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1. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store -

41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store

Sale Amount: $5.7 million

Sale Date: July 10, 2015

Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.

2. Google Shareholders Revel in Record 1-Day Windfall of $65.1 Billion -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's stock roared out of a long slumber Friday to produce the biggest shareholder windfall in U.S. history as investors rewarded the Internet company for promising to curb its spending on risky projects.

3. REIT Buys Sears Properties in Sale-Leaseback -

In part of a major transaction to increase cash flow and make their retail spaces more productive, Sears Holdings Corp. sold four Memphis properties to its newly formed public real estate investment trust, Seritage Growth Properties, for a combined $17.6 million.

4. Apple's Updates iPod Touch Amid Declining Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Although the iPod's popularity has waned, Apple is updating its music player for the first time in nearly three years by giving the flagship Touch model a faster processor and better cameras.

5. REIT Buys Sears Properties in Sale-Leaseback Transaction -

In part of a major transaction to increase cash flow and make its retail spaces more productive, Sears Holdings Corp. sold four Memphis properties to its newly formed public real estate investment trust, Seritage Growth Properties, for a combined $17.6 million.

6. One Beale Nabs 20-Year Tax Freeze -

The developers behind One Beale have earned key pieces of the public-private partnership they say is necessary to pursue the twin tower project overlooking the Mississippi River.

Memphis-based Carlisle Corp. on Tuesday, July 14, received a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive and a $10 million contribution toward a public parking garage from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp.

7. Boner, Fate and the Summer of Shame -

Phil Bredesen knew what he was trying to do. He just didn’t know if he could accomplish it.

“I had this sense that Nashville was ready for change,” says the former Metro mayor and Tennessee governor, reflecting on his early motivation for taking on the system that had run Nashville for decades.

8. Kuehne Nagel Acquiring Memphis Intermodal Firm -

Kuehne + Nagel, a Swiss logistics company with a large local presence, is acquiring Memphis-based ReTrans Inc., an intermodal transportation management company with more than $500 million in annual revenue.

9. Dunavant-Owned Destin Resort On Track to Open Next Summer -

Work continues moving forward at a splashy new Destin resort owned by Memphis-based Dunavant Enterprises Inc.

10. Fino’s Taking a Bite Out of East Memphis -

The Brookhaven Circle area, an emerging restaurant row in the heart of East Memphis, is welcoming a new neighbor.

Jerry Wilson, owner of Fino’s from the Hill at 1853 Madison Ave. in Midtown, has acquired the property at 703 W. Brookhaven Circle in East Memphis for $526,600.

11. Mark Mosteller Joins Evolve Bank & Trust -

Mark E. Mosteller Sr. recently joined Evolve Bank & Trust as executive vice president, accounting and finance.
The new role includes a variety of responsibilities, including management of the accounting and finance department team, accounting internal controls, internal and external financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, taxes and treasury management. Mosteller also works with senior and executive management and the board on accounting, finance and operational issues.

12. Building Ballet -

Ask Ballet Memphis CEO and founding artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh about her dance company's newly announced move to Midtown, and the conversation doesn't immediately turn to obvious things like the when and the why.

13. Kuehne Nagel Acquiring Memphis Intermodal Firm -

Kuehne + Nagel, a Swiss logistics company with a large local presence, is acquiring Memphis-based ReTrans Inc., an intermodal transportation management company with more than $500 million in annual revenue.

14. State Gives Environmental Award to Agricenter’s Wilson -

Agricenter International president John Charles Wilson has received a lifetime achievement award from the state of Tennessee.

15. State Gives Environmental Award To Agricenter’s Wilson -

Agricenter International president John Charles Wilson has received a lifetime achievement award from the state of Tennessee.

16. Simmons Joins Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors -

Mary Leesa Simmons has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as vice president – senior asset manager. In her new role, Simmons provides all aspects of property management duties for the firm’s clients.
This includes financial administration, budgeting, reporting, lease administration, contract administration, tenant, client and vendor administration, capital improvements and property inspections.

17. FedEx Records $2.2 Billion Pension Accounting Charge -

FedEx Corp. has changed accounting procedures for its pension plan in order to provide a more timely view of the plan’s performance.

18. Memphis Airport Authority OKs Incentives Program, Lyft Ride-Sharing Operations -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has reached an operating agreement with a popular ride-sharing service and retooled an incentive program designed to attract new air service.

New incentives target 21 specific destinations

19. Shelby County Commission to Resolve Budget Loose Ends -

The last time Shelby County Commissioners talked as a group about a county budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, the consensus they thought they had reached was falling apart.

That was two weeks ago and as commissioners began to part company, the body approved a stable $4.37 county property tax rate on the first of three readings.

20. Hillwood Pays $17.7 Million for FedEx SupplyChain Facility -

5050 E. Holmes Road and 0 Lamar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $17.7 million

21. FedEx Records $2.2 Billion Pension Accounting Charge -

FedEx Corp. will take a $2.2 billion charge as it changes pension accounting methods.

The Memphis-based company, which said the changes will provide a more timely view of the pension plan’s performance, will record the estimated $2.2 billion non-cash, pretax charge for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

22. FedEx Records $2.2 Billion Pension Accounting Charge -

FedEx Corp. will take a $2.2 billion charge as it changes pension accounting methods.

The Memphis-based company, which said the changes will provide a more timely view of the pension plan’s performance, will record the estimated $2.2 billion non-cash, pretax charge for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

23. Old Dominick Distillery Moving Forward -

D. Canale & Co. is moving forward with plans to build a $5 million distillery on Front Street Downtown.

24. Old Dominick Distillery Moving Forward -

D. Canale & Co. is moving forward with plans to build a $5 million distillery on Front Street Downtown.

25. MAA Outgrowing Its East Memphis Headquarters -

MAA has tapped Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to explore its long-term corporate office needs.

The apartment-focused real estate investment trust says internal growth and the 2013 acquisition of Colonial Properties Trust means space at its East Memphis headquarters is getting tight.

26. Plans for Old Dominick Distillery Move Forward -

D. Canale & Co. is moving forward with plans to build a $5 million distillery on Front Street Downtown.

27. FedEx Boosts Dividend by 25 Percent -

FedEx Corp. is increasing its quarterly dividend by 25 percent as it inches closer to completing a deal that would make it one of the largest international package deliverers in Europe.

28. Apple Wants a Lead Role in Streaming Music -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple's iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well under way, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer.

29. Mannis’ Hard Work Pays Off for Himself, Others -

Eddie Mannis, Knoxville businessman, entrepreneur, volunteer and donor, grew up understanding the value of hard work.

He says he knew it would be the defining factor in his life.

That standard has seen his company, Prestige Cleaners/Prestige Tuxedo, grow from a start-up using 30-year-old dry cleaning equipment to a business with a state-of-the art facility in North Knoxville.

30. Making the Connection -

Archie Willis III had just earned his master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when he returned to Memphis in 1981 to help his father, A.W. Willis Jr., redevelop the Adler Hotel Annex.

31. Tesla Motors Co-Founder Wants to Electrify Commercial Trucks -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Twelve years ago, Ian Wright and some fellow engineers launched Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley company that has helped jumpstart the market for electric cars.

32. Snapshot: Memphis-Based Public Companies -

Here's a look at what's going on at the dozen public companies headquartered in Memphis:

AutoZone Inc.

AutoZone Inc. is one of the largest auto parts retailers and distributors in the U.S., with a store count of 5,476 as of Feb. 14. Since 1998, the company has repurchased $15.7 billion worth of its own shares. At the end of March, AutoZone continued its share buyback program with the authorization to buy back another $750 million in company stock. The company followed that news with plans to pursue a $650 million debt offering to be used for “general corporate purposes.” – Andy Meek

33. Small-Town Shift -

Fred’s Inc. CEO Jerry A. Shore has been thinking bigger and smaller simultaneously.

“One of my key strategies after being named CEO was to upgrade talent,” said Shore, who had been the company’s CFO for more than 14 years before changing corporate hats a few months ago.

34. AutoZone Reports Quarterly Revenue, Earnings Increase -

AutoZone Inc. reported Tuesday morning a 35th consecutive three-month period of double-digit earnings per share growth.

35. TruGreen Inches Closer to New Memphis Headquarters -

TruGreen will move its 300 Memphis-area employees to a new corporate headquarters by the end of 2015, a move that will solidify the company’s spot in the Memphis business landscape.

“We are very close,” said Amy Simpson, spokesperson for TruGreen, adding that the company has “narrowed it down to a few places.”

36. US Airways Likely to Stop Flying This Fall -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – After more than 75 years of flying, the end is near for US Airways.

American Airlines plans to shut down the venerable carrier over a 90-day stretch that could begin as soon as July, which would mean a final departure around October.

37. Googling on Mobile Devices Surpasses PCs in US for First Time -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.

38. McDonald's Challenge: Make It Simpler, But Add Choices -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's wants to simplify, simplify, simplify – but also add a bunch of choices for customers to avoid growing stale.

CEO Steve Easterbrook said Monday that he will strip away the bureaucracy at McDonald's so the company can move more nimbly to keep up with changing tastes. The overhaul comes after McDonald's saw its profit drop 15 percent last year, with sales dipping in regions around the world.

39. Breathing New ‘Lyfe’ Into Existing Space -

Construction is underway on Carlisle Corp.’s LYFE Kitchen in East Memphis and the restaurant should be dishing out its “fast, natural, chef-inspired” meals later this summer.

40. TNT Express Posts First-Quarter Loss -

The Dutch logistics company FedEx Corp. has targeted for a takeover reported a first-quarter loss Tuesday, April 28, and indicated it is expecting a tough year leading up to the FedEx takeover.

41. Shelby County Commercial Sales Revenue Surges in First Quarter -

The number of commercial sales in Shelby County dipped in the first quarter when compared to last year but the average sale amount and total sales revenue surged ahead of 2014 levels, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

42. Breathing New ‘Lyfe’ Into Existing Space -

Construction is underway on Carlisle Corp.’s LYFE Kitchen in East Memphis and the restaurant should be dishing out its “fast, natural, chef-inspired” meals later this summer.

43. TNT Express Posts First-Quarter Loss -

The Dutch logistics company FedEx Corp. has targeted for a takeover reported a first-quarter loss Tuesday, April 28, and indicated it is expecting a tough year leading up to the FedEx takeover.

44. ServiceMaster Ups First-Quarter Earnings -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. posted first-quarter earnings of $28 million, the company reported Tuesday, April 28.

45. AutoZone Executives Talk Up Growth Prospects -

AutoZone chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes doesn’t often participate in investor roadshows.

The meetings between a company’s executives and analysts who cover that company’s stock can serve up insights not always found during the more formal question-and-answer sessions that accompany earnings presentations.

46. Wal-Mart Moves Forward With New Supercenter -

6790 Raleigh Lagrange Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Permit Amount: $600,000

Permit Application Date: April 2015
Owner: Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Tenant: Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Architect: Carlos Perez
Details: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is moving forward with plans for a new supercenter near Interstate 40 and Whitten Road.

47. Barbie Shows Signs of Life As Mattel Plots Comeback -

NEW YORK (AP) – Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

Mattel, the toy company behind the plastic dolls, said there were some signs of improving demand for Barbie ahead of its planned makeover of the brand, including Barbie dolls with different skin tones, eye colors and nose shapes to better relate to multicultural girls and their mothers.

48. Loeb Sees Activity at Executive Square -

Loeb Properties has picked up a new lease and a lease renewal inside the Executive Square development in East Memphis.

BoCo Health Services signed a new lease for 1,007 square feet in Suite 103 at 5575 Poplar Ave. In addition, Sunshine Corp. renewed its 1,075-square foot lease in Suite 420.

49. Wharton, Strickland Top $250,000 in Campaign Accounts -

As they prepare to pull qualifying petitions for the October ballot, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and challenger Jim Strickland each have more than $250,000 in their campaign accounts.

50. Full-Time Job -

For years, Judge Larry E. Potter has had to juggle a challenging court docket that included thousands of traffic citations and animal abuse cases along with the blight and neglect cases typically associated with the court.

51. Woods at Ridgeway Apartments Sell for $18.5 Million -

6277 Lake Arbor Drive and 6206 Knight Arnold Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $18.5 million

52. Calade Partners Adjusting to Small-Business Style -

Before these three FedEx Express marketing executives retired, they knew that they wanted to walk a different path.

Debbie Newport, Laurie Tucker and Karen Rodgers are now securing their footing as Calade Partners, a small consulting firm that provides the knowledge and experience gained at a global company.

53. Highland Capital Management Merges With Florida Firm -

Memphis-based investment firm Highland Capital Management has merged with a Florida-based financial firm.

Highland Capital has acquired the assets of ICC Capital Management, a combination that increases client assets under management at Highland to $2.8 billion. As a result, Highland’s parent company, Louisiana-based wealth management firm Argent Financial Group, is now responsible for client assets of more than $11 billion.

54. Flurry of Fred’s News Includes Fourth-Quarter Loss -

Fred’s Inc. reported a fourth-quarter loss Thursday, March 26, the day after announcing a major acquisition to its pharmacy network as well as the addition of several new executives.

Fred's Inc. booked an $8.2 million loss in the quarter ended Jan. 31 as a rise in expenses countered a small sales gain.

55. Need Even Cheaper Gas? Groceries, Big Boxes Have It -

Why be content with low gas prices when you can get discounted low gas prices?

Consumers are filling up at fuel centers associated with a business where shopping for products offers discounts at the pump.

56. Less for the Tank, More for the Bank -

The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts the typical American household will save nearly $750 on gasoline in 2015, but no one should expect the good fortune to last forever.

Yes, gas prices did fall below $2 – and have begun falling again in recent days after rising about 35 cents in February and early March – but now it’s spring, a time when gas prices typically rise.

57. FedEx Founder Not Worried About Uber Dabbling in Delivery -

Popular ride-sharing service Uber has hinted it may eventually expand firmly into the logistics sector. It’s a straight line, the thinking goes, from delivering people between destinations to eventually ferrying packages from one point to the next.

58. FedEx Founder Says No Concerns About Uber Drift To Logistics -

Popular ride-sharing service Uber has hinted it may eventually expand firmly into the logistics sector. It’s a straight line, the thinking goes, from delivering people between destinations to eventually ferrying packages from one point to the next.

59. FedEx Reports Strong Profit, Earnings for Third Quarter -

FedEx Corp. delivered for investors in the third quarter, with profits jumping more than 50 percent for the Memphis-based company.

60. FedEx 3Q profit jumps, but revenue, outlook disappoint -

NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx Corp.'s third-quarter profit jumped more than 50 percent and beat Wall Street expectations on a mix of volume growth and lower fuel costs.

61. First Horizon to Host Shareholders -

Shareholders of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company will have an opportunity next month to share their input on the direction of the company when they gather for its annual meeting in Memphis.

62. Simon Property Group Launches $16 Billion Hostile Bid for Macerich -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Simon Property Group has launched a $16 billion hostile bid for Macerich Co. after saying its rival refused to discuss a combination of two of the largest U.S. mall operators.

63. Highland Row Developer Approved for $11 Million Permit -

395 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $11 million

Project Cost: $61 million
Permit Approval Date: March 2015
Owner: Highland Row LLC
Contractor: Milhaus Construction LLC
Details: The developer of the mixed-use Highland Row project won approval for an $11 million building permit from the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

64. AutoZone Reports Higher Sales, Profit in Q2 -

AutoZone’s company operating theme for 2015 is “Wow every customer, everywhere.”

Tuesday morning, the company extended that to Wall Street and to analysts, laying out how the Memphis-based car parts retailer ended its fiscal second quarter with a profit of $211.7 million, up 9.8 percent over the same period in 2014.

65. Highland Row Developer Approved for $11M Permit -

The developer of the mixed-use Highland Row project won approval for an $11 million building permit from the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

Highland Row LLC, an Indianapolis-based Milhaus Ventures affiliate, received the permit to construct a four-story, wood-framed building at 395 S. Highland St. The permit lists Milhaus Construction LLC as the general contractor.

66. MRG Enjoys Flurry of Leasing Activity -

Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC is reporting leasing activity at its retail, office and industrial properties.

67. AutoZone Reports Higher Second-Quarter Sales, Profit -

AutoZone’s company operating theme for 2015 is “Wow every customer, everywhere.”

Tuesday morning, the company extended that to Wall Street and to analysts, laying out how the Memphis-based car parts retailer ended its fiscal second quarter with a profit of $211.7 million, up 9.8 percent over the same period in 2014.

68. AutoZone Grows Second-Quarter Profit -

AutoZone Inc. ended its fiscal second quarter with a profit of $211.7 million, up 9.8 percent over the same period in 2014, the Memphis-based car parts retailer announced Tuesday morning.

69. Highland Row Developer Approved for $11 Million Permit -

The developer of the mixed-use Highland Row project won approval for for an $11 million building permit from the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

Highland Row LLC, an Indianapolis-based Milhaus Ventures affiliate, received the permit to construct a four-story, wood-framed building at 395 S. Highland St. The permit lists Milhaus Construction LLC as the general contractor.

70. Brewery Developers Buy Site for New Apartment Building -

11 Butler Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Sale Amount: $1.25 million

Sale Date: Feb. 23, 2015
Buyer: 495 Tennessee LLC
Seller: BCH Investments LLC
Details: The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Tennessee Brewery: The Revival series of events there move forward.

71. Highland Row Developer Approved for $11 Million Permit -

The developer of the mixed-use Highland Row project won approval for for an $11 million building permit from the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

Highland Row LLC, an affiliate of Indianapolis-based Milhaus Ventures, received the permit to construct a four-story, wood-framed building at 395 S. Highland St. The permit lists Milhaus Construction LLC as the general contractor.

72. Flexing Its Muscles, LA Fitness Eyes Third Store -

LA Fitness is eyeing a property in the heart of East Memphis for its third Memphis-area location.

The California-based fitness center chain is considering opening its third store in the Memphis market at 1285 Ridgeway Road, according to sources.

73. County Home Sales Dip in January -

Fewer homes were sold in Shelby County in January when compared to last year, but pricing remained strong.

There were 1,018 homes sold in Shelby County in January, down 7.5 percent from 1,100 sales in January 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

74. Google Teams With 3 Wireless Carriers to Combat Apple Pay -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.

The counterattack announced Monday is just the latest example of how the competition between Google Inc. and Apple Inc. is extending beyond the technology industry's traditional boundaries. Besides payments, Silicon Valley's two richest companies are expanding into fields such as home appliances and cars to increase their power and profits.

75. Developer Charlie Ryan Focusing on Central-Cooper Intersection -

765 Tanglewood St.
Memphis TN 38104
Sale Amount: $27,000

Sale Date: Feb. 9, 2015
Buyer: Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan
Seller: Cowles Development Company LLC
Details: Developer Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan has acquired a key piece of Midtown property.

76. High Flyer -

She does not want to tell this first story, the one that could have meant there would be no more stories. There is fear in sharing the story about how two airplanes nearly collided because she never wants to say anything that might dissuade people from flying.

77. Coca-Cola Awarded Incentives to Stay, Expand in Memphis -

Coca-Cola appears poised to grow its Memphis presence.

The city-county Economic Development Growth Engine awarded Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. a 15-year tax break Wednesday, Feb. 18 to consolidate distribution operations in Memphis and West Memphis, Ark., into one facility in Memphis.

78. Maines Paper & Food Service Continues Work in Arlington -

11420 Gulf Stream Road
Memphis, TN 38002
Permit Amount: $2.5 million

Permit Application Date: February 2015
Owner: W D Arlington LLC
Tenant: Maines Paper & Food Service
Details: More new construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

79. Beyond Gaming -

Nearly 60 years ago – even before the Hernando DeSoto Bridge was built across the Mississippi River – Southland Park opened with greyhound dog racing in West Memphis.

Since then it has become Southland Park Gaming and Racing with gambling on horse races simulcast from Oaklawn as well as slot machines and table games.

80. Facebook, LinkedIn Join to Help Women in Tech -

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – Facebook and LinkedIn want to boost dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science with a collaborative initiative announced Friday that they hope will eventually fill thousands of lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long dominated by men.

81. Brean Capital Looks to Expand, Grow in Memphis -

Brean Capital LLC arrived in Memphis a few months ago and sees 2015 as a year of forward momentum for the company, with a planned move to a new office as well as interest in adding to the firm’s local ranks.

82. Word of Mouth Still Crucial for Adding Sales -

Building the customer base of a small business is not the same challenge it was 10 years ago. As digital content grows and it becomes more affordable to access, business owners are competing with more voices to be heard by potential customers.

83. Shelby Farms Conservancy Seeks $7.2 Million in Permits -

6093 N Patriot Lake Blvd.
415 E. Patriot Lake Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $7.2 million

84. Council Gives Third Look at Beale Street Authority -

For a third consecutive session, Memphis City Council members are scheduled to vote Tuesday, Feb. 3, on establishing a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

The resolution establishing the authority to oversee and further develop the entertainment district was delayed two weeks ago as some council members, led by Harold Collins and Wanda Halbert, talked about the council approving actions of the development authority.

85. Barbie Blues Gave Mattel Holiday Disappointment -

Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc.

Mattel's fourth-quarter earnings release Friday drilled down into the details of a weak performance that led to the resignation of its chairman and CEO.

86. Agency Services Appoints New Partner and COO -

Angie Pettinger has been appointed as partner and chief operating officer at Agency Services Inc.

She’s filled several leadership roles at the company, a full-service life and health brokerage agency, since joining in 1994. She was originally recruited to lead the firm’s third-party administration division and went on to become a member of the senior leadership team.

87. Airport Business Park Sells for $4.7 Million -

A group affiliated with a Dallas-based commercial real estate financing company has acquired Airport Business Park at a significant discount.

CRE ABP Memphis LLC, which is affiliated with Dallas-based Gearing Capital Partners Inc., bought Airport Business Park from Allegiance Realty Corp. for $4.7 million, according to a Jan. 21 warranty deed.

88. 100 North Main Seeks Historic Designation -

An effort to redevelop a Downtown skyscraper may have received a boost this week. A state board is recommending that the tower at 100 N. Main St. be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a move that could allow the owner to seek tax credits and grants to redevelop the building.

89. Agency Services Appoints New Partner and COO -

Angie Pettinger has been appointed as partner and chief operating officer at Agency Services Inc.

She’s filled several leadership roles at the company, a full-service life and health brokerage agency, since joining in 1994. She was originally recruited to lead the firm’s third-party administration division and went on to become a member of the senior leadership team.

90. Randy Odom Named CEO of Memphis Athletic Ministries -

Randy Odom has been named president and chief executive officer of Memphis Athletic Ministries. Odom joined MAM in 2006 as a neighborhood center director and became chief operating officer in 2012. In his new role, he oversees all operations and programming for 10 neighborhood youth centers that serve more than 900 underserved youth after school each day.

91. Airport Business Park Sells for $4.7 Million -

A group affiliated with a Dallas-based commercial real estate financing company has acquired Airport Business Park at a significant discount.

CRE ABP Memphis LLC, which is affiliated with Dallas-based Gearing Capital Partners Inc., bought Airport Business Park from Allegiance Realty Corp. for $4.7 million, according to a Jan. 21 warranty deed.

92. 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.

93. Reports: Google Planning to Sell Wireless Phone Service -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday.

If everything falls into place, Google Inc. could offer discounted wireless data plans that would pressure other major carriers to offer better deals and services or risk losing customers to a powerful rival.

94. Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10 and 'HoloLens' -

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) – Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new version of Windows – and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens.

The HoloLens is worn over the eyes like virtual reality headsets. While it's unclear when it might be available for sale, a Microsoft engineer showed how it could be used to view and edit three-dimensional renderings of people, machines or other objects.

95. Caesars Tunica Casinos Open, Despite Bankruptcy -

Despite the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, Caesars Entertainment casino properties in Tunica are open for business, the company says, adding that all operations at Horseshoe Tunica and Tunica Roadhouse continue as normal.

96. 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.

97. Caesars Tunica Casinos Open, Despite Bankruptcy -

Despite the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, Caesars Entertainment casino properties in Tunica are open for business, the company says, adding that all operations at Horseshoe Tunica and Tunica Roadhouse continue as normal.

98. Federal Deficit in October-December Up Slightly at $176.7 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal deficit for the first three months of the budget year is up slightly from the same period a year ago, reflecting the absence of a special payment from mortgage company Freddie Mac that helped narrow the gap in 2014.

99. TennCare Ends Contract With Computer Vendor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – TennCare says it is ending its contract with computer vendor Northrop Grumman Corp. and will find another company to develop a computer system to determine Medicaid eligibility.

100. 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.