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1. Metropolitan CEO Explains Renasant Merger -

Not many people were racing to start up banks in 2008, with the underpinnings of the financial system teetering. One of the few who did was Curt Gabardi, a former Regions Bank executive who envisioned a bank that would focus primarily on commercial and private banking clients.

2. Federal Reserve Sees Growth Pickup at End of Last Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew a bit faster at the end of last year, spurred by healthier sales for manufacturers and steady hiring that is slowly pushing up wages.

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that its survey of economic conditions around the country found that growth was modest or moderate in 10 of its 12 districts. That is an improvement from seven in the previous report. Growth was slight in the Cleveland district and largely unchanged in New York.

3. View From the Hill: Cooperatives Ready to Fill Broadband Void -

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

4. U of M Adds Master Of Social Work At Lambuth -

The Department of Social Work at the University of Memphis will add the Master of Social Work (MSW) program to the U of M Lambuth campus beginning next fall. The new program will both address the need for the curriculum at the Jackson, Tennessee, campus and to better meet the demand for graduate-level social workers in the region.

5. Honda Adds 772,000 US Vehicles to Ongoing Air Bag Recall -

TOKYO (AP) – Honda Motor Co. is recalling 772,000 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. for defective front passenger seat air bag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.

6. Parents, Save Up: Cost of Raising a Child is More Than $233K -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Better put plenty of money in your savings account.

The Department of Agriculture says the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or as much as almost $14,000 annually. That's the average for a middle-income couple with two children. It's a bit more expensive in urban parts of the country, and less so in rural areas.

7. First Horizon CEO: 2017 Brings ‘Good Growth Opportunities’ -

A week ahead of his bank’s earnings presentation to analysts – which will close the books on 2016 with a fourth quarter and full-year report – the top executive at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is in an optimistic mood.

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

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

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

9. Consider These Disappearing Destinations -

See places before they disappear. One of the top travel trends for 2017 focuses on experiences that are likely to change in the near future. That includes Cuba, which also was at the top of travel trends for 2016. But destinations experiencing change also includes those brought on by climate change.

10. Memphis Health Care Thrives With Investments, Growth -

Methodist Healthcare made a “great commitment” to Memphis this year. Those are the words of Methodist University Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, who referenced the health care system’s multimillion-dollar investment into its flagship hospital at 1265 Union Ave., part of a master plan that will give the facility a modern overhaul.

11. 2016: Not Too Many Banking Industry Surprises -

When shareholders of First Tennessee Bank’s Memphis-based parent company convened in April at the bank’s Downtown Memphis headquarters for their annual meeting, the whole thing wrapped up in about 10 minutes.

12. Brewer Named President Of Versant Supply Chain -

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

13. MAA Closes Merger With Post Properties -

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

14. MAA Closes Merger With Post Properties -

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

15. Fed Reports Modest Growth Around Nation in New Survey -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve reports that the U.S. economy grew at a modest rate this fall, with solid gains in consumer spending helping offset lingering weakness in exports.

16. US Bank Earnings Up Nearly 13 Percent in Q3 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks' earnings in the July-September period jumped nearly 13 percent from a year earlier as continued growth in lending fueled interest income.

The data issued Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed strength in the banking industry more than eight years after the financial crisis struck. However, the impact of low oil prices on energy companies led banks to continue to post bigger losses on commercial and industrial loans. Some energy companies have struggled to repay loans, causing distress for banks in oil and gas producing regions.

17. Pinnacle Taps New Memphis Area Manager -

Chad Rounder has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a senior vice president, financial adviser and area manager for Pinnacle’s Memphis market.

Rounder brings 11 years of experience to his role. He comes from Iberiabank, where he served as a business banker and branch manager. Previously he was a branch manager for Regions Bank in Collierville.

18. U of M Professor’s Work Featured in Journal -

University of Memphis associate professor of biology Duane McKenna’s work on beetle genomes is featured in the current issue of the journal Genome Biology. An expert on beetle genomics, McKenna is lead author on the featured project involving 68 scientists from around the globe who are working to identify the genomic basis of the insect’s feeding habits and apparent ecological success.

19. U of M Professor’s Work Featured in Genome Biology -

University of Memphis associate professor of biology Duane McKenna’s work on beetle genomes is featured in the current issue of the journal Genome Biology. An expert on beetle genomics, McKenna is lead author on the featured project involving 68 scientists from around the globe who are working to identify the genomic basis of the insect’s feeding habits and apparent ecological success.

20. Health Care Expert: '100 Percent Certainty' Things Will Change -

It’s way too soon to tell. That’s the message Group Benefits LLC has sent to clients in response to phone calls and messages that were pouring in after Donald Trump’s surprise win in the presidential election.

21. Specialized Lending Teams Helping Banks Build Business Relationships -

Standing apart from the competition in banking is not necessarily the simplest thing to do, given that key aspects of the industry – making loans, taking deposits and the like – look so similar from one institution to the next.

22. Expanding Care -

With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, dozens of major retailers – brands from Best Buy to Williams-Sonoma to Brooks Brothers and New York & Co. – as well as the consumers who patronize them will also be turning their attention to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

23. US Approves 2 Types of Genetically Engineered Potatoes -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of two types of potatoes that are genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.

24. Amazon Courts Food Shoppers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon wants you to order your turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce online this Thanksgiving – its latest effort to make its Prime subscription service a central part of food shopping, much the way it's done for other consumer goods.

25. Events -

American Advertising Federation Memphis will meet Thursday, Oct. 27, at 11:30 a.m. at Lafayette’s Music Room, 2119 Madison Ave. Hummingbird Productions founder Bob Farnsworth will discuss “fusic,” or the fusion of film and music. Visit aafmemphis.org for details.

26. Monogram Foods Foundation To Award $250,000 This Year -

The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation will award $250,000 this year to charities focused on children and families in regions of the country where Monogram Foods operates. A total of $75,000 will go to Memphis-based charities.

27. Claims Pushing ACA Marketplace Rates Higher, Some Providers Out -

Memphians with health care insurance through the state’s marketplace exchange or those looking to acquire health care insurance are bracing for rate increases that come on Jan. 1.

Rates for the two remaining insurers with marketplace plans available for the Memphis market next year – Cigna and Humana – are set to increase roughly 45 percent each.

28. US Economy Grew a Bit Faster in September, Fed Says -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth accelerated slightly as summer ended and fall began, supported by modest hiring, an uptick in consumer spending, and steady homebuilding, according to the Federal Reserve.

29. BCBS Bombshell Leaves Insurance Seekers in Bind -

Nashville resident Jennifer Murray is caught in the snare of uncertainty looming over Tennessee health insurance coverage.

Self-employed as a health care consultant, the single 48-year-old bought individual coverage through BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee’s marketplace plans each year since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. The company offered the widest range of physicians, and its insurance was accepted in most places.

30. First TN Bank Focuses On Growth With New Hires -

“Growing the business” is a mantra executives of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company have repeated often in recent weeks.

31. EU, Belgium Seeking Solution to Canada Trade Deal Stalemate -

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Talks to convince a small Belgian region to back and save a wide-ranging trade deal between the 28-nation European Union and Canada could spill over into this week's EU summit of leaders.

32. Last Word: Haslam on Trump, Midtown Apartment Blitz and Beyond Parks -

Trump vs. Clinton or Giants vs. Packers? America Chooses.

While there is so much discussion – and rightfully so – about the unprecedented direction this Presidential campaign as a whole has taken in so many ways, the speed of the conduct of the campaign and news cycle reaction has also become a factor. Many of you are probably reading this at a point in which the reaction to what happened over 90 minutes before 10 p.m. on a Sunday night has already made parts of the debate irrelevant or old news.

33. FDIC Report Presents Latest Local Deposit Snapshot -

For Metropolitan Bank Memphis market CEO Philip May, it’s not a difficult question to answer.

His bank has moved up one place in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s just-released annual report that ranks every bank in the market by their share of customer deposits.

34. Green Renaissance -

As director of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Jen Andrews has been on the front lines of what can fairly be called a green revival in Memphis. And she is amazed at how much change has occurred over the last decade, a rebirth that spans not just across the miles but now seems embedded in the city’s psyche.

35. Council Final Vote on Pot Ordinance Tuesday -

Memphis City Council members take a third and final vote Tuesday, Oct. 4, on an ordinance that would decriminalize possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.

The proposal pits some council members who believe the measure will make the city’s problem with illegal drugs worse against council members who see the ordinance as an important statement about making even larger changes to the local criminal justice system.

36. Events -

UT Health Science Center and its partners will hold a community event aimed at ending domestic violence Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UTHSC Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. “Bridging Troubled Waters, a Community Conversation” will feature a keynote by former Memphis reporter/anchor Dee Griffin, a domestic violence survivor, as well as breakout sessions. Seating is limited; registration encouraged. Visit uthsc.edu/btw or call 901-448-2704.

37. Sales of New Homes Tumbled 7.6 Percent in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new homes retreated in August, one month after surging to the highest level in nearly nine years. Activity fell in all regions of the country except the West.

38. BlueCross Dropping ACA Coverage in Memphis Area -

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is dropping its Affordable Care Act marketplace plan coverage in three major regions of the state, including Memphis, pointing to losses of nearly $500 million on such plans by the end of 2016.

39. Survey: Tenn. Consumer Sentiment Drops Sharply -

Tennessee consumers are feeling much less positive about the economy and want GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to address economic issues, according to the most recent statewide consumer quarterly survey from Middle Tennessee State University.

40. Survey: Tenn. Consumer Sentiment Drops Sharply -

Tennessee consumers are feeling much less positive about the economy and want GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to address economic issues, according to the most recent statewide consumer quarterly survey from Middle Tennessee State University.

41. Pipeline Shutdown in Alabama Could Send Gas Prices Higher -

DALLAS (AP) – Motorists in the Southeast and East could pay more for gasoline in coming days because of the shutdown of a leaking pipeline in Alabama.

Experts say, however, that any spike in service-station prices should only be temporary.

42. Pinnacle Financial Expands Team in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added a few new professionals in Memphis.

Tiffany Burton has joined the bank as a merchant services adviser. She comes most recently from Elavon Merchant Services, where she served as an account executive for Regions Bank and a regional account executive in the Memphis and Germantown areas for First Tennessee Bank.

43. First Horizon Exec Tapped As Chair of Bankers Council -

The American Bankers Association has appointed Bryan Jordan – the chairman, president and CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company First Horizon National Corp. – as chairman of its American Bankers Council for the 2016-2017 membership year.

44. First Horizon Exec Tapped As Chair of Bankers Council -

The American Bankers Association has appointed Bryan Jordan – the chairman, president and CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company First Horizon National Corp. – as chairman of its American Bankers Council for the 2016-2017 membership year.

45. Americans Got Raise Last Year for First Time Since 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans finally got a raise last year after eight years of stagnating incomes.

The typical U.S. household's income rose 5.2 percent in 2015 to $56,516, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. Even with the solid gain, that remains below the median household income of $57,423 in 2007 when the Great Recession began. The median is the point where half of households fall below and half are above.

46. Officials: Power Cord Malfunction Caused Memphis Deadly Fire -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A house fire that killed six children and three adults in Memphis was caused by an electrical malfunction in an air conditioning unit's power cord in the living room, authorities said.

47. Pinnacle Financial Expands Team in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added a few new professionals in Memphis.

Tiffany Burton has joined the bank as a merchant services adviser. She comes most recently from Elavon Merchant Services, where she served as an account executive for Regions Bank and a regional account executive in the Memphis and Germantown areas for First Tennessee Bank.

48. The Fading Accuracy of Political Polling -

Joe Carr says he couldn’t believe the deficit when U.S. Rep. Diane Black trounced him in the August election to recapture Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District seat.

49. Mississippi Casino Revenue Flat in July as Regions Split -

Casino revenue was flat in Mississippi July, as gamblers lost less at Mississippi River casinos but lost more at Gulf Coast gambling halls.

Figures released by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $189.3 million in July, down 0.2 percent from $189.6 million in July 2015.

50. Mississippi Casino Revenue Flat in July as Regions Split -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Casino revenue was flat in Mississippi July, as gamblers lost less at Mississippi River casinos but lost more at Gulf Coast gambling halls.

Figures released by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $189.3 million in July, down 0.2 percent from $189.6 million in July 2015.

51. Mississippi Casino Revenue Flat in July as Regions Split -

Casino revenue was flat in Mississippi July, as gamblers lost less at Mississippi River casinos but lost more at Gulf Coast gambling halls.

Figures released by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $189.3 million in July, down 0.2 percent from $189.6 million in July 2015.

52. Why Does Tennessee Start Its School Year So Dang Early? -

For almost all public school students in Tennessee, the dog days of August aren’t spent at the swimming pool or summer camp, but back at school.

Many Tennesseans remember school days when they returned to class on the first day after Labor Day. But beginning in the 1980s, the average start date has crept from early September to closer to July as districts search for ways to boost academic outcomes, as well as to address educational inequity.

53. Wal-Mart Buying Online Retail Newcomer Jet.com -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is buying fast-growing online retailer Jet.com for $3 billion in cash plus $300 million in stock, scooping up a newcomer that launched a year ago with the intention of challenging online leader Amazon.

54. Crye-Leike Buys Brokerage Office in Oak Ridge, Tenn. -

Crye-Leike Realtors has acquired Linda Brown Realty in Oak Ridge, Tenn., making it the company’s 12th branch office in northeast Tennessee.

55. Crye-Leike Buys Brokerage Office in Oak Ridge, Tenn. -

Crye-Leike Realtors has acquired Linda Brown Realty in Oak Ridge, Tenn., making it the company’s 12th branch office in northeast Tennessee.

56. In a Sign of Broader Ambitions, Facebook Opens Hardware Lab -

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – Facebook built its fortune on the internet, that non-physical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. But deep inside its Silicon Valley headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical goods.

57. JobLINC Fair to Include More Than 100 Employers -

More than 100 hiring companies will attend Memphis Public Library’s JobLINC Career Fair on Thursday, July 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pipkin Building, 940 Early Maxwell Blvd., on Tiger Lane.

58. BBB Names Crowder Director Of Business Development -

Carol Crowder has joined the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South as director of business development, responsible for increasing the number of BBB-accredited businesses and growing revenue throughout the 28 counties that BBB of the Mid-South serves. She also will work with accredited areas to help them take advantage of BBB services to help them promote and grow their businesses. Crowder has more than 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing and operations. She previously served as an associate director for ALSAC/St. Jude. 

59. Casino Revenue Rises in All Regions Across Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Casino revenue continued to grow statewide in Mississippi in June, with gamblers losing more at casinos along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast.

Figures released this week by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $175 million in June, up 1.4 percent from $173 million in June 2015.

60. AB InBev Says It Has US Approval for SABMiller Merger -

NEW YORK (AP) – Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer maker, announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with the Justice Department clearing the way for U.S. approval of its acquisition of SABMiller.

61. Bank Building Set To Become Boutique Hotel -

158 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: June 13, 2016

Buyer: Wessman Holdings

62. UTHSC Names Storgion Chair Of Physician Assistant Studies -

Dr. Stephanie Storgion has been named chair of the department of physician assistant studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Storgion’s appointment comes as the department moves to the College of Medicine from the College of Health Professions, where it started two years ago. 

63. Last Word: The Greensward Deal, Pulpit to Protest Call and Leader Federal's HQ -

There is nothing quite like a deadline to produce results.

I’m not talking about this job, although it is more than a coincidence that the closer a deadline gets the more you start to figure out how to write something.

64. Boutique Hotel Planned For Downtown Bank Building -

The former Leader Federal headquarters will be converted into a boutique hotel.

Wessman Holdings, an out-of-town group, purchased the property at 158 Madison Ave. from 158 Madison LLC for $1.1 million, according to a June 13 warranty deed. The five-floor building was built in 1961 and bears more than 62,000 square feet.

65. Real Magic: The Power of Words -

Editor’s note: Second in a two-part series. In part one, we explored how language and our relationship with words has limited the growth and development of organizations and human capacity. Now, we discover why expanding these things make a positive impact.

66. Fed Beige Book Finds Modest Growth in Most of the US -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the economy and hiring continued to expand modestly across most of the United States from mid-May through June, leaving some firms struggling to find skilled workers.

67. Humane Society Seeks New Leader After Terminating Director’s Contract -

The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County has terminated executive director Andrew Jacuzzi’s contract and retained Amy Howell as consulting interim director.

68. Scramble in the 8th District -

You might call it the calm before the storm. The Aug. 4 election, for which early voting starts July 15, is calmer than usual for the election cycle before a November presidential general election – the only election that more than half of Shelby County voters regularly show up for.

69. Symbols of War Keep Dragging Us Down -

More than 150 years ago, we fought our nation’s most bloody war, a conflagration that claimed 620,000 lives, almost as many as were killed in all other American war efforts combined.

Despite the horror of it all, we just can’t seem to learn a lesson, possibly because of Southern hardheadedness, and a century and a half later, we seem doomed to an eternal task: pushing Sisyphus’ rock to the top of a hill only to have it chase us back to the bottom.

70. US New-Home Sales Tumbled in May After a Surge in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans pulled back from buying new homes in May, reversing strong gains made in April as sales fell sharply in the Northeast and West.

New-home sales declined 6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 551,000 from a downwardly revised 586,000 in April, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Still, sales are 6.4 percent higher year-to-date. Job growth and ultra-low mortgage rates have helped drive the increase, though the data can be volatile from month to month and across regions.

71. 8th District Republican Contenders Highlight Differences -

Most of the 13 contenders in the August Republican primary in the 8th Congressional District agree on a lot. They think the country is going in the wrong direction. They believe the policies of a Democratic president are a factor in that, and they support Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

72. New For-Profit Medical Schools Springing Up Across US -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – For-profit medical schools are starting to pop up around the country, promising to create new family doctors for underserved rural regions.

Rural states like Idaho need more general practitioners, with the baby boom generation aging and expanded insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act making health care more accessible. But critics of the new schools question whether companies can properly train the nation's next crop of doctors.

73. Events -

West Tennessee Home Builders Association will bring back the Mid-South Parade of Homes on select days from Friday, June 10, through June 26. Twenty-two homes across the Mid-South will be showcased. Tickets are free at Siano Appliance Distributors and Regions Bank locations, Visit midsouthparade.com.

74. Events -

West Tennessee Home Builders Association will bring back the Mid-South Parade of Homes on select days from Friday, June 10, through June 26. Twenty-two homes across the Mid-South will be showcased. Tickets are free at Siano Appliance Distributors and Regions Bank locations, Visit midsouthparade.com.

75. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, June 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

76. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host “The Manly Edition” food truck garden party on Wednesday, June 8, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Treat Dad to live music, lawn games and “manly man equipment” on display. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers and includes one drink; tickets will be available at the gate. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

77. Fed Survey Finds Modest Growth in Many Regions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy grew at a modest pace in much of the country from April to mid-May, despite headwinds ranging from slower consumer spending to ongoing weakness in the manufacturing and the energy sectors.

78. Microsoft Opens Wallet to Extend Internet in Remote Areas -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft has joined other tech giants working to deliver the Internet in remote parts of the world, although it's taking a smaller-scale approach than some of its rivals.

79. Memphis Economist: 'I Don’t Believe in National Economies Anymore' -

The day after Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd met with officials in Shanghai as part of an economic development trip to Asia, Michael Drury shared with an audience of business professionals his idea about national economies.

80. Tennessee Leads the Nation in Bankruptcies -

Tennessee has a model program for financial literacy in its public schools. All high school students must pass a personal finance course to graduate, and even kindergartners are learning about money under a new initiative to extend the curriculum to primary school.

81. RegionSmart Details How to Prevent Erosion of Talent, Population -

During his three terms as mayor of Pittsburgh, Tom Murphy had to assume a great deal of risk in transforming the city’s economy from an industrial to an entrepreneurial base.

82. Memphis Banking Market Finding Renewed Equilibrium -

It took about 10 minutes for First Tennessee Bank’s parent company to wrap up its annual meeting of shareholders this week.

83. BancorpSouth Adds Universal Banker Model at New Memphis Branch -

When new bank branches are built and opened in Memphis, they increasingly resemble not the traditional branches of yesterday, but something new.

Case in point is BancorpSouth’s new branch at 40 N. Pauline, serving Downtown and Midtown, which opened a few weeks ago. The model it’s built around is the buzzy “universal banker” trend that’s now popular around the city and beyond.

84. Canadian Pacific Says Railroads Will Need Mergers in Future -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The CEO of Canadian Pacific still thinks railroad mergers are needed if the industry is to handle more freight, even after the company's bid for Norfolk Southern crumbled under stiff resistance.

85. Mid-South Mayors Don’t See Barriers In Regionalism -

It took the Mississippi River’s devastating flood in 2011 for Mid-South leaders to consider greater collaboration among the area’s 10 counties and three states.

Mid-South mayors came together to plot their way out of disaster, and that convening set the stage for a formal alliance, the Mid-South Mayors’ Council.

86. Omni Charter School Buys Permanent Home -

3385 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, TN 38128

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: Feb. 26, 2016

87. Southwind Home Values Up 5 Percent in 2015 -

Southwind-Windyke B, one of the areas most recently annexed by the city of Memphis, figured prominently in the Tennessee Legislature’s recent consideration of a bill to allow de-annexation by referendum.

88. Omni Prep Academy Buys New Location -

Omni Prep Academy has purchased the Raleigh Presbyterian Church across from the Raleigh Springs Mall.

In a February 26 warranty deed, JTP Ventures LLC and SLS Ventures LLC sold the property to Omni Schools, Inc. The 39,312-square-foot building at 3385 Austin Peay Highway went for $1.3 million.

89. Omni Prep Academy Buys New Location -

Omni Prep Academy has purchased the Raleigh Presbyterian Church across from the Raleigh Springs Mall.

In a February 26 warranty deed, JTP Ventures LLC and SLS Ventures LLC sold the property to Omni Schools, Inc. The 39,312-square-foot building at 3385 Austin Peay Highway went for $1.3 million.

90. Federal Officials Monitoring Sewage Spill in Memphis’ Cypress Creek -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A broken sewage line is dumping up to 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee, and federal environmental officials said Friday they are monitoring the situation.

91. Federal Officials Monitoring Sewage Spill in Memphis’ Cypress Creek -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A broken sewage line is dumping up to 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee, and federal environmental officials said Friday they are monitoring the situation.

92. Events -

Mid-South Association for Financial Professionals will meet Thursday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave. Rene Bustamante, staff VP and assistant treasurer of global cash management for FedEx Corp., will present “How to Become a Strategic Treasurer Organization.” Register at midsouthafp.org.

93. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on government contracting Thursday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center will teach small-business owners how to successfully compete for government contracts. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

94. Events -

Rhodes College will host Tanisha C. Ford of the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a lecture titled “This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Civil Rights Movement: A New Perspective on the Style Politics of the 1960s” Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Free and open to the public. Direct inquiries to Charles McKinney at mckinneyc@rhodes.edu or 901-843-3525.

95. Events -

Livable Memphis will unveil its “Citizens Guide for Improving Your Park” during its monthly Pizza With Planners meeting on Monday, March 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memphis Leadership Foundation, 1548 Poplar Ave. Copies of the guide will be available for attendees; an online version is slated for later release. Learn more and RSVP at livablememphis.org.

96. Last Word: Weekend on the Greensward, Huey's Graffiti Wall and Look Out Lynchburg -

The first weekend since the Memphis City Council vote on the Overton Park Greensward was an eventful one on the greensward.

Here is our dispatch from Saturday.
The overflow zoo parking took up more of the greensward on Sunday afternoon.
As we reported, there were some sporadic attempts at sit-ins but no arrests. The cars were directed to park around the protesters in those cases.
The effort to get zoo visitors to park on street in the neighborhood west of the zoo picked up some steam over the weekend as well.

97. Regions Brings New Format, Technology to New Branches -

When Regions Bank holds the grand opening for its new Downtown branch at 88 Union Ave. on March 17, one of the things on display will be a vision of what Regions sees as the future of banking.

98. Fed Survey Finds Weaker Exports Hurting Manufacturers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy was expanding in most of the country in January and February, helped by gains in consumer spending and home sales. But there were also rising headwinds from falling oil prices and a strong dollar that held back some sectors, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

99. Former Louisville Mayor To Keynote RegionSmart -

A council of mayors from the Memphis region will hold a summit in Memphis April 28 that will include the White House director of intergovernmental affairs, who also is a five-term mayor of Louisville, Ky.

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed Monday to press on with his 3-year-old effort to bring the developing world online, even after Indian regulators banned one of the pillars of the campaign.