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1. Amid Retail and Industrial Successes, DeSoto Office Market Lags -

In the last few years, DeSoto County has become a magnet not only for retail development, but also for the industrial market.

Numerous new retail ventures have opened, and several other companies have opened industrial locations there, including FedEx Supply Services, XPO Logistics and Sephora.

2. Amid Retail and Industrial Growth, DeSoto County Office Market Lags -

In the last few years, DeSoto County has become a magnet not only for retail development, but also for the industrial market.

Numerous new retail ventures have opened, and several other companies have opened industrial locations there, including FedEx Supply Services, XPO Logistics and Sephora.

3. Fully Loaded -

It’s almost like the first half of 2017 was a decade in the making, at least when it comes to commercial real estate. Throughout all four major sectors of the Memphis-area commercial real estate market – industrial, office, retail and multifamily – figures are consistently reaching or exceeding pre-recession marks.

4. MRG, Thomas & Betts Receive Tax Incentives -

Makowsky Ringel Greenberg and Thomas & Betts were both awarded tax incentives to advance their respective projects by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County on Wednesday, July 19.

5. 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.

6. T&B Granted 15-Year PILOT to Relocated Corporate HQ -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts has been awarded a 15-year PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) to relocate its corporate headquarters from Southwind to the Ridgeway Center in East Memphis and consolidate its regional research and development functions.

7. T&B Granted 15-Year PILOT to Relocated Corporate HQ -

Low voltage electrical and commutations products manufacturer, Thomas and Betts has been awarded a 15-year PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) to relocated its corporate headquarters and consolidate its regional research and development functions.

8. Last Word: Rachel Heck, Beale Street's Cover and The Old Peabody -

The “fifth wave” of judicial appointments by President Donald Trump, as The White House termed them, are already causing some political ripples here primarily from state Senator Mark Norris’s appointment to the federal bench.

9. Thomas and Betts Expanding, Creating 90 New Jobs -

New details are emerging surrounding the relocation Thomas & Betts’ headquarters as the manufacturing company has announced that it is expanding its operations in Memphis by consolidating its R&D Functions to a new facility in Memphis, creating 90 new jobs.

10. Thomas & Betts to Invest $20.7 Million in Expansion -

Thomas & Betts plans to add 75 employees and invest $20.7 million in its headquarters relocation in Memphis and is seeking a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive to help defray those costs.

11. Cooper-Young Getting New Coffee House -

945 Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $85,750

Application Date: July 2017

12. Last Word: Corporate Musical Chairs, Another Dollar General and Ronnie Grisanti -

The three-way deal by which Memphis-based Fred’s was to buy hundreds of Rite-Aid stores from Walgreens just keeps getting worse for Fred’s even though the deal happened last week without Fred’s. An analyst says Fred’s got cut out because of questions about the corporation’s viability to enter into what is an ambitious change of course for the company on a large scale.

13. Thomas & Betts Moving Corporate Headquarters -

Thomas & Betts Corp. has chosen a new location for its corporate headquarters. The Memphis-based electrical component manufacturer is moving from Southwind to ServiceMaster Global Holdings' current space at 860 Ridge Lake Blvd. in Ridgeway Center. ServiceMaster is vacating the East Memphis property for its new headquarters Downtown.

14. Memphis Office Market Off to Good Start -

Though small to mid-sized leases comprised the majority of leasing activity, the Memphis area office market got off to a healthy start in 2017, according to Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ first quarter Marketbeat report.

15. Sedgwick Approved For $10.4 Million PILOT -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved Sedgwick Claims Management Services’ application for a $10.4 million tax abatement during a special session Friday, Feb. 24.

16. Sedgwick Approved For $10.4 Million PILOT -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved Sedgwick Claims Management Services’ application for a $10.4 million tax abatement during a special session Friday, Feb. 24.

17. Sedgwick Approved for $10.4 Million PILOT -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved Sedgwick Claims Management Services’ application for a $10.4 million tax abatement during a special session Friday, Feb. 24.

18. Last Word: This is Memphis, Sedgwick Deal Expands and Violent Crime Drops -

There used to be a time when a 10-second shot of the Memphis streetscape in a commercial was enough to start an avalanche of speculation about the economic impact of the placement. And when people didn’t mob the city the next day, we were always hopeful that the next little peek of our brand would surely be the one that brought that about.

19. Sedgwick to Occupy Thomas & Betts HQ, TNB Shopping Memphis for New Home -

New details are continuing to emerge after Sedgwick Claims Management Services' blockbuster announcement Monday to consolidate and expand its corporate headquarters.

Sedgwick will apply for a 15-year Expansion PILOT that will enable the company to retain 865 jobs, create 130 new jobs, and invest $33 million into their new facility, according to papers filed with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.

20. FedEx Express’ Brown Named To Savoy’s ‘Power 300’ List -

Shannon A. Brown, senior vice president and chief human resource/diversity officer at FedEx Express, has been named to Savoy Magazine’s Power 300: 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors list. Brown, who was honored as a member of the BancorpSouth Inc. board of directors, also holds board memberships with several universities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-South and beyond.

21. ABB Aims to Grow to 500 Jobs in Senatobia Within 5 Years -

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) – Swiss firm ABB said Friday that it hopes to increase employment at its Tate County plant from 89 workers now to as many as 500 in five years. That's 200 more employees than the company had previously announced.

22. Police: Man Who Shot 2 at Tennessee Plant Had Gun Permit -

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) – A man who fatally shot two supervisors and then killed himself at an electrical components plant in eastern Tennessee had a state-issued permit to carry handguns in public, law enforcement officials said Friday.

23. Former Titan Dyson Finally Reaching His Goal -

When is it too late to go back to school and prepare for a new career? Most experts and older students who’ve returned to school at 30, 40, 50 – or even 60 and beyond – will tell you there’s really no limit as long as an older student is motivated and focused.

24. Thomas & Betts Donates $50,000 to Apprenticeship Program -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has pledged $50,000 to the Memphis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

25. Thomas & Betts Donates $50K to Memphis Apprenticeship Program -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has pledged $50,000 to the Memphis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

26. ABB Names New Leader for Thomas & Betts -

ABB has appointed Doug Schuster global leader of Thomas & Betts, the installation products business it acquired in May 2012. He joins ABB from Eaton Corp., where he led its Critical Power Solutions division globally. He will be based in Memphis, ABB’s Electrification Products division Americas headquarters.

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

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

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

28. ABB Names New Leader for Thomas & Betts -

ABB has appointed Doug Schuster global leader of Thomas & Betts, the installation products business it acquired in May 2012. He joins ABB from Eaton Corp., where he led its Critical Power Solutions division globally. He will be based in Memphis, ABB’s Electrification Products division Americas headquarters.

29. ABB Begins Shipping From Senatobia Facility -

Less than four months after ABB Electrification Products announced plans for an 85,000-square-foot production facility in Senatobia, Miss., the company has shipped its first products from the new plant.

30. ABB Begins Shipping From Senatobia Facility -

Less than four months after ABB Electrification Products announced plans for an 85,000-square-foot production facility in Senatobia, Miss., the company has shipped its first products from the new plant.

31. Hinds Joins Martin Tate Law Firm -

Rebecca Hinds has joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston P.C. as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation section. In this role, Hinds represents clients in civil and commercial litigation matters, including business law, transportation liability, construction disputes, breach-of-contract matters and employment law. She also helps commercial clients obtain tax incentives and advises individuals and businesses in the drafting and negotiation of contracts. 

32. Thomas & Betts Parent ABB To Open New Mississippi Facility -

Power and automation technology group ABB is bringing 300 jobs to Senatobia, Miss., with a recently announced manufacturing facility.

The project will create 200 new jobs within three years and add 100 more within five years.

33. Top 10 Recruiting Class Might Be Serrano’s Salvation -

Senior right-handed pitcher Will Neely, who opened the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament this week with a no-hitter and a 2-0 win against Bartlett, was the driving force behind Hardin Valley Academy’s run to its first-ever state tournament appearance.

34. ABB Creating 200 Jobs in Memphis -

ABB, which bought Memphis-based electrical components maker Thomas & Betts in 2012 for $3.9 billion, is expanding its Memphis-area footprint.

The company said Tuesday, March 3, it plans to spend $30 million to build a new manufacturing site and expand its customer experience center for its low voltage products division here. Plans call for creating more than 200 jobs as a result of that investment, with another 100 jobs expected over the next five years.

35. Beale Street Music Festival Offers Diverse Lineup -

The lineup for the three-day Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival features a new night of late-night dance music from a stage in Tom Lee Park and a 69-act lineup in which Memphis artists are nearly a third of the diverse set of performers.

36. Beale Street Music Festival Lineup Announced -

The bill for the three-day Memphis in May Beale Street Music this year features a new night of late night dance music from a stage in Tom Lee Park and a 69-act lineup in which Memphis artists are nearly a third of the diverse set of performers.

37. State Lags for Women in Corporate Positions -

Tennessee’s corporate boards are showing slow growth in gender diversity levels, although rankings are still among the lowest in the nation, according to the latest findings of an annual study.

Expert opinions vary on how strongly the statistics reflect corporate vitality in Tennessee on a broader scale.

38. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 27, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

39. Events -

Duncan-Williams Inc. Investment Bankers will hold a small-business succession planning luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Duncan-Williams, 6750 Poplar Ave., suite 300. Topics include federal estate tax laws, choosing a successor, calculating the fair market value of your business, and more. Cost is free; space is limited. RSVP to roland.cole@duncanwilliams.com or 435-4277.

40. Events -

BlackGirlsCODE will host a mobile-app development workshop for girls ages 13 to 17 Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The event will also feature tech chats with women mobile developers. Cost is $35. Visit blackgirlscode.com.

41. August 16-22, 2013: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. unveiled a new bankruptcy reorganization plan that included a 6 percent pay cut for nonunion employees. The airline had filed for bankruptcy reorganization the previous August with a plan that did not anticipate Delta Air Lines dropping its 50-seat jets as fast as Delta did after reaching a contract agreement with union pilots that June. Pinnacle moved its headquarters from One Commerce Square to Minneapolis this past May.

42. Moving the Pack -

RedRover Sales & Marketing is a few months away from starting a new chapter in the firm’s more-than-seven-year existence because of having arrived at what’s arguably a good problem to have.

43. Barnhart Buys Industrial Property for Expansion -

2085 W. E. Freeman Drive
Memphis, TN 38114

Sale Amount: $2.6 million

Sale Date: June 27, 2013

Buyer: Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co.

44. Holmes Road Church Trades Hands for $1.8 Million -

The LaBelle Haven Baptist church at 6825 E. Holmes Road in Hickory Hill has been sold for $1.8 million.

45. Keller Finds Right Culture at RedRover -

Catherine “Kitty” Keller is one of the newest members of the team at RedRover Sales & Marketing, and her addition comes at a time of a steady swelling of the ranks, a recent batch of awards and consistent business growth for the firm.

46. Thomas & Betts Donates $1 Million -

Thomas & Betts Corp. executives marked one year since the acquisition of the Memphis-based power and electric utility devices company by ABB Group of Zurich Thursday, May 9, with three contributions from both. The contributions, totaling $1 million, went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Memphis Development Foundation.

47. RedRover Picks Up Four Communicator Awards -

RedRover Sales & Marketing took home four international awards as part of the 2013 Communicator Awards.

The firm got three Awards of Distinction for creative work completed for clients Thomas & Betts Corp., DreamCatcher Hotels and The MED Foundation. The firm also earned an Award of Excellence for its own newly designed website.

48. RedRover Picks Up Four Communicator Awards -

RedRover Sales & Marketing took home four international awards as part of the 2013 Communicator Awards.

The firm got three Awards of Distinction for creative work completed for clients Thomas & Betts Corp., DreamCatcher Hotels and The MED Foundation. The firm also earned an Award of Excellence for its own newly designed website.

49. Thomas & Betts Donates $1 Million -

Thomas & Betts Corp. executives marked one year since the acquisition of the Memphis-based power and electric utility devices company by ABB Group of Zurich Thursday, May 9, with three contributions from both. The contributions, totaling $1 million, went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Memphis Development Foundation.

50. Thomas & Betts CEO Sees Growth Post-Acquisition -

Dominic Pileggi, the retired CEO of Thomas & Betts Corp., remembers being concerned more than a year ago when the Memphis-based maker of low voltage electrical and utility hardware was in talks with ABB Group of Zurich to buy Thomas & Betts.

51. Thomas & Betts - ABB Donate $1 Million -

Thomas & Betts Corporation executives marked one year since the acquisition of the Memphis-based power and electric utility devices company by ABB Group of Zurich Thursday, May 9, with three contributions from both totaling $1 million to St. Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Memphis Development Foundation.

52. Boyle Celebrates 80 Years, Sponsors Art Exhibit -

Boyle Investment Co. turns 80 this year, and has partnered with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to celebrate.

53. RedRover Uses Numbers, Strategy for Growing Client Roster -

When it comes to a traditional agency model, RedRover Sales & Marketing is anything but traditional.

Founded seven years ago this month, the firm has added four new hires and three new service lines since last summer, notched impressive year-over-year revenue increases and is almost at capacity with its client roster.

54. EmergeMemphis Names New Board Officers -

EmergeMemphis has announced its new board of directors officers for 2013.

The officers include chairman Scott Fountain, senior vice president and chief development officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.; immediate past chairman Amy Howell, CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies LLC; secretary Joey Dudek Jr., attorney with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC; and treasurer Joe Lyons, chief financial officer with True Temper Sports.

55. EmergeMemphis Names New Board Officers -

EmergeMemphis has announced its new board of directors officers for 2013.

The officers include chairman Scott Fountain, senior vice president and chief development officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.; immediate past chairman Amy Howell, CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies LLC; secretary Joey Dudek Jr., attorney with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC; and treasurer Joe Lyons, chief financial officer with True Temper Sports.

56. Expert: Investors Confound Housing -

The role of investor-driven neighborhoods in Memphis is growing, and the impact on different kinds of neighborhoods is largely unstudied and unknown.

For instance, what does it mean that going into 2012, 54 percent of residential property sales were accounted for by investor purchases from the Real Estate Owned (REO) inventory of foreclosing lenders?

57. Rise of House Flipping Focus Of Seminar -

The impact of the foreclosure crisis on Shelby County home values is intricate and far-reaching.

Recent estimates by real estate information company Chandler Reports suggest that nearly a quarter of Memphis’ total housing stock are non-owner occupied.

58. JA Turns Students Into Entrepreneurs -

A group of Germantown High School students recently harnessed the power of entrepreneurship to make a positive impact on the lives of children thousands of miles away.

The students, participants of Junior Achievement’s Company program, teamed up with Nations Member Church’s Project 101, a program dedicated to saving the lives of young children in Africa who are suffering from acute malnutrition.

59. Thomas & Betts Merger with ABB Ltd. Official -

The merger of Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. with ABB Ltd. becomes official on the New York Stock Exchange at the opening of trading May 29.

60. Market Value -

Investor Warren Buffett admitted in his annual letter to shareholders recently that he was “dead wrong” in his early 2011 prediction that the housing market would have begun recovery by now.

61. Performance Of Memphis Public Cos. Varies Widely -

Memphis is home to several publicly traded companies that have made an indelible mark on industries ranging from transportation to finance and manufacturing.

Here’s a snapshot of how those companies are faring at the moment. (For a detailed look at AutoZone, see related story, "The Fast Lane.")

62. Orpheum Theatre Names New Board Members -

The Orpheum Theatre and its parent organization, the Memphis Development Foundation, has announced 10 members joining the Orpheum board of directors. The new members are: Chuck Treadway, Thomas & Betts president and chief operating officer; Don Young, Smith and Nephew senior vice president, corporate sustainability; Andy Taylor, Gerber/Taylor Capital Advisors Inc. partner; Gary Smith, Apperson Crump PLC attorney; Alan Mullen, Crew Training International president; Scott Hennessy, True Temper Sports Inc. president; Keri Gage, SunTrust private wealth management/senior vice president; Robert Cox, Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox PC attorney; Bo Allen, First Tennessee executive vice president; and Sara Adams, community volunteer.

63. ABB CEO: T&B Acquisition Expands Reach -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. will become a new global business unit based in Memphis as part of the ABB Group of Zurich.

64. ABB Acquires Thomas & Betts in $3.9B Deal -

The Swiss-based ABB group of companies is acquiring Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. in a $3.9 billion deal, according to a joint announcement from both companies late Sunday, Jan. 29.

65. Vornbrock Receives Ad Fed’s Silver Medal -

Bob Vornbrock thought he was attending the Thursday, Jan. 26, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting to hear a presentation from Fred’s Discount Stores about the marketing approach of brick-and-mortar retail.

66. Vornbrock Receives Ad Fed’s Silver Medal -

Bob Vornbrock thought he was attending the Thursday, Jan. 26, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting to hear a presentation from Fred’s Discount Stores about the marketing approach of brick-and-mortar retail.

67. Kreuger Expansion Wins $5 Million State Grant -

The State Funding Board has approved $20 million worth of infrastructure and jobs training grants for seven projects around Tennessee.

The panel unanimously approved the state Department of Economic and Community Development’s request on Wednesday, Dec. 14, without debate.

68. Thomas & Betts Q3 Earnings Up 32 Pct. -

Memphis-based electrical component maker Thomas & Betts Corp. on Thursday, Oct. 20, reported 32 percent growth in net earnings for the third quarter and raised its earnings outlook for 2011.

69. Thomas & Betts Q3 Earnings Up 32 Percent -

Memphis-based electrical component maker Thomas & Betts Corp. on Thursday, Oct. 20, reported 32 percent growth in net earnings for the third quarter and raised its earnings outlook for 2011.

70. T&B Earnings Improve 19 Percent -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. on Thursday, July 21, reported a 19 percent increase in its second quarter net earnings and a 13 percent increase in consolidated sales over last year.

71. Thomas & Betts’ Q2 Earnings Jump 19 Pct. -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. reported Thursday, July 21, a 19 percent increase in its second-quarter net earnings and a 13 percent increase in consolidated sales over the same period last year.

72. Hansen Promoted to Store Manager at Macy’s -

Greg Hansen has been promoted to vice president/store manager at Macy’s Oak Court.

Hometown: Lynbrook, N.Y.

73. Housing Gap -

The push for home ownership has been a fundamental element of the American Dream since the 1960s.

And because a home is typically a person’s most valuable asset, research indicates home ownership stabilizes neighborhoods while also contributing positively to the overall economy. Leading this promotional effort is the National Association of Realtors, which regularly links a healthy housing market to job creation.

74. Ewing Named Partner at Tactical Magic -

Susan Akil Ewing has been named partner at Tactical Magic. Ewing joined the firm as a marketing strategist in 2010 after 18 years in the field, where she held executive positions at local advertising agencies, including Thompson & Co. and inferno.

75. Sales Improve at Thomas & Betts -

One day after Thomas & Betts Corp. announced layoffs at its Clinton, Iowa, plant, the manufacturer Thursday reported an increase in consolidated sales and net earnings per share during the first quarter of 2011.

76. Black Equip. Supply Grows Memphis Presence -

Black Equipment Supply is relocating its Memphis presence to a space that nearly doubles the size of the firm’s former location.

The company will vacate its 14,000-square-foot space off Cherry Road and has signed a 25,372-square-foot lease at Shelby Air Park, 4570 Shelby Air Drive, suite 8.

77. Stevens Replaces Henley as Wright President, CEO -

Wright Medical Group Inc. announced Tuesday its board has appointed Chairman David D. Stevens as interim president and CEO, effective immediately.

78. Stevens Replaces Henley as Wright Medical President, CEO -

Wright Medical Group Inc. announced Tuesday that its board of directors has appointed Chairman David D. Stevens as interim president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

79. Thomas & Betts Reports Q4 Sales Increase -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has reported an 11.5 percent increase in net sales during the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.

80. Thomas & Betts Posts Q4 Increases in Net Sales & Net Earnings -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. reported an 11.5 percent increase in net sales during the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.

81. Ongoing Foreclosure Crisis Far From Over -

The foreclosure crisis will get worse before it gets better – with 1 million homes foreclosed in 2010 and even more projected for default in 2011.

That was the message a room full of real estate professionals received this week when real estate information company Chandler Reports hosted its quarterly seminar on Shelby County Market trends, “Master Your Market: Year-in-Review.”

82. Chandler Reports to Hold Seminar Today -

Chandler Reports is hosting its second annual “Master Your Market: Year-in-Review” today, where topics of discussion include sales, mortgages and foreclosures in the residential and commercial sectors.

83. Seminar Helps Attendees Master Real Estate Market -

As real estate professionals gather this week to take a look at the latest numbers, they’ll not only learn about current economic trends but also preview the road ahead.

Realtors, appraisers, builders, investors, bankers and mortgage brokers will get a glimpse of Shelby County market trends Thursday when real estate information company Chandler Reports hosts “Master Your Market: Year-in-Review.”

84. Thomas & Betts Sells Unit for $78M -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. said Monday it sold its communications products business to Belden Inc. for $78 million in cash.

85. Belden Buys Thomas & Betts Unit for $78M -

NEW YORK (AP) – Thomas & Betts Corp. said Monday it sold its communications products business to Belden Inc. for $78 million in cash.

86. Belden Buys Thomas & Betts Unit for $78M -

NEW YORK (AP) – Thomas & Betts Corp. said Monday it sold its communications products business to Belden Inc. for $78 million in cash.

87. B.I.G. Idea -

With crime on a downward spiral in Memphis, a new initiative seeks to amplify this trend by forging partnerships between business leaders and police precincts.

Business Interest Group (B.I.G.) Uniting for a Better Memphis is asking people to step outside their office walls to learn what’s really happening in nearby neighborhoods. Likewise, precinct commanders are coming into conference rooms to present crime statistics and answer questions.

88. Analyst Upgrades Thomas & Betts -

Shares of Thomas & Betts Corp. rose on Thursday after an analyst upgraded the maker of electrical power components, saying the market for its products is improving. Oppenheimer analyst Christopher Glynn upgraded Thomas & Betts to “Outperform” from “Perform” in a note to investors on Thursday. He also raised the company’s price target to $50 from $46.

89. Thomas & Betts Buys Cable Management Group -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp., which makes electrical power components, said Monday it has acquired Cable Management Group Ltd. for approximately $110 million in cash.

90. Thomas & Betts Sales Increase 11.6 Percent -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. on Thursday reported second quarter 2010 net sales of $514.6 million, up 11.6 percent compared to 2009, including $26.2 million in sales from acquisitions.

91. Thomas & Betts Sales Increase 11.6 Percent -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. on Thursday reported second quarter 2010 net sales of $514.6 million, up 11.6 percent compared to 2009, including $26.2 million in sales from acquisitions.

92. U.S. Judiciary Cmte. to Hold Field Briefing in Memphis -

A U.S. House Judiciary Committee subcommittee is holding a field briefing in Memphis Monday on “Home Foreclosures in Memphis” at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Downtown.

93. Hallowell to Speak At Strategic Huddle -

Tactical Magic founder and managing partner Trace Hallowell will speak on strategic branding at the In-Synk Strategic Huddle that is scheduled for Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Independent Bank, 6209 Poplar Ave.

94. Glankler Brown Names Bradley Chief Manager -

William R. Bradley Jr. has been named chief manager of Glankler Brown PLLC.

Bradley’s primary practice areas include intellectual property, maintenance and litigation, antitrust counseling and litigation, business litigation, and construction litigation.

95. Thomas & Betts To Acquire PMA AG -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has agreed to acquire PMA AG for about $120 million.

PMA AG is a privately held European manufacturer of technologically advanced cable protection systems.

96. Thomas & Betts Acquires JT Packard -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has completed its acquisition of the net assets of JT Packard & Associates Inc. The purchase price was $22 million.

97. Mental Health Experts Offer Advice for Holidays -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State mental health officials say this holiday season will be especially taxing on the emotional needs of Tennesseans because of the decline in the economy.

Virginia Trotter Betts, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, urged Tennesseans to set a budget and choose only gifts within one's means.

98. Thomas & Betts Reports 27.1% Earnings Decline -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. on Thursday reported net sales of $485.1 million for the third quarter of 2009, down 27.1 percent compared to the same period a year ago when the company reported record sales of $665.7 million.

99. Thomas & Betts Shares Jump after Upgrade -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of Thomas & Betts Corp. rose Tuesday after an analyst upgraded the maker of electrical components, saying the stock is attractively priced.

100. Thomas & Betts Q2 Profit Plunges 85 Percent -

Memphis-based electrical-components maker Thomas & Betts Corp. reported decreased home construction hurt its sales in the second quarter, while its profit plunged in the absence of hefty one-time gains that boosted its year-ago results.