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1. Grizzlies Grabbed Accomplished College Players in NBA Draft -

When last week’s NBA Draft tipped off, the Grizzlies were outsiders with no picks. It didn’t stay that way. General manager Chris Wallace had indicated weeks earlier the Grizzlies would approach this draft as if they had picks, adding, “You don’t know what opportunities will come your way in the 11th hour.”

2. Community Rx -

As one of the city’s premier medical institutions, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital stays as busy as you might expect for an organization that tries to operate on the leading edge of pediatric care.

3. Strickland Pushes Economic Breakthrough Outside City's Current Hot Spots -

The city of Memphis has to grow economically outside of the Poplar Avenue corridor of East Memphis, Midtown and Downtown if the city is to prosper, and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said that economic breakthrough can start in Whitehaven.

4. City Council Pushes Back at Administration -

Sometimes there are seven votes. Other times there aren’t. But Memphis City Council debates increasingly point to different thoughts about the city’s course as outlined by the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland.

5. City Council Approves DROP Freeze, Delays Stormwater and Sewer Fee Votes -

The city has its third voluntary freeze on retirements in two years with a Tuesday, June 20, vote by the Memphis City Council. But it came after lots of council debate about whether the freeze might have the opposite overall effect of stabilizing the Memphis Police force at the top for future growth in the ranks below or whether it will prompt the middle ranks to exit quicker if they can’t rise in the ranks.

6. Fed Raises Key Rate and Unveils Plan to Reduce Bond Holdings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised its key interest rate for the third time in six months, providing its latest vote of confidence in a slow-growing but durable economy. The Fed also announced plans to start gradually paring its bond holdings later this year, which could cause long-term rates to rise.

7. Fed is Set to Raise Rates This Week Despite Political Tumult -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington political world is in disarray. Britain's election tumult has scrambled the outlook for Europe. And economies in the United States and abroad are plodding along at a pace that hardly suggests robust health.

8. Trezevant High Principal Resigns, Renews Allegations of Illegal Activities -

When Ronnie Mackin, the principal of Trezevant High School, reported a discrepancy last September in the transcript grades of some football players, Shelby County Schools officials were quick to say the system had “the utmost confidence” in Mackin.

9. Mackin Renews Trezevant Grade-Tampering Allegations, Goes Public With More -

When Ronnie Mackin, the principal of Trezevant High School, reported a discrepancy last September in the transcript grades of some football players at his school and their grades in the same areas in other student records last October, Shelby County Schools officials were quick to say the school system had “the utmost confidence” in Mackin.

10. US Growth in First Quarter Upgraded to Still-Slow 1.2 Percent Rate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy began 2017 with a whimper – though not quite as weak a whimper as the government had first estimated.

The gross domestic product – the broadest gauge of the economy – expanded in the January-March quarter at a 1.2 percent annual rate, the government said Friday. That was better than its initial estimate of a 0.7 percent rate but far below President Donald Trump's growth targets, which most economists consider unrealistic.

11. CEO Pay By the Numbers: How Big Were Last Year's Raises? -

The typical big-company CEO raked in $11.5 million last year in salary, stock and other compensation, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's an 8.5 percent raise from a year earlier, the biggest in three years.

12. Last Word: Food Changes, Tax Breaks and 'The Big Bang' -

Late hours in Washington for another night Wednesday with word of the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor in the Trump-Russia investigation. Here is all of the reaction we had as of late Wednesday from our folks in D.C.

13. 5,000 Miles Of Smoke -

DANISH ISN’T JUST FOR BREAKFAST ANYMORE. The man was hauling gold up the steps from Riverside Drive as I waited at the top of the bluff. He was rising like smoke from all the cookers below, holding as he was something above the rest.

14. Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged But Signals Further Hikes Ahead -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has left interest rates unchanged while signaling that it expects a resilient U.S. economy and solid job market to justify further rate hikes later this year.

15. NAREB Kicks Off Events to Build Black Homeownership -

With homeownership rates among African-Americans 20 percent below the national average, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers has launched a “Two Million Black Homeowners in Five Years” initiative with the hopes of closing the homeowner gap.

16. Last Word: Data Night at the Forum, Passing Gas and Graceland's Las Vegas Exit -

It’s a $30,000 fine, about $5k more than expected by most. And Grizz players say they will chip in to pay the fine the NBA levied on coach David Fizdale for his epic rant on the officiating in Game 2 of the playoff series between the Grizz and the Spurs.

17. Tennessee Titans Have Rarely Found Success With Drafted SEC Players -

The NFL Draft is fast approaching, which raises an interesting question: Is this the year the Titans finally shop locally and target Southeastern Conference talent?

If history is any indicator, the answer: No.

18. African-American Homeownership Rates Remain Low Despite Strong Housing Market -

With average home sales prices recently hitting an all-time high, it’s easy to get excited about the future of Memphis’ housing market.

However, even as the city seems poised to move forward and finally shake off the last vestiges of the Great Recession, there is one piece to the puzzle that is missing in a big way.

19. Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Advances in House -

NASHVILLE – Despite a packed room of Memphis-area people opposed to vouchers for public school students, a House Education Committee advanced a pilot program targeting low-income children in Shelby County Schools system’s low-performing schools.

20. Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Advances in House -

NASHVILLE – Despite a packed room of Memphis-area people opposed to vouchers for public school students, a House Education Committee advanced a pilot program targeting low-income children in Shelby County Schools system’s low-performing schools.

21. New Police Recruiting Class Gets Started -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland touted a class of 151 Memphis police and police service technician recruits Monday, March 20, as the beginning of rebuilding a depleted police department that is below 2,000 officers.

22. Norris Says Proposed School Voucher Legislation ‘Problematic’ -

NASHVILLE – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris expressed reservations Wednesday, March 15, about legislation allowing tax dollars to be used to send low-income students in struggling public schools to private schools.

23. Shelby County Educators Spar With DeBerry Over Voucher Bill -

NASHVILLE – A group of Shelby County teachers and parents disappointed that voucher legislation was put off until next week turned their ire Tuesday, March 14, on Rep. John DeBerry, and he responded in kind.

24. Kelsey’s School Voucher Bill Faces Legislative Showdown -

NASHVILLE – A showdown is looming over a pilot voucher program targeting Shelby County Schools after the legislation moved out of Senate and House panels this week with unanimous votes.

25. Yellen Signals the Fed Will Likely Raise Rates This Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target rate.

26. Another Country -

On the road into the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in southwest Memphis, there is a sign you might not notice on your way to the museum and archaeological site.

An arrow pointing east is the way to Memphis. The western arrow reads Chucalissa.

27. Drugmakers Pledge Restraint, But Prices Will Still Soar -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Several big drugmakers are trying to quell the ongoing furor over high drug prices by revealing more information about their pricing and even pledging to keep a lid on increases.

28. Duck Boats Face Increasing Calls for Improvements, Bans -

BOSTON (AP) – With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements and led some advocates to call for a total ban on the vehicles.

29. Grizz Hit All-Star Break With Loss, But Their Goals Are Within Reach -

After he had answered the obligatory questions about the Grizzlies’ ugly 95-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in the last game before the All-Star break, coach David Fizdale spoke to the big picture: “We’re in good position.”

30. Memphis Baseball Academy Bets on HitTrax Technology -

It wasn’t that long ago that Ryan Huber, 26, was still a small-college baseball player and stepping in the batter’s box for one-on-one showdowns with pitchers.

31. TVA Drilling Controversy May Change Well Actions -

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

32. Make Less Than $54K? Consider This Underused Tax Break -

You work hard, so why not take some credit for it?

The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the most overlooked tax credits around, according to many experts. But it is also one of the more generous.

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

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

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

34. East High T-STEM Program Takes Applications -

Dedric McGhee got right to the point Wednesday, Jan. 18, as he explained to a group of about a dozen parents of eighth-graders what the new optional school at East High School will be about.

“How many of you hated the flyover?” the Shelby County Schools STEM manager asked as hands were raised in reaction to the question about the design of the state’s tallest flyover linking Interstate 40 with Interstate 240.

35. View From the Hill: Cooperatives Ready to Fill Broadband Void -

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

36. Rallings Finds Voice on Violent Crime -

Michael Rallings is just about at the one-year mark in his tenure as Memphis Police director and he has found his voice.

Much of what Rallings is saying a year into the job is about the city’s problem with violent crime, homicides in particular.

37. New Wood Technology May Offer Hope for Struggling Timber -

RIDDLE, Ore. (AP) – John Redfield watches with pride as his son moves a laser-guided precision saw the size of a semi-truck wheel into place over a massive panel of wood.

Redfield's fingers are scarred from a lifetime of cutting wood and now, after decades of decline in the logging business, he has new hope that his son, too, can make a career shaping the timber felled in southern Oregon's forests.

38. What Lies Ahead for UT Athletics in 2017 -

Hey Vols fans, Happy New Year. May your 2017 year in Tennessee sports be better than your 2016 year in Tennessee sports. Perhaps, a fresh start is what we all need. Let’s face it. The Music City Bowl wasn’t where Tennessee wanted the 2016 football season to end. The Vols were picked to win the SEC East Division in preseason and floundered to an 8-4 record in the regular season, 4-4 in the SEC. Their football season was about the norm for most UT sports in 2016: average. Here are some dates to mark in hope of better things ahead in 2017...

39. Analysis: Mississippi Public Pension Fund Faces Test After 2 Weak Years -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Lawmakers, county supervisors, mayors, school superintendents and college presidents should hope that the run-up in the stock market that began after Donald Trump's election continues.

40. Time to Expand College Football Playoffs to 8 Teams -

When it comes to college football, I tend to be a traditionalist. That doesn’t mean I yearn for the days of leather helmets and quick kicks. I try to adjust to the times. But I must admit it’s hard to swallow a 76-61 final score, as was the case in the Pittsburgh-Syracuse game this season.

41. New State Education Plan Limits ASD -

The state of Tennessee is about to change the rules for how the Achievement School District takes over a failing school.

Schools that are in the bottom five percent of schools statewide in terms of student achievement and growth would no longer automatically be eligible for takeover by the state-run school district that began in the 2012-2013 school year.

42. New State Education Plan Limits ASD Ability to Take Over Failing Schools -

The state of Tennessee is about to change the rules for how the Achievement School District takes over a failing school.

Schools that are in the bottom five percent of schools statewide in terms of student achievement and growth would no longer automatically be eligible for takeover by the state-run school district that began in the 2012-2013 school year.

43. TNReady Report Cards Dip With New Test -

Shelby County Schools leaders have a math literacy program that will rollout in phases starting next year. The plan was already in the works before new state test results were released Tuesday, Dec. 13, for school districts across the state.

44. Wildfires Scorch Tourist Area in Tennessee; Thousands Flee -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Wildfires fueled by high winds roared through parts of the Great Smoky Mountains, burning the doorstep of the Dollywood theme park, destroying a resort and chasing thousands of people from their homes.

45. Trump Wins Tennessee by 26 Points; Carries 91 of 95 Counties -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Donald Trump has won Tennessee's presidential election by 26 percentage points, carrying all but four of the state's 95 counties.

More than 1.5 million voters cast their ballots in favor of Trump, or 61 percent, compared with about 866,000 for Democrat Hillary Clinton, or 35 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 2 percent of the state vote.

46. Women’s Foundation Has 2-Generation Approach to Reduce Poverty in 38126 -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has a big goal to reduce poverty by 5 percent over the next five years in the 38126 ZIP code in South Memphis.

Its Vision 2020 Strategic Plan is how it will tackle that challenge head on. And on Thursday, Oct. 27, the foundation will hold Power of the Purse, a combination silent and live auction event benefitting the Vision 2020 effort. The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis.

47. US Claims for Unemployment Benefits Rise by 13,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in five weeks but still remained close to the recent 43-year lows.

THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for jobless benefits rose by 13,000 last week to 260,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That was the highest level since an identical 260,000 claim applications were filed the week of Sept. 10.

48. Five-Year Crime Plan Avoids 'Stop & Frisk' Reference -

Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission president and CEO Bill Gibbons won’t even say “stop and frisk.”

49. Be Sure to Plan Ahead for Utah’s National Parks -

After spending much of a hot afternoon hiking into The Narrows at Zion National Park in southwest Utah, we were exhausted. We desperately needed a hot shower and comfortable bed, especially since the next day’s schedule had us visiting nearby Bryce Canyon National Park.

50. Last Word: Stewart Case Conclusion, River Re-View and Rhodes Hacks -

81.4 million of you watched Monday’s Trump-Clinton debate which aired on 11 networks altogether, according to the preliminary numbers from Nielsen, the television rating business.

The day after the debate here in Memphis was a reminder of the urgent issues that will likely remain once all of the votes – popular and electoral -- are counted and estimated on Nov. 8.

51. A Flurry of Tepid Economic Data Could Lead Fed to Delay Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factory output fell, consumers cut back at retailers and wholesale prices went nowhere in August, the latest evidence of a less-than-robust economy. The weak numbers could give the Federal Reserve further reason to hold off on raising interest rates when it meets next week.

52. Slower Hiring in August Signals Fed Rate Hike Less Likely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After two months of blockbuster gains, U.S. employers slowed their hiring in August to a modest increase of 151,000, reducing the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates when it meets this month.

53. How to Prepare for a Board Meeting -

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part interview with Kim Moss. The board of directors plays a critical role in the life of a nonprofit. While each board is unique, best practices can increase a board’s effectiveness.

54. Red-Hot Jobs -

With unemployment low and falling and competition stiff and rising, accounting firm DHG Memphis is putting the full-court press on recruiting and hiring.

The full-service firm, which has been in Memphis for 60 years, is growing at a double-digit clip and has increased its staff to 110 people.

55. US Factory Activity Shrinks for First Time in 6 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing contracted last month for the first time since February, as new orders and output plummeted and factories cut jobs.

The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its manufacturing index dropped to 49.4 in August from 52.6 in July. Any reading below 50 signals contraction.

56. Redbirds’ Home Attendance Still a Rebuilding Project -

On the last Saturday night of the summer at AutoZone Park, the Memphis Redbirds sold the place out and then some. The announced attendance of 11,041 represented the highest mark since the ballpark was renovated and reconfigured after the 2014 season.

57. Celtic Crossing Making Changes, But Retaining Irish Pub Identity -

Celtic Crossing owner DJ Naylor was in his native Ireland this summer and, naturally, in a pub. He was offered a craft beer and told he would like it. He did.

As Naylor remembers that moment: “It’s good; now just get me a pint of Guinness.”

58. Cossitt Series Kicks Off With 1980s Games, Films -

The city’s first public library is not closed. It’s something Memphis Public Library director Keenon McCloy has to keep telling people. And she’s taking steps to do more than just show the Cossitt Library is open, including fielding and testing out ideas for the second floor of the library.

59. US Home Construction Posted Solid Gain in June -

Construction of new homes posted a solid increase in June, led by a surge of building in the Northeast and the West.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that housing starts rose 4.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million from a revised 1.14 million in May. The June reading was the highest level since February, but was down from 1.21 million a year earlier.

60. Too Big To Ignore: The SEC and Its Ever-Growing Football Media Days -

HOOVER, Ala. – The SEC football preseason always has been loud. More than 30 years ago, the noise came via the Skywriters Tour and the rattle and roar of a DC-3 propeller plane carrying rumpled, hardworking – and often hard-drinking – sports writers to the 10 Southeastern Conference campuses for essentially unfettered access to the league’s coaches and players.

61. US Claims for Jobless Aid Fall, Sign of Employer Resilience -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign that U.S. workers still have job security despite recent tremors in the global economy.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 254,000. The 4-week average, which is less volatile, dipped slightly to 264,750.

62. Chinese Imports Push Up US Trade Deficit in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit climbed in May as a surge in imports of Chinese-made cellphones and computers pushed the politically sensitive imbalance with China to the highest level in six months.

63. Chinese Imports Push Up US Trade Deficit in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit climbed in May as a surge in imports of Chinese-made cellphones and computers pushed the politically sensitive imbalance with China to the highest level in six months.

64. Window Still Open for Conley and This Era of Grizzlies -

Too often, there comes a moment when fans discover a beloved player isn’t the guy they thought he was. Fans in Oklahoma City know that feeling well now that Kevin Durant has agreed to a free agent deal with the Golden State Warriors.

65. US Construction Spending Fell Again in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending fell for a second month in May, with weakness hitting all areas of building.

Construction spending declined 0.8 percent in May following a 2 percent tumble in April, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The April figure had been the biggest monthly setback in five years.

66. Redbirds Home-Game Attendance Ahead of Last Season -

As this baseball season was dawning, new Memphis Redbirds majority owner Peter B. Freund was at AutoZone Park and being made to field questions about the team’s sliding attendance.

As recently as 2013, the Redbirds had drawn nearly 500,000 fans – averaging 7,223 tickets sold – to finish fifth in the 16-team Pacific Coast League attendance standings.

67. Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged; No Hint on Timing of Next Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates unchanged in light of an uncertain job market and offering no hints of when its next rate hike might occur.

The Fed noted in a statement Wednesday after its latest policy meeting that the pace of hiring has slowed even as the overall economy has improved.

68. With Economic View Hazy, a Wait-and-See Fed Message Expected -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's all about the data. For months, the Federal Reserve has said that once economic data showed a consistently healthy economy, it would be time to resume raising interest rates. And for almost as long, the data has shown improvement and suggested that a rate hike was likely this summer.

69. In Memphis, We’d Rather Move the 3-Point Line Up -

While the Cleveland Cavaliers must be lauding NBA concussion protocol and the cover that gave them for keeping Kevin Love off the court in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, let’s look forward to possible NBA rule tweaks as soon as next season.

70. Yellen: Economy Improving but Timing of Rate Hike is Unclear -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated Monday that the U.S. economy is improving but remains defined by so many uncertainties that it's unclear when the Fed should resume raising interest rates.

71. American Airlines Will Reward Fliers Based on Dollars, Not Miles -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines is following other airlines by basing perks like free flights on how much passengers spend on tickets, not how many miles they fly.

The change, which matches those at Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, starts with flights on Aug. 1 and rewards American's highest-paying passengers.

72. Fed Member Brainard Urges Caution on Raising Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – An ally of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen who has been a longtime skeptic of raising interest rates signaled Friday that the Fed should be in no hurry to act, especially after a bleak U.S. jobs report was released earlier in the day.

73. CEO Pay Climbs Again, Even As Their Stock Prices Don't -

NEW YORK (AP) – CEOs at the biggest companies got a 4.5 percent pay raise last year. That's almost double the typical American worker's, and a lot more than investors earned from owning their stocks – a big fat zero.

74. 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.

75. United Housing Gets $1.1M Boost From Banks -

United Housing Inc. has gotten a boost from area financial institutions in recent days to the tune of $1.1 million.

76. Three Ways to Finish Last -

In the world of sales, we are conditioned to live life by the month. We are driven by monthly sales goals and monthly paychecks. But when we don’t take time to create a plan of attack at the start of each month, we are workhorses rather than stagecoach drivers.
We work reactively instead of proactively. We allow our sales pipelines to control us and ultimately find ourselves spending the last week of the month scrambling to close business and meet targets. 

77. The Week Ahead: April 4-10 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about in the coming days, from an observance of the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination to your first chance to visit Mud Island River Park this season.

78. 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.

79. Up, Up and Away -

The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.

The drone is everything from a stalking device to track poachers creeping through the South African bush hunting rhinos to the impetus for a potential commercial growth industry right here in Memphis.

80. Once the Paragon of the Sport, Lady Vols Seem to be Fading From the Spotlight -

As the 2015-16 regular season winds down, the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team is navigating uncharted territory, and the winds aren’t favorable.

The Lady Vols began the season ranked No. 4 in the nation by the Associated Press and picked to finish second in the SEC by coaches and media. They had Final Four aspirations. Their roster was loaded.

81. Retail Projects in Memphis Suburbs, Oxford Staple of Trezevant Realty Corp. -

Germantown-based Trezevant Realty Corp. has deep roots in the Mid-South commercial real estate market, and the uptick in the economy has more projects moving full-steam ahead.

82. Still Kobe, or a Reasonable Facsimile Thereof -

Long before tip-off of Kobe Bryant’s last game in Memphis, Janice Brown was outfitted in her purple No. 24 Lakers jersey, Lakers cap, and holding a Kobe Fathead.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. Orders to US Factories Fell Sharply in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell sharply in December, closing out a year in which demand for American manufactured goods retreated for the first time in six years.

Factory orders dropped 2.9 percent in December, the fourth decline in the past five months, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Orders were down 6.6 percent for the full year, marking the first annual fall since 2009, a year when the country was struggling to emerge from the Great Recession.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Falls to 3.92 Pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week amid continued turbulence in global stock markets.

It was the second straight weekly decline for the rate on the key 30-year loan. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipped to 3.92 percent from 3.97 percent a week earlier. That rate has increased from its 3.66 percent average a year ago but remains well below its historic average of 6 percent.

90. Spillway of Swollen Mississippi River Open Near New Orleans -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a major spillway Sunday near New Orleans for the first time in nearly five years, seeking to decrease the vast flow of the swollen Mississippi River as a safeguard to the low-lying city.

91. Armstrong Leaving Memphis Police Dept. for St. Jude -

Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong has taken a job at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Armstrong, who has worked in various roles at MPD for nearly three decades, will step down from his post Jan. 31 to become St. Jude's director of security, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced Thursday, Jan. 7.

92. The Week Ahead: Jan. 4, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? 2016 has kicked off with a full calendar – from an Elvis birthday celebration to a haunted pub crawl. So whether you’re still making your New Year’s resolutions or already have broken a few, here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about...

93. AP Explains: How Much Money You Just Saved on Gas in 2015 -

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. drivers saved a bunch of money on gasoline this past year, as Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members kept the pumps going in the face of low oil prices. Massive stockpiles of crude globally turned 2015 into the year of the pain-free fill up. More of the same is expected for 2016 as oil prices remain low. Here's a quick breakdown of the numbers, courtesy of the AAA.

94. Events -

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash will be held Thursday, Dec. 31, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Overton Square businesses. Check out the inside scene at Lafayette’s Music Room (details below), and enjoy outside entertainment, beer vendors and more leading up to a special surprise at midnight. Madison Avenue will be closed between Cooper and Diana streets from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit overtonsquare.com for details and specials.

95. A Great Zoo. A Great Embarrassment. -

IF YOU CAN PARK A HIPPO, YOU CAN PARK AN SUV. “Finally,” the young TV reporter said, “somebody who’s happy with the zoo.”

The zoo’s general manager was involved in controversy, his vision in question. The reporter found plenty of people at the zoo gate ready to feed the GM to the lions, but Nora and I were the first he talked to who liked the guy and he wanted a little balance for his story. You remember balance? Good reporters used to have it, and this guy was good.

96. TVA Employees Sharing in Record Earnings -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is rewarding employees for helping boost the utility's income above $1 billion last year.

TVA directors voted Friday to allow the agency's 10,900 employees to share in some of those record earnings, the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1HewbVr) reported. The directors approved payments of $113 million, or an average year-end bonus of $10,367 per employee.

97. Bank On Memphis Targets Smartphones -

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

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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.