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2. Regions Adds to Wealth Management Team -

Regions Bank has added a few new professionals to Regions Private Wealth Management in Memphis.

Amy O’Bannon and Holly Clark have joined as wealth advisers.

3. Regional Forensic Center Hosts Investigators -

The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center hosted an information and training session with investigators from three local law enforcement agencies Wednesday, July 29 as part of a new effort to strengthen relationships with area agencies that handle death cases.

4. Regional Forensic Center Hosts Investigators -

The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center hosted an information and training session with investigators from three local law enforcement agencies Wednesday, July 29 as part of a new effort to strengthen relationships with area agencies that handle death cases.

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9. US Home Sales Surged in June to Fastest Pace in 8-Plus Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought homes in June at the fastest rate in over eight years, pushing prices to record highs as buyer demand has eclipsed the availability of houses on the market.

10. Charles Hughes to Head Rhodes’ Memphis Center -

Dr. Charles L. Hughes has been named director of Rhodes College’s Memphis Center, an academic hub focused on the human experience of the Memphis and Mid-South region. He will be teaching classes on Memphis history and culture, coordinating student projects and developing programs, and also will be continuing his own research on the area.

11. Tech Innovation Series Coming To U of M -

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis is launching an “Innovation in Action Series” to introduce emerging technologies to the region.

The first event, happening July 30, is a day-long 3D printing workshop, which will include 3D printing and design lectures, a lunch and learn and an iterative design workshop, among other things.

12. Merger Creates Opportunities for Nonprofit Communities Unlimited Inc. -

If a small business is seeking a loan, nonprofit Communities Unlimited Inc. will sell the fuel along with a free diagnostic checkup.

13. Memphis Chamber, Yuletide Partner to Offer Discount -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced a new partnership with Yuletide Office Solutions that nets chamber members a discount on office supplies.

Memphis-based Yuletide joins three other companies that are part of the chamber’s Affinity Partner Program, offering discounts to more than 2,200 chamber members in the Memphis region. The others are FedEx, Methodist Healthcare and Lab Four.

14. Fed Survey Finds Economic Growth in All Regions of US -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy was expanding in all regions of the country in the late spring, aided by strong sales of autos and other consumer goods.

In its latest survey of business conditions, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday that some of its regions reported that lower energy prices were encouraging consumers to shop and eat out more. Growing sales of homes and commercial real estate also boosted the economy.

15. Memphis Chamber, Yuletide Partner to Offer Discount -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced a new partnership with Yuletide Office Solutions that nets chamber members a discount on office supplies.

Memphis-based Yuletide joins three other companies that are part of the chamber’s Affinity Partner Program, offering discounts to more than 2,200 chamber members in the Memphis region. The others are FedEx, Methodist Healthcare and Lab Four.

16. 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.

17. Want to Get Into Knoxville-Area Showbiz? Here’s How -

“Chasing the fun” keeps Jaime Hemsley, founder and owner of Gage Models and Talent Agency, in high gear to find her clients opportunities in the entertainment business.

“There’s lots of different ways to get involved in the industry,” she says, adding that her clients work both locally and nationally. Her agency recently booked a client with a TV reality dating show. Gage is headquartered in Knoxville but has clients throughout the southeast and works with agencies in New York and Los Angeles.

18. ‘Honda Girl’ Ashley Blair Finds Career Outside Car Ads -

Ten-year-old actress Ashley Blair takes her job seriously. She’s like many other actors in the region working to improve her craft and looking for the next project. The Knoxville area has a thriving community of actors, writers, directors, and producers, all trying to showcase their best work, both locally and nationally.

19. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

20. Shelby County Home Sales Jump 13 Percent in June -

Fueled by an apparent surge in consumer confidence, home sales in Memphis and Shelby County jumped significantly in June.

There were 1,792 home sales recorded in Shelby County last month, a 13 percent increase from the 1,586 sales recorded in June 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

21. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

22. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

23. All-Male Nanny Service Eyeing Middle Tennessee -

Mary Poppins he’s not. No flying umbrellas, no Oscar-winning musical numbers.

But as a caregiver, Jon Ericksen would rank himself right up there with any nanny in the business.

“Two nieces grew up in the house with me, I have worked with kids a lot in all my jobs, so I knew this was something that I would be very interested in,” says Ericksen, one of the men working for MyManny, a Tennessee-based, all-male nanny agency.

24. 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.

25. Plane Talk -

It was 2012 and Tom Jones was growing increasingly frustrated.

The root of Jones’ discontent was the high fares Delta Air Lines was extracting from Mid-Southerners at Memphis International Airport.

26. Southern Heritage Defined Differently Across Tennessee -

Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.

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28. Knoxville’s Amazing Network of Trails, Parks and Waterways -

With the Great Smoky Mountains looming in the distance, and no shortage of ball fields and other outdoor recreation sites closer at hand, Knoxville and its surrounding communities don’t lack for recreational opportunities.

29. Martin, Wilson Travel Parallel Paths to Success -

Pitmaster Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Chef Tandy Wilson of City House didn’t know one another in early 2007. Yet they’d soon have more than a few things in common.

30. Haslam Needs to Back Up Call for More Local Control -

If Gov. Bill Haslam is trying to build political capital, he’s making the right move by trying to light a fire under local officials.

He might also want to turn up the flame on his own game.

31. 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.

32. Fast Growth for Knoxville Diocese -

For the smallest Catholic diocese in the U.S., the Knoxville diocese knows how to draw a crowd of movers and shakers.

At the April 19 groundbreaking for the new $25 million cathedral, the lineup of both secular and non-secular dignitaries attending a weekend of events was impressive.

33. Awards Spotlight Knoxville's Top Achievers -

The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.

A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.

34. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

35. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

36. University of Memphis Pitcher Blackwood Named to All-American Team -

Memphis sophomore closer Nolan Blackwood has been named to the NCBWA NCAA Division I All-American baseball team. Blackwood is a Second Team All-America selection, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced.

37. McDonald's Sales Slump Continues in May -

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) – McDonald's says that a key sales measurement dipped in May, with weakness in the U.S. and some overseas markets.

The world's biggest hamburger chain said Monday that sales at locations open at least 13 months edged down 0.3 percent last month. That was better than the 1.1 percent decline that analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected.

38. Regions Bank Taps New Area Wealth Executive -

Regions Bank has tapped Travis LeMonte to be its new area wealth executive for Regions Private Wealth Management in West Tennessee.

39. 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.

40. Music Festival Security Details -

Metro Police, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office will be plenty busy during the time of the dueling festivals.

The Nashville police’s Special Events Division will provide 920 officers working in an overtime capacity, according to the Metro Police media relations office.

41. New Carnival Cruise Brand Devotes Ship to Volunteer Trips -

NEW YORK (AP) – Carnival Corp. announced a new concept in cruising Thursday: service trips where passengers sail to a destination in order to volunteer there.

42. St. Jude Launches National Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is launching a new, national event to coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

The city of Memphis – and the campus of St. Jude – will be the epicenter of the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer on Sept. 26. The event also will take place in 57 other communities nationwide on either Sept. 26 or Sept. 19. (Click here for list of cities.)

43. Regions Bank Taps New Area Wealth Executive -

Regions Bank has tapped Travis LeMonte to be its new area wealth executive for Regions Private Wealth Management in West Tennessee.

44. Fuel and Potential Fires for the US Economy Ahead -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The US economy should get better after a sputtering first quarter, but how much better? It's complicated.

Steady hiring and low gas prices should help power solid growth through the rest of 2015. The harsh winter and a labor dispute that slowed trade at West Coast ports are both over. Home sales and construction are rebounding, along with business investment.

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46. 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.

47. Colonial Country Club Hires General Manager -

Colonial Country Club has hired John Schoenbeck as its new general manager.

As a “Class A” PGA Member, Schoenbeck has more than 22 years of golf club management experience and was most recently the managing director of The Woodlands Country Club, host of the PGA Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational.

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In the beginning, there was Splash – the first legal casino in Tunica County following the Mississippi Legislature’s passage of the 1990 law legalizing “dockside” casinos in the state.

49. Clarksville Star Can’t Wait to Be Part of Lady Vols -

Haley Bearden will watch every pitch this weekend as the University of Tennessee softball team pursues its ultimate goal in the NCAA Women’s College World Series.

The 2015 Clarksville High School graduate and UT softball recruit has been a fan since she was young, hardly ever missing a televised game, and dreamed of playing for the Lady Vols one day.

50. Colonial Country Club Hires New General Manager -

Colonial Country Club has hired John Schoenbeck as its new general manager.

As a “Class A” PGA Member, Schoenbeck has more than 22 years of golf club management experience and was most recently the managing director of The Woodlands Country Club, host of the PGA Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational.

51. Deloitte Promotes Vince DeGutis -

Vince DeGutis, a partner in Deloitte Tax LLP, has been named Deloitte’s Memphis managing partner.
In his new role, DeGutis is responsible for overseeing the Memphis office, enhancing Deloitte’s brand and reputation in the business and civic community, and facilitating revenue growth by advancing targeting and growth activities. He is also responsible for the development and implementation strategies to attract and retain the next generation of leaders within Deloitte.

52. 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.

53. FedEx to Sponsor UEFA Europa League Soccer -

FedEx said Friday that it signed a deal to sponsor a major European soccer league as it seeks to expand its presence in the region.

The Memphis-based package delivery company says it will be the main sponsor of the UEFA Europa League. Its sponsorship will start this year and extend three years into 2018.

54. 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.

55. Top 10 Recruiting Class Might Be Serrano’s Salvation -

Senior right-handed pitcher Will Neely, who opened the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament this week with a no-hitter and a 2-0 win against Bartlett, was the driving force behind Hardin Valley Academy’s run to its first-ever state tournament appearance.

56. FedEx to Sponsor UEFA Europa League Soccer -

FedEx said Friday that it signed a deal to sponsor a major European soccer league as it seeks to expand its presence in the region.

The Memphis-based package delivery company says it will be the main sponsor of the UEFA Europa League. Its sponsorship will start this year and extend three years into 2018.

57. Trucking Industry Sees Record Revenues -

The U.S. trucking industry generated $700.4 billion in 2014, topping $700 billion for the first time ever, according to industry figures.

The trucking industry’s good fortunes should be a boon to the local economy, which leans heavily on transportation, distribution and logistics. The record revenue means a high volume of goods is being shipped across the country, with a lot of it winding its way through Memphis warehouses and eventually onto trucks.

58. County Commission Resets Regional One Health Board -

Shelby County commissioners approved Monday, May 11, the reappointment of nine members to the Shelby County Health Care Corp. board and the appointment of businessman Tyrone Burroughs as the newest member of the board that oversees Regional One Health Center.

59. Coke Seeks Building Permit for Distribution Facility -

Coca-Cola is building out its new Memphis home.

The soft drink giant has applied for a $1.7 million building permit for its new 266,800-square-foot location at 4770 Southpoint Road in Memphis. Heard Construction Inc. is listed as the general contractor on the building permit application.

60. East Tennessee’s Endangered 8 -

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance’s list of endangered heritage sites for the region:

1. The Stonecipher-Kelly House in Morgan County was built around 1814 by the first permanent white settlers in that area, as part of a Revolutionary War land-grant.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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?

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65. Coke Seeks Building Permit For New Distribution Facility -

Coca-Cola is building out its new Memphis home.

The soft drink giant has applied for a $1.7 million building permit for its new 266,800-square-foot location at 4770 Southpoint Road in Memphis. Heard Construction Inc. is listed as the general contractor on the building permit application.

66. County Commission Resets Regional One Health Board -

Shelby County commissioners approved Monday, May 11, the reappointment of nine members to the Shelby County Health Care Corp. board and the appointment of businessman Tyrone Burroughs as the newest member of the board that oversees Regional One Health Center.

67. Commission Delays Cordova Ridge Vote, Approves Regional One Board Reset -

Shelby County Commissioners want to know more about how a payday loan storefront was able to open in the Cordova Ridge shopping center when the county building code expressly forbids such a business near a residential area.

68. Polish Ambassador Says Broader Europe Concept Challenged -

When Poland’s ambassador to the United States spoke to a Memphis in May International Festival luncheon last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen came with an item from his collection of political pins.

69. Larger Aircraft, More Flights for Memphis -

More Memphis International Airport passengers can travel to Miami, Denver, Chicago and Houston starting this month, thanks to larger aircraft and an expected increase in flight frequency.

While the larger aircraft won’t bring new destinations, they will increase the number of seats available on flights to those destinations. The larger planes, coupled with some expected added frequencies to those destinations, will add an average of about four flights, or 407 seats a day, for Memphis passengers once the changes are complete.

70. 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.

71. Want a Great-Paying Job? Here’s the Deal -

Want a new career with nearly unlimited upside potential? One that will have employers beating down your door?

Uncle Sam wants you – to join the technology workforce.

Nationwide, skilled tech workers are in short supply, with more than half a million jobs going unfilled. And in Tennessee, where the rapidly expanding economy has companies competing for every qualified worker, the state is going to great lengths to train people in sought-after tech skills – footing the entire bill, in some cases, for adults willing to retool their careers.

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73. UAW Reports 55 Percent Membership at VW Plant in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The United Auto Workers union has 816 members at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, or about 55 percent of the total blue collar work force, according the union's latest disclosure with the U.S. Department of Labor.

74. View From the Top -

The third day of preview tours of Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid took reporters to the top for the view and preparations for the restaurant and bar that will open in about a month.

For the first month, the focus will be on “The Lookout,” the observation deck with a glass floor.

75. Rieger Begins Work at Memphis Chamber -

Tom Rieger recently joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as senior vice president of member development, a role in which he will oversee major fundraising activities, conduct membership drive campaigns and implement revenue enhancement opportunities.

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77. MUS Students Win Regional Hunger Challenge -

A Memphis University School group took first place in a regional competition of community service, charitable giving, and hunger-relief awareness activities called the Hunger Challenge. The club’s activities resulted in about 60,500 meals provided to Memphians in crisis.

78. New Oak Ridge Airport Awaits Review by DOE -

For years, area business leaders and aviation enthusiasts have advocated the need for a general aviation airport in Oak Ridge to complement commercial air service provided by McGhee Tyson Airport, the largest commercial airport in East Tennessee.

79. Will McGhee Tyson Expansion Lure Southwest? -

With some of the preliminary work out of the way, the ambitious airfield reconstruction project at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport could begin in earnest as early as August.

The makeover is expected to bring in new business and support existing enterprise in East Tennessee and, airport officials say, help lure the popular carrier Southwest Airlines to Knoxville.

80. UTHSC Social Workers to Lead International Parenting Event -

The Association for Successful Parenting is hosting the seventh biannual A Chance to Parent conference with this year’s theme, “Promoting Change Through Advocacy, Policy and Practice.”

81. Nature is a Stage in San Juan Islands -

An island getaway can have water sports, delectable seafood, amazing drinks, lots of sunshine, sand and the beautiful scent of saltwater in the air.

But not all island getaways are created the same. The San Juan Islands in Washington State has plenty of the above, but you’re not taking a ferry to Friday Harbor to soak in the sun. To be clear, the islands do get sunshine – 247 days with it annually – and roughly half the rainfall of nearby Seattle. But relaxing in the sun probably isn’t the No. 1 item on a to-do list for a visitor to the San Juan Islands.

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83. MUS Students Win Regional Hunger Challenge -

A Memphis University School group took first place in a regional competition of community service, charitable giving, and hunger-relief awareness activities called the Hunger Challenge. The club’s activities resulted in about 60,500 meals provided to Memphians in crisis.

84. West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center Reaccredited -

The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center has been reaccredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners.

According to the association, accreditation is an endorsement that policies and procedures of the office meet prescribed standards for “medicolegal” systems.

85. School Dialogue Won’t End With Lakeland Voting ‘No’ -

Lakeland city leaders likely will continue looking for ways to expand the Lakeland Schools system beyond its single elementary school.

They just won’t be talking about a grades 6-12 school after Lakeland voters last week rejected a $50 million school bond issue key to building the proposed Lakeland Prep.

86. Dogwoods & Elvis -

Dogwood Arts Festival President Janet Testerman’s family lore with Knoxville’s spring celebration goes back to the days of Elvis when he was a showstopper at the event. Her mother, also named Janet, had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet the King.

87. What’s Better for Commuters? More I-24 Lanes or Monorail? -

With growing population comes increasingly congested commuter traffic, and the Rutherford County corridor between Nashville and Murfreesboro along I-24 is considered the most congested in Middle Tennessee.

88. 1 Million New Residents: Where Will They Live? -

At least 1 million people are expected to move to the Nashville region over the next 20 years. Already, the early arrivals have begun to dramatically change the landscape of the suburban counties surrounding the city.

89. ‘Pioneering is a Bitch’ -

Christy Shuff was robbed on the night she moved some equipment into her soon-to-open new business, Rumours Gallery, on 12South Avenue.

That was 12 years ago, and Shuff, now 40, and her then-husband Will Shuff were aspiring urban pioneers, ready to take a chance on the downtrodden, but affordable 12South area, then home to a few businesses and mostly older houses.

90. Lakeland Prep School Bond Issue Rejected By Voters -

Voters in Lakeland rejected a $50 million school bond issue Thursday, April 16, in the first election of 2015 in Shelby County.

The unofficial vote count from the Shelby County Election Commission with all precincts reporting was:

91. 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.

92. Memphis Airport Inks Partnership With Grizzlies, Tony Allen -

Memphis International Airport is ready for a little grit-n-grind.

Airport officials announced Thursday a three-year marketing partnership and business sponsorship with the Memphis Grizzlies worth more than $500,000. In a separate deal, Tony Allen will become an official airport spokesperson for one year.

93. Kiesewetter Joins Fisher Phillips Law Firm -

Jay W. Kiesewetter has joined the Memphis office of Fisher & Phillips LLP as senior counsel. In his new role, Kiesewetter advises clients on issues related to union organizing and elections, arbitrations, negotiations, strikes, lockouts and Labor Board charges.

94. Regional Logistics Council Hosting Event Thursday -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Regional Logistics Council will welcome high-level officials from Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi transportation departments on Thursday, April 16, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Hilton Memphis Hotel.

95. Scarboro Takes Reins at Regional Fed -

Douglas Scarboro has been named regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In that role, Scarboro is responsible for working with business leaders and local communities in western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas to inform the setting of monetary policies.

96. Shelby County Home Sales Surge In March -

Shelby County home sales activity surged in March when compared to last year, with the number of sales and the average sales price showing gains.

There were 1,293 homes sold in March, up 8.4 percent from 1,193 homes sold in March 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. March home sales were up 32 percent from the 980 homes sold in February.

97. Regional Law Firm Hall Booth Smith Opens Memphis Office -

Hall Booth Smith PC – a law firm with 11 offices across the South – is opening a Memphis office.

The Memphis office will be led by partners Jennifer Harrison and Charles Moody and include associate Lauren Callins.

98. US Chamber Of Commerce Honors Knoxville Small Businesses -

As it has been for the last several years, Knoxville is well represented on the 2015 list of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Blue Ribbon Award winners.

Five Knoxville companies –The Tomato Head, Management Solutions LLC, Design Innovation Architects Inc., Visionary Solutions LLC and AMS Corp. – are among 100 companies nationwide selected for this year’s awards. Only one other Tennessee company made the list.

99. Healing Waters -

He’s better. Army Special Forces veteran Paul Holcomb is sure of that much.

He doesn’t disappear for days at a time anymore, unsure how he came to be lying in the bushes with a rifle in his hand.

100. The Business Case for Sustainability -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays throughout April in honor of Memphis and Shelby County’s Sustainability Month.

As businesses, industry, and manufacturers vie for a piece of the ever-shrinking pie, they turn toward sustainability during procurement. Companies are looking hard at their supply bases to ensure suppliers reflect their values. They ask: “From whom are we buying, and why does it matter?” “What are we buying, and why does that matter?” Companies want to know how and where suppliers present risks – environmentally, socially, economically. This new focus on supply quality helps companies focus on choosing suppliers who can be relied upon to improve the supply base’s overall performance.