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1. University of Memphis Confirms Lawson Hire -

The University of Memphis confirmed the worst-kept sports secret in town via its website Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Tigers coach Josh Pastner had hired Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School, as an assistant coach.

2. Number of 'Sick' Memphis Officers Dropping -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The number of Memphis police officers who are calling in sick with the so-called "Blue Flu" is dropping.

Memphis Police Department spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said 178 officers were out sick Wednesday, down from a high of 557 reached last week.

3. University of Memphis Confirms Lawson Hire -

The University of Memphis confirmed the worst-kept sports secret in town via its Web site Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Tigers coach Josh Pastner had hired Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School, as an assistant coach.

4. University of Memphis Gets Grant for Study of Artifacts -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The University of Memphis says three of its professors have received a National Park Service grant to study ancient Native American artifacts.

The university said Monday that it has received a $40,000 grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, a program of the National Park Service.

5. University of Memphis Names Carrier Assistant Athletic Director -

Thomas Carrier, a two-time alumnus of the University of Memphis with more than 10 years of experience in the facility management industry, has been named assistant athletic director for events and facilities.

6. FedEx Employee Fatally Injured at Memphis Hub -

MEMPHIS (AP) – FedEx Corp. says an employee injured in an accident at its world hub in Memphis has died.

7. University of Memphis Names Carrier Assistant Athletic Director -

Thomas Carrier, a two-time alumnus of the University of Memphis with more than 10 years of experience in the facility management industry, has been named assistant athletic director for events and facilities.

8. University of Memphis Plans New Recreation Center -

The University of Memphis Student Government Association has approved a fee increase to fund construction of a new student recreation and fitness center.

The 192,500-square-foot center will be along Southern Avenue north of the existing center. Construction will be done in three phases, with the center scheduled to open in 2018. The $62 million center will be funded by a student fee increase of $307 for the 2014-2015 school year.

9. Grizzlies Draft UCLA's Adams, Memphis Native Stokes -

Whether it will prove to be a telling remembrance or not, news of the Grizzlies selecting guard UCLA shooting guard Jordan Adams with the No. 22 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft was largely met with mild disdain, sweeping indifference and a dash of tilt-your-head curiosity.

10. University of Memphis Athletics Publications Honored -

Four University of Memphis publications designed by Brandon Kolditz, assistant director of athletics communications, received “Best Cover in the Nation” recognition by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The publications were judged as part of the organization’s annual publications contest.

11. Schadt Reflects on ArtsMemphis Time, Looks Ahead -

Thirteen years is a long time to do one job and do it well, which explains why Susan Schadt already talks with an air of wistfulness about her imminent departure as president and CEO of ArtsMemphis at the end of this year.

12. FanBank Shop Local Program Launches in Memphis -

A new shop local rewards program has launched in Memphis, one that brings a different approach to the efforts featuring loyalty cards and aggressive discounting that tend to be the norm.

FanBank, on the other hand, is designed to connect customers with local businesses using an approach similar to that of an airline or hotel rewards program. Participating consumers leave their information on file, and then they go about their shopping habits as normal, incrementally benefiting from the program along the way.

13. University of Memphis Plans New Recreation Center -

The University of Memphis Student Government Association has approved a fee increase to fund construction of a new student recreation and fitness center.

The 192,500-square-foot center will be along Southern Avenue north of the existing center. Construction will be done in three phases, with the center scheduled to open in 2018. The $62 million center will be funded by a student fee increase of $307 for the 2014-2015 school year.

14. Flying Saucer Celebrates 17 Years in Memphis -

The explosion of Memphis’ beer scene and the enthusiasm for unique craft beers is pretty hard to miss.

From events such as Zoo Brew to a growing number of retailers offering growlers on tap to expansions like that of Wiseacre Brewing Co. – which this week said it’s adding 20 employees to its brewery and taproom – it’s clear the local interest in beer is widespread.

15. Four University of Memphis Baseball Players in MLB Draft -

The University of Memphis baseball team had four players chosen in the recent MLB Draft, the most the Tigers have had since 2011.

Left-handed pitcher Jacob Moody, a Bartlett native, went to the Cincinnati Reds in the 17th round; right-handed pitcher Bryce Beeler was taken by the New York Mets in the 19th round; the Chicago White Sox drafted shortstop Ethan Gross in the 26th round; and the Los Angeles Angels selected left-handed pitcher Caleb Wallingford in the 35th round.

16. Knoxville Democrats Stump for Memphis Votes -

Four years ago at about this time, Shelby County voters were seeing a lot of the four contenders for the Republican Party’s nomination for governor.

This election year, Shelby County voters are seeing a lot of the top two contenders for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

17. Argent Financial Adds Brundick in Memphis -

Argent Financial Group has added Ed Brundick to its Memphis team.

He’ll serve as market president of Argent Trust’s Memphis operations, while also partnering with investment firm and Argent subsidiary Highland Capital Management LLC.

18. 100 Girls of Code Coming to Memphis -

100 Girls of Code, a program of the Tennessee Code Academy, is conducting workshops across Tennessee this summer to raise awareness among girls ages 12 to 18 about careers in computer science.

One such program will be hosted in collaboration with the University of Memphis library June 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can expect to be exposed to topics such as an introduction to computer programming, a tutorial of the latest website development techniques and a look at innovative gaming development strategies.

19. 100 Girls of Code Workshop Coming to Memphis -

100 Girls of Code, a program of the Tennessee Code Academy, is conducting workshops across Tennessee this summer to raise awareness among girls ages 12 to 18 about careers in computer science.

One such program will be hosted in collaboration with the University of Memphis library June 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can expect to be exposed to topics such as an introduction to computer programming, a tutorial of the latest website development techniques and a look at innovative gaming development strategies.

20. ABF Freight Wins PILOT for Memphis Expansion -

ABF Freight System Inc. has received a tax break for the proposed expansion of its Memphis facility.

21. Argent Financial Adds Brundick in Memphis -

Argent Financial Group has added Ed Brundick to its Memphis team.

He’ll serve as market president of Argent Trust’s Memphis operations, while also partnering with investment firm and Argent subsidiary Highland Capital Management LLC.

22. Amro Raises $5,000 for Memphis Symphony -

Amro Music has announced it raised more than $5,000 in a silent auction last month to help benefit the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Amro held the auction April 15, with more than 50 items to bid on and all money going directly to the symphony. On top of that, a percentage of all piano and instrument sales done in the store that week also went toward the symphony.

23. Frontier Airlines Adding Memphis Flights -

Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday, May 13, that it is adding four weekly flights between Memphis International Airport and Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.

The new flights will run on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday beginning Sept. 8 and are a result of strong passenger response to Frontier’s initial flights between Memphis and Denver, which began in March.

24. Avenue Coffee Opens Near University of Memphis -

Avenue Coffee is a new nonprofit coffee shop now open at 786 Echles St., near the University of Memphis.

25. Lessons for Memphis Abound in Atlanta’s Beltline -

The Atlanta Beltline is an infrastructure framework around the urban core of Atlanta – a 22-mile loop of mostly abandoned railroads that is being transformed into a transit greenway.

It is a linear park with streetcars, bicycle paths and pedestrian trails that will connect more than 40 diverse neighborhoods, as well as city schools, historic sites and cultural locales.

26. University of Memphis Men’s Golf Earns Postseason Spot -

The University of Memphis men’s golf team earned an invitation to the NCAA Regionals that will be played May 15-17.

This is the fourth straight postseason trip for the Tigers. They will be the No. 10 seed at the Raleigh (North Carolina) Regional. The NCAA Regional is a 54-hold competition. Georgia Tech is the top seed in Raleigh.

27. Airport Authority, University of Memphis Establish Scholarship -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority and University of Memphis have established an endowed scholarship at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics as a tribute to Larry Cox, former president and CEO of the Airport Authority.

28. Rudd Charts Path at University of Memphis -

The incoming president of the University of Memphis should name his provost or chief academic officer this week as he prepares to take office May 16.

M. David Rudd was appointed president of the city’s largest institution of higher learning last week by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

29. Officials Visit Memphis to See Investments at Work -

Officials from President Barack Obama’s administration were expected to visit Memphis to look at joint investments by their agencies in a program designed to improve housing and transportation options, protect the environment and build stronger regional economies.

30. Regents Approve Rudd as University of Memphis President -

David Rudd, provost of the University of Memphis, was approved Thursday, May 1, as the next president of the city’s largest higher education institution.

31. Regents Approve Rudd as University of Memphis President -

David Rudd, provost of the University of Memphis, was approved Thursday, May 1, as the next president of the city’s largest higher education institution.

32. ‘Date Knight’ to Benefit Memphis Athletic Ministries -

More than 1,000 moms and sons are expected to be part of the second annual Mother-Son “Date Knight” to kick off Mother’s Day weekend Friday, May 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum.

33. Fares Falling at Memphis Airport -

After being labeled as one of most expensive cities for air service for years, prices at Memphis International Airport are falling.

Memphis, which ranked among the nation’s highest airfares while it served as a fortress hub for Delta, dropped to 14th on the list of the top 100 airports in the country, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

34. Officials Visit Memphis to See Investments at Work -

Officials from President Barack Obama's administration were expected to visit Memphis Friday to look at joint investments by their agencies in a program designed to improve housing and transportation options, protect the environment and build stronger regional economies.

35. Fares Falling at Memphis International Airport -

After being labeled as one of most expensive cities for air service for years, prices at Memphis International Airport are falling.

Memphis, which ranked among the nation’s highest airfares while it served as a fortress hub for Delta, dropped to 14th on the list of the top 100 airports in the country, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

36. ‘Date Knight’ to Benefit Memphis Athletic Ministries -

More than 1,000 moms and sons are expected to be part of the second annual Mother-Son “Date Knight” to kick off Mother's Day weekend Friday, May 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum.

37. Blue Streak Making Difference for Memphis Kids -

To say that the job I was given when I was superintendent of Catholic School for the Memphis Diocese was daunting would be an understatement. One of the assignments I had was to resurrect Catholic education in the inner city of Memphis.

38. University of Memphis Football Tickets on Sale -

Kickoff is still months away, but season tickets for the University of Memphis 2014 football season are on sale.

Fans may also renew or purchase new season tickets online at gotigersgo.com/tickets or by calling the athletic ticket office at 678-2331.

39. University of Memphis Football Season Tickets on Sale -

Kickoff is still months away, but season tickets for the University of Memphis 2014 football season are on sale.

Fans may also renew or purchase new season tickets online at gotigersgo.com/tickets or by calling the athletic ticket office at 678-2331.

40. University of Memphis Planning Girls' Basketball Camps -

University of Memphis women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin will hold summer basketball camps for girls in third through ninth grades.

The camps begin with a one-day Elite Camp on June 18 for high school girls entering ninth to 12th grade. The Elite Camp will be held at the Larry Finch Center and University of Memphis Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

41. Startup Conference Prepares to Return to Memphis -

Final preparations are underway for the startup-focused Everywhere Else conference, which is returning to Memphis at the end of the month after its launch here last year and will bring entrepreneurs, investors and creatives from around the country to the Bluff City.

42. Diversified Trust Makes Promotions in Memphis -

Memphis-based Diversified Trust, a comprehensive wealth management firm with more than $5 billion in assets, has promoted seven professionals in its Memphis office.

Robin Smithwick, managing principal of Diversified’s Memphis office, attributed the move to the company’s next generation of leaders becoming more visible and taking on greater responsibility around the firm, which also is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

43. Toast Cafe Chain Seeks Memphis Expansion -

A breakfast-focused restaurant chain called Toast Cafe, described by its CEO as the “antithesis of a greasy spoon,” is looking to expand into Memphis by opening as many as five stores over the next two to three years.

44. Pittman Brings Love of Memphis to Yelp Role -

On a recent lunchtime visit to Mot & Ed’s, the restaurant at 1354 Madison Ave. specializing in Southern food with a popular stuffed burger, Joelle Pittman immediately got the owner’s attention after the owner introduced herself and found out Pittman works for Yelp.

45. University of Memphis Signs Licensing Deal -

The University of Memphis has signed an exclusive agreement with Licensing Resource Group, a trademark management company specializing in collegiate licensing and branding, allowing LRG to represent the university and its domestic licensing program.

46. University of Memphis Signs Licensing Deal -

The University of Memphis has signed an exclusive agreement with Licensing Resource Group, a trademark management company specializing in collegiate licensing and branding, allowing LRG to represent the university and its domestic licensing program.

47. New Retail Center Proposed for Downtown Memphis -

A new mixed-use retail center could be headed to the area south of FedExForum Downtown after the developer received approval Wednesday, March 26 for two drive-thru windows and several other code variances.

48. Group of Retail Trucks Set for Memphis Debut -

A group of mobile retail businesses – think food trucks, except with a retail component instead of food – will be launching in Memphis soon, with the debut of each so-called retail truck staggered throughout April and May.

49. Post Office Hiring in Memphis, Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it plans on filling more than 70 skilled maintenance positions in both Nashville and Memphis.

Anyone interested can attend one of the local jobs fairs the postal service is offering this week in either Memphis or Nashville.

50. Federal Reserve Report On Memphis Area Issued -

A Federal Reserve report shows economic conditions in the housing sector in the Memphis area are healthy, but the employment market can do better.

The Federal Reserve in St. Louis released its quarterly Burgundy Books last week, examining economic conditions St. Louis, Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis. The Memphis zone includes northern Mississippi, eastern Arkansas, and western Tennessee, with a population of about 3.1 million people

51. University of Memphis Provost Kicks Off President Interviews -

David Rudd began with the obvious this week, as the four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis began individual sessions with faculty, students and staff at the city’s largest institution of higher education.

52. Federal Reserve Report On Memphis Area Issued -

A Federal Reserve report shows economic conditions in the housing sector in the Memphis area are healthy, but the employment market can do better.

The Federal Reserve in St. Louis released its quarterly Burgundy Books last week, examining economic conditions St. Louis, Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis.

53. Frontier Airlines Lands Memphis Return -

Frontier Airlines made a triumphant return to Memphis Friday, March, 7, complete with pilots and passengers wearing Elvis sunglasses.

The Frontier jet from Denver – with “Hector” the otter emblazoned on its tail – arrived at Gate C7 at Memphis International Airport just before 1:30 p.m., and passengers were greeted with a celebratory atmosphere, including light jazz music and balloons.

54. University of Memphis Names Four Finalists for President -

The current provost at the University of Memphis, a former president of the University of Alabama, a vice chancellor at the University of Arkansas and the provost of the College of Charleston are the four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis.

55. Fed: Memphis Banks Improved in 2013 -

Memphis banks ended 2013 in somewhat better shape collectively than they stood at the end of 2012, based on new numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

56. Tart Cafe Mixes French Flair, Love of Memphis -

The business partners opening Tart – a new French-focused cafe, coffee shop, bakery and art gallery in Cooper-Young that held a preview party earlier this month – have been spreading the word through social media and in person that theirs is more than a simple coffeehouse.

57. Tennessee Official: UAW no Deal Breaker for Memphis Site -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee officials promoting a 6-square-mile "mega site" outside Memphis say it would be ideally suited for a new auto assembly plant — even if its workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union.

58. February 18 Memphis City Council Agenda -

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 18, 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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59. Editorial: Candy Business has Lessons for Memphis -

There are lessons to be learned from even the basic outline of the story of candy in Memphis that go far beyond making something sweet.

The traditional components of the city’s better-known business narratives – innovation, tenacity, adapting to change – are part of the outline.

60. February 7-13: This week in Memphis history -

1950: Among the new merchant licenses listed in The Daily News, Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Ave. The owner of the recording service was a sound engineer for WREC radio who had decided to branch out into making recordings for whoever hired out his studio or hired him to bring his equipment to their event. His name was Sam Phillips. And he would soon add his own independent record label to the business, Sun Records.

61. University of Memphis' Kemmons Wilson School Becomes Independent -

The University of Memphis is making the 10-year-old Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management an independent school within the university.

62. February 4 Memphis City Council Agenda -

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 4, 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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63. University of Memphis' Martin Challenges Dropout Premise -

University of Memphis interim President Brad Martin says the premise that students coming out of high school are academically unprepared for higher education may not be as prevalent as it’s believed to be. And he adds that the university’s experience indicates students leave without graduating because of other factors.

64. January 31-February 6: This week in Memphis history -

1974: A nine-member delegation from the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce began a visit to four cities in Japan at the invitation of the Japanese government. The visit to Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Nara led to the opening of the Sharp manufacturing plant in Hickory Hill four years later.
The four-city visit was billed as a chance to exchange opinions “on a broad range of matters and problems of mutual interest.” But Chamber chief executive officer Ronald E. Leigh also had talks scheduled, according to The Daily News, “with one corporation that has had representatives here on four occasions,” including the week before the Memphis delegation left for Japan.
That corporation was Sharp Corp. The plant, which in the beginning made color televisions, was a breakthrough for direct foreign business investment in Tennessee and Memphis.

65. Groundbreaking Set for Memphis' First Hilton Garden Inn -

The groundbreaking for the first Hilton Garden Inn in Memphis is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m.

Hilton Worldwide and Globus Partnership are hosting the groundbreaking at the site of the new hotel, 7955 Market Plaza Drive in Cordova.

66. University of Memphis Names New Defensive Line Coach -

Ricky Hunley, a College Football Hall of Fame inductee and former NFL player, has been named defensive line coach for the University of Memphis football team.

Hunley most recently spent two years working as a lead coach and instructor for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. In 2011, he served as an assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders.

67. Transplant Games Flag To Be Signed in Memphis -

On Jan. 31 at 11:30 a.m., Team Mid-South, the local Transplant Games of America team that is being presented by Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Methodist Transplant Institute and Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., will celebrate the countdown to the 2014 Transplant Games of America at Church Health Center-Wellness.

68. Muddy’s Founder Shares Story at Cowork Memphis -

Muddy’s Bake Shop founder Kat Gordon next week will tell the story of starting her business and the development of its second location in Cooper-Young as the inaugural guest for the Startup Grind series at Cowork Memphis.

69. Muddy’s Founder Shares Story at Cowork Memphis -

Muddy’s Bake Shop founder Kat Gordon will tell the story of starting her business and the development of its second location in Cooper-Young as the inaugural guest for the Startup Grind series at Cowork Memphis. The event happens Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

70. Transplant Games Flag to be Signed in Memphis -

On Jan. 31 at 11:30 a.m., Team Mid-South, the local Transplant Games of America team that is being presented by Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Methodist Transplant Institute and Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., will celebrate the countdown to the 2014 Transplant Games of America at Church Health Center-Wellness.

71. Globetrotters ‘Fans Rule’ Tour Comes to Memphis -

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to new heights when the 2014 “Fans Rule” Tour comes to FedExForum Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.

The Globetrotters will let fans vote on rules, and this year the tour includes “hot hand jerseys” that the Globetrotters and the opposing team can pass among themselves. Whichever player – one on each team – is wearing a hot hand jersey receives double points on made baskets.

72. Globetrotters ‘Fans Rule’ Tour Comes to Memphis -

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to new heights when the 2014 “Fans Rule” Tour comes to FedExForum Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.

The Globetrotters will let fans vote on rules, and this year the tour includes “hot hand jerseys” that the Globetrotters and the opposing team can pass among themselves. Whichever player – one on each team – is wearing a hot hand jersey receives double points on made baskets.

73. Malasri Promotes Importance of Young Memphis Leaders -

Jittapong “J.T.” Malasri, a civil engineer with Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, says his father probably knew his son would go into the engineering field long before he himself did. And his father, Siripong Malasri, should know – he was the dean of the School of Engineering at Christian Brothers University before returning to the classroom to teach and chair various departments.

74. Wright Signs Lease for East Memphis Headquarters -

After months of planning, Wright Medical Group Inc. has signed the lease for its new headquarters and is in the process of moving to the wooded office campus at Park Avenue and Cherry Road in East Memphis.

75. Banner Year for East Memphis Office Space -

The Memphis office real estate market began showing signs of life in 2013, with the market for Class A office space in the East Memphis submarket fueling the resurgence.

While the city’s overall office market numbers may not appear very strong, the city’s most desired office submarket – East Memphis around Poplar Avenue and Interstate 240 – began showing strong signs of improvement in the second half of the year.

76. Megabus Adds Service from Memphis to Oxford -

Megabus.com, the express bus company with fares starting at $1, has added service from Memphis to Oxford, Miss.

The express bus carrier, which only sells tickets online, now serves 10 cities from Memphis: Oxford and Jackson, Miss.; Chicago; Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Little Rock, Ark.; Champaign, Ill.; Atlanta; New Orleans; and Birmingham, Ala.

77. Fred’s Opens New Super Dollar in Memphis -

Memphis-based general merchandise retailer Fred’s Inc. began the year reporting a revenue uptick in January, and it’s ending the year with the opening of a new fred’s Super Dollar store in Memphis.

78. Fred’s Opens New Super Dollar in Memphis -

Memphis-based general merchandise retailer Fred’s Inc. began the year reporting a revenue uptick in January, and it’s ending the year with the opening of a new fred’s Super Dollar store in Memphis.

79. Independent Film to Be Shot in Memphis -

The Sundance Lab Film “Free In Deed,” a drama about a Pentecostal preacher who tries to help a struggling single mother and her autistic child, will be shot in Memphis.

The film’s stars include David Harewood, who most recently had a prominent role as CIA official David Estes on Showtime’s “Homeland.” The film is written by Jake Mahaffy, who also will direct it, and it is being produced by Mike S. Ryan (whose credits include “Junebug”) as well as Mike Bowes and Brent Stiefel.

80. Out-of-Town Banks Target Memphis for Growth -

More than 40 percent of the customer deposit share in the Memphis-area banking market belongs to institutions that have a presence here but are based outside the area, the latest figures from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp show.

81. University of Memphis Players Garner Conference Honors -

University of Memphis senior punter Tom Hornsey won the 2013 Ray Guy Award Thursday, Dec. 12, during The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by ESPN.

Hornsey also was named a member of the Walter Camp All-America second team. Hornsey is just the second Tiger to be a Walter Camp All-American. Running back DeAngelo Williams made the team in 2005. Hornsey also was named to USA Today All-America first team.

82. Independent Film to Be Shot in Memphis -

The Sundance Lab Film “Free In Deed,” a drama about a Pentecostal preacher who tries to help a struggling single mother and her autistic child, will be shot in Memphis.

The film’s stars include David Harewood, who most recently had a prominent role as CIA official David Estes on Showtime’s “Homeland.” The film is written by Jake Mahaffy, who also will direct it, and it is being produced by Mike S. Ryan (whose credits include “Junebug”) as well as Mike Bowes and Brent Stiefel.

83. Black Caucus of State Legislators to Meet in Memphis -

More than 600 state legislators from across the country gather in Memphis starting Wednesday, Dec. 11, for the four-day annual meeting of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

The national group is led by Tennessee State Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville. State Rep. Larry Miller of Memphis is president of the Tennessee caucus to the group.

84. University of Memphis Begins Presidential Search -

A search committee seeking the next president of the University of Memphis plans to have a set of finalists for the position by March.

A town hall meeting on the campus of the University of Memphis Wednesday, Dec. 4, formally began the search for a permanent successor to Dr. Shirley Raines, who retired in July.

85. Five Memphis Artists Win ArtsMemphis Grants -

Five Memphis-area artists will be the first recipients of ArtsAccelerator grants, created earlier this year by ArtsMemphis to help individual working artists in the field of visual arts.

The winners are Ben Butler, Mary Jo Karimnia, Susan Maakestad, Brandon Marshall, and Terri Phillips. Each artist will receive a $3,000 ArtsAccelerator grant, and all projects will be completed by August 2014.

86. Medtronic Awards Trio Of Memphis Grants -

Medtronic Inc. is awarding three Health Access Grants totaling half a million dollars to a trio of Memphis-area groups.

87. Lake to Put Logistics Savvy to Use for Memphis World Trade Club -

Don Lake, vice president of international operations for Dunavant Logistics Group, will add another accomplishment to an already impressive and diverse logistics resume.

88. Medtronic Awards Trio of Memphis Grants -

Medtronic Inc. is awarding three Health Access Grants totaling half a million dollars to a trio of Memphis-area groups.

89. Five Memphis Artists Win ArtsMemphis Grants -

Five Memphis-area artists will be the first recipients of ArtsAccelerator grants, created earlier this year by ArtsMemphis to help individual working artists in the field of visual arts.

The winners are Ben Butler, Mary Jo Karimnia, Susan Maakestad, Brandon Marshall, and Terri Phillips. Each artist will receive a $3,000 ArtsAccelerator grant, and all projects will be completed by August 2014.

90. Social Lunch Preps for Memphis Launch -

A new social lunch event called Lunchbox is preparing to launch in Memphis next month, the product of business partners who left San Francisco this summer to come to Memphis and build a creative venture here.

91. University of Memphis Not Backing Tuition Hike -

The University of Memphis is not backing the idea of a tuition increase the Tennessee Board of Regents is considering for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Interim university president Brad Martin took the unusual step of putting out a press release this week saying, “Tuition at the University of Memphis will not increase for the 2014-15 year.”

92. University of Memphis Not Backing Tuition Hike -

The University of Memphis is not backing the idea of a tuition increase the Tennessee Board of Regents is considering for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Interim university president Brad Martin took the unusual step of putting out a press release this week saying, “Tuition at the University of Memphis will not increase for the 2014-15 year.”

93. Mid-South Fair Leaders Seek Memphis Return -

The president of the Mid-South Fair says the nonprofit organization wants to return to Memphis.

“We were told to leave our home,” Michael Doyle, president of the fair, told Memphis City Council members of the fair’s departure as Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton made fifth-term plans for a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds that originally included a new Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

94. Mid-South Fair Leaders Seek Memphis Return -

The president of the Mid-South Fair told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Nov. 19, that the nonprofit organization wants to return to Memphis.

“We were told to leave our home,” Michael Doyle, president of the fair, told council members of the fair’s departure as Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton made plans for a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds that originally included a new Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

95. University of Memphis Names Presidential Search Panel -

A panel of Memphians to come up with three to five finalists for the University of Memphis presidency meets for the first time Dec. 4.

The panel of 22, appointed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, is being led by attorney Greg Duckett, senior vice president and corporate counsel of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and a member of the Board of Regents.

96. Wenco Files Construction Loan for Volvo of Memphis -

7910 Trinity Road
Cordova, TN 38018
Loan Amount: $4.2 million

Loan Date: Nov. 7, 2013
Maturity Date: n/a
Borrower: Wenco Properties LLC
Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA
Details: Wenco Properties LLC has filed a $4.2 million construction loan through Wells Fargo Bank for the Volvo of Memphis dealership it is building at 7910 Trinity Road in Cordova.

97. Electrolux Ships First Memphis-Made Products -

Electrolux North America’s first Memphis-made products have rolled off the assembly line and been shipped across the country.

The inaugural products produced at the Memphis facility – the Frigidaire and Frigidaire Gallery slide-in ranges – were recently manufactured, packaged and loaded onto trucks for warehousing and retail distribution throughout the United States. It’s the culmination of a two-year construction effort on the 750,000-square-foot, $266 million dollar facility. The first truckload of ovens was shipped to Seattle, Wa.

98. Electrolux Ships First Memphis-Made Products -

Electrolux North America announced Tuesday, Nov. 12, its first Memphis-made products have rolled off the assembly line and been shipped across the country.

The inaugural products produced at the Memphis facility – the Frigidaire and Frigidaire Gallery slide-in ranges – were recently manufactured, packaged and loaded onto trucks for warehousing and retail distribution throughout the United States. It’s the culmination of a two-year construction effort on the 750,000-square-foot, $266 million dollar facility. The first truckload of ovens was shipped to Seattle, Wa.

99. Sesley-Baymon Named CEO of Memphis Urban League -

Tonja Sesley-Baymon has been appointed president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League by its board of directors. Sesley-Baymon, who has worked with the league for eight years, previously served as programs director for the 70-year-old organization. In her new role, she will provide executive leadership to the league and advocate on behalf of social justice and economic issues affecting Memphis.

100. University of Memphis Law School Racks Up Distinctions -

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law has received multiple awards, rankings and individual recognitions of late.

The National Jurist has ranked the school as one of the best-value law schools in the nation in its new rankings. The school scored an “A-” in the rankings because of high bar-passage rates, affordable tuition, average debt upon graduation, employment rate and an attractive cost of living.