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1. Fred’s Ends 2017 Where it Began: Amid a Turnaround, Looking for Growth -

You wouldn’t know it from walking into a Fred’s store like the one at 5016 Summer Ave., with the big sign above it outside that says Fred’s in red letters on a white background accompanied by signs announcing “Low Price Leader” and “Pharmacy” on either side.

2. Memphis Football Players Receive All-America Honors -

Three University of Memphis football players have picked up various All-America recognition, including senior wide receiver Anthony Miller being named a first team All-America honoree by the Associated Press, and earning second team honors from the Football Writers Association of America.

3. Strong Season Sets Recruiting Table for Tigers -

The Tigers’ Dec. 30 date with Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl isn’t far off. But closing in even faster is college football’s new early signing period from Dec. 20-22 for high school seniors headed to a Division I school.

4. NouriTech Ready to Construct Fish Feed Facility -

It’s been a little more than a year since Cargill and California-based Calysta announced the two companies would partner to bring an old corn mill on Presidents Island back to life with a brand new $120 million, state-of-the-art facility.

5. First Horizon Foresees Bigger Savings from Capital Bank Deal -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank thinks it will save even more money than originally thought after its acquisition of North Carolina-based Capital Bank Financial Corp.

6. Terminix COO Stepping Down -

Marty Wick, the chief operating officer of Terminix, is leaving to pursue other career opportunities, the division of Memphis-based ServiceMaster announced Monday, Dec. 11.

In the interim, the termite and pest control’s field operations will report to Augusto Titarelli, vice president of Terminix’s north and international divisions since 2015.

7. Apple Orchestrates Deal for Song-Recognition App Shazam -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple's digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones.

8. WA -

Good morning, Memphis! Dust off your robes and lightsabers, because the latest “Star Wars” movie hits theaters this week. Of course, there’s plenty more to keep you busy in the coming days. Here’s what you need to know about in The Week Ahead – no Jedi powers required.

9. Week Ahead -

Good morning, Memphis! Dust off your robes and lightsabers, because the latest “Star Wars” movie hits theaters this week. Of course, there’s plenty more to keep you busy in the coming days. Here’s what you need to know about in The Week Ahead – no Jedi powers required.

10. The Week Ahead: Dec. 11-17 -

Good morning, Memphis! Dust off your robes and lightsabers, because the latest "Star Wars" movie hits theaters this week. Of course, there's plenty more to keep you busy in the coming days. Here's what you need to know about in The Week Ahead - no Jedi powers required.

11. Dixie Cafe Closing All Locations, 2 in Memphis -

Dixie Cafe has abruptly announced the closure of all 17 restaurants in the chain, including two in the Memphis area.

The Southern-style home-cooking restaurant company, based in Little Rock, has restaurants at 2861 Bartlett Blvd. in Bartlett and 4699 Poplar Ave. in Memphis. Its restaurants extend across Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma, and the company has been in business for 35 years.

12. Committee Outlines MLGW Proposals to Hike Rates -

Memphis City Council members paved the way Tuesday, Dec. 5, for a vote in two weeks on proposed increases to Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division electric, gas and water rates in the new year.

A council committee is recommending the following:

13. Moody’s Assigns A1 Rating To Rhodes College Bonds -

Rhodes College has received good news regarding its bond ratings.

Moody’s Investors Service recently announced its assignment of an A1 rating to the college’s proposed approximately $33 million Educational Facilities Revenue Refunding Bonds Series 2017, to be issued through The Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board of Shelby County. The bonds will have a final maturity in 2040.

14. Pay for No Play: Paying Millions to Former Coaches -

Tennessee’s bungled search for a football coach will come at a cost for the university. A big cost.

There are buyouts everywhere. A potential lawsuit looms. And a rift between boosters caused by the botched search may be the costliest item of all for the university long term.

15. Committee Outlines MLGW Rate Hike Recommendations -

Memphis City Council members paved the way Tuesday, Dec. 5, for a vote in two weeks on proposed increases to Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division electric, gas and water rates in the new year.

A council committee is recommending the following:

16. Dixie Cafe Closing All Locations -

Dixie Cafe has abruptly announced the closure of all 17 restaurants in the chain, including two in the Memphis area.

The Southern-style home-cooking restaurant company, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, has restaurants at 2861 Bartlett Blvd. in Bartlett and 4699 Poplar Ave. in Memphis. Its restaurants extend across Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma, and the company has been in business for 35 years.

17. AutoZone Posts Positive Q1 2018 Results -

A few weeks ahead of its annual meeting here set for Dec. 20, Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. has kicked off its fiscal 2018 with better-than-expected earnings for the first three months of the year.

18. FedEx Agrees to Buy At Least 50 Cessna Planes -

FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx Express has entered into a purchase agreement with Textron Aviation Inc. to buy 50 Cessna SkyCourier 408 planes, with an option to purchase up to 50 more. The purchase is part of FedEx’s strategy to modernize its fleet of feeder aircraft, which allow the Memphis-based shipping giant to provide fast, economical service to small and medium-sized markets.

19. Trucking Technology Accelerates With Promise of Better Safety, Efficiency -

The notion of thousands of electric and autonomous semitractor-trailers sharing the road with more traditional passenger vehicles may seem like a scene from a futuristic movie, but that future could be much closer than it seems.

20. Memphis Fusion -

With more than 40 life science companies operating in the Greater Memphis area and Shelby County ranking second in the U.S. for orthopedic device manufacturing, the Mid-South can stake its claim as one of the top medical device markets in the world.

21. Lake District Developer Pays Back Lender, Project 'Gathering Steam' -

A little more than a month after Gilad Development Co. began demolition of the shuttered Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall to pave way for the $375 million Lake District project, the developers have cleared another major hurdle.

22. White House: 'We are Not Anticipating a Shutdown' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says it does not anticipate the government will be forced to shut down at midnight on Dec. 8.

Government funding expires that day and an extension is needed to keep the government operating. President Donald Trump and Congress' top Republican and Democratic leaders were to discuss spending Tuesday, but the Democrats – Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi – backed out after Trump criticized them on Twitter.

23. Yellen Suggests a Continuation of Gradual Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the Fed expects to continue raising interest rates gradually. And she sought to assure lawmakers that the Fed would take care not to choke off any extra growth generated by tax cuts as long as inflation stayed tame.

24. Southwest Customers Face More Problems on Airline Website -

DALLAS (AP) – For a second straight day customers of Southwest Airlines ran into problems Tuesday when trying to use the airline's website to manage their travel plans.

Southwest posted an apology to customers who were having difficulty on the website or the carrier's mobile app. Some customers said on Twitter that they were unable to check in online for flights.

25. FedEx Agrees to Buy At Least 50 Cessna Planes -

FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx Express has entered into a purchase agreement with Textron Aviation Inc. to buy 50 Cessna SkyCourier 408 planes, with an option to purchase up to 50 more. The purchase is part of FedEx’s strategy to modernize its fleet of feeder aircraft, which allow the Memphis-based shipping giant to provide fast, economical service to small and medium-sized markets.

26. Cultivating Talent -

Ibtisam Salih is closer than ever to realizing her dream of opening a restaurant in the city that serves the Sudanese cuisine of her native country. She’s been preparing food at Caritas Village in Binghampton for several years now, and she’s started operating a catering venture – Ibti’s Soup and Catering. What she’s working toward, though, is a restaurant of her own. She loves to cook. She loathes the idea of recipes. She prepares her dishes by what feels right.

27. New Retail Concept Coming to Overton Square -

A women’s boutique in Overton Square has refashioned itself into what will be a collective of small business vendors launching Dec. 1 and all operating from the one space.

The boutique known as The Attic is pivoting to the new concept, a collection of up to 15 small business vendors that will sell everything from clothing to accessories and handmade housewares and gifts.

28. Week Ahead: Nov. 20-26 -

Good morning, Memphis, and congrats to the University of Memphis Tigers on clinching the AAC West Division championship! The holiday season “officially” arrives with Thanksgiving this week, and there’s no shortage of reasons to get out of the house. From tree lightings to post-holiday hikes and much more, we’ve got you covered in The Week Ahead…

29. Collins Leaving as City's Chief Financial Officer -

City of Memphis chief financial officer Brian Collins is leaving the post he’s held for the last five years across two mayoral administrations to become executive director of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Collins announced Friday, Nov. 17. He is leaving City Hall in January and starts his new job Jan. 8.

30. Memphis Basketball: A Program in Decline -

They’ve only played two games. The early signing period for the class of 2018 has just passed. And yet it feels like the University of Memphis basketball program’s ceiling for this season and the foreseeable future is dropping.

31. Graceland vs. Errrybody -

When Memphis City Council members were told in an Aug. 22 open committee session about Graceland’s plan to build a 5,000- to 6,000-seat concert venue, it wasn’t the first time local officials heard about the idea.

32. Graceland Sues Over Concert Venue Scrapped By Grizz Noncompete -

Graceland is challenging the noncompete agreement the city and county governments have with the Memphis Grizzlies in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Shelby County Chancery Court.

The lawsuit by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and Guesthouse at Graceland LLC seeks a declaratory judgment against the city of Memphis, Shelby County and Memphis Basketball LLC.

33. EPIcenter, Little Bird Innovation Launch Business Plan Contest -

The local EPIcenter organization, along with research, strategy and design firm Little Bird Innovation, are launching a business plan competition Wednesday, Nov. 15, that’s meant to enlist entrepreneurs in coming up with ways to solve persistent challenges that confront local makers and artisans.

34. Magic Of Carousel Horses Returns to CMOM -

The first horse on the restored Memphis Grand Carousel was a “jumper” – a horse that moves up and down, as opposed to a “stander” that doesn’t move.

The white pony with a black, thick wooden mane was the first of 48 horses to be installed Tuesday, Nov. 14, as the 1909 carousel is prepared for a Dec. 2 grand opening at the Children’s Museum of Memphis.

35. Landers Loss Factored Into Coliseum Not Being in Plan -

The probability of a repurposed Mid-South Coliseum running an operating deficit as part of a youth sports tournament complex at the Fairgrounds was what prompted Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration to put a renovation of the arena on hold for now.

36. Ignite Memphis Coming to New Ballet Memphis Digs -

If it was possible to create a mixtape of Memphis creativity, it might look like an event set to take place this week at Ballet Memphis.

The 11th edition of Ignite Memphis moves to Ballet Memphis’ new Overton Square space on Thursday, Nov. 16, bringing its signature slideshow-based presentation format to the ballet company’s Midtown digs. Organizers look for spaces like this – big enough to hold a crowd of around 300, and buzzy enough that people want to go there, be there and absorb what Ignite has to offer.

37. First Tennessee’s Walker Leading Push To Infuse Diversity Throughout Bank -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank is already the biggest bank in the state and award-winning for its work atmosphere. But the company isn’t resting on its laurels, instead forging ahead with unique strategies to better reflect the communities it is serving through a top-down, baked-in approach to ensuring diversity at every level of the organization.

38. Sports Complex Remains Driver of Fairgrounds Redevelopment Plan -

Parts of the city’s tentative plan for redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds may still come and go and the cost estimates could vary. But Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration made it clear at a Monday, Nov. 6, public meeting to unveil the most specific plan yet that a youth sports tournament complex is the anchor and driver of the financing for a redevelopment covering 175 acres.

39. City's Tentative Fairgrounds Plan Confirms Separating Coliseum from Youth Sports -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s tentative plan for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds, presented Monday, Nov. 6, included a renovation of old Melrose High School in neighboring Orange Mound and a confirmation that the city administration doesn’t think the Mid-South Coliseum should be part of a youth sports tournament complex.

40. CVS Bulks Up Delivery Service; Tops 3Q Earnings Expectations -

CVS Health is cranking up prescription deliveries to customer homes or workplaces, as the drugstore chain tries to squeeze more of an edge from a massive store network that puts 70 percent of the U.S. population within three miles of one of its locations.

41. UT Board of Trustees Approves 1st Phase of Neyland Renovation -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Board of Trustees has approved an updated $180 million first phase of renovation for Neyland Stadium.

This full board approved the project Friday after it passed the athletics committee Thursday . It still must receive approval from the state's building commission before renovation of the Volunteers' 102,455-seat home football stadium can begin.

42. Tenet Healthcare To Lay Off 1,300 Workers -

The parent company of Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis and Bartlett has announced a company-wide cost reduction effort intended to lower operating expenses by $150 million and will include cutting about 1,300 positions, including contractors.

43. Last Word: Changes Behind Highland Row, Lee Harris Opens and Ron Olson Moves -

Shelby County Commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer says the commission, through its attorneys, is in ‘the final stages of launching litigation” against big pharma over the opioid problem locally. And in a written statement Thursday she said she believes the litigation “will result in significant recovery for hundreds of millions of dollars that Shelby County has spent trying to heal, save, nurse and otherwise deal with the opioid crisis.” Shafer specifically announced the hiring on a contingency basis of a national law firm.

44. City Fairgrounds Plan Keeps Coliseum on Hold -

When it unveils a general plan for Fairgrounds redevelopment Monday, Nov. 6, the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will put the emphasis on setting the stage for a fuller redevelopment.

45. Hilton Will Pay $700,000 to Settle Case Over Data Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hotel operator Hilton will pay $700,000 to settle an investigation into two separate data breaches that exposed more than 350,000 credit card numbers.

The New York attorney general, who conducted an investigation along with his counterpart in Vermont, said Tuesday that one breach began in November 2014 and another in April 2015 but Hilton didn't tell consumers until November 2015.

46. SCS Board Refuses State Order to Share Student Information With Charters -

Shelby County Schools board members put their feet down Tuesday, Oct. 31, and said they will not share student information with the state-run Achievement School District and charter schools operating as part of the ASD.

47. Campbell Clinic Invests $30M In Germantown -

Campbell Clinic is in the throes of $30 million expansion of its Germantown campus, comprised today of a 60,000-square-foot clinic and 12,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center on 15 acres near Wolf River Boulevard and Germantown Road.

48. SCS Board Refuses State Order to Share Student Information With Charters -

Shelby County Schools board members made their intent clearer Tuesday, Oct. 31, on sharing student information with the state-run Achievement School District and charter schools operating as part of the ASD. And in the process, the school system is likely to be in court along with the Metro Nashville Schools system over the decision.

49. U of M Hooks Institute Given $10,000 Grant -

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute at the University of Memphis has received a $10,000 grant from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation to support the Hooks African-American Male Initiative. The Hooks Institute launched HAAMI in 2015 to increase the retention and graduation rates of African-American male students at the U of M.

50. Tenet Healthcare To Lay Off 1,300 Workers -

The parent company of Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis and Bartlett has announced a company-wide cost reduction effort intended to lower operating expenses by $150 million and will include cutting about 1,300 positions, including contractors.

51. Working With A Coach Is Not a Sign Of Weakness -

Coaching is now part of American culture. On a personal level there are coaches to help us improve our nutrition, lose weight and set goals. Coaches add value in our professional lives as executive coaches, business coaches, sales coaches and more. It is not a luxury but a necessity. We believe it is especially important in the area of fundraising. Here’s why.

52. IP Discusses $1.8B Business Deal in Q3 Earnings Call -

The day after Memphis-based International Paper Co. announced it is buying a 20.5 percent ownership interest in Graphic Packaging of Atlanta, the CEO of IP told analysts the $1.8 billion deal came from “a range of strategic options.”

53. Clayborn Temple Added To National Treasures List -

Clayborn Temple in Downtown Memphis has been added to the National Treasures portfolio of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The designation means the privately funded nonprofit will work with Clayborn Reborn, the local partners operating and redeveloping the historic church, to identify future uses for the building, mark its history and work toward a sustainable future for the structure.

54. IP CEO Details $1.8B Deal With Graphic Packaging -

The day after Memphis-based International Paper Co. announced it is buying a 20.5 percent ownership interest in Graphic Packaging of Atlanta, the CEO of IP told analysts the $1.8 billion deal came from “a range of strategic options.”

55. Memphis College of Art Closing Doors -

Memphis College of Art, the 81-year-old Overton Park institution, will close by May of 2020 after years of financial struggles.

The college’s board described the pending process as an “orderly dissolution of MCA’s real estate and other assets to fund the College’s debt obligations and other liabilities, including providing sufficient funding to serve existing students who remain at MCA.”

56. Memphis College of Art Closing Its Doors -

The Memphis College of Art will close by May of 2020 in what the board of the 81-year old Overton Park institution is describing as an "orderly dissolution of MCA’s real estate and other assets to fund the College’s debt obligations and other liabilities, including providing sufficient funding to serve existing students who remain at MCA."

57. Witnessing Real Change -

We host several Innovation Bootcamps each month. After doing this work for years, you expect a predictable pattern at each session. Surprisingly, it’s not in the transformational new thinking about the enterprise and the potential value that is created.

58. Huey’s Promotes Four in its Management Team -

Huey’s has promoted four employees within its management team.

They are Ashley Robilio, Steve Voss, Jimmy Lee and Stacy Graham. Robilio is being promoted to chief operating officer. She started her management with Huey’s in 1991 when she opened Huey’s East in Apple Tree Center. She’s been vice president since 2007 and before that an area manager.

59. Owokoniran Focuses on Quality for Medtronic Patients -

Sometimes, talking about the weather isn’t boring at all. Sometimes what a person says about the weather helps explain his life story.

When Faheed Owokoniran stepped off the plane in Memphis in late 2015 for a job interview with Medtronic, he felt an immediate sense of relief. Owokoniran, now a senior sourcing engineer at medical-equipment powerhouse Medtronic, moved here from Mankato, Minnesota, land of ever-piling snow and 40-below temperatures. But before his years in Mankato – 2008 to 2016 – Owokoniran called Lagos, Nigeria, home.

60. Microsoft Rolls Out New Windows 10 Update and Laptops -

Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to its Windows 10 operating system, hoping to spark enthusiasm for its virtual- and augmented-reality ambitions.

The semi-annual update became available Tuesday. Along with virtual experiences, the Fall Creators Update brings new ways to share photos and video and work with 3-D imagery.

61. Memphis Candy-Maker Dinstuhl's Celebrating 115 Years -

Enduring for five generations to celebrate its 115th birthday this year was no lucky turn of events for Dinstuhl’s Fine Candy Co. Inc.

62. Pettit Joins Food Bank As Chief Development Officer -

Attorney Peter Pettit has joined Mid-South Food Bank as chief development officer following his recent retirement as a partner in the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. In his new role, Pettit works closely with food bank leaders to develop strategies and relationships with major gift donors, and specifically is working to complete the $12.5 million “Hunger to Hope” capital campaign.

63. Memphis Businesses Getting Smart About Internet of Things -

As cloud-based technologies continue to advance, a growing number of Memphis companies are hooking into the Internet of Things to become more efficient while offering consumers greater convenience.

64. Coming Back -

Heavy machinery has been moving dirt around for a few months now on the E.H. Crump Boulevard lot that was once the site of the Fowler Homes public housing development. Leaders with the city of Memphis and the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ (COGIC) got around to the formalities Wednesday, Oct. 11, of breaking ground for construction of Mason Village – a $12.5 million development of 77 affordable townhomes on the site.

65. Avoid These Sales Proposals Fails -

You put so much time and energy into getting a prospect to agree to a meeting, preparing for that meeting, pitching your services and gaining agreement from the prospect to consider buying. So why, all too often, is so little time spent on the sales proposal itself? It’s like running the ball to the 10-yard line and then sitting down on the field, which inconsequentially, is essentially what my team did this past Sunday.

66. Convention Center Work Estimated at $100M-$200M -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Oct. 3, a $10 million advance of city funding for the renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The city funding goes to pay some expenses already incurred in the planning and design.

67. ACA Sales Tax to Impact Businesses, Employees Starting In January 2018 -

With ongoing premium increases small and large businesses and their employees normally experience each year, the added cost of a new sales tax on health insurance premiums that goes into effect on Jan. 1 is expected to hit particularly hard.

68. Convention Center Work Estimated at $100M-$200M -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Oct. 3, a $10 million advance of city funding for the renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The city funding goes to pay some expenses already incurred in the planning and design.

69. Memphis Readies Red Carpet to Land Amazon -

With 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in capital expenditures at stake, it stands to reason that cities hoping to land Amazon.com’s second U.S. headquarters will do whatever it takes to close the “once-in-a-lifetime” deal.

70. City Council Delays Final Vote on Confederate Monuments -

Memphis City Council members delayed a third and final vote on an ordinance that would direct the city administration to remove Confederate monuments in two city parks if the state historical commission doesn’t allow it later this month.

71. Memphis Officials Lay Out Initial Pitch for Amazon HQ -

With 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in capital expenditures at stake, it stands to reason that cities hoping to land Amazon.com’s second U.S. headquarters will do whatever it takes to close the “once-in-a-lifetime” deal.

72. Microsoft Touts VR Headsets That Pair With Windows 10 -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft is touting virtual reality headsets made by other companies in hopes of establishing personal computers running on its Windows 10 operating system as the best way for people to experience artificial worlds.

73. Beale Street Task Force Outlines Two Cover Charge Options -

A Beale Street Task Force assembled this summer to consider the future of a spring and summer cover charge Saturday nights after 10 p.m. in the district is recommending the cover charge stay.

The task force, in its last meeting Monday, Oct. 2, also recommended the return of Beale Street Bucks in some form – coupons given to those paying the cover charge that can be redeemed in most Beale businesses Saturdays and Sundays.

74. Hickory Hill Apartments Sell for $9 Million -

The Stonebrook Apartments, located at 6371 Winchester Road, have switched hands for $9.7 million.

75. Explore Bike Share Seeking Executive Director -

Explore Bike Share, a 600-unit local bike sharing system, has begun the search for an executive director to spearhead the nonprofit’s efforts.

Scheduled to roll out by next spring, Explore Bike Share’s fleet will be the largest in the nation to feature the BCycle Dash navigation system.

76. Work Moving Forward On Former Benchmark Hotel -

For almost two years, the exposed five-story frame of the former Benchmark Hotel in Downtown Memphis stood in somber contrast to the vibrant landmarks, such as The Peabody hotel and AutoZone Park, with which it shares the corner of Union Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard.

77. DHL Planning New Memphis Distribution Facility -

0 Tchulahoma Rd.
Memphis, TN 38118

Tenant: DHL Supply Chain

Landlord: Belz Enterprises

78. Crosstown Crossroads -

For the past 90 years, Crosstown has seen its share of ups and downs. In the beginning, it was a shining beacon for the city’s eastward expansion; at its height, it anchored several vibrant and diverse neighborhoods; and at its lowest, Crosstown became the poster child for once-great inner-city areas of Memphis that had deteriorated.

79. City Adds Longer Hours At Community Centers -

The city of Memphis is extending the hours of operation at the city’s 24 community centers to keep them open until 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the extended hours are to allow for more participation in athletic and community programs offered at the centers.

80. Work Moving Forward On Former Benchmark Hotel -

For almost two years, the exposed five-story frame of the former Benchmark Hotel in Downtown Memphis stood in somber contrast to the vibrant landmarks, such as The Peabody hotel and AutoZone Park, with which it shares the corner of Union Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard.

81. Work on Former Benchmark Hotel Finally Moving Forward -

For almost two years, the exposed five-story frame of the former Benchmark Hotel in Downtown Memphis stood in somber contrast to the vibrant landmarks, such as the Peabody Hotel and AutoZone Park it shares the corner of Union Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard with.

82. Explore Bike Share Seeking Executive Director -

Explore Bike Share, a 600-unit local bike sharing system, has begun the search for an executive director to spearhead the nonprofit’s efforts.

Scheduled to roll out by next spring, Explore Bike Share’s fleet will be the largest in the nation to feature the BCycle Dash navigation system.

83. Fairgrounds Proposal Coming Into Focus -

Aaron Shafer saw the writing on the wall, so to speak, at the second public gathering toward a redevelopment plan for the Fairgrounds last week.

84. Last Word: Pantographs & Catenaries, Grizz Uncertainty and Tuesdays Without Morrie -

After three years off the rails, the first significant indications that the trolleys are about to return. It was just a two-block ride that includes the Memphis Area Transit Authority trolley barn on North Main and one very new trolley. But it is a start through what is a very technical and bureaucratic process involving lots of safety vests, clipboards and video cameras.

85. Hickory Hill Apartments Sell for $9M -

The Stonebrook Apartments, located at 6371 Winchester Road, have switched hands for $9.7 million.

86. Trolley Lines Return Comes With Technology, Standards Changes -

New trolleys the Memphis Area Transit Authority hopes to have back on the Main Street tracks by the end of this year may sneak up on Main Street Mall pedestrians.

The new trolley car 799 that MATA officials took on a two-block test drive last week sounded much quieter than the fleet of trolleys that came off the tracks more than three years ago. They were taken out of service when two trolleys caught fire and new leadership at MATA discovered there were few maintenance records, no maintenance program and very little training for the upkeep of the system.

87. Council Delays Downtown Advance, Approves Another -

Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Sept. 19, delayed for two weeks a vote on a $10 million advance to start renovation design work on the Memphis Cook Convention Center, seeking more specific information. City chief operating officer Doug McGowen said he would provide the council with a timeline and specific work to be done.

88. Mercedes-Benz to Invest $1 Billion in Alabama, Add 600 Jobs -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Carmaker Mercedes-Benz announced Thursday that it will invest $1 billion to set up electric vehicle production at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant and to build a battery factory nearby, moves it said would create 600 new jobs.

89. Council Delays One Downtown Advance, Approves Another -

Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Sept. 19, delayed for two weeks a vote on a $10 million advance to start renovation design work on the Memphis Cook Convention Center, seeking more specific information. City chief operating officer Doug McGowen said he would provide the council with a timeline and specific work to be done.

90. FedEx Takes Profit Hit From Cyberattack in Q1 -

FedEx’s earnings per share for the first quarter were down year over year, as the Memphis-based shipping company continues to feel the effects of a June 27 cyberattack on subsidiary TNT Express that ended up costing $300 million.

91. City’s Ire Raised By Stadium Droughts -

For most of the ongoing discussion about a reconfiguration of the Fairgrounds, the Liberty Bowl has been a part of the background. Much of the attention has been on what to do with the Mid-South Coliseum and what new uses or buildings will do to existing parking.

92. Boyd Drops Beale Contract, But Says It Wasn't A Conflict of Interest -

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd ended his company’s fundraising contract with the Beale Street Merchants Association Tuesday, Sept. 19. But he again insisted the contract was not a conflict of interest in his duties as a council member voting on items involving the entertainment district.

93. Effects of June Cyberattack Cost FedEx $300 Million in Q1 -

FedEx’s earnings per share for the first quarter were down year over year, as the Memphis-based shipping company continues to feel the effects of a June 27 cyberattack on subsidiary TNT Express that ended up costing $300 million.

94. AutoZone Reports Mild Fiscal Fourth Quarter -

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. continues to find itself in an environment that’s unusual for the company and one that it’s not accustomed to, with the company’s fiscal fourth quarter sales bearing that out.

95. FedEx Pledges $1M To Hurricane Irma Clean-Up -

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has announced it will commit $1 million in cash and transportation support to areas affected by the storm.

96. Last Word: Juvenile Court Return, Berlin Boyd's Week and Tony Allen Thoughts -

Two weeks ago Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael was on Behind The Headlines in a half-hour conversation about the court and federal oversight that drew quite a bit of reaction to Michael’s strong opinions about the need to end that oversight. Even before that reaction we had planned to do a second part of the conversation with those who favor continued federal oversight of the court.

97. House Backs $1.2T Spending Bill With More Money for Military -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from deep cuts sought by President Donald Trump.

98. City Hall Stands Ready to Assist Brooks Museum -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s first and only home is owned by the city of Memphis, and the institution is the state’s largest art museum. Those two facts make city government more than an interested onlooker in what happens next as the museum’s board explores possibly moving out of Overton Park to a newly built facility elsewhere in the city.

99. FedEx Pledges $1M To Hurricane Irma Cleanup -

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has announced it will commit $1 million in cash and transportation support to areas affected by the storm. The announcement comes a few weeks after the company donated $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

100. Opioid Committee on Right Track, Obstacles Remain -

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold can remember the first time his detectives brought a heroin case to him three or four years ago.

“Of course, my reaction immediately was, ‘I thought that went away in the late 70s.’ But we’re seeing it. In fact, we are averaging approximately five heroin overdoses a month just in the town of Smyrna,” adds Arnold, whose city about 10 miles southeast of Nashville has a population of nearly 48,600.