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1. Oprah-Branded Mashed Potatoes, Soups to Hit Supermarkets -

NEW YORK (AP) – Oprah Winfrey is headed to the supermarket aisle with her own line of refrigerated soups and side dishes.

The media mogul teamed up with food giant Kraft Heinz to launch the line after creating a joint venture earlier this year.

2. Leftover Opioids are a Common Dilemma for Surgery Patients -

CHICAGO (AP) – Surgery patients often end up with leftover opioid painkillers and store the remaining pills improperly at home, a study suggests.

The research raises concerns about overprescribing addictive medicine that could end in the wrong hands.

3. Collierville Design Firm Relocates to Memphis -

The Kitbash Brand Design team has moved from Collierville to the Broad Avenue Arts District.

Founded by Jeff Rodgers in 2013, Kitbash is a creative agency that had been located at the Collierville Town Square. After months of searching, Rodgers and his team of creatives found a 2,400-square-foot space at the corner of Bingham Street and Broad Avenue.

4. International Paper Sees Record Fluff Pulp Sales -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. reported second-quarter net earnings of $80 million, or 19 cents per share, Thursday, July 27. That compares to $40 million in net earnings for the second quarter of 2016.

5. International Paper Sees Record Fluff Pulp Sales in Q2 -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. reported second-quarter net earnings of $80 million, or 19 cents per share, Thursday, July 27. That compares to $40 million in net earnings for the second quarter of 2016.

6. Collierville Design Firm Relocates to Memphis -

The Kitbash Brand Design team has moved from Collierville to the Broad Avenue Arts District.

Founded by Jeff Rodgers in 2013, Kitbash is a creative agency that had been located at the Collierville Town Square. After months of searching, Rodgers and his team of creatives found a 2,400-square-foot space at the corner of Bingham Street and Broad Avenue.

7. Sterigenics Triples Plant Capacity in West Memphis -

Sterigenics International LLC recently wrapped up a $16.8 million expansion to its West Memphis facility, nearly tripling the site’s gamma sterilization capacity. The company is a global provider of contract sterilization, lab services, gamma technologies and medical isotopes.

8. Last Word: ICE Raids, Who's Buying Afton Grove and Malco Powerhouse Plans -

A protest Sunday evening at the Prescott Place Apartments after federal ICE agents – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – took people into custody there and at Emerald Ridge and Corner Park apartments Sunday morning. The group of organizations protesting the federal action – Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, Cosecha and SURJ Memphis -- say Memphis Police assisted in the immigration operation. Memphis Police deny they were involved in any way. No estimate from ICE on how many people were detained.

9. Sterigenics Triples Capacity At Its West Memphis Sterilization Facility -

Sterigenics International LLC recently wrapped up a $16.8 million expansion to its West Memphis facility, nearly tripling the site’s gamma sterilization capacity. The company is a global provider of contract sterilization, lab services, gamma technologies and medical isotopes.

10. Atlanta Retail Investor Makes $29M Purchase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, an 18-acre shopping center in the heart of Bartlett sells for $28.8 million, Ulta Beauty prepares to build out its space in Poplar Commons, and Dave & Buster’s continues work on its first Memphis location...

11. Aaron Thomas Co. Expands Memphis Footprint -

Los Angeles-based packing company Aaron Thomas Co. is growing its Mid-South footprint with the recent purchase of a 400,000-square-foot facility at 4834 S. Mendenhall Road from Glencore Cotton Storage USA.

12. Aaron Thomas Co. Expands Memphis Footprint -

Los Angeles-based packing company Aaron Thomas Co. is growing its Mid-South footprint with the recent purchase of a 400,000-square-foot facility at 4834 S. Mendenhall Road from Glencore Cotton Storage USA.

13. IP Donates $200,000 to RISE Foundation -

Memphis-based International Paper, a longtime supporter of RISE Foundation, has made a $200,000 donation to support the nonprofit's Goal Card program, specifically designed to encourage academic excellence for students in the inner city.

14. Brand Personality: Channeling Pinocchio -

Why do some brands speak to us and ignite our souls while others leave us feeling … uninspired? What is it about a brand that makes us feel happy, excited or safe? The answer? Personality.

15. 3 Modes of Innovation: A New Strategic Framework -

Every client assumes they have to disrupt or be disrupted, but that is often the wrong innovation recipe for them. Disrupting their culture at times of growth may be the worst advice you could offer.

16. IP Donates $200,000 to RISE Foundation -

Memphis-based International Paper, a longtime supporter of RISE Foundation, has made a $200,000 donation to support the nonprofit's Goal Card program, specifically designed to encourage academic excellence for students in the inner city.

17. FedEx Supply Chain Ramps Up New Medical Distribution Warehouse -

FedEx Supply Chain, formerly known as Genco, is ramping up activity at its 1.1 million-square-foot multitenant distribution warehouse on East Holmes Road. Memphis-based FedEx Corp. acquired Genco, a third-party logistics provider, for $1.4 billion in early 2015 and announced a network expansion last October.

18. Roger Ailes, Media Guru and Political Strategist, Dies at 77 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America's political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. He was 77.

19. International Paper Declares Dividend -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.4625 per share on common stock owned from April 1 to June 30.

20. International Paper Declares Dividend -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.4625 per share on common stock owned from April 1 to June 30.

The dividend is payable June 15 to holders of record at the close of business May 26, according to the announcement made Tuesday, May 9.

21. ServiceMaster Q1 Income Holds Steady; IP Profits Drop -

A pair of Memphis-based corporations – ServiceMaster Global Holdings and International Paper Co. – posted first-quarter numbers Thursday, April 27, that reflect ongoing changes at both.

22. House Concurs on Gas Tax Senate Version, Sends to Haslam For Signature -

Wrapping up wide-ranging legislation that dominated the opening year of the 110th General Assembly, the House concurred Monday with the Senate’s IMPROVE Act, inserting a $7 million measure to increase property tax breaks for veterans.

23. FedEx Institute Awards Five Biologistics Research Grants -

In the second year since it established the Biologistics Research Cluster, the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis has awarded five 2017 research grants, part of its commitment to funding research in the emerging field.

24. Brewery District Developer Pulls $1.1M Building Permit -

495 Tennessee St., Memphis, TN 38103: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC has filed a $1.1 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for tenant buildout in the former Tennessee Brewery, located at 495 Tennessee St.

25. Turner’s Midtown Expansion Continues With $4.9M Permit -

Turner Holdings LLC’s multimillion-dollar plans to upgrade its Midtown location took another step toward completion as the company filed for a $4.94 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

26. Commercial Appeal Changes Reflect News Industry Realities -

In a special staff meeting this week at The Commercial Appeal, USA Today Network executive and president of The Tennessean newspaper Laura Hollingsworth was asked whether The CA’s corporate parent might sell its longtime home at 495 Union Ave.

27. CA Moves Printing To Jackson In April -

The Commercial Appeal will no longer be printed in Memphis starting in April.

The newspaper announced Monday, Feb. 13, that printing of the daily will move to Jackson, Tennessee where The Jackson Sun newspaper is printed, effective with the April 18 edition.

28. FedEx Subsidiary Launches New Fulfillment Platform -

FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx Supply Chain announced the launch of FedEx Fulfillment, an e-commerce solution that helps businesses manage inventory for their retail stores.

29. Last Word: The Artisan Survives, Gas Tax Push-Back and Our Competition -

I knew winter was out there hiding somewhere. Just waiting for you to leave your coat at home in a flush of spring fever, bounding out of work Wednesday afternoon to find spring has hit the highway. But where does spring go on its spring break? The Suns were in Memphis Wednesday evening – the Phoenix Suns, that is. They lost to the Grizz at the Forum 110 – 91.

30. FedEx Subsidiary Launches New Fulfillment Platform -

FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx Supply Chain announced the launch of FedEx Fulfillment, an e-commerce solution that helps businesses manage inventory for their retail stores.

31. Sierra Nevada Brewery Issues 36-State Recall of Select Beers -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced a recall Sunday of certain 12-ounce bottles of its pale ales, IPA's and other beers after detecting a packaging flaw that could cause a piece of glass to break off into the bottle.

32. EPIcenter Logistics Accelerator Now Taking 2017 Applications -

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

33. GCT Promotes Asher To Artistic Director -

Justin Asher has been promoted to artistic director of Germantown Community Theatre. Asher joined GCT in January 2015 as technical director. He was promoted to associate producer in July 2016 and has assisted in the productions of the titles in GCT’s 45th season.

34. 10 Offline Marketing Strategies -

We’re so knee-deep in the digital age that the phrase “digital marketing” is now synonymous with “marketing.” As such, there is so much digital noise competing for the attention of consumers, your message can be easily lost. That’s why now, more than ever, a combination of offline and online strategies are your best bet. 

35. International Paper Posts Earnings Gain in Q3 -

International Paper Co. posted net earnings for the third quarter of $312 million compared to $220 million a year ago.

36. International Paper Posts Earnings Gain in Q3 -

International Paper Co. posted net earnings for the third quarter of $312 million compared to $220 million a year ago.

37. International Paper Co. Executives Retiring -

International Paper chief financial officer Carol Roberts will retire at the end of March along with William Hoel, the senior vice president of IP’s container division for the Americas, the company has announced.

38. SharkNinja, Dyson End Legal Battle Over Advertising Claims -

BOSTON (AP) — Two of the most well-known names in vacuum cleaners have ended a two-year legal battle over just how much their products suck.

Dyson, the British technology company known for its upscale vacuums, and SharkNinja Operating LLC, a Massachusetts-based company known for its infomercials and lower-priced vacuums, had sued each other over advertising campaigns in which they claimed their vacuums had significantly more suction or were better at deep-cleaning. Each company accused the other of violating state and federal laws through false and misleading advertising.

39. $47 Billion Offer to Create World's Biggest Tobacco Company -

LONDON (AP) — British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades.

40. Trustmark Centre Building Sells for $14.5 Million -

An office building at 5350 Poplar Ave. in the prime East Memphis office submarket has been sold.

The Trustmark Centre building, located between Valleybrook and West Suggs Drive, was purchased by Tennessee and New York investment companies doing business as 5350 Poplar Office Center LLC for $14.47 million.

41. Trustmark Centre Building Sells for $14.5 Million -

An office building at 5350 Poplar Ave. in the prime East Memphis office submarket has been sold.

The Trustmark Centre building, located between Valleybrook and West Suggs Drive, was purchased by Tennessee and New York investment companies doing business as 5350 Poplar Office Center LLC for $14.47 million.

42. Trustmark Centre Building Sells for $14.5 Million -

An office building at 5350 Poplar Ave. in the prime East Memphis office submarket has been sold.

The Trustmark Centre building, located between Valleybrook and West Suggs Drive, was purchased by Tennessee and New York investment companies doing business as 5350 Poplar Office Center LLC for $14.47 million.

43. Brand Identity: The Importance of Color -

No matter the industry, few things form company value faster and more dependably than a successful brand, and the first step to achieving this is by making an initial connection with customers.

Nowadays, consumers are exposed to hundreds of messages before finishing their morning coffee, so getting your brand to stand out amongst the clutter can be a challenge. That’s why spending time and energy to create the appropriate name, design and, most importantly, color for your brand is essential in establishing its effectiveness.

44. Two International Paper Executives to Retire -

International Paper chief financial officer Carol Roberts will retire at the end of March along with William Hoel, the senior vice president of IP’s container division for the Americas, the company has announced.

45. Letter to the Editor: Central Service Pros Deserve Recognition -

Dear Editor: Central service professionals are being celebrated for their important role and commitment to patient safety during the annual International Central Service Week, Oct. 9-15.

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) has served more than 27,000 central service professionals in the U.S. and abroad by providing educational and professional development opportunities for these professionals.

46. A S Hospitality, Teraco Create Partnership -

A S Hospitality, a division of Dexter Solutions, a leading brand delivery services company, has officially signed a long-term partnership with Teraco that further expands its products and services for the hospitality market. The multi-year agreement names A S Hospitality as Teraco’s sole distributor of hotel key cards.

47. A S Hospitality, Teraco Create Partnership -

A S Hospitality, a division of Dexter Solutions, a leading brand delivery services company, has officially signed a long-term partnership with Teraco that further expands its products and services for the hospitality market. The multi-year agreement names A S Hospitality as Teraco’s sole distributor of hotel key cards.

48. W.M. Barr Looking to Grow Memphis Operations -

Memphis-based W.M. Barr & Co., a manufacturer of household cleaning products, is planning a $12 million expansion of its Presidents Island facility.

49. Curb Market to Open in Crosstown Concourse -

Locally owned grocery The Curb Market is returning to its midcentury roots with its plan to locate a new, larger store in Crosstown Concourse.

Curb Market founder Peter Schutt said he named the current store at 596 S. Cooper St. after the original location on Cleveland that he visited as a child.

50. Evergreen Packaging Expands in East Memphis -

Evergreen Packaging has renewed and expanded its lease at the 5350 Poplar Ave. office building in East Memphis.

51. The World at your Doorstep -

There is nothing you can’t get delivered these days. If you can imagine owning it, it’s only a matter of time before it can be in your possession, brought to your front door within minutes, hours or days from the first moment you even conjured the thought of having it.

52. Last Word: The Wiseacre Deal, City Hall Goes To Pot and TEDx Memphis -

That was quick. Less than a week to come up with lease terms between the city and Wiseacre Brewing for the Mid-South Coliseum including a due diligence period that is the first order of business.

53. Evergreen Packaging Expands in East Memphis -

Evergreen Packaging has renewed and expanded its lease at the 5350 Poplar Ave. office building in East Memphis. The 40,000-square-foot location will be the global headquarters for Evergreen, a spinoff of International Paper’s paper packaging division located in Memphis since 2007. Evergreen recently merged with Indianapolis-based Closure Systems International and York, Pa.-based Graham Packaging Co., creating a combined company with $5.5 billion in annual revenue.

54. Brand Essence: The Rock ‘n’ Roll of Business, Part 2 -

Editor’s note: Part two in a three-part series. One real power of a brand is that it serves as a tuning fork for an organization, helping them quicken strategic decisions, vetting new opportunities and making hard choices when projections are slipping away from the target.

55. M&A Speculation Directed at International Paper -

It took just two words to send shares of Memphis-based International Paper as high as they’ve been all year.

The two words were “Takeover Target,” and – along with a question mark to punctuate the phrase – they were the headline chosen by the financial publication Barron’s to reflect what it said is chatter about the paper and packaging company looking like an acquisition target.

56. Wiseacre’s Coliseum Plan Fueled By Growth -

Council chairman Kemp Conrad noted the timing is “hot off Overton Park and the Greensward” – the protracted controversy the council was heavily involved in. “I do think it’s going to move fast one way or another,” Conrad said Tuesday, Aug. 9, of the concept of a new Wiseacre brewery in the Coliseum.

57. CyberYard Taps Market For High-Tech Recycling, Preserves Environment -

For the past 15 years, TheCyberYard.com Inc. has done its part to keep the rapidly growing mountain of cyber and packaging waste from going into a landfill or being shipped to dumps in developing nations.

58. Advance Memphis Aims to Provide Workers Economic Sustainability -

“I’m always thinking about things through an economic lens,” said Steve Nash, executive director of Advance Memphis, at a recent tour of the nonprofit’s new location at 575 Suzette St.

59. Diet Pepsi With Aspartame Returning to Shelves in US -

NEW YORK (AP) – Diet Pepsi made with aspartame is returning to shelves in the U.S., after PepsiCo saw sales plummet following its reformulation of the drink last summer to remove the artificial sweetener.

60. Redbirds Home-Game Attendance Ahead of Last Season -

As this baseball season was dawning, new Memphis Redbirds majority owner Peter B. Freund was at AutoZone Park and being made to field questions about the team’s sliding attendance.

As recently as 2013, the Redbirds had drawn nearly 500,000 fans – averaging 7,223 tickets sold – to finish fifth in the 16-team Pacific Coast League attendance standings.

61. EDGE Grants Incentives for TAG Truck Center, Turner Dairy -

Two longtime Memphis-area companies secured tax incentives at the June meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

The payment-in-lieu-of-taxes will support TAG Truck Enterprises LLC’s plans for the former Mall of Memphis site as well as an expansion of Turner Dairy in the heart of Midtown.

62. EDGE to Consider Incentives for ServiceMaster, Others -

ServiceMaster Global Holdings is one of three local companies with tax-incentive applications before the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine board on Wednesday, June 15.

The residential- and commercial-services company, which plans to move its headquarters into the former Peabody Place mall in Downtown Memphis, is seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to offset its $9.3 million personal property investment for items such as furniture, fixtures, computers and equipment.

63. Blended Reality: Riding the Waves Of Innovation -

A talk given by Shane Wall, CTO, HP. “Innovation is culture,” says Wall to start his keynote in high gear. 

 The way you get insight is to understand culture, he suggests, and to look at societal change. Not technology. 

64. Last Word: ServiceMaster's Choice, Democrats Regroup, Oprah Goes To Church -

The ServiceMaster headquarters search is over and the pick is a real surprise as office spaces goes – Peabody Place – not the office building but the shuttered mall south of the Peabody hotel.

65. Last Word: As The Wheel Tax Turns, New Zoo Poll and Once Every Dozen Years -

When the school year ends, that’s not necessarily when leaders of school systems can take it easy.

That’s because the business of school systems is about looking months if not years ahead on your mental calendar.

66. MAA Still Entertaining Headquarters Options -

Memphis-based MAA is a year into its search for a new headquarters, and the company is moving closer to plans for a newly constructed building.

The real estate investment trust, which focuses on multifamily properties, first announced the move last summer. MAA is currently housed in nearly 43,000 square feet at 6584 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis. It is looking for an 80,000-square-foot space, with room to grow, to house its 200 local employees.

67. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring -

Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.

68. Available Class-A Office Space Scarce in Memphis -

ServiceMaster is looking to relocate its headquarters into a Class A office building, and Memphis just doesn’t have room.

“For the past two years, we’ve been using those phrases,” said Ron Kastner, senior vice president with CBRE.

69. FDA to Re-Evaluate Definition Of 'Healthy' -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration will re-evaluate its definition of "healthy," which could eventually change how a range of foods are marketed.

In light of evolving research, the FDA said it believes "now is an opportune time to re-evaluate the regulations concerning nutrition content claims, generally, including the term 'healthy'." The agency plans to solicit public comment on the matter in the near future, said Lauren Kotwicki, an FDA representative, in an email.

70. Last Word: Behind Grit N Grind, Brooks at 100 and Massacre -

This is a 12-month-a-year basketball town. There’s the season, possibly a post season, which by NBA standards is a second season. (Yep, they are still playing.) And then there is the rest of the year when whatever has been about to boil over behind the façade of sports clichés finally begins to spill out into the open.

71. $5.5 Billion Company Stakes Headquarters in Memphis -

Three packaging companies are combining to create a $5.5 billion conglomerate that will locate its headquarters in Memphis.

Evergreen Packaging's consolidated global headquarters will create 70 jobs with an average salary of $176,283 and nearly $1 million in capital investment.

72. Southern Yankee -

To best understand another man’s baseball passion, you must first understand his baseball pain. So if you hope to truly understand Peter B. Freund, new majority owner of the Memphis Redbirds, you must travel back to his youth.

73. The Evolving Role of Design, Part One -

Editor’s note: Part one in a two-part series. The role of design evolves at the speed of innovation, the dizzying, dynamic speed of the market. Design now has a seat at executive and board tables across the globe. More than ever, a holistic sense of design is valued as a legal means of significant competitive advantage.

74. Last Word: Confirming The Spike, Methodist Changes and The Honorary Miamian -

Lots of Memphians spending the week in Nashville in the name of bringing down the de-annexation proposal that’s already cleared the state House and is residing for now in a state Senate committee.

75. Chemical Firm Announces 150-Worker Factory in DeSoto County -

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) – A contract chemical maker will open a factory in Olive Branch, with plans to hire 150 people over three years.

BPI Packaging of Memphis, Tennessee, will invest $8 million, buying a 291,000 square-foot building formerly occupied by Sherwin Williams.

76. Last Word: A Trip to Committee, Minority Business Moves and the Issue With Reissues -

So those who support the general concept of de-annexation in the Tennessee state Senate were the most vocal Monday in sending the proposal back to committee for a more intense examination.

There were plenty of Memphians in the Senate chambers Monday despite the rumors that this was on its way back to committee.
Staying put until the deal is done has been a lesson won through bitter experience for some Memphis leaders.
Despite hearing from legislators in other parts of the state who are uneasy about this, the opposition remains a Memphis thing in Nashville.
But the Senate sponsor, Bo Watson, stumped his toe badly on this when he shut down an amendment Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville wanted to allow the voluntarily de-annexation of an area Millington recently took into its city limits.
So when the state and local government committee meets at noon Wednesday, it will be round – frankly, I forget which round it is. Just ring the bell and let’s see what happens.

77. Last Word: Monday Vote, Beale's Search and Longview Heights -

Look for the state Senate to vote on the deannexation bill Monday in Nashville. At least that’s the date on the Senate calendar.

That could change as a member of the Shelby County legislative delegation has at last asked the Tennessee Attorney General for a legal opinion on the proposal. But it’s not a straight-up question about whether the proposal is constitutional. It’s a question about the specific characterization of past Memphis annexations as “egregious” – what has come to be the key legal term in this considerable political controversy.

78. Careful What You’re Being Sold -

ZOO DOO IS BACK. In the early ’90s, an enterprise started in Memphis to market recycled zoo dung – talk about organic – called the Zoo Doo Compost Co. A pungent and powerful fertilizer, raw product supplied seven days a week, a clever name, a great promotional headline, “Gardeners Love This Crap.”

79. Evergreen Packaging, Hollywood Feed Make Big HQ Moves -

At its March 16 meeting, the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine Board approved tax incentives for two companies, creating 101 jobs and $8.1 million in local tax revenue.

A payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive went to Evergreen Packaging Inc., making Memphis the site of a global headquarters for a company with $5 billion in annual revenue.

80. St. Louis Cardinals Sell Majority Stake in Memphis Redbirds -

Less than two years ago, the St. Louis Cardinals finalized their purchase of their Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. Now, the Cardinals, pending full approval from the Pacific Coast League, have announced on Monday, March 7, that they have reached an agreement to sell a majority interest in the Redbirds to Peter B. Freund, the Principal Owner of Trinity Baseball Holdings.

81. Old Dominick Built for Aging -

A block-wide warehouse at 301 S. Front St. is getting new life as the Old Dominick Distillery. When it opens to the public in December, the distillery will brew and bottle two kinds of vodkas and three kinds of whiskey. Plans for the historic 54,000-square-foot warehouse include two tasting rooms, a rooftop patio, restaurant and retail area in addition to best-in-class equipment.

82. Birth of a Product Company, Part 1 -

Editor’s note: Part one of a four-part series. A friend of mine is a stylist to the stars. If there is a movie or TV show shooting in the region, she’s on the set, making hair magic. She gets flown around the world at times. She’s in demand.

83. International Paper Beats Expectations in Q4 Earnings -

International Paper Co. posted net earnings of $938 million for 2015, a 40 percent increase from the $555 million in 2014.

84. New Brass -

Just days before Toney Armstrong was off the city payroll, his successor as interim director of the Memphis Police Department, Michael Rallings, was getting used to the attention and ring kissing that comes with being the city’s top cop.

85. International Paper Beats Expectations in Q4 Earnings -

International Paper Co. posted net earnings of $938 million for 2015, a 40 percent increase from the $555 million in 2014.

86. Tech Developments Advance Efficiency in Logistics Industry -

Memphis is known as a center for the logistics industry, and technology advances keep things on the move.

Attention for technology trends in distribution often center on the use of drones, but there are other ways companies look for efficiencies in business. The Memphis EPIcenter created a Logistics Innovation Accelerator in 2015 to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses that enhance the distribution industry.

87. Verso Files For Bankruptcy Reorganization -

Verso Corp. filed Tuesday, Jan. 26, for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy reorganization.

David J. Paterson, the president and CEO of the North American producer of printing, specialty papers and pulp, described the decision to file for reorganization as “difficult.”

88. The Grind -

For Memphis musicians like John Paul Keith, the grind is not a catchy rallying cry or slogan. It’s a philosophy, a work ethic that allows musicians like him to earn a living dedicating themselves to their craft in one of the most important music cities in the world.

89. Last Word: El Chapo and Memphis, First Filers for August and Origins in Graffiti -

The Mississippi River at Memphis crested and then it rained.
The weekend rain added about two-tenths of an inch by Saturday to Friday’s crest.
But by Sunday, the river had dropped to 39.12 feet, which is still more than five feet above flood stage.

90. University of Memphis Institutes Team Up for Biologistics Partnership -

Two research institutes at the University of Memphis – the FedEx Institute of Technology and the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute – have teamed up to launch a biologistics partnership.

The FedEx institute is referring to partnerships like the new one around biologistics as “clusters,” research areas around which the institute wants to collect projects, research efforts and programming. It’s part of a push by the institute to try and put itself at the center of innovation in the city, according to Cody Behles, the institute’s manager of innovation and research support.

91. Dunavant Expands In Houston, Texas -

Dunavant is continuing to grow in Texas.

The Memphis-based company has expanded its Houston distribution presence with an additional 212,000 square feet of chemical warehousing space in Pasadena. The facility brings Dunavant’s Houston operations up to 577,000 square feet, and 20,000 square feet of the recent expansion space already has been leased.

92. Memphis Council Approves Recycling Cart Loan Effort -

The city of Memphis could close the gap in outfitting its households with new and larger recycling carts if a no-interest loan comes through.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 5, the plan by the Public Works division to pursue the $5.2 million loan that would allow the city to buy 105,000 recycling carts.

93. Dunavant Expands In Houston, Texas -

Dunavant is continuing to grow in Texas.

The Memphis-based company has expanded its Houston distribution presence with an additional 212,000 square feet of chemical warehousing space in Pasadena. The facility brings Dunavant’s Houston operations up to 577,000 square feet, and 20,000 square feet of the recent expansion space already has been leased.

94. Memphis Council Approves Recycling Cart Loan Effort -

The city of Memphis could close the gap in outfitting its households with new and larger recycling carts if a no-interest loan comes through.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 5, the plan by the Public Works division to pursue the $5.2 million loan that would allow the city to buy 105,000 recycling carts.

95. Council OKs Strickland's Directors, He Defends Pay Raises -

Memphis City Council members approved Mayor Jim Strickland’s slate of 12 division chiefs and directors Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the first council meeting of 2016. And Strickland defended the pay raises for some of those positions compared to the salaries those appointed positions paid in the Wharton administration.

96. The Good and Bad of Memphis’ Fortune 500 -

During a breakfast meet-and-greet with young professionals earlier this fall at International Paper’s newly opened building on its Poplar Avenue campus, IP chairman and CEO Mark Sutton recalled attending an investor day event during his first month on the job.

97. OSI Creative Initiative Brings Single Moms to Workforce -

OSI Creative has chosen Memphis to pioneer its Mothers and Jobs initiative, a program designed to provide employment for local single mothers.

The Irvine, Calif.-based company is a provider of global supply chain managed solutions for point of purchase displays, and like its other facilities, the Memphis plant depends on staffing agencies to fill its fluctuating needs. OSI’s leaders saw an opportunity to provide jobs to single mothers, who often need work flexibility to deal with their children’s constantly changing schedules.

98. Developers Buy Land For Downtown Cambria Hotel -

The two Ohio-based development firms planning to build a Cambria Hotel & Suites in Downtown Memphis have purchased the property for the proposed 166-unit hotel.

C&O Memphis LLC, an entity affiliated with Ceres Enterprises LLC and The Orlean Co., purchased the 3.2-acre vacant property on the south side of Union from CCL Label for $3.5 million, according to a Dec. 17 warranty deed.

99. Accelerate Growth By Integrating Research -

Stephanie Cunningham, Associate Director, Global Insights Business Lead – Specialty Division, The Clorox Co.; Jody McInerney, Senior Vice President, Burke Inc.

100. Memphis Creatives Walk Through Recent Branding Projects -

Ben Fant and Andrew Holliday are principals at two Memphis creative firms that each undertook similar projects recently – crafting brand messaging for clients in the restaurant industry.