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1. Pinnacle Financial Partners Makes Memphis Hires -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added some new talent in Memphis.

Leigh Brown joins Pinnacle as a client service specialist for the firm’s Cordova office. She brings a seven-year career from Wells Fargo Bank, where roles included serving as lead teller, customer sales and service representative, service manager and personal banker.

2. Poplar Commons Developers Pull Permits Totaling $15.5M -

The developer of the Poplar Commons shopping center, which will open in fall 2017, has applied for its first batch of construction permits for the 135,000-square-foot center.

The largest permit Seritage Growth Partners is seeking is $10.5 million for a single-story retail building at 4572 Poplar Ave., labeled as building 1.

3. Poplar Commons Developers Pull Permits Totaling $15.5 Million -

The developer of the Poplar Commons shopping center, which will open in fall 2017, has applied for its first batch of construction permits for the 135,000-square-foot center.

The largest permit Seritage Growth Partners is seeking is $10.5 million for a single-story retail building at 4572 Poplar Ave., labeled as building 1.

4. 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.

5. Tennessee Law Strips University Diversity Office Funding -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill to strip funding from the diversity office at Tennessee's flagship public university became law without Gov. Bill Haslam's signature on Friday.

Lawmakers had been angered by the University of Tennessee's diversity office recommendations to use gender-neutral pronouns for transgender students and to avoid religious-themed holiday parties. So they voted to remove about $446,000 in state funds for the office and instead use the money to pay for minority scholarships.

6. Poll: Age, Income Factors in Staying With Single Employer -

CHICAGO (AP) – A new poll says more than 40 percent of America's baby boomers stayed with their employer for more than 20 years. But it's unlikely that their children or grandchildren will experience the same job tenure.

7. Joerger and Grizzlies Both had the Itch -

If Dave Joerger and the Memphis Grizzlies had been a married couple, they would have been those unsettled spouses forever undercutting each other in dinner party conversations, rolling their eyes, and smiling fake “we really do love each other smiles” while checking out all the other guests.

8. LGBT Community Braces for Impact of New Counseling Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Roddy Biggs was 13 and depressed, and had been seeing a therapist for six months before he revealed something he had denied even to himself: He was gay.

It took time because he hadn't fully acknowledged his sexuality, but also because he had to trust the therapist, he said.

9. Why is Tennessee’s Bankruptcy Rate So High? -

Tennessee led the nation in bankruptcy filings last year with 36,052 filings – more than twice the national average. Several factors contribute to the state’s high filing rate.

One reason is that Tennessee is creditor-friendly and makes it easy for creditors to quickly garnish wages and foreclose on properties, explains bankruptcy attorney Larry Ahern, a partner at Brown & Ahern and an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School.

10. Tennessee Leads the Nation in Bankruptcies -

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

11. 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.

12. Big 12 a Nice Dream but a Remote Reality -

Wading in on Big 12 expansion, steroids in baseball and a few basketball questions ….

I applaud University of Memphis president David Rudd’s efforts to get the Tigers into the Big 12, should the league expand. In a short time, Rudd has been a strong influence on U of M athletics and he understands the bigger picture – that what is good for the athletics department will, in many cases, be good for the university and the city.

13. Legislative Losers: All Who Disagree With Legislators -

The 109th General Assembly is done – almost – for the year. Here’s a look at the winners and losers.

Winner: State budget

Buoyed by $400 million in surplus revenue from fiscal 2015 and $450 million in projected surpluses for the coming fiscal year, Gov. Bill Haslam spread the wealth in a $34.9 billion budget. 

14. Last Word: BSMF Looks Up, Overton Park Respite and Slow Economic Growth -

The Beale Street Music Festival box office numbers won’t be in for a bit yet. But it looks like the three-day event that ended Sunday evening with Beck and Paul Simon weathered the weather very well, maybe better than usual.

15. 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.

16. 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:

17. Mortgage Market Up 3 Percent In March -

Shelby County’s mortgage market closed out the first quarter by posting March numbers that headed in the direction bankers and real estate professionals like to see.

Last month’s total purchase mortgage volume was a little more than $131 million, up by $3.4 million over March 2015’s total of almost $128 million, for a gain of about 3 percent. That’s according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

18. Aim for the Stars: How to Reach C-Level Decision Makers -

Getting a meeting with C-level decision makers is no easy task, but it can be done. As with any true success, it all starts with doing your homework.

First, target the right organizations. Make a list of 10 to 20 companies that would make an ideal customer. Once you do, you will want to spend some time researching those businesses. Use any online resource you can, from the website to social media to business journals.

19. Canadian Pacific Ends Bid to Buy Norfolk Southern -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Canadian Pacific said Monday that it is ending its nearly $30 billion takeover bid for Norfolk Southern, less than six months after it offered to buy the rival railroad.

20. Time for Strunk to Become Titans' Most Valuable Player -

Quick question about the Titans: Who has the most to prove?

Is it Mike Mularkey, a two-time loser as a head coach?

Is it Jon Robinson, a first-time general manager?

21. Memphis Baseball Trusting Young Pitchers -

University of Memphis baseball coach Daron Schoenrock looks at his freshmen pitchers and sees talent and promise, even if at times this season “the moments have been a little big for them.”

22. New State Process Targets Unemployment Fraud -

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development believes a recently implemented measure to prevent unemployment-benefits fraud could save the state millions of dollars in the first few months.

23. 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.

24. Tennessee Takes Steps to Prevent Unemployment Fraud -

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development believes a recently implemented measure to prevent unemployment-benefits fraud could save the state millions of dollars in the first few months.

25. Memphis Habitat Receives Statewide Grant Funds -

Memphis Habitat has received a $13,500 grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency through Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee to support the construction of a new home in Uptown.

The funds were part of a $500,000 grant Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee received from the THDA Housing Trust Fund to distribute among the 50 Habitat affiliates across Tennessee to aid in the construction of 20 homes statewide.

26. Ulta to Join Nordstrom Rack in Poplar Commons Retail Center -

Ulta Beauty will be a neighbor of Nordstrom Rack in the upcoming Poplar Commons shopping center, set to open in the fall of 2017.

This will be the third Ulta store in the Memphis market and the first in the East Memphis submarket.

27. Nordstrom Will Lure More Class A Retailers to Memphis -

Nordstrom Rack is just the tip of the Class A iceberg. At least three more best-in-class retailers are headed for the newly-built East Memphis shopping center, and the fate of the Wolfchase Galleria Sears is to be decided.

28. Last Word: Hedgepeth Speaks, Josh Pastner's Future and Big Box Liquor -

Where else is there to begin but the Greensward controversy.
And we start with an email from Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth in what is rapidly becoming a Last Word tradition and institution – the email in full.

29. Hedgepeth Defends Greensward Action, Conservancy Moves to Mediation -

Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth says the body's Tuesday, March 1, vote to give the Memphis Zoo control of part of the Overton Park Greensward was an attempt to “rectify a mistake.”

30. Best-in-Class Retailers to Join Nordstrom Rack in East Memphis -

Nordstrom Rack is just the tip of the Class A iceberg. At least three more best-in-class retailers are headed for the newly built East Memphis shopping center, and the fate of the Wolfchase Galleria Sears is to be decided.

31. Still Tough to Play, Grizzlies Blending Old And New Ways to Keep Winning -

Coach George Karl’s Denver teams used to battle against this incarnation of the Memphis Grizzlies. Now, his Sacramento Kings come into FedExForum and engage in elbow-to-elbow and push-and-pull hardwood combat with the edited version of this era’s Grizzlies.

32. Birth of a Product Company, Part 3 -

Editor’s note: Part three of a four-part series. At this point in the dialogue, I felt the need to break down the conversation into helpful actions in two main categories: test marketing and business planning.

33. Post-Gasol: Grizz Doing What They Have To Do, How They Have To Do It -

Marc Gasol has said it. Zach Randolph has said it. Tony Allen has said it ad nauseam.

“We hang our hats on the defensive end.”

34. Rare Wins for Democrats on Guns, Outsourcing -

Legislative Democrats got a chance to beat their chests a little bit after a proposal to allow guns in the state Capitol and Legislative Plaza failed, and they hope to do the same with outsourcing.

35. Meeting the Demands of a Rapidly Aging Population -

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

36. Gasol Just Did What We Really Wanted – Played -

We want our pro athletes tough and, if possible, indestructible. Makes us feel like they’re actually entitled to their millions. It works out well for everyone. Player wins. Team wins. Fans win.

37. Gasol Just Did What We Really Wanted -- Played -

We want our pro athletes tough and, if possible, indestructible.

Makes us feel like they’re actually entitled to their millions.

It works out well for everyone. Player wins. Team wins. Fans win.

38. Last Word: Leaving Warren and Tulane, New Police Brass and Losing Housing -

Post Super Bowl edition of Last Word: Broncos 24 – Panthers 10 – Lady Gaga’s National Anthem kudos – Coldplay/Bruno Mars/Beyonce ambitious halftime extravaganza got lost in spots by bad sound.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. Accounting Firm Celebrates Centennial With Service -

The accounting firm of Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year by giving back.

Managing partner John Griesbeck said the firm had the community in mind when planning its centennial celebration. As a result, firm employees will volunteer and give back to several local organizations for 100 days straight starting this spring.

42. Accounting Firm Celebrates Centennial With Service -

The accounting firm of Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year by giving back.

Managing partner John Griesbeck said the firm had the community in mind when planning its centennial celebration. As a result, firm employees will volunteer and give back to several local organizations for 100 days straight starting this spring.

43. Last Word: New Minority Business Numbers, The House Affair and The Heights -

The recently revived discussion on minority business in Memphis is about to go back on the front burner again. Fueling the intensity are new U.S. Census numbers. They show the percentage of business receipts in Memphis produced by black-owned businesses has dropped since the 2007 census numbers showed a 1.08 percent share of those receipts by black-owned businesses. That in a city whose population is 63 percent African-American.
The drop to below one percent is even though the overall receipts in 2012 were higher than they were in 2007.
Madeline Faber is the first to report the new numbers as part of a cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, that will be on the streets and in the racks Saturday, on-line Friday afternoon.
The numbers are such a telling story and such an important indicator that we broke it out as its own story in advance of the cover story.

44. 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.

45. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.

46. First Building Permit Pulled For Crosstown Concourse Build-Out -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $15.6 million

Application Date: January 2016

47. Outside the Box -

Southwest Tennessee Community College is opening its new Whitehaven Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The building, which accommodates nearly 2,000 students at 1234 Finley Road off Elvis Presley Boulevard, is seeing new life following its run as a Kroger store that closed in 2011.

48. 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.

49. Pinnacle Financial Partners Adds to Ranks in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is growing again at its Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

Matt Buyer and Ashley Preskenis are the latest additions, from SunTrust and First Tennessee Bank, respectively.

50. Graffiti Green Light -

Brandon Marshall is a full-time artist, making a living painting commissioned murals for clients. He’s also well-versed in the graffiti world of Memphis, a small but determined group of artists who tag properties around the city.

51. Pinnacle Financial Partners Adds to Ranks in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is growing again at its Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

Matt Buyer and Ashley Preskenis are the latest additions, from SunTrust and First Tennessee Bank, respectively.

52. Memphis Legislators Sound Off On State-Run School District -

Armed with a Vanderbilt University study showing Shelby County schools that were taken over by the state’s Achievement School District are showing little to no improvement, Memphis legislators are nearly ready to kill the experiment.

53. Mall of Memphis Property Bought by Trucking Company -

113-Acre Former
Mall of Memphis Site
Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Buyer: TAG Real Estate Holdings LLC
Seller: Memphis Industrial Properties LLC (Johnson Development Associates Inc.)
Loan Amount: $23 million
Loan Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Lender: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC
Details: The 113-acre former Mall of Memphis property has a new owner. TAG Real Estate Holdings, an affiliate of Memphis-based TAG Truck Enterprises LLC, paid $3.9 million, or $34,513 an acre, to buy the property from Johnson Development Associates Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties LLC.

54. 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.

55. US Sues VW Over Emissions-Cheating Software in Diesel Cars -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Volkswagen on Monday over emissions-cheating software found in nearly 600,000 vehicles sold in the United States.

The civil complaint against the German automaker, filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency in U.S. District Court in Detroit, alleges the company illegally installed software designed to make its diesel engines pass federal emissions standards while undergoing laboratory testing. The vehicles then switched off those measures to boost performance in real-world driving conditions, resulting in greenhouse gas emissions up to 40 times greater than federal environmental standards.

56. Poplar Ave. Car Wash Sells for $2.5 Million -

The Boomerang Carwash at 4831 Poplar Ave. has sold for $2.5 million

Arkansas-based Washpop LLC purchased the property from Bailey’s Tunnel Wash LLC in a Dec. 23 warranty deed. In conjunction with the sale, Washpop filed a five-year, $2.5 million mortgage with First Capital Bank.

57. Poplar Ave. Car Wash Sells for $2.5 Million -

The Boomerang Carwash at 4831 Poplar Ave. has sold for $2.5 million

Arkansas-based Washpop LLC purchased the property from Bailey’s Tunnel Wash LLC in a Dec. 23 warranty deed. In conjunction with the sale, Washpop filed a five-year, $2.5 million mortgage with First Capital Bank.

58. iBank Tower Sells for $19.2 Million -

The iBank Tower, located at 5050 Poplar Ave., has sold for $19.2 million, and for the first time, the same owner controls both the iBank Tower and the nearby Clark Tower at 5100 Poplar Ave.

59. 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.

60. Walking On in Memphis Is A Big Part of Tigers Turnaround -

They come from near and far, from Christian Brothers, Millington and Whitehaven high schools. From Atco, N.J., League City, Texas, and Newnan, Ga.

61. Corker Says Visa Waivers a Bigger Risk Than Refugees -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he believes the nation needs to stop admitting Syrian refugees until security problems are solved, but the nation’s “bigger risk” in letting terrorists slip into the country lies with the nation’s Visa Waiver Program.

62. Holiday Inn Express Ready To Rise Near Graceland -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Loan Amount: $4.8 million

63. Planning the Perfect Wedding -

Weddings begin with the venue. “A venue holds everything,” says Kristin King, who is opening a new event facility, The Sloane, in Nashville’s Gulch area in 2016.

64. Memphis Opens DNA Storage Facility for Rape Kits -

The Memphis Police Department’s new $1 million property- and evidence-storage facility marks a milestone, according to top city and law enforcement leaders. To them it is an important point in the city’s three-year quest to clear a backlog of more than 12,000 unprocessed sexual assault kits that date back to the late 1970s.

65. Obama Signs 5-Year Infrastructure Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A 5-year, $305-billion bill to address the nation's aging and congested transportation systems was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama, who said it will put Americans to work and provide states with the federal help they need to commit to long-term projects.

66. Accelerate Growth By Integrating Research -

Stephanie Cunningham, Associate Director, Global Insights Business Lead – Specialty Division, The Clorox Co.; Jody McInerney, Senior Vice President, Burke Inc.

67. How to Keep Workplace Lions at Bay -

A lion used to prowl about a field in which four oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them.

68. Paris Remains Open for Travel -

Paris is open for travel.

What once was an obvious statement now comes with a question mark for some travelers. After the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks that saw 129 killed and hundreds more wounded at several locations throughout Paris, canceling travel plans to the City of Light might seem prudent.

69. Playoff Committee Knows 2 Losses Don’t Define Memphis Season -

Two straight losses knocked the University of Memphis football team from the national polls.

Not a surprise and not unfair.

But after the Tigers lost at home to Navy and its diabolical triple-option offense, and by a single point at Houston – yes, they blew a 20-point fourth-quarter lead – they remained at No. 21 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

70. Roundup: Memphis Financial Firms Stay Busy -

Here’s a look at some of what’s kept Memphis’ financial community busy in recent weeks, from deals to new products and services to personnel changes.

• Lenders in Memphis and Shelby County had a decent October, according to the latest numbers from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Purchase loan activity was up 11 percent for the month on a volume basis.

71. Hoops & Dreams -

They were but a few words, yet they seemed to capture the mindset of the University of Memphis basketball program’s high-expectation fan base.

“Get back to like it was,” said former Tigers guard Jeremy Hunt.

72. Business-Nonprofit Partnerships Crucial to Transforming Communities -

Whether in Memphis, Nashville or metro Denver, there are success stories. Businesses and nonprofits coming together not just to create jobs, but to forge life-changing opportunities that turn out to be positive for everyone involved.

73. 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.

74. Design Board Approves New Peabody Place Facade -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board approved a multitude of Downtown projects Wednesday, Nov. 4, including new Peabody Place Tower signage and Central Station plans that include an outdoor Malco movie screen.

75. State Systems Inc. Buys New HQ -

One of the Economic Development Growth Engine’s latest payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients is expanding its market footprint and real estate holdings with the recent purchase of seven Memphis properties.

76. City Council Approves Hotel-Retail Development Near Shelby Show Place Arena -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Oct. 20, plans to develop one of the few open parcels of land along Germantown Parkway as either a hotel with retail or two retail strips.

The Germantown Market planned development by the Debra Loskovitz Spousal Trust is on the east side of Germantown Parkway, south of Timber Creek Drive next to the Shelby Show Place Arena.

77. Memphis City Council to Vote On Agricenter Hotel -

The Memphis City Council votes Tuesday, Oct. 20, on a planned development that could add a hotel to the area surrounding Agricenter International.

Developers for the Debra Loskovitz Spousal Trust have two possible plans for the four-acre development, which will be located east of Germantown Parkway and south of the Shelby Farms Show Place Arena.

78. Boyle Buys Vining Sparks HQ For $16.3M -

776 Ridge Lake Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $16.3 million

Sale Date: Oct. 15

79. Haslam Defends Recommendation for Advisers to Avoid Email -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is defending a practice among his outsourcing advisers to avoid email correspondence to prevent information getting out to the public.

The Republican governor told reporters after an economic development conference this week that it's a standard practice of "sharing some wisdom" with new employees who have come to government from the private sector that all of their correspondence is subject to Tennessee's open records laws.

80. 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.

81. New Mayor in Town -

Jim Strickland has some big decisions to make.

At the top of the list: make sure the toilets are flushing, the lights are coming on at night and the stoplights are flashing red, yellow and green.

82. 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.

83. Just Another Predictable SEC Football Season? Not Quite -

The Ol’ Ball Coach resigned at South Carolina. No more Steve Spurrier fun and frivolity at SEC Media Days, no more jabs at opposing coaches, no more quips that make sports writers tingle.

And yes, Justin Fuente is one of the names being floated for the South Carolina job.

84. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” Tuesday, Oct. 13, through Oct. 18 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

85. Belz Sells Champion Hills Office Building for $7.8M -

3725 Champion Hills Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $7.8 million

Sale Date: Oct. 8, 2015
Buyer: Champion Hills Realty Holdings LLC
Seller: Belz Investco GP
Loan Amount: $5.5 million
Loan Date: Oct. 5, 2015
Lender: C-III Commercial Mortgage LLC
Details: Belz Enterprises made another big real estate deal on the tail of its recent announcement to redevelop the corner of McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue into a mixed-use development.

86. 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.

87. Events -

Touchdown Club of Memphis will meet Monday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is the guest speaker. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

88. First Horizon Closes on TrustAtlantic Acquisition -

First Horizon National Corp., the parent company of First Tennessee Bank, has closed on its acquisition of Raleigh, N.C.-based TrustAtlantic Bank.

89. Memphis Health Care Staffing Company Tweaks Brand -

A female-owned, Memphis-based health care business is tweaking its brand to reflect the full scope of its footprint and convey its national ambitions.

Source One Healthcare Professionals Inc., the corporate umbrella for health care organizations in two states, is altering its OR Nurses brand in Memphis and rebranding two Texas acquisitions under its new OR Nurses Nationwide brand.

90. First Horizon Closes On TrustAtlantic Acquisition -

First Horizon National Corp., the parent company of First Tennessee Bank, has closed on its acquisition of Raleigh, N.C.-based TrustAtlantic Bank.

91. Memphis College Prep Renovating Former Dunn Avenue Elementary -

1500 Dunn Ave.
Memphis, TN 38106

Permit Amount: $1.4 million

Application Date: Sept. 30

92. Shelby County Commission Agrees to Budget Summit -

Shelby County commissioners will meet with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in October to hold a budget summit.

93. 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.

94. Health Care Rx -

The debate, hand-wringing, expert studies and frustrations over what to do about fixing the nation’s health care system are certainly a testament to the scale of the problem and the elusiveness, so far, of solutions.

95. Public Outcry Kills Tennessee Bill to Charge for Public Records -

People of every political stripe across Tennessee are rising in protest to legislation allowing government to charge fees for inspection of public records.

Fisk University student Justin Jones said such a financial imposition would place an “undue burden” on his fellow collegians seeking information from public records as part of research papers and other assignments.

96. Mercedes-Benz Hires Heath Elliott as Sales Manager -

Heath Elliott has joined Mercedes-Benz of Collierville as general sales manager. In his new role, Elliott will manage the sales of all new and pre-owned cars sold at the dealership, which opened in 2014.

97. VW Chief 'Sorry' After EPA Says Firm Skirted Clean Air Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEO of Volkswagen apologized Sunday and VW customers said they felt duped after the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the German automaker skirted clean air rules by rigging emissions tests for about 500,000 diesel cars.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. Final Memphis Mayoral Debate Begins at 8 pm on WKNO -

On the road to the last televised debate in the Memphis mayor’s race, the four major candidates know each other well.

They each know the speeches of their rivals, as well as their own, and the ability to catch the other guy off guard becomes more difficult as a result.