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1. Tennessee Revenue Department to Offer Free Tax Workshops -

The Tennessee Department of Revenue will host a series of free tax workshops for new Tennessee businesses.

The workshops – to be held in Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville – will take place from Sept. 9 to Sept. 16.

2. Record-Setting Freshman Class Settles in at UT Knoxville -

Murfreesboro’s Madison Underwood, 18, admits the University of Tennessee-Knoxville was not her first choice after graduating Siegel High School this spring.

But it soon became a serious contender – and ultimate winner – thanks to a combination of value, community and programming.

3. Memphis Representative -

4,880 MILES MORE SOUTHERN. There he was again. Nora and I were watching a show about historic homes in Memphis on WKNO and when they paused to pitch for support, he was one of the volunteers manning the phone bank behind those pitching.

4. Trezevant Hires Resident Services Head -

Kimberly O’Donnell has joined Trezevant as director of resident services. In her new position, she will be responsible for managing a variety of programs and functions while serving as liaison to the residential community.

5. Events -

Networking in Memphis will hold its fifth-year celebration, hosted by The Bar-Kays, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 300 Art Gallery, 300 S. Main St. Admission is $10; all proceeds go to the Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy. Tickets sold online only. Visit networkinginmem.com.

6. Cloverleaf Shopping Center Sells in $4.8 Million Deal -

5071, 5079 and 5150 Summer Ave.
761 N. White Station Road
Memphis, TN 38122

7. The Remarkable Life of Dr. Richard Briggs -

Richard Briggs is recognized in East Tennessee as a respected heart and lung surgeon, a one-time county commissioner and most recently an elected state senator, the Republican who defeated Stacey Campfield in 2014, ending his rather colorful tenure in the General Assembly.

8. New Tennessee Law: No Auto Insurance, No Vehicle Registration -

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Though it's been mandatory for 40 years, Tennessee automobile liability insurance requirements will soon become much more enforceable. It's then when the "James Lee Atwood Jr. Law" will take effect forcing all Tennessee county court clerks to confirm insurance compliance before issuing new vehicle registration tags.

9. Hooker Fights for Right to Die on His Terms -

John Jay Hooker, a household name in Middle Tennessee if nowhere else, is suffering from stage 4 metastatic cancer with weeks, not months to live.

10. Ardent to Host Two Days of Recording Sessions -

Ardent Studios is preparing to host “16 Over 48,” a series of 16, two-hour recording sessions over 48 hours Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16.

The way it works: 16 Memphis bands will bring their instruments and voices to record in Ardent’s renovated Studio C. Ardent will have everything the artists need to make a professionally produced recording, including a backline of drums, guitar and bass amps, bass, piano and organ, all set and ready to track through a new state-of-the-art SSL Duality console.

11. Real Deal -

They were tossing around numbers, trying to guess the win total for the 2015 University of Memphis football season.

In the not-too-distant past, the two Highland Hundred members and longtime season-ticket holders might have been able to add their guesses together and still come up short of the six victories needed for their favorite team to be bowl-eligible.

12. Ardent to Host Two Days Of Recording Sessions -

Ardent Studios is preparing to host “16 Over 48,” a series of 16, two-hour recording sessions over 48 hours Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16.

The way it works: 16 Memphis bands will bring their instruments and voices to record in Ardent’s renovated Studio C. Ardent will have everything the artists need to make a professionally produced recording, including a backline of drums, guitar and bass amps, bass, piano and organ, all set and ready to track through a new state-of-the-art SSL Duality console.

13. When Should You Resolicit? -

When is the right time to solicit a gift from a current donor? Do you send a letter once a year and hope for a gift? That’s one strategy.

Some nonprofits believe it is a good one. Their logic: “We don’t want our donors to feel we’re always asking for a gift.” Here’s our guidance: Begin the solicitation process when you say “thank you.”

14. Joe Cooper Case Raises Questions About County Election Commission Discretion -

The definitive ballot for the Oct. 8 Memphis election was a bit late because of a challenge by city council contender Joe Cooper.

15. Best Hotel Rooms in Nashville – With or Without Helicopter -

Tod Roadarmel, director of sales and marketing for the nearly 2-year-old Omni Hotel downtown, is awestruck by the vitality of Nashville’s hospitality industry. In town since 1988, he remembers when pre-Bridgestone Arena Broadway was not a place you’d want to be late at night.

16. Bikesmith Ready to Roll Into First Brick-and-Mortar Store -

Memphis’ traveling bike repairman has finally found a home. A year and a half after enrolling in the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team initiative MEMMobile, Jim Steffen, known as The Bikesmith to cyclists needing an adjustment or a hail-Mary overhaul, has signed a lease on a brick-and-mortar extension of his mobile repair truck.

17. Legal Heat -

A utility vehicle loaded with gear, ladders and lift buckets just isn’t complete without a large water cooler strapped to the rear, especially in the hot Memphis summer.

But the coolers, and other every day sights like wet towels draped under a worker’s hardhat or a crew taking a mandatory break in the shade, are the best evidence of workplace planning that meets a legal standard.

18. Memphis Picked to Win AAC West Division -

In a poll of media members who cover the American Athletic Conference, the University of Memphis football team was picked to edge out both Houston and Navy to win the American Athletic Conference West Division.

19. Ramsey Clear in Push to Politicize Supreme Court -

Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a penchant for igniting flames of partisanship, and the retirement of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade is no exception.

20. Moving Slowly, Growing Quickly -

Time was, crossing Lower Broadway safely only meant dodging woozy country music fans, speeding cabs and the occasional errant tour bus.

They’re all still there, but they’ve been joined by a wide and growing variety of small-motor or human-powered vehicles shuttling residents and tourists in and around downtown Nashville.

21. Unlikely Path -

It all started on whim. Cassius Cash was on his way to band practice at the University of Arkansas when he decided to practice his interview skills instead.

“Someone informed me the (U.S.) Forest Service was doing recruitment, but I had no intention of going in there and landing the internship,” says Cash of that interview for a wildlife biologist internship. “I thought the interview was about as far as I was going to go to chase my dreams.”

22. Director of Tennessee Food Program Resigns, Criticizes Leadership -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The director of an $80 million food program for impoverished children has resigned following a story in The Tennessean reporting at least $1.8 million in questionable spending last year by contractors.

23. Haunted History, A Story Retold -

WORRY ABOUT THE DOGS. Depending on who’s talking and when, history around Fort Pillow changes.

At the time of this story – one I shared first in a 2013 column – it was called the Cold Creek Correctional Facility, a minimum-security operation farming about 6,000 acres in Lauderdale County. Next it was called the Fort Pillow Prison and Farm, next door to something called the West Tennessee High Security Facility, now the West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

24. Cooking Companies -

One indication of the pervasiveness of an area’s startup culture is arguably the presence of incubators and accelerators focused on a variety of narrow purposes.

It’s why the Memphis area is home to plenty of such organizations focused on tech startups, social startups, medical device startups and startups led by women. And it’s why a kitchen incubator in West Memphis that launched in recent weeks is focused on startups in the food industry.

25. County Term-Limit Changes Proposed -

Just as the ballot was set for the October Memphis elections last week, some politicos were laying the groundwork for the 2016 election season in Shelby County.

That foundation includes two proposed amendments that would undo two Shelby County government charter amendments approved by voters in 2008.

26. New Daisy Renovation Signals New Era for Historic Building -

With a national partner found in Live Nation Entertainment, the New Daisy Theater is getting all dolled up to host nearly 200 musical acts annually.

The job doesn't just call for a new coat of paint to cover the decades of graffiti: the historic theater at 330 Beale is getting a complete overhaul.

27. Tennessee Among 7 States Getting Extended NCLB Waiver -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is among seven states that have received extended No Child Left Behind waivers.

The education law expired in 2007, though its mandates remained in place.

28. Gov. Walker Shuns Trump's Presidential Primary Attention -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he's not worried about the attention Donald Trump is getting in his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

29. Charles Hughes to Head Rhodes’ Memphis Center -

Dr. Charles L. Hughes has been named director of Rhodes College’s Memphis Center, an academic hub focused on the human experience of the Memphis and Mid-South region. He will be teaching classes on Memphis history and culture, coordinating student projects and developing programs, and also will be continuing his own research on the area.

30. Tennessee, Georgia Tech To Meet in 2017 Kickoff Game -

Tennessee and Georgia Tech will open their 2017 seasons by facing each other Sept. 4 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

Their prime-time matchup was announced Monday.

The Georgia Tech-Tennessee meeting is expected to be one of the first college games to take place at the new home stadium of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, which is set to open in 2017.

31. Digital Diaspora -

The ubiquitous connectivity that permeates today's workplace is having a profound effect on company cultures, most notably in the digitally-fueled diaspora unfolding in which employees can work from just about anywhere.

32. New Park, New Affiliation Deliver for Nashville Sounds -

Engagement. Wedding. Honeymoon. That pretty much describes the past year for general manager Garry Arthur and the Class AAA Sounds, who are proudly flashing a sparkling new diamond just north of downtown Nashville.

33. Vols, Titans Fight to Fill Empty Stadium Seats -

When it comes to giving the consumer what it wants, few sports programs can match University of Tennessee football.

Neyland Stadium, which 40 years ago could accommodate only 70,000 fans, has swelled to a capacity of 102,455, fifth largest in college football. It has a $4 million, 4,580-square-foot Jumbotron, W-Fi connections for fans and enough flashing lights around the stadium’s interior to shame the Las Vegas Strip.

34. SEC is Better With Steve Spurrier in It -

HOOVER, Ala. – If you’re a Tennessee fan, you don’t like him. He was the one who said you can’t spell Citrus without “U-T.”

He started his record-setting 23rd appearance as a coach at the 2015 SEC Media Days by zinging the Vols for their 7-6 season, saying they were “celebrating big” while casting South Carolina’s 7-6 season as a disaster averted.

35. Auburn Picked to Win SEC Championship -

HOOVER, Ala. – Only once in the previous six years did the media correctly pick the Southeastern Conference champion in the annual voting that is part of SEC Media Days. That was last year, when media accurately projected Alabama as conference champion.

36. Memphis Filing Deadline Features Last-Minute Shifts, Intrigue -

The decision Tuesday, July 14, by a sixth Memphis City Council member to pass up a place on the Oct. 8 ballot has added some intrigue on the way to the noon Thursday, July 16, filing deadline for the Memphis elections.

37. Madeline Patterson Joins Burson Campaigns -

Madeline Patterson has joined the Memphis office of Burson Campaigns, the corporate issues management unit of Burson-Marsteller, as a vice president. In her new role, Patterson will work with Burson clients on issues and crisis management, communications strategy, and integrated marketing and communications campaigns.

38. State Audit Uncovers Millions in Questionable Spending -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An audit of the Tennessee Department of Human Services found a lack of oversight led to at least $1.8 million in questionable spending last year from contractors operating programs to feed the needy. In 2013, the questioned costs were $4.3 million. And that is just in the small sample of agencies auditors reviewed.

39. Tennessee Promise Students Head to 'Academic Boot Camp' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Hundreds of Tennessee Promise students across the state are beginning an inaugural three-week "academic boot camp" to help them overcome some of the challenges that officials say are typically faced by first-generation college students.

40. With Data Breaches, Bad News Can Show Up Well Down the Road -

NEW YORK (AP) – The revelation that the data breach at the U.S. government's personnel office was actually much worse than the government originally thought is following a familiar script.

41. Want to Get Into Knoxville-Area Showbiz? Here’s How -

“Chasing the fun” keeps Jaime Hemsley, founder and owner of Gage Models and Talent Agency, in high gear to find her clients opportunities in the entertainment business.

“There’s lots of different ways to get involved in the industry,” she says, adding that her clients work both locally and nationally. Her agency recently booked a client with a TV reality dating show. Gage is headquartered in Knoxville but has clients throughout the southeast and works with agencies in New York and Los Angeles.

42. Wild Side -

No chance of being attacked by a hippo, which despite its size can outrun a man and is responsible for more human deaths in Africa than any other large animal.

No chance of being caught between the powerful jaws of a Nile crocodile and dragged underwater, drowned and devoured like a wildebeest in a National Geographic video.

43. Muslims Blast Handling of Tennessee Mosque Attack Plan Case -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Muslim groups say a judge's decision to release from federal custody a Tennessee man accused in court records of planning an attack on a mosque in New York state represents a double standard and should be revisited.

44. House Scraps Vote on Confederate Flag in Federal Cemeteries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House scrapped a vote on permitting the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries – including four in Tennessee – on Thursday, a retreat under fire that only escalated a ferocious attack by Democrats complaining the banner celebrates a murderous, racist past.

45. Back-to-School Fair Planned in Whitehaven Saturday -

The Academy for Youth Empowerment, along with business leaders and community organizations, are sponsoring the 15th annual Back to School Health Fair and Family Festival on Saturday, July 11.

The annual health fair is a public event where medical professionals offer various free services for both children and adults, including immunization shots, preschool physicals, dental screening, eye exams, blood pressure checks and HIV testing, among others.

46. Insure Tennessee Path Still Facing Many Turns -

There’s a move in Nashville for a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly, but it would have nothing to do with the February special session on Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal.

47. Gasol to Sign Max Contract, Udrih to Return to Grizzlies -

Big Spain is staying in the Bluff City.

Marc Gasol ended his free agency by agreeing to a new contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. The five-year dealis valued at $110 million.

48. Memphis City Council to Vote on Forrest Statue Removal -

[Update: Adds specifics of City Council's proposal on Nathan Bedford Forrest. The council will vote on the Forrest statue removal today.] With the city budget season done, Memphis City Council members turn their attention Tuesday, July 7, to development in the Pinch district, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and redrawing council district lines.

49. A Zoo With a View Toward Conservation -

Two western lowland gorilla babies were born at the Knoxville Zoo in June. Around the same time, a rare snake and an equally rare piglike little thing made their debuts, as well.

Few things are cuter than baby animals, and they can be quite a draw when the public can view them.

50. Building Boom Strains Labor Pool, Supply Chain -

Middle Tennessee’s red-hot construction boom is becoming a victim of its own success. Architects, contractors and everyone in between, including Metro Codes, are up to their necks in work.

It’s a happy time of an industry that also can see long, slow periods of stagnation.

51. Shelby Farms Greenline Gardens Gets Makeover -

The Greenline Gardens at Shelby Farms Park – the centerpiece of a handful of park programs including the Farm-to-Fork Fellowship and the Greenline Garden Club Workshop series – has been given a long-overdue makeover.

52. Trade Schools Have to Find Grads Jobs, or Lose Financial Aid -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Exotic dancers hired as admissions counselors. Recruiters told to seek out "impatient" individuals who have "few people in their lives who care about them." Military personnel still recovering from brain damage told to sign on the dotted line.

53. Grizzlies Rookies Jarell Martin, Andrew Harrison Have Much to Prove -

The bottom-line question about Memphis Grizzlies rookies Jarell Martin and Andrew Harrison is the same as after every other NBA Draft: What does the team really have in these guys?

54. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Controversial Execution Drug -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

55. Sea Isle Principal Prepares ‘The Island’ for New School Year -

Cardboard letters on the cinderblock wall just inside the entrance to Sea Isle Elementary School in East Memphis welcome students to “the island” – a much quieter place in these summer days but not a deserted island.

56. Baptist's Healing Hand -

Comprised of 14 hospitals and more than 4,000 affiliated physicians spanning three states, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is obviously known as a place where patients can turn to address their physical health.

57. Wharton Proposes to Move Forrest Statue and Grave -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is proposing to remove the statue of Confederate General, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest from the park formerly named in his honor.

58. Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies -

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

59. Haslam Needs to Back Up Call for More Local Control -

If Gov. Bill Haslam is trying to build political capital, he’s making the right move by trying to light a fire under local officials.

He might also want to turn up the flame on his own game.

60. ‘If It’s on His Mind, You’re Going to Know It’ -

The state legislature’s vote this year to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee raised eyebrows among believers and nonbelievers statewide.

Although the bill passed the House of Representatives, it was tabled by the Senate following questions about its constitutionality and opposition from the governor, other elected officials and community leaders statewide.

61. Climate Change as Faith Issue a Tough Sell -

It’s been a tough few years for Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light. The state affiliate of a national network of faith communities, the organization offers its members a spiritual way to respond to climate change issues and challenges from political and other sources.

62. Building Green in a Red-Hot Market -

Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs.

Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space.

63. The Irish in Us -

BOOM. HERE’S TO THE IRISH. Recently, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. Ireland. Stereotypically, a country where conservative is a matter of degree not choice, where killing each other over religion isn’t current news but DNA, where progress is measured in pints.

64. Garibaldi's Temptations Club Celebrates its 1980s Run -

Mike Garibaldi is known for his Memphis restaurant chain, Garibaldi's Pizza.

At the original Garibaldi’s, near the University of Memphis, is a picture on the wall of a smiling waitress in her 50s.

65. Feds Charge Joe Armstrong With Fraud, Tax Evasion -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic state Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville has been indicted on federal fraud and tax evasion charges connected to an increase in the state's cigarette tax in 2007.

66. Federal Appeals Court Asked to Throw Out TennCare Case -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is asking a federal appeals court to throw out a class-action lawsuit that claims the state left thousands of TennCare applicants in indefinite limbo, with their applications neither approved nor rejected.

67. LeMoyne-Owen Change Latest for Memphis Higher Ed -

Andrea Miller is the latest of three new higher education leaders in Memphis in just more than a year.

68. Awards Spotlight Knoxville's Top Achievers -

The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.

A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.

69. IRS Taking Steps to Combat Taxpayers' Identity Theft -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS is joining with state and private industry to combat identity theft by sharing more data about how tax returns are filed and taking other steps, officials announced Thursday. The effort is aimed at stemming a problem that has victimized thousands of taxpayers and cost the government billions of dollars from fraudulent returns.

70. Overbey Has No Regrets for Sponsoring Insure Tennessee -

Republican Sen. Doug Overbey took the road less traveled this year when he sponsored Insure Tennessee at the request of Gov. Bill Haslam.

Despite the legislation’s failure in special and regular sessions, he has no regrets and looks forward to continuing the fight in 2016 for a market-based plan to obtain roughly $1 billion annually through the Affordable Care Act to provide coverage to some 280,000 Tennesseans who are caught in a gap between TennCare and the federal plan.

71. Haslam Calls on Locals to Influence 'Changing Legislature' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday issued an appeal to officials from Tennessee cities and towns to help influence what he described as a "changing" state Legislature less concerned with the interests of traditional institutions.

72. Collierville Commits -

Right after the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Monday, June 8, to raise the town’s property tax rate by 20 cents, a flash of lightning flared outside the town hall chamber’s windows.

73. Finding SoCal Vibe in Carlsbad -

The Carlsbad experience is as simple as waking up one morning to enjoy a run along scenic California Highway 1 as surfers ride their bikes to the beach to catch a few waves before work in nearby San Diego.

74. The Soul of Memphis -

What if there was one place that could give a meaningful identity to a new generation of Memphians, preserve the sacred story of Memphis’ social and musical history and communicate the city’s soul to the rest of the world?

75. Mannis’ Hard Work Pays Off for Himself, Others -

Eddie Mannis, Knoxville businessman, entrepreneur, volunteer and donor, grew up understanding the value of hard work.

He says he knew it would be the defining factor in his life.

That standard has seen his company, Prestige Cleaners/Prestige Tuxedo, grow from a start-up using 30-year-old dry cleaning equipment to a business with a state-of-the art facility in North Knoxville.

76. Opry Has Become Big Part of CMA Fest -

The relationship between the Grand Ole Opry – the 90-year-old radio program and down home variety show – and CMA Music Fest is a pretty simple formula.

“A win for CMA Music Fest is a win for the Opry,” says Pete Fisher, vice president and general manager of the nation’s longest continuously running radio program.

77. Hey Grizz Fans: Check Out Those Royals, Twins! -

Is it now easier for an MLB team, regardless of market size, to seriously compete for a championship than for an NBA team from a similar type market (read: Memphis)?

Short answer: Yes.

As these NBA Finals get underway, with LeBron James and reigning MVP Steph Curry as the headliners, there is an accepted truth – be it in a flyover hamlet or a bigger city on one of the coasts – that no team can truly compete for a title without a superstar.

78. Connexion Point to Hire Nearly 400 in Memphis -

A technology-driven health care services company is opening a Memphis office that will employ nearly 400 people over the next few months.

Connexion Point, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based company that represents large insurance companies, will open a contact center at Nonconnah Corporate Center in Southwest Memphis.

79. Lionel Hollins Helping Spread Hypertension Awareness in Memphis -

It would come as little surprise to learn that Lionel Hollins has hypertension now. He is, after all, a 61-year-old working in the high stress position of NBA head coach.

But Hollins, former coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and current coach of the Brooklyn Nets, learned he had high blood pressure when he was in his 20s and was an NBA player himself.

80. 1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Runoff for Mississippi US House Seat -

NESBIT, Miss. (AP) – On a muggy evening in northern Mississippi, just a few miles from the Tennessee line, Republican congressional candidate Trent Kelly talked about his job as a district attorney for seven counties and his experience as a military veteran, with three deployments during 29 years in the National Guard – two of them in combat.

81. Haslam Replaces Curated News With Web Feed -

For decades, the Tennessee governor’s office has assembled a carefully curated daily summary of political and government news from around the state. No longer.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s office announced on the day before the long Memorial Day weekend that the news summary had “outlived its usefulness.”

82. Editorial: Tunica's Bet, 20 Years Later -

Tunica and its casinos represent a cautionary tale.

That’s not to suggest the day of casinos there is over; we can cite several hundred million reasons in annual gross revenues that show that’s not the case.

83. Paragon Bank Reports Highlights, Decisive Turn at Annual Shareholders Meeting -

2014 proved a milestone year for Paragon Bank: The now 10-year-old institution saw a few decisive changes, the bank’s leadership reported at its annual shareholders meeting in recent days.

84. Ramsey: No Medicaid Expansion Until 2017 -

The Tennessee legislative session ended in late April, giving itself a little more than two and a-half months to handle the state’s business. That’s plenty of time, according to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

85. Oak Park Apartments Demolition Latest in Blight Campaign -

The group of Memphis leaders and Glenview-area homeowners standing in a parking lot last week surrounded by the shells of two two-story apartment buildings and the charred foundation of a third paused for a moment.

86. Reality Change -

“The ecosystem of the team is always live and is always shifting. You have to be able to adjust with whatever the situation might be at the time.”

– Marc Gasol

Roll those words from Marc Gasol over in your mind. Hold them up to the light so you can see them from every possible angle, so you can find hope, fear, inspiration, desperation and, last but not least, ambiguity and mystery.

87. What Grads Must Do to Secure Employment -

Career counselors at many Tennessee colleges and universities say interest from corporate recruiters is higher than they’ve seen it in years.

There are more job postings, internship opportunities, pre-employment trainee classes and technology training programs for all skill levels, but if a recent graduate needs help in pursuing a career, schools want the new alums to come back to them.

88. Tennessee Increases Effort to Help Children in State Custody -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is making a greater effort to place children in state custody in family settings.

A new policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation calls on child welfare agencies to increase efforts to place youth removed from their homes with relatives or foster families.

89. Memphis Gets Greenlight to Relocate Police -

Now it’s all about closing the deal.

With no debate or discussion, the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, May 19, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s proposal to buy the 13-story Donnelley J. Hill state office building at 170 N. Main St., just a stone’s throw from City Hall.

90. Will More Money, Reviews Improve on Common Core? -

Is it Kabuki theater or a transformative process?

That question comes to mind in the aftermath of the legislative session as the Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill "repealing and replacing" Common Core, a set of K-12 education standards, by adding another layer of review and pushing the governor’s process for completion to 2017, along with adding a $400,000 expense.

91. Notes From Near and Far on Death of Blues Legend B.B. King -

Blues legend B.B. King died late Thursday at his Las Vegas home. Here are some comments from people who knew and admired him:

"The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend. B.B. King was born a sharecropper's son in Mississippi, came of age in Memphis, Tennessee, and became the ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world. No one worked harder than B.B. No one inspired more up-and-coming artists. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues. He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn't do – but will always be glad you did." – President Barack Obama

92. Southbrook Tests Wharton Administration Shake-Up -

It didn’t take very long for the city of Memphis’ new chief administrative officer to make a tough call.

And when Jack Sammons came down on the side of pulling back city funding for Southbrook Mall, political allies and foes of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. watched to see if he would go along with the decision.

93. This Week in Memphis History: May 15-21 -

2013: Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. goes to the City Council with a state comptroller’s report critical of the city’s financial practices, including two bond restructurings in four years that pushed the city’s debt into future years. The report also faults the city for undocumented interfund loans among City Hall divisions and departments.

94. Southbrook Mall Funding Put On Hold By Wharton -

City funding for renovations at Whitehaven’s Southbrook Mall is off at least for now, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Thursday, May 14, signaling more time in limbo for the controversial project.

95. East Tennessee’s Endangered 8 -

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance’s list of endangered heritage sites for the region:

1. The Stonecipher-Kelly House in Morgan County was built around 1814 by the first permanent white settlers in that area, as part of a Revolutionary War land-grant.

96. Small Banks Find Ways to Compete With Giants -

Nashville’s InsBank began 15 years ago, founded by a group of insurance agents. Originally, it was known as Insurors Bank of Tennessee, its target market was independent insurance agents in the state. But that has changed somewhat over the years as the bank has evolved from that particular niche.

97. Investors Pumping Hundreds of Millions Into Tennessee Startups -

The assignment sounded simple enough: Find out whether more money is coming into Nashville for startups.

If so, where is it coming from and what does it means to entrepreneurs, investors and the rest of us?

98. Council Vacancy Draws Eight Applicants -

Eight citizens have applied for a vacancy on the Memphis City Council, some with no intention of serving beyond the end of 2015 and others with plans to seek a full, four-year term in the October elections.

99. Harold Ford Sr. Returns to Memphis Funeral Business With New Concept -

In his years as a political force in Memphis, Harold Ford Sr. was known for his attention to detail.

The former Congressman would brush past campaign workers and climb a ladder to level a campaign banner or change the layout of “the Ford ballot,” sought by everyone from presidential candidates to court clerks.

100. On the Menu -

When Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr turned up for dinner at the Majestic Grille Friday night, it wasn’t as the guy in charge of the team trying to put a stop to the Memphis Grizzlies’ championship ambitions.