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SPECIAL EDITION: Memphis Newsmakers – Sports
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2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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. 

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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. 

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. ‘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.

29. 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.

30. ‘Eye On the Struggle’ Author to Speak at Hooks Institute -

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.

31. Consumer Spending Rebounded in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers boosted their spending in September at the fastest pace in three months, while their incomes grew by a modest amount.

Consumer spending increased 0.5 percent, a significant rebound from August when spending fell 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday. The increase was led by a 1.3 percent surge in spending on autos and other durable goods. Incomes increased 0.3 percent in September, slightly faster than the 0.2 percent gain in August.

32. Last Word: Early Vote Numbers, Crime Q&A and School Suspensions in Memphis -

The last weekend of early voting is done and now we get the early vote surge through Thursday, which is the last day for early voting at the 21 polling places across Shelby County.

Through this past Friday, 161,239 early votes had been cast in Shelby County. That compares to 156,645 to the same point in 2008 and 151,809 in 2012.

33. More Black Students, and Memphis Students, Suspended in Tennessee Schools -

Half of suspensions across Tennessee in the 2014-15 school year were handed out in just 8 percent of schools, many of which serve black students in Memphis.

Statewide, 20 percent of black male students were suspended at least once that year. Black students were also more than five times as likely as white students to be suspended.

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35. Editorial: Memphis Prospering, But Not Yet for All -

TraVure in Germantown, Big River Crossing, Guest House at Graceland, Crosstown Concourse. That’s not to mention Graceland West, the larger plans for Germantown’s Western Gateway, and references to the Big River Park in West Memphis as “Shelby Farms West.”

36. Norvell Suspends Two Tigers Football Players Indefinitely -

University of Memphis coach Mike Norvell has suspended wide receiver Jae’lon Oglesby and defensive back Kam Prewitt after an incident on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

37. Russian Broadcaster RT Says UK Bank Suspends Its Accounts -

LONDON (AP) — Tense relations between Britain and Russia came under further strain Monday as Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT accused the U.K.'s NatWest bank of shutting down its accounts without explanation.

38. Speaker Ramsey, Retired Gen. Luck Named to University Boards -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday named state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and retired Army Gen. Gary Luck to newly independent university boards.

39. Fred’s Specialty Pharmacy Division Has New Name -

Fred’s Inc.’s wholly owned specialty pharmacy, Eiris Health Services, has a new name.

Now called EntrustRx, the division will continue to provide holistic pharmaceutical care and therapies for its customers with a personal touch, Memphis-based fred’s announced this week.

40. Spending Smart to Save -

Ray’s Take When we bring up the “B” word (budget), most people’s knee-jerk response is to think in terms of depravation – not spending. While that’s true to an extent, it’s more likely to be successful and sustainable if we slightly change our mindset from “less” spending to “different” spending.

41. Fred’s Specialty Pharmacy Division Has New Name -

Fred’s Inc.’s wholly owned specialty pharmacy, Eiris Health Services, has a new name.

Now called EntrustRx, the division will continue to provide holistic pharmaceutical care and therapies for its customers with a personal touch, Memphis-based fred’s announced this week.

42. US Construction Spending Fell Again in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders trimmed spending on construction projects in August for a second straight month with housing, non-residential and government activity all seeing declines.

43. Actress Cicely Tyson to Speak At Agape’s HeartLight -

Agape Child & Family Services has announced that award-winning actress and human rights advocate Cicely Tyson will speak at the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser, HeartLight. Best known for her roles in “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Sounder” and “The Help,” she will speak to Agape’s message with her experience, insight and compassion.

44. Baptist Cancer Center Adds Physicians -

Baptist Cancer Center has added 23 physicians from Boston Baskin Cancer Foundation, The Jones Clinic, Family Cancer Center and Integrity Oncology.

According to Baptist leadership, adding the physicians from some of those names in cancer care will augment Baptist Cancer Center’s mission of providing care in the Memphis area. And the center, according to Dr. Mark Swanson, vice president and chief medical officer for Baptist, is continuing to focus on things like new cancer care models, clinical trials, research grants and spe-cialized services.

45. AMUM Celebrates 35 Years With Special Birthday Surprise -

The Art Museum of the University of Memphis is turning 35 this year and in celebration will present “This May Surprise You,” an exhibition featuring hidden gems in its collections. The exhibition will open Friday, Oct. 14, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and run through Dec. 17.

46. House Speaker Chides Angry Lawmaker for Claim of Bad Conduct -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A complaint filed against the House clerk is being brought by a lame-duck lawmaker who is angry about the chamber's expulsion of fellow Republican Rep. Jer-emy Durham over a series of sexual harassment allegations, House Speaker Beth Harwell said Wednesday.

47. Special 901 Ticket Pricing Set for Bowling Green Game -

The University of Memphis athletic department is holding a special sale in connection with the football game against Bowling Green on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

48. Danish Elvis Fan Loses 'Graceland' Trademark Dispute -

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – A court in Denmark has ordered the owner of a museum modeled after Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion to pay 500,000 kroner ($75,000) in damages to a U.S. company that owns the Graceland trademark.

49. Baptist Brings New Specialists On Board -

Baptist Memorial Health Care has added a trio of new specialists to its ranks, welcoming a new pediatric intensivist, a surgeon and a pediatric gastrointestinal specialist.

Their work at the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital is quickly turning it into even more of “a strong and viable option for pediatric care,” said Kevin Hammeran, administrator and CEO at Baptist Children’s Hospital and Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

50. Last Word: Rallings on Protests, New Home Sales Numbers and Special Session Over -

$10 million goes a long way toward establishing a new school.

But Crosstown High School was not among the new high schools that garnered grants Wednesday from the XQ Super School Project.

51. Vols Can’t Afford Another Iffy Effort at the Speedway -

Imagine if Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd hadn’t recovered the fumble by UT quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the end zone for a touchdown in overtime last Thursday night.

52. Haslam To Call Special Legislative Session -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday, Sept. 2, he will seek a special session of the Tennessee Legislature before the end of the year to change a new state law that endangers $60 million in federal highway funding to the state.

53. Editorial: The Prosperity Mix in Memphis -

There are jobs you have to take and jobs you want to take. As in other places, Memphis’ economy is a mix of the two, and our effort to have more of the jobs that allow for careers and growth is seen by most if not all of our civic leadership as the way to build prosperity.

54. US Construction Spending Unchanged in July -

U.S. construction spending was unchanged in July as weakness in spending on government projects offset gains in home building and the strongest month for non-residential construction on record.

Construction spending was flat in July but declines in May and June were revised to show slight gains, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Spending in June is now reported up 0.9 percent while May showed an increase of 0.1 percent.

55. Last Word: Big 12 Speculation, Changes at Fred's and Painting Rocks -

Just in time for the first weekend of college football, speculation about a list of finalists for the Big 12 athletic conference realignment and the University of Memphis is reportedly on the list of contenders for a much talked about and highly sought after conference switch.

56. US Wants to Force Lower Speeds on Truck and Bus Drivers -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation's highways.

A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide limit by electronically capping speeds with a device on newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change. Whatever the speed limit, drivers would be physically prevented from exceeding it. The proposal does not force older heavy vehicles to add the speed-limiting technology, but regulators are still considering it.

57. Haslam Says Special Session Likely Without Federal Compromise -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said $60 million in federal roads funding is too much for the state to lose because of a law the Tennessee Legislature passed that federal officials have a problem with.

During a Thursday, Aug. 25, visit to Memphis, Haslam said his administration is talking with federal transportation officials to work out a compromise in which the legislature would change the drunken driving statute when it returns to session in January. If there is no compromise, Haslam indicated he will likely call a special session of the Legislature by the end of current year to change the statute.

58. Yellen, in Speech Friday, Could Send Signal About Next Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The job market is humming, and so are the U.S. financial markets, with major stock indexes near record highs.

All that would normally trigger a green light for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates – especially when they're barely above all-time lows. Yet the Fed, still casting a wary eye on the economy, has yet to signal that it will resume raising rates soon.

59. Last Word: Bearwater Progress, Defining Certainty and A Special Session After All -

The older couple have been spotted around town a lot taking in the nightlife.

Former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have been to The Lookout at the top of the Pyramid this week to take in a sunset on the river. They also found their way to Beale Street one night this week.

60. LeadershipWorks Conference Draws National Speakers -

Nonprofit LoveWorks will host its one-day LeadershipWorks Conference on Friday, Aug. 26. The event brings together national thought leaders charged with inspiring Memphis residents to be better leaders.

61. Memphis Police Officer Resigns After Suspension Over Snapchat Image -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis police say an officer has resigned after an investigation into an image posted on a social media site showing a gun pointed at a cartoon drawing of a black boy.

62. Owens Corning Faces PILOT Reduction for Lack of Diversity Spending -

EDGE is showing its teeth. For the first time in the history of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine and its predecessor, the Industrial Development Board, the entity is considering punitive measures for a company that failed to meet requirements about diversity contracting.

63. Matlock the ‘Truth,’ ‘Justice’ Candidate For Tennessee House Speaker -

Republican state Rep. Jimmy Matlock insists his quest for the House Speaker’s post is not a challenge of Beth Harwell’s leadership.

But it’s clear he sees a need for change.

64. M&A Speculation Directed at International Paper -

It took just two words to send shares of Memphis-based International Paper as high as they’ve been all year.

The two words were “Takeover Target,” and – along with a question mark to punctuate the phrase – they were the headline chosen by the financial publication Barron’s to reflect what it said is chatter about the paper and packaging company looking like an acquisition target.

65. Private Inspectors in Charge of Tennessee Fair Ride Safety -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A private inspector and police are blaming "mechanical failure," but government investigators are still sorting out exactly how a Ferris wheel seat flipped over at a Tennessee county fair, sending three girls plummeting 30 to 45 feet to the ground.

66. Titans DB Marqueston Huff Suspended 1 Game by NFL -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Titans defensive back Marqueston Huff has been suspended one game without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The NFL announced Huff's suspension Friday. The ruling means Huff won't play in the Titans' Sept. 11 season opener with the Minnesota Vikings.

67. Special Agent in Charge Named for Memphis FBI -

The FBI in Memphis has a new special agent in charge.

He is Michael Gavin, who was previously section chief of the Criminal Investigative Division's National Covert Operations Section.

68. New Special Agent in Charge Named for Memphis FBI -

The FBI in Memphis has a new special agent in charge.

He is Michael Gavin, who was previously section chief of the Criminal Investigative Division’s National Covert Operations Section.

69. US Consumer Spending Grew a Solid 0.4 Percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers turned in another strong month of spending in June despite a decline in spending on autos.

Consumer spending rose a solid 0.4 percent in June after an identical increase in May and a 1 percent surge in April, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The strength in June came from a surge in spending on nondurable goods, which offset a drop in spending on autos.

70. After Receiving Prestigious Award, Juice Plus+ Founder Jay Martin Speaks on Volunteerism -

Recently, Juice Plus+ founder and president Jay Martin received the 2016 Ballington and Maud Booth Award from Volunteers of America, one of the nation’s largest and oldest human service charities.

71. Akbari Speaks at Democratic Convention -

State Representative Raumesh Akbari had the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Thursday, July 28, for four minutes.

The speech Thursday afternoon was as part of a diverse group of younger state legislators and mayors from across the country to start the last day of the convention.

72. Last Word: Spec In East Memphis, Bike Share Test and Gannett Earnings -

Pinnacle Financial is the anchor for the first Class A spec office space in Memphis in just about a decade.

Madeline Faber breaking the Boyle lease news for the $20-million office tower at 949 S. Shady Grove Road. This is what office-space developers have been talking about for quite some time and as more time passed there was apprehension about the window for spec office space running out.

73. SABMiller Suspends Integration Work for Beer Merger -

LONDON (AP) – SABMiller has suspended work on integrating its operations with those of Anheuser-Busch InBev while it reviews its sweetened bid, raising concern about completion of the 79 billion pound ($104 billion) takeover.

74. Haslam Urges Durham to Resign, Won't Call Special Session -

CAMDEN, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is renewing his call for state Rep. Jeremy Durham to resign, but says he won't speed up the process for convening a special legislative session to oust him.

75. TPA Recognizes House Speaker for Open Government Efforts -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – State House Speaker Beth Harwell and two other state lawmakers have been honored for their support of open government in Tennessee.

76. BLM Movement Leaders Add to Demands, Conley Says 'Time To Speak Up' -

The city’s Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t have a single leader or “figure head” and shouldn’t be oversimplified, said a coalition of several groups involved in the protests.

77. ‘Throwback’ Something Special -

“I didn’t set out to write about the melancholy bewilderment of middle-aged men,” says Chris Bachelder of his fifth novel, “The Throwback Special.” “But that’s where I ended up.” And, IMO, he ended up with a very special book.

78. Death Sparks 'Autopilot' Car Probe; Man Had Speeding Tickets -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The first American death involving a car in self-driving mode presents a dilemma: How aggressively to embrace the potentially life-saving technology after a fatal crash. The driver's history of speeding complicates the question.

79. US Construction Spending Fell Again in May -

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

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

80. AT&T Brings Faster Speeds To Tennessee Businesses -

AT&T says it’s bringing gigabit internet speeds to even more businesses in 22 Tennessee communities, including Collierville, Cordova, Germantown and Memphis.

With AT&T Business Fiber, according to the telecom giant, more businesses can download and upload up to 1 gigabit per second. With speeds that fast, a business could download a two-hour high-definition video in less than a minute and download 8,000 word processing documents in one second.

81. TDOT Suspends Road Work Fourth of July Weekend -

There’s some good news for motorists who will be driving through the flyover of interstates 40 and 240 in Memphis this weekend.

The state Transportation Department is shutting down road construction projects for the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend.

82. TDOT Suspends Road Work Fourth of July Weekend -

There’s some good news for motorists who will be driving through the flyover of interstates 40 and 240 in Memphis over the holiday weekend.

The state Transportation Department is shutting down road construction projects for the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend.

83. AT&T Bringing Faster Speeds To Tennessee Businesses -

AT&T says it’s bringing gigabit internet speeds to even more businesses in 22 Tennessee communities, including Collierville, Cordova, Germantown and Memphis.

With AT&T Business Fiber, according to the telecom giant, more businesses can download and upload up to 1 gigabit per second. With speeds that fast, a business could download a two-hour high-definition video in less than a minute and download 8,000 word processing documents in one second.

84. House Speaker Ryan Proposes Simpler Tax Code -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans led by Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled a plan for a simpler tax code, the sixth and last installment of a GOP agenda designed to be a policy counterpoint to the personality-driven campaign of Donald Trump.

85. Database Expert Kline to Speak in Memphis -

Database expert and software industry veteran Kevin Kline is set to speak at the FedEx Institute of Technology next month.

86. Last Word: Lights, Camera, Demolition, Our Cautious Prosperity and City Hall Redux -

In south Memphis Wednesday, an old house on Mississippi Boulevard was demolished as part of a press conference to tout anti-blight measures in a city that has a lot of blight.

At times it seems like we have a different blight program for just about every blighted property.

87. Republican PAC Awards Tennessee Senate Speaker Ramsey -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican political committee GOPAC has given its lifetime achievement award to Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, who is retiring from the Legislature this year.

88. Database Expert Kline to Speak in Memphis -

Database expert and software industry veteran Kevin Kline is set to speak at the FedEx Institute of Technology next month.

89. WWE Suspends Lawler After Arrest -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – World Wrestling Entertainment said it has suspended Jerry "The King" Lawler after he and his girlfriend were arrested Thursday night on charges of domestic violence.

90. Dignity, Honor, Respect: A Fundraising Success Story -

Do not underestimate the vision, power and tenacity of grassroots community organizations. We have seen firsthand how a well-defined vision can transform a community and the lives of its residents.

91. Tesla Denies Safety Problems With Model S Suspensions -

DETROIT (AP) – Electric car maker Tesla Motors is denying allegations that there are safety problems with its vehicle suspensions.

The Palo Alto, California, company says one of its cars had an abnormal amount of rust on a suspension part, a problem it hasn't seen in any other car.

92. Six Groups Inspect Mid-South Coliseum -

Six groups from Memphis and elsewhere inspected the Mid-South Coliseum this week, taking the city of Memphis up on an offer of four hours each to look over the mothballed 12,000-seat arena.

The city made the offer after it allowed a tour of the arena by the Coliseum Coalition and architects as the group pursues a plan to possibly restore or renovate the coliseum for future use.

93. Six Groups Inspect Mid-South Coliseum -

Six groups from Memphis and elsewhere inspected the Mid-South Coliseum this week, taking the city of Memphis up on an offer of four hours each to look over the mothballed 12,000-seat arena.

The city made the offer after it allowed a tour of the arena by the Coliseum Coalition and architects as the group pursues a plan to possibly restore or renovate the coliseum for future use.

94. US Consumer Spending Scores Biggest Jump in 6 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer spending surged in April by the largest amount in more than six years, led by a big jump in purchases of autos and other durable goods.

Consumer spending rose 1 percent last month after a flat reading in March, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Incomes were up a solid 0.4 percent, matching the March gain. Wages and salaries, the most important component of incomes, gained 0.5 percent.

95. Dollar General Q1 Profit Beats as Customers Spend More -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Discount retailer Dollar General on Thursday posted better-than-expected first-quarter profit as more customers spent more.

Sales at stores open at least a year, considered an important measure of a retailer's health, rose 2.2 percent in the fiscal first quarter from the same period the year before. More customers came to stores and the average amount they spent rose too.

96. THDA to Resume Apartment Inspections -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency plans to inspect at least a dozen apartment complexes in Memphis where federal subsidies pay tenants’ rent.

THDA executive director Ralph Perrey said the agency’s authority to make the inspections resumes in July. And the agency isn’t saying which properties will be visited “so as not to ruin the surprise,” Perrey said Wednesday, May 25, as he announced the resumption of the inspections.

97. Feds Spend Billions to Run Museum-Ready Computer Systems -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is squandering its technology budget maintaining museum-ready computer systems in critical areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. They're still using floppy disks at the Pentagon.

98. THDA Resumes Inspections of HUD-Subsidized Apartments -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency plans to inspect at least a dozen apartment complexes in Memphis where federal subsidies pay tenants’ rent.

THDA executive director Ralph Perrey said the agency’s authority to make the inspections resumes in July. And the agency isn’t saying which properties will be visited “so as not to ruin the surprise,” Perrey said Wednesday, May 25, as he announced the resumption of the inspections.

99. Fundraising Matchmaking: Solicitors and Prospects -

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. Because it is impossible to personally solicit every current or prospective donor, personal solicitation is reserved for individuals who can make a major gift. While the definition of a major gift will vary by organization, what’s most important is the care and planning that goes into soliciting these gifts. Here are some suggestions followed by things to avoid.

100. Haslam Questions Need for Special Session on Bathroom Rules -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday questioned the need for a special legislative session that some fellow Republican lawmakers want to convene over a directive issued by President Barack Obama's administration about transgender bathroom policies in public schools.