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1. FedEx Chips In on Namesake University of Memphis Institute -

FedEx Corporate Services Inc. is donating $3 million over three years to the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis.

2. FedEx Chips In On Namesake University of Memphis Institute -

FedEx Corporate Services Inc. is donating $3 million over three years to the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis.

3. 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.

4. AAC Names University of Memphis Freshman Women’s Golfer of the Week -

University of Memphis freshman women’s golfer Emily Goldstein was selected American Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week after her second-place finish at the Bearcat Spring Classic last weekend.

5. New Trial Ordered for Fifth Memphis Case -

For the fifth time since August a state appellate court has reversed a conviction in Shelby County Criminal Court and ordered a new trial for the defendant.

The latest reversal came Thursday, March 26, from the Tennessee Supreme Court in the case of Frederick Herron, who was convicted by a jury in 2012 of raping a child. Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett sentenced him to 25 years in prison.

6. Tennis Memphis Nets $20,000 Grant -

Tennis Memphis Inc., the nonprofit that manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, has received a $20,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association Foundation as part of its National Junior Tennis & Learning capacity building program.

7. Embassy Suites Memphis Begins $7 Million Renovation -

The 220-suite Embassy Suites hotel in Memphis has begun a $7 million renovation, expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2015 with a new lobby, atrium, guest rooms and boardroom. Frank Grisanti’s Restaurant, located on the property, also will undergo a major upgrade.

8. Memphis Fire Department to Test New Strategies -

The Memphis Fire Department plans to test software this summer that it hopes will reduce non-emergency ambulance calls it responds to.

The pilot program is one part of a long-term strategy for the department recently rolled out by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

9. Memphis-Area Homes Part of $553 Million Loan -

A total of 66 residential single-family rental properties in the Memphis area, including the cities of Memphis, Lakeland and Arlington, are part of a massive loan arranged by Goldman Sachs for a leading residential real estate investment trust.

10. YES Prep Says No to Memphis School -

The charter school organization that was to take over Airways Middle School in August as part of the state-run Achievement School District announced suddenly Wednesday, March 25, that it won’t be opening a Memphis school.

11. This Week in Memphis History: March 27-April 2 -

1985: The NCAA Final Four basketball playoffs in Lexington, Ky., with the Memphis State University Tigers among the four top teams, along with St. John’s, Villanova and Georgetown.

The Tigers team of Keith Lee, Baskerville Holmes, Andre Turner, Vincent Askew, William Bedford, Aaron Price and John Wilfong – coached by Dana Kirk and recruited by assistant coach Larry Finch – lost to Villanova, which went on to beat Georgetown.

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13. YES Prep Says No to Memphis School -

The charter school organization that was to take over Airways Middle School in August as part of the state-run Achievement School District announced suddenly Wednesday, March 25, that it won’t be opening a Memphis school.

14. Interactive Volunteer Program Launches in Memphis -

A new program that launched this week in Memphis is built around bringing a big dose of innovation to local volunteerism.

Volio, a service unveiled by Memphian Sarah Petschonek’s existing program called Volunteer Odyssey, is a kind of virtual volunteer fair, built around an interactive platform that includes engaging videos. The point is to amplify in a big way the work already under way by Volunteer Odyssey, the volunteering platform for job seekers Petschonek launched in 2013.

15. YES Prep Says No to Memphis School -

The charter school organization that was to take over Airways Middle School in August as part of the state-run Achievement School District announced suddenly Wednesday, March 25, that it won’t be opening a Memphis school.

16. Memphis Fire Department to Test New Strategies -

The Memphis Fire Department plans to test software this summer that it hopes will reduce non-emergency ambulance calls it responds to.

The pilot program is one part of a long-term strategy for the department recently rolled out by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

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18. Memphis-Area Homes Part of $553 Million Loan -

A total of 66 residential single-family rental properties in the Memphis area, including the cities of Memphis, Lakeland and Arlington, are part of a massive loan arranged by Goldman Sachs for a leading residential real estate investment trust.

19. This Week in Memphis History: March 20-26 -

1980: Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush headlined at the Mid-South Coliseum at the top of a busy bill that included a reformed Humble Pie led by Steve Marriott, Mother’s Finest and Angel.

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21. University of Memphis Law School to Host Agriculture Law Conference -

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will host the 2nd Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference April 17.

The series of panel discussions and events runs from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

22. Tennis Memphis Nets Grant From National Foundation -

Tennis Memphis Inc., the nonprofit that manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, has received a $20,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association Foundation as part of its National Junior Tennis & Learning capacity building program.

23. Embassy Suites Memphis Begins $7 Million Renovation -

The 220-suite Embassy Suites hotel in Memphis has begun a $7 million renovation, expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2015 with a new lobby, atrium, guest rooms and boardroom. Frank Grisanti’s Restaurant, located on the property, also will undergo a major upgrade.

24. 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

25. Marco’s Pizza Eyes More Memphis Locations -

With one Germantown location under his belt, Marco’s Pizza owner Peter Morgan is eyeing at least three more locations in the Memphis area.

26. Argent Financial Adds to Executive Ranks in Memphis -

Argent Financial Group and its Argent Trust Co. subsidiary have added David Franks to executive ranks as senior vice president and relationship manager.

27. California Group Buys Memphis Storage Business -

A California-based national operator of storage facilities has acquired a Hickory Hill mini-storage facility for $3.4 million.

Westport Memphis Self storage LLC, which is affiliated with Irvine, Cali.-based U.S. Storage Centers Inc., acquired the storage facility at 3455 Hickory Hill Road from Hickory Hill Self Storage LLC, according to a March 9 warranty deed.

28. Memphis Tigers Football Facility Nears Kick-Off -

The long-awaited goal of an indoor practice facility for the University of Memphis football team is becoming a reality.

The U of M has applied through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a $15 million building permit for the long-planned indoor facility at 1115 E. Getwell Loop. Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is listed as the general contractor. Fleming Architects designed the facility.

29. Average Airfares Falling At Memphis International -

Thanks to the entrance of low-cost carriers, the average domestic airfare at Memphis International Airport dropped, according to figures released by the Department of Transportation.

The average airfare in Memphis continues to trend downward, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

30. Report: Memphis Touted As Top City for Millennials -

A new national real estate report gives Memphis high marks for offering “the right live/work/play environment” for millennials.

The just-released annual report from Cushman & Wakefield said the top markets for that category include Memphis, Brooklyn, Portland, Ore., and Nashville.

31. Memphis Officials Target High-Cost Markets for Office Jobs -

On a recent trip to New York City to meet with site selection consultants, national headhunters and corporate executives, Greater Memphis Chamber officials and prominent Memphis business operators wined and dined the assembled crowd and touted the benefits of locating office operations in the Memphis area, a city and region in dire need of white-collar jobs.

32. Editorial: Leaders Should Talk Less, Act More to Move Memphis Forward -

Leadership is a balance and in many cases the balance means taking a risk by acting and creating something with the knowledge that most citizens will know what they want when they see it.

That also means they will know what they don’t want when they see it.

33. Memphis Street Newspaper Marks Second Anniversary -

This weekend will mark the second anniversary of the launch of The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper that addresses the hardships of the some 2,000 Memphians living on the streets.

The first edition launched on March 21, 2013. The team behind it approached members of the homeless population and paid them to share their stories and artwork for publication, in addition to training them as vendors to sell the paper while keeping the profits.

34. University of Memphis Research Forum on March 30 -

The University of Memphis will host its 27th annual Student Research Forum Monday, March 30.

Students in engineering, physical and applied sciences, life/health sciences, liberal and fine arts, education, business, social and behavioral sciences and math and computer science will present poster displays at the forum. The 161 undergraduate and graduate students participating can win up to $3,000 in prizes.

35. Argent Financial Adds To Executive Ranks in Memphis -

Argent Financial Group and its Argent Trust Co. subsidiary have added David Franks to executive ranks as senior vice president and relationship manager.

36. Marco’s Pizza Franchisee Eyes More Memphis-Area Stores -

With one Germantown location under his belt, Marco’s Pizza owner Peter Morgan is eyeing at least three more locations in the Memphis area.

37. Eat Your Heart Out, Memphis -

It’s official. The Cheesecake Factory will open one of its signature restaurants at the Wolfchase Galleria.

Wolfchase owner Simon Property Group has applied for a $4.2 million building permit to erect a Cheesecake Factory inside the Cordova Mall at 2760 N. Germantown Parkway. The application said it was for “tenant improvement” and lists the tenant as The Cheesecake Factory. The architect is listed as Craig D. Oka and the engineer is listed as James Lascola.

38. More Alleged Rapists Identified By Kit Testing in Memphis -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say more than 5,600 of 12,000 backlogged rape evidence kits have been tested in Memphis, leading to the identification of nearly three dozen alleged rapists.

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40. New Memphis Tigers Football Facility Nears Kick-Off -

The long-awaited goal of an indoor practice facility for the University of Memphis football team is becoming a reality.

The U of M has applied through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a $15 million building permit for the long-planned indoor facility at 1115 E. Getwell Loop. Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is listed as the general contractor. Fleming Architects designed the facility.

41. More Than 13,000 Memphis Potholes Lead to 300 Claims -

Officials say a fund has been established to help pay more than 300 claims from motorists who ran over potholes created by icy roads in Memphis.

Tennessee experienced winter storms in February and March that dropped freezing rain, sleet and snow on city roads. Potholes were caused when roads froze, then thawed, causing cracks in the asphalt that broke apart as vehicles drove over them.

42. Salinger Legal Case Surfaces in Memphis Federal Court -

A Memphis company that last summer published three short stories by J.D. Salinger in the U.S. is suing the J.D. Salinger Literary Trust over its plans to publish the trio as “Three Early Stories” in foreign markets.

43. California Group Buys Memphis Storage Business -

A California-based national operator of storage facilities has acquired a Hickory Hill mini-storage facility for $3.4 million.

Westport Memphis Self storage LLC, which is affiliated with Irvine, Cali.-based U.S. Storage Centers Inc., acquired the storage facility at 3455 Hickory Hill Road from Hickory Hill Self Storage LLC, according to a March 9 warranty deed.

44. Chicago-Based LivCor Snaps Up Memphis Apartment Community -

9230 Thornbury Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $51.3 million

Sale Date: Feb. 27, 2015
Buyer: BRE Piper MF Forest Creek TN LLC, an affiliate of Chicago-based LivCor LLC,
Seller: Forest Creek Apartment Associate LLC and Forest Creek Land Associates LLC, affiliates of Carter Hastin Real Estate Services Inc.
Loan Amount: $44.2 million
Loan Date: Feb. 27, 2015
Lender: Wells Fargo Bank
Details: The Preserve at Forest Creek Apartments in Southeast Memphis has been sold for $51.3 million.

45. March 17 Memphis City Council Agenda -

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

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46. Special Prosecutor Appointed in Case of Memphis Woman -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A special prosecutor has been sworn in to handle the case against a woman who received a new trial in the stabbing death of her mother.

D. Michael Dunavant was appointed to prosecute the second-degree murder case against Noura Jackson of Memphis.

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48. Impact Innovations Wants to Bring Gift Wrap Production Back to Memphis -

The Minnesota company that bought some assets from the old Cleo Inc. gift wrap company four years ago wants to once again make wrapping paper in Memphis.

49. Average Airfares Falling at Memphis International -

Thanks to the entrance of low-cost carriers, the average domestic airfare at Memphis International Airport dropped, according to figures released by the Department of Transportation.

The average airfare in Memphis continues to trend downward, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

50. Report: Memphis Touted as Top City for Millennials -

A new national real estate report gives Memphis high marks for offering “the right live/work/play environment” for millennials.

The just-released annual report from Cushman & Wakefield said the top markets for that category include Memphis, Brooklyn, Portland, Ore., and Nashville.

51. 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.

52. New Memphis Website Helps Guide Parents in School Selection -

Education bends family trees in the direction of progress. It is a liberating experience that paves the way for the quality of life that proves beneficial to the individual, the family and the community.

53. L’Ecole Culinaire Debuts Food Truck in Memphis -

L’Ecole Culinaire is joining the food truck scene in Memphis.

The organization’s “Le Food Truck” will be staffed by chef instructors and students, serving up a rotating menu.

54. Healthy Memphis Food Festival Coming to Broad -

The first annual Healthy Memphis Food Festival is coming to the Broad Avenue Arts District next month.

The event, produced by event company Mocha Enterprises LLC, will happen April 11 and April 12. It will transform the Water Tower on Broad into a mini marketplace filled with things like healthy food vendors, music, art and wellness businesses.

55. Shaffer Joins District 5 Memphis City Council Race -

Local labor leader Paul Shaffer has joined the field of declared candidates for the District 5 seat on the Memphis City Council.

56. EFCO Corp. Leases West Memphis Industrial Space -

A large supplier of shoring for the concrete construction industry is opening a manufacturing facility in West Memphis, Ark., snatching up the last vacant industrial space in the city just across the Mississippi River.

57. East Memphis Chick-Fil-A Getting $501,000 Remodel -

A Chick-Fil-A restaurant in East Memphis is getting a makeover.

The fast food chain has applied to the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a $501,000 building permit for “interior renovation.”

58. 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.

59. Memphis Newspaper Guild Rejects New Contract -

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

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

60. This Week in Memphis History: March 13-19 -

1984: Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger play The Orpheum.
Source: “Memphis Rocks” by Ron Hall

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62. Airfares Falling in Memphis -

Thanks to the entrance of low-cost carriers, the average domestic airfare at Memphis International Airport dropped, according to figures released by the Department of Transportation.

Memphis International experienced a 4.7 percent decrease in average fares in third quarter 2014, the fourth-largest decrease in the nation. Nationwide, average fares increased by 1.6 percent.

63. Scarboro Tapped as St. Louis Fed Regional Executive in Memphis -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has chosen Doug Scarboro as the new regional executive for the St. Louis Fed’s Memphis branch.

64. L’Ecole Culinaire Debuts Food Truck in Memphis -

L’Ecole Culinaire is joining the food truck scene in Memphis.

The organization’s Le Food Truck will be staffed by chef instructors and students, serving up a rotating menu.

Instructors have designed a signature item for food truck diners called “Le Cone,” which combines grilled chicken, penne pasta, tomatoes and bacon tossed with a cheesy cream sauce inside of a house-made bread cone. It costs $8.

65. Memphis Newspaper Guild Rejects New Contract -

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

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

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67. Initiative Launched to Increase Colonoscopy Screenings in Memphis -

A new initiative is underway to curb colon cancer deaths in Memphis by increasing colonoscopy screenings, an effort timed to coincide with March’s status as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

68. Appeals Court Reverses Conviction in Second Memphis Case -

For the second time in as many days, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed a conviction in a Memphis case.

This time, prosecutorial misconduct in a bad check case prompted the overturn. Specifically the court focused on an assistant district attorney’s closing statement to the jury in the 2012 trial in which he repeatedly included his personal opinions on the credibility of the evidence and testimony.

69. Healthy Memphis Food Festival Coming to Broad -

The first annual Healthy Memphis Food Festival is coming to the Broad Avenue Arts District next month.

The event, produced by event company Mocha Enterprises LLC, will happen April 11 and April 12. It will transform the Water Tower on Broad into a mini marketplace filled with things like healthy food vendors, music, art and wellness businesses.

70. Memphis Police: Backlogged Rape Kits Tested, Suspects ID'd -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Testing of thousands of rape evidence kits that sat ignored for years in Memphis has resulted in the identification of 16 people suspected of raping multiple victims, an investigator said Monday.

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72. 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.

73. Memphis Newspaper Guild to Vote on Contract -

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

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

74. 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.

75. Memphis Part of Federal TechHire Job Training Effort -

Memphis is one of 21 cities involved in a commitment to improve training for workers in the technology sector, and the city will compete for $100 million in federal grant money for tech job training programs.

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77. March 6-12: This week in Memphis history -

2014: The Germantown Municipal Schools board voted 3-0 to rescind its tuition requirement for open enrollment of students living outside Germantown. The decision affected high school-aged students in Collierville who had attended Houston High School in Germantown under the old Shelby County Schools system that had included all of Shelby County outside Memphis.

78. Paul Shaffer Joins District 5 Memphis City Council Race -

Local labor leader Paul Shaffer has joined the field of declared candidates for the District 5 seat on the Memphis City Council.

Shafer, leader of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 474, said in a written statement Thursday, March 5, that he intends to run for the council seat on the October ballot.

79. EFCO Corp. Leases Last West Memphis Industrial Spot -

A large supplier of shoring for the concrete construction industry is opening a manufacturing facility in West Memphis, Ark., snatching up the last vacant industrial space in the city just across the Mississippi River.

80. East Memphis Chick-Fil-A Getting $501,000 Remodel -

A Chick-Fil-A restaurant in East Memphis is getting a makeover.

The fast food chain has applied to the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a $501,000 building permit for “interior renovation.”

81. I Choose Memphis: Gabriel Fotsing -

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

Name: Gabriel Fotsing

Job & company: Founder and CEO, The College Initiative

82. REIT Pays $32.4 Million for East Memphis Hotel -

A Dallas-based hotel real estate investment trust has acquired the Marriott Memphis East hotel in East Memphis for $32.4 million.

Ashford Memphis LP, which is affiliated with Dallas-based Ashford Hospitality Trust, bought the 232-room hotel, located at Poplar and I-240, from Noble I Memphis LLC, according to a Feb. 25 warranty deed. The purchase price breaks down to roughly $139,655 per room.

83. Two Memphis Teachers to Serve on Blue Book Panel -

Two Memphis teachers are serving on a seven-member statewide task force developing lesson plans and aids for teachers built around information in the Tennessee Blue Book.

The two Memphis teachers on the panel appointed by Secretary of State Tre Hargett are Lain Whitaker, an American history teacher at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, and Erika Ashford, who teaches U.S. government, contemporary issues and African-American history at Ridgeway High School.

84. Jindal in Memphis for March Republican Event -

Louisiana Governor and possible presidential candidate Bobby Jindal will speak to Shelby County Republicans next month as part of a “leadership series” of events for the Tennessee Republican Party.

85. University of Memphis Adds ‘Materials Science’ to Physics Name -

The University of Memphis Department of Physics is now the Department of Physics and Materials Science.

The name change reflects the department’s status as offering the only materials science program in West Tennessee.

86. REIT Pays $32.4 Million for East Memphis Hotel -

A Dallas-based hotel real estate investment trust has acquired the Marriott Memphis East hotel in East Memphis for $32.4 million.

Ashford Memphis LP, which is affiliated with Dallas-based Ashford Hospitality Trust, bought the 232-room hotel, located at Poplar and I-240, from Noble I Memphis LLC, according to a Feb. 25 warranty deed. The purchase price breaks down to roughly $139,655 per room.

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88. Memphis Tigers Hike Football Season Ticket Prices for 2015 -

The University of Memphis football team raised its win total to 10 games last season and in 2015 ticket prices are being raised.

Price increases have been implemented for all seating categories. However, the Tigers will still boast the second-lowest season ticket prices in the American Athletic Conference and remain one of the few FBS schools with no donation requirement for individual seats.

89. Two Memphis Teachers to Serve on Blue Book Panel -

Two Memphis teachers are serving on a seven-member statewide task force developing lesson plans and aids for teachers built around information in the Tennessee Blue Book.

The two Memphis teachers on the panel appointed by Secretary of State Tre Hargett are Lain Whitaker, an American history teacher at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, and Erika Ashford, who teaches U.S. government, contemporary issues and African-American history at Ridgeway High School.

90. ABB Creating 200 Jobs in Memphis -

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

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

91. Memphis Industrial Portfolio Sells for $86.3 Million -

A Minnesota-based real estate investment trust has acquired a large Memphis industrial portfolio for $86.3 million, one of the largest transactions ever recorded in the Memphis market.

Welsh Property Trust acquired the six-building, 2.3 million-square-foot portfolio from DCT Industrial Trust in a sale that was finalized last week. Built between 1998 and 2001, the six buildings are located in the Eastpark, Chickasaw and Southpoint Industrial Parks. The purchase price breaks down to about $37 per square foot.

92. Memphis Industrial Portfolio Sells for $82.6 Million -

A Minnesota-based real estate investment trust has acquired a large Memphis industrial portfolio for $82.6 million, one of the largest transactions ever recorded in the Memphis market.

Welsh Property Trust acquired the six-building, 2.3 million-square-foot portfolio from DCT Industrial Trust in a sale that was finalized last week. Built between 1998 and 2001, the six buildings are located in the Eastpark, Chickasaw and Southpoint Industrial Parks. The purchase price breaks down to about $37 per square foot.

93. Morris to Leave Downtown Memphis Commission -

Paul Morris will leave his post as president of the Downtown Memphis Commission late this year to become president of his family’s business, Jack Morris Auto Glass.

94. Goldman Sachs ‘Confident’ in Memphis -

In April, Rachel Diller, managing director of the urban investment group at Goldman Sachs, received a phone call in her New York office from officials at Phoenix-based Dudley Ventures.

The executives at Dudley Ventures, which specializes in large tax-credit supported projects, were arranging financing for the $200 million effort to transform the old Sears Crosstown property and wanted to know if the New York-based investment bank was interested.

95. Loaded For Bear Wins Best of Show at American Advertising Awards -

Creative directors from Boston, Las Vegas and New York were charged with judging 675 entries in the AAF Memphis 48th annual American Advertising Awards for creative excellence. The judges were so impressed by the quality of work that they created four additional “Best Of” awards, which recognize the top work of the year.

96. Co-Branded Hilton to Rise in Germantown -

The first major mixed-use development in Germantown’s western gateway zone is moving forward and will include the first co-branded hotel in the Memphis area.

Developer Ray Gill of Gill Properties is moving forward with plans to build a development that includes office, retail and hotel space on the 10-acre site in Germantown that formerly housed the Nelson-Kirby Farm House.

97. Morris Explains Why He’s Leaving Downtown Memphis Commission -

Paul Morris will leave his post as president of the Downtown Memphis Commission late this year to become president of his family’s business, Jack Morris Auto Glass.

98. UT Board of Trustees Endorses Plan for Big Changes at School -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Faced with a projected $377 million funding gap over 10 years, the University of Tennessee has put together a plan that could mean some tough choices ahead for the school and its students.

99. Events -

The University of Memphis Career Services Office and Academic Internship Office will hold the spring Career and Internship Expo Wednesday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Uni-versity Center ballroom, 499 University St. Attendees should dress professionally and bring cop-ies of their resume. Cost is free and open to U of M students and alumni. Visit mem-phis.edu/careerservices or call 901-678-2239.

100. Fogelman Partners With City on Summer Camp -

Memphis businessman and philanthropist Avron Fogelman is partnering with the city of Memphis to send more than 1,000 children to summer camps free of charge.

The summer camp program is part of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s initiative through the city’s Parks and Neighborhoods division.