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1. Singing Mechanic’s Life Much Like the Songs He Sings -

The Singing Mechanic – “I’ve got that name. Nobody else can use it,” says Billy Devereaux – sits by his worn, 1,200-square-foot, two-room cottage and looks down at Boots, his Dutch Shepherd.

“He’s a possum killer and he runs security,” says Billy, 55, gazing across the swath of remote land separated by a long gravel trail from Smith Springs Road in Antioch.

2. Road to Better Mass Transit -

Picking a new transit chief is critical for a city in transition.

Next year, Nashville residents will elect a new mayor and turn over its large Metro Council.

Davidson County also expects some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years, and much of the success of future development will depend on the ease of navigating around Nashville – already the nation’s second-worst area for sprawl, according to Smart Growth America.

3. Education Secretary Praises Local Schools Leaders -

Sustainability is a term associated with environmental efforts, though innovation is a much more popular term across causes from economic development to education reform.

But when U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan came to Memphis this month as the last stop on a three-state bus tour of school districts, it was the word sustainability that came up more often than innovation.

4. Old School, New Day -

Vasco Smith remembers working the polls at Fairview Junior High School in the 1960s as a child. His job was simple – to hand out campaign literature and not stray within the 100-foot limit by law between poll workers and the polling place in the gymnasium.

5. ‘Cutting Edge’ -

The first thing to understand about the task that Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty feels is before him is that he’s not leading a music organization that competes only with other music outlets and venues for audiences’ attention.

6. Volatile Apartment Sector Reduces US Home Building -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. But single-family house construction, a larger and more stable portion of the market, fell only modestly.

7. Device Library -

The idea of a library might connote the image of some erudite sanctum, one of books, stuffiness, silence and readers lost in thought.

Not so at the McWherter Library on the University of Memphis campus – which, yes, is a repository of the printed word but has also become something of a magnet for gadgets. It’s become, in other words, as much of a collection of devices like 3D printers and GoPro cameras as it is of books.

8. TPC Southwind to Host Birdies for the Brave -

As part of the PGA Tour’s “Together, anything’s possible” charitable mission, TPC Southwind will conduct fundraising for nine military homefront groups as part of Birdies for the Brave, a national outreach initiative dedicated to supporting members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families.

9. ‘Swamp Rat’ Remembers Last Tennessee-Oklahoma Game -

University of Tennessee quarterback Dewey “Swamp Rat” Warren stood on the field during a timeout with a few seconds left in the Jan. 1, 1968 Orange Bowl.

Warren was the holder for UT place-kicker Karl Kremser, who lined up for a 43-yard field goal attempt against Oklahoma. The Sooners led, 26-24.

10. Unintended Consequences: ER Visits Increase -

Hospital officials have been pushing for the state to expand Medicaid health care coverage for thousands of Tennessee’s poorest citizens, despite two significant and related concerns:

Expansion will lead to increased visits to the most expensive place in America for routine health care, the emergency room.

11. Coverage Gap Leaves Rural Tennessee Hospitals on Life Support -

Four rural hospitals have closed and dozens are at risk of shuttering: That’s the fallout, some say, from Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision not to join the Affordable Care Act in 2013 and tap into millions in promised federal funds for Tennessee’s financially-strapped health care institutions.

12. At the Counter -

THE COLLEGE INN, FULL CIRCLE. The future was in my hands. My parents had set me free and I sat there all by myself for the very first time, my own stool at the counter, my own menu in front of me and a cool new show on the TV above. It was 1957. I was eight. The show was Perry Mason. And I was in control.

13. Cardinals Finding Way Back to Playoffs -

Everyone always says the expectations are highest in their clubhouse. But when the St. Louis Cardinals say it, well, it has a certain depth. The past decade has seen seven playoff trips and two World Series championships. And this season, the Cardinals are hunting their fourth straight Red October.

14. Education Secretary Calls for System-Wide Reforms -

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan saw much that he liked in Memphis Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the end of his three-day “back to school” bus tour of schools in three states.

The last stop was Cornerstone Prep Elementary School in Binghampton.

15. Authors, Readers Converge for Book Festival -

Earlier this year, interest in the first Mid-South Book Festival, scheduled to take place later this month, began to reach what seemed like a fever pitch, according to Literacy Mid-South executive director Kevin Dean.

16. Duncan Bus Tour Ends With Binghampton Kudos -

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrapped up a three-day “back to school” bus tour of schools in several states Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Cornerstone Prep Elementary School in Binghampton.

17. Start Co. Post-Acceleration Efforts Help Startups -

Graduation from a Start Co. startup accelerator and making a pitch to investors at the organization’s “Demo Day” is no longer the last stage to cross before entrepreneurs head out into the wild to sink or swim.

18. ‘Love Mob’ Responds to Poplar Plaza Attack -

The amount of traffic that comes through the intersection of Highland Street and Poplar Avenue has made it a favorite of causes through the years – from war protestors and advocates to those on both sides of the death penalty, and, more recently, city employees upset over benefit changes.

19. City Leaders Face Mixed Reaction to Poplar Plaza Attack -

Memphis police had arrested and charged 11 juveniles by the end of the day Monday, Sept. 8, in the mob attack Saturday at the Poplar Plaza shopping center.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said several parents had followed the advice he and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gave Sunday and turned in their children after learning they may have been involved in the attack that injured two other teenagers working at the Kroger supermarket at Poplar Plaza.

20. Bloodworth: Greenways Increasing Residential Values -

The Memphis region’s existing 50 miles of greenways, paths and trails are responsible for some increase in property values, particularly residential property, says Rusty Bloodworth, vice president of Boyle Investment Co. and past chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Memphis chapter.

21. Democrats Choose State Senate Nominee -

When Shelby County Democratic Party leaders gather Monday, Sept. 8, to pick their party’s nominee in the November special general election for state Senate District 30, it will also be an indication of how deep the wounds run from the party’s disastrous August election outing.

22. Safe House -

She talks about the bad old days easily now. That’s what years of steady sobriety will do. For the last three-plus years, Amy Phillips, 54, has worked as a program coordinator at Grace House of Memphis, a recovery program for women with alcohol and/or drug problems and, in many cases, co-occurring mental health disorders.

23. Knoxville-Area Real Estate Bouncing Back -

Knoxville’s housing market seems to be making steady gains after the setbacks of the Great Recession.

Doyle Webb, president of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors and a Realtor with Realty Executives Associates, says the area’s housing market will continue to improve over the next five to 10 years and surpass its 2007 sales’ levels.

24. Focus on Teens ‘At Risk of Being Homeless’ -

Not only is Crossroads Campus a successful non-profit operation that’s building a bridge to help homeless animals and potentially homeless young people, it’s also a thriving retail business operation driven by the savvy of executive director Lisa Stetar and her staff.

25. Oh Death! -

In the spring of 2002, I coded – for the first and, I hope, only time in my life. That’s my story and ... I was sticking to it, until I told it in the company of a med school cardiologist a few weeks afterward. He interrupted and said, “You died.”

26. Redbirds Prepare for Playoffs Appearance -

First-year Memphis Redbirds general manager Craig Unger grew up a St. Louis Cardinals fan and he spent the last five years working in the team’s front office. He even wears a huge World Series ring from the team’s 2011 championship.

27. Feds Reviewing Reynolds Deal to Buy Lorillard -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Federal regulators are putting Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.'s planned $25 billion takeover of rival Newport maker Lorillard Inc. under the microscope.

28. Redbirds’ Easley, Scruggs Enjoy Stellar Season -

Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty. Those were the St. Louis Cardinals’ hot outfield prospects stashed in Memphis at season’s start.

Taveras and Grichuk have shuttled between the Cardinals and Redbirds and both are with the big club as the Redbirds’ regular season winds down. Piscotty has stayed with the Redbirds, but throughout the year Cardinals general John Mozeliak openly has talked about having playing time in St. Louis for Piscotty in the near future.

29. Vols Among NCAA’s Youngest Headed Into Sunday Opener -

KNOXVILLE – For better or worse, University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones won’t need to wait long to see the talent level of his highly touted freshman class.

Jones will find out Sunday night at 7 when the Vols play host to Utah State at Neyland Stadium. The Aggies will be an underdog – probably by a touchdown or so – and a trendy pick for some as an upset special.

30. Developers Swing, Miss in Attempt to Buy Prime Germantown Locale -

The first time I stepped into this mustard-yellow building at 300 Jefferson Street to ask how it felt to have the Nashville Sounds moving in across the street, Wayne Woelk, 50, was having a heart attack.

31. Embracing Cremation -

As business decisions go, this was a tricky one.

Jeff and Steve Murphy, owners of Music City Mortuary, opened their Nashville business in 2001, catering primarily to the needs of other funeral directors, providing transportation, embalming and preparation services, shipping – everything a mortuary business provides.

32. People Power -

Meg Crosby and her fellow principals at the HR-focused consulting firm PeopleCap chose that name for their organization because of the way they think about the modern workplace – particularly, the ever-changing nature of the employees who populate it.

33. Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits -

After being lampooned for years as one of the worst metro areas in the country for bicyclists and pedestrians, the Memphis region is poised to make a huge leap forward in developing a regional greenway and trail system.

34. Appeals Panel Weighing Occupy Nashville Suit -

CINCINNATI (AP) – A special three-judge panel focused on issues of camping, protests, free speech and executive power on Monday during arguments in an appeal of a lawsuit brought by Occupy Nashville protesters arrested on War Memorial Plaza in October 2011.

35. Getting In on Ice Bucket Challenge -

In the heat of summer having a bucket of ice water thrown on you may not be a bad thing. It’s a phenomenon that’s sweeping the nation – contagious fundraising spurred on by social media, sports celebrities, television hosts, movie stars and international performers. Everyone – it seems – is in on it. Well, except for the two of us. We are enjoying the summer heat with no ice water – but we’re giving to ALS anyway. Here’s the reason: we want to be “in with the in crowd.”

36. Mason: Vanderbilt Success More Than Defeating UT -

Coach Derek Mason is determined to put his own mark of toughness on the Vanderbilt University football program as it continues its climb into the ranks of conference heavyweights.

37. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season -

Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.

So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.

38. Kaaa-BOOM! -

This Labor Day weekend, hundreds of Knoxvillians will be working harder than ever so hundreds of thousands can kick back and relax.

Knoxville is hosting a huge street festival and one of the biggest fireworks shows in the country on Saturday, followed by the first UT game of the season on Sunday.

39. Belmont Welcomes Largest-Ever Freshman Class -

If you graduated from Belmont 20 years ago, you might not recognize the campus today.

Near ceaseless on-campus construction and a huge spike in enrollment has changed the once-sleepy little school into a major player in Nashville and in national collegiate circles.

40. E-Books Cut Costs for Tennessee State Students -

Tennessee State University students face higher costs, tacked on by state government, but that downer could be offset by “e-books” that can save students $735 each semester.

TSU is set to offer the electronic books to freshmen and sophomores for general education courses in an effort to lower the cost of traditional books, according to the university.

41. SEC’s New Quarterbacks Ready to Prove Themselves -

They are the SEC quarterbacks left behind. The quarterbacking gods, with names like Manziel, McCarron, Mettenberger and Murray – what is it about M’s? – have ascended to a higher place: playing on Sundays in the NFL.

42. Another Round -

Some time in October, lovers of local craft beers could enjoy a cold brew in a new tasting room at Memphis Made Brewing Co.’s facility in the Cooper-Young district.

43. Commission Ends Term with Residency Guidelines and School Board Pay Raises -

At the last meeting of their current four-year term of office, Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Aug. 18, a specific set of guidelines for future commissions to weigh residency challenges of elected county officials.

44. Council Reviews Pension Investment Changes -

For the first time in months, Memphis City Council members have no committee discussions scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 19, on city health insurance benefits or proposed pension plan changes.

But the council will vote on the first in a series of pension plan changes to come.

45. Fight to Save Printers Alley a Family Affair -

“How does it feel to be on your own?” Fritz Hester turns Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” into a surging blues tune that spills out of the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar into the thick, cigarette and beer-flavored humidity stifling Printers Alley

46. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

47. Shoulder Injury Could End McCarthy’s Titans Career -

NASHVILLE – The star-crossed career of Tennessee Titans linebacker Colin McCarthy took another wicked turn with the news that he could miss the entire season with a shoulder injury.

McCarthy suffered the injury in Saturday night’s preseason opener, playing in the third quarter with the Titans third-team defense, hoping to show the new coaching regime that he is still a worthwhile entity, either as an inside linebacker or on special teams.

48. Bigger, Better, Louder -

“When it comes to college football, the South has no equal, because the Southeastern Conference has no equal. Find me a conference with a better commissioner, better players, better head coaches, better staffs, better game-day atmospheres, better-looking coeds – better anything.”

49. Pinch District Could Lose Historic Designation -

The Pinch District, one of the city’s oldest commercial districts, could lose its designation on the National Register of Historic Places, a move that would jeopardize existing buildings but possibly make some new development easier.

50. Musical Tribute -

Jack T. Cooper was born a few years after American modernist composer Charles Ives died, but this did not the stop them from connecting – even before Cooper was born.

Cooper, 51, and an associate professor and the director of jazz and studio music at the University of Memphis, was born in Los Angeles to a mother who was a professional keyboardist and a father who was an amateur saxophone and clarinet player.

51. Lyons Named PCL Pitcher of the Week -

Memphis Redbirds starting pitcher Tyler Lyons has been named the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Week for the July 26 to Aug. 3 period.

Lyons, 26, went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 11 strikeouts over a pair of complete games at Omaha and Round Rock during the week. Lyons didn’t walk a batter and limited hitters to a .148 average against (8-for-54) over 16.0 innings.

52. Basketball Qualifier Coming to Memphis -

A one-on-one street basketball tournament is coming to Halle Park for the 2014 Red Bull King of the Rock USA Qualifier.

The Memphis qualifier will follow one-on-one street basketball rules in a single-elimination tournament. Only two- and three-pointers count in each five-minute game, while five fouls equal an automatic loss. The competition is open to amateurs and pros alike; however, players must be at least 16 years old to participate. Registration is first come, first served.

53. Events -

L’Ecole Culinaire will host a community back-to-school beach party open house Friday, Aug. 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the school, 1245 N. Germantown Parkway. The event will include food samples from coastal regions, hands-on activities and information about the school and culinary careers. Cost is free. Email robin.levan@vatterott.edu or call 314-264-1812.

54. Springing to Life -

When Ridgeland, Miss.-based development firm the Bryan Co. broke ground on The Horizon condominium tower in 2007, it was at the peak of the housing bubble and optimism from elected officials and Downtown boosters was equally high.

55. Events -

L’Ecole Culinaire will host a community back-to-school beach party open house Friday, Aug. 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the school, 1245 N. Germantown Parkway. The event will include food samples from coastal regions, hands-on activities and information about the school and culinary careers. Cost is free. Email robin.levan@vatterott.edu or call 314-264-1812.

56. Lessons Learned From Millennials -

Much of the research about employment suggests older workers are waiting longer to retire. This means many seasoned professionals are also still job searching. And, many of those are struggling to find their way.

57. Blueprint for the Future -

It was 1992, and architect Joey Hagan was searching high and low for space for his own office.

He turned to his friend David Schuermann – the two had previously worked together at Bologna and Associates – whose firm at the time, DMS Architects, had an office at 88 Union Center Downtown.

58. Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips in July -

Kathee Villar, a loan officer with Community Mortgage Corp., has worked for the lender for 23 years, and when you’re in that kind of place for that length of time, certain patterns start to repeat themselves.

59. Street Basketball Qualifier Coming to Memphis -

A one-on-one street basketball tournament is coming to Halle Park for the 2014 Red Bull King of the Rock USA Qualifier.

The Memphis qualifier will follow one-on-one street basketball rules in a single-elimination tournament. Only two- and three-pointers count in each five-minute game, while five fouls equal an automatic loss. The competition is open to amateurs and pros alike; however, players must be at least 16 years old to participate. Registration is first come, first served.

60. Events -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water board will meet Thursday, Aug. 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the MLGW administration building 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com.

61. Rail House Mystery -

Editor’s note: First in a three-part series. If you’re passing through Aberdeen, N.C., you should have no trouble finding Railhouse Brewery on East South Street. Moore County’s only microbrewery stands in the middle of downtown, just a few feet from the train track.

62. Lyons Named PCL Pitcher of the Week -

Memphis Redbirds starting pitcher Tyler Lyons has been named the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Week for the July 26 to Aug. 3 period.

Lyons, 26, went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 11 strikeouts over a pair of complete games at Omaha and Round Rock during the week. Lyons didn’t walk a batter and limited hitters to a .148 average against (8-for-54) over 16.0 innings.

63. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Aug. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Michelle Fowlkes of the Memphis Crime Commission will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

64. School’s In -

When public schools open Monday, Aug. 4, for the academic year across Shelby County, the merger of public education into one school system will give way to the demerger into seven separate public systems.

65. Latino Memphis Features Bush at Luncheon -

George P. Bush, grandson of President George H. W. Bush, will be the featured speaker at the Latino Memphis Leadership Luncheon Sept. 9.

Bush will share during the first Leadership Luncheon his thoughts on the role Latinos play in the country and will touch on topics including education reform, immigration and increased civic and political participation by Latinos.

66. August 1-7: This week in Memphis history -

2013: Owners of the Nineteenth Century Club began preliminary demolition work on the Union Avenue mansion, which would later be stopped by court order.

1978: Shaun Cassidy at the Mid-South Coliseum.

67. ‘Sudden Change’ Means Little Job Security at University of Tennessee -

KNOXVILLE — Don’t look for University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones to play favorites when fall training camp begins Friday, Aug. 1.

Jones is all about open competition. Every practice. Every session. Every minute.

68. GOP Pushes House Toward Approving Obama Lawsuit -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed a divided House Wednesday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

69. Riverside Debate Reflects Pace of Riverfront Change -

On the day that the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation unveiled plans to add a soccer field, volleyball court and six-station fitness loop to Tom Lee Park, city engineers got an earful in the Beale Street Landing breezeway from critics of other changes to the stretch of Riverside Drive that runs by the park and the landing.

70. Chisca Rebirth -

As the Carlisle Corp. began to really delve into the guts of the old Chisca Hotel on Main Street, company officials discovered hidden gem after hidden gem.

71. Suburban Precincts Lead in Early Vote Turnout -

Seven of the top 10 precincts for early voter turnout through this past weekend and the first of two weeks of early voting in Shelby County are in the suburbs.

Through Monday, July 28, a total of 43,725 citizens had voted early in Shelby County, which is 8.1 percent of the voters in Shelby County. The highest turnout by day so far since early voting opened July 18 was 7,038 on July 22.

72. Difference Maker -

When the Green Machine Mobile Food Market rolled up to University Place a year ago – the market being housed inside a lime green retired MATA bus – the first customer was a 103-year-old former school teacher in a wheelchair.

73. Latino Memphis Features Bush at Leadership Luncheon -

George P. Bush, grandson of President George H. W. Bush, will be the featured speaker at the Latino Memphis Leadership Luncheon Sept. 9.

Bush will share during the first Leadership Luncheon his thoughts on the role Latinos play in the country and will touch on topics including education reform, immigration and increased civic and political participation by Latinos.

74. Frayser Town Center Would be Based on Manhattan Park -

The town center plan for Frayser that debuted this past weekend at the first annual “Frayser Day” celebration is built on the model of Bryant Park in Manhattan only on a smaller scale to fit the Frayser Plaza Shopping Center.

75. Enduring Connections -

When Patrick Woods and three colleagues decided to launch a social organization to connect young professionals in Memphis, the name they gave it reflected the similarity of its demographic to a particular flow of water that moves beneath the surface, one that’s unwise to ignore.

76. School Year Brings New Lessons for Teachers -

When the school year begins on Aug. 4 for Shelby County Schools and the six suburban public school systems, the learning process will begin not only for students but for teachers.

As the larger system-wide changes of the demerger have played out, teachers across the county have been preparing for the world inside classrooms that always offers change at the beginning of a new school year.

77. Tunica Roadhouse Announces New Concert Dates -

Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel has announced two new dates for its free concert series.

The second in the series, featuring the band Cowboy Mouth, will take place on Aug. 2. The third, featuring FireHouse, will take place on Sept. 6.

78. ‘Drive for Progress’ -

There’s a duality of meaning implied in the name of the civic organization where Nancy Coffee serves as president and CEO.

79. Tunica Roadhouse Announces New Concert Dates -

Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel has announced two new dates for its free concert series.

The second in the series, featuring the band Cowboy Mouth, will take place on Aug. 2. The third, featuring FireHouse, will take place on Sept. 6.

80. Civic Celebration -

Shep Wilbun describes “Frayser Day” as “MEMfix on steroids,” referring to the efforts by the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team to reanimate business districts or blocks in several parts of the city.

81. Supporters Still Racing to Save Brewery -

At the conclusion of the Tennessee Brewery Untapped temporary activation project, supporters of the event were greeted June 1 with a message on the group’s Facebook page that both thanked participants and bid them farewell.

82. US Economy, Though Sluggish, May Now Be Sturdier -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.

That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, in the five years since the recession officially ended, Americans' pay has basically stagnated. Millions remain unemployed or have abandoned their job searches. Economic growth is merely plodding along.

83. Supreme Court Justices Make Campaign Push -

Among the candidates going door to door in Memphis this summer looking for votes was a Tennessee Supreme Court justice.

Sharon Lee, one of three justices seeking re-election in the yes-no retention races on the August ballot, campaigned Saturday, July 19, in Hickory Hill.

84. Dueling Rulings: Courts Split on Health Law Clash -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

85. Knowledge Tree Buys Cordova Retail Center -

8195 Dexter Road
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: July 8, 2014
Buyer: K Tree LLC
Seller: 8195 Dexter Road LLC
Loan Amount: $1.5 million
Loan Date: July 11, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA
Details: An affiliate of the Knowledge Tree learning center has paid $1.5 million for the 28,575-square-foot shopping center at 8195 Dexter Road in Cordova.

86. Health Department Seeking Input on State Health Plan -

The Tennessee Department of Health is seeking public input on the State Health Plan.

The plan is required by state law and acts as the health department’s guide for protecting, promoting and improving the health of people in Tennessee.

87. County Commission Continues Prekindergarten Debate -

Shelby County Commissioners pick up Monday, July 21, where they left off earlier in the month about a way to fund prekindergarten programs.

The commission faces dueling resolutions, with one setting up further study on an expansion, and the other dedicating $3 million in surplus funds from the just-ended fiscal year and the first $3 million of any surplus from the current fiscal year to Shelby County Schools and the suburban school systems.

88. Wharton Ready to Shift Talk on Benefits Debate -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is trying to turn the page on the emotional City Hall debate over cuts in health insurance benefits to city employees and retirees and also close the book on the city budget for the two-week old fiscal year.

89. Daily News Claims Three TPA Awards -

The Daily News and The Memphis News claimed two first-place honors and one third-place honor in the 2014 University of Tennessee-Tennessee Press Association journalism awards, announced Friday, July 11.

90. From Despair to Belief -

A July weekday afternoon, about 2:45. It’s the perfect time for just about anyone to be nodding off in class.

But in the basement of Midtown Church of Christ, where HopeWorks Inc. is housed, class is in session and a dozen men and their teacher are having a lively discussion.

91. No Crying in Vanderbilt Football, Not Anymore -

HOOVER, Ala. – Before James Franklin, Vanderbilt never had been to consecutive bowl games. He took them to three in three years.

92. Bankruptcy Filings Drop Below 3,000 -

For the first time since 2011, the number of Memphis-area bankruptcies filed in the second quarter dropped below 3,000.

Between April 1 and June 30, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee saw 2,959 bankruptcies in which the person or business listed a Shelby County address. That’s a 6.4 percent decrease from the 3,164 filed during the second quarter of 2013, according to The Daily News Online, memphisdailynews.com.

93. SEC Media Days Notebook: July 16 -

HOOVER, Ala. – Although the first games involving Southeastern Conference football teams are not until Aug. 28, the league’s full-on blitz in promoting the new SEC Network has been going on for a while now.

94. Uphill Climb -

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry is off to a slow start in 2014, with builders filing 16.6 percent fewer permits in the second quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.

Builders filed 245 permits in Shelby County in the second quarter, compared with 294 permits in the second quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Builders filed 191 permits in the first quarter.

95. Daily News Claims Three Tennessee Press Association Awards -

The Daily News and The Memphis News claimed two first-place honors and one third-place honor in the 2014 University of Tennessee-Tennessee Press Association journalism awards, announced Friday, July 11.

96. Brooks Challenge Grows Toward End of Term -

The last six weeks of the current terms of office of the 13 Shelby County commissioners will be marked by a series of political challenges involving Commissioner Henri Brooks.

Meanwhile, Shelby County Attorney Marcy Ingram has resolved a residency challenge of Commissioner Justin Ford, concluding Ford’s “primary residence is probably” at Fairways Apartments, a South Memphis apartment complex in his district, even though Ford claimed in the investigation that he lived there for more than two years without utilities.

97. Changing Landscape -

It’s been confusing from a distance.

The formal groundbreaking for Shelby Farms Park’s $70 million “Heart of the Park” improvements, including an expansion of Patriot Lake, came the same week last month the Memphis City Council voted to delay for one year the city’s portion of funding for the Shelby Farms Parkway.

98. Tunica Roadhouse Launches Free Concert Series -

Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel has announced it is hosting a free concert series starting July 5.

The first show will feature the band Fuel, with a free fireworks show immediately after the concert. Additional concerts will take place Aug. 2 and Sept. 6, with the bands being announced the first week of July.

99. Tigers’ Ifedi Receives Athlon Recognition -

University of Memphis senior defensive end Martin Ifedi has been named to Athlon Sports’ preseason American Athletic Conference first-team. He was one of five Memphis players recognized by the preseason publication.

100. Linkous Construction Never Wavered in Face of Recession -

As the real estate crash and Great Recession battered the construction industry, the leadership at Linkous Construction Co. made a strategic decision to keep its team intact and maintain the level of service the general contracting and construction management firm had become known for.