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1. McCray to Be Inducted Into High School Hall of Fame -

Former Collierville High School basketball star Nikki McCray will become the 10th person and first female athlete from the state of Tennessee to be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame.

2. Emily Ballew Neff Named Brooks Museum Director -

The Board of Trustees of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has voted unanimously to name Emily Ballew Neff as the museum’s executive director.

Neff currently serves as the President of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and served nearly two decades as the first Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She established a significant presence for the museum in the field of American art, growing the museum’s collections by more than 30 percent, organizing more than 20 exhibitions at the museum and coordinating 14 traveling exhibitions from other institutions.

3. Housing Crash Sends Beeson Into Commercial Real Estate -

Jacque Beeson entered the world of real estate when she was 19-years-old, working as an assistant to a homebuilder developing subdivisions. She stayed in the residential sector for 17 years, until the local housing market bottomed out in 2010.

4. Lady Vols Seem to Be Slipping Off National Stage -

KNOXVILLE – There is a bronze statue of legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt standing proudly across the street from Thompson-Boling Arena.

Summitt’s arms are crossed and she has a smile on her face. Thousands of Lady Vols fans have walked past the Summitt statue since it was unveiled Nov. 22, 2013.

5. Tenn. Black Caucus Seeks Apology From GOP Lawmaker -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus wants a Republican state lawmaker accused of a racist Facebook post stripped of her leadership position.

Rep. Sheila Butt's post said, "It is time for a Council on Christian Relations and an NAAWP in this Country."

6. European Cruise Giant Viking Plans Mississippi River Tours -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – European river cruise giant Viking, already gaining a high profile in the United States with its sponsorship of popular PBS television shows, announced Tuesday that it will make New Orleans its first North American home port for Mississippi River cruises expected to begin by late 2017.

7. Neff Named Executive Director of Brooks Museum -

The board of trustees of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has voted unanimously to name Emily Ballew Neff as the museum’s executive director.

Neff currently serves as the president of the Association of Art Museum Curators and served nearly two decades as the first curator of American painting and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She established a significant presence for the museum in the field of American art, growing the museum’s collections by more than 30 percent, organizing more than 20 exhibitions at the museum and coordinating 14 traveling exhibitions from other institutions.

8. Former Miami Mayor Diaz to Speak in Memphis -

In his forward to former Miami mayor Manny Diaz’s book “Miami Transformed,” Michael Bloomberg said Diaz will go down in history as one of the country’s most innovative urban leaders.

9. Two Tigers Athletes Win AAC Honors -

Redshirt sophomore guard Mooriah Rowser was named to the American Athletic Conference honor roll after tying a career-high with 24 points in the recenty road win at Houston for Memphis. Rowser also added a career-high five steals in Memphis’ third conference road win of the season.

10. Christ Community Health Services Co-Founders Return -

Dr. Rick Donlon once explained the motivation for co-founding Christ Community Health Services in 1995 this way:

“It may sound odd, but it’s a way to make God big and great,” Donlon told The Daily News in 2010. “We plop down in one of these underserved neighborhoods, we open the door, and we see everyone who comes in.”

11. Relevant Again? 10 Keys to Success for UT Baseball -

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.

12. Facing Militant Threat, Corker Shoulders Matters of War -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two years ago, Sen. Bob Corker wondered aloud whether the standstill Senate was worth a grown man's time.

Now the combination of Republicans' political fortunes in last November's elections and brutal terrorism overseas have put the two-term Tennessee lawmaker in the limelight. He heads the Foreign Relations Committee and is in charge of the weightiest question to ever face members of Congress: whether to authorize war.

13. US Labor Chief Urges Quick Deal in West Coast Port Dispute -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The nation's top labor official is bringing a clear message to dockworkers and their employers amid a contract dispute that has crippled international trade through West Coast seaports: Reach a deal – and fast.

14. For Many in US, Cash Saved at Gas Pump is Staying in Pockets -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In recent months, the stage seemed set for American consumers to do what they've traditionally done best: Spend money – and drive the economy.

The lowest gas prices in five years had given people more spending money. Employers added over 1 million jobs from November through January, the best three-month pace in 17 years. Businesses even raised pay in December. Economists had forecast that last week's retail sales report for January would show a healthy rise.

15. New Entrepreneurship Group Taps First President -

The Memphis Bioworks-led entrepreneurship initiative EPIcenter has tapped a nationally recognized entrepreneurship and business development leader to serve as its first president.

Leslie Lynn Smith comes to the job after five years as president and CEO of TechTown Detroit. She'll also serve as a vice president on the Bioworks executive team.

16. Lady Tiger, U of M Baseball Player Receive Weekly Honors -

Memphis redshirt sophomore guard Mooriah Rowser was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll after tying a career-high with 24 points in the win at Houston last week. Rowser added a career-high five steals in Memphis’ third conference road win of the season.

17. Lowery Installed as President of Association for Women Attorneys -

Keating Lowery has been installed as the 2015 president of the Association for Women Attorneys. As an attorney with Lawrence & Russell PLC, Lowery devotes her practice to litigating Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters on behalf of employers, plan fiduciaries and third-party administrators throughout the United States.

18. Cassius Cash Begins Job as New Superintendent of Smokies -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Growing up in Memphis, the son of a homicide detective and a cosmetologist, Cassius Cash didn't dream of one day being the superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

19. All-Star Game Special Night For Brothers Gasol -

Pau Gasol won the historic tip-off from younger brother Marc, making official the Brothers Gasol as the first brothers in league history to start in the NBA All-Star Game.

Marc, the beloved Grizzlies center, finished with six point and 10 rebounds. Pau, a former Grizzly and now a Chicago Bull, scored 10 points with 12 rebounds.

20. Tigers Promote Three Asst. Football Coaches -

University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente has promoted assistant coaches Galen Scott, Darrell Dickey and Brad Cornelsen.

21. Jones, Vols Make Honor Roll With Recruiting Class -

KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.

Tennessee’s football coach has created a national buzz with his 2015 recruiting class.

UT finished with the No. 4 class in the nation as rated by 247Sports and ended up ranked No. 5 by Rivals when the Feb. 4 national signing day was over.

22. Americans Striving to Find Their Place in a Global Sport -

He was supposed to be the next Andy Roddick, the next great American tennis player. That’s what they said about Ryan Harrison.

23. Events -

The Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America will honor Loeb Properties president Bob Loeb, the chapter’s 2014 Communicator of the Year, at its monthly luncheon Thursday, Feb. 12, at 11:45 at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave. Cost is free for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit prsamemphis.org.

24. Butler Snow Law Firm Expands in Nashville -

The Butler Snow law firm has launched an expansion of its Nashville office as the firm Walker, Tipps and Malone PLC joined the multi-state law firm based in Tennessee and Mississippi with offices in Memphis.

25. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

26. Top Domestic Destinations for Americans -

Best Beaches, Best Luxury Hotels, Top 10 Islands to Visit, Top 10 Cities for Kids, Top Five Destinations for Seafood – travel lists can be so exhausting.

The latest that has come my way is Hotels.com’s compilation of the most popular domestic destinations for Americans in 2014. Memphis made its debut on the list, squeaking in at No. 50. Here’s to Memphians demanding a recount and getting the Bluff City ranked higher next time.

27. Traffic Up at Southwest Airlines, Down at American -

Airline stocks fell Monday after oil prices rose again and Southwest and American each reported weakness in a key revenue figure.

Both airlines indicated that there were more empty seats on planes than a year earlier, which could reinforce concern that airlines might add too many flights for the current level of travel demand.

28. Tigers Promote Three Assistant Football Coaches -

University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente has promoted assistant coaches Galen Scott, Darrell Dickey and Brad Cornelsen.

29. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants -

Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.

30. Net Neutrality and What It Could Mean to You -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top U.S. regulator just announced he wants more power to oversee Internet service, much in the same way that the government already regulates phone service and other public utilities. The goal is to prevent Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Sprint and T-Mobile from blocking or slowing down Web traffic, or striking deals with companies that provide content like Amazon, Google or Netflix to move their data faster than others.

31. Tigers’ Season: Inconsistent Play, Lukewarm Support -

It has become a nightly ritual at University of Memphis home games. When a member of the stats crew walks down press row holding a sheet of paper displaying the “announced attendance,” members of the Fourth Estate roll their eyes and shake their heads.

32. Anderson Receives Final Memphis Open Wild Card -

The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster has announced that world No. 15 Kevin Anderson has received the final wild card into the main draw of the 2015 Memphis Open, to be held Feb. 7-15 at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

33. Skyline-Changing Tower Project Planned for Beale -

The resurrected One Beale project at Riverside Drive and Beale Street has returned to a two-tower plan that will include 280 apartments, 40,000 square feet of retail and meeting space, 20,000 square feet of office space and a 300-room hotel.

34. Even Rob Lowe Knows Seahawks Made Wrong Call -

Before Super Bowl 49, all the talk was about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady and what they did or didn’t know in regards to “Deflategate.”

35. Size of Mayoral Field Shadows Race -

Nobody running for election on the Oct. 8 ballot can even pull a qualifying petition to get on the ballot until April, yet February is shaping up as the month when it is determined what kind of challenge and how many challengers incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will face.

36. Super Bowl Ad Winners and Losers -

Think there was only one big game on Super Bowl Sunday? A typical NFL game has only 11 minutes of actual “game action” compared to 63 minutes of commercials, according to The Wall Street Journal. With 30 seconds of commercial airtime going for $4.5 million this year, it is clear that Super Bowl advertising is serious business, making for an equally interesting off-the-field game unfolding when the clock stops.

37. Saluting One of the Greatest -

Tom Brokaw called Mary Margret Foley one of the greatest. No, not by name, but as one of that critical mass of individuals in this country born between 1900 and 1925 whom he dubbed “The Greatest Generation” in his book by the same name.

38. Open In Memphis -

First-year Memphis Open tennis director Erin Mazurek no doubt could tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the Detroit Red Wings.

Mazurek spent five years working for the National Hockey League team as director of private events. So, she’s got a history there. She knows the value of winning and what the Stanley Cup means (last won by the Red Wings in 2008).

39. Bankruptcies Dip Below 12,000 in 2014 -

Reflecting a national trend, Shelby County recorded a 7 percent drop in bankruptcies in 2014 compared to the previous year.

And the number of bankruptcies across the 33 Shelby County ZIP codes in 2014 was also down from 2013 and 2012 in each of the three types of bankruptcy chapters, according to The Daily News Online, memphisdailynews.com.

40. Different From? -

I’m fortunate to count Lee Martin, assistant director of Vanderbilt University’s English Language Center, as a weekly reader. Most recently, he writes about my having written, in a recent column, “No different than watching reruns on regular TV, right?

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. 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.

77. 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.

78. 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.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. 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.

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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?

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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.