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1. Starbucks to Close Stores for Afternoon for Bias Training -

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks, trying to tamp down a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for its nearly 175,000 workers.

2. Dogs + Vodka = Winning Marketing Strategy -

New York Times best-selling author, Robert Cialdini, is known for his expertise on the subject of persuasion – specifically the role it plays in driving consumers to purchase.

In his book “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion,” Cialdini cites six key principles of influence – one being the concept of “liking.” In its simplest form, this principle states that consumers are more easily persuaded to make a purchase by people they like. “Liking,” in this sense, doesn’t mean there is necessarily friendship. It is about discovering common attributes. Sales reps who draw attention to commonalities with prospects have a greater chance of closing the sale. The same holds true for your marketing effort.

3. Volkswagen Replaces CEO Mueller, Announces New Structure -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Volkswagen replaced CEO Matthias Mueller with core brand head Herbert Diess on Thursday and said it is creating a new management structure to enable faster decision-making as autonomous and electric cars transform the industry.

4. Wyndham-Owned Hotel Chains Getting Brand Names Tweaked -

Some familiar hotel chains are getting their names tweaked. Wyndham Hotel Group announced Tuesday that it's adding the words "by Wyndham" to 12 hotel brand names.

Days Inn becomes Days Inn by Wyndham. Ramada will be Ramada by Wyndham. Super 8 becomes Super 8 by Wyndham.

5. Study: Stop-Smoking Drugs Chantix, Zyban Pose No Heart Risks -

CHICAGO (AP) – Two popular stop-smoking drugs are as safe for the heart as nicotine patches and dummy pills, according to research requested by U.S. and European regulators.

The results come from an extension of a big study of Chantix and Zyban that earlier found no increased risks for severe psychiatric problems including suicidal behavior. Those findings were reported in 2016.

6. Mississippi-Based Renasant Buys Georgia Bank for $453 Million -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi bank is buying a Georgia bank for $453 million in cash and stock. Renasant Corp. of Tupelo announced on Wednesday the acquisition of Brand Group Holdings of Lawrenceville, Georgia.

7. Walmart Removes Cosmopolitan Magazine From Checkout Aisles -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Walmart says it was a business decision to remove Cosmopolitan magazine from its checkout aisles, but some groups have raised concerns about the sexual content of the publication marketed to women.

8. Trump Signs $1.3 Trillion Budget After Threatening Veto -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown just hours after declaring he was considering a veto.

Trump said he was "very disappointed" in the package, in part because it did not fully fund his plans for a border wall with Mexico and did not address some 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants who are now protected from deportation under a program that he has moved to eliminate.

9. New Maciel’s Concept Coming to Broad Avenue District -

A new Maciel’s location is in the works, coming to the site behind Rec Room on Broad Avenue that previously housed French Truck Coffee.

Set to open on April 2, it will be something of a twist on the Maciel’s concept – called Maciel’s Bodega – and smaller than the Maciel’s Highland restaurant that just opened in February. Rather than a third full-fledged Maciel’s, which also has restaurants Downtown and in the University of Memphis area, Maciel’s Bodega will be more like a location number 2.5 for the brand.

10. Dems Need Viable Candidates to Catch Blue Wave -

Republicans called it the “kickoff” to what they hope will be a great election season.

Democrats are downplaying a lopsided loss in the 14th Senate District special election, saying it won’t represent results later this year in President Donald Trump’s midterm.

11. Clark Tower, Primacy Parkway Ink New Tenants -

5100 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38137

Lease Amount: 1,830 square feet

Tenant: Accurate Communications Corp.

12. Digest -

Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

13. Coming Full Square -

For the first time in a while, Overton Square isn’t 100 percent leased. And while no one really expects that to be the case for very long, these rare vacancies provide a good chance to stop and examine what the popular entertainment destination has going on.

14. Gorillas in the Living Room -

IMPROVING THE VIEW. There are very large gorillas in our living room.

It seems these things are never seen when such a sight would spoil the vision at hand – except, of course, by those who see the reality of unpleasant things. Never mentioned in polite conversation – except, of course, by those who discuss unpleasant things. Avoided at all costs by those charged with promoting civic accomplishment – except by those who measure the cost of unpleasant things.

15. UnitedHealthcare to Pass Drug Rebates On to Some Customers -

The nation's biggest health insurer will pass drugmaker rebates along to some customers starting next year, giving a potential break to those taking expensive prescriptions.

UnitedHealthcare said Tuesday it will let people covered by certain employer-sponsored health plans collect rebates when they fill prescriptions or at the point of sale. Those rebates could amount to a few bucks or several hundred dollars, depending on the drug.

16. Three Downtown Projects Get Green Light, EPE Plan Put on Hold -

3677 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Project Cost: $22 million

17. 3 Downtown Projects Approved for DMC Grants -

Three Downtown commercial infill projects were awarded exterior improvement grants by the Center City Development Corp. Wednesday, Feb. 21.

18. Bredesen: U.S. Senate Win Possible For Democrats -

The last Democrat to win statewide elected office in Tennessee eight years ago acknowledges times have changed.

“The Democratic brand is damaged in Tennessee,” former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said last week in Memphis. “The Republican percentage has stayed the same over the last decade. What’s changed is people have abandoned the Democrats and started calling themselves independents.”

19. Last Word: Looking In The Lookout, Women in Business and The Race for Governor -

What would bring a Memphian on his own to The Lookout – the restaurant and bar at the top of the Pyramid? The view, of course. So after the obligatory walk outside to the views south along the riverfront and west across the river, I settled in Sunday for the view from within. I lined up with both of the tree stumps in the round fish tank in the center of the Pyramid’s apex, a steampunk frog watching from above.

20. Week Ahead: Feb.19-25 -

It seems the only thing consistent about this hot again, cold again weather is the rain. As we enter another week of the waning winter, there are plenty of events to keep you entertained. But don’t forget the umbrellas, Memphis!

21. 100 N. Main Owners Buy Additional Property -

80, 86, 88 N. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103: Less than a month after the 100 North Main Building was effectively reclaimed by the lender at a foreclosure auction, New York-based real estate firm Townhouse Management Co. affiliate THM Memphis Acquisitions LLC has purchased adjacent parcels.

22. Two Residential Infill Projects Get Green Light -

Two residential infill projects in South Main and Midtown that will add density to the city’s core were approved for financial incentives Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 13.

A new mixed-use development slated for South Main will be headlined by a long-time Blue Monkey employee.

23. Last Word: Corker & The Senate Poll, Memphis BBQ in Texas and Chandler Numbers -

The new owner of the city’s tallest building has bought two parcels next to the 100 North Main Building as the other part of the plan to bring the 37-story tall building back to life as a combo apartment-hotel building with the Loew’s hotel brand. The row of older buildings on the south side of 100 North Main all the way up to Jefferson would give way to a 34-story tall office tower.

24. Long-Time Blue Monkey Employee Opening Deli Downtown -

A new mixed-use development slated for South Main will be headlined by a long-time Blue Monkey employee.

Michael Johnson of Blue Monkey Enterprises told the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, that 18-year employee Brandon Moss will be running a deli on the bottom floor of a new three-story, 7,500-square-foot building that will be located at 529 S. Front St.

25. Hotel Indigo, Trader Joe’s Move Ahead -

22 N B.B. King Blvd., Memphis, TN 38103: Atlanta-based Three P Partners has filed a $5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to construct a 118-room Hotel Indigo at the corner of North B.B. King Boulevard and Court Avenue.

26. DMC to Review Plans For New Downtown Mixed-Use Building, Midtown Apartments -

A local investment group is seeking a nine-year tax break from the Downtown Memphis Commission to construct a new mixed-use building where the Downtown Blue Monkey once stood at 529 S. Front St.

27. New Apartments Planned for Overton Square -

PMT Investments LLC, a newly formed business partnership between Aaron Petree, Cliff McLemore and Ed Thomas III, is seeking an 11-year tax abatement to construct a 16-unit apartment building on the periphery of Overton Square.

28. Federal Judge Wants Opioid Lawsuits To End In Settlement -

The goal is impressive: Hammer out a legal deal that starts guiding the nation out of an epidemic of opioid addiction.

How and when that can happen, if at all, is the subject of talks scheduled to begin Wednesday in a federal courthouse in Cleveland.

29. More Caffeine, Please: Keurig Is Buying Dr Pepper Snapple -

NEW YORK (AP) – Keurig is buying Dr Pepper Snapple Group, bringing together the make-at-home coffee brand with the company behind Dr Pepper soda, Mott's apple juice and Snapple iced tea.

30. Orpheum CEO Batterson Honored For Excellence in Performing Arts -

Brett Batterson, president and CEO of the Orpheum Theatre Group, has been named the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents’ 2017 Presenter of the Year. The award honors individuals in the performing arts field for their excellence in exemplifying mentoring; setting an example of best practices, achievement and leadership in their discipline; and cultivating diversity, practicing inclusion, and creating equity for underserved members of the community.

31. Professional Soccer Returning to Memphis -

There is still much not known about the United Soccer League (USL) team that will begin play in Memphis in 2019 at AutoZone Park.

What will the team name be? The team colors and logo? Who will be the first coach? The first player signed to a contract? And when will the home opener be?

32. Professional Soccer Returns to Memphis -

There is still much not known about the United Soccer League (USL) team that will begin play in Memphis in 2019 at AutoZone Park.

What will the team name be? The team colors and logo? Who will be the first coach? The first player signed to a contract? And when will the home opener be?

33. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2017 -

They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.

34. Startups and Artisans: EPIcenter caps a Busy 2017 Supporting Entrepreneurs -

Memphis’ startup ecosystem and its small-scale makers and artisans community took another leap forward in 2017, with new programming, resources and support to help all of those entrepreneurs continue to thrive.

35. Start With Feeling -

People ask me often about innovation. No one has a clear definition. Innovation is one of those words that mean something different to anyone who hears it. Similar to other words that are filled with misunderstanding, such as creativity or strategy, innovation requires a refining conversation to demystify and better understand. 

36. Last Word: The Day After, Frayser Bauhaus and Gasol & Fizdale -

Less than 24 hours after the Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park was taken down and away, Memphians were taking selfies with what’s left of the very considerable base in the background. And this is only going to become more prevalent when the weather improves and you will probably see folks out there who have some very different views on the removal of the statues.

37. First Tennessee Bank Wins Industry Awards -

First Tennessee Bank has received multiple national awards from Greenwich Associates as part of the group’s 2017 Greenwich Best Brand Awards.

38. First Tennessee Bank Wins Industry Awards -

First Tennessee Bank has received multiple national awards from Greenwich Associates as part of the group’s 2017 Greenwich Best Brand Awards.

39. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre Group and Memphis arts community will host the second annual Midsouth Arts Against Hunger food drive benefiting Mid-South Food Bank through Wednesday, Dec. 20. Patrons who donate at least one nonperishable item will receive a voucher for free admission to see a screening of “Miracle on 34th Street” Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Donations will be collected at the Orpheum box office and Halloran Centre lobby Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through the day of the event; tickets for the screening also are available for $5 cash only at the Orpheum box office. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for details.

40. WA -

Good morning, Memphis! Dust off your robes and lightsabers, because the latest “Star Wars” movie hits theaters this week. Of course, there’s plenty more to keep you busy in the coming days. Here’s what you need to know about in The Week Ahead – no Jedi powers required.

41. Week Ahead -

Good morning, Memphis! Dust off your robes and lightsabers, because the latest “Star Wars” movie hits theaters this week. Of course, there’s plenty more to keep you busy in the coming days. Here’s what you need to know about in The Week Ahead – no Jedi powers required.

42. The Week Ahead: Dec. 11-17 -

Good morning, Memphis! Dust off your robes and lightsabers, because the latest "Star Wars" movie hits theaters this week. Of course, there's plenty more to keep you busy in the coming days. Here's what you need to know about in The Week Ahead - no Jedi powers required.

43. Q&A: $69B Aetna Bid Pushes CVS Deeper Into Consumers' Lives -

A drugstore chain that used to hawk cigarettes behind the front counter now wants to offer nutrition advice and work with your doctor to keep you healthy.

CVS Health says it wants to use its roughly $69 billion acquisition of the insurer Aetna to dive deeper into managing customer health, with its nearly 10,000 stores becoming "front doors" for care. The companies plan to expand the health services offered through CVS locations and get more involved in helping patients stay on their medicines or manage their chronic conditions.

44. Meat-Loving Arby's to Buy Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.4B -

NEW YORK (AP) – Arby's said Tuesday that it is buying Buffalo Wild Wings for about $2.4 billion, making it the latest casual restaurant chain to be taken private.

Buffalo Wild Wings, which serves chicken wings in a sports bar-like atmosphere, has reported falling sales as it and other casual restaurants lose customers to cheaper and faster chains. In the most recent quarter, it reported a 2.3 percent sales drop at its established restaurants.

45. Lane Furniture Brand Switching Parent Companies -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – The Lane furniture brand is being sold from one company to another.

United Furniture Industries Inc. says it will buy Lane from Heritage Home Group LLC.

46. Startup Wants to Bring Back Vioxx for Hemophilia Joint Pain -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Could there be a second life for the once-popular arthritis pill Vioxx? A startup pharmaceutical company hopes so.

Merck & Co. voluntarily pulled the blockbuster drug in 2004 amid evidence that it doubled the chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

47. Banks Behind Lakeland Residential Developments -

4501 Chambers Chapel Road, 
Lakeland, TN 38002 (et. al)

Application Date: Nov. 16, 2017

48. Consumer Safety Group Unveils its 'Worst Toys' List -

BOSTON (AP) – Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group's annual list of worst toys for the holidays.

49. Shelby Farms Draws $142 Million, 71-Acre Development -

Elmington Capital Group has submitted plans for a 71-acre senior housing, apartment and single-family development next to Shelby Farms Park. Dwell at Shelby Farms is a new $142 million development to be located on the north side of Raleigh-LaGrange Road near the intersections of Trinity and Fischer Steel roads.

50. Momentum Nonprofit Partners Unveils Major Brand Overhaul -

With a theme of “Everything Changes,” Momentum Nonprofit Partners unveiled numerous changes at a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Minglewood Hall. The first, most obvious change: the name itself.

51. Momentum Nonprofit Partners Announces Big Changes -

With a theme of “Everything Changes,” Momentum Nonprofit Partners unveiled numerous changes at its Announcement Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Minglewood Hall. The first, most obvious change: the name itself.

52. Momentum Nonprofit Partners Announces Big Changes -

With a theme of “Everything Changes,” Momentum Nonprofit Partners unveiled numerous changes at its Announcement Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Minglewood Hall. The first, most obvious change: the name itself.

53. Seeing the Future With ‘Macroforces’ -

A keynote talk from the 2017 Back End of Innovation Conference by Tom LaForge, founder and CEO, Macroforces LLCTom LaForge begins the conference asking, “What is a macroforce and why should they be important to you?”

54. Whimsy Expands Into Franchises -

The co-owner of a Memphis-based cookie company with one retail store in East Memphis is about to turn her simple recipe for sweet treats into a nationwide enterprise.

Whimsy Cookie Co. founder and co-owner Laurie Suriff said she’s on the verge of launching a franchise-based expansion for the business she started in 2006 out of her home. The plan is to replicate the Whimsy model – built around a pink, whimsically designed experience inside the store and thick sugar cookies with colorful frosting – starting with a location opening in Little Rock in December.

55. Whitmor, Neat Method Merger Could Create Industry Giant -

While the home organization product industry is booming internationally, Whitmor Inc., a fourth-generation family owned company in Southaven, Mississippi, that has led in the industry for decades is getting ahead in the game again with the strategic purchase of a service provider.

56. Steele Joins Southern Growth Studio’s Anthropology Team -

April Steele has joined Southern Growth Studio as a business anthropologist, responsible for collecting and analyzing data to evaluate existing and potential products and services. Steele’s hire comes as the Memphis-based innovation consulting firm grows its applied anthropology practice. Using qualitative social research methods like ethnography, the anthropology team steers the innovation process, conducting primary research to distill and communicate key insights to clients.

57. Ring Partners With Conagra on PAM Spray Bottles -

Ring Container Technologies, a product packaging and plastic container manufacturing company based in Oakland, Tennessee, has completed a collaboration with Conagra Brands to create a new plastic bottle for PAM Cooking Spray.

58. Events -

Living Beyond Breast Cancer will host its “Sharing Wisdom, Sharing Strength” national conference Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8, at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. The conference, held in partnership with the Memphis Breast Cancer Consortium and the Common Table Health Alliance, will convene national experts, survivors and caregivers for a weekend of information, yoga and support. Limited walk-up registrations available. Visit lbbc.org for details.

59. Morris Realty, Auction Combine Forces -

Morris Realty Group and Morris Auction Group have launched a new brand identity: Morris Realty & Auction. Buyers and sellers now can access each company’s services in one place.

“In today’s marketplace, buyers and sellers desire a one-stop shop for their real estate marketing and auction needs, and Morris Realty & Auction is now positioned to offer that comprehensive experience as we drive successful results for our clients,” Jeff Morris, founder and president of Morris Realty & Auction, said in a statement.

60. DHL Planning New Memphis Distribution Facility -

0 Tchulahoma Rd.
Memphis, TN 38118

Tenant: DHL Supply Chain

Landlord: Belz Enterprises

61. Morris Realty, Auction Groups Merge Into One Company -

Morris Realty Group and Morris Auction Group have launched a new brand identity: Morris Realty & Auction. Buyers and sellers now can access each company’s services in one place.

“In today’s marketplace, buyers and sellers desire a one-stop shop for their real estate marketing and auction needs, and Morris Realty & Auction is now positioned to offer that comprehensive experience as we drive successful results for our clients,” Jeff Morris, founder and president of Morris Realty & Auction, said in a statement.

62. Velcro's Video Implores Consumers to Say 'Hook and Loop' -

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Lots of pop songs have hooks. This one has loops, too. Velcro Cos. this week released a music video with a message it hopes will stick as well as its products: "Don't Say Velcro."

63. Overton Square Hotel Awarded Tax Incentives -

The developers of a $24 million Overton Square hotel and a Canadian elevator company looking to build its first U.S. facility in Memphis have been awarded tax incentives to move ahead with their projects.

64. Overton Square Hotel Approved for Tax Incentives -

The Economic Development Growth Engine board has approved Loeb Properties' request for a 15-year tax abatement to build a 100-room boutique hotel near Overton Square.

Despite some concerns from the EDGE board over the definition of blighted property, Loeb Properties and its partners, boutique hotel developer LRC2 Properties and hospitality management company MMI Hotel Group, were approved for the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive Wednesday, Sept. 20, to help offset the construction costs of the $24 million hotel.

65. New Gannett Cuts Eliminate Two More Commercial Appeal Employees -

The effects of another companywide restructuring at newspaper publisher Gannett Co. Inc. – which owns USA Today as well as The Commercial Appeal – have touched the newsroom in Memphis, following an even deeper round of local cuts earlier this year.

66. Gannett Cost-Cutting Again Trims Commercial Appeal Headcount -

The effects of another companywide restructuring at newspaper publisher Gannett Co. Inc. – which owns USA Today as well as The Commercial Appeal – have touched the newsroom in Memphis, following an even deeper round of local cuts earlier this year.

67. Toys 'R' Us Keeping Stores Open Following Bankruptcy Filing -

NEW YORK (AP) – Toys 'R' Us, the toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season – and says its stores will remain open for business as usual.

68. Corporate Disaster Aid: How and When -

Disasters are chaotic and complex. Just a few minutes of howling wind or shaking earth can leave years of cleaning up, rebuilding and coping with a new reality.

Naturally, people want to help when they witness significant duress, like we’ve seen recently with hurricanes Harvey and Irma and like we’ve seen countless times globally. Some of the greatest moments I’ve witnessed in business have come in the aftermath of disasters.

69. Loeb Properties Planning $24M Overton Square Hotel -

Loeb Properties wants to build on the revival of Overton Square by adding a $24 million, 100-room hotel in the district.

The Memphis-based company and its partners – boutique hotel developer LRC2 Properties and hospitality management company MMI Hotel Group – are seeking a 15-year tax abatement to construct a 100-room boutique hotel at the southwest corner of Cooper Street and Trimble Place, south of Madison Avenue in Midtown Memphis.

70. Wunderlich Preparing Downtown Space for HQ Move -

By this time next year, Memphis-based investment firm Wunderlich Securities Inc. will have a prominent new headquarters space Downtown,

71. Recipe for Success -

If you’re in the process of starting a restaurant, or really any kind of food- or drink-related enterprise, and you find yourself in conversation with High Cotton Brewing Co. co-founder Brice Timmons about it, you might be tempted to ask him for some advice on how it’s done.

72. VW Plots Return to Relevance in US Following Diesel Scandal -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen is rolling out its plan for re-selling most of the cars involved in the German automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Volkswagen brand head Herbert Diess told reporters after a board meeting at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee on Thursday that the fallout from the scandal "is something we need to live with" as the company seeks to regain relevance and market share in the United States.

73. Financial Services Firm Takes Floor in Clark Tower -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a financial services firm inks a full floor in Clark Tower and Crosstown High School files a $4.1 million permit to build-out space in the Crosstown Concourse for its charter school that is scheduled to open next fall. 

74. Financial Services Firm Takes Floor in Clark Tower -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a financial services firm inks a full floor in Clark Tower and Crosstown High School files a $4.1 million permit to build-out space in the Crosstown Concourse for its charter school that is scheduled to open next fall. 


75. Commission Votes Down Health Coverage Change -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a switch Monday, Aug, 28, of the county’s health insurance administration contract from Cigna to an $11 million, two-year contract with two one-year renewal options with Aetna.

76. Financial Services Firm Inks Deal At Clark Tower -

According to multiple sources close to the deal, the Memphis arm of MassMutual will merge with a Nashville-based financial group and move its combined operations into the 23rd floor of the Clark Tower.

77. Rhodes’ Wigginton Shaping Campus Culture in New Role -

Rhodes College has appointed Russell Wigginton vice president of student life and dean of students. In his newly created role, he will provide leadership for student success and help shape the campus culture for a diverse and inclusive student body.

78. County Commission Votes Down Health Coverage Change -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a switch Monday, Aug, 28, of the county’s health insurance administration contract from Cigna to Aetna in an $11 million two-year contract with two renewals of one year each.

79. New Tenant to Take 23rd Floor of Clark Tower -

According to multiple sources close to the deal, the Memphis arm of MassMutual will merge with a Nashville-based financial group and move its combined operations into the 23rd floor of the Clark Tower.

80. Igniting Customer Advocacy -

Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” indicates it’s not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. Likewise, your marketing strategies must evolve to align with the changing ways consumers are progressing through the customer lifecycle. For example, many are relying much more on advocacy, often in the form of social media reviews by customers, than they are on brand messaging to drive purchase decisions.

81. Ken Hause Cooks Up Strategy To Enhance L’Ecole Culinaire -

L'Ecole Culinaire-Memphis has added Ken Hause its campus director. In his new role, Hause is responsible for overseeing operations of the Memphis campus, including ensuring a rich student experience that leads to employment in the culinary field, while enhancing the school’s reputation for educational excellence, compliance and operational performance.

82. Ex-Chef Valerie Morris Finds Right Recipe for Marketing Firm -

Just take one fact from her life and let your mind run to easy assumptions. Once upon a time, Valerie Morris was attending Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school in Paris, France.

83. Ex-Chef Valerie Morris Creates Right Recipe for Marketing Firm -

Just take one fact from her life and let your mind run to easy assumptions. Once upon a time, Valerie Morris was attending Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school in Paris, France.

84. Council Approves 5-Year Pact with University for Liberty Bowl Lease -

Just in time for an Aug. 31 football season opener, the University of Memphis has a new five year contract with the city of Memphis for the use of the Liberty Bowl and surrounding Fairgrounds area.

85. Council Reviews New Beale Hotel, U of M Stadium Contract -

Memphis City Council members take up a hotel on Beale Street and a new lease with the University of Memphis to use Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium at their Tuesday, Aug. 8, session.

The council votes on the proposed hotel project at 404 Beale St. by KNM Development Group.

86. Red-Hot Growth for Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza has blazed quite a trail over the past five years by growing to five Memphis-area locations, and now co-owners Chad Foreman and Kirk Cotham are turning their sights toward expansion through the southeastern U.S.

87. Gillette Out, ServiceMaster to Spin Off Unit -

To Memphians, Rob Gillette is the ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. leader who moved the company’s headquarters from East Memphis to Downtown and put the old Peabody Place Mall back in use.

88. Jones Has Definitely Proven He Can Recruit -

When in doubt, do what you do best – recruit. That seems to be the approach of Tennessee Vols coach Butch Jones. While many UT fans, and some in the media, are portraying this as a make-or-break season, Jones is planning for his future by stockpiling commitments for 2018 and beyond.

89. Local Democrats Set Reorganization Convention -

Shelby County Democrats will start the reorganization of the local political party July 22 at a countywide convention that will dramatically change its structure to a pair of groups totaling around 130 people.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.”

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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. 

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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.