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1. The ABCs of Decision Leadership -

When we, as managers, delegate decision-making authority, we don’t delegate accountability because we cannot. And lest we forget, one bad decision, in the face of uncertainty, can destroy so much value.

2. Coke Bets on 'Premium Milk' to Boost Declining Category -

NEW YORK (AP) – Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it's betting people will pay twice as much for it.

The national rollout of Fairlife over the next several weeks marks Coca-Cola's entry into the milk case in the U.S. and is one way the world's biggest beverage maker is diversifying its offerings as Americans continue turning away from soft drinks.

3. McDonald's New CEO Faces Onslaught of Competition -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's new boss must feel like a freshly crowned king under siege.

The world's biggest hamburger chain is facing an onslaught of competition, from better-burger chains like Five Guys to brands like Chipotle that tout the superior quality of their ingredients.

4. Bringing Out the Best in Others -

According to John D. Rockefeller, “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” The best leaders, employers, or workplaces are the ones that understand that just below the surface of average, waiting to be ignited, is the extraordinary.

5. Former University of Memphis Provost Ralph Faudree Dies -

Ralph Faudree, the former provost of the University of Memphis from 2001 to his retirement in 2012, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, according to the university.

Faudree also served as interim president of the university between the departure of V. Lane Rawlins and the arrival of Shirley Raines.

6. SEC Title Game One Chapter in Great Season -

In this, the last of the season’s weekly college football notebooks, we take a quick spin around the SEC now that the regular season is finished.

SEC championship game: Sure, a lot of people picked Alabama to be in next Saturday’s game at the Georgia Dome. But be honest now, did you have their lone loss coming at Ole Miss? No, didn’t think so.

7. Finding Many Uses for ‘Beat’ -

What do a dead horse and a hasty retreat have in common? Same thing that around the bush has in common with a path to your door. They all become in-the-language phrases when the word beat is placed in front of them.

8. Presenting Mid-October Economic Snapshot -

The heightened volatility month of October continued last week. On Wednesday alone, the Dow Jones Industrial Average moved nearly 460 points from its high point in the day to its low point (before closing in between). Granted, a 400-point move from a 16,000 altitude translates into much milder percentage moves when compared to a similar move off of a lower base, but with the number on CNBC constantly, it gives investors pause.

9. Three Companies Seek PILOTs for Projects -

Three companies – including a wing of Memphis-based FedEx – are considering investing more than $25 million in Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

“It's always good to see FedEx expanding and the other two projects appear to be new to Memphis,” said Kemp Conrad, principal of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors. “This balanced growth is encouraging and we expect more good news later in the fourth quarter."

10. Leadership and Fundraising -

“... The true leader can be recognized because somehow or other his people consistently turn in superior performances. ... A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others. Success without a successor is failure.”

11. Legal Obligation -

The package arrived at the FedEx facility in Spokane, Wash., in early July, and as it moved along the parcel delivery system a conveyor belt malfunctioned and damaged the shipping box.

A FedEx employee inspecting the damaged package discovered what was believed to be illegal prescription pills in the container and the company contacted law enforcement, including the Spokane Police Department and the local Drug Enforcement Administration office.

12. Dollar General Still Wants to Buy Family Dollar -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dollar General Corp. said it still wants to buy rival Family Dollar, even though its nearly $9 billion offer was rejected by the discount retailer last week.

13. Tigers Seek Consistency From Goodwin, Nichols -

Last season, any basketball doctor examining the state of the Memphis Tigers would have started by taking the pulse of the backcourt.

Typically, the Tigers needed at least two of their four senior guards to be pumping out points, energy and defense or the team was going to flounder.

14. FedEx Charged With Illegal Pharmacy Deliveries -

FedEx’s couriers in several states told company officials they suspected they were delivering illegal prescription pills, saying that delivery addresses included schools, parking lots and vacant buildings where people were lined up waiting to retrieve their shipments.

15. Primacy Parkway Office Building Sells for $7 Million -

6060 Primacy Parkway
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $6.9 million

Sale Date: June 27, 2014
Buyer: LSREF2 Newton LLC
Seller: Hub Properties Trust
Details: The 130,593-square-foot office building at 6060 Primacy Parkway in East Memphis has sold for $6.9 million.

16. Midtown Apartment Buildings Fetch $1.3 Million -

A pair of 16-unit, garden-style apartment buildings at 1772 Madison Ave. and 1775 Madison Ave. in Midtown have sold for a combined $1.3 million.

17. Questions Raised About 100 N. Main Developer -


Clarification: The article in the June 16 issue of The Memphis Daily News about 100 N. Main developer Isaac Thomas contains facts from a judge’s opinion rendered after a civil judgment – not a criminal case – in Connecticut that held Thomas liable for an investor's $80,000 loss in a real estate venture. After a civil trial, Thomas was found liable under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act and was ordered to pay $160,000 plus attorney fees and costs. While he was also found liable for conversion, unjust enrichment and breach of fiduciary duty, no additional damages were awarded for those claims. Thomas was not criminally charged.

18. 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.

19. Wheeler Says FCC Won't Allow Internet ‘Slow Lane' -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The nation's top telecommunications regulator defended his latest proposal to protect an open Internet, warning cable companies that manipulating data traffic on their networks for profit would not be tolerated.

20. US Says Average Airfares Rising Slowly -

DALLAS (AP) – The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the average domestic airfare rose to $381 in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 0.3 percent increase from a year earlier.

21. Latest Airline Perk: Safe Distance From the Masses -

NEW YORK (AP) – On flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong, first-class passengers can enjoy a Mesclun salad with king crab or a grilled USDA prime beef tenderloin, stretch out in a 3-foot-wide seat that converts to a bed and wash it all down with a pre-slumber Krug "Grande Cuvee" Brut Champagne.

22. Preaching to Meddling -

OUR NEW PHARISEES. Pharisee |'farese|, noun

• a member of an ancient religious sect, distinguished by strict observance of traditional and written law, commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity.

23. Jos. A. Bank Buying Eddie Bauer in $825 Million Deal -

After months of flirting with the idea of combining with a rival, Jos. A. Bank has decided it is better suited for another men's clothing brand.

24. Science, Not Muscle, Driving Many Olympic Wins -

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) – Nineteen-year-old Slovakian luger Josef Petrulak competed in the Sochi Olympics in a 22-year-old sled. That's right: His sled is three years older than he is. His German rivals get a new sled every year, designed by BMW and calibrated to whoosh faster, smoother and smarter every season.

25. FDA Approves New Leukemia Drug From Roche -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new drug from Roche to help treat patients with a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

The agency cleared Gazyva to fight chronic lymphocytic leukemia in combination with chemotherapy in patients who haven't previously been treated for the disease.

26. You Should Play to Win in Business -

A.G. Lafley, CEO of Procter & Gamble, the keynote speaker at the FedEx Institute of Technology’s Innovation Expo, shared a wealth of insights on leadership and strategy from his experience and his collaboration with Peter Drucker. However, his most impactful message was so simple, many in the audience may have missed it – strategy is about making choices. That’s all there is to it. Make decisions about what business you are in, how you win in this business and then stick to them.

27. Lafarge Sells Presidents Island Property to Two Buyers -

An affiliate of Chicago-based construction material supplier Lafarge North America has sold the industrial property at 2459 Channel Ave. on Presidents Island to two buyers for a combined $2.8 million.

28. AutoZone Reports Mixed Quarterly Results -

AutoZone Inc. arguably has shifted temporarily into the slow lane, but the Memphis-based auto parts retailer is confident its engine still has enough horsepower to outrace the competition.

29. Thoughts on Budget Season -

For many of you, it’s that time of year again. It’s the season to complete your budgets. So, what’s the deal with budgets? Is all this budgeting activity worthwhile or not? I honestly don't know. Perhaps the most accurate answer is, maybe.

30. AP Exclusive: Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future -

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – You can feel the spirit of George Eastman in Antonio Perez's office.

A picture of Eastman, who founded Kodak in 1880, sits among the current CEO's collection of family photos. The outer areas of Perez's office, built and first inhabited by Eastman about a century ago, include some of Kodak's Oscar and Emmy awards, along with a collection of historic photos. A large portrait of Eastman, who died in 1932, hangs near the entrance.

31. Dell Delays Vote on Buyout, Sign It Lacks Support -

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) – Dell has delayed Thursday's vote on founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private in a sign the board needs more time to rally support.

32. Shareholders Voting on $24.4 Billion Dell Buyout -

DALLAS (AP) – Dell Inc. is making a late push to win shareholder support for founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private, an indication that Thursday's scheduled vote could be close.

33. Kronos Aims to Bring Green Energy to All -

Kronos Energy Solutions is hard at work on a new hybrid charging system for electric cars, which it hopes to debut in the next six to nine months, and the company is also making plans for possible expansion of its headquarters in Cordova by early next year.

34. New EmergeMemphis Head Brings Big Ambitions -

On his first day as the new president and CEO of EmergeMemphis, Carlton Crothers talked about a grand vision of “creating an innovation ecosystem” in Memphis.

Crothers is the new head of an organization formed in 2001 that serves as an incubator for high-growth companies. He comes to Emerge from Innovation Ecosystem Design in Dallas, with a long career of entrepreneurship-related endeavors behind him.

35. Grizzlies Confident Despite Odds Against Them -

The Grizzlies have to win four of five to beat the San Antonio Spurs and advance to the NBA Finals. In other words, if reality itself could hold up a towel it would read: “I don’t bluff.”

The Grizzlies dropped the first two games in San Antonio and, historically speaking, a fool would soon part with his money if betting on the Grizzlies to come back and win the series. Because when a team wins the first two games of a seven-game series, it goes on to win that series 93.7 percent of the time. The Grizzlies already have upset these odds once, falling behind the Los Angeles Clippers 0-2 in this year’s opening-round playoff series before rallying to win four straight.

36. Saint Francis Earns Tenet Circle of Excellence -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis said it has received Tenet’s 2013 Circle of Excellence Award.

The 519-bed Memphis hospital is one of nine Tenet Healthcare Corp.-owned hospitals recognized for superior quality care, service excellence and operational performance. Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare operates 49 hospitals and 124 outpatient centers in the U.S.

37. Saint Francis Memphis Earns Tenet Circle of Excellence -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis said it has received Tenet’s 2013 Circle of Excellence Award.

The 519-bed Memphis hospital is one of nine Tenet Healthcare Corp.-owned hospitals recognized for superior quality care, service excellence and operational performance. Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare operates 49 hospitals and 124 outpatient centers in the U.S.

38. Obama Nominates Pritzker, Froman for Economic Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday chose two old friends with corporate executive experience for top posts on his economic team, naming longtime fundraiser Penny Pritzker as Commerce secretary and adviser Michael Froman as U.S. Trade Representative.

39. Grizzlies Flip Script on Clippers Series -

A quick rewind, back to those desperate days after the first two games of the Grizzlies-Clippers series in Los Angeles. You remember those days, right? Grizzlies in a 0-2 hole and, in the first game, looking totally outclassed.

40. Dell Board Will Deal With Icahn, Blackstone -

Michael Dell may have to hike the price he's willing to pay if he wants to take the computer company he founded private, thanks to competition from two new acquisition offers.

A special committee of independent Dell Inc. directors said Monday that it will negotiate with buyout specialist Blackstone Group and activist investor Carl Icahn over bids that rival an offer of more than $24 billion from CEO and Chairman Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners.

41. Whalum, Woods Differ on Schools Mediation -

Two countywide school board members who ran against each other for the same seat on the school board last year agree that the 23-member board is doing the best it can to make decisions about the schools merger.

42. Memphis Investment Firm at Odds With Dell -

Following Memphis-based Southeastern Asset Management’s public opposition to Dell Inc.’s proposed $24.4 billion buyout, the Texas-based tech company is trying to reassure shareholders that the deal will be beneficial.

43. Retailers Report Strong January Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sometimes, the devil is in the deals. Americans shopped the winter clearance racks in January, resulting in strong sales during the month for retailers.

But spending is expected to slow as the deals dry up heading into the spring, and Americans digest rising gas prices and a 2 percent payroll tax hike that started in January.

44. US Sues Standard & Poor's Over Pre-Crisis Mortgage Ratings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government says Standard & Poor's knowingly inflated its ratings on risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis.

The credit rating agency gave high marks to mortgage-backed securities because it wanted to earn more business from the banks that issued the investments, the Justice Department alleges in charges filed in federal court in Los Angeles .

45. Time to Ease Up on PDA With C-USA -

Josh Pastner adores Conference USA. If he were to put this sentiment to music, he would pick up a guitar and sing C-USA-inspired tributes such as “Hard to Love” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” As it is, he will send Valentine’s Day roses and chocolates to the league’s administrative offices in Irving, Texas.

46. ‘Judge-Sicle’ Murder Mystery Thrills to the End -

How could I not read the latest David Rosenfelt novel, “Airtight?” How could I not?! The author’s very publicist himself sent me an advance reading copy, asking that I do so. That, plus the book starts out with the murder of a judge, and I obviously want that case cracked, right?

47. Caylor to Lead Home Builders Through Changing Times -

Don Caylor has been in the construction business for more than three decades and has been a member of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association for just as long.

He started Summerset Homes Inc. with his brother Bob Caylor in 1982, back when out-of-the-office messages were relayed through pink “while you were out” notepads and nearby dime-operated payphones were the main source of contact while out on the job.

48. Mallory’s Career Prepares Him for Logistics Council -

When W. Neely Mallory III learned in late July that he had been appointed chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Regional Logistics Council, he was honored to assume that leadership role, he said.

49. No Time for Chicken Littles -

This is no time to get chicken … As we meet with more and more of the mid-market companies in America, we are astounded at how many of them are hiding under their desk “riding the recession out.” The old “Story of Chicken Little” comes to mind:

50. Study: Less Religious States Give Less to Charity -

BOSTON (AP) – A new study on the generosity of Americans suggests that states with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity.

The study released Monday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that residents in states where religious participation is higher than the rest of the nation, particularly in the South, gave the greatest percentage of their discretionary income to charity.

51. Transcript: Luttrell Discusses Schools, Other Issues Facing County -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell talked several weeks ago with The Memphis News editorial board about the coming merger of schools and the creation of municipal school districts.

The conversation took place a few days before voters in all six suburban towns and cities approved the creation of municipal school districts.

52. Sales Tax Weekend Boost for Biz, Consumers -

Mignonne Wright is looking forward to this weekend. Friday, Aug. 3, kicks off the state’s yearly three-day sales tax holiday that can fuel a boost in business for retailers that carry certain clothing, school supplies and computers.

53. FDA Probes Safety Issues With Metal Hip Implants -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Metal hip replacements implanted in a half-million Americans may be failing earlier than expected, but it could be years before U.S. health regulators have a clear picture of the scope of the problem.

54. St. Jude, Le Bonheur Ranked Among Best -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis were both named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-2013 Best Children’s Hospitals.

St. Jude ranked No. 6 in the nation for pediatric cancer treatment. Areas in which St. Jude was rated “superior” included the hospital’s infection-prevention program; commitment to best practices; bone marrow transplant services; nurse-to-patient ratio; commitment to clinical research; and engagement with parents and family.

55. Market Value -

Investor Warren Buffett admitted in his annual letter to shareholders recently that he was “dead wrong” in his early 2011 prediction that the housing market would have begun recovery by now.

56. Privatization Thoughts Highlight Changes -

Here’s a roundup of what some of the city’s banks and bankers, investment professionals, mortgage brokers, asset management firms and other financial services shops have been up to in recent weeks.

57. America Still Waiting For Next Great Tennis Champ -

Before last year’s U.S. Open, GQ asked a question with John McEnroe-like bluntness: “Why does America suck at tennis?”

It’s an offensive question to American Ryan Sweeting, 24, playing at this week’s Regions Morgan Keegan Championships at The Racquet Club of Memphis, and ranked 78th on the ATP World Tour.

58. Comfort Inn Downtown Wins Gold Hospitality Award -

The Comfort Inn Downtown, 100 N. Main St., was recently announced as a recipient of a prestigious 2012 Gold Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International Inc., franchisor of the Comfort brand.

59. Sum Greater Than Parts for This Grizzlies Squad -

Team identities are never static. When Rudy Gay was injured last season, the Memphis Grizzlies formed a new identity, one even more devoted to the interior game and feeding the ball to power forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol.

60. First Horizon Posts Q4, Yearly Profit -

A little more than three years removed from the worst of the credit crisis and with a new chairman of the board in place, the parent company of the largest Tennessee-based bank posted solid fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 numbers Friday, Jan. 20.

61. First Horizon Posts Profit for Q4, Full Year -

A little more than three years removed from the worst of the credit crisis and with a new chairman of the board in place, the parent company of the largest Tennessee-based bank posted solid fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 numbers Friday, Jan. 20.

62. New Grape Yields Tasty Red Wine -

If you drink a wide range of wines, you probably know the names of most of the important grapes. I mean, you don’t have to take a wine class or even read a book to remember chardonnay, chenin blanc, pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc; cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, syrah, zinfandel.

63. AMR's American Eagle May Cut 223 Jobs in February -

DALLAS (AP) – American Eagle, the regional-flying affiliate of American Airlines, may furlough 223 Texas-based pilots and flight attendants in February as the company cuts costs under bankruptcy protection.

64. Education Key to Life Sciences Jobs -

As pioneers in industrial real estate, we’ve forever beaten the drum about our area’s logistics prowess. We’ve been known as America’s Distribution Center for decades, with a transportation hub that boasts superior rail, roadway, river and air cargo access.

65. Throckmorton Ready For Changing Role at St. Mary’s -

When the announcement was made during a chapel session to the St. Mary’s Episcopal School student body in mid-October that Albert Throckmorton would be the new head of school, applause broke out once the first syllable of his name was announced.

66. Expectations High as Tigers Look to Build on Success -

After the University of Memphis Tigers’ first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Arizona, guard Joe Jackson might have fired up the grill and tossed his team warm-up onto the flames.

67. Fed-Up Consumers Planning for 'Bank Transfer Day' -

NEW YORK (AP) – It's moving day for bank customers.

A grassroots movement that sprang to life last month is urging bank customers to close their accounts in favor of credit unions by Saturday.

68. Venture Forth, Entrepreneurs -

As a general rule, when an entrepreneur is trying to obtain capital, first approaching family members and friends and then banks is the least “costly” approach. When attempting to work with a venture capitalist, the entrepreneur might have to give up more control, but typically ends up with much more to gain because working with venture capitalists opens the door to networking opportunities, new contacts and more access to additional funding.

69. Council to Vote on Wrecker-Service Rules -

Memphis City Council members take up the complex and emotional subject of wrecker-service rules again at the Tuesday, Nov. 1, council session.

Up for third and final reading is the ordinance that would change the procedures in a growing industry governed by a complex set of rules and long-held customs.

70. MacAdvantage Changes Hands, Moves to Erin Way Center -

MacAdvantage Inc. is one of Tennessee’s only two Apple Specialist stores – a name that carries a certain amount of pride to an independent Apple dealer because of the hard work it takes to reach that goal.

71. Fidelity Expands 529 College Savings Options -

BOSTON (AP) – Fidelity Investments is opening up some of its college savings plans by including other companies' mutual funds on its menu of investment options, rather than restricting investors to Fidelity's own funds.

72. Commercial Bank Achieves 5-Star Strength Rating -

Commercial Bank and Trust Co. has achieved a 5-Star Superior rating for financial strength and stability from Florida-based BauerFinancial Inc.

73. Front Street Property For Sale After Foreclosure -

A first-run foreclosure notice on a multimillion-dollar property on South Front Street in Downtown Memphis appears in the Tuesday, Aug. 30, issue of The Daily News and also at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

74. Classic Chianti Brings Heady Flavor to Glass -

Acouple of months ago in this column, I recommended the Bindi Sergardi Chianti Colli Senesi 2008, a 100 percent sangiovese wine that represents good value at about $15 or $16. Today, let me offer that wine’s sort of big brother, the Bindi Sergardi Chianti Classico 2007, made not in the hills near the city of Siena, but closer to and south of Florence, the cradle of Chianti Classico and the sangiovese grape.

75. Whitehead Promoted At Obsidian -

Thomas Whitehead has been promoted to account manager at Obsidian Public Relations.

Hometown: Brandon, Miss.

76. Concoction True Taste of Caribbean -

The Dark and Stormy is a proprietary or brand-specific cocktail in that Gosling’s Black Seal Bermuda Rum has a lock on it. The drink, a combination of the already mentioned Gosling’s Black Seal Bermuda Rum and Barritt’s Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer – how brand-specific is that? – is popular in the Caribbean and up along the sailing centers of America’s Eastern Seaboard. It’s simple to make and tasty but rather one-dimensional in effect, yet sipping its amber-tinted effervescence definitely puts one in a mood to kiss the captain’s wife and batten down the hatches.

77. The Dive Shop Celebrates 50 Years in Business -

The Dive Shop in East Memphis will celebrate its 50th year in business Saturday, July 23. The event, an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature food and music as well as seminars on a variety of diving topics and photography from local photographers’ trips around the world.

78. Handle Patients With Care -

I’m going to tell you what will sound like a fairytale. I have the pleasure of having an ideal family physician, Dr. John Avgeris, who has an ideal nurse, Cynthia Singler. They both have the perfect pairing of medical knowledge and patient concern.

79. Soul Fish Cafe’s Po Boy True Taste of Memphis -

The first in an occasional series, “The Anatomy of a Sandwich.”

Just think, if the Earl of Sandwich had been, say, the Earl of Glastonbury, we’d all be going around saying, “Hey, I’m really in the mood for a peanut butter and jelly glastonbury.” Glad that didn’t happen!

80. Temple-Inland to Review IP Offer -

The board of Austin, Texas-based packaging and building materials firm Temple-Inland Inc. will begin a formal review of the hostile takeover bid from Memphis-based rival International Paper Co. that was made public earlier this week.

81. Theatre Memphis Receives Community Theatre Awards -

Theatre Memphis was awarded the 2010 Twink Lynch Award by the American Association of Community Theatres at its AACTFest convention in Rochester, N.Y.

The award recognizes the successful completion of major steps in new directions, expanding services to the community and moving to the next level of organizational development.

82. New Chances -

Sean Summerall was late. He had a sick child to take to a doctor. There was little time to worry about the day’s schedule or getting dressed up. Recovering somewhat, he almost made the bus transfer to get Downtown but not quite.

83. XMC Awarded Territories in Chattanooga & N. Georgia -

The Xerox Corp. announced that Memphis-based XMC Inc. has been awarded new territories in Chattanooga and North Georgia. With the expansion, XMC will now serve an additional five counties in Southeast Tennessee and a seven-county North Georgia territory.

84. Littleton Promoted to Manager of Private Banking at Paragon -

Wayne Littleton has been promoted to manager of private banking at Paragon National Bank. He also will continue to serve as president of the bank’s Saddle Creek branch, 7600 Poplar Ave.

85. Temple-Inland Rejects IP Bid -

The board of Austin, Texas-based packaging and building materials maker Temple-Inland Inc. has adopted a shareholder rights plan, or “poison pill,” in response to a hostile takeover bid from Memphis-based rival International Paper Co.

86. Temple-Inland Rejects IP Bid -

The board of Austin, Texas-based packaging and building materials maker Temple-Inland Inc. has adopted a shareholder rights plan, or “poison pill,” in response to a hostile takeover bid from Memphis-based rival International Paper Co.

87. IP Takeover of Temple-Inland Rejected -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Packaging and building materials maker Temple-Inland is rejecting a $3.3 billion unsolicited takeover bid from larger rival International Paper Co., saying the offer is too low and would face heavy regulatory scrutiny.

88. French & Co. Realtors Merges with Crye-Leike -

French & Co. has officially joined forces with Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. of East Memphis.

89. Proposed Federal Aid Cuts Threaten Rural Airports -

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) – A couple of times a month, Dr. Walter Beusse drives from his suburban Chicago home to Milwaukee, where he catches a flight north to Ironwood in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula to work in a hospital emergency room.

90. A Dog Is Entrepreneur’s Best Mentor -

Is it possible most things we need to learn about business success we can learn from a dog? Not everyone owns a dog but many do. I get it. I have owned a lot of dogs. They can be brilliant business instructors.

91. MBIN Signs New Lease At Bellbrook Park -

A Memphis-based wholesaler of collectable items has signed a new industrial lease in the Southwest submarket.

MBIN Global Inc. has signed a new lease for 26,250 square feet at Bellbrook Industrial Park, 1004 Brooks Road.

92. Wood Honored As Theater’s ‘Superior Volunteer’ -

Bennett Wood made his acting debut as a second-grader playing George Washington in a historical pageant.

Today, Wood can be found on the big screen, the small screen and on stage at Theatre Memphis, and his work there has earned him the Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award from the American Association of Community Theatre.

93. Northeast Submarket Bolstered By Trio of Deals -

A handful of industrial deals in recent weeks hit Northeast Memphis in full force, significantly tightening the already solid submarket.

Mattress Firm has signed a 23,500-square-foot lease in Century Center, 1590 Century Circle, for a new retail and distribution space.

94. Noffsinger Receives Leadership Award -

Mike Noffsinger, sales manager for the Memphis location of the RJ Young Co., has received the John T. Crunk Leadership Award, an honor given to an employee who exhibits outstanding leadership traits and performance during the year.

95. School Parties Agree to Begin Talks -

All of the sides in the schools consolidation lawsuit have agreed to begin talks to resolve the lawsuit and possibly set new terms for the consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

96. School Consolidation Parties Agree to Begin Talks -

All of the sides in the schools consolidation lawsuit have agreed to begin talks to resolve the lawsuit and possibly set new terms for the consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

97. High-Profile District Court Judge Lets Lighter Side Show -

Complicated, high-profile cases that frequently carry far-reaching significance have a knack for winding up in the lap of U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays.

The most recent hot potato to be launched his way is the messy legal fracas stemming from the Memphis City Schools’ surrender of its charter in December. A court hearing before Mays appears set for Monday on the future of an appointed countywide school board.

98. Mid-America Apartment REIT Rebrands as MAA -

In efforts to deploy capital and better its operating platform, Memphis-based real estate investment trust Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. has announced it will be conducting business as MAA.

99. Mid-America Apartment Communities REIT Rebrands as MAA -

In efforts to deploy capital and better its operating platform, Memphis-based real estate investment trust Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. has announced it will be conducting business as MAA.

100. Mid-America Apartment REIT Rebrands as MAA -

In efforts to deploy capital and better its operating platform, real estate investment trust Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. has announced it will be conducting business as MAA.