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1. Lawsuits Accuse Automakers of Faulty Air Bags, Recall Delays -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Mercedes all knew of problems with dangerous exploding Takata air bag inflators years before issuing recalls, according to three class actions filed Wednesday with the federal court in Miami.

2. Wells at New TVA Plant to Stay Idle for Now -

The Tennessee Valley Authority has no plans to use the wells it drilled into the Memphis Aquifer earlier in the construction of the Allen Combined Cycle Plant, the $1 billion natural gas-fired power plant it is building in southwest Memphis.

3. Last Word: On The EDGE, Tubby Smith and Timing and TVA Keeps Its Wells Off -

Remember when the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission got together a week ago at Beale Street Landing? Here’s a refresher. Among those watching the discussion was Richard Smith, the chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber, who responded to the criticism of the local approach to economic development this week with an email to members of both bodies that could prompt some changes to the approach and specifically to EDGE.

4. For Many Factory Towns, White Collar Job Loss Hurts the Most -

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – With the abandoned smokestacks off the bay and ramshackle factories along 12th Street, it's easy to pin the blame for this industrial city's plight on the loss of manufacturing jobs to China and Mexico.

5. Survey: CRE Experts Concerned About Interest Rates -

Rising interest rates in 2018 are the primary concern for the commercial real estate industry, according to a recent report by Chicago-based international law firm Seyfarth Shaw.

In its third annual Real Estate Market Sentiment Survey, which polls an array of commercial real estate executives from around the county, 82 percent of respondents said they expect multiple interest rate increases in 2018.

6. Olympus Opens Expanded Bartlett Campus -

Medical device manufacturer Olympus celebrated the grand opening of its $12 million expanded Bartlett campus at 2937 Appling Road on Tuesday, March 6. The state-of-the-art facility expands Olympus’ existing R&D and surgical manufacturing building on Appling Road, which has operated in Bartlett since 1984.

7. Last Word: Forrest and Slavery, The Tariff Blitz and Angus McEachran -

The report on poverty in Memphis over the last 50 years is on its way to a Greater Memphis Chamber breakfast meeting Thursday. And Terri Lee Freeman, the president of the National Civil Rights Museum and Elena Delavega, the University of Memphis lead researcher of the report, say their message is that as goes Memphis in this regard so goes the nation. And if employers start with lower pay at hiring with percentage raises across the board they feed the racial income gap and bonuses do as well.

8. ‘Selfless Leadership’ -

Hard-working, compassionate, dedicated, deeply caring, honest. These were the words used to describe Shelby County chief administrative officer Harvey Kennedy and General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Tim Dwyer, the honorees at the 15th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards luncheon.

9. Tennessee Death Row Inmates Sue Over Lethal Injection Drugs -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As Tennessee eyes a wave of executions, attorneys for 33 death row inmates on Tuesday filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down the state's new three-drug combination for lethal injections.

10. Investors are Winners as Companies Lay Out Tax-Saving Plans -

NEW YORK (AP) – It's just what the GOP said we'd hear from a CEO after being handed a big tax break.

But when Charles Scharf announced plans last month to spend his company's tax savings on higher wages and technology, investors began selling.

11. Haslam Proposes Completion Condition for Tennessee Promise -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s final State of the State address Monday, Jan. 29, included a call to continue education reform with some changes to the administration’s signature higher education reforms.

12. Haslam Proposes Credit Hours Minimum on Higher Ed Access -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s final State of the State address Monday, Jan. 29, included a call to continue the state’s reforms in education with some changes to the administration’s signature higher education reforms.

13. Dunavant Awards Will Feature Hardy As Keynote -

As a lifelong Memphian and successful entrepreneur, Carolyn Hardy is all about finding new ways to grow the city.

14. Tennessee Governor Touts $30M Plan to Fight Opioid Epidemic -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam touted a $30 million plan Monday that focuses on prevention, treatment and law enforcement to attack an opioid epidemic that kills at least three people a day in Tennessee.

15. Last Word: Snow Week, Liberal Arts and Their Critics and Tunica Casinos -

Snow Day 3 as this becomes a snow week for many of us. Granted one of those days was a federal holiday in which the temperature was above freezing and the sun was out. During the second consecutive snow day Wednesday for Shelby County Schools students, Candous Brown, a teacher at Raleigh Egypt High School held class anyway via Facebook.

16. Last Word: Second Snow Day, The Post-King Generation and Cohen's Cadillac -

A second snow day awaits Wednesday on this short week for many but not all of us. And there is some grumbling about the approach to treating roads off the main thoroughfares that may, in this city where a cut-through detour is a real thing and the reason for speed humps, still see a lot of traffic.

17. Fund Manager Q&A: What to Expect From Muni Bonds in 2018 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Municipal bonds took investors on a roller coaster at the end of 2017, as prices swung on concerns about what Washington's overhaul of the tax system will do to the $3.8 trillion market.

18. Buckman Names Staples VP of Water Division -

Christine Staples, a 20-year veteran of Ecolab’s corporate leadership team, is the new global vice president of the water division of Memphis-based Buckman.

19. Battling Opioids -

Later this month, Shelby County government will roll out a public health effort led by the Shelby County Health Department to battle opioid addiction. “We’re taking a very long view of this. It’s not going to be a quick fix,” Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell told Shelby County Commission members Wednesday, Jan. 3, during committee sessions.

20. Buckman Names Staples VP of Water Division -

Christine Staples, a 20-year veteran of Ecolab’s corporate leadership team, is the new global vice president of the water division of Memphis-based Buckman.

21. What to Buy Every Month of the Year in 2018 -

In 2018, you may resolve to save more, spend less or budget better . Whatever your money goal, the one common key to your success is shopping smart. That means knowing the best time to buy just about anything.

22. City Council May Vote To Phase In MLGW Rate Hikes -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Dec. 19, on a set of water, gas and electric rate hikes recommended by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division to take effect next month.

A council committee is recommending the electric and gas-rate increases be phased in over several years.

23. Famed Site of Nashville Sit-Ins Honors Past With New Eatery -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Civil rights leaders have helped kick off the reopening of a famed site of civil rights sit-ins in 1960, the Woolworth building in downtown Nashville, as a restaurant.

24. Last Word: Bougie Strippers, Tigers Basketball First Looks and County Pay Raises -

The topics get your attention: “Mental Illness in Tech” – a “Guide to Being a Bougie Stripper” – “Why I Quit TV News” – “Dyslexic and Proud.” These are just a few of the dozen talks -- strictly timed at five minutes each -- scheduled for Thursday’s Ignite Memphis event at Ballet Memphis in Overton Square. This is built loosely on the principle of a Ted talk although we also have a local version of TEDx coming up in January.

25. Christmas Tree Prices Expected to Rise Amid Shortages -

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Americans will pay more for pre-cut Christmas trees this year as shortages deepen from the country's top two producers, Oregon and North Carolina.

Joe Territo sells Oregon trees in San Jose, California. But he's becoming increasingly frustrated with rising costs, from the trees to labor. Territo says the only figure going down is profit.

26. Auto Supplier Denso: $1B Investment in Tennessee Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Automotive supplier Denso announced plans Friday to invest $1 billion and create more than 1,000 new jobs in its main Tennessee facility to meet growing demand for electric vehicle parts.

27. Automakers Bounce Back With Strong Sales in September -

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota, Honda, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen all posted strong monthly U.S. sales numbers, confirming expectations that a boost in sales from hurricane-ravaged Texas would push the industry to a September rebound.

28. Emergency Motion for Stay Filed in Execution Drugs Case -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas has filed an emergency motion to stay a circuit court ruling that ordered the state prison system to disclose labels that will identify the maker of a lethal injection drug.

29. GM to Furlough 3rd Shift at Tennessee Plant as Demand Slows -

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – General Motors is laying off the third shift at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, SUV factory as it deals with a slowing U.S. auto market.

About 1,000 people work on the overnight shift, but not all will lose their jobs when it ends Nov. 27. Company spokesman Tom Wickham said GM is still determining how many permanent and temporary workers will be furloughed. The layoffs will be indefinite.

30. Corporate Disaster Aid: How and When -

Disasters are chaotic and complex. Just a few minutes of howling wind or shaking earth can leave years of cleaning up, rebuilding and coping with a new reality.

Naturally, people want to help when they witness significant duress, like we’ve seen recently with hurricanes Harvey and Irma and like we’ve seen countless times globally. Some of the greatest moments I’ve witnessed in business have come in the aftermath of disasters.

31. AP Sources: Feds Probe Uber's Tracking of Lyft Drivers -

DETROIT (AP) – The Justice Department in Manhattan is investigating whether Uber illegally used software to track drivers for Lyft, its main ride-hailing competitor, to gain an advantage in attracting and recruiting drivers, according to two people familiar with the probe.

32. Memphis Receives First Check From Airbnb -

Nationally and in Memphis, the hotel room supply, room demand, occupancy rate and average daily room rate were all on the rise year-to-date through July, pointing to a healthy market overall.

That’s according to information compiled by STR presented at the Southern Lodging Summit Wednesday morning, Aug. 30, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. The Southern Lodging Summit is an annual event hosted by Pinkowski & Co. and the Metropolitan Memphis Hotel and Lodging Association.

33. UTHSC Readies New Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility -

UTHSC is putting the final touches on its new $20 million Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems, a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility at the site of a former warehouse at 208 S. Dudley St. in the Memphis Medical District.

34. Not So Funny: Tennessee County's Water Doesn't Taste Right -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Officials in one central Tennessee county working to treat an algae bloom affecting the area's water supply say it will take at least two weeks before the taste returns to normal.

35. County Mulls Garage For Long-Term Parking Fix -

Shelby County Jury Commission officials have points they always make with citizens on jury duty in Downtown Memphis. And it includes an apology for the parking situation around the Criminal Justice Center and the Judge D’Army Bailey Courthouse, where those called to be on juries will work for a week at a time.

36. Give Rudy Gay An Assist on Origin Of ‘Grit and Grind’ -

Did Tony Allen say too much? That’s the question after The Grindfather – yes, he retains the title even if he signs elsewhere as a free agent – answered a question about the origin of “grit and grind” in an interview with MassLive.com.

37. Older People Dying on Job at Higher Rate Than All Workers -

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics.

It's a trend that's particularly alarming as baby boomers reject the traditional retirement age of 65 and keep working. The U.S. government estimates that by 2024, older workers will account for 25 percent of the labor market.

38. Milford Joins Chamber As Programming, Events Director -

Ericka Milford recently joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as director of events and programming, a job in which she’s responsible for planning and executing chamber events and programs and for increasing engagement opportunities for members and the community. Milford’s new role marks her return to the chamber, where she served as events coordinator from 2007 to 2012 before taking a job with HigherVisibility.

39. Environmental Report on Pipeline Favorable for Developers -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Pipeline intended to carry natural gas across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina would have some adverse environmental effects, including impacts on water resources, forest and other habitats, but most could be reduced to insignificant levels, an assessment by federal regulators found.

40. Last Word: Freeze Warning, Corker on Obamacare Repeal and The Disney Example -

What do you call it when you expect a lot of trouble coming from a specific direction – with a detailed roadmap -- and a completely different controversy comes in from a different direction, hits and leaves a crater. Whatever you call it, that is what happened to Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze Thursday evening. Or did it?

41. Last Word: Closing the Door, Midtown Rents and Red West's Many Roles -

It didn’t take the Shelby County Commission very long Wednesday to close the door on its budget season – about 20 minutes in the day’s special meeting to approve a county property tax rate of $4.11 on third and final reading. That’s not a quick up or down vote. And it took just a bit longer because there is still some discussion about whether this was a reduction in the tax rate or a tax cut in the sense that a homeowner in Shelby County would understand the term.

42. Hiring Surged Last Month in a Sign of US Economic Vitality -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hiring surged in June in a surprising show of U.S. economic vitality eight years into the recovery from the Great Recession. Pay gains remain weak, though, a stark reminder of one of the economy's key shortcomings.

43. ServiceMaster Almost Ready for First Employees to Occupy Downtown HQ -

By mid-June the first wave of employees will move into the new ServiceMaster Global Headquarters at 150 Peabody Place, bringing to fruition what many city leaders believe is one of the biggest wins for Downtown Memphis in a decade. 

44. Shelby County Mortgage Market Slips Slightly in April -

Shelby County’s mortgage market kicked off the second quarter in April by slipping a little on a total volume basis, although the market is still looking better year-to-date than it did at this time last year.

45. FTB Advisors’ Chief Investment Officer: Block Out Noise; When in Doubt, Hold -

Gerald W. Laurain is chief investment officer at FTB Advisors Inc., a subsidiary of First Tennessee Bank. He oversees a large number of financial advisers that work with individual and corporate clients.

46. Arkansas Officials Ask Courts to Clear Path for Executions -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas prepared again Thursday to conduct its first executions since 2005, wary and weary after a series of court decisions gutted its unprecedented plan to put eight men to death before the end of the month.

47. Arkansas' Multiple Execution Plan Appearing to Unravel -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas' already compromised plan to execute eight men by the end of the month appeared to unravel Friday, with a judge blocking the use of a lethal injection drug and the state's highest court granting a stay to one of the first inmates who had been scheduled to die.

48. Judge Rules Against UPS in Untaxed Cigarette Case -

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge ruled Friday that UPS ignored "red flags" that its brown trucks were being used to transport untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations, but stopped short of imposing a $873 million penalty that regulators sought in the civil case.

49. Local Concert Business Amping Up, Keeping Memphis Promoters Busy -

The concert business appears to be healthier in 2017, with more performers and artists on tour than in recent years – and more of them are booking shows in Memphis.

But it’s never that simple in the business of shows, where booking is a process and touring is becoming more of a necessity.

50. White House Picks Boeing Executive as Pentagon's No. 2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House announced nominees for six senior Pentagon jobs on Thursday, including a longtime Boeing Co. executive for deputy secretary of defense, moving to fill out Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' new team.

51. Google's Self-Driving Car Company Escalates Battle With Uber -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A self-driving car company founded by Google is presenting new evidence to support allegations that a former manager stole technology sold to Uber to help the ride-hailing service build its own robot-powered vehicles.

52. Flintco Leads Construction On ServiceMaster HQ -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings announced Flintco LLC will be heading up construction and renovation efforts at its new headquarters Downtown.

53. MMDC Competition Winners Aim to Improve Medical District Efficiency -

MedHaul and Sparco Projectpedia were the winning ideas from the recent Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) Operation Opportunity business plan competition, and the entrepreneurs behind the concepts will now work with EPIcenter to cultivate them into successful ventures.

54. ServiceMaster Names General Contractor for Downtown HQ -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings announced Flintco LLC will be heading up construction and renovation efforts at its new global headquarters in Downtown Memphis.

55. Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

56. View From the Hill: Taxing Online Sales Not Such an Easy Fix -

Cumberland Transit owner Allen Doty isn’t sure if a rule requiring major out-of-state retailers to collect Tennessee sales taxes will create more equity for his shop.

But Doty, who has been selling everything from bicycles to kayaks and camping gear for 34 years in Nashville, is definitely tired of people shopping in his store for hours, snapping a picture of shoes they like, then going home and buying them online “just to avoid sales tax.”

57. Reactionaries, Evidence Vie on Medicinal Pot -

Three-year-old Josie Mae Mathis of Greene County used to suffer hundreds of seizures daily from epilepsy and infantile spasms. Aden Vogus, a pre-teen from Brentwood, has seen his seizures all but disappear.

58. GM to Temporarily Close 5 Factories as Car Inventory Builds -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors will temporarily close five factories next month as it tries to reduce a growing inventory of cars on dealer lots.

The factories will close anywhere from one to three weeks due to the ongoing U.S. market shift toward trucks and SUVs, spokeswoman Dayna Hart said Monday. Just over 10,000 workers will be idled.

59. Memphis Chamber Announces Program to Assist Minority-, Women-Owned Businesses -

At a press conference fittingly held at the National Civil Rights Museum, The Greater Memphis Chamber announced their newest pilot program Thursday, Dec. 15: the Ascend Memphis Business Development Pilot Program.

60. Brewer Named President Of Versant Supply Chain -

Buck Brewer has been promoted to president of Memphis-based Versant Supply Chain Inc. A 20-year veteran of the supply chain industry, Brewer joined Versant six years ago and had served as its chief operating officer since January 2014.
Brewer, 40, assumes the president’s position from Richard J. Peters, who will continue to serve as Versant’s chairman.
Over the past several years, Versant has expanded from a small freight brokerage into a provider of specialized labor, freight and flexible space solutions supporting large global supply chain organizations.
The company currently has 130 full-time employees and employs 3,000 full-time-equivalent associates through its partnerships with customers.
Brewer says that while most people would say his job is to oversee the day-to-day operation and overall growth strategy of the company, he believes his job is “to support the incredibly talented individuals that truly drive the company and make it what it is today.”

61. Fred’s Considering HQ Relocation in Revamp -

Memphis-based retailer fred’s Inc. is studying a few options for relocating its Memphis headquarters at 4300 New Getwell Road, locations that CFO Rick Hans told The Daily News are all within a few miles of the current headquarters.

62. Fred’s Inc. Considering HQ Relocation as It Works to Revamp Business -

Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc. is studying a few options for relocating its Memphis headquarters at 4300 New Getwell Road, locations that Fred’s CFO Rick Hans told The Daily News are all within a few miles of the current headquarters.

63. Outsourcing: Savings, But No Specifics -

The Haslam administration is forging ahead with plans to nab a statewide facilities services contractor after an outside analysis backed up a study showing estimated cost savings of more than $35 million a year at Tennessee universities.

64. Five Learning Strategies for Resilience In the Business Consolidation Age -

Global competition is heating up and a wave of consolidation is sweeping various industries, from the tech economy to the old economy. Google and General Electric continue to master their domains and expand their reach. Microsoft bought LinkedIn and Bayer is looking to buy Monsanto.
On Wall Street, the five largest banks have increased their share of banking assets from 25 percent in 2000 to 45 percent today. AT&T, America’s second-largest wireless-telecom firm, is looking to buy Time Warner, the country’s second-biggest media firm. Big companies have reaped enormous efficiencies by creating supply chains that stretch around the globe. They hope to realize immense gains by controlling complementary assets, as AT&T is looking to combine distribution with content. 

65. GM Laying Off Over 2,000 at 2 Car Plants as Sales Slow -

DETROIT (AP) – Shifting demand from cars to trucks and SUVS is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January.

66. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 9 Percent in October -

Consumers have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the domestic economy, the investment professionals at Memphis-based Summit Asset Management wrote in an October update to clients. Among them, “a sustained recovery in housing.”

67. Medical District Collaborative Offers Financial Carrot for Residents -

Employees of five major medical and academic institutions of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) now have a financial incentive to live in the Medical District thanks to a new Live Local 901 initiative.

68. Ford Cutting Production as US Demand Slows -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is cutting production as U.S. demand for new vehicles slows, but so far, its rivals aren't doing the same.

69. State Rep. Feels Heat From Staffer’s Firing -

Like sands through the hour glass, these are the days of our Legislature’s lives.

When General Assembly candidates run for office, they talk of high ideals such as reforming education, creating jobs, saving tax dollars and stifling sexual offenders, even restricting abortion, adopting a state rifle or making the Holy Bible Tennessee’s state book.

70. Home Sales and Prices Continue to Rise in Shelby County -

Home prices and sales continued to rise in September across Shelby County’s municipalities. Out of the county’s 33 ZIP codes, 20 had an increase in overall sales activity for the month and 19 ZIP codes saw increases in average sales prices.

71. August Home Sales End Two-Month Slump as Inventory Remains Tight -

After a two-month slump, home sales in Shelby County increased 15 percent in August.

There were 1,712 sales recorded in August compared to 1,494 recorded in August 2015, according to data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

72. Fred’s Undergoing Changes After Disappointing Financial Results -

The second quarter has not been kind to retail stocks. Among almost 90 percent of retail companies that reported second-quarter earnings as of Aug. 24, just 3.9 percent surpassed estimates, according to Zacks Investment Research, and barely 4 percent posted higher year-over-year revenue.

73. Fred’s Names New CEO, Reports Q2 Net Loss -

Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. has named Mike Bloom its new chief executive officer.

74. Fred's Names New CEO, Reports Disappointing Q2 Results -

Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. has named Mike Bloom its new chief executive officer.

75. Last Word: Busy Council Day, Crosstown High and Local Democratic Post Mortem -

There aren’t any terms yet. But it would appear that there is enough common ground between the owners of Wiseacre Brewing and the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to take what amounts to a letter of intent on the Mid-South Coliseum to the City Council Tuesday.

76. Arkansas Governor Aims to Set Execution Dates Before January -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he hopes to set execution dates before January now that the state has a new supply of a lethal injection drug that had expired last month.

77. Investigator: FDA Still Taking Months to Recall Tainted Food -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government investigators reported Thursday.

78. Last Word: ServiceMaster's Choice, Democrats Regroup, Oprah Goes To Church -

The ServiceMaster headquarters search is over and the pick is a real surprise as office spaces goes – Peabody Place – not the office building but the shuttered mall south of the Peabody hotel.

79. First-Quarter Results Show Fred’s on Rebound -

Especially for a company like Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc., quarterly earnings results are about more than the numbers.

Fred’s – which grew total sales 8 percent during the quarter ended April 30 over the same period last year and earned $1.3 million in net income – is in the midst of a broad strategic and operational realignment. On the heels of new additions to management last year, plus new strategic imperatives and a big acquisition, changes the company is pushing this year include positioning itself as more of a health care company.

80. Events -

The Metal Museum will celebrate International Blacksmithing Day on Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free museum admission and blacksmithing demonstrations and competitions throughout the day at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Visit metalmuseum.org for a schedule.

81. U of M Alumni Association To Present Awards May 21 -

The University of Memphis Alumni Association will present its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management, 3700 Central Ave.

82. Robots Are Taking Tennessee’s Jobs -

MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.

83. Last Word: Prince, Violent Crime Numbers, and a Parkside Post Script -

Prince. It’s hard to think of a musician with a more complete knowledge of music as a social and cultural force and the ability to let that force inhabit his music and what he wanted to accomplish.
It is that knowledge and its use from obscurity to the pinnacle of fame and acclaim to his own journey for personal fulfillment that, to me, defines what has been lost.
Music mattered to Prince unlike it had ever mattered before. All of the influences analyzed and synthesized by someone born in rock and roll’s first wave pushed forward in a sound that combined rock and roll and rhythm and blues and funk with purpose and confidence.
It wasn’t a denial or downplaying of any of those music categories – all were present sonically and culturally. No juggling or quick changes.
That was his talent and it’s hard to think of anyone who has been as knowledgeable, intentional and successful -- commercially and artistically – in that combination.
Prince is remembered here for not only playing the city’s largest arenas but for his legendary after shows on Beale Street that brought an entertainment insider cachet the district has rarely seen since its early 1980s reopening.
His was an intensity and sense of purpose rarely seen and possessed in such a way in the 60 years since rock and roll started in this very city, kicked off by both Rocket 88 and That’s Alright Mama.
So why couldn’t the city’s rock radio stations do more than talk about Prince into commercial breaks after another Nickelback rock block and actually play some of his music to acknowledge such a huge genre crossing artist?
Not cool.

84. U of M Alumni Association To Present Awards May 21 -

The University of Memphis Alumni Association will present its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management, 3700 Central Ave.

85. Gaskins Leads Engineering Office -

Wain Gaskins has joined consulting engineering firm Cannon & Cannon Inc. as manager of the company’s new Memphis office as well as director of West Tennessee operations and business development. 

86. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

87. Last Word: Trump, Clinton and Stanton, The Greensward Vote and Cover Letters -

This will be a relatively short edition of Last Word given the crush of an exceptional Tuesday in which a day at City Hall was more exciting than the state’s presidential primaries.

88. AARP: Price Hikes Doubled Average Drug Price Over 7 Years -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The average cost for a year's supply of a prescription drug doubled in just seven years to more than $11,000 – about three-quarters of the average annual Social Security benefit.

89. Last Word: Presidential Distractions, Dude Perfect and The Kirby Farm House -

When it comes to political surprises, the presidential contenders may be the next group on the ballot locally. But they need to up their game if they are going to hold the attention of Memphis voters.
With three of the Republican contenders on their way to Shelby County this weekend and probably more making plans, the attention Tuesday shifted dramatically to the open 8th District Congressional seat that isn’t on the ballot until the August primaries.

90. Fenced Out -

There’s a major problem in Memphis when it comes to minorities: African-Americans make up 63 percent of the population but garner less than 1 percent of total business receipts within Memphis, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

91. High Court Upholds Government's Energy Conservation Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.

92. DHL Triples Space in New Memphis Service Center -

International shipping provider DHL is undergoing a Memphis growth spurt and has expanded a service center to meet growing need.

This week, operations got fully underway at the new 30,000-square-foot facility at 3560 Air Center Cove, near the Memphis International Airport. Previously, DHL was housed at an 11,000-square-foot space at 4140 Getwell Road.

93. S.Y. Wilson and Co. Enters New Era in Arlington -

Kim Winstead found retirement boring.

After owning Stockyard Horticultural Supply on U.S. 70 in Arlington for 25 years, she sold it in the fall of 2014 and thought that she’d moved on from business ownership. But after two months of retirement, she realized she needed a new challenge.

94. TVA Begins Work On Memphis Natural Gas Plant -

Memphis, TN 38109

Permit Amount: $5 million; $1.4 million

Application Date: Nov. 17

Owner: Tennessee Valley Authority

Tenant: Tennessee Valley Authority

95. US Cold Storage Latest Growth For Tipton County -

Phil Coles remembers one job interview in particular as he was hiring for the new United States Cold Storage plant in Covington, Tenn.

The job applicant, who was from Covington, had questions for Coles, the plant’s general manager. Was the plant paid for? Or was U.S. Cold renting? The bottom line was job stability in a town and county that has had a rough recession.

96. Public Outcry Kills Tennessee Bill to Charge for Public Records -

People of every political stripe across Tennessee are rising in protest to legislation allowing government to charge fees for inspection of public records.

Fisk University student Justin Jones said such a financial imposition would place an “undue burden” on his fellow collegians seeking information from public records as part of research papers and other assignments.

97. Orpheum Art Installation Unveiled Later This Month -

Later this month, the Orpheum Theatre will unveil its newest art installation – “Orpheus Ascending” – by world-renowned sculptor Richard MacDonald.

98. Ryder Expanding in Spring Hill, to Add 606 Jobs -

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say 606 new jobs are coming to Maury County where Ryder Supply Chain Solutions plans to expand its warehousing, transportation, kitting and assembly operations.

99. Orpheum Art Installation Unveiled Later This Month -

Later this month, the Orpheum Theatre will unveil its newest art installation – “Orpheus Ascending” – by world-renowned sculptor Richard MacDonald.

100. Going Up: Labor, Materials Drive Construction Costs -

Shelby County homebuilders have steadily raised prices for months now, partly due to supply and demand but mostly due to soaring material and labor costs.

While the demand for new homes remains steady, the supply of new homes remains relatively low and homebuilders are able to raise prices. But construction costs have been on the upswing for several months and are impacting every corner of the construction industry.