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1. First-Quarter Business Licenses Up 21.8 Percent -

The number of business licenses issued by the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in the first quarter of 2014 was 21.8 percent higher than the same period in 2013.

From January through March of 2014, there were 1,630 business licenses issued, as compared to 1,338 for that time frame in 2013.

2. Redbirds Rainout to be Made Up May 28 -

The scheduled April 14 game between the Memphis Redbirds and Iowa Cubs was postponed to due to rain and field conditions and will be made up as part of a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader at AutoZone Park Wednesday, May 28, when the two teams will play a pair of seven-inning games. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.

3. AutoZone Park Field to Get Makeover at Season’s End -

This season the Memphis Redbirds are celebrating their 15th year playing at AutoZone Park and the stadium at Third and Union is still a head-turner, even after all these years.

But the playing surface is also celebrating its 15th season and hasn’t been a beauty for a while now.

4. Aghabeg Joins Gateway Group as Controller -

Angela Aghabeg has joined temporary staffing and executive search firm Gateway Group Personnel as controller. In her new role, Aghabeg is responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of the general ledger and compliance with governmental reporting requirements and tax filings. She also is accountable for compiling historical and current data and financial records and preparing monthly financial statements for analysis and projections.

5. Redbirds, AutoZone Park Sales Finalized -

The city of Memphis, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation have completed the ownership transactions of the Redbirds and AutoZone Park.

Per the agreement, the Cardinals have acquired the Redbirds (their Triple-A farm club), while the city of Memphis has acquired AutoZone Park. The city will lease the ballpark to the Redbirds through a long-term agreement. Included is a substantial, multiseason capital investment in the ballpark.

6. Cardinals Expect ‘Good Things’ to Happen Again -

At grantland.com, the writer said the St. Louis Cardinals have even more depth than last year’s team, but then he went on to pick the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series.

7. Taveras Aims to Prove Himself at Top -

Before every Memphis Redbirds season, there is picture day. On Monday, March 31, the Redbirds held an open workout at AutoZone Park, but first, players lined up like school kids in the first-base dugout to don a Redbirds jersey and cap and get their pictures taken.

8. Redbirds, AutoZone Park Sales Finalized -

The city of Memphis, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation have completed the ownership transactions of the Redbirds and AutoZone Park.

Per the agreement, the Cardinals have acquired the Redbirds (their Triple-A farm club), while the city of Memphis has acquired AutoZone Park. The city will lease the ballpark to the Redbirds through a long-term agreement. Included is a substantial, multiseason capital investment in the ballpark.

9. Cards, Redbirds Could Be Dodging Rain -

The old baseball maxim that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains is hanging heavy in the air for the Friday night, March 28, exhibition game at AutoZone Park between the Memphis Redbirds and the St. Louis Cardinals.

10. Single Tickets Sold Out for Redbirds-Cardinals -

The Memphis Redbirds have announced that individual tickets for the St. Louis Cardinals Exhibition Game on Friday, March 28, at AutoZone Park are now sold out.

A limited number of Exclusive VIP packages remain available by calling 722-0257.

11. 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.

12. Memphis in May Seeking Volunteers -

The Memphis in May International Festival needs your help.

Memphis in May is seeking volunteers for the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the AutoZone Sunset Symphony and the International Salute honoring Panama.

13. Redbirds Set Single-Game Ticket Date -

Tickets for individual Memphis Redbirds games, including the Friday, March 28, exhibition game with the St. Louis Cardinals, will go on sale on Saturday, March 15.

This is the Cardinals’ first trip to AutoZone Park since the 2009 season. The Cardinals are the defending 2013 National League champions.

14. Pets Get the Hollywood Treatment at Growing Chain -

Shawn McGhee grew up on a farm in Southern California with sheep and cattle and “a dozen dogs, a dozen cats, running loose.”

15. Sales Pitch -

For every professional sports team, there are at least two running narratives: the one on the court or field of play and the one at the box office.

As Grizzlies fans watch the team finish out the season in pursuit of a playoff berth, everyone understands each victory is invaluable. But for the people in charge of filling the seats at FedExForum, so is every season-ticket holder.

16. AutoZone Grows Sales, Net Income in 2nd Quarter -

Whenever AutoZone Inc. chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes presents the company’s quarterly earnings to analysts, it’s never long before he starts talking about the weather.

17. Potter Upholds Ashlar Hall Transfer -

Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter, reversing a previous decision, upheld a 2013 transfer of Ashlar Hall from Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges to an acquaintance who wants to turn the stately but decaying property into a home for military veterans.

18. Judge Approves Transfer of Ashlar Hall -

Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter, reversing a previous decision, upheld a 2013 transfer of Ashlar Hall from Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges to an acquaintance who wants to turn the stately but decaying property into a home for military veterans.

19. Liberty Bowl, AutoZone Extend Sponsorship Deal -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Liberty Bowl has extended its title sponsorship deal with AutoZone through the 2019 season.

Liberty Bowl officials announced the agreement Friday.

AutoZone has been one of the Liberty Bowl sponsors for 20 years and has served as the game's title sponsor since 2004.

20. Former Redbird Ready for MLB Spring Training -

If a double play is a pitcher’s best friend, then as a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals last season Seth Maness was all about making new friends.

Maness led all National League relievers with 16 induced double-play groundballs. He became manager Mike Matheny’s go-to-guy for getting the Cardinals free from less-than-two-out jams before the ninth inning.

21. St. Jude Campaign Raises $97 Million -

The 10th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign raised more than $97 million to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, representing a projected 31 percent increase over the previous year.

22. Competing Bidders Emerge for Ashlar Hall -

Two people that had once considered teaming up to acquire and renovate crumbling Ashlar Hall are going their separate ways.

Joe Thordarson, founder of the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention, and Ty Cobb, founder of the nonprofit Have a Standard Foundation, said this week that they are now pursuing separate plans to gain control of the Midtown mansion.

23. Commission Approves Ballpark Deal -

The deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds franchise is on its way to a mid-February closing.

Shelby County Commission approval of the county’s part of the deal Monday, Jan. 27, came with a lot of reluctance and some of the same complaints Memphis City Council members had last month – primarily that they were being rushed.

24. Commission Approves Other Part of Ballpark Deal -

Shelby County Commissioners reluctantly approved county government’s part of the AutoZone Park deal Monday, Jan. 27, despite delaying a vote on it at committee sessions last week.

The item was added onto the commission’s agenda by chairman James Harvey who said he could because it was “time sensitive.”

25. County Commission Weighs Fairgrounds Opposition -

The relationship between city and county governments long has included overlapping interests with sometimes opposing positions on those interests.

Throw in years-old agreements involving real estate, and you have a recipe for uncertainty about how to resolve the differences to meet new arrangements.

26. Redbirds Ownership Transition Underway -

The transition of the Memphis Redbirds to their new owners, the St. Louis Cardinals, is underway.

Cardinal officials have said they would want to do some rebranding, but not at the expense of the Redbirds and AutoZone Park feeling like they belong to Memphis.

27. Shelby County Business Licenses Decline 3 Percent -

From George’s Automotive to Uncle Floyd’s Tires, Wheel and Auto Accessories, automotive-related businesses were prominent among the 5,361 business licenses issued by the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in 2013.

28. Business Licenses Decline 3 Percent -

From George’s Automotive to Uncle Floyd’s Tires, Wheel and Auto Accessories, automotive-related businesses were prominent among the 5,361 business licenses issued by the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in 2013.

29. Business Licenses Decline 3 Percent -

From George’s Automotive to Uncle Floyd’s Tires, Wheel and Auto Accessories, automotive-related businesses were prominent among the 5,361 business licenses issued by the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in 2013.

30. Business Licenses Decline 3 Percent -

From George’s Automotive to Uncle Floyd’s Tires, Wheel and Auto Accessories, automotive-related businesses were prominent among the 5,361 business licenses issued by the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in 2013.

31. Give Me My Money, the Sequel -

A BILLION IS, LIKE, A LOT. Sometimes numbers are so huge – so much larger than life, if you will – they are beyond our comprehension.

For instance, the tonsillectomy that went so horribly wrong recently and left one child brain dead can engage the national media and captivate the country for weeks – while we pay no attention at all to the millions upon millions allowed to remain at risk at the edge of life every day.

32. Cardinals Caravan Stops at AutoZone Park Jan. 19 -

The annual St. Louis Cardinals Caravan rolls into Memphis on Sunday, Jan. 19, for a visit to AutoZone Park.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the event scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in the Champions Club on the club level of the ballpark.

33. Detractors Call Ballpark Deal Part of Larger ‘Quagmire’ -

Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert calls it a “serious quagmire.”

And City Hall probably isn’t out of it with last week’s council approval of the AutoZone Park deal.

“Over the last two years, the mayor has come to the council … and said we are financially strapped,” Halbert said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.” “We’ve got to reduce service, raise taxes. The people are saying how are we consistently finding money to do some of these other projects. But we can’t pave streets like we need to.”

34. Can ‘Cardinal Way’ Improve Park Attendance? -

To put it in the game’s terms, the Memphis Redbirds/AutoZone Park/St. Louis Cardinals defeated political skepticism and doubt by a score of 8-4 and saved baseball at Third and Union for many summers to come.

35. Council Approves Ballpark Deal, Changes Coming -

When AutoZone Park opens for another season of Redbirds baseball, you probably won’t notice anything different about the ballpark itself, though it will be owned by the city and the Redbirds will be owned by the St. Louis Cardinals.

36. Council Approves Ballpark Deal -

Memphis City Council members approved the city’s $19.5 million purchase of AutoZone Park Tuesday, Jan. 7, and another $4.5 million in improvements to the baseball park.

The deal includes the St. Louis Cardinals buying the Memphis Redbirds franchise and entering into a 17-year lease with the city of Memphis at $300,000 a year.

37. Redbirds Supporters March to City Hall -

Backers of the proposal for the city to buy AutoZone Park rallied at the ballpark in below-freezing temperatures Tuesday in advance of the Memphis City Council's afternoon meeting.

On the council’s agenda was a twice-delayed vote on the $25 million deal. The group marched from the ballpark to City Hall and signed a giant baseball, which was to be presented to the council to show public support for the proposal. The rally climaxed a post-New Year’s push to win council approval of the deal.

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38. Ballpark Deal Back Before City Council -

Memphis City Council members are scheduled to pick up Tuesday, Jan. 7, where they left off last month in considering a proposal in which the city of Memphis would buy AutoZone Park and contribute toward improvements to the ballpark.

39. Editorial: City Hall Reeling in Financial Straits -

The issue that promises or threatens to dominate 2014 at City Hall is the one that just about everyone in city government would rather see out of the spotlight.

In a word, it’s money.

City Hall’s money problem is not one that historically gets a lot of the spotlight for very long.

40. Debt and Liability -

There is rarely a good answer to the question “How much?” in politics.

With issues including the unfunded pension liability, overall debt, and revenue estimates and their validity, City Hall’s overall money problem begins but hardly ends with the question. It won’t be that simple.

41. Moody's Upgrades AutoZone's Credit Rating -

NEW YORK (AP) – Moody's Investors Service raised the credit rating of AutoZone Inc. by one notch on Thursday, saying that the auto-parts retailer is benefiting as drivers hang on to their cars longer.

42. Bowling for Who-Knows-What -

On the day after Christmas, 1958, I turned 7. The next day, Ole Miss played Florida in the Gator Bowl. The only other bowl games then were Sugar, Orange, Rose, and Cotton – all played on New Year’s Day – plus Sun, Tangerine, and Bluegrass, played earlier. Eight in all.

43. Events -

The 55th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Rice University Owls, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 3 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Country vocal group Diamond Rio will perform at halftime. Visit autozonelibertybowl.org.

44. Events -

Beale Street will host the AutoZone Liberty Bowl parade Monday, Dec. 30, at 3 p.m. on Beale, followed by the Bash on Beale pep rally at 5 p.m. in Handy Park. The parade will include floats, and high school and university marching bands. Both events are free. Visit autozonelibertybowl.org.

45. Ratings Agencies Weigh In on City’s Bonds -

Standard & Poor’s, one of the big three bond-rating agencies, has assigned a AA rating to the city’s general obligation bonds and the revenue bonds proposed for use in a city purchase of AutoZone Park, and has given the city’s financial health a “stable” outlook on both fronts.

46. Strickland Suggests Redbirds Ticket Surcharge -

Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland is floating the idea of a Memphis Redbirds ticket surcharge to guarantee a more consistent flow of revenues to pay off the debt from the city’s proposed purchase of AutoZone Park.

47. Events -

T.O. Fuller State Park will host its first hike of the year Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 9:30 a.m., starting at the visitors center, 1500 Mitchell Road. The 4-mile hike along the Discovery Trail will include a birds of prey program during the break. Cost is free; bring hiking shoes and water. Call 543-7581 or email michael.champagne@tn.gov.

48. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Dec. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

49. Events -

First Cumberland Presbyterian Church will host its Christmas Eve candlelight service Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. at the church, 8161 Germantown Road in Olive Branch. Visit firstcpchurch.org.

50. Norris Expects Maintenance of Effort for Pensions -

Tennessee Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville says whatever fix Memphis leaders come up with for the city’s unfunded pension liability, the Tennessee General Assembly will probably still pass legislation dealing with the problem on a scale broader than Memphis.

51. Strickland Suggests Redbirds Ticket Surcharge -

Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland is floating the idea of a Memphis Redbirds ticket surcharge to guarantee a more consistent flow of revenues to pay off the debt from the city’s proposed purchase of AutoZone Park.

52. Events -

Blind Bear Speakeasy will hold a second anniversary party Monday, Dec. 23, at 8 p.m. to Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 2 a.m. at Blind Bear, 119 S. Main St. The event will include live music, drink specials and giveaways. Visit blindbearmemphis.com.

53. AutoZone Board Authorizes Additional Share Buybacks -

The board of directors of AutoZone Inc. has authorized the repurchase of an additional $750 million worth of the company’s common stock, part of AutoZone’s ongoing share buyback program.

54. AutoZone Board Authorizes Additional Share Buybacks -

The board of directors of AutoZone Inc. has authorized the repurchase of an additional $750 million worth of the company’s common stock, part of AutoZone’s ongoing share buyback program.

55. City Council to Revisit Water, Waste Fee Hikes -

Memphis City Council members will at least talk at their last meeting of the year about undoing two votes they’ve taken recently.

The Tueday, Dec. 17, council agenda includes revisiting its Nov. 19 approval of a 2.13 percent increase in Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division water rates.

56. AutoZone Taps Wright as General Counsel -

AutoZone Inc. has promoted Kristen Collier Wright to senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of customer satisfaction, effective Jan. 5.

57. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission will hold the Downtown Howl-iday pet and family parade Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. from Court Square to AutoZone Park. Registration begins at 2 p.m. at Court Square. Cost is free. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

58. Editorial: Let City’s Sports Shine On Marathon Weekend -

A bit of ice that resulted in the cancellation of the St. Jude Memphis marathon led to one of those rare chapters in the history of a city that has moderate winters.

On the Saturday morning that there wasn’t supposed to be a marathon, there was one. Runners and their families and supporters showed up in below freezing temperatures to run the streets of the city where St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was founded by Danny Thomas more than 50 years ago.

59. Bad Blood -

December was already going to be a busy month at City Hall for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

He would be bringing a plan to provide $15 million in city financing for the $180 million Crosstown revitalization project and rolling out its fix to address the Tennessee Comptroller’s vocal concerns about the city’s unfunded pension liability.

60. Pay Raises, Germantown Schools Deal Top Commission Agenda -

Shelby County Commissioners won’t be voting on anything having to do with the proposed sale of AutoZone Park when they meet Monday, Dec. 16.

The resolution involving their piece of the original terms of financing for the ballpark in 1998 was pulled from the agenda of the last meeting of 2013 at the request of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. last week.

61. AutoZone Taps Wright as General Counsel -

AutoZone Inc. has promoted Kristen Collier Wright to senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of customer satisfaction, effective Jan. 5.

62. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Nutcracker,” featuring more than 100 dancers and 70 musicians, from Friday, Dec. 13, to Sunday, Dec. 15, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

63. College Football Season Brought Many Surprises -

It seems like just yesterday that temperatures were stifling and everyone who really mattered in the college football world – the SEC’s coaches and top players – had met in Hoover, Ala., for that little party known as SEC Media Days.

64. Wharton Requests Council Delay Ballpark Vote -

The deal for the city to buy AutoZone Park that had to be done by the end of December can wait until after the new year begins.

The call Wednesday, Dec. 11, by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. for the Memphis City Council to delay any decision until its Jan. 7 meeting is also a bid by Wharton to heal wounds from Monday’s revolt by the council.

65. Wharton Seeks Delay in Ballpark Deal Council Vote -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is now pushing final votes on any ballpark deal into the new year.

The first indication of the shift in position came Wednesday, Dec. 11, afternoon when Wharton requested the Shelby County Commission pull a resolution from their committee sessions that would have approved signing over the county’s interest in the land that AutoZone Park is built on.

66. Council Changes Ballpark Terms, Delays Approval -

Memphis City Council members received some more answers Monday, Dec. 9, to their questions about the proposal for the city to buy AutoZone Park. But some of those answers were different than the ones they got to the same questions last week.

67. County Commission to Discuss Ballpark Property -

Two days after Memphis City Council members again delayed approval of a deal for city ownership of AutoZone Park, Shelby County Commissioners are to discuss the county’s part of the arrangement in their committee sessions.

68. AutoZone Posts 7.2 Percent Gain in Profit -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. saw its profit rise 7.2 percent during the company’s just-ended fiscal first quarter, a strong start to the company’s new year that equated to a $14.6 million increase in net income over the same period in 2012.

69. Council Changes Ballpark Terms, Delays Approval Again -

Memphis City Council members changed the terms Monday, Dec. 9, of the proposed deal in which the city would buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals would buy the Memphis Redbirds franchise. And then the council delayed a vote on the amended terms until its last council meeting of 2014 on Dec. 17.

70. Crosstown Effort Shines as Development Example -

Construction documents for the $180 million revitalization of the Crosstown building were scheduled to be finished Friday, Dec. 6, with the project moving toward closing and construction in the next months.

71. Moody's Gives Ballpark Bond "Aa3" Rating "Negative" Outlook -

On the eve of a critical vote by the Memphis City Council, a report from Moody’s Investors Service gives a “negative” outlook to its Aa3 rating of $23.6 million in revenue bonds the city plans to use to finance the purchase of AutoZone Park and improvements to it.

72. Ballpark Deal Back on Council’s Agenda -

After getting a rough reception last week, the deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds baseball team returns to the Memphis City Council Monday, Dec. 9, for a vote.

73. College Football Notebook: December 6, 2013 -

A few thoughts going forward in the wake of the ending to the Iron Bowl last weekend:

1. Has the makeup of field-goal teams been changed forever, given that Alabama’s field-goal unit, like pretty much all others, didn’t have anyone on the field remotely fast enough to have a shot at chasing down Auburn return man Chris Davis? In the future, when teams try a long field goal in a close game, expect there to be at least one “skill” player – probably a big receiver or speedy tight end – as a hedge against the incredible return.

74. Council’s Ire at Wharton Timing Grows -

It is a political constant in life at City Hall for Memphis City Council members to complain that they get critical information much too late in the decision-making process and then are pressured by the mayor to make a decision then and there.

75. Roland Calls for Probe of Missing Schools Inventory -

Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland is calling for a special meeting of the Shelby County Commission this month to talk with Shelby County Schools officials about the recent external audit of the school system that couldn’t account for $48.4 million in school system property and equipment.

76. AutoZone Park Terms Move Into Focus -

The St. Louis Cardinals would pay the city of Memphis $300,000 a year for 17 years to use AutoZone Park, and the major league franchise’s front office would operate AutoZone Park for the city through a limited liability corporation owned by the St. Louis Cardinals during that time.

77. Council Approves Crosstown Funding, Delays Redbirds Decision -

Memphis City Council members approved $15 million in city funding that is a combination of federal grants, bonds and stormwater funding Tuesday, Dec. 3, as the last piece of financing for the Crosstown revitalization project.

78. Council Weighs Crosstown, AutoZone Park Deals -

Memphis City Council members could complete financing Tuesday, Dec. 3, of the Crosstown project. And there will be a move by some on the council to delay any decision on the proposal for the city to buy AutoZone Park.

79. Diamond Rio to Receive Liberty Bowl Award -

Country music group Diamond Rio is being honored at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Classic game and will perform at the halftime of this year’s matchup in Memphis.

The group will receive an outstanding achievement award, which is presented each year in recognition of excellence in the field of music and entertainment. The group will perform at a gala function the night before the game and then again at halftime on New Year’s Eve.

80. Multiple Sclerosis Society Adds Trustees -

The Mid-South Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has added 10 people from the Memphis area to its board of trustees.

They are Andrew Forsdick, owner of Addison Capital Advisors; Kerry Hayes, director of public relations for Doug Carpenter & Associates LLC; Terry Lawrence, project manager at AutoZone Inc.; Ginger Leeke, esthetician with Eden Spa; Alan Lindgren, owner of Speed of Sound LLC; Karen Malogroski, owner of Bikes Plus; Tracy Pearson, vice president and general manager, food service, International Paper Co.; Michelle Rappaport-Moore, psychotherapist with The Experiential Healing Center; Dr. N. Shah, pediatric neurologist with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; and Suzanne Williamson, vice president of market, Boscos Corp./Roma Pomodori Inc.

81. Health Care Impact -

Local fitness organizations like the Kroc Center have seen increased membership numbers this year as more people in the Mid-South are working to get fit and taking an active role in their overall health.

82. Sources: AutoZone Park Price ‘South of $24 Million’ -

The price tag for the city of Memphis to acquire AutoZone Park would be “south of $24 million,” according to two sources familiar with the negotiations.

The city’s acquisition of AutoZone Park, which opened in 2000 and helped invigorate the resurgence of Downtown Memphis, will be on the City Council’s Dec. 3 agenda.

83. State Lease Bolsters One Commerce Square -

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said there were no second acts in American lives.

But One Commerce Square, the towering Downtown office building at Union Avenue and Main Street, is preparing for its third act.

84. Diamond Rio to Receive Liberty Bowl Award -

Country music group Diamond Rio is being honored at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Classic game and will perform at the halftime of this year’s matchup in Memphis.

The group will receive an outstanding achievement award, which is presented each year in recognition of excellence in the field of music and entertainment. The group will perform at a gala function the night before the game and then again at halftime on New Year’s Eve.

85. Multiple Sclerosis Society Adds Trustees -

The Mid-South Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has added 10 people from the Memphis area to its board of trustees.

They are Andrew Forsdick, owner of Addison Capital Advisors; Kerry Hayes, director of public relations for Doug Carpenter & Associates LLC; Terry Lawrence, project manager at AutoZone Inc.; Ginger Leeke, esthetician with Eden Spa; Alan Lindgren, owner of Speed of Sound LLC; Karen Malogroski, owner of Bikes Plus; Tracy Pearson, vice president and general manager, food service, International Paper Co.; Michelle Rappaport-Moore, psychotherapist with The Experiential Healing Center; Dr. N. Shah, pediatric neurologist with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; and Suzanne Williamson, vice president of market, Boscos Corp./Roma Pomodori Inc.

86. Events -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir and the Delta Sigma Theta Memphis Alumnae Chapter will hold “Home for the Holidays: A Housing and Economic Empowerment Collaborative” Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road. The event will include a small-business resource center, legal clinic, Homebuyer’s Corner, H.O.M.E. financial literacy and budgeting workshop, and more. Visit memphisalumnaedst.org.

87. Editorial: Common Sense Says Ballpark Deal is Bad -

The good news is the St. Louis Cardinals want to buy the Memphis Redbirds.

The bad news is the city of Memphis would buy AutoZone Park in the process.

And it has to be a done deal in six weeks in which the project leaps to the head of a long and growing list of requests for city money and/or the city’s full faith and credit.

88. Team Players -

The key players, from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. to St. Louis Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr., grabbed the microphone at an invitation-only rally held on the club level of AutoZone Park and made their best pitches.

89. Events -

The 2013 Memphis International Jazz Festival will be held through Sunday, Nov. 24, in Downtown Memphis and the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit memphisinternationaljazzfestival.com for a lineup.

90. Don’t Take Ballpark, Team for Granted -

Way back in the 1990s, when Downtown Memphis was The Peabody hotel and a bus station and not much more, Memphis Redbirds founder Dean Jernigan went on a tour of major-league ballparks.

91. Downtown Tree Lighting to be Held Friday -

The Downtown Memphis Commission is partnering with the Memphis Redbirds for the annual “Flip-the-Switch” holiday tree-lighting party.

The lights on the 35-foot-tall artificial tree will be turned on Friday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m. in “Rockeyfeller Center” inside AutoZone Park.

92. Events -

AARP Cordova chapter will meet Thursday, Nov. 21, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cordova branch library, 8457 Trinity Road. Nominations for 2014 officers will be taken. The event is open to the public.

93. AutoZone Caps Milestone 2013 With Record Results -

Not only is AutoZone Inc. an earnings machine, but the company continues to generate results other public companies might have reason to envy.

94. Cardinals Have Tentative Deal to Buy Redbirds -

The St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization has a tentative deal with the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation and the city of Memphis in which the Major League Baseball organization would buy the Memphis Redbirds team and city would buy AutoZone Park.

95. Education That Works is Win-Win-Win Idea -

John Adams expressed his thoughts on education saying, “There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living, and the other, how to live.” His words seem to foreshadow a high school here in Memphis whose mission is to do just that.

96. Cardinals Announce AutoZone Deal Before Council Vote -

The St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization has a tentative deal with the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation and the city of Memphis in which the Major League Baseball organization would buy the Memphis Redbirds team and city would buy AutoZone Park.

97. AutoZone Park Deal Resurfaces at Crucial Time -

The Christmas tree in the plaza of AutoZone Park is more than a reminder of the holiday season.

The tree serves as a reminder for the tight timeframe that awaits a proposal for a city government purchase of the baseball park as the St. Louis Cardinals baseball franchise buys the Memphis Redbirds ball club, the Cardinals AAA minor league affiliate.

98. Olymbec Acquires 13-Building Bellbrook -

Olymbec USA LLC has snatched up two more key Memphis properties, including the 1.8 million-square-foot Bellbrook industrial park.

99. Performance Ranges Widely at Local Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of the recent performance of some of Memphis’ publicly traded companies – businesses that cast a shadow far beyond the Memphis city limits in industries including finance, package delivery and bioscience.

100. State Lags for Women in Corporate Positions -

Tennessee’s corporate boards are showing slow growth in gender diversity levels, although rankings are still among the lowest in the nation, according to the latest findings of an annual study.

Expert opinions vary on how strongly the statistics reflect corporate vitality in Tennessee on a broader scale.