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1. Authority Promotes Thomas To Strategic Marketing Director -

Glen Thomas has been promoted to director of strategic marketing & communications by the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

2. Hardin Hall Renovations Underway As Rental Space Competition Increases -

After 20 years of serving as a premier event venue, Memphis Botanic Garden’s Hardin Hall is getting a facelift.

In 1996, Helen and Jabie Hardin gave a gift which provided the seed money, and together with other donors, MBG built the visitors center and Hardin Hall, a venue designed to give greater exposure to Memphis Botanic Garden. The venue can accommodate from 350 to 650 guests and has hosted countless weddings and big events through the years taking advantage of the surrounding garden setting.

3. Marketing Folks Should Try Thinking Like a CEO -

Many marketing professionals have found themselves at odds with their CEO, whether they are not on the same page, have competing priorities or have a different version of success. The same often holds true for marketing agencies and their clients’ leadership teams. The divide can be painful and, for some, impossible to bridge.

4. Wahlburgers Moving Into Sweetie Pie’s Space -

Wahlburgers – a burger chain that takes its name from executive chef Paul Wahlberg and celebrity brothers and actors Mark and Donnie – is opening this fall at 349 Beale Street on the southwest corner of Fourth and Beale – the corner where Sweetie Pie’s had planned to open years ago.

5. Hernando Ice Cream Parlor Preparing Crosstown Location -

1350 Concourse Ave.

Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $80,000

Application Date: June 2017

6. Trump Holds Cabinet Meeting, Promises Change -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Monday chaired the first meeting of his full Cabinet, saying the team is here to "change Washington."

Nearly five months into his presidency, this was the first time Trump hosted all the agency chiefs. He used the meeting to celebrate his young administration and then listened to praise from the assembled aides.

7. Poplar Healthcare Acquires Genetics of Memphis -

Memphis-based laboratory services company Poplar Healthcare has acquired Genetics of Memphis, a cytogenetics reference laboratory led by Drs. Sugandhi Tharapel and Avirachan T. Tharapel.

Cytogenetics, the study of chromosome structure and function in a cell during cell division, is a diagnostic tool for physicians monitoring high-risk pregnancies and reproductive concerns, delineating congenital abnormalities and defining hematological disorders.

8. Methodist Healthcare Executive Retires -

Dave Rosenbaum, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s vice president of facilities management, has announced his plans to retire beginning June 23.

Rosenbaum has worked at Methodist for the past 23 years managing the operation of more than 5 million square feet of facilities, including 3 million square feet of hospital space.

9. MRG’s Overton Gateway Rejected by Land Use Board -

The Overton Park Gateway, a multifamily development proposed by Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC, was rejected by the Land Use Control Board Thursday, June 8.

10. Retirement Paychecks – Reversing the Flow -

Ray’s Take Retirement planning doesn’t end when you stop working, and one of the biggest concerns for any retiree is running out of money. As you move into retirement, you move from the accumulation phase to the distribution phase of planning, and it has a lot of moving parts. Retirement is like a car trip, but there are no gas stations along the way. What you have in the tank is it.

11. Not a Very Good Year for UT Athletics -

It hasn’t been the greatest of years for Tennessee sports. From football to basketball to baseball, and several sports in between, the Vols – for the most part – fell short in 2016-17.

12. Overton Gateway Multifamily Project Rejected by Land Use Board -

The Overton Gateway, a proposed multifamily development planned by Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC, has been rejected by the Land Use Control Board at its Thursday, June 8, meeting.

A sizable crowd of Lea’s Woods residents and representatives from various Midtown neighborhood associations showed up to the meeting to voice their opposition. Chief among their complaints were issues with parking and building heights.

13. Last Word: Easy Fishing on Big River, Competing City Priorities and Durham's Fine -

The Arkansas side of the Big River Crossing opened Wednesday for the first time since May 2 when a rising Mississippi River prompted its closing while the crossing proper on the north side of the Harahan Bridge remained open. There is still some of the muddy river left on the Arkansas flood plain and several dozen cranes stopping in Wednesday afternoon for some easy fishing in the shallow waters.

14. Poplar Healthcare Acquires Genetics of Memphis -

Memphis-based laboratory services company Poplar Healthcare has acquired Genetics of Memphis, a cytogenetics reference laboratory led by Drs. Sugandhi Tharapel and Avirachan T. Tharapel.

Cytogenetics, the study of chromosome structure and function in a cell during cell division, is a diagnostic tool for physicians monitoring high-risk pregnancies and reproductive concerns, delineating congenital abnormalities and defining hematological disorders.

15. Methodist Healthcare Executive Retires -

Dave Rosenbaum, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s vice president of facilities management, has announced his plans to retire beginning June 23.

Rosenbaum has worked at Methodist for the past 23 years managing the operation of more than 5 million square feet of facilities, including 3 million square feet of hospital space.

16. Memphis Banks Build Brand Awareness Via Marketing, Community Investments -

As a complement to traditional advertising, one way banks like Regions Bank, First Tennessee Bank and Pinnacle Financial Partners promote their brands in the local community is by spreading money around to everything from charitable causes to putting their name and logos on buildings and events.

17. 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.

18. Tennessee House Democrat Announces He Will Retire in 2018 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee House Democratic lawmaker has announced he will retire next year at the end of this Republican-led General Assembly.

In a letter to supporters Friday, Rep. Joe Pitts of Clarksville said he's retiring to allow another citizen legislator experience the excitement of helping constituents.

19. Small Fitness Centers Fight Tax Exemption for Larger Competitors -

Jeff Rose and his wife Nancy sank their entire life savings, more than $500,000, into opening the Orangetheory Fitness center in Lakeland in 2015.

20. Last Word: Centennial, Hackett Retires -- Sort Of and Baseball Dreams -

Monday marks 100 years since a mob took Ell Persons off a train and to the Macon Road Bridge across the Wolf River and burned him alive. It was the lynching that gave birth to the Memphis Branch NAACP one month later. The national NAACP field office investigator who came to Memphis at great personal peril to investigate Person’s death was none other than James Weldon Johnson, the man who also composed “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

21. Hackett Retires From CMOM to Devote Effort to Grand Carousel Fundraising -

Former Memphis Mayor Richard C. Hackett is retiring as CEO of the Children’s Museum of Memphis in June to devote his attention to fundraising for the institution he helped create 30 years ago. Hackett became leader of the museum in 2006.

22. Childers To Retire As Circuit Court Judge -

After 33 years with an office at the courthouse, Circuit Court Judge Robert Childers is retiring.

Childers announced his retirement Monday, May 15, effective at the end of June.

23. Patton & Taylor to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award -

In 1967, the Vietnam War was in full effect, the Green Bay Packers won the first ever Super Bowl and two employees of Joyner, Heard & Jones Realtors in Memphis had the idea to start their own company.

24. U of M Extends Ticketing, Engagement Partnership -

Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement, the leading provider of ticketing, fundraising, marketing and analytics solutions in college athletics, announced it has extended its 34-year partnership with the University of Memphis. The U of M has been working with Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement since 1983.

25. Haslam Signs Bill to Increase Penalties for Targeting Police -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law that will force people to face stiffer penalties for committing a violent offense against a police officer.

26. U of M Extends Ticketing, Engagement Partnership -

Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement, the leading provider of ticketing, fundraising, marketing and analytics solutions in college athletics, announced it has extended its 34-year partnership with the University of Memphis. The U of M has been working with Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement since 1983.

27. The Optimal Retirement Age -

Ray’s Take Most of us say we want to do it – retire, that is. Given that, how do we find that perfect time to do it? Retirement at the optimal age isn’t something to be left to chance; it is something that needs to be a rational decision that takes into consideration a variety of variables. Financial variables include how much income you’ll be receiving from all sources and factoring in life expectancy and health issues. Emotional variables include considering that your spouse may have taken you for better or worse, but not for lunch.

28. MRG Reshapes Overton Gateway Plan, Residents Still Not Happy -

A revised multifamily development planned by Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC that reduces the number of apartment units and adds amenities that would better connect the project with the neighborhood still didn’t get positive reviews from residents.

29. Influencer Marketing To Dominate in 2017 -

I am part of Generation X – the last generation that ever scheduled their childhood evenings around when a beloved TV program was set to air. It was a time when television created celebrities that brands coveted as spokespeople to promote their products. Think of Michael Jordan for Nike, Suzanne Somers for the ThighMaster or Michael Jackson for Pepsi.

30. Earnhardt Retiring; FESJC Lands Three Stars -

Fourteen times NASCAR fans made Dale Earnhardt Jr. the sport’s most popular driver. Next season, they will have to find a new favorite. On Tuesday, April 25, Hendrick Motorsports issued a press release saying Earnhardt Jr. will retire as a driver at the end of the season. Junior, now 42, won 26 races since starting his career in 1999. Twice, he won the Daytona 500.

31. Amid Competition, Verizon Loses Key Customers for First Time -

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon, the once-unstoppable cellphone leader in the U.S., lost key wireless customers for the first time, even as it brought back unlimited data plans to counter smaller rivals.

32. Retirement Planning Illusions -

Ray’s Take By its nature, retirement planning requires making plans without being able to know the future. When it comes to retirement planning, there’s no shortage of conventional wisdom.

33. Daily News Wins 9 Awards In Tennessee AP Competition -

The Daily News garnered nine awards in the 2016 Tennessee Associated Press News Excellence Awards presented by the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors. The awards were announced Saturday, April 8, in Nashville.

34. Arkansas Governor Vetoes Mass Picketing Bill -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson has vetoed a bill that would have criminalized mass picketing in Arkansas.

The Republican, who vetoed the bill Thursday, commended the goal of trying to ensure public safety but said the measure's vague language would have a "chilling effect on free speech and the right to assemble."

35. Marketing Firm to Rehab Vacant Downtown Building for New HQ -

Plans to breathe new life into a vacant 77-year-old warehouse two blocks from the FedExForum have been submitted by Oden & Associates Inc., a locally owned marketing firm looking to relocate its headquarters.

36. Last Fed Meeting's Minutes Show Talk of Paring Bond Holdings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials last month discussed the possibility of reducing their enormous portfolio of bond holdings later this year, sooner than many investors have been expecting.

37. Yuletide Completes Warehouse Expansion -

Memphis-based Yuletide Office Solutions recently completed an expansion effort at its warehouse.

This additional 2,000 square feet will allow the office products company to increase the items it stocks.

38. Griffin Joins Memphis in May To Lead Marketing Efforts -

Robert Griffin has joined Memphis in May International Festival as director of marketing, a role in which he’s responsible for all marketing and communication programs, promotions, media and public relations, marketing research and sponsorship activation for the annual festival. 
Griffin comes to Memphis in May with nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing and advertising.

39. Yuletide Completes Warehouse Expansion -

Memphis-based Yuletide Office Solutions recently completed an expansion effort at its warehouse.

This additional 2,000 square feet will allow the office products company to increase the items it stocks.

40. City Begins Second Series Of Memphis 3.0 Meetings -

City leaders are holding a second series of public meetings toward putting together the comprehensive Memphis 3.0 plan for the city’s future.

The effort by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland began late last year.

41. Critical Focus Schools Meeting Slated for Monday -

Parents of students in the 19 “critical focus” schools in the Shelby County Schools system and those who live in the communities around those schools will hear more about the plan to improve the low-enrollment, low-student achievement schools Monday, March 27, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. at 6 p.m.

42. Genetic Code -

While the anachronistic farmer trope may be a common pop-culture perception, these stewards of the land have in fact been on the cutting edge of technology for thousands of years.

And every milestone since the Neolithic period, from the first plows to today’s automated tractors, has allowed farmers to increase their yields and support a perpetually growing population.

43. Critical Focus Schools Meeting Monday at Fairgrounds -

Parents of students in the 19 “critical focus” schools in the Shelby County Schools system and those who live in the communities around those schools will hear more about the plan to improve the low-enrollment, low-student achievement schools Monday, March 27, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. at 6 p.m.

44. Midtown Residents Bemoan MRG Multifamily Plan -

A nearly century-old neighborhood that was torn in two when Interstate 40 came crashing to a halt at the doorstep of Overton Park is now again on the precipice of change.

Dubbed the Overton Gateway, Makowsky Ringel Greenberg’s plans for a proposed multifamily development at the confluence of Sam Cooper Boulevard and East Parkway received a cold reception from residents of the surrounding Lea’s Woods neighborhood Tuesday evening, March 21.

45. City Begins Second Series Of Memphis 3.0 Meetings -

City leaders are holding a second series of public meetings toward putting together the comprehensive Memphis 3.0 plan for the future.

The effort by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland began late last year.

46. Text of the Fed's Statement After its Meeting Wednesday -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in February indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace. Job gains remained solid and the unemployment rate was little changed in recent months.

47. Five Pull Petitions For State Rep. District 95 -

Four Republicans and one Democrat have pulled qualifying petitions through Tuesday, March 7, to run in the special elections for the State House District 95 seat.

Democrat Julie Byrd Ashworth of Collierville has a petition out.

48. Five Pull Petitions For State Rep. District 95 -

Four Republicans and one Democrat have pulled qualifying petitions through Tuesday, March 7, to run in the special elections for the State House District 95 seat.

Democrat Julie Byrd Ashworth of Collierville has a petition out.

49. New Tennessee Athletic Director Currie Gets Five-Year Deal -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – New Tennessee athletic director John Currie has a five-year contract worth at least $900,000 annually with opportunities for raises and additional bonuses.

50. UT Hires John Currie As Athletic Director -

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has named John Currie, a UT alumnus, its new vice chancellor and director of athletics.

Currie currently serves as director of athletics at Kansas State and will begin his duties at UT on April 1.

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52. Facing New Competition, AmEx Polishes Up The Platinum Card -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facing intense competition for its higher-spending customers, American Express is expanding the benefits it offers its high-end Platinum Card members, like a $200 credit on Uber. But those benefits will come with a higher annual fee.

53. UT Hires John Currie As Athletic Director -

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has named John Currie, a UT alumnus, its new vice chancellor and director of athletics.

Currie currently serves as director of athletics at Kansas State and will begin his duties at UT on April 1.

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

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

55. US Approves 3 Types of Genetically Engineered Potatoes -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – U.S. officials say three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat.

56. Overestimate Health Care Costs for a Healthier Retirement Budget -

Ray’s Take It’s not news that health care costs are increasing. Whether you’re just in the planning stages or you’ve already left the workforce, estimating your health care needs is a major cost to consider during retirement.

57. Retirement Spending Budget -

Ray’s Take How much you spend from your retirement savings from year to year is arguably the most important piece in the retirement finance puzzle.

Before developing your spending strategy, you should understand an important overarching philosophy: You can’t control financial market fluctuations. You can only control how much risk you take, how much you spend and how to adapt. When you stay invested during retirement, there will be times when market volatility makes it feel like you’ve lost control. Maintaining a plan can help rein in this feeling.

58. Jones To Retire From Memphis College of Art -

Ron Jones, the president of the Memphis College of Art since May 2011, is retiring effective the end of February, the MCA board announced Friday, Feb. 10.

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60. Itawamba Community College President Mike Eaton to Retire -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Itawamba Community College president Mike Eaton plans to retire in June after 43 years of service to the college.

61. Last Word: The Artisan Survives, Gas Tax Push-Back and Our Competition -

I knew winter was out there hiding somewhere. Just waiting for you to leave your coat at home in a flush of spring fever, bounding out of work Wednesday afternoon to find spring has hit the highway. But where does spring go on its spring break? The Suns were in Memphis Wednesday evening – the Phoenix Suns, that is. They lost to the Grizz at the Forum 110 – 91.

62. Arkansas State University Responds to Sanctuary Petition -

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas State University officials have responded to a petition that urged them to declare the school a sanctuary campus.

The Jonesboro Sun (http://bit.ly/2l4j14g) reports the university issued a letter Thursday saying it won't declare itself one because it can't take risks that could put its students or employees at risk.

63. Army Vet the Real Winner of National Architectural Competition -

Despite gray skies and frigid February weather, dozens of camera crews and corporate executives from across the country packed a normally quiet cul-de-sac in Raleigh to watch a middle-aged man move into his house.

64. McGee Retiring, Dean Named CEO of Nonprofit Alliance -

Nancy McGee, who has given 25 years of service to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, is retiring as CEO of the organization, but will remain with the alliance as CEO emeritus through April.

65. Nonprofit Alliance CEO Nancy McGee Retiring -

Nancy McGee, who has given 25 years of service to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, is retiring as CEO of the organization but will remain with the alliance as CEO emeritus through April of this year.

66. Nonprofit Alliance CEO Nancy McGee Retiring -

Nancy McGee, who has given 25 years of service to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, is retiring as CEO of the organization but will remain with The Alliance as CEO emeritus through April of this year.

67. Buckman to Retire From Chemical Company April 28 -

Buckman today announced that Steven B. Buckman, president and chief executive officer, will retire effective April 28.

Buckman has led the Memphis-based company’s nine global operating companies for more than 16 years. Junai Maharaj, currently managing director of Buckman Europe, Middle East and Africa, will become the CEO of Buckman effective that same day.

68. Steve Buckman to Retire From Chemical Company April 28 -

Buckman today announced that Steven B. Buckman, president and chief executive officer, will retire effective April 28.

Buckman has led the Memphis-based company’s nine global operating companies for more than 16 years. Junai Maharaj, currently managing director of Buckman Europe, Middle East and Africa, will become the CEO of Buckman effective that same day.

69. Tennessee Drops Fee of Lifetime Handgun Carry Permit by $300 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The cost of upgrading to a lifetime handgun carry permit in Tennessee is dropping by $300.

The state Department of Safety says current permit holders can now upgrade to the lifetime permit for $200. The previous price was $500.

70. Retirement Budget Busters -

Ray’s Take When you’re working, emergencies seem to happen fairly regularly. Whether it’s a new roof or a special vacation, they come up. If there’s not enough money in the emergency fund, you can always adjust the plan – earn a little extra, delay retirement, etc. But after you retire, there’s not as much margin for error. 

71. Youth Villages' New Marketing Officer Aims to Raise Nonprofit’s Identity -

For 15 years, Jennifer H. Jones was with Hilton Worldwide. Her task as senior director of brand marketing: build up the profiles of Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Waldorf Astoria Hotels.

Not long after Jones joined nonprofit Youth Villages last September as chief marketing officer, she was on a business trip. Her new boss, Youth Villages CEO Pat Lawler, wanted to know how she was doing – given that she was staying at the Hampton Inn and not the Waldorf.

72. Youth Villages Appoints Chief Marketing Officer -

Jennifer Hoffman Jones has been named chief marketing officer at Youth Villages, the Memphis-headquartered private nonprofit organization that helps more than 22,000 emotionally troubled children and their families each year in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

73. Student Petitions to Save Booksellers -

Support continues to pour in for Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis’ largest independent bookstore that announced recently it is set to close next month.

Shoppers immediately flocked to the store, which has hung large closing signs in its windows and begun a liquidation sale. A competitor, Burke’s Book Store, issued a rallying cry – a long statement, to be exact – encouraging the community to do what it can to help keep the store open and to support independent bookstores.

74. Opponents of Dairy Expansion To Host Community Meeting -

A group of Midtown citizens who are opposed to the expansion of Turner Dairy’s Madison Avenue location will hold a public meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hattiloo Theatre lobby, 37 S. Cooper St.

75. Youth Villages Names New Chief Marketing Officer -

Jennifer Hoffman Jones has been named chief marketing officer at Youth Villages, the Memphis-headquartered private nonprofit organization that helps more than 22,000 emotionally troubled children and their families each year in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

76. Data-Driven Marketing Will be King (Again) in 2017 -

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to participate in a CMO Summit with over 100 senior-level brand marketers from around the country to discuss the looming issues we would all be facing in 2017, and how the use of data and analytics might be an integral part of the marketing solutions. 

77. Huston to Lead Downtown Marketing Initiatives -

Penelope Huston has joined the Downtown Memphis Commission as vice president of marketing, communications and events. Huston has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing, public relations, and relationship management, most recently serving as director of marketing for Memphis in May.
In her new role, she will be responsible for developing the DMC’s marketing strategy; driving activities to enhance the image of Downtown and public awareness of its growth and value to the region; and lead initiatives to position Downtown as a center for culture, tourism, business and entertainment. 

78. Nashville Retimes 550 Traffic Signals to Address Growth -

Nashville officials have synchronized hundreds of traffic signals to help address the traffic brought on by the city’s rapid growth.

The city says Metro Public Works finished a project earlier this month to re-time 550 signals along 18 major pikes and corridors.

79. Memphis Branch NAACP Executive Director Retires -

Madeleine Taylor, the executive director of the Memphis Branch NAACP, is retiring after 26 years with the organization, including six in her current position.

Taylor has been integral to the work of the civil rights organization that has been an essential part of the city’s history before, during and after the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

80. What Lies Ahead for UT Athletics in 2017 -

Hey Vols fans, Happy New Year. May your 2017 year in Tennessee sports be better than your 2016 year in Tennessee sports. Perhaps, a fresh start is what we all need. Let’s face it. The Music City Bowl wasn’t where Tennessee wanted the 2016 football season to end. The Vols were picked to win the SEC East Division in preseason and floundered to an 8-4 record in the regular season, 4-4 in the SEC. Their football season was about the norm for most UT sports in 2016: average. Here are some dates to mark in hope of better things ahead in 2017...

81. Growing Number of Americans are Retiring Outside the US -

Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico. It was a move she and her husband, Mel, had discussed before he passed away in 2012.

"I wanted to find a place where I could afford to live off my Social Security," she said. "The weather here is so perfect, and it's a beautiful place."

82. Memphis Branch NAACP Executive Director Retires -

Madeleine Taylor, the executive director of the Memphis Branch NAACP, is retiring after 26 years with the organization, including six in her current position.

Taylor has been integral to the work of the civil rights organization that has been an essential part of the city’s history before, during and after the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

83. Avoid Pitfalls as Retirement Distribution Deadline Nears -

The IRS defers taxes on many retirement accounts. But at a certain point, the agency wants to start collecting its due.

The way it does so can feel like an abrupt change, especially if you've spent decades considering those accounts off limits. You must start taking required minimum distributions, or RMDs, at age 70 1/2.

84. Tennessee House GOP Chairman Defends Secret Meeting Decision -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The chairman of the state House Republican Caucus is defending a recent decision to hold a meeting behind closed doors.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2hPby6I) that Rep. Ryan Williams of Cookeville told a Tennessee Capitol Hill Press Corps delegation that he believes there's a "time and place where we have to have the ability to communicate personally with one another."

85. Brand Dissonance Boosts Marketing Performance -

The primary reason that most advertising fails is that the message sounds remarkably similar to most competitors in the marketplace. With all the advertising noise competing for consumer attention these days, it’s becoming increasingly challenging for the market to differentiate one brand from another. This translates to a waste of precious advertising dollars. It’s the equivalent of flushing your marketing budget down the drain.

86. Commission Sets Meeting On Minority Business -

Shelby County Commissioners have set a special meeting for Dec. 14 to vote on the second reading of two ordinances that would change county purchasing procedures to both enhance the amount of locally owned small businesses that get county contracts and establish a minority and women business enterprise (MWBE) program.

87. Evolving PILOT Programs in Memphis Look to Restore Competitive Balance -

When the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine approved its Fast Track payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program earlier this year, it was with the hopes of bringing back a competitive balance between Memphis and North Mississippi.

88. Retire, Then Reinvent Yourself -

Birth is a beginning. Death is an ending. Everything in between is merely a transition. The secret to fulfillment, to leading a purpose-driven life, to happiness, is how you learn to manage and maximize those transitions.

89. Commission Sets Meeting On Minority Business -

Shelby County Commissioners have set a special meeting for Dec. 14 to vote on the second read-ing of two ordinances that would change county purchasing procedures to both enhance the amount of locally owned small businesses that get county contracts and establish a minority and women business enterprise program.

90. Retirement Drawdown – Which First? -

Ray’s Take It’s not what you earn, but what you keep. That old saying is true when saving for retirement, and it’s just as important – if not more so – when it comes to withdrawing money from your various retirement accounts.

91. Memphis Athletics Achieves New Academic Peak -

For the second consecutive year, University of Memphis athletics posted an all-time high in academic success, as the NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate and Federal Graduation Rate reports.

In the reports, the U of M’s numbers remained the same as the year before, with the university graduating 85 percent of its student-athletes for the 2009 cohort and having a 61 percent federal graduation rate for the same time period (2006-09).

92. Get a Competitive Advantage With a Marketing Map -

It sometimes seems like marketing campaigns are an escalating game of chase. When your closest competition takes out an advertisement in the newspaper emphasizing their clients’ successes, you might feel like you need to make your presence known with a two-page spread doing the same.

93. Memphis Athletics Achieves New Academic Peak -

For the second consecutive year, University of Memphis athletics posted an all-time high in aca-demic success, as the NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate and Federal Graduation Rate reports.

94. Brush Up on Etiquette Before the Office Party -

Business parties, dinners and networking events abound during the holidays. And while they can elicit groans and cause a bit of stress, they are actually a great way to distinguish yourself from your boardroom persona – and fellow colleagues – by making a great impression with modern table and party manners. 

95. 'Excellent' First Meeting for Obama, Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a cordial beginning to their transfer of power, President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met at the White House Thursday. Obama called the 90-minute meeting "excellent," and his successor said he looked forward to receiving the outgoing president's "counsel."

96. Splitting Your Savings – Retirement or College? -

Ray’s Take After purchasing a home, the two biggest expenses most couples encounter are saving for retirement and saving for kids’ college expenses. In a perfect world, parents would estimate how much each goal would require, make a conservative estimate about returns, and then invest enough money each month to reach those goals on target.

97. Strickland Goes With Private Health Exchange for Retirees -

The city of Memphis is restoring a city subsidy for health care coverage of city retirees who are younger than 65 years old – primarily police and firefighters.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced the private health insurance exchange for retirees Wednesday, Nov. 9, which includes Health Reimbursement Accounts funded by the city for eligible premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

98. 10 Offline Marketing Strategies -

We’re so knee-deep in the digital age that the phrase “digital marketing” is now synonymous with “marketing.” As such, there is so much digital noise competing for the attention of consumers, your message can be easily lost. That’s why now, more than ever, a combination of offline and online strategies are your best bet. 

99. Strickland to Make Decision On Retiree Health Insurance -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will make a decision Tuesday, Nov. 8, on city health insurance coverage for retirees that could involve a private health care exchange.

100. Experts: Memphis Competitive on Commercial Real Estate Front -

Incentives are an indispensable tool for attracting major corporate tenants to Memphis. Memphis industrial real estate activity is hot, there’s something of a war for office sector talent and there’s been good absorption of multifamily space in Memphis this year.