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1. Brazil Approves FedEx’s Acquisition of TNT Express -

FedEx Corp. has three approvals down and one more to go regarding its $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express.

2. Memphis Open Offering Events Beyond Matches -

The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Racquet Club of Memphis with programming including a tennis clinic and lunch with ATP professional tennis players and two-time Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan; a sports management symposium; a tribute to founder Billy Dunavant; a tribute to local tennis legend Tommy Buford; a concert by the Bryan Brothers; and special offerings for “The Big Game” and Valentine’s day.

3. FedEx Targets $200M in Giving By Decade’s End -

Memphis-based FedEx has decided to approach its corporate giving in a new way, one focused on figuring out how to use its assets to make the biggest possible impact in communities.

The company announced this week it’s planning to invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by the end of the decade, part of a new global giving platform – FedEx Cares – the logistics giant has unveiled.

4. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

5. FedEx to Invest $200M in 200-Plus Communities -

FedEx is planning to invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by the end of the decade, part of a new global giving platform – FedEx Cares – the logistics giant has unveiled.

The new giving strategy is built around five core ideas, like "delivering for good," which focuses on using the FedEx global network to deliver resources when they're needed during disasters and for other special shipments.

6. Brazil Approves FedEx’s Acquisition of TNT Express -

FedEx Corp. has three approvals down and one more to go regarding its $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express.

7. Memphis Open Offering Events Beyond Matches -

The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Racquet Club of Memphis with programming including a tennis clinic and lunch with ATP professional tennis players and two-time Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan; a sports management symposium; a tribute to founder Billy Dunavant; a tribute to local tennis legend Tommy Buford; a concert by the Bryan Brothers; and special offerings for “The Big Game” and Valentine’s day.

8. Memphis Sends 12,000 Bottles of Water To Flint -

The city of Memphis, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and FedEx Corp. are sending 12,000 bottle of Memphis water to a food bank in Flint, Michigan.

9. FedEx Authorizes Buyback of 25 Million Shares -

FedEx Corp. has authorized a new share buyback program of up to 25 million shares of the company’s common stock.

10. Q&A: U of M’s Dan Pallme Points to Shipping Changes, Challenges in 2016 -

Dan Pallme is heavily involved in the University of Memphis’ logistics industry departments. He runs the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy, a program that consists of technical tours, sessions with industry experts, and overviews of historic and current trends to encourage leadership in Memphis’ primary modes: rail, river, road and runway.
He is also the senior associate director and freight industry liaison for the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the private-sector coordinator for the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. He has worked with air, rail and trucking companies over the past 25 years.

11. Tech Developments Advance Efficiency in Logistics Industry -

Memphis is known as a center for the logistics industry, and technology advances keep things on the move.

Attention for technology trends in distribution often center on the use of drones, but there are other ways companies look for efficiencies in business. The Memphis EPIcenter created a Logistics Innovation Accelerator in 2015 to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses that enhance the distribution industry.

12. Downtown Creativity Hub Seeks Permanent Home -

Creative Works, the popular Downtown conference for artists and designers, is looking to set up shop year-round.

Josh Horton, founder of Creative Works, and Russ Williams, CEO of Archer Malmo, are currently shopping the Downtown market for space to house a “creativity hub.”

13. FedEx Authorizes Buyback Of 25 Million Shares -

FedEx Corp. has authorized a new share buyback program of up to 25 million shares of the company’s common stock.

14. Last Word: A Turn Away From Mud Island, Capitol Hill Soap & Collierville Keeps FedEx -

Sometimes you get another story when you are pursuing a different story.

In this case, the quest was a simple one. Get a good basic idea of what the five companies interested in redeveloping Mud Island River Park are telling the Riverfront Development Corp. of their still-forming plans.
While going through the submissions, we had a talk with RDC president Benny Lendermon about the process and the interview moved pretty effortlessly into the Pyramid’s relationship to Mud Island.
It’s a natural follow-up given the history of past efforts to link up the two landmarks on different sides of the city harbor and the decidedly mixed results of those attempts. I might have been charitable there in describing the results as mixed.
That context led to a discussion about how the Pyramid is faring eight months into Bass Pro Shops' long-term lease in the reconfigured Pyramid.
When Lendermon said, “This probably isn’t a politically correct thing to say,” the interview turned topics and we followed it.
The result is, I think, at least something to consider and probably pretty provocative.
Judge for yourself.

15. Memphis Sends 12,000 Bottles of Water To Flint -

The city of Memphis, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and FedEx Corp. are sending 12,000 bottle of Memphis water to a food bank in Flint, Michigan.

16. Collierville Board Grants FedEx Tax Break Extension -

The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year tax break for the FedEx World Technology Center during its Monday, Jan. 25, meeting.

FedEx will pay nearly $25.2 million over the period and will save about $75.5 million. As part of the retention PILOT agreement, FedEx will invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.

17. Last Word: Kroger Disses Clarence Saunders, Mud Island Plans and The Australians -

What is old has become new again. And judging by your reaction to Andy Meek’s story on the Kroger plans for online ordering of groceries, what is old has gone viral as well.
Here are the basics:
You order from a list of items and Kroger fills the order and has it waiting for you to pick up.
When you think about the idea of supermarkets, which originated here in Memphis with Piggly Wiggly, it’s enough to make the Piggly Wiggly founder himself, Clarence Saunders, spin in his grave.
Before he came up with the idea of taking store shelves from behind the counter and putting them out there for you to get your own stuff from them, you would tell your grocer what you wanted and he would write it down on a paper bag and get it for you, wrap it up and present it to you.
Saunders changed all of that as you know if you’ve seen the Pink Palace’s child-sized replica of a Piggly Wiggly store from the start of the 20th century.
A century later, no paper bags and you can still walk among the shelves if you wish.
Perhaps this isn’t that extreme. Maybe this is simply a swing of the pendulum, back toward the middle ground.
Saunders tried to push it even further with his Keedoozle stores that followed Piggly Wiggly. In those stores, the items were lined up in what amounted to vending machines with shoppers releasing an item from the vertical row with a key.
Here Saunders went too far. He mashed the bread.

18. Logistics Startup Exec: Amazon Gunning for FedEx -

The number of voices in the technology world convinced that Amazon has stuck a target on the back of FedEx – as well as its larger competitor, UPS – continues to grow.

The latest is Matthew Hertz, director of operations at package shipment startup Shyp. He took to social networking service LinkedIn in recent days to pen a commentary about why Amazon’s emergence as a significant logistics alternative appears to be a matter of when, not if.

19. International Real Estate Firms Find Purchase Potential in Memphis -

International investors and developers are increasingly looking to Memphis because the market is stable and the returns are high, according to a variety of real estate professionals doing business locally.

20. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 -

We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…

21. In the Game -

Way back in the 1990s, perhaps before the Grizzlies and FedExForum were even a twinkle in anyone’s eye, Chris Wallace came to Memphis and The Pyramid for a preseason NBA game featuring Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

22. Events -

Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and FedEx Institute of Technology will host biologistics “lightning talks” and the launch of the University Biologistics Research Cluster on Friday, Jan. 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Nine high-level innovative biologistics research topics will be explained in fun and informative five-minute presentations. Visit memphis.edu/ifti for details.

23. Last Word: The View Across The Harbor, Crosstown Undercurrents and Bonnaroo -

The fishing puns are overpowering as Bass Pro Shops expresses its interest in redeveloping Mud Island River Park, on the other side of the city harbor from the Pyramid Bass Pro Shops opened at just this past May.
Bass Pro Shops is one of five companies to express interest in Mud Island as part of the process by the Riverfront Development Corporation to go a different way with the park.
The RDC released the names of the companies Thursday.
Earlier this month, we outlined the RVC Outdoor Destinations proposal.
We don’t know nearly as much about what Bass Pro Shops has in mind or the other three firms.
All five now head for what amounts to a second round in which they submit specific plans to a search committee of the RDC including how they will pay for their plans.

24. Events -

Sierra Club-Chickasaw Group will host a public input forum on Memphis-area transportation needs Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Input on topics such as better transit, bike lanes and improved sidewalks will go directly to city leaders. Visit facebook.com/chickasawgroup for details.

25. Olymbec Compiling Airport-Area Office Park -

Olymbec USA LLC is gaining critical mass near Memphis International Airport with the planned purchase of a 133,600-square-foot office building at 2600 Nonconnah Blvd.

26. Xedo Launches Memphis Distribution Center -

After setting up its U.S. headquarters and a 240,000-square-foot distribution facility in Memphis, as well as lining up a local tax incentive package in late 2014, a tuxedo company with an online rental platform has started taking its first orders.

27. Last Word: Time and The Greensward, Crosstown High and Race and Sports -

Remember how the schools merger story of about five years ago would change by the hour at times? That story has met its equal in what is becoming the first major challenge of the new Strickland administration at City Hall – the Overton Park Greensward.
So much happened before noon Tuesday on the first day of the short work week that it required waiting for the dust to settle on several fronts.
Here is the latest on a very fluid and volatile situation that could very well change as you are reading this.
Luckily we report at a time when you can change stories on line to keep up with such changes.
Zoos and parks and protests featuring brass bands suggest to a casual observer that this is not very serious as controversies go.
And maybe that was the case about a year and a half ago when a group of high school students decided to block the gravel driveway from the zoo parking lot onto the greensward.
But consider this:
The Memphis Zoo is working toward a March 1 opening of its new exhibit, Zambezi River Hippo Camp, a $22-million attraction that from what we saw just a few months ago will likely draw big crowds to the zoo in the spring.
The zoo was preparing for that starting with the removal of 27 trees from the north end of the greensward.
The best Mayor Jim Strickland could get from both sides – the zoo and Overton Park Conservancy – at his meeting with them Tuesday was a commitment to take his proposal for mediation to their respective boards.
The zoo board has authorized its leaders to file a lawsuit in Chancery Court over the greensward and it’s very likely the zoo would go to court before the March 1 opening because of the crowds on their way.
If the work to come by the zoo in advance of the March 1 opening involves heavy machinery, the reaction is likely to draw a much bigger protest than the ones Memphis Police have so far watched from a distance without making arrests.
As in all pressing political dramas, this controversy has the accelerant of timing.

28. Tennessee Startups Chasing Greater Opportunities -

When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”

The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.

29. Blowing The Whistle -

WE HEAR WHAT WE WANT. I have an old white dog. She’s like a lot of old white dogs. She has a lot wrong with her, aches and pains here and there, problems internal and external, sagging everywhere.
She spends a lot of time napping in front of the TV, snoring while she’s at it, talking to herself and dreaming about what used to be, having nightmares about what she imagines is coming.

30. Helping Memphis Make the Shift to Startups -

It’s been quite a year! We saw Memphis’ first joint Demo Day with Start Co. and Zeroto510, graduated 18 startups from accelerator programming and hosted several investors and startup enthusiasts from all over the country here for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. However, on a national scale, our startup community still has plenty of work to do.

31. Muller: Memphis On Strong Footing, With Bright Future -

A key Greater Memphis Chamber official is preparing to retire this week after 15 years, at a time when he thinks the city of Memphis is on strong footing, and with a bright future that abounds with potential.

32. University of Memphis Institutes Team Up for Biologistics Partnership -

Two research institutes at the University of Memphis – the FedEx Institute of Technology and the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute – have teamed up to launch a biologistics partnership.

The FedEx institute is referring to partnerships like the new one around biologistics as “clusters,” research areas around which the institute wants to collect projects, research efforts and programming. It’s part of a push by the institute to try and put itself at the center of innovation in the city, according to Cody Behles, the institute’s manager of innovation and research support.

33. The Week Ahead: Jan. 11, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from drones and robot research to the Grizzlies’ annual MLK symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum...

34. FedEx, TNT Merger Nabs Regulatory Approval in Europe -

FedEx Corp. has received the green light to proceed with its $4.8 billion acquisition of Dutch delivery company TNT Express.

35. Last Word: The River, Miss Cordelia's, OPEB and the Kumbaya Council -

Here comes the river. Not quite at 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge at Memphis overnight but getting there
For those who weren’t around in 2011 when the river crested at 48.3 feet, the second highest level ever recorded at Memphis, this is the part of the program where lots of people begin to gather at the river.
For some it will be to compare what they've seen before. For others it will be their first look and experience with the concept that nature is bigger than we are.
The smaller those first-time river visitors are, the easier it is for them to accept that. After all, when you are always looking up at the world everything is bigger than you are.
In Tom Lee Park you see them step onto the park's grass, their eyes riveted on the west, perhaps not seeing much beyond the grass at first, a small hand poking out of a coat sleeve shielding their eyes from the sun. And then their first glimpse of the running brown water. And the walk inevitably becomes a run and then a quick halt as the immensity of the river kicks in. Always the two together even when the river is just being eternal.

36. ‘Undefeated’ Courtney to Speak at Tigers Baseball Banquet -

The University of Memphis baseball program has never been shy about swinging for the fences when booking speakers for its annual Meet the Tigers Banquet. Past speakers include Hall-of-Famer George Brett, best-selling author John Grisham, and pitcher Jim Morris, who inspired the movie “The Rookie.”

37. Gourmade Food Truck a Labor of Love for Creator -

Jared Richmond admits he’s one of “those” kinds of restaurant patrons, a lover of food and of the food experience who sweats the details at places he visits and constantly has an eye for things that could be improved and that he’d have done differently.

38. Sports Execs Tackle Teams’ Economic Impact -

Football fans in Charlotte, N.C., have had a fun season watching the NFL’s Carolina Panthers reel in 15 wins, a near perfect season, and secure the top playoff seed in their conference.

And it could turn out to be quite the edge for the Panthers in their quest to reach the Super Bowl.

39. Last Word: The River, The New Mayor and Explaining Boll Weevils -

Hello, 2016. What’s your hurry?

First things first – the Mississippi River at our doorstep is above flood stage. But the crest is now predicted to come Friday and will be just over 40 feet – lower than predicted last week.
We will be posting web stories on the forecasts and other announcement from the county’s Office of Preparedness each evening to work with their schedule for summarizing where we are.
Floods are a slower moving cause for concern because we know what is happening upriver from us where the river is narrower. But this is also the Mississippi River, which is the definition of unpredictable.

40. Amazon Planes May Not be Imminent Threat to FedEx, UPS -

While it relies today on outside vendors like UPS, FedEx and the USPS to deliver customer orders, Amazon has been making moves that signal it wants to increasingly cut out those companies and become something of a package delivery giant in its own right.

41. The Good and Bad of Memphis’ Fortune 500 -

During a breakfast meet-and-greet with young professionals earlier this fall at International Paper’s newly opened building on its Poplar Avenue campus, IP chairman and CEO Mark Sutton recalled attending an investor day event during his first month on the job.

42. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

43. Last Word: Drones, Haslam's Year and Bygone Sports Logos -

Drones. Yes, drones -- which seem to be an odd match for a column called Last Word since there will be many more words written about them and their technological impact.

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis has funding for 11 research projects that will includes drones as well as robotics and autonomous vehicles.

44. University of Memphis to Focus on Drone Research in 2016 -

The FedEx Institute of Technology in 2016 will roll out heavy programming, research and community engagement in drones and other unmanned vehicles as these emerging technologies continue to mature.

45. Last Word: 7 Dead in North Mississippi, City Hall Shuffle Continues, Another UCI Exit -

With first light Christmas Eve in North Mississippi the death toll from the Wednesday storm and tornadoes rose to seven with more than 40 injured, that according to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant who has declared a state of emergency.

46. FedEx Institute Of Technology Gears Up For Event-Filled ‘16 -

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis is closing out the year and looking ahead to 2016 with a renewed focus on putting itself at the center of technology innovation in Memphis.

47. Nike’s Global Expansion Connected to Memphis -

Name the earnings conference call this company CEO quote is from: “The success you see today and the opportunities ahead are driven by the strength of our portfolio.”

You could be forgiven for guessing it came from a FedEx Corp. call since Fred Smith, founder and CEO of the Memphis-based corporation, frequently speaks of the FedEx “portfolio.” He also frequently lectures analysts about the perils of judging FedEx by the performance of one part of the portfolio or looking at the portfolio a piece at a time.

48. Shipping Mania: Rushing to Deliver Millions of Holiday Gifts -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The humming is constant; a low-pitched drone from 155 miles of conveyer belts racing packages in every direction. Boxes shift from one belt to another and bump into a metal wall. Thud. Thud. Thud. In the background, trucks beep and jet engines roar.

49. EPIcenter Launches Work, Business Space In Germantown -

The EPIcenter entrepreneurship organization has teamed up with the city of Germantown to open a collaborative work and business space in the Carrefour at Kirby Woods, a shopping center at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Kirby Road.

50. The Titans Will Be Sold. Soon. Here’s Why -

Anybody got a spare $2 billion lying around? If so, the Tennessee Titans could be yours. Despite statements to the contrary by Titans management, there is growing sentiment locally and around the NFL that the team soon will be available to the highest bidder.

51. Council's New Crop -

They ran in the considerable shadow of the most competitive Memphis mayoral race in a generation. The new Memphis City Council that takes office with Mayor-elect Jim Strickland in January isn’t necessarily a generational shift. It doesn’t signify a wholesale ousting by the electorate, either.

52. Last Word: Tennessee Brewery Changes, Taylor Berger Emerges and Food Hall Mania -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

53. FedEx Beats Quarterly Earnings Estimates -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. is reporting net income growth and a slight uptick in revenues for its fiscal second quarter compared to the same period a year ago.

54. Holiday Inn Express Ready To Rise Near Graceland -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Loan Amount: $4.8 million

55. The Week Ahead: Dec. 14, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from the annual AutoZone shareholder convergence Downtown to the new Star Wars movie...

56. A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far -

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

57. Memphis Chamber Names 2016 Board of Directors -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced its 2016 board of directors, which was unanimously approved by the current board of directors.

New board officers include Richard Smith, vice president of global trade services at FedEx Express, who will serve as vice chair; and Douglas Scarboro, vice president and regional executive of the Memphis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, who will serve as vice chair of finance and treasurer.

58. FedEx Institute of Technology Invests In Cybersecurity -

As part of the University of Memphis’ push to develop strong research competencies in cybersecurity, the FedEx Institute of Technology has made research awards totaling $190,000 for 12 interdisciplinary projects in this area.

59. New Holiday Inn Express Rising Near Graceland -

Holiday Inn Express and Suites is ready to shake up the Graceland area with a $4.8 million construction loan recently arranged by the Memphis office of Financial Federal Bank.

60. New Holiday Inn Express Rising Near Graceland -

Holiday Inn Express and Suites is ready to shake up the Graceland area with a $4.8 million construction loan recently arranged by the Memphis office of Financial Federal Bank.

61. FedEx Institute of Technology Invests In Cybersecurity -

As part of the University of Memphis’ push to develop strong research competencies in cybersecurity, the FedEx Institute of Technology has made research awards totaling $190,000 for 12 interdisciplinary projects in this area.

62. Memphis Chamber Names 2016 Board of Directors -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced its 2016 board of directors, which was unanimously approved by the current board of directors.

New board officers include Richard Smith, vice president of global trade services at FedEx Express, who will serve as vice chair; and Douglas Scarboro, vice president and regional executive of the Memphis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, who will serve as vice chair of finance and treasurer.

63. Ole Miss Gets $5M for its FedEx Student-Athlete Center -

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Ole Miss has received $5 million from two sources to benefit its athletics program.

The university announced Monday that FedEx will contribute $2.5 million to enhance the facility that already bears its name, the FedEx Student-Athlete Success Center.

64. The Week Ahead: Dec. 7, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from gift shopping at the Memphis Indie Holiday Market to the latest Beale Street developments ...

65. FedExForum to Get $550,000 Update -

Renovations are on the way for the FedExForum.

Montgomery Martin Contractors has applied for a building permit for “interior renovation of existing offices” for the venue at 191 Beale Street. The permit amount is $550,000.

66. Memphis to Host Back-to-Back Transportation Conferences -

On Thursday, Dec. 10, Memphis’ status as a logistics hub and its future in inner-city transportation will be debated.

The University of Memphis will be hosting two back-to-back free conferences at the FedEx Institute of Technology. The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute will host its ninth annual conference, dubbed The State of Freight, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and the newly established University of Memphis Design Collaborative will host the Workforce to Work Transportation Summit from noon to 4:30 p.m.

67. From Meteorologists to Handlers, FedEx Employees Prep for Busiest Holiday Season -

The busy season is underway at FedEx Corp., where a record-breaking 317 million shipments are predicted to pass through the shipping giant’s claws between Black Friday and Christmas Eve.

68. FedExForum Increases Security Measures for All Events -

The new security measures used at Grizzlies games are being expanded to all events at FedExForum – including concerts, shows and University of Memphis events – the venue announced Thursday, Dec. 3.

69. FedExForum to Get $550,000 Update -

Renovations are on the way for the FedExForum.

Montgomery Martin Contractors has applied for a building permit for “interior renovation of existing offices” for the venue at 191 Beale Street. The permit amount is $550,000.

70. Journey and Doobies Book May Date at FedExForum -

Journey and the Doobie Brothers are bringing their “San Francisco Fest 2016” tour to the FedExForum in May.

Tickets for the May 25 concert go on sale Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. The show, a Live Nation production, also features Dave Mason.

71. AC Glenn Committed to Drones, and to Memphis -

Aviation is in AC Glenn’s blood.

One of his childhood mentors was a Tuskegee airman, and his father, Albert Glenn, was one of the first African-American pilots hired by FedEx Corp. who currently serves as chairman of the advisory board for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals.

72. 22 Sports Blessings Worth Giving Thanks For -

Counting the blessings and giving sporting thanks for:

• John Calipari not hiring Keelon Lawson.

• Women who don’t like football but still let their men watch football on Thanksgiving. Y’all get it.

73. Journey and Doobies Book May Date at FedExForum -

Journey and the Doobie Brothers are bringing their “San Francisco Fest 2016” tour to the FedExForum in May.

Tickets for the May 25 concert go on sale Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. The show, a Live Nation production, also features Dave Mason.

74. Police Identify Man Found Dead at Memphis FedEx Hub -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis police have released the identity of a man killed in an accident at the FedEx hub there.

Police said 39-year-old Christopher Higginbottom was found under a loaded trailer. Police said there was an accident involving a "tug" vehicle that hit a parked trailer.

75. Authorities: FedEx Employee Dies Following Accident in Hub -

MEMPHIS (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a FedEx employee following an accident at the company's Memphis, Tennessee, hub.

Local media outlets report police got a call about the incident around 6 a.m. on Sunday.

76. FedEx Joins US Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes Council -

FedEx has signed on to a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.

The Memphis-based shipping giant became the newest member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Veteran Employment Advisory Council, a group of more than 35 large employers spanning all industries and sectors.

77. Editorial: EPIcenter Adds to Memphis’ Entrepreneurial Reality -

EPIcenter’s goal of 500 new companies in a decade is ambitious, even considering the $3.75 million in capital raised since last year for 50 new companies.

The idea of bringing the city’s collective startup community together with the goal of propelling Memphis’ economy forward is valuable. But it will require all those invested in the community to play nice, so to speak.

78. Ready for Launch -

Five hundred new companies in 10 years. That’s the idea that founded EPIcenter, short for Entrepreneurship-Powered Innovation Center, an organization looking to catalyze the entrepreneurial movement in Memphis.

79. Methodist Caps Busy 2015 With $40M Plans for Transplant Institute -

New money is pouring in to the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, and it will be put to use as investments in everything from patient care to research. Construction work is under way at a number of facilities, and myriad future projects are in the works.

80. FedEx Joins US Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes Council -

FedEx has signed on to a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.

The Memphis-based shipping giant became the newest member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Veteran Employment Advisory Council, a group of more than 35 large employers spanning all industries and sectors.

81. The Week Ahead: Nov. 16, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from a Stax lecture on music and the Vietnam War to Hillary Clinton’s visit…

82. Billy Joel to Play FedExForum in March -

The Piano Man is coming back to Memphis.

Billy Joel is set to play FedExForum Friday, March 25, a date that brings him back to a city with plenty of connections to his past.

The 66-year-old singer songwriter was still an up-and-coming act when he sang and tickled the ivories during appearances at the previous incarnation of Lafayette's Music Room in the 1970s.

83. Billy Joel to Play FedExForum in March -

The Piano Man is coming back to Memphis.

Billy Joel is set to play FedExForum Friday, March 25, a date that brings him back to a city with plenty of connections to his past.

The 66-year-old singer songwriter was still an up-and-coming act when he sang and tickled the ivories during appearances at the previous incarnation of Lafayette's Music Room in the 1970s.

84. I Choose Memphis: Amy Grow -

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

Name: Amy Grow

Job title and company: International Paper, Communications Department, Meetings & Events

85. Zambezi Hippo Exhibit Caps Generation of Zoo Plans, Launches Another -

Sandblasting, painting rondavels and plotting a FedEx flight out of Durban, South Africa, for a quartet of 850-pound crocodiles is the order of the day at the Memphis Zoo.

But just beyond the March 1 opening of the $22 million Zambezi River Hippo Camp, zoo director Chuck Brady already is looking ahead to what the organization’s next master plan will tackle. The aquarium and the aviary are at the top of his list.

86. Former NSA Leader Joins FedEx’s Board of Directors -

FedEx Corp. announced Monday, Nov. 2, a new board member with deep ties to the National Security Agency.

Chris Inglis retired in 2014 as the deputy director and senior civilian leader of the NSA. He acted as COO of the agency and was responsible for guiding and directing strategies, operations and policy.

87. FedEx, TNT Express Extend Merger Acceptance Period -

The acceptance period for FedEx Corp.’s scheduled acquisition of TNT Express has been extended to Jan. 8.

In a joint statement Friday, Oct. 30, the two companies said they were extending the acceptance period because an offer condition relating to competition clearances had not been fulfilled. The previous acceptance period was scheduled to expire today.

88. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

89. FedEx, TNT Express Extend Merger Acceptance Period -

The acceptance period for FedEx Corp.’s scheduled acquisition of TNT Express has been extended to Jan. 8.

90. Former NSA Leader Joins FedEx’s Board of Directors -

FedEx Corp. announced Monday, Nov. 2, a new board member with deep ties to the National Security Agency.

Chris Inglis retired in 2014 as the deputy director and senior civilian leader of the NSA. He acted as COO of the agency and was responsible for guiding and directing strategies, operations and policy.

91. Events -

Crosstown Arts and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will celebrate the national release of “Memphis Noir” Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. at Crosstown Arts’ Story Booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. The anthology’s editors and several contributors will be in attendance. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

92. Cohen: Senate Judiciary Committee Gives Approval to Stanton -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says the Senate Judiciary Committee has given its approval of Edward Stanton III for District Court judge.

93. FedEx, TNT Express Extend Merger Acceptance Period -

The acceptance period for FedEx Corp.’s scheduled acquisition of TNT Express has been extended to Jan. 8.

In a joint statement Friday, Oct. 30, the two companies said they were extending the acceptance period because an offer condition relating to competition clearances had not been fulfilled. The previous acceptance period was scheduled to expire today.

94. Events -

Crosstown Arts and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will celebrate the national release of “Memphis Noir” Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. at Crosstown Arts’ Story Booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. The anthology’s editors and several contributors will be in attendance. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

95. West Cancer Center To Host First Oncology Conference -

West Cancer Center is getting set to welcome internationally renowned cancer experts to Memphis as part of the center’s inaugural West Cancer Center Oncology Conference Nov. 13-14 at the FedEx Institute of Technology.

96. Longleaf Funds Hit Third-Quarter Slump -

All four of Memphis-based Southeastern Asset Management’s Longleaf family of mutual funds were in negative territory in the third quarter.

The company gave something of an apology in a letter to shareholders, laying bare the funds’ investing methodologies and the team’s willingness to learn when things go wrong and to iterate its approach where necessary.

97. FedEx Prepares For Record Holiday Season -

FedEx Corp. is getting ready for a record holiday season with 317 million expected shipments between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. The company’s forecast is a 12.4 increase in year-over-year seasonal volume.

98. Events -

“Memphis Noir” release party, hosted by Crosstown Arts and The Booksellers at Laurelwood, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. at Crosstown Arts’ Story Booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. The anthology’s editors and several contributors will be in attendance. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

99. West Cancer Center To Host First Oncology Conference -

West Cancer Center is getting set to welcome internationally renowned cancer experts to Memphis as part of the center’s inaugural West Cancer Center Oncology Conference Nov. 13-14 at the FedEx Institute of Technology.

100. Longleaf Funds Hit Third-Quarter Slump -

All four of Memphis-based Southeastern Asset Management’s Longleaf family of mutual funds were in negative territory in the third quarter.

The company gave something of an apology in a letter to shareholders, laying bare the funds’ investing methodologies and the team’s willingness to learn when things go wrong and to iterate its approach where necessary.