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1. TraVure Developers Close On Construction Loan -

Developers of the TraVure mixed-use project in Germantown have closed on a $34.1 million construction loan.

First Bank provided the financing for the five-story, 150,000-square-foot Class A office building that will include the new corporate headquarters for apartment real estate investment trust MAA. It includes a five-story parking garage.

2. Pinnacle, The Works Inc. Partner for Homebuyers -

Pinnacle Financial Partners and Memphis nonprofit The Works Inc. have teamed up to help low- and moderate-income consumers and families buy homes for the first time.

The bank is funding a loan pool of $500,000 intended to help with the purchase of low-cost homes that might otherwise go unoccupied.

3. Youth Sports Boost Players’ Skills, Benefit Memphis’ Bottom Line -

The baseball fields in January are relatively quiet, at least compared to March. That’s when 60 to 65 teams begin to make their way every weekend to the Gameday Baseball complex in Cordova, where tournaments are in high gear from March through October.

4. Raiders File Papers to Move From Oakland to Las Vegas -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas.

The NFL and officials in Nevada confirmed Thursday that the team is asking league owners to approve the move, although the team made no immediate comment and a group that wants to keep the team in Oakland vowed it was still in the game and "playing to win."

5. Pinnacle, The Works Inc. Partner for Homebuyers -

Pinnacle Financial Partners and Memphis nonprofit The Works Inc. have teamed up to help low- and moderate-income consumers and families buy homes for the first time.

6. Metropolitan CEO Explains Renasant Merger -

Not many people were racing to start up banks in 2008, with the underpinnings of the financial system teetering. One of the few who did was Curt Gabardi, a former Regions Bank executive who envisioned a bank that would focus primarily on commercial and private banking clients.

7. View From the Hill: Cooperatives Ready to Fill Broadband Void -

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

8. Memphis Economists: Trump Tweets Turn the Page on GOP Playbook -

It’s long been a cornerstone of Republican political orthodoxy that government should “get out of the way” of businesses, and that the fewer mandates and regulations, well, the better.

9. GM to Add or Keep 7,000 US Jobs, Make $1B Factory Investment -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in U.S. factories and add thousands of new white-collar jobs, measures that have been in the works for years but were announced Tuesday after criticism from President-elect Donald Trump.

10. TraVure Developers Close On Construction Loan -

Developers of the TraVure mixed-use project in Germantown have closed on a $34.1 million construction loan.

First Bank provided the financing for the five-story, 150,000-square-foot Class A office building that will include the new corporate headquarters for apartment real estate investment trust MAA. It includes a five-story parking garage.

11. Rent Like a Champion Eyes Memphis PGA Event -

"Shark Tank" alumni home-rental platform Rent Like A Champion is looking to move into the Memphis market just in time to sign up homeowners and provide private housing for the FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament in June.

12. Justices Will Hear Venture Capitalist's Appeal Over SEC Fine -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court will decide whether venture capitalist Charles Kokesh has to return millions in investor dollars he used to pay himself and other advisers.

The justices said Friday they will review lower court rulings that said Kokesh must pay the Securities and Exchange Commission $34.9 million in "ill-gotten gains" taken before his investment funds went broke.

13. Rerouting Regulations -

With every new administration comes some degree of uncertainty when it comes to federal regulations.

But after an especially unpredictable campaign season, all eyes are now on the president-elect to see what he’ll do next. 

14. Strickland: Core Services Strategy Sustaining Momentum -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said his core services or “brilliant at the basics” strategy is working a year into his four-year term of office. But he told the Memphis Kiwanis Club Wednesday, Jan. 11, that the strategy will take some time and patience toward what he termed a “renaissance.”

15. Ugwueke Takes Reins as Methodist Healthcare CEO -

Michael Ugwueke’s first day on the job as CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, a post he assumed Jan. 1, included a round of meeting the troops.

The new chief executive of the Methodist organization visited all six of its hospitals, meeting employees and front-line staff and sharing his appreciation that they were there on New Year’s Day, a holiday for many people.

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

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

17. Scenarios Emerge to Keep Booksellers at Laurelwood Going -

For sale: One beloved, 32-year-old independent bookstore. Asking price? $800,000. That’s what Booksellers at Laurelwood owner Neil Van Uum says he’d accept to unload the store, days after announcing its impending closure and a liquidation sale that begins on Friday, Jan. 6.

18. Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit for Memphis Store -

4572 Poplar Ave.

Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $1.5 million

Project Cost: $25.2 million

Application Date: December 2016

19. Trump Names Wall Street Lawyer Clayton as SEC Chairman -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday chose a Wall Street attorney with experience in corporate mergers and public stock launches as his nominee to head the Securities and Exchange Commission.

20. Ford Cancels Plan to Build New Mexican Plant, Adds US Jobs -

FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) – The auto industry's relationship with President-elect Donald Trump took a dramatic turn Tuesday as Ford Motor Co. decided to shift investment dollars targeted for Mexico to the U.S., while Trump threatened General Motors with a tax on some imported small cars.

21. First Horizon CEO: 2017 Brings ‘Good Growth Opportunities’ -

A week ahead of his bank’s earnings presentation to analysts – which will close the books on 2016 with a fourth quarter and full-year report – the top executive at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is in an optimistic mood.

22. Memphis' Newest Doggie Daycare Offers Downtown Pets a Place to Play -

There are a lot of things that Downtown Memphis has in abundance like great food, entertainment and a rich history, but one thing it is short on is large, grassy areas for pets to play in.

While the roughly 25,000 people who live in and around Downtown still have scenic spaces like Tom Lee Park and the Mississippi River Greenbelt to walk their pets, many residents don’t have their own yard where their pets can run free without a leash.

23. China to Ease Curbs on Foreign Investment After Complaints -

BEIJING (AP) – The Chinese government said Friday it will ease restrictions on foreign investment in sectors ranging from banking and internet services to rail equipment and motorcycles, in response to mounting complaints from foreign business groups and governments.

24. Memphis Bioworks Surpasses Goals of Labor Department Job-Training Grant -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation is serious about workforce development and job training, along with the other high-profile work for which it’s known, like investing in companies related to bioscience and sustainability.

25. Record E-Commerce Sales Lead to More Return Shipments -

As holiday e-commerce sales continue to reach all-time highs, so does an inevitable byproduct – return shipments – bringing more business to shipping giants such as FedEx and UPS once January rolls around.

26. Germantown Park Offices Sell for Nearly $48 Million -

A large office park near the intersection of Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove Road in Cordova has been sold for nearly $50 million.

New York-based DRA Advisors LLC, acting as DRA CRT Germantown Center LP, sold six parcels to Real Capital Solutions, acting as EAT-1615 LLC, for $47.8 million.

27. Riding Momentum -

Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.

28. Germantown Park Offices Sell for Nearly $48 Million -

A large office park near the intersection of Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove Road in Cordova has been sold for nearly $48 million.

New York-based DRA Advisors LLC, acting as DRA CRT Germantown Center LP, sold six parcels to Real Capital Solutions, acting as EAT-1615 LLC, for $47.8 million.

29. Last Call: Economic Indicator Survey Closes On Dec. 31 -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. rightfully is considered an economic bellwether because of the front-line view the package delivery giant has on economic activity thanks to consumers’ purchasing and shipping habits.

30. Last Word: Change at the Top, Legislature New Year's Resolution and Election Selfies -

It’s the Grizz and the Thunder Thursday at the Forum followed by the Tigers and South Carolina at the Forum Friday. And yes there are still people in town watching football. They are here for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl earlier in the day Friday between Georgia and TCU. You should join them.

31. Liz Weston: 6 Money Resolutions You Can Actually Keep -

Let's face the grim truth: Those 10 pounds you want to lose will likely be among your New Year's resolutions next year, too.

If you really want a sense of accomplishment, take care of money tasks that don't require ongoing discipline and that you typically don't have to repeat every year. Some of these are "one and done," while others you may have to revisit as your life changes, but all will give you a sense of progress toward your financial goals.

32. Midtown Retail Property Sells for $5 Million -

1625 Poplar Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104 

Sale Amount: $5 million

Sale Date: Dec. 21, 2016

33. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Memories, Talk About Violence and The Year In Ed & Med -

Grizz fall to the Celtics in Boston Tuesday 113-103. With Mike Conley and five other starters out. Away from triple digits, it is SMU over the Tigers at the Forum Tuesday 58-54.

34. New Business Ideas for the New Year -

It won’t be long before the ball will be dropping in Times Square, signaling a new year and a new start. While people everywhere vow to make changes in their personal lives, businesses should be no different.

35. Large Deals, Office Construction Among Memphis' Commercial Real Estate Trends -

Coming off of a strong year in 2015, the commercial real estate market in the Memphis metropolitan area continued to do well in 2016.

Larry Jensen, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, said his company was tracking approximately 6 million square feet of net absorption in the industrial market headed into the last week of 2016, as compared to 8.4 million in 2015.

36. Memphis Health Care Thrives With Investments, Growth -

Methodist Healthcare made a “great commitment” to Memphis this year. Those are the words of Methodist University Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, who referenced the health care system’s multimillion-dollar investment into its flagship hospital at 1265 Union Ave., part of a master plan that will give the facility a modern overhaul.

37. Habitat Memphis Receives $160,000 Grant -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has received a $160,000 Priority Market Program grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation toward work in the Bearwater Park neighborhood, just north of Uptown.

38. Cordova’s Future LA Fitness Site Sells for $2.4M -

LA Fitness is one step closer to opening a Cordova location.

Insomnia Inc., the company owned by former topless-club operator Steve Cooper, sold two parcels near its former restaurant/nightclub on Fischer Steel Road to Orlando, Florida-based National Retail Properties Inc. for $2.4 million, according to a Dec. 20 warranty deed. The same day as the sale, Fitness International LLC, an affiliate of L.A. Fitness International LLC, signed a lease with National Retail Properties for the property.

39. Hickory Hill Apartments Sell for $28 Million -

A California-based real estate investment and advisory firm has purchased the 630-unit Trails at Mt. Moriah apartment complex for $28 million, or $44,444 per unit.

MDO Trails LLC, an affiliate of Newport Beach, California-based CORE Realty Holdings Management Inc., purchased the Class B multifamily property from NNN Mt. Moriah Apartments LLC and 39 related entities in a Dec. 13 warranty deed.

40. FTB Advisors Honored For Customer Service -

FTB Advisors, the wealth and investment group of First Tennessee Bank, has been recognized by Greenwich Associates in the 2016 Greenwich Excellence Awards for Wealth Management and Personal Investment Services.

41. Kelsey Proposes $50M Sales Tax Shift to Memphis -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Memphis is proposing a shift in state sales tax revenue that could mean at least $50 million in additional sales tax revenue for the city of Memphis.

42. Impact Innovations Rolling With Recent Wal-Mart Deal -

Wal-Mart’s shift to more US manufacturing is benefitting a Memphis business.

Impact Innovations is now producing more than 20 million rolls of Christmas wrapping paper at the former Cleo Inc. facility in Southeast Memphis that was previously produced in China for Wal-Mart’s 4,500 stores.

43. ‘Love is The Answer’ -

A talk at the Back End of Innovation conference by Christy Amador, senior communications manager, Global Public Affairs and Communications for The Coca-Cola Co., highlights how one company engages its employees more deeply.

44. Last Word: Pro-Memphis On Different Terms, Trump's Pledge and Phil Gagliano -

Be honest. How many of you are even at work Friday? And if you are, how many of you know there are cookies or egg nog in the break room? "He sees you when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake."

45. Father-Son Duo Dickens Built Taps Infill Market In Collierville, Piperton -

A father-son home builder duo of Doug and Chris Dickens has taken advantage of a strengthening housing market recently by specializing in infill development, primarily in the Collieville and Piperton areas.

46. US Business Investment Rose in November for 2nd Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses stepped up their spending on industrial machinery, steel, and other big-ticket items last month, a sign that one of the economy's weak spots may be improving.

47. US Economy Grew at Strong 3.5 Pct. Annual Rate Last Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, the fastest pace in two years and more than the government had previously estimated. But the growth spurt isn't expected to last.

48. Impact Innovations Rolling With Recent Wal-Mart Deal -

Wal-Mart’s shift to more US manufacturing is benefiting a Memphis business.

Impact Innovations is now producing more than 20 million rolls of Christmas wrapping paper at the former Cleo Inc. facility in Southeast Memphis that was previously produced in China for Wal-Mart’s 4,500 stores.

49. Taxable or Tax-Deferred? -

Ray’s Take Tax planning is an essential part of any budgeting or investment management decision. Generally there are two types of accounts to consider: taxable and tax-deferred. But which one will work best for you? The answer is usually both, but there are definite strategies to consider when choosing.

50. Strickland Surprised by Record Homicide Rate, Defends ‘Brilliant at the Basics’ -

At the last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland dropped by to give high marks for cooperation between his office and the council.

51. 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.

52. Kelsey Proposes $50M Sales Tax Shift to Memphis -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Memphis is proposing a shift in state sales tax revenue that could mean at least $50 million in additional sales tax revenue for the city of Memphis.

53. Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

3670 S. Perkins Road

Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: December 2016

Buyer: Farnsworth Investment Co.

54. Last Word: Boca Ends Badly, Fred's Deal Still Moving and The Couch Dylan Sat On -

Z Bo ejected and the Grizz fall to the Celtics 112 – 109 Tuesday at the Forum. Post game, Fizdale says the team has a leadership problem.

The Tigers at the Forum Wednesday, playing the Incarnate Word Cardinals.

55. FTB Advisors Honored For Customer Service -

FTB Advisors, the wealth and investment group of First Tennessee Bank, has been recognized by Greenwich Associates in the 2016 Greenwich Excellence Awards for Wealth Management and Personal Investment Services.

56. Infectious Disease Specialist Blatz Joins Resurrection Health -

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Blatz recently joined the staff of Resurrection Health. In his new role, Blatz provides expert consultation on a variety of infectious diseases in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently he is focusing on providing HIV and hepatitis C care as well as teaching Resurrection’s family medicine resident physicians. 

57. St. Jude Caps Busy 2016 with Investment Announcement -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is once again ending the year on the cusp of major change, the year end again drawing a line underneath a period of significant expansion for the hospital while it looks ahead to much more to come.

58. Analysis: Mississippi Public Pension Fund Faces Test After 2 Weak Years -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Lawmakers, county supervisors, mayors, school superintendents and college presidents should hope that the run-up in the stock market that began after Donald Trump's election continues.

59. Hickory Hill Apartments Sell for $28 Million -

A California-based real estate investment and advisory firm has purchased the 630-unit Trails at Mt. Moriah apartment complex for $28 million, or $44,444 per unit.

MDO Trails LLC, an affiliate of Newport Beach, California-based CORE Realty Holdings Management Inc., purchased the Class B multifamily property from NNN Mt. Moriah Apartments LLC and 39 related entities in a Dec. 13 warranty deed.

60. City Budget Season on the Way With Concerns -

One of the highlights of 2016 for the Memphis City Council that took office in January with six new members was a budget season in which there were no significant changes in the proposal by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, who also took office in January.

61. Start Co. Accepting Applications for 2017 Accelerators -

The Start Co. organization in Memphis is once again looking for a few good startups.

The entity that oversees a collection of startup accelerators is taking applications now for the next 100-day program that kicks off May 1 and runs through Aug. 10.

62. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sells for $37.1 Million -

A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown recently was purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.

63. State Cites Local Company For Illegal Sale of Securities -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance has announced disciplinary action against a Collierville-based business and its principal found in violation of the state’s securities laws.

64. Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

Merle Norman Cosmetics Inc. has sold its former Memphis distribution center to local real estate developer Thomas Farnsworth Jr. for $1.3 million.

65. Shelby County Awarded $11.5M for Head Start -

The Shelby County Board of Education has been awarded an $11.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support Head Start projects.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who announced the grant Wednesday, Dec. 14, called the funding “an investment in our children, our families and our future.”

66. Cordova-North Making a Comeback -

One of the hardest-hit areas of the recent foreclosure crisis is seeing major improvements this year.

Once dominated by foreclosures and bank sales, Cordova’s 38016 ZIP code is recording its highest level of home sales activity in almost 10 years.

67. 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.

68. December 16-22, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2015: A record high temperature of 70 degrees at Memphis, according to the National Weather Service. The 70-degree mark ties a record for the date set in 1982.

2011: On the front page of The Daily News, the Memphis City Council approves a planned development for the south side of Madison Avenue in Overton Square, including a new $16 million public parking garage to be built by the city. The garage is eligible for public funding because it is to include a water detention basin in its base that alleviates a chronic flooding problem in the area, which includes Lick Creek. Loeb Properties Inc. has a contract with the Colorado company that owns the entertainment district and the contract runs out at the end of 2011. A Loeb plan to make a supermarket the anchor of a revitalized square has fallen through and Loeb is now envisioning Overton Square as a theater district with a $19.2 million investment by Loeb in the area.

69. Local Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

Merle Norman Cosmetics Inc. has sold its former Memphis distribution center to local real estate developer Thomas Farnsworth Jr. for $1.3 million.

70. Shelby County Awarded $11.5M for Head Start -

The Shelby County Board of Education has been awarded an $11.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support Head Start projects.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who announced the grant Wednesday, Dec. 14, called the funding “an investment in our children, our families and our future.”

71. Tuning Up Your Finances for 2017 -

As a longtime financial professional, I can vouch for the power of the looming New Year – more people begin showing interest in getting their finances in order during this time than any other. I’ve always found that the best way to ensure a great financial future is by mapping out your goals and avoiding common financial pitfalls. I’ll outline some of my most tried and true tips here.

72. Setting Financial Priorities in Your 50s and Beyond -

Ray’s Take Every phase of life has its challenges – financial and otherwise. Your education gives way to career, which is often followed by marriage and children. Next comes educating those children. It would be great if all of these phases were managed and balanced as we pass through them, but most of us have a few detours along the way. 

73. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

9155 U.S. Highway 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $37.1 million 

Sale Date: December 2016

74. State Cites Collierville Company for Illegal Sale of Securities -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance has announced disciplinary action against a Collierville-based business and its principal found in violation of the state’s securities laws.

75. Development Projects Tied to Mid-South Reach $9.2B -

The number of development projects in the Memphis market has risen above $9 billion, according to data compiled by Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors.

The updated number comes from an ambitious project the commercial real estate firm began earlier this year called 901REnews.

76. Avison Young Names Director Of Property Management -

Avison Young has named Tim Norwood the new director of property management for its Memphis office, the Toronto, Canada-based commercial real estate services firm announced Monday, Dec. 12.

77. Ethics Experts: Trump Invites Trouble If He Keeps Businesses -

NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump says he will step away from managing his business empire while he's in office – but he's not going to sell it off. If he follows through, he will shatter a presidential precedent on conflicts, and ethics experts say he will open the door to investigations and lawsuits that could hobble his administration.

78. Medical District Using Tactical Urbanism to Increase Walkability -

Redevelopment in dense city centers provides a unique set of problems for urban planners. Decades and sometimes centuries of overlapping growth make utilizing every possible square foot of land a necessity.

79. Fred’s Considering HQ Relocation in Revamp -

Memphis-based retailer fred’s Inc. is studying a few options for relocating its Memphis headquarters at 4300 New Getwell Road, locations that CFO Rick Hans told The Daily News are all within a few miles of the current headquarters.

80. Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent to Step Down Next Year -

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola said Friday that CEO Muhtar Kent will step down as CEO next year and be replaced by Chief Operating Officer James Quincey.

The world's largest beverage maker has been under pressure to grow as people around the world drink less soda, including its flagship Coke. In October, the Atlanta company reported that its third-quarter profit fell 28 percent.

81. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown was recently purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.

82. FedEx's Smith Critical of Trump Opposition to NAFTA, TPP -

FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith says withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement, as advocated by President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly in the 2016 presidential campaign, would be “catastrophic for the U.S. economy” and “have massive economic repercussions.”

83. Fred’s Inc. Considering HQ Relocation as It Works to Revamp Business -

Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc. is studying a few options for relocating its Memphis headquarters at 4300 New Getwell Road, locations that Fred’s CFO Rick Hans told The Daily News are all within a few miles of the current headquarters.

84. Study: Shelby County Saw Most GDP Growth in Tenn. -

Shelby County saw more than $2.6 billion growth in its gross domestic product over the last four years, the most among Tennessee’s 95 counties, according to a new study by financial technology company SmartAsset.

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

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

86. 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.

87. Marion Near Downtown Memphis But Retains Its Small-Town Identity -

The location is the selling point. It comes with a small-town way of life and easy access to Downtown Memphis.

Yet it also comes with the challenge of being a well-kept secret off the interstate. No doubt, you’ve seen the road signs for Marion, Arkansas. But have you stopped there? Have you considered living there or operating a business there?

88. St. Jude Area Focus of $37M Investment from Memphis, State -

State government and the city of Memphis have announced multimillion-dollar contributions to improve the public infrastructure around the Downtown campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

89. Council Approves Two Downtown Hotels, Sets Vote on Dairy Expansion -

Memphis City Council members approved two conversions of Downtown buildings into hotels Tuesday, Dec. 6, and set a Jan. 17 date for a public hearing and vote on expansion plans for the Turner Dairy in Overton Square.

90. ‘MemphisWorks’ Jobs, Training App Launches -

A new “MemphisWorks” app unveiled Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Annual Chairman’s Luncheon is a comprehensive jobs and training effort that took nine months to get in one digital place, with help from an anonymous donor.

91. Council Approves Pair of Downtown Hotels, Sets January Vote on Dairy Expansion -

Memphis City Council members approved two conversions of Downtown buildings as hotels Tuesday, Dec. 6, and set a Jan. 17 date for a public hearing and vote on expansion plans for the Turner Dairy in Overton Square.

92. Supreme Court Upholds Broad Power to Curb Insider Trading -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with the government in a legal clash over the nation's insider trading laws, a victory for prosecutors seeking to curb corruption on Wall Street.

93. AutoZone Revs Up Net Income By 8 Percent -

The first significant cold snap of the season is at hand, something that might leave most people resigned to the corresponding inconveniences but nonetheless excites AutoZone chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes.

94. Tyson Announces Plans for $150 Million Venture Fund -

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. announced plans Monday to create a venture fund aimed at developing innovations in food production.

95. Study: Shelby County Saw Most GDP Growth in Tenn. -

Shelby County saw more than $2.6 billion growth in its gross domestic product over the last four years, the most among Tennessee’s 95 counties, according to a new study by financial technology company SmartAsset.

96. Memphis is Startup USA -

Umer Adnan, founder and CEO of Cowlar, came to Memphis from Pakistan to continue to grow his startup, which is a wearable device in the form of a collar for dairy cows. This aids farmers by providing health and wellness data and recommendations to improve the overall health of cows, thereby increasing milk yields.

97. Diversity and Inclusion -

Nonprofits are ahead of the game when it comes to diversity. Is that true? We may tell ourselves that, but diversity – and most importantly inclusion – requires we take an honest look at our organizations. 

98. Palazzolo Says Germantown Maximizing Commercial Development Where it Can -

Just a few years ago, Germantown leaders were worried. Sales tax revenues were down in the recession and the city had annexed the last of its reserve area.

Looking back on it, Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo admits it was a challenge. The perspective has changed as the recession has lifted.

99. Two Hotel Projects Top Council Agenda -

Two Downtown hotels top a planning and development-heavy agenda for the Tuesday, Dec. 2, session of the Memphis City Council.

The council votes on a special use permit for a 68-room luxury hotel at 477 S. Main St., in a building that until recently had been a graduate school for the Memphis College of Art.

100. Trump Forms an Advisory Group of CEOs for Input on Jobs -

NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump on Friday announced the formation of an advisory group of more than a dozen CEOs and business leaders who will offer input on how to create jobs and speed economic growth.