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1. AP Source: Vols Adding Memphis Transfer Woodson -

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

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

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3. 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.

4. Council Rejects Utility Construction Contract -

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

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

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

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

6. Circle K Files Permit for Winchester Store -

Circle K Stores has filed a $1.1 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a store at 9113 Winchester Road in Germantown.

7. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “Stick Fly” Thursday, Aug. 21, through Sept. 14 at the theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at hattiloo.org.

8. Fed-Casting the Next Six Months -

The central questions for this aging bull market involve the timing, pace and degree of interest rate increases. Low interest rates make equity earnings larger and more valuable. Freeze interest rates here and stocks look cheap. Increase them to historical norms and stocks look expensive.

9. Mumford Teacher Cheating Scandal Takes High Toll -

Federal prosecutors tallied the toll this week in the largest teacher exam cheating scandal ever pursued by authorities in the Western District of Tennessee.

The occasion was the announcement Tuesday, Aug. 19, by U.S Attorney Ed Stanton of diversion agreements with four more teachers in the two-decade long scandal and a June guilty plea and sentencing of former Hillcrest High School and Byhalia High School basketball coach James O. Sales of Memphis.

10. Sex Crimes Unit Completes ‘Eye-Opening’ Training -

Memphis police officers working in the sex crimes unit have been in training this month about neurological changes in rape and sexual assault victims they work with.

The training, along with new positions specifically to handle the city’s rape kit backlog, is among the latest changes in the Memphis Police Department’s approach.

11. Wine Referendums Down to Final Day -

The deadline for signatures to be gathered on the still-forming proposed referendums to allow wine in grocery stores is Thursday, Aug. 21.

The deadline for candidates to file in the set of Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville and Millington municipal elections on the November ballot is at noon the same day.

12. City Union Presents Alternative Plan on Benefits -

Memphis Fire Fighters Association president Thomas Malone takes the union’s plan for reversing city employee and retiree health insurance coverage cutbacks to a city oversight committee Thursday, Aug. 21, on employee issues.

13. FedEx Weighs In on PILOT Incentives -

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

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

14. Memphis Music Nonprofit to Honor Stevie Wonder -

The music nonprofit launched by Memphis music icon David Porter has been busy since its launch in 2012, laying groundwork and assembling talent. Now it’s poised to bring a musical superstar to the city for a bash in October.

15. Another Round -

Some time in October, lovers of local craft beers could enjoy a cold brew in a new tasting room at Memphis Made Brewing Co.’s facility in the Cooper-Young district.

16. Westin Memphis Honored for Community Service -

When an F-5 tornado tore through Angela Copeland’s hometown of Moore, Okla., last year, she initially felt helpless.

17. Fullilove Calls Off Sales Tax Hike Try, Unions May Try -

Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove pulled the plug Tuesday, Aug. 19, on a proposed November referendum on a citywide half cent sales tax hike.

18. Humes Rises From Bottom 5 Percent of Tennessee Schools -

Humes Preparatory Academy is no longer in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state in terms of student achievement, as measured by state education officials.

That according to school-by-school test data from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) data, released by state education officials Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Nashville.

19. Redbirds’ Scruggs Named PCL Player of the Week -

Memphis Redbirds first baseman Xavier Scruggs has been named the Pacific Coast League’s Player of the Week for the Aug. 11-17 period, marking the third consecutive week a Redbirds player has won the award.

20. Grizzlies Sign Stokes to Multi-Year Deal -

The Memphis Grizzlies signed 2014 second-round draft pick Jarnell Stokes to a multiyear contract, the team has announced. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Stokes (6-foot-9, 263 pounds) was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (35th overall) of the 2014 NBA draft and traded to Memphis on draft night for a 2016 second-round draft pick.

21. Medtronic Spine Sees Quarterly Revenue Drop -

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

22. Medline Industries Files Permit for Improvements -

Medline Industries Inc. has filed a $1.2 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for improvements to its 4500 S. Mendenhall Road facility.

23. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host musician Graham Nash for a discussion and signing of his memoir, “Wild Tales,” Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

24. Six Revealing Sales Interview Questions -

The new hire failure rate is astonishing and expensive, and it’s even worse for sales candidates who can be among the toughest to properly vet. Leadership IQ reports that of 20,000 new hires tracked in a recent study, 46 percent failed within 18 months.

25. Williams Joins Memphis Obstetrics as OB/GYN -

Dr. Jason Williams has joined the staff of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC, where he will focus on women’s health care issues, including prevention, diagnosis and management of many general medical conditions. As an OB/GYN, he specializes in general obstetrical care, infertility, pelvic disorders, and prevention and detection of diseases such as breast and cervical cancer.

26. Screwpulp Carves Out Identity in Amazon-Led Industry -

It’s no secret Amazon is the subject of intense public scrutiny at the moment over a flurry of controversial decisions from the online retailing giant against some of the publishers with which it does business.

27. ‘Two Ears, One Heart’ -

The phone rings and rings at the Memphis Crisis Center – 19,000 times in 2013, or 2.2 times every hour, 52 times a day, 365 days a year.

Of the 19,000 calls logged last year, 1,301 – or 3.6 per day – were from people talking about killing themselves.

28. Southwest’s Essex to Retire In 2015 -

The leader who guided the merger of the city’s two community colleges announced Tuesday, Aug. 19, that he will retire in June.

Nathan Essex became president of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute at Memphis in 2000 as the two institutions were merging to become Southwest Tennessee Community College.

29. Marshall County in Running for Cummins Jobs -

Add the burgeoning industrial area in Marshall County, Miss., to the list of communities competing for a significant chunk of the Cummins Inc. jobs that are currently in Memphis.

30. Grizzlies Sign Draft Pick Jarnell Stokes to Deal -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies have signed their second-round draft pick Jarnell Stokes to a multi-year contract.

The Grizzlies did not disclose the terms Monday. The Commercial Appeal reports it's a three-year deal worth more than $2.5 million for the 35th pick overall.

31. August 19 Memphis City Council Agenda -

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

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32. Beale Street Begins Charging Security Fee -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Beale Street has instituted a policy that increases safety by charging visitors a new fee.

WMC-TV reports visitors arriving at midnight Saturday or later had to pay a $10 charge to get past a security checkpoint and onto the iconic street in Memphis. The station reports the special event cover charge paid for 23 extra security officers.

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34. Developer Files Permit for Graceland-Area Hotel -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
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Permit Cost: $3.5 million

35. Haslam Visits East High to Promote Tennessee Promise -

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

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

36. National Urban League Young Professionals President to Speak in Memphis -

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

37. Bass, Berry & Sims Opens Pharma Practice -

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

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

38. New Owner Files Loan on East Memphis Building -

The new owner of the 130,593-square-foot office building at 6060 Primacy Parkway in East Memphis has filed an $8.8 million loan on the property.

39. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host Stephani Brownlee’s CD release party Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. in Studio A, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Museum admission is free to Shelby County residents with ID. Visit staxmuseum.com.

40. 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.

41. Turning Five -

When she was first handed the reins of the I Love Memphis blog almost a year ago, Holly Whitfield said she planned to keep the blog’s brand intact and to keep reminding Memphians why the city is worth their affection.

42. Council Reviews Pension Investment Changes -

For the first time in months, Memphis City Council members have no committee discussions scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 19, on city health insurance benefits or proposed pension plan changes.

But the council will vote on the first in a series of pension plan changes to come.

43. PILOT Critics Push for Fuller Accounting -

One of the most vocal critics of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes economic development incentives – or PILOTs – says he intends to make them an issue in the 2015 Memphis elections.

Rev. Kenneth Whalum Jr. said his problem with the property tax abatements is the lack of disclosure about their details and how companies getting them have met the goals of creating jobs for Memphians.

44. Marek Pushes For Cameras on Memphis Cops -

The newly-elected chairman of a subcommittee of the recently reconstituted Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board plans to propose that the board recommend the city of Memphis outfit all on-duty Memphis police officers with cameras.

45. Marek Pushes For Cameras on Memphis Cops -

The newly-elected chairman of the recently reconstituted Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board plans to propose that the board recommend the city of Memphis outfit all on-duty Memphis police officers with cameras.

46. FedEx Indicted on New Charges Over Drug Shipments -

Federal prosecutors say several addicts died after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs delivered by FedEx.

Those deaths were included in a new indictment returned against the Memphis-based company late Thursday, Aug. 14, by a federal grand jury in San Francisco.

47. 5 Tennessee Sites Added to National Register -

Five Tennessee sites, including one in Memphis, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The registry is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee.

48. Awards Show Coming to WKNO This Fall -

An awards show produced in partnership with WKNO-TV, the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, Media Source and The Rotary Club of Memphis will launch this fall to honor positive achievements.

For The SPARK Awards, members of the community are invited to nominate individuals, nonprofits, corporations and schools that are igniting change and making a positive impact in the Memphis area.

49. Author Jess Walter to Appear at Libration -

The Memphis Library Foundation has announced that Jess Walter, author of the New York Times bestseller “Beautiful Ruins,” will join fans and library supporters during the foundation’s annual Libration event.

50. Events -

Memphis Area Business and Professional Women will meet Monday, Aug. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Walnut Grove Road. Attorney Stephen Biller will discuss how he can be of benefit to women minority-owned businesses. RSVP to Martha Ervin at 489-5481.

51. Graceland Manager Maps Global Outposts -

The recession and changes over the last nine years in the companies owning 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises played a role in delaying plans for the expansion of Graceland into a 120-acre campus in Whitehaven.

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53. Money Laundering Charge Added to FedEx Drug Case -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Federal prosecutors say several addicts died soon after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs sent by FedEx.

The deaths were included in a new indictment filed late Thursday against FedEx that adds money laundering to a list of charges the company is facing over allegations it knowingly shipped illegal prescription drugs from two online pharmacies.

54. Consumers Driving Health Care Innovation -

Everyone in the U.S complains about health care – the rising costs of insurance premiums and co-pays, the lack of innovation, the poor experience at doctor’s offices and hospitals, and price of medications.

55. Doug Carpenter & Associates Still Growing Four Years On -

Even before her recent graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Cara Greenstein had been keeping an eye on her hometown of Memphis, paying attention to job opportunities, looking for the right place to land.

56. I Choose Memphis: Andrés Flores -

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

Name: Andrés Flores

57. Commission Reopens Anti-Discrimination Debate -

Six of the 13 Shelby County Commissioners attend their last meeting Monday, Aug. 18.

The finale of the four-year term of office will feature renewed discussion about a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance and attempts to make the residency requirement for county commissioners more specific.

58. Tigers Land Forward Calvin Godfrey -

As first reported by ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman, forward Calvin Godfrey is coming to the University of Memphis as a transfer from Southern University.

59. Nineteenth Century Club Mansion Could be Saved -

The Union Avenue mansion that housed the Nineteenth Century Club might not meet the wrecking ball after all.

The owner of the building plans to build a restaurant inside the historic mansion, a spokesman said Friday, according to The Commercial Appeal.

60. Central Defense Security Enhances Camp Program -

Central Defense Security has enhanced its yearly summer camp program for Memphis children.

The company, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, teamed up with the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods for the third straight year to support the program, and the company sponsored more than 130 campers at 10 camps around the city.

61. 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.”

62. 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.

63. Redbirds’ Pham Named PCL Player of Week -

To coin a really corny phrase, he was Phamtastic.

After hitting a league-leading .500 from Aug. 4-10, Memphis Redbirds outfielder Tommy Pham has been named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week. In addition to batting .500 (14-for-28), Pham hit two home runs, drove in seven runs, scored 0 runs and stole four stolen bases in seven games.

64. Vendors Sought for Edge MEMfix Event -

A group behind the next MEMfix campaign in the Edge district is currently looking for vendors.

Livable Memphis is seeking vendors for the Oct. 18 MEMfix event, which will take place around the intersection of Marshall and Monroe avenues.

65. New Physical Therapy Clinic Opens in Midtown -

Results Physiotherapy, a Nashville-based physical therapy company, has opened a Midtown clinic in the Belvedere Collection shopping center at Union Avenue and South Belvedere Boulevard.

The clinic is Results’ eighth in the Mid-South. Mary O’Bryan, a native Memphian and graduate of St. Agnes Academy, is serving as the lead therapist at the Midtown location. She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Following graduation, she continued her education at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011.

66. CBRE Picked to Manage Lenox Park Buildings -

CB Richard Ellis Memphis has been selected by Highbrook Investment Management to manage four buildings in the Lenox Park office complex, located at Tenn. 385 near Kirby Road.

The four 100,000-square-foot buildings are part of the seven that comprise the largest collection of Class A office space in Memphis. CBRE Memphis began management of buildings C, D, E and F on May 1. Since Highbrook purchased the four buildings in 2012, more than 50,000 square feet has been leased to companies including C.H. Robinson, W.M. Barr, Verso Paper and Metro PCS.

67. Habitat Honors Stemmler For Volunteer Work -

Bill Stemmler, vice president and branch manager at Iberiabank, was recently named Leadership Volunteer of the Year at Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee‘s 2014 State Impact Awards.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis nominated Stemmler, a former board president, in recognition of his six years of board service. He joined Memphis Habitat’s board in 2008 and became president in 2010, serving for three years in that role.

68. LifeLinc Anesthesia Expands in Southeast -

LifeLinc Anesthesia, a growing anesthesia management company based in Memphis, has announced partnerships with four new medical facilities in the Southeastern United States:

Delta Gastroenterology in Southaven; Digestive Health Center in Ocean Springs, Miss.; St. Anthony Healthcare in Englewood, Fla.; and Tri-State Gastroenterology in Crestview Hills, Ky. All will utilize various aspects of LifeLinc’s management model for their anesthesia services.

69. Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant Closes -

The Melting Pot of Memphis has closed for good.

The fondue restaurant, 2828 Wolfcreek Parkway, closed temporarily on Thursday, July 31, and made the decision to close for business indefinitely beginning Wednesday, Aug. 13, for financial reasons.

70. City Debuts Health Benefits Website -

The city of Memphis debuted a new website this week that explains changes in health care insurance and coverage for city employees and retirees.

The debut of benefitsmemphis.com comes ahead of the Oct. 1 effective date for premium increases city employees will begin paying.

71. Kroger Expanding Germantown Store -

Kroger Delta Division is temporarily closing its store at 7735 Farmington Road in Germantown next month to renovate and expand it, continuing the company’s comprehensive reshaping of its Memphis footprint.

72. Lipscomb & Pitts Honored Among Top Agencies -

Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance has been listed as one of the “Top 100 Privately Held Independent Property & Casualty Agencies” in the country.

That’s according to Insurance Journal, which published the list in its August issue. The Memphis agency came in at number 87 in the ranking.

73. Veterans Affairs Secretary Visits Memphis -

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald visited the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center Thursday, Aug. 14, at the end of a two-day visit to the Bluff City that also included a speech to the 70th annual National Convention of American Veterans, known as AMVETS.

74. Events -

In the Pinc will hold the 2014 Women Small Business Owner’s Expo Saturday, Aug. 16, from noon to 4 p.m. at Baker Community Center, 7942 Church St. in Millington. Tickets are $10 and admit two people. Visit inthepinc.net.

75. August 15-21: This week in Memphis history -

2013: Norah Jones was a surprise guest at a Levitt Shell concert by Cory Chisel and the Wild Rovers Tour.

1984: The Center City Commission reported $450 million in construction Downtown since 1976, counting public as well as private financing. The construction boom included the Memphis Plaza Hotel, Morgan Keegan Tower and the Scimitar Building.

76. Local Leaders Work to Keep Cummins in Memphis -

Memphis and Shelby County are preparing to fight a border battle with Mississippi to keep hundreds of jobs inside the city.

The state of Mississippi is aggressively courting diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. to move most of its Memphis operations south of the state line to DeSoto County, according to sources familiar with the effort.

77. Graceland Hotel Breaks Ground in Whitehaven -

With a shovel from the Graceland archives, Priscilla Presley and local leaders broke ground Thursday, Aug. 14, for the 450-room resort-style hotel north of the Whitehaven mansion.

78. Pastner Announces Dominic Woodson Leaving Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Memphis coach Josh Pastner says forward Dominic Woodson is transferring after one season with the Tigers.

Pastner announced Woodson's decision Thursday.

The coach says Woodson is in good academic standing but wants a fresh start.

79. AutoZone, Gameday Partner for Youth Baseball Tourney -

Competitive baseball teams began competing Thursday, Aug. 14, in the AutoZone USSSA National Youth Championships at Gameday Baseball’s complex in Cordova. Several age groups will compete Aug. 14-17 and another set of age groups Aug. 21-24. Twelve teams in each of six age groups (9 and under, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U) will make it through qualifying rounds to reach the championships. CBS Sports Network will televise the championship games for 11U thru 14U, and select games from each age group will be streamed on the United States Specialty Sports Association Live website at usssalive.com.

80. Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant Closes -

The Melting Pot of Memphis has closed for good.

The fondue restaurant, 2828 Wolfcreek Parkway, closed temporarily on Thursday, July 31, and made the decision to close for business indefinitely beginning Wednesday, Aug. 13, for financial reasons.

81. Lipscomb & Pitts Honored Among Top Agencies -

Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance has been listed as one of the “Top 100 Privately Held Independent Property & Casualty Agencies” in the country.

That’s according to Insurance Journal, which published the list in its August issue. The Memphis agency came in at number 87 in the ranking.

82. Veterans Secretary Visits Memphis -

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald visited the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center Thursday, Aug. 14, at the end of a two-day visit to the Bluff City that also included a speech to the 70th annual National Convention of American Veterans, known as AMVETS.

83. Hotel Owner Files $3 Million Loan -

The new owner of the Inn at Thousand Oaks hotel at 2700 S. Perkins Road in Parkway Village has filed a $3 million loan on the property.

84. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Mary Poppins” Friday, Aug. 15, through Sept. 7 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

85. The Q Party -

CRISIS AVERTED. It’s all a matter of perspective.

At the height of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, a friend’s father was in Corinth, Miss., on business. He was outside the courthouse having a cigarette and waiting for an appointment when he overheard a conversation between two old men on a bench.

86. National TV Shuns Grizzlies in 2014-2015 -

At home or on the road, it hasn’t mattered where the Grizzlies opened the NBA season since moving from Vancouver to Memphis. For 13 straight years, they have started the season with a loss.

If that is to change in the 2014-15 season, it will happen at FedExForum on Oct. 29 when the Grizzlies play the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will be minus Kevin Love but will have 2014 No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins, assuming the much-anticipated Minnesota-Cleveland trade becomes official.

87. Wade: Never Too Early for Tiger Basketball Fans to Fret -

Oh, Josh Pastner, you Canada-bound court jester, you. Telling Tiger Nation that it makes no difference whether the University of Memphis wins exhibition games or loses them against college basketball giants Carleton University, McGill University and the University of Ottawa.

88. 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).

89. Brogdon Joins Race for Germantown Mayor -

With about a week left to the filing deadline for candidates, Germantown has a race for mayor.

George Brogdon, the recently retired director of community services for the city of Germantown, filed his petition Monday, Aug. 11, in the Nov. 4 election to succeed Sharon Goldsworthy as mayor of Germantown.

90. First South Financial Launches Business Products -

First South Financial’s tag line “You can bank on us” now applies to a wider group of customers.

The Bartlett-based credit union is offering small- and medium-sized businesses an alternative to the traditional providers of such accounts and services with its own newly launched suite of products for businesses. It includes business checking and savings accounts, as well as escrow accounts, health savings accounts and credit cards.

91. Developer Tries Again for Highland McDonald’s -

The developer behind a proposed McDonald’s on Highland Avenue near the University of Memphis is making another attempt at the project.

According to the most current site plan, the 5,353-square-foot restaurant building is situated along the sidewalk on Highland and a looping drive-thru proposed earlier has been replaced with one that runs along the eastern side of the building.

92. Hit Factory -

The massive trees and the shade they make are the only thing left on the northwest corner of Danny Thomas Boulevard and Chelsea Avenue from the days when American Studios turned out 120 hit records from 1965 to 1972.

93. Democrats Struggle With Generation Gap -

Memphis Democrats don’t agree on a whole lot these days, especially since the Aug. 7 county general elections in which Democratic nominees lost to Republicans in all but one race – Shelby County assessor, won by the lone countywide Democratic incumbent, Cheyenne Johnson.

94. Developers Try Again on Proposed Highland McDonald's -

The developer behind a proposed McDonald’s on Highland Avenue near the University of Memphis is making another attempt at the project.

The University Neighborhood Development Corp. is hosting a meeting Thursday, Aug. 14, with representatives of the development team to discuss a new site plan for the proposed restaurant. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

95. LifeLinc Anesthesia Expands in Southeast -

LifeLinc Anesthesia, a growing anesthesia management company based in Memphis, has announced partnerships with four new medical facilities in the Southeastern United States:

Delta Gastroenterology in Southaven; Digestive Health Center in Ocean Springs, Miss.; St. Anthony Healthcare in Englewood, Fla.; and Tri-State Gastroenterology in Crestview Hills, Ky. All will utilize various aspects of LifeLinc’s management model for their anesthesia services.

96. City Debuts Health Benefits Website -

The city of Memphis debuted a new website this week that explains changes in health care insurance and coverage for city employees and retirees.

The debut of benefitsmemphis.com comes ahead of the Oct. 1 effective date for premium increases city employees will begin paying.

97. Habitat Honors Stemmler for Volunteer Work -

Bill Stemmler, vice president and branch manager at Iberiabank, was recently named Leadership Volunteer of the Year at Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee’s 2014 State Impact Awards.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis nominated Stemmler, a former board president, in recognition of his six years of board service. He joined Memphis Habitat’s board in 2008 and became president in 2010, serving for three years in that role.

98. Kroger Expanding Germantown Store -

Kroger Delta Division is temporarily closing its store at 7735 Farmington Road in Germantown next month to renovate and expand it.

99. Developer Files Permit for Graceland-Area Hotel -

SNP Investments has filed a $3.5 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a four-story, 85-room Holiday Inn Express at 3411 Elvis Presley Blvd. in Whitehaven.

100. Where the Values Aren’t -

Downturns, while painful, can be very useful for the information they provide.

The S&P 500, representative of U.S. large cap stocks, declined 4 percent between July 24 and Aug. 7. Limiting our data set to this time period produces a couple of interesting observations. First, while interest rates didn’t actually move as feared, interest rate sensitive investments did. Master limited partnerships, utilities and high dividend payers underperformed over the period. Second, the emerging and frontier markets outperformed notably.