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1. Kraft Still Hungry For Unilever After Rejected Offer -

NEW YORK (AP) – Kraft Heinz is attempting to buy Unilever in a $143 billion deal that would join the U.S. maker of cheeses and lunch meats with the European producer of mayo, teas and seasonings in a global powerhouse.

2. Events -

The city of Memphis Office of Business Diversity & Compliance Outreach will host “Diversity Programs 201: Certification Round Up: First Steps to Certify with the City of Memphis” Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Discover the importance of certification, learn about the city's diversity programs, meet certifying agency representatives and start the application process on site. Cost is free. Register at eventbrite.com.

3. Events -

Clayborn Temple and IRIS Orchestra will co-present a concert titled “Celebrating the Past: Creating a Future” in honor of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. at Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando St. The intergenerational, community-building concert celebrates the music and memories of the civil rights movement. Cost is free. Visit irisorchestra.org or claybornreborn.org.

4. Evans Brings Precision, Experience To Chairmanship of TVA Board -

Lynn Evans is precise, a trait that comes with being a certified public accountant and the owner of her own accounting and consulting firm. It also works well with her path to becoming the new chairwoman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board.

5. Retirement Spending Budget -

Ray’s Take How much you spend from your retirement savings from year to year is arguably the most important piece in the retirement finance puzzle.

Before developing your spending strategy, you should understand an important overarching philosophy: You can’t control financial market fluctuations. You can only control how much risk you take, how much you spend and how to adapt. When you stay invested during retirement, there will be times when market volatility makes it feel like you’ve lost control. Maintaining a plan can help rein in this feeling.

6. Rudd Praises Board as ‘Historic’ Step for U of M -

NASHVILLE – Calling the appointment of a board of trustees a “historic” and “essential” step for the University of Memphis, president M. David Rudd says the autonomous board will enable the university to control its own destiny.

7. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present its winter mixed-repertory show, “Places Beyond,” Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The show includes two new original works and a reprise of “Angels in the Architecture.” Visit balletmemphis.org for show times and tickets.

8. Luxury Apartments Begin $17 Million Expansion -

3333 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, TN 38125: Fieldstone Apartment Homes, a gated community in southeast Memphis, is in the process of another massive expansion.

Permit Amount: $9.7 million (combined)

9. Archived Article -

3333 Hacks Cross Road

Memphis, TN 38125

Permit Amount: $9.7 million (combined)

Project Cost: $17 million

10. US Consumer Prices Post Biggest Rise in Nearly 4 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices rose in January at the fastest pace in nearly four years, strengthening the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year.

The Labor Department said Wednesday consumer prices rose 0.6 percent last month, the most since February 2013, and twice what economists were expecting. A 7.8 percent jump in gasoline prices accounted for nearly half the increase.

11. Flying POW-MIA Flag Over State Capitol Would Cost $100K -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An estimated $100,000 price tag has caused a Republican state senator to revise his proposal to require the POW-MIA flag to be flown over the Tennessee Capitol year-round.

12. Events -

Opera Memphis will perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s family classic “The Pirates of Penzance” Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19, at Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road. In conjunction with the show, Opera Memphis and the Mid-South Buccaneers are hosting Pirate Fest – an afternoon of pirate games, art activities, stories and live music from the Bluff City Barnacles – Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at GPAC. Pirate Fest is free for everyone (no tickets needed); tickets to the performance can be purchased at operamemphis.org.

13. Aetna, Humana Call Off $34 Billion Deal -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Major health insurers Aetna and Humana called off their $34 billion combination after a federal judge, citing concerns about prices and benefits, rejected the deal.

14. New Dehydration Treatment Putting The Squeeze on Strain of Super Lice -

An epidemic of head lice called “super lice” has invaded 48 states this winter, including Tennessee. This special strand of head lice earned its nomenclature because it is resistant to pyrethroids, synthetic pesticides used in over-the-counter lice treatments.

15. Events -

Fisher Phillips Memphis attorney Rob Ratton will present a seminar titled “When Employees Walk Out With More Than Memories” Thursday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Greater Memphis Chamber, 22 N. Front St., suite 200. Ratton will present strategies and legal tools needed to protect your business when the star employee decides to play for the other team. Cost is $25. Email atasman@fisherphillips.com for details.

16. Experts Provide Recruiting Tips For Increasingly Active Job Market -

Qualified job seekers should see more career options opening up this year, as nearly 50 percent of employers are expecting to increase staffing in 2017, according to Employer Associations of America.

17. TVA Drilling Controversy May Change Well Actions -

The controversy over Tennessee Valley Authority drilling water wells into the Memphis aquifer for the new TVA power plant in southwest Memphis is becoming a push for more public notice of such plans and better mapping of the water supply under the city.

18. Events -

The Bartlett Area Chamber will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bartlett Event Center, 5785 Stage Road. Paulo Aur of American Paper Optics will present “Don’t Be Eclipsed by the Competition,” the facts about the total eclipse coming in August and how one Bartlett company jumped ahead of the competition. Cost is $20. Register at bartlettchamber.org by Monday, Feb. 13, at noon.

19. Events -

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Tyson’s talk, “An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies,” reviews the science that popular movies – from “Star Wars” to “Frozen” to “The Martian” – got wrong, as well as some of the things they got right. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

20. Animal League Partners With Humane Society -

In honor of World Spay Day on Feb. 28, the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County and presenting sponsor Germantown Animal Welfare League announce Spay in the City, a new month-long event to raise awareness about the importance of controlling pet overpopulation.

21. Commute Options Launches Website -

Commute Options, an initiative of Innovate Memphis to promote transportation choices that improve economic and community health, has launched a website, commuteoptionsmemphis.com. The site provides Memphis-area employers and employees with resources to help them transform their commuting habits.

22. Events -

Elmwood Cemetery will host its Love on the Rocks walking tour Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m. starting at Elmwood Cottage at the cemetery, 824 S. Dudley St. This adults-only walking tour of the “romantically challenged” includes tragic (and humorous) tales of love gone wrong. Tickets are $20. Register at elmwoodcemetery.org.

23. Strickland and Luttrell Mark Different Points in Mayoral Tenures -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was 13 months and nine days in office when he delivered his second State of the City address last week at a Frayser church.

24. State Of The Suburbs -

With its central location, unparalleled access to major roads, rails, runways and rivers and low cost-of-living, it’s no surprise that Memphis and the surrounding area is a popular destination for corporate headquarters, national retail brands and major industrial centers.

25. Tennessee Democrats Push to Phase Out Grocery Tax -

Calling the governor’s fuel-tax plan a “slap in the face” of working Tennesseans, legislative Democrats are making a move to offset increased costs at the pump by phasing out the grocery tax.

26. Midtown Market Developers Scale Back Plans -

The proposed Midtown Market mixed-use development at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard has changed as its developers continue to seek financing and adjust more than a year after they unveiled the ambitious but tentative plan.

27. Retail Group: Sales to Grow 3.7 Percent to 4.2 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – Despite a bumpy holiday season, chains like The Limited shutting down and department stores such as Macy's closing stores, the largest retail trade group says it's still optimistic that sales will grow this year – especially online.

28. View From the Hill: Legislators Feel Free to Work Against Haslam -

Democrats appear delighted about division within Republican ranks concerning Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed fuel-tax increase, detecting a possible chink in the armor.

“How many times does the supermajority have to stab the governor in the back and undermine his core proposals before the people of the state of Tennessee wonder whether they need a different group up here?” asks Mike Stewart, House Minority Caucus chairman.

29. Events -

Shelby County Real Estate Road Show, co-sponsored by Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir and Chandler Reports, will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, 6393 Poplar Ave. Learn about the county’s tax sale process and anti-blight initiative, as well as how to bid on commercial, industrial and residential properties through the Civic Source online system. Cost is free. Register at eventbrite.com or email kwhitaker@shelbycountytrustee.com.

30. State Democrats Propose Eliminating the Grocery Tax -

NASHVILLE – Calling the governor’s fuel-tax plan a “slap in the face” of working Tennesseans, legislative Democrats are making a move to offset increased costs at the pump by phasing out the grocery tax.

31. Commute Options Launches Website -

Commute Options, an initiative of Innovate Memphis to promote transportation choices that improve economic and community health, has launched a website, commuteoptionsmemphis.com. The site provides Memphis-area employers and employees with resources to help them transform their commuting habits.

32. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Leadership development coach Shelley Baur will present “Creating Honest Conversations to Build Better Relationships.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

33. Akbari Pushes to Cut Expungement Fees -

NASHVILLE – With an eye toward helping convicted felons clear their records for a fresh start, state Rep. Raumesh Akbari is sponsoring legislation to cut expungement fees dramatically.

The Memphis Democrat filed a bill in the General Assembly this session to reduce the fee to $180 from $350, though the full price for expungement is $450.

34. Freight Farms Revolutionizing Farm-To-Fork System -

Usually the concept of farm-to-fork is designed to keep locally-grown produce out of shipping containers, but one company is working with local farmers to do just the opposite.

The Leafy Green Machine, developed by Boston-based Freight Farms, is a virtual farm-in-a-box that converts used shipping containers into year-round hydroponic farms, which can be monitored and controlled with your smartphone.

35. Akbari Pushes to Cut Expungement Fees -

NASHVILLE – With an eye toward helping convicted felons clear their records for a fresh start, state Rep. Raumesh Akbari is sponsoring legislation to cut expungement fees dramatically.

36. Developers Request to Amend Downtown Hotel Project -

Memphis City Council members will consider an amendment Tuesday, Feb. 7, to plans for a 150-room hotel on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard.

The change by Wessman Holdings LLC for the Leader Federal Bank building and the two-story building next to it on the corner would add a new nine-story building past the corner on the B.B. King side.

37. Analysis: Some Super Bowl Ads Score, Others Fumble -

There is no greater scrutiny that a brand faces for its marketing prowess than during the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year. Courageous brands bet big that their ad would win hearts and minds among consumers, but alas, only 40 percent of Super Bowl ads earned favorable ratings from our team of advertising professionals.

38. Events -

Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform in Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 7-8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St. The performance explores traditional Chinese culture and legends through a blend of classical dance and orchestral music. Tickets start at $70. Visit shenyun.com or call 888-974-3698.

39. Animal League, Humane Society Partner on Spay in the City -

In honor of World Spay Day on Feb. 28, the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County and presenting sponsor Germantown Animal Welfare League announce Spay in the City, a new month-long event to raise awareness about the importance of controlling the pet overpopulation problem by spaying and neutering pets.

40. The Week Ahead: February 7-13 -

There’s a lot to love this week, Memphis! The 41st annual Memphis Open tennis tournament begins Saturday at The Racquet Club of Memphis. That same morning historic Elmwood Cemetery hosts a “Love on the Rocks” walking tour featuring tragic and humorous tales of love gone wrong. And if you love the Grizzlies, they are playing the not-so-loved San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors this week. 

41. Events -

The second We Mean Business Symposium, hosted by the City of Memphis Office of Business Diversity and Compliance, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Tower Center at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave., 33rd floor. The primary focus is to share upcoming city bid opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses. Companies also will learn about the certification and registration process and how to leverage the city’s diversity programs. The first J.E. Walker Breaking Barriers Awards Luncheon will follow. Cost is free; RSVP required. Register at eventbrite.com.

42. Events -

NAWBO Memphis will present “Selling for Business Owners” Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seasons 52, 6085 Poplar Ave. Shawn Karol Sandy, chief revenue officer of The Selling Agency, will share the three-point plan that builds your own selling program and positions your company in front of your ideal customers. Register at nawbomemphis.org.

43. February 3-9, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1997: On the front page of The Daily News, Belz Enterprises tops out the tower of its new Peabody Place office building. Scheduled to open May 1, it is first new speculative office building in Downtown since the Morgan Keegan building of the mid-1980s, more than a decade earlier. Construction on the Peabody Place mall directly south of The Peabody hotel is to begin at the end of 1997 with an opening date of 1999.

44. Repeal of Health Law Could Mean Women Pay More for Less -

WASHINGTON (AP) – From a return to higher premiums based on gender, to gaps in coverage for birth control and breast pumps, experts say women could end up paying more for less if the Obama-era health care law is repealed.

45. Tennessee List of Possible Voter Fraud Includes 1 Conviction -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee election officials, who said up to 42 voter fraud cases could've occurred in last year's elections, can identify only one that led to a conviction: someone who tried to register the year before the vote.

46. Cost-Containment Strategies for Employers -

After wages, health care is the No. 1 cost for most employers. So, it’s no surprise that health insurance and health care costs have been making headlines for nearly 25 years. Hillarycare was introduced in 1993 and the topic has not moved out of the spotlight since. Current health care spending is over $3.2 trillion per year, which is equal to around 18 percent of our GDP.

47. South Memphis Businesses Awarded $40K in ICED Loans -

A pair of South Memphis businesses were awarded a combined $40,000 in Inner City Economic Development loans by the Economic Development Growth Engine’s finance committee this week.

Champion’s Pharmacy & Herb Store, 2369 Elvis Presley Blvd., and Park Place Recycling & Logistics, 815 E. Georgia Ave., were each approved for a $20,000 ICED loan Wednesday, Feb. 1, to assist with building improvements and business expansions.

48. VW to Pay $1.2 Billion or More to US Owners of Big Diesels -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least $1.2 billion in buybacks and compensation to settle claims from U.S. owners of cars with larger diesel engines that the company rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

49. Fed Leaves Key Rate Unchanged at a Time of Uncertainty -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has left its key interest rate unchanged at a time of solid economic gains but also heightened uncertainty surrounding the new Trump administration.

50. View From the Hill: Haslam Plan Tilts Broadband Playing Field -

State Reps. Pat Marsh and Art Swann emerged from a meeting underwhelmed by Gov. Bill Haslam’s legislation to spread broadband internet access across Tennessee.

“I thought there would be a lot more to it,” says Marsh, a Shelbyville Republican, calling the proposal “a drop in the bucket” financially but at least a starting point.

51. 3 Reasons IT Should Be in Your Operating Plan -

Your primary focus is raising awareness and funds for your organization. Are you using the technology you have to help you achieve your mission? Perhaps you have thought about expanding your use of technology, but don’t have the time to do it. 

52. Goldman Sachs Exec Talks Trump, Economy at U of M -

The first question presented to this week’s speaker at the latest Economic Club of Memphis gathering mentioned President Donald Trump by name.

Someone wanted to know whether the speaker, Timothy O’Neill, co-head of Goldman Sachs’ investment management division, thought Trump might reappoint Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve. O’Neill shrugged off answering definitely one way or the other, but his entire presentation was a bit like that first question – with the shadow of a newly inaugurated, controversial president looming over, well, everything.

53. Environmental Groups Filing Lawsuit Over TVA's Plan to Drill Memphis Aquifer -

The Sierra Club and a group called Protect Our Aquifer were expected to file a lawsuit Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Chancery Court, challenging new water wells the Tennessee Valley Authority is planning to dig at its new Allen Combined Cycle Plant in southwest Memphis.

54. AP: Trump's Voter Fraud Expert Registered in 3 States -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A man who President Donald Trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the Associated Press has learned.

55. Full Text of Gov. Bill Haslam's State of the State Address -

Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday.

Speaker Harwell, Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speakers Pro Tem Tracy and Johnson, Members of the 110th General Assembly, Justices, Constitutional Officers, General Slatery, Commissioners, Friends, Guests, fellow Tennesseans, and for the seventh year in a row, the woman voted best first lady in the land, Crissy. My kids even made it this year.

56. TVA Reports Profitable First Quarter 2017 -

The Tennessee Valley Authority continued strong performance in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 after reporting the highest net income in its history for fiscal year 2016.

TVA reported net income of $102 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up $139 million from the same period in the prior year, on higher sales of electricity.

57. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Janne Zaccagnino of Ralph Jones Home Plans will present “Landlords vs. Animals: What you need to know about current laws and renting to a service dog family.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

58. Memphis Students Leave Their Beautiful Mark on Blighted Downtown Building -

A Memphis woman is using inspiration she found on a summer trip to help transform a blighted building in Downtown Memphis, giving credence to the sentiment that one person can make a difference.

Carolee Carlin, a Germantown resident who works at International Paper Co., was visiting her family in New England last summer when her mom took her to see an abandoned building. The boarded up windows had been replaced with plywood panels of art that had been created by local high school students.

59. Governor Defends Big Proposals for Statewide Infrastructure -

NASHVILLE – Protesters overshadowed Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s State of the State address Monday night, chanting in the Capitol in opposition to a spate of executive orders from President Donald Trump.

60. Cardinals Must Give Astros Top 2 Picks, $2M for Hacking -

NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year's amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros' email system and scouting database, the final step in an unusual case of cybercrime involving two Major League Baseball teams.

61. A Commuter's Dream: Entrepreneurs Race to Develop Flying Car -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Even before George Jetson entranced kids with his cartoon flying car, people dreamed of soaring above traffic congestion. Inventors and entrepreneurs have long tried and failed to make the dream a reality, but that may be changing.

62. Events -

The Blues Foundation’s 33rd annual International Blues Challenge will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 4, at various Downtown locations. Visit blues.org for details and a daily schedule of workshops, jams and other activities.

63. State Leaders Invite Block Grant Funding -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says a federal block grant to state government for health care under the right terms could allow the state to expand TennCare coverage.

“I think if they would give us that flexibility, we could take care of more people at lower cost. I just fervently believe that we could do that with the state,” Haslam said last week during a visit to Memphis. “But they have to give us the tools to do that with and give us the flexibility. Right now the federal government holds all the keys. … They don’t give us a lot of flexibility on how that works.”

64. Baptist, UnitedHealthcare Enter 3-Year Relationship -

Baptist Medical Group, a subsidiary of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., and UnitedHealthcare have established a new three-year relationship that will keep BMG’s West Tennessee physicians and other health care professionals in UnitedHealthcare’s network for employer-sponsored and individual plan participants.

65. Events -

The Blues Foundation’s 33rd annual International Blues Challenge will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 4, at various Downtown locations. The annual international competition and showcase also features nightly jams, workshops, the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards ceremony and more. Visit blues.org for details and a daily schedule.

66. Events -

The 33rd annual International Blues Challenge will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 4, at various Downtown locations. The Blues Foundation’s annual international competition and showcase also features nightly jams, workshops, the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards ceremony and more. Visit blues.org for details and a daily schedule.

67. Proposal to Limit Trucks’ Speed On US Roadways Closer to Becoming Law -

A proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that would require speed limiters on all heavy-duty trucks traveling on U.S. roadways might finally become law this year after more than a decade in the works.

68. E-Commerce Return Shipments Spur Growth in Reverse Logistics Sector -

After the dust settled from the busiest time of the year for return shipments, commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group Inc. released a report that outlined the methods retailers use to handle returned merchandise from e-commerce sales.

69. Road for Haslam’s Fuel-Tax Plan Has Many Twists and Turns -

Three major West Tennessee road projects, including Lamar Avenue in Memphis, are part of a wish list Gov. Bill Haslam sent to the Trump administration as it weighs the start of an aggressive infrastructure program.

70. Governor Proposes Rural Broadband Expansion for Tennessee -

NASHVILLE – State government will provide private companies with millions of dollars in grants and tax credits to extend broadband internet access while allowing electric co-ops to enter the retail broadband business under legislation Sen. Mark Norris is set to sponsor.

71. Ford CEO Hopeful That Trump Will Ease Gas Mileage Standards -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford Motor Co.'s top executive is hopeful that President Donald Trump could ease government fuel economy requirements and reduce corporate taxes to help the auto industry grow and create jobs.

72. Arkansas Lawmakers OK Ban of Common Abortion Procedure -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas is poised to become the third state to ban a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure under restrictions lawmakers approved Thursday that are expected to face a legal challenge.

73. New Year, New Game -

INSPIRING WORDS FOR OUR NEW TEAM. “Sometimes they write what I say, not what I mean.” – former Cardinal, Dodger and major league MVP Pedro Guerrero, who obviously could have been president.

74. Trump Moves to Build Border Wall, Cut Sanctuary City Funds -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation's immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall and block federal grants from immigrant-protecting "sanctuary cities."

75. Haslam: Decade-Long Delay for Road Projects Without Gas Tax Hike -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam warned Wednesday that if lawmakers don't get on board with the state's first gas tax increase since 1989, they will be in for long wait before they will see nearly 1,000 important road and bridge projects come to fruition around Tennessee.

76. View From the Hill: Haslam Facing Tough Sell on Tax Hikes, Cuts -

An interesting thing happened just a couple of hours before Gov. Bill Haslam unveiled his fuel-tax increase plan amid great fanfare at the State Capitol. 

As the governor started explaining the proposed IMPROVE Act to reporters during a short media briefing, he apparently realized more people were poring over a handout than paying attention. They were trying to get a jump on writing stories while digesting the numbers combined with an array of tax breaks designed to make tax increases more palatable.

77. Report: Amazon Wants to Take On AutoZone, Other Parts Retailers -

AutoZone earlier this week got a taste of what just a hint – however thinly sourced – of fresh competition from the retail behemoth Amazon can do to investor nerves.

The Memphis-based auto parts company saw its shares shed a little more than 5 percent of their value in a single day the same day other parts retailers were similarly punished by investors. It was apparently on the strength of one news report – a New York Post take on Amazon making a play to move deeper into the auto parts segment.

78. State Sens. Harris, Kelsey Critical of TVA Water Wells -

When Odell Johnson goes on business trips he looks forward to seeing water pumping plants in other cities that use surface water for drinking water.

Johnson is the manager for water and engineering operations at Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division. He made the comment Tuesday, Jan. 24, as his tour of the utility’s Sheahan Pumping Station served as a backdrop for the ongoing debate about the Tennessee Valley Authority’s change of plans to cool its new natural gas-fired power plant in southwest Memphis.

79. Dying From Cancer: Could Your Location Determine Your Fate? -

CHICAGO (AP) – Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found.

80. Super Bowl Ad Sales Going Slow -

Super Bowl advertising sales have been slow-going this season, with only 90 percent sold by December of last year. While that may sound like solid performance given the big game isn’t until February, consider that Super Bowl ads usually sell out in September or October given how long it takes advertisers to produce their big-game spots.

81. Norris Stops Short of Supporting Fuel-Tax Hike -

NASHVILLE – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris is set to tag-team sponsorship of a comprehensive tax plan designed to bolster Tennessee’s transportation fund.

82. TVA Chair OK With Memphis Aquifer Decision -

The chairwoman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board says a plan to tap the Memphis aquifer for water to cool the inner workings of the natural gas plant being built in southwest Memphis will not harm the aquifer.

83. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. The topic is The MasterMind Principle, based on the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

84. Samsung: Batteries Only Problem With Fire-Prone Note 7s -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Samsung Electronics said Monday that tests of more than 200,000 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones found defects in two sets of batteries from two different manufacturers that made the devices prone to catch fire.

85. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “The Bodyguard: The Musical” Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 24-29, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for show times and tickets.

86. Deannexation Group Gets Dollar Figures on Leaving Memphis -

If South Cordova, Windyke and Southwind leave Memphis, the city should get to keep sales tax and property tax revenue generated by commercial properties in those three recently annexed areas.

That, says Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland, is the deal to be had in ongoing deannexation discussions.

87. Memphis Rep. Hardaway Proposes $15 Minimum Wage -

NASHVILLE – A debate could be brewing in the General Assembly this session over increasing Tennessee’s minimum wage.

Democratic Rep. G.A. Hardaway of Memphis is pushing legislation to more than double the federal rate of $7.25 per hour, calling low wages more than an economic matter.

88. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “The Bodyguard: The Musical” Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 24-29, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for show times and tickets.

89. Pinnacle, The Works Inc. Partner for Homebuyers -

Pinnacle Financial Partners and Memphis nonprofit The Works Inc. have teamed up to help low- and moderate-income consumers and families buy homes for the first time.

The bank is funding a loan pool of $500,000 intended to help with the purchase of low-cost homes that might otherwise go unoccupied.

90. CBU Opens New School for the Arts -

Rosa Deal was the first woman on the faculty of Christian Brothers University, from 1961 to her retirement in 1994. And when she died five years ago, those who thought they knew Deal, who by then was professor emerita of the CBU School of the Arts, got a surprise.

91. House Leader Says Haslam’s IMPROVE Act Will Need More Votes for Passage -

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam made his pitch on a multi-faceted fuel-tax increase, softened by an array of tax breaks this week. Now, he has to seal the deal.

With some of Tennessee’s liberal lawmakers noting the IMPROVE Act comes with a “lot of moving parts,” Haslam will have to put a full-court press on the state’s most conservative legislators in order to pass the bill.

92. Events -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Office of Youth Services will hold the first event in the “Hear Me Out” Youth Forum Series Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at Greater New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, 250 E. Raines Road. The series allows youths ages 14-21 the opportunity to share concerns and offer solutions to issues they’ve faced or observed to a panel of city leaders. Others forums will be held Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 at different locations. Registration required; visit cityofmemphisyouth.org.

93. House Leader Says Haslam’s IMPROVE Act Will Need More Votes to Pass -

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam made his pitch on a multi-faceted fuel-tax increase, softened by an array of tax breaks this week. Now, he has to seal the deal.

With some of Tennessee’s liberal lawmakers noting the IMPROVE Act comes with a “lot of moving parts,” Haslam will have to put a full-court press on the state’s most conservative legislators in order to pass the bill.

94. Last Word: The Return of First United Methodist, T-STEM at East and Road List -

For more than a decade, the skeleton of First United Methodist Church’s return on the northeast corner of Second Street and Poplar Avenue has been standing. It went up shortly after the last of the original church’s façade crumbled, dashing hopes that some of the blue-gray stones of the original church might survive following a disastrous 2006 fire. And now there are signs the church is about to return.

95. Costco Agrees to Pay $12M Over Lax Pharmacy Practices -

SEATTLE (AP) – Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $12 million to settle Justice Department allegations of lax pharmacy controls over a four-year period.

96. Tennessee Drops Fee of Lifetime Handgun Carry Permit by $300 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The cost of upgrading to a lifetime handgun carry permit in Tennessee is dropping by $300.

The state Department of Safety says current permit holders can now upgrade to the lifetime permit for $200. The previous price was $500.

97. Pinnacle, The Works Inc. Partner for Homebuyers -

Pinnacle Financial Partners and Memphis nonprofit The Works Inc. have teamed up to help low- and moderate-income consumers and families buy homes for the first time.

98. Retirement Budget Busters -

Ray’s Take When you’re working, emergencies seem to happen fairly regularly. Whether it’s a new roof or a special vacation, they come up. If there’s not enough money in the emergency fund, you can always adjust the plan – earn a little extra, delay retirement, etc. But after you retire, there’s not as much margin for error. 

99. Airport Authority OKs Update to Design Plan -

Memphis International Airport leaders are moving forward with plans to consolidate all of the airline and retail operations to an updated Concourse B.

As a part of those modernization and consolidation efforts, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners approved Thursday, Jan. 19, an amendment of AERO Systems Engineering Inc.’s jet bridge and aircraft parking utilization study.

100. Haslam Tax Plan Would Secure Funds for Road, Infrastructure Projects -

NASHVILLE – Memphis legislators are weighing Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise fuel taxes and slightly cut the grocery tax, while assessing the impact on local governments of a Hall income tax reduction and a major business tax reduction that is proposed.