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1. Food Truck Fridays Return to FedExForum in June -

Food Truck Fridays will be back at FedExForum in June. The outdoor plaza at FedExForum will open to scheduled food trucks beginning June 3 and continuing every Friday in the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

2. The Week Ahead: May 30-June 5 -

It's time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a Funkadelic party at the New Daisy to a Day of Merrymaking on the Greensward... 

3. Redbirds, FESJC Team Up For AutoZone Park Theme Night -

In conjunction with the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the annual PGA Tour event being held June 6-12 at TPC Southwind, the Memphis Redbirds will turn AutoZone Park into an extension of the course during their Friday, June 3, game against New Orleans.

4. FedEx Completes $4.8B TNT Express Acquisition -

FedEx Corp. has closed on its acquisition of TNT Express for $4.8 billion.

In a joint statement from the companies released Wednesday, May 25, FedEx CEO Fred Smith said that the acquisition will “revolutionize” the way customers around the world view FedEx.

5. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring -

Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.

6. Analysis: Competition Intensifying, But FedEx Still Protected for Now -

The package shipment startup where Matthew Hertz works as director of operations is perfectly tailored to the digital age.

California-based Shyp was set up to capitalize on the legacy cost structures and operations of traditional logistics companies. Its users snap a photo of the item they want to ship and enter an address, at which point Shyp shows up at their door and takes care of the rest.

7. FedEx Completes $4.8 Billion TNT Express Acquisition -

FedEx Corp. has closed on its acquisition of TNT Express for $4.8 billion.

In a joint statement from the companies released Wednesday, May 25, FedEx CEO Fred Smith said that the acquisition will “revolutionize” the way customers around the world view FedEx.

8. Journey, Doobie Brothers Playing FedExForum May 25 -

Journey and the Doobie Brothers will bring the “San Francisco Fest 2016” tour to FedExForum on Wednesday, May 25, bringing together two of the iconic groups that helped define the “San Francisco Sound.” The show, produced by Beaver Productions, includes special guest Dave Mason.

9. FedEx Giving $1M Gift to LeMoyne-Owen -

FedEx Corp. says it is giving a $1 million gift to LeMoyne-Owen College for information techology upgrades.

FedEx senior vice president Shannon A. Brown announced the gift at LeMoyne-Owen’s commencement ceremonies Saturday in Memphis.

10. FedEx Will Acquire TNT Express May 25 -

FedEx Corp.’s $4.8 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express will close May 25.

The logistics companies jointly announced Wednesday, May 18, that 88.4 percent of TNT shareholders have accepted the offer, which comes in at 8 euros (around $9 U.S.) in cash per share.

11. 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.

12. New FESJC Director Hoping for Clear Skies, Big-Name Leaders -

Sometimes, the moments that determine your future are seemingly small. Only later can you put everything together and realize that’s when you really made your choice.

This is Darrell Smith’s first year as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Because he is only 33 years old, one could argue he got to this position quickly. But that’s not entirely true and does not take into account the fateful moment when he was 14 years old.

13. 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.

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

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

15. FedEx Acquisition of TNT Express to Close May 25 -

FedEx Corp.’s $4.8 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express will close May 25.

The logistics companies jointly announced Wednesday, May 18, that 88.4 percent of TNT shareholders have accepted the offer, which comes in at 8 euros (around $9 U.S.) in cash per share.

16. FedEx Giving $1M Gift To LeMoyne-Owen -

FedEx Corp. says it is giving a $1 million gift to LeMoyne-Owen College for information techology upgrades.

FedEx senior vice president Shannon A. Brown announced the gift at LeMoyne-Owen’s commencement ceremonies Saturday in Memphis.

17. Sometimes, Adviser Just Saves Clients From Themselves -

Mike Cooper understands that the information is everywhere. Financial “experts” on radio and television offer unsolicited advice with little regard for whether the consumer is a 25-year-old single mother worried about her children’s college education or a 50-year-old man beginning to turn an eye toward retirement.

18. InnerWorkings Returns as FedEx St. Jude Classic Pro-Am Sponsor -

InnerWorkings Inc., a global marketing execution firm, has renewed its support of the FedEx St. Jude Classic and will sponsor the premier Pro-Am event held prior to PGA Tour competition. The InnerWorkings Pro-Am will be played Wednesday, June 8, at TPC Southwind, and will feature many of the best players in the world playing alongside company representatives from around the globe.

19. HealthLink’s Medical Device Logistics Business Poised to Grow -

A Netherlands-based medical device logistics company has moved into the Lamar Avenue corridor.

Building on proximity to FedEx Corp. and Memphis’ emerging biosciences hub, HealthLink Europe & International made Memphis its latest flagstaff operation.

20. Sometimes, Financial Planner Mike Cooper Just Saves Clients From Themselves -

Mike Cooper understands that the information is everywhere. Financial “experts” on radio and television offer unsolicited advice with little regard for whether the consumer is a 25-year-old single mother worried about her children’s college education or a 50-year-old man beginning to turn an eye toward retirement.

21. Last Word: Mud Island Money, Elvis Mystery and Beyond Barbecue -

It looks like the dry rub will be in order for Memphis in May's barbecue weekend with a shower or two keeping the dust down in Tom Lee Park Wednesday.

If you can see it through the smoke, Mud Island might strike a first-tme observer as a marked contrast to all of the activity in Tom Lee Park that goes right up to the bluff's edge.

22. FedEx, er, University of Memphis to Big 12? -

The slogan still resonates: When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.

All the world came to know that was Federal Express. I can remember knowing it was Federal Express.

23. Last Word: Humdingers, Gangster Disciples Paper Work and Underground Day -

Sometimes you think you know what is going on and then something happens like Chris Wallace, the general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies, grabbing a bite to eat Monday at Humdingers out east with former Grizz coach Lionel Hollins. Next thing you know there’s another possibility for the next Grizz coach – a return engagement that would be exceedingly rare.

24. FedEx Launches Small Business Grant Contest -

FedEx Corp. has launched its fourth annual Small Business Grant Contest. Coming in at $100,000, the collective prize pool is the largest sum in the contest’s history.

25. China Approves FedEx’s Acquisition of TNT -

FedEx Corp. and TNT Express announced Friday, April 29, that the Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China has given unconditional approval for their merger.

26. Memphis Consultant Says Airport Area ‘Gone’ for Hotel Development -

One of the last remaining hotels near Memphis International Airport has sold in foreclosure for the second time in less than five years.

Chuck Pinkowski, a local hotel consultant with Pinkowski & Co., said that a multimillion-dollar renovation couldn’t save the Holiday Inn from a declining hotel market.

27. FedEx Launches 4th Annual Small Business Grant Contest -

FedEx Corp. has launched its fourth annual Small Business Grant Contest. Coming in at $100,000, the collective prize pool is the largest sum in the contest’s history.

28. Startup Teams Announced for ‘Summer Of Acceleration’ -

Monday, May 2, marked Day One of Memphis’ first “summer of acceleration,” a joint program of seven startup accelerators running concurrently that have collectively drawn the participation of 18 startup teams and dozens of founders hailing from as far away as Slovenia and Israel.

29. Last Word: BSMF Looks Up, Overton Park Respite and Slow Economic Growth -

The Beale Street Music Festival box office numbers won’t be in for a bit yet. But it looks like the three-day event that ended Sunday evening with Beck and Paul Simon weathered the weather very well, maybe better than usual.

30. China Gives Final Nod to FedEx Acquisition of TNT -

FedEx Corp. and TNT Express announced Friday, April 29, that the Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China has given unconditional approval for their merger.

31. Johnson, Koepka Confirmed for FedEx St. Jude Classic -

Two of golf’s top players are confirmed for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, to be played from June 9-12 at TPC Southwind.

Past champion Dustin Johnson, currently sitting eighth in the World Golf Rankings, will make his fifth appearance in Memphis. He won here in 2012 and his most recent victory on tour came in 2015. He finished 2015 ranked seventh in the FedEx Cup standings and presently is fourth on the tour in driving distance.

32. FedEx Institute Adds Two Technology Partners -

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis announced agreements Monday, April 25, with two new partners – Tech901 and Memphis Technology Foundation.

Tech901 is a nonprofit with a goal of helping create 10,000 technology jobs in a decade in Memphis. That goal was at the 6,000 mark late last year.

33. UPS 1st-Quarter Profit Rises 10 Percent, Beating Forecasts -

DALLAS (AP) – United Parcel Service Inc. said Thursday that first-quarter profit rose 10 percent to $1.13 billion, helped by an increase in both ground shipments and next-day air deliveries in the United States.

34. TNReady Contract Cancellation Deepens Complexity -

When Measurement Inc. told state officials earlier this week that the company couldn’t get several million paper versions of its online student achievement tests shipped, the state went to Memphis-based FedEx to work around shipping limits.

35. Last Word: The Friendly Church on the Parkway and Paxton Lynch's Mom -

He came to Memphis in the late 1950s from Chicago as the first pastor of Monumental Baptist Church, the “friendly church on the parkway” in a city that was anything but friendly to the causes of Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles.

36. Johnson, Koepka Confirmed For FedEx St. Jude Classic -

Two of golf’s top players are confirmed for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, to be played from June 9-12 at TPC Southwind.

Past champion Dustin Johnson, currently sitting eighth in the World Golf Rankings, will make his fifth appearance in Memphis. He won here in 2012 and his most recent victory on tour came in 2015. He finished 2015 ranked seventh in the FedEx Cup standings and presently is fourth on tour in driving distance.

37. Last Word: Memphis Gets Busy, Elections Future and Past and Dad Rock In C-Y -

While their folks are still getting settled over in the front office at The Commercial Appeal, Gannett announces Monday an $815 million offer to buy Tribune Publishing which would put The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune in the expanding USA Today family.

38. FedEx Institute Partners With Tech901, Tech Foundation -

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis announced agreements Monday, April 25, with two new partners – Tech901 and Memphis Technology Foundation.

Tech901 is a nonprofit with a goal of helping create 10,000 technology jobs in a decade in Memphis. That goal was at the 6,000 mark late last year.

39. Methodist Takes IT, Electronic Records to Stage 6 -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s race to not only digitize patient medical records but to improve the IT processes and technology around those records and throughout the organization has added Methodist to a distinguished club.

40. CBHS Gets $1 Million Gift, Names Business Program -

Christian Brothers High School has announced its business program will be called the Bill and Carol Marr Department of Business and Economics. The program is named in honor of the $1 million gift from alumnus Bill Marr, CBHS Class of 1964.

41. OneJet Halts Memphis Flights, But City Remains in Picture -

Business carrier OneJet has cut its flights out of Memphis.

In June 2015, OneJet landed in Memphis with a four-times weekly direct flight to Indianapolis. On April 5, those flights were terminated.

42. CBHS Receives $1 Million Gift, Names New Business Program -

Christian Brothers High School has announced its business program will be called the Bill and Carol Marr Department of Business and Economics. The program is named in honor of the $1 million gift from alumnus Bill Marr, CBHS Class of 1964.

43. Grizzlies, NBA Preparing for Start of Jersey Sponsorship Era -

Everyone understands what corporate clutter looks like. It’s the NASCAR driver’s racing suit, cap and car, where it seems every square inch has been sold off to sponsors and the athlete becomes part Ricky Bobby.

44. Memphis' Startup Accelerators Teaming Up This Summer -

For several years now, Memphis hasn’t been home to a unified hub of startup companies and activities so much as a collection of startup archipelagos, the disparate factions of activity sometimes duplicating the work of other groups.

45. Finding a Compromise on the Greensward Issue -

The current debate over the Memphis Zoo’s use of the Greensward for overflow parking is more complex than most realize. Opponents of this usage try to paint a very compelling picture of the Zoo as a massive, profit-driven enterprise which came into Overton Park like an invasive species and has recklessly expanded, gobbling up park land and taking it away from the citizens.

46. Last Word: Tubby Time, Haslam's Veto and Africa in April's 30th Year -

It was just four weeks ago that all of this talk about change at the top of the Tiger basketball chart was put to rest. Coach Josh Pastner’s performance was reviewed by the University of Memphis administration and he was staying at least for another season. Four weeks to the day of that announcement, Pastner is the new coach at Georgia Tech and we are in the first day of the Tubby Smith era at the U of M.

47. Murry-Drobot Brings Hope to Domestic Violence Survivors -

For the first seven years of her life, Olliette Murry-Drobot grew up in a home where her father physically abused her mother. It’s a harrowing experience she says she still grapples with.

“Growing up, my sense of the world was that it was a very scary place,” she remembers. “I saw that other kids had a sense of safety, but I was always looking over my shoulder.”

48. FedEx Unveils Latest Global Citizenship Report -

FedEx Corp. has been busy with more than worldwide package delivery and the operation of its sprawling logistics empire over the past year.

49. Three Decades In, Africa in April Maintains Cultural Focus -

It was 30 years ago that David and Yvonne Acey answered a dilemma from an educators’ conference about levels of learning among African-American students compared to white students.

50. Carrie Underwood At FedExForum Nov. 13 -

Seven-time Grammy winner and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood has extended The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round, which will bring her back to FedExForum on Nov. 13.

51. Career Fairs Aren’t Just For Kids -

Yesterday, I found myself saying something I often say this time of year: “One of my all-time favorite things is to go to a job fair!” The response I received was not unexpected. The job seeker hadn’t even thought of attending a job fair since college. They seem so juvenile on some level.

52. Carrie Underwood at FedExForum Nov. 13 -

Seven-time Grammy winner and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood has extended The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round, which will bring her back to FedExForum on Nov. 13.

53. Loflin Yard Pays Attention to Residents -

This week, a “rural oasis” opens for business in the middle of Downtown Memphis. That’s developer Taylor Berger’s vision for Loflin Yard, an acre-wide outdoor destination with pit barbecue, live music and barrel-aged cocktails.

54. RedRover Hosts 10-Year Bash at FedExForum -

You know you’ve made it when you can throw a birthday party that draws guests like an NBA star in addition to a variety of high-powered business leaders.

Later this week, RedRover Sales & Marketing Strategy is hosting an invitation-only bash at FedExForum that will include a meet-and-greet session with Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen. In addition to networking opportunities with the business crowd on hand, the firm will also give an early peek at its revamped website launching this month and will toast the release of CEO Lori Turner-Wilson’s new book, “WOOF! Why Ordinary Organizations Fail.”

55. Statewide Demand Outstrips Supply of Qualified Workers -

Tennessee is surging as a major manufacturing state, bouncing back from the Great Recession by attracting billions of dollars in new investment and creating thousands of new – and often very high-paying – advanced manufacturing jobs.

56. Innovation Firm Puts ‘Little Bird’ on Companies’ Shoulder -

When Zack Perry and Nicole Heckman were kicking around names for the innovation consultancy they launched a little more than a year ago, they focused on the way they wanted to help bring change to organizations.

57. Commercial Drone Expo at University of Memphis -

The University of Memphis and the FedEx Institute of Technology will present a Commercial Drone Expo to be held at the U of M campus on April 9. The event will highlight the commercial applications of drone technology, showcase the uses for the general public and facilitate a dialogue on the positive applications of this emerging technology.

58. FedEx Relaunches CrossBorder Division -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. announced Tuesday, March 22, the relaunch of its e-commerce services division FedEx CrossBorder.

59. Commercial Drone Expo at University of Memphis -

The University of Memphis and the FedEx Institute of Technology will present a Commercial Drone Expo to be held at the U of M campus on April 9. The event will highlight the commercial applications of drone technology, showcase the uses for the general public and facilitate a dialogue on the positive applications of this emerging technology.

60. Events -

Mid-South Association for Financial Professionals will meet Thursday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave. Rene Bustamante, staff VP and assistant treasurer of global cash management for FedEx Corp., will present “How to Become a Strategic Treasurer Organization.” Register at midsouthafp.org.

61. FedEx Launches E-Commerce CrossBorder Division -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. announced Tuesday, March 22, the relaunch of its e-commerce services division FedEx CrossBorder.

62. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on government contracting Thursday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center will teach small-business owners how to successfully compete for government contracts. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

63. Events -

Rhodes College will host Tanisha C. Ford of the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a lecture titled “This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Civil Rights Movement: A New Perspective on the Style Politics of the 1960s” Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Free and open to the public. Direct inquiries to Charles McKinney at mckinneyc@rhodes.edu or 901-843-3525.

64. Storytelling, The Brain & Work Culture -

I love the quote by the poet Muriel Rukeyser that says, “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” Humans live for stories. We learn from stories at home, school, from friends and also very compellingly at work. 

65. Last Word: D-Day, Opera Festival Returns and Buying GMF After the Bond Default -

This is what you might call D-Day in Nashville. The “D’ in this case stands for deannexation.
The bill to permit deannexation by referendum has in the course of two weeks become the city’s dominant political issue.

66. Judge Dismisses Bulk of Criminal Charges Against FedEx -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge dismissed the bulk of criminal charges against FedEx Corp. in a case alleging it knowingly shipped illegal prescription drugs.

67. Events -

Livable Memphis will unveil its “Citizens Guide for Improving Your Park” during its monthly Pizza With Planners meeting on Monday, March 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memphis Leadership Foundation, 1548 Poplar Ave. Copies of the guide will be available for attendees; an online version is slated for later release. Learn more and RSVP at livablememphis.org.

68. Registration Open for Fairway 5K on April 9 -

The road to the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic starts here, with the fourth annual Fairway 5K at 8 a.m. at TPC Southwind.

69. Last Word: Putt and 1969, Fred Smith on Amazon and Ramsey's Departure -

George Howard Putt died in prison sometime last year state prison officials disclosed Wednesday -- far from the brief time he spent in Memphis but never far from the carnage he left behind in the Memphis of 1969.
The bodies of the first two of the five people killed by Putt between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, 1969 were discovered just days after the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles by the Manson family dominated national news coverage. Less than a year earlier the Boston Strangler movie was in theaters, creating a sensation about the murders committed by serial killer Albert DeSalvo in Boston just a few years earlier.
Bernalyn and Roy Dumas were strangled by Putt in their home in Cooper-Young and Putt mutilated her body in a way that police homicide detectives still wouldn’t talk about decades later. The bodies were found in separate rooms.
Even with no details other than the names of the victims, the city was quickly spooked by the double murder. So when the body of Leila Jackson was found short of two weeks later, the city’s reaction was a palpable fear in which anyone unknown was to be avoided. Memphians didn’t tarry after work. They went home and bolted the doors.
It got worse as more victims turned up with little in common other than four of the five were women. They were of varying ages. Some were strangled and some were stabbed.
Just about any magazine rack of the day include true crime magazines that by the late 1960s were beginning to look very dated in their lurid noir-like covers teasing the most sensational crime narratives of the day.
They were an intentional contrast to the cover images of youth in bright colors in natural settings in other magazines heralding a new future and youth culture.
The murders in a Southern city, whose 1969 conservatism is hard to describe nearly 50 years later, quickly grabbed the covers of the true crime magazines. And the images they offered spoke to the scenic reality where Putt roamed even as the murders continued.
Apartment buildings and boarding houses were the settings for some of the murders but not all.
Glenda Sue Harden
was last seen walking to her car parked on the Cobblestones from the insurance office she worked at nearby. Her body was found in Martin Luther King/Riverside Park hidden under a piece of plywood.
At one of the murder scenes, police found an ice pick stuck in the side of the building with a stocking tied around it.
Putt’s last victim, in an apartment building on Bellevue, screamed as she was stabbed repeatedly and others in the building gave chase with police close behind, arresting Putt near the new and unopened section of the interstate that runs west of Bellevue.
Putt tried to force his way into another apartment nearby but the women inside kept him on the other side of the door.
The killer that panicked an entire city was a skinny utterly forgettable guy in his 20s with sideburns and glasses who appeared to have rarely roamed beyond a community of neighborhood bars, boarding houses and old apartment buildings in the Midtown and Medical Center areas.
It turns out he came to Memphis after walking away from a prison farm in Mississippi and into a Memphis that was slowly but surely changing. And the world that Putt encountered would soon vanish in large part.
Overton Square’s incarnation was about a year away. A new bridge was about to be built across the Mississippi River as part of Interstate 40 which was to go through Overton Park just south of the north-south leg of the interstate where Putt was captured.
Originally sentenced to death, Putt’s sentence was commuted when the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty in the early 1970s.
He was serving a 497-year sentence when he died at the Turney Center Wednesday in Only, Tennessee.
Putt never sought parole and never gave any explanation for why he killed five people in less than a month and his apparently random selection of victims.

70. FedEx CEO Downplays Amazon ‘Industry Disruption’ -

FedEx Corp. founder and CEO Fred Smith never said the word “Amazon,” but the e-commerce giant was clearly on his mind Wednesday.

Smith addressed speculation about “industry disruption” by Amazon from the outset of Memphis-based FedEx’s quarterly earnings conference call. He also defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, noting that both of the frontrunners for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations are opposed to it.

71. Grimes Joins Barge Waggoner As Transportation Project Manager -

Keafur Grimes has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as transportation project manager, bringing with him more than 35 years of experience. In his new role, Grimes manages transportation planning and construction projects to meet federal, state and local regulations; ensures that projects meet quality compliance and assurance standards as well as customer needs; and are delivered on time and within budget.

72. Registration Open For Fairway 5K on April 9 -

The road to the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic starts here, with the fourth annual Fairway 5K at 8 a.m. at TPC Southwind.

73. Tri-Star Chronicles Captures Tennessee’s Lesser-Known Stories -

J.R. “Pitt” Hyde III is not Memphis’ most famous name across the state of Tennessee. But he is an important name, has a deep and rich story worth telling, and that is exactly the point.

74. Politics of Deannexation Proposal Grows More Complex -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is heading to Nashville Wednesday, March 16, to talk with legislators about what he considers City Hall’s highest priority in the 2016 session of the Tennessee Legislature – defeating a deannexation proposal.

75. Up, Up and Away -

The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.

The drone is everything from a stalking device to track poachers creeping through the South African bush hunting rhinos to the impetus for a potential commercial growth industry right here in Memphis.

76. Last Word: Cubits Anyone, The G-Word and The TV News Crime Block -

How long is a cubit? After a day in which many of you got about four to five inches of rain and more to come Thursday, it seems an appropriate and timely question.
And yes, there is a cubit conversion chart on line for converting that and other really old units of measurement no longer in use like the mina, drachma or the synodic month.
So the average cubit, which is supposed to be the length of a forearm, is 18 inches or a foot and a half. That’s 0.4572 of a meter, which might as well be an ancient unit of measurement.
Someone had to say it.
According to biblehub.com – I’m not making up websites – the book of Genesis sets God’s instructions to Noah as an arc with the dimensions of 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits tall. And it was to be made out of gopher wood and covered inside and out with pitch.
The New Living Translation and Holman Christian Standard Bibles convert that to an arc 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.

77. Amazon Leases 20 Jets to Build Out Logistics Network -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is taking to the skies. The e-commerce powerhouse has finalized an agreement to lease 20 Boeing jets from Air Transport Services Group Inc. as it builds out its U.S. delivery capabilities.

78. Local Robotics Teams Compete in Little Rock -

Four local robotics teams – Collierville High School’s Dragons, Memphis Business Academy’s MBA Execs, Mitchell High’s Tigerbots and White Station High’s SpartaBot – are in Little Rock, defending their towers against robot invaders.

79. Greensward Dispute Mediation Begins -

The city-backed mediation effort between the Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy begins Tuesday, March 8, following a busy weekend in Overton Park that brought out large crowds for the zoo as well as the park in general.

80. Allen & Hoshall’s Legacy Spans Memphis -

To an outside observer, the building process might seem segmented with planning, architecture, engineering and consulting firms all providing necessary aspects to the finished project.

Allen & Hoshall tries to simplify the process with its comprehensive offering of all those services and more. Whether it’s mechanical or plumbing engineering for a building project or wastewater system engineering for a utility project, land surveying or construction management, Allen & Hoshall covers the gamut.

81. Hedgepeth Defends Greensward Action, Conservancy Moves to Mediation -

Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth says the body's Tuesday, March 1, vote to give the Memphis Zoo control of part of the Overton Park Greensward was an attempt to “rectify a mistake.”

82. FedEx St. Jude Classic Tickets Now on Sale -

The annual PGA Tour stop, the FedEx St. Jude Classic, returns to Memphis on June 6-12 at TPC Southwind, and tickets are now on sale.

Defending champion Fabian Gomez is expected to return to Memphis. Last year he held off Phil Mickelson to win the title. Since then, Gomez has won the Sony Open and currently is in the Top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings.

83. Methodist CEO Shorb Sets Retirement Date -

For some time Gary Shorb has signalled his intention to retire soon.

The CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare told the organization’s board of directors Thursday, Feb. 25, that he plans to retire at year’s end.

84. Italian Bike Maker Opens Binghampton Service Shop -

The professional biking world is looking to put Memphis on the map. Victory Bicycle Studio has been tapped to serve as the first U.S. service center for 3T, a Milan, Italy-based manufacturer of high-end bike components.

85. Last Word: Presidential Distractions, Dude Perfect and The Kirby Farm House -

When it comes to political surprises, the presidential contenders may be the next group on the ballot locally. But they need to up their game if they are going to hold the attention of Memphis voters.
With three of the Republican contenders on their way to Shelby County this weekend and probably more making plans, the attention Tuesday shifted dramatically to the open 8th District Congressional seat that isn’t on the ballot until the August primaries.

86. FedEx St. Jude Classic Tickets Now on Sale -

The annual PGA Tour stop, the FedEx St. Jude Classic, returns to Memphis on June 6-12 at TPC Southwind, and tickets are now on sale.

Defending champion Fabian Gomez is expected to return to Memphis. Last year he held off Phil Mickelson to win the title. Since then, Gomez has won the Sony Open and currently is in the Top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings.

87. Logistics Accelerator Now Taking Applications -

Applications are now open for the 2016 EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator.

The program, sponsored by FedEx and operated by EPIcenter, was created to help startups bring logistics products and technologies to market. It’s a 15-week program for startups investigating transportation- or logistics-oriented solutions within areas including fleet efficiency, autonomous vehicles, robotics and more.

88. UPS Appeals Brazil’s Nod For FedEx-TNT Merger -

A third party has appealed Brazil’s approval of FedEx Corp.’s acquisition of TNT, the companies jointly announced Feb. 18.

89. UPS Appeals Brazil’s Backing Of FedEx’s TNT Takeover -

A third party has appealed Brazil’s approval of FedEx Corp.’s acquisition of TNT, the companies jointly announced Feb. 18.

90. Logistics Accelerator Now Taking Applications -

Applications are now open for the 2016 EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator.

The program, sponsored by FedEx and operated by EPIcenter, was created to help startups bring logistics products and technologies to market. It’s a 15-week program for startups investigating transportation- or logistics-oriented solutions within areas including fleet efficiency, autonomous vehicles, robotics and more.

91. Memphis Still Has ‘Real Shot’ At Being a OneJet Focus City -

On Feb. 11, OneJet announced Pittsburgh as its second focus city – its term for a hub or main connection point – and while Memphis didn’t make the cut this time around, it’s still in the running to be a focus city.

92. Urban Treasure -

They were at the 2007 National Recreation and Park Association conference in Indianapolis and they had been dutifully attending the seminars and taking notes. But one day this two-woman contingent from Memphis and the newly formed Shelby Farms Park Conservancy skipped out of the afternoon workshops.

93. OneJet Chooses Pittsburgh Over Memphis -

OneJet has announced its second focus city, and Memphis didn’t make the cut.

Memphis International Airport was a top contender to become OneJet’s second focus city, but Pittsburgh garnered the expansion instead, according to a company statement released Thursday, Feb. 11.

94. Brazil Approves FedEx’s Acquisition of TNT Express -

FedEx Corp. has three approvals down and one more to go regarding its $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express.

95. Memphis Open Offering Events Beyond Matches -

The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Racquet Club of Memphis with programming including a tennis clinic and lunch with ATP professional tennis players and two-time Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan; a sports management symposium; a tribute to founder Billy Dunavant; a tribute to local tennis legend Tommy Buford; a concert by the Bryan Brothers; and special offerings for “The Big Game” and Valentine’s day.

96. FedEx Targets $200M in Giving By Decade’s End -

Memphis-based FedEx has decided to approach its corporate giving in a new way, one focused on figuring out how to use its assets to make the biggest possible impact in communities.

The company announced this week it’s planning to invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by the end of the decade, part of a new global giving platform – FedEx Cares – the logistics giant has unveiled.

97. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

98. FedEx to Invest $200M in 200-Plus Communities -

FedEx is planning to invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by the end of the decade, part of a new global giving platform – FedEx Cares – the logistics giant has unveiled.

The new giving strategy is built around five core ideas, like "delivering for good," which focuses on using the FedEx global network to deliver resources when they're needed during disasters and for other special shipments.

99. Brazil Approves FedEx’s Acquisition of TNT Express -

FedEx Corp. has three approvals down and one more to go regarding its $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express.

100. Memphis Open Offering Events Beyond Matches -

The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Racquet Club of Memphis with programming including a tennis clinic and lunch with ATP professional tennis players and two-time Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan; a sports management symposium; a tribute to founder Billy Dunavant; a tribute to local tennis legend Tommy Buford; a concert by the Bryan Brothers; and special offerings for “The Big Game” and Valentine’s day.