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1. Trucking Firm Seeks PILOT to Relocate HQ to Vacated American Way Strip Center -

The vacated Circuit City on American Way could become the corporate headquarters of a Memphis-based trucking company that serves FedEx, Amazon, Walmart and other major retailers.

JNJ Logistics LLC is seeking a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to move from the Getwell Road location it has outgrown and invest $20.5 million to redevelop a former electronics store and shopping center on American Way into its new corporate headquarters.

2. U of M to Host International Education Tech Conference -

A conference that brings educators together with the latest innovations in educational technology has not come to the U.S. in more than a decade, but next year, members will be meeting up at the University of Memphis.

3. U of M to Host International Educational Tech Conference -

A conference that brings educators together with the latest innovations in educational technology has not come to the U.S. in more than a decade, but next year, members will be meeting up at the University of Memphis.

4. 3 Former FedEx Workers Charged With Mail Theft -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors in Tennessee say three former FedEx employees have been charged with stealing mail intended for religious organizations.

Court records show Tiara Williams, Crystal Berry and Kimberly Smith have pleaded not guilty to mail theft charges. The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis says they face up to five years in prison if convicted.

5. 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.

6. WGC Sets Dates For FedEx St. Jude Invitational -

The inaugural WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be held July 25-28, 2019, the PGA Tour announced Tuesday, July 10. The tournament, which will take place at TPC Southwind, marks the first time a World Golf Championships event has been hosted in Memphis.

7. 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.

8. WGC Sets Dates for Inaugural FedEx St. Jude Invitational -

The inaugural WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be held July 25-28, 2019, the PGA Tour announced Tuesday, July 10. The tournament, which will take place at TPC Southwind, marks the first time a World Golf Championships event has been hosted in Memphis.

9. WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Set for July 25-28, 2019 -

The inaugural WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be held from July 25-28, 2019, the PGA TOUR announced Tuesday. The tournament will be held at TPC Southwind and will mark the first time a World Golf Championships event has been hosted in Memphis.

10. Food & Wine Festival Unwraps Changes in 2018 -

The Memphis Food & Wine Festival is shifting gears this year, replacing the full-scale festival with a series of chef-hosted dinners in different restaurants around the city.

Festival organizers announced the changes Thursday, June 28, with chairman Al LaRocca describing the new series as “a culinary collaboration not to be missed.”

11. Food & Wine Festival Unwraps Changes in 2018 -

The Memphis Food & Wine Festival is shifting gears this year, replacing the full-scale festival with a series of chef-hosted dinners in different restaurants around the city.

Festival organizers announced the changes Thursday, June 28, with chairman Al LaRocca describing the new series as “a culinary collaboration not to be missed.”

12. U.S. Stocks Inch Higher; Amazon Deal Shakes Health Care Firms -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slightly higher Thursday as gains for technology companies and banks help the market recover some of its recent losses. Amazon said it's buying an online pharmacy and launching its own delivery van business, and drugstores and medication distributors as well as delivery companies are sinking. U.S. crude oil is at its highest price since late 2014. A day ago, stocks closed at their lowest level in about a month.

13. City Minority Business Effort Goes For One-on-One Talks -

The business of awarding city government contracts is a very formal process with information given out about a contract up for bid at a specific time with so many days to respond in writing.

City Hall’s move to award more of those contracts to local, minority- and women-owned businesses will place business owners new to the government contracting process across the table from city division directors on Wednesday, June 27.

14. AutoZone Liberty Bowl Honors Priscilla Presley -

Priscilla Presley has been awarded the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s most prestigious recognition, the Distinguished Citizen Award. She was honored Sunday, June 24, at a dinner benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

15. War Logistics Welcomes Germany-Based CoremanNet To South Memphis Facility -

Veteran-owned, full-service logistics company War Logistics continues its phenomenal growth spurt over the past several years, welcoming Germany-based Circular Economy Solutions GmbH [C-ECO] and its CoremanNet automotive parts repair and refurbishing system to the U.S. at its warehouse facility in South Memphis.

16. OBAP Launches Luke Weathers Flight Academy in Olive Branch -

With initial plans to increase diversity of the airline industry by 50 pilots per year within the next five years, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals has opened the Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy at the Olive Branch Airport.

17. U of M, FedEx Partner On IT Command Center -

FedEx and UMRF Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Memphis Research Foundation, have partnered to open a student-operated IT Command Center at the FedEx Institute of Technology on campus in an effort to grow the regional data analytics workforce.

18. Fitch Upgrades Memphis’ Bond Rating to AA -

The city’s bond rating has been upgraded by Fitch Ratings to AA, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Wednesday, June 20.

19. Fitch Upgrades City Bond Rating to AA -

The city’s bond rating has been upgraded by Fitch Ratings to AA, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Wednesday, June 20.

20. Methodist Kicks Off Centennial Celebration -

This weekend Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare begins its next 100 years helping people in the Mid-South with their healthcare needs. The hospital is celebrating with events like a book launch on Friday and “The Party of the Century” with special guest Magic Johnson on Saturday.

21. FedEx Q4 Profits Beat Wall Street Estimates -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. posted a solid growth during its fiscal fourth quarter and full year, with company executives saying the shipping giant can adjust if looming tariffs disrupt trade patterns with China.

22. City Bond Rating Boosted to AA -

The city’s bond rating has been upgraded by Fitch Ratings to AA, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Wednesday, June 20.

23. Last Word: 'Same Night Batteries,' Corker and Alexander React and ASD Results -

Things you notice in City Council chambers on a long council day: The clock on the wall in back of the chamber is placed over another clock – a clock built into the wall when City Hall opened in 1966 and since deprived of its hands. This came up because the clock in front stopped working Tuesday, the same day that the council got new microphones for a sound system that is consistently buggy.

24. FedEx Q4 Profits Beat Wall Street Estimates -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. posted solid growth during its fiscal fourth quarter, beating Wall Street estimates.

The shipping giant reported earnings of $4.15 per diluted share for the quarter ended May 31, and net income of just over $1.13 billion, which is up from $1.02 billion, or $3.75 a share, a year ago.

25. U of M, FedEx Partner on IT Command Center -

FedEx and UMRF Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Memphis Research Foundation, have partnered to open a student-operated IT Command Center at the FedEx Institute of Technology on campus in an effort to grow the regional data analytics workforce.

26. Southwind’s New GM Poised to Put His Exclamation Point on Next Tournament -

The stories all told of how Dustin Johnson’s 177-yard slam dunk 9-iron shot ended the FedEx St. Jude Classic’s 61-year run with a thundering exclamation point.

27. Tiger Hoops Sees Boost In Season Ticket Sales -

Mark Cockerell saw his fill of University of Memphis basketball last season – and admitted it wasn’t on his nickel. “Went to almost all the games with tickets I got at work,” said Cockerell, who works for FedEx. “There were always lots of unused tickets floating around.”

28. FedEx Institute Hosting Women’s Hackathon in July -

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis will host a women’s hackathon July 20-21.

The event, ATHENAtechne, is intended to cultivate a positive environment for women in technology and hopes to draw from across the region.

29. Last Word: Bird Is The Word, Governors Quartet and Charlie Morris's Secret -

Former Vice President Joe Biden plays the Orpheum Friday evening. Maybe that isn't the right way to put it -- unless there's a drum solo no one is talking about. Free Bird?

I'll take it as further evidence of the new American politics that is evolving and is far from settled at this point. Politicians do paid speaking gigs all the time. And at times it is controversial. But the gigs are usually some kind of speaking fee to make remarks at a corporate function -- not selling individual tickets on line. This is ostensibly to promote Biden's new book and book deals and politicians go way back. But in a lot of cases, those are free events in a book store. When Biden was last here, it was as vice president at the Norfolk Southern intermodal rail yard in Rossville.

30. Editorial: Memphis’ Sports Heritage Tells Enduring Story -

How many Memphis sports franchises can you name? How many tickets to NFL exhibition games did you buy up to the city’s last push for an NFL team more than 20 years ago?

To some, the answers to those questions are a roadmap to a single pro franchise in an enduring league.

31. FedEx Institute Hosting Women’s Hackathon in July -

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis will host a women’s hackathon July 20-21.

The event, ATHENAtechne, is intended to cultivate a positive environment for women in technology and hopes to draw from across the region.

32. Last Word: Riverfront Change, Skeleton to Canopy and Summer Camp -

The two contenders for Shelby County Mayor in the Aug. 2 county general election – Democratic nominee Lee Harris and Republican nominee David Lenoir – meet for the first time in the general election campaign Wednesday at the Memphis Kiwanis Club weekly luncheon. It is the first of several debates between the two. And judging from what Harris and Lenoir have said separately and what we’ve reported from those appearances, this is a highly anticipated debate/discussion about the future of Shelby County on several fronts.

33. Hilton Canopy Hotel, Museum Lofts Receive Tax Incentives -

Rhode Island-based Magna Hospitality Group, doing business as MHF Memphis VI LLC, has been granted a 15-year tax incentive to build a $43 million four-star hotel on the site of the former Benchmark Hotel at 164 Union Ave.

34. August Council Race, November Suburban Races Remain In Flux -

With just about a week to the filing deadline, four candidates have filed for the Memphis City Council Super District seat on the Aug. 2 ballot.

They include interim council member Joseph Ford Canale, appointed to fill Philip Spinosa’s vacant seat last month by the council until the results of the special August election are certified.

35. Ole Miss’ Thornberry Eyes U.S. Open As Contender -

Last June, Braden Thornberry made his PGA Tour debut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and acquitted himself so well that he placed fourth – the highest finish by an amateur in the event since 1965. Thornberry received an exemption to enter this year’s tournament and finished in a tie for 26th.

36. Line Between ‘Get Out the Vote,’ ‘Crossover’ Melts In Campaign Heat -

Get Out The Vote – the plan known among politicos by the shorthand GOTV – has slipped across the line that separates it from “crossover” – the sometimes-controversial act of pushing to get those on the other side of the partisan divide to cross political lines and vote for the other party’s nominee.

37. Johnson Wins Final FESJC, Takes Over No. 1 World Ranking -

Dustin Johnson had a sizable lead. Only a couple of holes remained in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind Sunday, June 10, and a victory would push Johnson from No. 2 in the world rankings to No. 1.

38. Last Word: The Heat and The Memphis Identity and Stackhouse to Grizz -

What is it that draws us to social events outside when it is this hot? This is a topic where the specifics counsel against generalities. So it could be argued that the beckoning of summer heat – pre-summer heat in this case – that smothers you after greeting you like a brick wall at any door opening is an indication of the degree to which you are of Memphis.

39. Dustin Johnson Wins Last FESJC and Takes Over No. 1 World Ranking -

Dustin Johnson had a sizable lead. Only a couple of holes remained in the final round of Sunday’s FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind and a victory would push Johnson from No. 2 in the world rankings to No. 1.

40. Moody’s Reaffirms MSCAA Bond Rating, Ups Outlook -

Credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority’s ratings outlook from “stable” to “positive” while affirming the airport’s general revenue bonds at A3.

41. Going Global -

Over the past two years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has extended its global reach in a variety of ways, forging new partnerships and alliances to further research efforts for pediatric cancer and blood disorders while investing more than $1 billion to substantially grow its Memphis headquarters.

42. Last Word: Firestone's Legacy, Malco In Lakeland and Alexander on Cell Phones -

What about Firestone? That’s the quick way of getting into the latest turn in our ongoing civic discussion about whether there should be changes to how Memphis approaches economic development and the growth it brings. Eric Robertson, the president of Community LIFT, which works with community development corporations across the city, says the definition of economic development should be broader and the approach to it should go beyond answering the questions of site consultants to keep them from walking away to the next city on their list.

43. SNAPSHOTS: Tigers Coaches Up to Par -

Memphis Tigers football coach Mike Norvell played alongside U of M head basketball coach Penny Hardaway, Joe Gibbs and Charles Howell III in the InnerWorkings Pro-Am during the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Wednesday, June 6.

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44. Drive, Chip & Putt … for a Lifetime -

Where this golfing thing goes, Tommy Kellum doesn’t really know. His daughter Elizabeth has been playing since she was 6 years old and she has some talent.

45. Golfers Take Aim at FESJC While Looking Toward WGC in 2019 -

For Daniel Berger, the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind is the happiest golfing place on earth.

46. Last Word: The Commutation, Tuition Freeze and Blackburn and Sundquist -

Alice Marie Johnson walked out of a federal prison in Alabama Wednesday after serving 21 years of a life prison sentence for dealing drugs and laundering money as part of a Memphis drug ring with Texas connections in the 1990s. Johnson’s release came the same day that President Donald Trump commuted her life sentence less than a week after he met with reality television personality Kim Kardashian West who appealed for Johnson’s release. Here is the Associated Press story.

47. Doing It All: FESJC volunteers leave no stone unturned -

In 2009, Brian Gay won the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He got the big check, more ranking points and all the acclaim that goes with winning a PGA Tour event. And no doubt, any FESJC volunteer that crossed his path that year did right by him. Picked him up and got him to TPC Southwind on time, delivered cold water on the golf course and on and on.

48. Last Word: Our Un-Signature, City Hall Beat Down and Lamar Avenue -

The first thing most people notice when they realize there is lots of development going on in Memphis but that its quite different than Nashville’s brand of development is that you don’t see nearly as many construction cranes here as you do there. It’s become an un-signature of sorts for what is an ongoing remake of Memphis. We adapt and use for new purposes. We also move institutions around, it turns out.

49. $71.2M Federal Grant Awarded for Long-Sought Lamar Avenue Upgrade -

A $71.2 million federal transportation grant announced Tuesday, June 5, in Washington, D.C., will fund long-planned and awaited infrastructure updates to the city’s major freight corridor.

Funding under the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation goes for repairs and upgrades to Lamar Avenue from Getwell Avenue to the Mississippi state line.

50. New Benchmark Owners Seeking Incentives for 4-Star Hotel -

A Rhode Island-based company has acquired the site of the former Benchmark Hotel and is seeking a 15-year tax incentive from the Downtown Memphis Commission to demolish the structure’s remaining concrete skeleton and replace it with a new four-star hotel.

51. Dustin Johnson Heads FESJC Field -

The last FedEx St. Jude Classic will not be without star power. In the tournament’s final year under the current format before converting to the World Golf Championships - FedEx St. Jude Invitational in 2019, the field will feature World No. 2 Dustin Johnson, No. 9 Brooks Koepka and No. 15 Henrik Stenson (rankings through June 3).

52. Moody’s Reaffirms MSCAA Bond Rating, Ups Outlook -

Credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority’s ratings outlook from “stable” to “positive” while affirming the airport’s general revenue bonds at A3.

53. The Week Ahead: June 4-10 -

Good morning, Memphis. Or should we say, “Hush, y’all.” It’s time again for the annual FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament, a Memphis tradition that spans 60 years and has been funneling millions of dollars into the doors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

54. Parkland School Shooting Survivor Suggests FedEx Protest -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – One of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivors campaigning for gun controls has suggested he plans a protest against FedEx.

Activist David Hogg tweeted Wednesday, "See you this summer," with a smiley face emoji, "1000 Ridgeway Loop Memphis, Tennessee." The teenager is among the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who have helped lead the movement after the shooting there Feb. 14.

55. Minority Business Growth Aim of 'The 800 Initiative' -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is proposing $500,000 in city funding each of the next three fiscal years to help fund a new initiative to bolster the city’s 800 minority-owned businesses that have paid employees.

56. FedEx to Sponsor Grizz Gaming -

Grizz Gaming, the NBA 2K League video game team of the Memphis Grizzlies, has announced a sponsorship with FedEx. The union will explore the rapidly growing esports base and expand on a deep, Memphis-based alliance through two organizations that heavily prioritize technology and logistics.

57. Candidates Stake Claims For November Elections -

At the Memorial Day holiday, the incumbent mayors of Bartlett, Germantown and Lakeland had pulled petitions to seek re-election in municipal elections on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald and Lakeland Mayor Wyatt Bunker pulled their qualifying petitions from the Shelby County Election Commission on May 18, the opening day of the filing period. Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo, who has already kicked off his re-election campaign, pulled his petition four days later.

58. Last Word: After The Tom Lee Storm, Tiger Lane Changes and Crosstown Growth -

A year ago many of you were without power in the wake of a sudden and violent storm that has come to be known as the Tom Lee Storm. It is the third most powerful storm, according to Memphis Light Gas and Water Division, in terms of those without power and the damage done. It’s called the Tom Lee storm because the 1950s-era Tom Lee memorial in Tom Lee Park – the obelisk – was toppled and shattered as the obelisk fell from the base. A year later, the base that proclaims Tom Lee “a worthy Negro” remains and the obelisk is in storage.

59. Eight Pull Petitions For City Council Seat -

Eight citizens have pulled qualifying petitions to run for the Super District 9 seat on the Memphis City Council in the Aug. 2 election.

Shelby County Schools teacher Erika Sugarmon filed May 17 for the seat vacated by Philip Spinosa earlier this month – the same seat council members appointed Joseph Ford Canale to this week pending the outcome of the special election in August.

60. Blockchain Tech ‘is the Shiny New Penny’ -

During the General Assembly session that just ended legislators debated a number of hot-button issues: guns, abortion, Confederate statues and medical marijuana.

But tucked among the headline-grabbers was a brief bill, less than 300 words long, that attracted no controversy whatsoever.

61. FedEx Rolls Out the Purple Runway For Its Next Generation of Pilots -

FedEx Express is paving a runway for the pilots of tomorrow – a direct pipeline to flying for the Memphis-based delivery services company on the Fortune 500 list.

The subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced Purple Runway – A FedEx Pathways Program this spring to address an industry-wide shortage of up-and-coming pilots.

62. Eight Pull Petitions For City Council Seat -

Eight citizens have pulled qualifying petitions to run for the Super District 9 seat on the Memphis City Council in the Aug. 2 election.

Shelby County Schools teacher Erika Sugarmon filed May 17 for the seat vacated by Philip Spinosa earlier this month – the same seat council members appointed Joseph Ford Canale to this week pending the outcome of the special election in August.

63. Canale is Newest City Council Member -

The newest Memphis City Council member is Joseph Ford Canale. The Christian Brothers High School golf coach and funeral director got the seven votes required to fill the vacant Super District 9 seat on the first and only ballot by the 12 council members.

64. Office Vacancy, Asking Rents Both Rise -

Despite an uptick in the vacancy rate, direct asking prices continued to rise in the Memphis office market during the first quarter of 2018, according to research complied by commercial real estate firm Avison Young.

65. Memphis City Council To Fill Vacancy Tuesday -

Memphis City Council members fill a vacancy on the 13-member body Tuesday, May 22.

The Super District 9 seat was vacated earlier this month by the resignation of first-term council member Philip Spinosa, who resigned to become senior vice president of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

66. Phone Data-Leak Company: No Record of Location-Data Abuse -

LocationSmart operates in a little-known business sector that provides data to companies for such uses as tracking employees and texting e-coupons to customers near relevant stores. Among the customers LocationSmart identifies on its website are the American Automobile Association, FedEx and the insurance carrier Allstate.

67. John Daly to Play in FedEx St. Jude Classic -

Two-time major winner and always colorful character John Daly will be in the field of this year’s FedEx St. Jude Classic June 7-10 at TPC Southwind.

Daly hasn’t played the event since 2014 and his best finish was a tie for fifth-place in 2001. Daly has won two majors: the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 British Open.

68. Peabody Place Gets Restriped at End of Year-Long Experiment -

The two-way bike lanes and a pedestrian promenade with tables and chairs on Peabody Place between Front Street and B.B. King Boulevard are on the way out as a year-long trial run for the changed streetscape ends.

69. John Daly to Play In FedEx St. Jude Classic -

Two-time major winner and always colorful character John Daly will be in the field of this year’s FedEx St. Jude Classic June 7-10 at TPC Southwind.

Daly hasn’t played the event since 2014 and his best finish was a tie for fifth-place in 2001. Daly has won two majors: the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 British Open.

70. Around Memphis: May 14, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

71. FedEx Purchases $6B Group Annuity Contract -

FedEx Corp. will purchase a group annuity contract and transfer roughly $6 billion of the company’s U.S. pension plan obligations with Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., the Memphis-based company has announced.

72. Editorial: Buying Food in a Food City -

The business of food is in a cycle of change from farm to table – whether it’s blowing up the Memphis barbecue stereotype or how we get our groceries.

All parts of that chain are to be found in Memphis business and culture.

73. Last Word: New Football League, Drone Testing and New Chandler Numbers -

The Alliance of American Football announces its presence in Memphis Thursday afternoon at the Liberty Bowl. And so begins another chapter in the city’s colorful history of start-up leagues. It is a long history dominated by football with a good stretch of the timeline taking in the city’s pursuit of an NFL franchise. Sometimes the rules are a bit different and the leagues have a history of not lasting very long. But they are fondly remembered.

74. FedEx Purchases $6B Group Annuity Contract -

FedEx Corp. will purchase a group annuity contract and transfer roughly $6 billion of the company’s U.S. pension plan obligations with Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., the Memphis-based company has announced.

75. From Enduring to Thriving -

By fall 1967, Memphis had a diverse group of people of faith working on a plan to better the community. Diversity, back then, mainly meant black and white, and Christians and Jews. The notion of them working together was considered bold.

76. Memphis To Be One of 10 Drone Test Sites -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is leading a Memphis group that is part of a national pilot program to integrate drones into air traffic.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program Wednesday, May 9, in Washington, D.C., with airport authority president and CEO Scott Brockman and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis both in attendance.

77. Last Word: Veto Override Drama, Iran Reaction & Rise of the Rest Meets Soundways -

Shelby County Commissioners have a busy committee day Wednesday with a budget presentation – county mayor Mark Luttrell’s final one as the county’s chief executive, more discussions about the Graceland plan and a veto override.

78. Stengel Elected President Of Construction Counsel Association -

Evans Petree PC shareholder Elizabeth B. Stengel has been elected the first female president of the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, a not-for-profit professional association of Tennessee attorneys with practices related to the construction industry.

79. Spinosa Takes Chamber Job, Resigns from City Council -

Philip Spinosa Jr. has resigned from the Memphis City Council and been named the new senior vice president of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

Spinosa will replace Shea Flinn, who announced he would be vacating his position in March. Much like Spinosa, Flinn left his post on the City Council in 2015 to join the chamber.

80. Week Ahead: May 7-13 -

Happy Monday. This weekend is the one between the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, but there are still Memphis in May International events to attend. Great month to be in Memphis!

81. FedEx Names New CEO Of FedEx Freight -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has named John A. Smith the president and CEO of FedEx Freight, effective Aug. 16, the company announced Tuesday, May 1. He will take over for Michael L. Ducker, who announced his retirement plans in April.

82. Spinosa Takes Job With Chamber, Resigns from Council -

Philip Spinosa, Jr. has resigned from the Memphis City Council and was named the new senior vice president of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

Spinosa will be taking over for Shea Flinn, who announced he would be vacating his position in March. Much like Spinosa, Flinn left his post on the council in 2015 to join the chamber.

83. Events -

Porter-Leath will host its Books From Birth spring luncheon, “Growing New Readers by Leaps and Bounds,” Thursday, May 3, at noon in the FedEx Events Center at Shelby Farms Park, 415 Great View Drive E. The luncheon will feature a panel discussion with Memphis literacy advocates about the necessity of early literacy. Tickets are $75; tables of 10 are $750. Visit porterleath.org.

84. Commission Races Feature Basar Upset, Lowery is Newest Commissioner -

The 13-member Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

Five of the current incumbent commissioners are term-limited from seeking re-election this year and two other incumbents chose not to seek a second term.

85. Last Word: Primary Results and Analysis, Bike Launch, Gibson's Bankruptcy -

The immediate headline of Tuesday’s county primary elections is Lee Harris and David Lenoir battling in the August county general to see who becomes the next county mayor. But there were lots of other stories in the results. Here's the roundup of that and the other countywide primaries.

86. Commission Races Feature Basar Upset -

The Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

Five of the current incumbent county commissioners are term-limited from seeking re-election this year and two other incumbents chose not to seek a second term on the 13-member body.

87. FedEx Names New CEO Of FedEx Freight -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has named John A. Smith the president and CEO of FedEx Freight, effective Aug. 16, the company announced Tuesday, May 1. He will take over for Michael L. Ducker, who announced his retirement plans in April.

88. Events -

“Toward Justice: A City-Wide Upstanders’ Project” kicks off with a keynote by civil rights leader Bob Zellner on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave. The monthlong “Toward Justice” project is presented by nearly a dozen local organizations and features exhibits, installations and more. All events are free and will be held at MJCC. Visit jccmemphis.org for a schedule.

89. FedEx Names New CEO of FedEx Freight -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has announced that John A. Smith will assume the role of president and CEO of FedEx Freight effective Aug. 16, 2018.

90. U of M Licenses Speech Intellectual Property -

Research conducted at the University of Memphis is helping medical professionals assess speech understanding in Spanish-speaking children.

The U of M’s Office of Technology Transfer recently licensed intellectual property related to research conducted by Dr. Lisa Lucks Mendel and her students in the Speech Perception Assessment Laboratory to St. Louis-based Auditec Inc., which offers auditory test materials for audiologists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, hearing professionals and other trained medical professionals.

91. Industrial Market Off To Good Start in 2018 -

The Memphis area industrial market is off to a good start in 2018 with a steady stream of tenant demand looking to fill the more than 5 million square feet of construction underway.

During the first quarter of 2018, the Memphis industrial sector experienced 632,366 square feet of direct net absorption, and the weighted average for asking rental rates rose 3.66 percent to $2.83 per square foot, according to real estate brokerage firm Avison Young’s quarterly Industrial Market Report.

92. Graceland Map Shows New Arena, Convention Center and Manufacturing Center -

A new map of plans for the Graceland campus in Whitehaven shows two “exhibit buildings” of 80,000 square feet each on either side of a “live event center” Elvis Presley Enterprises wants to build on the western border behind its Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex.

93. University of Memphis Licenses Speech-Related Intellectual Property -

Research conducted at the University of Memphis is helping medical professionals assess speech understanding in Spanish-speaking children.

The U of M’s Office of Technology Transfer recently licensed intellectual property related to research conducted by Dr. Lisa Lucks Mendel and her students in the Speech Perception Assessment Laboratory to St. Louis-based Auditec Inc., which offers auditory test materials for audiologists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, hearing professionals and other trained medical professionals.

94. Strickland, Haslam Promote Employment Efforts -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam visited several Memphis churches Sunday, April 22, as part of an “Opportunity City” awareness campaign.

95. FedEx Freight CEO Michael Ducker to Retire -

FedEx Corp. has announced that FedEx Freight president and CEO Michael L. Ducker will retire effective Aug. 15.

96. MEM Still Ranked World’s 2nd Busiest Cargo Airport -

Memphis International Airport has cemented its status as the second busiest cargo airport in the world for another year, with more than 4.33 million metric tons of cargo passing through in 2017.

That volume of cargo marks a 0.3 increase over last year’s numbers, according to the preliminary 2017 world airport traffic rankings just released by Airports Council International.

97. Opioid Litigation, FedExForum NonCompete Top Local Law Developments -

Here are some of the legal issues making news in recent months.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery says lawsuits by local prosecutors over the opioid epidemic are complicating his efforts to reach a multistate settlement with drug companies. In response, the prosecutors, who represent about half of Tennessee's counties, say local communities lose out when lawsuits like theirs are rolled into one settlement.

98. MEM Still Ranked World’s Second Busiest Cargo Airport -

Memphis International Airport has cemented its status as the second busiest cargo airport in the world for another year, with more than 4.33 million metric tons of cargo passing through in 2017.

That volume of cargo marks a 0.3 increase over last year’s numbers, according to the preliminary 2017 world airport traffic rankings just released by Airports Council International.

99. EDGE Approves Trio of Tax Abatements -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved a trio of tax abatement packages during its Wednesday April 18 meeting.

Massachusetts-based Franklin Sports Inc. was awarded a six-year Jobs PILOT to build a 250,000- to 300,000-square-foot warehouse adjacent to its Memphis distribution center at 5510 Getwell Road, adding 27 new jobs with an average salary of $39,722, excluding benefits.

100. Away From the Court -

For seven straight years, the Memphis Grizzlies made the playoffs. For seven straight years, the winning on the court provided momentum and opportunity for those working on the business side trying to sell season tickets and arrange corporate sponsorships.