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1. Grizzlies Bites: October 2-8 -

FedExForum Increases Security for Grizzlies Games: Walk-through magnetometers (metal detectors) have been installed at all entrances to FedExForum, and will be standard practice for entering fans starting with the Memphis Grizzlies’ first preseason game Tuesday, Oct. 6, vs. the Houston Rockets.

2. Despite Rhetoric, Florida Game Critical for Tennessee's Butch Jones -

Tennessee’s Butch Jones will coach the biggest game of his three-year tenure with the Vols – and probably the biggest of his entire coaching career – at Florida on Saturday.

Like it or not, Jones is carrying the weight of UT’s 10-game losing streak to Florida on his shoulders.

3. College Football Notebook: SEC Fumbles in Week 2 Action -

The chant “S-E-C, S-E-C!” still lives. In, you know, a mocking way.

Last weekend No. 18 Arkansas was upset 16-12 by Toledo, No. 6 Auburn needed overtime to dispense with FCS program Jacksonville State, and No. 23 Tennessee blew a 17-0 lead over then-No. 19 Oklahoma and fell 31-24 in double overtime.

4. College Football Notebook: Rebels to Trade Turf for Grass in 2016 -

The Ole Miss Rebels obviously didn’t have any trouble running up and down the artificial surface at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium last Saturday in a 76-3 blasting of Tennessee-Martin.

But as athletics director Ross Bjork had announced just a few days before the season opener, the Rebels will return to playing on natural grass in 2016.

5. TVA Seeking Public Input on Coal Ash Study -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public input on a study for closing coal ash storage sites.

The agency wants input on the scope of its Environmental Impact Statement to address the disposal of ash and other coal combustion residuals at its coal plants.

6. Preseason Analysis: Vols Will Defeat Oklahoma, Finish 8-4 -

Tennessee’s football team has something to prove as it concludes the first week of preseason practices and moves forward to the 2015 season.

The Vols must prove they belong in the national picture in Butch Jones’ third year as coach.

7. Family, Art Bleed Into History At House of Mtenzi Museum -

Part performing arts space and part family scrapbook come-to-life, the House of Mtenzi Museum is made to “tell the story of forgotten legends,” according to owner Stanley Campbell.

8. 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.

9. Cummins Begins Memphis Distribution Expansion -

Cummins Inc. is retooling its current distribution center in Memphis as it prepares for a planned expansion.

10. Is the SEC Still the Best? -

HOOVER, Ala. – The first College Football Playoff was not supposed to be won by a Big Ten team. Nor was a player who began the season as a third-string quarterback supposed to lead the first College Football Playoff champion to victory.

11. Coroner: No Evidence B.B. King Was Poisoned Before Death -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Medical examiners found no evidence to prove the allegation that blues legend B.B. King was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May, according to autopsy findings made public Monday.

12. Cummins Begins Memphis Distribution Expansion -

Cummins Inc. is retooling its current distribution center in Memphis as it prepares for a planned expansion.

Dan Walker Associates Inc. has applied for a nearly $2.2 million building permit to renovate the existing Cummins distribution center at 4155 Quest Way in southeast Memphis.

13. Judge D’Army Bailey’s Legacy Spans Streets, Courtroom -

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey was more than a robed courtroom figure. In the wake of his death Sunday, July 12, from cancer, Bailey is being remembered for a life of activism in which the judge had roots as a radical.

14. Supreme Court Extends Gay Marriage Nationwide -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally.

15. New Coach, Fans Will Keep Eye on Rocky Top League -

KNOXVILLE – Hoops fans, rejoice. Your summer basketball fix is almost here.

The Pilot Rocky Top League returns for its eighth year starting June 15 and should feature 11 players who will be on the University of Tennessee’s roster in 2015-16.

16. Regulators Move Toward Operating License for Nuclear Plant -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Federal regulators have voted to grant an operating license for the Unit 2 reactor at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear plant as long as regulatory requirements are met.

17. Cummins Will Stay, Expand in Memphis -

Ending months of speculation, Cummins Inc. will remain – and expand – in Memphis, according to state and company officials.

Cummins and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said the company would invest $6.7 million to expand its current parts and distribution center in Memphis, creating 70 new jobs in the process.

18. Tigers Baseball Striving to Make NCAA Field -

In late April, the University of Memphis baseball team was ranked No. 24 in the country and projected to be in the NCAA’s 64-team tournament field.

But the Tigers lost their final three American Athletic Conference weekend series, to finish 12-12 in the league. So they are the No. 5 seed in this week’s AAC Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., and are to play No. 4 seed South Florida in their opening game Tuesday afternoon, May 19.

19. Entergy Says Grid Manager Savings Exceed Projections -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Entergy Corp. estimates its electrical customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas saved more than $250 million during the first year of Entergy's membership in a regional grid manager.

20. Long-Delayed Nuclear Plant in Tennessee Nears Completion -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Tom Wallace started working at the Watts Bar nuclear plant as a young man in 1979, hoping he could eventually become a reactor operator.

21. No Stanley Cup Delusions for Knoxville’s Ice Bears -

As the NHL playoffs heat up, the Southern Professional Hockey League is done for another season.

All is quiet inside Civic Coliseum, home of the Knoxville Ice Bears. They ended their 2014-15 season by claiming Knoxville’s fourth President’s Cup as champions of the SPHL.

22. TVA Completes Purchase of Mississippi Natural Gas Plant -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has purchased a 700-megawatt natural gas plant in Ackerman, Mississippi.

According to the utility, TVA has bought electricity from the plant since 2008. The board of directors voted in February to pursue purchasing the plant itself from Quantum Choctaw Power, and that transaction was completed on Tuesday.

23. North Mississippi Boom Means More Changes -

North Mississippi’s ongoing economic development boom is one side of the still-changing face of regionalism according to the mayors of Hernando and Southaven as well as the CEO of the power company that serves north Mississippi.

24. TVA to Rely More on Natural Gas, Renewable Energy -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The country's largest public utility will rely more on natural gas and renewable energy in the future.

On Monday, the Tennessee Valley Authority released its integrated resource plan for the next 20 years. The plan is a roadmap of how the utility intends to respond in good or bad economic times or during periods of more environmental regulation.

25. Lady Vols Softball Squad Itching to Halt Rare 3-Game Losing Skid -

Snow and ice covered the field at Tennessee’s Lee Softball Stadium, gripping it in the silence of winter.

Inside the clubhouse, UT’s players were coming and going after indoor workouts and meetings with coaches.

26. Brewery Developers Buy Site for New Apartment Building -

11 Butler Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Sale Amount: $1.25 million

Sale Date: Feb. 23, 2015
Buyer: 495 Tennessee LLC
Seller: BCH Investments LLC
Details: The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Tennessee Brewery: The Revival series of events there move forward.

27. TVA Sets Record Demand for February -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says cold temperatures this week drove customers to set a record for demand for February.

TVA says the power demand hit an estimated 32,129 megawatts at 7 a.m. EST on Thursday. At that time, average temperatures in its coverage area hovered around 7 degrees.

28. Relevant Again? 10 Keys to Success for UT Baseball -

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.

29. TVA Asks Customers to Conserve Energy During Cold Weather -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking customers to conserve energy as some of the coldest temperatures in more than a year are expected to hit Wednesday night and last through Friday.

TVA said in a statement on Wednesday that the request is one step in helping to ensure that safe and reliable electricity is available. It is expecting peak demand for power to occur Thursday morning.

30. This Week in Memphis History: February 13-19 -

2005: Molson Coors Brewing Co. announced it would close its Memphis brewery in Hickory Hill in 2007 as a result of the Canadian company’s merger with Adolph Coors Co. of Colorado. At the time, the brewery and bottling plant employed 410 people. The phase-out was to begin in the second half of 2005. Today the brewery is known as Blues City Brewery, a part of City Brewing of Latrobe, Wis., producing beers and other beverages under numerous brand names.

31. Greenfield Voted to Lead Veterinary Dental College -

Dr. Barden Greenfield has been unanimously voted president-elect for the American Veterinary Dental College. In 2009, Greenfield started Your Pet Dentist, the umbrella that incorporates his involvement in Memphis Veterinary Specialists, Nashville Specialists and the Animal Emergency and Specialty Clinic of Little Rock. He has been on the AVDC board for three years, serving as chair of the PR Committee and as a member of the Credentials Committee.

32. 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.

33. Mississippi Regulators OK Small Entergy Rate Increase -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Entergy Corp. will get a $16.2 million overall rate increase but many customers will see little or no difference in their monthly bills under a new rate plan approved Thursday by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

34. Vols Unlikely to Repeat November 2013 Collapse -

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones doesn’t have to remind his team about the disappointing fade last November.

UT went 0-3 to start what has historically been its best month of football. First, the Vols lost to Missouri and Auburn. Then a 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt in Neyland Stadium knocked the Vols out of bowl eligibility.

35. TVA Taking Closer Look at Energy Efficiency -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is taking a closer look at energy efficiency as it works on a long-range energy resources plan.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the federal utility is using advanced computer modeling to determine how valuable energy efficiency will be in meeting its long-term power needs.

36. TVA Taking Closer Look at Energy Efficiency -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is taking a closer look at energy efficiency as it works on a long-range energy resources plan.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the federal utility is using advanced computer modeling to determine how valuable energy efficiency will be in meeting its long-term power needs.

37. Tennessee Voters to Decide on Abortion Amendment -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee voters will have a chance this November to decide whether they want to give the state Legislature more power to regulate abortions.

In 2000, the Tennessee Supreme Court struck down laws requiring a two-day waiting period and mandatory physician-only counseling and preventing second-trimester abortions from taking place anywhere but in a hospital.

38. Power Play -

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

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

39. Redbirds’ Easley, Scruggs Enjoy Stellar Season -

Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty. Those were the St. Louis Cardinals’ hot outfield prospects stashed in Memphis at season’s start.

Taveras and Grichuk have shuttled between the Cardinals and Redbirds and both are with the big club as the Redbirds’ regular season winds down. Piscotty has stayed with the Redbirds, but throughout the year Cardinals general John Mozeliak openly has talked about having playing time in St. Louis for Piscotty in the near future.

40. TVA to Replace Allen Plant With Natural Gas -

The 55-year-old Allen Fossil Plant in southwest Memphis will be replaced with a new $975 million natural gas plant to be built in the shadow of the original facility, the Tennessee Valley Authority board decided Thursday, Aug. 21, in Knoxville.

41. TVA: Watts Bar More Than 90 Percent Complete -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says work on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant is more than 90 percent complete.

The federal agency announced a target completion date for the plant's Unit 2 reactor of December 2015.

42. In GOP South, Pushback Against Obama Climate Rules -

ATLANTA (AP) — In the Republican-heavy Southeast, critics said Tuesday that a plan by President Barack Obama's administration to cut pollution would raise electricity prices, result in job losses and may not significantly curtail the carbon emissions blamed for global warming.

43. Shouldering the Load -

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace enters his senior season with a chance to make history, a chance for his name to have the kind of staying power that would have Rebels fans tossing the name “Bo” around The Grove for generations, the way they do with names like Archie and Eli.

44. Allen Gas Plant Would Be Historic Shift -

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

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

45. Toddler Update -

A recent weekend found Uncle Vic traversing the road between Little Rock and the South Mississippi hometown of great-nephew R.P. The subject of an I Swear column in January of last year, R.P. will soon be 18 months old.

46. Brooks' Attorneys Claim Different Address -

Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks still lives in her district but at a different address than the one she listed on numerous records, including her recent arrest report, according to her attorneys.

47. Events -

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and National Bar Association will hold a continuing legal education program titled “Remaking America: 50 Years of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act” Friday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Call 544-0122 for more information.

48. TVA Off to Good Start in Meeting Emissions Goals -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says it appears to have a good start in meeting goals set by President Barack Obama's administration aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

49. Hiring to Push Mississippi Nissan Employment Over 6,000 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.

50. TVA: Watts Bar Set for December 2015 Completion -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says work on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant has moved from large-scale construction to completion and testing of individual plant systems.

51. Court Hears Arguments on Mississippi Abortion Law -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Mississippi law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals would effectively shut down the state's only abortion clinic and pose an unconstitutional burden on women seeking abortions, an attorney told a federal appeals court Monday.

52. New Perspective -

When the U.S. Postal Service closed its branch office at 826 Mississippi Blvd. near E.H. Crump Boulevard in 2012, workers carted off an oil painting that hung there for several decades with little thought about the man portrayed in the painting.

53. Conference to Present Power of Networks -

The Mid-South nonprofit community is doing better than it was during the throes of the recession. And there is a report on the 2013 fiscal year as proof that things are better than they once were.

But in the nonprofit world, there is always a need to do more and to expand resources as far as possible. So, when the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence holds its ninth annual conference on May 1 at Temple Israel, the keynote speaker will be an expert on grantmaking.

54. Primaries Offer First Major Test of Voter ID Laws -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots – the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

55. ‘Shredder’ Without Cheese -

If you’ve been watching the Olympics, you may have seen a snowboarder injure his ankle, finish that run and then do another, despite having what he later described as a “shredded” ankle. A lot of people think that’s heroic. I agree that it showed courage and determination.

56. PILOT Reform -

Nike is in the midst of a $301 million expansion of its Northridge plant in Frayser, a project that means the Beaverton, Ore.-based company will create 250 new jobs and retain 1,600 existing local jobs.

57. TVA Asking Customers to Conserve -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking customers to reduce their power usage in an effort to deal with subfreezing temperatures that are causing a high demand for electricity across the southeast.

58. Merger Expands CS3’s Customer Base -

Mike Gross, president of long-time contracting company Sibley Solutions LLC, was approaching retirement age and the future of his small business’ loyal employees and customers began to weigh heavily on his mind.

59. Teen Tutors -

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

60. Modern Eloquence? -

“Ladies and gentlemen, if he who made the sun and the moon and hung the stars on high could be merciful and just, then so can you.” Thus began the closing argument of a defense attorney.

61. Economist: Government is Top Employer in Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Government is Mississippi's largest employer these days, state economist Darrin Webb told lawmakers Tuesday.

62. Hot-Button Issue -

When the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County was formed in 2011, president and CEO Reid Dulberger knew it would take the organization a little time to gain its footing.

At first, EDGE did not have its own staff or its own office, and it lacked financial and operational control of several key component parts, such as the Port of Memphis and Shelby County and the Depot Area Development Corp.

63. College Football Notebook: December 6, 2013 -

A few thoughts going forward in the wake of the ending to the Iron Bowl last weekend:

1. Has the makeup of field-goal teams been changed forever, given that Alabama’s field-goal unit, like pretty much all others, didn’t have anyone on the field remotely fast enough to have a shot at chasing down Auburn return man Chris Davis? In the future, when teams try a long field goal in a close game, expect there to be at least one “skill” player – probably a big receiver or speedy tight end – as a hedge against the incredible return.

64. TVA Increases CEO Pay in Fiscal 2013 -

The Tennessee Valley Authority says in a filing that it paid Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson $5.9 million during his nine months on the job in fiscal year 2013.

65. TVA Increases CEO Pay in Fiscal 2013 -

The Tennessee Valley Authority says in a filing that it paid Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson $5.9 million during his nine months on the job in fiscal year 2013.

66. Bryant Touts Delta as Auto Epicenter -

A different kind of Detroit comparison was made in the Mississippi Delta this week.

It’s a comparison to Detroit’s golden age as the center of the U.S auto industry instead of its later decline and recent fiscal insolvency.

67. Weddle-West Voted GRE Board Chair-Elect -

Dr. Karen Weddle-West, dean of the graduate school, vice provost for academic affairs and director of diversity initiatives at the University of Memphis, has been voted chair-elect of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Board. The national board establishes all policies for the GRE program, the most widely used graduate-school admissions test, and oversees GRE assessments, services and research.

68. Work Begins on Project at TVA's Gallatin Plant -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is beginning work this week on part of a project that will reduce emissions at its coal-burning power plant in Gallatin.

The Tennessean reports workers are set to start pouring concrete for a 370-foot chimney, which is part of a $1.1 billion project that aims to produce cleaner air by cutting certain emissions by up to 96 percent.

69. TVA Called On to Expand Solar Energy Program -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Energy firms and conservation groups are calling on the Tennessee Valley Authority to expand its small-scale solar energy program.

The federal utility launched the program about 10 years ago to boost the solar industry in Tennessee. It allows generators of solar power to connect to the electrical grid and sell back the power they produce at a higher-than-market rate.

70. Mississippi to Set Up Business Health Insurance Market -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he's going ahead with plans for a small business health insurance exchange.

71. TVA Won't Ask to Raise Borrowing Cap -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority won't ask Congress to raise its borrowing cap for at least the next 10 years.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the federal utility says it anticipates being able to reduce its net borrowing in the next two years and reduce its debt over a decade by $5 billion. That's because the demand for electricity is slowing.

72. Laufer Bolsters Third-Party Logistics Service With Memphis Office -

Laufer Group International Ltd. has continued its Southeast expansion by making an entry into the Memphis logistics market with a Downtown office.

The third-party logistics (3PL) provider is focused on providing highly sophisticated value-added solutions to importers at competitive prices, and establishing a presence a key distribution hub like Memphis made sense.

73. TVA Board Votes for 1.5 Percent Rate Increase -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority's board of directors voted Thursday to increase its base rate by 1.5 percent, the first increase by the nation's largest public utility in two years.

74. Entergy to Raise Rates in Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Entergy Corp. customers in Mississippi will pay $22.3 million more over the next nine months, as the company recoups more for expenses.

75. Car Company's Tunica Plans Haven't Come to Fruition -

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of people and pump out a brand new line of fuel-efficient vehicles.

76. Insurers Limit Providers to Drive Down Costs -

In a bid to halt rising health care costs, local insurance carriers are pushing lower-cost plans with fewer choices of physicians and hospitals.

The tradeoff: In exchange for lower overall health care costs, some Americans may have to switch physicians or end up paying higher out-of-network rates to keep their longtime family doctor.

77. Appeal to Support Gun Law in Mississippi Coming -

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he’ll file an appeal early next week to try to push an open-carry gun measure into law.

78. Appeal to Support Gun Law in Mississippi Coming -

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he’ll file an appeal early next week to try to push an open-carry gun measure into law.

79. Bumper Crop -

Unless you see the signs, it is hard to tell when you have crossed the Tennessee-Mississippi state line where Fayette County, Tenn., meets Marshall County, Miss., not too far from the southern city limits of Collierville.

80. Jensen Guided by Service to Neighbors, Community -

While some companies have mission statements that stretch on for pages, Larry Jensen has boiled his firm’s strategic vision – and much of his outlook on life – down to a simple equation: FC3.

81. TVA Appoints New Chief Nuclear Officer -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has appointed Joseph Grimes as chief nuclear officer.

82. Museum Expands Civil Rights Exhibits -

From the hold of a slave ship to a segregated classroom to “freedom song karaoke,” the new elements of the renovated National Civil Rights Museum are taking shape.

Officials of the 22-year-old museum updated the first renovation in the history of the museum built on the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968. They told a group of 20 at an annex building next to the construction site Thursday, June 20, to expect more video elements, updated technology and an “immersion” into the civil rights movement.

83. Storm Snaps Power Poles Near Some Tunica Casinos -

Power is back on in Tunica after a Sunday storm blew down power poles along Casino Strip Resort Boulevard.

Nearly 30 poles snapped along the thoroughfare, WATN-TV reports.

Three of the county’s nine casinos lost power and operated for a time on generators. Some homes also lost power.

84. Industrial, East Memphis Office Sectors Bolster CRE -

The local commercial real estate market is a tale of two sectors, with the industrial sector showing signs of improvement while the overall office sector – outside the prized East Memphis submarket – continues to struggle through the first three months of the year, according to recent reports.

85. Metropolitan Bank Still Growing 5 Years In -

Metropolitan Bank has come a long way in five short years. Since being founded amid the worst financial crisis in the U.S. in generations, the bank – which in March celebrated its fifth birthday – has grown its assets from $243 million at the end of 2008 to $722 million at the end of 2012.

86. Mitsubishi Back Story Moves to Manufacturing -

The back story of the new Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant that formally opened in Southwest Memphis last week includes a sewer pipe, the Mojave Desert and artificial lightning.

87. Mitsubishi Debuts $200 Million Facility -

One of the two biggest economic development prizes of recession-era Memphis has its formal opening Friday, April 19.

The Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant is the company’s first North American manufacturing plant for large power transformers, some weighing in excess of 400 tons.

88. Ardent Film Department Wins Mid-South Emmy -

Jonathan Pekar, director of Ardent Studios film department, won the 27th Mid-South Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for creating the animated Memphis Music Foundation commercial.

The project also showcases the talents of painter Lamar Sorrento and singer/songwriter Keia Johnson.

89. Ardent Film Department Wins Mid-South Emmy Award -

Jonathan Pekar, director of Ardent Studios film department, won the 27th Mid-South Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for creating the animated Memphis Music Foundation commercial.

The project also showcases the talents of painter Lamar Sorrento and singer/songwriter Keia Johnson.

90. Filling the Voids -

Last year was a banner year for adaptive reuse projects in Midtown and Downtown.

Developers announced plans for the Sears Crosstown building, Overton Square, Hotel Chisca, James Lee House and old United Warehouse in the South Main Historic Arts District. Construction began on The Pyramid, turning it into a 220,000-square-foot mega-Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, and Memphis in May moved into its new headquarters at 56 S. Front St., a 14,600-square-foot building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

91. Arkansas Governor Announces $1.1 Billion Steel Mill Plan -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday unveiled Arkansas' largest ever economic development project, saying investors were poised to build a $1.1 billion steel mill along the Mississippi River if legislators approve startup funding.

92. Leading in New Times -

Keith Norman has heard the discussions about the generation gap and the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP.

93. Health Care Alignment Trend Accelerates -

The trend for alignment between hospital systems and private physicians hit the Mid-South in mid-2010 and has gained momentum since.

The area’s three major hospital systems – Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Saint Francis Healthcare – are padding their physician rosters with primary care doctors and specialists by acquiring practices in strategic locations throughout the Memphis market.

94. ‘Banner Year’ for Logistics Industry -

Positive momentum far outweighed the negative in the local logistics and distribution industry during 2012, as city officials and business leaders continued elevating Memphis’s status as world logistics hub.

95. Settlement Reached in Mill Blast Lawsuit -

A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit brought by a man who was injured in a deadly explosion at an International Paper Co. mill in Mississippi in 2008.

96. Permits Sought to Study Putting Turbines in River -

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A company continues to study the feasibility of putting power-generating turbines in the Mississippi River.

Free Flow Power, a Boston-based company, has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a hydropower project near Concordia Parish, La.

97. Low Mississippi River Hampers Port Work -

Low water in the Mississippi River is delaying work on a new river port in West Tennessee.

The project manager at the Cates Landing construction site said the low water level is delaying placement of rock at the dock, completion of piers at the site, dredging operations and work on the walkways, lighting, power and other site work.

98. New Plants Point to Infrastructure Needs -

Greater Memphis Chamber leader Dexter Muller is fond of recounting how hard it was to sell the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park to site consultants for manufacturing companies.

99. Metso to Expand in Clarksdale -

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) – The Metso Corp., a mining, engineering and paper products company, will expand its operation Clarksdale.

100. Back to the Gridiron -

It was the last day before fall practice would begin. First-year University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente couldn’t wait to get started.

“This is the longest day of the year,” he said.