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1. Animal Health Company To Open Southaven Facility -

An animal health care company has announced a new DeSoto County distribution center, carrying a $1.7 million investment and the creation of 27 jobs.

Henry Schein Animal Health announced in a news release this week that it will begin operations in a 50,000-square-foot facility in Southaven in December.

2. It's Tax Time for Fund Investors, Even Those Doing Nothing -

NEW YORK (AP) – The end of the year can mean tax headaches for some mutual-fund investors, this year potentially more so than others.

Companies have started to warn investors of distributions they'll make by the end of December. For anyone with a fund outside a tax-advantaged account, these payments can trigger a tax bill, even if they never sold any shares themselves.

3. Tyson Announces $300M Facility in Tennessee -

Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods has announced it will create more than 1,500 jobs and invest more than $300 million into a new facility in Humboldt, Tennessee, about 85 miles northeast of Memphis.

4. Drug Testing Company Wants to Expand in Memphis -

A drug testing franchise has set its sights on Memphis as the company’s next expansion target, with a plan to open seven new locations in the market.

Fastest Labs was founded in 2008 and offers a range of drug, alcohol and DNA testing services, touting other benefits that include no appointment being required and clients getting seen within five minutes of arrival. The company also promises to send test results immediately after the visit as a way of differentiating the brand from competition.

5. Animal Health Care Company to Open Southaven Facility -

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – An animal health care company has announced a new Mississippi distribution center, carrying a $1.7 million investment and the creation of 27 jobs.

Henry Schein Animal Health announced in a news release Monday that it will begin operations in a 50,000-square-foot facility in Southaven in December.

6. Wiping Slate Clean: Now Less About Who Can Afford It -

The scales of justice in Tennessee are slowly tipping back toward the poor – and not so poor – helping them regain traction lost to often-minor transgressions.

Change is taking place in court battles and in the Republican-controlled Legislature, believe it or not.

7. Officials Talk Bioscience Research Partnership -

Three major Memphis health care institutions including the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have established a formal partnership to help spur the commercialization of bioscience and technology breakthroughs.

8. Yellen to Step Down From Federal Reserve Board -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Janet Yellen on Monday submitted her resignation from the Federal Reserve board to President Donald Trump, announcing that she will leave the board when her successor is sworn in as Fed chairman.

9. Trustee’s Office Promotes Financial Education and Counseling -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will tell you that the myriad financial education programs and initiatives his office is involved with – covering everything from helping improve consumer credit to financial counseling – are what he sees as part of his job as the “banker for the county.”

10. Memphis Lands Minor League Soccer -

AutoZone Park will be home to a team in the United Soccer League, according to multiple media reports. The team, as yet unnamed, would begin play in 2019.

“We are excited about the prospects of a third professional sports team in Downtown Memphis,” Redbirds president and general manager Craig Unger said in a statement. “Coupled with the continued revitalization of Downtown, the time has never been better for investment in the city and its people.”

11. Walmart Sees Strong Online Sales Lift Third-Quarter Results -

NEW YORK (AP) – A surging online business and strong food sales boosted Walmart's results Thursday ahead of the holiday season, a day after its rival Target offered a cautious forecast that overshadowed progress it has made in bringing more customers to its stores.

12. Philadelphia Firm Poised To Launch New Plant -

Philadelphia-based chemical manufacturer Peroxychem received a seven-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to build a 108,000-square-foot facility at the M.C. Stiles Wastewater Treatment Plant.

13. Memphis Lands Minor League Soccer -

AutoZone Park will be home to a team in the United Soccer League, according to multiple media reports. The team, as yet unnamed, would begin play in 2019.

“We are excited about the prospects of a third professional sports team in Downtown Memphis,” Redbirds president and general manager Craig Unger said in a statement. “Coupled with the continued revitalization of Downtown, the time has never been better for investment in the city and its people.”

14. Capturing Consumer Attention -

How much time do people spend with your marketing materials? For years we’ve been telling you to make your marketing content shorter. After all, the human attention span is eight seconds. That’s one second shorter than your average goldfish.

15. Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom's $103 Billion Offer -

NEW YORK (AP) – Qualcomm rejected an unsolicited, $103 billion offer from Broadcom, saying that the proposal is significantly undervalued and that a tie-up between the massive chipmakers would face substantial regulatory resistance.

16. How Betting On the 76ers Paid Off -

A talk by Rhyan Truett, director of Innovation Lab operations, Philadelphia 76ers. Rhyan Truett is the director of operations at the Sixers Innovation Lab crafted by Kimball. The Sixers Innovation Lab supports rapidly growing, early-stage companies in the consumer product space and provides speed and flexibility; individualized, industry-leading consulting; and investment opportunities to startups with potential.
Alongside managing director Seth Berger, Rhyan manages the day-to-day operations of the Innovation Lab, currently supporting four companies in the esports, digital media, pet care and daily fantasy sports industries.

17. Landers Loss Factored Into Coliseum Not Being in Plan -

The probability of a repurposed Mid-South Coliseum running an operating deficit as part of a youth sports tournament complex at the Fairgrounds was what prompted Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration to put a renovation of the arena on hold for now.

18. Shelby Farms Draws $142 Million, 71-Acre Development -

Elmington Capital Group has submitted plans for a 71-acre senior housing, apartment and single-family development next to Shelby Farms Park. Dwell at Shelby Farms is a new $142 million development to be located on the north side of Raleigh-LaGrange Road near the intersections of Trinity and Fischer Steel roads.

19. Junior Achievement Teachers, Supporters, Volunteers Honored -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South held its annual meeting at its Kemmons Wilson Entrepreneurial Training Center, where it recognized local teachers, volunteers and supporters for their participation and partnership in the nonprofit's educational programs.

20. Faropoint Buys 2 Properties After Trustmark Centre Sale -

Fresh off of the sale of Trustmark Centre, Faropoint Ventures has acquired two more substantial office assets.

The Israeli investment firm bought the Lipscomb & Pitts Building, 2670 Union Ave. Extended, and Poplar Towers, 6263 Poplar Ave., for a combined $19.3 million using capital from the Trustmark Centre sale. The purchase also includes the high-end restaurant Fleming’s, 6245 Poplar, and an AT&T store at 6267 Poplar, both outparcels to Poplar Towers.

21. Do The Hustle -

A lot can change in six years. Consider: In early November of 2011 the NBA was in the midst of a lockout. Rudy Gay, then a Memphis Grizzlies player, put together a charity game at what was then known as the DeSoto Civic Center.

22. Arts Are Creative, Economic Fuel for Memphis -

On a recent arrival at the Memphis International Airport, I marveled that my watch hadn’t even been set to Central Time before I heard buzz of the RiverArtsFest, and acquired a hot tip to visit Wild Bill’s for a “real blues club” experience. I’d just arrived and already the arts in Memphis were calling to me.

23. Department Stores: Macy's Sales Fall, Kohl's Profit Drops -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's sales fell as it had a hard time pulling shoppers through its doors and Kohl's reported a drop in quarterly profit Thursday, underscoring just how challenging the holiday shopping season will be for department store chains.

24. Shelby Farms Draws New 71-Acre, $142M Development -

In a joint venture with Charles Crews of Crews Investment Holdings, Nashville-based Elmington Capital Group has submitted plans to the Office of Planning and Development for a 71-acre senior housing, apartment and single-family development next to Shelby Farms Park.

25. Making Best Better -

More than a decade ago, Carolyn Hardy was a vice president with the Coors Brewing Co. in Memphis when she attended the Leadership Development Intensive (LDI), a personal leadership training ground stretched across 3 1/2 days.

26. Nashville Developers Planning Massive 71-Acre Project Near Shelby Farms -

Nashville-based Elmington Capital Group has submitted plans to the Office of Planning and Development for a 71-acre senior housing, apartment and single-family development next to Shelby Farms Park.

27. How Wealthy Would Gain at Expense of Others in GOP Tax Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republicans' tax-cut plan springs from a core argument: What's good for big business and the moneyed elite is inevitably good for the economy and everyone else.

28. City's Tentative Fairgrounds Plan Confirms Separating Coliseum from Youth Sports -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s tentative plan for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds, presented Monday, Nov. 6, included a renovation of old Melrose High School in neighboring Orange Mound and a confirmation that the city administration doesn’t think the Mid-South Coliseum should be part of a youth sports tournament complex.

29. CVS Bulks Up Delivery Service; Tops 3Q Earnings Expectations -

CVS Health is cranking up prescription deliveries to customer homes or workplaces, as the drugstore chain tries to squeeze more of an edge from a massive store network that puts 70 percent of the U.S. population within three miles of one of its locations.

30. Broadcom Offers $103 Billion for Qualcomm in Chip Megadeal -

NEW YORK (AP) – Broadcom made an unsolicited, $103 billion offer for rival chipmaker Qualcomm, the tech industry's largest attempted takeover that is destined to come under intense regulatory scrutiny.

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

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

32. Iconic E. Memphis Office Building Sells for $19.7M -

Nashville-based Magnolia Capital Investments has purchased the Trustmark Centre located at 5350 Poplar Ave. from Israeli investors, Faropoint Ventures. Faropoint intends to reinvest proceeds from the sale to buy other Memphis properties.

33. Exeter Closes on Fifth Major Purchase in October -

Pennsylvania-based real estate investment management firm Exeter Property Group made its fifth significant local investment within a month with the $13.8 million purchase of a 400,000-square-foot industrial property in southeast Memphis.

34. Faropoint Acquires Office Portfolio for $19.3M -

Fresh off of the sale of the Trustmark Centre, Faropoint Ventures has acquired two more substantial office assets.

The Lipscomb Pitts Building, located at 2670 Union Ave. Ext.,  and Poplar Towers, located at 6263 Poplar Ave., were both purchased by the Israeli investment firm for $19.3 million using the capital they accrued from the aforementioned deal.

35. Women in Memphis Higher Ed Detail Common Challenges, Goals -

In less than three years, women have taken the top leadership posts at three of Memphis’ largest higher education institutions. Southwest Tennessee Community College president Tracy Hall, Rhodes College president Marjorie Hass and LeMoyne-Owen College president Andrea Miller lead a diverse mix of institutions with different missions, but they share common thoughts about the challenges and opportunities facing higher education today.

36. Univ. of Memphis’ Lambuth Campus Thriving, With More Growth Expected -

The university, and the history, might have been lost. Six years ago, with the after-effects of a slowed economy still making an impact, Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, was forced to shut down.

37. Gannett Beats Q3 Profit Expectations, Misses on Revenue -

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) – Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI) on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $23 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.

38. Trump Nominates Jerome Powell to be Next Fed Chairman -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Thursday announced his choice of Federal Reserve board member Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the nation's central bank, succeeding Janet Yellen, the first woman to hold the position.

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

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

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

40. Compressor Maker Announces Smaller Mississippi Expansion -

VERONA, Miss. (AP) – A compressor maker will make a scaled-down expansion of its northeast Mississippi factory after scrapping larger plans.

Tecumseh Products Co. is investing $1.1 million and has started hiring 60 people in Verona. Remaining hiring will boost employment to 327 by 2019.

41. Trustmark Centre Sells for Nearly $20M -

An iconic East Memphis office building has switched hands for $19.7 million.

Nashville-based Magnolia Capital Investments has purchased the Trustmark Centre located at 5350 Poplar Ave. from Israeli investment group Faropoint Investments.

42. Last Word: Black & Boyd, SCS Refuses State Order and Opening Tigers Basketball -

There were already some sparks between U.S. Rep. Diane Black and former Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd in the Republican primary for Governor. They were evident at the Oct. 20 forum among the six declared GOP candidates here when the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women met. Black went after Boyd Tuesday and the back and forth suggests at this very early stage this is turning into a race between these two.

43. Trustmark Centre Sells for Nearly $20M -

An iconic East Memphis office building has switched hands for $19.7 million.

In the deal, Nashville-based Magnolia Capital Investments purchased the Trustmark Centre located at 5350 Poplar Ave. from Israeli investors, Farpoint Investments.

44. Exeter Closes on Fifth Major Purchase in October -

Pennsylvania-based real estate investment management firm Exeter Property Group made its fifth significant local investment within a month with the $13.8 million purchase of a 400,000-square-foot industrial property in southeast Memphis.

45. Exxon Settles Pollution Case With Feds by Upgrading 8 Plants -

DALLAS (AP) – Exxon Mobil settled air pollution violations with the Trump administration by paying a $2.5 million civil penalty and promising to spend $300 million on pollution-control technology at several plants along the Gulf Coast.

46. Protecting Wealth -

Gena Wolbrecht, who heads up the newly launched investment program at BankTennessee, encourages potential clients to make some of the same considerations they do when they turn to other non-financial specialists like a doctor.

47. Real Estate Market In Focus At Seminar -

The Daily News will host its annual Commercial Real Estate Review & Forecast Seminar on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

48. Pinnacle Expanding Memphis Footprint -

A week after Pinnacle Financial Partners’ Memphis chairman told The Daily News the bank would be growing its footprint around the city, the bank has announced it’s preparing to do just that.

49. Last Word: Beyond Amazon, Marking The RiverLine and Whimsy Grows -

Grizz and Hornets Monday at the Forum. And Tigers football is on the road for a Friday game at Tulsa. On Tuesday, though there will be much attention to the first of six weekly rankings of college football teams by the new College Football Playoff committee. And the Tigers expect to make the rankings. The players are saying that. That will be followed closely, of course, by another series of interviews about how the team is focused only on the next game as they keep hitting refresh on the playoff committee rankings site. The rankings also promise to be interesting for the SEC teams that are part of the local and regional sports mix here.

50. Gibson Plans to Sell Downtown Factory, Build a New One -

145 Lt. George W. Lee Ave., Memphis, TN 38103: Nashville-based guitar maker Gibson Brands Inc. confirmed Friday, Oct. 20, it is putting its Downtown Memphis factory on the market and plans to build and lease a new facility nearby.

51. Tenet Healthcare To Cut 1,300 Jobs -

Tenet Healthcare plans to cut 1,300 jobs, more than 1 percent of its workforce, in an attempt to cut costs as it reported a quarterly loss of $367 million on Friday, Oct. 27..

It was not immediately clear whether some of the layoffs would come at St. Francis-Memphis or St. Francis-Bartlett hospitals in the Memphis area market that Tenet owns.

52. Highland Row Owner Secures $245M in Capital -

Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus, which currently owns the Highland Row in Memphis, has secured $245 million in new capital from FrontRange Capital Partners, StepStone Group Real Estate LP, and a group of internal investors.

53. Pennsylvania Investor Buys More Memphis Property -

Exeter Property Group has made its second significant splash in the Memphis market with the combined $34.5 million acquisition of two industrial properties.

In the first purchase, Exeter Property Group, doing business as Exeter 4755 Southpoint LLC, purchased a 700,000-square-foot Class A warehouse located at 4755 Southpoint Drive from New York-based Treeview Real Estate Advisors LP for $17.3 million.

54. BankTennessee Launches New Investment Division -

Collierville-based BankTennessee has launched an investment and wealth services division.

The bank has also tapped Gena Wolbrecht, a former Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrator, to lead the division, which is called BTN Wealth Services, as program manager.

55. Construction Continues On Hickman Building -

Walk Off Properties, the new owners of the historic Hickman Building at 240 Madison Ave. in Downtown Memphis, are continuing their renovation of the property.

56. Clicking on All Cylinders -

Memphis is a city on the precipice of change as projects that were once deemed impossible – like ServiceMaster’s Downtown headquarters or Crosstown Concourse – have emboldened developers and city officials to shoot for the moon.

57. UPS Predicts Record Holiday Deliveries, Defends Price Hike -

DALLAS (AP) — UPS expects another record holiday season, with deliveries up 5 percent over last year, as online shopping continues to grow.

The company said Thursday that it expects to deliver more than 750 million packages between Thanksgiving and Dec. 31. It expects to haul at least 30 million packages on 17 of the last 21 delivery days before Christmas.

58. Construction Continues On Hickman Building -

Walk Off Properties, the new owners of the historic Hickman Building at 240 Madison Ave. in Downtown Memphis, are continuing their renovation of the property.

59. U of M School of Nursing Honored for Diversity -

The University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing is one of 24 health professions schools to receive the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

60. McDiscount: $1 Soda, 2 for $5 Deals Lure More to McDonald's -

NEW YORK (AP) — Cheap soda and burgers brought more people into McDonald's.

The fast-food company said Tuesday that sales in the U.S. rose 4.1 percent at existing locations during the third quarter, thanks to $1 soft drinks, coupons on its app and a two-for-$5 promotion called McPick 2. And with more people coming in, McDonald's said some also bought pricier burgers stuffed with crispy onions, kale or guacamole, which helped sales.

61. Fogelman Properties Adds Day As Senior VP of Investments -

Matthew Day has joined Fogelman Properties as senior vice president of investments. Day comes to the Memphis-based multifamily real estate services company with 15 years of investment experience and will spearhead its investment platform across the Southeast, Southwest and Midwest regions.

62. Effects Of E-commerce, Amazon Among Seminar Topics -

The growth of e-commerce has been one of the most transformative trends in real estate over the past few years and Memphis’ unique geography has it poised to reap the benefits.

While the more traditional industrial projects like Amazon’s proposed 615,440-square-foot receiving center at 3292 Holmes Road or DHL’s planned 580,000-square-foot distribution facility less than a mile to the south come to mind, the ripple effects of this can be felt in other areas as well, such as in typical brick-and-mortar retail operations.

63. Pennsylvania Investment Group Makes $34.5M Splash -

Exeter Property Group as make its second significant splash in the Memphis market with the combined $34.5 million acquisition of two industrial properties.

In the first purchase, Exeter Property Group, doing business as Exeter 4755 Southpoint LLC, purchased a 700,000-square-foot Class A warehouse located at 4755 Southpoint Drive from New York-based Treeview Real Estate Advisors LP for $17.3 million.

64. Highline Aftermarket Expands Memphis Facility -

Highline Aftermarket, a manufacturer and distributor of automotive chemicals, lubricants, parts, tools and related accessories, is expanding its existing Memphis presence and headquarters in Memphis.

65. U of M Files $33.5M Permit for Land Bridge -

570 Houston St. 

Memphis, TN 38111

Permit Amount: $33.5 million

Owner: University of Memphis

Details: The University of Memphis has filed a $33.5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to move forward with a parking garage and a long-awaited land bridge over the Southern Avenue railroad track.

66. Elvis Items to Hit Celebrity Auction Block on Nov. 11 -

Elvis collectors and fans will soon have the chance to own a piece of history when a variety of items once owned by the King become available.

GWS Auctions is auctioning off 150 celebrity items in an online event on Nov. 11, with an impressive array of memorabilia from Elvis, Hugh Hefner, Marilyn Monroe, Whitney Houston, JFK, Jackie O, Michael Jackson and more.

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

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

68. Big Question For US Cities: Is Amazon's HQ2 Worth The Price? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dozens of cities are working frantically to land Amazon's second headquarters, raising a weighty question with no easy answer:

Is it worth it?

Amazon is promising $5 billion of investment and 50,000 jobs over the next decade and a half. Yet the winning city would have to provide Amazon with generous tax breaks and other incentives that can erode a city's tax base.

69. Google Parent Leads $1B Lyft Investment, Deepening Uber Rift -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's parent company is throwing its financial support behind ride-hailing service Lyft, deepening its rift with market leader Uber.

Alphabet Inc., which gets most of its money from Google's digital ad network, is leading a $1 billion investment in Lyft that values the privately held company at $11 billion. The investment is being made through Alphabet's CapitalG venture capital arm.

70. Amazon, Pfizer Approved for Tax Incentives -

Amazon was awarded a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County at its Wednesday, Oct. 18, meeting, despite the online retailer’s proposed distribution center spurring a larger debate about the types of jobs the city should incentivize in the future.

71. Seminar To Feature ULI Emerging Trends Report -

For the second straight year, ULI Memphis is partnering with The Daily News to present its 2018 Emerging Trends Report on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

The report will immediately precede TDN’s Commercial Real Estate Review & Forecast Seminar, where a panel of local real estate experts will discuss how these trends will affect the Memphis area.

72. Highline Aftermarket Expands at Memphis HQ -

Highline Aftermarket, a manufacturer and distributor of automotive chemicals, lubricants, parts, tools and related accessories, is expanding its existing Memphis presence and headquarters in Memphis.

73. White House: $4,000 More for Families With Business Tax Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – By slashing corporate tax rates, the Trump administration said Monday, the average U.S. household will get an estimated $4,000 more a year.

This stunning 5 percent increase was met with skepticism from tax experts and Democratic lawmakers who said the math was flawed. Spread across every U.S. household, the White House analysis claims it would generate "conservatively" an income jump totaling $504 billion, or about $200 billion more than the revenues currently generated by the corporate income tax.

74. Memphis Hosts 15th Musculoskeletal Industry Conference -

The annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference returns to Memphis this week for the 15th time, bringing together venture capitalists and industry leaders from around the country to give them a “target-rich environment” in which to network and potentially make deals.

75. City Leaders: Pinch District Development ‘Knitting Together’ Neighborhoods -

The theme that keeps emerging when stakeholders and key officials talk about redevelopment of Downtown’s Pinch neighborhood is that of connecting pieces. The pieces are areas and landmarks around it that have been the focus of investment and attention and traffic while the Pinch has somewhat stalled.

76. Amazon, Pfizer Seek Incentives for Projects -

While Memphis has been working to win the nod from Amazon in the company’s highly publicized decision on where it will put its second headquarters, the city is poised to get a major unrelated investment from the e-commerce giant.

77. Last Word: Tigers Make Top 25, Pfizer's Next Tax Break and Shepherds Creek -

The Tigers make the top 25 ESPN Power Rankings for college football with the Liberty Bowl victory Saturday over Navy 30 – 27. And Tigers coach Mike Norvell responds to the pre-game arrest of a player on a rape charge.

78. Amazon Confirms Plans for $72M Memphis Distribution Center -

While Memphis has been working to win the nod from Amazon in the company’s highly publicized decision on where it will put its second headquarters, the city is poised to get a major unrelated investment from the e-commerce giant.

79. Pfizer Seeks Incentives to Retain Financial Services Operations in Memphis -

Admitting that its workforce in Memphis has been declining due to technology and business changes, pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. is seeking a 14-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive from the city and county to retain its finance and accounting operations in Memphis with a “stabilized” workforce of about 250 workers.

80. Leaders: Pinch District Development 'Knitting Together' Neighborhoods -

The theme that keeps emerging when stakeholders and key officials talk about redevelopment of Downtown’s Pinch neighborhood is that of connecting pieces. The pieces are areas and landmarks around it that have been the focus of investment and attention and traffic while the Pinch has somewhat stalled.

81. Ring Partners With Conagra On PAM Spray Bottles -

Ring Container Technologies, a product packaging and plastic container manufacturing company based in Oakland, Tennessee, has completed a collaboration with Conagra Brands to create a new plastic bottle for PAM Cooking Spray.

82. Turning The Page -

The Memphis Grizzlies still cling to their old grit-and-grind identity – at least for marketing purposes and perhaps a subconscious need for comfort and security. But they also decided now was the time they had to initiate transformative change.

83. Here Comes Earnings Season: Brace for a Slowdown in Growth -

NEW YORK (AP) – Earnings reporting season is getting underway, and Wall Street is getting ready to be underwhelmed.

Profit growth likely slowed sharply in the summer for U.S. companies after hurricanes and other natural disasters caused big damage. Analysts are forecasting weaker earnings for several areas of the market from a year ago, a sharp turnaround from earlier this year, when earnings were soaring by more than 10 percent and helping to drive the stock market to record heights.

84. Memphis Launches Public Campaign for Amazon Bid -

Memphis’ bid to land Amazon’s second U.S. headquarters got a new public component Wednesday, Oct. 11, with the launch of a social media push and the lighting of Big River Crossing in Amazon’s signature orange color to help raise the city’s profile amid intense competition.

85. Last Word: 'Seismic Shift,' Mason Village and Running A Store From A Cloud -

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to drive through the old town part of Cordova near its one-time train station and see the potential. Now word of a new restaurant opening later this month in what is known as Farley House. The old town is an interesting mix of new development and old development including an iconic country Baptist church that not too long ago turned 100 years old. And then there is the trail head for the Shelby Farms Greenline that runs near the train station.

86. First Music Project Funded Through Memphis Slim House Loan Program -

Attendees of the Eric Hughes Band’s CD release party next week won’t see everything that goes into making a collection of tunes like the band’s latest.

The album – “Meet Me in Memphis” – and band will be feted Oct. 21 at the warehouse behind Earnestine & Hazel’s during a bash that includes live music and food by Central BBQ. Among the things that won’t be apparent amid the festivities, though, is all the work that goes into an undertaking like this, and the honing of chops that for Hughes has meant playing about 3,000 shows in Memphis since 2001.

87. Ring Partners With Conagra on PAM Spray Bottles -

Ring Container Technologies, a product packaging and plastic container manufacturing company based in Oakland, Tennessee, has completed a collaboration with Conagra Brands to create a new plastic bottle for PAM Cooking Spray.

88. Prologis Sells Two Industrial Buildings for $23.8M -

San Fransisco-based Prologis Inc. has sold two parcels of its Memphis portfolio for a combined $23.8 million.

89. Administration Calls for Easing Rules for Financial Markets -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration on Friday recommended ways to loosen the rules governing the U.S. stock, bond and derivatives markets, proposing a rollback of a variety of tougher requirements adopted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

90. Auto Supplier Denso: $1B Investment in Tennessee Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Automotive supplier Denso announced plans Friday to invest $1 billion and create more than 1,000 new jobs in its main Tennessee facility to meet growing demand for electric vehicle parts.

91. Wright Investments To Buy Up to $400M in Hotels -

Wright Investments, a Memphis-based hotel management, investment and project management company, is planning to acquire up to $400 million in hotel properties over the next two to three years by investing the firm’s newly raised Hospitality Opportunity Fund II.

92. Connecting The Pieces -

The Pinch District – a Downtown mini-neighborhood of only a few blocks sandwiched between the Memphis Cook Convention Center, Uptown, The Pyramid and the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – has been a neglected donut hole of development for years, as investments have poured into other areas of Downtown around it.

93. Pinch District Redevelopment Discussion On Tap -

The nine-block area between the Pyramid and the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital known as the Pinch District is set to be remade in transformative fashion as part of the city moving closer to its bicentennial in 2019.

94. 2 Cooper St. Projects In Midtown Seek Incentives -

Two separate Midtown projects, both located on Cooper Street, are seeking 11-year tax abatements from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board.

95. Last Word: Bonus For the Head Tiger, Brooks Downtown? and Harris Runs -

A $100,000 bonus from the University of Memphis board of trustees for U of M president David Rudd at Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The bonus is from private funds raised by the university foundation. The board also approved a paid parental leave policy – specifically the funding for that policy. And it reviewed scaled-back plans for the $30 million new rec center for students that will incorporate some of the existing rec center.

96. Haslam Headed on Asia Trade Mission as Senate Decision Looms -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam is headed on trade mission to Asia next week to pitch companies in Japan and South Korea about investment opportunities in Tennessee.

The trip comes as Haslam mulls whether to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Bob Corker, a close family friend. Haslam has said he will announce his decision on that race by the end of the week.

97. Profound Effect -

The life of a college basketball walk-on tends to be an uneven equation. All those hours of practice, day after day after day. In return, precious minutes on game nights. Well, every few weeks.

In the case of Jonathan Wilfong, a Memphis University School grad who walked on at Southern Methodist University, he played 11 minutes his entire freshman season and 22 as a sophomore. He got a little more run the next two years, including a 16-minute stint when SMU smashed the University of Memphis 103-62 as Wilfong scored four points.

98. Memphis Readies Red Carpet to Land Amazon -

With 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in capital expenditures at stake, it stands to reason that cities hoping to land Amazon.com’s second U.S. headquarters will do whatever it takes to close the “once-in-a-lifetime” deal.

99. Two Midtown Projects Apply for Tax Incentives -

Two separate Midtown projects, both located on Cooper Street, are seeking 11-year tax abatements from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board.

The first project, located at 663 and 673 Cooper St., is an office/residential mixed-use development submitted by filament LLC, the development wing of local architectural firm, archimania.

100. Memphis Officials Lay Out Initial Pitch for Amazon HQ -

With 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in capital expenditures at stake, it stands to reason that cities hoping to land Amazon.com’s second U.S. headquarters will do whatever it takes to close the “once-in-a-lifetime” deal.