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1. Building Boom Strains Labor Pool, Supply Chain -

Middle Tennessee’s red-hot construction boom is becoming a victim of its own success. Architects, contractors and everyone in between, including Metro Codes, are up to their necks in work.

It’s a happy time of an industry that also can see long, slow periods of stagnation.

2. Dayco Picks Memphis Distribution Center Locale -

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

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

3. Whitehaven Retention Pond Construction Begins -

Memphis crews began work Monday, June 29, on a $450,000 retention pond in the Days Creek area of Whitehaven.

The wooded area south of Southland Mall borders several Whitehaven subdivisions that have flooded recently, most notably on Sept. 11 when some homes were heavily damaged.

4. Volvo Group Unveils $70M Byhalia Distribution Center -

Volvo Group inaugurated its new 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Byhalia, Miss.

The $70 million facility – located at 100 Global Gateway Drive inside Panattoni Development Co.’s Gateway Global Logistics Center – supports the company’s Mack and Volvo truck brands, as well as Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta.

5. SUVs, Muscle Cars Help Auto Industry Maintain Momentum -

DETROIT (AP) – Americans again bought vehicles that sit up high and come loaded with features like backup cameras and smartphone capabilities in June. Horsepower was also in; gas-sipping not so much.

6. Volvo Group Unveils $70 Million Byhalia Distribution Center -

Volvo Group inaugurated its new 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Byhalia, Miss.

The $70 million facility – located at 100 Global Gateway Drive inside Panattoni Development Co.’s Gateway Global Logistics Center – supports the company’s Mack and Volvo truck brands, as well as Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta.

7. Whitehaven Retention Pond Construction Begins -

Memphis crews began work Monday, June 29, on a $450,000 retention pond in the Days Creek area of Whitehaven.

The wooded area south of Southland Mall borders several Whitehaven subdivisions that have flooded recently, most notably on Sept. 11 when some homes were heavily damaged.

8. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $84 million

9. Belz’s Industrial Portfolio Sells to MDH for $82 Million -

The recent sale of Belz Enterprise’s industrial portfolio to MDH Partners LLC of Atlanta totals more than $82 million, according to four special warranty deeds filed on June 19.

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

Here come the yard signs.

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

11. Stronger Economy, Cheap Gas Expected to Spur Holiday Travel -

NEW YORK (AP) – A stronger economy, rising consumer confidence and cheap gasoline will likely have Americans traveling in big numbers this Independence Day.

An estimated 41.9 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend, up 0.7 percent from last year and the most since 2007, right before the recession, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA.

12. Federal Judge Steps Out of Case Against Rep. Joe Armstrong -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Chief U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan has recused himself from the tax fraud conspiracy case against state Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville.

13. Belz’s Industrial Portfolio Sells to MDH for $82 Million -

The recent sale of Belz Enterprise’s industrial portfolio to MDH Partners LLC of Atlanta totals more than $82 million, according to four special warranty deeds filed on June 19.

14. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

The developers behind a massive hotel near Graceland are ready to shake, rattle and roll on the project.

Guest House at Graceland LLC, formed to develop the hotel, has filed an $84 million construction loan for the 450-room resort-style hotel at 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.

15. Ex-Gulfstream Exec Gets 11 Years for Embezzling $10M -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Gulfstream Aerospace executive has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after he acknowledged embezzling more than $10 million from the company to fund a lavish lifestyle that prosecutors say included escorts and two homes.

16. Rep. Joe Armstrong Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud, Tax Evasion -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville has pleaded not guilty to federal fraud and tax evasion charges connected to an increase in the state's cigarette tax.

17. First Horizon National Corp. Reveals Stress Test Results -

The Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank has passed its annual, federally mandated “stress test.”

18. MDH Buys Belz’s Memphis Industrial Portfolio -

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

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

19. Bishop Hears Stronger Call After ‘Fighting God’ -

The reason Richard Stika entered the seminary was to get thoughts of being a priest out of his system

It didn’t turn out that way.

On Dec. 14, the bishop of the Knoxville Catholic diocese will mark his 30th anniversary as a priest.

20. Taking Their Hacks? FBI Investigates Cardinals in Breach of Astros’ Database -

One funny man posted a picture of former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Luther Hackman, deeming him a “person of interest.”

Just about everyone took a swing at the Cardinals’ tiresome Best Fans in Baseball moniker by pointing out that “you can’t spell BFIB without FBI.”

21. Tennessee Unemployment Rate Drops in May for Fourth Straight Month -

The Tennessee unemployment rate inched in the right direction in May but remained slightly above the national unemployment rate, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

22. Dayco Wins Tax Break For Distribution Operations -

Michigan-based manufacturer Dayco Products Ltd. will consolidate its distribution operations in the Memphis area, but exactly where remains undecided.

“Due to the continued growth in demand for our products and increased product complexity over the past several years, we have committed to this significant capital investment in order to deliver increased value to our customers,” said Ed Rammel, president of the North American and Australian Aftermarket for Dayco, in a company statement.

23. Feds Charge Joe Armstrong With Fraud, Tax Evasion -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic state Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville has been indicted on federal fraud and tax evasion charges connected to an increase in the state's cigarette tax in 2007.

24. Fed Sees Stronger Economy, Leaves Key Rate at Record Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy has strengthened since a slump early this year, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, but it wants to see further gains in the job market and higher inflation before raising interest rates from record lows.

25. Haslam Strikes Defiant Tone Toward Critics of Gas Tax Hike -

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has a defiant message for groups lining up to oppose him on efforts to raise Tennessee's gas tax for the first time in 25 years: "Have at it."

26. First Horizon National Corp. Reveals Stress Test Results -

The Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank has passed its annual, federally mandated “stress test.”

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

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

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

28. FedEx Earnings Miss Wall Street Expectations -

FedEx Corp., hit by unfavorable currency exchange rates, lower fuel surcharges and special charges, reported lower-than-expected revenue and profits for the fiscal fourth quarter.

The Memphis-based company, which warned in March that currency and fuel issues could dampen results, reported a loss of $895 million, or $3.16 a share, for the quarter that ended May 31. That’s compared to a profit of $780 million, or $2.62 a share, over the same period last year.

29. FDA Tells Food Industry to Phase Out Artificial Trans Fats -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Popular foods like pie crusts, frostings and microwave popcorn will be largely rid of artery-clogging trans fats after a decision by the Obama administration to phase them out over the next three years.

30. Fed Likely to Signal Coming Rate Hike If Economy Strengthens -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With evidence that the U.S. economy is rebounding from a winter slump, the Federal Reserve will likely signal this week that an interest rate increase is coming – just not quite yet.

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

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

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

32. Dayco Seeks Tax Break for Memphis Distribution Center -

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

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

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

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

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

34. Talent-Supporting Structures -

A fallacy about organizational management prevents many firms from getting the best out of their best people: the notion that everyone who excels in their jobs will eventually become managers, directors, etc. True, some may have a talent for management, while others flourish in active roles that have nothing to do with managing.

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

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

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

36. Different Strokes -

Five years ago, Jim Napolitano left Hillwood Country Club in Nashville to become general manager at Chickasaw Country Club. The economy was still wheezing and Chickasaw, which received its charter in 1922 – or two years after the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote – was trapped in a time warp.

37. Apple Music Brings Change to Streaming, But Is It Enough? -

When Apple launches its Apple Music streaming service at the end of June, it will affect things big and small in the music industry.

Hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users in more than 100 countries will get to try the $10-per-month service for free for the next three months when it is pushed to their devices with a free upgrade.

38. Apple Wants a Lead Role in Streaming Music -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple's iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well under way, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer.

39. Komen Memphis-MidSouth to Distribute $510,030 in Grants -

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

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

40. Beale Street Sweep Court Order Rips Police Practices -

The Beale Street Sweep is over.

It’s not the end of a song. It is the end of an 8-year-old police policy that has ordered those on the street after 3 a.m. to leave the district, go into a nightclub or be arrested.

41. Beale Authority Wants to Talk Fee Simple Ownership Of District -

The newly appointed Beale Street Tourism Development Authority wants to talk to Memphis City Council members about a fee simple arrangement for how it would govern the entertainment district for the city.

42. Development Proposals Surface in Memphis' Pinch District -

A month after Bass Pro Shops opened at The Pyramid, development plans are surfacing in the Pinch District, including one for a new Front Street hotel.

Front Street Group LLC has applied for a special use permit for a 108-room, extended-stay hotel. It would be located directly across Front from The Pyramid’s east side on what is now a surface parking lot. It would include a 160-space parking structure on the rear of the property next to an existing alley.

43. New Front Street Hotel Proposed By Pyramid -

Plans for a 108-room extended stay hotel on Front Street at the northeast corner of Jackson Avenue have been submitted to local planning officials for approval.

The special use permit application by Front Street Group LLC would be directly across Front Street from the eastern side of the Pyramid on what is now a surface parking lot and would include a 160-space parking structure on the rear of the property next to an existing alley.

44. Global Pharma Distributor to Open in Olive Branch -

A global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution company is opening a $48 million distribution center in Olive Branch.

AmerisourceBergen will locate the new facility, which will produce 129 new jobs, at IDI Gazeley’s Crossroads Distribution Center in the DeSoto County town.

45. Medtronic Beats Street Fourth-Quarter Forecasts -

Medtronic lost $1 million in its fiscal fourth quarter, as costs tied to its $42.9 billion acquisition of Covidien and other expenses weighed on the medical device maker's performance.

The company, which moved its headquarters to Dublin earlier this year after completing the deal, absorbed $368 million in acquisition-related costs and $207 million in restructuring. Medtronic's selling, general and administrative expenses also soared 56 percent to $2.4 billion. Its cost of products sold also more than doubled in the quarter that ended April 24.

46. Dollar General First-Quarter Profit Tops Street, Key Sales Metric Rises -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General's fiscal first-quarter profit topped Wall Street's expectations, and a key sales measurement rose thanks to better traffic and shoppers spending more per transaction.

47. David Lusk Gallery Relocates to Flicker Street for Now -

Change, milestones, new beginnings – they’re all on the mind of David Lusk at the moment, now that he’s wound things down at his gallery’s longtime home in the Laurelwood Shopping Center to undertake a relocation.

48. Global Ministries Appeals Failing HUD Scores at Memphis Properties -

A month after 40 units at the Goodwill Village and Warren Apartments were declared unfit by federal housing officials, the units have been repaired and the residents moved back in.

49. Astronaut from Tennessee Inducted into Hall of Fame -

An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and a co-owner of a Memphis-area business is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week.

Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA’s first female astronauts.

50. Pending US Home Sales Jump to Strongest Level in 9 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index climbed 3.4 percent to 112.4 last month. It's the fourth consecutive monthly gain. The index now stands at its highest level since May 2006.

51. Astronaut From Tennessee Inducted Into Hall of Fame -

An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and a co-owner of a Memphis-area business is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week.

Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA’s first female astronauts.

52. B.B. King Memorial Will Be Wednesday on Beale Street -

Blues legend B.B. King will be remembered Wednesday, May 27, with gathering in Handy Park from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Beale Street was instrumental in the story of King’s move from Mississippi to Memphis to pursue the blues. King referred to the street as a proving ground for his talent where he was influenced by other musicians and developed his own style.

53. Packaging Company Combo to be Named WestRock -

The packaging company combination of Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco will be known as WestRock Co. when the businesses complete a deal they announced earlier this year.

54. 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.

55. US Industrial Output Falls for 5th Month on Lower Drilling -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A plunge in energy-related drilling and sluggish manufacturing sent U.S. industrial output down for a fifth straight month in April.

Overall industrial production slid 0.3 percent in April after a drop of the same size in March, the Federal Reserve said Friday. The figures suggest that weakness in manufacturing and mining is weighing heavily on the economy.

56. Southbrook Tests Wharton Administration Shake-Up -

It didn’t take very long for the city of Memphis’ new chief administrative officer to make a tough call.

And when Jack Sammons came down on the side of pulling back city funding for Southbrook Mall, political allies and foes of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. watched to see if he would go along with the decision.

57. Trucking Industry Sees Record Revenues -

The U.S. trucking industry generated $700.4 billion in 2014, topping $700 billion for the first time ever, according to industry figures.

The trucking industry’s good fortunes should be a boon to the local economy, which leans heavily on transportation, distribution and logistics. The record revenue means a high volume of goods is being shipped across the country, with a lot of it winding its way through Memphis warehouses and eventually onto trucks.

58. Haslam Point Man To Leave Administration -

Mark Cate is leaving Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration after serving as Haslam’s campaign manager in 2010 and as the governor’s chief of staff after he took office.

Cate served as point man for many of the governor’s top legislative initiatives, including caps on payouts from successful civil lawsuits and changing teacher tenure rules. He also spearheaded this year’s failed effort to pass Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income people.

59. Coke Seeks Building Permit for Distribution Facility -

Coca-Cola is building out its new Memphis home.

The soft drink giant has applied for a $1.7 million building permit for its new 266,800-square-foot location at 4770 Southpoint Road in Memphis. Heard Construction Inc. is listed as the general contractor on the building permit application.

60. THE PRESENT: Overton Square Development Going Strong -

As Overton Square prepares to blow out 45 candles as part of a milestone anniversary celebration May 23, development activity at the Midtown landmark is still going strong.

Bob Loeb, president of square developer Loeb Properties, says “another performing arts existing provider in town” wants to relocate to the square, something addressed as part of a local Urban Land Institute technical advisory panel convened earlier this month to look at that prospect, among other issues.

61. Haslam Point Man to Leave Governor’s Administration -

Mark Cate is leaving Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration after serving as Haslam’s campaign manager in 2010 and as the governor’s chief of staff after he took office.

Cate served as point man for many of the governor’s top legislative initiatives, including caps on payouts from successful civil lawsuits and changing teacher tenure rules. He also spearheaded this year’s failed effort to pass Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income people.

62. Technology Revolutionizes Voter Registration for 2016 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote.

By the 2016 presidential election, it's possible that a majority of states will offer that service, helping to cut down on errors resulting from bad handwriting and reducing time spent by voters in line on Election Day, according to data released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

63. As Consumers Turn Online for Video, AT&T Strikes Hulu Deal -

DALLAS (AP) – In a sign of the increasing importance of online video, AT&T said Wednesday it will offer Hulu's streaming TV service to its customers.

AT&T is the country's No. 2 wireless provider. It also sells TV, Internet and home phone service and is in the process of buying DirecTV, which would make it the country's largest traditional TV provider.

64. Coke Seeks Building Permit For New Distribution Facility -

Coca-Cola is building out its new Memphis home.

The soft drink giant has applied for a $1.7 million building permit for its new 266,800-square-foot location at 4770 Southpoint Road in Memphis. Heard Construction Inc. is listed as the general contractor on the building permit application.

65. Foxx Hears Lamar Corridor as Priority in White House's Infrastructure Bill -

A group of 23 local leaders told U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Tuesday, May 12, that improving the Lamar Avenue freight corridor is their first priority for federal infrastructure funding.

66. Beale Street Board to Tackle District Plans, Future -

Jeff Sanford has spent much of the past five years consulting on redevelopment projects in other cities.

But Sanford – who stepped down from his post as president of the Center City Commission, now the Downtown Memphis Commission, in 2010 – hasn’t found another entertainment district comparable to Memphis’ most famous street.

67. Real Estate Market Shows Signs of Strengthening -

Memphis and Shelby County home sales in April were slightly off last year’s pace, though pricing improved and foreclosure sales continued to plummet, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

68. Council Questions Administration's Intent on Southbrook Mall -

Memphis City Council members questioned Tuesday, May 5, whether the Wharton administration’s plan for a town center at the Southbrook Mall site in Whitehaven was set up to fail.

The reaction came as citizens on the board of the nonprofit organization that owns the mall complained that the terms of $2.1 million in bond money they got for HVAC and roof repairs changed.

69. Strong Dollar Means Europe Savings -

A trip to Europe isn’t a spur-of-the-moment happening. If you don’t have your week in Italy for June booked already, odds are it’s not on your radar.

But maybe it’s time to reconsider and start checking out airfare deals to Europe for the summer or even fall travel. A strong U.S. dollar means euros and even British pounds are more affordable and making European cities grow in popularity. It hasn’t made this much economic sense to travel to Europe in years.

70. Musical Instrument Maker Expanding Wilson County Operations -

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) – A musical instrument manufacturer and distributor is investing nearly $4 million to expand its operations in Wilson County.

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced Thursday that KHS America plans to add to its location in Mt. Juliet and create 67 new jobs.

71. Shelby Farms Mixes Spring and Construction -

The invitation advised guests to “dress for dirt.”

But when the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy broke ground Thursday, April 30, on the park’s new visitors and events centers, most attendees were wearing suits and dresses.

72. Real Estate Industry Emerges From Frigid Winter With High Hopes -

Overall home sales in Shelby County were essentially flat in the first quarter while homebuilding activity increased, despite arctic temperatures in February and March that could have put the residential real estate sector in the deep freeze.

73. Fieldstone Apartments Files $15M Construction Loan -

Fieldstone Apartments III LLC filed a $15 million construction loan with SunTrust Bank for the development of a new phase of Fieldstone Apartments in Southeast Memphis.

74. New Burrito Shop Opens On Beale Street -

Beale Street already boasts plenty of barbecue and beer, but burritos officially have been added to the mix.

Burrito Blues Mexican Grill opened earlier this month on Beale’s north side, between Second Street and Third Street. The menu features build-your-own burritos, tacos, salads and nachos, among other items.

75. US Wage Growth Shows Signs of Strength As Hiring Picks Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Paychecks for U.S. workers are rising at a faster pace as strong hiring in the past year has lowered the unemployment rate and increased competition for workers.

The employment cost index, which tracks wages, salaries and benefits, rose 2.6 percent in the first quarter compared with a year ago, the Labor Department said Thursday. Wages and salaries also rose 2.6 percent.

76. Stringfellow Taking Memphis Back to the Basics -

Alex Stringfellow believes it’s time for Memphis to get back to basics.

As chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders division, he’s noticed at lecture events that questions from the audience always return to the same core subjects. This need for information, coupled with a perceived negative attitude among Memphians about the city’s issues, drove him to organize ULI Memphis’ May 4 event, “Getting Back to Basics: The Real Deal of Schools, Crime & Taxes.”

77. New Meds Help Drugmakers Weather Strong Dollar, Other Issues -

Revenue from important new medicines for various cancers, hepatitis C and more helped top U.S. drugmakers weather unfavorable currency exchange rates and other challenges.

Pfizer Inc., Merck & Co. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., which reported first-quarter results Tuesday, all derive at least half their revenue from selling products overseas. Because they're purchased in local currencies, the strong dollar is depressing the sales' value.

78. Consumer Confidence Slides for Third Straight Month -

U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level in four months, knocked down by a slowdown in hiring.

The Conference Board said Wednesday that its consumer confidence index fell to 95.2 in April from 101. 4 in March, the lowest reading since December’s 93.1.

79. New Burrito Shop Opens on Beale Street -

Beale Street already boasts plenty of barbecue and beer, but burritos officially have been added to the mix.

Burrito Blues Mexican Grill opened earlier this month on Beale’s north side, between Second Street and Third Street. The menu features build-your-own burritos, tacos, salads and nachos, among other items.

80. Fieldstone Apartments Files $15M Construction Loan -

Fieldstone Apartments III LLC filed a $15 million construction loan with SunTrust Bank for the development of a new phase of Fieldstone Apartments in Southeast Memphis.

81. First Lady: Tech Industry to Train, Hire 90,000 Military Vets -

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) – Michelle Obama announced Thursday that the technology industry has promised to hire and train 90,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years – the latest private-sector commitment to her campaign to help veterans.

82. Office, Industrial Real Estate Rebounds in First Quarter -

In a sure sign that the local economy is in rebound mode, the Memphis-area commercial real estate market is heating up with the industrial and office sectors producing strong gains.

Fueled by strong demand and tightening of available space, rental rates for Class A space in East Memphis, the city’s primary business district, are approaching pre-recession levels, according to a new report.

83. Restrictions for Tennessee's 7 Abortion Clinics Head to Governor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would place licensing restrictions on all seven of Tennessee's abortion clinics was overwhelmingly approved by state lawmakers Tuesday and sent to the governor, who's expected to sign them into law.

84. 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.

85. Industry: Global Digital Music Sales Match Physical for First Time -

LONDON (AP) – Revenue from digital music matched that from physical albums and discs for the first time in 2014, a global industry body said Tuesday.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's annual report said digital and physical sales each accounted for 46 percent of the $14.97 billion in global music revenues. Income from performance rights and synchronization revenue made up the rest.

86. This Year's Fight for the Tech Industry: Patent Trolls -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated its patented technology.

87. Special Committee Strips Capitol Complex From Gun Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A special legislative committee has voted not to allow Tennessee handgun-carry permit holders to be armed at the state Capitol complex.

The Capitol provision was part a proposal that seeks to allow permit holders to be armed in all of the state's parks – including greenways, playgrounds and sports fields.

88. Wharton, Strickland Top $250,000 in Campaign Accounts -

As they prepare to pull qualifying petitions for the October ballot, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and challenger Jim Strickland each have more than $250,000 in their campaign accounts.

89. GE Pares Off Financial Unit and Returns to Industrial Roots -

General Electric is leaving the lending business, a major source of both profit and risk, as it continues to whittle its focus down to an industrial core.

The company said Friday that it will sell most of its GE Capital assets over the next two years, shedding businesses in a sector where it has had a tough time generating acceptable returns. GE also plans to repurchase as much as $50 billion of its own stock.

90. New Strategy Aims to Boost Police Ranks -

Police service technicians, the khaki-wearing civilian police employees of the 1980s and 1990s, will return to Memphis streets in the fiscal year that begins July 1 in the Memphis Police Department’s budget request.

91. MATA Buses to Run on Main Street Mall -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will run shuttle buses on the Main Street Mall starting Sunday.

MATA president Ron Garrison announced the temporary measure in lieu of restoring trolley service Wednesday, April 8, during a taping of the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

92. Science Struggles to Save Dying Coral -

Some of the oldest and most diverse ecosystems on the planet are the coral reefs in the earth’s oceans.

Home to more than one million species, they play an important part in the health of oceans and shorelines. Not only do they buffer shorelines from waves and storms that cause flooding, but they also support commercial and subsistence fisheries.

93. Updating Your Strategy -

When it comes to job searching, one thing’s for sure. Times have changed. Over the past 20 years, the process for getting a job has been transformed. Most companies require you to apply online, and some even interview you via video chat.

94. Haslam Administration Won't Let Troopers Work NRA Security -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has rejected state troopers' request to work security at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Nashville this weekend.

95. Tenn. Senator Says Vasectomy 'More Stringent' Than Abortion -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee state senator says a vasectomy is a "more stringent" medical procedure than an abortion.

Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga made the comment Tuesday while speaking in favor of a measure that would require a 48-hour waiting period for an abortion during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which passed the legislation on a 7-2 vote.

96. MATA Buses to Run On Main Street Mall -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will run shuttle buses on the Main Street Mall starting Sunday.

MATA president Ron Garrison announced the temporary measure in lieu of restoring trolley service Wednesday, April 8, during a taping of the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

97. MATA to Run Buses on Main Street Mall -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will run shuttle buses on the Main Street Mall starting Sunday.

MATA president Ron Garrison announced the temporary measure in lieu of restoring trolley service Wednesday, April 8, during a taping of the WKNO-TV program "Behind The Headlines."

98. Streaming Problems at Tennessee Legislature 'Unacceptable' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislative staffers are calling video streaming problems on the Tennessee General Assembly's website unacceptable.

The online video has been available intermittently over the last two weeks.

99. Haslam Says He Favors Stripping Guns-at-Capitol Provision -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he favors House lawmakers stripping a provision inserted into a guns-in-parks proposal that would allow handgun carry permit holders to be armed on the grounds of the state Capitol.

100. City Council to Hear Plan for New Police Strategy -

Memphis City Council members get their first look Tuesday, April 7, at a new strategy for the Memphis Police Department as well as Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s choices for the new Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.