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1. Trolley Report First Challenge for MATA Leader -

For the new president and general manager of the Memphis Area Transit Authority, last week’s report on the authority’s grounded trolley system was an introduction to one part of the long-term challenges facing the agency that is public transportation in Memphis.

2. Lehman-Roberts’ Longevity Paved by Family Ownership -

Lehman-Roberts Co. is a highway paving contractor that president Patrick Nelson regards with the kind of pride that might at first seem out of place for work that involves asphalt and roadwork.

3. Elon Musk Unveils Spacecraft to Ferry Astronauts -

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) – A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.

4. Carnival Memphis Celebrates Trucking Industry -

Trucking industry representatives and employees packed the spacious Tennessee Ballroom at Hilton Memphis, the gleaming glass hotel in East Memphis, for Carnival Memphis’ salute to the trucking industry.

5. Methodist Pays $22.5 Million for Germantown Facility -

7945 Wolf River Blvd.
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $22.5 million

6. Lamar Avenue Property Owner Files Loan -

The owner of the property at 3520 Lamar Ave. in Oakhaven has filed a $1.2 million loan on the property.

Fleet Equipment LLC of Memphis filed the deed of trust Nov. 13 through The Metropolitan Bank for three parcels – 3520-3543 Lamar Ave., 3543 Fuller Road and 0 Pearson Road. William Mark Welch signed the deed as member of Fleet Equipment.

7. Mercedes-Benz Dealership Opening in Collierville -

Construction gets underway later this month on a 41,000-square-foot Mercedes-Benz dealership in Collierville that will include a 16,000-square-foot showroom and provide about 50 new jobs for the area.

8. New Chassis Pool Co-Op Launches in Memphis -

The trucker-formed North American Chassis Pool Cooperative – the first of its kind – is launching its pilot program in Memphis this year.

The announcement follows the U.S. Surface Transportation Board recently approving the cooperative’s chassis pooling agreement, which will allow it to acquire and share chassis for intermodal freight transportation.

9. Boeing Wraps Up 787 Test Flights for Now -

Boeing conducted a second test flight of its 787 on Monday as it looks for the cause of battery problems that have grounded the planes. It said no more tests are currently planned.

Boeing said Monday's flight lasted one hour and 29 minutes and was uneventful. Flight-tracking service FlightAware showed that the plane flew from Boeing Field in Seattle, east over Washington State, and back.

10. World Trade Club President’s Career Fueled by Relationships -

Planes, trains and automobiles aren’t necessarily the main components of the logistics industry.

Allan Bowden, who works for UWT Logistics and is serving as 2013 president of the Memphis World Trade Club, said relationships keep the industry moving as much as the many varied vehicles associated with it.

11. Prodigi Arts has Designs on Growing its Business -

Local animation and motion graphics company Prodigi Arts is preparing for aggressive expansion over the next two years.

Prodigi, which has been servicing prominent businesses in the city over the last five years, provides animation and 2D/3D graphics for advertising, presentations, explanations, education, entertainment, in-house training, prototype development and company mascots.

12. Project Copilots -

A pair of local firms has partnered to design the $25 million expansion of the FedEx Air Operations Training Center that’s under way at 3851 Airways Blvd. – a project that will double the size of the Memphis simulator training facility.

13. TransOne Expands Just One Year After Opening -

New opportunities are arising for intermodal companies as America’s post-recession rail industry gets back on track.

One such company, TransOne in West Memphis, celebrated its first anniversary April 20 by lining up plans to expand its trucking fleet.

14. Major Projects on Tap at EDGE Meeting -

Representatives of FedEx Express, a major steel producer, a medical diagnostics company and a manufacturer for the baking industry will all be in front of local economic development officials Wednesday, Feb. 15, in pursuit of financial incentives.

15. FedEx Plans $141M Investment in Local Facility -

FedEx Express, the unit of the Memphis-based shipping giant that employs more than 144,000 people worldwide, is planning to invest $141.9 million to expand its business by consolidating its training facilities into a single location.

16. Equipment Shortage Possible by Mid-Summer -

Some local construction companies could be scrambling by summertime in search of heavy equipment like cranes, scissor lifts and backhoes for their projects.

With a number of large commercial construction projects ramping up across the city between now and then, equipment is expected to be in short supply and high demand.

17. Brentwood Place Apartments Sells for $8.5 Million -

1835 Sycamore View Road
Memphis, TN 38135
Sale Amount: $8.5 million

18. Let There Be Light -

This fall, a group of 1,000 Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division customers move deeper into a three-year, futuristic-sounding “Smart Grid” test project that began this past January.

They volunteered last year to get new automated meters for their homes, and half of them got a wireless digital counter top readout for inside their homes that allows them to watch their electricity usage. With a computer dashboard readout they can also follow trends for energy usage over time, and the device even suggests scenarios for cutting costs.

19. Recession Hits Transit Budgets Despite Rising Need -

BOSTON (AP) – Cash-strapped and debt-ridden, public transit systems across the nation are trimming service, raising fares and postponing badly needed upgrades just to maintain daily operations, even as rising gas prices increase demand and experts call modernization critical to cities' futures.

20. Green Power -

The familiar hum of the fertilizer tank and sprayer on TruGreen service trucks is about to fade out.

Associates with the lawn care company that is part of Memphis-based The ServiceMaster Co. have already heard from customers who missed the hum and thought the new hybrid trucks being tested by TruGreen had missed their homes.

21. Eye on Trucking -

A first-of-its-kind event catering to the transportation and logistics industry is coming to Memphis next weekend.

The city’s first annual Trucking Expo will be held Oct. 23 at Agricenter International. It is being presented by Memphis-based Worldwide Transport & Permit Service LLC, a commercial carrier and permitting service.

22. Data Show Jobless Claims Drop, Retail Sales Rise -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A weak economy got a little lift Thursday with new data suggesting companies aren't pursuing mass layoffs and stores are a little busier.

New applications for unemployment benefits declined for a second straight week after rising in the previous three. Retailers reported surprisingly strong sales in August. And more people signed contracts to buy homes.

23. Fleet Services Rife With Improprieties -

Two days after his administration brought in a lease agreement with Bass Pro Shops for The Pyramid, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. went public with a City Hall scandal.

The scandal has been simmering since January when Wharton dismissed General Services Director Estrice Boone, who was one of the first two division directors under former Mayor Willie Herenton let go by Wharton.

24. Oil Leak Could Hurt Gulf Coast -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil leaking from a sunken drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico oozed slowly toward the coast Monday, endangering hundreds of miles of marshes, barrier islands and white sand beaches in four states from Louisiana to Florida.

25. More Indictments Could Come In Clerk Investigation -

Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons said more indictments are possible in the investigation of the Shelby County Clerk’s office.

26. Trucking Biz Not Threatened By Rail’s Popularity -

Most of the logistics and transportation headlines these days revolve around railroads beefing up their operations in Memphis, one of the most significant intermodal centers in the country.

BNSF Railway Co. is completing a $200 million renovation of its intermodal terminal at Lamar Avenue and Shelby Drive.

27. Fred Smith Talks Green: Helps the environment and Fedex's bottom line -

Fred Smith is going green. In the case of the FedEx founder, however, it’s a different shade – something like military fatigue green.

28. Green Paper Trail Leads to Ware -

It hasn’t been a good week and a half for City Council member Barbara Swearengen Ware.

She celebrated her birthday last week with a custom she picked up from a caterer delivering the council members their lunch at City Hall. During a break in committee action, as reporters and other council members wondered about several $1 bills pinned to her red jacket, Ware explained that she had never heard of the custom before but was game for it.

29. Ware Implicated but Not Charged in Bribery at Clerk's Office -

Memphis City Council member Barbara Swearengen Ware has been implicated but not charged in bribery allegations at the county clerk’s office.

30. Fed Launches $200B Program to Spur Consumer Loans -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government launched a much-awaited program Tuesday to spur lending for autos, education, credit cards and other consumer loans by providing up to $200 billion in financing to investors to buy up the debt.

31. Delta to Launch New Memphis Flights -

ATLANTA (AP) - Fresh off its acquisition of Northwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines Inc., the world's biggest carrier, said Wednesday it plans to add 15 new international routes starting next spring, though it's unclear whether that will mean another year of big capacity growth outside the U.S. as the carrier will cut frequencies on other routes.

32. NAFTA Ramifications Reach Closer to Memphis -

Busy construction sites might offer a glimpse of the future when it comes to logistics, as thousands of Mexican truck drivers make Memphis their destination.

But the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union is leading an uphill battle to stop the incursion of Mexican-based trucks and drivers into the United States, part of a one-year demonstration project related to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

33. Ready for Takeoff -

Signs of what was once a naval air station still abound, but Millington Regional Jetport finally is starting to discover its own identity and carve a bigger niche in the airways.

Thanks to a renewed contract with FedEx Corp., a host of capital improvements and an ambitious marketing campaign to lure more aviation businesses, the jetport is poised to reach great heights.

34. Clean Break -

All diesel-run vehicles in Shelby County's General Services Division could be operating on a percentage of biodiesel by the end of the year.

A request for bids for 40,000 gallons of the clean-burning fuel made from vegetable oils and animal fats was published in The Daily News earlier this month, and the deadline to receive the bids is Tuesday.

35. Volvo Circles the Wagon: Construction equipment division to open two locations in Memphis -

The corporate giant's auto division has a well known circle-and-arrow trademark, the shape of which was taken from the symbol for iron ore and is supposed to mean "rolling strength."

But soon, Memphians will discover there's a lot more to the Volvo brand than just a new set of wheels. The $32 billion Volvo Group, whose auto division brand name has been jointly owned by Ford Motor Co. since the late 1990s, actually has several business units under its corporate umbrella.

36. Archived Article: Digest - Cordova Apartments See

Cordova Apartments See

$27.1 Million Financing

Lincoln at Wolfchase Associates LLC has financed Lincoln at Wolfchase Apartments through JPMorgan Chase Bank for $27.1 million. The complex, located at 8230 Rockcreek Par...

37. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Highway 70 Property

Highway 70 Property

Sells for $4.5 Million

Cole WG Bartlett TN LLC has purchased one lot at 8097 U.S. Highway 70 near Germantown Road for $4.5 million, according to The Daily News Public Records Database, www.memphisdail...

38. Archived Article: Real Review - FedEx to pay first dividend, FedEx pays first dividend, shows financial discipline FedEx Corp., showing the results of a two-year push to tighten its belt and improve its financial discipline, said it plans to pay the first dividend in the company's...

39. Archived Article: Williams P.2 - Williams prepares to produce purer petrol

Williams prepares to produce purer petrol

A unit of Williams announced plans for its Memphis refinery to produce even cleaner gasoline for the Memphis area by Jan. 1, 2004.

``Because more than 80 pe...

40. Archived Article: Fedex Lj - By LAURIE JOHNSON Renovations underway on new repair center for FedEx By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News For FedEx, more planes mean more business. The expansion of its fleet, however, also has translated into a need for more instrument repair space. ...

41. Archived Article: Laidlaw - By LAURIE JOHNSON Laidlaw starts new bus barn project By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Laidlaw Transit Co. has started construction on new bus maintenance and administrative office buildings at two of its Memphis bus yards. The Canadian company, whi...

42. Archived Article: Americoach Merger Lj - By LAURIE JOHNSON Coach USA acquires second Memphis bus tour company By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Locally based AmeriCoach Tours Ltd. has announced it has merged with Coach USA Inc., a publicly held consolidator of motorcoach operations based in...

43. Archived Article: Mscarriers - M Call home, send money! M.S. Carriers implements system to offer drivers ability to send, receive e-mail messages in the cab By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News More than 2,000 drivers with Memphis-based M.S. Carriers Inc. will be able to communica...

44. Archived Article: Swift Chg - By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE Arizona trucking company to open terminal near airport By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News A Phoenix, Ariz.-based trucking company has purchased property and has plans to open a terminal in the Memphis Airport Industrial Park. S...

45. Archived Article: City Council Adv - 11/21 jts city council adv. $12 million radio overhaul considered by City Council Council also votes for more emergency equipment By JAMES SNYDER The Daily News The Memphis City Council will consider spending $12 million to overhaul the citys emerge...

46. Archived Article: Mud Island - Mud Island Exhibit depicts the growth of riverboat travel The Daily News A new exhibit at Mud Island tells the story of one of the nation's most successful passenger vessel operations and the family that started it. "40 Years of Riverboatin' - The M...