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1. McQueen Defends TNReady Tests Following Delays -

When school systems across the state began logging onto the state of Tennessee’s site for the first wave of TNReady math and language arts achievement tests Monday, Feb. 8, the network that connected all of those local servers was “saturated” doing other things, according to state education officials.

2. New Superintendent Says ASD Not Monolithic -

The superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District says critics of the district for the state’s lowest-performing schools don’t understand that the organization doesn’t operation conventionally.

3. Cutting taxes, school choice, tort reform drive Sen. Kelsey -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey calls himself “a proud conservative who likes to get results.”

4. Q&A: U of M’s Dan Pallme Points to Shipping Changes, Challenges in 2016 -

Dan Pallme is heavily involved in the University of Memphis’ logistics industry departments. He runs the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy, a program that consists of technical tours, sessions with industry experts, and overviews of historic and current trends to encourage leadership in Memphis’ primary modes: rail, river, road and runway.
He is also the senior associate director and freight industry liaison for the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the private-sector coordinator for the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. He has worked with air, rail and trucking companies over the past 25 years.

5. SCS Board Authorizes More Discussions On Crosstown High -

Shelby County Schools board members have authorized superintendent Dorsey Hopson to continue discussions about a Crosstown High School.

The board approved a resolution Tuesday, Jan. 26, that also sets some parameters for the talks with the developers of Crosstown Concourse and Christian Brothers University about the collaboration.

6. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 -

We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…

7. Impatient Clemmons Anxious for Minority Voice to Be Heard -

Democratic state Rep. John Ray Clemmons is only halfway through his first two-year term representing District 55 in Nashville. But he’s not willing to wait years to speak out or push for change.

8. Tennessee Senate Votes to End Emissions Tests for New Cars -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday to end emissions testing in Tennessee for new cars, brushing aside concerns that relaxing standards might be a bad idea in light of the Volkswagen scandal.

9. School Guide Helps Parents Navigate Choices -

After five years of historic change in Shelby County public education, the traditional labels of “public” and “private” schools don’t adequately describe the range of options available to parents.

10. Haslam: No Gas Tax Push, For Now -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam confirmed Thursday, Jan. 14, that there won’t be a state gas tax hike proposal in this year’s session of the Tennessee Legislature.

But Haslam, who previously said he wasn’t necessarily pushing for such a tax hike as a solution to funding road projects, said that is the most likely future option.

11. Last Word: Overton Park's Restless Winter, Across The Harahan and Higher Ed -

It may be chilly outside, but it might as well be July on the Overton Park greensward with all of the political heat that is building.
The thermometer spiked when more than two dozen trees donated to the Overton Park Conservancy in 2012 were removed this week by the Memphis Zoo which is preparing for large crowds in March.
That’s when its new Zambezi Hippo River Camp exhibit opens to much anticipation and much fanfare.
That and the New Year’s Eve legal opinion favoring the zoo’s position on its use of the greensward for overflow parking set the stage for a dispute the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland has had to mediate at less than two weeks in office.

12. Blue Bell Says Ice Cream Safe Despite Potential Concern -

HOUSTON (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries sought to reassure customers Monday that its ice cream in safe, even as the Texas company tries to determine whether listeria has again been found at one of its plants.

13. Tennessee Legislature Opens 2016 Session on Capitol Hill -

The Tennessee General Assembly's 2016 session will be a short one, likely done by early April. The gavels fall in the House and Senate chambers in Nashville at noon Tuesday, Jan. 12, opening the election year session.

14. The Week Ahead: Jan. 11, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from drones and robot research to the Grizzlies’ annual MLK symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum...

15. Memphis City Schools Liability Questions Remain -

It’s been overshadowed by City Hall’s liability crisis of the last two years.

But who is ultimately responsible for more than $1 billion in liability for OPEB – other post employment benefits – of employees of the old Memphis City Schools system has been a question Shelby County government leaders have been pondering for some time.

16. Tenn. AG Opinion Raises Questions About $1B Schools Liability Shift -

A legal opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s office says the Shelby County Commission has to specifically vote to assume the indebtedness from employees benefits of the old Memphis City Schools system.

17. Memphis Legislators Sound Off On State-Run School District -

Armed with a Vanderbilt University study showing Shelby County schools that were taken over by the state’s Achievement School District are showing little to no improvement, Memphis legislators are nearly ready to kill the experiment.

18. University of Memphis to Focus on Drone Research in 2016 -

The FedEx Institute of Technology in 2016 will roll out heavy programming, research and community engagement in drones and other unmanned vehicles as these emerging technologies continue to mature.

19. Norris: Gas Tax Proposal Not Happening in 2016 -

Don’t look for a gas tax hike in the 2016 session of the Tennessee legislature, says the state Senate majority leader.

“We’re not going to do a gas tax in 2016,” Rep. Mark Norris of Collierville said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.” “We are going to have to address it soon enough and these conversations are very important.”

20. Council's New Crop -

They ran in the considerable shadow of the most competitive Memphis mayoral race in a generation. The new Memphis City Council that takes office with Mayor-elect Jim Strickland in January isn’t necessarily a generational shift. It doesn’t signify a wholesale ousting by the electorate, either.

21. Last Word: The Force Reawakens, Methodist Expands and Setting Up 2016 -

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.

22. SCS Leaders Seek Endgame in ASD Competition -

Shelby County Schools leaders formally began a move toward a short-term strategic plan this week that took a turn toward a possible endgame in the school system’s competition with the Achievement School District.

23. A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far -

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

24. Autonomy Comes With Risk for State’s Universities -

Tennessee officials are lauding Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education in an effort to meet his goals for the Drive to 55.

The FOCUS Act proposed recently by the Republican governor to make sure 55 percent of Tennesseans hold a degree or postsecondary certificate by 2025 promises to launch a new era for the state’s colleges and universities.

25. Expert Says Changes to University Governance Take Years -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A higher education expert told lawmakers on Tuesday that big changes such as those Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing for six state universities take years to implement effectively.

26. Curry Named President of Evaporcool -

Chris Curry has been named president of Evaporcool Solutions LLC, a Memphis-based company whose proprietary Evaporcool System improves the energy efficiency of air conditioning and refrigeration units. In his new role, Curry will be responsible for leading all aspects of the company as it looks to aggressively expand its business.

27. Gates Foundation to Fund U of M Teacher Prep Program -

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to provide $34.7 million over three years to a set of five Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers, including one at the University of Memphis.

28. Civil Asset Forfeiture: 'It's a State License to Steal' -

The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.

29. Gates Foundation to Fund U of M Teacher Prep Program -

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to provide $34.7 million over three years to a set of five Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers, including one at the University of Memphis.

30. Partners Bring Outdoor Classroom Design Challenge to Memphis Catholic -

Video game industry revenue is up. The time children spend outdoors is down. Young people’s recognition of corporate logos is up. Their ability to identify native species is down.

If that sounds like the groundwork for a nonprofit called Come Alive Outside, that’s because it is.

31. D1 Sports Training Facility Sells for $4.1 Million -

85 Market Center Drive
Collierville, TN 38107

Sale Amount: $4.1 million

Sale Date: Nov. 5, 2015

32. The Week Ahead: Nov. 16, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from a Stax lecture on music and the Vietnam War to Hillary Clinton’s visit…

33. November 13-19: This week in Memphis history -

2010: Memphis City Schools board members begin talking over what Republican majorities in both chambers of the Tennessee Legislature will mean for local public education.
Some on the MCS board are certain the majorities will give Shelby County Schools permission to declare itself a special school district with its own source of funding in the county outside Memphis. Some board members advocate a move to surrender the MCS charter and effectively merge the county’s two public school systems. Others urge more talks between the systems to work out a compromise short of two special districts.
“Since I’ve been on this board, we’ve been talking. … I’m tired of talking,” says school board member Tomeka Hart. “We keep talking and every year, they get closer and closer. We won’t be able to afford the system that we have now.”

34. Methodist Le Bonheur Continues Updates -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has filed several construction permits for updates to its facilities.

On Nov. 6, it applied for an electrical construction permit for work on its Germantown building at 7691 U.S. 72.

35. Ramsey Springs to Haslam's Aid on Tennessee Outsourcing Talk -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is dismissing rising concerns among fellow Republicans about Gov. Bill Haslam's efforts to privatize elements of state government as a result of complaints from "squeaky wheels" in their districts.

36. State Systems Inc. Buys New HQ -

One of the Economic Development Growth Engine’s latest payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients is expanding its market footprint and real estate holdings with the recent purchase of seven Memphis properties.

37. O’Brien Joins Sullivan’s Creative Team -

Chris O’Brien has joined Sullivan Branding’s creative team as group creative director. In this role, O’Brien specializes in the design, development, and implementation of creative campaigns. He’s also responsible for overseeing the agency’s creative operations and product.

38. Shelby County Election Commission Changes Preparations Following Tabulation Issues -

The 2015 Memphis elections are in the books as the Shelby County Election Commission certified the results Friday, Oct. 28.

But the commission has resolved to test tabulation computer programming earlier, starting with the Nov. 19 city council runoff elections.

39. ASD Considers Five Schools, Three Charters -

The state-run Achievement School District is considering taking in up to five failing Memphis schools as part of its operations in the 2016-17 school year – all to be run by charter school operators.

40. Tennessee Education Report Card Shows Some Gains For Shelby County Students -

The Tennessee Department of Education’s report card for Shelby County Schools showed a slight increase in the graduation rate.

The rate rose to 75 percent in the 2014-15 school year from 74.6 percent the previous year.

41. State Systems Expands Into Little Rock -

Memphis-based State Systems Inc. has expanded into Little Rock with a new office that extends the total protection company’s reach to a 200-mile radius.

42. State Systems Expands Into Little Rock -

Memphis-based State Systems Inc. has expanded into Little Rock with a new office that extends the total protection company’s reach to a 200-mile radius.

43. Mallory Alexander Signs Pact With Old Dominion -

Memphis-based Mallory Alexander International Logistics LLC will handle all ocean freight forwarding, back office and operational services for Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

44. Miss. Governor Up with TV Ads, But No Air Time Yet for Dem -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's campaign is running its first TV commercials this election season, but a new analysis shows his Democratic challenger, truck driver Robert Gray, hasn't bought any air time.

45. Mallory Alexander Signs Pact with Old Dominion -

Memphis-based Mallory Alexander International Logistics LLC will handle all ocean freight forwarding, back office and operational services for Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

46. Vote on Loosening Emissions Testing Awaits Tenn. Lawmakers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote on loosening vehicle emissions testing requirements as soon as they return in January, undeterred by Volkswagen's recent admission that it had been gaming the tests already in place.

47. Fred Smith: Expect More M&A -

FedEx Corp. president and CEO Fred Smith made a rare public appearance Wednesday, Oct. 7, to talk about the global trading economy and the future of the logistics industry.

48. Group Says Schools Stall Records Request on Islam Curriculum -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Christian-based advocacy group says several Tennessee school districts haven't complied with its open records request about Islam curriculum being taught in public schools.

49. Hopson Calls Off Hillcrest-Whitehaven Merger For Now -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is calling off a plan to merge Hillcrest High School into Whitehaven High School and turn Hillcrest into a ninth grade academy.

Hopson told school board members Tuesday, Sept. 29, that the school system will wait to see if the state-run Achievement School District matches Hillcrest with a charter school operator and takes it into the ASD next school year.

50. ROCO Real Estate Buys Third Memphis Apartment Community -

2778 Pickering Drive
Memphis, TN 38115

Sale Amount: $5.5 million

Sale Date: Sept. 18, 2015

51. Tennessee Takes Steps to Utilize Federal Water-System Funds -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee environmental officials say they've taken steps to utilize millions of dollars of unspent funds from a federal aid program for improving the nation's drinking water systems.

52. New Event Center Coming to Memphis -

Utah-based Noah’s Event Venue has filed a $1.1 million building permit application to construct a one-story building at 3243 Players Club Parkway in Southeast Shelby County.

53. Resurrection Health's Donlon: Expanding Primary Care is Paramount -

Expanding a base of primary physician care – in Memphis and elsewhere – is increasingly seen as a compelling answer to fixing some of the things that are broken about health care.

Yes, money continues to flow to the industry’s high-dollar fringes. Innovations and breakthroughs lead to expensive new technologies, which come with big price tags and costs that get passed down to the end user. And who can blame medical students, who’ve gone through very expensive medical school, for choosing to specialize in a specific corner of medicine that certainly pays a lot more than a primary care doctor’s salary?

54. Helping Hand -

On the first morning of his group’s visit to a hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as part of a medical mission trip, fourth year Campbell Clinic resident Dr. Eric Bowman was taken aback by the patients’ response.

55. New Event Center Coming to Memphis -

Utah-based Noah’s Event Venue has filed a $1.1 million building permit application to construct a one-story building at 3243 Players Club Parkway in Southeast Shelby County.

56. Public Outcry Kills Tennessee Bill to Charge for Public Records -

People of every political stripe across Tennessee are rising in protest to legislation allowing government to charge fees for inspection of public records.

Fisk University student Justin Jones said such a financial imposition would place an “undue burden” on his fellow collegians seeking information from public records as part of research papers and other assignments.

57. ECD Commissioner: Memphis Megasite is Tennessee's 'Greatest Asset' -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is getting serious about the Memphis Regional Megasite with new promotional materials intended to attract a major original equipment manufacturer.

58. Memphis Poised to Become Regional Anchor for Entrepreneurs -

A federal agency’s attention to Memphis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem could bring stronger investment and resources for startups.

On Friday, Sept. 18, Memphis was the kick-off site of the Delta Challenge pitch competition, a six-city tour organized by federal-state partnership Delta Regional Authority to identify and support exceptional startups.

59. Inspectors Finish Visits to Tennessee Prisons -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Inspectors from the American Correctional Association have completed their visits to five Tennessee prisons after conducting a review at the request of the state's Department of Correction.

60. New Westhaven Elementary Calms Community Concerns -

There was a time when Bridget Bradley in the same room with Shelby County Schools board members might have been a confrontation.

61. NCRM Highlights Teacher Effectiveness Initiative -

It’s not the kind of history you normally see at the National Civil Rights Museum, even with the museum’s 2014 technological update and expanded exhibits.

A temporary exhibit on display through Oct. 4 reviews Shelby County Schools’ historic shift in teacher effectiveness training that began in 2009.

62. Ole Miss, Alabama Face Rematch -

A year ago, Ole Miss put up 13 fourth-quarter points to rally and defeat Alabama 23-17 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. The victory wasn’t secure until 37 seconds were left in the game and Senquez Golson intercepted a Blake Sims pass in the end zone with an acrobatic catch that required an official’s review to be ruled valid.

63. Judge Could Ruling This Week on Tennessee School Funding Lawsuit -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Davidson County judge says she plans to rule this week on whether to grant class-action certification on a lawsuit filed by several school boards alleging Tennessee's education funding shortchanges them and students.

64. Shelby County Schools Files Suit Over State Education Funding -

Shelby County Schools leaders announced Monday, Aug. 31, that the system has filed its own lawsuit against Tennessee state government over public education funding.

The school system filed its lawsuit Monday in Davidson County Chancery Court in Nashville.

65. Shelby County Schools Join Lawsuit Against State of Tennessee -

Shelby County Schools leaders will announce Monday, Aug. 31, that the school system will file its own lawsuit against Tennessee state government over public education funding.

The lawsuit, with the school system as plaintiff, will seek full state funding of the Basic Education Program, the formula that determines how much money each Tennessee public school system receives.

66. PILOT Decision Delayed for Mall of Memphis Site -

The board of the Economic Development Growth Engine delayed a vote Wednesday, Aug. 19, on a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application from the developers of the old Mall of Memphis site.

Huntington Industrial Partners and Johnson Development Associates were seeking a $24 million property tax abatement to develop what they said would be the first speculative industrial site built in Memphis in the last eight years.

67. County Commission Votes on Hiring Attorney in Schools Funding Lawsuit -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Aug. 24, on hiring an attorney to be the body’s special counsel in a statewide education funding lawsuit.

The commission specifically votes on hiring the law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP to represent and advise it “on adequate and equitable school funding from the state of Tennessee.”

68. PILOT Decision Delayed For Mall of Memphis Site -

The board of the Economic Development Growth Engine delayed a vote Wednesday, Aug. 19, on a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application from the developers of the old Mall of Memphis site.

Huntington Industrial Partners and Johnson Development Associates were seeking a $24 million property tax abatement to develop what they said would be the first speculative industrial site built in Memphis in the last eight years.

69. Lucas Named CIO at Regional One -

Jackie Lucas has joined Regional One Health as senior vice president and chief information officer. In her new role, Lucas is responsible for information technology and telecommunications for the organization.

70. New Tennessee Law: No Auto Insurance, No Vehicle Registration -

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Though it's been mandatory for 40 years, Tennessee automobile liability insurance requirements will soon become much more enforceable. It's then when the "James Lee Atwood Jr. Law" will take effect forcing all Tennessee county court clerks to confirm insurance compliance before issuing new vehicle registration tags.

71. MIFA’s Feed the Soul Fundraiser Is ‘Memphis At Its Finest' -

Each year after MIFA’s Feed the Soul event, Sally Jones Heinz has the same thought.

“You come to this party and it really is Memphis at its finest,” said Heinz, executive director of the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association. “It’s such a diverse group of people having a really good time. Every year after the party’s over, I think this is how it needs to be – Memphis all together.”

72. 11 Tennessee Colleges Receive Funds to Attract Veterans -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eleven colleges will roll out new programs for student veterans in the fall thanks to $1 million in state funding that is part of a wide-ranging effort to draw more veterans to Tennessee.

73. TNReady Promises Big Testing Changes -

With a new year underway, Shelby County Schools leaders are focused on a change beyond the challenge of wayward buses, late registration and uncooperative air conditioners.

The online-only TNReady achievement tests debut across the state’s public school systems in February, replacing the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program – or TCAP – tests in English language arts and math for grades 3-11.

74. Welcome Back -

When Shelby County’s public schools open for the first day of the 2015-16 school year, it will mark the first time in three years that there will be no historic, structural changes to the systems themselves.

75. You Still Use a Landline? FCC Voting on New Phone Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The copper network behind landline phones, a communications mainstay for more than a century, is going away, as cable and fiber-optics lines come along with faster Internet speeds.

76. TCAP Scores: Math and Science Gains, Reading Scores Down in Memphis -

They aren’t out of the state’s bottom 5 percent. But three Memphis schools where parents and teachers last year vocalized their opposition to Achievement School District control are off the potential takeover list.

77. 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.

78. Dayco Opens Memphis Distribution Center -

Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, has opened its new Memphis distribution center.

The 400,000-square-foot facility, located at 3530 E. Raines Road, will employ 200 people.

79. Dayco Opens Memphis Distribution Center -

Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, has opened its new Memphis distribution center.

The 400,000-square-foot facility, located at 3530 E. Raines Road, will employ 200 people.

80. Barbic To Leave Achievement School District -

The founding superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District is leaving the post at the end of the calendar year, citing the pace of the reform work as well as the need to sustain the work of the schools.

81. Madeline Patterson Joins Burson Campaigns -

Madeline Patterson has joined the Memphis office of Burson Campaigns, the corporate issues management unit of Burson-Marsteller, as a vice president. In her new role, Patterson will work with Burson clients on issues and crisis management, communications strategy, and integrated marketing and communications campaigns.

82. With Data Breaches, Bad News Can Show Up Well Down the Road -

NEW YORK (AP) – The revelation that the data breach at the U.S. government's personnel office was actually much worse than the government originally thought is following a familiar script.

83. NYSE Resumes Trading After Outage of More Than 3 Hours -

NEW YORK (AP) – Trading has resumed on the New York Stock Exchange after an outage of more than three hours caused by technical problems.

There was no interruption at the dozens of other U.S. stock exchanges Wednesday, including the Nasdaq, so investors were still able to buy and sell stocks easily.

84. Phillip Rogers Joins Wunderlich Wealth Management -

Phillip Rogers recently joined the Wunderlich Wealth Management office in Memphis as a managing director and financial adviser. Rogers’ financial services practice is focused on the needs of high net worth individuals, as well as endowments and foundations. He applies his background in and knowledge of the fixed income capital markets to extend an institutional level of expertise to individual investors.

85. Certificate of Need Process Back in Spotlight -

The state-level approval process Methodist South Hospital recently cleared that allows it to pursue an $8.7 million emergency department expansion has been in legislative crosshairs in Nashville recently.

86. Shelby County Commission Explores Hiring Own Attorney -

Shelby County Commissioners will tie up the loose ends of their budget season Monday, July 6, and are exploring some longer-term changes in the body’s relationship to the Shelby County mayor, including a possible move to hire its own attorney.

87. County Commission Faces Red Ink in Final Budget Votes -

Shelby County Commissioners try again Monday, June 22, to approve the county’s various budgets and a property tax rate before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

The commission’s budget deliberations have centered on how county government should use a $6 million surplus, and budget committee sessions Wednesday, June 17, provided the best indicator of how things might go on the 13-member body.

88. Green Projects in Memphis, Millington Get State Grants -

A 50-kilowatt solar array at Lichterman Nature Center and an upgrade of lighting and HVAC systems in the Millington police and court buildings were both funded by Tennessee state government Clean Tennessee Energy grants announced Monday, June 15.

89. Building Green in a Red-Hot Market -

Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs.

Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space.

90. Self-Tucker Designs Green Center at T.O. Fuller -

T.O. Fuller State Park in Southwest Memphis was the first state park opened for African Americans east of the Mississippi River and just the second park of its type across the country.

The 1,138-acre park, originally built to house African Americans during the Great Depression, was designated Shelby County Negro Park in 1938. The name was changed to T.O. Fuller State Park in 1942 in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller, a prominent African American educator who spent most of his life empowering and educating black Americans during the era of racial segregation by law.

91. Garibaldi's Temptations Club Celebrates its 1980s Run -

Mike Garibaldi is known for his Memphis restaurant chain, Garibaldi's Pizza.

At the original Garibaldi’s, near the University of Memphis, is a picture on the wall of a smiling waitress in her 50s.

92. Data Warehouse Raises HealthCare.Gov Privacy Concerns -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A government data warehouse that stores information indefinitely on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.

93. Green Projects in Memphis, Millington Get State Grants -

A 50-kilowatt solar array at Lichterman Nature Center and an upgrade of lighting and HVAC systems in the Millington police and court buildings were both funded by Tennessee state government Clean Tennessee Energy grants announced Monday, June 15.

94. Aitken Makes Case for Collierville’s New $99 Million School -

There is the effort to sell Collierville residents on the specific plan for a $99 million comprehensive high school for 3,000 students. And then there is the effort to avoid a referendum on the $99 million bond issue that could follow approval of a property tax hike for the new school construction.

95. Hops Growers Rush To Meet Rising Demand From Craft Brewers -

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) – These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.

96. Tioga Environmental Consultants Stays Agile During Economic Change -

When someone is preparing a house for sale, they might look into painting the kitchen or refurbishing the basement. But many homeowners and management groups first turn to groups such as Tioga Environmental Consultants to investigate for coatings of lead-based paint or asbestos in the house.

97. Awards Spotlight Knoxville's Top Achievers -

The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.

A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.

98. IRS Taking Steps to Combat Taxpayers' Identity Theft -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS is joining with state and private industry to combat identity theft by sharing more data about how tax returns are filed and taking other steps, officials announced Thursday. The effort is aimed at stemming a problem that has victimized thousands of taxpayers and cost the government billions of dollars from fraudulent returns.

99. Municipal Schools Leaders Assess First Year -

Not so fast with those state achievement test quick scores that went out with some students’ last report cards. Tennessee Department of Education officials said earlier this month that the figures are in most cases rosier than expected.

100. State Systems Acquires Technology Firm ESI Cos. -

Memphis-based total protection company State Systems Inc. has acquired local technology firm ESI Cos. Inc., a major provider of nurse call systems for Mid-South hospitals and health care facilities.