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1. Last Word: Bredesen's Note, Serious Sewer Talks and Protest Vs. Process -

Another lively week in state politics as former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen says he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat Bob Corker is giving up. This came Monday in a note to the Associated Press in which Bredesen said he will make his decision quickly about an entry into the Democratic primary.

2. Baptist Opens Specialty Pharmacy -

Baptist Memorial Health Care has opened the first specialty pharmacy in the system, a place that the hospital’s leadership says is especially well-suited to care for the medication needs of patients dealing with chronic health conditions.

3. UTHSC Readies New Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility -

UTHSC is putting the final touches on its new $20 million Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems, a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility at the site of a former warehouse at 208 S. Dudley St. in the Memphis Medical District.

4. Stronger Penalties Alone Won’t Solve State’s Opioid Crisis -

Rep. Bryan Terry deals with patients from every demographic caught up in the web of opiates.

Patients have an array of tolerance to opioids, as well, from those currently addicted to those who are recovering addicts. As a result, each patient requires an “individualized” anesthetic based on their background and the procedure or surgery they’re to have, says Terry, a Murfreesboro anesthesiologist.

5. Last Word: Primary Care, Weirich On Twitter and Tigers Offense -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich has been responding by Twitter for the last two days to the New York Times Magazine article about the Noura Jackson case that went up online earlier this week. Using the hashtag “ProCrimeNYTimes,” Weirich @ShelbyCountyDA -- tweeted Wednesday that the long read is “a blatant effort to create sympathy for the defendant while demonizing prosecutors.”

6. TCAT Students See the Future, Get Prepared -

Bryan Rippy, 38, chuckles when he says he’s in the prime of his life. But sharpening his skills is no laughing matter, and he understands the importance of raising his value in the job market.

7. Sterigenics Triples Plant Capacity in West Memphis -

Sterigenics International LLC recently wrapped up a $16.8 million expansion to its West Memphis facility, nearly tripling the site’s gamma sterilization capacity. The company is a global provider of contract sterilization, lab services, gamma technologies and medical isotopes.

8. Sterigenics Triples Capacity At Its West Memphis Sterilization Facility -

Sterigenics International LLC recently wrapped up a $16.8 million expansion to its West Memphis facility, nearly tripling the site’s gamma sterilization capacity. The company is a global provider of contract sterilization, lab services, gamma technologies and medical isotopes.

9. Monogram Foods Taps Vanness for Role as CIO -

Memphis-based Monogram Foods has tapped a woman who joined the company in 2013 to fill a newly created position of chief information officer.

Having a female executive at a company like Monogram in charge of IT is something of a rarity, according to Joan Vanness, who was promoted to the new role after joining Monogram first as senior vice president for information technology.

10. Last Word: Harold Ford Jr. on Change, Tourism Turns a Corner and Sim at UTHSC -

Very different outlooks along party lines still in our delegation to Washington over the Senate’s version of Trumpcare.

On the day the Congressional Budget Office estimated the proposal would end health insurance coverage for 22 million Americans, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s reaction:

11. UTHSC Hosting Pharmaceutical Safety Conference -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is working toward playing a major role in the safety and quality of medical products and the global pharmaceutical supply chain.

Its latest step in that direction is the university’s designation as a Center of Excellence in global medical product quality and pharmaceutical supply chain security. That comes from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, an international forum supporting economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

12. Commercial Appeal Will Seek New Office In Memphis With Digital Capabilities -

The Commercial Appeal announced Monday, June 19, that it will be putting its iconic 495 Union Ave. property on the market and will begin the search for a new location.

13. Commercial Appeal to Sell Union Ave. Location, Search for New Office -

The Commercial Appeal, announced Monday, June 19, that it will be putting its iconic 495 Union Ave. property on the market and will begin the search for a new location.

14. EDGE Approves Trio of Tax Incentives -

The Economic Development Growth Engine board has granted tax incentives for a pair of Presidents Island manufacturing operations and a South Memphis health care company that together will result in the creation of 126 jobs and capital investments topping $140 million.

15. 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. 

16. Inside Washington: Plane Fire Safety Rules Stall Under Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A year ago, the U.S. government was campaigning for an international ban on shipments of rechargeable batteries on passenger planes because the batteries can self-ignite, creating intense fires capable of destroying an airliner.

17. A Robust February Jobs Report Points to Resilient US Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added a robust 235,000 jobs in February and raised pay at a brisk pace – signs that a resilient economy has given many companies the confidence to hire in anticipation of solid growth ahead.

18. Robinson Chosen to Lead Cancer Society’s Hope House -

Maria Robinson has been named senior manager for the American Cancer Society’s Harrah’s Hope Lodge in Memphis. In that role, she oversees day-to-day lodge operations, including guest services, volunteer engagement and community involvement.
Robinson, who is an eight-year cancer survivor herself, joined the American Cancer Society in 2012 as community manager for Relay For Life. Prior to that, she worked in the finance, real estate and restaurant industries. 

19. CRE Brokers Speculate on Future of Commercial Appeal Headquarters -

When USA Today Network executive and president of The Tennessean newspaper Laura Hollingsworth came into town the day after The Commercial Appeal announced printing operations will be moving to Jackson, Tennessee, she told the staff that while no immediate plans were in place, selling the daily paper’s iconic building was certainly a possibility down the road.

20. Last Word: The List and Who Is On It, Lovell's Impact and Fountain Brook Recovers -

A list of 81 people who can’t come to City Hall without a police escort includes a lot of names from the last year of protests and marches in the city. And as the week begins, the list is under review by Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings at the request of Mayor Jim Strickland.

21. Commission Debates Support for Medical Marijuana Bill -

The Shelby County Commission takes up medical marijuana Monday, Feb. 20, in what will be the second pot debate it has had in two months.

The item on Monday’s agenda is a resolution that would back a bill in the Tennessee Legislature making marijuana for medical purposes legal in Tennessee. The commission will decide whether to back the bill by Republican state Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby, oppose it or take no stand on it.

22. Last Word: Impasse Flashback, Pot Alliances in Nashville and The Age of Etsy -

The late 1970s – bell bottoms, punk rock, disco, that perpetual haze floating over those lucky enough to get the most expensive concert seats for as much as $10 each on the floor of the Mid-South Coliseum… and yes, the impasse ordinance.

23. Survey of Tennessee Conservatives Finds Support for Medical Marijuana -

Conservative voters are more likely to support legalizing medical marijuana than raising gas taxes, at least ahead of using a $1 billion surplus to pay for transportation projects.

Fifty-two percent of Republicans surveyed recently by Tennesseans for Conservative Action say they support allowing people to manage their pain with medical cannabis, in contrast to 31 percent in opposition. Thirteen percent needed more information and 4 percent were unsure.

24. Last Word: Charter Schools Views, Capitol Hill Round Up & Explaining The Cold War -

Double trouble Wednesday in Oklahoma. The Grizz lose to the Thunder 103-95 in OKC. They are on their way to Houston for a Friday game before returning home Sunday for the MLK game against the Chicago Bulls at the Forum. Meanwhile Tigers lose to Tulsa Wednesday, also in Oklahoma, 81-71. They are back at the Forum Saturday to play South Florida.

25. Reactionaries, Evidence Vie on Medicinal Pot -

Three-year-old Josie Mae Mathis of Greene County used to suffer hundreds of seizures daily from epilepsy and infantile spasms. Aden Vogus, a pre-teen from Brentwood, has seen his seizures all but disappear.

26. State Awards $4 Million For Medical Device Institute -

The state of Tennessee has announced a $4 million grant for TCAT Memphis for the creation of a satellite campus supporting the launch of a new medical device institute.

The grant is part of the state's Drive to 55 program. Gov. Bill Haslam launched the program in 2013 to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025.

27. State Awards $4 Million To TCAT Memphis -

The state of Tennessee has announced a $4 million grant for TCAT Memphis for the creation of a satellite campus supporting the launch of a new medical device institute.

The grant is part of the state’s Drive to 55 program. Gov. Bill Haslam launched the program in 2013 to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025.

28. Last Word: Election Day Arrives, Compass Changes Course and Downtown Dining -

…Some notes and observations on Election Eve from someone who does this for a living…

Most of you – around 60 percent of the total number of people who will cast ballots in Shelby County in this election cycle – have already voted if past Presidential election cycles in Shelby County are any indication. You voted early.

29. Wright Medical Grows Sales and Losses -

Wright Medical Group N.V. saw $171 million of second-quarter net sales, the company reported this week.

Among the other results for the quarter, Wright’s second-quarter global extremities and biologics net sales increased 112 percent, while Wright reported a net loss of $42 million, compared to a loss of a little more than $37 million in the year-ago quarter.

30. Last Word: Election Wrap Up, Crosstown's Momentum and GMF's Court Report -

For an election that only 14 percent of us turned out for, the Thursday elections in Shelby County delivered in terms of political drama.

David Kustoff, whose bid for Congress in the old 7th Congressional District 14 years ago ended in frustration amidst too many primary candidates from Shelby County, claimed the Republican primary in the 8th amidst an even larger field with even more Shelby County rivals.

31. Wright Medical Grows Sales and Losses -

Wright Medical Group N.V. saw $171 million of second-quarter net sales, the company reported this week.

Among the other results for the quarter, Wright’s second-quarter global extremities and biologics net sales increased 112 percent, while Wright reported a net loss of $42 million, compared to a loss of a little more than $37 million in the year-ago quarter.

32. Willmarth to Lead Facilities Management at Trezevant -

Brian Willmarth has joined Trezevant as director of environmental operations. In that role, he oversees maintenance, housekeeping and plant operations at the continuing care retirement community. He also oversees Trezevant’s construction and renovation projects. 

33. Blue-Collar High School -

For all of the changes in public education Memphis has seen in the past six years, there is at least one more big one still on the way.

And it is coming from the city’s post-recession economic development effort.

34. Edge District Could See ‘Banner Year’ -

Two recently approved projects will bring more than $300,000 in public projects to the Edge District.

“We expect this to be a banner year for the Edge in terms of improving the aesthetics, making it a more interesting place for the thousands of visitors that go there every year,” said Leslie Gower, vice president of marketing for the Downtown Memphis Commission.

35. Chamber Names Simmons Director of Public Policy -

Haley Simmons has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as the director of public policy, a new position in the chamber’s community development department. In this role, Simmons will be focused on enhancing the chamber’s advocacy efforts to inform and engage its members on important policy issues, and he’ll also be responsible for growing the chamber’s role in education initiatives.

36. Last Word: Graduation Day, St. Jude's New Office Tower and Another Bike Map -

The chances are pretty good that you encountered someone in a cap and gown this weekend.

It is graduation season and Shelby County Schools kicked it off Saturday with 14 high school graduations – that’s in one day.

37. Last Word: A Trip to Committee, Minority Business Moves and the Issue With Reissues -

So those who support the general concept of de-annexation in the Tennessee state Senate were the most vocal Monday in sending the proposal back to committee for a more intense examination.

There were plenty of Memphians in the Senate chambers Monday despite the rumors that this was on its way back to committee.
Staying put until the deal is done has been a lesson won through bitter experience for some Memphis leaders.
Despite hearing from legislators in other parts of the state who are uneasy about this, the opposition remains a Memphis thing in Nashville.
But the Senate sponsor, Bo Watson, stumped his toe badly on this when he shut down an amendment Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville wanted to allow the voluntarily de-annexation of an area Millington recently took into its city limits.
So when the state and local government committee meets at noon Wednesday, it will be round – frankly, I forget which round it is. Just ring the bell and let’s see what happens.

38. Council Working to Build Local Manufacturing for Device Industry -

The medical device industry fuels Memphis’ backbone. With a $2.6 billion local economic impact and nearly 17,000 direct and indirect jobs, original equipment manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical Group, Medtronic Spinal & Biologistics and Microport Orthopedics have made the Memphis area their base for products and medical devices.

39. Last Word: The Road To Memphis, Medical District Plans and A Greensward Update -

The Republican presidential field is coming this way in the gap between early voting, which ends Tuesday evening, and the March 1 election day
Donald Trump, John Kasich and Ben Carson are booked for this coming weekend.

40. Workforce Effort Leaders Talk About Skills Gap -

Before Olympus Corp. announced last month its plan to locate a service and distribution center in Bartlett, a bigger medical device manufacturing company was on the hook for the town.

41. Tennessee Startups Chasing Greater Opportunities -

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

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

42. Last Word: More Medical Expansions, Norris & Harris and Christmas In Hell's Kitchen -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

43. Study: Medical Device Industry Has $2.6B Local Impact -

Companies like Smith & Nephew, Medtronic and Wright Medical don’t just help augment the human body as a result of the products and medical devices they manufacture.

Their products also represent something of a support structure for the Memphis economy, which is braced thanks in part to the reinforcement of the medical device industry.

44. Study: Medical Devices Bear $2.7B Impact in Shelby County -

A new study released by the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council finds that the medical device industry makes up nearly 4 percent of the total GDP of Shelby County.

According to the study, the county’s medical device industry accounts for $2.7 billion in economic impact; 16,823 direct and indirect jobs; $1.2 billion in wages and more than $46 million in local property taxes.

45. November 20-26: This Week in Memphis History -

2014: Hillary Clinton at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for dedication of the new Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration. The visit came 20 years after Clinton was the featured guest at the opening of the hospital’s patient care center.
In 2014, Clinton was considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 following 2014 midterm elections in which Democrats lost their majority in the U.S. Senate. Thomas talked of medical advances to come that would make chemotherapy and its side effects a thing of the past.

46. Study: Medical Devices Bear $2.7B Impact in Shelby County -

A new study released by the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council finds that the medical device industry makes up nearly 4 percent of the total GDP of Shelby County.

According to the study, the county’s medical device industry accounts for $2.7 billion in economic impact; 16,823 direct and indirect jobs; $1.2 billion in wages and more than $46 million in local property taxes.

47. The October US Jobs Report, By the Numbers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market boomed in October. Employers added 271,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to 5 percent, the lowest level in seven years.

The flurry of hiring is likely to give the Federal Reserve confidence to go ahead with a long-anticipated increase in short-term interest rates in December.

48. Mix It Up -

Memphis’ development eye is turning inward and upward as mixed-use projects are becoming more common than ever before.

Usually a mode of survival for densely packed cities, residential, office, retail and even manufacturing are cohabitating in single mixed-use buildings or lots as a way to recoup Memphis’ sprawl. Downtown and Midtown are being combed for infill and adaptive reuse possibilities as millennials are moving to the urban core in droves.

49. Covington US Cold Storage Plant Opens -

United States Cold Storage is formally opening a frost-free, but below freezing, $48 million expansion of the Unilever ice cream plant in Covington, Tenn.

The 336,500-square-foot facility, first announced in August 2014, opens Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Rialto Industrial Park. A new freezer conveyor will move finished ice cream products from the Unilever plant to the storage facility, where the temperature is 20 degrees below zero.

50. Finfrock Leads CBIZ Transfer Pricing Services -

It’s not exactly a buzz word in the Memphis accounting scene, but what Josh Finfrock and his team in the transfer pricing services division at CBIZ MHM LLC work in has an international reach that can have a major economic impact on companies big and small.

51. Legal Heat -

A utility vehicle loaded with gear, ladders and lift buckets just isn’t complete without a large water cooler strapped to the rear, especially in the hot Memphis summer.

But the coolers, and other every day sights like wet towels draped under a worker’s hardhat or a crew taking a mandatory break in the shade, are the best evidence of workplace planning that meets a legal standard.

52. Electrolux Cools Off 300 Memphis Residents -

As the dog days of summer wear on, Electrolux has provided some relief in the form of cool air to 300 Memphis residents.

The donation of energy-efficient Frigidaire room air conditioners, worth a total of $72,000, is part of the Keeping Memphis Cool initiative. Priority was given to households with seniors, disabled residents and those who have lost their jobs or are on medical leave.

53. Cooking Companies -

One indication of the pervasiveness of an area’s startup culture is arguably the presence of incubators and accelerators focused on a variety of narrow purposes.

It’s why the Memphis area is home to plenty of such organizations focused on tech startups, social startups, medical device startups and startups led by women. And it’s why a kitchen incubator in West Memphis that launched in recent weeks is focused on startups in the food industry.

54. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

55. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

56. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

57. Wonder Bread Bakery Under Contract -

The former Wonder Bread bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. could soon have a new owner.

The bakery, idled by a labor strike before being sold in 2013, is under contract to a potential buyer, according to a commercial real estate broker.

58. TCAT’s 27 Campuses Offer ‘A Different Life’ -

Ready for a new career? If you’re looking for a fresh start, Tennessee may be one of the best places in the world to find it.

Through May 15, residents who want to retrain in a new career field can apply for a full scholarship to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, a unique and highly effective system of technical colleges with 27 main campuses around the state.

59. Beautiful Minds -

Someday, a famous innovator’s biography may include the story of the first time she used a hammer – at age 4 or 5, at a private Memphis girls school, to pound on a strip of copper.

And how she then took that strip of copper and molded it into the shape of a heart, a tiara or a cool design that meant something to her evolving mind but that adults couldn’t identify.

60. Restore to Design Systems for Grace Medical -

Restore Medical Solutions Inc. and Grace Medical Inc. have entered into an OEM and distribution agreement to develop specialized modular instrument trays that Grace will commercialize.

61. Restore Medical Solutions Adds New President and CEO -

Restore Medical Solutions has a new president and CEO – Steven King, a health care industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience.

62. Bioworks Helped Spur Memphis Economy in 2014 -

In a variety of ways, the biosciences industry in Memphis helped lead the way in 2014 in terms of job creation and laying a foundation for economic growth in the future.

About that groundwork for growth to come, for example, the Memphis Bioworks Foundation got tapped early in 2014 to lead a new entrepreneurship venture in the city called The EPIcenter, with the goal of creating 1,000 entrepreneurs and 50 companies in the city over the next decade.

63. Rogero Talks ‘Smart Growth,’ Democratic Politics -

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero became the first woman to hold that office when she won the election in 2011.

She’s been actively involved in a number of local issues since her election, from urban-core revitalization and business recruitment to broader social issues such as marriage equality.

64. Soaring Generic Drug Prices Draw Senate Scrutiny -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

65. Footwear Operation Bringing Jobs to Morristown -

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say a tactical footwear manufacturer locating in Hamblen County is expected to create close to 200 jobs.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced this week that Original Footwear will invest $10 million in a new manufacturing operation in Morristown that will employ 182 people.

66. Fed Survey Finds Moderate Growth Nationwide -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy was strengthening in most regions of the country in September to early October, helped by gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and commercial construction, according to the Federal Reserve's latest survey of business conditions.

67. Technology Key to Knoxville’s Improving Economy -

Multiple industry sectors have always been a strength for the Knoxville job market, and that deep bench is helping the area once again as state and national economies improve.

From high-tech spinoffs out of both the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to a strong manufacturing climate, the area is benefiting as both companies and investors ramp up their expansion and hiring efforts, says Rhonda Rice, who serves as executive vice president of the Knoxville Chamber

68. Council Aims to Strengthen Local Medical Device Firms -

Shelby County medical device manufacturers are known for their innovation. But it took about three years of meetings before officially forming the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council this July.

“The industry was not used to coming together and sitting down,” said Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce president John Threadgill. “They’re competitors. And to get competitors in the same room to talk about their issues, there’s some reluctance. But the fact is, they’re all having the same issues. The cat’s out of the bag.”

69. Pay Raises Go Mainly to Those in Select Industries -

NEW YORK (AP) – If you hope to get a raise that finally feels like one, it helps to work in the right industry.

Historically, at this stage in the economy's recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices. Overall pay has been rising about 2 percent a year, roughly equal to inflation.

70. MicroPort to Invest $100 Million in Arlington Expansion -

MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. is expanding its Arlington location, investing $100 million over the next five years and creating 171 new jobs.

71. Perkins Hotel Sells After Foreclosure -

2700 S. Perkins Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $2.2 million

Sale Date: May 23, 2014
Buyer: HC Memphis LLC
Seller: Douglas M. Alrutz, successor trustee
Details: The Inn at Thousand Oaks hotel at 2700 S. Perkins Road in Parkway Village has sold for $2.2 million following a first-run foreclosure notice filed earlier this year.

72. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

73. Titan Medical Buys Bartlett Warehouse -

An affiliate of Titan Medical Manufacturing LLC has paid $2.2 million for the 50,635-square-foot warehouse at 7580 Bartlett Corporate Drive in Bartlett.

74. Wright Medical Investing in Arlington -

Just months after relocating its corporate headquarters to Memphis, Wright Medical Group Inc. is planning a $4.3 million expansion of its manufacturing and distribution operations in Arlington.

75. Wright Medical Investing in Arlington -

Just months after relocating its corporate headquarters to Memphis, Wright Medical Group Inc. is planning a $4.3 million expansion of its manufacturing and distribution operations in Arlington.

76. Enovate Medical Expanding in Murfreesboro -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State officials say medical device company Enovate Medical plans to expand its operations at its U.S. headquarters in Murfreesboro, adding 410 jobs in the next five years.

77. Yellen: Job Market Needs Low Rates 'For Some Time' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear Monday that she thinks the still-subpar U.S. job market will continue to need the help of low interest rates "for some time."

78. Bares: EPIcenter Effort Targets ‘Scalability’ -

It’s all about “scalability” when it comes to creating new businesses in Memphis, and that means creating ones with a reach beyond the city to customers in other places – customers that more often than not are other businesses, not consumers.

79. Fresenius to Create 665 Jobs at New Knox Plant -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Renal services provider Fresenius Medical Care has announced it will locate its East Coast manufacturing facility in Knoxville, creating 665 jobs in the coming years.

Gov. Bill Haslam said in a release that the German company plans to spend up to $140 million on the project to build the plant in the city's Panasonic building.

80. Experts to Begin Investigating Plant Explosion -

TOONE, Tenn. (AP) – A response team is expected to begin investigating an explosion at a manufacturing plant in western Tennessee that injured an employee.

Media report a team of chemists, engineers and bomb technicians assembled by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms was expected to begin its probe on Monday morning.

81. Call Center ‘Gratifying’ for Local Office Sector -

Conduit Global’s announcement this week that it is locating a call center in Shelby County that will employ 1,000 people was a breath of fresh air for local office real estate professionals.

82. States Urged to Register Compounding Pharmacies -

BOSTON (AP) – The commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent letters to state agencies and other stakeholders across the country calling on them to encourage compounding pharmacies to register as producers of sterile drugs in an effort to protect the public.

83. Lindow Rejoins The Centre Group -

Tracy Lindow has rejoined The Centre Group human resources firm as a senior consultant following several years in Germany. As a senior consultant, Lindow will help organizations improve their bottom line through human asset development by leveraging compensations strategies, executive search, employee attitude research and leadership skills development.

84. Wright Medical Division Sale Gets Green Light -

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has given Shanghai-based MicroPort Scientific Corp. the green light to move ahead with its $290 million acquisition of Wright Medical Group Inc.’s knee and hip division.

85. Wright Medical Division Sale Gets Green Light -

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has given Shanghai-based MicroPort Scientific Corp. the green light to move ahead with its $290 million acquisition of Wright Medical Group Inc.’s knee and hip division.

86. Fresh Market, Whole Foods Seek Approval From Boards -

Two planned high-profile grocery stores will be seeking regulatory approval in the coming weeks.

The Fresh Market is applying for a special-use permit from the Land Use Control Board Dec. 12 to convert the existing Ike’s store on Union Avenue into one of the chains upscale grocery stores.

87. Health Overhaul Debate Snags Senate Pharmacy Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A year after a meningitis outbreak from contaminated pain injections killed at least 64 people and sickened hundreds, Congress is ready to increase federal oversight over compounding pharmacies that custom-mix medications.

88. Mechatronics -

“Mechatronics.” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said the word so fast that it got lost in the echo of the large aircraft hangar at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology near Memphis International Airport.

89. Sales Can’t Save Wright’s Quarter -

Memphis-based Wright Medical said that while sales soared in the third quarter, its quarterly loss swelled to $130 million due to the write-down of its recent acquisition of bone graft maker BioMimetic.

90. Wright Medical to Present at Health Care Conference -

Memphis-based Wright Medical Group Inc. will participate in the Credit Suisse 2013 Healthcare Conference Nov. 14.

91. Wright Medical to Present at Health Care Conference -

Memphis-based Wright Medical Group Inc. will participate in the Credit Suisse 2013 Healthcare Conference Nov. 14.

92. Fisher Joins Boy Scouts Chickasaw Council as CEO -

Richard L. Fisher has joined the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America as chief executive officer. In his new role, Fisher will extend character development and leadership skills to youth who live in the Chickasaw Council territory, which includes the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and Shelby and Crittenden counties.

93. Flagship Facility -

NexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the country, recently debuted a new advanced welding and cutting demonstration lab at its renovated Downtown headquarters on Walnut Street.

94. Hanging Around -

The Pickering Firm Inc. is the architect and engineer of record for Nike’s massive, 1.7 million-square-foot facility expansion in Frayser.

95. Health Care’s ‘Lost Opportunity’: A Q&A with Phil Bredesen -

More than two years after leaving state office, Phil Bredesen, the popular former governor and mayor of Nashville, is still on the go. While enjoying a post-political life in Nashville that includes gardening and grandparenting with his wife, Andrea Conte, Bredesen remains active in promoting bipartisan solutions to issues such as the national debt as a speaker and as a member of the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.- based think tank.

96. FDA Requires Tracking Codes on Medical Implants -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health regulators will begin tracking millions of medical devices, from pacemakers to hip replacements, using a new electronic system designed to protect patients by catching problematic implants earlier.

97. FDA Defining What "Gluten Free" Means on Packages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A label that reads "gluten free" will now mean the same thing for all food, regardless of which kind you buy.

After more than a six-year delay, the Food and Drug Administration has set a new standard for labels that will make shopping easier for consumers on gluten-restricted diets. Until now, the term "gluten free" had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.

98. Wright Medical Group Seeks Tax Breaks to Relocate to Memphis -

Arlington-based Wright Medical Group Inc. is seeking tax freezes to retain 225 jobs, add 35 new jobs and invest $10.6 million into a new headquarters on Cherry Road in East Memphis.

99. Onyx Carves Niche in Medical Device Arena -

Medical device firm Onyx Medical Corp. experienced a record year in 2012, and that momentum has carried over through 2013.

100. Suburbs See Different Sales Tax Realities -

While Shelby County and city of Memphis government leaders have grappled with the loss of property value and its impact on the property tax rates for both governments, suburban leaders have a different reality.