired last year, but the company’s president is.

Henry Scherich says Tennessee owes Measurement Inc. $25.3 million for services associated with TNReady, the state’s new standardized test for its public schools. That’s nearly a quarter of the company’s five-year, $108 million contract with the state, which Tennessee officials canceled after technical problems roiled the test’s 2016 rollout.

85. Postal Service: Red Ink for 11th Year in Row as Mail Slumps -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service reported a financial loss Tuesday for the 11th straight year, citing declining mail volume and costs of its pension and health care obligations even as it predicted another strong holiday season of package deliveries.

86. County Commission Delays Jail Food Services Contract -

Shelby County commissioners delayed Monday, Nov. 13, a vote on a contract with Aramark Corrections Services LLC to provide food service to the Shelby County jail and juvenile detention facilities, both overseen by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

87. EPIcenter, Little Bird Innovation Launch Business Plan Contest -

The local EPIcenter organization, along with research, strategy and design firm Little Bird Innovation, are launching a business plan competition Wednesday, Nov. 15, that’s meant to enlist entrepreneurs in coming up with ways to solve persistent challenges that confront local makers and artisans.

88. Bringing Down Walls -

High Cotton Brewing Co. and Edge Alley, which were already two of the Memphis Medical District’s more popular venues on their own, have taken a taken a very tangible step in combining the two concepts into a single entity.

89. Cannon Center Promotes Hirt To Event Services Coordinator -

Jasmine Hirt has been promoted to marketing and event services coordinator for the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts less than a year after joining the venue’s staff as marketing and event services assistant. In her new role, Hirt is responsible for advancing, managing and coordinating marketing efforts for ticketed events at the 2,100-seat venue, which is managed by Memphis Management Group.

90. County Pay Raises Move Comes Up Short as Commission Makes New Legal Moves -

A move to raise the pay of the county’s top 19 elected positions effective with the winners of the 2018 county elections fell short Monday, Nov. 13, of the two-thirds majority needed to pass in a set of votes by the Shelby County Commission.

91. Trump Names Former Drug Exec as New Health Secretary -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Turning to an industry he's rebuked, President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his health and human services secretary, overseeing a $1 trillion department responsible for major health insurance programs, medical research, food and drug safety, and public health.

92. UT-Chattanooga Gets $1M Donation for Veterans Program -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has received a donation of more than $1 million to support an entrepreneurship program for veterans at the school.

According to the Chattanooga Times-Free Press, the university last week announced the donation on behalf of Mike and Amy Walden of Walden Security.

93. Pinnacle Adds to Local Mortgage Teams -

Stephanie Pilkington and Ken Pruett have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as senior vice presidents and mortgage advisers.

94. The Week Ahead: Nov. 13-19 -

Good morning, Memphis. Just like the fall season, basketball is showing its full colors this week as the Grizzlies, Tigers and Hustle will all be playing home games. But there is plenty more to take in, including the culmination of Royal Studios’ 60-year celebration. Enjoy!

95. Shelby Farms Draws $142 Million, 71-Acre Development -

Elmington Capital Group has submitted plans for a 71-acre senior housing, apartment and single-family development next to Shelby Farms Park. Dwell at Shelby Farms is a new $142 million development to be located on the north side of Raleigh-LaGrange Road near the intersections of Trinity and Fischer Steel roads.

96. FedEx Services Available In 7,500 Walgreens Stores -

FedEx package pickup and drop-off services are now available at more than 7,500 Walgreens locations across all 50 states, 10 months after the Memphis-based shipping giant announced a long-term agreement with Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreen Co.

97. Boutique Fitness Studio Plans Memphis Location -

An Arkansas-based fitness boutique is building out its first Memphis location, with plans to open early next year.

ZenStudio Fitness is under construction in 2,790 square foot at 5270 Poplar Ave., on the north side of Poplar east of South White Station Road. The full-service studio offers indoor cycling, barre, yoga, pilates, bounce and interval training classes in a boutique setting.

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99. Events -

The Whitehaven Partnership will meet Friday, Nov. 10, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Whitehaven branch library, 4120 Millbranch Road. The organization seeks to clean up Whitehaven and address community concerns. Open to the public. RSVP to Calvin Burton at cburton615@hotmail.com or 901-345-3695.

100. Department Stores: Macy's Sales Fall, Kohl's Profit Drops -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's sales fell as it had a hard time pulling shoppers through its doors and Kohl's reported a drop in quarterly profit Thursday, underscoring just how challenging the holiday shopping season will be for department store chains.