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1. Female CEOs See Pay Rise, But Numbers Remain Small -

For the second year in a row, female CEOs earned more than their male counterparts and received bigger raises. But only a small sliver of the largest companies are run by women, and experts say gender parity at the top remains way off.

2. Last Word: Prince, Violent Crime Numbers, and a Parkside Post Script -

Prince. It’s hard to think of a musician with a more complete knowledge of music as a social and cultural force and the ability to let that force inhabit his music and what he wanted to accomplish.
It is that knowledge and its use from obscurity to the pinnacle of fame and acclaim to his own journey for personal fulfillment that, to me, defines what has been lost.
Music mattered to Prince unlike it had ever mattered before. All of the influences analyzed and synthesized by someone born in rock and roll’s first wave pushed forward in a sound that combined rock and roll and rhythm and blues and funk with purpose and confidence.
It wasn’t a denial or downplaying of any of those music categories – all were present sonically and culturally. No juggling or quick changes.
That was his talent and it’s hard to think of anyone who has been as knowledgeable, intentional and successful -- commercially and artistically – in that combination.
Prince is remembered here for not only playing the city’s largest arenas but for his legendary after shows on Beale Street that brought an entertainment insider cachet the district has rarely seen since its early 1980s reopening.
His was an intensity and sense of purpose rarely seen and possessed in such a way in the 60 years since rock and roll started in this very city, kicked off by both Rocket 88 and That’s Alright Mama.
So why couldn’t the city’s rock radio stations do more than talk about Prince into commercial breaks after another Nickelback rock block and actually play some of his music to acknowledge such a huge genre crossing artist?
Not cool.

3. Judicial Commissioners Grow in Number, Job Description -

Seventeen years ago, there were three newly minted judicial commissioners working at the Criminal Justice Center.

In makeshift quarters at first, they primarily worked night-time hours after the criminal courts, General Sessions and Shelby County Criminal, had closed for the day.

4. Phone Numbers at Trustee’s Office Changing April 28 -

Starting April 28, the telephone numbers of the Shelby County Trustee’s offices at 157 Poplar Ave. will change to the 222 prefix used by most of Shelby County government.

5. A Look at the Numbers -

Ray’s Take: The economy is in flux and there’s a lot of uncertainty over the direction of the capital markets and interest rates. It’s a familiar refrain by this point. Volatility has increased to a numbing level where perhaps we aren’t paying attention as closely as we should to what’s happening in the financial world around us.

6. Last Word: Tubby Fever, School Closings and March Real Estate Numbers -

The Tigers basketball grapevine is nothing but Tubby Smith as of Wednesday when the speculation was joined by torrent of rumors about contact between the Texas Tech coach and the University of Memphis.
Smith has now acknowledged he’s talking with the U of M.
More background on Smith from The Sporting News and Mike DeCourcy, a former sports reporter at The Commercial Appeal, that came out before everything went Tubby here.

7. Number of Contracts to Buy Homes at Highest Point Since July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, with purchases surging in the Midwest ahead of the traditional spring buying season.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 3.5 percent to 109.1, rebounding from a 3 percent decline in January. The index has reached its highest level since July 2015.

8. Council Approves Hotels, Columbarium Permit -

The Memphis City Council approved a special permit March 15 for a memorial garden with mausoleums, crypts and a columbarium at the Serenity Columbarium and Memorial Garden at 1622 Sycamore View Road northwest of Shelby Oaks Drive.

9. US Job Market's January Stumble Likely to Prove Temporary -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. job market stumbled a bit in January, yet data released Thursday suggests the slowdown was likely temporary.

Total hiring fell sharply that month, the Labor Department said, and the number of people quitting their jobs also dropped.

10. City Council Approves Columbarium Permit -

The Memphis City Council approved a special permit Tuesday, March 15, for a memorial garden with mausoleums, crypts and a columbarium at the Serenity Columbarium and Memorial Garden at 1622 Sycamore View Road northwest of Shelby Oaks Drive.

11. Last Word: Tiger Drumbeat, Eye on Drones and Shelby County Biggest Home Sale -

Let the coaching drumbeat resume after the Tigers Sunday post-season collapse one game past Tulsa.
A confession here – I am so sports challenged that I thought UConn was a team from Alaska until I saw it spelled out.
In my defense, who associates Huskies with Connecticut?
My point is what happens next isn’t just about basketball. It’s about a change with a good track record of being emotional in the worst way.
It’s linked to how we want to be known for treating people and what they think of us as a result of that.
In those two areas, it’s never just business. It’s always personal.
Josh Pastner’s four predecessors were each very different case studies in this regard.
It could have been any stop in any city with a basketball court and a one-and-done star he could find and recruit to John Calipari. But he still had to hide under a blanket in the back seat of a car on the way to the airport and lie about it long after everyone knew.
Knew about the Kentucky job that is. The mess he left at the university would surface shortly thereafter.
Tic Price was two fast seasons and the proof that the Memphis job isn’t just about what happens on the court and the attendance at games.
Price was clearly excited about coming to Memphis. He clearly understood the importance and heritage of Tigers basketball and valued it. And he wasted no time at all getting lost in the Memphis that is not a part of that all encompassing world.
It was the only job Larry Finch wanted and ultimately the job he couldn’t continue to have. That after ignoring conventional wisdom as a player and coming from Melrose High to Memphis State, bringing a beloved team with him and then picking Memphis again in the ABA over the Lakers in the NBA.
None of that was considered in pushing him out the door and then naming a building after him.
Dana Kirk
wanted to be the hustler John Calipari was. He was certainly impersonal enough about it and he took the team to an era where a post-season NCAA bid was expected and is still expected to this day.
But his impersonality exacted a high cost and he paid most of that cost. Although you could argue the experience for his team that produced some legendary players also made some of them legendary casualties of his emotional distance. It didn’t allow him to go elsewhere because he never figured out that he was being underestimated just as much as the team whose needs he ignored was in the national view of college basketball.
While Calipari dodged big trouble twice, Kirk wasn’t even in Calipari’s league when it came to ducking and timing.
We are past our inferiority complex. That’s what the last NFL drive of the 1990s did for us.
But it’s not necessarily a bad thing that we see the people chosen to occupy these very public positions as a reflection to the world of who we are.

12. State Systems Acquires Columbia Fire Equipment -

Memphis-based State Systems Inc. has acquired Columbia Fire Equipment, a fire safety company that provides extinguishers, alarms and suppression systems in Columbia, Tenn. It is the third acquisition for State Systems in less than a year.

13. State Systems Acquires Columbia Fire Equipment -

Memphis-based State Systems Inc. has acquired Columbia Fire Equipment, a fire safety company that provides extinguishers, alarms and suppression systems in Columbia, Tenn. It is the third acquisition for State Systems in less than a year.

14. Memphis’ Magic Attendance Number is 5,305 for Sunday vs. Tulsa -

While No. 24 SMU dealt the University of Memphis another disappointing loss, 69-62, on Thursday, Feb. 25 at FedExForum, there was some hopeful news.

The so-called turnstile count (or tickets actually scanned) eclipsed 8,300. The Tigers needed to average 6,812 fans – in the seats, not just paid-for tickets – over the last two home games to bring the season average up to 6,000 for the season and ensure the Tigers receive a portion of an $800,000 payment from the Memphis Grizzlies.

15. Numbers Show Memphis’ Commercial Real Estate Market Stable in 2015 -

Across all sectors, the Memphis market was stable in 2015.

That’s according to the latest data from Integra Realty Resources, a national appraisal and advisory firm. At its annual Viewpoint local market presentation Wednesday, Feb. 24, local Integra leaders spoke on the industrial sector’s banner year, multifamily’s expansion cycle, what’s next for an office market without any remaining Class A space, and growth in the retail sector.

16. Last Word: Carson Cancels, Haslam Endorses, Bank Numbers and Kobe's Exit -

Presidential campaigns and the security concerns that come with them aren’t something that comes up a lot in terms of press coverage in this election cycle.
But it has come up leading into what will be a busy weekend locally and in the region among the presidential contenders.
Republican candidate Ben Carson was scheduled to attend both Sunday services at Highpoint Church in East Memphis.
Leaders of the church emphasized it was a non-political event in which Carson would talk about his personal story and his faith but would not make a political pitch.
This is not unprecedented.
In 2008, Republican contender Mike Huckabee attended an ordination ceremony for two ministers at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova – an event that was billed also as a nonpolitical event.
And so the reporters who came to cover the candidate who would win the Tennessee Republican primary days later watched not from the sanctuary but from the room where Bellevue’s video and audio feeds are coordinated. Huckabee talked politics with reporters after the service as he made a run for some barbecue to-go from Corky’s on his way to another city on the campaign trail.

17. Fed Numbers Show Improving Banking Market -

The five largest Memphis-based banks all got bigger over the past year. That’s according to new figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis covering the fourth quarter, which show continued improvement among local banks in a variety of key metrics like loans and loan-loss reserves.

18. Early Voting Numbers Set Record -

More than 43,000 Shelby County voters cast early ballots in advance of the March 1 presidential primaries election day statewide, a record for the state, according to the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office

19. Last Word: Timing and Numbers, Old Dominick Takes Shape and Zip Lines To Spring -

Political opportunity is defined by timing.
Witness a look at the early voting turnout numbers in advance of Tuesday’s election day.

More than half of the more than 43,000 Shelby County voters who cast early ballots voted Monday and Tuesday – the last two days of an early voting period that began Feb. 10 – way back there when Martin O’Malley was the third Democratic presidential contender and Jeb Bush was considered a force to be reckoned with in the Republican primaries.

20. US New-Home Sales Tumble in January, Big Decline in West -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans stepped back from buying new homes in January, as purchases plunged sharply in western states where prices are typically higher.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales fell 9.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 494,000. Most of the decline stemmed for a 32.1 drop in sales in the West. Sales also slipped in the Midwest, while edging up in the Northeast and South.

21. New Numbers: Memphis Industrial Market Breaks Records -

The Memphis industrial sector had a banner year in 2015. According to year-end data from Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, last year’s absorption level came in at 8.4 million square feet, 2 million square feet higher than 2006’s pre-recession levels and a record for the market.

22. Last Word: New Minority Business Numbers, The House Affair and The Heights -

The recently revived discussion on minority business in Memphis is about to go back on the front burner again. Fueling the intensity are new U.S. Census numbers. They show the percentage of business receipts in Memphis produced by black-owned businesses has dropped since the 2007 census numbers showed a 1.08 percent share of those receipts by black-owned businesses. That in a city whose population is 63 percent African-American.
The drop to below one percent is even though the overall receipts in 2012 were higher than they were in 2007.
Madeline Faber is the first to report the new numbers as part of a cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, that will be on the streets and in the racks Saturday, on-line Friday afternoon.
The numbers are such a telling story and such an important indicator that we broke it out as its own story in advance of the cover story.

23. Last Word: The River, Miss Cordelia's, OPEB and the Kumbaya Council -

Here comes the river. Not quite at 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge at Memphis overnight but getting there
For those who weren’t around in 2011 when the river crested at 48.3 feet, the second highest level ever recorded at Memphis, this is the part of the program where lots of people begin to gather at the river.
For some it will be to compare what they've seen before. For others it will be their first look and experience with the concept that nature is bigger than we are.
The smaller those first-time river visitors are, the easier it is for them to accept that. After all, when you are always looking up at the world everything is bigger than you are.
In Tom Lee Park you see them step onto the park's grass, their eyes riveted on the west, perhaps not seeing much beyond the grass at first, a small hand poking out of a coat sleeve shielding their eyes from the sun. And then their first glimpse of the running brown water. And the walk inevitably becomes a run and then a quick halt as the immensity of the river kicks in. Always the two together even when the river is just being eternal.

24. Bid to Adjust Tennessee Senate Schedule Leads to Grumbling -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some state Senate Republicans are grumbling about an effort to have the upper chamber's committees meet on an additional day during the upcoming legislative session, saying the change would allow less time to attend receptions and to prepare for other meetings.

25. 2015 Market Winners, Losers: Tech Soars, Old Guard Stumbles -

NEW YORK (AP) – In a flat year overall for stocks, there was still plenty of excitement to be enjoyed – or endured – by 2015's biggest winners and losers.

It was a year to make old guard companies shudder.

26. Titans Face Number of Questions As Season Ends -

The Tennessee Titans are on the clock. If they lose to the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday’s season finale, the Titans franchise will have the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft for the first time since the Houston Oilers took Earl Campbell first overall in 1978.

27. Interstate Numbers Fuel Mississippi Economic Development -

Highway, routes and interstates can be a numbers game when they show up on maps.

And it is common for the same stretch of road to have several numbers and designations.

But in October, the part of U.S. 78 between New Albany, Miss., and the Alabama state line became Interstate 22.

28. October Elections Numbers Show 22.6 Percent Turnout -

Detailed reports on the Oct. 8 Memphis election count show the turnout in the 15 races for mayor, City Court clerk and the 13 Memphis City Council seats was 22.6 percent, or 102,049 of the city’s 452,215 voters.

29. October Elections Numbers Show 22.6 Percent Turnout -

Detailed reports on the Oct. 8 Memphis election count show the turnout in the 15 races for mayor, City Court clerk and the 13 Memphis City Council seats was 22.6 percent, or 102,049 of the city’s 452,215 voters.

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

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

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

31. Flying Saucer to Grow ‘Stumbling Santa’ -

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium has teamed up with Porter-Leath to launch a fundraiser on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.

The goal? To raise $7,000 to fund a heated tent that can accommodate the more than 1,200 participants expected at this year’s 11th annual Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl.

32. Report: Number of Uninsured Tennesseans Drops Again -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The estimated number of Tennesseans without health insurance has dropped again, according to a recent annual report by the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research.

33. Flying Saucer To Grow ‘Stumbling Santa’ -

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium has teamed up with Porter-Leath to launch a fundraiser on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.

The goal? To raise $7,000 to fund a heated tent that can accommodate the more than 1,200 participants expected at this year’s 11th annual Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl.

34. Early Voting Numbers Tell Still-Moving Story in Memphis Election -

Before the votes are counted Thursday, Oct. 8, there are some other numbers – which are already being counted – to tell the story of the 2015 Memphis elections.

Close to 15 percent of Memphis voters cast early ballots in advance of Thursday’s election day in the races for Memphis mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court clerk.

35. Early Voting Numbers Tell Still-Moving Story -

Before the votes are counted Thursday, Oct. 8, there are some other numbers – which are already being counted – to tell the story of the 2015 Memphis elections.

Close to 15 percent of Memphis voters cast early ballots in advance of Thursday’s election day in the races for Memphis mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court clerk.

36. Lakeland Elects New Commissioners, Arlington Returns Incumbents -

Lakeland voters elected Michelle Dial and Joshua Roman to the city’s board of commissioners Thursday, Sept. 17, in the town's second election of the year.

37. College Football Notebook: SEC Fumbles in Week 2 Action -

The chant “S-E-C, S-E-C!” still lives. In, you know, a mocking way.

Last weekend No. 18 Arkansas was upset 16-12 by Toledo, No. 6 Auburn needed overtime to dispense with FCS program Jacksonville State, and No. 23 Tennessee blew a 17-0 lead over then-No. 19 Oklahoma and fell 31-24 in double overtime.

38. Toyota to Roll Out New Prius Hybrid as Gas Prices Tumble -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The rollout of Toyota's new Prius comes at an inauspicious time for gas-sipping vehicles.

The Japanese automaker plans to roll out a sleeker version of the car that runs on gas and electricity at a glitzy event Tuesday night in Las Vegas. But gas prices nationwide were at $2.39 per gallon Thursday, the lowest level in since 2004, and analysts expect more declines now that summer driving season has ended. South Carolina prices are under $2 per gallon according to AAA, and four other states at $2.10 or lower.

39. Two Jumbo Phones From Samsung Ahead of Expected New iPhone -

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung has unveiled two new Android smartphones with jumbo screens as it seeks to recapture some of the sales lost to Apple after larger iPhones came out last year.

Samsung said Thursday that the new Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus will start shipping Aug. 21. Usually, Note phones don't come out until well after Apple's new iPhone models in September.

40. Number of US Job Openings Jumped to a 15-Year High in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised the most open jobs in April than at any time in the 15 years that the government has tracked the data, a sign that this year's steady hiring will likely continue.

41. AP Analysis: More 'Phony Numbers' in Reports as Stocks Rise -

NEW YORK (AP) – Those record profits that companies are reporting may not be all they're cracked up to be.

As the stock market climbs ever higher, professional investors are warning that companies are presenting misleading versions of their results that ignore a wide variety of normal costs of running a business to make it seem like they're doing better than they really are.

42. Summer Skies: Airlines to Fly Record Numbers -

A record number of travelers are expected to take to the skies this summer thanks to a rebounding economy.

U.S. airlines will carry 222 million passengers between June 1 and Aug. 31, topping the summer of 2007 when 217.6 million people flew, Airlines for America, the industry’s trade and lobbying group, predicted Monday. That figure includes 31 million travelers on international flights, also a record.

43. Columbus Statue Discovers New East Memphis Home -

The statue of Christopher Columbus that had been at the southwest corner of Third Street and Adams Avenue has now been restored and recently made its debut in Marquette Park in East Memphis.

The statue was moved for restoration in November 2013; UNICO paid all costs for the move and the restoration.

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44. Summer Skies: Airlines to Fly Record Number of Passengers -

A record number of travelers are expected to take to the skies this summer thanks to a rebounding economy.

U.S. airlines will carry 222 million passengers between June 1 and Aug. 31, topping the summer of 2007 when 217.6 million people flew, Airlines for America, the industry’s trade and lobbying group, predicted Monday. That figure includes 31 million travelers on international flights, also a record.

45. Incumbent’s Advantage Faces Test in Mayor’s Race -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. rolls out a new plan for emergency medical services Tuesday, May 10, that is expected to involve some private, nongovernment involvement.

No further details of the announcement were forthcoming from his administration, but it returns the still-forming 2015 race for mayor to an issue that is basic to virtually every mayoral election: public safety.

46. ULI Gathering Puts Numbers to Poverty Challenge -

The way Steve Guinn sees it, there are two ways for Memphis to reduce its poverty rate by 10 percentage points.

47. Humble Grilled Cheese Gets Royal Treatment From Nashville's Top Chefs -

If you were looking to celebrate National Whipped Cream Day, then you’ll have to wait until next year on Jan 5.

National “I Want Butterscotch Day” has also passed.

And National Frog Legs Day? It only comes around every four years to celebrate Leap Day.

48. Florida Has Highest Number of Enrollees Under Health Law -

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Florida has eclipsed California to become the state with the highest number of consumers buying health coverage through new insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, according to federal statistics released Wednesday.

49. Local Elections Ramp Up With Gumbo Fest -

There were so many contenders for the District 5 seat on the Memphis City Council at the Sunday, Feb. 8, Tennessee Equality Project Gumbo Contest that they occasionally went for the same voter’s hand in the crowd of several hundred.

50. US Pending Home Sales Tumble in December -

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in December, a sign that low mortgage rates have yet to coax more buyers into the market.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 3.7 percent last month to 100.7. The index ended the year below its 2013 average. But the Realtors project sales of existing homes will rebound in 2015 to 5.26 million, a 6.6 percent increase from last year.

51. US Pending Home Sales Tumble in December -

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in December, a sign that low mortgage rates have yet to coax more buyers into the market.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 3.7 percent last month to 100.7. The index ended the year below its 2013 average. But the Realtors project sales of existing homes will rebound in 2015 to 5.26 million, a 6.6 percent increase from last year.

52. Incumbent Council Members Weighing Choices -

The only open seat on the Memphis City Council in the 2011 city elections is once again an open seat going into the 2015 city elections.

Current council member Lee Harris was elected to the state Senate in the August elections and will resign effective Jan. 12. That means the remaining 12 council members will appoint someone to fill the year remaining in Harris’s four-year council term of office.

53. Tennessee Has Lowest Number of Uninsured in Decade -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new University of Tennessee report says the number of uninsured people in Tennessee has hit a 10-year low.

Media cited the study in reporting that the number of people without health insurance shrunk about 25 percent in the first year of the health insurance marketplace, which was implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act. It was the biggest drop since the university began collecting data 20 years ago.

54. Most Congressional Incumbents Appear Safe in Tennessee -

After defeating his Republican primary opponent by a mere 38 votes, scandal-ridden U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais appears to be only one of Tennessee's nine incumbent House members to face a serious challenge in the general election.

55. 911 Problems Prompt New Emergency Number -

A problem with wireless call routing has forced public safety responders in the West Tennessee area, including Memphis, to route 911 emergency calls to other phone numbers.

In Memphis, police say callers with an emergency should call 901-543-6333 until further notice. But police brass also add that the temporary number does not have caller ID, so those calling it should be prepared to give more information, including their location, to emergency operators.

56. Council Bogs Down in Health Insurance Numbers -

When Memphis City Council members meet Tuesday, Sept. 16, they will still be considering alternatives to the health care insurance plan changes they approved in June.

And they probably still will be trying to make sense of a mind-numbing array of conflicting numbers.

57. Council To Review Conflicting Health Insurance Numbers -

City government’s open enrollment period for health insurance begins in October and new details of health insurance benefit cuts approved in June go in the mail later this month. Yet Memphis City Council members meet in a special committee session next week to again review conflicting numbers from actuaries on the coverage.

58. Trumbo Files Permit for Fabrication Shop -

Locally owned custom fabrication company Trumbo Inc. has filed a $3.8 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a 32,870-square-foot fabrication shop at its 1106 Kansas St. property.

59. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.

60. Politicos Parse Early Voting Numbers -

There is a category in voter turnout statistics that has long been debated by those running for office and those who work in their campaigns.

It is the closest Shelby County has to an official category for undecided voters or voters up for grabs by either side of the partisan divide.

61. Number of 'Sick' Memphis Officers Dropping -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The number of Memphis police officers who are calling in sick with the so-called "Blue Flu" is dropping.

Memphis Police Department spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said 178 officers were out sick Wednesday, down from a high of 557 reached last week.

62. Building Permits Tumble 38 Percent in May -

Homebuilding activity slowed in May compared to a year ago, with builders filing fewer permits and selling fewer new homes than the same month last year.

Builders pulled 72 permits in Shelby County in May, down 38.4 percent from 117 permits in May 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The 72 permits filed by builders in May were up slightly from 68 permits filed in April.

63. Council to Review Actuary Numbers Tuesday -

Memphis City Council members meet in committee Tuesday, June 10, at 5 p.m. to go over the latest numbers from the actuary consulting firm they hired to review city finances.

Segal Consulting of Atlanta’s preliminary estimate of the city’s unfunded pension liability was $457 million, well below the $700 million preliminary estimate from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration.

64. Group Supporting Incumbent Justices Raises $600,000 -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A group supporting the retention of three incumbent Tennessee Supreme Court justices says it has raised $600,000.

The campaign called Keep Tennessee Courts Fair is supporting Justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade, who face yes-no votes on the ballot in August.

65. Council Mulls Pension Liability Numbers -

The leaders of the city’s police and fire unions watched closely Tuesday, May 7, at City Hall as new numbers on the city’s pension liability from a new group of actuaries appeared to reset the ongoing discussion about city finances.

66. Actuary Estimates Lower Pension Liability Numbers -

The actuary firm hired by the Memphis City Council to help the council navigate the city’s unfunded pension liability told the council Tuesday, May 6, that the city’s unfunded pension liability is $457 million and the city’s annual required contribution on the liability should be $69.3 million.

67. Housing Market Stumbles in First Quarter -

Shelby County home sales slowed in the first quarter when compared to the same three-month period in 2013.

Shelby County recorded 3,270 home sales in the quarter that ended March 31, down 3 percent from the 3,383 homes sold in the first quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

68. Health Care Website Stumbles on Last Day -

The Obama administration says a new technical problem briefly prevented last-minute users from signing up on the government's health insurance website. The new problem came as traffic surged on deadline day.

69. Examining Numbers From Data Week -

The first week of the month always produces a torrent of economic data that is capped off by the Friday employment report from the Department of Labor. Here is a summary of the more relevant data releases from last week:

70. Americans Board Public Transit in Booming Numbers -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming.

Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise – the highest total since 1956, according to ridership data reported by transit systems nationally and released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association.

71. Council Looks to Pinpoint Pension Numbers -

The Tuesday, March 4, discussion Memphis City Council members had with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms centered on the city’s pension liability.

72. Council Weighs Conflicting Liability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

The discussion with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms was aimed at trying to define the specifics of the problem, see if there is agreement on some of the numbers and better explain the differences.

73. Council Weighs Conflicting L:iability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

The discussion with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms was aimed at trying to define the specifics of the problem, see if there is agreement on some of the numbers and better explain the differences.

74. The MED Adopts Umbrella Name -

Two names are better than one, although the new name will get most of the headline treatment.

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis – popularly known as The MED for the last three decades – will have a new “umbrella” name: Regional One Health.

75. That Health Care Law, By the Numbers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government churns out tons of numbers, but here's one you won't see: 0.0002. That's the percentage of estimated online visitors to healthcare.gov who actually signed up for coverage the first day.

76. NBA Uses More Ways to Prove ‘Numbers Don’t Lie’ -

Walk up to an ATM, and you’re on camera. Walk into a convenience store, and you’re on camera. Walk onto an NBA court during game time, and you’re not only on camera but every movement you make – or don’t make – will be tracked, sifted, analyzed.

77. Obama: 'We Fumbled Health Care' Law Rollout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says his administration "fumbled the rollout" of his signature health care law.

Obama is taking responsibility for problems with the launch of the program. He says, quote, "That's on me."

78. Columbus Statue Moved to Marquette Park -

The statue of Christopher Columbus in the Downtown park named for the explorer was moved Saturday, Nov. 9, to Marquette Park in East Memphis.

Workers hired by the Italian-American organization UNICO removed the statue Saturday morning from its pedestal on the southwest corner of Third Street and Adams Avenue, where it has stood since 1987.

79. White House: Initial Health Numbers Won't be High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says enrollment numbers for the first months of new health care exchanges won't be very high.

The Obama administration has refused to provide figures for how many people have signed up for insurance since the exchanges opened Oct. 1. But it plans to release numbers monthly starting in mid-November.

80. Trumbull Labs Receives Pathology Accreditation -

Trumbull Laboratories LLC has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

81. Trumbull Labs Receives Pathology Accreditation -

Trumbull Laboratories LLC has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

82. Amtrak Carries Record Number of Passengers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Railroad officials say Amtrak carried a record number of passengers in the year ending Sept. 30 despite Northeast service that was temporarily knocked out by Superstorm Sandy.

83. State Reports High Number of Drug-Dependent Babies -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Recent data shows that in just over nine months this year, more babies in Tennessee have been born dependent on drugs their mothers took during pregnancy than in all of 2011.

84. Chef Jason Doty Opening Crust & Crumb Nov. 1 -

Jason Doty, formerly the executive pastry chef and baker for Bluff City Coffee, is opening Crust & Crumb Bakery Nov. 1 at 1620 Madison Ave., inside the Cash Saver grocery that is under renovation now.

85. Doty Opening Crust & Crumb Nov. 1 -

Jason Doty, formerly the executive pastry chef and baker for Bluff City Coffee, is opening Crust & Crumb Bakery Nov. 1 at 1620 Madison Ave., inside the Cash Saver grocery that is under renovation now.

86. No Surprises for Alexander and GOP Incumbents -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Faced with a potentially serious primary challenger, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was not about to sit back and wait.

The former two-term governor locked down endorsements, banked more than $3 million and linked arms with popular Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee. When conservative state Rep. Joe Carr announced he would challenge Alexander, the senator's team was ready.

87. Schools Achievement Numbers Show Growth, Gaps -

Now that Shelby County’s two public school systems are one, the achievement tests results for the two districts in their last school year apart will be consolidated into a single baseline.

District-wide results for third through eighth graders in Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program – or TCAP – tests were released Monday, July 29.

88. State Schools Proficiency Numbers Show Growth -

The last school year of the Memphis City Schools system showed more than 5 percent growth each in math and science proficiency with roughly a third to 38 percent of those students rated as proficient or advanced.

89. US Government Collecting Huge Number of Phone Records -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.

90. Late-Payment Rate on Mortgages Tumbled in First Quarter -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A resurgent housing market, rising home values and steady job gains are helping more U.S. homeowners stay on top of their mortgage payments.

The percentage of mortgage holders at least two months behind on their payments fell by 21 percent in the first three months of this year versus the same period in 2012, credit reporting agency TransUnion said Wednesday.

91. Beyond the Numbers -

It’s that time of year again when thick budget books dominate life for those in the Memphis and Shelby County governments.

But this year’s budget season on both sides of the Civic Center Plaza is more than line items and bottom lines on paper. The deliberations that ultimately determine how much you will pay in property taxes and at what rate go beyond the plans in the books of estimates, projections and the recurring and one-time revenue sources.

92. Smartphones Overtake 'Dumb' Phones Worldwide -

NEW YORK (AP) – A research firm says that more smartphones than 'dumb' phones are being made this year, a milestone in a shift that's putting computing power and Internet access in millions of hands worldwide.

93. Passenger Numbers Continue Drop at Memphis International Airport -

Memphis International Airport continued in March to feel the impact of earlier Delta Air Lines Inc. cuts, as both passenger traffic and the total number of flights fell.

94. Number of Women-Owned Businesses Booming in Tennessee -

The number of women-owned businesses in Tennessee has grown faster than the national average over a 16-year period, according to a recent report commissioned by American Express OPEN.

Tennessee ranks No. 14 in the nation in the growth of the number of women-owned businesses from 1997 to 2013, according to The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. The number of women-owned businesses in Tennessee grew 65 percent to an estimated 164,600 firms employing 117,800 over the report’s 16-year study period. Revenue at women-owned firms in Tennessee also increased 71.5 percent during the study period.

95. Sammons Seeks Final Cut Numbers From Delta -

Jack Sammons, the new chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board, is no stranger to the flight from Memphis to Atlanta. Sammons long has been the board’s frequent flyer when it comes to business travel.

96. Luttrell ‘Alarmed’ Over Budget Numbers -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell meets Friday, Feb. 8, with Shelby County Schools superintendent John Aitken to look over the still tentative budget plan for the consolidated school system that debuts in August.

97. School Board Drills Into Merger Budget Numbers -

Here come the numbers. Countywide school board members have their first and very tentative look at what revenues and expenditures look like for the first fiscal year of the schools merger.

Those numbers are expected to change, perhaps dramatically, as the school board makes critical decisions on staffing ratios, salaries and outsourcing transportation and custodial services.

98. The Story in the Numbers -

I began my career as a CPA with one of the major accounting firms. It was fun for a while, but after a few years I decided the profession was not for me. That’s OK – different strokes for different folks and all that kind of stuff.

99. RedRover Uses Numbers, Strategy for Growing Client Roster -

When it comes to a traditional agency model, RedRover Sales & Marketing is anything but traditional.

Founded seven years ago this month, the firm has added four new hires and three new service lines since last summer, notched impressive year-over-year revenue increases and is almost at capacity with its client roster.

100. By the Numbers -

John Hollinger is a familiar sight at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the event Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has jokingly described as Geekapalooza.

Hollinger was a panelist this past March at the most recent conference, when he was still an ESPN columnist and a few months away from being offered a job in the Memphis Grizzlies front office.