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1. Minority Business Council Gets Funding to Operate MBDA Center -

The Mid-South Minority Business Council will receive a federal grant to operate a U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center in Memphis, MBDA announced on Thursday, April 28.

2. Mike Conley Leave the Grizzlies? Possible, but Unlikely -

The on-court business of the season finished – the San Antonio Spurs made sure of that – the Grizzlies now turn to the offseason.

Call it Mike Conley Free Agent Season, the natural sequel to Marc Gasol Free Agent Season.

3. Press Box: Like Marc Gasol, Mike Conley Will Choose 901 -

Mike Conley is gone. We know this because one unsubstantiated national report beget another.

And then came the indisputable proof: a blogger created a slideshow listing the five most likely landing spots for the Grizzlies’ free agent point guard.

4. $12.6M Building Permit For New Ballet Memphis HQ -

2144 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Permit Amount: $12.6 million

Owner: Ballet Memphis
Tenant: Ballet Memphis
Architect: Archimania
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder
Details: Ballet Memphis is setting the stage for its Overton Square headquarters as Grinder, Taber & Grinder recently applied for a $12.6 million building permit for new construction.

5. LEDIC Founder Buys Metro 67 Apartments -

The Metro 67 Apartments in Downtown Memphis has been sold by a Dallas equity firm to Scott Ledbetter, founder and chairman-emeritus of LEDIC Management Group in Memphis, and members of his family.

6. Metro 67 Apartments Bought by LEDIC Founder -

The Metro 67 Apartments in Downtown Memphis has been sold by a Dallas equity firm to Scott Ledbetter, founder and chairman-emeritus of LEDIC Management Group in Memphis, and members of his family.

7. Grizzlies Reeling with Desperate Bulls in Town Tuesday Night -

Guard Bryce Cotton became the 28th player to take the court for the Memphis Grizzlies this season. And if you didn’t know much about Cotton, yet another 10-day contract signee, you’re in good company.

8. Last Word: D-Day, Opera Festival Returns and Buying GMF After the Bond Default -

This is what you might call D-Day in Nashville. The “D’ in this case stands for deannexation.
The bill to permit deannexation by referendum has in the course of two weeks become the city’s dominant political issue.

9. 2016 Midtown Opera Festival Kicks Off April 1 -

Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty, a hardcore fan of the art form, has nevertheless been keen to see the Midtown Opera Festival slowly morph into something more.

Canty reached the five-year mark as Opera Memphis’ general director in January, and one of the things he’s been encouraging is the expansion of his organization’s yearly festival into more of, well, a festival. An arts-filled extravaganza with, yes, opera as a centerpiece but also one that brings a smorgasbord of other artistic forms each year to Midtown.

10. With Peralta Out, Gyorko, Diaz to Vie for Shortstop Job -

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – With shortstop Jhonny Peralta sidelined with a thumb injury, the St. Louis Cardinals are left with a hole in their starting lineup.

Jedd Gyorko, who arrived in a trade with the Padres billed as a semi-regular, will get the first shot at filling the gap,

11. Google Provides Early Peek at Next Android Operating System -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is previewing the next version of its Android operating system two months ahead of schedule in an effort to get the upgraded software on more mobile devices.

12. Grizzlies Sign KD in Free Agency, Trade Mike Conley? No, Don’t Think So -

So there’s a national report out there saying the Memphis Grizzlies will make a strong play to sign free agent Kevin Durant after the season.

13. FAA: More Registered Drone Operators Than Licensed Pilots -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are licensed pilots.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a legal forum on Monday that the agency passed the milestone last week when it topped 325,000 registered drone owners. There are 320,000 licensed pilots of manned aircraft.

14. Allegiant Chief Operating Officer to Step Down -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The chief operating officer of Allegiant Air is resigning.

KTNV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/238oYOb) that 52-year-old Steve Harfts is leaving after serving in the position for about a year.

15. First Horizon Chairman Joins Operation HOPE Board -

First Horizon National Corp. chairman, president and CEO Bryan Jordan has joined the board of Operation HOPE, which promotes financial literacy and educational tools in underserved communities.

16. First Horizon Chairman Joins Operation HOPE Board -

First Horizon National Corp. chairman, president and CEO Bryan Jordan has joined the board of Operation HOPE, which promotes financial literacy and educational tools in underserved communities.

17. Last Word: Recovery in North Mississippi, Opera in 2016 and Uptown North of Chelsea -

It’s been a holiday season of challenged hopes and muted emotions in our corner of the world.
The beginning of the series of storms and tornadoes they spawned killed eight people in North Mississippi where recovery is still a fact of life in this last week of 2015.
This will be a week of funerals and damage assessments for federal disaster aid throughout our region.
And you will hear more stories of escapes and new beginnings after losing everything of any material value.
But even in our spared city, our thoughts will return instinctively to the young lives taken so suddenly and so close to the family gatherings in which our youngest give so much more in the way of hope than they will realize at this tender age.

18. Opera Memphis General Director Reflects on Challenges, Storytelling -

Even though he’ll have reached the five-year mark as general director at Opera Memphis in January, Ned Canty says there are some days when it feels like he’s still just getting started.

In a recent conversation with The Daily News, he was by turns philosophical and as optimistic as ever about the nature of his work and about the task of making one of the oldest musical forms relevant in the city where rock ’n’ roll was born.

19. Bass Berry & Sims Plans $2.1 Million Renovation -

100 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $2.1 million

Application Date: December 2015

20. Operation Kidsafe Plans Memphis Safety Events -

Operation Kidsafe International is aiming to keep Memphis-area children safe with two local events next week.

Families will be able to capture their child’s picture and fingerprints using a digital

21. FedExForum to Get $550,000 Update -

Renovations are on the way for the FedExForum.

Montgomery Martin Contractors has applied for a building permit for “interior renovation of existing offices” for the venue at 191 Beale Street. The permit amount is $550,000.

22. Operation Kidsafe Plans Memphis Safety Events -

Operation Kidsafe International is aiming to keep Memphis-area children safe with two local events next week.

Families will be able to capture their child’s picture and fingerprints using a digital

23. FedExForum to Get $550,000 Update -

Renovations are on the way for the FedExForum.

Montgomery Martin Contractors has applied for a building permit for “interior renovation of existing offices” for the venue at 191 Beale Street. The permit amount is $550,000.

24. Grizzlies All In on Tickets for Kids Program -

From controlling owner Robert Pera on down, the Grizzlies are participating in the annual Tickets for Kids program.

25. 22 Sports Blessings Worth Giving Thanks For -

Counting the blessings and giving sporting thanks for:

• John Calipari not hiring Keelon Lawson.

• Women who don’t like football but still let their men watch football on Thanksgiving. Y’all get it.

26. Grizzlies All In on Tickets for Kids Program -

From controlling owner Robert Pera on down, the Grizzlies are participating in the annual Tickets for Kids program.

27. Together Again -

To look ahead to next season, we must first go back to last season. To that heady time when the Grizzlies held a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals.

28. Government Gives TVA License to Operate New Nuclear Reactor -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) — The Spring City reactor that will be the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century has gotten the go-ahead from the federal government.

The Tennessee Valley Authority says the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued an operating license for Watts Bar Unit 2 on Thursday.

29. Grizzlies, the Story and the Brand, Winning at Box Office, Too -

Memphis is backup point guard Beno Udrih’s sixth NBA city. And the four most previous ones – Sacramento, Milwaukee, Orlando and New York – have not been happy places of late.

Much losing, too many empty seats, an overall downer vibe.

30. Government Tests Technology to Find Illegal Drone Operators -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has signed an agreement to test technology that could locate the operators of small drones that are flying illegally near airports, as the government tries to crack down on near-collisions with manned aircraft.

31. Haslam Makes Forbes 400 List of Wealthiest Americans -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has broken into the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans.

The new listing from the business magazine ranks Haslam at 327th on its list based on an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion from the Haslam family business – Pilot Flying J, the travel centers, travel plazas and truckstops that Haslam’s father founded in 1958.

32. Rideshare Service Lyft to Locate Operations in Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A San Francisco-based rideshare service is investing more than $5 million to locate its new operations in Nashville and create 380 jobs in Davidson County.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that Lyft will locate its customer experience operations in the Music City.

33. Haslam Makes Forbes 400 List of Wealthiest Americans -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has broken into the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans.

The new listing from the business magazine ranks Haslam at 327th on its list based on an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion from the Haslam family business – Pilot Flying J, the travel centers, travel plazas and truckstops that Haslam’s father founded in 1958.

34. Mathes Takes Helm at Community Legal Center -

Longtime attorney Anne Mathes has been named executive director of the nonprofit Community Legal Center, which has been providing civil legal services to lower-income Memphians for more than 20 years. In addition to civil cases and divorces, the CLC collaborates with other agencies to serve victims of domestic violence and elder abuse. They also take some immigration cases.

35. Opera Memphis Brings Back ‘30 Days’ Series -

Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty takes an expansive view toward where his arts organization sits in a local entertainment landscape that presents abundant options for the public.

It’s not that he just sees Opera Memphis in competition for the same set of patrons who flock to The Orpheum Theatre or Theatre Memphis and the like. Rather, he’ll happily talk at length about how his organization is in competition with everyone and anything – every moment spent doing something like watching TV, in other words, is a moment not spent at Opera Memphis.

36. Former Tennessee Rep., GOP Operative Decry Dark Money -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Democratic congressman and a prominent Republican political operative on Tuesday called for ending untraceable spending for and against candidates in Tennessee and around the country.

37. Long-Delayed Nuclear Reactor Requests Operating License -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is on track to open the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century.

The public utility says it has sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requesting an operating license for the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor.

38. Today’s Schools Need to Operate Like Independent Businesses -

“If you always do what you always did, then you always get what you always got.”

It is one of those truisms that seems to fit perfectly into the ongoing debate on the effectiveness of education in the United States. There is a multitude of critics who want schools to do what they did 50 years ago and get better results. The problem with that is that everything has changed.

39. Onyx Equities Expands Operations to Memphis -

A New Jersey-based real estate investment, management and development firm has added a Memphis office to accommodate its growing management portfolio of real estate owned (REO) and receivership properties.

40. Grizz Owner’s Ubiquiti Hit With $46.7M Fraud -

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera’s technology company has been hit by fraud, saying in a regulatory filing it lost $46.7 million.

41. Onyx Equities Expands Operations to Memphis -

A New Jersey-based real estate investment, management and development firm has added a Memphis office to accommodate its growing management portfolio of real estate owned (REO) and receivership properties.

42. Grizz Owner’s Ubiquiti Hit With $46.7M Fraud -

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera’s technology company has been hit by fraud, saying in a regulatory filing it lost $46.7 million.

43. Grizzlies Owner Robert Pera’s Ubiquiti Hit With $46.7 Million Fraud -

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera's technology company has been hit by fraud, saying in a regulatory filing it lost $46.7 million.

44. Uber Reaches Deal to Operate at Memphis International Airport -

A popular ride-sharing service has reached an agreement to operate at Memphis International Airport, the second company to do so in recent months.

Uber and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority have reached a deal that immediately enables the ride-sharing platform’s driver-partners to pick up and drop off at Memphis International Airport.

45. Gasol: Leaving Memphis Wasn’t an Option -

All-Star center Marc Gasol says he’s sorry if Grizzlies’ fans worried over how long it took to learn that he wasn’t leaving Memphis, though they never had a reason to fret.

Gasol said Tuesday he already knew he wasn’t going anywhere else.

46. Marc Gasol: Leaving Memphis Not An Option in Free Agency -

All-Star center Marc Gasol says he’s sorry if Grizzlies’ fans worried over how long it took to learn that he wasn’t leaving Memphis, though they never had a reason to fret.

Gasol said Tuesday he already knew he wasn’t going anywhere else.

47. Gasol Back in Fold, Grizzlies Still In Thick of Tough Western Conference -

There were a few mildly uneasy days between the arrival of Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera in Spain and the news that, yes, All-Star center Marc Gasol would indeed re-sign with the team. And not just for a short-term deal, but a five-year max contract (about $113 million) with a player option after the fourth year.

48. Gasol to Sign Max Contract, Udrih to Return to Grizzlies -

Big Spain is staying in the Bluff City.

Marc Gasol ended his free agency by agreeing to a new contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. The five-year dealis valued at $110 million.

49. Grizzlies Spending $350,000 on Facilities Improvements -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

50. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $84 million

51. Grizzlies Spending $350,000 on Facilities Improvements -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

52. Grizzlies Facilities Getting $350,000 Upgrade -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

53. Dayco Wins Tax Break For Distribution Operations -

Michigan-based manufacturer Dayco Products Ltd. will consolidate its distribution operations in the Memphis area, but exactly where remains undecided.

“Due to the continued growth in demand for our products and increased product complexity over the past several years, we have committed to this significant capital investment in order to deliver increased value to our customers,” said Ed Rammel, president of the North American and Australian Aftermarket for Dayco, in a company statement.

54. Memphis Airport Authority OKs Incentives Program, Lyft Ride-Sharing Operations -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has reached an operating agreement with a popular ride-sharing service and retooled an incentive program designed to attract new air service.

New incentives target 21 specific destinations

55. Lyft Approved to Operate Ride-Sharing Service at Memphis Airport -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has reached an agreement with ride-sharing service Lyft that allows the company to immediately begin operations at Memphis International Airport.

The deal was set after the passage of Tennessee legislation that established requirements for transportation network companies such as Lyft.

56. Weirich Named Chair of Operation Safe Community -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich is the new chairwoman of Operation Safe Community, the county’s overall crime-fighting strategy.

57. Memphis-Based Monogram Foods Expanding Virginia Operation -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says a Memphis-based food company is adding a warehouse and logistics center to its Henry County manufacturing operation.

The governor said Monday that Monogram Food Solutions LLC will invest $7.2 million and create 101 new jobs. The company has been making meat snacks at the Henry County Patriot Centre Industrial Park since 2009.

58. Weirich Named Chair of Operation Safe Community -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich is the new chairwoman of Operation Safe Community, the county’s overall crime-fighting strategy.

59. Regulators Move Toward Operating License for Nuclear Plant -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Federal regulators have voted to grant an operating license for the Unit 2 reactor at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear plant as long as regulatory requirements are met.

60. Nike Says It's Cooperating With Authorities in FIFA Probe -

NEW YORK (AP) – Nike says it is cooperating with authorities in the U.S. probe into corruption of FIFA, the governing body of soccer worldwide.

On Wednesday U.S. officials charged seven FIFA members with racketeering and corruption charges and announced a sweeping investigation into corruption. Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged.

61. Reality Change -

“The ecosystem of the team is always live and is always shifting. You have to be able to adjust with whatever the situation might be at the time.”

– Marc Gasol

Roll those words from Marc Gasol over in your mind. Hold them up to the light so you can see them from every possible angle, so you can find hope, fear, inspiration, desperation and, last but not least, ambiguity and mystery.

62. Shops at Kirby Gate Sells for $3.4 Million -

A California-based investor has purchased the Shops at Kirby Gate in East Memphis for $3.4 million.

An affiliate of Los Angeles-based Westwood Financial Corp. acquired the shopping center at the northwest corner of Quince Road and Kirby Parkway from Shops at Kirby Gate LLC, according to public records.

63. Council Begins Hearings on Operating Budget -

The Memphis City Council is down a member as its budget committee begins hearings Tuesday, May 5, on the $656.5 million operating budget proposal of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Council member Shea Flinn resigned Thursday effective immediately to take a position as vice president at the Greater Memphis Chamber in charge of the Chairman’s Circle.

64. Musical Instrument Maker Expanding Wilson County Operations -

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) – A musical instrument manufacturer and distributor is investing nearly $4 million to expand its operations in Wilson County.

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced Thursday that KHS America plans to add to its location in Mt. Juliet and create 67 new jobs.

65. Pinnacle Awards Honor Commercial Real Estate Standouts -

The local commercial real estate community gathered at the Memphis Botanic Garden Thursday, April 9, for the 14th annual Pinnacle Awards. Every year, the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council honors its members based on their transactional volume, merit and community activity.

66. Memphis Airport Hires New Vice President of Operations -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority announced this week a new vice president of operations.

Terry Blue brings 18 years of aviation experience, most recently as the deputy airport director for General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis., to his new role at MSCAA.

67. Memphis Airport Hires New Vice President of Operations -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority announced this week a new vice president of operations.

Terry Blue brings 18 years of aviation experience, most recently as the deputy airport director for General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis., to his new role at MSCAA.

68. Pera Elected Vice President of Tennessee Bar -

Lucian T. Pera, partner in the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP, has been elected vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association and will automatically become president of the organization in 2017-2018. Pera, who joined Adams and Reese in 2006, concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, media law, and legal ethics and professional responsibility.

69. Desperate Families Plead for Cannabis Oil -

Josie Mae Mathes had her first birthday recently, but because she suffers from childhood epilepsy and infantile spasms, she’s so medicated she can barely move.

70. MRG Enjoys Flurry of Leasing Activity -

Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC is reporting leasing activity at its retail, office and industrial properties.

71. Tennessee Lawmaker Operated Hog Farm Without Proper Permits -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican lawmaker from northwestern Tennessee operated his hog farm without proper state permits, and an inspector said he was discouraged by upper management from enforcing violations.

72. One Team, Two Coaches: Grizzlies A Product of Hollins-Joerger -

Lionel Hollins’ departure from the Grizzlies was awkward, messy, ill-timed and could have been the start of a very disheartening chapter in franchise history.

“It could have been a train wreck, honestly,” point guard Mike Conley said.

73. Trezevant Selects New Chief Operating Officer -

Kent Phillips has been named chief operating officer of Trezevant, a continuing care community at 177 N. Highland St. in Memphis. Phillips has more than 25 years of experience in managing retirement communities.

74. Trezevant Selects New Chief Operating Officer -

Kent Phillips has been named chief operating officer of Trezevant, a continuing care community at 177 N. Highland St. in Memphis. Phillips has more than 25 years of experience in managing retirement communities.

75. Forbes Says Grizzlies Worth $750 Million -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ value is on the rise.

According to Forbes.com, which ranked the value of all 30 NBA teams, the Grizzlies are now worth $750 million, or a 99 percent increase from the $377 million that Robert Pera’s group paid to buy the team from Michael Heisley.

76. Trucking Industry in ‘Desperate’ Need of Drivers -

With demand on the upswing thanks to improving economic growth and lower fuel prices, a scarcity of truck drivers could put the brakes on the trucking industry and cripple a critical piece of global supply chains.

77. Grizzlies Worth $750 Million, Forbes Says -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ value is on the rise.

According to Forbes.com, which ranked the value of all 30 NBA teams, the Grizzlies are now worth $750 million, or a 99 percent increase from the $377 million that Robert Pera’s group paid to buy the team from Michael Heisley.

78. Fred’s Names New Chief Operating Officer -

Discount merchandiser Fred’s Inc. has tapped a new president and chief operating officer, a key hire that adds to a fresh executive team for the retailer.

Effective Jan. 12, Michael Bloom has joined Fred’s as president and COO, bringing to the company more than 30 years of experience in small-box general merchandising, supply chain management and store operations. He’s seen the industry from vantage points that include stints at companies like Family Dollar Stores Inc., where he likewise was president and COO, and at CVS Caremark Corp, where he held a variety of positions.

79. Honoring a Legacy -

The Grizzlies are in their 14th season in Memphis, and next Monday, Jan. 19, will mark the 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day.

80. Charter Operator AB Jets Soaring to New Heights -

David Turner began working for a local charter plane operation in 2000, but five years later Turner decided he needed a change of scenery and started flying for Memphis-based AB Jets.

81. Competition, Cooperation Part of Regionalism Mix -

When a group of mayors with common borders get together, it is usually a sympathetic gathering of chief executives where there is much comparing of notes.

The items range from sewer projects and common problems to relationships with legislative bodies from aldermen to council members.

82. Sharp & Robbins Names Popwell Partner -

Chris Popwell has been named the newest partner at Sharp & Robbins Construction, which will now operate as Sharp, Robbins & Popwell LLC. Popwell joined Sharp & Robbins’ Memphis office in 2008 as an estimator/project manager and most recently served as general operations manager of the Nashville office since 2012.

83. Anixter Moving Memphis Distribution Operations -

A leading supplier of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small components is relocating to a new Memphis distribution center.

Anixter International Inc., which is based in the Chicago area, has leased 100,000 square feet at 4001 Hickory Hill Road inside Memphis Distribution Center. Anixter will be relocating from 4580 S. Mendenhall Road, where DDN is expanding.

84. Volvo Parts Center Begins Operations -

Limited operations began this month at the new Volvo parts distribution center in Marshall County, Miss.

The 1 million-square-foot distribution center supports the company’s Mack, Volvo and UD Trucks brands, as well as Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta.

85. Former Tigers Assistant Coach Joins Grizz Operations -

The Memphis Grizzlies have added Glynn Cyprien as a basketball operations assistant and scout. Cyprien returns to the city of Memphis, where he helped guide the University of Memphis to 49 victories and consecutive postseason tournament appearances in two seasons (2009-11) as an assistant coach under Josh Pastner. The Tigers went 25-10 during the 2010-11 season, winning the Conference USA Tournament Championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

86. Former Tigers Assistant Coach Joins Grizz Operations -

The Memphis Grizzlies have added Glynn Cyprien as a basketball operations assistant and scout. Cyprien returns to the city of Memphis, where he helped guide the University of Memphis to 49 victories and consecutive postseason tournament appearances in two seasons (2009-11) as an assistant coach under Josh Pastner. The Tigers went 25-10 during the 2010-11 season, winning the Conference USA Tournament Championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

87. Volvo Parts Center Begins Operations -

Limited operations began this month at the new Volvo parts distribution center in Marshall County, Miss.

The 1 million-square-foot distribution center supports the company’s Mack, Volvo and UD Trucks brands, as well as Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta.

88. New Tech Imperatives for CEOs -

It’s no secret that in today’s economy, small- and medium-sized businesses must constantly reinvent themselves in order to maintain relevancy in their marketplace.

Perhaps lesser known is that technology has helped these businesses be more competitive, especially with keeping an eye on how revenue and expenses are impacting the bottom line, order tracking and customer service.

89. Footwear Operation Bringing Jobs to Morristown -

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say a tactical footwear manufacturer locating in Hamblen County is expected to create close to 200 jobs.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced this week that Original Footwear will invest $10 million in a new manufacturing operation in Morristown that will employ 182 people.

90. Real Estate Rally -

Commercial real estate can offer insight into the strength of the local economy. Through the office, retail, industrial and apartment developments that mark the region the economy at work in the real world can be seen.

91. Grizzlies’ Most Pressing Issue: Gasol’s Future -

Our apologies for even addressing this depressing topic before the season starts, but realities are realities.

Without going too deep into the NBA’s thick contract rules and regulations, the short story is this: The Grizzlies and center Marc Gasol could agree to a contract extension around mid-December, but Gasol stands to make far more money if he becomes a free agent at season’s end. This is true even if he signs a new deal with the Grizzlies and doesn’t jump to another team or bigger market.

92. Schools Leaders Move Toward Cooperation -

As the Achievement School District weighs a short list of a dozen low-performing Memphis schools for the state-run school district in the next school year, Shelby County Schools officials are involved in the selection process far more than they have been in past years.

93. Sergeant’s Pet Care Closing Memphis Operations -

Sergeant's Pet Care Products will close its Memphis distribution facility and shift those operations to Omaha, Neb., according to press reports.

Sergeant’s will shift around 60 jobs from Memphis to a 350,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center under construction now in the Omaha area, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

94. Memphis Multifamily Sector on Firm Ground -

It was 2008 and Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg had just acquired a swath of property inside Boyle Investment Co.’s master planned Schilling Farms community in Collierville for a new multifamily development.

95. Pera: Development, Re-Signing Gasol Keys to Success -

Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera introduced new additions to the team’s front office during a press conference Friday, Aug. 1, at FedExForum, and took questions from reporters. But mainly he delivered the message that the franchise’s path to contending for a championship will come through player development and not free agency.

96. Grizz Retain Wallace, Hire Stefanski -

The Memphis Grizzlies are bringing in NBA executive Ed Stefanski for a key front office position, according to a Yahoo Sports report, and also have announced that Chris Wallace will remain as general manager and has signed a long-term contract extension.

97. Grizz Retain Wallace, Hire Stefanski -

The Memphis Grizzlies are bringing in NBA executive Ed Stefanski for a key front office position, according to a Yahoo Sports report, and also have announced that Chris Wallace will remain as general manager and has signed a long-term contract extension.

98. Grizzlies Promote Wexler to Business Operations President -

The Memphis Grizzlies have promoted Jason Wexler to president of business operations of the team and FedExForum.

The new position gives Wexler primary leadership responsibility for all aspects of the business, including ticket sales and service, arena operations, corporate partnerships, marketing communications and broadcast, community investment and general operations.

99. Uber, Lyft Operating Despite Cease-and-Desist Notices -

Uber and Lyft continued to shuttle customers back and forth early this week, undaunted by the city’s decision last week to send the companies cease-and-desist letters.

A representative from Uber said the company had not received any notice from the city by Tuesday, July 15, and indicated the company has no intention of putting the brakes on the app-based service.

100. Houtz to Lead Tigers’ Ticket Operations -

Derek Houtz has been named the assistant athletic director for ticket operations and sales at the University of Memphis. Houtz’s responsibilities expanded during more than five years working in the athletic ticket office at the University of Southern Mississippi