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1. School Year to Begin at Texas School Where Gunman Killed 10 -

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Students in Santa Fe, Texas, will begin a new school year Monday with additional security measures in place following a mass shooting in May that left 10 people dead.

2. Amazon, Container Store Eye New Locations in Memphis -

5155 Citation Dr.

Memphis, TN 38118

Permit Amount: $10 million

Application Date: July 10 

Owner: Exeter Property Group

Tenant: Amazon

3. The Container Store Planning G’town Location -

The Container Store, a national retail brand that specializes in storage and organizational products, is planning a Germantown location near Trader Joe’s.

The Texas-based chain applied for a sign variance from the Germantown Design Review Commission for a store that will be located at 2130 Exeter Road in the Germantown Collection Shopping Center. The commission was scheduled to consider the request Thursday night, July 12.

4. The Container Store Planning G’town Location -

The Container Store, a national retail brand that specializes in storage and organizational products, is planning a Germantown location near Trader Joe’s.

The Texas-based chain is seeking a sign variance from the Germantown Design Review Commission for a store that will be located at 2130 Exeter Road in the Germantown Collection Shopping Center.

5. The Container Store Planning Germantown Location -

The Container Store, a national retail brand that specializes in storage and organizational products, is planning a Germanton location near Trader Joe’s.

The Texas-based chain is seeking a sign variance from the Germantown Design Review Commission for a store that will be located at 2130 Exeter Rd. in the Germantown Collection Shopping Center.

6. Last Word: River Museum Review, Tigers' Blended Family and Oxford Crackdown -

It’s not the Gulf. It’s Lake Pontchartrain that draws the crowds on Mud Island. The Riverwalk replica of the Gulf of Mexico’s neighbor that is. A few adjustments is all it took to return authorized wading to the area at the end of the scale model of the Mississippi River. The river park is changing as it continues to make its way through the annual season from the summer and into the fall.

7. International Paper Hopes for Talks In Deal to Acquire Smurfit Kappa -

After recently being given a June 6 deadline by the Irish Takeover Panel to make a final binding offer to acquire Europe’s largest cardboard box producer, Smurfit Kappa Group, Memphis-based International Paper Co. decided against a hostile takeover attempt and is instead hoping to open a dialogue with the company to determine a mutually beneficial path forward.

8. Congress Nears Dismantling of Post-Crisis Bank Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress was taking a final step Tuesday toward dismantling a chunk of the rules framework for banks installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes.

9. Three Projects Get Green Light from EDGE Board -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved a trio of projects that could create as many as 255 new jobs and retain nearly 300 more during a busy Wednesday, May 16, agenda. 

10. Fogelman Properties Adds VP of Acquisitions -

Fogelman Properties has appointed Mike Aiken vice president of acquisitions, a newly created position at the Memphis-based multifamily real estate services company.

11. First Tennessee to Lay Off 58 in Greene County -

First Tennessee Bank is laying off a few dozen employees in Greene County, Tennessee, a move that’s related to the bank’s merger with Capital Bank Financial Corp.

12. First Tennessee to Lay Off 58 in Greeneville -

First Tennessee Bank is laying off a few dozen employees in Greene County, Tennessee, a move that’s related to the bank’s merger with Capital Bank Financial Corp.

13. First Tennessee Laying Off 58 in Greeneville -

First Tennessee Bank is laying off a few dozen employees in Greene County, Tennessee, a move that’s related to the bank’s merger with Capital Bank Financial Corp.

The layoffs come as First Tennessee has consolidated operations at the locations that remain in Greene County after First Tennessee and Capital Bank jointly agreed to divest two branches.

14. Mississippi Bank to Pay $146 Million to Acquire Texas Bank -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi bank will pay $146 million in stock and cash to buy a Texas bank.

Tupelo-based BancorpSouth announced Thursday that it would buy Icon Capital Corp, whose Icon Bank has seven offices and $794 million in assets in the Houston area.

15. First Tennessee to Put $4B In Community Investment -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank, along with its newly acquired Capital Bank, are launching a five-year, nearly $4 billion effort to expand the availability of financial resources in low- to moderate-income communities across an eight-state footprint.

16. First Tennessee Bank Launching $4 Billion Community Investment Effort -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank, along with its newly acquired Capital Bank, are launching a five-year, nearly $4 billion effort to expand the availability of financial resources in low- to moderate-income communities across an 8-state footprint.

17. CSE’s Martin Helping Students Find Their Voice -

Katie Martin’s required coursework in her dual degree master’s program at the University of Texas in Austin had the Texas native walking the length of a specific dichotomy every day.

18. Riviana, Ebrofrost Plan South Memphis Expansion -

Riviana Foods’ South Memphis rice facility is growing again. The Houston, Texas-based company has filed a $3.1 million building permit application for site work at the 2360 Prospect St. plant it shares with Ebrofrost North America, the U.S. arm of German rice and pasta manufacturer Ebrofrost Holding GmbH.

19. Riviana, Ebrofrost Continue Work On $26M Frozen Food Facility -

2360 Prospect St.

Memphis, TN 38106

Permit Amount: $3.1 million

Project Cost: $26.5 million

Application Date: March 2018

Owner: Riviana Foods

20. Riviana, Ebrofrost Plan South Memphis Expansion -

Riviana Foods’ South Memphis rice facility is growing again. The Houston, Texas-based company has filed a $3.1 million building permit application for site work at the 2360 Prospect St. plant it shares with Ebrofrost North America, the U.S. arm of German rice and pasta manufacturer Ebrofrost Holding GmbH.

21. Year of Milestones, Major News for First Horizon -

Ahead of its annual meeting of shareholders next month, First Tennessee Bank announced this week customers had given it top grades in the Phoenix-Hecht 2018 Quality Index for Middle Market Banking, an index that includes businesses with revenue between $20 million and $500 million.

22. First Horizon Announces Employee Raises -

A little more than a month after the parent company of First Tennessee Bank distributed one-time $1,000 bonuses to employees, the company is rolling out another employee perk.

23. Sen. Lamar Alexander Talks Tax Reform, Trump, Guns -

The day before the U.S. Senate voted in December to pass a massive federal tax overhaul, FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith called up U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and urged him to “pass that bill.”

24. Sen. Alexander Talks Tax Reform, Trump, Gun Control in Memphis -

The day before the U.S. Senate voted in December to pass a massive federal tax overhaul, FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith called up U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and urged him to “pass that bill.”

25. First Horizon National Corp. Announces Employee Raises -

A little more than a month after the parent company of First Tennessee Bank distributed one-time $1,000 bonuses to employees, the company is rolling out another employee perk.

26. First Horizon National Corp. Announces Employee Raises -

A little more than a month after the parent company of First Tennessee Bank distributed one-time $1,000 bonuses to employees, the company is rolling out another employee perk.

27. After Company-Wide Bonuses, First Tennessee Parent Co. Announces Raises -

A little more than a month after the parent company of First Tennessee Bank distributed one-time $1,000 bonuses to employees, the company is rolling out another employee perk.

Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. is bumping up the minimum pay level of employees to $15 an hour, part of the company’s continued re-investment of savings stemming from the recent federal tax legislation.

28. Case, Vance Bringing 'Rise of the Rest' Startup Fund to Memphis This May -

The co-founder of America Online is coming to Memphis this May with his investment fund to hear pitches from local startup companies and award $100,000 in seed funding to one of them.

Steve Case, the chairman and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based venture capital firm Revolution, and venture capitalist and author J.D. Vance are leading the second leg of the current Rise of the Rest bus tour. Rise of the Rest is also the name of the seed fund.

29. New Small Cars Unveiled at Auto Show, But Will Anyone Buy? -

DETROIT (AP) – Among the many shiny models vying for attention at Detroit's North American International Auto Show are the revamped Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Veloster and Kia Forte.

But cars – particularly small ones – are having a tough time getting buyers to look their way as SUVs grow in popularity.

30. Some Utility Rates Could Go Down After US Corporate Tax Cuts -

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Public utility regulators from Oklahoma to Massachusetts are considering lowering the rates that homeowners and businesses pay for electricity and natural gas after a federal tax overhaul signed into law by President Donald Trump reduced the corporate income tax rate by 14 percent.

31. First Horizon Foresees Bigger Savings from Capital Bank Deal -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank thinks it will save even more money than originally thought after its acquisition of North Carolina-based Capital Bank Financial Corp.

32. First Horizon, Capital Complete $2.2B Merger -

The $2.2 billion deal between Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. and Capital Bank Financial Corp. of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been completed, creating the fourth-largest regional bank in the Southeast.

33. First Horizon-Capital Bank Merger Now Complete -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank will end 2017 as a significantly larger institution, with billions more in assets, deposits and loans, thanks to the completion Nov. 30 of its merger with Charlotte, North Carolina-based Capital Bank Financial Corp.

34. Poll Shows Strong Support for Death Penalty in Arkansas -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansans overwhelmingly support the death penalty, in contrast to national sentiment, months after the state executed four inmates before a lethal injection drug expired, according to a poll released Tuesday by the University of Arkansas.

35. Poll shows strong support for death penalty in Arkansas -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansans overwhelmingly support the death penalty, in contrast to national sentiment, months after the state executed four inmates before a lethal injection drug expired, according to a poll released Tuesday by the University of Arkansas.

36. 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.

37. Fogelman Properties Adds Day As Senior VP of Investments -

Matthew Day has joined Fogelman Properties as senior vice president of investments. Day comes to the Memphis-based multifamily real estate services company with 15 years of investment experience and will spearhead its investment platform across the Southeast, Southwest and Midwest regions.

38. Little Rock Drops Amazon Bid In Ad: 'It's Not You, It's Us' -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas' capital city pre-emptively broke up with Amazon Thursday rather than submit a long-shot bid for the e-commerce giant's second headquarters, telling the company in a full-page newspaper ad: "It's not you, it's us."

39. NFIB: Tennessee Business Optimism Dips Down -

Anxiousness about congressional action on health care and tax reform were factors contributing to a decline in the NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism in Tennessee last month.

“It's too soon to know what's going to happen with these issues, so that's creating a lot of uncertainty,” said Jim Brown, Tennessee director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

40. NFIB: Tennessee Business Optimism Down in September -

Anxiousness about congressional action on health care and tax reform were factors contributing to a decline in the NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism in Tennessee last month.

“It’s too soon to know what’s going to happen with these issues, so that’s creating a lot of uncertainty,” said Jim Brown, Tennessee director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

41. US Consumer Confidence Takes a Hit From Hurricanes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers feel a bit less confident this month, their spirits pulled down by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index fell to 119.8 in September from 120.4 in August. Conference Board economist Lynn Franco says that confidence "decreased considerably" in hurricane-hit Florida and Texas.

42. Toys 'R' Us Keeping Stores Open Following Bankruptcy Filing -

NEW YORK (AP) – Toys 'R' Us, the toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season – and says its stores will remain open for business as usual.

43. Last Word: Southern Heritage Recap, Funky Week Ahead and the Amazon Contest -

The 28th annual Southern Heritage Classic is in the books with a close game at the Liberty Bowl Saturday and the kind of attendance that if sustained through our civic football season – Southern Heritage, Tigers home schedule and AutoZone Liberty Bowl – promises continued growth and changes in our development. Whether there is that growth or not, 47,407 came, tailgated and saw Tennessee State beat Jackson State 17-15.

44. Tennessee Taco Opens in Former Los Compadres Space -

3295 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111

45. Belly Acres Co-Owners Open New Concept -

Ben McLean, co-owner of the Overton Square burger restaurant Belly Acres, has been thinking about expanding his Memphis-area restaurant interests for a few years now.

46. Two Apartment Complexes Sell for $11 Million -

Two apartment complexes in northern Shelby County have been purchased by a Arkansas realty group for nearly $11 million, according to a pair of warranty deeds filed with the Shelby County Register.

47. Trump: 'All Options are on Table' After North Korea Launch -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to reassert an American military threat against North Korea, saying that "all options are on the table" in response to its launch of a missile over close U.S. ally Japan.

48. 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.

49. Avison Young’s Memphis Office Uses Diversified Approach -

Eighteen months ago, real estate brokers Shane Soefker and Jacob Biddle decided they wanted to do things a little differently, so they left their jobs at a local brokerage firm and set off on their own.

50. Avison Young’s Memphis Office Finds Strength In Diversified Approach -

Eighteen months ago, real estate brokers Jacob Biddle and Shane Soefker decided they wanted to do things a little differently, so they left their jobs at a local brokerage firm and set off on their own.

51. Lazarov Strategizes to Strengthen Memphis Businesses -

There’s a lot Jami Lazarov can’t tell you about her work. The young attorney – three years into her position as a senior associate attorney at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP – practices the kind of law carried out in high-pressure offices and boardrooms, not high-drama courtrooms. And the specifics stay between Lazarov and her many influential Memphis clients.

52. Winds of Change -

Humans have been harnessing the power of the wind since the first Egyptians began to use sails to move their boats along the Nile. More than 7,000 years later, wind power capacity in the U.S. alone has surpassed 82 gigawatts, or enough energy to power 20 million homes, making it the largest renewable generation capacity in the country.

53. Retailers Cheer GOP Retreat on Ending Debit Card Fees Limit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Restaurants, grocers and other businesses celebrated on Thursday as House Republicans backed off efforts to eliminate the cap on fees that banks can charge retailers when customers use a debit card.

54. Innova Turns Focus Toward Agriculture Technology -

By 2050, National Geographic Magazine recently warned readers, the world will somehow have to be able to feed 2 billion more people than it does now.

Innovations in agriculture and farming technology are one way of addressing that looming challenge. Which helps explain why now felt like the right time for Memphis-based venture capital firm Innova Memphis to continue expanding the focus of its investment funds into new industry sectors like ag tech.

55. EDGE Approves Trio of Tax Incentives -

The Economic Development Growth Engine board has granted tax incentives for a pair of Presidents Island manufacturing operations and a South Memphis health care company that together will result in the creation of 126 jobs and capital investments topping $140 million.

56. Innova, AgLaunch Partner On New Innovation Fund -

The venture capital firm Innova Memphis will include the venture development organization and accelerator AgLaunch in a new $31 million agriculture innovation fund.

The fund, which is Innova’s fourth since it was founded 10 years ago by Memphis Bioworks, is certified and licensed by the USDA’s Rural Business Investment Program as a rural business investment company.

57. First Horizon Buying North Carolina Bank for $2.2 Billion -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank is buying Charlotte, North Carolina-based Capital Bank Financial Corp., a $10 billion institution that will create the fourth-largest regional bank in the Southeast.

58. New York Firm Pays $23M for 3 Germantown Hotels -

7750 Wolf River Blvd., 9314 Poplar Pike and 9320 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138 | Sale Amount: $23 million

Sale Date: April 28, 2017

59. Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis -

Eighteen startup teams this week have kicked off the “Summer of Acceleration,” the season of joint accelerator programming across six startup accelerators overseen by the EPIcenter, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co.

60. New York Firm Pays $23M For 3 Memphis-Area Hotels -

AR Global Investments, a New York-based asset management firm, has purchased a trio of Germantown hotels for a combined $23 million from Austin, Texas-based Summit Hotel Properties, according to three warranty deeds filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds on April 28.

61. Last Word: Popovich's Tip, Strickland's Budget and Haslam's Jump Start on Roads -

Game 5 goes to the Spurs in San Antonio 116-103 over the Grizz who are back here Thursday. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not effusive in his comments to the media, which is fun to watch, but it does make tracking down and veryifying this next story a bit difficult. A credit card receipt showed up on Redditt that appears to show Popovich left a $5,000 tip on an $815.73 bill at McEwen’s Friday night between the two Memphis-based playoff games.

62. Nearing 100 Days, Trump Says His Presidency is 'Different' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions.

He's startled world leaders with his unpredictability and tough talk, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria.

63. List of the 138 JC Penney Stores That are Closing -

J.C. Penney on Friday released a list of the 138 locations that will close in the coming months as part of its plan to cut costs. Most are located within malls or shopping centers. Liquidation sales will start at the closing stores on April 17, and most stores will be shut by mid-June, the company said.

64. Hickory Hill Home Depot Site Sells for $15 Million -

3469 Riverdale Road
Memphis, TN 38115 

Sale Amount: $15.7 million

Sale Date: March 3, 2017

Buyer: Spirit Realty Capital

65. Hickory Hill Home Depot Site Sells for $15 Million -

A Dallas, Texas-based real estate investment trust has purchased a large parcel of land where a Home Depot is located in Hickory Hill for $15.7 million.

Spirit Realty Capital, doing business as Spirit Master Funding X LLC, bought the property from Allied Development of Memphis, according to a March 3 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds. Mehrdad Mottahedeh signed the deed on behalf of Allied Development.

66. Hickory Hill Home Depot Site Sells for $15 Million -

A Dallas, Texas-based real estate investment trust has purchased a large parcel of land where a Home Depot is located in Hickory Hill for $15.7 million.

Spirit Realty Capital, doing business as Spirit Master Funding X LLC, bought the property from Allied Development of Memphis, according to a March 3 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds. Mehrdad Mottahedeh signed the deed on behalf of Allied Development.

67. Rudd Praises Board as ‘Historic’ Step for U of M -

NASHVILLE – Calling the appointment of a board of trustees a “historic” and “essential” step for the University of Memphis, president M. David Rudd says the autonomous board will enable the university to control its own destiny.

68. Rhodes College’s Presidential Transition Reflects Larger Changes in Education -

Rhodes College president Bill Troutt kept it simple last month when he introduced Marjorie Hass as the next president of the liberal arts college.

“You have chosen well,” he told the school’s board of trustees.

69. Convention Center Hotel Plan Hinges on Financing -

For years the Memphis convention and tourism industry has known which comes first in the chicken-and-egg argument about drawing more convention business. More hotel rooms with meeting space take top priority in an environment where there is just enough political will for a $60 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center but not enough to build and finance a new convention center.

70. Gill Seeks $25 Million Permit For New MAA Headquarters -

6815 U.S. 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Permit Amount: $25 million

Future Tenant: MAA

71. Artspace Begins $17M Affordable Housing Project -

138 & 120 St. Paul Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $17 million

72. Nashville Joins Cities Seeking Major League Soccer Team -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some Nashville investors and supporters are making a push for Music City to be among the communities awarded expansion franchises by Major League Soccer.

Bill Hagerty, a former state commissioner of economic and community development, and Will Alexander, the son of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, are spearheading the effort called the Nashville MLS Organizing Committee. It includes a bipartisan group of former politicians and leaders of Nashville-area companies.

73. Medical Device Startup Founders Flock To Memphis for ZeroTo510 Cohort -

It was during a hospital stay for severe abdominal pain while Srinath Vaddepally was studying for his master’s degree that he got an idea for the product and company that would eventually bring him to Memphis.

74. Poplar Place Apartments Sell for $15.3 Million -

1669 Randolph Place
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $15.3 million

Sale Date: May 6

Buyer: Poplar Place TN Townhomes LLC

75. The Week Ahead -

It’s a new week that ends with Music Fest, Memphis! Here’s a roundup of other local happenings you need to know about, from some important government meetings, to corporate earnings reports and a new exhibit set to open at the Memphis Zoo.

76. 4 Fed Leaders Face Questions About Their Powerful Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Janet Yellen was put on the spot about whether she made a mistake in raising interest rates in December. Ben Bernanke was quizzed about what it felt like to be called a traitor by the governor of Texas.

77. Statewide Demand Outstrips Supply of Qualified Workers -

Tennessee is surging as a major manufacturing state, bouncing back from the Great Recession by attracting billions of dollars in new investment and creating thousands of new – and often very high-paying – advanced manufacturing jobs.

78. Dull Pencils For Sharp Problems -

WE NEED THE SHARPEST PENCILS IN THE DRAWER. I don’t do my own taxes. In fact, my taxes send TurboTax into default mode, crash laptops and fry transformers. H&R Block blocks my phone number.
My accountant does my taxes, only because he’s known me for decades, he speaks Dan, and he uses the Gordian Knots in my finances to train his people.

79. EdR Reports 34 Pct. Drop In Fourth-Quarter Earnings -

EdR wrapped up the fourth quarter of 2015 with an increase in funds from operations but a sharp drop in net income.

The Memphis-based real estate investment trust on Monday, Feb. 22, reported Q4 net income of $14.8 million, or 27 cents per share. That’s a 34 percent decrease from Q4 2015, when net income was $22.4 million, or 47 cents per share.

80. EdR Reports 34 Percent Drop in Q4 Earnings -

EdR wrapped up the fourth quarter of 2015 with an increase in revenue but a sharp drop in net income.

The Memphis-based real estate investment trust on Monday, Feb. 22, reported Q4 net income of $14.8 million, or 27 cents per share. That’s a 34 percent decrease from Q4 2014, when net income was $22.4 million, or 47 cents per share.

81. Exxon's 4Q and Annual Profit Plunge With Oil Prices -

DALLAS (AP) — The big plunge in crude prices is taking a toll on Big Oil.

Exxon Mobil Corp. said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit fell 58 percent to $2.78 billion. It was the oil giant's smallest profit since the third quarter of 2002.

82. Another Week, Another New Destination for Memphis Airport -

Memphis International Airport has announced its second new destination in as many weeks, this time from low-cost airline Allegiant Air.

The carrier will add a twice-weekly flight from Memphis to Jacksonville, Fla., bringing its total count of destinations from Memphis to seven. Allegiant, which began operations locally last May, currently flies Memphis routes to Austin, Texas; Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz.; and Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg-Clearwater and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

83. Varsity Brands Acquires Texas-Based Company -

Memphis-based Varsity Brands has acquired Allgoods LLC of Grand Prairie, Texas, an apparel school fundraising company.

84. Varsity Brands Acquires Texas-Based Company -

Memphis-based Varsity Brands has acquired Allgoods LLC of Grand Prairie, Texas, an apparel school fundraising company.

85. Blue Bell Ice Cream Returns to Stores in La., Miss. -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Blue Bell ice cream is back in stores in Louisiana and Mississippi, eight months after listeria contamination halted sales and prompted cleanup of production plants.

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

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

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

87. Southwest Adds Memphis Flights -

Southwest Airlines will add seasonal nonstop flights between Memphis and Austin, Texas, along with an additional seasonal flight to Orlando.

The nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will operate on Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 5 and move to Saturdays only starting Jan. 9. The route will continue being offered on Saturdays through March 5.

88. New Logistics Accelerator Gets Under Way -

A new logistics-focused business accelerator has launched in Memphis.

Five teams are participating in the 14-week 2015 EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator, which is sponsored by FedEx and got under way Monday, Aug. 17.

89. New Logistics Accelerator Gets Under Way -

A new logistics-focused business accelerator has launched in Memphis.

Five teams are participating in the 14-week 2015 EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator, which is sponsored by FedEx and got under way Monday, Aug. 17.

90. Real Deal -

They were tossing around numbers, trying to guess the win total for the 2015 University of Memphis football season.

In the not-too-distant past, the two Highland Hundred members and longtime season-ticket holders might have been able to add their guesses together and still come up short of the six victories needed for their favorite team to be bowl-eligible.

91. Memphis’ Mercer Capital Merges With Texas Firm -

Memphis-based business valuation and financial advisory firm Mercer Capital has merged with Texas-based valuation and litigation support firm Erickson Partners, effective July 1.

The firms decided that their respective footprints – Mercer, with a strong presence throughout the Southeast and Midwest, and Erickson Partners, with a strong presence in Texas and Oklahoma – made them a perfect fit.

92. Dunavant Bulks Up in Memphis, Texas -

Richard McDuffie was busy working in his East Memphis office when a company representative delivered the news.

93. Memphis’ Mercer Capital Merges With Texas Firm -

Memphis-based business valuation and financial advisory firm Mercer Capital has merged with Texas-based valuation and litigation support firm Erickson Partners, effective July 1.

The firms decided that their respective footprints – Mercer, with a strong presence throughout the Southeast and Midwest, and Erickson Partners, with a strong presence in Texas and Oklahoma – made them a perfect fit.

94. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Controversial Execution Drug -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

95. Prepare for Takeoff -

At Southern Airways Express’ hub in a Memphis International Airport executive terminal, movement is at a peaceful lull.

There are no loudspeaker announcements or TSA check-in points. Patrons sip complimentary coffee. The lobby opens right onto the tarmac where a fleet of 9-passenger Cessna 208 Caravan jets land about 12 times daily.

96. Economic Microscope -

Back in 2012, Century Wealth Management president and founder Jay Healy was telling the firm’s clients that the U.S. stock market was behaving like a coiled spring.

97. Woods Brings Focus on Startups to Archer-Malmo Digital Arm -

Archer-malmo might seem the epitome of an old school ad firm that is steeped in history, especially given the two prominent Memphis names that comprise the firm’s title.

For evidence of how firmly the Memphis-based advertising agency has its feet planted in all things tech and in the world of startups and web-connected professionals, consider the work of Patrick Woods. He’s the director of a-m ventures, the firm’s division that focuses on investing money and creative capital into digital startups, work that involves spending time around the country as well as in Memphis looking out for hot companies with big potential.

98. Chicago-Based LivCor Snaps Up Memphis Apartment Community -

9230 Thornbury Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $51.3 million

Sale Date: Feb. 27, 2015
Buyer: BRE Piper MF Forest Creek TN LLC, an affiliate of Chicago-based LivCor LLC,
Seller: Forest Creek Apartment Associate LLC and Forest Creek Land Associates LLC, affiliates of Carter Hastin Real Estate Services Inc.
Loan Amount: $44.2 million
Loan Date: Feb. 27, 2015
Lender: Wells Fargo Bank
Details: The Preserve at Forest Creek Apartments in Southeast Memphis has been sold for $51.3 million.

99. Texas Roadhouse Building Sells for $2.8 Million -

An Arizona-based real estate investment trust has a purchased a Texas Roadhouse restaurant for $2.8 million.

Spirit Master Funding II LLC, an affiliate of Phoenix-based Spirit Capital Realty, acquired the restaurant property at 2810 New Brunswick Road from Spirit Master Funding LX LLC, according to a Feb. 26 warranty deed.

100. Bid to End Tennessee Carry Permit Requirement Fails in House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to eliminate Tennessee's requirement to obtain a state-issued permit to openly carry handguns was defeated in a House subcommittee on Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss Jonesborough said he introduced the measure because he believes that "current laws here in Tennessee infringe on the Second Amendment of our U.S. Constitution."