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1. Mississippi's Senators Say Award to Help City Buy Airport -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's senators say the City of Olive Branch has received a $14.9 million federal grant to help with the purchase of the Olive Branch Airport.

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, in a news release Thursday, said the city will become the airfield's primary operator. It's been in operation since 1972, and the purchase guarantees the continued operations of the facility as a public airport.

2. The Week Ahead: Aug. 20-26 -

Good morning, Memphis! Fall is just around the corner and the weather later this week may give a you a more convincing notion of that. Here is a list of events and meetings that may be of interest as you get the week started.

3. Kroger Rolls Out Driverless Cars For Grocery Deliveries -

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb.

4. Fogelman Completes $67 Million in Acquisitions -

In a joint venture partnership with Dallas-based Thackeray Partners, Memphis-based Fogelman Properties completed $67 million in acquisitions this month with the purchase of Legends at Charleston Park (in Charleston, South Carolina) and Westridge (in Jacksonville, Florida).

5. Fogelman Completes $67M in Acquisitions -

In a joint venture partnership with Dallas-based Thackeray Partners, Memphis-based Fogelman Properties completed $67 million in acquisitions this month with the purchase of Legends at Charleston Park (in Charleston, South Carolina) and Westridge (in Jacksonville, Florida).

6. L.A. to Become First in U.S. to Install Subway Body Scanners -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles subway system will become the first in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Transportation Security Administration had been testing different types of body scanners for about a year.

7. Churches to Help MIFA Celebrate 50th Birthday -

The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) is celebrating 50 years this year and Epiphany Lutheran Church and Collierville’s St. Andrews Episcopal Church are a part of the organization’s celebration.

8. Nashville Public Housing Authority Won't Enforce Smoking Ban -

NASHVILLE (AP) — One Tennessee city says it won't enforce the new national ban on smoking in public housing.

Public housing residents in Nashville recently signed leases that prohibited smoking. But Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency spokeswoman Jamie Berry tells WPLN-FM the housing authority will tack on a grandfathering addendum that lets current tenants smoke.

9. In His Final Months as Tennessee Governor, Haslam Reflects on His Education Legacy -

While Gov. Bill Haslam entered office as an education-minded leader intent on reforms, much of his administration’s K–12 public school work has focused on holding the line on sweeping policies launched under his predecessor.

10. 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? 

11. Unemployment Rises Slightly in Shelby County -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly in May while remaining below 4 percent, according to new figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The county’s preliminary May unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from April’s rate but still down from 3.9 percent in May 2017.

12. Taking Flight -

In the past 20 years, there has been little to no new multifamily housing growth in Memphis outside of Downtown and Midtown. 

So around this time last year, the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County, at the behest of both mayors, introduced a tax incentive designed to encourage a new wave of multifamily development with the hopes of growing Memphis’ stagnant population. 

13. Shelby County Unemployment Rises Slightly in May -

Shelby County’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly in May while remaining below 4 percent, according to new figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The county’s preliminary May unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from April’s rate but still down from 3.9 percent in May 2017.

14. Apple Sets Up iPhones to Relay Location for 911 Calls -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century.

If it lives up to Apple's promise, the iPhone's next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centers in the U.S.

15. Ex-Airport Worker Pleads Guilty in $134K Cellphone Scheme -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A former Tennessee airport worker has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for fraudulently buying and re-selling $134,600 in cellphones.

U.S. Attorney Donald Cochran's office says 52-year-old John Pat Banister Sr. pleaded guilty Monday to the mail fraud charge from his time as a telecommunications service manager at the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, which oversees Nashville International Airport.

16. Analysis: HUD Plan Would Raise Rents for Poor by 20 Percent -

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Housing Secretary Ben Carson says his latest proposal to raise rents would mean a path toward self-sufficiency for millions of low-income households across the United States by pushing more people to find work. For Ebony Morris and her four small children, it could mean homelessness.

17. Last Word: Storm Damage, Overton Square Parking and Corker's Tariff Plan -

The week begins with recovery across the river in Arkansas where high winds, possibly tornadoes, did quite a bit of damage Saturday evening – the Delta Regional Airport just outside Colt in St. Francis County destroyed, by the National Weather Service preliminary damage estimate Sunday.

18. June 1-7: This week in Memphis history -

2011: Bike lanes are planned for two miles of Madison Avenue from just east of Cleveland to North Cooper Street. But some business owners on the stretch of Madison are opposed to them and have organized, prompting Mayor A C Wharton to put off a final decision on the bike lanes. “It’s not that we are against bicycles or bicycle lanes,” business owner Mike Cooper says in The Memphis News cover story. “We need the traffic. We don’t need any impediments.”

19. Last Word: After The Tom Lee Storm, Tiger Lane Changes and Crosstown Growth -

A year ago many of you were without power in the wake of a sudden and violent storm that has come to be known as the Tom Lee Storm. It is the third most powerful storm, according to Memphis Light Gas and Water Division, in terms of those without power and the damage done. It’s called the Tom Lee storm because the 1950s-era Tom Lee memorial in Tom Lee Park – the obelisk – was toppled and shattered as the obelisk fell from the base. A year later, the base that proclaims Tom Lee “a worthy Negro” remains and the obelisk is in storage.

20. MIFA Marks 50 Years of Interfaith Activism -

When a group of Memphis religious leaders marched from St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral to City Hall the day after Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968, they were in the middle of a pivotal year for an ecumenical movement whose impact is still being felt.

21. Last Word: St. Jude's Reach Across A Divide, One Beale Numbers and Draft Math -

To no one’s surprise the legal skirmish over Confederate monuments is on its way to the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Forrest family filed notice Thursday of their appeal of the Davidson County Chancery Court ruling of last week holding that the city of Memphis broke no laws in selling two parks, including the monuments in them, to a private nonprofit which then had the monuments removed.

22. FedEx Purchases $6B Group Annuity Contract -

FedEx Corp. will purchase a group annuity contract and transfer roughly $6 billion of the company’s U.S. pension plan obligations with Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., the Memphis-based company has announced.

23. What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Rural Tennessee? -

Like most of America, Tennessee’s metropolitan areas have prospered during the last eight years, while the rural areas have lagged in almost every measure. The state has 19 of its 95 counties classified as “distressed.” What can and should we do to give every Tennessean a chance to succeed?

24. Rural Tennessee Fighting for Its Prosperity -

For many Tennesseans the pain and financial loss of the 2008 recession has faded.

The state’s unemployment rate is the lowest in the Southeast United States, 3.4 percent in March. Household income and the state’s gross domestic product are at their highest points, and Tennessee continues to attract “high-quality” jobs. (“High-quality” jobs are those that pay higher than the county median wage.)

25. Last Word: New Football League, Drone Testing and New Chandler Numbers -

The Alliance of American Football announces its presence in Memphis Thursday afternoon at the Liberty Bowl. And so begins another chapter in the city’s colorful history of start-up leagues. It is a long history dominated by football with a good stretch of the timeline taking in the city’s pursuit of an NFL franchise. Sometimes the rules are a bit different and the leagues have a history of not lasting very long. But they are fondly remembered.

26. FedEx Purchases $6B Group Annuity Contract -

FedEx Corp. will purchase a group annuity contract and transfer roughly $6 billion of the company’s U.S. pension plan obligations with Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., the Memphis-based company has announced.

27. From Enduring to Thriving -

By fall 1967, Memphis had a diverse group of people of faith working on a plan to better the community. Diversity, back then, mainly meant black and white, and Christians and Jews. The notion of them working together was considered bold.

28. 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.

29. May 4-10, 2018: This week in Memphis history -

1989: The Beale Street Music Festival is a two-day affair spread across nine nightclubs on Beale, the stage in Handy Park, a tent and First Baptist Church on Beale. J. Blackfoot and Nighthawks featuring Jimmy Hall as well as Rufus Thomas and Ruby Wilson are the headliners in a mostly local, blues-centric lineup with some zydeco and blues-flavored rock thrown in.
The church stage is open only on Sunday and features an afternoon and evening lineup of gospel singers and groups. Among the other Memphis performers are Joyce Cobb, Larry Raspberry and the Highsteppers, Don McMinn and the Rum Boogie Band, Human Radio, Kaya & The Weldors, Jimmy Davis and Fat Man & The Maniacs.

30. Q1 Economic Overview Underscores Optimism -

Buoyed by everything from a big cut in tax rates to the performance of the stock market of late, Mike McManus, co-founder of wealth management firm McManus Reilly Financial, says his clients have been acknowledging a resurgence in optimism these days. About everything from the economy to the state of their own financial affairs – a sentiment that the latest data and local economic indicators helps underscore.

31. Police: Waffle House Suspect Was Armed When Arrested -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The mentally unstable gunman suspected of opening fire at a Waffle House restaurant in the middle of the night was arrested not far from his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day following the attack that killed four people, authorities said.

32. 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.

33. Volunteers Sought For Comcast Cares Day in April -

This month, more than 500 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will volunteer at seven different projects in Memphis as part of the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day.

34. Volunteers Sought For Comcast Cares Day in April -

This month, more than 500 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will volunteer at seven different projects in Memphis as part of the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day.

35. Herenton Acknowledges New Generation Politics, Criticism in Mayoral Bid -

Eight years and counting since he resigned as mayor of Memphis, Willie Herenton says he has heard the discussions about the city’s economic stagnation when it comes to growing black prosperity and wealth. Especially the part about how that remains the case despite having “black leadership.”

36. Workers Benefit as US Businesses Struggle to Fill Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. workers are increasingly benefiting as employers struggle to fill millions of open jobs.

More people who had given up looking for work are renewing their job hunts, more employees are confident enough to quit to look for other jobs and pay is gradually picking up.

37. Herenton Says He Wants to Be Mayor Again -

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton says he intends to run for mayor again in the 2019 city elections.

Herenton told an audience at LeMoyne-Owen College Thursday, April 5, that he wants to return to offer leadership to “a young emerging group” of leaders.

38. AP Was There: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – In the spring of 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had won victories on desegregation and voting rights and had been planning his Poor People's Campaign when he turned his attention to Memphis, the gritty city by the Mississippi River. In his support for striking sanitation workers, King wanted to lead marches and show that nonviolent protest still worked.

39. MLK50 Events: A Roundup of Memphis Happenings -

Here's a selection of events in Memphis marking the 50th anniversary of the 1968 sanitation workers' strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 3 is the 50th anniversary of King’s last speech – the “Mountaintop” speech at Mason Temple, while April 4 is the 50th anniversary of his assassination on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

40. Middle of the Road -

When it comes to the Memphis apartment market, it’s steady as she goes, according to technology and analytics company RealPage. In 2017, the apartment housing market in Memphis experienced rent growth of 2.3 percent, ranking 26th out of the top 50 metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to RealPage’s data.

41. Unemployment Rate In Shelby County at 4.3 Pct. -

Shelby County’s January unemployment rate marked a slight rise from December but was still lower than a year ago, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The 4.3 percent unemployment rate compared to 5.5 percent a year ago, but was up 0.7 percentage points from 3.6 percent in December.

42. Nashville Airport Unveils Upgraded International Building -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Nashville International Airport has unveiled its upgraded and expanded international arrivals building.

According to a news release, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority staff and board of commissioners held a ribbon cutting for the building Wednesday.

43. Shelby County Unemployment Hits 4.3 Percent -

Shelby County’s January unemployment rate marked a slight rise from December but was still lower than a year ago, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The 4.3 percent unemployment rate compared to 5.5 percent a year ago, but was up 0.7 percentage points from 3.6 percent in December.

44. Triumph Adds Bankers, Expands Into Nashville -

As its annual meeting approaches, Triumph Bank finds itself in a protracted growth spurt, with activity encompassing everything from a pickup in mortgage activity to the addition of new bankers and an expansion into Nashville.

45. Issues and Answers: Election 2018 -

In a survey of 19,000 adults in fall 2017, the Knight Foundation found that 84 percent of Americans think that the news media is very important, even critical, to our democracy. Eighty-eight percent said that news media must “make sure Americans have the knowledge they need to be informed about public affairs.”

46. New Construction North Of State Line Highlights Busy Q4 -

A flurry of large-scale build-to-suit projects north of the Tennessee-Mississippi state line – the first of their kind in a decade – capped off a busy 2017 for the Memphis industrial market, which closed the fourth quarter with 665,896 square feet of net absorption, according to Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ latest Marketbeat report.

47. Next-Level Arts -

DeltaARTS had its beginnings in 1972, in the home of founder of Bobbi Dodge. Then came years in a storefront that, as executive director Amelia Barton described it, was “right across from the bowling alley and next to the cleaners.” Now, not only is the nonprofit in its own freestanding facility in West Memphis but the building, known as the Glenn P. Schoettle Arts Education Center at 301 S. Rhodes St., will be getting technology upgrades through a capacity-building grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.

48. Last Word: Shutdown Round Two, The Pastner Charges and 1968 Virtual Reality -

The federal government technically shutdown at midnight in Washington, D.C., Friday for the second time in 17 days. But the House and Senate were still going for a vote on a two-year budget compromise before dawn Friday morning as this is posted.

49. Hidden King -

The LeMoyne-Owen College concert choir reprised the song Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. requested 50 years ago in one of his last conversations just before he was killed on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

50. Events -

Agape Child & Family Services will hold a career fair Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its offices, 3160 Directors Row. The nonprofit is hiring for more than 30 open positions. Hiring managers from Agape will be on site for informal interviews, and candidates should bring a current resume. Visit agapemeanslove.org for details and requirements for the open positions.

51. Events -

Novel will host “Edge of the Wind” author James E. Cherry for a discussion and signing Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit novelmemphis.com.

52. The Week Ahead: Feb. 5-11, 2018 -

Good morning, Memphis! If you’re looking for a legit reason to “space out” this week, The Orpheum’s got you covered with two out-of-this-world events. Meanwhile, LeMoyne-Owen College honors Black History Month and a pair of local nonprofits celebrate the hope and heart of the city. And that’s just a taste of what’s on tap in The Week Ahead.

53. Atlanta Development Proposal Just Happens to be Amazon-Sized -

ATLANTA (AP) – As Atlanta vies for Amazon's second headquarters, a developer just happens to be proposing a $5 billion downtown project with 9.3 million square feet (87 million square meters) of office space – more than three times the amount in the Empire State Building.

54. JPMorgan Raising Wages, Hiring, Opening More Branches -

NEW YORK (AP) – JPMorgan announced Tuesday that it will boost wages, open new branches and hire thousands of new workers, citing improved economic performance and sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code.

55. We’re No. 1! -

While tax law changes have some worried about the impact on charitable giving in 2018, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis president Robert Fockler points to Memphis’s historical standing as a generous city and his foundation’s own growth as reasons he is not worried as the calendar flips to a new year.

56. This Week in Memphis History: December 29-January 4 -

2008: Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton tells the Memphis Kiwanis Club that he will again pursue the consolidation of city and county governments as he begins his fifth four-year term of office.
Herenton says he would prefer that any consolidation of the two governments include the Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools systems but that he could support a plan that leaves out the schools since that is considered the most formidable political barrier to any kind of government consolidation.

57. AP Source: MLS Plans to Announce Nashville Team -

NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Soccer plans to announce Wednesday that Nashville will be awarded an expansion team, a person with direct knowledge told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because a public announcement was not authorized.

58. 2017 a Year of Expansion for Memphis Banks -

The biggest banks in Memphis made aggressive pushes this year to raise their profiles and expand footprints, as competition in the sector heats up and the industry continues winning back the strength it enjoyed before the bust of 2008.

59. Piece by Piece: Construction Projects Flourishing Throughout Mid-South -

With $11 billion spread out among more than 300 active projects in the Memphis area, according to data from brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, it’s safe to say business in the region is good.

60. Sports & Business Tag-Team Partners in DeSoto County -

When Snowden Grove Park, a 17-field baseball-only facility was built in 1999 in Southaven, it cued a change in dynamics. And not just for local and regional competitive baseball teams that would now have a place to compete on miniature professional quality fields.

61. Airport Business Diversity Development Report Issued -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has released its first annual Business Diversity Development report. According to the report, disadvantaged, minority and women business enterprises were awarded 27 percent of the $46 million spent in the areas of construction, professional services, and goods and services contracts.

62. Shelby County Unemployment Rises to 3.7 Pct. -

Unemployment ticked up slightly in October from the previous month in Shelby County, but its unemployment rate remains comfortably low at 3.7 percent, according to the latest state figures.

The Memphis metropolitan statistical area rate rose 0.2 percent to also reach 3.7 percent.

63. 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.

64. Council to Take Final Vote on Confederate Monuments Alternatives -

Memphis City Council members are scheduled to take a final vote Tuesday, Nov. 21, on an ordinance that sets out options for the removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis statues in city parks, and will discuss amending a city ordinance to allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages on Main Street Downtown.

65. Airport Issues First Business Diversity Development Report -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has released its first annual Business Diversity Development report. According to the report, disadvantaged, minority and women business en-terprises were awarded 27 percent of the $46 million spent in the areas of construction, profes-sional services, and goods and services contracts. Of the 27 percent spent with D/M/WBEs, 95 percent was awarded to local businesses.

66. Financial Federal Adds New SVP -

The Memphis office of Financial Federal Bank has added Alex Neale as its new senior vice president of private banking.

67. Financial Federal Adds New SVP -

The Memphis office of Financial Federal Bank has added Alex Neale as its new senior vice president of private banking.

68. Sports Complex Remains Driver of Fairgrounds Redevelopment Plan -

Parts of the city’s tentative plan for redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds may still come and go and the cost estimates could vary. But Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration made it clear at a Monday, Nov. 6, public meeting to unveil the most specific plan yet that a youth sports tournament complex is the anchor and driver of the financing for a redevelopment covering 175 acres.

69. Unemployment Below 4 Pct. Across Memphis MSA -

Unemployment continues to shrink across the Memphis metropolitan statistical area, with each segment of the Memphis MSA recording an unemployment rate of less than 4 percent in September, the latest figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show.

70. Unemployment Drops Below 4 Pct. Across Memphis MSA -

Unemployment continues to shrink across the Memphis metropolitan statistical area, with each segment of the Memphis MSA recording an unemployment rate of less than 4 percent in September, the latest figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show.

71. 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.

72. New Screenings to Start for All US-Bound Airline Passengers -

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — All incoming flights to the United States will be subject to new security screening procedures before takeoff, including both American citizens and foreigners possibly facing security interviews from airline employees, the U.S. government said Wednesday.

73. Pinnacle Sees Major Growth in 2017 -

There’s not usually much in the way of big change reflected in the bank deposit market share report that comes out once a year from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. This year for the Memphis metropolitan statistical area, though, there was.

74. 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.

75. Self-Driving Cars Could Ease Traffic, But Increase Sprawl -

BOSTON (AP) – A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl.

76. Last Word: The Chamber on Forrest, Different Amazon News & More 2018 Dominoes -

The Greater Memphis Chamber rolls out its part of the push by the city administration to get a state waiver for the removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue. Next week is the meeting of the Tennessee Historical Commission with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland showing up to make his pitch. That is even though the chairman of the body has told him the commission will not take up a waiver at the meeting.

77. FDIC Report Shows Top Memphis Banks -

With a few exceptions, the Top 10 banks in the Memphis metro area as ranked by deposits by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in its latest annual report hasn’t changed much this time around.

78. Last Word: The Amazon Offer, Mario Chalmers, The New Symphony Conductor -

If you want to figure out the rhythm of Downtown there are a couple of time-honored indicators. One of my favorites is the church bells. The bell at Calvary Episcopal Church rang 60 times Tuesday for all of the lives lost in the Las Vegas massacre including that of the shooter. Old tones for new mourning as the seasons change in our city by the river.

79. IDI Planning Huge Facility Near Airport -

Atlanta-based developer IDI Gazeley appears to be planning a large-scale commercial warehouse less than two miles from the Memphis International Airport.

Located at 3292 Holmes Road, near the intersection of Holmes and Tchulahoma roads, IDI has already began moving dirt on the 139-acre site to prepare for a new commercial warehouse facility. The property is currently being marketed by Scott Pahlow with the commercial real estate advisory firm Newmark Knight Frank.

80. Opera Memphis Kicks Off Effort to Diversify Audience -

The typical opera company busies itself with the normal things you might imagine – staging lavish productions, selling tickets and working to fill impressive venues with as many patrons as possible.

81. ‘Catching Up’ -

Memphis’ desire to land Amazon’s multibillion-dollar second headquarters faces several headwinds. While many critics have pointed to the city’s insufficient labor pool and lack of direct flights to the West Coast as the most likely deal breakers, Memphis lags behind many of the consensus top contenders in another area: connectivity.

82. More Than 150 Clergy Call for Removal of Forrest Statue -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has posted a letter from 153 local clergy members in the Memphis area backing the city’s call for a waiver from the Tennessee Historical Commission next month to allow the city to remove Confederate monuments from city parks.

83. Strickland: Memphis to Make Bid for Amazon HQ -

Hours after Amazon’s Thursday, Sept. 7, announcement that it plans to open a second North American headquarters, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the city will be putting its name in the hat.

84. Strickland: Memphis to Make Bid for New Amazon HQ -

Hours after Amazon.com announced its plans to open a second North American headquarters, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the city will be putting its name in the hat.

85. Strickland to Make Bid for New Amazon HQ -

Hours after Amazon.com announced its plans to open a second North American headquarters, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Memphis will be putting its name in the hat.

86. Macy's, Best Buy Expanding Same-Day Delivery Service -

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's and Best Buy are expanding their same-day delivery offers as they try to be more competitive with online leader Amazon.

The nation's largest consumer electronics chain, Best Buy, says it will expand to 27 metropolitan markets from 13 starting next week. That number should reach nearly 40 cities by the winter holidays. In a separate announcement, Macy's Inc. says it will offer same-day delivery in 15 additional markets for a total of 33 areas.

87. Experts Differ on Convention Center Hotel Financing -

At the end of the final hour-long panel discussion during the two-day Southern Lodging Summit Downtown, Chad Crandell, the managing director and CEO of CHM Warnick – one of the best-known hotel asset management firms and advisers to hotel owners – made his pitch.

88. Memphis Receives First Check From Airbnb -

Nationally and in Memphis, the hotel room supply, room demand, occupancy rate and average daily room rate were all on the rise year-to-date through July, pointing to a healthy market overall.

That’s according to information compiled by STR presented at the Southern Lodging Summit Wednesday morning, Aug. 30, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. The Southern Lodging Summit is an annual event hosted by Pinkowski & Co. and the Metropolitan Memphis Hotel and Lodging Association.

89. Memphis Lodging Industry Continues Riding High -

Nationally and in Memphis, the hotel room supply, room demand, occupancy rate and average daily room rate were all on the rise year-to-date through July, pointing to a healthy market overall.

That’s according to information compiled by STR being presented at the Southern Lodging Summit Wednesday morning, Aug. 30, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, 255 N. Main St.

90. Trump: 'All Options are on Table' After North Korea Launch -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to reassert an American military threat against North Korea, saying that "all options are on the table" in response to its launch of a missile over close U.S. ally Japan.

91. Study: Memphis Cellulose Has $50M Annual Impact -

A new economic impact analysis conducted by the University of Memphis’ Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research shows Memphis Cellulose, one of six Georgia-Pacific Cellulose manufacturing facilities, contributes nearly $50 million to the local economy annually.

92. Chattanooga Airport Eyes Expansion, Signs New Deal With CEO -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Record traffic at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport has officials considering an expansion of the facility.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that departures have climbed more than 19 percent through the first seven months of the year compared with the same period last year.

93. Study: Memphis Cellulose Has $50M Annual Impact -

A new economic impact analysis conducted by the University of Memphis’ Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research shows Memphis Cellulose, one of six Georgia-Pacific Cellulose manufacturing facilities, contributes nearly $50 million to the local economy annually.

94. Amid Retail and Industrial Successes, DeSoto Office Market Lags -

In the last few years, DeSoto County has become a magnet not only for retail development, but also for the industrial market.

Numerous new retail ventures have opened, and several other companies have opened industrial locations there, including FedEx Supply Services, XPO Logistics and Sephora.

95. U of M Ranks High For Charitable Support -

The University of Memphis is ranked in the top quarter of higher education institutions for total charitable support, according to the Council for Aid to Education, an independent organization specializing in educational assessments.

96. Amid Retail and Industrial Growth, DeSoto County Office Market Lags -

In the last few years, DeSoto County has become a magnet not only for retail development, but also for the industrial market.

Numerous new retail ventures have opened, and several other companies have opened industrial locations there, including FedEx Supply Services, XPO Logistics and Sephora.

97. U of M Ranks in Top Quarter For Charitable Support -

The University of Memphis is ranked in the top quarter of higher education institutions for total charitable support, according to the Council for Aid to Education, an independent organization specializing in educational assessments.

98. Inviting a New Vision for Memphis Region -

Memphis has been blessed to give birth to the modern grocery store, rock ‘n’ roll, and such corporate category leaders as Holiday Inn, FedEx and AutoZone. These native inventions became the basis of our regional economy after the slow demise of the agrarian culture when cotton was king.

99. Older People Dying on Job at Higher Rate Than All Workers -

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics.

It's a trend that's particularly alarming as baby boomers reject the traditional retirement age of 65 and keep working. The U.S. government estimates that by 2024, older workers will account for 25 percent of the labor market.

100. Fully Loaded -

It’s almost like the first half of 2017 was a decade in the making, at least when it comes to commercial real estate. Throughout all four major sectors of the Memphis-area commercial real estate market – industrial, office, retail and multifamily – figures are consistently reaching or exceeding pre-recession marks.