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1. 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.

2. 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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4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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. 

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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. 

21. 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. 

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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...

25. 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."

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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."

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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).

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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. 

39. '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."

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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. 

43. 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.

44. 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.

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46. Morris Marketing, Archer Malmo, DCA Take Top PRSA Memphis Honors -

Morris Marketing Group, Archer Malmo and DCA took top honors at the 23rd annual Vox Awards hosted recently by the PRSA Memphis chapter at Visible Music College.

Morris Marketing Agency won Best in Show for Campaigns Brand Management/Reputation (more than $7,500) and for Special Events One Day (more than $7,500). Archer Malmo and DCA tied for Best in Show for Tactics, with Archer winning the Media Tactics: Press Conference category and DCA winning Print Tactics: Visual Elements.

47. US Approves 2 Types of Genetically Engineered Potatoes -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of two types of potatoes that are genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.

48. Memphis YMCA President Retiring After Long Tenure -

Keith Johnson, president and CEO of YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South, has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31. Johnson has spent 38 years with the YMCA, including 23 years with the Memphis Y. He became its CEO in 2005.

49. Industrial Real Estate Competition Heats Up Between DeSoto, Marshall -

A North Mississippi industrial park more than 10 years in the making is reaching the finish line. By next May, Hillwood Investment Co. will wrap construction on a 947,000-square-foot warehouse on the final parcel in the DeSoto Trade Center.

50. For Fountain, Three Years Became a Lifetime -

Three years, he told himself. Three years and Scott Fountain would move back to Florida. It was 1991, and Fountain had recently relocated to Memphis. He was the new vice chancellor of development and alumni relations at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – the youngest person ever to hold the job. His wife soon followed, and two weeks later, their daughter was born.

51. Memphis YMCA President Retiring After Long Tenure -

Keith Johnson, president and CEO of YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South, has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31. Johnson has spent 38 years with the YMCA, including 23 years with the Memphis Y. He became its CEO in 2005.

52. International Paper Co. Executives Retiring -

International Paper chief financial officer Carol Roberts will retire at the end of March along with William Hoel, the senior vice president of IP’s container division for the Americas, the company has announced.

53. Editorial: The Most Important Election of Your Lifetime -

After all of the votes – popular and electoral – are counted in this tiresome campaign season in which being the lesser of two evils is extolled as a virtue, we all still have work to do.

Those who own our political process – the one that has given us the two most unpopular nominees of our lifetimes – want to keep this going.

54. Caterpillar CEO to Retire Next Year -

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar said Monday that CEO and Chairman Doug Oberhelman will retire from the company next year and will be replaced as CEO by Jim Umpleby, an executive who has worked at the construction and mining equipment company for more than three decades.

55. Petitions Fail to Strip Confederate Emblem From Mississippi State Flag -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi's flag has failed because sponsors didn't collect enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot.

56. Two International Paper Executives to Retire -

International Paper chief financial officer Carol Roberts will retire at the end of March along with William Hoel, the senior vice president of IP’s container division for the Americas, the company has announced.

57. Freed-Hardeman University President Retiring -

HENDERSON, Tenn. (AP) – Freed-Hardeman University says president Joe Wiley will retire at the end of this academic year.

58. Speaker Ramsey, Retired Gen. Luck Named to University Boards -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday named state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and retired Army Gen. Gary Luck to newly independent university boards.

59. 5 Tips to Keep Your Marketing Emails Out of the Trash Folder -

On a typical day, the average professional receives about 100 emails and, according to a recent study, that number is only expected to grow. The average professional also is in the routine of quickly scanning the inbox and deleting emails that don’t quickly catch their attention. It can be tough for any email these days to not end up in the trash bin.

60. Town Hall Meetings Reflect Shift in Protest Discussions -

Almost three months after Black Lives Matter movement protestors shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and as a result, opened talks with the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, some of the civic discussion has moved to economic issues.

61. Mayor Starts Post-Protest Community Meetings -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will kick off a series of community meetings Oct. 25 in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in July and August.

62. Mayor Starts Post-Protest Community Meetings -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will kick off a series of community meetings Oct. 25 in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in July and August.

63. Tennessee Athletics Reports $12.2 Million Surplus in 2015-16 -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's athletic department has reported a surplus of $12.2 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year that ended June 30.

The school announced in a release Wednesday that it had operating revenues of $136.2 million and expenses of $124 million in the 2015-16 fiscal year. School officials said the athletic department had a record year in fundraising with $30.7 million in annual unrestricted cash donations.

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65. Tennessee Ranks 13th In Tax Competitiveness -

Tennessee has the 13th most competitive tax code in the nation, according to the 13th annual State Business Tax Climate Index just released by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

The report measures how well-structured each state’s tax code is by analyzing more than 100 tax variables in five different tax categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance.

66. Tennessee Opted Against Hart Extension Before His Retirement -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee had opted against giving athletic director Dave Hart a contract extension with a raise before he announced he was stepping down, according to documents obtained in a public records request by The Associated Press.

67. Mississippi State Begins Search for New Athletic Director -

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum said the school will begin its search for a new athletic director now that Scott Stricklin has left to take the same job at Florida.

68. 7 Irrefutable Laws of Social-Media Marketing -

Seemingly every brand has a presence on at least one social platform these days. Very few, however, are successfully converting that resource investment into engaged, loyal customers. What’s the secret of those realizing customer conversion? They are following these laws of social-media marketing.

69. Private Equity Firm Pays $13M for Retirement Community -

950 Cherry Road

Memphis, TN 38117

Sale Amount: $13 million

Sale Date: Sept. 7, 2016

70. Chicago Investors Buy Local Retirement Community -

A Chicago-based private equity fund has purchased the 176-unit Town Village Audubon Park retirement community in East Memphis for $13 million, or $73,864 per unit.

TV-Ten LP, an entity affiliated with Chicago Pacific Founders, bought the two-story facility from GFTV Audubon Owner LLC in a Sept. 7 special warranty deed. GFTV, an affiliate of New York-based Garrison Investment Group, had purchased Town Village Audubon Park in 2014 for $12.9 million.

71. Retirement Readiness – Positive Planning -

Ray’s Take At varying levels, most of us acknowledge that retirement planning is something that deserves some consideration. The challenge comes in the midst of day-to-day problems and distractions. We can lose focus or may not have a good grasp of what our focus is. It makes an often-difficult task even harder.

72. Yancy to Retire From MMBC Continuum -

One of the most influential advocates for minority businesses in Memphis is retiring from that economic development role.

Luke Yancy III, who has been president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum for 16 years, will retire in September 2017 to pursue other interests, according to the MMBC Continuum board of directors.

73. Trust Marketing Mantra: It Takes Villagers to Reach the People -

Even if you have not heard of Trust Marketing & Communications Inc., you’ve seen their work.

74. Yancy to Retire From MMBC Continuum -

One of the most influential advocates for minority businesses in Memphis is retiring from that economic development role.

Luke Yancy III, who has been president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum for 16 years, will retire in September 2017 to pursue other interests, according to the MMBC Continuum board of directors.

75. Yancy Retiring From Memphis Minority Business Agency -

One of the most influential advocates for minority businesses in Memphis is retiring from that economic development role.

Luke Yancy III, who has been president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum for 16 years, will retire in September 2017 to pursue other interests, according to the MMBC Continuum board of directors.

76. Yancy Retiring From Minority Business Agency -

One of the most influential advocates for minority businesses in Memphis is retiring from that economic development role.

Luke Yancy III, who has been president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum for 16 years, will retire in September 2017 to pursue other interests, according to the MMBC Continuum board of directors.

77. How to Prepare for a Board Meeting -

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part interview with Kim Moss. The board of directors plays a critical role in the life of a nonprofit. While each board is unique, best practices can increase a board’s effectiveness.

78. Retirement Planning When You’re Self-Employed -

Ray’s Take Most people who work dream of being their own boss at some point. While there are certainly some benefits, there are a good number of extra headwinds you don’t want to ignore.

79. SCS Ponders How to Pay For Retirees’ Insurance -

Shelby County Schools board members approved an $8.4 million, three-year agreement with MetLife Insurance to continue life insurance coverage of school system retirees Tuesday, Aug. 30, but it will cost $7.2 million more for the same coverage.

80. Tennessee Valley Authority Operations Chief Retiring -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says its chief operating officer will retire at the end of the year.

Chip Pardee joined TVA in April 2013. According to a Monday news release, Pardee's contributions include improvements to the power generation fleet and the operations team. The utility says those improvements are helping it cut pollution from its plants and keep rates low while also providing reliable energy to customers.

81. Tennessee Titans Tight End Craig Stevens Planning to Retire -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Titans tight end Craig Stevens is retiring at the age of 31.

82. KFC's New Marketing Gimmick: Giving Away Scented Sunscreen -

NEW YORK (AP) – KFC gave away 3,000 bottles of sunscreen that it said smelled like fried chicken to drum up buzz for its Extra Crispy chicken.

Several Associated Press reporters who tested the sunscreen said the smell did not immediately bring to mind chicken, however.

83. Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart to Retire in June 2017 -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart will retire next summer after a tumultuous tenure that included consolidation of the men's and women's athletic departments, improvements in fundraising and facilities and the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit.

84. Rules Change Once You Retire -

Ray’s Take: Retirement is a time when a lot of the old financial rules get flipped on their head. Most people who retire don’t want to go back to work, and even if they did, they may not be afforded the opportunity. Wal-Mart needs only so many greeters. At this point there’s no turning back, and what money you’ve saved will be the lion’s share of what you will need to live off of.

85. MATA Union Meeting Focused On Possible Service Cuts -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority’s bus drivers’ union will hold a public meeting Saturday, Aug. 13, to solicit public input on possible cuts in bus service.

A statement from the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 713 said such a meeting would allow for public concerns to be aired before any cuts might come about. The meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gaston Community Center, 1046 S. Third St.

86. P&G Tops Forecasts as Company Cuts Costs, Steps Up Marketing -

CINCINNATI (AP) – Procter & Gamble reported a quarterly profit Tuesday that topped Wall Street expectations as the world's biggest consumer products company worked on slashing costs and pruning its product lineup to offset slow growth.

87. U of M Athletics to Sell Tickets Via Text Message -

The University of Memphis Athletics Department has announced a new partnership with sales technology company ReplyBuy, a global sales platform that combines mobile messaging, payments and digital commerce.

88. U of M Athletics to Sell Tickets Via Text Message -

The University of Memphis Athletics Department has announced a new partnership with sales technology company ReplyBuy, a global sales platform that combines mobile messaging, payments and digital commerce.

89. Crosstown High Advances In Grant Competition -

The proposal for a Crosstown High School has advanced in the national competition for one of five $10 million grants from the XQ Super School Project.

The XQ Institute is an education reform group specifically working on new models for American high schools. The institute’s supporters include Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs.

90. Boyle Completing Key Quadrant At Schilling Farms, Eyeing More Retail -

Boyle Investment Co. is wrapping up construction on a critical corner of Schilling Farms that will bring more retail and encourage more office users to consider the development. The three adjacent projects fill in the southern quadrant of Schilling Boulevard and Winchester Road, a small part of the sprawling 443-acre, city-within-a-city in Collierville.

91. Crosstown High Advances In Grant Competition -

The proposal for a Crosstown High School has advanced in the national competition for one of five $10 million grants from the XQ Super School Project.

The XQ Institute is an education reform group specifically working on new models for American high schools. The institute’s supporters include Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs.

92. Emotions of Retirement – Are You Ready? -

Ray’s Take: How prepared are you for the emotional side of retirement?

Most of us see retirement planning as a quantitative exercise to be as certain as we can that the financial aspects are in good order. Everything else we tend to see through rose-colored glasses, envisioning it as a time when we are free to do the things we’ve been putting on hold for years. But there’s another side to retirement that few fully think through in advance. 

93. Businesses Welcome Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail Completion -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – No more orange barrels to drive around, no more lane shifts, no more trouble getting in and out of parking spaces.

"Hallelujah," said Pam Fair, a co-owner of Sparrows on Main, a boutique on East Main Street that opened in May 2014. Four months later, work began on the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail.

94. Agreeing on Retirement Issues – Start Early -

Ray’s Take Communication is the key to avoiding conflict in any aspect of life. And retirement issues are no exception.

As more baby boomers prepare to retire, they’re increasingly facing complicated negotiations with spouses. Many live in dual-income households. And while each partner may have very specific ideas about when and how to retire, they often avoid discussions about retirement altogether. 

95. Elkington Promoted At ABO Marketing -

Jamie Elkington has been promoted to director of communications at ABO Marketing & Communications. In this position, she will direct and implement public relations plans for the nonprofit and business organizations the firm serves.

96. Memphis Marketing Group Names New Board Members -

The Memphis Chapter of the American Marketing Association has announced the chapter’s 2016-2017 board of directors, which includes four new members. All terms took effect July 1.

Mary Stratton, director of marketing at Power & Tel, will lead the chapter as president, and Wendy-Sumner Winter, senior director of communications and marketing at Christian Brothers University, will serve as president-elect.

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98. Carrying Debt Into Retirement -

Ray’s Take: In a perfect world, when we retire, our debt should already be “retired.” 

But when it comes to retirement these days, the picture is much different for the baby boomer generation than it was for their parents. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, older consumers are carrying more debt, including mortgages, credit cards and even student loans, into their retirement years. In 2013, the average household headed by someone age 55 or older had $73,211 in debt, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

99. U of M Athletics Nears 901 Campaign Goal -

The University of Memphis Athletic Department is close to reaching the finish line of its 901 Campaign, which launched in September 2014 with the goal of adding 901 new members to the Tiger Scholarship Fund. As of Tuesday, June 28, the university was 45 donors shy of accomplishing that goal.

100. In a Competitive Market, Hemline Maintains Its Boutique Advantages -

As Hemline partner and co-founder Cynthia Saatkamp says, “The (agency’s) name will always be a differentiator.”

But you don’t survive – and thrive – over 12 years by only being a public relations and marketing firm run by women and for women. When Saatkamp and co-founder and partner Kelley Morice started the business, they went right into heavily male-dominated industries.