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1. Farewell to VCRs: Japanese Maker to Shelve Once-Hit Product -

TOKYO (AP) – Japanese electronics maker Funai Electric Co. says it's yanking the plug on the world's last video cassette recorder.

2. What Verizon's Acquisition Means for Yahoo Users -

NEW YORK (AP) – If you have a Yahoo email account or regularly visit services like Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports, you might be wondering what will happen to the once-venerable brand once Verizon takes over.

3. TAG Expects Truck Facility to be Operational by Mid-2017 -

TAG Truck Center is moving forward with a $28 million trucking facility at the former site of the Mall of Memphis. Contractor Linkous Construction Co. recently filed two building permits for TAG’s new headquarters.

4. Sugar Services Begins Downtown Expansion -

Sugar Services has applied for a $1.3 million building permit for new construction at its 7 G.E. Patterson Ave. facility. Sugar Services’ expansion came with a bit of opposition from the surrounding South End neighborhood. The bulk sugar processor is one of the last remaining industrial tenants in an area dense with high-end apartments and condos.

5. Sugar Services Begins Downtown Expansion -

Sugar Services has applied for a $1.3 million building permit for new construction at its 7 G.E. Patterson Ave. facility. Sugar Services’ expansion came with a bit of opposition from the surrounding South End neighborhood. The bulk sugar processor is one of the last remaining industrial tenants in an area dense with high-end apartments and condos.

6. How safe is our food? -

It’s not easy being a food inspector in Tennessee, dealing with an updated statewide food code to protect the public from foodborne illnesses and educating restaurateurs, many with their own ideas about their cuisine, on following the rules.

7. Madison Hotel Sells to Chicago-Based Hotel Group -

79 Madison Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Date: June 21 

Buyer: 79 Madison Avenue LLC

8. EU Says China Needs to Give EU Companies Fair Market Access -

BEIJING (AP) — The EU trade commissioner said Monday that China has to give European companies the same kind of market access that Chinese companies enjoy in Europe before discussions can start on a bilateral free trade agreement.

9. Boyle Completes Office, Starts Multi-Family Expansion -

Construction is nearing completion on several new projects at Schilling Farms on an 11-acre site at the corner of Schilling and Winchester boulevards.

On Thursday, July 21, a new 50,000-square-foot Class A office building will open at 255 Schilling Blvd. Half of the space is pre-leased to Helena Chemical Co. and the other 25,000 square feet of ground-floor space is available for office or retail uses.

10. Kroger Brings Online Ordering to More Memphis-Area Locations -

Kroger suspected there was plenty of demand in the Memphis market for the online ordering system the grocery chain has been rolling out in recent weeks.

When the company brought ClickList to the first Memphis-area store last month, Kroger executives saw firsthand. They don’t have exact numbers to share, but Kroger confirmed that the launch of its ClickList online system at the first area Kroger – in Germantown at 7735 Farmington Blvd. – generated the most opening week orders for any store in the entire chain.

11. Police Camera Roll-Out Delayed By Technical Problems -

The Memphis Police Department is slowing down its already much-delayed roll out of police body cameras and patrol car cameras because of technical problems and how the video is transferred for storage.

12. Police Camera Roll-Out Slowed by Technical Problems -

The Memphis Police Department is slowing down its already much-delayed roll out of police body cameras and patrol car cameras because of technical problems with the cameras and how the video is transferred for storage.

13. Law Firm Relocates to Oak Court Office Building -

Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid, PLLC is relocating from Downtown to the Oak Court Office Building.

14. Tennessee Lagging On Alternative Energy -

Tennessee has never been at the forefront of alternative energy. If California is the cool kid tapped in on all the latest advances, we could be considered the behind-the-times cousin always trying to play catch up.

15. ServiceMaster Lands EDGE Incentive Package -

The final piece of ServiceMaster’s local incentive package fell into place Wednesday, June 15, at a Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine board meeting.

The residential- and commercial-services company, which plans to move its headquarters into the former Peabody Place mall in Downtown Memphis, received 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.

16. Collierville FedEx Center Getting $12.7 Million Renovation -

3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road
Collierville, TN 38125
Permit Amount: $12.7 million

Owner: FedEx Corp.
Tenant: FedEx Corp.
Contractor: Grinder & Haizlip Construction
Details: Contractor Grinder & Haizlip Construction has filed a $12.7 million building permit for renovations at the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville.
In January, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package for the FedEx center at 3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road.
A term of the PILOT agreement is that FedEx has to invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.
The FedEx World Technology Center has been an economic driver for the city since its 16-acre campus opened in 1998. Currently, the tech hub is the largest employer in Collierville, with 2,500 total workers and a capacity for 3,200.

17. Law Firm Relocates to Oak Court Office Building -

Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid, PLLC is relocating from Downtown to the Oak Court Office Building.

The law firm will move from 6,883 square feet at 88 Union Ave. to 7,704 square feet at the East Memphis office building, 530 Oak Court Drive.

18. Collierville Sees Year’s Largest Multifamily Sale -

160 Madison Farms Drive
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $34.3 million

Buyer: Spyglass-Collierville LLC

19. EPE Takes Out $40 Million Loan for Graceland West -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has taken on a $40 million construction loan to build Graceland West, a 46-acre development to the west of Elvis Presley Boulevard, across from the Graceland mansion. Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Authentic Brand Group LLC and owner of Graceland’s operations, signed as grantor for the loan. Pinnacle Bank is the lender.

20. EPE Takes Out $40 Million Loan for Graceland West -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has taken on a $40 million construction loan to build Graceland West, a 46-acre development to the west of Elvis Presley Boulevard, across from the Graceland mansion. Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Graceland Holdings LLC and majority owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, signed as grantor for the loan. Pinnacle Bank is the lender.

21. MSO, University of Memphis Partnership Will Open New Doors -

A new partnership between the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Memphis may become a model for sustainability of fine arts organizations in a new economic landscape.

Earlier this month, the symphony and U of M announced a three-year, renewable partnership to bring the MSO into residence at the university. The partnership will reduce the annual operating budget for the financially strapped MSO by 40 percent and offer synergy for the two entities to build further revenue around programming and music education innovations.

22. 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.

23. Rose Guiding Memphis Symphony to Firm Financial Footing -

What is classical music good for? How can it remain relevant in the 21st century? For most people, these are abstract questions – but for Gayle Rose, they couldn’t be more pressing.

24. Last Word: $4.8 Billion of TNT, North Parkway Complications and Graceland West -

FedEx sets a date next week for its acquisition of TNT Express – a $4.8 billion deal that was approved by TNT shareholders Wednesday.

25. Poplar Place Apartments Sell for $15.3 Million -

1669 Randolph Place
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $15.3 million

Sale Date: May 6

Buyer: Poplar Place TN Townhomes LLC

26. 5 Simply Self Storage Facilities Sell for $15M -

Oaktree Capital Management affiliates sold off more self-storage assets in five separate May 2 warranty deeds totaling more than $15 million. Five entities related to Brookfield Property Group purchased the Simply Self Storage facilities.

27. 2 Self-Storage Facilities Sell for $5 Million -

An international real estate investment firm has sold two of its Memphis-area assets in two separate May 3 warranty deeds.

Oaktree Capital Management, acting as SSSP South Rowlett Collierville, sold a Simply Self Storage facility at 651 S. Rowlett St. in Collierville to SS South Rowlett Collierville for $3.9 million.

28. HealthLink’s Medical Device Logistics Business Poised to Grow -

A Netherlands-based medical device logistics company has moved into the Lamar Avenue corridor.

Building on proximity to FedEx Corp. and Memphis’ emerging biosciences hub, HealthLink Europe & International made Memphis its latest flagstaff operation.

29. Wal-Mart Sharpens Amazon Attack With 2-Day Delivery Service -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is sharpening its attack on Amazon.com.

The world's largest retailer is trimming its free-shipping pilot program to two days from a three, and it's cutting a dollar off the membership price. Membership is now be $49 per year.

30. Retail, Amenities Embellish Highland Row Development -

Highland Row, a mixed-use development sprawling across an entire block in the University of Memphis area, will see its first residents this summer.

Construction began in February on the three-building project located along Highland Street between Midland and Eastland avenues.

31. Absolute Storage Management Reports Q1 Growth -

Memphis-based Absolute Storage Management saw growth in its first-quarter revenue and occupancy, the self-storage management firm announced this week.

ASM, the largest private, third-party self-storage management company in the United States, said its same-store income revenue increased 10.3 percent, compared with a 9.7 percent increase in first quarter 2015. Same-store square-foot occupancy rates increased 2.3 percent year-over-year, while same-store rent per occupied unit increased 6.9 percent.

32. Last Word: The Draft, The Greensward-Council Footnote and The Zoo Beatles -

I’ve never watched an NFL draft before Thursday evening’s in which Paxton Lynch, quarterback for the University of Memphis, was drafted by the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos as the 26th pick of the first round.

33. Absolute Storage Mgmt. Reports Q1 Growth -

Memphis-based Absolute Storage Management saw growth in its first-quarter revenue and occupancy, the self-storage management firm announced this week.

ASM, the largest private, third-party self-storage management company in the United States, said its same-store income revenue increased 10.3 percent, compared with a 9.7 percent increase in first quarter 2015. Same-store square-foot occupancy rates increased 2.3 percent year-over-year, while same-store rent per occupied unit increased 6.9 percent.

34. Archimania Leads 2016 Architecture Awards -

Memphis architecture firm archimania was the biggest winner Saturday night at the 2016 AIA Memphis Design Awards, an annual bash that honors the city’s top architecture firms.

Also singled out for honors by the four members of the design awards jury - which this year was comprised of nationally recognized, award-winning architects from Raleigh, N.C. - were the firms designshop, Haizlip Studio and Self+Tucker Architects as part of a joint venture with archimania. There were 11 winners in all, and the honors were presented during the event at Clark Tower’s Tower Center by the awards’ jury chair Erin Sterling Lewis of Raleigh’s in situ studio.

35. Memphis College of Art Making Moves to Consolidate Campuses -

Memphis College of Art has confirmed the consolidation of its Downtown campus with its Overton Park campus and will begin relevant construction over the summer.

That construction includes converting five MCA-owned apartment buildings around the Overton Park campus into studios for use in the graduate program.

36. Nike Continues Renovations at Lamar Warehouse -

Renovations continue at Nike Inc.’s new home on Lamar Ave. Contractor American Material Handling Company Inc. recently filed a $1.7 building permit for “installation of an elevated platform structure.” Hillwood is listed as the owner of the 5155 Lamar Ave. warehouse.

37. This Week in Memphis History: April 1-7 -

2000: Opening day at AutoZone Park.

1964: Among the new privilege licenses listed in The Daily News: The Hippodrome Lounge at 498 Beale St., a reminder that while the current Beale Street Entertainment District stretches between Second and Fourth streets, over the decades it has taken in land east and west of those current boundaries.

38. Nike Starts Building Out New Warehouse on Lamar -

Nike Inc. has a new home on Lamar Avenue.

A $1.5 million building permit application recently filed with the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Construction Code Enforcement lists “install industrial storage racks” for a warehouse at 5155 Lamar Ave.

39. Sugar Services, an Elephant in South End Room, Plans to Stay -

In operation since 1969, Sugar Services is one of the last vestiges of the South End’s legacy as a heavy industrial area. While the factory has continued to process bulk sugar into liquid sugar from its site at 15 W. G.E. Patterson, at the southeast corner of Tennessee Street, developers attracted to the South Main Arts District have built condos and apartments on either side.

40. Over $20M in Construction Headed to Brewery District -

495 Tennessee St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $18.8 million

Owner: 495 Tennessee LLC

Tenant: Brewery Master Tenant

41. Nike Commences Build-Out of New Warehouse -

Nike Inc. has a new home on Lamar Avenue.

A $1.5 million building permit application recently filed with the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Construction Code Enforcement lists “install industrial storage racks” for a warehouse at 5155 Lamar Ave.

42. This week in Memphis history: March 18-24 -

1989: Ratt at the Mid-South Coliseum.

1976: On the front page of The Daily News, Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Millard Oakley approves new forms, rules and rates for insurance companies to use in writing automobile policies to include coverage of CB radios.

43. Cordova Apartments Sell for $31.1 Million -

555 Wood Arbor Parkway
Memphis, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $31.1 million

Sale Date: March 2, 2016
Buyer: CEAI Grove LLC
Seller: Trinity 464 LLC
Loan Amount: $4.2 million
Borrower: CEAI Grove LLC
Lender: CBRE Multifamily Capital Inc.
Details: The Grove at Trinity Point apartments have sold for $31.1 million.

44. Council Tallies Damage in 'Day of Bad News' -

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd summed up City Hall’s attitude Tuesday, March 15, during the council’s executive session. “Today is the day of bad news,” he said after a briefing from Mayor Jim Strickland on the deannexation bill approved the night before by the Tennessee House.
That was followed by more details on the estimated $60 million it will cost to replace the entire radio system for local first responders from the radios to the towers used to transmit their signals.

45. Tradebe Files $7.5M Permit For Millington Waste Facility -

The owner of a hazardous waste facility in Millington is planning some changes.

Tradebe Treatment & Recycling LLC has filed a $7.5 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF) at 5485 Victory Lane.

46. Jernigan Capital Reports 2015 Results -

Memphis-based Jernigan Capital, a company that acts as a source of capital for self-storage entrepreneurs, closed $175.7 million of investment transactions between March and the end of 2015.

That’s according to the company’s 2015 earnings results, released late Monday, March 7. Among other highlights, the company built up a more than $600 million pipeline as of the beginning of this week and obtained up to $110 million of additional private capital.

47. Jernigan Capital Reports 2015 Results -

Memphis-based Jernigan Capital, a company that acts as a source of capital for self-storage entrepreneurs, closed $175.7 million of investment transactions between March and the end of 2015.

That’s according to the company’s 2015 earnings results, released late Monday, March 7. Among other highlights, the company built up a more than $600 million pipeline as of the beginning of this week and obtained up to $110 million of additional private capital.

48. The Week Ahead: March 7-13 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? In a few short days it’ll be time to “spring forward” – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, check out our weekly roundup of area happenings, from a discussion with local changemakers to the inaugural Memphis Black Restaurant Week…

49. Ikea Design Tells Unique Sales Story -

When Ikea opens its 271,000-square-foot store in Memphis later this year, it will bring a retail experience unlike any ever seen in the region.

The typical American retail setup is a big-box outlet with aisle after aisle of organized items displayed on neat shelves, usually with a row of check-out counters near the front.

50. Graceland West Moves Forward With $6.8M Permit -

1116 Craft St.
Memphis, TN 38116

Permit Amount: $6.8 million

Owner: Elvis Presley Enterprises

Architect: Hnedak Bobo Group

51. Graceland West Moves Forward with $6.8M Permit -

Graceland West is moving forward with a $6.8 million construction permit recently filed by contractor Grinder, Taber & Grinder. The permit is listed as new construction work for Elvis Presley Enterprises at 1116 Craft St.

52. After Rebuilding Rhodes Baseball, Jeff Cleanthes Becomes AD -

Sometimes regrets and nagging “what if?” questions wait for a man at the end of his life, pushed out of view amid the everyday race to do the next thing, to just keep moving forward.

Until, finally, a man can ignore them no more.

53. Memphis City Council to Get Police Body Camera Update -

Memphis City Council members are to get a timeline Tuesday, Feb. 16, on the roll out of police body cameras from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland as well as some idea of the additional cost.

54. Rhodes Promotes Cleanthes to Athletic Director -

Jeff Cleanthes, assistant athletic director and head baseball coach at Rhodes College, has been named the school’s new director of athletics, effective in March.

Cleanthes came to Rhodes in 2003 from Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y., where he was the head baseball coach. During his tenure at Rhodes, the baseball program has had success, including consistently ranking in the top 30 in Division III; winning the Southern Athletic Association conference; competing in the NCAA tournament; and placing players on the academic conference honor roll, as well as earning All-American honors.

55. Last Word: The First Surrogate, Parkside at Shelby Farms and Manilow Memories -

Here they come, fresh from Iowa and New Hampshire – first the surrogates and in the next two weeks the Presidential contenders themselves.

The nation’s “first surrogate” – former President Bill Clinton is at Whitehaven High School Thursday evening to rally early voters in the heart of a large reliably Democratic middle class community.
And it is that voter base that was integral to Barack Obama carrying Shelby County in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary even as Hillary Clinton carried the state that year.
As mentioned here Tuesday, the local Bernie Sanders campaign opens its Memphis HQ over the weekend.
Hillary Clinton headquarters in Memphis and Nashville are on the way soon with the Nashville HQ opening Thursday as the former President is in Whitehaven and the candidate is preparing for another television debate Thursday in Milwaukee with Sanders.
And early voting opened Downtown Wednesday.
The first day's turnout Wednesday was 177 early and absentee voters. Combined with another 645 absentee votes cast before the early voting period, that makes 822 early or absentee votes.
Another Republican contender on the ballot in Tennessee is out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out the day after his dismal finish in New Hampshire. He did not have a slate of delegates on the ballot here.

56. Rhodes Promotes Cleanthes To Athletic Director -

Jeff Cleanthes, assistant athletic director and head baseball coach at Rhodes College, has been named the school’s new director of athletics, effective in March.

Cleanthes came to Rhodes in 2003 from Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y., where he was the head baseball coach. During his tenure at Rhodes, the baseball program has had great success, including consistently ranking in the top 30 in Division III; winning the Southern Athletic Association conference; competing in the NCAA tournament; and placing players on the academic conference honor roll, as well as earning All-American honors.

57. Medical Center Apartments Sell for $9.7 Million -

810 Washington Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105

Sale Amount: $9.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 29, 2016

58. Self-Storage Facilities Sell for $6 Million -

Two Extra Space Storage facilities have changed hands for $6 million.

Extra Space Properties 122 LLC purchased the facilities at 1235 Gateway Drive and 1075 Madison Ave. from ESS VRS Owner LLC in separate Feb. 2 warranty deeds.

59. Council Probes Police Body Camera Delay -

Memphis City Council members talk Tuesday, Feb. 2, about when police body cameras might be ready for action.

And there will probably be questions at the 11 a.m. executive session about whether a limited test use of the cameras recorded any of last week’s fatal police shooting of Johnathan Bratcher in South Memphis.

60. Q&A: U of M’s Dan Pallme Points to Shipping Changes, Challenges in 2016 -

Dan Pallme is heavily involved in the University of Memphis’ logistics industry departments. He runs the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy, a program that consists of technical tours, sessions with industry experts, and overviews of historic and current trends to encourage leadership in Memphis’ primary modes: rail, river, road and runway.
He is also the senior associate director and freight industry liaison for the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the private-sector coordinator for the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. He has worked with air, rail and trucking companies over the past 25 years.

61. Outside the Box -

Southwest Tennessee Community College is opening its new Whitehaven Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The building, which accommodates nearly 2,000 students at 1234 Finley Road off Elvis Presley Boulevard, is seeing new life following its run as a Kroger store that closed in 2011.

62. Volkswagen CEO Understands 'Impatience' On Emissions Fix -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller told workers at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee that recovering from a diesel emissions cheating scandal "won't be a walk in the park," but that the company is committed to turning around its prospects in what he called a core market.

63. Does Your Battery Life Stink? Try Some High-Tech Workarounds -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – It's enough to make you want to drop everything and race for the nearest power outlet: Your workday isn't even done, and your smartphone or laptop battery is already in the red zone.

64. 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.

65. Last Word: The River, Miss Cordelia's, OPEB and the Kumbaya Council -

Here comes the river. Not quite at 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge at Memphis overnight but getting there
For those who weren’t around in 2011 when the river crested at 48.3 feet, the second highest level ever recorded at Memphis, this is the part of the program where lots of people begin to gather at the river.
For some it will be to compare what they've seen before. For others it will be their first look and experience with the concept that nature is bigger than we are.
The smaller those first-time river visitors are, the easier it is for them to accept that. After all, when you are always looking up at the world everything is bigger than you are.
In Tom Lee Park you see them step onto the park's grass, their eyes riveted on the west, perhaps not seeing much beyond the grass at first, a small hand poking out of a coat sleeve shielding their eyes from the sun. And then their first glimpse of the running brown water. And the walk inevitably becomes a run and then a quick halt as the immensity of the river kicks in. Always the two together even when the river is just being eternal.

66. 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.

67. Police Body Cameras to Be Phased In -

Body cameras for Memphis police officers will roll out in nine phases, one precinct at a time.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich and Memphis police director Toney Armstrong announced the decision Tuesday, Jan. 5. They say the phase-in will give them time to evaluate and make improvements in the complex system and the estimated 3,500 hours of footage the cameras could generate in just one day.

68. Strickland Wades Into River Concerns -

The local agencies that respond to natural disasters learned a lot four years ago when the Mississippi River was rising in Downtown Memphis.

And many of those lessons are being used as the river approaches a crest on Friday, Jan. 8, estimated to be 40.5 feet on the river gauge.

69. Tennessee Warns Against Post-Storm Price Gouging -

The rain has settled, but the storm’s not over yet. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has issued a warning about potential price gouging following the severe storms and tornadoes in the days leading up to Christmas.

70. Tennessee Warns Against Storm-Related Price Gouging -

The rain has settled, but the storm’s not over yet. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has issued a warning about potential price gouging following the severe storms and tornadoes in the days leading up to Christmas.

71. TVA Opens Flood Gates at Tennessee River Dams -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has opened flood gates on all of its nine mainstream dams on the Tennessee River and is holding back water in its upstream storage reservoirs.

72. EDGE Approves $40M Graceland Bond Sale -

At its Dec. 16 board meeting, the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine approved selling $40 million worth of taxable bonds to help finance the 120-acre Graceland Revitalization Plan.

73. Memphis Opens DNA Storage Facility for Rape Kits -

The Memphis Police Department’s new $1 million property- and evidence-storage facility marks a milestone, according to top city and law enforcement leaders. To them it is an important point in the city’s three-year quest to clear a backlog of more than 12,000 unprocessed sexual assault kits that date back to the late 1970s.

74. Hard Rock Acquires Elvis Presley Piano -

Hard Rock International has acquired its 80,000th piece of memorabilia: Elvis Presley’s 24-karat gold leaf grand piano.

The piano will join Hard Rock's collection of pieces that include handwritten lyrics, clothing and instruments from new and legendary music stars like Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Jimi Hendrix and more.

75. Dunavant Adds Fort Worth Warehouse -

Dunavant is expanding its distribution footprint with a new warehouse in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 148,000-square-foot, temperature-controlled space is in addition to the existing Dunavant Dallas container drayage terminal.

76. Dunavant Adds Fort Worth Warehouse -

Dunavant is expanding its distribution footprint with a new warehouse in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 148,000-square-foot, temperature-controlled space is in addition to the existing Dunavant Dallas container drayage terminal.

77. Hard Rock Acquires Elvis Presley Piano -

Hard Rock International has acquired its 80,000th piece of memorabilia: Elvis Presley’s 24-karat gold leaf grand piano.

The piano will join Hard Rock's collection of pieces that include handwritten lyrics, clothing and instruments from new and legendary music stars like Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Jimi Hendrix and more.

78. The Week Ahead: Nov. 9, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from revenge on the Warriors to crime reduction through urban planning…

It’s still election season in 70 percent of the city, which sounds like a weather forecast – part warning and part advisory.
But the seven-day outlook calls for an increased chance of political engagement this week. Early voting in the set of five Memphis City Council runoff races continues this week at eight satellite locations as well as the Downtown site, 157 Poplar Ave.
The runoff elections in council districts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will determine the identity of a council that will have at least six, possibly seven new members. Super District council members Philip Spinosa and Martavius Jones, the two confirmed new faces on the council, were elected outright on Oct. 8.

79. Microsoft Gets Stingy With Free Online Storage -

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is getting stingy with online storage.

The company just cut the free space it offers through its OneDrive service by two-thirds, making it the second major company to retreat from a consumer cloud-storage boom that tempted users with price cuts and ever-larger free offers.

80. State Systems Inc. Buys New HQ -

One of the Economic Development Growth Engine’s latest payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients is expanding its market footprint and real estate holdings with the recent purchase of seven Memphis properties.

81. Wal-Mart, Others Speed Up Deliveries to Shoppers -

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Christmas won't come early this year, but the gifts might.

Just in time for the winter holiday shopping season, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Macy's and other retailers are working behind the scenes to make sure they can deliver online orders to shoppers faster.

82. Long-Awaited Artesian Opens on Riverside -

Despite being unfinished and empty for six years, the 16-story building at the corner of Riverside and Channel 3 drives has remained a landmark in the Downtown skyline.

And finally, the lights are coming on.

83. Apple Adds Retina Displays to its iMacs -

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is adding Retina displays to its iMacs, which will enhance the text and the image quality of photos and videos.

The Cupertino, California-based company said its 21.5-inch iMac will have a Retina 4K display, while every 27-inch iMac will have a Retina 5K display. The 21-inch iMac, which starts at $1,099, and 27-inch iMac, which starts at $1,799, are available in three models and come standard with a new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2.

84. Dell Buying EMC in $67 Billion Bet on Data Storage -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dell is buying data storage company EMC for $67 billion in a huge bet on a segment of technology that has proven to be more profitable than the slumping personal computer market.

85. Belz Sells Champion Hills Office Building for $7.8M -

3725 Champion Hills Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $7.8 million

Sale Date: Oct. 8, 2015
Buyer: Champion Hills Realty Holdings LLC
Seller: Belz Investco GP
Loan Amount: $5.5 million
Loan Date: Oct. 5, 2015
Lender: C-III Commercial Mortgage LLC
Details: Belz Enterprises made another big real estate deal on the tail of its recent announcement to redevelop the corner of McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue into a mixed-use development.

86. US Cold Storage Latest Growth For Tipton County -

Phil Coles remembers one job interview in particular as he was hiring for the new United States Cold Storage plant in Covington, Tenn.

The job applicant, who was from Covington, had questions for Coles, the plant’s general manager. Was the plant paid for? Or was U.S. Cold renting? The bottom line was job stability in a town and county that has had a rough recession.

87. Building Permit Filed for I-55 Welcome Center -

The Interstate 55 Memphis Welcome Center is on the road to completion with a $2.1 million building permit.

According to the permit applied for Oct. 2 by Jaycon Development Corp., construction will start on a new visitor center and storage building to serve northbound drivers.

88. Two Warehouses Acquired in Major National Deal -

Denver-based Northstar Commercial Partners, a privately held commercial real estate investment company, purchased two warehouse storage facilities in south Memphis for $5.2 million, according to a special warranty deed signed Sept. 29.

89. Two Warehouses Acquired In Major National Deal -

Denver-based Northstar Commercial Partners, a privately held commercial real estate investment company, purchased two warehouse storage facilities in south Memphis for $5.2 million, according to a special warranty deed signed Sept. 29.

90. Graceland West Gets LUCB’s Green Light -

Graceland is getting another expansion with a recently approved planned development dubbed Graceland West.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Shelby County Land Control Use board unanimously approved rezoning the area on the west side of Elvis Presley Boulevard to accommodate an entertainment complex with limited commercial mixed use.

91. Covington US Cold Storage Plant Opens -

United States Cold Storage is formally opening a frost-free, but below freezing, $48 million expansion of the Unilever ice cream plant in Covington, Tenn.

The 336,500-square-foot facility, first announced in August 2014, opens Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Rialto Industrial Park. A new freezer conveyor will move finished ice cream products from the Unilever plant to the storage facility, where the temperature is 20 degrees below zero.

92. Building Permit For I-55 Welcome Center -

The Interstate 55 Memphis Welcome Center is on the road to completion with a $2.1 million building permit.

According to the permit applied for Oct. 2 by Jaycon Development Corp., construction will start on a new visitor center and storage building to serve northbound drivers.

93. Brooks Museum Unveils Free Wednesdays -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is kicking off new hours in October that include a full free day every Wednesday.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, providing 10 hours of free access to everything the museum offers. Some of the museum’s ticketed evening programming, including Brooks Films, will also move to Wednesdays starting in October.

94. Taser Contract Controversy Endures As Election Day Nears -

As the city of Memphis closed in on buying body cameras and other associated technology for its police department, the inner circle around Memphis Mayor A C Wharton was concerned.

They were concerned that Taser International, the camera supplier the city had picked, wasn’t getting close to the goal the city had set of at least 10 percent participation by minority- and women-owned business enterprises – MWBEs – in the total project spend.

95. Brooks Museum Unveils Free Wednesdays -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is kicking off new hours in October that include a full free day every Wednesday.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, providing 10 hours of free access to everything the museum offers. Some of the museum’s ticketed evening programming, including Brooks Films, will also move to Wednesdays starting in October.

96. Police Body Cameras Contract Controversial on Several Levels -

The Memphis Police Department’s $4.5 million contract with Taser International for body cameras, dashboard cameras and other related equipment is drawing fire on several fronts, including an $880,000 community engagement/public relations contract that is part of the overall price tag.

97. Greenbox Memphis Provides Packing Solution for Movers -

Melinda Pigors has had her fill of moving, or so it would seem.

Through the years, the Seattle native has traveled up and down the West Coast for college, jobs and family. After attending the University of San Diego, she took a job with FedEx Corp. where she had a sales territory covering Southern California. She met her husband, whose job at FedEx ultimately brought the couple to Memphis nine years ago.

98. IMC Global Acquires Home-Furnishings Importer -

IMC Global Solutions has acquired a home-furnishings importer that will more than double the size of the Memphis-based business.

IGS, a member of the IMC Cos., acquired Global Shippers Association, which will continue to operate with its existing leadership team as a home furnishings importer.

99. Indie Memphis Taps Watt as Executive Director -

This year keeps shaping up to be a milestone for the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which has tapped local filmmaker Ryan Watt to serve as its new executive director following the departure of Erik Jambor earlier this year.

100. IMC Global Solutions Acquires Home-Furnishings Importer -

IMC Global Solutions has acquired a home-furnishings importer that will more than double the size of the Memphis-based business.

IGS, a member of the IMC Cos., acquired Global Shippers Association, which will continue to operate with its existing leadership team as a home furnishings importer.