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1. Events -

The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will be held Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, in Robert R. Church Park, at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets. The festival includes festivities, food, crafts and music showcasing Burkina Faso. Visit africainapril.org for a schedule.

2. Election Commission May Move Initial Early Voting Site -

Shelby County Election Commissioners certified the ballot Wednesday, April 16, for the Aug. 7 state and federal primary elections and the nonpartisan judicial and Shelby County Schools board elections on what politicos call the “big ballot.”

3. Yellen: Fed Stimulus Still Needed for Job Market -

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges.

4. Events -

Memphis Pink Palace Museum will host Dr. Jim Dalton of GTx Corp., presenting “Genetics, Race and Medicine,” Thursday, April 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the museum, 3050 Central Ave. Cost is free. Visit memphismuseums.org.

5. ABA President Silkenat Shares Notion Of ‘Civil Gideon’ -

The president of the American Bar Association sees at least a discussion on the way about a “civil Gideon” – a requirement that a citizen who cannot afford an attorney in a civil court proceeding should have one appointed by the court.

6. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Don Johnson, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

7. County Commission Ready for Budget Analysis -

Shelby County Commissioners begin their detailed look at the county’s consolidated budget proposal Wednesday, April 16, for the coming fiscal year.

The budget committee, chaired by commissioner Heidi Shafer, begins its hearings with a look at the budgets for the offices of Sheriff, Trustee, Register and the Juvenile Court and its Clerk’s office.

8. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 15, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. James Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association, will speak. Cost is $20 at the door. Advance RSVP is required to taylor@memphisrotary.org.

9. Library Enhances Offerings at Small-Business Center -

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center has announced enhanced offerings at its Small Business Center on the third floor of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

The First Tennessee Foundation and Start Co. are contributing to these efforts, investing funding, time and expertise for small-business owners and entrepreneurs. The First Tennessee Foundation has awarded the Memphis Library Foundation a $50,000 grant to enhance the Small Business Center’s collection of books and other materials ranging in topics from business development to social media marketing.

10. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. Occupational therapists Maggie Lewis and Patricia Morgan will present “Occupational Therapy: Living life to its fullest.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

11. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Peter Pan,” a world premiere from the choreographer of “Cinderella” and “Wizard of Oz,” Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

12. Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Down to 4.34 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, edging closer to historically low levels as the spring home-buying season begins.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.34 percent from 4.41 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.38 percent from 3.47 percent.

13. Sweetie Pie’s Signs at Fourth and Beale -

The Beale Street entertainment district has a new tenant on its eastern border with Fourth Street in a space that has been closed for 12 years.

Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris tweeted Thursday, April 10, that Sweetie Pie’s, a soul food restaurant with three locations in St. Louis and plans for expansion in other cities, will open at 349 Beale St. on the southeast corner of Fourth and Beale streets.

14. Renewing Our Vows -

Last week, U.S. indices ascended briefly back into record territory on supportive comments from global powerbrokers.

In Europe, Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank, initiated a bold conversation on monetary stimulus measures. Reality has set in across the Eurozone that the euro is too strong and inflation too weak for enduring economic expansion.

15. Collierville Explores New School Options -

The Collierville Schools system is about to start the process of finding a site for a new high school and determining how much it would cost.

The Collierville school board voted unanimously Tuesday, April 8, to have the school system’s staff begin developing a request for the qualifications of an architect and planners to come up with plans for the school and select a site.

16. New Perspective -

When the U.S. Postal Service closed its branch office at 826 Mississippi Blvd. near E.H. Crump Boulevard in 2012, workers carted off an oil painting that hung there for several decades with little thought about the man portrayed in the painting.

17. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. George Cogswell, publisher of the Commercial Appeal, will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

18. Events -

SRVS will host the Wesberry Golf Classic Monday, April 7, at Spring Creek Ranch, 140 Chinquapin Drive. The four-person scramble includes lunch, contests, awards and more. Registration is at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Visit srvs.org or call 312-6853.

19. Luttrell Wants Suburban Schools Consideration in Funding Split -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has a pretty good idea what is on the $52.6 million capital spending “ask” list Shelby County Schools is sending his way.

20. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a community day and grand reopening Saturday, April 5. The event includes a 9:30 a.m. Freedom Forward Parade from Cook Convention Center to the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

21. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a candlelight vigil honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday, April 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the museum courtyard, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

22. Museum Milestone -

When the National Civil Rights Museum formally reopens Saturday, April 5, it will be with the “breaking” of a ceremonial chain at the new entrance to the building that was once the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

23. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. National Civil Rights Museum president Beverly Robertson will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

24. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. in suite 250 of Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave. Stroke survivors will discuss caregiving issues; partners and family will discuss time and stress management. Call 516-6929.

25. US Consumer Spending Up Modest 0.3 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans barely increased their spending in February following a weak January performance, strong evidence that the severe winter will hold back the economy in the first quarter.

26. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. in suite 250 of Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave. Stroke survivors will discuss caregiving issues; partners and family will discuss time and stress management. Call 516-6929.

27. Harrah’s Tunica Casino Will Close in June -

Harrah’s Tunica casino will close June 2, according to an announcement Wednesday, March 26, by Caesars Entertainment, the parent company of Harrah’s

The casino at 13615 Old Highway 61 North in Tunica includes a hotel.

28. Events -

Germantown Performing Arts Center will host “action hero” performers STREB Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. at GPAC, 1801 Exeter Road. Buy tickets at gpacweb.com.

29. US Economic Growth for 4th Quarter Revised Higher -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.

30. Events -

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet for a Dutch treat lunch Friday, March 28, at 11:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn University of Memphis Medallion Room, 3700 Central Ave. Nancy Crawford of the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will speak. Call 494-8639.

31. Harrah's Tunica to Close in June -

Harrah’s Tunica casino will close June 2, according to an announcement Wednesday, March 26, by Caesars Entertainment, the parent company of Harrah’s

The casino at 13615 Old Highway 61 North in Tunica includes a hotel.

32. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a roundtable with Ayn Maddox, managing partner of coaching and consulting company CreativExpressions, Thursday, March 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Cheffie’s Cafe, 483 High Point Terrace. The topic is “How Relationships Turn a Salesperson Into a Consultant.” Cost at the door is $20. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

33. School Board Approves $52.6 Million Capital Ask -

Shelby County Schools board members have approved 25 sets of attendance zone changes for the first school year of the demerger and sent a $52.6 million capital “ask” for the current fiscal year to the Shelby County Commission for consideration.

34. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, March 26, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Laura Vaughn, community chapter executive for the American Red Cross, will present “Creating Resiliency Through Preparedness.” Visit phelpssecurity.com.

35. Survey: Economists See US Growth Pickup This Year -

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — With the pace of U.S. economic growth seen speeding up later this year and next, many business economists expect the Federal Reserve to end its bond purchases this fall or even earlier.

36. Events -

The Memphis Challenge will kick off its Power Lunch Series, which connects young professionals with peers and industry leaders, Wednesday, March 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee St. Leanne Scull, vice president, investments for Raymond James, will present “What is Your Financial Well-Being.” Tickets are $25. Visit memphischallenge.org.

37. Post Office Hiring in Memphis, Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it plans on filling more than 70 skilled maintenance positions in both Nashville and Memphis.

Anyone interested can attend one of the local jobs fairs the postal service is offering this week in either Memphis or Nashville.

38. School Board to Vote on $52.6 Million Capital Funding -

Shelby County Schools board members take up a $52.6 million capital funding request Tuesday, March 25, that superintendent Dorsey Hopson would take to the Shelby County Commission for funding.

And the board votes as well Tuesday on setting attendance zones for the school year that begins in August – the first school year of the demerger into six suburban school systems as well as a Shelby County Schools system that becomes the city of Memphis and the unincorporated areas of Shelby County.

39. Events -

Rhodes College will host Maud Manzel for a Communities in Conversation lecture titled “Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict,” Monday, March 24, at 6 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

40. Average 30-Year Mortgage Falls to 4.32 Percent -

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined last week, edging closer to historically low levels.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.32 percent from 4.37 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.32 percent from 3.38 percent.

41. Events -

T.O. Fuller State Park will host its first Spring Hike on the 2-mile Discovery Trail Saturday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m. starting at the visitors center, 1500 W. Mitchell Road. The hike will be followed by a birds of prey program. Cost of the hike is free. Call 543-7581 or email michael.champagne@tn.gov to sign up.

42. Average 30-Year Mortgage Falls to 4.32 Percent -

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined last week, edging closer to historically low levels.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.32 percent from 4.37 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.32 percent from 3.38 percent.

43. Events -

The Eyewear Gallery will hold free dry-eye screenings Friday, March 21, from noon to 2 p.m. at its office, 428 Perkins Road Extended. Visit theeyeweargallery.com or call 763-2020.

44. Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Talks About Values During Visit at Rhodes College -

Jerry Greenfield’s name is part of one of the most well-known snack brand names in the country.

Talk to him about his company, though, and it quickly becomes clear the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s puts his company’s culinary salience on the same level as its goal of acting as a benevolent corporate citizen – championing social causes both internally and outside the company.

45. CB Richard Ellis Brokers Four Multifamily Sales -

The multifamily group at CB Richard Ellis Memphis has closed on the sale of four properties in the Memphis market over the last several weeks.

Briar Club Apartments, a 272-unit apartment community constructed in 1985, sold for $8.7 million, or $32,093 per unit. Cinnamon Trails Apartments, a 208-unit apartment community constructed in 1989, sold for $8.6 million, or $41,461 per unit. respectively. CBRE Memphis represented the sellers, Briar Apartments LLC and Cinnamon Apartments LLC in the sale to New York based Briar Club LLC and Cinnamon Trail LLC.

46. Judge Tosses Class-Action Push for Google Suit -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A judge has tossed out an effort to win class-action status for a lawsuit accusing Google of violating the privacy terms of email users.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled late Tuesday that too many users have too many dissimilar claims to pursue a single class-action lawsuit that could expose the search engine giant to billions of dollars in potential losses.

47. Fed Clarifies Guidance on Short-Term Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve sought Wednesday to clarify a question that investors have been trying to determine: When it might start to raise short-term interest rates from record lows.

48. Hopson Says Common Core Waiver is Option -

Shelby County Schools could seek a waiver from the state to continue using Common Core state education standards if the Tennessee Legislature suspends the use of the standards.

“As our world changes … this is really where we need to be,” Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson told school board members Tuesday, March 18. “If this is where the country is going – 45 of the states are going – and ultimately all states are going there, I think it really sets our kids back if we say, ‘Well, not you kids. We’re going to wait for a couple of years.’”

49. School Board Reviews $52.6 Million Capital Ask, Altered Attendance Zones -

The Shelby County Schools board votes next week on a $52.6 million capital funding ask of the Shelby County Commission designed to get in under the wire before all school funding from the county has to be divided based on average daily attendance including that of the six suburban school districts.

50. Events -

Sales & Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, March 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Scott Lackey, founder and president of Meridian Performance Group LLC, will present “Your Strategy Earned You the Opportunity; Don’t Let Your Personality Kill It.” Cost is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

51. Events -

Conduit Global will hold a recruiting fair for its Memphis call center Tuesday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Visit conduitglobal.com for job descriptions and qualifications.

52. Norfleet Forum to Focus On Brain Development -

A one-day forum titled “Early Brain Development and Function: Impact on Social and Health Outcomes” will be held March 20 from 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus.

53. Nominations Sought For Top Volunteers -

Volunteer Mid-South is seeking nominations through March 20 for its 38th Annual Spirit of Giving Awards. The organization will honor the area’s top volunteers at a recognition luncheon Thursday, April 10, at 11:30 a.m. in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

54. Central Animal Hospital Hosting Open House -

Central Animal Hospital is inviting the public to tour its new and improved facility.

Central Animal Hospital is hosting its first annual community open house Sunday, March 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

55. Obama Signs Memo to Strengthen Overtime Pay Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking to influence workers' incomes where possible, President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules that would make more workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay for their extra hours of work.

56. Central Animal Hospital Hosting Open House -

Central Animal Hospital is inviting the public to tour its new and improved facility.

Central Animal Hospital is hosting its first annual community open house Sunday, March 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

57. Norfleet Forum to Focus on Brain Development -

A one-day forum titled “Early Brain Development and Function: Impact on Social and Health Outcomes” will be held March 20 from 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus.

58. Volunteer Mid-South Seeks Award Nominations -

Volunteer Mid-South is seeking nominations through March 20 for its 38th Annual Spirit of Giving Awards. The organization will honor the area’s top volunteers at a recognition luncheon Thursday, April 10, at 11:30 a.m. in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

59. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the American Payroll Association will meet Thursday, March 13, at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Siskind Susser attorney Bruce Buchanan will present “E Verify and the I-9.” Cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Register at memphisapa.org.

60. Events -

Lifeblood and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host a community blood drive Wednesday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UTHSC, 800 Madison Ave., rooms B201-B204. Visit lifeblood.org or call 529-6320 for eligibility guidelines and appointments.

61. Events -

Calvary Episcopal Church will hold its 2014 Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop weekdays through April 11 at the church, 102 N. Second St. Speakers from various faiths will speak from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.; the Waffle Shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit calvarymemphis.org for a list of speakers.

62. Vince Vaughn Brings Comedy Festival to Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Actor Vince Vaughn is bringing a new comedy festival to Nashville this spring with live tapings and stand-up acts to be held at the city's music venues.

Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Festival on May 15-18 will include comedians Aziz Ansari, Rodney Carrington and Dennis Miller among others.

63. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, March 10, in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. The topic is “Advanced care directives: Making your health care wishes known.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

64. Hopson Talks New School Construction -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said he will seek funding before the new fiscal year that begins July 1 for a new Westhaven Elementary School and possibly two other new schools in southeast and northwest Shelby County.

65. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis education barn, 2525 Central Ave. Museum CEO Dick Hackett will present “Success Breeds Success.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

66. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis education barn, 2525 Central Ave. Museum CEO Dick Hackett will present “Success Breeds Success.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

67. Events -

The Shelby County Trustee’s office will hold a Project H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easier) Financial Literacy workshop Tuesday, March 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Whitehaven Community Center, 4318 Graceland Drive. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

68. 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.

69. 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.

70. Events -

Germantown Community Library will hold an e-book and e-audiobook demonstration Monday, March 3, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the library, 1925 Exeter Road. Cost is free. Call 757-7323 or visit germantown-library.org.

71. Fairview Middle School Renamed -

Fairview Middle School will be renamed Maxine Smith STEAM Academy when it debuts in August as an optional school.

72. Hackett to Address Fundraising Professionals -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will host its monthly luncheon meeting Tuesday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis, 2525 Central Ave.

73. Demerger Debate -

In five months, a new school year will begin in Shelby County. And for a second straight academic year, many parents will be able to say it is unlike any in their lifetimes.

The first and last school year of the unified Memphis City and Shelby County Schools systems will be followed by what educators are calling the “demerger.”

74. Fairview Middle School Renamed -

Fairview Middle School will be renamed Maxine Smith STEAM Academy when it debuts in August as an optional school.

75. Hackett to Address Fundraising Professionals -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will host its monthly luncheon meeting Tuesday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis, 2525 Central Ave.

76. Events -

The University of Memphis will host the Civil Rights in Memphis luncheon and panel discussion Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St. Visit memphis.edu/multiculturalaffairs for more information.

77. Wells Joins Evans Petree as Associate -

Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.

78. Shelby Forest Parents Applaud Rezoning Proposal -

The first reviews of the tentative Shelby County Schools rezoning plan for students were positive, with the plan winning applause Monday, Feb. 24, from parents in the Shelby Forest area.

The set of public hearings moves Wednesday, Feb. 26, to nearby Woodstock Middle School.

79. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold its Volunteer Expo Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will be on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

80. Transcripts Show Fed at Times Slow to Grasp Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve agonized in 2008 over how far to go to stop a financial crisis that threatened to cause a recession and at times struggled to recognize its speed and magnitude.

81. Memphis Team Part of New Pro Hoops League -

Attention basketball fans: A new professional basketball league is making its debut this year.

The Central Basketball Association is scheduled to play its first games on March 1.

The CBA will include seven teams, with additional teams to join in 2015.

82. Schools Closing Proposal to Be Released Tuesday -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson told school board members Wednesday, Feb. 19, he will announce his final recommendations on school closings for the next academic year at the board’s voting meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25.

83. Officials: Obama Drops Budget Cost-of-Living Trims -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama's upcoming budget proposal will not include his past offer to accept lowered cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other benefit programs. Those had been a central component of his long-term debt-reduction strategy.

84. Schools Closing Proposal to Be Released Tuesday -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson told school board members Wednesday, Feb. 19, he will announce his final recommendations on school closings for the next academic year at the board’s voting meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25.

85. Changes Likely in Attendance Zones Proposal -

The set of two dozen proposed attendance zone changes affecting nearly 7,000 students in Shelby County unveiled this week by Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is the first step on the road to certainty for parents of children in the consolidated system that is about to break into seven public systems.

86. Northgate’s Shift -

When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.

When the store closed Tuesday, Feb. 18, it was the last of the original tenants in a center whose changing fortunes mirror those of the blue-collar suburb still feeling the loss of its blue-collar jobs.

87. SCS Attendance Zone Proposal Affects 7,000 Students -

Shelby County Schools board members got their first detailed look Wednesday, Feb. 19, at a set of more than two dozen changes in student attendance zones in the 2014-2015 school year that could affect nearly 7,000 students in the school system.

88. Fed Minutes Point to Continued Paring of Stimulus -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials agreed at their January meeting that further gradual reductions in their stimulus would be appropriate as long as the economy keeps improving.

89. Events -

Memphis Pink Palace Museum will host a lecture by Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi Thomas titled “Mid-South Racial Present” Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the museum, 3050 Central Ave. The free lecture is presented in conjunction with the “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit. Visit memphismuseums.org.

90. Businessman Berger Tosses Hat Into Political Ring -

Memphis businessman Taylor Berger was thinking about it pretty much until the last minute Tuesday, Feb. 18, when he pressed send on an email that announced his intention to run for a seat on the Shelby County Commission.

91. Walker Avenue Remake -

The former Mason YMCA on Walker Avenue near the University of Memphis is getting a new look. The redevelopment of the 11,500-square-foot property is underway and should be complete by the end of the year.

92. Clean Line Energy To Meet With Local Cos. -

Clean Line Energy and its partners are hosting public meetings this month to provide information on their wind energy distribution plan and meet with local businesses.

Clean Line Energy plans on building a 700-mile-long transmission system to deliver around 3,500 megawatts of wind power – enough energy to power around 1 million homes – generated in the Oklahoma panhandle to the Mid-South and the Southeast.

93. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Susan S. Stephenson, co-founder, co-chairman and president of Independent Bank, will present “Make it Work Marketing: Sending a Message That Matters.” Cost for nonmembers is $30 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

94. Yellen Debuts as Fed Chair -

For the first time since 2006, someone not named Ben Bernanke testified before the House Financial Services Committee as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Janet Yellen officially assumed the post on Feb. 3.

95. White House: Stimulus Bill Was Good for Economy -

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — The costly $787 billion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law soon after taking office boosted the economy and helped avoid another Great Depression, the White House said in a status report on Monday's fifth anniversary of the law's enactment.

96. Oil Price Above $100 On Heating Fuel Demand -

The price of oil extended gains above $100 a barrel Monday as the cold weather in the United States increased demand for heating fuels and solid Chinese credit numbers eased concerns over the world’s number 2 economy.

97. Events -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis will host Zumba demonstration classes Tuesday, Feb. 18, and Feb. 25 from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the hospital’s cafe, 5959 Park Ave. Visit saintfrancishosp.com.

98. Memphis Team Part Of New Pro Hoops League -

Attention basketball fans: A new professional basketball league is making its debut this year.

The Central Basketball Association is scheduled to play its first games on March 1.

The CBA will include seven teams, with additional teams to join in 2015.

99. Verizon Wireless Taps New Regional President -

Verizon Wireless has named Kristi Crum as the new president of its South Central Region, which includes West Tennessee and North Mississippi.

100. Memphis Football’s 2014 AAC Foes Announced -

In the University of Memphis football team’s second season of competing in the American Athletic Conference, the Tigers will play 2014 home games against Connecticut, Houston, the University of South Florida and Tulsa.