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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.”

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.”

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.”

46. 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."

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. End of Robust Hiring Streak Raises Doubts About Job Market -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For months, the U.S. economy's strength has been flagging.

Manufacturing slowed. Fewer homes were built. Cheaper gas failed to ignite consumer spending. Yet month after month, employers kept on hiring vigorously.

51. Engineers to Inspect Main Street Property -

Both sides in an Environmental Court lawsuit over a long-vacant property will hire their own structural engineers to inspect the building at 107 S. Main St.

52. Engineers to Inspect Main Street Property -

Both sides in an Environmental Court lawsuit over a long-vacant property will hire their own structural engineers to inspect the building at 107 S. Main St.

53. Judge Strikes Law Limiting Workers' Comp to Undocumented -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Nashville judge has ruled that a state law that limits the amount of workers' compensation benefits undocumented workers can receive is unconstitutional.

The ruling stems from the case of a Guatemalan man whose left arm was severely injured when he fell and it was run over by a lawnmower.

54. South Front Street Property Sells for $840,000 -

A Downtown property has traded hands for $840,000.

Stars & Stripes 1B LLC acquired 316 S. Front St. and 324 S. Front St. from Front & Vance LLC, according to a March 27 warranty deed.

55. Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in US Broadband Infrastructure -

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

56. Housing Market Should Be Strong in 2015 -

At one point during a recent Memphis real estate summit a rather remarkable thing happened.

The guest panelists – a banker, a homebuilder and a real estate agent – all agreed on something. 2015 could be a breakout year for the housing market.

57. Memphis Fire Department to Test New Strategies -

The Memphis Fire Department plans to test software this summer that it hopes will reduce non-emergency ambulance calls it responds to.

The pilot program is one part of a long-term strategy for the department recently rolled out by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

58. That Old Fireplace? No, It’s Strictly Decorative -

There is a new trend developing in the sale of homes in the area.

In the mid-1930s and up to World War II, then in the period immediately after the War, there was a housing boom in Nashville, especially in Green Hills, Belmont, Hillsboro Village and Historic Richland.

59. Moms Demand Action Seeks Common-Sense Gun Restrictions -

It’s another blood-pressure-raising Tennessee legislative session – at least for a politically active group of moms concerned about their children potentially being shot.

This spring, lawmakers who want to loosen gun restrictions will get a morale boost from a three-day National Rifle Association convention. It coincides with consideration of several gun-related bills, including one that would eliminate the need for a firearms permit altogether.

60. Well-Known Names Host Strickland Fundraiser -

At $1,500 per person or couple, a fundraiser Tuesday, March 24, for the mayoral campaign of Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland is an indication the campaign to the October city ballot is picking up in intensity.

61. Memphis Fire Department to Test New Strategies -

The Memphis Fire Department plans to test software this summer that it hopes will reduce non-emergency ambulance calls it responds to.

The pilot program is one part of a long-term strategy for the department recently rolled out by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

62. Twitter Marketing Strategies -

This friend of mine – we’ll call him Luke – told an interesting story recently.

He was considering hiring a lawn care service, and his eye was on a particular company. Then a competitor offered a deal that gave him $10 off each of his first five applications. Luke was now also considering the competitor.

63. Achievement School District Changes Frayser Leadership -

Tim Ware says if you want to get a quick idea about the tenor of a school, visit the cafeteria during a lunch period.

64. Grizzlies Carry Three-Win Streak Into Home Game With Cavs -

When the Memphis Grizzlies won by 21 points at New York Monday night, they won their 50th game of the season, clinched a fifth straight playoff berth and second-year head coach Dave Joerger earned his 100th victory.

65. Achievement School District Changes Frayser Leadership -

The state-run Achievement School District is changing the leadership of its Frayser public schools.

Tim Ware, who began his career as a history teacher at Frayser High School, was named Monday, March 23, as executive director of the ASD Achievement Schools in Frayser.

66. Tax Refund Advances Appeal to More Cash-Strapped Americans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

67. Haslam to Meet With School Districts on Funding Formula -

Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to meet with representatives of the school districts in Tennessee’s four largest cities to discuss their grievances about state funding.

The Republican governor is hoping to avert a lawsuit seeking to direct more funding to urban areas. Haslam’s office confirmed the meeting was scheduled for Monday afternoon at the Capitol.

68. Tigers Baseball Team Enjoys 10-Game Win Streak -

The University of Memphis baseball team is riding a 10-game winning streak, but the most amazing part of that streak is that the Tigers have played eight games consecutive games without postponement.

69. Main Street Communities Created 1,565 Jobs in 2014 -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development says Tennessee Main Street communities generated more than $95 million last year and created more than 1,500 jobs.

Tennessee Main Street provides technical assistance and training for communities in developing solutions to make downtowns safe and appealing.

70. Tennessee Attorney Sues Haslam Administration for Records -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A corporate tax attorney is suing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration for refusing to produce documents under the Tennessee Open Records Act.

Brett Carter of the firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings filed the lawsuit alleging a "willful violation" of open records laws in chancery court in Nashville on Wednesday.

71. Memphis Street Newspaper Marks Second Anniversary -

This weekend will mark the second anniversary of the launch of The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper that addresses the hardships of the some 2,000 Memphians living on the streets.

The first edition launched on March 21, 2013. The team behind it approached members of the homeless population and paid them to share their stories and artwork for publication, in addition to training them as vendors to sell the paper while keeping the profits.

72. Bill Seeks to Strengthen Academic Standards Review Process -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that seeks to strengthen the review process of the state's academic standards is advancing in the House.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Rep. Billy Spivey of Lewisburg advanced out of a House education subcommittee on a voice vote Wednesday.

73. City Debt Restructure Isn’t the End of Finance Debate -

The table was rectangular, not round. There was no green felt and nobody had a deck of cards. But when 10 Memphis City Council members, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Tennessee comptroller Justin Wilson gathered in the council’s committee room Tuesday, March 17, there were lots of comparisons to a poker game. And lots of money was at stake.

74. FedEx Reports Strong Profit, Earnings for Third Quarter -

FedEx Corp. delivered for investors in the third quarter, with profits jumping more than 50 percent for the Memphis-based company.

75. City Council Approves Debt Restructuring -

Memphis City Council members voted 8-4 Tuesday, March 17, to approve a proposed restructuring of city debt payments.

Council members approved Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s proposal after a day of questions for financial consulting firm PFM and Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson.

76. Facebook Marketing Strategies -

Facebook is a platform that has more than 1.39 billion monthly active users that, in theory, can be accessed for free. Seems like a no-brainer for businesses to be on board with a presence on the social media site.

77. Tennessee Education Chief Stresses Teachers are 'Valued' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has a message for the state's teachers: You're valued.

78. Council Weighs City Debt Payment Restructuring Proposal -

Memphis City Council members discuss and could vote Tuesday, March 17, on a restructuring of the city’s debt payments.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has proposed the restructuring to delay a balloon payment in 2020 that would see the city’s annual payment go from $15 million the year before to $30 million in that fiscal year.

79. Haslam to Talk Funding With School Districts -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will try to meet with the state’s four largest school districts as early as next week to discuss education funding.

The move comes as three of the four districts are actively considering a lawsuit against the state to get more funding for schools. Districts in Shelby, Knox and Hamilton counties are gathering information for a possible lawsuit. Metro Nashville Public Schools decided on Tuesday to wait at least 30 days before actively considering a lawsuit.

80. Paggio’s Salon Moving to Broad Avenue Arts District -

Paggio’s Salon is moving to the Broad Avenue Arts District later this month.

The salon is moving to 454 Bingham Street, next to T Clifton Art Gallery. All of the services the salon currently offers will be offered at the new location. The salon also has been in touch with filmmaker Willy Bearden about a photography show at the salon, and it’s been in talks with Memphis Yelp about “future events.”

81. Council Honors Streets Ministries Founder Bennett -

The founder of Memphis Streets Ministries has been awarded the Memphis City Council’s annual Humanitarian Award, the highest award the council gives.

Ken Bennett, Streets Ministries’ self-described director of soul, founded the nonprofit ministry in 1987 with a mission of working with and encouraging young Memphians growing up in poverty in the city’s toughest and most blighted neighborhoods.

82. Shaffer Joins District 5 Memphis City Council Race -

Local labor leader Paul Shaffer has joined the field of declared candidates for the District 5 seat on the Memphis City Council.

83. EFCO Corp. Leases West Memphis Industrial Space -

A large supplier of shoring for the concrete construction industry is opening a manufacturing facility in West Memphis, Ark., snatching up the last vacant industrial space in the city just across the Mississippi River.

84. Haslam Wants to Talk Funding With State School Districts -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will try to meet with the state’s four largest school districts as early as next week to discuss education funding.

The move comes as three of the four districts are actively considering a lawsuit against the state to get more funding for schools. Districts in Shelby, Knox and Hamilton counties are gathering information for a possible lawsuit. Metro Nashville Public Schools decided on Tuesday to wait at least 30 days before actively considering a lawsuit.

85. Dollar General Fourth-Quarter Profit Rises on Strong Sales Gains -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General's fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose on strengthening sales at its discount stores.

The discount retailer earned $355.4 million, or $1.17 per share, for the period ended Jan. 30. A year earlier it earned $322.2 million, or $1.01 per share.

86. Haslam Wants to Talk Funding With School Districts -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will try to meet with the state's four largest school districts as early as next week to discuss education funding.

The move comes as three of the four districts are actively considering a lawsuit against the state to get more funding for schools. Districts in Shelby, Knox and Hamilton counties are gathering information for a possible lawsuit. Metro Nashville Public Schools decided on Tuesday to wait at least 30 days before actively considering a lawsuit.

87. Sammons 'Very Interested' in Wharton's Chief Administrator Job -

The Memphis City Council and the chief administrative officer both have offices in City Hall.

But to Jack Sammons, who served on the council for more than 20 years and was Chief Administrative Officer for eight months, there is no contest over which job is better.

88. Paggio’s Salon Moving to Broad Avenue Arts District -

Paggio’s Salon is moving to the Broad Avenue Arts District later this month.

The salon is moving to 454 Bingham Street, next to T Clifton Art Gallery. All of the services the salon currently offers will be offered at the new location. The salon also has been in touch with filmmaker Willy Bearden about a photography show at the salon, and it’s been in talks with Memphis Yelp about “future events.”

89. Council Honors Streets Ministries Founder Ken Bennett -

The founder of Memphis Streets Ministries has been awarded the Memphis City Council’s annual Humanitarian Award, the highest award the council gives.

Ken Bennett, Streets Ministries’ self-described director of soul, founded the nonprofit ministry in 1987 with a mission of working with and encouraging young Memphians growing up in poverty in the city’s toughest and most blighted neighborhoods.

90. Paul Shaffer Joins District 5 Memphis City Council Race -

Local labor leader Paul Shaffer has joined the field of declared candidates for the District 5 seat on the Memphis City Council.

Shafer, leader of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 474, said in a written statement Thursday, March 5, that he intends to run for the council seat on the October ballot.

91. EFCO Corp. Leases Last West Memphis Industrial Spot -

A large supplier of shoring for the concrete construction industry is opening a manufacturing facility in West Memphis, Ark., snatching up the last vacant industrial space in the city just across the Mississippi River.

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93. Council OKs Beale Street Tourism Authority -

The Memphis City Council approved on third and final reading Tuesday, March 3, an ordinance to create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to guide future development in the entertainment district and hire a day-to-day manager of the district between Second and Fourth Streets.

94. Drive! Consortium Pushes Regional Auto Industry -

Tennessee’s bustling automotive-industry sector is going to get a whole lot busier in the coming months, at least if a large group of businesses, agencies and related parties behind the Drive! for the Future Consortium (Drive!) have anything to say about it.

95. Wave of New Retail Construction Boosts Contractors -

Retail development in the Memphis area is booming in what construction and retail officials describe as the most active period for retail construction since the recession, with everything from a massive outlet mall in Southaven to grocery stores and smaller, traditional retail centers going up.

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97. Council Delays Financial Votes, Approves Beale Street Authority -

Memphis City Council members approved a $4.5 million advance Tuesday, March 3, for the Memphis Area Transit Authority to get past a cash flow problem.

But the council delayed for two weeks a vote on a larger mid-fiscal year budget adjustment for city government in general.

98. Auto Industry Slows for Bad Weather, But Stays on Course -

DETROIT (AP) – February threw snowstorms and other roadblocks at the auto industry, but U.S. sales of new cars and trucks are still poised to hit their highest level in more than a decade this year.

99. Bill Would Restrict Where CCA Inmates Could File Lawsuits -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill has been filed in the legislature that would prevent Corrections Corporation of America from being sued anywhere in the state except for the county where the private prison is operated.

100. US Construction Spending Down 1.1 Percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending fell in January, reflecting weakness in spending on office buildings and other nonresidential projects and in government activity.

Construction spending fell 1.1 percent in January following a revised 0.8 percent increase in December, the Commerce Department reported Monday.