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1. University of Memphis, UTHSC May Soon Face Outsourcing Decisions -

Forty-one state lawmakers signed a letter requesting the state put a hold on its outsourcing plans until the General Assembly can scrutinize its effect on state workers and services.

The state is set to sign a contract April 28 with Chicago-based JLL for facilities management work that could be used by universities and departments statewide. Even local government jobs could be doled out to the contractor.

2. ‘Good Locker Room’ Doesn’t Happen by Accident -

The first time I heard the term “good locker room” in relation to an NFL team, I figured it had something to do with TVs, air conditioning and nearby shower accommodations.

As usual, I was wrong.

3. Memphis Airport Unveils Updated Modernization Plan -

The Memphis International Airport unveiled an updated $214 million, multiyear plan to completely overhaul its B Concourse, where almost all of the airport’s operations will be consolidated upon completion.

4. Events -

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute African-American Male Initiative Symposium will be held Wednesday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the University of Memphis’ University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St., room 304. The symposium will feature national and local efforts to increase positive educational and social outcomes for African-American males. Free and open to the public. Visit memphis.edu/benhooks for details.

5. Shelby County Commissioners Pledge to ‘Push It’ on Minority Business Contracts -

Shelby County commissioners took a hard line Monday, April 17, on increasing the share of county government contracts for minority and locally owned businesses now that it has a plan for tackling a documented disparity for such contracts.

6. 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. 

7. First Budget Moves, Minority Business Measures Top Commission Session -

Shelby County Commissioners set the tone for the upcoming county government budget season Monday, April 17, with approval of a refinancing of county debt with up to $120 million in bonds over time.

8. First Budget Moves, Minority Business Measures Top Commission Session -

Shelby County Commissioners set the tone for the upcoming county government budget season Monday, April 17, with approval of a refinancing of county debt with up to $120 million in bonds over time.

9. Events -

Shelby County Real Estate Road Show, co-sponsored by Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir and Chandler Reports, will be held Monday, April 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Learn about the county’s tax sale process and anti-blight initiative, as well as how to bid on commercial, industrial and residential properties through the Civic Source online system. Cost is free. Register at rersmemphis42017.eventbrite.com or email kwhitaker@shelbycountytrustee.com.

10. Butler Snow's Commercial Litigation Group Grows -

The Memphis office of Butler Snow LLP has added three attorneys to its commercial litigation group.

Clifton Lipman, Robert Crawford and Michael Less are the latest attorneys to join the full-service law firm in recent months.

11. Events -

The Dunavant Public Servant Awards luncheon, co-sponsored by The Rotary Club of Memphis East and The Daily News, will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Awards will be presented to Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner and Memphis Public Library & Information Center director Keenon McCloy, and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker will give the keynote. Tickets are $50. Call 901-754-1615 or email lmhughes@costconsulting.net.

12. Butler Snow Grows Its Commercial Litigation Group -

The Memphis office of Butler Snow LLP has added three attorneys to its commercial litigation group.

Clifton Lipman, Robert Crawford and Michael Less are the latest attorneys to join the full-service law firm in recent months.

13. Butler Snow Grows Commercial Litigation Group in Memphis -

The Memphis office of Butler Snow LLP has added three attorneys to its commercial litigation group.

Clifton Lipman, Robert Crawford and Michael Less are the latest attorneys to join the full-service law firm in recent months.

14. Tennessee to Remove, Replace Guardrails Linked to Deaths -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is preparing to replace most of the roughly 1,700 guardrails tied to deaths both there and in other states.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2o13vYC) reported Thursday that at least seven people have died in six crashes in Tennessee, Missouri and Virginia when their vehicles struck Lindsay X-LITE guardrail ends.

15. IRS to Use Private Debt Collectors Amid Huge Telephone Scam -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS is resuming the use of private debt collectors amid a wave of telephone scams in which fake government agents tell innocent taxpayers to pay up or face jail, the tax agency announced Tuesday.

16. Trump's Budget Priorities Set Small Businesses Strategizing -

NEW YORK (AP) – The priorities laid out in President Donald Trump's budget message have some small business owners strategizing how they might benefit from a big boost in defense spending, and others thinking about how to make up for revenue they could lose to cuts in grant programs and subsidies.

17. Crosstown Relocations Involve IT From the Start -

Crosstown Concourse is exploding with activity as the mammoth building prepares to open to the public this year. On any given day, you’ll find plumbers, electricians, architects and other contractors working diligently prepare the 1.1 million-square-foot space for various office, retail and multifamily users.

18. Boyd Picks Finance Chair For Gubernatorial Bid -

Knoxville businessman and Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd has hired Nashville fundraiser Steve Smith to head the finance team of his bid for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.

19. Boyd Picks Finance Chair For Gubernatorial Bid -

Knoxville businessman and Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd has hired Nashville fundraiser Steve Smith to head the finance team of his bid for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.

20. Agape Kids Classic May 5 at Windkye -

This year’s Agape Kids Classic, sponsored by Dunbar Mechanical Contractors, will be held May 5 at noon at Windyke Country Club. The event offers a day of golf, fellowship and fun – all in support of the Agape mission to provide healthy homes for children and families in Memphis.

21. Google Hopes to Improve Search Quality With 'Offensive' Flag -

NEW YORK (AP) – Google is trying to improve the quality of its search results by directing review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive.

With the change, content with racial slurs could now get flagged under a new category called "upsetting-offensive." So could content that promotes hate or violence against a specific group of people based on gender, race or other criteria.

22. Agape Kids Classic May 5 at Windkye -

This year’s Agape Kids Classic, sponsored by Dunbar Mechanical Contractors, will be held May 5 at noon at Windyke Country Club. The event offers a day of golf, fellowship and fun – all in support of the Agape mission to provide healthy homes for children and families in Memphis.

23. Shortage of Skilled Workers Creating A Crisis in Construction Industry -

With only one skilled tradesman entering the workforce for every five who retire, the demand for skilled labor in the U.S. has reached a critical mass.

That, in turn, can have negative impacts on economic development by causing construction delays and inflating budgets to accommodate out-of-town workers.

24. Will WikiLeaks Work With Tech Firms to Defend CIA Hacking? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks raised the prospect Wednesday of sharing sensitive details it uncovered about CIA hacking tools with leading technology companies whose flagship products and services were targeted by the U.S. government's hacker-spies.

25. WikiLeaks Reveals CIA Trove Alleging Wide-Scale Hacking -

WASHINGTON (AP) – WikiLeaks published thousands of documents Tuesday described as secret files about CIA hacking tools the government employs to break into users' computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs from companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung.

26. Clayborn Temple Restoration Approaches One-Year Mark -

Box lunches and stained glass were the order of the day as developers of Clayborn Temple hosted the Rotary Club last month at the landmark Downtown church.

It was one in a series of events Frank Smith and Rob Thompson have hosted at the AME Church since they reopened its doors last October to explore uses for it and start a fuller renovation in time for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the spring of 2018.

27. $12 Million Permit Filed For Hickman Building -

240 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $12 million

Project Cost: $16 million

Application Date: February 2016

28. $12 Million Permit Filed for Hickman Building -

Montgomery Martin Contractors has filed a $12 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to renovate the historic Hickman Building into a mixed-use development that will include the new headquarters of Memphis-based investment firm, SouthernSun Asset Management.

29. $12M Building Permit Pulled for Hickman Building -

Montgomery Martin Contractors has filed a $12 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to renovate the historic Hickman Building into a mixed-use development that will include the new headquarters of Memphis-based investment firm, SouthernSun Asset Management.

30. SouthernSun Converting Historic Downtown Building to New HQ -

SouthernSun Asset Management is preparing to convert part of a historic but long-vacant Downtown building into its new headquarters.

The $16 million project seeks to turn the nine-story Hickman Building, 240 Madison Ave., into a mixed-use project that houses the Memphis-based investment firm's headquarters as well as 40 apartments, 5,000 square feet of street-level retail and a connected parking structure.

31. SouthernSun Converting Historic Downtown Building to New HQ -

SouthernSun Asset Management is preparing to convert a historic but long-vacant Downtown building into its new headquarters.

The Memphis-based investment management firm plans to invest around $16 million to turn the nine-story Hickman Building, 240 Madison Ave., into a mixed-use project that houses its headquarters as well as 40 apartments, 5,000 square feet of street-level retail and a connected parking structure.

32. SouthernSun Converting Historic Downtown Building to New HQ -

SouthernSun Asset Management is preparing to convert a historic but long-vacant Downtown building into its new headquarters.

The Memphis-based investment management firm plans to invest around $16 million to turn the nine-story Hickman Building, 240 Madison Ave., into a mixed-use project that houses its headquarters as well as 40 apartments, 5,000 square feet of street-level retail and a connected parking structure.

33. SouthernSun Converting Historic Downtown Building to New HQ -

SouthernSun Asset Management is preparing to convert a historic but long-vacant Downtown building into its new headquarters.

The Memphis-based investment management firm plans to invest around $16 million to turn the nine-story Hickman Building, 240 Madison Ave., into a mixed-use project that houses its headquarters as well as 40 apartments, 5,000 square feet of street-level retail and a connected parking structure.

34. SouthernSun Converting Historic Downtown Building to New HQ -

SouthernSun Asset Management is preparing to convert a historic but long-vacant Downtown building into its new headquarters.

The Memphis-based investment management firm plans to invest around $16 million to turn the nine-story Hickman Building, 240 Madison Ave., into a mixed-use project that houses its headquarters as well as 40 apartments, 5,000 square feet of street-level retail and a connected parking structure.

35. The Week Ahead: February 28-March 6 -

It's Monday, Memphis – time to peek at this week's (very busy) dance card, from the opening of Graceland's $45 million entertainment complex to a showcase of the latest high-tech ag innovations to a celebration of some local "hidden figures." Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...  

36. Brewery District Developer Pulls $1.1M Building Permit -

495 Tennessee St., Memphis, TN 38103: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC has filed a $1.1 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for tenant buildout in the former Tennessee Brewery, located at 495 Tennessee St.

37. Brewery District Developer Pulls $1.1M Building Permit -

Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC has filed a $1.1 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for tenant buildout in the former Tennessee Brewery, located at 495 Tennessee St.

38. Brewery District Developer Pulls $1.1M Building Permit -

Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC has filed a $1.1 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for tenant buildout in the former Tennessee Brewery, located at 495 Tennessee St.

39. Permit Filed for Boutique Arrive Hotel Downtown -

477 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103 

Permit Amount: $5.3 million

Application Date: February 2017

Completion: 2018

40. Developers Request to Amend Downtown Hotel Project -

Memphis City Council members will consider an amendment Tuesday, Feb. 7, to plans for a 150-room hotel on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard.

The change by Wessman Holdings LLC for the Leader Federal Bank building and the two-story building next to it on the corner would add a new nine-story building past the corner on the B.B. King side.

41. Downtown Hotel Moves Closer To Reality with Building Permit -

A new boutique hotel slated to open on South Main is taking a big step forward.

Montgomery Martin Contractors filed a $5.3 million permit for renovations to the former Memphis College of Art graduate school at 477 S. Main St.

42. Proposal to Limit Trucks’ Speed On US Roadways Closer to Becoming Law -

A proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that would require speed limiters on all heavy-duty trucks traveling on U.S. roadways might finally become law this year after more than a decade in the works.

43. MEI Survey: Strong Memphis Economy Ahead in ’17 -

The Memphis-area economy across several key sectors – construction, real estate, retail spending, and others – is continuing to improve.

That’s according to the “Beige Book,” the Federal Reserve’s latest survey of economic conditions in the region that includes Memphis , which was released in recent days. It’s a report that each of the regional Fed districts publishes as a survey of their respective territories.

44. Boyle Insurance Adds Executive, Promotes Two -

Boyle Insurance Agency’s Memphis office is growing.

The commercial property and casualty insurance company announced that Chris Poindexter was recently hired as an account executive.

45. Boyle Insurance Adds Executive, Promotes Two -

Boyle Insurance Agency’s Memphis office is growing.

The commercial property and casualty insurance company announced that Chris Poindexter was recently hired as an account executive.

46. What it Takes to Keep FedExForum Clean -

With around 100 arena events and 100 private events every year, FedExForum hosts millions of guests annually. Most people attending these events are completely oblivious to the “show” that’s going on behind the scenes – the hundreds of people and unbelievable number of hours put in to make the games and events possible.

47. Logistics Sector Preps for Logging Devices -

While Memphis’ distribution and logistics sectors continued to prosper in 2016, legislative changes and proposed improvements to the infrastructure of Lamar Avenue were among the year’s top local headlines for the industry.

48. Online Sites Court Procrastinators With Speedy Shipping -

ATLANTA (AP) – Forget ordering online weeks in advance or dashing out to the drug store for a gift card on Christmas Eve. Procrastinating holiday shoppers are finding a haven online as retailers ramp up expedited shipping and same-day delivery services.

49. Memphis Chamber Announces Program to Assist Minority-, Women-Owned Businesses -

At a press conference fittingly held at the National Civil Rights Museum, The Greater Memphis Chamber announced their newest pilot program Thursday, Dec. 15: the Ascend Memphis Business Development Pilot Program.

50. Brewer Named President Of Versant Supply Chain -

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

51. Tourists Stream Back to Gatlinburg, But Rebuilding Looms -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Visitors jammed the main roads and sidewalks in Gatlinburg as the tourism city reopened to the public Friday for the first time since wildfires killed 14 people.

52. Outsourcing: Savings, But No Specifics -

The Haslam administration is forging ahead with plans to nab a statewide facilities services contractor after an outside analysis backed up a study showing estimated cost savings of more than $35 million a year at Tennessee universities.

53. House Passes $611 Billion Defense Policy Bill by Wide Margin -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly backed a $611 billion defense policy bill that rejects a number of President Barack Obama's key proposals for managing the nation's vast military enterprise.

54. 1 Worker Killed, Another Injured at Cargill Plant In Memphis -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Police say a worker has been killed and another has been injured in an industrial accident at the Cargill plant in Memphis.

Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee says a wall collapsed during demolition at the plant at around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Brownlee says the injured worker was taken to a hospital in non-critical condition. The names of the workers have not been released.

55. 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.

56. Tire Plant Breaks Ground Amid Concerns Over Local Contracts -

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi and Continental AG leaders Thursday celebrated the start of construction of the German company's $1.45 billion tire plant west of Jackson.

But during the ceremonial groundbreaking, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson added his voice to those who want local and minority-owned businesses to get as much of the work involved in the mammoth construction project as possible.

57. Tennessee Statehouse Refuses to Release Sex Harassment Data -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislative leaders have said that sexual misconduct accusations levied against ex-lawmaker Jeremy Durham are not demonstrative of the state Capitol culture, but officials have refused to give data about sexual harassment in state government.

58. FedEx Express’ Brown Named To Savoy’s ‘Power 300’ List -

Shannon A. Brown, senior vice president and chief human resource/diversity officer at FedEx Express, has been named to Savoy Magazine’s Power 300: 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors list. Brown, who was honored as a member of the BancorpSouth Inc. board of directors, also holds board memberships with several universities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-South and beyond.

59. Report: Tennessee Agency Dealings With Sex Harassment Differ -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A newspaper's analysis of state government data shows an inconsistent process among Tennessee agencies of investigating sexual harassment complaints and handing out punishments.

60. Wolf River Greenway Prepares to Move as River Causes Changes To Plan -

Before Thanksgiving, the Wolf River Conservancy should have a contract awarded to begin work on the trail and trail head at Kennedy Park and start work on the privately funded part of the 21-mile Wolf River Greenway.

61. How Energy-Efficient Upgrades Can Increase Your Home's Value -

Energy-efficient upgrades can not only shrink your utility bill; they can increase the value of your home.

Homebuyers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of energy-efficient homes. In fact, they're often willing to pay more for homes with "green" upgrades, says Sandra Adomatis, a specialist in green valuation with Adomatis Appraisal Service in Punta Gorda, Florida.

62. Clayborn Restoration Momentum Builds -

For the first time in 18 years, the 19th-century chandelier in the Clayborn Temple sanctuary was in working order, shedding light Tuesday, Oct. 25, on several hundred people gathered along with leaders of eight different denominations and faiths.

63. Increasing Firms Eligible for Contracts Could Propel More Minority Businesses -

City Hall’s effort to improve the level of business Memphis does with minority-owned firms has to meet up with the broader local effort to improve the growth of minority businesses in private, business-to-business contracts, says one of the leaders of the 2-year-old renewed push on both fronts.

64. Clayborn Reborn Effort Charts Different Pre-vitalization Path -

The hope has been that the redevelopment of Central Station in the South Main area would cause a ripple in development to the east and link up with the sprawling South City development that encompasses the Foote Homes public housing development, the area south of FedExForum, and go south of Crump Boulevard.

65. Owners Seek Uses for Historic Clayborn Temple -

Owners of the historic Clayborn Temple church at Hernando and Pontotoc are just about ready for visitors to the Presbyterian turned AME church that has been boarded up and fenced off for the last 18 years.

66. Businesses Can Expect to Pay More For Insurance Products in 2017 -

Many businesses are feeling the sting of increasing medical insurance costs, while premiums for other types of business insurance have remained stable over the past year. But that’s all likely to change in the next year, as rates are expected to rise.

67. Two More Boutique Hotels to Arrive Soon -

An out-of-town developer with one hotel planned for the Downtown market has purchased the former Memphis College of Art graduate school at 477 South Main for another hotel.

California-based Wessman Holdings was attracted to Downtown’s growth of boutique hotels and abundance of vacant buildings, said principal John Wessman.

68. US Construction Spending Fell Again in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders trimmed spending on construction projects in August for a second straight month with housing, non-residential and government activity all seeing declines.

69. Strickland Has 4 Plans to Spike Minority Business -

Black-owned businesses take in less than 1 percent of all revenue flowing through Memphis, which is unacceptable, according to Mayor Jim Strickland. On Sept. 28, Strickland introduced four new programs that will boost the wealth of minority and women-owned businesses.

70. Missed Opportunities Detailed Ahead of Personnel Agency Hack -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It was time to purge the hacker from the U.S. government's computers.

After secretly monitoring the hacker's online movements for months, officials worried he was getting too close to critical information, so they devised a plan, called the "Big Bang," to expel him.

71. Rhodes Honors Judith Haas With Faculty Service Award -

Dr. Judith Haas, associate professor of English at Rhodes College, has been presented the 2016 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, which honors a current faculty member who has rendered exemplary service and provided leadership to the Rhodes community.
Haas, who joined the Rhodes faculty in 2002, has served as co-director of the college’s post-graduate fellowships and scholarships initiatives; secretary-treasurer for the Rhodes chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; and director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She also serves on the committee charged with revising the college’s Title IX policy on Sexual Misconduct.

72. Downtown Kooky Canuck Preparing to Move -

Kooky Canuck is moving next door. Montgomery Martin Contractors recently filed a $689,000 building permit to convert the ground floor of 87 S. Second St. By October, Kooky Canuck will vacate its home of 11 years at 97 S. Second St.

73. Cordova’s Parkway Place Sells in Foreclosure -

1250 N. Germantown Parkway

Cordova, TN 38016

Sale Amount: $19.6 million

Sale Date: Aug. 24, 2016

74. Downtown Kooky Canuck Preparing to Move -

Kooky Canuck is moving next door. Montgomery Martin Contractors recently filed a $689,000 building permit to convert the ground floor of 87 S. Second St. By October, Kooky Canuck will vacate its home of 11 years at 97 S. Second St.

75. The World at your Doorstep -

There is nothing you can’t get delivered these days. If you can imagine owning it, it’s only a matter of time before it can be in your possession, brought to your front door within minutes, hours or days from the first moment you even conjured the thought of having it.

76. Artspace Begins $17M Affordable Housing Project -

138 & 120 St. Paul Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $17 million

77. Last Word: Busy Council Day, Crosstown High and Local Democratic Post Mortem -

There aren’t any terms yet. But it would appear that there is enough common ground between the owners of Wiseacre Brewing and the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to take what amounts to a letter of intent on the Mid-South Coliseum to the City Council Tuesday.

78. South Main Artspace Lofts Sets Groundbreaking -

The South Main Artspace Lofts will be moving into South Main this year. The $17 million project, first announced in December 2011, has secured its final round of financing and has set a formal groundbreaking for Sept. 29.

79. A1 Electrical Sparks Successful Move To Predominantly Commercial Work -

A1 Electrical Contractors president Willie Frazier knows how to adapt his company’s business model to achieve success. Over the company’s history, A1 has shifted from doing only residential work in its early years to today handling 95 percent commercial work.

80. South Main Artspace Lofts Sets Sept. 29 Groundbreaking -

The South Main Artspace Lofts will be moving in to South Main this year. The $17 million project, first announced in December 2011, has secured its final round of financing and has set a formal groundbreaking for Sept. 29.

81. Google Fiber Warns It Could Pull Plug Over Nashville Impasse -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Google is warning that an impasse over access to utility poles could lead the company to pull the plug on its plans to bring its fiber optic broadband service to Nashville.

82. And Now It's Comcast vs. The Wait for the Cable Guy -

NEW YORK (AP) – Did you hear the one about the cable company that's actually improving customer service? The punchline: Comcast and its rivals say it's no joke.

These companies have poured hundreds of millions into new tools and staff to de-agonize the process of getting cable TV, Internet or phone service. It's part of a yearslong effort to assuage customers as the specter of "cord-cutting" – dumping cable for Netflix and the like – haunts the industry. More than 2 million customers have fled from cable and satellite over the past three years, according to research firm SNL Kagan, and the pace has been accelerating.

83. Businesses Welcome Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail Completion -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – No more orange barrels to drive around, no more lane shifts, no more trouble getting in and out of parking spaces.

"Hallelujah," said Pam Fair, a co-owner of Sparrows on Main, a boutique on East Main Street that opened in May 2014. Four months later, work began on the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail.

84. Is Your Nonprofit Legit? -

Passion for mission is at the heart of a nonprofit, but don’t forget your “business” requirements. Nonprofits must comply with many of the same regulations as businesses, and additional ones that are specific to the sector. As an executive or board member you need to be aware of these, and operate within the law.

85. Jonesboro Fairgrounds Sold to Church -

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – A Jonesboro church has purchased the fairgrounds site just north of the city for $6.65 million, but the Northeast Arkansas District Fair will be held there as scheduled.

86. Thomas & Betts Donates $50,000 to Apprenticeship Program -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has pledged $50,000 to the Memphis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

87. Uber, Lyft Battle Governments Over Driver Fingerprint Checks -

DETROIT (AP) – Hailing a ride with a smartphone app in many U.S. cities is coming down to a fight over fingerprints.

Following incidents where Uber drivers were found to have criminal records, a number of state and local officials have proposed fingerprint background checks for ride-hailing drivers – often with the support of local taxi companies.

88. NexAir Signs Lease for New HQ at Crosstown Concourse -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Details: Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

89. Thomas & Betts Donates $50K to Memphis Apprenticeship Program -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has pledged $50,000 to the Memphis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

90. Hackers Find Security Gaps in Pentagon Websites -

WASHINGTON (AP) – High-tech hackers brought in by the Pentagon to breach Defense Department websites were able to burrow in and find 138 different security gaps, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.

91. Construction Begins on Carousel Building -

The Memphis Grand Carousel is closer to its summer 2017 opening. Montgomery Martin Contractors recently filed a $4.4 million building permit for “a single family banquet room” at 2525 Central Ave. The project is part of the Children’s Museum of Memphis campus, and the new building will house the 107-year-old carousel that previously spun at the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

92. Tennessee Lagging On Alternative Energy -

Tennessee has never been at the forefront of alternative energy. If California is the cool kid tapped in on all the latest advances, we could be considered the behind-the-times cousin always trying to play catch up.

93. EDGE Adopts Changes to Diversity Policy -

After six months of deliberation, the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has ratified a diversity policy for its five PILOT programs.

The adopted program requires that companies receiving financial incentives from EDGE spend with local and minority-owned businesses an amount totaling 25 percent of the construction costs plus 15 percent of the projected PILOT savings for the duration of the property tax freeze. Exceptional performance will earn a company up to two years on its PILOT. If a company fails to meet the spending requirements, EDGE will reduce the terms of the PILOT by 20 percent or two years, depending on which is less.

94. ServiceMaster Lands EDGE Incentive Package -

The final piece of ServiceMaster’s local incentive package fell into place Wednesday, June 15, at a Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine board meeting.

The residential- and commercial-services company, which plans to move its headquarters into the former Peabody Place mall in Downtown Memphis, received a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to offset its $9.3 million personal property investment for items such as furniture, fixtures, computers and equipment.

95. Construction Work Begins on CMOM Carousel Building -

The Memphis Grand Carousel is closer to its summer 2017 opening. Montgomery Martin Contractors recently filed a $4.4 million building permit for “a single family banquet room” at 2525 Central Ave. The project is part of the Children’s Museum of Memphis campus, and the new building will house the 107-year-old carousel that previously spun at the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

96. St. Jude Pulls $84.5M Permit for Expansion -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has applied for an $84.5 million permit for construction on its Downtown campus, part of a $9 billion strategic plan announced late last year.

Addition and alterations will take place at 262 N. Danny Thomas Blvd., according to the application, which lists W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. as the contractor.

97. Last Word: The Return of Chiwawa, Mud Island's Dilemma and A Good Map -

Chiwawa is back. But don’t call it a doughnut shop. And the owner says it won’t be called Chiwawa either. We presume it will still proclaim that Midtown is Memphis.

98. Last Word: $4.8 Billion of TNT, North Parkway Complications and Graceland West -

FedEx sets a date next week for its acquisition of TNT Express – a $4.8 billion deal that was approved by TNT shareholders Wednesday.

99. 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.

100. More Student Housing For University District -

3557 Mynders Ave. 
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $15.5 million

Completion: Fall 2017
Owner: 908 Group
Tenant: The Nine
Architect: BDG Architects
Details: A student housing tower near the University of Memphis has taken a step forward nearly two years after a development on that site was first announced.