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1. Last Word: EW&F, Midtown Rent Rise and A Closer Look At The Pyramid Deal -

One seemingly ordinary winter’s night in Downtown Memphis, I was going from event to event focused on work – specifically trying to stay on a schedule in which several things I wanted to cover were happening at the same time.
That is usually when you miss the experience that is Memphis on an everyday but definitely not ordinary basis.
So I get in a parking garage elevator and on the next floor David Porter – of Stax Records fame – gets on and he introduces me to his friend, Maurice White – the founder of Earth Wind and Fire. They too are trying to be in several places at the same time.
As they went their way and I went mine, I remember thinking this is quite a special place.
The encounter slowed my stride a bit and took some of the edge off the schedule – noticing for the first time how many people were out on a winter’s night in our city having nothing but a good time made better by all of us going our different ways.
White, who was from Memphis, died Thursday with his band’s music stronger and more relevant than ever.
If you grew up listening to EWF when the songs were new, you know that the bright and funky sound and the positive, affirming, and diverse identity of this music was quite intentional at a time when there was plenty going on that could have pushed it the other way.
If your parents or grandparents grew up listening to EWF, this music is a part of your family’s tradition that calls to mind special occasions and even your own mild surprise the first time you found yourself dancing to it with your children.
And if your folks’ vinyl record collection from back in the day included Earth Wind and Fire, that was one of the ones you listened to when they weren’t around and one of the ones you took with you when you got a place of your own.

2. For Whom Do You Create New Products? -

According to AcuPoll more than 95 percent of new products fail each year. This harrowing statistic should sound an alarm, one that says, the way we approach the conceptualization and launch of new products does not work

3. Hinds Joins Martin Tate Law Firm -

Rebecca Hinds has joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston P.C. as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation section. In this role, Hinds represents clients in civil and commercial litigation matters, including business law, transportation liability, construction disputes, breach-of-contract matters and employment law. She also helps commercial clients obtain tax incentives and advises individuals and businesses in the drafting and negotiation of contracts. 

4. Zoo Distances Self From Overton Park Traffic Study -

Unusually warm temperatures over the weekend brought out more visitors to Overton Park and the Memphis Zoo, offering a preview of what the spring could be like on the greensward.

Overflow zoo parking on the grass mixed with pedestrian park patrons beyond the border of orange cones the zoo uses to mark off the parking.

5. Ultrasound Studio to Open in East Memphis -

Hearing a baby’s heartbeat and seeing the child’s form for the first time can be one of the most anticipated and emotional moments for would-be parents during the course of a pregnancy.

6. Things to Consider Before You Invest -

Ray’s Take The great recession of 2007-2009 and its associated bear market seem like a long time ago. The relatively small setback of 2015 seems very tame in the context of the gains since March of 2009. This is a good time to take a few steps back and review investment goals and expectations.

7. Bendy Brewski: Yoga Offered to Memphians in Unconventional Spaces -

The unusual venture former Memphian Beth Cosi launched in Charleston back in 2011 – pairing yoga and beer, with classes held in local breweries – might at first sound like a cheap trick to convince people who’ve never hit the mat before to give it a try.

8. Le Bonheur CEO Talks Big Development Projects on Tap -

It’s something of an understatement to say that Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has big plans for 2016 and beyond.

Walking through several of the big-budget development projects on tap for the hospital over the short and long term, Le Bonheur president and CEO Meri Armour describes this as a consequential moment for the 2,300-employee health care organization. Expansions of service, facilities, treatment and more are all on the way for a hospital built around the fact that inside the 100 mile-radius around Memphis, according to Armour, there are about 1.6 million children.

9. Pearl Jam, Dead & Company, LCD Soundsystem to Play Bonnaroo -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pearl Jam, Dead & Company and LCD Soundsystem will headline the 2016 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June in Manchester, Tennessee.

The four-day festival revealed its musical lineup for its 15th year on TBS' "Conan" on Tuesday night, which also includes J. Cole, Ellie Goulding, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Miguel and Chris Stapleton.

10. The Week Ahead: Jan. 18, 2016 -

How was your weekend Memphis? Here are some local events to keep on your radar this week, from a full slate of MLK activities to a David Bowie tribute to a Marco Rubio fundraiser…

11. Blowing The Whistle -

WE HEAR WHAT WE WANT. I have an old white dog. She’s like a lot of old white dogs. She has a lot wrong with her, aches and pains here and there, problems internal and external, sagging everywhere.
She spends a lot of time napping in front of the TV, snoring while she’s at it, talking to herself and dreaming about what used to be, having nightmares about what she imagines is coming.

12. Book Looks at Sam Phillips' Career, Early Days in Alabama -

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — The legacy of Sam Phillips is inextricably tied to Memphis, Tennessee, and his Sun Records and studio. But Phillips' Alabama hometown holds the key to understanding the man who gave the world rock 'n' roll.

13. Last Word: Legislature's Return, Uber Pilot, Minivan Comeback and Bowie's Exit -

The gavel falls in Nashville.
The Tennessee legislature is back in session Tuesday. This is an election year session for the legislature. So it will be short – likely an early April adjournment. But that doesn’t mean the session is without expectations from outside Nashville.

14. Last Word: Council Round-Up, One Beale's Third Tower and the Battle Over the ASD -

On a clear day, the song goes, you can see forever.
In Memphis though, it seems that no two politicians will see exactly the same thing or have precisely the same opinion.
On a somewhat sunny but not necessarily clear Tuesday in our fair city there was a lot to see.

15. Memphis Legislators Sound Off On State-Run School District -

Armed with a Vanderbilt University study showing Shelby County schools that were taken over by the state’s Achievement School District are showing little to no improvement, Memphis legislators are nearly ready to kill the experiment.

16. Building Consensus And Reaching Agreement -

This is the second in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success.

Agreement is the cornerstone upon which a healthy nonprofit is built. Without agreement amongst an organization’s leadership it is almost impossible to sustain successful fundraising.

17. Under Pressure -

The Urban Child Institute’s research produces data. That data provides guidance for making decisions about how to best help Memphis children age 3 and younger. And The Urban Child Institute’s assets, around $150 million in 2013, offer a means to that end.

18. Halford Loudspeakers Specializes in Music Quality -

At Halford Loudspeakers, customers aren’t getting the latest brand of headphones or earbuds. Sure, those products serve a purpose for listening to music.

But when it comes to the pure sound of music, Halford Loudspeakers brings an extra level to the experience. This Cooper-Young shop is where David Halford repairs speakers, sells turntables and other equipment in a hi-fi showroom, and builds his own brand of high-quality speakers.

19. New Vols Coach Ready to Rebuild -

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes isn’t complaining about the shortcomings of his basketball team.

20. Last Word: Tennessee Brewery Changes, Taylor Berger Emerges and Food Hall Mania -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

21. Departing City Council Members Remembered at Last Session -

Before the Memphis City Council’s final session of 2015 on Tuesday, Dec. 15, the 13 council members got around to something they should have done four years ago: take a group picture in the Hall of Mayors at City Hall.

22. ‘Stomp’ Coming Back To Orpheum in February -

“Stomp” is coming back to the Orpheum in February, the venue announced this week.

The international percussion sensation returns Feb. 20 for two performances.

The show’s performers use a combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy that results in a journey through sound. The show uses things like dustbins, tea chests, boots, hub caps – everything but conventional percussion instruments.

23. Grizzlies Plan Gospel Night, Faith & Family Night -

Memphis Grizzlies fans who purchase tickets to the Grizzlies matchups on either Feb. 19 or April 1 will also get a postgame concert as part of the Grizzlies’ annual Gospel Night and Faith & Family Night, respectively.

24. Grizzlies Plan Gospel Night, Faith & Family Night -

Memphis Grizzlies fans who purchase tickets to the Grizzlies matchups on either Feb. 19 or April 1 will also get a postgame concert as part of the Grizzlies’ annual Gospel Night and Faith & Family Night, respectively.

25. ‘Stomp’ Coming Back To Orpheum in February -

“Stomp” is coming back to the Orpheum in February, the venue announced this week.

The international percussion sensation returns Feb. 20 for two performances.

The show’s performers use a combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy that results in a journey through sound. The show uses things like dustbins, tea chests, boots, hub caps – everything but conventional percussion instruments.

26. Levitt Shell Adds $4M In Renovations -

It was a perfect day for sledding in the bowl of the Levitt Shell once the crushed ice was tossed down the slope by a droning spreader.

The boundary by the shell stage was a bit closer than normal as construction crews have already begun preliminary work for the $4 million in renovations and new facilities the Levitt Shell Foundation announced Sunday, Dec. 6. The group already has raised $2 million toward the project.

27. Levitt Shell Modernizes With $4M In Renovations and Additions -

The Levitt Shell will add new sound and light systems and load-in area as well as a gathering place for food and concessions from two adapted trolley cars and have four permanent hilltop spaces with wooden decks for private parties.

28. Turbett Joins First Horizon as CRA Officer -

Keith D. Turbett has joined First Horizon National Corp., parent company of First Tennessee Bank, as corporate Community Reinvestment Act officer and community development manager. In that role, Turbett ensures First Tennessee is making credit and financial products available in all parts of the community, consistent with safe and sound banking practices.

29. Fitch Affirms AA Rating On MLGW Bonds -

The New York bond rating agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed its AA+ rating of $460.2 million in electric utility revenue bonds issued by the city of Memphis for Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division.

30. Fitch Affirms AA+ Rating on MLGW Bonds -

The New York bond rating agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed its AA+ rating of $460.2 million in electric utility revenue bonds issued by the city of Memphis for Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division.

31. A Look at the Hot Toys for Holiday 2015 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Which toys will warm the hearts of parents and kids for the holiday 2015 shopping season?

Holiday toys hit the shelves in recent weeks. And so far, just as in the past few years, there's no single hot toy emerging. But anything "Star Wars," life-like robotic pets and remote controlled toys should drive sales.

32. Memphis Guitar Spa Carves Unique Place in City -

In a city known for music and a hard-working, gritty vibe, Memphis Guitar Spa in the heart of the Broad Avenue Arts District personifies that attitude.

Owner Kevin Ferner opened the business in 2013 at 2561 Broad, where he and partner Hans Hilboldt are luthiers, specializing in guitar repairs, custom builds and custom finishes. The shop’s repair and restoration department handles everything from broken tops to finish work and broken necks. While there are other technicians in town, Ferner said Memphis Guitar Spa is a rarity in that it also provides complete reconstruction of acoustic and electric guitars, including working on finished instruments.

33. Mid-South Lions Receive $25K for Vision Program -

Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service Inc.’s Vision for Tennesseans program is getting a boost from the Walmart Foundation.

34. Winmark to Bring New Resale Stores to Memphis -

The big sister store of Plato’s Closet is looking to come to Memphis, and new-to-market sports and music equipment resale concepts also are on the way.

Parent company Winmark Corp.’s presence in Memphis has steadily grown since 2008, when it opened Once Upon a Child and Plato’s Closet stores in Cordova. Presently, two franchisees operate seven stores across those two brands.

35. Mid-South Lions Receive $25K for Vision Program -

Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service Inc.’s Vision for Tennesseans program is getting a boost from the Walmart Foundation.

36. Toys Have Best Year in a Decade -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys are staging a comeback.

The U.S. toy industry is expected to have its strongest year in at least a decade after several years of kids choosing videogames and mobile apps over Barbie and stuffed bears.

37. ‘Musical Mob’ Explained, Readers Invited to Showcase -

For a couple more months the I Swear Crossword and this column will have something in common. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, the connection between the two will be lost.

The good news is that both will still be around, thanks to the dozens, maybe one dozen, of you who expressed your sentiments on that topic. I’m much appreciative for the votes of confidence.

38. Tennessee Pewter Keeps Rare Art Alive -

Kathleen Armour Walker’s heart might’ve dropped to the floor when she saw Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards drop her artwork.

39. ESPN Announces Layoff -

With the NBA basketball season just starting up, ESPN has made an announcement that may seem quite shocking. They are planning to lay off 300 employees, or 4 percent of their 8,000-person workforce. Given that ESPN is a worldwide authority in sports, this news seems a bit jarring at first.

40. Grammy Museum to Celebrate Mississippi's Musical Talent -

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — With a history of producing music legends such as Elvis Presley and B.B. King, it's no surprise that Mississippi is the home of the first Grammy museum outside of California.

41. Archer Malmo Continues Growth in Memphis, Austin -

Archer Malmo has announced eight recent new hires in its Memphis office and seven in its recently acquired office in Austin, Texas.

The agency now employs 185 people.

New hires in Memphis, in alphabetical order, include:

42. Memphis Cab Company Holds On Against Newer Upstarts -

Competition and the presence of new upstarts shaking up the status quo are par for the course when it comes to running a business over the long term.

Then there’s the situation that faces Ham Smythe IV, president of Premier Transportation Services, Yellow Cab, Checker Cab and Ride the Roo in Memphis.

43. Archer Malmo Continues Growth in Memphis, Austin -

Archer Malmo has announced eight recent new hires in its Memphis office and seven in its recently acquired office in Austin, Texas.

The agency now employs 185 people.

New hires in Memphis, in alphabetical order, include:

44. Bring It Food Hub Looks To Expand Reach and Participants -

Operating adjacent to Trolley Stop Market, at 694 Madison Ave., a food-focused nonprofit has just kicked off the fall season of its work connecting Memphians to healthy food from local farms.

45. Metro Nashville’s Local-Hire Rule Gets Battered On Many Fronts -

The ink wasn’t dry on standards for Metro Nashville’s local-hire charter amendment when new Mayor Megan Barry put the measure on hold – despite sizable support in the August election.

46. Fred Smith: Expect More M&A -

FedEx Corp. president and CEO Fred Smith made a rare public appearance Wednesday, Oct. 7, to talk about the global trading economy and the future of the logistics industry.

47. Getting the Most Out of Videoconferences -

Many of the companies I work with have some percentage of staff working remotely. One study from Telework Research Network estimates one in five Americans work from home, and the trend is expected to increase exponentially year over year.

48. Cohen Raises Questions About Fairness of Hiring Practices -

The last time you applied for a job, you probably assumed your application and resume were the only things your future employer used to make a decision about whether or not to hire you. Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have been working on a project that may change your mind on this idea.

49. Mid-South Farm Tourism Harvests Big Autumn Business -

Deciding to start a business that is focused on carving paths through a field of corn might not seem like a sound post-college plan.

But Justin Taylor and friend Chris Taylor weren’t thinking long term when they started what is today known as the Mid-South Maze at Agricenter International. It was 2001, and the pair had a friend who owned land in Arkansas, a few miles outside of Downtown Memphis. That April, at the last moment possible to plant and be ready for a corn maze that fall, the two took the plunge just to see what would happen.

50. Interview With Fundraising Guru Lisa Hoffman -

Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part series. If you are lucky, you are fortunate to know people who are “the real deal.” That is Lisa Hoffman. She is an experienced and talented fundraiser and coach. A woman who is both gentle and firm in her guidance, her goal is to help you reach your fundraising goals.

51. More Music Festivals on the Way in Memphis -

Memphis continues to be filled with the sound of music – specifically, music festivals – with a handful on the docket in coming weeks that will fill stages Downtown as well as the Levitt Shell and elsewhere.

52. Carolyn Hardy: Productivity Increase Brings Higher Wages -

Carolyn Hardy is familiar with the local debate about $10 an hour jobs pursued in economic development campaigns.

53. Tough Questions for Life Insurance Awareness Month -

Each September, Life Happens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping educate Americans about the need for financial security, helps more than 100 insurance carriers and hundreds of thousands of agents and advisers spread the word about why Americans need to make life insurance a key part of any sound financial plan.

54. 6 Ways to Gauge If Your Business is Built to Last -

Perhaps Benjamin Franklin summarized a major business challenge best: “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

55. Orpheum's Halloran Centre Gives Home to Arts Education -

When the Orpheum Theatre reopened in 1984 it signaled a new life for the city’s performing arts community.

Now, the adjacent two-story, 39,000-square-foot Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education presents new possibilities for advancing theater in the Memphis area.

56. Shifting Memphis Media Market, Like Every Other, In Flux -

Lauren Lee never picks up a newspaper. Which isn’t much of a surprise because she’s 33 years old, works in marketing, and has the technological savvy and finger dexterity to operate a smartphone.

57. Investing in a Low-Return Environment -

Ray’s take: In these days of lower returns on investments, the markets and interest rates in particular haven’t been providing as much of a helping hand as in the past. So, in order to achieve your goals, you may need to do more of the “heavy lifting” yourself. This means reviewing your accounts regularly to determine if you’re saving enough to meet your financial goals.

58. Rocky Top In Nashville: Good For City, Bad For Vols -

I can’t help but get fired up for a college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in front of 150,000 people at Bristol Motor Speedway.

59. Is Chad Kelly Ole Miss’ Long-Term QB Solution? -

OXFORD, Miss. – Like a lot of places around the SEC this summer – Alabama, Georgia, LSU – the preseason conversation here has been all about quarterbacks. Which explains why five days before Ole Miss was to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Tennessee-Martin, junior center Robert Conyers was asked to weigh in on the topic.

60. Trezevant Hires Resident Services Head -

Kimberly O’Donnell has joined Trezevant as director of resident services. In her new position, she will be responsible for managing a variety of programs and functions while serving as liaison to the residential community.

61. Memphis Investment Professionals Preach Caution Amid Market Swings -

The 1,000-point drop at one point Monday, Aug. 24, in the Dow Jones Industrial Average – it ended the day down 588 points to close at an 18-month low – was a result of volatile trading that marked a stomach-churning start to the week for investors.

62. Travel Magic Happens at Sunrise -

Waking up before 8 a.m. never seems like a good idea when I’m home.

But when traveling, especially if it means getting an early start to maximize the day, I’m a fan of early mornings. Sometimes it’s as simple as beating the lines to see Michelangelo’s “David” in Florence. Other times it’s to catch a flight or even a sunrise.

63. Chamber Names SoundCheck Executive Committee -

A new group of executive committee members have been announced for the second year of SoundCheck, the Young Professional Council of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

The new members include chair Trey Carter of OCTI Training; vice chair Anna Cardona of ETFC Architects; Thomas Holmes of NexStar Broadcasting; Schuyler Dalton of Roots Memphis Farm Academy; Frankie Dakin of the New Memphis Institute; Teddy Gorman of Gorham/Schaffler Inc.; and Brittney Rowe of Paragon Bank.

64. Is It Too Late? -

Carole King famously sang, “[I]t’s too late, baby now, it’s too late,/ Though we really did try to make it.” Something in this song created a gluey intangible not-yet-named noun that affixed itself to my soul. When I hear the words “Somethin’ inside has died, and I can’t hide/ And I just can’t fake it,” I feel a shudder throughout my being.

65. Real Deal -

They were tossing around numbers, trying to guess the win total for the 2015 University of Memphis football season.

In the not-too-distant past, the two Highland Hundred members and longtime season-ticket holders might have been able to add their guesses together and still come up short of the six victories needed for their favorite team to be bowl-eligible.

66. Two New Historical Markers Unveiled During Elvis Week -

In what has become an Elvis Week tradition in recent years, the Shelby County Historical Commission will unveil two new markers Tuesday, Aug. 11, related to the life of Elvis Presley and the Memphis music industry.

67. Party in Style at Schermerhorn, Hall of Fame, Other Top Nashville Venues -

When showing off Nashville to business associates, family and friends, doing so at a swanky location with some Music City cache is sure to hammer home exactly why everyone wants to be here right now.

68. Party in Style at Schermerhorn, Hall of Fame, Other Top Nashville Venues -

When showing off Nashville to business associates, family and friends, doing so at a swanky location with some Music City cache is sure to hammer home exactly why everyone wants to be here right now.

69. How to Say Thank You -

One important component to any job search is the art of saying thank you. It may seem cliché, but saying thanks never gets old. Expressing thanks shows your appreciation for others and nurtures your connections for future interactions.

70. Frayser Flexibility -

Steve Lockwood could see the retail row across North Watkins Street from his office at the Frayser Community Development Corp. in the Georgian Hills Shopping Center.

71. New Daisy Renovation Signals New Era for Historic Building -

With a national partner found in Live Nation Entertainment, the New Daisy Theater is getting all dolled up to host nearly 200 musical acts annually.

The job doesn't just call for a new coat of paint to cover the decades of graffiti: the historic theater at 330 Beale is getting a complete overhaul.

72. Merger Creates Opportunities for Nonprofit Communities Unlimited Inc. -

If a small business is seeking a loan, nonprofit Communities Unlimited Inc. will sell the fuel along with a free diagnostic checkup.

73. Germantown Eyes Area South of Poplar for Elementary School -

Germantown leaders are looking for land south of Poplar Avenue in Germantown for a new elementary school for the Germantown Municipal School District.

“South of Poplar we want to have a community school, an elementary school,” Germantown Municipal School District superintendent Jason Manuel said on the WKNO TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

74. New Park, New Affiliation Deliver for Nashville Sounds -

Engagement. Wedding. Honeymoon. That pretty much describes the past year for general manager Garry Arthur and the Class AAA Sounds, who are proudly flashing a sparkling new diamond just north of downtown Nashville.

75. A Baseball Guy -

Bottom of the first inning at AutoZone Park, and Redbirds first baseman Dan Johnson is in the batter’s box. Oklahoma City’s pitcher winds and delivers and Johnson, a left-handed hitter, swings and makes contact. Loud contact.

76. Special Action on Same-Sex Nuptials a Waste of Time -

With Republican lawmakers scrambling for a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling, Tennesseans on both sides of the issue say they are seeking "equality."

Immediately after the court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville said, "Love and equality won. I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled on the right side of history."

77. How to Ask the Tough Questions -

The world’s best salespeople excel at asking engaging questions and actively listening to a prospect’s response without interruption. They master the art of posing high-impact questions that generate insightful responses, which offer a glimpse into a prospect’s decision-making process, competitors also under consideration, the likelihood of purchase, or even the factors that will be weighed most heavily by decision makers.

78. Tackling the Horrific Sounds of Travel -

Click. Click. Claaaack! Click. Click. Bang! The first time those sounds happened I thought it must’ve come from the hallway. But a minute later and more of the clicking.

Maybe it was the parking lot. A mechanical cricket – no, check that – a family of mechanical crickets surely found their way to our windowsill.

79. Timing the Market -

Ray’s take: I once had a client tell me that all she wanted me to do was have her in the market while it went up, and get her out of it before it went down. Sounds great! The only problem is that an honest person can’t do that on a consistent basis.

80. Martin, Wilson Travel Parallel Paths to Success -

Pitmaster Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Chef Tandy Wilson of City House didn’t know one another in early 2007. Yet they’d soon have more than a few things in common.

81. Audio Overkill? Some Question Benefits of 'High-Res' Music -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes.

It's a digital format that packs nearly seven times the data found on CDs, touted as producing crystal-clear sounds with a sharpness that'll blow consumers away. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that's the high end of what's known as "high-resolution" audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music compressed into formats like MP3s or Apple's AAC.

82. Garibaldi's Temptations Club Celebrates its 1980s Run -

Mike Garibaldi is known for his Memphis restaurant chain, Garibaldi's Pizza.

At the original Garibaldi’s, near the University of Memphis, is a picture on the wall of a smiling waitress in her 50s.

83. Predicting Sales & Marketing Plan Returns -

Far too many companies look to past growth as the single best predictor of future growth in setting annual revenue targets with little analysis of the factors driving that past progress, anticipated market shifts over the coming year, and the predictability of the sales and marketing strategies built into their annual plan. It is a goal-setting process with a high likelihood for failure caused by either unrealistically high goals or those which aren’t nearly aggressive enough.

84. Excuses: The Scourge of Fundraising -

How do we stop using excuses as a conversation starter, or icebreaker when starting a meeting?

We all know people who start conversations by making excuses for why they are late, unprepared and haven’t completed what they committed to do. First comes the excuse, then comes a focus on the content of the excuse. A meeting to review fundraising progress can turn into a discussion of traffic, construction, family illnesses, the weather, and before you know it 15 minutes have passed.

85. NTSB: Amtrak Engineer Wasn't Talking, Texting on Cellphone -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The engineer in last month's fatal Amtrak crash wasn't using his cellphone to talk, text or download anything just before the train sped off the tracks, investigators said Wednesday, addressing one big question about what might have caused the accident but only deepening the mystery of what did.

86. AP Analysis: More 'Phony Numbers' in Reports as Stocks Rise -

NEW YORK (AP) – Those record profits that companies are reporting may not be all they're cracked up to be.

As the stock market climbs ever higher, professional investors are warning that companies are presenting misleading versions of their results that ignore a wide variety of normal costs of running a business to make it seem like they're doing better than they really are.

87. The Soul of Memphis -

What if there was one place that could give a meaningful identity to a new generation of Memphians, preserve the sacred story of Memphis’ social and musical history and communicate the city’s soul to the rest of the world?

88. State Employment Policies Not Great for Recruiting -

If job security is your goal, working for the state might not be such a good idea.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration offered a voluntary buyout recently to more than 2,000 state employees, a proposal workers had known about since February.

89. Council Pursues Budget Loose Ends, Votes on Brewery Funding -

Memphis City Council members will vote Tuesday on $2.5 million in city funding for the Tennessee Brewery redevelopment.

The members also have budget changes to work out before final budget votes later this month. They will tackle those issues during a Tuesday morning committee session.

90. Corporate Speak -

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE. Corporate speak – the art of saying very little with a great many words in order that something very little might appear to be very great, or that something very grave might be buried under so many words that there is little chance of digging it out – continues to thrive, its practitioners legion, its impact so significant that since the Supreme Court declared a corporation to be an actual person, corporate speak, is now, officially, the language of actual people.

91. Farewell to the King -

There is a real temptation to sum up the passing of B.B. King by writing that his death marks the end of an era in entertainment.

But that would marginalize, if not belittle, both his talent, his gift and his enormous influence. The world that brought B.B. King to Memphis in the 1940s can’t be found on the road King called home.

92. Do Not Fear What You Should be Afraid Of -

There are factors conspiring in the market’s industrial kitchen right now that might lead to a fit of indigestion for investors. This week we will look at the three main ingredients and discuss how to medicate.

93. What Grads Must Do to Secure Employment -

Career counselors at many Tennessee colleges and universities say interest from corporate recruiters is higher than they’ve seen it in years.

There are more job postings, internship opportunities, pre-employment trainee classes and technology training programs for all skill levels, but if a recent graduate needs help in pursuing a career, schools want the new alums to come back to them.

94. How Deflation Impacts Your Portfolio -

Ray’s take: Last month, we talked about inflation and how it can impact financial planning. This month, we’re taking a look at inflation’s opposite – deflation – and how that can impact your planning.

95. 'King of the Blues' B.B. King Dead at 89 at Home in Vegas -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.

96. IBM Team on Non-Emergency 911 Calls Sounds Familiar Theme in Memphis -

A team of outside experts will come to Memphis for a short period of time to analyze a specific problem and make recommendations to City Hall.

If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. sought the same solution in February to his administration’s stalled plan for a Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation.

97. Orpheum Unveils Summer Movie Lineup -

There’s a little something for everyone on The Orpheum Theatre’s 2015 Summer Music Series Lineup, from Marty McFly to Cher Horowitz.

The Orpheum released its summer schedule for the Orion Federal Credit Union-sponsored series, which runs from June 4 to August 28.

98. Tesla CEO Plugs Into New Market With Home Battery System -

FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) – Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market.

The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants – and he can profit. On Thursday night, before an adoring crowd and a party-like atmosphere, Musk unveiled how he intends to do it.

99. Orpheum Unveils Summer Movie Series Lineup -

There’s a little something for everyone on The Orpheum Theatre’s 2015 Summer Music Series Lineup, from Marty McFly to Cher Horowitz.

The Orpheum released its summer schedule for the Orion Federal Credit Union-sponsored series, which runs from June 4 to August 28.

100. Avondale Partners Expands Into Memphis -

Avondale Partners, a Nashville-based boutique investment banking and wealth management firm, has opened a new office in Germantown with John Santi heading up the location as managing director.

The new office brings to the Mid-South investment banking and equity research focused on the health care, transportation, logistics and business services sectors as well as a fiduciary investment practice for individuals and institutions.