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1. Unemployment Rate Up in Memphis Area -

The unemployment rate in the Memphis area increased in July, mirroring a statewide rise in unemployment.

The unemployment rate for the Memphis area in July was 8.9 percent, up from 8.7 percent in June and 7.5 percent in May, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. While the unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent in July, it is still down from 9.6 percent in July 2013.

2. ‘American Grilled’ Memphis Episode to Air Sept. 3 -

The Travel Channel on Sept. 3 will air a Memphis episode of “American Grilled,” which taped this past spring.

The show involves grilling enthusiasts from around the country competing for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they’re crowned the ultimate “grill master.”

3. September 2 Memphis City Council Agenda -

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

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4. This week in Memphis history: August 29-September 4 -

1972: Wattstax at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – a concert to mark the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots in Los Angeles by Stax Records that was a high point for the Memphis-based record label and featured a day-long bill of Memphis soul and funk and gospel from the stadium stage with Isaac Hayes headlining.

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6. Obama Nominates WREG President to TVA Board -

President Barack Obama has nominated Ron Walter, president and general manager of WREG-TV, to the Tennessee Valley Authority board.

7. Fred's to Close 60 Stores -

Memphis-based general merchandise retailer Fred's has decided to close 60 of its stores that don't have a pharmacy and that don't meet performance targets, as the chain continues to place more emphasis on its pharmacy offerings.

8. Hot Yoga Plus Expands in Memphis -

Hot Yoga Plus, a Nashville-based yoga concept, is opening a second Memphis area location.

Hot Yoga Plus, founded by Memphian Susannah Herring, has signed a 2,015-square-foot lease at 9037 Poplar Ave. in Germantown. The new store is expected to open this fall and follows the original Memphis location in Laurelwood.

9. Hot Yoga Plus Expands in Memphis -

Hot Yoga Plus, a Nashville-based Yoga concept, is opening a second Memphis area location.

Hot Yoga Plus, founded by Memphian Susannah Herring, has signed a 2,015-square-foot lease at 9037 Poplar Ave. in Germantown. The new store is expected to open this fall and follows the original Memphis location in Laurelwood.

10. Tigers Get Commitment From 6-Foot-11 Center -

Nick Marshall, a 6-foot-11, 220-pound senior center from Lexington (Tennessee) High has publicly committed to the University of Memphis basketball team.

11. Court Rules Against FedEx in Labor Case -

A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

12. Grizzlies Holding Open House Sept. 6 -

The Memphis Grizzlies will be putting 12- and 22-game packs on sale at the start of the Grizzlies open house Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FedExForum.

Starting at $15 per game ($180 total), the 12-game packs come in three options: The “Grit,” “Grind” and “All Heart” packs.

13. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Aug. 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

14. Standing Out in The Crowd -

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel as part of the Memphis Urban League Young Professional’s 2014 Empowerment Conference. We spoke on the topic of “Stand Out in the Crowd.”

15. It Begins -

KICKING IT OFF. Here we go again. Some years ago, I found myself at a tailgate party in downtown Tuscaloosa. Even though the game wasn’t until that afternoon and it was only mid-morning, there were plenty of people well into their cups.

16. Wade: College Football Returns With Passion -

First off, I don’t believe everything that Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper says.

“Coach Lane Kiffin is a great coach and a great person to be around,” Cooper said of the Crimson Tide’s new offensive coordinator. “Coach is a likable guy.”

17. Attendance Woes to Bring Changes at AutoZone Park -

As the Memphis Redbirds closed out their regular-season home schedule at AutoZone Park this past week, pitcher Tim Cooney set a franchise record with his 14th win and the Redbirds widened their lead over second-place Nashville in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division.

18. Kirby, Wiseman Campaign for Judicial Selection -

Attorney Lang Wiseman says there will be no return to the days when Tennessee legislators had no direct role in who the governor appointed to be appellate court judges if an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution is defeated in November.

19. Mortarville to Memphis -

On the walls of his office at Hickory Ridge Middle School, principal Cedric Smith has a poster of an Iraqi flag. It’s from the time his Army reserve unit was called up in 2009 and stationed on a base that soldiers nicknamed “Mortarville” for how often it was hit by enemy shells.

20. Graceland Hotel Designed by Memphis Talent -

When designing a hotel that effectively expands the footprint of the most famous home in Memphis, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the design team for the project is stacked with local talent.

Memphis-based architecture firm Hnedak Bobo Group worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises for years to study and research the hotel project, which entails building a 450-room resort-style hotel called the Guest House at Graceland north of Presley’ Graceland mansion in Whitehaven.

21. McDonald’s Wins Approval for Highland Location -

McDonald’s will begin construction next year of a new restaurant at Highland Street and Southern Avenue near the University of Memphis.

The fast food giant won unanimous approval Wednesday from the Memphis-Shelby County Board of Adjustment for several zoning variances, the only regulatory approval the company needed to move forward with the project.

22. Court Rules Against FedEx in Drivers' Labor Case -

DALLAS (AP) – A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

23. Google Report Spotlights ARS-Rescue Rooter -

Memphis-based ARS-Rescue Rooter, a nationwide company providing heating, cooling and plumbing services, was recently highlighted in Google’s annual U.S. Economic Impact Report as the featured business representing Tennessee for its strategic use of Google’s search and advertising tools.

24. Tailgate Concert Series Coming to Tiger Lane -

The University of Memphis Athletic Department, in partnership with Horseshoe Casino Tunica, will present free live music near Tiger Lane prior to each of the Tigers’ first four home games of the 2014 football season. Musical artists include local and national touring acts.

25. Events -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will hold free how-to clinics with Lowe’s and a kickoff of Habitat’s 2014 building season Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Habitat, 7136 Winchester Road. Clinics will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will focus on painting and working with hardware and power tools. The short kickoff program will follow. Visit memphishabitat.com for details.

26. ‘Eager’ Tigers Ready to Begin Hopeful Season -

By now, pretty much anyone with an interest in University of Memphis football knows there will be concerts on Tiger Lane and that this season’s slogan is “Wait ’Til This Year.”

Those same people, be they the program’s diehard core, or the fringe group that will monitor the football team’s fortunes until they decide it’s no longer worth their time, know that slogans and concerts don’t win games.

27. Mullins Joins New Memphis Institute as Marketing Director -

Anna Mullins likes promoting Memphis – so much so that she keeps finding new ways to make a living doing it.

28. Hopson Changes School System’s Front Office -

The set of four regional superintendents of Memphis City Schools came and went and came back in the last 40 years of the school system that merged in 2012 with Shelby County Schools.

Along with the tier of management came verdicts about whether the school system’s central office was becoming more centralized or more decentralized depending on the education climate and trends of the day. The opinions about the effects on centralizing authority or dispersing it also varied greatly.

29. Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits -

After being lampooned for years as one of the worst metro areas in the country for bicyclists and pedestrians, the Memphis region is poised to make a huge leap forward in developing a regional greenway and trail system.

30. Cohen: Ferguson Police Could Have ‘Shot to Wound’ -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said police in Ferguson, Mo., could have shot to wound instead of shot to kill Michael Brown in the fatal incident there this month that has prompted national and international reaction to a number of race-related issues beyond the shooting.

31. Changing Landscape -

A “high-end” grocery store chain not currently serving the Memphis market has leased the shuttered former Kroger store at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland and should open in the spring, according to a Lakeland official.

32. Hopson Restructures School System Management -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson has eliminated the school system’s set of four regional superintendents and replaced them with three associate superintendents in what he said is a change to move the school system’s central office closer to the daily operation of schools.

33. Trezevant Updates Signs to Go With New Name -

New signs went up at the entrances of Trezevant this week with one simple word on them: Trezevant. A continuing care retirement community in Memphis, Trezevant has undergone a $120 million renovation and expansion which doubled the size of its campus. Prior to the expansion, the community was referred to as the name of its 11-story tower, Trezevant Manor.

34. Paragon Bank Adds VP to Commercial Team -

Paragon Bank has added Richard Harris as vice president of commercial banking.

35. 15 Apply to Fill Chancery Court Vacancy -

A field of 15 Memphis attorneys applied to become the newest Chancery Court judge as Chancellor Kenny Armstrong moves to a seat on the state appeals court in a week.

36. United Housing Receives High State Rankings -

United Housing Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing agency that serves families in Memphis, Shelby County and West Tennessee, has received recognition for high state rankings.

37. Wine Referendum Makes Memphis Ballot -

Voters in unincorporated Shelby County will not be voting on wine in grocery stores on the Nov. 4 ballot.

But voters in Memphis and the six suburban towns and cities will.

The Shelby County Election Commission completed its count Tuesday, Aug. 26, of signatures on the referendum petitions in each of the areas. To go on the ballot, each area had to have the signatures of 10 percent of the number of voters who voted in the last general election for governor.

38. New Office Building Park in Works -

A Memphis contractor is planning a new office building park in the city, according to a news report.

Memphis-based construction contractor Dan Walker Associates Inc. plans to develop up to 240,000 square feet in seven buildings on nearly eight acres at 3923 Forest Hill Irene Road, according to the report in the Memphis Business Journal.

39. Events -

Orion Federal Credit Union will hold a grand opening celebration for its newest branch Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at 4805 American Way. Visit orionfcu.com.

40. Meet Hong Kong -

I just realized that while I have now lived in Hong Kong for nearly a month I have failed to properly introduce you. Allow me to give you the tour.

Between 1842 and 1997, the British controlled the 425-square-mile territory of Hong Kong, which includes Kowloon, the New Territories and over 200 smaller islands. Its proximity to China and its naturally deep water ports make Hong Kong an ideal trade destination. When China reopened in the 1980s, manufacturing boomed in nearby Shenzhen, and Hong Kong became the natural financial and logistics center ... in a way, China’s front office.

41. Ice Bucket Challenge Spotlights Viral Video Power -

Perhaps one of the greatest viral phenomena – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – has dominated social media channels for the past month, raising an impressive $70 million to date, compared to $2.5 million typically raised by the nonprofit during the same time period.

42. Fuchs Joins Vaco Logistics as Recruiter -

Eddie Fuchs has joined Vaco Memphis as an executive recruiter for Vaco Logistics, where he’ll consult with distribution, transportation and manufacturing companies to help identify candidates for leadership and specialized skill positions. Fuchs, who previously worked in the business development department of Intermodal Cartage Co., was recently named to the Greater Memphis Chamber’s 2014 Young Memphians list.

43. Finding Life Influencers -

Coaches such as Alabama’s Nick Saban get paid millions to lead and win championships, so it’s only natural that Saban would say something like this:

“We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.”

44. Southwest, Frontier Add Memphis Flights -

Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines are increasing service at Memphis International Airport, providing more service for local flyers and boosting the facility’s transition away from a high-priced hub airport.

45. Election Commission Certifies August Vote -

The Shelby County Election Commission certified the August election results Monday, Aug. 25, at the beginning of a week that includes an early oath of office for those elected to county offices on the ballot.

46. Memphis Welcomes in Transfers Johnson, Godfrey -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Memphis has added a pair of transfers by bringing in guard Kedren Johnson from Vanderbilt and forward Calvin Godfrey from Southern.

The additions of both players were announced Monday in a school release. Godfrey and Johnson are both seeking NCAA waivers that would allow them to play for Memphis immediately. If their waivers aren't granted, they'd have to sit out a season before becoming eligible to play for the Tigers in 2015-16.

47. Field of 15 Apply for Chancery Court Judge -

A field of 15 Memphis attorneys applied to become the newest Chancery Court Judge as Chancellor Kenny Armstrong moves to a seat on the state appeals court in a week.

48. Rape Kit Backlog Prompts Court Fight on Two Fronts -

The court fight over the city’s backlog of untested rape kits has two legal fronts with the filing this week of a Circuit Court lawsuit by Meaghan Ybos, Madison Graves and Rachel Johnson, the three rape survivors who filed suit earlier this year in U.S. District Court against Memphis and Shelby County over the backlog.

49. Delta Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants -

Delta Air Lines has announces it has plans to hire at least 1,800 flight attendants as it plans for growth next year.

The Atlanta-based airline, still the dominant carrier at Memphis International Airport even as it has scaled back flights, has already begun taking applications for the positions.

50. $5 Tickets Available for Memphis Football Opener -

For the second year in a row, the University of Memphis has partnered with 42 area Kroger stores to sell $5 football tickets for the Tigers’ season opener in support of the “Million Meals Challenge.”

51. 'American Grilled' Memphis Episode to Air Sept. 3 -

The Travel Channel on Sept. 3 will air a Memphis episode of “American Grilled,” which taped this past spring.

The show involves grilling enthusiasts from around the country competing for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they’re crowned the ultimate “grill master.”

52. Crittenden Regional Hospital to Close -

Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis stopped admitting patients Monday, Aug. 25, and will close permanently Sept. 7.

The hospital’s board of trustees made the decision, and hospital administrators announced the closing on the hospital’s website Monday.

53. Owner Quitclaims Grove Park Center -

Grove Park Center, the 94,200-square-foot office building at 4515 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis, has traded hands via quitclaim deed.

54. Events -

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum will host its 2014 Economic Development Forum Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can hear nationally known speakers, learn business growth strategies and get access to business capital. Register at edf.mmbc-memphis.org.

55. Discover Labor Day Getaways Close to Home -

Labor Day, the traditional end to summer. Public swimming pools are closing and college football is getting underway.

It’s also time for one last getaway before fall settles in, especially if you have school-age children.

56. Macon Homes Complex Sells for $800,000 -

500 N. Claybrook St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Sale Amount: $800,000

Sale Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Buyer: Crosstown Macon Homes LLC
Seller: Macon Homes
Details: The 24-unit Macon Homes section 8 apartment complex at 500 N. Claybrook St. in Midtown has sold for $800,000.

57. Orgel Has Brewery Under Contract -

Memphis businessman Billy Orgel has the Tennessee Brewery under contract to buy.

He told The Commercial Appeal he wants to preserve the structure and is open to any idea that helps accomplish that. But Orgel, a founder of Tower Ventures, is not answering any more questions for now.

58. Women of Hope CEO Fights Ebola in Sierra Leone -

A war does not occur in a vacuum, and neither does a health crisis, such as the Ebola virus now spreading through West Africa. Kim Kargbo knows this too well.

Kargbo, 47, president and CEO of Memphis-based Women of Hope International, is to leave for Sierra Leone on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Kargbo was raised there by parents serving as missionaries, and she also worked there in the 1990s and 2000s amid the country’s decade-long civil war.

59. Canal Centennial -

History buffs may be especially interested in one of the newest exhibits on display at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, which commemorates the centennial of a triumph of engineering that represents a milestone in both U.S. and world history.

60. Beset by Money Woes, Crittenden Hospital to Close -

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) – The Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis stopped admitting patients Monday and will shut down permanently on Sept. 7, despite the recent passage of a sales tax increase intended to help the financially struggling facility.

61. Unemployment Rate Up in Memphis Area -

The unemployment rate in the Memphis area increased in July, mirroring a statewide rise in unemployment.

The unemployment rate for the Memphis area in July was 8.9 percent, up from 8.7 percent in June and 7.5 percent in May, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. While the unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent in July, it is still down from 9.6 percent in July 2013.

62. Memphis Habitat, Lowe’s Host How-To Clinics -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis and Lowe’s are teaming up to host clinics and a build kickoff party.

Memphis Habitat and Lowe’s will host the free how-to clinics and kickoff celebration on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. at Memphis Habitat, 7136 Winchester Road.

63. TriMetis Acquires Biologistics Startup -

The pre-clinical research services company TriMetis Life Sciences has expanded by acquiring FoundationBio, a biospecimen procurement startup with offices in Memphis and Boston.

FoundationBio uses access to tissue donors via hospitals and community oncology clinics and their supporting pathology and laboratory services partners around the world to get specimens for research. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

64. Events -

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum will host its 2014 Economic Development Forum Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can hear from nationally known speakers, learn business growth strategies and get access to business capital. Register at edf.mmbc-memphis.org.

65. Goodwill Center Helps Job Seekers Reclaim Dreams -

The event was held in the shadow of the shuttered Raleigh Springs Mall, in the expanded section of the Goodwill store at 3830 Austin Peay Highway. It was the grand opening of the Goodwill Job Center.

66. Primary Research and Talking Sticks -

Business, organizations, and nonprofits grow with the level of firsthand experiences they have with their prospects, customers, members or donors. These entities both know themselves and also know their audience, their tribe.

67. Veteran’s HomeCare Franchise Aims for Place in Market -

There are always adjustments to be made, such as when a middle-school-aged boy moves from Philadelphia to Birmingham, Ala.

Brian Walker still recalls that day in gym class when the P.E. instructor was taking roll. When Walker heard his name called, he answered the way he always had in his young life: “Yo.”

68. Silicone Arts Laboratories Recruited for Dallas Accelerator -

A Memphis company founded in 2011 that makes innovative cosmetic products has been recruited to participate in the Dallas-based health care accelerator Health Wildcatters.

The company is Silicone Arts Laboratories, which manufacturers a topical filler called Dermaflage that uses silicone to simulate skin and instantly conceal recessed imperfections. The product is waterproof and conceals skin imperfections for up to 36 hours. Designed for ease of use among consumers, Dermaflage’s other strength is that it provides a cosmetic option for concealing recessed scars and skin defects on the face and body without having to resort automatically to surgery or injections.

69. Wine Referendum Makes Suburban Ballot -

Voters in the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County will vote in November on whether they want grocery stores to sell wine.

The referendum question is on the Nov. 4 ballot in Arlington, Lakeland, Collierville, Germantown, Millington and Bartlett, as of Friday, Aug. 22.

70. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season -

Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.

So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.

71. This week in Memphis history: August 22-28 -

1984: Among the public notices in The Daily News, Memphis Light Gas and Water Division was seeking sealed proposals on an electronic meter reading system, a much earlier version of the Smart meters the utility began using recently on a trial basis.

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73. Haslam Visits East High to Promote Tenn. Promise -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Memphis Monday, Aug. 18, to promote the Tennessee Promise program that offers two years of free community college to all Tennessee high school graduates.

The stop at East High School is one of six Haslam is making across the state this week as the program, which was approved by the Tennessee Legislature earlier this year, begins a rollout that starts with high school seniors who graduate in 2015.

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74. Grizzlies Sign Stokes to Multi-Year Deal -

The Memphis Grizzlies signed 2014 second-round draft pick Jarnell Stokes to a multiyear contract, the team has announced. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stokes (6-foot-9, 263 pounds) was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (35th overall) of the 2014 NBA draft and traded to Memphis on draft night for a 2016 second-round draft pick.

75. NULYP President to Speak in Memphis This Weekend -

National Urban League Young Professionals president Brandi Richard will speak this weekend during the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals’ second annual Empowerment Conference.

76. Bass, Berry & Sims Opens Pharma Practice -

The Bass, Berry & Sims PLC law firm has opened a specialty pharmacy, pharma services and distribution practice based in the firm’s Memphis office.

Michael R. Hess, the former chief counsel and vice president of strategic development at Accredo Health Group is leading the new practice, which includes attorney Shannon L. Wiley.

77. Medtronic Spine Sees Quarterly Revenue Drop -

Medtronic Inc. reported Tuesday, Aug. 19, that revenue in its Memphis-based Spine division totaled $743 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, a 3 percent decline from the same period in fiscal year 2014.

78. New U of M Graduates Eligible for Football Tickets -

The University of Memphis Athletic Department has announced it will continue the free football season tickets promotion for first-year graduates and has added a new discount ticket program for anyone who graduated from the university in the last four years.

79. Council Rejects Utility Construction Contract -

The Memphis City Council approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, Aug. 19, an ordinance that adjusts the city’s policy on the investment of the city’s pension fund. The change would up the percentage of investments in real estate from 5 percent to 10 percent.

80. Chick-fil-A Testing New Breakfast Menu in Memphis -

Soon, Chick-fil-A might be serving new breakfast items like chicken & waffles nationwide.

The chain is asking customers in Memphis to help take its new breakfast menu, which includes a handful of new items, for a spin. Customers have told the chain they want a bigger breakfast menu, and as a result Chick-fil-A is testing five new entrees: egg white chicken grill, Greek yogurt parfait, multigrain oatmeal, chicken and waffles, and cinnamon swirls.

81. Georgia Mayor to Keynote RISE Foundation Gala -

The mayor of Riverdale, Ga., will present the keynote at the Sept. 27 gala benefiting the RISE Foundation’s financial literacy programs.

Evelyn Winn-Dixon was elected mayor of Riverdale, an Atlanta suburb, in 2007 in a political career that emerged from being a homeless single mother of four.

82. FedEx Weighs in on PILOT Incentives -

FedEx has urged Memphis officials to keep tax incentives for businesses in place and suggested that any major changes to the existing program could cause the company to invest elsewhere.

"As we look at the modernization of the Express air hubs, the availability of incentives by local governments is an important factor to our decisions, whether it is here in Memphis, Indianapolis, Newark, Greensboro or Oakland," Christine P. Richards, FedEx executive vice president, wrote in a July 31 letter to City Council chairman Jim Strickland and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. "We would be disappointed to see action taken to change the PILOT program, particularly with respect to retention, that would disadvantage Memphis in comparison to other locations.”

83. Redbirds Playoff Tickets Go On Sale Saturday -

Tickets for the 2014 Pacific Coast League playoffs at AutoZone Park will go on sale to the general public Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m.

Fans can purchase tickets over the phone at 721-6000 or in person at the AutoZone Park box office at the corner of Third Street and Union Avenue in downtown Memphis. Single-game tickets for all Memphis Redbirds home playoff games are priced at $21 for club level, $17 for dugout, $14 for field box, $13 for reserved and $6 for bluff seating.

84. Cooper-Young Festival Returns in September -

The annual Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper-Young Festival returns next month.

The largest single-day festival in Memphis, now in its 27th year, will be held Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association to make the district known both locally and nationally and to draw homeowners and merchants to the neighborhood.

85. EDGE OKs Changes to Old Dominion PILOT -

The Economic Development and Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County tweaked the tax incentives for an expanding trucking company.

The payment-in-lieu-of-tax incentive, or PILOT, awarded to North Carolina-based less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. last year had to be adjusted after the company said it would create fewer jobs in the ramp-up period but increase capital spending and wages.

86. Events -

The A2H Concert Series will feature Jimbo Mathus Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at A2H art gallery, 3009 Davies Plantation Road. Suggested donation is $20; hors d’oeurves and drinks included. RSVP to christinab@a2h.com or 372-0404.

87. Steffner Adds SIOR Role to Real Estate Resume -

Since Joe Steffner opened his own commercial real estate firm 10 years ago, the industry veteran has had a front row seat to some wild changes in the industry.

He experienced everything from the boom days of the early- and mid-2000s to the depths of the recession and its crushing aftermath as the decade ended.

88. Memphis Multifamily Sector on Firm Ground -

It was 2008 and Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg had just acquired a swath of property inside Boyle Investment Co.’s master planned Schilling Farms community in Collierville for a new multifamily development.

89. Bull Market -

From his office on the 21st floor of the Raymond James tower Downtown, John C. Carson Jr. has a sweeping view of the Mississippi River as it rolls by the Bluff City.

90. Editorial: Recent Events Underscore Unraveling in Memphis -

There are times when it feels like Memphis is unraveling. And this is one of those times.

A sense of powerlessness returns in what has been a resurgence in hope and good vibrations about our city in recent years.

91. Class is In -

For Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken, the demerger of public schools in Shelby County didn’t become “real” until teachers reported the week before the Aug. 4 first day of classes.

92. Start Co. Graduates Newest Batch of Startups -

This week’s Start Co. Demo Day, which brought together more than 500 people involved in the local ecosystem including entrepreneurs, mentors and investors, saw teams presenting their startup ideas in the hopes of securing funding and taking their concepts to the next level.

93. Oklahoma State Highlights Tigers’ Schedule -

The University of Memphis has released the non-conference schedule for the 2014-2015 men's basketball season and it includes a home game against Oklahoma State and opening the season in South Dakota on Nov. 18 against Wichita State, which spent much of last season undefeated.

94. AP Source: Vols Adding Memphis Transfer Woodson -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Dominic Woodson is transferring from Memphis to Tennessee, a source close to the situation said.

Woodson should be in class at Tennessee's Knoxville campus on Thursday, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because Tennessee hasn't announced the move.

95. Move-In Day -

Cale Alexander, left, and Conner Alexander are among the University of Memphis students who began moving into the dorms Thursday, Aug. 21, in anticipation of the start of class Monday.

The siblings, who are moving into the Living and Learning Complex on campus, are both enrolled in the school’s natural science program to study physical therapy. The University of Memphis has enrolled more first-time freshmen this year — 2,250 — an 11.6 percent increase from a year ago. Among the ranks of new students is a 46 percent increase in freshmen from out of state.

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96. Violent Crime Up in Shelby County So Far This Year -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Statistics show violent crimes in Shelby County have increased during the first seven months of this year, compared with the same time period in 2013.

Numbers released this week by the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission show that murders, forcible rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies in the period from January to July have increased by 5.8 percent in the county, and by 5.7 percent in the city of Memphis, compared with the same period in 2013.

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98. Tennessee Now Seeks to Renovate Cordell Hull Building -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is backing off earlier plans to demolish the 60-year-old Cordell Hull office building located next to the state Capitol in Nashville and instead hopes to renovate it.

99. Georgia Mayor to Keynote RISE Foundation Gala -

The mayor of Riverdale, Ga., will present the keynote at the Sept. 27 gala benefiting the RISE Foundation’s financial literacy programs.

Evelyn Winn-Dixon was elected mayor of Riverdale, an Atlanta suburb, in 2007 in a political career that emerged from being a homeless single mother of four.

100. Redbirds Playoff Tickets Go on Sale Saturday -

Tickets for the 2014 Pacific Coast League playoffs at AutoZone Park will go on sale to the general public Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m.

Fans can purchase tickets over the phone at 721-6000 or in person at the AutoZone Park box office at the corner of Third Street and Union Avenue in downtown Memphis. Single-game tickets for all Memphis Redbirds home playoff games are priced at $21 for club level, $17 for dugout, $14 for field box, $13 for reserved and $6 for bluff seating.