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1. Electrolux Cools Off 300 Memphis Residents -

As the dog days of summer wear on, Electrolux has provided some relief in the form of cool air to 300 local residents.

The donation of energy-efficient Frigidaire room air conditioners, worth a total of $72,000, is part of the Keeping Memphis Cool initiative.

2. Plough Donates $50,000 To Memphis Recovery Centers -

Memphis Recovery Centers has received a $50,000 contribution from the Plough Foundation.

Over the course of one year, MRC was challenged to raise $50,000 from other donor sources in order to receive the matching contribution from Memphis-based Plough.

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4. Plough Donates $50,000 To Memphis Recovery Centers -

Memphis Recovery Centers has received a $50,000 contribution from the Plough Foundation.

Over the course of one year, MRC was challenged to raise $50,000 from other donor sources in order to receive the matching contribution from Memphis-based Plough.

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6. Electrolux Cools Off 300 Memphis Residents -

As the dog days of summer wear on, Electrolux has provided some relief in the form of cool air to 300 Memphis residents.

The donation of energy-efficient Frigidaire room air conditioners, worth a total of $72,000, is part of the Keeping Memphis Cool initiative. Priority was given to households with seniors, disabled residents and those who have lost their jobs or are on medical leave.

7. Memphis Touchdown Club Scores With 2015 Speaker Lineup -

Often, the lineup of speakers for the Touchdown Club of Memphis includes one or more coaches on the hot seat. But this season, University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente, Tennessee coach Butch Jones, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen all are coming off strong seasons.

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9. Partial Roof Collapse Revives Concern For Downtown Memphis Eyesore -

A hard rain Thursday, July 23, has put a problem property on the Main Street Mall’s “demonstration block” back in the public eye and potentially back in court.

During the Thursday afternoon rain that flooded streets and briefly knocked out electricity across Downtown Memphis, the roof of the four-story building at 107 S. Main partially collapsed and a water pipe burst.

10. Memphis Candidates Prepare To Spend -

How much a candidate raises in an election season attracts a lot of attention, and the second-quarter fundraising numbers for the Oct. 8 Memphis elections are still trickling out.

The reports were due July 10 but some are still arriving at the Shelby County Election Commission website. And in some cases, the reports are incomplete, showing amounts raised but not amounts spend and on hand as of July 1.

11. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store -

41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store

Sale Amount: $5.7 million

Sale Date: July 10, 2015

Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.

12. Memphis Council Takes Up Redistricting Furor -

Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery says no candidate in the October city elections should be affected by the council’s second redrawing of its district lines in four years.

13. Memphis Tourism Officials: Limit Hotel Tax Breaks -

A wave of Downtown hotel plans has officials pumping the brakes on using public incentives for smaller, limited-service hotels.

With up to a dozen Downtown hotel projects in the development pipeline, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau has asked the Downtown Memphis Commission to explore limiting incentives to large, full-service hotels.

14. Memphis Releases $200M Pedestrian Safety Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. unveiled an ambitious pedestrian and school safety action plan Tuesday, July 14, that has been in the making for 18 months.

The plan takes in a list of $200 million in improvements to sidewalks and street crossings over 20 years. Wharton’s administration doesn’t have all the funding nailed down, and said it would likely come through a combination of grants, city capital funding and money from nonprofit philanthropies.

15. Memphis Filing Deadline Features Last-Minute Shifts, Intrigue -

The decision Tuesday, July 14, by a sixth Memphis City Council member to pass up a place on the Oct. 8 ballot has added some intrigue on the way to the noon Thursday, July 16, filing deadline for the Memphis elections.

16. Marc Gasol: Leaving Memphis Not An Option in Free Agency -

All-Star center Marc Gasol says he’s sorry if Grizzlies’ fans worried over how long it took to learn that he wasn’t leaving Memphis, though they never had a reason to fret.

Gasol said Tuesday he already knew he wasn’t going anywhere else.

17. Boyd Becomes Sixth Memphis City Council Member to Pass on Re-Election Bid -

Memphis City Council member Bill Boyd announced Tuesday, July 14, that he will not seek reelection on the Oct. 8 Memphis ballot.

18. University of Memphis Athletics Communications Staff Honored -

The University of Memphis athletics communications staff received 12 national awards for its publications and posters for the 2014-15 academic year. That led the nation as the College Sports Information Directors of America announced its final results for its annual publications contests.

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20. Memphis Athletic Director Wants to Talk to Nichols About Transfer Request -

Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen would “welcome the opportunity to speak with” forward Austin Nichols, who is seeking to transfer.

21. Austin Nichols Seeks Transfer, Memphis Reportedly Denies Request -

University of Memphis junior forward Austin Nichols is attempting to transfer, according to reports from 92.9 FM ESPN and cbssports.com Tuesday, July 7.

22. University of Memphis Athletics Communications Staff Honored -

The University of Memphis athletics communications staff received 12 national awards for its publications and posters for the 2014-15 academic year. That led the nation as the College Sports Information Directors of America announced its final results for its annual publications contests.

23. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store -

Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 2015
Owner/Tenant: Ikea
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

24. Memphis Native, Redbirds Player Tapped for Pan Am Games -

Three Memphis Redbirds are being honored for their play this season, with two pitchers making the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team and Bartlett native and former University of Memphis player Jacob Wilson being selected to play for Team USA in the 2015 Pan American Games.

25. Memphis City Council to Vote on Forrest Statue Removal -

[Update: Adds specifics of City Council's proposal on Nathan Bedford Forrest. The council will vote on the Forrest statue removal today.] With the city budget season done, Memphis City Council members turn their attention Tuesday, July 7, to development in the Pinch district, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and redrawing council district lines.

26. University of Memphis Hires Southeast Missouri Athletic Director -

The University of Memphis has named Mark Alnutt, athletic director at Southeast Missouri State, as its new deputy director of athletics.

Alnutt replaces Wren Baker, who left several weeks ago for a position in the athletics department at the University of Missouri.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

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40. 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.

41. 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.”

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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.

47. 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.

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49. Memphis Banks Report Modest First Quarter -

Absent a few individual challenges, Memphis-area banks as a collective gave off encouraging signs about their health and outlook in the first quarter, according to Federal Reserve figures.

Some of the most important metrics, like profitability, always come with a reminder by regulators that any change in performance at First Tennessee Bank, Memphis’ largest bank, can overshadow results at the rest of its smaller peer institutions. That was certainly true in the first quarter, when First Tennessee’s parent company took a loss, driven by a mortgage-related legal settlement, which resulted in the bank showing almost $65 million worth of red ink for the quarter.

50. Memphis Kicker Named to Phil Steele Preseason Team -

University of Memphis junior place-kicker Jake Elliott, the reigning American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year and a two-time all-conference selection, has been named to Phil Steele’s 2015 Preseason AAC Team, the publication announced.

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54. Memphis-Area Unemployment Drops Below 6 Percent -

The unemployment rate for the metropolitan Memphis area dipped below 6 percent in April.

The April rate for the metro Memphis area was 5.9 percent, down from 6.5 percent in March and just below the state’s April rate of 6 percent, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

55. Memphis Area Sees Drop in Unemployment Rate -

The unemployment rate for the metropolitan Memphis area dipped below 6 percent in April.

The April rate for the metro Memphis area was 5.9 percent, down from 6.5 percent in March and just below the state’s April rate of 6 percent, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

56. Memphis-Area Unemployment Rate Drops Below 6 Percent -

The unemployment rate for the metropolitan Memphis area dipped below 6 percent in April, according to the latest state figures.

The April rate for the metro Memphis area was 5.9 percent, down from 6.5 percent in March and just below the state’s April rate of 6 percent, preliminary numbers from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show.

57. Conn’s Acquires Site for Third Memphis-Area Location -

A Texas-based retailer has acquired a fully leased shopping center in Southaven and will build a new store on an outparcel of the existing retail center.

Conn’s Appliances Inc. acquired the Stateline Square Shopping Center at 550 Stateline Road in Southaven for $5 million from Brixmor Commercial Real Estate, which was doing business as NPK Southaven LLC.

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59. Memphis Grizzlies’ Gasol Earns Highest Career Honor -

Marc Gasol is now in the same company as LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

Memphis Grizzlies center Gasol has been named to the All-NBA First Team for the 2014-15 season. This marks the second All-NBA selection of Gasol’s career (Second Team in 2012-13), and he is the first player in franchise history to be recognized on the All-NBA First Team.

60. Boys & Girls Clubs of Memphis Officials Honored -

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis’ CEO and its career placement director picked up awards during the recent Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 109th National Conference in Chicago.

61. University of Memphis Gets 'Green' Nod From Princeton Review -

The University of Memphis’ green initiatives, including its bike share program and single-stream recycling effort, have earned the school a nod from The Princeton Review.

The education services company has named the U of M as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada. It reviewed 2,000 colleges and their green initiatives before developing The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.

62. Conn’s HomePlus Opens New Memphis Store -

A second Conn’s HomePlus store in Memphis is now open.

The new, more than 50,000-square-foot store at 3260 Austin Peay Highway sells affordable home appliances, consumer electronics, home office products, furniture and mattresses.

63. University of Memphis Gets 'Green' Nod From Princeton Review -

The University of Memphis’ green initiatives, including its bike share program and single-stream recycling effort, have earned the school a nod from The Princeton Review.

The education services company has named the U of M as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada. It reviewed 2,000 colleges and their green initiatives before developing The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.

64. Memphis Financial Startup Secures Seed Funding -

Consumers are increasingly turning to technology and the convenience of smartphones to pay for goods and services or perform banking-related tasks.

That explains everything from the launch of Apple’s new ApplePay service to the formation of Memphis startup SynapsePay, a self-described early-stage financial network that has just completed a seed funding round.

65. Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol Earns Highest Career Honor -

Marc Gasol is now in the same company as LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

Memphis Grizzlies center Gasol has been named to the All-NBA First Team for the 2014-15 season. This marks the second All-NBA selection of Gasol’s career (Second Team in 2012-13), and he is the first player in franchise history to be recognized on the All-NBA First Team.

66. Memphis Gets Greenlight to Relocate Police -

Now it’s all about closing the deal.

With no debate or discussion, the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, May 19, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s proposal to buy the 13-story Donnelley J. Hill state office building at 170 N. Main St., just a stone’s throw from City Hall.

67. Memphis City Council Appointment Reflects Political Urgency -

Attorney Alan Crone is the newest member of the Memphis City Council.

The former chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party – who said he’s traded politics for nonprofits over the last decade – was the choice of city council members Tuesday, May 19.

68. State Education Commissioner Visits Memphis-Area Schools -

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen visited several local schools Monday, May 18, and talked with leaders of the various school systems in Shelby County.

69. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis Officials Honored -

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis’ CEO and its career placement director picked up awards during the recent Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 109th National Conference in Chicago.

70. Conn’s HomePlus Opens New Memphis Store -

A second Conn’s HomePlus store in Memphis is now open.

The new, more than 50,000-square-foot store at 3260 Austin Peay Highway sells affordable home appliances, consumer electronics, home office products, furniture and mattresses.

71. Memphis-To-Cancun Flight Resumes -

Vacation Express is resuming its seasonal Memphis-to-Cancun flight.

On Monday, May 18, the first Vacation Express nonstop flight from Memphis International Airport to Cancun International Airport will depart. The flights arrive in Memphis on Sunday nights and depart on Monday mornings at 10 a.m.

72. Tennis Memphis Summer Camps to Reach 1,500 Kids -

Tennis Memphis, a nonprofit organization which manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, is entering the final four weeks of its Be A PowerServer Campaign, which ends June 5.

The effort aims to raise $30,000 towards the organization’s annual National Junior Tennis & Learning Tennis summer camps, held at 23 locations across the Memphis area.

73. Memphis-To-Cancun Flight Resumes -

Vacation Express is resuming its seasonal Memphis-to-Cancun flight.

On Monday, May 18, the first Vacation Express nonstop flight from Memphis International Airport to Cancun International Airport will depart. The flights arrive in Memphis on Sunday nights and depart on Monday mornings at 10 a.m.

74. Nonprofit to Introduce 1,500 Memphis Children to Tennis -

Tennis Memphis, a nonprofit organization which manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, is entering the final four weeks of its Be A PowerServer Campaign, which ends June 5.

The effort aims to raise $30,000 towards the organization’s annual National Junior Tennis & Learning Tennis summer camps, held at 23 locations across the Memphis area.

75. I Choose Memphis: Matt Harrell -

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

Name: Matt Harrell

Job title and company: International Treasury Manager, AutoZone Inc.

76. Cowork Memphis To Host Revenue Building Class -

Cowork Memphis and startup partner The unFunnel.com will host a revenue building class May 19 at Cowork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper.

The event, “Digital Revenue Engine 2.0: Triple Your Revenue in any Market,” is aimed at small business owners and entrepreneurs and will teach participants how to raise their revenue by increasing the number of customers, the average transaction value per customer and the number of transactions per customer.

77. Seaport Airlines Seeks to Cancel Memphis-Greenville Service -

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) – SeaPort Airlines is seeking federal approval to end service between Greenville and Memphis within three months.

Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort in late October was awarded a federally subsidized Essential Air Service contract to restore passenger flights to and from Greenville, and the regional airline was cleared to begin service Jan. 12.

78. Cowork Memphis to Host Revenue Building Class -

Cowork Memphis and startup partner The unFunnel.com will host a revenue building class May 19 at Cowork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper.

The event, “Digital Revenue Engine 2.0: Triple Your Revenue in any Market,” is aimed at small business owners and entrepreneurs and will teach participants how to raise their revenue by increasing the number of customers, the average transaction value per customer and the number of transactions per customer.

79. Conley Assists Memphis With 500 Free Tickets -

Mike Conley may be hurt, but he’s still helping how he can.

To thank fans for the support they showed after his latest injury – he underwent surgery Monday for facial fractures suffered in Game 3 in Portland – Conley wanted to buy 500 tickets for Game 5 of the Grizzlies’ first-round playoff series vs. Portland.

80. Memphis Chamber Hires Greenprint Coordinator -

John Michels has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as greenprint coordinator. Michels is responsible for transitioning the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan into the implementation phase.

This week, the Greenprint Plan was the recipient of the American Planning Association Sustainable Communities Division’s award for “Excellence in Sustainability for a Plan.”

81. Mike Conley Assists Memphis With 500 Free Tickets -

Mike Conley may be hurt, but he’s still helping how he can.

To thank fans for the support they showed after his latest injury – he underwent surgery Monday for facial fractures suffered in Game 3 in Portland – Conley wanted to buy 500 tickets for Game 5 of the Grizzlies’ first-round playoff series vs. Portland.

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83. Greater Memphis Chamber Hires Greenprint Coordinator -

John Michels has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as greenprint coordinator. Michels is responsible for transitioning the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan into the implementation phase.

This week, the Greenprint Plan was the recipient of the American Planning Association Sustainable Communities Division’s award for “Excellence in Sustainability for a Plan.”

84. Book Bus Rolls Into Memphis to Spread Literacy -

When Jennifer Frances was a little girl, her Nana Bess used to read books aloud to her. Frances loved it. So did a younger cousin, but he struggled to pronounce the name and Nana Bess became “Nana Bus.”

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86. Memphis Health Company Expands and Rebrands -

Memphis-based Adventia LLC announced this week that it’s expanded its staff, extended its reach into Middle Tennessee, and rebranded to help employers more effectively confront chronic disease risks and health care costs.

87. Tumult of 1968 Leaves Indelible Mark on Memphis’ Legal, Political Figures -

When attorney David Caywood thinks about the pivotal events of the 1968 sanitation workers strike in Memphis, there is usually a big “what if” moment.

88. Memphis Health Company Expands and Rebrands -

Memphis-based Adventia LLC announced this week that it’s expanded its staff, extended its reach into Middle Tennessee, and rebranded to help employers more effectively confront chronic disease risks and health care costs.

89. Memphis Aims to Expand Recycling Efforts -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear weekly throughout April in honor of Memphis and Shelby County’s Sustainability Month.

This Earth Day, the City of Memphis has much to celebrate. Over the last several years, we have seen a growing demand for walkable, healthy neighborhoods, vibrant public spaces, access to fresh foods, and energy efficient buildings. As mayor, I have worked to meet this demand and position Memphis to lead by example in environmental sustainability. This work is being recognized nationally as Memphis-Shelby County was recently designated a 4-STAR sustainable community, in the same company as places like Austin, Texas, and Portland, Ore.

90. Memphis Budget Proposal Includes More Street Paving, Health Insurance ‘Overhang’ -

Street paving is the centerpiece of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s capital improvements budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Wharton is proposing a $656.5 million operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The administration is taking a $55 million capital improvements budget to the Memphis City Council that will include the most street paving the city has done since the federal stimulus fund of 2008, according to Wharton.

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92. Memphis Police Director Vows to Go After Gangs in City -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong is blaming drugs for a spate of high-profile crimes that have rocked the city in just over a week.

Armstrong vowed that police would "turn over every rock" to find whoever killed 15-year-old Cateria Stokes. The girl was fatally shot on April 10 while sleeping in her bed. That same day 7-year-old Kirsten Williams was killed while she was playing in her yard. Police have arrested three suspects in Kirsten's slaying and said all three are street gang members.

93. Memphis Made Brewing Quickly Becomes Local Mainstay -

“I think we’re maybe a little rougher around the edges,” said Andy Ashby of his Cooper-Young brewery Memphis Made Brewing Co. “We’re really a do-it-ourselves, DIY kind of place.”

94. Memphis College Prep Buys Dunn Avenue Elementary -

The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday, April 14, to sell the old Dunn Avenue Elementary School building to Memphis College Prep charter schools for $660,000.

The 1950s-era school building in south Memphis closed as a public school in 2006 but was leased by City University, another charter school operator that moved out a year ago.

95. Memphis Football Players to Get Red Cross Training -

Players on the University of Memphis football team have helped restock the FedExFamily House adjacent to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. They have volunteered and worked with children at Youth Villages. They have read to kids at Campus School. And they have worked to clear ravines of undergrowth at the Memphis Athletic Ministries’ Grizzlies Center.

96. Dunn Avenue Elementary Sold to Memphis College Prep -

The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday, April 14, to sell the old Dunn Avenue Elementary School building to Memphis College Prep charter schools for $660,000.

The 1950s-era school building in south Memphis closed as a public school in 2006 but was leased by City University, another charter school operator that moved out a year ago.

97. Memphis Football Players to Receive Red Cross Training -

Players on the University of Memphis football team have helped restock the FedExFamily House adjacent to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. They have volunteered and worked with children at Youth Villages. They have read to kids at Campus School. And they have worked to clear ravines of undergrowth at the Memphis Athletic Ministries’ Grizzlies Center.

98. Memphis Banks Move to Issue More Secure Plastic -

When it comes to banking innovations, 2015 is increasingly looking like the year of the chip card.

Spurred in part by the growing wave of data hacks and security breaches, banks nationwide – along with a growing number in Memphis – are moving to adopt a new version of plastic for consumers.

99. University of Memphis to Invest Rudd as President -

The University of Memphis will invest its 12th president this week.

M. David Rudd, who took office as U of M president in May 2014, will be invested Friday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre.

100. Editorial: Memphis Elections About More Than Candidates -

When A C Wharton Jr. was elected Memphis mayor in 2009 from a record-setting field of 25 candidates, it was – among other things – a reaction to 17 years of Willie Herenton.

No one in the city’s history has served as mayor longer than Herenton.