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1. 3 Shelby County Groups Awarded Archival Grants -

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has awarded grants to 29 organizations, including three in Shelby County, to preserve historical records and improve the facilities where those records are stored.

2. Strickland: Police Body Camera Rollout Requires More Personnel -

The rollout of police body cameras will mean hiring more people at the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office, according to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

3. Q&A: U of M’s Dan Pallme Points to Shipping Changes, Challenges in 2016 -

Dan Pallme is heavily involved in the University of Memphis’ logistics industry departments. He runs the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy, a program that consists of technical tours, sessions with industry experts, and overviews of historic and current trends to encourage leadership in Memphis’ primary modes: rail, river, road and runway.
He is also the senior associate director and freight industry liaison for the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the private-sector coordinator for the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. He has worked with air, rail and trucking companies over the past 25 years.

4. Is Your Dream Candidate a Temp? -

Earlier this month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the unemployment rate continues to hold at 5 percent while payroll employment rose by 292,000 in December. Exciting news for our economy, but an indication to hiring managers that challenging times lie ahead.

5. Last Word: Kroger Disses Clarence Saunders, Mud Island Plans and The Australians -

What is old has become new again. And judging by your reaction to Andy Meek’s story on the Kroger plans for online ordering of groceries, what is old has gone viral as well.
Here are the basics:
You order from a list of items and Kroger fills the order and has it waiting for you to pick up.
When you think about the idea of supermarkets, which originated here in Memphis with Piggly Wiggly, it’s enough to make the Piggly Wiggly founder himself, Clarence Saunders, spin in his grave.
Before he came up with the idea of taking store shelves from behind the counter and putting them out there for you to get your own stuff from them, you would tell your grocer what you wanted and he would write it down on a paper bag and get it for you, wrap it up and present it to you.
Saunders changed all of that as you know if you’ve seen the Pink Palace’s child-sized replica of a Piggly Wiggly store from the start of the 20th century.
A century later, no paper bags and you can still walk among the shelves if you wish.
Perhaps this isn’t that extreme. Maybe this is simply a swing of the pendulum, back toward the middle ground.
Saunders tried to push it even further with his Keedoozle stores that followed Piggly Wiggly. In those stores, the items were lined up in what amounted to vending machines with shoppers releasing an item from the vertical row with a key.
Here Saunders went too far. He mashed the bread.

6. Logistics Startup Exec: Amazon Gunning for FedEx -

The number of voices in the technology world convinced that Amazon has stuck a target on the back of FedEx – as well as its larger competitor, UPS – continues to grow.

The latest is Matthew Hertz, director of operations at package shipment startup Shyp. He took to social networking service LinkedIn in recent days to pen a commentary about why Amazon’s emergence as a significant logistics alternative appears to be a matter of when, not if.

7. Last Word: Time and The Greensward, Crosstown High and Race and Sports -

Remember how the schools merger story of about five years ago would change by the hour at times? That story has met its equal in what is becoming the first major challenge of the new Strickland administration at City Hall – the Overton Park Greensward.
So much happened before noon Tuesday on the first day of the short work week that it required waiting for the dust to settle on several fronts.
Here is the latest on a very fluid and volatile situation that could very well change as you are reading this.
Luckily we report at a time when you can change stories on line to keep up with such changes.
Zoos and parks and protests featuring brass bands suggest to a casual observer that this is not very serious as controversies go.
And maybe that was the case about a year and a half ago when a group of high school students decided to block the gravel driveway from the zoo parking lot onto the greensward.
But consider this:
The Memphis Zoo is working toward a March 1 opening of its new exhibit, Zambezi River Hippo Camp, a $22-million attraction that from what we saw just a few months ago will likely draw big crowds to the zoo in the spring.
The zoo was preparing for that starting with the removal of 27 trees from the north end of the greensward.
The best Mayor Jim Strickland could get from both sides – the zoo and Overton Park Conservancy – at his meeting with them Tuesday was a commitment to take his proposal for mediation to their respective boards.
The zoo board has authorized its leaders to file a lawsuit in Chancery Court over the greensward and it’s very likely the zoo would go to court before the March 1 opening because of the crowds on their way.
If the work to come by the zoo in advance of the March 1 opening involves heavy machinery, the reaction is likely to draw a much bigger protest than the ones Memphis Police have so far watched from a distance without making arrests.
As in all pressing political dramas, this controversy has the accelerant of timing.

8. Tennessee Startups Chasing Greater Opportunities -

When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”

The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.

9. Helping Memphis Make the Shift to Startups -

It’s been quite a year! We saw Memphis’ first joint Demo Day with Start Co. and Zeroto510, graduated 18 startups from accelerator programming and hosted several investors and startup enthusiasts from all over the country here for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. However, on a national scale, our startup community still has plenty of work to do.

10. Last Word: El Chapo and Memphis, First Filers for August and Origins in Graffiti -

The Mississippi River at Memphis crested and then it rained.
The weekend rain added about two-tenths of an inch by Saturday to Friday’s crest.
But by Sunday, the river had dropped to 39.12 feet, which is still more than five feet above flood stage.

11. After Criticism, Urban Child Institute Ups its Grant Game -

The Urban Child Institute has approved a 5 percent annual granting strategy that will equate to giving about $8 million to local organizations to support children’s needs.

The announcement comes out of The Urban Child Institute’s Thursday, Jan. 7, board meeting, at which Jill Crocker, a Bank of America executive, was elected chairwoman.

12. FedEx, TNT Merger Nabs Regulatory Approval in Europe -

FedEx Corp. has received the green light to proceed with its $4.8 billion acquisition of Dutch delivery company TNT Express.

13. How To Innovate Like A Startup -

Ann Thompson, The Garage Group; Kristi Zuhlke, Knowledge Hound; Tarrae Schroeder, Kellogg; Kristine Greiwe, LYFT; Luana Nichifor, Proctor & Gamble

 Ann Thompson began the talk about her big company background, at Proctor and Gamble. Then, switched to her life now at a startup. The garage group helps enables corporations to innovate and grow like startups. 

14. Mall of Memphis Property Bought by Trucking Company -

113-Acre Former
Mall of Memphis Site
Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Buyer: TAG Real Estate Holdings LLC
Seller: Memphis Industrial Properties LLC (Johnson Development Associates Inc.)
Loan Amount: $23 million
Loan Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Lender: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC
Details: The 113-acre former Mall of Memphis property has a new owner. TAG Real Estate Holdings, an affiliate of Memphis-based TAG Truck Enterprises LLC, paid $3.9 million, or $34,513 an acre, to buy the property from Johnson Development Associates Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties LLC.

15. Last Word: The River, The New Mayor and Explaining Boll Weevils -

Hello, 2016. What’s your hurry?

First things first – the Mississippi River at our doorstep is above flood stage. But the crest is now predicted to come Friday and will be just over 40 feet – lower than predicted last week.
We will be posting web stories on the forecasts and other announcement from the county’s Office of Preparedness each evening to work with their schedule for summarizing where we are.
Floods are a slower moving cause for concern because we know what is happening upriver from us where the river is narrower. But this is also the Mississippi River, which is the definition of unpredictable.

16. Arkansas Motors Past Kansas State 45-23 in Liberty Bowl -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Just in case this ends up being his last college game, Arkansas' Alex Collins made it one to remember.

17. Amazon Planes May Not be Imminent Threat to FedEx, UPS -

While it relies today on outside vendors like UPS, FedEx and the USPS to deliver customer orders, Amazon has been making moves that signal it wants to increasingly cut out those companies and become something of a package delivery giant in its own right.

18. Grant Program Proving Beneficial To Neighborhood Watch Groups -

With backing from the City of Memphis, local neighborhood associations can receive up to $2,500 to make their neighborhoods safer.

“Responding to criminal offenses and making arrests are part of the efforts to combat crime,” said Lia Roemer, program manager with the Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch department. “The Neighborhood Crime Prevention Fund gives our neighborhoods the opportunity to grow and create crime prevention efforts.”

19. East Memphis Retail Strip Sells for $5.3 Million -

An East Memphis retail center has sold for $5.3 million to an out-of-town group.

Orleans Place Retail Center LLC purchased the property at 1779 Kirby Parkway and 1789 Kirby Parkway from Cohen Orleans Place LLC in a Dec. 28 warranty deed.

20. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

21. East Memphis Retail Strip Sells for $5.3 Million -

An East Memphis retail center has sold for $5.3 million to an out-of-town group.

Orleans Place Retail Center LLC purchased the property at 1779 Kirby Parkway and 1789 Kirby Parkway from Cohen Orleans Place LLC in a Dec. 28 warranty deed.

22. New Year, New You -

Happy New Year! With the holiday season coming to a close, 2016 is upon us. It’s such an exciting time, full of hopes and dreams for the future. One of the first things we often do is create resolutions for the upcoming year.

23. UPS to Power Local Alt-Fuel Fleet With Gas From Landfills -

UPS says it will supply its fleet in Memphis and in Jackson, Miss., with an estimated 15 million diesel gallon gas equivalents of renewable natural gas as part of a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas & Water and Atmos Energy Marketing LLC.

24. Northwestern Defense Tough, But Give Edge to UT -

There’s nothing like spending the Christmas holidays in Florida, and Tennessee’s football team will savor every minute of it for the second consecutive year.

The Vols (8-4) board a flight Saturday morning to Tampa, Fla., where they will spend almost a week before the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Northwestern (10-2).

25. Shipping Mania: Rushing to Deliver Millions of Holiday Gifts -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The humming is constant; a low-pitched drone from 155 miles of conveyer belts racing packages in every direction. Boxes shift from one belt to another and bump into a metal wall. Thud. Thud. Thud. In the background, trucks beep and jet engines roar.

26. UPS to Power Local Alt-Fuel Fleet With Gas From Landfills -

UPS says it will supply its fleet in Memphis and in Jackson, Miss., with an estimated 15 million diesel gallon gas equivalents of renewable natural gas as part of a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas & Water and Atmos Energy Marketing LLC.

27. Rotten to the Core: Titans Fail to Develop Talent -

As the Tennessee Titans sink toward the end of another lackluster season, they head into the off-season with still more holes to fill for 2016.

Some of that, of course, is inevitable with any team as an NFL roster. Even on the best teams can have a 20 percent roster turnover in the off-season due to injuries, free agency and new draft picks coming on board.

28. Strickland Gets Ideas From Transition Groups -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland spent most of Wednesday, Dec. 16, with his transition team ending one phase of his move from the city council to the mayor’s office.

29. From Hospitals to Startups, 2015 a Big Year for Memphis Health Community -

From groundbreaking research to big-dollar grants and awards, startup launches and breakthrough innovations, Memphis’ health care, life sciences and biotech community took some significant leaps forward in 2015.

30. Editorial: Tommy West’s Prophecy and Tigers Football -

As the University of Memphis football team’s Oct. 17 upset of Ole Miss became apparent with time still on the clock, there was a moment from the prophetic past in the ESPN television broadcast.

The producers of the telecast chose that moment to replay an excerpt from Tommy West’s November 2009 farewell to Tigers football after he was fired as head coach.

31. Google Ups Ante, Nearly Coubles Bet on Renewable Energy -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is nearly doubling the amount of renewable energy feeding its massive data centers that enable more than 1 billion people to search for information, watch video clips and communicate virtually anytime they want.

32. Clinton Declaration Signals Attempt to Upset Tennessee’s Presidential Rhythm -

By the time Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton walked on a stage at LeMoyne-Owen College a week ago, her campaign was already emphasizing what it viewed as the central message of the stop.

33. Nashville Groups Ask Haslam to Reconsider Refugee Stance -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Over 125 Nashville businesses, civic organizations and faith groups are asking Gov. Bill Haslam to change his stance on resettling Syrian refugees in Tennessee.

34. Memphis Solid Waste Pick-Up Comes Early This Week -

Memphis residents who normally get their solid waste picked up by city’s Solid Waste Management crews on Wednesdays and Thursdays will instead get an early pickup on Tuesday, Nov. 24, because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

35. North Texas Could Never Upset the Vols, Right? -

No way Tennessee’s football team can lose Saturday’s homecoming game against North Texas, one of the worst teams in college football.

Right?

Tennessee (5-4) was a 40.5-point favorite early in the week coming off a 27-24 victory over South Carolina last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

36. Whisenhunt’s Failed Tenure Now Easier to Understand -

It was only one game, one win, but it was clear in the aftermath Sunday just how much the Tennessee Titans needed the victory they got in overtime against the New Orleans Saints.

After an emotional week highlighted by the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, interim coach Mike Mularkey and the remainder of Whisenhunt’s staff was able to rally the team and find a way to end a six-game losing streak that derailed the 2015 season almost from the start.

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38. US Economy Likely Crawled Last Quarter but Outlook Brightens -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has resembled an especially dizzying roller-coaster ride this year, with a hurtling dive followed by a steep climb leading to yet another slide.

On Thursday, when the government issues its first of three estimates of growth in the July-September quarter, it's expected to show an economy slumping from global weakness and reduced corporate stockpiling — but poised to rise again.

39. Could Amazon Challenge FedEx? -

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but depending on who’s doing the imitating, it could also represent a major threat.

The latter is the storyline that tends to result from technologically savvy enterprises, big and small, muscling their way into FedEx Corp. territory. The latest competitor whose moves are resulting in a crush of “FedEx might have reason to worry” headlines – Amazon, which is pushing to own more of the so-called “last mile” of the package delivery journey and to also become a package delivery giant in its own right.

40. Memphis Groups Sell City in Big Apple -

It’s a special week for Memphis in the Big Apple. Ballet Memphis, the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Memphis Chamber and Choose901 are spending this week in New York City in hopes of putting the Bluff City’s best foot forward to attract visitors and attention.

41. UPS to Return $4 Million in 14-State Settlement Over Pricing -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state and some of its local governments will receive $1.2 million from UPS Inc. as part of a multistate settlement following allegations that the shipping company overcharged government customers in 14 states, including Tennessee.

42. FedEx, TNT Merger Still on Track -

All proper approvals are in place for FedEx Corp. to acquire Dutch delivery company TNT Express NV with the $4.8 billion offer expected to close in the first half of 2016.

43. Health Law Fine on The Uninsured Will More than Double -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact in its new pitch for health law sign-ups.

44. Crackdown: Amazon Sues to Stop Phony Product Reviews -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is stepping up its fight against bogus product reviews on its site, suing more than 1,000 people for allegedly offering to post glowing write-ups for as little as $5 apiece.

45. 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.

46. UPS Lobbies Against FedEx’s TNT Acquisition -

TNT Express shareholders approved FedEx Corp.’s $4.9 billion acquisition of the Dutch delivery company TNT Express N.V., but United Parcel Service Inc. is angling to delay or prevent the takeover.

47. Strickland Upsets Wharton In Memphis Mayor's Race -

Not even close. Mayoral challenger Jim Strickland rolled up a wide margin over incumbent Mayor A C Wharton in the early-vote totals in advance of the Oct. 8 election day count.

And based on that and other election indicators, Wharton conceded the election shortly after 10 p.m. to Strickland after the vote count was long delayed by computer glitches.

48. Groups Want More Memphians to Discover River’s Front Yard -

Once upon a time it was called the “promenade.” In 1828, two years after the city of Memphis was incorporated, the city’s founders and their successors put it in writing.

The statement – signed by the men who owned 5,000 acres where the Wolf and Mississippi rivers meet – read: “In relation to the piece of ground laid off and called the Promenade, said proprietors say that it was their original intention, is now and forever will be that the same should be public ground for use only as the word imports.”

49. Early Voting Numbers Tell Still-Moving Story in Memphis Election -

Before the votes are counted Thursday, Oct. 8, there are some other numbers – which are already being counted – to tell the story of the 2015 Memphis elections.

Close to 15 percent of Memphis voters cast early ballots in advance of Thursday’s election day in the races for Memphis mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court clerk.

50. UPS Lobbies Against FedEx’s TNT Acquisition -

TNT Express shareholders approved FedEx Corp.’s $4.9 billion acquisition of the Dutch delivery company TNT Express N.V., but United Parcel Service Inc. is angling to delay or prevent the takeover.

51. Early Voting Numbers Tell Still-Moving Story -

Before the votes are counted Thursday, Oct. 8, there are some other numbers – which are already being counted – to tell the story of the 2015 Memphis elections.

Close to 15 percent of Memphis voters cast early ballots in advance of Thursday’s election day in the races for Memphis mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court clerk.

52. Third-Party Ads Attacking Wharton, Strickland Surface -

An Alexandria, Va., political action committee is behind an attack ad targeting incumbent A C Wharton in the upcoming Memphis mayor's race.

The Neighborhood Alliance PAC, which formed a month ago, isn’t endorsing any candidate in the Oct. 8 elections, but it has turned out some yard signs and other literature built around the format of a report card that gives Wharton failing grades.

53. Conference Brings Creative Best to Memphis -

Josh Horton loves Memphis, but in 2004 he thought he needed to leave the city to advance his career.

Enjoying his work as a graphic designer was fine, in theory. But he didn’t believe his work stood up to peers across the country.

54. Steve Harvey, Easy Bacon Partner With Monogram -

When Easy Bacon makes its October debut in supermarkets, it will be the latest meat snack venture by Memphis-based Monogram Foods.

Easy Bacon is a partnership between Monogram and HarCal, the company created by comedian and television host Steve Harvey and Montgomery businessman Greg Calhoun.

55. New Deputy Memphis AD Mark Alnutt Has Power Five Aspirations -

Looking back, Mark Alnutt always was an inside guy.

As a kid, this wasn’t by choice. His asthma was so bad that flare-ups would have him spending several days in hospital oxygen tents.

Not until he was in the sixth grade, when inhalers were readily available, did Alnutt get to play little league football.

56. Easy Bacon Partners Steve Harvey With Memphis-Based Monogram Foods -

When Easy Bacon makes its October debut in supermarkets, it will be the latest meat snack venture by Memphis-based Monogram Foods.

Easy Bacon is a partnership between Monogram and HarCal, the company created by comedian and television host Steve Harvey and Montgomery businessman Greg Calhoun.

57. UPS Will Hire Up to 95,000 Holiday Season Workers -

NEW YORK (AP) — UPS said Tuesday it will hire 90,000 to 95,000 employees — about the same as last year — to help handle shipping and deliveries over the holiday season.

The company has struggled to handle a crush of online shipping over the past two years, particularly during the last, frenzied days of the shopping season, when retailers entice people into buying last-minute gifts by offering free shipping. Millions of packages arrived late in 2013 and 2014. UPS said it is better-prepared this year because it is reaching out to more customers, including smaller retailers, to get estimates of how many orders they expect to receive. The company says it is getting more updates on those figures.

58. Don’t View Sunday’s Opener as Mariota vs. Winston -

Don’t think for a minute that the schedule makers at the NFL office didn’t set this one up.

It is more than coincidence that Marcus Mariota opens his professional football career against fellow rookie Jameis Winston when the Titans face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

59. Dognapping Threat Unknown by Witness -

My hand surgeon and my chiropractor should be paying attention to a certain case being tried in the New York Supreme Court. The finger-pointing alone is bound to result in injuries that would require an adjustment, if not an operation.

60. Health Insurance Signups Near 10 Million in Midyear Report -

CHICAGO (AP) — About 9.9 million people have signed up and paid for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, the administration said Tuesday, a slight dip from a previous count but on track toward the administration's year-end goal of 9.1 million.

61. City of Memphis, EPIcenter Get $50,000 for Startups -

When Walter Perry, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee district office, joined other SBA staff in presenting Memphis officials Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a $50,000 Start Small Model prize, the ceremony was more than a perfunctory civic affair.

62. Eating Well -

Hannah and Amy Pickle’s Raw Girls food business is booming, with multiple projects in the works and a surge in demand for their Midtown food truck. But aside from a business boost, the healthy food-loving pair also happily finds themselves now confronted with a groundswell of community support.

63. A Q&A With Wall Street's Top Psychiatrist on Market Turmoil -

NEW YORK (AP) — When it seems like the stock market has lost its mind, big banks and investment firms often turn to one particular psychiatrist: Richard Peterson, CEO of MarketPsych, a firm that applies research from behavioral science to financial markets.

64. ArtsMemphis Offering Grants to Non-Arts Groups -

ArtsMemphis is for the first time offering grants to nonprofits that don’t have a specific arts focus.

The organization is launching Community Engagement Grants, which would provide funding to nonprofits that want to develop arts-based projects.

65. Evolve Creates Java4Jobs to Help Finance Startups -

Evolve Bank & Trust has started a coffee company to provide financing for startups, small businesses and minority- or women-owned businesses.

66. College Football Notebook: Expert Predicts Top Teams, Fuente’s Future in Memphis -

With college football season about to kick off, The Daily News threw a few questions at USA Today’s George Schroeder, national college football writer and a past president of the Football Writers Association of America.

67. Evolve Creates Java4Jobs To Help Finance Startups -

Evolve Bank & Trust has started a coffee company to provide financing for startups, small businesses and minority- or women-owned businesses.

68. Fisher, Other Familiar Faces Return for Preseason Play -

The Tennessee Titans welcome back a familiar face Sunday night when Jeff Fisher rolls back into Nashville as coach of the St. Louis Rams.

69. Pay Raises, Store Spruce-Ups Crimp Wal-Mart's Profit -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart's second-quarter earnings report was a mixed bag: Its investments to overhaul its stores are helping to perk up sales, but they're causing more pain to the bottom line than expected.

70. Discount Tire Opens First Memphis-Area Store -

Discount Tire, the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer, has opened its first Memphis-area store.

The new tire store is located at at 438 Goodman Road in Southaven, near Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto and Interstate 55.

71. Health Law Sign-Ups Keep Growing; Uninsured Rate Declines -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.

72. Discount Tire Opens First Memphis-Area Store -

Discount Tire, the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer, has opened its first Memphis-area store.

The new tire store is located at at 438 Goodman Road in Southaven, near Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto and Interstate 55.

73. $9.5 Million Permit Filed For Downtown Hotel -

310 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $9.5 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015

74. Best Hotel Rooms in Nashville – With or Without Helicopter -

Tod Roadarmel, director of sales and marketing for the nearly 2-year-old Omni Hotel downtown, is awestruck by the vitality of Nashville’s hospitality industry. In town since 1988, he remembers when pre-Bridgestone Arena Broadway was not a place you’d want to be late at night.

75. The Shops of Collierville Sells for $7.4 Million -

Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based Ziff Properties Inc. has acquired The Shops of Collierville for $7.4 million, according to a special warranty deed filed Aug. 3.

76. EU to Probe FedEx Takeover of Rival TNT -

European Union regulators are opening an in-depth probe into whether FedEx’s proposed $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch company TNT Express would strangle competition in the massive market for small package deliveries.

77. The Shops of Collierville Sells for $7.4 Million -

Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based Ziff Properties Inc. has acquired The Shops of Collierville for $7.4 million, according to a special warranty deed filed Aug. 3.

78. EU to Probe FedEx Takeover of Rival TNT -

European Union regulators are opening an in-depth probe into whether FedEx’s proposed $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch company TNT Express would strangle competition in the massive market for small package deliveries.

79. Attorney General: Private Groups Can't Ban Guns in Parks -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney general's opinion says private organizations can't prevent licensed handgun permit holders from taking weapons into events the groups operate at public parks.

80. European Union to Probe FedEx Takeover of TNT -

European Union regulators are opening an in-depth probe into whether FedEx's proposed $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch company TNT Express would strangle competition in the massive market for small package deliveries.

81. Watchdog: Budget Cuts Lead to Poor Taxpayer Service at IRS -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS provided poor customer service during this year's tax filing season as taxpayers struggled with a rise in identity theft and complications related to President Barack Obama's health law, a government watchdog said Wednesday.

82. University of Memphis Athletics Communications Staff Honored -

The University of Memphis athletics communications staff received 12 national awards for its publications and posters for the 2014-15 academic year. That led the nation as the College Sports Information Directors of America announced its final results for its annual publications contests.

83. FedEx Seeks European Approval for TNT Express Acquisition -

European Union regulators should rule on FedEx Corp.’s bid to acquire Dutch logistics firm TNT Express by Aug. 3.

84. Every Year’s Different, and 2015 Belongs to Golden State Warriors -

It went six games, Golden State winning 105-97 in Cleveland to give the Warriors their first NBA championship in 40 years, Andre Iguodala winning the series MVP, and LeBron James saying he didn’t know if this loss hurt more than his three others in the NBA Finals.

85. Tennessee Groups Sue for Tribal Recognition, Seeking $36 Million in Damages -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Leaders of three Tennessee groups stripped of their short-lived recognition as American Indian tribes have filed a federal lawsuit seeking more than $36 million in damages.

86. Stones’ Nashville Connections Go Way Back -

While Brad Paisley lives what he calls “a bucket list item” by singing while playing his guitar in typically showy fashion as the opening act for The Rolling Stones, the most important guitarist in rock ‘n’ roll history and a man idolized by Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood will be sitting in his house on Blueberry Hill in the hills of northern Davidson County.

87. FedEx Boosts Dividend by 25 Percent -

FedEx Corp. is increasing its quarterly dividend by 25 percent as it inches closer to completing a deal that would make it one of the largest international package deliverers in Europe.

88. Cotton Tails, Sachi Stand Out With Customer-Centric Focus -

“I like to hide behind the scenes,” said Miki Brugge, the owner of children’s store Cotton Tails and women’s boutique Sachi. “Emphasis on ‘hide,’ please.”

While Brugge may prefer hiding, her Memphis retail presence certainly isn’t. Cotton Tails and Sachi cover 15,000 square feet, nestled in the northwest corner of upscale Laurelwood Shopping Center. Together the stores employ 22 local workers.

89. Redbirds Cooney Eager for Next Chance With Cardinals -

His fastball does not crackle and pop. Memphis Redbirds lefthander Tim Cooney does not test radar guns with triple-digit readings or even mid-90s readings.

But going into his scheduled start on Sunday, June 7, at Iowa, Cooney was coming off a complete-game shutout over Las Vegas at AutoZone Park in which he had leaned harder on his fastball and the results were again positive.

90. Time to Produce -

MEMPHIS: THE SEQUEL. “People who make movies – people like Francis Ford Coppola and Milos Forman and Sydney Pollack, and our own Craig Brewer and Willy Bearden – and people like me who write and produce TV spots and videos all have something in common. We know just how damn good Memphis looks through a lens, we know how deep the local talent pool is for actors and crew, we know how wide the choice is for great locations.

91. FedEx Still Fighting Drug Conspiracy Charges -

FedEx Corp. may have lost an important motion this week when a federal judge refused to dismiss the U.S. Justice Department’s charge that the Memphis-based delivery giant conspired with illegal online pharmacies to transport prescription drugs.

92. PayPal Facing $25 Million Sanction for Illegal Credit Sign-Ups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators are proposing that PayPal Inc. pay $25 million to resolve allegations that it illegally signed up customers for its online credit product, used misleading advertising and mishandled billing disputes.

93. UPS Settles Complaint It Shortchanged Government Customers -

ATLANTA (AP) – United Parcel Service Co. agreed to pay more than $25 million to settle complaints that it kept false records to hide late deliveries and collect more for overnight packages to government customers.

94. County Budget Committee Wrestles with Deadline, Schools Funding -

The Shelby County Commission’s budget committee chairwoman hopes to present a completed set of budget and tax-rate recommendations to the full commission Wednesday, May 20.

But after a three-hour committee session Monday, other commissioners had doubts about that and a commission decision on schools funding before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

95. Framing a Future -

When a mob of teenagers swept across a parking lot in Poplar Plaza a year ago and set off a difficult civic discussion about crime and race, one of those conversations was in an old fire station in Orange Mound.

96. Investors Pumping Hundreds of Millions Into Tennessee Startups -

The assignment sounded simple enough: Find out whether more money is coming into Nashville for startups.

If so, where is it coming from and what does it means to entrepreneurs, investors and the rest of us?

97. FedEx Indictment on Illegal Drug Shipments Will Go Forward -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A judge on Thursday rejected FedEx's attempt to toss out a federal drug indictment that accuses the company of knowingly shipping illegal prescription drugs.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer said the acts alleged by prosecutors does not fall under an exemption in federal drug law for transportation companies such as FedEx.

98. Total Concept Launching Fully Online Enterprise -

If you’ve learned about an in-store sale while shopping for groceries, this Memphis-based printing company could have been the one to help you save those extra pennies.

For nearly 20 years, Total Concept has worked as a full-service printing company for large manufacturers and retail chains in the Memphis area. This year, it will launch a fully online enterprise, Eco Signs and Banners Memphis, within the parent company.

99. Can We Still Be Friends? -

DIVORCE MAY BE BEST. After all, it was a shotgun wedding.

He grew up in an old neighborhood under the shade of old oaks – a big city boy with more ambition than brains, a dreamer always looking past the weeds in his own yard to greener grass. He was fun alright – into good times and great restaurants, live music and funky joints, nights that start with sunsets on the river and end at dawn next to somebody. He spent big, too big. Lived large, too large. And, truth be told, he could be a bit scary and more than a bit grabby.

100. No Stanley Cup Delusions for Knoxville’s Ice Bears -

As the NHL playoffs heat up, the Southern Professional Hockey League is done for another season.

All is quiet inside Civic Coliseum, home of the Knoxville Ice Bears. They ended their 2014-15 season by claiming Knoxville’s fourth President’s Cup as champions of the SPHL.