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1. GTx Scientific Officer Resigns -

James Dalton, the chief scientific officer and vice president of Memphis-based GTx Inc., will resign effective Aug. 31 to become dean of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy.

2. Neely’s Receives Loan With Conditions -

The original Neely’s Bar-B-Que could be making a comeback if owners can pay off back property taxes.

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Development Corp. on Wednesday, April 16, approved a $67,500 development loan to bring Neely’s back to 670 Jefferson Ave. if owners pay back taxes on two closed restaurants.

3. Events -

The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will be held Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, in Robert R. Church Park, at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets. The festival includes festivities, food, arts/crafts and music showcasing the honored country of Burkina Faso. Visit africainapril.org for a schedule.

4. This week in Memphis history: April 18-24 -

1984: On the front page of The Daily News: Studebaker’s was about to open in the Overton Square space that had been Playhouse on the Square. The Dallas-based chain of diners featured a Memphis version that was heavy on the neon and Elvis and 1950s nostalgia decor with waitresses in poodle skirts or cheerleader outfits and doormen with white sports coats and carnations.

5. Events -

The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will be held Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, in Robert R. Church Park, at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets. The festival includes festivities, food, crafts and music showcasing Burkina Faso. Visit africainapril.org for a schedule.

6. Hands Up, You’re in Tennessee -

ARMED AND DANGEROUS. I got an email last week from a White Station classmate.

“Aren’t you the guy who once wore a western style .22 pistol in a holster into the drug store at Poplar and Perkins? Man, were you ever ahead of your time.”

7. GTx Scientific Officer Resigns -

James Dalton, the chief scientific officer and vice president of Memphis-based GTx Inc., will resign effective Aug. 31 to become dean of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy.

8. Neely’s Receives Loan With Conditions -

The original Neely’s Bar-B-Que could be making a comeback if owners can pay off back property taxes.

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Development Corp. on Wednesday, April 16, approved a $67,500 development loan to bring Neely’s back to 670 Jefferson Ave. if owners pay back taxes on two closed restaurants.

9. Events -

Memphis Pink Palace Museum will host Dr. Jim Dalton of GTx Corp., presenting “Genetics, Race and Medicine,” Thursday, April 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the museum, 3050 Central Ave. Cost is free. Visit memphismuseums.org.

10. Neely’s Eyeing Memphis Comeback -

After leaving the local restaurant scene nearly two years ago, Neely’s Bar-B-Que could be making a comeback to Memphis.

Tony Neely has applied for a development loan to help revive the original Neely’s restaurant at 670 Jefferson Ave. in the Victorian Village area just west of the Medical Center.

11. Neely’s Bar-B-Que Considering Memphis Return -

After leaving the local restaurant scene nearly two years ago, Neely’s Bar-B-Que could be making a comeback to Memphis.

Tony Neely has applied for a development loan to help revive the original Neely’s restaurant at 670 Jefferson Ave. in the Victorian Village area just west of the Medical Center.

12. Enjoy the Brewery While It's Still Here -

I’ve been looking at the Tennessee Brewery for years. I used to have an office next door, and now from my agency’s current location, I can see its majestic, Romanesque arched windows towering over the South Main Arts District.

13. Dallas Company Buys Macon Road Center -

6100 Macon Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $1.2 million

Sale Date: March 26, 2014
Buyer: PNL Cumberland LLC
Seller: Flagstar Bank FSB
Loan Amount: $862,500
Loan Date: April 1, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Pinnacle Bank
Details: An affiliate of Dallas-based The PNL Cos. has paid $1.2 million for the 30,000-square-foot shopping center at 6100 Macon Road in Northeast Memphis.

14. Brewery Project Looks for Answers -

When the Untapped event at the Tennessee Brewery ends June 1, the fortress-like landmark on the south bluffs will still be tentatively slated for demolition in August.

But organizers of the event, which mixes live entertainment, local beer and food, and the experience of gathering in a long-closed courtyard, hope some answers will have emerged about a possible life beyond August.

15. Producer Prices Rise 0.5 Percent in March -

The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry and chemicals.

The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, rose 0.5 percent in March, the Labor Department said Friday.

16. Distinctive Design Touches Will Dominate Belly Acres -

From a visual standpoint, there will be no mistaking Belly Acres, the farm-to-table burger restaurant coming to Overton Square at 2102 Trimble Place, once it opens in the next couple of months.

17. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Peter Pan,” a world premiere from the choreographer of “Cinderella” and “Wizard of Oz,” Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

18. House Passes Ryan Budget With Big Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

19. Wal-Mart and Wild Oats Unveil Cheaper Organic Line -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.

20. Family Dollar to Close Stores as Shoppers Pinched -

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

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

21. Feed the Imagination -

SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. The courtyard you’re in was once stacked with wooden cases, the food trucks you see were once mule-drawn wagons waiting to load those cases, the locally-brewed beer you’re sipping the reincarnation of what filled them, the live music you hear covering the century-old echoes of the South’s once busiest brewery – the Tennessee Brewery.

22. 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.

23. Food Recycler Buys Presidents Island Property -

ReConserve of Memphis Inc., the local affiliate of a California-based food recycling company, has bought the warehouse at 1495 Harbor Ave. on Presidents Island for $781,577.

24. Events -

Rhodes College will host Gary Schmitt, co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in the Frazier Jelke Science Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Schmitt will present “In the Wake of Edward Snowden: Security, Civil Liberties and American Intelligence.” Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

25. Collierville Explores New School Options -

The Collierville Schools system is about to start the process of finding a site for a new high school and determining how much it would cost.

The Collierville school board voted unanimously Tuesday, April 8, to have the school system’s staff begin developing a request for the qualifications of an architect and planners to come up with plans for the school and select a site.

26. Medtronic Lending Helping Hand -

As part of National Volunteer Week, Medtronic volunteers are heading back out into the community to lend a hand at area nonprofits.

Among the highlights: On Tuesday, April 8, they will be at the Mid-South Food Bank from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., cleaning and stocking shelves, as well as helping to organize the “store” where local service agencies come to shop for fresh produce, frozen and refrigerated food and other items. And on Wednesday, April 9, they will volunteer at the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

27. Former Memphian Finds Online Success With StyleBlueprint -

Former Memphian Elizabeth Fox and Liza Graves launched the online lifestyle publication StyleBlueprint.com in January 2009 with the goal of connecting women with their community.

28. US Finally Regains the Jobs Lost in the Recession -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession.

Yet it took a painfully slow six years, and unemployment remains stubbornly high at 6.7 percent.

29. Race Judicata 5K To be Held Saturday -

The Race Judicata 5K fundraiser for Memphis Area Legal Services will be held Saturday, April 5, at 5 p.m. at Downtown’s Mississippi River Park.

The annual race is hosted by the Student Bar Association at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

30. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a community day and grand reopening Saturday, April 5. The event includes a 9:30 a.m. Freedom Forward Parade from Cook Convention Center to the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

31. Steiner Resigns as CEO of GTx -

Dr. Mitchell Steiner has resigned effective Thursday from being CEO and vice chairman of GTx, the Memphis-based company he co-founded.

32. Race Judicata 5K to be Held Saturday -

The Race Judicata 5K fundraiser for Memphis Area Legal Services will be held Saturday, April 5, at 5 p.m. at Downtown’s Mississippi River Park.

The annual race is hosted by the Student Bar Association at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

33. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a candlelight vigil honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday, April 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the museum courtyard, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

34. New Partners Sign On to Tennessee Brewery Effort -

This weekend, volunteers will return to the Tennessee Brewery property to continue getting it ready for Tennessee Brewery Untapped, a six-week series of community events that will run April 24 through June 1.

35. Tenn. Brewery Announces New Partners, Beer Sales -

The Tennessee Brewery Untapped project’s organizers have been granted a license to sell beer during the event by the Memphis Alcohol Commission.

In keeping with the local nature of the event, locally made craft beer will be available during Untapped from participants including High Cotton Brewing Co., Ghost River Brewing, Wiseacre Brewing and Memphis Made Brewing.

36. Events -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Memphis Medical Center partners will host Spring at the Park Thursday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Health Sciences Park, at the corner of Madison Avenue and Dunlap Street. The event will include arts performances, food trucks and vendors. Cost is free. Call 576-7185.

37. Toast Cafe Chain Seeks Memphis Expansion -

A breakfast-focused restaurant chain called Toast Cafe, described by its CEO as the “antithesis of a greasy spoon,” is looking to expand into Memphis by opening as many as five stores over the next two to three years.

38. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. National Civil Rights Museum president Beverly Robertson will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

39. Berger Withdraws From Commission Race -

In a somewhat abrupt turnaround, Memphis businessman Taylor Berger has decided to withdraw his candidacy for the Shelby County Commission about a month after announcing his intent to run for the District 5 seat.

40. Bares: EPIcenter Effort Targets ‘Scalability’ -

It’s all about “scalability” when it comes to creating new businesses in Memphis, and that means creating ones with a reach beyond the city to customers in other places – customers that more often than not are other businesses, not consumers.

41. Judge Upholds Country of Origin Label for Meat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Shoppers who want to buy American beef for dinner instead of meat from Canada or Mexico will still be able to find the country of origin on the label.

A federal appeals court ruling Friday allows the government to go forward with rules that require labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The meat industry attempted to block the rules, which went into effect last year, saying they are costly and provide no health benefits to the consumer.

42. ULI Memphis Hosting Event in Innovation District -

The Urban Land Institute Memphis chapter is hosting its first Innovation District event Thursday, April 3, at Health Sciences Park at Madison Avenue and Dunlap Street. The event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include performances by Hattiloo Theatre, New Ballet Ensemble & School and Watoto De Afrika, and food trucks will be on hand.

43. Pittman Brings Love of Memphis to Yelp Role -

On a recent lunchtime visit to Mot & Ed’s, the restaurant at 1354 Madison Ave. specializing in Southern food with a popular stuffed burger, Joelle Pittman immediately got the owner’s attention after the owner introduced herself and found out Pittman works for Yelp.

44. Food Truck Fridays Returning to Dixon -

April 4 marks the return of Food Truck Fridays at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Each Friday from April through September, Memphis mobile restaurants will serve food there, and menu items will be offered at regular prices, with beverages also available to purchase.

45. Meals on Wheels Makes 20 Millionth Delivery -

The 20 millionth meal from MIFA Meals on Wheels program is set to be delivered Friday, March 28, to Midtown senior Fred Deckard.

Started in 1976, Meals on Wheels is one of MIFA’s five senior programs designed to promote health, companionship, and keep people independent and living in their homes.

46. Meals on Wheels Makes 20 Millionth Delivery -

The 20 millionth meal from MIFA Meals on Wheels program is set to be delivered Friday, March 28, to Midtown senior Fred Deckard.

Started in 1976, Meals on Wheels is one of MIFA’s five senior programs designed to promote health, companionship, and keep people independent and living in their homes.

47. Unique Flavor -

MEMPHIS RITUAL. The Memphis of Memphis is best observed and shared around tables, best accompanied by good food and best expressed in good stories.

Mildred’s story, for instance.

48. Group of Retail Trucks Set for Memphis Debut -

A group of mobile retail businesses – think food trucks, except with a retail component instead of food – will be launching in Memphis soon, with the debut of each so-called retail truck staggered throughout April and May.

49. Plans Coming Together for Tennessee Brewery Untapped -

Plans are taking shape for the six-week “temporary activation” project coming to the Tennessee Brewery at 495 Tennessee St., an initiative starting in late April that will be called “Tennessee Brewery Untapped.”

50. Food Truck Fridays Returning to Dixon -

April 4 marks the return of Food Truck Fridays at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Each Friday from April through September, Memphis mobile restaurants will serve food there, and menu items will be offered at regular prices, with beverages also available to purchase.

51. Dishcrawl Memphis Cooks Up Busy Schedule -

Like the diners who flock to its ever-expanding menu of opportunities to enjoy the culinary best of Memphis, Dishcrawl Memphis has a full plate in front of it.

On the heels of selling out a “Secret Supper” and three Dishcrawl events already this year, April will see Dishcrawl host its “Secret Supper 3.0” on April 1, followed by a “Best of the Bars” crawl on April 9. The secret supper event will take place at a location in East Memphis that hasn’t been disclosed yet, and the bar crawl will focus on a selection of pub food found in some of the bars Downtown.

52. High Court Seems Divided Over Birth Control Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

53. Registration Still Open For Hope House 5K -

Hope House will hold its 15th Annual Help for Hope 5K at Harbor Town Square on Friday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. Registration is open for walkers and runners.

Participants can register as individuals or as a group. All participants will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt, and food, drinks and musical entertainment will be provided after the race. The entry fee for individual runners is $30 before March 28 or $35 at race registration. Memphis Runners Track Club members can register for $25 before March 28 or for $30 at the race. Groups of 10 or more can register for $25 each. Registration at the 5K begins at 5 p.m.

54. Tasting Success -

Jeff Johnson has cooked up for himself a busy schedule, considering his expansive and still-growing number of restaurant interests.

55. Wendy’s Rolls Out Mobile Payments -

Wendy’s is rolling out a program that lets customers pay using their smartphones, following a similar plans unveiled by Burger King this week.

The Wendy’s Co., based in Dublin, Ohio, has been testing the mobile payment option over the past year and said the majority of its roughly 5,800 U.S. locations are now ready to accept the payments.

56. 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.

57. Collierville Pepsi Plant Lays Off 55 -

The Pepsi Beverages Co. plant in Collierville is laying off 55 workers as it shut down soft drink and other beverage production immediately at the plant at 110 S. Byhalia Road, according to a notice the company sent to Collierville city leaders.

58. US Factory Output Rebounds in February -

U.S. factory output rebounded strongly in February after harsh winter storms caused a steep drop-off in production in January. Manufacturers produced more autos, home electronics and chemicals.

The Federal Reserve said Monday that factory production surged 0.8 percent, nearly reversing a 0.9 percent plunge in January that was due mainly to weather. February’s gain was the largest in six months.

59. East Buntyn Gearing Up For Artwalk Festival -

Memphis’ East Buntyn neighborhood is gearing up for the fifth annual East Buntyn Artwalk, a celebration of art and community that happens April 27.

St. James Church at 461 S. Prescott St. will serve as the event’s hub, hosting live music, a silent auction, food trucks and more. For the event, homeowners will host regional artists in their front yards to create an open-air bazaar of galleries around the neighborhood. The galleries will display and sell work and will represent an expected pool of more than 60 artists.

60. East Buntyn Gearing Up for Artwalk Festival -

Memphis’ East Buntyn neighborhood is gearing up for the fifth annual East Buntyn Artwalk, a celebration of art and community that happens April 27.

St. James Church at 461 S. Prescott St. will serve as the event’s hub, hosting live music, a silent auction, food trucks and more. For the event, homeowners will host regional artists in their front yards to create an open-air bazaar of galleries around the neighborhood. The galleries will display and sell work and will represent an expected pool of more than 60 artists.

61. CB Richard Ellis Brokers Four Multifamily Sales -

The multifamily group at CB Richard Ellis Memphis has closed on the sale of four properties in the Memphis market over the last several weeks.

Briar Club Apartments, a 272-unit apartment community constructed in 1985, sold for $8.7 million, or $32,093 per unit. Cinnamon Trails Apartments, a 208-unit apartment community constructed in 1989, sold for $8.6 million, or $41,461 per unit. respectively. CBRE Memphis represented the sellers, Briar Apartments LLC and Cinnamon Apartments LLC in the sale to New York based Briar Club LLC and Cinnamon Trail LLC.

62. US Consumer Prices Tick Up Just 0.1 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cheaper energy kept U.S. consumer prices in check last month, despite a big rise in the cost of food, the latest sign that inflation is tame.

The consumer price index rose 0.1 percent in February, matching January's increase, the Labor Department said Tuesday. In the past 12 months, prices have risen just 1.1 percent, down from 1.6 percent in January and the smallest yearly gain in five months.

63. Fast Food Workers Allege ‘Wage Theft’ -

Community leaders and fast-food workers gathered at the McDonald’s restaurant at 2073 Union Ave. on Tuesday to protest what they are calling wage theft at McDonald’s restaurants nationwide. Last week, McDonald’s workers in California, Michigan and New York filed suits against the chain, claiming the company engages in illegal practices to avoid paying them what they’re owed. The violations outlined in the suits aren’t specific to McDonald’s, but lawyers said they targeted the company because it’s an industry leader. McDonald’s said it’s investigating the allegations.

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64. Marijuana Study in Veterans Wins Federal Backing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, a development that drug researchers are hailing as a major shift in U.S. policy.

65. US Factory Output Rebounds in February -

U.S. factory output rebounded strongly in February after harsh winter storms caused a steep drop-off in production in January. Manufacturers produced more autos, home electronics and chemicals.

The Federal Reserve said Monday that factory production surged 0.8 percent, nearly reversing a 0.9 percent plunge in January that was due mainly to weather. February's gain was the largest in six months.

66. Quiznos Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection -

DENVER (AP) – Denver-based Quiznos has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reduce its debt by more than $400 million after the chain lost ground to competitors.

The toasted sandwich company said Friday that it voluntarily filed to reorganize to implement a pre-packaged restructuring plan.

67. Producer Prices Dip 0.1 Percent in February -

The prices companies receive for their goods and services fell slightly in February, the latest sign that inflation is tame.

The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, dropped 0.1 percent in February, the Labor Department said Friday. That’s the first decline since November. A sharp fall in the price markups by wholesalers and retailers pushed down the index. Producer prices rose 0.9 percent from 12 months ago. That’s the smallest 12-month increase since last May.

68. Collierville Pepsi Plant Lays Off 55 -

The Pepsi Beverages Co. plant in Collierville is laying off 55 workers as it shut down soft drink and other beverage production immediately at the plant at 110 S. Byhalia Road, according to a notice the company sent to Collierville city leaders.

69. US Trade Deficit Rose To $39.1 Billion in January -

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in January as a rise in imports of oil and other foreign goods offset a solid increase in exports.

The trade deficit increased to $39.1 billion, up 0.3 percent from December’s revised $39 billion deficit, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

70. Twist Hosts St. Patrick’s Event at Overton Square -

Twist is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day shindig at Overton Square.

The Shamrock Mingle and Go Green Event will be held in the new Tower Courtyard at Overton Square on Sunday, March 16, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

71. McDonald's Hit by Lawsuits Over Worker Pay -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of illegal practices to avoid paying them what they're owed.

72. Shelby County CRE Sales Up 14 Percent in February -

Shelby County recorded 49 commercial real estate sales in February, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

73. Staging Success -

When the Live at the Garden summer concert series at Memphis Botanic Garden launches its 14th season in June, it will feature a new permanent stage and several other amenities.

Besides the new stage, the $6.1 million project now under construction includes a food court, box offices and a below-grade “pit” in front of the stage that can hold around 125 people.

74. Low-Wage Jobs Unexpectedly a Way of Life for Many -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job.

The workers benefited, and so did lower-wage retailers such as Wal-Mart: When its staffers left for better-paying jobs, they could spend more at its stores. And the U.S. economy gained, too, because more consumer spending fueled growth.

75. Brooks Chalk Art Festival Thursday -

A dip in temperatures and high wind Wednesday prompted the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to postpone its Spring Break Chalk Art Festival to Thursday, March 13, starting at 10 a.m.

The free event is open to children and others who bring their own chalk to create works of art in the museum’s plaza.

76. Tennessee Brewery Plan Unveiled -

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

77. Arkansas Lands $165 Million Poultry Operation -

Alabama-based Peco Foods announced plans Monday for a new poultry plant, hatchery and feed mill in northeast Arkansas, a $165 million operation expected to create 1,000 jobs in two rural counties.

78. Twist Hosts St. Patrick’s Event at Overton Square -

Twist is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day shindig at Overton Square.

The Shamrock Mingle and Go Green Event will be held in the new Tower Courtyard at Overton Square on Sunday, March 16, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

79. Book Blitz -

Literacy Mid-South is spending part of this month literally surrounded by books.

The nonprofit, which is promoting the national Read Across America initiative in March, is in the process of collecting some 3,000 books (valued at $48,000) to give away. And in the meantime, those books will need to be somehow stored in the organization’s 1,300-square-foot office.

80. US Trade Deficit Rose To $39.1 Billion in January -

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in January as a rise in imports of oil and other foreign goods offset a solid increase in exports.

The trade deficit increased to $39.1 billion, up 0.3 percent from December’s revised $39 billion deficit, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

81. Energy Costs Boosted Consumer Spending in Jan. -

Americans spent more in January, but the increase came from a surge in spending on heating bills during the harsh winter. Spending in areas such as autos and clothing declined.

Spending rose 0.4 percent in January after a 0.1 percent gain in December the Commerce Department said Monday. The December figure was revised down from a 0.4 percent increase.

82. GTx Reports Net Loss, Improved Cash Position -

Memphis-based GTx reported a net loss of $7.8 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31 and an annual net loss of $42.1 million for 2013.

That compares to net losses of $10.7 million for the last quarter of 2012 and a net loss of $27.1 million for all of 2012.

83. Making a Difference -

It’s a strange thing, acknowledges Memphis businessman Taylor Berger, to form an organization that you don’t necessarily want to be that organized.

84. Kroger: Storm Response Helped Boost Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Kroger said its ability to keep its supermarkets open and well-stocked as customers rushed to hoard groceries ahead of winter storms helped boost its results in the fourth quarter.

85. Lakecrest II Sells for $4.6 Million -

The Lakecrest II office building in East Memphis has changed hands again.

Southland Primacy LLC acquired the 129,104-square-foot office building at 6055 Primacy Parkway from Jefferson-Pilot Investments Inc. Feb. 28 for $4.6 million.

86. US Service Sector Grew at Slower Pace in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies expanded more slowly in February as hiring levels declined in a cautionary sign for the economy coming out of winter.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its service-sector index fell to 51.6 from 54 in January. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

87. GTx Reports Net Loss, Improved Cash Position -

Memphis-based GTx reported a net loss of $7.8 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31 and an annual net loss of $42.1 million for 2013.

That compares to net losses of $10.7 million for the last quarter of 2012 and a net loss of $27.1 million for all of 2012.

88. City Sprouts -

The vacant homes and lots on Jennette Place near Walker Avenue and Mississippi Boulevard in South Memphis began germinating like an urban form of kudzu. They appeared like an invasive species in this proud neighborhood, spreading quickly, choking the life from viable properties and growing into a scourge that at one point seemed impossible to eradicate.

89. Fincher Outlines ‘Complicated’ Farm Bill Details -

The only active row-crop farmer in Congress has been on the road the last month talking particulars of a very complex farm bill with farmers not only in his West Tennessee district, which includes part of Memphis, but in five other states and other parts of Tennessee.

90. Energy Costs Boosted Consumer Spending in January -

Americans spent more in January, but the increase came from a surge in spending on heating bills during the harsh winter. Spending in areas such as autos and clothing declined.

Spending rose 0.4 percent in January after a 0.1 percent gain in December the Commerce Department said Monday. The December figure was revised down from a 0.4 percent increase.

91. Exlines’ Best Pizza Marks 40 Years -

It was about 40 years ago that Walt and Violet Exline were looking for a home in Raleigh and stopped with their Realtor to eat lunch at a pizza parlor at the corner of Austin Peay Highway and Stage Road.

92. New Food Labels Aim to Make Healthy Shopping Easy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ice cream lovers beware: The government knows you're unlikely to stop after half a cup.

New nutrition labels proposed Thursday for many popular foods, including ice cream, aim to more accurately reflect what people actually eat. And the proposal would make calorie counts on labels more prominent, too, reflecting that nutritionists now focus more on calories than fat.

93. Senators Look for E-Cigarette Marketing Limits -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Several U.S. senators are co-sponsoring a bill that would curb electronic cigarette marketing while the fast-growing industry awaits federal regulation.

The bill introduced Wednesday by California Sen. Barbara Boxer, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and others would ban marketing to children based on standards set by the Federal Trade Commission.

94. Pilot Program Provides Meals to Westwood Seniors -

The housebound elderly woman had maybe a half-dozen boxes of cereal. She had been on a waiting list for Meals on Wheels for five years.

Now, she is one of 25 senior adults in a pilot project in Westwood’s 38109 ZIP code receiving enough food for two daily meals and snacks.

95. Rules to Limit Marketing Unhealthy Food in Schools -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Even the scoreboards in high school gyms will have to advertise only healthy foods under new rules announced Tuesday by the Obama administration.

Promotion of sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during the school day will be phased out under the rules, intended to ensure that such marketing is brought in line with health standards that already apply to school foods.

96. Dad-Daughter Date Night to Benefit Girls Inc. -

Girls Inc. of Memphis is holding an evening of fun, food and adventure for girls and their dads or male role models.

97. Polo Shops Sells for $3.1 Million After Foreclosure -

7444 Winchester Road7464 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $3.1 million

98. FDA Looks to Reboot Nonprescription Drug System -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration is looking to revamp its system for regulating hundreds of over-the-counter drugs, saying the decades-old process is not flexible enough to keep pace with modern medical developments.

99. Agriculture Census Shows Boom in Farm Sales -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined, according to a new government survey.

100. Analyst: Wal-Mart Facing More Issues -

The growing list of issues facing Wal-Mart is becoming more of a concern for a Stifel Nicolaus analyst, who downgraded the world's biggest retailer on Friday.

On Thursday, Wal-Mart reported a 21 percent decline in its fourth-quarter profit. The company said that the Nov. 1 expiration of a temporary boost in food stamps is hurting its shoppers' ability to spend. It's also caught up in the debate about minimum wages and dealing with increasing competition from dollar stores and grocers. That's in addition to increased taxes, tighter credit and bad winter weather keeping some shoppers away from stores.