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1. Jernigan Capital Shareholders To Get Cash Dividend -

Shareholders of Jernigan Capital Inc. are getting a reward of sorts for being early investors in the newly public company.

2. US Economy's Second Quarter Went From Solid to Stellar -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds.

3. Memphis' Bigger Brothers -

If spending begins with saving, then Brother Adrian Powers’ fingerprints are all over the $25 million improvement campaign at Christian Brothers High School that includes a $10 million athletic development center.

4. Southwest Adds Memphis Flights -

Southwest Airlines will add seasonal nonstop flights between Memphis and Austin, Texas, along with an additional seasonal flight to Orlando.

The nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will operate on Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 5 and move to Saturdays only starting Jan. 9. The route will continue being offered on Saturdays through March 5.

5. Memphis Investment Professionals Preach Caution Amid Market Swings -

The 1,000-point drop at one point Monday, Aug. 24, in the Dow Jones Industrial Average – it ended the day down 588 points to close at an 18-month low – was a result of volatile trading that marked a stomach-churning start to the week for investors.

6. Cloverleaf Shopping Center Sells in $4.8 Million Deal -

5071, 5079 and 5150 Summer Ave.
761 N. White Station Road
Memphis, TN 38122

7. CBHS to Build $10M Athletics Facility -

Christian Brothers High School is building a $10 million athletics complex on its East Memphis campus.

8. University of Memphis Knows Time to Shine Is Now -

First, there was a video because in 2015 there must always be a video.

Before University of Memphis Athletics director Tom Bowen and president M. David Rudd took their turns at the lectern to talk about the public phase of a $40 million capital campaign for athletic facilities, all heads turned toward a screen.

9. CBHS to Build $10 Million Athletics Facility -

Christian Brothers High School is building a $10 million athletics complex on its East Memphis campus.

10. Ballet Memphis Closes On French Quarter Suites Purchase -

2144 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Sale Amount: $4.2 million

Sale Date: Aug. 6, 2015

11. Drug Execs Behind Female Libido Pill Have Run Afoul of FDA -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A small drugmaker from North Carolina may succeed next week where many of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have failed: in winning approval for the first drug to boost women's sexual desire.

12. Real Deal -

They were tossing around numbers, trying to guess the win total for the 2015 University of Memphis football season.

In the not-too-distant past, the two Highland Hundred members and longtime season-ticket holders might have been able to add their guesses together and still come up short of the six victories needed for their favorite team to be bowl-eligible.

13. Demo Day Brings Together Start Co., ZeroTo510 Entrepreneurs -

The entrepreneurial ecosystem was more abundant than ever at Demo Day 2015, where Start Co. and ZeroTo510 worked in conjunction for the first time to present graduates of their business accelerator programs to investors and community leaders.

14. Man Charged With Killing Memphis Officer Says He Is Indigent -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An ex-convict charged with fatally shooting a Memphis police officer during a struggle told a judge Wednesday that he is indigent and he was appointed a public defender.

15. Jernigan Sees Big Market for Company He's Moving to Memphis -

Dean Jernigan spent the better part of a roughly 40-minute earnings presentation to analysts early Wednesday, Aug. 12, detailing not just the latest quarterly results for his newly public company, Jernigan Capital, but also why it exists in the first place.

16. Jernigan Capital Moving HQ to Memphis -

Dean Jernigan, the founder of Storage USA and a businessman with deep ties to Memphis, is preparing to move the headquarters of his newly public company, Jernigan Capital, to Memphis.

17. MIFA’s Feed the Soul Fundraiser Is ‘Memphis At Its Finest' -

Each year after MIFA’s Feed the Soul event, Sally Jones Heinz has the same thought.

“You come to this party and it really is Memphis at its finest,” said Heinz, executive director of the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association. “It’s such a diverse group of people having a really good time. Every year after the party’s over, I think this is how it needs to be – Memphis all together.”

18. Google Forms a New Holding Company, 'Alphabet' -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is creating a new company to oversee its highly lucrative Internet business and a growing flock of other ventures, including some — like building self-driving cars and researching ways to prolong human life — that are known more for their ambition than for turning an immediate profit.

19. Start Co., ZeroTo510 Win $50,000 SBA Awards -

The Memphis-based startup accelerator Start Co. and Memphis medical device accelerator ZeroTo510 both won $50,000 awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund.

20. US Trade Gap Widens 7 Percent in June as Imports Jump -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit increased in June as solid consumer spending pulled in more imports, while the strong dollar restrained exports.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday the trade gap jumped 7 percent to $43.8 billion in June, up from $40.9 billion in May. Imports increased 1.2 percent to $232.4 billion, while exports edged lower to $188.6 billion from $188.7 billion.

21. Start Co. Wins $50,000 SBA Award -

The Memphis-based startup accelerator Start Co. has won a $50,000 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund.

22. South Junction Expansion Plans Go Public -

A second phase of the South Junction apartments goes before the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board Wednesday, Aug. 4.

The set of seven three-story apartment building was added to the agenda of the review board Monday afternoon.

23. US Consumer Spending Edges Up in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer spending in June rose by the smallest amount in four months as shoppers cut back on purchases of cars and other big-ticket items.

Consumer spending edged up 0.2 percent in June, the poorest showing since a similar increase in February, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

24. Council to Vote on One Beale, Redistricting and CLERB -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Aug. 4, on the $160 million One Beale planned development at Beale Street and Riverside Drive.

The council vote is the last major public sector hurdle for the project by the Carlisle Corp.

25. US Paychecks Grow at Record-Slow Pace in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers.

26. Extended Slump in Oil Taking Toll on Industry, Economy -

NEW YORK (AP) — As drivers, shippers and airlines continue to enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and employment that are hurting economic growth.

27. Tennessee Tops Economic Development Rankings -

Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state for both automotive manufacturing strength and tech-skills education, according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.

28. Warehouse At Perimeter Point Sells for $775,000 -

A Perimeter Point industrial building has been sold for $775,000.

Missouri-based Martabra Real Estate LLC acquired the flex warehouse building at 5055 Covington Way, just off Covington Pike south of Elmore Road, from CP Perimeter Point LLC, an affiliate of California-based Coastal Partners LLC.

29. US Economy Posts Solid 2.3 Percent Growth Rate in Q2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year.

30. Departing Thoughts from Asia -

This entry will be my last submission penned while living in Asia, so rather than discuss the market’s recent wiggles, I thought I would share some top of mind takeaways as I prepare to depart Hong Kong.

31. Consumer Confidence Falls to Lowest Level Since September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July from a revised 99.8 in June. That's the lowest since September's reading of 89.

32. Orders For US Durable Goods Jump 3.4 Percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a sizable gain in June, but the advance was fueled by higher demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of this volatile category, a key category that represents business investment rose by a far more modest amount.

33. Houston Levee Apartments In Cordova Fetch $17.5M -

9940 Paddle Wheel Drive
Cordova, TN 38016

Sale Amount: $17.5 million

Sale Date: July 9, 2015

34. Cheaper Fuel Helps Southwest, United Post Record 2Q Profits -

DALLAS (AP) — Cheaper fuel and full planes are adding up to record airline profits, and the carriers are sharing the bounty with stockholders.

They're finally even giving passengers a break on fares.

35. East of Cleveland -

Consultants for the Memphis Area Transit Authority are exploring an extension of the Madison Avenue trolley line east of Cleveland Street to Overton Square and North Cooper Street.

It is one of seven Midtown routes the transit authority might change or enhance with a bus rapid transit concept that involves fewer stops, fewer turns off main thoroughfares and shorter travel times.

36. Google Shareholders Revel in Record 1-Day Windfall of $65.1 Billion -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's stock roared out of a long slumber Friday to produce the biggest shareholder windfall in U.S. history as investors rewarded the Internet company for promising to curb its spending on risky projects.

37. Memphis Releases $200M Pedestrian Safety Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. unveiled an ambitious pedestrian and school safety action plan Tuesday, July 14, that has been in the making for 18 months.

The plan takes in a list of $200 million in improvements to sidewalks and street crossings over 20 years. Wharton’s administration doesn’t have all the funding nailed down, and said it would likely come through a combination of grants, city capital funding and money from nonprofit philanthropies.

38. City Releases $200 Million Pedestrian Safety Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. unveiled an ambitious pedestrian and school safety action plan Tuesday, July 14, that has been in the making for 18 months.

The plan takes in a list of $200 million in improvements to sidewalks and street crossings over 20 years. Wharton’s administration doesn’t have all the funding nailed down, and said it would likely come through a combination of grants, city capital funding and money from nonprofit philanthropies.

39. Yellen: Fed Still on Track to Raise Rates This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed is on track to start raising interest rates later this year but expressed multiple concerns over headwinds that are still holding back the U.S. economy.

40. Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU -

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

41. New Hotel Planned for Downtown Memphis -

Two Ohio-based development firms plan to build a new hotel on a vacant site in Downtown Memphis.

The Orlean Co. of Beachwood, Ohio, and Ceres Development LLC of Westlake, Ohio, plan on building a Cambria Suites on a 3.3-acre lot on the south side of Union across from Fourth Street, just west of Danny Thomas Boulevard.

42. Certificate of Need Process Back in Spotlight -

The state-level approval process Methodist South Hospital recently cleared that allows it to pursue an $8.7 million emergency department expansion has been in legislative crosshairs in Nashville recently.

43. Growth in US Services Firms Rises in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms grew at a slightly faster pace in June, as business activity and new orders increased.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its services index edged up to 56 in June from 55.7 in May. Any reading over 50 indicates that services firms are expanding.

44. Cycling Ahead -

Unless you've seen the ubiquitous stations in cities like Knoxville and Nashville, it's difficult to imagine how bike sharing could connect Memphis.

Tourists and citizens can check out a bike on a per-ride or membership basis and return it to a separate station when they've reached their destination.

45. Grizzlies Spending $350,000 on Facilities Improvements -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

46. Dunavant-Owned Destin Resort On Track to Open Next Summer -

Work continues moving forward at a splashy new Destin resort owned by Memphis-based Dunavant Enterprises Inc.

47. US Manufacturing Growth Improves in June; Hiring Jumps -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing growth improved in June, helped by a jump in employment.

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its manufacturing index rose to 53.5 last month from 52.8 in May. Manufacturing activity matched January's level for the highest this year. Any reading above 50 signals expansion.

48. My Kind of Crazy -

CRAZY LIKE CHISCA. Lauren Crews told me that people think he’s crazy.

After all, he paddled a canoe from the Twin Cities to New Orleans – just him and his dog. He rode a bike to New Orleans, too, all the way down Highway 61 in the summer, the heat driving him dizzy into ditches.

49. New Forrest Front -

The political battle over an equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and the park that houses it has opened a new front.

50. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Controversial Execution Drug -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

51. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $84 million

52. Grizzlies Spending $350,000 on Facilities Improvements -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

53. Developers Still Interested In Midtown Hotel -

Yes, the development team that had proposed replacing the French Quarter Inn at Overton Square is selling the property to Ballet Memphis, which plans on building a new performance center there.

But they say they still want to build a hotel in Midtown, according to a statement they provided to Brenda Solomito Basar, owner of Solomito Land Planning.

54. Business in Politics -

One of the first things Shea Flinn noticed when he left the Memphis City Council this year was that benches for audience members in the council chamber are less comfortable than council members’ seats.

55. Grizzlies Facilities Getting $350,000 Upgrade -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

56. US Consumers Ramp Up May Spending; Largest Gain Since 2009 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer spending surged in May with the biggest monthly increase in nearly six years – a sign of stronger economic growth ahead.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that consumer spending rose 0.9 percent last month, up from a revised 0.1 percent increase in April. May spending registered the biggest gain since August 2009, when the government's "Cash for Clunkers" program fueled auto-buying.

57. Haslam's Communications Director Leaving for Private Sector -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's director of communications is leaving to become a communications consultant in the private sector.

As the administration's top communications official, Alexia Poe has been a senior adviser and strategist to the governor, cabinet, senior staff and state departments.

58. Developers Still Interested in Midtown Hotel -

Yes, the development team that had proposed replacing the French Quarter Inn at Overton Square is selling the property to Ballet Memphis, which plans on building a new performance center there.

But they say they still want to build a hotel in Midtown, according to a statement they provided to Brenda Solomito Basar, owner of Solomito Land Planning.

59. Yolanda Kight is Newest Judicial Commissioner -

Attorney Yolanda Kight is the newest Shelby County Judicial Commissioner.

The Shelby County Commission chose Kight Monday, June 21, on the 12th round of voting to fill the vacancy.

60. Memphis Ends Budget Season, But the Arguments Aren't Over -

The end of the budget season at City Hall can be a festive occasion.

Weeks of line-item detail and swapping one amount with another in the budget, as well as the pressure of revenue and other projections that amount to moving targets in the fiscal year, give way to approved operating and capital budgets as well as a property tax rate.

61. US Economy Not As Bad in First Quarter, Paving Way for Rebound -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, just not as much as previously estimated. More recent data show that the weakness was largely temporary, with a rebound in the works for the April-June quarter.

62. Worthington Capital Launches New Mutual Funds -

Memphis-based asset management firm Worthington Capital Management has launched the Worthington Funds, a series of mutual funds that the firm says will seek to “capture market inefficiencies or take advantage of secular trends.”

63. Simmons Joins Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors -

Mary Leesa Simmons has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as vice president – senior asset manager. In her new role, Simmons provides all aspects of property management duties for the firm’s clients.
This includes financial administration, budgeting, reporting, lease administration, contract administration, tenant, client and vendor administration, capital improvements and property inspections.

64. CBU's 'New Vision’ -

As Kenrick Hall on the campus of Christian Brothers University has been prepped for demolition, leaders of the university have been preparing for what follows when the 1940s-era classroom building is gone.

65. First Horizon National Corp. Reveals Stress Test Results -

The Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank has passed its annual, federally mandated “stress test.”

66. First Horizon National Corp. Reveals Stress Test Results -

The Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank has passed its annual, federally mandated “stress test.”

67. Chism Opens Capital Advisors/Bellwether Enterprise's Memphis Office -

Jeremy Chism has joined Capital Advisors/Bellwether Enterprise as vice president to open the company’s Memphis commercial real estate loan production office. The firm provides financing solutions through a vast network of insurance companies, CMBS lenders and commercial lenders for commercial real estate.

68. Memphis City Council Budget Agenda Full -

Memphis City Council members have a lot of budget decisions to make Tuesday, June 16, as they attempt to bring City Hall’s budget season to a close.

There are eight separate votes on pay raises approved by impasse committees for eight groups of city employees, including police and firefighters.

69. Memphis Economic Indicator Taking Third-Quarter Responses -

Investors in some of Memphis’ largest publicly traded companies are likely to feel somewhat encouraged about the current state of the economy – at least, when looking at their portfolios.

70. Aitken Makes Case for Collierville’s New $99 Million School -

There is the effort to sell Collierville residents on the specific plan for a $99 million comprehensive high school for 3,000 students. And then there is the effort to avoid a referendum on the $99 million bond issue that could follow approval of a property tax hike for the new school construction.

71. Proton’s Weaver Wizard of Tech Innovation -

On any given day, business executives, scientists and chemical engineers from across the U.S. and around the world come to East Tennessee to see for themselves the renewable energy technology developed by Lenoir City-based Proton Power Inc.

72. Crews Center Hosts Social Innovation Summer Camp -

The Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis currently is a hub for social entrepreneurs.

The phrase “social entrepreneur” has a somewhat loose definition, but it generally involves the use of business tools and practices to solve social concerns. And it’s a focus of a summer camp coming to the Crews Center in July in partnership with a university student-led nonprofit that’s focused on social innovation and using entrepreneurial thinking to identify solutions to the community’s social issues.

73. AP Analysis: More 'Phony Numbers' in Reports as Stocks Rise -

NEW YORK (AP) – Those record profits that companies are reporting may not be all they're cracked up to be.

As the stock market climbs ever higher, professional investors are warning that companies are presenting misleading versions of their results that ignore a wide variety of normal costs of running a business to make it seem like they're doing better than they really are.

74. You Want To Build A Building? -

Owning a building can be a turning point in the life of a nonprofit. A building represents positive attributes: permanence, ownership, longevity, visibility, stability, status and achievement. You can control your destiny, make improvements, and expand when needed. You have an asset to leverage for future projects. No one can make you move.

75. Municipal Schools Leaders Assess First Year -

Not so fast with those state achievement test quick scores that went out with some students’ last report cards. Tennessee Department of Education officials said earlier this month that the figures are in most cases rosier than expected.

76. Involvement in Honor Flights an Honor for Mannis -

By creating HonorAir Knoxville, Eddie Mannis has brought joy to thousands of American war veterans and learned more than a little about his own character.

For the last eight years, the organization has honored veterans with free flights to the nation’s capital.

77. Memphis Banks Report Modest First Quarter -

Absent a few individual challenges, Memphis-area banks as a collective gave off encouraging signs about their health and outlook in the first quarter, according to Federal Reserve figures.

Some of the most important metrics, like profitability, always come with a reminder by regulators that any change in performance at First Tennessee Bank, Memphis’ largest bank, can overshadow results at the rest of its smaller peer institutions. That was certainly true in the first quarter, when First Tennessee’s parent company took a loss, driven by a mortgage-related legal settlement, which resulted in the bank showing almost $65 million worth of red ink for the quarter.

78. County Commission Tax-Rate Debate Picks Up Volume -

Shelby County Commissioners hit a big political divide Monday, June 1, and as a result will discuss in two weeks that most volatile of political topics – the property tax rate.

Commissioners approved on the first of three readings an ordinance to keep the property tax rate at the current $4.37.

79. Prepare for Takeoff -

At Southern Airways Express’ hub in a Memphis International Airport executive terminal, movement is at a peaceful lull.

There are no loudspeaker announcements or TSA check-in points. Patrons sip complimentary coffee. The lobby opens right onto the tarmac where a fleet of 9-passenger Cessna 208 Caravan jets land about 12 times daily.

80. Tigers’ Tubbs Receives All-America Recognition -

University of Memphis senior first baseman Tucker Tubbs has been named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball team. Tubbs is a Third Team All-America selection, as chosen by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

81. Snapshot: Memphis-Based Public Companies -

Here's a look at what's going on at the dozen public companies headquartered in Memphis:

AutoZone Inc.

AutoZone Inc. is one of the largest auto parts retailers and distributors in the U.S., with a store count of 5,476 as of Feb. 14. Since 1998, the company has repurchased $15.7 billion worth of its own shares. At the end of March, AutoZone continued its share buyback program with the authorization to buy back another $750 million in company stock. The company followed that news with plans to pursue a $650 million debt offering to be used for “general corporate purposes.” – Andy Meek

82. Stock-Buyback Programs Hit Record Pace -

If this was a poker game, it could be said that American companies are doubling down – repurchasing their own stock at a record pace instead of betting on new, outside investments.

TrimTabs Investment Research calculated that companies had announced plans to buy back $133 billion of their own stock in April. That was a new monthly high.

83. Paragon Bank Reports Highlights, Decisive Turn at Annual Shareholders Meeting -

2014 proved a milestone year for Paragon Bank: The now 10-year-old institution saw a few decisive changes, the bank’s leadership reported at its annual shareholders meeting in recent days.

84. More Giving -

The most dedicated donors to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis give with their hearts and their minds, striking a balance between real-time needs and the financial realities of any given moment.

85. US Consumer Prices Ticking Up as Fed Weighs First Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Core consumer prices outside of food and energy posted the biggest increase in April in more than a year, suggesting that an improving U.S. economy is finally starting to lift prices. That could prompt the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates later this year.

86. School’s End -

When Catholic Bishop Terry Steib put on a hardhat a week ago to break ground on the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School’s new $4.2 million Cathedral Center, he had the attention of the school’s youngest students.

87. Fed Minutes Indicate June Rate Hike Unlikely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed when they met last month that June would be too early to start raising interest rates, as they debated whether the economy's winter weakness would fade or persist.

88. Not Your Ma's Bell: AT&T Evolves Beyond Phones -

NEW YORK (AP) – The company whose name has long been synonymous with telephones is looking for new ways to reach out and touch someone.

AT&T, which had a popular "Reach Out and Touch Someone" slogan in the 1980s, now wants to be on your TV, car and even trashcan.

89. Southbrook Tests Wharton Administration Shake-Up -

It didn’t take very long for the city of Memphis’ new chief administrative officer to make a tough call.

And when Jack Sammons came down on the side of pulling back city funding for Southbrook Mall, political allies and foes of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. watched to see if he would go along with the decision.

90. Tigers’ Tubbs Makes Capital One Academic Squad -

University of Memphis senior first baseman Tucker Tubbs has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America have announced.

The Tigers leading power hitter, Tubbs has a .328 batting average with 14 doubles, 14 home runs and 49 RBI. Earlier this season, the Collierville High School product hit a home run in six consecutive games; that’s just two games shy of the NCAA record. He was named one of six Louisville Slugger national players of the week after the streak of consecutive games with a home run.

91. Small Banks Find Ways to Compete With Giants -

Nashville’s InsBank began 15 years ago, founded by a group of insurance agents. Originally, it was known as Insurors Bank of Tennessee, its target market was independent insurance agents in the state. But that has changed somewhat over the years as the bank has evolved from that particular niche.

92. Nashville Emerging ‘As a Regional Tech Leader’ -

Two very different startups speak volumes about how much the Nashville venture capital scene has changed over the years and how things are still evolving.

When Franklin-based Cybera began with three employees in 2001, it set up voice and data networks for small to medium-sized companies, using leased space on traditional telecom companies’ high-speed digital subscriber lines.

93. Investors Pumping Hundreds of Millions Into Tennessee Startups -

The assignment sounded simple enough: Find out whether more money is coming into Nashville for startups.

If so, where is it coming from and what does it means to entrepreneurs, investors and the rest of us?

94. US Retail Sales Flat-Line in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. shoppers kept their spending in check in April, as modest wage growth over the past year keeps family budgets tight.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that retail sales were unchanged last month after rising 1.1 percent in March. Sales have risen just 0.9 percent over the past 12 months. Steady hiring has yet to spark significantly higher incomes.

95. Tennessee Senator Had Son on State Benefits -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga, who twice voted against Medicaid expansion in Tennessee, told a newspaper that his adult son had "never" been signed up for state benefits.

96. Tigers’ Tucker Tubbs Makes Capital One Academic Squad -

University of Memphis senior first baseman Tucker Tubbs has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America have announced.

The Tigers leading power hitter, Tubbs has a .328 batting average with 14 doubles, 14 home runs and 49 RBI. Earlier this season, the Collierville High School product hit a home run in six consecutive games; that’s just two games shy of the NCAA record. He was named one of six Louisville Slugger national players of the week after the streak of consecutive games with a home run.

97. Beale Street Board to Tackle District Plans, Future -

Jeff Sanford has spent much of the past five years consulting on redevelopment projects in other cities.

But Sanford – who stepped down from his post as president of the Center City Commission, now the Downtown Memphis Commission, in 2010 – hasn’t found another entertainment district comparable to Memphis’ most famous street.

98. Mortgage Market Up 9 Percent in April -

Triumph Bank found itself at the end of April with a second straight record-breaking month for its mortgage division, with Triumph Mortgage having funded more units and loan volume in the month than during any other in the bank’s history.

99. US Trade Deficit Jumps to 6-Year High of $51.4 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit in March swelled to the highest level in more than six years, propelled by a flood of imports that may have sapped the U.S. economy of any growth in the first quarter.

100. Greenprint Guru -

When John Michels was a kid going to nature camps with his family and hiking with his brother and cousins, he was taking the first steps along his career path.

“We’d sort of learn how to survive in the woods and build shelters, learn about ecosystems,” Michels said of his days growing up in New Jersey, and then later trips to upstate New York by Lake George. “I started doing a lot of hiking in the Adirondack Mountains.