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1. Blankenship Named President Of Coldwell Banker Collins Maury -

Sean Blankenship has joined Coldwell Banker Collins Maury as president, coming to the Collierville-based full-service real estate firm after serving as chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. In his new role, Blankenship will focus on growing the company’s presence in the greater Memphis and northern Mississippi markets.

2. Tyson Announces $300M Facility in Tennessee -

Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods has announced it will create more than 1,500 jobs and invest more than $300 million into a new facility in Humboldt, Tennessee, about 85 miles northeast of Memphis.

3. Tesla Wants to Electrify Big Trucks, Adding to Its Ambitions -

DETROIT (AP) – After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs – and, more recently, solar panels – Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.

4. Walmart Sees Strong Online Sales Lift Third-Quarter Results -

NEW YORK (AP) – A surging online business and strong food sales boosted Walmart's results Thursday ahead of the holiday season, a day after its rival Target offered a cautious forecast that overshadowed progress it has made in bringing more customers to its stores.

5. Shipping Container Retail Village Coming to Medical District -

A shipping container retail village is planning to open in the Memphis Medical District in mid- to late-November as part of an effort to give entrepreneurs a creative alternative to traditional bricks and mortar.

6. Seeing the Future With ‘Macroforces’ -

A keynote talk from the 2017 Back End of Innovation Conference by Tom LaForge, founder and CEO, Macroforces LLCTom LaForge begins the conference asking, “What is a macroforce and why should they be important to you?”

7. Gibson Plans to Sell Downtown Factory, Build a New One -

145 Lt. George W. Lee Ave., Memphis, TN 38103: Nashville-based guitar maker Gibson Brands Inc. confirmed Friday, Oct. 20, it is putting its Downtown Memphis factory on the market and plans to build and lease a new facility nearby.

8. Whimsy Expands Into Franchises -

The co-owner of a Memphis-based cookie company with one retail store in East Memphis is about to turn her simple recipe for sweet treats into a nationwide enterprise.

Whimsy Cookie Co. founder and co-owner Laurie Suriff said she’s on the verge of launching a franchise-based expansion for the business she started in 2006 out of her home. The plan is to replicate the Whimsy model – built around a pink, whimsically designed experience inside the store and thick sugar cookies with colorful frosting – starting with a location opening in Little Rock in December.

9. Highline Aftermarket Expands Memphis Facility -

Highline Aftermarket, a manufacturer and distributor of automotive chemicals, lubricants, parts, tools and related accessories, is expanding its existing Memphis presence and headquarters in Memphis.

10. U of M Files $33.5M Permit for Land Bridge -

570 Houston St. 

Memphis, TN 38111

Permit Amount: $33.5 million

Owner: University of Memphis

Details: The University of Memphis has filed a $33.5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to move forward with a parking garage and a long-awaited land bridge over the Southern Avenue railroad track.

11. Highline Aftermarket Expands at Memphis HQ -

Highline Aftermarket, a manufacturer and distributor of automotive chemicals, lubricants, parts, tools and related accessories, is expanding its existing Memphis presence and headquarters in Memphis.

12. Ring Partners With Conagra On PAM Spray Bottles -

Ring Container Technologies, a product packaging and plastic container manufacturing company based in Oakland, Tennessee, has completed a collaboration with Conagra Brands to create a new plastic bottle for PAM Cooking Spray.

13. Truck Mania Event Coming to Memphis International Raceway -

Memphis International Raceway will host the Spyder Offroad Performance Truck Mania event Saturday, Oct. 14, featuring The Enthusiast Network’s most popular Four Wheeler and Truck Trend brands, including everything from pickups to wreckers, rigs and more.

14. Ring Partners With Conagra on PAM Spray Bottles -

Ring Container Technologies, a product packaging and plastic container manufacturing company based in Oakland, Tennessee, has completed a collaboration with Conagra Brands to create a new plastic bottle for PAM Cooking Spray.

15. Wright Investments To Buy Up to $400M in Hotels -

Wright Investments, a Memphis-based hotel management, investment and project management company, is planning to acquire up to $400 million in hotel properties over the next two to three years by investing the firm’s newly raised Hospitality Opportunity Fund II.

16. Jump Around With The Fans In Madison -

Weather makes all the difference in making a destination a memorable or miserable experience. Chalk fall up as a fantastic time to visit Wisconsin.

I spent a long weekend to close out September in Madison, Wisconsin, with a quick stopover in Chicago. Specifically, I visited Madison and had a day in Chicago before flying home late Sunday night. I chose to fly direct to Chicago instead of making a connection to fly into Madison. It was cheaper and I also had friends driving up from Cincinnati. So we all drove on together from Chicago, about a two-hour drive.

17. ServiceMaster Appoints Persson To Lead American Home Shield Spinoff -

The ServiceMaster spinoff of American Home Shield will be overseen by a former Ingersoll Rand executive with experience in corporate spinoffs and their development

Dion Persson has been appointed senior vice president of business development for ServiceMaster Global Holdings, the Memphis-based provider of residential and commercial services, the company announced on Monday, Oct. 2.

18. ServiceMaster Appoints Persson To Lead American Home Shield Spinoff -

The ServiceMaster spinoff of American Home Shield will be overseen by a former Ingersoll Rand executive with experience in corporate spinoffs and their development.

Dion Persson was appointed senior vice president of business development for ServiceMaster Global Holdings, the Memphis-based provider of residential and commercial services, on Monday, Oct. 2.

19. ServiceMaster Appoints Persson To Lead American Home Shield Spinoff -

The ServiceMaster spinoff of American Home Shield will be overseen by an Ingersoll Rand executive with experience in corporate spinoffs and their development

Dion Persson is senior vice president of business development for ServiceMaster, the Memphis-based provider of residential and commercial services announced Monday, Oct. 2.

20. Hotel Management Co. to Buy Up to $400M in Properties -

Wright Investments, a Memphis-based hotel management, investment and project management company, is planning to acquire up to $400 million in hotel properties over the next two to three years by investing the firm’s newly raised Hospitality Opportunity Fund II.

21. Week Ahead: Oct. 2-9 -

Hey, Memphis! Prepare to rock out this week as the Mempho Music Festival hits Shelby Farms Park and Wilco plays The Orpheum. Plus, Beale Street memorializes one of its own, Memphis legal pros discuss the Confederate monuments issue, and much more in The Week Ahead…

22. Velcro's Video Implores Consumers to Say 'Hook and Loop' -

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Lots of pop songs have hooks. This one has loops, too. Velcro Cos. this week released a music video with a message it hopes will stick as well as its products: "Don't Say Velcro."

23. Target is Raising Minimum Hourly Wage to $15 by End of 2020 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage for workers to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020, a move it says will help it hire and keep the best employees and make shopping a better experience for customers.

24. Tennessee Taco Opens in Former Los Compadres Space -

3295 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111

25. Drivers Whose Cars Were Flooded by Harvey Can't Find Rentals -

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) – His three vehicles flooded by Hurricane Harvey, Jason Bell checked at one car-rental office only to find about 2,500 people ahead of him on the waiting list. When he tried a more out-of-the-way location, the reservations still numbered about 300.

26. Alchemy Owners Buy Interim Restaurant -

The owners of Cooper-Young’s Alchemy Memphis are buying East Memphis eatery Interim Restaurant & Bar.

Tony Westmoreland, executive chef Nick Scott, and Ed and Brittany Cabigao are purchasing Interim, located at 5040 Sanderlin Ave., from Eat Here Brands, which also owns Babalu in Overton Square.

27. VW Plots Return to Relevance in US Following Diesel Scandal -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen is rolling out its plan for re-selling most of the cars involved in the German automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Volkswagen brand head Herbert Diess told reporters after a board meeting at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee on Thursday that the fallout from the scandal "is something we need to live with" as the company seeks to regain relevance and market share in the United States.

28. Rhodes’ Wigginton Shaping Campus Culture in New Role -

Rhodes College has appointed Russell Wigginton vice president of student life and dean of students. In his newly created role, he will provide leadership for student success and help shape the campus culture for a diverse and inclusive student body.

29. Igniting Customer Advocacy -

Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” indicates it’s not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. Likewise, your marketing strategies must evolve to align with the changing ways consumers are progressing through the customer lifecycle. For example, many are relying much more on advocacy, often in the form of social media reviews by customers, than they are on brand messaging to drive purchase decisions.

30. Tech Companies Banishing Extremists After Charlottesville -

NEW YORK (AP) – It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence.

31. Consumers Reports Pulls Microsoft Laptop Recommendation -

Consumer Reports is pulling its recommendation of four Microsoft laptops after one of its surveys found that users were complaining about problems with the devices.

The consumer advocacy group said Thursday that it can no longer recommend Microsoft laptops or tablets because of poor reliability compared to other brands. Microsoft said the findings don't accurately reflect Surface owners' "true experiences."

32. Red-Hot Growth for Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza has blazed quite a trail over the past five years by growing to five Memphis-area locations, and now co-owners Chad Foreman and Kirk Cotham are turning their sights toward expansion through the southeastern U.S.

33. Gillette Out, ServiceMaster to Spin Off Unit -

To Memphians, Rob Gillette is the ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. leader who moved the company’s headquarters from East Memphis to Downtown and put the old Peabody Place Mall back in use.

34. Last Word: No Assumptions, Riverfront Concepts and A Tale of Two Teams -

The “Midtown is Memphis” arch in Overton Square is no more. Vanished this week as the former Chiwawa is being converted to Indian Pass Raw Bar – for those of you new to Memphis, these are both restaurants – one former and the other future.

35. Monogram Foods Taps Vanness for Role as CIO -

Memphis-based Monogram Foods has tapped a woman who joined the company in 2013 to fill a newly created position of chief information officer.

Having a female executive at a company like Monogram in charge of IT is something of a rarity, according to Joan Vanness, who was promoted to the new role after joining Monogram first as senior vice president for information technology.

36. Verizon Takes Over Yahoo to Complete $4.5 Billion Deal -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Verizon has taken over Yahoo, completing a $4.5 billion deal that will usher in a new management team to attempt to wring more advertising revenue from one of the internet's best-known brands.

37. RedRover Adds Will Cook As Design Architect -

RedRover Sales & Marketing has added three new employees in recent months, including design architect Will Cook, who has more than 10 years of graphic design experience and comes to RedRover from The Commercial Appeal and Savant Learning Systems. In his new role, Cook primarily designs print and web collateral for RedRover’s clients while also assisting the sales and marketing teams in other ways, including participating in sales meetings and calls.

38. Women Are Not Robots -

A Front End of Innovation Conference talk by Erica Eden, director, Global Design Innovation, PepsiCo“We don’t treat women like people,” Erica begins this talk. “If you look across multiple categories, the overall hypothesis is that the men’s brands cast a shadow over the women’s brands.”

39. It's Primetime at Amazon.com ... Shares Hit $1,000 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon, the internet goliath that revolutionized the way much of the world buys books, toilet paper and TVs, hit a new milestone Tuesday. Its stock surpassed the $1,000 mark for the first time.

40. Science Behind Empathy and Storytelling -

A talk by Tim Urmston, Seek Co. founder and CEO, from the Front End of Innovation Conference 2017. Connecting brands with people they serve through insights, story, ideas and strategy – this is what supercharges a project.

41. In The Bag: Coach Buying Kate Spade for $2.4 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – Coach will spend $2.4 billion for Kate Spade, tying together two premier brands in the luxury goods sector that have fought to snare younger shoppers.

Noting that crucial demographic, Coach Inc. CEO Victor Luis said in a statement Monday that Kate Spade has a "strong awareness among consumers, especially millennials." Coach executives say that 60 percent of Kate Spade customers are in that group.

42. 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.

43. Shaffer Named Executive Director Of Rebranded BLDG Memphis -

John Paul Shaffer recently was named executive director of BLDG Memphis, the rebranded entity that brings the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis and Livable Mem-phis under a single organizational identity.
In his new role, Shaffer’s job is to guide the organization in its mission of supporting neighborhood revitalization through a network of organizations and individuals working in the community development space – which BLDG Memphis does primarily through organizational capacity building, community education and engagement, and public policy and advocacy – as well as to promote the new brand. 

44. Retail Group: Sales to Grow 3.7 Percent to 4.2 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – Despite a bumpy holiday season, chains like The Limited shutting down and department stores such as Macy's closing stores, the largest retail trade group says it's still optimistic that sales will grow this year – especially online.

45. JT Returns and Mr. Clean Channels Magic Mike -

Buzz is building around this year’s Super Bowl ads, which will feature Justin Timberlake, political controversy, Mr. Clean as Magic Mike, and the first-ever live ad.

In another record-breaking year, with ad costs exceeding last year’s $5 million per 30-second spot, big brands are, once again, putting it all on the line. Some will score big and others will be nursing a multimillion-dollar headache Monday morning. Here’s what we know so far.

46. Despite Scandal, VW in Running for Global Sales Crown -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – It's ironic: Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

And now stands a decent chance to pass Toyota for the title of world's biggest carmaker for the year.

47. McDonald's Sells China Business in Deal Worth Up to $2.1B -

HONG KONG (AP) – Fast-food giant McDonald's is selling a controlling stake in its China business to a group of investors led by state-owned Chinese conglomerate Citic in a deal worth up to $2.1 billion, the companies said Monday.

48. Snowball Express Benefits Local Families Who Lost Military Parent -

Seven local families are in Dallas/Fort Worth this week for the 11th annual Snowball Express Weekend, an all-expense-paid holiday gala for children of fallen military heroes.

They are among approximately 1,800 children and spouses of fallen military participating in the event that runs Dec. 11-15.

49. Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef -

Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.

50. Volkswagen Bets on New Technology to Bounce Back From Crisis -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Volkswagen's namesake brand hopes to bounce back from its diesel emissions scandal with a broad restructuring that will mean more battery-powered cars, digital services such as ride-sharing, and more SUVs for the U.S. market.

51. Grizzlies’ New Speaker Series to Enhance Bond With Businesses, Fans -

On the court, the Memphis Grizzlies have a new head coach in David Fizdale and have remixed the roster with a heavier sprinkling of youth.

Change in the NBA is inevitable. And that’s true off the court, too, where business-side and sales employees are always seeking new ways to engage with the community and grow the fan base.

52. Another Bid From China for US Hotel; $6.5B for Hilton Stake -

NEW YORK (AP) – HNA Group is snapping up a 25 percent ownership stake of the Hilton hotel chain for about $6.5 billion, the latest attempt by a Chinese interest to acquire real estate in the U.S.

53. A S Hospitality, Teraco Create Partnership -

A S Hospitality, a division of Dexter Solutions, a leading brand delivery services company, has officially signed a long-term partnership with Teraco that further expands its products and services for the hospitality market. The multi-year agreement names A S Hospitality as Teraco’s sole distributor of hotel key cards.

54. A S Hospitality, Teraco Create Partnership -

A S Hospitality, a division of Dexter Solutions, a leading brand delivery services company, has officially signed a long-term partnership with Teraco that further expands its products and services for the hospitality market. The multi-year agreement names A S Hospitality as Teraco’s sole distributor of hotel key cards.

55. Hospitable Market -

The Memphis area hotel market continues on its solid run of the past few years, led by the Downtown submarket with strong occupancy and room rates. The pipeline for new Downtown hotel projects is loaded, with as many as 15 projects in various stages of development and hotel construction picking up in other parts of the county.

56. Last Word: Mike McLean's Campaign, Jimmy Carter and Beyond Disparity Studies -

Mike McLean is running one heckuva campaign for Clerk of the Courts. Some of you are thinking, “Why haven’t I heard of that position before?” “Who is the incumbent?”

57. Use Instagram to Gain Share -

Now with more than a half-billion users, mobile photo-sharing site Instagram has surpassed Twitter in popularity. In fact, according to GlobalWebIndex, it is the fastest-growing major social media network.

58. Last Word: SEC and GMF, Wiseacre's Growth and Apartment Action -

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been investigating Global Ministries Foundation since mid-July. The revelation turned up Wednesday in a Memphis Federal Court filing by the receiver appointed to oversee and sell the Tulane and Warren apartments.

59. Wal-Mart Buying Online Retail Newcomer Jet.com -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is buying fast-growing online retailer Jet.com for $3 billion in cash plus $300 million in stock, scooping up a newcomer that launched a year ago with the intention of challenging online leader Amazon.

60. AAA Auto Club Says Not All Gasoline Is The Same -

Many motorists are clogging their car's engine by not using gasoline with enough added detergents.

That's the conclusion of a study released Thursday by the AAA auto club.

Federal rules in place since 1996 require all gasoline to have some engine-cleaning additives, but many major brands have extra detergents. AAA said tests it commissioned from an independent lab found that lesser gasolines left 19 times more deposits on engine intake valves than so-called top-tier fuels after the equivalent of 4,000 miles of driving.

61. Hostess, Four Years After Bankruptcy, Will Go Public Again -

NEW YORK (AP) – Almost four years after seeking bankruptcy protection under a barrage of labor issues and rapidly changing appetites, the maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs will take the stage once again as a publicly traded company.

62. Volkswagen to Launch More Electric Cars After Diesel Scandal -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German automaker Volkswagen plans to ramp up its offerings of electric vehicles as it fights to bounce back from a scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

63. Martha Stewart Gets Into Meal Kit Business -

NEW YORK (AP) – Cooking like Martha Stewart is about to get easier.

The home goods mogul and cookbook author is getting into the fast-growing meal kit business. Subscribers will get a box shipped to their door with Stewart's recipes and all the ingredients needed to cook up the dishes at home, including pre-measured raw meat, fish, vegetables and spices.

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

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

65. ServiceMaster Disrupting Its Culture With Move Downtown -

ServiceMaster is converting Peabody Place into a corporate headquarters that would rival a Silicon Valley tech outfit.

On Friday, June 3, ServiceMaster laid to rest months of speculation about whether the company would relocate to a larger city like Atlanta or Dallas. Memphis’ available Class A office space can’t currently accommodate ServiceMaster’s needs, so it looked to the retail sector for its new home.

66. Target Names Nordstrom Exec As Chief Merchandising Officer -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target has poached Nordstrom for its new chief merchandising officer, a crucial position and the one who determines what appears on store shelves.

Mark Tritton was president of Nordstrom Product Group where he oversaw the merchandising, design, manufacturing, marketing and omnichannel distribution of more than 50 private-label brands across Nordstrom's full-price and off-price portfolio.

67. Graceland To Hold Muhammad Ali Auction -

Graceland Auctions is planning an auction of items and other memorabilia from Muhammad Ali Enterprises this fall.

The event is a first effort outside of recent auctions of Elvis Presley memorabilia for the auction division of Graceland Holdings LLC, the holding company that is the majority owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

68. Nordstrom Will Lure More Class A Retailers to Memphis -

Nordstrom Rack is just the tip of the Class A iceberg. At least three more best-in-class retailers are headed for the newly-built East Memphis shopping center, and the fate of the Wolfchase Galleria Sears is to be decided.

69. Best-in-Class Retailers to Join Nordstrom Rack in East Memphis -

Nordstrom Rack is just the tip of the Class A iceberg. At least three more best-in-class retailers are headed for the newly built East Memphis shopping center, and the fate of the Wolfchase Galleria Sears is to be decided.

70. Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey Producers Toast More Strong Sales -

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Producers of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey are toasting another year of strong sales and revenue growth, led by consumers increasingly ordering high-priced, super-premium brands.

71. Last Word: New Minority Business Numbers, The House Affair and The Heights -

The recently revived discussion on minority business in Memphis is about to go back on the front burner again. Fueling the intensity are new U.S. Census numbers. They show the percentage of business receipts in Memphis produced by black-owned businesses has dropped since the 2007 census numbers showed a 1.08 percent share of those receipts by black-owned businesses. That in a city whose population is 63 percent African-American.
The drop to below one percent is even though the overall receipts in 2012 were higher than they were in 2007.
Madeline Faber is the first to report the new numbers as part of a cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, that will be on the streets and in the racks Saturday, on-line Friday afternoon.
The numbers are such a telling story and such an important indicator that we broke it out as its own story in advance of the cover story.

72. Crestview Collection Makes New HQ in Oakhaven -

4300 Concorde Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $6.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 15

Buyer: CLI Inc.

Seller: Lester McMahan Partnership

Loan Amount: $6 million

73. Olive Garden Changes Hands for $3.2 Million -

A Wolfchase Galleria-area Olive Garden has changed hands for $3.2 million.

Florida-based GMRI Inc. sold the property at 8405 US Highway 64 to Florida-based FCPT Restaurant Properties LLC, according to a Nov. 2 warranty deed.

74. Varsity Brands Acquires Texas-Based Company -

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

75. Varsity Brands Acquires Texas-Based Company -

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

76. Olive Garden Changes Hands for $3.2 Million -

A Wolfchase Galleria-area Olive Garden has changed hands for $3.2 million.

Florida-based GMRI Inc. sold the property at 8405 US Highway 64 to Florida-based FCPT Restaurant Properties LLC, according to a Nov. 2 warranty deed.

77. Memphis, North Mississippi Competition Raises Questions -

When leaders of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine didn’t grant developers a $24 million tax abatement to build an industrial park on the site of the former Mall of Memphis, some saw it as more kindling for competition between the industrial markets of North Mississippi and Southeast Shelby County.

78. St. Jude Files $10 Million Construction Permit -

650 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Amount: $10 million

Application Date: Nov. 24, 2015

Owner: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Tenant: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

79. Jimmy Kimmel Joins St. Jude Campaign -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a new participant this year for its annual “Thanks and Giving” campaign.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel joins a group of celebrities, media and more than 70 of the nation’s leading national brands asking consumers to support St. Jude while they shop this November and December.

80. Jimmy Kimmel Joins St. Jude Campaign -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a new participant this year for its annual “Thanks and Giving” campaign.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel joins a group of celebrities, media and more than 70 of the nation’s leading national brands asking consumers to support St. Jude while they shop this November and December.

81. Marriott Becomes World's Largest Hotelier, Buying Starwood -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hotel behemoth Marriott International is becoming even larger, taking over rival chain Starwood in a $12.2 billion deal that will catapult it to become the world's largest hotelier by a wide margin.

82. DMC’s Morris Touts ‘Radically Different’ South Main -

One of Paul Morris’ first speeches as president of what was then the Center City Commission was to the South Main Association.

83. Toys Have Best Year in a Decade -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys are staging a comeback.

The U.S. toy industry is expected to have its strongest year in at least a decade after several years of kids choosing videogames and mobile apps over Barbie and stuffed bears.

84. Match Group Plans to Raise Up to $466.2M From IPO -

NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of Tinder, Match.com and OkCupid hopes to raise as much as $466.2 million in an initial public offering, which would put the value of the dating site company in the neighborhood of $3 billion.

85. Consolidation of Tennessee’s Newspapers Bad for Taxpayers -

The federal government isn’t likely to descend on Tennessee with trust-busting vengeance once three of the state’s four largest newspapers are owned by the same company.

Newspapers are too far down a virtual slippery slope of monopolism to retrieve from the hands of Gannett, which recently announced it plans to pay $280 million for Journal Media Group, the owner of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and Knoxville News Sentinel.

86. Holiday Sales Seen Rising 3.7 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are expected to spend at a slower pace than last year during the crucial winter holidays, weighed down by sluggish wage growth and other factors, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.

87. Wright Medical Group Completes Tornier Merger -

Memphis-based Wright Medical Group has completed its previously announced merger with Tornier N.V.

Upon completion of the merger, the company has been renamed Wright Medical Group N.V.

Wright Medical Group Inc. shares were set to cease trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market at the close of business Thursday, Oct. 1. Wright Medical Group N.V. ordinary shares will begin trading under the symbol WMGI on the Nasdaq Global Select Market Friday, Oct. 2.

88. Wright Medical Group Completes Tornier Merger -

Memphis-based Wright Medical Group has completed its previously announced merger with Tornier N.V.

Upon completion of the merger, the company has been renamed Wright Medical Group N.V.

Wright Medical Group Inc. shares were set to cease trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market at the close of business Thursday, Oct. 1. Wright Medical Group N.V. ordinary shares will begin trading under the symbol WMGI on the Nasdaq Global Select Market Friday, Oct. 2.

89. Q&A: A Look at Volkswagen's Emissions Crisis -

German automaker Volkswagen AG admits that it rigged U.S. emissions tests so it would appear that its diesel-powered cars were emitting fewer nitrogen oxides, which can contribute to ozone buildup and respiratory illness.

90. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Kenneth Brown and Charles Stewart from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will speak. Visit phelpssecurity.com.

91. Events -

Networking in Memphis will hold its fifth-year celebration, hosted by The Bar-Kays, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 300 Art Gallery, 300 S. Main St. Admission is $10; all proceeds go to the Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy. Tickets sold online only. Visit networkinginmem.com.

92. Events -

Memphis Coalition for Insure Tennessee, in partnership with the Tennessee Justice Center and Tennessee Health Care Campaign, will host a “Counting the Cost for Tennessee Communities” meeting Monday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The coalition will provide background information on Insure Tennessee and collect information on how the legislation’s failure affects individuals. Visit tnjustice.org.

93. Memphis Sole -

The football field measurements are perhaps inevitable in describing just how big Nike’s Northridge distribution center in Frayser is after its $301 million expansion.

The 2.8 million-square-foot facility – the equivalent of 49 football fields – is Nike Inc.’s largest distribution center in the world.

94. Creatives of Memphis -

Every time Brit McDaniel sits down at the potter’s wheel that's central to her Memphis-based ceramics business Paper & Clay, she's not just focused on infusing that next product with her signature Scandinavian-inspired minimalism.

95. Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU -

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

96. Volvo Group Unveils $70M Byhalia Distribution Center -

Volvo Group inaugurated its new 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Byhalia, Miss.

The $70 million facility – located at 100 Global Gateway Drive inside Panattoni Development Co.’s Gateway Global Logistics Center – supports the company’s Mack and Volvo truck brands, as well as Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta.

97. Volvo Group Unveils $70 Million Byhalia Distribution Center -

Volvo Group inaugurated its new 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Byhalia, Miss.

The $70 million facility – located at 100 Global Gateway Drive inside Panattoni Development Co.’s Gateway Global Logistics Center – supports the company’s Mack and Volvo truck brands, as well as Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta.

98. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $84 million

99. European Deal Creates US Grocery Giant -

NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant will tie up with the parent company of Food Lion, creating a $29 billion grocer that will be in a stronger position to compete with Wal-Mart and other discount retailers.

100. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

The developers behind a massive hotel near Graceland are ready to shake, rattle and roll on the project.

Guest House at Graceland LLC, formed to develop the hotel, has filed an $84 million construction loan for the 450-room resort-style hotel at 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.