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1. Wunderlich Becomes B. Riley Wealth Management -

Almost a year after it acquired Memphis-based Wunderlich Securities as a wholly owned subsidiary, B. Riley Financial Inc. is changing the name of the Wunderlich operation to bring it under the B. Riley banner.

2. Last Word: Rebranding and Self Identity, The Many Legs of CTE and Draft Recap -

What’s in a name? Plenty when it comes to tourism. The Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau is now Memphis Tourism – a name change that has been in the making for a while before last week’s unveiling at the CVB’s annual meeting where it flipped the switch on the new identity. There are a couple of key ingredients in the change – soul and home – according to Memphis Tourism president Kevin Kane.

3. FedEx Q4 Profits Beat Wall Street Estimates -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. posted a solid growth during its fiscal fourth quarter and full year, with company executives saying the shipping giant can adjust if looming tariffs disrupt trade patterns with China.

4. Geofencing vs. Geotargeting -

As technology has continued to evolve in the last decade, marketers have been closely watching and anticipating the progression of geomarketing, or the application of location intelligence to effectively market products and services to consumers.

5. New Memphis Hires New Outreach Director -

New Memphis has added Ruby Powell-Dennis as its director of outreach, a role in which she’s responsible for attracting and filling New Memphis’ core programs, as well as engaging program graduates on an ongoing basis.

6. New Memphis Hires New Outreach Director -

New Memphis has added Ruby Powell-Dennis as its director of outreach, a role in which she’s responsible for attracting and filling New Memphis’ core programs, as well as engaging program graduates on an ongoing basis.

7. Strickland: City Given Enough For Entertainment -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says he would support some kind of incentives for the manufacturing facility Graceland wants to open in Whitehaven. But not if it’s linked to a greater share of city and county property tax revenue for a 6,200-seat arena Graceland also wants to build.

8. Christ Community Health Services Nears Completion of Major Projects -

Christ Community Health Services is about two months away from wrapping up a pair of major projects, one of which is the completion of a renovation and expansion of its clinic at 2861 Broad Ave.

9. Advance And Learn: Predators Prove Their Ability to Evolve -

Every round of the NHL playoffs presents teams an opportunity to grow as they move forward.

A year ago, for instance, the Nashville Predators learned they could handle the league’s best by beating Chicago in Round 1, proved they could overcome St. Louis’ tight-checking system in Round 2 and discovered they could match Anaheim’s punishing style in Round 3.

10. Tennessee Supreme Court Adopts Uniform Bar Exam -

The Uniform Bar Exam will be given for the first time in Tennessee in February.

The Tennessee Supreme Court announced Wednesday, April 18, that it is adopting the UBE for admission to the bar by prospective Tennessee attorneys.

11. Tennessee Supreme Court Adopts Uniform Bar Exam -

The Uniform Bar Exam will be given for the first time in Tennessee in February.

The Tennessee Supreme Court announced Wednesday, April 18, that it is adopting the UBE for admission to the bar by prospective Tennessee attorneys.

12. CDC: Drug-Resistant 'Nightmare Bacteria' Pose Growing Threat -

"Nightmare bacteria" with unusual resistance to antibiotics of last resort were found more than 200 times in the United States last year in a first-of-a-kind hunt to see how much of a threat these rare cases are becoming, health officials said Tuesday.

13. Walker Named President Of Black Swan Digital Forensics -

Jim Walker has been named president of Memphis-based Black Swan Digital Forensics, the only forensics lab in the U.S. that focuses exclusively on data recovery from digital devices such as cellphones, vehicle systems, computers and social media accounts. Walker comes to Black Swan after more than 30 years of military and public service at the federal, state and local level, including eight years as Alabama’s director of homeland security and more than 20 years in the U.S. Army, where he was an Airborne Ranger and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

14. Good Shepherd Pharmacy Continues Growth with new Chief Medical Officer -

Whenever Dr. Amara Elochukwu discharges a patient and sends them away with medications, she always worries after they leave if they’ll actually be able to afford the drugs.

If they can’t, she often wonders, what’s the point? Why even prescribe them? That concern explains why Dr. Elochukwu is in the process of joining Good Shepherd Pharmacy in Memphis on a part-time basis as the pharmacy’s first chief medical officer.

15. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 9 Percent in February -

Now that the weather is starting to warm up a little from the frigid start to the year, mortgage lenders like Jessica Campbell are noticing something else: a “steady increase” in both refinances and purchase mortgage volume.

16. Not Your Father’s Office Building -

2017 was a big year for Clark Tower, with more than $9 million in physical improvements. But perhaps one of the biggest changes to the 34-story East Memphis office tower, located at 5100 Poplar Ave., is a change in perception.

17. Sheriff’s Deputies Will Get to Keep Service Revolver Upon Retiring -

Retiring Shelby County Sheriff’s Department deputies would get their service revolvers from the county instead of a watch under a resolution approved Monday, Feb. 19, by the Shelby County Commission.

18. Despite Merry Holidays, Retailers Face Challenges in 2018 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers are riding high after ebullient U.S. consumers shopped at the healthiest pace in more than a decade over the holiday season. But merchants can't afford to rest easy.

19. Q&A: Using Government Policy to Guide Investment Choices -

From the Republican-led federal tax reform package signed into law last week by President Donald Trump to his predecessor's sweeping overhaul of health care, government policies can often benefit some companies and hurt others.

20. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 3 Percent in November -

With most of the final quarter of the year now in the books, area bankers continue to sound a pretty consistent theme: that 2017 has proven to be a busy year as far as mortgage activity goes.

Those executives include Orion Federal Credit Union CEO Daniel Weickenand, for example, who said his institution expects its mortgage business – which was strong in 2017 – to be just as active “and possibly better” in 2018. And the latest monthly mortgage figures from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com, help show why that’s the case.

21. Last Word: Visions of Black Helicopters, 'Extreme Body Rot' and Mall Nostalgia -

A happy council day at City Hall to you and yours. I know this is probably a new and foreign tradition to most of you – the twice a month Memphis City Council meetings every other Tuesday. Or maybe you just don't think of the sessions in that way. This time of the year can be pretty mellow – a lull before what is really the biggest season at City Hall – budget season in the spring. But the council will be pretty busy Tuesday.

22. Museum Store Reopening at Brooks Museum of Art -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has partnered with local restaurateur and retailer Lisa Toro – co-owner of City & State and The Liquor Store – on the redesign and relaunch of the Brooks Museum Store.

23. Pinnacle Financial Adds to Memphis Team -

Justin Gordon, Logan Welch, Michelle Butler and Amy Dunnam have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners, all based at the main office on Shady Grove Road.

24. Pinnacle Financial Adds to Memphis Team -

Justin Gordon, Logan Welch, Michelle Butler and Amy Dunnam have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners, all based at the main office on Shady Grove Road.

25. Apocalypse Not -

Much has been said about the so-called “Retail Apocalypse,” a frightening term that conjures images of a desolate landscape littered with boarded-up malls and shopping centers representing the death of American capitalism. 

26. Banks Behind Lakeland Residential Developments -

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

Application Date: Nov. 16, 2017

27. Banks Behind 2 Large Lakeland Residential Developments -

Plans for more than 200 acres of residential development in Lakeland will go before the city’s joint Municipal Planning and Design Review Commission on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The larger of the two projects, known as Chapel Woods, is a 214-lot, 126.4-acre residential development being planned by Evolve Bank & Trust.

28. Memphis Flexes Its Strengths In Improving Real Estate Market -

The evolution of e-commerce and its transformative effects on the real estate market are not just limited to the retail sector, and while many trends and topics were discussed at The Daily News’ annual Commercial Real Estate Review & Forecast Seminar on Nov. 2, this was one of the overarching themes.

29. Equifax Calls Executive Stock Sales Days After Breach Legal -

ATLANTA (AP) – Equifax, the credit report company hacked over the summer exposing the personal information of 145 million Americans, said a special committee has determined that none of the four executives who sold shares at the time did anything wrong.

30. Text of the Fed's Statement After its Meeting Wednesday -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a solid rate despite hurricane-related disruptions. Although the hurricanes caused a drop in payroll employment in September, the unemployment rate declined further.

31. Montgomery Martin Builds an Urban Renaissance -

Montgomery Martin has Memphis grit on his feet. He’s spent the afternoon walking through the Tennessee Brewery building, a 125-year-old South Bluff structure being reimagined and renovated with the help of Montgomery Martin Contractors. In other cities, an aging giant like the Brewery might be seen as condemned – too daunting to be granted new life. But Martin says, “We’re not afraid of old buildings – we figure out how to get it done.” And, he adds, “all this is coming together to draw people back into the city.”

32. New General Counsel Hired At Evolve Bank & Trust -

Evolve Bank & Trust has tapped a new general counsel.

Virginia Wilson, who’s been in private law practice for 28 years with banking and financial services experience, is the bank’s new senior vice president and general counsel. She comes to the bank from Butler Snow LLP in Memphis.

33. Last Word: Alexander on Trump, Gibson Sells and Chandler Home Sales Numbers -

If you tuned out at half-time in Houston Thursday evening, you may need to examine your committment and give me five sets of wind sprints from East Parkway to the fountain at the other end of Tiger Lane. And no drinking the blue water.

34. Lendermon Retires As Riverfront Plans Evolve -

Benny Lendermon was familiar with the controversy that comes with plans for the city’s riverfront before the Riverfront Development Corp. started in 2000 and he became its founding president.

35. Memphis Candy-Maker Dinstuhl's Celebrating 115 Years -

Enduring for five generations to celebrate its 115th birthday this year was no lucky turn of events for Dinstuhl’s Fine Candy Co. Inc.

36. In Historic Change, Boy Scouts to Let Girls in Some Programs -

NEW YORK (AP) – Embracing a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts.

37. New Apartments, Offices Headed for Cooper-Young -

Two new development projects will get underway later this year along Cooper Street in Midtown, following their approval for 11-year PILOTs on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Both projects received the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentives by the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board.

38. Hiring Larry Scott As Offensive Coordinator Big Mistake For Jones -

If/when Butch Jones is fired at Tennessee, a number of reasons will be cited. Among them:

• A 41-0 no-show at home against Georgia

• A combined 3-11 record against rivals Alabama, Florida and Georgia

39. Get Your Flu Shots, US Urges Amid Concerns About Bad Season -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter.

The clues: The Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, was hit hard over the past few months with a flu strain that's notorious for causing severe illness, especially in seniors.

40. Grizzlies Begin Life Without Z-Bo and TA, But Cling to Grit & Grind -

Another Memphis Grizzlies Media Day is done, the first one in this seven-year playoff run after the departure of Tony Allen and Zach Randolph.

41. Inside Voice -

The advertisement moves fast, even for 30 seconds. It’s got hip-hop artist Marco Pave with Grammy Award-winning producer Carlos Broady. And the message is to the point as the camera comes in close on the face of a man who says emphatically, “Don’t lose your head, use your head.”

42. Text of the Fed's Statement After Its Meeting Wednesday -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in July indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising moderately so far this year. Job gains have remained solid in recent months, and the unemployment rate has stayed low.

43. Evolve Taps New Assistant Vice President -

Evolve Bank & Trust has tapped Michelle Latham as its new assistant vice president and operations manager of its payment processing solutions division. Latham has more than 12 years’ experience in the payment and banking industries. She joins senior vice president Betsy Bohlen, who is leading the expansion of Evolve’s Payment Processing Solutions Division. Latham has held leadership roles at Palm Desert National Bank, Switch Commerce and First American Payment Systems, most recently served as the vice president of sales and service for Lone Star Capital Bank in San Antonio. During her tenure, she directed the implementation of a new retail product line that increased low-cost core deposits by 15 percent and acquired new high-value accounts by 5 percent.

44. Cooper-Young Invitational For Artists Set for Sept. 14 -

The 2017 Cooper-Young Festival presented by Evolve Bank & Trust will be showcasing more than 25 local artisans at this year’s Art Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

45. Rhodes College Keeps Flexibility In Its Design For The Sciences -

Typically when Rhodes College erects a new building on its historic Midtown campus, it’s nearly impossible to see the difference from the rest of the gothic architecture dating back to 1925.

That is until you get inside the new $34 million Robertson Hall science building.

46. Cooper-Young Art Invitational Scheduled for Sept. 14 -

The 2017 Cooper-Young Festival presented by Evolve Bank & Trust will be showcasing more than 25 local artisans at this year’s Art Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

47. Cooper-Young Festival Set for Sept. 16 -

The annual Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival is less than three weeks away, set for Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

48. Professionalism & Charm -

Entering the upscale offices of Doug Carpenter + Associates on South Main, veteran residential real estate agent Meredith McDonald radiates Southern charm and professionalism.

49. 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.

50. Kim Cherry Invests in Culture and Community -

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question commonly asked of children, with a slate of common answers: doctor, teacher, astronaut.

Ask Kim Cherry, executive vice president of corporate communications at First Tennessee Bank, what she wanted to be when she grew up, and the answer is a bit less standard.

51. Whole Foods' Key Sales Dip Shows Amazon Buying a Fixer-Upper -

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Amazon is set to have a fixer-upper on its hands, with Whole Foods reporting another key sales decline.

The grocery chain said Wednesday that sales fell 1.9 percent at established locations for the three months that ended July 2. That marks the eighth straight quarter the figure has declined as Whole Foods sees more competition from traditional grocers, big box retailers and others that are offering more organic choices.

52. Text of the Fed's Statement After Its Meeting Wednesday -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising moderately so far this year. Job gains have been solid, on average, since the beginning of the year, and the unemployment rate has declined.

53. Milford Joins Chamber As Programming, Events Director -

Ericka Milford recently joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as director of events and programming, a job in which she’s responsible for planning and executing chamber events and programs and for increasing engagement opportunities for members and the community. Milford’s new role marks her return to the chamber, where she served as events coordinator from 2007 to 2012 before taking a job with HigherVisibility.

54. Subway Looking to Update Stores' Not-So-Fresh Look -

NEW YORK (AP) – Subway wants to freshen up the look of its stores as it tries to stem a sales decline.

The sandwich chain says the redesign – which includes a brighter atmosphere, displays of vegetables behind the counter and ordering tablets – is the first major revamp since the early 2000s. The changes will take place as stores around the country are remodeled and new ones are built.

55. Paradigm Innovating, Evolving in 25th Year -

Following major cancer surgery three years ago, Paradigm Marketing & Creative’s owner and chief idea architect Charles Gaushell decided to focus less on growing his company’s size just for the sake of growth and more on the quality of its clients and helping them to best tell their stories.

56. Fred’s, Nielsen Expand Data Analytics Relationship -

Memphis-based Fred’s Pharmacy and Nielsen announced Monday, June 26, they have expanded their long-term relationship with the renewal of data insights and analytics services.

Nielsen will become the exclusive account-level data provider for Fred’s Pharmacy, covering metrics for all 601 fred’s stores in 15 states across the southeastern U.S., as well as future stores within the health and wellness marketplace.

57. Fred’s, Nielsen Expand Data Analytics Relationship -

Memphis-based Fred’s Pharmacy and Nielsen announced Monday, June 26, they have expanded their long-term relationship with the renewal of data insights and analytics services.

Nielsen will become the exclusive account-level data provider for Fred’s Pharmacy, covering metrics for all 601 fred’s stores in 15 states across the southeastern U.S., as well as future stores within the health and wellness marketplace.

58. Fed Raises Key Rate and Unveils Plan to Reduce Bond Holdings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised its key interest rate for the third time in six months, providing its latest vote of confidence in a slow-growing but durable economy. The Fed also announced plans to start gradually paring its bond holdings later this year, which could cause long-term rates to rise.

59. Unlock the Value of Failure -

A Front End of Innovation 2017 keynote by Soon Yu. This talk spoke of the emotional toll of being a professional innovator. The candor and transparency of the speaker made it one of the most engaging keynotes in a stellar year of speakers. Essentially, when we innovate things, we too are being remade. These are tips to handle this process mindfully.

60. OrthoMemphis Calls Its First NUsurface Implant a Success -

Dr. Tim Goldsmith, chief clinical officer at Youth Villages, had never been a guinea pig before, but now he is glad he was. Last year, Goldsmith became the first person in Tennessee to receive meniscus replacement surgery through his involvement with an ongoing clinical trial in Memphis for Active Implants’ NUsurface meniscus implant device.

61. ServiceMaster Almost Ready for First Employees to Occupy Downtown HQ -

By mid-June the first wave of employees will move into the new ServiceMaster Global Headquarters at 150 Peabody Place, bringing to fruition what many city leaders believe is one of the biggest wins for Downtown Memphis in a decade. 

62. The Buying And Selling Of Memphis -

Even before he went to federal prison for 25 years on a racketeering conviction in 1995, Danny Owens had a real estate portfolio. The strip-club kingpin who defined the industry in Memphis across a 20-year period owned the old Memphian movie theater and made possible its 1986 sale to Playhouse on the Square by donating $160,000 toward its purchase.

63. Outdoors Inc. Opens Downtown Pop-Up Store -

Outdoors Inc. is trying something new for its sixth retail location, which opened its doors earlier this month at 100 Peabody Place Downtown.

64. After More Than 70 Years, Colliers Continues to Pay it Forward -

In 1946, a small real estate company called Wilkinson & Snowden Inc. took root in Memphis as many of the city’s post-war expansion projects were just getting started. And though the names and faces have changed several times over the years, the culture of the company largely has remained intact for more than 70 years.

65. Revolution Partners Quietly Growing But Holding On to Client-First Mindset -

A conversation with Revolution Partners CEO Brian Fowler about the wealth management firm he and his team have been quietly growing since its launch in 2014 eventually turns philosophical, to encompass ideas like time, values, how to identify the things that matter.

66. The Optimal Retirement Age -

Ray’s Take Most of us say we want to do it – retire, that is. Given that, how do we find that perfect time to do it? Retirement at the optimal age isn’t something to be left to chance; it is something that needs to be a rational decision that takes into consideration a variety of variables. Financial variables include how much income you’ll be receiving from all sources and factoring in life expectancy and health issues. Emotional variables include considering that your spouse may have taken you for better or worse, but not for lunch.

67. Mortgage Market Grows 24 Percent in March -

Shelby County’s mortgage market closed out a busy first quarter with a 24 percent bump in purchase mortgage volume for the final month of the quarter, new figures show.

Purchase volume in March topped $162 million, up from $131 million during March 2016. That’s according to the latest figures from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

68. Evolve Bank & Trust Announces New CFO -

Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust has named Mark Mosteller as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer.

69. Evolve Bank & Trust Announces New CFO -

Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust has named Mark Mosteller as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer.

70. The Seam Expanding, Moving Headquarters -

The Seam, a commodities trading and agribusiness software provider, is expanding its Memphis-area operations and moving to Southwind, the company announced Wednesday, March 15.

The company plans to open its new headquarters, located at 3400 Players Club Parkway in Southwind Office Plaza, with a ribbon cutting and open house on April 5.

71. Wolfchase At 20 -

For the shopping mall – that quintessential staple of American retail, the biggest of big boxes, a sprawling, multilevel marvel of commercial magnificence – these are most certainly interesting times.

72. The Seam Expanding, Moving Headquarters -

The Seam, a commodities trading and agribusiness software provider, is expanding its Memphis-area operations and moving to Southwind, the company announced Wednesday, March 15.

The company plans to open its new headquarters, located at 3400 Players Club Parkway in Southwind Office Plaza, with a ribbon cutting and open house on April 5.

73. Text of the Fed's Statement After its Meeting Wednesday -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in February indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace. Job gains remained solid and the unemployment rate was little changed in recent months.

74. Yellen Signals the Fed Will Likely Raise Rates This Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target rate.

75. Daniel’s ‘Milo Bill’ Evolves In Freedom of Speech Debate -

NASHVILLE – A Knoxville lawmaker pushing free speech on college campuses stopped calling his legislation the “Milo bill” after a video resurfaced of now-former Breitbart News columnist Milo Yiannopoulos approving of pedophilia.

76. Yellen Expects Gradual Pace for Hikes But Sees Risk in Delay -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the central bank still expects to raise interest rates gradually this year. But she said the Fed also recognizes the dangers of waiting too long to tighten credit.

77. College Accounting Programs Add Specialties as Profession Evolves -

Accounting majors at local colleges have more options than in years past, as course offerings have shifted to meet a job market in which the demand for talented accountants is fueled by more cases of large-scale corporate fraud, new auditing techniques and widespread adoption of technology.

78. Turning the Page -

When a bookstore decides to close its doors for good, the moment isn't always so immediate or possessive of the clean finality that comes with shutting a book at the end of the story.

In the case of The Booksellers at Laurelwood, it is a long goodbye. These final weeks of a liquidation sale that will stretch into February – the culmination of a decision that the store’s finances have become untenable – have meant the slow unwinding of a 32-year-old bookstore that’s closing up shop the same way you fall asleep, fall in love, get old – gradually, then all of a sudden.

79. Jones Picks Bad Time to Lead UT Football Program -

There was a time in University of Tennessee football history when a nine-win season and a victory over Nebraska in a bowl would guarantee a coach something just this side of a lifetime contract.

But not right now.

80. Marketers Warm Up to Instagram -

In a hot-off-the-presses study by eMarketer, marketing professionals have spoken with gusto about their intended 2017 investments in Instagram.

It was just September 2015 when Instagram opened up advertising opportunities. However, the company is on track to bring in more than $1.85 billion in ad revenue this year, and that revenue is predicted to rise to $2.73 billion in 2017. Similarly, a poll of U.S. marketers conducted by Advertising Age and RBC Capital Markets found that 30 percent of respondents were currently leveraging Instagram advertising and an additional 31 percent plan to do so in 2017.

81. First Horizon CEO: 2017 Brings ‘Good Growth Opportunities’ -

A week ahead of his bank’s earnings presentation to analysts – which will close the books on 2016 with a fourth quarter and full-year report – the top executive at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is in an optimistic mood.

82. Sazerac Taking Plunge Into Tennessee Whiskey Production -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Sazerac is plunging into Tennessee whiskey production, lining up veteran distillers to run things while continuing an expansion strategy highlighted by its earlier purchase of Southern Comfort.

83. Resolve to Improve Each Day in 2017 -

New year’s resolutions are tempting to make, and they are even more tempting to forget. In spite of the insatiable appetite our society has for self-improvement and excellence, good habits just seem hard to acquire.

84. New Director Wants to Raise Memphis Botanic Garden’s Profile -

The Memphis Botanic Garden long ago ceased being a place to just stop and smell the roses. While a rose garden is one of 28 specialty gardens spanning 96 acres, events and promotions have more recently provided MBG’s identity to the community, especially The Live at the Garden concert series.

85. Retire, Then Reinvent Yourself -

Birth is a beginning. Death is an ending. Everything in between is merely a transition. The secret to fulfillment, to leading a purpose-driven life, to happiness, is how you learn to manage and maximize those transitions.

86. Platform for Property -

Airbnb is revolutionizing the hospitality industry causing legislators worldwide to scramble to regulate it, but the Memphis City Council is gaining state and national attention for its hands-off attitude.

87. Something Missing in Jones’ ‘Infallible’ System -

By now, Tennessee fans have taken enough deep breaths to come to grips with losing to Vanderbilt. They don’t like it, mind you, but they’ve accepted it. As for Butch Jones, what now?

I’ll leave it to others to gauge the heat of Jones’ seat as we weave through the postseason and into next year. Suffice it to say, the honeymoon is over.

88. Six-Point Plan to Help Vols Coach Stick Around Longer -

On that day in December 2012 when Butch Jones was introduced as Tennessee’s head football coach, he told Vol Nation that he had a template for fixing everything.

He said: “The plan is infallible if the players buy in.”

89. College Football Programs are Trending Toward Younger Hires -

When searching for a new head football coach, schools have been showing more willingness to hire an up-and-comer like Tom Herman or P.J. Fleck, rather than a veteran with a long track record of success such as Les Miles.

90. Obaji Named New CEO Of McDonald Murrmann Clinic -

Rola Obaji has been named CEO of McDonald Murrmann Women’s Clinic. Obaji, who has more than 20 years’ experience managing medical groups, comes to McDonald Murrman from Integrity Oncology, where she had served as CEO since 2009.

91. 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.

92. Infrastructure, Attitude Shifts Could Decrease Medical District Parking Needs -

The Memphis Medical District has 16,000 employees, 8,000 students – and 250 acres of surface parking lots. National experts say the district’s parking footprint could hinder further growth.

93. Last Word: In Charlotte's Shadow, EDGE Action and Elvis TV Bio at Graceland -

The Memphis City Council’s final vote next month on pot decriminalization is shaping up to be about more than marijuana. The vote on the ordinance proposed by council member Berlin Boyd is the leading edge of a larger push for changes in the local criminal justice system, according to Boyd.

94. FedEx Working on Drone and Automation Projects – With Caveats -

John Zimmer, co-founder and president of the on-demand ride-sharing company Lyft, thinks that in less than a decade private car ownership will essentially have ended in major U.S. cities. Also, that within five years most Lyft trips will take place in self-driving cars.

95. Sunkara Keeps Memphis Companies on the Cutting Edge -

Sridhar Sunkara knows the challenges that small-business owners face. He is one.

Every day presents new obstacles, often unpredictable. As CEO of eBiz Solutions, Sunkara brings solutions to his customers’ technology concerns. He understands their concerns because he faces many of them himself.

96. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 17 Percent in August -

Bankers like Scott Stafford are watching for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates soon and, at least for the moment, expect the usual mortgage market cool-down heading towards the end of the year.

97. Fred’s Undergoing Changes After Disappointing Financial Results -

The second quarter has not been kind to retail stocks. Among almost 90 percent of retail companies that reported second-quarter earnings as of Aug. 24, just 3.9 percent surpassed estimates, according to Zacks Investment Research, and barely 4 percent posted higher year-over-year revenue.

98. Opera Memphis Brings Back 30 Days of Opera -

For Opera Memphis’ fifth anniversary of its “30 Days of Opera” event during September, the organization wanted to borrow a page from people’s Netflix habits and help Memphians literally binge watch the art form.

99. Shelby Farms Park Formally Debuts $70 Million Improvements -

Opening a park that looks $70 million different isn’t a matter of lifting a curtain.

For two years, Shelby Farms Park has remained open to visitors with roads in the park changing dramatically as the landscape changed too. Tens of thousands of daily motorists traveling Walnut Grove Road on the park’s southern border have also seen the work in progress.

100. Let’s Play 12 (Big) Questions -

While we wait for the gods of the Big 12 to make their decision on expansion, 12 questions as a public service:

1. How many teams are actually in the Big 12?

What, are you an idiot? There are 10. Which makes perfect sense when you consider the Big Ten has 14 teams, and not long before that had 12, and right before that had 11. The tricky part is remembering that the PAC-12 has – wait for it – 12 schools. I blame college football, which is behind all of this, for our nation’s inferior math scores on standardized tests.