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1. SRVS, AutoZone Honored For Disability Job Efforts -

Memphis-based disability services provider SRVS and auto parts retailer AutoZone have garnered recognition from the Association of People Supporting Employment First for their contributions supporting integrated community employment for people with disabilities.

2. LRK Launches Expansion in Downtown Memphis -

Looney Ricks Kiss is embarking on an expansion of its Downtown Memphis headquarters.

The Memphis-based architecture, planning and design firm is expanding its office footprint by about 60 percent as part of a long-term lease extension at the Toyota Center building adjacent to AutoZone Park, 175 Toyota Plaza.

3. SRVS, AutoZone Honored for Disability Employment Efforts -

Memphis-based disability services provider SRVS and auto parts retailer AutoZone have garnered recognition from the Association of People Supporting Employment First for their contributions supporting integrated community employment for people with disabilities.

4. Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU -

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

5. A Baseball Guy -

Bottom of the first inning at AutoZone Park, and Redbirds first baseman Dan Johnson is in the batter’s box. Oklahoma City’s pitcher winds and delivers and Johnson, a left-handed hitter, swings and makes contact. Loud contact.

6. Wonder Bread Bakery Under Contract -

The former Wonder Bread bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. could soon have a new owner.

The bakery, idled by a labor strike before being sold in 2013, is under contract to a potential buyer, according to a commercial real estate broker.

7. This week in Memphis history: July 3-9 -

2014: Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says 308 police officers have called in sick during the Fourth of July holiday week in what he acknowledges is probably a “work action” by cops upset over cuts to health benefits.
The sick-out causes the department to use contingency plans, which include sending officers in units such as the Organized Crime Unit back to uniform patrol and using Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies in the Beale Street Entertainment District.

8. Memphis Redbirds' Winning Record Doesn't Extend to Attendance -

The Memphis Redbirds are running last in the 16-team Pacific Coast League’s attendance race; the St. Louis Cardinals own the best record in the 30-team on-field competition run by Major League Baseball.

9. CBU's 'New Vision’ -

As Kenrick Hall on the campus of Christian Brothers University has been prepped for demolition, leaders of the university have been preparing for what follows when the 1940s-era classroom building is gone.

10. Dick Vitale Receives Distinguished Citizen Award -

Well-known ESPN commentator Dick Vitale received the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Distinguished Citizen Award on Sunday, June 21.

Vitale, who previously was a college basketball coach, was the guest of honor at the kickoff event of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, which benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

11. Redbirds Begin 11-Game Homestand Tuesday -

The Memphis Redbirds return to AutoZone Park on Tuesday, June 23, to open an 11-game homestand.

A variety of special incentives and activities are planned for fans during that stretch.

Hot dogs are just $1 at AutoZone Park for every Tuesday home game, courtesy of King Cotton. Thursdays are college nights and bluff tickets are just $5 with a valid college ID. On Fridays, the block party features $2 domestic drafts.

12. Passion for Architecture Fuels Looney Ricks Kiss' Norcross -

Rob Norcross, a principal at Memphis architecture, planning and design firm Looney Ricks Kiss, has increasingly enmeshed himself into public service, holding positions on several key boards or committees.

13. Memphis Economic Indicator Taking Third-Quarter Responses -

Investors in some of Memphis’ largest publicly traded companies are likely to feel somewhat encouraged about the current state of the economy – at least, when looking at their portfolios.

14. New Memphis Institute's Annual Summer Experience Connecting Young Professionals -

Hundreds of interns working at Memphis companies this summer are getting a taste of what the Bluff City has to offer them, should they choose to put down roots here.

The New Memphis Institute’s annual Summer Experience slate of events is intended to connect young professionals working in the city with their peers; to establish movers and shakers; and to give them an up-close look at Memphis. The goal: capture their attention at a formative stage in their life, when they’re poised to make plans about whatever city they’ll ultimately call home.

15. Komen Memphis-MidSouth To Distribute $510K -

The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is awarding $510,030 of community grants to 10 programs that provide breast cancer services in the Mid-South.

The group presents the awards Tuesday, June 9, at a 5 p.m. reception at AutoZone Park.

16. FedEx Tops for Brand Value in Tennessee -

FedEx Corp. is the nation’s 39th most valuable brand and the highest in Tennessee, according to new data from Brand Finance.

17. FedEx Tops for Brand Value in Tennessee -

FedEx Corp. is the nation’s 39th most valuable brand and the highest in Tennessee, according to new data from Brand Finance.

18. Komen Memphis-MidSouth to Distribute $510,030 in Grants -

The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is awarding $510,030 of community grants to 10 programs that provide breast cancer services in the Mid-South.

The group presents the awards Tuesday, June 9, at a 5 p.m. reception at AutoZone Park.

19. Redbirds Cooney Eager for Next Chance With Cardinals -

His fastball does not crackle and pop. Memphis Redbirds lefthander Tim Cooney does not test radar guns with triple-digit readings or even mid-90s readings.

But going into his scheduled start on Sunday, June 7, at Iowa, Cooney was coming off a complete-game shutout over Las Vegas at AutoZone Park in which he had leaned harder on his fastball and the results were again positive.

20. Editorial: A New Fairgrounds is Already Taking Shape in Memphis -

As an Urban Land Institute panel spends a quick week in Memphis June 8-12 to offer recommendations on the Mid-South Fairgrounds, we hope they will color outside the lines City Hall has set so far for its revitalization.

21. Redbirds' Piscotty Adjusts Batting Approach in Search of Cardinals-Level Power -

When Stephen Piscotty was growing up in Pleasanton, Calif., he played one of those games that kids with big-league dreams play. Only, this game was a little different. It had to be. The backyard had an obstacle.

22. Redbirds Add Manager of Fan Engagement to Roster -

For years, the notion was that AutoZone Park was the place to go to enjoy a summer evening, barbecue nachos and a cold beer. Yes, there would be baseball there – in fact, that’s about all that would be in view – but the game itself wasn’t necessarily the attraction.

23. AutoZone Among Top 10 Arts-Supporting Businesses -

AutoZone Inc.’s commitment to the arts has earned it a place in Americans for the Arts’ top 10 business partners.

24. 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

25. Stock-Buyback Programs Hit Record Pace -

If this was a poker game, it could be said that American companies are doubling down – repurchasing their own stock at a record pace instead of betting on new, outside investments.

TrimTabs Investment Research calculated that companies had announced plans to buy back $133 billion of their own stock in April. That was a new monthly high.

26. Small-Town Shift -

Fred’s Inc. CEO Jerry A. Shore has been thinking bigger and smaller simultaneously.

“One of my key strategies after being named CEO was to upgrade talent,” said Shore, who had been the company’s CFO for more than 14 years before changing corporate hats a few months ago.

27. Redbirds Start Eight-Game Homestand on Friday -

The Memphis Redbirds return to AutoZone Park Friday, May 29, opening an eight-game homestand with a busy slate of special events.

Friday’s game vs. Salt Lake starts at 7:05 p.m. (gates open at 5:00 p.m.). Every Friday there is a “block party” with $2 domestic draft beers.

28. More Giving -

The most dedicated donors to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis give with their hearts and their minds, striking a balance between real-time needs and the financial realities of any given moment.

29. AutoZone Reports Quarterly Revenue, Earnings Increase -

AutoZone Inc. reported Tuesday morning a 35th consecutive three-month period of double-digit earnings per share growth.

30. AutoZone Named in Top 10 of Arts-Supporting Businesses -

AutoZone Inc.’s commitment to the arts has earned it a place in Americans for the Arts’ top 10 business partners.

31. AutoZone Park Ranked No. 2 in Minor Leagues -

When AutoZone Park opened in 2000, with an exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals, it was the undisputed best ballpark below the major leagues. Before the first pitch was ever thrown, everyone from then-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa to then-beloved slugger Mark McGwire raved about the gorgeous new ballpark at Third Street and Union Avenue.

32. 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.

33. Jacob Wilson Climbs the Ladder From Bartlett High to Redbirds -

He used to be one of them, another kid with pen in hand, leaning forward at the fence line at AutoZone Park and hoping against hope one of the Memphis Redbirds would come over and sign an autograph.

34. AutoZone Park Ranked No. 2 Among Minor League Parks -

When AutoZone Park opened in 2000, with an exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals, it was the undisputed best ballpark below the major leagues. Before the first pitch was ever thrown, everyone from then-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa to then-beloved slugger Mark McGwire raved about the gorgeous new ballpark at Third Street and Union Avenue.

35. Kid Coders -

A new nonprofit has launched in Memphis formed around the notion that where children are born shouldn’t pre-determine the opportunity they have to get hands-on experience – and build careers – in tech and computer-related fields.

36. Summer of Acceleration Heats Up at Start Co. -

Memphis this summer is ground zero for entrepreneurs from here and around the country working to build a fresh crop of innovative, lasting companies.

The three accelerator programs presented by the Start Co. venture organization are now underway, with eleven startup teams comprised of almost 30 entrepreneurs participating in the trio of accelerators that’s running simultaneously this summer and which got under way earlier this month. The accelerators – Seed Hatchery, Upstart and Sky High – are akin to high-intensity entrepreneurial boot camps, putting startup teams through rigorous training and hands-on experience as they develop their companies, products and ideas, all with the goal of culminating in Demo Day on Aug. 13.

37. Creative Class Boosting Downtown Memphis Office Market -

With the clock on its Downtown office sublease running, officials at Sullivan Branding began looking for a new home.

The Memphis-based marketing, advertising and public relations firm needed a dynamic environment, one that would appeal not just to clients but to existing and prospective employees.

38. I Choose Memphis: Matt Harrell -

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

Name: Matt Harrell

Job title and company: International Treasury Manager, AutoZone Inc.

39. Beale Street Board to Tackle District Plans, Future -

Jeff Sanford has spent much of the past five years consulting on redevelopment projects in other cities.

But Sanford – who stepped down from his post as president of the Center City Commission, now the Downtown Memphis Commission, in 2010 – hasn’t found another entertainment district comparable to Memphis’ most famous street.

40. Shelby Farms Mixes Spring and Construction -

The invitation advised guests to “dress for dirt.”

But when the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy broke ground Thursday, April 30, on the park’s new visitors and events centers, most attendees were wearing suits and dresses.

41. Dick Vitale to Receive Liberty Bowl Award -

College basketball’s most spirited ambassador and a long-time analyst with ESPN will be the guest of honor at the kickoff event of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

42. Economic Microscope -

Back in 2012, Century Wealth Management president and founder Jay Healy was telling the firm’s clients that the U.S. stock market was behaving like a coiled spring.

43. Dick Vitale to Receive Award From AutoZone Liberty Bowl -

College basketball’s most spirited ambassador and a long-time analyst with ESPN will be the guest of honor at the kickoff event of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

44. AutoZone Executives Talk Up Growth Prospects -

AutoZone chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes doesn’t often participate in investor roadshows.

The meetings between a company’s executives and analysts who cover that company’s stock can serve up insights not always found during the more formal question-and-answer sessions that accompany earnings presentations.

45. Wharton, Strickland Top $250,000 in Campaign Accounts -

As they prepare to pull qualifying petitions for the October ballot, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and challenger Jim Strickland each have more than $250,000 in their campaign accounts.

46. Tigers Notebook: Paxton Lynch Stays Sharp in Spring Game -

Paxton Lynch completed 18-of-23 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns at Friday Night Stripes held at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Lynch also was named the winner of the Jeremy Williams Award, presented to the most outstanding player during the 15-practice spring session.

47. Wharton's Way -

City elections in Memphis begin unadorned.

Yard signs don’t bloom until mid- to late summer, when the strategic use of television ads and the much higher cycle of radio advertising kick in.

48. The J-Hey Kid Starts Fresh With St. Louis Cardinals -

Jason Heyward homered in his first big-league at-bat, which did not announce his arrival so much as confirmed it.

Before the Atlanta Braves used the 14th overall pick in the 2007 June Draft on Heyward – then just 17 years old – his star virtually shone above Turner Field. Heyward was a stud for East Cobb in metro Atlanta, one of the country’s elite amateur baseball programs.

49. University of Memphis Baseball Team Defeats Mississippi State -

Memphis jumped out to an early lead and starter Alex Gunn pitched a season-high seven innings to lead the University of Memphis to a 7-1 win over Mississippi State on Tuesday, April 7, in the Tigers’ final game this season at AutoZone Park.

50. Grichuk Makes Cardinals’ Roster as Reserve Outfielder -

When outfielder Randal Grichuk arrived at spring training this year, he could look down the schedule to the April 3 St. Louis Cardinals’ exhibition game with the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park and wonder if he would be staying behind while the big club left for Chicago and the start of the major-league season.

51. Brewfest on Tap for April 18 at AutoZone Park -

Want to sample fine American craft beer as well as beers from around the world and raise money for a good cause? That’s what’s happening at the Sixth Annual Memphis Brewfest on Saturday, April 18, at AutoZone Park.

52. Art Fights Blight With Public Art Project Near Midtown -

Students from the Memphis College of Art completed a public art project near Midtown.

The project was made possible by a grant from ArtsZone, a collaboration between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis to support public art projects in underserved areas of the city.

53. Sugarlands Distilling Teams Up With Memphis in May -

Sugarlands Distilling Co., a producer of craft moonshine and whiskey, has teamed up with Memphis in May to be the exclusive moonshine for the 2015 International Festival.

54. Race For the Cure Moving to Downtown Memphis -

The annual Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Race For the Cure is moving Downtown in October.

The race – which was held in Collierville last year – will start and end at AutoZone Park October 31 and take in Riverside Drive as well as the Beale Street entertainment district. Sponsorships from Raymond James, AutoZone and the Memphis Redbirds are behind the move.

55. Polishing the Diamond -

Paul Brehm is a baseball fan and the co-owner of a trucking company. On any given night, he personally represents one click through the AutoZone Park turnstile, if you want to think in those terms, but he has the capacity to increase that number several times over.

56. Susan G. Komen Race Moving To Downtown Memphis -

The annual Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Race For the Cure is moving Downtown in October.

The race – which was held in Collierville last year – will start and end at AutoZone Park October 31 and take in Riverside Drive as well as the Beale Street entertainment district. Sponsorships from Raymond James, AutoZone and the Memphis Redbirds are behind the move.

57. On Saban, Calipari and NCAA grandstanding -

Hold up your hand if you’re an Alabama football player and you have not been arrested in the last week. Three Crimson Tide players were arrested, one on suspicion of domestic violence, another for driving under the influence and another on a marijuana charge.

58. Redbirds, Cardinals Might Dodge Rain Again This Year -

A year ago, rain washed out the scheduled exhibition game at AutoZone Park between the St. Louis Cardinals and their top farm club, the AAA Memphis Redbirds.

The forecast is a bit of a knuckleball for this year’s exhibition game with the Cardinals, scheduled for a first pitch at 6:05 p.m. Friday, April 3. It might rain. It might storm. But the predicted high is in the 70s, and there is always the chance the worst clouds might flutter right on by.

59. Art Fights Blight With Public Art Project Near Midtown -

Students from the Memphis College of Art completed a public art project near Midtown.

The project was made possible by a grant from ArtsZone, a collaboration between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis to support public art projects in underserved areas of the city.

60. Komen Race Moves Downtown -

The annual Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Race For the Cure is moving Downtown in October.

The race – which was held in Collierville last year – will start and end at AutoZone Park October 31 and take in Riverside Drive as well as the Beale Street entertainment district. Sponsorships from Raymond James, AutoZone and the Memphis Redbirds are behind the move.

61. Sugarlands Distilling Teams Up With Memphis in May -

Sugarlands Distilling Co., a producer of craft moonshine and whiskey, has teamed up with Memphis in May to be the exclusive moonshine for the 2015 International Festival.

62. Tech Diversity -

When Shiloh Barnat traces her career path, it begins at the keyboard of her grandmother’s clunky computer that was the cutting edge of technology in the late 1970s.

And Barnat, Lokion Interactive’s vice president of strategy, talks about it as she laments the dearth of women in computing and the technology business in general.

63. Memphis Brewfest on Tap for April 18 at AutoZone Park -

Want to sample fine American craft beer as well as beers from around the world and raise money for a good cause? That’s what’s happening at the Sixth Annual Memphis Brewfest on Saturday, April 18, at AutoZone Park.

64. AutoZone Authorizes $750 Million Stock Repurchase -

AutoZone Inc. announced this week it was boosting its share repurchase program yet again with the authorization of $750 million to repurchase shares of the company’s common stock.

65. AutoZone Authorizes $750M For Stock Repurchase -

AutoZone Inc. announced this week it was boosting its share repurchase program yet again with the authorization of $750 million to repurchase shares of the company’s common stock.

66. Well-Known Names Host Strickland Fundraiser -

At $1,500 per person or couple, a fundraiser Tuesday, March 24, for the mayoral campaign of Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland is an indication the campaign to the October city ballot is picking up in intensity.

67. Tigers Baseball Team Enjoys 10-Game Win Streak -

The University of Memphis baseball team is riding a 10-game winning streak, but the most amazing part of that streak is that the Tigers have played eight games consecutive games without postponement.

68. I Choose Memphis: Hannah Zachary -

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

Name: Hannah Zachary

Job & company: Manager, Community Relations, AutoZone

69. U of M to Honor Distinguished Alumni -

Hilliard Crews, Wink Martindale and Diane Vescovo are among the individuals receiving 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards from the University of Memphis Alumni Association.

70. Morris Talks of ‘Opportunity Cost’ -

The president of the Downtown Memphis Commission says it is a mistake for Memphis leaders to try to match Nashville’s new convention center and massive convention centers being built in other cities.

71. University of Memphis to Honor Distinguished Alumni -

Hilliard Crews, Wink Martindale and Diane Vescovo are among the individuals receiving 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards from the University of Memphis Alumni Association.

72. Break It Down Towing 100 Percent Orange Mound -

His company is Break It Down Towing, but Antonio Anderson’s home team is, and has always been, Orange Mound.

73. Sun Sets on Memphis in May’s Annual Symphony -

Sunset Symphony will take its final bow this year.

Memphis in May International Fes- tival announced Monday that the 2015 AutoZone Sunset Symphony would be the last, ending a 39-year run.

The event, scheduled for May 23 in Downtown Memphis’ Tom Lee Park, will feature special guests and an expanded fireworks show as part of its grand finale celebration.

74. Cardinals Prospect Cody Stanley Coming Back, Moving Up -

Spring training in 2012. St. Louis Cardinals catching prospect Cody Stanley gets a phone call from then-farm director John Vuch.

Farm directors do not usually call minor-league catchers to chat.

75. Sun Sets on Memphis in May’s Annual Symphony -

Sunset Symphony will take its final bow this year.

Memphis in May International Festival announced Monday that the 2015 AutoZone Sunset Symphony would be the last, ending a 39-year run.

The event, scheduled for May 23 in Downtown Memphis’ Tom Lee Park, will feature special guests and an expanded fireworks show as part of its grand finale celebration.

76. Sun Sets on Memphis in May’s Annual Symphony -

Sunset Symphony will take its final bow this year.

Memphis in May International Festival announced Monday that the 2015 AutoZone Sunset Symphony would be the last, ending a 39-year run.

The event, scheduled for May 23 in Downtown Memphis’ Tom Lee Park, will feature special guests and an expanded fireworks show as part of its grand finale celebration.

77. Game On -

Almost as soon as Casey Hill and his father Wilton “Chick” Hill began redeveloping the old Toof building adjacent to AutoZone Park, the younger Hill began contemplating what the reinvented building would be called.

78. AutoZone Reports Higher Sales, Profit in Q2 -

AutoZone’s company operating theme for 2015 is “Wow every customer, everywhere.”

Tuesday morning, the company extended that to Wall Street and to analysts, laying out how the Memphis-based car parts retailer ended its fiscal second quarter with a profit of $211.7 million, up 9.8 percent over the same period in 2014.

79. Building Boom -

With the greater Memphis area slower to recover from the recession and economic downturn than other parts of the country, frustrated local general contractors watched in 2012 and 2013 as firms across the country participated in what appeared to be a robust national economic rebound.

80. Restless Winter -

For most of its 103-year life as city property, the Mid-South Fairgrounds has been a place where Memphians remember why they came there in the past, as local leaders have periodically pushed to remake its landscape and in turn create more memories going forward.

81. AutoZone Reports Higher Second-Quarter Sales, Profit -

AutoZone’s company operating theme for 2015 is “Wow every customer, everywhere.”

Tuesday morning, the company extended that to Wall Street and to analysts, laying out how the Memphis-based car parts retailer ended its fiscal second quarter with a profit of $211.7 million, up 9.8 percent over the same period in 2014.

82. AutoZone Grows Second-Quarter Profit -

AutoZone Inc. ended its fiscal second quarter with a profit of $211.7 million, up 9.8 percent over the same period in 2014, the Memphis-based car parts retailer announced Tuesday morning.

83. Mike Shildt: From College Walk-On To Memphis Redbirds Manager -

Any professional baseball player can tell you about the stigmas he has to fight. For one guy, it might be that he doesn’t hit with enough power. And for another it might be that he doesn’t make consistent enough contact.

84. Memphis in May Unveils Music Festival Lineup -

Memphis in May International Festival has unveiled the lineup for the Beale Street Music Festival that will unfold over three days in May at Tom Lee Park. The event is expected to bring a crowd of more than 100,000.

85. I Choose Memphis: Adele Landers -

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

Name: Adele Landers

Job & company: Client Adviser, SunTrust Private Wealth Management

86. Wharton: Tourism Is Serious Business -

Sometimes in tourism, it is the little things that count. But “little” is relative. Consider the digital LED display screen on the west wall of the Memphis Cook Convention Center – big enough to be seen by eastbound traffic on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge – which local leaders debuted this month after three years of planning.

87. Memphis Redbirds Unveil ‘Birds on the Bat’ Logo -

Now owned by their parent St. Louis Cardinals, the Memphis Redbirds will look the part in 2015 with a new primary logo that more closely resembles the “birds on the bat” logo worn by the major-league club.

88. Redbirds Unveil 'Birds on the Bat' Logo -

Now owned by their parent St. Louis Cardinals, the Memphis Redbirds will look the part in 2015 with a new primary logo that more closely resembles the “birds on the bat” logo worn by the major-league club.

89. Redbirds Reveal New ‘Birds on the Bat’ Logo -

Now owned by their parent St. Louis Cardinals, the Memphis Redbirds will look the part in 2015 with a new primary logo that more closely resembles the “birds on the bat” logo worn by the major-league club.

90. Business Licenses Rise 9.1 Percent In 2014 -

The Shelby County Clerk’s Office was busier in 2014, with 5,847 business licenses issued – a 9.1 percent increase from 2013 when there were 5,361 licenses issued.

The licenses include both new and renewals. The 5,847 total included 5,618 licenses originating in Tennessee, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

91. 100 North Main Seeks Historic Designation -

An effort to redevelop a Downtown skyscraper may have received a boost this week. A state board is recommending that the tower at 100 N. Main St. be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a move that could allow the owner to seek tax credits and grants to redevelop the building.

92. Wharton Defends, Touts Record at State of the City -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. defended and touted Thursday, Jan. 29, his administration’s pursuit of the economic development projects that his challengers in the October city elections will likely use to make their case.

93. $42 Million Permit Filed For Target Fulfillment Center -

5461 Davidson Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $42 million

94. 2 Hospitality Companies Buy Union Ave. Sites -

A hospitality company has acquired a key piece of Downtown property for $440,000.

Suna Hospitality LLC purchased the office building at 400 Union Ave. Downtown from Judy Sossaman Brantley, according to a Jan. 12 warranty deed. The property, formerly home to Sullivan Branding after cs2 and Thompson & Co. merged, is strategically located on the north side of Union between South Lauderdale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard.

95. Hotel Owner Buys Union Avenue Property -

A business affiliated with a local hotel operator has purchased a key piece of Downtown real estate.

GCG Hospitality Inc. has purchased the property at 310 Union Ave., located at Union and Danny Thomas Boulevard, from Sandy and Sage LLC for $1.2 million, according to a Jan. 13 warranty deed.

96. This week in Memphis history: January 16-22 -

2005: Chandler Reports, the real estate data provider owned by The Daily News Publishing Co., launched its consumer website, providing real estate data to the public as well as companies.

97. A Better Sports Village Than We Knew -

When the historic 2014 University of Memphis football season was just getting started, hope and doubt were still equally matched opponents.

The athletic department, as we all know now, had gone with a risky slogan: “Wait Til This Year.”

98. Cardinals Caravan Coming to Jan. 17 Grizzlies Game -

With AutoZone Park undergoing renovations, the annual Cardinals Caravan stop in Memphis will take place at FedExForum Jan. 17 prior to the Grizzlies playing the Portland Trailblazers at 8 p.m.

Fans ages 15 and younger will be able to get autographs from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. from current Cardinals organization players, including Kolten Wong, Carlos Martinez, Greg Garcia and Cody Stanley. Cardinals alumni expected to attend include Alan Benes and Cal Eldred. Broadcaster Mike Claiborne will serve as emcee.

99. Cardinals Caravan Coming to Jan. 17 Grizzlies Game -

With AutoZone Park undergoing renovations, the annual Cardinals Caravan stop in Memphis will take place at FedExForum Jan. 17 prior to the Grizzlies playing the Portland Trailblazers at 8 p.m.

Fans ages 15 and younger will be able to get autographs from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. from current Cardinals organization players, including Kolten Wong, Carlos Martinez, Greg Garcia and Cody Stanley. Cardinals alumni expected to attend include Alan Benes and Cal Eldred. Broadcaster Mike Claiborne will serve as emcee.

100. AutoZone Park Unveils $6.5 Million Facelift -

AutoZone Park’s makeover is now underway. When renovations are completed they will total about $6.5 million, with the St. Louis Cardinals contributing around $2 million in addition to the $4.5 million that was part of the deal that had the Cardinals purchasing the Memphis Redbirds last year and the Cardinals leasing the ballpark from the city.