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1. Events -

American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Saturday, Dec. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bumpus Harley Davidson, 325 S. Byhalia Road. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-REDCROSS for eligibility requirements and appointments.

2. For Tigers, Any Win is Good -

The Tigers’ problems are solved. Or at least they are when they make 11 threes, shoot 52.4 percent from long range, and almost 80 percent at the free-throw line.

So let’s reframe things: For a night, this was how the University of Memphis got around their worst habit – giving the ball to the other team.

3. Conn’s Inc. to Open Second Store in Memphis -

Specialty retailer Conn’s Inc. will open a second store in Memphis, the second of possibly three stores the Texas-based home appliances and furnishings chain plans to open in Tennessee.

4. Wharton Whirlwind -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will ask the Memphis City Council to approve the approximately $30 million in city funding at the core of the settlement of the six-year-old schools funding controversy and lawsuit.

5. Target, Cummins Awarded Tax Breaks -

Two companies won approval Wednesday, Dec. 17, for tax incentives for projects that will create around 1,400 jobs.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, incentives for Target and Cummins Inc.

6. Southwest Adding Seasonal Baltimore Flight -

Southwest Airlines is adding a seasonal second daily nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport to its summer schedule, which begins June 7.

7. Target, Cummins Awarded 15-Year Tax Breaks -

Two companies won approval Wednesday, Dec. 17, for tax incentives for projects that will create around 1,200 jobs.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, incentives for both Target and Cummins Inc.

8. Ole Miss, Southeast Missouri in First Jack Jones Classic -

Division I college basketball returns to Southaven as Ole Miss plays Southeast Missouri State in the inaugural Jack Jones Classic on Monday, Dec. 22, at the Landers Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

9. New Daisy to Host iHeartRadio New Year's Broadcast -

On New Year’s Eve, the New Daisy will be transformed into a one-night “light and sound spectacular” with its Lights Out! NYE Experience event.

Beginning at 10 p.m., iHeartRadio will broadcast live from the New Daisy, 340 Beale St., to more than an estimated 8 million listeners across the country with on-air personality Brodee as part of the iHeartMedia NYE “Coast to Coast” celebration.

10. Collierville Retail Center Sells for $3 Million -

A Collierville retail center has been sold for $3 million.

KCBBHB LLC sold the retail center at 10210 Collierville Road to Exeter 14214 DE LLC, according to a special warranty deed.

11. Events -

AARP Cordova Chapter will hold its holiday luncheon and inauguration of 2015 officers Thursday, Dec. 18, at 11:30 a.m. at Cheddar’s Restaurant, 2147 S. Germantown Road. Guests are welcome.

12. Curry Reunion -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Friday night after Thanksgiving. Stephen Curry’s at the charity stripe. Swish! Golden State 18, Charlotte 10.

13. Southwest Bag Workers Picketing Over Flight Delays -

DENVER (AP) – Saying Southwest Airlines is neglecting workers and its customers, baggage handlers are bringing attention to the company's slide in on-time performance as they seek a new contract.

14. In-Rel Sells Two Memphis Office Buildings for $16.8 Million -

Affiliates of Clark Tower owner In-Rel Properties Inc. have sold two of the company’s other Memphis office buildings to a private equity firm for $16.8 million as part of a larger portfolio.

15. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

16. From Sweden to Memphis -

Swedish retail giant Ikea will open a 225-employee store in the Wolfchase Galleria area in 2016.

The furniture retailer will locate the 269,000-square-foot store on a 35-acre site in Memphis near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway.

17. Tanger Outlets Involved in Southaven Project -

A major player in the development of outlet malls has jumped on board the long-planned effort to build a massive outlet mall in Southaven.

Tanger Outlets, which has a portfolio of 44 outlet centers in 26 markets in the U.S. and Canada, is now involved in the effort to build The Outlet Shops of the Mid-South at Interstate 55 and Church Road in Southaven.

18. US Homebuilder Sentiment Slips in December -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects heading into next year, even as their overall sales outlook remains favorable.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday slipped this month to 57, down one point from 58 in November.

19. Southwest Could Offer International Hope -

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

20. Elvis Presley Enterprises Applies for Hotel Building Permit -

3066 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $57 million

21. Achievement School District to Add Six Memphis Schools -

Five Memphis schools that are now part of Shelby County Schools will become part of the state-run Achievement School District starting in August with the new school year.

And KIPP Memphis Public Schools will begin a new-start elementary school for kindergarten and first-graders.

22. Collierville Station Sells for $600,000 -

The 8,900-square-foot Collierville Station retail center along West Poplar Avenue has sold for $600,000.

An entity named MD 695 Poplar LLC purchased the neighborhood shopping center at 695 W. Poplar in a Dec. 4 warranty deed from JW-Collierville LLC, PC-Collierville LLC, DB-Collierville LLC and SG-Collierville LLC, which collectively had owned it since 2008.

23. Shildt to Manage Redbirds in 2015 -

The St. Louis Cardinals have selected Mike Shildt as the Memphis Redbirds’ new manager for the 2015 season.

The 46-year-old Shildt becomes the sixth manager in the Redbirds’ 18-year history and takes over for Ron “Pop” Warner, who was named a minor league roving infield coordinator with the Cardinals organization. Warner guided the Redbirds to the Pacific Coast League American South Division title in 2014 as the Triple-A club posted a 79-64 record. Warner managed the Redbirds from 2012-2014.

24. Airport Hires Manager to Increase Air Service -

Memphis International Airport has hired a former American Airlines network planner to help increase service at the airport.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has tapped Will Livsey to serve as its new Senior Manager of Air Service Research and Development.

25. Stars Flock to Music City’s Ernest Tubb Record Shop -

When Bob Dylan drops by, he generally goes right for “a handful” of Hank and Carter Family recordings, although on one Lower Broadway afternoon the old man from the North Country also is reported to have purchased a “Larry the Cable Guy” DVD.

26. Goat Milk and Smart Marketing -

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

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

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

27. Junior Achievement Plans After-School Program -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. has partnered with Regions Bank and the Memphis Public Library & Information Center to offer ninth- through 12th-graders the JA Company Program in an after-school setting starting in January.

28. Shildt to Manage Redbirds in 2015 -

The St. Louis Cardinals have selected Mike Shildt as the Memphis Redbirds’ new manager for the 2015 season.

The 46-year-old Shildt becomes the sixth manager in the Redbirds’ 18-year history and takes over for Ron “Pop” Warner, who was named a minor league roving infield coordinator with the Cardinals organization. Warner guided the Redbirds to the Pacific Coast League American South Division title in 2014 as the Triple-A club posted a 79-64 record. Warner managed the Redbirds from 2012-2014.

29. Airport Hires Manager to Increase Air Service -

Memphis International Airport has hired a former American Airlines network planner to help increase service at the airport.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has tapped Will Livsey to serve as its new Senior Manager of Air Service Research and Development.

30. According to Foyle -

My early New Year’s resolution is to be more like Christopher Foyle. Demeanor-wise and wisdom-wise. No, I won’t be wearing a vest.

“Foyle’s War” is a British detective series created by Anthony Horowitz. As World War II rages, Inspector Christopher Foyle (played by Michael Kitchen) investigates crimes from his headquarters in Hastings, England. He never raises his voice. He’s never puzzled by an inconsistency. Obvious lies from the devious don’t faze him one bit.

31. Court Order Details Spread of Violent Gang -

Fourteen years ago, a group of eight teenagers who lived on Burnham Street in Frayser tried to join the Vice Lords street gang and were rejected.

They became the FAM Mob street gang.

And according to a petition filed in Shelby County Environmental Court this week by the Multi-Agency Gang Unit to secure the city’s two latest no-gang zones, the rejection fueled violence that gang unit officers say have been a large part of the gang since its founding.

32. A Tale of Two Projects -

At 7.7 miles, it takes about 12 minutes to make the drive between the Mid-South Fairgrounds and Graceland.

However, the political fortunes of each couldn’t be more different.

A financing plan for a long-delayed expansion of the Graceland campus to develop all 120 acres owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises and amassed since the mid-1990s cleared the Shelby County Commission this week and the Memphis City Council a week before.

33. Shildt to Manage Memphis Redbirds in 2015 -

The St. Louis Cardinals have selected Mike Shildt (pronounced like quilt) as the Memphis Redbirds’ new manager for the 2015 season.

The 46-year-old Shildt becomes the sixth manager in the Redbirds’ 18-year history and takes over for Ron “Pop” Warner, who was named a minor league roving infield coordinator with the Cardinals organization. Warner guided the Redbirds to the Pacific Coast League American South Division title in 2014 as the Triple-A club posted a 79-64 record. Warner managed the Redbirds from 2012-2014.

34. Latest No-Gang Zones Target FAM Mob -

Two Frayser apartment complexes are the latest no-gang safety zones in Memphis under court orders the district attorney general’s office sought from Shelby County Environmental Court.

The Ridgecrest Apartments on Rangeline Road and the Greenbriar Apartments on Dellwood Avenue are areas where members of the FAM Mob gang named in the court order signed by Judge Larry Potter are specifically prohibited from gathering together in public for any reason.

35. Doctors Face Steep Medicaid Cuts as Fee Boost Ends -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Primary care doctors caring for low-income patients will face steep fee cuts next year as a temporary program in President Barack Obama's health care law expires. That could squeeze access just when millions of new patients are gaining Medicaid coverage.

36. Collierville Station Sells for $600,000 -

The 8,900-square-foot Collierville Station retail center along West Poplar Avenue has sold for $600,000.

An entity named MD 695 Poplar LLC purchased the neighborhood shopping center at 695 W. Poplar in a Dec. 4 warranty deed from JW-Collierville LLC, PC-Collierville LLC, DB-Collierville LLC and SG-Collierville LLC, which collectively had owned it since 2008.

37. Events -

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

38. LeMoyne-Owen Students March -

A group of 80 LeMoyne-Owen College students marched Tuesday, Dec. 9, from their South Memphis campus to Union Avenue and Bellevue Boulevard.

The protest is the latest in the city in the wake of a chain of fatal police encounters in Ferguson, Mo., New York City and several other cities.

39. Events -

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

40. Sharp & Robbins Names Popwell Partner -

Chris Popwell has been named the newest partner at Sharp & Robbins Construction, which will now operate as Sharp, Robbins & Popwell LLC. Popwell joined Sharp & Robbins’ Memphis office in 2008 as an estimator/project manager and most recently served as general operations manager of the Nashville office since 2012.

41. Graceland Plan Clears Main Local Hurdles -

Elvis Presley Enterprises attempted to secure private financing of its plan for a 450-room resort hotel and a remake of its plaza area, but those attempts failed, said Graceland’s bond counsel, because it is difficult for borrowers to get conventional financing for a hotel project.

42. Commission Approves Graceland Plan, Delays Fairgrounds TDZ -

Shelby County Commissioners approved the Graceland economic impact plan Monday, Dec. 8, the last local hurdle for a plan that includes the construction of a 450-room hotel and a later phase transforming the Graceland Plaza area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the Graceland mansion.

43. Events -

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

44. Local Die-In Protesters Look Ahead to Saturday -

Organizers of three days of local protests over a series of deaths at the hands of police officers in New York, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere will likely hold a similar protest Saturday, Dec. 13, the same day a national protest is being planned for Washington D.C.

45. Shelby County Home Sales Slow in November -

After an unusually strong October for home sales, activity in Shelby County cooled in November.

Memphis and Shelby County home sales were down 7.8 percent in November, with 1,034 sales recorded for the month, compared with 1,115 recorded in November 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

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

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

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

47. Comcast Awards Grants to Tenn. Organizations -

The Comcast Foundation announced it has made a series of financial grants totaling more than $87,000 to a variety of groups around Tennessee that support the underserved.

Beneficiaries include the American Red Cross; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Boys and Girls Clubs; the National Kidney Foundation; the Pencil Foundation; and Volunteer Mid-South.

48. Cafe Pontotoc Adds Weekend Brunch -

Café Pontotoc, a new wine bar, tapas bar and restaurant in South Main, is adding a weekend brunch starting Saturday, Dec. 6.

It will serve brunch Saturdays and Sundays, and in the future, brunch on Fridays may be added.

49. MassMutual Sponsors New JA BizTown Shop -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. has announced MassMutual Life Insurance Co. as its newest shop sponsor for JA BizTown.

50. Brook Chase Apartments Will Receive Upgrades -

The Brook Chase Apartments in Germantown are about to get a makeover.

Memphis-based Fogelman Properties and New York-based DRA Advisors LLC, which teamed up this year to acquire the property for $31.1 million, plan on making significant upgrades to the 280-unit apartment community at 7865 Grove Court West.

51. Events -

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

52. Events -

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

53. From Baghdad to Memphis, Mack Provides Dental Aid -

A toothache doesn’t stop just because a soldier has been deployed to Iraq. And a brigade dentist in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division in Baghdad sometimes has to moonlight as a field medic.

54. Fairgrounds Plan Could Be Tied to Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners are scheduled to vote Monday, Dec. 8, on a contract with city government that is critical to the city advancing its long-held plans for a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

55. Batch Gets Bigger With Storefront, Fourth City -

Batch is gonna need a bigger box.

The Nashville-based foodie subscription service, which curates amazing mini-collections of locally-made edibles and packs them up and ships them all over the U.S. and Canada, has added a fourth city – Austin – and a permanent storefront at the Nashville Farmers Market.

56. Music City Christmas -

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

57. How Businesses Can Avoid Holiday Party Problems -

NEW YORK (AP) – If John Olajide's staffers have one too many at his company's holiday party he'll have them shuttled home in a taxi or send them to a hotel room for the night.

"If they're at our party, we're responsible for them," says Olajide, the founder and CEO of Dallas software maker Axxess. "We'll take any steps to ensure their safety."

58. Basar: Fairgrounds Likely to Be Tied to Schools Funding -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar says the commission likely will consider linking an endorsement of the city’s plans for Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation to school funding when it takes up the measure at the Monday, Dec. 8, commission meeting.

59. This week in Memphis history: December 5-11 -

2013: The Memphis Ice Run. After the St. Jude Marathon was canceled because of below-freezing temperatures and the threat of icy streets along the route, some of the runners from Memphis and some who had traveled to the city for the annual event ran the course anyway. Race officials who kept the race finish setup in place at AutoZone Park quickly moved in to award medals to those who completed the course.

60. Events -

Art for Life’s Sake will present a holiday blues concert Friday, Dec. 5, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk, 310 Beale St. The concert will include an array of blues music by famous local and international blues artists. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit artforlifessake.org.

61. Southwest Airlines Agents Approve Labor Contract -

DALLAS (AP) – Customer-service agents at Southwest have approved a new labor contract, a boost for the airline, which hasn't been able to get a deal with pilots or ramp workers.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said Wednesday that agents approved a four-year contract that includes pay raises, a signing bonus, job-security provisions and more flexible vacations. The union didn't give details on the raises.

62. Tennessee to Ban Big Trucks on ‘The Dragon’ -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is banning trucks longer than 30 feet from using a twisty stretch of U.S. Route 129 that is known as The Dragon.

The truck ban is welcome news to motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts who travel long distances to experience the mountain road famous for its 318 curves in 11 miles along the western edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

63. Cafe Pontotoc Adding Weekend Brunch -

Café Pontotoc, a new wine bar, tapas bar and restaurant in South Main, will soon start offering brunch.

It will serve brunch Saturdays and Sundays beginning Dec. 6. In the future, brunch on Fridays may be added.

64. Council Confirms Putt as New Fire Director -

Memphis City Council members on Tuesday, Dec. 2, approved veteran firefighter Michael Putt as the city’s new fire director.

65. Events -

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

66. Graceland Plan Highlights Blurred Lines in Financing -

There are private funds and public funds. And when a private project has the potential to up the tax revenue taken in by local and state governments, that money enters a middle ground between the two.

67. Arcade Restaurant Plans Changes in 2015 -

The new year will bring some big changes to an iconic Downtown eatery.

The Arcade Restaurant, at the corner of G.E. Patterson Ave. and South Main, is open until 3 p.m. now, but plans to open at night starting early next year. Owner Harry Zepatos Jr. told Memphis Magazine the plans also include serving cocktails. He added that the level of business on the weekends at establishments around the Arcade including Max’s Sports Bar and Earnestine & Hazel’s has not gone unnoticed, and the Arcade plans to tap into that demand.

68. Council Embraces New Pension 'Concept' -

Memphis City Council members are still weighing their options on pension plan changes after another alternative emerged Tuesday, Dec. 2, and the “concept” got eight votes on the council.

69. Brook Chase Apartments Will Receive Upgrades -

The Brook Chase Apartments in Germantown are about to get a makeover.

Memphis-based Fogelman Properties and New York-based DRA Advisors LLC, which teamed up this year to acquire the property for $31.1 million, plan on making significant upgrades to the 280-unit apartment community at 7865 Grove Court West.

70. Events -

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

71. Simonson Joins IRIS Orchestra Staff -

Jenna Simonson has joined IRIS Orchestra as community relations coordinator. In her new role, Simonson will oversee community engagement programs and office management for the orchestra, which kicked off its 15th season in October.

72. Midtown Gears Up for Indie Holiday Market -

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

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

73. Memphis Football Has Envious Success Story -

The University of Memphis football program is now an example to be envied, a “model” to be copied.

Yes, it’s true.

Connecticut coach Bob Diaco said as much after the Tigers whipped his team 41-10 last Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to win their sixth straight game and improve to 9-3 and 7-1 in conference. The Tigers also staked a claim to at least a share of the American Athletic Conference championship – the first league title in school history since 1971.

74. VHA Southeast Reaches Agreement With CPS -

VHA Southeast Inc., a regional healthcare network based in Tampa, Fla., has entered into a three-year preferred provider agreement with Memphis-based Comprehensive Pharmacy Services.

75. MassMutual Sponsors New JA BizTown Shop -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. has announced MassMutual Life Insurance Co. as its newest shop sponsor for JA BizTown.

76. Bargain Travel Hotspots for 2015 -

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

77. Year-End Reflections – Part One -

As 2014 comes to an end, we find ourselves reflecting on our work and this column. They are both intertwined: FUNdraising Good Times is one way we help nonprofit organizations and institutions position themselves for fundraising success.

78. SEC Title Game One Chapter in Great Season -

In this, the last of the season’s weekly college football notebooks, we take a quick spin around the SEC now that the regular season is finished.

SEC championship game: Sure, a lot of people picked Alabama to be in next Saturday’s game at the Georgia Dome. But be honest now, did you have their lone loss coming at Ole Miss? No, didn’t think so.

79. Local Shopping -

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

80. Dobbs the Latest in Line of Dual-Threat UT Quarterbacks -

If the University of Tennessee’s football team gains bowl eligibility with a victory Saturday at Vanderbilt, it can look back to a quarterback change Oct. 25 against Alabama as a pivotal point in the season.

81. Craft Beer Boom -

Looking to replace that regular beer with something more exotic? Get hoppy and explore Knoxville’s craft-beer scene, because by bottle and tap, growler and flight, the national beer movement has come to East Tennessee in a very substantial way.

82. Treat Your Visitors to These Dining Treats -

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

83. Blight of the Living Dead -

When the Smiths moved into a brand new home right before Christmas 2007, they had no idea that construction in their Antioch area subdivision would soon stop cold – and stay stopped for four years.

84. US Pending Home Sales Slip in October -

The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes fell slightly in October as tight credit and lagging wages remained financial hurdles for would-be homebuyers.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 1.1 percent in the past month to 104.1. The index remains below its 2013 average but is 2.2 percent higher than last October.

85. Comcast Awards Grants to Tennessee Organizations -

The Comcast Foundation announced it has made a series of financial grants totaling more than $87,000 to a variety of groups around Tennessee that support the underserved.

Beneficiaries include the American Red Cross; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Boys and Girls Clubs; the National Kidney Foundation; the Pencil Foundation; and Volunteer Mid-South.

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

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

87. Events -

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

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

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

89. HealthSouth Paying $750 Million for Home Health Business -

HealthSouth will spend about $750 million on the privately held owner of Encompass Home Health and Hospice in a deal that helps the rehabilitation hospital operator expand into home health care.

The Birmingham, Ala., company said Monday that Encompass, which is owned by EHHI Holdings Inc., will complement its inpatient rehabilitation business. Directors of both companies have approved the deal, which is expected to close before the end of the year.

90. Regional One Health Foundation Offering Holiday Cards -

Partnering with Mid-South native NJ Woods, Regional One Health Foundation is offering limited edition 2014 holiday cards. The collection includes three different designs, each featuring a winter wonderland scene painted by Woods, a nationally recognized folk artist.

91. Southwest’s Next Goal: Industrial Training Center -

As Southwest Tennessee Community College leaders formally opened a new nursing school building Downtown last week, the institution was making progress toward its next major capital project.

It is a $3.5 million Industrial Readiness Training center to be built at the school’s Macon Cove campus.

92. This week in Memphis history: November 28-December 4 -

2006: Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton and former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier boxed at the Peabody Hotel in an exhibition for the Shelby County Drug Court.

93. Mid-South Grows in Popularity for Retirees -

Florida or bust?

Not necessarily, not anymore.

Retirees coming from the Midwest and Northeast are realizing they have other options, and increasingly they are acting on them. Several Mid-South states have developed formal recruitment programs with the hope of luring out-of-state retirees – new money, in economic development parlance.

94. US New Home Sales Up 0.7 Percent in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes edged up modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest.

New home sales advanced 0.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. That October increase a smaller 0.4 percent gain in September and put sales at the highest point since May.

95. Southwest’s Next Goal: Industrial Training Center -

As Southwest Tennessee Community College leaders formally opened a new nursing school building Downtown last week, the institution was making progress toward its next major capital project.

It is a $3.5 million Industrial Readiness Training center to be built at the school’s Macon Cove campus.

96. New Alliance Focuses on Workforce Development -

Memphis and Shelby County are prioritizing workforce development and creating a pipeline that will deliver trained employees to local companies.

The goal is to align educational offerings with the current and future needs of employers.

97. Events -

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

98. Facing Health Law Hikes, Consumers Mull Options -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law.

But it will take time for families to figure out the best bang for their budgets – even as a bigger political battle brews over the program's future.

99. VW Policy for Tennessee Plant Sets Off Labor Scramble -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – In rival camps located about a mile apart, both supporters and opponents of the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize their first foreign auto plant in the South say a new labor policy at the Volkswagen factory is going to help them.

100. Events -

SRVS will hold free dance and movement classes for adults with disabilities Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the SRVS Learning Center, 3971 Knight Arnold Road. Email lindsay.weaver@srvs.org to register, or visit srvs.org.