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1. A New Benchmark -

Shelby Farms Park is gearing up for the second annual Mempho Music Festival and another chance to showcase the country’s largest urban park to a diverse and wide-reaching audience.
Memphis’ newest music festival is expecting a crowd of 20,000 on Oct. 6 and 7, which is impressive for a park two years out from a $70 million renovation embarked upon in 2010 with a distant vision for such an event.
The master plan for the park was designed not only for people to recreate and relax, but as a place to build community, and a music festival can be a big part of that, said Jen Andrews, executive director of Shelby Farms Park. Andrews has always had a larger vision for the park as a place where the community could come together and take ownership and pride in the best that Memphis has to offer.
Enter another visionary, native Memphian Diego Winegardner, founder of Mempho Fest and CEO of Big River Presents, which is putting on the festival. Winegardner grew up in Memphis and now lives outside of New York City where his day job is in finance and investment management. A couple of years ago on a trip home to Memphis he met some old friends for a bike ride at Shelby Farms Park.
“I was completely blown away,” Winegardner said. “The sun was setting on Hyde Lake, and I had this lightning-bolt moment of how special it would be to bring a world-class music festival to this site.
I thought about Memphis’ place in the annals of American music as the birthplace of blues, soul and R&B and the hip hop scene that we have here.
“If you think about the labels … Sun, Stax, Royal…I was exposed to all of that growing up, and seeing B.B. King on Beale Street was just normal,” he said. “I didn’t appreciate it until I was gone. I started to get really nostalgic about my hometown.”
Winegardner is a music enthusiast who has been to most of the notable music festivals in the U.S. and many around the world. He had the resources and connections to realize his dream. Last year, the first Mempho Fest kicked off with great success with 10,000 in attendance for two days of concerts featuring a variety of bands from different music genres.
“I’ve always been a big fan of (Memphis) and its people and a big defender of the city and its history,” Winegardner said. “This music festival was born out of my passion for music and my passion for the city of Memphis.”
When Winegardner first met with Andrews two years ago to pitch his idea, she caught his vision right away.
He approached it cautiously and wanted to understand how to protect the park and still give people a good experience, she said. “We like working with Diego,” she said. “They care about the park, and like us, have a big, bold vision, and they hired a professional team who knew how to put on a safe and fun event.”
This year’s festival will feature two days of multi-genre music headlined by Grammy Award-winning artist and hip-hop superstar Post Malone as well as Beck, Phoenix, NAS and Janelle Monae. Local talent like Lucero and alternative Mac deMarco also will perform, and there will be a special tribute to Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios featuring the label’s past and present stars.
Sunday will feature performances by crowd favorites like George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and Stones Throw, Chuck Laevell’s Rolling Stones’ backer band.
The festival will not only expand in attendance, but will add a larger culinary and craft beer presence in addition to on-site camping and VIP and super-VIP experiences.
“We’re trying to create more than just music on a stage,” said Winegardner, who also created a nonprofit arm called Mempho Matters that will partner with organizations that line-up with the vision of the festival, such as Oceanic Global Foundation, #BringYourSoul, Learn to Rock and the Memphis Area Women’s Council’s “Memphis Says NO MORE” campaign.
As part of Mempho’s partnership with the Oceanic Global Foundation, the festival has a 100 percent waste-free goal, which will start with its no straw policy.
“A best practice environmental policy is important to help make sure the park is as pristine when we leave as when we showed up,” said Winegardner.
The partnership promoting the Memphis Area Women’s Council’s “NO MORE” campaign is to make sure that Mempho Fest’s female attendees feel safe. Winegardner, who has a teenage daughter, knows stories about the lack of safety for females at other events, prompting him to take up the cause.
“In this day and age, you really have to take a stand and make it an institutional part of our way of doing things,” he said.
Money raised through Mempho Matters will also benefit the Memphis community through contributions to musical education in the form of free tickets for students and teachers to attend the festival as well as instruments and money for music education in local schools.
Last year, Mempho Matters gave away 2,000 tickets to students and teachers.
“We want to build bridges into the community and be as inclusive as possible,” Winegardner said. “We want to educate the children and the youth of tomorrow about the history of Memphis musically and create a sense of pride for its citizens while also attracting new people and adding another chapter to Memphis’ long, rich history.”
Andrews is optimistic about the growth of Mempho Fest this year, projecting double the attendance in its second year as well as adding 400 weekend camping permits. Those include primitive camping, RV hookups and glamping.
“The camping option is an important part of festival culture, and one of the great benefits of the park is its tremendous scale, which can accommodate that,” Andrews said.
But the plan is to grow Mempho Fest slowly, she said.
“We learned a lot the first year, and we’re applying the learning to this year’s festival,” she said. “We have a strong plan for safely managing the crowd. We want this to be a world-class festival.”
Big River Productions and Winegardner have an undisclosed agreement with Shelby Farms Park, and both entities hope to continue the relationship.
“I’m hoping that Mempho Fest will become a long-term asset for the city of Memphis,” Winegardner said.
Music remains a big driver of visitors to Memphis — 56 percent of leisure visitors come to the city for something related to music, said Kevin Kane, president and CEO of Memphis Tourism, formerly called the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’re supporters of (Mempho Fest),” he said. “We believe in it and want to see it grow. Music festivals have a big impact on the economy. The more events we have based in music the better, and we think it’s great to utilize Shelby Farms in this way.”

2. Addressing Babies' Needs, One Diaper at a Time -

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

3. Some Tennessee Lawmakers Living the Life -

Early in his U.S. Senate campaign, former governor Phil Bredesen shied away from talking about his opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, preferring to focus instead on ideas.

4. 'Big and vicious': Hurricane Florence Closes in on Carolinas -

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way routes Tuesday as more than 1 million people in three states were ordered to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 130 mph winds and potentially ruinous rains.

5. Republicans Lack Votes – and Appetite – to End 'Obamacare' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona's new senator says he'd vote to repeal the nation's health care law. That's one additional Republican ready to obliterate the statute because his predecessor, the late Sen. John McCain, helped derail the party's drive with his fabled thumbs-down vote last year.

6. Suburban Superintendents Mark Fifth School Year in Changing Times for Education -

When he began creating the Bartlett City Schools system five years ago, superintendent David Stephens had more middle schools than he had middle school students in the suburban city. And the high school-aged population was split between Bartlett and Bolton high schools.

7. Embrace Fully Innovations Underway in K-12 Education -

There are many changes taking place in education. As an outward sign of this change, schools are striving to make their environments more like the “real world,” which is to say like adult workplaces.

8. John Lennon Celebrated with Release of Commemorative Stamp -

NEW YORK (AP) — John Lennon's iconic moptop, round glasses and grin will now adorn a U.S. stamp.

Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and their son, Sean Lennon, were in New York City's Central Park Friday to celebrate the U.S. Postal Service's release of a stamp honoring the late Beatle. Hundreds of Beatles fans gathered for the event.

9. Nike's Kaepernick Campaign Signals Change in Shoe Politics -

A pair of shoes are set aflame with a cigarette lighter, captured on video and shared widely online to protest a political statement made by the manufacturer.

The New Balance shoes were burned by their owners two years ago after a spokeswoman indicated the company's support for President Donald Trump's trade policies.

10. Consequences of Careless Driving Can Be Costly -

RAY’S TAKE: When it comes to owning a car or in most families, several cars, there are lots of things to consider when it comes to your finances. And the ramifications of careless driving shouldn’t be one of them.

11. Microsoft Executives Host ‘Fireside Chat’ on Tech Careers -

The local workforce readiness effort often has focused on manufacturing, logistics and maintenance jobs that require certification to operate equipment or two-year associate degrees that can lead directly to the workplace.

12. Solid Foundation -

While sitting at his desk, Fred Jones needs only to take a quick look up and to his right to see the strides made by him and his Southern Heritage Classic. But what does the 70-year-old Jones see when he looks up at the hopeful guy in his early 40s staring back from a newspaper photo accompanying a story prior to the inaugural game in 1990?

13. Amazon is 2nd U.S. Company to Reach $1 trillion Market Value -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon on Tuesday became the second publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion, hot on the heels of iPhone maker Apple.

Launched as an online bookstore in 1995, Amazon.com has changed the way people shop for toilet paper, TVs and just about anything else. In its two decades, the company has expanded far beyond those bookseller beginnings, combining its world-spanning retail operations with less flashy but very profitable advertising and cloud computing businesses. It's now expanding into the health care industry and increasing its brick-and-mortar presence.

14. Think Viral Marketing is Out of Your League? -

Producing a campaign that catches fire on social media and the internet is the ultimate dream of many hopeful brands. Think viral content marketing is out of your league? Think again. Any company can create potentially viral content on a shoestring budget.

15. SCS Superintendent Hopson Talks of New Map for School Locations -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants a more comprehensive view and plan for where schools of all types – charters, optional and conventional – are located.

Hopson’s concern is that some parts of Memphis are saturated with the various types of schools even after Shelby County Schools has closed 26 schools in the five years he has been superintendent.

16. Gov. Haslam Hears Concerns for TNReady Credibility at Collierville Forum -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam heard from a group of Memphis and Shelby County educators that the state’s TNReady test has credibility issues with parents and doesn’t provide reliable data quickly enough for teachers to make better use of it in improving student achievement.

17. Memphis Millennials in Search of American Dream Amid Competitive Market -

Crystal Carpenter and her husband, Curtis, have been trying to buy a house since July of last year. The millennials currently are living with Curtis’ father and have been searching for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in several Memphis neighborhoods. After seven unsuccessful bids, three of which were above asking price, they now are considering renting a condo or apartment as a short-term solution while they continue their search.

18. Vols’ Johnson Helping Young Fans Excel in Classroom -

Kids don’t usually go rushing to school on Mondays to gush about watching an offensive linemen play football on TV. That status is mainly reserved for more glorified positions like quarterback or wide receiver.

19. Caffeine Hit for Coca-Cola as it Buys Costa Coffee Chain -

LONDON (AP) — Coca-Cola is hoping for a caffeine-fueled boost with the acquisition of British coffee chain Costa.

The soda giant said Friday it is spending $5.1 billion in cash for Britain's biggest coffee company. Costa has more than 2,400 coffee shops in the U.K. and 1,400 others in more than 30 countries, including around 460 in China, its second-biggest market.

20. 10 Reasons You Should Watch Division III Football -

Here’s who you will find in the stands at a Division III college football game: parents, the players’ girlfriends, a couple fraternity pledge classes, a few student fans, and one or two professors.

21. Shooting Suspect Able to Buy Guns Despite Mental Illness -

BALTIMORE (AP) — Even though the suspect in a shooting at a Florida video game tournament had been hospitalized for mental illness, authorities say he was able to legally purchase the two handguns he was carrying at the time of the attack.

22. Mississippi Lawmakers Approve Bill to Create State Lottery -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House reversed itself Tuesday and passed a bill to create a state lottery in the Bible Belt state where churches have long opposed it.

The vote came during a special session, less than 24 hours after the House originally voted to kill the bill that the state's Republican governor promises to sign into law. There was no debate Tuesday as a few representatives changed their votes from no to yes.

23. Dean, Lee Differ on Many Tennessee Topics -

On first blush, gubernatorial candidates Bill Lee and Karl Dean appear to be cast in a similar mold – business-friendly moderates.

24. Chamber Seeks Site Improvement Grants for 9 Sites Including Firestone -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has applied for state improvement grants for nine economic development sites in Memphis as the first step in a “Sites and Buildings Plan.”

The list of Memphis sites includes the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. plant site in North Memphis, which is one of eight applying via the chamber to be part of the Tennessee Site Evaluation Program.

25. How to Know If You Should Launch a Major Campaign -

When it comes to planning for a major fundraising campaign, people always want to know, “What are the indicators that we should launch our campaign?”

We suggest that the No. 1 indicator is how well you have conducted your annual giving program. While there are differences and distinctions between an annual campaign and a capital or major gifts campaign, a successful annual campaign indicates that basic fundraising systems, processes and relationships are in place.

26. How to Know If You Should Launch a Major Campaign -

When it comes to planning for a major fundraising campaign, people always want to know, “What are the indicators that we should launch our campaign?”

We suggest that the No. 1 indicator is how well you have conducted your annual giving program. While there are differences and distinctions between an annual campaign and a capital or major gifts campaign, a successful annual campaign indicates that basic fundraising systems, processes and relationships are in place.

27. Memphis City Council Considers Surface Parking Lot at Main and Beale -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Aug. 28, on a special-use permit to turn the land on the northeast corner of South Main Street and Beale Street into a surface parking lot with landscaping.

28. Mississippi's Senators Say Award to Help City Buy Airport -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's senators say the City of Olive Branch has received a $14.9 million federal grant to help with the purchase of the Olive Branch Airport.

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, in a news release Thursday, said the city will become the airfield's primary operator. It's been in operation since 1972, and the purchase guarantees the continued operations of the facility as a public airport.

29. Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Heroin in Overdose -

MEMPHIS (AP) — A Tennessee man has pleaded guilty to selling heroin to a man who died of an overdose.

The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis said in a news release Friday that David Mitchell Murray faces 20 years to life in federal prison at sentencing Nov. 2.

30. Kroger to Phase Out Plastic Bags at All Stores -

CINCINNATI (AP) — The nation's largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment.

Kroger Co. will start Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores at some point next year. The company said it will be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025.

31. Sessions Hits Trump Back: Won't be 'Improperly Influenced' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, newly incensed by campaign allegations, plunged back into his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, claiming in an interview that Sessions "never took control of the Justice Department" after Trump put him there. Sessions quickly hit back, declaring that he and his department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations."

32. As We Age, Humor May Be The Best Way To Deal With The Consequences -

FUNNY THING ABOUT GETTING OLD. I wrote about getting a nerve block for my back a few weeks ago. Well, it seems that nerve blocks are like Nora’s mayonnaise; sometimes it just doesn’t turn out. I was feeling sorry for myself when an email from friend Gene showed up with some funny stuff from old friends we don’t hear much from anymore.

33. It’s Lee’s to Win Unless He Makes a Rookie Mistake -

When Bill Lee drove a tractor through tiny Eagleville last October, hardly anyone noticed. Only a handful of supporters milled around in the parking lot of the Farmers Co-op in southwest Rutherford County that morning where Lee spent a few minutes talking to people inside the store before emerging to ride to another town as part of a statewide tour, a precursor to an RV ride he would take later in the Republican primary race.

34. Stocks Mixed Even as S&P 500 Index Marks Longest Bull Run -

The major U.S. stock indexes were mostly higher in afternoon trading Wednesday, on track for the market's bull run to become the longest in history. Gains in technology stocks, retailers and energy companies outweigh losses in industrial firms and elsewhere in the market.

35. S&P 500 Touches All-Time High as Earnings Drive Stock Gains -

U.S. stocks moved higher Tuesday afternoon, placing the S&P 500 on track for an all-time high. The benchmark index of large U.S. companies briefly traded just above its last closing high set seven months ago. The latest gains came as investors welcomed solid results from homebuilders, retailers and other companies. Technology stocks and banks also rose.

36. Crosstown Concourse Leaders Switch Financing -

Crosstown Concourse now has permanent financing that replaces a complex mosaic of financing from dozens of institutions that allowed the renovation and readaptation of the 1.5-million-square-foot landmark.

37. Trump Nixes $92M Military Parade, Blames D.C. For High Cost -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he had canceled plans for a Veterans Day military parade, citing the "ridiculously high" price tag — a day after U.S. officials said the November event could cost $92 million, more than three times the price first suggested by the White House.

38. Compass Schools Conversion Pared From 9 Jubilee Schools to 6 -

The Shelby County Schools Board will consider adding nine new charter schools to the system in 2019-2020, including six Catholic Jubilee schools slated to become Compass Community Schools.

Compass originally planned to take over nine of the Jubilee schools in the Memphis Catholic Diocese system, but has pared that back to six. The SCS board meets in special session Wednesday, Aug. 22, so it can hit a state deadline on what is a second round of charter applications.

39. New Life -

By this time next year, the formerly blighted Frayser Plaza will become Harmony Plaza, with Memphis STEM Academy as its anchor tenant and 100 percent occupancy. It’s part of a new trend of transforming out-of-date retail shopping centers into mixed-use, walkable concepts.

40. Overdose Total Hits 76 in Connecticut Park Near Yale -

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The number of overdose victims linked to a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana has risen to 76 in New Haven, Connecticut, as officials try to determine exactly what sickened people.

41. Labor Day Getaways From Memphis -

In all of the Labor Days I’ve experienced – I’m 41 so it’s more than a few – I’ve only traveled overnight once. It was in 2015 for a friend’s wedding in Cincinnati.

42. Black Americans Aren't Buying Omarosa's Turn Against Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump's side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people.

43. Convention Center Hotel Plans Reveal Likely Civic Center Location -

Representatives with the New York-based company redeveloping 100 N. Main St., including their hotel partner Loews Hotel & Co., were in Memphis on Tuesday, Aug. 14, scouting locations for a convention center hotel.

44. Nebraska Executes First Inmate Using Fentanyl -

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with a drug combination never tried before, including the first use of the powerful opioid fentanyl in a lethal injection.

45. Trump Lashes Out at Omarosa, Calls Her 'That Dog' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his messy clash with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Tuesday, referring to the longtime colleague, who had been the top African-American in his White House, as "that dog!"

46. ALSAC Buys Downtown Property from City for $5M -

American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities Inc. (ALSAC) has purchased more than $5 million in property from the city of Memphis, according to the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

47. Longtime Tenants Buy Clark Centre for $11M -

Two identical buildings at 5100 and 5101 Wheelis Drive in East Memphis were purchased by a group of longtime tenants for $11 million.

48. California Company Buys Cordova Shopping Center -

A California-based company has purchased a Cordova shopping center and its adjoining 2.5-acre lot.

Pleasanton, California-based Logical Group Inc. bought the shopping center at 1658 Appling Road from Appling Center Partners for $1.8 million on Aug. 6, according to the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

49. Garner Framed Magnolia Homes’ Success by Putting Buyers First -

For local homebuilder and developer Karen Garner, starting her own business 31 years ago as a single mother with two children was filled with challenges, but being a woman in a male-dominated industry did not turn out to be one of them.

50. A Costly Ride -

Memphis is poised to adopt a transit plan that promises a big economic splash, but first supporters must sell the general public on a $30 million annual price tag before any transformation occurs.

“Everyone in Memphis has an interest in a good, effective transit system,” said Mayor Jim Strickland, already in promotion mode, “even if you never get on a bus.”

51. California Company Buys Cordova Shopping Center -

A California-based company has purchased a Cordova shopping center and its adjoining 2.5-acre lot.

Pleasanton, California-based Logical Group Inc. bought the shopping center at 1658 Appling Road from Appling Center Partners for $1.8 million on Aug. 6, according to the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

52. $3.9B Buyout of Tribune by Sinclair Ends in Acrimony -

NEW YORK (AP) — The $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News.

53. Montreal-based Investor Has Contract to Purchase One Commerce Square -

A Montreal-based real estate investor is under contract to buy One Commerce Square. The pending sale was revealed in a letter to the Downtown Memphis Commission.

The sale must receive approval from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. (CCRFC) board for reassignment of the existing payment in lieu of taxes lease on the 30-story Downtown office building.

54. Montreal-based investor has contract to purchase One Commerce Square -

A Montreal-based real estate investor is under contract to buy One Commerce Square.

The pending sale was revealed in a letter to the Downtown Memphis Commission. The sale must receive approval from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. (CCRFC) board for reassignment of the existing payment in lieu of taxes lease on the 30-story Downtown office building.

55. Concern in Arkansas Town Highlights Trade Fears Across U.S. -

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — A Chinese company's announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of this rural college town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region's economy.

56. GOP Congressman from New York Charged with Insider Trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of western New York state was arrested Wednesday on charges he fed inside information he gleaned from sitting on the board of a biotechnology company to his son, helping family and friends dodge hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses when bad news came out.

57. LeMoyne-Owen Adds Talent To Be More Competitive -

As a child, Adriane Johnson-Williams remembers plucking honeysuckles off the fence as she passed Elmwood Cemetery, cutting through apartment buildings and meeting friends on the way to summer camp at LeMoyne-Owen College.

58. Longtime Tenants Buy Clark Centre for $11M -

Two identical buildings at 5100 and 5101 Wheelis Drive in East Memphis were purchased by a group of longtime tenants for $11 million.

59. Harris Claims County Mayor, Democrats Sweep Other Countywide Offices -

State Sen. Lee Harris easily beat County Trustee David Lenoir to become the next Shelby County mayor in the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general election, leading a Democratic resurgence in county politics.

60. Harris Elected County Mayor, Bonner as Sheriff -

State Sen. Lee Harris easily beat County Trustee David Lenoir to become the next Shelby County mayor in the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general election, leading a Democratic resurgence in county politics.

61. Orakpo, Other Defenders Buy Into New Titans Scheme -

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Dick LeBeau era with the Titans was linebacker Brian Orakpo, who piled up 24.5 sacks in LeBeau’s system over the past three seasons.

So, the fact that Orakpo is as excited as he is over new defensive coordinator Dean Pees’ schemes is a pretty good sign for Titans fans.

62. Bookkeeper: Paul Manafort 'Approved Every Penny' of Bills -

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort's bookkeeper testified Thursday that the former Trump campaign chairman kept her in the dark about the foreign bank accounts he was using to buy millions in luxury items and personal expenses.

63. Mississippi Boat Shop Owners Buy Oakshire Apartments -

An apartment and townhouse community across from Oakshire Elementary School has a new owner.

Santa Monica LLC bought the circa-1970s Oakshire Downs Apartments and Townhouses property for $5.7 million from Crimson Circle LLC on July 27, according to deeds on file with the Shelby County Register.

64. SCS Closes On Bayer Building To House New Central Office -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, July 31, to buy the Bayer Building, 3030 Jackson Ave., as the new central office of the school system for $6.6 million.

65. Inflation, Gas Prices, Tariffs Squeeze Consumers -

The price of a can of Coca-Cola? Likely going up. A package of Pampers? That too. Plane tickets? They also may be more expensive. These items and more may cost more in the coming months as people start feeling the effects of higher fuel prices and raw-material costs as well as a range of tariffs.

66. Presumed American Remains from Korea War Head Home -

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea (AP) — Decades after the end of the Korean War in 1953, the remains of dozens of presumed U.S. war dead were on their way Wednesday to Hawaii for analysis and identification. The U.S. military believes the bones are those of U.S. servicemen and potentially servicemen from other United Nations member countries who fought alongside the U.S. on behalf of South Korea during the war.

67. Shelby County Schools Closes on Bayer Building As New Central Office -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, July 31, to buy the Bayer Building, 3030 Jackson Ave., as the new central office of the school system for $6.6 million.

68. In Iran, economic worries grow as new U.S. sanctions loom -

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's currency plummeted to a record low Monday, a week before the United States restores sanctions lifted under the unraveling nuclear deal, giving rise to fears of prolonged economic suffering and further civil unrest.

69. Vacancy at Okhissa Lake: Group Hopes to Buy Land From Feds -

BUDE, Miss. (AP) — He put in around noon on a Friday.

Nearby, the women sprayed sunscreen and hung floaties on the children, and the boys threw rocks into the duckweed. Onboard, they had grocery bags, a propane grill and not one fishing pole.

70. Decades-Old Arkansas Barber Shop Threatened by New Overpass -

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — City Barber Shop near the corner of East Nettleton Avenue and Watt Street has been around since 1923, but owner Melvin Thomason fears his tiny shop's days are numbered.

71. Should You Lease or Own a Car? -

Ray’s Take: According to the Lease Market Report by Edmunds.com, lease volume has doubled in the U.S. in the last five years and the automotive market is on the verge of a fundamental shift in consumer behavior about the value of owning a new vehicle – particularly when the purchase has to be financed.

72. United Natural Foods to Buy Supervalu for $1.26 Billion -

United Natural Foods is buying Supervalu for $1.26 billion, creating a grocery food wholesaler with a diverse customer base.

United Natural Foods of Providence, Rhode Island, said Thursday it's paying $32.50 per share in cash, or a premium of 67 percent, for each share of Supervalu Inc. Including the assumption of debt, the deal is valued at nearly $3 billion.

73. Coke is Hoping to Turn Free Water Machine Into a Cash Stream -

NEW YORK (AP) – Can a machine that dispenses water for free also turn into a cash stream for Coca-Cola?

The world's largest soda maker is testing a fountain that lets people fill reusable water bottles with free, filtered water – but also offers the option of paying to add bubbles and fruity flavors. It's an example of how the maker of Fanta, Sprite and Powerade is searching for new ways to make money as Americans cut back on traditional sodas.

74. Farmers Prefer Trump Do Trade Deals Than Hand Them Cash -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Many farmers remain critical of President Donald Trump's tariffs and the damage done to commodity prices and markets but were appreciative Tuesday that he offered to provide some cash to help offset their losses.

75. De-Annexation Plan Encounters Council Resistance -

The Strickland administration’s proposal to de-annex two more parts of the city – Southwind-Windyke and Rocky Point – got bad reviews Tuesday, July 24, in city council committee sessions on their way to the first of three council votes in August.

76. For Latest in Orderliness, Prisons Look to Computer Tablets -

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Allowing inmates to stare at computer tablet screens for hours each day may be just the ticket for creating calm, orderly cellblocks, prison officials say.

But tablets, growing in popularity in prisons nationwide, also can help inmates advance their education, connect with family and prepare them for life in the technology-saturated outside world, officials say.

77. Man Chooses To Live His Last Days On The Mississippi River -

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – After learning he had only three months to live, Wisconsin native Kelly Phillips took a leap of faith into the Mississippi River, literally.

78. Papa John's Tries to Prevent Founder From Gaining Control -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Papa John's is attempting to ward off its controversial founder from amassing a controlling stake in the company by adopting a "poison-pill" plan.

The company is struggling to distance itself from John Schnatter, who resigned as chairman this month after his use of a racial slur during a media training session was revealed. Schnatter has since said his resignation was a "mistake" and criticized the company's handling of the incident.

79. Apollo to Spend $5.6B on Rural Hospital Chain LifePoint -

Private equity firm Apollo Global Management will spend about $5.6 billion to buy the rural hospital chain LifePoint and combine it with health system operator RCCH HealthCare Partners.

LifePoint shareholders will receive $65 in cash for each share in a deal that's worth about $2.7 billion not counting net debt and minority interest, the companies said. That's a premium of nearly 36 percent to Brentwood, Tennessee-based LifePoint Health Inc.'s closing price July 20. That was the last trading day before the deal announcement.

80. Council Gets First Look at Sanitation Overhaul -

Memphis City Council members offer their first thoughts Tuesday, July 23, on the reconfiguration of city sanitation services outlined last week by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

81. Affordable Housing Management Firm Buys Two Memphis Apartment Complexes -

One of the fastest-growing affordable housing property management companies in the U.S. has entered Tennessee with the purchase of two Memphis apartment properties.

Denver-based Monroe Group bought the 150-unit Keystone Landing Apartments, located at 4266 Ridgestone Drive in Raleigh, from Keystone Landing Apartments LLC for $6.5 million. It purchased the 120-unit Pendleton Apartments, located at 1764 Pendleton St. near Cherokee Park, from Pendleton Apartments LLC for $6 million.

82. Shortages of Serviced Lots, Skilled Labor Plague Builders and Developers -

Despite a booming housing market for the past few years, construction on new housing in Memphis still remains low and is considered by some to be the last missing piece of the puzzle.

Two main limiting factors to new home construction in West Tennessee right now, according to Donald Glays, executive director of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association, are a shortage of serviced lots and a shortage of skilled laborers, such as plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, framers, roofers and bricklayers – all trades that are seriously underserved.

83. Comcast Drops Fox Bid, Paving Way for Sale to Disney -

NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox's entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind "The Simpsons" and X-Men.

84. Grizzlies’ Front Office Makes Calculated Moves to Give Team Real Shot at Relevance -

We will not be granting general manager Chris Wallace and the rest of the Grizzlies’ front office absolution. Can’t do it. Too many bad draft picks over the years, the bungled Tyreke Evans situation, and the failure to sufficiently vet Chandler Parsons’ health, make that impossible.

85. US Launches National Security Probe Into Uranium Imports -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Commerce Department has started an investigation into the impact of uranium imports on U.S. national security, a move that could limit future imports and add another front to the Trump administration's trade fight.

86. Tesla Model 3 Buyers Lose Patience and Maybe Tax Credits -

DETROIT (AP) – In March of 2016, Keith Reynolds flew from California to Atlanta so he could claim his spot in line at 4 a.m., and get a three-hour head start on his West Coast competitors.

87. City Auto to Cut Ribbon On Car-Buying Center -

On Friday, July 20, City Auto will host a ribbon cutting with the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce to unveil its new car-buying center.

City Auto spent $100,000 to renovate its existing facility at 4956 Elmore Road, near Covington Pike Boulevard. The new center will house a new staff focused solely on buying pre-owned cars from people. The four full-time employees will be salaried, instead of working on commission.

88. JLL Circling Again Just When State Workers Felt Safe from Outsourcing -

Just when workers at the state’s college campuses thought it was safe to go back in the water, corporate sharks are once again circling.

Jones Lang LaSalle, the state’s contractor for facilities management and grounds, asked to make proposals at Tennessee’s 13 junior colleges to see if it can take over. Tennessee’s colleges of applied technology are believed to be in the mix, too.

89. Tennessee Zipper Company in Crosshairs of Buy-American Laws -

DUNLAP, Tenn. (AP) — Robert Kwasnik has a zipper problem — and it has come to the attention of the highest levels of the U.S. government.

Kwasnik is president of Dunlap Industries, a small manufacturing company in Appalachia that for more than 15 years made zippers for U.S. military uniforms — until last year, when a competitor complained that not all of the parts the company was using were from the U.S.

90. Prime Time: A Day of Deals at Amazon, and at its Rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon's annual "Prime Day" promotion that starts Monday will focus on new products, bringing Whole Foods into the process and persuading subscribers that Prime membership is worth the coming price hike.

91. FDA Warns of Fake Gov't Warning Letters Sent to Consumers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health authorities are alerting consumers to a new scam involving fake government warning letters sent to people who tried to buy medicines online or over the phone.

92. Frayser Bauhaus Draws Preview Crowd of 300 -

The investor developer of a Bauhaus-style home from the late 1940s in Frayser says the area is the “next frontier” in Memphis real estate.

“I’m super passionate about Frayser. When I came out here and saw the beautiful rolling hills, I’m like, ‘This is the next frontier,’” Dana Gabrion told a group of 300 people outside the house at 3590 Thomas St. at Floyd Avenue Thursday, July 12.

93. Developers Buy Land Near FedEx HQ for Apartments -

Texas-based Vantage Communities has closed on 22 acres of land near the FedEx World Headquarters for $1.7 million.

Vantage plans to build a 288-apartment luxury community dubbed Vantage at Germantown on the property located at the corner of Tournament Drive and Hacks Cross Road.

94. Treasury Bonds, Savings Bonds are Gifts That Keep on Giving -

Ray’s Take: U.S. savings bonds were once considered the ugly duckling of personal investments. It seemed the only time people bought them was when they were feeling super patriotic or when you couldn’t think of a better gift to give someone. Growing up, I remember them being a popular gift for newborns – the thought being that as the baby grows so does the money.

95. Build-a-Bear Halts Too-Popular "Pay Your Age" Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) — Build-A-Bear Workshop's "Pay Your Age" promotion proved too popular.

The chain known for its customizable teddy bears and other stuffed toys couldn't handle the crowds Thursday and had to turn shoppers away. It wrote in a Facebook post it closed lines at its stores in Canada and the U.S. due to overwhelming crowds and safety concerns.

96. Technology Rebound Sets Nasdaq on Course for Record High -

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies are soaring Thursday as investors remain optimistic about the sector even though much of the market has been shaken by fears about the trade war with China. The Nasdaq composite is on track for an all-time high. Industrial companies are also bouncing back as the market recovers most of its losses from a day ago. Software maker CA is jumping after chipmaker Broadcom agreed to buy it for $18.9 billion.

97. New EPA Acting Chief Defends Past Coal Industry Lobbying -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency defended his past lobbying work with the coal industry on Wednesday as he addressed agency employees roiled by months of ethics allegations against former administrator Scott Pruitt.

98. Stocks Skid as Trade War Worsens With New Tariff Threats -

NEW YORK (AP) — Global stock indexes are sinking Wednesday after the Trump administration released a list of $200 billion in goods that could be hit with tariffs and China said it would retaliate. The dollar is climbing and oil prices are plunging. Industrial and materials companies are also falling.

99. Execution Blocked After Company Objects to Use of its Drug -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge effectively put the execution of a two-time killer on hold Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death.

100. Unpopular Bill? Just Rebrand It With TRUMP -

Using what could be the political acronym of the year, two Republican state lawmakers with expertise in pain treatment are playing on the popularity of President Donald Trump to pass medical pot legislation.