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1. TBI Suspends Involvement in 24th Judicial District -

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director has suspended the agency's investigations in the five-county judicial district where the high-profile homicide of a 20-year-old nursing student is being prosecuted, saying the decision comes from an argument with District Attorney General Matt Stowe.

2. FedEx Considering Baltimore Site for Distribution Hub -

BALTIMORE (AP) – FedEx is considering whether to build a distribution facility at Sparrows Point, showing interest in the steel mill property.

Baltimore County's economic development department says FedEx filed an application with the county's Development Review Committee. But no formal agreements have been signed.

3. Grizzlies Halt Golden State’s Streak -

For the starters, the best part of Tuesday night’s statement win at FedExForum came while they were on the bench.

A 20-0 run to start the second quarter – all the points coming from the Grizzlies’ reserves – turned this showdown between the two best teams in the NBA into a 105-98 victory as Memphis (20-4) stopped the Golden State Warriors’ franchise-record 16-game winning streak.

4. Beale Street Authority Takes Shape -

A new tourism development authority being proposed for the Beale Street entertainment district would not replace the Beale Street Development Corp.

5. Achievement School District Transition Details Emerge -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement Schools District superintendent Chris Barbic will meet Thursday, Dec. 18, to talk about the coming transition of five schools out of the county district and into the state-run ASD.

6. Tourism Commissioner Leaving Haslam Administration -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says his tourism commissioner, Susan Whitaker, is leaving his administration after serving in that position for 12 years.

7. Achievement School District to Add Six Memphis Schools -

Five Memphis schools that are now part of Shelby County Schools will become part of the state-run Achievement School District starting in August with the new school year.

And KIPP Memphis Public Schools will begin a new-start elementary school for kindergarten and first-graders.

8. Collierville Adds Signs to Historic District -

The town of Collierville has added new signs directing motorists on Tenn. 385 and U.S. 72 to the Downtown Historic District.

The new signs are a recognition that with last year’s completion of Tenn. 385, traffic volume is increasing along Collierville’s southern corridor.

9. 26 Industrial Properties Facing Foreclosure -

The company that purchased Farnsworth Investment Co.’s industrial portfolio in 2005 has defaulted on a $69 million loan, and now 26 of its properties are facing foreclosure, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Friday, Dec. 12, edition of The Daily News.

10. Blackie’s Body Shop Endures Changing Industry -

Cars are a lot different, and the business of an auto body shop is too, since Delmus “Blackie” Moore opened a body shop on Fourth Street in Downtown Memphis in 1951.

The business of body work is much faster, with less time for the custom work that once was much of Blackie Moore’s stock in trade.

11. New Industrial Market Takes Hold in Marshall, Fayette Counties -

In November, Volvo began operations at its new parts distribution center in Marshall County, Miss.

The 1 million-square-foot distribution center inside Panattoni Development Co.’s Gateway Global Logistics Center is the centerpiece of the company’s streamlined North American parts distribution network and helped solidify the Marshall County and Fayette County, Tenn., region as a major player in local industrial real estate.

12. 26 Industrial Properties Facing Foreclosure -

The company that purchased Farnsworth Investment Co.’s industrial portfolio in 2005 has defaulted on a $69 million loan, and now 26 of its properties are facing foreclosure, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Friday, Dec. 12, edition of The Daily News.

13. Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.

14. Armstrong’s Comments Overshadow Attorney General’s Visit -

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong had some concerns Tuesday about speaking before U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed a group of 100 local leaders at Hattiloo Theatre in Overton Square.

15. Holder Stresses Need for Police ‘Conversation’ -

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a group of 100 at Hattiloo Theatre Tuesday, Dec. 9, that the aftermath of a series of deaths at the hands of police is the return of a national conversation on the relationship between police and the communities in which they work.

16. DeSoto Sears Distribution Center Up For Lease -

Struggling retailer Sears says it remains committed to the Memphis market despite that its 800,000-square-foot distribution center in Olive Branch is being marketed for lease.

Exeter Property Group recently began marketing the once-powerful retailer’s massive distribution center at 10425 Ridgewood Drive in Olive Branch for lease, a signal to some local real estate officials that Sears – which is facing significant financial and market headwinds – could be closing the center.

17. Dollar General Misses Street 3Q Forecasts -

Dollar General Corp. reported third-quarter results Thursday that missed Wall Street expectations, and said it is still committed to buying rival discount retailer Family Dollar, which has already agreed to be bought by Dollar Tree. Dollar General said it plans to give an update on its Family Dollar bid this month.

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19. Collierville Adds Signs to Historic District -

The town of Collierville has added new signs directing motorists on Tenn. 385 and U.S. 72 to the Downtown Historic District.

The new signs are a recognition that with last year’s completion of Tenn. 385, traffic volume is increasing along Collierville’s southern corridor.

20. Maines Paper & Food Service Plans Construction -

New construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

A $3 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the facility at 11420 Gulf Stream Road, listing the scope of work as “new construction, dry storage.”

21. West Coast Strife Persists and Local Impact Remains Elusive -

Labor strife on West Coast docks isn't going to steal Christmas in Memphis, but it is having an impact locally, according to industry officials. But just how deep that impact cuts remains to be seen.

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23. Dollar General Misses Street Third-Quarter Forecasts -

Dollar General Corp. reported third-quarter results Thursday that missed Wall Street expectations, and said it is still committed to buying rival discount retailer Family Dollar, which has already agreed to be bought by Dollar Tree. Dollar General said it plans to give an update on its Family Dollar bid this month.

24. Anixter Moving Memphis Distribution Operations -

A leading supplier of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small components is relocating to a new Memphis distribution center.

Anixter International Inc., which is based in the Chicago area, has leased 100,000 square feet at 4001 Hickory Hill Road inside Memphis Distribution Center. Anixter will be relocating from 4580 S. Mendenhall Road, where DDN is expanding.

25. Americans Watch Less TV, Stream More, Report Shows -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are turning away from live TV on the tube and tuning in to streaming services, a Nielsen report says.

That's bad news for cable and satellite TV providers. Americans are increasingly watching TV shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and other services. CBS and HBO have announced standalone streaming services as well.

26. Required Minimum Distributions -

Ray's take: Once you reach age 70 1/2, you are required by law to begin taking required minimum distributions (RMD) from your tax-advantaged retirement account, or accounts, each year.

This is a time when you need to take advantage of all the tools available to make this as simple as possible as well as to allow the volatility of the markets to work for you.

27. Rolling Along: RV Industry Maintains Momentum -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – RV manufacturers have made up more ground since being sideswiped by the Great Recession, and production of the rolling homes is expected to return next year to levels seen before the economic downturn hit.

28. Simonson Joins IRIS Orchestra Staff -

Jenna Simonson has joined IRIS Orchestra as community relations coordinator. In her new role, Simonson will oversee community engagement programs and office management for the orchestra, which kicked off its 15th season in October.

29. Consumer Sentiment Rises for 4th Straight Month -

Greater optimism about income growth and future spending pushed U.S. consumer sentiment to a fresh 7-year high in November.

The University of Michigan said Wednesday that its index of consumer sentiment rose to 88.8 in November from 86.9 in October. That's the highest since July 2007, five months before the Great Recession began.

30. EDGE Approves Graceland Taxing District -

A special taxing district to help pay for a massive redevelopment of the sprawling Graceland campus is one step closer to reality.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved Tuesday, Nov. 25, the creation of a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district around Graceland, one of the city's most visited attractions and powerful economic engines.

31. Southwest’s Next Goal: Industrial Training Center -

As Southwest Tennessee Community College leaders formally opened a new nursing school building Downtown last week, the institution was making progress toward its next major capital project.

It is a $3.5 million Industrial Readiness Training center to be built at the school’s Macon Cove campus.

32. EDGE Approves Creation of Graceland TIF District -

A special taxing district to help pay for a massive redevelopment of Graceland came one step closer to reality Tuesday.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved the creation of a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district around Graceland Tuesday, Nov. 25.

33. Southwest’s Next Goal: Industrial Training Center -

As Southwest Tennessee Community College leaders formally opened a new nursing school building Downtown last week, the institution was making progress toward its next major capital project.

It is a $3.5 million Industrial Readiness Training center to be built at the school’s Macon Cove campus.

34. Home Price Gains Slow for 10th Straight Month -

U.S. home prices rose in September at the slowest pace in more than two years, reflecting modest sales gains and a rising number of available homes.

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 4.9 percent in September from 12 months earlier. But that’s down from 5.6 percent in August and the smallest gain since October 2012. The September figures are the latest available.

35. Strange Encounters of the Literary Kind -

The main character in this column is the Bard himself, Willie Shakespeare. So, if you’re anti-poetry, see ya!

This is a recycle, even though I’m not on vacation this week. As I wrote in June 1995, “With a deadline every week, I occasionally find it necessary to tell a story only because it cries out to be told.

36. In Wake of Spotify Pullout, Music Industry Debates Streaming -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – From board rooms in Japan to songwriter's rooms in Nashville, a debate is brewing in music industry circles about the financial and creative value of streaming music, even as its popularity and impact skyrocket.

37. House GOP Sues Administration Over Health Care Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans sued the Obama administration on Friday over its implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law, saying he had overstepped his legal authority in carrying out the program.

38. Study: Banking Industry Culture Fosters Cheating -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The banking industry seems to bring out dishonesty in people, a new study suggests.

A team of Swiss economists tested the honesty of bank employees in a lab game that would pay off in cash if they cheated. When workers at an unnamed bank were asked about their home life, they were about as honest as the general public. But employees who had just been asked about work at the bank cheated 16 percent more.

39. Handling the Stress of Thanksgiving Air Travel -

Do you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? You’re not alone, as Airlines for America has projected 24.6 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period.

40. Makowsky Ringel Greenberg Still Going Strong -

In 2008, Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC acquired land inside the Schilling Farms community in Collierville for a new high-end apartment development.

41. Target Eyeing Memphis Area for Distribution Center -

Target is eyeing the Memphis area for an industrial project that could create up to 600 jobs, according to multiple sources.

The Minneapolis-based retail giant is considering sites in DeSoto County and Memphis for a distribution center and could soon seek incentives from Memphis and Shelby County, the sources said.

42. Barbic Counters Achievement School District Opposition -

Tennessee Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic on Wednesday responded for the first time to vocal opposition to the state-run district.

In an interview on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines,” Barbic said opposition to the ASD is about the same as it has been over the last two years. The program airs Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. and his hosted by Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News.

43. Harahan Boardwalk Construction Begins -

It was about four years ago that a group of Memphians flew to Omaha, Neb., to talk with Union Pacific railroad executives about building a bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Railroad Bridge across the Mississippi River.

44. US Construction Spending Down for Second Month -

U.S. construction spending fell for a second straight month in September as a slight rebound in housing was offset by further declines in nonresidential building and in government projects.

Construction spending dropped 0.4 percent in September compared to August when spending fell 0.5 percent, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

45. Haslam Administration Pays $1M in Settlements -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has paid out $1 million in secret settlements related to moving state employees around downtown Nashville.

WTVF-TV reports that it obtained the confidential settlement agreements with the owner of an office building and moving service through state open records laws.

46. Lipscomb & Pitts Earns Industry Designation -

Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance has been named one of the “Best Agencies to Work For” in the U.S., as recognized by the publication “Insurance Journal.”

The list on which Lipscomb & Pitts was included was released in the publication’s October issue. The agency placed “Silver” for the Southeast in the ranking.

47. Report: Casino Revenue Up As Economy Strengthens -

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Revenue at U.S. casinos jumped more than 6 percent in 2012, the first significant increase in three years as economic growth picked up speed and more casinos opened in several markets.

48. Tennessee Lawmakers Readying New Abortion Restrictions -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – With the passage of a constitutional amendment that gives Tennessee lawmakers more power to restrict abortion, they are planning to do just that.

Although Tennessee has some restrictions, the state lacks the mandatory counseling and waiting periods that are in place in all eight states that share its border.

49. Haslam Administration Pays $1 Million in Settlements -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has paid out $1 million in secret settlements related to moving state employees around downtown Nashville.

WTVF-TV reports that it obtained the confidential settlement agreements with the owner of an office building and moving service through state open records laws.

50. Lipscomb & Pitts Earns Industry Designation -

Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance has been named one of the “Best Agencies to Work For” in the U.S., as recognized by the publication “Insurance Journal.”

The list on which Lipscomb & Pitts was included was released in the publication’s October issue. The agency placed “Silver” for the Southeast in the ranking.

51. Grizzlies' Tony Allen Fined for Striking Camera -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The NBA has fined Grizzlies guard Tony Allen $15,000 for intentionally striking a camera on the baseline during Memphis' win over New Orleans.

52. Ramirez Stresses Alignment in Schools Position -

The new chief academic officer for Shelby County Schools sees herself as being like the conductor of an orchestra.

“Now we’ve got to make sure everybody knows which song we are playing, make sure their instruments are in tune and ready to go,” said Heidi Ramirez last week as she was still making the move to Memphis, where she officially begins her duties later this month.

53. Skip Check-In; Latest Hotel Room Key is Your Phone -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hotels don't want guests to have to linger at the front desk – or even stop by at all.

New programs are helping speed up the check-in process for busy travelers, or in at least one case, letting them go straight to their rooms by using their smartphone to unlock doors.

54. Killer of Comic 'Stringbean' Being Released -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The killer of Grand Ole Opry and "Hee Haw" comic David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife, Estelle, is being released from prison after spending 40 years behind bars.

55. US Construction Spending Down for Second Month -

U.S. construction spending fell for a second straight month in September as a slight rebound in housing was offset by further declines in nonresidential building and in government projects.

Construction spending dropped 0.4 percent in September compared to August when spending fell 0.5 percent, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

56. Chancery Court Clerk Names Hall Administrator -

Attorney Aaron Hall is the new chief administrative officer of the Shelby County Chancery Court Clerk’s office.

57. Staples Closes Stores, Keeps Distribution Center -

Just a few years after entering the Memphis market, Staples Inc. has closed all of its local stores, including a location on a prime piece of commercial real estate in East Memphis.

58. Dobbs Makes Strong Case for Vols Starting QB Job -

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones faces a big question this week about his starting quarterback for Saturday night’s game at South Carolina.

Will it be sophomore Josh Dobbs, whose impressive debut off the bench in last Saturday’s 34-20 loss to No. 4-ranked Alabama gave UT a dual-threat QB?

59. Gold Strike to Host Miss Mississippi Pageants -

Gold Strike Casino Resort will host the 2015 Miss Mississippi USA and Miss Mississippi Teen USA pageant this weekend in the Millennium Theatre.

This is the first time the pageants have been held at the Tunica resort. Thirty contestants from across the state will vie for title of Miss Mississippi USA, and 31 will compete for the title of Miss Mississippi Teen USA.

60. Early Voting May Have Strong Finish -

Early voting in advance of the Nov. 4 election day looks like it will finish strong in Shelby County in the last four days.

Turnout at the 21 early voting sites across the county spiked to 8,749 on Tuesday, Oct. 28, the highest daily total since the early voting period began Oct. 15. There were 8,150 early voters the day before.

61. Achievement Schools Opposition Finds Frustration -

Charter school operators who are being considered for the next round of schools entering the state-run Achievement School District are facing the most organized opposition effort in the three-year history of the district in Memphis.

62. US Home Price Gains Slow for Fourth Straight Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices grew more slowly in August amid modest sales, a trend that could help make homes more affordable in the months ahead.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, rose 5.6 percent in August from 12 months earlier. That's down from 6.7 percent in July and the smallest gain since November 2012. Home prices were rising at a double-digit pace as recently as March.

63. Staples Closes Memphis Stores, Keeps Distribution Center -

Just a few years after entering the Memphis market, Staples Inc. has closed all of its local stores, including a location on a prime piece of commercial real estate in East Memphis.

64. Succession Plan Charts Future For Linkous Construction -

As children, Jamie and Rusty Linkous used to hop in the family vehicle with their parents, R.E. and Clare Linkous, and visit work sites, watching firsthand the hard work their parents put into altering the built landscape of the city.

65. US Stocks Jump Following Strong Corporate Earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — A combination of strong company earnings and encouraging economic reports, both in the U.S. and Europe, gave the stock market another day of solid gains on Thursday.

Caterpillar jumped after its third-quarter earnings report was better than Wall Street analysts had been expecting. The company also raised its profit outlook for the year. 3M, the maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics, was among other companies that gained after releasing impressive third-quarter results.

66. Wine Sales Debate Enters Stretch Run -

Josh Hammond, the president of Buster’s Liquor and Wines, sums up the position he has to overcome in a word – convenience.

That is how backers of the referendums on the Nov. 4 ballot to allow wine sales in food stores are selling the proposition to voters via television ads as early voters are making their choices on the questions in Memphis, Bartlett, Collierville, Arlington, Millington and Germantown.

67. Survey: Pay Raises Rarer Despite Strong US Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.

68. Slive’s Influence Stretches Beyond SEC -

What would the NFL be today if Pete Rozelle had never been the league’s commissioner? We might still just be watching pro football on Sunday afternoons.

Rozelle’s name belongs in the same conversation with retiring Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive. Because what Rozelle did for the pro game – pushing the idea of Monday football for but one example – Slive has done for the SEC and college football overall.

69. Tigers Look to Johnson to be Floor Maestro -

Most of them, the ones that become their college basketball team’s leading scorer or the guy that runs the show from the point, were always obvious talents.

You know the type, best player on the court at age 6 when all the other kids are carrying the basketball like a football or dribbling the ball off their knees.

70. Killer of Country Comic 'Stringbean' Gets Parole -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The killer of country comic David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife, Estelle, has been granted parole after 40 years in prison.

John A. Brown was originally sentenced to 198 years. The board had denied several previous parole requests.

71. Tin Roof Launching Beale Street Renovations -

A Nashville-based bar and restaurant chain is preparing to renovate the former Hard Rock Café location on Beale Street.

Tin Roof has applied for a $1.5 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to begin a makeover of the 11,500-square-foot building Hard Rock occupied at 315 Beale St. Founded in 2002, Tin Roof now has 13 locations, and the Beale Street one is the company’s first in Memphis.

72. Poll: Many Insured Struggle With Medical Bills -

WASHINGTON (AP) – They have health insurance, but still no peace of mind. Overall, 1 in 4 privately insured adults say they doubt they could pay for a major unexpected illness or injury.

73. Three Companies Seek PILOTs for Distribution Projects -

Three companies are exploring Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

The third-party logistics arm of FedEx is considering an expansion in Memphis.

FedEx Supply Chain Systems Inc. is seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes freeze to grow its local operations by investing $6.8 million in a 454,713-square-foot warehouse at 5050 E. Holmes Road and creating 87 new jobs.

74. Acceleration Sports Gets All Ages Stronger -

If personal trainer/performance coach Stacy Peterson could help volleyball players at the Hutchison School, including their own daughters, then maybe she could help them, too.

75. Is Showing a House to a Stranger Worth the Risk? -

The real estate community was saddened last week to learn of the murder of one of its own when the body of Little Rock real estate broker Beverly Carter was discovered in a shallow grave days after she had been reported missing.

76. US Mortgage Rates Down for Third Straight Week -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average U.S. mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, making it more affordable to borrow to buy a home.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year loan fell to 4.12 percent from 4.19 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, also declined to 3.3 percent from 3.36 percent.

77. Collins Taps Frustration in Possible Mayoral Challenge -

Memphis City Council member Harold Collins took his exploratory campaign for Memphis Mayor to the Evergreen Historic District just days after launching the effort on social media.

78. Obama Claims Progress on Wall Street Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A year after prodding financial regulators to act more swiftly to rein in Wall Street, President Barack Obama on Monday claimed progress in toughening banking rules but urged bank overseers to consider additional ways to prevent the kind of risk-taking that precipitated the 2008 financial crisis.

79. Broadening District -

When he goes out to eat, Jackson Kramer tends to prefer small plates, sharing items with his wife, talking back and forth about the food and generally making the experience of cleaning one’s plate a communal experience.

80. Lipscomb & Pitts Retains Industry Designation -

Memphis-based Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance has retained its status as part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the U.S. participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America “Best Practices” study group.

81. Airport Pedestrian Plaza Design Wins Award -

Landscape architecture firm Ritchie Smith Associates has been honored for its design of the pedestrian plaza at Memphis International Airport.

The Honor Award from the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects was presented this month at the group’s annual meeting in Chattanooga.

82. Downtown Knoxville Tourism Finally Finds its Stride -

When Kim Trent moved to Knoxville in 1990, she could stand along Gay Street on a Sunday and be the only soul in sight. Today, she’s a face in the crowd.

83. Focus On Your Strengths -

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of sitting on a career panel about making the right career moves. In a packed room, we covered everything from preparing for a job interview to how office politics can influence promotions at work.

84. Lipscomb & Pitts Retains Industry Designation -

Memphis-based Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance has retained its status as part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the U.S. participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America “Best Practices” study group.

85. Cops Talk Changes in Youth Crime Strategy -

Memphis Police brass plan to put uniform police officers on some Memphis Area Transit Authority buses.

The effort aimed at teenagers riding city buses before and after school is one of several indications Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration continues to search for answers to youth violence after two reported teenage mob attacks in three weeks.

86. Study: Gambling Industry Worth $240 Billion, 1.7 Million Jobs -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – U.S. casinos and the makers of the games found inside had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013, a study shows.

That includes $38 billion in local, state and federal taxes the industry said it paid last year in gambling fees, property taxes, income taxes and more. Unlike prior studies, the report included the impact tribal gambling and some legal online gaming has had on the economy.

87. Airport Pedestrian Plaza Design Wins Award -

Landscape architecture firm Ritchie Smith Associates has been honored for its design of the pedestrian plaza at Memphis International Airport.

The Honor Award from the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects was presented this month at the group’s annual meeting in Chattanooga.

88. Viability of Black Creative Districts Explored -

Several weeks ago, Eric Robertson, the president of the neighborhood revitalization intermediary Community LIFT, was showing a group of visitors around the city’s various creative and entertainment districts.

89. Struggling BlackBerry Releases New Phone -

TORONTO (AP) – BlackBerry launched a new smartphone Wednesday as the embattled Canadian company hopes for a comeback.

Chief executive John Chen unveiled a large-screen, square sized phone called the Passport to a Toronto audience. London and Dubai also hosted launch events. No event was held in the U. S. where analysts say there is little demand or carrier interest.

90. Sergeant’s Pet Care Closing Memphis Distribution Center -

Sergeant's Pet Care Products will close its Memphis distribution facility and shift those operations to Omaha, Neb., according to press reports.

Sergeant’s will shift around 60 jobs from Memphis to a 350,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center under construction now in the Omaha area, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

91. Johnson Named Memphis Law School Registrar -

Jamie M. Johnson has joined the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law as law school registrar.

In her new role, Johnson will have direct oversight of the registrar’s office and duties relating to enrollment verification, managing student’s academic records, and ensuring the accuracy, integrity, maintenance and delivery of all law school institutional data. Johnson will also work closely with the dean of academic affairs to administer exams, determine class rank and report grades.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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.