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1. UTHSC Marketing Wins 3 MarCom Awards -

The communications and marketing department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has won honors for their three entries in the 2014 MarCom International Awards.

Two entries won Gold awards and one received an Honorable Mention in the competition, which drew more than 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

2. Collierville Chamber CEO to Retire -

Fran Persechini has decided to step down as president and CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after spending 20 years with the organization.

“I am so proud of the work our chamber has done to improve our business climate, cultivate leaders and strengthen our community,” said Persechini in an email. “The chamber is positioned well to do great things and impact Collierville even more, making this the ideal time for me to step aside and let a new leader carry the torch.”

3. Family Dollar Delays Special Shareholders Meeting -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) – Family Dollar is delaying a special meeting at which shareholders were to vote on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree as regulators determine how many stores might need to be divested for antitrust reasons.

4. UTHSC Marketing Wins 3 MarCom Awards -

The communications and marketing department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has won honors for their three entries in the 2014 MarCom International Awards.

Two entries won Gold awards and one received an Honorable Mention in the competition, which drew more than 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

5. Collierville Chamber CEO to Retire -

Fran Persechini has decided to step down as president and CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after spending 20 years with the organization.

“I am so proud of the work our chamber has done to improve our business climate, cultivate leaders and strengthen our community,” said Persechini in an email. “The chamber is positioned well to do great things and impact Collierville even more, making this the ideal time for me to step aside and let a new leader carry the torch.”

6. The American Athletic Conference -

Coming in the Door: East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa. Going out the Door: Louisville and Rutgers.

New faces on the sideline: Orlando Antigua (South Florida), Frank Haith (Tulsa), Kelvin Sampson (Houston)

7. Editorial: Changing the Blurred Lines of College Athletics -

At the outset of another Tiger basketball season, a reminder of a past season that’s officially not on the record books of the NCAA surfaced to talk about that season at the University of Memphis.

University of Kentucky coach John Calipari has had little to say about the 2008-2009 season at Memphis that was voided because of questions about the eligibility of Derrick Rose, now an NBA star with the Chicago Bulls.

8. State Attorney General: Local Caucuses Subject to Open Meetings -

Attorney General Herbert Slatery says local legislative bodies like county commissions can establish partisan caucuses but that they would likely be subject to Tennessee's open meetings law.

Slatery said in a legal opinion released this week that nothing in state law prevents county commissioners from forming partisan caucuses even if they gain office through nonpartisan elections.

9. FedEx Freight CEO Retiring at End of Year -

William J. Logue, the chief executive and president of FedEx Freight, will retire at the end of the year due to health concerns, the company announced Wednesday, Nov. 5.

On Jan. 1, Michael L. Ducker, a 40-year company veteran and current chief operating officer of FedEx Express, will replace Logue as the head of FedEx Freight, Memphis-based FedEx’s less-than-truckload freight transportation arm.

10. AG: Local Caucuses Subject to Open Meetings -

Attorney General Herbert Slatery says local legislative bodies like county commissions can establish partisan caucuses but that they would likely be subject to Tennessee's open meetings law.

Slatery said in a legal opinion released this week that nothing in state law prevents county commissioners from forming partisan caucuses even if they gain office through nonpartisan elections.

11. FedEx Freight CEO Retiring for Health Reasons -

William J. Logue, the chief executive and president of FedEx Freight, will retire at the end of the year due to health concerns, the company announced Wednesday, Nov. 5.

On Jan. 1, Michael L. Ducker, a 40-year company veteran and current chief operating officer of FedEx Express, will replace Logue as the head of FedEx Freight, Memphis-based FedEx’s less-than-truckload freight transportation arm.

12. No More ‘Hope and Prayer’ Marketing -

The average company spends 3 to 5 percent of revenue on marketing, which is certainly not a trivial expense. Why, then, do so many companies invest so little time in the construction of the marketing plan that ensures that investment is well spent?

13. Marketing Association Approves Memphis Chapter -

Memphis is now home to the 75th local chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Memphis marketers have been working since June to attain that charter from the national association. RedRover founder and CEO Lori Turner-Wilson is president of the Memphis AMA.

14. Medtronic Introduces Devices at Meeting -

Medtronic Inc. introduced its Pure Titanium Coating platform of interbody fusion devices for the spine at the 2014 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in Boston.

15. Athletic/Ortho Facility Opens in Collierville -

D1 Sports Holdings LLC and Ortho One Sports Medicine have teamed up to open a sports training and therapy facility in Memphis. In addition, the business is co-owned by Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Michael Oher.

16. Marketing Association Approves Memphis Chapter -

Memphis is now home to the 75th local chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Memphis marketers have been working since June to attain that charter from the national association. RedRover founder and CEO Lori Turner-Wilson is president of the Memphis AMA.

17. A Gift That Can Give For A Lifetime -

Ray’s Take Every so often, a client calls and asks if I would spend some time with their son or daughter to help them get off on the right foot financially. When they look back on their own early choices, they can see how much a few right decisions, and the avoidance of a few poor ones, would have been worth.

18. Medtronic Previews Devices At Surgeons Meeting -

Medtronic Inc. introduced its Pure Titanium Coating platform of interbody fusion devices for the spine at the 2014 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in Boston.

19. Athletic/Ortho Facility Opens in Collierville -

D1 Sports Holdings LLC and Ortho One Sports Medicine have teamed up to open a sports training and therapy facility in Memphis. In addition, the business is co-owned by Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Michael Oher.

20. Retirees, City Attorneys Spar Over Lifetime Subsidies -

The move by city retirees to block the end of a 70-percent subsidy of their health insurance premiums by the city of Memphis drew heavy fire Monday, Oct. 6, in Shelby County Chancery Court.

Several retirees testified before Chancellor Walter Evans that they were promised the subsidies for the rest of their lives when they were hired by city government.

21. Hard to Ignore $150 Million Annual Impact of UT Athletics -

It’s a safe bet for Knoxville. Whether the economy – or the team – is up or down, the city can count on Tennessee fans to spend big money when the Vols are playing.

A recent study by the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research reports that indirect impact of fan spending on the economy when the Vols play at Knoxville’s Neyland Stadium is more than $45 million.

22. Retirement: Savings-to-Income Ratio -

Ray’s take: If you've at least started planning for your retirement, congratulations. It's often a hard first step. Follow-up steps are just as important.

When you are looking to buy a home, the mortgage company uses something called the “debt-to-income ratio” to determine if you qualify for the loan you are seeking. When determining the savings required to reach a retirement income goal, you can use a similar process to determine if you are targeting the correct ratio.

23. New CBU Athletic Director Has Lofty Goals On, Off Field -

For generations, the athletic director’s chair received one aging coach after another. It was just the way the college athletics world turned.

After many years, or even decades, the coach would ascend to a bigger office away from the sidelines and guide the program, sharing with young coaches the mistakes he had already made, and hoping at the end of each sports season he was counting more wins than losses.

24. Plosser, a Leading Fed 'Hawk,' to Retire in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Charles Plosser, a leading inflation "hawk" at the Federal Reserve, announced Monday that he plans to retire March 1.

Plosser, who has been president of the Fed's Philadelphia regional bank since August 2006, has been a leader of the officials known as hawks for their concerns that a continuation of low-interest rate policies could ignite inflation.

25. Duncan to Retire from Botanic Garden -

Jim Duncan, executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden, will retire at the end of the year. Duncan announced his retirement Monday, Sept. 15, after 10 years leading the nonprofit.

26. Haslam Announces Workforce Grant Competition -

Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a new statewide initiative to help residents get more education and training for jobs that are available in their communities.

Haslam says the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is accepting applications from partnerships across the state for $10 million in grants from the Labor Education Alignment Program. Applicants must represent a partnership between a local economic development agency, a community college, the local school district and at least two employers.

27. Retirees Sue As Council Adjusts Health Insurance Changes -

Three retired Memphis Police officers and the widow of a Memphis Police officer filed suit Tuesday, Sept. 16, against the city of Memphis seeking a temporary restraining order to stop changes in city government health insurance benefits by the time the open enrollment period begins next month.

28. Duncan to Retire From Botanic Garden -

Jim Duncan, executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden, will retire at the end of the year.

Duncan announced his retirement Monday, Sept. 15, after 10 years leading the nonprofit.

29. 10 Secrets to Easy Business Marketing -

We’re the best kept secret in town! I have heard it more than a few times when someone is describing their business, their institution or services. It’s almost bragging rights to be a secret.

30. Competition Calls -

Economic development and the quality of jobs coming to Shelby County are the dominant issues as county elected leaders begin a new four-year term of office this month.

And there are plenty of indications the local strategy is about to change, or at least shift, in response to the resurgence in manufacturing and distribution in North Mississippi.

31. Brand Voice – Ultimate Competitive Advantage -

Your brand is more than your logo. In fact, customers view brands through three distinct lenses – verbal, visual and experiential.

Your logo and the broader look and feel of your brand identity certainly drive a customer’s visual interpretation of your brand. How they are treated when engaging with your brand drives their experiential impression of your brand. That leaves the verbal lens, which is all about your brand’s spoken and written voice.

32. TriMetis Acquires Biologistics Startup -

The pre-clinical research services company TriMetis Life Sciences has expanded by acquiring FoundationBio, a biospecimen procurement startup with offices in Memphis and Boston.

FoundationBio uses access to tissue donors via hospitals and community oncology clinics and their supporting pathology and laboratory services partners around the world to get specimens for research. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

33. Mullins Joins New Memphis Institute as Marketing Director -

Anna Mullins likes promoting Memphis – so much so that she keeps finding new ways to make a living doing it.

34. TriMetis Acquires Biologistics Startup -

The pre-clinical research services company TriMetis Life Sciences has expanded by acquiring FoundationBio, a biospecimen procurement startup with offices in Memphis and Boston.

FoundationBio uses access to tissue donors via hospitals and community oncology clinics and their supporting pathology and laboratory services partners around the world to get specimens for research. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

35. Southwest’s Essex to Retire In 2015 -

The leader who guided the merger of the city’s two community colleges announced Tuesday, Aug. 19, that he will retire in June.

Nathan Essex became president of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute at Memphis in 2000 as the two institutions were merging to become Southwest Tennessee Community College.

36. Tigers Athletics Voice Ray Mullins Dies at 66 -

Ray Mullins, the public address voice of many University of Memphis athletic teams and the “Mighty Sound of the South,” died on Saturday, Aug. 9. Mullins was 66.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray’s family,” Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen said in a statement. “Ray was a remarkable man and a great announcer for many athletics teams and the band. Ray will be dearly missed by all.”

37. Tubbs Joins Humane Society as Development and Marketing Director -

Nikki Tubbs has joined the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County as director of development and marketing, responsible for developing and executing the humane society’s fundraising plan, overseeing special events and securing sponsorships, and supervising supplemental development programs and the development team.

38. Tigers Athletics Voice Ray Mullins Dies at 66 -

Ray Mullins, the public address voice of many University of Memphis athletic teams and the “Mighty Sound of the South,” died on Saturday, Aug. 9. Mullins was 66.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray’s family,” Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen said in a statement. “Ray was a remarkable man and a great announcer for many athletics teams and the band. Ray will be dearly missed by all.”

39. New York Firm Buys Retirement Community -

996 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
Sale Amount: $12.9 million

Sale Date: July 30, 2014
Buyer: GFTV Audubon Owner LLC
Seller: TV Memphis LP
Loan Amount: $23.5 million
Loan Date: July 30, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC
Details: An affiliate of New York-based Garrison Investment Group has paid $12.9 million for the 176-unit Town Village Audubon Park retirement community at 950 Cherry Road in East Memphis.

40. Tigers Athletics Announcer Ray Mullins Dies at 66 -

Ray Mullins, the public address voice of many University of Memphis athletic teams and the “Mighty Sound of the South,” died on Saturday, Aug. 9. Mullins was 66.

41. New York Firm Buys Retirement Community -

An affiliate of New York-based Garrison Investment Group has paid $12.9 million for the 176-unit Town Village Audubon Park retirement community at 950 Cherry Road in East Memphis.

42. How Much Should I Save for Retirement? -

Ray’s take: Saving for retirement. It’s something we are all aware of and working on regularly. But how much do you need to save for retirement?

That is the quintessential question everyone asks. And the answer is not so clear. It depends. Truly.

43. American Marketing Association Memphis Chapter Preps for New Events -

The Memphis chapter of the American Marketing Association is gearing up to be a hub of new networking and educational opportunities for local marketing professionals in the city.

Along with the finalization of its Memphis charter, the organization has elected a new board of directors packed with experienced marketing leaders from the area. The chapter also plans to offer “unexpected, unique and creative” benefits to help it stand out from traditional professional organizations.

44. FedEx to Send 138 Drivers To Driving Competition -

FedEx Corp. is sending 138 drivers to the National Truck Driving Championships.

The drivers from 45 states representing FedEx-operating companies will compete in Pittsburgh Aug. 12-16.

45. FedEx to Send 138 Drivers to Driving Competition -

FedEx Corp. is sending 138 drivers to the National Truck Driving Championships.

The drivers from 45 states representing FedEx-operating companies will compete in Pittsburgh Aug. 12-16.

46. Memphis Athletics Director Named to NCAA Council -

University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council.

47. Memphis Athletics Director Named to NCAA Council -

University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council.

48. U of M Athletics Director Appointed to NCAA Council -

University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council.

49. Develop Interests Before Retirement -

Ray’s take: Retirement success is not automatic. It takes planning – and not just financial planning. According to a study by University of Missouri – Columbia, couples should plan for retirement, both financially and socially, and consider the changes that may occur in their relationships and day-to-day activities.

50. Stormwater Meetings Planned in Whitehaven -

The City of Memphis Division of Engineering has announced a series of neighborhood meetings focused on a stormwater master plan for Whitehaven.

The purpose of the plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues, and the goals of the meetings are to give people information about the project and gather input about drainage and flooding problems people have experienced.

51. Stormwater Meetings Planned in Whitehaven -

The City of Memphis Division of Engineering has announced a series of neighborhood meetings focused on a stormwater master plan for Whitehaven.

The purpose of the plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues, and the goals of the meetings are to give people information about the project and gather input about drainage and flooding problems people have experienced.

52. Transplant Games Show True Athletic Spirit -

At the NCAA Tournament every March, it is the cliché of clichés when coaches and players say in a press conference before their first game, “We’re just happy to be here.”

But when members of the Mid-South team competing in the Transplant Games of America July 11-15 in Houston say it, the phrase rings true.

53. Kroger Launches Wine Sales Petition -

Kroger Delta Division is launching petition drives in more than 35 of its Shelby County stores to put a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot to permit wine sales in local supermarkets.

The petition drive seeking the signatures of registered voters will be July 10-12 and July 17-19.

54. Top 10 Email Marketing Best Practices -

Part two in a two-part series. Email marketing has advanced significantly over the past decade, with the potential to be one of the strongest performers of all weapons in your marketing arsenal due to its unique ability for highly personalized content and comprehensive tracking delivered straight to the consumers’ inbox. Unfortunately, it’s also, perhaps, one of the most poorly executed of the marketing channels.

55. Kroger Launches Wine Sales Petition -

Kroger Delta Division is launching petition drives in more than 35 of its Shelby County stores to put a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot to permit wine sales in local supermarkets.

The petition drive seeking the signatures of registered voters will be July 10-12 and July 17-19.

56. 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.

57. Regional Tourism Campaign Gets Marketing Boost -

State and local officials are pumping up marketing efforts for a regional tourism campaign.

The marketing push, called West Tennessee Day Trippin’ and focused on regional tourism in Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale and Tipton counties, is funded with a $20,000 USDA Rural Business Enterprise grant and a $20,000 match from the Memphis Area Association of Governments.

58. University of Memphis Names Carrier Assistant Athletic Director -

Thomas Carrier, a two-time alumnus of the University of Memphis with more than 10 years of experience in the facility management industry, has been named assistant athletic director for events and facilities.

59. 10 Deadly Sins of Email Marketing -

Part one in a two-part series. Data released last year by a research firm called Return Path cites that the average individual receives more than 400 commercial emails per month – emails from businesses selling products and services versus email from colleagues, friends or family.

60. University of Memphis Names Carrier Assistant Athletic Director -

Thomas Carrier, a two-time alumnus of the University of Memphis with more than 10 years of experience in the facility management industry, has been named assistant athletic director for events and facilities.

61. 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.

62. U of M Athletics Publications Honored -

Four University of Memphis publications designed by Brandon Kolditz, assistant director of athletics communications, received “Best Cover in the Nation” recognition by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The publications were judged as part of the organization’s annual publications contest.

63. University of Memphis Athletics Publications Honored -

Four University of Memphis publications designed by Brandon Kolditz, assistant director of athletics communications, received “Best Cover in the Nation” recognition by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The publications were judged as part of the organization’s annual publications contest.

64. LeMoyne-Owen President to Retire -

LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie Watson will retire a year from now, following nine years at the helm of the city’s only historically black college.

65. LeMoyne-Owen President to Retire -

LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie Watson will retire a year from now, following nine years at the helm of the city’s only historically black college.

66. Tunica Reels as Competition, Recession Hit Casinos -

TUNICA RESORTS, Miss. (AP) – It was 3:30 p.m. on a Monday in May at Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino in northwestern Mississippi.

Gamblers were few in number, and dealers stood ready at idle card tables.

67. Busby Joins Howell Marketing as Social Media Manager -

Lisa Busby has joined Howell Marketing Strategies LLC as a social media manager, handling the social media marketing for several accounts. Busby’s background includes experience in the business, media and nonprofit sectors – including past roles as a radio news reporter and writer, and as a print editor in the national headquarters for the Fraternal Order of Police.

68. South Cypress Creek Meetings Planned -

The City of Memphis Division of Engineering has announced a series of neighborhood meetings focused on a stormwater master plan for the South Cypress Creek area.

The purpose of the plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues, and the goals of the meetings are to give people information about the project and gather information about drainage and flooding problems they’ve experienced.

69. Supermarket Wine Coalition Begins Petition -

A coalition that advocated for supermarket wine sales has kicked off a statewide campaign to gather signatures in an effort to get the measure on the November ballot.

Under a law that passed this year, wine can be sold by grocery and conveniences stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.

70. Suburban Candidates File First Petitions -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald has made it official, filing his qualifying petition to run for another four-year term.

71. First Suburban Candidates File Petitions -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald has made it official, filing his qualifying petition to run for another four-year term.

72. Supermarket Wine Coalition Begins Petition -

A coalition that advocated for supermarket wine sales has kicked off a statewide campaign to gather signatures in an effort to get the measure on the November ballot.

Under a law that passed this year, wine can be sold by grocery and conveniences stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.

73. South Cypress Creek Meetings Planned -

The City of Memphis Division of Engineering has announced a series of neighborhood meetings focused on a stormwater master plan for the South Cypress Creek area.

The purpose of the plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues, and the goals of the meetings are to give people information about the project and gather information about drainage and flooding problems they’ve experienced.

74. International Paper CEO Set to Retire in March -

International Paper Co. CEO John Faraci will retire effective March 1, the Memphis-based company announced last week.

75. Tennessee Targeting Construction Fraud -

State officials say the Department of Labor has been expanding efforts to uncover employer fraud within the construction industry.

The efforts will help identify employers who are paying workers under the table, intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors and who are failing to report all wages paid.

76. Tennessee Targeting Construction Fraud -

State officials say the Department of Labor has been expanding efforts to uncover employer fraud within the construction industry.

The efforts will help identify employers who are paying workers under the table, intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors and who are failing to report all wages paid.

77. Petitions Seek Supermarket Wine Sales in East Tennessee -

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – An East Tennessee election official says petitions seeking a local vote on supermarket wine sales have begun circulating.

Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher told the Bristol Herald Courier that petitioners have until Aug. 21 to get enough signatures in Bristol and Kingsport.

78. Marketing Lessons From Startups -

Having spent the lion’s share of my career marketing national corporations, I would certainly say there is a science to marketing at that level and the better brands market like well-oiled machines. Opening my own business eight years ago, however, and partnering with countless startups through those years, I’ve also learned there’s a thing or two startups can teach the big boys about marketing.

79. TVA Off to Good Start in Meeting Emissions Goals -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says it appears to have a good start in meeting goals set by President Barack Obama's administration aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

80. International Paper CEO to Retire in March -

International Paper Co. CEO John Faraci will retire effective March 1, the Memphis-based company announced last week.

81. Council to Discuss Retirement Plan Changes -

Memphis City Council members begin moving Tuesday, June 3, toward the first of three votes on a quartet of ordinances that would fundamentally change health care and pension benefits for city employees.

82. Candidates Pull Petitions in Suburban Mayoral Races -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald and Germantown Alderman Mike Palazzolo are on the cusp of entering the mayoral races in their respective communities.

83. Redbirds Earn Primetime TV Game May 29 -

The days of black-and-white television and the likes of Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle running around in flannel uniforms are gone. But the “Game of the Week” is coming to Memphis and AutoZone Park.

84. Graduating to a Lifetime of Giving -

Happy graduation! You did it! This column is for graduates and their families.

We salute your commitment to your education, your future and the future of your family. Graduating from high school, community college, a technical training school, or a four-year college or university is a big deal. No two ways about it. You are celebrating a milestone and the beginning of “what’s next.”

85. Heritage Place Retirement Community Sells for $1 Million -

An affiliate of Orlando, Fla.-based Elevation Financial Group has paid $1 million for the 161-unit Heritage Place retirement center at 2990 Hickory Hill Road in Hickory Hill.

86. TVA: Watts Bar Set for December 2015 Completion -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says work on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant has moved from large-scale construction to completion and testing of individual plant systems.

87. ‘Date Knight’ to Benefit Memphis Athletic Ministries -

More than 1,000 moms and sons are expected to be part of the second annual Mother-Son “Date Knight” to kick off Mother’s Day weekend Friday, May 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum.

88. Study: US Manufacturers Gaining Competitiveness -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturers have grown more competitive over the past decade compared with factories in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies.

So says a new private study, which found that rising wages and higher energy costs have diminished China's long-standing edge over the United States. So has a boom in U.S. shale gas production. It's reduced U.S. natural gas prices and slowed the cost of electricity.

89. ‘Date Knight’ to Benefit Memphis Athletic Ministries -

More than 1,000 moms and sons are expected to be part of the second annual Mother-Son “Date Knight” to kick off Mother's Day weekend Friday, May 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum.

90. Lakeland Annexation Opponents Present Petition -

Opponents of an annexation of parts of northeast Shelby County by the city of Lakeland were to take a petition Tuesday, April 15, to the Lakeland mayor and board of commissioners.

The petition, signed by hundreds of landowners in the area that includes Bolton High School, is a response to a petition by 52 citizens in January requesting the annexation.

91. Lakeland Annexation Opponents Present Petition -

Opponents of an annexation of parts of northeast Shelby County by the city of Lakeland were to take a petition Tuesday, April 15, to the Lakeland mayor and board of commissioners.

The petition, signed by hundreds of landowners in the area that includes Bolton High School, is a response to a petition by 52 citizens in January requesting the annexation.

92. Sweetie Pie’s Signs at Fourth and Beale -

The Beale Street entertainment district has a new tenant on its eastern border with Fourth Street in a space that has been closed for 12 years.

Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris tweeted Thursday, April 10, that Sweetie Pie’s, a soul food restaurant with three locations in St. Louis and plans for expansion in other cities, will open at 349 Beale St. on the southeast corner of Fourth and Beale streets.

93. Rep. Barrett Rich to Retire from Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Rep. Barrett Rich says he won't run for another term representing his rural West Tennessee district in the House this year.

The Somerville Republican has served three terms in the lower chamber of the General Assembly. He is a former state trooper who served on then-Gov. Phil Bredesen's security detail and is the current chairman of the House Health Subcommittee.

94. Invest Early For the Best Retirement -

Ray’s Take The very best friend a young investor has is time. Someone who puts $4,000 per year into retirement accounts starting at age 22 could have $1 million by age 62, assuming an 8 percent average return. Waiting 10 years to start contributing means you would need to put in $8,800 per year to get the same results.

95. Obama Meeting With Internet CEOs on Tech Privacy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is meeting with CEOs from leading Internet and technology companies to discuss their concerns about privacy and National Security Agency programs.

96. Wal-Mart’s New Tool Gives Competitors’ Prices -

The “Every Day Low Price” king is trying to shake up the world of pricing once again.

Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it has rolled out an online tool that allows shoppers to compare its prices on 80,000 food and household products to those of its competitors. The world’s largest retailer began offering the feature that’s called “Savings Catcher” on its website last month in seven big markets that include Dallas, San Diego and Atlanta.

97. U of M Names Walker Associate Athletic Dir. -

Dr. Adam G. Walker has rejoined the University of Memphis Athletic Department as senior associate athletic director for development. Walker previously served the department as its director of major gifts.

98. Chamber Initiatives Targeting Small Business -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council is launching three initiatives aimed at helping small-business owners find answers to some of their most vexing questions and identify tools and resources for growth.

99. Measurement: Holy Grail of Marketing -

Second in a two-part series. Measurement is the Holy Grail of marketing. A savvy marketer would naturally prefer to invest his dollar in a strategy with a measurable return on investment versus one without.

100. ‘Champion of Working Man’ Rep. Turner Set to Retire -

State Rep. and Nashville Democrat Mike Turner is retiring from the General Assembly and considering a run for mayor.