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1. FedEx Profits Surge Above Wall Street Estimates -

FedEx said fiscal first-quarter profits surged to $606 million, driven by gains in its freight, ground and express operations and a share buyback program.

Memphis-based FedEx reported earnings Wednesday, Sept. 17, of $2.10 per diluted share for the first quarter ended Aug. 31, up 37 percent from last year’s $1.53 per share and above Wall Street estimates. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.96 per share. FedEx shares were up 4.29 percent following the earnings release and conference call with company executives.

2. Harold Ford Funeral Home Files Construction Loan -

1670 Sycamore View Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Loan Amount: $2.6 million

Loan Date: Sept. 4, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Borrower: Harold Ford Sycamore View LLC and Serenity Columbarium and Memorial Gardens LLC
Lender: Regions Bank
Details: The Harold Ford Funeral Chapel at 1670 Sycamore View Road in Northeast Memphis has filed a $2.6 million construction loan on the property.

3. UTHSC Instructor Wins Cystic Fibrosis Grant -

Weiqiang Zhang, an instructor in the departments of physiology and pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $1.9 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health, for research on cystic fibrosis.

4. CBIZ MHM Wins Industry Distinction -

CBIZ MHM Memphis has been honored with the 2014 When Work Works Award for its use of workplace strategies to increase business and employee success.

The award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, recognizes employers of all sizes and types in the Memphis area and across the country.

5. Sharpe, HealthNet Find Success in Changing Industry -

As banking has changed in recent years, it’s caused consumers to take another look at the conventional wisdom – including coming to the realization that banking is not limited to, well, banks.

Credit unions tend to be overshadowed by their more traditional brethren, but they generally provide the same services in a way that consumers probably couldn’t even spot the differences between those firms and larger, traditional banks.

6. Silicon Valley Struggles to Speak FDA's Language -

WASHINGTON (AP) – From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar – Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.

7. CBIZ MHM Memphis Wins Industry Distinction -

CBIZ MHM Memphis has been honored with the 2014 When Work Works Award for its use of workplace strategies to increase business and employee success.

The award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, recognizes employers of all sizes and types in the Memphis area and across the country.

8. UTHSC Instructor Awarded Cystic Fibrosis Grant -

Weiqiang Zhang, an instructor in the departments of physiology and pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $1.9 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health, for research on cystic fibrosis.

9. Harold Ford Funeral Home Files Construction Loan -

The Harold Ford Funeral Chapel at 1670 Sycamore View Road in Northeast Memphis has filed a $2.6 million construction loan on the property.

10. Start Co. Wins $50,000 From Small Business Administration -

Start Co. has been awarded $50,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth

Accelerator Fund, a competition between 800 applicants that saw 50 receive funds.

11. Trio of Entrepreneurs Reimagines Furniture in Broad Strokes -

Broad Avenue continues to be a haven for businesses with character, restaurants, art ventures and entrepreneurs who fit neatly into one of the city’s burgeoning cultural scenes.

Broad Strokes, a store specializing in re-creating old pieces of furniture using paint with a dash of imagination, is one of the latest such businesses to set up shop in the neighborhood.

12. Crosby Stresses Importance of Company Culture -

Dr. Scott Morris opens every meeting at the Church Health Center, the innovative Memphis-based health care organization he founded, with a prayer and a story.

13. $10 Fee Lifted on Beale Street -

If you want to go to Beale Street in the wee hours of Sunday morning, you’ll no longer have to pay a $10 fee.

Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris said the temporary charge instituted in August following several dangerous incidents in the entertainment district has been lifted, but a tweaked version could reappear next year.

14. Magna Starts Construction Near Tennessee GM Plant -

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – Seat maker Magna International Inc. says it has begun constructing a new supplier facility near the General Motors plant in Spring Hill.

15. $10 Fee Lifted on Beale Street -

If you want to go to Beale Street in the wee hours of Sunday morning, you’ll no longer have to pay a $10 fee.

Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris said the temporary charge instituted in August following several dangerous incidents in the entertainment district has been lifted, but a tweaked version could reappear next year.

16. $10 Beale Street Cover Charge Lifted -

If you want to go to Beale Street in the wee hours of Sunday morning, you’ll no longer have to pay a $10 fee.

Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris said the temporary charge instituted in August following several dangerous incidents in the entertainment district has been lifted, but a tweaked version could reappear next year.

17. Some Fear Auto Industry Returning to Bad Habits -

DETROIT (AP) – Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.

As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.

18. The Dollar Strikes Back -

Movements between the dollar, euro, and yen profoundly impact global flows of goods and capital. Given recent language and policy shifts from the U.S. Federal Reserve (FED), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of Japan (BOJ), let’s re-examine global currency trends.

19. AutoZone Agrees to Buy Parts Distributor -

A few weeks ahead of its fiscal fourth quarter earnings announcement, Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. disclosed it’s reached a deal to buy Interamerican Motor Corp., the second-largest distributor of original equipment import replacement parts in the U.S.

20. FedEx Building New Distribution Center in Louisiana -

COVINGTON, La. (AP) – Land is being cleared in St. Tammany Parish for a 175,000 square-foot distribution center for Federal Express.

Parish Economic Development Director Don Shea tells The Times-Picayune construction is expected to begin this fall and take about 15 months.

21. Labor Day Chick-fil-A 5K Registration Open -

Runners and walkers will fill AutoZone Park on Labor Day for the 12th annual Chick-fil-A 5K, benefiting Junior Achievement.

Five participants in the Monday, Sept. 1, event will go home with one year of free chicken meals from Chick-fil-A. The top overall male and female runners will be awarded a $50 gift card from Fleet Feet, along with the 52 weeks of free chicken. Two participants will be randomly selected for the prize, and the final year of free meals will be awarded to the participant with the best costume. All are encouraged to don black spots, wear cow ears or pin a tail on to dress in the spirit of Chick-fil-A’s cow mascot.

22. Hopson Restructures School System Management -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson has eliminated the school system’s set of four regional superintendents and replaced them with three associate superintendents in what he said is a change to move the school system’s central office closer to the daily operation of schools.

23. Labor Day Chick-fil-A 5K Registration Open -

Runners and walkers will fill AutoZone Park on Labor Day for the 12th annual Chick-fil-A 5K, benefiting Junior Achievement.

Five participants in the Monday, Sept. 1, event will go home with one year of free chicken meals from Chick-fil-A. The top overall male and female runners will be awarded a $50 gift card from Fleet Feet, along with the 52 weeks of free chicken. Two participants will be randomly selected for the prize, and the final year of free meals will be awarded to the participant with the best costume. All are encouraged to don black spots, wear cow ears or pin a tail on to dress in the spirit of Chick-fil-A’s cow mascot.

24. Council Rejects Utility Construction Contract -

The Memphis City Council approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, Aug. 19, an ordinance that adjusts the city’s policy on the investment of the city’s pension fund. The change would up the percentage of investments in real estate from 5 percent to 10 percent.

25. Council Rejects Utility Construction Contract -

The Memphis City Council approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, Aug. 19, an ordinance that adjusts the city’s policy on the investment of the city’s pension fund. The change would up the percentage of investments in real estate from 5 percent to 10 percent.

26. Medline Industries Files Permit for Improvements -

Medline Industries Inc. has filed a $1.2 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for improvements to its 4500 S. Mendenhall Road facility.

27. Screwpulp Carves Out Identity in Amazon-Led Industry -

It’s no secret Amazon is the subject of intense public scrutiny at the moment over a flurry of controversial decisions from the online retailing giant against some of the publishers with which it does business.

28. US Home Construction Jumps 15.7 Percent in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.

29. 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.

30. Democrats Struggle With Generation Gap -

Memphis Democrats don’t agree on a whole lot these days, especially since the Aug. 7 county general elections in which Democratic nominees lost to Republicans in all but one race – Shelby County assessor, won by the lone countywide Democratic incumbent, Cheyenne Johnson.

31. Pinch District Could Lose Historic Designation -

The Pinch District, one of the city’s oldest commercial districts, could lose its designation on the National Register of Historic Places, a move that would jeopardize existing buildings but possibly make some new development easier.

32. Wharton Reacts to Beale Street Incident -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Monday, Aug. 11, it is “upsetting” that a man found bloodied and unconscious in the Beale Street entertainment district over the weekend wasn’t immediately helped by a group of people on the street.

33. New Tennessee Distribution Center to Bring 700 Jobs -

Officials say Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to build a distribution center in Putnam County, Tenn., which will bring 700 jobs to the area over the next five years.

Company executives said in a statement on Friday that the 1.6 million-square-foot distribution center in Cookeville would support continued growth for the Katy, Texas-based sporting goods retailer. It will be the company’s third distribution center.

34. Street Basketball Qualifier Coming to Memphis -

A one-on-one street basketball tournament is coming to Halle Park for the 2014 Red Bull King of the Rock USA Qualifier.

The Memphis qualifier will follow one-on-one street basketball rules in a single-elimination tournament. Only two- and three-pointers count in each five-minute game, while five fouls equal an automatic loss. The competition is open to amateurs and pros alike; however, players must be at least 16 years old to participate. Registration is first come, first served.

35. US Airfares on the Rise, Outpacing Inflation -

NEW YORK (AP) – Travelers, prepare to pay more for your flight.

The average roundtrip ticket within the U.S., including taxes, reached $509.15 in the first six months of this year, up nearly $14 from the same period last year. Domestic airfare continues to outpace inflation, rising 2.7 percent compared to the 2.1 percent gain in the Consumer Price Index.

36. Obama: Economy Stronger, Congress Could do More -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the economy is getting stronger and, quote, "engines are revving a bit louder."

Obama is praising the July hiring and advances by the U.S. economy.

37. Tigers Look to Build Chemistry on Canada Trip -

What Tigers sophomore Nick King knows about Canada can be explained in two words: Andrew Wiggins – the Toronto native who was the No. 1 pick in the recent NBA Draft.

38. Graceland Area Could Have Its Own Industrial Development Board -

A proposed Graceland Tourism Development Zone would have its own industrial development board under a proposal the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will take Tuesday, Aug. 5, to the Memphis City Council for discussion.

39. Tennessee Students Struggle in Reading -

District-level student assessment scores released by the Tennessee Department of Education show elementary and middle school students need improvement in reading.

The state released results from the 2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program on Wednesday.

40. FedEx Pleads Not Guilty In Drug Distribution Case -

FedEx pleaded not guilty Tuesday, July 29, in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to charges that it conspired to distribute controlled substances from illegal Internet pharmacies.

Memphis-based FedEx was slapped with a 15-count federal grand jury indictment July 17 alleging the company delivered prescription drugs from illegal Web-based pharmacies despite warnings from government authorities. Rather than closing the pharmacies' accounts, FedEx is accused of taking detailed steps to allow the flow of prescription drugs to continue.

41. Graceland Industrial Development Board Proposed -

A proposed Graceland Tourism Development Zone would have its own Industrial Development Board under a proposal the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will take Tuesday, Aug. 5, to the Memphis City Council for discussion.

42. As US Job Market Strengthens, Many Don't Feel It -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again.

Though the U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent, the Gallup Organization has found that consumers' view of the economy is the glummest it's been in seven months.

43. Tennessee Students Struggle in Reading -

District-level student assessment scores released by the Tennessee Department of Education show elementary and middle school students need improvement in reading.

The state released results from the 2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program on Wednesday.

44. FedEx Pleads Not Guilty in Drug Distribution Case -

FedEx pleaded not guilty Tuesday, July 29, in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to charges that it conspired to distribute controlled substances from illegal Internet pharmacies.

Memphis-based FedEx was slapped with a 15-count federal grand jury indictment July 17 alleging the company delivered prescription drugs from illegal Web-based pharmacies despite warnings from government authorities. Rather than closing the pharmacies’ accounts, FedEx is accused of taking detailed steps to allow the flow of prescription drugs to continue.

45. Council Aims to Strengthen Local Medical Device Firms -

Shelby County medical device manufacturers are known for their innovation. But it took about three years of meetings before officially forming the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council this July.

“The industry was not used to coming together and sitting down,” said Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce president John Threadgill. “They’re competitors. And to get competitors in the same room to talk about their issues, there’s some reluctance. But the fact is, they’re all having the same issues. The cat’s out of the bag.”

46. Achievement School District Touts Proficiency Gains -

The state-run Achievement School District grew its math proficiency percentages in its second school year by 2.2 percentage points, reading and language arts by 3.4 percentage points and science proficiency percentages by half a percentage point – all compared to the previous 2012-2013 school year.

47. 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.

48. US Home Price Gains Slow for Sixth Straight Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in May from a year earlier at the weakest pace in 15 months as sales remain modest in the spring buying season.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 9.3 percent in May from 12 months earlier. That's down from 10.8 percent in the previous month and the smallest annual gain since February 2013.

49. Registration Could Reflect Suburban Relocation -

When Shelby County’s six new suburban school districts register students on Tuesday, July 29, some of those systems’ superintendents will watch for changes from the numbers of students who pre-registered in the new school systems less than a year ago.

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51. Libertas School to Join Achievement District -

The Libertas School, a charter organization approved this month to operate in Shelby County, will run a school for the state-run Achievement School District in the 2015-2016 school year.

The district is for schools in the bottom 5 percent statewide in terms of student achievement. Some schools are run directly by the district while others are run by charter companies under contract with the Achievement School District.

52. Memphis Chamber's Strickland Awarded Scholarship -

The American Chamber of Commerce recently awarded a scholarship to Ernest Strickland, director of economic development of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

53. US Airlines Add Jobs for 6th Straight Month -

U.S. airlines have been adding jobs for six straight months, though the gains aren’t big ones.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that the nation’s passenger airlines had the equivalent of 385,619 full-time workers in May, up 1.1 percent from May 2013. That’s the highest level since September 2012.

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55. Music Lounge to Open in Edge District -

The Edge District near Downtown lost a theater but is gaining a new live music lounge in August.

The Dizzy Bird, named after legendary Jazz greats John “Dizzy” Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker, is slated to open Aug. 2 at 652 Marshall Ave.

56. Chisca Hotel Owners File Construction Loan -

The Chisca Hotel ownership group has filed a $17.3 million construction loan to renovate and redevelop the historic South Main Street property.

Main Street Apartment Partners LLC filed the construction leasehold deed of trust, assignment of leases and rents, security agreement and fixture filing July 18 through SunTrust Banks.

57. Allergan to Cut 1,500 Employees in Restructuring -

Botox maker Allergan will cut about 13 percent of its workforce as part of a push to become more efficient while it fights a hostile takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

The Irvine, California, company said Monday it plans to trim about 1,500 employees and around 250 vacant positions as it restructures to focus on its "highest value opportunities."

58. US Airlines Add Jobs for 6th Straight Month -

U.S. airlines have been adding jobs for six straight months, though the gains aren't big ones.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that the nation's passenger airlines had the equivalent of 385,619 full-time workers in May, up 1.1 percent from May 2013. That's the highest level since September 2012.

59. Beale Street Landing Looks Beyond Early Curiosity -

The Riverfront Development Corp. is filling in a calendar of events at the newly opened Beale Street Landing that stretches into the fall and demonstrates the role of programming in holding the larger public’s interest beyond those coming to the landing now out of curiosity.

60. Busy Street -

Evidence for the attractiveness of Downtown’s South Main neighborhood can be found in any of several corners.

One example is at 314 S. Main St., where Café Pontotoc opened its doors about two weeks ago. Owners Milton and Cherie Lamb wanted to establish a comfortable neighborhood bar that serves wine, local beers and small plates in a setting where patrons get used to coming in to unwind.

61. Libertas School to Join Achievement School District -

The Libertas School, a charter organization approved this month to operate in Shelby County, will run a school for the state-run Achievement School District in the 2015-2016 school year.

The district is for schools in the bottom 5 percent statewide in terms of student achievement. Some schools are run directly by the district while others are run by charter companies under contract with the Achievement School District.

62. Chamber’s Strickland Awarded Scholarship -

The American Chamber of Commerce recently awarded a scholarship to Ernest Strickland, director of economic development of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

63. US Home Construction Drops 9.3 Percent in June -

U.S. home construction fell in June to the slowest pace in nine months, a setback to hopes that housing is regaining momentum and will boost economic growth this year.

Construction fell 9.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000 homes, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That was the slowest pace since last September and followed a 7.3 percent drop in May, a decline even worse than initially reported.

64. Largest US Insurer's Move Signals Industry Shift -

The nation's largest health insurer expects to play a much bigger role in the health care overhaul next year, as the federal law shifts from raising giant questions for the sector to offering growth opportunities.

65. US Home Construction Drops 9.3 Percent in June -

U.S. home construction fell in June to the slowest pace in nine months, a setback to hopes that housing is regaining momentum and will boost economic growth this year.

Construction fell 9.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000 homes, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That was the slowest pace since last September and followed a 7.3 percent drop in May, a decline even worse than initially reported.

66. Levee District Lends Support to Big River Crossing -

Proponents of the Harahan Bridge bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk have announced a new milestone for the project.

The project – recently rebranded as the Big River Crossing – now has a memorandum of understanding with the St. Francis Levee District of Arkansas for a set of crushed limestone trails atop levees covering more than 60 miles and two counties in Arkansas, including Crittenden County and the city of West Memphis.

67. City Could Consider Blue Flu a Strike -

At some point, if enough Memphis Police officers call in sick, the job action underway since the end of June could be considered a strike by the city of Memphis. And that would signal a new phase in what is the most significant job action by Memphis Police since the 1978 police and fire strikes.

68. Armstrong Cancels Regular Days Off as Blue Flu Spreads -

As the work week after the Fourth of July holiday began, the number of Memphis Police officers taking sick leave grew from 308 Sunday evening to 522 by the end of the work day Monday, July 7 in a widening job action by cops unhappy with the city’s cut in health insurance benefits.

69. Armstrong Confirms Blue Flu, Wharton Seeks Alternatives -

More than 400 Memphis police officers called in sick during the Fourth of July holiday week in what Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong acknowledged Sunday, July 6, is most likely an organized work slowdown by officers upset over cuts in health insurance benefits.

70. Armstrong Tallies 181 Cops Out Sick for Fourth -

Memphis police brass count 181 police officers who have called in sick during the Fourth of July holiday week, according to a Saturday, July 5, statement from Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.

71. Armstrong Rules Commission Can Weigh Brooks' Residency -

Chancellor Kenny Armstrong ruled Thursday, July 3, that the Shelby County Commission can take up the question Monday, July 7, of whether Commissioner Henri Brooks lives in the district she represents.

72. Haslam Signs Agreement to Protect Dairy Industry -

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease.

According to the state Agriculture Department, the agreement is called the Secure Milk Supply Plan. It sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading hoof and mouth disease in the event of an outbreak.

73. Construction Spending Up 0.1 Percent in May -

U.S. construction spending barely increased in May as gains in spending on non-residential projects such as office buildings and public construction were largely offset by a big drop in home building.

74. Metropolitan Bank Reports Strong Second Quarter -

Metropolitan Bank has reported net earnings of about $1.3 million for the second quarter, up 44 percent quarter over quarter and 41 percent year over year.

75. Linkous Construction Never Wavered in Face of Recession -

As the real estate crash and Great Recession battered the construction industry, the leadership at Linkous Construction Co. made a strategic decision to keep its team intact and maintain the level of service the general contracting and construction management firm had become known for.

76. Beale Street Eastern Border Marks Changes -

For much of the renovated Beale Street Entertainment District’s 30-year history, George Miller was a figure in exile just on the other side of the district’s formal eastern border of Fourth Street.

77. Construction Spending Up 0.1 Percent in May -

U.S. construction spending barely increased in May as gains in spending on non-residential projects such as office buildings and public construction were largely offset by a big drop in home building.

78. Cypress Realty Files $7 Million Construction Loan -

Cypress Realty Holdings Co. has filed a $7 million construction loan for a medical office building on Wolf River Boulevard in Germantown.

79. Armstrong Questions Finding in Brooks Residency Case -

Chancellor Kenny Armstrong wants to know who made a specific finding that county commissioner Henri Brooks doesn’t live in the district she represents.

80. Gastro One Forms New Practice -

Gastro One and Memphis Gastroenterology Group have merged, creating the largest gastroenterology practice in the Memphis Metro area.

The merged practice, which will operate under the Gastro One brand name, features 35 doctors covering the spectrum of gastroenterology – the study, treatment and health of the digestive system (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine/colon, liver, pancreas and gallbladder). Each gastroenterologist is a medical specialist trained in internal medicine and in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the digestive system.

81. Haslam Signs Agreement to Protect Dairy Industry -

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease.

According to the state Agriculture Department, the agreement is called the Secure Milk Supply Plan. It sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading hoof and mouth disease in the event of an outbreak.

82. Veterans Town Hall Mirrors Washington Frustration -

Depending on how you look at it, a group of 300 frustrated local veterans last week either got a look at the “corrosive” culture of the Department of Veterans Affairs or a look at change in progress.

83. Cosmic Caffeine: Astronauts Getting Espresso Maker -

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.

Astronauts of all nationalities – but especially the Italians – have long grumbled about the tepid instant coffee served in pouches and drunk with straws 260 miles above Earth. The pouches and straws aren't going away, but at least the brew will pack some zero-gravity punch.

84. Obama Aims to Put Human Face on Economic Struggles -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – President Barack Obama said Thursday that Washington needs to stop "playing to the most fringe elements of politics" and help Americans who are fighting to make ends meet, as he spent an afternoon with a working mother who wrote to him about her struggles.

85. Drones Could Help Mississippi Farm Industry -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The applications for drones have softened, shifting from machines of war to whirlybirds that can capture incredible aerial photos of any event under the sun.

The newest possibility mixes that magic with cost-savings that could prove revolutionary for Mississippi's agricultural industry.

86. Hollingsworth Buys Mississippi Industrial Property -

The Hollingsworth Cos., which operates a prominent industrial development company with holdings across the South, has acquired an industrial building in Senatobia, Miss.

Clinton, Tenn.-based Hollingsworth recently acquired the 198,450-square-foot building at 795 Shands Bottom Road in Senatobia from BMW.

87. Builder Files Construction Loan for Cambridge Manor -

Oakland-based homebuilder Creekside Homes LLC has filed a $1.2 million construction loan on five lots in the Cambridge Manor Planned Development in Arlington.

88. Repertory Orchestra Plans Summer Concert -

For the first time in its three-year history, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra will perform a world premiere piece at a special summer concert July 12.

The free performance will take place at 8 pm. at the Buckman Performing Arts Center.

89. Armstrong Appointed to Appeals Court -

Shelby County Chancellor Kenny Armstrong has been appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

90. Poll: Many Still Struggle to Pay Health Premiums -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.

91. Pacific Industries Creating 190 Jobs in Jackson -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Auto parts maker Pacific Industries is building a new plant in Jackson, which is expected to create 190 new jobs over the first five years of operations.

The facility will focus on making metal stamping and welding operations. The Ogaki, Japan-based company's current customers include Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

92. Armstrong Appointed to Appeals Court -

Shelby County Chancellor Kenny Armstrong has been appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

93. Outlasting Outdated Industries -

One result of technological advances is a change in the way we do business. Sometimes this change results in new jobs, but often, it can also result in job loss.

Have you ever had the sense your job might be going away soon? Maybe you’ve noticed your industry is declining and being replaced by another. When this happens, you should pay attention.

94. Memphis Repertory Orchestra Plans Summer Concert -

For the first time in its three-year history, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra will perform a world premiere piece at a special summer concert July 12.

The free performance will take place at 8 pm. at the Buckman Performing Arts Center.

95. Patrick Accounting Head Wins Industry Award -

Patrick Accounting & Tax Services PLLC managing member Matthew Patrick was honored at the recent 2014 spring marketing conference of the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants.

96. Amazon Launches Music Streaming for Prime Members -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Amazon's newly announced music streaming service is yet another attempt by the company to move beyond e-commerce and infuse itself into the daily lives of Americans with an increasing number of offerings –including grocery delivery and streaming TV.

97. Pay Raises Go Mainly to Those in Select Industries -

NEW YORK (AP) – If you hope to get a raise that finally feels like one, it helps to work in the right industry.

Historically, at this stage in the economy's recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices. Overall pay has been rising about 2 percent a year, roughly equal to inflation.

98. 10-Acre Cordova Industrial Site Sells -

A 10-acre heavy industrial site at 9373 Macon Road in Cordova has sold for $1.5 million to William A. McMahan of Bartlett.

99. RedRover on Growth Streak, Plans to Double in Size -

The addition of new faces at RedRover Sales & Marketing, like that of account executive Charles Vance, underscores the agency’s intent to double in size this year.

100. Patrick Accounting Head Wins Industry Award -

Patrick Accounting & Tax Services PLLC managing member Matthew Patrick was honored at the recent 2014 spring marketing conference of the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants.