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1. Norfolk Southern CEO Says Rail Mergers Won't Work -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Norfolk Southern Corp.'s CEO doesn't think railroad mergers are a good idea even if regulators might approve one.

2. Canadian Pacific CEO Says Rail Deal Possible -

The CEO of Canadian Pacific thinks U.S. regulators would approve a well-structured railroad merger, but nothing is planned now that talks with CSX ended.

CEO Hunter Harrison said during a conference call Tuesday he doesn't agree with the view that the Surface Transportation Board wouldn't approve any merger.

3. Canadian Pacific Ends CSX Deal Talks -

Canadian Pacific Railway has ended talks with U.S. counterpart CSX about a possible combination and plans no more discussions.

The railway operator did not say on Monday why it ended talks, but it did note in a brief statement that regulatory concerns appear to be a major deterrent for railroads considering combinations.

4. Events -

The Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the grand opening of Memphis Central Station on Saturday, Oct. 4, with an 11 a.m. ceremony and free events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can tour the Amtrak Exhibit Train, a Norfolk Southern Railroad exhibit car and a Canadian National freight locomotive cab. Visit mrtm.org.

5. Events -

The Circuit Playhouse will present “The Fantasticks” Friday, Oct. 3, to Oct. 26, at the theater, 51 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.com.

6. ‘Swamp Rat’ Remembers Last Tennessee-Oklahoma Game -

University of Tennessee quarterback Dewey “Swamp Rat” Warren stood on the field during a timeout with a few seconds left in the Jan. 1, 1968 Orange Bowl.

Warren was the holder for UT place-kicker Karl Kremser, who lined up for a 43-yard field goal attempt against Oklahoma. The Sooners led, 26-24.

7. Rail House Roots -

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series. “Rail house” is a term that businesses – especially restaurants and bars – near train tracks, or with railroad motifs, use in their names.

8. Marshall County in Running for Cummins Jobs -

Add the burgeoning industrial area in Marshall County, Miss., to the list of communities competing for a significant chunk of the Cummins Inc. jobs that are currently in Memphis.

9. Bourland Heflin to Expand, Renovate Poplar Home -

A Memphis law firm is expanding its East Memphis office and improving public areas for clients and visitors.

Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews PLC renewed and expanded its lease in the 5400 Poplar Ave. office building.

10. Volvo Group’s Byhalia Facility to Employ 250 -

The Volvo Group will build a massive new distribution center in Byhalia, Miss., that should employ around 250 people.

The 1 million-square-foot distribution center will support the company’s Mack, Volvo and UD truck brands, as well as Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta. 

11. City Pension Change Outlined for 2015 -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. made its formal proposal of a “long-term solution” and change in the city’s pension plan to a 401(k) style plan this week with specific terms Wharton has long said would be included.

12. Full Steam Ahead -

A burgeoning distribution and logistics market for the Mid-South is taking root in the rich Delta soil in Marshall County, Miss., and Fayette County, Tenn.

Industrial developers and their tenants, lured by the availability of large tracts of land, major infrastructure enhancements, a new intermodal facility and friendly, focused public policy, are increasingly targeting the area.

13. Full Steam Ahead -

A burgeoning distribution and logistics market for the Mid-South is taking root in the rich Delta soil in Marshall County, Miss., and Fayette County, Tenn.

Industrial developers and their tenants, lured by the availability of large tracts of land, major infrastructure enhancements, a new intermodal facility and friendly, focused public policy, are increasingly targeting the area.

14. Panattoni’s Speculative Warehouse Underway -

In industrial development news, construction on Panattoni Development Co.’s speculative industrial building in Marshall County, Miss., is progressing.

15. Logistics Limelight -

World-renowned as a logistics and distribution hub, Memphis will further raise its profile this month with events that showcase the city’s transportation assets and standing in the global economy.

16. Suburbs See Different Sales Tax Realities -

While Shelby County and city of Memphis government leaders have grappled with the loss of property value and its impact on the property tax rates for both governments, suburban leaders have a different reality.

17. Bumper Crop -

Unless you see the signs, it is hard to tell when you have crossed the Tennessee-Mississippi state line where Fayette County, Tenn., meets Marshall County, Miss., not too far from the southern city limits of Collierville.

18. Riding the Rails -

By some estimates, America’s railroad companies are in the midst of the largest investment boom since the Gilded Age – when America’s railroad track mileage tripled between 1860 and 1880.

This year, North American’s freight railroads plan to invest $24.5 billion in intermodal terminals, new track, bridges and tunnels, safety equipment and rail cars, according to the Association of American Railroads.

19. Mo’ Money Fraud Sparks Fed Shutdown Effort -

Less than a week before the April 15 federal tax-filing deadline, U.S. Justice Department attorneys from Washington went to Memphis federal court seeking to shut down a Memphis-based company that operates five tax preparation companies.

20. Southern Steam Locomotive Trips Planned for Spring -

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Norfolk Southern is partnering with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society to host steam locomotive excursion trips in 2013.

21. Events -

The University of Memphis will screen “Duty of the Hour,” a documentary about Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Monday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on campus, 470 University St. Cost is free. Visit memphis.edu.

22. Events -

Nike Inc. will host construction symposiums for locally owned small, women-owned and minority businesses Thursday, Feb. 7, and Friday, Feb. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the U of M Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Attendees will learn about construction opportunities at Nike’s Memphis expansion. R.S.V.P. to Brenda Montgomery at bmontgomery@memphischamber.com or 543-3500.

23. Archer-Malmo Grows Again With Lease Expansion -

Archer-malmo has inked an additional 3,000 square feet in the Cotton Exchange Building, bringing its total footprint in the historic 12-story Downtown tower to 41,277 square feet across six floors.

24. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

25. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

26. Rail Yard Renews Higher Education Effort in Somerville -

Plans for a higher education presence in Fayette County could take a substantial leap forward early in 2013 after years of general plans for such a presence.

Leaders in Somerville, the county seat, launched the drive for a 26,000-square-foot “Fayette County Higher Education Center” in September. There has been general discussion for such a center the last two years.

27. Norfolk Southern Increases Activity -

Norfolk, Va.-based Norfolk Southern Corp. expects to continue increasing operations this year at its new Memphis Regional Intermodal Terminal in Rossville, just east of Collierville.

28. Trains Carrying More Oil Across US Amid Boom -

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse – the locomotive – to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand.

29. ‘Banner Year’ for Logistics Industry -

Positive momentum far outweighed the negative in the local logistics and distribution industry during 2012, as city officials and business leaders continued elevating Memphis’s status as world logistics hub.

30. Fayette, Marshall Prep for Ambitious Industrial -

With Norfolk Southern Corp.’s Memphis Regional Intermodal Terminal now operational in Rossville and a pair of large-scale industrial manufacturing buildings under way in the area, stakeholders say the future is bright for the region.

31. Urban Land Institute: Memphis Recovering Slowly, Behind Nashville -

Memphis’ economy and commercial real estate industry is recovering, but not as fast as other places – like Nashville.

That was the message local professionals heard Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Urban Land Institute Memphis’ 2013 Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South.

32. Norfolk, CB Richard Ellis Memphis Executives Tout Intermodal Yard -

Norfolk Southern Corp.’s most ambitious intermodal terminal to date, the $105 million, 380-acre Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility in Rossville, is making steady progress toward becoming a driving force for industrial development in Tennessee and Mississippi.

33. Rail Yard Opens In Rossville -

Those in the logistics industry have known since the end of June, but Norfolk Southern Corp.’s Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility at Rossville had its soft opening earlier this month.

34. Analysis: Loss to Saint Louis Ends Tigers’ Dreams of Deep NCAA Run -

Anything can happen in the NCAA Tournament. See No. 15 seed Norfolk State beating No. 2 seed Missouri. See No. 15 seed Lehigh beating No. 2 seed Duke.

In the same day.

So if you want to frame the Memphis Tigers’ 61-54 loss to Saint Louis University as unexpected, surprising, crazy, an upset, you can do that.

35. The Right Place -

When people think of Memphis, they might picture an aerial shot of Downtown – skyscrapers, The Pyramid and all.

But Andy Cates’ view of Memphis is different. He sees the city’s “dirty, industrial real estate.”

36. 'In the Middle' -

Memphis executives and business owners moving their goods around the world this year kept a close eye on international developments like the Arab spring and the Greek government’s fiscal crisis.

37. Railroads Avert Looming Strike -

NEW YORK (AP) – Railroads have cleared a major hurdle as the industry averted a looming strike, paving the way for growth ahead, analysts said Friday.

The freight rail industry announced late Thursday it has settled labor disputes with two unions and agreed to extend talks with a third. Without the agreements, the railway unions could have launched a strike as early as Tuesday, when a federal "cooling off" period was set to expire. The agreements came just hours after Republican House leaders said they would move to vote Friday on emergency legislation to prevent a work stoppage.

38. Railroads Avert Looming Strike -

NEW YORK (AP) – Railroads have cleared a major hurdle as the industry averted a looming strike, paving the way for growth ahead, analysts said Friday.

The freight rail industry announced late Thursday it has settled labor disputes with two unions and agreed to extend talks with a third. Without the agreements, the railway unions could have launched a strike as early as Tuesday, when a federal "cooling off" period was set to expire. The agreements came just hours after Republican House leaders said they would move to vote Friday on emergency legislation to prevent a work stoppage.

39. Adair Discusses Grand Vision for Piperton -

Proving naysayers wrong has become a hobby of William Adair’s.

When the Collierville native and his wife started Direct General Insurance Co. in 1991, it had six employees. Twelve years later, the firm had 520 offices across 13 states, was competing with State Farm and Allstate, and “all of the things that couldn’t be done were getting done,” he said.

40. Norfolk Southern Q3 Profit, Revenue Rise -

DALLAS (AP) — Freight railroad Norfolk Southern says third-quarter profit rose 24 percent on higher rates.

Net income was $554 million, or $1.59 per share, compared with $445 million, or $1.19 per share, a year earlier.

41. Continental Shift -

After a 15-year transformation from a government operated east-west railroad network to a privately owned company with a North American reach, Canadian National Railway Co. is positioning itself as a logistics “enabler.”

42. Mississippi Muscle -

Since the 1950s, Memphis has been building industrial space for users to benefit from the city’s transportation amenities, which now includes five Class 1 railroads, several interstate highways, the nation’s fourth-busiest inland waterway port and the world’s second-largest cargo airport.

43. Region Sees Logistics Assets Grow -

Change is afoot with the area’s transportation and logistics industries. New developments in the region – from a proposed third bridge spanning the Mississippi River to a new multimillion-dollar intermodal facility – should keep transportation and logistics as the area’s bread-and-butter businesses.

44. Norfolk Southern's Q2 Profit Jumps 42 Percent -

Railroad Norfolk Southern says its second-quarter earnings jumped as higher revenue offset a 60 percent increase in fuel costs.

The Norfolk, Va., company said Tuesday that net income totaled $557 million, or $1.56 per share, compared with $392 million, or $1.04 per share, a year ago.

45. Bridging the Gap -

Between now and the end of the year, transportation planners in the tri-state area and beyond will round up the final work product that will go into the preliminary search for a new Mississippi River bridge at or near Memphis.

46. Railroads Reach Tentative Deal With Largest Union -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The major U.S. freight railroads have reached a tentative five-year deal with their largest union, which represents 38,000 workers.

The deal between the railroads' National Carriers' Conference Committee and the United Transportation Union, whose members include brakemen and conductors, was announced Monday. The UTU represents roughly one-third of all rail workers.

47. Fayette Norfolk Southern Work Begins -

Tennessee state Sen. Delores Gresham compared it to Friday’s royal wedding. “This beats any royal wedding,” the Fayette County legislator said from beneath a white tent on a leveled dirt field where the Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility in Rossville is being built.

48. New Plants Bode Well for Industrial Sector -

Although the overall commercial real estate market is soft, Memphis’ industrial sector appears to be gathering more steam than any other category.

With the arrival of such large projects like the Electrolux and Mitsubishi plants and Norfolk Southern Corp.’s new Fayette County intermodal yard, industry professionals hope ancillary business will bolster the industrial market by sparking new development, attracting new investors and enhancing the area’s economy.

49. 2011 CRE Outlook Cautiously Optimistic -

Optimism is in the eye of the beholder in the commercial real estate industry. In a city plagued with high vacancies and scarce speculative development, investors have Memphis on its radar – and Memphis should too.

50. We’re in Good Company -

Memphis often gets a bad rap. So many people want to focus on negatives, and that simply breeds more negativity. From my perspective, the Memphis market is a uniquely great place to live and do business. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. FedEx, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, AutoZone, International Paper, Conwood, Smuckers, Asics, Nucor and Electrolux – all are major corporations either headquartered here or choosing to have major manufacturing or distribution centers here.

51. Norfolk Yard Finally Set to Commence -

Norfolk Southern Corp. has a busy year ahead as it finally begins preparations for a $112 million project that will create jobs, increase rail capacity and reduce highway traffic congestion in the Memphis area.

52. Mississippi EPA Sues Railroad for $34 Million -

South Mississippi Electric Power Association has sued Norfolk Southern Railway Co. for $34 million, claiming the railroad uses a monopoly over coal delivery to inflate costs.

53. Memphis Stands Tall as Logistics Industry Struggles -

Although the aftermath of the recession was palpable across all industry sectors in 2010, Memphis continued to prove its status as a critical logistics and distribution center.

The year came to a close with a milestone in economic development when Swedish manufacturer Electrolux said it will build a $190 million manufacturing plant on 800 acres of land in the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park in southwest Memphis.

54. Norfolk Southern Q3 Profit Soars as Shipments Rise -

NEW YORK (AP) – Norfolk Southern Corp. said Wednesday that a slowly improving economy, cost controls and higher prices drove third-quarter earnings up 47 percent.

55. 'User Friendly' -

With significant commercial real estate progress in 2010, DeSoto County’s stamina has no end in sight, industry professionals say.

DeSoto County is similar to that of other areas with a handful of submarkets that continue to do well and bolster the rest of the region. One of the county’s most prominent firms, Chuck Roberts Commercial Real Estate, has seen thriving submarkets that are located just a few miles from struggling ones.

56. Congress to Examine Trickle Down of Rail Rates -

NEW YORK (AP) – Congress is taking a closer look at the growing profits of the nation's railroads and the price hikes for their customers that may trickle down to consumers.

In a report released Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee says higher rates for rail transportation are putting undue pressure on customers who don't have an alternative way to ship their goods. Those customers, called captive shippers, are mostly electric utilities, chemical and agricultural companies. Higher transportation rates for them can mean higher energy and grocery bills for consumers.

57. Mallory Alexander Opens NY Office -

Memphis-based Mallory Alexander International Logistics has opened an office in New York state, its 23rd worldwide branch, the company announced Thursday.

The privately held, longtime third-party logistics firm (3PL) teamed with Charles Kendall Freight of London to open a branch in Inwood, N.Y., a small town in Nassau County just outside New York City.

58. Citizens Question Rail Terminal’s Environmental Impact -

What began as a tame public hearing Monday night turned contentious as concerned citizens pounced on a chief environmental issue surrounding Norfolk Southern Corp.’s proposed intermodal facility in Rossville.

59. Norfolk Southern Almost Ready To Break Ground -

Norfolk Southern Corp. is about to clear the final hurdle needed to begin work on its Rossville intermodal terminal, where cargo containers will be transferred between trucks and trains.

60. Pinnacle Weighing Options for HQ Relocation -

Pinnacle Airline Corp.’s pending headquarters relocation marks the second time in little more than a year that a transportation company has mulled over where to move a significant part of its operation.

61. Realizing Dreams -

William Adair’s quad-cab, four-wheel-drive pickup truck is splattered with mud. The office where he parks it out back, a converted country home at the corner of Tenn. 196 and U.S. 72, is littered with maps.

62. BNSF Opens New Rail Yard Site After Finishing Upgrades -

Memphis has long been a railroad town.

The city’s central location and the availability of other transport modes like the Mississippi River made it a popular choice with Class I railroads, five of which now have extensive intermodal and switching operations here.

63. MPO to Kick Off Imagine 2035 Public Phase -

An initiative designed to give citizens and communities input in the region’s future transportation needs will reach a critical milestone next week with the first round of its public meeting phase.

64. The Road Ahead -

Hardly anyone refers to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 by its official name. They instead abbreviate it as “ARRA,” or more commonly, call it the “stimulus plan.”

No matter its acronym or moniker, the landmark legislation approved by Congress last year pledged $787 billion in tax cuts and funding – and promised to spark the U.S. economy.

65. Water Contamination From Norfolk Site Almost a Certainty -

News came recently that Norfolk Southern Corp. will receive $105 million in federal stimulus money. It was reported that $52.5 million of the taxpayer funds will be used to build the company’s new Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility in Fayette County between Rossville and Piperton on the former Twin Hill Ranch.

66. Rail Yard Backers Tout Economic Benefits -

Ahost of heavy hitters back Norfolk Southern Corp.’s plan for a $112 million intermodal facility in Fayette County, but many of those in the private sector declined to comment here.

67. Intermodal Yard Points to Larger Questions About Fayette’s Future -

The Piperton-Rossville area of Fayette County will change and the central question is how.

But that’s not the only question to consider as Norfolk Southern works to assemble another $28.5 million in financing for its $112 million intermodal yard.

68. The Cost of Progress -

The development of Norfolk Southern Corp.’s $112 million intermodal yard on a former cattle ranch in Fayette County has polarized the community for more than a year.

69. Norfolk Yard Lands Federal Dollars -

Norfolk Southern Corp.’s plan to build a $112 million intermodal facility in neighboring Rossville received a major boost today with the announcement that it would receive $105 million in federal stimulus money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program.

70. Norfolk Yard Lands Federal Dollars -

Norfolk Southern Corp.’s plan to build a $112 million intermodal facility in neighboring Rossville received a major boost today with the announcement that it would receive $105 million in federal stimulus money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program.

71. Norfolk Woes? -

Norfolk Southern Corp. hasn’t laid down any of the track that will connect its main line to the proposed $112 million intermodal terminal in Rossville, but the company is laying down a foundation to keep the project on target to open in two years.

72. Norfolk Southern Q4 Profit Falls 32 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) - Railroad operator Norfolk Southern Corp. reported Wednesday it felt a "continuation of economic momentum" in the last three months of 2009, but not enough to prevent a steep decline in its fourth-quarter earnings.

73. Freight Central -

When Bruce Lambert was looking for a place to host a regional freight conference, he set his sights on a city about six hours upriver from his hometown of New Orleans.

74. Cleanup of TVA Ash Spill is Big Payday for Some -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Cleaning up the Tennessee Valley Authority's coal ash spill at Kingston is already delivering big paydays for some contractors and it's a tab rate payers should be watching.

75. 2009 Year In Review -

2009 was a year without a script – and plenty of improvising on the political stage.

It was supposed to be an off-election year except in Arlington and Lakeland.

2008 ended with voters in the city and county approving a series of changes to the charters of Memphis and Shelby County governments. Those changes were supposed to set a new direction for both entities, kicking into high gear in 2010 and ultimately culminating two years later.

76. Logistics Outfits Weather Rough ’09 -

All things considered, the local logistics sector fared better than many industries during 2009 as the recession claimed casualties throughout the U.S. Granted, some logistics, distribution and transportation companies suffered layoffs and closures, but the overall outlook is as bright as can be expected during these bleak times.

77. Berkshire Hathaway Names Comcast's Burke to Board -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. on Tuesday named Stephen Burke, the chief operating officer of Comcast Corp., to its board of directors.

78. Muller to Tout City’s Position For Shipping -

Memphis’ role in the global supply chain is often underappreciated, but shippers moving auto parts from Yokohama to Yazoo City or electronics from Beijing to Birmingham understand this city’s importance.

79. Public-Private Partnerships at Center of Freight Conference -

Memphis’ intermodal and freight capabilities are legendary. The city has boasted the world’s busiest cargo airport for 17 straight years thanks to hometown shipping giant FedEx Corp.

80. Buffett’s Berkshire Buying Burlington Northern -

NEW YORK (AP) – Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. on Tuesday agreed to buy Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., making a $34 billion bet on the future of the U.S. economy.

81. More Details, Concerns Emerge From Norfolk Southern Deal -

Norfolk Southern Corp. has unveiled preliminary environmental data that will serve as the foundation of its proposed intermodal terminal in Fayette County, where cargo containers will be transferred between trucks and trains.

82. BNSF Railway Preps for Intermodal Yard Opening -

Evidence of Memphis’ importance to the intermodal industry can be seen throughout town, but nowhere is it more apparent than at the intersection of Lamar Avenue and Shelby Drive, where nine-story cranes now dominate the warehouse district’s industrial skyline.

83. Taking Off -

Aviators attain flight and control the movements of their aircraft by precisely balancing the forces of lift, thrust, drag and gravity. The people piloting the aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of Memphis’ economy focused on the airport, other transportation assets and the connectivity among them – are negotiating their own set of physics in hopes of becoming airborne.

84. Taking Off -

Aviators attain flight and control the movements of their aircraft by precisely balancing the forces of lift, thrust, drag and gravity. The people piloting the aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of Memphis’ economy focused on the airport, other transportation assets and the connectivity among them – are negotiating their own set of physics in hopes of becoming airborne.

85. Trucking Biz Not Threatened By Rail’s Popularity -

Most of the logistics and transportation headlines these days revolve around railroads beefing up their operations in Memphis, one of the most significant intermodal centers in the country.

BNSF Railway Co. is completing a $200 million renovation of its intermodal terminal at Lamar Avenue and Shelby Drive.

86. CN’s Harrison Yard Elevates Railroad, Memphis -

E. Hunter Harrison’s railroad legacy was cemented last week when Canadian National Railway Co. renamed its Johnston Yard freight car switching facility after him.

87. CN’s $100M Renovation Draws to a Close -

Canadian National Railway Co. next week will unveil the three-year, $100 million renovation to its Johnston Yard freight car switching facility in South Memphis. The railroad will commemorate its massive investment of time and money on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at the yard, 297 Rivergate Road, off Horn Lake Road.

88. MPO ‘Imagines’ Mid-South in 25 Years -

Imagine what the region will look like in 25 years. Where will the population growth occur? What areas will experience the most economic development? And how will transportation play a role in connecting people and businesses with each other and with the rest of the country and world?

89. Weekly US Rail Shipments Fall 16.1 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shipments carried by U.S. railroads fell 16.1 percent last week compared with a year earlier, a major industry trade group reported Thursday.

The Association of American Railroads said freight carried on the tracks for the week ending Aug. 22 totaled 279,478 carloads.

90. Logistics Study: While in Good Shape, Memphis Must Stay on Toes -

Preliminary findings of the “Memphis Regional Intermodal Infrastructure Assessment” reveal that Memphis is positioned well for the future thanks to a healthy network of transportation assets, but the city also needs to be wary of changing global supply trends that could leave it lagging behind peer cities.

91. Study to Analyze Lamar Freight Corridor -

Thanks to an expanded BNSF Railway Co. intermodal terminal, direct access to the Southeastern U.S. and the bulk of the city’s warehouses and distribution centers, Lamar Avenue is a lifeline for Memphis’ logistics community.

92. Worst of Recession is Over, Norfolk Southern Says -

The last of the major U.S. railroads to report second-quarter earnings agrees with the others: It appears the worst of the recession is over.

But Norfolk Southern Corp. warned Wednesday of an “unstable and uncertain” finish to 2009.

93. Local Logistics Industry Embraces Norfolk Southern Expansion -

Although Norfolk Southern Corp.’s planned $129 million intermodal yard won’t be built within the city limits but instead in neighboring Rossville, Memphis’ logistics and distribution industries stand to benefit from the railroad’s decision to expand its local presence.

94. Fayette Rail Yard Expected to Spark Business Activity -

Don Culbreath has about 200 acres for sale in Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park, a 2,600-acre site in Marshall County, Miss., but so far no one has shown any interest in buying the land.

95. Norfolk Southern Caps Rail Yard Plans With Few Objections -

Wick Moorman admitted that if he had traveled to Fayette County earlier this year, he might as well have shown up wearing a Darth Vader costume. That’s because Moorman, the CEO of Norfolk Southern Corp., realized he and his company were viewed back then as evil overlords.

96. Norfolk Southern Selects Fayette County Site -

Wick Moorman, CEO of Norfolk Southern Corp., made it official Thursday: The company is bringing a $129 million intermodal facility to 570 acres in southwest Fayette County.

97. Norfolk Southern Selects Fayette County Site -

Wick Moorman, CEO of Norfolk Southern Corp., made it official Thursday: The company is bringing a $129 million intermodal facility to 570 acres in southwest Fayette County.

98. Rail Yard Site All But Nailed -

The land where Norfolk Southern Corp. wants to build an intermodal yard was annexed Monday night by the town of Rossville, paving the way for the railroad’s proposed multimillion-dollar, multi-acre facility.

99. Norfolk Southern Set to Announce Fayette County Yard Site -

Norfolk Southern Corp. will end months of speculation Thursday by announcing the site of its new Fayette County intermodal facility.

100. Poplar Rail Study Juggles Citizen, Business Concerns -

Paul Morris empathizes with the college students who climb over the trains stopped on the tracks that intersect the University of Memphis campus on their way to class.