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1. Monsanto Pays $80 Million to Settle Accounting Charges -

Monsanto will pay an $80 million penalty and several executives will pay smaller amounts to settle federal allegations that the agribusiness giant misstated its earnings by not properly disclosing the costs of a rebate program for its Roundup weed-killer.

2. US Businesses Post More Open Jobs; Quits Rise to 9-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies advertised more available jobs in December and more Americans quit, trends that could lift wages in the coming months.

The number of job openings jumped 4.9 percent to 5.6 million, the most since July, the Labor Department said Tuesday. And quits increased 6.9 percent to nearly 3.1 million, the highest in more than nine years.

3. FTN Financial Named Top Underwriter -

FTN Financial, a division of First Tennessee Bank, ranked as the No. 1 underwriter for 2015 of callable debt issued by the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Farm Credit Bank.

4. Many See Cause for Optimism Despite Slower US Job Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth.

At first glance, Friday's government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.

5. Trust Fund Mentioned as Possible $1.1B Solution on School Benefits Liability -

A trust fund is one possibility that has surfaced early in the formal discussions of the Shelby County School system’s $1.1 billion benefits liability.

The first meeting of the ad hoc committee on the matter last week drew nine of the 13 Shelby County Commissioners, the administration of Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and two of nine Shelby County Schools board members.

6. Stanford Financial Doc Accepted to UK Festival -

A documentary about the rise and fall of a financier who had prominent ties to Memphis has been accepted to the UK Screen One Film Festival.

The film’s title is, “Where’s the Money? The Rise and Fall of Stanford Financial.” The downfall of Stanford was the second biggest financial scam in U.S. history after that of Bernie Madoff’s.

7. Stanford Financial Doc Accepted to UK Festival -

A documentary about the rise and fall of a financier who had prominent ties to Memphis has been accepted to the UK Screen One Film Festival.

The film’s title is, “Where’s the Money? The Rise and Fall of Stanford Financial.” The downfall of Stanford was the second biggest financial scam in U.S. history after that of Bernie Madoff’s.

8. 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.

9. Hinds Joins Martin Tate Law Firm -

Rebecca Hinds has joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston P.C. as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation section. In this role, Hinds represents clients in civil and commercial litigation matters, including business law, transportation liability, construction disputes, breach-of-contract matters and employment law. She also helps commercial clients obtain tax incentives and advises individuals and businesses in the drafting and negotiation of contracts. 

10. US Consumer Spending Flat, Savings Rate at 3-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers kept their spending flat in December and instead boosted their savings rate to the highest level in three years.

Consumer spending was unchanged in December after rising 0.5 percent in November, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Incomes increased 0.3 percent, matching November's gain.

11. Doug Carpenter & Associates Rebrands as DCA -

When Doug Carpenter started his eponymous advertising agency five years ago, what the name should be wasn’t too hard to figure out. It was an agency of one with the need to bank on Carpenter’s reputation in the community. So Doug Carpenter & Associates LLC was born.

12. Fed Voices Concern About Global Economic Pressures -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect the U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

Six weeks after it raised rates from record lows, the Fed took stock of a more perilous international picture that could alter its plans for further raising rates. The statement it issued after its latest policy meeting signaled that the Fed could slow future rate hikes if financial market losses and global weakness don't abate.

13. American Consumers Showing More Confidence in Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong job market and low gasoline prices helped boost U.S. consumer confidence again this month.

The Conference Board on Tuesday said that its consumer confidence index rose to 98.1 in January from 96.3 in December, the second straight monthly gain. The business research group said Americans were more confident about the future, though their assessment of current economic conditions was unchanged from December.

14. Verso Files For Bankruptcy Reorganization -

Verso Corp. filed Tuesday, Jan. 26, for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy reorganization.

David J. Paterson, the president and CEO of the North American producer of printing, specialty papers and pulp, described the decision to file for reorganization as “difficult.”

15. High Court Upholds Government's Energy Conservation Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.

16. Roberts Elected to Baker Donelson Board -

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

17. The Persecution of Jeremy Durham -

Inhumane and unfair: That’s the only way to describe the “liberal media’s” treatment of state Rep. Jeremy Durham over the last month.

18. First Horizon CEO: 2015 Was a ‘Very Good Year’ -

The top brass at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company kicked off their first quarterly earnings presentation to analysts in 2016 with frequent allusion to some favorite themes.

19. Roberts Elected to Baker Donelson Board -

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

20. Fed Official: Low Oil Prices Affecting Central Bank Action -

A key Fed official assured Memphis business leaders during a breakfast address Thursday, Jan. 14, that interest rates won’t climb dramatically this year.

Jim Bullard, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, told the Economic Club of Memphis that rates today are “crazy low compared to the historical experience in the U.S.” and will “remain accommodative well into the future.”

21. No Great Places to Shelter From This Market Turmoil -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock prices are crumbling around the world, but the usual place for investors to go for safety, bonds, can't provide as much cover as usual.

Bonds are still doing their job this year as investors' best friends during a downturn: They're holding up better than stocks, cushioning the blow for balanced investors. High-quality, investment-grade U.S. bonds have returned 0.9 percent through Wednesday, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has lost 7.4 percent on worries about the strength of the global economy.

22. Shelby County Mortgage Activity Solid in 2015 -

The Shelby County mortgage market had a strong 2015, and lenders expect the momentum to continue for the foreseeable future.

Among loans made at the time of purchase, banks and mortgage lenders made 9,368 mortgages in Shelby County during 2015, up 11 percent from the 8,470 mortgages during 2014, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

23. US Employers Hire at Robust Pace, Defying Global Trends -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is motoring ahead despite slowing global growth that caused upheavals in financial markets around the world this week.

Employers added a robust 292,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate stayed low at 5 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. Job gains in the October-December quarter averaged 284,000, the best three-month increase since last January.

24. Fed Minutes: Some Saw December Rate Hike as 'Close Call' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the Federal Reserve's unanimous vote to raise a key interest rate last month, some policymakers viewed their decision as a "close call" because of stubbornly low inflation.

25. Sanders Vowing to Break Up Banks During First Year in Office -

NEW YORK (AP) — Characterizing Wall Street as an industry run on "greed, fraud, dishonesty and arrogance," Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledged to break up the country's biggest financial firms within a year, should he become president, in a major policy address on Tuesday.

26. Fed's Bullard to Address Economic Club of Memphis -

Only a few weeks after the Federal Reserve decided to raise interest rates after keeping them near zero for years, a key Fed official will be in Memphis later this month to talk about the economy and what lies ahead.

27. Strickland Takes Office Promising Change -

Things move quickly once it is decided the incumbent mayor will not be returning to City Hall.

The political spotlight shifts quickly to the new mayor who has about two months and two weeks to make some important decisions about his inner circle, set some priorities and figure out what needs to wait for more deliberation.

28. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

29. 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

30. Williams-Sonoma Distribution Center Sold for $6.9 Million -

The Williams-Sonoma distribution center in Oakhaven has sold for $6.9 million.

Tennessee-based CLI Inc. purchased the property at 4300 Concorde Road from California-based Lester McMahan Partnership, according to a Dec. 15 warranty deed.

31. Expect Less and Buy Antacid: 2016 Investment Forecasts -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investing is becoming more of a grind. Expect it to stay that way.

Analysts, mutual-fund managers and other forecasters are telling investors to expect lower returns from stocks and bonds in 2016 than in past years. They're also predicting more severe swings in prices. Remember that 10 percent drop for stocks that freaked investors out in August? It likely won't take another four years for the next one.

32. Norris: Gas Tax Proposal Not Happening in 2016 -

Don’t look for a gas tax hike in the 2016 session of the Tennessee legislature, says the state Senate majority leader.

“We’re not going to do a gas tax in 2016,” Rep. Mark Norris of Collierville said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.” “We are going to have to address it soon enough and these conversations are very important.”

33. Exec Who Jacked Up Price of a Lifesaving Drug Is Arrested -

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager vilified in nearly every corner of America for buying a pharmaceutical company and jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug more than fiftyfold, was arrested Thursday on securities fraud charges unrelated to the furor.

34. Fed Hikes Rate, Finance Pros Expect Minimal Immediate Impact -

Borrowers and savers aren’t likely to see an immediate impact from the historic move Wednesday, Dec. 16, by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by a quarter point for the first time in almost a decade, according to several Memphis-area financial industry professionals.

35. As Rate Hike Nears, Fed's Hints on Future to be Scrutinized -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not about what it will do. It's about what it will say.

The worst-kept secret in the financial world is that the Federal Reserve is all but sure Wednesday to raise interest rates from record lows by a modest quarter point.

36. Holiday Inn Express Ready To Rise Near Graceland -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Loan Amount: $4.8 million

37. A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far -

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

38. New Holiday Inn Express Rising Near Graceland -

Holiday Inn Express and Suites is ready to shake up the Graceland area with a $4.8 million construction loan recently arranged by the Memphis office of Financial Federal Bank.

39. Oxford Feels Stress from Development Boom -

Kent Wunderlich travels to Oxford, Miss., often, in part because his grandson is the kicker on the University of Mississippi football team.

40. New Holiday Inn Express Rising Near Graceland -

Holiday Inn Express and Suites is ready to shake up the Graceland area with a $4.8 million construction loan recently arranged by the Memphis office of Financial Federal Bank.

41. Fight Over Net Neutrality Rules Returns to Appeals Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A key federal appeals court judge who thwarted the last push to make sure consumers get equal access to the Internet appeared open Friday to the government's revised plan.

42. Yellen Confident in Economy Ahead of Expected Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday indicated that the U.S. economy is on track for an interest rate hike this month, but she said the Fed will need to review incoming data before making a final decision.

43. Turbett Joins First Horizon as CRA Officer -

Keith D. Turbett has joined First Horizon National Corp., parent company of First Tennessee Bank, as corporate Community Reinvestment Act officer and community development manager. In that role, Turbett ensures First Tennessee is making credit and financial products available in all parts of the community, consistent with safe and sound banking practices.

44. City Council to Vote on Idlewild Gate, Water Rate Hike -

A gate across Idlewild Street between two competing supermarket projects in Midtown tops the Memphis City Council’s next-to-last meeting of the year.

The council is to vote Tuesday, Dec. 1, on a resolution that would close Idlewild south of Union Avenue to vehicular traffic and install a gate. The reason, according to the resolution, is to prevent motorists coming from Union Avenue and the two developments from cutting through the residential area.

45. Fed Moves to Bar Bailouts of Failing Firms -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials have moved to prevent the central bank from bailing out failing companies, a power it exercised during the 2008 financial crisis.

The Fed governors voted 5-0 Monday at a public meeting to downsize the Fed's emergency lending powers.

46. Signs of Steady US Economy: Rising Pay and Solid Job Market -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' pay is up, fewer people need unemployment aid, more are buying new homes and business spending is rebounding.

A flurry of data released Wednesday signaled that the fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain solid, if unspectacular, three weeks before the Federal Reserve will likely begin raising interest rates.

47. US New-Home Sales Rebound in October After September Plummet -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes recovered in October after suffering a steep drop in September, returning to this year's trend of an improving market for real estate developers and builders.

48. Planning Ahead for the Rate Hike -

Ray’s take: So far, the Federal Reserve has not raised rates. It may be a while and it may be slow, but sooner or later rates will go up. Before they do, it could be a good idea for you to review how the rate hike will affect you personally.

49. House Approves GOP-Led Bill to Boost Fed Oversight -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House approved a bill Thursday that supporters said would make the Federal Reserve more transparent and accountable, defying a veto threat.

The bill would direct the Fed to be more open in communicating monetary policy decisions and require the central bank to use a mathematical rule in deciding on interest rates. The House approved the measure on a 241-185 vote.

50. Minutes of Meeting Show Fed Pondering December Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials believed last month that the economic conditions needed to trigger the first interest rate hike in nearly a decade could "well be met" by their next meeting in December.

51. Burst of Hiring: US Employers Added 271,000 Jobs in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring roared back in October after two weak months, with employers adding a robust 271,000 jobs and likely setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

52. Bank On Memphis Targets Smartphones -

For about five years now, a partnership between the city of Memphis and local banks and credit unions has been working to bring people who don’t have a checking or savings account into the mainstream banking sphere.

53. Fed Official: Central Bank Has Made No Decision on Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A voting member of the Federal Reserve cautioned Friday that the Fed has yet to decide when to raise interest rates even though it issued a statement this week that said a rate hike was possible in December.

54. Fed official: Central bank has made no decision on rate hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A voting member of the Federal Reserve cautioned Friday that the Fed has yet to decide when to raise interest rates even though it issued a statement this week that said a rate hike was possible in December.

55. Fed official: Central Bank Has Made No Decision on Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A voting member of the Federal Reserve cautioned Friday that the Fed has yet to decide when to raise interest rates even though it issued a statement this week that said a rate hike was possible in December.

56. No Fed Rate Hike Likely Yet As It Monitors Global Pressures -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Not long ago, it seemed a sure bet: The Federal Reserve would raise interest rates by year's end. Fed Chair Janet Yellen herself said she expected it.

Now, doubts are rising that the Fed will start raising rates before next year from the record lows where they've stood since 2008. When its policymakers meet this week, the likelihood of a rate hike is widely seen as close to zero.

57. Students Find Options via Tennessee Promise -

Siegel High School graduate Davione Williamson wasn’t quite sure he was college material when he entered Motlow State Community College in Smyrna this August on a Tennessee Promise scholarship.

58. Why Optimism About the US Economy's Strength Has Dimmed -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers, fueled by job growth, cheaper gas and higher home values, would drive the U.S. economy through a global slump.

That was the widespread hope just a few months ago. Now, doubts are growing that the United States can withstand economic pressures flowing from overseas. Economies in China, Canada, Brazil and Europe are struggling. Canada, the largest U.S. trading partner, is in recession.

59. Health Law Fine on The Uninsured Will More than Double -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact in its new pitch for health law sign-ups.

60. Modest Rise Gives Stocks a Third Straight Week of Gains -

U.S. stocks closed modestly higher Friday, giving the market its third straight week of gains.

Consumer staples and health care stocks were among the biggest risers as investors assessed the latest company earnings and economic news.

61. First Horizon Set to Buy Back Shares, Keep Lid on Expenses -

The week’s end found the chairman and CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company in a bit of a philosophical mood about his financial institution, First Horizon National Corp., as well as the industry as a whole.

62. Alternative Health Policies Still Available at Premium Prices -

As owners of East Nashville’s popular Art & Invention Gallery, Meg and Bret MacFadyen are part of the city’s growing population of creatives, a group that includes entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, writers and all sorts of contractors.

63. Treasury Warns Congress: Debt Limit Deadline Now Nov. 3 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Thursday told Congress that it needs to act by Nov. 3 or the government will be dangerously close to being unable to pay all its bills.

That's a little sooner than Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said two weeks ago when he set a Nov. 5 deadline. At the time, some GOP lawmakers felt Lew was trying to rush them into approving an increase in the government's $18.1 trillion borrowing limit.

64. Clay County Schools to Stay Open Despite Financial Woes -

Students in a small, financially struggling school district in northern Tennessee will return to classes next week after fall break is over, the school director said.

The move comes after two parents filed a lawsuit over the school board's decision last week to close schools until a funding dispute with county officials could be resolved.

65. Posturing Against Supreme Court Is a Waste of Money -

Legislation rejecting the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling faces major constitutional questions and, if passed, could put a financial burden on Tennessee taxpayers.

When the high court declared gay and lesbian couples have the right to be married across the United States, overturning state laws to the contrary, Tennessee’s Republican legislators started brainstorming for methods to work around the decision or to defy it. The Republican Caucus still hasn’t announced the outcome.

66. County Commission Weighs Apartment Conditions -

After a tour last week of three apartment complexes owned by Global Ministries Foundation, Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday. Oct. 12, on a resolution that asks GMF to show what it is doing to improve conditions at Goodwill Village Apartments, Tulane Apartments and Warren Apartments.

67. NY Comptroller: Wall Street Profits Hit $11.3B in 6 Months -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The securities industry in New York City tallied $11.3 billion in profits during the first half of 2015, higher than in the past three years, while also adding jobs last year for the first time since 2011, the state comptroller reported Tuesday.

68. Early Voting Numbers Tell Still-Moving Story in Memphis Election -

Before the votes are counted Thursday, Oct. 8, there are some other numbers – which are already being counted – to tell the story of the 2015 Memphis elections.

Close to 15 percent of Memphis voters cast early ballots in advance of Thursday’s election day in the races for Memphis mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court clerk.

69. Early Voting Numbers Tell Still-Moving Story -

Before the votes are counted Thursday, Oct. 8, there are some other numbers – which are already being counted – to tell the story of the 2015 Memphis elections.

Close to 15 percent of Memphis voters cast early ballots in advance of Thursday’s election day in the races for Memphis mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court clerk.

70. Bernanke Defending Fed Actions to Battle Recession -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the U.S. economy is outperforming Europe at the moment because the Fed moved more quickly and aggressively to fight the 2008 financial crisis than Europe did.

71. Third-Party Ads Attacking Wharton, Strickland Surface -

An Alexandria, Va., political action committee is behind an attack ad targeting incumbent A C Wharton in the upcoming Memphis mayor's race.

The Neighborhood Alliance PAC, which formed a month ago, isn’t endorsing any candidate in the Oct. 8 elections, but it has turned out some yard signs and other literature built around the format of a report card that gives Wharton failing grades.

72. Fed Rate And Your Retirement -

Ray’s Take After the biggest buildup to a meeting of the Federal Reserve in 10 years, they decided to do – nothing. The Federal Reserve left the federal funds rate right where it’s been since 2008, which is just above zero. Anyone who has an (theoretically) interest-bearing checking or savings account knows that already. Despite the inaction, the Fed still claims that rates are going up, someday.

73. Hopson Calls Off Hillcrest-Whitehaven Merger For Now -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is calling off a plan to merge Hillcrest High School into Whitehaven High School and turn Hillcrest into a ninth grade academy.

Hopson told school board members Tuesday, Sept. 29, that the school system will wait to see if the state-run Achievement School District matches Hillcrest with a charter school operator and takes it into the ASD next school year.

74. Last-Minute Negotiations Secure $30 Million Foote Homes Grant -

The Foote Homes public housing development is still standing with word Monday, Sept. 28, that the city of Memphis has secured a $30 million federal grant to convert it to a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

75. US Consumer Spending Up 0.4 Percent in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rose at a healthy rate in August, while income growth slowed after a big jump in July.

Consumer spending advanced 0.4 percent compared to July, when spending also increased by 0.4 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday. In both months, the figures reflected strong gains in purchases of durable goods such as autos.

76. Economy Grew at 3.9 Percent Rate in April-June Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an even faster clip in the spring than previously estimated. But that growth likely slowed in the summer, held back by global headwinds and turbulent financial markets.

77. First Horizon Nears Closing of TrustAtlantic Acquisition -

First Horizon National Corp.’s acquisition of Raleigh, N.C.-based TrustAtlantic Bank and its parent company TrustAtlantic Financial Corp. is expected to close early next month.

78. Memphis Nabs $30 Million South City Grant After Last-Minute Negotiations -

The Foote Homes public housing development is still standing with word Monday, Sept. 28, that the city of Memphis has secured a $30 million federal grant to convert it to a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

79. Memphis Poised to Become Regional Anchor for Entrepreneurs -

A federal agency’s attention to Memphis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem could bring stronger investment and resources for startups.

On Friday, Sept. 18, Memphis was the kick-off site of the Delta Challenge pitch competition, a six-city tour organized by federal-state partnership Delta Regional Authority to identify and support exceptional startups.

80. First Horizon Nears Closing of TrustAtlantic Acquisition -

First Horizon National Corp.’s acquisition of Raleigh, N.C.-based TrustAtlantic Bank and its parent company TrustAtlantic Financial Corp. is expected to close early next month.

81. Novel Plan to Curb Drug Costs Seeks Candidates' Attention -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer-friendly ratings of the benefits of new drugs. Limits on what patients pay. Requiring drug companies to disclose how much they actually spend on research.

With the public concerned about the high cost of new medications, these are some of the proposals offered Friday by a policy center often aligned with the Obama administration.

82. Fed Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged -

The Federal Reserve is keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation and unstable financial markets.

Ending a highly anticipated meeting, Fed officials said Thursday that while the U.S. job market is solid, global pressures may “restrain economic activity” and further drag down already low inflation.

83. The Field -

The most competitive race for Memphis mayor in 24 years is in the hands of Memphis voters who will determine whether it will be as close as recent polls suggest it could be.

Early voting in advance of the Oct. 8 election day opened Friday, Sept. 18, with all 13 Memphis City Council seats on the ballot as well as the race for the City Court Clerk’s office.

84. Citing Low Inflation, Fed Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation and unstable financial markets.

85. Is Now Time For a Fed Rate Hike? Here Are 2 Clashing Views -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For seven years — through political fights, Europe debt crises and market panic — investors could count on one thing: Short-term U.S. interest rates would stay locked near zero.

86. As Fed Meets, Decision on Rate Hike Seems Like a Toss-Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Will they or won't they?

Nine years after they last raised their benchmark interest rate and after months of feverish speculation, Federal Reserve policymakers this week may finally raise that rate from a record low near zero.

87. Council Voting on Retirement Freeze to Stem Memphis Police Exodus -

Memphis City Council members take a final vote Tuesday, Sept. 15, on a freeze of the city’s deferred retirement plan that is designed to keep the police force from dipping below 2,000 officers.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Follow @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols, for live coverage of the meeting and updates from committee sessions earlier in the day.

88. Magna Bank Prepares for New Memphis Identity -

Magna Bank in Memphis isn't set to open for business with a new name above the door for a couple more months, now that its acquisition by Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners has officially closed.

89. Health Care Suffers As Rural Hospitals Continue Slow Fade -

Fayette County is the latest victim of hospital closings in Tennessee as many rural health care facilities continue to struggle financially.

Methodist Healthcare-Fayette Hospital closed in late March, bringing to four the number of shuttered hospitals in West Tennessee after Gibson General, Humboldt General and Haywood Park Community called it quits in 2014.

90. Mayoral Campaigns Ramp Up Media Presence -

Three of the four major candidates for Memphis mayor are now on TV and radio with ads that reflect the intensity of a hard-fought race up to the Oct. 8 election day.

Memphis City Council member Harold Collins joined fellow council member Jim Strickland and incumbent mayor A C Wharton this week with a schedule of television ads running through Oct. 7.

91. US Jobless Rate Falls to 7-Year Low; Fed Move Still Unclear -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to raise interest rates from record lows later this month.

92. Business Lending in Recovery Mode -

The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that small businesses provide more than half of all American jobs.

But since the Great Recession changed the economic landscape in 2008, how those small businesses go about gaining funding to operate or upgrade has changed. In fact, while the economic downturn hit big business, it also had a major hand in reshaping the nation’s small businesses.

93. Applications for US Jobless Aid Rise to Still-Low 282,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remain at historically near low levels in a positive sign for the U.S. economy amid a broader global slowdown.

94. MHA Board Suspends Lipscomb, Sammons Defends Police 2010 Response -

UPDATE: The Memphis Housing Authority board suspended Robert Lipscomb Wednesday, Sept. 2, as executive director of the agency.

MHA named the city’s deputy chief administrative officer, Maura Black Sullivan, as the interim director.

95. Baker Donelson Adds Carletos-Drayton -

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

96. Lipscomb Resigns As HCD Director Following More Allegations -

Less than 24 hours after word of his suspension following an allegation of sexual misconduct, city of Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb resigned the post Monday, Aug. 31.

97. More Details on Lipscomb’s Alleged Sexual Misconduct -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. confirmed Monday, Aug. 31, that allegations of sexual misconduct were made in a Seattle criminal complaint against city Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb.

98. Lipscomb Suspended Over Seattle Sexual Allegations -

Robert Lipscomb, the city’s Housing and Community Development director, was relieved of duty Sunday, Aug. 30, by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton following a criminal complaint filed last week in Seattle, Washington alleging a past improper sexual relationship with a man who was a minor at the time.

99. US Stocks Close Flat Friday After Volatile Week -

U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme.

The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China's economy. The rebound Wednesday and Thursday was just as sharp as investors decided to scoop up beaten-up stocks.

100. Fed Vice Chair in Spotlight as Markets Seek Rate Hike Clues -

WASHINGTON (AP) — What once seemed a sure bet — that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in September — suddenly appears less certain following a wild week of stock market turbulence.