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1. White House Calls for Domestic Cuts to Finance Border Wall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall.

2. Trump's Budget: Build Up Military, Build the Wall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget Thursday, proposing a far-reaching overhaul of federal spending that would slash many domestic programs to finance a big increase for the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

3. Shelby County Home Sales Prices Rise in February -

Warm weather in February correlated with a real estate market that is heating up as home sales prices in Memphis and Shelby County continue to climb in 2017.

The average home sales price in February was $145,421, a 7 percent increase from $135,330 a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

4. ARS/Rescue Rooter Names New President and COO -

Memphis-based American Residential Services has announced that Luis Orbegoso will assume the role of president and chief operating officer of ARS/Rescue Rooter.

Prior to his new role, Orbegoso was the president of ADT Business, where he established a standalone division within the company, introduced new products and services, and optimized distribution channels.

5. ARS/Rescue Rooter Names New President and COO -

Memphis-based American Residential Services has announced that Luis Orbegoso will assume the role of president and chief operating officer of ARS/Rescue Rooter.

Prior to his new role, Orbegoso was the president of ADT Business, where he established a standalone division within the company, introduced new products and services, and optimized distribution channels.

6. Dow Jones Industrial Average Breaks Through 20,000 Milestone -

The Dow Jones industrial average crossed the 20,000 mark for the first time Wednesday, the latest milestone in a record-setting drive for the stock market.

Strong earnings from Boeing and other big companies helped push the Dow past the threshold early on and had U.S. stocks solidly higher in late-afternoon trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Nasdaq composite were on course for record highs of their own after each closed at all-time highs on Tuesday.

7. MLGW: Winter Heating Bills Likely to Be Lower -

MLGW customers can expect lower average heating bills this winter because abundant shale gas supplies are keeping prices low, according to the utility.

For the next three months, MLGW says, weather forecasters are predicting above normal winter temperatures. Based on current gas prices and consumption, residents can expect an average monthly gas bill of about $65 with a mild winter. A colder winter could raise bills 30 percent higher.

8. Last Word: Epping Way, Conley's Return and 'Ascend' -

What is the encore after a year that has included the opening of Big River Crossing, the eastward expansion of the Shelby Farms Greenline across Germantown Parkway to the old town part of Cordova and the opening of Shelby Farms Park’s Heart of the Park renovation? Two words: Epping Way.

9. MLGW: Winter Heating Bills Likely to Be Lower -

MLGW customers can expect lower average heating bills this winter because abundant shale gas supplies are keeping prices low, according to the utility.

For the next three months, MLGW says, weather forecasters are predicting above normal winter temperatures. Based on current gas prices and consumption, residents can expect an average monthly gas bill of about $65 with a mild winter. A colder winter could raise bills 30 percent higher.

10. Outsourcing: Savings, But No Specifics -

The Haslam administration is forging ahead with plans to nab a statewide facilities services contractor after an outside analysis backed up a study showing estimated cost savings of more than $35 million a year at Tennessee universities.

11. US Employers Add 178K Jobs as Unemployment Sinks to 4.6 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added a solid 178,000 jobs in November, reflecting the steady economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit. The unemployment rate hit a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, though mainly because many people stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.

12. Five Learning Strategies for Resilience In the Business Consolidation Age -

Global competition is heating up and a wave of consolidation is sweeping various industries, from the tech economy to the old economy. Google and General Electric continue to master their domains and expand their reach. Microsoft bought LinkedIn and Bayer is looking to buy Monsanto.
On Wall Street, the five largest banks have increased their share of banking assets from 25 percent in 2000 to 45 percent today. AT&T, America’s second-largest wireless-telecom firm, is looking to buy Time Warner, the country’s second-biggest media firm. Big companies have reaped enormous efficiencies by creating supply chains that stretch around the globe. They hope to realize immense gains by controlling complementary assets, as AT&T is looking to combine distribution with content. 

13. CBU Honors Salinas As Distinguished Young Alumna -

Gabriela “Gabby” Salinas has been named Christian Brothers University’s 2016 Distinguished Young Alumna. Salinas, who was among the honorees at the Bell Tower Gala on Saturday, Nov. 12, graduated from CBU’s biochemistry program in 2011 and went on to earn a microbiology degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She currently is a pursuing a Ph.D. in immunology and biochemistry at the University of Kentucky.
In addition to her studies and managing her job at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Salinas travels the country advocating the work of St. Jude. She’s also a three-time bone cancer survivor who founded Danny’s Dream Team, a fundraising team of pediatric cancer survivors who now participate in the St. Jude Half Marathon.

14. How Energy-Efficient Upgrades Can Increase Your Home's Value -

Energy-efficient upgrades can not only shrink your utility bill; they can increase the value of your home.

Homebuyers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of energy-efficient homes. In fact, they're often willing to pay more for homes with "green" upgrades, says Sandra Adomatis, a specialist in green valuation with Adomatis Appraisal Service in Punta Gorda, Florida.

15. Spate of Big Deals Among CRE Trends In 2016 -

Ask CBRE senior associate Gray Fiser to sum up the commercial real estate market in Memphis over the course of 2016, and he’s ready with a few quick bullet points by way of reply.

Fast forward, say, five years from now, he explains, and these are the things likely still being talked about:

16. Belz Preparing Peabody Place for ServiceMaster HQ -

150 Peabody Place

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $9.5 million

Project Cost: $27 million overall

17. Belz Pulls $9M Permit to Prepare Peabody Place for ServiceMaster -

Belz Enterprises has taken a major step in the renovation of the shuttered Peabody Place mall into ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ future headquarters.

Contractor Belz Construction Services LLC is seeking a $9.5 million building permit from the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for “core & shell improvement” to the 360,000-square-foot former mall, which has stood empty since it closed to the public in 2012.

18. Hospitable Market -

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

19. US Stocks Slump As Traders Fear Higher Interest Rates -

Investor jitters over the possibility the Federal Reserve is ready to raise interest rates this year roiled Wall Street Friday, handing the stock market its worst day in more than two months.

The Dow Jones industrial average sank nearly 400 points, its worst single-day loss since June. The broad slump wiped out two months of gradual gains, jolting the market out of a mostly flat course over the past several weeks.

20. Shelby Farms Park Improvements Open Sept. 1 -

Leaders of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy formally open improvements to the park Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. at the park’s new “front porch” and visitors center.

The “Heart of the Park” improvements include an expansion of Patriot Lake as well as amenities on the lake for kayaking and other recreation activities.

21. Moore Tech Graduates Record-Setting Class -

The 2016 class of the William R. Moore College of Technology will graduate 121 students Thursday, July 28, in a ceremony at Lindenwood Christian Church.

22. Principal Accused of Cheating Removed, License Questioned -

CLARKSDALE, Miss. — A woman accused of orchestrating cheating at Clarksdale's Heidelberg Elementary School is no longer its principal, and her administrator's license is in question.

Superintendent Dennis Dupree said Wednesday that the Clarksdale school board last week named Lowanda Tyler-Jones the communications coordinator for the district's magnet school program.

23. Moore Tech Graduates Record-Setting Class -

The 2016 class of the William R. Moore College of Technology will graduate 121 students Thursday, July 28, in a ceremony at Lindenwood Christian Church.

24. PILOT Moves Target Green Projects, Distressed Areas -

The Downtown Memphis Commission has approved changes to its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program. The new policy builds in sustainability and green-energy benchmarks that were previously not required of developers seeking a freeze on their property taxes.

25. Mortgage Market Sees 8 Percent Gain in June -

Shelby County’s mortgage market is sticking to its familiar pattern and heating up along with the temperatures outside as total purchase mortgage volume hit $214 million in June.

That’s an 8 percent improvement over June 2015’s total of a little more than $198 million, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

26. New Incentives Target Green Projects, Distressed Areas -

The Downtown Memphis Commission has approved changes to its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program. The new policy builds in sustainability and green-energy benchmarks that were previously not required of developers seeking a freeze on their property taxes.

27. Collierville FedEx Center Getting $12.7 Million Renovation -

3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road
Collierville, TN 38125
Permit Amount: $12.7 million

Owner: FedEx Corp.
Tenant: FedEx Corp.
Contractor: Grinder & Haizlip Construction
Details: Contractor Grinder & Haizlip Construction has filed a $12.7 million building permit for renovations at the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville.
In January, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package for the FedEx center at 3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road.
A term of the PILOT agreement is that FedEx has to invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.
The FedEx World Technology Center has been an economic driver for the city since its 16-acre campus opened in 1998. Currently, the tech hub is the largest employer in Collierville, with 2,500 total workers and a capacity for 3,200.

28. Martha Stewart Gets Into Meal Kit Business -

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

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

29. Mortgage Market Up 26 Percent In May -

Shelby County’s mortgage market continued heating up in May, and when combined with April’s numbers makes it likely the second quarter will end up well above where things stood at this time last year.

30. ServiceMaster Disrupting Its Culture With Move Downtown -

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

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

31. Report Says Amazon to Expand its Store-Brand Offerings -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is planning to expand the store-brand items it sells to new categories including food and household products, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

The new products could include nuts and spices and other consumer goods such as diapers and laundry detergent.

32. Ikea Memphis to Install State’s Largest Solar Array -

Ikea’s Memphis location will have the largest rooftop solar array in Tennessee, the Swedish furniture retailer announced May 12.

The 250,675-square-foot solar array will produce approximately 2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually for the store. The 1.46-megawatt system, built with 4,424 solar panels, will harness enough energy to provide electricity for 205 homes yearly.

33. American Residential Services Acquires Allgood -

Memphis-based American Residential Services has acquired the assets of Atlanta-area firm Allgood Plumbing, Electric, Heating & Cooling.

Allgood joins ARS’ network of 65 company-owned, locally managed service locations across 22 states.

34. Ikea Memphis to Install State's Largest Solar Array -

Ikea’s Memphis location will have the largest rooftop solar array in Tennessee, the Swedish furniture retailer announced May 12.

The 250,675-square-foot solar array will produce approximately 2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually for the store. The 1.46-megawatt system, built with 4,424 solar panels, will harness enough energy to provide electricity for 205 homes yearly.

35. American Residential Services Acquires Atlanta-Area Firm -

Memphis-based American Residential Services has acquired the assets of Atlanta-area firm Allgood Plumbing, Electric, Heating & Cooling.

Allgood joins ARS’ network of 65 company-owned, locally managed service locations across 22 states.

36. Cooper Street 20/20 Brings Dinner Into Focus -

It’s one thing to want to prepare a healthy home-cooked meal in the evenings. It’s a different thing entirely to actually accomplish that meal after a long day at work or dealing with getting kids from activity to activity.
Hello frozen dinners and restaurant take out. Fast, yes, but not exactly healthy.

37. 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.

38. Agricenter President Looks Back on 15-Year Tenure -

Try putting yourself in John Charles Wilson’s dusty work boots for a moment. You’ve served as president of Agricenter International for more than 15 years. In less than six months, you will retire.

39. Germantown Community Theatre Seeking Donations for Expansion -

The Germantown Community Theatre’s $1.5 million capital campaign has a clear theme: “Build, Grow, Expand.”

But GCT’s executive producer, Dr. Michael D. Miles, wants to make sure that the theater’s dedicated patrons understand that what they love most is not going to change.

40. Audi Tops Consumer Reports Auto Rankings Despite Cheating -

DETROIT (AP) – Audi is the top brand in Consumer Reports' annual rankings despite the fact that its diesels cheated on U.S. emissions tests.

Subaru, Lexus, Porsche and BMW rounded out the top five in the survey. Fiat, Jeep, Mitsubishi, Land Rover and Chrysler were the lowest-ranking brands.

41. Stocks Lose More Ground as Jobs Report Disappoints -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month.

Technology stocks fell especially hard, and shares of LinkedIn had their worst day in history.

42. Cutting taxes, school choice, tort reform drive Sen. Kelsey -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey calls himself “a proud conservative who likes to get results.”

43. ARS Buys San Jose HVAC Company -

Memphis-based American Residential Services has bought the assets of another HVAC services provider.

The acquisition of Atlas Trillo of San Jose, California, is the third acquisition in less than a week announced by ARS, a privately held company that provides heating, air conditioning and plumbing services.

44. Delta Posts $980 Million 4Q Profit on Lower Fuel Prices -

DALLAS (AP) — Cheaper jet fuel thanks to falling oil prices helped Delta Air Lines earn $980 million in the fourth quarter despite lower revenue than a year ago.

Delta shares rose almost 5 percent in midday trading Tuesday, recovering some of their January losses.

45. ARS Buys San Jose HVAC Company -

Memphis-based American Residential Services has bought the assets of another HVAC services provider.

The acquisition of Atlas Trillo of San Jose, California, is the third acquisition in less than a week announced by ARS, a privately held company that provides heating, air conditioning and plumbing services.

46. American Residential Services Expands HVAC Reach -

Memphis-based American Residential Services has bought the assets of two HVAC businesses, expanding its reach as a national provider of heating, air conditioning and plumbing services.

The privately held company announced Tuesday, Jan. 12, it has acquired Aspen Air Conditioning of Boca Raton, Fla., and Greenstar Home Services, which has locations in Orange, Calif., and Las Vegas.

47. Ikea Brings Sustainability Practices to Memphis -

Sustainability at large businesses sometimes might seem to only focus on buzzwords such as solar panels, carbon footprints and LEED certification.

Those practices are good steps in today’s sustainable world. Sometimes, though, the little things go a long way.

48. American Residential Services Expands HVAC Reach -

Memphis-based American Residential Services has bought the assets of two HVAC businesses, expanding its reach as a national provider of heating, air conditioning and plumbing services.

The privately held company announced Tuesday, Jan. 12, it has acquired Aspen Air Conditioning of Boca Raton, Fla., and Greenstar Home Services, which has locations in Orange, Calif., and Las Vegas.

49. Stocks Sink in Late Trading; Consumer Stocks Take a Beating -

Stocks fell sharply in late afternoon trading Wednesday as a dismal start to the new year got even worse. The selling was concentrated on some of the biggest winners from last year such as Netflix and Amazon, both of which doubled in value in 2015.

50. US Sues VW Over Emissions-Cheating Software in Diesel Cars -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Volkswagen on Monday over emissions-cheating software found in nearly 600,000 vehicles sold in the United States.

The civil complaint against the German automaker, filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency in U.S. District Court in Detroit, alleges the company illegally installed software designed to make its diesel engines pass federal emissions standards while undergoing laboratory testing. The vehicles then switched off those measures to boost performance in real-world driving conditions, resulting in greenhouse gas emissions up to 40 times greater than federal environmental standards.

51. 2015 Market Winners, Losers: Tech Soars, Old Guard Stumbles -

NEW YORK (AP) – In a flat year overall for stocks, there was still plenty of excitement to be enjoyed – or endured – by 2015's biggest winners and losers.

It was a year to make old guard companies shudder.

52. Average Gas Price Soon Under $2, Lowest Since Recession -

DALLAS (AP) — Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession.

The nationwide average price of a gallon of regular Saturday was $2.02, down 58 cents from this time last year, according to auto club AAA. Experts say it could drop below $2 a gallon in the coming days.

53. Wal-Mart to Launch Own Mobile Pay System -

NEW YORK (AP) — The mobile payment wars are heating up.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it's launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its existing smartphone app at the cash register.

54. S.Y. Wilson and Co. Enters New Era in Arlington -

Kim Winstead found retirement boring.

After owning Stockyard Horticultural Supply on U.S. 70 in Arlington for 25 years, she sold it in the fall of 2014 and thought that she’d moved on from business ownership. But after two months of retirement, she realized she needed a new challenge.

55. Modest Rise Gives Stocks a Third Straight Week of Gains -

U.S. stocks closed modestly higher Friday, giving the market its third straight week of gains.

Consumer staples and health care stocks were among the biggest risers as investors assessed the latest company earnings and economic news.

56. EPA to Change Diesel Tests to Thwart VW-Like Cheating -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it will launch sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years.

57. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 27 Percent in August -

Lenders don’t just look forward to the summer months for the arrival of warmer weather.

At institutions like Evolve Bank & Trust, the local office of which president and CEO Scott Stafford said currently has the largest mortgage pipeline in its history, mortgage lending is heating up, too.

58. US Stocks Close Flat Friday After Volatile Week -

U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme.

The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China's economy. The rebound Wednesday and Thursday was just as sharp as investors decided to scoop up beaten-up stocks.

59. Scheduled Good Times: The Next Grizzlies Season -

Turns out, Marc Gasol was wrong.

“I don’t think LeBron is coming through that door anytime soon,” Gasol said after the end of last season.

But in fact LeBron James, albeit wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, will come through the doors at FedExForum for the 2015-16 season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

60. Extended Slump in Oil Taking Toll on Industry, Economy -

NEW YORK (AP) — As drivers, shippers and airlines continue to enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and employment that are hurting economic growth.

61. Editorial: Creatives Prove Memphis’ Cool Factor is Heating Up -

“If you have the vision, and the gumption, you can create something original in Memphis.”

The Memphis News cover story this week features four distinct entrepreneurs who are living, working and creating in Memphis. The aforementioned quote comes from Ben Fant, principal at local marketing firm Farmhouse. He is just one member of the city’s creative class, one guy trying to make something lasting for himself, his employees and his city.

62. Wal-Mart Opens Counter Offensive Against Amazon This Week -

NEW YORK (AP) – The online price fight as well as the bickering is heating up between Wal-Mart and Amazon.com, and it's not even the holiday shopping season.

63. Memphis Mayoral Election Heating Up As Strickland, Wharton Take Turns -

Here come the yard signs.

The first indication that candidates in the Oct. 8 Memphis elections are taking their appeals to the public will begin sprouting on lawns across the city in the next week.

64. Self-Tucker Designs Green Center at T.O. Fuller -

T.O. Fuller State Park in Southwest Memphis was the first state park opened for African Americans east of the Mississippi River and just the second park of its type across the country.

The 1,138-acre park, originally built to house African Americans during the Great Depression, was designated Shelby County Negro Park in 1938. The name was changed to T.O. Fuller State Park in 1942 in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller, a prominent African American educator who spent most of his life empowering and educating black Americans during the era of racial segregation by law.

65. US Wholesale Prices Jump in May, Led By Eggs, Gasoline -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prices at the wholesale level rose at the fastest pace in nearly 3 years in May, pushed higher by a sharp jump in the cost of gasoline and a record increase in the price eggs related to an outbreak of avian influenza. But outside of increases in volatile food and energy costs, core inflation remained moderate.

66. Proton’s Weaver Wizard of Tech Innovation -

On any given day, business executives, scientists and chemical engineers from across the U.S. and around the world come to East Tennessee to see for themselves the renewable energy technology developed by Lenoir City-based Proton Power Inc.

67. Snapshot: Memphis-Based Public Companies -

Here's a look at what's going on at the dozen public companies headquartered in Memphis:

AutoZone Inc.

AutoZone Inc. is one of the largest auto parts retailers and distributors in the U.S., with a store count of 5,476 as of Feb. 14. Since 1998, the company has repurchased $15.7 billion worth of its own shares. At the end of March, AutoZone continued its share buyback program with the authorization to buy back another $750 million in company stock. The company followed that news with plans to pursue a $650 million debt offering to be used for “general corporate purposes.” – Andy Meek

68. Tennessee Valley Authority Reports Increase in Income -

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has increased its net income for the first half of fiscal year 2015.

TVA reported on Friday that it had a net income of $577 million, which is $349 million more than it reported in the same time period a year ago.

69. Office, Industrial Real Estate Rebounds in First Quarter -

In a sure sign that the local economy is in rebound mode, the Memphis-area commercial real estate market is heating up with the industrial and office sectors producing strong gains.

Fueled by strong demand and tightening of available space, rental rates for Class A space in East Memphis, the city’s primary business district, are approaching pre-recession levels, according to a new report.

70. Southbrook Project Resurfaces Again -

The owners of Southbrook Mall got $1.5 million in improvements from City Hall this week. But it wasn’t the $1.5 million the owners of the Whitehaven mall wanted in 2012, when the city contemplated giving them that sum to fix the roof and make repairs to the mall’s heating and air conditioning system.

71. Lakeland Prep Land Purchase Takes Another Step -

Lakeland Schools board members hired architects and planners Monday, Feb. 9, to begin design work on a new Lakeland Prep grade 6-12 school to open in August 2017.

And the school system is poised to buy the 94 acres of land with $1 million from their $1.5 million reserve fund after the Shelby County Commission delayed earlier in the day Monday a shift of county capital funds for the purchase of the land north of U.S. 70 and east of Canada Road.

72. Commission Delays Vote on Lakeland School Site Funding -

Shelby County commissioners delayed a vote Monday, Feb. 9, on a shift of county capital funds for the Lakeland Schools System to allow the school system to use it to buy land for the new Lakeland Prep grades 6-12 school being planned.

73. Commission Delays Vote on Lakeland School Site Funding -

Shelby County commissioners delayed a vote Monday, Feb. 9, on a shift of county capital funds for the Lakeland Schools System to allow the school system to use it to buy land for the new Lakeland Prep grades 6-12 school being planned.

74. Discovering Winter Hotel Deals -

I’ve never been a big fan of winter travel. I don’t care for snow and cold, and I’m not really interested in paying heftier prices for tropical destinations. But I have experienced a regional city from time to time, like Atlanta in February last year.

75. Macy’s Exit Presents Problems, Possibilities in Whitehaven -

In what could be a troubling sign for the city’s first enclosed mall, Macy’s is closing its 150,000-square-foot store at Southland Mall in early spring, a move that will affect 112 employees.

The South Memphis store is one of 14 locations Macy’s will close this spring as part of a national restructuring, the retailer announced late Thursday, Jan. 8. The 14 stores account for approximately $130 million in annual sales, according to the company.

76. Two Tennessee Towns Losing Nearly 2,000 Jobs -

Two Tennessee towns will lose nearly 2,000 jobs over the next three years as Goodman Manufacturing moves the positions to a new plant being built in Texas.

Media report Goodman officials announced on Tuesday that the company plans to consolidate operations at an all-inclusive campus in Houston, which is expected to open in 2016. Daikin Industries Ltd. acquired Goodman, which manufactures heating, cooling and refrigerant products, in 2012.

77. Two Tennessee Towns Losing Nearly 2,000 Jobs -

Two Tennessee towns will lose nearly 2,000 jobs over the next three years as Goodman Manufacturing moves the positions to a new plant being built in Texas.

Media report Goodman officials announced on Tuesday that the company plans to consolidate operations at an all-inclusive campus in Houston, which is expected to open in 2016. Daikin Industries Ltd. acquired Goodman, which manufactures heating, cooling and refrigerant products, in 2012.

78. Natural Gas Prices Down 30 Percent in a Month -

The price of natural gas is down 30 percent in just over a month and homeowners could enjoy lower electricity prices and heating bills in the coming months.

A warm December and plentiful supplies are behind the plunge, which comes at a time when natural gas prices usually rise.

79. Natural Gas Prices Down 30 Percent in a Month -

The price of natural gas is down 30 percent in just over a month and homeowners could enjoy lower electricity prices and heating bills in the coming months.

A warm December and plentiful supplies are behind the plunge, which comes at a time when natural gas prices usually rise.

80. Clarksville, Fort Campbell Still Big Draw for Veterans -

Clarksville has become one of the nation’s boom towns, thanks largely to retirees from military service.

Veterans have flocked to the area in recent years for the shopping and health care benefits available at Ft. Campbell.

81. Brewing Opportunity -

When Memphians like Jimmy Lewis are leaving established careers to remake themselves as coffee roasters, it’s one sign that coffee culture in Memphis is abundant with opportunity and steadily coming into its own.

82. Sources: Target to Seek Incentives for Memphis Project -

Target will seek incentives from Memphis and Shelby County as early as next week for an industrial project that could create up to 600 jobs, according to multiple sources.

The Minneapolis-based retail giant has explored sites in DeSoto County and Memphis for a distribution center and is in the process of finalizing a lease for the 900,000-square-foot building at 5461 Davidson Road in Southeast Memphis. In addition to the 600 jobs, Target is expected to make significant capital improvements to the property, which was formerly occupied by Hamilton Beach.

83. Christmas As It Was -

The hustle and bustle of a 21st Century Christmas and holiday season can be overwhelming, but the Historic Ramsey House offers a view of a bygone era.

Area residents and visitors have an opportunity to travel back to a time when life was slower and an orange in the stocking and a wooden doll under the tree was reason for excitement.

84. US Factory Growth Slips in November But Still Healthy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories were slightly less busy in November, as production and hiring slowed, though the level of activity remained strong.

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index slipped to 58.7 last month from 59 in October. Any reading above 50 signals expansion. October's figure matched a three-year high reached in August.

85. House GOP Sues Administration Over Health Care Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans sued the Obama administration on Friday over its implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law, saying he had overstepped his legal authority in carrying out the program.

86. Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies for Federal Bonds -

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall is lurching back to life after months off the political radar screen.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Thursday, Nov. 20, that a renovation of the mall could be financed with up to $2.1 million in federal bonds through the Memphis Green Communities Program.

87. Hillsboro High Land Sale: New School, Big Profit -

Merritt Rowe knows her children will never personally benefit from any changes to Hillsboro High School in Green Hills, but as the parent of two current students and another starting next year, it is something she is willing to fight for and encourages other parents – especially those of future students – to do the same.

88. Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies For Federal Bonds -

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall lurched back to life Thursday, Nov. 20, after months off the political radar screen.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Thursday a renovation of the mall could be financed with up to $2.1 million in federal bonds through the Memphis Green Communities Program.

89. Study: Banking Industry Culture Fosters Cheating -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The banking industry seems to bring out dishonesty in people, a new study suggests.

A team of Swiss economists tested the honesty of bank employees in a lab game that would pay off in cash if they cheated. When workers at an unnamed bank were asked about their home life, they were about as honest as the general public. But employees who had just been asked about work at the bank cheated 16 percent more.

90. Target Eyeing Memphis Area for Distribution Center -

Target is eyeing the Memphis area for an industrial project that could create up to 600 jobs, according to multiple sources.

The Minneapolis-based retail giant is considering sites in DeSoto County and Memphis for a distribution center and could soon seek incentives from Memphis and Shelby County, the sources said.

91. Entrepreneur Spirit Drives Owners of The Attic -

She was young and had a nice corporate career going straight out of school. So a lot of people would have traded places with Alexandra Nicole, who spent six years as a sales rep at International Paper.

92. Overton Square Highlights Commercial Real Estate Positives -

The old owners of Overton Square had a plan to remove existing local tenants and retailers and replace them with national retailers.

They succeeded in emptying Overton Square of tenants, but couldn’t attract new national retailers, leaving what was left to twist in the wind.

93. Real Estate Rally -

Commercial real estate can offer insight into the strength of the local economy. Through the office, retail, industrial and apartment developments that mark the region the economy at work in the real world can be seen.

94. US Stocks Jump Following Strong Corporate Earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — A combination of strong company earnings and encouraging economic reports, both in the U.S. and Europe, gave the stock market another day of solid gains on Thursday.

Caterpillar jumped after its third-quarter earnings report was better than Wall Street analysts had been expecting. The company also raised its profit outlook for the year. 3M, the maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics, was among other companies that gained after releasing impressive third-quarter results.

95. City Files $1.2 Million Permit to Renovate Planetarium -

The city of Memphis has applied for a $1.2 million building permit to renovate the Lida Gammill Sharpe Planetarium at the Pink Palace Museum.

The permit, filed through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement, calls for a range of work, including replacing equipment, flooring, lighting and seats, and adjusting the heating and air conditioning system. The contractor is to be determined, according to the application.

96. City Files $1.2 Million Permit to Renovate Planetarium -

The city of Memphis has applied for a $1.2 million building permit to renovate the Lida Gammill Sharpe Planetarium at the Pink Palace Museum.

The permit, filed through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement, calls for a range of work, including replacing equipment, flooring, lighting and seats, and adjusting the heating and air conditioning system. The contractor is to be determined, according to the application.

97. Google Report Spotlights ARS-Rescue Rooter -

Memphis-based ARS-Rescue Rooter, a nationwide company providing heating, cooling and plumbing services, was recently highlighted in Google’s annual U.S. Economic Impact Report as the featured business representing Tennessee for its strategic use of Google’s search and advertising tools.

98. Google Report Spotlights ARS-Rescue Rooter -

Memphis-based ARS-Rescue Rooter, a nationwide company providing heating, cooling and plumbing services, was recently highlighted in Google’s annual U.S. Economic Impact Report as the featured business representing Tennessee for its strategic use of Google’s search and advertising tools.

99. Mumford Teacher Cheating Scandal Takes High Toll -

Federal prosecutors tallied the toll this week in the largest teacher exam cheating scandal ever pursued by authorities in the Western District of Tennessee.

The occasion was the announcement Tuesday, Aug. 19, by U.S Attorney Ed Stanton of diversion agreements with four more teachers in the two-decade long scandal and a June guilty plea and sentencing of former Hillcrest High School and Byhalia High School basketball coach James O. Sales of Memphis.

100. Lessons Learned From FAA’s Expanded Use of Electronics -

With business travel season heating up, it’s important to keep some technology etiquette in mind to avoid work liability issues and being a nuisance to those around you.

As many of you road warriors know, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently relaxed some rules around the usage of portable electronic devices during commercial airline flights. This allows passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode from gate to gate at the airlines’ discretion.