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1. Cuban Cigar Boom? Not Yet, Stores and Customers Say -

MIAMI (AP) – The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

2. VW Policy for Tennessee Plant Sets Off Labor Scramble -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – In rival camps located about a mile apart, both supporters and opponents of the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize their first foreign auto plant in the South say a new labor policy at the Volkswagen factory is going to help them.

3. I Choose Memphis: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling

4. After the Campaign -

The 2014 election year began in January with dissent from the floor.

At the end of the Shelby County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day fundraiser in January, former Memphis City Council member and state Rep. Carol Chumney, who was not among the speakers, challenged the party establishment from her table to do more to support women running for office.

5. US Services Firms Grow More Slowly, But Hiring Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. services firms expanded more slowly in October, but the pace of growth was still healthy. Hiring also rose to the fastest pace in more than nine years.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index dropped to 57.1 in October, down from 58.6 in September. That was the second straight drop after the index had risen steadily since February to 59.6 in August, the highest in eight years. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion.

6. Hill to Lead MIFA’s COOL Program -

Andrea Hill has been named manager of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association’s COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) program, which provides higher education counseling, life skills training and mentorship opportunities to 11th- and 12th-graders from G.W. Carver and Booker T. Washington High Schools. Hill previously worked as director of volunteer services for Cool Girls Inc. in Atlanta.

7. Local Golf Courses Change Hands, Undergo Improvements -

Mirimichi is a Native American word that means “place of happy retreat.”

Now that global entertainment icon Justin Timberlake and his family have sold their happy local retreat, Mirimichi Golf Course, to a local group for $500,000, the new owners have an opportunity to increase the number of holes and tournaments played at the course, which underwent a massive $16 million renovation.

8. Skip Check-In; Latest Hotel Room Key is Your Phone -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hotels don't want guests to have to linger at the front desk – or even stop by at all.

New programs are helping speed up the check-in process for busy travelers, or in at least one case, letting them go straight to their rooms by using their smartphone to unlock doors.

9. Ailing Global Economy Could Lead Fed to Delay Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that's spooked investors across the world.

10. Bible Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee -

Kirkland Bible has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee as an associate. In her new position, Bible will represent clients in a variety of family law matters, including divorce, post-divorce and child custody matters.

11. Paulson: AIG Bailout Designed to be Punishment -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The 2008 government bailout of American International Group Inc. was specifically designed to punish the insurance giant, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in U.S. court Monday.

12. Airport Pedestrian Plaza Design Wins Award -

Landscape architecture firm Ritchie Smith Associates has been honored for its design of the pedestrian plaza at Memphis International Airport.

The Honor Award from the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects was presented this month at the group’s annual meeting in Chattanooga.

13. Study: Gambling Industry Worth $240 Billion, 1.7 Million Jobs -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – U.S. casinos and the makers of the games found inside had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013, a study shows.

That includes $38 billion in local, state and federal taxes the industry said it paid last year in gambling fees, property taxes, income taxes and more. Unlike prior studies, the report included the impact tribal gambling and some legal online gaming has had on the economy.

14. Airport Pedestrian Plaza Design Wins Award -

Landscape architecture firm Ritchie Smith Associates has been honored for its design of the pedestrian plaza at Memphis International Airport.

The Honor Award from the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects was presented this month at the group’s annual meeting in Chattanooga.

15. Marx-Bensdorf Expands in East Memphis -

A prominent Memphis realty company has expanded its presence in East Memphis. Marx-Bensdorf Realtors has grown in the office building at 5860 Ridgeway Loop Blvd. by 526 square feet, bringing its total to 4,653 square feet.

16. Storytellers Needed -

Memphis International Airport, in the midst of reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination airport, is looking for some help telling its story.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is seeking a marketing and public relations firm to help get the word out about the transformation.

17. Developer Tries Again for Highland McDonald’s -

The developer behind a proposed McDonald’s on Highland Avenue near the University of Memphis is making another attempt at the project.

According to the most current site plan, the 5,353-square-foot restaurant building is situated along the sidewalk on Highland and a looping drive-thru proposed earlier has been replaced with one that runs along the eastern side of the building.

18. Airlines Report Big Second-Quarter Profits -

Investing in airlines has long been the butt of jokes, especially when many U.S. carriers traipsed through bankruptcy court in the past decade.

Now riding a post-merger tide of higher fares and stable fuel costs, those same airlines are piling up profits – and sharing the newfound riches with investors.

19. Riverfront Cornerstone -

Beale Street Landing seems an unlikely choice as a cornerstone, considering its troubled path to completion.

At this point, it’s almost a motto – not on time and over budget, and by a lot on both counts.

20. US to Ask China to Restart Cyber Working Group -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States wants to restart a cybersecurity working group that China shut down after the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies' computers to steal trade secrets.

21. Tech Giants Seek to Halt Overseas Snooping by US -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.

22. Yearlong Party -

It’s perhaps fitting that the Germantown Performing Arts Center celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with Paul Chandler as its executive director, a job he’s had for almost two years now.

23. Events -

The Germantown Charity Horse Show will be held Tuesday, June 3, through Saturday, June 7, at 7745 Poplar Pike. Visit gchs.org for a schedule.

24. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

25. Frozen Food Group Goes on Offense -

Frozen food makers plan to launch their first national TV ad in defense of their products on Tuesday as the category fights to boost slipping sales.

The ad will include the tag line “Frozen: How Fresh Stays Fresh” and is intended to address negative misconceptions people have about frozen foods.

26. Volvo Group’s Byhalia Facility to Employ 250 -

The Volvo Group will build a massive new distribution center in Byhalia, Miss., that should employ around 250 people.

The 1 million-square-foot distribution center will support the company’s Mack, Volvo and UD truck brands, as well as Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta. 

27. Frozen Food Group Goes on Offense -

Frozen food makers plan to launch their first national TV ad in defense of their products on Tuesday as the category fights to boost slipping sales.

The ad will include the tag line "Frozen: How Fresh Stays Fresh" and is intended to address negative misconceptions people have about frozen foods.

28. Airlines Collecting Less Money for Bag Fees -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Airlines are taking in less money from bag fees than they did two years ago, but they are making up for it by adding charges for a slew of extras, including getting a decent seat.

29. Aghabeg Joins Gateway Group as Controller -

Angela Aghabeg has joined temporary staffing and executive search firm Gateway Group Personnel as controller. In her new role, Aghabeg is responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of the general ledger and compliance with governmental reporting requirements and tax filings. She also is accountable for compiling historical and current data and financial records and preparing monthly financial statements for analysis and projections.

30. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. Occupational therapists Maggie Lewis and Patricia Morgan will present “Occupational Therapy: Living life to its fullest.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

31. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, March 26, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Laura Vaughn, community chapter executive for the American Red Cross, will present “Creating Resiliency Through Preparedness.” Visit phelpssecurity.com.

32. Southwest Wants to Add Memphis-Dallas Flights -

Southwest Airlines could expand service to Memphis if it gets access to two more gates at Love Field in Dallas.

Southwest said Monday it would begin 20 flights to 12 new nonstop cities out of Dallas Love Field, including Memphis, in late 2014 if it gets two gates that American Airlines must vacate because of its merger with US Airways.

33. Rardin Takes Trial Advocacy Training to Liberia -

Assistant Shelby County District Attorney General Kevin Rardin is leaving for Liberia next month for a week of trial advocacy training in the African nation.

For Rardin it is his latest venture in parts of the world with different criminal justice systems or systems that are just forming.

34. Southwest Wants to Add Memphis-Dallas Flights -

Southwest Airlines could expand service to Memphis if it gets access to two more gates at Love Field in Dallas.

Southwest said Monday it would begin 20 flights to 12 new nonstop cities out of Dallas Love Field, including Memphis, in late 2014 if it gets two gates that American Airlines must vacate because of its merger with US Airways.

35. Events -

The University of Memphis will host the Civil Rights in Memphis luncheon and panel discussion Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St. Visit memphis.edu/multiculturalaffairs for more information.

36. Transcripts Show Fed at Times Slow to Grasp Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve agonized in 2008 over how far to go to stop a financial crisis that threatened to cause a recession and at times struggled to recognize its speed and magnitude.

37. Events -

The National Hispanic Professional Organization, Memphis chapter will meet Thursday, Feb. 13, at noon at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Rafael Durand, director of human resources at International Paper, will speak. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. Email nhpomemphis.us.

38. Gambling Industry Fights Self on Internet Gambling -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Many experts believe online wagering is the future of gambling, but the casino industry is increasingly divided on the issue.

The latest evidence of the split came Monday as the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling launched the first commercial in a six-figure campaign warning of the dangers of legalized Internet gambling. The coalition is emphasizing the possibility that criminals and terrorists may use online gambling to launder money.

39. Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey Sales Up in US, Overseas -

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Global thirst for Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey caused exports to spike beyond $1 billion for the first time ever in 2013, a distilled spirits trade group said Tuesday.

40. Wage Hike for Federal Contract Workers Limited -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's plan to raise the minimum wage for federally contracted workers is winning praise from unions and labor activists, but it could take a year or more before any hikes take place and the impact may not be as widespread as some advocates had hoped.

41. Great Expectations -

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau forecasts 2014 to be a banner year, thanks to increased consumer confidence with leisure travelers and a booking pace for conventions, meetings and sporting events that is easily outpacing last year.

42. Business Coaching Provides ROI for Companies -

It’s a new year and, like many people, business leaders are also resolving to make some personal and professional improvements.

A global look at company management trends reveals that an increasing number of executives are going the extra mile to up their A games, particularly in a shaky economy. Memphis is no exception. Locally as well as internationally, the executive coaching industry is thriving.

43. Gold Strike Promotes Slade to PR Manager -

Elizabeth Slade has been promoted to public relations manager at Gold Strike Casino Resort. In her new role at the MGM Resorts International property, Slade will lead in developing and executing integrated marketing communication plans with components such as media relations, social media strategy, community partnerships and brand management.

44. 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.

45. Key Democrat Pushes Tax Reform Amid Partisan Bickering -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Democratic tax writer in the Congress is trying to jumpstart stalled efforts to rewrite the nation's tax laws. But he is running into the same kind of partisan roadblocks that plague most major initiatives in Washington.

46. Olymbec Acquires 13-Building Bellbrook -

Olymbec USA LLC has snatched up two more key Memphis properties, including the 1.8 million-square-foot Bellbrook industrial park.

47. Airline Merger Could Bring Changes to Memphis Airport -

Delta Air Lines considers itself a “low-cost carrier” that should be able to apply for the slots and gates US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines are giving up as part of their merger settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.

48. Government Reaches Agreement to Allow Airline Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline.

The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities.

49. Logistics Limelight -

World-renowned as a logistics and distribution hub, Memphis will further raise its profile this month with events that showcase the city’s transportation assets and standing in the global economy.

50. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn book review and discussion on Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” Friday, Sept. 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

51. Council Approves Solid Waste Fee, Delays Vote On Handy Park Lease -

The Memphis City Council sent a proposed lease of Handy Park on Beale Street back to committee Tuesday, Sept. 3, for more discussion about the details.

And the council approved on the first of three readings a restoration of the city’s solid waste fee to $25.05 a month. But there were conflicting explanations about which part of an overhaul of sanitation services the restoration of the fee is supposed to be aimed at.

52. Cooper: ‘False Promises’ Prompted Airline Merger Challenge -

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper said the state joined the U.S. Justice Department and five other states in opposing the proposed $11 billion merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines, because of the state’s experience with past airline mergers.

53. Yoakum Helps Businesses ‘Move On With Their Lives’ -

Though the jump Brian Yoakum made at the beginning of August from The Biller Law Firm to Evans Petree PC was only a floor away, he saw a greater opportunity to broaden his practice areas and expand the services he could offer clients.

54. Events -

Graceland will present “Salute to Memphis Music,” an Elvis Week concert featuring Memphis Jones and Brad Birkedahl, Monday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. on the Elvis Week main stage at Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Tickets are $20. Visit elvis.com/elvisweek for more information.

55. Events -

Graceland will host the Elvis Week candlelight vigil Thursday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Admission is free. Visit elvis.com/elvisweek for more information. More Elvis Week events are listed below.

56. Former Theater Site Heads to Auction Block -

The Internal Revenue Service is auctioning a Midtown building with an interesting history.

On Friday, Aug. 9, at the Shelby County Courthouse, the IRS will auction the building and a vacant lot at 319 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Drive and 323 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Drive. The minimum bid the IRS is seeking is $12,356. The IRS seized the building for nonpayment of IRS taxes due from Faith Village.

57. Ady Joins Ballet Memphis as Ballet Master -

James Ady has joined Ballet Memphis as ballet master. In his new role, Ady will teach morning technique classes, assist with community outreach programs, and rehearse and coach dancers for upcoming performances.

58. Political Indecision Weighs on Economic Forecasts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Politicians and economists are straining to get a clearer view of what the economy will look like a year from now, when midterm political campaigns are heating up. Republicans see the glass as half empty; Democrats view it as half full. And the economists aren't sure.

59. US Airways Shareholders Approve American Merger -

NEW YORK (AP) – US Airways shareholders overwhelmingly approved a proposed merger with American Airlines, bringing the companies closer to creating the world's biggest airline.

The main hurdle now is a review by antitrust regulators at the U.S. Department of Justice. Concerns have been raised about the merger's impact on airfares, and the combined airline's potential dominance at Washington's Reagan National Airport.

60. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Nancy Coffee, president and CEO of the New Memphis Institute, will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

61. Events -

The Memphis Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, July 8, at 6 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Monica Everrett, human resources training coordinator at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will present “Dressing Smart.” Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to nicole.huss@ipaper.com or 419-4818.

62. Congressional Delegation Tours Presidents Island -

The International Port of Memphis played host to a handful of influential guests Friday, June 21, just as the city and its partners are seeking a large federal grant to help expand the industrial area.

63. Blank Joins WKNO-FM As News Director -

Christopher Blank has joined WKNO-FM, the Mid-South affiliate of National Public Radio, as news director. Blank, who has produced feature stories for the station since 2011, will oversee local news production for “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

64. Events -

The Daily News will present Literatini, benefiting Literacy Mid-South, Thursday, June 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. The event will include martinis and food, an auction, live music and a wine pull. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. Visit literacymidsouth.org.

65. Red Carpet Tour Courts Site Selectors -

Site selection experts from six nationally known firms got a “red carpet tour” from the Greater Memphis Chamber Wednesday, June 5, in a recruitment effort that included a look at the industrial infrastructure of the Memphis area.

66. Memphis in the Meantime -

The city’s tourism and travel industry is thriving as a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers, but industry insiders believe a larger, technologically updated convention center is needed in years to come if Memphis wants to remain competitive in bringing larger groups to town.

67. Median CEO Pay Rises to $9.7 Million in 2012 -

CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.

The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.

68. Record Profit Signals Healthier Fannie Mae -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fannie Mae said something Thursday that would have been unthinkable a few years ago: It earned a record $58.7 billion profit in the January-March quarter.

And it made clear it's on the cusp of repaying taxpayers for one of the most expensive bailouts of a single company in the financial crisis.

69. Events -

Business Over Coffee International will launch a six-part social media training class titled Weave Your Own Web on Thursday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the group’s headquarters, 5865 Ridgeway Road, suite 300. Classes will continue the second Thursday of each month. Cost is free for members and first-time guests, and $10 for returning guests. Visit businessovercoffee.biz or call 820-4469.

70. Events -

Business Over Coffee International will launch a six-part social media training class titled Weave Your Own Web on Thursday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the group’s headquarters, 5865 Ridgeway Road, suite 300. Classes will continue on the second Thursday of each month. Cost is free for members and first-time guests, and $10 for returning guests. Visit businessovercoffee.biz or call 820-4469.

71. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 7, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Jeremy Park, director of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, will discuss corporate philanthropy and community building. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

72. Obama Nominates Pritzker, Froman for Economic Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday chose two old friends with corporate executive experience for top posts on his economic team, naming longtime fundraiser Penny Pritzker as Commerce secretary and adviser Michael Froman as U.S. Trade Representative.

73. Wright Joins Magna Bank as Senior Vice President -

Andy Wright has joined Memphis-based Magna Bank as senior vice president and manager of commercial banking. Wright, who previously held senior vice president positions at Iberiabank and First Tennessee Bank, has experience working with a variety of industries, with in-depth expertise in the transportation and logistics industries.

74. Events -

The Memphis Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Tammie Vogel of International Paper will present “Where Do I Fit? Admins in a Team Environment.” Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

75. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn about Daniel Pink’s book “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others” Friday, April 5, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Register at in-synksellhuman.eventbrite.com.

76. Cohen, Fincher Offer Differing Views of Sequestration -

With sequestration at the one-month mark in Washington, the two congressmen representing Memphis in the nation’s capital offered differing views on the ongoing automatic federal government spending cuts as a result of a lack of a budget agreement.

77. Events -

The Cotton Museum will host Patrick O’Daniel, discussing his book “When the Levee Breaks: Memphis and the Mississippi Valley Flood of 1927,” Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m. at the museum, 65 Union Ave. Cost is free and includes a complimentary museum tour and reception. Visit memphiscottonmuseum.org.

78. Apperson Crump Expands in Triad III -

Memphis’ oldest continuously practicing law firm is expanding its presence in Triad III.

Apperson Crump PLC added 2,037 square feet to its seventh floor space in a vacant adjacent area between Silverleafe Capital Partners LLC.

79. New TSA Policy on Knives, Bats Sparks Backlash -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Flight attendants, pilots, federal air marshals and even insurance companies are part of a growing backlash to the Transportation Security Administration's new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives and sports equipment like souvenir baseball bats and golf clubs onto planes.

80. Bearing Down -

The old adage “loaded for bear” is fitting for a new full-service branding agency that’s emerged on the Memphis advertising landscape.

“We came up with Loaded for Bear after stepping back and looking at the Memphis creative landscape and what our goals were, which are to prove that great creative can happen in a ‘creative wilderness’ such as Memphis, but also to help our clients be prepared for anything,” said managing director Joel Halpern. “That is where the term came from, an old hiker’s saying that means going off in the prepared for the worst case scenario, or a bear.”

81. Fink Joins Diamond Cos. as Senior Vice President -

Justin Fink has joined Diamond Cos., an International truck dealership holding company, as senior vice president, truck sales. In the new role, Fink oversees new and used truck sales, and helps develop programs and processes to grow customer relationships, sales and profits.

82. Memphis in May Seeks Local Swedes for Festival -

The 37th annual Memphis in May International Festival is a salute to Sweden, a country whose climate differs greatly from the host town but perhaps has some parallels in its rich history.

“The joke about Sweden is that nobody’s really from Sweden except for the Vikings and they’re long gone,” said Diane Hampton, executive vice president of Memphis in May. “But they all came there from other places. It’s kind of a melting pot of cultures as well – and a cold melting pot.”

83. City Council Approves Fairgrounds TDZ Request -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, plans for a tourism development zone to capture sales tax revenue in a large area for a renovation of the Fairgrounds property at first.

The boundaries of the zone go to the state for approval and city Community and Housing Development division director Robert Lipscomb said such a proposal could be at the state building commission in Nashville in April.

84. Retailers Report Strong January Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sometimes, the devil is in the deals. Americans shopped the winter clearance racks in January, resulting in strong sales during the month for retailers.

But spending is expected to slow as the deals dry up heading into the spring, and Americans digest rising gas prices and a 2 percent payroll tax hike that started in January.

85. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

86. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

87. Why Geithner's Treasury Leadership Proved Divisive -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has saluted the outgoing Timothy Geithner as one of the best U.S. Treasury secretaries ever. He's surely been among the most contentious.

Not since the Great Depression had an administration inherited so many grave financial threats at once. To many, Geithner deserves credit for helping steady the banking system and helping restore investor confidence. Yet his toughest critics say Geithner's policies consistently favored big banks over ordinary struggling Americans.

88. Guscette Named Sales Representative at P.O.P. Solutions -

Ally Guscette has been promoted to sales representative at Germantown-based brand-marketing firm P.O.P. Solutions Group LLC. In her new role, Guscette will help businesses develop brand awareness through promotional products, press kits, print materials and point-of-purchase displays. She joined the company in 2011 as part of a sales team and begins Germantown Leadership training this month.

89. Toyota Retakes Global Auto Sales Crown From GM -

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota has once again dethroned General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker.

The Japanese company sold 9.7 million cars and trucks worldwide in 2012, although it's still counting. GM sold 9.29 million.

90. Events -

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will host student loan expert Heather Jarvis Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the school’s Wade Auditorium, 1 N. Front St. Jarvis’ seminar is part of a workshop for second- and third-year law students. Visit memphis.edu/law for details.

91. Babaoglu Driven to Help Others Find American Dream -

Being of Azerbaijan descent and born in Milan, Italy, Rehim Babaoglu of Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell PLLC, preaches the American dream from his pulpit high above Main Street as an immigration lawyer.

92. Law Review Symposium Addresses Human Trafficking -

A 2011 report from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on human sex trafficking put it bluntly:

“The results … are shocking. Human trafficking and sex slavery in Tennessee is more common than previously believed possible.”

93. Changing Market -

Much of 2012’s commercial real estate deals could be summed up in one of three phrases: speculative construction, institutional buyers and unusual transactions.

The first quarter was kicked off when Industrial Developments International Inc. revealed plans to add one build-to-suit and two speculative buildings in its Crossroads Distribution Center in Olive Branch – marking the area’s first spec construction since 2008.

94. No More Government Motors: US Selling GM Shares -

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government's foray into the car business is slowly coming to an end.

The Treasury Department said Wednesday that it will sell its remaining stake in General Motors in the next year or so, winding down a $50 billion bailout that saved the iconic American car giant but also set off a heated debate about government intervention in private business that even influenced this year's presidential election.

95. High-Stakes Game -

At week’s end, International Paper Co. appeared ready to move forward with officially applying for a package of tax incentives as part of a plan to expand the company’s headquarters in the city.

96. High-Stakes Game -

At week’s end, International Paper Co. appeared ready to move forward with officially applying for a package of tax incentives as part of a plan to expand the company’s headquarters in the city.

97. Hickory Hill Warehouse Sells for $15.7 Million -

6380 Holmes Road Memphis, TN 38141

Sale Amount: $15.7 million

Sale Date: Dec. 5, 2012

98. Unions Show Muscle, Spent Millions in State Races -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When Maggie Hassan won the New Hampshire governor's race last week, it wasn't just a victory for her fellow Democrats.

99. 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.

100. Crew Training International Names Woodward Director -

Steve Woodward has joined Crew Training International as director of learning. In his new role, Woodward will manage CTI’s core learning centers, oversee professional development programs and develop metrics to measure and manage the most efficient learning systems.