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1. TDN Seminar to Focus on Popularity of Memphis Sports -

When the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from 24 points down to beat the Golden State Warriors in overtime on national television, the accomplishment echoed. For days, it had Memphians asking one another, “Did you see that? Did you stay up for that? Could you believe it?”

2. Last Word: Haslam To Talk Gas Tax, Rallings Talks Protesters and Beale Street -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam talks gas tax Wednesday in Nashville. Actually, he will be rolling out his full list of legislative priorities in the capitol. But much of the attention will be on what he proposes in the way of the state’s gas tax – something he’s talked about but not committed a specific position to for the last two years.

3. FedEx Warns of Possible Inauguration Day Delays -

Due to the heightened security measures that will be in place during Inauguration Day on Friday, Jan. 20, FedEx released a service alert warning customers of possible shipping delays in and around the Washington, D.C., security zones.

4. Rent Like a Champion Eyes Memphis PGA Event -

"Shark Tank" alumni home-rental platform Rent Like A Champion is looking to move into the Memphis market just in time to sign up homeowners and provide private housing for the FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament in June.

5. Orion FCU Hires New Information Technology VP -

Orion Federal Credit Union has hired Floyd Brummett as its new vice president of information technology.

He’ll lead Orion’s IT function and play a key role in shaping the technology agenda. He will strategically direct the credit union’s technology infrastructure and information systems department.

6. FedEx and Walgreens Enter New Partnership -

FedEx Corp. and Walgreen Co., two of the largest companies in their industries, announced a new partnership that will provide access to FedEx drop-off and pickup services at thousands of Walgreens locations nationwide.

7. Rerouting Regulations -

With every new administration comes some degree of uncertainty when it comes to federal regulations.

But after an especially unpredictable campaign season, all eyes are now on the president-elect to see what he’ll do next. 

8. FedEx and Walgreens Announce New Partnership -

FedEx Corp. and Walgreen Co., two of the largest companies in their industries, announced a new partnership that will provide access to FedEx drop-off and pickup services at thousands of Walgreens locations nationwide.

9. MEM Plows Through Despite Wintry Weather -

Friday morning’s snow had little effect on passenger services at Memphis International Airport, but caused “substantial disruptions” for FedEx Express.

The Memphis-based shipping giant sent out a service alert early Friday morning that read:

10. FedEx Ups Memphis Open Partnership for St. Jude -

FedEx Corp. has expanded its commitment to the GF Sports family of events, increasing sponsorship for the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster with the “Advantage St. Jude delivered by FedEx” ball kid program.

11. Winter Weather Pinches FedEx Operations, But Memphis Airport OK -

Friday morning’s snow had little effect on passenger services at Memphis International Airport, but caused “substantial disruptions” for FedEx Express.

The Memphis-based shipping giant sent out a service alert early Friday morning that read:

12. FedEx Ups Partnership With Memphis Open for St. Jude -

FedEx Corp. has expanded its commitment to the GF Sports family of events, increasing sponsorship for the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster with the “Advantage St. Jude delivered by FedEx” ball kid program.

13. 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.

14. Preparations Underway for New Vintage901 Festival -

For foodies and lovers of memorable culinary experiences like Stephanie Ferreira, the community around it all tends to be talked about with as much passion sometimes as the food and drink.

Like all tribes, foodies like Ferreira – who runs her family’s small event planning and floral businesses and who also has founded the new wine, food and music festival Vintage901 – speak a common language. They also share an interest in enjoying and enlightening themselves and each other about their passion.

15. Record E-Commerce Sales Lead to More Return Shipments -

As holiday e-commerce sales continue to reach all-time highs, so does an inevitable byproduct – return shipments – bringing more business to shipping giants such as FedEx and UPS once January rolls around.

16. Tickets on Sale for New Memphis Wine Event -

Tickets are now on sale for Vintage901, a new wine festival coming to Memphis March 10-12.

Each day of the event will represent a unique wine, food and music experience.

The March 10 event, Opening Toast and Perfect Pairings, will be hosted at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts, 225 S. Main St., from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event’s grand sommelier, Laurie Forster, will present the opening toast at the start of a three-course dinner provided by Restaurant Iris, and entertainment will be provided by international jazz sensation Monty Alexander.

17. Riding Momentum -

Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.

18. Last Call: Economic Indicator Survey Closes On Dec. 31 -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. rightfully is considered an economic bellwether because of the front-line view the package delivery giant has on economic activity thanks to consumers’ purchasing and shipping habits.

19. New Coaches Highlight Past Year in Memphis Sports -

As always, you can categorize the sports year by the wins and losses. By the Grizzlies making a sixth straight playoff appearance and by the University of Memphis football team going to a third consecutive bowl game. And by the Big 12 eliminating U of M from the expansion process before the league ditched the idea altogether.

20. Tickets on Sale for New Memphis Wine Event -

Tickets are now on sale for Vintage901, a new wine festival coming to Memphis March 10-12.

Each day of the event will represent a unique wine, food and music experience.

The March 10 event, Opening Toast and Perfect Pairings, will be hosted at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts, 225 S. Main St., from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event’s grand sommelier, Laurie Forster, will present the opening toast at the start of a three-course dinner provided by Restaurant Iris, and entertainment will be provided by international jazz sensation Monty Alexander.

21. Reid Inaugurated as President Of WestTNHBA Board -

James Reid, president of Memphis-based homebuilder Reid Homes Inc., has been inaugurated as board president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association. Reid previously served as the 2016 vice president of the WestTNHBA executive committee and chairman of the 2016 VESTA Home Show.

22. Large Deals, Office Construction Among Memphis' Commercial Real Estate Trends -

Coming off of a strong year in 2015, the commercial real estate market in the Memphis metropolitan area continued to do well in 2016.

Larry Jensen, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, said his company was tracking approximately 6 million square feet of net absorption in the industrial market headed into the last week of 2016, as compared to 8.4 million in 2015.

23. FedEx’s Glenn to Receive Liberty Bowl Spirit Award -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is preparing to honor T. Michael Glenn a few days before the longtime FedEx executive retires.

24. New Flights, Lower Fares Highlight Eventful 2016 for Memphis Airport -

2016 was a big year for Memphis International Airport. New flights, lower airfares and ongoing adjustments to life after the Delta Air Lines Inc. de-hubbing were the permeating themes of 2016.

25. FedEx’s Glenn to Receive Liberty Bowl Spirit Award -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is preparing to honor T. Michael Glenn a few days before the longtime FedEx executive retires.

26. New Video Pays Homage to Local Side of Memphis -

“Do you see it?” That’s what a new video created by local filmmaker Edward Valibus asks about the new Memphis that we’re living in.

27. Last Word: Fred's Post Mortem, Karen Camper on Guns and Pentatonix at Calvary -

Who knew Fred’s could become probably the most complex local business story of the year? More post mortem on the $950 million deal announced this week in which the Memphis-based corporation bought 865 Rite Aid stores from Walgreens and Rite-Aid, who are working toward an acquisition and merger deal of their own.

28. FedEx Earnings Rise But Miss Expectations -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. shares tumbled in trading early Wednesday, Dec. 21, as the delivery giant’s second quarter earnings missed Wall Street expectations.

29. Last Word: Boca Ends Badly, Fred's Deal Still Moving and The Couch Dylan Sat On -

Z Bo ejected and the Grizz fall to the Celtics 112 – 109 Tuesday at the Forum. Post game, Fizdale says the team has a leadership problem.

The Tigers at the Forum Wednesday, playing the Incarnate Word Cardinals.

30. FedEx Earnings Rise But Miss Wall Street Expectations -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. reported its net income grew in the second quarter, but the figure missed Wall Street expectations.

31. 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.

32. EPIcenter Logistics Accelerator Now Taking 2017 Applications -

With access to FedEx’s Super Hub, the largest river in North America, five Class I railroads and two major interstates, it’s no surprise that Memphis is dubbed “America’s Distribution Center.” Its unique blend of transportation options also makes the Bluff City the perfect place to develop and launch new logistical technologies and services.

33. Tennessee Businesses Align Against Possible Anti-LGBT Bills -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Almost 200 Tennessee companies are aligning against proposals they fear would encourage discrimination.

The group Tennessee Thrives says the state must stay welcoming, regardless of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

34. Last Word: Turner Dairy Plans, Fred's HQ and Fred Smith's Remarks About Trump -

Lots of traffic at FedExForum this weekend with two graduation ceremonies for the University of Memphis – morning and afternoon shifts. Another double-header at the Forum Saturday. The Grizz beat the Warriors 110-89 and the Tigers beat UAB 62-55.

35. FedEx's Smith Critical of Trump Opposition to NAFTA, TPP -

FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith says withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement, as advocated by President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly in the 2016 presidential campaign, would be “catastrophic for the U.S. economy” and “have massive economic repercussions.”

36. FedEx On ‘Best Workplaces For African-Americans’ List -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has been chosen as one of 2016’s 10 Best Workplaces for African-Americans by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. The company ranked No. 3 on the list, which is based on employees’ assessments of workplace fairness, opportunities for training, and access to senior leadership, among other factors.

37. Literacy Mid-South Names Shelton Executive Director -

Literacy Mid-South has announced the nonprofit’s new executive director, Knox Shelton. Shelton, who has been with Literacy Mid-South since July 2015 in various roles, will be in the position effective Jan. 1, 2017. Shelton has been serving as interim executive director since July 2016. Prior to that, he was the organization’s community relations manager.

38. Last Word: Football Comes Back, Snuff on Front Street and Pot Is Short of Seven -

I have a question that some of you may not care for? Is football making a comeback in this basketball town for a more prominent place in the conflicted and diverse hothouse that is Memphis culture?

39. FedEx On ‘Best Workplaces For African-Americans’ List -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has been chosen as one of 2016’s 10 Best Workplaces for African-Americans by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. The company ranked No. 3 on the list, which is based on employees’ assessments of workplace fairness, opportunities for training, and access to senior leadership, among other factors.

40. Garth Brooks to Play FedExForum on Feb. 4 -

The No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks, will hit the FedExForum stage on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. for the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. It is Brooks’ first visit to Memphis in 19 years.

41. FedEx Expanded Its Network For Busiest Holiday Season on Record -

FedEx and retail businesses across the Mid-South are gearing up for a merry holiday season, with FedEx projecting a 10 percent increase in shipping volume over last year during the peak season from Black Friday to Christmas.

42. Transnetyx Thriving in Testing World for ‘the Smart People’ -

Bob Bean was an unlikely co-founder of the world’s first fully automated mouse genotyping firm. He earned an undergraduate degree in music at the University of South Carolina and then went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

43. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Blight Authority of Memphis executive director Sheila Jordan Cunningham and Neighborhood Preservation Inc. president Steve Barlow will present “Fighting Blight in Memphis.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

44. Kirk-Ivy Named 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor -

Bambi K. Kirk-Ivy, a commercial Realtor and marketing director at Olive Branch-based Utley Properties, recently was recognized as the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year at the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention and Expo.
As a landlord representative for all of Utley’s properties, most of Kirk-Ivy’s work has been in retail; however, she says the company is now focusing on light industrial-type flex spaces consisting of office, showroom and warehouse uses.
In 2017, she also will serve as the northern district director on the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors board of directors. 

45. Memphis 3.0 Begins With Talk About Frayser Plan -

The city of Memphis hasn’t had a comprehensive long-term plan since 1981. But it has been just 2 1/2 years since a coalition of neighborhood groups in Frayser put together a “Frayser 2020” plan and took it to City Hall where it didn’t have the political support to get city funding.

46. Garth Brooks to Play FedExForum on Feb. 4 -

The No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks, will hit the FedExForum stage on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. for the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. It is Brooks’ first visit to Memphis in 19 years.

47. Events -

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Arkansas State University Mid-South will hold a process technology career fair Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Nabors Auditorium on STCC’s Macon Cove campus, 5983 Macon Cove. Employers including Hershey, Valero, Blues City Brewery and Lucite will be on hand. Visit southwest.tn.edu.

48. The Week Ahead: November 28-December 4 -

Good morning, Memphis! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday shopping rush is in full swing. Amid the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community – including an entire day set aside to do just that. Check out details on that and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

49. Events -

The Memphis 3.0 planning team will host the first of 14 kickoff rallies Monday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins St. The rallies, which continue through Dec. 10 at different locations throughout Memphis, will include a short overview of the Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning process followed by an extended opportunity for citizens to provide input on the future of their neighborhoods. Visit memphis3point0.com for details and the full schedule of rallies.

50. Events -

The Memphis 3.0 planning team will host the first of 14 kickoff rallies Monday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins St. The rallies, which continue through Dec. 10 at locations throughout Memphis, will include a short overview of the Memphis 3.0 planning process followed by an extended opportunity for citizens to provide input on the future of their neighborhoods. Visit memphis3point0.com for details and a schedule.

51. FedExFamilyHouse Eyes $12M Expansion -

The Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital-owned home away from home for families of patients being treated at the hospital is about to get a lot bigger.

The FedExFamilyHouse at 918 Poplar Ave. has launched a fundraising campaign to pay for the planned $12 million cost of expanding the facility. By the time that expansion is finished in 2018, the space will have tripled in size and will be better able to keep pace, officials say, with the growth in specialty care at Le Bonheur that’s helped draw more patients – and families who need a place to stay.

52. Wyatt Aiken, Accomplished Memphis Commercial Real Estate Broker, Dies -

Widely known and highly respected Memphis commercial real estate broker Wyatt Aiken died Friday morning after an extended illness.

Aiken was executive vice president/CEO of Cushman Wakefield-Commercial Advisors. Among his many professional achievements, Aiken served as president of the SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) Memphis Chapter in 2007-2008.

53. FedExFamilyHouse Seeks $12 Million for Expansion -

FedExFamilyHouse, a home away from home to out-of-town families of patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, is planning an expansion that will triple its size by 2018. And a fundraising campaign has been launched to raise the $12 million construction cost of that expansion.

54. Third Greenprint Summit Nov. 30 at Shelby Farms -

The third biannual Greenprint Summit will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Shelby Farms Park’s FedEx Event Center.

55. 'We are Seeing a War for Talent’ -

Despite a daily influx of new Middle Tennessee residents, companies looking to hire workers for the upcoming holiday season may have a tougher time than usual filling those spots.

That’s because Davidson County’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in August, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the lowest urban figure in the state and well below the state’s 4.4 percent rate.

56. Third Greenprint Summit Nov. 30 at Shelby Farms Park -

The third biannual Greenprint Summit will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Shelby Farms Park’s FedEx Event Center.

The free summit is being held in conjunction with the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle, Hyde Family Foundations and Shelby County government.

57. FedExFamilyHouse Launches $12M Campaign for Expansion -

FedExFamilyHouse, a home away from home to out-of-town families of patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, is planning an expansion that will triple its size by 2018. And a fundraising campaign has been launched to raise the $12 million construction cost of that expansion.

58. FedEx Executive Honored By Ebony Magazine -

Matthew Thornton III, FedEx Express’ senior vice president of U.S. operations, has been named to Ebony Magazine’s 2016 Power 100 list of the world’s most influential and inspiring African-Americans.

59. FedEx Executive Honored By Ebony Magazine -

Matthew Thornton III, FedEx Express’ senior vice president of U.S. operations, has been named to Ebony Magazine’s 2016 Power 100 list of the world’s most influential and inspiring African-Americans.

60. Events -

Junior League of Memphis Merry Marketplace will take place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 10-12, at the Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Special events include a Girls’ Night Out, holiday happy hour, painting classes and more. Visit merrymarketplace.com for hours, details and advance tickets.

61. Events -

The Project Management Institute Memphis Chapter and Mid-South Health Care Executives will host a panel discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Three experts will discuss cybersecurity and information technology security alignment with a company’s or industry’s regulations, business goals and organizational risk. Visit pmimemphis.org for details.

62. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Erich Eurich of FocalPoint Business Coaching will present “2017 Starts Now: Hit the ground running through effective goal setting.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

63. Experts: Memphis Competitive on Commercial Real Estate Front -

Incentives are an indispensable tool for attracting major corporate tenants to Memphis. Memphis industrial real estate activity is hot, there’s something of a war for office sector talent and there’s been good absorption of multifamily space in Memphis this year.

64. Events -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen will hold his annual Federal Procurement Fair for Small-Business Owners in Memphis on Monday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Business owners will learn about contracting with the federal government and can meet one-on-one with procurement officials from state and federal agencies. RSVP to cohen.procurement@mail.house.gov by Friday, Nov. 4.

65. Events -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen will hold his annual Federal Procurement Fair for Small-Business Owners in Memphis on Monday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Business owners will learn about contracting with the federal government and can meet one-on-one with procurement officials. RSVP at cohen.procurement@mail.house.gov by Friday, Nov. 4.

66. 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.

67. Fogelman Business College To Honor 3 at Alumni Day -

The Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis will honor three alumni when it hosts Alumni Day Nov. 16, at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

68. FedEx Unit To Open Memphis Facility -

FedEx subsidiary Genco is opening a 1.1 million-square-foot multitenant warehouse for health care manufacturers in Memphis along with a similar facility in Ontario, Canada.

The third-party logistics provider, which FedEx Corp. acquired for $1.4 billion in early 2015, announced the network expansion on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

69. CBU Health Care MBA Named Top 20 Program -

The Healthcare Master of Business Administration (HCMBA) at Christian Brothers University was named one of the Top 20 Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management in the South in 2016 by Healthcare Management Degree Guide

70. TPC Southwind Holding ‘Play Day’ on Nov. 21 -

If you’ve been looking for a chance to play golf at the site of annual FedEx St. Jude Classic, that chances comes with “Play Day” on Nov. 21.

Tee times from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. are available at a cost of $65 per player, plus tax. Greens fee, cart fee and practice range balls are included.

71. Former FESJC Tournament Director Phil Cannon Dies -

Phil Cannon, who served as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from 1999-2015, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, after battling cancer for more than two years. He was 63.

Current tournament director Darrell Smith said in a statement: “When Phil was diagnosed he said he would fight this battle with grace, courage, dignity and a big dose of humor, and I know all who have crossed paths with him can attest to that.

72. CBU Health Care MBA Named Top 20 Program -

The Healthcare Master of Business Administration (HCMBA) at Christian Brothers University was named one of the Top 20 Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management in the South in 2016 by Healthcare Management Degree Guide

73. TPC Southwind Holding ‘Play Day’ on Nov. 21 -

If you’ve been looking for a chance to play golf at the site of annual FedEx St. Jude Classic, that chances comes with “Play Day” on Nov. 21.

Tee times from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. are available at a cost of $65 per player, plus tax. Greens fee, cart fee and practice range balls are included.

74. Former FESJC Tournament Director Phil Cannon Dies -

Phil Cannon, who served as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from 1999-2015, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, after battling cancer for more than two years. He was 63.

Current tournament director Darrell Smith said in a statement: “When Phil was diagnosed he said he would fight this battle with grace, courage, dignity and a big dose of humor, and I know all who have crossed paths with him can attest to that.

75. Former FESJC Tournament Director Phil Cannon Dies -

Phil Cannon, who served as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from 1999-2015, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, after battling cancer for more than two years. He was 63.

Current tournament director Darrell Smith said in a statement: “When Phil was diagnosed he said he would fight this battle with grace, courage, dignity and a big dose of humor, and I know all who have crossed paths with him can attest to that.

76. Last Word: Beale Street Blues, Feds Review MPD and Midtown Kroger -

It’s the Grizz season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum Wednesday. But there was plenty of drama in the Grizzlies office Tuesday afternoon of the non-Grizz variety but nevertheless a shade of Beale Street blue.

77. FedEx Subsidiary Expanding With Memphis Health Care Facility -

FedEx subsidiary Genco is opening a 1.1 million-square-foot multitenant warehouse for health care manufacturers in Memphis along with a similar facility in Ontario, Canada.

The third-party logistics provider, which FedEx Corp. acquired for $1.4 billion in early 2015, announced the network expansion on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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

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

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

79. The Orpheum Holding Auction, Raffle Nov. 5 -

The Orpheum Theatre Group is presenting Glitter & Gold – the 38th Annual Auction on Nov. 5. The event is The Orpheum’s largest fundraiser of the year, and proceeds benefit The Orpheum Theatre Group’s community and education programming.

80. LeMoyne-Owen Hosts Talk With Local Women Leaders -

The Brian Clay Chronicles is set to present “The Golden Renaissance of Women in Memphis Leadership” at LeMoyne-Owen College on Wednesday, Oct. 19, beginning at noon. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Brownville Hall on campus, 807 Walker Ave.

81. Last Word: Mud Island Round 3, Newsmakers Notes and North Midtown -

Cue the organ. You know, the one from those old soap operas or radio dramas. And prepare for the latest episode of Island of Mud. When last we looked in on Mud Island River Park, the city had two finalists to redevelop all or a part of the southern half of the island that is really a peninsula.

82. The Orpheum Holding Auction, Raffle Nov. 5 -

The Orpheum Theatre Group is presenting Glitter & Gold – the 38th Annual Auction on Nov. 5. The event is The Orpheum’s largest fundraiser of the year, and proceeds benefit The Orpheum Theatre Group’s community and education programming.

83. LeMoyne-Owen Hosting Talk With Local Women Leaders -

The Brian Clay Chronicles is set to present “The Golden Renaissance of Women in Memphis Leadership” at LeMoyne-Owen College on Wednesday, Oct. 19, beginning at noon. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Brownville Hall on campus, 807 Walker Ave.

84. Haslam Appoints 8 to New University of Memphis Board -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed eight business leaders, including a former University of Memphis interim president and the CEO of J.C. Penney Co., to the newly formed governing board of the University of Memphis.

85. Last Word: In Defense of The Cossitt, Joe Royer and 3 Months Since The Bridge -

Citizens of Memphis, I rise in defense of the city’s first public library. Not in its original much-loved state but in defense of its much-ridiculed modernization.

No, I will not follow that with a defense of John Calipari or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s location in Cleveland instead of Memphis or the late Mo’ Money Taxes and the company’s commercials. But I reserve the right to, at some future date, defend the big silver sculpture thing on the northeast corner of Front and Poplar at the Cannon Center.

86. Musculoskeletal Conference Back for 14th Year -

The annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference set to take place in Memphis next week for the 14th time is a confab that brings together surgeons, venture capitalists and other industry leaders from around the world to network and pursue a bit of deal-making.

87. Inferno Links Its Success, Growth To Community-Centric Mindset -

Before there were interns, companywide philanthropic endeavors or national clients, the founders of Memphis-based inferno made a key decision about their company’s name.

"We made a decision early on that we weren't going to use our names," said Michael Overton, one of the founding partners of the advertising, public relations and marketing firm.

88. Logistical Nightmare -

Lamar Avenue is a $300 million problem. Rush hour on Lamar turns into several hours, and for the hundreds of distribution centers located near the corridor, just-in-time delivery is nearly impossible in the face of miles of congested traffic.

89. Seeing Better -

TAKE A LOOK OVER THERE. Over the edge of the deep porch, from rocking chairs beneath huge fans inset in the ceiling, through the dogtrot or glass walls, down the manicured lawn to the boardwalk and the boat dock’s double-wide wooden chaises, to the lake, to the treeline, to two distant office buildings, somehow disparate symbols rising as they do from a primeval forest like modern sentinel towers.

90. Last Word: FedEx Changes, The Blue Cross Exit and Armageddon -

Was that really autumn Monday or was the drop in humidity a prank to get the trees to drop their leaves?

The FedEx shareholder’s meeting Monday included some changes in the management chart at FedEx Corp. – more like some changes in the seating with one retirement by Mike Glenn, whose office is next to company founder Fred Smith.

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

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

92. Last Word: The Debate, Arnold Palmer and an Analysts' Poll on First Horizon -

Monday evening is the first of the Trump-Clinton Presidential debates and it will probably be watched very closely for a number of reasons – not the least of which is vigorous fact-checking of both candidates and the unique nature of this campaign between the two major contenders who are by several standards the most unpopular Presidential candidates to run against each other in our lifetimes.

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. Last Word: Pot Action In Memphis and Nashville, Izakaya and Wake Up Man -

A big night in Nashville and Memphis for the issue of marijuana decriminalization. An ordinance to allow cops to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than half an ounce of pot won final approval by the Metro Nashville Council hours after the Memphis City Council approved second of three readings of a similar ordinance. The Memphis action sets the stage for a final vote at City Hall on this come October 4.

96. FedEx Grows Q1 Profit to $715M, Expects Another Big Holiday Season -

FedEx grew its profit to $715 million for the quarter ended Aug. 31 from $692 million during the year-ago quarter, the company reported Tuesday, Sept. 20, a week ahead of its annual meeting of shareholders in Memphis.

97. Memphis Airport Receives $2.4M Emissions Grant -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has received a $2.4 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Airport Low Emissions program to support initiatives to reduce airport emissions.

98. Eclectic Eye Co-Founder: A Small Business Has to Start Somewhere -

Robbie Johnson Weinberg has a great appreciation for FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper and other large corporations based in Memphis. But when she’s traveling, the co-founder of Eclectic Eye always likes to check out the small businesses in other cities – everything from a neighborhood pub to the “funky comic book store.”

99. Memphis Airport Receives $2.4M Emissions Grant -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has received a $2.4 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Airport Low Emissions program to support initiatives to reduce airport emissions.

100. Study: Memphis Among Cheapest Cities for Startup Costs -

A newly published national study focused on the cost of launching a startup in the U.S. has given props to the startup ecosystem in Memphis, ranking it one of the lowest-cost cities in which to launch a startup.