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1. Haslam Swears In Judges, Gets Flu Shot in Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam swore in a new Tennessee Supreme Court justice and two state Appeals Court judges during a busy Friday, Sept. 19, visit to Memphis that also included getting a flu shot.

Haslam swore in Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby of Memphis at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law before a group of 300 people that included former Gov. Don Sundquist, who appointed Kirby to the court of appeals during his two terms as governor.

2. Sprouts Confirms Lakeland, Germantown Stores in 2015 -

Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing grocery chains in the country and the first new grocer to enter the Memphis area in several years, will open a second location in Germantown.

Sprouts will turn the 30,000-square-foot former Schnucks location at The Shops of Forest Hill at Poplar Avenue and Forest Hill-Irene Road in Germantown into one of its stores, which replicate the look and feel of an indoor farmers market and specialize in fresh, healthy food.

3. Memphis Linebacker Up for CLASS Award -

University of Memphis senior linebacker Charles Harris is one of 30 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who has been selected a candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division 1 FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

4. Violent Crime Rises in Shelby County -

Major violent crime in Memphis was up 7.7 percent from January through August compared to the same period a year ago, according to the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission.

The statistics released Friday, Sept. 19, show an 8.1 percent increase in major violent crime countywide, including the city of Memphis, from the same time in 2013.

5. All 82 Grizzlies Games to Be Televised Locally -

The Memphis Grizzlies announced that SportSouth will televise a franchise-high 81 games during the 2014-15 regular season. Combined with one nationally televised game, the Grizzlies’ entire 82-game regular season schedule will be available on local television.

6. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

7. The Only Difference: Mindset -

The same truths not brought into action present themselves as lessons, on-going themes. This one rings with more truth every time I encounter it. Mindset is the real pivot point, the only true sustainable, competitive advantage (other than exclusivity, which is always temporary) for organizations that want to flourish.

8. Drake Cleaners Presses On as It Nears Century Mark -

Every day, tens of thousands of motorists on Poplar Avenue’s Midtown leg drive past a longstanding landmark near the neon satellite sign for Joe’s Liquors. It’s on the other side of Poplar, on the northern border of a parking lot at Evergreen Street.

9. TSA Expands PreCheck at Memphis Airport -

Pace Cooper, president and CEO of Cooper Hotels, a hospitality development and management company that owns and manages hotels in multiple states, is accustomed to flying and the hassles that sometimes accompany air travel.

10. Racquetball to Benefit Church Health Center -

The 10th annual E-Force PowerSlam Racquetball Open to benefit the Church Health Center will be held Oct. 24-25 in Memphis.

WellWorX Sporting Clubs at 6161 Shelby Oaks Drive will serve as the host site for the tournament. Multiple skill and age divisions for men and women are available for singles and doubles play. The entry fee for one event is $45; participants may play up to three events and receive a reduced rate for the second and third events.

11. Evans Petree Names New Shareholders -

Justin R. Giles, Aaron J. Nash and George “Harley” Steffens are the newest shareholders at Evans Petree PC law firm.

Giles had been an associate in the areas of construction and surety law, Nash was an associate in the areas of insolvency and litigation practice, and Steffens was an associate in real estate banking and commercial lending as well as corporate law and private client practice.

12. Duncan to Retire from Botanic Garden -

Jim Duncan, executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden, will retire at the end of the year. Duncan announced his retirement Monday, Sept. 15, after 10 years leading the nonprofit.

13. Memphis-Based AgFeed Settles Fraud Claim -

Securities and Exchange Commission officials say a Memphis-based animal feed company has agreed to pay back $18 million in illegal profits from an accounting fraud.

In a news release, the SEC said Monday that AgFeed Industries and top company executives were charged in March for repeatedly reporting fake revenues from the company's China operations in order to meet financial targets and inflate AgFeed's stock price.

14. University of Memphis Program Seeking Entrepreneurship Fellows -

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

15. Eighty3 Adds Sidewalk Patio -

The Downtown Memphis restaurant eighty3 has added a sidewalk patio.

The 30-seat al fresco addition to eighty3 is open to the public year-round, and it also has a full-coverage awning. Outdoor heaters are planned to be added for the cooler months.

16. New Online Store to Sell Tigers Gear -

T-Shirt Champions, formerly Champion Awards & Apparel, has announced the launch of Memphis Tiger Shop, an online store where Memphis Tigers fans can purchase University of Memphis gear and products.

17. MAAR Elects New Board Members -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors recently elected several new members to the organization’s board of directors.

Felix Bishop of Crye-Leike Realtors Inc., Deborah Williams of 4 Success Realty LLC, Lauren Harkins-Wiuff of Crye-Leike, David Tester of Marx-Bensdorf Realtors, John Mercer of Highwoods Properties and Albert Lee of Century 21 Maselle & Associates were selected to be 2015-2016 board members.

18. Cargill Will Close Memphis Corn Mill -

Cargill Inc. will close its Memphis corn mill in January of next year, a move that will impact 440 employees, according to a news report.

19. City Council Approves $8.8 Million Utility Contract -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Sept. 16, an $8.8 million Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division contract with a Lexington, Ky., construction company – a countract that has had a politically turbulent path to passage.

20. Events -

The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper, will hold its “Under One Roof” fall fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom at Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway. The event will give community members and vendors of The Bridge a chance to mingle and enjoy a meal, and an auction will feature works by artists with experiences of homelessness. Tickets are $50. Visit thememphisbridge.com/fallfundraiser for details.

21. Singing Mechanic’s Life Much Like the Songs He Sings -

The Singing Mechanic – “I’ve got that name. Nobody else can use it,” says Billy Devereaux – sits by his worn, 1,200-square-foot, two-room cottage and looks down at Boots, his Dutch Shepherd.

“He’s a possum killer and he runs security,” says Billy, 55, gazing across the swath of remote land separated by a long gravel trail from Smith Springs Road in Antioch.

22. This week in Memphis history: September 19-25 -

2004: Roy Jones Jr. and Glen Johnson fought for the IBF light heavyweight championship at FedExForum. Johnson, the defending champion, knocked out Jones, the former champion, in the ninth round.

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24. Education Secretary Praises Local Schools Leaders -

Sustainability is a term associated with environmental efforts, though innovation is a much more popular term across causes from economic development to education reform.

But when U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan came to Memphis this month as the last stop on a three-state bus tour of school districts, it was the word sustainability that came up more often than innovation.

25. Editorial: Growing Rape Kit Backlog Raises More Concern -

The backlog gets bigger. And with the recent news that 196 rape kits dating back to 1976 have been found by Memphis Police, questions never fully answered about the rape kit backlog that surfaced about a year ago become more urgent.

26. 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.

27. ‘Cutting Edge’ -

The first thing to understand about the task that Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty feels is before him is that he’s not leading a music organization that competes only with other music outlets and venues for audiences’ attention.

28. Governor to Swear In Newest Tennessee Justice -

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby, the court's newest member, will take the oath of office during an investiture ceremony in Memphis Friday, Sept. 19.

29. New Online Store to Sell Tigers Gear -

T-Shirt Champions, formerly Champion Awards & Apparel, has announced the launch of Memphis Tiger Shop, an online store where Memphis Tigers fans can purchase University of Memphis gear and products.

30. Landmark Bank Buys East Memphis Building -

Landmark Community Bank has acquired an East Memphis office building.

Landmark acquired the 9,255-square-foot office building at 5880 Ridge Bend Road from the Reaves Family Partnership in a Sept. 4 warranty deed for $1.1 million.

31. Events -

ArtsMemphis will hold an opening reception for works from TOPS Gallery Friday, Sept. 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ArtsMemphis, 575 S. Mendenhall Road. ArtsMemphis is lending its space to TOPS, a Downtown gallery, through Nov. 14. Visit artsmemphis.org.

32. 100 Percent Sure -

IF A PROGRAM IS 100 PERCENT SUCCESSFUL, GET WITH THE PROGRAM. I wrote something three years ago when President Obama visited Booker T. Washington High School. In light of recent events, I’d like to visit those words again.

33. Athletes Behaving Badly -

Make us laugh. That’s all we ask. Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston gets cited for stealing $32 worth of crab legs from a Publix: That’s funny.

Winston gets suspended for the first half of the upcoming Clemson game after shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus while reportedly mimicking an Internet video: Not funny, and really stupid.

34. Tigers Hope to ‘Grind’ Win Against MTSU -

It’s a big game. Big enough that the University of Memphis got the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen – “The Grindfather” – to do a short video urging fans to come out for the football game this Saturday, Sept. 20, against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

35. Little Sees ‘Acceptance’ in City Insurance Drama -

City Chief Administrative Officer George Little says he hopes the city’s long debate about health insurance coverage changes will mean a shorter discussion about proposed pension changes to come.

36. Community Advocates Seek Crime Solutions -

In mid-August, Memphis Police brass realized they had a crime problem in different parts of the city.

“We realized we had a spike in crime,” is how Deputy Police Chief Clete Knight put it Wednesday, Sept. 17, to a neighborhood group in East Memphis.

37. Marx-Bensdorf Expands in East Memphis -

A prominent Memphis realty company has expanded its presence in East Memphis. Marx-Bensdorf Realtors has grown in the office building at 5860 Ridgeway Loop Blvd. by 526 square feet, bringing its total to 4,653 square feet.

38. Airport Authority Approves RedRover Contract -

Memphis International Airport should have a new team of storytellers on board.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board voted Thursday, Sept. 18, to engage Memphis-based RedRover Co. LLC to help craft a multi-platform communications and image campaign for Memphis International, which is transitioning from a Delta Airlines hub to an origin-and-destination airport.

39. Airport Officials Recommend RedRover for Branding Contract -

Memphis International Airport officials are recommending that RedRover Co. LLC be engaged to help develop an image and marketing campaign for the airport, which is reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination facility.

40. Eighty3 Adds Sidewalk Patio -

The Downtown Memphis restaurant eighty3 has added a sidewalk patio.

The 30-seat al fresco addition to eighty3 is open to the public year-round, and it also has a full-coverage awning. Outdoor heaters are planned to be added for the cooler months.

41. City Council Approves $8.8 Million Utility Contract -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Sept. 16, an $8.8 million Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division contract with a Lexington, Ky., construction company – a countract that has had a politically turbulent path to passage.

42. Events -

Rhodes College will present the Rhodes Less Traveled: New and Experimental Music Festival Thursday, Sept. 18, and Friday, Sept. 19. Events include open air concerts both days at noon on the Briggs North Patio at Rhodes, 2000 North Parkway; a concert with new music from modern-day composers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Evergreen Presbyterian Church, 613 University St.; and new music for orchestra and winds Friday at 7:30 at Evergreen. Visit rhodes.edu/mccoy for details.

43. Care2Manage Draws on Local Startup Resources -

Ela Emami’s startup Care2Manage is an example of how the startup ecosystem in Memphis is supposed to work, and what the fruits of that ecosystem’s labor can be.

Her venture is a service platform for families with an aging loved one that connects them to social workers and local elder care resources and organizes total health care needs. Rather than launch it by herself or try to go it alone in terms of things like raising cash, refining the business model or acquiring customers, she says the local startup resources she’s taken advantage of have helped her get going – and get going faster.

44. Door Remains Open on City Health Insurance Changes -

The political struggle to close the door and lock in changes to city health insurance coverage is proving to be a challenge for the Memphis City Council.

The council voted Tuesday, Sept. 16, to adjust the health insurance changes it approved in June to grandfather in for a year approximately 300 retirees and their spouses when it comes to the 70 percent subsidy on insurance premiums they currently get from the city.

45. GiVE 365 Awards $62,600 in Grants -

A community’s needs are infinite, yet the resources available to provide help are finite.

So it only made sense for GiVE 365, The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ dollar-a-day philanthropy program, to have a theme geared toward cooperation.

46. Officials Vow to Help Cargill Workers Find Jobs -

The Greater Memphis Chamber says it will work with its partners to help displaced Cargill Inc. employees find new jobs.

47. City Employees Return to Court Over Benefits -

The basic elements of an overhaul of city health insurance and pension benefits got some changes this week at the Memphis City Council. And it looks like the council might put off a vote on pension benefit changes originally set for a vote in October.

48. FedEx Profits Surge Above Wall Street Estimates -

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

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

49. Retirees Sue As Council Adjusts Health Insurance Changes -

Three retired Memphis Police officers and the widow of a Memphis Police officer filed suit Tuesday, Sept. 16, against the city of Memphis seeking a temporary restraining order to stop changes in city government health insurance benefits by the time the open enrollment period begins next month.

50. FedEx to Hike Ground, Express Delivery Rates -

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

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

51. Southern Airways Moving Hub to Memphis International -

Southern Airways Express is moving its primary hub from Olive Branch Airport in DeSoto County to a private terminal located at Memphis International Airport.

The move, announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, will be effective Oct. 1 and is the result of customer needs and a recently completed deal with Signature Flight Support.

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53. University of Memphis Seeking Entrepreneurship Fellows -

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

54. Cargill Will Close Memphis Corn Mill -

Cargill Inc. will close its Memphis corn mill in January of next year, a move that will impact 440 employees, according to a news report.

55. Seeking Long-Term Outcomes -

Long-term outcomes, such as improved high school graduation rates and reduced dropout rates, are the ultimate objectives of the Memphis Athletic Ministries’ still-young Academic Diligence program.

56. Cargill to Close Memphis Corn Mill -

Cargill Inc. will close its Memphis corn mill in January, a move that will impact 440 employees.

The company said the closure of the facility resulted from the underutilization of the Memphis plant on Presidents Island and its location far away from the Corn Belt. The nearby corn oil refinery that employs 28 people will remain open and operate as a standalone facility, Cargill said.

57. Memphis Police Discover More Rape Kits -

Memphis Police have found in recent weeks 196 more rape kits in previously unsearched areas where police store evidence, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Sept. 16.

58. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, will present “Selling Memphis: locally, nationally and internationally.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

59. Government for the Prosperity of the People -

The reporting out of the US on China is uniformly downbeat. By applying our western perspectives, China appears inhumane, politically oppressive, over-indebted and fragile.

From the American perspective, functional nations should look more ... well ... like us. They should have democracy, inalienable property rights, free and open markets, freedom of expression, apple pie, etc. Our national belief in the ideology of American exceptionalism defines our worldview.

60. Five Top Sales Negotiation Mistakes -

More than 75 percent of the sales reps I’ve coached through the years cite price as their number one objection. Given the state of our economy for the last several years, it’s no wonder. And even though our economy is beginning to rebound, the side effect of a recession is the bargainer’s mindset that it creates in the market.

61. Meritan’s Branch Named Among Top Nurses -

Cindy Branch, Meritan’s associate vice president for health services, has been selected to represent Tennessee as one of the nation’s top 50 home care and hospice nurses by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. Branch, a registered nurse, has oversight of Meritan’s nursing programs, including home health, private duty nursing and medical residential homes. She will be recognized at NACH’s annual meeting in October.

62. Ball Targets Carr's Tea Party Supporters -

Gordon Ball, the Democratic challenger to Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, is basing his uphill challenge of Alexander on his specific definition of being a moderate Democrat and where that intersects with tea party followers.

63. First South Launches More Secure Cards -

First South Financial is preparing to roll out credit cards embedded with new chip technology that offer users more protection than the standard piece of plastic today.

Starting Oct. 1, the Memphis-based credit union will offer its Visa Platinum credit cards with new EMV chip technology. Cards with such technology, according to the Smart Card Alliance, contain embedded microprocessors that support “enhanced cardholder verification methods” and are regarded as more secure when making purchases online.

64. RiverFit Brings Activity to Tom Lee Park -

Riverfront Development Corp. President Benny Lendermon, while advocating for the creation of Beale Street Landing, once referred to Tom Lee Park as one of the worst parks in the country.

65. Memphis-Based Feed Company Agrees to Fraud Settlement -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Securities and Exchange Commission officials say a Tennessee-based animal feed company has agreed to pay back $18 million in illegal profits from an accounting fraud.

66. 911 Problems Prompt New Emergency Number -

A problem with wireless call routing has forced public safety responders in the West Tennessee area, including Memphis, to route 911 emergency calls to other phone numbers.

In Memphis, police say callers with an emergency should call 901-543-6333 until further notice. But police brass also add that the temporary number does not have caller ID, so those calling it should be prepared to give more information, including their location, to emergency operators.

67. Racquetball Tournament to Benefit Church Health Center -

The 10th annual E-Force PowerSlam Racquetball Open to benefit the Church Health Center will be held Oct. 24-25 in Memphis.

WellWorX Sporting Clubs at 6161 Shelby Oaks Drive will serve as the host site for the tournament. Multiple skill and age divisions for men and women are available for singles and doubles play. The entry fee for one event is $45; participants may play up to three events and receive a reduced rate for the second and third events.

68. MAAR Elects New Board Members -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors recently elected several new members to the organization’s board of directors.

Felix Bishop of Crye-Leike Realtors Inc., Deborah Williams of 4 Success Realty LLC, Lauren Harkins-Wiuff of Crye-Leike, David Tester of Marx-Bensdorf Realtors, John Mercer of Highwoods Properties and Albert Lee of Century 21 Maselle & Associates were selected to be 2015-2016 board members.

69. Evans Petree Names New Shareholders -

Justin R. Giles, Aaron J. Nash and George “Harley” Steffens are the newest shareholders at Evans Petree PC law firm.

Giles had been an associate in the areas of construction and surety law, Nash was an associate in the areas of insolvency and litigation practice, and Steffens was an associate in real estate banking and commercial lending as well as corporate law and private client practice.

70. Duncan to Retire From Botanic Garden -

Jim Duncan, executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden, will retire at the end of the year.

Duncan announced his retirement Monday, Sept. 15, after 10 years leading the nonprofit.

71. Kroger Pulls $11 Million Permit for Union Avenue Store -

Kroger has pulled an $11 million building permit for its new Union Avenue store in Midtown.

The existing Kroger store, which sits on a 1.1-acre site at 1745 Union, will be demolished for a parking lot for the new 74,000-square-foot store. Kroger has already completed the demolition of the Belvedere Apartments to make way for the new store at 1761 Union, which will include a larger pharmacy and new refrigeration and freezer cases, among other changes. Kroger has invested a little over $50 million in the Memphis area over the last three years and will invest north of an additional $50 million over the next three years.

72. Events -

Remington College Memphis campus will hold the 3 Lives blood drive, a national effort to recruit minority blood donors, Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Remington, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. Visit 3lives.com.

73. Tennessee Steps Up the Fight Against Blight -

While the national economy is still rebounding from the 2008 housing crisis, foreclosures, vacant homes and blighted properties are a lingering issue many markets throughout the country have to address.

74. Harold Ford Funeral Home Files Construction Loan -

1670 Sycamore View Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Loan Amount: $2.6 million

Loan Date: Sept. 4, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Borrower: Harold Ford Sycamore View LLC and Serenity Columbarium and Memorial Gardens LLC
Lender: Regions Bank
Details: The Harold Ford Funeral Chapel at 1670 Sycamore View Road in Northeast Memphis has filed a $2.6 million construction loan on the property.

75. South Carolina Back in SEC East Race -

The South Carolina defense still has improvement to make, but in beating Georgia 38-35 last Saturday the Gamecocks made a fourth-quarter goal-line stand and reasserted their presence in the SEC East Division.

76. Raising Concerns Over Education Coverage -

With just one person reporting on schools in a metropolitan area of more than 1.3 million people, The Commercial Appeal is forging ahead with a relationship with a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to covering education.

77. Device Library -

The idea of a library might connote the image of some erudite sanctum, one of books, stuffiness, silence and readers lost in thought.

Not so at the McWherter Library on the University of Memphis campus – which, yes, is a repository of the printed word but has also become something of a magnet for gadgets. It’s become, in other words, as much of a collection of devices like 3D printers and GoPro cameras as it is of books.

78. Council Could Close Door on Alternative Health Plans -

Memphis City Council members could put to rest alternatives to the health care insurance benefits cuts they approved in June when they meet Tuesday, Sept. 16.

The question is whether they would do that with some kind of vote or indication through discussion or whether they will simply let the June decision stand and take no further votes.

79. September 16 Memphis City Council Agenda -

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 16, 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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80. Plans for Site of Closing International Paper Mill are Uncertain -

COURTLAND, Ala. (AP) – A year after International Paper announced that it would close a north Alabama mill because of declining demand, there's much uncertainty about the site's future.

81. Riverboat Enthusiasts Try to Save Delta Queen -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A group of riverboat enthusiasts is trying to get the 1920s era paddlewheeler Delta Queen back on the Mississippi River.

Former Delta Queen Steamboat Co. executive Cornel Martin was in St. Louis this week seeking support and investment for his company, DQSC LLC, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

82. Hilton Donates $7,500 to Hope House -

Memphis-based Hilton Worldwide has donated $7,500 to Hope House as a part of the company’s ongoing community relations efforts.

Opened in 1995, Hope House focuses on improving the quality of life for area families affected by HIV and AIDS. It serves almost 50 children and 150 adults through programs such as childcare, counseling, education, medical support and parent support groups.

83. Dedric Lawson Joining Tigers a Year Early -

Dedric Lawson, a 6-foot-8 forward, has said he will reclassify and come to the University of Memphis in 2015 instead of 2016, according to an ESPN.com report.

84. Grizzlies Partner With BlueCross BlueShield -

The Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee have entered into a collaborative partnership, making BlueCross the official health insurance carrier of the Memphis Grizzlies and an executive partner in several Grizzlies health and wellness initiatives, the team announced.

85. Haslam Names Memphians to Education Boards -

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

86. BrownDog Lodge Opens in Cordova -

Luxury dog hotel, daycare and spa BrownDog Lodge has opened a new location in Cordova.

The 426 S. Germantown Parkway location is the second for owner Chip Brown, who opened the original facility in East Memphis in 2007.

87. East Memphis Office Building Sells for $3 Million -

The 20,336-square-foot, two-story office building at 1000 Brookfield Road in East Memphis has sold for $3.3 million.

88. Events -

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital will hold an educational seminar on surgical weight loss options with Dr. George Woodman and staff Monday, Sept. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital, 4250 Bethel Road. Call 516-0611.

89. 8 Ways to Protect Your Online Identity -

Each year, millions of Americans are victims of data breaches. Credit card fraud alone has affected 41 percent of consumers over the last five years, according to Aite Group's 2014 Global Consumer Fraud Survey.

90. Allow Innovation to Expand Business Model -

As your innovation efforts begin to move from the ideation to the testing phase, or the co-creation with consumers or customers, outlandish and disruptive concepts present themselves. As messy as children arriving, they show up, saying, "Feed me, let me scream at the top of my lungs, I’m uncivilized,” all without speaking.

91. Vaco Memphis Expands, Emphasizes Risk Solutions -

Somebody else’s problem provides your business an opportunity. That’s just the way things work and for much of Vaco Memphis’ 10 years, their focus was on offering recruiting and consulting services in areas that included technology, accounting, finance, logistics and administration.

92. Latino Political Profile Continues Rise -

When Latino Memphis held its first annual Leadership Luncheon last week in East Memphis, the ballroom at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis included political and business leaders among the group of 800 people.

93. Crisis Center Receives Plough Foundation Grant -

The Memphis Crisis Center has received a $34,060 grant from the Plough Foundation to expand its crisis intervention services for seniors in the Mid-South. The grant comes as the Memphis Crisis Center prepares for its second annual Memphis Crisis Center Awareness Week Sept. 10-16.

94. NAACP Chapter Opens at CBU -

The nation’s oldest civil rights organization has a new chapter on the campus of Christian Brothers University.

95. Soulsville Foundation Taps New CEO -

The Soulsville Foundation has hired Calvin Stovall to be its new CEO.

The news comes after former Soulsville CEO Mark Wender decided to leave the foundation earlier this year to pursue other opportunities in the Memphis area.

96. Wal-Mart Preparing for New Memphis Store -

Wal-Mart has acquired property for nearly $4 million and several easements for a new store near I-40 and Whitten Road.

The Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust acquired a nearly 30-acre property northwest of the Whitten Road exit for I-40 on Aug. 28 from Belz Investco GP for $3.5 million. The property is on Raleigh Lagrange Road just east of Fletcher Creek and near the Firestone Complete Auto Care Store. Wal-Mart also acquired a nearby property from James and Lucia Gilliland for $489,396.

97. Innova Memphis Closes Venture Capital Partnership -

Innova Memphis has reached the first closing of its third venture capital partnership, Innova Fund III LP, with $20 million in capital commitments.

98. IP Names Mark Sutton Chairman and CEO -

Mark Sutton is the new chief executive officer and chairman of International Paper Co., named this week as the board of the Memphis-based company prepares for the retirement of current CEO and chairman John Faraci.

99. Fundraiser for The Bridge to Be Held Sept. 20 -

Fundraiser being held to benefit The Bridge, a street paper operated by college students

The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper, will hold its “Under One Roof” fall fundraiser Sept. 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rhodes College McCallum Ballroom, 2000 North Parkway.

100. Mid-South Fair Opens Sept. 19 in Southaven -

The Mid-South Fair will open at Landers Center in Southaven Sept. 19 through Sept. 28.

And this year the annual event will have free parking for the first time since its move to Southaven.

New features at the fair will include FARMtastic, an educational exhibit for children about agriculture, and cooking and baking contests that had been a regular feature of the fair during its decades in Memphis.