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1. I Choose Memphis: Scott Wilson -

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

Name: Scott Wilson

2. Events -

American Marketing Association, Memphis Chapter will meet Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lipscomb & Pitts Building, 2670 Union Ave. Jeremy Park, president of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, will present “Giving Back With a Purpose: The Shift in Corporate Engagement and Cause Marketing.” Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit memphisama.org.

3. Events -

American Marketing Association, Memphis Chapter will meet Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lipscomb & Pitts Building, 2670 Union Ave. Jeremy Park, president of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, will present “Giving Back With a Purpose: The Shift in Corporate Engagement and Cause Marketing.” Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit memphisama.org.

4. Events -

The Metal Museum will host Repair Days Thursday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 5, at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Metalsmiths from across the country will solder, sharpen, remove dents and repair items, with all proceeds benefiting the museum. Visit metalmuseum.org for a schedule of events.

5. A Tasteful List 2014 -

MEMPHIS ON A PLATE. Presenting the fourth edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2014 – second, third and fourth helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.

6. I Choose Memphis: Amy Simpson -

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

Name: Amy Simpson

7. 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

8. Business on Wheels -

When asked once by a reporter whether he’d consider supplementing his business with a food truck like many of his industry peers, the owner of a popular Midtown restaurant was matter-of-fact in his reply.

9. ‘Drive for Progress’ -

There’s a duality of meaning implied in the name of the civic organization where Nancy Coffee serves as president and CEO.

10. I Choose Memphis: Hillary Quirk -

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

Name: Hillary Quirk

Job title and company: Community Manager, Start Co.

11. Owens Named MERI Executive Director -

Jason K. Owens has been named executive director of the Medical Education & Research Institute. Owens previously served as education/research planning manager of the nonprofit medical teaching and training bioskills laboratory, and has led cross-functional initiatives specific to the MERI’s strategic education and research planning, mobile education development and operational management.

12. Under the Banner -

If you’ve made your way to the Cooper-Young Historic District lately, you might have noticed the new banners hanging from street poles throughout the neighborhood.

The 26 banners, which line Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division poles down Central Avenue, Cooper Street and Young Avenue, feature images of some of the neighborhood’s biggest assets: the business owners and customers who have helped turn Cooper-Young into such an urban success story.

13. I Choose Memphis: Ragan Washburn -

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

Name: Ragan Washburn

Job Title and Company: Manager of Community Engagement and Events at Duncan-Williams Inc.

14. I Choose Memphis: Mickell Lowery -

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

Name: Mickell Lowery

Job Title and Company: District Sales Manager, FedEx Services

15. Union Mission Heightens Outreach During Holidays -

Memphis Union Mission is ramping up its efforts to help the homeless during the holiday season.

The nonprofit group just completed its annual Thanksgiving event late last month to feed the homeless, and preparations are underway for meals and services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

16. ‘Pro-Business’ -

The explosive population growth and business-friendly environment in DeSoto County have combined to transform its formerly sleepy suburbs into thriving retail and industrial development centers.

Today, Goodman Road looks more and more like a busy commercial strip in Memphis, and DeSoto County has become the favored location for large industrial developers.

17. ‘Pro-Business Environment’ -

The explosive population growth and business-friendly environment in DeSoto County have combined to transform its formerly sleepy suburbs into thriving retail and industrial development centers.

Today, Goodman Road looks more and more like a busy commercial strip in Memphis, and DeSoto County has become the favored location for large industrial developers.

18. Apartment, Retail Markets Holding Steady -

The Memphis area multifamily and retail markets continue to chug along, with the newer, more upscale products in each sector propping up both overall markets.

Those trends and others in commercial real estate will be the subject of discussion Thursday, Nov. 7, during the 2013 Commercial Real Estate Review & Forecast, one of six seminars in The Daily News’ 2013 Seminar Series.

19. Editorial: Memphis Moves Way Beyond BBQ -

Memphis food is more than barbecue. Much more.

There – we’ve said it.

And moderation is not only possible but advisable because the burgeoning food scene in Memphis shows no signs of fading. It is growing as the dish crawl series of events demonstrate.

20. A Tasteful List Updated for 2013 -

A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. Hello, my name is Dan and I’ll be your server.

Presenting the third edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2013 – second and third helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.

21. Beer Fest Taps Creativity of Local Brewers -

Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host its annual Art on Tap event for the 18th consecutive year on Friday, Sept. 6. The beer-tasting extravaganza will feature offerings from local breweries and eateries, as well as live music and other entertainment.

22. Events -

The Center for Southern Folklore will present the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union Avenue. The event will include music, food, and arts and crafts vendors. Cost is free. Visit southernfolklore.org for a list of performers.

23. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a roundtable with Scott Lawyer, director of the Master of Business Administration program at Christian Brothers University, Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 a.m. at Cheffie’s Cafe, 483 High Point Terrace. The topic is “Continuing Education and the Sales Professional: Why is This Important?” Cost is $20 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

24. Cochon Heritage BBQ Event Shifts to Beale Street Landing -

The Cochon Heritage BBQ series has changed venues.

The series, which also is now being promoted by a different PR agency, originally was supposed to take place at The Peabody hotel. It will still happen Aug. 30, but the new venue it’s announced is Beale Street Landing.

25. Cochon Heritage BBQ Event Shifts to Beale Street Landing -

The Cochon Heritage BBQ series has changed venues.

The series, which also is now being promoted by a different PR agency, originally was supposed to take place at The Peabody hotel. It will still happen Aug. 30, but the new venue it’s announced is Beale Street Landing.

26. Cochon Heritage BBQ Event Returns to Memphis -

Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555, said it was pretty much inevitable the Cochon Heritage BBQ series would return to Memphis this year.

The celebration of ’cue is coming back to the world’s unofficial pork barbecue capital Aug. 30 at The Peabody hotel. It’s a standup tasting event that involves several chef teams challenged to use one whole heritage breed pig per team to win votes from an audience of industry professionals, media and noteworthy judges.

27. Cochon Heritage BBQ Event Returns to Memphis -

The Cochon Heritage BBQ series is coming back to Memphis next month.

The event happens Aug. 30 at The Peabody hotel, following its first visit to the city in 2012.

It’s a stand-up tasting event that involves five chef teams challenged to use one whole heritage breed pig per team to win votes from an audience of industry professionals, media and noteworthy judges.

28. Cochon Heritage BBQ Event Returns to Memphis -

The Cochon Heritage BBQ series is coming back to Memphis next month.

The event happens Aug. 30 at The Peabody hotel, following its first visit to the city in 2012.

It’s a stand-up tasting event that involves five chef teams challenged to use one whole heritage breed pig per team to win votes from an audience of industry professionals, media and noteworthy judges.

29. Local Barbecue World Loses Two Icons -

On the opening day Thursday, May 16, of the Memphis In May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the Memphis barbecue community was mourning the loss of two icons in the business of barbecue.

30. Local Barbecue World Loses Two Icons -

On the opening day of the Memphis In May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the Memphis barbecue community was mourning the loss of two icons in the business of barbecue.

John Willingham, a past winner of the contests, restaurant owner and former Shelby County Commissioner died Wednesday.

31. Good Times for All -

There will be kickball games, limbo dances, arts and crafts, and a talent show. There will be all of that and more at the sixth annual Camp Good Times residential summer camp May 30 through June 5 at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park in Millington.

32. Expanding Distribution -

Budweiser of Memphis is dedicated to expanding the craft beer segment in Memphis following its acquisition of Southwestern Distributing’s sizable craft beer portfolio last October, making Budweiser of Memphis the largest wholesaler of craft beer in the Memphis market.

33. Restaurants See Plenty of Activity in 2012 -

There were new restaurant openings, expansions and major milestones celebrated.

Alliances were formed, events were debuted and, of course, a few joints were shuttered.

In most respects, 2012 was a banner year for the Memphis food scene, and 2013 could be even more promising, said Patrick Reilly, owner of Majestic Grille and president of the Memphis Restaurant Association.

34. Payne Joins Fulton CPAs as Senior Accountant -

Tarasha Payne has joined Fulton CPAs PLLC as a senior accountant in the areas of taxation, compilation and reviews, and client services. Payne has more than 15 years’ experience in the field and is working toward CPA certification. The announcement comes on the heels of big changes at the accounting firm, including new ownership and a name change from Polsgrove & Fulton. (See The Daily News’ Monday, Dec. 17, edition for more information.)

35. Events -

Federal Bar Association will hold its annual membership meeting and 2013 board election Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 11:45 a.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second St. It will be followed by lunch and a one-hour continuing legal education presentation by Brian Faughnan at noon. Cost of lunch and CLE presentation is free for FBA members and $25 for nonmembers. Email gregory.grishman@jacksonlewis.com.

36. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will host its annual holiday party Monday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

37. Leadership Academy Creates New Identity -

The Leadership Academy has a new identity.

The leadership- and talent-focused organization has rebranded itself as the New Memphis Institute.

An email the group sent out late Thursday, Oct. 18, spelled out the reason for the change and how the group envisions itself as – and is striving to be – the city’s “talent engine.”

38. Leadership Academy Rebrands as New Memphis Institute -

The Leadership Academy has a new identity.

The leadership- and talent-focused organization has rebranded itself as the New Memphis Institute.

An email the group sent out late Thursday, Oct. 18, spelled out the reason for the change and how the group envisions itself as – and is striving to be – no less than the city’s “talent engine.”

39. Cooking Channel Show to Spotlight Main Street -

The television food scene has been kind to Memphis this year.

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri recently visited six Memphis-area restaurants for his Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” all of which have opened within the past few years.

40. Wrapping Up Why Memphis Rocks -

Since Memphians say it best, when it comes to describing “Why Memphis Rocks,” we have had fun sharing your responses over the last few weeks. This week, as we wrap up the series, let us elaborate with a few more:

41. Why Memphis Rocks -

Last week we kicked off this series of reader-response columns by asking, “Why do you think Memphis Rocks?” So far, we have received some heartwarming stories, catchy slogans, and fascinating perspectives that all capture the essence of what makes our community so great. Let us go ahead and start sharing your responses while I encourage you, our readers, to keep the feedback coming, so we can share even more next week.

42. A Tasteful List 2012 -

A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. So many of you seemed to salivate over last year’s Tasteful List, I’ve updated it for 2012. While reduced some, make no mistake, there’s nothing dietary about it.

43. Meritan to Host Classic Bike Tour -

Meritan Inc.’s 13th Annual Midnight Classic Bike Tour, a 17-mile non-competitive bike ride through Memphis, will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at Poplar Plaza Shopping Center, at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.

44. Central BBQ Files Downtown Biz License -

Central BBQ is moving closer to opening a location in Downtown Memphis in the South Main Historic Arts District.

Central-BBQ-Downtown LLC has filed a business license for 147 E. Butler Ave., according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

45. Fun Ways To Give Back This Weekend -

Last week we highlighted MidSouth Sober Living, which is a local nonprofit creating sober living, transitional housing centers for those embarking on a new start in life. Now that summer has revved into high gear, let us share some opportunities to enjoy the weekend while easily and affordably giving back to our community.

46. Local 'Diners' Filmed for Food Network Series -

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri was in Memphis last week visiting a handful of the city’s budding eateries for his Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

The show features Fieri traveling the country in his red 1967 Chevy Camaro convertible for classic “greasy spoon” restaurants, bars and roadside shacks based on viewer suggestions.

47. Berger Working on Food Truck Alliance -

As if owning and operating the city’s fastest growing self-serve frozen yogurt business isn’t enough, Taylor Berger is about to add two more hospitality titles to his resume.

48. Celebrating Law -

The Memphis legal community is poised to kick off its annual weeklong celebration of the profession that will include a party in Downtown’s Court Square, a naturalization ceremony for new citizens and a remembrance of the dozens of lawyers and judges who died over the past 12 months.

49. Central BBQ Files Permit For Downtown -

A popular barbecue restaurant is expanding its local footprint to Downtown Memphis.

Central BBQ has filed a $150,000 building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the renovation of a commercial kitchen to a restaurant at 147 E. Butler Ave. in the South Main Historic Arts District.

50. Central BBQ Files Permit for Downtown -

A popular barbecue restaurant is expanding its local footprint to Downtown Memphis.

Central BBQ has filed a $150,000 building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the renovation of a commercial kitchen to a restaurant at 147 E. Butler Ave. in the South Main Historic Arts District.

51. Events -

The Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will hold a roundtable breakfast meeting with Nathan P. Walters of Marsh USA Inc. Thursday, March 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Panera Bread in Laurelwood Shopping Center, 4530 Poplar Ave., suite 101. He will speak on “A Plan to Define, Design and Implement a Prospecting Strategy.” Visit www.sms-midsouth.org to register.

52. Events -

Remington College Memphis will hold a blood drive Tuesday, March 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on its campus, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. The blood drive is part of Remington College’s 3 Lives campaign, an effort to increase the number of minority blood donors. For more information, call 800-448-6405.

53. GOP Politics Resemble 2008 In Tennessee -

This time around, leaders of the Tennessee Republican Party were convinced their choice in the Republican presidential contest would be a match with voters in the state’s presidential primary.

Four years ago, when former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee carried Shelby County and took the state, the party argued convincingly that the state’s second choice for the nomination – former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney – was a victim of the move of the Super Tuesday primaries to February.

54. Uphill Battle -

After retiring from her nearly 30-year career at FedEx, African-American business executive Edith Kelly-Green embarked on an entrepreneurial venture when she bought 11 Lenny’s Sub Shop locations.

Three decades of working for a Fortune 500 corporation paved the way for her new enterprise as a franchisee.

55. A Taste of Memphis -

On Lance Silkes’ Twitter bio, the Memphis transplant describes himself as, “I haven’t met a food I haven’t liked.”

The owner of Tastin’ ‘Round Town culinary tours relocated to the Bluff City about three years ago and has since created a name for himself with his personalized restaurant tour business, based on his passion for food and appreciation for Memphis.

56. Home Away From Home -

While some visitors to the Bluff City prefer soaking in the classic Southern grandeur of The Peabody hotel or staying close to the King in an Elvis-themed suite at the Heartbreak Hotel, other travelers are choosing more intimate accommodations off the beaten path.

57. Union Holiday Deli & Ham Adds Drive-Thru, Parking -

Holiday Deli & Ham Co. is in the midst of adding parking and a drive-thru to its high-volume Midtown store.

58. McNeeley’s Project Green Fork Promotes Sustainability -

Project Green Fork and founder Margot McNeeley have made a significant impact on the Memphis community in only a few short years.

Since the program’s inception in 2008, PGF-certified restaurants have recycled more than 600,000 gallons of plastic, glass and aluminum; more than 300 tons of cardboard and paper; and 79,000 gallons of food waste.

59. Events -

Visible Music College will hold the seventh annual 24-Hour Drumathon beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21. The entire percussion department will drum for 24 hours at the Ann and Jim Vining Concert Hall, 200 Madison Ave. The event will raise money for Visible Music College drummers to attend the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis. The Drumathon will be broadcast live online, To donate, watch streaming video or request a song, visit www.drumathon.com.

60. A Tasteful List -

A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. Seems like everybody has a list these days, so, in recognition of the 125th anniversary of The Daily News, here’s mine – 125 things that make Memphis easy to swallow – a sort of alphabetical soup to nuts of local flavor. Friends old and new, and a few long-gone, but I can taste them still.

61. Cooper-Young Beerfest Slated for Oct. 15 -

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest organizers have added a number of regional beer brewers and local food vendors to the second annual festival, slated for Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. in the Lifelink Memphis parking lot at 1015 S. Cooper St.

62. Fantasy Madness -

With the NFL lockout lifted, sports bars and restaurants in Memphis are ready for some football.

More and more, it seems fantasy football leagues are boosting sales at the venues in which team owners meet to have their draft or just watch the games.

63. Wifflestock Hits New Level for Ronald McDonald House -

For 14 consecutive years, the parking lot of Midtown bar and restaurant Zinnie’s East played host to Wifflestock, an annual event organized by a league of Wiffle ball enthusiasts to raise money for Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.

64. Blues on the Bluff Concert Planned for July 23 -

The Blues on the Bluff concert is returning to Memphis for its 23rd year on Saturday, July 23.

The concert, which will be held at the Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, will feature several blues artists.

65. Soul Fish Cafe’s Po Boy True Taste of Memphis -

The first in an occasional series, “The Anatomy of a Sandwich.”

Just think, if the Earl of Sandwich had been, say, the Earl of Glastonbury, we’d all be going around saying, “Hey, I’m really in the mood for a peanut butter and jelly glastonbury.” Glad that didn’t happen!

66. Business of Barbecue -

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is moving its celebration of a fine plate of pork from its established home in Tom Lee Park to Tiger Lane at the Mid-South Fairgrounds this year.

67. Federal Bar Schedules Immigration Seminar -

The Eighth Annual Immigration Seminar, sponsored by the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section, will be held at the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 North Front St.

68. Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding -

DeWitt Spain Airport Inundated With Water

General DeWitt Spain Airport was inundated with flood waters early Thursday morning. Reports said around midnight, part of a berm washed out as well as part of North Second Street, which had already been closed because of rising water. A broken water main contributed to the high water.

69. Memphis Ranks 7th in World as Best for Young Artists -

The Bluff City has been ranked by Flavorwire as one of the Best Cities for Young Artists.

Flavorwire.com is the culture blog of Flavorpill.com, an online cultural network and city guide covering art, books, events, music, pop culture and world news.

70. Goner, Shangri-La in Rolling Stone’s Top 30 -

In honor of Record Store Day Saturday, RollingStone.com has listed the Top 30 record stores in the U.S., and two Memphis stores made the list: Goner Records and Shangri-La Records.

71. Memphis Restaurants Host RMH Family Meals -

A number of local restaurants, businesses and organizations have committed to providing meals for the families of Ronald McDonald House of Memphis while the facility’s community kitchen, used daily by 31 families, undergoes renovations.

72. Eating Soup Gives Back -

Last week, we discussed ways you can partner with Memphis Recovery Centers, which is helping adolescents and adults fight drug and alcohol addiction. This week let us grab a spoon and learn how eating soup Feb. 27 can benefit a local nonprofit dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully.

73. Mt. Zion Upgrades to Larger Church in Frayser -

Two Memphis area churches have closed on a deal that’s been in the pipeline for about a year and a half.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1280 Stonewall St., bought the 36,000-square-foot church at 1621 Dellwood Ave. in Frayser from Schoolfield United Methodist Church Inc. for $500,000.

74. Calif. Investor Buys Midtown Apartments -

A vintage apartment complex in Midtown is under new ownership.

Gabrion Properties LLC closed on approximately 20,000 total square feet of space in Cherokee Arms Apartments for $455,000. The three-story apartment complex, 1508 Madison Ave., contains 30 studio apartments with historic vintage architecture.

75. Banks Look to Reshape Rocky Landscape -

The Memphis and Tennessee economies are looking brighter compared to the country at large.

Larger banks in the Memphis market will continue to lose market share to smaller competitors that are hungry and nimble. And many local banks have the cash and the desire to go on a buying spree – for other banks, that is.

76. Andrew Michael Kitchen: Where the South Meets Italy -

One in an occasional series on the signature dishes of local chefs.

It’s appropriate that over the fireplace at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen hangs a painting of a pig.

77. Enjoying the Ride -

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck zipping past the Colosseum in “Roman Holiday” to vintage photographs of suit-wearing mods cruising the streets of 1960s London, the word ‘Vespa” evokes a stream of iconic pop culture images.

78. Events -

Harrah’s Casino Tunica will host the first Smokin’ Aces BBQ Championship Sept. 16 to 18. Entry deadline is Monday. For information and registration forms, visit www.smokinacesbbqchampionship.com.

79. Events -

The Memphis Central Rotary Club will meet Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Jackson Baker, political columnist for The Memphis Flyer, will speak. Cost is $25 for guests. For reservations, call Karen Shea at 683-9099.

80. Leonard’s BBQ Closes After Eight Years Downtown -

A sign posted to the door of Leonard’s BBQ on the ground floor of the Claridge House building announces the end of an eight-year run for the Downtown Memphis eatery.

“Leonard’s Barbecue Downtown will be closed Monday, 9 August, and will not reopen,” it reads. “Thanks for your past support.”

81. Leonard's BBQ Closes Downtown -

A sign posted to the door of Leonard’s BBQ on the ground floor of the Claridge House building announces the end of an eight-year run for the Downtown Memphis eatery.

“Leonard’s Barbecue Downtown will be closed Monday, 9 August, and will not reopen,” it reads. “Thanks for your past support.”

82. Earth Conscious -

Some Memphis restaurants are finding it ain’t easy being green.

But operating in an environmentally sustainable fashion is rewarding, it’s winning kudos from customers, and it can be done with the help of Project Green Fork, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping restaurants go green.

83. Memphis on the Rocks Latest Vision for Trailblazer -

Whether your drink of choice is cotton candy vodka, a more traditional gin and tonic or a no-nonsense straight-up bourbon, you can quench your thirst Thursday night on South Main Street at Memphis on the Rocks.

The celebration of fine distilled spirits will feature more than 50 premium brands of bourbon, gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey from several distributors, including Memphis’ Southwestern Beverage Distributing.

84. NBC’s Roker to Make Gift Stop in Memphis -

Al Roker, the weather anchor for NBC’s “Today,” will be broadcasting from Memphis on June 24 where he will make donations to a nonprofit organization as part of the annual “Lend a Hand Today” trip.

The organization receiving the donations won’t be announced until the broadcast. The gift will be a surprise so officials with charitable organizations should be on the lookout for a Penske truck.

That’s how the donated items arrive.

“When we started this nine years ago, we donated $50,000 worth of items over five cities the first five days,” Roker said. “This year, we’ve got more than $3.2 million in donations.”

The broadcast will also feature Nashville, which was not originally on the itinerary.

“Actually for the first time in our (Lend a Hand Today) history, we are doing two cities in one day,” he said. “We are doing you guys and Nashville because of the flooding that happened there this year. That’s a first for us.”

The other cities are San Francisco; Bozeman, Mont.; Des Moines, Iowa; and Rye, N.H.

Several companies have donated items for the program, including Gymboree, Expo, Columbia Sportswear Co., Lowes, Ethan Allen, JanSport, Western Union, Sara Lee, Kool-Aid, Toyota, GM and Glidden Paint.

The donated items vary from city to city.

“We tailor it to each individual charity,” Roker said. “We find out what they need through a fairly surreptitious means. We then go out and solicit those donations from vendors. We have kind of an overarching producer who works the phones and tries to get what those people need, whether it is office supplies, garden supplies, kids clothing or sporting goods. It runs the gamut, depending upon what the charity does.”

Roker will be joined at the broadcast from Memphis with Mike Mills, a three-time grand world champion at the Memphis In May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Mills owns Memphis Championship BBQ in Las Vegas and 17th Street Bar and Grille in Southern Illinois.

Another special guest will be the mascot for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Roker has visited Memphis numerous times before.

“I’ve been there for storms, been there for Memphis in May and everything in between,” he said.

After the “Today” show broadcast, fans of the show can log on to Todayshow.com for more information about the featured charity and learn how they can also help. The site also will have a complete list of all companies that have donated to “Lend a Hand.”

Besides being the weather anchor for “Today,” Roker this year began hosting the “Wake Up With Al” show on NBC Universal-owned The Weather Channel, which comes on just before the “Today” broadcast.

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85. ‘Everybody’s Down Here’ -

Despite its name, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is more than a celebration of all things pork. The Memphis in May fixture is also big business.

Nowhere is that more evident than during the Thursday and Friday lunch hours, when many of the booths run by local and out-of-town companies invite clients and colleagues for some ribs or a sandwich – and a chance to say thanks or perhaps make a sale.

86. Less is More -

The new David Perry Smith Gallery, a contemporary, destination gallery for collectors looking to buy pieces by local artists, is scheduled to open Friday just off Central Avenue near Midtown’s Cooper-Young neighborhood.

87. We Are Barbecue -

Any pig cooked for a considerable amount of time with any care is going to taste pretty good, but, in this town, that doesn’t make it barbecue.

We are to barbecue what Kleenex is to facial tissue, what Coke is to all soft drinks in the South. We are barbecue.

88. Restaurants Take Part In Transplant Fundraiser -

Memphis restaurants will participate in Dish It Out, a communitywide fundraiser for the National Foundation for Transplants on April 8.

Dish It Out was created by NFT to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and the financial burdens transplant patients face.

89. Gibbons Seeks Local Support in Governor’s Race -

Bill Gibbons told several dozen Young Republicans Tuesday evening that he needs a big turnout in Shelby County to have a chance in the August GOP primary for governor.

90. Grand Island Files Permit For Mud Island Apartment Complex -

300 Grand Island Drive
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $12.1 Million

Project Cost: $19 million
Permit Date: Applied November 2009
Completion: 2012
Owner: Grand Island Partners
Tenant: Grand Island
Contractor: Keith and David Grant Homes LLC
Architect: MMH Hall Architects and Planners Inc.

91. ACE Hardware Slated For Quince Station Center -

Santa Ana, Calif.-based Red Mountain Retail Group, the owner of the Quince Station Shopping Center, has filed a $650,000 permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build an ACE Hardware store.

92. Local Party Heads Look to New Gov’t Beginnings -

In a debate at East High School Tuesday night, Lang Wiseman and Van Turner engaged in their own version of the political showdown over health care reform playing out among national lawmakers.

93. Herenton Heats Up Young Republican Gathering -

The cooks at Central BBQ on Summer Avenue provided the ribs and other entrees for a gathering of the Shelby County Young Republicans this week.

But it was former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton who contributed the spice and a side order of political insight.

94. Drink a Beer To Save the Wolf River -

Ghost River Brewing, a local brewer of handcrafted beer, has announced a fundraising initiative to benefit the Wolf River Conservancy, a Memphis-based nonprofit land trust that protects and promotes the Wolf River corridor and its watershed.

95. Justin's Empire: Timberlake drives business interests where it all began -

Justin Timberlake might be best known for hit records, dance moves and sold-out concerts, but the 28-year-old entertainer extraordinaire is much more than a singer/dancer/performer. The award-winning, chart-topping Timberlake – or, simply, JT – has become an institution, a brand name that transcends his showbiz persona and carries as much cachet as any living celebrity.

96. Events -

The Germantown Athletic Club will host the Father-Son Grand Slam BBQ event today at 5:30 p.m. at Charles Vergos’ the Rendezvous, 52 S. Second St. After dinner, fathers and sons are invited to watch the Memphis Redbirds play the Nashville Sounds at 7:05 p.m. at AutoZone Park. Cost is $25 for the meal and $12 for game tickets. Non-club members will be charged a guest fee of $10. For more information, contact Scarlet Jones at scarletj@germantown-tn.gov or 751-7678.

97. Events -

SCORE will hold a seminar today from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the eighth floor conference room of Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave. The seminar is titled “How to Successfully Manage a Small Business.” Cost is $70 in advance and $99 at the door. To register, visit www.scorememphis.org/registration. For more information, call 544-3588.

98. Area Restaurants to AcceptDonations for MIFA -      The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association will be offering a special way for citizens to help the nonprofit organization during March.
     MIFA's "March for Meals" signs will be posted at pa

99. D.C.-Bound -

Memphis-based Neely's BBQ, which just received a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award, will be honored in April at a small-business summit in Washington. The meeting is part of the chamber's Small Business of the Year selection process. Shown here are Pat and Gina Neely during their Food Network show, "Down Home with the Neelys."

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100. Events -

The Southern Business Education Association Worldwide presents "My CEO! Salsa Night" today at 8 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Networking, business events and upcoming seminar information will be available, as will a free one-hour salsa instruction and salsa dancing. For more information, call Stephanie Anderson at 690-2831.