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1. Randy Odom Named CEO of Memphis Athletic Ministries -

Randy Odom has been named president and chief executive officer of Memphis Athletic Ministries. Odom joined MAM in 2006 as a neighborhood center director and became chief operating officer in 2012. In his new role, he oversees all operations and programming for 10 neighborhood youth centers that serve more than 900 underserved youth after school each day.

2. EDGE Approves Incentives for Memphis Ikea Store -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote, with Larry Jackson voting against the measure.

3. Former University of Memphis Provost Ralph Faudree Dies -

Ralph Faudree, the former provost of the University of Memphis from 2001 to his retirement in 2012, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, according to the university.

Faudree also served as interim president of the university between the departure of V. Lane Rawlins and the arrival of Shirley Raines.

4. Youth Take Charge of Ignite Memphis Event -

Ignite Memphis is a popular event young professionals typically pack each time it’s held, in addition to participating as speakers. The events revolve around a group of people making slide-based presentations about any topic they want, featuring whatever they want to say about anything they think can hold a crowd’s interest.

5. University of Memphis Awarded Grant for Nutrition Study -

Marie van der Merwe, assistant professor of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Memphis, has received a grant of nearly $400,000 from the Juice Plus Co. to direct a clinical trial evaluating the health benefits of a dried fruit and vegetable supplement.

6. Q&A: Jake Elliott, University of Memphis Placekicker -

FAST FACTS: Elliott was the American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014 as a sophomore; he scored 13 points in the Miami Beach Bowl victory to give him 120 for the year, second in school history to the 138 points scored by running back DeAngelo Williams in 2004; Elliott holds the school record for longest field goal (56 yards) and kicked a 55-yard field goal to tie the score in the bowl game vs. BYU and send the game into a second overtime.

7. Cold Elvis Presley Fans Celebrate His Birthday in Memphis -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Elvis Presley fans have gathered at Graceland in sub-freezing temperatures to celebrate what would have been the late singer's 80th birthday.

Priscilla Presley, who was married to the rock 'n' roll icon, and their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, joined fans from around the world for a cake-cutting ceremony Thursday outside Graceland, Elvis' longtime Memphis home. They also sang "Happy Birthday" in 15-degree weather.

8. University of Memphis Awarded Grant for Nutrition Study -

Marie van der Merwe, assistant professor of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Memphis, has received a grant of nearly $400,000 from the Juice Plus Co. to direct a clinical trial evaluating the health benefits of a dried fruit and vegetable supplement.

9. Corps of Engineers Begins River Work South of Memphis -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began work Monday, Jan. 5, on widening the navigation channel of the Mississippi River south of Memphis.

The work in six bendways on weirs extending from the west bank will close the river to commercial barge tows each day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. between river mile 637 and 630. The work, which will be in the middle of the river, approximately 600 feet from the banks, is expected to take three months.

10. I-55 Traffic at West Memphis to Be Narrowed -

One lane of Interstate 55 northbound at West Memphis will be closed to allow for inspection of the I-55 bridge over the Mississippi River.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane with the closing of the outside lane from Monday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan. 9, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, weather permitting.

11. Hollywood Furniture Marks 90 Years in North Memphis -

You don’t see many furniture stores that are also hardware stores. But then not many furniture and hardware stores have been around for 90 years – and on the same street corner.

Hollywood Furniture and Hardware Co. marked its 90th year in business in 2014.

12. FBI Asks Agencies to Watch Memphis Bridges -

The FBI asked law officers assigned to areas around the Mississippi River bridges at Memphis, Tennessee, to help keep an eye on the spans after a vague threat came in warning that one would be blown up.

13. St. Louis Fed Updates Memphis Board -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has announced some changes to the board of directors of its Memphis branch, effective Jan. 1.

14. Editorial: Pursuit of Authentic Memphis is a Winding Road -

Last year at this time, we talked about city finances and our pursuit of economic development. The year before, it was federal government shutdown.

This year, we will offer a change of pace from that and follow the lead of our cover story, which features suggestions about the city’s promise and its challenges in the year ahead and the year now in the books.

15. FBI Asks Agencies to Watch Memphis Bridges -

The FBI asked law officers assigned to areas around the Mississippi River bridges at Memphis, Tennessee, to help keep an eye on the spans after a vague threat came in warning that one would be blown up.

16. St. Louis Fed Updates Memphis Board -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has announced some changes to the board of directors of its Memphis branch, effective Jan. 1.

17. Antiques Market Planned for Memphis -

A juried, biannual market for all things vintage is headed to Memphis next year, the product of two friends who share a love of antiques, flea markets, barn sales and giving new life to things that have a bit of history to them.

18. Editorial: Finding Complexities in the Memphis Experience -

This is not your parents’ Memphis inferiority complex.

This is us having had a taste of life beyond that big hump in our identity. We’ve seen the horizon without it.

We like the view and we want to keep it.

19. Q&A: Al Bond, University of Memphis senior offensive lineman -

Fast Facts: First-team American Athletic Conference selection; started all 12 games at right tackle, playing 798 of 915 offensive snaps; been starter since midway of freshman year; stands 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds; graduate of Southwind High School; enrolled in graduate school after receiving undergraduate degree in correctional administration.

20. St. Louis Fed Memphis Executive Stepping Down -

After getting her master’s degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Martha Perine Beard joined the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as a management trainee in 1971.

21. St. Louis Fed Memphis Executive Retiring in 2015 -

Martha Perine Beard is retiring next year as regional executive of the Memphis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

22. University of Memphis Baseball Camp Set for Jan. 17-18 -

The University of Memphis baseball team will host its 2015 Winter High School Camp on Jan. 17-18. The two-day camp is for high school students only, and will take place at FedExPark, 974 Getwell Road, on the university’s Park Avenue campus.

23. From Sweden to Memphis -

Swedish retail giant Ikea will open a 225-employee store in the Wolfchase Galleria area in 2016.

The furniture retailer will locate the 269,000-square-foot store on a 35-acre site in Memphis near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway.

24. Ikea to Open First Tennessee Store in Memphis -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea will open its first Tennessee store in Memphis next year, according to several people familiar with the effort and confirmed by Ikea representatives Monday.

The company and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will announce the store Tuesday, Dec. 16, according to several sources. A statement to the media Monday night read: "Ikea, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, will announce plans on Tuesday morning for a proposed Memphis store. The proposed Ikea Memphis would be the first Ikea store in either Tennessee, Arkansas or Mississippi and would increase the Swedish retailer's presence in the Southeastern U.S."

25. SeaPort Looks to Shift Some Memphis Flights to Nashville -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Faced with a demand for more flights from Tupelo to Nashville, SeaPort Airlines is considering moving some Memphis flights to the Nashville route.

"Demand is running 10-to-1 with Nashville over Memphis, even though we don't even have a three-to-one frequency advantage in flights," SeaPort president Rob McKinney told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

26. University of Memphis Faculty Express Concerns About Program -

Faculty members at the University of Memphis say they have concerns about a new teacher training program under consideration.

The Commercial Appeal reports the newspaper and faculty obtained Relay Graduate School of Education’s 448-page application last month through the Freedom of Information Act. The university has offered Relay free classroom and office space for the program that it proposes to start next summer.

27. Sources: Target to Seek Incentives for Memphis Project -

Target will seek incentives from Memphis and Shelby County as early as next week for an industrial project that could create up to 600 jobs, according to multiple sources.

The Minneapolis-based retail giant has explored sites in DeSoto County and Memphis for a distribution center and is in the process of finalizing a lease for the 900,000-square-foot building at 5461 Davidson Road in Southeast Memphis. In addition to the 600 jobs, Target is expected to make significant capital improvements to the property, which was formerly occupied by Hamilton Beach.

28. Four Memphis Charter Schools To Close In Summer -

Four charter schools operating in Memphis will close at the end of the current school year under terms of a recently enacted Tennessee law.

The law requires the closure of any charter school that is ranked in the bottom five percent of schools in the state in terms of student achievement as measured by state test scores. The closing comes without any decision by the local school board that originally authorized the charter schools.

29. From Baghdad to Memphis, Mack Provides Dental Aid -

A toothache doesn’t stop just because a soldier has been deployed to Iraq. And a brigade dentist in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division in Baghdad sometimes has to moonlight as a field medic.

30. Q&A: Kedren Johnson, University of Memphis Junior Guard -

Fast Facts: 6-foot-4, 229 pounds; transferred from Vanderbilt after sitting out a year; averaged 13.5 points and 3.6 assists as a sophomore; aspiring rapper, he is up front about loving music more than basketball.

31. Trader Joe’s: No Immediate Plans for Memphis -

Trader Joe’s doesn’t have any immediate plans to enter the Memphis market, the company said Wednesday, Dec. 3.

“A Memphis/Germantown store is not in our two-year plan at this time,” said Rachel Broderick, a spokeswoman for the sought-after specialty grocery chain.

32. TIF Incentives Could Become More Common in Memphis -

Used widely in other Tennessee cities, Tax Increment Financing has been a popular way to spur development.

Memphis officials are seeking approval for just the third TIF district in the city for the redevelopment of the Graceland area but could increasingly rely on the incentive.

33. Loeb Buys Office Complex in Heart of East Memphis -

Loeb Properties has acquired an office complex in the heart of East Memphis, the company’s first major acquisition since it bought Overton Square in July 2012.

Memphis-based Loeb Properties purchased Executive Square, a 40-suite professional office complex at Poplar Avenue and Yates Road in East Memphis, from F. William Hackmeyer for $3.85 million.

34. Veterans Town Hall Set for Memphis -

A town hall meeting for veterans and their families is set to be held in Memphis in November.

The Memphis VA Medical Center Executive Leadership Team is hosting the meeting Nov. 17 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the conference center at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

35. Editorial: Film Revolution Finding its Own Way in Memphis -

Memphis has always had more homegrown culture than industry built around that culture and heritage.

Such is the case when it comes to the city’s film community, which includes those who present movies as well as those who make them.

36. Haslam Reaches End of Campaign Trail in Memphis -

On his last campaign event on the last full day of the 2014 campaign season, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was surrounded by whimsy and cookies in a decidedly pink East Memphis shop.

Haslam supporters packed the Whimsy Cookie Company, a boutique cookie bakery on Poplar Avenue Monday, Nov. 3, just before the afternoon rush hour.

37. Veterans Town Hall Set for Memphis -

A town hall meeting for veterans and their families is set to be held in Memphis in November.

The Memphis VA Medical Center Executive Leadership Team is hosting the meeting Nov. 17 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the conference center at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

38. University of Memphis Weighing Minimum Wage -

The University of Memphis is considering paying a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour and stepping into a national debate over how much workers should make for their efforts.

University President M. David Rudd told employees in an email last week that he's asked the state Board of Regents to raise base pay for the school's workers up from $8.75 an hour.

39. SeaPort Cleared for Greenville-Memphis Flights -

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines to offer service between Greenville and Memphis, Tennessee.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports the airline hopes to start flying by Thanksgiving.

40. ‘State of Black Memphis’ Forum Urges Action -

Each year, the Urban League releases a national report that puts the “state of Black America” in the form of statistics on health care, education, economic power and similar factors.

This year, the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals used the report’s release to start a discussion billed as the “state of Black Memphis.”

41. University of Memphis Weighing Minimum Wage -

The University of Memphis is considering paying a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour and stepping into a national debate over how much workers should make for their efforts.

University President M. David Rudd told employees in an email last week that he's asked the state Board of Regents to raise base pay for the school's workers up from $8.75 an hour.

42. State of Black Memphis Symposium Monday -

The Memphis Urban League Young Professionals release their findings Monday, Oct. 27, in a State of Black Memphis report and symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum.

The group releases an annual report that is a compilation of data.

43. State of Black Memphis Symposium Monday -

The Memphis Urban League Young Professionals release their findings Monday, Oct. 27, in a State of Black Memphis report and symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum.

The group releases an annual report that is a complation of data.

44. SeaPort on Schedule for Tupelo to Memphis, Nashville -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — SeaPort Airlines' inaugural flight will leave Tupelo for Nashville around 6:30 a.m. on Monday.

"All the pieces are in place for a successful transition," Tupelo Regional Airport executive director Josh Abramson told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1uz6Qsr ). "And it couldn't come at a better time, as we continue to have cancellations and delays through Silver."

45. Frontier Adds Flights to Memphis -

Frontier Airlines is adjusting its schedule at Memphis International Airport by adding six weekly flights between Memphis and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and seasonally suspending service to Washington-Dulles Airport.

46. Transportation Workforce Center Coming to Memphis -

The University of Memphis says it has been awarded a federal grant to host the Southeast Regional Surface Transportation Workforce Center.

The university said Tuesday that its Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute received the four-year grant by the Federal Highway Administration.

47. Freight Shipping Company Opening Memphis Center -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. says it is opening a new facility in Memphis.

48. Acura of Memphis Owner Buys Dealership, Land -

2611 Ridgeway Road, 6055-6085 Acura Cove
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $12.4 million

49. Acura of Memphis Owner Buys Dealership, Land -

The owner of Acura of Memphis has paid $12.4 million for the East Memphis dealership and 25 acres of land.

Umansky Properties AOM LLC – led by Danny Umansky of Umansky Auto Group, which includes Acura of Memphis, Acura of Jackson, Tenn., and Wolfchase Hyundai – bought the properties in an Oct. 1 warranty deed from Tameron Properties Memphis LLC.

50. California Developer to Build Apartments Near University of Memphis -

A California developer is moving forward with an $8 million apartment complex near the University of Memphis.

Rael Development Corp. has pulled a $6.6 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a 64-unit, four-story apartment building at 3595 Southern Ave. Linkous Construction Co. is the general contractor.

51. University of Memphis Gets ‘Big Data’ Grant -

The University of Memphis is among a dozen universities in the nation sharing in $32 million in federal funding for research into how to analyze and use complex biomedical data, U.S. health officials announced Thursday, Oct. 9.

52. Another Gun Found in Bag at Memphis Airport -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Transportation Security Administration officials say 19 firearms have been found this year at security checkpoints at Memphis International Airport, one more than during all of last year.

53. Acura of Memphis Owner Buys Dealership, Land -

The owner of Acura of Memphis has paid $12.4 million for the East Memphis dealership and 25 acres of land.

Umansky Properties AOM LLC – led by Danny Umansky of Umansky Auto Group, which includes Acura of Memphis, Acura of Jackson, Tenn., and Wolfchase Hyundai – bought the properties in an Oct. 1 warranty deed from Tameron Properties Memphis LLC.

54. Four Memphis Companies Join The TENN -

Launch Tennessee has picked this year’s crop of 10 companies that will participate in The TENN, its master accelerator program for graduates of Tennessee’s nine startup accelerators.

And, like last year, Memphis companies again represent almost half of the statewide batch of companies taking part in the program.

55. Flintco Makes Memphis Leadership Promotion -

Flintco LLC, a leading commercial contractor, has made a key leadership promotion in Memphis.

Tim Weatherford has been named vice president and area manager of Flintco’s Memphis office.

56. FedEx Delivers Service to Memphis Causes -

Robin Hicks, communications adviser for FedEx Trade Networks, arrived at the Lucius Burch Natural Area at Shelby Farms Park last week and made her way through the vegetation to the Wolf River.

57. Flintco Makes Memphis Leadership Promotion -

Flintco LLC, a leading commercial contractor, has made a key leadership promotion in Memphis.

Tim Weatherford has been named vice president and area manager of Flintco’s Memphis office.

58. Former University of Memphis Golfer Earns LPGA Tour Card -

Not only did Marissa Steen earn her LPGA Tour card for finishing in the top 10 of the Symetra Tour, the Road to the LPGA, but she was named Symetra Player of the Year. Steen played at the University of Memphis from 2008 to 2012.

59. Haslam Swears In Judges, Gets Flu Shot in Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam swore in a new Tennessee Supreme Court justice and two state Appeals Court judges during a busy Friday, Sept. 19, visit to Memphis that also included getting a flu shot.

Haslam swore in Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby of Memphis at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law before a group of 300 people that included former Gov. Don Sundquist, who appointed Kirby to the court of appeals during his two terms as governor.

60. University of Memphis Program Seeking Entrepreneurship Fellows -

A new, selective program at the University of Memphis called the FedEx Institute Entrepreneurship Fellows is looking to develop entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills through hands-on experience, networking, mentoring and educational programming.

61. Marx-Bensdorf Expands in East Memphis -

A prominent Memphis realty company has expanded its presence in East Memphis. Marx-Bensdorf Realtors has grown in the office building at 5860 Ridgeway Loop Blvd. by 526 square feet, bringing its total to 4,653 square feet.

62. University of Memphis Seeking Entrepreneurship Fellows -

A new, selective program at the University of Memphis called the FedEx Institute Entrepreneurship Fellows is looking to develop entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills through hands-on experience, networking, mentoring and educational programming.

63. Wal-Mart Preparing for New Memphis Store -

Wal-Mart has acquired property for nearly $4 million and several easements for a new store near I-40 and Whitten Road.

The Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust acquired a nearly 30-acre property northwest of the Whitten Road exit for I-40 on Aug. 28 from Belz Investco GP for $3.5 million. The property is on Raleigh Lagrange Road just east of Fletcher Creek and near the Firestone Complete Auto Care Store. Wal-Mart also acquired a nearby property from James and Lucia Gilliland for $489,396.

64. Wal-Mart Preparing for New Memphis Store -

Wal-Mart has acquired property for nearly $4 million and several easements for a new store near I-40 and Whitten Road.

The Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust acquired a nearly 30-acre property northwest of the Whitten Road exit for I-40 on Aug. 28 from Belz Investco GP for $3.5 million. The property is on Raleigh Lagrange Road just east of Fletcher Creek and near the Firestone Complete Auto Care Store. Wal-Mart also acquired a nearby property from James and Lucia Gilliland for $489,396.

65. FedEx Ground Planning Memphis Hub Expansion -

FedEx Ground is planning a $3.3 million expansion and upgrade of its South Memphis facility, according to a news report.

This week, FedEx Ground pulled a building permit for its hub at 555 Compress Drive, according to The Commercial Appeal. The permit calls for a 10,000-square-foot expansion of its city van haul facility and a 2,343-square-foot office expansion, according to the report.

66. FedEx Ground Planning Memphis Hub Expansion -

FedEx Ground is planning a $3.3 million expansion and upgrade of its South Memphis facility, according to a news report.

This week, FedEx Ground pulled a building permit for its hub at 555 Compress Drive, according to The Commercial Appeal. The permit calls for a 10,000-square-foot expansion of its city van haul facility and a 2,343-square-foot office expansion, according to the report.

67. Wine Referendum Makes Memphis Ballot -

Voters in unincorporated Shelby County will not be voting on wine in grocery stores on the Nov. 4 ballot.

But voters in Memphis and the six suburban towns and cities will.

The Shelby County Election Commission completed its count Tuesday, Aug. 26, of signatures on the referendum petitions in each of the areas. To go on the ballot, each area had to have the signatures of 10 percent of the number of voters who voted in the last general election for governor.

68. Southwest, Frontier Add Memphis Flights -

Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines are increasing service at Memphis International Airport, providing more service for local flyers and boosting the facility’s transition away from a high-priced hub airport.

69. $5 Tickets Available for Memphis Football Opener -

For the second year in a row, the University of Memphis has partnered with 42 area Kroger stores to sell $5 football tickets for the Tigers’ season opener in support of the “Million Meals Challenge.”

70. Chick-fil-A Testing New Breakfast Menu in Memphis -

Soon, Chick-fil-A might be serving new breakfast items like chicken & waffles nationwide.

The chain is asking customers in Memphis to help take its new breakfast menu, which includes a handful of new items, for a spin. Customers have told the chain they want a bigger breakfast menu, and as a result Chick-fil-A is testing five new entrees: egg white chicken grill, Greek yogurt parfait, multigrain oatmeal, chicken and waffles, and cinnamon swirls.

71. New University of Memphis Graduates Eligible for Football Tickets -

The University of Memphis Athletic Department has announced it will continue the free football season tickets promotion for first-year graduates and has added a new discount ticket program for anyone who graduated from the university in the last four years.

72. Chick-fil-A Testing New Breakfast Menu in Memphis -

Soon, Chick-fil-A might be serving new breakfast items like chicken & waffles nationwide.

The chain is asking customers in Memphis to help take its new breakfast menu, which includes a handful of new items, for a spin. Customers have told the chain they want a bigger breakfast menu, and as a result Chick-fil-A is testing five new entrees: egg white chicken grill, Greek yogurt parfait, multigrain oatmeal, chicken and waffles, and cinnamon swirls.

73. National Urban League Young Professionals President to Speak in Memphis -

National Urban League Young Professionals president Brandi Richard will speak this weekend during the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals’ second annual Empowerment Conference.

74. New Owner Files Loan on East Memphis Building -

The new owner of the 130,593-square-foot office building at 6060 Primacy Parkway in East Memphis has filed an $8.8 million loan on the property.

75. Marek Pushes For Cameras on Memphis Cops -

The newly-elected chairman of a subcommittee of the recently reconstituted Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board plans to propose that the board recommend the city of Memphis outfit all on-duty Memphis police officers with cameras.

76. Marek Pushes For Cameras on Memphis Cops -

The newly-elected chairman of the recently reconstituted Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board plans to propose that the board recommend the city of Memphis outfit all on-duty Memphis police officers with cameras.

77. Convoy of Hope to Host Memphis Giveaway -

Convoy of Hope will partner with local businesses, churches, government agencies and nonprofits during a community celebration Sept. 6 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

78. Veterans Affairs Secretary Visits Memphis -

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald visited the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center Thursday, Aug. 14, at the end of a two-day visit to the Bluff City that also included a speech to the 70th annual National Convention of American Veterans, known as AMVETS.

79. LYFE Kitchen Moving to Memphis -

LYFE Kitchen, a unique California-based restaurant concept, will move its headquarters to Memphis and open two locations – one in Downtown and another in East Memphis.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based LYFE, which stands for Love Your Food Everyday, will open a restaurant in the former Sharky’s Gulf Grill location at 6201 Poplar Ave. and another inside Downtown’s Chisca Hotel, now under construction.

80. Freshman Class Up 12 Percent at University of Memphis -

When the academic year at the University of Memphis begins Aug. 25, the number of first-time freshmen at the school will increase over the previous year for the first time in three years.

University president David Rudd said the 2,250 first-time freshmen this year is up 231 students, or 11.6 percent, from the previous year.

81. Convoy of Hope to Host Memphis Giveaway -

Convoy of Hope will partner with local businesses, churches, government agencies and nonprofits during a community celebration Sept. 6 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

82. Student Housing Tower Planned Near University of Memphis -

A Frankfort, Ky.-based developer is planning to develop a student housing tower close to the University of Memphis.

Will Crumbaugh of Frankfort-based Crumbaugh Properties, through Memphis Student Housing LLC, plans to build a roughly 120-unit, seven-story tower at the southwest corner of Mynders Avenue and Brister Street.

83. TSA Finds Loaded Guns at Memphis Airport -

The Transportation Security Administration says two loaded guns have been found at a security checkpoint at Memphis International Airport.

The TSA says the weapons were found in passengers' carry-on bags on Sunday.

84. Basketball Qualifier Coming to Memphis -

A one-on-one street basketball tournament is coming to Halle Park for the 2014 Red Bull King of the Rock USA Qualifier.

The Memphis qualifier will follow one-on-one street basketball rules in a single-elimination tournament. Only two- and three-pointers count in each five-minute game, while five fouls equal an automatic loss. The competition is open to amateurs and pros alike; however, players must be at least 16 years old to participate. Registration is first come, first served.

85. Levy Dermatology Celebrates Five Years in Memphis -

Dr. Alan Levy owns a 5-year-old dermatology practice in Memphis, and to understand why business is booming for him right now, it helps to consider how medical advances are making it possible for people to live longer lives these days.

86. Editorial: Economic Woes Pose Questions for Memphis -

It may be gone. But the recession sure took its time in departing after taking a heavy toll on economic development in Memphis. And some of us aren’t sure it has totally left the premises, especially in a city that is watching as other parts of the state are rebounding and recovering at a much quicker pace than Memphis.

87. University of Memphis Athletes Win Academic Honors -

A total of 153 University of Memphis student-athletes have been named to the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team for posting a GPA of 3.0 or higher for both semesters of the 2013-14 academic calendar.

88. New Delta Cuts Reflect Changes at Memphis Airport -

Delta Airlines is once again cutting service at Memphis International Airport, eliminating flights from Memphis to Denver and Austin, Texas, in September.

The airline, which formerly operated a fortress hub at Memphis International, will also temporarily suspend service to Las Vegas this winter. Denver is still served by both United Airlines and Frontier Airlines.

89. Student Housing Tower Planned Near University of Memphis -

A Frankfort, Ky.-based developer is planning to develop a student housing tower close to the University of Memphis.

Will Crumbaugh of Frankfort-based Crumbaugh Properties, through Memphis Student Housing LLC, plans to build a roughly 120-unit, seven-story tower at the southwest corner of Mynders Avenue and Brister Street.

90. Street Basketball Qualifier Coming to Memphis -

A one-on-one street basketball tournament is coming to Halle Park for the 2014 Red Bull King of the Rock USA Qualifier.

The Memphis qualifier will follow one-on-one street basketball rules in a single-elimination tournament. Only two- and three-pointers count in each five-minute game, while five fouls equal an automatic loss. The competition is open to amateurs and pros alike; however, players must be at least 16 years old to participate. Registration is first come, first served.

91. University of Memphis Holiday Inn Appoints Food Director -

Daniel R. Bamrick has been named the director of food and beverage services with the Wilson Conference Center Group LLC for the Holiday Inn and Fogelman Executive Conference Center at the University of Memphis.

92. TSA Finds 2 Loaded Guns at Memphis Airport -

The Transportation Security Administration says two loaded guns have been found at a security checkpoint at Memphis International Airport.

The TSA says the weapons were found in passengers' carry-on bags on Sunday.

93. Dohmen Life Science Adds Space in SE Memphis -

Dohmen Life Science Services is expanding its footprint in Southeast Memphis.

The operator of the pharmaceutical logistics company DDN recently inked lease renewals and an expansion that pushed its occupancy to 628,000 square feet.

94. ABF Freight Acquires Two Memphis Properties -

ABF Freight System Inc. appears poised to significantly expand its Memphis presence, but company officials aren’t saying it’s a done deal just yet.

95. University of Memphis Selects New Women's Tennis Coach -

Hayden Perez, a three-time ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year who has been on the coaching staff of teams that have made NCAA Championship appearances each of the past five years, has been named the women’s tennis coach at the University of Memphis.

96. University of Memphis Selects New Women’s Tennis Coach -

Hayden Perez, a three-time ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year who has been on the coaching staff of teams that have made NCAA Championship appearances each of the past five years, has been named the women’s tennis coach at the University of Memphis.

97. University of Memphis Confirms Lawson Hire -

The University of Memphis confirmed the worst-kept sports secret in town via its website Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Tigers coach Josh Pastner had hired Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School, as an assistant coach.

98. Number of 'Sick' Memphis Officers Dropping -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The number of Memphis police officers who are calling in sick with the so-called "Blue Flu" is dropping.

Memphis Police Department spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said 178 officers were out sick Wednesday, down from a high of 557 reached last week.

99. University of Memphis Confirms Lawson Hire -

The University of Memphis confirmed the worst-kept sports secret in town via its Web site Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Tigers coach Josh Pastner had hired Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School, as an assistant coach.

100. University of Memphis Gets Grant for Study of Artifacts -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The University of Memphis says three of its professors have received a National Park Service grant to study ancient Native American artifacts.

The university said Monday that it has received a $40,000 grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, a program of the National Park Service.