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1. Some Tennessee Lawmakers Living the Life -

Early in his U.S. Senate campaign, former governor Phil Bredesen shied away from talking about his opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, preferring to focus instead on ideas.

2. City Panel Debates Whether to Tweak or Toss EDGE -

A seven-member city group looking at the effectiveness of EDGE – the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine – has a decision to make.

Do they recommend tweaking the body that grants tax abatement incentives or do they take the city out of the EDGE and create a city Industrial Development Board?

3. From Penny Press To Snapchat: Parents Fret Through The Ages -

NEW YORK (AP) — When Stephen Dennis was raising his two sons in the 1980s, he never heard the phrase "screen time," nor did he worry much about the hours his kids spent with technology. When he bought an Apple II Plus computer, he considered it an investment in their future and encouraged them to use it as much as possible.

4. Stocks Mixed Even as S&P 500 Index Marks Longest Bull Run -

The major U.S. stock indexes were mostly higher in afternoon trading Wednesday, on track for the market's bull run to become the longest in history. Gains in technology stocks, retailers and energy companies outweigh losses in industrial firms and elsewhere in the market.

5. Bredesen Seeks Rural Broadband Access Through TVA -

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is calling for congressional action enabling the Tennessee Valley Authority to deliver broadband internet access to rural parts of the state, a plan his opponent, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, says would be “anti-competitive.”

6. New Life -

By this time next year, the formerly blighted Frayser Plaza will become Harmony Plaza, with Memphis STEM Academy as its anchor tenant and 100 percent occupancy. It’s part of a new trend of transforming out-of-date retail shopping centers into mixed-use, walkable concepts.

7. U.S. Newspapers to Trump: We're Not Enemies of the People -

NEW YORK (AP) — Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" Thursday with a coordinated series of editorials speaking up for a free and vigorous press.

8. Why Local One Commerce Square Owners Are Selling to Out-of-State Investors -

After successfully renovating the 29-story iBank Tower in Downtown Memphis, the work is done for a group of prominent Memphis investors as they prepare to sell the office building to a new owner with deeper pockets.

9. Concern in Arkansas Town Highlights Trade Fears Across U.S. -

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — A Chinese company's announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of this rural college town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region's economy.

10. Amazon Proposes Tent Warehouse on McLemore -

Amazon is proposing an unusual development in South Memphis: A “permanent tent’’ to serve as a warehouse.

The world’s largest online retailer wants to build a triangular, 16,575-square-foot warehouse of taut fabric supported by steel-tube trusses and cables, according to construction documents filed with Shelby County Construction Code Enforcement Office.

11. Commercial Appeal, Amazon Eying New Locations -

262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Amount: $412 million

Project Cost: $330 million

12. Amazon Proposes Tent Design For West McLemore Location -

Amazon is proposing an unusual development in South Memphis: A “permanent tent’’ to serve as a warehouse.

The world’s largest online retailer wants to build a triangular, 16,575-square-foot warehouse of taut fabric supported by steel-tube trusses and cables, according to construction documents filed with Shelby County Construction Code Enforcement Office.

13. Amazon Proposes a Tent Design for New West McLemore Location -

Amazon proposes an unusual development in South Memphis: A tent to serve as a warehouse for two years.

The world’s largest online retailer wants to build a triangular, 16,575-square-foot warehouse of taut fabric supported by steel-tube trusses and cables, according to construction documents filed with Shelby County Construction Code Enforcement Office.

14. Hale Named Principal Owner At Pickering Firm -

After 17 years with Pickering Firm Inc., James Hale has been tapped as one of the architecture and engineering firm’s principal owners. As director of finance and administration, Hale is responsible for overseeing all financial operations of the firm and the day-to-day fiscal management of the company. Hale, who is based in Pickering’s Memphis office, also oversees all accounting and administrative staff, including human resources and IT.

15. TIF Designation Could Bring Poplar Improvements -

With several office, hotel and mixed-use projects planned along the Poplar Corridor, a group of property owners want a public financing subsidy to help pay for infrastructure improvements.

The Poplar Corridor Business District Association of Owners, a nonprofit formed by several Poplar Avenue property owners for the purpose of “improving the economy, aesthetics and quality of life within the Poplar Corridor Business District,” is asking the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County board to establish a tax increment financing district immediately east and west of Interstate 240, according to documents made publicly available Monday, July 23.

16. TIF Designation Could Bring Improvements to Poplar Ave. -

With several office, hotel and mixed-use projects planned along the Poplar Corridor, a group of property owners want a public financing subsidy to help pay for infrastructure improvements.

The Poplar Corridor Business District Association of Owners, a nonprofit formed by several Poplar Avenue property owners for the purpose of “improving the economy, aesthetics and quality of life within the Poplar Corridor Business District,” is asking the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County board to establish a tax increment financing district immediately east and west of Interstate 240, according to documents made publicly available Monday, July 23.

17. Following Merger, First Tennessee Executive Encourages Memphians to Embrace Change -

Sometimes, your career chooses you. For Darin Johnson, he always knew he wanted to combine his love of numbers and people. “Since I was a kid, I’ve loved numbers,” Johnson said. “In fact, we didn’t have voicemail when I was a kid, so I would memorize everyone who would call and all of their numbers."

18. Heat Wave -

After what was a banner year in many ways for Memphis commercial real estate in 2017, projections for this year were bullish. But at the halfway point of 2018, have expectations in the area risen with the temperatures or have they begun to dry out under the sweltering summer heat? 

19. Lenoir-Harris Debate At NAACP-Sponsored Forum Illustrates Political Divide -

David Lenoir and Lee Harris brought the Shelby County mayor’s race to the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday, July 10, after all. In his opening statement, Lenoir, the Republican nominee, talked about his request for a different moderator at the forum sponsored by the Memphis Branch NAACP.

20. Lenoir-Harris Debate at NCRM Shows Political Divide -

David Lenoir and Lee Harris brought the county mayor’s race to the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday, July 10, after all.

21. Lenoir-Harris Debate at NCRM Shows Political Divide -

David Lenoir and Lee Harris brought the county mayor’s race to the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday, July 10, after all.

22. Beale Hotel, South Main Mixed-Use Top Busy Week In Development -

It’s a busy week for the city of Memphis when it comes to economic development. The Downtown Memphis Commission has two of its affiliate boards, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. and the Design Review Board, in action this week, while the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County is holding a meeting for its Economic Development Finance Committee.

23. Senior Living Facility Sells for $16M -

Culpepper Place Assisted Living, located at 7480 U.S. 70, has switched hands for $16.6 million.

In the deal, Bartlett Assisted Living LLC sold the 60,000-square-foot facility to Bartlett TN Senior Property LLC, a holding company that lists the same address as Bridge Investment Group’s Orlando, Florida, office.

24. New Beale Street Hotel, A Vehicle ‘Vending Machine,’ and New Life on Former Buccaneer Site -

380 Beale St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Project Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 10

Owner: Miller Memphis Inc.

Tenant: TCH Memphis LLC

25. Trump to Tout Economic Policies at Foxconn Groundbreaking -

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump was highlighting his economic policies Thursday by taking part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a $10 billion Foxconn factory complex that may bring thousands of jobs to a state he barely carried in the 2016 presidential election.

26. Midtown Getting Denser, North Main Getting New Coffee Shop -

2542 Broad Ave.
Memphis, TN 38112

PILOT Length: 15 years

Project Cost: $51 million

27. Bain Capital Buying Varsity Brands for $2.5B -

Memphis-based Varsity Brands Inc. is being purchased by Bain Capital Private Equity in a deal Varsity says will help it "accelerate our growth to the next level."

28. Where the Jobs Are -

Out of more than 15,000 Shelby County Schools students who took some kind of career and technical education, or CTE, courses in the 2015-2016 academic year, only 1 percent – roughly 150 – completed those classes to get some kind of work certification.

29. Binghampton Apartments, Parkside TIF Get EDGE Greenlight -

Several hundred new apartments, a South Memphis grocery store and a new TIF district were all given the green light by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County during a busy Wednesday, June 20, board meeting. 

30. US stocks rise as trade fears ebb and tech companies lead -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising Wednesday, led by technology and media companies, as global markets let go of some of their fears about the growing trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Still, investors are favoring the companies they think are less vulnerable to tariffs. Twenty-First Century Fox is jumping after Disney agreed to buy Fox's entertainment businesses for more than $71.3 billion, topping an offer from Comcast. Investors are hoping that will be followed by other deals.

31. Bain Capital Buying Varsity Brands for $2.5B -

Memphis-based Varsity Brands Inc. is being purchased by Bain Capital Private Equity in a deal Varsity says will help it "accelerate our growth to the next level."

32. Summer Camp Fun Comes With Lots of Literacy Planning -

The lunchroom tables at Bartlett Elementary School are stacked in the hallway, and from the outside it looks like the school is awaiting students’ return in August.

But inside, a small group of first- through third-graders are dancing, pasting strips of colored paper on plastic bottles, and most importantly, reading and writing.

33. Fed Watchers Await Rate Forecast With a Hike All But Certain -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another interest rate increase is all but certain when the Federal Reserve meets this week. What's not so sure is whether the vigorous U.S. economy will lead the Fed to accelerate its rate hikes in the months ahead – a move that could raise the risk of a recession.

34. The Week Ahead: June 11-17 -

Good morning, Memphis! Father’s Day is this weekend – and no matter whether yours is a rocker, a runner or a reader, there’s something to do with dear ol’ dad. Plus, check out where to see Gov. Bill Haslam, former VP Joe Biden and the “winningest woman in racing” in The Week Ahead.

35. Young Entrepreneurs Overcome Inexperience and Skeptics -

NEW YORK (AP) – The age-old issue came up again recently: A potential client asked Nate Hartmann, "Hey, how old are you?"

Since Hartmann founded Yellow Box in 2010 at age 18, he's encountered skeptics who doubted his company could design websites and create online marketing strategies. Some clients even set out to teach them.

36. Going Global -

Over the past two years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has extended its global reach in a variety of ways, forging new partnerships and alliances to further research efforts for pediatric cancer and blood disorders while investing more than $1 billion to substantially grow its Memphis headquarters.

37. One Beale, St. Jude, Sedgwick Projects Move Forward -

263 Wagner Place, Memphis, TN 38103: Carlisle Corp.’s expanded plans for One Beale received unanimous approval from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Tuesday, May 29.

38. Gregory Realty Grows Industrial Portfolio -

Memphis-based Gregory Realty has acquired more than 53,000 square feet of industrial/flex space at 3920 S. Perkins Road and 3900 Perkins Cut Off Road for $1.6 million.

39. 100 North Main -

The city’s tallest building, the 37-story 100 North Main Building – may or may not become the city’s second convention center hotel. But the skyscraper that has been vacant for four years and counting is the centerpiece of a 3-acre planned commercial complex anchored by a 600-room hotel, no matter where it winds up in the footprint. The complex, as much as the hotel, promises to change more than the city’s convention business.

40. Gregory Realty Grows Industrial Portfolio -

Memphis-based Gregory Realty has acquired more than 53,000 square feet of industrial/flex space at 3920 S. Perkins Road and 3900 Perkins Cut Off Road for $1.6 million.

41. Gregory Realty Grows Industrial Portfolio -

Gregory Realty has acquired more than 53,000 square feet of industrial/flex space at 3920 S. Perkins Rd. and 3900 Perkins Cut Off Rd. for just over $1.6 million.

42. Merging Past, Present -

The Medical Arts Building at the corner of Madison Avenue and Fourth Street in Downtown Memphis, much like its hometown, has seen its share of ups and downs for nearly a century.

But as the city continues to reinvent itself, Walk-Off Properties, the building’s current owner, is also in the process of reimaging the iconic property.

43. Women CEOs Still a Rarity, But Pay Tops That of Men -

Female CEOs remain scarce at the biggest publicly traded companies but those who hold the top job receive pay competitive with male peers.

Women make up only 5 percent of the CEO ranks at S&P 500 companies. Yet median compensation for a female CEO was valued at $13.5 million for the 2017 fiscal year, versus $11.5 million for their male counterparts, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar done for The Associated Press.

44. State Approves Expansion Of Downtown TDZ -

Plans for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s move Downtown and a new aquarium took a major step forward as the State Building Commission’s executive subcommittee approved the addition of Mud Island and the riverfront to the city’s Downtown Tourism Development Zone on Tuesday, May 22.

45. Blockchain Tech ‘is the Shiny New Penny’ -

During the General Assembly session that just ended legislators debated a number of hot-button issues: guns, abortion, Confederate statues and medical marijuana.

But tucked among the headline-grabbers was a brief bill, less than 300 words long, that attracted no controversy whatsoever.

46. State Approves Downtown TDZ Expansion -

Plans for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s move Downtown and a new aquarium took a major step forward as the State Building Commission’s executive subcommittee approved the addition of Mud Island and the riverfront to the city’s Downtown Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) on Tuesday, May 22.

47. Faropoint, Belz Sell of Part of Retail Portfolio -

7501 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654 and 7685 Hacks Cross Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654:  Faropoint Ventures continues to remain active in the Greater Memphis Area with the sale of two Olive Branch retail centers for a combined $9.24 million.

48. Faropoint Sells Two Olive Branch Retail Centers -

Faropoint Ventures continues to remain active in the greater Memphis area with the sale of two Olive Branch retail centers for a combined $9.2 million.

NAI Saig Co. executive vice president Brian Califf and Elliot Embry negotiated the sale of the more than 54,000 square feet of retail space by representing Faropoint in the deal.

49. Penny Mania -

Derek Jett was coming home from a business trip on the West Coast and making a connection at the airport in Dallas. It was football season, and because it was football season (and not basketball season), he was wearing his University of Memphis cap.

50. Three Projects Get Green Light from EDGE Board -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved a trio of projects that could create as many as 255 new jobs and retain nearly 300 more during a busy Wednesday, May 16, agenda. 

51. Macy's Sees Robust Mobile, Online Sales as Profits Soar -

NEW YORK (AP) – With shoppers in a mood to spend, particularly on clothing, Macy's surpassed profit and revenue expectations for the first quarter of the year and raised its outlook.

The company reported its second straight quarter of higher sales at existing stores after a three-year funk. Its shares surged nearly 9 percent Wednesday, and the stocks of other department store chains rose as well. The rosy performance bodes well for J.C. Penney and Nordstrom, both set to report their quarterly results on Thursday. All are working to appeal to shoppers who are spending more online rather than at department stores.

52. Faropoint Sells Two Olive Branch Retail Centers for Almost $10M -

Faropoint Ventures continues to remain active in the Greater Memphis Area with the sale of two Olive Branch retail centers for a combined $9.24 million.

NAI Saig Co. executive vice president Brian Califf and Elliot Embry negotiated the sale of the more than 54,000 square feet of retail space by representing Faropoint in the deal.

53. Few Teeth in Trump's Prescription to Reduce Drug Prices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's long-promised plan to bring down drug prices, unveiled Friday, would mostly spare the pharmaceutical industry he previously accused of "getting away with murder." Instead he focuses on private competition and more openness to reduce America's prescription pain.

54. Second Convention Center Hotel Has Footprint Beyond City’s Tallest Building -

After four years as an emptied out eyesore and lots of promises with very little follow up, the city’s tallest building is at the center of a tentative deal to make it the second convention center hotel.

55. Hub International Acquires Barnett Group’s Assets -

Hub International Limited has acquired the assets of Memphis-based employee benefits consulting firm Barnett Corporate Insurers LLC, also known as The Barnett Group.

56. Tech Leaders Seek More Focus on AI at White House Summit -

Top U.S. tech executives and researchers want the Trump administration to invest more in artificial intelligence and craft policies they hope will strengthen the economy without displacing jobs.

The administration said Thursday it is doing just that. President Donald Trump's technology adviser Michael Kratsios pledged to a gathering of corporate leaders that "the Trump administration will ensure our great nation remains the global leader in AI."

57. Walmart Makes a $16 Billion Bet on India's Booming Economy -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart will soon reach shoppers in India's massive consumer market directly, as it takes control of the online retailer Flipkart that's known for its ubiquitous delivery drivers on motorcycles with oversized backpacks.

58. Last Word: Veto Override Drama, Iran Reaction & Rise of the Rest Meets Soundways -

Shelby County Commissioners have a busy committee day Wednesday with a budget presentation – county mayor Mark Luttrell’s final one as the county’s chief executive, more discussions about the Graceland plan and a veto override.

59. Hub International Acquires Barnett Group’s Assets -

Hub International Limited has acquired the assets of Memphis-based employee benefits consulting firm Barnett Corporate Insurers LLC, also known as The Barnett Group.

60. Groups Sue Ben Carson Over Delay of Anti-Segregation Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A group of advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Department of Housing and Urban Development and its secretary, Ben Carson, over his decision to delay an Obama-era rule intended to ensure that communities confront and address racial segregation.

61. Stengel Elected President Of Construction Counsel Association -

Evans Petree PC shareholder Elizabeth B. Stengel has been elected the first female president of the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, a not-for-profit professional association of Tennessee attorneys with practices related to the construction industry.

62. Room to Grow -

Local Checkers franchisee group Tristate Restaurants LLC is preparing to open its newest location in Memphis at 3680 Lamar Ave. by early to mid-May, and plans for as many as five more locations over the next couple of years.

63. Week Ahead: May 7-13 -

Happy Monday. This weekend is the one between the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, but there are still Memphis in May International events to attend. Great month to be in Memphis!

64. Two Large Industrial Portfolios in Southeast Memphis Sold -

4049 Willow Lake Blvd., Memphis, TN 38118 (portfolio)

Sale Amount: $21.8 million

Buyer: Faropoint Ventures

Buyer Rep: Brian Califf, NAI Saig Co.

65. Keeping What's Yours: Fund Investing Has Never Been Cheaper -

NEW YORK (AP) – Being cheap pays off when it comes to fund investing, and more investors are heeding the call.

Investing is full of uncertainties, as the gyrations of the past few months attest, and keeping costs low is one of the few things that investors have within their control. Plus, having low fees is a pretty good predictor of a fund's future success, researchers say. That's why it's encouraging that a pair of recent reports show that investors paid less in expenses last year across their stock, bond and other types of funds.

66. MLK-Inspired -

What today is known as the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis was born out of the city’s fallout from the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination on April 4, 1968.

67. Memphis Army Depot, CA Building Get New Owners -

2028 Memphis Depot Pkwy.
Memphis, TN 38114

Sale Amount: $50 million

68. Commercial Appeal Building Sells for $2.8M -

The Commercial Appeal building, 495 Union Ave., has been sold to a New York investment company for $2.8 million.

69. Building Heritage -

The basement of the Universal Life Insurance building, a Memphis landmark at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, is still defined by the intersection of overhead ventilation shafts and pipes.

70. American Airlines CEO Warns Higher Fares are Coming -

DALLAS (AP) – Rising fuel costs are eating into airline profits, dampening expectations for the rest of 2018, and setting the stage for higher fares.

Fuel is the airlines' second-biggest expense after labor, so when it rises – at American it was up 40 cents a gallon from a year ago – so does the cost of providing air travel, says American Airlines CEO Doug Parker.

71. Last Word: The City's Windfall, Chandler Parsons' Knees and Keith Sykes on Flying -

When you think of economic engines that drive the Memphis economy there are a lot of corporate names past and present that come to mind. One further down the list is the Memphis Defense Depot in southeast Memphis more than 20 years after the Army closed up shop. Along the stretch of Airways near Memphis International Airport are the blue collar neighborhoods built by the hub for Army supplies that located here in the early 1940s on 4.2 million square feet of land.

72. Commercial Appeal Building Sells for $2.8 Million -

The Commercial Appeal building, 495 Union Ave., has been sold to a New York investment company for $2.8 million.

73. Pinnacle Expands Team in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has recruited a senior credit officer, credit adviser and two other financial services professionals to work at its main Memphis office on Shady Grove Road.

Evelin Amido, with 38 years of experience, is a senior vice president and senior credit officer. She comes from Iberiabank, where she was an executive vice president and senior credit officer.

74. CA Sells Land, CBRE Inks New Office Deal -

597 Beale St., Memphis, TN 38103: Gannett Co. Inc., The Commercial Appeal’s parent company, has sold 5 acres adjacent to the CA’s 495 Union Ave. location to a New York-based investment company that specializes in acquiring underperforming and underutilized locations from legacy newspapers.

75. The Latest: Global Leaders Fear Rising Trade Tensions -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest from the spring meetings of the Group of 20 major economies, the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending institution, the World Bank. (All times local)

76. Commercial Appeal Sells 5 Acres to Investment Firm -

Gannett Co. Inc., The Commercial Appeal’s parent company, has sold 5 acres adjacent to its 495 Union Ave. location to a New York-based investment company that specializes in acquiring underperforming and underutilized locations from legacy newspapers.

77. Regional Win -

In an increasingly interconnected world, having a cohesive economic regionalism strategy is becoming more of a must-have for successful metropolitan areas.

To facilitate this, the Urban Land Institute held Memphis’ first RegionSmart Summit in 2016 to gather all of the area’s government, economic development and community leaders in one place to collectively address some of the region’s most pressing planning and development issues.

78. Commercial Appeal Sells Land To New York Investment Firm -

Gannett Co. Inc., The Commercial Appeal’s parent company, has sold 5 acres adjacent to its 495 Union Ave. location to a New York-based investment company that specializes in acquiring underperforming and underutilized locations from legacy newspapers.

79. Local Experts: Health Care So Far Immune to Simplification and Lower Costs -

That Walmart may be close to acquiring the health insurer Humana is one signal that we’re in not just a period of change for the health care industry, but a fundamental reshaping of the landscape and a shifting of the players involved.

80. How Much Are You Worth? -

Ray’s Take: What do Mike Tyson, Curt Schilling, Marvin Gaye, Francis Ford Coppola and Meat Loaf all have in common?

81. Third Annual RegionSmart Summit to Be Held April 26 -

More than 300 government, economic development and community leaders will gather at the third annual RegionSmart Summit this month to discuss some of the Mid-South’s biggest planning issues.

Hosted by the Mid-South Mayors’ Council and the Urban Land Institute’s local affiliate, ULI Memphis, the April 26 summit at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education will tackle topics such as the future of workforce development, transportation and land use.

82. Study: South Should Spend on Schools, Train Homegrown Talent -

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – As teachers in multiple states protest for better pay, a new study warns that the fast-growing South region must invest more in public schools and higher education to ensure its homegrown talent shares in its economic prosperity.

83. A Memphis Show? -

Twenty-five years after its premier at Lincoln Center, “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah” is coming to The Orpheum Theatre with its 40-piece orchestra, 100-member choir and renowned soloists. Just the name of the show inspires a new way of thinking about what George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” traditionally has been, but also could be.

84. Last Word: Play Ball, Porch & Parlor and A New Bus System -

If you go to enough political gatherings you start to see parallels. Sometimes you see things that aren’t there but that’s another story. Many political gatherings begin with the pledge of allegiance and a prayer as well. Sometimes the pledge isn’t enough and there is someone there to sing the National Anthem.

85. Nine West Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection -

NEW YORK (AP) – Nine West Holdings Inc. has filed for bankruptcy protection, the latest retailer to do so as it attempts to restructure its debt and refocus on its more successful products.

86. Perry Leading Fire Museum Forward as Executive Director -

Shannon Perry became executive director of the Fire Museum of Memphis earlier this year, a role that brings her back to the institution she helped launch in the 1990s, when she served as its first curator. As executive director, Perry is the Fire Museum’s only full-time employee, and she handles a range of functions – including its collection, exhibits and facilities, budgets, fundraising, public relations, special events, staff and volunteers – while also working directly with the museum’s board.

87. Former FHN Communications Chief Launches New Venture -

Back in the summer, Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank was listed as the fifth most reputable bank in the nation in a report from the industry-focused news publication “American Banker.”

88. China Raises Tariffs on US Pork, Fruit in Trade Dispute -

BEIJING (AP) – China raised import duties on a $3 billion list of U.S. pork, apples and other products Monday in an escalating dispute with Washington over trade and industrial policy.

89. Eyes on Retirement? Consider These Steps First -

It’s the beginning of a new year and the thought of retirement is becoming more realistic to you. The idea of working a 9 to 5 may not give you the same thrill as when you were a spring chicken entering the workforce.

90. UTHSC Adds Infectious Disease Institute -

Dr. Colleen Jonsson, director of the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will be taking her work in infectious disease research to a new level as director of a new institute at UTHSC.

91. Frontier Gun Maker Remington Seeks Bankruptcy Protection -

Remington, the storied gun maker that began turning out flintlock rifles when there were only 19 states in the Union, has filed for bankruptcy reorganization amid years of slumping sales and legal and financial pressure over the Sandy Hook school massacre.

92. EPE Expansion in Limbo, Overton Square Restaurant Sets Opening Date -

3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Project Cost: $22 million

Owner: Elvis Presley Enterprises

Details: Elvis Presley Enterprises’ expansion plans have been put on hold for the second straight month as the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County board continues to sort out if any implications will stem from approving bond financing for the Whitehaven project.

93. EPE Expansion Plans Placed on Hold Again -

Elvis Presley Enterprises’ expansion plans have been put on hold for the second straight month as the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County board continues to sort out what, if any, implications will stem from approving bond financing for the Whitehaven project.

94. Memphis Investment Firm Wins Industry Award -

Highland Capital Management in Memphis has been awarded a Top Guns designation by Informa Investment Solutions’ PSN manager database, North America’s longest-running database of investment managers.

95. Riviana, Ebrofrost Continue Work On $26M Frozen Food Facility -

2360 Prospect St.

Memphis, TN 38106

Permit Amount: $3.1 million

Project Cost: $26.5 million

Application Date: March 2018

Owner: Riviana Foods

96. This Week In Memphis History: March 16-22, 2018 -

2008: Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton proposes closing several public libraries, including the Cossitt, Gaston, Highland, Levi and Poplar-White Station branches. He floats the proposal to City Council members, saying it would save the city $1.5 million to $2 million.
“I don’t need to hear from any council member about their district,” he says later. “I have to look at the city. Some of these libraries are in the ghetto. Some of them are on Poplar.” Herenton adds that his upcoming budget proposal will call for a city property tax hike. “I think it’s inevitable,” he says. “But with these cuts, it won’t be as much.” The move to close the Cossitt, the city’s first public library, is also part of a still-general plan by Herenton to redevelop the city’s riverfront and use the land the library is on for other purposes.

97. Wiuff Looks to Boost Engagement As MAAR Board President -

Lauren Harkins Wiuff, a broker at Marx-Bensdorf Realtors, has begun her tenure as the 2018 president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors board of directors. Wiuff, who will serve a one-year term as board president, is also a lifetime member of MAAR’s Multi Million Dollar Club. At Marx-Bensdorf, she leads a team that includes her sister, Stephanie Sheahan.

98. Memphis Investment Firm Wins Industry Award -

Highland Capital Management in Memphis has been awarded a Top Guns designation by Informa Investment Solutions’ PSN manager database, North America’s longest-running database of investment managers.

99. Digest -

Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

100. AgLaunch Finds Traction In Intersection of Startups, Investors and Farmers -

Jan Bouten, a partner in Innova, the local early stage investment capital group, has some basic standards when deciding on startup companies to invest in.

He looks for “a solid team with a lot of experience in business” and the founders of AgriSync, an Iowa ag tech startup, checked that box.