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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.”

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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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10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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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14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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."

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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.

47. 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.

48. Armstrong Appointed to Appeals Court -

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

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. Armstrong Appointed to Appeals Court -

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

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. Growth Strategy -

Cotton helped make Dunavant Enterprises into a worldwide brand, but the family and company have maintained a long-term association with the logistics industry.

Col. William Pemberton Dunavant first ventured into logistics shortly after the Civil War – decades before Dunavant entered into the cotton trade – when he was involved in building short-line railroads in Mississippi.

61. Auto Industry Gets Serious About Lighter Materials -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam.

What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car.

While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials.

62. Tennessee Targeting Construction Fraud -

State officials say the Department of Labor has been expanding efforts to uncover employer fraud within the construction industry.

The efforts will help identify employers who are paying workers under the table, intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors and who are failing to report all wages paid.

63. Tennessee Targeting Construction Fraud -

State officials say the Department of Labor has been expanding efforts to uncover employer fraud within the construction industry.

The efforts will help identify employers who are paying workers under the table, intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors and who are failing to report all wages paid.

64. US Construction Spending Up 0.2 Percent in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending posted modest gains in April, driven by an uptick in home building and government construction that lifted total activity to the highest level in five years.

65. Olymbec Buys Another Memphis Industrial Property -

Canadian real estate company Olymbec USA LLC has invested again in Memphis, paying $4 million for the warehouse at 4219 Air Trans Road in Oakhaven.

66. Cohen Touts Ability to Represent District -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen told political supporters over the weekend that he expects the 9th Congressional district Democratic primary race with attorney Ricky E. Wilkins to involve a lot of mud slinging.

67. Elon Musk Unveils Spacecraft to Ferry Astronauts -

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) – A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.

68. Riverside Drive Begins Pedestrian, Bike Trial -

With Saturday’s rain closing the Sunset Symphony, the Memphis in May International Festival ended its month-long stay in Tom Lee Park.

69. Apple's Beats Buy is Two-Sided for Music Streaming -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the streaming music industry: It's hard to succeed in the business without offering other products and services.

70. Administration Announces US Manufacturing Regions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration on Wednesday named 12 regions of the country that will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies looking for a place to set up operations, provide a boost to the U.S. manufacturing industry and create jobs.

71. Riverside Drive Begins Pedestrian, Bike Lane Trial -

With Saturday’s rain closing the Sunset Symphony, the Memphis in May International Festival ended its month-long stay in Tom Lee Park.

72. Commercial Bank Given Industry Distinction -

Community bank risk management firm Seifried & Brew LLC has named Commercial Bank & Trust Co. in its 2013 top 15th percentile of community banks.

73. RedRover Picks Up 5 Industry Awards -

RedRover Sales and Marketing has picked up five 2014 Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

The firm won three Awards of Excellence for The Jones Clinic website, the MED Gala invitation design and the MED Gala invitation special event promotion.

74. Phoenix Unequaled Makes Industry List -

Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment, which specializes in providing solutions for home theater, home automation, systems integration, security solutions and distributed audio and video, has been named for the 16th straight year to the 2014 “CE Pro 100” list of leading companies.

75. Editorial: Economic Success Hinges on PILOT Restructuring -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is once again venturing into political waters and taking stands on issues like the proposed move of city employees to a defined contributions pension plan.

Time will tell whether this is a sustained move by the business community to become part of the political dialogue in a city that has some important decisions to make.

76. Alexander Addresses Device Tax Frustrations -

When U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander came to Bartlett in March to talk with leaders of several local biotech companies, he had a specific issue in mind – the medical device tax that is part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

77. Phoenix Unequaled Makes Industry List -

Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment, which specializes in providing solutions for home theater, home automation, systems integration, security solutions and distributed audio and video, has been named for the 16th straight year to the 2014 “CE Pro 100” list of leading companies.

78. Council Hesitates Over Fire Recruit Class Funding and Charter Restrictions -

Memphis City Council members discussed a new recruit class Tuesday, May 20, for the Memphis Fire Department that is not in Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s budget proposal.

But council members voted down a plan to come up with the $1.7 million for the class of 100 fire recruits from a $3 million cut in the line item for fire department sick leave, proposed by council member Kemp Conrad.

79. AstraZeneca Rejects $119 Billion Offer From Pfizer -

LONDON (AP) – The board of AstraZeneca on Monday rejected the improved $119 billion takeover offer from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, a decision that caused a sharp slide in the U.K. company's share price as many investors think it effectively brings an end to the protracted and increasingly bitter takeover saga.

80. RedRover Picks Up Five Industry Awards -

RedRover Sales and Marketing has picked up five 2014 Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

The firm won three Awards of Excellence for The Jones Clinic website, the MED Gala invitation design and the MED Gala invitation special event promotion. The firm also won two Awards of Distinction for DreamCatcher Hotels’ business-to-business brochure and The Jones Clinic integrated rebranding campaign.

81. Commercial Bank & Trust Wins Industry Distinction -

Community bank risk management firm Seifried & Brew LLC has named Commercial Bank & Trust Co. in its 2013 top 15th percentile of community banks.

82. Construction Loan Filed for Kirby Whitten Land -

The owner of a 4.5-acre vacant parcel on Kirby Whitten Road has filed an $8 million construction loan for the Bartlett site.

Vancouver, Wash.-based Bartlett Care Group LLC filed the construction deed of trust with absolute assignment of rents and leases, security agreement and fixture filing financing statement May 7 through Wells Fargo Bank NA.

83. Amro Music Picks Up Industry Distinction -

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

84. Amro Music Picks Up Industry Distinction -

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

85. Real Estate ‘Titans’ Share Industry Advice -

In the 1980s Dan Wilkinson and Robert Snowden were deeply involved in developing Memphis International Airport Center.

86. EdR Expecting ‘Strong’ Year -

Memphis-based EdR said it is “on track for a strong and successful 2014.”

The student housing developer and manager announced Monday, April 28, that core funds from operations in the first quarter was $19.4 million, or 17 cents per share, up from $16.4 million, or 14 cents per share, over the same period last year.

87. Area Industrial Market Poised for Solid Year -

All signs are pointing toward a strong year for the Memphis-area industrial market.

The Memphis market closed the first quarter with 897,829 square feet of absorption and the total vacancy rate for the Memphis market – 10.8 percent - is the lowest the market has experienced in 14 years, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

88. Tactical Urbanism: Citizen Projects Go Mainstream -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The city painted a crosswalk and installed tennis-ball green signs, but the cars just kept on zooming through. But rather than wave a white flag, Sarah Newstok grabbed an orange one instead.

89. Carnival Memphis Celebrates Trucking Industry -

Trucking industry representatives and employees packed the spacious Tennessee Ballroom at Hilton Memphis, the gleaming glass hotel in East Memphis, for Carnival Memphis’ salute to the trucking industry.

90. EdR Expecting ‘Strong’ Year -

Memphis-based EdR said it is “on track for a strong and successful 2014.”

The student housing developer and manager announced Monday, April 28, that core funds from operations in the first quarter was $19.4 million, or 17 cents per share, up from $16.4 million, or 14 cents per share, over the same period last year.

91. Economic Gauge Up for 3rd Straight Month -

A measure of the U.S. economy’s health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy’s pace to slow.

The Conference Board said Monday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.8 percent in March after a 0.5 percent rise in February and modest 0.2 percent gain in January. It was the best showing since a 0.9 percent gain in November.

92. ‘Date Knight’ to Benefit Memphis Athletic Ministries -

More than 1,000 moms and sons are expected to be part of the second annual Mother-Son “Date Knight” to kick off Mother’s Day weekend Friday, May 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum.

93. Trustmark Corp. Reports Strong Q1 -

Trustmark Corp. had a strong start to 2014.

The parent company of Trustmark Bank reported net income of $29 million in the first quarter, up 13.2 percent compared to one year earlier. Trustmark president and CEO Gerard Host said the quarter’s results, coupled with its profitability and strong capital base, mark a positive start to its 125th year in business.

94. Most Airlines Report Strong First Quarter -

Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring.

On Thursday, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines reported record profits for the first quarter, usually the weakest time of year for the airlines. That followed a rousing report from Delta Air Lines a day earlier.

95. Most Airlines Report Strong First Quarter -

Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring.

On Thursday, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines reported record profits for the first quarter, usually the weakest time of year for the airlines. That followed a rousing report from Delta Air Lines a day earlier.

96. Armstrong Relocation Owner Shares ‘Only in America’ Story -

When Tom Watson was a child, his father and uncle bought what was then known as Armstrong Transfer and Storage Co.

97. ‘Date Knight’ to Benefit Memphis Athletic Ministries -

More than 1,000 moms and sons are expected to be part of the second annual Mother-Son “Date Knight” to kick off Mother's Day weekend Friday, May 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum.

98. Trustmark Corp. Reports Strong First Quarter -

Trustmark Corp. had a strong start to 2014.

The parent company of Trustmark Bank reported net income of $29 million in the first quarter, up 13.2 percent compared to one year earlier. Trustmark president and CEO Gerard Host said the quarter’s results, coupled with its profitability and strong capital base, mark a positive start to its 125th year in business.

99. Economic Gauge Up for 3rd Straight Month -

A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's pace to slow.

The Conference Board said Monday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.8 percent in March after a 0.5 percent rise in February and modest 0.2 percent gain in January. It was the best showing since a 0.9 percent gain in November.

100. Blue Streak Making Difference for Memphis Kids -

To say that the job I was given when I was superintendent of Catholic School for the Memphis Diocese was daunting would be an understatement. One of the assignments I had was to resurrect Catholic education in the inner city of Memphis.