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1. Low Inflation Likely to Keep Fed 'Patient' About a Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.

2. Holly Springs Elvis ‘Museum’ to be Auctioned Off Jan. 31 -

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) – Hundreds of Elvis Presley vinyl singles and albums, a pink Cadillac and the antebellum mansion that became a quirky Elvis shrine will be auctioned this month.

3. $42 Million Permit Filed For Target Fulfillment Center -

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

4. Dixie Pickers to Open East Memphis Store -

Dixie Pickers, a retailer offering sporting goods, outdoor clothing, hunting gear, guns and other outdoor accessories, has signed a lease with Loeb Properties for a new store location at 964 June Road near the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Yates Road in East Memphis.

5. Keys for Compelling Storytelling -

Most innovations fail because they are too good, too smart and too unfamiliar to the existing business to risk launching.

The last phase of a full-cycle innovation process, storytelling, was rushed. A power point deck was created using the language of the business culture, unconsciously framing the new concept in the old world of the doldrums of existing operations. The new ideas get applause for their “brave, fresh thinking," then are summarily placed on the back burner to be ignored for eternity.

6. Germantown’s Trainers Studio Aims to Keep Clients Close -

Susan Ritter had been a Marine and a competitive athlete. Mike Farah had been a successful corporate executive who almost worked himself into an early grave, lost 50 pounds, retired, and began competing in body building competitions.

7. 2 Hospitality Companies Buy Union Ave. Sites -

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

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

8. First Horizon Ends 2014 on Upswing -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank wrapped up its 150th anniversary year by delivering $213 million in net income to shareholders, up from $24 million for 2013.

9. Dixie Pickers to Open in Former Tommy Bronson Space -

Dixie Pickers, a retailer offering sporting goods, outdoor clothing, hunting gear, guns and other outdoor accessories, has signed a lease with Loeb Properties for a new store location at 964 June Road near the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Yates Road in East Memphis.

10. Lew Says Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is pushing Congress to simplify federal business taxes after Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Democrats and Republicans are too far apart to agree on sweeping changes to taxes paid by individuals and families.

11. Know What to Carry to Interviews -

It’s official: Hiring season is on! Chances are good you’ve been sending out your resume online for every interesting job out there. Soon, you’ll find yourself invited for in-person interviews.

12. Haslam on Statewide Tour to Tout Insure Tennessee -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he isn’t counting votes in the Tennessee legislature just yet for his Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion proposal.

At least he’s not counting hard votes for the upcoming Feb. 2 special legislative session as he holds a series of nine public forums across the state.

13. Hospitality Company Buys 400 Union -

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

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

14. Hotel Owner Buys Union Avenue Property -

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

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

15. Selling Professional Services -

Architects, lawyers, engineers, accountants and consultants: I am betting you didn’t get into the professional services field because you have a natural affinity for sales. It is more likely that the mere thought of selling makes your stomach turn a bit and, as a result, you probably make very little time for it.

16. Medicare Chief Steps Down, Ran Health Care Rollout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare's top administrator unexpectedly resigned Friday, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over the president's health care law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded coverage.

17. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

18. Tentative Deal Limits Role of Beale Street Development Corp. -

In the beginning of the redevelopment of Beale Street, city leaders of the late 1970s put in place the Beale Street Development Corp. in a role they saw as a cultural guardian of the district between Fourth and Second streets.

19. Despite Low Gas Prices, Gas Tax Hike Appears Unlikely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

With gasoline prices at their lowest in years when the new Congress convened, there had been talk that it might be time to raise federal gas and diesel taxes, which haven't budged in more than 20 years.

20. BSDC to Exit as Beale Landlord, Keep Old Daisy -

The Beale Street Development Corp. would no longer be the landlord of the Beale Street Entertainment District under terms of a tentative agreement with the city of Memphis.

But the nonprofit corporation that has been part of the three-headed arrangement for running and controlling Beale Street since the late 1970s would get up to $120,000 a year out of the net income the city makes from the street.

21. Local Delegation Promotes Memphis in New York -

Greater Memphis Chamber staff, members of the Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and representatives from the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau are in New York City this week to meet with national site selectors and national media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Business Facilities, Inbound Logistics and others.

22. Key Interest Rate Falls as Investors Seek Safety -

NEW YORK (AP) – A barometer of Wall Street's anxiety flashed red on Wednesday, when traders rushed to the safety of U.S. government bonds.

The surge in demand for Treasurys knocked a key interest rate to its lowest level since May 2013.

23. House GOP Majority Aiming to Soften Financial Overhaul Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The newly bulked-up Republican majority in the House is aiming to soften the bite of legislation that grew out of the 2008 financial crisis and put banks and Wall Street under the most sweeping rules since the Great Depression.

24. Help Wanted: US Job Openings at 14-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The rapid hiring that made 2014 a stellar year for job gains is showing no sign of slowing down.

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because they are confident strong economic growth will create more demand for their goods and services.

25. Fred’s Names New Chief Operating Officer -

Discount merchandiser Fred’s Inc. has tapped a new president and chief operating officer, a key hire that adds to a fresh executive team for the retailer.

Effective Jan. 12, Michael Bloom has joined Fred’s as president and COO, bringing to the company more than 30 years of experience in small-box general merchandising, supply chain management and store operations. He’s seen the industry from vantage points that include stints at companies like Family Dollar Stores Inc., where he likewise was president and COO, and at CVS Caremark Corp, where he held a variety of positions.

26. Honoring a Legacy -

The Grizzlies are in their 14th season in Memphis, and next Monday, Jan. 19, will mark the 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day.

27. Bank of Bartlett Buys Germantown Property -

1870 Kirby Parkway
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $4.1 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2014
Buyer: Bank of Bartlett
Seller: Spence Ray
Details: Bank of Bartlett has bought back a site on Kirby Parkway in Germantown for $4.1 million.

28. Key US Military Command's Twitter, YouTube Sites Hacked -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hackers claiming to work on behalf of Islamic State militants seized control of the Twitter and YouTube sites of the military's U.S. Central Command on Monday. The Pentagon swiftly suspended the sites and said it appears that no classified material was breached.

29. I Choose Memphis: Gene Baker -

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

Name: Gene Baker

30. US Factory Orders Fall 0.7 Percent in November -

Orders to U.S. factories fell for a fourth straight month in November, with demand in a key category that signals business investment plans down for a third month.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday factory orders dropped 0.7 percent in November after a similar 0.7 percent fall in October. The November weakness came from decreases in demand for primary metals, industrial machinery and military aircraft.

31. Loeb Buys Former Peddler Bike Shop -

In addition to its recent purchase of the former Newby’s bar and restaurant space, an affiliate of Memphis-based Loeb Properties has acquired another key Highland Strip property for $500,000.

32. Wunderlich Adds to Fixed-Income Team -

Memphis-based Wunderlich Securities Inc. has made several recent additions to its fixed

income capital markets division.

33. Loeb Pays $450,000 for Newby’s Property -

Memphis-based Loeb Properties paid $450,000 to acquire the Newby’s property on the Highland Strip near the University of Memphis.

Highland University District LLC, an affiliate of Memphis-based Loeb Properties, acquired 535 and 539 S. Highland St. from Paragon Bank, according to a Dec. 29 deed of trust.

34. Tennessee Named Top State for Economic Development -

A leading national publication focused on site selection and economic development has named Tennessee its 2014 State of the Year for a second consecutive year.

Tennessee becomes the first state to win the Business Facilities magazine award for economic development efforts in back-to-back years and the first state to win the designation three times.

35. Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason -

KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.

36. School and Chemo -

A child with cancer who comes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a lot of concerns.

And if they are already in school, one of them is will they have to repeat a grade once they recover and then have to adjust to a new group of classmates.

37. Wunderlich Adds to Fixed-Income Team -

Memphis-based Wunderlich Securities Inc. has made several recent additions to its fixed

income capital markets division.

38. Grizzlies Move to Front in NBA Trade Rumors -

One only need look back to Monday, Jan. 5, at FedExForum to understand the business of the NBA. The New York Knicks were warming up for their game against the Grizzlies when word came down that team president Phil Jackson was done waiting for things to get better on their own.

39. Tanger Outlets Confirms Southaven Involvement -

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. has confirmed what The Daily News first reported in December: It will play a key role in the development of a massive outlet mall in Southaven.

40. Shrinking Foreign Oil Bill Sends US Trade Deficit Lower -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to the lowest level in almost a year, thanks to the country's swiftly shrinking thirst for foreign oil.

The deficit – imports minus exports – narrowed to $39 billion during the month, down 7.7 percent from a revised October deficit of $42.2 billion, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

41. Loeb Buys Former Peddler Bike Shop -

In addition to its recent purchase of the former Newby’s bar and restaurant space, an affiliate of Memphis-based Loeb Properties has acquired another key Highland Strip property for $500,000.

42. Money Management Principles -

Ray’s take: Most things in life involve a set of basic principles, and money management is no exception to the rule.

First, you should know and understand what you earn. You should not only know your gross salary and net pay amounts, but you should also understand your withholding and insurance benefit withdrawals. Without earnings, there would be no need for money management principles. Make the most of what you earn by following other principles.

43. Obama Taps Community Banker for Fed Board -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has selected the former head of a community bank in Hawaii to fill a vacancy on the Federal Reserve Board.

The White House said Tuesday that Obama will nominate Allan R. Landon, the former chief executive of the Bank of Hawaii, to fill one of two vacancies on the seven-member board. The nomination will require Senate confirmation.

44. US Factory Orders Fall 0.7 Percent in November -

Orders to U.S. factories fell for a fourth straight month in November, with demand in a key category that signals business investment plans down for a third month.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday factory orders dropped 0.7 percent in November after a similar 0.7 percent fall in October. The November weakness came from decreases in demand for primary metals, industrial machinery and military aircraft.

45. Top 10 2015 Marketing Trends That Matter -

2015 marketing trend reports are a dime a dozen this time of year, though in reality many focus on fads, which by definition, have fleeting popularity. Fads are for gamblers. Marketing trends, on the other hand, are generally slower building, longer lasting and ideally a result of factual supporting data. As such, the RedRover Sales & Marketing team is predicting these 10 marketing trends worthy of consideration in your 2015 marketing strategy.

46. Tennessee Named Top State for Economic Development -

A leading national publication focused on site selection and economic development has named Tennessee its 2014 State of the Year for a second consecutive year.

Tennessee becomes the first state to win the Business Facilities magazine award for economic development efforts in back-to-back years and the first state to win the designation three times.

47. Loeb Pays $450,000 for Newby’s Property -

Memphis-based Loeb Properties paid $450,000 to acquire the Newby’s property on the Highland Strip near the University of Memphis.

Highland University District LLC, an affiliate of Memphis-based Loeb Properties, acquired 535 and 539 S. Highland St. from Paragon Bank, according to a Dec. 29 deed of trust.

48. Media Coverage: More Than a Press Release -

Will 2015 be the year your nonprofit is highlighted in news stories and feature pieces? Will those who could benefit from the work of your organization read about you in the newspaper, see a story on TV, or listen to an interview on the radio?

49. Empathy For Successful Innovation -

If you unpack the stories of most successful innovations, you’ll find that a deep immersion into the user experience of a product or service is the key that often unlocks the potential of the concept.

50. UT’s Tyndall Winning Fans Despite NCAA Investigation -

KNOXVILLE – Donnie Tyndall has hardly slowed down since the former Southern Miss head coach took over Tennessee’s basketball program in April.

Of course, Tyndall had little choice.

51. Loeb Acquires Newby’s Restaurant Space -

Memphis-based Loeb Properties has acquired one of the most venerable locations on the Highland strip.

Loeb purchased the long-time home of club and restaurant Newby’s at 535 and 539 Highland St. from Paragon Bank. A purchase price was not disclosed Friday, Jan. 2.

52. Command and Control -

On the fourth floor of Module F at a non-descript but sprawling FedEx campus nestled between Winchester Road and Shelby Drive on Airways Boulevard, a massive video wall featuring 36 40-inch LED screens displays real-time information on global weather patterns and the locations of hundreds of FedEx Express jets.

53. Key Decisions on Drones Likely From Congress -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.

54. Why the US Will Power the World Economy in 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015.

After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.

55. Travel Trends for 2015 -

When traveling in 2015, we are more likely to consider sleeping on someone’s couch, possibly renting their whole apartment for a few days or even sharing a meal with complete strangers.

In looking at expected travel trends for the coming year, one consistency in most stories is the idea of shared travel.

56. Fogelman Affiliate Files Loan on Former Cozymel’s Site -

6450 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38119
Loan Amount: $6.1 million

Loan Date: Dec. 17, 2014
Maturity Date: Jan. 1, 2023
Borrower: Crown Centre LLC
Lender: Financial Federal Bank
Details: A company affiliated with Robert F. Fogelman II has filed a loan on a key piece of East Memphis land.

57. Owner Files $6.1M Loan on Former Cozymel’s Site -

A company affiliated with Robert F. Fogelman II has filed a loan on a key piece of East Memphis property.

Crown Centre LLC filed a $6.1 million loan with Financial Federal Bank for the old Cozymel’s Mexican Grill location at 6450 Poplar Ave. near International Paper’s campus in East Memphis, according to a Dec. 17 deed of trust.

58. Owner Files $6.1 Million Loan on Former Cozymel's Site -

A company affiliated with Robert F. Fogelman II has filed a loan on a key piece of East Memphis property.

Crown Centre LLC filed a $6.1 million loan with Financial Federal Bank for the old Cozymel’s Mexican Grill location at 6450 Poplar Ave. near International Paper’s campus in East Memphis, according to a Dec. 17 deed of trust.

59. Losing Streak Ends Impressive Stretch by Grizzlies -

After the Grizzlies lost to the Chicago Bulls, their second six-game winning streak of the season coming to an end, Mike Conley made a fair point.

60. Big League Movers is on the Move -

Big League Movers is on the move and yes, they’ll be doing the moving themselves.

The Memphis-based company, which can handle virtually every type of moving need from residential moves to corporate relocations, is moving its office headquarters to a 4,000-square-foot space at the Minglewood Hall complex at 1559 Madison Ave. to accommodate more growth.

61. Counterpart Experiences Big 2014 -

2014 was a particularly consequential year for Counterpart Communication Design. The marketing communications firm with offices in Memphis and Dallas grew its staff by almost 40 percent this year, for example, in addition to reimagining its creative department and adding a Web analysis team to meet constantly evolving digital needs.

62. Walgreen Fiscal First-Quarter Profit Jumps 16 Percent -

Stronger sales from established stores helped Walgreen trump first-quarter expectations, and the nation's largest drugstore chain said Tuesday that a major acquisition expected to stoke its global reach and buying clout should close next week.

63. Federal Mediators Offer Help in Port Labor Dispute -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Federal mediators have offered to get involved in negotiations to resolve a labor dispute between longshoremen and shipping lines that threatens to disrupt movement of goods through West Coast ports.

64. Make These LinkedIn Resolutions for 2015 -

Much like the old adage that we only use 10 percent of our brains, you may fall into the camp of LinkedIn users leveraging less than a tenth of what this robust business-networking platform has to offer.

65. It's Down to the Wire for Online Shopping -

ATLANTA (AP) – As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays.

66. Tennessee Joins Multistate Lawsuit Over Immigration -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is joining a multistate lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, state Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced Monday.

67. Charter Operator AB Jets Soaring to New Heights -

David Turner began working for a local charter plane operation in 2000, but five years later Turner decided he needed a change of scenery and started flying for Memphis-based AB Jets.

68. St. Louis Fed Memphis Executive Stepping Down -

After getting her master’s degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Martha Perine Beard joined the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as a management trainee in 1971.

69. Target, Cummins Awarded Tax Breaks -

Two companies won approval Wednesday, Dec. 17, for tax incentives for projects that will create around 1,400 jobs.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, incentives for Target and Cummins Inc.

70. Target, Cummins Awarded 15-Year Tax Breaks -

Two companies won approval Wednesday, Dec. 17, for tax incentives for projects that will create around 1,200 jobs.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, incentives for both Target and Cummins Inc.

71. Fed Promises 'Patient' Approach to a Rate Increase -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. job market and economy. But it says it will be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.

72. Holiday Rush -

Marianne Avery has worked for the United States Postal Service for 30 years. In that three decades of service, Avery has pretty much seen it all, but for the veteran postal worker the week before Christmas remains a busy, beloved time of year.

73. Ad Retargeting May Spoil Holiday Surprise -

When you shop Amazon for a product and then see that same product in a Facebook ad days later, it is certainly not a coincidence. It is a marketing strategy called ad retargeting, and it is dominating online advertising.

74. Fed Likely to Note Gains But Signal No Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A resurgent U.S. economy has emerged from a long struggle with high unemployment and weak growth. And the Federal Reserve seems poised to recognize the sustained improvement.

75. Target, Cummins Seek 15-Year Tax Breaks -

Memphis and Shelby County are offering generous tax incentives to attract and retain hundreds of jobs.

Discount retailer Target and Cummins Inc. are seeking tax breaks for projects that total 1,429 jobs.

76. Market Understanding Leads to Wins -

Unlocking Value. Why do innovations end up in a “black hole?”

Jeff Pierce states that the hubris of Market Leaders keeps them from innovating. Pierce serves as the innovation architect of Pitney Bowes’ Corporate Innovation Program. He’s on a mission to change how the company sees itself.

77. Making a Statement -

One of the regional banking players in Memphis is Jackson, Miss.-based Trustmark Bank, which took a big step that made a statement in Memphis this year.

78. Court Order Details Spread of Violent Gang -

Fourteen years ago, a group of eight teenagers who lived on Burnham Street in Frayser tried to join the Vice Lords street gang and were rejected.

They became the FAM Mob street gang.

And according to a petition filed in Shelby County Environmental Court this week by the Multi-Agency Gang Unit to secure the city’s two latest no-gang zones, the rejection fueled violence that gang unit officers say have been a large part of the gang since its founding.

79. Congress Told US Lags Other Nations on Drones -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, witnesses told a House panel Wednesday.

80. Fed Proposing Big US Banks Boost Capital Buffers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators are proposing that the eight biggest U.S. banks be required to further increase the amount of capital they set aside to cushion against unexpected losses.

81. Obama Health Adviser Apologizes for 'Glib' Remarks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – MIT economist Jonathan Gruber – an often-quoted adviser on the president's health care law – told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and "inexcusably arrogant" when he said it was "the stupidity of the American voter" that led to the law's passage. Democrats tried to limit the damage as Republicans raked Gruber at a four-hour hearing, but acknowledged he gave the GOP a political gift "wrapped in a bow."

82. DeSoto Sears Distribution Center Up For Lease -

Struggling retailer Sears says it remains committed to the Memphis market despite that its 800,000-square-foot distribution center in Olive Branch is being marketed for lease.

Exeter Property Group recently began marketing the once-powerful retailer’s massive distribution center at 10425 Ridgewood Drive in Olive Branch for lease, a signal to some local real estate officials that Sears – which is facing significant financial and market headwinds – could be closing the center.

83. White House Focuses on Computer Science in Schools -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Smartphones and laptops have become essential tools for today's teenagers. But learning how these devices work has often taken a backseat to other priorities in U.S. schools.

84. Pickard Joins Explorations on Tentative 2015 Ballot -

The contingency plans and other political maneuvering for the city of Memphis elections are well underway.

And a key part of the calculation is making plans for a change in plans.

Architect and planner Charles “Chooch” Pickard is one of several citizens running “exploratory” campaigns at this point.

85. Latest Fed Survey Finds Economic Improvement -

The U.S. economy kept expanding in October and November, helped by solid gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and overall employment, according to the Federal Reserve's latest survey of business conditions around the country.

86. Comcast Awards Grants to Tenn. Organizations -

The Comcast Foundation announced it has made a series of financial grants totaling more than $87,000 to a variety of groups around Tennessee that support the underserved.

Beneficiaries include the American Red Cross; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Boys and Girls Clubs; the National Kidney Foundation; the Pencil Foundation; and Volunteer Mid-South.

87. Kemmons Wilson Cos. Announces New Leaders -

Kemmons Wilson Cos., a family-run business started by Holiday Inn Hotels founder Kemmons Wilson, has announced a new leadership team.

Spence Wilson Jr., Kemmons Wilson III, McLean Wilson and Webb Wilson – all grandsons of Kemmons Wilson – are now principals of the firm. The previous second-generation family leadership group, Spence Wilson Sr., Robert Wilson, and Kemmons Wilson Jr., will remain members of the board of directors.

88. How to Gain Immunity From Funding Cuts -

Martin Elliott, senior director of Mattel Inc.’s New Business Ventures, tells innovators how to avoid the budget cut thresher. Think like a V.C.

89. Fairgrounds Plan Could Be Tied to Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners are scheduled to vote Monday, Dec. 8, on a contract with city government that is critical to the city advancing its long-held plans for a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

90. Festive Drinks and Fun Venues -

A number of new places opened in Nashville this year, bringing a bevy of new bourbons, crafted brews and incredible places to sit, relax and sip. If you are looking for more than a meal and want that genuine, trendy Nashville experience, here are a few hot spots.

91. US Trade Deficit Drops to $43.4 Billion in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in October as exports rebounded while oil imports dipped to the lowest level in five years.

The deficit edged down 0.4 percent to $43.4 billion, a drop from a revised $43.6 billion in September, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

92. 321,000 Jobs Added in November, Most in Nearly 3 Years -

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

93. Ivey, U of M Seek to Boost Transportation Sector -

Dr. Stephanie Ivey never intended to get into the transportation field. After earning her doctorate in engineering from the University of Memphis, Ivey had planned on being involved in environmental work but, through a series of twists and turns, accepted a position at the U of M focused on transportation.

94. Beacons Pop Up in Stores Ahead of Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?

The square or rectangular devices, smaller than a smartphone, can hang on a wall or be placed on a machine and communicate with your phone via Bluetooth signals. Accessed through apps you download to your smartphone, beacon technology can do everything from guide you to the correct airport terminal to turn on your coffee maker as you sleepily enter the kitchen. In retail, beacons aim to entice you to spend money. As you enter a store, your smartphone might light up with a sale alert. Stand in the dress section for a while and a coupon may pop up for something on a nearby hanger.

95. British Drugmaker Cutting Hundreds of US Jobs -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year under the pharmaceutical industry's latest restructuring.

96. Downtown Grocery Expanding to Cooper-Young -

City Market Groceries & Deli is preparing to expand beyond Downtown. The grocery is adding a new Cooper-Young location, at 836 S. Cooper Street. City Market just signed a lease there, confirmed owner Hamida Mandani, who said Adam Slovis represented City Market.

97. Latest Fed Survey Finds Economic Improvement -

The U.S. economy kept expanding in October and November, helped by solid gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and overall employment, according to the Federal Reserve's latest survey of business conditions around the country.

98. Memphis Marketer Launches Gift Recommendation Service -

Gift-giving might feel like a chore for some people, especially at Christmastime. The difficulty of figuring out what to buy for the aunt who has everything, for example, or the wrapping of geometric impossibilities that require reams of paper and tape tend to produce feelings other than mirth and holiday cheer.

99. Next Generation Takes Helm of Kemmons Wilson Cos. -

A new leadership team has taken the reins at Kemmons Wilson Cos., the family-run business started by Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson.

Spence Wilson Jr., Kemmons Wilson III, McLean Wilson and Webb Wilson – all grandsons of Kemmons Wilson – are now principals of the firm. The previous second-generation family leadership group, Spence Wilson Sr., Robert Wilson, and Kemmons Wilson Jr., will remain members of the board of directors.

100. Rolling Along: RV Industry Maintains Momentum -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – RV manufacturers have made up more ground since being sideswiped by the Great Recession, and production of the rolling homes is expected to return next year to levels seen before the economic downturn hit.