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1. 8 Tennessee Sites Added to Historic Places Register -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Eight Tennessee properties have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Tennessee Historical Commission announced Tuesday the additions to the list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

2. Tennessee Judge Behind Inmate Sterilization Program Rebuked -

SPARTA, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee judge who offered inmates less jail time if they voluntarily underwent birth control procedures has been publicly reprimanded by state judicial regulators.

3. 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.

4. Radioactive Waste Data Removed From TDEC Website -

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has removed data from its website about the amount of low-level radioactive waste going into landfills.

The information had been open to the public for years before the department said it is confidential, The Tennessean reports.

5. Tennessee House Members, Staff to Receive YWCA Training -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee state representatives and their staffs are being required to attend sexual harassment training led by the YWCA.

The Tennessean reports House Speaker Beth Harwell, a Nashville Republican who is running for governor next year, has mandated the in-person sessions to replace a requirement to watch a 15-minute video.

6. Wiping Slate Clean: Now Less About Who Can Afford It -

The scales of justice in Tennessee are slowly tipping back toward the poor – and not so poor – helping them regain traction lost to often-minor transgressions.

Change is taking place in court battles and in the Republican-controlled Legislature, believe it or not.

7. Officials Talk Bioscience Research Partnership -

Three major Memphis health care institutions including the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have established a formal partnership to help spur the commercialization of bioscience and technology breakthroughs.

8. 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.

9. Memphis Baseball Releases 2018 Schedule -

The University of Memphis baseball team will open its 2018 schedule with a weekend home series at FedExPark vs. Western Kentucky on Feb. 16-18. In total, the Tigers will have 31 home games.

Memphis will play three games at AutoZone Park next season. The first will be March 27 vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Tigers also will play games there vs. Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

10. Trump Promises Americans 'Huge Tax Cut' for Christmas -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Monday promised a tax overhaul by Christmas, a day after the White House signaled its willingness to strike a health care provision from Senate tax legislation if it's an impediment to passing the tax bill.

11. Tyson Foods: New Facility in Tennessee to Create 1,500 Jobs -

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. (AP) – Tyson Foods Inc. plans to build a new chicken production complex in Tennessee, a $300 million project that is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs when the facility begins operations in late 2019, the company said Monday.

12. The Economic Impact of HBCUs -

For too long historically black colleges and universities have been asked to answer for their very existence.

“What is the value of an HBCU?” is an often-asked question. Is that a reasonable question? How many other educational institutions are asked to justify their very existence over and over again? “Why do we need HBCUs?” “Isn’t that about segregation?”

13. Tigers Savor AAC West-Clinching Victory and Move Up in the Polls -

The obvious benefit to the University of Memphis beating SMU 66-45 Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium was winning the American Athletic Conference West Division title. Getting to hold that trophy high in the air. Achieving something no one can ever take away.

14. Council to Take Final Vote on Confederate Monuments Alternatives -

Memphis City Council members are scheduled to take a final vote Tuesday, Nov. 21, on an ordinance that sets out options for the removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis statues in city parks, and will discuss amending a city ordinance to allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages on Main Street Downtown.

15. Week Ahead: Nov. 20-26 -

Good morning, Memphis, and congrats to the University of Memphis Tigers on clinching the AAC West Division championship! The holiday season “officially” arrives with Thanksgiving this week, and there’s no shortage of reasons to get out of the house. From tree lightings to post-holiday hikes and much more, we’ve got you covered in The Week Ahead…

16. EDGE Board Approves Master Plan Study for Port of Memphis -

The Memphis & Shelby County Port Commission and Economic Development Growth Engine board have awarded a $327,500 contract to the Pickering Firm to develop a comprehensive mas-ter plan for the Port of Memphis.

17. 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.

18. Monsanto Asks Arkansas Judge to Halt State's Herbicide Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A major agribusiness company asked an Arkansas judge Friday to halt the state's plan to ban an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their fields and caused widespread damage.

19. Study Examining Effectiveness of Dolly Parton Wildfire Fund -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – A study is examining the effectiveness of a fund established by famed country music artist Dolly Parton for victims impacted by deadly Tennessee wildfires last year.

20. Study: International Student Enrollment in Tennessee Grew -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A study says international student enrollment in Tennessee grew by nearly 10 percent in 2016, but several colleges have reported a decline in the number of new international students.

21. Volkswagen Woos Suppliers Owned By Minorities and Women -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen is seeking more suppliers owned by minorities or women for its lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the German automaker held a minority supplier trade show last week, attracting about 60 interested companies from as far away as Michigan.

22. 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.”

23. U of M Athletics Reaches Record Graduation Rate -

For the third year in a row, University of Memphis Athletics posted an all-time high in academic achievement, as the NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate and Federal Graduation Rate reports.

In the reports, the University of Memphis’ numbers improved from the year before, with the university graduating 87 percent of its student-athletes for the 2010 cohort and having a 62 percent federal graduation rate for the same time period (2007-10).

24. Pinnacle Adds to Local Mortgage Teams -

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

25. UTHSC, Bioworks, TriMetis Form Partnership -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, and TriMetis Life Sciences have announced the establishment of a partnership focused on research, discovery, entrepreneurship and commercialization in biosciences and technology.

26. DMC Names Oswalt Its Permanent CEO -

Interim Downtown Memphis Commission president and CEO Jennifer Oswalt has been retained on a permanent basis after a unanimous vote by the DMC’s board of directors Thursday, Nov. 16.

27. Ranked-Choice Voting Not Likely, Given State’s Opinion -

A move to ranked-choice voting in the 2019 Memphis elections is still being explored by the Shelby County Election Commission.

But it isn’t likely to happen, based on a September letter to local elections administrator Linda Phillips from state election coordinator Mark Goins that his office says is the final word on the matter.

28. Fired Coach Helped Rescue UT Program That Had Hit Bottom -

After the fact, Butch Jones’ shortcomings are there for all to see.

He could recruit talented players but he couldn’t develop them. His hiring of assistant coaches was haphazard. He choked in late-game situations. He blurted out half-baked comments at press conferences. His interpersonal relationships were strained. He talked tough but had a thin skin.

29. Collins Leaving as City's Chief Financial Officer -

City of Memphis chief financial officer Brian Collins is leaving the post he’s held for the last five years across two mayoral administrations to become executive director of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Collins announced Friday, Nov. 17. He is leaving City Hall in January and starts his new job Jan. 8.

30. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble will perform “Nut ReMix” with special guest Charles “Lil Buck” Riley Friday through Sunday, Nov. 17-19, at the Cannon Center, 255 N. Main St. The show is a new take on Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” set on Beale Street, with music performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Big Band.  Visit newballet.org for times and tickets.

31. Gradient’s Worthington Looks To Increase Access to Pain-Relief Device -

With an extensive history as a researcher in pain management and a dedication to assisting patients suffering from pain due to aging, activity or surgery, Dr. W. Bradley Worthington recently joined Memphis-based Gradient Medical, creator of the Quadrabloc wearable therapeutic magnetic device for managing pain, as its new chief medical officer. 

32. UTHSC Researchers Studying Why People Grow Old -

A group of researchers led by a University of Tennessee Health Science Center assistant professor is in the midst of a study focused on aging: the science behind it, why it happens, and the scientific framework behind why everyone starts slowing down, going gray and needing more medical care as they get older.

33. The Next Four Years -

A week before candidates for the 2018 Shelby County elections could pull qualifying petitions to run, Shelby County Commissioner David Reaves was thinking out loud on Facebook.

“Next four years,” was how it began.

34. Chevron: Tennessee Investigation a ‘Fishing Expedition’ -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Chevron says Tennessee's attorney general has undertaken a "fishing expedition" in its investigation that has claimed Chevron fraudulently bilked $18 million-plus in petroleum cleanup funds.

35. 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.

36. DMC Names Oswalt Its Permanent CEO -

Interim Downtown Memphis Commission president and CEO Jennifer Oswalt has been retained on a permanent basis after a unanimous vote by the DMC’s board of directors Thursday, Nov. 16.

37. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble will perform “Nut ReMix” with special guest Charles “Lil Buck” Riley Friday through Sunday, Nov. 17-19, at the Cannon Center, 255 N. Main St. The show is a new take on Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” set on Beale Street, with music performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Big Band. Visit newballet.org for times and tickets.

38. Interim Coach Can Get Vols Into Bowl Game -

Brady Hoke makes his debut as Tennessee’s interim football coach Saturday at 7 p.m. EST (ESPN) against LSU in Neyland Stadium.

Perhaps it’s an audition for the head coaching vacancy left when Butch Jones was fired on Sunday morning, hours after the Vols (4-6, 0-6 SEC) returned to Knoxville from a 50-17 loss at Missouri.

39. Lewan Pines For His Desert Dirt-Biker Days -

Motocross’ loss is apparently the NFL and the Tennessee Titans’ gain.

As unlikely as it sounds, Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan’s football career almost didn’t take off, because of his love for another endeavor – dirt bike riding.

40. Fed Official: Memphis Area Banks ‘Performed Well’ in Third Quarter -

News is more positive that not these days for Memphis-based banks, according to a newly released report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

41. Political Opening -

The Shelby County Election Commission is moving its Downtown office Friday, Nov. 17, the same day that candidates can begin pulling qualifying petitions there and at its Shelby Farms offices to run in the 2018 county primaries.

42. Downtown Memphis Commission Names Oswalt Permanent CEO -

Interim Downtown Memphis Commission President and CEO Jennifer Oswalt has officially been retained on a permanent basis after a unanimous vote by the DMC’s board of directors at its Thursday, Nov. 16 meeting.

43. Last Word: Graceland vs Errrrybody, Hard Choices for Buses and Lakeland Residential -

Pacers over the Grizz at the Forum Wednesday evening 116-113 at the foggy end of a news day that was mostly about the Grizz and Graceland. You might call it a battle of the front offices. Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle has the hot hand in the courthouse this week. A day after deciding – for the most part – the dispute between Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and county commissioners over opioid litigation and the county charter, Kyle drew the lawsuit Graceland filed in Chancery Court Wednesday challenging the FedExForum non-compete clause.

44. Activist Ogles Drops Bid to Succeed Corker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Conservative activist Andy Ogles announced Wednesday that he is dropping his bid for the Republican nomination to succeed Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

Ogles is the former state director of Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch's network. He had announced his candidacy before Corker's surprise decision not to seek another term representing Tennessee in the Senate.

45. Man Files Lawsuit Challenging Tennessee Counseling Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A gay rights activist has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Tennessee law that allows therapists to refuse clients based on personal beliefs.

The Tennessean reports the lawsuit was filed against Gov. Bill Haslam this week arguing the law violates the U.S. Constitution. Plaintiff Bleu Copas had also filed a similar lawsuit last year in an Anderson County court.

46. Despite Massive Turnover, GOP Owns Legislature -

2018 will be a year of change for the Tennessee General Assembly, and 2019 will bring even more, especially in leadership – much depending on the popularity of President Donald Trump.

Not only is the Legislature moving to the Cordell Hull Building, vacating the Legislative Plaza after 45 years or so, a number of legislative faces are changing, too, even before next year’s election.

47. 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.

48. Expanding Its Reach -

His was a story as tragic as it is familiar. E. Young had immediate family members in a gang. More than one gang tried to recruit him. His parents were in no way equipped to raise him.

When he moved in with an aunt, Phyllis Brown, he was by his own words “angry, depressed.”

49. 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.

50. Luttrell Says Administration Will Intervene in Commission's Opioid Litigation -

Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle left no doubt in his ruling Tuesday, Nov. 14, about who was correct between county mayor Mark Luttrell and the county commission over opioid abuse litigation in Circuit Court.

51. 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.

52. Songwriter Joins GOP Race to Succeed Blackburn in Congress -

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) – Songwriter Lee Thomas Miller announced Tuesday that he is joining the race for the Republican nomination to succeed Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Congress.

53. Tennessee State Rep. Joanne Favors to Retire After 7 Terms -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic state Rep. JoAnne Favors of Chattanooga says she won't seek re-election to the Tennessee General Assembly next year.

Favors is a retired nurse and former health facilities administrator who has served in the state House since 2005. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Favors had mounted a successful Democratic primary campaign against then-Rep. Brenda Turner to win the seat.

54. Audit: Tenn. Nonprofit Falsified Time Reports -

An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has found a series of falsified time reports and poor documentation practices within the Nashville-based Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

55. UTHSC, Bioworks, TriMetis Form Bioscience Partnership -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, and TriMetis Life Sciences have announced the establishment of a partnership focused on research, discovery, entrepreneurship and commercialization in biosciences and technology.

56. 10 Charged With Meth, Cocaine Trafficking in West Tennessee -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say 10 people have been charged with conspiring to sell methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs in western Tennessee.

The U.S. attorney's office said Monday that agents with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies investigated and arrested 10 people from Memphis, Tennessee, and West Memphis, Arkansas, on Nov. 7. They face charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute large amounts of meth, cocaine and marijuana.

57. State Elections Coordinator Says Ranked-Choice Voting Not Permissible -

The Tennessee elections coordinator has told Shelby County election officials that it is illegal to use ranked-choice voting in an election because there are no state guidelines and procedures in place for counting second- and third-preference votes.

58. 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.

59. Last Word: No County Pay Raises, Landers' Red Ink and Diversity at First Tn -

Grizz lose to the Bucks in Milwaukee Monday 110-103. They return to Beale Street Wednesday to play the Pacers. Beyond that, the football Tigers are home Saturday for the next to last game of their regular season that could clinch their athletic conference.

60. Tennessee Elections Coordinator Says Ranked-Choice Voting Not Permissible -

The Tennessee elections coordinator told Shelby County’s administrator of elections in September that it is illegal to use ranked-choice voting anywhere in the state because there are no state guidelines and procedures for counting the second and third preferences of voters to avoid a runoff election.

61. 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.

62. U of M Athletics Reaches Record Graduation Rate -

For the third year in a row, University of Memphis Athletics posted an all-time high in academic achievement, as the NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate and Federal Graduation Rate reports.

In the reports, the University of Memphis’ numbers improved from the year before, with the university graduating 87 percent of its student-athletes for the 2010 cohort and having a 62 percent federal graduation rate for the same time period (2007-10). Last year’s numbers were 85 percent for Memphis’ GSR and 61 percent from its FGR.

63. Pinnacle Adds to Local Mortgage Teams -

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

64. Butch Jones Out as Tennessee’s Football Coach -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee began the season in the Top 25 and is ending it with a coaching change. The Volunteers fired Butch Jones on Saturday, Nov. 11, as they enter their final two regular-season games searching for their first Southeastern Conference victory, a stunning fall for a team that had won bowl games each of the last three seasons.

65. Butch Jones Out as Tennessee's Football Coach -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee began the season in the Top 25 and is ending it with a coaching change.

The Volunteers fired Butch Jones on Saturday as they enter their final two regular-season games searching for their first Southeastern Conference victory, a stunning fall for a team that had won bowl games each of the last three seasons.

66. Last Word: Bougie Strippers, Tigers Basketball First Looks and County Pay Raises -

The topics get your attention: “Mental Illness in Tech” – a “Guide to Being a Bougie Stripper” – “Why I Quit TV News” – “Dyslexic and Proud.” These are just a few of the dozen talks -- strictly timed at five minutes each -- scheduled for Thursday’s Ignite Memphis event at Ballet Memphis in Overton Square. This is built loosely on the principle of a Ted talk although we also have a local version of TEDx coming up in January.

67. Commission Takes Final Votes on Pay Raises, Resolution Backing SCS -

All 13 Shelby County commissioners are now defendants in a lawsuit filed late last week by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell after the commission met in special session and voted to ratify a decision by chairwoman Heidi Shafer to hire counsel for possible litigation over the opioid epidemic.

68. Gubernatorial Candidate Bemoans Memphis Megasite Elimination -

Diane Black, a Republican candidate for Tennessee governor from Gallatin, used a disappointing economic announcement from Toyota Motor Corp. Thursday to try and win some political points.

69. Remington College Adds Dental Assisting Diploma -

Remington College’s Memphis campus has added a dental assisting diploma program to its offer-ings.

The curriculum covers topics such as oral anatomy, oral radiology and specific dental procedures, according to Remington College. I

70. Memphis Doctor Chosen As ‘Family Physician of Year’ -

Memphis-based family care physician Dr. Susan Nelson has been chosen as the recipient of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians’ 2017 Family Physician of the Year Award.

71. Haslam: No Retaliation For Outsourcing Decisions -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration won’t retaliate against several University of Tennessee campuses that opted against his effort to privatize facilities management services at higher education institutions.

72. Three Finalists Chosen For Criminal Court Vacancy -

A federal prosecutor, an attorney in private practice and the deputy district attorney general are the three finalists for Shelby County Criminal Court Judge.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dean DeCandia, attorney Jennifer J. Mitchell and Deputy District Attorney General Jennifer S. Nichols were the three finalists selected Monday, Nov. 6, by the state Trial Court Vacancy Commission to fill the Criminal Court judge’s position Judge James Beasley Jr. is retiring from at the end of this year.

73. Boyd Re-Elected As City Council Chairman -

The Memphis City Council re-elected Berlin Boyd as chairman of the body for 2018. He was elected to another one-year term Tuesday, Nov. 7, without opposition. Council member Frank Colvett was elected vice chairman over council member Janis Fullilove, who is currently vice chairman.

74. Stephen Smith Named Haslam’s Chief of Staff -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named Stephen Smith as his new chief of staff.

Smith, who has had several roles in the administration since 2011, comes to the post from being senior adviser to the governor.

75. State Supreme Court Could Change Bar Exam -

The Tennessee Supreme Court is considering a change that would adopt the Uniform Bar Examination, a nationwide test used in 28 other states that allows for transfer of scores between states.

The court has been petitioned to adopt the change by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE).

76. Last Word: Mega-Site, New Chandler Real Estate Numbers and Grizz Second Unit -

When the state’s new commissioner of Economic and Community Development met several months ago with local leaders in Arlington, Bob Rolfe said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam had made it clear that Rolfe’s primary task between then and when Haslam leaves office at the end of 2018 is to find a tenant for the west Tennessee megasite in Haywood County. Toyota-Mazda executives told the state this week that their $1.6 billion electric car plant to be built in the U.S. and create 4,000 jobs will not be considering the megasite and another un-named prospect has also walked away, according to the state.

77. First Tennessee’s Walker Leading Push To Infuse Diversity Throughout Bank -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank is already the biggest bank in the state and award-winning for its work atmosphere. But the company isn’t resting on its laurels, instead forging ahead with unique strategies to better reflect the communities it is serving through a top-down, baked-in approach to ensuring diversity at every level of the organization.

78. 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.

79. Stephen Smith Named Haslam’s Chief of Staff -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named Stephen Smith as his new chief of staff.

Smith, who has had several roles in the administration since 2011, comes to the post from being senior adviser to the governor.

80. State Supreme Court Considers Change to Bar Exam -

The Tennessee Supreme Court is considering a change that would adopt the Uniform Bar Examination, a nationwide test used in 28 other states that allows for transfer of scores between states.

The court has been petitioned to adopt the change by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.

81. Upset at Missouri Vital to Bowl Hopes for Tennessee Vols -

Tennessee’s football program remains in limbo as the Vols pursue bowl eligibility under fifth-year coach Butch Jones.

Jones is hanging onto his job as the Vols (4-5, 0-5 SEC) play their final three games of the season, starting with Saturday night’s 7:30 ET game (SEC Network) against Missouri (4-5, 1-4 SEC) in Columbia.

82. Byard Adding ‘Smart’ to Instinctual Game -

With five interceptions in two games, it’s tough not to notice what a second-year safety is doing for the Tennessee Titans.

But as flashy as the results have been for Kevin Byard, perhaps the reason why the former Middle Tennessee star is finding success can be found in another play – one in which the Titans defense was in total disarray.

83. Mortgage Market Up 10 Percent in October -

With the first month of the final quarter of 2017 now in the books, this is supposed to be the period when business gets a little slower for mortgage lenders, with the colder weather setting in and consumer focus turning to the holidays.

84. 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.

85. Panel to Consider Case to Bar Development by Civil War Fort -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee panel will consider a petition to protect a Nashville Civil War fort from nearby development plans.

The Tennessee Historical Commission voted Thursday for an administrative law judge to hear Friends of Fort Negley's request to declare the fort and 21 acres nearby as protected. The commission will vote on the judge's decision.

86. Last Word: Rape Kits Deposition, Pre-K Kickoff and Parkside Gets Company -

A retired Memphis Police Lieutenant was deposed Wednesday in East Memphis as part of the ongoing civil lawsuit in Circuit Court over the city’s 12,000 untested rape kits. Cody Wilkerson had been a detective in the police sex crimes unit and said Wednesday in the deposition that police brass, including Col. Marcus Worthy – his supervisor in sex crimes – oversaw cases in which rape kits were routinely shelved and forgotten about.

87. Tennessee Gov. Haslam: Not a Witness in Federal Fraud Case -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said he is not on the list of potential witnesses at the federal fraud trial of former executives and sales representatives at the truck stop chain owned by his family.

88. Packaging Manufacturer Plans Expansion in Chattanooga -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say packaging manufacturer M&M Industries plans to create 110 jobs with a $42 million expansion of its operations in southeast Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe said Tuesday that M&M will purchase and retrofit a building in Chattanooga and expand its current manufacturing facility in the city.

89. Tennessee to Offer Retraining 'Warranty' for Technical Grads -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is introducing a warranty for its community and technical college programs by offering free retraining if an employer says a graduate's skills set comes up short.

90. 3 Injured When Medical Helicopter Makes Hard Landing -

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say a medical helicopter has made a hard landing in Tennessee, injuring three crew members.

Rick Stacks, a firefighter with the Union City Fire Department, said an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter went down in a residential area at about 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday.

91. Boyd Re-Elected As City Council Chairman -

The Memphis City Council re-elected Berlin Boyd as chairman of the body for 2018. He was elected to another one-year term Tuesday, Nov. 7, without opposition. Council member Frank Colvett was elected vice chairman over council member Janis Fullilove, who is currently vice chairman.

92. Grab a Gun, Go See Your State Representative -

When legislative leaders started to allow guns in the Legislative Plaza nearly two years ago, the Sierra Club’s Scott Banbury had his daughter take pictures of him wearing his holstered Ruger and lobbyist ID card to put on lawmakers’ desks with the question: “Is this what you want?”

93. Making Best Better -

More than a decade ago, Carolyn Hardy was a vice president with the Coors Brewing Co. in Memphis when she attended the Leadership Development Intensive (LDI), a personal leadership training ground stretched across 3 1/2 days.

94. Last Word: Lawyering Up, No More Beale Street Cover and Pastner Probe -

Committee day for the Shelby County Commission on Wednesday has now come to include a special meeting to vote on something. And that something amounts to doubling down on the move by commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer to lawyer up on the issue of opioid abuse and the role big pharma has played in the problem. The special meeting comes two days after Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell sued Shafer in Chancery Court claiming she violated the county charter by unilaterally making that decision last week.

95. Council Funds Beale Crowd Consultant, Abolishes $5 Cover -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Nov. 7, to approve $50,000 in funding for a crowd control consultant for the Beale Street entertainment district and to end the $5 cover charge for entry into the district on spring and summer Saturday nights after 10 p.m.

96. Haslam: Campuses That Don’t Outsource Face No Retaliation -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration won’t retaliate against several University of Tennessee campuses that opted against his effort to privatize facilities management services at higher education institutions.

97. Heavy Rain, Flooding Lead Some Tennessee Schools to Close -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Heavy rain and flooding have led some school districts in Middle Tennessee to close or delay classes.

Media reported several streets were flooded in the region and that three school districts had closed Tuesday: Cheatham, DeKalb and Rutherford. Meanwhile, Dickson County schools were running on a two-hour delay.

98. Rural Hospital in North Mississippi Sold to Tennessee Owner -

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — A rural hospital in the Mississippi Delta has been sold by one Tennessee company to another.

Northwest Mississippi Medical Center, in Clarksdale, has 181 beds.

99. Rural Hospital in North Mississippi Sold to Tennessee Owner -

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — A rural hospital in the Mississippi Delta has been sold by one Tennessee company to another.

Northwest Mississippi Medical Center, in Clarksdale, has 181 beds.

Community Health Systems, Inc., based in Franklin, Tennessee, said in a news release that one of its subsidiaries completed the sale of the hospital Nov. 1 to Curea (CURE-a) Health, based in Clinton, Tennessee.

100. Ex Pilot Execs' Attorneys Argue Against Guilt by Association -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for two former executives at the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain told jurors on Tuesday that their clients shouldn't be found guilty by association with other members of the company's sales team who pleaded guilty to the scheme to defraud customers through diesel fuel rebates.