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1. St. Jude Expansion Looks East of Campus -

The city’s plan for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital isn’t the only reason the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district.

2. New Details of St. Jude Expansion Look to Medical Corridors To The East -

The city’s plans for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are only half of the plan the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district for.

3. New Details of St. Jude Expansion Look to Medical Corridors To The East -

The city’s plans for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are only half of the plan the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district for.

4. FedEx Warns of Possible Inauguration Day Delays -

Due to the heightened security measures that will be in place during Inauguration Day on Friday, Jan. 20, FedEx released a service alert warning customers of possible shipping delays in and around the Washington, D.C., security zones.

5. Rallings: Valero Protesters ‘Defamed’ King Holiday -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings defended the response of police officers and firefighters to a Monday, Jan. 16, protest that shut down access to the Valero refinery in South Memphis for five hours. And he said the action to protest an oil pipeline to the plant that would cross Arkansas defamed the federal holiday Monday honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

6. Rallings: Valero Protesters Defame King Holiday -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings defended the response of police officers and firefighters to a Monday, Jan. 16, protest that shut down access to the Valero refinery for five hours. And he said the action to protest an oil pipeline to the plant that would cross Arkansas defamed the federal holiday Monday honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

7. Report: FAA Not Prepared for Major Air Traffic Outages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration still isn't prepared to handle major air traffic control outages despite promises to update plans, a government watchdog said Friday.

8. First Tennessee Parent Closes Book on Solid 2016 -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company has closed the book on 2016 with a set of quarterly and full-year results attributable to its top executive’s mantra about sticking to the basics.

9. Frontier Increases Size Of Memphis-Denver Flights -

Memphis International Airport has announced that Frontier Airlines will increase the size of its Memphis to Denver route beginning April 21.

The Denver-based airline, which returned to MEM with Memphis-Denver service in 2014, plans to swap its current 150-seat Airbus A319 with a 230-seat Airbus A321, which will be the largest scheduled passenger plane operating at MEM since 2011.

10. 10 Ways to Refine Your Fundraising Readiness -

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series. Are you ready for a successful fundraising year? Are you already involved? Before you go full force in the marketplace – whether with cultivation or solicitation – stop and review your fundraising readiness status.

11. Last Word: Humes Next, Top ZIPs in Residential and Payback in the Legislature -

Add Dave & Buster’s to the list of "it" retail hot spots. The restaurant-arcade has inked a lease in Cordova by Wolfchase Galeria with plans to open later this year, probably fourth quarter.

12. 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. 

13. Frayser Charter Seeks to Take Over Humes Prep Academy -

Bobby White admits Humes Preparatory Academy is a “challenging situation.”

“But it’s a situation that is manageable,” he told a group of 40 people in the auditorium of the North Memphis school Wednesday, Jan. 11.

14. View From the Hill: Taxing Online Sales Not Such an Easy Fix -

Cumberland Transit owner Allen Doty isn’t sure if a rule requiring major out-of-state retailers to collect Tennessee sales taxes will create more equity for his shop.

But Doty, who has been selling everything from bicycles to kayaks and camping gear for 34 years in Nashville, is definitely tired of people shopping in his store for hours, snapping a picture of shoes they like, then going home and buying them online “just to avoid sales tax.”

15. Let’s Get Real About Charters -

Charter schools and public education have been the focus of increased national attention lately and I’m proud that Tennessee is often held up as a model of how charter public schools can work for families.

16. For New Plough Center Director, Job is a Calling -

For Dr. Harry Kochat, the best parts of working in pharmaceutical development are the interactions with grateful patients. Like the one he remembers from early in his career, when Kochat – whose work has focused on the development of life-saving drugs for more than three decades – encountered a mother and her young son.

17. 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.

18. Klondike Parents Review Options in Closing -

Most students at Klondike Preparatory Academy in North Memphis will be able to attend Vollentine Elementary next school year with transportation provided by Shelby County Schools.

That’s what leaders of the state-run Achievement School District told 70 parents, students, teachers and community members Monday, Jan. 9, at a meeting about the closing of Klondike.

19. Klondike Parents Explore Vollentine Transfers, Other Options -

Most students at Klondike Preparatory Academy in North Memphis will be able to attend Vollentine Elementary School next school year with transportation provided by Shelby County Schools.

That’s what leaders of the state-run Achievement School District told a group of 70 parents, students, teachers and community members Monday, Jan. 9, at a meeting about the closing of Klondike as an ASD school at the end of the current school year.

20. Shelby County Government Recycling Christmas Trees -

Shelby County government is recycling live Christmas trees and other holiday greenery through Monday, Jan. 9.

The program, operating in an area near Agricenter International’s ShowPlace Arena at 105 S. Germantown Road, is in its 18th year and is part of the county’s Sustainable Shelby program.

21. Baker Donelson Completes Merger With Ober/Kaler -

Memphis-based Baker Donelson and Baltimore-based Ober/Kaler have completed their previously announced merger, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the nation.

The firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, added nearly 110 attorneys and more than 100 staff members from Ober/Kaler. That brings its headcount to more than 800 attorneys and advisers, including around 380 shareholders.

22. Tennessee Lawmakers Could Raise, Lower Taxes This Session -

The 110th General Assembly is set to convene on Jan. 10 with unfinished business from previous sessions likely to dominate debate.

Here’s a look at some of the hottest topics expected to arise.

23. Fed Minutes: If Economy Heats Up, Rate Hikes May Accelerate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials, who boosted a key interest rate last month, said they might need to accelerate future rate hikes if a faster-growing economy pushes down the unemployment rate farther than currently expected.

24. Baker Donelson, Ober/Kaler Complete Combination -

Memphis-based Baker Donelson and Baltimore-based Ober/Kaler have completed their previously announced merger, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the nation.

The firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, added nearly 110 attorneys and more than 100 staff members from Ober/Kaler. That brings its headcount to more than 800 attorneys and advisers, including around 380 shareholders.

25. Huston to Lead Downtown Marketing Initiatives -

Penelope Huston has joined the Downtown Memphis Commission as vice president of marketing, communications and events. Huston has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing, public relations, and relationship management, most recently serving as director of marketing for Memphis in May.
In her new role, she will be responsible for developing the DMC’s marketing strategy; driving activities to enhance the image of Downtown and public awareness of its growth and value to the region; and lead initiatives to position Downtown as a center for culture, tourism, business and entertainment. 

26. Crosstown High Hires Terrill As Executive Director -

Crosstown High School is still forming. But the school to open for classes at Crosstown Concourse in August 2018 has an executive director.

The board of Crosstown High announced Monday, Jan. 2, that it has named Chris Terrill, an educator from Mooresville, North Carolina, as the school’s first executive director.

27. Shelby County Government Recycling Christmas Trees -

Shelby County government is recycling live Christmas trees and other holiday greenery through Monday, Jan. 9.

The program, operating in an area near Agricenter International’s ShowPlace Arena at 105 S. Germantown Road, is in its 18th year and is part of the county’s Sustainable Shelby program.

28. New Wood Technology May Offer Hope for Struggling Timber -

RIDDLE, Ore. (AP) – John Redfield watches with pride as his son moves a laser-guided precision saw the size of a semi-truck wheel into place over a massive panel of wood.

Redfield's fingers are scarred from a lifetime of cutting wood and now, after decades of decline in the logging business, he has new hope that his son, too, can make a career shaping the timber felled in southern Oregon's forests.

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. Logistics Sector Preps for Logging Devices -

While Memphis’ distribution and logistics sectors continued to prosper in 2016, legislative changes and proposed improvements to the infrastructure of Lamar Avenue were among the year’s top local headlines for the industry.

31. Great Expectations: Small Businesses Upbeat About 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump's election as president has made many small business owners more upbeat about 2017.

Dean Bingham says he's cautiously optimistic because business picked up at his auto repair shop after the election – people who had put off fixing their cars have decided it's time to get them serviced.

32. GM's Main China Venture Fined $29M in Anti-Monopoly Case -

BEIJING (AP) – General Motors Co.'s main joint venture in China was fined $29 million on Friday on charges it suppressed competition by enforcing minimum sales prices for dealers, the latest in a string of penalties against foreign auto brands under the country's anti-monopoly law.

33. Beale Street ‘Stuck at Status Quo’ -

When the guitar drops on Beale Street to mark the start of 2017, it will also mark three years that the Downtown Memphis Commission has been running day-to-day affairs of the Beale Street entertainment district.

34. Lawsons Equip Educators with Tools for Success -

Kenda and Dominic Lawson were enemies before they were friends. Today they’re married and they run a company together. “We’re not about telling people what to do,” Kenda observes. “Our job is to find opportunities for children and empower teachers to create their own content.”

35. Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Deposed in Pilot Lawsuit -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was deposed Tuesday in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain owned by his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, and other family members.

36. Brewer Named President Of Versant Supply Chain -

Buck Brewer has been promoted to president of Memphis-based Versant Supply Chain Inc. A 20-year veteran of the supply chain industry, Brewer joined Versant six years ago and had served as its chief operating officer since January 2014.
Brewer, 40, assumes the president’s position from Richard J. Peters, who will continue to serve as Versant’s chairman.
Over the past several years, Versant has expanded from a small freight brokerage into a provider of specialized labor, freight and flexible space solutions supporting large global supply chain organizations.
The company currently has 130 full-time employees and employs 3,000 full-time-equivalent associates through its partnerships with customers.
Brewer says that while most people would say his job is to oversee the day-to-day operation and overall growth strategy of the company, he believes his job is “to support the incredibly talented individuals that truly drive the company and make it what it is today.”

37. 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.

38. China Fines Medtronic On Anti-Monopoly Charges -

Medical device maker Medtronic, whose spinal business is based in Memphis, has been fined $17 million by Chinese anti-monopoly regulators in the latest effort by Beijing to force down what it sees as unreasonably high prices.

39. 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?

40. China Fines Medtronic $17 Million on Anti-Monopoly Charges -

BEIJING (AP) – Medical device maker Medtronic, whose spinal business is based in Memphis, has been fined $17 million by Chinese anti-monopoly regulators in the latest effort by Beijing to force down what it sees as unreasonably high prices.

41. Starbucks to Boost Number of Shops, Add More Food to Menu -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks, looking to the future as its longtime CEO moves to other projects, plans to open 12,000 new locations within five years to boost its number of coffee shops worldwide by almost 50 percent.

42. Local Mortgage Market Sees Busy November -

If mortgage bankers in Shelby County were expecting things to start winding down for the year in November, the pace of activity for the month kept them unexpectedly busy.

Purchase volume soared during November over the year-ago period, according to new figures from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. October had already seen a year-over-year pickup in activity to kick off the fourth quarter, and that pattern continued last month.

43. Q&A: A Look at Trump's Call to Cancel New Air Force 1 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he would cancel Boeing's contract to build a new fleet of presidential aircraft to replace the aging Reagan-era models that currently shuttle the president around the world. Trump cited "out of control" costs of more than $4 billion in a tweet that ended with "Cancel order!"

44. Cereal Maker General Mills to Cut as Many as 600 Jobs -

NEW YORK (AP) – General Mills, which has been struggling with weaker sales for its cereal and yogurt, plans to cut between 400 and 600 jobs around the world as it restructures its business.

45. Construction Underway On Mid-South’s First Freddy’s -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Parkway location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

46. MAA Closes Merger With Post Properties -

Memphis-based real estate investment trust MAA has completed its $4 billion merger with rival Post Properties Inc., creating a combined company with an equity market capitalization of about $11 billion and overall market cap of $15 billion.

47. Construction Underway on Mid-South’s First Freddy’s in Cordova -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Pkwy. location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

48. ServiceMaster Unit Buys Home Warranty Company -

The American Home Shield division of Memphis-based ServiceMaster announced Thursday, Dec. 1, a deal to buy Landmark Home Warranty of Salt Lake City, the second acquisition by the home warranty company this year.

49. American Home Shield Buys Salt Lake City Company -

The American Home Shield division of Memphis-based ServiceMaster announced Thursday, Dec. 1, a deal to buy Landmark Home Warranty of Salt Lake City, the second acquisition by the home warranty company this year.

50. American Home Shield Buys Salt Lake City Company -

The American Home Shield division of Memphis-based ServiceMaster announced Thursday, Dec. 1, a deal to buy Landmark Home Warranty of Salt Lake City, the second acquisition by the home warranty company this year.

51. December 2-8, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2014: Black Lives Matter “die-in” march and protest on Beale Street draws a group of 50 protesters by the district’s Christmas tree at Beale and Rufus Thomas Boulevard.

1986: The Daily News marks its 100th anniversary with a party at The Peabody hotel that features columnist Louis Rukeyser. It is also the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, and Rukeyser decries some of the commercialism and corporate sponsorship surrounding the renovation of the monument.

52. Dunavant Expands Into China While Bolstering the Company Stateside -

With a strong presence on the Gulf Coast and in the Southeast, the acquisition of a private customs brokerage company in Mobile, Alabama, made sense for Memphis-based Dunavant Global Logistics Group LLC.

53. MAA Closes Merger With Post Properties -

Memphis-based real estate investment trust MAA has completed its $4 billion merger with rival Post Properties Inc., creating a combined company with an equity market capitalization of about $11 billion and overall market cap of $15 billion.

54. On-Demand Storage Offers Seasonal Space Relief -

With popular companies like Uber and Airbnb redefining their industries, it’s no surprise that other sectors are starting to tap into the country’s growing interest in on-demand services.

55. Feds: Railroads Slow to Make Progress on Train Technology -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nation's three busiest commuter railroads - which together serve nearly 1 million riders in the New York City area each day - continue to lag behind their smaller West Coast counterparts in installing sophisticated train-control technology that's seen as an antidote to crashes involving speeding and other human factors, federal regulators said Monday.

56. Massachusetts Uber, Lyft Screenings Called Toughest in US -

BOSTON (AP) — Drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft will undergo what state officials call the most comprehensive background checks in the U.S. under agreements announced Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker's administration.

57. Children's Services Closer to End of Federal Court Oversight -

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Children's Services is getting closer to operating independently of federal oversight for the first time in 15 years.

November court filings show the agency has maintained compliance with all the goals set out after a settlement and now maintains a level of performance "that is consistent with a reasonably well-performing child welfare system," The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/2go7B8X ).

58. Distracted To Death -

When the Tennessee Highway Patrol began using a tractor-trailer on the interstate to catch people texting while driving, the troopers knew their view from above would help their cause. From that higher vantage point, they could see drivers holding their phones in their laps and typing.

59. International Paper Strengthens Partnership With Mid-South Food Bank -

International Paper Co. presented the Mid-South Food Bank with a check for $1.25 million in support of its signature charity last week and the timing was excellent because, well, there is never not a good time for the Food Bank to receive that kind of generous help.

60. Verso Leaving Memphis For Miamisburg, Ohio -

Verso Corp. announced on Monday, Nov. 14, that it will be moving its Memphis headquarters to consolidate offices in Miamisburg, Ohio.

61. Bridges Renames Center, Completes $20M Campaign -

Bridges celebrated the completion of a six-year, $20 million endowment campaign Tuesday, Nov. 15, that included the renaming of the nonprofit center as the Jim Boyd Bridges Center.

62. Bridges Renames Center, Completes $20M Campaign -

Bridges celebrated the completion of a six-year, $20 million endowment campaign Tuesday, Nov. 15, that included the renaming of the nonprofit center as the Jim Boyd Bridges Center.

63. Unfinished Nuclear Plant Sold, Buyer Vows to Get It Running -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A development company that purchased an unfinished nuclear power plant from the Tennessee Valley Authority for $111 million on Monday said it plans to spend as much as $13 billion to make the nuclear generator operational.

64. Verso Leaving Memphis For Miamisburg HQ -

Verso Corp. announced on Monday, Nov. 14, that it will be moving its Memphis headquarters to consolidate offices in Miamisburg, Ohio.

65. Despite Lower Electric Sales, TVA Posts Record Net Income -

The Tennessee Valley Authority has posted a record net income despite falling electric sales.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/2fB9vTJ), the Tennessee Valley Authority says its 2016 budget year net income rose about 11 percent to more than $1.2 billion.

66. Disney Embraces Streaming as Ratings Sag -

NEW YORK (AP) – As more and more people get their favorite TV shows and movies online, Disney is also learning to embrace the stream.

The Walt Disney Co. once resisted offering channels like ESPN directly over the internet, preferring old-fashioned cable subscriptions. Its investors are fretting over ratings as more people cut the cord and cancel cable or satellite service. NFL game viewership is also down, and the contentious election drew viewers away from Disney networks like ABC to cable news networks.

67. Mylan is Target of 2 Probes, Has 3Q Loss Due to EpiPen Fine -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The maker of EpiPen emergency allergy injectors, under a microscope for repeatedly jacking up the price of the life-saving device, revealed Wednesday that it's a target of two price-related probes by federal agencies and has had its premises searched.

68. Wendy's Profit Surges on Shift to Franchise Operations -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wendy's Co. reported a boost in profit as it dramatically cut costs while it continues to sell company-owned restaurants and shift to a more franchise-heavy operation.

69. Embattled Valeant Pharma Reports 3Q Loss, Slashes Guidance -

Former Wall Street darling Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., now more of a dog for its reviled strategy of huge drug price hikes, posted dismal third-quarter results and sharply reduced its profit forecast for 2016, driving down its stock price.

70. CVS Health's 3Q Profit Jumps, But Revenue Disappoints -

CVS Health Corp. missed Wall Street's revenue expectations in the third quarter, despite sales jumping due to acquisitions. The company trimmed its profit forecast for this year, triggering a stock selloff.

71. Libraries Close For Veterans Day -

All Memphis Public Library locations will close for Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

The branches and the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library will reopen Saturday with normal operating hours.

– Bill Dries

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72. Don’t Wait Until Everyone Resigns -

“Nobody taught us how to go out and fundraise.” – Former board member

“After my experience at this organization, I am no longer interested in working in fundraising.” – Former fundraising professional

73. Ten-X: Memphis 3rd Best Market for Industrial Investors -

The strength of the Memphis MSA industrial market has made it the third best market in the U.S. for investment buyers, according to a new report from online real estate transaction firm Ten-X LLC.

74. Icahn Takes an Even Larger Stake in Herbalife -

NEW YORK (AP) – Billionaire Carl Icahn is extending a years-long proxy fight with co-billionaire Bill Ackman, upping his stake in Herbalife yet again.

The two have been battling over the legitimacy of the supplements and weight loss company since 2012, when Ackman called Herbalife a pyramid scheme and revealed a massive bet against it.

75. EdR Reports $3.5M Loss For Third Quarter -

Memphis-based EdR recorded a net loss of $3.5 million, or 5 cents per share, in the third quarter, the real estate investment trust reported Oct. 31. That compares to a net loss of $4.7 million, or 10 cents per share, during the same period a year ago.

76. Laurelwood to Renovate, Add Two Retail Tenants -

Laurelwood Shopping Center will undergo a $1 million renovation and is bringing in two new tenants, a local fine gifts retailer and a New York-based clothier.

The renovation will come in early 2017 and provide a “cleaner, more contemporary scheme” that will include new, angular awnings and European stone on the columns for texture, according to the center.

77. Jernigan Capital Earns $5M Q3 Profit -

Dean Jernigan is one of those CEOs who’s happy to spend big chunks of earnings calls with analysts leading a deep dive into the macroeconomics of his public company’s industry.

78. Street Near Methodist To Be Renamed After Shorb -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb is retiring from the hospital system at year’s end. In addition to a legacy that’s included 15 years as Methodist’s CEO, plus other leadership roles at Methodist and at Regional One Health, Shorb is also leaving something behind in the city’s medical district – his name.

79. Laurelwood Getting $1M Renovation, New Retailers -

Laurelwood Shopping Center will undergo a $1 million renovation and is bringing in two new tenants, a local fine gifts retailer and a New York-based clothier.

The renovation will come in early 2017 and provide a “cleaner, more contemporary scheme” that will include new, angular awnings and European stone on the columns for texture, according to the center.

80. Haslam to Kick Off Annual Public Budget Hearings Next Week -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam is kicking off his annual public budget hearings next week as he gets ready to put together his annual spending plan for the state of Tennessee.

81. EdR Reports $3.5M Loss For Third Quarter -

Memphis-based EdR recorded a net loss of $3.5 million, or 5 cents per share, in the third quarter, the real estate investment trust reported Monday, Oct. 31. That compares to a net loss of $4.7 million or 10 cents per share, during the same period a year ago.

82. Local Politicos Shift Focus to 2018 Given Expected Presidential Results -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism threw a masquerade party two nights before Halloween on an excursion boat.

83. The Week Ahead: Oct. 31–Nov. 6 -

Good morning, Memphis – and happy Halloween! From the Indie Memphis Film Fest to the long-awaited opening of the Midtown Kroger, there’s plenty of exciting happenings to keep you busy in the coming days. Peruse what’s going on in The Week Ahead while you munch on the candy you’re supposed to be saving for the trick-or-treaters. (We won’t tell.)

84. First Tennessee Capital Markets Unit Acquires Houston Firm -

First Tennessee Bank’s Memphis-based capital markets business, FTN Financial, is acquiring a Houston company that specializes in Small Business Administration loans.

85. FedEx Unit To Open Memphis Facility -

FedEx subsidiary Genco is opening a 1.1 million-square-foot multitenant warehouse for health care manufacturers in Memphis along with a similar facility in Ontario, Canada.

The third-party logistics provider, which FedEx Corp. acquired for $1.4 billion in early 2015, announced the network expansion on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

86. Memphis YMCA President Retiring After Long Tenure -

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

87. Clayborn Restoration Momentum Builds -

For the first time in 18 years, the 19th-century chandelier in the Clayborn Temple sanctuary was in working order, shedding light Tuesday, Oct. 25, on several hundred people gathered along with leaders of eight different denominations and faiths.

88. Memphis YMCA President Retiring After Long Tenure -

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

89. FedEx Subsidiary Expanding With Memphis Health Care Facility -

FedEx subsidiary Genco is opening a 1.1 million-square-foot multitenant warehouse for health care manufacturers in Memphis along with a similar facility in Ontario, Canada.

The third-party logistics provider, which FedEx Corp. acquired for $1.4 billion in early 2015, announced the network expansion on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

90. SharkNinja, Dyson End Legal Battle Over Advertising Claims -

BOSTON (AP) — Two of the most well-known names in vacuum cleaners have ended a two-year legal battle over just how much their products suck.

Dyson, the British technology company known for its upscale vacuums, and SharkNinja Operating LLC, a Massachusetts-based company known for its infomercials and lower-priced vacuums, had sued each other over advertising campaigns in which they claimed their vacuums had significantly more suction or were better at deep-cleaning. Each company accused the other of violating state and federal laws through false and misleading advertising.

91. Ford Cutting Production as US Demand Slows -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is cutting production as U.S. demand for new vehicles slows, but so far, its rivals aren't doing the same.

92. Hawes Takes on New Role At ACE Awareness Foundation -

Kiersten Hawes has been promoted to task force liaison and education coordinator at the Memphis-based ACE Awareness Foundation, which works to inform the community about the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. Hawes will also continue to serve as a therapist at Universal Parenting Place’s Knowledge Quest location.
As the task force liaison, Hawes will engage the foundation board and task force in ongoing dialogue to build awareness around ACEs. Operating in a dual role as a therapist and education coordinator, she says, allows her the opportunity to speak to the impact that toxic stress and intergenerational ACEs have on a family system if not mitigated.

93. UT Board of Trustees Approves Neyland Renovation Proposal -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's Board of Trustees has approved a proposal for a $106 million renovation to Neyland Stadium that the school is aiming to have completed by August 2019.

94. Gestalt to Exit ASD Schools in North Memphis -

The sentiment and the math are each familiar in public education in Memphis. 

When leaders of Gestalt Community Schools announced last week that the charter school company would not be running Humes Preparatory Academy Middle and Klondike Preparatory Academy Elementary schools after the end of the current school year, it was attributed to declining enrollment.

95. Office Depot to Close for Thanksgiving -

NEW YORK (AP) – Office Depot Inc. says it will close its stores for Thanksgiving, after three years of being open on the turkey feast.

96. Contaminated Machines Linked to Heart Surgery Infections -

NEW YORK (AP) – Health officials are warning that small outbreaks of infections spread by contaminated operating room machinery during open-heart surgery could be more widespread than first thought.

97. Last Word: The Politics of Animal Welfare, SCS On Gestalt and Chandler Numbers -

It’s not that the Memphis Animal Shelter would change as much as services outside the shelter would change and their relationship to the shelter would change. That’s what two consultants from the national nonprofit Target Zero told about 80 Memphians at the Central Library this week.

98. Target Zero Outlines Shelter Philosophy -

A leader of a national nonprofit group working with the city of Memphis to reform the Memphis Animal Shelter said animal welfare organizations often get in their own way in pursuing a common goal of reducing deaths by euthanasia.

99. Gestalt to Exit ASD Schools in North Memphis -

Gestalt Community Schools will not be running Humes Preparatory Academy Middle and Klondike Preparatory Academy Elementary schools after the end of the current school year, the charter school announced Friday, Oct. 7.

100. Fred’s Specialty Pharmacy Division Has New Name -

Fred’s Inc.’s wholly owned specialty pharmacy, Eiris Health Services, has a new name.

Now called EntrustRx, the division will continue to provide holistic pharmaceutical care and therapies for its customers with a personal touch, Memphis-based fred’s announced this week.