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1. Last Word: Fire Recovery, Justice Department Work Begins and Rocky Top Angst -

The death toll in the East Tennessee wildfires goes to 10 Thursday as the recovery effort moves beyond a search for those missing. The count of buildings burned in Sevier County is estimated at more than 700 – 300 just in Gatlinburg. And 47 people are injured by the latest count. The count of those who died in the fires includes confirmation that Jon and Janet Summer of Memphis are among the dead recovered so far.

2. Dunavant Expands Into China While Bolstering the Company Stateside -

With a strong presence on the Gulf Coast and in the Southeast, the acquisition of a private customs brokerage company in Mobile, Alabama, made sense for Memphis-based Dunavant Global Logistics Group LLC.

3. Trump Says He's Leaving Businesses to Avoid Conflicts -

NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump declared Wednesday he will leave his business empire behind to focus on his presidency. But the prospect that he could simply shift more control to three of his adult children looked too cozy to some business-ethics specialists who suggest the arrangement could bring unprecedented conflicts of interest into the Oval Office.

4. Kirk-Ivy Named 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor -

Bambi K. Kirk-Ivy, a commercial Realtor and marketing director at Olive Branch-based Utley Properties, recently was recognized as the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year at the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention and Expo.
As a landlord representative for all of Utley’s properties, most of Kirk-Ivy’s work has been in retail; however, she says the company is now focusing on light industrial-type flex spaces consisting of office, showroom and warehouse uses.
In 2017, she also will serve as the northern district director on the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors board of directors. 

5. Children's Services Closer to End of Federal Court Oversight -

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Children's Services is getting closer to operating independently of federal oversight for the first time in 15 years.

November court filings show the agency has maintained compliance with all the goals set out after a settlement and now maintains a level of performance "that is consistent with a reasonably well-performing child welfare system," The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/2go7B8X ).

6. United Way, MIFA Leaders Work Toward Ending Poverty -

Nearly two years into his tenure as the president and CEO of United Way of the Mid-South, Dr. Kenneth Robinson says the funder of 79 nonprofit organizations in the region continues to work toward a new basic goal – ending poverty.

7. Trump's Illegal Immigration Stance May Boost Private Prisons -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The population of American prisons is likely to rise for the first time in nearly a decade with President-elect Donald Trump's promise to detain and deport millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally and his selection of tough-on-crime Sen. Jeff Sessions to the nation's highest law enforcement post.

8. School Bus Driver Charged in Deadly Chattanooga Crash -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A school bus driver who authorities say was speeding along a narrow, winding road when he wrapped his vehicle around a tree was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of five children.

9. Deer Hunting Season Brings More Food For Needy Through TWF Program -

For Melvin Williams, chef at Alpha Omega Veteran’s Services, receiving venison donated by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program is a special treat each hunting season.

10. How Energy-Efficient Upgrades Can Increase Your Home's Value -

Energy-efficient upgrades can not only shrink your utility bill; they can increase the value of your home.

Homebuyers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of energy-efficient homes. In fact, they're often willing to pay more for homes with "green" upgrades, says Sandra Adomatis, a specialist in green valuation with Adomatis Appraisal Service in Punta Gorda, Florida.

11. Creative Expands Blog Into Subscription Commerce -

A Memphis creative who’s grown her 4-year-old food blog into a lifestyle brand with a national readership is preparing to expand into subscription commerce.

Inspired in part by the success of monthly gift boxes, subscription services and the like, Cara Greenstein – the founder of food blog Caramelized – has turned to the crowdfunding service Kickstarter to launch the Caramelized Supper Club. Her new effort is what she calls a “dinner party in a box” subscription.

12. Federal Review of MPD to Take Two Years -

The U.S. Justice Department agency reviewing the Memphis Police Department will start meeting the public after Thanksgiving in the first two town hall meetings to hear from citizens.

The Nov. 29 and 30 sessions at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church and Hickory Hill Community Center, respectively, are part of a two-year process.

13. United Way Mid-South is Building a Network of Agencies to Fight Poverty -

Memphis has a poverty problem, a problem that exists despite thousands of human service agencies at work in the region, and United Way Mid-South having interaction with some 650,000 people last year.

14. Hawes Takes on New Role At ACE Awareness Foundation -

Kiersten Hawes has been promoted to task force liaison and education coordinator at the Memphis-based ACE Awareness Foundation, which works to inform the community about the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. Hawes will also continue to serve as a therapist at Universal Parenting Place’s Knowledge Quest location.
As the task force liaison, Hawes will engage the foundation board and task force in ongoing dialogue to build awareness around ACEs. Operating in a dual role as a therapist and education coordinator, she says, allows her the opportunity to speak to the impact that toxic stress and intergenerational ACEs have on a family system if not mitigated.

15. Tennessee Insurance Website Scores Low in National Helpfulness Study -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance website ranked second to last in a new study by NerdWallet that looked at consumer helpfulness in searching for auto, health, homeowners and life insurance information.

16. Comcast Fined $2.3M to End Probe Into Mischarging Customers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Government regulators are fining Comcast $2.3 million, saying the cable giant has charged customers for stuff they never ordered, like premium channels or extra cable boxes.

17. Oyler Named City of Memphis’ Bike/Ped Program Manager -

Nicholas Oyler has been named bikeway and pedestrian program manager for the city of Memphis, tasked with establishing walking and biking as safe, convenient and realistic forms of transportation in the city. The wide scope of the position includes tasks such as expanding Memphis’ network of bike lanes, implementing new pedestrian safety projects and educating individuals on the role of walking and biking.

18. KQ Communications Expands Its Staff -

Amelia Ables has been hired as an assistant account executive at KQ Communications, where she will support and execute public relations, marketing and social media plans.

19. MIFA Using Three-Year Strategic Plan to Stay on Course -

Sally Jones Heinz’s connection to MIFA goes all the way back to her uncle Dr. Paul Tudor Jones, who was pastor of Idlewild Presbyterian Church and one of the nonprofit’s founders 48 years ago.

20. KQ Communications Expands Its Staff -

Amelia Ables has been hired as an assistant account executive at KQ Communications, where she will support and execute public relations, marketing and social media plans.

21. House Panel to Probe Wells Fargo Opening of Accounts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A House panel is starting an investigation of Wells Fargo amid a growing scandal over its opening of millions of unauthorized accounts.

The House Financial Services Committee on Friday announced an investigation of the allegedly illegal activity by Wells Fargo employees to meet aggressive sales goals as well as the role of federal regulators in the debacle.

22. Wells Fargo Cutting Sales Goal in Wake of Hefty Fine -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo is cutting its aggressive product sales goals for retail bankers, the bank announced Tuesday after state and federal regulators fined it $185 million last week for allegedly opening millions of unauthorized accounts to meet those targets.

23. Yancy to Retire From MMBC Continuum -

One of the most influential advocates for minority businesses in Memphis is retiring from that economic development role.

Luke Yancy III, who has been president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum for 16 years, will retire in September 2017 to pursue other interests, according to the MMBC Continuum board of directors.

24. Yancy to Retire From MMBC Continuum -

One of the most influential advocates for minority businesses in Memphis is retiring from that economic development role.

Luke Yancy III, who has been president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum for 16 years, will retire in September 2017 to pursue other interests, according to the MMBC Continuum board of directors.

25. Yancy Retiring From Memphis Minority Business Agency -

One of the most influential advocates for minority businesses in Memphis is retiring from that economic development role.

Luke Yancy III, who has been president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum for 16 years, will retire in September 2017 to pursue other interests, according to the MMBC Continuum board of directors.

26. Yancy Retiring From Minority Business Agency -

One of the most influential advocates for minority businesses in Memphis is retiring from that economic development role.

Luke Yancy III, who has been president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum for 16 years, will retire in September 2017 to pursue other interests, according to the MMBC Continuum board of directors.

27. How to Prepare for a Board Meeting -

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part interview with Kim Moss. The board of directors plays a critical role in the life of a nonprofit. While each board is unique, best practices can increase a board’s effectiveness.

28. Nonprofit Church Health Center Rebrands -

The Church Health Center celebrated its 29th birthday Thursday, Sept. 1, by rolling out a new name, tagline and logo in advance of its move to Crosstown Concourse early next year.

The nonprofit, which provides affordable health care to Memphis’ uninsured working population, is now simply Church Health. The organization’s communications director, Marvin Stockwell, said the rebrand – which includes a new logo that resembles a fingerprint with a heart at the center and the tagline “Care for one another” – is meant to reflect that the nonprofit has outgrown the image many people used to have of it being “a little clinic on the corner.”

29. Four Secrets to Nonprofit Growth -

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part interview with Kim MossWe recently had the opportunity to work with Memphis nonprofit consultant Kim Moss. He is a wealth of knowledge with 34 years experience in nonprofit administration. He knows about taking care of business.

30. Washington: ‘Always Take Time to Analyze’ -

It was 1996 when Alfred Washington, a lineman on the University of Memphis football team, got his first security job. U2 was in town, and the owner of a security firm asked Washington and another football friend if they would work security at the concert – escort the artists into the arena, stay backstage with them, make sure they had what they needed. The artists and their security handlers liked Washington so much they offered him a job.

31. Morgan Tate Promoted At River City Land Co. -

Morgan Tate has been named principal property manager of River City Land Co.’s property management division. A fourth-generation real estate professional, Tate joined the team at River City Land Co. in 2008 and began working for the firm’s property management division in 2012. 

32. DeafConnect Gets New Director, Website -

A local nonprofit dedicated to deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing resources, is welcoming some big changes this month with a new executive director and a fresh website platform.

De Linda Brite steps in as DeafConnect of the Mid-South’s new executive director, succeeding Teresa Wilson, who spent five years leading the organization.

33. Animal Shelter Moves Toward Three-Year Action Plan -

The Memphis Animal Shelter should have a three-year action plan by the end of October to end the killing of pets at the shelter for time and space considerations.

“We’re a public safety agency so euthanizing animals that pose a danger to our community is something that is part of our core mission and humanely euthanizing animals that are sick, that are suffering,” said Alexis Pugh, director of Memphis Animal Services on the WKNO/Channel 10 program Behind The Headlines. “What we want to avoid is having to euthanize an animal that is adoptable, that is healthy, that is able to be placed, simply because we don’t have the space in our facility and this animal has been there too long.”

34. 5 Tips to Bounce Back After a Foreclosure or Short Sale -

Philip and Denise Powell lost their home in 2011 after Philip's hours as a pastor were cut in half and Denise was sidelined by a surgery. But they were determined to become homeowners again, so they rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

35. In a Sign of Broader Ambitions, Facebook Opens Hardware Lab -

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – Facebook built its fortune on the internet, that non-physical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. But deep inside its Silicon Valley headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical goods.

36. Petschonek: ‘You Have to Be a Jack-of-All-Trades’ -

Can you get a business idea from a 30-day break from work, followed by a road trip? For Sarah Petschonek, founder and executive director of Volunteer Odyssey, the answer is yes.

A passionate volunteer with a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, Petschonek had become an expert on workplace culture and helping organizations find the right person for the right job. She even had a job lined up for after she graduated. 

37. Archer Malmo Adds Senior VP to Austin Office -

Archer Malmo has added Simon Hjorth as senior vice president, director of client services, for the Memphis-based agency’s Austin, Texas office.

Hjorth, who will also be a member of the agency’s strategic marketing committee and Austin’s management team, is charged with growing the office client base, headcount, and elevating the Archer Malmo brand in the Austin market. He was previously senior vice president of business development and marketing at Wunderman.

38. Archer Malmo Adds Senior VP to Austin Office -

Archer Malmo has added Simon Hjorth as senior vice president, director of client services, for the Memphis-based agency’s Austin, Texas office.

Hjorth, who will also be a member of the agency’s strategic marketing committee and Austin’s management team, is charged with growing the office client base, headcount, and elevating the Archer Malmo brand in the Austin market. He was previously senior vice president of business development and marketing at Wunderman.

39. Haslam Reappoints TBI Director Mark Gwyn -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has reappointed Mark Gwyn as director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The 53-year-old Gwyn was first appointed as TBI director in 2004.

40. Archer Malmo Sets Record For Employee Headcount -

Memphis-based branch communications agency Archer Malmo, has announced 22 new hires in its Memphis office.

That, combined with the agency’s recent acquisition of creative agency Combustion, brings Archer Malmo’s total employee count to 205 – the largest staff in the agency’s 64-year history.

41. Archer Malmo Sets Record For Employee Headcount -

Memphis-based branch communications agency Archer Malmo, has announced 22 new hires in its Memphis office.

That, combined with the agency’s recent acquisition of creative agency Combustion, brings Archer Malmo’s total employee count to 205 – the largest staff in the agency’s 64-year history.

42. Last Word: Two Paths, Council Day, Conley Writes and WIGS Debut -

Two ways to look at the Fourth of July in Memphis. It was either soggy or the fireworks began early.

For probably less than a minute, the mother accused to killing four of her children last week in southeast Shelby County will make her first court appearance Tuesday morning either in person at 201 Poplar Ave. or by video link from Jail East.

43. In a Competitive Market, Hemline Maintains Its Boutique Advantages -

As Hemline partner and co-founder Cynthia Saatkamp says, “The (agency’s) name will always be a differentiator.”

But you don’t survive – and thrive – over 12 years by only being a public relations and marketing firm run by women and for women. When Saatkamp and co-founder and partner Kelley Morice started the business, they went right into heavily male-dominated industries.

44. In a Competitive Market, Hemline Maintains Its Boutique Advantages -

As Hemline Creative Marketing partner and co-director Cynthia Saatkamp says, “The (agency’s) name will always be a differentiator.”

But you don’t survive – and thrive – over 12 years by only being a public relations and marketing firm run by women and for women. When Saatkamp and co-director and partner Kelley Morice started the business, they went right into heavily male-dominated industries.

45. Orlando Tourism: No Mass Cancellations Now But Future Unsure -

Experts say it's too soon to gauge whether a week of horrific news out of Orlando will hurt tourism there. But travel agents are not seeing widespread cancellations, and many travelers say they're committed to visiting.

46. Believe It or Not -

Long before Jim Strickland was mayor of Memphis, he was a thirtysomething lawyer and sports fan. Not always in that order. He loved the University of Memphis – his alma mater – and rooted like crazy for the basketball team. And on those less frequent occasions when there was a reason to believe, for the football team, too.

47. Tennessee Lagging On Alternative Energy -

Tennessee has never been at the forefront of alternative energy. If California is the cool kid tapped in on all the latest advances, we could be considered the behind-the-times cousin always trying to play catch up.

48. Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules on Equal Internet Access -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a big win for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally.

49. SRVS' Saulsberry Honored for Her Work -

Wendy Saulsberry is one of two recipients of the 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Tennessee by the American Network of Community Options and Resources. Saulsberry is a direct support professional for SRVS, a United Way agency that supports more than 1,200 children and adults with disabilities.
Saulsberry says that as a DSP, she is deeply committed to the well-being of SRVS clients, assists them with their daily activities and advocates on behalf of their interests.

50. Dignity, Honor, Respect: A Fundraising Success Story -

Do not underestimate the vision, power and tenacity of grassroots community organizations. We have seen firsthand how a well-defined vision can transform a community and the lives of its residents.

51. Investigator: FDA Still Taking Months to Recall Tainted Food -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government investigators reported Thursday.

52. More Travelers Sign Up for Airport Programs, Only to Wait -

NEW YORK (AP) – A growing number of travelers are signing up for the government's expedited airport screening programs, only to face another wait.

After angry fliers missed flights this spring because of lengthy security lines, government officials promoted the PreCheck and Global Entry systems. The number of applicants for PreCheck more than tripled in a few months, climbing to 16,000 a day in May.

53. Federal Regulators Propose Restrictions on Payday Lenders -

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal regulators are proposing a significant clampdown on payday lenders and other providers of high-interest loans, saying borrowers need to be protected from practices that wind up turning into "debt traps" for many.

54. Methodist Gets Approval For Hospital Modernization -

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has approved the certificate of need filed by Methodist Healthcare for the $280 million modernization of Methodist University Hospital, the Methodist system’s flagship.

55. Methodist Gets Approval For Hospital Modernization -

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has approved the certificate of need filed by Methodist Healthcare for the $280 million modernization of Methodist University Hospital, the Methodist system’s flagship.

56. Kellogg Foundation Grant Targets Healthier Babies -

Right! From The Start will continue work in the Delta through a new $1.9 million W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. The initiative will work to increase the breastfeeding rates of extremely low birth-weight babies utilizing a multi-agency approach to ensure better outcomes and effect systemic change. The funding continues through March 2019.

57. Memphis Fashion Incubator Looking for Permanent Space -

Andrea Fenise lays a sheet of ivory fabric over her desk and cuts diagonally with precision.

“Actually, today is my off day,” she said. “This is personal. It’s my baby’s flower girl dress.”

58. Global Ministries’ Bonds Downgraded for 2nd Time -

For the second time this year, S&P Global Ratings has downgraded bonds used to support Global Ministries Foundation’s apartment projects.

On May 3, S&P Global Ratings, formerly known as Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, lowered its investment rating on 23 multifamily bonds issued on behalf of GMF. S&P removed all 23 ratings from CreditWatch, where the bonds had been placed in February, with negative implications.

59. White House Taps Memphis as a ‘Summer Impact Hub’ -

Memphis’ youth job efforts got a boost Monday, May 16, when the White House named the city one of 16 Summer Impact Hubs. The new designation is part of an interagency effort to provide $21 million in tailored support to 16 communities to upgrade and expand jobs, learning, meals and violence-reduction programs for youth this summer and year-round.

60. Alexis Pugh to Lead Memphis Animal Shelter -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has appointed Alexis Pugh, executive director of Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services, as the new director of Memphis Animal Services, effective in June.

61. Global Ministries’ Bonds Downgraded for 2nd Time -

For the second time this year, S&P Global Ratings has downgraded bonds used to support Global Ministries Foundation’s apartment projects.

On May 3, S&P Global Ratings, formerly known as Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, lowered its investment rating on 23 multifamily bonds issued on behalf of GMF. S&P removed all 23 ratings from CreditWatch, where the bonds had been placed in February, with negative implications.

62. White House Names Memphis A ‘Summer Impact Hub’ -

Memphis’ youth job efforts got a boost Monday, May 16, when the White House named the city one of 16 Summer Impact Hubs. The new designation is part of an interagency effort to provide $21 million in tailored support to 16 communities to upgrade and expand jobs, learning, meals and violence-reduction programs for youth this summer and year-round.

63. Tennessee Leads the Nation in Bankruptcies -

Tennessee has a model program for financial literacy in its public schools. All high school students must pass a personal finance course to graduate, and even kindergartners are learning about money under a new initiative to extend the curriculum to primary school.

64. FDA Announces Rules That Could Upend E-Cigarette Industry -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new regulations for electronic cigarettes that could upend the multibillion-dollar industry and for the first time require e-cigarette makers to submit their products for a safety review.

65. Fisher & Phillips Adds David Jones -

Attorney David S. Jones has joined Fisher & Phillips LLP as a partner in the firm’s Memphis office. Jones has more than 15 years’ experience in immigration and employment law, most recently serving as a partner at Jackson Lewis P.C. In his new role, he represents corporate clients in complex matters relating to both immigration benefits and enforcement, as well as export control compliance under the Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

66. FDA Effort Aims to Curb Smoking in LGBT Community -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration's latest anti-smoking campaign takes aim at young adults in the LGBT community, who officials say are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as their peers.

67. Council Members Express Impatience with Minority Contracting Complexity -

Some Memphis City Council members want to challenge City Hall’s existing minority business system as its minority business effort is being streamlined.

The possible challenge includes questioning the idea of percentage goals in contracting based on a complex formula that includes multipliers.

68. Why Businesses Should Know the SCORE -

Steven Spielberg said, "The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves." And that describes the underlying philosophy of SCORE.

69. Woman Accused of Embezzling $130K From Adoption Agency -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Memphis woman has been accused of embezzling more than $130,000 from the Christian adoption agency she worked for.

Citing a police report, news outlets report that 51-year-old Rhonda Eastham was recently arrested and charged with two counts of theft of property.

70. Loflin Yard Pays Attention to Residents -

This week, a “rural oasis” opens for business in the middle of Downtown Memphis. That’s developer Taylor Berger’s vision for Loflin Yard, an acre-wide outdoor destination with pit barbecue, live music and barrel-aged cocktails.

71. MEMFix East Targets Concrete Jungle Around i-Bank, Clark Towers -

East Memphis’ most prominent office towers, Clark Tower and the iBank Tower, are anchors in a strategy to make the Poplar Avenue-facing corner more walkable and memorable.

Late last year, In-Rel Properties purchased the iBank Tower, bringing both towers under the same ownership for the first time. The Florida-based real estate group plans to unite the 16-acre office campus with increased connections to the surrounding East Memphis restaurants and retail.

72. Audit Questions DHS Children's Food Program Spending -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An audit of the state Department of Human Services by the Comptroller has called into question management and spending in the children's food program.

Most of the spending questioned in Tuesday's audit involved an $80 million food program intended to provide meals to kids who lack access to nutritious food in Tennessee, according to media outlet reports. It called into question more than 10 percent of the program's annual operating budget.

73. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

74. Cleaning House -

Every neighborhood in Memphis and Shelby County has the right to be free from the negative effects of vacant, abandoned and blighted properties. That’s the battle cry of the Memphis Blight Elimination Charter, a 23-page pledge that will steer policy and programs dedicated to blight eradication.

75. Tennessee Comptroller Investigates 2 Food Program Agencies -

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Comptroller's Office is questioning the spending of one agency and the reimbursements claimed by another that participate in food programs to feed low-income children.

76. Rollin’ Grizzlies to Host Wheelchair Hoops Tourney -

In the midst of March Madness, The Arc Mid-South and Memphis Rollin’ Grizzlies are hosting an event to celebrate another March occasion: National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The nationally ranked Rollin’ Grizzlies will take on corporate teams in the annual “Hoops From the Heart” wheelchair-basketball tournament March 26. Companies such as Sam’s Club, Hershey’s, Johnson and Johnson Health Care Systems and BeU Clothing will be competing at the annual games, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Raymond Skinner Center, 712 Tanglewood St. Admission is $5.

77. Federal Appeals Court Deciding Municipal Broadband Expansion -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal appeals court is deciding whether to overturn a Federal Communications Commission ruling allowing city-owned broadband services to expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers.

78. Porter-Leath's Early Childhood Academy Highlights Collaboration -

The past six years have brought so many changes in kindergarten through 12th-grade education locally and statewide that it is easy to lose track of how different early childhood instruction is in its preparation of children for the next step in their journey.

79. Bipartisan Skeptics Doubt Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan -

Poor timing and questionable numbers: That’s how legislators are viewing a business justification plan for outsourcing facilities management across Tennessee.

The Office of Customer Focused Government tells state senators, if all departments opt in, the state could save $35.8 million by the second year of a contract under study for building operations and services – without laying off state workers or cutting pay and benefits.

80. Rollin’ Grizzlies to Host Wheelchair Hoops Tourney -

In the midst of March Madness, The Arc Mid-South and Memphis Rollin’ Grizzlies are hosting an event to celebrate another March occasion: National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The nationally ranked Rollin’ Grizzlies will take on corporate teams in the annual “Hoops From the Heart” wheelchair-basketball tournament March 26. Companies such as Sam’s Club, Hershey’s, Johnson and Johnson Health Care Systems and BeU Clothing will be competing at the annual games, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Raymond Skinner Center, 712 Tanglewood St. Admission is $5.

81. New Privacy Rules Expected For Internet Providers -

NEW YORK (AP) – The federal government is proposing new privacy rules that would make Internet service providers such as cable and phone companies ask your permission in some instances before using and sharing your data.

82. State Denies Baptist CON for Lakeland -

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has denied Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s application for a certificate of need to build a freestanding emergency room facility in Lakeland.

83. State Agency Denies Baptist Application for Freestanding ER in Lakeland -

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has denied Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s application for a certificate of need to build a freestanding emergency room facility in Lakeland.

84. Probe: HealthCare.Gov 'Passive' on Heading Off Fraud -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With billions in taxpayer dollars at stake, the Obama administration has taken a "passive" approach to identifying potential fraud involving the president's health care law, nonpartisan congressional investigators say in a report released Wednesday.

85. Stennis Space Center Cuts 129 Jobs as Part of Consolidation -

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) – NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County has lost 129 contractor jobs as it tries to take a more efficient approach to trying to send people to Mars.

86. Zika Virus Roundtable Planned for Monday -

Government and health care officials will gather in Memphis on Monday, Feb. 22, to discuss the Zika virus and other threats to infant health.

The roundtable discussion, which is part of U.S. Rep Steve Cohen’s “Building a Healthier Memphis” series, will feature representatives from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Regional One Health, the Shelby County Health Department and the Tennessee Department of Health discussing strategies to protect expectant mothers from the Zika virus.

87. Meeting the Demands of a Rapidly Aging Population -

When Gov. Bill Haslam gave his annual State of the State address on February 1, he proposed a $34.8 billion plan providing new spending on colleges and universities, road projects and a large deposit into Tennessee’s emergency budget reserves.

88. Murphy Joins Paragon’s Aircraft Lending -

Ronald Murphy has joined Paragon Bank as vice president, aircraft lending. Murphy – who worked at Paragon from 2005 to 2008 as senior vice president, aircraft lending – will originate and service aircraft loans for the bank by developing relationships with dealers, brokers and end users of business aircraft.

89. 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.

90. Morris Marketing Group Built on Strong Relationships -

In some respects, Valerie Morris’ career prepared her to open a PR and marketing agency, even if it didn’t always seem so obvious.

91. Sledge Joins Paragon Private Banking Team -

Julia Sledge has joined Paragon Bank as portfolio manager in private banking. Sledge has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, holding leadership positions at both Union Planters Bank and Cadence Bank. In her new role, she’ll provide service and support to Paragon’s private banking team.

92. Memphis Chamber Names ‘10 to Watch’ in 2016 -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its “10 to Watch” in 2016 list, recognizing companies and organizations that over the past year showed outstanding leadership, growth and commitment to success.

93. Memphis Chamber Names ‘10 to Watch’ in 2016 -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its “10 to Watch” in 2016 list, recognizing companies and organizations that over the past year showed outstanding leadership, growth and commitment to success.

94. Hughes Promoted at Harris Shelton -

Brett Hughes has been promoted to managing member at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC law firm. In his new role, Hughes will provide managerial support to the firm’s three offices. His primary responsibility will be to manage the firm’s administration and committees, particularly on issues that impact client service, as well as the morale, compensation, growth and development of the firm.

95. Blue Bell Says Ice Cream Safe Despite Potential Concern -

HOUSTON (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries sought to reassure customers Monday that its ice cream in safe, even as the Texas company tries to determine whether listeria has again been found at one of its plants.

96. Council OKs Strickland's Directors, He Defends Pay Raises -

Memphis City Council members approved Mayor Jim Strickland’s slate of 12 division chiefs and directors Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the first council meeting of 2016. And Strickland defended the pay raises for some of those positions compared to the salaries those appointed positions paid in the Wharton administration.

97. OSI Creative Initiative Brings Single Moms to Workforce -

OSI Creative has chosen Memphis to pioneer its Mothers and Jobs initiative, a program designed to provide employment for local single mothers.

The Irvine, Calif.-based company is a provider of global supply chain managed solutions for point of purchase displays, and like its other facilities, the Memphis plant depends on staffing agencies to fill its fluctuating needs. OSI’s leaders saw an opportunity to provide jobs to single mothers, who often need work flexibility to deal with their children’s constantly changing schedules.

98. Tennessee Warns Against Post-Storm Price Gouging -

The rain has settled, but the storm’s not over yet. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has issued a warning about potential price gouging following the severe storms and tornadoes in the days leading up to Christmas.

99. Tennessee Warns Against Storm-Related Price Gouging -

The rain has settled, but the storm’s not over yet. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has issued a warning about potential price gouging following the severe storms and tornadoes in the days leading up to Christmas.

100. Crestview Collection Makes New HQ in Oakhaven -

4300 Concorde Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $6.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 15

Buyer: CLI Inc.

Seller: Lester McMahan Partnership

Loan Amount: $6 million