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1. E-Books Cut Costs for Tennessee State Students -

Tennessee State University students face higher costs, tacked on by state government, but that downer could be offset by “e-books” that can save students $735 each semester.

TSU is set to offer the electronic books to freshmen and sophomores for general education courses in an effort to lower the cost of traditional books, according to the university.

2. Bull Market -

From his office on the 21st floor of the Raymond James tower Downtown, John C. Carson Jr. has a sweeping view of the Mississippi River as it rolls by the Bluff City.

3. Tennessee Road Projects Could Face Cuts in August -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has funding for 13 road-widening projects totaling more than $200 million, including a $15.6 million Shelby County project, waiting on whether Congress refreshes the federal Highway Trust Fund in August.

4. Raymond James Recommits to Downtown -

Raymond James is extending its commitment to Downtown Memphis, where the investment firm will remain a key part of the city’s skyline for at least another decade.

The firm has reached a deal with Parkway Properties to extend its lease on the Raymond James Tower at 50 N. Front St. until March of 2024.

5. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. Dr. Hafiz Elahi will present “Stroke From the Neurologist’s Perspective.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

6. Haslam Regrets Not Adequately Funding Higher Education -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he regrets not being able to adequately fund higher education so that all institutions that improve in some important ways can be rewarded financially.

7. Motte Looks to Regain Form in Redbirds Rehab Assignment -

When St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte learned he had to have the elbow ligament replacement procedure commonly known as Tommy John Surgery, he didn’t ask, “Why me?”

8. Tuition Increases Mulled in Tennessee -

Tuition increases could be in store for many college students in Tennessee.

The Tennessean reports that some public universities could see increases of between 4 and 8 percent to offset reduced state funding. Community college students could see an increase of between 2.6 and 10.6 percent.

9. Regents Approve Rudd as University of Memphis President -

David Rudd, provost of the University of Memphis, was approved Thursday, May 1, as the next president of the city’s largest higher education institution.

10. Regents Approve Rudd as University of Memphis President -

David Rudd, provost of the University of Memphis, was approved Thursday, May 1, as the next president of the city’s largest higher education institution.

11. Rudd Recommended As New U of M President -

David Rudd, currently the provost of the University of Memphis, is being recommended by Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan to be the next president of the city’s largest institution of higher education.

12. Haslam Free Tuition Plan Garners Praise, Concern -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal this year, a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, appears on track to pass as lawmakers enter the waning days of the legislative session. The details, however – including how to pay for this perk in the years to come – remain scattered.

13. Pahlow Wins Broker of the Year -

After enduring early struggles in his commercial real estate career, Scott Pahlow has reached the top of his industry.

Pahlow, an executive vice president with Newmark Grubb Memphis, was named Commercial Broker of the Year Thursday night at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards gala.

14. State Employees, Teachers Won't Get Pay Increase -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he won't be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections, which state officials are looking into.

15. Methodist University Hospital Names Liebman New CEO -

Jeff Liebman has joined Methodist University Hospital as chief executive officer. In his new role, Liebman said, he will ensure the hospital continues to be a community resource providing the highest possible quality of care to the community while following the guidelines of the Methodist LeBonheur mission.

16. MalmoMemphis Completes Three Law Firm Leases -

Three Memphis law firms represented by MalmoMemphis Real Estate Inc. have renewed their office leases or leased new spaces.

17. Slow Job Growth Yields Dip in New-Home Permits -

Shelby County homebuilding activity continued to cool off in November, with builders filing fewer permits and selling fewer new homes compared to the same month a year ago.

Homebuilders pulled 58 permits in November, down 23.6 percent from 76 permits filed in November 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

18. Meadows Appointed to State Dentistry Board -

Dr. Dan T. Meadows has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry by Gov. Bill Haslam. Meadows, who has a private practice on Walnut Grove Road, will serve as the Rotating Dentist member through June 2016.

19. Shopping Spree -

Retailers have been gearing up for a frenzied Black Friday, marking the beginning of the holiday shopping season, but industry experts expect a lukewarm year compared to moderate growth in 2012.

Both nationally and locally, many stores opened earlier than ever before in an attempt to capture customers before their competitors and maximize a shorter-than-usual shopping season.

20. U of M Faces Challenging End of Year -

It is proving to be a restless fall at the University of Memphis as interim President Brad Martin pulls into focus several short-term goals that will have a long-term impact on the future of the city’s largest institution of higher learning.

21. U of M Names Presidential Search Panel -

A panel of Memphians to come up with three to five finalists for the University of Memphis presidency meets for the first time Dec. 4.

The panel of 22, appointed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, is being led by attorney Greg Duckett, senior vice president and corporate counsel of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and a member of the Board of Regents.

22. University of Memphis Names Presidential Search Panel -

A panel of Memphians to come up with three to five finalists for the University of Memphis presidency meets for the first time Dec. 4.

The panel of 22, appointed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, is being led by attorney Greg Duckett, senior vice president and corporate counsel of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and a member of the Board of Regents.

23. Martin Doesn’t Address Permanent Presidency Talk -

There is sentiment for University of Memphis interim president Brad Martin to drop the “interim” part of the title and become the next permanent leader of the city’s largest higher education institution.

24. Raymond James Boosts Local Community Efforts -

A new website and a significant sponsorship are two of the latest ways Raymond James Inc. is demonstrating its commitment to Memphis.

25. Airlines Promise a Return to Civility, For a Fee -

NEW YORK (AP) – Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them.

Unlike the first generation of charges which dinged fliers for once-free services like checking a bag, these new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight.

26. Filing Deadline Nears for School Board Races -

It looks as if the prospective candidates in many of the suburban school board races on the Nov. 7 ballot had already decided the winners a day away from the noon, Thursday, Sept. 26, filing deadline for the six sets of races.

27. Boyle Sells More Lots at Spring Creek Ranch -

After an initial offering went so well earlier this year, a group of area homebuilders has acquired 17 more lots at The Village at Spring Creek Ranch from Boyle Investment Co.

28. State Lawmaker to Propose Tuition Freeze -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican state lawmaker says he wants to freeze tuition at Tennessee's colleges and universities despite criticism from education officials that such a proposal would eliminate funds needed to sustain essential programs and basic operation.

29. Haslam Defends Education Commissioner Under Fire -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday reiterated his support for the state's education commissioner, who has come under fire for changes to how teachers are paid.

At least two Facebook pages have been created calling for Kevin Huffman's ouster as well as an online petition that has garnered hundreds of signatures.

30. Supreme Court: 'Pay to Delay' Generic Drugs Can be Illegal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that deals between pharmaceutical corporations and their generic drug competitors, which government officials say keep cheaper forms of medicine off the market, can be sometimes be illegal and therefore challenged in court.

31. Boyle Helps Reach Harahan Funding Goal -

The city of Memphis has raised the matching funds to build the “Main to Main Connector” thanks to local donations, the latest of which is $50,000 from Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co.

32. Boyle Donates $50,000 To Main-To-Main Project -

The city of Memphis has raised the matching funds to build the “Main to Main Connector,” the $29.7 million project designed to link Main Street Memphis to Broadway Avenue in West Memphis via a boardwalk for bicyclists and pedestrians on the north side of the Harahan Bridge straddling the Mississippi River.

33. Martin Named Interim U of M President -

Brad Martin, the retired chairman and CEO of Saks Inc. and current chairman of the private investment firm RBM Venture Co., will be the interim president of the University of Memphis.

34. U of M President Raines Announces Retirement -

Shirley C. Raines is retiring at the end of June after 12 years as president of the University of Memphis.

Raines announced her retirement Monday, April 15. John Morgan, the chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, will name an interim president for the university possibly as early as this week for the transition.

35. Boyle Celebrates 80 Years, Sponsors Art Exhibit -

Boyle Investment Co. turns 80 this year, and has partnered with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to celebrate.

36. Lot of Love Remains for Tennis Tourney -

The U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships at the Racquet Club of Memphis serves as a reminder of the city’s unique sports mix and how much that mix says about our civic aspirations.

It is a welcome reminder after the last month of incessant chatter about being a “small market” NBA franchise.

37. Changeover -

It was almost 40 years ago, but Nancy Smith remembers the one year the men’s pro tennis tournament was held at the Mid-South Coliseum; her father had box seats. But even more memorable is that not long after the tournament moved to The Racquet Club of Memphis, a young and unknown Czech player came to town and, in that far simpler time, stayed at her parents’ house.

38. Phillips Joins Spirco as Manager, Vice President -

Mike Phillips has joined Spirco Manufacturing as general manager and vice president of operations. In his new role, Phillips will oversee all divisions of the metal-building manufacturer and direct its organizational needs.

39. I-Bank Grows in Namesake East Memphis Office Tower -

Independent Bank has expanded its headquarters at I-Bank Tower to primarily accommodate its Mortgage Lending Division.

40. Obama Carries Shelby, Cohen Over Flinn and Two Tax Hikes Defeated -

President Barack Obama carried Shelby County in unofficial Nov. 6 election returns as his Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state’s 11 electoral votes.

Voter turnout in the most popular election cycle among Shelby County voters was 61.9 percent, about the same percentage as four years ago. But the 371,256 voters is fewer than 2008 when more than 400,000 Shelby County voters cast ballots. The percentage is about the same because there are fewer registered voters in Shelby County than there were four years ago after a purge by election officials.

41. Delta Looks Ahead to December Refleeting -

Delta Air Lines executives are about to refleet. Leaders of the Atlanta-based airline with a hub in Memphis will roll out details at a December investors day conference in Atlanta.

But during Delta’s third-quarter earnings conference call this week, they talked in broad terms of a domestic fleet restructuring. It involves removing 50-seat aircraft and replacing them with “mainline” aircraft that are 76 seats and larger with the first arrivals in the refleeting next summer.

42. Mortgage Comeback? Citigroup Isn't So Sure -

NEW YORK (AP) – Citigroup isn't as enthusiastic as its peers about a comeback in the housing market.

On Friday, executives at Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase declared that the long-struggling market had turned a corner. On Monday, Citigroup's top number-cruncher said he wasn't so sure.

43. Enrollment Falls at Tennessee Board of Regents Colleges -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Enrollment at Tennessee Board of Regents colleges has dropped an average of 4.4 percent this fall.

WMOT-FM in Murfreesboro reported the figure is averaged over the six universities and 13 colleges under Regents supervision.

44. Suburban School Board Races Almost Set -

Races on the Nov. 6 ballot for six sets of suburban school boards took shape Thursday, Aug. 16, at the noon filing deadline for candidate qualifying petitions.

The candidates that made the deadline have another week to withdraw from the races if they wish.

45. Law Career Lets Gee Fulfill Mission of Helping People -

Peter Gee Jr. was recently named a partner with the Memphis office of Morgan & Morgan, one of the Southeast’s largest consumer protection and injury law firms.

The firm, which branched off from The Cochran Firm, has multiple offices throughout the Southeast, and its attorneys handle auto accident, personal injury and medical malpractice cases, as well as claims against drug and medical device manufacturers.

46. Tuition Hike Comes As Funding Restrictions Could Ease -

Tuition increases for the fall approved last week by the Tennessee Board of Regents come as years of tight funding by the state for colleges, universities and community colleges may be about to ease.

47. Tuition Hikes Coming to U of M, STCC in Fall -

The Tennessee Board of Regents approved Friday, June 29, a tuition increase starting with the fall semester at the 46 state higher education institutions it governs.

The board, which governs all state universities except the University of Tennessee system, approved tuition and fee rate increases between 3.4 percent and 7.2 percent during a meeting at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

48. Dimon Survives Votes on Pay, Chairmanship -

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The CEO of JPMorgan Chase survived a shareholder push Tuesday to strip him of the title of chairman of the board, five days after he disclosed a $2 billion trading loss by the bank.

49. Haslam Announces 3-Year Transportation Plan -

Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer have released a three-year transportation plan for the state.

The $1.5 billion plan includes improvements to the interstate system, such as truck climbing lanes and interchange reconstruction.

50. Cohen-Hart in Congressional Race at Filing Deadline -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, was effectively elected to his District 7 school board seat without opposition at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 2 primary and general election ballot in Shelby County.

51. Office Market Outlook Tied to Small Biz Expansion -

Companies seeking larger blocks of office space are staying on the sidelines for the most part so far this year because of diminishing inventory in the area’s hottest submarkets of East Memphis, the Tenn. 385 corridor and Downtown.

52. Pruitt Keeps Centre Group Running Smoothly -

Holly Pruitt is office manager of The Centre Group, a human resources consulting firm. Pruitt handles accounting and administrative duties and works closely with the company’s marketing firm.

53. Morgan Keegan's Pettey Recognized by Barron's -

John Pettey III, a managing director with Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., has been named to Barron’s list of “The Top 1,000 Advisors” in the country.

54. Morgan Keegan’s Pettey Recognized by Barron’s -

John Pettey III, a managing director with Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., has been named to Barron’s list of “The Top 1,000 Advisors” in the country.

55. 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.

56. RMKC Brings McEnroe Back To Memphis -

Imagine this scene at The Racquet Club of Memphis, say 30-plus years ago:

Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe are in the Stadium Court. Jimmy goes cross-court with a two-handed backhand and the ball just catches the line … or does it?

57. Monfils Withdraws From Memphis Tennis Tourney With Injury -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships because of a right knee inflammation.

The Frenchman was scheduled to play in the feature first-round match on Tuesday. Tournament organizers announced Thursday that Monfils' match will be replaced by John Isner's first-round match.

58. Monfils Withdraws From Memphis Tennis Tourney With Injury -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships because of a right knee inflammation.

The Frenchman was scheduled to play in the feature first-round match on Tuesday. Tournament organizers announced Thursday that Monfils' match will be replaced by John Isner's first-round match.

59. Grinding it Out -

After most recessions, real estate bounces back.

But the Great Recession has been notably different – long, deep and very prolonged.

That’s the message Dr. John Gnuschke, director of the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research and co-director of the Center for Real Estate at the University of Memphis, delivered in December at the Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South.

60. J.C. Penney Gets Rid of Hundreds of Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40 percent so shoppers no longer have to wait for sales to get bargains.

Penney said Wednesday that it is getting rid of the hundreds of sales it offers each year in favor of a simpler approach to pricing. Starting on Feb. 1, the retailer is rolling out an "Every Day" pricing strategy with much fewer sales throughout the year.

61. Trading Hands -

It’s been something of a roller coaster ride for a little more than six months in the drawn-out process by Regions Financial Corp. to sell Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., its Memphis-based investment unit.

62. Details Emerge in Morgan Keegan Sale -

During a conference call with analysts early Thursday, Jan. 12, one day after announcing their firm’s acquisition of Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. for $930 million, Raymond James Financial Inc. officials shared new details that employees of the Memphis firm had been waiting to hear.

63. Raymond James statement on Morgan Keegan acquisition -

Raymond James Financial's official statement about the Morgan Keegan acquisition:

RAYMOND JAMES TO ACQUIRE MORGAN KEEGAN & COMPANY

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Raymond James Financial, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. and related affiliates from Regions Financial for $930 million, expanding both its private client wealth management and capital markets businesses.

64. Raymond James Buys Morgan Keegan -

Raymond James CEO Paul Reilly made it official Wednesday, Jan. 11, announcing the company has bought Memphis-based Morgan Keegan & Co. from Regions Financial in a $930 million deal.

65. City Closes Books on Dynamic Year -

If there’s one thing 2011 proved about the legal profession in Memphis, it’s how intrinsic it is to the daily ebb and flow of life in the city and how deeply enmeshed it is in the big news stories of the day, from politics to business.

66. Fisk Out on Probation as Accreditation Reaffirmed -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Fisk University's accreditation has been reaffirmed but a state board has put the historically black university on probation for one year to get its finances in order.

67. Back to Black -

The Friday after Thanksgiving, often dubbed, “Black Friday,” is considered by many to be the traditional start of the holiday season shopping in the U.S.

The origin of the term varies. Some sources attribute the Philadelphia Police Department’s coinage of the phrase in 1966 to describe the hectic traffic and chaotic crowds on the busy shopping day. Others deem the expression to reflect a retailer’s shift to profitability during the holiday season, when a boost in sales moves a business out of the “red” and into the “black.”

68. ‘Undefeated’ Highlights Indie Festival -

Two true but very different stories of triumph and trials in Memphis will lead the schedule at the 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, Nov. 3-6.

Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis, said the festival wasn’t intended to have such a hometown focus but the timing was right for a pair of award-winning films set locally.

69. Events -

The Third Annual Coach Pastner Golf Classic will be held Monday, Oct. 10, at Ridgeway Country Club, 9800 Poplar Ave. The morning start is 8 a.m. and the afternoon start is 1:30 p.m. Foursomes are $1,000 and individual players are $250. For more information or to register, visit www.memphisrebounders.com.

70. Schools Get Fresh Start With New Board -

The separate Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools boards are no more when the end of September rolls over into October.

And the 23 members of the countywide Shelby County Schools board take the oath of office Monday, Oct. 3 at the MCS auditorium.

71. Econ Club Has Speakers On ‘Cutting Edge’ -

This fall’s slate of speakers coming to the city thanks to the Economic Club of Memphis includes a cyber-security expert, a prominent New York Times business columnist and a former government official who was an early supporter of “Reaganomics.”

72. AutoZone Breaks Sales, Profit Records -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the largest auto parts retail chain in the U.S., delivered fiscal fourth quarter results Tuesday, Sept. 20, that included some record-breaking milestones and exceeded Wall Street analyst expectations.

73. AutoZone Sales, Profits Break Records -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the largest auto parts retail chain in the U.S., delivered fiscal fourth quarter results Tuesday, Sept. 20, that included some record-breaking milestones and exceeded Wall Street analyst expectations.

74. Morgan Stanley's Mack to Retire at End of Year -

Morgan Stanley’s chairman John Mack will step down as chairman and leave the board of directors at the end of 2011. The widely expected move brings an end to a storied Wall Street career for Mack. The North Carolina native was CEO of Morgan Stanley from 2005 to 2009. Current CEO James Gorman will take over the chairman’s role.

75. Mem Biz Group on Health Preps for Annual Conference -

Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH) is gearing up for its third annual conference, titled “Got the Healthcare Reform Blues?,” which will take place Thursday Sept. 8, 2011, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

76. Driving the Economy -

It doesn’t take much to figure out why a stock like AutoZone’s remains a favorite among investors.

There are about 240 million cars on the road in the U.S. right now, according to Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. specialty retail analyst John R. Lawrence. Meanwhile, the average age of those cars has pushed past the decade mark.

77. Outflix Brings GLBT Issues to Screen -

Now in its 14th year, the Outflix Film Festival, which features gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films from around the world, suddenly finds itself in an unusual position – the mainstream.

Persistence pays off as award-winning Indie films include Memphis in their circuits, Sept. 9 through 15.

78. Fred’s Reports Higher Profit, Sales -

Memphis discount retailer Fred’s Inc. saw its profit and total sales rise slightly in the second quarter, the company reported Thursday, Aug. 25.

The company, which opened two new stores and one pharmacy in addition to remodeling and refreshing 68 stores during the quarter, saw its net income rise 3 percent to $5.1 million, compared to net income of $5 million during the same period one year earlier.

79. Transfers From Tenn. 2-Year Schools Getting Easier -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Students will be able to more easily transfer their credits from two-year to four-year schools under a plan announced on Monday.

The Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee said they have created 50 guaranteed transfer paths, effective for this fall semester. More than 4,500 students could transfer annually under the policy.

80. Report Shows Decline in Tenn. ACT Scores -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State education officials say a recent ACT college entrance exam report highlights the ongoing need for education reform in Tennessee.

According to the report released Wednesday, results from the April 2011 test show the state's public high school students' composite ACT score dropped from 19.1 out of 36 in 2010 to 19 in 2011.

81. New Eateries Coming to Midtown -

Midtown has a reputation for one of Memphis’ most eclectic areas, adorned with vintage houses, international cuisine and funky entertainment venues.

In the coming weeks, it will broaden its portfolio even more with three Memphis eateries: Gigi’s Cupcakes, The Slider Inn and a yet-to-be named concept in Cooper-Young.

82. Morgan Keegan Settles Fraud Claim, Sale Possible -

Regulators have announced a roughly $200 million settlement with Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. in a fraud case several agencies brought against the firm last year.

83. Morgan Keegan Settles Fraud Claim, Sale Possible -

Regulators have announced a roughly $200 million settlement with Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. in a fraud case several agencies brought against the firm last year.

84. Chancellor: Tuition Jump Could be 9.5 Percent -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Students attending Tennessee colleges and universities could see a tuition increase of 9.5 percent or more this fall, the chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents said Wednesday.

85. Morgan Keegan Analysts Honored Nationally -

The stock pickers and corporate earnings estimators at Memphis-based Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. are among the best of the best.

86. Q3 Profit, Sales Up for AutoZone -

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. turned in a strong fiscal third quarter, despite concerns about whether higher gas prices and bad weather in parts of the country would lead customers to drive their cars less – and thus need to swap out parts less often.

87. Ambulance Co. Signs New Lease, Ups Space -

A Nashville-based health care company is expanding its Memphis presence. First Call Ambulance Services LLC has signed a three-year, 13,500-square-foot lease at 5155 Wilfong Road, more than doubling its existing space on Federal Avenue.

88. Steamboats To Call Miss. River Home Once Again -

The overnight riverboat cruise business has certainly had its share of false starts in recent years. The trouble began in 2001, six years after The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. had the largest steamboat in the world built. The company went bankrupt and The American Queen went out of service.

89. Weatherington Pens New Chapter at Summerall Electric -

Holli Weatherington has joined Summerall Electric Co. Inc. as president and chief executive officer.

90. Fred’s Sees 49 Percent Increase in Net Income -

Major operational improvements, expanded gross margins and fewer mark-downs marked Memphis-based Fred’s Inc.’s strong earnings in its fiscal fourth quarter.

Fred’s saw an almost 49 percent increase in net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 to $8.6 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared with net income of $5.8 million or $0.15 per diluted share in the year-earlier period.

91. Fred’s Sees 49 Pct. Increase in Net Income -

Major operational improvements, expanded gross margins and fewer mark-downs marked Memphis-based Fred’s Inc.’s strong earnings in its fiscal fourth quarter.

Fred’s saw an almost 49 percent increase in net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 to $8.6 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared with net income of $5.8 million or $0.15 per diluted share in the year-earlier period.

92. Infinity Real Estate Buys Office Building for $1.2 Million -

5100 Sanderlin Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117
Sale Amount: $1.2 million

Sale Date: Feb. 16, 2011
Buyer: Infinity Real Estate LLC
Seller: Blanchard E. Tual, successor trustee of the Don Wallace Morgan Family Trust created under the last will and testament of Don Wallace Morgan dated Dec. 8, 2003, and Mary Katherine Fouts and Douglas A. Garner, co-trustees of the Fouts Estate Family Trust created under the last will and testament of Jimmie Darrell Fouts dated June 15, 2005
Loan Amount: $1.3 million
Loan Date: Feb. 16, 2011
Maturity Date: Feb. 16, 2026
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA

93. ‘Clear Leader’ -

AutoZone Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Bill Rhodes told analysts during a presentation of the company’s second quarter results Tuesday morning that the Memphis-based auto parts retailer had its best quarterly performance since the end of 2003 for the period ending Feb. 12.

94. 'Clear Leader': AutoZone sets industry tone with another scorching quarter -

AutoZone Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Bill Rhodes told analysts during a presentation of the company’s second quarter results Tuesday morning that the Memphis-based auto parts retailer had its best quarterly performance since the end of 2003 for the period ending Feb. 12.

95. Interstate Brands Renews, Expands Lease -

Interstate Brands Corp. has renewed and expanded its lease in the Germantown Park - Kimbrough Building in Cordova, more than doubling its footprint.

96. New Tax Law Packed With Obscure Business Tax Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The massive new tax bill signed into law by President Barack Obama is filled with all kinds of holiday stocking stuffers for businesses: tax breaks for producing TV shows, grants for putting up windmills, rum subsidies for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

97. CNBC Goes Local With FedEx Broadcast -

It was a Memphis morning on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” program Monday, with FedEx founder Fred Smith guest hosting the show’s broadcast from Hangar 26 at FedEx’s SuperHub at Memphis International Airport.

98. Tenn. Ed. Commission Backs 7 Percent Tuition Hike -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission voted Thursday to recommend a tuition increase of at least 7 percent at state universities and a minimum of 5 percent at community colleges and technology centers.

99. State Senate Panel Continues Probe of TBR Hiring Process -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Some members of the Tennessee Board of Regents acknowledged Wednesday that the process used to select the latest chancellor probably could have been carried out better to deflect criticism.

100. Senate Panel Continues Probe of TBR Hiring Process -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some members of the Tennessee Board of Regents acknowledged Wednesday that the process used to select the latest chancellor probably could have been carried out better to deflect criticism.