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1. Sponsors Pay Big Bucks to Join College Bowl Games -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games features a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.

2. 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.

3. This week in Memphis history: December 12-18 -

2013: The city of Memphis was preparing to take day-to-day control of the Beale Street Entertainment District with the court settlement marking the formal exit of Performa Entertainment, the developer and manager of the district since its reopening in 1983. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced the Downtown Memphis Commission would run the district until a new developer and manager could be selected by the city and a future direction agreed on. The DMC continues to run the district a year later.

4. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “A Christmas Story” Tuesday, Nov. 25, through Nov. 30 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com or call 525-3000 for showtimes and tickets.

5. Events -

Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America will honor Barbara and J.R. “Pitt” Hyde with a Distinguished Citizens Award at a ceremony Monday, Nov. 24, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Visit chickasaw.org/distinguishedcitizensawarddinner for tickets and more information.

6. Events -

The Metal Museum will hold its annual holiday show and sale Saturday, Nov. 22, through Jan. 4 at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Items including jewelry, unique housewares, fire grates, floral sculptures and more will be featured in the museum store. Visit metalmuseum.org.

7. St. Jude Give Thanks Walk to Be Held Nov. 22 -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is holding the “St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.” Saturday, Nov. 22, at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle in Collierville. The walk begins at 9 a.m., with check-in starting at 7 a.m.

8. Harahan Boardwalk Construction Begins -

It was about four years ago that a group of Memphians flew to Omaha, Neb., to talk with Union Pacific railroad executives about building a bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Railroad Bridge across the Mississippi River.

9. Retail Skirmish Blocks Apple Pay at Checkout Line -

NEW YORK (AP) – Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast.

Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn't offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system. But the decision to not accept Apple Pay by retailers that already have contactless terminals in the checkout line is a "skirmish" rooted in competition.

10. First Tennessee Customers Can Use Apple Pay -

First Tennessee Bank customers soon will be able to use their First Tennessee debit or credit card from within Apple Pay, the new digital payment service from Apple.

11. Events -

RiverArtsFest 2014 will be held Friday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 26, in the South Main Historic Arts District. The festival will feature a juried artist market, 50 musical acts, food courts, interactive art stations and more. Admission is free on Friday and $5 on Saturday and Sunday. Visit riverartsmemphis.org for hours and more information.

12. First Tennessee Customers Can Use Apple Pay -

First Tennessee Bank customers soon will be able to use their First Tennessee debit or credit card from within Apple Pay, the new digital payment service from Apple.

13. Obama Announces Plan to Tighten Card Security -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.

14. Thinner iPads, Sharper iMacs in Apple's Lineup -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.

15. Exploring Possibilities -

Just a few weeks before construction is scheduled to begin on the Big River Crossing boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge, bicycle riders will gather in West Memphis for a 100-kilometer bike ride designed to showcase what’s on the other side of the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River.

16. Review Site Yelp Battles Extortion Claims -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – First the chefs of a small Italian restaurant got mad at online review site Yelp. Instead of trying to get better reviews, they decided to take a different approach: get terrible ones.

17. Survey: ATM Fees Keep Climbing -

The penalty for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank rose 5 percent over the past year.

The average fee for using an out-of-network ATM climbed to a new high of $4.35 per transaction, according to a survey released Monday by Bankrate.com. That figure includes $2.77 that banks charge non-customers and $1.58 that banks levy against their own customers for using an outside ATM.

18. Room for Growth -

Sardor and Gulam Umarov are used to fighting battles with seemingly long odds.

Between 2005 and 2009, the brothers waged a high-profile human rights campaign against the authoritarian government in their native Uzbekistan for the release of their father, Sanjar Umarov, a Germantown businessman thrown into prison for opposing the regime.

19. Triumph Bank Surpasses $500 Million in Assets -

Triumph Bank didn’t choose its new tagline, “Let’s talk growth,” earlier this year only because it sounded hopeful or was an ideal to strive for.

20. Macy's Joins Others in Big Holiday Hiring Spree -

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's plans to hire about 86,000 seasonal holiday workers nationwide to bolster its stores, call centers and distribution hubs, a 3.6 percent increase from last year.

The department store chain, which also operates Bloomingdale's, said Monday that the growth is being fueled by its expanding online business. This year, about 10,000 of the total 86,000 seasonal workers will be based in eight distribution center across the country. Last year, that figure was 7,000, the company said.

21. ATM Fees Keep Climbing, Survey Says -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The penalty for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank rose 5 percent over the past year.

The average fee for using an out-of-network ATM climbed to a new high of $4.35 per transaction, according to a survey released Monday by Bankrate.com. That figure includes $2.77 that banks charge non-customers and $1.58 that banks levy against their own customers for using an outside ATM.

22. Brighter Economy Driving Up Holiday Hiring Plans -

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

One after the other, a flurry of major U.S. retail and transportation companies announced sharp increases this week in the number of temporary workers they plan to hire for the holiday season. Collectively, such hiring could reach its highest point this year for stores since 1999, when the economy was roaring and the Great Recession was still eight years away.

23. Apple Reveals Larger iPhones and Smartwatch -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – For the first time in years, Apple's iPhones weren't the star of the show. Apple unveiled a smartwatch on Tuesday, a wearable device that marks the company's first major entry in a new product category since the iPad's debut in 2010.

24. Law Firm Inks Lease at Overton Square -

Overton Square has landed its first professional services tenant.

Memphis attorney William T. Maxwell Jr. is forming a new residential real estate closing company and commercial services firm and has signed a 2,500-square-foot lease at 51 N. Cooper St. in Overton Square.

25. Law Firm Inks Lease at Overton Square -

Overton Square has landed its first professional services tenant.

Memphis attorney William T. Maxwell Jr. is forming a new residential real estate closing company and commercial services firm and has signed a 2,500-square-foot lease at 51 N. Cooper St. in Overton Square.

26. Cooper-Young Festival Returns in September -

The annual Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper-Young Festival returns next month.

The largest single-day festival in Memphis, now in its 27th year, will be held Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association to make the district known both locally and nationally and to draw homeowners and merchants to the neighborhood.

27. Cooper-Young Festival Returns in September -

The annual Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper-Young Festival returns next month.

The largest single-day festival in Memphis, now in its 27th year, will be held Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association to make the district known both locally and nationally and to draw homeowners and merchants to the neighborhood.

28. Beale Street Begins Charging Security Fee -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Beale Street has instituted a policy that increases safety by charging visitors a new fee.

WMC-TV reports visitors arriving at midnight Saturday or later had to pay a $10 charge to get past a security checkpoint and onto the iconic street in Memphis. The station reports the special event cover charge paid for 23 extra security officers.

29. Riverside Drive Hearing Draws Opposition to Bike and Pedestrian Conversion -

City engineers heard a lot of opposition Tuesday, July 29, to not only the recent changes to Riverside Drive by Tom Lee Park but also the way the city went about the conversion of the two southbound lanes to bicycle and pedestrian access only.

30. Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday Starts Friday -

Mississippi merchants and shoppers are gearing up for the fifth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday.

Mississippi’s sales tax holiday starts Friday, July 25, at 12:01 a.m. and ends Saturday, July 26, at midnight. For retailers, it is one of their busiest times of the year.

31. Heart of Arlington -

When Sandy Brewer and her family moved more than eight years ago from Cordova to a turn-of-the-century home just two blocks from Arlington’s Depot Square, she said it felt like taking a step back in time.

32. FanBank Shop Local Program Launches in Memphis -

A new shop local rewards program has launched in Memphis, one that brings a different approach to the efforts featuring loyalty cards and aggressive discounting that tend to be the norm.

FanBank, on the other hand, is designed to connect customers with local businesses using an approach similar to that of an airline or hotel rewards program. Participating consumers leave their information on file, and then they go about their shopping habits as normal, incrementally benefiting from the program along the way.

33. Amro Music Picks Up Industry Distinction -

The National Association of Music Merchants is presenting Amro Music Stores Inc. with a Top 100 Dealer Award at the organization’s annual summer music trade show in Nashville in July.

34. Amro Music Picks Up Industry Distinction -

The National Association of Music Merchants is presenting Amro Music Stores Inc. with a Top 100 Dealer Award at the organization’s annual summer music trade show in Nashville in July.

35. Mortgage Market Up 8 Percent in April -

Sam Goff, a senior loan originator at Independent Bank, announced in a post to his Facebook followers last month that mortgage rates were at one point about as low as they’d been in 2014 so far.

36. Overton Square Parking Gets Latest Solution -

Work on a pair of pedestrian crosswalks across Cooper Street at Monroe Avenue in the next two months could be the beginning of remedying traffic problems in Overton Square.

The crosswalks are the first crucial part in the plan that so far includes permits for residential parking on Monroe and some reserved parking in the Overton Square garage specifically for businesses in the area.

37. Wharton Outlines Possible Beale Board -

The Downtown Memphis Commission would continue to oversee day-to-day management of the Beale Street entertainment district for the rest of 2014, with a new five-to-seven member board forming later this year to oversee the hiring of a private management firm to run the district in the future.

38. Wharton Outlines Possible Beale Board -

The Downtown Memphis Commission would continue to oversee day-to-day management of the Beale Street entertainment district for the rest of 2014, with a new five-to-seven member board forming later this year to oversee the hiring of a private management firm to run the district in the future.

39. Appeals Court Upholds Cap on ‘Swipe’ Fees -

A federal appeals court has handed a defeat to a coalition of retail groups that challenged as too high the Federal Reserve’s cap on how much banks can charge businesses for handling debit card transactions.

40. Hilton Garden Inn Planned for Former Bus Station -

A Knoxville-based hospitality company has closed on the purchase of the vacant Greyhound facility Downtown and will transform the property into a Hilton Garden Inn.

Turkey Creek Hospitality completed the $1.7 million purchase of the 1.3-acre property Tuesday, March 18, and will bring a 140-room Hilton Garden Inn to the heart of Downtown Memphis. Hank Martin and Elliot Embry with NAI Saig Co. represented Greyhound Lines Inc. in the transaction.

41. Triumph Bank Meeting To Highlight Banner Year -

Triumph Bank is holding its annual meeting next month in a locale that’s different from the traditional conference room setting where banks tend to make their yearly presentation to shareholders.

42. Patching Up Poplar -

Its narrow traffic lanes are unforgiving and its storm water drain grates make driving the outside lane a perilous endeavor.

Sidewalks disappear and resume from block to block, while street crossings for pedestrians are daunting even for the most determined and fleet-footed runner who has to navigate stoplights and traffic.

43. Biting Cold Puts a Freeze on Restaurant Business -

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – The homemade matzo ball and beef barley soups are lost on customers walking into Rascals' NY Deli – because there just aren't very many of them.

"After it starts getting really cold and the sun goes down, the people don't want to come," said Randy Smith, manager of the restaurant in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash.

44. Café Keough Owner Banking on Locale, Food for Success -

It’s tough enough to start a new business. Tougher still if that business is an independent restaurant. And tougher still if your vision for what it will be lives only in your imagination.

“I’m trying to make an old Memphis cafe,” Kevin Keough, owner of Café Keough at 12 S. Main St., said one recent afternoon as he sipped coffee and explained his dream. “But that doesn’t exist. So I had to make it up, what I think it could have looked like.”

45. Beale Merchants Helping Wet Willie’s Employee -

Beale Street merchants and employees are rallying to help one of their own fight a dangerous disease.

In December, Wet Willie’s employee Jessica Braddy was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s disease, and Beale Street businesses are raising funds to help offset her medical costs.

46. Federal Judge Approves Swipe Fee Settlement -

A U.S. federal judge has approved a $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees.

47. Shopping Spree -

Retailers have been gearing up for a frenzied Black Friday, marking the beginning of the holiday shopping season, but industry experts expect a lukewarm year compared to moderate growth in 2012.

Both nationally and locally, many stores opened earlier than ever before in an attempt to capture customers before their competitors and maximize a shorter-than-usual shopping season.

48. Bitcoin Gains Popularity in Memphis -

Bitcoin has arrived in Memphis.

Businesses in the Memphis area and slightly beyond that are now accepting payment in the form of the new digital currency include Memphis IT Works, an information technology consultancy. The company, which provides systems management for companies of various sizes as well as offering computer safety consulting and testing, joins thousands around the country now accepting bitcoin, a number that’s continuing to grow.

49. $2.1 Million Loan Filed for Bent Tree Apartments -

An affiliate of the locally owned, faith-based nonprofit Global Ministries Fellowship has filed a $2.1 million loan for the 379-unit Bent Tree Apartments in Whitehaven.

GMF-Bent Tree LLC filed the leasehold deed of trust, security agreement and assignment of leases and fixture filing Oct. 30 through Merchants Bank of Indiana.

50. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

51. Beale Street Deal Would Pay Handy Park Debt -

The settlement of the last remaining item in the bankruptcy petition of Beale Street developer Performa Entertainment hasn’t gone by any of the scripts the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has written and rewritten.

52. ‘Handle With Care’ -

Once the settlement of a lawsuit over control of Beale Street is complete, the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. plans on issuing requests for firms to manage and develop the thriving entertainment district.

53. MEMFix Goes South -

Of the neighborhoods in which the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team has been working to build retail and commercial trade, none has the amount of history, turmoil, potential and perception problems found in the two blocks east and west of Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue.

54. Council Gives Early Approval to Solid Waste Fee -

The Memphis City Council sent a proposed lease of Handy Park on Beale Street back to committee Tuesday, Sept. 3, for more discussion about the details.

And the council approved on the first of three readings a restoration of the city’s solid waste fee to $25.05 a month. But there were conflicting explanations about which part of an overhaul of sanitation services the restoration of the fee is supposed to fund.

55. Council Approves Solid Waste Fee, Delays Vote On Handy Park Lease -

The Memphis City Council sent a proposed lease of Handy Park on Beale Street back to committee Tuesday, Sept. 3, for more discussion about the details.

And the council approved on the first of three readings a restoration of the city’s solid waste fee to $25.05 a month. But there were conflicting explanations about which part of an overhaul of sanitation services the restoration of the fee is supposed to be aimed at.

56. August 23-August 29, 2013: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell vetoed a referendum on a half-cent countywide sales tax hike and the Shelby County Commission overrode the veto putting the item to voters in the city of Memphis and the unincorporated county on the Nov. 6 ballot. Voters defeated the sales tax hike.

57. Wal-Mart Pushes ‘Made in America’ at Summit -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping for a groundswell "made-in-America" movement.

58. Oklahoma Hotel Group Buys Baymont Inn -

6020 Shelby Oaks Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $2.1 million

Sale Date: Aug. 6, 2013
Buyer: Champion Regional Development LLC
Seller: BRE/LQ Properties LLC
Loan Amount: $2.1 million
Loan Date: Aug. 7, 2013
Maturity Date: N/A
Borrowers: Sunny Management LLC; KNSB LLC; Jansa LLC
Lender: InterBank
Details: An affiliate of Oklahoma City-based Champion Hotels has paid $2.1 million for the 103-room Baymont Inn & Suites Memphis East hotel at 6020 Shelby Oaks Drive in Northeast Memphis.

59. Hickory Hill Facility Sells for $1.8 Million -

A manufacturing and distribution facility at 5195 Bledsoe Road in Hickory Hill has sold for $1.8 million.

60. Mortgage Market Rises 22 Percent in July -

The month of July may help buoy expectations among optimistic participants in the mortgage industry that a housing recovery is taking hold in Shelby County.

Mortgage volume for the month was up almost 22 percent in July, climbing to almost $173 million last month from $142.2 million in July 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

61. Triumph Bank Acquires Merchants & Planters Mortgage Unit -

Memphis-based Triumph Bank has reached a deal to acquire the mortgage division of Merchants & Planters Bank.

62. Triumph Bank Acquires Merchants & Planters' Mortgage Division -

Memphis-based Triumph Bank has reached a deal to acquire the mortgage division of Merchants & Planters Bank.

63. Retailers See Slow Start to Back-to-School Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers are holding off on back-to-school shopping, and those who delay long enough might be rewarded with some steep discounts from desperate retailers.

Revenue at stores open at least a year – an industry measure of a retailer's health– rose 3.8 percent in July, the slowest pace since March, according to a preliminary tally of 10 retailers by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The figure, which excludes drugstores, was below a 5.5 percent increase in June.

64. Branding Highlights South Main’s Mosaic -

With a website launch this week and a year’s worth of preparation, the Downtown Memphis Commission is taking the next step in a developing awareness effort and branding campaign for the South Main Historic Arts District.

65. Court Rules for Amex in Dispute With Merchants -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled against merchants Thursday who object to having to accept American Express debit and credit cards along with the company's iconic charge card.

66. Retail Resurgence -

When leaders of the Delta Division of Kroger kicked off the $5 million renovation of the chain’s Whitehaven supermarket, some of the area’s community and business leaders were looking beyond the store’s parking lot.

67. Grizz Game to Air on Outdoor Screens -

The sold-out Grizzlies-Spurs playoff game Saturday, May 25, at FedExForum will be seen on several large outdoor LED screens in the Downtown area including Beale Street.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced the plans for the outdoor public viewings Thursday afternoon.

68. Grizz Watch Party Planned for Saturday in Handy Park -

The Memphis Grizzlies-San Antonio Spurs basketball playoff game at FedExForum Saturday, May 25, is sold out.

But the game will be broadcast on big LED television screens a block away in Handy Park, in the Beale Street entertainment district.

69. Saturday Grizzlies Game to Air on Outdoor Screens -

The sold-out Grizzlies-Spurs playoff game Saturday, May 25, at FedExForum will be seen on several large outdoor LED screens in the Downtown area including Beale Street.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced the plans for the outdoor public viewings Thursday afternoon.

70. Parking Permit -

The first elected official to drop hints about a Cooper-Young parking garage was Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., who is frequently seen in the restaurants in the district on Saturday mornings or mid-afternoon.

71. Couple Moves to Memphis to Launch Startup -

Pam and Tom Cooper are the co-founders of Boosterville, a Memphis-based startup with an app that helps school fundraisers raise money by connecting them with local businesses.

72. Basketball Boon -

Before the Grizzlies began their first-round playoff series with the Clippers in Los Angeles, Dennis Flanagan looked ahead to Game 3, which was to be played on Thursday night, April 25, in Memphis.

73. The New Beale -

Over the last four years, the next chapter in the development of Beale Street has been a stop-and-go affair. First would come announcements followed by silence from official channels.

Along with that silence, though, was quiet activity on the side, a movement that culminated with the March announcement of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s strategic planning committee’s report, “A Framework for Beale Street.”

74. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble will present Springloaded Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The annual event fuses ballet, contemporary and urban dance with works by local and guest choreographers. Visit nbespringloaded13.eventbrite.com for times and tickets.

75. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble will present Springloaded Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The annual event fuses ballet, contemporary and urban dance, with works by local and guest choreographers. Visit nbespringloaded13.eventbrite.com for times and tickets.

76. CBIZ Expands Payment Data Security Service -

CBIZ Security & Advisory Services LLC has expanded its payment data security service offering by obtaining the Qualified Security Assessor certification from the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council.

77. Beale District Future Mapped Out in Report -

Whatever comes next for the Beale Street entertainment district, the city of Memphis isn’t likely to turn over the three blocks of real estate for several decades to a developer and the nonprofit middleman, Beale Street Development Corp.

78. Nonprofit Proposed for Beale -

A strategic planning committee on the future of the Beale Street entertainment district has recommended to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. a new nonprofit foundation to serve as the purveyor of the street’s culture and history.

79. Beale Street Plan Recommends New Nonprofit -

A strategic planning committee on the future of the Beale Street entertainment district has recommended to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. a new nonprofit foundation to serve as the purveyor of the street’s culture and history.

80. Mortgage Activity Slows in February -

Mortgage activity in Shelby County began 2013 by shifting into a higher gear, but someone tapped the brakes in February.

Total mortgage volume countywide had started the year showing double-digit percentage growth over the same period one year earlier. But in February, volume was up just 1 percent over the same month in 2012.

81. Six New Seed Hatchery Teams Chosen -

Six new teams have been lined up for the 2013 Seed Hatchery cohort.

Seed Hatchery is Memphis’ high-growth tech startup accelerator and puts entrepreneurs through a 90-day boot camp, with a crash course in customer discovery, business development, go-to-market strategies and investor pitches. And this year’s cohort marks the third collection of founders to go through the program.

82. Beale Bankruptcy Terms Nearly Done -

A federal bankruptcy court judge has adopted a settlement on the bankruptcy case involving control of the Beale Street Entertainment District.

But all sides in the legal action will be reading the fine print of the coming written court order carefully as one part of the long-running legal drama over the storied district nears an end.

83. Mortgage Gains Point to Solid 2013 -

Shelby County’s mortgage market made decent strides during the past 12 months, posting gains over 2011 and foreshadowing a healthy 2013.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 8,028 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during 2012, a 17 percent improvement from the 6,862 mortgages during 2011, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

84. Slam Dunk -

Historically, December isn’t the kindest month to Downtown Memphis’ economy. That’s compared to the summer months, when Beale Street and its surrounding areas are bustling with people visiting attractions, dining at restaurants and spending money on retail items.

85. Retailers Report Weak Sales Gains for November -

NEW YORK (AP) – Black Friday was no match for Sandy.

Major retailers such as Kohl's, Target and Macy's on Thursday reported weak sales in November as a strong start to the holiday shopping season – including a good showing on the day after Thanksgiving – wasn't enough to fully offset the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy earlier in the month.

86. Retail Rebranding -

Collierville has lost an avenue. The town’s 60-acre “lifestyle center” – the largest in the Memphis metropolitan area – has changed its name as part of a transition started this spring, when Memphis-based Poag Lifestyle Centers bought what then was known as The Avenue Collierville.

87. Gen X Inks State’s First Location on Austin Peay -

A trendy Vernon, Calif.-based retailer has inked its first Tennessee location in Austin Peay Plaza.

Gen X Clothing Inc. signed a 35,000-square-foot lease at 3252 Austin Peay Highway. The space was formerly occupied by Big Lots.

88. Time for Memphians to Rejoice Yet Again -

Each year, a Chicago firm called Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. publishes a tongue-in-cheek report on the nation’s lost productivity during March Madness.

89. More Retailers Object to Credit Card Settlement -

NEW YORK (AP) – A group of retailers and trade groups has launched a last-ditch effort to stop a settlement worth at least $6 billion that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

90. Wal-Mart to Accelerate Small-Store Growth -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is accelerating the expansion of small stores, particularly its Neighborhood Market stores, as it looks to compete with a variety of rivals from dollar stores to drug chains.

91. Events -

Mistletoe Merchants will be held Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 7, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Visit themarketshows.com.

92. Retailers Report Slower Sales Growth in September -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans may have slowed their spending in September after splurging during the start of the busy back-to-school shopping season in the month before. But most importantly, they were still spending.

93. Holiday Sales Seen Rising 4.1 Percent in 2012 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop 'til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

94. Wal-Mart's Holiday Hiring to be Up Slightly -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Friday it expects to hire more than 50,000 people this holiday season and will be offering more hours to its existing employees.

95. Events -

The Federalist Society Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter and University of Memphis Law Students’ Chapter will present a free Constitution Day program Monday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Pepperdine University professor Dr. Gordon Lloyd will speak. R.S.V.P. to Greg Grisham at gregory.grisham@jacksonlewis.com or 462-2616.

96. Forecast Points to Solid Holiday Growth -

After wrapping up a decent back-to-school shopping season, merchants are expected to see healthy sales gains for the critical winter holidays, though the pace should be slightly below last year, according to one of the first forecasts issued for the holiday sales season.

97. 'Unveil South Main' Artwalk Calls for Regional Artists -

Twenty artists will be selected from across the region to exhibit in 20 spaces in the South Main Historic Arts District for 20 days as a part of “Unveil South Main” – an artwalk taking place Nov. 30 through Dec. 19. The deadline for artist submissions is Sept. 21.

98. Historically Hip -

There will be meandering crowds, hand-made art, funky tunes, political campaigning, locally sourced foods and a fireworks display.

More than 400 vendor booths are slated to celebrate this year’s 25th anniversary of the Cooper Young Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue.

99. Retail Group Opposes Card Fee Settlement -

The National Retail Federation is opposing a proposed $7.25 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

100. Kmart Waives Layaway Fee, Joining Rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) – The layaway wars are heating up ahead of the winter holidays.

Kmart, a division of Sears Holdings Corp., said Friday that it's waiving the fees that shoppers pay to open its interest-free pay-over-time program at its discount stores and online through Nov. 17.