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1. Labor Organizers Seek Unusual Ally in Fast-Food Franchisees -

NEW YORK (AP) – Labor organizers are opening a new front in their campaign for a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers with a push to mobilize an unusual ally: franchisees.

The Service Employees International Union on Thursday launched a website in hopes of building a national network of fast-food franchisees who want stronger protections for their businesses. The push has the potential to create more unrest within the ranks for companies like McDonald's, which are already dealing with ongoing demonstrations calling for higher pay and a union for workers.

2. Tyson Foods Hopes to Rid US Chicken of Antibiotics By 2017 -

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) – Tyson Foods says it wants to stop using human antibiotics in its U.S. chicken houses by September 2017 and that it will explore doing the same in its beef, pork and turkey operations.

3. CDC: 10 Listeria Illnesses Now Linked to Blue Bell Foods -

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has recalled all of its products after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

Federal health officials say they’re now aware of 10 listeria illnesses linked to ice cream and other products made by the company over the last five years, including three deaths.

4. Monogram Foods Charitable Fund to Award $140,000 -

The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation will award $140,000 to charitable organizations that sponsor programs benefiting children in the six regional areas where Monogram does business.

The regions are Memphis; Martinsville, Va.; Chandler, Minn.; Bristol, Ind.; Schulenburg, Texas; and Harlan, Iowa.

5. Mid-South Food Truck Fest Coming to Tiger Lane -

About 25 food trucks are set to descend on Tiger Lane next week, along with musicians to provide live entertainment, as part of the first Mid-South Food Truck Fest.

Admission to the April 18 event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is free to the public. Fest organizer Stanley Perrin, owner of Revolution Printing and Graphics, said the one-day event will benefit Literacy Mid-South and Southern Friends Animal Society.

6. Aramark Corrections Center Food Contract Approved -

Aramark Correctional Services Inc. will take over food service at the Shelby County Corrections Center, four years after the private company did the same at the Shelby County Jail and Jail East.

7. County Commission Considers $3.6 Million Prison Food Contract With Aramark -

Who feeds those behind bars in Shelby County has been a politically volatile government issue for years.

It touches on several political hot spots including whether or not to use local companies and local subcontractors, the privatization of a county government function and the possible loss of government jobs in the transition.

8. DeltaARTS’ Levee Event Provides Art, Music, Food -

DeltaARTS’ fourth annual “Art on the Levee” art auction will be held Saturday, April 25, at the historic Waverly Plantation in Proctor, Ark., starting at 5 p.m.

This event, which supports the programs of DeltaARTS, will feature live music from The Snearly Ranch Boys, Gus’s Fried Chicken and catfish dinner, complimentary beer and wine, tours of the historic grounds and home, live and silent auctions from 25 regional artists – including Jimpsie Ayres, Betsy Brackin Burch, Karen “Bottle” Capps, Matthew Hasty and Joy Phillips Routt.

9. DeltaARTS’ ‘Art on the Levee’ Provides Art, Music, Food, Fun -

DeltaARTS’ fourth annual “Art on the Levee” art auction will be held Saturday, April 25, at the historic Waverly Plantation in Proctor, Ark., starting at 5 p.m.

This event, which supports the programs of DeltaARTS, will feature live music from The Snearly Ranch Boys, Gus’s Fried Chicken and catfish dinner, complimentary beer and wine, tours of the historic grounds and home, live and silent auctions from 25 regional artists – including Jimpsie Ayres, Betsy Brackin Burch, Karen “Bottle” Capps, Matthew Hasty and Joy Phillips Routt.

10. HJ Heinz Buys Kraft To Build $28 Billion Food Giant -

NEW YORK (AP) – Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans Wednesday to buy Kraft and create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies.

11. States to Test Ways to Send Food Stamp Recipients to Work -

WASHINGTON (AP) – New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.

12. Pure Foods Selects Kingsport for US Headquarters -

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says Pure Foods Inc. has chosen Kingsport for its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing operations.

13. L’Ecole Culinaire Debuts Food Truck in Memphis -

L’Ecole Culinaire is joining the food truck scene in Memphis.

The organization’s “Le Food Truck” will be staffed by chef instructors and students, serving up a rotating menu.

14. Healthy Memphis Food Festival Coming to Broad -

The first annual Healthy Memphis Food Festival is coming to the Broad Avenue Arts District next month.

The event, produced by event company Mocha Enterprises LLC, will happen April 11 and April 12. It will transform the Water Tower on Broad into a mini marketplace filled with things like healthy food vendors, music, art and wellness businesses.

15. L’Ecole Culinaire Debuts Food Truck in Memphis -

L’Ecole Culinaire is joining the food truck scene in Memphis.

The organization’s Le Food Truck will be staffed by chef instructors and students, serving up a rotating menu.

Instructors have designed a signature item for food truck diners called “Le Cone,” which combines grilled chicken, penne pasta, tomatoes and bacon tossed with a cheesy cream sauce inside of a house-made bread cone. It costs $8.

16. Healthy Memphis Food Festival Coming to Broad -

The first annual Healthy Memphis Food Festival is coming to the Broad Avenue Arts District next month.

The event, produced by event company Mocha Enterprises LLC, will happen April 11 and April 12. It will transform the Water Tower on Broad into a mini marketplace filled with things like healthy food vendors, music, art and wellness businesses.

17. Monogram Foods Chooses Next IMPACT10 Winner -

Monogram Foods has announced that New Day Children’s Theatre – which provides a nurturing environment where children get theatrical exposure while building relationships and developing character – is the third charitable organization that will receive $1,500 a year for the next 10 years from Monogram Foods’ IMPACT10 philanthropic campaign.

18. As Tastes Change, Big Food Makers Try Hipster Guises -

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) – At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists "The 1%er" made with lobster meat.

The logo is a pink skull and instead of buzzers, customers are given license plates so servers can identify them when bringing out orders.

19. Monogram Foods Chooses Next IMPACT10 Winner -

Monogram Foods has announced that Ave Maria Home is the second charitable organization that will receive $1,500 a year for the next 10 years from Monogram Foods’ IMPACT10 philanthropic campaign.

20. New Pancake-Focused Restaurant Coming to East Memphis -

It’s a tradition in Tressa Ogles’ house for the family to sit down together on Saturday mornings and enjoy a pancake breakfast.

Often, she’ll go out for a run, and by the time she’s back, her husband and children have the pancakes ready. It was no surprise, then, that when she and husband Bill Ogles – both lifelong Memphians – decided to go into business for themselves and open a restaurant, it would be a breakfast joint.

21. Belly Acres Marching for MIFA’s Meals -

Belly Acres owner Ben McLean is getting ready to step it up for MIFA’s March for Meals campaign, a month-long effort to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization’s Meals on Wheels program. During March, McLean is soliciting pledges to MIFA for every step he takes in his FitBen Challenge step-a-thon.

22. Tennessee Opposes Sysco-US Foods Merger -

The state of Tennessee has joined nine other states and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, in announcing the state’s participation in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring the merger, specifically cited the impact of the merger in Memphis.

23. Brewery Developers Buy Key Property on Butler -

The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Brewery Revival series of events there move forward.

24. Events -

Leadership Memphis will host its 2015 Leadership Awards Luncheon Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Awardees Pat Halloran, Brian Stephens and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will be honored for empowering the community and making a positive impact in the Mid-South. Tickets are $50. Visit leadershipmemphis.org.

25. Editorial: Blossoming Food Scene Helping Revitalize Local Places, Tastes -

On the other side of a stubborn winter is a spring and summer when many of us will venture out more for food and drink and friends in a city that in recent years has come alive with a food scene that is breaking stereotypes about the Memphis identity.

26. Fresh Selection -

It would seem I Love Memphis blogger Holly Whitfield was correct last year with a forecast that called for a “permanent Foodnado” in Memphis.

27. Ag Secretary: Smartphones Could Tell Buyers What's in Food -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone.

Vilsack told members of Congress on Wednesday that consumers could just use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in the grocery store. All sorts of information could pop up, such as whether the food's ingredients include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

28. Fruits and Vegetables Get a Star-Studded Marketing Push -

NEW YORK (AP) – What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips?

A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica Alba and NBA star Stephen Curry to shill for fruits and vegetables.

29. No Thanks! Companies Reject ‘Shark Tank’ Deals, Still Thrive -

NEW YORK (AP) – With the cameras rolling, Daniel and Stephanie Rensing accepted an offer from a "Shark Tank" investor. But after they had time to think about it, they changed their minds.

30. Brewery Developers Buy Key Property on Butler -

The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Brewery Revival series of events there move forward.

31. Events -

South Main Trolley Night will be held Friday, Feb. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit gosouthmain.com/trolley-night.html for details.

32. Flexing Its Muscles, LA Fitness Eyes Third Store -

LA Fitness is eyeing a property in the heart of East Memphis for its third Memphis-area location.

The California-based fitness center chain is considering opening its third store in the Memphis market at 1285 Ridgeway Road, according to sources.

33. Brewery Developers Acquire Butler Avenue Land -

The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Brewery Revival series of events there move forward.

34. University of Memphis Engineering Alumni Plan Busy 2015 -

The alumni chapter of the University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering is ramping up efforts to help develop a strong engineering community in the city.

New president Jason Pendergrass said his goals include building alumni membership as well as helping the group act as a liaison between the university, local businesses and Shelby County at large.

35. Belly Acres Marching for MIFA’s Meals -

Belly Acres owner Ben McLean is getting ready to step it up for MIFA’s March for Meals campaign, a month-long effort to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization’s Meals on Wheels program. During March, McLean is soliciting pledges to MIFA for every step he takes in his FitBen Challenge step-a-thon.

36. Wal-Mart Raises Could Help Lift Pay in Lower-Wage Industries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The modest raises that Wal-Mart has said it will give its lowest-paid workers provide a glimmer of hope for lower-wage workers in other companies and industries.

Other retailers and some fast food restaurants may now feel compelled to follow suit to retain their workers and attract others to fill openings, economists said.

37. Tennessee Opposes Merger Between Sysco, US Foods -

The state of Tennessee has joined nine other states and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, in announcing the state’s participation in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring the merger, specifically cited the impact of the merger in Memphis.

38. Sweetie Pie’s Approached as Possible Mall Tenant -

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

39. Economic Development Secrets Hard to Keep -

The most difficult secrets to keep at City Hall are those dealing with economic development – the clandestine discussions between city and business leaders and companies considering moving to or expanding in Memphis.

40. New Brewery Venture Eyeing Crosstown -

When they launched a Facebook page at the end of January, the first post for which was simply the logo for the craft beer brewery they’re planning, Will Goodwin and Clark Ortkiese didn’t expect the flood of interest their concept would generate.

41. Events -

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School will host an opening reception for “Horn Island: Paint & Metal,” new works by Richard Prillaman and Bill Nelson, Friday, Feb. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The exhibition is on display through April 7 in the Levy Gallery. Visit buckmanartscenter.com.

42. Sprouts Opening Lakeland Store May 13 -

Sprouts Farmers Market, a fast-growing specialty grocery chain, has set an opening date for its first Memphis-area store.

Phoenix-based Sprouts, which replicate the look and feel of an indoor farmers market and specialize in fresh, organic and healthy food, will open a 28,000-square-foot store in a former Kroger at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland on May 13.

43. Sweetie Pie’s Could be Tenant at Raleigh Springs Mall -

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

44. Sweetie Pie’s Approached as Mall Tenant -

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

45. Maines Paper & Food Service Continues Work in Arlington -

11420 Gulf Stream Road
Memphis, TN 38002
Permit Amount: $2.5 million

Permit Application Date: February 2015
Owner: W D Arlington LLC
Tenant: Maines Paper & Food Service
Details: More new construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

46. Silicone Arts Laboratories Enters 2015 With Additional Funding, Big Plans -

Silicone Arts Laboratories, a Memphis-based venture that makes innovative cosmetic products, is hosting an open house next month in its new Cooper-Young location.

And “new” is the operative word about the company’s efforts in 2015.

47. Silicone Arts Laboratories Enters 2015 With New Funding, Big Plans -

Silicone Arts Laboratories, a Memphis-based venture that makes innovative cosmetic products, is hosting an open house next month in its new Cooper-Young location.

And “new” is the operative word about the company’s efforts in 2015.

48. US Allows Imports of Privately Produced Products From Cuba -

HAVANA (AP) – The Obama administration is announcing that it will allow Cuba's small private business sector to sell goods to the United States in a potentially important loosening of the half-century trade embargo on the communist island.

49. Maines Paper & Food Seeks $2.5M Permit -

More new construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

A $2.5 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the facility at 11420 Gulf Stream Road, listing the scope of work as “mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection.”

50. Scripps Networks Beats Fourth-Quarter Profit Forecasts -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (SNI) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $131.8 million.

51. US Budget Deficit Running 6.2 Percent Higher Than Last Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government ran a bigger deficit in January, pushing the imbalance so far this budget year up 6.2 percent from the same period a year ago.

The Treasury Department said Wednesday the deficit for January stood at $17.5 billion compared to $10.3 billion a year ago. For the first four months of the budget year that began in October, the deficit widened to $194.2 billion from $182.8 billion during the same period last year.

52. Critical Link -

If you’re a wine lover along the East Coast – everywhere from Florida to the Mid-Atlantic and New England - chances are a Memphis-based third-party logistics provider played a significant role in getting your vino into your glass.

53. Maines Paper & Food Service Seeks $2.5 Million Permit -

More new construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

A $2.5 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the facility at 11420 Gulf Stream Road, listing the scope of work as “mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection.”

54. Local Elections Ramp Up With Gumbo Fest -

There were so many contenders for the District 5 seat on the Memphis City Council at the Sunday, Feb. 8, Tennessee Equality Project Gumbo Contest that they occasionally went for the same voter’s hand in the crowd of several hundred.

55. New Flavor -

Get used to seeing more of the Ugly Mug brand in Memphis. An open house in recent days at the Memphis-based roaster’s still relatively new brick-and-mortar location at Poplar Avenue and Perkins Extended was packed with customers and visitors sampling brews and some of the food items on the Ugly Mug menu.

56. Medtronic Settles Off-Label Promotion Allegations -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Medical device maker Medtronic will pay $2.8 million to the U.S. Justice Department to settle allegations that it paid doctors to push an unapproved use of one of its products.

57. New 'Untapped'-Style Event Coming to Tennessee Brewery -

A version of the popular Tennessee Brewery “Untapped” event appears set to return to the Downtown landmark this spring.

The event last year, which included food trucks, music and a beer garden, helped raise awareness about the iconic structure’s impending demolition, which was avoided with developer Billy Orgel’s plan for a residential development at the site.

58. Monogram Foods to Give $100K to Local Charities -

Memphis-based Monogram Foods is marking its 10th anniversary by donating $100,000 to 10 local charities at $1,000 a year for the next decade.

The Impact 10 effort involves charities picked randomly by the company, with nominations being submitted through the effort’s website, www.impact10.com.

59. 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.

60. Great Dishes From Nashville’s Landmark Restaurants -

When a restaurant’s been around for a decade or eight, that’s usually a pretty good indication that the food is palatable. We’ve rounded up some of the best dishes to try at Nashville’s longest standing dining establishments, and, of course, it’s impossible to pick just one thing. Feel free to recommend your own favorites in the online comments.

61. Old Favorites -

A few years ago, Tandy Wilson, chef and owner of City House, offered this tip about earning his respect as a diner: Don’t tell me you’re a foodie, he said, tell me you’re a “regular.”

We were having a conversation about overuse of the term “foodie,” and how even though it can be a well-meaning label to show a person’s interest in a particular topic, it also can carry the snobbish weight of those who salivate over the trendiest dishes – and then salivate over their keypads to type a Yelp review after just one visit.

62. Spokeswoman: Republican Rep. Nunnelee of Mississippi Dies -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi, a fiscal and social conservative elected to Congress in a Republican wave of 2010, has died. He was 56.

Elizabeth Parks, the spokeswoman in Nunnelee's congressional office, said he died Friday in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi.

63. Outgoing FDA Chief Saw Changes to Food Safety, Tobacco Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – From food safety to tobacco regulation and politically charged drug approvals, Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled Food and Drug Administration.

After nearly six years as FDA commissioner, Hamburg announced her resignation Thursday in an email to staff. She said the agency's chief scientist, Stephen Ostroff, will serve as acting head of FDA.

64. Loeb Properties Bullish on Center City Development -

When Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the warehouse at 2542 Broad Ave. in 1995, Aaron Petree, the company’s current vice president of brokerage, was just starting high school.

65. McDonald’s Super Bowl Promotion Hits Memphis -

A social media analysis via Forbes found that McDonald’s Super Bowl ad was the most-liked spot during the big game.

In it, customers were shown being encouraged to “pay with loving” to get their food. It’s a marketing effort the chain has started to push beyond its Super Bowl commercial, taking the idea to participating restaurants across the U.S., including to Memphis.

66. Loeb Properties Targets Broad Avenue -

Memphis-based Loeb Properties will help revitalize another core city neighborhood. Fresh off redeveloping Overton Square and currently involved in the Highland Strip, Loeb has set its sights on Broad Avenue.

67. Monogram Foods to Give $100,000 to Local Charities -

Memphis-based Monogram Foods is marking its 10th anniversary by donating $100,000 to 10 local charities at $1,000 a year for the next decade.

The Impact 10 effort involves charities picked randomly by the company, with nominations being submitted through the effort’s website, www.impact10.com.

68. Health of 200,000 Tennesseans Depends on Governor’s Proposal -

As a nurse serving Tennesseans for over 32 years, I know intimately what sickness looks like, and what it takes to build a healthy life. One of the most important things to ensuring the health and wholeness of our communities is access to affordable health insurance.

69. Berryhill Promoted at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck -

Paul B. Berryhill has been promoted to tax partner at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC. In his new role at the certified public accounting and advisory firm, his primary responsibilities are developing and managing client relationships, developing and training staff members, being a technical tax resource for the firm and assisting in the management of the firm.

70. Say Cheese Food Truck Launches Next Week -

The city’s food truck scene has exploded over the past year or so, and new entrants have steadily continued to join the mix.

One of the newest, a grilled cheese-focused truck, will officially join the scene next week.

71. The ‘Carnegie Hall or Bust’ Fundraiser, Part 1 -

We were recently caught off guard when Dr. Todd Robinson, a reader of FUNdraising Good Times, shared with us that he raises over $75,000 using information from this column.

72. FDA Approves ADHD Drug for Binge-Eating Disorder -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder.

About 2 percent of U.S. adults, or about 5 million people, have binge eating disorder, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

73. Consumers Fuel Steady US Economy as Rest of World Struggles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto sales are strong. Gas prices have sunk. Congressional budget fights have faded. Americans are increasingly confident.

74. 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.

75. FDA Issues New Rules for Defibrillator Data -

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency care devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems.

Regulators say companies must now submit new testing data on battery life, adapters, electrodes and other components before receiving approval to sell the products.

76. Sewing Seeds of Success at Sunflower Café -

Dreams, cancer, tofu, death, love, loyalty and the quest for good gut bacteria are parts of the story of the hidden little gem that is the Sunflower Café.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are among those who have discovered this comfy vegetarian outpost, tucked behind the Twelve Oaks Motel in Berry Hill, where Chef Brian Storrs and his sister, Kimber Saunders, proselytize healthy eating.

77. Lasting Legacies -

A FedEx commercial that never made it past the storyboard stage portrayed company founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith as a child filling out an order form in the back of a comic book for a batch of Sea-Monkeys, sending it off and waiting for the delivery.

78. McDonald's New CEO Faces Onslaught of Competition -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's new boss must feel like a freshly crowned king under siege.

The world's biggest hamburger chain is facing an onslaught of competition, from better-burger chains like Five Guys to brands like Chipotle that tout the superior quality of their ingredients.

79. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Incognito Art Gala and Silent Auction Friday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 750 Cherry Road. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment while bidding on 100 original, anonymous works of art by Mid-South artists. Art and ticket sales benefit MBG’s outreach and education programs. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4131.

80. Sports Betting 'Socially Acceptable' on Super Bowl Sunday -

The statement seems self-evident. Whether you just fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket in the office pool every year, make a bet on the Super Bowl, or buy the occasional scratch-off lottery ticket.

81. FDA Issues New Regulations for Defibrillator Data -

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency care devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems.

Regulators say companies must now submit new testing data on battery life, adapters, electrodes and other components before receiving approval to sell the products.

82. Events -

The Association for Women Attorneys will host its 35th annual banquet and silent auction Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Cost is $60 for AWA members, $70 for nonmembers and $40 for law students. RSVP to Keating Lowery at keatingl@lawrencerussell.com or 901-844-4438.

83. Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy Folks' -

NEW YORK (AP) – The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating more rapidly, with vegan groups, non-dairy competitors and other perceived enemies getting louder online.

84. Squatters, Wait in Line With Rest of Us -

It’s 7 p.m. on Friday night at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken in Midtown, and the line to order curls out the front door and stretches down the sidewalk.

Students traveling in packs, mixed with tourists and locals, are anxious to dig into the Nashville-style dish.

85. Consumer Prices Drop 0.4 Percent in December -

U.S. consumer prices fell in December by the largest amount in six years, reflecting another big monthly decline in gas prices and providing further evidence of falling inflation pressures.

The Labor Department said Friday that its consumer price index dropped 0.4 percent last month, the biggest one-month drop since December 2008. It was also the second straight monthly decline in prices with both months reflecting big decreases in gas prices, which have been tumbling in recent months because of the global plunge in oil prices.

86. Elton John Fdtn. Awards Grant to Friends for Life -

Friends For Life has received a $75,000 grant from The Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Foundation tackles the most difficult issues related to HIV and has raised more than $300 million since its inception in 1992.

87. Events -

National Black MBA Association, Memphis chapter will host its 2015 kickoff meeting, “Reaching Your Financial Goals: How Fit is Your Plan?” Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at International Paper headquarters, Tower 3, 6400 Poplar Ave. The guest speaker is Roland Cole, financial adviser with Duncan-Williams’ Private Client Group. Visit nbmbaamemphis.org.

88. Save Time in Addition to Money -

Ray’s take: I’ve often heard that you can tell more about a person by looking at how he or she spends their time and money rather than what they claim is important to them. January is a good time to take stock of not only your finances but also how you spend your time. And the two can be related.

89. Elton John Foundation Awards Grant to Friends for Life -

Friends For Life has received a $75,000 grant from The Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Foundation tackles the most difficult issues related to HIV and has raised more than $300 million since its inception in 1992.

90. Events -

The Association for Women Attorneys will host its 35th annual banquet and silent auction Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Cost is $60 for AWA members, $70 for nonmembers and $40 for law students. RSVP to Keating Lowery at keatingl@lawrencerussell.com or 901-844-4438 by Wednesday, Jan. 21.

91. Consumer Prices Drop 0.4 Percent in December -

U.S. consumer prices fell in December by the largest amount in six years, reflecting another big monthly decline in gas prices and providing further evidence of falling inflation pressures.

The Labor Department said Friday that its consumer price index dropped 0.4 percent last month, the biggest one-month drop since December 2008. It was also the second straight monthly decline in prices with both months reflecting big decreases in gas prices, which have been tumbling in recent months because of the global plunge in oil prices.

92. Madison Hotel Celebrates Elvis’ Birthday All Month -

The Madison Hotel is celebrating what would have been Elvis’ 80th birthday this month with specials throughout January.

With the hotel’s “Eat, Drink and Stay Like the King” program, guests will receive an $80 food and beverage credit to eat like Elvis. The credit can be used at Madison's outlets, including eighty3 food & drink, Twilight Sky Terrace and through room service.

93. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will hold its annual King Day Celebration Monday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Live performances will be featured throughout the day on the outdoor Founders Park stage. Museum admission is $5; $3 with the donation of a canned or nonperishable item; or free with a donation of a pint of blood to Lifeblood. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

94. Peace and Justice Center to Celebrate 33 Years -

First Congregational Church will be the site of a Mid-South Peace and Justice Center celebration Saturday, Jan. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center will be celebrating its 33rd anniversary with an event titled “Living the Legacy of Nonviolence,” featuring local entertainment, local food and a keynote by Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou,

95. FDA Approves Appetite-Zapping Implant for Obese Patients -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant designed to treat obesity by zapping nerves that connect the stomach and the brain.

The Maestro Rechargeable System uses electrodes implanted in the abdomen to stimulate the vagus nerve, which signals to the brain that the stomach is empty or full. Patients and doctors can adjust the device settings using external controllers.

96. Federal Deficit in October-December Up Slightly at $176.7 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal deficit for the first three months of the budget year is up slightly from the same period a year ago, reflecting the absence of a special payment from mortgage company Freddie Mac that helped narrow the gap in 2014.

97. Brewery Developer Calls for ‘Leap of Faith’ -

Crews could begin transforming the long-vacant Tennessee Brewery property Downtown later this year and the first residents could move in during the fall of 2016, a veteran developer told a Downtown development board Tuesday, Jan. 13.

98. Bill Seeks to Move Up Supermarket Wine Sales -

A bill introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would move up the date of supermarket wine sales to this July.

Under the measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Bo Mitchell of Nashville, food stores could start selling wine this summer – or in the summer of 2016 if they are located near an existing liquor store.

99. Tennessee’s Health Problem -

For years, the concept of “wellness” or “preventive health” measures has been the “eat your vegetables” mantra of a growing national discussion on health care that has focused primarily on the cost of such care and who should pay for it or try to control it.

100. European Job Hunt -

When I visited Dublin, Ireland, in 2013, I was surprised at what I found. It was a European city that in some ways reminded me of home. People were incredibly friendly. The culture was built around music, food and socializing. The city’s core is a similar size to Downtown Memphis, and it’s built around a river.