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1. Haslam Cites Mixed Signals on Gas Tax Hike For Roads -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam two weeks ago kicked off his statewide tour in Memphis, pushing for a better method of funding state road projects.

Some in the audience of business and civic leaders at the Greater Memphis Chamber had talked with Haslam and Tennessee transportation commissioner John Schroer before about the state’s fuel tax and had urged state officials to raise the tax. And some wanted to talk about it again Aug. 5 as Haslam emphasized the state’s $6 billion backlog of transportation projects.

2. Raise Gas Tax or Borrow? How to Fund Road Projects -

Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.

3. Binghampton Retail Plan Goes to Land Use Board -

Neighborhood retail in Binghampton tops the Thursday, Aug. 13, agenda of the Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

Among the 25 items on the board’s agenda is Binghampton Development Corp.’s request for a planned development to accommodate a retail center with grocery store on 4.87 acres at Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street.

4. Binghampton Retail Plan Goes to Memphis Land Use Board -

Neighborhood retail in Binghampton tops the Thursday, Aug. 13, agenda of the Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

Among the 25 items on the board’s agenda is Binghampton Development Corp.'s request for a planned development to accommodate a retail center with grocery store on 4.87 acres at Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street.

5. Fast Lane Flavor -

From a distance, Memphis' food truck operators like Terry and Allison LaRue might seem like the ultimate entrepreneurial renegades.

6. Haslam Makes Infrastructure Case In Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is traveling across the state to encourage change in how road projects are funded.

But Haslam insists it is not a prelude to a pitch for an increase in the state’s fuel tax. It’s been 26 years since Tennessee made any changes to its road project financing method, Haslam said.

7. Haslam Makes Infrastructure Case In Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam kicked of a cross-state tour of 15 cities in 10 days in Memphis Wednesday, Aug. 5, to talk about some better way of funding state road projects.

Meeting with nearly 100 local business and elected leaders at the Greater Memphis Chamber, Haslam said several times that the sessions are not his attempt to build political support for a gas tax hike in the 2016 session of the Tennessee legislature.

8. Order Up: FedEx Orders 50 Boeing 767F Jets -

FedEx Corp. has agreed to purchase 50 additional 767-300F jets from Boeing, the biggest single order for large jets in the company’s history.

9. FedEx Orders 50 Boeing 767Fs -

FedEx Corp. has agreed to purchase 50 additional 767-300F jets from Boeing, the largest single order for large jets in the company’s history.

10. Merger Creates Opportunities for Nonprofit Communities Unlimited Inc. -

If a small business is seeking a loan, nonprofit Communities Unlimited Inc. will sell the fuel along with a free diagnostic checkup.

11. Vertical Living in Crosstown -

The 1.1 million-square-foot Sears & Roebuck regional distribution center, which has laid abandoned in the Crosstown neighborhood for more than 10 years, is getting a new lease on life as the highly-anticipated Crosstown Concourse project.

12. 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.

13. Wild Side -

No chance of being attacked by a hippo, which despite its size can outrun a man and is responsible for more human deaths in Africa than any other large animal.

No chance of being caught between the powerful jaws of a Nile crocodile and dragged underwater, drowned and devoured like a wildebeest in a National Geographic video.

14. FedEx Seeks European Approval for TNT Express Acquisition -

European Union regulators should rule on FedEx Corp.’s bid to acquire Dutch logistics firm TNT Express by Aug. 3.

15. Airport Leaders Talk Post-Delta Era -

Two years ago this month, Delta Air Lines executives told officials at Memphis International Airport that Memphis would no longer be a Delta hub, an announcement that came after a series of cuts in the number of daily flights.

16. Truck Stop Restaurant Plan Hits End of the Road -

The developers behind the proposed Truck Stop restaurant on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Cooper Street have pulled the plug on the project after a year and a half of regulatory hurdles and different standards involved in using intermodal shipping containers.

17. FedEx Earnings Miss Wall Street Expectations -

FedEx Corp., hit by unfavorable currency exchange rates, lower fuel surcharges and special charges, reported lower-than-expected revenue and profits for the fiscal fourth quarter.

The Memphis-based company, which warned in March that currency and fuel issues could dampen results, reported a loss of $895 million, or $3.16 a share, for the quarter that ended May 31. That’s compared to a profit of $780 million, or $2.62 a share, over the same period last year.

18. Truck Stop Restaurant Plan Hits End of the Road -

The developers behind the proposed Truck Stop restaurant on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Cooper Street have pulled the plug on the project after a year and a half of regulatory hurdles and different standards involved in using intermodal shipping containers.

19. Truck Stop Restaurant Plan Hits End of the Road -

The developers behind the proposed Truck Stop restaurant on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Cooper Street have pulled the plug on the project after a year and a half of regulatory hurdles and different standards involved in using intermodal shipping containers.

20. Local Restaurants ‘Certified’ for Healthful Approach -

Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Health and the United States Healthful Food Council, Eat REAL Tennessee has announced the first REAL-certified establishments in Memphis.

Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership is a growing national program that helps combat diet-related disease by recognizing food service operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.

21. Local Restaurants 'Certified' for Healthful Approach -

Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Health and the United States Healthful Food Council, Eat REAL Tennessee has announced the first REAL-certified establishments in Memphis.

Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership is a growing national program that helps combat diet-related disease by recognizing food service operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.

22. FedEx Boosts Dividend by 25 Percent -

FedEx Corp. is increasing its quarterly dividend by 25 percent as it inches closer to completing a deal that would make it one of the largest international package deliverers in Europe.

23. Development Proposals Surface in Memphis' Pinch District -

A month after Bass Pro Shops opened at The Pyramid, development plans are surfacing in the Pinch District, including one for a new Front Street hotel.

Front Street Group LLC has applied for a special use permit for a 108-room, extended-stay hotel. It would be located directly across Front from The Pyramid’s east side on what is now a surface parking lot. It would include a 160-space parking structure on the rear of the property next to an existing alley.

24. FAA Unveils Messaging System to Reduce Delays -

A system that replaces verbal communication between pilots and air traffic controllers with computerized messages was unveiled Thursday by federal aviation officials, who said the system will reduce delays during weather events and cut down on errors that occur during routine voice transmissions.

25. FAA Unveils Messaging System to Reduce Delays -

A system that replaces verbal communication between pilots and air traffic controllers with computerized messages was unveiled Thursday by federal aviation officials, who said the system will reduce delays during weather events and cut down on errors that occur during routine voice transmissions.

26. Corker Talks Crossing the Aisle and ‘Generational Theft’ -

The problem with Congress isn’t a lack of civility, says U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

“There’s always been civility,” the second-term Republican senator from Chattanooga told a Greater Memphis Chamber luncheon last week. “It’s never been a situation of friction. It’s just been an atmosphere of people not having the willingness, the courage or whatever to step across the aisle and actually shake hands and do something that’s not exactly in their interest.”

27. Proveaux’s Fuel Cafe Brand Covers Multiple Platforms -

When Erik Proveaux opened Fuel Café, it was because he wanted to set up roots after traveling the country for years doing film production catering. Five years later those roots have spread, and now he operates a multimodal brand that covers the restaurant, catering, food truck and small-batch production industries.

28. Trucking Industry Sees Record Revenues -

The U.S. trucking industry generated $700.4 billion in 2014, topping $700 billion for the first time ever, according to industry figures.

The trucking industry’s good fortunes should be a boon to the local economy, which leans heavily on transportation, distribution and logistics. The record revenue means a high volume of goods is being shipped across the country, with a lot of it winding its way through Memphis warehouses and eventually onto trucks.

29. Foxx Hears Lamar Corridor as Priority in White House's Infrastructure Bill -

A group of 23 local leaders told U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Tuesday, May 12, that improving the Lamar Avenue freight corridor is their first priority for federal infrastructure funding.

30. Grizz Aim to Make Memorable Win the Start of Long, Grinding Series -

They have made a memory. No matter what happens going forward, the Memphis Grizzlies have earned a measure of respect that cannot be stripped away like Tony Allen taking the ball from Klay Thompson.

31. Memphis Economic Indicator Provides Snapshot of Sentiment -

The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment, reflects a local economy heading into the second quarter with pockets of strength as well as headwinds to push through.

32. FedEx Shows Hydrogen-Powered Support Vehicles -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and U.S. Energy Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Reuben Sarkar got a look at FedEx Corp.’s fleet of 15 hydrogen fuel cell powered support vehicles last week during a tour of the FedEx Express World Hub at Memphis International Airport.

33. FedEx Shows Hydrogen-Powered Support Vehicles -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and U.S. Energy Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Reuben Sarkar got a look at FedEx Corp.’s fleet of 15 hydrogen fuel cell powered support vehicles last week during a tour of the FedEx Express World Hub at Memphis International Airport.

34. Haslam Wants Lawmakers to Approve FedEx Tax Break -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration wants lawmakers to approve a cut in aviation fuel taxes for Memphis-based FedEx Corp.

35. The J-Hey Kid Starts Fresh With St. Louis Cardinals -

Jason Heyward homered in his first big-league at-bat, which did not announce his arrival so much as confirmed it.

Before the Atlanta Braves used the 14th overall pick in the 2007 June Draft on Heyward – then just 17 years old – his star virtually shone above Turner Field. Heyward was a stud for East Cobb in metro Atlanta, one of the country’s elite amateur baseball programs.

36. FedEx Reports Strong Profit, Earnings for Third Quarter -

FedEx Corp. delivered for investors in the third quarter, with profits jumping more than 50 percent for the Memphis-based company.

37. FedEx 3Q profit jumps, but revenue, outlook disappoint -

NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx Corp.'s third-quarter profit jumped more than 50 percent and beat Wall Street expectations on a mix of volume growth and lower fuel costs.

38. Real Estate Pros Upbeat -

After finally latching on to the broader national economic recovery in 2013, the Memphis-area commercial real estate market shook of the last vestiges of the Great Recession and roared back to life in 2014 with the office, retail, industrial and apartment sectors all producing solid gains.

39. High Flyer -

She does not want to tell this first story, the one that could have meant there would be no more stories. There is fear in sharing the story about how two airplanes nearly collided because she never wants to say anything that might dissuade people from flying.

40. Entrepreneurs Find Creativity In Shared Space -

In 2012, designer K. Brandon Bell in Memphis and photographer Sarah Rossi in New York City joined forces to help create virtual sets for the Tony Awards, the beginning of a mutually beneficial business partnership that continues to evolve.

41. More Tax Incentive Changes Likely -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell made the argument last week in his State of the County speech that local economic development and economic recovery is not the singular pursuit of jobs.

42. Local Business Executives Upbeat as 2015 Gets Underway -

The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment, presented something of an upbeat trend in sentiment to kick off 2015.

The survey, which includes a set of six questions, asks participants to consider via a number scale, from positive to negative, how optimistic they are about the coming quarter.

43. Commission Approves Center Point Terminal Lease -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Jan. 26, a new five-year lease between Center Point Terminal Co. LLC and the Memphis and Shelby County Port Commission for a dock, wharf and other facilities on Presidents Island in the barge business.

44. Trucking Industry in ‘Desperate’ Need of Drivers -

With demand on the upswing thanks to improving economic growth and lower fuel prices, a scarcity of truck drivers could put the brakes on the trucking industry and cripple a critical piece of global supply chains.

45. Taxing Question -

With gas prices in a historic plunge, the idea of hiking state and federal gas taxes and fees to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements is gaining traction.

Democratic and Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress in recent weeks have signaled a willingness to approve an increase in the federal gas tax to help fund improvements to the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. Meanwhile, a new statewide coalition has launched to support an increase and reform in Tennessee’s transportation fees.

46. Wilson Air Expanding at Memphis International -

Wilson Air Center is spreading its wings at Memphis International Airport.

The Kemmons Wilson Cos. subsidiary signed a 10-year lease with the airport for the former Pinnacle Airlines hangar at Memphis International, expanding its jet footprint by 30,500 square feet of prime hangar space.

47. FedEx Reports 23 Percent Earnings Boost -

FedEx on Wednesday, Dec. 17, reported net income of $616 million for the September-November quarter, a 23 percent increase from $500 million in the same period last year but slightly below Wall Street estimates.

48. November Mortgage Volume Drops 14 Percent -

Looking at results from last month might suggest mortgage industry professionals are in the midst of a yearend slowdown, with phones not ringing quite as much as a result of interested buyers at the moment.

49. Southaven Rises on Memphis’ Tide -

While our country's economy seems to be making a turn in the right direction, cost of living remains one of the top reasons that individuals and families choose to live where they do.

Recently, data from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and other resources, pulled from the first quarter in 2014, showed that the Mid-South ranked as the most affordable place to live, with Mississippi at No. 1 and Tennessee at No. 2.

50. 'Success is a Lousy Teacher' -

In sales, as in life, many a person throws in the towel after failure, not realizing that failure is actually an inevitable outcome of the innovative. Thomas Edison is reported to have had more than 1,000 failures before finally inventing a practical electric light bulb. Aptly, he said, “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

51. Editorial: Overton Square Comeback Proof of Possibilities -

Overton Square is back in ways few of us could have foreseen just three years ago.

And that’s the point – ways few of us could have foreseen.

The direct cause is millions of dollars invested by Loeb Properties, a Memphis company that knows what was, what could be and the necessary difference between the two.

52. Commission Moves Past First Partisan Divide -

As quickly as it surfaced, the Shelby County Commission’s first partisan divide of their term of office appeared to subside Monday, Oct. 13.

With little discussion, commissioners approved chairman Justin Ford’s slate of committee assignments for the next year.

53. Commission Approves Committee Slate -

With very little discussion, Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Oct. 13, chairman Justin Ford’s slate of committee assignments for the next year.

54. Collins Taps Frustration in Possible Mayoral Challenge -

Memphis City Council member Harold Collins took his exploratory campaign for Memphis Mayor to the Evergreen Historic District just days after launching the effort on social media.

55. Judicial Retention Travels Complex Path -

The 2014 election year is proving to be a long one for those interested in the judicial races on the ballot.

Voters in Shelby County decided the local judicial races and participated in the August statewide retention races for appellate court positions, including three on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

56. The Return of King Dollar -

The market’s game ball in the third quarter goes to the U.S. dollar. The U.S. dollar rose 7 percent, boosted by the comparative hawkishness of the U.S. Fed. The currency has now advanced for 11 consecutive weeks, its longest winning streak in nearly 20 years (although the uptrend actually started in mid-2011). What should you know about the return of King Dollar?

57. ‘Super Bowl’ Bound -

For years, fans have been leaving University of Memphis football games early. Home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium were a kind of cruel test for the diehard fans.

How long could they sit there while their team was getting pummeled yet again?

58. Power Play -

When the Tennessee Valley Authority board voted in August to build a new power plant in Southwest Memphis, it was a decision based on factors larger than the power needs in Memphis.

But it was also a decision that is just as important for Memphis as the decision to build the existing Allen Fossil Plant there 55 years ago.

59. Regional Airlines Not Sharing in Majors' Success -

DALLAS (AP) – For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

60. Millennials Bring ‘Out-of-the-Box Mentality’ to Workplace -

The young creatives included among the workforce at Sullivan Branding don’t just bring fresh thinking and out of the box perspectives to projects and client work.

This particular demographic, often tagged as millennials, also brings with it ideas about what a company culture should look like and how a workplace should operate – including its core values and strategic priorities – that all tend to stand apart from those ideas of older generations.

61. Supreme Court Retention Clash Likely to Continue -

Both sides declared victory when the three Tennessee Supreme Court justices were retained by voters in the Thursday, Aug. 7, statewide judicial elections.

The votes to retain or replace Chief Justice Gary Wade and Justices Sharon Lee and Cornelia Clark ended with all three being retained for an eight-year term.

62. Cargill Inc. to Invest $45 Million In West Memphis Grain Facility -

Cargill Inc. will invest $45 million to build a grain handling and shipping facility in West Memphis, the company announced Friday, June 10.

63. More Than Delta -

MESSAGE FROM HOME. A while back – right after I wrote a column blasting Delta, the Airport Authority and Garage Gargantua – I was invited to tour the airport and learn a thing or two or 50 about where so much of what and where we are takes off and lands every day.

64. Cargill to Invest $45M In West Memphis Facility -

Cargill Inc. will invest $45 million to build a grain handling and shipping facility in West Memphis, the company announced Friday, July 11.

65. Cargill to Invest $45 Million in West Memphis Facility -

Cargill Inc. will invest $45 million to build a grain handling and shipping facility in West Memphis, the company announced Friday, July 11.

Cargill, which operates a corn mill on Presidents Island in Memphis, said in a statement that the new facility would “ become a key origination point in the south for soybeans, corn, milo and wheat.”

66. Allen Gas Plant Would Be Historic Shift -

A new natural gas power plant to be built in the shadow of the Allen Steam Plant in Southwest Memphis got its first reviews Tuesday, July 8, at a Tennessee Valley Authority forum Downtown.

The session at Central Station featured lots of questions from citizens about the historic shift proposed, as well as some support for the conversion and some criticism.

67. Nonprofit Consulting Firm alt.Consulting Adds Five -

Nonprofit management consulting firm alt.Consulting has added five new members to meet the increasing demands of its rural and urban-based entrepreneurial initiatives.

Three interns joined the firm’s Arkansas offices at the beginning of the summer to help in the development entrepreneurial initiatives Farm to Fuel and Delta Made. In the firm’s Memphis office, a fourth intern has joined to help market and promote the firm’s work.

68. Memphis Botanic Garden Hosts Food Truck Party July 8 -

A food truck garden party is coming to the Memphis Botanic Garden July 8.

The event will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees can shop the Henny Penny Mobile Boutique, there will be music by Chris Gavin & Bob Boccia, and featured trucks include Square Meal on Wheels, Fuel, Rock’n Dough, StickEm and Bluff City Curbside.

69. Memphis Botanic Garden Hosts Food Truck Party July 8 -

A food truck garden party is coming to the Memphis Botanic Garden July 8.

The event will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees can shop the Henny Penny Mobile Boutique, there will be music by Chris Gavin & Bob Boccia, and featured trucks include Square Meal on Wheels, Fuel, Rock’n Dough, StickEm and Bluff City Curbside.

70. Nonprofit Consulting Firm alt.Consulting Adds Five -

Nonprofit management consulting firm alt.Consulting has added five new members to meet the increasing demands of its rural and urban-based entrepreneurial initiatives.

Three interns joined the firm’s Arkansas offices at the beginning of the summer to help in the development entrepreneurial initiatives Farm to Fuel and Delta Made. In the firm’s Memphis office, a fourth intern has joined to help market and promote the firm’s work.

71. Tunica Roadhouse Launches Free Concert Series -

Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel has announced it is hosting a free concert series starting July 5.

The first show will feature the band Fuel, with a free fireworks show immediately after the concert. Additional concerts will take place Aug. 2 and Sept. 6, with the bands being announced the first week of July.

72. Culture of Collaboration -

Despite tremendous advances in technology that yield nearly infinite access to information and the Internet’s connectivity of the world’s greatest experts, many companies continue to look inward for new product development and innovation.

73. Regions Partners in Inner-City Business Program -

To use a metaphor to illustrate the purpose of a new program to help inner-city businesses in Memphis grow, the program represents the difference between focusing on rowing your boat and scouting the horizon for a new port to direct your boat toward.

74. ‘Alive and Well’ -

The diverse crowd that typically gathers for South Main Historic Arts District Trolley Night – from hipsters in skinny jeans to residents who enjoy the monthly celebration of their neighborhood to others drawn to see what the fuss is all about – featured several hundred ghastly additions in May.

75. Crye-Leike Removes Some Listings From Websites -

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. is pulling its Little Rock and Hot Springs, Ark., listings from Zillow.com and Trulia.com, two of the Web’s biggest third-party listing services.

76. Food Truck Garden Parties Start May 13 -

The Memphis Botanic Garden is kicking off its 2014 Food Truck Garden Party season Tuesday, May 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This month’s featured trucks will be Square Meal on Wheels, Fuel, Rock ‘n’ Dough, Stick’em and Gourmet Grillers. The Henny Penny Mobile Boutique also will be on site.

77. The Market Whisperer -

When economic analysis gets reduced to a binary choice between opposites like bullish or bearish, up or down, strong or weak, the complexity that helps explain the way things are gets lost in a thicket of sound byte-ready oversimplification.

78. Hard Work Pays Off -

It was 1961 when Mose and Dorothy Higginbotham started Ozark Motor Lines with a 1949 Ford pickup they used to carry freight from Memphis to Missouri.

79. First Tennessee Bank Expands to Houston -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank has expanded to Houston.

The company has tapped longtime Houston banker Gary Olander to be its Houston market president. He joined First Tennessee March 25 and is building a team of top Houston bankers for First Tennessee.

80. First Tennessee Bank Expands to Houston -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank has expanded to Houston.

The company has tapped longtime Houston banker Gary Olander to be its Houston market president. He joined First Tennessee March 25 and is building a team of top Houston bankers for First Tennessee.

81. Tigers Season Ends On Common Theme -

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Geron Johnson had guaranteed the Memphis Tigers would win two NCAA Tournament games. But in the wake of their 78-60 loss to top-seeded Virginia Sunday night in the round of 32, Johnson looked a reporter in the eye and offered a revised declaration.

82. Tigers Season Ends on Common Theme: ‘Underachieved’ -

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Geron Johnson had guaranteed the Memphis Tigers would win two NCAA Tournament games. But in the wake of their 78-60 loss to top-seeded Virginia Sunday night in the round of 32, Johnson looked a reporter in the eye and offered a revised declaration.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. AutoZone Grows Sales, Net Income in 2nd Quarter -

Whenever AutoZone Inc. chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes presents the company’s quarterly earnings to analysts, it’s never long before he starts talking about the weather.

86. Buzz Around Spec Office Space Starts to Swirl -

International Paper Co.’s new office tower in East Memphis is under construction now, but it’s been four years since the last speculative office building opened its doors in Memphis.

87. Memphis Airport Changes Reflect New Reality -

Memphis International Airport, gutted by the downsizing of Delta Air Lines, is pursuing a $114 million “concourse modernization” plan that will eliminate a large number of gates and result in upgrades to what is left.

88. KBM Group Growing at Clark Tower -

A digital marketing agency is expanding at Clark Tower in East Memphis.

KBM Group, which is part of Wunderman/WPP, one of the world’s largest marketers, is expanding at Clark Tower less than a year after moving into the East Memphis office building, 5100 Poplar Ave.

89. Teen Tutors -

Imagine it: Memphis students helping their fellow students make better grades and, in the process, substantially boosting standardized test scores and overall academic performance – a feat school officials have been trying to accomplish for years.

90. Frustration for Fox Meadows Residents -

When the owner of Knight Arnold Food and Fuel gas station and convenience store was allowed to reopen his business last month, homeowners and community groups in the Fox Meadows area were furious.

The store opened a week after General Sessions Environmental Court shut it as a public nuisance.

91. Chamber Official: Transportation ‘Huge Part’ of Local Economy -

The Traffic Club of Memphis hosted its monthly luncheon on Tuesday at The Racquet Club of Memphis, welcoming Andre B. Dean, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s vice president of public policy and community affairs, as the guest speaker. The club also held its annual board member elections, with incoming President Carey Treadwell of Dynamex Inc. taking the helm for the next year.

92. Gates to Share Creative Vision at Crosstown -

Internationally acclaimed installation and social practice artist Theaster Gates will be in Memphis this week to share some of the beliefs and perspectives that fuel his creative vision.

Gates’ free, public lecture, “A Way of Working,” will be Saturday, Nov. 16, at Sears Crosstown, 495 N. Watkins St.

93. Editorial: Education Must Adapt to New Workplace -

Add another piece to the realigned demographic puzzle of those on college campuses these days.

The college students who are already older than the immediate post-high school years include students who are coming as part of training in their full-time jobs. Their goal isn’t a four-year degree and they aren’t taking the courses that go toward such degrees.

94. Pronoun Showdown Follow-Up -

A while back, I cited a sports item in which two coaches were, respectively, if not respectfully, cited as having said that a matter was “between he and I” and “between me and him.” I asked which coach was correct, pronoun-wise. Boy-oh-boy, did I ever get viewer mail in response!

95. Southwest Profit Up on Higher Fares -

Average fares are rising on Southwest Airlines Co., the fuel bill is shrinking, and profit is soaring.

96. Chasing Growth -

The pressure to show investors growth and a return is one of the most basic realities of operating as a public company.

And the three Memphis-based companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list are pressing forward on their own distinct paths toward satisfying that pressure.

97. Southwest Profit Up On Higher Fares -

Average fares are rising on Southwest Airlines Co., the fuel bill is shrinking, and profit is soaring.

98. Delta Cuts More Memphis Flights -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The same day Delta Air Lines announced its third-quarter earnings, word came down that the Atlanta-based airline will further decimate its Memphis presence.

Delta will cut 24 additional flights out of Memphis, leaving Memphis International Airport – a former hub for the passenger carrier – with just 40 flights. Before the 2008 Delta-Northwest merger, the two airlines flew around 240 flights a day here.

99. Flagship Facility -

NexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the country, recently debuted a new advanced welding and cutting demonstration lab at its renovated Downtown headquarters on Walnut Street.

100. Shelby County Mortgages Up 7 Percent in Third Quarter -

The gas tank of Shelby County’s mortgage market continues to be powered by the fuel of low interest rates and more of a willingness from lenders to make new loans.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 2,521 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during the third quarter, a 7 percent improvement from the 2,364 mortgages during the third quarter of 2012, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports,www.chandlerreports.com.