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1. Poll: Obama Health Law is a Tale of 2 Americas -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's health care law has become a tale of two Americas.

States that fully embraced the law's coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the number of uninsured residents, according to a major new survey released Tuesday. States whose leaders still object to "Obamacare" are seeing much less change.

2. Addison at Collierville Owner Files $17 Million Loan -

400 Orchard Circle
Collierville, TN 38017
Loan Amount: $16.8 million

Loan Date: July 1, 2014
Maturity Date: July 1, 2021
Borrower: G&I VII Addison at Collierville LLC
Lender: CBRE Capital Markets Inc.
Details: The owner of the 226-unit Addison at Collierville apartments at 400 Orchard Circle W. has filed a $16.8 million loan on the property.

3. Charlotte Firm Buys Mendenhall Warehouse -

4517 S. Mendenhall Road
Memphis, TN 38141
Sale Amount: $1.4 million

Sale Date: June 24, 2014
Buyer: TKC CLXXIX LLC
Seller: Tenn Thom Realty LLC
Loan Amount: $1.1 million
Loan Date: June 24, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA
Details: An affiliate of Charlotte, N.C.-based real estate development firm The Keith Corp. has paid $1.4 million for the 14,650-square-foot warehouse at 4517 S. Mendenhall Road in Hickory Hill.

4. New Brunswick Road Firestone Sells for $1.4 Million -

The Firestone Complete Auto Care shop at 2870 New Brunswick Road in Northeast Memphis has sold for $1.4 million.

5. US Auto Sales Hit 9-Year High in May -

DETROIT (AP) – Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks – and five sunny weekends – pushed U.S. auto sales to a nine-year high in May.

Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota all reported double-digit sales gains over last May. Even General Motors, battling bad publicity from a mishandled recall, surprised with a 13 percent sales increase.

6. Apple's Beats Buy is Two-Sided for Music Streaming -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the streaming music industry: It's hard to succeed in the business without offering other products and services.

7. Continental Approved for Tax Freeze -

The tire division of Continental AG, one of the world’s largest automotive industry suppliers, will open a tire retreading, service and sales center in Memphis after receiving approval for a tax break.

8. Continental Approved for Tax Freeze -

The tire division of Continental AG, one of the world’s largest automotive industry suppliers, will open a tire retreading, service and sales center in Memphis after receiving approval for a tax break.

9. Continental Eyeing Memphis for Tire Facility -

The tire division of Continental AG, one of the world’s largest automotive industry suppliers, is eyeing a location on Winchester Road in Memphis for a retreading, service and sales center.

Continental Tire the Americas LLC is seeking a tax break from the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County for a tire facility that will employ 25 people at 3474 Winchester Road.

10. Galvanizing Company Files Permit for Facility -

3328 Fite Road
Millington, TN 38053
Permit Cost: $1.9 million

Project Cost: N/A
Permit Date: Applied March 2014
Completion: N/A
Owner: 3328 Fite LLC
Tenant: 3328 Fite LLC
Architect: N/A
Contractor: N/A
Details: An affiliate of Columbus, Ohio-based “hot dip galvanizing” company Voigt & Schweitzer LLC plans to construct a 63,120-square-foot facility near Millington.

11. Firestone Files Permit For Germantown Store -

Firestone Complete Auto Care has filed a $1.3 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a new retail store at 9461 Poplar Ave. in Germantown.

12. Apple CFO to Retire, Successor Named -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple's longtime Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer will retire in September and he'll be replaced by the company's corporate controller.

The announcement Tuesday comes one day after Goldman Sachs named Oppenheimer as one of its 13 board members.

13. Drink Makers Giving People Ways to Ditch the Can -

NEW YORK (AP) – It keeps getting easier to ditch the soda can.

When Coca-Cola said this week that it would let people make its drinks at home using a beverage machine, it became the latest company to take advantage of a growing trend: People turning to flavored drops or at-home carbonation machines that do away with the need to haul home bulky cans and bottles from the supermarket.

14. Ford Plans 23 New Cars, 11,000 New Jobs in 2014 -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford Motor Co. says it will hire more than 11,000 people in the U.S. and Asia next year to support an aggressive rollout of new vehicles.

15. Holiday Inn Launches Brand Awareness Campaign -

Holiday Inn, the iconic hotel chain that launched in Memphis more than 60 years ago and went on to become an international mega-brand, wants customers to change their view.

That phrase has a literal and figurative connotation. It refers to a new generation of hotel guests becoming acquainted with the storied hospitality brand, and it also refers to Holiday Inn’s multimillion-dollar Change Your View campaign, a newly launched effort to remind people what’s special about the company.

16. International Paper Earnings Surge 38 Percent -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. reported third quarter net earnings of $382 million, an increase of $145 million, or 38 percent, from the third quarter 2012 net earnings of $259 million.

17. World Welcomes US Budget Deal but Fears Remain -

LONDON (AP) – The world's disbelief at the political impasse in the U.S. turned to cautious relief Thursday as the country stepped back from the brink of default. But fears remain about another possible shutdown – and, even worse, a possible default – early next year.

18. Tire-Maker Hankook to Build Tennessee Plant -

South Korean tire-maker Hankook announced Monday that it will build its first North American plant in Tennessee, creating 1,800 jobs.

Hankook, the world's seventh-largest tire maker, said it will build the $800 million facility in Clarksville. Construction on the 1.5 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to begin by the end of next year, and it will begin making high-end performance tires by early 2016.

19. UAW Confirms Talks with Volkswagen About Tennessee Plant -

DETROIT (AP) – The United Auto Workers union confirmed Friday that it's in talks with Volkswagen about representing workers a factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The union said its representatives met with VW officials last week in Wolfsburg, Germany, to discuss a German-style "works council" at the plant as well as full UAW representation. A works council would give workers a say in plant operations.

20. UBS Creating Nashville Hub, Adding 1,000 Jobs -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Financial services firm UBS AG on Wednesday announced it will consolidate back office functions in Nashville, creating 1,000 jobs in the city over the next five years.

21. Sullivan Travels Globe for Hilton -

Sullivan Branding literally goes around the world for clients. Eric Melkent, executive vice president of brand development with Sullivan, along with account planner Kate Cooke, got back a few days ago from a globe-spanning trip to Shanghai and Orlando as part of their work with Hilton Worldwide luxury brands.

22. US Home Re-Sales Surpass 5 Million in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of previously occupied homes surpassed the 5 million mark in May, the first time that's happened in 3 ½ years. The gain shows the housing recovery is strengthening.

23. Engaging Employees in the Community -

This week, let us extend the Giving Back conversation by exploring ways that a company can provide incentives to encourage employees to volunteer with nonprofits and get more engaged in the community.

24. Emkes Leaves as State Finance Commissioner -

Tennessee Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes is leaving the administration of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam at the end of May, Haslam announced Monday, April 15.

Emkes, the former CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas, is leaving to be with his wife in Spain.

25. Haslam Continues Talks on Medicaid Expansion -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been talking with President Barack Obama’s administration since his decision last month not to accept federal funding for an expansion of the state’s Medicaid funding at least for now.

26. Tennessee Finance Chief to Retire From Haslam Cabinet -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State finance chief Mark Emkes is retiring after presiding over three annual spending plans, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration announced Monday.

Emkes, a former CEO of Nashville-based tiremaker Bridgestone Americas, was one of Haslam's highest-profile Cabinet choices following the 2010 election.

27. Emkes Leaves as State Finance Commissioner -

Tennessee Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes is leaving the administration of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam at the end of May, Haslam announced Monday, April 15.

Emkes, the former CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas, is leaving to be with his wife in Spain.

28. Hunter Fan Company Names New CEO -

John Alexander is the new CEO of Hunter Fan Co.

29. Hunter Fan Co. Gets New CEO -

John Alexander is the new CEO of Hunter Fan Co.

Alexander replaces Chuck Smith, who is transitioning to a senior advisory role for the company’s board. Smith worked with Hunter for 14 years, including six as CEO.

30. 2013 Auto Sales Will be Strong, Firm Predicts -

DETROIT (AP) – A healthier economy and more model introductions should push U.S. auto sales above the 15 million mark this year, predicts an auto industry research firm.

The Polk research firm says auto sales should continue to lead the country's economic recovery, rising nearly 7 percent over 2012 to 15.3 million new vehicle registrations.

31. Starbucks to Open 1,500 More Cafes in the US -

NEW YORK (AP) – Another Starbucks may soon pop up around the corner, with the world's biggest coffee company planning to add at least 1,500 cafes in the U.S. over the next five years.

The plan, which would boost the number of Starbucks cafes in the country by about 13 percent, was announced at the company's investor day in New York Wednesday. Taking into account Canada and South America, the company plans to add a total of 3,000 new cafes in its broader Americas region.

32. Bioventus Inks Deal for 40,000 Square Feet -

A Durham, N.C.-based biologics company is relocating its Memphis presence, signifying a boon to the Northeast office submarket.

Bioventus LLC has inked 38,880 square feet of office and manufacturing space in Goodlett Farms Business Campus, 1900 Charles Bryan Road, in Cordova.

33. Nissan to Add Shift, 800 Jobs at Tennessee Plant -

Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. announced Friday it will add a third shift at a vehicle assembly plant in Tennessee, adding more than 800 jobs.

34. Lease Takes Appling Farms to Capacity -

A distributorship of Pella Corp. has inked 11,300 square feet in Appling Farms Corporate Park, 6972 Appling Farms Parkway.

35. Roots of Success -

The story of Holiday Inn could serve as a homegrown business case study of what makes a brand resonate with customers – and what qualities are needed for that brand to endure over time.

This month’s 60th anniversary of the opening of the first Holiday Inn is an obvious opportunity to celebrate the roots of the iconic hotel chain. And on the same day hotel representatives and representatives of its parent company re-created the first ribbon cutting at a Holiday Inn near Wolfchase Galleria mall, Kemmons Wilson Jr., one of the children of Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson, reflected on the secrets to the chain’s success.

36. ServiceMaster Q2 Revenue Drops Slightly -

Memphis-based The ServiceMaster Co. saw a half a percentage point drop in its operating revenue for the second quarter compared to a year ago – a flattening of its revenue attributed in part to a continuing shift in the strategy of its TruGreen lawn care division.

37. ServiceMaster Q2 Revenue Drops Slightly -

Memphis-based The ServiceMaster Co. saw a half a percentage point drop in its operating revenue for the second quarter compared to a year ago – a flattening of its revenue attributed in part to a continuing shift in the strategy of its TruGreen lawn care division.

38. Metal Museum Kicks Into Busy Season -

The start of summer is a busy time of year for the Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, which has bragging rights to some of the Bluff City’s most magnificent views of the Mississippi River.

39. Stanford Gets 110 Years for Role in $7B Swindle -

Former jet-setting Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford, whose financial empire once spanned the Americas, was sentenced Thursday to 110 years in prison for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion over 20 years in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history.

40. Dodd-Frank Could Have ‘Dire Impact’ On Economy -

As banks nationwide are feeling the pressure of regulatory change like the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commercial real estate lending standards by community banks will likely remain stringent for the foreseeable future.

41. US Job Openings Fell in January From 3 1/2 Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of U.S. jobs openings fell in January from a three and a half year high. The modest decline suggests hiring could continue at its healthy pace but may not accelerate.

42. Financier Stanford Convicted in $7 Billion Fraud -

HOUSTON (AP) – Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford, whose financial empire once spanned the Americas, was convicted Tuesday on all but one of the 14 counts he faced for allegedly bilking investors out of more than $7 billion in massive Ponzi scheme he operated for 20 years.

43. Harding Univ. Wins Research Challenge -

The CFA Societies of Arkansas, Memphis and Mississippi recently announced that Harding University won the local competition in the CFA Institute’s Research Challenge. CFA stands for chartered financial analyst.

44. Mirimichi Receives Property Transfer -

Mirimichi LLC – an entity related to entertainer Justin Timberlake’s Millington golf course of the same name – recently received and financed property on Woodstock Hills Drive near the golf course.

45. Memphis Not Among Forbes Top 10 'Miserable' Cities for 2012 -

How happy are you feeling, Memphis?

Happier than we’ve been in a while, according to the folks at Forbes who rank cities each year for the magazine’s “most miserable cities” list.

46. Memphis not Among Forbes Top 10 'Miserable' Cities for 2012 -

How happy are you feeling, Memphis?

Happier than we’ve been in a while, according to the folks at Forbes who rank cities each year for the magazine’s “most miserable cities” list.

47. The 'CES Curse?' Gadget Show has Poor Record -

NEW YORK (AP) – The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat.

48. CRE Activity Stays Strong During 2011 -

Despite hard times, local commercial real estate firms were able to ink plenty of deals in the past 12 months.

Memphis’ industrial leasing activity kicked off in January when Buena Park, Calif.-based Pacific Logistics Corp. signed a 60,000-square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto for its first Memphis-area location.

49. Haslam Cites Fiscal Strength in Tenn. Debt Ratings -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Rating agencies have decided not to downgrade Tennessee's debt after the state submitted a game plan for how each agency would respond to deep federal spending cuts.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday cited a "proven history of fiscal responsibility" in announcing that Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings have reissued their top ratings to Tennessee and that the state will remain one notch below Standard and Poor's best grade.

50. Yahoo, ABC Joining Forces in News Partnership -

NEW YORK (AP) – ABC News and Yahoo Inc. are joining to deliver more online news to their audiences. With the deal, ABC News content will be prominently featured on Yahoo News, the most visited news website in the world. It will also show up on Yahoo's popular front page.

51. University of Memphis Holiday Inn Among Best -

The University of Memphis Holiday Inn has been voted among the best Holiday Inn hotels in the chain, earning the InterContinental Hotels Group Torchbearer Award for the ninth straight year.

The hotel won the award by achieving the highest level of excellence in all aspects of operation and customer satisfaction. The hotel was one of 24 hotels selected for the award.

52. Feds Sue 17 Major U.S. Banks, including First Tenn. Parent -

The federal agency that oversees the government-sponsored mortgage entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has filed suit seeking billions of dollars in compensation from several major U.S. banks, including the parent company of First Tennessee Bank.

53. Mississippi Muscle -

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

54. ArtsMemphis Announces $147,000 in Local Grants -

ArtsMemphis has announced 20 local arts organizations have received Arts Education and Outreach Grants totaling $147,000.

The grants are intended to foster creative, innovative arts programming for the benefit of students and underserved individuals across the community.

55. Weak Hiring Casts Doubts on Strength of Rebound -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month, raising doubts that the economy will rebound in the second half of the year.

The report baffled economists who had predicted much stronger job creation. And it escalated a debate in Washington over how to spur hiring and energize the economy while also cutting federal spending.

56. Driver's Edge Makes Memphis Start -

Driver’s Edge, a nonprofit organization that provides real-life training for young drivers, will make its first visit to Memphis May 14 and 15 at the Mid-South Fairgrounds, 940 Early Maxwell Blvd., as part of the program’s 2011 Driver’s Edge National Tour.

57. Nissan Headquarters to Celebrate Earth Day -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Nissan will celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday with what it calls several first-ever employee events at its Nissan Americas headquarters in Franklin.

A media advisory said the activities will include the recycling of electronics and personal papers, plus an environmental fair and wetlands tour.

58. Best Buy Plans to Get Small as Sales Fall -

NEW YORK (AP) – Weak demand for pricey flat-screen TVs and notebook computers helped push Best Buy Co.'s fourth-quarter net income down 16 percent.

59. WPG Americas Signs Lease in Southaven -

A San Jose, Calif.-based worldwide electronics distributor is entering the Memphis area with full force.

WPG Americas Inc. has signed a 54,000-square-foot lease at Airways Distribution Center, 481 Industrial Drive, in Southaven. The project – a relocation of the WPG America’s New York facility – represents a $1.5 million investment by the company and will create 60 jobs over the next three years.

60. Aerotropolis Initiative to Develop Master Plan -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Dexter Muller has often said the word “aerotropolis” sounds like the place where Superman was born.

61. Haslam Stresses Transparency in Cabinet Meeting -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam stressed the themes of transparency, responsiveness and humility at his first full Cabinet meeting Wednesday even as he defended a decision to scrap financial disclosure rules for himself and other top officials.

62. AP Interview: Haslam Rules Out Layoffs in 1st Year -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov.-elect Bill Haslam's plans for addressing Tennessee's budget problems do not include any immediate "wholesale cuts" of state employees.

Haslam, who takes office on Jan. 15, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he will try to find payroll savings by leaving more positions unfilled, rather than eliminating existing jobs.

63. Haslam Pick for Top Cabinet Post Serves 3 Boards -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former Bridgestone Americas CEO Mark Emkes, Republican Gov.-elect Bill Haslam's choice as finance commissioner, serves on the corporate boards of three companies – including two based in Tennessee – and it's unclear whether he will relinquish those posts when the new administration takes office.

64. Former Bridgestone CEO Haslam's Choice for Finance -

With a month to his inauguration, Gov.-elect Bill Haslam has filled one of his most important cabinet positions.

Haslam has appointed former Bridgestone Americas president and CEO Mark Emkes as commissioner of finance and administration.

65. Job Openings Rise in October to Most in 2 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers posted a sharp increase in job openings in October, raising hopes that hiring could pick up in the coming months.

Businesses and government advertised nearly 3.4 million jobs at the end of October, up about 12 percent from the previous month, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That reverses two months of declines and is the highest total since August 2008, just before the financial crisis intensified.

66. Holiday Inn Wolfchase Wins Newcomer Award -

The Holiday Inn & Suites Memphis Wolfchase Galleria has received the InterContinental Hotel Group 2010 Newcomer Award as one of the best properties to join the system within the last year as either a new development or conversion property.

67. Bredesen Blasts GOP Lawmaker for 'Rats' Comment -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bredesen on Friday said it was a "very poor choice of words" for a Republican state lawmaker to liken pregnant illegal immigrants to rats multiplying.

68. Quarterly Report: Record Earnings On Horizon -

Earnings Bonanza We have now completed a quarter of third quarter’s earnings season. Traditionally, 60 percent of the companies within the S&P 500 top earnings expectations as managements issue conservative guidance followed by better results. Many forecasted a surprise ratio below the historical norm as economic softness threatens revenue growth and efficiency gains become more difficult.

69. Timberlake Celebrates Improved Golf Course -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Singer Justin Timberlake is celebrating the reopening of his Memphis golf course.

Mirimichi has been closed since mid-January for improvements. A news release from the course says it now offers a "world class golf experience at a public course without expensive memberships, minimums or monthly dues."

70. Retention PILOTS Become Focal Point -

Last month’s meeting of the city-county Industrial Development Board yielded a second victory in what officials hope will be a fixture in helping businesses grow and the city prosper.

The IDB unanimously approved a 15-year “retention” payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) program for Lucite International to invest $90 million in its Memphis-area operation and keep 200 jobs intact.

71. PILOT Approval Clears Way for $90M Investment at Lucite -

Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the city-county Industrial Development Board brought two companies – Lucite International and Christ Community Health Services – closer to expanding their Memphis operations.

The IDB unanimously approved a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) retention program for Lucite International to invest $90 million in its Memphis-area operation and keep 200 jobs intact.

72. IDB Approves Lucite Retention PILOT -

The city-county Industrial Development Board on Wednesday approved a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) retention program for Lucite International to invest $90 million in its Memphis-area operation and keep 200 jobs intact.

73. Negative Absorption Dings Market -

The strength of Memphis’ commercial real estate market is its industrial sector, but the city’s bread and butter suffered a rare misstep in 2009, the most recent data show.

Memphis saw negative absorption of 352,797 square feet during the fourth quarter and negative absorption of 913,871 during 2009, according to a year-end report from CB Richard Ellis.

74. Let the Games Begin -

The 2010 Winter Olympics kicked off Friday in and around Vancouver. It’s the 12th Olympiad to be held in the Americas, third of which to be held in Canada.

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75. Sharpton’s Peabody Tab Grows With Amended Complaint -

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s nonprofit civil rights group has an unpaid tab that’s now six figures long. It stems from an event at The Peabody in 2008.

Almost $20,000 has been added to the original bill for a high-profile national convention Sharpton’s group brought to Memphis, according to court documents the hotel’s attorneys filed this month.

76. Joint Venture -

Charles Redden remembers getting the call in April.

A sales associate for Smith & Nephew, Redden worked hospitals and clinics in Dallas – among the most lucrative regions for the British medical device maker whose U.S. headquarters is in Memphis. On the other end of the phone line was Redden’s boss, Jon Hebel, a former minor league baseball player and an area sales manager for Smith & Nephew.

77. Commercial Sales See Bump in October -

High-dollar transactions involving a wide range of properties – vacant land, a strip center, an apartment complex and a couple of warehouses – helped Shelby County’s commercial market register a relatively decent month by 2009 standards during October.

78. Airport Authority Files Permit For Parking Garage, Rental Car Facility -

2491 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $135 Million

Project Cost: $150 million
Permit Date: Applied October 2009
Completion: TBA
Owner: Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Tenant: Memphis International Airport
Contractor: TBA
Architect: Walker Parking Consultants

79. Cotton Company Buys Old Reebok Warehouse -

International Cotton Depots Inc. has bought the 335,080-square-foot warehouse at 3965 Pilot Drive in Oakhaven/Parkway Village for $5.1 million from CLP Industrial Properties LLC. The sale closed Oct. 6.

80. Goldman Downgrades Wal-Mart -

NEW YORK (AP) - A Goldman Sachs analyst downgraded Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to "Neutral" from "Buy" on Monday, seeing few near-term catalysts that could drive the share price higher.

81. Peabody Sues Sharpton Group for $88K -

The South’s Grand Hotel is trying to collect a grand sum of money it claims is owed by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s nonprofit civil rights group.

The Peabody hotel has filed a lawsuit in Shelby County Circuit Court against Sharpton’s National Action Network seeking payment of almost $70,300, plus more than $17,000 in attorney’s fees and other costs. The lawsuit, which puts the total close to $88,000, was filed Tuesday, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

82. U of M Education Dean Forms Advisory Council -

Don Wagner, dean of the College of Education at the University of Memphis, has formed an advisory council made up of community leaders.

83. Dell Q4 Profit Dives, Recession Stunts Tech Spend -

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - Dell Inc. said Thursday its profit dove 48 percent during the fiscal fourth quarter as the recession forced consumers and businesses to spend less on technology. The company also said it expects to make further cuts to its work force.

84. UPS Head of US Package Operations Retiring -

ATLANTA (AP) - The head of UPS Inc.'s U.S. package operations is retiring and will be replaced by a company executive who oversees regional operations in Canada and all of Latin America, the world's largest shipping carrier said Tuesday.

85. First Horizon Board Experiences Several Changes -

A flurry of executive changes continues to be seen at Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp.

On the heels of the company’s announcement that it has tapped William Losch, a former senior vice president and chief financial officer for General Bank at Wachovia Corp., to be the new CFO, FHN’s board recently has seen two members step down and one new person join.

86. Progress on Firestone Course Proceeds at Snail's Pace -

When the old Firestone tire plant in the New Chicago neighborhood of North Memphis closed in 1982, the facility that once employed thousands of area residents was left vacant and eventually became an eyesore. Economic development in the inner-city community around it screeched to a halt.

87. Memphis Contributors Put Dollars Behind Thompson -

Memphians cracked open their checkbooks and whipped out their wallets, shelling out more than $320,000 on presidential candidates in the third quarter, according to reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

88. Real-Estate Brokers Take a Real Bruising -

Brokerage firms have prospered along with commercial-real-estate markets in the past few years, reaping record profits.

But over five weeks, shares of the biggest firm, CB Richard Ellis Group Inc., have plunged 30 percent as the credit mess leads investors to predict a severe slowdown in property sales and worry that an economic slowdown could hurt leasing. Yet, some analysts and investors believe that the selloff went too far.

89. Edwards Camp Gets Firsthand Glimpse Of Crime, Poverty During Visit -

The campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards learned about crime as well as poverty in Memphis Monday during a stop of Edwards' "Road To One America Tour." The tour is supposed to call attention to Americans living in poverty.

90. Memphis Ranked No. 19 Among Best Cities for Relocation -      Worldwide ERC, the association for workforce mobility, and Memphis-based Primacy Relocation have released their list of 2007's "Best Cities for Relocating Families."
     Three Tennessee cit

91. Primacy Opens OfficeIn New York City -      Memphis-based Primacy Relocation on Monday announced it has opened a New York City office in an effort to further support the needs of its clients operating in the northeast region. The new office is in Midtown Manhattan

92. Candlewood Suites Planned For Hacks Cross/Centennial Intersection -

7950 Centennial Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Permit Cost: $2.8 million

Permit Date: Applied March 2007

93. Archived Article -

6105 Apple Tree Drive
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $2.5 million

Sale Date: Oct. 2, 2006

Buyer: AMS Memphis 1 Investments LLC

94. Sycamore View-Area HotelSells, Changes Brands -      A 56-room Americas Best Value Inn at 1335 McRee St. has sold for $1.8 million and is being renovated and rebranded as a Comfort Inn. GULAB Partnership recently bought the hotel from JHM Hospitality Partnership, which has

95. Local Activist Draws National Recognition For Peace and Justice Work -

"The air was electric with change," said 68-year-old peace activist and Memphian Janice Searles Vanderhaar about the atmosphere in Ukraine as she watched the Soviet flag being lowered in 1991. The former Russian country gained its independence that year - and she was there to see it.

96. Rhodes Student Recognized For Practicing What She Preaches -

Laura Dallas wasn't an activist before she began school four years ago at Rhodes College. She volunteered for organizations at her high school and did some missionary work for her church in Decatur, Ga., but the urban studies major didn't truly become an activist until she found the Kinney Program at Rhodes.

97. Local Researchers Study Avian Flu Threat -

It's hard to miss the fact that the world is on edge over a strain of influenza that regularly kills birds and could someday expand its deadly reach among humans.

It's especially hard to miss when world leaders say the worst-case scenario is so frightening that much more should have been done long ago to be ready for it. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said as much in a recent interview with Newsweek, giving his take on the H5N1 strain of avian flu that has caused the deaths of more than 100 million domesticated birds since 2003, infected 122 people since 2004 and killed 62 of them.

98. Archived Article: Trends - By Andy Meek

Bankruptcy Act to Have Big Business Impact

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

In medieval Italy, creditors would break the trading benches of businessmen who didnt pay their debts.

The Italian phrase for that act, banca rotta, is o...

99. Archived Article: Lead - By Andy Meek

Jail Privatization Discussion Continues

Florida-based company offers alternative proposal

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

Shelby County government is still deciding whether to let a private firm manage the countys corrections ce...

100. Archived Article: Newsmakers - TMA Elects Surgeon to Board of Trustees

Local Surgeon Elected to Medical Association Board

The Tennessee Medical Association elected vascular surgeon Dr. Hugh Francis III to serve a three-year term on its Board of Trustees. Francis previously ...