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1. Q&A: Al Bond, University of Memphis senior offensive lineman -

Fast Facts: First-team American Athletic Conference selection; started all 12 games at right tackle, playing 798 of 915 offensive snaps; been starter since midway of freshman year; stands 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds; graduate of Southwind High School; enrolled in graduate school after receiving undergraduate degree in correctional administration.

2. Folk’s Folly Rebrands, Renames Butcher Shop -

Folk’s Folly has finished rebranding and renovating the restaurant’s adjacent butcher shop that opened in 1989, a spate of activity that also included renaming the shop in honor of restaurant founder Humphrey Folk.

3. Beale Street Authority Takes Shape -

A new tourism development authority being proposed for the Beale Street entertainment district would not replace the Beale Street Development Corp.

4. Southwest Could Offer International Hope -

It’s hard enough getting a direct flight to a domestic destination out of Memphis International Airport these days. And if looking at an international city, just getting a convenient connecting flight can be a headache.

5. Maines Paper & Food Files $3M Building Permit -

New construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

A $3 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the facility at 11420 Gulf Stream Road, listing the scope of work as “new construction, dry storage.”

6. Goat Milk and Smart Marketing -

Maybe it was that last Facebook post that put them over the top. Or, maybe it was the #voteforgoats hashtag.

Little Seed Farm’s goats aren’t telling, but they do look a bit smug.

The goats, along with Little Seed Farm owners James and Eileen Ray, recently pulled in a cool $25,000 by snagging the top spot in furnishing retailer west elm’s, “We Love LOCAL Small Business’’ grant contest.

7. Networking to the New Year -

December is my favorite time of year for networking. It sounds a little crazy, right? The holidays are for family and loved ones. It’s a time of gift giving, cookie baking, and sing-alongs. It’s a time to visit those you haven’t seen in over a year, and if you’re lucky, to build snowmen with your children.

8. McDonald's to Trim Menu, Examine Ingredients -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's is planning to trim its menu, review its cooking methods and maybe even get rid of some of the ingredients it uses to change perceptions that it serves junk food.

9. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present “Twelfth Night” Thursday, Dec. 11, through Dec. 21 at Dixon Gallery and Gardens Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Ave. Buy tickets at tnshakespeare.org.

10. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the YMCA Nuber Center, 5885 Quince Road. CPA Garrett Surles will present “It’s Not Too Late – Year-End Tax Tips.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

11. E-Cigarette Tech Takes Off as Regulation Looms -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine.

12. Big Mac Hurting as Customers Get Pickier -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hold the pickles, onions and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes.

As sales continue to slide in the U.S., McDonald's plans to expand a test that lets people build their own burgers by tapping on a touchscreen to pick the bread, cheese and toppings they want. The company says it will bring the option to 2,000 of its more than 14,000 U.S. locations next year.

13. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the YMCA Nuber Center, 5885 Quince Road. CPA Garrett Surles will present “It’s Not Too Late – Year-End Tax Tips.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

14. Milhaus Acquires Highland Row Property -

44 S. Highland St.; 366, 374 and 380 Ellsworth St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Sale Amount: $4.3 million

15. Plough Foundation Grants $12 Million to Help Local Seniors -

The Plough Foundation has made an unprecedented series of grants totaling nearly $12 million to serve Memphis-area seniors.

The grants will help feed vulnerable Shelby County senior citizens a million meals, to rehab the homes of 500 low-income seniors and to build a continuum of care for elderly victims of abuse through a coordinated community response, among other projects.

16. Eclectic Eye Collecting Donations for Nonprofits -

Eclectic Eye has announced that its Midtown eyewear boutique will support the DeNeuville Learning Center this holiday season by collecting items from the organization’s wish list.

DeNeuville is a nonprofit in Midtown that guides women from all backgrounds and cultures in learning the skills needed to make positive choices for themselves and their families through education, counseling and promoting ways to enhance self-worth.

17. Events -

ALIVE Rescue Memphis will host its launch party and Art for Barks live art auction Saturday, Dec. 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. The event will also include a silent auction and live music. Admission is $12 and includes drinks and appetizers. Visit aliverescuememphis.org.

18. Maines Paper & Food Service Plans Construction -

New construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

A $3 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the facility at 11420 Gulf Stream Road, listing the scope of work as “new construction, dry storage.”

19. Events -

Luna Nova Music will hold its winter concert Monday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Ave. Admission is free. Visit lunanova.org or call 493-0958

20. Celebrating the Holiday Season in East Tennessee -

Even ole Ebenezer Scrooge could find something in Knoxville to get him in the holiday spirit.

Area residents have a wide selection of holiday activities including a Clarence Brown Theatre rendition of Scrooge’s Christmas Eve’s nocturnal visitors. Many of the activities are free, but others range in price. Visit the websites for more detailed information, including time, ticket price and availability.

21. Christmas As It Was -

The hustle and bustle of a 21st Century Christmas and holiday season can be overwhelming, but the Historic Ramsey House offers a view of a bygone era.

Area residents and visitors have an opportunity to travel back to a time when life was slower and an orange in the stocking and a wooden doll under the tree was reason for excitement.

22. Festive Drinks and Fun Venues -

A number of new places opened in Nashville this year, bringing a bevy of new bourbons, crafted brews and incredible places to sit, relax and sip. If you are looking for more than a meal and want that genuine, trendy Nashville experience, here are a few hot spots.

23. Music City Christmas -

In years past, Carl Haley has offered his Grand Avenue transportation passengers the customary Christmas lights tour packages – about the same as other tours in Nashville – with a cruise by Opryland and a trip to a few choice, heavily decorated neighborhoods.

24. These Retailers Could Use Some Holiday Cheer -

NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday shopping season is always a make-or-break period for struggling retailers.

But this year, the fight to grab shoppers has intensified, making it difficult for stores to use the season that accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales to bounce back.

25. Starbucks to Push More Food, Offer Mobile Ordering -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help shrink lines as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.

26. Eclectic Eye Collecting Holiday Donations for Nonprofits -

Eclectic Eye has announced that its Midtown eyewear boutique will support the DeNeuville Learning Center this holiday season by collecting items from the organization’s wish list.

DeNeuville is a nonprofit in Midtown that guides women from all backgrounds and cultures in learning the skills needed to make positive choices for themselves and their families through education, counseling and promoting ways to enhance self-worth.

27. Q&A: Kedren Johnson, University of Memphis Junior Guard -

Fast Facts: 6-foot-4, 229 pounds; transferred from Vanderbilt after sitting out a year; averaged 13.5 points and 3.6 assists as a sophomore; aspiring rapper, he is up front about loving music more than basketball.

28. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Jim Duncan, executive director of Memphis Botanic Garden, will present “The Memphis Botanic Garden Experience: From Red to Black.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

29. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

30. Midtown Gears Up for Indie Holiday Market -

Preparations for the second Memphis Indie Holiday Market are entering the home stretch, as customers and vendors prepare to converge on Muddy’s Grind House Dec. 13 for the one-day event.

Presented by Paper & Clay and Hoot-Louise, this year’s holiday market will build on the original idea with which it began last year – providing a one-stop shop for holiday shoppers as well as a venue for local makers and vendors to present and sell their work.

31. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host the Freedom Award public forum Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ, 369 G.E. Patterson Ave. The Freedom Award ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St., followed by a gala from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the adjacent Cook Convention Center. Admission to the forum is free; tickets to the ceremony and gala are $200. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org for details on this year’s honorees.

32. Bargain Travel Hotspots for 2015 -

December is here and with it comes holiday decorations, busy party schedules and trips to Grandma’s house. And with Christmas presents being a drain on the wallet, future travel probably isn’t top of mind.

33. Local Shopping -

Modern Handmade Memphis has come back to Overton Square with another of its pop-up shops that showcases handmade goods, the latest such event hosted a few times each year by the duo who also captain the Memphis Etsy Team.

34. Treat Your Visitors to These Dining Treats -

Having been busy lately on a cookbook project, I haven’t been able to visit restaurants as often. So after my deadline, I worked on making up for lost time by hitting five restaurants in a couple of weeks.

35. Eat, Drink and Walk Off the Calories As You Go -

There are three things you can count on if you take a walking food tour in East Nashville with – the appropriately named – Walk Eat Nashville:

1. You will discover new favorite dishes at familiar places.
2. You will try things you wouldn’t ordinarily sample on your own.
3. You will learn something new about the neighborhood, even if you thought you knew it all already.

36. Grizz Holding Food Drive for Mid-South Food Bank -

In their annual tradition, the Memphis Grizzlies and ACH Food Cos. Inc. are teaming up for a canned food drive to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank on Friday, Dec. 5, when the Grizzlies take on the San Antonio Spurs at FedExForum.

37. Events -

American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-REDCROSS for eligibility requirements and appointments.

38. Patrick Ready to Cook at Relocated Rizzo’s Diner -

Chef Michael Patrick reaches for a metaphor to describe what it will feel like once the new, more expansive version of his Downtown eatery, Rizzo’s Diner, opens in the next several days at 492 S. Main St.

39. New FDA Rules Will Put Calorie Counts on Menus -

Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

40. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “If Scrooge Was a Brother” Friday, Nov. 28, through Dec. 21 at the theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at hattiloo.org.

41. Shelby County November Vote Certified -

With a few adjustments and a legal question still to be decided in Nashville, the Shelby County Election Commission certified the last election of 2014 in Shelby County Monday, Nov. 24.

The results, audited by certified public accountants Watkins-Uiberall PLLC and Banks, Finley, White & Co., include new totals for the city of Memphis referendum on selling wine in food stores and the Memphis referendum on changes to the city charter provisions on the civil service system.

42. New FDA Rules Will Put Calorie Counts on Menus -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

43. Google's Latest: A Spoon That Steadies Tremors -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.

But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling.

44. Giving Tuesday -

Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. What’s next? Giving Tuesday. That’s right. This December 2, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a new global holiday, and it’s all about philanthropy.

45. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

46. Rogero Talks ‘Smart Growth,’ Democratic Politics -

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero became the first woman to hold that office when she won the election in 2011.

She’s been actively involved in a number of local issues since her election, from urban-core revitalization and business recruitment to broader social issues such as marriage equality.

47. US Consumer Prices Unchanged in October -

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.

The steady reading for inflation last month followed a tiny 0.1 percent increase in September and a 0.2 percent drop in August, the Labor Department said Thursday. Energy prices fell 1.9 percent last month while food costs edged up a slim 0.1 percent.

48. Soaring Generic Drug Prices Draw Senate Scrutiny -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

49. US Consumer Prices Unchanged in October -

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.

The steady reading for inflation last month followed a tiny 0.1 percent increase in September and a 0.2 percent drop in August, the Labor Department said Thursday. Energy prices fell 1.9 percent last month while food costs edged up a slim 0.1 percent.

50. New Daisy Changes Hands at Critical Time for Beale -

Three decades is a long enough time on Beale Street for any institution to create its own remarkable life.

But when that 30 years is part of a longer life of nearly 80 years and it’s on a street with an even longer history and heritage, there can be a tendency to forget how much time has passed in the latest life.

51. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission board will meet Thursday, Nov. 20, at noon in the commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

52. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a lunch and learn with Daphene McFerren, director of The Benjamin Hooks Institute at the University of Memphis, Wednesday, Nov. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. The topic is “Freedom’s Front Line: The Voting Rights Struggle in Fayette County, Tenn.” Cost is free; bring your own lunch. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

53. Paper & Clay Named as Runner-Up for Magazine Award -

“Garden & Gun” magazine has announced that Memphis-based handmade ceramics studio Paper & Clay is among the runners up in its fifth annual Made in the South Awards.

The awards honor artisans from across the region and celebrate Southern craftsmen making products in the categories of food, drink, outdoors, home and style and design.

54. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host a family-friendly event Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the giant Grizzlies jersey in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Attendees can register for a Fitness Trail Passport, and those who complete all six stations will be in the running for prizes, including tickets to Grizzlies opening night and autographed items. Visit getriverfit.com.

55. Elvis Presley Enterprises Seeks $70 Million Building Permit for Hotel -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $70 million

56. St. Jude Give Thanks Walk to Be Held Nov. 22 -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is holding the “St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.” Saturday, Nov. 22, at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle in Collierville. The walk begins at 9 a.m., with check-in starting at 7 a.m.

57. Events -

Memphis Area BPW (Business & Professional Women) will meet Monday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove Road. Sarah Stramel of Stramel PR & Social Media will present “Why You Need Social Media.” Cost is free. RSVP to Martha Ervin at 489-5481 or vicepresident1@bpwtn.org.

58. Wal-Mart Sales Perk Up Ahead of Holiday -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

59. Paragon Bank Accepting Donations for Food Drive -

Paragon Bank is accepting donations for the 7th Annual Mid-South Food Bank Student Food Drive at its four banking centers throughout the month of November.

60. Curated Holiday Market Planned for December -

A new curated holiday market will launch in December.

The Memphis Indie Holiday Market, hosted by Muddy's Grind House, is scheduled for Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Grind House patio in Cooper-Young.

61. Wal-Mart Sales Perk Up Ahead of Holiday -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

62. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will hold an opening reception for “SOUL: Memphis’ Original Sound – Photographs by Thom Gilbert” Friday, Nov. 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The event will include refreshments and live music by Bobby Rush. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.

63. Curated Holiday Market Planned for December -

A new curated holiday market will launch in December.

The Memphis Indie Holiday Market, hosted by Muddy's Grind House, is scheduled for Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Grind House patio in Cooper-Young.

64. Ignite Memphis Returns With More Rapid-Fire Ideas -

Ignite Memphis returns next week with what organizers say looks to be the biggest Ignite event ever, on track for another sellout.

The basic idea behind Ignite Memphis: Get a group of creative professionals and Memphians of all stripes, really, to take the stage and make a presentation. That’s pretty much it, other than a few parameters, such as the requirement that the presentations include slides and last a total of five minutes.

65. Utensil University -

It’s competitive out there. A new graduate, even one with great grades and real-world experience, still might have to make an additional good impression on a potential employer.

That’s one reason some employers, once screening out the first wave or two of applicants, might decide to continue the interview process over a lunch or dinner. On the one hand, this is a good sign for the applicant – he or she has made it deep enough into the process that the boss is willing to spend a little money and more time to continue the conversation.

66. Historic Brewery Sold and Ready for Development -

The long-vacant Tennessee Brewery Downtown has been sold for $825,000 and could soon see new life.

The Tennessee Brewery LLC, a trust of the family that owns Memphis general contractor BHN Corp., sold the shuttered brewery at 495 Tennessee St. to 495 Tennessee LLC, according to a Nov. 5 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds office.

67. How to Solicit Gifts for a Nonprofit -

It's time to ask, but just exactly what do you say? As the year comes to a close nonprofits look to board members, volunteers and donors to ask their friends, family members and colleagues to consider making a meaningful gift. You may have the internal fortitude to overcome your fear of asking (read, fear of rejection), but what exactly do you say and do?

68. Paragon Bank Accepting Donations for Food Drive -

Paragon Bank is accepting donations for the 7th Annual Mid-South Food Bank Student Food Drive at its four banking centers throughout November.

69. Station Inn: Music History Amid Gulch High-Rises -

J.T. Gray – who pioneered smokeless nightclubs before it became fashionable (and/or mandated) – is glad to see sparkling condo towers, office buildings, restaurants and the like sprouting around him. After all, these newcomers eventually might find themselves inside his time-out-of-mind blockhouse where Bill Monroe used to just drop by and pick.

70. Want to Make Big Impression? Try Small Nashville-Area Retailers -

Imogene + Willie put 12 South on the world map for designer denim five years ago.

Its original American-made rigid jeans, custom-fitted to you in its showroom in a former gas station, are a nationwide pheno-menon, and the brand is so successful that owners Carrie and Matt Eddmenson have opened a second store in Portland, Oregon.

71. ’Tis the Shopping Season -

Buoyed by rising home prices and stock portfolios, Middle Tennesseans are ready to spend big again on the holidays and will be shopping earlier than ever.

In fact, they already have.

Forget Black Friday or even Thanksgiving Day as the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

72. Survival of the Fittest -

Back in 2010, as the video rental giant Blockbuster was circling the drain in the wake of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the irony was inescapable to Matt Martin.

Martin, co-owner of Black Lodge Video in Memphis, told a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor how Blockbuster employees “literally laughed in our faces” when the independent video rental shop first opened its doors.

73. Events -

The Broad Avenue Fall Art Walk will be held Friday, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Broad Avenue Arts District. The event will include more than 100 artists exhibiting along Broad Avenue, live music and dance at the Water Tower Pavilion, food trucks and more. Admission is free. Visit broadavearts.com.

74. US Officials Unveil Plan to Test Ebola Drugs -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The quest for an Ebola treatment is picking up speed. Federal officials have unveiled a plan to test multiple drugs at once, in an umbrella study with a single comparison group to give fast answers on what works.

75. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn from the Experts” Thursday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in its boardroom, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. Cost is $75. Register at cannonwrightblount.com/resources or call 685-7500.

76. Voters Approve Wine, Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

77. Voters Approve Wine, Constitutional Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

78. Shelby Early Vote Shows "No" Carry On Abortion Amendment -

Shelby County’s early vote totals show a defeat for the amendment to the Tennessee Constitution involving abortion and passage of the other three amendments.

The vote count for Shelby County only during the early voting period in advance of the Tuesday, Nov. 4, election day show:

79. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Ally Condie, author of “Atlantia,” for a discussion and book signing Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

80. Hill to Lead MIFA’s COOL Program -

Andrea Hill has been named manager of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association’s COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) program, which provides higher education counseling, life skills training and mentorship opportunities to 11th- and 12th-graders from G.W. Carver and Booker T. Washington High Schools. Hill previously worked as director of volunteer services for Cool Girls Inc. in Atlanta.

81. Events -

Memphis Reads, the citywide community reading program, will host Dinaw Mengestu, author of Memphis Reads selection “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” Tuesday, Nov. 4, for a reading at 5:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Mengestu will also speak at 8 p.m. at the University Theater on the Christian Brothers University campus, 650 East Parkway S. Both events are free. Visit cbu.edu.

82. Amendments, Wine Dominate Election Day -

The last of 2014’s three elections promises to be defined just as much by the questions on the ballot as it is by the choices among candidates.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, across Tennessee, with polls open in Shelby County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

83. US Consumer Spending Down 0.2 Percent in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer cut spending in September for the first time in eight months, as incomes grew at the slowest pace this year. The figures underscore nagging economic soft spots that are expected to ease in the coming months.

84. Wright Medical, Tornier Merge in $3.3 Billion Deal -

Wright Medical Group Inc. of Memphis announced Monday, Oct. 27, a merger of the specialty orthopedic company with Tornier N.V., a global medical device company headquartered in Amsterdam that makes and markets joint replacement and soft tissue repair devices.

85. Events -

Memphis Reads, the citywide community reading program, will host Dinaw Mengestu, author of Memphis Reads selection “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” Tuesday, Nov. 4, for a reading at 5:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Mengestu will also speak at 8 p.m. at the University Theater on the Christian Brothers University campus, 650 East Parkway S. Both events are free. Visit cbu.edu.

86. Nashville Serves Lesson in Equality Via Steam Table -

Attending the Southern Foodways Alliance symposium meant homework before class. Leading up to the meeting, we received a list of about 14 articles, 26 books, two thesis papers, five oral histories and nine films to help put the talks and meals we would have into context.

87. Why are Tennesseans So Afraid of an Income Tax? -

The odds of an income tax becoming a reality in Tennessee – one of the nation’s lowest-taxed states – are slim to none.

And, yet there is an amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot that would change Tennessee’s constitution by giving the Legislature authority to prohibit passage of an income tax or payroll tax in the state.

88. Not So Sweet: Chocolate Prices Are Set to Rise -

NEW YORK (AP) – That bowl of chocolates for ninjas and ghosts won't cost you more this Halloween. Picking the perfect sweet for your Valentine could.

The cost of ingredients in chocolate bars is rising, and the nation's biggest candy makers have already warned of price hikes next year. And it's not just costs that are pushing up prices. A growing sweet tooth around the world means more demand for chocolate.

89. For-Profit Programs Face 'Gainful Employment' Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For-profit colleges with graduates unable to pay back their student loans could soon face scrutiny by the federal government.

Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs.

90. Rhodes to Hold 'Memphis Day' Saturday -

Rhodes College opens its campus Saturday, Nov. 1, for “Memphis Day.” The activities, which run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., include five live music performances, an afternoon football game and food trucks.

91. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

92. Events -

Eclectic Eye will host Girls Night Out Thursday, Oct. 30, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at its Midtown boutique, 272 S. Cooper St. The event will feature The Henny Penny Mobile Boutique, a Gia Marina eyebrow specialist, discounted Eclectic Eye eyewear and complimentary treats and themed cocktails. Visit eclectic-eye.com.

93. Wright Medical, Tornier Merge in $3.3 Billion Deal -

Wright Medical Group Inc. of Memphis announced Monday, Oct. 27, a merger of the specialty orthopedic company with Tornier N.V., a global medical device company headquartered in Amsterdam that makes and markets joint replacement and soft tissue repair devices.

94. Events -

Vatterott Career College will hold a car, bike and truck show open house Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6991 Appling Farms Parkway. Attendees can explore vehicles and learn about careers in powersports, diesel and more. Visit vatterott.edu.

95. Wright Medical Merges With Tornier In $3.3 Billion Deal -

Wright Medical Group Inc. of Memphis announced Monday, Oct. 27, a merger of the specialty orthopedic company with Tornier N.V., a global medical device company headquartered in Amsterdam that makes and markets joint replacement and soft tissue repair devices.

96. Tigers Homecoming to Air on ESPNU Oct. 31  -

The University of Memphis’ football homecoming game this Friday, Oct. 31, kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. The Tigers, who are playing Tulsa at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, are 4-3 overall, 2-1 in the American Athletic Conference, after beating SMU last Saturday.

97. Early Vote Turnout Lags Behind 2010 -

Early voting turnout in advance of the Nov. 4 Election Day was running about 17,000 voters behind the early vote turnout four years ago for the same election cycle through the second and final weekend in the early voting period.

98. Proctor & Gamble Taking Out its Batteries -

NEW YORK (AP) — Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company.

The world's largest consumer products maker, which acquired Duracell in 2005, has been trimming its product lineup to focus on its top performers. After it finishes jettisoning more than half its brands around the globe over the next year or two, P&G said it will be left with about 70 to 80 brands.

99. I Choose Memphis: Edward C-W Harper IV -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Edward C-W Harper IV

100. Hard Rock Priority -

When Hard Rock Café opened in the late 1990s at Beale and Hernando streets it was a late realization of a brand-specific goal city leaders had pursued while The Pyramid was being built in the late 1980s.