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1. Fight Over Confederate Flag Taught Robertson How to Change Minds -

Memphis stands at the threshold of incredible possibility. In this series, we profile innovative Memphians who are driving our city forward and forging its future success.

Jenny Robertson is no stranger to controversy – far from it. As an undergraduate at Ole Miss, she was one of the leaders of the movement to ban the Confederate flag from campus.

2. Pinnacle Keeps Ramping Up in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has been steadily ramping up its presence in Memphis since entering the market last year via its acquisition of Memphis-based Magna Bank.

3. First Horizon Adds to Board, Approves Dividend -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company has elected a FedEx executive to its board of directors.

4. Grizzlies to Open Preseason Oct. 3 at FedExForum -

The Memphis Grizzlies announced their complete six-game 2016 preseason schedule, starting with three straight home contests against the Orlando Magic on Oct. 3, the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 6 and the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 11.

5. TAG Truck Center to Occupy Mall of Memphis Land -

4430 American Way

Memphis, TN 38118

Permit Amount: $28 million

Application Date: July 2016

6. Memphis Airport, FedEx To Receive TVA Incentives -

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it is joining forces with four airports and FedEx to replace some of their diesel-powered ground support equipment with more environmentally friendly gear.

TVA said Monday that the FedEx World Hub in Memphis, the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, Tri-Cities Regional Airport and Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority are receiving TVA cash incentives based on the type and amount of equipment purchased.

7. Will Memphis Make the Big 12 Cut? -

Another day, another media source outside of Memphis ranking the Big 12 expansion candidates. The following evaluation comes from The Orlando Sentinel.

The good news? The University of Memphis made the cut as one of five favorites.

8. TAG Expects Truck Facility to be Operational by Mid-2017 -

TAG Truck Center is moving forward with a $28 million trucking facility at the former site of the Mall of Memphis. Contractor Linkous Construction Co. recently filed two building permits for TAG’s new headquarters.

9. Airport Business Park To be Sold at Auction -

The Airport Business Park, an eight-building office campus, is headed to auction with a starting bid of $2.4 million.

The 235,006-square-foot office park covers 32 acres near Memphis International Airport and the FedEx Express Global Hub.

10. Airport Business Park To be Sold at Auction -

The Airport Business Park, an eight-building office campus, is headed to auction with a starting bid of $2.4 million.

The 235,006-square-foot office park covers 32 acres near Memphis International Airport and the FedEx Express Global Hub.

11. UTHSC Names Storgion Chair Of Physician Assistant Studies -

Dr. Stephanie Storgion has been named chair of the department of physician assistant studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Storgion’s appointment comes as the department moves to the College of Medicine from the College of Health Professions, where it started two years ago. 

12. Last Word: At The Gates of Graceland, Domestic Violence at SEC Days and October -

Black Lives Matter at Graceland on Tuesday – the latest chapter in a story arc that is moving fast.

13. Memphis Chefs Set to Gather for Inaugural Food and Wine Bash -

Leave it to a chef to fall back on a food metaphor when talking about the more than year-long planning that’s gone into the inaugural Memphis Food & Wine Festival, a one-day culinary bash set for Oct. 15.

14. Inaugural Food and Wine Festival Set for Oct. 15 -

Memphis will showcase some of its local chef talent alongside regional and national chefs in a few months at the planned Memphis Food and Wine Festival, an event sponsored by FedEx that’s coming to the Memphis Botanic Garden.

15. Events -

West Tennessee Historical Society will meet Monday, July 11, in Memphis University School’s Wunderlich Auditorium, 6191 Park Ave. Nora Tucker, manager and curator of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame, is the guest speaker. Visit wths-tn.org for details.

16. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the premiere of “Moonvine,” a winner of the 2014 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition, Friday, July 8, through July 31 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

17. Last Word: Corker Out, The Madison Changes Hands and Blockchain -

Corker out… at least as a Vice Presidential nominee. It sounds like U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee broke the news to Trump during the Tuesday meeting at Trump Tower but before appearing with Trump at a campaign stop in North Carolina.

18. FedEx Institute of Technology Builds Tech Reputation -

The FedEx Institute of Technology will host a training course on blockchain technology, the buzzy infrastructure that comprises the backbone of bitcoin, as part of a broader push to position itself at the center of innovation in the city.

19. AAF Memphis Taps New Leadership -

If there’s one thing the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Memphis chapter knows best, it’s that the industry it represents is constantly changing. Reflecting that change, the chapter welcomed new executive director Nikii Richey and swore in its new board members at a special luncheon event at FedExForum on June 18.

20. Memphis Food & Wine Fest Scheduled for October -

A culinary festival launching this fall will showcase some of Memphis’ top chefs alongside acclaimed regional and national chefs.

Set for Oct. 15, the Memphis Food & Wine Festival will feature cuisine from 28 chefs with accolades ranging from Michelin Starred Chefs and Master Chefs to James Beard winners. The lineup also will include 36 well-known wineries and live local music.

21. Strickland Unveils Greensward Solution, Zoo Not Happy -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has put forth his plan to end parking on the Overton Park Greensward.

22. Different But Not Less -

THIS IS MINISTRY, BABY. Sometimes we don’t see the difference we can make right where we are.

Brian McLaren – pastor and celebrated theologian, activist and prolific author – was here a couple of weeks ago, and he shared some thoughts about his visit in The Huffington Post:

23. Memphis Food & Wine Fest Scheduled for October -

A culinary festival launching this fall will showcase some of Memphis’ top chefs alongside acclaimed regional and national chefs.

Set for Oct. 15, the Memphis Food & Wine Festival will feature cuisine from 28 chefs with accolades ranging from Michelin Starred Chefs and Master Chefs to James Beard winners. The lineup also will include 36 well-known wineries and live local music.

24. Memphis International Raceway Readies for World Series of Drag Racing -

No one is suggesting that Memphis International Raceway will duplicate the economic impact numbers generated by the Bristol Motor Speedway. For those numbers – more than $417 million in direct economic impact from 2012 to 2014 – are otherworldly.

25. Memphis Financial Pros Brace for More Brexit Fallout -

Markets are a little like patients going in for a medical checkup. Neither one likes big surprises.

Nevertheless, that’s what everyone got at week’s end after the United Kingdom voted to pull out of the European Union. And the first phone call that First Tennessee Bank chief investment officer Jerry Laurain got on the morning after the unexpected vote result was the kind investment professionals always brace for after market-moving shocks.

26. Database Expert Kline to Speak in Memphis -

Database expert and software industry veteran Kevin Kline is set to speak at the FedEx Institute of Technology next month.

27. FedEx Posts $70 Million Loss, Gives Cautious Outlook -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. lost $70 million in the latest quarter because of large pension and acquisition items, and the delivery giant gave a cautious outlook for the next 12 months.

28. Pesce: ‘You’ve Already Heard the Worst’ -

What kind of gift do you give to the friends and family who have prayed for your sick baby daughter long enough to see her get well, grow up and go to high school?

In Cheryl Pesce’s case, the answer was also the beginning of her successful jewelry design business, which now fills an airy studio space Downtown with chunks of crystal and agate, freshwater pearls, leather hides, and gold, bronze and silver chains. Pesce, 56, who sells directly to customers from her website cherylpesce.com, is in the running for a FedEx Small Business Grant and has submitted a necklace design to Anthropologie.

29. Last Word: Farewell Northside, Roland's Stand and Wayne Jackson -

Northside High School is no more. The Klondike-Smoky City institution graduated its last class last month.

The Shelby County Schools board had voted that same month to give the high school one more school year.

30. FedEx Posts $70 Million Loss, Gives Tepid Outlook -

DALLAS (AP) – FedEx Corp. lost $70 million in the latest quarter because of large pension and acquisition items, and the delivery giant gave a cautious outlook for the next 12 months.

31. Database Expert Kline to Speak in Memphis -

Database expert and software industry veteran Kevin Kline is set to speak at the FedEx Institute of Technology next month.

32. Important Role of Corporate Support for Nonprofits -

Financial and in-kind support from businesses and corporations are so important to the life of nonprofits. Whether through event sponsorships or grants for programs and operations, businesses matter. They provide visibility, funding and talent.

33. Prosecutors Drop Drug Trafficking Case Against FedEx -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A criminal trial alleging FedEx knowingly delivered illegal prescription drugs to dealers and addicts ended suddenly on Friday when prosecutors moved to dismiss all charges against the shipping giant.

34. Collierville FedEx Center Gets $12.7M Renovation -

Contractor Grinder & Haizlip Construction has filed a $12.7 million building permit for renovations at the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville.

In January, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package for the FedEx center at 3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road.

35. FedEx Drug Trafficking Trial Gets Underway -

The U.S. government and FedEx faced off in a San Francisco federal courtroom Monday, June 13, over the government’s claim that the Memphis-based shipping company knowingly delivered illegal prescription drugs such as Ambien from pill mills to dealers and addicts, some of whom died.

36. Last Word: Back On, EDGE and Diversity and Jungle Room Sessions -

Are your lights on yet? How is your air conditioning? First came the rain Wednesday night and then came the power outages that stretched into Thursday.

So the last Twitter update from Memphis Light Gas and Water at 8 p.m. Thursday shows 248 outages in the MLGW service area with 2,746 customers still in the dark and the worst heat of the year so far. Those numbers translate to 95 percent of the customers impacted having their power restored Thursday evening.

37. Eye in the Sky: FedEx, Orbis Debut Third-Gen Flying Eye Hospital -

Memphis-based FedEx Express and Orbis International debuted the third-generation Orbis Flying Eye Hospital on Thursday, June 16, at the FedEx World Hub.

The Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital, which was retrofitted on an MD-10 aircraft donated by FedEx in 2011. The aircraft has been custom-designed to provide the best medical training and technology to patients and health care professionals throughout the developing world. It leaves for its inaugural program in Shenyang, China, on Sept. 2.

38. EDGE Grants Incentives for TAG Truck Center, Turner Dairy -

Two longtime Memphis-area companies secured tax incentives at the June meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

The payment-in-lieu-of-taxes will support TAG Truck Enterprises LLC’s plans for the former Mall of Memphis site as well as an expansion of Turner Dairy in the heart of Midtown.

39. Last Word: The Fragile Compromise, Late by Train and NY Times on Chips Moman -

It looks like there is a deal to fully fund the Shelby County Schools system’s budget. But don’t look at the deal too long because it is very fragile.

It unraveled a bit within an hour after this got thrashed out in marathon Wednesday committee sessions by the Shelby County Commission.

40. Collierville FedEx Center Getting $12.7 Million Renovation -

3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road
Collierville, TN 38125
Permit Amount: $12.7 million

Owner: FedEx Corp.
Tenant: FedEx Corp.
Contractor: Grinder & Haizlip Construction
Details: Contractor Grinder & Haizlip Construction has filed a $12.7 million building permit for renovations at the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville.
In January, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package for the FedEx center at 3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road.
A term of the PILOT agreement is that FedEx has to invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.
The FedEx World Technology Center has been an economic driver for the city since its 16-acre campus opened in 1998. Currently, the tech hub is the largest employer in Collierville, with 2,500 total workers and a capacity for 3,200.

41. Last Word: ServiceMaster Details, Loflin Yard Changes and Bridge Lighting -

The ServiceMaster local incentives for the new Peabody Place headquarters have cleared the first hurdle.

That was the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation’s Tuesday meeting. It’s on to the Center City Development Corporation Wednesday and then EDGE.

42. Collierville FedEx Center Gets $12.7M Renovation -

Contractor Grinder & Haizlip Construction has filed a $12.7 million building permit for renovations at the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville.

In January, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package for the FedEx center at 3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road.

43. FedEx Drug Trafficking Trial Gets Underway -

The U.S. government and FedEx faced off in a San Francisco federal courtroom Monday, June 13, over the government’s claim that the Memphis-based shipping company knowingly delivered illegal prescription drugs such as Ambien from pill mills to dealers and addicts, some of whom died.

44. Last Word: Orlando, Rain Delay At Southwind and Church Health Center's Move -

Many of us were watching the streets of our own city closely this weekend – the places where people gather for good times when the weather is warm and the sky is clear. Lately some of those places have been the settings for vivid and sudden reminders that all is not well in our city.

45. Berger Holds Off Mickelson and Others to Win FESJC -

Daniel Berger carried a 3-stroke lead and a lot of confidence into Sunday’s final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind. He didn’t even care that the crowd behind him included 42-time PGA Tour winner Phil Mickelson.

46. FedEx Corp. Hikes Dividend 60 Percent -

Less than a month after FedEx Corp. closed on its $4.8 billion acquisition of TNT Express, the Memphis-based logistics giant announced a hike in its dividend payout.

47. Events -

West Tennessee Home Builders Association will bring back the Mid-South Parade of Homes on select days from Friday, June 10, through June 26. Twenty-two homes across the Mid-South will be showcased. Tickets are free at Siano Appliance Distributors and Regions Bank locations, Visit midsouthparade.com.

48. Oyler Brings German Efficiency to Memphis Transportation -

Urban planners are born, not made. At least, that’s how it was with Nicholas Oyler. From the time he was in middle school, he couldn’t stop thinking about how cities work.

“I was always doodling skyscrapers,” Oyler recalls. “I remember thinking, ‘Why doesn’t Memphis have more of them? And what can we do to get more?’”

49. ‘Lefty’ Finding Game Again Despite Plenty of Rough Off the Course -

You can find Phil Mickelson stories in a lot of places, from right here to Golf Magazine and, lately, at casino.org.

That last one is not a good thing.

50. Last Word: Verdell Smith and Lifeline, Strickland's First 5 Months and Tennessine -

Lots of blue lights in Cordova Thursday evening as the Memphis Police Department remembers Officer Verdell Smith, who died in Saturday’s Downtown rampage in the line of duty. His funeral is Friday.

51. Executive Women’s Day Panelists Offer Career Advice -

The discussion is different than it was once, and yet it is ever the same. The PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day program is in its fourth year now and the panel discussion held Tuesday, June 7, at TPC Southwind, site of this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic, played to a full audience.

52. Terminix Helping Reduce Mosquitoes at FESJC -

Amid growing concerns about the Zika virus, Memphis-based Terminix is using an eco-friendly solution to keep mosquitoes at bay during the FedEx St. Jude Classic this week.

Technicians from the pest-control company have spent the past few weeks spraying the solution on high-traffic areas, including holes 16-18, the clubhouse, practice facilities and the volunteer tent.

53. FedEx Corp. Hikes Dividend 60 Percent -

Less than a month after FedEx Corp. closed on its $4.8 billion acquisition of TNT Express, the Memphis-based logistics giant announced a hike in its dividend payout.

54. The Week Ahead: June 6-12 -

Time to get this week started, Memphis! There’s plenty to keep you busy in this week’s roundup of need-to-know happenings, from the 50th anniversary of a seminal civil rights moment to a blast from the '80s-movie past...

55. FedEx Institute, Foundation To Host Memphis Tech Talks -

The FedEx Institute of Technology will partner with the Memphis Technology Foundation to host Memphis Tech Talks, an evening of lightning talks from technology innovators, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the institute.

56. Redbirds, FESJC Present AutoZone Park Theme Night -

In conjunction with the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the annual PGA Tour event being held June 6-12 at TPC Southwind, the Memphis Redbirds will turn AutoZone Park into an extension of the course during their Friday, June 3, game against New Orleans.

57. First Tennessee Eyes More Regional Business With Executive Promotions -

First Tennessee Bank has made a few changes to its Memphis-area leadership team that give new and expanded responsibilities to a pair of longtime bank executives.

58. FedEx Institute, Tech Foundation to Host Memphis Tech Talks -

The FedEx Institute of Technology will partner with the Memphis Technology Foundation to host Memphis Tech Talks, an evening of lightning talks from technology innovators, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the institute.

59. Overton Park Merrymaking Blends With Zoo Poll, Protests -

The Overton Park Conservancy’s annual Day of Merrymaking Saturday, June 4, will share the park greensward with the overflow parking area for the Memphis Zoo.

The merrymaking’s hot air balloon ride and beer garden join a spring-to-summer political mix that includes some recent polling by the zoo as well as the regular Saturday presence of protestors who oppose zoo parking on the greensward.

60. Greensward Protests See First Arrests -

Two protesters blocking cars from parking on the Overton Park Greensward were arrested Monday, May 30.

The arrests of Fergus Nolan and Maureen Spain are the first in protests that began in the spring of 2014.

61. Last Word: Downtown Crime Discussions, Greensward Arrests and Lead Pipes -

An after-midnight stampede on Beale Street a week after one person was killed and two other people were wounded in a random shooting a block north of the entertainment district.

Summer is here by tradition if not by the calendar just yet. And Downtown there is already a debate behind the frequent declaration that Downtown is the safest area of the city.

62. Greensward Protests See First Arrests -

Two protestors blocking cars from parking on the Overton Park Greensward were arrested Monday, May 30.

The arrests of Fergus Nolan and Maureen Spain are the first in protests that began in the spring of 2014.

63. Food Truck Fridays Return to FedExForum in June -

Food Truck Fridays will be back at FedExForum in June. The outdoor plaza at FedExForum will open to scheduled food trucks beginning June 3 and continuing every Friday in the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

64. The Week Ahead: May 30-June 5 -

It's time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a Funkadelic party at the New Daisy to a Day of Merrymaking on the Greensward... 

65. Redbirds, FESJC Team Up For AutoZone Park Theme Night -

In conjunction with the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the annual PGA Tour event being held June 6-12 at TPC Southwind, the Memphis Redbirds will turn AutoZone Park into an extension of the course during their Friday, June 3, game against New Orleans.

66. FedEx Completes $4.8B TNT Express Acquisition -

FedEx Corp. has closed on its acquisition of TNT Express for $4.8 billion.

In a joint statement from the companies released Wednesday, May 25, FedEx CEO Fred Smith said that the acquisition will “revolutionize” the way customers around the world view FedEx.

67. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring -

Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.

68. Analysis: Competition Intensifying, But FedEx Still Protected for Now -

The package shipment startup where Matthew Hertz works as director of operations is perfectly tailored to the digital age.

California-based Shyp was set up to capitalize on the legacy cost structures and operations of traditional logistics companies. Its users snap a photo of the item they want to ship and enter an address, at which point Shyp shows up at their door and takes care of the rest.

69. FedEx Completes $4.8 Billion TNT Express Acquisition -

FedEx Corp. has closed on its acquisition of TNT Express for $4.8 billion.

In a joint statement from the companies released Wednesday, May 25, FedEx CEO Fred Smith said that the acquisition will “revolutionize” the way customers around the world view FedEx.

70. Journey, Doobie Brothers Playing FedExForum May 25 -

Journey and the Doobie Brothers will bring the “San Francisco Fest 2016” tour to FedExForum on Wednesday, May 25, bringing together two of the iconic groups that helped define the “San Francisco Sound.” The show, produced by Beaver Productions, includes special guest Dave Mason.

71. FedEx Giving $1M Gift to LeMoyne-Owen -

FedEx Corp. says it is giving a $1 million gift to LeMoyne-Owen College for information techology upgrades.

FedEx senior vice president Shannon A. Brown announced the gift at LeMoyne-Owen’s commencement ceremonies Saturday in Memphis.

72. FedEx Will Acquire TNT Express May 25 -

FedEx Corp.’s $4.8 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express will close May 25.

The logistics companies jointly announced Wednesday, May 18, that 88.4 percent of TNT shareholders have accepted the offer, which comes in at 8 euros (around $9 U.S.) in cash per share.

73. Last Word: The Return of Chiwawa, Mud Island's Dilemma and A Good Map -

Chiwawa is back. But don’t call it a doughnut shop. And the owner says it won’t be called Chiwawa either. We presume it will still proclaim that Midtown is Memphis.

74. New FESJC Director Hoping for Clear Skies, Big-Name Leaders -

Sometimes, the moments that determine your future are seemingly small. Only later can you put everything together and realize that’s when you really made your choice.

This is Darrell Smith’s first year as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Because he is only 33 years old, one could argue he got to this position quickly. But that’s not entirely true and does not take into account the fateful moment when he was 14 years old.

75. Last Word: $4.8 Billion of TNT, North Parkway Complications and Graceland West -

FedEx sets a date next week for its acquisition of TNT Express – a $4.8 billion deal that was approved by TNT shareholders Wednesday.

76. Latest 'High Gear' Book Maps Success for College Grads, Millennials -

The 21 million U.S. students enrolled in postsecondary schools grew up with technology and the hourly clock of life ticking ever faster. Yet this has not always translated into a generation of young people ready to attack a world that waits for no one.

77. FedEx Acquisition of TNT Express to Close May 25 -

FedEx Corp.’s $4.8 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express will close May 25.

The logistics companies jointly announced Wednesday, May 18, that 88.4 percent of TNT shareholders have accepted the offer, which comes in at 8 euros (around $9 U.S.) in cash per share.

78. FedEx Giving $1M Gift To LeMoyne-Owen -

FedEx Corp. says it is giving a $1 million gift to LeMoyne-Owen College for information techology upgrades.

FedEx senior vice president Shannon A. Brown announced the gift at LeMoyne-Owen’s commencement ceremonies Saturday in Memphis.

79. Sometimes, Adviser Just Saves Clients From Themselves -

Mike Cooper understands that the information is everywhere. Financial “experts” on radio and television offer unsolicited advice with little regard for whether the consumer is a 25-year-old single mother worried about her children’s college education or a 50-year-old man beginning to turn an eye toward retirement.

80. InnerWorkings Returns as FedEx St. Jude Classic Pro-Am Sponsor -

InnerWorkings Inc., a global marketing execution firm, has renewed its support of the FedEx St. Jude Classic and will sponsor the premier Pro-Am event held prior to PGA Tour competition. The InnerWorkings Pro-Am will be played Wednesday, June 8, at TPC Southwind, and will feature many of the best players in the world playing alongside company representatives from around the globe.

81. HealthLink’s Medical Device Logistics Business Poised to Grow -

A Netherlands-based medical device logistics company has moved into the Lamar Avenue corridor.

Building on proximity to FedEx Corp. and Memphis’ emerging biosciences hub, HealthLink Europe & International made Memphis its latest flagstaff operation.

82. Sometimes, Financial Planner Mike Cooper Just Saves Clients From Themselves -

Mike Cooper understands that the information is everywhere. Financial “experts” on radio and television offer unsolicited advice with little regard for whether the consumer is a 25-year-old single mother worried about her children’s college education or a 50-year-old man beginning to turn an eye toward retirement.

83. Last Word: Mud Island Money, Elvis Mystery and Beyond Barbecue -

It looks like the dry rub will be in order for Memphis in May's barbecue weekend with a shower or two keeping the dust down in Tom Lee Park Wednesday.

If you can see it through the smoke, Mud Island might strike a first-tme observer as a marked contrast to all of the activity in Tom Lee Park that goes right up to the bluff's edge.

84. FedEx, er, University of Memphis to Big 12? -

The slogan still resonates: When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.

All the world came to know that was Federal Express. I can remember knowing it was Federal Express.

85. Last Word: Humdingers, Gangster Disciples Paper Work and Underground Day -

Sometimes you think you know what is going on and then something happens like Chris Wallace, the general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies, grabbing a bite to eat Monday at Humdingers out east with former Grizz coach Lionel Hollins. Next thing you know there’s another possibility for the next Grizz coach – a return engagement that would be exceedingly rare.

86. FedEx Launches Small Business Grant Contest -

FedEx Corp. has launched its fourth annual Small Business Grant Contest. Coming in at $100,000, the collective prize pool is the largest sum in the contest’s history.

87. China Approves FedEx’s Acquisition of TNT -

FedEx Corp. and TNT Express announced Friday, April 29, that the Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China has given unconditional approval for their merger.

88. Memphis Consultant Says Airport Area ‘Gone’ for Hotel Development -

One of the last remaining hotels near Memphis International Airport has sold in foreclosure for the second time in less than five years.

Chuck Pinkowski, a local hotel consultant with Pinkowski & Co., said that a multimillion-dollar renovation couldn’t save the Holiday Inn from a declining hotel market.

89. FedEx Launches 4th Annual Small Business Grant Contest -

FedEx Corp. has launched its fourth annual Small Business Grant Contest. Coming in at $100,000, the collective prize pool is the largest sum in the contest’s history.

90. Startup Teams Announced for ‘Summer Of Acceleration’ -

Monday, May 2, marked Day One of Memphis’ first “summer of acceleration,” a joint program of seven startup accelerators running concurrently that have collectively drawn the participation of 18 startup teams and dozens of founders hailing from as far away as Slovenia and Israel.

91. Last Word: BSMF Looks Up, Overton Park Respite and Slow Economic Growth -

The Beale Street Music Festival box office numbers won’t be in for a bit yet. But it looks like the three-day event that ended Sunday evening with Beck and Paul Simon weathered the weather very well, maybe better than usual.

92. China Gives Final Nod to FedEx Acquisition of TNT -

FedEx Corp. and TNT Express announced Friday, April 29, that the Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China has given unconditional approval for their merger.

93. Johnson, Koepka Confirmed for FedEx St. Jude Classic -

Two of golf’s top players are confirmed for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, to be played from June 9-12 at TPC Southwind.

Past champion Dustin Johnson, currently sitting eighth in the World Golf Rankings, will make his fifth appearance in Memphis. He won here in 2012 and his most recent victory on tour came in 2015. He finished 2015 ranked seventh in the FedEx Cup standings and presently is fourth on the tour in driving distance.

94. FedEx Institute Adds Two Technology Partners -

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis announced agreements Monday, April 25, with two new partners – Tech901 and Memphis Technology Foundation.

Tech901 is a nonprofit with a goal of helping create 10,000 technology jobs in a decade in Memphis. That goal was at the 6,000 mark late last year.

95. UPS 1st-Quarter Profit Rises 10 Percent, Beating Forecasts -

DALLAS (AP) – United Parcel Service Inc. said Thursday that first-quarter profit rose 10 percent to $1.13 billion, helped by an increase in both ground shipments and next-day air deliveries in the United States.

96. TNReady Contract Cancellation Deepens Complexity -

When Measurement Inc. told state officials earlier this week that the company couldn’t get several million paper versions of its online student achievement tests shipped, the state went to Memphis-based FedEx to work around shipping limits.

97. Last Word: The Friendly Church on the Parkway and Paxton Lynch's Mom -

He came to Memphis in the late 1950s from Chicago as the first pastor of Monumental Baptist Church, the “friendly church on the parkway” in a city that was anything but friendly to the causes of Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles.

98. Johnson, Koepka Confirmed For FedEx St. Jude Classic -

Two of golf’s top players are confirmed for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, to be played from June 9-12 at TPC Southwind.

Past champion Dustin Johnson, currently sitting eighth in the World Golf Rankings, will make his fifth appearance in Memphis. He won here in 2012 and his most recent victory on tour came in 2015. He finished 2015 ranked seventh in the FedEx Cup standings and presently is fourth on tour in driving distance.

99. Last Word: Memphis Gets Busy, Elections Future and Past and Dad Rock In C-Y -

While their folks are still getting settled over in the front office at The Commercial Appeal, Gannett announces Monday an $815 million offer to buy Tribune Publishing which would put The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune in the expanding USA Today family.

100. FedEx Institute Partners With Tech901, Tech Foundation -

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis announced agreements Monday, April 25, with two new partners – Tech901 and Memphis Technology Foundation.

Tech901 is a nonprofit with a goal of helping create 10,000 technology jobs in a decade in Memphis. That goal was at the 6,000 mark late last year.