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1. Comcast Teeing Up New Services Targeted at Millennials -

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast, which became a TV powerhouse by signing up Generation Xers, baby boomers and their parents, now is fighting for millennial eyeballs.

The TV giant is investing in online media outlets like BuzzFeed and Vox that attract young viewers. It's setting up a streaming TV service for millennials who don't watch a boob tube. And it's developing a YouTube-like video app and website.

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3. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

4. Death of A Sales Team -

Is the next generation of salespeople heading toward extinction?

Former IBM president Thomas Watson was known for saying, “Nothing happens until a sale is made.” We saw that truth painfully realized during the 2007-09 recession. According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as demand plummeted, approximately 1.6 million sales jobs were cut across multiple industries.

5. Baker Donelson Adds Carletos-Drayton -

Carmalita “CC” Carletos-Drayton has joined the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as a shareholder. Carletos-Drayton’s legal practice primarily focuses on environmental law, economic development, and government contracts.

6. Events -

The Peabody will host its 146th anniversary celebration and the induction of Pat Kerr Tigrett into the Duck Walk Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 4:30 p.m. at the hotel, 149 Union Ave. The party will include champagne, hors d’oeuvres, cake and entertainment by Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Visit peabodymemphis.com.

7. Consider This Before Starting A Nonprofit -

The nonprofit sector is diverse and innovative. Memphians are always creating solutions to the many challenges that arise. We see a problem and seek to fix it. We experience something wonderful and we want others to share in our joy.

8. Council Continues Talks on Deferred Retirement Freeze -

Two months into the city of Memphis’ new fiscal year and after a year of decisions on changes to pension and health insurance benefits for city employees and retirees, the Memphis City Council is still making adjustments.

9. College Football Notebook: No More Dress Rehearsals for Memphis Tigers -

Last week, the University of Memphis football team finished training camp with simulated end-of-week preparation, culminating with a video test Friday night and a mock game Saturday, Aug. 29, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

10. Effectiveness Of ‘No More’ Campaign Debated -

Surveys and focus groups that are a key part of the “No More” campaign to build awareness and change attitudes on rape, sexual assault and domestic violence are and will be a baseline to gauge how well the campaign does its job.

11. How Do Schools Calculate New Stipends for College Athletes? -

For the first time, the NCAA is allowing college athletes to receive money in their scholarships to cover the so-called cost of attendance, those expenses beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees that come with attending school.

12. What's in a Billion? Facebook Users Hit Milestone in 1 day -

NEW YORK (AP) — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population.

13. Fed Vice Chair in Spotlight as Markets Seek Rate Hike Clues -

WASHINGTON (AP) — What once seemed a sure bet — that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in September — suddenly appears less certain following a wild week of stock market turbulence.

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15. Zoo Welcomes Red Panda Cub With Naming Contest -

The Memphis Zoo has added a cute new face to Cat Country – a red panda baby – and it’s asking for help naming the cub.

The baby boy was born at the zoo June 3 to parents “Justin” and “Lucille” and is currently being mother-reared in the red panda night house.

16. Events -

The Peabody will host its 146th anniversary celebration and the induction of Pat Kerr Tigrett into the Duck Walk Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 4:30 p.m. at the hotel, 149 Union Ave. The party will include champagne, hors d’oeuvres, cake and music by Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Visit peabodymemphis.com.

17. When Did We Stop New Thinking? -

Human evolution is a complex topic. Personal growth may be more perplexing even to the best psychologists. The theme that really defies reason is when a whole organization or market segment falls into the trap of formal rigidity, as in “it’s just the way it is.”

18. ‘Chef Jenn’ To Serve Up Small-Biz Tips -

Her brand name, “Chef Jenn,” suggests she is running a restaurant. So does her background.

Jennifer McCullough not only graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree and the University of Colorado Denver with a Master of Arts, but also from the Culinary School of the Rockies. And sure enough, the Memphis native worked three months in a fancy French restaurant in Denver – and she hated it.

19. Creative Aging Seeks Pumpkin-Carving Teams -

Creative Aging is seeking corporate teams and sponsors for its annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest, a fundraiser for the Memphis-based nonprofit.

The event, which is scheduled Oct. 24 from noon to 3 p.m. at The Dive Shop, 999 S. Yates Road, features both underwater and topside pumpkin-carving competitions, a costume contest, live music and kids activities.

20. Breast Cancer Program Launches in Memphis -

A new program launching this weekend in Memphis seeks to make breast cancer screening a priority in the African-American community.

SisterPact is a community education program that will work to make African-American women commit to get a mammogram and encourage a close friend or family member to do the same. It also will provide a directory of more than 70 local and national screening resources.

21. ArtsMemphis Offering Grants to Non-Arts Groups -

ArtsMemphis is for the first time offering grants to nonprofits that don’t have a specific arts focus.

The organization is launching Community Engagement Grants, which would provide funding to nonprofits that want to develop arts-based projects.

22. Evolve Creates Java4Jobs to Help Finance Startups -

Evolve Bank & Trust has started a coffee company to provide financing for startups, small businesses and minority- or women-owned businesses.

23. Events -

Boscos Squared will host the Boscos Cycling Patio 150, a benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Thursday, Sept. 3, starting at 5 p.m. at 2120 Madison Ave. Members of the Boscos Cycling team will ride 150 miles on stationary bikes to raise funds. Tickets are not required, but cash donations will be accepted. Visit facebook.com/boscoscycling for details.

24. Breast Cancer Screening Program Launches in Memphis -

A new program launching this weekend in Memphis seeks to make breast cancer screening a priority in the African-American community.

SisterPact is a community education program that will work to make African-American women commit to get a mammogram and encourage a close friend or family member to do the same.

25. Events -

South Main Trolley Night will be held Friday, Aug. 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit gosouthmain.com/trolley-night.html for details.

26. The Art of Interoffice Communication -

With so many generations working together today, communication has never been more confusing. Our communication vehicles include email, phone, social media, text – not to mention real life, face-to-face conversations and handwritten letters.

27. 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.

28. Square Sale -

Watty Brooks Hall said the event has become a highly anticipated competition, almost like Christmas morning is for children. During the semiannual Collierville Town-Wide Sidewalk Sale, one customer always shows up bright and early outside The Brooks Collection, Hall’s business on the town square.

29. ArtsMemphis Offering Grants To Non-Arts Organizations -

ArtsMemphis is for the first time offering grants to nonprofits that don’t have a specific arts focus.

The organization is launching Community Engagement Grants, which would provide funding to nonprofits that want to develop arts-based projects.

30. Events -

AAF Memphis and AIGA Memphis will host a joint luncheon with Debbie Millman, president of Sterling Brands’ design division, Thursday, Aug. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kroc Center’s Hardin Grand Hall, 800 East Parkway S. The topic is “On Rejection: How the Worst Moments of Your Life Can Turn Out to Be the Best.” Visit aafmemphis.org/events for details and registration.

31. Despite Stock Fall, Financial Health of Many Remains Solid -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating — at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills.

32. Kudzukian’s ‘Neo-Radio’ Platform Has Room to Grow -

What does kudzu have in common with a media content company in Memphis that bears its name?

Kudzukian founder Larry Robinson is hoping that his new, neo-radio concept will mirror the foot-a-day growth of the invasive southern vine.

33. 4 Tips for Staying Safe on Public Wi-Fi -

Think about the last time you checked your online bank account at your local coffee shop, updated social media while waiting in line at a store or caught up on your email at an airport during a layover.

34. ‘Punching Out’ for the Last Time -

Ray’s take: According to AARP, baby boomers are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day. That means a lot of people are looking at the traditional retirement age coming up fast. Whenever you plan to not have to work anymore, there are some basic financial decisions you should make as you near that age.

35. Booting Up -

I don’t remember where I got the quip that is the theme for today’s I Swear Crossword. It’s hardly original. The gist of it is that if you power down for a while, you’ll almost always power back up. It’s a comforting thought. Or is it?

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37. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Kenneth Brown and Charles Stewart from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will speak. Visit phelpssecurity.com.

38. Should Citizens Have to Pay to Look at Public Records? -

Lots is happening in the area of open government lately. In recent columns I’ve talked about legislation that would control access to police videos and about a proposed Supreme Court rule that would limit reporters’ use of electronic devices in courtrooms.

39. The Priorities Of The Data-Driven Marketer -

When I began my career in marketing more than 20 years ago, measurement was straightforward. We simply monitored revenue growth and our marketing expense, making assumptions about how the two might be correlated.

40. Creative Aging Seeks Pumpkin-Carving Teams -

Creative Aging is seeking corporate teams and sponsors for its annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest, a fundraiser for the Memphis-based nonprofit.

The event, which is scheduled Oct. 24 from noon to 3 p.m. at The Dive Shop, 999 S. Yates Road, features both underwater and topside pumpkin-carving competitions, a costume contest, live music and kids activities.

41. 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.

42. Travel Magic Happens at Sunrise -

Waking up before 8 a.m. never seems like a good idea when I’m home.

But when traveling, especially if it means getting an early start to maximize the day, I’m a fan of early mornings. Sometimes it’s as simple as beating the lines to see Michelangelo’s “David” in Florence. Other times it’s to catch a flight or even a sunrise.

43. Four Things To Know for Your Fundraising Plan -

The fundraising plan is at the core of successful fundraising. But what exactly is a fundraising plan? Is it a spreadsheet? A list of activities? A list of potential donors and funders? Our answer: it’s this and so much more.

44. Famed Wine Cellar Maker Toasts East Memphis Job -

An international, custom wine cellar company has uncorked its crown jewel in Memphis. Michigan-based Revel Custom Wine Cellars has been working for two years to craft the perfect wine haven for a local tech entrepreneur.

45. Survey: Most Economists Say Fed Will Raise Rates in 2015 -

NEW YORK (AP) — The vast majority of business economists expect the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates before the end of the year, according to a survey released Monday.

Minutes from the Fed's meeting in late July showed that officials could raise rates as early as September. Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents believe the Fed will raise rates from their current near-zero levels, but only 37 percent of respondents believe it will happen as soon as next month.

46. Tardy Tax Filers Risk Loss of Health Care Subsidies -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law doesn't start for another couple of months, but the next few days are crucial for hundreds of thousands of customers at risk of losing financial aid when they renew coverage for 2016.

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48. Events -

The Church Health Center’s Tobacco-Free Tuesday kicks off Tuesday, Aug 25, at 5:30 p.m. at 1115 Union Ave. Dr. Nia Zalamea will discuss the benefits of quitting smoking, and attendees will preview CHC’s free Commit to Quit smoking-cessation program. RSVP to harrells@churchhealthcenter.org or 901-701-2222.

49. Evolve Creates Java4Jobs To Help Finance Startups -

Evolve Bank & Trust has started a coffee company to provide financing for startups, small businesses and minority- or women-owned businesses.

50. Fisher, Other Familiar Faces Return for Preseason Play -

The Tennessee Titans welcome back a familiar face Sunday night when Jeff Fisher rolls back into Nashville as coach of the St. Louis Rams.

51. Events -

Memphis Coalition for Insure Tennessee, in partnership with the Tennessee Justice Center and Tennessee Health Care Campaign, will host a “Counting the Cost for Tennessee Communities” meeting Monday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The coalition will provide background information on Insure Tennessee and collect information on how the legislation’s failure affects individuals. Visit tnjustice.org.

52. Use Driving Insights To Bolster Growth -

The lifecycle of an innovation project uncovers far more insights than can be filtered, harnessed or used.

Those new to an innovation discipline can get intoxicated from this endless wellspring of insights.

53. County Commission Votes on Hiring Attorney in Schools Funding Lawsuit -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Aug. 24, on hiring an attorney to be the body’s special counsel in a statewide education funding lawsuit.

The commission specifically votes on hiring the law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP to represent and advise it “on adequate and equitable school funding from the state of Tennessee.”

54. Sales of Senior Living Facilities Up in 2015 -

Mirroring national trends that show an increase in interest by investors in senior living facilities, the number of nursing home/elderly housing facilities that have changed hands is on the rise in Shelby County.

55. Why China Devalued: Global Oversupply -

If I demand a new widget today, a supplier will build one for me. If I later change my mind, the widget will still exist. Perhaps my supplier relied on debt to fund its construction. If so, the supplier now has to find a new source of demand or they must restructure the loan.

56. Iowa Energy to Hold Open Tryout Oct. 10 in Memphis -

Want to play in the league just below the NBA?

The Memphis Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, will hold their annual open player tryouts for the upcoming 2015-16 season on Saturday, Oct. 10.

57. Events -

Saint Thomas Health, a nonprofit Middle Tennessee health care system, will host a clinical recruitment fair Friday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Visit sths.com.

58. Know When To Cut Your Losses at Work -

Typically, we think of sunk cost in terms of investing or economics. It’s the concept that money or some other cost you have already lost can’t be recovered. In business, the idea of sunk cost might come in to play when a project has failed. Management eventually decides that no amount of additional work will save the project. It’s best to cut their losses and walk away while they can.

59. Poor Performance -

OUR POOR KIDS ARE GETTING THE BIRD. During political seasons – that’s pretty much all the time – I’m often reminded of what my first boss once told me, “You know that beautiful, almost iridescent, blue-gray dot in the middle of chicken (crap)? That’s chicken (crap), too.”

60. MSU QB Dak Prescott Learns He Can Be a Target Off Field, Too -

The recognition has come, and it has been fun and, well, not so fun.

As a quarterback who finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting last year, Dak Prescott’s game broke out and was a big reason Mississippi State reached No. 1 in the polls and finished with 10 wins.

61. Orgel Group Planning Another Seasonal Beer Garden -

If a Memphis beer garden can work in the spring, why not the fall?

This past April and May, Benjamin Orgel and partners Paul Stephens, Logan Scheidt and Central BBQ’s J.C. Youngblood united for Tennessee Brewery: The Revival, opening a pop-up beer garden at the site of the old Tennessee Brewery, 495 Tennessee Street.

62. Target Is Getting its Groove Back: Turnaround Takes Hold -

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is on its way back.

Shoppers are visiting the company's stores more often and spending more on each trip, the Minneapolis-based discount-store chain said Wednesday. The company raised its annual profit outlook and said its second-quarter net income more than tripled.

63. US Consumer Inflation Slowed in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest drop in airline fares in nearly two decades slowed consumer inflation in July following two months of slightly faster gains.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that its consumer price index rose 0.1 percent in July following increases of 0.3 percent in June and 0.4 percent in May.

64. Hollywood Feed Providing Gift Cards for Pet Adopters -

For the month of August, when a pet is adopted through the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, local pet food and product retailer Hollywood Feed will reimburse the adoption fees by providing the new pet parent with a Hollywood Feed gift card valued up to $150.

65. Burke’s Book Store Celebrates 140 Years -

One of the last of the city’s independent bookstores celebrates a milestone birthday this year.

2015 marks the 140th anniversary of Burke’s Book Store, which Walter Burke opened on Main Street in 1875. The store is celebrating with a variety of events this year leading up to an open house event in the fall.

66. Events -

Page Robbins Adult Day Center will host a “Wine & Unwind” event with attorney J. Anthony Bradley on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. at Page Robbins, 1961 S. Houston Levee Road. Bradley will discuss VA Aid and Attendance benefits for veterans and their spouses. RSVP to info@pagerobbins.org or 901-854-1200.

67. Is It Too Late? -

Carole King famously sang, “[I]t’s too late, baby now, it’s too late,/ Though we really did try to make it.” Something in this song created a gluey intangible not-yet-named noun that affixed itself to my soul. When I hear the words “Somethin’ inside has died, and I can’t hide/ And I just can’t fake it,” I feel a shudder throughout my being.

68. Changing For The Better -

Ray’s Take Nobody cares more about your financial well-being than you do. The good news is that handling your money is a learned behavior. The bad news is that you might be making some financial decisions that are not moving you towards your goals.

69. Furthering Dreams -

Kiera Aycock is starting her freshman year at the University of Memphis. She will live in a dorm. And she will major in criminology, or in psychology with an emphasis in criminology.

A graduate of Southaven High School, she has earned several scholarships including the Community Scholarship from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis for her volunteer efforts with Memphis Miles for Myeloma run/walk, and her work with Bridge Builders and Student Ambassadors at her high school.

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71. Pay Raises, Store Spruce-Ups Crimp Wal-Mart's Profit -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart's second-quarter earnings report was a mixed bag: Its investments to overhaul its stores are helping to perk up sales, but they're causing more pain to the bottom line than expected.

72. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board will meet Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St., and the Downtown Parking Authority will meet at 4 p.m. in the same location. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

73. The Sales Team Of The Future -

Many sales managers want to be leaders, but they have trouble motivating their team to willingly follow them. While they see themselves as a leader, others don’t. What makes others willing to follow you as a leader? How can you move beyond management, and make yourself stand out?

74. 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.

75. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will host the Great Wine Performances wine tasting Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters in full costume will describe the wines. As guests sip, they can test their theatrical expertise for wonderful prizes. Tickets are $50 in advance or $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

76. Black Philanthropy Month -

It’s August – that means its Black Philanthropy Month.

Too often philanthropy is still viewed as a word that belongs to someone else – a word associated primarily with a small percentage of white people with wealth who give large transformative gifts. Yet the word philanthropy means love of humankind – a love expressed in a great diversity of ways by a great diversity of people. And that is the value of Black Philanthropy Month. To remind us that we are philanthropists and that we can – and do – make an impact in our local communities and globally.

77. Memphis City Council to Revisit Benefits Changes -

Memphis City Council members continue Tuesday, Aug. 18, to revisit decisions they made on retiree and employee benefits in the last year.

At its Tuesday session, council members vote on the first of three readings of an ordinance that would allow some city employees to “freeze” their decision to enter the city’s Deferred Retirement Option Program.

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79. State Office Seeks Input On Charge for Records Inspection -

State officials are seeking input on whether government offices should be able to charge citizens to inspect public records.

Current state law allows charges for copying records, but inspection is generally free.

80. Events -

Touchdown Club of Memphis will meet Monday, Aug. 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Sportswriter and broadcaster Tony Barnhart, “Mr. College Football,” will speak. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

81. Today’s Schools Need to Operate Like Independent Businesses -

“If you always do what you always did, then you always get what you always got.”

It is one of those truisms that seems to fit perfectly into the ongoing debate on the effectiveness of education in the United States. There is a multitude of critics who want schools to do what they did 50 years ago and get better results. The problem with that is that everything has changed.

82. Equity Firms Should Leverage Innovation -

On the strategy side of our business, we work with many private equity-backed companies. We get called in when the growth trajectory and investment thesis aren’t being realized as projected.

We complete a diagnosis, based on a holistic evaluation of the market, competition, culture, marketing and operations of the firm. Applying a variety of in-depth primary and secondary forms of research and analysis, we develop a roadmap of real, organic growth.

83. Whiskey-Stained and Market-Bound -

Remember the old Levi’s plant off Magnolia? Marcus Hall does, and he’s taken a family history that involves clothing-factory work, fashion sense and a can-do attitude to stitch and rivet together a denim line that’s scooping up local awards and garnering national attention.

84. Hall of Fame Coach LeBeau ‘Another Genius in the Room’ for Titans -

If you want to know about the theory of relativity, who better to ask than Albert Einstein, if only he were still around.

If you want to talk light bulbs, access to Thomas Edison would have been great.

85. Deciphering Google’s Algorithms No Easy Task -

Much can ride on a Google search. People use the search engine to find information on every aspect of their lives, from finding a plumber who works on Sunday to digging up information on a blind date.

86. Restoring Your Online Reputation is a Task for Experts -

As a property manager, Mark Hill is used to putting out fires. But when a disgruntled tenant took to the Internet to flame him and his business, Hill was the one calling for help.

87. Orpheum Art Installation Unveiled Later This Month -

Later this month, the Orpheum Theatre will unveil its newest art installation – “Orpheus Ascending” – by world-renowned sculptor Richard MacDonald.

88. Rock for Love Adds Bands, Announces Expansion -

Rock for Love is expanding a bit, with just three weeks to go until the ninth annual concert-fundraiser for the Church Health Center kicks off.

Among the latest news, the University of Memphis Music Industry Division will curate and manage a stage at the Friday, Sept. 4, Crosstown Block Party. Lauren Moscato, Drew Erwin, Kyndle McMahan and Jeffery Jordan also will perform that night at Midtown Crossing Grill, at 394 N. Watkins St., starting at 6 p.m.

89. Events -

Visible Music College will host the Memphis is Me mini music festival Thursday, Aug. 20, starting at 5 p.m. at Visible’s Memphis campus, 200 Madison Ave. The one-day festival will feature more than a dozen acts on three stages, all celebrating the best in Memphis music. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/visiblemc for details.

90. 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.

91. What the Fed Says Will Matter More than What It Does -

At her first press conference in March of 2014, Fed Chair Janet Yellen timestamped the first interest rate hike as “something in the order of around six months” post the Fed’s bond buying QE campaign.

92. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” Friday, Aug. 14, through Sept. 6 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

93. ‘Job or No Job’ -

In the job market today, millennials are one of the groups most likely to be unemployed. Last week, ABC Family premiered a new reality TV show to shed light on this issue, “Job or No Job.”

94. Thank You, Thank You Very Much -

A THANK YOU NOTE FROM A COPYWRITER TO ELVIS. Elvis was once asked what kind of music he played. “I play all kinds,” was his response.

That pretty much sums up Memphis, and Elvis was pretty much the sum up of its parts. Part gospel and part blues, part country and part soul. And all original. Part dirt poor and part flashy rich, part Mama’s boy and part nasty and naughty. And all surprising. Part glitz and glitter and part sad and tragic. And all too real. Part Mississippi and part Tennessee. And all world shaking.

95. Scheduled Good Times: The Next Grizzlies Season -

Turns out, Marc Gasol was wrong.

“I don’t think LeBron is coming through that door anytime soon,” Gasol said after the end of last season.

But in fact LeBron James, albeit wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, will come through the doors at FedExForum for the 2015-16 season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

96. Health Law Sign-Ups Keep Growing; Uninsured Rate Declines -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.

97. US Retail Sales Rose in July, Aided by Autos and Restaurants -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought more cars, restaurant meals and building supplies in July, a rise in spending that points to steady economic growth anchored by an improving job market.

98. Rock for Love Adds Bands, Announces Times, Expansion -

Rock for Love is expanding a bit, with just three weeks to go until the ninth annual concert-fundraiser for the Church Health Center kicks off.

Among the latest news, the University of Memphis Music Industry Division will curate and manage a stage at the Friday, Sept. 4, Crosstown Block Party. Lauren Moscato, Drew Erwin, Kyndle McMahan and Jeffery Jordan also will perform that night at Midtown Crossing Grill, at 394 N. Watkins St., starting at 6 p.m.

99. Events -

Kirby Pines Retirement Community will host attorney J. Anthony Bradley for a free seminar titled “The 7 Things Every Senior Needs to Know About Estate Planning & Long-Term Care” Thursday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at 3535 Kirby Road. A free lunch will follow. RSVP to erochelle@kirbypines.com or 901-369-7340.

100. Pulitzer Deadlock Decided by Dog -

The 2008 Arkansas Writers’ Conference featured a spontaneous writing contest. Yeah, I know, that was seven years ago, but I was thinking about it recently and, for some reason, thought you might get a chuckle out of what came of it.