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1. Incentive Applications Lag Previous Years -

Until a spate of activity this month, Memphis and Shelby County were on pace to tie a record-low for the number of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements granted to companies in a year.

Through September, the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine, the primary business incentive body in Memphis and Shelby County, had awarded just four PILOTs, tied with 2006 for the lowest amount of PILOTs issued in a year since 2002.

2. Macy's Joins Others in Big Holiday Hiring Spree -

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's plans to hire about 86,000 seasonal holiday workers nationwide to bolster its stores, call centers and distribution hubs, a 3.6 percent increase from last year.

The department store chain, which also operates Bloomingdale's, said Monday that the growth is being fueled by its expanding online business. This year, about 10,000 of the total 86,000 seasonal workers will be based in eight distribution center across the country. Last year, that figure was 7,000, the company said.

3. Brighter Economy Driving Up Holiday Hiring Plans -

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

One after the other, a flurry of major U.S. retail and transportation companies announced sharp increases this week in the number of temporary workers they plan to hire for the holiday season. Collectively, such hiring could reach its highest point this year for stores since 1999, when the economy was roaring and the Great Recession was still eight years away.

4. ‘Two Ears, One Heart’ -

The phone rings and rings at the Memphis Crisis Center – 19,000 times in 2013, or 2.2 times every hour, 52 times a day, 365 days a year.

Of the 19,000 calls logged last year, 1,301 – or 3.6 per day – were from people talking about killing themselves.

5. County Commissioners Bid Final Farewells -

Shelby County Commission Chairman James Harvey began the group’s Monday, Aug. 18, meeting on a hopeful note.

6. Difference Maker -

When the Green Machine Mobile Food Market rolled up to University Place a year ago – the market being housed inside a lime green retired MATA bus – the first customer was a 103-year-old former school teacher in a wheelchair.

7. 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.

8. What’s in a Name? -

Let’s consider our own Memphis Grizzlies. The team kept a nickname that migrated from Vancouver because fans here have embraced it. In fact, you or someone in your family probably owns a cap or a shirt bearing the team nickname or the likeness of a grizzly bear.

9. This week in Memphis history: June 20-26 -

2013: FedEx Corp. executives watched as a 727 landed at Memphis International Airport, completing the last flight by a 727 for the company ending the use of the jets by the pioneering Memphis company after 35 years.

10. Teeing Off -

Everyone was in a good mood. Not just normally affable Grizzlies players Mike Conley and Mike Miller, but former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown, a couple of hard-nosed throwback types.

11. FedEx, International Paper Join Buyback Trend -

Recent stock repurchases by major U.S. corporations since the recession are a financial fact of life and the city’s best known publicly-held companies are no exception to the practice that can have multiple motives as well as multiple effects.

12. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

13. FedEx Wants to Explore ‘Final Frontier’ -

FedEx announced one of its newest – and more unusual sounding ventures – with a cheeky tweet.

“Meet the FedEx Space Solutions team,” the company declared on Twitter in recent days, formally unveiling a new venture focused on the commercial space industry. Perhaps recognizing the implications, the company concluded the tweet by promising, “Yep, you read it right!”

14. Tracy Named IMC Chief Information Officer -

Joel Tracy has been named the first chief information officer at IMC Cos., a national logistics company focused on international shipments. In his new role, Tracy will be responsible for delivering a broad range of IT initiatives in support of IMC’s logistics business.

15. Culture of Health -

Twenty-five years ago, Carol Harshman was an aerobics instructor working for a Springfield, Mo., health club.

As someone with a job that allowed her to live out a lifestyle of health and wellness at work, she was in the minority.

16. Crossroads -

After starting work as a butcher when he was just a teenager, Ron Manis began his career as a truck driver in 1979.

“I started when I was 16 years old, learning how to cut meat and, after being in that building 10 hours a day every day, I thought I wanted to do something outside and I’ve been driving a truck ever since,” Manis said. “Every time I saw one going down the road I thought to myself that I’d like to do that one day to see what it was like, seeing places I’ve never seen before, meeting interesting people.”

17. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. George Cogswell, publisher of the Commercial Appeal, will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

18. 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.

19. Buzz Around Spec Office Space Starts to Swirl -

International Paper Co.’s new office tower in East Memphis is under construction now, but it’s been four years since the last speculative office building opened its doors in Memphis.

20. Sector Capital Management Independent Again -

Three years after its acquisition by Argent Financial Group, Memphis-based Sector Capital Management is an independent company again.

Sector CEO Reed Walters led the negotiations to buy back the wealth management firm in the wake of Louisiana-based Argent going on something of an acquisition spree in recent years. Sector also has relocated from Argent’s office at The Crescent Center to the Atrium I building at 6800 Poplar Ave.

21. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

22. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

23. Cox Departs Airport Authority as Southwest Adds Flight -

Longtime Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority President and CEO Larry Cox celebrated his final board meeting before retirement with the announcement that Southwest Airlines is adding a flight next summer.

24. FedEx to Raise Ground and Home Delivery Rates -

NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx will raise its FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates in January in addition to raising express shipping rates.

The Memphis, Tenn., company says ground and home delivery rates will increased by an average of 4.9 percent on Jan. 6. FedEx SmartPost rates will also change. Details of new surcharges and rates will be posted to the company's website on Friday.

25. Looking Upward -

The facelift of Memphis International Airport has continued throughout 2013 despite peaks and valleys for the airport’s passenger business.

The impact of Delta Air Lines’ dehubbing and reduced service – including further cuts announced last week – has been offset somewhat by the arrival of Southwest Airlines and the continued strength of the airport’s cargo activity.

26. 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.

27. Amazon.com Sees Delivery Drones as Future -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon.com is working on a way to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less – via self-guided drone.

Consider it the modern version of a pizza delivery boy, minus the boy.

28. Delivering Memphis -

The school groups and local musicians who’ve serenaded visitors to Memphis International Airport in recent weeks are part of a broader plan to create a memorable travel experience at the airport.

Rather, a MEMorable travel experience, to use the airport leadership’s nomenclature, with the emphasis on the first three letters suggesting a need to give travelers more of a taste of Memphis that goes beyond obvious choices like barbecue and Elvis.

29. Team Players -

The key players, from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. to St. Louis Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr., grabbed the microphone at an invitation-only rally held on the club level of AutoZone Park and made their best pitches.

30. Memphis Airport Adds Free Wi-Fi -

Memphis International Airport continues to add new customer-friendly amenities this year, including the introduction Thursday of free Wi-Fi service throughout Terminals A, B and C.

During the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners Thursday, Nov. 21, monthly board meeting, officials discussed the ongoing upgrades and renovations occurring at the airport.

31. Activist Investor Loeb Says He has Stake in FedEx -

FedEx Corp. shares edged up Tuesday after activist investor Daniel Loeb said that he has taken a stake in the shipping company and met with its leadership.

32. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Rebecca Janes of FedEx’s global brand management will present “The Power of the FedEx Brand: Packaging … It’s not just a touch point, it’s an experience.” Cost at the door is $30. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

33. Events -

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association will hold the 2013 Fall Vesta Home Show Saturday, Nov. 9, to Dec. 1 at the St. James Place development in Germantown. General admission is $12. Visit vestahomeshow.com for hours and parking information.

34. Post Office Expects Increase in Package Deliveries -

The post office expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 420 million packages during the holiday season.

The U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday that it expects letters to decline slightly while package deliveries between Thanksgiving and Dec. 31 will rise 12 percent over last year.

35. State Lags for Women in Corporate Positions -

Tennessee’s corporate boards are showing slow growth in gender diversity levels, although rankings are still among the lowest in the nation, according to the latest findings of an annual study.

Expert opinions vary on how strongly the statistics reflect corporate vitality in Tennessee on a broader scale.

36. Chasing Growth -

The pressure to show investors growth and a return is one of the most basic realities of operating as a public company.

And the three Memphis-based companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list are pressing forward on their own distinct paths toward satisfying that pressure.

37. UPS Expected to Show Gain in Profit -

United Parcel Service Inc. is expected to report higher profit and revenue on Friday when it issues third-quarter results before the market opens, but investors will be looking for clues as to how it's adapting to customer preferences for cheaper shipping options.

38. FedEx Expects Increase In Holiday Deliveries -

FedEx expects that holiday shoppers will be more nice than naughty this year, with shipments rising from 2012.

The company said Wednesday that it expects to carry more than 22 million shipments on the busiest day of the season, which it believes will be Monday, Dec. 2.

39. Campbell Clinic Pays $3.2 Million for Surgery Center -

255 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memphis, TN 38104
Sale Amount: $3.2 million

40. Airfare Competition Has Airport Authority Optimistic -

Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority officials remain optimistic about the future of Memphis International Airport, thanks to increased airline competition that is driving down airfares for travelers and businesses.

41. Former FedEx Headquarters on Airways Sells for $850,000 -

The first corporate headquarters of FedEx Corp. at 2990 Airways Blvd. has sold for $850,000 to an entity related to a Buenos Aires-based commercial real estate firm.

42. Events -

The fifth annual Mike Conley Bowl-n-Bash, benefiting the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, 1576 S. White Station Road. Individual tickets are $125; teams of four are $500. Visit methodisthealth.org/bowlnbash to register.

43. Events -

The 2013 Memphis Airshow, presented by FedEx Express, will be held Friday, Sept. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Millington Regional Jetport, 8182 Hornet Ave. Proceeds benefit 19 local nonprofits. Buy tickets at memphisairshow.org.

44. Events -

Farmington Presbyterian Church will host a human-trafficking workshop with human rights advocate Rev. Noelle Damico Thursday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Balmoral Presbyterian Church, 6413 Quince Road. Damico will cover the forms of human trafficking, how it happens and how to take action against it. Cost is free. Email bonnieleeblair@aol.com for more information.

45. Postmaster Says USPS May Need Emergency Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday his agency is in "the midst of a financial disaster" and may need an emergency increase in postage rates to keep operating.

46. Analyst Downgrades FedEx Shares After Long Rally -

NEW YORK (AP) – Goldman Sachs downgraded shares of FedEx Corp. on Thursday, saying that the package-delivery giant's stock was at a fair price after a long rally.

47. Intermodal Conference to Tackle Freight Issues -

The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis will host its seventh annual Intermodal Freight Conference at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus Tuesday, Sept. 24.

48. FedEx Says Quarterly Profit Up 7 Percent -

MEMPHIS (AP) – FedEx says its quarterly profit rose 7 percent despite a dip in revenue in its FedEx Express unit, and it will raise prices in January.

The company says FedEx Express will raise U.S. rates by an average of 3.9 percent on Jan. 6. Prices for ground shipments in 2014 will be announced later this year.

49. Events -

FedEx will host the 34th annual fashion show and auction benefiting The Baddour Center on Monday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; the luncheon and program begin at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40. Visit baddour.org or call 662-366-6930.

50. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. William Rodney of Medicos will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

51. Woeppel Named CEO of UT Medical Group -

Charles “Chuck” Woeppel has been named chief executive officer of UT Medical Group Inc. Woeppel, who has served as the organization’s chief operating officer since 2012, will also continue in that role.

52. Moore Rejoins Girls Inc. as President/CEO -

Lisa Moore recently joined Girls Inc. of Memphis as president/CEO, returning to the organization where she began her career in the late 1980s. In her new role, Moore said, she will provide leadership and support to equip Girls Inc. of Memphis to effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission of equipping all girls to live strong, smart and bold.

53. Postal Service Had $740 Million Third-Quarter Loss -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Postal Service has trimmed its losses to $740 million over the last three months by consolidating processing facilities, cutting hours for workers and post offices and reducing workers' compensation costs, the agency said Friday.

54. Raleigh Sam’s Club Sells for $11.4 Million -

2150 Covington Pike
Memphis, TN 38128
Sale Amount: $11.4 million

Sale Date: June 25, 2013
Buyer: Realty Income Properties 25 LLC
Seller: Dune SC Sub II LLC
Details: The Sam’s Club at 2150 Covington Pike in Raleigh has sold for $11.4 million to a California investor.

55. Raleigh Sam’s Club Sells for $11.4 Million -

The Sam’s Club at 2150 Covington Pike in Raleigh has sold for $11.4 million to a California investor.

56. UPS Profit Falls on Shift to Lower Cost Services -

DALLAS (AP) – UPS said Tuesday that second-quarter profit fell 4 percent as customers shifted from premium toward lower-priced shipped services.

The company called the results disappointing and said it was adapting to the changing market.

57. UPS: Q2 Profit SmallerThan Analysts Expected -

UPS shares tumbled Friday after it predicted disappointing second-quarter earnings and reduced its profit forecast for the full year.

United Parcel Service Co. and rival FedEx Corp. are suffering as customers increasingly trade down from expensive priority shipping to slower and less expensive options. UPS expects this and other trends to continue.

58. FedEx Settles Lawsuit Over Delivery Charges -

FedEx Corp. has settled a lawsuit over claims that it routinely overcharged by billing deliveries to business and government offices at higher residential-delivery rates.

59. FedEx Shares Fall on Worries About Eroding Profits -

NEW YORK (AP) — FedEx Corp. shares tumbled Thursday on worries about eroding profits at its core FedEx Express division.

60. FedEx Fourth-Quarter Profit Drops -

DALLAS (AP) — FedEx Corp.'s fourth-quarter profit fell 45 percent as international customers traded down to less-expensive delivery options.

61. FedEx Freight Raising Rates 4.5 Percent -

MEMPHIS (AP) – FedEx Corp. said its freight unit will raise rates by 4.5 percent beginning July 1.

62. Events -

The Daily News will present Literatini, benefiting Literacy Mid-South, Thursday, June 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. The event will include martinis and food, an auction, live music and a wine pull. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. Visit literacymidsouth.org.

63. Events -

YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South will hold a lunch and learn for those interested in the YMCA Corporate Games Friday, June 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its corporate office, 6373 Quail Hollow Road, suite 201. The games will be held Sept. 16-22. R.S.V.P. to Shauna Bateman at sbateman@ymcamemphis.org or 766-7677.

64. FedEx Takes $100 Million Charge for Aircraft Retirement -

MEMPHIS (AP) – FedEx Corp. said Monday that it recently took a $100 million charge for retiring some of its aircraft and said it will take $74 million in additional charges in its next fiscal year because it is speeding up retirement of other planes.

65. Fisher Named Director Of Economic Development -

Gwyn Fisher has been named the greater Memphis regional director of economic and community development by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In her new role, Fisher will work with companies, municipalities and stakeholders in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties to create jobs, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.

66. Rich to Headline Benefit for St. Jude Hospital -

John Rich will perform alongside Wynonna Judd, Larry the Cable Guy and his Big & Rich partner, Big Kenny at a June 4 concert that will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

67. FedEx Plans Distribution Center in Southwest Illinois -

SAUGET, Ill. (AP) – FedEx Corp. is building a $23.5 million ground distribution facility in southwestern Illinois that will process 10,000 packages an hour once fully operational.

68. FedEx Wins $10.5 Billion Contract With USPS -

FedEx Corp. said Tuesday, April 23, it won a $10.5 billion contract to carry mail between domestic airports for the U.S. Postal Service.

69. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Wizard of Oz” Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Visit balletmemphis.org for tickets.

70. Bryce to Keep 318 Workers in Memphis -

A packaging maker for retail brands like Frito-Lay and General Mills is getting a tax incentive worth $3 million to keep 318 workers in Memphis and add 95 new employees as part of a $21 million expansion here.

71. Absolutely, Positively Memphis -

It’s certainly old news to say that the Internet is changing the way we do business today. And most assuredly, we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. It’s not so farfetched to imagine a world where virtually everything is delivered, well, virtually. Maybe in the 2060s, the decade in which the futuristic Jetsons cartoon was set. Until then, while eCommerce is having a growing impact on where and how people shop, the fact of the matter is that goods still have to get to the consumer.

72. FedEx to Buy Boeing Jets From United Airlines -

FedEx Corp. says it will buy up to 30 Boeing aircraft from United Airlines and convert them into cargo planes.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

73. FedEx to Buy Boeing Jets from United Airlines -

MEMPHIS (AP) – FedEx Corp. says it will buy up to 30 Boeing aircraft from United Airlines and convert them into cargo planes.

74. FedEx Misses Analysts’ Expectations -

FedEx Corp. reported third quarter earnings that missed analysts’ expectations on continued weakness in international air freight markets and customers that chose less expensive and slower shipping services.

75. FedEx Earnings Drop on Weakness in International Freight -

FedEx Corp. reported third quarter earnings that missed analysts’ expectations on continued weakness in international air freight markets and customers that chose less expensive and slower shipping services.

76. FedEx Earnings Could Indicate Shipping Trends -

NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx Corp. wants businesses and consumers to buy more express-delivery shipping services, and the company could indicate whether that’s happening yet when it reports fiscal third-quarter results before the market opens Wednesday.

77. Launching Pad -

Eric Mathews sounded a little emotional in early February as he described what was about to happen to the organization he leads that’s at the vanguard of spurring entrepreneurship and startup activity in Memphis.

78. FedEx Headquarters Building Sells for $22.6 Million -

942 S. Shady Grove Road Memphis, TN 38119

Sale Amount: $22.6 million

Sale Date: Feb. 21, 2013

79. ‘All is Not Lost’ -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has been nationally recognized for its work providing health care services for the homeless population of the Mid-South, helping people like Grace Hilton-Young transform their lives.

80. FedEx Plans $25 Million Distribution Center in Northeast Indiana -

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (AP) – FedEx Corp. plans to build a $25 million distribution center in northeastern Indiana that's expected to create nearly 90 jobs.

81. Merger Special Master Could Have Different Terms -

The Shelby County Commission, the city of Memphis and suburban Shelby County leaders all agree details of the merger of public schools in Shelby County could come down to a federal court order.

But in their filings Wednesday, Feb. 27, in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, there are some differences in how the three parties in the federal lawsuit believe the court might become involved directly in the merger.

82. Commission, City and Suburbs Agree on Schools Master -

Attorneys for the Shelby County Commission, the city of Memphis and suburban leaders agree that a special master should be appointed by Memphis Federal Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays.

The master would generally monitor progress toward the August date for the consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

83. Local Projects Up for Statewide Engineering Award -

Six Memphis-area projects are among those being considered in the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards competition, presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee.

“Ridgeway Trace Retail Center” was completed by Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. for Weingarten Realty Investors. Surrounding the highly congested area near Ridgeway Trace, and traffic was improved by coordinating five traffic signals, adding lanes and widening roadways surrounding the development.

84. Mark Weaver Elevated to Fellow of AIA -

Mark Weaver, principal with Hnedak Bobo Group, was recently elevated to a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

A past president of AIA Memphis and AIA Tennessee, Weaver was recognized for advancing the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice.

85. Weaver Elevated to Fellow of AIA -

Mark Weaver, principal with Hnedak Bobo Group, was recently elevated to a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

86. Local Projects in Running for Statewide Engineering Award -

Six Memphis-area projects are among those being considered in the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards competition, presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee.

“Ridgeway Trace Retail Center” was completed by Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. for Weingarten Realty Investors. Surrounding the highly congested area near Ridgeway Trace, and traffic was improved by coordinating five traffic signals, adding lanes and widening roadways surrounding the development.

87. Events -

Greater Memphis Chamber and Duncan-Williams Inc. will host Job Fuel: 2013 Conference on Job Creation Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup, and Dr. Gene Huang, chief economist and vice president at FedEx, will discuss what leaders need to know about the future of job creation. Cost is $50 per person or $450 per table of 10. Visit memphischamber.com.

88. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Roland Gray, medical director of the Tennessee Medical Foundation, will discuss prescription drug abuse. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

89. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host former Vice President Al Gore, signing “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” Monday, Feb. 18, at noon at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

90. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Rene Bustamante, staff vice president of Global Cash Management at FedEx, will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

91. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Feb. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Lucy Shaw will discuss the Bridges Out of Poverty program. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

92. Events -

National Association of Women Business Owners Memphis will meet Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3935 Galloway Ave. City, county and state government representatives will discuss opportunities to gain government business. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers and $35 at the door. Visit bit.ly/122SiTT to register.

93. Conference Brings Jobs Creation Into Focus -

Jim Clifton, CEO of the Gallup organization since 1998, believes the stakes are extraordinarily high in the global arms race for jobs.

He made the point in stark terms in a recent interview he gave to Forbes.

94. Events -

Memphis Child Advocacy Center will hold its Works of Heart valentine auction, featuring works by more than 100 local artists, Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar Ave. Visit memphiscac.org.

95. FedEx Officers, Directors Accept Buyout Plan -

NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx Co., the world's second biggest package delivery company, will lose more than 10 percent of its U.S.-based executives under a voluntary buyout plan.

96. Filling the Voids -

Last year was a banner year for adaptive reuse projects in Midtown and Downtown.

Developers announced plans for the Sears Crosstown building, Overton Square, Hotel Chisca, James Lee House and old United Warehouse in the South Main Historic Arts District. Construction began on The Pyramid, turning it into a 220,000-square-foot mega-Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, and Memphis in May moved into its new headquarters at 56 S. Front St., a 14,600-square-foot building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

97. Centennial on Tap for Traffic Club of Memphis -

The Traffic Club of Memphis is kick-starting its 100-year celebration with the introduction of its 2013 officers, led for the second straight year by president Mason Wilson.

The club’s activities this year will feature a series of local events, including the Traffic Club International annual conference in September.

98. Facing Headwinds -

Despite struggling through a 2012 of decreased air service and sky-high airfares, officials at Memphis International Airport continue to work hard to improve the facilities and make it a more comfortable and enjoyable place for travelers.

99. Facing Headwinds -

Despite struggling through a 2012 of decreased air service and sky-high airfares, officials at Memphis International Airport continue to work hard to improve the facilities and make it a more comfortable and enjoyable place for travelers.

100. Cox Expects Strong Year for Memphis Airport -

As Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority President Larry Cox heads into the final 17 months leading up to his retirement in July 2014, he is hoping to cap off more than 40 years of service at Memphis International Airport with a big year.