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1. ServiceMaster Posts 8 Pct. Growth in Q2 Revenue -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. reported an 8 percent increase in revenue Tuesday, July 31, for the second quarter compared to a year ago.

2. ServiceMaster Adjusts Earnings Projections -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings adjusted its earning projections Tuesday, July 17, ahead of a July 31 earnings call because of a “spike” in contract claims in its American Home Shield division, said ServiceMaster CEO Nik Varty.

3. ServiceMaster Adjusts Earnings Projections -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings adjusted its earning projections Tuesday, July 17, ahead of a July 31 earnings call because of a “spike” in contract claims in its American Home Shield division, said ServiceMaster CEO Nik Varty.

4. Small Businesses are Upbeat, But Tariff Fallout is a Threat -

Small business owners remain generally optimistic, two recent reports show, but economists say the escalating trade disputes between the U.S. and its biggest trading partners could turn their upbeat attitude around.

5. Going Green Without Spending the Green -

“Going green” is a phrase that has grown in popularity, making its way into conversations surrounding just about everything. From how we use energy, grow our food and clean our homes, sustainability, I am proud to say, has wiggled its way into many arenas, including the one United Housing performs in – homeownership.

6. Sears to Close Another 72 Stores as Sales Plunge -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears will close another 72 stores as sales shrink and losses grow, an announcement that has become a familiar refrain as the company retrenches.

The beleaguered retailer, which operates Kmart and Sears stores, said it has identified about 100 stores that are no longer turning a profit, and the majority of those locations will be shuttered soon.

7. Best Buy Posts Strong Sales, But Investors Sour on Outlook -

NEW YORK (AP) – Best Buy posted strong sales of mobile phones, appliances, and smart computing products as it showed in its financial results that store chains can still thrive as shoppers buy more online.

8. Buy Tires on Amazon, Install Them at Sears -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers will be able to buy any brand of tires on Amazon.com, have them shipped to a Sears Auto Center and then bring in their car to get them installed.

9. South Korean Appliance Co. Opening Plant in West Tenn. -

Dong-A Hwa Sung Co, a South Korean maker of home appliance and automotive parts, is opening its first U.S. plant in Martin, Tennessee.

10. South Korean Appliance Co. Opening Plant in West Tenn. -

Dong-A Hwa Sung Co, a South Korean maker of home appliance and automotive parts, is opening its first U.S. plant in Martin, Tennessee.

11. Conscious Capitalism: A Conversation With Selim Bassoul -

Editor’s note: Selim Bassoul is CEO of The Middleby Corp., an Elgin, Illinois-based manufacturer of commercial kitchen equipment, residential appliances and systems for industrial processing.

12. Sears' Biggest Shareholder Offers to Buy Kenmore Brand -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears' biggest shareholder has suggested the company sell its well-known Kenmore brand and some real estate holdings, offering itself as a potential buyer.

The ailing company has sold off other major brands as it struggles to stay afloat, with Kenmore a notable remainder of the powerhouse retailer that survived two world wars and the Great Depression.

13. On the Menu for McDonald's: Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions -

NEW YORK (AP) – The company behind the golden arches wants to get greener.

McDonald's said Tuesday it's taking steps to cut the greenhouse gases it emits, including tweaking the way the beef in its Big Macs and Quarter Pounders is produced.

14. GOP Lawmakers, Business Groups Pressure Trump on Tariffs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Warning of economic fallout, congressional Republicans and industry groups pressed President Donald Trump on Tuesday to narrow his plan for across-the-board tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. They said the White House appeared to be open to changes that might soften the impact.

15. Trump Says He Won't Back Down on Tariffs Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump insisted Monday that he's "not backing down" on his plan to impose stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum despite anxious warnings from House Speaker Paul Ryan and other congressional Republicans of a possible trade war.

16. Wolfchase Retail Building Sells for $2.3 Million -

A 17,000-square-foot retail building near Wolfchase Galleria has sold for $2.3 million.

NAI Saig Co. executive vice president Brian Califf and vice president Bryan Evans represented the seller, Stone Gallery LLC, in the transaction.

17. Wolfchase Retail Building Sells for $2.3 Million -

A 17,000-square-foot retail building near Wolfchase Galleria has sold for $2.3 million.

NAI Saig Co. executive vice president Brian Califf and vice president Bryan Evans represented the seller, Stone Gallery LLC, in the transaction.

18. TVA CEO Talks Water, Economic Development, Solar and Fixed Costs -

During his visit to Memphis last week, Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson left the door open to a change in TVA’s plans to use its own water wells when the new TVA natural gas-fired plant in southwest Memphis goes online later this year.

19. Sears Raises $100M in New Financing, Eyes $200M in Cost Cuts -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears has secured more financing, and is eying more cost cutting, as the beleaguered retailer reported a big sales drop during the critical holiday season.

The company, which operates Sears and Kmart stores, said Wednesday that it secured $100 million in new financing, will seek twice that from other sources, and will attempt $200 million in additional cost cuts this year unrelated to store closings. It also warned that if the company's efforts to complete these transactions are not fully successful, then the board will consider all other options to maximize the value of its assets.

20. AP Explains: Who's Affected by Computer Chip Security Flaw -

Technology companies are scrambling to fix serious security flaws affecting computer processors built by Intel and other chipmakers and found in many of the world's personal computers and smartphones.

21. Roku to Chime in With Voice-Controlled Assistant -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Roku plans to add a voice-controlled digital assistant to its streaming TV players in an attempt to catch up with Google, Apple and Amazon.

Roku's voice capabilities are currently limited to performing search requests and launching apps. The assistant will be able to field broader requests about video, music and other tasks tied to entertainment.

22. Factor in Safety Before Choosing a New Dresser or TV -

NEW YORK (AP) – Thinking about getting a new flat-screen TV for the holidays, or a dresser for the baby's room? Factor safety into your choice.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns TVs and furniture like dressers and chests pose tip-over risks if they are not properly anchored to walls. This is especially true in households with young children, who can be tempted to climb on anything. But plenty of adults get injured, too.

23. 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.

24. Remodeling Business Signs Lease Near Memphis Airport -

King Chow, doing business as Stone Gallery Inc., has signed a three-year lease for 15,000 square feet 3345 One Place, near Memphis International Airport.

25. ALCO to Renovate Two Affordable Housing Sites -

Memphis-based affordable housing management company ALCO Management Inc. has announced two of its properties, Eastern Heights and Creekwood Apartments, will undergo an $8 million upgrade using funding from financial and governmental partnerships, since both locations are considered affordable housing properties.

26. ALCO to Renovate Two Affordable Housing Sites -

Memphis-based affordable housing management company ALCO Management Inc. has announced two of its properties, Eastern Heights and Creekwood Apartments, will undergo an $8 million upgrade using funding from financial and governmental partnerships, since both locations are considered affordable housing properties.

27. Habitat ReStore Closes Temporarily for Refresh -

The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore has closed to shoppers through Jan. 12 to refresh the store and conduct volunteer and staff training.

The home improvement outlet, which is operated by and benefits Memphis Habitat, sells furniture, appliances, building materials, home decor and more.

28. A Look at What Some Stores Have Planned for Black Friday -

NEW YORK (AP) – With Black Friday having stretched into a November full of deals, stores will be stepping it up as holiday shopping begins in earnest.

It's been a tough year for many retailers. Several well-known chains have filed for bankruptcy protection and thousands of stores have closed. Amazon is going into the holiday season with its largest ever store presence, and plans to offer deals online every day from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday. Stores are trying to step up their game online and in person to attract customers who are moving back and forth from store to phone shopping.

29. Habitat ReStore Temporarily Closing for Refresh -

The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore is closing to shoppers Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Jan. 12 to refresh the store and conduct volunteer and staff training.

The home improvement outlet, which is operated by and benefits Memphis Habitat, sells furni-ture, appliances, building materials, home decor and more.

30. Sears Posts Decline in Q3 Revenue Due to Store Closures -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears says it has a deal with the federal pension insurance agency to release 140 properties from certain restrictions in exchange for $407 million in pension contributions, some relief for once-storied department store chain.

31. Nest Labs Adds Doorbell That Can Recognize Familiar Faces -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Home device maker Nest Labs is adding Google's facial recognition technology to a camera-equipped doorbell and rolling out a security system in an attempt to end its history of losses.

32. Kohl's to Start Accepting Amazon Returns at Some Stores -

MENOMEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) – Kohl's, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month.

33. Kohl's to Open Amazon Shops Inside Some of Its Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Kohl's said Wednesday that it will open up Amazon shops in 10 of its stores, making it the latest department store operator to make a deal with the e-commerce giant.

Kohl's shoppers will be able to buy Amazon Echos, Fire tablets and other gadgets from the 1,000-square-foot Amazon shops. Customers can also ask to have an Amazon employee come to their home and install a device or suggest products to buy.

34. Best Buy Rolls Out Consulting Service at People's Homes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Best Buy is rolling out a free service next month where salespeople will sit with customers at their own homes to help make recommendations on TVs, streaming services and more.

35. Sears to Close More Stores, Sales Continue to Fall in 2Q -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears continued to struggle in its second quarter with declining sales amid heightened competition from the likes of Walmart to Amazon. It now says it will close even more stores.

36. Tyson Foods to Expand Operations in Union City -

State officials say Tyson Foods Inc. plans to expand operations in northwest Tennessee, adding more than 300 jobs in the process.

37. Kroger Delays Development Of Arlington Marketplace -

The Kroger Co. has announced it is putting the proposed Kroger Marketplace location in Arlington on hold indefinitely.

38. Kroger Delays Development Of Arlington Marketplace -

The Kroger Co. has announced it is putting the proposed Kroger Marketplace location in Arlington on hold indefinitely.

39. Now Hiring at Amazon: Thousands of People in 1 Day -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon plans to make thousands of job offers in just one day as it holds a giant job fair next week at nearly a dozen warehouses across the U.S. – including one in Chattanooga.

40. Alexa, Turn Up My Kenmore AC; Sears Cuts a Deal with Amazon -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.

41. Sears Closes Another 20 Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears is closing another 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.

Real estate investment trust Seritage, which owns the 20 real estate properties, confirmed the closings— 18 Sears stores and two Kmart stores — in a government filing Friday.

42. Jerry’s Sno Cones Files Permit for Cordova Shop -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, one of the most iconic dessert spots in Memphis gets ready to expand, Crosstown Concourse is getting ready for its official grand opening and FedEx Ground upgrades its diesel facility...

43. MRG Wraps Up Renovations At Strafford Place Apts. -

Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC has finished renovating 36 apartment units in its Midtown apartment complex, Strafford Place.

44. Losses at JC Penney Double, Sales Slide, As Do Shares -

PLANO, Texas (AP) – Losses at J.C Penney doubled in the first quarter and sales at established stores fell again, capping a terrible week for retailers.

Though the loss at first did not appear as bad as many industry analysts had expected, many soured on even that after a closer look.

45. Viking Range to Pay $4.7M Fine Over Self-Starting Ovens -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi appliance maker has agreed to pay a $4.7 million federal fine for not reporting that certain ovens in freestanding gas ranges could turn on by themselves, with customers then sometimes unable to turn them off.

46. Toshiba's Survival in Doubt Amid Westinghouse Troubles -

TOKYO (AP) – Toshiba Corp., whose U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, raised doubts Tuesday about its ability to survive as a company.

47. Toshiba Says Westinghouse Files for Bankruptcy Protection -

TOKYO (AP) – Japan's embattled Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, marking a key step in its struggles to stop the flow of massive red ink.

48. Sears, Once a Stalwart, Has ‘Substantial Doubt’ About Future -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids and the place newlyweds went to choose appliances, has said that after years of losing money that there is "substantial doubt" it will be able to keep its doors open.

49. LG to Build $250M Plant In Middle Tennessee -

South Korean appliance maker LG Electronics Inc. announced Tuesday, Feb. 28, that it has selected Tennessee as the site for its first washing machine plant in the United States.

50. Keurig’s Journey into Connected Appliances -

A talk by Rachael Schwartz, general manager and senior director innovation, Keurig Green Mountain, given at the Back End of Innovation conference. 

Schwartz began with two main points: 

51. Sears May Sell Land, Cut Jobs to Save $1B -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears may sell more locations, cut more jobs and put more of its famous brands on the block as part of its latest plan to revive the faltering retail chain.

The company, which also owns Kmart, said Friday that it is cutting costs by at least $1 billion a year. It also said that it was adding $140 million in liquidity by reworking its debt, giving the company more breathing room.

52. State Of The Suburbs -

With its central location, unparalleled access to major roads, rails, runways and rivers and low cost-of-living, it’s no surprise that Memphis and the surrounding area is a popular destination for corporate headquarters, national retail brands and major industrial centers.

53. For What’s Bugging You -

LOCKED AND SEASONED. I have armed myself. A while back, I was at a friend and colleague’s house in Rossville, a popular place for the Second Amendment.

We were brainstorming a project we’re both involved in when he spotted a fly – several, in fact. He picked up a pump gun and both of his dogs jumped up – they are, after all, hunting dogs – and started running around the room. He stood, slide cocking the weapon, releasing the safety and looking down the barrel through the pop-up site.

54. Holiday Spending Rises But Department Stores Lag -

Holiday spending got a boost in 2016, according to one analysis, as more people opted to shop by phone or computer – though department stores and clothing retailers still lagged.

Overall consumer spending grew 4.7 percent over last holiday season, while online retail purchasing grew 12 percent over the same period last year, according to First Data, which analyzed online and in-store payments for nearly a million merchants between Oct. 29 and Jan. 2.

55. Online Shoppers Help Holiday Spending; Department Stores Lag -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Holiday spending got a boost in 2016, according to one analysis, as more people opted to shop by phone or computer – though department stores and clothing retailers still lagged.

56. Comcast Wants to Tackle Bad Home Internet -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Comcast is hoping to make Wi-Fi in the home faster through an updated router – the machine that serves as data traffic cops for Wi-Fi networks.

Although home internet speeds have gotten faster, laptops and phones on Wi-Fi might still feel sluggish because older routers can't transmit data as fast.

57. First Data: Thanksgiving, Black Friday Sales Up 9 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers put in a strong showing on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

Holiday spending rose 9 percent Thursday and Friday combined, compared with the same two-day period last year, according to First Data.

58. Penney's Reports 3Q Sales Shortfall, Cuts Outlook -

J.C. Penney cut its sales outlook for the year after reporting a surprise decline in a key sales figure for the third quarter as it wrestled with sluggish clothing sales.

The report is a setback for Penney, whose business has been volatile, bouncing back in the summer after a tough start to the year.

59. How Energy-Efficient Upgrades Can Increase Your Home's Value -

Energy-efficient upgrades can not only shrink your utility bill; they can increase the value of your home.

Homebuyers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of energy-efficient homes. In fact, they're often willing to pay more for homes with "green" upgrades, says Sandra Adomatis, a specialist in green valuation with Adomatis Appraisal Service in Punta Gorda, Florida.

60. Electronics Retailer hhgregg to Close for Thanksgiving -

NEW YORK (AP) – Consumer electronics chain hhgregg Inc. has become the latest retailer to take a stand against Thanksgiving shopping and plans to close its doors for the turkey feast.

The Indianapolis-based chain with 220 stores in 19 states says it's important for its associates to be home with their families on Thanksgiving. But the retailer also says it makes good business sense too as it's not getting a huge spike for that day. It noted that its online site will continue to offer lots of deals on Thanksgiving. It will re-open at 7 a.m. on the Friday after the turkey feast.

61. Knowledge Tree’s Branches Grow With Larger Online Presence -

It is not an exaggeration to say that the formation of Knowledge Tree in 1994 was a case of the Gattas family, well, branching out.

Bad puns aside, Knowledge Tree’s roots – oops, there’s another one – dates back to late 1957 when the Fred. P. Gattas Co. was founded. The business then? Catalog showroom stores.

62. US Manufacturing Output Stumbled in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factory production fell last month amid cutbacks in appliances, home electronics and machinery, threatening hopes for a manufacturing rebound after two previous months of gains.

63. Kroger Set to Open First Memphis-Area Marketplace -

Kroger is set to open its first Marketplace store in Mississippi and the Memphis metro area.

The current Kroger store in Hernando will be replaced by the new Marketplace design, which will feature expanded grocery areas, home fashion and design, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes, Baby World and the city’s first Starbucks.

64. New Type of Subdivision to Replace Foote Homes -

Memphis’ last traditional public housing complex is coming down and a new kind of subdivision will rise in its place.

The Land Use Control Board formally accepted the site plan for the South City development at its Thursday, Sept. 8, meeting. With the help of a $30 million federal Choice Neighborhoods grant, the Memphis Housing Authority plans to raze the 420 units of Foote Homes that date back to the 1940s to make way for Memphis’ first sustainable subdivision.

65. Kroger Set to Open First Memphis-Area Marketplace -

Kroger is set to open its first Marketplace store in Mississippi and the Memphis metro area.

The current Kroger store in Hernando will be replaced by the new Marketplace design, which will feature expanded grocery areas, home fashion and design, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes, Baby World and the city’s first Starbucks.

66. Meritan Getting Smarter With Homes -

The Memphis-based health and social services nonprofit Meritan is preparing to take something of a novel approach to the care it provides residents placed in some of its Memphis-area homes.

Thanks to a grant from the Consumer Technology Association Foundation, some of that care will soon be coming, in a way, from the homes themselves.

67. US Factory Orders Up 1.9 Percent in July, Best in 9 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Orders to U.S. factories increased in July by the largest amount in nine months, propelled by a big jump in demand for commercial aircraft. The key category that tracks business investment plans posted the best increase since January.

68. US Factory Activity Shrinks for First Time in 6 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing contracted last month for the first time since February, as new orders and output plummeted and factories cut jobs.

The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its manufacturing index dropped to 49.4 in August from 52.6 in July. Any reading below 50 signals contraction.

69. Sears Moves to Quarterly Loss, Sales Keep Faltering -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) – Sears posted a second-quarter loss, with perpetually weak sales overshadowing the retailer's efforts to cut costs and slow its cash burn. CEO Edward Lampert's hedge fund will forward the ailing chain $300 million in additional debt financing.

70. HUD Serves GMF With Search Warrants -

Agents with the Inspector General’s office of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development served search warrants Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Memphis offices of Global Ministries Foundation and showed up at GMF-owned apartment complexes in Indianapolis, Ind., and the offices of the Gill Group, a real estate company in Dexter, Mo.

71. Les Passees ‘Stock Exchange’ Enters 30th Year -

During World War I, members of Les Passees Inc. made bandages and did knitting for soldiers. Today the oldest women’s volunteer organization in Memphis is about to celebrate the 30th year of its “Stock Exchange” upscale consignment shop.

72. Kroger Breaks Ground On Arlington Maketplace Store -

Kroger Delta Division broke ground June 8 on its first Marketplace store in West Tennessee at the southeast corner of Milton Wilson Boulevard and Airline Road – the future site of the shops at Arlington Village. The current Kroger store in Arlington is being replaced by the new Marketplace design that features things like expanded grocery areas, home fashion and decor, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes – and Arlington’s first Starbucks.

73. Kroger Breaking Ground On Arlington Store Wednesday -

Kroger Delta Division is set to break ground Wednesday, June 8, on its first Marketplace store in West Tennessee.

The groundbreaking will be held at 9 a.m. in Arlington, at the southeast corner of Milton Wilson Boulevard and Airline Road – the future site of the shops at Arlington Village. The current Kroger store in Arlington is being replaced by the new Marketplace design that features things like expanded grocery areas, home fashion and decor, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes – and Arlington’s first Starbucks.

74. US Gains Just 38K Jobs, Fewest in 5 Years; Rate at 4.7 Pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers drastically slowed their hiring in May, adding just 38,000 jobs, the fewest in more than five years and a sign of concern after the economy barely grew in the first three months of the year.

75. HomePlus Store Opens 3rd Area Store In Southaven -

Conn’s HomePlus, a Houston-based furniture and home goods retailer, opens this week in Southaven.

The 45,762-square-foot store will be the third Memphis-area location for Conn’s HomePlus, which also has stores in Raleigh and Hickory Hill.

76. HomePlus Store to Open In Southaven This Week -

Conn’s HomePlus, a Houston, Texas-based furniture and home goods retailer, opens this week in Southaven.

The 45,762-square-foot store will be the third Memphis-area location for Conn’s HomePlus, which also has stores in Raleigh and Hickory Hill.

77. Outlook Dims for Mall Stores as Online Shopping Intensifies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Online shopping is reaching such a critical mass with American households that many of the icons of the traditional mall –from Macy's to The Gap and J.C. Penney – face an increasingly uncertain future.

78. Last Word: The Airport and Hotels, Loans and Musicians and Underground in Town -

That didn’t take long. Fired one day, hired the next for Dave Joerger now formerly of the Grizz.

79. Penney to Expand Major Appliances to Half of Its Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – J.C. Penney says it will start to sell major appliances online and expand its rollout of the category to nearly 500 stores, or almost half of its stores, this summer.

The move comes after a successful test of offering major appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators in 22 markets in February. Penney got out of the major appliance business more than 30 years ago.

80. R.I.P. Sears Laurelwood -

DOUG, JANICE, SUSAN, PETE, DAD. AND SEARS. Doug Ford – two-time major winner and golf Hall of Famer – is 93, and coincidently that’s what I shot at Ridgeway last week.
Janice was a high school girlfriend, and she liked her horse a lot more than me. Susan was a junior-high girlfriend, or whatever you are when you’re 12, and our relationship was worth peanuts. Pete was my best friend, and just about the coolest things we’d ever seen were vending machines that served hot food and Cokes in cups. My father believed in my mother, the United States Navy and Sears – because whatever story he was telling or advice he was giving, at least one and probably all three got in the conversation.

81. Survey: Economists More Pessimistic On Growth This Year -

NEW YORK (AP) – Business economists are more pessimistic, predicting weaker growth in corporate profit and the economy than they were late last year, a survey found.

The median estimate from economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics said business profits would rise 2 percent in 2016, down from the 5 percent growth forecast in December.

82. Orders to US Factories Fell Sharply in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell sharply in December, closing out a year in which demand for American manufactured goods retreated for the first time in six years.

Factory orders dropped 2.9 percent in December, the fourth decline in the past five months, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Orders were down 6.6 percent for the full year, marking the first annual fall since 2009, a year when the country was struggling to emerge from the Great Recession.

83. RVC Outdoor Submits Ambitious Mud Island Plan -

RVC Outdoor Destinations, the Memphis-based company headed by Andy Cates, is proposing a conservancy for Mud Island River Park similar to the Overton Park Conservancy. And its proposal seeks an agreement directly with the city for his company to develop the park, bypassing the Riverfront Development Corp.

84. Laminack Takes Winding Journey To Creating Pyramid Stone -

Chuck Laminack was exhausted. He faced a long flight from China back to the U.S. and all he could think about was sleep.

So he approached the boarding agent in an attempt to upgrade his seat to first class and one that would allow him to really get comfortable on the flight. But his credit card was declined for the $3,600 charge, which was odd considering he always made sure the balance remained at zero.

85. From the High-Flying to the Practical: CES 2016 in Brief -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – This year's CES gadget show, like ones before it, showed off a mix of the dreamy and the practical in technology. Gadget prototypes promised us fully autonomous vehicles carrying commuters on the streets and in the sky, while gizmos went on sale that aimed to solve daily problems like restocking your fridge.

86. US Consumer Confidence Rose in December to 5-Month High -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment rose in December to its highest level since July, lifted in part by low inflation, which has boosted Americans' purchasing power.

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index, released Wednesday, rose to 92.6 from 91.3 in November. That's just below this year's average of 92.9, the highest annual average in 11 years.

87. Minglewood Hall, 1884 Lounge Sell for $2.7 Million -

1553 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Sale Amount: $2.7 million

Sale Date: Oct. 9, 2015

88. November 6-12, 2015: This week in Memphis history -

2013: Electrolux North America announces it has started production at its Memphis plant on the first Memphis-made home cooking appliances. The first products off the assembly line in southwest Memphis are Frigidaire and Frigidaire Gallery slide-in ranges. The ovens made in Memphis have larger windows than earlier models of the Frigidaire ranges. The first truckload of the ovens is shipped from Memphis to Seattle.

89. $2M Building Permit Filed For Electrolux -

The Electrolux Major Appliances North America plant has applied for a $2 million permit for internal renovations.

According to the industrial building permit filed Nov. 2, Electrolux is looking to install concrete and steel support “for a relocated industrial press.”

90. Collierville Sites Being Groomed to Attract Industrial Development -

Cartwright Farms in the Collierville Commerce Center is a 165-acre lot well positioned for new industrial activity.

It has the infrastructure and utilities capability. It is served by U.S. 72, which just underwent a $20 million five-lane expansion. It’s shovel-ready. It’s one of the largest pieces of Collierville’s 500 acres zoned industrial. All it needs is a little statewide attention.

91. It's Official: Google Becomes Alphabet -

Google is officially 'Alphabet.' Google Inc. on Friday completed the move to reorganize as Alphabet, and its stock will begin trading as Alphabet on the Nasdaq under the same tickers "GOOG" and "GOOGL" on Monday. Each share of Google will be automatically converted to Alphabet stock.

92. US Manufacturing Barely Expands as Global Economy Slows -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers expanded at their slowest pace in two years last month, held back by faltering global growth and cutbacks in oil and gas drilling.

The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its index of factory activity fell sharply to 50.2 in September from 51.1 in August. That is the lowest level since May 2013. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

93. Tennessee Housing Agency Adopts Green-Building Standards -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency wants to build healthy communities from the ground up.

Under new guidelines to be incorporated later this year, affordable housing developers seeking Low-Income Housing Tax Credits will have to qualify for full certification from Enterprise Green Communities. The certification was first introduced nationally in 2004, and the THDA board recently approved incorporation of the revamped 2015 criteria.

94. Apple Event to Focus on New iPhones, Apple TV and Siri -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hey, Siri, what does Apple have in store for us this week?

Along with new iPhones, the iconic tech company is expected to show off a new Apple TV system and a bigger role in the home for Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant.

95. Renshaw Rehabs Spiffs Up Houses To Fetch Bigger Price Tags -

With a recent market uptick, Memphis-area Realtors are having to bring in outside help to get properties ready for sale.

Renshaw Property Management has launched a new division, Renshaw Rehabs, for the purpose of aiding distressed properties.

96. Home Depot Separates Itself From Retail Crowd in 2Q -

NEW YORK (AP) — Homes are getting a lot of TLC from their owners of late, which means better sales for businesses like Home Depot.

The world's largest home improvement retailer reported second-quarter results on Tuesday that surpassed Wall Street expectations, thanks largely to consumers opening their wallets. But Home Depot knows it's a change in mindset that is spurring homeowners to action.

97. More Millennials Stuck Renting for Years Before Buying Home -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home ownership, that celebrated hallmark of the American dream, is increasingly on hold for younger Americans.

Short of cash, burdened by student debt and unsettled in their careers, young adults are biding time in apartments for longer periods and buying their first homes later in life.

98. Google Forms a New Holding Company, 'Alphabet' -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is creating a new company to oversee its highly lucrative Internet business and a growing flock of other ventures, including some — like building self-driving cars and researching ways to prolong human life — that are known more for their ambition than for turning an immediate profit.

99. Outbid on Your Dream House? Just Wait for Deal to Fall Through -

The real estate market remains frenzied with every passing week, with multiple-offer scenarios on numerous listings. As has been noted in this column, these spontaneous sales have often led to buyer’s remorse and, as a result, more terminated contracts than ever before.

100. Electrolux Cools Off 300 Memphis Residents -

As the dog days of summer wear on, Electrolux has provided some relief in the form of cool air to 300 local residents.

The donation of energy-efficient Frigidaire room air conditioners, worth a total of $72,000, is part of the Keeping Memphis Cool initiative.