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1. Walmart Foundation Provides $519,000 in Hunger Grants -

Walmart Foundation recently celebrated a “Day of Giving” to help fight hunger in Tennessee, awarding 14 nonprofits a total of $519,000 in grants. The special day featured check presentations in nine locations across the state to organizations providing hunger relief for Tennesseans in need.

2. Redbirds’ Biggest Fireworks Display in AZP History July 3 -

The Memphis Redbirds’ Independence Day celebration on Monday, July 3, presented by AutoZone, will include the biggest postgame fireworks display in AutoZone Park history and a specialty ticket option that features an All-American baseball picnic.

3. Last Word: Cooper-Young Complications, The Mackin Investigation and Tuition Hike -

Landmarks status for Cooper-Young is on hold because part of the process for the status isn’t an official part of the application process. That would be the part that requires a certain number of signatures to get the status. And it has put on hold a similar process in Vollintine-Evergreen.

4. City Auto Owner Rises To NIADA President -

David Andrews, owner of City Auto in Memphis and other automotive enterprises, has taken over as president of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) for the 2017-18 term.

5. Miss. River Casinos Grow In May, Coast Casinos Lag -

May was a reversal of the usual story for Mississippi's casinos, with those along the Mississippi River taking a bit more from gamblers, but those along the Gulf Coast doing markedly worse.

State Revenue Department figures show gamblers lost $169 million statewide last month, down 4 percent from May 2016's $177 million.

6. Tenth Anniversary of Minority Business-Focused Forum on Tap -

The 10th anniversary gathering of the Economic Development Forum will bring together top decision-makers and business executives when it convenes June 27-29 at the Guest House at Graceland.

The forum is produced by the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum and the Memphis MBDA Business Center.

7. Cordova Shopping Center Inks Tenant Wing King -

The Wolf River Commons Shopping Center, located at 420 S. Germantown Parkway, is now fully leased as a three-year, $69,459 deal will bring a Wing King into the last 1,335-square-foot bay.

8. $18.5 Million Permit Filed For Central Station Project -

The developers of the Central Station, located at 545 S. Main St., filed an $18.5 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to convert the existing building from residential apartments to a hotel.

9. Events -

Memphis Branch NAACP will host its Centennial Freedom Fund Luncheon on Saturday, June 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Wake Forest University professor Melissa Harris-Perry and former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. are the guest speakers at the luncheon, themed “Reflecting on the Past, Remaining Focused on the Future: 100 Years of Civil Rights and Human Rights Advocacy.” Tickets start at $100. Visit naacpmemphis.org for details.

10. Community Rx -

As one of the city’s premier medical institutions, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital stays as busy as you might expect for an organization that tries to operate on the leading edge of pediatric care.

11. Last Word: Health Care Plan React, Treasury Footprint and Tom Bowen - Take Two -

It’s like they aren’t even looking at the same legislation. That’s one explanation of the very different reviews the Senate health care bill got Thursday as it was unveiled in Washington. Illustrating the contrast, the reactions of Republican U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis.

12. Heavy Rain, Winds, Tornado Warnings as Cindy Heads Inland -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — High tides in the wake of a weakening Tropical Depression Cindy prompted a voluntary evacuation in a coastal Louisiana town Thursday, and the storm's effects were being felt throughout the Southeast, with intermittent bands of heavy rain, blasts of high wind and periodic warnings of possible tornadoes in multiple states.

13. Tennessee Gov. Haslam Taking Business Recruiting Trip to Europe -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is headed to Europe next week to try to recruit more foreign investment in Tennessee.

Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe plant to visit the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Germany. They are scheduled to leave on Monday and return June 30.

14. Events -

The Live at the Garden summer concert series kicks off with Little Big Town on Friday, June 23, at 8:30 p.m. (gates at 6:30 p.m.) at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. Visit liveatthegarden.com or call 901-636-4107 for details and a series schedule.

15. Mississippi River Casinos Grow in May, Coast Casinos Lag -

May was a reversal of the usual story for Mississippi's casinos, with those along the Mississippi River taking a bit more from gamblers, but those along the Gulf Coast doing markedly worse.

State Revenue Department figures show gamblers lost $169 million statewide last month, down 4 percent from May 2016's $177 million.

16. Bowen Relishes Passion of Tigers’ Fan Base, Supports Tubby -

Today we delve into Part 2 of our interview with University of Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen. If you missed Part 1, which covered his background, facilities upgrades, the upcoming football season, and scheduling and ticketing, go to https://bitly.im/JsafZ.

17. EDGE Gives Frayser Gateway Project Nod -

With all of the new development buzzing around Downtown, Midtown and East Memphis, it could be easy to overlook the addition of a new grocery store, but for some Frayser residents, it could mean everything.

18. Strickland Pushes Economic Breakthrough Outside City's Current Hot Spots -

The city of Memphis has to grow economically outside of the Poplar Avenue corridor of East Memphis, Midtown and Downtown if the city is to prosper, and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said that economic breakthrough can start in Whitehaven.

19. Angry Dems Turn Against Leaders After House Election Losses -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Party divisions were on glaring display Wednesday as a special election loss in a wildly expensive Georgia House race left bitter lawmakers turning their anger on their own leaders.

20. Tropical Storm Cindy: Drenching Rains, Flood Threat on Coast -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Storm Cindy sent drenching rain bands over the north Gulf Coast on Wednesday, swamping low-lying coastal roads and pushing a waterspout ashore in one beachfront community as residents from east Texas to the Florida Panhandle warily eyed the storm's slow crawl toward land.

21. City Auto Owner Rises to NIADA President -

David Andrews, owner of City Auto in Memphis and other automotive enterprises, has taken over as president of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) for the 2017-18 term.

22. Ole Miss Buys Baptist Hospital in $22 Million Deal -

2301 S. Lamar Blvd.
Oxford, MS 38655

Sale Amount: $22 million

Sale Date: June 15, 2017

23. Former St. Francis CEO Now Teaching at CBU -

Dave Archer has never followed a prearranged plan for his career. The former CEO of St. Francis Hospital has always taken the next step, whatever that next step is, on faith.

24. In Midst of Changes, ArchInc Becomes Woman-Owned Biz -

The Memphis-based architecture firm formerly known as Architecture Inc. is in the midst of some major changes. The 23-year-old firm has rebranded as ArchInc; promoted Valentina Puppione Cochran to president and majority shareholder; and added preservation architect and urban designer Charles “Chooch” Pickard as a partner.
Cochran has been with ArchInc for 13 years, and her promotion makes the firm a woman-owned small business, which ArchInc says will boost the firm’s minority participation on projects.

25. Apple Seeks to Void Patent Claims, Fees in Qualcomm Dispute -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple is seeking to void some of Qualcomm's patent claims and licensing agreements, intensifying its legal battle with the chip maker over the technology in iPhones and iPads.

26. Experts: Takata Bankruptcy Means Air Bag Victims Get Less -

DETROIT (AP) – A bankruptcy filing by Japanese air bag maker Takata will leave little money for dozens of people who sued the company over deaths and injuries caused by its exploding air bag inflators, according to outside legal experts and lawyers suing the company.

27. Last Word: Wahlburgers, CA For Sale and Council Day -

We really go for hot food brands around here – whether its restaurants or supermarkets. And it makes us suckers to some degree. I don’t mean that in a bad way. Memphis without being open to all possibilities and what others see as impossible is just not Memphis. But when it comes to the business of brands sometimes you start to wonder. We may be guilty of putting too much weight on a brand to solve problems that no brand anywhere can solve.

28. County Seeks End to DOJ Memorandum -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said the move by him and Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham and Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael to end a 5-year-old memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Justice Department over conditions at Juvenile Court indicated “significant progress,” but not that all of the problems at Juvenile Court are resolved.

29. County Leaders Seek End to Juvenile Court Memorandum With Justice Department -

The Shelby County government institutions that signed off on a 2012 agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to overhaul Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court want to end what is left of the memorandum of understanding.

30. Higher Prices Squeezing Both Renters and Would-Be Homeowners -

A diminished supply of available homes is swelling prices in large U.S. metro areas from New York to Miami to Los Angeles, squeezing out would-be buyers and pushing up rents as more people are forced to remain tenants.

31. Ole Miss Buys Baptist Hospital in $22 Million Deal -

Ole Miss is buying Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi for $22 million, the university announced Thursday, June 15.

Baptist Memorial Health Care reached the purchase and sale agreement with the University of Mississippi as it builds a new acute care facility that is one of the largest economic development projects ever in Lafayette County.

32. WMC to Air Tigers’ Sept. 23 Game vs. Southern Illinois -

The University of Memphis non-conference football game on September 23 against Southern Illinois has been picked up by Raycom and will air on WMC in Memphis at 7 p.m.

This is the eighth game of the 12-game regular season that has been picked up for television. The game will also stream on ESPN3 for fans outside of the Memphis viewing area and will be carried on KFVS-CVS in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

33. Artist, Foundry Chosen For Johnny Cash Statue -

A planned statue of Johnny Cash in the Cooper-Young Historic District has taken another step forward with the selection of an artist and foundry to create the monument.

Legacy Memphis Inc., the nonprofit that has been planning and raising funds for the Cash statue, has a contractual agreement with artist Mike McCarthy and the Lugar Bronze Foundry.

34. Methodist South Completes ER Renovation, Expansion -

Methodist South Hospital at 1300 Wesley Drive has completed its roughly $7.8 million emergency room renovation and expansion.

35. Agency Earns $15K Grant For Senior Pet Owners -

Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services has received a $15,000 grant to help offset surgery costs for spay and neuter surgeries for senior citizen pet owners. The grant is from the H.W. Durham Foundation, which has supported MSNS since 2010.

36. Kresge Foundation Awards $1.3 Million in Grants -

The Kresge Foundation has announced that 10 local organizations will receive a total of $1.3 million in grant support to boost opportunity for Memphis residents.

The grants range in size from $25,000 to $150,000 per year and are expected to provide support over 12-24 months.

37. Events -

The 11th annual Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, featuring performers from Luna Nova Ensemble and guest artists from around the country, will be held Wednesday through Saturday, June 21-24, at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Ave. Concerts start at 7:30 each night; Thursday and Friday also feature a 3 p.m. concert. Visit belvederefestival.org for details.

38. Power Pitching, Hitting Goal Of New UT Baseball Coach -

Tony Vitello wants to put a Power T in Tennessee baseball, and with it a yearly contender for SEC championships and NCAA tournament bids.

The new UT baseball coach was introduced last Friday at Tennessee’s Lindsey Nelson Stadium. He emphasized power pitching and power hitting as part of his rebuilding plan.

39. Century Mark -

During a visit to Memphis in April, Andrew Young was talking with reporters about his lengthy public history – being part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s inner circle, a congressman, mayor of Atlanta, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. It was as he talked about King’s death in Memphis that Young, without any prompting, talked about a trio of Memphis attorneys – Benjamin Hooks, Russell Sugarmon and A. W. Willis – that were the key to his and King’s efforts to get things done in Memphis and the surrounding region.

40. Kresge Foundation Awards $1.3 Million in Grants -

The Kresge Foundation has announced that 10 local organizations will receive a total of $1.3 million in grant support to boost opportunity for Memphis residents.

The grants range in size from $25,000 to $150,000 per year and are expected to provide support over 12-24 months.

41. Events -

Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival will be held Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, in Robert R. Church Park, at Beale and South Fourth streets. The festival will feature live music, vendors senior activities, kids zone and more. Admission is free. Visit memphisjuneteenth.com for a schedule.

42. VW Names New Head of US Plant, Changes Reporting Structure -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen has named a new head of its lone U.S. assembly plant and will have the position report to the CEO of its American operations rather than directly to headquarters in Germany.

43. SEC Baseball Vanderbilt’s Toughest Year Comes Up Short -

When the Vanderbilt baseball team finished its season one step short of its goal – the College World Series – there was a sense of profound disappointment for the Commodores.

That’s to be expected.

44. Agency Earns $15K Grant For Senior Pet Owners -

Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services has received a $15,000 grant to help offset surgery costs for spay and neuter surgeries for senior citizen pet owners. The grant is from the H.W. Durham Foundation, which has supported MSNS since 2010.

45. Gunman Who Shot Congressman Had History of Anti-GOP Activity -

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people Wednesday at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and once frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his Illinois house.

46. Events -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will participate in National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, June 15, by offering free rides in Memphis, Shelby County and West Memphis on its paratransit vehicles, fixed-route buses and rubber-tired trolley buses. For details and route maps, visit matatransit.com.

47. Medicaid Cuts Could Hit Rural Children Hardest -

As Congress fiddles with an Obamacare replacement, one likely to cut billions in Medicaid spending, health care experts warn a decrease in funding could be hard on Tennessee.

During a recent forum in Jackson, Andy Schneider of the Georgetown Center on Children and Families reported that 50 percent of Tennessee’s children in small towns and rural areas are covered by Medicaid, a higher percentage than the rest of the nation, and more than in Tennessee’s urban areas where 39 percent have Medicaid.

48. Gag Clauses Outlawed -

BrightLocal, a search engine optimization consulting company, found that 91 percent of consumers regularly or occasionally read consumer reviews in making a buying decision. Its survey also revealed that 84 percent of people trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation and that 74 percent say positive reviews make them trust a local business more.

49. First Horizon CFO Talks Capital Bank Merger -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is a $30 billion financial institution that’s put its cash to work the last few years by buying back almost 10 percent of its shares and pursuing smaller mergers and acquisitions.

50. Last Word: Surveillance Suit Settled, New Homes Sales Numbers and No Wind -

One of the two federal court lawsuits alleging illegal police surveillance of protesters by Memphis Police has been dropped. It is the lawsuit filed by “Fight for $15” activists and that campaign’s Mid-South Organizing Committee. It comes with something for both sides. The city still denies illegal surveillance of protesters. And the activists get a settlement letter that states police will not conduct surveillance on three of the activists by name, without probable cause. The lawsuit was dismissed this week by federal judge Sheryl Lipman without prejudice meaning it could be refiled.

51. Pinnacle, BNC Shareholders Approve $1.9B Merger -

Shareholders of Pinnacle Financial Partners and BNC Bancorp have both approved a $1.9 billion merger of the two banks, which is expected to close soon.

Nashville-based Pinnacle, parent company of Pinnacle Bank, currently is building its Memphis headquarters in Boyle Investment Co.’s new Class A office building in Ridgeway Center in East Memphis. Pinnacle will be the building’s anchor tenant with signage rights, and plans to occupy 35,000 square feet in the 155,000-square-foot facility, along with two drive-thru banking lanes and an ATM lane on the ground floor.

52. WMC to Air Tigers’ Sept. 23 Game vs. Southern Illinois -

The University of Memphis non-conference football game on Sept. 23 against Southern Illinois has been picked up by Raycom and will air on WMC in Memphis at 7 p.m.

This is the eighth game of the 12-game regular season that has been picked up for television. The game will also stream on ESPN3 for fans outside of the Memphis viewing area and will be carried on KFVS-CVS in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

53. Artist, Foundry Chosen For Johnny Cash Statue -

A planned statue of Johnny Cash in the Cooper-Young Historic District has taken another step forward with the selection of an artist and foundry to create the monument.

Legacy Memphis Inc., the nonprofit that has been planning and raising funds for the Cash statue, has a contractual agreement with artist Mike McCarthy and the Lugar Bronze Foundry.

54. Methodist South Completes ER Renovation, Expansion -

Methodist South Hospital at 1300 Wesley Drive has completed its roughly $7.8 million emergency room renovation and expansion.

55. Prosecutors' Lawsuit Says Opioid Drug Makers Deceived Public -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new lawsuit invokes the plight of a baby born dependent on opioid drugs, as three Tennessee prosecutors and the baby's guardian accuse several drug manufacturers of unleashing an epidemic through deceptive marketing that downplayed the risks of addiction to painkillers.

56. Labor Activists, Memphis Agree to Settle Civil Rights Suit -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Activists pushing for higher wages at fast-food restaurants have settled a lawsuit that claimed police in Memphis, Tennessee, threatened protesters with arrest and followed labor organizers home after meetings.

57. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Food Truck Garden Party: Beach Party on Wednesday, June 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Enjoy live music, cash bar, fun in the Play Zone and food trucks. Adult admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers (includes one drink); children’s admission is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Buy tickets at memphisbotanicgarden.com/foodtruck or at the gate.

58. Last Word: After the Last Hole, Cutting County Property Taxes and A Recycled Gown -

The story of how the Overton Park Conservancy raised $1 million in two months didn’t go according to the script. It wasn’t large donors, it was a lot of contributions of $250 or less it turns out, many from people who have never been to the park, the zoo or the greensward in particular whether it’s on foot or in a car. There were donations from Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and every state, except South Dakota.

59. Events -

The Memphis Juneteenth Jobs & Career Fair will be held Tuesday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Andrew AME Church, 867 South Parkway E. Human resources directors and executives from more than 25 Memphis and Mid-South companies will be on hand to discuss opportunities; attendees are encouraged to bring resumes. For more information, contact Telisa Franklin at memphisjuneteenth@gmail.com or 901-281-6337.

60. Overton Park Conservancy Meets $1M Goal in Parking Compromise -

The Overton Park Conservancy raised $1 million by the June 11 deadline to move ahead with the Overton Park-Memphis Zoo parking compromise. The conservancy announced Sunday afternoon that it met the goal with hours to spare.

61. Daniel Berger Makes it Back-to-Back Wins at FESJC -

When he won his first PGA Tour event here last year, young Daniel Berger celebrated. Maybe a bit too much at the cost of some sleep.

62. Events -

The Memphis Juneteenth Jobs & Career Fair will be held Tuesday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Andrew AME Church, 867 South Parkway E. Human resources directors and executives from more than 25 Memphis and Mid-South companies will be on hand to discuss opportunities; attendees are encouraged to bring resumes. For more information, contact Telisa Franklin at memphisjuneteenth@gmail.com or 901-281-6337.

63. The Week Ahead: June 12-18 -

Get ready to groove, Memphis, because this week we're welcoming the inimitable Ruthie Foster to town, along with the return of both the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival and the Soulsville Record Swap. Plus, we've got details on the state House District 95 election, free MATA rides and what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

64. Freedom Fund Luncheon Features Critic of NAACP's Relevance -

Melissa Harris-Perry, the former MSNBC host who last month penned a New York Times op-ed challenging the relevance of the NAACP, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Memphis Branch NAACP’s June 24 Freedom Fund Luncheon.

65. Grizzlies’ D-League Team Named ‘Memphis Hustle’ -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced their new NBA Development League affiliate team name and logo, Memphis Hustle, which will debut this coming 2017-18 season when the league will be renamed the NBA Gatorade League.

66. Editorial: One Tom Lee Memorial, Not Two -

For the second time in 14 years, the original Tom Lee obelisk memorial has been toppled by straight-line winds.

The city should take the hint and send the monument declaring Lee a “very worthy Negro” to a museum as a relic from a past era of patronizing racial distinctions that have no place in modern society – either as aspiration or fact.

67. Explore Bike Share Launching 600-Bike System in Memphis -

Getting around in Memphis is about to get a whole lot easier, as Explore Bike Share has announced an agreement with B-Cycle to bring a 600-bike system to the Bluff City.

The system, known as the B-Cycle Dash, is expected to launch in the spring of 2018 and include a fleet of bikes equipped with a forward-facing touch-screen GPS that will offer route recommendations and directions. Once implemented, it will the largest bike-share system of its kind in the U.S.

68. Not a Very Good Year for UT Athletics -

It hasn’t been the greatest of years for Tennessee sports. From football to basketball to baseball, and several sports in between, the Vols – for the most part – fell short in 2016-17.

69. East is West but SEC Knows What’s Best -

East is East and West is West – except where the Southeastern Conference is concerned.

The SEC politburo again has scoffed at the idea of adjusting its football divisions by true geographic standards, leaving Missouri, the third most westerly conference member in terms of longitude, in the Eastern Division.

70. Last Word: Easy Fishing on Big River, Competing City Priorities and Durham's Fine -

The Arkansas side of the Big River Crossing opened Wednesday for the first time since May 2 when a rising Mississippi River prompted its closing while the crossing proper on the north side of the Harahan Bridge remained open. There is still some of the muddy river left on the Arkansas flood plain and several dozen cranes stopping in Wednesday afternoon for some easy fishing in the shallow waters.

71. Jerry’s Sno Cones Files Permit for Cordova Shop -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, one of the most iconic dessert spots in Memphis gets ready to expand, Crosstown Concourse is getting ready for its official grand opening and FedEx Ground upgrades its diesel facility...

72. Foote Homes Families Leave Behind Memories Happy and Sad -

Streets Ministries on Vance Avenue has worked closely with the residents of Foote Homes, the last of whom moved out on Jan. 31 in preparation for the demolition of the city’s largest public housing project.

73. Last Word: The Jazz Cornerstone, Council Day and 100 Items at Brooks -

In Elmwood Cemetery Tuesday morning, a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Jimmie Lunceford, the Memphis jazz giant who formed and taught the Manassas High School band known as the Chickasaw Syncopators who went professional in the jazz age of the 1920s and played The Cotton Club during the Harlem renaissance. Lunceford was the cornerstone of Memphis jazz and Manassas was its bedrock. And the story of his high school students going professional is but an early chapter in a much longer narrative of gifted musicians and artists at times literally walking out of a graduation ceremony and onto a tour bus.

74. Great Clips Eyeing Dozens Of Stores In Memphis Area -

Since 1982 Great Clips has opened up more than 4,000 salons across the U.S. and Canada and now has its sights on the Memphis market.

“With more than a million people living in the greater Memphis market, this is very similar to some of the other 180-plus markets where we cut hair,” Great Clips Chief Operating Officer Rob Goggins said. “Since we have a strong presence in nearby markets, it was an obvious choice to continue our expansion into the Memphis market.”

75. Last Word: Don McMinn, Frayser's Recovery and The Clean Line -

Back in the late 1970s when Beale Street was still rotting and behind chain link fences and Downtown Memphis was in recovery in every sense of the word, there was a poster of Don McMinn standing in front of the statue of W.C. Handy on Beale with his back to the camera spreading open the raincoat he was wearing in Handy’s direction. The caption was something about exposing the world to the blues. That’s not the only image that comes to mind of those times with word Sunday that McMinn has died.

76. Walmart Touts Investment in People, Technology as Advantages -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Walmart CEO Doug McMillon touted the company's investments in people and technology, but also said the company may have reached an employment peak and urged employees not to be afraid of automation.

77. FedEx Ground to Upgrade Diesel Fuel Facility -

FedEx Ground has filed a $573,750 building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to upgrade one of its Memphis facilities.

According to the permit, Georgia-based HARCO Services will be tapped to upgrade FedEx’s diesel fuel facility located at 555 Compress Drive in South Memphis.

78. Grizzlies’ D-League Team Named ‘Memphis Hustle’ -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced their new NBA Development League affiliate team name and logo, Memphis Hustle, which will debut this coming 2017-18 season when the league will be renamed the NBA Gatorade League.

79. Cleaning Authority Program To Benefit Food Bank -

For the second consecutive year, The Cleaning Authority of Memphis is conducting a summer donation program to help the Mid-South Food Bank.

80. 4 Tigers Players Named To Athlon’s AAC First Team -

Four University of Memphis football players were named to Athlon Magazine’s American Athletic Conference preseason first team.

In total, 13 Tigers earned preseason all-conference honors on one of the four teams; the only team in the league with more honors was the University of South Florida.

81. Saint Francis Collecting Cereal to Fight Hunger -

Saint Francis Healthcare is leading a community effort to provide a healthy breakfast to those struggling with hunger.

82. Methodist Stays Busy With Wave of Construction Projects -

This year is proving to be another busy one for executives at Methodist Healthcare like Richard Kelley.

83. Winds of Change -

Humans have been harnessing the power of the wind since the first Egyptians began to use sails to move their boats along the Nile. More than 7,000 years later, wind power capacity in the U.S. alone has surpassed 82 gigawatts, or enough energy to power 20 million homes, making it the largest renewable generation capacity in the country.

84. Last Word: Recovery Day 6, Trezevant Allegations Resurface and Memphis Is Hard -

There is some debate about how the Memorial Day weekend storm compares to the Ice Storm of 1994 and Hurricane Elvis in 2003. A city public works supervisor who is a veteran of both earlier incidents weighed in this week as Mayor Jim Strickland stopped by Collins Yard to rally the city’s troops in the recovery effort. Rodney Wakefield also had a lot to say about what motivates city workers to tackle this hard work in a sweltering spring and do it as quickly and as safely as possible.

85. Titans Poised to Break Free of Weak AFC South -

When Marcus Mariota participated on the first day of the Titans’ recent organized team activities – OTAs for you hardcore NFL fans – it sent two messages to the rest of the AFC South:

86. Southern Heritage Classic Founder Touts Value of Annual, One-Off Events -

When he came up with the idea of an annual football game in Memphis between the teams of two historically black universities with large alumni bases locally, Fred Jones had two primary goals for what he called the Southern Heritage Classic.

87. Last Word: Foote Homes Falls, Kellogg Layoffs and The SCS Ask -

Once upon a time in South Memphis it could be difficult to tell where Foote Homes began and Cleaborn Homes ended or vice versa. The key to this was which side of Lauderdale you were looking at. The east side was Cleaborn and the west was Foote with Lauderdale as the dividing line.

88. Flintco Files $25 Million Permit for ServiceMaster HQ -

150 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $25 million

Application Date: May 2017 

89. Long-Awaited Demolition at Foote Homes Begins -

Foote Homes, the last large public housing project in Memphis, began coming down Tuesday, May 30, with a formal ceremony marking the start of demolition toward the broader South City redevelopment.

90. Reading With Purpose -

Books inspire movies all the time. And sometimes, one reading program emerges from another. So it was that Memphis Reads grew out of Fresh Reads, an initiative at Christian Brothers University.

The latest Memphis Reads community book selection is “The Book Thief” by Australian writer Markus Zusak and he will be giving three presentations in Memphis in September (more on the book and Memphis Reads in a moment).

91. Saint Francis Collecting Cereal to Fight Hunger -

Saint Francis Healthcare is leading a community effort to provide a healthy breakfast to those struggling with hunger.

92. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. The topic is The MasterMind Principle, based on the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

93. Barbecue Restaurant Scene Heats Up in Memphis -

Memphis has enjoyed a bumper crop of barbecue restaurant news in recent weeks, from tweaks to some business’ existing locations and plans by others to expand. And that trend isn’t letting up anytime soon.

94. Hanover Students Follow King’s Pilgrimage -

Even before it was the National Civil Rights Museum, the Lorraine Motel had pilgrims – visitors coming to the place where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated to stand where he fell, even stay a night on the same floor of his room when the Lorraine was still a working hotel.

95. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. The topic is The MasterMind Principle, based on the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

96. Cleaning Authority Program to Benefit Food Bank -

For the second consecutive year, The Cleaning Authority of Memphis is conducting a summer donation program to help the community.

Called The Cleaning Authority CARES, the company collections donations of food from clients and the community to give to the Mid-South Food Bank. The initiative first launched in April 2016 and the Memphis office collected 2,456 pounds of food for the food bank.

97. 4 Tigers Players Named To Athlon’s AAC First Team -

Four University of Memphis football players were named to Athlon Magazine’s American Athletic Conference preseason first team.

In total, 13 Tigers earned preseason all-conference honors on one of the four teams; the only team in the league with more honors was the University of South Florida.

98. East Memphis Hotel Sells for $4.3 Million -

Iowa-based Suit and Tie Lodging LLC has sold a Fairfield Inn and Suites hotel in East Memphis to Texas-based 240 Perkins Holding LLC for $4.3 million.

99. Fogelman Awarded 15 New Management Contracts -

Memphis-based Fogelman Management Group has recently been awarded management of 15 multifamily communities totaling more than 5,000 units in five states, the company announced Wednesday, May 24.

The new contracts include management of two Memphis properties – the 148-unit Tennessee Brewery and 300-unit Legends of Wolfchase – along with three Nashville communities totaling 1,167 units. Outside of Tennessee, the new additions include three Atlanta, Georgia, properties totaling 967 units; a 239-unit property in Charlotte, North Carolina; a 294-unit community in Charleston, South Carolina; and five Florida properties totaling 2,175 units.

100. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden continues its 2017 Vine to Wine series Tuesday, May 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. This month’s tasting, “Cork and Pork,” wraps up May with a tribute to swine and wine. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/winetastings for details.