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1. Government to Overhaul Medicare Payments to Doctors, Hospitals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3-trillion health care system.

2. CBO: Deficit to Shrink to Lowest Level of Obama Presidency -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.

3. Sports Illustrated: Fuente is Football’s 'Next Hot Coach' -

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team needed a shot from sophomore forward Austin Nichols in the game’s final seconds to escape with a 57-55 victory at Tulane last Saturday.

4. Murfreesboro, Nashville Players Get Jump on UT Careers -

KNOXVILLE – Jack Jones didn’t want to waste any time getting started with his football career at the University of Tennessee, so he graduated in December from Murfreesboro Oakland High School.

5. Taxing Question -

With gas prices in a historic plunge, the idea of hiking state and federal gas taxes and fees to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements is gaining traction.

Democratic and Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress in recent weeks have signaled a willingness to approve an increase in the federal gas tax to help fund improvements to the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. Meanwhile, a new statewide coalition has launched to support an increase and reform in Tennessee’s transportation fees.

6. Editorial: ‘We Come in Peace’ -

It doesn’t seem enough just to say the role of minority-owned businesses must be greater in the Memphis economy.

The basic premise is undeniable in a city whose population is two-thirds African-American and 6.3 percent Latino.

7. Airlines Expect Another Big Year With Help From Cheaper Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) – Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday.

The price of jet fuel has dropped by about half since September, boosting airline profits and tamping down fear that global economic weakness could hurt the carriers. Analysts expect all four of the biggest U.S. airline operators to post bigger profits this year than in 2014.

8. Ford Jr. to Headline Dunavant Award Event -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the March 25 Dunavant Public Servants Awards luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

The awards, now in their 12th year, honor one elected official and one non-elected public official within Shelby County who demonstrate the qualities and characteristics of longtime Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant.

9. Tigers Penalize 12 Players For Miami Beach Bowl Fight -

The University of Memphis has completed its internal review of the on-field fight that followed the Tigers’ Miami Beach Bowl win against Brigham Young University last month.

The University of Memphis, in cooperation with American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco, has determined and apportioned penalties for 12 members of the football program who participated in the altercation. Additionally, player representatives from Memphis and BYU will participate in a conference call where formal apologies will be issued on behalf of both schools.

10. Fighting Breast Cancer Requires Awareness -

To “fight like a girl,” as the slogan on so many pink T-shirts says, starts with knowing the enemy. Breast cancer is pervasive enough that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.

11. Tigers Penalize Players for Miami Beach Bowl Fight -

The University of Memphis has completed its internal review of the on-field fight that followed the Tigers’ Miami Beach Bowl win against Brigham Young University last month.

The University of Memphis, in cooperation with American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco, has determined and apportioned penalties for 12 members of the football program who participated in the altercation. Additionally, player representatives from Memphis and BYU will participate in a conference call where formal apologies will be issued on behalf of both schools.

12. Big Hit and Some Misses From Vols’ 2014 Early Enrollees -

KNOXVILLE – Recruiting is anything but an exact science. Experts are everywhere. Star ratings rise and fall. Player projections are widely varied.

One thing is certain: Only time will tell if coaches hit or miss on a recruit.

13. Plans for UT/West Institute for Cancer Research Unveiled -

With an initial $2.5 million donation from the Plough Foundation, the West Cancer Center formally announced Thursday, Jan. 15, the creation of the nonprofit University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research at the center’s Germantown location on Wolf River Boulevard.

14. Tigers Prepare for Cincinnati Without Cronin -

Every team has its adversities. For the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, there’s a big one: playing this season without head coach Mick Cronin on the sideline.

Cronin has a non-life-threatening vascular condition known as arterial dissection and won’t coach again this season, though he’s remaining involved in an advisory capacity. When the Bearcats (11-4, 2-1 in the American Athletic Conference) play the University of Memphis in a 6 p.m. game at FedExForum on Thursday, Jan. 15, long-time associate head coach Larry Davis will be running the team.

15. Tigers Football Trophies At FedExForum Thursday -

Tigers fans will have their first chance to take pictures with two University of Memphis football championship trophies Thursday, Jan. 15, prior to the men’s basketball game vs. Cincinnati at FedExForum. Tip-off is 6 p.m.

16. Schaeffer Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michael Schaeffer has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as staff accountant. In his new role, Schaeffer will provide small businesses with accurate, timely financial statements that will allow them to make informed management decisions regarding the life of their company.

17. Honoring a Legacy -

The Grizzlies are in their 14th season in Memphis, and next Monday, Jan. 19, will mark the 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day.

18. Tigers Finish Football Season in AP Top 25 -

Ahead of Notre Dame and LSU and ahead of Nebraska and Oklahoma. That’s where the University of Memphis football team finishes the historic 2014 season by cracking the Associated Press’ final Top 25 rankings for the first time in school history.

19. Serving Families -

Brennan Simkins is 12 years old and he’s had four bone marrow transplants. His mother and father each have been donors.

But he also has two brothers. And while Brennan was being treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Nat, now 15, and Christopher, now 11, needed to be in Memphis with their family but also needed to move ahead with their own lives. So their parents pulled them out of Catholic school back in North Augusta, S.C., and enrolled them in the Maria Montessori School on Mud Island.

20. City Officials Ponder Macy’s Whitehaven Exit -

Memphis officials say they were blindsided by the announcement from Macy’s that it was closing its store at Southland Mall in Whitehaven and hope they can prevent more retailers from closing inner city locations.

21. Key US Military Command's Twitter, YouTube Sites Hacked -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hackers claiming to work on behalf of Islamic State militants seized control of the Twitter and YouTube sites of the military's U.S. Central Command on Monday. The Pentagon swiftly suspended the sites and said it appears that no classified material was breached.

22. Got Help Paying for Health Care? Watch Your Mailbox -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If you're among the millions of consumers who got financial help for health insurance last year under President Barack Obama's law, better keep an eye on your mailbox.

23. 2014 Was Best Hiring Year Since '99; Jobless Rate 5.6 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.

24. Tigers Guard Hearn Makes AAC Weekly Honor Roll -

University of Memphis junior guard Ariel Hearn was named to the American Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll for her performance in the Tigers’ overtime win over East Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 4. It is Hearn’s first weekly honor roll appearance this season.

25. Tigers Lineman Bond to Play in NFLPA Bowl -

The NFL Players Association has announced University of Memphis offensive lineman Al Bond has committed to play in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

At 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds, Bond was an American Athletic Conference First-Team selection in 2014. He started all 13 games of his senior season at right tackle, playing 895 of 1,012 offensive snaps for the Tigers during the year, including every snap in 10 of 13 games.

26. Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason -

KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.

27. Andrew Jackson Home Pushes 7th President's Rock Star Image -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Andrew Jackson: President. Hero. Rockstar.

So reads a billboard welcoming arrivals at the Nashville International Airport, attempting to lure them from the honky-tonks of downtown Broadway to Jackson's historic home called The Hermitage a few miles to the east.

28. Shrinking Foreign Oil Bill Sends US Trade Deficit Lower -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to the lowest level in almost a year, thanks to the country's swiftly shrinking thirst for foreign oil.

The deficit – imports minus exports – narrowed to $39 billion during the month, down 7.7 percent from a revised October deficit of $42.2 billion, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

29. Tigers Lineman to Play in NFLPA Bowl -

The NFL Players Association has announced University of Memphis offensive lineman Al Bond has committed to play in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

At 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds, Bond was an American Athletic Conference First-Team selection in 2014. He started all 13 games of his senior season at right tackle, playing 895 of 1,012 offensive snaps for the Tigers during the year, including every snap in 10 of 13 games.

30. Turnover-Prone Tigers Travel to SMU -

Before the University of Memphis had played its first American Athletic Conference game this season, Tigers coach Josh Pastner declared the league race “wide open.”

After a 1-1 start in league play that included the Tigers’ 74-66 home loss Saturday to Tulane, a team that had not won in Memphis since 1992 at The Pyramid, Pastner and the Tigers need the coach’s prediction to prove true.

31. TV Makers Design for Streaming Video to Stay Relevant -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.

32. Departing Postmaster General Slams Banking Duties Proposal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Retiring Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe scoffed Tuesday at suggestions that the Postal Service could ease some of its chronic financial woes by branching out and offering basic banking services to its customers.

33. Funeral Services Set for Former Police Director -

Walter Winfrey was part of a wave of Memphis Police officers who got their badges and hit the streets of Memphis in 1968.

34. Tigers Guard Hearn Makes AAC Weekly Honor Roll -

University of Memphis junior guard Ariel Hearn was named to the American Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll for her performance in the Tigers’ overtime win over East Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 4. It is Hearn’s first weekly honor roll appearance this season.

35. LGBT-Owned Businesses Get Diversity Boost -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – As a Mexican-American woman who started her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, accountant Sonia Luna has taken advantage of programs aimed at helping minority- and women-owned businesses compete for government and corporate contracts. But increasingly, the fact that Luna also is a lesbian entrepreneur hasn't hurt either.

36. AirTran Makes Final Flight -

AirTran Airways has ceased to exist in an industry that has reshaped itself into something that would not be easily recognized when the Dallas carrier took its first flight about two decades ago.

AirTran, which was acquired by Southwest in 2011, joins Northwest Airlines, which was bought by Delta, and Continental Airlines, which merged with United Airlines, in retirement. US Airways will disappear after it is folded into American Airlines – those two merged in December 2013 but still operate separately for now.

37. Justice Department: Verso can Acquire NewPage -

The U.S. Justice Department and Memphis-based Verso Paper Corp. have reached a settlement that will allow Verso to move ahead with its acquisition of NewPage Holdings Inc.

38. NCAA Contenders Include the 'Little Guys' -

Every March they become the nation's darlings.

This year, a host of stalwarts aren't waiting nearly that long to establish themselves as contenders – either for their own, non-power conferences or possibly the Final Four after another round of realignment.

39. Justice Department: Verso Can Acquire NewPage -

The U.S. Justice Department and Memphis-based Verso Paper Corp. have reached a settlement that will allow Verso to move ahead with its acquisition of NewPage Holdings Inc.

40. AirTran Makes Final Flight, Ending 21-Year Run -

DALLAS (AP) – AirTran Airways has ceased to exist in an industry that has reshaped itself into something that would not be easily recognized when the Dallas carrier took its first flight about two decades ago.

41. Grizz Faith & Family Night to Feature Colton Dixon -

Fans who purchase tickets to the Jan. 24 Grizzlies game versus Philadelphia will also gain access to the Grizzlies’ annual Faith and Family Night at FedExForum, highlighted by a post-game performance by “American Idol” alumnus Colton Dixon.

42. Grizzlies Faith & Family Night to Feature Colton Dixon -

Fans who purchase tickets to the Jan. 24 Grizzlies game versus Philadelphia will also gain access to the Grizzlies’ annual Faith and Family Night at FedExForum, highlighted by a post-game performance by “American Idol” alumnus Colton Dixon.

43. Christmas Coming Home -

CHRISTMAS TIME. Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home.

It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho.

44. This Year: Accomplished -

Late in what already was an improbable and wondrous season, University of Memphis linebacker Charles Harris was talking about the contrast between life before Justin Fuente became the Tigers’ head coach and life after Fuente became head coach.

45. US Companies Eager to Embrace Cuba Face Hurdles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.

46. Powell Providing Solid Point Guard Play -

As a team, the Tigers still have way more turnovers than assists – 165 to 127. Giving the ball away remains an issue even as the University of Memphis has reeled off three straight wins and is very likely to win a fourth in a row Tuesday night, Dec. 23, at FedExForum against Western Illinois.

47. Cuban Cigar Boom? Not Yet, Stores and Customers Say -

MIAMI (AP) – The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

48. Memphis, Fuente Agree on Extension -

University of Memphis officials announced Thursday they have reached an agreement on a contract extension with football coach Justin Fuente.

In his third year at Memphis, Fuente led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and a share of the American Athletic Conference Championship – their first league title in more than 40 years. He was the unanimous choice for American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award.

49. Vols’ Barnett Faces Nation’s Best in Iowa’s Scherff -

KNOXVILLE – Derek Barnett is spending most of the Christmas holidays away from his Nashville home, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

50. Evolving Identity -

Some of the most telling views of Memphis are the ones many of us see for only seconds at a time as we drive on viaducts that take us and our cars just above the treetops and rooftops of older neighborhoods interrupted by the roadways.

51. Memphis, Fuente Agree on Extension -

University of Memphis officials announced Thursday they have reached an agreement on a contract extension with football coach Justin Fuente.

In his third year at Memphis, Fuente led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and a share of the American Athletic Conference Championship – their first league title in more than 40 years. He was the unanimous choice for American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award.

52. Q&A: Al Bond, University of Memphis senior offensive lineman -

Fast Facts: First-team American Athletic Conference selection; started all 12 games at right tackle, playing 798 of 915 offensive snaps; been starter since midway of freshman year; stands 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds; graduate of Southwind High School; enrolled in graduate school after receiving undergraduate degree in correctional administration.

53. 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.

54. Tigers Look to Go 1-0 At Miami Beach Bowl -

December was always sort of depressing. How could it not be? If you’re a college football player and you’d just finished another disappointing season, losing many more games than you had won, how were you supposed to be excited by the bowl season?

55. Memphis, Fuente Agree on Extension -

University of Memphis officials announced Thursday they have reached an agreement on a contract extension with football coach Justin Fuente.

In his third year at Memphis, Fuente led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and a share of the American Athletic Conference Championship – their first league title in more than 40 years. He was the unanimous choice for American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award.

56. Collins, Harris Discuss Tax Incentive Concerns -

Memphis City Council members Harold Collins and Lee Harris agree for the most part on the value of the Graceland expansion plan the council approved two weeks ago.

57. Wealth Gap Widens Between Whites and Minorities -

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The economic recovery has not been equal among the races, according to a Pew Research Center study released Friday.

The study found that the wealth gap between white households and minorities has widened in recent years.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. Fuente, Players Win Conference Honors -

University of Memphis head coach Justin Fuente was named the American Athletic Conference’s 2014 Coach of the Year and senior linebacker Tank Jakes and sophomore place-kicker Jake Elliott earned post-season honors.

61. New Industrial Market Takes Hold in Marshall, Fayette Counties -

In November, Volvo began operations at its new parts distribution center in Marshall County, Miss.

The 1 million-square-foot distribution center inside Panattoni Development Co.’s Gateway Global Logistics Center is the centerpiece of the company’s streamlined North American parts distribution network and helped solidify the Marshall County and Fayette County, Tenn., region as a major player in local industrial real estate.

62. Fuente, Players Win Conference Honors -

University of Memphis head coach Justin Fuente was named the American Athletic Conference’s 2014 Coach of the Year and senior linebacker Tank Jakes and sophomore place-kicker Jake Elliott earned post-season honors.

63. 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.

64. Shelby County Commercial Sales Dip in October -

Shelby County recorded 90 commercial sales in October, down 4 percent from 94 commercial sales recorded in October 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

65. Fuente, Players Win Conference Honors -

University of Memphis head coach Justin Fuente was named the American Athletic Conference’s 2014 Coach of the Year and senior linebacker Tank Jakes and sophomore place-kicker Jake Elliott earned post-season honors.

66. 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.

67. Armstrong’s Comments Overshadow Attorney General’s Visit -

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong had some concerns Tuesday about speaking before U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed a group of 100 local leaders at Hattiloo Theatre in Overton Square.

68. ReStoring Hope -

The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore is feeling the holiday love.

The store’s November “Go North ReStock the ReStore” event brought in a large number of donations and the Hickory Hill store recorded $10,673 in sales the day of the event, the store’s biggest day of sales so far this fiscal year. In addition, November Web traffic was more than double that of November 2013.

69. Obama Health Adviser Apologizes for 'Glib' Remarks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – MIT economist Jonathan Gruber – an often-quoted adviser on the president's health care law – told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and "inexcusably arrogant" when he said it was "the stupidity of the American voter" that led to the law's passage. Democrats tried to limit the damage as Republicans raked Gruber at a four-hour hearing, but acknowledged he gave the GOP a political gift "wrapped in a bow."

70. Beach-Bound -

“Miami here we come!!!” That was quarterback Paxton Lynch’s tweet, spiced up with sun and palm tree icons.

It summed up what has been a glorious football season for the University of Memphis: a 9-3 record, a 7-1 mark in the American Athletic Conference and the program’s first share of a league title in 40 years. So the Tigers are headed to the first-ever Miami Beach Bowl for a Dec. 22 game with BYU.

71. E-Cigarette Tech Takes Off as Regulation Looms -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine.

72. Memphis Meets BYU in Inaugural Miami Beach Bowl -

MIAMI (AP) – BYU and Memphis will meet for the first time in the Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park on Dec. 22.

Memphis (9-3) was one of three teams that finished atop the American Athletic Conference standings, and comes into the game with a six-game winning streak.

73. Three Lady Tigers Soccer Players Honored -

Northeast Region coaches voted three Lady Tigers to NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Region teams, it was announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Senior midfielder Kylie Davis was a first team selection, Diamond Simpson was selected to the second team and Valerie Sanderson to the third team.

74. 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.

75. Recruiting Wars -

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is in his eighth year in the NBA. But he’s just 27 years old and his 10-year class reunion at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis is still an event in the future.

76. These Retailers Could Use Some Holiday Cheer -

NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday shopping season is always a make-or-break period for struggling retailers.

But this year, the fight to grab shoppers has intensified, making it difficult for stores to use the season that accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales to bounce back.

77. Building a Framework -

Moving the needle on minority business growth in Memphis is in a phase of knitting and prodding six months after a renewed call for a larger share of business for minority businesses in a city whose population is majority African-American.

78. Tigers Moving Quickly on Fuente Contract -

The slogan before the University of Memphis football season started was “Wait Til This Year.”

Now, after third-year coach Justin Fuente has led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and at least a share of the American Athletic Conference title, the school’s administration is taking a similar attitude toward Fuente’s contract. They’re not waiting.

79. 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.

80. Ferguson and Freedom -

The two journalists honored in the annual Freedom Awards given by the National Civil Rights Museum had the most to say Tuesday, Dec. 2, about the broader impact of events in Ferguson, Mo.

The police shooting, grand jury decision and rioting that followed were an undercurrent at the annual awards public forum Tuesday at the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ.

81. 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.

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. Q&A: Bill Courtney -

Former volunteer football coach at Manassas High School who was the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary “Undefeated.”

Fast Facts: President and CEO of Classic American Hardwoods, a $40 million lumber company in North Memphis; author of “Against the Grain,” and a much-in-demand public speaker; 46 years old.

84. Tigers Football Finds Turnaround with Transforming Coach at Helm -

A lot goes into transforming a football program from an utter laughingstock into one that by winning its next game can earn at least a share of a conference championship.

Finding better players? Check.

85. 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.

86. More-Confident US Households Step Up Borrowing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are slowly but steadily borrowing more money, bringing to an end a five-year effort to cut household debt that has slowed consumer spending and the economy.

87. EPA Delays Decision on Ethanol in Gas -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

Last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel for the first time, acknowledging that a biofuel law that both Republicans and Democrats had championed nearly a decade ago was not working as well as expected.

88. White House: Immigration Steps Would Boost Wages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10-year period.

89. Amusement Parks Challenged By Home Entertainment -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.

They need to lure you, the American guest, off your sofa with your high resolution, interactive video games and into their world of fun – real life fun.

90. Rogero Talks ‘Smart Growth,’ Democratic Politics -

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero became the first woman to hold that office when she won the election in 2011.

She’s been actively involved in a number of local issues since her election, from urban-core revitalization and business recruitment to broader social issues such as marriage equality.

91. Just When We Started to Feel Good About UT Football -

KNOXVILLE – All seemed so right for the University of Tennessee’s football team for 36 hours or so after last Saturday’s 50-16 victory over Kentucky at Neyland Stadium.

UT (5-5, 2-4 SEC) won its second straight conference game and moved within one victory of gaining bowl eligibility for the first time since 2010.

92. After the Campaign -

The 2014 election year began in January with dissent from the floor.

At the end of the Shelby County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day fundraiser in January, former Memphis City Council member and state Rep. Carol Chumney, who was not among the speakers, challenged the party establishment from her table to do more to support women running for office.

93. Tigers’ Season Starts as a Hoops Nightmare -

The comments on Twitter during the Memphis Tigers’ dreadful season debut against No. 11 Wichita State were shallow, cynical and, yes, spot-on.

“So when Cal coined the term, ‘The Miserables,’ he meant this year’s guards?” tweeted one wiseguy.

94. If You Don’t Come Across … -

Ten years ago this month, as I was immersing myself into the nuances of cruciverbalism – the art of writing crosswords – these lines came to me:

“If you don’t come across, I’m gonna be down/Your love to me is a mystery and the clues are all around.” (I know, that’s songwriting, not puzzle-writing, but stay with me on this.)

95. Hayes Perseveres to Lead Memphis Football -

He belongs. As much, or more, than any of them.

It’s not just that senior Brandon Hayes has 663 rushing yards, tops among University of Memphis running backs and fourth in the American Athletic Conference. It’s not just what he has done in the previous two seasons and his full body of work – 2,089 career rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns, and another four TDs as a receiver.

96. TBI Receives New Accreditations -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained new accreditations for its forensic facilities in Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville.

The accreditations come after a lengthy assessment by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors' Laboratory Accreditation Board.

97. Tigers’ Hayes Nominated For Burlsworth Trophy -

Brandon Hayes, who came to the University of Memphis twice as a walk-on and now has played a significant role in the Tigers heading toward their first bowl game since 2008, has been named a nominee for the Burlsworth Trophy.

98. The American Athletic Conference -

Coming in the Door: East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa. Going out the Door: Louisville and Rutgers.

New faces on the sideline: Orlando Antigua (South Florida), Frank Haith (Tulsa), Kelvin Sampson (Houston)

99. Lottery Champion Cohen Not Pleased With Haslam's ‘Game-Changer’ -

To say Congressman Steve Cohen is unenthusiastic about the Tennessee Promise is an understatement.

100. This week in Memphis history: November 14-20 -

2013: Justin Timberlake at FedExForum in a day that saw Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. proclaim it as Justin Timberlake day and don a bowtie along with numerous other Memphians. It was Timberlake’s first Memphis show since 2007 and 1,000 free bow ties were distributed.