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1. Harris Calls for Suspension of TVA Well Permits -

State Sen. Lee Harris wants the county’s Ground Water Control Board to suspend permits for water wells at the site of the new Tennessee Valley Authority plant in southwest Memphis and begin an investigation of high lead and arsenic levels found in area groundwater “as soon as practicable.”

2. Binghampton, Frayser Retail Projects Could Lift Respective Neighborhoods -

They say retail is a numbers game, and for some communities, when those numbers don’t add up they can get left behind by developers.

That’s why the Binghampton Gateway and Frayser Gateway – a pair of retail projects in different areas and stages of development – hope to send a message that overlooked communities have more to offer than just numbers.

3. Musk Says Government Likes Plan for High-Speed Tunnels -

DETROIT (AP) — In a tantalizing Tweet, Elon Musk says he has "verbal government approval" to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New York to Washington.

The billionaire entrepreneur didn't say who gave him the approval.

4. Vols Roster Gets Little Respect from SEC Media -

It was no surprise last week when Tennessee’s football team was picked to finish third by the media in the East Division at 2017 SEC Media Days.

Almost every national publication is picking the Vols third in the East behind Georgia and Florida, although not necessarily in that order.

5. Riverfest Suspending Event After 40 Years in Little Rock -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Little Rock's annual music festival, Riverfest, is suspending operations after four decades.

The Riverfest Inc. board of directors announced Tuesday that 2017 was the last year for the music festival in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. The festival's executive director, DeAnna Korte, says rising costs and more competition from other festivals made it difficult for Riverfest to continue.

6. Reviving Prospects That Go Dark -

If you’ve been in sales, you’ve found yourself wondering about a prospect who was highly interested in your offering – and for whom you invested significant time – only to find them suddenly incommunicado.

7. Need For Speed -

Access to high-speed broadband is a growing issue in Tennessee as technological advances in business and education become more digitally based. For the rural areas around Memphis and across the state, it is becoming a matter of disparity both on the workforce-training front and in classrooms. And the two are inextricably linked.

8. Freedom Fund Luncheon Speakers: Democratic Party Must Change -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. says if voters can make the big change they made last November in the White House they can do it again.

As one of two keynote speakers at the NAACP Freedom Fund luncheon Saturday, June 24, marking the centennial of the Memphis Branch NAACP, the former Memphis congressman said he is optimistic, even though he disagrees with much of what President Donald Trump has done since taking office six months ago.

9. Phillip Fulmer Named Special Adviser to Tennessee President -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro has hired former Volunteers football coach Phillip Fulmer as his special adviser for community, athletics and university relations.

10. Public Report Analyzes Mississippi Mental Health Spending -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A report commissioned by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health confirms federal findings that the state has spent more on institutional care than community-based services for people with mental disabilities.

11. Coast Guard Suspend Search for 3 On Mississippi River -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Coast Guard says it has suspended a search for three boaters on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee.

In a statement Thursday, the Coast Guard said several agencies searched more than 500 square miles (1,300 square kilometers) for 35 hours in an unsuccessful effort to find the boaters, though it was unclear whether they were in the water.

12. $100M Wind Project Suspended Following Tennessee Moratorium -

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A more than $100 million wind farm project in Tennessee has been put on hold after state lawmakers passed a yearlong moratorium on new turbines being installed in the state.

13. High Court Ruling Speeds Up Generic Biotech Drug Approval -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A unanimous Supreme Court is speeding up the time for generic biotech drugs to become available to the public in a ruling that means a loss of billions in sales to the makers of original versions.

14. Obesity Rising in Nations Rich and Poor, Especially in Kids -

NEW YORK (AP) – The global obesity problem now affects 1 in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children than adults, according to a new study.

15. US Budget Deficit Jumps in May as Spending Outpaces Revenue -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. budget deficit rose to $88.4 billion in May from $53 billion a year earlier, as government spending in areas such as Medicaid and defense rose at a faster pace than revenue.

16. Speak Creative Launches Custom Website Service -

Memphis-based Speak Creative has launched a new service designed to help small businesses and organizations on a tight budget create a custom designed website in two weeks.

The service, called Lift, pairs a company representative with a designer to create a custom website focused on growing the business.

17. Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant -

Arts Midwest has awarded $1 million in grants to Tennessee Shakespeare Company and 39 other nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states and the District of Columbia to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare in American Communities.

18. Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant -

Arts Midwest has awarded $1 million in grants to Tennessee Shakespeare Company and 39 other nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states and the District of Columbia to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare in American Communities.

19. Speak Creative Launches Custom Website Service -

Memphis-based Speak Creative has launched a new service designed to help small businesses and organizations on a tight budget create a custom designed website in two weeks.

The service, called Lift, pairs a company representative with a designer to create a custom website focused on growing the business.

20. Early Voting Starts Today In District 95 Special Election -

Early voting in the general election for the 95th District seat in the state House of Representatives begins Friday, May 26, at 11 a.m. The polls close at 3 p.m.

A breakdown of other early voting times:

21. Prospect of NAFTA Rewrite Gives US Farmers a Case of Jitters -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump's presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law.

22. IDI Gazeley Adding Two Spec Buildings -

IDI Gazeley, Memphis’ leading industrial developer, has announced it will be adding two new buildings totaling nearly 2 million square feet to its Crossroads Distribution Center in Olive Branch.

23. IDI Gazeley Adding Two Spec Buildings -

IDI Gazeley, Memphis’ leading industrial developer, has announced it will be adding two new buildings totaling nearly 2 million square feet to its Crossroads Distribution Center in Olive Branch.

24. IDI Adding Two Spec Buildings Totaling Nearly 2 Million Square Feet -

IDI Gazeley, Memphis’ leading industrial developer, has announced it will be adding two new buildings totaling nearly 2 million square feet to its Crossroads Distribution Center in Olive Branch.

25. Last Word: Railgarten Redux, Raleigh Springs Mall and Forrest Author Speaks -

Railgarten II, Son of Railgarten, Railgarten, Beyond the Board of Adjustment, Railgarten, Enter The City Council … Take your pick of sequel titles. Railgarten goes back to the City Council Tuesday for at least a committee discussion in which the council considers whether it should take back the special use permit it granted the bar-restaurant. This is a follow up to the Board of Adjustment decision last month to delay any action on approving the other annexes of the business for 30 days.

26. Medical District Slow Rides Offer Unique Perspective of City -

Despite cloudy skies and a chilly drizzle, a few dozen cyclists ranging in age from 9 to 70 huddled Wednesday, May 3, near two red shipping containers on Monroe Avenue.

They were waiting on bike leader Sara Studdard to finish wrapping up the last bits of paperwork before heading off on their weekly adventure through the Memphis Medical District.

27. Senate Sends $1.1T Spending Bill to Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has delivered to President Donald Trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running through September – putting off, for now, battles over Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall and his promised military buildup.

28. Boyd: Memphis Public Safety Spending Out of Balance -

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd says the city budget is lopsided when it comes to its priorities.

And Boyd called Wednesday, May 3, for a shift away from public safety spending – specifically city spending on police – the largest single part of the operating and capital budgets as well as the largest division in city government.

29. Parks Becomes Latest JUCO Prospect to Sign With Memphis -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis has added Southwest Mississippi Community College center Mike Parks Jr. to its roster.

Tigers coach Tubby Smith announced the signing of Parks on Wednesday.

30. Eye Specialty Group Seeks Implant Study Candidates -

Eye Specialty Group in Memphis is participating in a nationwide clinical trial of the Implantable Miniature Telescope, a medical device for patients with end-stage, age-related macular degeneration.

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32. RegionSmart Speakers Tout Importance of 'Lovable' Cities -

Do you love your city? That was author Peter Kageyama’s opening question Thursday, April 27, to his audience at the second annual RegionSmart Summit, hosted by the Mid-South Mayors’ Council.

33. Mississippi Governor Sets Special Session to Start June 5 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is calling Mississippi legislators back to the Capitol for a special session starting June 5.

He is asking them to set the final pieces of the state budget for the year that begins July 1.

34. Eye Specialty Group Seeks Candidates for Implant Study -

Eye Specialty Group in Memphis is participating in a nationwide clinical trial of the Implantable Miniature Telescope, a medical device for patients with end-stage, age-related macular degeneration.

35. Tennessee Speaker to GOP: Show Civility in Gas Tax Debate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Speaker Beth Harwell is calling on her Republican colleagues to show civility as the Tennessee House prepares for a contentious vote Wednesday on Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation funding proposal.

36. RegionSmart Speaker to Highlight Suburban Retrofitting -

Redevelopment is a ubiquitous term in Memphis right now. Major projects such as the Crosstown Concourse and ServiceMaster’s new headquarters are located well within the city limits, but according to Ellen Dunham-Jones, that is only just one piece of the puzzle.

37. Dunavant Award Recipients To Speak at Symposium -

The two recipients of this year’s Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards will speak April 18 at the Christian Brothers University-Dunavant Public Service Symposium at the CBU Montesi Executive Center.

38. Pinch District Plan May Spell End to Moratorium -

The Pinch District Concept Study, the city’s strategic plan to guide the growth of the downtrodden Downtown neighborhood, was approved by the Land Use Control Board Thursday, April 13 – a move that could signal an end for a longstanding moratorium that has kept the nine-block district frozen in time.

39. Prosecutor Asks Pharmacies to Watch for Kidnapping Suspect -

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) – A prosecutor is asking pharmacy employees to be on the lookout for a 50-year-old Tennessee teacher who disappeared last month with a student.

District Attorney Brent Cooper tells news outlets Tad Cummins takes medicine to control his blood pressure and likely will need a refill.

40. Dunavant Award Recipients To Speak at Symposium -

The two recipients of this year’s Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards will speak April 18 at the Christian Brothers University-Dunavant Public Service Symposium at the CBU Montesi Executive Center.

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42. Senate Passes Less Speedy Rural Broadband Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Senate on Monday passed a bill that could make it easier for rural areas in Tennessee to get access to high-speed internet. However, a last-minute amendment tacked on to the bill would not require the internet to be so speedy.

43. Respect For Athletes And Actors -

In the business world, things move fast. You write a business proposal, seek approval and move on to your next project. Efficiency is key in business. Move fast. Waste little time. Produce as much output as possible.

44. Audit Questions Spending Of $12M Meant to Feed Kids -

State auditors are questioning how tens of millions of dollars meant to provide meals and snacks to low-income children in Tennessee were spent.

News outlets report the state’s comptroller released an audit Monday, slamming the Tennessee Department of Human Services for its lack of monitoring and internal control over the state’s $80 million food program.

45. AG: 'In God We Trust' Plates Constitutionally Suspect -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state attorney general's office says a bill that would require all Tennessee license plates to bear the words "In God We Trust" is constitutionally suspect.

46. Special Election Set For May 25 in Lakeland -

Voters in Lakeland go to the polls May 25 to fill a vacancy on the city’s board of commissioners.

The Shelby County Election Commission set the date for the election on Wednesday, March 15, with early voting running May 5-20.

47. Special Election Ballot for State Rep. District 95 Set Tuesday -

The 10 candidates who qualified in the special elections for state House District 95 have until noon Monday, March 20, to withdraw if they wish. Otherwise the Shelby County Election Commission will set the ballot Tuesday for the primary and general elections.

48. Special Election Set For May 25 in Lakeland -

Voters in Lakeland go to the polls May 25 to fill a vacancy on the city’s board of commissioners.

The Shelby County Election Commission set the date for the election on Wednesday, March 15, with early voting running May 5-20.

49. Obama's Final Year: US Spent $36 Million in Records Lawsuits -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.

50. Grizz Finally Win, Parsons Done for Season, NCAA South Regional Looks Spectacular -

The Memphis Grizzlies broke their five-game losing streak, 40-year-old Vince Carter had a historic offensive night, and we learned that Chandler Parsons had suffered a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee (the right knee has endured two surgeries) and is done for the season.

51. MAS Adds Specialist For Volunteer, Foster Programs -

Memphis Animal Services has added a volunteer and outreach specialist who will coordinate volunteer and foster programs at the city shelter.

Dani Rutherford comes to the newly created position at MAS from being development assistant at Communities in Schools of Tennessee, a role that included coordinating donor relationships, donation drives, grant writing and communications work.

52. Akbari Calls for Task Force to Study Kindergarten Suspensions -

NASHVILLE – State Rep. Raumesh Akbari is altering her strategy on legislation to reduce suspension of kindergartners, seeking a task force study on the matter rather than an immediate and outright ban.

53. Special Election Dates Set For Open State House Seat -

Voters in the Collierville-Eads area go to the polls in April and June to elect a new state representative.

With a writ issued Thursday, March 2, ordering a special election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Republican Mark Lovell of Eads, Gov. Bill Haslam set April 27 as the date for the special primary election and June 15 for the special general election.

54. Tennessee AG Says Abortion Bill Constitutionally Suspect -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's state attorney general says bills in the General Assembly that would outlaw abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected by ultrasound may not be able to stand up in court.

55. Special Election Dates Set For Vacated State House Seat -

Voters in the Collierville-Eads area go to the polls in April and June to elect a new state representative.

With a writ issued Thursday, March 2, ordering a special election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Republican Mark Lovell of Eads, Gov. Bill Haslam set April 27 as the date for the special primary election and June 15 for the special general election.

56. 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.

57. Trump Budget Will Hike Defense Spending By $54 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.

58. Binghampton Gateway Center Spells End for Inner City Food Desert -

The groundbreaking of a shopping center doesn’t always attract a large crowd of city officials and TV cameras, but then again not every shopping center is an oasis in the middle of a food desert.

59. Daniel’s ‘Milo Bill’ Evolves In Freedom of Speech Debate -

NASHVILLE – A Knoxville lawmaker pushing free speech on college campuses stopped calling his legislation the “Milo bill” after a video resurfaced of now-former Breitbart News columnist Milo Yiannopoulos approving of pedophilia.

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61. Sharpton To Speak At Mississippi Blvd. Church -

Rev. Al Sharpton will speak Sunday, Feb. 19, at both campuses of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

62. Retirement Spending Budget -

Ray’s Take How much you spend from your retirement savings from year to year is arguably the most important piece in the retirement finance puzzle.

Before developing your spending strategy, you should understand an important overarching philosophy: You can’t control financial market fluctuations. You can only control how much risk you take, how much you spend and how to adapt. When you stay invested during retirement, there will be times when market volatility makes it feel like you’ve lost control. Maintaining a plan can help rein in this feeling.

63. Bill Excludes Churches From Campaign Spending Disclosures -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican state senator wants to change Tennessee election finance law to exempt churches from having to report campaign spending on "public or private morality."

64. College Accounting Programs Add Specialties as Profession Evolves -

Accounting majors at local colleges have more options than in years past, as course offerings have shifted to meet a job market in which the demand for talented accountants is fueled by more cases of large-scale corporate fraud, new auditing techniques and widespread adoption of technology.

65. Hopson Says Violence Shows 'Desperation and a Lack of Hope' -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants the school system to find a way to combat violence outside the borders of school campuses as well as within.

Hopson expressed concern Tuesday, Jan. 31, about violent crime in the city after a spike in January in which there were five homicides in one weekend across the city. Two of the five people who died were each 15-years old and both Shelby County Schools students.

66. Haslam's $37B Tennessee Spending Plan at a Glance -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday unveiled his $37 billion Tennessee spending plan for the budget year beginning July 1, a 4.8 percent increase over the current year. Haslam's proposed new spending includes:

67. Last Word: State of the State React, Reverse Logistics and Speed Limiters -

As the work week began, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis joining House Democrats in sponsoring a bill that would bar the use of any federal funds to carry out President Trump’s order barring refugees from seven majority Muslim countries.

68. US Business Spending Rises for 3rd Month, Boosting Factories -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses ramped up their investment in industrial machinery, semiconductors and other big-ticket items last month, boosting demand for factory goods.

A measure that tracks business spending plans climbed 0.8 percent in December, after jumping 1.5 percent the previous month, the Commerce Department said Friday.

69. Haslam Adviser Hafner Leaving to Work for House Speaker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Leslie Hafner is leaving her position as a top adviser to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to take on a new role with House Speaker Beth Harwell.

70. Proposal to Limit Trucks’ Speed On US Roadways Closer to Becoming Law -

A proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that would require speed limiters on all heavy-duty trucks traveling on U.S. roadways might finally become law this year after more than a decade in the works.

71. 2 Mississippi Deputies Wounded in Shootout; Suspect Dead -

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi sheriff says two deputies are expected to recover after they were wounded and a robbery suspect was killed during a shootout.

News outlets report that the unidentified suspect was killed Wednesday night outside a grocery store in Southaven, just south of Memphis, Tennessee.

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73. Newly Elected Tennessee Senate Speaker Names Top Staffer -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Newly-elected state Senate Speaker Randy McNally isn't wasting much time in reshaping the leadership of his office.

74. Holiday Spending Rises But Department Stores Lag -

Holiday spending got a boost in 2016, according to one analysis, as more people opted to shop by phone or computer – though department stores and clothing retailers still lagged.

Overall consumer spending grew 4.7 percent over last holiday season, while online retail purchasing grew 12 percent over the same period last year, according to First Data, which analyzed online and in-store payments for nearly a million merchants between Oct. 29 and Jan. 2.

75. McNally Voted Tennessee Senate Speaker -

Promising to maintain Tennessee’s strong fiscal standing, veteran legislator Randy McNally of Oak Ridge took the gavel Tuesday as Senate speaker, replacing Ron Ramsey, who over the last decade led a Republican majority to power in the Tennessee General Assembly.

76. 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.

77. Online Shoppers Help Holiday Spending; Department Stores Lag -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Holiday spending got a boost in 2016, according to one analysis, as more people opted to shop by phone or computer – though department stores and clothing retailers still lagged.

78. Broadway Soprano Headlining Tennessee Shakespeare Gala -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company has announced Broadway soprano Sierra Boggess, whose roles have included Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” and Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” will headline its eighth annual gala March 10 at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.

79. US Construction Spending Hits Highest Level in 10 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders boosted spending on construction projects for a second straight month in November, pushing activity to the highest level in more than a decade.

Construction spending rose 0.9 percent in November after a 0.6 percent increase in October, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The increase reflected solid gains in home construction, nonresidential building and government construction activity.

80. A Fresh Perspective -

One thing everyone can agree on is that new year’s resolutions are anything but new. In fact, it’s widely accepted that this practice dates back some 4,000 years. With such a longstanding tradition, I find it odd that less than 10 percent of those who make a new year’s resolution actually keep it.

81. How to Spend More Mindfully in the New Year -

Mindfulness and meditation can ease chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Now some money experts say awareness tools such as these can help you avoid impulse purchases and create a spending plan that reflects your values.

82. Online Sites Court Procrastinators With Speedy Shipping -

ATLANTA (AP) – Forget ordering online weeks in advance or dashing out to the drug store for a gift card on Christmas Eve. Procrastinating holiday shoppers are finding a haven online as retailers ramp up expedited shipping and same-day delivery services.

83. Infectious Disease Specialist Blatz Joins Resurrection Health -

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Blatz recently joined the staff of Resurrection Health. In his new role, Blatz provides expert consultation on a variety of infectious diseases in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently he is focusing on providing HIV and hepatitis C care as well as teaching Resurrection’s family medicine resident physicians. 

84. 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.

85. Frugal Home Finds Specializes In Upscale Furnishings, Customer Service -

It all started with a $6 ladder bookshelf. Two years later, Frugal Home Finds’ 9,000-square-foot storefront is a cult classic for high-end furniture enthusiasts and designers in Memphis and around the Mid-South.

86. Say It’s So, Mo! Speights Calls out Clippers Teammates for Complaining to Officials -

Remember our old friend Mo Speights? Big fella, but liked to stay away from the scrums under the basket and instead drop in feathery jump shots?

He played with the Grizzlies in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, averaging 7.9 points. 

87. Aspen Dental Locations Opening This Month -

Two new Aspen Dental practices are opening this month in the Memphis area – the one at 8544 U.S. Highway 51 N. opened Thursday, Dec. 8.

A Cordova location at 695 N. Germantown Pkwy. will open on Dec. 15.

88. Aspen Dental Locations Opening This Month -

Two new Aspen Dental practices are opening this month in the Memphis area – the one at 8544 U.S. 51 N. in Millington opened Thursday, Dec. 8.

A Cordova location at 695 N. Germantown Parkway will open on Dec. 15.

89. Mississippi Lawmakers Propose Spending Cuts for Coming Year -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Top lawmakers are proposing a Mississippi budget that would be 3 percent smaller for the coming year.

House Speaker Philip Gunn says most state agencies should plan to operate on "the leanest levels possible" during fiscal 2018, which begins July 1.

90. Outsourcing: Savings, But No Specifics -

The Haslam administration is forging ahead with plans to nab a statewide facilities services contractor after an outside analysis backed up a study showing estimated cost savings of more than $35 million a year at Tennessee universities.

91. Money for Trump Tower Security Part of Stopgap Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers are tacking on money for security around Trump Tower in New York and funds for health care for retired coal miners to a stopgap spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown at week's end.

92. School Board Gets More Specifics on Right-Sizing Proposal -

Shelby County Schools board members think the holiday season may push a vote on a proposal to close seven schools and build three new ones to February instead of January.

A review of the proposal by the SCS board Tuesday, Nov. 29, still keeps in place a vote at the Dec. 6 school board meeting that would start a process of public meetings to gauge the reaction of parents affected by the change.

93. With Early Deals, How Much Will Cyber Monday Buyers Spend? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans paused during the Monday after Thanksgiving to check out online deals and check off people on their holiday gift list. But so-called Cyber Monday may be in danger of losing its online sales title.

94. Saint Francis Acquires New Specialized Cancer-Fighting Technology -

Precision is the name of the game when it comes to a new image-guided radiotherapy technology Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has acquired.

That technology is the TrueBeam Linear Accelerator from Varian Medical Systems, which Saint Francis is now using to expand its line of advanced cancer treatment options.

95. Harwell Wins GOP Nomination for New Term as House Speaker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – House Speaker Beth Harwell on Thursday won the Republican nomination to serve for another two-year term as leader of the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly.

96. Titans Desperately Need to Get Past Indy Jinx -

It’s time. In a weak AFC South, the Tennessee Titans appear to be at least a year ahead of schedule in their quest for playoff contention.

Sure, a 5-5 record might not look all that great to those on the outside, but considering where this team has been the past few years, the Titans at least have hope that the second half of the season will be for something other than next year’s draft position.

97. Grizzlies’ New Speaker Series to Enhance Bond With Businesses, Fans -

On the court, the Memphis Grizzlies have a new head coach in David Fizdale and have remixed the roster with a heavier sprinkling of youth.

Change in the NBA is inevitable. And that’s true off the court, too, where business-side and sales employees are always seeking new ways to engage with the community and grow the fan base.

98. Tennessee Shakespeare Co. Approves New Board, Officers -

The Tennessee Shakespeare Co.’s 26-member board of directors has approved the election of three new members and a slate of new officers to its executive committee for fiscal year 2017.

99. ‘Eye On the Struggle’ Author to Speak Nov. 15 -

James McGrath Morris, winner of the 2015 Hooks Institute National Book Award for his biography “Eye On the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press,” will speak at the University of Memphis’ Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change on Nov. 15.

100. Specialized Lending Teams Helping Banks Build Business Relationships -

Standing apart from the competition in banking is not necessarily the simplest thing to do, given that key aspects of the industry – making loans, taking deposits and the like – look so similar from one institution to the next.