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1. American Airlines Adding Memphis-NYC Flights -

American Airlines is adding two daily nonstop flights between Memphis International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Ticket sales for the New York nonstops begin Saturday, July 4. The flights will depart Memphis at 6:45 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. In LaGuardia, the flights to Memphis will depart at 11:05 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

2. University of Memphis to Relaunch GoTigersGo.com -

The University of Memphis Athletic Department is relaunching its website, GoTigersGo.com, to provide a user-friendly experience across all platforms – including smartphones and tablets.

The updated site includes media walls on each sport page where previews, recaps and features can be found along with digital content such as photo galleries and video. A social wall encompasses both Instagram and Twitter, including content provided by fans.

3. Dayco Picks Memphis Distribution Center Locale -

A Michigan-based belts and hose manufacturer has settled on a location for its North American distribution center.

Dayco Products LLC has selected Centerpoint III at 3530 E. Raines Road.

4. Enviro-Master Franchise Opens Memphis Location -

Public restroom cleaning service Enviro-Master has expanded its presence to Memphis.

Operated by Thomas Whitley, the franchise will serve restaurants, businesses, schools and organizations throughout the Memphis area as far east as Jackson, Tenn., and stretching west to Jonesboro and Wynne, Ark., north to Ripley, Tenn. and south to Tunica and Senatobia, Miss.

5. CBIZ Adds Tax Practice Leader in Memphis -

CBIZ MHM LLC has added Lloyd Grissinger as tax practice leader in the firm’s Memphis office.

He’ll be responsible for practice growth, financial management, quality control, risk management, and operational matters as well as personnel development. He’ll also maintain active client service and engagement management responsibilities.

6. DHG Memphis 'Count The Cans' Program Tallies 6,000 -

The Memphis office of DHG LLP is donating nearly 6,000 canned goods to the Mid-South Food Bank.

7. Kuehne Nagel Acquiring Memphis Intermodal Firm -

Kuehne + Nagel, a Swiss logistics company with a large local presence, is acquiring Memphis-based ReTrans Inc., an intermodal transportation management company with more than $500 million in annual revenue.

8. Ikea Takes $16 Million Step Toward Memphis Store -

Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

The Swedish furniture retailer has applied for a $16 million building permit for its 269,000-square-foot store on a 42-acre site near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway.

9. I Choose Memphis: Isaac Rodriguez -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Dr. Isaac Rodriguez

10. This week in Memphis history: July 3-9 -

2014: Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says 308 police officers have called in sick during the Fourth of July holiday week in what he acknowledges is probably a “work action” by cops upset over cuts to health benefits.
The sick-out causes the department to use contingency plans, which include sending officers in units such as the Organized Crime Unit back to uniform patrol and using Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies in the Beale Street Entertainment District.

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12. Editorial: Ballet Memphis a Perfect Partner for Overton Square -

When news surfaced of Ballet Memphis’ impending move to Overton Square, it was met with mixed emotions.

Some groans, for sure. Midtown certainly could use a hotel, especially in the newly bustling district. And an independent, boutique hotel – which was the previous possibility for the primo real estate at the corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street – would have been a nice addition to the nightlife hotspot.

13. University of Memphis To Relaunch GoTigersGo.com -

The University of Memphis Athletic Department is relaunching its website, GoTigersGo.com, to provide a user-friendly experience across all platforms – including smartphones and tablets.

14. Marc Gasol of Memphis Is Already Right at Home -

He appreciates a fine wine, but at least symbolically does so with a dab of barbecue on his chin.

He attended Lausanne High School while his big brother was both amazing and frustrating Grizzlies fans. And now we hear from Zach Randolph, via Craig Brewer’s best film to date, “Marc Gasol of Memphis,” that he was listening to Three 6 Mafia all along.

15. Memphis Election Fundraising Deadline Prompts Flurry of Appeals -

For the last week, candidates in the October Memphis elections have had fundraising fever.

The campaign finance reports for the period that ended Tuesday, June 30, are due at the Shelby County Election Commission by July 10. That’s followed by the noon July 16 filing deadline for candidates in the races for Memphis Mayor, City Council and City Court Clerk.

16. Fino’s Taking a Bite Out of East Memphis -

The Brookhaven Circle area, an emerging restaurant row in the heart of East Memphis, is welcoming a new neighbor.

Jerry Wilson, owner of Fino’s from the Hill at 1853 Madison Ave. in Midtown, has acquired the property at 703 W. Brookhaven Circle in East Memphis for $526,600.

17. Memphis Symphony Eyes Move to Midtown -

Memphis Symphony Orchestra president and CEO Roland Valliere is not shy when it comes to talking about the future of the organization.

After all, it wasn't that long ago that the symphony made the painful acknowledgement that its finances were in dire straits, that it needed support from patrons and the public more than ever and that its future was far from guaranteed.

18. Ikea Takes $16 Million Step Toward Memphis Store -

Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

The Swedish furniture retailer has applied for a $16 million building permit for its 269,000-square-foot store on a 42-acre site near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway.

19. CBIZ MHM Adds Tax Practice Leader in Memphis -

CBIZ MHM LLC has added Lloyd Grissinger as tax practice leader in the firm’s Memphis office.

He’ll be responsible for practice growth, financial management, quality control, risk management, and operational matters as well as personnel development. He’ll also maintain active client service and engagement management responsibilities.

20. Memphian Will Hogue Finding Success on Long Drive Tour -

Will Hogue won last weekend’s Bluff City Shootout long drive competition by defeating 2014 world champion Jeff Flagg. And that would seem to bode well for Hogue’s chances at this year’s world championships, except that right now there isn’t going to be one.

21. Projects, Issues Spill into Memphis' New Fiscal Year -

On Monday, June 29, two days before the new fiscal year, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was in the back of a house on Ridgewood Drive in Whitehaven.

Wharton was marking the start of a 90-day public works project spanning both fiscal years to build a retention pond for the Days Creek area. The $450,000 project includes removing trees and brush from the drainage area, in an effort to prevent flooding. In September 2014, some homes in the area were heavily damaged in a sudden and prolonged downpour.

22. Crissy Haslam, Memphis Police Deliver Books to Children -

Children in Memphis are getting some new reading material, thanks to local police and first lady Crissy Haslam.

Haslam and the Memphis Police Department delivered books to Memphis children on Friday as part of the Read20Book Patrol, a project she launched last summer with Tennessee law enforcement.

23. Enviro-Master Franchise Opens Memphis Location -

Public restroom cleaning service Enviro-Master has expanded its presence to Memphis.

Operated by Thomas Whitley, the franchise will serve restaurants, businesses, schools and organizations throughout the Memphis area as far east as Jackson, Tenn., and stretching west to Jonesboro and Wynne, Ark., north to Ripley, Tenn. and south to Tunica and Senatobia, Miss.

24. Memphis Finance Gurus Retrace City’s Fiscal Path -

Mayors come and go at City Hall and what was a priority for one administration can change with the next. But one constant is finance.

It defines a city’s overall health, no matter who is in office, and thus its ability to borrow money to fund those priorities and then pay off that debt.

25. How Pope Francis’ Climate Encyclical Translates to Memphis -

On Thursday, June 18, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical, “Laudato si” (Praise Be to You: On the Care for Our Common Home). For some time now, Catholics, environmentalists and other Vatican watchers were aware that Francis was going to focus on the environment, especially the problem of global climate change.

26. Gay Marriage Marks First Day in Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Memphis taking a tour of the Nike plant expansion in Frayser when the highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage was released Friday, June 26, in Washington, D.C.

27. Builders Start, Sell Fewer Memphis-Area Homes in May -

Hampered by a severe lot shortage, homebuilding activity in Memphis and Shelby County slowed considerably in May, with builders starting and selling fewer new homes than last year.

Builders filed 67 permits in May, down 17.3 percent from 81 permits filed in May 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports. Builders sold 58 new homes in May, down 23.6 percent from 76 new homes sold last year.

28. DHG’s Memphis Office Tallies Thousands in 'Count the Cans' -

The Memphis office of DHG LLP is donating nearly 6,000 canned goods to the Mid-South Food Bank.

29. Kuehne Nagel Acquiring Memphis Intermodal Firm -

Kuehne + Nagel, a Swiss logistics company with a large local presence, is acquiring Memphis-based ReTrans Inc., an intermodal transportation management company with more than $500 million in annual revenue.

30. Chef Shuttle Adds Restaurants To Memphis Delivery Network -

A restaurant take-out delivery company has added 22 Memphis-area restaurants to its roster, including Jim’s Place Restaurant & Bar, Abner’s Famous Chicken Tenders, El Toro Loco and Exlines.

31. Memphis Grizzlies Enter Into Partnership With FanDuel -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced a new partnership with FanDuel, a daily fantasy sports company.

The marketing alliance makes FanDuel the exclusive and official Daily Fantasy Gaming Partner of the Grizzlies, and will include an interactive in-arena presence, access to unique Grizzlies experiences for FanDuel users, out-of-arena activations, and integration throughout Grizzlies media channels.

32. Level Nine Partners With Memphis Event Planner -

Level Nine Services and Salt Style & Events, two Memphis companies that aim to make clients’ lives easier, have announced a formal partnership.

Level Nine provides business and lifestyle-management services, helping clients with anything from mundane tasks to elaborate trips and events. Salt specializes in creating custom events, working closely with clients to produce an event design that allows them to entertain in style and leave a lasting impression on guests.

33. Home Medical Products Opens New Memphis Office -

Home Medical Products Inc. has opened a Memphis office by acquiring a local respiratory therapy business.

34. West Memphis Kitchen Incubator Is Cooking -

A West Memphis kitchen incubator has found its first user.

Bluff City Barbecue Supply is the first group to use Delta Cuisine: A Southern Kitchen, the community kitchen housed at the new Jeremy Jacobs Hospitality Management Center at Mid-South Community College.

35. This Week in Memphis History: June 26-July 2 -

1972: Humble Pie plays Ellis Auditorium.

1970: Among privilege licenses listed in The Daily News, Kustom Kreations auto repair shop at 2795 Broad Ave.

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37. Memphis Mayoral Election Heating Up As Strickland, Wharton Take Turns -

Here come the yard signs.

The first indication that candidates in the Oct. 8 Memphis elections are taking their appeals to the public will begin sprouting on lawns across the city in the next week.

38. Home Medical Products Opens New Memphis Office -

Home Medical Products Inc. has opened a Memphis office by acquiring a local respiratory therapy business.

39. West Memphis Kitchen Incubator is Cooking -

A West Memphis kitchen incubator has found its first user.

Bluff City Barbecue Supply is the first group to use Delta Cuisine: A Southern Kitchen, the community kitchen housed at the new Jeremy Jacobs Hospitality Management Center at Mid-South Community College.

40. Tigers Alumni Game a Chance for Fans to Relive Fond Memories -

It’s not the Final Four. In fact, it’s not even a November nonconference game against some directional school.

It’s an alumni game being played at the little campus gym at the University of Memphis. And it’s sold out.

41. Memphis Redbirds' Winning Record Doesn't Extend to Attendance -

The Memphis Redbirds are running last in the 16-team Pacific Coast League’s attendance race; the St. Louis Cardinals own the best record in the 30-team on-field competition run by Major League Baseball.

42. Dog Daycare Bringing New Life to East Memphis Retail Center -

A new doggy daycare and camp is coming to East Memphis.

Becky and Tim Simcoe have leased 8,875 square feet at the Balmoral Shopping Center at Quince Road and Ridgeway Road in East Memphis to open a Camp Bow Wow franchise.

43. Chef Shuttle Adds Restaurants To Memphis Delivery Network -

A restaurant take-out delivery company has added 22 Memphis-area restaurants to its roster, including Jim’s Place Restaurant & Bar, Abner’s Famous Chicken Tenders, El Toro Loco and Exlines.

44. 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.

45. Seeds of Nutrition in South Memphis -

Second in a series of profiles on the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ GiVE 365 grantees.

The community garden/urban farming concept literally took root years ago. Knowledge Quest founder and director Marlon Foster remembers well the 25-by-25-foot plot at the Fowler Homes housing project back in 1999. It was a humble beginning planted with a few seeds and a lot of faith and hope.

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47. Ballet Memphis Turns to Overton Square -

Scratch those plans for a new Hotel Overton where the French Quarter Inn now sits in Overton Square.

Ballet Memphis has a sales contract on the property at the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street and plans to build a new two-story structure fronting on Madison with parking in the rear and on the eastern end.

48. Pinnacle Financial Partners Adds to Memphis Team -

The team launching Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners’ expansion into the Memphis market is getting bigger.

The bank has added another three in Memphis, bringing the total so far to 11. The new additions – Rick Neal, Richard Harris and Nicole Pickens – come from Trustmark Bank, Paragon Bank and First Tennessee, respectively.

49. Memphis Grizzlies Enter Into Partnership With FanDuel -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced a new partnership with FanDuel, a daily fantasy sports company.

The marketing alliance makes FanDuel the exclusive and official Daily Fantasy Gaming Partner of the Grizzlies, and will include an interactive in-arena presence, access to unique Grizzlies experiences for FanDuel users, out-of-arena activations, and integration throughout Grizzlies media channels.

50. Level Nine Services Partners With Memphis Event Planner -

Level Nine Services and Salt Style & Events, two Memphis companies that aim to make clients’ lives easier, have announced a formal partnership.

Level Nine provides business and lifestyle-management services, helping clients with anything from mundane tasks to elaborate trips and events. Salt specializes in creating custom events, working closely with clients to produce an event design that allows them to entertain in style and leave a lasting impression on guests.

51. HopeWorks Workshop Aims to Help Memphis Employers Reduce Entry-Level Job Turnover -

Different experiences, different vocabularies, and a different perspective on what it means to go to work each day. The difference, really, between a “job” and a “career.”

Making sense of these differences for the benefit of entry-level employees and their employers is the mission of the free workshop “Finding Talent. Growing Profits.”

52. OneJet Lands in Memphis, Thanks in Part to FedEx -

Mid-South business travelers now have an easy, efficient way to reach several large Midwestern markets.

OneJet, a startup airline catering to business travelers, launched its inaugural Memphis to Indianapolis flight on Monday, June 22.

53. Memphis City Council Approves Pay Raises, Stable Property Tax Rate -

Memphis City Council members put City Hall’s budget season to rest Tuesday, June 23, with approval of a $656.5 million city operating budget that includes 2 percent pay raises for city police and firefighters and a 1 percent pay raise for all other city employees starting in January.

54. Former Memphis Soccer Player Honored by NCAA -

Kylie Davis, who completed her playing career at the University of Memphis last fall, is a candidate for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Now in its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

55. Digital Engagement Survey for Memphians Now Open -

Obsidian Public Relations once again wants to present a look at how digitally engaged Memphis is today.

To do that, the firm has teamed up with Research Dynamics Inc. to conduct the 2015 Mid-South Digital Engagement Survey, which will be available to complete through July 10 at www.DigitalMidSouth.com. The survey is comprised of 21 questions and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

56. OneJet Is Memphis International Airport’s Newest Airline -

OneJet, a startup airline catering to business travelers, has launched its Memphis to Indianapolis route, providing easy access to several large markets in the Midwest.

OneJet is offering nonstop service from Memphis International Airport to Indianapolis Mondays through Thursdays starting Monday, June 22. Launched two years ago, OneJet offers regional business service to Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and now Memphis.

57. Drug Trafficking Indictment Targets Gang Members -

One of the leaders of a street gang banned last year from the Legends Park area has violated the “no-gang zone” court order and is now charged with drug trafficking.

Steve Nelson, an alleged leader of the Dixie Homes Murda Gang, directed the gang’s drug dealing activities from the Shelby County Jail. When he wasn’t in jail, he was arrested twice in the Legends Park area for violating the court order that bans gang activity as well as gang members from congregating in the area.

58. Former Memphis Tigers Plan Alumni Basketball Game -

Look back to look ahead. That’s what former University of Memphis basketball players Jeremy Hunt and Willie Kemp are trying to do with the first alumni game, scheduled for Saturday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, 495 Zach Curlin St.

59. Memphis Startup ‘Pickle’ Lands $135,000 in Funding -

A local entrepreneur has secured $135,000 in funding for her startup company, Pickle.

Morgan Steffy, an entrepreneurship fellow at the University of Memphis Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, has secured the funds for the competitive “selfie” and photo sharing application. Users can upload photos to challenge in categories such as “best dog selfie” or “most disheveled morning face” and other users vote for a winner.

60. Green Projects in Memphis, Millington Get State Grants -

A 50-kilowatt solar array at Lichterman Nature Center and an upgrade of lighting and HVAC systems in the Millington police and court buildings were both funded by Tennessee state government Clean Tennessee Energy grants announced Monday, June 15.

61. Memphis Music Attractions Take 3 of Top 5 Spots in Poll -

The results of USA Today 10Best’s latest poll have confirmed something Memphians already know: Memphis rocks.

Three local attractions – Graceland, Sun Studio and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music – were among the 20 nominees up for “Best Musical Attraction.” After four weeks of voting, all three made it into the top five, with Graceland winning by a landslide, according to the results released Friday, June 12.

62. MDH Buys Belz’s Memphis Industrial Portfolio -

An Atlanta-based firm has acquired a large industrial portfolio from Belz Enterprises.

Atlanta-based MDH Partners LLC bought 22 industrial buildings in the Memphis area totaling more than 3.1 million square feet.

63. I Choose Memphis: Gray Fiser -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Gray Fiser

Job title and company: Senior Associate, CBRE Memphis

64. This week in Memphis history: June 19-25 -

1985: The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. takes the first step toward financing a residential development to be called South of Beale, bounded by Fourth and Third streets and Lt. George W. Lee and Linden avenues – the block where FedExForum is now.

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66. Speltz’s Design Flair Transforms Downtown Memphis -

Christopher Speltz’s work as an architectural designer for Renaissance Group hinges on transformation. As an illustrator for multifamily spaces 266 Memphis Lofts, Printer's Alley and the Annex Lofts, he's bringing much-needed flair to a stretch of South Front Street.

67. University of Memphis to Hold Elite Golf Camp -

The University of Memphis and head coach Blake Smart will host an Elite Player Camp at The Frank L. Flautt Golf Center on the university’s Park Avenue Campus Sunday, June 28.

68. Memphis Startup 'Pickle' Lands $135,000 in Funding -

A local entrepreneur has secured $135,000 in funding for her startup company, Pickle.

Morgan Steffy, an entrepreneurship fellow at the University of Memphis Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, has secured the funds for the competitive “selfie” and photo sharing application. Users can upload photos to challenge in categories such as “best dog selfie” or “most disheveled morning face” and other users vote for a winner.

69. Memphis Airport Authority OKs Incentives Program, Lyft Ride-Sharing Operations -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has reached an operating agreement with a popular ride-sharing service and retooled an incentive program designed to attract new air service.

New incentives target 21 specific destinations

70. Lyft Approved to Operate Ride-Sharing Service at Memphis Airport -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has reached an agreement with ride-sharing service Lyft that allows the company to immediately begin operations at Memphis International Airport.

The deal was set after the passage of Tennessee legislation that established requirements for transportation network companies such as Lyft.

71. Dayco Awarded Tax Incentive for Memphis Warehouse -

A Michigan-based manufacturer of belts and other items for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket sectors has been awarded a tax break to open a national distribution center in Memphis.

The city-county Economic Development Growth Engine awarded Dayco Products Ltd. a five-year tax incentive for the distribution center, which will employ 174 workers. The average annual pay for employees would be $26,753, plus benefits.

72. Memphis City Council’s Distrust of Wharton Boils to Surface -

If it wasn’t obvious in five previous budget seasons, Memphis City Council members made the point clearer Tuesday, June 16, just before they delayed final city budget votes for another week.

They don’t trust the numbers and explanations they are getting from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as they try to rearrange his $656.5 million budget that was proposed in April.

73. Canoes, Kayaks Line Up for Outdoors Inc.'s Memphis Race -

Mike Herbert, a Pan American Games gold medalist in kayak racing, will be the first to say that you just don’t know who you might meet on the water. All kinds of people step into a canoe or a kayak and get hooked.

74. Memphis City Council Delays Budget Votes Until June 23 -

Memphis City Council members put off final budget votes Tuesday, June 16, after trying for several hours to rearrange Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.'s budget proposal.

But council members, already skeptical about the administration’s line items and dollar figures, became increasingly frustrated as their calculations of available funding didn’t match the administration’s math.

75. Memphis Restaurants ‘Love Their Patios’ -

The warm weather means it's that time of year again for Memphis diners.

Patios have begun filling up around the city as restaurant patrons flock to outdoor dining settings where they can people-watch, enjoy drinks and nosh on smaller, simpler menu items.

76. 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.

77. MDH Partners Buys Belz's Memphis Industrial Portfolio -

An Atlanta-based firm has acquired a large industrial portfolio from Belz Enterprises.

Atlanta-based MDH Partners LLC bought 22 industrial buildings in the Memphis area totaling more than 3.1 million square feet.

78. Green Projects in Memphis, Millington Get State Grants -

A 50-kilowatt solar array at Lichterman Nature Center and an upgrade of lighting and HVAC systems in the Millington police and court buildings were both funded by Tennessee state government Clean Tennessee Energy grants announced Monday, June 15.

79. Dayco Seeks Tax Break for Memphis Distribution Center -

A Michigan-based manufacturer of belts and hoses is seeking local tax incentives for a Memphis distribution center.

Dayco Products Ltd., which has filed a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application with the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine, says the center would employ 174 workers.

80. June 16 Memphis City Council Agenda -

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, June 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

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81. 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.

82. 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.

83. Mickelson Rallies, But Fabian Gomez Wins Memphis Golf Tournament -

Billy Horschel wore FedEx colors – purple and orange – on Sunday for the last round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. It seemed to work for him as he shot a 5-under 65 to finish at 7 under and in tie for 8th place.

84. Reptile, Exotic Animal Expo Coming to Memphis Area -

A nationwide promoter of reptile and exotic animal expos will bring its blend of vendors, breeders and educators back to the Memphis area for two events.

Repticon Memphis showcases thousands of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals. The event will be held at the The Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., on July 11 and 12 and again on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

85. Memphis Music Attractions Take 3 of Top 5 Spots in Poll -

The results of USA Today 10Best’s latest poll have confirmed something Memphians already know: Memphis rocks.

Three local attractions – Graceland, Sun Studio and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music – were among the 20 nominees up for “Best Musical Attraction.” After four weeks of voting, all three made it into the top five, with Graceland winning by a landslide, according to the results released Friday, June 12.

86. Machinery Parts Maker Seeks Tax Incentives for Memphis Distribution Center -

A Michigan-based manufacturer of belts and hoses is seeking local tax incentives for a Memphis distribution center.

Dayco Products Ltd., which has filed a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application with the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine, says the center would employ 174 workers.

87. Memphis Tigers Pole Vault Athlete Kimi Jennings Seeks Sports Career -

When moderators at the NCAA Basketball Tournament refer to the legions of one-and-done players that come into the interview room as “student-athletes,” it always elicits some eye-rolling and maybe an under-the-breath chuckle or two.

88. LeMoyne-Owen Change Latest for Memphis Higher Ed -

Andrea Miller is the latest of three new higher education leaders in Memphis in just more than a year.

89. New Memphis Institute's Annual Summer Experience Connecting Young Professionals -

Hundreds of interns working at Memphis companies this summer are getting a taste of what the Bluff City has to offer them, should they choose to put down roots here.

The New Memphis Institute’s annual Summer Experience slate of events is intended to connect young professionals working in the city with their peers; to establish movers and shakers; and to give them an up-close look at Memphis. The goal: capture their attention at a formative stage in their life, when they’re poised to make plans about whatever city they’ll ultimately call home.

90. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

91. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

92. Urban Land Institute Panel Recommends $184 Million Memphis Fairgrounds Plan -

The Urban Land Institute panel that’s been in Memphis this week studying the future of the Mid-South Fairgrounds has recommended a $184 million plan that would overhaul the area.

The eight out-of-town urban planners released the results of their study Friday morning at a conference attended by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and most of his administration.

93. Memphis Bridge Club Fundraising for Alzheimer’s -

The Memphis Bridge Club will join hundreds of bridge clubs across the country to raise money by playing in a day-long game of bridge and other games, allowing players to honor friends and loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s disease while also keeping their own mental skills sharp.

94. Memphis Magazine Boasts General Excellence Award -

Memphis Magazine recently took home top honors from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

It was named the General Excellence winner for its circulation cateogry (under 30,000) during CRMA’s 30th annual convention in Dallas.

95. Komen Memphis-MidSouth To Distribute $510K -

The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is awarding $510,030 of community grants to 10 programs that provide breast cancer services in the Mid-South.

The group presents the awards Tuesday, June 9, at a 5 p.m. reception at AutoZone Park.

96. Jobs Event Set for CoWork Memphis Next Week -

Nita Black, founder of the jobs-focused nonprofit Jobs Hatchery, will share advice and tips for small business founders during a presentation next week at CoWork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper.

97. OneJet Landing At Memphis International Airport -

A startup airline catering to business travelers will begin offering service from Memphis to Indianapolis.

OneJet will offer nonstop service from Memphis International Airport to Indianapolis Mondays through Thursdays starting June 22. Launched about two years ago, OneJet offers regional business service to cities like Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.

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1984: On the front page of The Daily News, Tennessee Rep. U.A. Moore of Millington is optimistic about plans for riverboat tours between the Mud Island park – which had opened in the summer of 1982 – and Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, even though his bill to fund a Memphis State University study of the idea is vetoed by Gov. Lamar Alexander. Alexander instead directs the state Conservation Department to study the idea.

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100. University of Memphis Pitcher Blackwood Named to All-American Team -

Memphis sophomore closer Nolan Blackwood has been named to the NCBWA NCAA Division I All-American baseball team. Blackwood is a Second Team All-America selection, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced.