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1. Memphis Businessman Indicted on Rape Charges -

A Shelby County businessman has been indicted on charges of rape and aggravated rape stemming from alleged assaults on three different women, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Wednesday.

2. Randy Odom Named CEO of Memphis Athletic Ministries -

Randy Odom has been named president and chief executive officer of Memphis Athletic Ministries. Odom joined MAM in 2006 as a neighborhood center director and became chief operating officer in 2012. In his new role, he oversees all operations and programming for 10 neighborhood youth centers that serve more than 900 underserved youth after school each day.

3. Weddle-West Recommended As Memphis Provost -

Karen Weddle-West has been recommended as the new provost at the University of Memphis by University President David Rudd.

4. Memphis to Play in Hoophall Miami Invitational -

MIAMI (AP) – Kentucky will play South Florida and Ohio State will meet Memphis on Nov. 27, in the inaugural Hoophall Miami Invitational presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The matchups were formally announced Thursday.

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6. Dixie Pickers to Open East Memphis Store -

Dixie Pickers, a retailer offering sporting goods, outdoor clothing, hunting gear, guns and other outdoor accessories, has signed a lease with Loeb Properties for a new store location at 964 June Road near the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Yates Road in East Memphis.

7. SeaPort Airlines to Begin Memphis-Greenville Route -

SeaPort Airlines plans to begin passenger service in mid-March between Greenville, Miss., and Memphis.

The airline has agreed to a lease that allows it to fly into Memphis International Airport's main terminal.

8. This week in Memphis history: January 23-29 -

2014: Sharp Corp. executives announced the company would end the production of solar panels at its Memphis plant effective in March with the loss of 300 of the 450 jobs at the Hickory Hill facility.

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10. Memphis Season a Monument to Mediocrity -

Good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad news. This University of Memphis basketball team is not good enough for things to get much better.

The good news? They’re not bad enough for things to get a lot worse.

11. Legendary Memphis Studio Has No. 1 Hit With ‘Uptown Funk’ -

The Mark Ronson song “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars has spent a few weeks now in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It’s something Memphis producer and Royal Studios owner Boo Mitchell is especially proud to see, since the chart-topping track was recorded in Memphis at his studio.

12. Iberiabank opens new Memphis branch Monday -

Iberiabank is opening a new branch in Memphis on Monday.

The bank’s new Medical Center location at 1296 Union Ave., across from Methodist Hospital, will expand its footprint to Union Avenue and will serve commercial, private banking, medical banking and consumer clients.

13. EDGE Approves Incentives for Memphis Ikea Store -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote, with Larry Jackson voting against the measure.

14. Rape Kit Testing Leading to Indictments in Memphis -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say nearly 5,000 of 12,000 backlogged rape evidence kits have been tested in Memphis, leading to dozens of indictments.

Mayor A C Wharton Jr.'s office says investigations have resulted in 52 indictments of known individuals or their DNA profiles. From those indictments, 19 alleged rapists have been identified, including 14 believed to be multi-case offenders.

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16. Boyd Gets Encore as City Council Member -

After serving less than a year on the Memphis City Council in 2011, Berlin Boyd is back on the council and working toward a longer stay.

Boyd was the pick of the other 12 council members Tuesday, Jan. 20, to fill the District 7 vacancy created when Lee Harris resigned to take his seat in the state Senate.

17. Helicopter Crew Family Members Receiving Award Thursday -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Family members of three crew members killed when a medical helicopter crashed in West Tennessee in 2013 will receive awards in their honor this week.

They are being given Tennessee's Three Stars Award during a ceremony Thursday morning.

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19. SeaPort Airlines to Begin Memphis-Greenville Route -

SeaPort Airlines plans to begin passenger service in mid-March between Greenville, Miss., and Memphis.

The airline has agreed to a lease that allows it to fly into Memphis International Airport’s main terminal.

20. 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.

21. Memphis' RN-to-BSN Program Rated One of Nation’s Best -

The online RN-to-BSN program in the University of Memphis’ Loewenberg School of Nursing has been named one of the best online classroom experiences by RNtoBSN.org.

22. Memphis Reprographics Handles Printing, Storage Needs -

When the development team and architect behind the Sears Crosstown redevelopment project needed multiple phases of the project printed –including everything from design renderings to construction documents and floor plans – they turned to Memphis Reprographics.

23. January 20 Memphis City Council Agenda -

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 20, 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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24. Ballet Memphis Awarded Grants Totaling $60,000 -

Ballet Memphis has received two national grants totaling $60,000 to support its community and school programs.

The Hearst Foundations awarded Ballet Memphis a $50,000 Culture grant. Ballet Memphis is one of 15 organizations to receive a Culture grant in the latest funding cycle and is the only dance organization in Tennessee honored by the Hearst Foundations this year.

25. Memphis Football Among Nation’s Most Improved -

The University of Memphis’ seven-win gain from 2013 to 2014 is the third-best improvement for football bowl subdivision teams this season. The news comes as the NCAA released its latest statistical report for the 2014 football season.

26. This week in Memphis history: January 16-22 -

2005: Chandler Reports, the real estate data provider owned by The Daily News Publishing Co., launched its consumer website, providing real estate data to the public as well as companies.

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28. ServiceMaster to Present Memphis Open -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. will be the presenting sponsor of the local Association of Tennis Professionals tour stop in February, it was announced Thursday afternoon at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

29. Memphis Football Among Nation’s Most Improved -

The University of Memphis’ seven-win gain from 2013 to 2014 is the third-best improvement for football bowl subdivision teams this season. The news comes as the NCAA released its latest statistical report for the 2014 football season.

30. Q&A: Vince Carter, Memphis Grizzlies Guard/Forward -

Fast Facts: 1998-99 NBA Rookie of the Year; 2000 Olympic gold medalist; won the Slam Dunk contest at All-Star Weekend in 2000; eight-time NBA All-Star; averaged more than 24 points in a season six times in his career; has averaged 19.8 points per game over his career; received NBA Community Assist Award in 2005; signed with Grizzlies this past summer as a free agent; cousin of former NBA player Tracy McGrady; ranks 25th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with more than 23,000 points; turns 38 on Jan. 26.

31. Start Co. Teams With Innova Memphis -

Start Co. has a new partner that’s bringing new funding with them to bolster the venture development organization’s efforts.

32. Former University of Memphis Provost Ralph Faudree Dies -

Ralph Faudree, the former provost of the University of Memphis from 2001 to his retirement in 2012, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, according to the university.

Faudree also served as interim president of the university between the departure of V. Lane Rawlins and the arrival of Shirley Raines.

33. Local Delegation Promotes Memphis in New York -

Greater Memphis Chamber staff, members of the Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and representatives from the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau are in New York City this week to meet with national site selectors and national media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Business Facilities, Inbound Logistics and others.

34. Youth Take Charge of Ignite Memphis Event -

Ignite Memphis is a popular event young professionals typically pack each time it’s held, in addition to participating as speakers. The events revolve around a group of people making slide-based presentations about any topic they want, featuring whatever they want to say about anything they think can hold a crowd’s interest.

35. Ballet Memphis Awarded Grants Totaling $60,000 -

Ballet Memphis has received two national grants totaling $60,000 to support its community and school programs.

The Hearst Foundations awarded Ballet Memphis a $50,000 Culture grant. Ballet Memphis is one of 15 organizations to receive a Culture grant in the latest funding cycle and is the only dance organization in Tennessee honored by the Hearst Foundations this year.

36. Memphis Law School, Le Bonheur Team Up -

The University of Memphis Institute for Health Law & Policy and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital will launch a Healthy Homes Partnership this week, with a kick-off Thursday at 6 p.m. at the law school.

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38. American Bar Association President Visits Memphis Tuesday -

The president of the American Bar Association, William C. Hubbard, will be in Memphis Tuesday, Jan. 13, in what is a tradition in the Memphis legal community for new leaders of the national association.

39. I Choose Memphis: Gene Baker -

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

Name: Gene Baker

40. Memphis Football Seniors Chosen for All-Star Games -

The University of Memphis football team’s historic season is over, but several seniors are playing on.

Linebacker Tank Jakes was scheduled to play in the Medal of Honor Bowl this past weekend and cornerback Bobby McCain, safety Fritz Etienne and defensive end Martin Ifedi are all scheduled to play in the Saturday, Jan. 17, East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Also, offensive lineman Al Bond will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 17 on the California State University Dominguez Hills campus in Carson, Calif.

41. University of Memphis Awarded Grant for Nutrition Study -

Marie van der Merwe, assistant professor of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Memphis, has received a grant of nearly $400,000 from the Juice Plus Co. to direct a clinical trial evaluating the health benefits of a dried fruit and vegetable supplement.

42. Memphis Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants -

The Memphis Ambassadors Program is accepting applications for new ambassadors for the 2015-2016 school year. The program, presented by the City of Memphis and Mayor A C Wharton Jr., is open to high school students (grades 9 to 12) who reside in one of the seven City Council districts.

43. This week in Memphis history: January 9-15 -

2005: Three development partners were to close on the purchase of the Tennessee Brewery by the end of the month and announced plans to convert the historic building into 35 luxury condominiums and penthouse units with prices starting at $350,000.

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46. Q&A: Jake Elliott, University of Memphis Placekicker -

FAST FACTS: Elliott was the American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014 as a sophomore; he scored 13 points in the Miami Beach Bowl victory to give him 120 for the year, second in school history to the 138 points scored by running back DeAngelo Williams in 2004; Elliott holds the school record for longest field goal (56 yards) and kicked a 55-yard field goal to tie the score in the bowl game vs. BYU and send the game into a second overtime.

47. New Record Label Launches in Memphis -

The team behind a new record label that’s launched in Memphis has big ambitions for what it describes as the “musical venture capital” the label wants to share with musicians.

Blue Barrel Records had a quiet launch of sorts in 2014, but it’s making moves this year to establish itself and plant its flag on the scene. Funding for the label comes from founder John Buford, who’s leading its A&R efforts alongside Memphis musician John Kilzer as well as Archer Records collaborators Ward Archer and Brian Dixon.

48. Cold Elvis Presley Fans Celebrate His Birthday in Memphis -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Elvis Presley fans have gathered at Graceland in sub-freezing temperatures to celebrate what would have been the late singer's 80th birthday.

Priscilla Presley, who was married to the rock 'n' roll icon, and their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, joined fans from around the world for a cake-cutting ceremony Thursday outside Graceland, Elvis' longtime Memphis home. They also sang "Happy Birthday" in 15-degree weather.

49. University of Memphis Awarded Grant for Nutrition Study -

Marie van der Merwe, assistant professor of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Memphis, has received a grant of nearly $400,000 from the Juice Plus Co. to direct a clinical trial evaluating the health benefits of a dried fruit and vegetable supplement.

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51. Memphis Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants -

The Memphis Ambassadors Program is accepting applications for new ambassadors for the 2015-2016 school year. The program, presented by the City of Memphis and Mayor A C Wharton Jr., is open to high school students (grades 9 to 12) who reside in one of the seven City Council districts.

52. Corps of Engineers Begins River Work South of Memphis -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began work Monday, Jan. 5, on widening the navigation channel of the Mississippi River south of Memphis.

The work in six bendways on weirs extending from the west bank will close the river to commercial barge tows each day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. between river mile 637 and 630. The work, which will be in the middle of the river, approximately 600 feet from the banks, is expected to take three months.

53. January 6 Memphis City Council Agenda -

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 6, 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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54. I-55 Traffic at West Memphis to Be Narrowed -

One lane of Interstate 55 northbound at West Memphis will be closed to allow for inspection of the I-55 bridge over the Mississippi River.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane with the closing of the outside lane from Monday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan. 9, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, weather permitting.

55. Hollywood Furniture Marks 90 Years in North Memphis -

You don’t see many furniture stores that are also hardware stores. But then not many furniture and hardware stores have been around for 90 years – and on the same street corner.

Hollywood Furniture and Hardware Co. marked its 90th year in business in 2014.

56. Memphis Industrial Market Rebounds in 2014 -

The upswing in the industrial real estate sector that started in 2012 and gained momentum in 2013 continued in 2014 and the Memphis market, fueled by several large transactions late in the year, should top 2013's level of around 3.2 million square feet of absorption.

57. REIT Sells Three Memphis Properties for $7.2 Million -

A Texas-based real estate investment trust has sold three Memphis properties for $7.2 million.

Cobalt Industrial REIT II, an affiliate of Cobalt Capital Partners, has sold the properties at 4366, 4406 and 4436 Malone Road to Colfin Cobalt I-II Owner LLC, an affiliate of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Colony Financial Inc., according to a Dec. 18 special warranty deed.

58. This week in Memphis history: January 2-8 -

1975: Shelby County officials held a public hearing on a proposed new highway starting at Highway 51 just south of the Millington city limits going east and then south to link up to the Interstate 40 junction at Airline Road in Arlington. Today it is Paul Barret Parkway.

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60. Bioworks Helped Spur Memphis Economy in 2014 -

In a variety of ways, the biosciences industry in Memphis helped lead the way in 2014 in terms of job creation and laying a foundation for economic growth in the future.

About that groundwork for growth to come, for example, the Memphis Bioworks Foundation got tapped early in 2014 to lead a new entrepreneurship venture in the city called The EPIcenter, with the goal of creating 1,000 entrepreneurs and 50 companies in the city over the next decade.

61. Memphis Area Association of Realtors Announces 2014 Award Winners -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors has announced its 2014 award recipients.

The Realtor of the Year honor went to John Stamps of The Stamps Real Estate Co. Greg Renfrow of Marx-Bensdorf Realtors was named the Realtor-Associate of the Year. Debbie Reeves of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency was the Affiliate of the Year, and Doug Collins of Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury earned the Outstanding Leadership Award.

62. REIT Sells Three Memphis Properties for $7.2 Million -

A Texas-based real estate investment trust has sold three Memphis properties for $7.2 million.

Cobalt Industrial REIT II, an affiliate of Cobalt Capital Partners, has sold the properties at 4366, 4406 and 4436 Malone Road to Colfin Cobalt I-II Owner LLC, an affiliate of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Colony Financial Inc., according to a Dec. 18 special warranty deed.

63. Memphis Brand Enjoys Banner 2014 -

That thing that might best be described as the Memphis brand has enjoyed something of a banner year in 2014.

Businesses and entrepreneurs like Paper & Clay, Muddy’s Bake Shop and chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix found themselves in the spotlight at various times in the past 12 months thanks to national media attention. The National Association of Food Journalists held its annual conference in Memphis. The city won plaudits for its bike lanes and its affordability.

64. New TVA Board Members Sworn In -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The nation's largest public utility has sworn in two new board members.

The Tennessee Valley Authority recently swore in Virginia Lodge of Nashville and Ronald Walter of Memphis. They are filling the seats of board members Barbara Haskew and Bill Sansom, whose terms expired in May.

65. Retailers Setting Eyes on Memphis -

The Memphis-area retail sector, fueled by several new retailers entering the market and a massive amount of grocery-based activity, experienced a strong 2014.

Grocery store activity came into full bloom this year, with market leader Kroger investing heavily in its stores and higher-end, organic-focused chains targeting the market for growth.

66. Southwest Adding Seasonal Memphis-Baltimore Flight -

Southwest Airlines is adding a seasonal second daily nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport to its summer schedule, which begins June 7.

67. FBI Asks Agencies to Watch Memphis Bridges -

The FBI asked law officers assigned to areas around the Mississippi River bridges at Memphis, Tennessee, to help keep an eye on the spans after a vague threat came in warning that one would be blown up.

68. St. Louis Fed Updates Memphis Board -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has announced some changes to the board of directors of its Memphis branch, effective Jan. 1.

69. This week in Memphis history: December 26-January 1 -

2009: FedEx Corp. took the first step toward a major expansion of its Memphis hub, filing a $28 million building permit for a new two-story sort facility at the existing hub on the north side of Memphis International Airport. At the time, the hub employed 15,000 people and had five sorts of 1.5 million packages per day.

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71. Editorial: Pursuit of Authentic Memphis is a Winding Road -

Last year at this time, we talked about city finances and our pursuit of economic development. The year before, it was federal government shutdown.

This year, we will offer a change of pace from that and follow the lead of our cover story, which features suggestions about the city’s promise and its challenges in the year ahead and the year now in the books.

72. Memphis Resolutions -

The end of the year hastens a season of resolutions about the year ahead, resolutions about what to include on the blank canvas of a new year.

No matter who you are, the road to 2015 starts at the same place – through the experience of 2014. With that in mind, we surveyed many of the people we’ve covered in these pages in the last year to talk about the possibilities ahead.

73. FBI Asks Agencies to Watch Memphis Bridges -

The FBI asked law officers assigned to areas around the Mississippi River bridges at Memphis, Tennessee, to help keep an eye on the spans after a vague threat came in warning that one would be blown up.

74. St. Louis Fed Updates Memphis Board -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has announced some changes to the board of directors of its Memphis branch, effective Jan. 1.

75. Antiques Market Planned for Memphis -

A juried, biannual market for all things vintage is headed to Memphis next year, the product of two friends who share a love of antiques, flea markets, barn sales and giving new life to things that have a bit of history to them.

76. Southwest Adding Seasonal Memphis-Baltimore Flight -

Southwest Airlines is adding a seasonal second daily nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport to its summer schedule, which begins June 7.

77. I Choose Memphis: Jessica Ball -

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

Name: Jessica Ball

78. Memphis Ties Abound in Jack Jones Classic -

This time a year ago, a Southeast Missouri State basketball team with a strong Memphis flavor came into FedExForum and played a competitive game with a University of Memphis squad that would later win a game in the NCAA Tournament.

79. Memphis Accounting Firms Joining Forces -

Two Memphis accounting firms are joining forces effective Jan. 1.

Memphis-based CPA firm Cannon Wright Blount has acquired Zoccola Kaplan PLLC, with the latter moving into Cannon Wright Blount’s newly expanded offices early next year.

80. Memphis, Fuente Agree on Extension -

University of Memphis officials announced Thursday they have reached an agreement on a contract extension with football coach Justin Fuente.

In his third year at Memphis, Fuente led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and a share of the American Athletic Conference Championship – their first league title in more than 40 years. He was the unanimous choice for American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award.

81. Southwest Adding Seasonal Memphis-Baltimore Flight -

Southwest Airlines is adding a seasonal second daily nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport to its summer schedule, which begins June 7.

82. This week in Memphis history: December 19-25 -

2009: On the front page of The Daily News, the Metro Charter Commission, drafting a proposed charter for a consolidated Memphis-Shelby County government made an early decision in its draft that their proposal would not include a consolidation of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools.
It was the first decision on a charter issue by the group since it was formed that October. The reasoning was to sidestep what was judged to be the most controversial part of any consolidation. Nevertheless, the proposed charter was still crushed in the referendum that followed in the county outside Memphis and it only narrowly passed in the city of Memphis. The charter had to win approval in both to consolidate.

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84. Editorial: Finding Complexities in the Memphis Experience -

This is not your parents’ Memphis inferiority complex.

This is us having had a taste of life beyond that big hump in our identity. We’ve seen the horizon without it.

We like the view and we want to keep it.

85. Memphis, Fuente Agree on Extension -

University of Memphis officials announced Thursday they have reached an agreement on a contract extension with football coach Justin Fuente.

In his third year at Memphis, Fuente led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and a share of the American Athletic Conference Championship – their first league title in more than 40 years. He was the unanimous choice for American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award.

86. Q&A: Al Bond, University of Memphis senior offensive lineman -

Fast Facts: First-team American Athletic Conference selection; started all 12 games at right tackle, playing 798 of 915 offensive snaps; been starter since midway of freshman year; stands 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds; graduate of Southwind High School; enrolled in graduate school after receiving undergraduate degree in correctional administration.

87. St. Louis Fed Memphis Executive Stepping Down -

After getting her master’s degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Martha Perine Beard joined the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as a management trainee in 1971.

88. Conn’s Inc. to Open Second Store in Memphis -

Specialty retailer Conn’s Inc. will open a second store in Memphis, the second of possibly three stores the Texas-based home appliances and furnishings chain plans to open in Tennessee.

89. Memphis, Fuente Agree on Extension -

University of Memphis officials announced Thursday they have reached an agreement on a contract extension with football coach Justin Fuente.

In his third year at Memphis, Fuente led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and a share of the American Athletic Conference Championship – their first league title in more than 40 years. He was the unanimous choice for American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award.

90. St. Louis Fed Memphis Executive Retiring in 2015 -

Martha Perine Beard is retiring next year as regional executive of the Memphis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

91. University of Memphis Baseball Camp Set for Jan. 17-18 -

The University of Memphis baseball team will host its 2015 Winter High School Camp on Jan. 17-18. The two-day camp is for high school students only, and will take place at FedExPark, 974 Getwell Road, on the university’s Park Avenue campus.

92. In-Rel Sells Two Memphis Office Buildings for $16.8 Million -

Affiliates of Clark Tower owner In-Rel Properties Inc. have sold two of the company’s other Memphis office buildings to a private equity firm for $16.8 million as part of a larger portfolio.

93. From Sweden to Memphis -

Swedish retail giant Ikea will open a 225-employee store in the Wolfchase Galleria area in 2016.

The furniture retailer will locate the 269,000-square-foot store on a 35-acre site in Memphis near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway.

94. Ikea Memphis Will Seek PILOT Incentives -

The new Ikea Memphis store to open in the fall of 2016 will seek tax incentives from the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine, according to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Wharton didn’t disclose details of the request for payments-in-lieu-of-taxes – or a PILOT agreement – but said it would be filed shortly with EDGE.

95. Ikea to Open Memphis Store in Fall 2016 -

The new Ikea Memphis store to open in the fall of 2016 will seek tax incentives from the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine, according to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Wharton didn’t disclose details of the request for payments-in-lieu-of-taxes – or a PILOT agreement – but said it would be filed shortly with EDGE.

96. Memphis Accounting Firms Joining Forces -

Two Memphis accounting firms are joining forces effective Jan. 1.

Memphis-based CPA firm Cannon Wright Blount has acquired Zoccola Kaplan PLLC, with the latter moving into Cannon Wright Blount’s newly expanded offices early next year.

97. December 16 Memphis City Council Agenda -

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 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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98. Ikea to Open First Tennessee Store in Memphis -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea will open its first Tennessee store in Memphis next year, according to several people familiar with the effort and confirmed by Ikea representatives Monday.

The company and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will announce the store Tuesday, Dec. 16, according to several sources. A statement to the media Monday night read: "Ikea, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, will announce plans on Tuesday morning for a proposed Memphis store. The proposed Ikea Memphis would be the first Ikea store in either Tennessee, Arkansas or Mississippi and would increase the Swedish retailer's presence in the Southeastern U.S."

99. Fed Member Plans to Leave When Term Ends in 2016 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Narayana Kocherlakota, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, said Friday he will step down when his current term ends in early 2016, marking the departure of one of the Fed's leading proponents of easier credit conditions to battle unemployment.

100. SeaPort Looks to Shift Some Memphis Flights to Nashville -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Faced with a demand for more flights from Tupelo to Nashville, SeaPort Airlines is considering moving some Memphis flights to the Nashville route.

"Demand is running 10-to-1 with Nashville over Memphis, even though we don't even have a three-to-one frequency advantage in flights," SeaPort president Rob McKinney told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.