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1. Memphis College of Art Closing Doors -

Memphis College of Art, the 81-year-old Overton Park institution, will close by May of 2020 after years of financial struggles.

The college’s board described the pending process as an “orderly dissolution of MCA’s real estate and other assets to fund the College’s debt obligations and other liabilities, including providing sufficient funding to serve existing students who remain at MCA.”

2. Memphis College of Art Closing Its Doors -

The Memphis College of Art will close by May of 2020 in what the board of the 81-year old Overton Park institution is describing as an "orderly dissolution of MCA’s real estate and other assets to fund the College’s debt obligations and other liabilities, including providing sufficient funding to serve existing students who remain at MCA."

3. Publisher of New Tri-State Defender Dies -

Bernal E. Smith II, president and publisher of The New Tri-State Defender newspaper, died Sunday, Oct. 22, at his home, according to Smith’s family.

Smith, 45, oversaw the resurrection of the legacy African-American owned newspaper starting in 2010.

4. Last Word: 'Seismic Shift,' Mason Village and Running A Store From A Cloud -

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to drive through the old town part of Cordova near its one-time train station and see the potential. Now word of a new restaurant opening later this month in what is known as Farley House. The old town is an interesting mix of new development and old development including an iconic country Baptist church that not too long ago turned 100 years old. And then there is the trail head for the Shelby Farms Greenline that runs near the train station.

5. Promoters Exporting Authenticity Of Memphis Music in Another Way -

A new 5,000- to 6,000-seat concert venue at Graceland by early 2019 is competition. But it probably brings more customers to the overall market for concerts in the city, says the founder of Music Export Memphis, the city’s export office for the music business.

6. Vols, Jackets Each Eager to Make Statement -

Enough of the talk. Enough of the speculation. Let’s play some football.

Tennessee starts its fifth season of the Butch Jones coaching era on Monday night against Georgia Tech at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff is 8 p.m. (TV: ESPN).

7. Kelly, Legacy Teammates Ready for Final Season With Vols -

Todd Kelly Jr. can’t believe it’s his last hoorah. The senior safety from Webb School of Knoxville enters his final season at Tennessee with thoughts of how it all started in fall of 2014.

8. Last Word: St. Jude School, More Gannett Moves and Maida Pearson Smith -

For most, the school year starts next week. But classes are already underway at St. Jude’s new Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, an idea 15 years in the making, according to the physician who had that idea. The school is a big step in higher education in Memphis and its road to research center status.

9. Last Word: Freeze Warning, Corker on Obamacare Repeal and The Disney Example -

What do you call it when you expect a lot of trouble coming from a specific direction – with a detailed roadmap -- and a completely different controversy comes in from a different direction, hits and leaves a crater. Whatever you call it, that is what happened to Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze Thursday evening. Or did it?

10. Last Word: Vince Carter Leaves, Fairgrounds and Pulling the Plug on Green Tech -

Vince Carter joins Zach Randolph with the Sacramento Kings next NBA season with an $8 million one-year pact for Carter. Still no word on Tony Allen’s free agency status as we put this up. The Grizz plan to retire Randolph’s jersey.

11. 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.

12. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

13. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

14. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

15. You Gotta Have Heart: UT’s 2017 Recruiting Class -

Butch Jones did it again. The Tennessee football coach gave opponents press conference fodder with another one-liner while putting his spin on the Vols’ 2017 signing class.

It happened a day after the Feb. 1 National Signing Day when UT’s class was rated No. 17 nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings.

16. What Lies Ahead for UT Athletics in 2017 -

Hey Vols fans, Happy New Year. May your 2017 year in Tennessee sports be better than your 2016 year in Tennessee sports. Perhaps, a fresh start is what we all need. Let’s face it. The Music City Bowl wasn’t where Tennessee wanted the 2016 football season to end. The Vols were picked to win the SEC East Division in preseason and floundered to an 8-4 record in the regular season, 4-4 in the SEC. Their football season was about the norm for most UT sports in 2016: average. Here are some dates to mark in hope of better things ahead in 2017...

17. As Big 12 Stands Pat, AAC Looks To Grow Brand -

It wasn’t difficult to figure out why the Big 12 – or the Confused 10, if you prefer – started down the road of exploring expansion.

It turned out to be a road to nowhere – a twisting, turning road with many stops to ask for directions – and finally the league announced on Monday, Oct. 17, that it would, in fact, not expand.

18. With Some Gas Stations Dry, Pipeline Works to Send More Fuel -

ATLANTA (AP) – Gas prices spiked and drivers found "out of service" bags covering pumps as the gas shortage in the South rolled into the work week, raising fears that the disruptions could become more widespread.

19. Study: Memphis Among Cheapest Cities for Startup Costs -

A newly published national study focused on the cost of launching a startup in the U.S. has given props to the startup ecosystem in Memphis, ranking it one of the lowest-cost cities in which to launch a startup.

20. Looks Like 10-2, SEC Title Game, Orange Bowl for UT -

Editor’s note: Nashville sports correspondent Dave Link has been accurate in predicting season outcomes for the Tennessee Vols in recent years. His 2016 season predictions, released just before press time, culminates with an SEC Championship appearance. Here’s his take on the season…

21. Zoo and OPC Reach Compromise in Greensward Controversy -

The Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy reached agreement Monday, July 18, on a compromise to end the zoo’s overflow parking on the Greensward that fills in some of the blanks left in Mayor Jim Strickland’s proposal and changes some of the terms.

22. Williams Hired for Memphis Blight-Fighting Fellowship -

The city of Memphis and University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law recently hired Brittany J. Williams as the city’s first Neighborhood Preservation Fellow. In that role, Williams will represent the city in Environmental Court lawsuits against property owners who have vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties that violate city codes.

23. Uber, Lyft Battle Governments Over Driver Fingerprint Checks -

DETROIT (AP) – Hailing a ride with a smartphone app in many U.S. cities is coming down to a fight over fingerprints.

Following incidents where Uber drivers were found to have criminal records, a number of state and local officials have proposed fingerprint background checks for ride-hailing drivers – often with the support of local taxi companies.

24. Brush With Death Recalled, Part 3 -

“… That cowboy by her side was only five-foot-three/So I moved in, I never thought he’d dare to stand his ground/Only to discover that he was sitting down.”
(c) Tim Bays and David Kent

25. Last Word: Farewell Northside, Roland's Stand and Wayne Jackson -

Northside High School is no more. The Klondike-Smoky City institution graduated its last class last month.

The Shelby County Schools board had voted that same month to give the high school one more school year.

26. Memphis' Startup Accelerators Teaming Up This Summer -

For several years now, Memphis hasn’t been home to a unified hub of startup companies and activities so much as a collection of startup archipelagos, the disparate factions of activity sometimes duplicating the work of other groups.

27. Greensward Talks Getting Complex -

A week ago, the board of the Overton Park Conservancy had a visitor at its meeting – Richard Smith, the Memphis Zoo’s representative in the ongoing private mediation talks between the conservancy and the zoo.

28. Memphis Startup Economy Felt Nationally -

A couple of years ago you wouldn’t find many Memphians in the startup world crisscrossing the United States over the course of a year, let alone on a single day.

On Thursday, March 10, our community crossed a new milestone as startup ecosystem participants made their way to showcase their work and build new global relationships that would power their businesses into the future. They pitched their businesses. Exchanged best practices. Spoke on panels. Closed deals.

29. Obama Commutes Sentences of Memphis Men -

Six people from Tennessee and Kentucky, including two Memphis men, are among the 61 prisoners who had their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

All six were drug dealers who were sentenced to serve anywhere from 16 years to life in prison. Four are scheduled to be released on July 28.

30. Obama Commutes Sentences Of Two Memphis Men -

Six people from Tennessee and Kentucky, including two Memphis men, are among the 61 prisoners who had their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

All six were drug dealers who were sentenced to serve anywhere from 16 years to life in prison. Four are scheduled to be released on July 28.

31. Grimes Joins Barge Waggoner As Transportation Project Manager -

Keafur Grimes has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as transportation project manager, bringing with him more than 35 years of experience. In his new role, Grimes manages transportation planning and construction projects to meet federal, state and local regulations; ensures that projects meet quality compliance and assurance standards as well as customer needs; and are delivered on time and within budget.

32. Elections Chief Finalists Have Political Histories -

The two finalists for the job of Shelby County Elections Administrator each told the Election Commission last week that if they get the job they will have some rebuilding work to do in how local elections are conducted.

33. Memphis Lags on State Minority Contracts -

The state of Tennessee did $400 million in business with minority- and women-owned businesses in 2015. It’s a share local minority business and civic leaders judge as a good number, considering the state spends $2.5 billion in contracts a year.

34. Hedgepeth Defends Greensward Action, Conservancy Moves to Mediation -

Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth says the body's Tuesday, March 1, vote to give the Memphis Zoo control of part of the Overton Park Greensward was an attempt to “rectify a mistake.”

35. Shameful Performance -

SHAME ON US. This week, the Memphis City Council ran over a whole room of citizens and a whole city and parked right on top of something they care about.

Every council member should be ashamed.

36. Workforce Effort Leaders Talk About Skills Gap -

Before Olympus Corp. announced last month its plan to locate a service and distribution center in Bartlett, a bigger medical device manufacturing company was on the hook for the town.

37. Northwestern Defense Tough, But Give Edge to UT -

There’s nothing like spending the Christmas holidays in Florida, and Tennessee’s football team will savor every minute of it for the second consecutive year.

The Vols (8-4) board a flight Saturday morning to Tampa, Fla., where they will spend almost a week before the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Northwestern (10-2).

38. Ready for Launch -

Five hundred new companies in 10 years. That’s the idea that founded EPIcenter, short for Entrepreneurship-Powered Innovation Center, an organization looking to catalyze the entrepreneurial movement in Memphis.

39. Five City Council Races Destined for Runoffs -

The identity of the Memphis City Council that will take office in January with six new members was still in flux at the end of a very long and frustrating Oct. 8 election night.

The races for four of those six open seats and the seat now held by an appointee to the council are going to a Nov. 19 runoff election – one week before Thanksgiving.

40. Heat Really On for Jones Against Arkansas -

It’s been a long week for Tennessee football coach Butch Jones.

Kickoff can’t come soon enough for Jones and his staff Saturday night when the Vols (2-2, 0-1 SEC) play host to Arkansas (1-3, 0-1) at Neyland Stadium.

41. Luttrell Pushes Budget Summit for New Commission Chair -

When Shelby County Commissioners meet Monday, Sept. 14, the group will have a new chairman – but not a permanent one – and will try to set a date for a budget summit.

Chairman pro tempore Van Turner will be the acting head as the 13-member body tries to do what it couldn’t at its Aug. 10 meeting: elect a leader for the next year. Outgoing chairman Justin Ford’s one-year term ended Sept. 1.

42. Memphis Mayoral Field Set at 10 -

Shelby County Election Commissioners have certified the Memphis election ballot for Oct. 8.

These are the names to appear on that ballot for the 15 elected offices.

The commission met hours after the noon Thursday, July 23, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the ballot if they wished.

43. Kelly, Berry Battle for Safety Spot in Legacy Showdown -

Todd Kelly Jr. concludes his first spring practice with Tennessee’s football team this week in a heated competition for a safety job.

44. US at Odds With Google on Computer Search-Warrant Proposal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Justice Department proposal that could make locating and hacking into computers that are part of criminal investigations easier is raising constitutional concerns from privacy groups and Google, who fear the plan could have broad implications.

45. Overtimes, Trade Dominate Grizz Weekend -

The Memphis Grizzlies have played a lot of big games and made a lot of moments in recent years at FedExForum. Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, which required two overtimes and included Tony Allen, aka The Grindfather, hugging an inflatable birthday cake as fans serenaded him, was one of the wilder and stranger ones.

46. How Wealth Gap Complicates Sibling Relationships -

NEW YORK (AP) – When Jayson Seaver thinks about why he makes so much money while some Americans can't catch a break, he thinks of the sacrifices he's made, the jobs he worked to pay for college, the 12-hour days he spends at the office now.

47. Connecting Creatives -

In a body of water, an undercurrent is something that moves beneath the surface and which, though it might be unseen, is unwise to ignore, especially when it flows in the opposite direction of currents visible on the surface.

48. Is This the Year the Vols Stomp the Chomp? -

KNOXVILLE – Much has happened since Tennessee placekicker James Wilhoit booted a 50-yarder with seven seconds remaining and the No. 13-ranked Vols beat No. 11 Florida 30-28 at Neyland Stadium.

49. Shelby Farms Road Reflects New Realities -

Eight years ago, environmental groups reached a consensus that a single north-south road through Shelby Farms Park was unavoidable and should be pushed as far west in the park as possible.

50. Alexander Denounces Device Tax -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said he’d push to repeal a tax that levies an extra 2.3 percent on the sales of medical devices, saying the tax makes it harder for medical device makers to hire new employees.

51. Growth Overseas Signals Device Maker Cuts -

U.S. markets, including Memphis, may lose employees as global medical device makers look to faster-growing markets, such as India and China, for growth.

Global medical device makers, including those with a large presence in Memphis like Minneapolis-based Medtronic Inc. and London-based Smith & Nephew PLC, face challenges as U.S. hospitals push for lower prices and European austerity plans cut procedures and profits. A new 2.3 percent U.S. medical device tax to help finance the health law also adds to manufacturers’ costs.

52. Local Logistics Firms Expand Medical Real Estate Offerings -

Memphis area industrial brokers are reporting an increase in activity with third-party and proprietary logistics companies involved in distribution of medical/pharma-related product.

During the second half of this year, several local companies have inked new leases that will expand their overall space in the Memphis area, creating new jobs in the process.

53. Bioventus Inks Deal for 40,000 Square Feet -

A Durham, N.C.-based biologics company is relocating its Memphis presence, signifying a boon to the Northeast office submarket.

Bioventus LLC has inked 38,880 square feet of office and manufacturing space in Goodlett Farms Business Campus, 1900 Charles Bryan Road, in Cordova.

54. Business Honors -

Thirteen Memphis-based companies can officially claim to be among the fastest-growing in the U.S.

That’s according to Inc. Magazine, which put them on its annual Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking the magazine published a few days ago that honors the fastest-growing companies by measuring their percentage growth in revenue over a three-year period.

55. Schools Work To Grow Pool Of Engineers -

Last year President Barack Obama announced an “all-hands-on-deck strategy” to train 10,000 new American engineers every year.

Local schools like the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, Christian Brothers University and University of Memphis continue striving to attract new students to their engineering programs to train the next generation of engineers.

56. AIRfair? -

Two frequent-flyer businessmen booked side-by-side seats on Delta Air Lines flights from Minneapolis to St. Louis last month, with one of them getting charged a higher price than the other each time they tried booking it.

57. Elite Electric Relocates to Hickory Withe -

A local electrical designer is relocating its operations from Collierville to Hickory Withe.

Elite Electric & Lighting Inc. has purchased 5,000 square feet of the former John Deere Landscapes facility at 2875 U.S. 64 from K&L Highway 64 Investments LLC for $425,000.

58. Squared Away -

Not having a storefront hasn’t kept Midtown artisan Colleen Couch-Smith from running her business like someone who does – minus the hefty overhead costs.

A cutting-edge mobile device called Square allows Smith, co-owner of a studio-based small business called Rock Paper Scissors, to accept credit card payments from customers when she sells her wares at artists markets and festivals.

59. Programs Work To Keep Talent In Memphis -

Students interested in obtaining a degree in chemical, civil, electrical, computer and mechanical engineering have several local options thanks to programs offered at Christian Brothers University, Rhodes College and the University of Memphis.

60. CA Moves Forward With Pay Wall -

The E.W. Scripps Co. has selected its largest-circulation newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, as a guinea pig market for a paid digital content plan.

61. Administration Moves Plan to Ax Hundreds of Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration disclosed plans Tuesday to cut or roll back hundreds of federal regulations, including some that will streamline tax forms at the Internal Revenue Service, let railroad companies pass on installing expensive new technology, and speed up the visa process for low-risk visitors to the U.S.

62. Leadership Memphis Announces Board Members -

Leadership Memphis has announced new board members and officers for its new fiscal year.

The officers and executive committee include Eric Robertson, chair; Beverly Jordan, vice chair; Bryan Ford, treasurer; Veronica Coleman Davis, secretary; Chris McLean, immediate past chair; Jeff Gaudino, alumni chair; Christine Munson, development chair; Lemoyne Robinson, program chair; and Jeane Chapman, marketing chair.

63. Plan to Train Engineers Applauded Locally -

President Barack Obama has announced an “all-hands-on-deck strategy” to train 10,000 new American engineers every year.

“Today, only 14 percent of all undergraduate students enroll in what we call the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math,” Obama said this week at a clean energy plant in Durham, N.C. “We can do better than that. We must do better than that. If we’re going to make sure the good jobs of tomorrow stay in America, stay here in North Carolina, we need to make sure all our companies have a steady stream of skilled workers to draw from.”

64. Myers Tire Finds ‘Ideal’ Spot in Miss. -

Airways Distribution Center at 8474 Marketplace Drive in Southaven is nearly at capacity with a new lease.

65. ATTN: Mayor Wharton -

Memphians sound off on city’s most pressing needs.

Aaron Shafer
Founder of Skatelife Memphis; scientist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hosp.

Develop and promote a citywide mentoring campaign. We must heavily invest in the positive development of our children. Many of our Memphis children suffer not from a material poverty, but a poverty of healthy relationships and ultimately a poverty of possibility – of reaching their full potential. Each of us has had supportive network of mentors (“the village”) in our lives, be they our parents, teachers or friends, that have come along side of us to build our self-esteem and to help us navigate a path that moves us closer to realizing our potential.

66. Apperson Crump Continues Legacy With Growth -

These days, there’s a lot that’s new at the city’s oldest continuously operating law firm.

Developments within the past few weeks at Apperson Crump, a venerable firm founded the same year the U.S. Civil War ended, include new attorney hires, the acquisition of another law firm and the development of an affiliation for referral work with yet another firm.

67. Investors to Pump $3M Into Hotel Renovation -

When Jay Michael and Alex Samoylovich make an impulse purchase, they’re not talking about candy bars in the checkout lane.

68. Renasant Reclaims Lots in Eads Subdivision -

Renasant Bank has bought back 14 parcels totaling 42 acres in Eads’ Wynestone Estates Subdivision following a foreclosure.

69. Bartlett Applebee's Sells for $1.9 Million -

The Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar at 2890 Bartlett Blvd. in Bartlett has sold for $1.9 million to Cole AP Bartlett TN LLC, an entity related to Phoenix-base Cole Real Estate Investments.

70. Walmart Internally Transfers Walnut Grove Property -

Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust has transferred 5.86 acres of land along Walnut Grove Road in the Grays Creek area of Cordova to a related entity, Wal-Mart Realty Co.

71. Tanglewood Foreclosed, to be Sold at Courthouse -

The 199-unit Tanglewood apartment complex at 2171 Sycamore View Road has been foreclosed and will be sold on the Shelby County Courthouse steps, according to a notice in today’s print edition of The Daily News and also at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

72. MAPCO Express Unloads Another Gas Station -

Brentwood, Tenn.-based MAPCO Express has sold the gas station at 6977 Winchester Road for $650,000 to Mutahar Sharhan. The sale closed Oct. 13.

73. SNS Properties Buys Summer Ave. Shell -

A company called SNS Properties LLC has paid $455,5000 for the 2,670-square-foot convenience store and Shell-branded gas station at 5260 Summer Ave.

74. Delta to Fly Between Memphis and Mexico City -

Delta Air Lines Inc., which operates a hub at Memphis International Airport, announced Tuesday morning it would begin a weekly nonstop flight between Memphis and Mexico City beginning in early 2011.

75. Millennium Expands, Eyes Additional Growth -

Times are tough in the furniture industry, but at least one Memphis-area furniture retailer has been scaling up during the recession rather than scaling back.

This summer, Millennium Home Furnishings opened a 12,000-square-foot showroom at 3164 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road, just south of Poplar Pike in Germantown. The new store replaces Millennium’s former 4,500-square-foot store at The Avenue Carriage Crossing in Collierville.

76. Canale Sells Property to Hand for $4 Million -

The D. Canale Beverages LLC property at 45 E.H. Crump Blvd. has formally sold for $4 million to The Hand Family Realty Co. LLC, an affiliate of Clarksville, Tenn.-based The Hand Family Beverage Co.

77. MAAR Elects 2011-2012 Board of Directors -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors elected its board of directors for 2011-2012 at its annual meeting and election last week.

MAAR members elected six real estate agents to serve on the board during the next two years.

78. MAAR’s July Data Show Severe Decline -

The latest numbers from the Memphis Area Association of Realtors paint a bleak picture of the housing market.

July saw just 995 home sales, down 28.7 percent from 1,396 in July 2009.

Of last month’s total, 956 were existing home sales (a 28 percent decline) and 39 were new home sales (a 42.6 percent decline).

79. FedEx CIO Carter to Highlight Leadership Academy Luncheon -

In May, longtime FedEx CIO and executive vice president of information services Rob Carter joined the likes of pop star Lady Gaga, fashion designer Tom Ford and Oscar-winning director James Cameron on Fast Company’s 2010 list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

80. FedEx Express Expands Shipping Capability in India -

Memphis-based shipping giant FedEx this week announced plans to enhance the company’s international and domestic services across India, the world’s second-most populous nation.

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and the world’s largest express transportation company, has launched a new flight from Bengaluru, establishing direct connections to Europe, the Middle East and the U.S.

81. Events -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will present “Workforce Expense Reductions” Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Baker Donelson’s office, 165 Madison Ave., 20th floor. For more information or to register, contact Nicolette Thomas at 577-2328 or nthomas@bakerdonelson.com.

82. New Crops Farm Tour to be Held at Agricenter -

AgBioworks, one of the arms of the Bioworks Foundation, and BioDimensions Inc. are hosting a new crops farm tour Aug. 24 at 8:30 a.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road.

83. Events -

The National Black MBA Association will hold a breakfast meeting Wednesday at 7 a.m. at 860 Ridge Lake Blvd. The topic of the meeting is “The Brand You: Perception vs. Reality.” For more information, visit www.nbmbaa.org.

84. Sammons Appointed to Airport Board -

Jack Sammons has been appointed to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority’s board of commissioners. His first board meeting will be Aug. 19.

85. Ingram Micro Donates $15K to Red Cross for Flood Relief -

The Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross has received a $15,000 donation from Ingram Micro to support flood relief efforts in Millington.

Santa Ana, Calif.-based Ingram Micro,­ a technology distributor and technology sales, marketing and logistics company for the IT industry,­ has an office in Millington. The company collected funds through various events hosted in their offices.

86. Two More Tenants Join Ridgeway Trace -

Weingarten Realty Investors on Thursday announced the addition of two tenants – Yogurt Mountain and SportClips – to its Ridgeway Trace retail center at Poplar Avenue and Interstate 240.

Yogurt Mountain will lease 1,500 square feet and SportClips will lease 1,125 square feet, officials with Houston-based Weingarten said in a release.

87. Pinnacle, Colgan Airlines’ Passenger Counts Decline -

July was a tough month for the airlines operated by Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. Two of its subsidiaries, Pinnacle Airlines Inc. and Colgan Air Inc., saw declines compared to July 2009.

88. MAAR’s Commercial Council Election Set for Thursday -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ Commercial Council will meet Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at The Tower Room (33rd floor of the Clark Tower) to elect its 2011 board members.

The event is free and open to all commercial council members.

89. Home Sales Up 11 Percent in June, MAAR Says -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors has released its June sales data, showing an 11 percent improvement compared to home sales in June 2009.

Last month saw 1,498 sales in Shelby County according to the MAAR data, up from 1,350 the same month a year ago.

90. Plasma Biological Buys Covington Way Facility -

Plasma Biological Services LLC has paid $415,000 for the 11,100-square-foot warehouse at 5065 Covington Way. The seller was Rodino Limited Partnership and the sale closed at the end of July.

91. Regency Buys 151 Lots in Eight Subdivisions -

Regency Homebuilders LLC has spent $1.9 million on 151 lots in eight subdivisions, buying the vacant parcels in a special warranty deed from First Tennessee Bank NA.

92. Sharp & Robbins Owners Named to Remodeling List -

Dale Sharp and Dave Robbins, owners of Sharp & Robbins Construction LLC, have been selected by Remodeling magazine to join the Remodeling Big50. The Big50 awards were presented recently at a gala dinner at the Remodeling Leadership Conference in Alexandria, Va.

93. Local Ad Firm Wins Prestigious Award -

Memphis-based Kelley & Associates Advertising Inc., a full-service advertising and marketing firm, recently received an Award of Distinction in the 2010 Communicator Awards.

94. Apartment Complex Sells for $1.7 Million -

Rivertown Square Apartments LLC has bought the 170-unit apartment complex at 2271 Airways Blvd. in the Defense Depot area for $1.7 million.

95. DA Indicts More in Voter Fraud Case -

Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons said Friday the state grand jury for the county has returned additional indictments following an investigation into allegations of voter fraud related to elections held in 2006 in Shelby County.

96. Owner Files Loan on Parkway Nursing Home -

Tennessee Property Associates LP, the owner of the Parkway Health & Rehab Center at 200 S. Parkway West, has filed a $6.9 million loan on the property through Capital Funding LLC. The company, which lists an Atlanta address, filed the trust deed earlier this month.

97. Olive Branch Reels in Another Company -

Olive Branch will add nearly 1,000 jobs thanks to a trio of major economic development deals involving the creation of new plants and a hospital facility.

Even more impressive for the North Mississippi town: the announcements of this impressive job growth came within the span of only a few days last week.

98. Olive Branch Job Growth Up to 1K With Soladigm Addition -

Olive Branch will add nearly 1,000 jobs thanks to a trio of major economic development deals involving the creation of new plants and a hospital facility.

Even more impressive for the North Mississippi town: the announcements of this impressive job growth came within the span of only a few days last week.

99. CVS Cordova Deal Valued at $2.2 Million -

CVS paid $2.2 million for the land along Germantown Parkway where the company will build a new pharmacy. The amount wasn’t available until the transaction cleared the public record Thursday morning.

100. Hamilton Beach Signs Lease in Olive Branch -

ProLogis announced Thursday it has leased 1.2 million square feet of warehouse space in Olive Branch to Washington, N.C.-based Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. for a distribution center.