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1. Wolf River Greenway Targets Raleigh Riverbend -

At the northernmost bend of the Wolf River in Shelby County, the Wolf River Conservancy has plans for a boat ramp onto the Wolf and a nature center that together promise to change the surrounding area of Raleigh where the river turns.

2. Porter-Leath Hosting Job Fair For Pre-K Teachers -

Porter-Leath is hosting a job fair for certified Pre-K teachers Thursday, July 23.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field as well as a teacher’s license.

3. Events -

The Farms at Bailey Station will host a free seminar titled “The 7 Things Every Senior Needs to Know About Estate Planning and Long-Term Care,” presented by J. Anthony Bradley of The Bradley Law Firm, Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at the Farms at Bailey Station model, 10013 Grand Central Circle E. Email mmotes@farmsabs.com or call 901-328-4850.

4. With No Real Rival, Tennessee Republicans Attack Their Own -

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

Elected political leaders of the same stripe found themselves at odds this year over the Bible as a state book, Common Core education standards and Insure Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to catch 280,000 people in a medical coverage gap.

5. Ben’s Beginnings in Philly -

Two weeks ago we left the 17-year-old Ben Franklin in the process of fleeing Boston. That was where he and his employer/brother, James, had literally come to blows. At issue were the stated and unstated job requirements of assistant publisher of the New England Courant.

6. Pre-Planning For The End -

Pre-planning your funeral may well be the most important and considerate gift you leave your family.

When you plan in advance, there is time to contemplate decisions such as what type of service you would like – traditional or unique and related to the life you have led. You also limit costs when you plan in advance, limiting the trauma and “upsell” risk to your family. When you plan in advance, you decide the priorities.

7. City Ballot List Comes in Below 100 -

The tally of political hopefuls for the Oct. 8 Memphis ballot who filed a qualifying petition with the Shelby County Election Commission didn’t quite reach 100.

A total of 98 citizens gathered signatures on their petitions, paid $100 and filed their paperwork by the July 16 deadline for one of the 15 offices – Mayor, City Court Clerk and 13 seats of the Memphis City Council.

8. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a recruitment event Wednesday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. CDS is hiring various positions for large accounts in Memphis and North Mississippi. Applicants should come prepared for an informational interview. For details on available positions, call 901-473-6385.

9. Curiosity Closed the Sale -

Curiosity may have killed the cat – but in sales, curiosity can almost always close the deal.

Questions are a powerful tool in the sales process, but if you’re only using questions to identify your prospect’s needs at the beginning of the sales process, you may be missing key opportunities. If you’re not integrating questions from start to finish, you may not catch possibilities for cross-selling and up-selling – and you might as well be trying to overcome objections blindfolded.

10. Events -

On Location: Memphis Shorts Festival will continue with screenings of short live-action films Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Café, 126 Beale St. The audience will give on-the-spot reviews to determine which is screened in the OL:M International Film and Music Festival in September. Cost is free. Visit onlocationmemphis.org.

11. Exploring Family Side of St. Louis -

Waking on Sunday morning in the HoteLumiere in Downtown St. Louis I was physically beat from a scorching hot Cardinals game the night before.

But traveling with my 8-year-old son there is no rest for the weary. It was 8 a.m. and it seemed like we had just wrapped up our midnight room service dinner when suddenly the curtains that cover the massive window in our room that overlooks the Mississippi River six stories below were thrown open.

12. More Things To Know Before Proposal Writing -

Last week’s column focused on six basic things you should know before writing a proposal. Here, we address three more nuanced things to consider.

Some nonprofits create a “boiler plate” proposal and send it out to as many foundations and corporations as possible, hoping to “get a hit.” That is one strategy, and sometimes it is appropriate. Making small modifications to a standard proposal is efficient, particularly when seeking to secure sponsorships and smaller grants. In general, we suggest a more targeted approach.

13. Memphis Council Takes Up Redistricting Furor -

Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery says no candidate in the October city elections should be affected by the council’s second redrawing of its district lines in four years.

14. Rising Gas Prices Push Inflation Up Modestly in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rising gasoline prices pushed inflation up modestly in June, leaving overall consumer prices higher than they were a year earlier for the first time since December.

Economists say the tick up in consumer prices makes it more likely the Federal Reserve will end a policy of keeping short-term interest rates near zero for more than six years. "Rebounding inflation combined with solid employment growth will likely lead the Fed to raise rates in September," said Gregory Daco, head of U.S. macroeconomics at Oxford Economics.

15. Events -

On Location: Memphis Shorts Festival will continue with screenings of short live-action films Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Café, 126 Beale St. The audience will give on-the-spot reviews to determine which is screened in the OL:M International Film and Music Festival in September. Cost is free. Visit onlocationmemphis.org.

16. Spotting Your Organization’s Orthodoxies -

Often the very factors of success around which you launch, build, and manage an organization can turn on you like a venomous snake. The framework that worked so well, for so long, now limits the growth of the place. At some points the factors have turned into choke points.

17. Setting the Standard: Social Entrepreneurs With Heart -

The greatness of a city does not lie in the size of its budget; rather, it is revealed by the size of the hearts of those who work to make it great for all citizens.

Entrepreneurship has long been a hallmark of that Memphis “can do” spirit. Every city on the move needs that to stimulate the economy, grow the marketplace and get to the next level. But there is more. Those with a heart for improving the quality of life for all citizens, a passion to make things better, to lift up others are the social entrepreneurs whose purpose in life contributes so much to making Memphis a great city.

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19. Germantown Eyes Area South of Poplar for Elementary School -

Germantown leaders are looking for land south of Poplar Avenue in Germantown for a new elementary school for the Germantown Municipal School District.

“South of Poplar we want to have a community school, an elementary school,” Germantown Municipal School District superintendent Jason Manuel said on the WKNO TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

20. Beware of Potential Buyers at Your Door -

It’s a little early for Halloween, but that’s not stopping adults dressed as real estate professionals from knocking on doors and looking for handouts.

But these little ghouls aren’t asking for candy. They’re looking for a big payday – as opposed to a Payday – and to take advantage of potential sellers in this robust market.

21. Vols, Titans Fight to Fill Empty Stadium Seats -

When it comes to giving the consumer what it wants, few sports programs can match University of Tennessee football.

Neyland Stadium, which 40 years ago could accommodate only 70,000 fans, has swelled to a capacity of 102,455, fifth largest in college football. It has a $4 million, 4,580-square-foot Jumbotron, W-Fi connections for fans and enough flashing lights around the stadium’s interior to shame the Las Vegas Strip.

22. Events -

The Arc Mid-South will hold an ADA Parade and Rally Wednesday, July 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The parade begins at City Hall, 125 N. Main St., and proceeds down Main to the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St. Visit thearcmidsouth.org or call 901-327-2473.

23. As Amazon Turns 20, A Look at Its Biggest Bets -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage.

The company had an inauspicious start in July 1995 at the dawn of the Web as an online bookseller. It narrowly escaped the dot-com bust of 2000 to reinvent online retailing. And eventually, it morphed into the global e-commerce powerhouse it is today with $89 billion in annual revenue.

24. Uber Tops Taxi Use for Business Travelers, New Report Shows -

NEW YORK (AP) – Taxis are losing business travelers to ride-hailing services like Uber, a survey shows.

In the three months ended in June, Uber overtook taxis as the most expensed form of ground transportation, according to expense management system provider Certify. Uber accounted for 55 percent of ground transportation receipts compared with taxis at 43 percent.

25. One Commerce Square Rappel To Support Special Olympics -

Special Olympics Greater Memphis is giving Memphis thrillseekers the chance to rappel down one of Memphis’ tallest buildings – One Commerce Square – while raising funds to support the organization’s events.

26. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host an opening reception for “Stax: Visions of Soul” Friday, July 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stax, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Gallery talk begins at 6:45 p.m. The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 31, features contemporary works of art inspired by Stax Records songs. Visit staxmuseum.com.

27. A General Invitation, Revisited -

COME ON BACK TO ELMWOOD, GENERAL FORREST. I first issued that invitation in 2013 and while we haven’t yet heard from the General, we’ve heard from just about everybody else. The invitation stands because – as it has been for some time – it’s past time.

28. Watchdog: Budget Cuts Lead to Poor Taxpayer Service at IRS -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS provided poor customer service during this year's tax filing season as taxpayers struggled with a rise in identity theft and complications related to President Barack Obama's health law, a government watchdog said Wednesday.

29. Yellen: First Fed Rate Hike Likely Later This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday she is encouraged by signs that the economy is reviving after a brutal winter. And if the improvements stay on track, the Fed will likely start raising interest rates later this year.

30. Shoppers Disappointed in Much-Hyped Amazon 'Prime Day' Sales -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Amazon aimed for Christmas in July with its much-hyped "Prime Day" sale. But some shoppers found a lump of coal instead.

The online retailer said Prime Day would offer bigger sales than those during the winter holiday shopping season. The goal was to boost $99 annual Prime loyalty program memberships during the sluggish summer months. The sale gained so much attention, other retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's and Best Buy, had sales of their own.

31. Speak Poetry Memphis Is Finalist In Weebly Contest -

A Memphis nonprofit is a finalist in a website building competition hosted by Weebly.

Speak Poetry Memphis is one of the six finalists vying for a $5,000 prize. The Weebly Power Hour contest asked participants to build a website for someone or something in their community in one hour using only a tablet.

32. CBU Master of Accountancy Program Earns Plaudits -

Christian Brothers University has won praise for its Master of Accountancy program.

The program has been ranked eighth among small colleges, according to online publication and guide Masters-In-Accounting.org. The online list was ranked based on factors like number of degrees awarded, tuition, campus crime rate and student-to-faculty ratio.

33. Events -

The Pink Palace will host Young Professionals Beer/Wine and a Movie Night on Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at the museum, 3050 Central Ave. Tickets are $15 and include food, drinks and a screening of “Groundhog Day.” Visit memphismuseums.org or call 901-636-2362.

34. Life Events and Your Financial Plan -

Ray’s take: The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “Nothing endures but change.”

When it comes to creating a financial plan, there’s always room for change. There are major events that occur in life that will require a review of, and revision to, your existing financial plan.

35. Change – Ready or Not -

Recently I wrote a song titled “Some Change.” Literally, the song is about a guy whose gal has not come home: “Thirty minutes past midnight. Where could you be?” Apparently, something like this has happened before: “On one of your road trips, from sea to shining sea?”

36. Tennessee’s ‘Fighting 26’ Democrats Work to Stay Relevant -

Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?

When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s market-based plan to use federal dollars to catch 280,000 working people in a health care coverage gap, they found themselves alone.

37. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, July 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $35. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

38. Six Best Practices to Boost Sales Efficiency -

Thomas Watson, president of IBM in the 1950’s, insightfully declared, “Nothing happens until a sale is made.” A company’s sales effort is the ultimate driver of organizational growth. It is the most critical function within any company and requires advanced training and intestinal fortitude for success.

39. State Audit Uncovers Millions in Questionable Spending -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An audit of the Tennessee Department of Human Services found a lack of oversight led to at least $1.8 million in questionable spending last year from contractors operating programs to feed the needy. In 2013, the questioned costs were $4.3 million. And that is just in the small sample of agencies auditors reviewed.

40. Wal-Mart Opens Counter Offensive Against Amazon This Week -

NEW YORK (AP) – The online price fight as well as the bickering is heating up between Wal-Mart and Amazon.com, and it's not even the holiday shopping season.

41. University Of Tennessee Adding Help for Transfer Students -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee is ramping up its efforts to help a growing number of transfer students.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the school had roughly 1,200 transfer students in the 2014-15 academic year. That number is only expected to grow as Tennessee Promise students begin finishing their first two years at community colleges.

42. Tennessee Promise Students Head to 'Academic Boot Camp' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Hundreds of Tennessee Promise students across the state are beginning an inaugural three-week "academic boot camp" to help them overcome some of the challenges that officials say are typically faced by first-generation college students.

43. Grizzlies to Hold Public Press Conference Tuesday  -

The Memphis Grizzlies will make a “major announcement” Tuesday, July 14, at a public press conference inside the Grand Lobby at FedExForum.

Last week, All-Star center Marc Gasol agreed to a five-year, $113 million contract with the Grizzlies; Gasol holds a player option after the fourth year.

44. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, July 14, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

45. Calculate Your Cash Flow -

Ready? Write a short blurb in your favorite journal or on a nice card addressed to yourself. Slice an orange or grab a banana. Relax, and keep reading …

To calculate your current cash flow, you can use an online Excel template or create your own on paper. The columns across the top should be the 12 months in the year. The description and rows down the left should start with cash in, such as W-2 income, dividends, loans, sale of real estate, sale of assets.

46. 6 Things to Know When Writing a Proposal -

Summer reading is highlighted in Oprah and other magazines each year. A good read is great to enjoy on the beach or curled up on a lawn chair. But what about a good summer write?

That’s right – start writing now to help the money come in at the end of the year, or perhaps next spring. That’s how it’s done. Writing proposals now prevents future complaints such as, “How can I write that proposal in just three days?” It’s called planning ahead.

47. Sankey Launches SEC Media Days With Steady Hand -

HOOVER, Ala. – Not only is it a new season for each of the Southeastern Conference’s 14 football teams, but it’s also a new day in the commissioner’s office.

Mike Slive retired after 13 years at the helm, as SEC football became dominant enough to claim seven straight national tiles from 2006-2013. Thus, Slive’s annual address at SEC Football Media Days would include what he called his “Brag Bag.”

48. Memphis in May Faces Decisions in Offseason -

The stages in Tom Lee Park are down. Any leftover picnic blankets are long gone. The barriers at each end of Riverside Drive have given way to the return of traffic.

49. With Data Breaches, Bad News Can Show Up Well Down the Road -

NEW YORK (AP) – The revelation that the data breach at the U.S. government's personnel office was actually much worse than the government originally thought is following a familiar script.

50. Yellen: Fed Still on Track to Raise Rates This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed is on track to start raising interest rates later this year but expressed multiple concerns over headwinds that are still holding back the U.S. economy.

51. Under Fire for Data Breach, Obama Personnel Chief Steps Down -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The embattled head of the government's personnel office abruptly stepped down Friday, bowing to mounting pressure following the unprecedented breach of private information her agency was entrusted to protect.

52. Teen Truckers? Bill Would Drop Big-Rig Driver Age to 18 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Parents may hesitate to hand teens the keys to the family car, but Congress is proposing to allow drivers as young as 18 to get behind the wheel of big rigs on the nation's interstates

53. Last Flight for US Airways Expected in October -

DALLAS (AP) – The last flight for US Airways will take place this fall, and one more name in airline history will disappear.

The farewell flight for US Airways will be a red-eye – Flight 434 is scheduled to leave San Francisco around 10 p.m. and land in Philadelphia after 6 a.m. on Oct. 17. The US Airways website will be turned off. Airport kiosks and signs will change to American Airlines.

54. Memphis Selling 2015 Football Ticket Packages -

The University of Memphis is offering several ticket packages for the upcoming football season.

A the “pick 3 premium mini-plan” includes tickets to the Ole Miss game plus any two other Tigers home games. A “pick 3 mini-plan” consists of three games excluding the Ole Miss game.

55. Greenline Half Marathon Registration is Open -

Registration for the “green” Shelby Farms Greenline Half Marathon is officially open.

The race, set for Oct. 11 at 8 a.m., features 13.1 miles of terrain at Shelby Farms Park and on the Greenline. The Council for Responsible Sport also has certified the half marathon as sustainable, meaning it ensures a reduction of the carbon footprint to Shelby Farms Park and the city of Memphis through the event.

56. Crosstown Arts to Provide Studio Residency Program -

Beginning this September, Crosstown Arts will offer a studio residency program for visual artists.

The studio residency is a short-term project space made available to an individual artist for a four-month session. The temporary space will be used for focused creative work in a new setting.

57. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Motown: The Musical” Tuesday, July 14, through July 19 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

58. The Objective Leader’s Vision -

“Once in a while you get shown the light/In the strangest of places/If you look at it right” – The Grateful Dead

To celebrate the iconic lifestyle brand of the Grateful Dead and their recent sold out 50th anniversary reunion stadium run, let’s talk about vision and its shadow side, blind spots.

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60. Beale Authority Prepares to Negotiate Lease With Memphis Leaders -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is at what Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris describes as an “awkward interim stage.”

61. Events -

Repticon Memphis, a reptile and exotic-animal expo, will be held Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Landers Center, 4650 Venture Drive in Southaven. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for children younger than 5. Visit repticon.com/memphis.html.

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64. Beale Group Plans for Lease Agreement Instead of District Ownership -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is dropping the idea for now of a fee simple ownership of the entertainment district.

Members of the authority board, which met Thursday, July 9, will instead pursue the leasehold agreement with the city of Memphis, as contemplated in the city ordinance that created the authority as the new long-term planning group for the district.

65. State Job Applicant Website Down for Next 6 Weeks -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – People hoping to be hired for state positions cannot apply for openings for the next six and a half weeks because the Tennessee website is undergoing upgrades.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1KOZ76F) reports that hiring for most rank-and-file positions has come to a halt until the website's expected Aug. 26 relaunch. The shutdown does not affect executive positions.

66. Social Security Office Building Sells for $1.5 Million -

The office building occupied by the Social Security Administration at 3461 U.S. 61 S. in Westwood sold for $1.5 million, according to a special warranty deed filed July 6.

Rainier GSAP I-Memphis, LLC, a Dallas-based limited liability company, purchased the 11,000-square-foot building from Justin Barton.

67. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the world premiere of “Mountain View,” a winner of the NewWorks@TheWorks competition, Friday, July 10, through Aug. 2 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.com.

68. How to Change Careers Later in Your Life -

This week, a reader reached out to me with a question many people are facing. She says, “A friend is seeking to leave education after 13 years and re-enter business where she worked as a tech writer. She teaches math and computer science and is incredibly detail-oriented, smart, concise and reliable. … I was wondering if you had any advice for someone changing careers – or going back to a career after a decade-long hiatus.”

69. It’s the Law -

THE LAW, AND I QUOTE. Oh, the outrage! Across the nation, people have reacted to the laws passed and validated by the courts, their liberty threatened, the Constitution violated, the republic at risk.

70. Shelby County Mortgage Market Rises 14 Percent -

On a normal day, Independent Bank vice president of mortgage Sam Goff will get maybe one or two calls from buyers asking about rates and looking to buy a home.

71. Shelby County Home Sales Jump 13 Percent in June -

Fueled by an apparent surge in consumer confidence, home sales in Memphis and Shelby County jumped significantly in June.

There were 1,792 home sales recorded in Shelby County last month, a 13 percent increase from the 1,586 sales recorded in June 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

72. Dogwood Trace Apartments Sell for $1.2 Million -

The Dogwood Trace Apartments, located at 4635 Forest Oak Way in Parkway Village, have sold for $1.2 million.

73. Fed Officials Still Cautious in June About Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers last month saw signs that the economy was healing after its winter slump but still wanted more signs of improvement before they began raising interest rates.

74. Haslam Appoints Bonnie Hommrich as Children’s Services Commissioner -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Bonne Hommrich as commissioner of the state Department of Children's Services.

Hommrich has served for more than a decade as a deputy commissioner for child programs at the agency. According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1HfFoJf), Haslam said in a statement that the 68-year-old Hommrich "has dedicated her entire career to helping children and families."

75. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, July 9, at 4:30 p.m. at Blues City Cafe, 138 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

76. Young Ben’s Start -

Next January will mark the 310th birthday of Benjamin Franklin. Thinker, inventor, scientist, diplomat, politician, writer. Founding parent of a great nation. A non-president with his face on a bit of paper currency. As Independence Day is just past us, it’s hardly an inappropriate time to revisit the life and times of this noted early patriot.

77. Building Blocks of Estate Planning -

Ray’s take: Estate planning is one of the most important steps any person can take to ensure their final property and health care wishes are honored when the time comes. You may not be able to take it with you, but you can have a say about where it goes.

78. Special Action on Same-Sex Nuptials a Waste of Time -

With Republican lawmakers scrambling for a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling, Tennesseans on both sides of the issue say they are seeking "equality."

Immediately after the court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville said, "Love and equality won. I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled on the right side of history."

79. Austin Nichols Seeks Transfer, Memphis Reportedly Denies Request -

University of Memphis junior forward Austin Nichols is attempting to transfer, according to reports from 92.9 FM ESPN and cbssports.com Tuesday, July 7.

80. Austin Nichols Seeks Transfer, Tigers Reportedly Deny Request -

University of Memphis junior forward Austin Nichols is attempting to transfer, according to reports from 92.9 FM ESPN and cbssports.com Tuesday, July 7.

81. Austin Nichols Seeks Transfer, Tigers Reportedly Deny Request -

University of Memphis junior forward Austin Nichols is attempting to transfer, according to reports from 92.9 FM ESPN and cbssports.com Tuesday, July 7.

82. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host a horticulture therapy workshop Thursday, July 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, July 10, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. The workshop is geared to service providers interested in new ways to achieve therapeutic goals and people interested in doing horticultural outreach to special-needs populations. Cost is $100 for both days, $70 for Day One only, and $45 for Day Two only. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4128.

83. How to Ask the Tough Questions -

The world’s best salespeople excel at asking engaging questions and actively listening to a prospect’s response without interruption. They master the art of posing high-impact questions that generate insightful responses, which offer a glimpse into a prospect’s decision-making process, competitors also under consideration, the likelihood of purchase, or even the factors that will be weighed most heavily by decision makers.

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85. Tennessee Lawmaker Calls for Maker of New State Logo to Give Refund -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state lawmaker is calling for a refund of all but $10,000 of the $46,000 paid for development of a new Tennessee state logo, saying the company that developed it was "substantially over-compensated."

86. Events -

Twilight Tuesday, Beale Street Landing’s free outdoor movie series, will feature “Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” Tuesday, July 7, at 8:30 p.m. on the roof of Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside Drive. Bring a blanket and enjoy a to-go order from Riverfront Bar & Grill or a nearby food truck. Visit memphisriverfront.com.

87. Tackling the Horrific Sounds of Travel -

Click. Click. Claaaack! Click. Click. Bang! The first time those sounds happened I thought it must’ve come from the hallway. But a minute later and more of the clicking.

Maybe it was the parking lot. A mechanical cricket – no, check that – a family of mechanical crickets surely found their way to our windowsill.

88. Share Your Vision in Concise, Compelling Ways -

How does your nonprofit report on its work? How do you share your vision, work and impact? Do you send an email? Create an annual report? What about an annual meeting bringing together donors, leaders, clients, vendors, partners, board members, and staff? Are you up to it? Can you make the time? Our perspective: How can you not afford the time?

89. Memphis City Council to Vote on Forrest Statue Removal -

[Update: Adds specifics of City Council's proposal on Nathan Bedford Forrest. The council will vote on the Forrest statue removal today.] With the city budget season done, Memphis City Council members turn their attention Tuesday, July 7, to development in the Pinch district, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and redrawing council district lines.

90. Memphis' Cost for Non-Pension Benefits Still Controversial -

The amounts are roughly the same at about $1 billion, but there’s a difference between City Hall’s liability for pension and non-pension benefits, including health insurance, for city of Memphis employees.

91. FDA Clears Drug for Leading Form of Cystic Fibrosis -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price – more than $250,000 for a year's treatment.

92. US Unemployment Falls to 7-Year Low, But Wages are Flat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

93. US Postal Service Previews ‘Elvis Forever’ Stamp, Album -

The U.S. Postal Service is giving Elvis fans a preview of what they can look – and listen – for when the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Forever stamp comes out next month.

The Postal Service on Thursday, July 2, previewed the Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp and also announced a CD titled “Elvis Forever” that will be available starting Aug. 12.

94. Buying a House? Here’s 12 Things You Must Do -

Anyone buying any home anywhere should have a checklist of things to do. In this area, there are several.

• Get a home inspection. Old or new, things may not be what they seem. As attorney Jean Harrison says of new homes, “Passing codes means they got at least a D-.” A home that has been pre-inspected could have serious flaws undiscovered by the seller’s inspector.

95. Events -

Twilight Tuesday, Beale Street Landing’s free outdoor movie series, will feature “Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” Tuesday, July 7, at 8:30 p.m. on the roof of Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside Drive. Bring a blanket and enjoy a to-go order from Riverfront Bar & Grill or a nearby food truck. Visit memphisriverfront.com.

96. Events -

Twilight Tuesday, Beale Street Landing’s free outdoor movie series, will feature “Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” Tuesday, July 7, at 8:30 p.m. on the roof of Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside Drive. Bring a blanket and enjoy a to-go order from Riverfront Bar & Grill or a nearby food truck. Visit memphisriverfront.com.

97. ‘It’s a Great Day Here at FedEx Family House’ -

Memphis, an Egyptian word meaning a place of good abode; Memphis, a city in Tennessee that lives out the meaning of its name.

What makes Memphis such a good place to live, or to stay for a while, is the multitude of Good Samaritans who are neighbors to those in need. It doesn’t matter if those experiencing a crisis live here, or are just staying during a critical time in their lives: There are a multitude of Memphians who will provide that place of good abode for as long as it’s needed.

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SMALL BUSINESS
99. Shelby County Commission Explores Hiring Own Attorney -

Shelby County Commissioners will tie up the loose ends of their budget season Monday, July 6, and are exploring some longer-term changes in the body’s relationship to the Shelby County mayor, including a possible move to hire its own attorney.

100. University of Memphis To Relaunch GoTigersGo.com -

The University of Memphis Athletic Department is relaunching its website, GoTigersGo.com, to provide a user-friendly experience across all platforms – including smartphones and tablets.