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1. 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.

2. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the YMCA corporate office, 6373 Quail Hollow Road, suite 201. Joe Rojas of Alliance Title and Escrow will present “Tips for a Smooth Real Estate Closing.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

3. Airbnb, Other In-Home Vacation Rentals Face Rules, Taxes -

When Hume-Fogg teacher Elizabeth Smith and her husband became empty-nesters, they talked about downsizing.

4. Is This the Year the Vols Stomp the Chomp? -

KNOXVILLE – Much has happened since Tennessee placekicker James Wilhoit booted a 50-yarder with seven seconds remaining and the No. 13-ranked Vols beat No. 11 Florida 30-28 at Neyland Stadium.

5. Room for Growth -

Sardor and Gulam Umarov are used to fighting battles with seemingly long odds.

Between 2005 and 2009, the brothers waged a high-profile human rights campaign against the authoritarian government in their native Uzbekistan for the release of their father, Sanjar Umarov, a Germantown businessman thrown into prison for opposing the regime.

6. Which Titans Team Will Show Up at Cincinnati? -

You only get one chance to make a first impression, as the old saying goes.

Such was the case Sunday at LP Field when the home fans got their first real look at Ken Whisenhunt’s first edition of the Tennessee Titans.

7. Old School, New Day -

Vasco Smith remembers working the polls at Fairview Junior High School in the 1960s as a child. His job was simple – to hand out campaign literature and not stray within the 100-foot limit by law between poll workers and the polling place in the gymnasium.

8. Coverage Gap Leaves Rural Tennessee Hospitals on Life Support -

Four rural hospitals have closed and dozens are at risk of shuttering: That’s the fallout, some say, from Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision not to join the Affordable Care Act in 2013 and tap into millions in promised federal funds for Tennessee’s financially-strapped health care institutions.

9. Embracing Cremation -

As business decisions go, this was a tricky one.

Jeff and Steve Murphy, owners of Music City Mortuary, opened their Nashville business in 2001, catering primarily to the needs of other funeral directors, providing transportation, embalming and preparation services, shipping – everything a mortuary business provides.

10. Hot Yoga Plus Expands in Memphis -

Hot Yoga Plus, a Nashville-based yoga concept, is opening a second Memphis area location.

Hot Yoga Plus, founded by Memphian Susannah Herring, has signed a 2,015-square-foot lease at 9037 Poplar Ave. in Germantown. The new store is expected to open this fall and follows the original Memphis location in Laurelwood.

11. Mortarville to Memphis -

On the walls of his office at Hickory Ridge Middle School, principal Cedric Smith has a poster of an Iraqi flag. It’s from the time his Army reserve unit was called up in 2009 and stationed on a base that soldiers nicknamed “Mortarville” for how often it was hit by enemy shells.

12. Titans Offense Looks Like NFL Product -

Exciting. Now, there’s a word that hasn’t been associated much with the Tennessee Titans in recent years.

But based on the early preseason, Coach Ken Whisenhunt is fielding a Titans team that might actually be worth watching.

13. Easter Named to Tennessee Appeals Court Bench -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has named Circuit Judge Timothy Lee Easter of Brentwood to fill a criminal appeals court vacancy created by the retirement of Jerry L. Smith.

14. County Commission Continues Prekindergarten Debate -

Shelby County Commissioners pick up Monday, July 21, where they left off earlier in the month about a way to fund prekindergarten programs.

The commission faces dueling resolutions, with one setting up further study on an expansion, and the other dedicating $3 million in surplus funds from the just-ended fiscal year and the first $3 million of any surplus from the current fiscal year to Shelby County Schools and the suburban school systems.

15. ServiceMaster Sponsoring New BizTown Shop -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. has announced the newest shop in JA BizTown will be sponsored by ServiceMaster.

16. City to Issue Cease-and-Desist Notices to Rideshare Services -

The city of Memphis will ask popular ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to cease and desist operations until they acquire city permits.

“We know (Uber and Lyft) are doing business in Memphis without the required permit,” said Memphis spokeswoman Dewanna Smith. “We will send them a cease-and-desist notice along with an application and links to our ordinances. That letter has only recently been approved by counsel and will be going out soon.”

17. Cushman & Wakefield Adds Yates to Capital Markets Team -

Alex Yates has joined the Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Capital Markets team as vice president, assisting and executing investment sales, debt/equity placement and development advisory projects. Yates’ efforts will be heavily concentrated in multifamily and retail, but he will focus on other product types as well.

18. Campbell Foundation Honors Class of 2014 -

The University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering and the Campbell Foundation recently celebrated the graduation of the class of 2014 orthopedic surgery residents and orthopedic fellows at the Memphis Country Club.

19. What’s in a Name? -

Let’s consider our own Memphis Grizzlies. The team kept a nickname that migrated from Vancouver because fans here have embraced it. In fact, you or someone in your family probably owns a cap or a shirt bearing the team nickname or the likeness of a grizzly bear.

20. College Presidents Promote Community Connections -

The president of Christian Brothers University says the time to discuss with college students whether they should see the world or build a life here is when they are still in college, not as they are graduating.

21. Commission to Vote on Budget, Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners take final votes Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion operating budget and a $75 million capital budget for Shelby County government, and the first of three votes on a new property tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

22. Commission Votes on Schools Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, May 12, on $47.3 million in immediate capital funding for Shelby County Schools in a decision that pits a majority on the commission against County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

23. Former Cardinal Herr to Appear at Redbirds Game -

If you’re a St. Louis Cardinals fan, you may not believe what you are about to hear from former second baseman Tom Herr who played on three Cardinals World Series teams in the 1980s.

Yes, those included the 1985 club that lost to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series and had Game 6 in Kansas City slip away, in part, because of the blown call at first base by umpire Don Denkinger. Herr believes the Cardinals probably would have won it all without the missed call; there was no instant replay back then.

24. Tackling the ‘Taboo’ -

Bill Courtney is adamant – which, if you know him, is a redundancy – that he has not written a political book.

25. New Redbirds GM has Deep Cardinals Connections -

The huge ring that Craig Unger wears on his finger just doesn’t tell the story of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 World Series triumph, although that’s the story Unger is in the business of trying to help replicate.

26. McCullough: Trucking Critical to Local Economy -

Jim McCullough could have ended up in a cubicle working in the accounting industry after he graduated from the Mississippi State University School of Business.

27. Change Agents -

Greg Smith was a hard worker. Ran a carpet cleaning crew, didn’t mind putting in 10 or 12 hours a day to get the job done.

28. American Athletic Conference Honors Three Tigers -

Senior guard Joe Jackson and sophomore forward Shaq Goodwin made the American Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team and freshman forward Austin Nichols made the All-Rookie Team.

29. Time for Winning -

Through a 31-game regular season and an 18-game grind in the American Athletic Conference, the University of Memphis never lost back-to-back games. It’s a notable achievement.

But now that the single-elimination season has started, it also is an irrelevant statistic going forward unless the Tigers have the misfortune to lose their first AAC Tournament game Thursday, March 13, at FedExForum against Connecticut, and then lose their first NCAA Tournament game a week later.

30. Tigers’ Jackson Makes Naismith Midseason List -

University of Memphis senior guard Joe Jackson was one of 30 players named to the Naismith Midseason 30 List.

31. The Sweet Spot -

Gary Wilkes usually doesn’t notice the smell at the family business, Wayne’s Candy Co. Inc., unless he has just returned from vacation.

32. Champion Rebrand -

In 1996, the company known as Champion Awards and Apparel first waded into the world of e-commerce by operating a merchandise website for the Memphis Mad Dogs, the Canadian Football League team that was partly owned by FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith.

33. Espitia Joins Michael Hatcher as Chief Financial Officer -

Ed Espitia has joined Michael Hatcher & Associates Inc. as chief financial officer. Espitia comes to the Memphis-based landscape services firm after serving since 2010 as finance manager for Schulz Xtruded Products, a Germany-based pipe maker with operations in North Mississippi.

34. Shelton Returns Home After Traveling Globe -

Before settling in for a career in law, Jack Shelton, an associate with Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC, needed to quench his thirst for travel.

35. FedEx Income Rises But Misses Estimates -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. posted net income of $500 million, or $1.57 per share, in its fiscal second quarter, which ended Nov. 30.

36. Van Vliet Takes on Roles at UT Medical, The MED -

Dr. Michael M. Van Vliet has joined the department of plastic surgery at UT Medical Group, has been named assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has been appointed director of burn critical care for the Firefighters Regional Burn Center at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

37. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission will hold the Downtown Howl-iday pet and family parade Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. from Court Square to AutoZone Park. Registration begins at 2 p.m. at Court Square. Cost is free. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

38. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Nutcracker,” featuring more than 100 dancers and 70 musicians, from Friday, Dec. 13, to Sunday, Dec. 15, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

39. Ludlow’s Boot Camp Takes Fitness to Higher Level -

While there are those people who jump headlong into exercise, pulled in by the rush of endorphins and an eagerness to look and feel better, others need a push.

That’s where Tony Ludlow comes in. The former staff sergeant for the U.S. Marine Corps leads participants five days a week in push-ups, crunches, weight training and jumping jacks through his USMC Fitness Boot Camp in the parking lot of Christ United Methodist Church in East Memphis.

40. Chasing Growth -

The pressure to show investors growth and a return is one of the most basic realities of operating as a public company.

And the three Memphis-based companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list are pressing forward on their own distinct paths toward satisfying that pressure.

41. Tennessee Republicans at Odds Over Shutdown Blame -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly appear to be at odds about who will be blamed for the shutdown of the federal government.

The Republican caucus in the state Senate on Tuesday sent a letter to President Barack Obama, claiming that the president and his Democratic allies in the U.S. Senate are behind the move to close down parts of the federal government to protect the new health care law.

42. Complaint Alleges Bank of America Discrimination -

Bank of America allegedly discriminated against minority neighborhoods and property owners in Memphis in the way it handled bank-owned properties, according to an amended complaint filed with the federal government.

43. County Commission to Vote on Head Start Push to Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners consider a resolution Monday, Sept. 23, that encourages the countywide school system to apply to take over the $23 million federal government grant county government now gets to operate a Head Start program.

44. FedEx Posts 7 Percent Earnings Increase -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. posted a quarterly profit 7 percent higher than a year ago for its fiscal first quarter, ended Aug. 31.

45. Campbell Clinic Holds True to Founder’s Vision -

For more than a century, Campbell Clinic has provided the care for the bones and muscles of Memphis. The clinic’s doctors and other staff also have shared their knowledge of orthopedics and how to best provide such care to the world at large.

46. Mean Streets -

Alabama’s Nick Saban can walk anywhere he wants in the Southeastern Conference – college football’s roughest neighborhood – and no one can lay a finger on him.

His teams have won the national championship in three of the last four years. Overall, SEC teams have won the title seven consecutive years and the league is a dream destination for head coaches – until it turns into a grinding, weekly nightmare.

47. Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in Memphis -

Steve Jobs once said, “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the square pegs in the round holes … the ones who see things differently … they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

48. Commission Weighs Fire and Ambulance District Legislation -

Shelby County Commissioners may go to Nashville with the new year, seeking state legislation to create a utility board and district for fire and ambulance service in unincorporated Shelby County, Lakeland, Arlington and Millington.

49. Boyle Sells More Lots at Spring Creek Ranch -

After an initial offering went so well earlier this year, a group of area homebuilders has acquired 17 more lots at The Village at Spring Creek Ranch from Boyle Investment Co.

50. Commission Tries Again to Set County Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners try again Monday, July 22, to set a county property tax rate for the fiscal year that began July 1.

And they will start consideration of the issue with a proposed $4.38 tax rate backed by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell on the second of three readings.

51. Commission to Vote on $4.38 Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners take a final vote Monday, July 8, on a new county property tax rate of $4.38.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

52. More Charges May Come in Case Involving Haslams -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sudden guilty pleas by a pair of mid-level executives show the investigation into the truck stop chain controlled by the family of Tennessee's governor and the Cleveland Browns' owner is picking up steam, with prosecutors likely setting their sights on higher-ups at the company, experts say.

53. Grizz Claw Into Conference Finals -

His team had just overcome a 17-point first-half deficit and beaten Oklahoma City in overtime to win Game 4 and take a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series. So someone asked Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins if he was impressed.

54. Smith's Role Central to City's History -

Memphis civil rights icon Maxine Smith died Thursday evening at her South Memphis home at the age of 83.

55. Apostrophe Yes or No? -

Henry Chu of the Los Angeles Times reported in late March that “To grammarians’ delight, officials in southwest England who had considered expunging apostrophes from street signs threw out the idea … and vowed to follow the rules of proper English.” Ha! Good luck with that!

56. Tigers Prepare for Life After Black, Thomas -

Wading in with some thoughts on several topics, starting with Adonis Thomas and Tarik Black leaving the University of Memphis basketball program:

• First off, the Tigers will be fine without them. The No. 2-ranked recruiting class in the country is on the way and while the Tigers still want another big man to replace Black, the truth is that both Thomas and Black were disappointments this past season. This is also why I wish Adonis and Tarik were staying; odds are it would be better for them if they stayed.

57. Administration Advances Brown for TVA Board -

The Obama administration has angered Tennessee’s U.S. senators by again nominating energy-efficiency expert Marilyn Brown for a full term on the Tennessee Valley Authority board.

58. Masson Named Senior Director at Caissa -

Rick Masson has joined Caissa Public Strategy as senior director. Masson, former chief administrative office for the city of Memphis, was also recently named special master to oversee the city-county schools merger. (For details, see the Monday, March 11, edition of The Daily News.) In his new role at Caissa, Masson will provide consultation and leadership on business development and project management.

59. Haslam Opposes at Least 22 Proposed Bills -

A proposal that would allow school faculty and staff to carry guns is one of at least 22 proposed bills Gov. Bill Haslam is against this legislative session.

In response to a recent request from the Knoxville News Sentinel, the governor’s office provided copies of all “philosophical flag” letters that have been sent to legislators this year as of last Friday.

60. Changeover -

It was almost 40 years ago, but Nancy Smith remembers the one year the men’s pro tennis tournament was held at the Mid-South Coliseum; her father had box seats. But even more memorable is that not long after the tournament moved to The Racquet Club of Memphis, a young and unknown Czech player came to town and, in that far simpler time, stayed at her parents’ house.

61. School Board Meets as Budget Debate Grows -

Countywide school board members meet Tuesday, Feb. 12, in special session to send a still-forming budget for the first fiscal year of the consolidated school system to the Shelby County Commission.

62. Commission to Vote on Teacher Residency -

Shelby County Commissioners agree on an issue having to do with the coming merger of schools in Shelby County.

At least nine of the 13 commissioners favor giving Memphis City Schools teachers and other system staff who live outside Shelby County five years to move within the county and keep their jobs with the new consolidated school system that takes effect July 1.

63. Funding Film -

A prominent Republican state senator recently asked the state Department of Economic and Community Development to make sure and take the call if the department gets a ring from Molly Mickler Smith, the daughter of FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith.

64. Smith & Nephew Tax Break in Jeopardy -

Smith & Nephew Inc. could be in danger of losing some or all of the 15-year tax incentive the company received in 2009 as part of its $42 million investment to convert a Memphis office complex into a centralized hub for research, marketing and medical education.

65. It’s Personal -

IT’S NOT BUSINESS ANYMORE. IT’S PERSONAL. This is our town, and you’re not welcome here.

So pack a plane with all your meaningless spin, all your lackeys and suck-ups, all your apologists, all your legal but unethical tactics, all your eye popping price gouging, all your cold and calculated manipulation of lives, your own employees’ lives, and a city’s pride and get the hell out. There’s so much of all of that in the massive fuel dump you just dropped on Memphis that I’m sure it’ll take more than one plane to haul it all off and we may never be rid of the stench it’s leaving behind.

66. Memphis Higher Education Included in Budget Proposal -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has included funding in his budget proposal for a $62 million renovation at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a $45 million center for the University of Memphis’s nursing and audiology programs.

67. Johnson Blends Law, Love of Writing at QP Legal -

As a student at Central High School and the University of Miami, Tiffany Johnson enjoyed writing more than anything.

68. County Commission to Vote on Wage Theft Ordinance -

Shelby County Commissioners take a final vote Monday, Jan. 14, on a “wage theft” ordinance to set up a process of local complaints from employees that would go through the General Sessions Environmental Court.

69. Forecasting 2013 in Sports -

2013 Sports Forecast by the numbers: 1. The Grizzlies swing a deal before the trade deadline but are fined by the NBA when, out of habit, they try to trade O.J. Mayo.

2. The Memphis Airport is invited to join the Big East.

70. Wage Theft Ordinance Causes Concern -

Shelby County Commissioners take what is expected to be their next-to-last vote Monday, Dec. 17, on a “wage theft” ordinance that will probably be amended as it faces organized resistance from the local restaurant and hospitality industries.

71. Uniquely Creative -

The freshly painted walls at Paradigm Marketing & Creative include the definition of creativity spelled out to serve as a constant reminder of the 20-year old firm’s mantra.

“The ability to transcend traditional ideas and to create meaningful new ideas,” the wall leading into the newly refurbished kitchen area reads.

72. FedEx Sets Terms for Buyouts -

FedEx Corp. took another step Tuesday, Dec. 4, in its reaction to a slow growth global economy as well as its own desires to make major changes to the oldest division of the Memphis-based global corporate giant.

73. FedEx Unveils Terms of Employee Buyouts -

FedEx executives announced terms Tuesday, Dec. 4, of an employee buyout expected to run from June 2013 through May 2014.

Employees in the Corporate, Express, Services and TechConnect divisions of FedEx in the U.S. with at least five years of continuous service at FedEx as of Nov. 30 will get buyout packets. Preference would go to those with the most seniority in their section if more employees in a section accept the offer than there are slots.

74. Gammon Joins Methodist in Business Development -

Myra Gammon has joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare as a business development account manager for Community Care Associates. In her new role, Gammon is responsible for the development and management of the Occupational Health and Wellness Services program.

75. Commission to Vote on Industrial Land Sale -

Shelby County Commissioners take up the proposed sale Monday, Dec. 3, of 33.6 acres of land in the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park in southwest Memphis.

Carolyn Hardy, owner of the Hardy Bottling Co. and consultant to the Blues City Brewery operation that later bought the plant, wants to buy the last available roadside acreage in the industrial park for a business to store and stage modular containers.

76. Entrepreneurs, Create Your Own Maps -

Entrepreneurialism is the last frontier – an uncharted region with unprecedented, unforeseen, unknown dangers, challenges and rewards.

All adventures begin with a new map, just like the territory you charted in your business plans. You drafted this plan in the ardor of a visionary impulse, tempered with a will to thrive as you grow.

77. Commercial Advisors Hires Ewen as Controller -

Erika Ewen has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services LLC as controller. Ewen will direct the accounting department in all accounting functions and financial reporting of Commercial Advisors Asset Services as well as all property management clients.

78. Connecting Tenants With Space Keeps Acker Robison Thriving -

For 11 years now, Acker Robison Realty has been helping businesses around the Memphis area with their commercial real estate needs.

The boutique firm, founded by Michael Robison in 2001, handles the full gamut of commercial brokerage services, representing landlords and tenants, purchasers and sellers in the office, industrial and retail sectors.

79. Senior Care Management Solutions Promotes Williams -

Darla Williams has been promoted to health care administrator at Senior Care Management Solutions. In her new role, Williams will play a critical role in overseeing and customizing clients’ daily care plans to fit their specific needs.

80. Shelby County Redistricting Process to Formally End -

Shelby County Commissioners will vote Monday, Oct. 8, on putting a formal end to the redistricting process, 10 months after the new district lines were due.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

81. Speculation Mounts for FedEx Changes -

The annual FedEx Corp. meeting with investors next month will be watched closely for what happens to FedEx Express, the oldest division of the Memphis-based company.

82. Evans Joins American Esoteric as Vice President -

Dr. Jess Evans has joined American Esoteric Laboratories as vice president of technical operations. In his new role, Evans is responsible for instrumentation, personnel, operational performance and quality assurance for the Memphis laboratory.

83. A Tasteful List 2012 -

A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. So many of you seemed to salivate over last year’s Tasteful List, I’ve updated it for 2012. While reduced some, make no mistake, there’s nothing dietary about it.

84. Commission to Vote on Overriding Veto -

Shelby County Commissioners will probably vote Monday, Aug. 27, on whether to override a veto by County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

85. Back to the Gridiron -

It was the last day before fall practice would begin. First-year University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente couldn’t wait to get started.

“This is the longest day of the year,” he said.

86. Moore Tech Graduates 83 in Record Class -

Moore Tech held its 72nd commencement exercises with the largest graduating class in the history of the college, according to college president, Don Smith.

87. Cohen Talks About Opponents, Schools, Race and His Political Past -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is running for a fourth term in Congress starting with the Aug. 2 primary, in which he is being challenged by countywide school board member Tomeka Hart.

88. FedEx Cost Reduction Gains Attention -

A few minutes into this week’s earnings conference call with analysts, FedEx Corp. founder and CEO Fred Smith used three words that came to define much of the rest of the nearly hour-long conversation – “cost reduction program.”

89. AIRfair? -

Two frequent-flyer businessmen booked side-by-side seats on Delta Air Lines flights from Minneapolis to St. Louis last month, with one of them getting charged a higher price than the other each time they tried booking it.

90. Commission Tries Again at Redistricting -

Shelby County Commissioners will see if they have all 13 commissioners present before they see if there are nine votes to pass a redistricting plan.

Third and final reading of a redistricting ordinance is on the commission’s agenda for Monday, June 11. The commission meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

91. Inventions: Empty Cupboards Before New Rules Apply -

The U.S. patent system is preparing to change its existing protection system from a first-to-invent system to a first-inventor-to-file system – a switch made possible by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which was signed into law eight months ago.

92. Moore Tech Trustees Promote Director to First College Pres. -

Don Smith, director and chief administrative officer of Moore Tech for the past 13 years, has been named by the college board of trustees to be the first president of the vocational college in its 92-year history.

93. Downtown Apts. Finally Under Way -

After two years and some inevitable development hurdles, Greenbrier Partners LLC’s mixed-use development at 436 S. Front St. is quickly taking shape.

94. ‘Different Avenue’ -

Rudy Williams always knew she wanted to work in a hospital, but after a short stint in community college and a few years in the workforce, the path to her goal was looking like a long haul.

So a little more than a year ago, she gave it another try, enrolling in the 60-week medical assisting program at Vatterott Career College’s campus near her home in Bartlett. Now, she’s getting ready for an externship in a local clinic that could lead to a job in her field.

95. Harnessing Strategic Business Growth -

If you’re not growing, you’re dying anonymous. Growth: That Crazy Talk. Call it the entrepreneurial instinct, innovation, business savvy, whatever you want: strategic growth is how business prospers.

96. Plantation Setting for Fundraiser -

The glory of the past and the art of the present collide along the Mississippi River as West Memphis-based DeltaARTS unveils a first-time event.

“Art on the Levee at Waverly Plantation” will showcase one of the few remaining Antebellum homes on the Mississippi River levee in Eastern Arkansas, on Saturday, April 28.

97. MBBA Panel Puts Focus on Sustainability -

Members of the region’s corporate, academic, government and nonprofit sectors seeking more knowledge about best practices in sustainability packed the ballroom of The University Club, 1346 Central Ave., on Thursday, April 26, for a luncheon panel discussion hosted by Memphis Bioworks Business Association.

98. County Weighs Balanced Budget Proposal -

The budget season is under way in Shelby County government, but there will be few signs of it Monday, April 23, as the County Commission meets.

The commission meeting at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building begins at 1:30 p.m. The short agenda featuring several appointments and the sale of some tax delinquent parcels is the ideal lead-in to what is normally the most complicated time of the year for the commission.

99. Commission Considers Jury Space Upgrades -

Shelby County Commissioners will consider a $250,000 upgrade of the Shelby County Jury Commission space at 157 Poplar Ave. during their Monday, April 9, meeting.

100. (Daily) Deal or No Deal? -

The anatomy of a deal has become a fascinating study these days among businesspeople, grappling as many of them do with coupons, daily deals, special offers – whatever magic ingredient will bring customers through the door.