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1. Poll: Americans Skeptical of Commercial Drones -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution.

2. FedEx Considering Baltimore Site for Distribution Hub -

BALTIMORE (AP) – FedEx is considering whether to build a distribution facility at Sparrows Point, showing interest in the steel mill property.

Baltimore County's economic development department says FedEx filed an application with the county's Development Review Committee. But no formal agreements have been signed.

3. FedEx Reports 23 Percent Earnings Boost -

FedEx on Wednesday, Dec. 17, reported net income of $616 million for the September-November quarter, a 23 percent increase from $500 million in the same period last year but slightly below Wall Street estimates.

4. Chamber Wants to Clean Up Memphis -

If Greater Memphis Chamber officials get their wish, Memphis will be the nation’s cleanest city by 2019.

The chamber will spearhead a four-year effort to help clean up the litter and waste found in so many corners of the Bluff City, an ambitious new “moon mission” for the economic and community development organization.

5. Chamber Plans City Clean-Up, Announces Grants -

If Greater Memphis Chamber officials get their wish, Memphis will be the nation’s cleanest city by 2019.

The chamber will spearhead a four-year effort to help clean up the litter and waste found in so many corners of the Bluff City, an ambitious new “moon mission” for the economic and community development organization.

6. Auction Doesn’t Attract Commerce Center Buyer -

An auction of the former FedEx and Holiday Inns headquarters failed to produce a buyer.

The Commerce Center complex on Lamar Avenue is back up for sale after not receiving a minimum bid of $2.5 million for the 313,843-square-foot, three-building campus on 33 acres. Sperry Van Ness’ SVN Auction Service had put the property on the auction block for the owner, which had been seeking $7.5 million for the property.

7. MassMutual Sponsors New JA BizTown Shop -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. has announced MassMutual Life Insurance Co. as its newest shop sponsor for JA BizTown.

8. 321,000 Jobs Added in November, Most in Nearly 3 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A burst of U.S. hiring in November – the most in nearly three years – added 321,000 jobs and provided the latest evidence that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.

9. Amazon's New Robot Army is Ready to Ship -

TRACY, California (AP) – A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to "pick" each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping.

10. MassMutual Sponsors New JA BizTown Shop -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. has announced MassMutual Life Insurance Co. as its newest shop sponsor for JA BizTown.

11. Commerce Center Auction Doesn’t Attract Buyer -

An auction of the former FedEx and Holiday Inn headquarters failed to produce a buyer.

The Commerce Center complex on Lamar Avenue is back up for sale after not receiving a minimum bid of $2.5 million for the 313,843-square-foot, three-building campus on 33 acres. Sperry Van Ness’ SVN Auction Service had put the property on the auction block for the owner, which had been seeking $7.5 million for the property.

12. ’Tis the Season -

After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.

Good prices, great values, unique offerings and convenience no longer were enough to boost retail sales.

13. FedEx Supply Chain Expansion Wins Tax Freeze -

FedEx Supply Chain Services appears poised to move ahead with an expansion in Memphis.

The third-party logistics arm of FedEx, recently won a five-year tax freeze for a $6.8 million expansion to its 454,713-square-foot warehouse at 5050 E. Holmes Road.

14. Wish Granted: Same Day Delivery for the Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

Amazon, Target and Macy's and other retailers are offering speedier delivery, including overnight and same-day options that will continue even past the holidays.

15. After Overcoming Hurdles, Southwest Opens Nursing School -

More than four years after breaking ground for a new nursing building, leaders of Southwest Tennessee Community College last week formally opened the school’s new Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building.

16. More at Moore -

The large old trees on its campus and the large paned windows of its brick buildings indicate the William R. Moore College of Technology has been around for a while.

It was the idea of William R. Moore, a dry goods wholesaler, who left a $500,000 endowment to fund the institution following his death in 1909.

17. 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

18. Moore Tech Awakens -

The large old trees on its campus and the paned windows of its brick buildings indicate the William R. Moore College of Technology has been around for a while.

It was the idea of William R. Moore, a dry goods wholesaler, who left a $500,000 endowment to fund the institution following his death in 1909.

19. Expedient Data Centers Expands to Memphis -

Expedient Data Centers, a leading provider of cloud computing and other related services, has settled on Memphis as the site of its first data center in Tennessee.

Expedient currently operates 10 data centers in six markets, and its 11th is planned for 3180 Players Lane in Memphis, close to the TPC Southwind Golf Course and FedEx headquarters.

20. Expedient Data Centers Expands Into Memphis -

Expedient Data Centers, a leading provider of cloud computing and other related services, is expanding into the Memphis market.

The company is getting its latest state-of-the-art data center ready to open by July 1 at 3180 Players Lane, close to the TPC Southwind Golf Course and FedEx headquarters. That will be Expedient’s first data center in Tennessee and the 11th facility Expedient operates across seven markets.

21. Expedient Data Centers Expands Into Memphis -

Expedient Data Centers, a leading provider of cloud computing and other related services, is expanding into the Memphis market.

The company is getting its latest state-of-the-art data center ready to open by July 1 at 3180 Players Lane, close to the TPC Southwind Golf Course and FedEx headquarters. That will be Expedient’s first data center in Tennessee and the 11th facility Expedient operates across seven markets.

22. Hillwood to Launch Two Spec Buildings in DeSoto County -

A Texas-based development firm will start turning dirt soon on a massive new business park in DeSoto County.

Hillwood Investment Properties is expected to begin site work in around 30 days on Legacy Park, a 266-acre distribution and business park on the south side of Goodman Road, just east of Hacks Cross Road near Polk Lane.

23. Southaven Rises on Memphis’ Tide -

While our country's economy seems to be making a turn in the right direction, cost of living remains one of the top reasons that individuals and families choose to live where they do.

Recently, data from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and other resources, pulled from the first quarter in 2014, showed that the Mid-South ranked as the most affordable place to live, with Mississippi at No. 1 and Tennessee at No. 2.

24. Former FedEx Headquarters Up for Auction -

This week you can acquire a sizeable piece of Memphis business history at a deep discount.

The Commerce Center complex on Lamar Avenue – former home to Memphis-based corporate titans Holiday Inn and FedEx – is on the auction block.

25. I Choose Memphis: Scott Wilson -

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

Name: Scott Wilson

26. FedEx Founder: Expect More Automation -

FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith is pretty confident that robotics, automation and perhaps drones will play an increasingly large role in the FedEx of the future.

27. Analyst Expects $89B in Online Holiday Sales -

This year more Americans than ever are expected to make their lists, check them twice, and then click the "add to cart" button.

Forrester Research said Monday that it expects U.S. consumers to spend $89 billion by Christmas. That's up 13 percent, or about $10 billion, from a year ago.

28. FedEx Freight CEO Retiring at End of Year -

William J. Logue, the chief executive and president of FedEx Freight, will retire at the end of the year due to health concerns, the company announced Wednesday, Nov. 5.

On Jan. 1, Michael L. Ducker, a 40-year company veteran and current chief operating officer of FedEx Express, will replace Logue as the head of FedEx Freight, Memphis-based FedEx’s less-than-truckload freight transportation arm.

29. Tech Support -

As FedEx evolved, it developed its own technologies for moving packages around the globe, such as handheld devices that scan packages. When those devices experienced problems, FedEx technicians repaired them.

30. FedEx Freight CEO Retiring for Health Reasons -

William J. Logue, the chief executive and president of FedEx Freight, will retire at the end of the year due to health concerns, the company announced Wednesday, Nov. 5.

On Jan. 1, Michael L. Ducker, a 40-year company veteran and current chief operating officer of FedEx Express, will replace Logue as the head of FedEx Freight, Memphis-based FedEx’s less-than-truckload freight transportation arm.

31. Voters Approve Wine, Constitutional Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

32. Analyst Expects $89 Billion in Online Holiday Sales -

This year more Americans than ever are expected to make their lists, check them twice, and then click the "add to cart" button.

Forrester Research said Monday that it expects U.S. consumers to spend $89 billion by Christmas. That's up 13 percent, or about $10 billion, from a year ago.

33. Midtown Success Highlights Commercial Real Estate Growth -

Loeb Properties Inc. plans to build on the momentum it has created at Overton Square while turning its attention to other parts of Midtown.

34. RISE Foundation Adds New Board Members -

The RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that uses financial literacy to help improve the lives of low-income Memphis residents, has added five new members to its board of directors.

The new members are Crystal Oliver, managing director in human resources at FedEx; Jerry Corless, managing partner at MidSouth Financial Group/MassMutual; Brian Woods, finance director at Nike; Paul Blanchard, vice president, supply chain, industrial packaging at International Paper; and Teresa Morris, Memphis district manager at Wells Fargo Bank.

35. Pyramid Vodka Studio Opening in FedExForum -

FedExForum and the Memphis Grizzlies have announced a partnership with Pyramid Vodka, a Big River Distilling Co. venture, which will introduce its premium brand through the new Pyramid Vodka Studio, opening Nov. 11 in the Grand Lobby of FedExForum.

36. Real Estate Rally -

Commercial real estate can offer insight into the strength of the local economy. Through the office, retail, industrial and apartment developments that mark the region the economy at work in the real world can be seen.

37. Job Search Nightmare -

With Halloween upon us, we’re talking about our fears. Finding a job can be a scary thought for many people. But what is it about the process that unnerves us?

According to Glassdoor.com, research shows over 90 percent of Americans are afraid of something about the job search process. Some candidates become nervous that they’ll arrive late. Others worry about what to wear. Many people are afraid of feeling like they’re bragging. Some are afraid of being underqualified and others are scared of being overqualified. Some fear they’ll be judged for their age – either for being too old or too young.

38. Pyramid Vodka Studio Opening in FedExForum -

FedExForum and the Memphis Grizzlies have announced a partnership with Pyramid Vodka, a Big River Distilling Co. venture, which will introduce its premium brand through the new Pyramid Vodka Studio, opening Nov. 11 in the Grand Lobby of FedExForum.

39. RISE Foundation Adds New Board Members -

The RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that uses financial literacy to help improve the lives of low-income Memphis residents, has added five new members to its board of directors.

The new members are Crystal Oliver, managing director in human resources at FedEx; Jerry Corless, managing partner at MidSouth Financial Group/MassMutual; Brian Woods, finance director at Nike; Paul Blanchard, vice president, supply chain, industrial packaging at International Paper; and Teresa Morris, Memphis district manager at Wells Fargo Bank.

40. Schools, Development Dominate Germantown Races -

Germantown will have a new mayor once all of the votes are counted Nov. 4 in the city’s municipal elections on the ballot.

But the race between former Germantown Community Services director George Brogdon and alderman Mike Palazzolo likely won’t completely settle the community’s discussion and debate about development and the future of the Germantown Municipal Schools district.

41. Grizz Development Team to Play at FedExForum -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, will play the Miami Heat’s affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at FedExForum. Doors open at 4 p.m.

42. Horseshoe Club, English Join Forces at FedExForum -

FedExForum and the Memphis Grizzlies have announced a renewed and expanded signature partnership with Horseshoe Tunica that will transform the space formerly known as Lexus Lounge into the Horseshoe Club Featuring Kelly English.

43. FedEx Predicts Increase in Holiday Deliveries -

FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries.

The company forecast that deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve will rise 8.8 percent over last year, to 290 million shipments. That's a more subdued forecast than a year ago, when FedEx predicted 13 percent growth for the season.

44. FedEx Predicts Increase In Holiday Deliveries -

FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries.

The company forecast Wednesday that deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve will rise 8.8 percent over last year, to 290 million shipments. That’s a more subdued forecast than a year ago, when FedEx predicted 13 percent growth for the season.

45. Horseshoe Club, Kelly English Join Forces at FedExForum -

FedExForum and the Memphis Grizzlies have announced a renewed and expanded signature partnership with Horseshoe Tunica that will transform the space formerly known as Lexus Lounge into the Horseshoe Club Featuring Kelly English.

46. Incentive Applications Lag Previous Years -

Until a spate of activity this month, Memphis and Shelby County were on pace to tie a record-low for the number of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements granted to companies in a year.

Through September, the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine, the primary business incentive body in Memphis and Shelby County, had awarded just four PILOTs, tied with 2006 for the lowest amount of PILOTs issued in a year since 2002.

47. Experts to Provide Commercial Real Estate Outlook at Seminar -

Yes, Overton Square is booming, but that may not have been the case without Memphis-based Loeb Properties Inc.

48. EDGE Approves Trio of PILOT Tax Breaks -

Three companies – including a wing of Memphis-based FedEx – received tax breaks for projects in Memphis that total more than $25 million in capital investment and will create 272 new jobs.

49. EDGE Approves Trio Of PILOT Tax Breaks -

Three companies – including a wing of Memphis-based FedEx – received tax breaks for projects in Memphis that total more than $25 million in capital investment and will create 272 new jobs.

50. Different Windows, Same Views -

THIS MORNING. THIS TOWN. This morning, I woke up in a challenged neighborhood. You know the challenges well.

The population is declining and aging – talking about the good old days, bemoaning the present, fearful of the future. The city is trying to reinvent itself – built on a booming business now faded and all but gone. Young people aren’t returning. One major employer dominates and other jobs are mostly in government or in lower-paying positions in service or tourism. People outside the city point to it as the source of the area’s problems.

51. Three Companies Seek PILOTs for Projects -

Three companies – including a wing of Memphis-based FedEx – are considering investing more than $25 million in Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

“It's always good to see FedEx expanding and the other two projects appear to be new to Memphis,” said Kemp Conrad, principal of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors. “This balanced growth is encouraging and we expect more good news later in the fourth quarter."

52. Three Companies Seek PILOTs for Distribution Projects -

Three companies are exploring Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

The third-party logistics arm of FedEx is considering an expansion in Memphis.

FedEx Supply Chain Systems Inc. is seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes freeze to grow its local operations by investing $6.8 million in a 454,713-square-foot warehouse at 5050 E. Holmes Road and creating 87 new jobs.

53. Three Companies Seek PILOTs to Create 272 Jobs -

Three companies are exploring Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

The third-party logistics arm of FedEx is considering an expansion in Memphis.

FedEx Supply Chain Systems Inc. is seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes freeze to grow its local operations by investing $6.8 million in a 454,713-square-foot warehouse at 5050 E. Holmes Road and creating 87 new jobs.

54. EEOC Sues Fedex for Not Accommodating Deaf Workers -

BALTIMORE (AP) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit charging that FedEx discriminated against deaf and partially deaf workers and job applicants for years.

55. EEOC Sues Fedex for Not Accommodating Deaf Workers -

BALTIMORE (AP) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit charging that FedEx discriminated against deaf and partially deaf workers and job applicants for years.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and announced Friday. The EEOC says FedEx Ground employed a significant number of deaf package handlers nationwide but failed to provide needed accommodations.

56. VIA Productions Expands in Memphis -

A month after announcing one acquisition, Memphis-based video production company VIA Productions is still pursuing an “aggressive growth strategy,” including staff additions and more acquisitions.

57. Women’s Foundation Names Officers, Board Members -

The board of directors of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has announced its 2014-15 executive committee, new officers and incoming board members. The following women were elected and will serve in their respective capacities for a three-year term.

58. All Shook Up -

FedEx founder, chairman and chief executive officer Frederick W. Smith penned a memo in 1987 outlining his desire for the Memphis-based shipping giant to develop ways to assist customers in shipping their packages, including making sure packages arrived undamaged.

59. Women’s Foundation Names Officers, Board Members -

The board of directors of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has announced its 2014-15 executive committee, new officers and incoming board members. The following women were elected and will serve in their respective capacities for a three-year term.

60. FedEx Shareholders Reject Proposal Over Redskins -

FedEx shareholders rejected a proposal that the shipping giant end or distance itself from its ties to the Washington Redskins.

The proposal from the Oneida Indian tribe was made Monday, Sept. 29, during the company's annual shareholder meeting in Memphis.

61. FedEx Donates $250,000 to Community College -

Transportation company Federal Express has announced its providing $250,000 to Mid-South Community College in West Memphis.

FedEx and college officials said Tuesday that the donation will be used to support an FAA-certified Aviation Maintenance Technology training program. The college plans to build a program-specific facility to increase the number of students it can train.

62. FedEx Delivers Service to Memphis Causes -

Robin Hicks, communications adviser for FedEx Trade Networks, arrived at the Lucius Burch Natural Area at Shelby Farms Park last week and made her way through the vegetation to the Wolf River.

63. FedEx Donates $250,000 to Mid-South Community College -

Transportation company Federal Express has announced its providing $250,000 to Mid-South Community College in West Memphis.

FedEx and college officials said Tuesday that the donation will be used to support an FAA-certified Aviation Maintenance Technology training program. The college plans to build a program-specific facility to increase the number of students it can train.

64. Macy's Joins Others in Big Holiday Hiring Spree -

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's plans to hire about 86,000 seasonal holiday workers nationwide to bolster its stores, call centers and distribution hubs, a 3.6 percent increase from last year.

The department store chain, which also operates Bloomingdale's, said Monday that the growth is being fueled by its expanding online business. This year, about 10,000 of the total 86,000 seasonal workers will be based in eight distribution center across the country. Last year, that figure was 7,000, the company said.

65. FedEx Shareholders Reject Proposal Over Redskins -

FedEx shareholders rejected a proposal that the shipping giant end or distance itself from its ties to the Washington Redskins.

The proposal from the Oneida Indian tribe was made Monday, Sept. 29, during the company's annual shareholder meeting in Memphis. The Redskins and companies associated with the National Football League team have come under fire from Native American groups and others who say the team's name is an offensive racial slur. FedEx sponsors the Redskins home field, FedExField, in Washington, D.C.'s Maryland suburbs.

66. Legal Opening Briefs in FedEx Case Due Dec. 3 -

As Memphis-based FedEx is in the midst of what is expected to be another record peak holiday shipping season, the company’s outside legal team will be filing key briefs in federal criminal court in San Francisco.

67. Tribe Boycotts FedEx Over Redskins Mascot -

The Osage Nation in Oklahoma is boycotting the global shipping company FedEx because of its relationship with the Washington Redskins football team.

The directive issued Tuesday by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear says that until the name of the NFL team is changed to something "less inflammatory and insulting," tribal employees should refrain from using FedEx when an alternative is available.

68. Tribe Issues Boycott of FedEx Over Redskins Mascot -

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – The Osage Nation in Oklahoma is boycotting the global shipping company FedEx because of its relationship with the Washington Redskins football team.

The directive issued Tuesday by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear says that until the name of the NFL team is changed to something "less inflammatory and insulting," tribal employees should refrain from using FedEx when an alternative is available.

69. Opening Briefs in FedEx Case Due Dec. 3 -

As Memphis-based FedEx is in the midst of what is expected to be another record peak holiday shipping season, the company’s outside legal team will be filing key briefs in federal criminal court in San Francisco.

70. University of Memphis Program Seeking Entrepreneurship Fellows -

A new, selective program at the University of Memphis called the FedEx Institute Entrepreneurship Fellows is looking to develop entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills through hands-on experience, networking, mentoring and educational programming.

71. Wal-Mart to Increase Holiday Hiring 10 Percent -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year.

72. Brighter Economy Driving Up Holiday Hiring Plans -

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

One after the other, a flurry of major U.S. retail and transportation companies announced sharp increases this week in the number of temporary workers they plan to hire for the holiday season. Collectively, such hiring could reach its highest point this year for stores since 1999, when the economy was roaring and the Great Recession was still eight years away.

73. Wal-Mart to Increase Holiday Hiring 10 Percent -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year.

74. FedEx Profits Surge Above Wall Street Estimates -

FedEx said fiscal first-quarter profits surged to $606 million, driven by gains in its freight, ground and express operations and a share buyback program.

Memphis-based FedEx reported earnings Wednesday, Sept. 17, of $2.10 per diluted share for the first quarter ended Aug. 31, up 37 percent from last year’s $1.53 per share and above Wall Street estimates. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.96 per share. FedEx shares were up 4.29 percent following the earnings release and conference call with company executives.

75. FedEx to Hike Ground, Express Delivery Rates -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – FedEx says it will raise U.S. rates for express, ground and home-delivery shipments by an average of 4.9 percent in January.

The company said Tuesday that rates also will change for FedEx SmartPost, which uses the U.S. Postal Service for final delivery, although it didn't say how much.

76. UPS Expects to Hire Up to 95,000 Seasonal Workers -

ATLANTA (AP) – UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the busy holiday season – an increase from last year, when the company was caught unprepared for a boom in online shopping.

77. University of Memphis Seeking Entrepreneurship Fellows -

A new, selective program at the University of Memphis called the FedEx Institute Entrepreneurship Fellows is looking to develop entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills through hands-on experience, networking, mentoring and educational programming.

78. Haslam Names Memphians to Education Boards -

A FedEx Express senior vice president and the former president and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are among the newest members of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.

79. Events -

Christian Brothers High School will dedicate McEniry Hall, its new science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) building, Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. on its campus, 5900 Walnut Grove Road. The new building houses a CBHS-Christian Brothers University dual-enrollment program that offers college classes and credits to CBHS students. Call 261-4942 .

80. Events -

Latino Memphis will host its 2014 leadership luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Keynote speaker George P. Bush will share his thoughts on the positive role Latinos play in the U.S. Tickets are $100. Visit latinomemphis.org.

81. Big River Distilling to Start Production Next Month -

A group of founders with long-standing family ties to Memphis, including sons of FedEx founder Fred Smith, is in the process of launching Big River Distilling Co. LLC, a local vodka distillery which will start production next month.

82. Big River Distilling to Start Production Next Month -

A group of founders with long-standing family ties to Memphis, including sons of FedEx founder Fred Smith, is in the process of launching Big River Distilling Co. LLC, Memphis’ first vodka distillery that will start production next month.

83. Events -

Rhodes College will host its annual Constitution Day lecture Monday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Dr. Melvin I. Urofsky, an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, will explore great dissents and dissenters in the history of the court. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

84. FedEx Ground Planning Memphis Hub Expansion -

FedEx Ground is planning a $3.3 million expansion and upgrade of its South Memphis facility, according to a news report.

This week, FedEx Ground pulled a building permit for its hub at 555 Compress Drive, according to The Commercial Appeal. The permit calls for a 10,000-square-foot expansion of its city van haul facility and a 2,343-square-foot office expansion, according to the report.

85. Editorial: Seeking Creative Solutions for Economic Development -

Among the critical issues facing FedEx outside of the courts is the company’s continued expansion and where its Memphis hub figures into that.

Few in the current arc of the ongoing debate and discussion about payments-in-lieu-of-taxes quarrel with the use of the tax incentives when it comes to FedEx.

86. Legal Obligation -

The package arrived at the FedEx facility in Spokane, Wash., in early July, and as it moved along the parcel delivery system a conveyor belt malfunctioned and damaged the shipping box.

A FedEx employee inspecting the damaged package discovered what was believed to be illegal prescription pills in the container and the company contacted law enforcement, including the Spokane Police Department and the local Drug Enforcement Administration office.

87. What Does Local Really Mean? -

I make my living helping retail entrepreneurs, franchisees, national restaurants and retailers find the best home for their business in the Mid-South.

Over the past 11 years, I had the opportunity to work with several national branded franchise quick service restaurants, sometimes known in the industry as a “QSR” concept. Many of these franchises are owned by local Mid-South entrepreneurs.

88. FedEx Decides Not to Renew a Renaissance Center Lease -

FedEx has decided not to renew a lease at a prominent East Memphis office building.

FedEx Services is not renewing a roughly 11,000-square-foot lease at the 189,644-square-foot Renaissance Center office building at 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive that expires Oct. 1. Employees affected by the decision will be moved to FedEx facilities, part of a broader consolidation and efficiency plan the company has been pursuing.

89. FedEx Building New Distribution Center in Louisiana -

COVINGTON, La. (AP) – Land is being cleared in St. Tammany Parish for a 175,000 square-foot distribution center for Federal Express.

Parish Economic Development Director Don Shea tells The Times-Picayune construction is expected to begin this fall and take about 15 months.

90. FedEx Ground Planning Memphis Hub Expansion -

FedEx Ground is planning a $3.3 million expansion and upgrade of its South Memphis facility, according to a news report.

This week, FedEx Ground pulled a building permit for its hub at 555 Compress Drive, according to The Commercial Appeal. The permit calls for a 10,000-square-foot expansion of its city van haul facility and a 2,343-square-foot office expansion, according to the report.

91. Court Rules Against FedEx in Labor Case -

A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

92. Court Rules Against FedEx in Labor Case -

A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

93. Graceland Hotel Designed by Memphis Talent -

When designing a hotel that effectively expands the footprint of the most famous home in Memphis, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the design team for the project is stacked with local talent.

Memphis-based architecture firm Hnedak Bobo Group worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises for years to study and research the hotel project, which entails building a 450-room resort-style hotel called the Guest House at Graceland north of Presley’ Graceland mansion in Whitehaven.

94. Court Rules Against FedEx in Drivers' Labor Case -

DALLAS (AP) – A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

95. FedEx Weighs in on PILOT Incentives -

FedEx has urged Memphis officials to keep tax incentives for businesses in place and suggested that any major changes to the existing program could cause the company to invest elsewhere.

"As we look at the modernization of the Express air hubs, the availability of incentives by local governments is an important factor to our decisions, whether it is here in Memphis, Indianapolis, Newark, Greensboro or Oakland," Christine P. Richards, FedEx executive vice president, wrote in a July 31 letter to City Council chairman Jim Strickland and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. "We would be disappointed to see action taken to change the PILOT program, particularly with respect to retention, that would disadvantage Memphis in comparison to other locations.”

96. Start Co. Graduates Newest Batch of Startups -

This week’s Start Co. Demo Day, which brought together more than 500 people involved in the local ecosystem including entrepreneurs, mentors and investors, saw teams presenting their startup ideas in the hopes of securing funding and taking their concepts to the next level.

97. Source: Horizon Under Contract To Be Purchased -

The Horizon, an uncompleted 16-story residential tower overlooking the Mississippi River on the southern end of Downtown, could change hands soon.

A yet-to-be-identified buyer is under contract to purchase the tower, according to sources familiar with the effort.

98. Airport Authority OKs Concourse Overhaul -

An ambitious effort to reconfigure Memphis International Airport for the future will get underway this fall, when demolition of portions of two concourses begins and a single concessions vendor takes control.

99. FedEx Weighs In on PILOT Incentives -

FedEx has urged Memphis officials to keep tax incentives for businesses in place and suggested that any major changes to the existing program could cause the company to invest elsewhere.

"As we look at the modernization of the Express air hubs, the availability of incentives by local governments is an important factor to our decisions, whether it is here in Memphis, Indianapolis, Newark, Greensboro or Oakland," Christine P. Richards, FedEx executive vice president, wrote in a July 31 letter to City Council chairman Jim Strickland and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. "We would be disappointed to see action taken to change the PILOT program, particularly with respect to retention, that would disadvantage Memphis in comparison to other locations.”

100. Memphis Music Nonprofit to Honor Stevie Wonder -

The music nonprofit launched by Memphis music icon David Porter has been busy since its launch in 2012, laying groundwork and assembling talent. Now it’s poised to bring a musical superstar to the city for a bash in October.