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1. Time to Invest in Emerging Markets? -

Emerging markets are a group of countries that are in the process of developing both their infrastructure and economic system.

Emerging countries include the big names that have dominated the space for years like Brazil, Russia, India and China (known as the BRIC), but also smaller developing countries in Emerging Asia, South America and Eastern Europe.

2. Dollar General CEO to Retire Next Year -

Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling plans to retire from that post next year.

The company’s shares fell more than 4 percent in morning trading after the announcement on Friday.

The discount store operator said that the retirement is effective on May 30, 2015, or when a successor is appointed. The 60-year-old Dreiling – who also serves as chairman – has agreed to remain as chairman during the transition process once a new CEO is named.

3. Connected Home -

When he founded Memphis-based Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment 20 years ago, Scott Fuelling couldn’t have predicted the degree to which consumers eventually would embrace the concept of the connected home.

4. Dollar General CEO to Retire Next Year -

Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling plans to retire from that post next year.

The company's shares fell more than 4 percent in morning trading after the announcement on Friday.

The discount store operator said that the retirement is effective on May 30, 2015, or when a successor is appointed. The 60-year-old Dreiling – who also serves as chairman – has agreed to remain as chairman during the transition process once a new CEO is named.

5. Ni Hao, Y'all: US Hinterlands Woo Chinese Firms -

PINE HILL, Ala. (AP) – Burdened with Alabama's highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs.

They're coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away.

6. County Commission to Weigh New Disparity Study -

Shelby County Commissioners consider a start Monday, June 16, toward a new disparity study as a way to changing the county’s efforts in increasing minority business participation in government contracts.

7. Renovation, Expansion Underway at Saddle Creek -

The Shops at Saddle Creek has picked up a new tenant as the lifestyle center undergoes a renovation.

Marmi Shoes has leased 1,395 square feet between Vera Bradley and Madewell at Saddle Creek. St. Louis-based Marmi Shoes offers a wide variety of women’s shoe styles and sizes with a European influence. The Saddle Creek location, the first in the Memphis area and the second in Tennessee, is expected to open in the fall.

8. Congress, FBI Moving on Veterans Affairs Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As Congress moves to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care, the FBI said it has opened a criminal investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs.

9. Dollar General First-Quarter Profit Rises -

Dollar General’s fiscal first-quarter net income edged up 1 percent, with sales climbing and some expenses dropping.

Sales were strong in categories such as tobacco products, perishables and candy and snacks.

10. Wal-Mart Faces Big Hurdles -

The world's largest retailer faces new challenges at a time when low prices and one-stop shopping can be a few clicks away on a tablet computer or mobile phone.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. built its reputation on everyday low prices and convenient supercenters that allow customers to do all their shopping in one place.

11. Autobahn Garage Owner Looks to Sell -

It was 1975 when Brian Ragghianti moved into the automobile service center shop at 2218 Central Ave., better known as the Autobahn Garage.

12. Wal-Mart to Expand Online Savings Tool Nationwide -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on price matching.

The world's largest retailer said Wednesday that it's expanding its online tool that compares prices on thousands of products with those of some of its competitors to cities nationwide in the next few months.

13. Dollar General First-Quarter Profit Rises -

Dollar General's fiscal first-quarter net income edged up 1 percent, with sales climbing and some expenses dropping.

Sales were strong in categories such as tobacco products, perishables and candy and snacks.

14. Facing the Music -

Starting over is one of those tasks that requires a fresh set of eyes if it’s to be pulled off successfully.

There has to be an acceptance that what was and what will be probably are mutually exclusive and a willingness to try new things, to be different and, above all else, to keep pressing forward.

15. Commission Prepares Final Budget Moves -

When Shelby County Commissioners make the last adjustments to the county budget in committee sessions Wednesday, May 28, they will likely increase the 2.5 percent pay raise county Mayor Mark Luttrell proposed for county employees to 3 percent.

16. City Council Reviews Fire Budget -

Memphis City Council members resume budget deliberations Tuesday, May 20, in committee sessions that take up half of the council day at City Hall.

Most of the time spent in the budget committee, chaired by council member Lee Harris, will be devoted to a review of the Memphis Fire Department budget proposal.

17. Haslam Vows ‘Full Effort’ for Re-Election -

As Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam seeks re-election, he has some challengers in the statewide August Republican primary and he’ll face a Democratic opponent in the November general election.

But Haslam’s path to re-election in 2014 should be an easy one. He is heavily favored as the incumbent with no Democratic contender who is backed by the state Democratic Party establishment.

18. Council Mulls Pension Liability Numbers -

The leaders of the city’s police and fire unions watched closely Tuesday, May 7, at City Hall as new numbers on the city’s pension liability from a new group of actuaries appeared to reset the ongoing discussion about city finances.

19. Family Dollar to Close Stores as Shoppers Pinched -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers.

Family Dollar said Thursday that will cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also permanently lower prices on about 1,000 basic items.

20. Medicare Database Reveals Top-Paid Doctors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million.

Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on health care financing.

21. Hillview Village Apartments Sell for $5.9 Million -

2051 E. Alcy Road
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $5.9 million

Sale Date: March 27, 2014
Buyer: 2013 Hillview LP
Seller: Alcy Partners LP
Details: The 265-unit Hillview Village Apartments at 2051 E. Alcy Road in the Defense Depot neighborhood have sold for $5.9 million.

22. Millington Dollar General Sells for $3.2 Million -

The 9,301-square-foot Dollar General store at 8021 Austin Peay Highway in Millington has sold for $3.2 million.

Cash Properties LLC bought the retail property in a March 25 warranty deed from Ware Properties LLC, the Coldwater, Miss.-based company that developed this property and also has developed numerous Dollar General stores in the area.

23. Second Rape Kit Lawsuit Names More Officials -

The second federal lawsuit since December over the Memphis Police Department’s backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits casts a wider net of defendants than the first lawsuit, including the current and former Memphis police directors and the current and former district attorneys general.

24. Second Lawsuit Filed Over Rape Kit Backlog -

Three women allegedly raped by Anthony Alliano during a string of rapes in the Cordova area covering a decade have filed suit in Memphis Federal Court over the delay in testing their rape kits.

It is the second federal lawsuit filed against the city of Memphis since December over the backlog of more than 12,000 untested rape kits police acknowledged in November after initially putting the backlog of rape kits at 2,000 in August.

25. Dollar General Fiscal Fourth-Quarter Profit Rises -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General's profit during the fourth-quarter was curtailed by harsh winter storms that have affected the entire retail sector, but it also issued a weak outlook for this year and shares slipped in premarket trading.

26. Tennessee Brewery Plan Unveiled -

Memphis businessman Taylor Berger is part of a team preparing to take short-term ownership of the Tennessee Brewery Downtown, with plans to bring a variety of community-focused uses to the site from roughly the last weekend in April through the last weekend in May.

27. Big Changes Ahead for Frequent Fliers on Delta -

DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines is changing its frequent-flier program to favor passengers who buy the priciest tickets instead of those who fly the most miles.

It's a bid to lure higher-spending business travelers, who often book flights on short notice and pay more than bargain-hunting leisure travelers.

28. PILOT Reform -

Nike is in the midst of a $301 million expansion of its Northridge plant in Frayser, a project that means the Beaverton, Ore.-based company will create 250 new jobs and retain 1,600 existing local jobs.

29. St. Jude Campaign Raises $97 Million -

The 10th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign raised more than $97 million to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, representing a projected 31 percent increase over the previous year.

30. Literacy Mid-South Gears Up for Busy March -

Literacy Mid-South is gearing up for a whirlwind of activity next month.

The national Read Across America event happens in March, and Literacy Mid-South will have special events, book giveaways, author visits and more throughout the month. The literacy organization also will be hosting a month-long “virtual book club” on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

31. CVS Caremark Plans to Stop Tobacco Products Sales -

CVS, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products as it continues to shift its focus toward being more of a health care provider.

The company said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1 in its 7,600 stores nationwide, in a move that will help grow its business that works with doctors, hospitals and others to improve customers' health.

32. County Schools Weighs Charter Rent Waiver -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is considering waiving rent payments by charter schools that lease the school system’s old buildings in return for them taking all children in an area and coordinating their location with Shelby County Schools.

33. Former Motel 6 Sells for $1.4 Million -

1321 Sycamore View Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $1.4 million

Sale Date: Jan. 13, 2014
Buyer: P & S Hospitality LLC
Seller: G6 Hospitality Property LLC
Loan Amount: $1.1 million
Loan Date: Jan. 14, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Argent Bank
Details: The former Motel 6 at 1321 Sycamore View Road in Northeast Memphis has traded hands for $1.4 million.

34. Owner of Whitehaven Retail Center Files Loan -

The owner of the 19,844-square-foot retail center at 5339 Elvis Presley Blvd. in Whitehaven has filed a $2.2 million loan on the property.

35. Grocery Wine Bill Negotiations Near Breakthrough -

NASHVILLE (AP) – After years of bitter legislative fights over efforts to allow Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are nearing an agreement that would give the measure its best ever chances of becoming law.

36. Council to Get Updates on City Expense Cuts -

Memphis City Council members get a closer look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at some ways the city can reallocate $80 million over the next five fiscal years to begin paying $100 million annually toward an unfunded pension liability the city estimates is at $709 million.

37. Council to Get Updates on City Expense Cuts -

Memphis City Council members get a closer look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at some ways the city can reallocate $80 million over the next five fiscal years to begin paying $100 million annually toward an unfunded pension liability the city estimates is at $709 million.

38. Newest County Commissioner Takes Seat -

The newest Shelby County Commissioner is not a newcomer to politics.

But there will be something of a learning curve for former Germantown Alderman Mark Billingsley because of the uniqueness of each local legislative body from boards of aldermen to councils to school boards. The uniqueness isn’t in the structures of those bodies as much as it is in the personalities that come together on them.

39. Grocery Growth -

By the end of this year, Kroger will have spent between $150 million and $200 million on upgrades, fixes and renovations at its Memphis-area stores.

That investment is one example among many in the Memphis area of how the stiff competition among grocers and similar retailers is playing out as they make grabs for bigger slices of the customer pie.

40. Strickland Suggests Redbirds Ticket Surcharge -

Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland is floating the idea of a Memphis Redbirds ticket surcharge to guarantee a more consistent flow of revenues to pay off the debt from the city’s proposed purchase of AutoZone Park.

41. Fred’s Opens New Super Dollar in Memphis -

Memphis-based general merchandise retailer Fred’s Inc. began the year reporting a revenue uptick in January, and it’s ending the year with the opening of a new fred’s Super Dollar store in Memphis.

42. Fred’s Opens New Super Dollar in Memphis -

Memphis-based general merchandise retailer Fred’s Inc. began the year reporting a revenue uptick in January, and it’s ending the year with the opening of a new fred’s Super Dollar store in Memphis.

43. Strickland Suggests Redbirds Ticket Surcharge -

Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland is floating the idea of a Memphis Redbirds ticket surcharge to guarantee a more consistent flow of revenues to pay off the debt from the city’s proposed purchase of AutoZone Park.

44. Bipartisan Budget Agreement Nears Final Passage -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate lined up Wednesday to give final congressional approval to legislation scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.

45. City Council Questions Pension Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. plans to ask the Memphis City Council sometime in February or March to close the city’s defined benefits pension plan to new hires and those city employees with less than 10 years of service.

46. Council Changes Ballpark Terms, Delays Approval -

Memphis City Council members received some more answers Monday, Dec. 9, to their questions about the proposal for the city to buy AutoZone Park. But some of those answers were different than the ones they got to the same questions last week.

47. Dollar General Sees Quarterly Profit Rise -

Dollar General’s fiscal third-quarter net income climbed 14 percent as traffic improved and shoppers spent more per transaction on average.

Its earnings topped Wall Street’s expectations. The discounter also lifted the low end of its full-year adjusted earnings forecast and boosted its stock repurchase authorization by $1 billion.

48. Dollar General Sees Quarterly Profit Rise -

Dollar General’s fiscal third-quarter net income climbed 14 percent as traffic improved and shoppers spent more per transaction on average.

Its earnings topped Wall Street’s expectations. The discounter also lifted the low end of its full-year adjusted earnings forecast and boosted its stock repurchase authorization by $1 billion.

49. Council Approves Crosstown Funding, Delays Redbirds Decision -

Memphis City Council members approved $15 million in city funding that is a combination of federal grants, bonds and stormwater funding Tuesday, Dec. 3, as the last piece of financing for the Crosstown revitalization project.

50. Schools Agreements Involve Art of Settlement -

Technically, the suburban Shelby County governments that have reached tentative agreements with Shelby County Schools are not paying, in those agreements, for school buildings.

They are paying $10 each in quitclaims for the buildings and much larger amounts to settle all claims in general, notably the pending lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

51. Tax Dead Dilemma -

The brick church at 299 Chelsea Ave. in North Memphis shows up in records at the Shelby County Assessor’s office as “vacant land.”

52. Hotel REIT Transfers 3 Germantown Properties -

7750 Wolf River Parkway Germantown, TN 38138
9314 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN 38138
9320 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN 38138

53. Ritz: Commission Should Block City’s EDGE Appointments -

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz wants to hold up county approval of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s nominees to the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE).

And he will press the issue of money the city of Memphis pledged in the creation of the joint economic development body with a resolution on the agenda for the Monday, Oct. 28, meeting of the county commission that would effectively block the city appointments.

54. School Board Weighs Suburban Plan -

Shelby County Schools board members could vote as early as Monday, Oct. 28, on the first elements of what amounts to a coexistence plan with the almost-formed suburban school districts.

The proposal, outlined by superintendent Dorsey Hopson at last week’s school board work session, involves approximately 20,000 students who live in the unincorporated areas of Shelby County, including the Memphis annexation reserve area and the 14 public schools outside the boundaries of any of the seven cities and towns within Shelby County.

55. Hopson Proposes Plan for Unincorporated Schools -

The Shelby County Schools system would continue to educate school age children in the unincorporated areas of Shelby County and operate the 14 schools in those areas as well as one in Lucy and the three schools in Germantown bearing that city’s name under a proposal presented Tuesday, Oct. 22, to the countywide school board by schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

56. Hopson Proposes SCS Keep Unincorporated Schools Plus Four In Suburbs -

The Shelby County Schools system would continue to educate school age children in the unincorporated areas of Shelby County and operate the 14 schools in those areas as well as one in Lucy and the three schools in Germantown bearing that city’s name under a proposal presented Tuesday, Oct. 22, to the countywide school board by schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

57. Hopson Proposes SCS Keep Unincorporated Schools Plus Four In Suburbs -

The Shelby County Schools system would continue to educate school age children in the unincorporated areas of Shelby County and operate the 14 schools in those areas as well as one in Lucy and the three schools in Germantown bearing that city’s name under a proposal presented Tuesday, Oct. 22, to the countywide school board by schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

58. Hopson Proposes SCS Keep Unincorporated Schools Plus Four In Suburbs -

The Shelby County Schools system would continue to educate school age children in the unincorporated areas of Shelby County and operate the 14 schools in those areas as well as one in Lucy and the three schools in Germantown bearing that city’s name under a proposal presented Tuesday, Oct. 22, to the countywide school board by schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

59. Comptroller Letter Calls for Prompt Action -

If anyone at City Hall has any illusions that the state of Tennessee is no longer concerned about city government’s unfunded pension liability, Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson cleared up that point with a letter sent to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. this month and released Tuesday, Oct. 15.

60. Shelby County Schools To Apply For Head Start Funding -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Monday, Oct. 14, the school system will apply for $23 million in federal Head Start funding that now goes to Shelby County government.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said Monday, Oct. 14, Porter-Leath children’s service will also make a bid for the Head Start contract county government now operates.

61. Lewis Flies Unique Path to Legal Career -

When Russell Lewis IV entered the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, he had no plans to become a practicing attorney.

62. Logistics Limelight -

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

63. African-American Philanthropy and Museums, Part 3 -

Part three of a three-part series The African-American and African Diaspora museums and cultural institutions that have emerged across the United States are a testimony to perseverance. At the same time they, like many other cultural institutions, face many challenges. Nonprofit CEO, capacity building consultant, master strategist and cultural arts worker Grace C. Stanislaus recently shared her perspectives on African-American and African Diaspora giving, philanthropy, and the role of cultural and arts institutions.

64. Smarrelli Works to Enhance CBU’s Return on Investment -

Christian Brothers University president John Smarrelli still makes it into the classroom once or twice a semester to lecture on biochemistry.

“It allows me to get a feel for my students,” he said. “I’ve done a few research presentations over the past couple of years.”

65. Postmaster Says USPS May Need Emergency Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday his agency is in "the midst of a financial disaster" and may need an emergency increase in postage rates to keep operating.

66. Pared-Down School Board Begins to Set Goals -

Countywide school board members began the process Tuesday, Sept. 3, of setting goals and a vision for the one year they will operate as a seven-member body.

And the four-hour retreat ended with a goal of working toward 100 percent literacy in reading for third-grade students in the school system.

67. Attorney General: Tennessee Charter School Law Constitutional -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper has rendered a legal opinion that the state's charter school funding law is constitutional.

68. Kyle: Lottery Reserve Should Go to College Completion -

State Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis wants to use some of the surplus funds from the Tennessee lottery to pay for more Tennesseans to resume and complete college.

69. Dollar General Earnings Top Street, Traffic Up -

Dollar General's second-quarter net income rose 15 percent, driven by increased customer traffic as shoppers hunted for bargains.

The discounter earned $245.5 million, or 75 cents per share, for the period ended Aug. 2. That's up from $214.1 million, or 64 cents per share, a year earlier.

70. Shelby County to Play Key Role in 2014 State Election -

As prospective candidates weigh special election races in the next three months for a state House seat and suburban school boards, there are also signs of life in Shelby County in the statewide races on the 2014 election ballot.

71. Human Resources Industry Facing Evolving Challenges -

The Obama Administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken an aggressive approach to improving diversity in the workforce, said Paul Patten, a partner with Jackson Lewis LLP in Chicago.

72. Daily News Seminar to Highlight Employment Laws -

A renewed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission focus on employment practices that have a disproportionate impact on members of a minority group is challenging longstanding human resources practices, says Paul Patten, a partner with Jackson Lewis LLP in Chicago.

73. Company Creates Nashville Exchange-Traded Fund -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Nashville company has developed the nation's first city-based exchange-traded fund that follows an index of companies based in Nashville and the surrounding counties.

74. Commission Begins Work on New Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners have several important questions to consider Wednesday, July 17, in committee sessions, all of them having to do with that most volatile of political questions – taxes.

More than two weeks into the new fiscal year, Shelby County government has no new property tax rate. The commission last week on third and final reading voted down the $4.38 tax rate proposed by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

75. Arrested Development -

It’s not illegal for businesses to use criminal-background checks when making hiring decisions, but two recent complaints filed by federal regulators highlight the increasing government scrutiny of criminal and credit checks.

76. Happiness As Strategy -

Today, I finished reading the book “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose” by Tony Hsieh. Tony is the CEO of Zappos – and Tony is an experimenter extraordinaire! In a nutshell, he seems to be willing to try pretty much anything in his ongoing quest to develop and nurture a culture of happiness creators at Zappos.

77. King Kong Versus Godzilla -

Among attentive investors the recent bout of market volatility has reprised fears of country, currency, economic decline and general market collapse. When global macro-market events occur, large trading positions that have been spooling quickly unspool, leading to jarring movements like those we are witnessing in Japan. These environments become a bit of a predator’s ball, as short-term traders feast on volatility, which only amplifies volatility further.

78. EEOC Sues Over Criminal Background Checks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based discount retailer Dollar General Corp., and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina over their use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire employees.

79. Luttrell: School Finances Will Continue to Change -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell won an important Shelby County Commission vote last week when the commission approved the $4.38 county property tax rate he recommended.

80. Dollar General Profit Up, Revises 2013 Guidance -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General's fiscal first-quarter net income increased 3 percent as more customers visited its stores and shoppers spent more per transaction.

But the discounter cut the high end of its full-year adjusted earnings and revenue forecasts to account for moderating sales growth and a lower-than-expected gross profit rate.

81. Wharton Proposes 14-Cent Tax Hike Above Recertified Rate -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is proposing a 14-cent city property tax hike on top of the 25 cents added to the current rate of $3.11 to compensate for property value lost in the 2013 property reappraisal.

82. Construction Lending Still Facing Tepid Improvement -

As the economy starts to rebound, local lenders like Magna Bank, First Tennessee Bank and Renasant Bank are seeing moderate improvement in activity for new commercial and residential construction projects, and competition is intensifying to land deals.

83. Police Changes Continue Amid Budget Talks -

With the start of the new year, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong began a reorganization of the department that changed the boundaries of the city’s nine police precincts, evening out the amount of territory and calls each area handles.

84. The New Beale -

Over the last four years, the next chapter in the development of Beale Street has been a stop-and-go affair. First would come announcements followed by silence from official channels.

Along with that silence, though, was quiet activity on the side, a movement that culminated with the March announcement of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s strategic planning committee’s report, “A Framework for Beale Street.”

85. Dollar General Quarterly Profit Rises, Traffic Improves -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General's fiscal fourth-quarter net income climbed 9 percent as more customers came in to its stores and shoppers spent more per transaction.

The discounter earned $317.4 million, or 97 cents per share, for the period ended Feb. 1. That compares with $292.5 million, or 85 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding the acceleration of equity-based compensation and other items, earnings in the year-ago quarter amounted to 87 cents per share.

86. Berclair Dollar General Sells for Almost $1 Million -

3443 Jackson Ave., Memphis, TN 38122

Sale Amount: $971,000
Sale Date: March 14, 2013
Buyer: VM Property Investments LLC
Seller: Ware Properties LLC
Loan Amount: $679,700
Loan Date: March 14, 2013
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: US Bank NA
Details: The 9,160-square-foot Dollar General store at 3433 Jackson Ave. in Berclair has sold for $971,000.

87. Berclair Dollar General Sells for Almost $1 Million -

The 9,160-square-foot Dollar General store at 3433 Jackson Ave. in Berclair has sold for $971,000.

VM Property Investments LLC of Sandy, Utah, bought the 2-year-old retail store from Ware Properties LLC, the Coldwater, Miss.-based company that developed the property.

88. Schools Merger Issues Moving on Several Fronts -

The schools merger issue is moving again on several fronts less than six months before the first school year of the consolidation begins.

The movement began with the release of a preliminary schools budget for the first year of the merger that shook many county and city schools parents out of the mindset that the merger would mean few changes at the school level.

89. Hart To Explore Schools Merger Delay -

Countywide school board member Tomeka Hart will offer a resolution at a school board meeting Monday, Feb. 18 that could call for a one year delay in the scheduled July 1 merger of the city and county school systems.

90. Let’s Make Public Notices Available to Everyone -

The issue of whether local governments should post public notices on their own internet website is a question that was discussed more than once in the Senate State and Local Government Committee during the 107th General Assembly.

91. Hopson Seeks $57 Million Owed Schools -

Interim Memphis City Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson hopes to meet with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. next week about $57 million.

That is the amount of money the school system won in two court decisions – trial and appellate level – from the city while Hopson was general counsel to the school system.

92. School Board Asks For $145 Million Extra -

The countywide school board is asking the Shelby County Commission for $145 million in extra funding for the first fiscal year of the schools merger.

The “ask” is a preliminary number that goes to a county commission budget retreat scheduled for Feb. 23. It is extra funding beyond the $361 million county government currently provides both school systems.

93. Fred’s Says Sales Increase in January -

Fred's Inc. reported Thursday that an extra week helped its revenue for January, but results were more modest by comparison to the prior year on an adjusted basis.

94. Fred’s Says Sales Increase in January -

Fred’s Inc. reported Thursday that an extra week helped its revenue for January, but results were more modest by comparison to the prior year on an adjusted basis.

The general merchandise retailer said that its total revenue for January increased 31 percent to $173.6 million compared with $132.4 million in the four-week period of the prior year. But after eliminating the week that ended Feb. 2 of 2013 to make the period comparable to the prior year, its total revenue increased 2 percent for January.

95. State Budget Will Include Local Medical Community -

The two biggest capital spending items in Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s state budget proposal are a $62 million renovation of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis and a new $60 million Community Health Building at the University of Memphis.

96. Quince Fred’s Super Dollar Sells for $2.1 Million -

6500 Quince Road, Memphis, TN 38119

Sale Amount: $2.1 million

Sale Date: Jan. 18, 2013

97. Quince Fred’s Super Dollar Sells for $2.1 Million -

The recently opened fred’s Super Dollar store at 6500 Quince Road in East Memphis has sold for $2.1 million.

98. Due Process -

One at a time. That is the most noticeable change so far at Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court as a result of a landmark settlement in November with the U.S. Justice Department. The children before the court come before the court magistrates one at a time. No more groups of juvenile defendants waiting for their case to come up as other cases are being heard.

99. Gay Must be Traded Either Now or Later -

The time will come – after this season, if not before the Feb. 21 trade deadline – when moving Rudy Gay will be the only sensible thing for the Grizzlies’ new ownership to do.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave – or The Pyramid – you know that Rudy rumors are rampant. Pick a media outlet – from ESPN to Grantland to USA Today – and you can find any number of possible trade scenarios.

100. Crowne Plaza Hotel Sells Out of Foreclosure -

300 N. Second St. Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $9.4 million

Sale Date: Dec. 28, 2012