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1. Gov. Walker Shuns Trump's Presidential Primary Attention -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he's not worried about the attention Donald Trump is getting in his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

2. Berger and partners launching East Memphis cryotherapy business -

Taylor Berger’s new business venture is a bit cooler than the rest of the other concepts he’s helped launched in the city – cool, as in, sub-zero.

The Memphis restaurateur and businessman is one of a few partners behind Flow Cryotherapy, a new business opening Monday at 5101 Sanderlin Ave.

3. Memphis’ Mercer Capital Merges With Texas Firm -

Memphis-based business valuation and financial advisory firm Mercer Capital has merged with Texas-based valuation and litigation support firm Erickson Partners, effective July 1.

The firms decided that their respective footprints – Mercer, with a strong presence throughout the Southeast and Midwest, and Erickson Partners, with a strong presence in Texas and Oklahoma – made them a perfect fit.

4. Two ZeroTo510 Companies Win Pair of Honors -

Memphis’ emerging status as a hub of medical device activity is getting some major international recognition this month via honors flowing to two startups being incubated here.

Two of the four companies participating in this year’s ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator program have, in different ways, scored honors from separate international innovation and entrepreneurial programs.

5. Clinton to Propose Increasing Capital Gains Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton plans later this week to propose raising capital gains taxes for some investors, part of a larger campaign effort to encourage greater focus on longer-term economic growth rather than more immediate gains for investors.

6. Apartment Construction Drives US Homebuilding Surge in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders broke ground on apartment complexes last month at the fastest pace in nearly 28 years, as developers anticipate that recent jobs gains will launch a wave of renters

7. Setting the Standard: Social Entrepreneurs With Heart -

The greatness of a city does not lie in the size of its budget; rather, it is revealed by the size of the hearts of those who work to make it great for all citizens.

Entrepreneurship has long been a hallmark of that Memphis “can do” spirit. Every city on the move needs that to stimulate the economy, grow the marketplace and get to the next level. But there is more. Those with a heart for improving the quality of life for all citizens, a passion to make things better, to lift up others are the social entrepreneurs whose purpose in life contributes so much to making Memphis a great city.

8. Digital Diaspora -

The ubiquitous connectivity that permeates today's workplace is having a profound effect on company cultures, most notably in the digitally-fueled diaspora unfolding in which employees can work from just about anywhere.

9. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 4.09 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching highs for the year as investor anxiety over economic turbulence abroad moderated.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.09 percent from 4.04 percent a week earlier. The new level is the highest since last October.

10. Justice Department: Food Companies Risk Prosecution for Outbreaks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Following a deadly listeria outbreak in ice cream, the Justice Department is warning food companies that they could face criminal and civil penalties if they poison their customers.

11. State Audit Uncovers Millions in Questionable Spending -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An audit of the Tennessee Department of Human Services found a lack of oversight led to at least $1.8 million in questionable spending last year from contractors operating programs to feed the needy. In 2013, the questioned costs were $4.3 million. And that is just in the small sample of agencies auditors reviewed.

12. Vertical Living in Crosstown -

The 1.1 million-square-foot Sears & Roebuck regional distribution center, which has laid abandoned in the Crosstown neighborhood for more than 10 years, is getting a new lease on life as the highly-anticipated Crosstown Concourse project.

13. Beale Authority Prepares to Negotiate Lease With Memphis Leaders -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is at what Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris describes as an “awkward interim stage.”

14. Varsity Spirit Honored With American Tradition Award -

The National Federation of State High School Associations has selected Memphis-based Varsity Spirit as the 2015 recipient of the American Tradition Award.

The NFHS is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities, and presents the American Tradition Award to an individual, organization or company that has supported high school activities on a national level. Varsity Spirit executives accepted the award July 1 during the organization’s summer meeting in New Orleans.

15. Council Approves Pinch Building Permit Moratorium -

Memphis City Council members approved a 120-day moratorium Tuesday, July 7, on new building permits in the Pinch District as they also approved a planned development Downtown.

The moratorium proposed by councilman Berlin Boyd allows the council to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis during the four-month period. During that time, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will come up with suggested guidelines for future development of the district bordering The Pyramid.

16. 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.

17. IBM Claims Breakthrough in Making Chips Even Smaller -

NEW YORK (AP) – IBM says it has achieved a breakthrough in making computer chips even smaller, creating a test version of the world's first semiconductor that shrinks down the circuitry by overcoming "one of the grand challenges" of the tech industry.

18. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the world premiere of “Mountain View,” a winner of the NewWorks@TheWorks competition, Friday, July 10, through Aug. 2 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.com.

19. Council Approves Moratorium on Pinch Building Permits -

Memphis City Council members approved a 120-day moratorium Tuesday, July 7, on new building permits in the Pinch District as they also approved a planned development Downtown.

The moratorium proposed by councilman Berlin Boyd allows the council to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis during the four-month period. During that time, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will come up with suggested guidelines for future development of the district bordering The Pyramid.

20. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, July 9, at 4:30 p.m. at Blues City Cafe, 138 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

21. Colorado-Based Summit Wealth Group Expands to Memphis -

Randy Morris' Colorado-based independent wealth management firm Summit Wealth Group has grown at a steady clip over the last several years, and its new entry into the Memphis market shows that trend isn't slowing.

22. Council Approves Pinch Moratorium, Delays Vote On Civilian Police Review Board -

Memphis City Council members approved a 120-day moratorium Tuesday, July 7, on new building permits in the Pinch district as they also approved a planned development in the Downtown district.

The moratorium proposed by council member Berlin Boyd allows the council to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis during the four-month period. During the fourth months, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will come up with some suggested guidelines for future development of the district that borders the reactivated Pyramid.

23. Council Approves Pinch Moratorium, Delays Vote On Civilian Police Review Board -

Memphis City Council members approved a 120-day moratorium Tuesday, July 7, on new building permits in the Pinch district as they also approved a planned development in the Downtown district.

The moratorium proposed by council member Berlin Boyd allows the council to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis during the four-month period. During the fourth months, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will come up with some suggested guidelines for future development of the district that borders the reactivated Pyramid.

24. Council Approves Pinch Moratorium, Delays Vote On Civilian Police Review Board -

Memphis City Council members approved a 120-day moratorium Tuesday, July 7, on new building permits in the Pinch district as they also approved a planned development in the Downtown district.

The moratorium proposed by council member Berlin Boyd allows the council to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis during the four-month period. During the fourth months, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will come up with some suggested guidelines for future development of the district that borders the reactivated Pyramid.

25. Varsity Spirit Honored With American Tradition Award -

The National Federation of State High School Associations has selected Memphis-based Varsity Spirit as the 2015 recipient of the American Tradition Award.

The NFHS is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities, and presents the American Tradition Award to an individual, organization or company that has supported high school activities on a national level. Varsity Spirit executives accepted the award July 1 during the organization’s summer meeting in New Orleans.

26. Share Your Vision in Concise, Compelling Ways -

How does your nonprofit report on its work? How do you share your vision, work and impact? Do you send an email? Create an annual report? What about an annual meeting bringing together donors, leaders, clients, vendors, partners, board members, and staff? Are you up to it? Can you make the time? Our perspective: How can you not afford the time?

27. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store -

Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 2015
Owner/Tenant: Ikea
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

28. Memphis City Council to Vote on Forrest Statue Removal -

[Update: Adds specifics of City Council's proposal on Nathan Bedford Forrest. The council will vote on the Forrest statue removal today.] With the city budget season done, Memphis City Council members turn their attention Tuesday, July 7, to development in the Pinch district, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and redrawing council district lines.

29. ‘It’s a Great Day Here at FedEx Family House’ -

Memphis, an Egyptian word meaning a place of good abode; Memphis, a city in Tennessee that lives out the meaning of its name.

What makes Memphis such a good place to live, or to stay for a while, is the multitude of Good Samaritans who are neighbors to those in need. It doesn’t matter if those experiencing a crisis live here, or are just staying during a critical time in their lives: There are a multitude of Memphians who will provide that place of good abode for as long as it’s needed.

30. My Kind of Crazy -

CRAZY LIKE CHISCA. Lauren Crews told me that people think he’s crazy.

After all, he paddled a canoe from the Twin Cities to New Orleans – just him and his dog. He rode a bike to New Orleans, too, all the way down Highway 61 in the summer, the heat driving him dizzy into ditches.

31. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $84 million

32. Memphis Grizzlies Enter Into Partnership With FanDuel -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced a new partnership with FanDuel, a daily fantasy sports company.

The marketing alliance makes FanDuel the exclusive and official Daily Fantasy Gaming Partner of the Grizzlies, and will include an interactive in-arena presence, access to unique Grizzlies experiences for FanDuel users, out-of-arena activations, and integration throughout Grizzlies media channels.

33. Level Nine Partners With Memphis Event Planner -

Level Nine Services and Salt Style & Events, two Memphis companies that aim to make clients’ lives easier, have announced a formal partnership.

Level Nine provides business and lifestyle-management services, helping clients with anything from mundane tasks to elaborate trips and events. Salt specializes in creating custom events, working closely with clients to produce an event design that allows them to entertain in style and leave a lasting impression on guests.

34. McNeill Moving Forward With Germantown Hampton Inn -

McNeill Commercial Real Estate is launching a 108-room Hampton Inn & Suites in Germantown, part of a much larger mixed-use project under development in the Memphis suburb.

Germantown-Neshoba Hotel Partners LLC, an affiliate of McNeill, has applied for an $8.6 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the four-story hotel that is part of the $150 million Thornwood community at the northeast corner of Germantown and Neshoba Roads.

35. West Memphis Kitchen Incubator Is Cooking -

A West Memphis kitchen incubator has found its first user.

Bluff City Barbecue Supply is the first group to use Delta Cuisine: A Southern Kitchen, the community kitchen housed at the new Jeremy Jacobs Hospitality Management Center at Mid-South Community College.

36. Commercial Advisors Lands Crosstown Concourse Duties -

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors has been tapped to handle property management and office leasing at the Crosstown Concourse development.

Under redevelopment now, the 1 million-square-foot Crosstown Concourse building will include 65,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor, 620,000 square feet of commercial/office space on floors two through six, and 270 apartments on floors seven through 10.

37. Belz’s Industrial Portfolio Sells to MDH for $82 Million -

The recent sale of Belz Enterprise’s industrial portfolio to MDH Partners LLC of Atlanta totals more than $82 million, according to four special warranty deeds filed on June 19.

38. West Memphis Kitchen Incubator is Cooking -

A West Memphis kitchen incubator has found its first user.

Bluff City Barbecue Supply is the first group to use Delta Cuisine: A Southern Kitchen, the community kitchen housed at the new Jeremy Jacobs Hospitality Management Center at Mid-South Community College.

39. Test Score Results Show Gains in All High School Subjects -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State education officials say they're taking steps to address reading test scores that have remained relatively flat in early grade levels over the past five years.

40. Commercial Advisors Lands Crosstown Concourse Duties -

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors has been tapped to handle property management and office leasing at the Crosstown Concourse development.

Under redevelopment now, the 1 million-square-foot Crosstown Concourse building will include 65,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor, 620,000 square feet of commercial/office space on floors two through six, and 270 apartments on floors seven through 10.

41. Belz’s Industrial Portfolio Sells to MDH for $82 Million -

The recent sale of Belz Enterprise’s industrial portfolio to MDH Partners LLC of Atlanta totals more than $82 million, according to four special warranty deeds filed on June 19.

42. Pinnacle Financial Partners Adds to Memphis Team -

The team launching Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners’ expansion into the Memphis market is getting bigger.

The bank has added another three in Memphis, bringing the total so far to 11. The new additions – Rick Neal, Richard Harris and Nicole Pickens – come from Trustmark Bank, Paragon Bank and First Tennessee, respectively.

43. Baptist Health Care, Church Health Center Launch Residency Program -

Baptist Memorial Health Care and the Church Health Center have teamed up to launch a new family medicine residency that involves recruiting a group of residents in waves, with the first batch starting work next summer.

44. Memphis Grizzlies Enter Into Partnership With FanDuel -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced a new partnership with FanDuel, a daily fantasy sports company.

The marketing alliance makes FanDuel the exclusive and official Daily Fantasy Gaming Partner of the Grizzlies, and will include an interactive in-arena presence, access to unique Grizzlies experiences for FanDuel users, out-of-arena activations, and integration throughout Grizzlies media channels.

45. Level Nine Services Partners With Memphis Event Planner -

Level Nine Services and Salt Style & Events, two Memphis companies that aim to make clients’ lives easier, have announced a formal partnership.

Level Nine provides business and lifestyle-management services, helping clients with anything from mundane tasks to elaborate trips and events. Salt specializes in creating custom events, working closely with clients to produce an event design that allows them to entertain in style and leave a lasting impression on guests.

46. McNeill Moving Forward With Germantown Hampton Inn -

McNeill Commercial Real Estate is launching a 108-room Hampton Inn & Suites in Germantown, part of a much larger mixed-use project under development in the Memphis suburb.

Germantown-Neshoba Hotel Partners LLC, an affiliate of McNeill, has applied for an $8.6 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the four-story hotel that is part of the $150 million Thornwood community at the northeast corner of Germantown and Neshoba Roads.

47. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

The developers behind a massive hotel near Graceland are ready to shake, rattle and roll on the project.

Guest House at Graceland LLC, formed to develop the hotel, has filed an $84 million construction loan for the 450-room resort-style hotel at 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.

48. Greening the Region -

A result of a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and two years of planning, the pre-implementation phase of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan is gaining momentum.

49. MDH Buys Belz’s Memphis Industrial Portfolio -

An Atlanta-based firm has acquired a large industrial portfolio from Belz Enterprises.

Atlanta-based MDH Partners LLC bought 22 industrial buildings in the Memphis area totaling more than 3.1 million square feet.

50. This week in Memphis history: June 19-25 -

1985: The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. takes the first step toward financing a residential development to be called South of Beale, bounded by Fourth and Third streets and Lt. George W. Lee and Linden avenues – the block where FedExForum is now.

51. Speltz’s Design Flair Transforms Downtown Memphis -

Christopher Speltz’s work as an architectural designer for Renaissance Group hinges on transformation. As an illustrator for multifamily spaces 266 Memphis Lofts, Printer's Alley and the Annex Lofts, he's bringing much-needed flair to a stretch of South Front Street.

52. MDH Partners Buys Belz's Memphis Industrial Portfolio -

An Atlanta-based firm has acquired a large industrial portfolio from Belz Enterprises.

Atlanta-based MDH Partners LLC bought 22 industrial buildings in the Memphis area totaling more than 3.1 million square feet.

53. Swimming, Snow Cones and Entrepreneurship -

A neighbor started giving swim lessons several days a week during the summer. Obviously, she is good at what she does. Her lessons bring daily traffic to a quiet side street that usually experiences mild traffic only twice a day – in the morning and evening.

54. Stones Rock Music City -

Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed our name. Well, hell, Mick, if it’s puzzling you, it’s Nashville. Music City USA.

We’re the national media’s flavor of the day – the “It city,” which has gone from being a secondary concert market – remember The Beatles played Memphis, not Nashville – to one of the country’s prime touring destinations.

55. Nonprofit College Initiative Marks Third Year -

Three years after its founding, a nonprofit that assists low-income students with the transition from high school to college is moving its Memphis offices and plans to double the number of schools it works with.

56. Do More Jobs Mean More Economic Security? Not for Some -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy is churning out a lot of jobs these days but not a lot of financial security for many of the people who hold them.

Pay growth, though improving, remains tepid. Many workers have few opportunities to advance. Others have taken temporary, part-time or freelance jobs, with little chance of landing full-time permanent work with benefits.

57. You Want To Build A Building? -

Owning a building can be a turning point in the life of a nonprofit. A building represents positive attributes: permanence, ownership, longevity, visibility, stability, status and achievement. You can control your destiny, make improvements, and expand when needed. You have an asset to leverage for future projects. No one can make you move.

58. Solana Senior Living Facility Sells for $65.5 Million -

8199 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $65.5 million

Sale Date: May 27, 2015

59. Wal-Mart Keeps It All in the Family, Chair Passed to Penner -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart is passing the chairmanship of the world's largest retailer from the eldest son of late founder Sam Walton to a third generation.

The company said that board Chairman Rob Walton will step down and be succeeded by Vice Chairman Greg Penner, who is his son-in-law.

60. Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Names New CFO -

Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, the nation’s largest pharmacy services provider, has appointed Sam Daniel as its new chief financial officer.

61. Fogelmans, DRA Acquire The Bristol on Union -

A joint venture of Memphis-based Fogelman Venture Partners and New-York-based DRA Advisors have acquired the lease for The Bristol on Union, a 220-unit apartment community at Union Avenue and Interstate 240 near the Memphis Medical District.

62. LYFE Kitchen Pays $3M For East Memphis Spot -

LYFE Kitchen has purchased its East Memphis location from a division of Memphis-based Carlisle Corp.

LYFE bought the restaurant at 6201 Poplar Ave. from Wendelta Property Holdings LLC for $3 million, according to a May 29 warranty deed.

63. Bonnaroo Success ‘Testament to the Community’ -

Knoxville music promoter Ashley Capps – a big part of the brain trust that created Bonnaroo – really never needed the media to make the annual music and arts festival a success.

64. Building the Bank of the Future -

When Triumph Bank holds the grand opening ceremony June 16 for its sleek, ultramodern-looking branch in Germantown, at 7550 West Farmington Blvd., it will be the culmination of a wholesale shift in the banking industry that Triumph CEO Will Chase has been thinking about for years.

65. One-Day TEDx Event Coming to Memphis -

Memphis is getting a local version of the global TED conference that’s known for talks given by engaging, often celebrity speakers.

The global TED banner – TED being an acronym for technology, entertainment, design – has an offshoot called TEDx that was created so independent organizers can set up their own “TED-like” events in communities around the world and deliver comparable experiences. That TEDx event is coming to Memphis Aug. 29 at the University of Memphis Rose Theater, 3795 Central Ave.

66. Global Pharma Distributor to Open in Olive Branch -

A global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution company is opening a $48 million distribution center in Olive Branch.

AmerisourceBergen will locate the new facility, which will produce 129 new jobs, at IDI Gazeley’s Crossroads Distribution Center in the DeSoto County town.

67. Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Names New CFO -

Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, the nation’s largest pharmacy services provider, has appointed Sam Daniel as its new chief financial officer.

68. Fogelmans, DRA Advisors Acquire The Bristol on Union -

A joint venture of Memphis-based Fogelman Venture Partners and New-York-based DRA Advisors have acquired the lease for The Bristol on Union, a 220-unit apartment community at Union Avenue and Interstate 240 near the Memphis Medical District.

69. Council Pursues Budget Loose Ends, Votes on Brewery Funding -

Memphis City Council members will vote Tuesday on $2.5 million in city funding for the Tennessee Brewery redevelopment.

The members also have budget changes to work out before final budget votes later this month. They will tackle those issues during a Tuesday morning committee session.

70. Dollar Tree Will Sell 330 Stores to Private Equity Firm -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dollar Tree said Friday that it has agreed to sell 330 of its stores to the private equity firm Sycamore Partners in order to get regulatory approval for its $8.5 billion purchase of Family Dollar.

71. Getting Social: What Method is Best for You? -

To tweet, or not to tweet, that is the question. Or is it to blog, text or Skype? When it comes to communication and social media, these are some of the questions that come to mind as you determine the best method of communication to get the message out about your business, product, service or institution.

72. AutoZone Among Top 10 Arts-Supporting Businesses -

AutoZone Inc.’s commitment to the arts has earned it a place in Americans for the Arts’ top 10 business partners.

73. Astronaut from Tennessee Inducted into Hall of Fame -

An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and a co-owner of a Memphis-area business is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week.

Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA’s first female astronauts.

74. Conn’s Acquires Site for Third Memphis-Area Location -

A Texas-based retailer has acquired a fully leased shopping center in Southaven and will build a new store on an outparcel of the existing retail center.

Conn’s Appliances Inc. acquired the Stateline Square Shopping Center at 550 Stateline Road in Southaven for $5 million from Brixmor Commercial Real Estate, which was doing business as NPK Southaven LLC.

75. Astronaut From Tennessee Inducted Into Hall of Fame -

An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and a co-owner of a Memphis-area business is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week.

Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA’s first female astronauts.

76. AutoZone Named in Top 10 of Arts-Supporting Businesses -

AutoZone Inc.’s commitment to the arts has earned it a place in Americans for the Arts’ top 10 business partners.

77. Cutting-Edge Creations -

Over a selection of beverages and light hors d’oeuvres at a recent gathering, a group of entrepreneurs and startup teams held court at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation for a networking session, introduced themselves to the community and got a general welcome to Memphis.

78. Daisy King Still Serving Tearoom Favorites -

Like a proper Southern hostess, Daisy King of Miss Daisy’s Tearoom had trouble turning on the “closed” sign. If guests wanted to snag a table after hours, she couldn’t help but oblige.

79. Will More Money, Reviews Improve on Common Core? -

Is it Kabuki theater or a transformative process?

That question comes to mind in the aftermath of the legislative session as the Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill "repealing and replacing" Common Core, a set of K-12 education standards, by adding another layer of review and pushing the governor’s process for completion to 2017, along with adding a $400,000 expense.

80. Top 3 US Airlines Step Up Attack on Middle Eastern Carriers -

Leaders of the three largest U.S. airlines are stepping up their attack against Middle Eastern competitors that they say get unfair government subsidies.

The CEOs of American Airlines Group Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., and United Continental Holdings Inc. made a rare public appearance together Friday at the National Press Club in Washington to detail their claims.

81. Still Finding Joy After 75 Years -

He does not claim to be courageous, yet lives by the strength within, confronting fear, uncertainty and intimidation. He does not see himself as humble, yet deflects every question about him with a story about the inspirational deeds of others. He does not admit to being a visionary, yet continues to see things as they should be and works to make them a reality. He is a man for all seasons, and a Christian Brother for life.

82. Magna Bank Reports First-Quarter Earnings -

Magna Bank reported a first-quarter profit of $1.4 million, a 33 percent improvement over the first quarter of 2014.

83. Square Roots -

Lucy Woodson and George Saig went to lunch recently in Overton Square.

They chose Babalu, the site where the entertainment district began in 1970 with the opening of the former TGI Friday’s, just months after Memphis voters approved “liquor by the drink.”

84. Preserving East Tennessee's Endangered Buildings -

When preservation comes up in conversation, it brings to mind crumbling Victorian mansions or maybe an old Woolworth’s sitting idle downtown.

That’s definitely been the case in and around Knoxville, and it’s a mindset that Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) are working hard to break.

85. Nashville Emerging ‘As a Regional Tech Leader’ -

Two very different startups speak volumes about how much the Nashville venture capital scene has changed over the years and how things are still evolving.

When Franklin-based Cybera began with three employees in 2001, it set up voice and data networks for small to medium-sized companies, using leased space on traditional telecom companies’ high-speed digital subscriber lines.

86. Investors Pumping Hundreds of Millions Into Tennessee Startups -

The assignment sounded simple enough: Find out whether more money is coming into Nashville for startups.

If so, where is it coming from and what does it means to entrepreneurs, investors and the rest of us?

87. Six Easy Ways to Kick Referral Fears -

For most businesses, especially those selling to other businesses (or B2B), there is no more efficient way to generate new business than through referrals from existing happy customers. “Pre-selling” has occurred, which means there is already built-in trust, which inevitably shortens the sales cycle. Plus, there is typically little, if any, hard cost in that new customer acquisition.

88. Developers: Tennessee Brewery Work is Tough Job -

The team behind the proposed redevelopment of the long-vacant Tennessee Brewery received a 20-year tax freeze and a long-term loan for a new parking garage to help usher the Downtown development along, but officials say much work remains before the $28.1 million project becomes a reality.

89. Creative Works Conference to Return in October -

As a result of last year’s quick sellout, a three-day conference for Memphis’ creative community is returning later this year, this time in a larger space.

The second Creative Works design conference will take place Oct. 1-3, and this year it’s moving from Downtown’s Visible Music School to Central Station. It’s the brainchild of Josh Horton, principal and founder at Memphis-based creative firm Hieroglyph, and tickets go on sale June 1.

90. Magna Bank Reports First-Quarter Earnings -

Magna Bank reported a first-quarter profit of $1.4 million, a 33 percent improvement over the first quarter of 2014.

91. Convincing Girls, Women to Pursue Science and Math Careers -

Claudia Rawn is used to talking about science, so when asked to speak about women in the STEM disciplines, she was a bit out of her comfort zone.

The speaking invitation came from organizers with the University of Tennessee’s inaugural Women in STEM Research Symposium, held in April.

92. Do We Have a Deal? Yes, Until We Don’t -

People are angry now. Angrier than ever. In the past, there may have been a slight skirmish or two, but now there are battles that often escalate into full-scale wars.

Buyers feel they have paid too much, and sellers feel they are being waterboarded during the inspection process.

93. Youth Fund Kicks Off With MLGW Partnership -

The city of Memphis’ summer jobs program and its Memphis Ambassadors Program are seeking private donations to expand through regular contributions via the monthly Memphis Light Gas and Water Division bill.

94. Council OKs Graceland Tourism Surcharge -

Memphis City Council members approved on third and final reading a 5 percent Graceland tourism surcharge on all items bought on the 120-acre Graceland campus.

The revenue stream will go toward financing the three-phase Graceland expansion project including the construction of a $90 million, 450-room hotel north of the mansion.

95. Memphis Youth Fund Kicks Off With MLGW Partnership -

The city of Memphis’ summer jobs program and its Memphis Ambassadors Program are seeking private donations to expand through regular contributions via the monthly Memphis Light Gas and Water Division bill.

96. Council Approves Graceland Campus Tourism Surcharge -

Memphis City Council members approved on third and final reading a 5 percent Graceland tourism surcharge on all items bought on the 120-acre Graceland campus.

The revenue stream will go toward financing the three-phase Graceland expansion project including the construction of a $90 million, 450-room hotel north of the mansion.

97. Rodgers Takes Reins at Collierville Chamber -

Kanette Keough-Rodgers recently took over as president/CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after the chamber’s transition team selected her from more than 170 candidates.

In her new role, Rodgers is responsible for retaining and expanding chamber membership by ensuring members receive relevant, responsive and timely services, initiatives, programs and events. She is also responsible for forging and sustaining relationships with community, government and educational institutions.

98. Pair of Employee Benefits Firms Merge -

Two Memphis-based employee benefits firms have merged, effective May 1, and they’re attributing the union in part to the daunting task some firms have of coming to grips with the Affordable Care Act.

99. Pinnacle CEO Talks Memphis Plans in Wake of Acquisition -

Flush from its newly announced acquisition of Magna Bank and the hire of a team from First Tennessee Bank, the newest entrant into the Memphis banking market already is looking down the road, planning more hires and a careful expansion of Magna’s existing footprint.

100. Tesla CEO Plugs Into New Market With Home Battery System -

FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) – Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market.

The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants – and he can profit. On Thursday night, before an adoring crowd and a party-like atmosphere, Musk unveiled how he intends to do it.