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1. The Week Ahead: May 1-7 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! May has arrived, which means it’s time to kick off the Memphis in May International Festival with the always-popular Beale Street Music Festival – and that’s just one of the events music lovers will enjoy this week. Plus, check out where to celebrate Star Wars fans’ favorite holiday and other happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead... 

2. Revolution Partners Quietly Growing But Holding On to Client-First Mindset -

A conversation with Revolution Partners CEO Brian Fowler about the wealth management firm he and his team have been quietly growing since its launch in 2014 eventually turns philosophical, to encompass ideas like time, values, how to identify the things that matter.

3. Independent Bookstore Day Celebrates Reading, Small Businesses -

It probably won’t escape many local participants and supporters of Independent Bookstore Day this weekend that the day is as much about the survival of the medium as it is a celebration of it.

4. Cargill, Calysta Break Ground on Presidents Island Facility -

NouriTech, a joint venture between Cargill and Calysta, broke ground on its new 37-acre Presidents Island gas fermentation facility, which will be the world’s largest upon completion.

At the facility, NouriTech will produce FeedKind, a sustainable commercial source of protein to be used for fish, livestock and pets.

5. Justices Hear Dispute Over Lower-Cost Biotech Drugs Sales -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered a drug company's fight to keep a generic version of its biotech drug off the market for an additional six months that would mean billions more in sales and higher costs to the public.

6. Activist Investor Gets 2 Fred’s Board Seats -

The yellow sign near the corner of Summer Avenue and White Station reads: Fred’s Pharmacy. It’s a physical representation of the Memphis-based discount retailer repositioning itself away from its retail legacy and doubling down on its health care-related and pharmacy offerings.

7. City of Memphis Budget Could Face Bumpy Road -

Memphis City Council budget hearings begin Tuesday, May 2, at City Hall starting with Mayor Jim Strickland’s $77.8 million capital budget proposal for one-time spending on construction projects and similar expenses that are normally financed with bonds.

8. Last Word: Popovich's Tip, Strickland's Budget and Haslam's Jump Start on Roads -

Game 5 goes to the Spurs in San Antonio 116-103 over the Grizz who are back here Thursday. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not effusive in his comments to the media, which is fun to watch, but it does make tracking down and veryifying this next story a bit difficult. A credit card receipt showed up on Redditt that appears to show Popovich left a $5,000 tip on an $815.73 bill at McEwen’s Friday night between the two Memphis-based playoff games.

9. Strickland Delivers $680 Million Operating Budget to Council -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland delivered a $680 million city government operating budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 25, with no property tax increase and no use of city reserves to balance it.

10. Memphis Commute Challenge Begins in May -

On average, Memphians spend $10,817 per year maintaining a vehicle and driving to work. The Commute Challenge, May 1 to 31, is a monthlong chance to try other commuting options and win prizes.

Employees and teams that join the Commute Challenge use public transit, biking, carpooling and walking to commute to work as often as they choose. Each trip to or from work earns points that qualify participants for commute-related prizes.

11. University of Memphis, UTHSC May Soon Face Outsourcing Decisions -

Forty-one state lawmakers signed a letter requesting the state put a hold on its outsourcing plans until the General Assembly can scrutinize its effect on state workers and services.

The state is set to sign a contract April 28 with Chicago-based JLL for facilities management work that could be used by universities and departments statewide. Even local government jobs could be doled out to the contractor.

12. Memphis Commute Challenge Begins in May -

On average, Memphians spend $10,817 per year maintaining a vehicle and driving to work. The Commute Challenge, May 1 to 31, is a monthlong chance to try other commuting options and win prizes.

Employees and teams that join the Commute Challenge use public transit, biking, carpooling and walking to commute to work as often as they choose. Each trip to or from work earns points that qualify participants for commute-related prizes.

13. Memphis Airport Unveils Updated Modernization Plan -

The Memphis International Airport unveiled an updated $214 million, multiyear plan to completely overhaul its B Concourse, where almost all of the airport’s operations will be consolidated upon completion.

14. Casino Still Holding Elvis Presley Items Sought By Estate -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Hundreds of Elvis Presley artifacts and memorabilia are still being held by a Las Vegas casino, a year after the King's estate filed a lawsuit to get those valuables back from a short-lived exhibit.

15. Tennessee Speaker to GOP: Show Civility in Gas Tax Debate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Speaker Beth Harwell is calling on her Republican colleagues to show civility as the Tennessee House prepares for a contentious vote Wednesday on Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation funding proposal.

16. Hitting the Ceiling -

Nearly every growing company faces a phenomenon – at multiple points in its growth trajectory – where the leadership team feels stuck, growth stalls or halts, and everything starts to feel complex. The strategies of the past that served them so well are no longer working. Revenue has plateaued and frustration is creeping into the organization.

17. Overcoming Opioids: The Quest for Less-Addictive Drugs -

Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home on just over-the-counter ibuprofen.

18. Commission Moves Closer to Budget Season -

Shelby County commissioners aren’t at budget season just yet, but there are already indications that it is going to be about capital spending.

Commissioners already have a detailed look at what Shelby County Schools will be looking for in the way of funding. And the commission will vote Monday, April 17, on a change in plans for a proposed $120 million refinancing of the county’s capital bond debt.

19. City Council Abolishes Beale Street Authority -

The year-old Beale Street Tourism Development Authority quietly went out of business this week without a single objection to be heard at City Hall.

The authority was abolished Tuesday, April 11, by the Memphis City Council.

20. Council Brokers New Zoo Parking Compromise, Abolishes Beale Authority -

The Memphis City Council went back into the terms for an expanded Memphis Zoo parking lot Tuesday, April 11, just nine months after brokering and approving a compromise on the project between the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.

21. Wells Fargo Claws Back $75M From Top Execs in Sales Scandal -

NEW YORK (AP) – The problems at Wells Fargo and its overly aggressive sales culture date back at least 15 years, and management had little interest in dealing with the issue until it spiraled out of control resulting in millions of accounts being opened fraudulently, according to an investigation by the company's board of directors.

22. Oden to Rehab Building Downtown for New HQ -

Plans to breathe new life into a vacant 77-year-old warehouse two blocks from the FedExForum have been submitted by Oden & Associates Inc., a locally owned marketing firm looking to relocate its headquarters.

23. “Gateway’ Puzzle Begins To Come Together -

Starting last summer, a new ownership group for the city’s largest hotel by room count was undertaking its due diligence largely out of the public eye.

There were some rumblings about the Sheraton Memphis Downtown changing hands three years after a renovation of the 600-room hotel attached to the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

24. City's Largest Hotel Changes Hands In Latest 'Gateway' Puzzle Piece -

The largest hotel in the city by room count is changing hands in what is a key part of the city’s effort to remake the Memphis Cook Convention Center as a part of a larger “Gateway project” in the general convention center area.

25. Marketing Firm to Rehab Vacant Downtown Building for New HQ -

Plans to breathe new life into a vacant 77-year-old warehouse two blocks from the FedExForum have been submitted by Oden & Associates Inc., a locally owned marketing firm looking to relocate its headquarters.

26. Wiseacre Tables Plans to Build Brewery in Coliseum -

Wiseacre Brewing Co.'s plans to expand into the Mid-South Coliseum are off but could re-emerge somewhere down the road as the city administration renews discussions about a fuller renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

27. Memphis Continues Pursuit of New Convention Center Hotel -

More Downtown hotel rooms. Lots of them. And preferably under one roof.

“We need a big hotel,” said Chuck Pinkowski of Pinkowski & Co. “Four hundred, 500, 600, 800, 1,000. We need a big hotel at the Cook Convention Center to see more conventions. The question is: How do you fund improvements to the convention center and how do you fund a big hotel?”

28. EDGE's ICED Loan Program Gives Small-Business Owners a Hand Up -

Camy Archer had built a loyal following of customers at her eponymous Midtown restaurant over the course of two decades and business was good.

But when her landlord struck a deal with another tenant in 2015, she was suddenly scrambling to find a new home for her business before she ended up losing everything she worked so hard to create.

29. Trump's Budget Priorities Set Small Businesses Strategizing -

NEW YORK (AP) – The priorities laid out in President Donald Trump's budget message have some small business owners strategizing how they might benefit from a big boost in defense spending, and others thinking about how to make up for revenue they could lose to cuts in grant programs and subsidies.

30. Inn Construction, Private Management Plan Draw Ire of State Sen. Lee Harris -

State Sen. Lee Harris is criticizing Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision to renew an outsourcing plan for development and operations at Fall Creek Falls State Park, calling it a move to bolster profits for a private company.

31. FedEx Express to Launch Liege-Memphis Flight -

FedEx Express will begin operating a new flight linking its world hub in Memphis to TNT’s European air hub in Liège, Belgium, beginning in early April.

Connecting the FedEx Express and TNT worldwide networks is important, according to FedEx, to give TNT customers around the globe direct access to the portfolio of FedEx services in the U.S. and Canada.

32. FedEx Corp. Falls Short Of Q3 Profit Forecasts -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. enjoyed record shipping levels in its peak season for deliveries, but still fell short of third-quarter profit forecasts.

33. Trump: Next Old Hickory or Carnival Barker -

For those who ignore the news – fake or otherwise – Donald Trump won the presidency last November.

While he didn’t capture a majority of the vote, he did win the electoral vote, causing many detractors to call for the elimination of this outdated voting method.

34. Sears, Once a Stalwart, Has ‘Substantial Doubt’ About Future -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids and the place newlyweds went to choose appliances, has said that after years of losing money that there is "substantial doubt" it will be able to keep its doors open.

35. FedEx Falls Short of Q3 Profit Forecasts -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. enjoyed record shipping levels in its peak season for deliveries, but still fell short of third-quarter profit forecasts.

In its Tuesday, March 21, earnings call, FedEx reported net income of $562 million, or $2.07 per share, for the fiscal quarter that ended Feb. 28. That was an increase from $507 million, or $1.84 per share, for the same period last year.

36. Greensward Compromise Text, Discussion Differ on Cost Split -

At the end of a surprising day at City Hall, Memphis City Council member Worth Morgan was anticipating what might happen in the three weeks until the next council session to the compromise for zoo parking in Overton Park.

37. FedEx Corp. Falls Short of Q3 Profit Forecasts -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. enjoyed record shipping levels in its peak season for deliveries, but still fell short of third-quarter profit forecasts.

In its Tuesday, March 21, earnings call, FedEx reported net income of $562 million, or $2.07 per share, for the fiscal quarter that ended Feb. 28. That was an increase from $507 million, or $1.84 per share, for the same period last year.

38. FedEx Express to Launch Memphis-Liege Flight -

FedEx Express will begin operating a new flight linking its world hub in Memphis to TNT’s European air hub in Liège, Belgium, beginning in early April.

Connecting the FedEx Express and TNT worldwide networks is important, according to FedEx, to give TNT customers around the globe direct access to the portfolio of FedEx services in the U.S. and Canada.

39. Beale Street Authority’s Days May Be Numbered -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority would be out of business by May 21 and the city would be charged with hiring a day-to-day manager for the Beale Street entertainment district under a proposal by council member Martavius Jones.

40. Council Receptive To Restoring City Control of Beale -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority would be out of business by May 21 and the city administration would be charged with hiring a day to day manager for the Beale Street entertainment district under a proposal by council member Martavius Jones.

41. Already in Peril, Rural Hospitals Unsure on Health Care Bill -

CLAXTON, Ga. (AP) – Talmadge Yarbrough had just sat down at his desk and opened a box of pecans when he let out a gasp that could have been his last breath. He'd gone into cardiac arrest in his office, a co-worker called 911, and an ambulance drove him two miles to the small hospital that serves this rural community in southeast Georgia.

42. Saint Francis Hits Milestone For Robotic Spine Surgery -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has hit a milestone in recent days with the completion of 300 minimally invasive spine surgeries using robotic technology via the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System.

43. The Seam Expanding, Moving Headquarters -

The Seam, a commodities trading and agribusiness software provider, is expanding its Memphis-area operations and moving to Southwind, the company announced Wednesday, March 15.

The company plans to open its new headquarters, located at 3400 Players Club Parkway in Southwind Office Plaza, with a ribbon cutting and open house on April 5.

44. Baptist Opening New Grief Centers -

Baptist Memorial Health Care is expanding its grief services, adding new centers in Midtown and in Jonesboro, Arkansas, later this year, partly in response to demand from the community for the counseling and other benefits the organization has provided for years now.

45. Verso Corp. Reports Drop in Q4 Sales -

Memphis-based Verso Paper reported a 15 percent drop in net sales for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.

The earnings numbers reported Wednesday, March 15, include net sales of $646 million compared with $756 million a year ago.

46. Verso Reports Drop in Q4 Sales Ahead of Memphis Exit -

Memphis-based Verso Paper reported a 15 percent drop in net sales for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.

The earnings numbers reported Wednesday, March 15, include net sales of $646 million compared with $756 million a year ago.

47. The Seam Expanding, Moving Headquarters -

The Seam, a commodities trading and agribusiness software provider, is expanding its Memphis-area operations and moving to Southwind, the company announced Wednesday, March 15.

The company plans to open its new headquarters, located at 3400 Players Club Parkway in Southwind Office Plaza, with a ribbon cutting and open house on April 5.

48. Saint Francis Hits Milestone For Robotic Spine Surgery -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has hit a milestone in recent days with the completion of 300 minimally invasive spine surgeries using robotic technology via the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System.

49. SCS Enters Budget Talks With Some Flexibility -

At this time of year, Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson confesses that he’s usually not feeling quite this optimistic.

“It’s a weird situation for me because I’m usually very frustrated and depressed,” Hopson said Monday, March 13, as he unveiled a budget proposal that goes to the school board first and then the Shelby County Commission.

50. Israel to Lead Greenline Group As Organization’s Focus Shifts -

Andrew Israel recently was named executive director of the Greater Memphis Greenline as the organization shifts its focus to promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing the use of trails, parks and green spaces.
As executive director, Israel is the strategic leader and the chief relationship officer for GMG. Along with creating programs and opportunities to enhance and expand the use of green spaces, GMG works at the grassroots level with neighborhood organizations and individuals to help promote their activities and expand the resources that are available. 

51. New Midtown Ping-Pong Bar Applies For Beer Permit -

Railgarten, a new Midtown bar hoping to help bridge the gap between Overton Square and Cooper-Young, has applied for an on-premise beer license with the City of Memphis Alcohol Commission.

2166 Central LLC, doing business as Railgarten Diner, was listed as the applicant for the permit.

52. Last Word: There Goes the Off-Election Year, Pinch Plans Move and No Permit -

Here we go again. When the new year began, 2017 looked to be an off-election year in most of Shelby County. Some Arlington aldermen and school board races were the only elections on tap for the year. But the months leading up to the September elections in Arlington are filling up.

53. Will WikiLeaks Work With Tech Firms to Defend CIA Hacking? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks raised the prospect Wednesday of sharing sensitive details it uncovered about CIA hacking tools with leading technology companies whose flagship products and services were targeted by the U.S. government's hacker-spies.

54. City Seeks Convention Center Hotel Planning Consultant -

The Memphis Cook Convention Center renovation is about to get a construction manager and soon to follow will be a price estimate – how much an upgrade to the 40-plus-year-old facility can the city get for its money.

55. Last Word: Reappraisal Roller Coaster, Closing the Airport Post Office and District 95 -

Four years ago was a very different time in the world of property reappraisals. For the first time in the memory of most, if not all, of the local elected officials looking at how much money they would have, the 2013 reappraisal of property for tax purposes didn’t grow or at least remain level. Values were down reflecting the depths of the recession and more importantly the housing crash.

56. WikiLeaks Reveals CIA Trove Alleging Wide-Scale Hacking -

WASHINGTON (AP) – WikiLeaks published thousands of documents Tuesday described as secret files about CIA hacking tools the government employs to break into users' computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs from companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung.

57. Uber to Hire Chief Operating Officer to Help Embattled CEO -

NEW YORK (AP) – Embattled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says the company will hire a chief operating officer who can partner with him to write its "next chapter."

The ride-hailing company has been hit by a series of controversies, including allegations that it routinely ignores sexual harassment, and a video of Kalanick profanely berating a driver who confronted him about steep cuts in Uber's rates for a premium version of its service.

58. Rep. Mark Pody Pushes ‘Common Sense’ Transgender Bill Some Say Isn’t Needed -

Despite a reversal of federal guidelines for public school restroom use, state Rep. Mark Pody is prepared to present legislation Tuesday, March 7, restricting bathroom use to a student’s sex at birth.

59. Pody Pushes ‘Common Sense’ Transgender Bill Some Say Isn’t Needed -

Despite a reversal of federal guidelines for public school restroom use, state Rep. Mark Pody is prepared to present legislation Tuesday, March 7, restricting bathroom use to a student’s sex at birth.

60. More Help Needed for Poor in Mississippi -

With an estimated 22 percent of Mississippi residents living below the poverty line (the highest in the nation) and a disproportionate share of their income going to basic necessities, anti-poverty advocates and government agencies are working to make sure more resources are reaching the people that need them most.

61. DMC Seeks Longer-Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s board of directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the city of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

62. Last Word: Arnold's in the Alley, Haslam's Gas Tax Bill Wins A Round and Hershey -

A busy day in the City Hall list saga. The list is a lot shorter, but there is a second lawsuit over this in Memphis Federal Court. And the list itself seems to be giving way to a controversy that is all about whether police were unlawfully following and tracking protesters who broke no laws.

63. Design Board Approves Application for Downtown BBQ Joint -

After operating a popular barbecue restaurant in southeast Memphis for more than 15 years, Mike Arnold’s plans to open a second Arnold’s Bar-B-Que and Grill location in Downtown took another step forward Wednesday, March 1.

64. McDonald's Lays Out Plan It Hopes Can Reverse Drop in Visits -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's acknowledged on Wednesday that it lost 500 million customer transactions in the U.S. since 2012 and laid out its plans to get more people back into its restaurants – including by letting them order and pay on their mobile phones by the end of the year.

65. Hershey Expects to Cut 15 Percent of Global Workforce -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hershey says it expects to cut its global workforce by about 15 percent, with the reductions coming mostly from hourly employees outside the United States.

The Pennsylvania-based maker of Reese's, Kit Kat and Twizzlers also cut its long-term sales growth forecast to between 2 percent and 4 percent, down from the previous 3 percent to 5 percent. Hershey, which gets the majority of its revenue from North America, attributed the lowered expectations to "changes in U.S. shopping habits" and challenges overseas.

66. AutoZone Reports ‘Challenging’ Q2 Results -

AutoZone’s results for the second quarter represented a bit of a slowdown for the auto parts and accessories retailer, with the company’s CEO using adjectives like “challenging” to describe the three-month period in which earnings and same-store sales were somewhat muted.

67. Trump Budget Will Hike Defense Spending By $54 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.

68. DMC Seeks Longer-Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s board of directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the city of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

69. Secrets to Passionate Leadership -

Some leaders have charisma, that ability to engage others. They reach out and touch your heart and soul. Others are quiet with a passion that reveals itself more slowly but is equally compelling. These leaders know what they are talking about, and they know how to connect with people.

70. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

71. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

72. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

73. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

74. DMC Seeks Longer Term Management of Beale -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Board of Directors voted Friday, Feb. 24, to allow DMC president Terence Patterson to enter into negotiations with the City of Memphis to manage Beale Street on a longer-term basis.

75. VW Makes $5.4 Billion Profit in 2016, Limits Executive Pay -

BERLIN (AP) – Volkswagen bounced back into the black in 2016 after suffering a loss the previous year due to the diesel emissions scandal, according to figures released by the German automaker Friday.

76. FedEx Extends Contract With US Postal Service -

FedEx Corp. announced Thursday that its FedEx Express subsidiary has extended its express air transportation contract with the U.S. Postal Service originally executed April 23, 2013, through Sept. 29, 2024.

77. FedEx Extends Contract With US Postal Service -

FedEx Corp. announced Thursday that its FedEx Express subsidiary has extended its express air transportation contract with the U.S. Postal Service originally executed April 23, 2013, through Sept. 29, 2024.

78. Sedgwick to Occupy Thomas & Betts HQ, TNB Shopping Memphis for New Home -

New details are continuing to emerge after Sedgwick Claims Management Services' blockbuster announcement Monday to consolidate and expand its corporate headquarters.

Sedgwick will apply for a 15-year Expansion PILOT that will enable the company to retain 865 jobs, create 130 new jobs, and invest $33 million into their new facility, according to papers filed with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.

79. Wal-Mart Keeps Working to Make Inroads Against Amazon -

NEW YORK (AP) – The nation's largest retailer keeps working to make headway against the largest online seller.

Wal-Mart drew more shoppers to its namesake stores in the United States and its online sales soared 29 percent in the fourth quarter, which covers the critical holiday shopping season. That's an indication that its efforts to lower prices and improve web services are helping it compete better against Amazon, which has built fierce loyalty with its Prime two-day shipping program.

80. Last Word: How Do You Get On The List, Sedgwick & Thornwood and Musicals -

Monday was Presidents Day and thus a holiday at City Hall. But for the occupant on City Hall’s top floor it was anything but a holiday. The list Memphis Police made for who has to have a uniformed police officer next to them to go anywhere in City Hall is turning into a controversy over possible surveillance of citizens participating in the last year or so of protests around the city.

81. Sedgwick Announces $34M Expansion, Will Create 150 New Jobs -

Sedgwick Claims Management has announced plans to expand its corporate headquarters in Memphis, which will result in the creation of 150 local jobs.

The expansion will consolidate Sedgwick’s headquarters into a single campus in Shelby County and locate research and development functions to that site, according to Ted Townsend, chief operating officer for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

82. Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

83. Duck Boats Face Increasing Calls for Improvements, Bans -

BOSTON (AP) – With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements and led some advocates to call for a total ban on the vehicles.

84. Accredo to Undergo $2 Million Renovation -

Accredo Health Services filed a $2 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its 1610 Century Center Parkway location.

85. Cohen Introduces Tax Preparer Fraud Bill -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis has introduced federal legislation that would allow the Internal Revenue Service to take steps to ensure paid tax preparers are trained and abide by high standards of integrity.

86. Packard's Playbook Helps Women Thrive in Corporate 'Jungle Gym' -

Susan Packard’s premise is straightforward: Business is a team sport. Winning doesn’t just happen, but requires everything any team sport would – preparation, strategy, spirit, competitiveness, composure, focus, creativity and, yes, gamesmanship.

87. Cohen Introduces Tax Preparer Fraud Bill -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis has introduced federal legislation that would allow the Internal Revenue Service to take steps to ensure paid tax preparers are trained and abide by high standards of integrity.

88. Accredo to Undergo $2 Million Renovation -

Accredo Health Services filed a $2 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its 1610 Century Center Parkway location.

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

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

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

90. Methodist North Taps New CEO -

In hindsight, it’s no surprise Florence Jones decided to pursue a career in health care more than four decades ago. A lot about the profession, of course, was different back then. But Jones – tapped in recent days as the new CEO at Methodist North Hospital after serving as chief nursing officer and interim CEO there – had the same motivation then as she does today.

91. Postal Service Says It Lost $200 Million Over Holiday Season -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service said Thursday it lost $200 million during the year-end holiday season, despite a strong quarter of package shipping and expanded use of vote-by-mail in the November presidential election.

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

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

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

93. Strickland Proposes 7 Areas for Possible De-Annexation -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to at least discuss de-annexing seven parts of the city and reducing the city’s square mileage by 8 percent and thus increasing the city’s population density.

94. Strickland Proposes 7 Areas For Possible Deannexation -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to at least discuss de-annexing seven parts of the city and reducing the city’s square mileage by 8 percent and thus increasing the city’s population density.

95. 3 Reasons IT Should Be in Your Operating Plan -

Your primary focus is raising awareness and funds for your organization. Are you using the technology you have to help you achieve your mission? Perhaps you have thought about expanding your use of technology, but don’t have the time to do it. 

96. TVA Reports Profitable First Quarter 2017 -

The Tennessee Valley Authority continued strong performance in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 after reporting the highest net income in its history for fiscal year 2016.

TVA reported net income of $102 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up $139 million from the same period in the prior year, on higher sales of electricity.

97. Bronczek to Succeed Smith As FedEx President Feb. 1 -

David Bronczek will be promoted to the role of president and chief operating officer of FedEx Corp. 11 months ahead of schedule, the shipping giant announced Monday, Jan. 23.

98. Buckman to Retire From Chemical Company April 28 -

Buckman today announced that Steven B. Buckman, president and chief executive officer, will retire effective April 28.

Buckman has led the Memphis-based company’s nine global operating companies for more than 16 years. Junai Maharaj, currently managing director of Buckman Europe, Middle East and Africa, will become the CEO of Buckman effective that same day.

99. Garrison Exit From MATA Coincides With Push for More Public Funding -

When he first got to Memphis in the summer of 2014, Ron Garrison got asked the same question a lot – did he know how difficult the job leading the Memphis Area Transit Authority would be.

100. Consolidation of Cargo Carriers Puts Ocean Freight Industry at ‘Crossroads’ -

Memphis-based Dunavant Global Logistics Group and Mallory Alexander International Logistics are prime players in the ocean freight business as non-vessel operating common carriers, otherwise known as NVOCCs. And each, according to a consultant who used to work as an executive for one of larger ocean freight lines in the industry, has a strong reputation.