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1. Empower Your Frontline Employees to Avoid PR Crises -

Over the last few months, there have been a number of PR gaffes within the airline industry, most of which stemmed from an interaction between a customer and an airline’s frontline employee(s). We can’t help but wonder how different the outcome could have been if the airline employees were empowered to provide a more plausible solution, rather than sticking to the rigid rules and regulations of corporate policy.

2. Last Word: Bar-Kays & ConFunkShun, Suburban Politics and Tom Bowen's 5 Years -

The Bar-Kays and ConFunkShun -- there’s a double shot of the deepest funk from the 1970s and 1980s. And they are together again Friday at the Cannon Center for the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival. It is also Larry Dodson’s last hometown show fronting The Bar-Kays.

3. The Health Of Care -

There's a school of thought in some industries that says it's ideal to have a narrow focus, to pick just one or a few things to excel at and not try to be all things to all people – that when you do so and go broad, you’re likely to end up instead being a master of nothing.

4. Last Word: The Jazz Cornerstone, Council Day and 100 Items at Brooks -

In Elmwood Cemetery Tuesday morning, a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Jimmie Lunceford, the Memphis jazz giant who formed and taught the Manassas High School band known as the Chickasaw Syncopators who went professional in the jazz age of the 1920s and played The Cotton Club during the Harlem renaissance. Lunceford was the cornerstone of Memphis jazz and Manassas was its bedrock. And the story of his high school students going professional is but an early chapter in a much longer narrative of gifted musicians and artists at times literally walking out of a graduation ceremony and onto a tour bus.

5. Women Are Not Robots -

A Front End of Innovation Conference talk by Erica Eden, director, Global Design Innovation, PepsiCo“We don’t treat women like people,” Erica begins this talk. “If you look across multiple categories, the overall hypothesis is that the men’s brands cast a shadow over the women’s brands.”

6. Rhea Joins SWTCC As First Mental Health Counselor -

Julia Rhea has joined Southwest Tennessee Community College as the institution’s first mental health counselor. The newly created position is part of Southwest’s new Social and Emotional Support Process, one of numerous changes developed over the past six months under the guidance of the Maryland-based education reform group Achieving the Dream, all geared toward redesigning and improving the student experience.

7. New City & State Location Highlights Medical District Upswing -

Come next spring, the Broad Avenue Arts District coffee and retail venture City & State is expanding to the Memphis Medical District.

Co-owner Lisa Toro said she and her husband, Luis, had always planned to take the concept beyond Broad Avenue, it was just a matter of figuring out what area represented the best fit. Turns out the Medical District – where City & State has signed a letter of intent for 3,500 square feet at 421 Monroe Ave. – checked that box.

8. Cai to Lead Memphis Chamber’s International Business Efforts -

Jinliang (Jin) Cai has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as vice president of international business development. In that role, Cai will be directing efforts both to grow foreign direct investment in Memphis and Shelby County and to increase the volume of local exports to foreign markets. 

9. Science Behind Empathy and Storytelling -

A talk by Tim Urmston, Seek Co. founder and CEO, from the Front End of Innovation Conference 2017. Connecting brands with people they serve through insights, story, ideas and strategy – this is what supercharges a project.

10. In The Bag: Coach Buying Kate Spade for $2.4 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – Coach will spend $2.4 billion for Kate Spade, tying together two premier brands in the luxury goods sector that have fought to snare younger shoppers.

Noting that crucial demographic, Coach Inc. CEO Victor Luis said in a statement Monday that Kate Spade has a "strong awareness among consumers, especially millennials." Coach executives say that 60 percent of Kate Spade customers are in that group.

11. Eye Specialty Group Seeks Implant Study Candidates -

Eye Specialty Group in Memphis is participating in a nationwide clinical trial of the Implantable Miniature Telescope, a medical device for patients with end-stage, age-related macular degeneration.

12. Eye Specialty Group Seeks Candidates for Implant Study -

Eye Specialty Group in Memphis is participating in a nationwide clinical trial of the Implantable Miniature Telescope, a medical device for patients with end-stage, age-related macular degeneration.

13. Bohannon Joins Cumulus Media As Memphis Market Manager -

Morgan Bohannon recently joined Cumulus Media as vice president/market manager for its four-station group in Memphis, which includes KIX 106, 98.1 The Max, 98.9 The Vibe and 103.5 WRBO. Bohannon comes to Cumulus from iHeartMedia-Memphis, where he most recently served as area president. He worked for iHeartMedia/Clear Channel Radio for more than 20 years in various capacities and markets.

14. Using Customer Reviews as Consumer Insights -

Many companies waste some of their most valuable, intimate customer data. They may hire a firm or a few internal people to deliver responsive customer service and respond to online reviews and questions. However, they tend to neglect this treasure trove of field data for insights on how to improve their business or innovate on a new set of needs. 

15. MIM Exchange Students Visit Colombia as Memphis Ambassadors -

The Memphis in May International Festival has been a local fixture since the 1970s, and everyone knows about the music and barbecue festivals, but a significant and little known student exchange program that happens each year with the honored country might just be the iconic festival’s biggest long-term contribution.

16. Shaffer Named Executive Director Of Rebranded BLDG Memphis -

John Paul Shaffer recently was named executive director of BLDG Memphis, the rebranded entity that brings the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis and Livable Mem-phis under a single organizational identity.
In his new role, Shaffer’s job is to guide the organization in its mission of supporting neighborhood revitalization through a network of organizations and individuals working in the community development space – which BLDG Memphis does primarily through organizational capacity building, community education and engagement, and public policy and advocacy – as well as to promote the new brand. 

17. CCRFC OKs Sheraton Deal, Incentive for Oden HQ -

The sale of the 600-room Sheraton Memphis Downtown took a step forward Tuesday, April 11.

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. unanimously approved a request to reassign an existing payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive for the hotel, 250 N. Main St., to a joint venture between Louisville, Kentucky-based Schulte Hospitality Group and Starwood Capital Group.

18. Last Word: Restless Off Season, Memphis Open Closes and Single-Family Rentals -

This is proving to be a restless off-season for Tigers basketball and it is not even summer yet. Add freshman guard Keon Clergeot to the Tigers players exiting the program with word still to come from Markel Crawford. Meanwhile, the Tigers have signed their second junior college recruit – Kyvon Davenport -- at forward.

19. Sustaining the Rally -

Innings come to an end, games come to an end, and seasons come to an end. Yet the Memphis Redbirds are forever playing against their best selves – those grand and glorious days when AutoZone Park was new and the Triple-A baseball team competed in the highest-level pro sports league in town.

20. Food Hub Launching Spring Subscription -

Memphis Tilth’s Bring It Food Hub program, a distributor of locally sourced food from within a 150-mile radius of Memphis, is launching its spring 2017 subscription service next week – an eight-week program that runs March 21 through May 12.

21. Tapping Young Donors -

Amelia Thompson is everything a nonprofit is looking for now and in the future. A 30-year-old Memphian who graduated White Station High School, she has worked with a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. and been a buyer for Macy’s in New York.

22. Veteran Attorney Bartlett Joins Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee -

Attorney Gray Bartlett has joined Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee, where his practice areas include criminal defense, asset forfeiture and federal criminal law. Prior to joining the firm, Bartlett practiced for 17 years with Ballin, Ballin & Fishman PC.

23. Last Word: The Artisan Survives, Gas Tax Push-Back and Our Competition -

I knew winter was out there hiding somewhere. Just waiting for you to leave your coat at home in a flush of spring fever, bounding out of work Wednesday afternoon to find spring has hit the highway. But where does spring go on its spring break? The Suns were in Memphis Wednesday evening – the Phoenix Suns, that is. They lost to the Grizz at the Forum 110 – 91.

24. Retail Group: Sales to Grow 3.7 Percent to 4.2 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – Despite a bumpy holiday season, chains like The Limited shutting down and department stores such as Macy's closing stores, the largest retail trade group says it's still optimistic that sales will grow this year – especially online.

25. Hart’s Tenure as AD Has Been Mostly Good for Vols -

While we wait – and wait and wait and wait – for the University of Tennessee to hire its next athletics director, let’s ponder the man who soon will walk out the door.

Dave Hart is leaving the UT athletics department better than he found it. He got things back on solid financial footing. He brought a measure of stability.

26. JT Returns and Mr. Clean Channels Magic Mike -

Buzz is building around this year’s Super Bowl ads, which will feature Justin Timberlake, political controversy, Mr. Clean as Magic Mike, and the first-ever live ad.

In another record-breaking year, with ad costs exceeding last year’s $5 million per 30-second spot, big brands are, once again, putting it all on the line. Some will score big and others will be nursing a multimillion-dollar headache Monday morning. Here’s what we know so far.

27. Stanifer Takes On Creative Role at Hollywood Feed -

Hollywood Feed has promoted Katherine Stanifer to graphic art manager, a role that includes serving as the lead graphic designer for brand assets for the retailer’s 50 locations across the Southeast. Stanifer works closely with Hollywood Feed’s director of advertising & creative, Billie Claire Darby, on a variety of projects ranging from internal training videos to monthly sales catalogs.

28. January 13-19, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1977: On the front page of The Daily News, the Memphis City Council considers a resolution honoring undercover police officer Joe Hoing for his role in the federal investigation of the Memphis Playgirl strip clubs owned by Art Baldwin of Nashville.
And council members are considering their own investigation to follow up on allegations that Baldwin was paying off some Memphis police officers. “We have prided ourselves on having no organized crime in Memphis,” council member Andy Alissandratos says during the council discussion. “But apparently it has been accused of benefiting from it.”
Hoing worked his way into Baldwin’s organization starting as Baldwin’s driver and becoming a manager of the Memphis nightclubs – he brought in another undercover officer who took his place as Baldwin’s driver.
The investigation of Baldwin would branch off into a federal probe of the administration of then-Tennessee Gov. Ray Blanton for the selling of prison pardons and paroles by those in Blanton’s inner circle. Blanton himself would be convicted and serve jail time for selling liquor licenses.

29. Despite Scandal, VW in Running for Global Sales Crown -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – It's ironic: Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

And now stands a decent chance to pass Toyota for the title of world's biggest carmaker for the year.

30. Convention Center Hotel Plan Hinges on Financing -

For years the Memphis convention and tourism industry has known which comes first in the chicken-and-egg argument about drawing more convention business. More hotel rooms with meeting space take top priority in an environment where there is just enough political will for a $60 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center but not enough to build and finance a new convention center.

31. Convention Center Hotel Proposal Surfaces -

A Denver financier whose work in the last 15 years is in developing and financing convention center hotels has very general plans for a 600-room Memphis Convention Center hotel at Front and Poplar where the Mud Island parking garage is currently.

32. Convention Center Hotel Proposal Surfaces -

A Denver financier whose work in the last 15 years is in developing and financing convention center hotels has very general plans for a 600-room Memphis Convention Center hotel at Front and Poplar where the Mud Island parking garage is currently.

33. Run-DMC Sues Wal-Mart, Amazon for $50M -

NEW YORK (AP) – The rap group Run-DMC filed a $50 million lawsuit in New York accusing Wal-Mart, Amazon, Jet and other retailers of selling products that traded on the group's name without permission.

34. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

35. The Importance of Giving -

The holiday season is the most popular time of year for businesses to give back to a charity of choice. In fact, the National Center for Charitable Statistics reports that more than 50 percent of nonprofits polled in a recent study received a quarter of their contributions between October and December.

36. Pfizer Fined for Hiking Epilepsy Drug Price 2,600 Pct in UK -

LONDON (AP) – British regulators fined U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and distributor Flynn Pharma a record 89.4 million pounds ($112.7 million) Wednesday for increasing the cost of an epilepsy drug by as much as 2,600 percent.

37. Five Fresh Ways to Add Value -

Any salesperson who’s been in the game for more than a day knows that products and services aren’t sold based on price. Top sales pros first focus on the value of what they are selling and how it can best meet the customer’s needs. 

38. Diversity and Inclusion -

Nonprofits are ahead of the game when it comes to diversity. Is that true? We may tell ourselves that, but diversity – and most importantly inclusion – requires we take an honest look at our organizations. 

39. Volkswagen Bets on New Technology to Bounce Back From Crisis -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Volkswagen's namesake brand hopes to bounce back from its diesel emissions scandal with a broad restructuring that will mean more battery-powered cars, digital services such as ride-sharing, and more SUVs for the U.S. market.

40. Holiday Decision -

In recent years the holiday shopping season has been inching back further and further, with some retailers choosing to give up the tradition of being closed on Thanksgiving. But this year public backlash has reached the top of the retail chain, and some big malls and shopping centers are deciding it’s not worth opening on the national holiday.

41. Memphis-Area Entrepreneurs Earn Top Franchise Honor -

Local entrepreneurs Fain and Sandra Dalton, owners of The Grounds Guys of Germantown, recently took home the award for Franchisees of the Year for The Grounds Guys landscaping services company, which encompasses more than 240 franchisees across the country.

42. Morris Marketing, Archer Malmo, DCA Take Top PRSA Memphis Honors -

Morris Marketing Group, Archer Malmo and DCA took top honors at the 23rd annual Vox Awards hosted recently by the PRSA Memphis chapter at Visible Music College.

Morris Marketing Agency won Best in Show for Campaigns Brand Management/Reputation (more than $7,500) and for Special Events One Day (more than $7,500). Archer Malmo and DCA tied for Best in Show for Tactics, with Archer winning the Media Tactics: Press Conference category and DCA winning Print Tactics: Visual Elements.

43. McNeill Commercial Real Estate Thrives By Focusing on Flexibility -

McNeill Commercial Real Estate doesn’t focus on one discipline, location or product type.

While some developers focus on multifamily, retail or industrial properties, for example, McNeill dabbles in it all. That includes a hospitality group that started in 2014 to expand on its already present hotel focus.

44. Crime Commission Leaders Talk About Focused Five-Year Plan -

The new Operation: Safe Community five-year anti-crime plan should be released in November and it will likely be a more focused set of goals and objectives. That’s what we heard as The Daily News Editorial Board talked with Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission president Bill Gibbons and crime commission vice president for Social Engagement Harold Collins.

45. Have a Kid With Migraines? Sugar Pills Work As Well As Drugs -

CHICAGO (AP) – Sugar pills worked as well at preventing kids' migraines as two commonly used headache medicines, but had fewer side effects, in a study that may lead doctors to rethink how they treat a common ailment in children and teens.

46. As Big 12 Stands Pat, AAC Looks To Grow Brand -

It wasn’t difficult to figure out why the Big 12 – or the Confused 10, if you prefer – started down the road of exploring expansion.

It turned out to be a road to nowhere – a twisting, turning road with many stops to ask for directions – and finally the league announced on Monday, Oct. 17, that it would, in fact, not expand.

47. 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.

48. A S Hospitality, Teraco Create Partnership -

A S Hospitality, a division of Dexter Solutions, a leading brand delivery services company, has officially signed a long-term partnership with Teraco that further expands its products and services for the hospitality market. The multi-year agreement names A S Hospitality as Teraco’s sole distributor of hotel key cards.

49. A S Hospitality, Teraco Create Partnership -

A S Hospitality, a division of Dexter Solutions, a leading brand delivery services company, has officially signed a long-term partnership with Teraco that further expands its products and services for the hospitality market. The multi-year agreement names A S Hospitality as Teraco’s sole distributor of hotel key cards.

50. Morgan Promoted to CFO At Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Marty Morgan has been promoted to chief financial officer at Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza amid the Memphis-based company’s expansion into other regional markets. In his new role, Morgan will oversee corporate functions at the Memphis headquarters and continue to build out the personnel and technology infrastructure needed to support regional growth while making sure financial performance stays on track.

51. Bass Pro Shops to Acquire Rival Cabela's for $5.5B -

Bass Pro Shops, the iconic outdoor retail company that last year opened a destination store in Memphis’ Pyramid arena, has announced plans to acquire publicly traded rival Cabela’s Inc. in a roughly $5.5 billion deal.

52. Smith Hands Off FedEx President’s Position To Bronczek -

With little fanfare, FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith introduced himself Monday, Sept. 26, at the start of the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting as the board chairman and CEO of the company.

53. Hickory Hill Teen Center Focused On New Heroes -

On the western end of Hickory Ridge Mall in the corner of a space that was once a video game arcade, there is a super hero’s outfit – a stylized W in the center of the brick-red armored top.

54. Eden Square Debuts School, Arts Center -

Derwin Sisnett remembered a Christmas from his childhood this weekend. He wanted a Nintendo gaming system and remembers he and his brother searching their home while their parents where elsewhere.

On Christmas Day they discovered their parents had hidden the most cherished present in plain sight.

55. Hospitable Market -

The Memphis area hotel market continues on its solid run of the past few years, led by the Downtown submarket with strong occupancy and room rates. The pipeline for new Downtown hotel projects is loaded, with as many as 15 projects in various stages of development and hotel construction picking up in other parts of the county.

56. The Pluses and Minuses of Drugmakers' Discount Cards -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing public furor for the price of its emergency allergy shot EpiPen, Mylan Pharmaceuticals quickly pointed to a familiar industry solution: copay discount cards.

Copay coupons or cards have become a ubiquitous part of the pharmaceutical business, offered through websites, mobile apps and doctor's offices. Patient advocates say they can bring down out-of-pocket expenses for patients who face high copays and deductibles. Mylan last month boosted its discount cards to cover $300 of insured patients' copay costs, up from $100.

57. Baptist Explores Merger With Miss. Health System -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has begun talks with Jackson, Miss.-based Mississippi Baptist Health Systems about how the two organizations can work together, talks that Baptist said Thursday could lead to a merger or combination of some kind in the future.

58. Tech May Help Steer Older Drivers Down a Safer Road -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Older drivers may soon be traveling a safer road thanks to smarter cars that can detect oncoming traffic, steer clear of trouble and even hit the brakes when a collision appears imminent.

59. Baptist Explores Possible Combination With Miss. Health System -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has begun talks with Jackson, Miss.-based Mississippi Baptist Health Systems about how the two organizations can work together, talks that Baptist said Thursday could lead to a merger or combination of some kind in the future.

60. Nonprofit Church Health Center Rebrands -

The Church Health Center celebrated its 29th birthday Thursday, Sept. 1, by rolling out a new name, tagline and logo in advance of its move to Crosstown Concourse early next year.

The nonprofit, which provides affordable health care to Memphis’ uninsured working population, is now simply Church Health. The organization’s communications director, Marvin Stockwell, said the rebrand – which includes a new logo that resembles a fingerprint with a heart at the center and the tagline “Care for one another” – is meant to reflect that the nonprofit has outgrown the image many people used to have of it being “a little clinic on the corner.”

61. Smith Helps Mayor Pick the Right Team -

As chief human resources officer for the city of Memphis, Alexandria Smith is responsible for the HR strategy and talent management for the city as an employer. She provides advice to the mayor and senior leadership team, a role that has played an important part in shaping the city’s future, including leading the recent search for a police chief.

62. Washington: ‘Always Take Time to Analyze’ -

It was 1996 when Alfred Washington, a lineman on the University of Memphis football team, got his first security job. U2 was in town, and the owner of a security firm asked Washington and another football friend if they would work security at the concert – escort the artists into the arena, stay backstage with them, make sure they had what they needed. The artists and their security handlers liked Washington so much they offered him a job.

63. Use Instagram to Gain Share -

Now with more than a half-billion users, mobile photo-sharing site Instagram has surpassed Twitter in popularity. In fact, according to GlobalWebIndex, it is the fastest-growing major social media network.

64. Largest Multifamily Sale Takes Place for $39.1M -

8285 Irene Blvd.
Memphis 38125

Sale Amount: $39.1 million

Sale Date: Aug. 5, 2016

Buyer: WDC Greens Investment LLC and MEM Greens at Irene LLC

65. Last Word: One Beale Delay, Memphis Banks and The Other Anniversary -

Changing the city’s skyline comes with some challenges. That’s a reflection of ever-changing economic conditions and the terrain by the Mississippi River on which the city’s skyline is built.

66. Technology or No, Matrix Achievement Group Strives for Sales Results -

The pitch for Matrix Achievement Group can seem to be all about now, all about the fast-moving, 24-hour clock exhausting everyone, and the feeling that if only the technology could be made to always work for you, everything would be better.

67. Hotel Napoleon Joins Growing List of Unique Downtown Lodging -

A Downtown property’s ample windows, turn-of-the century architecture and an interesting backstory attracted hotel developer Suna Investments to the historic Winchester Building at 179 Madison Ave.

68. Whitehaven’s Big Week Moves Needle on Long-Held Development Plans -

The land has been cleared for quite a while where apartment complexes once stood and a big back parking lot was. You can see parts of it from the steps of Graceland.

On Monday, Aug. 15, the day that Elvis fans mark the anniversary of his death with a candlelight vigil, leaders of Elvis Presley Enterprises will announce more details of the $45 million, 200,000-square-foot Graceland West project.

69. Co-Branded Hotel Moves Forward in Germantown -

A pair of Hilton hotels is headed for Germantown, to be housed under one roof as part of TraVure, a $90 million infill project located off Poplar Avenue in the city’s western gateway zone.

Desai Hotel Group recently filed a $30 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement, listing relevant work as a “five-story dual brand hotel” at 6799 Poplar Ave.

70. Last Word: SEC and GMF, Wiseacre's Growth and Apartment Action -

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been investigating Global Ministries Foundation since mid-July. The revelation turned up Wednesday in a Memphis Federal Court filing by the receiver appointed to oversee and sell the Tulane and Warren apartments.

71. Co-Branded Hotel Moves Forward in Germantown -

A pair of Hilton hotels is headed for Germantown, to be housed under one roof as part of TraVure, a $90 million infill project located off Poplar Avenue in the city’s western gateway zone.

Desai Hotel Group recently filed a $30 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement, listing relevant work as a “five-story dual brand hotel” at 6799 Poplar Ave.

72. What Verizon's Acquisition Means for Yahoo Users -

NEW YORK (AP) – If you have a Yahoo email account or regularly visit services like Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports, you might be wondering what will happen to the once-venerable brand once Verizon takes over.

73. AAA Auto Club Says Not All Gasoline Is The Same -

Many motorists are clogging their car's engine by not using gasoline with enough added detergents.

That's the conclusion of a study released Thursday by the AAA auto club.

Federal rules in place since 1996 require all gasoline to have some engine-cleaning additives, but many major brands have extra detergents. AAA said tests it commissioned from an independent lab found that lesser gasolines left 19 times more deposits on engine intake valves than so-called top-tier fuels after the equivalent of 4,000 miles of driving.

74. Rx Pizza: 1 Free Meal Can Sway Doctor Prescribing -

CHICAGO (AP) – As little as one free meal from a drug company can influence which medicines doctors prescribe for Medicare patients, according to a study using Medicare records and recently released data from the health care law's Open Payments program.

75. Volkswagen to Launch More Electric Cars After Diesel Scandal -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German automaker Volkswagen plans to ramp up its offerings of electric vehicles as it fights to bounce back from a scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

76. Martha Stewart Gets Into Meal Kit Business -

NEW YORK (AP) – Cooking like Martha Stewart is about to get easier.

The home goods mogul and cookbook author is getting into the fast-growing meal kit business. Subscribers will get a box shipped to their door with Stewart's recipes and all the ingredients needed to cook up the dishes at home, including pre-measured raw meat, fish, vegetables and spices.

77. Last Word: Chips Moman, ServiceMaster Incentives and Crosstown High -

Chips Moman has died. Word of his death Monday at a hospice in Georgia came two years after Moman was honored for his contributions to Memphis music and the city's history.

Those contributions were substantial and for quite a while they were overlooked – even while he was running the definition of a hit factory at American Sound Studios, a non-descript recording studio on Danny Thomas Boulevard at Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

78. Last Word: Verdell Smith and Lifeline, Strickland's First 5 Months and Tennessine -

Lots of blue lights in Cordova Thursday evening as the Memphis Police Department remembers Officer Verdell Smith, who died in Saturday’s Downtown rampage in the line of duty. His funeral is Friday.

79. EPE Takes Out $40 Million Loan for Graceland West -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has taken on a $40 million construction loan to build Graceland West, a 46-acre development to the west of Elvis Presley Boulevard, across from the Graceland mansion. Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Authentic Brand Group LLC and owner of Graceland’s operations, signed as grantor for the loan. Pinnacle Bank is the lender.

80. ServiceMaster Disrupting Its Culture With Move Downtown -

ServiceMaster is converting Peabody Place into a corporate headquarters that would rival a Silicon Valley tech outfit.

On Friday, June 3, ServiceMaster laid to rest months of speculation about whether the company would relocate to a larger city like Atlanta or Dallas. Memphis’ available Class A office space can’t currently accommodate ServiceMaster’s needs, so it looked to the retail sector for its new home.

81. Education Department Replaces Career College Chain Monitor -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Education Department has appointed a new lawyer to oversee the turnaround of schools once owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., following an Associated Press review that found trouble at the schools and questioned the previous monitor's independence.

82. Laser Quest Closing In Poplar Plaza -

Laser Quest, a longtime tenant in the Poplar Plaza shopping center, is set to close on Sunday, May 29.

“We have been a proud part of the Memphis community for the last 20 years and as a company continue to grow,” said Phillips Aldis, director of sales and marketing for the laser-tag chain headquartered in Canada.

83. $21.6 Million in Construction Headed to Graceland -

1064 Craft Road

Memphis, TN 38116

Permit Amount: $18.1 million

Project Cost: $21.6 million

84. Latest 'High Gear' Book Maps Success for College Grads, Millennials -

The 21 million U.S. students enrolled in postsecondary schools grew up with technology and the hourly clock of life ticking ever faster. Yet this has not always translated into a generation of young people ready to attack a world that waits for no one.

85. Better, Faster Insight-Based Innovation -

Better & Faster Workshop at the Front End of Innovation Conference

A masterclass with Jeremy Gutsche, the CEO of Trend Hunter and the best-selling author of “Better & Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas.”

86. Wilson Urges Family Philanthropic Efforts at Dunavant Awards -

When most people think of the Kemmons Wilson family, there is an image that comes to mind. It’s a black and white photo from the 1950s of the five children – three boys and two girls – of the Holiday Inn founder cutting the ribbon on the very first Holiday Inn at 4925 Summer Ave.

87. Essential Tactics For Innovation Intrepreneurs -

For authentic innovation to occur at an organization, you have to craft the culture of a place to accept and embrace new ways of working together and being in the market.

More often than not, teams or outsourced agencies follow an innovation method, create many concepts that are new to the market and certain to create new value, but are crushed by the cultural antibodies of a place while still an embryonic idea.

88. USA Today Owner Gannett Bids for LA Times Publisher Tribune -

NEW YORK (AP) — Newspaper publisher Gannett said Monday that it wants to buy Tribune Publishing for more than $388 million, in a deal that would give the owner of USA Today control of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers.

89. Last Word: Budget Basics, A Peak At Greensward Mediation and Elvis & Nixon -

Spurs 94 – Grizzlies 68 in game 2 of the NBA playoffs. The TNT post-game show just showed the highlights of the game while Shaq and Charles Barkley talked about how big the women are in San Antonio. I’m not making this up. They didn’t even try to talk about the game. This is just grim.

90. Greensward Talks Getting Complex -

A week ago, the board of the Overton Park Conservancy had a visitor at its meeting – Richard Smith, the Memphis Zoo’s representative in the ongoing private mediation talks between the conservancy and the zoo.

91. Hotels Woo Guests to Book Directly Online With Discounts -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hotels are getting more aggressive in their fight to get travelers to book reservations directly with them instead of through online travel agencies such as Expedia and Priceline.

92. The Week Ahead: April 4-10 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about in the coming days, from an observance of the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination to your first chance to visit Mud Island River Park this season.

93. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

94. Cleaning House -

Every neighborhood in Memphis and Shelby County has the right to be free from the negative effects of vacant, abandoned and blighted properties. That’s the battle cry of the Memphis Blight Elimination Charter, a 23-page pledge that will steer policy and programs dedicated to blight eradication.

95. Shipmon Joins Lending Team at Paragon -

Thomas “Tee” Shipmon has joined Paragon Bank as senior vice president, specialty lending. In this role, Shipmon is responsible for developing products for Paragon that solve customers’ challenges and that are profitable to the bank. Currently, specialty lending is providing short-term commercial construction loans to companies, often franchisees, that are expanding operations.

96. This week in Memphis history: March 18-24 -

1989: Ratt at the Mid-South Coliseum.

1976: On the front page of The Daily News, Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Millard Oakley approves new forms, rules and rates for insurance companies to use in writing automobile policies to include coverage of CB radios.

97. What is Your Brand? -

Discussions of branding can quickly turn to logos, colors or your online presence. Are those your brand, or are they expressions of your brand?

We believe they are brand expressions and that “brand” isn’t as neat and tidy as a logo. In fact, defining your brand can be a messy process. It’s emotional, bringing dreams and unanswered questions to the forefront: a group process that engages diverse constituents.

98. Last Word: Election Day, Luttrell Makes It Six, And About "Executive Sessions" -

Can You Feel It? Tuesday is election day in Memphis and across the state in this presidential election year. And all indications are the turnout locally should be above the 24 percent mark we’ve been at in the last two presidential election years.

99. AARP: Price Hikes Doubled Average Drug Price Over 7 Years -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The average cost for a year's supply of a prescription drug doubled in just seven years to more than $11,000 – about three-quarters of the average annual Social Security benefit.

100. The Moving Election -

The Trump balloons were a late arrival to the Shelby County Republican party’s annual Lincoln Day Gala, the local party’s largest annual fundraiser.

They were an unsubtle accent in a room of 500 people where unabashed hand-to-hand campaigning kept the buzz of conversation at a steady level for most of the evening.