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1. Riverside Drive Hearing Draws Opposition to Bike and Pedestrian Conversion -

City engineers heard a lot of opposition Tuesday, July 29, to not only the recent changes to Riverside Drive by Tom Lee Park but also the way the city went about the conversion of the two southbound lanes to bicycle and pedestrian access only.

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

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

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

3. Fed Weighs Key Issues But May Reveal Little -

WASHINGTON (AP) — This much is clear: The Federal Reserve will make another cut this week in its monthly bond purchases, which have been aimed at keeping long-term loan rates low.

This much is not: When will the Fed start tightening its interest-rate policy to thwart any runaway inflation? How will it do so? And when will the Fed start paring its enormous $4 trillion-plus investment portfolio — a step that will put upward pressure on interest rates?

4. Study: 35 Percent in US Face Debt Collectors -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

5. Blood Donors Needed to Address Shortage -

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

6. Asia Votes for Growth -

Ni Hao!

I write to you this week from Hong Kong. For the next 12 months I will be working remotely from China in order to closely evaluate conditions within the Asian economies. In addition to my usual market musings I will share my Asian insights and inspirations as they arise … like this one.

7. Debunking Five Pinterest Myths -

There’s no denying virtual scrapbooking site Pinterest’s explosive growth, now boasting more than 40 million active users per month. The Webs 2014 Small Business Digital Usage Survey cites 20 percent of small businesses who use social media view Pinterest as a top social media channel for marketing their businesses.

8. Kirby Joins Literacy Mid-South to Lead Community Engagement -

Carley Cianciolo Kirby has joined Literacy Mid-South as community engagement coordinator. In her new role, Kirby will be responsible for the Mid-South Book Festival, which this year is scheduled for Sept. 25-28, as well as the citywide reading campaigns and Literacy Mid-South’s new school fundraising initiative.

9. Simple Focus Owner Forms Management Company -

The arrival of his digital product design company’s fifth birthday finds Simple Focus owner JD Graffam in a different position from where his firm started out in 2009.

In addition to cultivating a digitally savvy crew with a focused skill set for Simple Focus, Graffam also has spent his time folding other digital companies into his enterprise as acquisition opportunities have presented themselves. And now, he’s launched a new management company to wrap those related business interests under one umbrella to oversee their management.

10. International Paper Profits Fall 38 Percent -

International Paper reported second quarter earnings of $161 million Tuesday, July 29, a $98 million drop from the second quarter a year ago when IP reported net earnings of $259 million.

The drop in profits came as the Memphis-based company took restructuring charges including a new pre-tax loss of $324 million. Most of that, $262 million before taxes, was for debt extinguishment.

11. International Paper Profits Fall 38 Pct. -

International Paper reported second quarter earnings of $161 million Tuesday, July 29, a $98 million drop from the second quarter a year ago when IP reported net earnings of $259 million.

The drop in profits came as the Memphis-based company took restructuring charges including a new pre-tax loss of $324 million. Most of that, $262 million before taxes, was for debt extinguishment.

12. Medicare Hospital Fund to Last Four Years Longer -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare's finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program's giant hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 — four years later than last year's estimate.

13. Contracts to Buy US Homes Slip in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index slipped 1.1 percent to 102.7 last month. The index remains 7.3 percent below its level a year ago.

14. Dollar Tree Steps Up Fight, Buys Family Dollar -

NEW YORK (AP) — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.

Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers.

15. FAA Proposes to Fine Southwest Airlines $12 Million -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.

16. Centennial Crossing Parcels Sell for $3.4 Million -

Two parcels in the Centennial Crossing shopping center in Southeast Shelby County have sold for $3.4 million following foreclosure.

An entity called 7915 Winchester Road Holdings LLC, which is an affiliate of CWCapital Asset Management LLC, bought 7915 Winchester Road and an outparcel of the center in a July 25 substitute trustee’s deed from R. Spencer Clift III of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

17. An Interview With Judy Davis, Part One -

We eat, drink and sleep fundraising. It’s what we love. We truly enjoy and embrace the people and organizations we work with. We get excited when clients take the tools we develop for them and put them to work. We cherish their successes and most importantly we celebrate their work.

18. D. Canale Affiliate Buys Property for Distillery -

301 S. Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Sale Amount: $785,000

Sale Date: July 10, 2014
Buyer: Dominick Properties LLC
Seller: 301 South Front Street GP

19. Simmons First National Moves Into Tennessee -

A similar history, a foundation in agriculture lending and growth potential attracted Arkansas-based Simmons First National Corp. to buy Community First Bancshares Inc. of Union City, Tenn., and its $1.9 billion subsidiary First State Bank, says Simmons’ Chairman and CEO George A. Makris.

20. Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy Prepares for Debut -

A group of 213 children in Bartlett who are coming out of middle school and into a new academic year and system got an introduction last week to the Bartlett school that is a bridge between their middle schools and Bartlett High.

21. Enduring Connections -

When Patrick Woods and three colleagues decided to launch a social organization to connect young professionals in Memphis, the name they gave it reflected the similarity of its demographic to a particular flow of water that moves beneath the surface, one that’s unwise to ignore.

22. House Votes to Boost Child Tax Credit for Some -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

23. Fast Food Workers Prepare to Escalate Wage Demands -

CHICAGO (AP) – Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

24. Contract Signed to Purchase Tennessee Brewery -

A contract has been signed with a buyer for the Tennessee Brewery, saving the historic structure from the wrecking ball, according to a representative of the brewery’s ownership.

Rasberry CRE principal James Rasberry told The Daily News his client has agreed to a deal with a buyer he would not disclose, with the terms including a 90-day due diligence period. Rasberry also declined to disclose the purchase price, except to say that the owners had listed the brewery at $1.2 million and that "the offer was very attractive to us.”

25. 2014 Ole Miss Football Guide Now Available -

College football season is almost here, but there’s still time to do a little homework.

So, if you’re wondering how the Ole Miss roster will look this fall, there’s time to read up on this year’s team and to reflect on teams past. The 2014 Ole Miss Football Guide is available for purchase at OleMissPublications.com.

26. Fortune Honors Ronald McDonald House Board Vice President -

Nancy Mills, board vice president for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 “Heroes of the 500” for 2014 for her philanthropic work on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis.

27. Partial Trolley Service on Road to Restoration -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority has identified five trolleys that it is repairing and could have back in limited service in three to six months, probably on the Main Street line.

“We’ve identified the five trolleys that we believe are in the best condition to focus on them and go in and do a complete reinspection and begin repair work on those five trolleys with the intent of getting at least limited service in place within three to six months,” said MATA interim president and general manager Tom Fox. “We do believe that we are still on schedule to meet that window of time.”

28. New Life for Old Malls -

Since 1957, when the first modern, fully enclosed shopping mall was built in Edina, Minnesota, shopping became an American pastime. New shopping malls changed the landscape in communities across the country at the rate of 140 a year.

29. Start Co. Steers Accelerators Toward Demo Day -

Memphis’ startup community is in the throes of its busiest summer in memory.

The Start Co. organization is running four startup accelerator programs at the moment simultaneously, compared to past undertakings that involved one accelerator at a time. The four programs underway now include Seed Hatchery, Upstart, SparkGap and Sky High, and they include the participation of more than two dozen teams, some of which hail from Memphis and others from around the country.

30. School Year Brings New Lessons for Teachers -

When the school year begins on Aug. 4 for Shelby County Schools and the six suburban public school systems, the learning process will begin not only for students but for teachers.

As the larger system-wide changes of the demerger have played out, teachers across the county have been preparing for the world inside classrooms that always offers change at the beginning of a new school year.

31. Master Your Market Seminar to Examine Housing Trends -

Real estate industry professionals will have the opportunity this week to learn more about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

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

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

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

33. US Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment -

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

34. University of Memphis Selects New Women's Tennis Coach -

Hayden Perez, a three-time ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year who has been on the coaching staff of teams that have made NCAA Championship appearances each of the past five years, has been named the women’s tennis coach at the University of Memphis.

35. Tunica Roadhouse Announces New Concert Dates -

Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel has announced two new dates for its free concert series.

The second in the series, featuring the band Cowboy Mouth, will take place on Aug. 2. The third, featuring FireHouse, will take place on Sept. 6.

36. This week in Memphis history: July 25-31 -

2010: The body of Lorenzen Wright was found on a back road near a wooded area known as Callis Cutoff near Hacks Cross Road. Wright, center and power forward for the University of Memphis basketball team who played professionally for the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies, was last seen July 18.
He had been shot numerous times. The day he was last seen, a Germantown 9-1-1 dispatcher got a call from Wright’s cell phone hearing multiple gunshots before the call disconnected. To date, no one has been charged in his murder.

37. Lot Shortage Poses Next Roadblock -

Local homebuilders say a dearth of developed lots is slowing down the new housing rebound, weighing down an industry still trying to drag itself out of the rubble left by the worst recession in decades.

38. Critical Decisions -

For the team behind the pending redevelopment of the massive Sears Crosstown property to reach its goal of maximizing the participation of women- and minority-owned businesses, it needed to make a crucial decision early in the planning process.

39. Editorial: City Needs Better Ways to Attract, Retain Talent -

Perhaps there is a new type of metric we should be exploring in our effort to draw and retain those in their 20s and 30s to make Memphis their city.

We submit what is missing thus far in this difficult work is an ease factor that young professionals are finding in other cities.

40. ‘Drive for Progress’ -

There’s a duality of meaning implied in the name of the civic organization where Nancy Coffee serves as president and CEO.

41. Partial Trolley Service Could Be on Road to Restoration -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority has identified five trolleys that it is repairing and could have back in limited service in three to six months, probably on the Main Street line.

“We’ve identified the five trolleys that we believe are in the best condition to focus on them and go in and do a complete reinspection and begin repair work on those five trolleys with the intent of getting at least limited service in place within three to six months,” said MATA interim president and general manager Tom Fox. “We do believe that we are still on schedule to meet that window of time.”

42. Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate at 4.13 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year loan was 4.13 percent, unchanged from last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, edged up to 3.26 percent from 3.23 percent last week.

43. US New-Home Sales Plummet in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy.

New home sales fell 8.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The report also revised down the May sales rate to 442,000 from 504,000.

44. Wal-Mart Names New CEO of US Discount Division -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is replacing the chief of its U.S. discount stores in what could be an indication that it's losing confidence that its largest business unit will rebound after more than a year of disappointing results.

45. Tunica Roadhouse Announces New Concert Dates -

Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel has announced two new dates for its free concert series.

The second in the series, featuring the band Cowboy Mouth, will take place on Aug. 2. The third, featuring FireHouse, will take place on Sept. 6.

46. D. Canale Affiliate Buys Property for Distillery -

An affiliate of D. Canale & Co. has bought the Downtown property where it will develop a spirits distillery and public tasting room.

47. When Education Falls Short -

One of the chief complaints I hear from job seekers is that their lousy college education is to blame for their poor career success. Whether they went to the wrong school or got the wrong degree, the person wishes they could turn back time. They consider going back to school as a road to success.

48. 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.

49. Civic Celebration -

Shep Wilbun describes “Frayser Day” as “MEMfix on steroids,” referring to the efforts by the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team to reanimate business districts or blocks in several parts of the city.

50. Supporters Still Racing to Save Brewery -

At the conclusion of the Tennessee Brewery Untapped temporary activation project, supporters of the event were greeted June 1 with a message on the group’s Facebook page that both thanked participants and bid them farewell.

51. IMF Sees US Growth at Weakest Since Recession -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. economic growth this year will likely be at the weakest pace since the Great Recession ended, the International Monetary Fund said, mostly because of a sharp, weather-related contraction in the first quarter.

52. US Economy, Though Sluggish, May Now Be Sturdier -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.

That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, in the five years since the recession officially ended, Americans' pay has basically stagnated. Millions remain unemployed or have abandoned their job searches. Economic growth is merely plodding along.

53. Tennessee Signs Out-of-State Firm for Ads -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee officials have signed a five-year, $60 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to produce the "Made in Tennessee" tourism campaign.

The marketing agency VML, which has opened a Nashville office, produced two 30-second TV commercials promoting getting outdoors in Tennessee. The ads feature with dramatic waterfalls, green rolling hills and horseback-riding amid a forest scene. The ads will play in about a dozen markets around the country.

54. Health Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit Against State -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Three advocacy groups filed a class action lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the state of Tennessee of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law.

55. University of Memphis Selects New Women’s Tennis Coach -

Hayden Perez, a three-time ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year who has been on the coaching staff of teams that have made NCAA Championship appearances each of the past five years, has been named the women’s tennis coach at the University of Memphis.

56. Develop Interests Before Retirement -

Ray’s take: Retirement success is not automatic. It takes planning – and not just financial planning. According to a study by University of Missouri – Columbia, couples should plan for retirement, both financially and socially, and consider the changes that may occur in their relationships and day-to-day activities.

57. TheGRIND Evolves as First Anniversary Approaches -

The one-year anniversary is approaching for theGRIND, a digital publication that launched in January to bring its own take on covering the people, places and events of Memphis.

Leading up to that milestone, the publication has several things in the works that collectively showcase how it’s evolved quickly from an idea to the reality of an ambitious media startup. Editor in chief Kendra Lyons, for example, says plans in the works include a print version of the digital-only outlet, as well as a coffee table-style book that would feature the best photography and stories from theGRIND.

58. Supreme Court Justices Make Campaign Push -

Among the candidates going door to door in Memphis this summer looking for votes was a Tennessee Supreme Court justice.

Sharon Lee, one of three justices seeking re-election in the yes-no retention races on the August ballot, campaigned Saturday, July 19, in Hickory Hill.

59. Regional One Health Expands Footprint -

In the last year, Regional One Health has added about 100 employees and its new name.

Of course, for about three decades it was known as The Regional Medical Center at Memphis – or simply The MED. That officially changed back on Feb. 26 when Regional One Health became the new name for the Shelby County Health Care Corp. and the “umbrella” name for the hospital.

60. Building Community -

Over a recent weekend, around 30 members of Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church descended on a home in the Northwood Hills community just north of Raleigh.

They came armed with determination and demolition tools, spending most of the weekend ripping out old appliances, tearing away wallpaper that had seen better days and preparing the dog-eared house for a rehabilitation project that will make it a home.

61. US Home Sales Increase 2.6 Percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost momentum.

62. Wal-Mart Ups Price Wars for Back-to-School Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the price game for the crucial back-to-school shopping season.

63. Tennessee Gets High Marks in Child Welfare Report -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The latest national ranking of the well-being of children shows Tennessee is among five states that made the biggest improvement in the last year.

The Kids Count Data Book, an annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, grades states on education, health care and poverty.

64. Right-Brained Reps in Left-Brained World -

According to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Yet it’s all too common for sales managers to feel like they’re beating their heads against the wall trying to get their sales reps to follow established processes to manage orders and track progress. It can be frustrating for both sales managers and sales reps alike.

65. Survey: Graduates Should Return to Memphis After School -

Measuring economic sentiment among consumers at any given moment in time involves looking at specific data points and how consumers feel about those sets of numbers and facts.

That’s a key element of the Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business and economic sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP that’s now one year old.

66. Rising Up -

Adrienne Johnson remembers being stalked. It was actually a good thing. “I grew up in a single-parent home,” said Johnson, 35, today a financial analyst at International Paper and one of IP’s mentors in the RISE Foundation Goal Card program. “I was the first in my family to go to college. It was unrealistic (to attend college), not something I envisioned at all.”

67. Chamber Launches PILOT Education Campaign -

Memphis economic development officials wasted little time launching an information campaign about Memphis and Shelby County’s primary business incentive program.

On July 16, less than a month after the Memphis City Council adopted a budget that included deep cuts to employee and retiree benefits, the Greater Memphis Chamber posted a video exploring how the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive program works and why it is needed.

68. Verizon Launches Rewards Program With Tracking -

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

71. US Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment -

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

72. Knowledge Tree Buys Cordova Retail Center -

8195 Dexter Road
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: July 8, 2014
Buyer: K Tree LLC
Seller: 8195 Dexter Road LLC
Loan Amount: $1.5 million
Loan Date: July 11, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA
Details: An affiliate of the Knowledge Tree learning center has paid $1.5 million for the 28,575-square-foot shopping center at 8195 Dexter Road in Cordova.

73. Biller Looks to Minority-Business Law Practice -

After 45 years practicing law in big firms, medium-sized firms and his own small practice in Memphis, Stephen Biller watched as the issue of minority business development and minority contracting surfaced again locally this spring.

74. Busy Street -

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

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

75. Amazon Rolls Out 'Netflix-for-Books' Style Service -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to attract more users.

76. Baker Donelson Wins Beacon of Justice Award -

The National Legal Aid and Defender Association has named Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC a 2014 Beacon of Justice Award winner.

The awards recognize law firms that have devoted significant time and resources to creating and implementing innovative strategies to improve life outcomes for low-income people. Baker Donelson is being recognized for its development of the OnlineTNJustice platform, which provides free legal services via the Internet to low-income Tennessee residents.

77. Time to Invest in Emerging Markets? -

Emerging markets are a group of countries that are in the process of developing both their infrastructure and economic system.

Emerging countries include the big names that have dominated the space for years like Brazil, Russia, India and China (known as the BRIC), but also smaller developing countries in Emerging Asia, South America and Eastern Europe.

78. I Choose Memphis: Hillary Quirk -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Hillary Quirk

Job title and company: Community Manager, Start Co.

79. Wharton Ready to Shift Talk on Benefits Debate -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is trying to turn the page on the emotional City Hall debate over cuts in health insurance benefits to city employees and retirees and also close the book on the city budget for the two-week old fiscal year.

80. Shouldering the Load -

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace enters his senior season with a chance to make history, a chance for his name to have the kind of staying power that would have Rebels fans tossing the name “Bo” around The Grove for generations, the way they do with names like Archie and Eli.

81. First Horizon Reports Positive Quarter -

For the second quarter of its 150th anniversary year, the Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank reported growth in profit as well as increases in loans, while continuing to reduce the drag of the mortgage business the company sold in 2008.

82. Memphis Redbirds Begin Homestand Thursday -

The Memphis Redbirds open an eight-game homestand on Thursday, July 17, and will play host to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A Rockies) and Omaha Storm Chasers (Triple-A Royals) at AutoZone Park. The homestand includes two giveaways and a fireworks show. Game time is 7:05 p.m., and gates open an hour before then.

83. Germantown Has Tentative Agreement With County Schools -

The city of Germantown and Shelby County Schools have reached a tentative agreement under which Germantown Elementary, Middle and High Schools would not be renamed and the county school system would be allowed to use a city-owned athletic field during the coming year.

84. 30-Year Mortgage Rate Near Historic Low -

Average U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week, with rates remaining near historic lows.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year loan dipped to 4.13 percent, down from 4.15 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, edged down to 3.23 percent, compared with 3.24 percent last week.

85. Cargill Inc. to Invest $45 Million In West Memphis Grain Facility -

Cargill Inc. will invest $45 million to build a grain handling and shipping facility in West Memphis, the company announced Friday, June 10.

86. Editorial: City Falters in Benefits Changes Approach -

There was a better way for the city of Memphis to make needed changes to health insurance benefits for city employees and retirees.

A lot more leadership from the mayor is at the top of the list of “should haves” we have in how this has been handled to date with pension changes still to come in October.

87. From Despair to Belief -

A July weekday afternoon, about 2:45. It’s the perfect time for just about anyone to be nodding off in class.

But in the basement of Midtown Church of Christ, where HopeWorks Inc. is housed, class is in session and a dozen men and their teacher are having a lively discussion.

88. FedEx Charged With Assisting Illegal Pharmacies -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Federal authorities have charged FedEx Corp. with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.

89. House Passes Tax Breaks to Boost Charitable Giving -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.

One provision provides tax breaks to people over 70 who make donations from their individual retirement accounts. Another reduces excise taxes on private charitable foundations.

90. Report: FBI Quizzing People About Meningitis -

NASHVILLE (AP) – FBI agents have been interviewing Tennessee residents sickened or widowed by fungal meningitis as part of a criminal probe into the outbreak that sickened 751 people nationwide with 64 deaths.

91. Networking How To’s -

One of the best ways to advance a career in a competitive market is through networking. In many ways, it’s both the easiest and hardest part of a search. Today, I received two questions on the topic of networking best practices.

92. More Than Delta -

MESSAGE FROM HOME. A while back – right after I wrote a column blasting Delta, the Airport Authority and Garage Gargantua – I was invited to tour the airport and learn a thing or two or 50 about where so much of what and where we are takes off and lands every day.

93. No Crying in Vanderbilt Football, Not Anymore -

HOOVER, Ala. – Before James Franklin, Vanderbilt never had been to consecutive bowl games. He took them to three in three years.

94. Jones, Volunteers Still Face Steep Climb Up Rocky Top -

HOOVER, Ala. – It’s Tennessee against the world. Don’t believe that? Just ask second-year coach Butch Jones.

Last season’s “brick-by-brick” theme has been replaced by the “power of one,” as in one team against all odds. Given the power/opportunity of the microphone and a large contingent of reporters at SEC Media Days, Jones used his pulpit to say, without exactly saying it, please don’t expect too much too soon.

95. University of Memphis Confirms Lawson Hire -

The University of Memphis confirmed the worst-kept sports secret in town via its website Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Tigers coach Josh Pastner had hired Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School, as an assistant coach.

96. ‘Big Ballot’ Moves to Early Voting Friday -

Voters begin making their decisions Friday, July 18, on the longest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 7 election day begins Friday at the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown offices, 157 Poplar Ave., from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

97. Youth Movement -

It’s a good time to be a young professional in Memphis who wants to do more than punch a clock.

From the Greater Memphis Chamber to the New Memphis Institute, plus groups like the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals and Leadership Memphis, among others, the tent of movers, shakers and impact makers has expanded considerably in Memphis of late.

98. Bankruptcy Filings Drop Below 3,000 -

For the first time since 2011, the number of Memphis-area bankruptcies filed in the second quarter dropped below 3,000.

Between April 1 and June 30, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee saw 2,959 bankruptcies in which the person or business listed a Shelby County address. That’s a 6.4 percent decrease from the 3,164 filed during the second quarter of 2013, according to The Daily News Online, memphisdailynews.com.

99. Apple May Refund $400 Million in Digital Book Settlement -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple will refund up to $400 million to consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company gets a court to overturn a decision affirming its pivotal role in the collusion.

100. Latest Fed Survey Sees Improved Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending, a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday indicates.