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1. Grant Begins New North Memphis Rebuilding Effort -

North Memphis was once a place where heavy manufacturing was across the street from residential development and mom-and-pop retail was just down the street.

It was a thriving, blue-collar area of Memphis with block clubs, union halls, grassroots politics, lumber yards and nightclubs.

2. North Memphis Effort Gets $1 Million SPARCC Grant -

A national organization focused on local neighborhood revitalization efforts is awarding a group working in North Memphis a $1 million planning and technical assistance grant over three years.

The Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge, or SPARCC, announced Wednesday, Feb. 15, the grant to Memphis Partners for Resilient Communities as part of a three-year, $90 million nationwide initiative to bolster communities.

3. Snapshots: Tech901 Settles In At Crosstown -

Even though the official grand opening isn’t until May, one Crosstown Concourse tenant is already up and running.

Tech901, a nonprofit education center that provides IT training and skills with the goal of increasing the supply of tech-trained employees in Memphis, was busy moving their furniture into their new digs Thursday, Feb. 16, in preparation for their first class on Feb. 27.

4. North Memphis Effort Gets $1 Million SPARCC Grant -

A national organization focused on local neighborhood revitalization efforts is awarding a group working in North Memphis a $1 million planning and technical assistance grant over three years.

The Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge, or SPARCC, announced Wednesday, Feb. 15, the grant to Memphis Partners for Resilient Communities as part of a three-year, $90 million nationwide initiative to bolster communities.

5. Gateway Project Partners Holding Info Session -

The city of Memphis, Shelby County and a number of other partners will host an open-house-style informational session about the Memphis Bicentennial Gateway Project on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St.

6. Judge Denies Request to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline Work -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by two American Indian tribes for an emergency order halting construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

7. Animal League Partners With Humane Society -

In honor of World Spay Day on Feb. 28, the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County and presenting sponsor Germantown Animal Welfare League announce Spay in the City, a new month-long event to raise awareness about the importance of controlling pet overpopulation.

8. Pearl’s Oyster House to Open Location in Cordova -

South Main seafood mainstay Pearl’s Oyster House will soon have a second location in Cordova.

A $717,931 building permit application was filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to remodel an existing building at 8106 Cordova Center Drive for a restaurant.

9. Pearl’s Oyster House to Open Second Location in Cordova -

South Main seafood mainstay Pearl’s Oyster House will soon have a second location in Cordova.

A $717,931 building permit application was filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to remodel an existing building at 8106 Cordova Center Drive for a restaurant.

10. Pearl’s Oyster House to Open Second Location in Cordova -

South Main seafood mainstay Pearl’s Oyster House will soon have a second location in Cordova.

A $717,931 building permit was filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to remodel an existing building at 8106 Cordova Center Drive for a restaurant.

11. Midtown Market Developers Scale Back Plans -

The proposed Midtown Market mixed-use development at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard has changed as its developers continue to seek financing and adjust more than a year after they unveiled the ambitious but tentative plan.

12. Protecting Our Children -

There is an African saying: “When elephants fight, only the grass gets trampled.” Since my only encounters with elephants are limited to an occasional trip to the zoo, I didn’t understand the significance of that saying until I saw elephants fighting on an Animal Planet show. 

13. Moorman Named Chief Scientist at Ducks Unlimited -

Tom Moorman has been named chief scientist of Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to conserving North American waterfowl habitats. Moorman, who will take over from retiring chief scientist Scott Yaich on March 1, has worked for DU for more than 25 years, most recently serving as head of its 13-state Southern Region.
As chief scientist, Moorman will serve as DU’s leader on waterfowl and habitat science, provide vision and direction in addressing DU’s science needs and ensure it maintains its standing and credibility as a top-notch science-based organization.

14. Pinnacle Financial Taps New Forest Hill Office Leader -

Angie Brasfield has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a senior vice president and leader of the firm’s Forest Hill office.

15. Cost-Containment Strategies for Employers -

After wages, health care is the No. 1 cost for most employers. So, it’s no surprise that health insurance and health care costs have been making headlines for nearly 25 years. Hillarycare was introduced in 1993 and the topic has not moved out of the spotlight since. Current health care spending is over $3.2 trillion per year, which is equal to around 18 percent of our GDP.

16. Local Soul Taking the Pain Out of Fundraising -

For Local Soul founder Cade Peeper, keeping things as “hyper local” as possible is a big focus heading into the company’s launch year into the Greater Memphis market.

17. Fred’s Could Buy More Rite Aid Stores -

Fred’s Inc. may end up buying more than the 865 Rite Aid stores it’s already planned to acquire as part of the merger of two drugstore chains.

In December, Memphis-based Fred’s said it would buy those 865 stores from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. on the heels of Walgreens working to satisfy regulatory concerns for its purchase of Rite Aid. Since then, the two chains have said they may divest more stores to overcome concerns from regulators.

18. Fed Leaves Key Rate Unchanged at a Time of Uncertainty -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has left its key interest rate unchanged at a time of solid economic gains but also heightened uncertainty surrounding the new Trump administration.

19. Creative Aging Delivers Music as Therapy -

With his acoustic electric guitar and pedalboard, Steve Johnston is a one-man memory band: He is Roy Orbison singing “Oh, Pretty Woman” and Elvis Presley chanting the chorus of “Johnny B. Goode” and crooning “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear.”

20. At a Moment of Uncertainty, Fed Likely to Leave Rates Alone -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is all but sure to leave interest rates alone when it ends a policy meeting Wednesday at a time of steady gains for the U.S. economy but also heightened uncertainty surrounding the new Trump administration.

21. Memphis Students Leave Their Beautiful Mark on Blighted Downtown Building -

A Memphis woman is using inspiration she found on a summer trip to help transform a blighted building in Downtown Memphis, giving credence to the sentiment that one person can make a difference.

Carolee Carlin, a Germantown resident who works at International Paper Co., was visiting her family in New England last summer when her mom took her to see an abandoned building. The boarded up windows had been replaced with plywood panels of art that had been created by local high school students.

22. TDHS, Agape Partner On Two-Generation Model -

The Tennessee Department of Human Services has partnered with Agape Child and Family Services, a faith-based nonprofit in Memphis, using a two-generation framework serving children and parents in an effort to provide support, permanency and sustainability within the family unit and the community.

23. Report: Memphis Trails Peer Cities in Transit Funding -

When it comes to public transit funding, Memphis is seriously lagging behind its peer cities, according to a recent report conducted by Innovate Memphis, Livable Memphis and the Greater Memphis Chamber.

24. Excellent Work Uplifts Humanity -

Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person, whomever we are, whatever we do. There is an inherent need to contribute to our community and to see the work that we do as making a difference.

St. Veronica Catholic School in North Philadelphia was founded in 1872 and members of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, were assigned as principals and teachers throughout the years. The IHM sisters are still present and still offer a faith-based quality education.

25. Trump Acts to Advance Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump signed executive actions Tuesday to advance construction of the huge Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, moving aggressively to overhaul America's energy policy and dealing a swift blow to Barack Obama's legacy on climate change.

26. White House Doubles Down on Trump's Voter Fraud Claim -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House on Tuesday stuck firmly to President Donald Trump's claim that millions of people voted illegally in the November election, but provided no evidence to back up his assertion.

27. Sports Draws Community Closer in Live Experiences -

When the Grizzlies start a new season each fall, SEC football teams are in the heart of their season. Walk into FedExForum for an October or November game between the Grizzlies and, say, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it might look like SEC Saturday broke out.

28. Ernest Strickland Takes On Workforce Role at Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has promoted Ernest Strickland to senior vice president of workforce development, a newly created role. Strickland, who has worked at the chamber since 2006, previously served as vice president of international and business partnerships.
In his new position, he is responsible for creating and implementing the chamber’s workforce development strategy. His department serves as a liaison, working directly with existing and prospective businesses to ensure they are able to attract and retain a qualified workforce today and in the future.

29. Trump Moves to Pull US Out of Pacific-Rim Trade Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump moved to pull the United States out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact Monday, dealing a quick blow to Barack Obama's legacy as the new chief executive began fulfilling campaign promises in his first full week in office.

30. Malone Takes Reins, Plans Changes At Memphis Branch NAACP -

The Memphis branch of the NAACP has one full-time employee and is looking for a new executive director in what amounts to a major overhaul of the chapter as it marks its centennial year.

The new president of the Memphis branch of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization told a group of 50 members Sunday, Jan. 22, that she is moving to rebuild and rebrand the chapter.

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

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

32. Pinnacle, The Works Inc. Partner for Homebuyers -

Pinnacle Financial Partners and Memphis nonprofit The Works Inc. have teamed up to help low- and moderate-income consumers and families buy homes for the first time.

The bank is funding a loan pool of $500,000 intended to help with the purchase of low-cost homes that might otherwise go unoccupied.

33. Partners Open The Bluff Sports Bar on Highland Strip -

The first time Nickle Smith took business partner Hudson Chadwick inside the space at 535 S. Highland, they were excited about the possibility of transforming it into something new.

In recent days, that’s what they accomplished. The longtime friends – along with Austin Wallace, all three fraternity brothers at Ole Miss – took what had been the former Newby’s theater and repurposed it into a combination concert venue, sports bar and Cajun-themed restaurant called The Bluff.

34. College Football Bowl Scene Changes, But AutoZone Liberty Bowl Endures -

Step inside the East Memphis offices of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the 58-year history of the game is captured in long, mirrored display cases featuring the helmets of every team to play in the game – from the simple crimson-and-white helmet of Alabama to the golden dome of Notre Dame.

35. The Great Outdoors Still a Popular Destination for Mid-Southerners -

While pro and college sports dominate local media coverage, the Mid-South remains a hotbed for outdoors activities such as hunting and fishing.

Last year, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid welcomed large numbers of guests for its various events and on-site offerings, while organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation continue working to protect and promote local wildlife habitats for future outdoor recreational use.

36. Pinnacle, The Works Inc. Partner for Homebuyers -

Pinnacle Financial Partners and Memphis nonprofit The Works Inc. have teamed up to help low- and moderate-income consumers and families buy homes for the first time.

37. Rhodes Grows Partnership With NCRM With $600K Grant -

The National Civil Rights Museum will be the center of many observances on Monday, Jan. 16, the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

38. FedEx and Walgreens Enter New Partnership -

FedEx Corp. and Walgreen Co., two of the largest companies in their industries, announced a new partnership that will provide access to FedEx drop-off and pickup services at thousands of Walgreens locations nationwide.

39. FedEx and Walgreens Announce New Partnership -

FedEx Corp. and Walgreen Co., two of the largest companies in their industries, announced a new partnership that will provide access to FedEx drop-off and pickup services at thousands of Walgreens locations nationwide.

40. Adapt To Survive -

According to Charles Darwin, it’s not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change. In my experience, that’s a true assessment not only for human beings, but also for businesses, regardless of the focus of the business.

41. Despite Scandal, VW in Running for Global Sales Crown -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – It's ironic: Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

And now stands a decent chance to pass Toyota for the title of world's biggest carmaker for the year.

42. Ugwueke Takes Reins as Methodist Healthcare CEO -

Michael Ugwueke’s first day on the job as CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, a post he assumed Jan. 1, included a round of meeting the troops.

The new chief executive of the Methodist organization visited all six of its hospitals, meeting employees and front-line staff and sharing his appreciation that they were there on New Year’s Day, a holiday for many people.

43. McDonald's Sells China Business in Deal Worth Up to $2.1B -

HONG KONG (AP) – Fast-food giant McDonald's is selling a controlling stake in its China business to a group of investors led by state-owned Chinese conglomerate Citic in a deal worth up to $2.1 billion, the companies said Monday.

44. Becoming A Partner of Choice -

A talk by Johnson & Johnson executives Janette Edelstein, director external innovation, and Chris Ryan, director innovation sourcing.

45. Fogelman Acquires Two Apartment Communities -

Memphis-based Fogelman Properties acquired a pair of multifamily apartment communities in Georgia and South Carolina, totaling a combined 540 units.

The communities were acquired in a joint venture with Dallas, Texas-based Thackeray Partners and mark the third and fourth multifamily investments by the partnership since 2015.

46. FedEx Ups Memphis Open Partnership for St. Jude -

FedEx Corp. has expanded its commitment to the GF Sports family of events, increasing sponsorship for the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster with the “Advantage St. Jude delivered by FedEx” ball kid program.

47. FedEx Ups Partnership With Memphis Open for St. Jude -

FedEx Corp. has expanded its commitment to the GF Sports family of events, increasing sponsorship for the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster with the “Advantage St. Jude delivered by FedEx” ball kid program.

48. Fogelman Acquires Two Apartment Communities -

Memphis-based Fogelman Properties acquired a pair of multifamily apartment communities in Georgia and South Carolina, totaling a combined 540 units.

The communities were acquired in a joint venture with Dallas, Texas-based Thackeray Partners and mark the third and fourth multifamily investments by the partnership since 2015.

49. Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit for Memphis Store -

4572 Poplar Ave.

Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $1.5 million

Project Cost: $25.2 million

Application Date: December 2016

50. Last Word: 2016's Toll, Strickland & Herenton and Downtown Hotel Changes Hands -

The city’s homicide count was at 228 as 2016 came to an end, breaking the old 1993 record.

In a few years maybe there will be a better idea of the larger trend that made 2016 a more violent year. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has said gangs were a factor in more homicides but not necessarily most of them – or if they did, it still remained an act between two people who knew each other and being in a gang wasn’t necessarily what set off the violent reaction.

51. Downtown Hotel Sells for Nearly $6 Million -

A Downtown Memphis hotel property has sold for $5.9 million.

A Georgia business named 22 North Third LLC purchased the Econo Lodge Downtown and its garage, located at 22 N. B.B. King Blvd and 28 N. B.B. King Blvd., from Bluff City Partners LLC in a Dec. 29 warranty deed. Mabra Holeyfield signed the deed as chief manager of Bluff City Partners.

52. Memphis Bioworks Surpasses Goals of Labor Department Job-Training Grant -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation is serious about workforce development and job training, along with the other high-profile work for which it’s known, like investing in companies related to bioscience and sustainability.

53. Mold the Future Of Unplanned Purchases -

A Back End of Innovation Conference talk by Melissa Crompton, senior manager, New Model Innovation, The Hershey Co. In this changing retail landscape where trips in-store are down, how does a highly impulsive category remain relevant? And how do we become relevant to new audiences who are not going in stores? 

54. Riding Momentum -

Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.

55. Midtown Retail Property Sells for $5 Million -

1625 Poplar Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104 

Sale Amount: $5 million

Sale Date: Dec. 21, 2016

56. Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit For Memphis Store -

Nordstrom Rack is moving one step closer to opening an East Memphis location in 2017.

The Seattle-based retailer has filed a $1.5 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its store at 4572 Poplar Ave. in the future Poplar Commons retail center.

57. Reid Inaugurated as President Of WestTNHBA Board -

James Reid, president of Memphis-based homebuilder Reid Homes Inc., has been inaugurated as board president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association. Reid previously served as the 2016 vice president of the WestTNHBA executive committee and chairman of the 2016 VESTA Home Show.

58. Beale Street ‘Stuck at Status Quo’ -

When the guitar drops on Beale Street to mark the start of 2017, it will also mark three years that the Downtown Memphis Commission has been running day-to-day affairs of the Beale Street entertainment district.

59. 2016: Not Too Many Banking Industry Surprises -

When shareholders of First Tennessee Bank’s Memphis-based parent company convened in April at the bank’s Downtown Memphis headquarters for their annual meeting, the whole thing wrapped up in about 10 minutes.

60. Resolve to Improve Each Day in 2017 -

New year’s resolutions are tempting to make, and they are even more tempting to forget. In spite of the insatiable appetite our society has for self-improvement and excellence, good habits just seem hard to acquire.

61. Memphis-Area Planned Parenthood Nears $12 Million Fundraising Goal -

Bracing for an uncertain future as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, Planned Parenthood of the Greater Memphis Region is taking steps to stay operational in the event of losing its federal funding.

62. Analyst: Rite Aid Buy ‘Good Deal’ for Fred’s -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. got a “really good deal” on the 865 Rite Aid stores it’s agreed to buy for $950 million in a deal that takes the company beyond its core market and marks a significant new chapter in its story.

63. Chairman's Circle Moon Missions Are Taking Flight -

Although the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and its Moon Missions are designed to bring change on a long-term scale, some of the missions are already having a tangible effect on the community.

64. $950M Deal Would Make Fred's No. 3 Nationwide -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has agreed to buy 865 Rite Aid stores from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. for $950 million, which will make Fred's the third-largest drugstore chain nationwide.

65. Start Co. Accepting Applications for 2017 Accelerators -

The Start Co. organization in Memphis is once again looking for a few good startups.

The entity that oversees a collection of startup accelerators is taking applications now for the next 100-day program that kicks off May 1 and runs through Aug. 10.

66. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sells for $37.1 Million -

A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown recently was purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.

67. State Cites Local Company For Illegal Sale of Securities -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance has announced disciplinary action against a Collierville-based business and its principal found in violation of the state’s securities laws.

68. Renasant Corp. Kicks Off Common Stock Offering -

For the parent company of Renasant Bank, now looked like the perfect time to kick off a common stock offering that will bring more than $75 million into the company’s coffers.

69. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

9155 U.S. Highway 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $37.1 million 

Sale Date: December 2016

70. Last Word: TNReady Scores, Ikea Day and 901REnews -

Snap goes the streak. Cavs over the Grizz in Cleveland Tuesday 103-86. The Cavs are here Wednesday without LeBron James, Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving. For the Grizz, we shall see about Deyonta Davis who came out of Tuesday’s game with a left foot injury.

71. State Cites Collierville Company for Illegal Sale of Securities -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance has announced disciplinary action against a Collierville-based business and its principal found in violation of the state’s securities laws.

72. Medical District Using Tactical Urbanism to Increase Walkability -

Redevelopment in dense city centers provides a unique set of problems for urban planners. Decades and sometimes centuries of overlapping growth make utilizing every possible square foot of land a necessity.

73. Trump Picks Fast Food Executive Andrew Puzder for Labor -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump plans to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, saying he would nominate fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as labor secretary.

74. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown was recently purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.

75. Bibbs Empowers Teachers for Student Success -

Miska Clay Bibbs never planned to pursue a career in education. But no matter where life takes her, she always ends up coming back to it.

76. Retire, Then Reinvent Yourself -

Birth is a beginning. Death is an ending. Everything in between is merely a transition. The secret to fulfillment, to leading a purpose-driven life, to happiness, is how you learn to manage and maximize those transitions.

77. Trump Not Saying What He'll Do About Dakota Access Pipeline -

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – Protesters who celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline vowed to remain camped on federal land as they wait to find out whether President-elect Donald Trump might seek to overturn a decision that delayed the $3.8 billion project.

78. Silver Bells Ringing Again at Meritan -

Meritan is once again inviting Memphians to help make a homebound senior’s holiday wishes come true through its Silver Bells program.

The program allows seniors to write wish lists of hoped-for items, which are collected along with a silver bell ornament by members of the public. The gifts are due back at Meritan by Dec. 9, and will be distributed to their recipients in time for the holidays.

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

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

80. Short-Term Leases Help Retail Industry Navigate Busy Shopping Season -

With the holiday shopping season already in full swing, some companies in need of additional space to help alleviate their seasonal storage requirements are finding willing landlords as partners.

Because holiday retail sales are expected to significantly rise above the 10-year average and increase 3.6 percent to $655.8 billion nationally, according to the National Retail Federation, it’s no surprise local companies are looking to work out year-end deals with landlords trying to fill leftover space.

81. Pinnacle Taps New Memphis Area Manager -

Chad Rounder has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a senior vice president, financial adviser and area manager for Pinnacle’s Memphis market.

Rounder brings 11 years of experience to his role. He comes from Iberiabank, where he served as a business banker and branch manager. Previously he was a branch manager for Regions Bank in Collierville.

82. Children's Services Closer to End of Federal Court Oversight -

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Children's Services is getting closer to operating independently of federal oversight for the first time in 15 years.

November court filings show the agency has maintained compliance with all the goals set out after a settlement and now maintains a level of performance "that is consistent with a reasonably well-performing child welfare system," The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/2go7B8X ).

83. Memphis Chamber Announces ‘10 to Watch’ -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its annual “10 to Watch” list, which recognizes member companies and organizations whose focus and passion have brought success in the past year and positioned them for future growth.

84. Pinnacle Financial Adds To Memphis HQ Staff -

Andy Watkins has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a financial adviser assistant, based at Pinnacle’s Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

85. Pinnacle Financial Adds To Memphis HQ Staff -

Andy Watkins has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a financial adviser assistant, based at Pinnacle’s Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

86. Overcome A ‘Culture Of Complaint’ -

Have you heard about the man who was stranded on an island? Finally, after many years alone, he was found. His rescuers noticed three structures built on the otherwise deserted island.

Pointing to the first, they asked, “What’s that place?”

87. Seeing Needs Beyond Good Teachers, Teacher Town Memphis Changes its Approach and Name -

A Memphis philanthropic collaborative is revising its public image as its leaders rethink the ways they want to help the city’s schools change.

Teacher Town is becoming the Memphis Education Fund and adopting the goal of improving the lowest-scoring 10 percent of schools in the city, the group announced this month.

88. International Paper Strengthens Partnership With Mid-South Food Bank -

International Paper Co. presented the Mid-South Food Bank with a check for $1.25 million in support of its signature charity last week and the timing was excellent because, well, there is never not a good time for the Food Bank to receive that kind of generous help.

89. Creating a Culture of Fundraising, Part 2 -

Editor’s note: In part two of their three-part series on creating a culture of fundraising, Mel and Pearl Shaw share how to integrate and align fundraising with your mission.

90. Lennox Cos. Raising Its Profile -

When Lennox Cos. was founded in 2014, the upstart apartment management company owned only three properties with 800 units, but a mere 2 ½ years later it manages 18 properties with more than 3,700 units.

91. Memphis Chamber Announces ‘10 to Watch’ -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its annual “10 to Watch” list, which recognizes member companies and organizations whose focus and passion have brought success in the past year and positioned them for future growth.

92. Porter-Leath Engages Community in Promoting Literacy -

Porter-Leath has a long history of serving Memphis’ most vulnerable children, a mission on full display recently when more than 400 volunteers joined nearly 2,000 children in classrooms around Memphis to read “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich.”

93. Olive Branch Operation Eyes Relocation to Memphis -

International Distributors USA Inc., which distributes automotive filters under the brand Premium Guard, has applied for a 10-year Fast Track PILOT to move its national distribution center out of Olive Branch and into Hickory Hill.

94. Listen to Understand -

Steven Covey wrote that “most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” It is not always an easy thing to do, but is a valuable skill to learn when your goal is success, in whatever your endeavour.

95. Expanding Care -

With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, dozens of major retailers – brands from Best Buy to Williams-Sonoma to Brooks Brothers and New York & Co. – as well as the consumers who patronize them will also be turning their attention to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

96. Events -

St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral will host Fearless Dialogues, a grassroots nonprofit initiative committed to creating unique spaces for unlikely partners to engage in hard, heartfelt conversations, Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s, 700 Poplar Ave. The free workshop is open to the public; dinner and childcare provided. Visit stmarysmemphis.org.

97. Midtown Kroger Opens With Pedestrian Focus on Busy Union Avenue -

The carillon at Idlewild Presbyterian Church played the University of Memphis fight song Wednesday, Nov. 2, as the parking lot of the Midtown Kroger filled with cars. A block away a fire truck’s siren mixed with the church bells as the truck left the Union Avenue fire station to a call.

98. Regional One Partners With Zocdoc for Online Scheduling -

Regional One Health has introduced a new online tool to help patients schedule appointments.

The new service is powered by digital health platform Zocdoc and facilitates online appointment-making with participating providers at the Regional One Health East Campus and Harbor of Health.

99. LeMoyne-Owen Partners With UTHSC on Project -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and LeMoyne-Owen College are partnering on a project aimed at getting more minority students interested in studying developmental disabilities.

The partnership between the UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UTHSC, and LeMoyne-Owen is funded by a $40,000, one-year grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living.

100. McNeill Commercial Real Estate Thrives By Focusing on Flexibility -

McNeill Commercial Real Estate doesn’t focus on one discipline, location or product type.

While some developers focus on multifamily, retail or industrial properties, for example, McNeill dabbles in it all. That includes a hospitality group that started in 2014 to expand on its already present hotel focus.