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1. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

2. The Week Ahead: December 19-25 -

Good morning, Memphis! With only a few days left until Christmas, sparkling lights and holiday happenings are taking place citywide – and that’s not all that’s taking place this week, as the Memphis Tigers go bowling and the Electoral College makes the presidential election official. Check out what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…

3. Justice Department Begins Yearlong Investigation of MPD -

In some ways, a year and a half of local protests, turbulence and questions about police conduct came full circle Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Hickory Hill.

A U.S. Justice Department panel investigating the Memphis Police Department heard from more than two dozen people among a room of 50 at Hickory Hill Community Center.

4. Grocery Stores in Memphis Race to Transform Shopping Experience -

Grocery stores in Memphis are in a scramble to refashion the shopping experience they present to customers, via everything from digital services like pre-order and scheduled pickups to mall-like amenities inside the stores themselves.

5. Smith Hands Off FedEx President’s Position To Bronczek -

With little fanfare, FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith introduced himself Monday, Sept. 26, at the start of the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting as the board chairman and CEO of the company.

6. Historic Mansion Being Restored Into Exclusive French-Asian Restaurant -

The Nineteenth Century Club, one of the last great mansions of Union Avenue, was slated to become a strip mall. Next door to the 107-year-old building is a Taco Bell, which stands on the site of the Nineteenth Century Club’s former ballroom.

7. Hospitable Market -

The Memphis area hotel market continues on its solid run of the past few years, led by the Downtown submarket with strong occupancy and room rates. The pipeline for new Downtown hotel projects is loaded, with as many as 15 projects in various stages of development and hotel construction picking up in other parts of the county.

8. Some Farmers Worry Monsanto Merger Will Drive Up Costs -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Bayer's buyout of St. Louis-based Monsanto has agricultural groups and farmers concerned that the merger will lead to higher prices for seed and crop protection products, though some experts are confident the deal will be good for farmers.

9. MATA Route Proposals Straighter, Include Airport, Shelby Farms Shuttles -

A set of 49 proposed route and service changes to the city’s bus system are focused primarily on bus schedules in southwest Memphis and the Memphis International Airport area.

There are also eight new proposed routes and shuttle services.

10. Last Word: SEC and GMF, Wiseacre's Growth and Apartment Action -

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been investigating Global Ministries Foundation since mid-July. The revelation turned up Wednesday in a Memphis Federal Court filing by the receiver appointed to oversee and sell the Tulane and Warren apartments.

11. Pop the Cork -

On Nov. 4, 2014, voters in six of Shelby County’s seven municipalities approved wine sales in food stores effective July 1, 2016. The next day, Josh Hammond, president of Buster’s Liquors & Wines, put the gears in motion to acquire the restaurant adjacent to his Highland Street spirits store.

12. FedEx Completes $4.8B TNT Express Acquisition -

FedEx Corp. has closed on its acquisition of TNT Express for $4.8 billion.

In a joint statement from the companies released Wednesday, May 25, FedEx CEO Fred Smith said that the acquisition will “revolutionize” the way customers around the world view FedEx.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. FedEx Completes $4.8 Billion TNT Express Acquisition -

FedEx Corp. has closed on its acquisition of TNT Express for $4.8 billion.

In a joint statement from the companies released Wednesday, May 25, FedEx CEO Fred Smith said that the acquisition will “revolutionize” the way customers around the world view FedEx.

16. FedEx Will Acquire TNT Express May 25 -

FedEx Corp.’s $4.8 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express will close May 25.

The logistics companies jointly announced Wednesday, May 18, that 88.4 percent of TNT shareholders have accepted the offer, which comes in at 8 euros (around $9 U.S.) in cash per share.

17. FedEx Acquisition of TNT Express to Close May 25 -

FedEx Corp.’s $4.8 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express will close May 25.

The logistics companies jointly announced Wednesday, May 18, that 88.4 percent of TNT shareholders have accepted the offer, which comes in at 8 euros (around $9 U.S.) in cash per share.

18. MATA Board Approves Significant Route Changes -

Sixteen bus route changes will take effect in May at the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

The changes, which were approved at the March 29 meeting of the MATA board of commissioners, mark the first significant batch of route changes since MATA CEO Ron Garrison took the position in 2014.

19. Council Approves Hotels, Columbarium Permit -

The Memphis City Council approved a special permit March 15 for a memorial garden with mausoleums, crypts and a columbarium at the Serenity Columbarium and Memorial Garden at 1622 Sycamore View Road northwest of Shelby Oaks Drive.

20. Events -

Memphis Area Master Gardeners will host the Spring Fling plant sale and garden show Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Farmers Market Big Red Barn at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The free expo will feature lectures, demos, vendors and children’s activities. Visit memphisareamastergardeners.org.

21. City Council Approves Columbarium Permit -

The Memphis City Council approved a special permit Tuesday, March 15, for a memorial garden with mausoleums, crypts and a columbarium at the Serenity Columbarium and Memorial Garden at 1622 Sycamore View Road northwest of Shelby Oaks Drive.

22. 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.

23. Finances Will Be in Focus at City Council -

The list of financial surprises that Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland presented to Memphis City Council members two weeks ago tops council discussions Tuesday, March 15.

24. Up, Up and Away -

The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.

The drone is everything from a stalking device to track poachers creeping through the South African bush hunting rhinos to the impetus for a potential commercial growth industry right here in Memphis.

25. Strickland Backs MATA's Cost-Neutral Plan -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is backing the plan by the Memphis Area Transit Authority to make some short-term adjustments to its route system later this year.

26. Downtown Hotel Pipeline May Deter Larger Developer -

The proliferation of limited-size Downtown hotels could make the area less attractive for the 500-room, full-service hotel Downtown desperately needs.

That was board member Rob Norcross’ warning at the Feb. 11 meeting of the Land Use Control Board. And the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau agrees that small hotels pose a risk.

27. Brazil Approves FedEx’s Acquisition of TNT Express -

FedEx Corp. has three approvals down and one more to go regarding its $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express.

28. Brazil Approves FedEx’s Acquisition of TNT Express -

FedEx Corp. has three approvals down and one more to go regarding its $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch shipping company TNT Express.

29. ‘Complete Gut’ Planned for Dermon Building in Downtown Memphis -

The historic Dermon Building at the northeast corner of Third Street and Court Avenue will be turned into a boutique hotel following a recent purchase.

The 46 N. Third St. structure, which was built in 1925, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its art deco and Renaissance-styled architecture. Real estate and bail bonding firms have occupied the lower levels, but the 10-story building has sat completely vacant for a few years and substantially vacant for well over 10 years.

30. FedEx, TNT Merger Nabs Regulatory Approval in Europe -

FedEx Corp. has received the green light to proceed with its $4.8 billion acquisition of Dutch delivery company TNT Express.

31. Downtown Agency Looks to Tighten Up Hotel Tax Breaks -

To keep tourists flowing to Downtown, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. grants tax breaks, or payment-in-lieu-of-tax incentives, for hotel developers. Such readily available incentives have helped create a market with 15 hotels and 3,000 rooms in Downtown Memphis.

32. Holiday Inn Express Ready To Rise Near Graceland -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Loan Amount: $4.8 million

33. December Welcomes Batch of Memphis Holiday Markets -

By the time everyone has put up the tinsel, taken down the trees and is counting down the days until 2016 arrives, the month of December will have seen at least half a dozen holiday markets, stores and pop-up shops unfold around Memphis.

34. FedEx, TNT Express Extend Merger Acceptance Period -

The acceptance period for FedEx Corp.’s scheduled acquisition of TNT Express has been extended to Jan. 8.

In a joint statement Friday, Oct. 30, the two companies said they were extending the acceptance period because an offer condition relating to competition clearances had not been fulfilled. The previous acceptance period was scheduled to expire today.

35. FedEx, TNT Express Extend Merger Acceptance Period -

The acceptance period for FedEx Corp.’s scheduled acquisition of TNT Express has been extended to Jan. 8.

36. FedEx, TNT Express Extend Merger Acceptance Period -

The acceptance period for FedEx Corp.’s scheduled acquisition of TNT Express has been extended to Jan. 8.

In a joint statement Friday, Oct. 30, the two companies said they were extending the acceptance period because an offer condition relating to competition clearances had not been fulfilled. The previous acceptance period was scheduled to expire today.

37. FedEx Pilots Ratify Contract -

The pilots of FedEx Express have reached a new contract agreement with management of the Memphis-based shipping company.

FedEx’s 4,000 union pilots will see across-the-board increases to hourly pay rates and new-hire compensation, a significant signing bonus, retirement plan enhancements, work-rule improvements and other changes.

38. UPS Lobbies Against FedEx’s TNT Acquisition -

TNT Express shareholders approved FedEx Corp.’s $4.9 billion acquisition of the Dutch delivery company TNT Express N.V., but United Parcel Service Inc. is angling to delay or prevent the takeover.

39. UPS Lobbies Against FedEx’s TNT Acquisition -

TNT Express shareholders approved FedEx Corp.’s $4.9 billion acquisition of the Dutch delivery company TNT Express N.V., but United Parcel Service Inc. is angling to delay or prevent the takeover.

40. Hotel Developer Moves On Scimitar Building Conversion -

179 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $5.2 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015

41. Car Wash Facilities Sell for $29 Million -

Car Wash USA Express Holdings LLC, a Mississippi limited liability company, has sold its portfolio of car wash facilities located across Memphis and Shelby County.

42. Car Wash Facilities Sell for $29 Million -

Car Wash USA Express Holdings LLC, a Mississippi limited liability company, has sold its portfolio of car wash facilities located across Memphis and Shelby County.

43. EU to Probe FedEx Takeover of Rival TNT -

European Union regulators are opening an in-depth probe into whether FedEx’s proposed $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch company TNT Express would strangle competition in the massive market for small package deliveries.

44. EU to Probe FedEx Takeover of Rival TNT -

European Union regulators are opening an in-depth probe into whether FedEx’s proposed $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch company TNT Express would strangle competition in the massive market for small package deliveries.

45. European Union to Probe FedEx Takeover of TNT -

European Union regulators are opening an in-depth probe into whether FedEx's proposed $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch company TNT Express would strangle competition in the massive market for small package deliveries.

46. East of Cleveland -

Consultants for the Memphis Area Transit Authority are exploring an extension of the Madison Avenue trolley line east of Cleveland Street to Overton Square and North Cooper Street.

It is one of seven Midtown routes the transit authority might change or enhance with a bus rapid transit concept that involves fewer stops, fewer turns off main thoroughfares and shorter travel times.

47. FedEx Seeks European Approval for TNT Express Acquisition -

European Union regulators should rule on FedEx Corp.’s bid to acquire Dutch logistics firm TNT Express by Aug. 3.

48. Memphis Banks Move to Issue More Secure Plastic -

When it comes to banking innovations, 2015 is increasingly looking like the year of the chip card.

Spurred in part by the growing wave of data hacks and security breaches, banks nationwide – along with a growing number in Memphis – are moving to adopt a new version of plastic for consumers.

49. FedEx Secures Deal to Buy TNT Express -

FedEx Corp. has agreed to take over one of Europe's largest delivery companies, TNT Express, for $4.8 billion, the companies announced Tuesday, April 7.

50. FedEx Agrees to Take Over Dutch Rival TNT Express -

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – American package delivery service FedEx has agreed to take over Dutch rival TNT Express, one of Europe's largest delivery companies, for 4.4 billion euros ($4.8 billion), the companies announced Tuesday, in a move FedEx said will strengthen its business globally.

51. Wharton: Tourism Is Serious Business -

Sometimes in tourism, it is the little things that count. But “little” is relative. Consider the digital LED display screen on the west wall of the Memphis Cook Convention Center – big enough to be seen by eastbound traffic on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge – which local leaders debuted this month after three years of planning.

52. Fresh Off Medicaid Loss, Haslam Pivots to Common Core Fight -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Fresh off his failed effort to persuade fellow Republicans in the Legislature that he wasn't peddling "Obamacare," Gov. Bill Haslam is pivoting to another tough fight over what he describes as the ruined brand of Common Core education standards.

53. Pitts-Murdock Leading Library’s Teen Services -

R. Janae Pitts-Murdock has been named coordinator of teen services for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, a role in which she’s responsible for coordinating teen programs, partnerships and special initiatives across 18 locations.

54. Southwest Bag Workers Picketing Over Flight Delays -

DENVER (AP) – Saying Southwest Airlines is neglecting workers and its customers, baggage handlers are bringing attention to the company's slide in on-time performance as they seek a new contract.

55. Room for Growth -

Sardor and Gulam Umarov are used to fighting battles with seemingly long odds.

Between 2005 and 2009, the brothers waged a high-profile human rights campaign against the authoritarian government in their native Uzbekistan for the release of their father, Sanjar Umarov, a Germantown businessman thrown into prison for opposing the regime.

56. First South Launches More Secure Cards -

First South Financial is preparing to roll out credit cards embedded with new chip technology that offer users more protection than the standard piece of plastic today.

Starting Oct. 1, the Memphis-based credit union will offer its Visa Platinum credit cards with new EMV chip technology. Cards with such technology, according to the Smart Card Alliance, contain embedded microprocessors that support “enhanced cardholder verification methods” and are regarded as more secure when making purchases online.

57. Regional Airlines Not Sharing in Majors' Success -

DALLAS (AP) – For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

58. Source: Horizon Under Contract To Be Purchased -

The Horizon, an uncompleted 16-story residential tower overlooking the Mississippi River on the southern end of Downtown, could change hands soon.

A yet-to-be-identified buyer is under contract to purchase the tower, according to sources familiar with the effort.

59. First South Financial Launches Business Products -

First South Financial’s tag line “You can bank on us” now applies to a wider group of customers.

The Bartlett-based credit union is offering small- and medium-sized businesses an alternative to the traditional providers of such accounts and services with its own newly launched suite of products for businesses. It includes business checking and savings accounts, as well as escrow accounts, health savings accounts and credit cards.

60. Knowledge Tree Buys Cordova Retail Center -

8195 Dexter Road
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: July 8, 2014
Buyer: K Tree LLC
Seller: 8195 Dexter Road LLC
Loan Amount: $1.5 million
Loan Date: July 11, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA
Details: An affiliate of the Knowledge Tree learning center has paid $1.5 million for the 28,575-square-foot shopping center at 8195 Dexter Road in Cordova.

61. ‘Significant Headwinds’ -

When Gov. Bill Haslam joined local economic development and civic officials at FedExForum in January to announce that Conduit Global would open a call center in Shelby County that would employ 1,000 people over the next three to five years, it provided a much-needed boost to the local office real estate sector.

62. Median CEO Pay Crosses $10 Million in 2013 -

NEW YORK (AP) – They're the $10 million men and women.

Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012, according to an Associated Press/Equilar pay study.

63. Eastgate Set for Possible Makeover -

A venerable shopping center in East Memphis could be getting a significant makeover, according to a recent retail market report from CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

Eastgate Center LLC, the owner of Eastgate Shopping Center at Park Avenue and White Station Road in East Memphis, could make significant aesthetic improvements to the retail center beginning this year.

64. Industrial Portfolio Sells for $43 Million -

4550 Swinnea Road6005 Freeport Ave., 3399 E. Raines Road
Memphis, TN
Sale Amounts: $10.1 million; $14.8 million; $18 million

65. Quality Inn Owner Files $1.5 Million Loan -

The owner of the 130-room Quality Inn at 42 S. Camilla St. in Midtown has filed a $1.5 million loan on the property.

66. Hilton Garden Inn Planned for Former Bus Station -

A Knoxville-based hospitality company has closed on the purchase of the vacant Greyhound facility Downtown and will transform the property into a Hilton Garden Inn.

Turkey Creek Hospitality completed the $1.7 million purchase of the 1.3-acre property Tuesday, March 18, and will bring a 140-room Hilton Garden Inn to the heart of Downtown Memphis. Hank Martin and Elliot Embry with NAI Saig Co. represented Greyhound Lines Inc. in the transaction.

67. Hilton Garden Inn Planned for Former Greyhound Station -

A Knoxville-based hospitality company has closed on the purchase of the vacant Greyhound facility Downtown and will transform the property into a Hilton Garden Inn.

Turkey Creek Hospitality completed the $1.7 million purchase of the 1.3-acre property Tuesday, March 18, and will bring a 140-room Hilton Garden Inn to the heart of Downtown Memphis.

68. No Sign of Expansion at Plant Where UAW Dealt Loss -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Friday marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers there rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union.

69. RBCC Law Firm Moving to iBank Tower -

The law firm of Rogers, Berry, Chesney & Cannon PLLC, owner of 1713 Kirby Parkway since 2006, recently sold its office building and will relocate to the iBank building on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

70. Insurance Through Work? Health Law Affects You Too -

The health care overhaul's reach stretches far beyond the millions of uninsured Americans it is expected to help. It also could touch everything from the drug choices to doctor bills of people who have insurance through work.

71. Indigo Going Ahead With Frontier Airlines Purchase -

DENVER (AP) – Indigo Partners LLC is going ahead with plans to buy Frontier Airlines, even though it failed to reach an agreement with the carrier's flight attendants' union.

72. Frontier Airlines Sold to Ultra-Cheap Airline Investor -

Frontier Airlines is being sold to William Franke, a pioneer of the cheap tickets and high fees airline business that has spread overseas and is growing in the U.S.

Franke is the former chairman of Spirit Airlines, which has earned consistent profits by jamming more seats on its planes and charging extra for things that other airlines do for free, such as printing a boarding pass at the airport, or using the overhead bin.

73. Events -

The fifth annual Mike Conley Bowl-n-Bash, benefiting the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, 1576 S. White Station Road. Individual tickets are $125; teams of four are $500. Visit methodisthealth.org/bowlnbash to register.

74. Senate Education Panel Holds Hearings on Common Core -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Supporters and critics of a new set of benchmarks for math and reading are getting their voices heard this week, as a state Senate panel holds hearings on the common core standards that have been adopted to some degree by 47 states and the District of Columbia.

75. Senate, House Ensnared in Health Care Controversy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Implacable Republican opposition to Obamacare has Congress once more veering closer to gridlock.

In the House, more than 50 conservatives support tacking a one-year delay in implementing the health care law onto a bill needed to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.

76. Turley Shows Interest in Developing Central Station -

A partnership consisting of Henry Turley and Community Capital is the only entity so far to express interest in the management and development of Central Station.

77. Events -

The Daily News will host its HR Rules and Ramifications Seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Aug. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. The seminar will include an overview of changing employment laws and advice on dealing with real-life workplace issues. Paul Pattenof Jackson Lewis LLP will present the keynote. Cost is $25. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

78. Flight Delays Pile Up Monday After FAA Budget Cuts -

NEW YORK (AP) – It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers. Flight delays piled up all along the East Coast Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers were forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal budget cuts.

79. UPS Appeals Decision Against TNT Deal -

United Parcel Service Inc. is appealing a European regulator’s ruling that blocked UPS’ attempted purchase of Dutch delivery company TNT Express.

80. UPS Appeals Decision Against TNT Deal -

United Parcel Service Inc. is appealing a European regulator’s ruling that blocked UPS’ attempted purchase of Dutch delivery company TNT Express.

81. UPS Offers Regulators Concessions on TNT Bid -

United Parcel Service Inc. says it has offered the European Union’s regulatory watchdog some concessions in its proposed €5.16 million ($6.8 billion) takeover of TNT Express NV.

82. Seminar To Tackle Commercial Conditions -

While many commercial real estate professionals would like to forget about 2011 altogether, celebrating increases in 2012 is necessary for morale.

Shelby County experienced the most second-quarter sales this year since the second quarter of 2008, and the highest quarterly sales revenue since the second quarter of 2007.

83. American Airlines: Key Revenue Number Rises -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines parent AMR Corp. said Monday that a key revenue measure rose 4 percent in September although traffic declined as the carrier struggled with widespread flight delays and cancellations.

84. Airways Transit Center Awarded LEED Certification -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority Airways Transit Center has been granted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Certification from Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council.

85. American Airlines Signs Deal to Outsource Some Flying -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines has agreed to outsource some of its regional flying to SkyWest Inc., part of American's plan to cut costs while it's under bankruptcy protection.

86. Unemployment Could Stay High as US Economy Slows -

WASHINGTON (AP) – High unemployment isn't going away – not as long as the economy grows as slowly as it did in the April-June quarter.

Weak consumer spending held growth to an annual rate of just 1.5 percent, even less than the 2 percent rate in the first quarter. And few expect the economy to accelerate in the second half of the year as Europe's financial woes and a U.S. budget crisis restrain businesses and consumers.

87. Oil Price Climbs as Norwegian Strike Looms -

The price of oil climbed nearly 2 percent Monday, July 9, as Norway prepares for a shutdown of its North Sea crude production.

Norway’s oil industry, which produces more than 3.8 million barrels of oil and natural gas per day, says platforms were set to switch off after 5 p.m. CDT Monday due to a strike by offshore oil workers over retirement benefits. The government still may intervene to keep oil and gas flowing.

88. Walgreens to Buy Arkansas-Based USA Drug -

Walgreens says it’s acquiring Arkansas-based drug store chain USA Drug from Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings.

USA Drug is the same company that in 2010 sold Memphis Ike’s and Super D stores to Walgreens, which subsequently closed 17 of the stores, then bought and kept open the two remaining Ike’s at Union Avenue in Midtown and Park Avenue in East Memphis.

89. Expect Lower Gas Prices Heading Into Memorial Day -

If you're lucky enough to live in some parts of the United States, you may see gas pump prices fall to around $3.25 a gallon or less in the next week or two. Even West Coast drivers should get some relief from prices that are still above $4 a gallon.

90. Council to Weigh Pink Palace Funding -

A $20 million upgrade of the Memphis Pink Palace Museum tops the Tuesday, Feb. 21, Memphis City Council agenda that also includes two items key to Overton Square redevelopment and $510,000 in capital appropriations for the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

91. Obama Promotes Steps to Boost US Trade -

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) – President Barack Obama on Friday called for more steps to help U.S. companies compete overseas, standing in front of an enormous Boeing Dreamliner to summon a bright future for American manufacturing and exports.

92. Applying Pressure -

On Super Bowl Sunday, a group of 20 people huddled near a set of about as many tents on the Civic Center Plaza – the part of the Main Street Mall that is home to City Hall as well as the county, state and federal buildings.

93. Pinnacle Airlines to Ask Creditors for Help -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Pinnacle Airlines Corp., which operates regional flights as Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express, said Thursday that it's trying to make deals with its major airline partners, creditors and employees to cut costs and reduce its debt.

94. Rapid Transit Service Could be Turning Point for MATA -

At the long-awaited opening of the Memphis Area Transit Authority’s Airways Transit Center last week, MATA general manager Will Hudson told the crowd gathered in the new center at Brooks Road and Airways Boulevard to remember three initials – BRT.

95. Midtown Vacancy -

Memphis hospitality professional Tony Westmoreland hopes someone can breathe new life into a beleaguered, empty Midtown building that operated as a hotel for more than four decades.

96. Stoppard Play Mixes Absurdity, Reality -

An upcoming Playhouse on the Square production will stretch the limits of theatrical characterization through a unique collaboration with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Tom Stoppard’s “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” pits individuality against conformity in a Soviet Era psychiatric hospital, the tableau for a dark-humored struggle to discern reality.

97. Retailers to Bring Fresh Produce to 1,500 Places -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity moved a step forward Wednesday with the announcement that Wal-Mart and other retailers plan over the next five years to open or expand 1,500 stores in areas without easy access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods.

98. Rules Would Speed Up Union Elections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Labor regulators are proposing sweeping new rules that would dramatically speed up the time frame for union elections, a move that could make it easier for struggling unions to organize new members, and cut the time businesses have to mount anti-union campaigns.

99. FedEx Express Pilots Approve Labor Pact -

FedEx Express pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association have approved a two-year, short-term contract with the division of Memphis-based FedEx Corp.

100. FedEx Express Pilots Approve Two-Year Labor Pact -

FedEx Express pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association have approved a two-year, short-term contract with the division of Memphis-based FedEx Corp.