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1. Last Word: TN(not)Ready, Hatiloo Expands and Tax Season Advice -

So what do you do when the test-makers fail the test?

You go back to the old test in the case of the Tennessee Education Department and the TNReady tests.
These were the new tests for the new statewide student achievement standards that replaced Common Core standards.
They can only be taken online.
But the system crashed Monday, which was the day that all of the preparation in the last year was geared toward. That included two tests locally of the on-line capacity and other technical standards necessary to make this go smoothly.
Here is a good account of what happened statewide and locally with a few other stops across the state to take in the scope of how big a failure this was and what failed.

2. Growing Freelance Economy Creates Financial, Tax Implications -

Gone are the days of the traditional 9-to-5 office setting dominating the white-collar landscape.

In fact, it’s estimated that a third of the U.S. workforce now freelances in some form. In a 2015 report from nonprofit organization Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk Inc., a company that provides platforms for freelancers to find work, it was revealed that 53 million Americans qualify as freelancers.

3. ‘Complete Gut’ Planned for Dermon Building in Downtown Memphis -

The historic Dermon Building at the northeast corner of Third Street and Court Avenue will be turned into a boutique hotel following a recent purchase.

The 46 N. Third St. structure, which was built in 1925, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its art deco and Renaissance-styled architecture. Real estate and bail bonding firms have occupied the lower levels, but the 10-story building has sat completely vacant for a few years and substantially vacant for well over 10 years.

4. The Week Ahead: Jan. 18, 2016 -

How was your weekend Memphis? Here are some local events to keep on your radar this week, from a full slate of MLK activities to a David Bowie tribute to a Marco Rubio fundraiser…

5. Tunica Casino Union Vote Delayed On Worker Pressure Charges -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A vote on unionization by dealers at the MGM Gold Strike Casino in Tunica County has been put off amid charges that MGM Resorts International broke federal law while campaigning against union representation.

6. Downtown Agency Looks to Tighten Up Hotel Tax Breaks -

To keep tourists flowing to Downtown, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. grants tax breaks, or payment-in-lieu-of-tax incentives, for hotel developers. Such readily available incentives have helped create a market with 15 hotels and 3,000 rooms in Downtown Memphis.

7. Holiday Inn Express Ready To Rise Near Graceland -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Loan Amount: $4.8 million

8. Memphis Tech Firm Changing Real Estate Site Selection Process -

Considering how spread out Memphis is, most residents have to get behind the wheel to get to their destination. In reflecting the flux of a vibrant city, homegrown tech company Meridian Econometrics has developed a new commercial real estate site selection program that capitalizes on mobility.

9. December Welcomes Batch of Memphis Holiday Markets -

By the time everyone has put up the tinsel, taken down the trees and is counting down the days until 2016 arrives, the month of December will have seen at least half a dozen holiday markets, stores and pop-up shops unfold around Memphis.

10. 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.

11. 2-day Union Vote is Underway at Volkswagen's Lone US Plant -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A rival labor group at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee is urging skilled-trades workers to vote against union representation by the United Auto Workers.

Voting got underway Thursday morning and will conclude Friday night. The election affects 162 workers who maintain and repair machinery and robots at the plant.

12. Events -

Germantown Community Theatre will present “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play” Friday, Dec. 4, through Dec. 20 at GCT, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. Buy tickets at gctcomeplay.org.

13. Memphis City Council Runs Smart Meter Gauntlet -

The Memphis City Council may have six lame ducks on it. But in its last month together, the group of 13 isn’t coasting to the end of its term.

The council approved Tuesday, Dec. 1, a $240 million, five-year contract between Memphis Light Gas and Water Division and Elster Solutions LLC to outfit most of the city with smart meters.

14. Turbett Joins First Horizon as CRA Officer -

Keith D. Turbett has joined First Horizon National Corp., parent company of First Tennessee Bank, as corporate Community Reinvestment Act officer and community development manager. In that role, Turbett ensures First Tennessee is making credit and financial products available in all parts of the community, consistent with safe and sound banking practices.

15. Events -

The Peabody will kick off the holiday season with Santa’s arrival and its tree-lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 27, at 149 Union Ave. Events begin with the 11 a.m. Duck March. Local choirs will sing throughout the day, and Santa and his elves will arrive after the 5 p.m. Duck March to pass out candy and light the Peabody Christmas tree. Visit peabodymemphis.com.

16. Events -

The Peabody will kick off the holiday season with Santa’s arrival and its tree-lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 27, at 149 Union Ave. Events begin with the 11 a.m. Duck March. Local choirs will sing throughout the day, and Santa and his elves will arrive after the 5 p.m. Duck March to pass out candy and light the Peabody Christmas tree. Visit peabodymemphis.com.

17. Events -

Mid-South Ice House will be open for its Holiday Season from Friday, Nov. 27, through Jan. 5 at 10705 Ridgeway Industrial Drive in Olive Branch. Special events include a “Frozen” Friday Skate, a Star Wars Skate, a Grinchmas Skate and more. Visit midsouthicehouse.com for a schedule.

18. The Week Ahead: Nov. 23, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from The Peabody’s 36-foot dessert table to your potential (fingers-crossed, maybe not) last chance to see Paxton Lynch at the Liberty Bowl…

19. 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

20. Five City Unions Go To Court Over Pension Changes -

Five unions representing city of Memphis employees, including police officers and fire fighters, are taking the city to court in an effort to stop pension and benefits changes.

Union leaders have vowed for the last year to file a lawsuit in reaction to the changes, which would reduce pension and health insurance benefits for city of Memphis employees and retirees.

21. Minglewood Hall, 1884 Lounge Sell for $2.7 Million -

1553 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Sale Amount: $2.7 million

Sale Date: Oct. 9, 2015

22. ULI’s Final Fairgrounds Report Adds Parking Details -

The final report from an Urban Land Institute panel that visited the Mid-South Fairgrounds in June has more to say about parking challenges and scenarios.

The 38-page report released Tuesday, Nov. 3, affirms the group’s June call to add new facilities at the fairgrounds while keeping the Mid-South Coliseum, possibly in an altered form. And it includes more specific drawings and plans for parking that would be adaptable for other uses outside of the eight games a year that are played at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

23. Empty Bowls Project Uses Art to Feed City -

Hunger and homelessness are problems plaguing the Mid-South, and the Memphis Empty Bowls Project hopes to play its small part in addressing the larger issue.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, art in the form of handcrafted bowls and a sampling of soups from several Memphis restaurants will be the centerpiece of an effort to raise money to feed area children in need. The event is slated for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave.

24. Retail Market Boosted by Groceries, Small Business -

The third quarter of 2015 was a busy one for the retail sector with a lot of activity derived from grocery stores and small businesses.

Fundamentals are trending favorably with the total vacancy rate down to 12.6 percent compared to 12.9 percent in second quarter 2015. Net absorption rose from 134,251 square feet in second quarter to 160,229 square feet in the most recent quarter, and the rental rate increased from $8.62 to $8.72 per square foot, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis data.

25. Memphis Retail Market Boosted by Groceries, Small Business -

The third quarter of 2015 was a busy one for the retail sector with a lot of activity derived from grocery stores and small businesses.

Fundamentals are trending favorably with the total vacancy rate down to 12.6 percent compared to 12.9 percent in second quarter 2015. Net absorption rose from 134,251 square feet in second quarter to 160,229 square feet in the most recent quarter, and the rental rate increased from $8.62 to $8.72 per square foot, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis data.

26. Craving Cooper-Young -

If a neighborhood can be said to possess whatever the real estate equivalent is of that new car smell – a sense that there’s something new here to enjoy, of possibilities, of happy things to come – Cooper-Young would seem to have that, in spades.

27. Metro Nashville’s Local-Hire Rule Gets Battered On Many Fronts -

The ink wasn’t dry on standards for Metro Nashville’s local-hire charter amendment when new Mayor Megan Barry put the measure on hold – despite sizable support in the August election.

28. Groups Want More Memphians to Discover River’s Front Yard -

Once upon a time it was called the “promenade.” In 1828, two years after the city of Memphis was incorporated, the city’s founders and their successors put it in writing.

The statement – signed by the men who owned 5,000 acres where the Wolf and Mississippi rivers meet – read: “In relation to the piece of ground laid off and called the Promenade, said proprietors say that it was their original intention, is now and forever will be that the same should be public ground for use only as the word imports.”

29. VW: 'Nothing Has Changed' at Tennessee Plant Despite Scandal -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Inside Volkswagen's only U.S. assembly plant there's little hint of the diesel emissions cheating scandal embroiling the German automaker around the world. Sparks fly off robotic welding arms, new versions of the Passat sedan roll off the line and workers install equipment to build a new SUV billed as a key to reviving the company's growth prospects in America.

30. Overton Square’s Future Tenants Could Be Residents -

With Overton Square reaching 100 percent occupancy, there’s nowhere else for the entertainment district to go but up. Loeb Properties currently is looking at possibly adding two multistory mixed-use buildings to complement the bustling arts and nightlife scene.

31. EPA to Change Diesel Tests to Thwart VW-Like Cheating -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it will launch sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years.

32. Task Force: Eliminate Tests for Younger Tennessee Students -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Annual standardized exams should be eliminated for Tennessee kindergarteners and first-graders amid teacher concerns that students are being tested too much, according to a state task force.

33. Shifting Memphis Media Market, Like Every Other, In Flux -

Lauren Lee never picks up a newspaper. Which isn’t much of a surprise because she’s 33 years old, works in marketing, and has the technological savvy and finger dexterity to operate a smartphone.

34. Business Lending in Recovery Mode -

The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that small businesses provide more than half of all American jobs.

But since the Great Recession changed the economic landscape in 2008, how those small businesses go about gaining funding to operate or upgrade has changed. In fact, while the economic downturn hit big business, it also had a major hand in reshaping the nation’s small businesses.

35. Tennessee Teacher Survey Shows Concerns With Test Prep -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With new tests on the way in math and English for students in grades three through 11, a survey released Wednesday shows Tennessee teachers worried that they're spending too much time on testing and test preparation.

36. Trezevant Hires Resident Services Head -

Kimberly O’Donnell has joined Trezevant as director of resident services. In her new position, she will be responsible for managing a variety of programs and functions while serving as liaison to the residential community.

37. Memphis Mayoral Endorsements Split -

The first wave of endorsements in the 2015 Memphis elections finds no mayoral contender with a sweep, one of the four major contenders without an endorsement so far and two of the big three municipal unions backing different mayoral candidates.

38. Events -

Memphis Coalition for Insure Tennessee, in partnership with the Tennessee Justice Center and Tennessee Health Care Campaign, will host a “Counting the Cost for Tennessee Communities” meeting Monday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The coalition will provide background information on Insure Tennessee and collect information on how the legislation’s failure affects individuals. Visit tnjustice.org.

39. Fairgrounds’ Future -

It’s hard to imagine that a 65,000-seat stadium could be overlooked. Perhaps it’s because the Liberty Bowl wasn’t in the center of the Mid-South Fairgrounds when the stadium was built in 1965; it was on the eastern side of 155 acres of city-owned land, with a rail spur running along its eastern boundary.

40. FedEx Reaches Tentative Agreement With Pilots Union -

FedEx Corp. pilots have a tentative contract agreement with the Memphis-based shipping giant.

The tentative agreement was announced Thursday, Aug. 20, by leaders of the Air Line Pilots Association International, which did not release details pending a review and approval by the union’s Master Executive Council.

41. Binghampton Retail Plan Goes to Land Use Board -

Neighborhood retail in Binghampton tops the Thursday, Aug. 13, agenda of the Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

Among the 25 items on the board’s agenda is Binghampton Development Corp.’s request for a planned development to accommodate a retail center with grocery store on 4.87 acres at Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street.

42. $9.5 Million Permit Filed For Downtown Hotel -

310 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $9.5 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015

43. Binghampton Retail Plan Goes to Memphis Land Use Board -

Neighborhood retail in Binghampton tops the Thursday, Aug. 13, agenda of the Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

Among the 25 items on the board’s agenda is Binghampton Development Corp.'s request for a planned development to accommodate a retail center with grocery store on 4.87 acres at Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street.

44. Best Hotel Rooms in Nashville – With or Without Helicopter -

Tod Roadarmel, director of sales and marketing for the nearly 2-year-old Omni Hotel downtown, is awestruck by the vitality of Nashville’s hospitality industry. In town since 1988, he remembers when pre-Bridgestone Arena Broadway was not a place you’d want to be late at night.

45. 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.

46. Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means Changes for Benefits -

On June 26, 2015, in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that all couples, regardless of gender, have a fundamental right to marry. The court also directed states to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples, and to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states that previously recognized this union. This decision will impact employee benefits in a number of ways.

47. Cheaper Fuel Helps Southwest, United Post Record 2Q Profits -

DALLAS (AP) — Cheaper fuel and full planes are adding up to record airline profits, and the carriers are sharing the bounty with stockholders.

They're finally even giving passengers a break on fares.

48. East of Cleveland -

Consultants for the Memphis Area Transit Authority are exploring an extension of the Madison Avenue trolley line east of Cleveland Street to Overton Square and North Cooper Street.

It is one of seven Midtown routes the transit authority might change or enhance with a bus rapid transit concept that involves fewer stops, fewer turns off main thoroughfares and shorter travel times.

49. With No Real Rival, Tennessee Republicans Attack Their Own -

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

Elected political leaders of the same stripe found themselves at odds this year over the Bible as a state book, Common Core education standards and Insure Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to catch 280,000 people in a medical coverage gap.

50. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store -

41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store

Sale Amount: $5.7 million

Sale Date: July 10, 2015

Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.

51. Nineteenth Century Club Owner Files Building Permit -

The owner of the Nineteenth Century Club is prepared to launch a renovation of the historic building on Union Avenue.

Union Group LLC has applied for a $2.17 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to proceed with renovations to turn the home at 1433 Union Ave. into a restaurant. Archer Custom Builders is listed as the contractor on the permit.

52. Owner Files Building Permit For Nineteenth Century Club -

The owner of the Nineteenth Century Club is prepared to launch a renovation of the historic building on Union Avenue.

Union Group LLC has applied for a $2.17 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to proceed with renovations to turn the home at 1433 Union Ave. into a restaurant. Archer Custom Builders is listed as the contractor on the permit.

53. Delta Pilots Reject Tentative Labor Contract Nearly 2-to-1 -

ATLANTA (AP) – Pilots at Delta Air Lines have rejected a tentative contract approved by union negotiators.

The Air Line Pilots Association said Friday that pilots voted 65 percent to 35 percent to reject the deal.

54. New Hotel Planned for Downtown Memphis -

Two Ohio-based development firms plan to build a new hotel on a vacant site in Downtown Memphis.

The Orlean Co. of Beachwood, Ohio, and Ceres Development LLC of Westlake, Ohio, plan on building a Cambria Suites on a 3.3-acre lot on the south side of Union across from Fourth Street, just west of Danny Thomas Boulevard.

55. Colorado-Based Summit Wealth Group Expands to Memphis -

Randy Morris' Colorado-based independent wealth management firm Summit Wealth Group has grown at a steady clip over the last several years, and its new entry into the Memphis market shows that trend isn't slowing.

56. 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.

57. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store -

Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 2015
Owner/Tenant: Ikea
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

58. Southern Heritage Defined Differently Across Tennessee -

Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.

59. New Laws Include 48-Hour Waiting Period for Abortion -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A mandate for a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion is one of many new Tennessee laws taking effect Wednesday.

The abortion measure affects all seven of the state's abortion clinics. Another law will require abortion facilities performing more than 50 abortions a year be held to the same health and safety standards as other outpatient surgical facilities.

60. Mark Mosteller Joins Evolve Bank & Trust -

Mark E. Mosteller Sr. recently joined Evolve Bank & Trust as executive vice president, accounting and finance.
The new role includes a variety of responsibilities, including management of the accounting and finance department team, accounting internal controls, internal and external financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, taxes and treasury management. Mosteller also works with senior and executive management and the board on accounting, finance and operational issues.

61. Supreme Court Extends Gay Marriage Nationwide -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally.

62. Wharton Proposes to Move Forrest Statue and Grave -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is proposing to remove the statue of Confederate General, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest from the park formerly named in his honor.

63. ‘If It’s on His Mind, You’re Going to Know It’ -

The state legislature’s vote this year to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee raised eyebrows among believers and nonbelievers statewide.

Although the bill passed the House of Representatives, it was tabled by the Senate following questions about its constitutionality and opposition from the governor, other elected officials and community leaders statewide.

64. A Door of Their Own -

Maybe during the four-plus years that Jackie Hinton was living on the streets of Memphis, you drove past her as she was walking to a shelter for a meal or a bed and a shower.

65. Next Up for Wal-Mart Pay Raises: Department Managers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments.

The moves mark the next wave of pay raises by the nation's largest private employer, which has been under pressure from labor-backed groups for the treatment of its workers. In February, it announced it was increasing minimum wages for entry-level and long-term hourly employees to at least $10 an hour by next February. That increase affected 500,000 of its 1.3 million U.S. workers.

66. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, June 3, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

67. Events -

Germantown Charity Horse Show will be held Tuesday through Saturday, June 2-6, at 7745 Poplar Pike. The all-breed event will feature more than 800 horses in competition, plus vendors, Jack Russell Terrier races (June 6, 10 a.m. to noon) and more. Visit gchs.org.

68. Events -

Germantown Charity Horse Show will be held Tuesday through Saturday, June 2-6, at 7745 Poplar Pike. The all-breed event will feature more than 800 horses in competition, plus vendors, Jack Russell Terrier races (June 6, 10 a.m. to noon) and more. Visit gchs.org.

69. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, May 27, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Laura Vaughn of the American Red Cross will discuss emergency preparedness. RSVP to bigformemphis@phelpssecurity.com or 901-365-9728.

70. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will continue the 2015 Vine to Wine tasting series with “Ooh, La La! French Wines” Tuesday, May 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event features eight wines or cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

71. Events -

Memphis in May AutoZone Sunset Symphony will hold its grand finale celebration, the end of its 39-year run, Saturday, May 23, Gates open at 2 p.m. for local music performances all afternoon, air show (6 p.m.), Memphis Symphony Orchestra performance (7:35 p.m.) and expanded fireworks show (9 p.m. Tickets are $9. Visit memphisinmay.org.

72. Southbrook Mall Funding Put On Hold By Wharton -

City funding for renovations at Whitehaven’s Southbrook Mall is off at least for now, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Thursday, May 14, signaling more time in limbo for the controversial project.

73. Small Banks Find Ways to Compete With Giants -

Nashville’s InsBank began 15 years ago, founded by a group of insurance agents. Originally, it was known as Insurors Bank of Tennessee, its target market was independent insurance agents in the state. But that has changed somewhat over the years as the bank has evolved from that particular niche.

74. Greenstein Touts Doug Carpenter & Associates' ‘Connection Factor’ -

Cara Greenstein serves as public relations coordinator of doug carpenter & associates, where she practices her passion for connection through the pen, on the screen and at the table. Equal parts researcher, writer, administrator and collaborator, Greenstein advances social media engagement and helps cultivate relationships between clients, media and the community.

75. Polish Ambassador Says Broader Europe Concept Challenged -

When Poland’s ambassador to the United States spoke to a Memphis in May International Festival luncheon last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen came with an item from his collection of political pins.

76. Pair of Employee Benefits Firms Merge -

Two Memphis-based employee benefits firms have merged, effective May 1, and they’re attributing the union in part to the daunting task some firms have of coming to grips with the Affordable Care Act.

77. Labor Organizers Seek Unusual Ally in Fast-Food Franchisees -

NEW YORK (AP) – Labor organizers are opening a new front in their campaign for a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers with a push to mobilize an unusual ally: franchisees.

The Service Employees International Union on Thursday launched a website in hopes of building a national network of fast-food franchisees who want stronger protections for their businesses. The push has the potential to create more unrest within the ranks for companies like McDonald's, which are already dealing with ongoing demonstrations calling for higher pay and a union for workers.

78. SEC Pushes for Display of Link Between Pay and Performance -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators have taken a step toward requiring public companies to show the relationship between the compensation of their top executives and the company's financial performance.

79. UAW Reports 55 Percent Membership at VW Plant in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The United Auto Workers union has 816 members at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, or about 55 percent of the total blue collar work force, according the union's latest disclosure with the U.S. Department of Labor.

80. Tumult of 1968 Leaves Indelible Mark on Memphis’ Legal, Political Figures -

When attorney David Caywood thinks about the pivotal events of the 1968 sanitation workers strike in Memphis, there is usually a big “what if” moment.

81. US Home Sales Bounced Back in March, But Can the Gain Last? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home sales bloomed in March after a brutal winter, a sign of possible newfound momentum for housing.

Sales of existing homes jumped 6.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The gains were solid enough to suggest that housing might be returning to stable footing after enduring a boom, a bust and a stubbornly tepid recovery over the past dozen years.

82. Biblical Lessons Lost in Lack of Health Care Debate -

Tennessee’s legislators spent hours this session arguing over guns and whether to pass a law making the Bible the state book of Tennessee.

In fact, the Bible bill took two days of debate in the House, where it passed, and thorough discussion in the Senate, before it died – at least until next year.

83. Bristol on Union, Crowne Plaza Poised For Sales -

Two key pieces of commercial real estate – one Downtown and one in the Memphis Medical District – are poised to trade hands.

A joint venture between New York-based DRA Advisors LLC and Memphis-based Fogelman Properties LLC have entered into an agreement to acquire the 220-unit Bristol on Union apartment community at Union Avenue and Interstate 240 from Sentinel Real Estate Corp, which has owned and operated the property since 2006.

84. Bristol on Union, Crowne Plaza Memphis Poised for Sales -

Two key pieces of commercial real estate – one Downtown and one in the Memphis Medical District – are poised to trade hands.

A joint venture between New York-based DRA Advisors LLC and Memphis-based Fogelman Properties LLC have entered into an agreement to acquire the 220-unit Bristol on Union apartment community at Union Avenue and Interstate 240 from Sentinel Real Estate Corp, which has owned and operated the property since 2006.

85. Kiesewetter Joins Fisher Phillips Law Firm -

Jay W. Kiesewetter has joined the Memphis office of Fisher & Phillips LLP as senior counsel. In his new role, Kiesewetter advises clients on issues related to union organizing and elections, arbitrations, negotiations, strikes, lockouts and Labor Board charges.

86. Memphis Banks Move to Issue More Secure Plastic -

When it comes to banking innovations, 2015 is increasingly looking like the year of the chip card.

Spurred in part by the growing wave of data hacks and security breaches, banks nationwide – along with a growing number in Memphis – are moving to adopt a new version of plastic for consumers.

87. Germantown Mayor Hosts Inaugural CEO Roundtable -

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo recently hosted a meeting of area CEOs as part of the city’s new CEO Roundtable.

Palazzolo said he recognizes “the need for the top level executives within the city of Germantown to meet peer-to-peer and discuss matters of mutual concern regarding the challenges and opportunities that face our organizations and the greater community.”

88. Bill Would Make Bible Official State Book of Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Despite concerns that giving the holy Bible the same status as a salamander is a little tawdry and could be unconstitutional, Tennessee lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to make it the official state book – something at least two other states have failed to do.

89. Open Season -

Mud Island River Park opens for its 34th year Saturday, April 11, with high hopes for the effect a reopened Pyramid will have on its attendance and still moving plans for a tie in to the busier riverfront.

90. Germantown Mayor Hosts Inaugural CEO Roundtable -

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo recently hosted a meeting of area CEOs as part of the city’s newly formed CEO Roundtable.

Palazzolo said he recognizes “the need for the top level executives within the city of Germantown to meet peer-to-peer and discuss matters of mutual concern regarding the challenges and opportunities that face our organizations and the greater community.”

91. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will kick off the 2015 Vine to Wine tasting series with “A Taste of Germany” Tuesday, March 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event fea-tures eight wines or cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

92. Orion Acquires Medical Center Property for New Branch -

821 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105
Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: March 20, 2015
Buyer: Orion Federal Credit Union
Seller: Georgia Commercial Stores Inc.
Details: Orion Federal Credit Union has acquired a key piece of Memphis Medical Center real estate for a new branch.

93. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will kick off the 2015 Vine to Wine tasting series with “A Taste of Germany” Tuesday, March 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event features eight wines or cocktails in and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

94. Group Benefits Aids Employers Navigating Health Care Reform -

Tim Finnell admits that the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act are convoluted, and employers trying to navigate group plans for their companies are easily overwhelmed.

That’s where Finnell and his team at Group Benefits LLC step in. They help companies fund strategies and compliance support as well as find insurance packages to fit employees’ medical, vision, dental and disability needs.

95. ACLU Sues for Airport 'Behavior Detection' Program Records -

NEW YORK (AP) – A civil rights group sued the federal government Thursday to try to force it to turn over information about airport "behavior detection" programs designed to spot passengers who are potential threats, saying they lead to discrimination.

96. Memphis Newspaper Guild Rejects New Contract -

The Memphis Newspaper Guild “unanimously rejected” a tentatively agreed upon contract in a vote on Wednesday, according to guild president Wayne Risher.

The union represents many newsroom employees at The Commercial Appeal. The guild had recommended that members reject the two-year, no-raise contract due to concerns that a discipline clause in the contract could pose a “serious threat” to job security. It took that stand on the basis of advice from its national union.

97. Memphis Newspaper Guild Rejects New Contract -

The Memphis Newspaper Guild “unanimously rejected” a tentatively agreed-upon contract in a vote on Wednesday, March 11, according to guild president Wayne Risher.

The union represents many newsroom employees at The Commercial Appeal. The guild had recommended that members reject the two-year, no-raise contract due to concerns that a discipline clause in the contract could pose a “serious threat” to job security. It took that stand on the basis of advice from its national union.

98. Another Broken Egg Café Opening March 30 -

A Southern-inspired restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and a weekend brunch is finally opening in East Memphis at the end of this month.

Gouras Restaurant Group is holding the grand opening for Another Broken Egg Café March 30. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant is opening at Loeb Properties’ Park Place Centre, 6063 Park Ave., and will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week. It will seat 88 indoors, with an additional 48 seats on the outdoor patio.

99. Memphis Newspaper Guild to Vote on Contract -

The Memphis Newspaper Guild, the union that represents many newsroom employees at The Commercial Appeal, will vote Wednesday, March 11, on a tentatively agreed-upon contract.

In the most recent “Bargaining Bulletin” posted at www.memphisnewspaperguild.org, the union asks members to “reject the package and send us back to the bargaining table.”

100. Wave of New Retail Construction Boosts Contractors -

Retail development in the Memphis area is booming in what construction and retail officials describe as the most active period for retail construction since the recession, with everything from a massive outlet mall in Southaven to grocery stores and smaller, traditional retail centers going up.