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1. Remember When Titans Had Home-Field Advantage? -

There really are two ways to look at the remainder of the Tennessee Titans 2014 season and how the bleak present could affect the uncertain future of this franchise.

As Steelers fans waved their Terrible Towels at LP Field Monday night, Titans fans watched as their terrible team had another terrible trial in falling to 2-8.

2. Big & Rich to Play Halftime of Liberty Bowl -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Country duo Big & Rich will play the halftime show of the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 29 after being honored with the bowl's Outstanding Achievement Award.

Bowl officials announced the award Wednesday.

3. Feds: Bullying, Lying Debt Collectors an Epidemic -

NEW YORK (AP) – The country is facing an epidemic of unscrupulous debt collectors willing to pose as law enforcement and threaten arrest to squeeze dollars out of Americans, a top prosecutor said Tuesday as he announced the arrests of seven people who worked for an Atlanta-area company.

4. Rosters Set for High School All-Star Game -

The rosters have been chosen for the 13th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game. High school seniors from 48 public and private schools will be part of the game to be played Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2:30 p.m. at Memphis University School.

5. Handling the Stress of Thanksgiving Air Travel -

Do you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? You’re not alone, as Airlines for America has projected 24.6 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period.

6. 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.

7. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Harold Graeter, associate executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, will present “Selling the College Football Bowl Experience.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

8. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will host its Corporate Neighbor Awards Breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Memphis Botanic Garden’s Hardin Hall, 750 Cherry Road. The awards honor exemplary corporate community engagement programs across the region. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

9. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

10. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will present “You Be the Judge,” a mock trial that explores what would have happened if James Earl Ray had stood trial for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

11. Tigers One Win From Bowl Eligibility -

It has been six years since the University of Memphis football team played in a bowl. But it’s now just about impossible to imagine that streak extending to seven seasons.

The Tigers beat Tulsa 40-20 on Halloween night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for their fifth win. Get to six, and they’re bowl eligible.

12. South Dominates First Playoff Rankings -

The first College Football Playoff Rankings were released this week and if the playoff started today Mississippi State and Ole Miss would hold seeds one and four respectively, with Florida State No. 2 and Auburn No. 3.

13. 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.

14. Halloween Festivities Part of Tigers Football -

The University of Memphis athletics department is hosting activities for trick-or-treaters of all ages prior to the Tigers’ Homecoming game vs. Tulsa Friday, Oct. 31.

Memphis is promoting trick-or-treating on Tiger Lane from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a concert with rocker Bret Michaels at 5 p.m., a costume contest with Pouncer at 6 p.m. and a pre-game pep rally at 6:15 p.m.

15. All-Star Game to Showcase Standouts -

The 13th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game will be played on Dec. 13 and feature more than 80 of the top players from Shelby County’s public schools and private schools in the Memphis area.

16. High School All-Star Game To Showcase Area’s Standouts -

The 13th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game will be played Dec. 13 and feature the top players from Shelby County’s public schools and private schools in the Memphis area.

17. Long-Term Success -

Insurance products by definition tend to be long-term oriented, providing value over an extended period of time. No surprise, then, that Memphis insurance agency Lipscomb & Pitts, which opened its doors with one employee in 1954, all of a sudden finds itself celebrating 60 years in business.

18. Mississippi State Finds Itself in Historic Times -

In the 78-year history of the Associated Press college football poll, it had never happened. A team that was unranked at season’s start had never ascended to the top spot.

Now, Mississippi State has made that history as the Bulldogs climbed to No. 1, leaping from being tied at No. 3 with Ole Miss to go in front of former No. 1 Florida State. This was the reward after beating then-No. 2 Auburn 38-23 last Saturday.

19. Ebola Screening Measures Rest on Federal Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration's plans to screen certain airline passengers for exposure to Ebola are based on the Constitution and long-established legal authority that would almost certainly stand up in court if challenged, public health experts say.

20. Tigers Expect Bigger Crowd, Shorter Lines -

Everyone among the 46,000-plus fans attending the University of Memphis football team’s 36-17 over Middle Tennessee three weeks ago at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, seemed to have a good time.

Well, once they got inside the stadium.

21. Memphis Football Managing Rising Expectations -

A college football coach is nothing without his canons, those principles and precepts that keep the focus tight and trained only on the next game, the next opponent.

But when success comes at levels not previously experienced, a coach will slip and show you his humanity. University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente did this the other day, amid a barrage of questions about recognition and attention after the Tigers went up to Cincinnati and destroyed Tommy Tuberville’s Bearcats 41-14.

22. Football Dreams -

Call the doctor, the sports doctor. Because the collective temperature of Mid-South college football fans is at unsafe levels.

Mississippi State and Ole Miss are undefeated and tied for third in the Associated Press poll. The historically downtrodden University of Memphis football program just blasted preseason American Athletic Conference favorite Cincinnati on the road and hung with both Ole Miss and UCLA.

23. ‘Super Bowl’ Bound -

For years, fans have been leaving University of Memphis football games early. Home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium were a kind of cruel test for the diehard fans.

How long could they sit there while their team was getting pummeled yet again?

24. College Football Notebook: September 23, 2014 -

The University of Memphis had lost three straight games to Middle Tennessee and five of the last six. Getting beat by the Blue Raiders each year had become commonplace and another sign of a program in perpetual struggle.

25. Tigers Hope to ‘Grind’ Win Against MTSU -

It’s a big game. Big enough that the University of Memphis got the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen – “The Grindfather” – to do a short video urging fans to come out for the football game this Saturday, Sept. 20, against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

26. Wade: NFL Has Addiction Problem -

Wading in with thoughts on several topics … So a former FBI director will investigate how the NFL handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case – the tape that commissioner Roger Goodell says he never saw until recently – and here’s what I wonder about the state of our society:

27. College Football Notebook: September 9 -

University of Memphis sophomore quarterback Paxton Lynch apparently likes the big stage. Lynch passed for a career-high 305 yards as he completed 27-of-41 passes (one touchdown, no interceptions) in the Tigers’ 42-35 loss at then-No. 11 UCLA.

28. Events -

Rock for Love 8, the annual music festival benefiting Church Health Center, will be held Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, with concerts in Crosstown, Overton Square and at the Levitt Shell. Visit rockforlove.org for a schedule and to bid in the online auction through Sept. 7.

29. Events -

Rock for Love 8, the annual music festival benefiting Church Health Center, will be held Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, with concerts in Crosstown, Overton Square and at the Levitt Shell. Visit rockforlove.org for a schedule and to bid in the online auction through Sept. 7.

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

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

31. Wade: College Football Returns With Passion -

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

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

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

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

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

33. Changing Landscape -

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

34. $5 Tickets Available for Memphis Football Opener -

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

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

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

36. New University of Memphis Graduates Eligible for Football Tickets -

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

37. Slogan Sets Bar High for Tigers -

Senior running back Brandon Hayes knows the Tigers were “close” in a lot of games last season, even though the final result was a 3-9 record.

38. Tigers Athletics Voice Ray Mullins Dies at 66 -

Ray Mullins, the public address voice of many University of Memphis athletic teams and the “Mighty Sound of the South,” died on Saturday, Aug. 9. Mullins was 66.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray’s family,” Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen said in a statement. “Ray was a remarkable man and a great announcer for many athletics teams and the band. Ray will be dearly missed by all.”

39. Convoy of Hope to Host Memphis Giveaway -

Convoy of Hope will partner with local businesses, churches, government agencies and nonprofits during a community celebration Sept. 6 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

40. Former Tigers Head Man Finds Simpler Life at MTSU -

In nine years as the head coach, Tommy West provided the University of Memphis with much of its football lore: five bowls – there have only been seven – and 49 wins (third-most all time).

41. Tigers Athletics Voice Ray Mullins Dies at 66 -

Ray Mullins, the public address voice of many University of Memphis athletic teams and the “Mighty Sound of the South,” died on Saturday, Aug. 9. Mullins was 66.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray’s family,” Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen said in a statement. “Ray was a remarkable man and a great announcer for many athletics teams and the band. Ray will be dearly missed by all.”

42. Convoy of Hope to Host Memphis Giveaway -

Convoy of Hope will partner with local businesses, churches, government agencies and nonprofits during a community celebration Sept. 6 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

43. Tigers Athletics Announcer Ray Mullins Dies at 66 -

Ray Mullins, the public address voice of many University of Memphis athletic teams and the “Mighty Sound of the South,” died on Saturday, Aug. 9. Mullins was 66.

44. The Press Box: Mississippi State, Prescott Set High Expectations -

Confidence does not always take the predictable path.

The 2013 Mississippi State Bulldogs were heartbroken over the one that got away at Auburn, and reveled in the one that didn’t in the Egg Bowl victory over Ole Miss in Starkville.

45. Tigers Players, Coaches Say Time is Now for Football Success -

Two years ago, the University of Memphis football season began with the unthinkable: a 20-17 home loss to UT Martin.

Amid all the buzz about new head coach Justin Fuente, the floor dropped from beneath the Tigers after they had won just three games total in the previous two seasons under Larry Porter.

46. Tigers Football Team Kicks Off Practice -

The University of Memphis football team was to begin team practices Monday, Aug. 4, at the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex on the university’s Park Avenue campus.

Members of Memphis’ official football booster group, the Highland Hundred, were invited to a first-hand look at the team Monday, and the general public is invited to attend practice Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 4:30 p.m. at the Murphy complex.

47. Tigers Place Seventh in Preseason Poll -

The University of Memphis placed seventh in the preseason poll at American Athletic Conference Media Days on Tuesday, July 29, in Newport, R.I.

Cincinnati, which went 9-4 last season, was picked to win the conference title. The complete poll looked like this: 1. Cincinanti. 2. UCF 3. Houston. 4. East Carolina. 5. SMU. 6. USF. 7. Memphis. 8. Temple. 9. UConn and Tulane. 11. Tulsa.

48. M Club Golf Tournament Slated for Aug. 29 -

The M Club, the letter winners association at the University of Memphis, will play host to the 2014 “Clash of the Tigers” Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug 29, at Windyke Country Club.

The tournament will take place on the eve of the Tigers kicking off the 2014 football season. Memphis will take on Austin Peay the following evening in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

49. No Crying in Vanderbilt Football, Not Anymore -

HOOVER, Ala. – Before James Franklin, Vanderbilt never had been to consecutive bowl games. He took them to three in three years.

50. Ehrhart Touts Liberty Bowl to SEC Schools -

HOOVER, Ala. – Steve Ehrhart has work to do.

The 56th AutoZone Liberty Bowl isn’t until Dec. 29, but the bowl’s executive director knows the time is now to make his case to SEC athletic directors.

51. Corporations are People? It's a Real Legal Concept -

WASHINGTON (AP) – There may be more to that "we the people" notion than you thought.

These are boom times for the concept of "corporate personhood."

Corporations are people?

52. University of Memphis Names Carrier Assistant Athletic Director -

Thomas Carrier, a two-time alumnus of the University of Memphis with more than 10 years of experience in the facility management industry, has been named assistant athletic director for events and facilities.

53. Memphis Football Single-Game Tickets on Sale -

Single-game tickets for all six University of Memphis home football games are now on sale. The Tigers open the 2014 football season by playing host to Austin Peay on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

54. Memphis Football Single-Game Tickets on Sale -

Single-game tickets for all six University of Memphis home football games are now on sale. The Tigers open the 2014 football season by playing host to Austin Peay on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

55. University of Memphis Names Carrier Assistant Athletic Director -

Thomas Carrier, a two-time alumnus of the University of Memphis with more than 10 years of experience in the facility management industry, has been named assistant athletic director for events and facilities.

56. Pledging Our Allegiance -

The Pledge of Allegiance, just 31 words, is an encounter with wisdom from the past, taking us from what we hold, to what holds us. It is memorized, recited and ingrained into our daily lives.

And, as sometimes happens with the routine, the deep meaning becomes lost. The profound becomes rote, taken for granted, and reciting the words of the Pledge almost a counter-cultural act. In a throwaway culture, we still preserve this tradition. In a society that celebrates novelty and creativity, we recite words written long ago. In a country that values individuality, we recite them in unity. When the accepted wisdom changes minute by minute in our lives, we repeat this pledge over and over because it is so important. In a time that commitment is not always honored, we pledge our allegiance.

57. Wireless Companies Put Up More 'Stealth' Towers -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – One might be hidden in a cross on a church lawn. Others are disguised as a cactus in the desert, a silo in farm country or a palm tree reaching into a sunny sky.

58. Editorial: Only Endorsement Is for People to Vote -

We have an endorsement to make in the August elections.

It’s not a candidate, or that we are for education and against crime, or any other position.

What we want is more than half of Shelby County’s 533,579 voters to vote early in July or on election day, Aug. 7 – for any candidate in any race for any reason.

59. Mid-South Fair Staying in Southaven -

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — The Mid-South Fair will stay in Southaven for five more years.

The city and fair organizers signed an agreement this past week. The 158th annual event will be at the Landers Center facilities from Sept. 19 to Sept. 28.

60. This week in Memphis history: April 25-May 1 -

1984: The Memphis Showboats played the Pittsburgh Maulers at the Liberty Bowl in the inaugural and first of their two seasons in the United States Football League. The Showboats won 17-7 and at the end of the season had a 7-11 record, the best among expansion teams in the league, which started in 1983.

61. Hands Up, You’re in Tennessee -

ARMED AND DANGEROUS. I got an email last week from a White Station classmate.

“Aren’t you the guy who once wore a western style .22 pistol in a holster into the drug store at Poplar and Perkins? Man, were you ever ahead of your time.”

62. 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.

63. Memphis Football Spring Game April 11 -

The Tigers football team’s spring practice will culminate with the Blue-Gray Spring Game Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Admission to the game is free.

Tailgate activities on Tiger Lane will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until kickoff. The team will hold its traditional Tiger Walk through Tiger Lane at 6 p.m.

64. Memphis Football Spring Game April 11 -

The Tigers football team’s spring practice will culminate with the Blue-Gray Spring Game Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Admission to the game is free.

Tailgate activities on Tiger Lane will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until kickoff. The team will hold its traditional Tiger Walk through Tiger Lane at 6 p.m.

65. Memphis Football On National TV -

The American Athletic Conference has announced that the University of Memphis’ Nov. 7 football game at Temple will be broadcast by ESPNU. Memphis will now play consecutive games on Friday nights. The Tigers’ home game against Tulsa Oct. 31 will also be broadcast on ESPN or ESPNU.

66. Memphis Football On National TV -

The American Athletic Conference has announced that the University of Memphis’ Nov. 7 football game at Temple will be broadcast by ESPNU. Memphis will now play consecutive games on Friday nights. The Tigers’ home game against Tulsa Oct. 31 will also be broadcast on ESPN or ESPNU.

67. Low-Wage Jobs Unexpectedly a Way of Life for Many -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job.

The workers benefited, and so did lower-wage retailers such as Wal-Mart: When its staffers left for better-paying jobs, they could spend more at its stores. And the U.S. economy gained, too, because more consumer spending fueled growth.

68. Liberty Bowl, AutoZone Extend Sponsorship Deal -

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

Liberty Bowl officials announced the agreement Friday.

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

69. Weather, Computer Outage Cause Flight Delays -

DALLAS (AP) — More than 600 U.S. flights were canceled and about 2,600 were running late on Tuesday as a winter storm swept across the Northeast.

Adding to travelers' woes: United Airlines experienced problems with its passenger-service computer system for much of the morning.

70. Miss. Senate OKs Adding 'In God We Trust' to Seal -

The Mississippi Senate voted Friday to add "In God We Trust" to the state seal, as requested by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.

Currently, it has an eagle and the words, "The Great Seal of the State of Mississippi" without a slogan.

71. Miss. Senate OKs Adding ‘In God We Trust’ to Seal -

The Mississippi Senate voted Friday to add “In God We Trust” to the state seal, as requested by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.

Currently, it has an eagle and the words, “The Great Seal of the State of Mississippi” without a slogan.

72. Obama Tightens Reins on Surveillance Programs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tightening the reins on the nation's sweeping surveillance operations, President Barack Obama on Friday ordered new limits on the way intelligence officials access phone records from hundreds of millions of Americans – and moved toward eventually stripping the massive data collection from the government's hands.

73. NCAA Gives Hayes Another Year of Eligibility -

The NCAA has granted University of Memphis running back Brandon Hayes an additional year of eligibility. Hayes led the Tigers with 860 rushing yards in 2013 and caught 20 passes for 119 yards. At the end of the season he was named the DeAngelo Williams Most Valuable Player.

74. PRSA Memphis, Rossie Prep for Busy Year -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is kicking off what incoming chapter president Kim Speros Rossie is calling a busy 2014 by naming Beverly Robertson, outgoing president of the National Civil Rights Museum, as the 2014 recipient of the chapter’s Communicator of the Year Award.

75. Government: Birth Control Mandate Should Not be Blocked -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration urged a Supreme Court justice Friday to stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.

76. Plans in Works for Dormant Midtown Project -

City officials are working on plans to kick-start the dormant Washington Bottoms project at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street in Midtown.

Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb confirmed that he is working on the effort but said he was not yet able to release detailed information on the project.

77. Bowling for Who-Knows-What -

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

78. Events -

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

79. Events -

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

80. Events -

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

81. Events -

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

82. Events -

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

83. Southeastern Freight Lines Gives Back -

Despite a busy year greatly expanding its facilities in Memphis, Southeastern Freight Lines has found time to give back to the local community through its Southeastern Serves program, donating 39 hours locally and 1,323 total hours nationally to a variety of worthy causes.

84. Events -

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

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

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

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

86. College Football Season Brought Many Surprises -

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

87. College Football Notebook: December 6, 2013 -

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

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

88. Diamond Rio to Receive Liberty Bowl Award -

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

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

89. Diamond Rio to Receive Liberty Bowl Award -

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

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

90. Mid-South Fair Leaders Seek Memphis Return -

The president of the Mid-South Fair says the nonprofit organization wants to return to Memphis.

“We were told to leave our home,” Michael Doyle, president of the fair, told Memphis City Council members of the fair’s departure as Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton made fifth-term plans for a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds that originally included a new Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

91. Mid-South Fair Leaders Seek Memphis Return -

The president of the Mid-South Fair told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Nov. 19, that the nonprofit organization wants to return to Memphis.

“We were told to leave our home,” Michael Doyle, president of the fair, told council members of the fair’s departure as Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton made plans for a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds that originally included a new Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

92. This week in Memphis history: November 15-21 -

2012: On the front page of The Daily News, civic leaders in Millington formally opened the long-awaited extension of Veterans Parkway north of Navy Road.

1983: The Benchmark Hotel, Downtown’s largest black-owned hotel, opened on the northwest corner of Union Avenue and Third Street, across from The Peabody hotel. What had been a fire-damaged motel was renovated over three years at a cost of $4.5 million with 110 rooms. At its opening the hotel was at full occupancy with a delegation from Iowa in the city for the annual Church of God In Christ convocation.

93. Family Roots Keep Lipscomb & Pitts on Path -

Lipscomb & Pitts was founded on Oct. 1, 1954, by Mathew Lipscomb Jr. and John Pitts, both veterans of World War II who had come home to become the top two sales leaders in the southeast for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

94. Evolve Bank & Trust Expands to Jonesboro -

Evolve Bank & Trust has announced it will be opening a new office in Jonesboro, Ark., next month.

The Memphis-based bank’s new office there includes a group formerly with Liberty Bank, the arrival of which Evolve president and CEO Scott Stafford said “is a great score for us.”

95. Events -

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association will hold the 2013 Fall Vesta Home Show Saturday, Nov. 9, to Dec. 1 at the St. James Place development in Germantown. General admission is $12. Visit vestahomeshow.com for hours and parking information.

96. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will host Curtain Up: Carnival Noir on Friday, Nov. 8, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the theater, 66 S. Cooper St. The fundraiser will include five different-themed rooms of games, live music, food and cocktails. Tickets are $75. Visit playhouseonthesquare.com.

97. One Game Way Too Soon to Panic -

Outright panic or complete denial? That seems to be the choice.

You can be in the camp that is convinced the Grizzlies will miss the playoffs because – drum roll, please – they lost the first game and had one horrid, putrid, disgusting quarter!

98. Fuente Keenly Aware of Job’s Ups, Downs -

It was a postmortem that sounded like a lot of other postmortems from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

“Our guys battled their tails off,” University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente said after his team lost, 34-21, to Cincinnati on Wednesday, Oct. 30. “Again, our margin for error is not very big.”

99. Tigers Desperately Seeking Offense -

It might be obscured by the record – 1-4 overall, 0-2 in the American Athletic Conference – but the University of Memphis football team has a good defense.

Good enough that the Tigers are ranked 11th in the country in total defense, allowing an average of 305.2 yards per game in an era in which many teams seem to run – and pass – their way up and down the field at will.

100. College Football Notebook: October 11, 2013 -

With back-to-back losses to No. 1 Alabama and an improved Auburn team, Ole Miss has fallen from the national rankings and is sitting at 3-2, 1-2 in the SEC.

“Obviously, we’re not happy with where we are,” said Rebels coach Hugh Freeze. “But we thank God we’re not where we used to be.”