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1. Transit Portion of Sara Kyle’s Bill Adopted by Governor -

NASHVILLE – Part of a plan by Sen. Sara Kyle and Rep. John Ray Clemmons to help local governments raise funds for mass transit projects is being adopted by Gov. Bill Haslam for his IMPROVE Act.

2. House Subcommittee Adjourns to Assess Road Bills -

NASHVILLE – An effort to take money from the sales tax to fund transportation projects statewide – in contrast to the governor’s plan – ran off the rails Wednesday, Feb. 22.

3. Last Word: Lovell's Fall, Critical Focus Debut and Super Lice -

That didn’t last long – the political career of state Representative Mark Lovell. About six weeks into a two-year term of office six months after he upset veteran Republican state Rep. Curry Todd, Lovell resigned Tuesday in Nashville. But the Legislature probably isn’t done with him yet. Even if it turns out the Legislature is done in terms of dealing with him directly, it will probably be talking about him for longer than the six weeks he was a legislator.

4. Sara Kyle, Clemmons Push Alternative Fuel-Tax Bill -

NASHVILLE – State Sen. Sara Kyle of Memphis and Nashville Rep. John Ray Clemmons are pushing a plan to raise fuel taxes for transportation funding, similarly to Gov. Bill Haslam’s, but also to give local governments more options for bringing in their own money for mass transit.

5. Commute Options Launches Website -

Commute Options, an initiative of Innovate Memphis to promote transportation choices that improve economic and community health, has launched a website, commuteoptionsmemphis.com. The site provides Memphis-area employers and employees with resources to help them transform their commuting habits.

6. Norris Filing Catch-All Bill for Variations of Proposed IMPROVE Act -

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris is filing legislation for the Haslam administration to catch all transportation tax and revenue-related bills in an effort to “start anew” and minimize confusion.

7. Palazzolo Urges Slower Phase-Out of Hall Tax, More Revenue for Local Governments -

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo wants Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to take his foot off the gas pedal when it comes to phasing out the Hall tax on dividend and investment income. And in a Wednesday, Feb. 8, letter to Haslam, Palazzolo makes a case for local governments getting a greater share of Hall tax revenues as the income tax is phased out.

8. Tennessee Democrats Push to Phase Out Grocery Tax -

Calling the governor’s fuel-tax plan a “slap in the face” of working Tennesseans, legislative Democrats are making a move to offset increased costs at the pump by phasing out the grocery tax.

9. Palazzolo Urges Governor to Keep Hall Tax Phase-Out at 5 Years -

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo wants Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to take his foot off the gas pedal when it comes to phasing out the Hall state tax on dividend and investment income. And in a letter Wednesday, Feb. 8, to Haslam, Palazzolo makes a case for local governments getting a greater share of Hall tax revenues as the income tax is phased out.

10. View From the Hill: Legislators Feel Free to Work Against Haslam -

Democrats appear delighted about division within Republican ranks concerning Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed fuel-tax increase, detecting a possible chink in the armor.

“How many times does the supermajority have to stab the governor in the back and undermine his core proposals before the people of the state of Tennessee wonder whether they need a different group up here?” asks Mike Stewart, House Minority Caucus chairman.

11. State Democrats Propose Eliminating the Grocery Tax -

NASHVILLE – Calling the governor’s fuel-tax plan a “slap in the face” of working Tennesseans, legislative Democrats are making a move to offset increased costs at the pump by phasing out the grocery tax.

12. Survey of Tennessee Conservatives Finds Support for Medical Marijuana -

Conservative voters are more likely to support legalizing medical marijuana than raising gas taxes, at least ahead of using a $1 billion surplus to pay for transportation projects.

Fifty-two percent of Republicans surveyed recently by Tennesseans for Conservative Action say they support allowing people to manage their pain with medical cannabis, in contrast to 31 percent in opposition. Thirteen percent needed more information and 4 percent were unsure.

13. Commute Options Launches Website -

Commute Options, an initiative of Innovate Memphis to promote transportation choices that improve economic and community health, has launched a website, commuteoptionsmemphis.com. The site provides Memphis-area employers and employees with resources to help them transform their commuting habits.

14. Opponents of Gas-Tax Hike Push Alternative Plans -

NASHVILLE – Amid legislative strife over Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise gas taxes and reduce business taxes, Rep. Barbara Cooper says she is inviting the governor to “sell” his plan to her Memphis constituents.

15. Opponents of Gas-Tax Hike Push Alternative Plans -

NASHVILLE – Amid legislative strife over Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise gas taxes and reduce business taxes, Rep. Barbara Cooper says she is inviting the governor to “sell” his plan to her Memphis constituents.

16. Opponents of Proposed Gas-Tax Hike Push Alternatives -

NASHVILLE – Amid legislative strife over Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise gas taxes and reduce business taxes, Rep. Barbara Cooper says she is inviting the governor to “sell” his plan to her Memphis constituents.

17. Goldman Sachs Exec Talks Trump, Economy at U of M -

The first question presented to this week’s speaker at the latest Economic Club of Memphis gathering mentioned President Donald Trump by name.

Someone wanted to know whether the speaker, Timothy O’Neill, co-head of Goldman Sachs’ investment management division, thought Trump might reappoint Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve. O’Neill shrugged off answering definitely one way or the other, but his entire presentation was a bit like that first question – with the shadow of a newly inaugurated, controversial president looming over, well, everything.

18. TVA Reports Profitable First Quarter 2017 -

The Tennessee Valley Authority continued strong performance in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 after reporting the highest net income in its history for fiscal year 2016.

TVA reported net income of $102 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up $139 million from the same period in the prior year, on higher sales of electricity.

19. Governor Defends Big Proposals for Statewide Infrastructure -

NASHVILLE – Protesters overshadowed Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s State of the State address Monday night, chanting in the Capitol in opposition to a spate of executive orders from President Donald Trump.

20. State Leaders Invite Block Grant Funding -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says a federal block grant to state government for health care under the right terms could allow the state to expand TennCare coverage.

“I think if they would give us that flexibility, we could take care of more people at lower cost. I just fervently believe that we could do that with the state,” Haslam said last week during a visit to Memphis. “But they have to give us the tools to do that with and give us the flexibility. Right now the federal government holds all the keys. … They don’t give us a lot of flexibility on how that works.”

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

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

22. E-Commerce Return Shipments Spur Growth in Reverse Logistics Sector -

After the dust settled from the busiest time of the year for return shipments, commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group Inc. released a report that outlined the methods retailers use to handle returned merchandise from e-commerce sales.

23. Road for Haslam’s Fuel-Tax Plan Has Many Twists and Turns -

Three major West Tennessee road projects, including Lamar Avenue in Memphis, are part of a wish list Gov. Bill Haslam sent to the Trump administration as it weighs the start of an aggressive infrastructure program.

24. View From the Hill: Haslam Facing Tough Sell on Tax Hikes, Cuts -

An interesting thing happened just a couple of hours before Gov. Bill Haslam unveiled his fuel-tax increase plan amid great fanfare at the State Capitol. 

As the governor started explaining the proposed IMPROVE Act to reporters during a short media briefing, he apparently realized more people were poring over a handout than paying attention. They were trying to get a jump on writing stories while digesting the numbers combined with an array of tax breaks designed to make tax increases more palatable.

25. Last Word: The TVA Well Controversy, Fred Smith Redux and Norris On The Gas Tax -

The new Trader Joe’s in Germantown won’t be alone by the plans the supermarket chain got approved Tuesday night by the Germantown Design Review Commission. The conversion of the old Kroger store on Exeter includes seven other bays as Trader Joe’s goes for a smaller footprint than the size of the original building.

26. Norris Stops Short of Supporting Fuel-Tax Hike -

NASHVILLE – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris is set to tag-team sponsorship of a comprehensive tax plan designed to bolster Tennessee’s transportation fund.

27. Last Word: The March & Crowd Estimates and Country Records in Memphis -

Twice now in the last six months, very different protests have drawn thousands of people to the streets in the largest demonstrations we’ve seen since the 1970s – and more importantly, demonstrations that are an entry point for a new generation to many of these issues.

28. Airport Authority OKs Update to Design Plan -

Memphis International Airport leaders are moving forward with plans to consolidate all of the airline and retail operations to an updated Concourse B.

As a part of those modernization and consolidation efforts, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners approved Thursday, Jan. 19, an amendment of AERO Systems Engineering Inc.’s jet bridge and aircraft parking utilization study.

29. Haslam Tax Plan Would Secure Funds for Road, Infrastructure Projects -

NASHVILLE – Memphis legislators are weighing Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise fuel taxes and slightly cut the grocery tax, while assessing the impact on local governments of a Hall income tax reduction and a major business tax reduction that is proposed.

30. Memphian One of Two Females Appointed to Key Clerk Roles in Legislature -

They don’t get much press, but they are making history for women working with the General Assembly.

Murfreesboro resident Tammy Letzler is the first female to serve as chief clerk of either house of the General Assembly, following the trailblazing path of House Speaker Beth Harwell. And Memphis native Kim Cox is serving this session as assistant chief clerk, making her the first African-American female to take that role.

31. Last Word: Humes Next, Top ZIPs in Residential and Payback in the Legislature -

Add Dave & Buster’s to the list of "it" retail hot spots. The restaurant-arcade has inked a lease in Cordova by Wolfchase Galeria with plans to open later this year, probably fourth quarter.

32. Editorial: Increase the State Gas Tax And Prevent Poaching -

Lamar Avenue to the Mississippi state line is arguably one of the most significant 5-mile stretches of road in the country.

That’s what state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said seven months ago as he and Tennessee transportation commissioner John Schroer gathered with local leaders by the side of the road to announce all were behind an application for $180 million in federal funding for Lamar.

33. McNally Voted Tennessee Senate Speaker -

Promising to maintain Tennessee’s strong fiscal standing, veteran legislator Randy McNally of Oak Ridge took the gavel Tuesday as Senate speaker, replacing Ron Ramsey, who over the last decade led a Republican majority to power in the Tennessee General Assembly.

34. Tennessee Lawmakers Could Raise, Lower Taxes This Session -

The 110th General Assembly is set to convene on Jan. 10 with unfinished business from previous sessions likely to dominate debate.

Here’s a look at some of the hottest topics expected to arise.

35. Annual Ski Freeze to Benefit Dream Factory -

The 40th Annual Ski Freeze on New Year’s Day Sunday, Jan. 1, will benefit The Dream Factory of Memphis.

The event’s spokesman this year is NHRA Top Fuel driver Clay Millican.

36. Annual Ski Freeze To Benefit Dream Factory -

The 40th Annual Ski Freeze on New Year’s Day Sunday, Jan. 1, will benefit The Dream Factory of Memphis.

The event’s spokesman this year is NHRA Top Fuel driver Clay Millican.

37. Memphis Wins ‘Maker City’ Designation from Etsy -

The local community of makers and artisan entrepreneurs this year has been the subject of increased attention from the city and other key stakeholders who want to learn more about and ultimately see that community expand.

38. Memphis Indie Holiday Market Returns Dec. 10 -

Mary Claire White is preparing to join a group of fellow makers and artisans next week in Midtown for a yearly gathering that doubles as both a holiday shop and a chance for vendors like her to showcase their work.

39. Editorial: Memphis Prospering, But Not Yet for All -

TraVure in Germantown, Big River Crossing, Guest House at Graceland, Crosstown Concourse. That’s not to mention Graceland West, the larger plans for Germantown’s Western Gateway, and references to the Big River Park in West Memphis as “Shelby Farms West.”

40. Creative Expands Blog Into Subscription Commerce -

A Memphis creative who’s grown her 4-year-old food blog into a lifestyle brand with a national readership is preparing to expand into subscription commerce.

Inspired in part by the success of monthly gift boxes, subscription services and the like, Cara Greenstein – the founder of food blog Caramelized – has turned to the crowdfunding service Kickstarter to launch the Caramelized Supper Club. Her new effort is what she calls a “dinner party in a box” subscription.

41. Council Final Vote on Pot Ordinance Tuesday -

Memphis City Council members take a third and final vote Tuesday, Oct. 4, on an ordinance that would decriminalize possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.

The proposal pits some council members who believe the measure will make the city’s problem with illegal drugs worse against council members who see the ordinance as an important statement about making even larger changes to the local criminal justice system.

42. Last Word: Pot's Second, Marina Cove to Eden Square and Deadspin on the NCRM -

With the work week underway, the gas price spike is official and regional.

43. Last Word: Gas Prices, Hotels and Airbnbs and Dicamba Drift -

How is your gas tank doing as the work week begins? If you are running on fumes you will probably also notice a dramatic hike in gas prices at the pump very shortly.

The Colonial Pipeline from Houston to New York closed Sept. 9 after a spill of 250,000 gallons was found in Alabama.

44. $4.3M Grant Has MATA Hopeful of Replacing Outdated Buses -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority could add as many as 35 new buses to its fleet, which would reduce its high rate for road failure and maintenance costs.

The buses are possible through a boost in funding for capital expenditure and a recently-announced $4.3 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration.

45. Eating to Win, Be It at the Olympics or in Daily Life, Takes Planning -

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games were historically successful for Team USA, as Americans topped the medal chart in every category: 121 total medals, 46 golds, 37 silvers, and 38 bronzes.

Swimmer Michael Phelps added five more golds and a silver and now has 28 medals overall, 23 golds. Simone Biles became the first American to win four golds in gymnastics at a single Games.

46. Trailblazer on the Track -

Two or three times a week, the dream returns. No matter that it has been 13 years since she was behind the wheel of a top fuel dragster. No matter that she is now 76 years old.

Shirley Muldowney was, is, and will always be the “first lady of drag racing.” And the lady dreams. Still.

47. Free Teen Driving Program Comes to Memphis Raceway -

On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, the B.R.A.K.E.S. free defensive driving program will be offered at Memphis International Raceway as part of the weekend’s World Series of Drag Racing event.

48. Toro: ‘Stay True to the Vision’ -

To talk to Lisa Toro at her business, the coffeehouse and retail store City & State, is to see the energy that she and her husband hoped to help activate in the Broad Avenue neighborhood when they first saw their vintage building.

49. New Agricenter President Talks About Ag Literacy, Organic Food Research -

When John Butler looks beyond Agricenter International’s 1,000 acres as they exist today, he sees a research and development campus.

50. Memphis Airport, FedEx To Receive TVA Incentives -

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it is joining forces with four airports and FedEx to replace some of their diesel-powered ground support equipment with more environmentally friendly gear.

TVA said Monday that the FedEx World Hub in Memphis, the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, Tri-Cities Regional Airport and Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority are receiving TVA cash incentives based on the type and amount of equipment purchased.

51. Mallory Taps Houston For Panama Canal Expansion -

Memphis-based shipping company Mallory Alexander International Logistics has opened an office in Houston in anticipation of changes in shipping patterns as a result of the Panama Canal’s expansion.

52. Memphis Airport, FedEx To Receive TVA Incentives -

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it is joining forces with four airports and FedEx to replace some of their diesel-powered ground support equipment with more environmentally friendly gear.

TVA said Monday that the FedEx World Hub in Memphis, the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, Tri-Cities Regional Airport and Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority are receiving TVA cash incentives based on the type and amount of equipment purchased.

53. Last Word: The Greensward Deal, Pulpit to Protest Call and Leader Federal's HQ -

There is nothing quite like a deadline to produce results.

I’m not talking about this job, although it is more than a coincidence that the closer a deadline gets the more you start to figure out how to write something.

54. Memphis International Raceway Readies for World Series of Drag Racing -

No one is suggesting that Memphis International Raceway will duplicate the economic impact numbers generated by the Bristol Motor Speedway. For those numbers – more than $417 million in direct economic impact from 2012 to 2014 – are otherworldly.

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

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

56. Evolution of Memphis’ Startup Ecosystem -

In 2014, Start Co. partnered with Jumpstart America, a venture development organization from Cleveland, Ohio, that has created a decades-long legacy of entrepreneurship in communities like ours.

57. Last Word: Budget No Go, Largest Home Sale of 2016 and Crosstown Moves -

The Shelby County Commission probably has enough votes to approve the funding in the county budget the Shelby County Schools system wants, which includes $24.7 million on new funding.

Yet after about four hours of discussion, the commission didn’t take votes on any budget resolutions or the county property tax rate resolution Monday.

58. Vendors Chosen for Makers Event at City Hall June 21 -

Event organizers have secured a line-up of vendors for the Maker Fair, to be held on June 21 in front of City Hall.

The local vendors include Aunt Key's Apothecary, Dr. Bean Coffee, Meekie's Munchies, Jeanine Hill Ceramics, Grace Given Gifts, Gifts from Nature, Question the Answer, Lindsey Glenn Designs, Michelle Duckworth, Ekata Designs, ARCHd LLC, Prim Society, Mary Claire White, Aperel Fashion, Phillip Ashley Chocolates and Double Barrel Lights.

59. Vendors Chosen for Makers Event at City Hall June 21 -

Event organizers have secured a line-up of vendors for the Maker Fair, to be held on June 21 in front of City Hall.

The local vendors include Aunt Key’s Apothecary, Dr. Bean Coffee, Meekie’s Munchies, Jeanine Hill Ceramics, Grace Given Gifts, Gifts from Nature, Question the Answer, Lindsey Glenn Designs, Michelle Duckworth, Ekata Designs, ARCHd LLC, Prim Societ , Mary Claire White, Aperel Fashion, Phillip Ashley Chocolates and Double Barrel Lights.

60. June is Maker Month in Memphis -

This month in Memphis is all about the makers. From a gathering at the Broad Avenue retailer City & State to a “Makers Faire” in front of City Hall to a new privately funded effort to better understand the local maker economy, June will see a celebration and showcase of the city’s community of makers, artisans and the like.

61. Attorney Wesley Fox Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee -

Wesley Fox has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC as an associate attorney. Fox earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2014 and previously served as a Title IV-D attorney for Shelby County.

62. Funding for Southbrook Repairs Delayed -

A Shelby County Commission resolution seeking $2.1 million in qualified energy conservation bonds to make roof and HVAC repairs to Southbrook Mall was sent back to committee Monday, May 23.

The owners of the Whitehaven mall sought $1.5 million from the city of Memphis during former Mayor A C Wharton’s administration for the same purpose but never got it.

63. Funding for Southbrook Repairs Delayed -

A Shelby County Commission resolution seeking $2.1 million in qualified energy conservation bonds to make roof and HVAC repairs to Southbrook Mall was sent back to committee Monday, May 23.

The owners of the Whitehaven mall sought $1.5 million from the city of Memphis during former Mayor A C Wharton’s administration for the same purpose but never got it.

64. County Commission Delays School Funding Redirect, Southbrook Mall Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners held up $2.8 million in redirected Shelby County Schools funding Monday, May 23, as the commission and school system leaders prepare for a Wednesday meeting on the school system budget for the coming fiscal year.

65. Mild Weather Cuts TVA’s Bottom Line by Half -

The Tennessee Valley Authority reported net income of $281 million between Oct. 1 and March 31, the first half of its fiscal year.

TVA, which reported earnings on Tuesday, May 3, said net income was $296 million less than the same period last year, primarily due to the extremely mild winter experienced in TVA’s service territory compared to record-setting cold temperatures in 2015.

66. Density is Destiny for Memphis’ Creative Economy -

The lack of density in creative workers has worked against the cultivation of a creative economy in Memphis. Density turns out to play an outsized role in the cultivation of collective knowledge and access to the resources necessary to build creative solutions to power the modern-day economy.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. Waste Pro Inks Deals With Germantown, Gallaway -

The city of Germantown as well as Gallaway in Fayette County have signed five-year contracts with Waste Pro to provide solid waste collection, disposal and recycling services to residential customers.

70. This Week in Memphis History: April 8-14 -

1976: The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division board takes the first step toward pursuing federal funding for a coal gasification plant in Memphis. Federal funding totaling $2.8 billion is available to build eight of the plants, each using a different method for coal to liquid or gas fuel starting in the 1980s.

71. Waste Pro Inks Deals With Germantown, Gallaway -

The city of Germantown as well as Gallaway in Fayette County have signed five-year contracts with Waste Pro to provide solid waste collection, disposal and recycling services to residential customers.

72. City Ready to Develop Master Plan for Pinch District -

The Pinch District, one of Memphis’ oldest neighborhoods, is getting its time in the spotlight.

The Downtown Memphis Commission, the city of Memphis Division of Housing & Community Development and the city-county Division of Planning & Development are coming together to develop the Pinch’s first master plan in to bring the area up to date with mixed-use buildings and streetscape improvements.

73. MEMFix East Targets Concrete Jungle Around i-Bank, Clark Towers -

East Memphis’ most prominent office towers, Clark Tower and the iBank Tower, are anchors in a strategy to make the Poplar Avenue-facing corner more walkable and memorable.

Late last year, In-Rel Properties purchased the iBank Tower, bringing both towers under the same ownership for the first time. The Florida-based real estate group plans to unite the 16-acre office campus with increased connections to the surrounding East Memphis restaurants and retail.

74. Last Word: The De-Annexation Express, Return of The Curb Market and Different Fuel -

When time ran out Wednesday on the state Senate’s state and local government committee in Nashville, de-annexation legislation was still on the tracks as the Tennessee Legislature draws closer to adjournment for the year.

75. TV Series Filming Fuels Growth, Changes at Midtown Eatery -

“Million Dollar Quartet” means major dollars for some Memphis businesses. Erik Proveaux, owner of local restaurant Fuel Café, has been tapped to do on-site catering for the TV series about the birth of rock’n’roll. To meet the increased demand, he’s making some changes to streamline his home base at 1761 Madison Ave.

76. Plane With NASCAR Team Makes Emergency Landing in Memphis -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Hendrick Motorsports airplane made an emergency landing early Monday morning because smoke was discovered in the cabin.

The plane was returning from Las Vegas Motor Speedway and made a fuel stop in Oklahoma before taking off again to return to North Carolina. Roughly an hour later, the plane was forced to land at Memphis International Airport in Tennessee.

77. Agricenter President Looks Back on 15-Year Tenure -

Try putting yourself in John Charles Wilson’s dusty work boots for a moment. You’ve served as president of Agricenter International for more than 15 years. In less than six months, you will retire.

78. Midtown Memphis Ready for Apartment Building Boom -

It’s been more than a decade since new apartments were built in Midtown, and that’s poised to change in a big way with a wave of new multifamily construction stretching from Binghampton to Crosstown.

79. Haslam Outlines Conservative Approach to Surplus -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told state legislators Monday, Feb. 1, that the state’s estimated $500 million surplus has to be balanced with a global economy that could change for the worse.

“Our approach is to realize that good times are not going to last forever,” Haslam said in his annual state of the state address on Capitol Hill in Nashville.

80. Haslam Touts New Spending On Teacher Raises, Urges Caution In Use of Reserve -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told state legislators Monday, Feb. 1, that the state’s estimated $500 million surplus has to be balanced with a global economy that could change for the worse.

“Our approach is to realize that good times are not going to last forever,” Haslam said in his annual state of the state address on Capitol Hill in Nashville.

81. Q&A: U of M’s Dan Pallme Points to Shipping Changes, Challenges in 2016 -

Dan Pallme is heavily involved in the University of Memphis’ logistics industry departments. He runs the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy, a program that consists of technical tours, sessions with industry experts, and overviews of historic and current trends to encourage leadership in Memphis’ primary modes: rail, river, road and runway.
He is also the senior associate director and freight industry liaison for the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the private-sector coordinator for the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. He has worked with air, rail and trucking companies over the past 25 years.

82. Memphis CFO Brian Collins 'Constantly at 50,000 Feet' -

If you think about the city’s chief financial officer at all, you might imagine a robotic figure forever tethered to numbers and a desk, taking a microscopic view of life in search of where to squeeze out a few more dollars here, a few more dollars there.

83. Impatient Clemmons Anxious for Minority Voice to Be Heard -

Democratic state Rep. John Ray Clemmons is only halfway through his first two-year term representing District 55 in Nashville. But he’s not willing to wait years to speak out or push for change.

84. Haslam: No Gas Tax Push, For Now -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam confirmed Thursday, Jan. 14, that there won’t be a state gas tax hike proposal in this year’s session of the Tennessee Legislature.

But Haslam, who previously said he wasn’t necessarily pushing for such a tax hike as a solution to funding road projects, said that is the most likely future option.

85. Another Week, Another New Destination for Memphis Airport -

Memphis International Airport has announced its second new destination in as many weeks, this time from low-cost airline Allegiant Air.

The carrier will add a twice-weekly flight from Memphis to Jacksonville, Fla., bringing its total count of destinations from Memphis to seven. Allegiant, which began operations locally last May, currently flies Memphis routes to Austin, Texas; Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz.; and Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg-Clearwater and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

86. Gas Prices Drop to Lowest Level Since 2009 -

2016 brings a positive change as the national average fuel price is the lowest it has been since 2009.

According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the national average will be under $2 for the start of 2016. The average price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 1, 2015, was $2.24 nationally and $2.08 in Tennessee.

87. Gas Prices Drop to Lowest Level Since 2009 -

2016 brings a positive change as the national average fuel price is the lowest it has been since 2009.

According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the national average will be under $2 for the start of 2016. The average price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 1, 2015, was $2.24 nationally and $2.08 in Tennessee.

88. After a Year of Triumphs and Defeats, Haslam Looks Ahead -

Eight days into 2015, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam formally set a special session of the Tennessee legislature for February on his Insure Tennessee plan, a Medicaid expansion Haslam negotiated with the Obama administration.

89. UPS to Power Local Alt-Fuel Fleet With Gas From Landfills -

UPS says it will supply its fleet in Memphis and in Jackson, Miss., with an estimated 15 million diesel gallon gas equivalents of renewable natural gas as part of a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas & Water and Atmos Energy Marketing LLC.

90. Google Honors Memphis Among US Digital Capitals -

Google has named Memphis its 2015 eCity of Tennessee, the search engine announced this week.

The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state as the digital capitals of America. These cities’ businesses embrace the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies.

91. Winter Heat Wave to Bring Threat of Tornadoes to Deep South -

ATLANTA (AP) — A heat wave that could deliver the warmest Christmas ever recorded to cities across the South may also fuel tornadoes and storms featuring golf ball-sized hail and damaging winds of up to 70 mph, forecasters say.

92. Google Honors Memphis Among US Digital Capitals -

Google has named Memphis its 2015 eCity of Tennessee, the search engine announced this week.

The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state as the digital capitals of America. These cities’ businesses embrace the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies.

93. UPS to Power Local Alt-Fuel Fleet With Gas From Landfills -

UPS says it will supply its fleet in Memphis and in Jackson, Miss., with an estimated 15 million diesel gallon gas equivalents of renewable natural gas as part of a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas & Water and Atmos Energy Marketing LLC.

94. Last Word: Tennessee Brewery Changes, Taylor Berger Emerges and Food Hall Mania -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

95. FedEx Beats Quarterly Earnings Estimates -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. is reporting net income growth and a slight uptick in revenues for its fiscal second quarter compared to the same period a year ago.

96. Old Lamar Truck Stop Gets High-Tech Updates -

The Quick Fuel station at 4589 Old Lamar Ave. is bringing new innovations to Memphis: an automatic self-cleaning restroom and an automatic convenience store.

97. Old Lamar Truck Stop Gets High-Tech Updates -

The Quick Fuel station at 4589 Old Lamar Ave. is bringing new innovations to Memphis: an automatic self-cleaning restroom and an automatic convenience store.

98. Memphis to Host Back-to-Back Transportation Conferences -

On Thursday, Dec. 10, Memphis’ status as a logistics hub and its future in inner-city transportation will be debated.

The University of Memphis will be hosting two back-to-back free conferences at the FedEx Institute of Technology. The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute will host its ninth annual conference, dubbed The State of Freight, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and the newly established University of Memphis Design Collaborative will host the Workforce to Work Transportation Summit from noon to 4:30 p.m.

99. Grit to Great -

The Memphis Grizzlies have made “Grit and Grind” a common phrase heard today in basketball. The concept of grit, however, extends far beyond the court. In applies in business, life and many other areas.

100. Ricky Tarrant Jr. Brings Speed, Athleticism to Memphis Backcourt -

A college basketball team led by an inexperienced point guard can expect problems. So, too, a team led by a point guard who might be a step slow.

Last season, the University of Memphis had both challenges. They could go young – that didn’t really work – or they could go with then-junior Kedren Johnson, who was not in shape the first part of the season and even later as his conditioning improved, was never going to be accused of having a lightning-quick first step.