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1. Verizon Buys Yahoo for $4.83B, Marking End of an Era -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion, marking the end of an era for a company that once defined the internet.

It is the second time in as many years that Verizon, extending its digital reach, has snapped up the remnants of a fallen internet star. The nation's largest wireless carrier paid $4.4 billion for AOL last year.

2. Dunavant Enterprises Starts Leasing Group -

Memphis-based Dunavant Enterprises has formed a leasing entity that leases all types of transportation equipment to its logistics customers.

Dunavant Logistics Leasing Group is headquartered in LaPorte, Texas, and is led by Carlos Rodriguez, who comes to the position of director of business development and equipment leasing from being maintenance and repair director of Dunavant Trans Gulf Transportation LLC for six years.

3. Memphis Attorney Elected President of Association -

Memphis trial attorney Thomas Greer was elected president of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association at its annual convention held recently in Florida.

4. Soma Intimates Coming To Saddle Creek Center -

Soma Intimates will open at the Shops of Saddle Creek later this year.

The women’s intimates and loungewear boutique will occupy a 2,132-square-foot store at Saddle Creek North next to Lucky Brand Jeans, according to a release.

5. Memphis Attorney Elected President of Association -

Memphis trial attorney Thomas Greer was elected president of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association at its annual convention held recently in Florida.

6. Soma Intimates Coming To Saddle Creek Center -

Soma Intimates will open at the Shops of Saddle Creek later this year.

The women’s intimates and loungewear boutique will occupy a 2,132-square-foot store at Saddle Creek North next to Lucky Brand Jeans, according to a release.

7. Will Mariota’s Second Season Resemble Luck or RG3? -

The Tennessee Titans’ offensive playbook has been rewritten. The verbiage for calling plays has been edited. The line has been revamped with three new starters.

Why? The team’s ownership and coaches desperately want to get the most out of quarterback prodigy Marcus Mariota.

8. Dunavant Enterprises Starts Leasing Group -

Memphis-based Dunavant Enterprises has formed a leasing entity that leases all types of transportation equipment to its logistics customers.

Dunavant Logistics Leasing Group is headquartered in LaPorte, Texas, and is led by Carlos Rodriguez, who comes to the position of director of business development and equipment leasing from being maintenance and repair director of Dunavant Trans Gulf Transportation LLC for six years.

9. Miss America Plans Education Scholarship for Past Winners -

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – There she is: Miss America, on her way back to school.

The Miss America Foundation is creating a new scholarship for past winners of the Miss America pageant who still need financial help completing their education.

10. Paragon Bank: Not Too Big, Not Too Small, But Just Right -

Robert Shaw won’t say that big banks don’t have their place in the industry. He knows better.

11. Advance Memphis Aims to Provide Workers Economic Sustainability -

“I’m always thinking about things through an economic lens,” said Steve Nash, executive director of Advance Memphis, at a recent tour of the nonprofit’s new location at 575 Suzette St.

12. White House: Budget Deficit to Rise to $600 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday predicted that the government's budget deficit for the soon-to-end fiscal year will hit $600 billion, an increase of $162 billion over last year's tally and a reversal of a steady trend of large but improving deficits on President Barack Obama's watch.

13. How safe is our food? -

It’s not easy being a food inspector in Tennessee, dealing with an updated statewide food code to protect the public from foodborne illnesses and educating restaurateurs, many with their own ideas about their cuisine, on following the rules.

14. Paragon Executive Touts Personal Touch of Community Banking -

Robert Shaw won’t say that big banks don’t have their place in the industry. He knows better.

“Larger banks do a lot of things very well,” said Shaw, CEO of Paragon Bank. “But community banks can do things on a more personal basis.”

15. Feds Ban Theranos CEO From Running Lab for 2 Years -

Federal regulators dealt a major blow to troubled blood-testing startup Theranos, banning its founder and CEO from owning or running a medical laboratory for two years.

The sanctions, announced late Thursday by the company, follow months of investigation by government testing regulators at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Theranos, which was reportedly worth $9 billion two years ago, is the latest much-hyped Silicon Valley firm to stumble while trying to enter the health care field.

16. Commission Reverses Vote To Cap Life Insurance -

A $20,000 cap on life insurance coverage for Shelby County government employees and retirees was reversed Wednesday, July 6, as county commissioners met in special session.

The coverage cap saved the county $2 million in the operating budget for the new fiscal year that began July 1. Commissioners had approved the cap to pay for additions to the operating budget proposed by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

17. County Commission Reverses Life Insurance Coverage Cap -

A $20,000 cap on life insurance coverage for Shelby County government employees and retirees was reversed Wednesday, July 6, as county commissioners met in special session.

The coverage cap saved the county $2 million in the operating budget for the new fiscal year that began July 1. Commissioners had approved the cap to pay for additions to the operating budget proposed by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

18. Apple Urges Organ Donation via New iPhone Software -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple wants to encourage millions of iPhone owners to register as organ donors through a software update that will add an easy sign-up button to the health information app that comes installed on every smartphone the company makes.

19. Blackberry Will Stop Producing its Classic Smartphone -

WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) – BlackBerry said Tuesday that it will stop making its Classic smartphone, less than two years after launching it with much fanfare.

Ralph Pini, the company's chief operating officer and general manager for devices, said the Classic has long surpassed the average lifespan for a smartphone in today's market.

20. Computers, Not Humans to Scan Carry-On Bags in TSA Test -

Federal officials said Tuesday that they are expanding tests to speed up airport lines and improve security.

In a first in the U.S., the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday that it plans to begin using computed-tomography or CT scanners to inspect carry-on bags at one checkpoint in the Phoenix airport by the end of the year.

21. Roland Wants Revisit of Budget Cut -

The exact numbers always take a few weeks. That’s the nature of budgets forged by political compromise and groups of elected officials.

There are always changes and adjustments. And there are also second thoughts.

22. Audrey Gregory Returns to Memphis to Lead Saint Francis Hospitals -

For Dr. Audrey Gregory, new market CEO for Saint Francis hospitals, leading and being called to serve has always been in her blood.

23. Changing of the Guard -

Michael Ugwueke’s office at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is a long way from his childhood years in war-torn Nigeria.

His earliest days in a country ravaged by civil war and the loss of a younger brother are part of the reason he eventually decided to pursue a career in medicine.

24. Reader: Investing in All Students is Overdue, Critical -

I’m super-thankful for the commitment of Shelby County Commissioners led by chairman Terry Roland and budget chairman Van Turner to add critically needed funds for the 2017 Shelby County Schools (SCS) budget approved Wednesday, June 29. I’m also very thankful to Superintendent Hopson and the SCS board members along with organizations like Stand for Children, Black Lives Matter and petition signers who advocated for a budget that refused to slash some core academic programs and staff.

25. Shelby County Budget Shuffle Endures -

By the end of Shelby County government’s budget season, a lot of paper was being passed around the County Commission chambers.

It was in keeping with the rules set by chairman Terry Roland going into the Wednesday, June 29, session that stretched on for seven hours: All amendments had to be put in written resolution form.

26. County Budget Done – Mostly -

Shelby County commissioners put most of their budget season to rest Wednesday, June 29, with $5 million from the county’s reserve fund after they added $13 million in amendments to the $1.1 billion county operating budget during a seven-hour session.

27. South End Gets a $15 Million Apartment Complex -

250 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38126

Permit Amount: $14.6 million

Owner: Elmington Capital Group

28. Libertas Roof Repairs Raise Questions for SCS -

As expected, the Shelby County Schools board approved two new charter schools for the 2017-2018 school year Tuesday, June 28, and turned down eight other charter applications for now.

What wasn’t expected during the board meeting was approving $165,000 in funding for an emergency roof repair at Libertas School of Memphis, a Montessori method-charter school in Frayser that is part of the state-run Achievement School District.

29. Long-Term Issues Push County Budget To Deadline -

It’s not the basics that are keeping Shelby County Commissioners from a majority vote on school funding in the new operating budget.

It is the broader questions and budget assumptions some commissioners want to change in the process.

30. Last Word: Pinch Plans, Beyond the Basics and the Golden Greek -

The future of the Pinch District looks to be Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s first venture beyond being “brilliant at the basics.”

31. The Casual Pint Coming to Highland Row -

In addition to its recent announcement about buying a Philadelphia-area shopping center, Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers said a new market store and bar called The Casual Pint will open on Highland Row near the University of Memphis this fall.

32. The Casual Pint Coming to Highland Row Development -

In addition to its recent announcement about buying a Philadelphia area shopping center, Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers said a new market store and bar called The Casual Pint will open on Highland Row near the University of Memphis this fall.

33. FedEx Posts $70 Million Loss, Gives Cautious Outlook -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. lost $70 million in the latest quarter because of large pension and acquisition items, and the delivery giant gave a cautious outlook for the next 12 months.

34. Jazz Concert to Kick Off WUMR Summer Radiothon -

WUMR, the University of Memphis’ all-jazz radio station, will host its Jazz in June Radiothon June 26-July 3. During the summer fundraiser, U-92 FM asks for help from “The Jazz Lover Family” to help fund operating expenses at the station.

35. Sunday Concert Kicks Off WUMR Summer Radiothon -

WUMR, the University of Memphis’ all-jazz radio station, will host its Jazz in June Radiothon June 26-July 3. During the summer fundraiser, U-92 FM asks for help from “The Jazz Lover Family” to help fund operating expenses at the station.

36. Humane Society Launches Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic -

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County is ramping up efforts to control the pet population by launching a mobile spay and neuter clinic.

And there’s good reason, said executive director Andrew Jacuzzi: Just one pair of unspayed, unneutered dogs and their offspring, based on the reproductive pace and the size of the litters, can produce 67,000 dogs in six years, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

37. Community Foundation Bucks National Trend With Increase in Donations -

The most recent Giving USA Report showed that Americans are giving more than ever – a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day ($373.25 billion in 2015) – but that donations to foundations were down.

38. FedEx Posts $70 Million Loss, Gives Tepid Outlook -

DALLAS (AP) – FedEx Corp. lost $70 million in the latest quarter because of large pension and acquisition items, and the delivery giant gave a cautious outlook for the next 12 months.

39. Cox to Lead Asset Management at Lehman-Roberts -

Matt Cox has been promoted to director of asset management at Lehman-Roberts Co. Cox most recently served as total process reliability coordinator for three years. In his new role, he is responsible for the full lifecycle of all construction equipment supplied to Lehman-Roberts’ operations divisions, including acquiring equipment, maintaining nearly 600 pieces of rolling stock and disposing of equipment as necessary.

40. Two of 'Three Gs' Surface Again in SCS-Germantown Talks -

When Germantown and Shelby County Schools leaders got together in May to talk about a new annual lease for the use of ballfields in Germantown by SCS schools within Germantown, the talks returned to a familiar topic – the three Gs.

41. Shelby County Budget Delay Centers on $3.5 Million for Schools -

Most of the declarations Monday, June 20, before the Shelby County Commission delayed final votes on local schools funding to next week came from the audience.

“For too long we’ve bled, died, cried and pled for education,” former Memphis City Council and Memphis City Schools board member TaJuan Stout-Mitchell told the commission.

42. County Commission Delays Budget Votes, Germantown School Talks Surface -

Shelby County Commissioners delayed final votes on all of the budget matters before them Monday, June 20, until a special meeting next week.

And a proposed sale of two Germantown schools surfaced in the middle of another marathon budget session for commissioners.

43. Schools Funding Again Center Stage For County Commission -

Shelby County commissioners could wrap up most of the formalities Monday of their budget season.

But it will probably take a while.

The biggest issue of the season – school funding – appeared to be resolved with a compromise last week in committee sessions.

44. Tennessee Lagging On Alternative Energy -

Tennessee has never been at the forefront of alternative energy. If California is the cool kid tapped in on all the latest advances, we could be considered the behind-the-times cousin always trying to play catch up.

45. Volkswagen to Launch More Electric Cars After Diesel Scandal -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German automaker Volkswagen plans to ramp up its offerings of electric vehicles as it fights to bounce back from a scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

46. Eye in the Sky: FedEx, Orbis Debut Third-Gen Flying Eye Hospital -

Memphis-based FedEx Express and Orbis International debuted the third-generation Orbis Flying Eye Hospital on Thursday, June 16, at the FedEx World Hub.

The Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital, which was retrofitted on an MD-10 aircraft donated by FedEx in 2011. The aircraft has been custom-designed to provide the best medical training and technology to patients and health care professionals throughout the developing world. It leaves for its inaugural program in Shenyang, China, on Sept. 2.

47. County Schools Funding Compromise to Be Tested -

Fragile is probably the best way to describe the compromise that emerged this week from county commissioners to fully fund the Shelby County Schools budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The plan that closes a $27.4 million gap between what the school system wants and what Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell proposed in April had eight votes on the 13-member commission in Wednesday, June 15, committee sessions.

48. Last Word: The Fragile Compromise, Late by Train and NY Times on Chips Moman -

It looks like there is a deal to fully fund the Shelby County Schools system’s budget. But don’t look at the deal too long because it is very fragile.

It unraveled a bit within an hour after this got thrashed out in marathon Wednesday committee sessions by the Shelby County Commission.

49. Commission Puts Together Schools Funding Compromise -

Shelby County Commissioners cobbled together a fragile plan Wednesday, June 15, to fully fund the Shelby County Schools system’s budget request, closing a $27.4 million budget gap with county government funding.

50. Martha Stewart Gets Into Meal Kit Business -

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

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

51. The Memphis CEO Challenge -

We have all heard the sentiment that successful CEOs must spend sufficient time focused “on the business,” not just operating “in the business.” As CEOs, we often get so far into the weeds of operating our respective businesses that we rarely take a concerted step back to think strategically about the direction of our companies.

52. The Apple Watch Will Soon Track Fitness for Wheelchair Users -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fitness trackers routinely measure physical activity such as running and cycling and encourage people to stand up and walk around throughout the day. But if you're in a wheelchair, you're out of luck.

53. Gawker Files for Bankruptcy, To Sell Itself to Ziff Davis -

NEW YORK (AP) – Gawker Media is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and putting itself up for sale, strained by a jury's verdict that that it must pay $140 million to pro wrestler Hulk Hogan in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit.

54. US Airlines to Start Scheduled Flights to Cuba -

HAVANA (AP) – Six airlines won permission Friday to resume scheduled commercial air service from the U.S. to Cuba for the first time in more than five decades, another milestone in President Barack Obama's campaign to normalize relations between Cold War foes.

55. Strickland’s Leadership Style Emerging -

Five months into his four-year term as Memphis mayor, Jim Strickland has his first budget and all but one of his major appointments made – Memphis Police director. The budget cleared the Memphis City Council Tuesday, June 7, with a few minor amendments from council members, next to no debate and no dissenting council votes.

56. Last Word: A Distinct Reaction, City Hall's Budget Season and BreakFest On Broad -

Funeral services for Memphis Police Officer Verdell Smith are set for Friday at Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova.

The day before that Downtown leaders will gather in Handy Park on Beale Street to talk about new measures to make the district safer.

57. City Budgets, Stable Tax Rate Approved With Few Amendments -

Memphis City Council members approved a city operating budget of $666 million and a capital budget of $85 million along with a stable city property tax rate of $3.40 Tuesday, June 7, ending City Hall’s budget season.

58. Corrections Officers Want Commission to Increase Pay -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable county property tax rate of $4.37 Monday, June 6, on the first of three readings and set the stage for final budget deliberations in committee sessions next week.

59. Last Word: A Different Aftermath and Trolleys Aren't Just for Tourists -

A week that will likely end with the funeral of a Memphis Police officer began with a discussion about violent crime that is even at this early point proving to be different from the past discussions we’ve had at times like these.

60. Commission Adds To Budget Decisions, Backs Herenton Juvenile Offender Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable county property tax rate of $4.37 Monday, June 6, on the first of three readings and set the stage for final budget deliberations in committee sessions next week.

61. Commission Adds To Budget Decisions, Backs Herenton Juvenile Offender Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable county property tax rate of $4.37 Monday, June 6, on the first of three readings and set the stage for final budget deliberations in committee sessions next week.

62. New Nuclear Plant Reactor Begins Generating Electricity -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The newest reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City has begun generating electricity.

The Chattanooga Times Free-Press (http://bit.ly/1YbgaFl) reports that the Tennessee Valley Authority synced the reactor to the grid on Friday.

63. City Council Could End Budget Season Tuesday -

The Memphis City Council should end its budget season Tuesday, June 3, with final votes on three resolutions and two ordinances that approve the city’s operating and capital budgets, and keep the city property tax rate at its current $3.40 – all for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

64. The Week Ahead: June 6-12 -

Time to get this week started, Memphis! There’s plenty to keep you busy in this week’s roundup of need-to-know happenings, from the 50th anniversary of a seminal civil rights moment to a blast from the '80s-movie past...

65. City Council Weighing Budget Amendments -

The Memphis City Council budget committee plan to wrap up its work Tuesday, May 31, on the city operating and capital budget proposals for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The committee meets Tuesday, May 31, at 3 p.m. and will hear from nonprofit agencies seeking city grants. Council members also will propose amendments to the budget proposals from Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration.

66. Wal-Mart Testing Uber, Lyft for Online Grocery Delivery -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will be testing its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft in the next two weeks in Denver and Phoenix.

67. County Commission Explores Wheel Tax Shift -

Shelby County Commissioners set the stage in Wednesday, June 1, committee sessions to take the first of three votes Monday on a stable $4.37 county property tax rate.

But the commission will put off a vote on the county operating budget to further discuss a shift of revenue from the county wheel tax.

68. Last Word: South Main and Main, More Wheel Tax Mileage and City Hall Shark Tank -

When we talk about South Main these days and all that is happening in that area, we aren’t talking about Main Street Memphis further south of that, even though it’s the same road.

69. County Commission Explores Wheel Tax Shift for Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners set the stage in Wednesday, June 1, committee sessions to take the first of three votes Monday on a stable $4.37 county property tax rate.

But the commission will put off a vote on the county operating budget to further discuss a shift of revenue from the county wheel tax.

70. Committee Recommends Pay Raises for City Employees -

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee completed its budget reviews Tuesday, May 31, recommending a 1.5 percent pay raise for city employees other than fire and police and $300,000 in grant funding to hire a full-time director for the Whitehaven Economic Development Council.

71. Memphis Dentist Pulls Teeth – And Trucks -

Tim Messer is a dentist by profession, a competitive “puller” by avocation. Confused? Don’t be. His first super modified, two-wheel drive truck was called “The Driller.” And he now has one called “Wide Open.”

72. County Commission Explores Wheel Tax Shift For SCS -

Shelby County Commissioners set the stage in Wednesday, June 1, committee sessions to take the first of three votes Monday on a stable $4.37 county property tax rate.

But the commission will put off a vote on the county operating budget to further discuss a shift of revenue from the county wheel tax.

73. Last Word: As The Wheel Tax Turns, New Zoo Poll and Once Every Dozen Years -

When the school year ends, that’s not necessarily when leaders of school systems can take it easy.

That’s because the business of school systems is about looking months if not years ahead on your mental calendar.

74. Council Committee Recommends Pay Raises Beyond Fire and Police -

It took six hours. But the Memphis City Council’s budget committee completed its budget reviews Tuesday, May 31, with a recommendation of a 1.5 percent pay raise for city employees other than fire and police and $300,000 in grant funding to hire a full-time director for the Whitehaven Economic Development Council.

75. Scandal-Hit Volkswagen Makes Profit Despite Scandal -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German automaker Volkswagen saw its net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year – but showed it can still make money even as it grapples with a costly scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

76. City Council Weighing Budget Amendments -

The Memphis City Council budget committee plan to wrap up its work Tuesday, May 31, on the city operating and capital budget proposals for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The committee meets Tuesday, May 31, at 3 p.m. and will hear from nonprofit agencies seeking city grants. Council members also will propose amendments to the budget proposals from Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration.

77. City Council to Wrap Up 2016-2017 Budget Sessions -

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee meets Tuesday, May 24, for wrap-up sessions on the operating and capital budget proposals from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

78. MSO, University of Memphis Partnership Will Open New Doors -

A new partnership between the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Memphis may become a model for sustainability of fine arts organizations in a new economic landscape.

Earlier this month, the symphony and U of M announced a three-year, renewable partnership to bring the MSO into residence at the university. The partnership will reduce the annual operating budget for the financially strapped MSO by 40 percent and offer synergy for the two entities to build further revenue around programming and music education innovations.

79. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring -

Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.

80. Microsoft Cuts More Jobs in Troubled Mobile Unit -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft said Wednesday it will cut up to 1,850 jobs and take a $950 million hit to its books as it attempts to salvage its rocky entrance into the smartphone market.

The company acquired Nokia's phone business in 2014 for $7.3 billion, hoping to expand its share of the fast-growing mobile tech industry. But by last summer it had slashed the value of that business severely and eliminated 26,000 jobs.

81. Council Committee Probes Grant Requests -

Memphis City Council Budget Committee Chairman Edmund Ford Jr. likens it to the television show “Shark Tank.”

Instead of entrepreneurs, leaders of nonprofits made their pitches to the budget committee Tuesday, May 24, for grants from the council as part of the budget process.

82. Balink Chosen to Lead The Exchange Club Family Center -

Jennifer Balink has been named executive director of The Exchange Club Family Center, where she’ll begin her duties July 1. In her new role, Balink aims to secure and direct every available resource toward breaking the cycle of child abuse and family violence in the Memphis community. 

83. AutoZone Third-Quarter Results Miss Expectations -

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. knows how to grow its net sales, manage its balance sheet, handle shareholder capital and do a host of other things that have helped it generate an unbroken string of double-digit earnings per share growth the past 39 quarters.

84. City Council to Wrap Up Budget Sessions -

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee meets Tuesday, May 24, for wrap-up sessions on the operating and capital budget proposals from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

85. US Industrial Production Highest Since November '14 -

U.S. industrial production in April posted the biggest increase since November 2014 as utility output surged, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday.

Industrial output – which includes factories, mines and utilities – rose 0.7 percent from March. It had dropped the previous two months.

86. Crosstown High Organizers Say It Will Be Innovative, Whether Charter or Optional -

Crosstown High School could be a charter school after all.

That was the original plan when charter operator Gestalt Community Schools signed on as one of the early tenants of Crosstown Concourse, the transformation of the old Sears Tower on Cleveland Avenue. When Gestalt pulled out of the project in late 2015, a group of philanthropists and community leaders rallied to recruit another school for the mixed-use high-rise.

87. St. Jude CEO Talks Hospital Culture -

One of the first directives Dr. James Downing got from the board of directors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital upon his appointment as the hospital’s president and CEO in 2014 was blunt, to say the least:

88. St. Jude Pulls $84.5M Permit for Expansion -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has applied for an $84.5 million permit for construction on its Downtown campus, part of a $9 billion strategic plan announced late last year.

Addition and alterations will take place at 262 N. Danny Thomas Blvd., according to the application, which lists W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. as the contractor.

89. Alexis Pugh to Lead Memphis Animal Shelter -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has appointed Alexis Pugh, executive director of Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services, as the new director of Memphis Animal Services, effective in June.

90. Mud Island Search Becomes Dilemma -

The Riverfront Development Corp.’s time before the Memphis City Council’s budget committee this week was short.

91. EDGE OKs Fast Track PILOT Program -

The board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has approved a new tax incentive package designed to give Memphis a more competitive edge against North Mississippi.

The EDGE board green-lighted the Fast Track PILOT program at its Wednesday, May 18, meeting, making it EDGE’s fifth payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program.

92. New Google Products, Services Take Aim at Its Biggest Rivals -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – From virtual reality to a new smart-home speaker, Google is showing off just how pervasive it has become even as it's squeezed by its biggest competitors – Facebook, Apple and Amazon.

93. New $60M Project to Fight for 1st Amendment in Digital Age -

NEW YORK (AP) – The First Amendment is getting a new champion, with some deep pockets.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Columbia University on Tuesday announced the launch of a $60 million project, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which would use litigation as well as research and education to fight for freedom of expression in an ever-evolving digital era.

94. US Industrial Production Rises 0.7 Percent in April -

U.S. industrial production in April posted the biggest increase since November 2014 as utility output surged, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday.

Industrial output – which includes factories, mines and utilities – rose 0.7 percent from March. It had dropped the previous two months.

95. SCS Budget Quest About More Than Dollar Figures -

When the Shelby County Commission meets next week to look over the budget proposal approved Monday, May 16, by the Shelby County Schools board, there will be a debate that goes beyond the bottom line dollar figures and line items.

96. SCS Board Approves $993.8M Budget, Delays Northside High Closing A Year -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Monday, May 16, to send a $933.8 million operating budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission for funding. And the board voted to close Messick Adult Center as well as Memphis Health Careers Academy with the end of the current school year next week.

97. Council Auctions Old Police Building -

The city holds a rare auction at the Tuesday, May 17, session of the Memphis City Council, selling the old Central Police building at 128 Adams Ave. to the highest bidder.

98. Delay On Larger Pinch Plan Grows Uneasy -

When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland met last week with representatives of Bass Pro Shops and city council member Berlin Boyd – the council member whose district includes the Pyramid, Mud Island, the Pinch District and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – there was a lot of turf to discuss.

99. Agricenter Generates $524M For Shelby County Economy -

Agricenter International generated 1.3 million visitors in 2015, producing an overall economic impact of $524 million, according to a study announced Wednesday, May 11.

That dollar amount reflects the value of all goods and services produced within the Shelby County economy as a result of Agricenter International and the business entities operating as tenants, combined with visitor spending from events, according to the 2015 Economic Impact Study conducted in March by Younger Associates.

100. Memphis-Area Tech Firm Acquired -

Massachusetts-based SmartBear software has acquired CrossBrowserTesting of Germantown.

SmartBear says the acquisition will help it further accelerate and scale the growing cloud testing platform.