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1. China Gives Final Nod to FedEx Acquisition of TNT -

FedEx Corp. and TNT Express announced Friday, April 29, that the Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China has given unconditional approval for their merger.

2. Johnson, Koepka Confirmed for FedEx St. Jude Classic -

Two of golf’s top players are confirmed for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, to be played from June 9-12 at TPC Southwind.

Past champion Dustin Johnson, currently sitting eighth in the World Golf Rankings, will make his fifth appearance in Memphis. He won here in 2012 and his most recent victory on tour came in 2015. He finished 2015 ranked seventh in the FedEx Cup standings and presently is fourth on the tour in driving distance.

3. FedEx Institute Adds Two Technology Partners -

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis announced agreements Monday, April 25, with two new partners – Tech901 and Memphis Technology Foundation.

Tech901 is a nonprofit with a goal of helping create 10,000 technology jobs in a decade in Memphis. That goal was at the 6,000 mark late last year.

4. UPS 1st-Quarter Profit Rises 10 Percent, Beating Forecasts -

DALLAS (AP) – United Parcel Service Inc. said Thursday that first-quarter profit rose 10 percent to $1.13 billion, helped by an increase in both ground shipments and next-day air deliveries in the United States.

5. TNReady Contract Cancellation Deepens Complexity -

When Measurement Inc. told state officials earlier this week that the company couldn’t get several million paper versions of its online student achievement tests shipped, the state went to Memphis-based FedEx to work around shipping limits.

6. Last Word: The Friendly Church on the Parkway and Paxton Lynch's Mom -

He came to Memphis in the late 1950s from Chicago as the first pastor of Monumental Baptist Church, the “friendly church on the parkway” in a city that was anything but friendly to the causes of Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles.

7. Johnson, Koepka Confirmed For FedEx St. Jude Classic -

Two of golf’s top players are confirmed for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, to be played from June 9-12 at TPC Southwind.

Past champion Dustin Johnson, currently sitting eighth in the World Golf Rankings, will make his fifth appearance in Memphis. He won here in 2012 and his most recent victory on tour came in 2015. He finished 2015 ranked seventh in the FedEx Cup standings and presently is fourth on tour in driving distance.

8. Last Word: Memphis Gets Busy, Elections Future and Past and Dad Rock In C-Y -

While their folks are still getting settled over in the front office at The Commercial Appeal, Gannett announces Monday an $815 million offer to buy Tribune Publishing which would put The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune in the expanding USA Today family.

9. FedEx Institute Partners With Tech901, Tech Foundation -

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis announced agreements Monday, April 25, with two new partners – Tech901 and Memphis Technology Foundation.

Tech901 is a nonprofit with a goal of helping create 10,000 technology jobs in a decade in Memphis. That goal was at the 6,000 mark late last year.

10. Methodist Takes IT, Electronic Records to Stage 6 -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s race to not only digitize patient medical records but to improve the IT processes and technology around those records and throughout the organization has added Methodist to a distinguished club.

11. CBHS Gets $1 Million Gift, Names Business Program -

Christian Brothers High School has announced its business program will be called the Bill and Carol Marr Department of Business and Economics. The program is named in honor of the $1 million gift from alumnus Bill Marr, CBHS Class of 1964.

12. OneJet Halts Memphis Flights, But City Remains in Picture -

Business carrier OneJet has cut its flights out of Memphis.

In June 2015, OneJet landed in Memphis with a four-times weekly direct flight to Indianapolis. On April 5, those flights were terminated.

13. CBHS Receives $1 Million Gift, Names New Business Program -

Christian Brothers High School has announced its business program will be called the Bill and Carol Marr Department of Business and Economics. The program is named in honor of the $1 million gift from alumnus Bill Marr, CBHS Class of 1964.

14. Grizzlies, NBA Preparing for Start of Jersey Sponsorship Era -

Everyone understands what corporate clutter looks like. It’s the NASCAR driver’s racing suit, cap and car, where it seems every square inch has been sold off to sponsors and the athlete becomes part Ricky Bobby.

15. Memphis' Startup Accelerators Teaming Up This Summer -

For several years now, Memphis hasn’t been home to a unified hub of startup companies and activities so much as a collection of startup archipelagos, the disparate factions of activity sometimes duplicating the work of other groups.

16. Finding a Compromise on the Greensward Issue -

The current debate over the Memphis Zoo’s use of the Greensward for overflow parking is more complex than most realize. Opponents of this usage try to paint a very compelling picture of the Zoo as a massive, profit-driven enterprise which came into Overton Park like an invasive species and has recklessly expanded, gobbling up park land and taking it away from the citizens.

17. Last Word: Tubby Time, Haslam's Veto and Africa in April's 30th Year -

It was just four weeks ago that all of this talk about change at the top of the Tiger basketball chart was put to rest. Coach Josh Pastner’s performance was reviewed by the University of Memphis administration and he was staying at least for another season. Four weeks to the day of that announcement, Pastner is the new coach at Georgia Tech and we are in the first day of the Tubby Smith era at the U of M.

18. Murry-Drobot Brings Hope to Domestic Violence Survivors -

For the first seven years of her life, Olliette Murry-Drobot grew up in a home where her father physically abused her mother. It’s a harrowing experience she says she still grapples with.

“Growing up, my sense of the world was that it was a very scary place,” she remembers. “I saw that other kids had a sense of safety, but I was always looking over my shoulder.”

19. FedEx Unveils Latest Global Citizenship Report -

FedEx Corp. has been busy with more than worldwide package delivery and the operation of its sprawling logistics empire over the past year.

20. Three Decades In, Africa in April Maintains Cultural Focus -

It was 30 years ago that David and Yvonne Acey answered a dilemma from an educators’ conference about levels of learning among African-American students compared to white students.

21. Carrie Underwood At FedExForum Nov. 13 -

Seven-time Grammy winner and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood has extended The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round, which will bring her back to FedExForum on Nov. 13.

22. Career Fairs Aren’t Just For Kids -

Yesterday, I found myself saying something I often say this time of year: “One of my all-time favorite things is to go to a job fair!” The response I received was not unexpected. The job seeker hadn’t even thought of attending a job fair since college. They seem so juvenile on some level.

23. Carrie Underwood at FedExForum Nov. 13 -

Seven-time Grammy winner and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood has extended The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round, which will bring her back to FedExForum on Nov. 13.

24. Loflin Yard Pays Attention to Residents -

This week, a “rural oasis” opens for business in the middle of Downtown Memphis. That’s developer Taylor Berger’s vision for Loflin Yard, an acre-wide outdoor destination with pit barbecue, live music and barrel-aged cocktails.

25. RedRover Hosts 10-Year Bash at FedExForum -

You know you’ve made it when you can throw a birthday party that draws guests like an NBA star in addition to a variety of high-powered business leaders.

Later this week, RedRover Sales & Marketing Strategy is hosting an invitation-only bash at FedExForum that will include a meet-and-greet session with Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen. In addition to networking opportunities with the business crowd on hand, the firm will also give an early peek at its revamped website launching this month and will toast the release of CEO Lori Turner-Wilson’s new book, “WOOF! Why Ordinary Organizations Fail.”

26. Statewide Demand Outstrips Supply of Qualified Workers -

Tennessee is surging as a major manufacturing state, bouncing back from the Great Recession by attracting billions of dollars in new investment and creating thousands of new – and often very high-paying – advanced manufacturing jobs.

27. Innovation Firm Puts ‘Little Bird’ on Companies’ Shoulder -

When Zack Perry and Nicole Heckman were kicking around names for the innovation consultancy they launched a little more than a year ago, they focused on the way they wanted to help bring change to organizations.

28. Commercial Drone Expo at University of Memphis -

The University of Memphis and the FedEx Institute of Technology will present a Commercial Drone Expo to be held at the U of M campus on April 9. The event will highlight the commercial applications of drone technology, showcase the uses for the general public and facilitate a dialogue on the positive applications of this emerging technology.

29. FedEx Relaunches CrossBorder Division -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. announced Tuesday, March 22, the relaunch of its e-commerce services division FedEx CrossBorder.

30. Commercial Drone Expo at University of Memphis -

The University of Memphis and the FedEx Institute of Technology will present a Commercial Drone Expo to be held at the U of M campus on April 9. The event will highlight the commercial applications of drone technology, showcase the uses for the general public and facilitate a dialogue on the positive applications of this emerging technology.

31. Events -

Mid-South Association for Financial Professionals will meet Thursday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave. Rene Bustamante, staff VP and assistant treasurer of global cash management for FedEx Corp., will present “How to Become a Strategic Treasurer Organization.” Register at midsouthafp.org.

32. FedEx Launches E-Commerce CrossBorder Division -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. announced Tuesday, March 22, the relaunch of its e-commerce services division FedEx CrossBorder.

33. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on government contracting Thursday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center will teach small-business owners how to successfully compete for government contracts. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

34. Events -

Rhodes College will host Tanisha C. Ford of the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a lecture titled “This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Civil Rights Movement: A New Perspective on the Style Politics of the 1960s” Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Free and open to the public. Direct inquiries to Charles McKinney at mckinneyc@rhodes.edu or 901-843-3525.

35. Storytelling, The Brain & Work Culture -

I love the quote by the poet Muriel Rukeyser that says, “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” Humans live for stories. We learn from stories at home, school, from friends and also very compellingly at work. 

36. Last Word: D-Day, Opera Festival Returns and Buying GMF After the Bond Default -

This is what you might call D-Day in Nashville. The “D’ in this case stands for deannexation.
The bill to permit deannexation by referendum has in the course of two weeks become the city’s dominant political issue.

37. Judge Dismisses Bulk of Criminal Charges Against FedEx -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge dismissed the bulk of criminal charges against FedEx Corp. in a case alleging it knowingly shipped illegal prescription drugs.

38. Events -

Livable Memphis will unveil its “Citizens Guide for Improving Your Park” during its monthly Pizza With Planners meeting on Monday, March 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memphis Leadership Foundation, 1548 Poplar Ave. Copies of the guide will be available for attendees; an online version is slated for later release. Learn more and RSVP at livablememphis.org.

39. Registration Open for Fairway 5K on April 9 -

The road to the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic starts here, with the fourth annual Fairway 5K at 8 a.m. at TPC Southwind.

40. Last Word: Putt and 1969, Fred Smith on Amazon and Ramsey's Departure -

George Howard Putt died in prison sometime last year state prison officials disclosed Wednesday -- far from the brief time he spent in Memphis but never far from the carnage he left behind in the Memphis of 1969.
The bodies of the first two of the five people killed by Putt between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, 1969 were discovered just days after the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles by the Manson family dominated national news coverage. Less than a year earlier the Boston Strangler movie was in theaters, creating a sensation about the murders committed by serial killer Albert DeSalvo in Boston just a few years earlier.
Bernalyn and Roy Dumas were strangled by Putt in their home in Cooper-Young and Putt mutilated her body in a way that police homicide detectives still wouldn’t talk about decades later. The bodies were found in separate rooms.
Even with no details other than the names of the victims, the city was quickly spooked by the double murder. So when the body of Leila Jackson was found short of two weeks later, the city’s reaction was a palpable fear in which anyone unknown was to be avoided. Memphians didn’t tarry after work. They went home and bolted the doors.
It got worse as more victims turned up with little in common other than four of the five were women. They were of varying ages. Some were strangled and some were stabbed.
Just about any magazine rack of the day include true crime magazines that by the late 1960s were beginning to look very dated in their lurid noir-like covers teasing the most sensational crime narratives of the day.
They were an intentional contrast to the cover images of youth in bright colors in natural settings in other magazines heralding a new future and youth culture.
The murders in a Southern city, whose 1969 conservatism is hard to describe nearly 50 years later, quickly grabbed the covers of the true crime magazines. And the images they offered spoke to the scenic reality where Putt roamed even as the murders continued.
Apartment buildings and boarding houses were the settings for some of the murders but not all.
Glenda Sue Harden
was last seen walking to her car parked on the Cobblestones from the insurance office she worked at nearby. Her body was found in Martin Luther King/Riverside Park hidden under a piece of plywood.
At one of the murder scenes, police found an ice pick stuck in the side of the building with a stocking tied around it.
Putt’s last victim, in an apartment building on Bellevue, screamed as she was stabbed repeatedly and others in the building gave chase with police close behind, arresting Putt near the new and unopened section of the interstate that runs west of Bellevue.
Putt tried to force his way into another apartment nearby but the women inside kept him on the other side of the door.
The killer that panicked an entire city was a skinny utterly forgettable guy in his 20s with sideburns and glasses who appeared to have rarely roamed beyond a community of neighborhood bars, boarding houses and old apartment buildings in the Midtown and Medical Center areas.
It turns out he came to Memphis after walking away from a prison farm in Mississippi and into a Memphis that was slowly but surely changing. And the world that Putt encountered would soon vanish in large part.
Overton Square’s incarnation was about a year away. A new bridge was about to be built across the Mississippi River as part of Interstate 40 which was to go through Overton Park just south of the north-south leg of the interstate where Putt was captured.
Originally sentenced to death, Putt’s sentence was commuted when the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty in the early 1970s.
He was serving a 497-year sentence when he died at the Turney Center Wednesday in Only, Tennessee.
Putt never sought parole and never gave any explanation for why he killed five people in less than a month and his apparently random selection of victims.

41. FedEx CEO Downplays Amazon ‘Industry Disruption’ -

FedEx Corp. founder and CEO Fred Smith never said the word “Amazon,” but the e-commerce giant was clearly on his mind Wednesday.

Smith addressed speculation about “industry disruption” by Amazon from the outset of Memphis-based FedEx’s quarterly earnings conference call. He also defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, noting that both of the frontrunners for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations are opposed to it.

42. Grimes Joins Barge Waggoner As Transportation Project Manager -

Keafur Grimes has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as transportation project manager, bringing with him more than 35 years of experience. In his new role, Grimes manages transportation planning and construction projects to meet federal, state and local regulations; ensures that projects meet quality compliance and assurance standards as well as customer needs; and are delivered on time and within budget.

43. Registration Open For Fairway 5K on April 9 -

The road to the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic starts here, with the fourth annual Fairway 5K at 8 a.m. at TPC Southwind.

44. Tri-Star Chronicles Captures Tennessee’s Lesser-Known Stories -

J.R. “Pitt” Hyde III is not Memphis’ most famous name across the state of Tennessee. But he is an important name, has a deep and rich story worth telling, and that is exactly the point.

45. Politics of Deannexation Proposal Grows More Complex -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is heading to Nashville Wednesday, March 16, to talk with legislators about what he considers City Hall’s highest priority in the 2016 session of the Tennessee Legislature – defeating a deannexation proposal.

46. Up, Up and Away -

The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.

The drone is everything from a stalking device to track poachers creeping through the South African bush hunting rhinos to the impetus for a potential commercial growth industry right here in Memphis.

47. Last Word: Cubits Anyone, The G-Word and The TV News Crime Block -

How long is a cubit? After a day in which many of you got about four to five inches of rain and more to come Thursday, it seems an appropriate and timely question.
And yes, there is a cubit conversion chart on line for converting that and other really old units of measurement no longer in use like the mina, drachma or the synodic month.
So the average cubit, which is supposed to be the length of a forearm, is 18 inches or a foot and a half. That’s 0.4572 of a meter, which might as well be an ancient unit of measurement.
Someone had to say it.
According to biblehub.com – I’m not making up websites – the book of Genesis sets God’s instructions to Noah as an arc with the dimensions of 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits tall. And it was to be made out of gopher wood and covered inside and out with pitch.
The New Living Translation and Holman Christian Standard Bibles convert that to an arc 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.

48. Amazon Leases 20 Jets to Build Out Logistics Network -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is taking to the skies. The e-commerce powerhouse has finalized an agreement to lease 20 Boeing jets from Air Transport Services Group Inc. as it builds out its U.S. delivery capabilities.

49. Local Robotics Teams Compete in Little Rock -

Four local robotics teams – Collierville High School’s Dragons, Memphis Business Academy’s MBA Execs, Mitchell High’s Tigerbots and White Station High’s SpartaBot – are in Little Rock, defending their towers against robot invaders.

50. Greensward Dispute Mediation Begins -

The city-backed mediation effort between the Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy begins Tuesday, March 8, following a busy weekend in Overton Park that brought out large crowds for the zoo as well as the park in general.

51. Allen & Hoshall’s Legacy Spans Memphis -

To an outside observer, the building process might seem segmented with planning, architecture, engineering and consulting firms all providing necessary aspects to the finished project.

Allen & Hoshall tries to simplify the process with its comprehensive offering of all those services and more. Whether it’s mechanical or plumbing engineering for a building project or wastewater system engineering for a utility project, land surveying or construction management, Allen & Hoshall covers the gamut.

52. Hedgepeth Defends Greensward Action, Conservancy Moves to Mediation -

Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth says the body's Tuesday, March 1, vote to give the Memphis Zoo control of part of the Overton Park Greensward was an attempt to “rectify a mistake.”

53. FedEx St. Jude Classic Tickets Now on Sale -

The annual PGA Tour stop, the FedEx St. Jude Classic, returns to Memphis on June 6-12 at TPC Southwind, and tickets are now on sale.

Defending champion Fabian Gomez is expected to return to Memphis. Last year he held off Phil Mickelson to win the title. Since then, Gomez has won the Sony Open and currently is in the Top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings.

54. Methodist CEO Shorb Sets Retirement Date -

For some time Gary Shorb has signalled his intention to retire soon.

The CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare told the organization’s board of directors Thursday, Feb. 25, that he plans to retire at year’s end.

55. Italian Bike Maker Opens Binghampton Service Shop -

The professional biking world is looking to put Memphis on the map. Victory Bicycle Studio has been tapped to serve as the first U.S. service center for 3T, a Milan, Italy-based manufacturer of high-end bike components.

56. Last Word: Presidential Distractions, Dude Perfect and The Kirby Farm House -

When it comes to political surprises, the presidential contenders may be the next group on the ballot locally. But they need to up their game if they are going to hold the attention of Memphis voters.
With three of the Republican contenders on their way to Shelby County this weekend and probably more making plans, the attention Tuesday shifted dramatically to the open 8th District Congressional seat that isn’t on the ballot until the August primaries.

57. FedEx St. Jude Classic Tickets Now on Sale -

The annual PGA Tour stop, the FedEx St. Jude Classic, returns to Memphis on June 6-12 at TPC Southwind, and tickets are now on sale.

Defending champion Fabian Gomez is expected to return to Memphis. Last year he held off Phil Mickelson to win the title. Since then, Gomez has won the Sony Open and currently is in the Top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings.

58. Logistics Accelerator Now Taking Applications -

Applications are now open for the 2016 EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator.

The program, sponsored by FedEx and operated by EPIcenter, was created to help startups bring logistics products and technologies to market. It’s a 15-week program for startups investigating transportation- or logistics-oriented solutions within areas including fleet efficiency, autonomous vehicles, robotics and more.

59. UPS Appeals Brazil’s Nod For FedEx-TNT Merger -

A third party has appealed Brazil’s approval of FedEx Corp.’s acquisition of TNT, the companies jointly announced Feb. 18.

60. UPS Appeals Brazil’s Backing Of FedEx’s TNT Takeover -

A third party has appealed Brazil’s approval of FedEx Corp.’s acquisition of TNT, the companies jointly announced Feb. 18.

61. Logistics Accelerator Now Taking Applications -

Applications are now open for the 2016 EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator.

The program, sponsored by FedEx and operated by EPIcenter, was created to help startups bring logistics products and technologies to market. It’s a 15-week program for startups investigating transportation- or logistics-oriented solutions within areas including fleet efficiency, autonomous vehicles, robotics and more.

62. Memphis Still Has ‘Real Shot’ At Being a OneJet Focus City -

On Feb. 11, OneJet announced Pittsburgh as its second focus city – its term for a hub or main connection point – and while Memphis didn’t make the cut this time around, it’s still in the running to be a focus city.

63. Urban Treasure -

They were at the 2007 National Recreation and Park Association conference in Indianapolis and they had been dutifully attending the seminars and taking notes. But one day this two-woman contingent from Memphis and the newly formed Shelby Farms Park Conservancy skipped out of the afternoon workshops.

64. OneJet Chooses Pittsburgh Over Memphis -

OneJet has announced its second focus city, and Memphis didn’t make the cut.

Memphis International Airport was a top contender to become OneJet’s second focus city, but Pittsburgh garnered the expansion instead, according to a company statement released Thursday, Feb. 11.

65. Brazil Approves FedEx’s Acquisition of TNT Express -

FedEx Corp. has three approvals down and one more to go regarding its $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express.

66. Memphis Open Offering Events Beyond Matches -

The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Racquet Club of Memphis with programming including a tennis clinic and lunch with ATP professional tennis players and two-time Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan; a sports management symposium; a tribute to founder Billy Dunavant; a tribute to local tennis legend Tommy Buford; a concert by the Bryan Brothers; and special offerings for “The Big Game” and Valentine’s day.

67. FedEx Targets $200M in Giving By Decade’s End -

Memphis-based FedEx has decided to approach its corporate giving in a new way, one focused on figuring out how to use its assets to make the biggest possible impact in communities.

The company announced this week it’s planning to invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by the end of the decade, part of a new global giving platform – FedEx Cares – the logistics giant has unveiled.

68. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

69. FedEx to Invest $200M in 200-Plus Communities -

FedEx is planning to invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by the end of the decade, part of a new global giving platform – FedEx Cares – the logistics giant has unveiled.

The new giving strategy is built around five core ideas, like "delivering for good," which focuses on using the FedEx global network to deliver resources when they're needed during disasters and for other special shipments.

70. Brazil Approves FedEx’s Acquisition of TNT Express -

FedEx Corp. has three approvals down and one more to go regarding its $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express.

71. Memphis Open Offering Events Beyond Matches -

The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Racquet Club of Memphis with programming including a tennis clinic and lunch with ATP professional tennis players and two-time Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan; a sports management symposium; a tribute to founder Billy Dunavant; a tribute to local tennis legend Tommy Buford; a concert by the Bryan Brothers; and special offerings for “The Big Game” and Valentine’s day.

72. Memphis Sends 12,000 Bottles of Water To Flint -

The city of Memphis, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and FedEx Corp. are sending 12,000 bottle of Memphis water to a food bank in Flint, Michigan.

73. FedEx Authorizes Buyback of 25 Million Shares -

FedEx Corp. has authorized a new share buyback program of up to 25 million shares of the company’s common stock.

74. Q&A: U of M’s Dan Pallme Points to Shipping Changes, Challenges in 2016 -

Dan Pallme is heavily involved in the University of Memphis’ logistics industry departments. He runs the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy, a program that consists of technical tours, sessions with industry experts, and overviews of historic and current trends to encourage leadership in Memphis’ primary modes: rail, river, road and runway.
He is also the senior associate director and freight industry liaison for the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the private-sector coordinator for the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. He has worked with air, rail and trucking companies over the past 25 years.

75. Tech Developments Advance Efficiency in Logistics Industry -

Memphis is known as a center for the logistics industry, and technology advances keep things on the move.

Attention for technology trends in distribution often center on the use of drones, but there are other ways companies look for efficiencies in business. The Memphis EPIcenter created a Logistics Innovation Accelerator in 2015 to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses that enhance the distribution industry.

76. Downtown Creativity Hub Seeks Permanent Home -

Creative Works, the popular Downtown conference for artists and designers, is looking to set up shop year-round.

Josh Horton, founder of Creative Works, and Russ Williams, CEO of Archer Malmo, are currently shopping the Downtown market for space to house a “creativity hub.”

77. FedEx Authorizes Buyback Of 25 Million Shares -

FedEx Corp. has authorized a new share buyback program of up to 25 million shares of the company’s common stock.

78. Last Word: A Turn Away From Mud Island, Capitol Hill Soap & Collierville Keeps FedEx -

Sometimes you get another story when you are pursuing a different story.

In this case, the quest was a simple one. Get a good basic idea of what the five companies interested in redeveloping Mud Island River Park are telling the Riverfront Development Corp. of their still-forming plans.
While going through the submissions, we had a talk with RDC president Benny Lendermon about the process and the interview moved pretty effortlessly into the Pyramid’s relationship to Mud Island.
It’s a natural follow-up given the history of past efforts to link up the two landmarks on different sides of the city harbor and the decidedly mixed results of those attempts. I might have been charitable there in describing the results as mixed.
That context led to a discussion about how the Pyramid is faring eight months into Bass Pro Shops' long-term lease in the reconfigured Pyramid.
When Lendermon said, “This probably isn’t a politically correct thing to say,” the interview turned topics and we followed it.
The result is, I think, at least something to consider and probably pretty provocative.
Judge for yourself.

79. Memphis Sends 12,000 Bottles of Water To Flint -

The city of Memphis, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and FedEx Corp. are sending 12,000 bottle of Memphis water to a food bank in Flint, Michigan.

80. Collierville Board Grants FedEx Tax Break Extension -

The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year tax break for the FedEx World Technology Center during its Monday, Jan. 25, meeting.

FedEx will pay nearly $25.2 million over the period and will save about $75.5 million. As part of the retention PILOT agreement, FedEx will invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.

81. Last Word: Kroger Disses Clarence Saunders, Mud Island Plans and The Australians -

What is old has become new again. And judging by your reaction to Andy Meek’s story on the Kroger plans for online ordering of groceries, what is old has gone viral as well.
Here are the basics:
You order from a list of items and Kroger fills the order and has it waiting for you to pick up.
When you think about the idea of supermarkets, which originated here in Memphis with Piggly Wiggly, it’s enough to make the Piggly Wiggly founder himself, Clarence Saunders, spin in his grave.
Before he came up with the idea of taking store shelves from behind the counter and putting them out there for you to get your own stuff from them, you would tell your grocer what you wanted and he would write it down on a paper bag and get it for you, wrap it up and present it to you.
Saunders changed all of that as you know if you’ve seen the Pink Palace’s child-sized replica of a Piggly Wiggly store from the start of the 20th century.
A century later, no paper bags and you can still walk among the shelves if you wish.
Perhaps this isn’t that extreme. Maybe this is simply a swing of the pendulum, back toward the middle ground.
Saunders tried to push it even further with his Keedoozle stores that followed Piggly Wiggly. In those stores, the items were lined up in what amounted to vending machines with shoppers releasing an item from the vertical row with a key.
Here Saunders went too far. He mashed the bread.

82. Logistics Startup Exec: Amazon Gunning for FedEx -

The number of voices in the technology world convinced that Amazon has stuck a target on the back of FedEx – as well as its larger competitor, UPS – continues to grow.

The latest is Matthew Hertz, director of operations at package shipment startup Shyp. He took to social networking service LinkedIn in recent days to pen a commentary about why Amazon’s emergence as a significant logistics alternative appears to be a matter of when, not if.

83. International Real Estate Firms Find Purchase Potential in Memphis -

International investors and developers are increasingly looking to Memphis because the market is stable and the returns are high, according to a variety of real estate professionals doing business locally.

84. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 -

We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…

85. In the Game -

Way back in the 1990s, perhaps before the Grizzlies and FedExForum were even a twinkle in anyone’s eye, Chris Wallace came to Memphis and The Pyramid for a preseason NBA game featuring Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

86. Events -

Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and FedEx Institute of Technology will host biologistics “lightning talks” and the launch of the University Biologistics Research Cluster on Friday, Jan. 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Nine high-level innovative biologistics research topics will be explained in fun and informative five-minute presentations. Visit memphis.edu/ifti for details.

87. Last Word: The View Across The Harbor, Crosstown Undercurrents and Bonnaroo -

The fishing puns are overpowering as Bass Pro Shops expresses its interest in redeveloping Mud Island River Park, on the other side of the city harbor from the Pyramid Bass Pro Shops opened at just this past May.
Bass Pro Shops is one of five companies to express interest in Mud Island as part of the process by the Riverfront Development Corporation to go a different way with the park.
The RDC released the names of the companies Thursday.
Earlier this month, we outlined the RVC Outdoor Destinations proposal.
We don’t know nearly as much about what Bass Pro Shops has in mind or the other three firms.
All five now head for what amounts to a second round in which they submit specific plans to a search committee of the RDC including how they will pay for their plans.

88. Events -

Sierra Club-Chickasaw Group will host a public input forum on Memphis-area transportation needs Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Input on topics such as better transit, bike lanes and improved sidewalks will go directly to city leaders. Visit facebook.com/chickasawgroup for details.

89. Olymbec Compiling Airport-Area Office Park -

Olymbec USA LLC is gaining critical mass near Memphis International Airport with the planned purchase of a 133,600-square-foot office building at 2600 Nonconnah Blvd.

90. Xedo Launches Memphis Distribution Center -

After setting up its U.S. headquarters and a 240,000-square-foot distribution facility in Memphis, as well as lining up a local tax incentive package in late 2014, a tuxedo company with an online rental platform has started taking its first orders.

91. Last Word: Time and The Greensward, Crosstown High and Race and Sports -

Remember how the schools merger story of about five years ago would change by the hour at times? That story has met its equal in what is becoming the first major challenge of the new Strickland administration at City Hall – the Overton Park Greensward.
So much happened before noon Tuesday on the first day of the short work week that it required waiting for the dust to settle on several fronts.
Here is the latest on a very fluid and volatile situation that could very well change as you are reading this.
Luckily we report at a time when you can change stories on line to keep up with such changes.
Zoos and parks and protests featuring brass bands suggest to a casual observer that this is not very serious as controversies go.
And maybe that was the case about a year and a half ago when a group of high school students decided to block the gravel driveway from the zoo parking lot onto the greensward.
But consider this:
The Memphis Zoo is working toward a March 1 opening of its new exhibit, Zambezi River Hippo Camp, a $22-million attraction that from what we saw just a few months ago will likely draw big crowds to the zoo in the spring.
The zoo was preparing for that starting with the removal of 27 trees from the north end of the greensward.
The best Mayor Jim Strickland could get from both sides – the zoo and Overton Park Conservancy – at his meeting with them Tuesday was a commitment to take his proposal for mediation to their respective boards.
The zoo board has authorized its leaders to file a lawsuit in Chancery Court over the greensward and it’s very likely the zoo would go to court before the March 1 opening because of the crowds on their way.
If the work to come by the zoo in advance of the March 1 opening involves heavy machinery, the reaction is likely to draw a much bigger protest than the ones Memphis Police have so far watched from a distance without making arrests.
As in all pressing political dramas, this controversy has the accelerant of timing.

92. Tennessee Startups Chasing Greater Opportunities -

When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”

The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.

93. Blowing The Whistle -

WE HEAR WHAT WE WANT. I have an old white dog. She’s like a lot of old white dogs. She has a lot wrong with her, aches and pains here and there, problems internal and external, sagging everywhere.
She spends a lot of time napping in front of the TV, snoring while she’s at it, talking to herself and dreaming about what used to be, having nightmares about what she imagines is coming.

94. Helping Memphis Make the Shift to Startups -

It’s been quite a year! We saw Memphis’ first joint Demo Day with Start Co. and Zeroto510, graduated 18 startups from accelerator programming and hosted several investors and startup enthusiasts from all over the country here for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. However, on a national scale, our startup community still has plenty of work to do.

95. Muller: Memphis On Strong Footing, With Bright Future -

A key Greater Memphis Chamber official is preparing to retire this week after 15 years, at a time when he thinks the city of Memphis is on strong footing, and with a bright future that abounds with potential.

96. University of Memphis Institutes Team Up for Biologistics Partnership -

Two research institutes at the University of Memphis – the FedEx Institute of Technology and the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute – have teamed up to launch a biologistics partnership.

The FedEx institute is referring to partnerships like the new one around biologistics as “clusters,” research areas around which the institute wants to collect projects, research efforts and programming. It’s part of a push by the institute to try and put itself at the center of innovation in the city, according to Cody Behles, the institute’s manager of innovation and research support.

97. The Week Ahead: Jan. 11, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from drones and robot research to the Grizzlies’ annual MLK symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum...

98. FedEx, TNT Merger Nabs Regulatory Approval in Europe -

FedEx Corp. has received the green light to proceed with its $4.8 billion acquisition of Dutch delivery company TNT Express.

99. Last Word: The River, Miss Cordelia's, OPEB and the Kumbaya Council -

Here comes the river. Not quite at 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge at Memphis overnight but getting there
For those who weren’t around in 2011 when the river crested at 48.3 feet, the second highest level ever recorded at Memphis, this is the part of the program where lots of people begin to gather at the river.
For some it will be to compare what they've seen before. For others it will be their first look and experience with the concept that nature is bigger than we are.
The smaller those first-time river visitors are, the easier it is for them to accept that. After all, when you are always looking up at the world everything is bigger than you are.
In Tom Lee Park you see them step onto the park's grass, their eyes riveted on the west, perhaps not seeing much beyond the grass at first, a small hand poking out of a coat sleeve shielding their eyes from the sun. And then their first glimpse of the running brown water. And the walk inevitably becomes a run and then a quick halt as the immensity of the river kicks in. Always the two together even when the river is just being eternal.

100. ‘Undefeated’ Courtney to Speak at Tigers Baseball Banquet -

The University of Memphis baseball program has never been shy about swinging for the fences when booking speakers for its annual Meet the Tigers Banquet. Past speakers include Hall-of-Famer George Brett, best-selling author John Grisham, and pitcher Jim Morris, who inspired the movie “The Rookie.”