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1. US Economy Showing Signs of Life After Slow Start to Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy is showing signs of more life after a less-than-stellar start to the year.

The government said Friday that first-quarter growth, while disappointing, wasn't as bad as first thought. And a number of more recent indicators are showing decent gains in key areas like consumer spending and housing.

2. Janet Yellen Says Fed Could Raise Rates in Coming Months -

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that an interest rate hike would be appropriate in the coming months if the economy keeps improving.

While economic growth was relatively weak at the end of last year and beginning of this year, it appears to be picking up now based on recent data, Yellen said during a discussion at Harvard University.

3. Cellphone Radiation Study Raises Concerns Despite Low Risk -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new federal study of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation, conducted in rats, found a slight increase in brain tumors in males and raised long-dormant concerns about the safety of spending so much time with cellphones glued to our ears.

4. Crime Stats Chronicle Recent Spike in Violent Crime -

Myneishia Johnson’s funeral was the day before she was supposed to graduate from high school.

The teenager’s death at the corner of Second Street and Peabody Place on May 22 came on one of the first busy Downtown weekends of the spring not connected to a Memphis in May International Festival event.

5. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring -

Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.

6. Microsoft, Facebook Team Up to Build Undersea Internet Cable -

Microsoft and Facebook are building a new underwater Internet cable that will cross the Atlantic Ocean, carrying customers' data between North America and Southern Europe.

The giant tech companies say they helped design the high-speed cable to carry data for their growing numbers of online consumers and commercial customers. The project will be operated by an affiliate of Spanish telecommunications firm Telefonica, which will sell unused capacity on the cable to other customers. It will connect data hubs in Northern Virginia and Bilbao, Spain.

7. St. Jude Pulls $84.5M Permit for Expansion -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has applied for an $84.5 million permit for construction on its Downtown campus, part of a $9 billion strategic plan announced late last year.

Addition and alterations will take place at 262 N. Danny Thomas Blvd., according to the application, which lists W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. as the contractor.

8. Family Planning – Beyond the Diaper Fund -

Ray’s Take: So, you’re planning to start your family. Have you considered the finances involved beyond painting a room and knowing it’s going to take a lot of diapers? Three can certainly live as cheaply as two – as long as one of them doesn’t eat or wear clothes.

9. Last Word: $4.8 Billion of TNT, North Parkway Complications and Graceland West -

FedEx sets a date next week for its acquisition of TNT Express – a $4.8 billion deal that was approved by TNT shareholders Wednesday.

10. Chandler Reports Releases Q1 Review -

Real estate information company Chandler Reports has released its first-quarter installment of the Chandler Review, available to view and download for free at http://bit.ly/ChandlerReviewQ12016.

11. Poplar Place Apartments Sell for $15.3 Million -

1669 Randolph Place
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $15.3 million

Sale Date: May 6

Buyer: Poplar Place TN Townhomes LLC

12. Better, Faster Insight-Based Innovation -

Better & Faster Workshop at the Front End of Innovation Conference

A masterclass with Jeremy Gutsche, the CEO of Trend Hunter and the best-selling author of “Better & Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas.”

13. Hearst Foundations Awards $100K for U of M Students -

The University of Memphis has received a $100,000 grant from The Hearst Foundations for the First Scholars program, which focuses on increasing the graduation rate for first-generation college students.

14. Memphis Remains a Hot Market for Investors -

Local rental housing continues to be a popular buy for real estate investors. In the first quarter of 2016, 1,017 rental homes were purchased in Memphis and Shelby County, accounting for 30 percent of all home sales, according to data from Chandler Reports, a division of The Daily News Publishing Co.

15. Last Word: GMF Aftermath, Cop Counts and Budgets and Richardson Towers' Fall -

More on the move by Bank of New York to have a receiver appointed for the Warren and Tulane Apartments currently owned by Global Ministries Foundation.

GMF CEO Rev. Richard Hamlet responded Wednesday to the filing in Memphis federal court saying he agrees that a receiver for the property is a good idea. But he doesn’t agree – and in fact, strongly disagrees with the claims and reasoning behind the bank’s call for the receiver.

16. Shelby County Housing Market Looks Strong -

All market fundamentals were positive for Shelby County home sales in April, making it the strongest month so far in 2016.

Year-to-date home sales and total sales revenue are both up 9 percent from the same period in 2015.

17. Hearst Foundations Award $100K for U of M Students -

The University of Memphis has received a $100,000 grant from The Hearst Foundations for the First Scholars program, which focuses on increasing the graduation rate for first-generation college students.

18. Impact of Low Housing Inventory Spreads to Home-Staging Business -

The low inventory of single-family homes means prices are higher and homes are selling quicker, but also that fewer people are dressing up their homes to make them more attractive to potential buyers in the market.

19. Weirich Gets Body-Cam Help Until July -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, May 9, three temporary positions for the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office toward the rollout of Memphis Police Department body cameras.

20. County Commission Debates Body Cam Compromise, Minority Business Contracts -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, May 9, three temporary positions for the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office toward the roll out of Memphis Police Department body cameras.

21. County Commission Debates Body Cam Compromise, Minority Business Contracts -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, May 9, three temporary positions for the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office toward the roll out of Memphis Police Department body cameras.

22. Marchionne: Self-Driving Cars Could Be on Roads in 5 Years -

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) – Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says working with Google convinced him that self-driving technology is closer than he thought and could be on the road in five years.

23. Memphis MSA Industrial Sector Has A Strong First Quarter After Record 2015 -

The Memphis MSA industrial sector had a strong first quarter after a record-breaking year in 2015.

Last year saw a record absorption rate of 8.4 million square feet, which is 2 million square feet higher than 2006’s pre-recession levels.

24. Last Word: Mall Demo, Defining 'Fringe Element' and Herenton's New Path -

Once upon a time there were three “town centers” planned by the city of Memphis.

City facilities like libraries and police precincts would be the anchors and encourage private retail development in them.

25. As Big 12 Ponders Expansion, American on Guard for Losses -

The Big 12 presidents will consider in the coming weeks whether the league should expand, leaving the American Athletic Conference on guard for the possibility of one or more defections.

“We always have plans for contingencies that might arise,” American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

26. Survey: US Businesses Add Jobs at Slowest Pace in 3 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies added jobs at the slowest pace in three years in April, a private survey found, a sign that slower growth and volatile financial markets could be weighing on hiring.

27. Federal Regulators Close Memphis-Based Bank -

Trust Co. Bank of Memphis has failed, with state and federal regulators announcing Friday, April 29, they had closed all four branches of the West Tennessee financial institution and arranged a purchase agreement to protect depositors.

28. LMCB Social Does the Marketing Many Small-Business Owners Can’t -

Any business has a lot of variables, unique variables that those not in the industry could never fully grasp.

But time is finite for all. So when Lisa Creswell Busby started her own one-woman shop, LMCB Social, she did so with a certainty of understanding:

29. Does Your Company Website Need a Makeover? -

You never get a second chance to make a first impression – and that concept also rings true for websites.

Whether you’re are a nonprofit, consumer-focused, institutional, or business-to-business organization, an engaging website is an important tool in reaching your audience in a succinct and meaningful way. Revamping your site can not only help you stand out, it can also protect your data – out-of-date software is one of the main ways websites get hacked.

30. Fed Keeps Key Rate Unchanged; No Hint on Timing of Next Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided no hint of when its next rate hike may occur.

31. Regionalism Enhances Recruiting For Cities in Metros -

When Memphis hits a dirty dozen list – whether it’s for crime, or education attainment, or poverty – those ratings are based on Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area data.

And while Memphis, as the largest city in the MSA, has the lion’s share of economic disparity, those problems don’t just effect the city’s 600,000 citizens.

32. Bridging a Divide -

The Mid-South is united by more than the Mississippi River, but that’s what it took to get the region’s mayors in the same room.

In the aftermath of the 2011 Mississippi River flood, damage stretched from Millington’s naval base to Memphis’ Beale Street. Leaders of the affected municipalities had to come together to apply for FEMA grants and plot their way out of devastation.

33. Missing Ingredient for Millennials: Down-Payment Savings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Short of savings and burdened by debt, America's millennials are struggling to afford their first homes in the face of sharply higher prices in many of the most desirable cities.

34. $12.6M Building Permit For New Ballet Memphis HQ -

2144 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Permit Amount: $12.6 million

Owner: Ballet Memphis
Tenant: Ballet Memphis
Architect: Archimania
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder
Details: Ballet Memphis is setting the stage for its Overton Square headquarters as Grinder, Taber & Grinder recently applied for a $12.6 million building permit for new construction.

35. I Wrote This Just for You -

In “Blink: The Power to Think Without Thinking,” acclaimed author Malcolm Gladwell addresses first impressions. His book doesn’t come from the angle of how to make great first impressions – a genuine smile, firm handshake, pressed clothing and all those tips we’ve turned into habits over the years.  

36. Michigan Urges Toughest Lead Rules in U.S. After Flint Crisis -

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would have the toughest lead-testing rules in the nation and require the replacement of all underground lead service pipes in the state under a sweeping plan that Gov. Rick Snyder and a team of water experts unveiled Friday in the wake of Flint's water crisis.

37. Middle Tennessee real estate trends for March 2016 -

March 2016 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

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38. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand -

When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.

39. Shelby County Home Sales Up in March, Inventory Growing Slowly -

In March, Shelby County home sales rose 4 percent year-over-year with 1,347 recorded for the month compared to 1,295 in 2015.

“It looks like the number of sales are up dramatically,” said Thomas Murphree, principal of Birch Tree Realty Resources. “For the number of sales, that’s a healthy increase.”

40. Downtown Gets Creative With Office Users -

The Downtown Memphis Commission is rebranding Memphis’ urban core to attract millennials and fill in office space vacancies with the next creative firm or startup.

Announced in November, “My HQ is Downtown” is a comprehensive marketing strategy that sells Downtown as a creative hotspot.

41. Last Word: The Zoo's Proposal, Health and Ed In Limbo and Annexation's Effect -

A busy weekend on several fronts not the least of which was Overton Park and the Greensward controversy.
The Greensward itself was pretty subdued on a chilly Saturday.
The action was to be found in an email the zoo sent out Saturday making some proposals and offering some thoughts on the traffic and parking study the Overton Park Conservancy released last week.
Here is our summary
of what the zoo is offering in what may be a new effort in the public discussion.
Of course, the private discussion which is the mediation effort continues. But it sounds like some of the mediation discussions may be finding their way into the public discussion.
The public discussion has been sporadically active but very muted so far. For instance there has been talk before of zoo parking on the eastern side of the park in what until recently was a city maintenance yard.
The proposal by the zoo was shot down pretty quickly because it included running a tram through the Old Forest.
But there are some scenarios that wouldn’t take such a tram through the Old Forest.
The zoo email from Saturday isn’t specific on how the folks who would park at the maintenance yard would get from there to the zoo.
Presumably that is grounds for some type of discussion.

42. Moving Dirt -

The Memphis development community is looking inward and upward to increase density in the urban core. New construction is happening across all four commercial real estate sectors, with long-anticipated projects like Trader Joe’s and the redevelopment of Central Station finally coming to fruition. Construction and operating costs continue to be a challenge as new projects hit the top of their class to command higher rents.

43. US Hiring Reaches 9-Year High; Job Openings Slip -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. hiring jumped to a nine-year high in February, a sign of robust business demand for new workers, while the number of open positions slipped.

The Labor Department reported Tuesday that 5.4 million people found jobs, a 5.8 percent jump from January and the most since November 2006. More Americans also quit their jobs. Both figures point to a healthier, more dynamic labor market.

44. Doctors Applaud End of Tennessee's Fetal Assault Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Brittany Hudson was pregnant, addicted to painkillers and afraid of a Tennessee law that calls for the arrest of mothers of drug-dependent babies. She eventually gave birth without medical help, on the side of a road in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

45. Genome Explorations Leads Push To Bring Personalized Medicine to Patients -

Memphis-based Genome Explorations is hoping to take 15 years of genetics and pharmacogenetics research and translate it into personalized medicine that will fundamentally change the way prolific diseases like cancer and heart disease are treated.

46. Fertile Ground -

Residents of the Memphis Medical District have begun filing in to the Premier Palace ballroom on Madison Avenue, along with area stakeholders, planners and other attendees who have business interests in the area.

47. Federal Officials, Advocates Push Pill-Tracking Databases -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's top health officials are stepping up calls to require doctors to log in to pill-tracking databases before prescribing painkillers and other high-risk drugs.

48. Innovation Firm Puts ‘Little Bird’ on Companies’ Shoulder -

When Zack Perry and Nicole Heckman were kicking around names for the innovation consultancy they launched a little more than a year ago, they focused on the way they wanted to help bring change to organizations.

49. First Tennessee Offers New Business Tech Solutions -

First Tennessee Bank is now offering a technology suite of hardware and software offerings to small businesses, aiming to help those businesses capture customer data from sales transactions rather than having to rely on intuition.

50. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

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

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

51. Cleaning House -

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

52. First Tennessee Offering New Business Tech Solutions -

First Tennessee Bank is now offering a technology suite of hardware and software offerings to small businesses, aiming to help those businesses capture customer data from sales transactions rather than having to rely on intuition.

53. March Is a Good Month to Find Deals on Japanese Cars -

DETROIT (AP) – If you're in the market for a Japanese car, March is a good time to buy.

Unlike U.S., European and Korean automakers, which end their financial year on Dec. 31, Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. close their books on March 31. In order to hit their annual sales targets, Japanese automakers usually ramp up the promotions and deals in March.

54. US Government Sets Record for Failures to Find Files When Asked -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration set a record for the number of times its federal employees told disappointed citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn't find a single page requested under the Freedom of Information Act, according to a new Associated Press analysis of government data.

55. Roadmap to Attacking Blight Awaits City and County Approval -

Blighted properties, overgrown lots and abandoned buildings are not unique to Memphis. But Memphis is the only city with a blight elimination charter that affirms cross-sector commitment to uproot the causes of blight and prevent further decline.

56. Percussion to Pluto: A UT Student’s Unusual Journey -

Chad Melton has always loved astronomy, but he never really mastered mathematics in high school. Since math is essential to astronomy, majoring in it in his first round of college wasn’t really an option. He ended up following his other love – music – and spent time on the road playing drums with various musicians.

57. Percussion to Pluto: A UT Student’s Unusual Journey -

Chad Melton has always loved astronomy, but he never really mastered mathematics in high school. Since math is essential to astronomy, majoring in it in his first round of college wasn’t really an option. He ended up following his other love – music – and spent time on the road playing drums with various musicians.

58. US Job Market's January Stumble Likely to Prove Temporary -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. job market stumbled a bit in January, yet data released Thursday suggests the slowdown was likely temporary.

Total hiring fell sharply that month, the Labor Department said, and the number of people quitting their jobs also dropped.

59. Stop Settling for Ordinary -

We live in a world of stiff competition with so much noise competing for consumer attention that it can be painfully difficult for brands to get noticed and stand apart from their competition.

That’s why the lion’s share of brands simply settle for being ordinary. It’s just easier. As football coaching legend Lou Holtz said, “In this world you’re either growing or you’re dying, so get in motion and grow.”

60. MWBE Taskforce Searching for Concrete Plan -

The Memphis City Council is the latest group to address the disparity of business secured by women- and minority-owned businesses in the city and county.

On March 14, the MWBE Taskforce held its inaugural meeting. Organized by council member Janis Fullilove, it will propose realistic and and sustainable approaches that the city could take to increase the participation of MWBEs.

61. Snapchat, Seagate Among Companies Duped in Tax-Fraud Scam -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Tax-filing season is turning into a nightmare for thousands of employees whose companies have been duped by email fraudsters. A major phishing scheme has tricked several major companies – among them, the messaging service Snapchat and disk-drive maker Seagate Technology – into relinquishing tax documents that exposed their workers' incomes, addresses and Social Security numbers.

62. Strickland Backs No-Gang Zones in Legal Challenge -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says court-ordered zones that forbid alleged gang members from gathering or associating in public within the zone are working as a crime-fighting tactic.

63. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 33 Percent in February -

Bankers and real estate professionals were insisting as 2016 got under way that a hot mortgage market was in the cards, and the just-in numbers for February appear to add some weight to that belief.

64. Anne Dixon Joins BRIDGES as CFO -

Anne Dixon has joined BRIDGES as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Dixon, who is a Bridge Builders alumna, is responsible in her new role for financial reporting and analysis to help BRIDGES leadership in performing their responsibilities. 

65. US Consumer Borrowing Growth Slows in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers bumped up their borrowing in January at the slowest rate pace in nearly three years, as outstanding revolving debt – such as credit cards – slipped from December.

66. Fed Vice Chair Sees Hints of Too-Low Inflation Moving Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said Monday that inflation in the U.S. may be starting to tick up from too-low levels, a key condition for further interest rate hikes.

67. Survey: US Companies Added 214,000 Jobs In February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses added a healthy 214,000 jobs last month, another sign that the U.S. job market remains resilient despite economic weakness overseas and tumult in financial markets.

68. Pentagon Seeks a Few Good Computer Hackers to Test Security -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon is looking for a few good computer hackers.

Screened high-tech specialists will be brought in to try to breach the Defense Department's public Internet pages in a pilot program aimed at finding and fixing cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

69. Hopson: Help ASD Improve, At Least for Now -

The state-run Achievement School District has a problem in how it engages with the public, especially in areas where it is about to take over a school.

But Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson isn’t ready to say it is time for the state to pick a winner and a loser and fund either the ASD or Innovation Zone schools run by SCS.

70. US Economy Ends 2015 on Better Note, Starts 2016 With a Bang -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy got a double dose of good news Friday. Economic growth in the final three months of 2015 didn't slow as much as previously estimated, and consumers roared back to life in January, spending at the fastest clip in eight months.

71. Last Word: Presidential Distractions, Dude Perfect and The Kirby Farm House -

When it comes to political surprises, the presidential contenders may be the next group on the ballot locally. But they need to up their game if they are going to hold the attention of Memphis voters.
With three of the Republican contenders on their way to Shelby County this weekend and probably more making plans, the attention Tuesday shifted dramatically to the open 8th District Congressional seat that isn’t on the ballot until the August primaries.

72. Apple: Feds Want to Circumvent Security on Other Phones, Too -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple is challenging government efforts to overcome encryption on at least 14 electronic devices nationwide in addition to the phone of a San Bernardino, California, shooter, its lawyers say.

73. US Bank Earnings Jump 11.9 Percent In 4Q; Loan Losses Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The impact of plummeting oil prices has shown up in the financial picture of U.S. banks, whose losses from loans increased for the first time in five and half years, according to new government data.

74. Zuckerberg to Press On With Internet Access Despite Setback -

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed Monday to press on with his 3-year-old effort to bring the developing world online, even after Indian regulators banned one of the pillars of the campaign.

75. Big Tech Companies Join Apple in Its Encryption Fight -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The tech industry is starting to line up with Apple in its fight against the federal government over the encryption it uses to keep iPhones secure.

Earlier this week, a U.S. magistrate ordered Apple to help investigators break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters. Apple was given until Tuesday to challenge that ruling, but a person familiar with the case says Apple has been granted an extension until next Friday.

76. Minutes Show Fed Worried By Global Turmoil -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers expressed growing concerns at their meeting last month about potential threats to the U.S. economy, including turbulence in financial markets, plunging oil prices and slowing growth in China and other emerging markets.

77. I-Team Veteran Takes Reins Of Innovate Memphis -

Two years ago, when Justin Entzminger found a job that combined his background in entrepreneurship with his dedication to the public realm, he jumped at the chance to join the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team.

78. West Cancer Center Arms Up in Fight Against Brain Cancer -

West Cancer Center has a new tool in its arsenal with which to treat brain cancer and to, in the cancer treatment center’s description, “significantly” extend the rate of patient survival.

79. Memphians Invited to the Table for Black Restaurant Week -

At Mot & Ed’s restaurant, regular customers go back a couple of generations. Owner Edna Banks-Hawkins only opened the soul food restaurant four years ago, but people come in with memories of her family’s chain of Boyd BBQ restaurants.

80. The Week Ahead: Feb. 12, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from circus clowns to Republican senators…

Both U.S. Senators representing Tennessee will be in Memphis Saturday for the Shelby County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Gala, historically the local party’s largest annual fundraising event.
Sen. Bob Corker is the keynote speaker with Sen. Lamar Alexander as a special guest.
The Lincoln Day gatherings are county-by-county events across the state that can extend far beyond the shadow of Presidents Day: A few of the Lincoln Day dinners have been known to find a place on the calendar in April.
This is the 41st Lincoln Day event in Shelby County, which puts the local event’s origins squarely in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, a low-point for Republican fortunes nationally after the state’s modern Republican party was formed and prospered in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The event always comes with a large helping of local candidates testing the political waters among the dinner tables between podium speeches.
This year, the Shelby County event is sure to feature partisans from the various Republican presidential campaigns because of its place on the February calendar during the early voting period before the March 1 election day.

81. Strickland Wants Contract, Pay Boost for Memphis' Next Police Director -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to offer the next Memphis Police Department director a multi-year contract for more than the $150,000 the city is currently paying interim police director Michael Rallings.

82. New Numbers: Memphis Industrial Market Breaks Records -

The Memphis industrial sector had a banner year in 2015. According to year-end data from Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, last year’s absorption level came in at 8.4 million square feet, 2 million square feet higher than 2006’s pre-recession levels and a record for the market.

83. McMullen Takes on Public Sector Challenges as City’s Legal Chief -

Bruce McMullen remembers his hometown of Sparta, Georgia, as small, about 3,000 people.

“Life was pretty simple,” he said. “A lot of family, a lot of friends.”

84. Yellen: Persistent Economic Weakness Could Slow Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy's growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes.

85. 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.

86. McQueen Defends TNReady Tests Following Delays -

When school systems across the state began logging onto the state of Tennessee’s site for the first wave of TNReady math and language arts achievement tests Monday, Feb. 8, the network that connected all of those local servers was “saturated” doing other things, according to state education officials.

87. Drug Testing for Benefits Yields Few Positive Results -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say less than 0.2 percent of people who have applied for welfare since July 2014 have failed a drug test mandated for some.

Citing data provided by the Department of Human Services to The Tennessean, the newspaper reports that 65 of 39,121 people applying for Families First cash assistance benefits tested positive for drugs since the law was implemented.

88. New Brass -

Just days before Toney Armstrong was off the city payroll, his successor as interim director of the Memphis Police Department, Michael Rallings, was getting used to the attention and ring kissing that comes with being the city’s top cop.

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. 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

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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.