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1. Councilman Boyd Calls For PILOT Moratorium -

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd is calling for a three-month moratorium on any new tax breaks through the Economic Development Growth Engine to come up with a local business participation program.

2. Midtown Memphis Ready for Apartment Building Boom -

It’s been more than a decade since new apartments were built in Midtown, and that’s poised to change in a big way with a wave of new multifamily construction stretching from Binghampton to Crosstown.

3. Events -

Greater Memphis IT Council will host a Tech Tuesday event on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave. Mark Stephens of First Horizon Corp. will present “Dashboards & Data Analytics.” Register at memphisitcouncil.com.

4. Events -

Ballet Memphis and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host An Evening with Ballet Memphis: “Places” on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Enjoy a night of drinks, discussion and dance with the minds behind Ballet Memphis’ latest show. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

5. Fenced Out -

There’s a major problem in Memphis when it comes to minorities: African-Americans make up 63 percent of the population but garner less than 1 percent of total business receipts within Memphis, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

6. Events -

Staxtacular 2016, the Soulsville Foundation’s largest fundraiser, will be held Friday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Hosted by Vince Carter and the Memphis Grizzlies, “The Baller’s Ball” brings together the world of sports, music and philanthropy to benefit the Soulsville Foundation’s youth programs. Tickets are $175. Visit staxtacular.com.

7. Ark. Unemployment Drops Below 5 Pct., Miss. Jumps -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's unemployment rate jumped in December as the economy didn't generate enough jobs to absorb more people looking for work.

The jobless rate rose to 6.4 percent from 6 percent in November, as the increasing number of job-seekers outstripped the number of new people reporting having a job for the second month in a row. That pushed up the number of unemployed people statewide to almost 83,000, an increase of nearly 6,000

8. 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.

9. Delta Posts $980 Million 4Q Profit on Lower Fuel Prices -

DALLAS (AP) — Cheaper jet fuel thanks to falling oil prices helped Delta Air Lines earn $980 million in the fourth quarter despite lower revenue than a year ago.

Delta shares rose almost 5 percent in midday trading Tuesday, recovering some of their January losses.

10. Tennessee Startups Chasing Greater Opportunities -

When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”

The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.

11. School Guide Helps Parents Navigate Choices -

After five years of historic change in Shelby County public education, the traditional labels of “public” and “private” schools don’t adequately describe the range of options available to parents.

12. TNReady Scores' Effects on Teacher Evaluations Questioned -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville's school board has joined Knox County Schools in calling for test scores to not be used for teacher evaluations this school year.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1PqXUQg ) reports that the Metro Nashville Public Schools Board unanimously voted Tuesday in favor of a resolution that urges state officials to either provide a waiver this year in using TNReady for teacher evaluations or allow districts to use only observation data for teacher evaluations.

13. 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.

14. Shelby County Housing Market 'Back to Normal' in 2015 -

The Memphis and Shelby County housing market moved closer to prerecession levels in 2015 as the year closed with the highest home sales revenue recorded since 2007.

There were 16,176 sales recorded last year, up 3 percent from 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

15. New UCI Board Chair Pledges More Grants, Transparency -

Jill Crocker, new board chairman of The Urban Child Institute, says the organization is essentially starting with a clean slate.

16. 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.

17. Survey: US Businesses Add 257,000 Jobs, Most in a Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses stepped up hiring last month, led by solid gains in construction and retail, a private survey found.

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 257,000 jobs in December, the most in a year. Construction companies added 24,000 jobs, while retailers and shipping firms added 38,000.

18. 75-Year Wordfest -

I’m a word fanatic. Always have been. And the first of the year is never a bad time to reflect on what’s going on in the world of dictionarization. To set the stage, let’s first look at a progression of new dictionary entries – decade by decade – over the past 75 years. 

19. How To Innovate Like A Startup -

Ann Thompson, The Garage Group; Kristi Zuhlke, Knowledge Hound; Tarrae Schroeder, Kellogg; Kristine Greiwe, LYFT; Luana Nichifor, Proctor & Gamble

 Ann Thompson began the talk about her big company background, at Proctor and Gamble. Then, switched to her life now at a startup. The garage group helps enables corporations to innovate and grow like startups. 

20. 2016 Could Be Banner Year for Travel -

Every new year is filled with possibilities.

And in travel, a growing economy is just part of why travelers will seek new experiences.

TripAdvisor Insights surveyed more than 44,000 travelers and hoteliers about their travel plans for 2016.

21. Last Word: The River, The New Mayor and Explaining Boll Weevils -

Hello, 2016. What’s your hurry?

First things first – the Mississippi River at our doorstep is above flood stage. But the crest is now predicted to come Friday and will be just over 40 feet – lower than predicted last week.
We will be posting web stories on the forecasts and other announcement from the county’s Office of Preparedness each evening to work with their schedule for summarizing where we are.
Floods are a slower moving cause for concern because we know what is happening upriver from us where the river is narrower. But this is also the Mississippi River, which is the definition of unpredictable.

22. What 2016 Will Do to Your Checkbook: Rent, Food, Gas, Raises -

Wondering how you will fare financially in 2016? Below are what experts think next year will hold for financial matters close to home: Raises, rent, gas, food and health.

WILL YOU GET A RAISE NEXT YEAR?

23. Market Volatility Causes IPO Market to Stall Out in 2015 -

NEW YORK (AP) – The volatile trading that defined 2015 led to a very choppy market for companies wanting to go public.

The number of U.S. companies that successfully made an initial public offering of stock in 2015 dropped by more than 40 percent compared with 2014, according to a report by IPO research firm Renaissance Capital.

24. Under Pressure -

The Urban Child Institute’s research produces data. That data provides guidance for making decisions about how to best help Memphis children age 3 and younger. And The Urban Child Institute’s assets, around $150 million in 2013, offer a means to that end.

25. New Laws in 2016 Show States are Diverging on Guns, Voting -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues.

Restrictions on carrying guns will ease in Texas, for example, but will get tighter in California. It will be easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there will be another step to take at the polls in North Carolina.

26. US Home Prices Climb in October, Helped By Solid Job Market -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Steady job growth, low mortgage rates and tight inventories helped fuel rising U.S. home prices in October.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.5 percent in the 12 months ending in October, up from a 5.4 percent pace in September, according to a report released Tuesday.

27. Last Word: Recovery in North Mississippi, Opera in 2016 and Uptown North of Chelsea -

It’s been a holiday season of challenged hopes and muted emotions in our corner of the world.
The beginning of the series of storms and tornadoes they spawned killed eight people in North Mississippi where recovery is still a fact of life in this last week of 2015.
This will be a week of funerals and damage assessments for federal disaster aid throughout our region.
And you will hear more stories of escapes and new beginnings after losing everything of any material value.
But even in our spared city, our thoughts will return instinctively to the young lives taken so suddenly and so close to the family gatherings in which our youngest give so much more in the way of hope than they will realize at this tender age.

28. Q&A With Seth Godin -

Seth Godin is the author of 18 books. His blog is one of the most popular in the world. After a keynote about the Connection Economy, Godin made time for a Q&A for 50 people.

At the foundation of the Connection Economy lies weirdness and art, an authentic humanness.

29. US Consumer Spending and Incomes Up in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rebounded in November after a weak showing in October, while a key inflation gauge posted the fastest year-over-year increase in 11 months.

Spending increased 0.3 percent in November after an essentially flat reading in October and a 0.2 percent gain in September, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Personal income rose a solid 0.3 percent in November, reflecting solid gains in wages and salaries, after a 0.4 percent October increase.

30. US Economy Grew at 2 Pct. Rate Over Summer; A Pickup Is Seen -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly slower pace over the summer than the government had previously estimated. Most economists foresee a slight acceleration in the current quarter and stronger growth in the first half of 2016.

31. What 2016 Will Do to Your Checkbook: Rent, Food, Gas, Raises -

Wondering how you will fare financially in 2016? Below are what experts think next year will hold for financial matters close to home: Raises, rent, gas, food and health.

WILL YOU GET A RAISE NEXT YEAR?

32. Simplify Your Holidays With the Cloud -

With the holiday season in full swing, most of us could use all the help we can get to stay organized, from keeping track of gift wish lists to monitoring spending habits. Fortunately, cloud computing – the current Internet technology that lets you access all your files and important data from any remote location – is here to help.

33. Shelby County Homebuilders Hoping for Busier 2016 -

For Memphis-area homebuilders, the market is far from pre-recession levels, but 2016 could bring more building activity.

“We’re about 30 percent back to where we were before the recession,” said Keith Allen, principal of Keith Allen Homes and 2016 president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association.

34. CFGM Grants $220K To Group of 17 Nonprofits -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has announced its latest round of grants, some $220,000 in “capacity building” funds for area nonprofits.

“These grants are for mature nonprofits,” said Ashley Harper, director of grants and initiatives for the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. “This is not startup funding. We feel like with our limited budget, this is a good niche for us.”

35. US Homebuilder Sentiment Slips in December -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident about their sales prospects in coming months, though they remain positive overall that the housing market will continue to improve next year.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday slipped to 61 this month, down one point from a reading of 62 in November.

36. US Job Openings Slip in October; Hiring, Quits Rise -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in October, though overall hiring picked up and quits rose slightly, adding to evidence the job market is slowly improving.

The number of job postings fell 2.7 percent to a still-healthy 5.4 million in October compared with the previous month, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That is not far from July's record high of 5.7 million.

37. Norvell Is Tigers' New Football Coach -

When the University of Memphis hired a largely unknown offensive coordinator out of Texas Christian University he was just 35 years old. Only college football insiders knew and appreciated who Justin Fuente was and what he might become.

38. Nielsen: Smartphones and the Internet Are Eating Our TV Time -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The use of Internet-ready devices like smartphones appears to have seriously cut into the time Americans spend watching traditional TV, new Nielsen data show, potentially undercutting the notion that mobile devices merely serve as "second screens" while people are plopped in front of the set.

39. Jobs Report's Big Question Mark: Will Pay Growth Continue? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the U.S. job market finally healthy enough to lift Americans' long-stagnant pay?

Some tantalizing signs have suggested that wages are beginning to pick up after barely moving in the 6½ years since the Great Recession officially ended. On Friday, the government's jobs report for November should offer some clues about whether the modest pay gains will continue.

40. Fed’s Scarboro Says Interest Rate Hike Will Be Gradual -

Their comments don’t move markets the way Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen can.

But regional leaders of the Fed system, including its Memphis branch regional executive Douglas Scarboro, are reinforcing the idea that the Fed board probably will raise interest rates for the first time in seven years at its Dec. 15-16 session.

41. Business Leaders Forging New Identity for Summer Avenue -

Summer Avenue was home to the city’s first McDonald’s, the world’s first Holiday Inn and a small part of what was called the Broadway of America when the completion of U.S. 70 in 1927 took it across the U.S.

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. St. Jude Files $10 Million Construction Permit -

650 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Amount: $10 million

Application Date: Nov. 24, 2015

Owner: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Tenant: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

44. 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.

45. If Fear Is Goal, Terrorists Have Won in Tennessee -

The terrorists who struck Paris three weeks ago succeeded in more than killing and wounding hundreds of people. Their attack is pitting Americans against each other in how to respond, and Tennessee politicians are no exception.

46. New Consumer Research & Brand Measurement -

New Frontier of Consumer Research, Olga Diamandis, Senior Manager, Open Innovation, Mattel. Three key things are happening that are changing research: Crowdsourcing, big data and artificial intelligence. We will mine these dimensions, but first let’s take a brief look at the history of marketing research.

47. Rate Hike: Keep Calm and Invest On -

Psychologically, the stock market appears to have come to terms with a .25 percent rate hike on December 16th. As of today, the futures markets price in a 75 percent probability that the Fed will move.

48. New Websites Dig Into Memphis Community, Nonprofit Data -

Supporting Memphis just got much easier with two new websites recently launched by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, WHEREweLIVEmidsouth.org and WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth.org.

49. Home Values Point to a Sharp Wealth Divide Within US Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's still possible in Boston for a mail carrier, an accountant and a Harvard-trained psychiatrist — basically, the crowd from "Cheers" — to live as neighbors.

That finding by the real estate brokerage Redfin makes the capital of Massachusetts a rarity at a time when neighborhoods in most U.S. cities are increasingly isolated from each other by income and home values.

50. Payments Company Payscape Expands to Memphis -

The financial technology company Payscape has landed in Memphis, opening an office here with plans to ramp up quickly as it works to introduce the community to its merchant services and payment processing capabilities.

51. 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.

52. US Manufacturing Output Rises for First Time in 3 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing output rose in October for the first time in three months as factories cranked out more steel, cars and computers.

Manufacturing production increased 0.4 percent last month, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday, after slipping 0.1 percent in September.

53. Marriott Becomes World's Largest Hotelier, Buying Starwood -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hotel behemoth Marriott International is becoming even larger, taking over rival chain Starwood in a $12.2 billion deal that will catapult it to become the world's largest hotelier by a wide margin.

54. The Week Ahead: Nov. 16, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from a Stax lecture on music and the Vietnam War to Hillary Clinton’s visit…

55. Tennessee’s Landlords Find Hidden Costs of Privatization -

Murfreesboro businessman Tom Hyde felt the sting of Tennessee’s privatization practices two years ago when a representative of Jones Lang Lasalle notified him he would have to pay the company a commission as part of his next lease agreement.

56. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 10 Percent in October -

Shelby County’s mortgage market is now mid-way through the final quarter of the year, but, judging from the market’s performance in October, the typical year-end slowdown hasn’t materialized yet.

57. Tennessee Education Board Seeks Input on Revised Standards -

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Board of Education is seeking feedback on newly revised K-12 math and English language arts standards.

The Leaf-Chronicle reports the board launched a new website in late October to give the public its first opportunity to offer input on standards that were recently improved by state educators after previous public input.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. Retail Market Boosted by Groceries, Small Business -

The third quarter of 2015 was a busy one for the retail sector with a lot of activity derived from grocery stores and small businesses.

Fundamentals are trending favorably with the total vacancy rate down to 12.6 percent compared to 12.9 percent in second quarter 2015. Net absorption rose from 134,251 square feet in second quarter to 160,229 square feet in the most recent quarter, and the rental rate increased from $8.62 to $8.72 per square foot, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis data.

62. Office, Industrial Real Estate Enjoy Strong Third Quarter -

Memphis’ industrial and office sectors are seeing healthy activity, and some areas are experiencing record fundamentals.

At the Crescent Center building in East Memphis, prices per square foot have reached $30.50, a level that hasn’t been seen before in the Memphis market.

63. Fed Keeps Rate at Record Low but Will Consider December Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping its key short-term interest rate at a record low in the face of threats from a weak global economy and excessively low inflation. But it suggested the possibility of a rate hike in December.

64. Bipartisan Brakes for Governor Haslam’s Privatization Push -

Plans to put Tennessee’s real estate and government operations in the hands of private business are much further along than Gov. Bill Haslam would like people to think.

A master of downplaying big issues, Haslam says he’s simply looking for ways to make government run more efficiently and save money.

65. Could Amazon Challenge FedEx? -

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but depending on who’s doing the imitating, it could also represent a major threat.

The latter is the storyline that tends to result from technologically savvy enterprises, big and small, muscling their way into FedEx Corp. territory. The latest competitor whose moves are resulting in a crush of “FedEx might have reason to worry” headlines – Amazon, which is pushing to own more of the so-called “last mile” of the package delivery journey and to also become a package delivery giant in its own right.

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. Memphis Retail Market Boosted by Groceries, Small Business -

The third quarter of 2015 was a busy one for the retail sector with a lot of activity derived from grocery stores and small businesses.

Fundamentals are trending favorably with the total vacancy rate down to 12.6 percent compared to 12.9 percent in second quarter 2015. Net absorption rose from 134,251 square feet in second quarter to 160,229 square feet in the most recent quarter, and the rental rate increased from $8.62 to $8.72 per square foot, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis data.

69. MIFA Takes Over Memphis’ Homeless Hotline, Will Staff 24/7 -

If there was any doubt that the city’s homeless hotline for families with children needed to be manned 24/7, that question was erased in the first two weeks the hotline was operated by the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. FDA Accepts Application for GTx Clinical Trial -

Memphis-based GTx Inc. has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted the company’s investigational new drug application for a Phase 2 clinical trial to treat postmenopausal women with stress urinary incontinence.

73. U of M Extends Contract of AD Tom Bowen -

Tom Bowen, director of athletics at the University of Memphis, has received a two-year contract extension that runs through at least June 2019.

Bowen was hired as athletic director in 2012. Athletics is nearing completion of its $40 million “Time to Shine” capital campaign to improve practice and training facilities for the football and men’s basketball programs.

74. Why Are Tennessee’s ACA Rate Hikes Among Nation’s Largest? -

Can you imagine your car payment going up by 44 percent next year? Or that the cost of your cable was going up another 36 percent per month?

That’s what it will feel like for hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans in 2016 as the nation gets ready for its third year of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, which provides health care insurance to more than 231,440 people in the state who couldn’t otherwise obtain insurance.

75. FDA Accepts Application For GTx Clinical Trial -

Memphis-based GTx Inc. has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted the company’s investigational new drug application for a Phase 2 clinical trial to treat postmenopausal women with stress urinary incontinence.

76. Dell Buying EMC in $67 Billion Bet on Data Storage -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dell is buying data storage company EMC for $67 billion in a huge bet on a segment of technology that has proven to be more profitable than the slumping personal computer market.

77. New Website for Memphis Workforce Alliance -

The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce has launched a new website, gmacw.com.

The site will function as a resource for employers to connect with skilled workers and for workers to find training programs. It also will keep the public up to date with the GMAC Workforce’s impact.

78. 2 Fed Officials Think Data Will Justify Rate Hike This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a question whose answer seems to be in constant flux: When will the Federal Reserve finally raise interest rates?

Two voting members of the Fed's policy committee weighed in Friday with a similar view: That a rate hike remains likely by the end of 2015 but that any Fed decision will depend on how the economy fares between now and then.

79. U of M Extends Contract Of AD Tom Bowen -

Tom Bowen, director of athletics at the University of Memphis, has received a two-year contract extension that runs through at least June 2019.

Bowen was hired as athletic director in 2012. Athletics is nearing completion of its $40 million “Time to Shine” capital campaign to improve practice and training facilities for the football and men’s basketball programs.

80. Miss. Governor Up with TV Ads, But No Air Time Yet for Dem -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's campaign is running its first TV commercials this election season, but a new analysis shows his Democratic challenger, truck driver Robert Gray, hasn't bought any air time.

81. A September to Forget -

September typically delivers negative performance, and this September was no exception. September’s poor performance punctuated a dismal third quarter. Using MSCI stock indices, the USA, Europe and the emerging markets fell 7 percent, 9 percent and 18 percent respectively. Feeling down? You are not alone…

82. Vote on Loosening Emissions Testing Awaits Tenn. Lawmakers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote on loosening vehicle emissions testing requirements as soon as they return in January, undeterred by Volkswagen's recent admission that it had been gaming the tests already in place.

83. Shelby County Home Sales Slip, Construction Sees Boost -

September real estate slumped in Shelby County, but according to real estate professionals, it’s nothing they haven’t seen before.

“Good times and bad, people still want to own homes,” said Felix Bishop, broker and vice president with Crye-Leike Real Estate Services.

84. Allworld Project Management Grows Staff With Tech Focus -

Tiger Lane. Crosstown Concourse. The Shelby Farms “Heart of the Park” expansion. The Main to Main Multi-Modal Connector Project across the Harahan Bridge. Some of the city’s biggest development projects lead to Allworld Project Management, a 5-year-old firm that’s taking the project management industry to new, tech-focused territory.

85. First Tennessee Introducing Chip-Enabled Cards -

Following up on its promise in 2014 to introduce chip cards this year, First Tennessee Bank said Tuesday, Sept. 22, it plans to roll out a more secure kind of plastic for customers starting next month.

86. Memphis Researcher's Strep Vaccine Moves to Trial Phase -

The fight against strep throat is being waged from Memphis.

Memphis-based Vaxent and the Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise Inc., also known as Prevent, have initiated a Phase 1 clinical trial of StreptAnova, a vaccine designed to prevent Group A streptococcal infections. The trial will be conducted at the Canadian Center for Vaccinology in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

87. Tax Incentive Changes Causing Headaches for Memphis Mayoral Candidates -

The four major candidates for Memphis mayor all have some version of the same basic answer to questions about tax incentives for economic development.

The answer: Tax incentives, and particularly payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentives, are not the best way to grow the city’s economy and perhaps should be examined and changed. All four agree that they can’t be done away with entirely, even though the candidates’ opinions on potential changes differ.

88. Tennessee Housing Agency Adopts Green-Building Standards -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency wants to build healthy communities from the ground up.

Under new guidelines to be incorporated later this year, affordable housing developers seeking Low-Income Housing Tax Credits will have to qualify for full certification from Enterprise Green Communities. The certification was first introduced nationally in 2004, and the THDA board recently approved incorporation of the revamped 2015 criteria.

89. First Tennessee Introducing Chip-Enabled Cards Next Month -

Following up on its promise in 2014 to introduce chip cards this year, First Tennessee Bank said Tuesday, Sept. 22, it plans to roll out a more secure kind of plastic for customers starting next month.

90. NCRM Highlights Teacher Effectiveness Initiative -

It’s not the kind of history you normally see at the National Civil Rights Museum, even with the museum’s 2014 technological update and expanded exhibits.

A temporary exhibit on display through Oct. 4 reviews Shelby County Schools’ historic shift in teacher effectiveness training that began in 2009.

91. Indie Memphis Taps Watt as Executive Director -

This year keeps shaping up to be a milestone for the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which has tapped local filmmaker Ryan Watt to serve as its new executive director following the departure of Erik Jambor earlier this year.

92. Report: Outsourcing May Hurt Haslam's Graduation Plan -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An internal report on the potential outsourcing of building management at public colleges and universities warns Gov. Bill Haslam that the changes could undermine his signature "Drive to 55" effort to improve graduation rates in Tennessee.

93. Apple: Sales for Latest iPhones May Surpass Other Models -

NEW YORK (AP) — Preorders for its latest iPhone have been so strong that Apple expects to surpass last year's record, when it sold 10 million phones during the first weekend.

Apple began taking preorders for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on Saturday.

94. US Travel on the Rise for Fall -

If you’re considering traveling this fall you won’t be the only one flying the friendly skies or getting in the car for a road trip, according to U.S. travel consumer research firm D.K. Shifflet & Associates.

95. Vanderbilt's Wireless ECG: Real Lifesaver for Heart Attack Victims -

Susan Eagle, M.D., didn’t necessarily see herself as an inventor, but she recognized a problem in her field and she just couldn’t live with it.

96. Shifting Memphis Media Market, Like Every Other, In Flux -

Lauren Lee never picks up a newspaper. Which isn’t much of a surprise because she’s 33 years old, works in marketing, and has the technological savvy and finger dexterity to operate a smartphone.

97. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 27 Percent in August -

Lenders don’t just look forward to the summer months for the arrival of warmer weather.

At institutions like Evolve Bank & Trust, the local office of which president and CEO Scott Stafford said currently has the largest mortgage pipeline in its history, mortgage lending is heating up, too.

98. US Unemployment Benefit Applications Dropped to 275,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, keeping this key indicator of labor market health near historic lows.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 275,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 500 to 275,750.

99. College Football Notebook: Rebels to Trade Turf for Grass in 2016 -

The Ole Miss Rebels obviously didn’t have any trouble running up and down the artificial surface at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium last Saturday in a 76-3 blasting of Tennessee-Martin.

But as athletics director Ross Bjork had announced just a few days before the season opener, the Rebels will return to playing on natural grass in 2016.

100. 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.