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1. Memphis International Hosting Job Fair Oct. 18 -

Memphis International Airport will host a job fair on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Project Center, 4225 Airways Blvd.

2. Memphis International Hosting Job Fair Oct. 18 -

Memphis International Airport will host a job fair on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Project Center, 4225 Airways Blvd.

3. Boyd Drops Beale Contract, But Says It Wasn’t Conflict of Interest -

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd ended his company’s fundraising contract with the Beale Street Merchants Association Tuesday, Sept. 19. But he again insisted the contract was not a conflict of interest in his duties as a council member voting on items involving the entertainment district.

4. Boyd Drops Beale Contract, But Says It Wasn't A Conflict of Interest -

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd ended his company’s fundraising contract with the Beale Street Merchants Association Tuesday, Sept. 19. But he again insisted the contract was not a conflict of interest in his duties as a council member voting on items involving the entertainment district.

5. Ryan: Deporting Young Immigrants Not in Nation's Interest -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday said that deporting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally is "not in our nation's interest," as he and President Donald Trump prepared to huddle with top Democrats to try to hash out a legislative fix.

6. International Paper Sells China Foodservice Business -

Memphis-based International Paper announced Thursday, Sept. 7, it has completed the sale of its foodservice business in China to Huhtamaki Group. No dollar figure was mentioned in the two-sentence announcement.

7. Big River Crossing Wins International Design Honor -

Big River Crossing has won the top honor among projects receiving 2017 Excellence in Design Awards from the Waterfront Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that helps communities worldwide make wise long-term uses of waterfront resources.

8. Alchemy Owners Buy Interim Restaurant -

The owners of Cooper-Young’s Alchemy Memphis are buying East Memphis eatery Interim Restaurant & Bar.

Tony Westmoreland, executive chef Nick Scott, and Ed and Brittany Cabigao are purchasing Interim, located at 5040 Sanderlin Ave., from Eat Here Brands, which also owns Babalu in Overton Square.

9. International Paper Sells Foodservice Segment In China -

Memphis-headquartered International Paper announced Thursday, Sept. 7, it has completed the sale of its foodservice business in China to Huhtamaki Group. No dollar figure was mentioned in the two-sentence announcement.

10. Kemmons Wilson Co. Subsidiary to Merge with International Hotel Developer -

Wilson Hotel Management, a subsidiary of Kemmons Wilson Co., will merge with Valor Hospitality Partners, an international hotel developer with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and London, England. And the new company's headquarters will be in Atlanta and London with an office in Memphis.

11. Alchemy Owners Buy Interim Restaurant -

The owners of Cooper-Young’s Alchemy Memphis are buying East Memphis eatery Interim Restaurant & Bar.

Tony Westmoreland, executive chef Nick Scott, and Ed and Brittany Cabigao are purchasing Interim, located at 5040 Sanderlin Ave., from Eat Here Brands, which also owns Babalu in Overton Square.

12. Big River Crossing Wins International Design Honor -

Big River Crossing has won the top honor among projects receiving 2017 Excellence in Design Awards from the Waterfront Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that helps communities worldwide make wise long-term uses of waterfront resources.

13. Memphis Marks International Overdose Awareness Day -

As opioid painkiller abuse rises across the nation, Memphians are preparing to mark International Overdose Awareness Day Thursday, Aug. 31.

A ceremony is set for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Martyr’s Park Downtown, followed by a lighting of the Harahan Bridge and a candlelight procession to Big River Crossing. Guest speakers include Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich and Memphis Police Department chief of special operations Michael Hardy, and names of individuals who have died as a result of addiction will be read.

14. Bravery Overcomes Internal Barriers -

It never fails; the same stories and struggles pop up midway through an innovation session.

Picture this typical scenario: Three engineers from different countries of origin, a global and a domestic product manager, a salesperson, someone from the nebulously defined brand department (nebulous because the discipline means something different at every organization we’ve encountered), and someone who serves as a diplomat or relationship manager to an important segment of the business.

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16. Interest High in Fairgrounds Fast Track -

The shorter, more compressed drive to a Fairgrounds redevelopment plan feels, at the outset, more certain and much less tentative than versions that surfaced during the administrations of previous mayors Willie Herenton and A C Wharton.

17. Cable Company Charter Says No Interest in Buying Sprint -

NEW YORK (AP) – Charter, one of the largest cable companies in the U.S., says it's not interested in buying wireless carrier Sprint.

Sprint, the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S., is unprofitable and has a lot of debt. According to published reports , Sprint had proposed an acquisition by Charter. Sprint didn't answer a request for comment Monday.

18. Lakeland Middle Opens As Leaders Eye Next One -

Lakeland’s new middle school already has some trophies in its trophy case from summer cheerleading competitions.

Teachers got set up for the school year that begins Aug. 7 with in-service training at the school Monday, July 31.

19. U of M Professor Chairs International Conferences -

University of Memphis professor Xiangen Hu recently served as the local arrangement chair for the 18th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) and as conference chair for the 10th International Educational Data Mining Conference, both in Wuhan, China.

20. Last Word: More Intermodals, 20 Years After the Oilers In Memphis and New Path -

The "skinny" repeal of Obamacare comes up short in the U.S. Senate in an after midnight Friday vote in D.C. And it appears U.S. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee voted for the repeal measure that came up short. Here are the basics early Friday morning from The New York Times.

21. International Paper Sees Record Fluff Pulp Sales -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. reported second-quarter net earnings of $80 million, or 19 cents per share, Thursday, July 27. That compares to $40 million in net earnings for the second quarter of 2016.

22. International Paper Sees Record Fluff Pulp Sales in Q2 -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. reported second-quarter net earnings of $80 million, or 19 cents per share, Thursday, July 27. That compares to $40 million in net earnings for the second quarter of 2016.

23. U of M Professor Chairs International Conferences -

University of Memphis professor Xiangen Hu recently served as the local arrangement chair for the 18th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) and the conference chair for the 10th International Educational Data Mining conferences, both held in Wuhan, China.

24. Enplanements Up in June at Memphis International -

Without the extra day and lacking one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, enplanements in June at Memphis International Airport are typically less than that of May. However, data presented at the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority’s July 20 meeting showed this year was an exception.

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26. Haslam Touts IMPROVE Act At Interchange Opening -

It looked like another day at the Interstate 40-240 interchange Wednesday, July 19, from the roof of a building by the state’s tallest interchange.

Inside the building tucked away in a residential area off White Station Road, a bank of video monitors on the wall of the local offices of the Tennessee Department of Transportation showed the same – cars and trucks moving smoothly there and elsewhere on the county’s interstate system.

27. Riverfront Concept Plan Intersects With Many Others About Key City Asset -

The Memphis riverfront is hardly a blank canvas. But you would never know that from the number of plans there have been over several decades to make it more of a “front door” for the city – to borrow a phrase from more than a few of those reports.

28. Rising Interest Rates Boost Bank of America's Profits -

NEW YORK (AP) – Consumer banking giant Bank of America reported a 10 percent rise in second-quarter profits on Tuesday as gains from higher interest rates were more than enough to offset a drop in trading revenue.

29. Interim Leadership: Blessing or Curse? -

One of the biggest changes within the life of a nonprofit is the change in leadership. In most cases, this will be accompanied by a period of transition with an interim leader.

The position is short-term and in most cases temporary. We have seen interims who serve as placeholders or caretakers. Others are innovators. Some are turn-around leaders. Others are brought in explicitly to “clean house.”

30. Patterson Out as DMC Head, Oswalt Is Interim Leader -

Terence Patterson is leaving as president and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission effective immediately.

31. Facebook Drone Could One Day Provide Global Internet Access -

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) – A solar-powered drone backed by Facebook that could one day provide worldwide internet access has quietly completed a test flight in Arizona after an earlier attempt ended with a crash landing.

32. Walmart Foundation Gives $519,000 in Hunger Grants -

Walmart Foundation recently celebrated a “Day of Giving” to help fight hunger in Tennessee, awarding 14 nonprofits a total of $519,000 in grants. The special day featured check presentations in nine locations across the state to organizations providing hunger relief for Tennesseans in need.

33. TNT Express Operations Disrupted By Virus -

FedEx announced Wednesday, June 28, that operations of its subsidiary TNT Express have been “significantly affected” by an information system virus on a worldwide basis.

While no data breach is known to have occurred, TNT’s operations and communications systems were disrupted.

34. Last Word: No Deal, Ivan Rabb and Intermodals in Overton Park -

And the winner is … not Fred’s. After months of speculation about the Memphis-based discount retail store’s transformation into a pharmacy-based enterprise with the purchase of hundreds of Rite Aid stores in a third-party divestment move, Fred’s was nowhere to be found when Walgreens announced a deal Thursday to buy the Rite Aid stores. The corporation told investors it will still pursue its strategy but acknowledged its trajectory is “stunted” – that as Fred’s got hammered on Wall Street.

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36. TNT Operations Disrupted by Ransomware Virus -

FedEx announced Wednesday, June 28, that operations of its subsidiary TNT Express have been “significantly affected” by an information system virus on a worldwide basis.

While no data breach is known to have occurred, TNT’s operations and communications systems were disrupted.

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39. Walmart Foundation Provides $519,000 in Hunger Grants -

Walmart Foundation recently celebrated a “Day of Giving” to help fight hunger in Tennessee, awarding 14 nonprofits a total of $519,000 in grants. The special day featured check presentations in nine locations across the state to organizations providing hunger relief for Tennesseans in need.

40. International Paper Among Top Places to Work in IT -

Online publication Computerworld has named Memphis-based International Paper Co. among the 2017 Best Places to Work in IT.

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43. 3 Tips for A Successful Interview -

Interviewing is hard work. If you're currently looking for something new, you know that finding a job is a job. From preparing your favorite suit to revising your resume to networking and rounds of interviews – there are times it feels like it will never end. It can be tough to keep your head above water with your existing role while you're balancing your life and your job search. To ensure you're making the most out of every interview, do these three things.

44. UK Moves to Ease Tensions After Van Attack on London Muslims -

LONDON (AP) — British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed a large van into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people.

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46. International Paper Among Top Places to Work in IT -

Online publication Computerworld has named Memphis-based International Paper Co. among the 2017 Best Places to Work in IT.

47. Report: International Tourism to US Stronger Than Expected -

NEW YORK (AP) – More international visitors came to the U.S. than expected in April 2017, according to a new report released Tuesday in Washington.

The U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index shows that international travel to the U.S. grew by about 4 percent in April, compared with data for April 2016.

48. Local Medical Program Expands Internationally -

A simulation program created by physicians at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Regional One Health to train health care workers to more efficiently handle obstetrical emergencies is now expanding internationally.

49. International Medical Corps’ Portable Hospital Finds Home At FedEx -

Valued at more than $2 million, International Medical Corps’ massive field hospital has yet to save even a single life since it was constructed five years ago.

That could soon change, however, with the addition of FedEx.

50. Local Medical Program Expands Internationally -

A simulation program created by physicians at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Regional One Health to train health care workers to more efficiently handle obstetrical emergencies is now expanding internationally.

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52. Internal Disruption: How to Create a Culture for Innovation -

A Front End of Innovation Conference talk by Terry Bradwell, AARP chief innovation officer, and Anne Marie Kilgallon, AARP vice president, innovation. We “have been in a major transformation journey at AARP for three years,” says Terry Bradwell. “We are living longer and it changes how we think about retirement, work, love and everything about life.”

53. FCC Vote Kicks Off a Battle Over Regulation of the Internet -

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal agency voted to kick off the repeal of "net neutrality" rules designed to keep broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with the internet.

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55. Cai to Lead Memphis Chamber’s International Business Efforts -

Jinliang (Jin) Cai has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as vice president of international business development. In that role, Cai will be directing efforts both to grow foreign direct investment in Memphis and Shelby County and to increase the volume of local exports to foreign markets. 

56. International Paper Declares Dividend -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.4625 per share on common stock owned from April 1 to June 30.

57. Tennessee Education Group Aims to Interest Youth in Teaching -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee education group is aiming to get high school students interested in teaching.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2phxbEK) that the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, known as SCORE, launched its "Teach Today. Change Tomorrow" initiative this week.

58. International Paper Declares Dividend -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.4625 per share on common stock owned from April 1 to June 30.

The dividend is payable June 15 to holders of record at the close of business May 26, according to the announcement made Tuesday, May 9.

59. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the American Marketing Association will meet Thursday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina Ave. Dan O’Brien, partner at inferno, will present “Digital Marketing 101: What to know, how to navigate and why there is nothing to fear.” Cost is $15 for AMA members and $25 for pre-registered nonmembers. Visit amamemphis.org.

60. Events -

Indie Memphis and Church Health will host the premiere screening of “The C Word” Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at Malco Paradiso, 584 S, Mendenhall Road. This bold documentary about how we view cancer features Church Health’s Dr. Scott Morris and Memphis cancer survivor Chris Wark. Panel discussion will follow. Tickets are $12 at events.indiememphis.com.

61. Events -

The Professional Network on Aging 2017 Senior Expo will be held Tuesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Attracting more than 2,500 seniors and caregivers, the annual expo highlights services, programs and goods that cater to the senior market. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.

62. Events -

The Professional Network on Aging 2017 Senior Expo will be held Tuesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Attracting more than 2,500 seniors and caregivers, the annual expo highlights services, programs and goods that cater to the senior market. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.

63. Events -

The Professional Network on Aging 2017 Senior Expo will be held Tuesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Attracting more than 2,500 seniors and caregivers, the annual expo highlights services, programs and goods that cater to the senior market. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.

64. Events -

Indie Memphis and Church Health will host the premiere screening of “The C Word” Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at Malco Paradiso, 584 S, Mendenhall Road. This bold documentary about how we view cancer features Church Health’s Dr. Scott Morris and Memphis cancer survivor Chris Wark. A panel discussion will follow. Tickets are $12 at events.indiememphis.com.

65. Comcast Employees to Help At 10 Memphis Projects -

More than 1,000 Memphis area Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will volunteer at 10 projects across the Memphis area Saturday, April 22, as part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day.

66. Career Interference -

The job market often offers twists and turns you’d never expect. My first twist happened during college.

I grew up in the ’90s, along with the internet. Companies like AOL were just starting. With a “fast” dial-up modem, you could connect through your phone line. It was just the sort of thing a teenager dying to go to college out of state needed. It was an exciting time. Everything and everyone suddenly seemed magically intertwined in a new way.

67. Death Toll in Syria Chemical Attack Rises to 86 -

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local):

10:30 p.m.

A Syrian monitoring group says the death toll from a suspected chemical weapons attack on the northern town of Khan Sheikhoun has risen to 86.

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69. Interior Department Repeals Obama-Era Rule on Coal Royalties -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Interior Department said Monday it is scrapping an Obama-era rule aimed at ensuring that coal companies don't shortchange taxpayers on huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the West.

70. Section of Interstate 55 Closing Over Weekend -

A section of Interstate 55 where an abandoned Union Pacific Railroad bridge crosses over the interstate will be closed starting Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. until Monday at 6 a.m.

The closing is to remove the section of rail bridge.

71. Section of Interstate 55 Closing Over Weekend -

A section of Interstate 55 where an abandoned Union Pacific Railroad bridge crosses over the interstate will be closed starting Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. until Monday at 6 a.m.

The closing is to remove the section of rail bridge.

72. Commission Debates Interim Appointment to State House -

Shelby County commissioners have to decide Monday, March 20, whether or not to appoint someone to the vacant state House District 95 seat until special primary and general elections are decided in three months.

73. Dean Brings Business Focus to Nonprofit Alliance as Interim CEO -

In 1995 when Nancy McGee became executive director of what is now known as the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, it was just a small grant-writing center. It grew into a holistic nonprofit support organization that offers management services to more than 200 members.

74. Boyd Opens Memphis Campaign for Governor -

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development commissioner Randy Boyd brought his newly launched campaign for governor to Memphis Wednesday, March 15, with a pledge to continue the economic development policies of Gov. Bill Haslam – policies, particularly in workforce training, that Boyd played a key role in shaping.

75. Memphis International Airport to Host Job Fair -

A job fair featuring 15 different employers located within the Memphis International Airport will held at the airport’s Project Center at 4225 Airways Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 5.

76. Tapping Young Donors -

Amelia Thompson is everything a nonprofit is looking for now and in the future. A 30-year-old Memphian who graduated White Station High School, she has worked with a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. and been a buyer for Macy’s in New York.

77. High Court Ruling Limits International Reach of Patent Laws -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with California-based Life Technologies Corp. in a patent infringement case that limits the international reach of U.S. patent laws.

78. Unreasonable Interview Expectations -

Sometimes, interviews can be the worst. I mean, truly. Doesn’t the hiring manager realize that you have a job, life, spouse, children and existing commitments? 

You spend months trying to get your foot in the door for a job interview. You spend all your time filling out applications and updating your resume. You call your references and update your LinkedIn and Facebook accounts. 

79. Hopson Groups 19 'Critical Focus' Schools for Intervention -

A group of 19 Shelby County schools are getting a second chance at improving student achievement that could include a longer school day, an intervention specialist and other measures seen at Innovation Zone schools in the SCS system.

80. International Paper Sees Lower Earnings for Year -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. reported net annual earnings of $904 million, or $2.18 per share, for 2016, compared to net earnings of $938 million, or $2.23 per share, for 2015.

81. Moorman Named Chief Scientist at Ducks Unlimited -

Tom Moorman has been named chief scientist of Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to conserving North American waterfowl habitats. Moorman, who will take over from retiring chief scientist Scott Yaich on March 1, has worked for DU for more than 25 years, most recently serving as head of its 13-state Southern Region.
As chief scientist, Moorman will serve as DU’s leader on waterfowl and habitat science, provide vision and direction in addressing DU’s science needs and ensure it maintains its standing and credibility as a top-notch science-based organization.

82. International Paper Reports Lower Earnings for Year -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. reported net annual earnings of $904 million, or $2.18 per share, for 2016, compared to net earnings of $938 million, or $2.23 per share, for 2015.

83. Pauline Vernon Named Interim Director of GMACW -

Pauline Vernon, the vice president of workforce system alignment for the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, has become interim executive director of GMACW, the organization announced Thursday, Feb. 2.

84. Protests Define New Interest In Activism -

Usually when the Shelby County Commission’s committee room is filled, it is with those from various county government divisions making presentations during budget season. Or it might be filled with representatives from several organizations seeking or getting county grants.

85. Pauline Vernon Named Interim Director of GMACW -

Pauline Vernon, the vice president of workforce system alignment for the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, has become interim executive director of GMACW, the organization announced Thursday, Feb. 2.

86. Memphis Students Leave Their Beautiful Mark on Blighted Downtown Building -

A Memphis woman is using inspiration she found on a summer trip to help transform a blighted building in Downtown Memphis, giving credence to the sentiment that one person can make a difference.

Carolee Carlin, a Germantown resident who works at International Paper Co., was visiting her family in New England last summer when her mom took her to see an abandoned building. The boarded up windows had been replaced with plywood panels of art that had been created by local high school students.

87. Zach Randolph Making $20K Donation to MIFA -

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph is donating $20,000 to Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association to keep utilities connected for more than 100 Memphis-area families.

Randolph’s donation will go directly to the MIFA Emergency Services Plus-1 program. Plus-1 is a program administered by MIFA to pay Memphis Light, Gas and Water utility services for people in need.

88. Zach Randolph Making $20K Donation to MIFA -

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph is donating $20,000 to Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association to keep utilities connected for more than 100 Memphis-area families.

Randolph’s donation will go directly to the MIFA Emergency Services Plus-1 program. Plus-1 is a program administered by MIFA to pay Memphis Light, Gas and Water utility services for people in need.

89. Methodist Picks Interim EVP of Medical Affairs -

Dr. Guy Reed has been tapped as interim executive vice president of medical affairs for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

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Dr. Guy Reed has been tapped as interim executive vice president of medical affairs for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

91. Elusive High-Speed Internet Sprouts in Rural Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Rural Scott County could serve as a model for how grant money can be leveraged to spur much-needed infrastructure investments such as high-speed Internet.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2iw1xMn) reports that Scott County, located 60 miles northwest of Knoxville, is classified by the state as economically distressed, but its local cooperative now has some of the fastest internet services in the nation.

92. Winter Weather Pinches FedEx Operations, But Memphis Airport OK -

Friday morning’s snow had little effect on passenger services at Memphis International Airport, but caused “substantial disruptions” for FedEx Express.

The Memphis-based shipping giant sent out a service alert early Friday morning that read:

93. Comcast Wants to Tackle Bad Home Internet -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Comcast is hoping to make Wi-Fi in the home faster through an updated router – the machine that serves as data traffic cops for Wi-Fi networks.

Although home internet speeds have gotten faster, laptops and phones on Wi-Fi might still feel sluggish because older routers can't transmit data as fast.

94. Here Come 'Smart Stores' With Robots, Interactive Shelves -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Tomorrow's retail stores want to take a page from their online rivals by embracing advanced technology – everything from helpful robots to interactive mirrors to shelves embedded with sensors.

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96. Community Foundation To Fund $224,000 in Grants -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has announced grants totaling nearly $224,000 in its Nonprofit Capacity Building funding category.

The grant awards, to a total of 19 organizations, range from $2,500 to $21,762.

97. Nonprofits Raised Value In 2016 In Many Ways -

In any given year, charitable giving might rise or fall. But when the Chronical of Philanthropy analyzed the giving of the country’s 50 largest cities via Internal Revenue Service data, it captured a larger sample size: 2006 through 2012.

98. County Commission Approves Specific Minority Contract Percentages -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

99. Loflin Yard Adds Winter Touches -

Downtown's Loflin Yard has some new touches that should help visitors enjoy things during the colder winter months.

Booths now fill the heated Safe House and weather-proofed exterior patio overlooking Loflin Falls. Gas heaters also line the perimeter of the Coach House porch, and the Coach House’s new sealed doors additionally allow for comfortable interior dining.

100. UTHSC to Graduate 135 In Winter Commencement -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will graduate 135 health care professionals at its winter commencement Friday, Dec. 16.

“The faculty and staff of UTHSC celebrate the success of our graduates,” said Lori Gonzalez, vice chancellor of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs at UTHSC, in a statement. “This new generation of health care providers has been educated to be skilled, compassionate and caring, and to positively impact the health of the communities where they live and work.”