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1. View From the Hill: IMPROVE Act an Insight Into Testy Election Ahead -

In case anyone’s keeping stats, Senate leadership soundly defeated House leadership this session in the gas tax/tax cut battle.

Whether this is a forerunner to a Republican gubernatorial primary remains to be seen as Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and House Speaker Beth Harwell weigh decisions. It’s not as if they’d be facing off against each other, though, since businessman Bill Lee and former Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd are definitely in the race and not hurting for money.

2. Republican Bill Lee Joining Tennessee Governor's Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Franklin businessman Bill Lee says he's jumping into the Tennessee governor's race.

The Republican tells The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2q47BPw) that his campaign will formally begin Monday when he plans to roll out a recently purchased RV that he'll use to travel the state.

3. Last Word: Two Science Marches, Bill Lee Kicks Off and Andrew Young on Ben Hooks -

Rainy Sunday in the city with ponchoed partisans of the Porter-Leath Ragin' Cajun gathering and Africa in April overlapping from the riverfront to Danny Thomas Boulevard. In Germantown, it was a soggy but colorful 5k for the Germantown Municipal School District with shades of blue, orange and of course pink, or was it red?, at different parts of the run.

4. Unfinished Business Fuels Boyd’s Gubernatorial Bid -

By any measuring stick, Randy Boyd is a renaissance man. The founder of Radio Systems Corp. served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for two years before he stepped down earlier this year.

5. Gas Tax, Health Care Complicate Tennessee Governor's Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The repeal of former President Barack Obama's health care law was supposed to provide a springboard for U.S. Rep. Diane Black's entry into the Tennessee governor's race.

6. Last Word: Spring Votes, Those Tax Bills and Tim McCarver on Baseball Changes -

Look for more details on the specifics of the “Gateway” project to start to emerge now that a crucial if overlooked piece of the geographic puzzle in the north Downtown area has come into public view. The city’s largest hotel, also the city’s original convention center hotel, is about to change hands and go back to flying the Marriott flag.

7. Early Voting in District 95 Primaries Begins Friday -

Early voting opens Friday, April 7, in the special primary elections for state House District 95 as other elections – including some 2018 races – already show plenty of signs of political life.

8. Boyd Picks Finance Chair For Gubernatorial Bid -

Knoxville businessman and Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd has hired Nashville fundraiser Steve Smith to head the finance team of his bid for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.

9. Last Word: No More Lottery Balls, The Voucher Bill Advances and UCLA -

Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing – the Overton Park Greensward controversy is back on. Just this past weekend, I was in the park noting the metal barrier that separates Greensward pedestrians from Zoo parkers and that the barrier was not “decorated” with save the greensward paraphernalia as much as it has been the previous three springs.

10. State Sen. Mae Beavers Exploring Bid for Tennessee Governor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Sen. Mae Beavers, the sponsor of a bill seeking to require students to use restrooms and locker rooms of the sex on their birth certificates, says she is exploring a bid for Tennessee governor.

11. Boyd Picks Finance Chair For Gubernatorial Bid -

Knoxville businessman and Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd has hired Nashville fundraiser Steve Smith to head the finance team of his bid for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.

12. Last Word: Lakeland Date Set, Silos in South Main and Trespassing in Apartments -

Here comes the Governor’s race with Randy Boyd doing the honors here in Memphis Wednesday at the top of the second day of his fly-around. Boyd’s opening sounds very much like he is running as the heir apparent to Gov. Bill Haslam – although there are no heirs in politics, at least not without an election. He talked a lot about hitting workforce development and job goals of the Haslam administration if he is elected Governor in 2018.

13. Boyd Opens Memphis Campaign for Governor -

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development commissioner Randy Boyd brought his newly launched campaign for governor to Memphis Wednesday, March 15, with a pledge to continue the economic development policies of Gov. Bill Haslam – policies, particularly in workforce training, that Boyd played a key role in shaping.

14. Last Word: Milhaus Sells, Voucher Debate Gets Heated and Boyd's Fly Around -

Highland Row isn’t fully open yet and it is already up for sale as part of a real estate portfolio. The owner, Milhaus, based in Indianapolis, is a development, construction and property management company that works in mixed use development. And the portfolio being on the market could turn into a recapitalization.

15. The Week Ahead: March 14-20 -

Hey, Memphis! Despite the cold snap, spring is just a week away. Get outside and celebrate at Cooper-Young’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, or do a little garden shopping at the Spring Fling Garden Show. Check out what else is on our to-do list in The Week Ahead…

16. Boyd Officially in Race For Governor in 2018 -

Former Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd officially launched his candidacy for Tennessee Governor Monday, March 6, with an announcement of his campaign team.

17. Last Word: Who Needs To Be Watched, Hopdoddy and Fresh Fed Numbers -

Three Memphis City Council members on Behind The Headlines had quite a bit to say about protesters and lists and police surveillance. Council chairman Berlin Boyd and council members Kemp Conrad and Worth Morgan all say the surveillance question, which is the central issue now that the City Hall list has been pared significantly, is complex because of public postings and protests in public places.

18. Boyd Officially in Race For Governor in 2018 -

Former Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd officially launched his candidacy for Tennessee Governor Monday, March 6, with an announcement of his campaign team.

19. Fitzhugh Talks About Race for Governor Without Formally Committing -

NASHVILLE – House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh hasn’t officially entered the 2018 race for governor, but he has a “gut feeling” it’s a step he should take.

20. Tennessee GOP Leaders Expecting Crowded Field in 2018 Governor’s Race -

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd got two mentions last Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s breakfast forum – one from guest speaker U.S. Rep. David Kustoff and another from chamber president Phil Trenary.

21. Local Democratic and Republican Partisans Already Looking To 2018 -

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was right in describing his 8th Congressional District as the most Republican of the state’s nine congressional districts.

22. Democratic and Republican Partisans Prepare for Next Election -

At least five potential Republican candidates for Governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an “Obama Day” event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

23. Local Democrats and Republicans Prepare for 2018 Governor's Race -

At least five potential Republican candidates for Tennessee governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an “Obama Day” event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

24. Last Word: The List and Who Is On It, Lovell's Impact and Fountain Brook Recovers -

A list of 81 people who can’t come to City Hall without a police escort includes a lot of names from the last year of protests and marches in the city. And as the week begins, the list is under review by Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings at the request of Mayor Jim Strickland.

25. Haslam Names Rolfe as Commissioner of Economic Development -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named Nashville businessman Bob Rolfe as the new commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

26. View From the Hill: Haslam Plan Tilts Broadband Playing Field -

State Reps. Pat Marsh and Art Swann emerged from a meeting underwhelmed by Gov. Bill Haslam’s legislation to spread broadband internet access across Tennessee.

“I thought there would be a lot more to it,” says Marsh, a Shelbyville Republican, calling the proposal “a drop in the bucket” financially but at least a starting point.

27. Williams Sausage to Build New Facility in Obion County -

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say Williams Sausage Co. plans to build a second plant in Union City, creating 226 new jobs over the next five years.

28. Haywood County’s Largest Employer Expanding -

A Rhode Island-based manufacturer of compounds, composites and plastics will invest $32.2 million to expand its West Tennessee distribution facility, creating 50 jobs.

Teknor Apex plans to build a 200,000-square-foot distribution facility in the Brownsville-Haywood County Industrial Park. The company established operations in Brownsville in 1971.

29. Haywood County’s Largest Employer Expanding -

A Rhode Island-based manufacturer of compounds, composites and plastics will invest $32.2 million to expand its West Tennessee distribution facility, creating 50 jobs.

Teknor Apex plans to build a 200,000-square-foot distribution facility in the Brownsville-Haywood County Industrial Park. The company established operations in Brownsville in 1971.

30. State Giving $1 Million to 29 Communities for Tourism -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say 29 Tennessee communities will receive more than $1 million in grants to improve tourism infrastructure.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said Thursday that the Tourism Enhancement Grants help counties and cities increase the economic impact of tourism. Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000.

31. Last Word: Rallings at Rotary, The Weight of Cotton and Ugwueke's Path -

It’s becoming pretty obvious that this is going to be a big year for the issue of crime and violence in our city. It’s also becoming the year that Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has found his voice in a job that may be the ultimate glass house for politicians.

32. Boyd Leaving Haslam Administration As He Ponders Gov's Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Randy Boyd is stepping down as commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development as he ponders a bid to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

33. Green 1st With Formal Step Toward Tennessee Governor's Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican state Sen. Mark Green is the first potential gubernatorial candidate to take a formal step toward entering the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

34. St. Jude Caps Busy 2016 with Investment Announcement -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is once again ending the year on the cusp of major change, the year end again drawing a line underneath a period of significant expansion for the hospital while it looks ahead to much more to come.

35. St. Jude Area Focus of $37M Investment from Memphis, State -

State government and the city of Memphis have announced multimillion-dollar contributions to improve the public infrastructure around the Downtown campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

36. Cargill, Calysta To Build New Facility in Memphis -

Cargill’s 69-acre property on President’s Island, which has remained dormant for nearly two years, will be the home of a new manufacturing facility that will create 75 new jobs.

The new joint venture between Cargill, Calysta Inc. and third-party investors plans to convert the former corn mill into the world’s largest gas fermentation facility, according to an announcement by Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd.

37. Cargill, Calysta Partner to Build New Facility on Presidents Island -

Cargill’s 69-acre property on Presidents Island, which has remained dormant for nearly two years, will be the home of a new manufacturing facility that will create 75 jobs.

The new joint venture between Cargill, Calysta Inc. and third-party investors plans to convert the former corn mill into the world’s largest gas fermentation facility, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced Tuesday, Nov. 29.

38. Last Word: Election Day Arrives, Compass Changes Course and Downtown Dining -

…Some notes and observations on Election Eve from someone who does this for a living…

Most of you – around 60 percent of the total number of people who will cast ballots in Shelby County in this election cycle – have already voted if past Presidential election cycles in Shelby County are any indication. You voted early.

39. Tennessee Manufacturers Seek Workers As Industry Rebounds -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee manufacturers are in need of young employees as the industry rebounds and older manufacturing workers retire.

According to State Economic and Community Development commissioner Randy Boyd, of the 344,000 manufacturing workers in Tennessee, about 77,000 will retire in the next decade, the Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2f9AKGW) reported.

40. Automotive Components Maker E & E Expanding in Tennessee -

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — Automotive components maker E & E Manufacturing of Tennessee has announced an expansion to its facility in Athens that will create 123 new jobs.

The $23.5 million investment will add 76,000 square feet to the plant that makes stamped and welded components.

41. 600 Memphis Students Take Manufacturing Tours -

Six-hundred students from Shelby County Schools toured local manufacturing companies on Friday, Oct. 7, to explore advanced manufacturing careers in Memphis.

Students from 12 high schools participated in the National Manufacturing Day event, with each school touring a different facility.

42. 600 Memphis Students Take Manufacturing Day Tours -

Six-hundred students from Shelby County Schools toured local manufacturing companies on Friday, Oct. 7, to explore advanced manufacturing careers in Memphis.

Students from 12 high schools participated in the National Manufacturing Day event, with each school touring a different facility, including Steel Warehouse, Gibson Guitar, Flextronics, Barnhart Crane, Competition Cams, Jordan Aluminum, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Smith & Nephew, National Guard Products, SFI of Tennessee, Coca-Cola and Medtronic. On the tours, students received information on possible careers within the industry and the education needed to get there.

43. Haslam Visits Tenn. Plants For Manufacturing Week -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has kicked off a week to promote the manufacturing sector with a visit to the Beretta plant in Gallatin.

The Monday visit coincided with the 490th anniversary of the Italian gunmaker’s first military contract. Company officials also announced that the plant has been certified by the Army to produce its military firearms at the facility.

44. Police Separate Elvis Fans From Protesters -

The latest Black Lives Matter movement protest included a show of force by Memphis Police that included plenty of questions about how police functioned as gatekeepers for Graceland’s annual candlelight vigil.

45. Elvis Vigil Draws Protest, Heavy Police Presence -

Several hundred Black Lives Matter movement protesters massed south of Graceland Monday, Aug. 15, on the 39th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death as several thousand people gathered on the other side of a thick police presence for Graceland’s annual candlelight vigil.

46. State: Hunter Industrial Moving New Operations to Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd has announced that Hunter Industrial, a division of the Hunter Fan Co., is opening new operations in Nashville.

47. Haslam Says US Politics Were Point of Concern on Asia Trip -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday that the U.S. presidential race is weighing heavily on the minds of executives that he met with on a recently concluded trade mission to Asia.

48. Memphis Economist: 'I Don’t Believe in National Economies Anymore' -

The day after Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd met with officials in Shanghai as part of an economic development trip to Asia, Michael Drury shared with an audience of business professionals his idea about national economies.

49. $5.5 Billion Company Stakes Headquarters in Memphis -

Three packaging companies are combining to create a $5.5 billion conglomerate that will locate its headquarters in Memphis.

Evergreen Packaging's consolidated global headquarters will create 70 jobs with an average salary of $176,283 and nearly $1 million in capital investment.

50. Haslam in Memphis Friday on Way to Asia -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be in Memphis Friday, April 29, as Circuit Court Judge Valerie Smith takes the ceremonial oath of office.

51. Robots Are Taking Tennessee’s Jobs -

MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.

52. Fayette County Chosen for Property Evaluation Program -

Fayette County is getting help from state leaders to evaluate properties that could attract new business.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced Fayette is one of eight counties chosen to participate in the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP) Spring Round. The other counties selected are Humphreys, Lawrence, Maury, Scott, Unicoi, Van Buren and White.

53. Statewide Demand Outstrips Supply of Qualified Workers -

Tennessee is surging as a major manufacturing state, bouncing back from the Great Recession by attracting billions of dollars in new investment and creating thousands of new – and often very high-paying – advanced manufacturing jobs.

54. Report: Automation May Replace Millions of Jobs in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A report released by the state of Tennessee suggests that up to 1.4 million people are at risk of losing their jobs to automation.

Citing a study by the Center for Economic Research in Tennessee, the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/22qNbBD) reports that automation could replace nearly 50 percent of the state's workforce.

55. Last Word: Laurelwood Changes, Greensward Aftermath and Broadband Problems -

East Memphis Proper is about to look a lot different. Nordstrom Rack is opening a Memphis store and it will be built where the Sears store stands now in the Laurelwood shopping center.
Sears closes in mid-April and the 1958 structure will be demolished for a new retail center to be called Poplar Commons.
Nordstrom Rack is 33,000 square feet of a 135,000 square foot shopping center.
Out parcels tend to be the changing face of commercial development on Poplar Avenue.
There are some notable exceptions like the nearby Oak Court Mall which was a significant change of scenery from what was once the Siena College campus.
Further west on Poplar, the Poplar Plaza shopping center – the city’s first suburban shopping center – is still recognizable in its original form if you know what used to be there.

56. Lauderdale County Gets New Car Parts Factory -

FAIST Light Metals will open a new $3.1 million plant in Ripley, Tenn., that will create 30 new jobs in Lauderdale County.

Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced the new plant Monday, Feb. 22.

57. Lauderdale County Gets New Car Parts Factory -

FAIST Light Metals will open a new $3.1 million plant in Ripley, Tenn., that will create 30 new jobs in Lauderdale County.

Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced the new plant Monday, Feb. 22.

58. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

59. Harwell: Durham Scandal Won't Affect Gubernatorial Decision -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell said Tuesday that the scandal surrounding a Republican lawmaker who has gone on hiatus amid sexual harassment allegations shouldn't damage her prospects as a serious gubernatorial candidate in Tennessee.

60. Boyd: Tennessee Shifting to ‘Product Development’ Site Selection -

Elected officials are going to say it if they talk long enough about economic development.

They will talk about how quality of life plays a role in business growth, specifically the move or expansion of corporations into a city or region they weren’t in previously.

61. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Randy Boyd, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, will speak. Visit memphisrotary.org.

62. Assessment of Broadband Access and Usage in Tennessee Begins -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state official is announcing the launch of an assessment of broadband access and usage in Tennessee.

Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said the assessment is an impartial survey of broadband access, adoption and usage in Tennessee's rural, suburban and urban communities. The department will then offer strategies to drive broadband usage.

63. Google to Locate Data Center in Middle Tennessee -

Google is buying the former Hemlock Semiconductor site in Clarksville and plans to invest $600 million to convert it into its eighth U.S. data center, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday, Dec. 22.

64. Plastic Products Maker Investing $115M in Knox Co. Facility -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A leader in blow-molded plastic products will locate its new manufacturing and distribution operations in Knox County, a move expected to create 500 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd made the announcement about Lifetime Products Inc. on Friday.

65. Orgill to Build New World HQ in Collierville -

Orgill Inc. is going to build its new world headquarters in Collierville, bringing a $15 million investment and 115 new jobs.

Memphis-based Orgill is the world’s largest independently owned hardlines distributor, according to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

66. Orgill to Build New World HQ in Collierville -

Orgill Inc. is going to build its new world headquarters in Collierville, bringing a $15 million investment and 115 new jobs.

67. Ammunition Manufacturer Investing $553M in East Tennessee -

ALCOA, Tenn. (AP) — A leading ammunition manufacturer is investing $553 million to build a headquarters and munitions manufacturing facility in Blount County.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced Tuesday that Advanced Munitions International's new facility in Alcoa is expected to create more than 600 new jobs.

68. Jeb Bush Organizes 57-Person Slate of Tenn. Delegates -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jeb Bush's presidential campaign has announced that it is the first to organize a full slate of Tennessee delegates to represent the former Florida governor at the Republican National Convention.

69. Tennessee Creates $8M Fund to Promote Rural Development -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Economic and Community Development Department is creating an $8 million program aimed at promoting projects in rural Tennessee.

The initial $6 million is designated for "shovel-ready" economic development sites, and another $1 million in grants will be available to enhance tourism projects.

70. Rideshare Service Lyft to Locate Operations in Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A San Francisco-based rideshare service is investing more than $5 million to locate its new operations in Nashville and create 380 jobs in Davidson County.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that Lyft will locate its customer experience operations in the Music City.

71. ECD Commissioner: Memphis Megasite is Tennessee's 'Greatest Asset' -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is getting serious about the Memphis Regional Megasite with new promotional materials intended to attract a major original equipment manufacturer.

72. Tennessee Creates New Task Force to Promote Rural Development -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is creating a new task force to advance economic development in rural Tennessee.

Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said in a news release the Rural Development Task Force is being created to help rural areas of the state reach the same economic success as urban areas. Goals include recruiting new businesses, increasing educational attainment, supporting rural entrepreneurship, promoting rural tourism and supporting agri-business.

73. New Wilson County Parts Facility to Create 245 Jobs -

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) – A company that specializes in manufacturing machine parts is establishing a new facility in Wilson County that's expected to create 245 jobs.

DE-STA-CO specializes in the innovation, design and manufacture of clamping and robotic tooling solutions for workholding and automation needs.

74. Awards Spotlight Knoxville's Top Achievers -

The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.

A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.

75. Renovations Add to Charm of Smokies Park -

SEVIERVILLE – You don’t have to be an avid baseball fan to have a great time at Smokies Park.

Of course, the most ravenous baseball fan also will find the Tennessee Smokies’ home stadium has all you could want in a minor-league ballpark. There also is Southern League baseball, a Double-A league from which players often make the jump straight to the major leagues.

76. Leading Bakery Products Producer to Build New Lebanon Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A leading bakery products producer is investing $103 million to open a new manufacturing facility in Wilson County that's expected to create 147 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that Maplehurst Bakeries LLC, a division of Weston Foods, will build the facility in Lebanon.

77. Worthington Expanding in Greene County, Adding 140 Jobs -

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Worthington Industries, a maker of operator cabs for industrial mobile equipment, is expanding its Greene County factory and creating 140 new jobs.

The more than $14 million project will add four new product lines at the Greeneville factory.

78. Paper Manufacturer Invests $270 Million in McMinn County Expansion -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A global paper products manufacturer is investing $270 million to expand its current operations in McMinn County and create more than 100 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that Resolute Forest Products U.S. Inc. will undertake a major expansion at its pulp and paper mill in Calhoun.

79. Automotive Supplier Investing $13 Million to Build Pulaski Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An automotive supplier is investing more than $13 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Giles County that is expected to create 147 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that Proper Polymers will build the injection molding plant in Pulaski.

80. Cummins Will Stay, Expand in Memphis -

Ending months of speculation, Cummins Inc. will remain – and expand – in Memphis, according to state and company officials.

Cummins and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said the company would invest $6.7 million to expand its current parts and distribution center in Memphis, creating 70 new jobs in the process.

81. Logistics Firm Opening Downtown Sales Office -

A fast-growing logistics firm will invest $1 million to open a sales office in the heart of Downtown Memphis.

Total Quality Logistics will invest $1 million to open the office in the 100 Peabody Place building Downtown, a move that is expected to create at least 100 new jobs over the next five years.

82. Logistics Firm Opening Downtown Sales Office -

A fast-growing logistics firm will invest $1 million to open a sales office in the heart of Downtown Memphis.

Total Quality Logistics will invest $1 million to open the office in the 100 Peabody Place building Downtown, a move that is expected to create at least 100 new jobs over the next five years.

83. Musical Instrument Maker Expanding Wilson County Operations -

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) – A musical instrument manufacturer and distributor is investing nearly $4 million to expand its operations in Wilson County.

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced Thursday that KHS America plans to add to its location in Mt. Juliet and create 67 new jobs.

84. Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions -

Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.

85. Legislators Not Moved by Hymns, Reason -

The words of “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the Water” resonate through the halls as Insure Tennessee supporters descend on the Legislative Plaza for a key vote on the plan to provide coverage to 280,000 working Tennesseans.

86. Advanced Plastics Manufacturer Expanding to Knoxville -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An advanced plastics manufacturer is opening a new manufacturing facility in Knox County that's expected to create more than 200 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that Hicks Plastics plans to invest $10.4 million to expand its operations to Knoxville, Tennessee.

87. Pure Foods Selects Kingsport for US Headquarters -

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says Pure Foods Inc. has chosen Kingsport for its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing operations.

88. State Appoints Assistant Commissioner for Rural Development -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd has appointed the department's first assistant commissioner for rural development.

89. Events -

Beale Street Merchants Association will hold the annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. on Beale Street. The celebration will feature a fanfare of carts, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles and wagons decorated for Mardi Gras, plus beads, candy, and jazz and blues music. Visit bealestreetmerchants.com.

90. Events -

Beale Street Merchants Association will hold the annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. on Beale Street. The celebration will feature a fanfare of carts, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles and wagons decorated in Mardi Gras fashion; beads and candy; and jazz and blues music. Visit bealestreetmerchants.com.

91. Events -

Beale Street Merchants Association will host Beale’s annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. The celebration will feature a fanfare of carts, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles and wagons decorated in Mardi Gras fashion; beads and candy; and jazz and blues music. Visit bealestreetmerchants.com.

92. TeamHealth Announces Expansion, 450 Jobs -

A healthcare company in Blount County has announced an expansion project that it says will create 450 new jobs.

The Daily Times reports TeamHealth, which provides outsourced physician staffing for hospitals, announced Wednesday that it plans a new building in Louisville.

93. Automotive Supplier Expanding in Tennessee -

A leading global automotive supplier plans to build a new facility in McMinn County that’s expected to create as many as 400 new jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that DENSO Manufacturing will build the new 224,000-square-foot facility at its existing location in Athens.

94. Haslam Taps Boyd to Lead Economic Development -

Gov. Bill Haslam has named former higher education adviser Randy Boyd to become his new commissioner of economic development.

95. Haslam Taps Boyd to Lead Economic Development -

Gov. Bill Haslam has named former higher education adviser Randy Boyd to become his new commissioner of economic development.

96. Fields Begin to Gel for May and August Ballots -

With two weeks to the filing deadline for candidates in the May Shelby County primary elections and two months to the deadline for those in the August state and federal primaries and county nonpartisan elections, the fields have solidified enough that some political players are weighing their prospects for a late entry before the filing deadlines.

97. Biting Cold Puts a Freeze on Restaurant Business -

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – The homemade matzo ball and beef barley soups are lost on customers walking into Rascals' NY Deli – because there just aren't very many of them.

"After it starts getting really cold and the sun goes down, the people don't want to come," said Randy Smith, manager of the restaurant in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash.

98. Haslams Selling Tennessee Smokies Baseball Team -

KODAK, Tenn. (AP) – Cleveland Browns owner and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam are selling the Tennessee Smokies minor league baseball team.

Pilot Flying J is under a federal investigation into alleged rebate fraud. Lauren Christ, a spokeswoman for the truck-stop chain, said the sale of the Smokies wouldn't affect Haslam's ownership of the Browns and was unrelated to the investigation.

99. Haslam Announces Higher Ed Goal -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he wants to set Tennessee on a path toward boosting college graduation rates from 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025.

Haslam said in a release Tuesday that he has appointed Randy Boyd, chairman of wireless pet fence maker Radio Systems Corp., to help further that goal as his top higher education adviser.

100. Agricenter International Announces New Board -

The Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road, recently elected two new board members.