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1. Surge in Traffic Deaths Outpaces Increase in Travel -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that may be partially explained by more Americans on the roads due to the economic recovery, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates released Friday.

2. Obama's Final Jobs Report: Big Pay Gain, Slower Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' paychecks rose in December at the fastest pace in more than seven years as steady hiring and low unemployment led some businesses to pay more to attract and keep workers.

3. Outsourcing: Savings, But No Specifics -

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

4. Meet Olli -

With deep and well-funded resources such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville region is no stranger to innovation in science and technology.

But a new kid on the block, Local Motors, has the potential to spark a whole new era of manufacturing innovation and make Knoxville a hotbed for a technology sector widely considered to be truly revolutionary – self-driving cars.

5. ABB Aims to Grow to 500 Jobs in Senatobia Within 5 Years -

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) – Swiss firm ABB said Friday that it hopes to increase employment at its Tate County plant from 89 workers now to as many as 500 in five years. That's 200 more employees than the company had previously announced.

6. PFM Group Promotes Lowe To Managing Director -

Lauren Lowe has been promoted to managing director of The PFM Group, a leading provider of independent financial and investment advisory services to state and local governments and not-for-profit institutions. Based in PFM’s Memphis office, Lowe serves the firm’s municipal advisory clients. Her areas of expertise include debt transactions and structuring, strategic planning, pricing and cash flow analysis as well as advising many of her local government clients on policy development.

7. Local Robotics Teams Compete in Little Rock -

Four local robotics teams – Collierville High School’s Dragons, Memphis Business Academy’s MBA Execs, Mitchell High’s Tigerbots and White Station High’s SpartaBot – are in Little Rock, defending their towers against robot invaders.

8. 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.

9. Preparation Enhances Chances for Small-Business Success -

The term “small business” is the ultimate misnomer.

In 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, there were 5.68 million employer firms in the United States. And firms with fewer than 500 workers accounted for 99.7 percent of those businesses. Businesses with fewer than 20 workers made up 89.8 percent.

10. Georgia-Pacific Invests $20M in Memphis Mill -

Two years after Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific acquired Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies in a $1.4 billion deal, the combined company, GP Cellulose, has invested $20 million in capital construction and maintenance projects at its Memphis facilities.

11. Georgia-Pacific Invests $20M in Memphis Mill -

Two years after Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific acquired Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies in a $1.4 billion deal, the combined company, GP Cellulose, has invested $20 million in capital construction and maintenance projects at its Memphis facilities.

12. Georgia-Pacific Invests $20M in Memphis Mill -

Two years after Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific acquired Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies in a $1.4 billion deal, the combined company, GP Cellulose, has invested $20 million in capital construction and maintenance projects at its Memphis facilities.

13. Georgia-Pacific Invests $20 Million in Memphis Mill -

Two years after Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific acquired Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies in a $1.4 billion deal, the combined company, GP Cellulose, has invested $20 million in capital construction and maintenance projects at its Memphis facilities.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. Browne Named RISE Foundation Board Chair -

Terri Browne, chief people officer for Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc., has been named board chair of the nonprofit RISE Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of low-income working Memphians through financial literacy.

17. Snapshot: Memphis-Based Public Companies -

Here's a look at what's going on at the dozen public companies headquartered in Memphis:

AutoZone Inc.

AutoZone Inc. is one of the largest auto parts retailers and distributors in the U.S., with a store count of 5,476 as of Feb. 14. Since 1998, the company has repurchased $15.7 billion worth of its own shares. At the end of March, AutoZone continued its share buyback program with the authorization to buy back another $750 million in company stock. The company followed that news with plans to pursue a $650 million debt offering to be used for “general corporate purposes.” – Andy Meek

18. Five of the Nation’s Finest -

Each year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognizes the contribution of small business to the national economy with the Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards. Five from Knoxville’s business community – The Tomato Head, Management Solutions LLC, Design Innovation Architects Inc., Visionary Solutions LLC and AMS Corp. – have been chosen for inclusion in the annual program.

19. US at Odds With Google on Computer Search-Warrant Proposal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Justice Department proposal that could make locating and hacking into computers that are part of criminal investigations easier is raising constitutional concerns from privacy groups and Google, who fear the plan could have broad implications.

20. ABB Creating 200 Jobs in Memphis -

ABB, which bought Memphis-based electrical components maker Thomas & Betts in 2012 for $3.9 billion, is expanding its Memphis-area footprint.

The company said Tuesday, March 3, it plans to spend $30 million to build a new manufacturing site and expand its customer experience center for its low voltage products division here. Plans call for creating more than 200 jobs as a result of that investment, with another 100 jobs expected over the next five years.

21. Obama Taking Action to Push Manufacturing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers.

22. Medtronic Spends $350 Million on Another European Deal -

U.S. medical device maker Medtronic is building stronger ties to Europe, a couple months after announcing a $42.9 billion acquisition that involves moving its main executive offices across the Atlantic, where it can get a better tax deal.

23. Medtronic Buys Brain Stimulation Company for $200 Million -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Medtronic spent about $200 million in cash to buy a privately held company that develops deep brain stimulation technologies.

The acquisition of Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation will make the medical device maker stronger in an emerging area of medicine, the modulation of brain function.

24. US, Europe Impose Tough New Sanctions on Russia -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred to new action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy.

25. USDA Establishes Rural Business Investment Program -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand.

26. St. Jude Awarded Grant for Autoimmune Work -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been awarded $393,750 in grant funding to aid work related to autoimmune and inflammatory conditions.

The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

27. St. Jude Awarded Grant for Autoimmune Work -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been awarded $393,750 in grant funding to aid work related to autoimmune and inflammatory conditions.

The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

28. Kerry Mocks Those Who Deny Climate Change -

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called climate change perhaps the world's "most fearsome" destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat.

29. If Government Backs In-Flight Calls, Will the Airlines? -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines?

Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a loved one from 35,000 feet. But that extra money might not be worth the backlash from fliers who view overly chatty neighbors as another inconvenience to go along with smaller seats and stuffed overhead bins.

30. Derwin Appointed Terminix President -

Bill Derwin, vice president of the Otis Elevator division of United Technologies Corp., is the new president of the Terminix division of Memphis-based ServiceMaster Co.

31. Derwin Named Terminix President -

Bill Derwin, vice president of the Otis Elevator division of United Technologies Corp., is the new president of the Terminix division of Memphis-based ServiceMaster Co.

32. AP Exclusive: Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future -

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – You can feel the spirit of George Eastman in Antonio Perez's office.

A picture of Eastman, who founded Kodak in 1880, sits among the current CEO's collection of family photos. The outer areas of Perez's office, built and first inhabited by Eastman about a century ago, include some of Kodak's Oscar and Emmy awards, along with a collection of historic photos. A large portrait of Eastman, who died in 1932, hangs near the entrance.

33. Kronos Aims to Bring Green Energy to All -

Kronos Energy Solutions is hard at work on a new hybrid charging system for electric cars, which it hopes to debut in the next six to nine months, and the company is also making plans for possible expansion of its headquarters in Cordova by early next year.

34. Swinnea Warehouse Sold in Lieu of Foreclosure -

4550 Swinnea Road, Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $4.2 million
Sale Date: March 7, 2013
Buyer: JPMCC 2007-LDP10 – 4550 SWINNEA RD LLC
Seller: Industrial Memphis International Owner LLC
Details: The Memphis International Distribution Center at 4550 Swinnea Road in Oakhaven has sold for $4.2 million in lieu of foreclosure.

35. Obama Pushes for Higher Minimum Wage on Plant Tour -

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – President Barack Obama pushed for a higher minimum wage at a re-opened manufacturing plant Wednesday because he says Americans who work full time should not be in poverty.

36. Fire Suppression Systems Urged in All Cargo Planes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government should require fire suppression systems in all cargo containers or compartments of planes to prevent the kind of ferocious in-flight blazes that have killed four cargo pilots over the past six years, federal accident investigators said Wednesday.

37. Economic East vs. West -

Yin and Yang Since Election Day, stock indices have fallen sharply, reflecting the Washington non-consensus. As we enter another legislative sausage session, investors can’t help but recall the 20 percent drawdown that marked the last high-stakes negotiation.

38. US Trade Panel Finds Harm From China Solar Panels -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal trade panel found China responsible Wednesday for harming the U.S. solar panel industry, clearing the final hurdle for U.S. attempts to impose steep tariffs on Chinese solar companies.

39. US Job Openings Dipped in August From July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs in August than July, while they filled the most positions in three months, offering a mixed signal on the job market.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that job openings dropped by 32,000 to 3.56 million in August. July's openings were also revised lower.

40. US Panel: China Tech Giants Pose Security Threat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American companies should avoid sourcing network equipment from China's two leading technology firms because they pose a national security threat to the United States, the House Intelligence Committee warned Monday.

41. ServiceMaster Q2 Revenue Drops Slightly -

Memphis-based The ServiceMaster Co. saw a half a percentage point drop in its operating revenue for the second quarter compared to a year ago – a flattening of its revenue attributed in part to a continuing shift in the strategy of its TruGreen lawn care division.

42. ServiceMaster Q2 Revenue Drops Slightly -

Memphis-based The ServiceMaster Co. saw a half a percentage point drop in its operating revenue for the second quarter compared to a year ago – a flattening of its revenue attributed in part to a continuing shift in the strategy of its TruGreen lawn care division.

43. Scorched Earth -

The daily hustle and bustle of city life makes it easy for Memphians to forget that the urban pocket they call home sits amid one of the nation’s richest agricultural regions, one that’s suffering the economic impact of unusually high temperatures and a nationwide drought.

44. Renewable Investment Hit $257B -

GENEVA (AP) – Global investment in renewable energy reached a record of $257 billion last year, with solar attracting more than half the total spending, according to a U.N. report released Monday.

45. Memphis-Based MRI Interventions Goes Public -

This week marks a milestone for Memphis-based MRI Interventions Inc., which began trading as a public company Monday, May 21.

46. Electrolux Fills Key Positions in Memphis -

The manager of the Electrolux North America plant in L’Assomption Quebec, Canada, will be the plant manager at the new Electrolux North American cooking products manufacturing plant in Memphis.

47. Pressure Builds for Civilian Drone Flights at Home -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Heads up: Drones are going mainstream.

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

48. Local QR Real Estate Usage Grows Slowly -

First seen in Japan in the mid-1990s, quick response codes could add momentous efficiency in the residential real estate world, allowing virtual tours of houses to take place on mobile devices.

But only 14 million American mobile device users have interacted with a QR code, according to recent study by digital business analytics firm comScore Inc. That means less than 5 percent of the American public has scanned a QR code.

49. Int'l Paper CEO Faraci Joins Fish and Wildlife Board -

John V. Faraci, chairman and CEO of International Paper, has joined the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Board.

Carl R. Kuehner III, chairman of the board of directors of the NFWF, announced Faraci’s appointment.

50. Negative Hits Keep Coming in 2011 -

While some of the Mid-South’s more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations received major gifts and successfully engaged new donor bases, the anemic economic recovery required others to hold a magnifying glass to their bottom lines in 2011.

51. Obama Defends Solyndra Loan, Says Solar Viable -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama said Thursday the U.S. must not surrender development of clean energy to China and other countries, despite the spectacular failure of a solar-panel manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy after taking a half-billion dollar government loan.

52. Methodist Selects OB Hospital Build Team -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has announced it has selected the design and construction team to build its new $137 million hospital in Olive Branch, and that the team is expected to break ground on the project Oct. 19.

53. Vote With Your Investments Too -

Ray’s Take: People get passionate about politics, but you only get to cast your ballot in elections a time or two a year at the most. Of course, there are other ways to be involved in politics in order to have a little more influence on things. Or, you can put your money where your politics lean and vote with your investments all year long.

54. River Test Bolsters Tenn. Inventor's Turbine Idea -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The metallic, wheel-shaped object looks like something taken off a spaceship from Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," a futuristic creation born from a 15-year labor of science and love.

55. Stocks Mixed After Biggest Day in a Year -

NEW YORK (AP) — One day after the Dow Jones industrial average had its best day this year, the stock market is drifting between slight gains and losses Wednesday. Analysts say concerns about lifting the U.S. debt limit are trumping strong earnings from Apple and a slew of new deals.

56. Seminar To Detail Reform’s Effect on Biz -

Philip Johnson is partner with Argyle Benefits Consultants LLC, a chartered life underwriter and certified employee benefits specialist, so he more than understands the ins and outs of federal health care reform, including how the legislation will impact large and small businesses, as well as individuals.

57. New Air Traffic Control System at Crossroads -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration is creating a new air traffic system that officials say will be as revolutionary for civil aviation as was the advent of radar six decades ago. But the program is at a crossroads.

58. House Heads Toward Vote on Patent System Overhaul -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After years of effort to modernize the patent system and assure the competitive edge of American inventors, a proposed overhaul neared a close vote in the House on Thursday.

59. Memphis Cos. Protect Inventions With Patents -

People always create new ideas and invent new things. Whether it’s computer software or a plumbing component, a new musical score or a jet engine, people also want to protect their creations – their intellectual property – from others who might copy or steal their ideas and inventions for profit.

60. New Study Tells Students the Worth of Their Majors -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The choice of undergraduate major in college is strongly tied to a student's future earnings, with the highest-paying majors providing salaries of about 300 percent more than the lowest-paying, according to a study released Tuesday.

61. Baptist On Verge Of Unveiling Cardiac Suite -

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis is putting the finishing touches in its new, state-of-the-art cardiac hybrid suite, which will be used to treat patients with conditions such as coronary blockages and congenital heart defects.

62. Biofuels Crucial to National Security -

The development and adoption of new biofuels is a national security goal as well as an economic objective, said Dallas Tonsager, the under secretary for rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

63. Initial Jobless Claims Drop to 457,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – New jobless claims fell last week for the third time in four weeks but remain elevated. The decline is a sign that the economy likely added jobs in July, although not enough to lower the nation's high unemployment rate.

64. Astronaut Discusses Future of NASA, Space Flights -

The ending of manned space flights by NASA could signal that the United States no longer seeks to lead the world in pushing past technological boundaries, said a former astronaut.

Bonnie Dunbar, a veteran of five space shuttle flights, on Friday visited Medtronic’s Spinal and Biologics world headquarters in Memphis, where she spoke to an employee group called Women Aspiring with a Vision for Excellence (WAVE).

65. Evolve Bank & Trust Names Holland to Board -

Evolve Bank & Trust has named Lewis E. Holland to its board of directors.

Holland served six years as president of the regional investment banking firm UMIC Inc., and after its sale in 1988 became a partner at the Memphis office of Ernst & Young LLP.

66. UN Patent Filings Dropped for First Time Since 1978 -

GENEVA (AP) - The number of international patent filings dropped last year for the first time since 1978 as companies hit by the global economic downturn sought fewer new protections on their intellectual property, the U.N. said Monday.

67. Medical Imaging Makes Gains In Memphis -

Medical imaging is a fast-growing component of the health care industry, but one that has been slow to take root in Memphis.

That could be changing. SurgiVision Inc., which has quietly been filing new patents for MRI technology and attracting millions of dollars from research partners, is about to go public.

68. SurgiVision Inc. Plans Public Offering -

Memphis-based SurgiVision Inc. has filed an application for an initial public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

69. Tunica's New Cash Crop? -

When Xiaolin “Charles” Wang was introduced at an October press conference announcing plans to build a $1 billion hybrid automotive plant in Tunica County, he was described by the emcee as a man who “dreams big and drives fast.”

70. Muller to Tout City’s Position For Shipping -

Memphis’ role in the global supply chain is often underappreciated, but shippers moving auto parts from Yokohama to Yazoo City or electronics from Beijing to Birmingham understand this city’s importance.

71. FCC Chairman Says 'Open Internet' Rules are Vital -

NEW YORK (AP) - Wireless carriers shouldn't be allowed to block certain types of Internet traffic flowing over their networks, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission chairman said Monday in a speech that drew a cool response from the industry.

72. Medtronic Extols Product Pipeline -

The top executive for Medtronic Inc. Tuesday touted new products in the pipeline after the company released disappointing first quarter results.

Medtronic’s profit plunged 38 percent from the same period a year ago, primarily because of a legal settlement with Abbott Laboratories over a patent dispute. The company earned $445 million during the quarter compared to $723 million a year ago.

73. Judge Tosses Chemical Weapons Incineration Suit -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Army on Wednesday won a court challenge to its plan to incinerate chemical weapons at storage sites around the country, over objections from a watchdog group that says the practice releases toxic pollution.

74. Microsoft, Yahoo Team Up to Ding Google With Bing -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft Corp. has finally roped Yahoo Inc. into an Internet search partnership, capping a convoluted pursuit that dragged on for years and setting the stage for them to make a joint assault against the dominance of Google Inc.

75. Dodd's Wife Serves on Health Care Company Boards -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The wife of a senator playing a lead role on a national health care overhaul sits on the boards of four health care companies, one of several examples of lawmakers with ties to the medical industry.

76. Society of Entrepreneurs Names Crye Master Entrepreneur -

Harold Crye, co-founder and chief executive officer of Crye-Leike Realtors, has been honored as the 2009 Master Entrepreneur by the Society of Entrepreneurs in partnership with Junior Achievement of Memphis.

77. Drompp Named Faculty Dean, VP for Academic Affairs at Rhodes -

Michael R. Drompp has been appointed dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Rhodes College. Drompp will provide leadership for academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in curricular, personnel and budgetary matters.

78. State to Spend Stimulus Money On West Tenn. Solar Project -

Tennessee will spend $62 million in federal stimulus money on facilities for solar power generation and research, Gov. Phil Bredesen said Wednesday.

The Democratic governor said a five-megawatt solar plant in Haywood County would be among the largest in the eastern United States. A plant that size could generate power for about 600 to 700 homes, he said.

79. Smith Signals Turning Point With ‘Green’ Emphasis -

FedEx Corp. is known for its orange and purple logo, but company founder Fred Smith this week revealed his proclivity for an entirely different color – green.

80. US Jobless Claims Rise as Retail Sales Slip -

WASHINGTON (AP) - With layoffs spreading, the number of initial claims for jobless benefits rose last week, while the total number of Americans continuing to receive benefits set a record high, the government said Thursday.

81. Tenn. Unemployment Rises; 4 States See Double-Digit Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent in January, up from 8.5 percent in December and 5.3 percent in January 2008.

The state Department of Labor and Workforce reported the number of unemployed Tennessee workers as 261,800, up 66,600 since December. January 2008’s unemployment numbers totaled 101,300.

82. MERI Begins $10M Capital Campaign -

The Medical Education & Research Institute, which helps physicians learn about the latest surgical techniques and medical device advances, has begun a $10 million capital fund drive as it seeks to expand its mission and upgrade its technologies.

83. Ford Posts Record Loss in '08, But No Need for Aid -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it lost $5.9 billion in the fourth quarter and burned through $5.5 billion in cash, pushing the automaker to the worst annual loss in its 105-year history as sales slumped worldwide.

84. Fiat and Chrysler Sign Alliance Plan -

ROME (AP) - Fiat and Chrysler said Tuesday they have agreed to form a strategic alliance that would give the Italian auto empire a 35-percent stake in the troubled U.S. carmaker and could eventually bring it full control.

85. Employers Cut 533K Jobs in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Skittish employers slashed 533,000 jobs in November, the most in 34 years, catapulting the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent, dramatic proof the country is careening deeper into recession.

86. New Jobless Claims Drop Unexpectedly -

WASHINGTON (AP) – New claims for jobless benefits fell unexpectedly last week, but the number of people continuing to receive government aid reached a 26-year high and large companies announced more job cuts Thursday.

87. Ford Tells Congress It May Be Able To Go It Alone -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ford Motor Co. is asking Congress for a $9 billion “stand-by line of credit” to stabilize its business, but says it doesn’t expect to tap it.

88. Sleep Treatment Company Targets 24-7 Operations for Growth -

Instead of relying solely on physician referrals, the sleep treatment company Opus Medical Management wants businesses to send fatigued employees to its clinics.

Logistics companies, casinos, hospitals and other employers that run 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week operations expose themselves to liability and lower productivity when their workers don’t get enough sleep, said Derek Denman, president of Opus Medical.

89. U of M Begins Intermodal Safety Center -

The University of Memphis has created the “CN – E. Hunter Harrison Center for Intermodal Safety and Emergency Preparedness” thanks to a $1 million donation by Canadian National Railway Co.

The new center falls under the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI), which is housed within the university’s Herff College of Engineering. The center will address issues “related to the preparedness for and recovery from natural and manmade disasters within the intermodal freight transportation industry,” according to a release issued by the university.

90. Bernanke: Improving Health Care Is Critical Challenge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Bolstering the performance of the U.S. health care system is one of the biggest challenges facing the country, said Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Monday.

New medical technologies and treatments are allowing people to live healthier, longer and more productive lives.

91. Luminetx Launches ModelIt Can Sell Globally -      Luminetx Corp. has launched the next generation of the VeinViewer the VeinViewerGS, company officials said.
     The "Global Standard" model is specifically designed to meet the quality requ

92. Shoemaker Financial's Allen Earns Circle of Excellence -

Frank Allen, a certified financial planner and financial adviser with Shoemaker Financial, has achieved the Circle of Excellence award from Securian Financial Services for his performance in 2007.

93. Software EarningsLands Key Sponsorship -      Memphis-based Software Earnings has become a sponsoring organization of the Electronic Check Clearing House Organization (ECCHO), which created and maintains rules that govern private-sector check image exchange for its

94. U.S. Subprime Crisis Hits Indian Outsourcing Companies Handling Mortgage Processing -

BANGALORE, India (AP) - Indian companies that process U.S. mortgages are reporting fewer work orders and diminishing revenue because of the subprime loan fallout overseas.

Several companies have moved employees once assigned to mortgage documentation and related services to other areas. There is a fear of layoffs should the crisis in the United States continue.

95. FedEx Institute of Technology Names Mandle Executive Director -

Shaye R. Mandle has been named executive director of the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. Previously, he worked for the Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), where he led the business activities of SAIC's Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operation. Mandle has worked as a district director for the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, and as a legislative liaison to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

96. Matula Joins BuckeyeBoard of Directors -      Kristopher J. Matula has been elected to serve as director for Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies Inc.
     The election of Matula fills the vacancy on the board of directors created by the

97. Biocontainment Lab Heralds Momentum At Research Park -

The Memphis medical community has moved one big step closer to its goal of having a world-class medical research facility Downtown.

Officials from the city's medical community broke ground Friday on the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL).

98. iwest Consultants Help Launch West Clinic in Asia as Their 'Biz Grows -

The health care climate in Memphis is rapidly changing. Almost every day, new technologies, research or procedures are announced.

Most recently, The West Clinic, well-known for its cancer research and treatments, opened a facility in Singapore. Through a joint venture with Singapore-based Excellence Healthcare, the Memphis-based clinic opened The West Clinic Excellence Cancer Center there.

99. Buckeye Garners Award From Eastman Chemical -     Eastman Chemical Co. has presented its 2005 Supplier Excellence award to the Buckeye Technologies Inc. cotton cellulose plant in Memphis. The plant is a producer of specialty products made from wood and cotton fiber.

100. Buckeye CEO Ferraro To Retire This Summer -     Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of specialty fibers and non-woven materials, has announced its chairman and chief executive officer David B. Ferraro will retire.