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1. ‘Run Women Run’ Set For Nov. 4 at Rhodes College -

Tips on how to fund and shape a political campaign will be offered Nov. 4 during a nonpartisan training and networking event called “Run Women Run.”

“Run Women Run” will be held in Buckman Hall at Rhodes College from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event is being organized by the Memphis Area Women’s Council, League of Women Voters of Memphis and Shelby County and the Memphis chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women. A coalition of women’s groups is supporting and endorsing the project.

2. Tennessee SBA Loans Hit $285M in Fiscal 2017 -

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs placed $285 million into the hands of Tennessee small businesses during fiscal year 2017, which began Oct. 1, 2016, and concluded on Sept. 30.

3. Memphis Airport Partners To Help Blind Travelers -

Memphis International Airport has partnered with San Diego, California-based technology company Aira to help blind and visually impaired passengers navigate the airport.

Aira is a subscription-based service for blind people in which they receive detailed information about their surroundings from a trained professional who can see their whereabouts through a pair of wearable smart glasses.

4. Tennessee SBA Loans Hit $285M in Fiscal 2017 -

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs placed $285 million into the hands of Tennessee small businesses during fiscal year 2017, which began Oct. 1, 2016, and concluded on Sept. 30.

5. Memphis Airport Partners With Aira for Blind Travelers -

Memphis International Airport has partnered with San Diego, California-based technology company Aira to help blind and visually impaired passengers navigate the airport.

Aira is a subscription-based service for blind people in which they receive detailed information about their surroundings from a trained professional who can see their whereabouts through a pair of wearable smart glasses.

6. Amazon, Pfizer Approved for Tax Incentives -

Amazon was awarded a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County at its Wednesday, Oct. 18, meeting, despite the online retailer’s proposed distribution center spurring a larger debate about the types of jobs the city should incentivize in the future.

7. Corporations to Keep Tax Break Lost by Millions of Americans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump's sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it.

The Republican proposal would eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes, a widely popular break used by some 44 million Americans, especially in high-tax, Democratic-leaning states like New York, New Jersey, California and Illinois. But corporations, which pay billions in local property levies and state income taxes, wouldn't be affected.

8. Brooks Move, Riverfront Plan Come in Focus -

Three months after yet another riverfront redevelopment concept plan was unveiled with some skepticism, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has the catalyst his administration needs to get parts of the plan moving.

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

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

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

10. Brooks Pursues Riverfront Site for New Museum -

The board of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art announced Tuesday, Oct. 17, it is working with city government to relocate the museum from its Overton Park home to a Downtown site on Front Street between Union and Monroe avenues.

11. Memphis Hosts 15th Musculoskeletal Industry Conference -

The annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference returns to Memphis this week for the 15th time, bringing together venture capitalists and industry leaders from around the country to give them a “target-rich environment” in which to network and potentially make deals.

12. Amazon, Pfizer Seek Incentives for Projects -

While Memphis has been working to win the nod from Amazon in the company’s highly publicized decision on where it will put its second headquarters, the city is poised to get a major unrelated investment from the e-commerce giant.

13. ‘Run Women Run’ Set for Nov. 4 at Rhodes College -

Tips on how to fund and shape a political campaign will be offered Nov. 4 during a nonpartisan training and networking event called “Run Women Run.”

“Run Women Run” will be held in Buckman Hall at Rhodes College from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event is being organized by the Memphis Area Women’s Council, League of Women Voters of Memphis and Shelby County and the Memphis chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women. A coalition of women’s groups is supporting and endorsing the project.

14. Pfizer Seeks Incentives to Retain Financial Services Operations in Memphis -

Admitting that its workforce in Memphis has been declining due to technology and business changes, pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. is seeking a 14-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive from the city and county to retain its finance and accounting operations in Memphis with a “stabilized” workforce of about 250 workers.

15. Shelby County to Overhaul Criminal Justice Center -

201 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $17 million

Application Date: October 2017

16. Ring Partners With Conagra On PAM Spray Bottles -

Ring Container Technologies, a product packaging and plastic container manufacturing company based in Oakland, Tennessee, has completed a collaboration with Conagra Brands to create a new plastic bottle for PAM Cooking Spray.

17. Developers Pull $24M Permit for Midtown Market -

Midtown Market, a mixed-use project Belz Enterprises and Harbour Retail Partners are developing at the the corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, appears set to move forward soon.

Developers have filed a $24 million building permit application for the project, which appears to be in line with a scaled-back outline of the project presented to Downtown Memphis officials earlier this year. Interim Downtown Memphis Commission president Jennifer Oswalt told The Daily News, in response to the permit, the project looks headed in the same direction as plans presented to the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. and Design Review board in February, and “we are excited that it is getting started.”

18. Target Joins Other Retailers in Offering Voice Shopping -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is jumping into voice-activated shopping as it deepens its relationship with Google, offering thousands of items found in the store except for perishables like fruit and milk.

19. Designs for 3 Downtown Redevelopment Projects Approved -

Plans for three prominent Downtown redevelopment projects received the architectural green light Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 11, from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board.

Developer 495 TN Partners, which includes partners William Orgel, Jay Lindy and Adam Slovis, will be able to begin construction on Phase II of the Tennessee Brewery development at the southeast corner of Tennessee Street and Butler Avenue in the South Main Historic Arts District.

20. Pinnacle Financial Adds SBA Talent in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is expanding its Small Business Administration lending efforts with a new hire in Memphis.

Pinnacle has hired Sean Henneberger as the bank’s first SBA adviser in Memphis to work exclusively with government guaranteed lending. Henneberger has 15 years of experience in relationship management and most recently worked with Simmons Bank as a vice president of small business lending.

21. How to Meet Leadership Challenges Head-On -

You applied for the position, anxious to seize the opportunity to finally become an administrator, a boss, a leader in the workplace. You went through the rigorous interview process, prepared yourself with the education and experience necessary, and you got the job! Now, you can’t seem to wipe the smile off your face as you picture yourself living that next step in your career. After all, you’ve worked for bosses; you know what to do. How hard can it be?

22. Midtown Market Developers Pull $24M Building Permit -

Midtown Market, a mixed-use project Belz Enterprises and Harbour Retail Partners are developing at the the corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, appears set to move forward soon.

Developers have filed a $24 million building permit application for the project, which appears to be in line with a scaled-back outline of the project presented to Downtown Memphis officials earlier this year. Interim Downtown Memphis Commission president Jennifer Oswalt told The Daily News, in response to the permit, the project looks headed in the same direction as plans presented to the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. and Design Review board in February, and “we are excited that it is getting started.”

23. New Apartments, Offices Headed for Cooper-Young -

Two new development projects will get underway later this year along Cooper Street in Midtown, following their approval for 11-year PILOTs on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Both projects received the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentives by the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board.

24. Ring Partners With Conagra on PAM Spray Bottles -

Ring Container Technologies, a product packaging and plastic container manufacturing company based in Oakland, Tennessee, has completed a collaboration with Conagra Brands to create a new plastic bottle for PAM Cooking Spray.

25. Wright Investments To Buy Up to $400M in Hotels -

Wright Investments, a Memphis-based hotel management, investment and project management company, is planning to acquire up to $400 million in hotel properties over the next two to three years by investing the firm’s newly raised Hospitality Opportunity Fund II.

26. US Trade Deficit Narrows to $42.4 Billion in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rising exports and falling imports cut the U.S. trade deficit to $42.4 billion in August, the lowest in 11 months.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that the trade gap – the difference between exports and imports – fell in August from $43.6 billion in July.

27. Nashville Mayor Presents Stadium Financing Proposal for MLS Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Mayor Megan Barry has proposed a $250 million stadium deal as the final piece in Nashville's bid for a Major League Soccer expansion team.

28. Hotel Management Co. to Buy Up to $400M in Properties -

Wright Investments, a Memphis-based hotel management, investment and project management company, is planning to acquire up to $400 million in hotel properties over the next two to three years by investing the firm’s newly raised Hospitality Opportunity Fund II.

29. Binghampton Group Wins $200K FreshLo Grant -

The Binghampton Development Corp. has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation to prepare minority entrepreneurs to establish successful food businesses through food entrepreneurship training, access to commercial kitchen facilities, and small-business assistance along with their partners, EPIcenter Memphis, Caritas Village, Refugee Empowerment Program, World Relief Memphis, Wiseacre Brewing Co., Broad Avenue Arts District and Community LIFT.

30. First Tennessee, Pinnacle Settle Legal Dispute -

A dispute between First Tennessee Bank and Pinnacle Financial Partners stemming from Pinnacle’s recruitment of a group of First Tennessee employees when it first arrived in the Memphis market back in 2015 appears to have been resolved.

31. DHL Planning New Memphis Distribution Facility -

0 Tchulahoma Rd.
Memphis, TN 38118

Tenant: DHL Supply Chain

Landlord: Belz Enterprises

32. Crosstown Crossroads -

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

33. First Tennessee, Pinnacle Settle Legal Dispute -

A dispute between First Tennessee Bank and Pinnacle Financial Partners stemming from Pinnacle’s recruitment of a group of First Tennessee employees when it first arrived in the Memphis market back in 2015 appears to have been resolved.

34. Fourth Bluff Effort Moves Toward More Permanent Plans -

You can still see the words on the surface of Riverside Drive from the RiverPlay area that took over the street between the Mississippi River and Memphis Parks during the summer.

“In Memphis We Ball” reads the chipped white lettering on the asphalt, with the word “ball” almost unrecognizable.

35. DHL Planning New Memphis Distribution Facility -

International shipping giant DHL Supply Chain is planning a massive new development just north of the Tennessee-Mississippi state line.

The global logistics division of Germany’s Deutsche Post DHL Group is looking to build a 580,000-square-foot distribution facility on 55 acres of vacant land east of Tchulahoma Road and west of Meltech Boulevard on the northern border of the state line.

36. Last Word: Political Tide Comes In, First Tn and Pinnacle Settle and The No Compete -

In East Memphis Thursday afternoon, Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will formally announce what has been evident for some time – he is running for Shelby County Mayor in 2018 starting with the May Republican primary. The primary field includes Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland and Juvenile Court Clerk Joy Touliatos. Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism is the only declared Democratic mayoral contender as we speak. Look for that to change.

37. First Tennessee, Pinnacle Financial Partners Settle Legal Dispute -

A dispute between First Tennessee Bank and Pinnacle Financial Partners stemming from Pinnacle’s recruitment of a group of First Tennessee employees when it first arrived in the Memphis market back in 2015 appears to have been resolved.

38. Binghampton Group Awarded $200K FreshLo Grant -

The Binghampton Development Corp. has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation to prepare minority entrepreneurs to establish successful food businesses through food entrepreneurship training, access to commercial kitchen facilities, and small-business assistance along with their partners, EPIcenter Memphis, Caritas Village, Refugee Empowerment Program, World Relief Memphis, Wiseacre Brewing Co., Broad Avenue Arts District and Community LIFT.

39. What Road Signs Mark Your Career Path? -

Shall I stay or shall I go? It’s a simple question with complex answers, especially when you are contemplating a career change. However, the fact that you’re asking it is a good indication of restlessness. That feeling can be a good thing when it gives you the nudge you need to point your career in a better direction. But when the feeling of ambivalence that one has when trying to make a major decision takes root in that process, confusion takes over.

40. TeamLogic IT Owner Discusses Malware at Webroot Event -

Drayton Mayers, owner of Memphis-based TeamLogic IT, recently attended a cybersecurity conference at Webroot’s corporate headquarters in Colorado to discuss the future of the industry given the scope of recent data breaches and continuing threats.

41. High-Def Experience Awaits Grizzlies, Tigers Fans -

The Memphis Grizzlies recently held a small reception at FedExForum to show off improvements, and the biggest one – literally – was a new video board hanging over the court that offers four times the amount of display space as the previous scoreboard.

42. Last Word: Grit & Grind As A Mindset, Sewer Retaliation and MUS & Hutchison -

More than a few bread crumbs on the direction the Fairgrounds redevelopment proposal is … well, developing after the second of three very important public forums last week by City Hall. The signs indicate a water park or surf park is highly unlikely, the gym at Maxine Smith STEAM Academy would go to open up Central Avenue frontage and a new gym built behind Kroc Center, a hotel by the Children’s Museum and the high school football field and track oval move from Central to where Libertyland used to be. And the city says none of this is set in stone even if it does show up on a tentative site plan among the exhibits last week.

43. UTHSC, Nonprofit Partners In Funding Research Projects -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has formed a partnership with a Birmingham, Alabama-based nonprofit that has almost 500 scientists and engineers working under its banner, a union meant to help advance research that could lead to new drug discovery and commercialization.

44. Widening The Path -

He asked to only be a small part of this story. But when you come up with an idea so good, so powerful, that it’s named as one of the top 20 ideas in the Forbes Change the World Competition, you are the story’s foundation.

45. Trump Nominates 4 for TVA Board -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – President Donald Trump will nominate people from four states to serve on the nine-member board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the White House said Thursday.

46. Overton Square Hotel Approved for Tax Incentives -

The Economic Development Growth Engine board has approved Loeb Properties' request for a 15-year tax abatement to build a 100-room boutique hotel near Overton Square.

Despite some concerns from the EDGE board over the definition of blighted property, Loeb Properties and its partners, boutique hotel developer LRC2 Properties and hospitality management company MMI Hotel Group, were approved for the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive Wednesday, Sept. 20, to help offset the construction costs of the $24 million hotel.

47. Kohl's to Start Accepting Amazon Returns at Some Stores -

MENOMEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) – Kohl's, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month.

48. Corporate Disaster Aid: How and When -

Disasters are chaotic and complex. Just a few minutes of howling wind or shaking earth can leave years of cleaning up, rebuilding and coping with a new reality.

Naturally, people want to help when they witness significant duress, like we’ve seen recently with hurricanes Harvey and Irma and like we’ve seen countless times globally. Some of the greatest moments I’ve witnessed in business have come in the aftermath of disasters.

49. Hurricanes Deliver Pain And Important Message -

Tens of thousands are still dealing with the floods and aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, even as at least one more storm approaches the U.S. mainland. It’s gut-wrenching to see all the devastation and havoc these storms have caused.

50. Germantown Medical Office Sells for $16M -

1325 Wolf Park Drive, Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $15.9 million

Buyer: Global Medical REIT

51. Pinnacle Adds Senior VPs in Memphis -

Christina Arnold and Amanda Rasmussen have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as senior vice presidents based at Pinnacle’s Memphis main office on Quail Hollow Road.

52. Loeb Properties Planning $24M Overton Square Hotel -

Loeb Properties wants to build on the revival of Overton Square by adding a $24 million, 100-room hotel in the district.

The Memphis-based company and its partners – boutique hotel developer LRC2 Properties and hospitality management company MMI Hotel Group – are seeking a 15-year tax abatement to construct a 100-room boutique hotel at the southwest corner of Cooper Street and Trimble Place, south of Madison Avenue in Midtown Memphis.

53. Southeast Shelby County Apartments Sell for $56M -

Preserve at Forest Creek, a sprawling southeast Shelby County apartment complex, has switched hands for more than $56 million.

In the deal, Blackstone, a New York City investment firm doing business as BRE Piper MF Forest Creek TN, sold the roughly 36-acre property to Columbus, Ohio-based investment management firm Coastal Ridge Real Estate doing business as PFC Memphis Borrowers for $56.6 million, according to a warranty deed filed on Sept. 14 with the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

54. Germantown Medical Office Sells for $16 Million -

A New York-based investment trust has paid nearly $16 million for the Germantown medical office building that houses Wolf River Surgery Center.

Global Medical REIT, doing business as GMR Germantown, bought the 34,000-square-foot building at 1325 Wolf Park Lane from Brierbrook Partners LLC for $15.9 million, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register.

55. Bike Safety Program Launching at SCS -

A fundraising campaign is launching this month to fund a bicycle safety program for fourth-grade classes at 14 Shelby County Schools next spring, plus six more schools during the 2018-2019 school year.

56. Memphis Industrial Center Sells for $3.7 Million -

Boston-based real estate investment firm Plymouth Industrial REIT has expanded its local portfolio with the acquisition of a 132,000-square-foot industrial center in southeast Memphis.

In the deal, Plymouth purchased the property from Huntington Industrial Partners for $3.7 million.

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

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

58. Strategic Financial Partners In Growth Mode -

Strategic Financial Partners president Russ VanderSteeg has been thinking about the future of his company and how to bring more younger financial advisers into an industry that has been going gray fast for at least a few years now.

59. SE Memphis Industrial Center Sells for $3.7 Million -

Boston-based real estate investment firm Plymouth Industrial REIT has expanded its local portfolio with the acquisition of a 132,000-square-foot industrial center in southeast Memphis.

In the deal, Plymouth purchased the property from Huntington Industrial Partners for $3.7 million.

60. Finding Your Giving Hour -

What is an hour of your time worth? It’s not difficult to calculate the monetary equivalent of 60 minutes of doing your job. To use your skills, talent, training and wisdom has a price that brings value to your work. And what would that hour with you be worth if you gave it away? For someone in need, that hour with you could be priceless.

61. Plymouth REIT Expands Memphis Portfolio -

Boston-based real estate investment firm Plymouth Industrial REIT has expanded its local portfolio with the acquisition of a 132,000-square-foot industrial center in southeast Memphis.

In the deal, Plymouth purchased the property from Huntington Industrial Partners for $3.7 million.

62. August Mortgage Volume Up 16 Percent -

The vice president of Independent Bank’s mortgage division is expecting to tackle about five mortgage pre-qualifications this week as well as a couple of contracts.

63. MMDC Hires Mitchell to Lead Community Development -

Memphis native Vonesha Mitchell has joined the Memphis Medical District Collaborative as program manager, community development. Mitchell’s new position rolls together several functions, including recruiting retail for vacant and underutilized storefronts, working with U3 Advisors to launch and administer the Hire Local program, developing assistance package and incentive programs, and engaging current and potential businesses in the district to understand opportunities and concerns.

64. Memphis 3.0 Planning Enters Third Phase -

The Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning process enters its third phase this week with the first of four public workshops to consider scenarios of what the city’s growth will look like through 2040.

65. Bike Safety Program Launching at SCS -

A fundraising campaign is launching this month to fund a bicycle safety program for fourth-grade classes at 14 Shelby County Schools next spring, plus six more schools during the 2018-2019 school year.

66. Germantown Medical Office Sells for $16M -

A New York-based investment trust has paid nearly $16 million for the Germantown medical office building that houses Wolf River Surgery Center.

Global Medical REIT, doing business as GMR Germantown, bought the 34,000-square-foot building at 1325 Wolf Park Lane from Brierbrook Partners LLC for $15.9 million, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register.

67. Bates Family Members Sentenced in Ponzi Scheme -

The last two members of former Tennessee lawmaker Larry Bates’ family who were convicted of swindling investors out of $21 million in a gold-and-silver investment scheme have been sentenced.

68. Deciding When to Expand is Tricky For Food Industry Entrepreneurs -

Memphis historically has been a great place to birth a food business concept. From Perkins to Corky’s to Back Yard Burgers and everything in between, Memphis has seen many successful restaurant concepts expand beyond the city limits.

69. Last 2 Bates Family Members Sentenced in Ponzi Scheme -

The last two members of former Tennessee lawmaker Larry Bates’ family who were convicted of swindling investors out of $21 million in a gold-and-silver investment scheme have been sentenced.

70. Kemmons Wilson Co. Subsidiary to Merge with International Hotel Developer -

Wilson Hotel Management, a subsidiary of Kemmons Wilson Co., will merge with Valor Hospitality Partners, an international hotel developer with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and London, England. And the new company's headquarters will be in Atlanta and London with an office in Memphis.

71. Graceland: New Arena Not Competing With Forum -

Graceland plans to go to the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) in the next week seeking a bigger percentage of the city and county property tax revenue from its 120-acre campus for a $50 million arena in Whitehaven.

72. Graceland Says New Arena Not Competition For Forum -

The managing partner of Graceland Holdings LLC says the plan for a new $40 million  to $50 million Whitehaven arena with 5,000 to 6,000 seats isn’t to compete with any venue in Memphis and Shelby County.

73. U of M Inks Partnership With Volunteer Odyssey -

The University of Memphis has entered into an official partnership with Volunteer Odyssey as the U of M’s official service partner. The partnership will give the university the ability to provide vetted service opportunities to students that contribute to community needs.

74. Pinnacle Named Among Best Banks to Work For -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is one of the nation’s Best Banks to Work For, ranking No. 6 on the annual list compiled by American Banker magazine and Best Companies Group. It is the firm’s fifth appearance on the list.

75. Memphis Business Academy Pulls $5M Permit in Frayser -

The Memphis Business Academy is moving forward with its plans to open a fifth center in Memphis with a $4.9 million building permit application recently filed with construction code officials.

The permit will be put toward renovations to MBA’s new facility located at 2180 Frayser Blvd., near the intersection of Overton Crossing Street.

76. Financial Services Firm Takes Floor in Clark Tower -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a financial services firm inks a full floor in Clark Tower and Crosstown High School files a $4.1 million permit to build-out space in the Crosstown Concourse for its charter school that is scheduled to open next fall. 

77. Financial Services Firm Takes Floor in Clark Tower -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a financial services firm inks a full floor in Clark Tower and Crosstown High School files a $4.1 million permit to build-out space in the Crosstown Concourse for its charter school that is scheduled to open next fall. 


78. Grizzlies’ Grind City Media Expands Into Football Coverage -

Last September, the Memphis Grizzlies launched their new in-house digital news and information platform: Grind City Media.

Now, Grind City Media is trying to drive that initiative farther down the field, as it were, by adding college football coverage.

79. Private Companies Drive 'New Space Race' at NASA Center -

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – For the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, NASA says it may soon have the capability to send astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.

80. Memphis Football Game Still On for Thursday -

The University of Memphis Tigers’ football season opener Thursday, Aug. 31, will go on as planned, despite possible heavy rains caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The U of M athletics department, American Athletic Conference and CBS Sports Network say the game will be played as scheduled at 8:15 p.m., per the national broadcast agreement with the AAC.

81. Highwoods in Talks to Backfill MassMutual Space at Triad III -

Even with a renewed interest in the city’s core and two new office buildings under construction, Class A space in the East Submarket is about as hot as it gets right now, so it’s not a surprise that the soon-to-be-vacated space currently occupied by a Memphis-based MassMutual firm in Triad Centre III has already drawn serious interest.

82. ICCC Program Attracts Local Business Owners -

More than 100 local entrepreneurs received mentoring and coaching on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to help them grow their small businesses. The Inner City Capital Connections program at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus returned after first coming to Memphis in August 2014.

83. Silly Goose Owner Opening New Lounge in South Main -

After making a name for himself as a popular bartender in Downtown Memphis, Daniel Masters struck out on his own and opened his first bar, The Silly Goose, at the age of 28.

84. Trump: 'All Options are on Table' After North Korea Launch -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to reassert an American military threat against North Korea, saying that "all options are on the table" in response to its launch of a missile over close U.S. ally Japan.

85. Inner City Capital Connections Program Attracts Local Business Owners -

More than 100 local entrepreneurs received mentoring and coaching on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to help them grow their small businesses.

The Inner City Capital Connections program at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus returned after first coming to Memphis in August 2014. The ICCC program was developed by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a nonprofit research and strategy organization.

86. Pinnacle Named Among Best Banks to Work For -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is one of the nation’s Best Banks to Work For, ranking No. 6 on the annual list compiled by American Banker magazine and Best Companies Group. It is the firm’s fifth appearance on the list.

87. Memphis Business Academy Pulls $5M Permit in Frayser -

The Memphis Business Academy is moving forward with its plans to open a fifth center in Memphis with a $4.9 million building permit application recently filed with construction code officials.

The permit will be put toward renovations to MBA’s new facility located at 2180 Frayser Blvd., near the intersection of Overton Crossing Street.

88. Financial Services Firm Inks Deal At Clark Tower -

According to multiple sources close to the deal, the Memphis arm of MassMutual will merge with a Nashville-based financial group and move its combined operations into the 23rd floor of the Clark Tower.

89. Downtown Lounge Owner Jazzes Up South Main Restaurant -

After making a name for himself as a popular bartender in Downtown Memphis, Daniel Masters struck out on his own and opened his first bar, The Silly Goose, at the age of 28.

90. New Tenant to Take 23rd Floor of Clark Tower -

According to multiple sources close to the deal, the Memphis arm of MassMutual will merge with a Nashville-based financial group and move its combined operations into the 23rd floor of the Clark Tower.

91. Facebook Expands Partnership With Arkansas Schools -

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) – Facebook is expanding a partnership with Arkansas and will donate virtual reality kits to every public high school in the state.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday the state and the social media giant are expanding the TechStart Partnership, which was announced earlier this year to generate interest in computer science careers and instruction.

92. U of M Inks Partnership With Volunteer Odyssey -

The University of Memphis has entered into an official partnership with Volunteer Odyssey as the U of M’s official service partner. The partnership will give the university the ability to provide vetted service opportunities to students that contribute to community needs.

93. Pottery Studio/Coffee House to Open on Highland Strip -

549 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38122

Lease Size: 2,788 square feet

94. Regions, FedEx Backing Business Seminar -

Regions Bank is joining FedEx Corp. to provide financial backing for a seminar for business owners this week that will include 20 Regions bankers providing customized business coaching for entrepreneurs.

95. LA Fitness to Begin Work On East Memphis Gym -

L.A. Fitness has filed a $3.5 million building permit application to begin interior buildout work at its East Memphis gym, located at 4572 Poplar Ave. in Poplar Commons.

96. 9/01 in the 901 -

What started as an esoteric online conversation five years ago has grown into a massive citywide event to celebrate all the best parts of the Bluff City.

Though only in its second official year, attendance is expected to be high for Exposure at 901 Day, a free event that will be held at AutoZone Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on, you guessed it – Sept. 1.

97. Walmart Joins Forces With Google on Voice-Activated Shopping -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it's not doing it alone.

The world's largest retailer said Wednesday it's working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September.

98. Trump Bashes NAFTA in Midst of Talks to Revamp Trade Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just a week into talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump is already threatening to abandon the 23-year-old pact with Canada and Mexico.

99. Providing Hope Through Service -

The French philosopher and Jesuit priest Teilhard de Chardin once said, “The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.” While I agree it’s a responsibility we all share to provide the inspiration and reasons to hope to those in succeeding generations, after decades educating generations of young people, I am ever mindful that often it is they who inspire and give us hope. My hope for the future comes from them. They are laying the foundation now.

100. Council OKs $6M Loan for Wonder Bread Garage -

The Memphis City Council approved a $6 million loan on Tuesday, Aug. 22, to help finance the development of a 481-space parking garage that’s a key part of the $73 million Wonder Bread redevelopment.